Friday, December 12, 2008

With Much Love

EDIT: I got this calendar at our Ben Franklin's here in town. Not even sure who made it as I gave it away, and I can't check if there's a name brand. Sorry... :) I thought this was the cutest little calendar I had seen in a long time. On the left side, there are about 14 or 15 blank pages and on the right, there are enough calendar pages to fill up the year, plus a few extra in case of mess ups I guess :) You can flip through the left side until you come up with the desired picture, meaning it can be changed several times each month, depending on what mood you're in. Each page of the calender I stamped with the name of the month (letter stamps from CTMH) and then decorated each page with some sort of coordinating stamped design, coloring them with markers. This is a gift for my hubby's parents, so they'll be able to enjoy the pics of our family throughout 2009! Pretty cool huh? I feel good having gotten 2 pretty big projects done for gifts, considering all the mess that's going on with remodeling and being "displaced" somewhat with our home project. Have a wonderful weekend - I'm off to get started on my next scrappy project :) Brenda

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I've been busy...

Here's a mini album that I made for my Bro-in-law and his new bride. It's a little overview of some of the activities that we participated in in 2008. I'm lovin' how it turned out and actually there are a couple more pages attached on the end of this, just couldn't get them all into this post :) The papers are all Crate Paper and assorted goodies that came in my November kit of the month from http://www.backporchmemories.com/. Lovin' how it turned out and it was oh-so-simple except trying to figure out what to do with the spine - I ended up painting it with acrylics and letting it go at that. I'm sure they'll love this gift, as it's what they always plead for - pictures! And...they love it when I make little scrapbooks each year. It truly makes me happy to know I can give them something they REALLY want!
I hope this finds you not too stressed out and that you're able to find a little time for peace and reflection on the true meaning of this season. Blessings to you and I hope to post a few more goodies I'm working on over the next few days! Brenda

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Monday!

Hey - are you ready for Thanksgiving? I just got back from the grocery store and I think everyone else had the same idea as me - let's go on Monday b/c there won't be anyone there today since it's early enough in the week - WRONG!!! I managed to get out and home w/out a scrape, though, so all is good and I'm ready to begin preparation for Thursday.
I'm so thankful for all God has blessed us with this past year. We are in our own home, we have the $$ to do our addition and my family is healthy and whole. What are you thankful for? We all have so much to be appreciative of, don't we?
Lovin this card - it's so simple, yet one that has a lot of personality. The stamp set is CTMH and the papers are Daisy D's. Pretty self explanatory...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and bless you! Thanks for visiting! Brenda

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Give Thanks

I am lovin' this card!! I'm also lovin' the fact we don't have our 2 paper routes anymore and I'm able to actually have some "me" time before the troops hit the door. Woo hoo!

OK...back to the card I just made. I had an aha moment today when I realized Thanksgiving is next week and I've been remiss in making any cards for my family and friends. So, today I whipped this beauty up. It's made with CTMH textured, as well as smooth cardstock and I have to say one of the things I love about their cardstock is the fact it has a white core and can be sanded and made to look aged. I stamped the green images on some patterned cardstock. The flowers are diecuts that have been sanded as well to look aged. Also, not sure if you can tell, but the littlest flower on the bottom (in the middle of the cut out flower) is coated with Liquid Glass and has a little Bella Bauble in the middle. "Give" and "Thanks" are stamped on plain 'ol chipboard.

What d'ya think? Leave me a comment and let me know you've visited - c'mon, you can do it! Have a wonderful day and I'll talk at ya soon! B

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WOW!

OK...I know this is my second post of the day, but I couldn't let this go without showing you how beautiful our sunset was this evening. Nothing like those Wyoming sunsets! Have a beautiful evening! B

Hey! What's up?

