Friday, December 10, 2010

Fun Christmas Video

Hope you enjoy the video and it gives you a smile today.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bad Bad Blogger

Yup, I did it again, totally forgot I had a blog. Ok, maybe I didn't forget but life got away with me and I thought about the blog but didn't know what to blog about. It's been a rough year but we're looking forward to the New Year and a better year. So I won't promise that I will blog daily, weekly or monthly, I will blog more than I did this year.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A very big THANK YOU

Whooo Hooo, I won! I'm sending a very big Thank You to Donna at Popsicle Toes . I was the fortunate winner of the Custom Crops gift certificate from her blog hop. She has a wonderful blog with lots of inspiration to share. If you scroll thru her projects you will see some wonderful Christmas cards.
You have to visit Custom Crops too and check out all their wonderful sales. I love their sales on Cricut cartridges and I buy "My Pink Stamper" stamps from them also. I haven't decided which cartridge I'm buying with my gift certificate but I'll be deciding soon.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Birthday Cards

I decided that I was going to make all of the birthday cards this year. This is the card I made for all the teen girls in our families. The girl image and sentiment on the front of the card are made with Close to my Heart stamps. Inside the card the "Birthday Wishes" is from "My Pink Stamper" line of stamps I think. I love the saying for this card. It's perfect for teen girls. It reminds them they are exactly who they are supposed to be. "Be Yourself... Everyone else is taken"! All the papers on this card are made with scraps.



This card was made for all the young boys. It's so super easy. Patterned paper for the top portion and scrap paper for the blue and green cardstock. The cupcake was punched from patterned paper also, I punched a scalloped circle to mount the cupcake on and the front is done. The inside candle border is a EK Success border punch I think. So super easy for little boys that don't really care about cards.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CKC


Two of my very best friends and I decided we needed a fun day so we went to the CKC convention in Des Moines in July. We had SOOOOO much fun. And we all spent way more than we planned but Oh My, we got so many wonderful scrapping goodies.
Thelma and I bought our Christmas gifts for each other while we were there. Here is some of the fun things she picked out. Of course I'll have a few little surprises for her too.


Wish I had pics of the things she bought for me. LOVE LOVE the brown album I'll be getting later this year. We had so much fun picking out our gifts that we may do this every year. We definitely hope CKC comes back to Iowa.
We all said we bought enough supplies to keep us scrapping for quite some time. Patty and I have been scrapping every Tuesday afternoon. I've used alot of the supplies I bought at CKC. With winter and cold weather coming I think I need another shopping day at CKC. Heres a look at the goodies I bought that day.

Monday, September 6, 2010

LIFE

Sorry I haven't posted for quite awhile. There has been much mourning and healing going on in our family. Life has a way of taking you places you don't see coming and you never wanted your family or your adult children to have to walk thru. But here we are. Decisions were made and lives are forever changed. People come into your family and they dont' always have the same values as your family. They make very bad decisions that can't be fixed. But our Lord is good and He will see our family thru. We've been leaning heavily on these verses- Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight", and also Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". We are all a little sadder but we are together and we have our faith to see us thru.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thank You Maggie

Quite a while back I won the Celebrations cartridge on a blog give away at Maggie's blog Cuttlebug Challenge. I was so excited. It was the best gift I had won on a blog. Maggie and I emailed back and forth, while we both waited patiently for the mailman to deliver my wonderful gift. It never came. We send alot of packages thru USPS so I know mistakes happen and things get lost. Maggie was so wonderful and sent me another one. YEAH for Maggie!!!! She's the best. I was so happy and very surprised when it came this week. I took it right down to my scrap room and played with the Cricut for quite awhile. It has so many wonderful images on this cart. And she sent me the most beautiful card and some fun extras too. LOVE the bling. So go check out Maggie and her helpers at Cuttlebug Challenge and Cutting Above. Cuttlebug Challenge has the neatest DAD album for Fathers Day.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Cards

