Thursday, May 31, 2007

My mom....

I'm super excited because my mom, one of my sisters, and two of her girls will be here in one week and two days!! I can't wait. I have a lot of great memories of my mom but one of my favorites is when we lived in Battle Ground, Washington. My mom always made sure we had fun stuff to do on our little "farm". We had chickens, bunny rabbits, goats, a cow, and even a horse for a little bit. We also had a huge garden where my mom taught us how fun that could be to take care of. I'm so grateful for the memories she has given me. Love you mom!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Pages

Here are a couple of the pages I did yesterday. Aren't they cute?



I've been tagged twice!!

I've been tagged by two of my friends, Jill (Inkgenius) & Lauren (My time, My creations, My stampendance). I can only answer each question by using one word. Here I go.....

Yourself: Sick
Your Partner: Awesome!
Your Hair: Blonde
Your Mother: Friend
Your Father:Gone
Your Favorite Item: Cricut
Your Dream Last Night: Forgot
Your Favorite Drink: Cherry-limeade
Your Dream Car: Caravan
Dream Home: Clean
The Room You Are In: Dining Room
Your Fear: Sharks
Where You Want to be in Ten Years: Here
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: Family
You’re Not: Stylish
One of Your Wish List Items: None
The Last Thing You Did: Medicine
You Are Wearing: Sweats
Your Favorite Weather: Cloudy
Your Favorite Book: Scriptures
Last Thing You Ate: Sandwich
Your Life: Lovin'
Your Mood: Mellow
Your Best Friend: Bryan
What Are You Thinking About Right Now: Nothing
Your Car: Uggghhh
What Are You Doing At The Moment: Coughing
Relationship Status: Married
What Is On Your TV: K'Possible
What Is The Weather Like: Warm
When Is The Last Time You Laughed: Earlier

Here are 5 blogs I think you should check out.........
Kathy
Heather
Sharon
Madebyme
Kerry

Scrapbooking!

I feel like I haven't posted in forever!! We had a fun LONG weekend with all the kids. Lots of swimming was involved, of course. Yesterday was my scrapbooking day with my church. I had about 8 girls over at my house and we got lots done. I finished 14 pages!! Can you believe that? I will upload some in a few. I am still waiting for my new camera to get here to play with it. I'm a bit under the weather today. I am hoping to play in my stamp room if I feel better.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Look what arrived!!

Okay, so I didn't stamp today or yesterday but I did make something...... This yummy BREAD! My Bosche arrived today and I have already used it twice to make the most fabulous bread! I'll attach the recipe at the bottom that I got from my friend Tana.



Wheat Bread

2 1/2 C. Water, 1 T. yeast, 1 T. honey

Put those first 3 ingredients in Bosch and let set for 10 minutes.

Add:

2 C. white flour

2 C. whole wheat flour

1 egg

1/4 C. oil

3/4 C. honey

2 tsp dough enhancer

2 tsp salt

Mix until all ingredients blended. Begin adding more wheat 1 cup at a time (about 4-5 more cups). Mix the flour into the dough mixture until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. When the sides of the bowl are clean stop adding flour. Allow the mixer to knead the dough for 8-10 more minutes. Separate into 3 sprayed bread pans. Let rise 30 minutes or until double in size. Bake on 350 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bloggin' for fun

I have decided that I am going to take my counter and Stamper's top 50 off my blog. I really have no reason for blogging except for fun. I love to share what I make and a little about what's going on around here. I don't like how I was spending too much time checking to see what my stats are. Personally, they are not important to me. I don't need the competition in my life right now.

I'm super excited to do today's challenge on SCS. I got up at 6am today because I needed to feed the baby and I just stayed up. I've already folded one load of laundry and have a load going. I'm going to try to spend less time on the computer today and more time doing what I love.... playing with my little ones and stamping.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

This week's color challenge

This week on SCS the color challenge was to make a card using Vintage Violet, Certainly Celery, & Old Olive. Here is my card. I used Watercolor Wishes, an exclusive SU set I earned back in 2002.

