Monster Mash

Today I'm sharing another 2 Cute Rubber Stamps creation.  These images are just too adorable!  Have I been saying that a lot lately?!  :)  Seriously.  They are!  These two little guys made me smile every time I looked at them, so I had to put them on a card.  I think they'll be perfect for a Halloween creation later this fall too!

Don't forget to join in the current 2 Cute Challenge:  Anything Goes!  You can win free stamps!  :)

Stamps (2 Cute Rubber Stamps - Monster Mash, Paper Trey (sentiments) - Friends 'til the End & Birthday Basics sets)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP (Out of the Blue), SU Real Red textured CS, SU Tangerine Tango & Wild Wasabi CS, Copic blending paper
Ink - SU Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi
Accessories - SU oval punch, sponge, distressor, SU brights buttons, red twine, SU Real Red, Tangerine Tango & Wild Wasabi markers
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Today feels like Monday to me!  The weekend was a busy, yet fun, one and yesterday was filled with school orientations and recovering from the weekend!  I did manage to take the time to stamp a little yesterday, though, as I was in need of some quiet, creative time!

Today is the beginning of a new challenge over at 2 Cute Rubber Stamps!  The theme is "Anything Goes!"  Come join us!  You'll have the chance to win some free 2 Cute stamps!

I was in a bright yellow kind of mood when I sat down to stamp yesterday (to wake myself up...), so was immediately drawn to this adorable bee!  I'm thinking this little cutie will be fun to use on a Valentine, come February!

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Bumble Bee Cutie, digital stamp), Paper Trey (sentiment, Mixed Messages set)
Paper - Bo Bunny DP (Ad Lib), Copic Blending Paper, SU Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black DP, SU Real Red DP
Ink - SU Whisper White
Coloring - Copic markers
Accessories - red rhinestones, SU Boho Blossom & Scalloped Border punches, Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle), SU Basic Black marker (faux stitching), foam squares (popped up main image and sentiment pieces)

I also entered this card into the Mojo Monday Challenge #205.
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Happiness is…(one day late)

...white birthday cake.

...a loving family.

...a wonderful mother-in-love.


...sisters-in-love you feel completely comfortable with.

...a Nutter Butter Dairy Queen Blizzard.

...people who inspire you to be what you'd like to be.

...a date with DH.
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Simple Thoughts

Stamps - SU (Pocket Silhouettes set, So Happy for You set, sentiment)
Paper - SU Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight CS
Ink - SU Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Accessories - gemstones, SU Soft Suede marker

The days before the big birthday weekend are dwindling.  Just when I think I've got everything under control, I think of something else that needs done (or that I think needs done).  Funny how we get this idea in our minds of what will make things "just perfect" and then, when the big day finally arrives, we realize things would have turned out fine even if we hadn't gone to all the extra trouble!  Over the years (...after having children), I've learned a few things about going with the flow:

My floors aren't going to be scrubbed and shined before guests arrive.  Swept...yes.

I'm ordering the cake instead of attempting to decorate one myself the night before (with guests watching).

I did not make the invitations. (Gasp!  Did I really admit that?!)

Meals will be simple, not gourmet.

Cobwebs may or may not be visible.  That goes for dust bunnies too.

I will live in the moment and enjoy time with family and the excitement of it all!

So, taking my daily "chill pill," I stamped today.  Another simple card, but it's for someone that asked me to make a stack of simple "thinking of you" cards for her a while ago.  I think I like it enough to make a stack of them.  Before tomorrow night.  :)

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Today is my day to share a creation as a DT member over at 2 Cute Rubber Stamps!  It's so hard to choose just one of those adorable stamps to use when I start on a creation!  You should go take a peek at all the cuteness over there, I'm tellin' ya!  :)  While you're at it, check out the current Lace & Pearls Challenge!  You have nothing to lose by playing along!  You could win some free stamps, though!  The challenge ends next week on Monday night.

I just love this little cowpoke (a.k.a. cowboy) in all his happy-go-lucky sweetness!  He reminds me of my own little boys, although, so far, they haven't seemed to take an interest in cowboy things.  I think it's the freckles, the grin and the hair sticking out of the hat.  Gotta love it!

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Cowboy Kid, digital stamp), SU (Fabulous Phrases set)
Paper - SU Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso CS, Copic Blending paper, Cosmo Cricket DP (Wanted)
Ink - SU Early Espresso
Coloring - Copic Markers
Accessories - SU Vintage Brads, twine, SU jewelry tag, photo corner punches, Lifestyle Crafts (a.k.a. QuicKutz) star die, Nestabilities (circle), Stickles, SU Early Espresso marker (for faux stitching), foam squares (popped up star and main image circle)

I'm entering this into this week's Mojo Monday Challenge #204.
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Easy Does It

I'm in the midst of birthday party preparations!  It's good to take a break now and then, though, and stamping is my way to take a breather.  Keeping things simple today so I can jump back to the to do list as needed!  :)

Stamps - SU (Upsy Daisy set)
Paper - SU Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant CS
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - rhinestones, Martha Stewart punch (monarch butterfly), foam squares (popped up main image panel)

note:  the butterfly is actually purple even though the picture makes it look black-ish!

I'm entering this into this week's Clean & Simple Challenge (Partial Images) over at Splitcoast Stampers.
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Happiness is…

...riding in the car with the windows rolled down (and not worrying about your hair do).

...bright white, fluffy clouds against a brilliant blue sky.

...the ticking of a clock in a quiet room.

...helping someone in need.

...a home cooked meal.

...10 cent notebooks.

...creative time.
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The Great Cookie Experiment: Week 10

Today marks the tenth week of this cookie experiment and it will be the final regular post about cookies.  The next couple of weeks will be busy ones here on the home front, so any baking I do will be purely out of necessity!  I've got my meals planned for upcoming company and a little boy's birthday bash, so now I just need to get groceries and start the prep work before next weekend arrives!

Today's cookie recipe isn't an experiment.  It's a favorite recipe from my childhood that came to mind this morning as I was wondering what I felt like baking.  It sounded so good to me that I decided to make it and share it with you.  The name is absolutely true.  Believe me!

Delicious Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup oil (I use light olive oil)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup quick oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup Rice Crispies (or any off brand you have)
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Blend butter and oil.  Add sugars, egg & vanilla, beating well.  Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar & mix into above.  Lastly, stir in oatmeal, coconut, Rice Crispies and chocolate chips.  Make balls and press down slightly.  Put on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake 12 minutes.
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Friday Fun

I needed some unwinding time last night.  Yesterday yielded a cranky DS3 and my first attempt at raking the lawn with the mower.  I discovered I'm not as physically strong as I used to be.  I guess I'm not 20-something anymore!  Hehehe.  I'm thinking I need to get serious about preserving some muscle!  Time's a tickin'.

Anyway, one of the best ways for me to unwind is to color something.  I chose this adorable little dragon by Crissy Armstrong over at Whimsy Stamps.  The poor little guy burned his meal!  I'll bet he's used to that, though, as I'm not so sure dragon's have temperature control on their flames.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Sundays with Crissy:  K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stamper)
Whimsy Stamps:  Ribbons & Bows
Splitcoast Stampers:  Ways to Use It - Heat

We're off to town today to do some school shopping (& ice cream at the park)!  Only two weeks left of summer vacation!

Stamps - Whimsy (Bart's BBQ, Ticket Sentiments)
Paper - Copic Blending paper, SU Pacific Point, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight CS
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Basic Black
Coloring - Copic markers
Accessories - black rhinestones, SU red ribbon, sponge (used along edges of main image piece)

**Have a fantastic Friday!**
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