Monday, February 28, 2011

She's My Friend...

Had a totally different post for tonight...

it can wait...

nothing special.

Because I received a package today...

and I want to tell you how special that package was.

It was from Cathy...


she's at EmptyNestCrafter

make sure you go and see her.

We met through the PTI forum...

she had a couple of sets for sale...

I had just started a blog...

and a little over a month later...

I'm so glad chance introduced us.

Like so many others...

wasn't able to grab some coasters on release night...

she was a lucky one and being the sweet person that she is...

when she received them...

she sent me some.

I got them today...

only instead of the small little envelope I was expecting...

it was a box...

and here is what was inside...


All kinds of wonderful, delicious goodies that made me cry.

A Papertrey Ink bag...

I love bags...

collect them like most people collect pennies!


That doily die I thought I could live without...

didn't think it was my style...

but have since decided I do need it and am now just waiting on a restock...

she cut me some to use and I adore her for it!



PTI tins...

tiny little wooden clothespins, spools and buttons...

I'm in love!

Book mark covers because I love books...

and bookmarks...

I make them for myself all the time...

because I lose them all the time.

Thank you PTI for giving me the ability to just cut a new one whenever I need.

And then this...


Isn't it gorgeous?


And the butterfly...


Look at her embossing and stitching...

such an incredibly gorgeous card and she sent it to me!

I will treasure it always.

We may live across the country from each other...

we may have never met face to face...

but we are friends.

Cathy is a tresure, a doll, a gem...

and I adore her.

And if you haven't met her...

you really need to go and see her.

Beautiful cards...

a truly beautiful person.

I'm so glad that I not only found PTI and all their delicious goodies...

but have found friends there as well...

and isn't that just an amazing thing for a company to bring people together like this?

Make It Monday #4

Edited to add additional photo below

It's Monday...

and time for another...

I really look forward to these challenges each week...

they get me to think outside of my comfort zone...

and my card stash is growing incredibly...

and this week the challenge is...

Fun Foam.

This was literally a challenge for me...

I cleaned out my craft closet at the end of the year...

and actually tossed all of my fun foam.

Luckily...

my dear hubby snatched some for his fly fishing ties...

and I was able to raid his little stash and found just enough black to come up with this...





I'm pretty sure those at PTI had something a little more challenging in mind...

and though I had fun doing this...

we have thunderstorms and heavy rain falling right now...

in fact...

as I look out my front window at the rain pouring off my yard and pooling into a small lake in the road in front of my house...

it's eerily reminiscent of May 2010 when all of Middle TN became flooded...

so a run to the craft store for new supplies will have to wait till tomorrow.

And then...

I'm going to give this another go!

Can't wait to see what you come up with!


The Details:  All Supplies PTI unless noted
                   Cardstock: Spring Rain, True Black
                   Rustic White
                   Stamps: Signature Series: Dress Form
                   Die: Dress Form
                   Ink & ribbon: SU
                   Misc: fun foam and bling

Sunday, February 27, 2011

We Don't Have A Dog...

but Dinky wants one.

Only Robert was born frightened of all living things...

literally.

First time he ever saw a dog...

screamed in absolute terror...

and he was only a few months old.

And it has not gotten better with time.

He's even frightened of non-living things...

like the nu-nu.

That's vacuum talk in our house...

thanks to Haley and her Teletubbies toddler years...

where she would run in total fear screaming...

"Not the nu-nu"...

every time I brought out the vacuum.

So we don't have a dog.

and I have no use of a "Beware of Dog" sign...

but have considered posting one of these signs at our front door...




The Details:

Cardstock: PTI Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening
Stamper's Select
Stamps: Whippersnapper
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket
Twine: PTI
Die: Nestabilities
Inks: Copics and SU

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's Loreal...

and I'm worth it.

Ok...

my hair is worth it.

And it is getting seriously gray.

I'm pretty sure my boys have caused this steady acceleration to gray...

it seems I get new ones every day.

And really...

it is quite beautiful.

Not so much gray as white. 

Beautiful snow white.

I guess it comes from my natural jet black hair...

which I have colored since I was a teen and realized that my black hair...

dark eyes...

and Irish skin...

made me look Elviraish...

only without the fab bod and pumped up hooties.

