We All Scream for Ice Cream!

It's a hot one again today and we just had to stop and nab some ice cream on the way home from running errands!  What better way to cool off than to indulge in some cold, creamy sweetness!

I actually eeked out a little stamping time after lunch today too!  I found this adorable little penguin over at 2 Cute Stamps and played along with this week's Photo Inspiration Challenge!  Just looking at him and his three scoops of ice cream makes me feel better!

Stamps - 2 Cute Stamps (digi image), SU (sentiment, Fabulous Phrases)
Paper - SU Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant CS, Copic Blending Paper, Paper Trey white CS
Ink - SU Basic Black
Coloring - Copic markers
Accessories - Stickles (red), Crystal Effects (on ice cream), circle punches, Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle), foam squares (popped up main image circle and sentiment circles), paper piercer, rhinestones, SU eggplant grosgrain ribbon
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Fair Days

No mowing today.  DS3 has decided to skip the afternoon nap!  Tomorrow is another day.  :)

I thought I'd post a card I made last night while I have a moment!  I was playing along with Splitcoast Stampers' Featured Stamper Challenge.  I had to ink up this particular image because we bopped over to the county fair last week and had our share of cotton candy while there.  Along with a funnel cake and fresh lemonade...

Stamps - MFT (Sweet Greetings), SU (sentiment, Fabulous Phrases)
Paper - Copic blending CS, Paper Trey white CS, SU Sunny Garden DP, Anna Griffin Isabelle DP, SU Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink CS
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Poppy Parade (sponging & sentiment)
Accessories - SU button, foam squares (raised up main image panel), heart gemstones, bakers twine, sponge, Copic Spica pen (for sparkle on the cotton candy)
Coloring - Copic markers
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New Challenge

Happy Monday!

I'm dragging myself into the day today after staying up a bit too late last night!  I just swallowed the last bit of my coffee, so that should be kicking in soon.  I've got some painting to finish up this morning before it gets hot outside!  Remember this door?  I got the first coat of paint on and then it has been just patiently waiting out the heat & rain for its second coat!  I'll soon have an "after" picture for you, I promise!  After I'm done with that, I'm hoping I can get at least some of the mowing completed this afternoon!  The lawn is beginning to look like a prairie after the rains we've had!

Before I get to work, I wanted to share a new challenge blog with you that will be starting Wednesday, August 10.

There will be a new challenge every Wednesday.  If you've never explored Whimsy Stamps' blog and shop, you might want to!  I'm finding myself over there more and more.  They have stamps (both digital and rubber), dies, paper, embellishments and more.  Oh!  They have a rewards program too (as if I need any more encouragement).

Now I'm off to get my work done so I can play later!  :)
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The Great Cookie Experiment: Week 8

Cowgirl Cookies
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup M-n-M's
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  In large bowl, beat butter, egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar adn vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed.  Stir in flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Stir in candies, chocolate chips and pecans.

Roll dough into 1-1/2 inch balls.  On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls about 1 inch apart.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set (centers will be soft).  Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.  Store tightly covered.

Yield:  approx. 3 dozen cookies

Me - A (similar to monster cookies, but yet a bit different having pecans in them instead of peanuts)
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Summer Sweetness

Is it really Friday already?  Summer is up to its usual tricks with time.  We stocked up on fresh fruit yesterday since it's all so good this time of year!  I even purchased some sweet cherries since they are on sale right now!  DH planted a sweet cherry tree for me late this spring, but it will be a few years before we can enjoy the fruit.

I started coloring a sweet digital image of Crissy Armstrong's from Whimsy yesterday and finished it up in time to post it here, before the weekend arrives!  Be sure you check in on her DT call, if you're interested, as it ends this weekend!  Also, if you're in "need" of some cute digital stamps, make sure you go look at Whimsy Stamps before July 31st as they are all on sale right now!

Stamps - Whimsy (digital Gracie's Roses, by Crissy Armstrong, SU (Well Scripted, sentiment)
Paper - SU Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla CS, DCWV DP (Old World), SU DP (Newsprint)
Ink - SU Bravo Burgandy
Accessories - colored pearls, Sheer Shimmer Spritz, paper butterfly, sponge, SU ribbon, circle punch, Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle), foam squares, distressing tool
Coloring - Copic markers

I lightly sprayed Gracie's dress with the shimmer spritz to give it a bit of texture and sparkle.  I also added some to the butterfly.   I distressed the edges of the sentiment circle and the colored decorative paper.

I am entering this in Crissy's DT call as well as her monthly challenge (July:  de-stressing).
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Friday Favorite: Go Between

I couldn't resist posting about something dental related this week.  Afterall, it's a pretty big part of my life!  This has got to be my absolute favorite dental floss:  Johnson & Johnson Reach Gentle Gum Care Woven Floss!  It's not waxed, is gentle on the gums and really gets teeth clean in between!  Not everyone can use it (Teeth are too tight together sometimes or there are just too many rough edges from lots of dental work.), but I at least try it on every patient that sits down in my chair!

No, this is not a stamping or crafting product at all, but hey, if you don't like it, you might be able to use it like baker's twine!  :)  Just an idea.

"Floss the ones you wish to keep!"
(There.  I'll climb down off my soapbox now.)
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Ta Dah!

The new design is here!  There are still a couple things to finish up, but you get the idea of what things are going to look like around here now!  I liked my previous design, but it was time for a change.  I wanted something simpler and a bit more neutral.  Brianna helped me out this time and she is a GEM!  If you've ever thought about getting a makeover for your own blog, you should go check out some of her work!

In the meantime, for the next couple of days, let me know what you think.  Like I said, there are a couple of things left to finalize, but the overall look is up and running!

Enjoy the rest of your day!
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If you happen to notice anything odd showing up or disappearing on my blog, it's not your imagination!  :)  I'm in the process of a makeover.  Be prepared for a completely new look about to arrive on your computer screen.  That said, don't be surprised if one day you arrive and think you've somehow arrived at the wrong blog.  Enough suspense for you?!  I'm excited!!!!

**UPDATE (Tuesday, July 26):  It's getting very close now!!!  :)  **

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Ice Dream

With all the talk of Christmas in July both online and locally, I was reminded I still had some winter stamps to color and create with!  This image has been a favorite of mine ever since I discovered it a while back!  As a little girl, I always dreamed of being a figure skater.  I still love to watch the professionals, but I'm afraid if I tried any of their seemingly easy maneuvers now, I'd break something!  By golly, I can't even stop without aiming for the side walls!  Guess I didn't quite master that sport, did I?!  :)

I'm having fun working on winter cards while it's summer!  I can be such a procrastinator and this felt rather liberating to be working on a winter card long before I'll be needing it!  :)  I'm submitting this little gal for Crissy's DT call that is about to wrap up on Sunday!  I've had so much fun playing along and I can't wait to see what Crissy creates in the days ahead!!  Such a talented artist and I'm glad I happened upon her website!  I didn't realize she had one, but now I'm hooked!

Stamps - Whimsy (Winter's Joy, by Crissy Armstrong), SU Fabulous Phrases
Paper - Paper Trey white CS, Basic Grey DP (Two Scoops), SU Basic Gray, Brushed Silver CS
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Basic Gray
Accessories - sponge, Prima flowers, rhinestone brads, circle punch, linen thread, SU Basic Gray ribbon
Coloring - Copic markers
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Happiness is…

...sweet, ripe peaches in the summer.

...rain after a dry spell. afternoon nap.

...freshly planted flowers.

...sunshine through a window.

...the flight of a butterfly.

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