Monday, August 31, 2009

Pretty in Pink

I have had a picture of the 2 little granddaughters for a couple of months, and was saving showing it, because I wanted to do something special with it. Pam at 365 gave me the opportunity this morning in her challenge for the day.

Today's Challenge:
Like so many, I was saddened to hear of the passing of John Hughes, who directed some of my all-time favorite 80's movies. My absolute favorite of his is Pretty in Pink, which I still enjoy watching when I get the chance. And so that is today's movie, which is intended to inspire your card.

I also loved this movie. Molly as Andie, and I am still enjoying watching Jon Cryer in 2 1/2 Men every night in reruns. He was so good as Duckie.

I thought this picture of the two little ones in their pink high tops was just the perfect fit for this challenge. I can just picture Molly Ringwald in these shoes. I made this into a photo card. The card itself has a built in easel. You just attach your photo, etc. onto the front of the easel. I hope you enjoy looking as much as I loved making it. Thanks to little Nat and Maddie for being my models today. It really looks so much better then the picture shows. The lighting this afternoon was terrible.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Can You Believe

It has been several months since I have contributed something to my blog this many days in a row. Well I'm sure you can guess why. Yep it is those gals over at 365. This card is for today's (Sunday) daily challenge. I'm sure after going back to work on Monday, things will change. I just don't have the time. Also this week Pat has a fabulous challenge over at Southern Breezes. We are to make a shaped box. I still have not figured out what mine will be. Robyn at Jerzgirl4ever, has got me inspired to do something for one of my furry friends. So we will see what comes from that. This is the sketch that the challenge for 365 was based on:
Now this is my interpretation of that sketch.

I'm sorry but I do not know who the DP is by, it was found in some that I had just recently found stashed back in a cabinet. The butterfly is cut using the Cricut, Home Accents cartridge. It was cut from Best Occasions Pearl Pack. You can't hardly see it, but I do have a diamond shaped cutout on top of the striped middle piece. It and the butterfly both was adhered with 3D dots. Instead of adding ribbon to extend down below the strip across the middle, I let the butterfly's wings do the job. I had to add a little bling, so added some stick on pearls from MS to the butterfly's body. Thanks for looking. Don't forget to go check out Pat's Saturday Night challenge this week.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Oh No

I am about to get hooked on 365 cards. I did Saturday's challenge also. The card had to have a ball on it somewhere. Madison my grand daughter, plays soccer, and she is not a timid player, she puts everything she has in to it. I made this card to give to her a little later in the season. Madison's favorite color is, well last week it was pastel green or pink. I went with those colors, using pastel green for the base card, next layer was a pattered piece of black I have no ideal where it came from, then the pink card stock. (I was using up scraps that were on my desk.) Then I downloaded the soccer ball from a clip art site, cut it out, and adhered it with a foam dot. Way to go, came from George and Basic shapes Cricut cartridge. The word girl came off a sticker sheet without a name. It said girlfriend, but will use the friend part on something else. So far I have had a wonderful day. Got my house cleaned early, and that is always a good thing. Now is time to sit down and play. Thank you for looking

Friday, August 28, 2009

365 Cards & Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my very special friend. You know who you are *wink*

I came across this blog while just looking around. I decided to do their Friday challenge. So here is mine.

The card base is from Best Occasions Pearlescent Paper Pack. I used the gray (I know it looks purplish) and the pale yellow. I used Cricut's Home Accents cartridge to cut out the word faith and the dandelion. I finished it off with a little bling to dot the i. The challenge was to:
Keep all decorations (paper, embellies, sentiments) within the blacked out areas of the card. You can see the sketch when you go to the blogspot. Thanks for letting me share.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dear To Me

I am so glad it is almost Thursday, the weekend is heading our way. It will be a busy weekend, but the main thing is that I won't have to get up at 5:00 AM.

This weeks challenge from Pat was to make a layout about someone very dear to you. I have many many people dear to me, but this time I chose to make a page about my dad that died in Oct. of 99. I chose a picture of him when he was in the Navy during WWII. He was around 20 years old. He served on the Fighting Lady, the USS Yorktown. After Daddy got out of the Navy he met my Mom then married in 1946. Daddy was a painter all his life, so I chose to use paint chips to place the picture on. The paper is Blue Awning by K&CO. I added a journal tag, with a button, that I thought looked like came off a military uniform. I used dental floss that I colored with a marker to thread through the button and cascade down the tag. For finishing up I added several rhinestones around on the page. Thanks for letting me share this memory of a very dear person to me... My Daddy...My Hero.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What a gal

Look what Melissa is giving away. Talk about Blog Candy!!!! She has the most wonderful projeacts to share with you too. Such a nice place to visit. Creating from the Heart.

