Thursday, May 16, 2013

Episode 329 - Monochromatic Frog Card!

Hey All!

Yes, it's a real video from me!  I was feeling ambitious last night so I went ahead and filmed it, plus having my tripod back really helped.  LOL!  Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Roses in Winter Card

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

How are you doing today?  It's overcast here but the weather is beautiful.  I can't seem to get myself to do anything productive.  I've had a little pain for the past few days and so I am trying to take it easy.  Today marks 4 weeks since I had my hysterectomy.  It was a partial by laproscopic, for those wondering.  I feel like I am doing pretty well considering the circumstances.  I'm super excited because my kids get out of school in one week.  YAAAYY!  Our pool will be ready to swim this Saturday so bring on the TENNIS, the SWIMMING and the FUN!  I've decided to drive my kids to Karlee's this Summer and then out to Utah.  My sister, Christy, is flying out so I don't have to drive by myself.  So much fun!  Only 6 weeks to go for that!

Today, as I was "resting" in my office, I pulled out my old Stampin' Up! stamp set called Roses in Winter and made this card.  I used SU 2011-2013 In Colors for the ink and the cardstock.  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Post

Hi All!

I hope you all had a fantastic Mother's Day!  I'm going to be completely and totally honest with you.  Mine was good and I love my family but I was a hot mess!  For some reason, I was over emotional and felt very overwhelmed.  My family must love me because they have been able to see so many ups and downs with me over the past 2 months.  I hope they realize that life is not what you see on the TV and that as a mother I am very real.  

I wanted to do something for my kids so I decided to make them each a special card on Monday with some goodies and surprise them before they went to school.  In the cards I let them know how special they are to me and how lucky I am to be their mother.  Here are the BASIC cards I made.  

I have more to share with you so please come back soon!  I made to more sets of cards that are soooo super cute!!

Also, I haven't heard back from the 3 people I randomly chose to purchase my sets of stamps.  I have e-mailed all of them.  If I don't hear back by tomorrow I will go ahead and choose others.  

Thanks a bunch!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Relief Society Invitations

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Today was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL day today!  I was able to sleep in until 10:00 am (thanks honey!) and then when I got up I took my 3 boys to the Farmer's Market, Academy Sports (to get knew tennis shoes for tennis), and then to Sam's Club to pick up some goodies for Relief Society tomorrow.  We are doing something special for all the mom's in our ward.  When I got home I was so exhausted that I put my head on my pillow and slept deeply for over 2 hours!  My body still needs lots of rest but my head doesn't realize it.  After I got up I was able to garden a little outdoors while 4 of my sweet 5 children played outside.  This new hobby is so wonderful in the way that I get to be with my kids so much more plus I still get to do all of my other hobbies.  I have been thinking of the Parable of the Talents lately in the New Testament (Holy Bible).  The Lord will give us as many talents as we want to develop but that doesn't mean he will take away our other talents.  Sometimes I am afraid to try new things because I think then I can't do all the other things I love.  Not true at all!  Plus, I am gaining a whole new respect for plants!   LOL!  I will share pictures of my jungle at the bottom of this post.  This was all done since my surgery but it has been the most peaceful & relaxing thing to do.  

We also, as a Relief Society Presidency, wanted to do a fun activity for the Sisters this month.  One that didn't involve any lessons, talks, etc.  We are calling it our fluff activity!  LOL!  Just opening and closing prayers with food and friendship in the middle!  Can't beat that!  Here are the 72 invitations I made tonight to pass out tomorrow.  Notice how I stamped and didn't use my Cricut on these ones?  I still love my Cricut but it is nice doing something else for a project.

Here are my 3 boys at the Farmer's Market.  All we got today was some Asparagus.  

You will see how how my newest hobby is kind of going a bit crazy BUT I am enjoying the beautiful outdoors so much more now than ever!

Stamp Sets for Sale (Randomly Chosen Buyers)

Hello Everyone!  I randomly chose the buyers of my 3 bundles of stamp sets I have for sale.  No worries because I am going to go through my office and get rid of some other fun stuff that I do not use much anymore.  It's about time!

Set #1

Set #2

Set #3
Tammy Dee

I'll email you all and let you know how to make your payment.

For the rest of you, I will have another post up in about 10 minutes.  I crafted tonight.  YIPEE!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Strawberry Card Sets

Hi Guys!

