Jan 28

Friday Five

Well we made it to Friday! At least once a month I am going to start posting 5 different cards created with one stamp set. This week’s featured stamp set is Perfect Punches. Of course it is named that because each stamp coordinates with one of the punches. That makes it very easy to put a card together quickly. I also used my Big Shot and an embossing folder on each of these. Here’s what I came up with…





We are out of town this weekend for a gymnastics meet and I have had a little trouble trying to get this post uploaded, thus my Friday Five is actually on Saturday. Only 3 days until my Blessing A Day challenge for February begins. I can’t wait!

May the Lord richly bless you this weekend!

Jan 14

New Year, New Toys

Happy New Year! I know, I’m a little behind. Seems I never catch up these days. Already our year has been so busy. Andrew competed in a gym meet in St. Louis, Christina moved back into the dorm 🙁 and our last semester of homeschool is underway. I am also planning a baby shower for my friend’s daughter this weekend. All this has left me little time to play with the new Stampin’ toys I got for Christmas. Today I did manage to play a little. Here’s a card I made using stamps that are in the new Occasions Mini catalog.

This card uses the cute little gnome set along with the phrase from the “Gnomenclature” set. My kids really like gnomes, so I knew I wanted this set when I saw it. Ended up getting it FREE! How cool is that?!
Of course I have to have a card for the shower gift this weekend. I don’t make a lot of baby cards, and have enjoyed all the “baby crafts” I have done this week for the shower. Fortunately I love pink, so I didn’t tire of looking at it all week. 🙂
On Monday, Jan. 16 I will have my next card class. We’ll be playing with some more of my new toys from the Occasions Mini Catalog, including the new framelits heart dies for the Big Shot. Contact me if you have questions or need more information about this class.
Last year in February I attempted to complete a Blessing A Day challenge and blog about it. I am looking for others who want to join me in that challenge this year. Basically you look for ways to be intentional about sharing love with others each day. Some of mine were crafts last year, others were acts of service…the possibilities are endless. It was a fun way to focus on others and I am excited about getting started on that soon. Let me know if you want to join me.
This year I am also hoping to do a better job of keeping my blog updated and posting new projects each week. Perhaps you can help hold me accountable for that. 🙂
Hope each of you has a blessed weekend!
Sep 02

Move In Day 2011

This week we moved Christina into her dorm to begin her 3rd year of college. Doesn’t seem possible. This year she is getting to room with one of her bestest friends from homeschool. She and Laura have been planning this since Christina graduated 2 years ago. I didn’t get any pictures of them together on move in day (fail!), but Andrew took some of me and Christina.

This first one is just us being silly with a pillow that Laura’s sister, Shannon, made. It is a huge moustache 🙂

We had quite a time trying to figure out how to arrange all their furniture so they would still have some floor space to do P90X. What you can’t see in the picture are 2 dressers and their sink. They did end up with a tiny bit of space to work out.

Wish I had a good pic of their matching bedding. It is so cute! After I bought it Stampin’ Up announced their new In Colors for the year and I realized that most of them are on their bedding…which of course led to some crafting for their dorm room, but I think I already posted that project. Oh well, here it is again…

Missing her already, but now we get to have her home for a long weekend! Andrew and I re-started his senior year of high school because we changed curriculum at the last minute. Now all of his work is on the computer and scheduled for the whole year! Very excited about that, but of course we would discover this at the end of our homeschool career.

Stampin’ Up’s Holiday Mini Catalog became active on Sept 1. I have already recieved several of the cute Christmas stamp sets that are in that catalog. Will try to play with them and post pictures soon.

Hope you have a blessed day today!

Aug 17

So Long Summer…

A friend reminded me earlier this month that I was behind on my blog posting. (Sorry Janet!) We have had a great time this summer. In July we traveled to New York for vacation and had a BLAST! Andrew had the opportunity to participate in the Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines and got to spend his week at an incredible resort in the Catskill Mountains. The rest of us explored New York (city and state) and visited the surrounding states also. Here are pictures from highlights of our trip.

Lunch with my brother, Dennis, in Pennsylvania on our way to NYC…

Seeing Spiderman on Broadway…

Mohonk Mountain House, where Andrew got to spend the week…

Niagra Falls at night…

Dinner with my family in Indiana on our way back to Arkansas…


I have so many more pics, but you’ll have to wait and look at the scrapbook to see them all.

Yesterday my baby boy turned 18! Yikes! Today we begin our final year of homeschool. I am so blessed to be able to spend so much of my day with him, he’s an amazing young man. He had been “driving” my dad’s old ’87 Ford pick up, but it wasn’t real dependable and we decided to go shopping for another vehicle for him. This is what we found…

It’s not much of a truck (which is what we had in mind), but he loves it and it is a lot of fun to drive…when he lets us 🙂 We surprised him at gym last week with a little early bday party and a new car—he was speechless. You can’t see him in this pic, because he’s inside the car.
As for crafting, I have done my share this summer and if you dared enter my craft room you could tell it by the mess I have made! My sister was here for a weekend and we played around with making some melted fabric flowers. Here’s a pic of Christina modeling it on her shirt…

I made a cute card for my mom’s bday, but put it in the mail without taking a picture—ugh! I played with a new stampin toy that just arrived at my house this week. You can come to my card class this Friday and I will let you play with it too 😉 Today I am anxiously anticipating delivery of my goodies that were preordered from the upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog. There are so many fun things in that box I can’t wait to open it! If it comes in time for me to play with it before church, I will post pics of what I come up with.

Jun 29

OKLAHOMA!

