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Friday, August 29, 2008

Birthday cupcake

I saw this on a blog with instructions and just had to make it. If you like it to, go to
and have a go at it. It was such fun to make and I love the finished card. The problem is that it is too big for any envelopes that I have. I did read on a blog how someone made it smaller and I just can't find where I saved it. If you know who did it, please let me know. My thanks to Valita for this idea. (Don't you just love her name?) I have no idea who will get this card, but it is one of my favorites.
Thanks for checking in on me today. Finally had something to share that I made.

An old award

I got this award quite awhile ago from Jana at and didn't know how to do a link for this. Finally Wanda told me how to do it and it is easy so here is the award. I am very proud that Jana awarded me this as she is so talented and such a sweet person. And the best news of all is that she is going to have a baby!! So, stop by her blog and congratulate her, ok? Thanks giving me this award Jana. I appreciate it.

An award

I have been awarded an award by Wanda at My Creative Corner (maybe that was the old name of her blog) but go check her out if you aren't a groupy already. She does fantastic work and always has some neat project or tutorial. Thank you Wanda for giving me this award. I am honored that someone as famous as you has visited my little blog.
As for awarding others, I think I am one of the last to get this, but if you are reading my blog, then consider yourself awarded. I appreciate that you are here to read my words.
Thank you Wanda.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My sweet Abby

I know you are bored with my blog but I really wanted to introduce you to Abby, our 14 year old Westie. Abby has been quite sick this summer and I have been so frightened that we were going to have to put her down several times. Right now she seems to be holding her own. She is so sweet and I love her dearly. I have had a very hard time with her being sick. I don't know how I ever raised children.
This is Abby's favorite place to be--up high on the back of the sofa. She can't get up there by herself any longer, so I help her and she is happy on her perch.
I will take some photos of our little Gracie, shih-tzu/poodle mix who will be 3 next month. I thank God I have her. I love my doggies.
Thanks for checking in on me.
I promise, I will post some of the cards I have made. I love some of them for a change!!

I can't believe I'm 60!!

My bestest friend Cindy gave me these cupcakes and the candle for my birthday. The card is a riot. It is one of those ones that play songs and it is "Let the Sun Shine." She is so thoughtful.
I guess people like to rub it in when you turn 60 because my best friend from nursing school sent me a card with a big 6-0 on it and then this precious little angel. No one wants me to forget that I am 60 I guess. My body won't let me forget.
Thanks to you all, my friends.

I am so blessed

I just have to show you more of the great birthday cards that I received and give credit to these awesome stampers. The first card was made by Debbie Riches and it is such a happy, feel good card. I love the little bird. Thank you Debbie for putting a smile on my face.
I am a member of Splitcoaststampers Wish RAK group and this card came to me from Renae Crosby (luvtoembellish is her splitcoast name) and it just beautiful. It looks like she may have used rub on's on this card--I have never been brave enough to do that, but she has it down to a science. Thank you Renae. I appreciate being remembered.
Another Wish RAK friend, Judy (pianolady1026) sent me these goodies. The card is adorable and then she sent me a cuttlebugged piece of cardstock with the new pumpkin design. And to top it off, she sent a stamp set that would match this piece of cardstock with pumpkins. Can you see it? Awesome is all I can say. Thank you Judy. That was so sweet of you. I love the coloring on the card.
And then what can I say about my friend,Sara Paschal? Just look at this stunning card. It is drop dead gorgeous. Sara is spoiling me all the time. She even enclosed some word window punched phrases. Thank you sweet Sara.

I am going to make another post with some of the cute gifts that I received. Hope I haven't bored you too much, but I really wanted to show these great cards and maybe you will even get an idea from them.
Thanks for looking in.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More birthday cards

I feel so blessed to have gotten some very nice birthday cards--this one is from Angelina Lilavois (AAA's MOM is her splitcoast name) and her blog is I adore the colors she used. It is so fresh and happy. Thank you Angie.
Isn't this the prettiest card with the cuttlebugged background and the pretty flowers on it? I love it. This came from Mindy Young and is a Bloggers RAK card. Thank you so much Mindy.
I have some more cards to post but don't want to do too much in one day cause then it will be months before I post anything again--you know me!!! LOL
Thanks again for looking in.