Sketch challenge card....

I made this for SCS's Sketch challenge. I think it turned out okay. Probably not my best work. I used the Cuttlebug Traffic Jam folder, some Michael's ribbon, and Hip Hip Hooray stamp set. The colors are Lavendar Lace, Ballet Blue, & Pixie Pink.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

My exciting day.....

Okay, not much really happened today. I stayed in my jammies until 10:00am and finally got ready when a friend called me to ask if I could watch her kids. You wouldn't believe how fast I can pick up my house, get myself ready, and my kids decent before someone comes over. You would have thought that I was cleaning all day long. I even got a "the house looks great, honey" when Bryan came home from work. My friend Robin calls it the hubby shuffle. Anyway, this past week I sold a lot of my stamps. Probably about half my stash. GASP! Can you believe it?? Well, I figured I wasn't using 350 stamp sets so I'd better just downsize. I am glad that they are going to a good home and will be loved. So with some of the money from the sale I bought a Bosch this week and also a new digital camera. I'm so excited for both of them to get here. Can you believe that I still have a 3.1 megapixel camera? I think that is what the Flinstones used, right? The one I bought is a Kodak Easyshare 710. It has an awesome zoom and is just an all around great camera. I can even take 80 minute video with it. I'm going to try to experiment and maybe have some video on my blog. I think that would be super fun!! I didn't do much stamping today but I did get a scrapbook page finished. Sorry, but it's not blogable. It was pretty basic. Honestly that is how most of my pages are.... simple and quick. I only upload the ones that I put more effort into.

Have a great night everyone. I'm signing off for the day. It is only 10:25 but I am beat!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Little Bug

I wanted to try some different colors with the ladybug in this Papertrey Ink stamp set. I think they turned out quite nicely. I embossed the shell of the ladybug using a Versamark pad and Irridecent Ice embossing powder. The colors I used were So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, & Whisper White.


I'm a Bosch owner!!!

Look what I just bought!!! I'm the proud owner of a new gadget. I'm super excited to make more homemade bread in my house and I know that my family will be, too!!!

Bosch Universal Mixer w/o Blender
700 watt motor
Large 6 quart plastic mixing bowl
Kneads up to 12 pounds of dough
Durable, convenient and versatile
Almost all accessories are dishwasher safe

Free Lurch package with purchase
Includes: Baking Mat, Silicone Glove, Silicone Brush
This mixing bowl holds up to 12 pounds of dough. But you also have the option to mix large or small amounts. Powerful enough for any recipe.Triple whipping action is unsurpassed. This machine will whip one egg white into 1-1/2 cups of meringue.


Technique Lovers Challenge

Here is my card for SCS's Monday challenge. I made this one in about 10-15 minutes. I already had the background made so that made it quick and easy. Hope you enjoy. I just love it because it is pink! I used Something Marvelous stamp set, a white crayon, Cotton Candy Spectrum pad, Basic Black ink, black mini brads, & black gingham ribbon. For the cardstock I used Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Basic Black, & Glossy White.



Sunday, May 20, 2007

What I've been doing....

Okay, here is what I've been up to. I made 4 of these card tins for some girls in my church who just graduated from highschool. I filled each tin with 20 cards/envelopes, and a book of stamps. I also taught in church today and made these little handouts for the girls. The scrapbook page was made for my Super Saturday scrapbooking class. Very simple but I love it!






Friday, May 18, 2007

I'll be back....

Just wanted you all to know that I am not fleeing the country but just at an all day event at my church tomorrow (Saturday). I am teaching 4 classes (YIKES). I'll update and upload tomorrow night. Have a good one!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The "lost" tooth....

Tonight my daughter decided just to pull out her loose tooth by herself. She was so excited until she realized she literally "lost" her tooth. I told her that the toothfairy would know and bring her a little money anyway. She told me that you cannot trick the toothfairy or you will get in trouble so we decided to write a note and I took her picture to put under her bed. Here it is....

