Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fluffles cracks me up... I thought he would be perfect for todays get cracking challenge. Ive had this crackled background for about 2 yrs now and I think Ive used it once!LOL! I bought b/c I love the cracked glass look but Ive never been able to get it "just right". I colored fluffles using gamsol magic and stamped over the image with the crackled background inked in close to cocoa. I also stamped the background on the kiwi kiss and pacific point panels. All edges are sponged with close to cocoa. I added silver brads, kiwi kiss ribbon, and the new felt flurries for my embelshiments. I love the felt flurries!!
Well we're off to get ready for trick or treating since our town is doing it tonight b/c we have a football game tommorrow night. Im ssooooo ready for this month to be over with so I can finally breathe!LOL! Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Your neck of the woods

Today is the 200th sketch challenge and I got a chance to play before we go to the fall festival at the church tonight.
Ive had these images colored from H&M stamps Gday mate colored (gamsol magic) for quite awhile waiting to be put on a card. I went to my fave site for SU color combos and put in so saffron and creamy caramel. This is one of the color combos it pulled up sahara sand, buckaroo blue, so saffron, and creamy caramel. I love it! Perfect for this safari card! I didnt want to girlie it up to much so I added some stitching instead of ribbon.
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Miracle from above

When I got home today and saw todays colors (kiwi kiss, pixie pink, and pumpkin pie) I couldnt pass it up!!LOL! A teacher I work with found out today that she is having a girl so I made this card for her. I love this KI memories dp and it had all the colors from todays challenge in it.

I used a set from H&M called Miracle from above. I love this set!!! A great baby set! I colored the images using gamsol magic and outlined with copic cool gray no.1 marker. I used Jens sfytt for my layout-a fun sketch!! I added pink ribbon I got from Joanns for $0.50. I also added some piercing in the corners and along the side.

Im really happy with how this card turned out and I hope she loves it!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Batty for Cupcakes

I love this dp!! I cant believe this is the first time Ive used this new ghostly greetings dp! Its so cute. I made this card for Taylors cupcake challenge. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew what I wanted to do. I had to move one of the strips to get my card the way I wanted but I love how it turned out....and its a SUO card!! Its been forever since I made one of those!! This batty for you set was my FAVE last year so I had to give it some love this halloween.
I sat down yesterday getting all my halloween cards ready to mail out (local that is I mailed the out of town ones last week) and I realized I still need 8 more halloween cards by Friday!LOL! They are mainly for the kids teachers(6 of them) so they can be hand expect to see some more halloween cards this week!LOL!
Dont you love when you have a perfect day!?!? We had one yesterday! I love it when that happens. We met my Mom for lunch and went shopping and got the kids halloween costumes (yes Im a procrastinator) I planned to make their costumes this year and ran into trouble finding the outfits I need for them so we went to plan B. I still didnt pay the $20-35 they are asking for halloween costumes!! (I'll share the pics Sat) okay back to my day...(I get sidetracked so easily!LOL!) after we went shopping we came home and the spent the day playing games (old maid, go fish, etc.) and when Danny got home we built a fire and roasted marshmallows and hotdogs. The kids LOVED it!LOL! Well all except Brayden he was not too fond of his burnt marshmallow!LOL! He said it was disgusting!!LOL! As I was kissing the kids good night last night Alana grabbed and told me she had the BEST day!!! I went to bed with the biggest smile on my face last night. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fs90 Friendly Scarecrow

As I was posting this card this morning I realized Ive been on a whipper snapper kick!LOL!
Todays featured stamper is Kay aka speedystamper! Congrats Kay!! Kay has a great gallery!! I cased her card here. I really like the clean simple layout. I colored this super cute scarecrow using gamsol magic and outlined with copic warm gray no. 1 marker. I used textured cs instead of stamping. I loved the strip of cs and button at the top of her image so I HAD to include it but I moved it to the bottom. I had fun making this card. This scarecrow is sooo cute that you cant help but smile!LOL!
Im trying out a new photo editing program so let me know what you think about the pic!
Ive been busy these past few days so I havent had time to post or stamp! I had to work Thursday and Friday and we were busy both nights so no stamping time! (pout!!) We had another football game yesterday and Braydens team didnt do so well!LOL! I think they lost 26-12. Brayden still had a blast and he was a great sport! Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hitchin a ride

Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride
Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride
A thumb goes up, a car goes by
Oh, won't somebody stop and help a guy?
Hitchin' a ride, hitchin' a ride
Been away too long from my baby's side
Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride
Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride
This poor kitty looks like he wishes he werent hitchin a ride!LOL! I love this adorable image from Whipper snapper! It was so fun to color and you know I love to color!LOL!
I made this card for todays sketch challenge. The image was larger than I thought it was so I had to adjust it a little. I made it look like the witch was flying onto the card. The dp I used is some Ive had for awhile from Paper Studio.
My super sweet firend and fellow Libra Lori's bday was yesterday so I wanted to wish her a happy bday on my blog!! Happy Birthday girlie!!!! Hope you had a great bday dinner last night!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Friends and Lattes

Im not a coffee drinker but I love sentiments in this set from Treehouse stamps. I think the polka dot cup is cute too! I made this card for todays color challenge. Pink pirouette, kiwi kiss, and choc chip are the colors for today.

