Friday, January 30, 2009

Think warm...

I'm trying to picture a white, sandy beach and the sun hot on my face but all the snow outside my window is not helping things. :) Here's a new Rusty Pickle card using the Island Summer line. I love the bright colors and fun images on these patterned papers.

I've got a bit of a cold now but I am so happy it didn't get too bad. This week just hasn't been the best. My family received some bad news about my grandma and I've been having a really hard time dealing with it. She's very, very sick and it's so difficult to see her condition deteriorate. I love my grandma dearly and feel so blessed that I was able to grow up with her right there all the time. My grandma and grandpa have ALWAYS been there for me and my sisters. They came to all of our activities; whether it was a softball game or a Christmas concert, they were there. We probably went out to their house at least once a week when we were kids. I have so many fond memories of spending time with them. My grandma is a great cook and I learned a lot about cooking and baking from her. There are 7 girls in my family (grandma, my mom and two aunts, and me and my sisters) and we've done a lot of "girl" things together. I only get home about once a month now but I make a point to see my grandparents each time.

I better get busy today! Enjoy your weekend! :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A few more Christmas projects...

Okay, I'm more than ready to be done creating Christmas projects for a while so I wanted to share a few that I created last month and hadn't blogged about yet. The little mitten ornament and heart wall hanging were made with Rusty Pickle's Snowflakes & Mittens line while the gift bag uses Pink Paislee that I got in a kit from A Kiss on the Chic. Speaking of kits, I'm not a regular subscriber to any kits at the moment as I found that it's better for me to shop around and buy only the ones I really want. I did have a sub to Scarlet Lime for quite a while but had to let that one go. I probably won't buy anything until the new CHA stuff starts hitting the shelves.

I'm feeling a little bit better today. I ended up staying home from work yesterday because as I was getting dressed I got sick all of a sudden. I was okay the rest of the day but just felt really out of it. It was weird how it came on so suddenly.

Well, all for today! :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More from Upsy Daisy Designs

I decided to share two cards today that showcase the other new Upsy Daisy Designs lines called Man About Town and Unwritten. The colors in Man About Town are gorgeous and Unwritten is very elegant.

I'm feeling pretty bad today as I've had a sore throat come on as of yesterday. I'm hoping I make it through the day okay. It's pretty difficult to be on the radio with a sore throat so I've been drinking plenty of tea and hoping this won't last too long.

Well, that's all I've got to share today. Have a good one! :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Cardalicious 11

It's time for another challenge at Cardalicious! Here's my take on the challenge to create a card with a journaling tag/label and using the colors orange and green. I love the bright, fun colors in Rusty Pickle's Candyland line and it looks great with the black and white striped ribbon from SEI.

I've had a really busy week since I last blogged. My birthday was last Thursday - thanks so much for all the birthday wishes. We did some painting on Saturday and then I had a few girlfriends over to scrap that night. I went home to see my grandparents on Sunday and then to the eye dr. on Monday. I came home Monday afternoon with a horrible headache so I spent much of the night on the couch last night. When I get headaches they are pretty debilitating. I must have been feeling pretty awful because I overslept this morning and need to get headed into work.

I have plenty of new projects to share with you - just need to stay on top of blogging! :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New from Upsy Daisy Designs

I LOVE this time of year as all the sneak peeks of new lines for winter CHA are making their way online. I'm on a bit of a spending freeze on my scrapping supplies so I'll have to choose wisely on what new collections I would like to have. I've been scrapping for over 5 years now and I think I've got my buying down to a science now so I don't buy things I'll won't use. I will admit I'm somewhat of a paper hoarder as I'll buy the most gorgeous papers and refuse to cut into them because I'm saving them for "something special". HA!

My card for today uses Upsy Daisy Designs' new line called Circle of Friends. I used my Cricut for the brackets and label and a Jenni Bowlin butterfly as a template. I really love the colors in this line! Be sure to swing by Upsy Daisy's blog for CHA giveaways all week and stop by their booth if you make it to CHA!

Glen and I are super excited for Lost to start tonight. Other than American Idol that's THE show we watch together.

Have a great day! :)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Cardalicious 10

Happy Monday to you all! Here's my take on this week's challenge at Cardalicious to use a circle, a flower and something sparkly! I used Rusty Pickle's Princess Bride collection to make this sympathy card, my Storybook Cricut cartridge to create the circle and flower and some Kaiser Craft pearls for my something sparkly.

