April 29, 2007

Thank You's for Lynette

My friend Lynette is having a baby. She had a difficult time becoming pregant and it is so exciting to be so close to her due date. She is 30 days away from welcoming Carter into the world. We had a bunco baby shower last month and yesterday Brett and I were invited to a Jack and Jill Baby party (not a shower mind you). I took her a dozen Thank You notes. Lynette used to stamp (isn't that sad, "used to") and so she was really grateful for the cards. I don't want to sound snotty here, but it is really nice when people really appreciate the gift of hand made cards. For me it is like giving away a part of my creative self to people. These were quick and easy cards. Quick and easy is my new favorite technique!
Stamps: nice and easy notes and riveting from Stampin Up!, unknown Thank you stamp from Wal-mart
Paper: Mat Stack patterned paper, white and bashful blue, sage shadow and close to cocoa from Stampin' Up
Fibers: unknown brown ribbon from Big Lots, twine, raffia and Hobby Lobby's blue Satin
accessories: cuttlebug tiny tags die, circle punch (large and small)

April 17, 2007

A New Set and a Challenge

I have wanted the "Best of cluck" set for a long time and finally broke down and ordered it. I was excited to ink it up and thought the color challenge was good for the set and decided to do the sketch challenge with it too. So, here was my card. I used some patterned paper that has a crackled paint look that is basically the same color as the sage. I tried two things. On the first card I used bleach to make the chicken feet prints on the black strip. It worked okay but you really have to look for them. When I made the second card a bit later I was doin' the exact same one but the bleach would not leave a mark on the paper. Isn't that strange? I am not sure what happened so I finally just stamped the prints in white. I liked the bleach better but it wasn't a very bold image. Okay, that's it for today. I had lots of posts but I post when I have time. I'm not an everyday girl like some of you bloggers out there!!

Hope all is well with everyone. I have been okay. I've had a weird pain in my side/back for over a week. I kept thinking it was just a muscle pain and it would go away so I haven't gone to the doctor but I guess I need to go. Then also last week I was driving home from work and my tooth chipped. Isn't that dumb? I didn't even do anything...a piece just fell off. I think it had chipped years ago and been fixed. It must have just been weak. Oh well. Something else to spend money on besides back property taxes we owe from a re-assessment of our property. Such drama. But, God is good. He always provides. I never go hungry, I have clothes and a home. Money to stamp and money to travel to see mom and mom in law. So, this too shall work out...right? Right!

See you soon!

Laugh and the world laughs with you...

On Friday at practice for the worship team a couple of the girls came in a tad emotional and had a lot of "stress" going on. We talked together and ended up having a great practice and eveI think the fellowship encouraged us all! Well, I decided Saturday to make them a quick card with the "Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry with your girlfriends" stamp from Edgy Eloquence from SU. I used some of the card fronts I had made with my friend Debbie. They were so handy to have because they made for a super fast card! Anyway, the girls liked the cards and I was glad to find a use for that stamp! Now, to find a use for "Start each day with a smile and get it over with"!

Happy Birthday Mama!

I just wanted to put in a special post just for my mom. Yesterday was her 50th birthday! Celebrating is tough because she works for an accountant and they are soooo busy this time of year. She barely had time for my singing of the birthday song! I love my mom so much and I can't tell you how lucky I am to have her. She is a best friend and a mom all in one. For some reason God has us living hours apart right now but we do our best to be in touch and travel to spend time together. I am so grateful for the efforts she makes to see us and to be a great mom and gramma. I wish I could post her birthday card here but she hasn't seen it yet...I am really bad about sending cards on time. I tend to send them on the birthday instead of sooner so people get them on their birthday. (Any advice out there for that?) But, I love you mom and Happy Birthday!!! I hope your day was awesome and I'll see you soon!

A Must Read

Well yesterday started off with a migraine and that was terrible. But during part of my sick day home I was able to read a chapter in my book. A while back I had asked a friend for some advice regarding my marriage and communication with my husband. She recommended several books and for a first choice let me borrow For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn. This book is GREAT! It is subtitled " What you need to know about the inner lives of men." This woman did a ton of research and surveyed lots and lots of men and it has some really good results and quotes from the men. The first chapter is titled "Your Love is Not Enough; Why your Respect means more to him that even your Affection." Even though I know that men need respect and women need love, this chapter was really fabulous and I immediately was able to make changes in how I treat Brett (and other men around me). The second chapter is about the insecurities in men and why preformance matters so much. It was really good too. Anyway, I totally want to recommend this book to ya'll. I'm headed into chapter 3 about why he feels the need to provide and why that is a burden he likes.
Okay, that's it for this post but I do have some cards to share from this weekend. I'll post them in a bit. Zoe needs dinner!

See you Soon!

