Sunday, January 25, 2009

Lovebug, Chloe, Tags & Awards

Isn't this little bug adorable? It's from the Love Bug Set, by OCL. Here's the inside~ Perfect for Valentine's Day, or anytime you want send a "just bugcause" card. Those just because cards are fun to send (and receive!). That awesome DP is from My Mind's Eye, Just Dreamy 2 collection. That paper comes in so many super fun can check 'em out right HERE!

Thanks again for all your prayers for my granddaughter Chloe :) ! This picture of Katie & Chloe was taken the day before her surgery.The last couple days were pretty rough, but she's doing much better now. Got her breathing tube out this evening and is resting peacefully. She's still got some recovery to do, but she's getting better and stronger each day... thanks to those prayers! And a special thanks to Jackie who works here at the OHSU campus. She emailed me to offer her help if we needed anything. What a sweetheart! Stampers really are the nicest people in the world :) ! Which leads me to my next thought...

Many thanks to Sherri, Chris & Teresa for the blog awards and tag. These girls have GREAT blogs that I'm absolutely sure you'll enjoy visiting... I sure did! Each blog is overflowing with fun and inspiring projects. Here are those awards ~

I've been tagged by Sherri at Roses in My Heart, to tell you 5 things I'm addicted to and 5 things I really, really don't like.

I'm addicted to: 1) Kind people 2) Coffee 3) My new granddaughter, Chloe 4) Store bought cake 5) Copic markers

I really, really don't like: 1) Liver ...blech! 2) Slow internet connections 3) Waking up and not having fast, easy access to coffee 4) Being idle, sitting still with nothing to do 5) Disorganization

Next, a butterfly award from

And last, but not least...
Teresa, at My Life's Art , gave me this Lovely Blog Award~
I am running out of time, space and energy, so I'll have to pass these awards on in my next post. It's late and I'm getting soooo sleepy (must be Chloe's heart monitor, it's so steady and rythmic, it's lulling me right to sleep!). Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

To Have & to Hold Scrapbook pages

A couple more scrapbook pages to show you! This time featuring my daughter's wedding which was held on New Year's eve 2 years ago. I used the SU set, To Have & To Hold and some retired River Rock DP & Cardstock along with classic black and white cardstock. The ceremony & reception were held in a historic ballroom. I chose these colors, papers and stamps hoping they would reflect a bit of that charm.

You can double click on the first 2 photos to get a closer look at some of the shimmery detail. I used my Clear, Gold & Black Spica Glitter Pens to add a touch of shimmering elegance :) . I even used the Clear Spica on the black grosgrain and white taffeta ribbons so they sparkle too. I also used Kaiser self-adhesive pearls and a Martha Stewart Edge punch. I like using the self-adhesive pearls, because they're inexpensive plus you get 3 different you always have just the right size! My pages today were both 8x8" size.

Incase you haven't heard...the new Spring Summer SU catalog is out and there are some super fun new stamps, papers and accessories! So far, my favorite new stamp set is Owl Together Now :) and you can see it right HERE. Isn't that just too cute? I'm being patient and trying to wait till Feb 1st to order it, so I can get some free SAB goodies. If you don't have a copy of the catalog yet, you can always check it out online right HERE or if you'd like your own copy, you can get one FREE, just by placing an order online, Feb 1st-April 30th. It's SU's way of saying thank you! Sale-a-bration is coming right up on Feb 1st. Another way to get free goodies just for placing an order! Whoo-hoo :) !!!

This will be my last post for a few days. After being back in Corvallis for 2 days, we're headed back to Portland tomorrow to take little Miss Chloe to the hospital for her next surgery on Thursday. I'll try to share updates when I can. Thank you so much for stopping by :) ... have a great week!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Barnyard fun

It's time for a little Barnyard Fun with the McSplendid Farm set from The Greeting Farm! This set also includes the most adorable horse, cow and cat. My card is super simple, but it was really fun to make! It's one of those cards that just makes ya smile :) ! Here's a photo that shows how I popped up the ears, nose & wing on dimensionals.I used a fat Copic Marker (YG03) to make the grass...super easy!
We're back in Portland. Made an unplanned trip after Chloe developed a little infection, so she's been admitted for iv antibiotics. The plan is for her to go back home in a day or 2, then come back Wednesday to be admitted for her next surgery. I had this grand plan of stamping yesterday afternoon, had several images all stamped & ready to color and put on cards, but when we woke up and discovered the infection, those stamping plans got put on hold. One look at that sweet little face, and as much as I was looking forward to stamping, she was instantly forgiven. Here's a picutre of her just after the iv was started...she was not a real happy camper, but in true Chloe style, she perked up really fast and was her cheerful self in a matter of minutes. She is such a trooper!

