Welcome to my World

Welcome to my little corner of the vast God planned domain. I plan to share mostly my card projects here, you might even possible see some scrapping, quilt projects, and photography. Who knows I may even try other other craft projects. I am also going to share a selection of little recipe cards I have collected over the past few years - scrapped, of course. There may even be some little things of greatness of my daily life. Every now and then, I might even vent!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Plunging into the New Year.

This past fall I signed up for quite a few swaps thru June before I knew I was going to have a wedding coming up in July, therefore, I started the day after Christmas working on them. Three of them have been put in the mail already. This is the first spot for Winter cards, Hot drinks swap. Challenge was to make a winter card and a recipe for something hot to drink. Made 6 of each towards my goals for this year.

Recipe: Hot Cocoa Mix
Stamp: Serene Snowflakes
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, DS Merry Moments DP
Accessories: Beige Picot Ribbon

My goals for 2010 are Cards - 500+, 50+ pages to scraps and a few recipes here and there. 2090 I made over 850 cards, 100+ recipes and about 12 pages scrapped. Oh yes, I also have 275-300 wedding invitations to make. I would also like to post one creation per day in the new year. (to date 12/31 posted 6 cards, 6 recipes)

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 25, 2009


WOW What an awesome last 4 days we have had. The best Christmas so far in mhy life. My daughter, Christina and intended Matt arrived Tuesday afternoon to a very chilly Spokane Valley. Matt is not shy at all. Starting joking and telling us about himself right at the airport. Went to lunch at her favorite hamburger joint. After dark went to Couer d'alene ID to see the Christmas light on the boardwalk at the Huge Hagadone hotel there. What a beautiful sight but darn near froze my tush. Came home to a great pot roast dinner. Lots of laughing and chatting all the time.

Wed Christina and I spent 3 hours at the bridal store. She tried on several dresses but never really fell in love with any of them. I guess that happens when you are a little overweight. The place was so busy and lots of tall slender model type girls in there trying lots of dresses. She did find one she may use but not sure yet. While we were gone we sent the boys grocery shopping and to borrow some chair from the church. That evening we had 24 house guest (friends of her's and our's) to meet Matt. What a hoot. We have such a small house and we were all crammed into the living, dining rooms and kitchen. Lots of food was devoured also. Was a good time by all as several of them live out of town and were home for the holidays.

Thursday was just kind of a kick back day. She and I started craftng wedding invitations, save the date cards, party favors and the likes. We hnad such a good time while the guys chatted awhile and then took naps. Later that afternoon my son Eric arrived and we had lots of story swapping, poor Christina. Not sure Matt knows what he is getting into. Went to Christmas eve services, only afterwards to have a pot of homemade noodles from the recipe my grandmother passed to me. The whole pot of chicken and noodles was devoured in no time at all. Watched some TV, joked and had more stories to tell about each other.

Today it is Christmas and we finally opened gifts about noon. Everyone is very pleased with waht we received. Very greatful to all have jobs and able to bless each other with gifts. More wedding planning, kids off to see some friends and Dan is in the kitchen making pies. I do not even have to do a large Christmas dinner as the kids said I have already done enough for them this week so we are having burgers and salad. YEAH easy.

Christina and Matt leave for Dallas TX tomorrow at 5:30 in order for her to meet his parents and have their Christmas together. I think I will sleep the rest of the day after I get home as they need to be at the airport about 4 am. But we were so blessed this Christmas with a future son-in-law and I am so pleased with what we have met and seen so far. Even did the dishes most of the time.

Thanks for listening to my Christmas story. May God bless you all today and forever.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Oh my goodness, I have been so overwhelmed latedly. Right after my last post started a whirlwind of things and emotions. We decided to paint and carpet our bedroom so started to tear everything apart and to have delay after delay. I got the flu and was out of comission for 3 days, missing 1 day of work. Next to weeks I am trying to play catch up. working in the house in the evening when possible. Well the day before Thanksgiving I had plan to paint the room and have it ready for dcarpet on Tues. followed by a trip to Montana to celebrate dad's 90th. Well instead Dan says I need to go to the emergency room. 7 hours later they finally decide he has meningitis and will be hospitalized for 3-4 days. Ok , so he is in the hospital, I cannot paint by muself due to back issues and what I am going to do about the part I have planned. Well clean more house, had dinner at his cousins, spent some time at the hospital with Dan. While at the hospital I get a phone call from my daughter telling me she is engaged. I am so excited I can hardly talk. She and Matt are coming home for Christmas. Well on Friday Dan gets discharged by a Dr he has never seen before and says he would rather be home by himself than there.

