Friday, September 18, 2009

Blog Hop Winnings

Well here they are. I am beyond excited to have won the blog hop from
All That Scraps

This is their entire collection of Autumn Sugar Plums. And the only thing I had to do to win is simply leave a little comment on their design teams blogs.

Want to thank them very much for picking me. Now lets see what kreative thing comes from these great stamps.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Little Love Bugs


Wow, where has the summer gone. The boys are back in school, Charlee is away at college, and I go back for my last year of nursing school (well for right now that is) on September 28th. I am looking forward to getting back in the swing of things, and cannot wait to finish this year. This had been a long time coming. In the meantime, I have joined way too many ATC swaps, and all of them are Halloween theme, but I thought I would share one of my latest that I made. The jar image is from the very old SU set, "Jar of Fun". It's nice to ink older sets, that just sit and collect dust. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Goodie Bag


Well it's only been a couple days since I last posted, I might be on a roll! (don't hold your breath)
Right now, I am at the gym (working), and I get pretty bored so I thought I might share another creation I made at one of my monthly SU meetings. This goodie holder, is so simple and fun to make. It's made by folding a 8x8 double sided piece of patterned paper. Then you add the ribbon and any stamped image or sentiment. This would be easy to do for a birthday party or wedding favor. Hey, thats a great idea, my best friend Jana is getting married in October, and I am her Matron of Honor, this would be a great idea for her wedding favors in her choosen colors. Brilliant!
Okay so enough silliness, thanks for stopping by, leave a comment or two!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Senior Thank You's

Well finally I am back, seems like my blog is the always the last thing on my list. I finally got done with the senior thank you cards for the businesses that donated to the "alcohol free" party. The seniors get together the night of graduation at the bowling alley, and they play all sorts of games, eat pizza, sing karoke, guitar hero, and win cool prizes from the donating businesses. It's a way to keep them safe for the night. Since the school mascot is Pirates, I bought this Changito set to make the cards. I had to make like 75 of them, and luckily they came together really easy. I took the image to work with me at the gym, and colored them in between helping customers and working out. Now I need to make another 50 or so for my daughters thank you cards for graduation gifts. Although I am using another image from the set. I might just get some use out of this set, since I still have two boys going throught the same school.

Life is pretty easy right now, I am helping Shaun with construction projects the rest of the summer instead of finding a part-time job, just seemd to make more sense this year. College starts next month, and then my time will be spent finishing up my last year for my ASN. I am sending Charlee off to college at the end of this month, and I'm not looking forward to that at all. I guess I wanted her to grow up and be her own person, I just didn't think it would be so hard to let go. Luckily she is just 3 hours away, and she knows people down in Butte. She is just looking forward to playing softball again. We already went to a pre-orientation and registration, and she is starting to get excited and scared all at the same time. Her schedule is pretty easy the first semester, which is really good, between having to work part-time and being able to practice and do homework I didn't want her to be too overwhelmed.
She has yet to delcare a major, which is okay. I think she just needs to find her niche. OKay so thats enough babbling, I got to go and get some stuff done. Catch up with you later!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Love this color....

Another long time since I have posted. I am out of school for the summer, and have one year left to get my ASN degree for nursing. I plan on going back and getting my BSN and then my MSN, but lets just do one year at a time. I am so happy to finally have some time to myself, but I must confess I am rather bored with not having to study and write papers, and do clinicals. I need to find a job for the summer, well one that peaks my interest at least. I am working until July 8th at the gym where I work-out, but that is only to cover shifts for the personal trainer. It is not something I want to do full-time.
I really just want to hang out with my kiddos and lay-out by the lake, but must work if I want to send my daughter to college.
Okay now back to my card, and the reason I named this post. I am so in love with Stampin' Up Pacific Point, it's one of my favorite colors, and just like the dork I am of course I didn't order more than one pack of the cardstock. Which means I am in saving mode, just so I never run out......
Never have used this set (Always) before, and it's kind of lovely. Needed a quick card for a friend.
I am trying to finish up thank you cards for the senior class, and others for Charlee. Might work on that tomorrow. Thanks for visiting for now.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Montana Softball Classic

