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Creativity in a Whirlwind Week


Supplies:
Stamps - SU Silhouette Sentiments, A Word for You (sentiment)
Paper - Paper Trey white, SU Real Red, Crumb Cake CS
Ink - SU Real Red
Accessories - white floral buttons, bakers twine, SU label punch, sponge

This is the only card I was able to get made this week and it was during the first part of the week.  I just didn't have the time to post all the details and such!  Plus, I needed to wait a couple days, anyway, as I know the recipient visits my blog now and then!  :)

We've had guests since Tuesday afternoon!  We've actually had two rounds of company, with one day (Thursday) to change the beds and prep for the second round.  Now we have guests until Monday morning.  I thought I'd get this card posted while I have a free moment.  Grandparents are here and have taken the older two boys shopping while our youngest is napping.  DH is project planning and I'm catching up on a few things while the house is quiet!  It's funny that when life slows way down for an hour or so it's hard to downshift!

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Friday Favorite: Shiny Mirrors

I grew up with Watkins products. My aunt and uncle got my parents started on them and that was that. I still love their quality spices, vanillas and extracts and use them regularly in my cooking.

More recently, they've added some new products to their cleaning product line and I decided to give their window cleaner a try as I've been wanting to find something other than Windex to clean with. I purchased the Aloe and Green Tea scent and I really like it! Wow!

I also tried the lavendar scent and, while I did like it, this aloe and green tea is my favorite!

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Photo of the Week

I am loving the return of the birds!  It's so nice to step outside and hear them happily singing away in the mornings!  I'm not much of a bird watcher yet, so I'm asking those of you who are to help me identify this pretty little bird!  Anyone know?  It's blue, my favorite color!  I was so excited and hoping it wouldn't fly away while I tiptoed away to get my camera!

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Happiness is…

...the sight of farmers working in the fields in the spring.

...seeing the smiles on your children's faces, welcoming you home, when you've been away all day.

...a road trip on a sunny day.

...an ice cold Dr. Pepper.

...a good night's sleep.

...the sparkle in a person's eyes when they are describing something they enjoy &/or love.

...quietness within.

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Friday Favorite: Envelope Deals


I love to find a good deal on things that I use regularly.  I happened upon this website this week and got my order in one day!  What service!  To get the best deal, you need to buy in bulk, but I use up my envelopes pretty quickly these days!  I ordered white and red ones this time.  There are more colors to choose from, but I'm waiting until Halloween and other occasions before I order others.  I have limited space in my craft room, you know!  :)

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Lollipop, Lollipop

What child doesn't like brightly colored candy?!  I still do and I'm supposedly all grown up!  :)  Today's card was inspired by the SCS Ways to Use It Challenge, to use our "sweet" stamps.  What fun!

Supplies:
Stamps - SU Fabulous Phrases (sentiment), Inkadinkado Sweet Tooth set
Paper - Paper Trey white
Ink - SU Real Red, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - SU markers, Crystal Effects, Diamond Stickles
I alternated the Crystal Effects and Stickles on the lollipops.

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Spring’s Silent Entrance

I can't say spring is arriving with much pomp and circumstance around here.  It's been cool and dreary several days lately with a day of sunshine and wind mixed in for good measure.  It's when things don't look so spring like that I go looking for evidence of the season!  I love spring and summer because they inspire me to get my camera out and clicking again!  Here's what I found:

There's nothing like nature to remind us that even when everything else seems so hopeless & dreary, there's a greater work being done behind the scenes if we only stop and notice.

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Simply Sorry

So sorry it's been quiet here lately!  Things have just seemed busier than normal on the home front the last week or so!  We had a college graduation reception to attend over the weekend and it was a few hours away, meaning we spent the weekend away from home.  Yesterday was a catch up kind of day with laundry, etc.  You know how it is when you get home from a trip (especially with three children)!  :)

Needless to say, I'm having to dust some cobwebs from my mojo and started out this week with a very simple sympathy card that evolved into two different looks.

Look #1:
Supplies:
Stamps - SU Silhouette Sentiments, Thoughts & Prayers (sentiment)
Paper - Paper Trey white
Ink - SU Marina Mist, Bashful Blue
Accessories - Nestabilities (oval), sponge


Look #2:

Supplies:
Stamps - SU Pocket Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers (sentiment)
Paper - Paper Trey white
Ink - SU Bashful Blue, Basic Gray
Accessories - Nestabilities (oval), sponge

Keeping things simple today.  Hoping for better mojo tomorrow!  :)

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Friday Favorite: Hydration

I love it when I actually succeed at drinking plenty of water in a day's time.  Unfortunately, I many times just plain forget to drink enough!  Problem solved.  I found this great insulated cup last week at a local store on sale for a great price and have been drinking my water faithfully ever since!


The selling features:

1.  The straw.  There's something about drinking out a straw that makes any beverage go down that much faster!  Am I the only one that notices this?

2.  The color.  When it comes to healthy things, I'm big into blues and greens.  There was no blue available (my first choice), so I picked this green color.

3.  It's see through.  I like seeing my progress.  If my water is more than half gone, I drink the rest all at once just so I can refill it!  :)

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Magnolia Lovers Blog Candy!

With spring break in full swing around here and rainy weather keeping us all indoors, I'm having some difficulty trying to accomplish the daily to do's around here!  :)  Stamping isn't getting done, but I did happen upon this wonderful blog candy!  It ends Saturday (April 30), so if you like Magnolia stamps as much as I do, you'd better head on over and get signed up for your chance to win right now!

Until I return to post some kind of creation, enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!  :)

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Happiness is…

...a freshly baked Panera Cinnamon Crunch bagel at 6:30 in the morning with a latte.  Mmmmm!

...sunshine after a rain.

...Peanut Butter Captain Crunch.

...freshly picked dandelions.

...love notes from my children.

...a good workout.

...the smell of freshly mowed grass.

...quiet Sunday afternoons.

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Friday Favorite: Be Inspired.

I need inspiration when it comes to scrapbooking.  I think once or twice a year I get serious about the whole scrapbooking process and really crank out some pages, but the rest of the year my scrapping days are easily counted on one hand.  Two if I'm lucky.  I want to change that this year.  I love the scrapbooking process:   the creativity, the reliving of memories, the nitty gritty details that go down on paper.  I always fall back on the ole, "I'm so busy!  I've got so many other responsibilities to juggle!" excuse.  Really, that's all it is...an excuse.  It's more a matter of managing myself, not my time.  I can find the time.  That much is obvious to me.  Changing my ole habits is another story.

This week, I discovered some scrapbooking inspiration that I am absolutely excited about!  Something that I can definitely see myself following along with!  I've started a creativity binder for my craft projects and my plan is going into action.  Today.

Here's the montly inspirational prompt site that I'm going to be following:


For planning my projects, I found a printable worksheet here!

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