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Happy Spring!

I never greeted spring officially yet, so today I'm saying, "Happy Spring!"  The temperatures are slowly, but surely, edging their way upward and, for that, I'm grateful!  The mornings are full of birds singing and beautiful sunrises over winter's barren trees.  Makes it almost worth getting up earlier to drink it all in!  Almost.

I didn't take the time to stamp anything new yesterday.  I did stamp, but it was for a card order I received a few weeks back.  I hope to finish those up this week yet, but wanted to stamp something fresh and new today!


Supplies:
Stamps - SU Easter Blossoms set
Paper - SU Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz CS, Paper Trey white CS
Ink - SU Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze
Accessories - Sizzix embossing folder, Nestabilities (oval, scalloped oval), SU Sizzix Embosslits (Beautiful Wings), SU oval punch, sparkle flower gems (Hero Arts), SU Poppy Parade ribbon, sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

ChallengesSCS Color Challenge #317, SCS Sketch Challenge #327

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Monday’s Back Again

Is it really Monday again already?  Where do the weekends go, anyway?!  We had a nice weekend.  Feels like we got a few things done around the house, took the boys out for Happy Joe's wonderful vegetarian pizza with sauerkraut and had a restful day yesterday.  Well, the first part of yesterday was restful, anyway.

We decided to go for a walk last evening since the temperatures were spoiling us in the lower 70's!  We looked at the radar, knowing there was a rain storm coming and decided we could get a little 20 minute walk in before anything would fall from the sky.  That was true.  We just didn't stick to the plan (it was so nice outside!) and, as a result, I got my first outdoor run of the year pushing a kid's bike!  It's not flat country around here, so this morning I woke up wondering why in the world my gluteus maximus was so sore!  Then, I had a flashback of last evening's mad dash for home with three little boys!  Yes, I remembered to capture our rain drenched family on the camera, so that picture will be finding its way into my Project Life album this week!  :)  I don't mind getting rained on (I like it!!), but lightning makes me a little nervous.  Lesson learned:  Try to remember your original plan and stick to it.  LOL!

I whipped up a card from that dreamy yellow called So Saffron this morning.  I really do love that color!  I'm not fond of bright yellows and this shade is just right.  Thanks to today's Clean & Simple Challenge to use soft aqua, soft yellow and white in a card, I got to pull out the So Saffron!


Supplies:
Stamps - SU Pocket Silhouettes, Fabulous Phrases (sentiment)
Ink - SU So Saffron, Baja Breeze
Paper - Paper Trey white CS, SU So Saffron, Baja Breeze CS
Accessories - Sizzix embossing folder (Sparkly Flower), SU grosgrain ribbon (So Saffron), button, glue dots, sponge

When stamping the main image, I inked it up in the So Saffron ink and then lightly tapped the stamp in the Baja Breeze to give it a mixed look.  I was going to use SU's markers and just detail the edges of the flowers with the Baja Breeze, but discovered I don't have a Baja Breeze marker...yet.  Guess I need to be looking through my markers!

Enjoy your Monday!


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There’s No Place Like Home!

I smiled when I saw today's Free for All Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers!  My focus has been on the home this week, cleaning, decluttering, thinking about things that I can do to make things run more smoothly, etc.  I've been so immersed in the decluttering that I haven't been making many cards!  I think I mailed out close to twenty Ebay packages today!  Hooray!  There is something so liberating about letting things go!  I really want my home to be a quiet refuge for my family, safe from the influences and pressures of the world.  They'll always be there, I know, but how nice to have a place to rest, relax and refresh!


Supplies:
Stamps - SU Good Neighbors, Paper Trey Boards & Beams (sentiment)
Paper - SU Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Rose Red, Very Vanilla CS,  kraft CS, KI Memories Family Time DP
Ink - SU Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories - SU Chocolate Chip Marker (faux stitching), Nestabilities (circle), sponge (edges of cardstock), The Twinery baker's twine (pink sorbet, honeydew), foam squares, heart brads


I cut a circle out of the decorative paper (DP) with the circle Nestabilities and then cut the little house out of the vanilla cardstock with the same size circle and just scooted it over to the right a bit and popped it up on foam squares.  I also popped the sentiment up with foam squares.  I twisted two different colored pieces of twine together rather than attempt to tie a decent looking bow!  You know me and bows...

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Friday Favorite: It’s Raining Buckets!