I can honestly say that this weekend in Butte for the Montana All-Star softball games were one of the funnest ever. It was so laid back and relaxing, although sightly competative. In the picture is Charlee (3rd from left), and the rest of her team. The teams were named after mines in Butte, and her team was called Team Steward. This was the first year and the whole organizaton deserves a round of applause on a job well done. Charlee's team took third place, but believe me there were no losers this weekend.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Montana All-Star Softball Players

It's been a long time since I posted. Life has been crazy busy. But I couldn't pass up the chance to "toot" about my daughters (Charlee is in blue) selection to the Montana All-Star Softball games in Butte this weekend. She was nominated by her high school coach, and then picked by a selection committee, and that was from the entire state. I am super proud. She is hoping to get picked for a college scholarship to play softball, and has a good chance, since they alerted about 62 local colleges of the tourney. Another great news tidbit is that she was selected as 1st Team All Conference Pitcher this year. Not bad for her first year as a pitcher, she finished the season with 7 wins, no losses, and 3 saves. Also in the picture is Sarah (3rd Base), and Rochelle (1st Base). All Polson Lady Pirates, and all selections to play in the All-Star Games.
Way to go Girls!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Softball Day!


Well my daughter got another win on the mound. We played Columbia Falls today, and won 11-3. My daughter did an amazing job on the mound. She had a two hitter, and then the coach brought in the other pitcher who went on to give up the three runs! (Nevermind)
The picture is Charlee throwing her curve ball. It was a beautiful day, very suuny, in fact I think my face is a little red. We go to F-town tomorrow, and they just might be our girls first real test. GO LADY PIRATES!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

And then there was Softball...

Okay so her first game is done, and now maybe all the jitters can go bye-bye! Mine, not hers! Okay so she did admit to be a little nervous. She isn't used to having all eyes on her, unless one is hit to the outfield. We had a double-header today against Browning. Charlee didn't get to play in the first one, only because she was busy taking her ACT's. But she was back for the second game, and pitched a one-hitter. It could have been a no-hitter, but there was an error on the shortstop. That's okay, she is doing beautifully! I am such a proud mom! Her batting is on fire again, going 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple. Just when I thought my life wasn't hectic enough, then we add softball and school into the mix. I have never ever missed one of her games, and I am worried that I might have to miss one or two. And that doesn't settle very well with me. Okay enough of that. I cannot wait until tuesday, then we are off to Hamilton. GO LADY PIRATES!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Blossom Thanks


So every month I attend a Stampin' Up card meeting, called a 10's Club. The premise for the meeting is getting together with your SU demo, and 10 other ladies, exchange cards, and make and take cards. This was the card I made for the exchange. I have been really liking using white as my focal point lately. Beside that fact that it's cheaper to buy in bulk. And with this economy, cheaper is better. Okay not cheap, cardstock by any means, but it's easier to buy in bulk.
I am starting school on monday, and this quarter is going to test me everyday. My plate is so full right now, and I don't know about you but it seems the more things I have to do, the better able I am to focus and get things done. I have school and all it's details, then my daughter is graduating this year, she is also pitching for our varsity high school softball team. Then the other night I signed up at the Senior Party Meeting to do all the invitations and the thank you cards, what the heck was I thinking. Luckily I have two other ladies helping me out. I have a million ideas running through my head. Anyway, I need to get something done today. Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

So Many Swirls

Made this card yesterday, I love using up scraps, and this just happens to be another Kreation from my vast amount of scraps in my room. It seems like I was in a somewhat "polka dot" mood yesterday. The swirls are from a Stampin' Up sizzix die, that I use in my cuttlebug. I was trying to creatre something a little different. I tend to make the same things over and over, and try to branch out once in awhile. I have been doing this for so long, I seem to have found a comfortable zone for myself. I tend not to try all the new lastest and greatest things. Which saves me money, and I don't waste a lot.