Well I am off to make Allan a orange pound cake like his Grandmother used to make. Yeah right, like I will be able to do that. Talk about a challenge.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Sunshine, Chocolate, & Miss Flossie Mae

Oh me are you as excited that it is the weekend as I am. I really need some quiet time. Seems like the last 2 weeks has really been full, which is also a good thing, just a tiring thing. Pat's challenge this week was to be inspired by our favorite candy. I have ran this one over and over in my mind all week. Of course Robyn, my favorite is also M&M's. How could it be anything else. But I did have to choose between two. As a child growing up, Cotton Candy was my favorite. We just got it 2 times a year. That was in the Spring and Fall. That was when the traveling carnival came to town. Well it really didn't come to our town, but to where I live now. About 30 miles away. I couldn't wait to get to buy that.

Honestly, I didn't copy Robyn, we both just happen to have the same inspiration, M & M's, the peanut kind of course. I made this card for my Mom, since she has been a little under the weather. (Thanks for all the prayers). I used the major colors of the package, brown and yellow. I used the Cricut cartridge, George and Basic Shapes, to cut my yellow flowers, in graduated sizes. I rolled the tips of all of them with a pencil, adhered the layers together, then used little buttons, trying to use the same colors of M&M's that are found in the package. The little rub-on, You are My Sunshine, is one that I found laying on my desk. This challenge was simple quick and fun. Thanks Pat.

And to finish up, I will treat you with a couple of pictures of Miss Flossie Mae, that Allan happened to take tonight. She just loves to help me with my organization skills, as you can see in the 2nd picture. Since she was an orphan kitten, we don't really have her date of birth, so we will celebrate it on Aug. 27th. That is the day of 2008, that I brought home under the hood of my car. Yep she will be officially a member of our family for 1 whole year. She has grown so much. She isn't as loving as I would like for her to be. She definitely isn't a lap cat, except when she wants to be scratched. She has a persnickety personality. Have a good weekend, and remember to eat lots and lots of your favorite candy. Some of you might already know about the Mars Candy web site, that gives away free candy bars, but here it is for those of you that don't know about it. I got this coupon just today.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Just a little favor

Mom is having some little surgery tomorrow (Thursday), but with her age of 86, it really worries us. Please remember her in your prayers. Thanks everyone.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kids, Water, Presents, and Cupcakes

As I posted earlier, yesterday was my grand daughters 9th birthday. She had bunches of kids there, and all had a wonderful time I believe. They had a water slide, and stopped only long enough to eat cupcakes and then back to the slide. There were all ages, all sizes, not a care in the world. They were just spending a wonderful Sunday afternoon in a backyard, on a water slide, surrounded with friends. The major decision of the day for them was what color cupcake to eat. It was fun to watch them, they were so excited over the different colors. Some changed their minds 2 or 3 times before really deciding which one to eat. Some ate only the icing, others ate only the cake part. Wouldn't that be nice to have no worries. Here are some pictures of the party. I hope you enjoy seeing them. The pictures are a little insight into my life.

This is my DH and a few others. After the cupcakes he disappeared. I went inside, he was in the recliner snoozing. Nothing was going to interrupt his Sunday afternoon nap.The cupcakes before the kids got to them.This is a close up showing the little K&Company embellies that I stuck on tooth picks for toppers.This one shows the birthday girl, getting ready to blow out the candle. This was so much easier then messing with cake and ice cream. It was in the high 80'sFirst biteThe birthday girl and her BFF.The treat bags, I put together. I used a MS punch to do the border where the bag is folded down. then used a conglomeration of different stickers that I had. Again thanks for looking today.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Not a beautiful day in my neighborhood last night and today. My computer is just about to crash. Of course this would happen when I need it the most. I am making decorations for my granddaughter's Birthday party. Madison will be celebrating her ninth birthday. I really need some of my files and stuff to get things done. If this post turns out a little weird it is because the thing will probably crash 2 or 3 times before I get it published. The pictures will be terrible I can't even use my editing program. Please bear with me.
Madison loves music, all varieties, she just loves music. She can just about hear a song one time and then sing it for you. She has an amazing voice. The beauty of it makes me cry with pride. She wants CD's for her birthday, so I combined that wish with Pat's Saturday Night Challenge. Pat's suggested that we use something that we had bought awhile back like a kit or paper and finally use it this week to make something. I bought this little CD holder back about 2 years ago at Big Lots for $1.00. It was by Everyday. The kit contained all the holders already cut out on pattered pieces. I wasn't too thrilled with the colors for a little girl, but I tried to improvise. By the way I did trace me a template out for use later. It will hold 10 CD's. That way she can put her favorites in it, when she goes to a sleep over or whatever. Remember pictures are bad but you can get an ideal of how it was put together.