I have come back from the dead, or at least it feels that way! I have had some sort of yucky bug and it had me down hard for a day or so...I'm way glad that's over. Do ya' feel like you're a new person once you're back on your feet? I sure do. It's great to be alive!
Here's the latest page I did using all CTMH papers (did I tell you I've become a CTMH consultant) and I'm just lovin' their papers and accessories! "Fall" was stamped singly and cut out and I love the effect I got on my homemade tag. A very simple page, but an idea I got from one of Becky Higgins' sketches. She's so good at simple, yet effective layouts!
I hope this week is going well for you. We are busily working away on our house addition and have the decking down, walls ready to go up. The weather has been holding w/out snow or rain; God has answered my husband's prayers to keep the snow at bay, although tonight there's a chance. We'll cross our fingers it passes over!
Have a wonderful Wednesday! Hugs - Brenda

Saturday, November 15, 2008

You & Me

Happy Saturday! The weather here has been so pretty today - lovin' this time of year before the snow actually hits and everything is blanketed in white. Yesterday, it was downright chilly, but the sun was shining, so that makes it all okay in my book. There aren't any leaves left on the trees - well most are naked - and we've seen so many deer prancing around our house, so makes me think winter isn't too far off.
This page is made entirely with CTMH papers. Lovin' their papers and how well they sand and show the white core underneath. I had some brads and other little assorted chipboard embellies that I added to my page and the circle lists some of the attributes I love about my honey. I love the way this page turned out, don't you?
Have a wonderful weekend. I'm busily working away on some projects that I hope to be able to publish here soon. See ya - Brenda

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Did you...?

VOTE? Today was the day, the day we've been working up to (dreading?) for awhile now. We braved the cold wind and crowds to head out about 5:00 p.m. or so. Not sure where we stand as of this hour (it's 8:05 MST)...but our prayers go out that we will elect a president that not only leads our country with wisdom, but on his knees in prayer. OK... nuff said on that matter. I have a very cute card to share with you that I whipped up with CTMH papers and stamps. It's from the "Originals" book by CTMH. There is a really cool feature in the back of the book - a CD that contains templates you can print out and use in your cardmaking. It's pretty cool and a wonderful addition to an already wonderful book! This card is very simple, yet I think turned out so cute. It measures 3 x 4-3/4, so perfect to tuck in with a gift or as a sweet encouragement for a friend.

Thanks for visiting and looking - have a wonderful Tuesday and stay warm! B

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Did you know...?

October is pastor appreciation month? We had a dinner last night at our local steak house and celebrated all the wonderful pastors on staff at our church. I got busy and made some cards to give to each couple and am lovin' the way they turned out. Hopefully our pastors will agree! I got the ideas for these cards from the CTMH book "Originals" - an awesome book with tons of really neat card ideas! The flowers are chipboard that I painted. The metal circle on the "thinking of you..." card is one of the circles you would use to make your own circle tag from Making Memories. Hey - it's almost Friday!!! Woot, Woot!! Have a wonderful evening! Brenda

Monday, October 27, 2008

Whooo?

Here's another little "halloween" card. Underneath the owl it says "whoooo loves you". Cute, huh? The papers are from We R Memory Keepers. I love the orange c/s because it has a shininess to it that the picture picks up a little bit. The owl, branch and saying are from CTMH. The moon is made from an acrylic stamp turned over and stamped using the wrong side. The little bracket and brads are also from CTMH. Lovin' this card - almost too cute to send off, but I guess I can't keep them all :) Have a wonderful Monday and be blessed! Bren

Thursday, October 23, 2008

An Altered Project

It is such a beautiful day today! The sun is shining and it's cool, like a fall day should be. I just got back from walking along our canal road and it was gorgeous! The smell this time of year is so wonderful - clean, smells a little like wet leaves and fallish - hard to explain, but so much nicer than hot, dusty, dry air! The grasshoppers seem to have died off a bit as well, so much more pleasant than them jumping all over my legs when I'm trying to walk or run.
Isn't this the cutest clothes pin? I did this for a Mosy Scrapper challenge and love the way it turned out. It's about 12" tall. I started out by painting with brown acrylic paint and distressing it a bit with black to make it look aged. Then I covered the front with October Afternoon papers and some other assorted accessories. I've got it sitting on my bookcase with a picture of our family from last fall. I love it - it makes me happy!
Hope your day is enjoyable and that fall is beautiful in your part of the world! Hugs - Brenda

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Boo!