Well I have a full plate planned today, I am headed off to the gym. Been keeping my regular schedule, and plan on working it into my school schedule come monday when I return to work. Then my daughters team is playing a scrimmage today, if the weather hold up. It has been off and on snowing and sunshining. But it's Montana, and we usually say, "if you don't like the weather wait 5 minutes". Which means it usually gets better, and thats what I am praying for right now!! Then I have a 10's club meeting tonight, and have to put the finishing touches on my cards for the exchange. I hope to add my card tomorrow, so keep checking back. My Blog-versary is coming up on the 7th of April, and I plan on giving away some blog candy to celebrate my 2nd year! Stay tuned! Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Becky!

It's my older sisters birthday today! Just thought I would make some cards. I finally decided to start using my digital camera to take pictures of my cards. My scanner seems to fade the colors on the cards, and just doesn't do them justice. JMO!
I spent this morning in my stamp room, needed to egt in some ME time before school starts up again on Monday! The two weeks just flew by! There is nothing I like better than making cards by using up scraps, and that is what I did this morning. About a year ago I took all my scrap papers and seperated them by color, they are in ziplock baggies, and sit in a big basket with a handle on my stand next to my desk. This system really works for me. The other thing I did was remember to write down all the supplies I used for the cards I made. Just use a little sticky note, jot it down and stick it to the inside of the card until I send it out. (okay the thought of sending it out is nice enough)
I need to figure out a better lighting system for my picture taking, but without buying one of those expensive light boxes that the "pros" use. Maybe if I were selling my cards more I could see the expense but not now. School has my focus again, and cards will have to return to the background. Oh, and there is softball too! Our first game is a double-header on April 4th against Browning, my daughter is going to miss the first game of that double, cause she has to take her ACT exam that morning. But she will be back for the second game, and hopefully be starting the game pitching. I am so excited! I went to practice yesterday, and she did wonderful of course, she almost hit a homerun. I think this will be a great year for her. Well hope you have a great day, leave some comments or two.

Card Supplies:

Stamps: Stampin' Up-Birthday Whimsy
Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Basic Brown and Bashful Blue
Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye "Wild Asparagus"
Embellishments: Brown Ribbon, Gold Brads, Gold Saftey Pin, Gold Glitter, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Happy Birthday"

Friday, March 20, 2009

BoHo Thanks


I seen this layout at my 10's club. It is so adorable. I needed something short and sweet to make for my instructors, after this quarter is finished. As much as this year as been hectic for us student, I can only imagine all the stress they deal with on a daily basis, after all they are forming future nurses. We tend to be whiners, me included in that very untasteful behavior, but then again I am only human. I have resigned my self to the fact I am going to stay away from the negative this quarter. School is stressful enough, don't need to add to the culture of negativity. I am after all an adult and know what I need to do to get trough this on my own terms.
Ok, now that I am off my soap box. I am having a really great day, here in Montana. The sun is shining bright and my house is getting cleaner and cleaner. I am waiting for the ground to that out and dry a little more before I clean my carpets, my last chore. My driveway is a muddy mess, and it just gets tracked in with the three kids, the hubby and the dog. Yuck!
I hope you all have a great weekend. My plans include catching up on my med calculations book, need to be comfortable when I go back and take my math exam, DO NOT want to take the extra class this quarter. I might even make some more cards to show off!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Great Love

So I didn't stamp this card, I used Stampin' Ups rub-ons. This collection is from last tyears sell-a-bration set. I have so many still unopened packages of these designs. I wanted to be kind of different with this card, and do a tone-on-tone kind of thing! The funny things about me making cards, is I don't really send alot out. When I make cards I always make more than one of each design, just for this purpose but many don't get sent out. They are like my mini masterpieces, and I collect them. I have been stamping since 1994, and I have kept every card, tag, ATC, bag, bookmark, etc... that I have ever been given or made mtself. I am an organizing freak, and everything has it's place. So for my cards I used the rubbermaid shoe boxes for the regular A2 cards. They are organized by their sentiment, Happy Birthday, Thanks, you get the jist.....
So since I am out of school for the next 12 days, I have been doing a little spring cleaning. My house is pretty quaint, but still I have only been doing one room at a time. My house is always clean, but there is nothing better than doing a spring cleaning refresher.... Doing one room a day has really helped me not burn myself out. Since I am in school, I have really turned over a lot of the duties to my kiddos, and the hubby (thank god for them all) But you know they never do put things away like I do, and so I am finding things way out their place. Just a little pet peeve. I couldn't do anything without my family backing me up. I finally found out my grades for winter quarter, and once again I am blessed to be moving on in the program. I am not going to lie, I was absolutely lazy last quarter when it came to school. My grades really don't reflect how poorly I paid attention to reading and doing homework. I really lucked out, I must have retained more information from my Paramedic training than I previously thought. Some in the class aren't returning, and it makes me sad. It is so hard to be happy for myself, when I am so sad about them not moving on too!