My natural black hair that I inherited from my Grandmother...

she was part Pennsylvania Dutch...

part Chickasaw...

and you get to figure that one out.

But my hair has surpassed my abilities...

a little tidbit...

I'm a beauty school dropout.

When I was younger...

I loved hair...

makeup...

and thought it would be so cool to style the hair of some of my fav bands...


especially since they had a lot of it...

and even wore makeup...

so off to beauty school I go.

No one warned me I would have to start with older women from the nursing home.

And after asking one them 5 times if I was getting her wet while shampooing...

and being told "no"...

5 times...

when she stood up and her entire backside was drenched and she started removing clothing...

and I ran screaming because there were body parts in places that I was not accustomed to them being...

I decided I just liked my hair.

So I then added "dropout" to my resume.

And except for cuts...

though I have at times attempted even those...

I've been able to get by on my own.

But the gray has me beat.

I know I could color it the way it needs...

and I know I would totally screw it up and it would require one of the kids college funds to fix...

so I'm going to schedule an appointment with my guy.

But for tonight...

I decided to do just a quick fix that will only last for about 2 weeks...

and while waiting for the "fix" to happen...

decided to play with some Whippersnapper.

I've had this little guy for a while...

never inked him...

but it was time.

And even though I broke my rule of at least 12 hours before Copics...

I did blast him with the heat gun.


It came together quickly...

just enough time for Loreal to work it's temporary magic.


Supplies: Cardstock: PTI New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst,
               Stamper's Select
               Stamp: Whippersnapper
               Ribbon: PTI Hibiscus Burst
               Dies: Nestabilities Circles large
               Ink: Copics and SU
               Misc: patterned paper

 

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Wonderful Day...


It's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly Blog Hop...

and the challenge is...

This month we decided to dedicate the Blog Hop to scallops!  We want to see your best use of scallops, of any sort, on a project!  This can include scalloped borders, offset-scallops, stamped scallops,  scalloped mats, scalloped frames, layered scallops, scalloped tags or anything else you can dream up! You can use dies, patterned scissors or even circle punches in a row to achieve your special look. We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing creations!


I got all my new goodies the other day.

I love getting goodies...

oogling them...

imagining all the ways I'm going to use them...

I love goodies.

And I didn't even have to threaten the UPS man with bodily harm for holding my package hostage...

so I was very happy...

it was going to be a wonderful week. 

And I ripped into my package...

and went straight to work using some of these new goodies.

Everyone was where they were supposed to be... 

Haley at Art...

the boys were not fighting... 

dinner was on time and finished...

I was going to get play time and life was good.

Until...

my modem died.

I hate when my internet goes down...

I have come to depend on it for so many things...

I want to know what the weather is doing...

I go to NewsChannel 5.

Need new clothes...

I go shopping.

Kids have a question...

I Goggle.

So being without it?

I was lost.

Then hubby had car problems.

Thought he fixed it...

but yesterday morning found him waiting for a tow from Nashville in the pouring rain...

new modem...

part #1...

tow...

and now part #2...

my bank account is shrinking and this was supposed to be a wonderful week.

Spring is coming...

I got new goodies...

where did my wonderful week go?

There is nothing about my week that has been catastrophic...

we will recover from absolutely everything...

got a new modem...

hubby will fix his truck...

and my account will see a little money again.

What about those whose life is forever altered by illness...

accidents...

devastating news?

No...

I've had bumps in the road this week...

but my life is good.

And today...

well...

I have a lot to be thankful for.

Our home is still intact after some rough storms ripped through TN last night...

I have Mtn Dew in the fridge...

(I sent hubby to the grocery just in case)

my laundry pile has diminished a little...

and all of my children are healthy.

I have so much to be thankful for...

a bump in the road should never get me down...

or discouraged...

and instead...

I should always remember that every day has the potential to be a wonderful day...

if I only focus on all the positives.

Downed modem?

A chance to get caught up on a project that is lagging behind.

Car trouble?

At least it's paid for.

Today is going to be a wonderful day for me...

I wish the same for you.





