Tuesday, July 31, 2007

July Happiness Giveaway Challenge Entry

I have an extremely hard time coming up with masculine card ideas, so I'm happy to see what other ideas people come up with for the July Happiness Giveaway Challenge over at my friend's Tracy's blog. You have 'til Tuesday night to get your entry in... so hurry up if you haven't already done so. The card was to be a masculine theme using the SC99 sketch from SCS.

It took me a while to figure out the dimensions of the pieces for the card, then after I did, I had no idea what image to put in the centre... so I chose to not even use an image, to just use some text. So, I went through all my sayings, after a great deal of humming and hawing I decided on 'Thoughts of You'... that's kinda masculine, I guess. The stamp is one from my $1.50 Michaels stamp clear acrylic sets. I stamped it in Coffee Bean pigment ink as I find the pigment inks seem to give a better result than my dye inks.

The patterned papers that I used were some that I've had for a while now that I bought for masculine cards...just can't remember where they're from. Yup, I have absolutely no memory... I'm the first to admit that! lol :) For the base, I used a Royal Blue Bazzill cardstock and a Mustard Yellow Bazzill cardstock for the centre piece. For the buckles, I used my SU Word Window punch and cut it in half to make two tabs and I added an antique brass brad to each buckle. The frame is from the SU Hodge Podge Hardware set, also in antique brass.

Well, that's a lot of rambling for such a simple looking card! lol :) I'm gonna call it a day hoping that the sunshine decides to make an appearance again tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Finally, the sun is shining!

WooHoo! The sun is finally shining here and it's been hot and sunny for the past 5 days, I think. I've kinda lost track, but it's certainly nice not to have to look at rain and fog all the time!

Here's a pic of the girls and I on our back deck yesterday in our little pool, trying to beat the +34 C heat. Rather pathetic, I know, but it really kept us cool! :)
We had a BBQ a couple of nights ago and I got a kick out of this pic that Jim took of Alexandria and me. I think I had taken my glasses off to clean them, but I don't know what Alex was looking at...looks as though she's looking to the Heaven's to give thanks or something! Too funny!
This is my little Natalia. She's loves her kitty, Lynux. I'm always finding her sitting and petting her. I think the cat is eyeing Tallie's toast here...thinking, Humm, that looks kinda yummy for a change! lol :)
Here's a pic of Alex showing off her missing top two front teeth...not sure if they're ever gonna come back in! I still can't see any teeth breaking through and it's been over a month since she lost them? We have to make an appointment for the dentist anyway, so I guess I can check with them. I think kids look so funny with their teeth missing, I hope they come in soon! lol :)
This is a pic I took tonight of the Tiger Lillies in my back yard. I love Tiger Lillies, their orange colour is so gorgeous.

Well, that's all for today. Hopefully the sun will be shining again tomorrow. Fingers crossed! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Baroque Motifs Flowers

I can't express how much I love this SU set! Oh, so pretty...I'll try not to overdo it and make too many cards with this set all at once...but I can't promise anything! lol :)

I decided to use a green tonight that I don't normally use. I started out with white cardstock, layered it with black, then a piece of pink Bazzill cardstock (a colour very close to SU Pink Passion), a layer of SU Green Galore, then another layer of white. On the top white layer, I randomly stamped the large Baroque Motifs vines using SU Green Galore ink. Then, I stamped the small flowers in SU Pink Passion ink around the vines swirls. For the 3 large flowers, I used Pink Passion and Black ink, cut them out by hand and adhered them to the card with 1/8" dimensional squares.

The 'kind' tab was done using the SU Round Tab punch. I also used the SU Horizontal Slot punch to make the slots in the sides to feed the ribbon through. I stamped the word 'kind' in Pink Passion ink and used the same colour to brush the edges with a sea sponge. The pink ribbon that I used is from Michaels. I also added a 1/8" dimensional square to the back of the tab to raise it out.

