Saturday, December 12, 2009

Happy Saturday

Hey everyone - how's it going? I can't believe we are almost halfway through December and what a terrible blogger I've been. I just looked back to see I haven't put anything on here since November - ugh! So sorry for the lack of commitment I have here. I CAN say I've been busy creating projects for family members for Christmas, so it's not like I've not been doing anything :) This little house is for my mom. She loves to entertain and I thought this would be a great little piece of artwork to set on an end table or entertainment center so that she could welcome her friends and visitors to her home. Love it! I covered the house with one paper and then created a "roof line" with a different paper, scalloping the edges and applying little clear embellishments on top of the scallops. The flowers are assorted from my collection, each with a different center. The twigs are from our front yard, so a bit of Wyoming will be making its way to Texas - LOL. Hope you're enjoying the season and taking a bit of time for yourself - and to remember the most important reason for the season...JESUS! Blessings and hugs - Brenda

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey all - happy thanksgiving! So excited to be stuffing myself (and the turkey) tomorrow! Love this holiday and it reminds me to be so very thankful for all that we have - more than we'll ever need. God is good! The sentiment on this card is so pretty - I just love all the names listed here. Very simple card, and loved the much like the colors of fall. On the flowers, it's hard to tell, but I applied some clear diamond stickles to the middle, so they glimmer. Have a wonderful and blessed day tomorrow! Hugs - Brenda

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Happy Saturday! So glad this week is over...although I can't believe it's over already. Time is flying way too fast for my taste. Pretty soon I'll have a birthday and then it'll be Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Ugh...not ready for any of it. OK, enough gloom and doom :) I was in the mood to create a pretty fallish-type card and this is what I came up with. The papers are CTMH and the stamps are the little paper-pieced trees and simple, beautiful Bible verse at the bottom. By the way, the papers layered on top were cut with my lovely Cricut. Hope your weekend is blessed - enjoy time with your family! Hugs - Brenda

Monday, November 9, 2009

We've been busy today...

Look at what my sweet hubby did for me today...he put up shelves over my scrap area and I am now able to get all the "junk" off my desk and up on the wall. Don't they look fabulous! He's the best husband I could ever ask for...he really put a lot of thought and time into this project.
Now I feel like I have more room to get creative. No longer will I only have a 12 x 12 opening on my desk to scrap. Yeah! Now if only I had more time... have a great evening!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Coffee and Friends

Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry for the silence - too wrapped up in other activities, one of which was nursing myself back to health. Ick...this flu season has come early and hit hard! I was really the only person to get the crud, but the kids have struggled with colds and low-grade fevers. So glad to be on the mend and getting around to the "fun" things in life :)
This card was created once again using Unity stamps and some warm, fall colors to create a sense of sitting around enjoying a good cup of joe and conversation with a friend - love it! I think I'll go have a cup now! Hope your week is going well and that you're healthy whereever you are. Hugs - Brenda

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Weird huh?

October 4 and 5 - 10-12 inches of snow is so weird for me!!! What? It's supposed to be fall NOT winter! Nonetheless, it was so pretty and serene. The trees were so heavy with wet snow, though, that we had quite a few branches, and rather large ones at that, that broke under the weight. Before our son's bus could come down our driveway yesterday morning, we had to clear it out so you could at least get to our house.'s the weather where you are? I'll bet you're experiencing some of those beautiful fall days we sort of skipped over. The snow today is melting and the sun is shining, so I'll bet it won't be here for long, but there's more in the forecast. Ugh. Have a glorious day! Brenda

Monday, September 21, 2009

My heart is a flutter!

