Tuesday, February 28, 2012

just wanted to espresso my gratitude...

He's hired...my boy as my new blog photographer:

Makes my point & shoot really seem lame...oh well, I guess I'll have to save up for a fancy smancy camera, eh?

...and CAS-ual Fridays

The paper is Basic Grey...the brad is from Daiso, the japanese dollar store...and of course the stamps are Skipping Stones Design Funny Coffee vol.#1.

As always...thanks for stoppin' by!

Monday, February 27, 2012

sunny days ahead...

Hello and Welcome to the EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from our FABBIE February Guest Designer's blog, Lauren of

I'm certain that she has a project that will knock your socks off...a ginormous round of applause for Lauren...she certainly did rock the EAD Designs goodness, didn't she?!  We LOVED having her play with us this month!!!!

Remember to leave comments on the EAD Designs blog along with everybody that is part of the hop today....there is free EAD Goodies every week and you just might be the lucky duck to win it!

I have a easy smeasy card for today:

I picked up the yellow chevron card base at Impress and smacked on the adorable stickerz from the Co-Branding Isabell's Umbrella Feather Friends 

My card design was inspired by the current Our Creative Corner Challenge:

I was super happy to see Our Creative Corner's post about word verification.   Did you see that the Moxie Fab World has turned off their word verification also?!!!!  Come on people....join in the movement to BAN word verification!!!!

Remember that...

Candace is up next...you'll want to check out her FAB EAD Designs project over on Scrappin' 2 Little Princesses!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

how so very tweet of you...

Hey There!

Happy Sunday to You!

Mega long post this morning...grab  your coffee and get comfy.

Here's a card that I whipped together this morning...I'm blogging live:)

I used:

The Craft's Meow

I've been eyeing this FAB sketch and noticed that I have a couple of hours to link up...like 3+!

I also combined it with the current Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger:

There is so much that inspires me about this but in today's card I was inspired by:

1.  red & white polka
2.  blue & white polka
3. tape measure
4. wood grain
5.  kraft
6. bird

In yesterday's post I chatted about some of the fab stuff that I had recently won...I also wanted to share some other goodies:

RAK from Sherry

She not only sent me this gorgeous card but also sent me loads of different cardstock and envies....soooooooo very fun.  Thanks soooooo much Sherry!

Blog Candy from Karolyn

I was also lucky enough to win Karolyn's Paper Smooches blog candy...the Potpourri set arrived yesterday!  Thanks sooooo much Karolyn!!!!

 I wanted to share some pictures that I took on Friday when I visited a Packaging Specialties store:

As their name says...they are thee packaging specialties place...lotsa fab stuff including all these spools of ribbon....

I've noticed that one of the CHA Winter trends was asian inspired items....

How sweet are these?!

bags...and more bags...

You know how I love to embellish those flat kraft bags?  This is where I get them....

tags...and more tags...

I LOVE their pre-printed tags BUT I can't get myself to buy them {can't justify it with all the stamps I have}...so I purchased their white blank tags...

Wrapping paper...

Ribbon...and lotsa more Ribbon...

This wall is primarily Midori and Divine Twine...I'm pretty sure that everybody has heard of Divine Twine...love their stuff...but Midori isn't a name you hear as much within the paper crafting industry...their stuff is so very lush & elegant..

Okay, I know that I promised bowling pictures but they all turned out too dark!  We actually reserved a lane at Lucky Strike.  I gotta tell you though...we started off having lunch at a new to me Chinese restaurant in the same shopping square:

The wait was horrendous but the food was pretty good...Would I go there again...probably not.  I get impatient having to wait for so long...we were even there before 11:30 am!  It's Dim Sum but without the carts....that's the fun of Dim Sum though...seeing all the stuff on the carts....

Then we went bowling...I can't remember my scores but we managed 2 games {sheesh, I was exhausted by the 2nd game}...My momma had so much fun...that my friends is priceless.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

happy saturday...

Whew, I tell you...this has been one fabulous week....spending quality time with the kids...not having to race around...oh, and I scored on 3 blog candies this week too!  Wahooooooo!