Well, that's another record...only 10:20 PM and I'm done my post...could I be getting better at this? lol :) Not being up 'til the wee hours of the morning making cards. Well, I guess I kinda cheated, cause I started this card last night, but I got into a movie and didn't finish my card. So, I finished it tonight. Still a record for me, though! I imagine the card for tomorrow night will be another one from the Baroque Motifs set...cause it's such a gorgeous set, I must play with it! lol :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Update on the Autism Fundraiser Project

I spoke with Kelly today and she told me that she still has about 200 cards yet to be sold but she's working on finding homes for them. I still have lots of cards on their way, so if you're out there and have cards ready for us, send them along, we'd be more than happy to find homes for them! :)

Originally, the cards were going to be used in the Fundraising Auction, but we had no idea we would get the response that we did. So, Kelly has taken it upon herself to sell them on her own and is doing an outstanding job at it! You Go Girl! :)

So far....drum roll please...she has raised over $2,100.00 from all your gorgeous cards! What a wonderful success and it's all because of the generosity of awesome stampers willing to share their artwork for such a deserving cause!

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.

(((Big Hugs)))

Doodle This and Scallops

It must be a record for me...a card finished, pic taken of it, watermark added and it's only 11:10 PM! Normally, I finish well after midnight into the wee hours of the morning...that refreshing dip in the pool today must have recharged my head! lol :) It was about +34 C today, still +26 C and very humid, but at least we have a nice breeze out right now. That's the nice thing about living close to the ocean. Supposed to be hot for the next few days, lots more swimming for us, I guess...well, sitting in my little pool anyway!

I decided to play with my SU Doodle This set tonight and use some gorgeous designer paper by Basic Grey. It's from their Pashmina collection, called Urban Couture. I love the light shade of green with the delicate flowers in chocolate and white. I stamped my large Doodle This flower using SU Night of Navy ink on to the patterned paper, using two different sections of the paper with two different patterns and then cut them each out. The doodling stamp was also stamped in Night of Navy.

For cardstock, I used turquoise for the base (from Michaels), navy blue and lime green Bazzill cs for the layers and white. I distressed the lime green with my scissors.

For the scallops on the bottom, I decided to play with my Creative Memories circle punches. I used the 1" circle punch for the patterned paper and the 1 1/4" circle for the white layer. I adhered them one at a time to the back of the navy blue cardstock with double sided tape, making sure to line them up evenly and I moved across the bottom.

To finish the card off I paper pierced a single line up each side and a double row along the top. A added a Dollarama pewter brad to the center of the flowers and attached them with a 1/8" dimensional square.

WooHoo! 11:33 PM and I'm done my blog post...definitely a record for me! I may actually get to bed at a decent hour tonight! lol :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Who Doesn't Want Money?

Especially when someone's givin' it away for FREE!!!

Over at Ashwin’s blog, you will find one crazy blog owner!! You can win $2500!! To enter just copy this text and paste it in your blog!! But hurry, this competition will not last long! So get posting!
You only have until the 20th of August so hurry on over!

Good Luck...just think of the wicked stamp buyin' spree you could go on! :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Delight in Life Flowers

Woo Hoo! I finally got back into my stamp room tonight for some much need stamp therapy. I wanted a card with happy colours and I'm happy with the ones I chose. :)
Tonight, I thought I'd break out my Delight in Life set that hasn't got much use yet. I stamped the flowers in Night of Navy and the 'Delight in Life' and swirls were each stamped in Tempting Turquoise. I added a silver brad to the flowers and attached them each with a 1/8" dimensional square.
For the circle cut outs, I used my Creative Memories cutting system using the medium round template with the red and green blades.
I used Bazzill cardstock for the turquoise, lime green and navy. The cs for the flowers is from Michaels.
I pierced a line at the bottom of the turquoise cs and added a strip of coordinating rick rack (spelling) ribbon over the lime green cs to finish it off.

I'm feeling back to normal now, woo hoo! Guess I got all the sodium out of my system. The girls and I enjoyed a gorgeous day here today. Got to visit a couple of friends and swim with one of them at her house. Well, the kids got to splash around while us mommies chatted and watched. It's great to finally have the sun shining and to get some nice hot weather. It got up to +32 today. :) Too bad Jim's vacation is all over and I think he might have had 3 ok days in 3 weeks! Gotta love Mother Nature. lol :)

Well, I'm off to bed, thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

What a day...