Supplies: All supplies PTI unless noted
              Cardstock: Kraft, Raspberry Fizz
              Royal Velvet, New Leaf, Stamper's Select
              Stamps: Flower Fusion #1
              Buttons: Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf,
              Royal Velvet
              Punches: Marvy Uchida 2" Scallop square, 1 1/2 "
              square
              Misc: SU ink, twine
             









 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Peanut Butter Cups



Time for another Papertrey Paper Dolls challenge...

you can check out the challenge here

and this time Amy challenged us to

         1. use embossing

         2. your fav PTI flower

         3. Spring colors

Easy...

right?

Not for someone who...

1. never considered herself a flower person.

I've always enjoyed shrubs...

low maintence.

2. is a not a pastel person...

I go for bold colors...

Summer is more up my alley...

so technically...

I may have used Summer colors...

but I think they look Springy.



I had to try Nichole's denim ribbon here...

she did it much better...

but gingham and denim cutoffs...

it's a Southern tradition.

And...while everyone else was stalking their mailman...

UPS guy...

for their new goodies from PTI...

believe me...

I was doing it too...

and though very excited to get the "new" new goodies...

I was more excited about getting this set...

YOF Daffodils.

It's new to me and I just love it and couldn't wait to play with it.

I associate Spring with Buttercups...

and when I start seeing them beginning to sprout from the ground...

I know Spring is on it's way.

And I've seen those sprouts everywhere over the last week...

say it with me...

YEAH!

And Buttercups are special to me...

they bring back a very special memory for me...

one I will always cherish...

and one that will make this set a favorite because every time I use it...

it will remind me of my girls when they were much younger.

Haley always spoke in full sentences...

she never really spoke "baby talk"...

always sentences...

with a tiny, baby voice.

She also spoke with a British accent...

which we never figured that one out...

but she loved Buttercups.

Loved all flowers and when they would start blooming...

she started picking...

and I was always guaranteed plenty of bouquets.

Sometimes the stems would be almost to the roots...

sometimes they would barely be long enough to fit in a small baby food jar...

but she was always so happy to give me a bouquet of flowers she had picked all by herself.

And it was the sweetest thing when she would come running to me...

grinning from ear to ear...

"Mommy...cos you eyes...

I got a 'prise for you...

peanut butter cups".




Supplies:  All Supplies PTI unless noted
               Cardstock: New Leaf, Harvest Gold
               Stampers Select
               Stamps: YOF Daffodils, Scattered Showers
               Ink: Copics and SU
               Misc: patterned paper, denim, twine
            

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Car Is Really Cool...

seriously.

Really cool.

My car is like the coolest car on the planet...

and there is no other car like mine.

At least that's what my boys will tell you...

"Mom's car is so cool"...

and you're going to be soooo jealous!

This is my car...



OK...

technically this is not my car.

Mine's white...

and in serious need of some car care after the Winter...

but it is a Honda Odyssey.

And basically it's a cool car no matter how you go at it because...

any minivan brave enough to have Judas Priest playing in it's commercials...

well...

it's a seriously cool car!

But see...

mine is even cooler than having Judas Priest blasting from the stereo...

and some bad 80's hair band wannabe on the screen tv...

cause see...

mine's a Transformer.

Yup...

you heard right...

a Transformer.



That's Bumblebee.

He's an Autobot.

But my car's an Autobot too.

Her name's Minnie.

I know...

original.

My youngest is nicknamed Dinky...

what did you expect?

I love Transformers.

And yes...

I am actually a girl.

I also think hockey is like the coolest game...

EVER!

But I love Transformers...

the movies...

I don't actually play with the toys.

My boys do.

And I can't wait for July when Transformers 3 comes out...



in fact...

I personally think that was the best commercial during the Super Bowl...

EXCITED!

Now...

you're asking yourself why my boys believe my car is a Transformer...

and why I would ever tell them that.

It's simple...

it's a minivan.

A seriously cool minivan...

but still...

a mini...

and I wanted them to think I'm way cooler than Dad.

Trust me...

I want the Camaro.

I really want the Camaro...

but seriously?

Where do I put 4 kids and a hubby?

So I can't drive Bumblebee...

and I came up with something to make my car seem cool.

I didn't actually plan it.

