All Things Cute

Digital stamp - Tiddly Inks, sentiment - Paper Trey Ink
Ink:  SU  (Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder)
Cardstock:  Copic Blending Card, SU Wisteria Wonder, Paper Trey white
Coloring:  Copic markers
Accessories:  Stickles (on barrette)
I've always considered Valentine's Day to be the day of cute.  Let's face it, there is absolutely nothing masculine about the holiday, is there? Perhaps that's why many women enjoy it so much and quite a few men cringe at the thought of it (from what I've gathered...)!

For me, I just like the whole girly aspect of it all...the little hearts, the homemade treats, the pinks & reds, the valid excuse to eat chocolate...  Could it be it's the one day per year I have an excuse to do things up in a girl's sort of way in a house full of boys and men?!  Perhaps.

I used a good portion of yesterday thinking of ways to make the after school hours and our evening meal into a little celebration.  I started out by simply hanging a heart banner I found on Target's dollar spot by the kitchen table.

I was going to pick up a Papa Murphy's heart-shaped pizza and then decided I'd attempt to make my own this year!  Homemade crust is so good, anyway!  I think it somewhat resembled a heart?!  Toppings?  We went with olives and cheese!  Yes, that's olives and green olives.  Our kids can't get enough of them!

I don't usually allow the boys to drink soda, but on special occasions, we bring out some caffeine free rootbeer.  This time, with cute paper straws!

For dessert, I scratched the good intention of making cute little elephant cookies and instead visited our local Dairy Queen for a heart-shaped ice cream cake.  Nothing too flowery, of course!  Had I had gummy worms on hand, I would have put a few on top!

When we were all stuffed with pizza and a week's worth of sweets, the house got rather quiet and we enjoyed a quiet family evening.  I postponed my grand ideas of some sweet Valentine's Day photos and instead saved that for this morning...

Now it's on into the weekend and a quiet one, at that!
Have a fabulous Friday!
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Seeing Red

Two days.  It's crunch time here in our house!  Valentines are prepared for classmates, but I'm still working on completing some simple gifts for teachers and other adults that we love!  Being my favorite holiday of the year, I can't resist going just a little beyond sanity's limits in my creative endeavors!  So fun!

Today is the beginning of a new cue word challenge over at CASology and how appropriate to think about...

For me, I couldn't resist using a 2 Cute Ink digi image since that is who is sponsoring us this week!  Heidi's images are absolutely adorable and make me smile every time I see one!  She's been releasing new images quite a bit lately and I'm loving it!  Be sure and check out her blog and Facebook page for updates!
I used the Bee Mine digi image to create this clean and simple card.  The sentiment is from Paper Trey.

It's been a while since I've used my Copic markers!  I really enjoyed sitting down and coloring!  Maybe I'll have to get back to coloring a few more images soon!  I couldn't resist adding some clear Stickles to the little bee's tutu.  Glitter makes me smile.  Every.  Time.
Be sure and check out this week's creations made by the talented CASology design team and guest designer!  Then, be sure and link up your own RED creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CST)!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Valentine Feather

I stamped today!  Shocker, I know!  How could I not when Valentine's Day is now less than a week away and I have all these grand ideas about how I am going to mail out my fair share of handmade cards and create cute little gifts for my family and for our sons' teachers?!  I figured it was time to kick into high gear and make those good intentions a reality!

I've had this cute feather stamp on my stamp shelf of miscellaneous new wooden stamps for over a month now and found myself looking at it quite a bit.  Today, I finally just grabbed it and whipped up a quick CAS card!

I stamped the feather in SU's Gumball Green, applied red Stickles to the little heart and stamped the simple sentiment in Real Red.  Quick.  Easy.  Love that kind of card!

In other news...we're all finally kicking some respiratory ick we've had for well over a week.  DS3 finally got his turn a couple days ago, but it doesn't seem to be hitting him too hard, so I'm breathing a sigh of relief!  This has been one of those winters when it seems like there is always at least one of us fighting something!  Thankfully (knock on wood), we seem to have avoided the really intense viruses that have been circulating!  Spring can not arrive quickly enough!

I'm off to a continuing ed lecture tomorrow morning for my dental hygiene license.  We're required to receive 30 hours of continuting education every two years and licenses are up for renewal this summer!  I don't like waiting until the last minute to find credits, so am getting some hours in as I find out about them!  It's especially nice when they are within close driving distance!  Fourteen down.  Sixteen to go.

Other than that, I'm hoping for a rather uneventful weekend, a clean house, making valentines with the boys, more house project planning with DH and maybe a nap or two thrown in for good measure!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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A Fairytale Wedding

It's Tuesday and that means a brand new cue word is over at CASology!  This week?  Think happy, dreamy thoughts because we're thinking...