Hey! Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of Autumn. Today was a sweet taste of that with a high of 60 degrees at our house. Just a bit nippy, but a nice change from the 80s and 90s. I have to say I'm finally getting in the mood for the beauty that can only be fall!
This little card was one I created using Unity stamps...both the sentiment and image. They're unmounted red rubber images that have cling foam on the back and they adhere to my clear blocks and I have to say I LOVE THEM! They stamp such a clean, clear image and are so easy to clean up and store. Uh oh...this has trouble written all over it :)
Well, off to have some spaghetti that my sweet husband cooked up for us - yum! Have a great evening! Brenda

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Wish

Happy Wednesday (hump day)! I got the idea for these flowers from someone's blog and can't remember whose, I apologize. I had all these decorative bingo cards lying around and when I saw this idea, I was all over it. I could never quite figure out how to incorporate them into my pages and/or cards, and thought this was ingenious. Just freehanded the flowers and then cut them out, placing fun little flowers or brads in the middle for added flair. I love how the page turned out AND a bonus is I used old pictures from when the kids were so little *sigh* Hope you are having a great week so far...already the middle of September, and I've noticed the trees are beginning their change to fall colors. One of my favorite times of year! Have a great afternoon and evening! Brenda

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Friends...are a wonderful thing!

Hey! How was your weekend? We ended up having a pretty good day yesterday, even though it was cloudy for much of the day. The sun finally came out and I personally was much happier :) We took the kids bowling in Thermop and boy, have I gotten bad at that game!'s been too long since I've bowled - ha!
Here's a little clipboard I created featuring one of my sweet friends. Isn't it just the cutest? I used some papers I've had for awhile (yea!) and just had a blast creating this little project. It really took no time at all, but I'm loving the way it turned out. Way cute... I think these would be great Christmas gifts for family and friends.
Hope your week is off to a great start. Hugs! Brenda

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Happy Wednesday!

Hi there! Wow - already the middle of the week and still hot as ever here in Wyoming. No complaints...not ready for the snow just yet :) The grasshoppers, however, are about to carry everything away and I joke not. Just standing in the kitchen window and looking out at the front yard, it looks as if it's "alive", there's so much movement. Yuck! Hopefully they'll all die soon and not be so terrible next year. So, onto more pleasant topics. How bout this card? I am so happy with how it turned out. I've really been on a kick lately to use up some of the awesome scraps I have left over from scrappin projects. This card is made from Bazill Basics c/s and the beautiful blue and green scraps are SU. I added a little bling and buttons, and the "so much" is a rub on. Leave me your comments to let me know what you think...I love to read what everyone has to say. Have a fabulous Wednesday and rest of your week! Hugs - Brenda

Monday, August 31, 2009

Another week...

Here we go, another Monday and closer to fall and winter. Fall sounds OK, just not too excited about winter yet. I'm sure once the temps start cooling down and it is more fallish, I'll be more in the mood. I guess it just never got hot enough around here this summer to feel much like summer. We had a lot of rain and wierd weather...a couple of really good hail storms and then it was cloudy or just plain cool in the afternoons. Truly different from past years, but hey - that's Wyoming!
Here's a page I created of Bailee when she was on her swim team last year. I LOVE this pic of her sitting on the diving board - so young-ladyish. Ugh...getting closer to 13 everyday. This was created using an SU! simply scrappin kit. It went together very easily and didn't have to do too much to it except cut and stick things here and there.
Hope you have a great day! The kids are settling into school quite nicely, so hopefully we'll all have good years this year! Blessings - Brenda

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day 2009

Happy 1st day of school (at least to a lot of you)! The girls were so excited to go back that they could hardly sleep last night or eat breakfast this morning. Kade, on the other hand, not so excited. When he found out who his teacher was going to be, he had not-so-fond memories of her from last year, for whatever reason, and just plain dreaded this day. We just hope for the best, that he'll be HIS BEST and impress the teacher and maybe, just maybe she'll be someone different than he remembers encountering. Our fingers are crossed :) I hope your day is awesome - whether you have kids starting school, whether they've already started or whether your kids are grown and gone. May God's face shine on you today! Blessings and hugs - Brenda

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Feeling Inspired Today

Hello! How has everyone's week been? Ours has gone fast and furiously and I can honestly say that I think my kids are ready to go back to school, which is tomorrow. They were between computer and Wii all week, with looks of boredom mixed in between. This morning we've all been busy getting rooms cleaned and clothes put out for tomorrow...we're all ready, well I guess we're ALL ready...they are at least :)
Along with getting the not-so-fun tasks taken care of, I felt inspired and made a couple cards. Here's one I created without any stamps, just some little pieces I had laying around. I'm lovin how it turned out and can think of a few people that I would love to send it to. I have some awesome friends who inspire me and push me on to do greater things and for that - I say thanks!!!
Hope ya'll have a wonderful Sunday. Blessings! Bren

Monday, August 17, 2009

Life is good!