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your sweet comments and the prayers. Chloe is 4 weeks old and a whopping 6 pounds 10 ounces. She's made amazing progress and I truly believe that is an answer to all our prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Okay... I'm off to search for a strong cup of coffee :) to make up for sleeping in a hospital chair/bed! Nothing a little caffeine won't fix, lol! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Scrapbooking Muffin

A few more scrapbook pages to share with you today. These all feature my puppy, Muffin! I used some awesome doggie stamps, Pat the Dog and Pat the Good Dog, from Our Craft Lounge! Tons of fun accessory pieces that are perfect for scrapbooking. Speaking of perfect, I used my Copic Markers & Spica glitter pens to coordinate with the My Mind's Eye DPs from the Just Dreamy 2 collection. The stamps, markers and DPs all made this project fun & easy!

Muffin's growing up so fast, she's already 10 months old and over 30 pounds of lovable bulldog! That border of dogbones and hearts is one of my favorite stamps...perfect for creating a fun little doggie theme. And those fire hydrants...aren't they adorable? These first 2 pages are 8x8".
This is one of the first photos taken of Muffin when we brought her home last summer. I love the carefree expression on her face. She really is a "good dog" and this was a very "happy day for her, and for us too! And there's that dogbone/heart border it! It almost looks like it's part of the DP doesn't it? This last page is 6x6".

If you're interested, I still have 2 retired SU sets up for bid over at ebay! But they'll be gone by noon tomorrow. One set alreay sold, but The Merci & Spring Solitude sets are still available. You can find all the details right HERE. The "Merci" set was my favorite SAB set from last year. You can scroll through several pages of projects I made with that set right HERE! I have the minimum bid set at just $7.50, which is a really good deal for a brand new, unmounted set.

Thanks for stopping by...more scrapbook pages and few other projects coming up in the next few day :) !

Monday, January 12, 2009

It's Ian

Hey you! I have a couple of new Ian cards to share with you today from The Greeting Farm (formerly known as Pink Poison/Splendid Little Stamps). You can see all the newest Ian stamps right HERE! Marie is rolling out a whole new crop of stamps! It's so hard for me to see all of these and not be at home with all my stamping supplies. I do have a few supplies and just received a few new sets from Marie, so I'm hoping, hoping, hoping, to do a little simple stamping this week. You can check out all those super fun new stamps right HERE! I made Sheriff Ian card last month and I've been saving it to show you.
My daughter Megan made this next one with the Quarterback Ian stamp!That girl is a creative genius!!! Ian's helmet is shiny, thanks to a generous coating of Crystal Effects. And how about that grass? I love every single shimmery, shiny detail she put into this card!
For those of you who have family in the military, you've got to check out the last couple posts over at the Greeting Farm Blog. Marie has designed a brand new Ian set to honor and celebrate our brave soldiers and you can check it out right HERE! I can't wait to get home next month and try this set out. It's going to be perfect for making cards for the troops!! Marie has a special offer for families of soldiers, so pop on over to the blog and check it out!
And here's a new picture of Chloe! She's almost 4 weeks old & a whopping 6 pounds 1 ounce! I'm not sure how it's possible, but she just keeps getting cuter by the minute. She's doing really well & her next surgery has been scheduled for January 22nd. I have to admit, I miss being home, but this is really a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn't trade a minute of being here to help care for her. She is truly a little miracle!

Oh, and incase you're interested, I have 3 retired SU stamp sets up for bid at ebay. You can check 'em out right HERE. Great deals on some great sets :) !

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

Friday, January 9, 2009

Divine Design January

Happy Friday :) ! It's time to kick off a new year of the Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge for 2009! My bookmark features a scripture that I find great comfort in. It's reminds me that in an ever changing world, Jesus is never changing, always the same! My family & I have experienced many challenges and changes in 2008, but Jesus has been our rock, our peace and our ever present source of strength. No matter what life throws at you, Jesus is still the answer!