I made a Thank You card for Mona and the wonderful ladies at Maple Ridge. They had a wonderful lunch for the volunteers at Tasos and gave away such great gifts. THANK YOU Ladies!! This is a quick and easy card but thats how I like to make them. Nothing to time consuming. It was scrap black and cream paper with a large prima black flower and a cream flower made with a satin cording and pearls. Add a little ribbon and you have a simply understated card that can be used for so many different occasions.
This card is made with the Cricut and is just to cute. The pictures don't do this card justice. Its a band aid card, I used textured beige cardstock for the bandaid part of it and a white linen paper for the white gauze section. The texture really makes it look real. I'm making them is several different sizes and putting them in a large band aid tin and giving them to Erica. She can send them to her students next school year when they are sick. I'm probably more tickled about them, they are just so CUTE!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Laughter for a rainy day -Wrinkled Ladies

This is for all of us wrinkled ladies out there.
Anita Renfroe is a great Christian comedian that works with Women of Faith. She helps us not take ourselves to seriously. There is another one of her videos in the last post. Just scroll down.
Hope you have a good laugh today.


Laughter for a rainy day!

It's a rainy gloomy day here and I needed something to brighten my mood and make me laugh today. Anita Renfroe is perfect for what I needed today. You can't watch without laughing. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

I hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day. Erica had to work at the learning center in Des Moines so we had Mothers Day early Sunday morning. Tyler and Emma came over and everyone was wonderful about taking as many pictures as I wanted. What better present is there than that? Kids who happily smile for as long as I want!


Erica was so sweet and got me a gift card to my FAVORITE store- Hobby Lobby! Love it. And this week they have a 40% off coupon. Now just to find time to get to Des Moines.


Tyler and Emma brought this BEAUTIFUL bouquet of roses. My very FAVORITE flower! It had so many different colors of roses. They smelled wonderful.
Roger and I had a lazy day after the kids left. We talked, took a nap, went for a drive to Keomah. It was so peaceful and quite out there. Really makes us miss camping. And I got to read quite a bit thru the day too. I love to read but I hate to stop and when I start a new book I don't want to do housework or anything else. So I try to only read on vacation. But Roger had gotten me a new book and it was sooooo long before vacation. So I read it part of the day and most of the night Sunday. By Monday night I had it done. It's kind of like a really good piece of chocolate. Its so good you don't want to stop, but when it's gone you wish you would of made it last longer. Ha Ha. Now I have to get ready for a yard sale and no more reading books til vacation in July. I think I"m getting the other 3 books in the series and they'll be perfect for reading on the beach.

Friday, May 7, 2010

I WON!! I WON!!

Woooot Woooot for me! I won 2 Cricut cartridges over at The Cuttlebug Challenge. On Sunday I won THE.... Pink Journey cart and Straight From the Nest. I can't even believe I won the Pink Journey cartridge. I've been wanting it for a very long time but wasn't willing to pay what it was going for on Ebay. Everyone knows I love Ebay and get my very best deals on there but Pink Journey is such a sought after cartridge that it goes for a pretty large amount.

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Maggie and the wonderful gals at The Cuttlebug Challenge. They do wonderful work and always have some new inspiration there.

Now I'm waiting very impatiently by the mailbox waiting for the cartridges to get here so I can play.

I"m still trying to figure out how to add their "Winner" blinkie to my blog. I've tried so many times and it's just not working. Well, I'm off to try again.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Purse from Forever Young

Challenge 5 at My Pink Stamper is a Teacher Appreciation gift. My daughter is a teacher at a Christian school and they take care of their teachers very well. But I wanted to do a little for her so I made this purse I'm going to add a gift card or two inside.


I used the Forever Young Cricut cartridge and enlarged the design on my Gypsy so it would cut it bigger. I loved the pink glittered circles in this paper so I accented them with the pink fringe I bought at Hobby Lobby quite some time ago. There are jewels that hang from the fringe and the the paper has a shimmer to it so I wanted to add a clasp that sparkled too. It's actually a ribbon slide and I attached it with glue dots. To keep the flap on the purse down I added a piece of Velcro under the flap.