Well, I had quite a day yesterday. I thought I was getting my daughter's stomach flu, but I think after the terrible day that I had, it was actually dehydration caused by too much sodium in my diet while we were on vacation. I'm not used to eating sodium anymore since I started with LA Weight Loss and I think it really messed up my system. I fell asleep last night and went to get up and felt very dizzy, attempted to make my way upstairs to go to bed, I crawled up the stairs with Jim behind me so I wouldn't fall down the stairs and when I got to the top I stood up and made it half way across my kitchen and I passed out. Jim got me up and got me off to bed and I left a big pool of sweat on the floor, my temp had spiked. Not good. He got me cooled down with a wet facecloth and I slept until noon! I got up and got showered and went over to LA for my weigh-in and I had lost 5.2 lbs in two days! Yikes. Note to Self...no more sodium for this girl!
Anyway, I'm feeling a lot better today, quite exhausted, but I'm back to eating more and I'm whacking the water to myself, so hopefully I'm on the mend now.

Here are a few pics from our vacation. This first one is my favourite. Jim went canoeing with his brother and he took this pic of an eagle high up in a tree, I zoomed in to see the beautiful bird. Isn't he gorgeous? This was taken right on the Miramichi River, a truly beautiful river, known for it's wonderful Salmon and gorgeous scenery. That's one of the highlights of going up to visit Jim's family...I just wish there weren't any blackflies up there, it really makes being outside miserable unless the breeze is blowing nicely and then you get a break form them for a bit.
Here's one of Tallie sitting in the Miramichi River, just outside Grammie and Grampie Mutch's place. They were having a lot of fun slashing around and skipping rocks until Alex got a big leach on her hand. lol I know it wasn't funny, but she was screaming like her hand had just been severed and I couldn't help but laugh. Weird, Jim said of all the years he swam in the river, he had never got a leach on him...one must have got sidetracked and into the fresher water, I guess. Poor Alex, she could be traumatized for life! Just kidding! lol :)
Alexandria and Natalia are picking blueberries here with Grampie Mutch on the blueberry plains close by to where they live.
Here's Alex showing off her blueberry pickins. She was so proud of them and my goodness they're yummy!
The girls are here having some good ol' jumpin' fun with their cousins. Alex is laying down here bouncing on her back as everyone else bounces. I think she enjoys that as much as bouncing herself. I don't think I'll ever hear the end of how much fun the trampoline was. I'm not big on the large trampolines for little kids but I think I could be persuaded to get one of these Dora the Explorer trampolines...if they weren't so expensive. I can remember back when I was a kid, during my gymnastics days I saw many a broken arm or leg with others bouncing out of control and off the side. I know it's a lot of fun, just not the breaks that result from the fun sometimes...

How cute is this? I caught the girls sleeping the night before we left here all cuddled up to each other. Tallie is half turned around laying with her head on her sister. Too cute! :) They sleep on an air mattress while we're up there and I put blankets on the side so that Tallie doesn't roll over onto the electric heater. They love their little 'slumber party bed' as they call it.

Here's a pic of my hubby, Jim. He has a smile that always makes me so happy. :)

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rockin' Girl Blogger!

LOL :) I've been nominated by Ila, one of my favourite stampers, for the "Rockin' Girl Blogger Award!" What an honour! :)Now, it's my turn to nominate 5 others who I think are Rockin' Girl Bloggers...humm, I'll have to see who hasn't been nominated already. Hard to choose just 5....here goes, I think you should check out these talented gals:

Laurie (Just Give Me Stamps)
Toni (Inkyfingers: Everyday Art)
Shannon (Live, Love, Laugh and STAMP)
Julie (Paper Pleasing Ideas) and
Kim (Creative Diversions)

All their work is absolutely fabulous and truly inspirational. Check them out if you haven't already. Their blogs are good for several hours of browsing fun! Don't blame me if you don't get any sleep tonight, though! lol :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I'm Back!