How is Friday going for you all?  I took my kids to school today then came home and climbed back into bed until 11:30!  YIKES!  It's like I have a good day, then a rest day, etc....  Today I did a little gardening but mainly just hung out and let my kids play outside.  It was so beautiful here!  I love this weather!  I'm not looking forward to the hot temperatures of Summer but I am looking forward to my tomato plants (all 21 of them!) to ripen with the heat.

The other night I made a bunch of fun Strawberry cards using lots of Stampin' Up product!  I am so happy that I am using my stamps again.  I seriously didn't know how much I missed them until now!  I hope you enjoy these.  I was going to try to make a video showing how I made these but, alas, my tripod is still in my husband's car.  Ooops!!  

I also wanted to make these cards so that they could be used for any occasion or that I could quickly stamp something on the top right or left as needed.  I am making these into two gift sets for friends who just had birthdays last week, too.  

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Winner of Comfort Food Stamp Set!

Hello Everyone!

Can I tell you that I feel 100 times better today than yesterday?  Oh, the difference a day makes!  Today seemed like an almost normal day for me.  Got up with the kids, helped them get ready, sent them off to school, and then took one to an ortho appointment.  I was then able to go to lunch with a new friend in my ward/church who lost her husband almost 4 weeks ago in a car accident.  She just moved into our ward and was only there 1 full Sunday before it happened.  She has 5 small children (ages ranging from 2 years to 10 years) and she is expecting their 6th child in August.  If you would keep her and her family in your prayers I know that she would appreciate that.  It was nice to see her today and to talk about normal, everyday stuff with her.  This has been a very hard trial for her but I can see that her faith in the Lord is very clear.  She knows that she will see her husband again and that they will be together forever as a family someday.  She just needs to make it through this life on earth first.  Since I am the Relief Society President in my ward (I am LDS aka Mormon, in case you are wondering), I was able to be with her from the first phone call to now.  I was also able to witness all the many hands that silently helped her out those first few hours.  Ladies that came over to quietly clean, friends that came over to watch her little children, food that was brought in, lots of hugs & comfort offered, etc.  Although, this is a tragic event in her life, today she told me that she did recognize the blessings in it all.  This experience made me reflect on the trials in my life.  It really comes down to how we deal with what we are given.  If our outlook is positive (although it is totally okay to grieve and be sad), our burdens will be lighter, and of course, if we rely on our Savior to help us through it, we can do it!  

Okay, I am actually announcing the winner to the stamp set giveaway!  Are you so proud of me?  I am!  I can't believe that I have been in my craft room every night for a week now and even better..... BLOGGING!  I love it!  My kids have missed me upstairs with them as they fall asleep, too!

Here we go.....

Drumroll, please....

The winner of the Papertrey Ink Stamp Set Comfort Food is....

Paper Sewn Visions

Congratulations!  I will send you an e-mail asap!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Stamp Sets for Sale


Hello Everyone!  

I'm not exactly how I am going to do this.  I want to be fair to every one of my viewers.  I have grouped the stamp sets I am selling in 3 groups.  I will only sell them in these groups and will not split them up.  They are a smashin' deal with most of the sets at only $5.  They are all retired now.  Some are hard to find stamp sets.  I have personally unmounted all of these so they store great and just need to be used with clear blocks just like MPS stamps!  If you are interested in any of these sets, Set 1, Set 2, or Set 3, please leave a comment stating which set you are interested in along with your e-mail.  I will then randomly pick.  I will let you know in a couple days so those that view my blog in a reader will be able to also take part as most of them get my blogs a day later than everyone.  Sound good??  No need to e-mail me, just please leave a comment below where it says to leave a comment.  Payments will have to be made through Paypal to make it easy.  Thanks so much everyone!!  You all are the best!