I think she's going to like the purse even more than the gift cards. I just hope she doesn't see it on here before I get it sent to her.

More Challenges from National Scrapbook Day

Challenge #4 is to use a Cricut cartridge that you thought you HAD to have and then have realized you never use it or use it very little. Thats the case with From the Kitchen cartridge. I thought I had to have it, I would use it all the time. Nope, didn't happen. Hadn't even opened it except to redeem the points at Cricut.com/rewards. (little side note- I had enough points to get a free cartridge- YEAH George Basic Shapes)

I looked thru the From the Kitchen cartridge several times trying to find something to make with this. Just didn't see anything that I really liked. I decided to use the cup cake image. I'm making most of my cards this year and I can always use another birthday card to have on hand.
I am amazed that this has turned out to be my favorite card!! I used scraps for every part of this card. I used a Martha Stewart border edge punch on the white card stock and a jewel instead of a cherry on top of the cupcake. The sentiment says "Sweet thoughts of You" and it's from the My Pink Stamper line of stamps. Now I"m off to make a few more of these out of the scraps that are left.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Thinking out side the box

The next challenge for National Scrapbook Day was to think outside the box and use something on your layout that you don't normally use. I've had an unopened bottle of Glossy Accents since the fall and hadn't been brave enough to try it. So today was the day.


It's really hard to see on this layout but it will take any diecut, image, sticker or whatever you want to put it on and make it shiny. This is not my favorite layout but I'm into getting it done lately. But I did like it abit better after I jazzed it up a bit. I added the Glossy Accents to the flowers and then added Stickles around the edges of the Glossy Accents. I aslo added Stickles to the edge of the journaling oval, the word "Good" and to the green accent in the corner. I love Stickles but I usually use them on cards and hadn't used it on a layout. It really makes a big difference when you see it up close.
Ok, now it's your turn, think outside the box and go try something on your layout that you don't normally use. Have Fun!

Use up your scraps

I love this challenge at My Pink Stamper. We're to use up our scraps. I'm usually pretty good about using scraps but I haven't been scrapping much and when I do it's quicker to just use the paper on hand instead of sorting thru all of my scraps and then not finding the color I need.

I must scrap alot with blue and green cardstock because the blue and green drawer is over flowing. I did make a card with some pattern paper scraps and then I used some of the blue and green scraps too. The flowers were cut out of the pattern paper and I used pop dots to pop them up. I think it turned out great. The "Smile" is a My Pink Stamper's line of stamps. She designed them so they work perfectly with the Cricut images and cards.

National Scrapbook Day

I'm having fun doing the challenges for National Scrapbook Day over at the Pink Stamper's blog. I've been busy doing her challenges and some of my own scrapbooking.

Here's my scrapbook island before I started. I like to keep it clean in between my scrapping sessions. So I clean it each time. I have a feeling today it's going to get pretty messy in my room before I'm done.

The 1st challenge was to make something for or about your Mother. I made a Mother's day card with a new flower technique I learned. I love these flowers, there are so easy to make.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Pink Stamper

Saturday is National Scrapbook Day and I have my house cleaned and all of my chores done so I can scrapbook the day away. Hmmmmmm, ok, maybe part of the day. There are always chores and laundry that need done.

But I'm going to be hanging out in my basement scrapbook room scrapping as much as possible and when I come upstairs I'll be checking in at My Pink Stamper blog. There will be lots of wonderful Cricut goodies that she's giving away. Woot Woot, we all love free stuff. Especially scrapbook stuff! I have both of her stamp sets and they are wonderful. They stamp crisp clean images and I haven't found any stamps like them. The stamps were made to go with the Cricut images and are perfect for cards. I also have her videos and love them. I've learned so much about the cricut by watching her videos.