They were watching Transformers at the time...

and I was needing to take her in for some new tires...

and just kind'a came out how Minnie had gotten injured the night before while she was out battling Deceptacons while the boys were asleep...

because she never transforms during the day hours...

only at night...

and that's why I needed new tires.

They totally bought it.

Now...

am I a bad Mom for lying to my kids?

Maybe...

but do you teach your children to believe in Santa?

The Tooth Fairy?

Yeah...

I do too.

So what is so wrong then with me telling them my car transforms into an Autobot?

Isn't it teaching them to imagine the unbelievable?

To stretch their imaginations...

and to believe anything is possible if only we imagine?

Imagination is the father of invention...

discovery.

What would life be like for us if The Wright Brothers never imagined soaring in the skies...




or Thomas Edison never invented the lightbulb?




And what if one of my boys grows up to discover a cure for cancer...

or invents artificial, universal organs so that no one ever again dies waiting on a heart, lung, liver transplant...

or carries the guilt of hoping someone dies so that they may live?

What if they discover how to regrow brain cells so that head traumas become nothing more to the brain than a bruise to an arm or a leg...

or how to repair a broken spinal cord so that no one ever has to live with paralysis?

What if one of them actually figures out how to bring about world peace...

and all because their Mom told them her car was a Transformer.

Because their Mom gave them the seeds for imagination to grow...

and then...

they really do believe anything is possible...

and limits are only where the imagination ends.

Will you think I'm a bad Mom then?

OK...

maybe I am pushing it by telling them the candy bar wrappers in the car are from Minnie's nights out with the guys...

she doesn't drink and drive...

that's wrong...

but chocolate and driving...

totally legal.

I think they may be onto me with that story...

but if I bring the chocolate into the house...

they eat it...

and what happens to me when I need it?

They also know I'm waiting on Michael Bay to call so he can use my seriously cool car...

Minnie...

in his next film...

so...

for the future betterment of the world...

Michael...



loved Armageddon and Pearl Harbor...

and so love that Linkin Park rocks all the Transformers movies...

and...

Honda really rocks a mini so...

call me.

Make It Monday #3

Another Make It Monday challenge at PTI...

this week is glitter strips with scor tape.

I'm so glad vellum is over...

even with Kara at kandrdesigns tip about vellum tape...

it is not my friend.

And unfortunately...

not much of a glitter person either.

But this is what challenges are...

right?

To challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone...

try new things...

I just wish they would give me one that didn't feel as though I was competing in the Tri-Wizard Challenge.

But I'm not going to wax on about what could have be done different...

I've already seen a couple of things...

but instead I'm going to tell you what I like about this...



I love that it only took about 20 minutes...


instead of 2 hours staring out the window...

moving this...

cutting that.

I love the mod feel of the colors...

with the mod feel of the frame from TT Halloween

I love that I borrowed Laurie from SoapboxCreations idea for using Four of a Kind...

thank you Laurie.

And I love my leather flower.

It's the only set of flower dies I have...

I'm so going to have to get more.



Supplies:  All Supplies PTI unless noted
               Cardstock: True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Simply
               Chartreuse
               Stamps: TT Halloween, Four of a Kind,
               Mat Stack 3 Collection
               Dies: Mat Stack 4, Limitless Layers 1 3/4
               Double Ended Banners
               Ink: SU
               Button: Raspberry Fizz
               Misc: scor tape, MS Glitter, leather


Note:  Helen...I love that the 80's are coming back...
          Yeah!
          But 20 years...
          4 kids...
          my hiney was never going back into those leather jeans!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I Have...

Spring Fever.

Do you remember having that when you were younger and the Winter weather started to disappear...

you would just sit in class...

stare out the window...

wanting to be out there in the nice temps...

the sunshine.

And sometimes if we were extra good...

the teacher would take the class outside to just sit in the sunshine...

breath fresh air...

and to teach class...

because we were never going to learn anything as long as we were inside.

Sometimes...

we weren't even that good...

sometimes...

well...I won't talk about that but...

I think they just wanted to get outside too.

Well...

I'm a kid again.

The temps were nice all last week...

in the 70's today...

and I just can't seem to concentrate long enough to actually accomplish something...

and have it look decent.