April 9, 2007

I did a challenge on SCS!

Well, I have belonged to Split Coast Stampers for well over a year but have never done a challenge. Since I was off last Friday I took the opportunity and did two! I even made a third card that wasn't a challenge. 3 cards in one afternoon. I was amazed!! I did the sketch challenge and the color challenge and that was fun. The idea for the sketch really made for a quick way to get a card done. I used 'heartfelt thanks' for this card. I don't have the ticket punch so I used a regular circle punch to make the corners. After I post pictures I always notice how challenged I am to adhere things straight. I guess I get in too much of a hurry! It could also just be the angle of my shots though. I can't show you the other card becuase it is for someone special that has a birthday coming up.
I am sure looking forward to school being over soon. I am tired and have been having some back spasms that are terrible. The kids are being great and school itself has been going well though. For that I am very grateful!
Well, hope everyone has an excellent week! See you soon!

April 4, 2007

Goodies in the mail and a journal

I got my marvy punches!! I had ordered them directly from Marvy and the old push kind ones were on sale and but the giga scallop circle was on backorder. But, I got it yesterday!! I also had fun a Michael's last week. I am addicted to the dollar bins. If I would save up what I spend in the dollar bin I could probably buy something really cool! But, I did get some marker storage boxes and they are sure purty. I found some of the acrylic stamps for a buck and had to get those of course. I also got some stickers in the mail from a secret source. They were from Cathleen I. in Connecticut. She didn't put in a note so I'm not sure where she got my name but thanks for thinking of me!

I also bought a couple of journals and even altered one for my cousin that is going to have a baby. Well, babies, she is expecting twins! How fun is that? I was glad to undertake a new project. I look forward to doing it again though because I already know what I'll do differently. I used the Au Chocolate paper and the delight in life set. The paper is apricot and sage with miscellaneous ribbons.
Only 7 weeks of school left (Praise the Lord!). I guess I am looking forward to summer! Traveling, stampin', hanging with Zoe, Law and Order non-stop on USA.

Well, I am going to try and pick up the house and still have time for a card or two.

See you soon!

April 2, 2007

A Good Friend

I want to write this post about my friend Deborah. I met her when I moved to Amarillo in 1999. We moved there at the same time with about 30 other people because we were starting a church there. It was a very amazing experience and because there were so few of us working really hard to share the gospel we got to know each other really well. I knew that Debbie was into making cards and stamping but I was single and that just wasn't my thing but I knew she was very talented. I even spent New Year's of 2000 with her and she had us doing crafts! But besides being crafty she is very kind hearted and is a true servant. I really appreciate her and her sincere friendship. She doesn't expect me to be perfect, just to be myself.

Once Brett and I were engaged her photography skills were put to use and she took our engagement photos. She then decorated for our wedding and everything was so very beautiful. We both even moved to Houston at the same time but she then moved to the outside of Fort Worth. Since I've been in Houston I started stamping and crafting and it is fun now that we have one more common bond. She came to Zoe's birthday party and brought at least 2 dozen cards that she had made and gave them to me. Then last week she sent me some happy mail with this beautiful card and these cuttlebug papers (she has more embossing folders than me and was nice enough to share). She also has a great blog, Turtle Chronicles, that everyone should check out!

This past weekend Brett and I were going to visit some family in the DFW area and we decided to stay with Debbie and her family. Brett and David get along so well and their daughter was nice enough to give up her bedroom for us. While we were there Debbie taught me the coolest way to get 62 card fronts from a few sheets of 12 x12. She provided the supplies and let me go to town. You know a true friend when she shares her adhesive! (hee hee) I took a picture of a few of the ones we made. They are just ready to be embellished or stamped and sent off. What a fun way to make bulk cards!
So, Debbie, thanks for your friendship. It means so much to me! I'm so grateful that God has seen fit to keep our paths parallel for so long! Let's keep up the fight for faith together!

Well, that's it for today. Zoe is finishing her nuggets and beans and I need to get a move on! Have a great week everyone! See ya soon!

bunco score card

Hi! I haven't posted in awhile but I have had a lot of fun things to share. I only have a bit of time today before I need to feed Zoe and leave for my stampin' group but I wanted to at least get one post in.

Two weeks ago I had bunco. It is such a fun game and I am part of agreat group. For the bunco score cards this month I wanted to make something special and made up these card fronts. The score card is pasted on the back. I borrowed the dice stamp from my friend Evie and I'm not sure who makes it. The round sentiment, thanking the ladies for all they give to the group, is from the Riveting set by Stampin' Up and so is the sentiment, "I get by with a little help from my friends".

Our bunco group is such fun. Everyone needs some type of outlet to get out of the house and just laugh with friends. I have two nights a month that I do this, once for bunco and once for stampin'. Enjoy the card!