Wow - it's already the middle of August...I wish time would slow down a bit. A week from today and school starts. I can honestly say I'm not ready for my kiddos to go back. We've had a great summer - nothing much to report that we did, just enjoying being in our house without having to worry about building deadlines, etc.
This card was made using CTMH stamps and some more leftovers from my scrap basket. I love the way it turned out. Very simple - not too overloaded with stuff like I tend to do. Just perfect. What'dya think?
Hope your week goes well. Enjoy those last few days of summer before the hectic-ness of life settles in with school sports, activities, etc. Hugs! Brenda

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Good advice

I made this card for my sis-in-law to not only have a happy b-day, but also to remember to laugh, and laugh loud! I especially don't remember to do this often and need to be reminded :)
I decided my scrap basket was too full and I needed to use some of the beautiful papers in it, so I created this card completely from leftovers. I highlighted some of the pieces with Stickles and the black leaves turned out to be almost copper - hard to tell from the pic, but really pretty.
So today, I hope you remember to laugh and do it loudly - with JOY!
Hugs - Brenda

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hello...sorry for the silence

Happy Wednesday - it's hump day! Wow, you were probably wondering whatever happened to that Brenda girl? Well, first off we've been pretty busy, but secondly we had a lightning storm that knocked out our network card and router, so we had to order the network card since our internet provider didn't have the one we needed. We've been off-line on our personal computer for almost 2 weeks. Yikes! That's painful...
I have managed to create some cards and even some scrapbook pages in the last few weeks, tho, so it hasn't all been in vain. This card was made especially for a couple that got married last week and it was made using all scraps I had in my basket. I used some solid colors on the top portion of the card that I ran through the Cuttlebug and the bottom portion is just some pretty patterned paper. I strategically placed some flowers and bling-bling and stamped the simple message on an oval. I love how it turned out and hopefully the lucky couple loved it as well.
I'll have some more things over the next few days to show, so please check back and leave me some love! Hugs - Brenda

Friday, July 10, 2009

We're Flying?

Happy Friday!! Hope your week has gone well. We had a fabulous 4th of July with blowing off $80 worth of fireworks, which really got my goat when I had to pay for them, but then when my son says to me "Mom, thanks for making this the best 4th of July ever!", I think to myself "OK, I guess it was worth it!". The weather was kinda weird, lots of afternoon thunderstorms and the like, even some hail, but that evening we stayed up until midnight (a rarity for the kids) and had a blast as a family. How bout you? Any fun stories to share?
There is a funny story behind this page. We were invited to go back to Texas for my mother-in-law's recognition at Wayland Baptist University. Can you believe she's been a professor for 40 years???!!! Wow - I can't imagine doing something for that long! Anyway, we usually drive, but this time we flew from Denver. We didn't tell the kids we were flying, as we wanted to surprise see, this would be the 1st time they had never flown and would be ecstatic at this most awesome surprise. We got to my husband's cousin's house (that's a mouthful) and hung out for awhile, the kids all the time thinking we were about to hit the road again for the rest of the long drive to Texas. Well, Saige comes to me and says "Mom, we've been here awhile, are we about to leave?" to which I replied "we'll be leaving here in just a minute or 2", chuckling to myself and getting excited myself at popping this one on them. We lined them up on the couch and told them we were going to fly back to Amarillo and these are the expressions we captured. Priceless! They loved their flight. Kade was a bit freaked out after taking off, but had fun and smiled a lot anyway.
Well, hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy those simple moments in your lives. Smiles and hugs! Brenda

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A doozie...

