Sunday, December 28, 2008
There are pretty simple to make, you just have to be patient when you are doing the transfer and make sure all your lettering is sticking really well to the tile.
Thanks for looking
Saturday, December 27, 2008
These were made with Stampin' Up punches - scallop punch, word window punch, square scallop and the 1/2 inch circle punch. They were kind of time consuming but easy to make. They are wrapped around little hershey bars.
Have you noticed all my posts lately? Like 4 days in a row? It's because it is actually Christmas Eve as I'm typing this and I just schedule these to post on different days. Pretty cool huh?
If you are wondering why I'm on the computer on Christmas Eve, it's because my husband is napping, my shopping is done, my presents are all wrapped, and I've done all I can do ahead of time for tomorrow's brunch. Christmas Eve was always set aside to go to Mom and Dad's for Christmas. My entire life (until my parents passed away), we always opened presents at my parent's on Christmas Eve, even as an adult. That was just their day. And now with them both gone (this is our third Christmas without mom), we've just never seemed to find anything to do to replace that.
So here I am scheduling posts for next week. This is one of my goals for the new year (I don't do New Year's resolutions), to post on a more regular basis.
Thanks again for stopping by,
Friday, December 26, 2008
Remember all the milk commercials - Milk, it does a body good! Get it?
Anyway these were not big sellers, but I still think they are cute. If you don't have the pattern for these milk cartons, just let me know and I will be happy to share.
ps I hope Christmas was relaxing and enjoyable for you all.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Now just finding time to play with all my new toys. Tomorrow I have to get my tree down and start getting my house back in order. I hope Santa was good to you also.
The teens in our church did a short puppet skit called "Ask the Animals". The MC (the peach colored puppet) asked different animals the following question "What is Christmas really all about?" They gave the following responses:
Dinky Donkey - money
Mrs. Cow - food
Woolly Lamb - music
Camel - gifts
Chris Mouse - responded that all of these things were a fun part of Christmas, but Christmas was really about Christ, being born as a baby in Bethlehem so that he could grow up and be our Savior. And that's what Christmas is really all about. Please remember this today.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Here is this years Christmas card. I used the new Stampin' Up set "To You and Yours". The paper is always artichoke and Riding Hood Red. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I've also added a lot of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter so it really sparkles.
I hope you all have a Merry and Blessed Christmas. Try not to stress over the food, presents and whether your house is clean enough for company (if it's like my house it may start clean, but it doesn't last long anyway). Just enjoy your day with family, playing with kids or grandkids, and remember to thank the Lord for all your blessings.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Love You Much stamp set
Candy Lane Designer Series paper (Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla)
Heart To Heart punch
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
She is doing well so far. The medicine is working. As you can tell from the pictures, most of the birthmarks on her face are gone. The ones on her hand are getting lighter in color also. We go back to St.Louis Children's hospital on Friday and they will ultrasound her liver again. The last time she had it done, there wasn't any significant change. This is a good thing, because these birthmarks can continue to appear and grow until she is about a year old. So while her liver might not be getting better, it wasn't getting any worse. And right now the hemangiomas on her liver doesn't seem to be affecting anything.
There is also a picture of Ryan in front of our Christmas Tree. He loves to get his picture taken. And I couldn't leave out Gracie. She is snuggled up with Steve (my husband) taking a nap.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I know I had promised a long time ago to post pictures of the diaper cake I made for my daughter's baby shower. So finally - here it is.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Hydi and Brandy did spend the night with me a couple of nights this week. I forgot how tiring it is getting up with a baby in the middle of the night.
I Thought you might like an updated picture. She looks rather sober in this picture doesn't she?
This is a picture of my grandson Ryan with our poodle Gracie. You can see his mom holding Hydi in the background. His mom is pregnant, so we will have another grandbaby in January. Christmas at our house ought to be pretty lively next year, don't you think?
Thank again for all your prayers and please keep praying.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I want to thank everyone who has been praying for our Hydi. Other than the birthmarks, she's doing really well. She did see a specialist at St.Louis Children's Hospital last Friday. They did another ultrasound on her liver, brain and spleen. She does have the hemangiomas (the birthmarks) all over her liver. They have started her on a medication that is used to treat heart problems. Some doctor discovered that this medicine shrunk the hemangiomas as well as treating the heart problems.
Hydi goes this Thursday to see an eye specialist at the Children's hospital because she has one on the colored part of her eye.
Here is a picture of Hydi and Papa (my husband) and the picture of Hydi by herself is one of Brandy's (Hydi's mom) favorite pictures.