So I drag him home and Eric, my son, and I head to Montana on Sat for Thanksgiving dinner and the party Sunday. Had all kinds of people checking on Dan hourly. The 90the party was absolutely fabulous and my son and I had a couple of great visits during those 3 hour drives. Missed another day of work Monday not feeling well and this definitely was not a day to miss work at the end of the month with the Federal Special Ed count. Oh well. Then played catch up all month of Dec. I actually finished the piles yesterday. just in time for my 2 week vacation.

Well, the following weekend Dan is still pretty sick and sleeps all the time so I hired a girlfriend to pain the room, accomplished in 5 hours - ceiling and all 4 walls. Carpet then arrived on Thursday. Friday Eric takes me to Lion King - he and sister bought the tickets for my birthday so another evening of house work shot. Oh darn, I would not have missed the play for anything. Then I have been trying to do baking rearrange things in this house for another guest and decorate in the meatime.

Today I am putting up the tree and finishing the decoration this weekend. Monday I an planning to get the extra bedroom dug out so Matt has a place to sleep and the scrapbook room floor emptied for her or her brother on cushions and the on the sofa. Tuesday I will go to the dentist, come home and be sure everything is in order and make some homemade noodles. Go to the airport at 1:30 to pick up daughter and soon to be son-in-law. I think we will be doing some wedding planning also during the four days they are home. Wed evening we are having a little meet and greet Mat and engagement party so will be getting ready for that during the day. She also want to check out a wedding dress shop that day. Hopefully Thurs and Fri will be pretty quiet for us with maybe a friend or two dropping in. They are leaving on Sat at 5:30 am for Dallas to meet his parents.

Now do you see any reason I have not had time to post and do much crafting lately. Do need to get a couple of swap group cards out before the end of the month so may post them. soon.,

Merry Christmas to all - Jesus is the Reason for the Season -and a very Blessed and Happy New year.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Very Productive Saturday

Yesterday was my once a month gathering with the scrapbook gals with our Creative Memories consultant fried. This card was one for a punchart challenge. I did not want to do the ordinary punchart so I decided to do a multi-layered card using lot of scraps and a variety of border punches. Added a little sentiment line from Heart from the Heart SU stamp set. Love this set, is so grat most any occassion.
Another swap card that needed to used the SCS204 layout. Also used a lot of little scraps and came up with this. Added a brown silk bow and the Season of Joy stamp set.
The third swap I did yesterday was a 3 dimensional challenge. I used Specialty packaged buttons, removed the shanks and used glue dot to attach. Add a polka dot red silk ribbon. Most of my swap cards right now are with a Christmas theme. Love this time of the year.
The last article I completed were these box. I know the picture is not great but did not want to take the binder off of them at this time as there are 24 total. I made 12 yesterday. They are really easy and quick. The are individually wrapped with a 2x12 piece of DP that has Christmas wordson it. Then the top was covered with another DP that coordinated. Put together with a brad a felt leaf set and some poinsettias petals. They will then be filled with candy and nuts for all of my office mates. $ sets of boxes worked out great as there are 25 in our office and so I made 24.

Also made a set of 8 cards like the photo card below for a girl at work that ordered them once she saw the sample. Going to make another set or two of these for Christmas gifts. Will be my way of giving souveniers from our Summer Vacation.

After I got home I watched the Gonzaga Bulldogs beat Mississippi Valley in the season opener. GO BULLDOGS!! Tomorrow I plan to complete my Yahoo owned group swaps for the year so they will just have to be put in the mail when due. Watch for another post tomorrow.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I sometimes like to incorporate my pictures onto cards. They make great note cards to use as a gift. This was taken on our trip to the Grand Canyon this past July. What a beautiful creation of our wonderful GOD. I also used the negative pieces from the big note I used on some other cards last month. Thanks for looking

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

This is my Thanksgiving card I made for this year. Really liked the stamp set. I did not do much for stamping last weekend and will not this weekend either. Was on the computer all day Saturday working on genealogy. My cousin and I are swapping info left and right, having lots of fun. Hope you enjoy the card. Hoe to get some more stuff done tonight as I have a couple of swaps to get mailed tomorrow. Thanks for looking.

