I can't believe that it's Thursday already. I've had a busy week. Sarah and I have done some shopping for Christmas. We've also done some outdoor lighting shopping. Today we got some lights for the bushes. Tim and I got ours out Tuesday and found that out of 12 we had 7 good sets. So Sarah and I got more. After we got those put on and plugged in, one set decided to partially go out. UGH! Today Sarah and I went out again to get a few more lights. We couldn't find a light up nativity so we got a pretty white angel with a trumpet. We put her together and anchored her into the ground with 4 metal stakes. Sarah said she had to have a name and named her Nora. So Nora, the angel is right outside my window. Did you know that she has twinkle lights?
Our house has the type of lights that go over the bushes, which is so easy to use. Sarah asked if we could put lights on the light post, so we told her she could be the one to do that. I think it looks very pretty.
This is the card I made for Tuesday's color challenge on SCS. The colors were daffodil, wasabi and gold.
This cute reindeer was stamped at Jan's house last Saturday. This was for the sketch challenge on SCS Wednesday. It is for my brother-in-law whose birthday is tomorrow. Happy Birthday Allen!
Isn't this the cutest idea? Archivers had this in their store ad. I'm going to try to make some of these for Christmas.
I saw this on FB and really liked it. With all the stuff that goes on this time of year with people being offended, by so many things, I had to post this. People need to grow up, get tougher skin and ignore what they don't like, like I do when they complain!! I am offended by them saying they are offended! Does that count for anything?
This cutey-pie was made for Monday's technique lovers challenge. You had to mix embossing powder with glitter. I added red stickles to make his body really sparkle.
Today when I volunteered with first graders, one came to me crying because the new pencil eraser that she got broke when she put it on her pencil. She had chewed and smashed the once round eraser end of the pencil flat. With it being flat, it was too big for the eraser top she added. The metal ripped the eraser. I had to try to scotch tape it back together to stop the tears. Remember these types of problems? I don't either. However, I know I had them. I'd trade this for any of the difficulties I've dealt with today wouldn't you? LOL
Blessing of the Day: Sarah and I shopped together and had a great time.
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Happiest Birthday to my sister Patty. She is an RN who lives in Columbus with her husband and two sons.
Here is a card I made today for a challenge on Splitcoast. I copied the layout and style of Linda who was the featured stamper today. Linda's card is the brown card next to mine.
This is my card for the Queen For The Day challenge on SCS. My card is on the left and Bev's is on the right.
This is one of the all time favorite Christmas Movies. I love the speech Linus gives.
Grace Anna was born with disabilities. She has shown quite an interest in singing with her mom. Here she is singing a few Christmas songs. I listen to her songs when I'm down. They will bring a smile to your face.
Friday night I stamped with Patti, my former assistant. She is Hope's sister. You know Hope, I sometimes tease her about having days off when she has to work.
Patti and I had fun making cards last night. We had to call Hope once to ask how to use the dies that Patti bought with her ornaments stamp set. We were told to use the stamp-a-ma-jig. We found two other ways to use the stamps and dies.
We cut out the shape and Patti inked up the stamps and turned them upside-down and set the paper ornament on top and pressed down.
The second way was once ornaments were stamped I used the die cuts to cut those shapes out on white cardstock. Next I took that piece with the hole and lined it up on the stamped image. Next we slid the die cut into the shaped area on top of the image and put it through the cuttlebug to cut it. Perfect every time! I tried to video this holding the camera in one hand and try to adjust the cut out over the stamped image. I hope you get the idea.
Here's a sweet picture of Annabelle on my bed looking so cute. She likes to sleep against us and keeps us warm. Most times Sarah has her, but once in a while I get her.
Annabelle's looking at her new toys trying to decide which one to pounce on. They have catnip in them.
Not too bad for a week at our place with Ben and Rachel in the room. The only time this is a delight to THIS mother is when they visit. LOL
Today I went to Jan's house and participated in a shoebox Christmas card swap. Here are the cards I got to make.
This is one of the cards I brought for the gals to make.
Tomorrow I will stamp with Jan M. after breakfast at a bagel place. Can't wait to stamp again!
Happy Thanksgiving to all! So much to be thankful for. The list goes on and on. I'm sure yours does too.
I'm so thankful for God in my life and all that He has blessed me with.
Thanksgiving is a time when we draw near as family. So glad Ben and Rachel are here.
It's been a while since I've written, but it's been fun having Ben and Rachel here.
They are sharing time between her parent's house and ours. We've let them make their own schedule and have told them they have a place to stay here whenever they want to. No pressure ya know?
I have found lately that things like Christmas lights on before Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sales beginning before Thanksgiving and ON Thanksgiving bother me a lot. We are losing the meaning of Christmas and Thanksgiving. We skip over Thanksgiving to get good deals on things we want but don't need. We've lost sight of the things that are important. Families this year had to deal with their loved ones working not in a hospital but retail. So sad that's the way this country is going.
God some cards made this week. This first card is for the color challenge, daffodil, baja and navy. I did an emboss resist technique. I love the glow it gives around the embossed image.