Please pray that this medicine stops her birthmarks from growing and keeps her from getting anymore. If the medicine doesn't work, the next option may be steroids.
I also want to thank Aubrey Benson, who saw the post about Hydi's birthmarks on this blog and posted a comment. I then emailed Aubrey and she pointed me to a website that has a lot of information about this condition. We sent an email to a doctor in New York that is the leading expert in hemangiomas, and we received an email today that he would be contacting us either by phone or email within the next 2 days.
Again, thank you all for your prayers, and please keep praying.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I will keep you updated as soon as we learn more.
Other than the birthmarks, she is doing very well. I will post some more pictures soon.
To learn more about this promotion - just head on over to my Stampin' Up website . While you are there, take note of the - Shop Now - button at the top of the page. You can now order from me right from the comfort of your own home. Pretty cool, huh? You also still get hostess benefits on any orders over $150. So check it out.
I will be trying to customize my Stampin Up website over the next few weeks and hopefully will get some of my own creations updated. The website will also have the latest specials right on the home page - so check back often.
Friday, August 29, 2008
We thought she was going to get to come out of the nursery today, but she had a little set back. The nurses were nice enough to sneak me in the nursery - only moms and dads are allowed - and I got to feed her twice today.
Brandy (her mom) and I did a little shopping today. Brandy was released yesterday evening, but they are letting her stay in a room at the hospital. Anyway, we searched for a little frilly dress for Hydi to get her picture taken in, but couldn't find any. Effingham doesn't have a lot of stores to choose from for baby clothes.
Anyway, I thank everyone for their prayers and ask you to please continue to pray for both mom and baby.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Brandy delivered a beautiful baby girl at 2:15pm Monday August 25th at St. Anthony's hospital. She was 6lb 11oz and 18 1/2 inches long.
Everything that could go wrong with the delivery did go wrong. It's a long story and I don't have much time. They did end up doing a c-section.
Brandy had some problems yesterday and we had some health problems with the baby. The are both doing ok right now. But Please keep praying for them both. After an episode of the baby choking and she stopped breathing, they have put her in the nursery with oxygen and have started an IV as she hasn't quite fiqured out how to eat yet. There are several other health issues as well, but again I don't have time to explain.
I will post more when things calm down.
Thanks again for all your prayers
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
She is 34 weeks now and since she has had the steroid shots, the doctor at Carle Hospital in Champaign was sure that they would deliver her baby at St. Anthony's if the labor started in again. Normally, St. Anthony's won't deliver a baby until you are a min. of 35 weeks.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
They have taken her off the mag drip. They started her on some oral medicine that is supposed to help stop the contractions. It didn't work real well. She started having contractions again, so the doctor ordered some kind of shot for her that caused her to have a lot of chest pain. They won't be giving her anymore of those. Tomorrow she is 34 weeks, so if she keeps having contractions, they may go ahead and let her deliver.
I thank you all for your prayers and will continue to update as I can.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Brandy went into premature labor, so it's been kind of chaotic the last two days. She is 6 1/2 weeks early. She's doing ok so far, but they are still giving her medicine (magnesium) to slow down her contractions. She can't be on the medicine much longer and they will have to switch to an oral medicine tomorrow evening. If this medicine doesn't work, then they will let her go ahead and deliver early. They have given her two steroid shots (the last one about 6:30 Friday evening) that are supposed to help the baby's lungs incase she does deliver early, but the shots needs 24 hours to really take effect. So that is why she will be on the magnesium until tomorrow evening.
Please keep her in prayer.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I'm planning on having an open house in September if all goes well, and you can all come over and play with my new toys.
I've been trying to get my new Stampin Up site up and going, but it is a little more complicated than I thought. I did send out a newsletter tonight (at least I tried to), so some of you should be receiving it soon.
I'm sorry I don't have a card to post tonight, but I hope to have pictures of Brandy's shower up tomorrow. I want you to see the diaper cake I made and the bouquet of roses made from baby socks that my friends made. They are adorable - so check back tomorrow.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
This is my first attempt. It's very basic. I used the "Walk in My Garden" cartridge. I cut the hydrangea flower in card mode, then cut the overlay. So basically the machine cut out the flower part of the cardfront which is Mellow moss cardstock. Then I cut out just the top part of the flower in Lavendar lace cardstock and layered the two pieces on top of the mellow moss. I added the tiny flowers on the side, stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the two oval punches.
Tie some ribbon and there you have it. The cool thing is, I cut both colors with one cut.
The big "E" does a lot more complicated projects, and once I figure them out, I will show you.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This makes a very easy and quick card. The card measures 3 x 6. This is a great way to use up scraps of cardstock and ribbon.
