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

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Outta here!

Hello! Sorry for the silence these last few days. We have been hurridly and busily getting the kids ready for their trip to Texas to stay with the G-parents for a couple weeks. It's been hectic and no time for being creative darn it all! Anyway, we are outta here to take them to Colorado to meet with their G-parents and then they will take them on to Texas from there. Saves a little on the horrendous gas prices!! I will be posting when I get back and after I get some scrappin or card making done. Take care - see you soon!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Summer is here!!

It is HOT here today - lovin' it!! It's supposed to get hotter as the week goes on and for those of you drenched in heat and hotness - so sorry you're miserable - but we've been a waitin' for this warmth to get here. Yippee!! I'm finally able to put on tank tops, shorts and flip flops. On the down side - the house is stuffy and hot. Oh well...the price we pay.
This is the father's day card I created for my honey - hard to read what it says, but in glitter is stamped "Legendary". I love the colors together, don't you? Rather manly I think. The little dots to the left of legendary are bella's baubles from I participated in a swap and I received a whole bunch of different colors - they're so much fun! Kinda like candy...
Well, hope your week has started out on a positive note. So glad summer and the laziness of it is upon us! Hugs - Brenda

Thursday, June 12, 2008


It's Thursday already! Can't believe it...we've been so busy this week with VBS at our church. The weather has been less than cooperative, but we've managed to have fun with the kids. It's been a horse-themed VBS involving real horses, but with cold temps and winds, the kids can't ride the horses as they can be a bit unpredictable in the wind. Tonight doesn't look much better... it seems the wind makes everyone cranky, including myself. The kids have been at each other's throats all day. On a more upbeat note :) the sun is supposed to shine tomorrow, very little breeze if any and 74 degrees!! Yippee!!! I'm doing the happy dance! Here's my contribution for the day, a page that I completed while in Amarillo for the national scrapbook day retreat. Family is so very important and special - just wish they all realized it today. HA! Have a wonderful day - tomorrow's Friday!!! Hugs - Brenda

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Happy Tuesday! Hope this finds you having a great day and that the sun is shining in your little corner of the world. I've had this card made for awhile, but forgot I hadn't shared it, so here ya go...I really love the colors and design - this one's going to my mom as an encouragement since she lives in Texas and misses us so. The stamps are Stampin' Up!, as are the inks. The papers are some that I've had in my stash for awhile, some are SU, some are ?? Anyway - have a day that's fun and maybe even creative. Enjoy! Hugs - Brenda

Monday, June 9, 2008

Unconditional Love

I love this page! It talks about my sweet husband and the support he's given me in the almost 7 years of being a breast cancer survivor. He's always shown unconditional love to me and has been there right along side me to help me in my recovery. He's my rock. The patterned paper is from Love Elsie - isn't it just the cutest? I've actually had these pictures for a few years and had never scrapped them. I was totally hung up on scrapping in chronological order and had become overwhelmed until I read Stacy Julian's new book on getting your photos under control. Now I feel like I can scrap in any date order I desire and put them in my scrapbook no matter what the's really quite liberating! I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and go ahead and scrap those older photos. Enjoy your Monday! Hugs - Brenda

Saturday, June 7, 2008


No, it didn't...this is Snow. She's our new - we think - Great Pyrinees. Isn't she just adorable? We saw her at the animal shelter a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with her. Yesterday they called and said she was ready to go home with us so we happily went over and picked her up. So far, she's been a love bug. She likes to be right on top of you (if you're in a chair or in bed) or right beside you (such as when I'm working). Thought I'd introduce her to you. Hope your weekend is going great - the sun is shining and I'm off to plant a couple plants and maybe, just maybe have some creative time. Hugs :) Brenda

Friday, June 6, 2008

My sweet friend

OK, I don't mean to complain, but this card is a whole lot more sunny looking than it is around here. It's been raining nearly as long as I can remember (well...OK, so I exagerate a bit), but enough already. There's a carnival in town this weekend and my kids would love to go, but how much fun is it freezing your butt off?? Geesh... On the brighter side, I thought I'd share this card with ya'll being that it is bright and sunny and uses up some of my scraps which makes me ecstatic (since I have so many...ahem). Anyway, the letters are stickers and the flowers have tiny little flower brads in the center. Hope you enjoy your weekend - I'm crossing my fingers for play-outside weather! Take care...Brenda

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Oh Yea - I'm tootin' my horn!

I'm SO excited - look what came via UPS this afternoon! It's the new Cricut Expression and it's amazing. I never thought I'd really want one of these b/c I already had the original Cricut, but my friend got me thinking. She really wanted the Cricut and I thought...hmmm... I could sell her my old one and get the new one! Such a novel idea! So, I pulled up Cricut Expression on google and this company - A.C. Moore - came up as having a "Cricut bundle". I checked it out and it was an incredible deal. The Expression, 4 cartridges, 5 ink cartridges - all for $349! You'll have to check it out - - the shipping is only $6 through the end of June. I'm off to have fun (and learn how to use it!). Enjoy your evening! Brenda

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Friendship - nuttin' like it!

Hey - how was your weekend? Ours was wonderful and relaxing. The weather is still so wierd here - not too warm, not too cold, just sorta in between with a lot of clouds. This is only our second spring here, so nothing to really base it on except this time last year we were already bakin' hot! Oh well...just glad there's no snow LOL! This card is so simple, yet such a sweet little thing, don't ya think? It's Bazzill Basics c/s and not sure about the patterned, but the flower is from CTMH and stamp is SU. Hope your week has started off well. The kids of course are out of school so they're up to their usual "lazing around" and not doing much of anything. Hmmm....could be a long summer. Enjoy and hugs! Brenda