Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thanks for Everything...

Hello & Happy Thursday Everyone!
Today's my day to take over the blog at:
YAY for me... 🙌

I'm so excited to share a Lovely Thank you card.

I was really drawn to the Flower pot frame stamp... I think it's
because you can color it, along with add anything to the center.
I wanted a sentiment in the center of mine... So I went
with a couple of different stamps - I'm using the small "Thank You" Stamp
along with the "Happy Everything" Stamp -- What I did was cut my
Happy Everything Stamp in half.. so I could just use the "Everything" Word.
I love that most about any stamp.... You can cut them and use them
where you need them on a project! My Card design is Mojo Monday Sketch #479.

** Other Supplies Used **

Cardstock - Recollections 110lb., Strathmore Water color, SU
Designer Papers - My Mind's Eye (Happier) & (Happy Day)
Long Banner Die - Lawn Fawn
Stitched Rectangle Card Mat Die - MFT
Stitched Circle Die - Simon Says Stamp
Zig Real Brush Pens
Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen
Clear Bitty Adhesive Gems - CTMH
Big Shot, Misti, Brother Scan N Cut, ATG, ThermOweb
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Nuvo Gitter Drops - Orange Soda, Sunlit Meadow, Pink Champagne

Don't forget we still have our Ahoy Landlubbers Challenge going on right now! Here is the inspiration photo for it. You can use
the pictures, theme, and/or colors to enter.

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Thanks so much for stopping!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Latte...

Hello & Happy Tuesday Everyone!
I've got my July Monthly Card Swap cards to show you today!
Our local card swap group met up this last
Wednesday and the theme this time was "Thank You" Cards.
We also had a Sketch to follow and I actually followed it this time!
It's funny how sometimes I might follow it & sometimes I don't.
The ladies in my group don't mind since they enjoy receiving
my cards anyway! Makes me feel good! 😊

This was the sketch that we used:

Let me just say.. the minute I knew what the theme was
I already had a plan on what Stamp set I was going to use!

I've had this AWESOME Coffee Break Stamp/Die set from
My Creative Time sitting in my craft room for some time!
So you could imagine how thrilled I was when I set out to use it
for the first time! I just 💖💖 the way this turned out!!
So did the ladies in my group! It's so fun to see their
reaction when I bring my cards to the swap!

Here are the ones that I made for the swap...

** Supplies Used on my cards ** 

Cardstock - Bazzill, Stampin' Up
Digital Designer Paper - Just so Scrappy (Isn't She Lovely Collection)
Stamps & Dies - My Creative Time (Coffee Break, Rectangle, Banner)
Flower Punch - Ek Success
White Mini Doily - Doodlebug Designs
Canon Printer, Big Shot, Misti tool, Acrylic Sealer
Buttons & Jute Twine - PaperTrey Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glossy Accents, ATG, ThermOweb Adhesives, Dimensionals
Bitty Clear Adhesive Gems
Assorted Sequins - My Craft Spot (no Longer Available)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Wishing Big....

Hello & Happy Monday Everyone!
I think I'm finally over my Jet Lag... YAY!
It took forever it seems.. I felt tired ALL WEEK! UGH!
Of course, I return to work tomorrow (inserting a sad face)
School start a month from today, so I gotta get the school
in tip top shape before all the student return. It's still so HOT
out, so I'm not looking forward to going... But the paychecks
are nice! LOL So I better Suck it up!~ Right? LOL

I've had this awesome card made for a few weeks
already, just finally taking the time to post it for ya.

Isn't this way cool?? I just love it! It makes my HEART Happy when
my cards turn out the way that I want! How about for you? Same feeling I bet!

You know this was created for another Teacher at school. 
I can never have too many Birthday cards for the awesome
people who teach our children every day! 😉

** Supplies used on my Card **

Cardstock - Bazzill, Stampin' Up
Digital Designer Paper - Down this Road (Bee Happy Collection)
Sheer Shimmer Frost Spritz - Imagine Crafts
"Wish Big" word Die - Paper Trey Ink (cut out 3x's)
Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die - Gina Marie Designs
Sequins - Simon Says Stamp
White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops
Bitty Clear Adhesive Gems - Close to my Heart
Big Shot, Silhouette Machine, Printer, Glossy Accents, Dimensionals,
Acrylic Sealer, Stick it Adhesive, ATG, ThermOweb

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I'm Back!!! Vacation is over!!! Sad Face!!