We had a doozie of a storm last night. As we were coming back into town last night from picking Bailee up, the sky let loose and down came the rain, only for a few minutes though. Then, as we looked to our left, there was this gorgeous rainbow. It was the first time I think I've ever seen a rainbow in total completion, from beginning to end and all the way through the middle. Pretty amazing and we just had to stop and take a quick pic. Thought I'd share. Have a fabulous weekend...hugs! Brenda

Monday, June 22, 2009

Band Camp

We just got back from taking Bailee to band camp in Powell (about 2-1/2 hours from here) and had the best weekend we've had in a long time. We spent most of our time in Cody, which is such a fun little town. Tons to do and see! She was excited, but I think a bit nervous about what the week would entail, so we tried to reassure her that she would have a great time and that she would probably make all kinds of new friends. She was fortunate enough to score a 1 at her regional festival and so she earned a partial scholorship to Yellowstone Summer Music Camp - woo hoo!!! Pretty expensive camp so every little bit helped for sure :)
This page is of her first-ever band concert and for 6th graders who had never played an instrument before this year, they were awesome. I was really impressed! I love these pictures of her b/c I was sitting quite a ways back and set my camera to no-flash, zoomed in on her and snapped away. The lighting for the most part is natural and I was pretty impressed with how the pics turned out. We are SO very proud of Bailee and the beautiful young woman that she has become. She's awesome!!
The strips of patterned paper were cut from 4 different pieces of patterned paper and then pieced next to each other so as to create a bit of a border across the bottom. Then, those wonderful letters are Thickers - love those things!!! There's the appropriate amount of blingage on there and a little chipboard embellishment. So what'dya think?
Hope your week goes well. I'll have some more to share later - hugs!!! Brenda

Monday, June 15, 2009


Happy June 15th - one week to go and it'll be summer already! We're in full swing around here w/ projects, little classes the girls are taking, summer school fun for our son, and enjoying the freedom of not "having" to work on our house anymore. We closed last week and we've never been so glad to have "nothing" to do! Whew...huge sighs of relief. The only thing we absolutely must do is finish the little bit of trim we didn't get done and that has to be done by Friday.
Here's another page I created while on my trip more than a month ago now. It's when Saige was in the Nutcracker Suite musical at school and it was so much fun...and so sweet. I love the color combo and simple layout of this page. The pictures were what I really wanted to showcase and I'm pleased with the outcome. The colors are so NOT winter and it just makes for a candy-ish feel to the page.
Hope your summer is shaping up to be fun. This weekend we are headed to Cody and Powell to drop Bailee at band camp -she's so excited and we think it'll be a great time for her to learn more about clarinet and fine tuning that for 7th grade - yikes!!! 7th grade??? Have a great evening!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Wednesday :) Sorry for the lack of quality on this picture - darn that glare! Anyway, this is a page sharing the joy of our boy getting baptized. It's very simple, I think with some neat elements i.e. stitching across the top and neat chipboard letters and shapes. I really like this layout and was so thrilled to be able to get it scrapped simply.
Hope your week is going well. Winding down to the end of May already - wow! Summer is indeed starting after tomorrow, for the kids will be out of school for a few months. Let the fun begin! Hugs - Brenda

Friday, May 22, 2009

So thankful...

You know, when I look back at this picture of the back of our then "soon to be house", it really brings to mind how far we've come and how much we have to be thankful for. We are nearing the end of this time-consuming, draining building project and everything has turned out so beautifully. I'll post pictures as soon as things are completed, but in the meantime, I needed to take this moment to say thank you Lord...I am truly thankful.
This page is made from an SU simply scrappin' kit. We had such limited pics from T-giving that I was able to fit them all on 1 page. I love the simplicity of the layout. The shiny letters are some of my new faves - they're called Jellies...too fun! I have 3 other colors of these babies and plan on using them a lot.
Hope you're having a wonderful week. It's already Friday here and that means there are only 3 more days of school before summer is upon us. Wow...this year has flown, which means my babies are growing up way too fast. Have a great weekend! Brenda

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pretty toes!