Hi! How's your week? It snowed today - yup, snow. Of course it was too warm for it to stick to the ground, but it sure came down pretty steady for awhile. Tomorrow it's supposed to be sunny and 48 degrees...pretty soon though the snow will come and stick around instead of melting off. I'd really like for it to hold off for a few more weeks, otherwise the winters seem so LONG... I decided since halloween is almost here, it was time to buckle down and get some cards made. This is one I created today with We R Memory Keepers paper. I cut the off-kilter square with my Cricut and inked the edges. The green cardstock is also inked in black. The ribbon is a really pretty orange crushed velvet and much prettier IRL. The tree is stamped in black and then black glitter is layered on top. The crow is also coated in fine black glitter. Hopefully you can catch that detail... "boo" was created with CTMH stamps. OK...along the same vein, we're off to search our 2 resources here in town for costumes - K Mart and Wal Mart - joy. Hope you have a great evening! Brenda

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Is it already Friday?

Wow - how time flies! We just got back Wednesday evening from Texas. Seems like a whirlwind trip (and it was!). My husband and I both had to take yesterday off to regroup and refresh ourselves after 14-1/2 hours on the road. We had a great time with family and friends! My husband's brother got married to a wonderful lady and their wedding was beautiful! My bro-in-law wore a kilt (yes a kilt!) and all the proper Scottish attire and I have to say he looked rather dapper all decked out. The guys wore varying shades of jewel tones in their vests and ties and the ladies wore black. Our girls wore gorgeous dresses of burgandy as they were the flower girls and my son wore a tux resplendant with hunter green vest and tie. They were all gorgeous!!
When we got to Texas, it was 89 degrees, sunny and beautiful. I started to worry b/c I hadn't packed any summery type clothes, but then the day of the wedding and thereon out, it rained and was miserably chilly. Yuck! Anyway, no worries about clothes (except maybe nothing warm enough!).
In honor of Dan and Nan, here's the card I created for them. Isn't it lovely? I think it's one of the best I've ever done and I just love it. The butterflies and flowers are all stickers and the rest was very simple, yet elegant. I cut the "flower-shaped" piece of paper, as well as the round piece of white on my Cricut Expression (love that thing!).
Hope your weekend goes well. The snow is melting around here (yes - snow! It snowed 8 inches while we were gone!) and the sun is shining. Maybe now we can have some more fall?? Take care - see you soon! Brenda

Friday, October 3, 2008

It's Pink Ribbon Month!

October - the month I love, not only because the trees are so beautiful and fall is at its best, but also the month that is set aside as breast cancer awareness month. This is the month set aside to remind us to do our self-breast exams and be aware of the very real disease called breast cancer. Seven years and a few months ago, I found a rather large lump in my breast while I was breastfeeding my son. I had it checked out and after a biopsy, was found to have breast cancer. The lump in my breast was nearly 5 cm - the size of a ping pong ball and a half. I underwent one round of chemotherapy, then mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. Afterwards, due to the size of the tumor, I went through another round of chemo and then radiation therapy. All-in-all, it was an ordeal that lasted for over a year. I still go for my yearly exams with my oncologist and gynecologist, as well as having my annual mammogram. If you haven't had yours yet and you need to, I urge you to please do so. I do admit I'm not the best at doing my exams, but I have a method where I have picked a day each month to do my exam and then I put a little pink ribbon on that day to remind myself to do it. It's not the most fun thing to do and yes, it's time consuming, but it's worth it to protect our lives from this dread disease. I hope that with breast cancer in the news and on everyone's mind this month, that you will take the time to do your self breast exams each month. Just pick a day and do it. And, don't fall into the trap of thinking just because there's no breast cancer in your family, you are free and clear... there's no breast cancer in my family either. It was a total fluke. Here's to good breast healthcare and good healthcare overall. Take care of yourself and remember people are depending on you to be around. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be checking back in soon. Hugs - Brenda

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Fair Day

Hey! Sorry for my absence - fell off the face of the earth :) Not really - just been busy around here trying to get an addition put on our house or at least getting the wheels in motion. Not much time to scrap or do anything "fun", but did create this page for a designer call over at Little Red Scrapbook. I love the way it turned out and the colors are so vibrant. The PP is by October Afternoon and I absolutely adore the colors and patterns. The solid of course is Bazzill Basics. Hope this finds you having a better than "fair" day. Enjoy and I'll see you soon! Brenda

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hi!