Set 1 - $45

Set 2 - $50 
(includes very hard to find Chore Chart)

Set 3 - $45

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Papertrey Ink Stamp Set Giveaway! Comfort Food!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  

Well, actually it hasn't been a totally happy Tuesday for me if you want to know the truth.  I went grocery shopping for the first time and when I finished I had an emotional breakdown for 30 minutes in my car.  Do you like how I'm real with you?  I'm not normally a cry baby but I've been through a lot these past 2 months and something triggered my breakdown today.  I'm so much better now.  My husband came home for lunch and gave me a big hug.  That's kind of all I needed.  If you don't know what happened to me, you can read about it HERE.   What I learned from my ordeal today is that we should never judge anyone by looking at them.  Obviously the cashier when I was checking out didn't know what I was going through and so many times in my life I probably have been insensitive to someone who was going through a problem as well.  It's just a good idea to never judge.  Period!  Also, I learned as I was shedding my tears in the car, that I have a Savior who does know what I am going through.  He is who understands it all and is really the only one who can truly comfort me.   I am grateful for the Atonement and through my trials I am getting a much better understanding of what it really means for me.  

Okay, enough about my day!  YIKES!  Tomorrow will be better, I just know it!

Last week, somehow, I ordered a bunch of stuff online.  (Note to self.... Never have access to a computer and credit card while recovering from a major surgery and on pain medication.  Not a good combination!)  Anyway, I seemed to have ordered 2 of the same stamp set from Papertrey Ink!  LOL!  Instead of trying to return it, I thought I would give it away to one of my awesome online friends.  The funny thing is that it is a Get Well Soon type of stamp set called Comfort Food!  Hee Hee!  Here's a picture of what it looks like.  I'll probably pick a winner this weekend but you know me, it might be early next week.  It all depends on how I'm feeling.  Thanks for listening to my ramblings today.  It's nice to share it with my friends.  Just leave a comment on how you would use this stamp set in the comments below.  Good night!

P.S.  Don't forget to leave a way that I can contact you in the comments!

Monday, May 06, 2013

Stamp Organization!

 Hello Everyone!

Thought I'd check in tonight before I head off to bed.  I've decided to pull all of my stamp sets out of their cubbies and put them on my shelves where I can see them!  I have missed my stamps so much.  Tonight I went through what I have left from when I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator years ago.  I kept my favorites and made a pile that I will sell at a really good price.  I'll make a list later and let you all know.  I might do them in 2 bundles.  I believe I have 32 SU sets to sell and some of them are hard to find sets like Chore Chart, etc.  They have all been removed from their wood blocks and unmounted (all by ME!)  Anyway, here are pictures so far.  I am limited still on what I can do physically, so this took me a bit of time.  I had to make sure I didn't lift anything too heavy.

These are all of My Pink Stamper sets.  Boo Hoo that they are all retired now!  I do have to say, that I made the right decision retiring when I did.  I cannot imagine going through what I am now while owning my very busy business still.

Here is the stack that I am going to sell.  They aren't perfect and most have been used but they will make some stamper super happy!

A little update on me.  I got back in town on Saturday night and I was pretty much wiped out until this evening.  I think all that walking in the airport did me in.  Although I am now paying for it, I am so glad that I went.  Just having that quality time with Bryan was worth it.  We were able to enjoy each others company even if I wasn't feeling well during the trip.  It also was a good reminder of why I married him and how I am so grateful to be sealed to him eternally and that we can be together forever.  Next month we will celebrate our 17th anniversary.  Oh, how time flies!  

I hope you all are having a great start to your week!  I'll check in with you soon.  I'm going to try to lay low for the next couple of days.  It's sooooo hard to keep me down, though!  

Friday, May 03, 2013

Hello from Utah & a Shout Out!

Hello my Pink Friends!

Just wanted to check in for a minute all the way from Utah!  My husband and I had this little trip planned before everything happened with me, and we decided that I was well enough to travel on a direct 2 hour flight.  It's been nice seeing my mom and sister since they were not able to be with me during my traumatic experience.  We travel back home tomorrow but it was a nice break.  I hung out in my hotel room and rested while my husband spent most of the day at a Convention.  I'm looking forward to being back in my own bed tomorrow night, although we lucked out and found a good hotel which we will stay at again when we visit.

If you've never been to Utah, here are some pictures I took.  The mountains have always amazed me, ever since I first visited Utah when I was 20 years old.  Hope you are all having a nice weekend!  I'll visit with you guys very soon!

I also wanted to do a little shout out to some of my long time viewers!  As often as I can, I like to check out your blogs, too!!  Please let me know where to visit you in my comments and I would love to stop by and say "hi"!   I also want to thank all of you who do leave me comments.  I read every one of them and am touched that you take the time.  

Tonight I went over and visited these wonderful blogs.  You should stop over and say "hi", too!