Finally Friday!

I can't tell you how happy I am that it is Friday!  I'm not typically one who can't wait until the end of the week, but this week has been one of those weeks around here!

We had last minute overnight guests Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon.  Usually, I'm good to go with such things, but this week, the phone call came just before 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning after I was already off to my morning of work at the dental office.  I arrived home at noon to DH telling me we had overnight guests coming!  Can you say mini panic attack?!  Our guests stay in DS1/DS2's bedroom right now since we don't have an official guest room yet.  Their room needed a good cleaning and I needed to tidy a house that had been a bit neglected the past week due to a grand ambition of mine to start painting the kitchen!  Needless to say, the painting was quickly put on hold and a whirlwind of cleaning began!

Those guests have gone on their way now, but we have more overnight guests coming tonight and DS2 stayed home today with an ear infection in addition to DS3 coming down with a doozy of a cold overnight!  Thank goodness the house is pretty well in order this time around!  Life has hit the fast lane!

I squeaked out a little sanity time in my craft room this afternoon while DS3 was napping and DS2 was engrossed in a quiet computer activity.  I felt some bright, happy colors were in order!

Stamps:  Paper Trey
Paper:  SU cardstock (Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight)
Ink:  SU (Island Indigo)
Accessories:  yellow gemstones, foam dots, impression plate (Paper Trey)

I hope your week has been fairly uneventful!  It's on into the weekend here.  After our guests leave tomorrow, I hope to get back to my painting project!  Next week's weather forecast is looking rather warm, so I need to finish things up while the windows can still be open wide!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Testosterone Tuesday: Black & White

Due to not feeling well the second half of yesterday and a lack of planning on my part, I am posting my weekly masculine card today! (Hey, I'm only one day late this time!)

I've had this set from Sweet Stamp Shop setting out in my craft room for a few weeks now just begging me to use it!  I purchased it because it reminded me of my childhood days and visiting my grandparents' home where they had one of these fantastic view finder toys:

We had so much fun clicking through the images on the little cards!  Now our boys have one, thanks to those very same grandparents a few years ago at birthday time.

Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop (View Finder)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  SU (Basic Black)
Accessories:  black gemstone, foam dots, Crystal Effects

The sentiment continues inside and says, "you are a genius!"  How's that for a testosterone booster?!  I decided to use a black and white color scheme this time, giving this almost a sketched look.  With an engineer husband, this just reminded me of something some guys might appreciate:  colorless design.  I added some subtle touches just to jazz it up a bit as I am a woman, after all.  I applied a little Crystal Effects to the film pieces to make things a bit more realistic and then added a single black gemstone to the center of the wheel for some extra dimension.  I popped up the entire circle with foam dots.  Here is a close up view:

I'm off to enjoy yet another beautiful spring day!  The sun is shining and it's supposed to reach the upper 70's for temperatures!  The backyard needs mowing and I'm itching to paint something again.  This time?  The kitchen.  Yes, the nursery was finished a day after I posted the before photo here on the blog, but you get to wait until I have a few more decorations in place before I share the after photos.  I'm happy with the paint, so that's good!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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What’s the Buzz?

It's time for a brand new cue word challenge over at CASology and, this week, it's a shape!

I was thinking I wouldn't use a hexagon at all on my card (I was thinking more along the lines of honey bees...), but couldn't resist when it came time to put my card together.

Stamps:  The Craft's Meow
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  SU (Daffodil Delight, Basic Black)
Accessories:  black gemstones, foam dots
I fussy cut three separate pieces of honeycomb and popped them up with two different thicknesses of foam dots, the middle one being a bit higher than the other two.  I added the three black gemstones as a final touch to bring out a little more black in the design.

I hope you'll visit the rest of the design team members' blogs and this week's guest designer's blog!  Then, don't forget to link up your own hexagon creation by Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happiness is…

...a child's wonder.

...signs of spring.

...a family walk on a gorgeous day.


...a quiet, sunny afternoon. grass.

...clean laundry.

...a much needed nap.

...unity of heart, mind & spirit.

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Masculine Monday (on Thursday)

I apologize.  My computer posting lately has been rather disorganized!  DH was away on a week long business trip overseas and while he was away, I encountered a computer glitch that caused some frustration until he got home.  I am not into fixing computer issues!  Thank goodness for a hubby who takes them all in stride and has things up and running normally again!

This week's Masculine Monday card is extremely simple!  I simply stamped a graphic image in a masculine color on kraft cardstock and then popped up a basic sentiment on top of it!  You could choose any simple sentiment you needed for this design!

Stamps:  Inkadinkado (Circle and Dots), Paper Trey (Enjoy the ride, sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (kraft)
Ink:  SU (Night of Navy)
Accessories:  foam dots, corner rounder

I'm off to begin our household's evening routine now!  The day has truly flown!  This week has been full of mishaps, it seems, but I'll save that story for another day...

Hope you've had a wonderful Thursday!

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Take Care

There is a new cue word over at CASology and, this week, we're taking some time to show how much we care!

I created a simple card as a little token of encouragement for someone I know who is going through a tough time right now.  We all go through experiences that challenge us and it really does help to know someone is thinking of us and cares.  It was never intended for us to face life alone and sometimes I have to remind myself to tell someone I care.  This week's cue word is the perfect reminder!