Monday, November 2, 2009

I needed a card for a swap titled Antique it. This is the card I can up with. Used velumn, wrinkled it, dabbed with ink and smeared that, then tore the edges. Was fun to do and surprised how well it turned out.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Trick or treat

A very simple Black and Purple card I need for a swap challenge.

Stamp: Pumpkin Patch, Clear Mini Stamp
Paper:DP Night & Day, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Darice Rhinestones, Corner Punch

Thanks for looking

Longtime coming - A recipe


I know I have not posted any recipes lately. So here is a new one. This one is long so I had to use both the front and back. From the AARP magazine and they are yummy.

Paper - Soft Suede, DP left from the card below - end of that scrap.
Joann Craft Essentials Bithday wish - cut off the candle
Some really pretty fall leaf patterned ribbon.

Thanks for looking.

Thankful for You

This card is my rendition of SC199. I am really in a card making mood today and I have quite a few swaps thru the end of the year to work on for my card swapping group on Yahoo. Dear hubby will be leaving shortly for an all day neighborhood doings about an hour away, so I can create to my heart's content. I will be posting lots of cards today I am sure.

Paper not sure shade of yellow, SU DP, Whisper White
Stamp: Thoroughly Thankful
Ink: Colorbox Magenta
Accessories Silk flowers touch with a little ink and brads

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Another Christmas Card

Happy Friday to you all.

I am really enjoying making cards with this little Delightful Ornament set. This is about the 30th card I have made with this set. Most of them have been for swaps. Hope you enjoy if you receive one.

Recipe: Delight Ornaments
Ink: Silver Metallic Encore
Paper: older In Colors in Teals, Thoroughly Modern DP, Pink Pirouette, Lavendar Lace
Accessories. Rhinestonem Stenti-Metals Silver Cording, Ornament Punch

Thursday, October 22, 2009

One Sheet Wonders

I love using the one sheet wonders templates to make sets of cards. Below is a sampling of my latest set using the In Colors. I also llike using all of my punches to do lacing and such for the matting of the pieces.

Thanks to Mae's Cachet One Sheet site for the template. check her site out: http://maecollins.blogspot.com.

Thanks for looking and love all of the comments posted.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Does it Need More??

For those of you wanting to know - yes the scrap room is 95% done. Just have a mess on the table as I am making more cards. The next room this weekend is the guest room now that I have all of my scrap stuff out of there. Will keep you posted as we do each room of the house. I feel like I am getting so much done lately.

This is another card I made for a swap. I think it is too simple? What do you all think? I love the stamp set but was really perplexed as to what to do with it. I am also going to do a card with the snowflakes in the set and hopefully get it posted tonight or tomorrow.

Stamps: Snow Swirled
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White,Bermuda Bay, Thuroughly Modern DP
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Corner rounder, Rhinestones

Monday, October 19, 2009

I was looking at all of the samples using this stamp set on SCS and fell in love with the set. I made this card and then was trying to design a couple more but drew a blank. Hopefully tonight I can get the others completed. I love this stamp set on point.

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Heard from the Heart
Paper Soft suede, Christmas DP, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Polka Dot Soft Suede Ribbon

Saturday, October 17, 2009

These are a couple of cards i made for the SCS Cuttlebug/Big Shot/Sizzix, etc. Twisted Swap. The twist is that you need to use 2 different Cuttlebug (or another company--does not need to be CB) folders or dies on your card. Therefore, I did two spots for this swap.

Teal Card: Big Shot Top Note and Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Panel
Paper: Bermuda Bay, DP one of the Christmas packs, Whisper White
Accessories: Ribbon and Metal Sentiments.
I first cut the top note in half then on the pointed end I slit the paper at the perforations and threaded the ribbon and tied a know. This was more difficult than I thought it would be so I had to use lots of adhesive. Then placed the two metal sentiments.