Aren't these just gorgeous toes? Every year when I go to the scrapbook weekend in Amarillo, my friend Stacey and I have to go get our toes done. It's such a treat b/c there's no one up here that does it quite like the little salon we go to. The leg massage is the absolute best :) Anyway, just had to share. Speakin' of scrapbooking, here's a sweet page I did about Bailee and her swim team experience this year. She did so awesome and I was so proud of her...just had to create something special for her! Their school colors are black and red, so I did the base page (Bazzill Basics) red and then did some paper tearing w/ a strip of black in the center and "RMS" (Riverton Middle School) in black. The flowers are cut out from the same paper as is across the bottom. Lovin' the look of this page. How's your week been? So glad it's Friday!!! Have a wonderful weekend - hugs! Brenda

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


It's Tuesday, middle of May almost! Wow! It would be an absolutely perfect day except for the fact the wind is blowing 90 to nothin' - yuck! I really hate the wind... Here's another layout from my weekend in Texas. Love this one and it's really hard to see the colors. I really need to take a photog class to learn to take better photos. Sorry... Anyway, we surprised the kids with a Wii for Christmas and this is the way we did it. They got a huge kick out of it and we laughed for hours that night watching them play. The little "flowers" on the left hand side were done with different sizes of circle punches and then "roughed up" with either a bone folder or an edge distresser. Other than that, just some creative paper layering and photo layouts. Love the simplicity of this layout. What d'ya think? Hope your week is progressing along nicely. Only a little over 2 weeks left of school here. Can hardly believe the speed with which this year has gone. Enjoy your day! Brenda

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Good Saturday to you! It's been a hectic few weeks here at our home, what with trying to finish up what the contractor didn't (*ugh*) and getting ready for my trip to Texas, which has already been a week ago. Time sure flies.
I had my annual doctor's appointments in Amarillo and they all went well, as far as I know. The physical exams were normal and I'm just waiting to hear if anything was up with my blood work and mammogram. I can now stand up and proudly proclaim that I am nearly 8 years out from my diagnosis and cancer FREE!!! Woo hoo - now that's something to be excited about!
Of course...I can't go for my doctor's appointments w/out working in a little scrapbook time with "the girls". We had our annual scrapbook retreat at the Holiday Inn in Amarillo and it was a blast! I managed to get 22 pages done and I'm tickled pink about that! Here is the very first page I worked on - about our new doggy, Dodge. Thanks to my sweet friend, Stacey, I put together "page packs" - photos, papers, embellies, etc. - everything to put together a 1 or 2 page layout. All of it is placed in a nice large plastic bag and so when you go to put together your scrapbook layout, everything is there that you need. It's an awesome way to scrap and makes for a very productive time. 22 PAGES! That's awesome for 2 days!
Hope all is well in your little part of the world. Hey - HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all my sweet girlfriends!! Hugs - Brenda

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blessings it is already the middle of April. What in the world is going on. As George Jetson would say "Jane! Stop this crazy thing!" It's mid-April and we're fixin to get a snow storm the next couple of days. Yuck.
Here is a cute little card I whipped up the other night during one of my free moments. The stamps are Sassafrass Lass and the papers are from my scrap pile. I cut the jagged circle on my Cricut Expression - love that thing, worth every penny. The other embellishments are from my stash. Lovin' how this card turned out. It's so cute!
Hope your week is going well. Everyone in Wyoming had better buckle up and hold on for the ride - it looks like it's gonna be a rough one for the next couple days. Hugs! Brenda