Okay enough of the weepy stuff! Let me just say I am so thankful for every blessing in my life, and I have many. I am so excited for softball season. My daughter has a killer curveball, and change-up. The other teams have been playing against her for years, and none of them have any idea that she pitched, so just let me say the coaches and players are going to flaber-gasted! She has a killer throw over-hand, and her pitching is smokin' hot! Can you feel my excitement.........I am so ready for the games to begin! Thanks for stopping by tday, have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Beautiful Horses


I love this image by Coronado Stamps! It fits my personality perfectly. I miss living around my horses. I grew up around horses, Arabian Horses to be exact, and I miss not being able to go and ride everyday. I don't do a lot of things that I used to enjoy when I was growing up. Like fly fishing, haven't done that much in the last few years. And what is crazy is I live in the most perfect setting to do both. I guess as I have gotten older, my focus has shifted, from what I used to enjoy to being there for what my kids enjoy and are amazing at when it comes to sports.
Don't get me wrong, I love making cards, and expressing my creativity through my craft, but I miss the simple things. It seems I spend more time inside than outside anymore, and I am honestly thinking about changing that soon. It helps that the weather is starting to change here in Montana. Means I can get out, and work with my flowers, be at the lake, and of course at the softball fields. This is my daughters senior season, and this year she is pitching. I am nervous and excited at the same time, so much pressure, but now I think she has the moxie to handle it. Shes tough! I am beyond proud, she has come such a long way since 10U. What tiny little tart she used to be, now she is a powerhouse. I am honestly giddy about softball season, I think I might burst at the seams. I will be sharing some amazing photos this year, have to fill up those scrapbooks, you know! Well, I hope you all have a glorious week ahead of you! Practice starts today, and I am trying to finish up some spring cleaning before heading off to the fields, it's like spring training, except for kick ass girls!! GO LADY PIRATES!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Blooming Love

Wow, I have been absent for quite sometime, haven't I? Not really been wanting to absolutely ignore my blog, but when youe get sick, and its a week before finals, then something just have to fall by the way side! This time it was my blog, okay usually it's my blog!!

Finally have feeling better, nothing worse than a sinus cold, yuck!! Does not lend itself to a good nights sleep.

Did get a chance to stamp recently, andmade some great cards, so I will be adding those to the blog in the next couple of days.
Waiting for my final grades, and hoping I get to move on in school. I know I passed my medicine calculation class, and chronic care class, but am still unsure about pathophysiology and pharmacology, those final tests were very hard. But truthfully, I wouldn't want them any other way! If they were too easy would I really be testing myself to learn the material?? I did get superior grades on my case study paper, and my care plan (OMG that was extensive), but well worth the effort. I tend to over do stuff sometimes, definately the type A personality in me!! But if I don't push myself to excell, who will?

Now I have two weeks to take care of spring cleaning, and softball season to start, and doing school related work for spring quarter. Wish me luck on my final grades, say a prayer or two!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Feelin' Froggy

Okay so that's a silly post name, but whatever. I am a dork!
This card I made at my SU 10's club meeting last night. After I let go of my demoship for SU, I went back to my old group. I am kinda glad about that, cause I missed my monthly meetings. I didn't get the chance to really hold monthly meeting with school and all. It was a bad time to sign up to be a demo.
I am excited that SU decided to return to only having one catalog per year, with more mini catty's. Anyway back to the card, the frog was made from punches, and wouldn't you know they are ones that I haven't bought yet. The sentiment is from a new sell-bration set, that I won! I love winning free stuff!