This has been quite a busy time at our house. Christina and Andrew finished the last show of “Oklahoma” at the local community theater last night. Pat and I saw the show 5 times and loved every minute of it! How I love to watch my kids singing and dancing on stage…it is fun for all of us.

Of course, its also a crafting opportunity for me. This is a picture of one of the gift bags I made for them to hold their “you did a great job” goodies. I also made 140 chocolate dipped Oreos as a parting gift for the cast and crew…

The release of the new Stampin’ Up catalog is July 1st and so I am also gearing up for the release party this Friday! Let me know if you would like more details about that.

Praying you have a blessed day today and that you are able to be a blessing to those around you!

Jun 03

My New Toys

June is such an exciting time for Stampin’ Up demonstrators. The new catalog arrives, the retiring stamps & accessories list is posted and we beginning planning for the new catalog year. This is the first year I have gotten the new catalog sent to me Next Day Air. I had to order some items for a class this week end and was going to have to expedite my shipping anyway. Soo just after breakfast today the UPS guy rang my doorbell. I have had lots of fun today looking through the catalog and playing with some new toys. I can’t show you any of the new stuff until July, but I can show you some of the things I have made with the new stuff! So here’s a little sneak peek of what is to come…

Christina will be starting her junior year of college this year. One of her best friends just graduated from homeschool last week & will be joining her at Williams Baptist College in the fall. They have been looking forward to rooming together for 2 years. For Laura’s graduation gift we bought matching bedding sets for their dorm room. I noticed as I looked through the new In Colors that they matched their new bedding and I had to make something for their room from my new stash.

May 27

Congratulations Graduates!

This graduation season has been a busy one for our family. 15 high school graduation invitations were sent to us this year. About a month ago I began pondering what gift to give. I wanted it to be useful for those who were planning on moving into a dorm or staying home to attend college or not going to college at all. Cash would have worked, but with so many I needed to find something more economical too. In the end, of course, I opted to make them cards. I made personalized note cards for each one to use as thank you notes for all the other gifts they receive. Here’s a picture of the ones I made for the homeschool students. And this is a picture of the cards I made for the graduates. This one is for a Paragould graduate…I tried to use school colors for each one.This final picture is a graduation card I made for a friend who needed cards to give. Love that cute little owl from Stampin’ Up’s owl punch.

Already the wheels are turning in my mind for next year’s graduation activities. Can’t believe my baby will be a senior! I wonder if after the last one graduates I will be glad to have more time to stamp, or if I’ll just be lonely? I guess it’ll be a little of both…

May 11

National Scrapbook Month

What a great time to celebrate the ones we love in our paper crafting! Here’s the project I have planned for National Scrapbook Month…

Now I realize you may not want a big “G” on your project and that is part of the fun. You can personalize this any way you choose…with your own initial, using a favorite quote or Bible passage, replacing photos with words like “family” or “friends”, etc. The possibilities are numerous. Because the photos can be added later, it would make a very nice wedding or housewarming gift also.

I am scheduling workshops now for this project. Contact me if you’d like to participate. The cost of the workshop will be $25 which covers all supplies including a snail adhesive that is yours to keep. If you want to supply your own adhesive the cost is $20.

For my cardmaking friends who are NOT scrapbookers, I would like to point out that the project is divided into 4 X 6 sections so it is really like making 6 cards instead of a 12 X 12 scrapbook page. So you really don’t have an excuse not to try it! 🙂

Apr 08

Party on Campus!

My daughter had a birthday this week and is no longer a teenager! Makes me feel old, but we had fun celebrating with her. Last night was the opening night for a play she is in at college and we took some friends with us to see her on stage & celebrate with her afterward. Here are some highlights of the night…
She asked for a Daisy Rock pink bass guitar for her birthday!

We put trick candles on the cake & were afraid we’d set the smoke alarm off in the Student Center because they filled the whole area with smoke…I didn’t post the smoky pics 🙂

The Gammill family & Kendall were there to help us celebrate. Here’s Christina & Erin being silly together.

This is a picture of her & some fellow cast members of The Secret Garden. Christina played Colin, who is actually a young boy in the play.

I have some other items to post on here later today. I have been busy with craft projects and want to share some of them with you. Looking forward to more time in my craft room today!

Mar 28

March Madness

Can you believe this month is all but gone already?! We have watched plenty of basketball at our house over the last few weeks. And we have been on the road a few times for gym meets. We have been blessed to have a dear friend visit us from out of state and we also enjoyed a whole week of Christina being home from college for Spring Break. All this busy-ness has left me little time to craft. I did hide out in the craft room for a day when my BFF Debbie came to visit me & stamp with me. We made some cute cards for her to send to her ladies Bible study group. I have also spent some time in my craft room with a local BFF creating graduation invites for some special people in her life. I am so blessed to have stamping friends! 🙂

As a mom I feel its my duty to brag a little on my kiddos. Thought I’d share some pics with you that were highlights of ours this month.

Actually, this event was at the end of February. Christina participated in the Miss WBC pageant at Williams Baptist College. Isn’t she beautiful?!!!

For her talent, she choreographed a karate routine to the song “Be A Man” from the Disney movie Mulan. She did a great job putting it together & performing it!

On March 12 Andrew competed in the Arkansas Men’s State Gymnastics Meet. He placed 2nd all around, but was the state champion on the rings. Here’s some pics of him doing his thing! 🙂

The head you see in the bottom of Andrew’s pictures is his coach Darin Grogan. This coming weekend we get to travel to Austin Texas to watch Andrew & his team mates compete in the regional meet.

I’m hosting a Mystery Hostess Workshop on Tuesday, March 29. Hopefully on my next post I’ll have pictures of the projects from that event. If you’d like to attend let me know & I’ll give you the details. I’m off to the craft room now to prepare…