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Dodge! He's our 2-year-old Greyhound that we adopted in Colorado this past weekend. Is he sweet or what? His personality is just as sweet and he loves to give kisses. In fact, if he hasn't seen you for a bit, he'll give you a "smile". In all actuality, it looks as if he's baring his teeth in anger, but he is smiling, and I've heard this is a Greyhound trait. He gets so excited his whole 90-pound body wags right along with his tail. He's a love bug. He is a retired racer and as you may or may not know, these dogs are basically retired and that is that...they are left with greyhound adoption agencies in hopes they'll find a loving home. It's heartbreaking to leave all the others behind, but one is good for now. I think we're Greyhound spoiled now for the rest of our lives.
Hey - hope you have a wonderful Easter. Hallelujah - He has risen!! Blessings - Brenda

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Can you believe...?'s April already? Where is time going? Personally, I'm ready for it to slow down a bit. Before we know it, we'll be in the throes of summer and I'll still be scratching my head and wondering where the time has gone. Easter is a week from this Sunday and I decided I'd better get busy and get some cards made! I had a few minutes today and cranked this one out. I thought it turned out pretty ok. I've been going through some of my papers and decided how fun would it be to use some of the scraps I had? So...the front of this card is actually some scrap paper from a kit I got last year some time. The stamps are CTMH "Bird Basics". The circle is a smooth coated chipboard that I've had for ages and the swirly on it is a rub-on from CTMH. There are little baubles on there, sort of a bluish color, to top it all off. Tell me what you think...leave me some love. Have a wonderful Thursday - hugs! Brenda

Monday, March 30, 2009

It's a winter wonderland...

Ai yi yi...for the last few days we've had snow melting from a significant front that blew thru the end of last week. Last night we were coming home from church and another front blew in and rather quickly I might add. By the time we got home, the snow was blowing sideways and within a half hour, it was already accumulating on the ground. Geesh - it's spring for heavens sake! I'm ready for this white stuff to go away (even though I appreciate the moisture). I'd settle for rain that's for sure.
However, because the weather was crummy, I was able to get a page done for my scrappy chick challenge. It's a pic of one wonderful friend of mine who has always been such a "treasure" to me...from the very first day we met, we hit it off and it's been a whirlwind of ups and downs since then. She's the best, absolutely the best friend I could have ever asked for. Thanks Stacey for being there for me through everything. You are such an inspiration and blessing to me :)
The patterned papers I used on this layout are from Pink Paislee and Bazill. The circle was cut on my Cricut Expression and it's CTMH paper. The stamps are CTMH. I used a white craft pad for the ink. Everything else is just from my stash. I'm lovin' how this layout turned out. I'm struggling a bit with so much "white" space, but really think the end product is lookin' good!
Hope your week is starting off well. Hubby and I are off today and heading out to Lander (about 25 miles from here) to see the Canyon and maybe do some snowshoeing, depending on the wind and conditions. Blessing and hugs! Brenda

Thursday, March 12, 2009


...I'm back! Whew - talk about a whirlwind! My life has definitely been consumed with all things "house". Getting the paint on the walls, getting the carpet in, worrying about snow melting and leaking through in spots (note: the roof has yet to be finished), etc., etc. Nothing fun I assure you. Needless to say, I've had no time to scrap or make cards and this has really made me cranky. I NEED that time for me!!! Hopefully now as things are winding down, I'll have more time to be creative and therefore, relax and enjoy life.
This is a card that I made using Inkadinkado stamps - aren't they so funny? I just love their expressions. I think the set is called "Amy Smyth Made It". There are also owls and other types of shore birds w/ some fun little greetings as well. The cardstock is all SU. The birds were colored using watercoloring technique with markers. I'm lovin' the finished outcome.
OK...well that's it for now. I think I'll take some time to make something else! Woo hoo! I'm on a roll. Enjoy the rest of your week! Hugs - Brenda

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines!

