Monday, January 28, 2013


I joined my local gym earlier this month and so far I love it.  It's not like the typical gym that's packed full of equipment and free weights (which I must say I do miss not being able to do anymore, dr's orders).  My gym focuses on classes...which I joined for the Yoga and Pilates Classes (dr's recommendations for me because of the EDS).  I tried out Zumba and a Bodyjam class this week, made a fool of myself, but they are a lot of fun=)  Two of my girlfriends also joined the gym with me, we've been having lots of fun taking classes together.  Anyhow, my yoga/pilates instructor has been sick this past week so I made her a card and brought her in some tea...

I started off stamping Serenity Now in Memento Ink on Neenah, coloring with Copics.  Layering with Crumb Cake and Regal Rose.  EP For the Record 2 Tailored paper.  Fancy Flourish, Mini Hybrid Heirloom Rose, Open Scallop Edge Die-namics, and a Button.  I used MFTWSC108 for my layout.

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Have a great week!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy 1st Anniversary to the Meyer's!!!

Wishing one of my fellow spouse's and her husband a Happy 1st Anniversay!  It breaks my heart that they are spending it apart=(  Her husband is currently deployed and she is doing such a great job handling everything...a new marriage, deployment, school, and a new baby!  My deployed spouse asked me if I would make her a card to send to her hubby.  They have a fun sense of humor, (and she really liked this stamp!) so this is what I came up with...

This is for KKS163 Something Old, Something New (kind of fitting, eh?) Challenge.  My something old is my stamp, I've had it for a couple of years now.  My something new is the paper from Bo Bunny, I got it a couple weeks ago on my monthly/bi-monthly 300 mile round trip to the nearest scrapbook store=)  There's just something about going to the scrapbook store and picking out your papers that I love...holding them, feeling them, and ahhh...and smelling them, I love the smell of scrapbook paper!  Anyhow, I started out stamping Drucilla  in Memento Ink on Neenah, coloring with Copics.  I added flat pearls to the "needles"=).  Tim Holtz Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Ink for the sponging.  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Black Card Stock, Die-Namics, SU Square Punch, Rhinestone, and sentiment also from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Thinking of my Deployed Spouse's...

A quick CAS card I made for my deployed spouse's.  As most of you know I'm a key spouse for my husband's squadron.  One of my duties as a key spouse is to check up on the deployed spouses and make sure they're doing ok and see if they need anything.  One way I like to do this is by sending them a card each month.  This is the card I made them for January...

I stamped Fancy Flutters in Tangerine Tango on a white base.  Added a Tangerine Tango and white layer, stamping the sentiment from Sincere Salutations  in Tangerine Tango.  My layout is this weeks Retro Sketch, RS47.

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Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Botanical Butterfly Birthday...

Seems like I'm always late with my Mother-in-laws Birthday Card.  I feel so terrible every year and vow to get her card out on time.  Her Birthday was the 11th, I made her card that day...sigh.  Then it sat on my desk for like a week before I even got it in the mail=(  Fingers crossed next year she will have a card arrive before her birthday!

I started out stamping Botanical Butterflies in Memento Ink on Neenah, coloring with Copics.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo to sponge aroung the edges.  Tangerine Tango, Black, and Crumb Cake Cardstock, a page from a book, Nesties, Die-namics, SU Square Punch, Sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas, Denami Design Button, SU Linen Thread, and a Rhinestone.  For the layout I used FTL223.

Now for week #28's RAK/PIF Challenge- (for anyone that would like to join in RAK'ing/PIF, please feel free.  These are just ideas, do as you're able to, or change them as you need to...the idea is to inspire you to do random acts of kindness and pay it forward.  Please come back to share what RAK you did or how you PIF, I'd love to hear what everyone has done!  You can read my original post about it here). 

Please pick one-
1- Share your hobby with a group, child/children, or friend.
2- Bring some hot tea/container of tea bags to someone you know who hasn't felt well.
3- Make some oatmeal cookies for a new neighbor or drop them off to a gate guard (if you have a base near by), your doctor's office, a fire station, police station, or give them to a homeless person.
4- Get some puzzles and drop them off at a children's shelter, homeless shelter, or any type of crisis center that helps children.
5- If a friend, co-worker, family member etc. has recenlty lost weight, pay them a compliment and encourage them to continue with their weight loss journey.
6- Bring some Peanut Butter and Jelly to your local food pantry.
7- Make a chocolate cake for someone who needs cheering up or to celebrate a special day- got a promotion, license, a job, or just good news in general.
8- Tell your spouse/partner how much you appreciate them and love them =)

I had great intentions but was down in bed from my procedure longer than I anticipated.  So, I didn't get to do the couple of things I picked out (write an elderly loved one a letter and I was going to make our new neighbors brownies). Yesterday (the last day for the week) I had a spouses meeting at a dessert lounge.  When it was time to pay, I picked up the check for a deployed spouse.