But I have done a couple of cards...

and here's proof that of all I just said...


 
even though you can't really see it...that is a vellum strip with Best Wishes stamped on it...

and there's a tiny line of pearls too.



More vellum...

I'm trying to meet that challenge over at PTI...

but I think it's beating me.

I'm so not a pink person...

Hope you are experiencing some Spring Fever for yourself...

though I hope your cards are looking much better than mine.


Supplies:  All supplies PTI unless noted
                Stamps: Wreath For All Seasons, YOF Roses,
                Four of a Kind
                Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Vintage 
                Cream
                Hibiscus Burst
                Patterned paper: Shery K Designs
                Ribbon: Hibiscus Burst, True Black
                Dies: Mat Stack 4
                Ink: SU
                Buttons: PTI
                Misc: vellum, bling

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Little Bragging...

Today I'm in total Mom mode...

I know...

sometimes I really just don't like those Moms either.

And it's ok if you don't like me today...

because I'm in Mom mode.


That's my girl...

I'm kind'a partial to her...

ok...

I love her.

I think she's beautiful...

I know she's incredibly intelligent...

she's 13 and just scored a composite score of 22 on the ACT.

The real ACT.

Not genius...

but highly intelligent.

She's kind...

loyal to a fault...

has a laid-back-easy-going-never-stresses attitude...

and a totally kooky sense of humor.

I think she's talented too...

she drew these free hand the other night in art class...

no photos...

just her mind...

and her very first attempt ever at working with oil pastels...





I know she won't set the art world on fire...

and that's fine...

she is who she is...

but I think she has talent...

and with guidance...

the talent will grow.

She wants to be an author/illustrator when she grows up...

and I will encourage her any way I can.

But she's also planning on a degree...

science...

so that she can get a job to pay the bills until what she truly wants to do in life...

will pay the bills.

Yeah.

She's pretty smart.

Did I mention she's just like me?  :)

Now I'm off to buy frames...

because I'm in total Mom mode today.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I Close My Eyes...

only for a moment and the moment's gone.
                                         Kansas
                                         Dust in the Wind


I've been absent for a couple of days...

and my mind is still boggled with all the festivities that went on over at PTI...

challenges...

contests...

previews...

release night frenzy.

But now back to a regular routine...

though they did issue a new challenge for...



And the challenge this week is to use vellum for your sentiment.

Sounds easy until you go to apply that vellum...

then...

well...

learning experience.

I choose to use Lisa Johnson's Life set for this one...



I love the sentiments in this set.

It's what a life is...

moments...

memories...

      Time.

      Life really just comes down to time.

     A life a compromised of millions of moments, small fragments of time that are forever given to us.  But do we recognize those moments for the gift that they are or do we let them pass us by, never to remember again?

    Do we only think of time when it interferes with our schedule, with our plans?  Or do we treasure each given moment knowing that any one could be the last?

    And if someday, you are only left with memories, will you have enough to live a lifetime again?

   Time.

   Early, late, sometimes, never.

   Past, present, future.

  Time is everything.


I would love to see more sentiments for this set...

and I know this card is simple, easy...

could do it with your eyes closed...

but I still like it.

And even though you can't tell from the above shot...

after Nichole's denim ribbon the other day...

started investigating some different clothing items in my house and decided to rip into some old leather pants...

yes.

I actually own these...

I was an 80's child...

my only explanation...

and the black strip is actually a strip of leather...

a close up shot...




And this is not how I first saw using this leather...

that card is still in the making...

may never be seen...

but I still think it worked here too.


Supplies:  All supplies PTI unless noted
                Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse
                Stamp set: Life
                Buttons and thread: PTI
                Dies: Nestabilities
                Ink: SU
                Patterened paper: Pink Paislee
                Misc: vellum and leather





Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Love Story...

Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day...

and another Make It Monday over at PTI...

and I'm going to be hanging out over there tomorrow night hoping to score some of the new goodies being released...

I thought I would I wish you a Happy Valentine's today...

with a love story.



This is Dinky...

he's 4.

He met a girl.

She's 4 too.

They met at school.

He loves school.

He cries on the days he doesn't have school...




which is every Monday and Friday.