Okay well thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

....and you thought I forgot!


Well I didn't forget about my blog, just clearly haven't had the time to post let alone make a card, or even cook for my family. School is crazy busy, mid-terms are finally over and now we are finally into my favorite things in pathophysiology, Cardiac and Respiratory. I think that comes from my paramedic training. I could see my self working in a Cardiac lab after graduation, just a facinating thing...
Okay enough about school I have 4 days off, and even though I have two papers to write and a KNL (don't ask) to do, I am going to try to fit in some fun.
Went to a 10's club meeting tonight, and this card was the one I made for the exchange. Not a bad card for coming up with it about an hour before the party. The Stampin' Up set I used was "Big Bold Birthday" I embossed the green paper with my cuddlebug folder, and added dollar store sparkles. NICE!
Well I made a pile of cards so I will be adding them over the next few days, come back and enjoy, and please leave a comment or two. Thanks!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

My New Great Nephew


Here is my new great nephew, Kai.
Isn't he adorable. He was born on January 28th, but it took me awhile to get a picture of him.
I am so happy for my neice and her fiance' Ryan.
I remember those days when I was younger and had to deal with little ones. Now that my kids are all teenagers, its a little different atmosphere in the house. I enjoy the atmosphere don't get me wrong, and it amazes me that I have two of them driving.
Okay, so school has been going well. This last week I took two mid-terms, and I am still waiting on the results. There has been plenty of rumors going around about the class doing not very well, and I am unsure about my actual results. I always feel this way after taking an exam, I hate this feeling. Then I found out about some of the other students finding joy in my maybe missing a question or two. I don't care about most things like that, but this was just so spiteful. I thought I left that kind of two-faced back stabbing gossip back in high school. But it seems no matter where you go, there is always someone in the back ground hoping you fail. Okay enough of that crapolla, I needed to share it with someone. It was eating at me.....
I have one more mid-term to tackle, and this is actually the hardest one of the three. No good way to study for this one. How do you apply nursing concepts to senerios, yikes, I know sounds crazy!! Well this week has been good for me in some ways, my clinicals on friday went very well, got to do some advanced skills, and my training from my paramedic training came in so handy.
I also started at the gym again, I haven't done a lot of training since my gallbladder surgery, but needed to get back to the routine, I have been thinking about doing one of the summer 5K runs, so we will see how that makes out. Okay, I am off to the stamp room, and hopefully with that and hitting the gym my stress over this week will go bye-bye!! Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Brain Fog

This week is full of mid-terms, ouor Chronic Care has been moved to next tuesday. But today I took my Pathophysiology, and tomorrow is my Pharmacology mid-term. I am in a total brain fog, hence the name of my post. I actually feel pretty good about my test today, I think, maybe, no I feel good. Everyone was walking around freakin' out, and second guessing their answers. I did too!
The picture I took a little while ago, it's from my tree outside. We have been fogged in for the last week. We sit in a little valley at the lake, and it just sits and makes everything look all frosty. I think it's pretty, unless it hits the road and makes everything all slick. I am hoping it goes away, it's kind of clear right now, but we will see how it is in the morning. I am gonna go and spend the night finishing up on my Pharmocology homework, and study for the mid-term tomorrow. I really want to sit at my stamp table, and make cards, but I need to check my Kreative side at the door until the weekend. I hope you are having a great week!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Just a Little Note


I took thursday night off from studying. So what a better way to spend some time than make a few cards. I needed to send out a few to friends, and this is the one they will be receiving. I bought this set awhile ago off line, its a retired Stampin' Up set called "Gifts from the Orient". The patterned paper is from DCWV "The Far East" Stack.
I have mant things to get to today, mid-terms are next week, and I don't have a minute to spare. Thank again for stoppping by. Have a great weekend, and in case you were wondering. This die hard "Cowboys Fan" is hoping the Cardinals win! And for some great commercials.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Baby Shower








I took sometime off from my studies yesterday, made a card and attended a baby shower for my niece, Ashley. It was a good day, oh and I attended the girls basketball game last night too. The Lady Pirates basketball team, did a special night of "Shooting for a Cure". They wore pink uniforms, and sold pink t-shirts, and even the cheerleaders wore special uniforms. Something different than the purple and gold. Two of girls on the basketball team, their moms are dealing with breast cancer right now. It was a very emotional night. Breast Cancer hits home, because my mom is a 5+ year survivor of breat cancer. We all most know someone who has been diagnosed with some form of cancer. It's scary.