I haven't even had much time for my new toy. My husband bought me a Cricut Expression a couple of weeks ago and I didn't even get to use it until Friday evening. And even then, I used it to make Bible school decorations. I already have the baby cricut, but the Expression is pretty cool. If you are on the fence about buying the big one or getting the little one, go ahead and get the big one, you won't be sorry.
I have had a couple of goals for this year, most of them I'm failing miserably at, but one of them is to get organized. This includes the stamp room. The other is to use up some of my papers that I have left over from workshops. I don't do a lot of workshops, but when I do, I always make sure I cut plenty of cardstock. And I always have packets left over. So, I'm tired of them sitting in the basket, and I'm going to try and use them up.
Here is my first try at it. The card on the right is a card we made at a workshop. I try to keep them fairly simple. The card on the left is made using the leftover cardstock. The owl image is from a $1 clear acrylic stamp set that I got at Joann Fabrics. I'm not a big fan of acrylics so far, but I did like the owl and the saying. I colored the owl in using Prismacolor Markers that I had purchased from Staples. When I went on vacation, I took my new markers and a few of the acrylic stamps to practice with. It does take some practice to get the hang of alcohol-based markers.
I'm not going to list the recipe, it's been so long since I made the Stampin Up card, I don't even remember the name of the set and I really don't want to dig to through all my sets to find it. I will try to do better next time.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
To view the Retirement List, just click on the links below. One is sorted alphabetically and the other is sorted by page number
Monday, June 30, 2008
You don't see it in the picture, but I later went back and added a Chocolate Chip Rub-on "celebrate" from the Sale-a-brations set under the ribbon as I decided to use this card as an aniversary card.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I used Stampin Up Designer paper "Flowers for You", Certainly Celery and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock and the same inks. I used several different stamp sets to make the cards and since I made this over a month ago I don't remember which ones I used. The book was bound together with my Bind-it-All machine.
I've seen several tutorials for this same project, but for me the easiest one to follow was this one - http://www.barbstamps.com/my_weblog/2008/05/tutorial-mini-p.html.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
These are a couple of real simple monochromatic cards that I cased from the catalog(page 21).
I stamped the flower in Groovy Guava ink on Whisper White cardstock. I added a strip of Groovy Guava cardstock that I ran through my cuttlebug to the bottom. I ran a piece of Groovy Guava ribbon above that then embellised one card with a bow and the other with a flower. As I said, very simple. Thanks for looking.
I'm going to post some cards I made before we left for vacation. This first one is made from a retired Stampin Up set called Symbols of Salvation. I made this card for a man in our church who was recently saved and baptized.
I embossed the cross with gold embossing powder then colored it in with a Chocolate Chip marker. The verse says "My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation", a perfect verse for the occasion. This man was an old friend of my husband, so it really meant a lot for him to be the one to baptize him.
Paper - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Paper piercing kit, gold brads
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
This first card was made using a new stamp set "Fresh Cuts" that will be in the new Fall Catalog available August 11. But during the month of June only, you can order this set and the cost is $21.95. If you order this set, you can purchase the new die cut 4x4 cards for $5.00, otherwise the cards are $8.95 and you get 15 cards and envelopes.
This next card uses the stamp set Bloomin Beautiful that is in the mini catalog. Remember you can order from the mini through the month of June (even thought the catalog says May 31).
I stamped the image in versamark ink, then colored the image with Stampin Up chalks. The cardbase is Cameo Coral (my favorite color this month) and I layered the image with Cameo Coral and Chocolate Chip cardstock. I used the distressor tool to give it the rough edges. The paper on the side is a piece of Designer paper from Berry Bliss. I tied a piece of Chocolate Chip ribbon around the card.
This last card is similar to the one we made last month. I stamped the background stamp Print Pattern in Green Galore ink on Green Galore cardstock. I added the white dots with the gel pen (last month we used the paint pen and made lines). The flower image was done by coloring the stamp itself with Pixie Pink & Green Galore crayons and then spraying the stamp lightly with water and stamping on Water Color paper. I used the Word Window punch with Pixie Pink Cardstock and attached that to the cardbase and added a black brad. The cool thing on this card (I think it's cool anyway) is the beads that I attached with a staple. I will just have to show you this Terri. Anyway that is pretty much that.
I did make a Stationary in a Box as a hostess gift for Debbie. IF I have time I will post a picture of it tomorrow. I have to get my hair done at 8:00am and Gracie (my poodle)has to get her hair done at 12:30, we both have to look good for vacation you know. And I still have to clean house yet.