The first picture shows the kit. The covers were see through so On the front that shows through the transparency, I put a butterfly. On top of the transparency, I put a tag with Madison's initials on it and put the tag on the ring also. I added a little butterfly charm to the upper binder ring. The kit had some stickers to put on the holder pages themselves. The ones used on the front and inside pages was some I had stashed away. I finished it off with ribbon attached to all three rings. Now I am off to make 14 treat bags, and a bunch of cupcakes. I made a banner also that I will share tomorrow morning. Thanks for spending some time on my blog today.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Christmas in July oops I mean August

Well, I am saying it feels like Christmas because of the surprise I had this morning. Donna at gave me a Circle of Friends award. You can see it above and to the right of my post. I didn't have to bribe her or pay her to do it or anything like that. She did it because she is such a nice person. Please go to her blog and see all the goodies this multi-talented lady has shared for all of us to ooh and aah over. I just accidentally found her one day, and first thing you know, I was having coffee with her every morning. *wink* Donna posted a picture today of her doing her "real job" it is as cool as owning a stamp store. Thank you Donna, for the award, and all the inspirations you pass on to us.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Weekend

This has been a really good weekend. First Friday night that I mentioned in the last post. Then on Saturday to a cook out at my neighbors house. She is back from a long vacation, and her son is getting ready to go back to college. I got to see her family again and had wonderful food. Then tonight again to a cookout. Our long time friend Bill was celebrating his birthday. All his children were there and several grandchildren. I got to see his granddaughter (hey, Steph) and her family, that I have not seen in over a year. she has 3 of the best looking boys, you have ever seen, and their manners are wonderful and that is something you don't see much any more.

Bill served in the US Marine Corp during WWII. I love to hear him reflect back on those times. I made him a card, letting him know how much I appreciate he did for me back then, and also made an altered Altoid tin, with Marine memorabilia on it.

It is back to work for me, tomorrow. Hope everyone has a good week.

Friday, August 7, 2009


I had a wonderful Friday evening. Allan took me uptown to have dinner and then we walked over to the square, where they were having an outdoor concert. Tonight's featured group was a Christian Rock Band by the name of 5:17. The name 5:17 is based on 2 Chronicles 5:17. I am not generally a fan of Christian Rock Music, but this group had established their own style. I hope that this band continues to grow and be able to teach the Ministry. Here is a link to there site, if you would like to check them out.

Pat's Saturday Night Challenge for this week, was to make your own embellishment. It sounded easy till I got to thinking about it, then my mind went blank. After tending to Flossie Mae's needs ( you know the treat and belly rub) I finally though of using some of the new Shrinky Dinks I got a couple of months ago. This package had several colored sheets in it. I chose the frosted one. I used my Cricut, with the Doodlecharms cartridge, and cut out a 5 inch cupcake. I colored it with colored pencils, which wasn't my first choice, but after glancing at a tips sheet included in the package, decided to use what they recommended. The frosted sheet felt like it had been pre-sanded. After baking it, it shrunk down to about 1 inch. I made a simple birthday card to put it on. Brown base, then layers of glittered blue and pink. Used a ribbon and then just used 3d dots to secure the cupcake on. This is for my Niece, Ashley, whose birthday will be on the 11th.

Oh yes, and the best part of the evening was this great big cone of ice cream. Yummy, Butter Pecan. I have to say, it was the best time I have had in awhile. Thanks to all that visit and comment. All of you say such nice things. And thanks Allan for the nice evening.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Above the clouds.

My mother lives about 30 miles from me. In that 30 mile distance you you climb in elevation over 2100 feet. We live at about 1160 ft and her at about 3266 ft above sea level. The road we travel is part of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain Range. On the way home, it was dusk dark, and was just after a heavy rain, we could see the clouds laying in valleys below us, with the blue mountain peaks peeping out from behind them. Then after arriving closer home we drove through these same clouds that we had see earlier. It was the most beautiful picture.

I did do a little paper crafting this past weekend. On Sunday August 2, Elizabeth celebrated her birthday. I was wanting to make her a little desk set, but swayed from my original ideals in the end. I found the pink, 16 month desk calendar, and decided to start with that. I printed several pictures of things that symbolized certain days in August, and put them on the corresponding days. On the corners I added her initials on the left and a little prima flower on the right. I found some DP paper that matched the pink on the calendar and covered 2 chipboard coasters, front and back. I painted the edges with a sharpie marker, then cut 2 holes in the top of both of the covered coasters. Then used two rings to connect the two. On the inside, I added a little pocket, that would accommodate a little 3 x 3 sticky pad. I finished it off, by adding a little tied piece of ribbon at the top. I made a paper weight using the same DP as on the memo pad holder and put her initials on the bottom, but forgot to take a picture. The last little thing was to print off a picture of her and her husband of 41 years and adhere it to a little frame. Even if it wasn't what I envisioned at the beginning, she seemed to like it, it is a gift she can use at least 16 months.

Thanks for visiting. I really enjoy it when you do.