And this is a true story...


I normally don't pick Dinky up from school...

my Mom helps me out by picking him up from pre-k on the days I drive to Nashville to pick up Hunter.

But on this day...

I picked up Dinky.

And after buckling him in...

as the door was closing...

he leaned forward and said...

"I kiss Riley".

My mouth hit the sidewalk and I started saying...

"What!  What!"...

as the door closes on me.

So I turned around...

and asked his teacher if there was someone named Riley in his class...

she said "Yes".

My second question was "Is Riley a girl?"...

she smiled and said...

"Yes".

Whew! Relief.

Then...

"Did Ryder kiss her?"

His teacher smiled a really big smile and said...

"I wouldn't doubt it".

Oh, no!

My mind started racing...

parents sue over this kind of stuff!

That kid's going to get kicked out pre-k!

What am I going to do?

I smiled as best as I could...

probably looked more like an insane grimace...

and then I ran.

To the car.

And as I'm trying to buckle and pull away...

from the backseat...

"You talk Ms. Shelley 'bout me?"

"Did you kiss Riley?"

"You talk Ms. Shelley 'bout me?"

"You first, dude! 

Did you kiss Riley?"

"Yes".

"You kissed her?"

"Yes...


pause...


"4 times!"

This was said with a smile and so much pride...



"WHAT!...

WHAT!

4 TIMES?"

"Uh...huh"

"Where?  How did this happen?"

"In the kitchen".

"In class?"

"Uh...huh"

"You kissed her 4 times...why?"

"Cee told me to"

"She told you?"

"Uh...huh"

Whew!  We won't get sued after all...

he won't be kicked out of pre-k for sexual harassment.

"Why?"

"Cinderella always kisses Prince Charming"

"So you're Prince Charming?..."

"Uh...huh"

"Two days ago...

you wanted to be poor, ugly and a dork...

and now you're Prince Charming?"

"Uh...huh".

My mind is racing...

reeling...

with the thought that my 4 year old...

my baby...

is kissing girls!

"OK.  Tell me this...

who puckered up first?"

"Huh?"

"Who started...who instigated...

these kisses? 

Who puckered first?"

"Cee did".

"Are you sure?"

"Uh...huh... 

Cee puckered up...

(pause...)


and din...


(wait for it...)


cee puckered me up!"




I believe it may be a testament to my driving skills that I stayed on the road...

and did not drive us to the bottom of the lake we were at that time driving past.


So here's hoping that tomorrow...

on the day that is dedicated to love...

and kisses...

that you too...

will have someone pucker you up!




Supplies:  All Supplies PTI unless noted
               Cardstock: New Leaf, Harvest Gold, 
               Stamper's Select
               Stamps: TT Valentine's
               Ink: SU
               Markers: Copics
               Button and twine: PTI
               Misc: patterned paper

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Winners...

Last post for today...

promise.

Winners for my Celebrate You contest are


#1 Cathy
#2 Bethie J.
#7 Sara Mac

Contact me to make sure I have your e-mail address and I will send over your $10 PTI Gift Certificate!

Hope it comes in handy with all the goodies PTI is giving us this month!

Make It Monday #2

Quick post...

Another entry into Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge.

The challenge was a Go To Sentiments card and this is what I came up with...


This was so simple...

so easy...

and I LOVE that it uses scrap pieces of cardstock.

Hope you enjoy!


Supplies: All Supplies PTI unless noted
              Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Raspberry Fizz,
              Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores & Simply
              Chartreuse
              Stamps: Little Bitty Bird & Big Birthday Wishes
              Die: Edgers #1
              Ink: SU & VersaMark
              Misc: bling

He Loves Me...

Yup!

I think he does.

Let's hope he does.

I'm not a romantic...

but considering what I'm planning on doing Monday night with PTI's new releases...

I thought I better try a little romance.

And the celebration continues over at Papertrey Ink and today's challenge is to Go BIG!

So...

I'm going BIG!


and romantic...

and he's going to know I'm up to something

because none of this...

is within my comfort zone.

Let's just hope for my sake...

he never thinks to ask...

why...

when...

and what.