I couldn't get the phrase "happily ever after" out of my head and was lucky enough to discover a stamp set in my stash that contained that very sentiment!  How lucky is that?!

I went with a wedding theme for my card, keeping it as simple as ever!

The stamps are from two separate Inkadinkado sets and I inked them up with Encore Silver ink.  I added a clear heart-shaped gemstone (colored with a red Copic marker) to the very end of the flourish for a little pop of color and interest.  I love banner strips and, while I first thought this was going to be a one-layer card, I quickly changed my mind and layered some silver cardstock behind a strip of white.  Rounding the card corners was the finishing touch.

I hope you'll join us over at CASology this week!  There's nothing like a little fairytale fun for me!  I love thinking back on all those childhood stories that just make me smile and sigh a dreamy little sigh.  Then...I snap back to reality, realizing my own life story isn't so bad itself!  Yes, some days I admit I feel a bit like Cinderella, but with a handsome prince in the house, I think I can handle a few messes!

Don't forget to visit the talented design team members' blogs for even more inspiration and this week, we have Darnell as our guest will not regret paying her a visit!


Remember to link up your own FAIRYTALE creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST)!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happiness is…

...a donut day.

...a good night's sleep.

...cookies, warm out of the oven.

...sunshine warming your face.

...shared experiences.


...welcome surprises.

...daily routines. work.

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Are You Game?

It's all about fun and games this week at CASology!

I don't know about you, but I don't have just one favorite game!  I love to sit and play Scrabble, Yahtzee, Uno, Skip-bo, Rummikub, Life...I guess I really have too many to sit here and list them.  Many of them I grew fond of in my childhood because Sunday nights my brothers and I would sit down with Mom, freshly popped popcorn in our bowls, and play until our stomachs hurt from laughter.  Dad didn't care to play unless it was a one-on-one game of chess or checkers.  He did teach me a few tricks when it comes to those two games, but I'm not telling them.
For my card this week, I chose to use a set from Fresh Squeezed Stamps because I'm growing rather fond of their unique stamps and, well, because they are graciously sponsoring CASology this week and offering some of their fun stamp sets as prizes to both the winner of the challenge as well as a random participant!

Stamps:  Fresh Squeezed (Games People Play set)
I used some red and white washi tape as a border on the lower edge of the card and then punched a little heart from some of the same tape that I'd adhered to a piece of cardstock.  I fussy cut the queen game piece image and then glued it onto the card because I wanted it to overlap the striped border just a little.  I popped up the punched heart and stamped the simple sentiment.  At the last minute, I decided to round the lower corners.  A very simple valentine!

There is even more inspiration for this week's challenge on the rest of the design team member blogs and this week's guest designer's blog, so be sure and stop by to see what they came up with!

Be sure and join in the fun and link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST)!  We hope to see you there!
I'm already getting behind with my posting this week despite some newfound mojo and good intentions!  We ended up having some overnight guests come yesterday and they'll be with us until tomorrow or Thursday.  Thankfully, the house was pretty much in order from the weekend!  Love it when things work out that way!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Eat, Drink & Try to be Merry

How's that for a winter motto?!  The eating and drinking are the easy part!  Thankfully, this year, we've had a good number of sunny days and that helps more than ever for the "be merry" part!  We're having a mild winter for the second year in a row and, while I know it's not the best thing for the summer crops, I secretly don't miss the snow that much!

This week over at CASology, we're focusing on the word DRINK and what it brings to mind.

For me, this brings to mind one thing in the middle of winter:  coffee.  I drink my fair share of it, plain with just a little milk added.  Naturally, I made a coffee themed card!

I couldn't resist stamping the sugar cube on some glittered cardstock!  The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory in plain ole black and white!  Thank you, Paper Smooches, for making such adorable stamps!

Be sure and visit the rest of the design team and guest designer blogs for more DRINK inspiration!  Then, be sure to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4 p.m. (CST)!


Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Happy Anniversary, Darnell & Kevin!

Today is a very special day. You see, there is a special someone who is celebrating a special day with her special Mister.  That someone is Darnell, one of those people who makes me smile (& laugh out loud) when I read her blog posts!  She has a way with words that just brightens my day.  Every.  Time.  Ardyth over at Maskerade, has provided a link to link up your own wedding photo and, if you have some time, an anniversary card to honor Darnell's 42 years of wedded bliss!

So, Darnell, here's to many more happy, happy years for you and Mister (Kevin)!  I hope you have a wonderful anniversary!!!

Now here are my own wedding photos for your amusement...

The Mr.
The Mrs.
The Mr. & Mrs.
15 years and 3 children later...

How time flies!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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