Friday, October 24, 2014

A Peek at My Week

It’s Friday, so it’s time for…


Something I loved about this week…

I got an unexpected package one day – from Amazon. I thought, ‘What did I order? I don’t remember ordering anything.’ I opened the package and discovered it was an early birthday present from my daughter. Remember how I told you last week that my husband couldn’t find me an Alaska Starbucks mug when he was in Alaska. Well, when my daughter heard that, she ordered me one from Amazon.

THANK YOU, Brittney!!!

Something I learned this week…

I learned that it’s not too early to be shopping for Christmas gifts. My son texted me one day this week and said he’d purchased a Christmas gift – and it’s for ME! **squeal**

Somewhere I went this week…

My husband was hungry for Chinese food so we went out to eat at our local Chinese restaurant one day this week. The food was delicious, the service was adequate, and the fortune I received in my fortune cookie brought a great big smile to my face.

I have three planned trips coming up in the next few months that will take me south. Hmmm! I think I’m ready to experience some “unexpected happiness.”

Something I created this week…

Well, I don’t know if you’d call it creating or not, but I made (canned) applesauce this week. While I can eat it, I’m not a big fan of it. But oh how I love making it – because it makes my house smell so wonderful!

Something I’m going to do this weekend…

I am so excited! I am going to a Kids Ministry workshop and also to a Vacation Bible School team meeting. I get to have fun for two whole days! WOO HOO!!! (Can you tell I’m excited?)

Something I want to accomplish next week…

I really would like to get some organizing done in my Cubbyhole (craft area) this week. It’s a task that is way past due. I also have some major events coming up in the near future that I need to be studying/preparing for, so that’s on my to-do list, too.

Did I take the 30-Minute Challenge this week?
What is a 30-Minute Challenge? Basically, I choose something to do – perhaps it’s an organization task that is calling out to me, or a topic I want to research, or (*gasp!) an exercise I want to try, etc. – and I set the timer and invest 30 minutes in that challenge.

Yes, I did! Brock and I took 30-minutes one beautiful afternoon and decorated our front porch for Halloween/fall. It was fun doing this with him. He’s so tall that it makes hanging those windsocks so much easier… and he loves helping!

SCORE TIME: Would I give this week a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down”?

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I appreciate you so much!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Eye" See You

This is the 4th Thursday of October, which means thematically it's a CASE Thursday. If you don't know what I mean, click here to learn more.

I always have so much fun with the CASE projects, because they require me to snoop around and drool over other crafters' amazing work.

Today I've decided to case a very CAS card... I thought Becky's idea was just adorable! Click here to see the card I'm CASE'ing. THANK YOU for inspiring me, Becky!

Here's my card:

I have the topnote die, so could have used it, but I wanted to change things up a bit.

Here's the inside of my card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!


Sentiment: A Muse Studio Essential Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (for sentiment) and Stampin' UP! Basic Grey (for distressing)
Cardstock: Recollections Black and 110# White
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishment: Ribbon from an unknown vendor

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Holidays

When I first saw the JessicaLynnOriginal Poinsettia image, I knew it was going to be appearing on one of my cards. I wasn't wrong. It is such a gorgeous flower! Be sure and check out the stamp set - Celebrate the Season with Santa. It not only has the love poinsettia stamp, but also some other fun stamps, too.

I wanted the flower to be the focal part of my card, so I went with a mostly white card, with just a touch of designer paper.

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: JessicaLynnOriginal Celebrate the Season with Santa
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollection Black and Staples Whie
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Colorbok Swirly Rhinestones and Michael's Rhinestones

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Winter'y Country Church

There's something so peaceful - serene even - about a little white frame church nestled in the country. Add a bit of snow and it becomes a delightful winter haven. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why I love the "Worship the Lord" stamp set from Our Daily Bread.

I decided to try something a bit different and stamp the image onto a subtle piece of designer paper.

I colored it mostly with soft colors and then I added Stickles glitter glue for the snow. The effect really doesn't show up very well in the pictures, though.

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image/Sentiment/Scripture: Our Daily Bread Worship the Lord
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Natural Ivory
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Holiday Wonder Paper Pad
Embellishments: Robins Next Dew Drops, Spare Parts Brads (snowflake brad and tiny white brads), and Stickles Glitter Glue

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Bags are Packed...

... I'm ready to go!

Those of you who know me very well know that I love to travel. Whether it's to an out-of-town meeting, a conference in another state, even a mission trip abroad. I'm always ready to go.

In fact, I keep a suitcase packed at all times. LOL! The only thing I have to throw in the bag is some clothes and coordinating jewelry and I'm out the door.

Sooooooo... when I saw the new JessicaLynnOriginal Designer Travel Handbag Couture I just knew I was going to love using it! It is a gorgeous travel handbag!

I'm ready to travel now!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: JessicaLynnOriginal Designer Travel Handbag Couture
Ink: Copic Markers and Zig Wink of Stella Marker
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! River Rock
Designer Paper: K & Co. On the Road Luggage Labels and scraps from my scrap file
Embellishments: A Muse Studio Bakers Twine and Recollections World Globe Brad

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Butterfly in Flight

Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, 
it became a butterfly.

That has long been one of my favorite sayings. Sometimes life really seems to weigh heavy on a person. Nothing seems to be going right. Life is a challenge. Perhaps giving up feels like the only option.

But then, think! The caterpillar struggled, too, while fighting its way out of the cocoon. But then it grew its wings and now it is a beautiful butterfly that can fly!


Today begins a new challenge at One Stitch at a Time Challenge... a BUTTERFLY challenge!

Challenge #222

October 19 - 25

Theme: Anything Goes with a Butterfly

Sponsor: Stitchy Bear Digi Outlet 

I hope you'll participate in the OSAAT Anything Goes with a Butterfly Challenge!

Here's my card:

This is the inside of my card:

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

ABC Challenge - V is for Vibrant
Creative Card Crew - Black Cardstock (WOW! This challenge certainly fits my style!)
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Super Fly
Sister Act - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Image: Gingerloft Sunflower Collage
Ink: Copic Markers and Wink of Stella Marker
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Garden Green
Designer Paper: Recollections Everyday Snapshot Paper Pad
Embellishments: Michael's Rhinestones

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Best Witches for a Happy Halloween

I've really been enjoying the cute Halloween cards I've been seeing in blogland the past week or two, haven't you? Perhaps, like me, you've even made a Halloween card or two. Well... it's time to make another one so you can participate in this week's Sweet Stampin' Challenge!

October 18 - 24

Theme: Halloween

Sponsor: Crafty Devils
£15 Voucher

Here's my card:

I used several pieces of designer paper out of my scrap file to make this card - all of them Halloween themed and/or orange and black. And something just seemed a bit bland. Then I looked on my desk and there was a bright green piece of paper. It actually had a note written on the back of it - from Kelly. She had put it in my return swap envelope. But you know what, a little writing on the back didn't hurt that green designer paper. Voila! Just the touch this card needed. Thank you, Kelly!

Here's the inside:

I hope you'll participate in the Sweet Stampin' Halloween Challenge!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Images/Sentiment: MFT Witch Way Candy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Cardstock: Recollections Black and Stampin' UP! Poppy Parade
Designer Papers: from my scrap file - and Kelly's note
Embellishments: Sequins from an unknown vendor