Hello! Happy Thursday! It is an absolutely beautiful day here...the sun is shining and the temperature almost 90 degrees. WOW! It looks a lot like fall, but it sure doesn't feel like it. That's OK - I can hang with the warmer temps for a while longer. Last night I created this little card with some beautiful papers I had forgotten all about. After organizing my scrappin/stampin area, I found lots of things I forgot I had (oops!). It makes me smile b/c I just adore owls and there's a little owl that's peaking out along the bottom - see him? I just love the colors and the way everything is arranged. Once again, got my inspiration from www.pagemaps.com. I've got this one slated for my mom - just to brighten her day. I'll talk at ya soon - tomorrow's Friday YIPPEE!! Hugs - Brenda

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mr. Cluckers

This is our new rooster, Mr. Cluckers. Isn't this picture too funny? My DH and son were outside working and I had to go rescue the chicken from the lilac bushes b/c he loves to roost there if we don't pen him up for the night. He was hand raised by this lady my husband works with, so he's very tame and loves to be held. I know it sounds weird, but he really is cute! He makes the cutest little clucking noises when you hold him. The only thing that is a little bit annoying is the crowing at 6:15 most mornings. Just thought I'd share the newest addition to our family. Have a great evening! Brenda

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Elegant

Hi! Happy Saturday! Hope your weekend has been restful or at least enjoyable. I've come down with a cold, so am feeling a bit under the weather. It's been so long since I've had a cold, though, so will suck it up and go on with life. Just glad it's not the flu... On to more positive things!
This layout is of our middle daughter and I'm just lovin' how it turned out. I'm not a huge "white" space scrapper, so I had to step out of my box to do this page, but it was a challenge I worked on last weekend. The white c/s is SU and the patterned paper is CTMH. I love how the papers go with what she has on. I've been wanting to scrap this pic, but didn't know what papers to use before I found these. Love the final outcome.
I'm off to watch a movie with my kids...American Mall. It's supposed to be awesome. Hmmm... we'll see. Have a great evening! Brenda

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's almost Friday - woo hoo!!! Has this week flown or what? I haven't been able to do much creating, but hey I still have some projects to share from this last weekend. Here's a simple little card I created using stamps from http://www.backporchmemories.com/. The butterfly is coated with clear glitter, even though it's hard to see, and is much prettier IRL. All of the papers I used were from my scrap pile, which always makes me feel good to use. Other than that, "thanks" is a rub-on and the rest is very simply layered. Gets the point across well I think!

Have you ever done the Turbo Jam workouts? They're available on http://www.beachbody.com/ and they're killer, but at the same time a blast to do. I ordered them on a whim from an infomercial 2 or 3 years ago and managed to lose quite a bit and tone up. Then with moving to WY and life getting in the way, a few pounds crept on, so we decided to try the workouts/diet again. Through workout and cutting back on all the food I'd been eating, I've managed to get lower in my weight than I've been in probably 12 years. It's such a great feeling to be getting in shape again - my clothes are finally starting to fit right again :)

Well - hope your day is smooth sailing. Keep your chin up - Friday is just around the corner. Hugs! Brenda

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Santa...

Happy Wednesday!!! Here's another page I did this past weekend and was so happy with the way it turned out! I just loved this picture and wanted to showcase it, so found this lovely layout on www.pagemaps.com - if you haven't been there, you must go. Anyway, loved the simplicity of it and again used my Cricut Expression to cut the wacky circular shape that's not quite symmetrical. Everything else was just little doodads I had in my collection. Hope you're enjoying your day - I know ours is just breathtaking! All the leaves are changing, but it's still very warm and enjoyable outside. Love fall! Have a great Wednesday and I'll post more soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It's almost fall!