This is for the Teapotter's Challenge where we had to make a cake that will be going to another lady doing the challenge.
This is for the sketch challenge for this week. This bear is just darling!
Before I sign off, I've got to show you something I found today.
Blessing of the Day: Time with family.
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Ben and Rachel finally arrived in Cleveland and they went to her parent's house to celebrate her dad's birthday. They were dropped here a couple of hours later. It seemed like forever to wait for them knowing they were in Cleveland. I finally got to hug them and I only cried a few tears. LOL I have missed these two so much and am so happy they are here for the week. They will return home Saturday. They will be back for Christmas for an extended stay. Come January they will begin classes together in Austin. Thank you God for bringing by kids home to visit safely.
It didn't take long and Sarah, Ben and Rachel were in the kitchen, talking, laughing and eating like old times. Seems like they never left. So glad Ben and Rachel are here.
I have been busy working on cards. I finished a lot of Thanksgiving cards and some others as well. Here is one I did for Queen For The Day challenge. I forgot to add the red stickles to the wreath....oops.
I really liked this picture and text. It is so true. I'm going to enjoy Ben and Rachel's being here.
Heard this today and really liked it. Take a listen.
Blessing of the Day:Ben and Rachel are here!
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Today's been a weird day in a way. Tim had to work to fix a mail server. The server crashed Thursday so Tim had to overnight the part and fix it Friday. We had lunch, but after that the server began to give him problems. It affects the whole company because no one is getting their email. He stayed late Friday night, then began working from home Saturday. He ended up having to go to work part of Saturday. Tonight he worked on it more and it's still not fixed. So, he will spend his Sunday working on it. Some weekend huh?
He was supposed to do upgrading on another server, but he's got to fix this one before he begins any upgrade. All of this has to be done when people are out of the office so he works evenings or weekends. It's not all the time so we live with it.
Sarah got to see a movie with her friends, so she was gone for part of the day. It was weird being here alone. I guess I should get used to it. Next year when Sarah's gone, that's how my days will be with Tim at work.
I found these words on FB today. The first words are a reminder to all of us that what we think of ourselves isn't always true. I tend to be my own worst critic and am pretty hard on myself. Maybe you do that too.
I'm so glad I have God in my life to help me when things get hard.
This is something I try to remind myself. I've been better but I've also been worse and I'm thankful that I've been blessed. God needs to be a more important part of my life. Praying that will happen and I will work toward that.
Here are a few get well cards I made for my twin, Ann. The images are some my friend Jan let me stamp and cut out with her supplies. I colored them and put them in the new tree border I got. I can see me using this tree for lots of masculine cards. I found that it can be used for cute cards too.
This pig card flips and get well is on the back of the pigs. I'm trying to use up my retired stampin' up designer paper.
This is a Christmas card that was actually left over from another card I did. The square has a circle cut out of it. I used this to do a negative mask for another card. I added more needles on the outside of the ring and added stickles berries in red. I put the cardinals in the cut out. This was for the inspiration challenge today on SCS.
This is a card all the way from Ireland! Sabrina lives there. She was my secret card exchange person. Once a month at SCS we make a certain theme card and send it to the person we're assigned to send it to. You sign up to participate then you're told who your secret exchange person is. Thanks Sabrina for the card, the images and cute pink flowers you sent.
My daughter-in-law Rachel, took pictures of Phoebe then labeled them. I think this is just darling! My favorite is Zombie Phoebe! What's your favorite?
Take a look at this Piano Guys video. It's cool the number of people who are involved in it.
Ben and Rachel will be here in less than 24 hours. I can't wait!
Blessing of the Day:I got to Skype with Ben tonight.
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Well, I see this didn't post as it should so I had to manually post this.
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. I was 7 years old and remember being glued to the tv through the sadness of the shooting, the hospital and the funeral. It was a sad, sad time. Even as a 7 year old I felt sad. I didn't know him, but he was a dad and when I saw his kids I felt so sorry for them having to grow up without their dad. Do you remember where you were when you heard? I was in school almost finished with my day when my teacher turned the tv on so we could see what had happened. Keep in mind, 50 years ago we didn't have CNN, FOX or any of the internet news sources. We had limited tv choices and radio.
Sometimes it's fun just to put in silly pictures. I saw this on FB yesterday and loved it. I have my flavored coffee each morning and really enjoy it. I have either raspberry and chocolate or cherry chip chocolate coffee. Nothing like starting the day off with two of my favorite things: chocolate and coffee!
Isn't Phoebe the cutest kitty here? She often stands up like a merkat which looks adorable! She is Ben and Rachel's kitten. She looks so sweet. I can't wait to meet her at Christmas.
Isn't this the cutest little bear? I made him for my twin sister, Anne. She had a full knee replacement this past week. This is a flip card. When you open it the bear flips and you see Get Well. This is an inky antics stamp set. I wish SU made cute animal stamps like this.
Blessing of the Day: Dinner at Panera's with Sarah.
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