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