Can you believe it? One week from yesterday it'll be fall. Is it looking like it where you are? The leaves around here are beginning to turn those beautiful colors that I love - this truly is my favorite time of year, even though I'm fighting the fact it's on its way. I guess our summer just wasn't long enough.
I participated in an on-line crop this weekend at www.mosyscrapper.blogspot.com. It was a blast and I got quite a few projects completed. The tag above is my daughter when she was 2-1/2 (she's 11-1/2 now!), so I've had this pic for awhile. Isn't she just adorable? I had the most fun making this little tag. I used my Cricut Expression to make the tag and then just embellished with glitter and buttons, oh yeah - some fibers too! Been too long since I've pulled those out. Anyhow - I'm pleased with the way it turned out and will be so cute on a fall/ halloween page.
Hey - hope your week is going well. We have started digging in our back yard to put on our addition - FINALLY!!! It's very exciting (and messy) around here. Have a wonderful Tuesday. Be back soon with more of the projects I did over the weekend. B

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A simple greeting...

Happy Saturday...and happy September! Don't know about you, but it's been feeling A LOT like fall around here. I have to admit I'm not quite ready for that yet - I'm still in the "summer mode". Each morning I get up there's condensation on the windshield of our truck and the temps are chilly. I've even been having to throw on a sweatshirt for those early morning hours before it gets a little warmer. Well, not much time to chat, but wanted to share with you a very simple card I whipped up for a guy my husband works with. We've been invited to his birthday celebration. You know, not knowing the guy that well, I didn't want to spend a huge amount of time on a complicated card, so whipped this one up (you never know who really "appreciates" a handmade card). Very simple, but elegant. Hope your weekend is fun - I've been creating some scrapbook pages and hopefully will get those posted here soon. Take care and hugs!! Brenda
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Our Bounty

I love this time of year when we can begin harvesting all the vegetables we've been nurturing and babying over the last couple of months. This is just a small sampling of the goods we'll be hauling in over the next couple of weeks as the temps begin to cool and the days get even shorter. We have corn, green beans, squash (yellow and zucchini), and peppers. We've already exhausted our lettuce - boy was that good! So lovely and so much more tasty than what you buy in the stores. Just wanted to share with you... :)
This first week of school has flown so far. Is this an indication of what the rest of the year will be like. Crazy, isn't it?
Hope this finds your week going smoothly. I'm glad it's almost Friday b/c I have a 3-day weekend ahead (maybe some time for scrappin?) Enjoy and see ya soon! Brenda

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Laugh Out Loud

So...are all the kids back in school? Ours started yesterday and they're lovin' it. They're all at different schools, but mainly on the same side of town, so when we do have to drop off/pick up, they're pretty close together. Our eldest is in middle school now (6th grade) and my husband and I were saying how much like high school it is. The school is very nice and each grade (6th, 7th, and 8th) have their own hall and gathering area, so there's not too much interaction between the older and younger kids. She's got 7 periods, so they're keeping her very busy and she seems to really enjoy her teachers so far. Check back with me in a month or two...
Fall seems to be right around the corner here, with cooler temps in the mornings and cooler overnights. Sigh...I'm not quite ready for that, as our spring/summer was slow in getting here. The flowers and plants we put in are beginning to look like summer is winding down, so I guess it's time to prepare for the colder months ahead.
On a different note, what d'ya think about this card. The only thing that's stamped is the greeting - the rest is paper cutting just done freehand with some scraps left over from previous scrappin' projects. I then took a pen and outlined around the whole thing. I got the idea from Paper Crafts magazine and changed it up a bit to suit my taste. I think it turned out really cute.
Hope your week is going smoothly and if you have kids, they are settling into a routine again. Have a wonderful Tuesday - see ya soon! Brenda

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Hi Friend!

Did ya hear that? It's the sounds of ecstatic yippees as the end of summer vacation comes to an end! Not trying to be cruel - I DO love my kids - it's just the lack of activity and boredom, constantly hanging around mom and dad, looking to us to entertain them that's driving me nuts. I'm ready for them to be on a schedule again and back into a routine. OK... now that I've said that, I'm so glad you stopped by :) Here's my latest and greatest creation - it's all Cosmo Cricket and I'M LOVIN IT!!! Aren't these papers just darling? I used my Daisy D's rolling dispenser that applies a faux stitching b/c my sewing machine doesn't really want to work right, so I was pleased with the outcome. Lovin' these papers!! Hope your week is going well - enjoy your day and hopefully you have time to create something fun. Hugs - Brenda

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's love...