I'm in the middle of planning a Cricut Swarm crop. Everyone can bring their Cricuts and I'm hoping I have one or two ladies that maybe teaching some Cricut classes. I'll have my Gypsy there so you can try it out if you don't have one already. Leave me a message with your email if your interested in the crop and I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A New Look

For some reason I think I need a picture for every post and I haven't downloaded any pics on the computer for a while. I have wonderful pictures from Easter and our newest little great nephew. He's so very sweet and kissable! I've made cards and a few layouts at a crop last saturday, so we'll see if I can get them posted soon.

I've been "spring cleaning" of sorts. My basement storage room has been driving me crazy for quite some time. So I finally took the time and went thru boxes and boxes of Erica and Tyler's toys and keepsake boxes. Who needs every A paper they every received in school??? As I was going thru the boxes I transferred everything from cardboard boxes to rubber maid totes. I actually like going into the storage room now and just looking at all the totes lined up in a nice row. Everything has labels and dates in them so I know right where everything is. Yup, I know. CRAZY! But it's the small crazy things that keeps this girl happy.

When I was done with the storage room I painted my scrapbook room. I've hated the yellow paint as soon as I was done painting it. But I HATE to paint so I left it hoping against all odds that it would grow on me and I would learn to love it. No such hope. Two years later I still hate it. I decided to go black, white and pink in there this time. The two short walls are still white and I painted the two long walls Verbena pink. Some of the furniture is still white and I painted some pieces black. I LOVE it! It's my new happy place. Now if I just had some free time to spend in there scrapbooking.

While I was at it I decided my blog could use a little sprucing up of its own. I tried a few new looks but didn't find any others that I loved. I think this one might be around for a while tho. I just realized It matches my new scrapbook room colors! LOL I'm really into this new color scheme I guess.

I think my next project will be the laundry room. Although I really should get my regular spring cleaning done to the main part of the house. You can hardly see out my windows! Oh, and the garden needs planted and flowers planted, and a yard sale to get ready for. I guess I'm off to the laundry room to see if there is anything in there I can add to the yard sale.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Anniversary Card

I made this anniversary card for Tyler and Emma for their first anniversary. I can't believe it's been a year already. WOW! Time flies.

I found the idea at Craft Junkie Too . We had a gift certificate that needed to go in it so I needed to make it BIG. I took a 12x12 sheet of black paper and folded it in half for the base.


I cut the heart and the letters and number with the Cricut. the heart is made with silver shimmer paper and the 1yr was made with the white glitter paper from Target.
I like to decorate the inside of the card so I printed my sentiments using a Word program on the computer and then I decorated the inside with scrap paper. I like using up those scraps!
The bows were made using leftover ribbon from the pew bows from the wedding. I made my own envelope but forgot to take a picture of it. It had a large scallop at the top to allow the envelope to come just below the bow.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Flowers for the Teachers

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of spending the day with Erica at the Marshalltown Christian School were she teaches first & second grades. It was Parent Teacher conferences and a work day for their spring program.

Before I went I wanted to make something special for the teachers. They are a wonderful group of women that mean so much to Erica. I decided it would be nice to have something bright and springy for their desks during conferences. I used the Cricut and the George cartridge using both flowers from that cartridge. With each color I cut them at different sizes and shapes. I curled the edges slightly and glued them together and attached them to a wood skewer and attached a button to the center of each. I filled the vases with spring colored M&M's and tied a ribbon to each vase. It was a fairly quick and easy project.



During conferences I cut titles and images for their spring program using the Cricut. When we were done with the items needed for the program I cut images for their bulletin boards using lots of different cartridges. The one we used the most for images was A Child's Year. I have lots of ideas for Erica's classroom bulletin boards next year.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Last of Kitchen pictures

The wall words are above the pantry door which you see when you come in the back door. I love this verse and it sits the feeling for my whole home as soon as guests walk in the door.


I cut the pantry letters and scrolls out with my Cricut with black vinyl. I really liked the way it turned out.
The iron scroll work hangs above the the island and cupboards. I bought this plate at Hobby Lobby and love it. It sits on the island between the kitchen and dining room.