Anyway, on to the baby shower. My niece Ashley is expecting her second baby, they are doing a scheduled c-section on wednesday, and she is expecting a boy, which they are naming Kai. So cute! I am going to make another hooded towel, but didn't have the time to whip one up, something to get done, this coming weekend. I spent the day at my sisters (Angela) house, and enjoying the company of my nieces (Heather, Ashley and Liz), and great nieces (Rustee, and Randy), and my great nephew (Jose', who is named after my nephew Jose' who died on Easter 2004, I miss him). They are so fun and lively to be around, and they deserve happiness, cause' that family has been through quite an ordeal. Shows me how much can happen how much sadness and loss, and yet life goes on, and you can still be happy. The picture is of Ashley, her fiance Ryan, and their son Jose'. I know, adorable family unit. She is so pregnant, it's amazing. I will be in school on wednesday, but I plan on going down to Missoula as soon as possible to see the new arrival. So excited. Okay, well I have a couple of ATI tests to take, and then I need to work on a KNL (don't ask), and then there is always plenty of reading and flash cards to make. I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hello


I thought it was about time I made another post. So much for my trying to post everyday, thats what happens when you are in nursing school. Everything else kind of falls by the way-side. I have a busy schedule ahead, with lots of papers to write, and tons of reading to do. I only had a three day week, and I feel overwhelmed again. I am planning on spending all weekend in my room, studying and working on papers. I only get to take time for a little break by attending my nieces baby shower on Saturday. That will be a much needed break.
Now on to the card, don't know what I was really trying with this one. It is way out of my style, but I love it's quirkiness. It was a card I submitted for a contest for Papercrafts Magazine, but ended up not being choosen. Oh well, such is life. Never deters me away from submitting again, of course that depends on my schedule at school now. I really like the papers, but again the maker slipped my mind. Thats what happend when you are in school, my mind is full of goobly-gook that only I can make heads or tails out of now. In fact, I bet my mind looks like this paper, how fitting!! A mass of color explosiveness! Well here is to a great weekend for all of you, and please stop by again. I will have something for you in the first part of the week. Promise.....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wish I was basking in the sunshine


On days like this I wish I lived closer to the ocean. It's not too cold in Montana today, about 30 degrees. I spent most of the day at the gym, (I work on sundays) and I got a pretty good work-out, plus lots of studying done. But I am sick of the gloomy weather (we have a fog inversion going right now), and it didn't help that I spent the rest of the day watching my daughter pitch a softball in the high school gym. That really makes me hungry for some sunshine, and good weather. I am so excited for her softball season this year. She is among 7 seniors on our high school team, and this is our year to shine. I am a little nervous about her pitching, so much pressure. (yikers)
Not much else going on here today, just watching football now, and then going to read some more pathophysiology. I am hoping the Ravens beat the steelers, and I am glad about Arizona. Well thanks for stopping by again. Have a wonderful weekend, and a great Martin Luther King Day.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Little Wrestler


I don't have a card to share with you today, instead I thought I would talk about my oldest son (15 yo) Dakotah.
Many of you know I am a fan of fast-pitch softball, what you don't know is that I am just a die hard fan of my kids and any sport they compete in.
My year is filled with football (my youngest son), golf (also Dakotah), and softball (my daughter Charlee).
In between that I try to fit in house cleaning, studying, reading, making cards, scrapbooking all their activities,
and whatever else will fit. This picture was taken the other night during a dual against Columbia Falls. My little scrapper is the one on your left, in the Purple and Gold. He wrestles at the 98 pound weight class, but barely weighs in at that weight. Like I said he's my "Little Wrestler". He is doing much better this year, made Varsity again, and seeing as it is only his second year, he has made great strides. Today he is in Missoula at a invite, and he already had two wins. I couldn't make the matches today, due to activites with my youngest son, but I thought by sharing this photo it might bring my "mighty mouse" some good luck. If your reading this send some good vibes his way today. Oh and before I forget, he won this match by pinning his opponent.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mi Amore