Sketch Challenge

Today's sketch challenge on splitcoaststampers was so fun. This card only took me about 5 minutes to create & complete. I got to use my lime cardstock from Prism. I just love that paper!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Another one...

I thought I would make one more card for the color challenge before I went to bed. I really tried to add different elements to this card. Hope you like it!

Color challenge...

Today on Splitcoaststampers the color challenge was to use Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Apricot Appeal, with Green Galore(optional). Here are a couple cards I made.

I used a TAC stamp set for this card, Tempting Turquoise mini brads from SU, and grosgrain from SU.


This card was made using Papertrey Ink's Green Thumb set. I just love all the many things I can do with this set!

Monday, May 14, 2007

3x3 Challenge

On SCS today there was a challenge on making a quick 3x3 card. For this card I pulled out my patterned paper scrap container. I'm so happy that I was able to use some of that stuff!! I used Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, & Whisper White for the cardstock, Basic Brown for the ink, Stampin' Write markers to color it, and Prima Flowers to finish it off.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Michael's ribbon...

Tonight, during my hot date with my husband, I dropped by Michaels to pick up some fab ribbon. I found this fun & bright print that was only $1! I needed to make 4 graduation cards this week so this was quick and easy.

Some pages.....

I thought that since last Saturday was National Scrapbook day I should have some pages on my blog this week. Here you go....

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Look what arrived today...

I'm so super excited!! My Prima Flowers arrived today. There are a TON in each container. I'm going to have flowers forever. These are my first two designs with them. I will try to get more creative later but I have a house full of kids today. Did I mention I am babysitting 2 other boys ages 6 & 2? That makes 5 children under the age of 6 right now. How did I stamp these cards, you ask? Very quickly!!




THIS is why I haven't stamped today....

I left my 2 year old alone for, literally, 5 minutes and this is what happened. Looks like I won't get much stamping done today until naptime.

The baby really didn't care that he was a human Doodlebear!

Here is the happy offender! Looks like he got himself good, too!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Today's Sketch Challenge

Here is a card I made using SCS's Wednesday Sketch Challenge. It took me about 5 minutes and I think it turned out really cute. A little outside the box for me, but cute.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Emily's Challenge

On Emily's Blog she challenged us to use one full sheet of patterned paper to make some cards. I ended up making 9 cards with just one sheet! I love how most of them turned out. It feels so good challenging myself and making me come out of my creative "shell".









Monday, May 07, 2007

Lauren's Challenge

On my friend Lauren's Blog today she had a challenge to use black as your main color with a splash of another color. Here is my card. I used my new Photo Shop in a Box and tried 3 different backgrounds. You will have to tell me which one you like the best.



Photo in a box II

Here is the blog of Lauren Meader (mytime) where I saw the Photo in a box. http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2007/04/27/oh-so-cool-and-professional-softbox-photo-studio/ I bought mine off ebay. It's really cool! I just need to tweak it!

Robyn

My new photo box

Okay, so I went ahead and bought this cool box to take my pictures in. It's so professional but very inexpensive. Here are two pics I took of some cards I made last year. I want to see if the quality is any better. I think I will eventually have to get a nicer camera but this will have to do for now. Hope you enjoy!





Saturday, May 05, 2007

Crazy Saturday

Have you ever had a day that seemed so rush-rush & busy but yet you wonder what really got done?? That was my day. We had so much packed into one day that I am grateful to be able to sit down and take a break for a minute. Here are a few cards that I made a little bit earlier. Are you surprised that there is no butterfly?? Maybe on Monday.....











Friday, May 04, 2007

Friday night fun!!

Tonight after I got back from taking the oldest 3 to see Meet the Robinsons I decided to go play in my stamp room. I just got this AWESOME new Lime paper by Prism and a new Dewdrop inkpad. I was inspired by just using 3 basic colors. I hope you like. I had fun with these!