{I tell you, you gotta check out Nina's blog...the girl is CHOCK FULL of talent!!!}

2 SPOOLS of Divine Twine!

$50 Shopping Spree!!!!

One thing that I have noticed since we've been home from the beach I haven't created a thing...not a thing!  I have tons of DT projects due for next week but alas, they will have to wait until Sunday.

Today we are celebrating my Momma's birthday which happens to be Monday.  We're going to a new-to-us chinese restaurant and then bowling...LOL..I know, right?  Well, my mom mentioned that when she was younger, she use to go bowling.  About 2 years ago my brother got my Momma a Wii and for awhile she was rocking the bowling game...So I thought it would be fun to see her skillz in action:)  Pictures will post tomorrow:)

For those of you that participated in Flashback Friday 20.0....the winner has been posted on the Flashback Friday blog!  If you pop over there, you'll see the reason behind this pic:

I just wanted to thank you peeps for everything...really...this week solidified in my mind how lucky I am...I do have a great life and I'm ever so very grateful for it and you chickies are part of that goodness...whether you leave me comments or just stalk...it's all good...

so Thank You.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

STUCK ON YOU with EAD Designs: warm wishes..

It's a fun combo...

Combining their strengths to create an-oh-so fun-challenge:

create a holiday card which incorporates stickers or rub-ons (or both!)

warm wishes

I managed to combine:

Co-branding with Isabell's Umbrella


Co-branding with Paper Smooches

wooooo hoooooo

3 different EAD Designs sets!!!!  I love to design non-traditional holiday cards and this definitely falls into that category:)  Isn't that Robin's Egg Blue cardstock delish?  It was a fabbie RAK from my bloggie buddie Sherry...thanks sooo much Sherry!!!!!

I can't wait to see what you design!  LINK up over at Jingle Belles!

thursday ramblings...

Hello and a big shout out to all of you that continue to be so supportive of my post yesterday regarding the double word verification.

I've actually had this week off from work and I've been having a glorious time...seriously enjoying myself.

Yesterday the kids & I got back from spending 3 nights at a 'beach cottage'... 

Like thee most darling place...

White wood work and grey walls...love it.

There was an upstairs with 2 bedrooms, a full bath and a full size w & d!

We primarily ate in...made a huge pot of chicken fettucini...enough for 2 nites and we had pizza the other night:)  Vacation isn't vacation without a bunch of junk food and watching TV together.

We also took a couple walks down to the beach... 

The boy managed to find 1 whole sand dollar...I love those things.

This pic was taken outside the front door...it's super windy...my hair is everywhere!

me & the boy

what's that?  Yes, I do have a girl...she's going to be 17 next month...need I say more?

No Darin this time...but definitely next time:)

Things I learned while on vaca:

1.  bring my own ginormous coffee mug..those 6 oz mugs are for wimps.
2.  I need a new gore-tex raincoat...mine no longer repels the rain drops.
3.  My kids looked at my pink boiled wool slippers and said that they are buying me a new pair for my birthday...mine might have several holes in them:)  I can't get rid of them...pink...boiled wool....come on now!

I'll be back at 9 pm pacific with a fun post...you won't want to miss it:)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

winner winner chicken dinner!!

This is my post 2 of 2 for today...please check out my live simply. love much post along with my PSA plea.

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Whew, things are calming down here on my blog...how much did you LOVE The Craft's Meow February release?!  Which is your FAV?

I'm back with the winner of my The Craft's Meow button filled pillow box:

Ms. Random.org picked:



Venus, please send me your snail mail so that I can pop that out in the mail to you...my email is on my side bar---->>

Just a reminder about the Flashback Friday 20.0 Celebration!

My Guest Designer, the Lovely Jen Johns, has picked the following challenge:

First Black & White card!

We're going to 'change things up' for Flashback Friday 20.0!  I've asked my past Guest Designer's to play along so this is going to be Blog Hop Style...More on that in a smidge!

I thought you'd like to see the prize package that I put together:

Check out all those goodies!!!!!  