Supplies:  All Supplies PTI unless noted
               Cardstock: Vintage Cream and Ocean Tides
               Stamps: TT Valentine's and Luck of the Irish
               Die: Mat Stack 4
               Patterned paper: Webster's Pages
               Ink: SU and VersaMark
               Mis: vintage lace and pearls

Note*  Be back later with another post announcing winner's from this weeks Celebration!

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm Not A Romantic...

Valentine's Day is coming...

a Holiday that I truly just don't enjoy.

I'm not a romantic...

I don't dream of dinner by candlelight...


OK...

as I look out at the snow on the ground...

the beach is looking really good right now.


I don't ask for or want a bouquet of roses...


And though the lilies are gorgeous...

I would much rather have a rose bush to plant into the ground and have roses all Summer long.


I don't expect my hubby to come in reciting poetry with a box of chocolates...


though chocolate is my best friend and I love me some chocolate!

No.

This is not for me. 

Instead this year for me...

the perfect Valentine's will be spent anxiously awaiting for PTI's new product to go live.

And don't start thinking that isn't romantic...

because knowing hubby will bring dinner home and I don't have to cook...

he will also bathe and get kiddies ready for bed...

and I will be allowed to have some "me" time...

do some shopping of things I really want...

well...

it really doesn't get any more romantic than that.

And the celebration continues over at PTI...

today we were challenged to make tags...

and I used this opportunity to make some Valentine tags for the kids...












They're plain...

they're simple...

and they will be attached to chocolate and a giftcard...

and the kids will not glance at them any longer than necessary to get to the chocolate.

Just like me...

they're not romantics either.


Supplies:  All Supplies PTI Unless Noted
                Stamps: TT Valentines
                Cardstock: Blueberry Sky, New Leaf,
                Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy
                Buttons: PTI
                Markers: Copics
                Ink: SU
                Misc: patterned paper & ribbon

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Buttons Are Memories



My Daddy grew up right across the road from I grew up.

It was a farm...

and at one point there was no road...

just farm.

I grew up on a much smaller farm.

I didn't really like it.

I'm scared of cows.

But my Daddy's Mother was right across the road.

This is her and my Grandaddy's 50th Anniversary...



that's me in blue.

That's my bossy sister in red.

She's still bossy.

I'm pretty sure I'm there because that's where the cake was...

I haven't changed at all.

My Granny died a couple of years later.

I remember we buried her on Easter Sunday.

We buried my Grandaddy the following Spring on Good Friday.

But I remember...

she made the best apple butter you have ever in your life tasted.

And there was never a time that I would go over that she didn't have tangerine's under the sink...

or fresh fried apple pies...

or just some cold apple butter to slather on a slice of bread.

She always had a lap for sitting...

or time to swing with you on the front porch.

They were poor...

they had been farmer's their whole lives and now they were in their 70's...

so there was not a lot of money.

She would put together jigsaw puzzles and glue them onto cardboard for gifts.

They still reside in the top of my Mama's closet where I need to remember to ask about them.

She was a quilter.

She made this one out of pieces of old clothes and flour sacks...


I love this quilt. 

And it may just be a simple block quilt to some...

but I know what it's truly made of.

My Granny's hands sewed this...

every stitch.

She always had a quilt going...

and had a room in the back that always had one stretched on the frame.

They didn't have a tv so there wasn't a lot of entertainment when you went over...

but there was Granny's sewing room.

And in her sewing room she had a big jar of buttons.

Buttons from clothes worn past the point of mending...

and I'm sure for her each button had a story.

I just liked playing with them.

When PTI previewed some of their new goodies last night...

they issued a challenge to create with buttons.

I have struggled with this one...

weather delayed some supplies I had hoped to have today so I had to make due with what I had...

it's not what I saw in my mind.

But I thought of my Granny's button jar making this...

how each button was a memory...

and how her button jar...

is a memory for me.




Supplies:  All Supplies PTI unless noted
               Cardstock: Kraft, Blueberry Sky and 
               Pure Poppy
               Stamps: Friendship Jar & TT Valentine's
               Buttons, twine: PTI
               Markers: Copic
               Ink & punch: SU

*Note- I won't even begin to tell you how disappointed I am with this card...how many things I know I did wrong...I just want you to know...I know.

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