I love brightly colored metal buckets for organizing around the house!  This time of year I see all kinds of buckets trying to get my attention in the stores because of Easter.  Target has quite a few in their dollar section right now!  What fun!  I picked up 3 more today!  They are so fun for those little items in the house that need a place to reside, but don't belong in a drawer!  I'm a visual person, so having things out where I can see them (and where I can be reminded that I own them...) is a good thing!  If our roof ever leaks, we'll be prepared.  LOL!  Really, I do not own that many!  :)

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Simple Truths

I'll admit it...I love stamps.  I spent a good portion of my afternoon today going through my stash and realized I am truly an addict.  I don't want any therapy, though.  They are my outlet!  :)

I made today's card for the Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  Gotta love those challenges!


Supplies:
Stamps - SU Tote-ally Tess
Paper - Paper Trey white cardstock, SU Sunny Garden DP
Ink - SU Poppy Parade, Basic Black
Accessories - gemstone, SU 1/4" circle punch, Nestabilities (circle), paper snips, SU Basic Black & Poppy Parade markers

I sponged the circle behind the tote using Poppy Parade ink and one of the smaller circle Nestabilities.  I paper pieced the tote and then added the flower and gemstone.  A quick and easy card!

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Friday Favorite: It’s a Kit Thing


These days, I'm all for craft kits.  They're time savers, let me tell ya, and with three little ones roaming the house, I love time savers!  I'm working on a scrapbook kit for 2011, called Project Life by Becky Higgins.  I'm having so much fun taking pictures and documenting our family's daily life!  The whole family likes to get the album out from time to time and see what I've taken pictures of and what I've journaled!  Each weekend, I do the previous week's journaling and organize, edit and upload the photos to WalMart (my only decent local option) whenever I've got a handful to print and will be running errands.  How easy is that?!  Makes the historian component of motherhood that much easier!

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Simple Minded

I'm feeling very simple minded this week.  Sure, I have card ideas floating around in my head, but nothing has come together into one card and, thus, the lack of posts this week.  This week is full of shoulds, coulds and woulds, followed by that annoying word, "IF."  I need to turn my good intentions into action!  What good is a to do list if the doing isn't done?!  Maybe I need to go get some treadmill therapy.  I've failed too many appointments with it this week!

This card is for today's Ways to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  We were to omit the use of black, white and brown and learn to love our colored inks!  I used this week's Color Challenge Colors (So Saffron, Regal Rose and Pear Pizzazz) to create a very simple, one-layer card.

Supplies:
Stamps - SU Bliss (butterflies), SU Just Believe (sentiment)
Paper - SU So Saffron cardstock
Ink - SU Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories - SU Regal Rose, Pear Pizzazz markers

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Happiness is…


...good cookies (see recipe below!).

...tulips.

...a nap in the warm sun.

...a mechanically gifted husband.  He fixed three things for me last night in about an half hour that I've been fretting over for a few months now:

1.  Baby monitor (It was not staying on and the volume dial was producing static noise.)

2.  My 2.5" SU circle punch  (It stopped punching!  *gasp!*)

3.  My digital SLR (It had a grey dust spot showing up on pictures and I was apprehensive about trying to resolve the issue on my own!)


Here's the previously mentioned cookie recipe:  (The flavor of these remind me of the Girl Scout Thin Mints!!)

Mint Chocolate Delights

2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 c. (10 oz. pkg.) Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels

PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees F.
COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in morsels.  Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set.  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
YIELD:  about 4 dozen cookies.

We baked one dozen of these and then made the rest of the dough into cookie balls and froze them.  I think that was a wise decision as the ones we baked today are about gone already!  :)  These seriously need to be rationed!!  LOL!

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It’s a Spring Thing

Today started out all grey and dreary outside, but it's coming to a close with bright, cheerful sunshine!  I played along with today's Free for All Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  We were to use things that reminded us of a garden and spring.  I had to ink up my Changito monkeys as they were wanting to play in the flowers!  :)


Supplies:
Stamps - Stampendous (Changito Spring set)
Paper - Echo Park DP (Springtime), Paper Trey white CS, SU So Saffron, Certainly Celery CS
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, SU Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Rose Red
Accessories - sponge, Stickles (Yellow), jeweled paper flowers, Nestabilities (circle), SU label punch
Coloring - blender pen with ink pads

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