Darker card: Top Not from Big Shot again and the Ornament Embossing Panel by Cuttle bug. Also used the SU Ornament Punch.
Paper: Whisper White, Another DP from a Christmas pack (double sided), Chocolate chip
Accessories: Silver ribbon.
Punched ornament is stamped with delightful Ornament little stamp

I hope the recipients of these cards like them.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What a Project

No I am not done with the room yet. I have enough stuff to opena small store of my own I am sure. What ever possesses one to buy so much stuff. My goal thie rest of this year will be to use what I have and buy no more. HA HA I will post some pictures when I get done - if ever. Going to church this am and then onto the room again the afternoon. Thanks for all of the comments and encouragement. I do have to get a couple cards done for a swap sometime also. Out the door to start a great day. God Bless You All

Friday, October 9, 2009

First things first

I am home today because there is no school and I do not work on nonschool days. YEAH
BUT instead I am starting to dig the junk out of my house. Today I am redoing my scrap and craft room while I am ambitious. Will blog and catch up on some other things later. Even plan to give up a day of scrapping tomorrow to hopefully get another room completed.

Wish me luck or BETTER yet come help me and haul some of my things to your house.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Can You Say Fall is in the Air?

A couple more cards designed by the gals at the LSS. I just love the cricut squirrel. I just need to use my cricut more often. Maybe if I rearrange my craft room and set it up that would lhelp. Ha Ha

Monday, October 5, 2009

I was a busy gal this weekend. I made over 20 cards. This is a Halloween card designed by one of the gals at my LSS. I am not into gory Halloween so this was a great card for a swap.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Another card for an SCS swap. I just love the new stamp sets for this season.

Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Ink: Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, DP Christmas Cocoa
Accessories: Ornament Punch, Glittery Ribbon

Monday, September 28, 2009

I have been having a great time with the new stamps and new In Colors. A card I made for a SCS swap. Tried to use all of the stamps in the set.

Stamps"Harvest Day SU Set
Paper: Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, DP Autumn Meadows
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: Polka DOt Dusty Durango

Watch for another card in a few days.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

What a past month

I have been working 10-12 hours a day just to get the huge office of 25 people moved to a new building. Seems that once most had their space in order to heck with the rest of us and the rest of the stuff like office supplies and needs. Only 3 of us have been working these long hours to get things together and then not to mention the double workload I have been given this year. I have been given the caseload of my plus another whole secretary we lost to budget cuts. Oh well, I can persevere in the Lord who strengthens me.

We have been very busy on the weekends also trying to get a little camping in and a few other things. The first weekend of Sept we stayed home and did a lot of things aroudn the house but still not nearly what needs to be done. I also worked on several swaps that weekend.

The following weekend Dan and I trav eled to Montana to spend with my parents. I told mom I wanted to come over and have no phones, no TV if not wanted do absolutely nothing that did not need to happen. We slept in every day with my parents instead of the 5 am arising. Played lots of cards. Dan and I took a two hour trip on their 4 wheeler and had a great time enjoying the country, mountains and the splendor of God. Took Mom and Dad to dinner and had a great time.

Last week - Fri thru Sun - I with 11 other gals from our Church went to a Womens Retreat at the Cannon Beach Conference Center on the Oregon coast. What an uplifting time. Left a lot of things there for the Lord to handle in my life. What a great past two weekends spening time with friends and family and the great creator. Needless to say things got a little behind at home but I am learning they are not as important as what I had done the past two weekend.

Tried to work shorter hours this past week and did a few things around the house as my daughter came home from across the state for the weekend. We had a fabulous time Fri. Christine stopped by my new office at work on her way to the house. One of the gals leaned over and said, afte she left, shut it down and go spend some mommy daughter time, you deserve it. So went home, picked up her, had a pedicure, went to Subway for dinner and chat, then to the movie Julie & Julia. What a time. Yesterday went to a football game at her alma mater, Whitworth University. The Pirates won. Then met her brother, Eric and the four of us went to dinner. Came home and watch more college football games.

Off to church today, then to lunch with some friends, and then to the Green Bluff area to pick fresh fruits and vegetables. She will be going home tomorrow am as she does not have to work tomorrow.

