Friday Favorite: Picture Addiction

I'll admit it.  I love pictures.  Up until a couple years ago, though, I had all my pictures stored in their original store envelopes, not in any particular order.  I came across the book called, Photo Freedom and was instantly hooked on the concept!  Today, I am proud to say that my pictures are organized and ready to scrapbook whenever I have the time and energy!  Don't worry, I am limiting myself to fifteen of these albums.  When they are full, I must either purge or scrapbook!  :)  Thanks, Stacy Julian!

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Simply Adorable

I'm thankful for some stamping time this afternoon!  It seems like this week has been a busy one with appointments on the calendar.  I think we're finally done!  Whew!

Today's Ways to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use felt.  I'd forgotten about some cute felt stars that I had stashed away for scrapbooking!  I love that this card only uses four products!  :)

Stamps - SU Warm Words set
Paper - Paper Trey white
Ink - SU Marina Mist
Accessories - Making Memories felt stars (Oliver)

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Caffeinated Humor

As I said in my previous post, I really like coffee themed cards, so when I discovered this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use humor on a card, I couldn't resist getting a little coffee humor in!  I hope you don't mind!

Stamps - Totally Stampalicious
Paper - kraft cardstock, SU Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Tempting Turquoise cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush & Tempting Turquoise
Accessories - Nestabilities (Labels 10), SU 1" & 1.25" circle punches, Cuttlebug embossing border, SU buttons (Brights Collection), sponge, foam squares (to raise coffee mugs up a bit), twine

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Starting the Week Off Right

We took a mini family trip this weekend just to get away.  With three little ones, our trips aren't extravagant, by any means.  We keep things simple and just enjoy ourselves!  The older boys got to go swimming at our motel, DH went bike shopping and found one and I got to go to Archiver's!  Woohoo!  I've been asked to make an album for my grandfather who recently moved to an assisted living facility.  He has lots of photos of family from over the years and the photos are sitting in two shoe boxes right now.  I found a 3-ring album and some photo sleeves at Archiver's that should make it pretty easy to put an album together for him!

Today's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers this week is Neva and she has a wonderful gallery!  I CASE'd this card.  I love cards with a coffee theme!

Stamps - Flourishes (Coffee with Friends set), Elzybells (Cool Beans set, sentiment)
Paper - SU Real Red, Tempting Turquoise cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Accessories - Cuttlebug embossing folders, SU polka dot ribbon, SU button (from Brights collection), Nestabilities (Labels 14), Copic Spica pens (added sparkle to the heart and flourish on the cup), red twine, foam squares

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Good Luck Charm

I have a little Irish in me somewhere in my family history.  My great grandmother on my mother's side had red hair, from what I'm told.  My own hair has red highlights in it if you look very closely in bright sunlight.  Our two oldest sons had hints of red in their hair for a few months after they were born, but now are pretty much blondies.  I consider myself mostly Swedish with a mix of German, English & Bohemian.  Needless to say, I don't put much effort into St. Patrick's Day.  I had fun making this card today, though, for Splitcoast Stamper's Free for All Challenge to use our "lucky" things to make a card.

Stamps:  SU So Happy For You set
Paper:  SU Wild Wasabi, So Saffron cardstocks
Ink:  SU Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  SU scalloped border, oval, modern label & 3/4" circle punches, gemstones, Diamond Stickles, Cuttlebug dot embossing folder, foam squares (raised sentiment and clovers)

Finished card size = 4.25 inches x 4.25 inches

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Friday Favorite: Sweet Indulgence

Casey's cake doughnut with caramel frosting...and sprinkles

I really think coffee and sweets encourage the consumption of each other.  Today is a classic case for me.  For some reason, while my coffee was brewing at breakfast time, I had this vision of a doughnut come floating through my head.  Why doesn't something like an apple or yogurt associate itself with freshly brewed coffee?  So many times, when I have coffee, I find myself dreaming of something sweet to go with it.  The reverse is true too.  When I have something deliciously sweet or rich (Think, "Chocolate!"), I find myself dreaming of a hot cup of coffee to go with it!  I'm thinking about writing an adult version of the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (not really).  It would be entitled If You Give an American a Coffee.  How many of you out there find yourself associating two foods/drinks with each other?  The same goes for pizza/soda and popcorn/soda for me, although, I'm doing much better these days at convincing myself that these don't have to be consumed together!

Today, I gave in.  Today, I will be having a longer appointment with my treadmill to work off the extra 350-400 scrumptious calories.  Life is good.  It really is!  :)

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Overdue Thank You’s

I am so behind on my thank you cards lately!  I've always liked to get thank you cards sent off within a month of receiving whatever it was I was given!  That's so not happening lately!  Aargh!

This week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers got me off to a good start on this, so I have no excuse now!  Time to get them done!

Stamps - SU Trendy Trees set
Paper - Paper Trey white, SU Kraft, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive cardstocks
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories - sponge, SU Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise markers

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Who Needs a Hug?

I needed to stamp today.  Today's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers provided the perfect opportunity!  I love browsing through other people's galleries for inspiration!  I tried to remember to leave a few comments too!  :)

Stamps - Stampabilities (small gerber daisy), Paper Trey Ink (Friends 'Til the End - sentiment)
Paper - SU Kraft, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie cardstocks
Ink - SU Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories - rhinestones, corner rounder

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Everyday Chocolate

I recently purchased an adorable chocolate themed set from StampinUp!  I just love it!  'Course what's not to love about anything chocolate?!  :)

The inside says, "At least you'll get one thing done today."

Stamps - SU Eat Chocolate set
Paper - SU Peach Parfait, Chocolate Chip cardstocks, Kraft cardstock, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip, Poppy Parade
Accessories - Paper Trey brown vintage button & twine, SU Poppy Parade ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folders, foam squares, SU punch, Spica pens (colored the tiny hearts on the chocolates with these to add some sparkle)

This card qualified for this week's Card Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

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Friday Favorite: A Hot Drink

During the winter months, I find myself automatically gravitating toward hot drinks.  They taste good, but they also warm up my poor cold hands!  There's nothing like wrapping my fingers around a steaming cup of hot tea or coffee.  In honor of the new year, I'm trying to drink more tea.  It's supposed to be so good for you, right?!  Green tea is my favorite and, since I'm trying to eliminate caffeine from anything that I can (That does not include chocolate!!!), I like to drink Yogi Simply Decaf Green Tea.  It's soooo good!  I've learned that the trick to getting a good cup of green tea is to only steep it for the number of minutes on the lower end of the time range given on the package directions.  Go any longer than that and I have a cup of bitterness to choke down!
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