Fresh Cuts

I needed to make an anniversary card for my dad and his wife and had never used the Fresh Cut note card and stamps from SU, so thought this would be a good chance. It seems to me that there are lots of ways to use this set with these cards. I love the soft colors. Can't remember what ink I used but it may be bordering blue. I hope they like it.
Thanks for looking in.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Masculine cards

We have a neighbor that we are very proud of. He got laid off from his job and decided he would get his GED so that he could better himself. His self confidence was very low and he didn't think he would ever be able to get through the classes. He persevered and after 2 months, he passed all of his tests. I am so very, very proud of this man. He graduates on Sept 2nd at the local community college and we plan to be there applauding him. He deserved a card make just for him to celebrate and this is what I came up with. It is the set "Take Pride" from TAC and the paper is from Creative Memories and SU. I am happy with the way it turned out.
While I had these papers out that appeared to be manish (!) I decided to make my dad a card as his birthday is Sept 17th. There just aren't many stamps that work for a man, but I had this "Ship Collage" stamp from TAC and the HB stamp from TAC(Free with $30, but is no longer available) and thought it would work perfectly. What you can't see is that I stamped it with Stazon black and then sprayed it pretty generously with silver glitzy mist that I had bought at a stamp show quite a while ago and never used. I was so impressed with Sara Paschal's use of her glittery mist that she made up and used that I thought I would try it. I think the ink would run if I used water based ink tho. Did I do right in using Stazon with this?
Sorry I haven't updated in so long. I really haven't felt all that great. I am having problems with the left side of my back (my right side that was operated on is wonderful) and can't bend and stand that good right now. I have an epidural injection scheduled for Wed. the 27th (what a birthday present!!!). Maybe I will have some relief and can be more prolific.

Thanks for checking in on me. I will say that I am keeping up with every one elses blogs tho.


Look at this pretty thank you card that our daughter sent us!!! I had to ask her where she bought such a pretty flower and she said that she made it. WOW!! While we were in Williamsburg, VA, she bought this Klutz book on cardmaking and it seems that the instructions to make this flower was in it. She did a fantastic job. This is the girl who I never expected would be interested in any type of craft project. She went to a yard sale and bought tons of stamping supplies and a sizzix machine, so sounds like she is hooked!
I love, love, love this card. It is from Jen's birthday RAK club and came to me all the way from Australia from Jane ( I checked out her blog and she sure makes some pretty projects. This card is so awesome. By the way, if you know how she did this pretty tag that says warm wishes, please let me know. It is so elegant. If you are reading this Jane, thank you so very much for sending me this card from so far away.
I will be back with some of my creations. I have made several cards lately--all of the cased, but I am happy with them nonetheless.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Camping in the NC mountains

This post is really more of a test as it has nothing to do with stamping. We just returned from a 5 day trip to the NC moutains and I wanted to show you a photo of our camper and the jeep that we haul in it. We stayed at Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Campground in Stehoah, NC and we were the only ones there without a bike! You would expect it would be a noisy and rowdy place but it was so peaceful and quiet with the friendliest people. I would say that if we spent any more time there that we would have wanted a motorcycle! We had the best prime rib dinner on Sat. night that they serve right there at the campground. We had no tv so really got out of touch. It was a very relaxing vacation. Jerry said that we put about 600 miles on the jeep driving the beautiful, curvy mountain roads. I will post some pretty pix of the scenery there.
And for eye candy!! LOL. Here I am, in all my chubby glory, standing at the visitor center at the Fontana Dam. The photo just doesn't show the glorious scenery. If anyone could possibly doubt the existence of God, all they need to do is visit this area and be amazed.
I will post more later. I need to get the house organized.