This weekend just flew by. My sisters were here to help me paint a room in our house and then we went to see Twilight (it was my 3rd time - it just gets better every time!). I've got a lot to do today too so all for now.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

Treasured Scrapbooking January Card Kit Reveal!

Today is reveal day of the January card kit at Treasured Scrapbooking! Here are the 4 cards I created using the kit which is full of fun products from American Crafts, KI Memories, Jenni Bowlin, Petaloo and more. Leslie's kits are so jam packed that I had plenty of product leftover. The kits also include instructions for making these cards.

In other news, it is bitterly cold in Iowa - as in -16 and that's without the wind chill! I need to get into work but I don't even want to leave my house! :)

I'm so excited American Idol has started back up again. Glen and I were both laughing so hard last night.

Have a fabulous day - I'm trying to envision the hot sun on a white sand beach! :)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cardalicious 9 & News

Here's my card for this week's Cardalicious challenge to make a "for you" card using letter stickers and the color green. I discovered that I deviated a bit from the challenge when I was sending my card to Janelle - mine is more of a "for baby" card. I used the new bebe line from Upsy Daisy Designs to create my card.

Our meeting with the birth mom went extremely well on Saturday. It was very, very emotional and I was so drained afterwards. We felt a lot of peace before, during and after the meeting. We were able to connect a lot with the birth mom and share how our faith is the foundation of our marriage and how it got us through our infertility. We're trusting that God is going to work this out for the best but it's so difficult not to be overly excited. Our hearts desire to be parents so badly. We learned from the adoption agency tonight that the birth mom really liked us as well and would like to meet with us again! This meeting will take place in the next few weeks. We also found out it's twin girls due in May! We would appreciate your continued prayers as we try to wait patiently! :)

All for now - I've been really busy creating and working ahead on cards and projects so I can focus on some time-consuming events coming up.

Have a fabulous night! :)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Proud owner!

My new Cricut Expression came this morning and I didn't waste anytime getting it set up and playing around with it. Besides the two cartridges it already came with, I got a Cricut bundle that included the Storybook and Christmas cartridges. LOVE them! I'm excited to start using it on my projects. Speaking of which, I'll be hitting my scrap room pretty hard this weekend as I've got projects to work on for Upsy Daisy Designs (new CHA stuff), a card for Cardalicious and I've also got the January card kit from Treasured Scrapbooking in my hands! I'll also be sharing some new Rusty Pickle projects with you soon.

Well, all for today! I'll be back soon to share my word for 2009 with you. Last year's word was discipline and I feel like I did pretty well in many areas of my life and others not so much.

Have a fabulous day! :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I'm ba-ack!

Wow! It's been forever since I've blogged and I've been busy catching up on life the past few days.

First, I want to share this advent calendar I made using Rusty Pickle products and a tree I bought last year at Starbucks. I gave it to my mother-in-law for her birthday and she loved it. I also have a fun little toot to share. In August, I'll be guest designing for Keep in Touch kits. Kelly's kit are fabulous and jam packed - be sure to check her out! :)

Next is Christmas. I had a fairly good Christmas until I woke up at 5:30 in the morning at my mom and dad's house sooooo sick on Christmas Day. We're pretty sure I had food poisoning. I was violently was awful! I slept most of the day and finally got my full appetite back about 5 days later.

After Christmas we came home for a couple days before we turned around and drove to Lake of the Ozarks for my church's annual conference called Faithwalkers. It was a really encouraging time!

After 4 nights there we drove further south to my in-laws in northern Arkansas and spent 4 nights with them. It was a good time! They just sold their house so we were busy packing them up and moving them into their rental until they move to Iowa in the spring. While we were there, I hopped online and bought myself a Cricut Expression using my Christmas money. I am soooo excited for it to arrive and it should be here Thursday!

We got home from our travels on Sunday afternoon. I've spent the past few days catching up and trying to get my life back in order.

We do have some exciting news that we would appreciate your prayers about. We're meeting with a birth mom and possibly the birth father this Saturday. Glen and I feel really good about this situation and it seems to be a good fit for us. The best part is - the b-mom is pregnant with TWINS due in May!!!! We're trying not to get overly excited about it because this journey is such an up and down roller coaster. PLEASE keep us in your prayers this Saturday and I'll keep you posted how it goes.

Well, all for now. I'll hopefully have some projects to share soon. I want to spend some time creating this weekend.
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