Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"Where go?"

"Where go?"...I remember when my nephew first started saying this, tilting his head to the side and holding his hands facing up. Ü

I had really planned to be posting alot more before now, but things don't always go as we plan, do they?

**WARNING: below is a long dialogue of just musing and of where I have been. Ü

On the 18th, my wonderful DH and I went to Omaha to watch the Final 4 Volleyball games. He had purchased tickets as he knows how much I love watching Nebraska volleyball and they had made the Final 4. It was a wonderful time (THERE) even though we lost. We broke Penn state's perfect "no set losses" for the year, so that was fun. BUT the trip home was something else. What should have been a 4-4.5 hour trip took 9 hours and 20 minutes!!!! We drove in absolutely terrible weather, but there really wasn't anything else we could have done. You couldn't see an exit to take and if you COULD see an exit it wasn't cleaned off or safe to take! We drove (in our Ford Focus car) on ice covered, snow deep, roads, sometimes sleeting, snowing, blowing. Thankfully we had a full take of fuel and a shovel. There were times we were the first ones to make tracks. It will be something that we will never remember. As scary as it was at times for me, it is a special time when we were alone (rarity around here Ü) and could talk without interruptions (well except for driving ones). To keep Bruce awake, he asked me lots of questions about my grandparents and it was fun going down memory lane, sharing story after story with him and being reminded along the way of things I hadn't thought of for awhile.

So, fast forward a bit to Christmas...We actually had our first Christmas celebration on the 20th at mom & dad's. Then Christmas Eve service the 24th, Christmas breakfast on the Fisher side the 25th, then left early the 26th to go to my brother's. That trip ended short as Aaron got sick, so we left early and then I got sick on the way home. Came home to find out Bruce had been sick the nite before. Guess there is a 48 hour stomach flu sweeping the state.

We have one more Christmas on New Year's Day. Bruce is excited to go as NE football is in a bowl game that day and we don't have tv access here (we have a tv, but no antennae), so he can enjoy the game.

I have been busy working on new design team projects for Lizzie Anne Designs. I love the new sets that are coming out and the sneak peeks will be beginning soon. Be sure to check back here on New Year's as I have a POTM (project of the month) to share with a stamp set by them that is available now. I had fun making this project and can't wait to share it with you. Ü

Well, that's all for now. I have a project to finish up, to show you tomorrow and am working on my Embellish-Online projects that will be revealed the 6th. School is back in session on the 5th, so I need to get LOTS done this week.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you all the Happiest and Healthiest New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

A White-ish Challenge

Good Morning! This is a prepost as I (along with my two sons) am hopefully if not ON my way, soon to be on my way to my brother and SIL's for a couple of days. I have packed some stamping items (esp new goodies I received for Christmas Ü) and hope to do a little stamping while there.

Then we will bring my nephew back to stay with us until the 4th.

I belong to a SU! yahoo group that holds weekly challenges. It's been awhile since I joined one, but the "white-ish" challenge sounded like fun. The challenge was to use mostly white and/or vanilla with a hint of color. I hope this wasn't too much "hint". Ü

I embossed white on vanilla (for all panels) for the background using Canvas background stamp. For the main image, I embossed the leaves from Embrace Life and watercolored them Certainly Celery. I then embossed the flowers on scrap paper and watercolored them using Cameo Coral (with the ink pad) and cut them out and mounted to the leaves.
Ribbon, brad and "Be Merry" are also SU!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish all of you my readers a very Merry Christmas! I hope that sometime today, you can take a moment to reflect on that day so many years ago, when Jesus came to earth in the form of a baby to be our Saviour.

Here is a card I made using Storage Units, Ink & More's "Bear with Me" set. The sentiment is computer generated.
The red notched piece behind the bear is cut with my Cricut.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve!

Alot has been going one here. I am hoping to be able to get back to posting more regularly.

I wanted to share some SUINK cards with you... this card is for a dual challenge..SUINK and the Friday challenge (12/19) on EIO. The challenge was to make a quick Christmas card.

Whatcha Doin Wednesday

SUINKWWC20 –Your Christmas Wish to All

Here is Mary Jo's challenge to team A:

I realize this is a super busy time for us all so
how about just any Christmas card for this week. If you have one that is a
favorite, go ahead and repost or pre-post one that is new. This one is just as
simple as you want it to be. Enjoy the holidays with your family.

This is a repost, but it is my favorite Christmas card that I made with SUINK stamps:

Friday, December 12, 2008

Not feeling so hot?

"Take two peanuts and call me in the morning!" Is this just the cutest set by Our Craft Lounge or what? I love this elephant and have named her Ellie. The tin is one that has flavored coffee in. Anyone that knows me, knows I can't stand coffee, but Bruce's grandma has been saving these for me and I'm just now getting some altered.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Here is what I've been working on, but couldn't post until my friend Michelle had received it. Ü

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Embellish DT gallery open

This opened Friday, but I brought my nephew home after work with us and he took him home today, and haven't had time to be on line. You can go to the gallery to see what the DT created here. This is my favorite project that I made:
This is made from coasters. I used Wassail papers you can find in the EIO store here: http://www.embellish-online.com/cate...17/Wassail.htm

J, O, Y, snowflakes, circle, notched rectangle and parenthesis all cut with Cricut. Tab on circle cut with SU! punch. Leafy shape, Martha Stewart punch. I have no idea where the square jump rings are from. They have been in my stash for a LONG time and I now need more! Ü
Snowflake is inspired by the infamous and VERY talented Anna Wight. Be sure to look over her blog as she has several she has done. Be sure to click on her name and check out her blog. She has made several snowflakes that are just so cool! You will also enjoy reading about Tiny Tim. Ü
close up of snowflake:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Mouse Notes

This is an image I had colored several months ago that someone sent me. I do NOT like mice, but these are just too cute.

The patterned paper is a digital print that I had in my stash.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

We Wish You a Froggy Christmas

It's SUINK "sneak" day. There aren't any new stamps that will be released in December, so we were challenged to use an earlier released stamp set and give it a winter/holiday twist to show the versatility of the sets.

Here is my sample: I used Leap Frog and Deer Ol Santa (stamped just the hat and cut it out), Basic Grey paper, velveteen ribbon that I rec'd from my friend Michelle and a Making Memories safety pin (I'm going to hate it when I'm out of these as I don't think they make them anymore). I used Polymark dimensional fabric paint that I got at Wal-Mart this summer when it was marked down to 10 cents! (should've picked up more, but wasn't sure how it would work on paper)

Layout inspired by CTMH catalog.

Be sure to check the SUINK blog to see what others came up with.