I colored the coffee image using the gamsol magic technique. I used copic warm gray no.1 to ground my image. I made my dp using the coffee bean stamped tone on tone on kiwi kiss and added tri-dots with my choc chip marker. The chocolate satin ribbon is from Joanns. The prima is one Ive had forever! I got them from Eclectic Paperie. I colored the prima w/copic marker and the color really looks off in the pic for some reason. The layout is this weeks OCC sketch challenge.

After we finally got to FL we had a fabulous time! The trip there took ALL day!LOL! We had probs with our car about an hour from home. So we spent 1/2 the day at a garage. I was so proud of the kids for being so good with having to sit for sooo long! Saturday made the whole trip! We went and watched the sun set on the beach and the kids were running along the beach and finding shells. They had a blast and I took LOTS of pics!LOL! Have a great day!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Penguin Snowman

I love Percy and his penguin snowman! Isnt he so cute?!!?
I made this card for yesterdays limited supply challenge and this is what happens when Im in a hurry!LOL! Okay so I started this card for the challenge but I hit a few bumps in the road!LOL! When I read the challenge the first thing I thought of was the wintergreen dp and Percy! I knew the wintergreen dp had soft sky in it. So I colored Percy builds frosty w/copic markers. I paper pieced his scarf and hat. Well I knew we could use only one piece of dp but I forgot we could only use ONE side of the dp! Ooopss!! Then I realized the design I used didnt even have soft sky in it!LOL! I used my fave simple layout since the image is large.
We are in FL and I dont have internet but I'll be back to check in on Sunday! Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Belated RAKS

Im really behind on posting RAKS so while Im away (in Panama City FL) I thought I would share them with you. All the RAKS posted below were sent to me for the week I was featured stamper!

The first card is from the super talented and super sweet dirty girl Denise aka peanutbee. Isnt it the cutest!!! If you've never visited Denises blog you are missing out!! She is an amazing stamper and you DD creations this month are outstanding!!

Click here to visit Denise's blog. Thanks so much for this AWESOME card Denise (and for the other *wink*!)

The next card is from the super sweet Cindy aka mothermark. For those of you that dont know Cindy makes a card each week based on the theme of the FS. Well mine was Frogtastic!LOL! Cindy made this card as a tribute to my Grandmother also! Cindy I love this card and I have it in an album with the other card you sent me! Thanks so much!! To visit Cindys blog click here .
This last card is from Judi Rose aka jovialjudi. You can visit Judi's gallery here. I love the raindots and bling Judi used on her card and the frog image is just too cute! Thanks Judi!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Mama!!!

Ive told her happy bday and gave her a card but I wanted to give her a big shout out here on my blog since I wont see her until Monday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA! I'll be sweet and leave off exactly what bday shes celebrating in hopes she will do the same for me next week!LOL!

To my bestest friend, my shopping companion, my stamping buddy! Love you to pieces and pieces!!! Hope you had a fabulous day! Feel better! See you Monday!

The Black Crowes

Are you a fan club memeber?!? If not you are missing a fantastic gallery this month! Everything was AWESOME!! I cant even remeber the last time I did one of the DD challenges but I love this months theme so I decided to play today!

Meet Cawnie and Cawrly the new memebers of the Black Crowes!LOL! The CT this month is music and everytime I look at this adorable HH image I think about the band the Black Crowes. I got this super cute HH image from my friend Lori! (waving) Thanks girlie!! I colored the image using gamsol magic and outlined the image with copic cool gray no.1. I also used the DD sketch for this month for my layout. I stamped my fave background flannel plaid tone on tone for todays ways to use it challenge. I also played along with the HH challenge this week which is stitching which brings me to a question....Why is it the last thing you add to your card is always the things that messes up!??!!!LoL! As I was putting my card together I remebered the HH stitching challenge so I decided to add some faux stitching and everything was already attached so I was very careful when piercing! I only messed up once! Well I got a new black pen that I *thought* would be great for faux stitching well turns out not so much!LOL!

We are heading out to Panama City tommorrow for our Fall break! I will be back Monday but I do have some posts schedule for you while Im away. Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How are Roo?!?!

