Saturday, March 29, 2008


So, Saturday's are the long run days and this week is one of our down weeks and I didn't run at all this week with the snow, rain, and crazy weather. So today I thought- "No biggie, it's just 6 miles!" Well smarty with asthma here still has to be able to breathe!! I should have run this week rain/sleet or snow. That was the hardest part with it being so cold and a dry cold.
I guess the part I laugh at most is that we are all in our 30's and there is a wide range in those 30- proud to hold the middle ground myself. But we all have suffered injuries and have daily aches and pains. But not one of us has been willing to call it quits. And I so have wanted to plenty of times. I can't wait though until next week... we run 14 and that will be just a little over a real "half marathon". I need to register this month and honestly I just can't decide whether to do a half or kill my body with a full.
Thanks for listening to the ramblings. Promise to post more artwork this next week!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ooops I forgot...

This year Easter was just too early. It caught me off guard. I knew it was early and coming but still didn't really grasp just how early!!
I forgot to post my Easter Card I had made. I made cute little baskets to give away and forgot to take a picture. But I did get a picture of the card. And I love how it turned out!!! I hope everyone had a blessed Easter.

Colors are Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Colonial White, and Blush. The stamp set was our Stamp of the Month for January. Very fun set. The dots are from Simple Stitches. The boxes are raised with foam squares and the eggs and flowers have pop dots for dimension.

I hope you have a great day.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I've Been Tagged and I didn't even know it!!

I was tagged by Leslie-
7 Intersting or Weird Facts about myself....

1. My very first concert was Tina Turner at 12 or 13. I got to go backstage and I remember thinking how cool they had shrimp cocktail everywhere!!

2. After seeing Poetic Justice I had my hair done in braids. I only wore them for a week and they were soo heavy!!! I am still not sure what I was thinking.

3. I am a HGTV and Food Network Junkie!! I can't get enough of my favorite shows on those channels. Especially Ace of Cakes and Food Challenge. I love Color Splash and all of the Design to Sell or What you get for the money type of shows.

4. I would love to be just like Martha- all but the jail stint. I just don't have the time or time management to do all that organizing and projects that I have lists to do!!

5. By the time I was 19 I had moved over 20 times in my life. Crazy to add onto it given I am 35 now and moved a ton more.

6. I am really shy when you first meet me. I often get pegged for being a little stuck up maybe... but I am just shy. Of course if you already know me you would never say that is true!!

7. I absolutely hate peas. and Absolutely LOVE a skinny vanilla latte and Diet Coke!!

Okay so the rules are...
Link to the person who tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
Share 7 random/and or wierd facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.
Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
So here are the ones who I chose to tag:,,

I heard a little bird singing...

I had a cleaning busy day yesterday getting ready for my Lia Sophia Jewelry Party. And I am so excited to announce that not only do I get to pick out some Amazing Hostess Benefits but I also signed up!! I am going to start under Stacie who is just amazing. I am just hooked. I used to run a jewelry shop- Friendze. It is out of Texas and it was a beading shop and we sold some sterling pieces and fun gifts. I loved it. And Lia Sophia's jewelry is fun, affordable and I can't wait to get started sharing it with everyone!!!

But for now I want to share this card I made today. Ethan is taking naps again and I couldn't be happier to have a little fun time to myself during the day. It is a nice way to get my creative juices out before 2 am.

The colors are colonial white, heavenly blue, cocoa. I machine stitched on the card for the first time. I was ultra excited to break out the sewing machine!! I have hand stitched on cards before but never got out the machine and it was fun and will have a permanent place out on the table now!! I also used window charms (on both sides), eyelet, and safety pin to make a cute charm to dangle from the ribbon. Finished card is 4 x 5.5

Saturday, March 22, 2008


No artwork today... But I have to tell you--- I ran 12 miles today!! It is absolutely insane to think it. But this morning I was absolutely excited. I didn't sleep very good even the last couple of hours in bed. And today I ran the ENTIRE time. I ran 5 minutes faster than my 10 mile run last Monday. Thank you God for the ability to do so!!
It was fun running with the group rather than alone. Although, it get into such a zone that it is like you are running alone. I was glad to have Christi behind me so that I would "have" to keep running. We also ran with our pastor and boy for a man that only does 3 miles he kicked all of our times. But what a rewarding day!!!
Can't make this too long, have to keep moving so I don't get stiff. Talk later!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Welcome Baby Boy

Well, I can't show off Easter yet. But here is a card I made yesterday for a friend who just had a baby boy!! I had such fun making it and think it turned out sooo cute.. Enjoy. You can click on the image to see it up close. The colors got a little light on the post.

Card: His eye is paper pieced with Colonial white, ears, nose, and tummy are paper pieced with the B&T from the card...

Card with front of envelope:

and the tootsie boy closes the back of the envelope:

Colors are colonial white, heavenly blue, cocoa. Stamp Sets: solo B, A birthday wish, Simple Stitches, April Stamp of the Month- Express Postage and Tootsie.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cheerleading Rah-Rah

Brookelyn's cheer season is over. Sad for her. It was a really fun time. She cheered for Upward and we loved it. It was a great way to have fun and pour the love of Jesus into the girls at the same time. She had a fantastic coach- Dinah :o)
They had their party on Tuesday evening and here is a card I made for her coaches. I also made paper bag books for each of the girls and for Coach Dinah to put pictures in. I haven't take pictures of those yet though.

All products used making this card are Close to My Heart. Colors are Dutch Blue and Honey. Main image is pop dotted several times for dimension. The main scalloped flower is traced onto White Daisy cardstock from a dimensional chipboard. that piece was also ran through the Cuttlebug- I don't think you tell that in the picture. But I used Bloom Dots A2 embossing folder. The other flower is made up from the Angel Whispers Stamp set and the Cheerleading. Honey colored sassy strands are wrapped around the safety pin that attaches the dimensional element "thank you".

