cheaper than therapy

Sunday, July 27, 2008

A brilliant idea!

Gary has been so wonderful in letting me get some of those great Copic markers. They are pricey, but he also says that getting the proper tools will give the best result. I have been acquiring the markers through some on-line marker clubs (Loreen's Gina K Designs I get a few each month. Then, I also got impatient and bought some individual ones that I needed to fill in for some "favorite color combos" that I found out about on some blogs that I have been following for intruction on how to use these gems.
Well....I have been seeing some interesting ways to store the markers, and used my own creativity to come up with a storage solution using things I had around the house! This is a basket, that is secured to the wall using screws to keep each cup in place. They are organized by color families. I also have printed out a color chart where I can mark off the ones I have, and also some Favorite color combos for reference.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Yes dear...I did some scrapping today!

Dearest hubby has been on my case because I haven't been doing a lot of scrapbooking lately. Well, it takes a lot more thinking to do nice layouts than it does to create cards (and I can color in the images while pretending to watch tv/movies with my boys). So, I figured that I would humor him and work on some artwork for our walls. Here, I took one of those photo collages that you can pick up inexpensively almost anywhere and transformed it into a big layout ( 16x20). The papers are from the July kit from Kit-N-Kaboodles I used my 'puter to type out the saying on vellum. It says "When I am asked what makes me happy in life...I say you"

Monday, July 21, 2008

Double Door (?) Cards


Darlene showed Kelcey and I how to make these adorable cards on Saturday. She wasn't sure the "official" name, but we are calling them double door cards until someone tells us differently! I made these using either Stampin Up Ginger Blossom or Afternoon Tea designer papers, embrace life stamp, and the sayings are from CTMH Dare to Dream sentiments. The card looks tricky, but once we got the measurements correct, it wasn't too bad. I was so excited with how they came out, I have now made over a dozen to send in the mail!
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Monday, July 14, 2008

Weekend Inking

This weekend, I set aside time to play with some new stamps that I have acquired. I have fallen in love with these wonderful stamps from Magnolia called Tilda and Edwin. Up until recently, they were not available for sale in the US, just in Europe. Queen Diana, of Scor-Pal fame, will be selling them on the scor-pal website. She is doing pre-opening selling, and of course I had to place an order. you can see, they are fun to play with! Here are some of my creations.

I am also having fun with some stamps from House Mouse stamp company. Here are some adorable bunnies dressed up as bees!
The designer papers that I used in all my projects are either Afternoon Tea from Stamping Up or one of the sets from Close to My Heart (the name escapes me right now). I used stickles, bling, prima flowers and watercolor crayons.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Independence Day 2008

We celebrated our holiday with visits from friends. We basically hung out by the pool, or the kids played Wii. It was nice to relax and be able to sit around and chat. We were reminiscing about all the years that we have spent together, and how the kids have grown! It has been 12 years that we have been getting together like this....and our kids have been like cousins all this time! The day ended with Gary and the kids setting off fireworks in the street. Here are some photos from our fun filled day! Hope yours was as good as ours was!

Loki's surgery

Loki had a tumor removed from his hip on Monday. It was the size of a big egg! Unfortunately, the doctor says it is most likely cancer. We will have the path report back by Tuesday. Loki has been a great pet and wonderful companion. Although he is an important member of our family, we will not put him through chemo/radiation/ or other expensive treatments. We have had a family meeting, and decided that we want Loki to be happy and pain free as long as possible. He is almost 9, and should have some quality time left. We hope for a good prognosis, but are preparing for the worst case scenario.
Here is a photo of his incision area.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Has it already been 23 years????

Gary and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary yesterday. We went to the Melting Pot for a quiet, grown up meal! I started the evening with a pineapple was delish! Lots of people talk about the melting pot and how it is expensive and "trendy", we like to go once in a while because the meal is very nice, the atmosphere is wonderful, and we know that we will be able to have a long time to talk over dinner. We tried the Caribbean Fusion meal, and it was amazing! Here are some photos that we can share. Gary especially enjoyed our Bananas Foster dessert!

birthday crop


I was fortunate to be able to attend another weekend crafting away with my friends from Hilltop Memories. We had a big crop room at an RV park near Plant City. It was great to see my West Coast (of Florida) friends as we chat on line all the time. I took 2 classes with Jules, sat at the rowdy table, had a wonderful massage from Kelly and shared the ride over and room with Kath. Here is a photo of Kath and Barb, as we were getting ready to hit the road home. It was a great weekend away from home with the girls!
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