Hey - how are ya? It's Tuesday evening and I thought...I really need to get some scrappin' done really soon!! It's been entirely too long since I've put picture to paper, but I sure have been a card makin' fool, haven't I? Here is one I made for some friends who just got married. They had a lot of red and black in their wedding and so I thought I'd carry that theme through with this simple, yet pretty-as-can-be card. Love the buttons and ribbon across the top to dress it up a bit and their names are stamped with a CTMH alphabet. I put the letters side by side on my desk, then placed my clear block on top of them and came up with a pretty straight line. Then I had a cute little heart that is from Studio G and plopped that right next to their names. Simple yet personalized and made with love! Thanks for looking - hope your week is shaping up to be a good one! Bren

Friday, August 8, 2008

The dog days of summer?

So, we've come down to this. The kids are truly bored and doing whatever they can to keep themselves busy, at the expense of the poor dog! On the other hand - she really is quite funny looking, isn't she? I nicknamed her Hannah Dogtana or she could be Snowpay (like Sharpay from High School Musical) - which one do you like best? Well - just thought I'd post a funny for today. Enjoy your Friday!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Blue is the color of the day!

Hey, hey, hey -- lookie what I got this past week at the fair! Woo hoo! I was so very excited and flattered all at the same time! There were some talented ladies who entered cards and pages and these 2 happened to win over all of them! WOW!! I also took second on another of my cards and even entered a scrapbook page, which got a "participant" ribbon - whatever that means :) Anyway, wanted to share with you the winning cards. I love the tall card to the left which is made with Love Elsie papers and was very simple to say the least. The other is an idea I got from www.pagemaps.com and it was actually a card map idea. Love it! Well...I guess I'm done bragging for now. Hope your week is going well. Can't believe it's already Wednesday and we're heading toward the weekend again! Enjoy and hugs! Bren

Thursday, July 31, 2008

As promised...

Happy Thursday! As promised yesterday, here's another little card I created the other night. It's very simple and sweet - love the embellies I put on this card :) I challenged myself to use some of my favorite scraps and this is what I came up with. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, plus it will be a wonderful all-around type of card to put in my card file for later use. So glad it's Thursday, but can't believe the way this week has flown by. Man...I remember as a kid how time used to drag, but the older I get the faster it goes. It's like being on a merry-go-round! We're taking the kids to Billings (Montana) this weekend to do our yearly school shopping and pick up their school supplies while we're there. We have a few surprises tucked up our sleeves for them, so it should be fun and a time to re-connect and chill as a family. Can't wait - I need a little break from home. Hopefully I'll get some good scrapbookin' shots cuz' I sure need to make some pages - I can just feel it! Hey - talk with ya soon. Have a great evening and stay cool. Hugs - Brenda

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Birthday!

OK...so my bro's birthday was this last Saturday and I made him this card. What d'ya think? It really is prettier IRL than it is here, but I love the papers together. I stamped the happy birthday and put some Bella's Baubles underneath - love those things. They're rather addictive. Below that tag is another round tag that's inked around the edges. Very simple, but effective nonetheless for a guy. I just hope he appreciates the effort I put into it :) It is SO hot here! We have consistently been in the upper 90s for most of July and everything is beginning to get crispy @ here. I think I could be ready for rain and I never thought I'd say that after the spring that we had. I thought we were going to have to build an ark! Well...hope you're able to find some relief where you are. I've got another cute card to show and will try to get on here tomorrow to post that. Have a most wonderful Wednesday - it's hump day!!! Hugs - Brenda

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Friends Forever!