Hope to get some of my cards made in the past month posted later today. Have a great week and GOD Bless You All.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday's Scrap Event

We left Spokane about 8 am to drive 75 miles to a scrap event near WSU. GO COUGARS. Arrived around 9:30. I put together a couple of page kits and then by 10:30 I was working on this 2 page mosaic layout. The pictures were all taken on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. There are 100 1" squares on each page. Took me 7 hours to do the 2 pages, then I started on some cards that I did not get completed.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gone all Day

I am heading to an all day scrapping event about 60 miles from home with 4 of my best scrapping friends. Hope to get started on my summer vacation album. Will try to post some things tomorrow as I will not be home until about midnight.

Everyone have a great day. Also I want to thank everyone for the wonderful comments on my previous posts. Will be visiting blogs tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another It's Good to Dream

Another card wtih the In Colors and Razzle Dazzle stamp set. I just love the colors and the matching ribbon. Also a great stamp set. Actually need a card for a brown and yellow combination swap..

Cardstock: Stampin Up Crushed Curry and Soft Suede
Ink SU Dusty Durango
SU Dotted Crushed Curry ribbon
Big Shot Top Note die

Sunday, August 16, 2009

SCS Sketch Challenge 194

I used SCS Sketch Cahllenge 194 for this card. Trying to get a head start on some of my fall cards. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/search.php?searchid=8559801 I really like the large medallion so used it for this card (get two cards out of one medallion) once again.

Recipe: Medallion stamp colored with my reinkers and q-tips. easiest way I find to get a good coverage and more than one color applied.
Paper and Inks: all SU - Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Summer Fun, Creamy Caramel and Garden Green.
Cut the Medallion piece first and then cut the other pieces to fit around it and onto the base of Garden Green. Stamped with the Thank You stamp from the Upsy Daisy set.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Two Fun cards for today

Here is the card I also cased from Stamp Muse.
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...;ppuser=177892 Love the polka dots so I used them also.
Card size & Layout: I used full size card instead of a squares one
Colors: I used light Mauve Bazill dots, Rich Razzlesbery, White
Stamp: was from my stash by Sugarlof Products, Inc.
Ribbon - Polka Dot Rich Razzlesberry from SU

Thanks for this great feateured stamper.

This is a brayered background card for a swap I needed to make. I inked the brayer with my Stampin Spots in alternating stripes of pink and green, then added a few dots of yellow here and there and ran the brayer over that. Let dry and aseemble card. Very simple.
Recipe: Greeting from Stampin Up Upsy Daisy set
Paper: Pixie Pink, So Saffron, Green Galore, White, Tea Party DP
Ink: Pixie Pink and Green Galore
Accessories: Flower punch, Silk flowers, crystal gems

Friday, August 14, 2009

I needed a card for a black and white swap. Did not know what I wanted to do so searched the gallery and the light bulb came on quickly when I saw Clownmom's layout. I was on a mission then as it inspired me. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...&cat=17303 Thanks Clownmom.

I just received this stamp set and wanted to use it really bad. Well I did not have paintchips on hand so DH and I headed off to the store. While there I think we found the dishwasher we want and are very much in need.

As you can see everything I used was is Black and white. I think it turned out really great. The paintchip goes from a dark gray to black.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Varigated Medallion

First off I will admit that I cased: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...?&si=WT231
I used my little stampin' spots to ink the medallion and then stamped it once full-colored and stamped again using the lightened version. Added some Rhinestones to the medallion and a sentiment

Stamps: Medallion SU
Paper: White and Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Glorious Green, Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Teal Ribbon. Rhinestones
Techniques: Using Variagated

Another Sketch

I liked the paper so much on the card below that I tackled another SCS Sketch challenge.

Recipe: Stamps - Razzle Dazzle
Paper- Tea Party DP, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, So Saffron.
Ink - Basic Gray
Very Simple anyone could do this one. The three gray squares are 3" and the tops are 2 3/4" each. Offset and it is complete.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Two Challenges in one Card

I made this card using two challenges posted this week - The Color challenge: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453063 and teh Sketch Challenge: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453293. Not often do I get to do even one challenge but thse both worked great this week.