Whew, I was starting to go through some serious blog readin' withdrawal! 5 days away from my computer!!! lol :) We left for vacation up to New Brunswick on Friday morning and just got back tonight at supper time. We had a nice vacation, got to visit family and friends and relax (that's if you can relax among all the horrid black flies, dang I hate those things! I'm so glad I don't have to deal with them on a daily basis! I'd go insane! The weather can be so nice up there, but you can't go outside unless the wind is really blowing cause the black flies will eat you alive! My poor little girls are covered in little bloody bites, especially around their hairline and neck. Just miserable. Our oldest daughter seems to be allergic to the bites as most of her bites turned into welts. Not nice at all!

Then today, our youngest developed what we thought was motion sickness on the way home, she kept vomitting for the entire 7 hour trip home, and we thought it would get better once we got home, but she's still been sick all evening, so I think it must be the stomach flu. I gave her some Gravol just in case, and she's resting well now after a hard afternoon, hopefully she'll be better in the morning.

So, I'm trying to catch up... I returned home to 178 emails in my inbox to sift through and hundreds of blog posts in Google Reader to read from my favourite blogs... that's gonna take me a bit, so bear with me if you don't hear back from me right away! I'm likely just buried under emails, phones messages to return and laundry! lol :)

I only got one card while I was away, a beautiful CCE (Canadian Card Exchange) card from Toni Whitnell. What beautiful colours that Toni has used, I love the yellow and light pink together. Very Spring-like! Isn't the flower just gorgeous? I always love the cards that Toni comes up with and this one is certainly no exception! Thanks so much for sharing your work with me, Toni! Great job! :)
I'll post some vacation pics tomorrow once I go through them all. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Dryer Sheet Glitter Card Tutorial

I've been attacked by glitter! It's all coming back now...there was a reason that I don't play with spray adhesive and glitter anymore...especially when it involves those two things together! I now have glitter glued all over my hands and I can't get it off! ARG! I've tried all sorts of cleaners, but no such luck ridding myself of the pesky 'glitter-hand.' Oh well, it will be a source of entertainment for my girls in the morning. I can hear it now, "Oh Mama, you look so pretty! Can we glitter our hands, too?" "Nope" will be my quick response to that! lol :) So, if any of you out there have an idea of how to get this glitter off, please share with me, pretty please!!

Now, for my card that I was attempting. I think the worse part is that I screwed up the whole card and basically ruined it! Yeah, that makes me feel a whole lot better about the whole glittered hand issue! The idea is to have a floral, glittered background show through the dryer sheet and it would be gorgeous. At least the demo card that my Stampin' Up! Demo made a few months ago was! Unfortunately, I messed up on the order of my glittering and instead of applying it to the inside of the dryer sheet layer, I applied it to the outside of the dryer sheet layer. Oops. Now you can hardly see the floral background that I stamped. You can see it in person, but the camera isn't picking up the background image. :(

Here's the process for this card technique.

First, gather your supplies together as shown here.

  • You'll need a piece of cardstock for the main card. The card front will be the standard size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2". I used blue in this case.
  • Then, cut a piece of white cardstock to be 3 1/4" x 5 1/4".
  • SU 'Floral' background stamp
  • Blue craft ink (I used Color Box 'Ice Blue' fluid chalk ink. It looks like pigment ink but dries nearly as fast as dye ink.)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Used dryer sheet
  • Double-sided tape
  • Text stamp (I used 'love' from the SU set 'Wonderful Words.'
  • Silver Embossing powder
  • VersaMark
  • Bone folder or brayer

Stamp your floral background onto your piece of white cardstock. Heat set this using your heat tool to be sure it's dry.
Trim your dryer sheet to be approximately 5' x 6 1/2".

Spray the front stamped side of your cardstock with spray adhesive. (Do this outside, it's a bit fumey.) Now, bring your image inside and apply glitter to it.

