Wednesday, January 31, 2007

We're back!

We're home from our weekend away with my Mom, and the boys had a great time! We surprised them on Friday morning with the trip. We told them while they were eating their breakfast! It was great! We had great weather and very short wait times at all the parks. We ran from morning till night and we came home exhausted!

Here's a picture of my mom with the boys when we first arrived at Fort Wilderness. We were waiting for the bus to take us to Animal Kingdom. It was a wonderful experience for us all and we really enjoyed doing something special with my Mom - especially on that weekend. Thanks, Mom!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007


So, one of my New Year's resolutions was that I was going to send every member of my family (that I acknowledge anyway - *wink) a birthday/ anniversary card this year.............and, hopefully, from now on. Boy, is this one hard! You think the promise to eat right, go to the gym, and lay off the Bellini's is hard? No way! This one is hard ! But I am committed to it! You'd think I have a ton of handstamped cards on hand- nope! I spend all of my time planning classes that I don't get much time to stamp for myself. I've been working really hard at this. I have a separate card keeper with spare birthday/ anniversary cards......there's a file for each month so it'll make it easier for me to keep up with. My nephew and niece's birthdays are on the same day next week. They live in Florida, so I need to send them out early. I've been making my spare card-kits for a while now, so I had some girly cards on hand........................but my nephew is a teenager! I think they are the hardest cards to make! I spent an hour pacing around my stamp room trying to think of something. I actually made 2 cards and didn't like either one. I turned to the catalog..........I always forget to use it for inspiration! I saw the card using the set Ruff Play- I think it's so cute, but is it okay for a teenage boy? I still don't know, but I like the card, so I'm gonna send it. He probably won't even look at it, right? I cased the one from the catty, minus the sewing machine and the 3 slots ...........I actually did punch those slots, but they were too close together and the paper ripped- UGH! It was the last step, so I was not about to quit! I just stamped the "HB" from the It's You're Birthday set and punched it out using the 3/4" square punch- viola!
I'll b e away for the weekend- don't think I forgot about you! My mom and the boys and I are going away to spend some "special" time together- this is the first anniversary of my Dad's death and my Mom wanted to do something really special! SSHH!!! Don't tell! We're taking the boys to Disney for the weekend!! We'll be home late Monday night. I'll check back in with you on Tuesday with a couple of pictures! Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 22, 2007

A Little Latte.................

I finally got around to playing with this set! It's been sitting on my stamp table neglected for a couple of weeks. Sunday nights are a great stamping night for me- the boys go to bed early, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters is on, and I can just stamp, stamp, stamp! This is the first card I made.........a little plain, I know, but I actually like it. I noticed a lot of people using Liquid Appliqué for the foam on the latte........I have one tube I've been hoarding, so maybe I'll get a chance to play with it today. I love Cranberry Crisp and Blush Blossom together!

Here's the second...for this one, I had to bring out the Giga scalloped punch! I sponged the edges of the scallop using Close to Cocoa. The "saucer", I punched using the small oval punch, then I faux stitched using my white gel pen. I stamped the steam using Creamy Caramel right onto the scalloped-circle. I stamped the mug/foam onto a separate scrap of white and cut it out and adhered it using dimensionals. I also stamped the heart and cut it out. I added glitter to the foam. I used the new Designer series paper in the winter's so cute! I'm very happy with this one...................

Then I made this little notecard- it was so quick and easy! I used the ticket corner punch on all four corners of vanilla. I then sponged them using Blush's really soft and pretty!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Gray's Anatomy

This is my favorite show...........I live for Thursday nights! The whole storyline with George's dad has been a difficult one for me these last two weeks. For those of you who don't know, I lost my Dad last January 28th (2006)to cancer. The situation with George's dad, and family, completely mirrored what we went through last year. Tonight was so hard.......I felt like I was re-living the whole thing over again. The only difference was that my Dad was never intubated.........he was conscious and was able to make the decision not to be. Even though it was difficult to hear him say those words, I'm grateful that he wasn't because we were able to speak with him right up until the end. It was the longest week of my life......that last one. When George said that he didn't know how to exist in a world that didn't include his Dad....................that's how I felt. I've learned, though, this last year, that he is very much with me (and my boys!), and even though sometimes I miss him so much my heart aches, he is in a better place and is not suffering anymore. I will say a prayer tonight for every family that is going through something this's the hardest thing I've ever dealt with. I loved my Dad................

A gray, cold day..............