Hello & Happy Tuesday Everyone!!
I'm back from Vacation! YAY!!
We got back late Sunday and I've
been trying to play catch up with laundry,
bills, mail..... you know... normal LIFE stuff! 😉

We had an AWESOME time, but I was actually
ready to come home... Hawaii is BEAUTIFUL!!!
But nothing beats being home! 😁

I do want to share some pictures with you...
We went to the Dole Plantation - which was so cool!
and we took the Pineapple Express train to check out the 
fields.. it's a huge place... So I've got some pictures from that...
and their gorgeous garden...
We went snorkeling, & saw some dolphins, Watched fireworks on
the beach, went to a Luau, hung out at the beach, walked down 
Waikiki beach & shopped, went to the Zoo, watched my son
get a promotion, tried out amazing shrimp from
a Shrimp truck, tried some yummy foods & just hung out!
We drove the entire Island... from one end to the other...

It truly was an amazing experience that I will never forget!
I took about 340 pictures with my camera... Hubby & youngest also
took some pictures with my camera... then my hubby had about 4000
pictures taken with the go pro camera....

Trust me when I say.. I WILL NOT be making a scrapbook with ALL
those pictures!!! LOL... I think he went a little NUTS! hahahaha

Anyway... I thought I would just share a couple of pictures with you
today, since I really don't have anything made...

This is the front of the Dole Plantation

This is the train you ride to see the plantation -
You can't just walk around it... the train is a MUST!

Some of the fruit they grow...

They have this fun plastic pineapple shape that you can go inside of
so my son took our picture!

Bird of Paradise flower

I gotta tell ya... I'm by NO means a Good Photographer!
I really am bad at photo taking.. but I actually took this shot
and it looks amazing! I even got the bee!!!

This I HAD to share with all my COFFEE Loving Friends!!!
Yup... those are Coffee Beans!!!

Us out on the boat for Snorkeling

My boys getting ready to go in....

My son getting ready to be promoted!

Because we were there to see this happen, my son was able to
have me pin his new stripes on one side while he had
his Sgt. pin the other stripes on the other side of him...
It was a HUGE honor he asked me to do this...

Time for a Luau!!!

We went to the Chief's Luau! This guys was so FUNNY!!!

These ladies dance so beautifully....

Time to head home!!!

I gotta tell you... my HAIR was a MESS the whole time
I was on the Island! Apparently I had CURLY hair!!
Normally my hair is straight! but the humidity there
made my hair wonky & curly the whole time!
So... My hair in some of my pictures were pretty scary to look at! LOL
But I didn't care because I was with my family! 😀

We spent a week on the beach in a beach cottage they had on base...
I made breakfasts, & dinners... and we only ate out for lunches...
That saved us a ton of money! We bought our food at the
commissary on base... it was the least expensive place to
shop for groceries on the Island... We were able to meet &
visit with some of my sons buddies... they came and hung out
with us at the cottage in the evenings... It was great getting to
know the guys who are there to watch my son's back!

Like I said.. I have tons of pictures.. But didn't want to overwhelm
you with all of them.. these are just some highlights... I have
pictures of the fireworks on the beach & pictures from
the beautiful view of our cottage.... but don't have them downloaded yet!
And my hubby has 10x's more than me, so you can image everything
we went to see & do....

I'm hoping to get around to your blogs in the next day or two...
I'll probably be leaving just 1 comment for each of you... because
there is no way I'll be able to catch up with 2 weeks of missed blogging...

I'm suppose to return to work... but I think I'll wait till next week
since we are still trying to play catch up... there is a 4 hour time
difference from where we live to where my son is.... and I've been
exhausted since we got back.... maybe jet lag? Don't know for sure...
I'm just happy to be home & I have all the wonderful memories
of our time there visiting with him...

Mahalo for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day!!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Victorine Originals Challenge #6 - Ahoy Landlubbers

Hello & Happy Friday Everyone!
Today... starts another FUN Challenge over at: 

 YAY! I know how you
guys enjoy a good Challenge!

Our Challenge is Ahoy Landlubbers - 

 You can follow the Theme or Use the inspiration photo
or Use the color combo all use all 3!!! You don't have to use
a stamp from Victorine Originals if you don't have one!

All the rules for this fun challenge are RIGHT HERE!

Here's what I created to inspire you --

I thought a masculine Birthday card for a Teacher at school
was in order! So I used the beautiful Ship Set Stamps
This is a really nice versatile Stamp set with a large Ship
& a smaller Ship along with several different sentiments...

I thought I would show you the inside of my card....
I'm using the smaller Ship and 1 of the wonderful
sentiments in this amazing Stamp set!