Lay the dryer sheet down on the table and place your white cardstock, image side down, centered onto the dryer sheet. Apply double-sided tape to the edges of the cardstock and then fold the edges of the dryer sheet over and adhere to the cardstock. When you flip it over, so the image is facing up, you can use a bone folder or a brayer to smooth out the dryer sheet onto the cardstock. This will make the image show through better.
Stamp your text on the bottom of the card. I chose to use the word, 'love' so this could be used as a wedding card or an anniversary card. I stamped onto the very bottom of the blue cardstock with VersaMark, then applied silver embossing powder and heat embossed it.

You may now adhere your dryer sheet wrapped image onto the blue card. Ta-da you should be done. Have fun with this, but try not to glitterfy yourself, too! lol :)

I'll have to try this card again sometime to get the glitter added in the right spot. It just won't be tonight! Just when I think I'm getting ahead, I have something else to add back onto the 'to do' list... lol :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

What's up with Blogger?

Does anyone know what on earth is going on with blogger the past couple of days? It's acting completely crazy. Selecting text where you don't want it to and not selecting it when you do want it to. Things are getting deleted and the spacing is all off, and the title text box is all messed up. My scrolling isn't working properly and pictures are not uploading correctly. Sometimes they add twice and sometimes not at all. Just plain weird! Just to mention a few things! How frustrating. In my last post, I had just started my post and all of a sudden it posted itself on it's own! What's going on?

I'm rather new to blogging, well just since January. Are we supposed to go in to our account and back up files every once in a while or delete things so that it runs smoother. Maybe with so many blogs out there, their system is going whacky! Certainly looks like it from here! Anyway, I haven't read any of there new updates, so I should probably do that before I start to rant some more... just had to vent after the time I had trying to get that last post entered. Holy Cow!

I've noticed on a few other blogs that people were having trouble with their title box, but didn't see any mention of anything else that was giving them issues. Is it just me? lol :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Stampin' Up! party at Kim's place

I had a great time tonight over at Kim's place for a SU party. Got to drool over the new catty and play with some new stamp sets. Got to get together with the girls and carry on and have some great snacks, too. A wonderful night! :)

This is the first card that we made using the Baroque Motifs stamp set. OMG, I love this set! I'm still not thrilled with heat embossing, mostly cause I suck at it, but practice makes perfect, I guess. I like the different elements to the card, a lot though. I thought the oval around the 'kind' was neat. We punched a small oval first, then a large oval over top which gave us just the oval frame that we put over the word. That's the first time I'd done that. Never thought to do that before. Another technique that I'd never done before was using the heat tool on the sheer ribbon and making it curl up like this. It makes the ribbon kinda crinkly. Very cool! We fed the ribbon through double rectangle punch holes and tied a knot. The colours used in this card were Blush Blossom and one of the new 'In Colours' Blue Bayou.
This is the second card that we did using the Pick a Petal set. Love this one, too! However, I'm now covered with glitter from head to toe...something else that I don't play with often, I guess I'm rather prissy but I don't like getting dirty or making a mess around my work space! lol :) We freehanded the stem, not overly happy with the curve of my stem, but I like the card. Such a cute set to play with. We punched the flower centre using a 3/4" circle punch and glue it to the flower petals that we also glue together. Then just trimmed off the extra on the top. And freehand doodled the border around the flower. The words 'warm wishes' is from the set 'Hugs & Wishes.' The colours used in this card were 2 more of the new 'In Colours,' River Rock and Groovy Guava. Great colour combos.Well, gotta call it a day, thanks for stopping by! :)

Autism Cards by Michele

My friend, Michele Dionne stopped over last night and dropped off these great Xmas cards that she made for the Autism fundraiser. I love this "Frosty" set by SU. I used it for all my Xmas cards last year. He's so cute! She made 6 cards but a few of them were the same, so I'll just post 4 that she made. Thanks so much, Michele!