Recipe: Bleached the chocolate chip with Upsy Daisy and one of the greeting in that set. Mounted to Certainly Celery but 1/2 inch longer for the button placement. The designer paper I used is SU Tea Party which is two-sided, just reversed for the smaller piece. These were mounted on the Chocolate Chip again and then on the Certainly Celery Card Base.

Be sure to checkout Splitcoaststampers.com for the instruction to links above and mnay other great ideas. There are hundreds of other bloggers there where you can pick up ideas also.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Recipe - Spinach Corn Salad

Another Recipe for those interested. This is a very good salad.

Today is my first day back to work after being off for 5 weeks. Wish me luck as we were supposed to be moved by now but things are packed and we are not moving now until the end of Sept. Will probably have quite a bit to do to get the place back in order.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tree Trimmings #2 - Christmas in July

Here is another card I just made using the Tree Trimmings Stampin Up set. Love this little set.

Recipe: Tree Trimmings stamp set
Paper: SU Candy Lane DP, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red
Inks in same colors to match
Embellished with: Silver Brds and a Senti-Metals piece that says "Merry Christmas"

This is a card I made for SCS swap "Christmas in July". I think I like these colors together. The patterned paper looks like wall paper with ornaments hanging in the window.

Recipe: Stamps: SU Tree Trimmings
Paper: SU Holiday Treasure DP, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Bermuida Bay, Chocolate Chip & Basic Black
Add Brown Silk Ribbon to the top for embellishment.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wow What a Vacation - Our God is Awesome

We got home late evening yesterday after being on the road for two whole weeks in our new motorhome. New to us but it is a 33' '93 SeaBreeze and we enjoyed it tremendously. It is awesome how God is able to provide - we purchased it just a week before we left and could not believe we got such a great deal on such a fairly unused vehicle. I has to spiff it up a bit from sitting for two years and air it out but it was great otherwise. There are a few minor details that need to be fixed but overall workage was great. We put 45oo miles on in two weeks and saw so much of the beautiful states of UT and AZ. God has created such a gorgeous and free country for us to live in and so many of us take if for granted. I know there several out there who would die to see such beauty but cannot afford to do so. Dan and I are so blessed and we are really beginning to realize it after this trip. Overall it was a wonderful trip and we had such a good time enjoyding all of the great outdoors and wonders of it all.

Yes, there was one bad thing - the weather. It was so stinking hot I thought I was going to suffocate a couple of times. How do those of you in the south handle it?!? We went to Lake Havasu City AZ to visit Dan's brother and It so to stifling that day. It was 116 in the shade and the low that night was only 95. I as so glad we had air conditioning in our home. Most of the weeks it was close to or over a 100 in those canyons. We visited Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Bryce NP and Zion NP in UT and the Grand Canyon in AZ - brom both the south and the north rims. What a sight to see. Not only the depths and the widths but the awesome colors of it all.

I praise God everyday now for giving me the chance to live my dreams as a free person and to travel with a great husband like I do. It's a good thing we both like to travel. I did make a few cards while on vacation in the MH but got them ready to send off before I scanned them. We spent most of the time traveling, sightseeing and a few cards games in in the evenings before bed. Now I have to get busy with catching up on my Stampin Up orders, Card swaps, challenges and postings.

Friday, July 17, 2009

It's Good to Dream

SCS Color challenge this week was to use: Lavender Lace, Barely Banana, Going Grey, Black and White. This is my rendition. I al;so used the Razzle Dazzlew stamp set with black ink and accented with white sheer ribbon. I now love this color combination and will probably make a few more cards using this combination.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Faux Grid Card Challenge

Here is another one I did this am. Soft Summer Two -Step Stampin. I also used in Colors Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry for this card. Wow - took over an hour to get two cards. I messed up so many times becasue I got the stamps mounted so opposites are on the end and I would stamp the trunks in the leave and vice versa. Finally got a layout I liked.

The challenge on Splitcoasters today was a Faux Grid Card. I am loving the In Color sso much I use them for everything. Here is my sample - quite simple:

So let's begin - for this project, you will need:
(not required, but very handy - a piece of grid paper to work on)

1. Stamp your images in various random locations on your cardstock
2. Draw lines with a pen at equal intervals across your page, skipping over those images you have stamped. This is where the grid paper comes in handy. If you place your stamped cardstock onto a piece of grid paper, it makes it easier to measure and draw your lines.
3. Turn your cardstock 90 degrees and draw lines with a pen at equal intervals, creating a grid which your images seem to float upon.
4. For interest, color a few of your squares in colors that coordinate with the rest of your project.

