Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lattice birdie

The big shot has really revolutionized the swappin business at Stampin' Up! events. Instead of having to cut out tiny little things, and deciding it is way too hard, we can now use this awesome tool and crank out tons of intricate looking swaps in no time! I love it! This swap uses a die that I have, but haven't actually used yet. I love the way the artist used it on here! I am talking about the Lattice Die in the background. The bird and branch are also dies. Great color combo too! This card was made by Karen Kurz from Albuquerque, NM.
In other news, my second oldest, Jared, turned 16 today. wow. These things just sneak up on me! He is a wonderful young man. He is one of the most honest and trustworthy people I know. I have no doubt that he will do good things in his life. He has some troubles, just like we all do, but he is diligent in choosing the right. I admire him so much for that. He has had a hard time missing his dad, but has been a rock for me. I am grateful for him! For his birthday, I took all the kids to dinner (BK) and then we went and saw Avatar in 3-D. it was a pretty good movie. jared liked it and Ben....well, he got into it! I can't decide if I liked the movie or Ben's reaction to it more....probably Ben...
Kids are the greatest blessings we have.....I am greatly blessed!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vintage friends

Happy Valentine's day everyone! I had a wonderful day. My kids were mostly good, my house was mostly clean, choir went mostly okay, and our surprise birthday party for my sister was mostly wonderful! The only drawback to the day was the lack of my sweetheart. sigh, I do miss him. Some days more than others. I did get a wonderful note from a friend sharing some memories of him. That made my day!
I wanted to share a sweet "friend" card, in honor of my best friend. This card was made by Glenda Calkins from Minnisota. I love the colors she used and the way she cut out the flowers and layered them to give the card depth. This is a really cute set and very versatile.
Make a card for YOUR best friend today. I think I will.....:o)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

sad sad....

I have noticed that someone has been leaving less than desireable comments on my blog. Therefore, as much as I hate to do it, I am going to have to start moderating the comments left. I hate to do it, but don't want nasty things on my blog. Thank you to all that leave wonderful comments! I appreciate them! To those that leave nasty things.....shame, shame on you. Get a life.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


For those that are attempting to watch my little video, just go down to my playlist and push pause first. Then the music will stop so you can hear my witty comentary.....;o)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Paper flowers

I did a demo for my Stampin' Up! upline Kimber, at her meeting last month. I loved the paper flowers that Jan McClurg showed us at regional last month and just had to try them! I wanted to share the idea with my own downline across the country so, Kimber helped me out by being the cameraman, or woman. :o) I have not been trained in how to be in front of a camera...and even less so in how to edit a video! So, here it is...raw and natural....Hopefully it will inspire you to try your own paper flowers. They are really fun to make!
If I don't do a horrid job and you'd like to see me demo something else, let me know! I'm sure I'll 'get better' at this thing....;o)


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mary Poppins

Okay, so this card has nothing to do with Mary Poppins, but something about the flowers reminds me of that movie. My sister watch Mary Poppins 24/7 when she was little. I"m not kidding! If she went out of the room, we would turn it off and try to take a break and no matter where she was in the house...she would run in and demand that it be put back on. It is funny now....
This is one of the cards we made at the swap I participated in at leadership. The colors are a bit out of my comfort zone, but I loved the flowers. All we did to make them was to tear out 'circles' in the different colors of cardstock, rough them up and round the edges. It took some time, and my fingers got a bit worn out, but they turned out looking pretty cool! The credit for this awesome idea goes to Lisa Kim. Thanks for sharing!