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine's Day!! Yes, I know tomorrow is V-day, but just wanted to throw out my wish to you early :) We have no special plans, but I know it'll be a fun day nonetheless. We've gotten some really cute little stuffed animals for the kids and little boxes of candies so they'll be thrilled with those. For my loving husband - DARK CHOCOLATE!!! Both of our favorites so I can always help him with those if he's having problems getting them all eaten - ha! How bout you? Any special plans? Leave me a comment and let me know what's going on for your "heart" day.
Here's a little project I made for my special friend, not only for V-day, but also for their anniversary, which is tomorrow as well. It's something I spotted on Splitcoast and was oh-so-easy to create and really fun too. It is really tiny and hard to see exactly how small except for the Ghiradelli chocolates tucked inside.
Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day today and tomorrow! Hugs - Brenda

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Short...and sweet

I'm going to make this post very short and sweet indeed. I've been working full-time and putting every bit of myself into this house project we're in the middle of, so I'm exhausted. I did want to share with you this page I created of my "sweet" husband and I - I'm loving it and the colors are so yummy aren't they? I created this for our Scrappy Chick challenge that I have going on with my buds from Texas (hey girls!). Hope you like. Have a wonderful evening and I'll try to post more soon. Hugs - Brenda

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Snow Day

No...we didn't have a snow day today, and we really haven't had too many this winter. I just keep thinking one of these days we're going to get pounded! But...until then, we'll just continue to enjoy this "balmy" winter weather we're having :) Today it was sunny, but then sometime after 2:00 or so, the wind picked up and then it was a little blustery. It's supposed to be even warmer tomorrow. Weird.

Anyway, had fun creating this page. It was for a challenge I have with my scrappy chicks (hey girls!) and our challenge this month was to create a page with blue. Cool! I knew I wanted to do something with all the snow pictures I have, just wasn't sure 'til I got in there and got my hands dirty, so to speak. The papers are all CTMH. Letters are fuzzy Thickers, stamp is one I got from Backporch Memories and the ribbon and buttons are from my stash. Oh yeah - the really cool snowflakes are felt and they're from SU. Lovin those!

Well, here we are on the weekend again. Wow! Tomorrow is already February. Pretty soon we'll be seeing red and pink. Until then, take care and I'll "see" ya soon! Brenda

Thursday, January 29, 2009

In honor of love...

My day started off so strangely! As you may or may not be aware, I am a medical transcriptionist. I start my day really early and end before my kids get home so I can find some time to be creative. Well, my day started out with one strange dictator after another, until I was so frustrated! I hate it when I can't make heads or tails of what they're saying and frankly, don't you think they'd want to speak CLEARLY so their reports would be correct? I would think so... Anyway, the kids wouldn't get up and once they did get up, they moved like turtles. I'm surprised they made it to school on time! Geesh... Then it was one thing after another here at the house with our building project. Craziness! I felt like I was in the twilight zone. Thankfully, the sun is out and I'm about to get creative with some scrappin' or something, otherwise I might just indulge myself and go back to bed! This card is one I've actually had in my "archives" - just forgot to share it with you. It's fairly simple and straightforward. The "U" is chipboard that has been colored with stamping ink and then coated with lots of glitter - it's so shiny! The red piece of c/s is embossed with my Cuttlebug and the other little embellishments are acrylic stick-ons. Lovin' the simplicity of it. Hope your day is going good and if not, hopefully it gets better soon. Blessings! Brenda

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Happy Wednesday! The sun is shining here in my little corner of the world, but it sure is windy - brrrr!!!! I spent time fixing my hair today and making sure it was all in place and then stepped outside. OK...why did I bother I ask myself? Hmmm... At least it's warmer than yesterday. The kids got up to -21 degrees yesterday morning.
This page is one I made using some Love Elsie elements (buttons across the bottom, printed paper). I'm lovin' it! It was a blast to make. I love to work with things I've already got on hand and these are papers and embellies I've had for over a year now, just sitting in my stash waiting to be used.
I need to get on the ball and get some V-day things worked up. I'll have some more fun things to show you later this week. Take care and have a wonderful, blessed day! B