Stamps:  SU
Paper:  SU cardstock (Real Red), Paper Trey cardstock (kraft)
Ink:  SU (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black)
Accessories:  foam dots, red gemstones
I stamped the umbrella in three different colors and pieced it together, popping up each section with a portion of a foam dot.  I added the tiny red gemstones to the cascading hearts.  I then layered the main panel a little off center over a piece of red cardstock to add a pop of color and a bit of a frame.  The layered panels are popped up with foam dots.

Be sure and visit the rest of the design team's blogs for more wonderful inspiration and then don't forget to link up your own CARE creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Change of Scenery

I'm not seeing much green around me these days. The trees and plants are not waking up very quickly, but I really can't blame them.  It's in the 30's again this morning.  I decided I'd just create something with bright, beautiful green to get by until the landscape awakens!  Shouldn't be long now!

While cleaning out my craft room again (one of those never-ending tasks that is very similar to picking up after your children), I discovered some stencils that have been in my stash for several months.  I honestly need to go through my things more often because, really, it's like visiting a candy store or pastry shop without having to pay a dime!  I'll take a little bit of everything, please!

Stamps:  Clean & Simple
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  SU (Gumball Green, Midnight Muse)
Accessories:  SU marker (Midnight Muse), Stickles (clear), Balzer Designs stencil
I masked off the banner strip and then stenciled the circles in SU's Gumball Green ink.  After staring at it for a while, I decided to define the borders a bit more using a Midnight Muse marker, simply drawing the lines with the assistance of my trusty ole ruler.  I stamped the simple sentiment in Midnight Muse and then added a touch of clear Stickles to a few of the dots.  I think this might just qualify for a masculine birthday card, don't you think?!

I'm digging my heels in to paint the nursery.  I am painting over the navy blue accent wall that the previous home owners left behind.  I didn't mind the blue since we've had all boys so far and blue happens to be my favorite color, but it's time for a fresh coat of paint!  For me, that usually means a new color too and I do happen to have a pretty good excuse this time!  Here is a photo of the starting point...

Currently, it's totally a boys' room, but that's about to change.  I have my main color scheme chosen, I found a zero VOC latex paint (safe for those of us that are with child), the windows are open, the birds are singing in the trees and I'm ready to tackle this!  Wish me luck!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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Giggle Giggle Quack

This week's cue word over at CASology is a light hearted one!  It's time for a good ole dose of laughter and wit!  Or maybe just some pure creativity!  This word just makes me smile reading it!  What about you?  That's the beauty of the weekly cue words!  You can interpret them however you want to and we get to see how your mind works!

My mind, unfortunately, didn't seem to be working all that well this time around.  I couldn't get past the thought of that children's book titled, Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin!  This is one of the boys' favorite books!  The story is too fun and the illustrations are fantastic!  A duck is the main character and a rather sneaky one at that!

Stamp:  SU
Ink:  SU (Basic Black, Daffodil Delight)
Paper:  Paper Trey (white)
Accessories:  Thickers letter stickers, black gemstones, black marker
Honestly, I am not very satisfied with this card.  While I like the components, I'm not too enthused about how they came together.  I decided just to go with it, though, so please forgive me this particular week (pregnancy brain??)!  I stamped the giggles twice in two different colors to give them some life.  The "quack" is simply some Thickers letter stickers and I couldn't resist adding the little gemstone-eyed smiley face (although, I'm not so sure it really adds anything...)!  Hopefully, you are familiar with the book that inspired it and will go read it just for fun!  I know I am going to!

Be sure to take some time to visit the rest of the design team and guest designer blogs to see what prompted their GIGGLEs this week!  Then, don't forget to link up your own creation by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT)!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Flying Hi

I have not forgotten my promise to share a masculine card on Mondays.  I promise!  This week and last, my plate of Life has been filled a bit more with the bare essentials and lacking a bit in dessert (a.k.a. crafty endeavors)!  I'm okay with it, though, because that's just life...sometimes I'd rather have my plate full of dessert, but that's not exactly healthy.  Balance and moderation!  I know I savor the little extras a lot more when they aren't as readily available!

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn
Paper:  SU CS (Bashful Blue), Paper Trey CS (white)
Ink:  SU (Basic  Black)
Accessories:  SU embossing folder, gemstone heart, red Copic marker, foam dots
We have paper airplanes flying around the house like you wouldn't believe these days!  I remember the days when I joined my three brothers in such play except I had this tendency to make my own paper airplanes look pretty!  I probably spent more time decorating them than I did actually flying them!

For this card, I embossed the main white panel and layered it on top of some light blue.  I then stamped and fussy cut the paper airplane, popping it up with a foam dot for dimension.  The sentiment and flight path were stamped in black right on the main panel.  I added the heart gemstone after coloring it with a red Copic marker.  Another card for DH!

Today was a nice spring day with temperatures finally reaching into the upper 60's!  I'm hoping the next few days will prompt the bare trees to start getting serious about leafing out!  I am so ready for green leaves!  Some of the neighbors have mowed their lawns for the first time and I have a feeling this coming weekend we may finally do the same!  Is there anything quite like the smell of freshly mowed grass?!

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

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