It's yucky outside today!!I picked up Ryan from school, fed him his lunch, and let him put the Gamecube on so I could do some stamping (*wink).........I made this card using the Delight in Life sell-a-bration stamp set . This is not your typical sized's 3x6. It'll fit in the small open-end envelopes that Stampin'Up! carries.I pulled out my Color Coach ad here's what I came up with- Really Rust (card base), Bashful Blue, and Night of Navy. I love these colors together!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Happy Tuesday everyone! Usually Tuesdays are really busy for me with nail clients, but I had a cancellation in the middle of my morning so I decided to check to see the color callenge on SCS for today. It was Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa, and Pale Plum........hmmm.................I headed over to my stamp table and here's what I made. I always have trouble with sets like this......I don't know why. But I'm trying to branch out and work with different sets...............

I'm also working on not being such of a hoarder(*wink), so I popped open one of my Hodgepodge hardware kits (antique brass). I used the ribbon buckle and two of the matching brads for this card.

Monday, January 15, 2007

I've been playing around with the new Sell-A-Bration stamp sets...........I wasn't all that crazy about some of them, but they're growing on me! Here's one I did using the So Very set..........I *heart* the Paisley background stamp so much and I immediately went to the heart in the Happy Hearts set that matches it. Not a bad valentine, right?

I also made this one.....I've seen a lot of this style done (with the layered window), but had never done it myself. This will be one of the cards for my Sell-A-Bration's really cute! I'm so glad I cut the words off all those critters in the Very Punny SAB set- it makes them so much easier to stamp!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Eagles............

I'll admit, I'm not a big Eagles fan. It's not like I don't like watching football, I do, it's just that I'm not a die-hard fan. I like to watch a good game. It's hard not to get caught up in all the excitement when your home team makes it to the playoffs, though. So last night we watched the Eagles............................LOSE. It was a close game, but they didn't win. Where am I going with this you ask? Well, football season brings to mind one of my family's favorite things to eat- Buffalo Chicken Dip. It's a recipe that was shared with me by my cousin, Christine, and everyone raves about it! My family thought I was nuts when I made it this last time because I was taking pictures each step of the way..............they just didn't get it. Anyway here's the recipe:

4 boneless chicken breasts
12 oz jar of hot sauce (Red Hot)
2 - 8oz blocks of cream cheese
16oz jar of ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/2 cup of blue cheese
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese

First, you shred the chicken in a 13 x 9 dish and pour the hot sauce over it.

next, you melt the cream cheese and the ranch dressing together in a saucepan over med/low heat until it's all combined. Then you pour it over the chicken.

next, you sprinkle it with the chopped celery..............

then you add the blue cheese over top of that..............

then you add the shredded cheddar..................

now bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes............................

YUM! Serve it with celery sticks and tortilla chips!

Then I decided to do another- the sketch challenge. This one was a little harder, but after I did it I felt like I really accomplished something, ya know? I made two different ones for this challenge. The first was the pink ellies..........I guess you could tell by the name of my blog that I love pink! Remember the movie Steel Magnolias? Remember when Shelby is planning her wedding and everything has to be the perfect shades of blush(pink) and bashful(pink)- I love that! Since I'm the only girl in my family(hubby and 2 boys), I take every chance I get to do something pink! All supplies are Stampin'Up- I've really gotten into using the ticket corner punch- I love the way it looks! This one also gave me a chance to use some of the new Designer Series paper that's in the Winter mini .I realized after I posted in on SCS that it wasn't exactly the way it was supposed to be (according to the challenge), but it's my first time, right?


After the holidays, I felt like it was tough to get going again- like I was in a funk. So I decided to try Color Challenge 95 on SCS. The color challenges are posted by the lovely Emily Giovanni- I love her! This is what I came up with. I needed a card for my nephew, Trey. His birthday is the end of the month and one of my New Year's resolutions was to send a card for everyone's birthday and anniversary this year- good luck, right? I'm giving it my best shot! I love this Sell-a-bration set, Very Punny- the images are so cute! I cut my words off and mounted them on the side of the wood blocks. It was tough with this set- they were really close to the images!

The whole blogging thing.

I have been toying with the idea of blogging for a while now. There are so many I read on a daily basis and I love the fact that you can really make-it-your-own and personlize it. I also love the fact that I can ramble on and on about lots of different things, including stamping! I need to familiarize myself with it a little better and really "figure-it-out", but I'm gonna try my best and see what happens.