Now, for a couple of funny pictures to show you just how completely sappy I am! lol :) Jim took these pics of me last night watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It doesn't take much to get me crying or emotional. Tears flow at the slightest bit of sappiness! Thought this would provide a laugh for some of you! :)
I'm heading to a SU party tonight at Kim's place. Can't wait to see the new catty and see some of new stamps in person. It should be fun...I don't think I've ever been to one that wasn't a lot of fun, though! I just love getting together with all the girls, too! I'll post pics of our make and take cards later tonight.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

CCE card from Carolyn

I received this gorgeous CCE (Canadian Card Exchange) card in the mail today from Carolyn Disher. I love the red and black and white together. What a smart looking card and the design is great! Even Hubby thought it was great. I never get much of a comment out of him on cards, so he must have really liked it! lol :)

Thanks so much for sharing your art with me, Carolyn! I love it! :)

Monday, July 9, 2007

Lisa and Denny's Wedding 07-07-07

We had a wonderful time at Lisa and Denny's wedding. I got to see a lot of people that I hadn't seen in years, it was great to catch up with everyone and the girls had a ton of fun playing with all the other children that were at the reception. I think there were 15 in all and they all got along very well. The reception was held at Evangeline Beach in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. It was held at the family cottage and they had large tents set up in the back yard to cover all the tables. It was a beautiful setting for a wedding and it turned out to be a gorgeous day. Unfortunately, the pics of me all glammed up didn't turn out, so I'll have to get re-dressed and have another pic taken! I've gotta show you all my new dress! lol :)

Here's a pic of Lisa and Denny that overlooks the Minas Basin. The tide had just come in and the wind died down. Don't they make a nice looking couple? :) I know they have many, many happy years to come.Well, I have to go put my kiddies to bed and then I'm gonna play in my stamp room for a bit tonight, so I'll post my creation later. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Tumbled Tile Coasters for Lisa and Denny

So, I pondered and pondered some more and this is what I came up with. Very quick and simple, I know, but I think Lisa will like this set of four drink coasters for her place. It's just a little something to go along with their cash wedding gift. I hope she likes them. :)

First, I stamped a flower from the set of SU Doodle This onto the tile using StazOn ink. Then, I stamped the flower onto a sticky note and cut it out. I lined up the sticky note mask onto the tile and stamped the script background (Hero Arts - Italian Poetry background stamp) over the mask. I used my heat tool to completely dry the StazOn ink after each application so that it wouldn't smear. Then, to finish it off, I added felt feet to the four corners on the bottoms of the coasters to protect the tabletop. That's all. I told ya quick and easy, yet elegant. :)

Well, time to call it a day. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Autism Cards from Ardelle

Today I received a set of 12 cards from Ardelle McFarland for the Autism project. I believe they were made by Ardelle, but they aren't signed. Why don't people sign their work? People should be proud of their creations and take credit for them!! Anyway, thank you very much for your donation, Ardelle! It's very much appreciated! Ardelle, if you let me know that you made them, I'll proudly post them on here. :) ***Edited: Ardelle contacted me and did make these cards and gave the ok for me to post some of them for you all to enjoy. :)

I just posted a new pic of myself...thought I'd add another update pic of myself, with my new hairdo and the lesser me. Down 67 lbs now! There's something to smile about!! :) Thought I'd go with a super short haircut for the Summer, plus I had to have it done for the wedding this weekend. If I showed up as it was, they may have turned me away! lol :) Anyway, this style will be a lot easier to handle for the hot weather...that's if it comes back again! We've had nothing but rain for mostly the past two weeks! It's starting to bum me out! :( Maybe next week it'll clear up...