Thanks for stopping by check back tomorrow to see more... Easter creations.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

April Workshop

Enjoy how cute these little albums are?? They will be great given as a Mother's Day gift, to friend moving away, a brag book in your purse- of the ones you love and the talent you have!! Sign up for this event will be $15 due when you sign up. We are changing the date- I planned over Spring Break not thinking too good!!! A new eVite will go out today. But if you didn't get one and would like to participate please email me or post a comment here and I will get in touch with you.

Have a great day!! Thanks for stopping by.

Scrappy Happy on St Patty's Day

I have been locked up in my house with my sick little boy... so during rest time on Monday I was looking through some old photos while cleaning up my scrap room... and decided to do a layout. I challenged myself to only Green!!! And here is what I came up... but maybe a little background. Our dog- Max loves to play in the hose water. I love to put it on "jet" and make it run from one end of the yard to the other and he does because he wants that water. So, then Ethan learned this little trick and made Max follow him everywhere with the hose in hand... I apologize for the flash on the photos.

Products used:
CTMH- White Daisy CS, Clover leaf B&T for "Follow" cut by cricut George Basics, Topiary, Key Lime, Kiwi, and Sweet Leaf inks, Angel Whispers and Delightful Alphabet stamps, Buttons- some CTMH and contraband, Offray ribbons, Apple Barrel leaf green and real green paints.

Hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Croup Boy!!

Well it was a scary bout with croup and now that he is feeling almost back to healthy. He still has the cough and can't be active without being out of breath.
I will share the story and how I know for sure I am scrapbooker.

He had a rough night Friday night after the ladies left from the card class. He was asleep in our bed and on fire... He had that laboring breathing but I didn't want to wake him. So the next morning the seal had shown up. He was barking rather than coughing and his whole tummy was breathing for him. He had a fever and we gave him ibuprofen and he never left the couch.. Not the Saturday morning boy we are used to. Needless to say in the afternoon we were rushing out the door with a boy who just simply couldn't breath. We made it to Swedish ER where they gave him and Epi mist treatment and a dose of steroid... Didn't take much effect and they decided to transfer him to Swedish Children's Hospital. So, he rode by ambulance to the unit and I have to say when he was stable and all was okay in the ambulance I thought- I hope this never has to happen again but I wish I had my camera to show him later. Agghhh- scrapping thoughts.
The ER nurse and the young man Steve from the ambulance were amazing fingerprints of God. They took such great care of our little guy. It was just so comforting to know how much they really cared for him. He even gave Ethan little knuckles when he got him settled in his room. I just loved it.

Here are a few pics I did get in the hospital room.. they go from sick boy that just didn't have much "life" to him.. to restless boy wanting to go home. I'm not sick in my mind or heart mom- I just can't breathe.

Right before "bedtime"

These are him ready to go mom. He had some eggs for breakfast and a red jello.. and he was ready to wave goodbye and go.

We had to wait a long time for his last dose of steroid to come and that was his discharge rights. He got really restless waiting. So the cord to the tv became quite a photo shoot... this was just a sampling of "look mom and take a pic.. let me see...oh look at this mom and take pic..." you see the pattern. We took over 50 pictures in the hour wait for the pharmacy.

Friday, March 7, 2008

More Workshop Cards

And these are a few more of the cards we will be doing at our workshop/class this next Friday. I just have to get cuttin' now!!

The first two incorporate fun stamped images and one of my favorite papers. Free Spirit. I used Legendary Moments, Ticket Tags, Genuine Fun, Happy Birthday... Colors are Colonial White, Cocoa, and Twilight. Ribbons are cocoa and twilight ribbon rounds.

This next one is made using March Stamp of the Month Simple Beauty.
Colors are Black, Grey Flannel, Grey Wool ink, Sweet leaf and White Daisy...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Long time no blog...

I am so sorry that life is just getting ahead of my ability to keep up to date. I read so many blogs everyday you would think I could at least update my own. I love looking at artwork on all the ones I visit daily that I have decided I am going to have to post more of my own artwork. So, hopefully I will be able to do just that!!!

In February we had a great month!! We decided to walk in faith or obedience to the Lord rather, and put our homestudy up for review for a family that we are so interested in. I hope that you all will stay in prayer with us as we should be hearing something soon. Valentines day was such a great "family" day of love!! I have to say I agree that it really is just a Hallmark day!! I love the red hearts and the fun that the kids have passing out valentine's but I am rather sure I would rather make sure everyone knows that I love them each and everyday!!!

Here is the card I made for Dalton I really enjoyed it and so did he...:o)

Another pretty card made using the February Stamp of the Month... I have two extra sets still for sale if you are interested in this set... it is really a pretty set to play with. It is paired with lots of sparkles and the beautiful Silhouette Papers in our new Spring Catalog.

The kids had winter break for a week and we had so much fun going to the beach and yes it was chilly but it was a beautiful sunny day!! We also took other day trips to the Pacific Science Center and parks... Here are a few great pics from those days..

More to come on my upcoming Stamp Camp next week!! Still a few more spaces, be sure to leave a comment if you would like to be added to workshop!!!

Stamp Camp Samples

Well mark your calendars for March 14th. I will be doing a stamp camp that night- 10 cards for just $10.. They are worth more than $1 a piece but the fun we will have is surely worth even more!! I hope that if you weren't a part of the orginal Evite you will drop a comment below and let me know if you would like to be added to the list of FUN gals that are already coming. That night all you need to bring with you is a basic tool kit. Which includes micro-tip scissors, small paper trimmer (not completely necessary but will cut down on your wait), and adhesive!!

Here are some of the designs and I will be adding more soon...
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