Happy Saturday! Hope this finds your weekend going great - lots of relaxing and maybe even some creating. We started the day off with a parade down Main Street - it was a blast! It was almost 1-1/2 hours long and there was everything from fire trucks to tractors to covered wagons, stage coaches, dancing girls (little ones!), and even Indians all decked out in their war paint complete with painted horses! We all had a great time and the kids came home with tons of candy that was being thrown in every direction. It was already warming up at 10:00 a.m. and there were a couple of floats where they were shooting and throwing water, much to the kids' delight! After that, I came home and got busy in my scrap room - yaa hoo!!!! I was able to make 3 cards and even work on one I didn't care too much for to re-make it. I got the idea for the card above from www.pagemaps.com and it was so simple, I thought it really could be cute using some of my scraps. So...this is made from paper I've had for a couple of years and absolutely love. Isn't it just the cutest? I really feel so much better when I'm able to create and I know my family doesn't understand that, but when mommy's in a good mood after having made a card or s-book page, all is well on the home front, agree?? Hey - have a wonderful weekend! See you soon. Hugs - Brenda

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Welcome little one!

Hey - happy hump day! The weather continues to be hot and dry here - not a sign of rain anywhere. Well, actually we did have a few sprinkles, not enough to amount to anything tho. With almost an acre of land, you can imagine the amount of water we need to water the grass!
This is a cute little card I made to go along with some pink goodies to a guy that my hubby works with. He and his wife had a sweet little girl and I thought this card was fitting for her. I stamped the flower first in light pink, then went over it with the "outline" stamp in a matching green and then finally in black. The center flower is one from CTMH and the little button has glitter inside of it - so cute isn't it? Everything is mounted with SU! dimensionals to make it pop. Love how this turned out. Almost hate to give it away, but hopefully the parents will realize the card is handmade and one-of-a-kind :)
See ya soon - have a wonderful day! Hugs - Brenda

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

They're Home!

We are back from Colorado and re-claiming our children from the g-parents! We're so thrilled as our house just didn't seem so home-y without them. We now have the sound of 2 pair of little feet pounding around here anyway - the other set is off to Salt Lake City for a missions trip with the youth group. We had her home for one day and then she was off this morning for the rest of the week and won't be home until Saturday. So excited to see what God does in her life while she's there. They will be working with an organization called the Dream Center and working to fix things up, paint, clean, whatever needs to be done, as well as ministering to folks on the street. It should be a real stretch for her, but hey - isn't that what makes us grow? God is good! On another note, here's my latest project that I created of my hubby and I while the kids were gone. It was so pitiful that we had to take pics of ourselves, as there were no kids to capture on film. I love how this turned out, don't you? It's really hard to tell, but I put white rub-ons on the clear flowers and then on one, there is a black rub on to make it stand out from the colored cardstock. Lovin' this layout! The circles of course were created on the Expression and it was oh-so-easy to whip those out! Hope you enjoy your Tuesday...I'm off to exercise and get some stuff done @ the house. Hugs! Brenda

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lookie what I got!

I'm so flattered to say the least! This makes me feel so special - thanks Jena! I'd like to pass this on, so here are the rules to the game: 1. The winner can put the logo on her blog. 2. Link the person you received your award from. 3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs. 4. Put links of those blogs on yours. 5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you've nominated. Sound easy? Here goes:
2. Amy
4. Jana
6. Tami
Go check out these talented ladies' blogs - they are VERY inspiring! Have a wonderful, wonderful Thursday...hugs! Brenda

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Key 2 My Heart

OK...is it just me, or is this summer flying by at warp speed? I guess maybe b/c my kiddos are STILL gone, it seems to be going faster. I suppose if they were here, it would seem long and drawn out, what with them more than likely bored and whiney :) We are going to Colorado to pick them up from the g-parents and then bring them back home. We are thoroughly excited to see them and I can tell by the tone in their voices they're ready to come home! We are so ready to have them... On a different note, don't ya just love this picture (and this page)? The heart is one of my favorite parts, although it started out not to be that way. It was a plain white chipboard heart that I painted gray and then gave it a distressed look with white streaks. Hmmm...still not diggin it, so I sanded it and still...needed something else. So, not sure if you can tell, but I applied glue all over it and then rubbed clear, shiny beads on top of it which gives it the "bling" it needed. Voila - I LIKE IT! Hope your week is going well. I'll try to post another time before the weekend hits. Enjoy... and hope you're finding time to be creative! Brenda

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Celebrate!