Gday Mate! The sentiments in this set are so cute to me! I love them! This image reminds me of Kanga from Winnie the Pooh!LOL!
I love todays sketch mainly b/c I was able to make a card with it I really like!LOL! That usually helps me to decide if I like the sketch or not. And..I got to use my new Nesties this morning! Yaayyy!!! Im so glad to be back on my regular morning stamping routine this morning! So onto the card.....
I colored the kangaroo image from H and M stamps Gday Mate using gamsol magic. I outlined the image with copic warm grey no. 1 marker. The first thing I thought of when I looked at the sc this morning was using the strip at the bottom for grass so I went with it. I didnt know what colors I wanted to use with close to cocoa and kiwi kiss this morning so I went to my fave CC site and pulled up combos with these two colors. I found one with bordering blue and decided to use it. I cant even remeber the last time I used bordering blue and I thought it would look good behind the image kinda like the sky. I also added in kraft just b/c I love kraft!LOL! I really like how the card turned out!
PS Have anyone ever broke their B plate using the Nesties?!?! I was embossing this morning and I heard a loud crack! I thought I had broke my cuttlebug (sobbing!!) but I broke the 2nd b plate! Yikes!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Ive been a very bad blogger but what else is new!?! Ive been tagged lately by a few super sweet bloggers. Thanks Christine, Vicky, and Lori. Thanks ladies sorry its taken me forever!LOL!

Okay so 7 random things about me.....

1. I love watching cartoons with my kids especially Disney cartoons, Flinstones, Scooby doo and Smurfs. Its so fun they like all the cartoons I did when I was a kid mainly b/c I dont let them watch alot of the cartoons on now! Alana went through a Strawberry shortcake phase and I actually found a doll last year that was just like a doll I had when I was little! When you squeeze her tummy she blows strawberry kisses! Madison went through a Care Bear phase and I think she has just about every Care bear and cousing they make!LOL! I love having girls!!!LOL!

2. I shave my arms! Most people dont laugh when I tell them but its actually a funny story! Okay so Im a pretty hairy person! I hate it! I blame my Mama! The family joke is if my Mom would have eaten one more banana when she was pregnant with me I would have had a tail! This was my Dads response the first time he seen me!LOL! Not something you want told to your boyfriend when youre 16!LOL!...okay so on w/the it was the night before my wedding and me and my two best friends were at my house hanging out having a little wine and playing around and one of my girlfriends dared the other two of us to Nair our arms. Yes very childish but what can I say we were drinking wine!LOL! So we did it! BIG mistake!LOL! My dress was long sleeves and by the time I finally got out of my dress I had a big rash on both arms! Very painful and it still left patches of hair on my arm!!LOL! So after the rash finally went away I had to do something b/c I still had patches and it looked ridiculous and there was nooo way I was going to use Nair again!!LOL! So I just shaved them and Ive been doing it since!

3. I had to have kidney surgery when I was 5 yrs old and my roommate in the hospital was a boy named Shannon Rooks (my maiden name is Brooks) and we were in kindergarten together the next year!LOL!

4. My nickname at a bar I used to work at was Bubbles!LOL!

5. I love drummers!LOL! Ive always had a thing for them and now Im married to one!

Man this is hard......

6. When I was a teenager I used to have a wooden day bed and I would lay under it and talk on the phone with my friends well...I started doodling one night (you know typical stuff like Gwen and Shannon BFF or I love ___)under it and I just kept doing it!LOL! So when we moved the bed out for a full size bed you should have seen my Moms face!LOL! I laugh thinking about it now!LOL!

7. My dad used to drive a tractor trailer and I loved going with him! We used to have so much fun!!! He used to haul dirt, rocks and sod and one of his friends had a daughter my age and we always went with them and would play and on the rocks and dirt after they were dumped out of the trailer!

Okay so 7 things you probably could have lived without knowing about me!LOL! I'll be back tommorrow to post some RAKS Im so behind on posting! Have a great night!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cookies for Anne

Congrats to Anne Ryan todays featured stamper! I cased Annes card here. I changed the image to H & M's Christmas is the time for cookies and used H & M's color and sketch challenge. I colored the image using gamsol magic. I also used some new pencils I got from HL last week Lyra skin tones. Im still playing with these trying to get it "just right I used my sakura gold pen to color in the plate b/c I didnt like the way the gold prismacolor pencil made it look. I sponged all the edges using brilliance galaxy gold. 2 cards in a row w/gold! I used my new Scor pal (Thanks Mom!) to make the grid background. The sentiment is from H & M's All I want for Christmas. For the inside of the card I stamped the cookie image and colored I sponged the edges of the vanilla cs w/galaxy gold also.
Ive been in a slump the past couple of weeks and Ive been trying to stamp but everythings ended up in the trash. Things are kinda a mess on the homefront right now and its affecting my mojo! Ive said before that my blog is my "Happy place" and I dont like sharing negative here so its been hard for me to blog lately. So sorry Ive been MIA alot lately.
On a happier note the kids had a game yesterday and Brayden scored a touchdown. He was so cute! He got the only TD of the game! Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A child is born

