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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Anniversary Cuteness

I wanted to get my first 2 Cute Rubber Stamps DT card finished up last night and posted for you this morning, but time wasn't in my favor.  We just got home from a 5-day vacation up in Michigan and we're still trying to catch up here at home from that!  The laundry is almost done, but the sleep schedules for three little boys are not quite back to normal yet.  Nor is mine.  We're getting there, though!

Technically, I didn't need to post my first 2 Cute creation until next week, but I couldn't resist playing with this adorable little cake image.  (Secretly, I'm a little late on a couple anniversaries in the family.)  Isn't this a cutie?!  The inside reads, "happy anniversary and many more to come!"

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Wedding Cake, digital stamp), SU (A Word for You, inside sentiment)
Paper - SU Brushed Silver and Pretty in Pink CS, Gina K white CS, SEI DP (White Elegance)
Coloring - Copic Markers (C1, C3, C5, R20, R22)
Accessories - silver & white pearls, Nestabilities (squares, scalloped squares), foam squares (popped up main image and hearts), SU heart & ticket corner punches, SU white ribbon
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Happy News!

I'm so excited to tell you I am now part of 2 Cute Rubber Stamps' Design Team!  I'm extremely excited to get to play with such adorable stamps and a wonderful team!  2 Cute's Design Team blog has a Challenge every couple of weeks and lots of inspiration, so be sure and check it out when you get a chance!  A new challenge (Lace and Pearls) just started this week!

Now off to stamp...
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The Great Cookie Experiment: Week 9

M-n-M Cookies
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mini M-n-M candies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the mini M-n-M's. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.
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Friday Feature

I'm switching gears on Fridays!  I had an idea come to me that I think will be fun for everyone!  I'm going to feature a blog each week that I happen to come across in my blog wandering.  Everyone likes to have their blogs mentioned and receive comments, so if you have the time and are up to it, go ahead and leave a comment on the featured blog of the week just for fun!  :)

This week's spotlight blog:  Amy's Creative Pursuits

She just happens to be this week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I came across her blog and love the mixture of posts she has!  You should see her garden!  I could go sit there for days just taking it all in!  I can't imagine all the work that has gone into it over the years!  I'm so impressed!  As for her cards, they are so cute!  Go take a look for yourself and leave a comment while you're there!  :)
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Summer Defined

I don't know about you, but summer is coming to a close much too quickly for my liking!  I was thinking about summer and what it means to our family today and came up with a few things I think could summarize it for us.

Summer is sparklers and sprinklers.

Summer is lightning and thunder.

Summer is late nights and slowed down mornings.

Summer is discovering where we forgot to rub on the sunscreen.

Summer is vacation time.

Summer is mud.

Summer is bike rides and leisurely family walks.

Summer is fresh picked blueberries.

Summer is sand between our toes.

Summer is a blink that happens so quickly you can hardly tell the difference between where it began & where it ended.

What defines your summer?
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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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