It is SO hot here today - almost 100! Whew - my little office feels like a sauna as there's no AC in here. That's ok -- better hot than cold anytime. I made this card for my SIL for her b-day. The dress, hat and shopping bags are all paper pieced and took a little time, but I'm very happy with the outcome - don't ya think it's sweet? I hope she'll be pleased... well, short and sweet - too hot to type :) I'm off to be creative! Have a wonderful Thursday evening! Brenda

Monday, July 7, 2008

Time 4 School

Happy Monday! I've had the best day with my honey - we went fishing and laughed and cut up just like kids! We had modest luck (caught one fish, but pretty good sized!) so that made the day all the more worthwhile. We're really enjoying this time with the kids at the grandparents', even tho' we miss them terribly. It's been a great time of reconnecting with each other and just enjoying being together again without all the interruptions. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, as they say :) This page is one I've had made for a week or so, but hadn't shared yet. These are last year's 1st-day-of-school pics and my how they've grown since then. Not only in height and build, but in personality. It's like they're totally different kids from this time last year. Time is going too fast, I have to admit. Before I know it, we'll be fending off the boys and girls and worrying about all that hullabaloo. In the meantime, we're just looking forward to them coming home and being able to enjoy them in this stage of their life RIGHT NOW. Have a wonderful evening and I'll talk at ya soon! Hugs - Brenda

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cards for the Kids

I thought it would be cool to send each one of our kids a card instead of just typing an e-mail or calling. So...I set about to make each one a handmade card. The 2 girls' cards are on the left and my son's is on the right - what d'ya think? I sent them off yesterday, so am anxiously waiting to see what they think of these. I must admit that I'm missing them... it's just too calm around here I think. Maybe if they were busy with other things during the day and then we had them around in the evening? I don't know...maybe we'd truly enjoy their company then, instead of getting frustrated or angry. It looks like they'll be in Texas through next week at least since my eldest daughter is in a volleyball camp and that's not over until Friday the 11th. *sigh* I think we're having withdrawals. On the other hand, we're enjoying just doing what we want. No one to dictate dinner time, etc. We're invited out for 4th of July to our friends' house - she always has a bunch of people out and it's a good time. Hey - hope your Wednesday has gone well. It's hump day! See ya soon...Hugs! Brenda

Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Monday everyone!

Can't believe it's the end of June already! Don't know about you, but this summer is just scootin' by and I feel like I haven't gotten enough fun stuff in yet. I've finally gotten my scrappin' mojo back that's been lagging for so long and I have some time to get creative these next couple weeks while the kids are away in Texas. It's so quiet around here -- almost eerie! However - I'm enjoying the ability to start a task and actually carry it out to completion. Wow... almost unheard of eh? Anyhow, these 2 pages were completed using Creating Keepsakes "Finish 5 Projects Today" -- and they weren't kidding! I actually went to my friend's house with certain pictures and papers that I had already picked out, some of which were precut before I went to her house, and in less than 4 hours, I had created 5 pages! I was SO excited! I didn't get the cards done that were also a part of the CK article, but I was thrilled just to get some scrappin' done. It's really hard to see the detail in these pages, but the papers are all layered and different - very cool. Hope your week has started out smoothly and that things are quiet and productive for you in your little corner of the world. Hugs - Brenda

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I've been busy!

It's been a whirlwind since we got home. I have had a lot of stuff to catch up on, but I've also had time to be creative and get some pages made. This is one I actually made in Texas when I was there for NSBD, but had forgotten to share with you. My sweet husband Derek was an older student returning back to college and I am so proud to say he received his degree - that all with kids, job, wife, responsibilities, etc. It was a lot of work, but it sure was worth it in the long run! We celebrated even though he wasn't able to walk the stage - cute page huh? Love the little felt circles that I found in his school colors. I'll have some more pages and things to share over the next few days, so stay tuned. I'm enjoying quiet time w/out interruptions. Sure is nice, even though I miss my kiddos. Hey - enjoy your week. It's already hump day! Hugs - Brenda