Ive missed stamping!!! I was so happy to sit back at my stamp table this afternoon even though it took me 2 hrs to get this card made. If I dont stamp everyday it takes me awhile to get back into my groove KWIM!?!?
I made this card for todays sketch challenge although I dont think I followed the sketch completely (shhh! Dont tell the challenge police!LOL!) I used H & M's A child is born. I love this set and I cant wait to play more with it! I colored the image with prismacolor pencils and blended w/gamsol. I also went over the straw with my gold sakura pen so it sparkles a little. The saffron layer is wheeled with the jumbo stars wheel tone on tone. I thought the wheel went perfect with the sentiment! I also pulled out some gold embellishments for this card. I rarely use gold Im more of a silver girl myself but I think gold goes better on this card.

Okay now onto the fun stuff.....The blog candy winner is......Lucky #13!! Carla (cmsuto)!! Carla said: My favorite Halloween treat is Dark Chocolate M&Ms. Used to be Halloween was the only time they sold them. That may have changed but I reserve this special treat for Halloween! Congrats Carla email me your snail mail address @

I enjoyed reading everyones comments and be sure to come back by on Nov. 1 for our next blog hop!! And now I have a special treat for EVERYONE! Heather has just announced a SALE!! A permanent one!! Have a great day!

Monday, October 6, 2008


Sorry Ive been MIA. I had a crazy LOOONNNGGG week! Super busy! I had to ride the bus w/the pre-k kids which meant I had to get up and be at the school to load the kids on the bus by 7:15 and it was almost 4 before I got home. I didnt event think about stamping(Gasp!)LOL! 20 prek students will take it out of you!LOL! But on Friday afternoon my husband made my day!! We got a blessing and went out to celebrate! Saturday the kids had a football game and Braydens team lost (pout!). He actually had to sit out part of the game b/c the teams were uneven. I was so proud of him for being such a sport about it! The girls went home w/their Nana and me and Brayden went SHOPPING and had a great afternoon just me and him!! Sunday we just layed around the house watching movies and coloring! I have to work again tommorrow but I will be a stamping maniac come Wed!!

I will be back tommorrow to announce the blog candy winner! Thanks for everyones sweet comments! Looks like just about everyone loves candy corn or caramel apples!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Oct Blog Hop

Today is the first day of H & M's blog hop and a chance for you to win some goodies!!!

Those of you who visit my blog might remeber this post where I found these super cute treats at the dollar store. There are several different test tubes templates/instructions out there in blogger land but none of them were what I needed b/c I wanted to show off the label and tops of the candy since they were my fave part. I just think they are soooo cute! I made 3 of these one for each of my kiddos. So would you like some instructions....I really tried to do a tutorial but I ran into some issues! Sorry! If you have any questions about the instructions please feel free to email me ( I have to work tommorrow so it will be after school before I will be able to respond).


10 x 5 1/2" cs for box
1" circle punch
red line tape
2 1/2 x 5 1/2" cs white ( I used PTI white)
scor-pal or any scoring tool.

Score your 10 x 5 1/2" cs at 1", 3", 5 1/2", and 7 1/2". Fold all score lines. This will be your box. Your white cs will be your stabilizer to keep your test tubes from rocking back and forth. I scored mine 1/4" on each side of the 2 1/2". If you dont have a good sturdy cs you might choose to use 2 of these. Punch 4 circles using your 1" circle punch. After punching your circles on your white stabilizer trace the circles on the top of your box (2 1/2") to make sure your circles will line up. Attach the flaps of the 2 1/2" white stabilizer to the inside of the box using red line tape. I put mine about halfway. Add red line tape to the 1" flap and attach to the inside of the box. Decorate your box! Easy peasy! I added glue dots to the bottom of my test tubes to help them not move around b/c they were pretty top heavy!LOL!

woosh(wiping brow!) Hope I explained this easy enough for you guys! Okay now onto the goodies...For my blog candy Im giving away H & Ms fright night set along w/some goodies!! A "gift" card, candle, some yummy halloween ribbon, and crystal stickles! To enter tell me your fave halloween treat!! Mine is caramel apples! Love them!!! Blog candy drawing will be Oct. 7 and you can enter here once per day for my blog candy! Have a great day! Check out what the other H & M Dt memebers have for you today by clicking on the links and you can enter to their blog candy too!!!

~Tracy (
~Carolina (
~Julia (
~Nancy (
~Neva (
~Debbie (
~Sarah (
~Heather (
~Janette (