I apologize for the not-so-great photo (I miss my photoshop!!)...I'm away from home for another month or so, but I didn't want any of that to stop me from getting started on the challenge. So, I used my limited supplies, very limited time & marginal lighting and you know what...that's okay! I want to encourage you to do the same...use what you've got, make a project & join us for this year-long challenge!!!

I'm so grateful to Lori Craig for getting this challenge started one year ago and I'm honored to be co-hosting this year along with my friend, Angel Wilde! The rules are really simple. Just make a project each month in 2009 that features scripture. Some of the girls are doing scrapbooks, cards, journals, calendars...whatever works for you. I'll be making a bookmark for my project each month. As Lori pointed out last year, the important thing is to create a project that helps you meditate on and memorize God's Word. For all the details, you can check out the Divine Design thread at SCS right HERE! And when you upload to SCS, be sure to use the keywords BVC09, so we can easily find everyone's projects for 2009 in one gallery!

I'd like to introduce you to the Divine Design Scripture Chick team for 2009. We'll be posting our projects on the 9th of each month. These girls are so much for than just super talented stampers, they are beautiful Christian women and their love for God's Word shines through their projects. Here are the chicks along with links to their blogs & SCS galleries ~

Lori Craig: Make a Difference, SCS Gallery~ Stamp_momma

Taylor VanBruggen: Taylored Expressions , SCS Gallery~ TayloredExpressions
*taylor will be posting her divine design project this month on the 10th

Angel Wilde: Angelosity, SCS Gallery~ angelwilde

Jami Bova: Stamp Happy , SCS Gallery~ SgtStamper

Nancy Morgan: Paper Smiles, SCS Gallery~ ncmorgan

If you have any questions, just email me (! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

Supplies used for the bookmark (size 3x6") ~ Stamps: *Love You Much (SU) Paper: Pirouette Pink, Riding Hood Red, White, *Candy Lane DP Ink: Computer generated Scripture, Ranger Distessed Black Soot Accessories: *Heart to Heart Punch, Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Pretty in Pink brad, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

*the Love You Much Bundle that I used to make my bookmark is currently available at SU for 20% off ... you can find all the details right HERE :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Scrapbooking Megan

Happy New Year! I have several scrapbook pages to share with you over the next couple of weeks. Starting with two featuring my daughter Megan! This first one was made using the new Love You Much Bundle from SU! I love this set & the coordinating heart punch. The bundle also comes with some beautiful DP, but I was going for a bold orange & black theme (Oregon State University...Go Beavs!), so I saved the Valentine DP for a future project. I used some Pumpkin Pie DSP Prints along with Basic Black, White & Tangerine Tango cardstock. My Scrapbook pages are 8x8. For me, that's the perfect size for a scrapbook page. I sometimes get a little intimidated with trying to fill a 12x12 page.
Here's a scrapbook page using the Get Physical set from Hanna Stamps (tennis shoe) ~ Then I used my Copic Markers to color the shoes and draw in the sand. This is a fun, fresh combo of Real Red, Bashful Blue & White!

Baby Chloe got to come home from the hosptial on New Year's Eve :) and is finishing her recovery at home...she's doing really well & getting ready to head back to the hospital in a couple weeks for her next surgery. Thank you SO MUCH for your sweet comments and prayers. Here's Mommy Katie & Chloe getting ready to leave the hospital and head for home...the perfect way to celebrate the new year!! I'm staying with Katie & Ryan, helping them care for Chloe. I won't be home until after Chloe is fully recovered from her next surgery, sometime in February. So I am here and most of my stamping supplies are at home. I appreciate your patience while I'm away from home and not able to post as often as I normally would.
Many of you are familiar with the Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge. We're starting a new year of Divine Design 09 later this week. We'll be posting on the 9th of each month, for 2009, and I hope you'll consider playing along. It's a great way to combine scripture & stamping. It's easy too!! You can find details right HERE and if you have any questions, you can email me anytime
(! Angel Wilde & I are co-hosting this challenge for 09 and I'm looking forward to sharing my projects with you & being inspired by YOUR scripture based projects too :) !! More on DD later this week.
Thanks for stopping by :) !