I am making several of thse cards to send to Card for a Cause - Cancer Center: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=443223

Friday, July 10, 2009

Recipe - Lemon-Tarragon Salmon Steaks

Another great recipe from AARP Magazine. I need to make it up for my files so posted. It is rather simply made but very cute with the little fishy punhces swimming across the bottom.

Used Soft Suede and Crushed Curry SU In Colors and the new Polka Dot Ribbon also Soft Suede from the In Color line.

If you make recipe cards please share them on your blogs with us other members that collect recipes. Thanks for looking

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Forest Friends & In Colors

Another card using the New In Colors from Stampin Up. I am loving the colors, not so sure I like the card. It was a Splitcoast Sketch #195. I love the little card sketches also.

Stamps: Forest Friends, Matchbox Messages
Paper: In Colors-Dusty Durango, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, scrap of SU green? and DP from the Simply Scrappin' Petal Party.
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Silk Flower, Dimensionals
Tools: CM Circle Punch


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rustic Rooster and new In Color

I finally got a chance to use my newest stamp - SU Rustic Rooster and my new "In Colors". I admit I did scraplift from stampingat6213. Also used Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #09. These cards were so much fun to make. The left hand card will be used for a Farm Animal Swap. The right hand card is for a Pink & Turquoise swap. Love the colors together. Will make some more cards with these color after work again tomorrow. I am so in the mood to do more stampings.

Recipe: Card #1
Paper: SU-Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White & DP Berry Bliss
Ink: Chocolate Chip SU
Accessories: Brown Buttons from my stash, Melon Mambo Dotted Ribbon.
Tool: CM Circle Cutting System, Paper Piercer and Dimensionals.
Recipe: Card #2
Paper: SU-Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White & DP Berry Bliss
Ink: Melon Mambo & Bermuda Bay SU
Accessories: Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Ribbon.

Friday, July 3, 2009

SheetLoad of Cards and Happy 4th

My super simple rendition of the card from "Sheetload of Cards" made for a chipboard swap. I used all scraps from my stash to do this card, tied two pieces of chpboard together, stamped with "Sincere Salutations". I have used this publication a couple of times to make a couple of quick sets of cards for gifts. Actualy I am taking one set to my mother for her Birthday as we are leaving in a couple hours to spend the 4th in Montana. Just click the Blog at the top left to see more "SheetLoads of Cards" Thanks to the publisher of this little online magazine Have a great 4th everyone.

Happy 4th of July. I purchased the little kit from our local Scrapbook Store and sent to a couple of friends. Very simple and quick. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A New Recipe

This recipe was one I received in a swap, made them the other day and they are great. Thanks from Snowcountry311 aka Gayla for the great recipe.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Here's To Us.

This was an email I received from a friend today and believe it to the fullest.
It says it in a utshell, In God We Trust

No matter what our kids and the new
Generation think about us,
To Those of Us Born
1930 - 1979

At the end of this email is a quote by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else, please read what he said.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

After that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we wore baseball caps, not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

And riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat!

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight. WHY?

Because we were always outside playing ... that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

We had no cell phones, so no one was able to reach us all day. And we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, color TVs, Nintendo's, or X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms..

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

So if you're one of US, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government started regulating so much of our lives for 'our own good.'

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?
The following is Jay Leno's quote:

'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu, swine flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us, go ahead and delete this. For the rest of us, pass this on.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More One Sheet Wonder Samples

These cards are just a sampling of the One Sheet Wonders I made the weekend I was at the retreat. I was so proud of myself because between vacation and the
retreat I have at least 6 more sets of card to use as Christmas gifts for all of the

females in my family. Makes me feel good that these are done and out of the wa

way. Thanks to all for looking and happy to share my works. Got most of these

papers at a little scrapbook store on the Oregon coast during my week vacation.
Sorry I forgot to switch the red before I posted and my yhusband is in a hurry to go get dinner as he says he did without lunch today because of little neighborhood issue - some cars and teens from the high school 2 blocks away.