** Supplies Used on my Card **

Cardstock - Stampin' Up,& Fun Foam for Dimension
Designer Paper - Pink Paislee (Solstice)
Large Stitched Rectangle Die - MFT
Smaller Stitched Rectangle & Dotted Circle Die - MCT
Banner Die - Lawn Fawn
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Ship Set - Victorine Originals (10600-X)

I hope you guys can join us over at Victorine Originals Blog
 I would LOVE to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

SMILE... it's your day!

Hello & Happy Thursday Everyone!
Today's my day to take over the blog at:
YAY for me... I'm so excited to share a Playful
Summertime Birthday card with you!

How CUTE is that Hang Loose Pig!!
OMGOSH!! I just thought he was the coolest EVER!
I colored him up with my Zig Real Brush Pens on some Strathmore
Water color paper.. Then cut him out with my Brother Scan N Cut Machine...
He looks ready to party for the SUMMER!

** Other Supplies Used **

Cardstock - Stampin' Up, Strathmore Water color
Designer Papers - Doodlebug (Sunkissed)
Hang Loose Pig - Victorine Originals 
Corner Rounder Punch - We R Memory 1/4"
Stitched Card Mat Die - MFT
Stitched Circle Die - Gina Marie Designs
Zig Real Brush Pens
"Smile" Word Die - Pink & Main (cut out 3x's & Layered)
Big Shot, Misti, Brother Scan N Cut, ATG, ThermOweb
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Card Design is Mojo Monday Sketch #498

Thanks so much for stopping!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Super Exciting News!!!!!

Hello & Happy, Happy Monday Everyone!
How was your weekend? Mine was spent cleaning out
some closets! UGH! LOL I use to own a Thrift Store,
so when I moved, I kept some items for re-sale...
The only problem was... I never took the time to
go through them to re-sell them! So.... I made
sure to do it this weekend.... My sweet son was kind enough
to help his Mom out... Of course I spent a lot of time
looking up the info on some of the items I wanted to sell...
Which, as you can imagine was TIME CONSUMING!!

Needless to say... the closets are not fully done, but I did
get a good chunk cleared out ... Some of it is going to the
local Thrift Store today! YAY... Other stuff needs photo's taken
and descriptions, so I can get them sold & out of the house!

I've been trying to de-clutter my house for the past year...
I think I've come a long way and feel better knowing I don't have 
so much crap just lying around not getting used.... Including
Craft stuff.... I really feel better having that de-cluttered as well....

Any who.. I'm soooo SUPER EXCITED!!! Do you want to know WHY????
I'm going on VACATION THIS WEEK!!! EEK!!!
We are going to HAWAII!!! OMGOSH!!
This has ALWAYS been a dream of mine.... And
it's actually happening! AND... I get to see my MARINE!!! OMGOSH!

I actually had planned on taking a cruise to Hawaii this
year for my 25th Wedding Anniversary in October.... But.....
My son was so generous this past Christmas, that he offered
to pay for us to fly out and visit him for a week! I was in SHOCK
& Told him he didn't have to do this.. He knew we had limited funds..
Hubby is disabled and we live on a very simple income.... I went back
to work part time, for extra funds which would have paid for our cruise....
I was making payments on it.... but my son was very insistent that HE PAY for it.... 
So, I reluctantly agreed to let him do this.... 
But I'm so thrilled to be going & I get to spend a Week
with him too!!! 

This is our last visit with him for awhile, since he will be leaving again
for more training & another deployment... So, we will make the most out of our
trip... We'll be staying at a place that has a kitchen/living area right
on the BEACH! So, I told him, I would cook for him while we're there...
He says to me... MOM... Your not suppose to COOK while on vacation!!

I laughed at him and said... well... I'm doing it for you, since we
both know he won't be getting any home cooked meals for awhile...
I LOVE that boy more than anything.... He's kind & Generous &
serving our country well! Of course I adore ALL my boys.... they are
all amazing & I'm just so proud to be their Mother! UGH....
I might get mushy here... Sorry about that!

Anyway... I just wanted to let you guys know... I won't be
around for a couple of weeks as we get ready to leave
in the next few days..... And I won't be using any social networks
if I can avoid it! I'm gonna POP over to your blogs today, and
check out anything I've missed the last few days... And
I will get back to blogging once I return...
I do have 2 scheduled Design Team posts.. but that's it for now...
I didn't even make any Holiday cards this past week....
But I figure I can let it slide this time, due to this exciting trip!

I will MISS YOU guys dearly while I'm away and
probably have LOTS to tell ya when I get back!
Tanya had said to take LOTS of Pictures....
Not to worry... I WILL... I have a camera and my son has a 
GoPro Camera.... so I'm pretty sure we can capture a lot of stuff
while we are out & about exploring the Island!!!

Thanks for always stopping by!
See you in a few weeks!

Big Hugs!!