Friday, January 23, 2009

Stamp Club Projects

Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week. Mine of course was harried and crazy, what with all the house building activities, so I have to say I'm glad it's Friday; another week down and closer to having our "home" completed! I started a stamping club at my house and last night was our first meeting. I decided it would be fun to create 2 pages each time we meet, so that by the end of our year-long commitment, we will have created a year's worth of pictures, thus completing a mini album. Good idea? I think it is and my friends all had a great time creating and just visiting with each other. Love having my friends over to do the thing we all love - scrappin! So, all the supplies are CTMH. I do have to apologize for the quality of the pictures - it's a dreary, cloudy day today and a little dark in my office. Let me know what you think. Hey - have a great weekend and I'll talk at ya soon! Brenda

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Hi! How is your week going? Well, as usual, the week has passed by in a whizz, but not without lots of things going on pulling me in all kinds of directions, today included. We are continuing on with our building project and it's getting close...very close to being done. However, I was in charge of bringing home breaker boxes and of COURSE I brought home the wrong ones - an electrical engineer I am not! Anyway, after 2 trips, I was only 50% successful, still bringing home some wrong ones. *sigh* I told the builder "It's your turn, you need to go get them otherwise I may continue on doing the same thing". Geesh - talk about feeling incompetent!
On a brighter note - lovin' this card! It was so much fun to make. Very easy, yet some really neat techniques. All products are CTMH except for the chipboard and baubles, which are from my personal stash. So what do you think...likey? Leave me some love! I go to get some other things done. Have a great Thursday! Brenda

Friday, January 9, 2009

Missing You

Wow - Friday already! Can you believe we've whizzed through another week? It's already the second week of January and there's no end in sight for the whirlwind. The first week back in school was pretty uneventful, but it did afford me some time to get a couple cards made. This little beauty is created using an example from the CTMH "Originals" book. There are some beautiful creations in that book - you should check it out. If you don't know how to get your hands on it, just drop me a comment and I can hook you up :) Anyway, the card I patterned this after was stitched around the edges, and since my little sewing machine isn't working right, I scored around the edges. One of the things I love most about CTMH papers is the fact they have a white core, so after I made my score lines, I sanded with a bit of sandpaper and voila - the white outline. The rest is pretty straightforward - layered papers and ribbon with a tiny paper flower in the center, along with red brads. I love it. Simple, yet still so many fun elements. Hope you enjoy your weekend - I'll be trying to get creative some more and maybe even get another post on here before the weekend is up. See you soon - Bren

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

You're A Star!

Here's a sweet little card I made for my bro-in-law whose birthday is today - happy birthday Danny! Isn't it the cutest card I've made this year? Ha - got ya on that one! It IS the first card I've made this year :) Anyway, it's made entirely with CTMH papers. The faux stitching around the edges, "you're a star" and the star itself are all CTMH stamps. I had a blast with this one - it really is very simple, yet the layering makes it look so much more complex than it really is. I hope he appreciates the work I went to to create this one :)
The weather here is awesome - once the wind finally stopped blowing that is. The sun is shining and there is only a mild breeze out there now. It's great - hard to believe it's January and winter at that! I still keep wondering if there's any sizeable amount of snow that's going to fall on us soon - my hubby seems to think so.
Well - happy hump day! Have a wonderful evening. I'll be posting more over the next few days. Thanks for stopping by :) Brenda

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Happy new year all my friends!!! I'm sorry for the great delay in getting something on here, but honestly this is the first I've been able to be creative for about a month. It's been one hectic month and truthfully, I'm glad December is over and we're on to a new month and new year. I believe we have many wonderful things in store for us in 2009 so here's to all the best for all of you :) I found these pictures on my hubby's desk, buried under some other junk and decided hey - if I don't scrap these pics they'll get damaged or lost somewhere. So honey - here's to you and your love for the outdoors and all things "legendary". You're the best and thanks so much for providing for our family and taking care of us so very well!
The papers are basically some I've had in my collection - Bazzill mostly (except for the plaid). The letters are rub-ons and the stitches are stamped with CTMH stamps. Pretty easy and straightforward, but accomplished what I was trying to get across. BTW, the layout is from the Pagemaps book by Becky Fleck - a most wonderful book!!
Thanks for stopping by - I'm off to get going on my next project. Hugs! Brenda