Well, I have to get a gift done tonight for the wedding on the weekend to go with the cash gift. I hate just giving cash, I'm thinking maybe some tumbled tile coasters or an altered tin to put wedding keepsakes in. I can't decide...must retreat to me stamp room to ponder! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

CCE from Melanie

I received the most beautiful creation yesterday from Melanie Kuzik for the CCE (Canadian Card Exchange.) Thanks so much, Melanie! It's simply beautiful! I took it along to share with some card making friends last night and they all drooled over it, too! :) Thanks for sharing your work with me! This one's definitely a keeper. She also sent instructions for the 'Caught in Crystal' technique using Future floor wax. Thanks for those, too! I'll have to try this. I apologize for the poor pic, below, but I wanted to share it. I must have taken a dozen pics, but my camera isn't dealing well with the acetate. Too refelective, I guess. It really is gorgeous, though! Can you see the woman's face peeking through in the top left hand corner? Thanks for stopping by! :)

A great night at Kim's place

Last night, I went over to Kim's house to play. Val was there, too, she's always great entertainment! What a funny gal! lol :) I also met a new stampin' friend, Louise. Very nice lady. I'm sure I'll be seeing more of them all soon...seeing as I have another SU party to go to at Kim's on Tuesday, I'll see them there. I had a great time chatting with the girls, got one card done and we shared some Cuttlebug embossing folders, so I have some embossed cardstock to play with later. :)

This is the card that I made tonight. I saw one that Alli Miles had made and I instantly loved it! I took some of the features of her's and then altered it a bit. I love ladybugs and think it turned out rather cute. My girls loved it when I showed them. They're ladybug fanatics, too. :)
Kim went through some of her old swap cards and very generously offered up 64 cards for the Autism project! I looked at them last night and there's some gorgeous cards. Thanks so much, Kim! I really appreciate your donation! :)Woo Hoo! That makes a total of 760 cards that I've received to date, and still more on their way!!! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Flowers from my gardens

I was looking at my beautiful flowers in my gardens today and thought I'd share a few pics with you. The first two are from my front garden of two different shades of Pink Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora). I thought I'd especially take a pic to brighten up my friend, Nancy's day. I know how much you love peonies, Nancy, so these are for you! :)

The third pic was taken my your's truly in my back garden of my White Clematis that just bloomed this morning! I believe this variety is called Duchess of Edinburgh.

Oh, I love to see the flowers all starting to bloom! Gorgeous! :) So pretty to look at them all. Hope you've enjoyed my posies, have a great day everyone! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Domino necklaces have arrived

I received the most beautiful domino necklaces today made by Jacqueline Roy for the Autism fundraising project. She sent me five and I'm buying two of them! Oh my goodness, they're beautiful! Thank you so much, Jackie! I really appreciate you taking the time to make these special necklaces for us. :) The House Mouse and the flower ones are the ones I'll be buying! I'll proudly wear them! Aren't they gorgeous?

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Yard sale find

My hubby's brother and his wife were here from New Brunswick this weekend for a short visit. We went out to a few yard sales yesterday and I found this nice frame with a stand, that I plan to alter. Pretty, eh? The best part is it was only $3! I can't wait to add some gorgeous patterned paper to the scuffed up frame. It's gonna be re-born, Baby! lol :)

This afternoon, we drove them out to the highway so they were sure to get the right exit to head home and from there we headed down to the Halifax Waterfront to spend a few hours enjoying the Canada Day festivities. The girls had a lot of fun playing on the pirate ship play structure, but the highlight of the day was a treat of some famous Cow's Ice-Cream. Reader's Digest Magazine has voted them 'Canada's Favourite Ice-Cream.' Well, it is amazing home made ice-cream, but it better be for the price of it! I gave the guy a $20 bill and I got back $1.42! That was for 2 double scoop waffle cones and 2 child sized waffle cones. Yeah, it was worth it, though! It's been years since I've had Cow's ice-cream and it was super delish! Ok, that's the last of my splurging, though...I have that gown to get in to on Saturday, and it's not gonna happen if I keep eating treats! Bring on the spinach salads...yeah, they're just as good! lol :) I'll post pics of my glammed up look next week after the wedding. :)

This is a pic that my hubby took today while we downtown of a reflection of a Canada flag in one of the mirrored high rises. I thought it was pretty cool! :)

OK, the girls are yanking at my arm, Mummmmm, Commmmme onnnnnnn, we wanna go to the firrrreworrrrrks!!! LOL :) Poor little girls, gotta get ready to go.

Thanks for stopping by! :)