I love the coffee mugs and iron carrier, it was a gift from the kids at Christmas.
Little did they know it would go perfectly in the new kitchen. I found the curtains when we were first talking about redoing the kitchen. I loved the Waverly print and knew it would add the warm feeling I wanted in the kitchen. We did change out the faucet to match the oil rubbed bronze knobs on the cabinets.
The school cookie jar above the cabinets was my mother inlaws. She always had it filled with cookies when Roger and his brothers and sister came home from school.
I love my new canisters. I ended up buying them from Ebay and they were much much cheaper than JC Pennys. They are the first things I see when I walk into the kitchen from the family room and they make me smile every time. First- because I love the way they look and Second- because I know what a terrific deal I got.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lambs of the Lord

Here is a lamb I made for Erica's class bulletin board. As a christian school teacher she doesn't have alot of money to spend on class room decorations. For her spring bulletin board I made each of the kids a lamb and she'll put them up with the title "Lambs of the Lord" It's a very inexpensive decoration compared to the prices at the Learning Center.


Thursday and friday I'll be in Marshalltown using my Cricut to make back drop decorations and titles for the Marshalltown Christian school spring program. I get to play with the Cricut all day and it helps the school have inexpensive decorations.

Monday, March 8, 2010

More kitchen photos

The countertops are in and I love them. It gives such a totally different look to the kitchen. I'm still deciding on some finishing touches. Like the canisters. I found these at Target and I like them well enough but:
I LOVE these I found at Pennys Home store. But the price is a bit much. Hmmmmm, maybe a Mothers Day present???

Loving the new frig with ice and water in the door and the new pantry is so wonderful. I don't even mind cooking with my new double oven. I do LOVE the new counter tops. It makes the wood of the cupboards look even better. The kitchen has such a warm feeling to it now.
I'll post pics of the decorating soon. Roger still has to put up the cornice boards on the cupboards and I need to wire the flowers to the greenery. We put up the wall words tonight and it looks great.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Perfectly Ordinary Days

This video is to all Moms. The empty nesters who understand this all to well, the soon to be empty nesters that are just now coming to the realization and the Moms with kids still at home. Treasure the ordinary days!!
(it takes a second to load so please be patient. It's so very worth the wait)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We're almost done

The kitchen remodel has taken on a life of it's own. But we're almost done. You know, those small last details that can get put off until you have the time? Well, those are the ones we're trying to get done. But here are some pics of the kitchen along the way.

We're so thankful Tyler and Emma only live a block and a half from us. They were here every night and a few weekends helping. We couldn't have gotten it all done with out Tyler. This is Roger and Tyler laying the FIRST floor. Yup, the first floor.


Here you can see the floor is very very light and not at all what we thought we were getting. We learned alot of lessons about flooring thru this.


And here are the guys laying the SECOND floor! Yes we took up the first floor and put down a second floor and it looks so much better. I just love the color of the wood on the second floor.

Roger is hooking up the frig we bought in Nov. YEAH!!!! We finally have an ice maker and water in the door. It's the small things that makes a girl happy.


I think my new double oven maybe my favorite new appliance. It's definitely something I've been wanting for a very long time. I really do love it. I use the top oven almost daily.


We decided to replace the cabinet knobs too. The white ones are the old knobs and the oil rubbed bronze knobs are the new ones. They make the cabinets look so much better.


Here we are getting ready for the new counter tops. Our contractor went on a missions trip before they came in so we had to wait for them to be installed. But it was so very worth it.


I have to download the rest of the pictures so I'll post them in the next day or so.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Why we Scrapbook

Reminisce made a video about "Why we scrapbook", my friend Angela Ploegman's kids are featured in the video. You can visit her blog and see all of the wonderful projects she does for Reminisce.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

More blog candy

Ok Ladies, here is even more blog candy. Make sure you enter to win before Jan. 27th. I was on a roll last fall but haven't won anything for a while. Go to ALL PINK GIRL to enter this one


You can win Martha Stewart punches at ABC Toys and Crafts
And the Daily Marker has a great give away too. Stamps, pearl bling, ink pads, card stock. We can all use free stuff to help supplement our crafts. So enter to win!
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