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


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


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