How did everyone else do???

Thank-you so much for stopping by. 
Have a wonderful night.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Welcome to the Neighborhood...

I'm off to have a procedure done today...some biopsies and possibly my esophagus dilated.  I don't do well when I go under so I admit I'm a bit nervous.  Fingers crossed they get to the bottom of my GI issues soon. 
Anyhow, I had some neighbors move in a couple weeks ago. My husband has met them (he's a bit of a neighborhood social butterfly) but I still haven't=( I plan on baking for them this evening if I'm feeling ok from the procedure. Here's the card I made for them...

I can easily spend 2 hours on a card with all the copic coloring, detailing, embellishing...easily. I've been wanting to cut back on the time I'm spending creating my cards so I can create more and send out more cards to people. I'm not sure how I'm liking the simpler look, but I'm going to step out of my comfort box and play with my creative style a bit. Anyhow...I started out with a Pool Party card base and a Melon Mambo layer. EP So Happy Together paper, Recollections $1 stamp from Michael's, Sentiment from SU's Everything Baby, Denami Design Buttons, Denami Design Rhinestone, and SU Linen Thread . For my layout I used CTS#11.

Thank-you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Butterfly Birthday Wishes...

One of my fellow spouses has a birthday coming up so I made her a CAS card to wish her a happy birthday.

I stamped the image from Bliss in Rasberry Ripple on Neenah.  Butterfly from SU's Beautiful Butterflies, then ran it through my CB and sponged some White Craft Ink on it.  Sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas Stamps.  This is my entry for JUGS 171-adding ink to your dry embossing.  This is my first time playing along in a "Just Us Girls" Challenge=).

I posted this on fb and thought that I would share this with my fellow stamping/crafting friends since so many of you do RAK's all the time=) 

Today is Ditch New Year's Resolution Day=(.  As I mentioned in My Year in Review post I didn't really set any New Year's Resolutions, but my goal is to continue to work on being the best me I can be and RAK/PIF, give...more.  A few days ago I read a friends fb post about her thanking a couple who fed a hungry man a meal and the couple explained they were in a race group to complete these tasks for the ladies 40th birthday.  I commented on the post and mentioned that I'd be turning 40 this year and maybe I should do a RAK countdown to my birthday.  My friend said I should and post daily RAK's and challenge  everyone to do them.

I decided to do just that!  Here's what I came up with- since there's 29 weeks until my birthday...I'll post challenges once a week with a few ideas of things you can do. Some weeks you will be asked to complete two RAK's and the week of February 11th-17th, you'll be asked to do daily RAK's since it's RAK Week.

So...who's with me???

Week #29 (counting down)- July 17th-23rd:

Pick one of the following-
Hand write an elderly loved one a letter
Make a pie for a neighbor
Bake brownies and bring them into the office
Make soup for a sick friend
Or if you're able to...donate blood.

I'd love for you to join in and share which one you picked, what you did, etc. 

Thank-you so much for stopping by!
Have a great evening!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Year in Review...

Happy New Year!!!  I hope everyone had a fabulous night ringing in the new year!  I rang in the new year with a milkshake and a fever=(  My hubs was really surprised I made it to midnight...actually so was I!  Each year I have a little list of New Year's Resolutions or Personal Goals that I'd like to achieve.  Usually they're along the lines of eating better, exercising, getting more organized, or crafting more.  Not so much this year.  I've had an interesting year (to say the least) and I've learned a lot.  I'll be 40 come August and I'm finding some things aren't as important to me as others.  So really all I want more than anything is for my family to be happy and most of all for them to be in good health.  I'll continue to work on being the best me I can be, and I'd like to RAK/PIF and give...more.  What are your New Year's Resolutions or Personal Goals for 2013?

It's nice to go back through and take a peek at how you grew or how your style has changed in the last year.  So, I thought I'd share my year in review...if you click on the month, it will take you to the original post=)

Yikes- No August posts so I picked from...

Two from-

There you have year in review=)
Thank-you for stopping by!
Have a fabulous 2013!!!