I went shopping and picked out 20 fun products:

Hero Arts 4 Flowers
Hero Arts/Basic Grey Indie Bloom
Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink
Jenni Bowlin Blue Ribbon Stamps

Inkssential Ink Blending Tool
Inkssentials Ink Blending Foam
Quickie Glue Pen
Martha Stewart Luster Glass microbeads
Impress tags

Impress packaged Chevron Cards 
Smash Tape
Impress Brown Pearls
Impress White Pearls
Impress Wood Buttons

Daiso Colored Cut Felt x 2
Daiso Lace Border
Daiso Strawberry tape

The whole package values over $95!!!!

Here's how Flashback Friday 20.0 is going to work....Join in the Blog Hop fun...Leave a comment for all the gals that are playing along:

Jen {Guest Designer for Flashback Friday 20.0}

Rose {Flashback Friday 3.0}

Lynn {Flashback Friday 4.0}

Stephanie {Flashback Friday 5.0}

Yvonne {Flashback Friday 6.0}

Amy C {Flashback Friday 7.0}

Karin {Flashback Friday 8.0}

Jana {Flashback Friday 9.0}

Emily {Flashback Friday 10.0}

Julie {Flashback Friday 13.0}

Lawren {Flashback Friday 14.0}

Els {Flashback Friday 15.0}

Pam {Flashback Friday 16.0}

Sylvia {Flashback Friday 17.0}

Merry {Flashback Friday 18.0}

Hazel {Flashback Friday 19.0}

To be eligible for the Prize Package you will need to leave comments for everybody that is a part of the Blog Hop AND link up your Black & White card for Flashback Friday 20.0!

For another chance, leave a comment on the Flashback Friday 20.0 post if you 'follow' the Flashback Friday blog or become a new follower!  The hop will be open for the duration of the Flashback Friday 20.0 challenge, which is THIS Friday, February 24th @ 11:59 pm Pacific.

Here's what's up for grabs:

Prize Package
Guest Designer for Flashback Friday 21.0
YOU get to pick the challenge for Flashback Friday 21.0

So let the fun begin!  

live simply. love much.


I've been having fun creating clean & simple cards:

When I saw Tui's card, I knew that I wanted to play along with the gals over at Our Creative Corner:

Black & White with a Splash of Color

Tui colored her bloom beautifully but I decided to go with paper piecing.  The Martha Snowflake Mat Stack has some great year round patterns...isn't that red geometric one perfect...the pattern is micro and FABulous for paper piecing!

I came across a new-to-me challenge site when I was checking out Julie Smith's blog, Paper and Such:

Catered Crop
Seeing Red Challenge

My sweet red bird is perfect for this challenge!

Paper and Such is the Sponsor for this challenge...Sue-Pah Fun!

Okay...onto super serious stuff here...

I know that I'm not alone in the frustration in the new {double} word verification that seems to have hit blogger:

I am not a robot.
I am just someone that wants to leave you bloggie 

 With well over 1,000 blogs in my Google Reader, I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of word verification.  

{True story, my DD asking me why I was squinting and turning my head funny...YUP, I was trying to decipher the letters on a &^%$ word verification...at this point, I'm thinking anything will help in trying to figure them out...LOL}

I absolutely LVE my time checking out blogs full of inspiration....but have strong opinions on word verification vs. comment moderation.

Don't even get me started on using my Google Reader via my phone...ugh, I could not begin to imagine what a nightmare THAT would be with this new verification system.  This is where I should insert that I do a majority of my blurfing on my iPod touch...like alotta blurfing....

So here's the deal...
  • Do you know that you have word verification ON?
  • Why not switch to Comment Moderation
  • Check HERE on how to Turn OFF word verification.  {{big shout out to the FAB ladies of Freshly Made Sketches for their post about word verification!!!}}
Have other concerns about turning off your word verification?  EMAIL me...let's chat about it.  

I could seriously go on and on about this but for the peeps that do NOT use Word Verification High Fives !  Not a fan of the new double word verification?  Squak about it...maybe with paper crafters uniting on this, Blogger will do something about it...

Thanks peeps...getting off the 'ole soap box now....