Oh, love. Is there anything better than love? I surely didn't marry for money, so I guess when I say I am rich it has to be in love.
I made this card awhile ago, and it submitted it for publication, but again I was denied. I personally think it deserves to be shown. The darn thing about making card awhile back, I can never remember the paper of which I used to make the card. I know the brown is from SU, but the other patterned paper escapes my memory.
The flowers were white, but I used Tim Holtz inks to match my colors in the paper. The color combo is among my favorite to use. The button is from my collection, and most likely older than me. My mom gave me a vast collection of button, and some still are on the original packaging and have price stickers on them for like 10 cents.
Well, I needed to make a quick post. I am off to work on Pathophysiology, need to get some reading done and make what must be the millionth flash card. Thanks again for stopping by.
Please leave a comment or two, and let me know what you think. Have a great day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Friendship Card


True friends are hard to find. I have some friends in my life from 3rd grade. And many friends from high school. I had the great opportunity to attend a small high school for three years (10th through graduation) and this allowed me to get to know just about everyone in the town and surrounding communities. We had some great times. Currently attending college allows me to meet new people, and since we are all in the same boat so to speak, we have developed some great friendships as well.
Oh and we can nver forget my husband, Shaun, who is my best friend. We have been together for 20 years, and married for 19 of those years.
So my goal of posting everyday has been broken a few times already, but I am truly trying to meet this goal. I had to do a KNL tonight (it's a long story), and finally finished, now I am taking some time for me. Thanks again for stopping by, and leave a comment or two. Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, January 10, 2009



I think the Bella images are among my favorite ever. They are all so Kreative. Not much to report on today. My day is going to be filled with sitting at my sons wrestling tourney, waiting for him to match up. I am going to spend the time between matches reading, and making flash cards. Never a break from studying right now. Thats okay it is all worth it in the end. Sorry for my post yeaterday, I was feeling.... well not my usual chipper self. I am glad it's the weekend and I can focus on other things for at least a little while. I hope you are all having a blessed weekend. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like today's little card. It is a card I made for a friend, but for some reason never posted it to my blog, or at least I don't think I did, if it was, have a double shot. Happy Day!

Friday, January 9, 2009

It's Friday!

I am enjoying the sound of "its friday" more and more, heck I am only a week into winter quarter and already I am freaking out. I thought that dropping down to only the required classes might help me out, but for some reason the smaller course load is kicking my butt!
I am not one to ask for help either, so I act like super woman.
When I see all the pages to read I am over-whelmed. and then to do flash cards, and journals, and KNL's (don't ask). Someone tell me I am okay, and doing the right thing.
I needed this little break, now back to the reflective journal, my most hated thing to do.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

An oldie but a goodie


I made this card awhile back. I am afraid that with my school schedule my card making is once again on the decline.

I truly enjoy making cards, the design, the colors, the process. It relaxes me, and I should make it one of my highest priorities, unfortunately it not. I got really nervous at school today, and am feeling over-whelmed. This is not like me at all. I feel different, and ready to make a change. You will have to excuse me if I don't make my goal od posting everyday. Or at least a posting a card or creation everyday. I might also be sharing some more of my feelings, and maybe some pictures I have taken recently, another passion of mine.

Okay, and if anyone know where I can get my hand on some of the circle mesh in the background of this card, please let me know. I am told it is the left-over material after punching out sequins. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Another school for me to attend, nothing has changed


Wow! The memories this brings flooding back to my mind! At one time I was swapping with some very lovely ladies, and we swapped a Biography Book, this was one of the many pages in my book that I created. It is very fitting today, since I started winter quarter today. I feel like I have been in school forever, and as much as I would like to give it up after I get my nursing license I won't. I have great plans, but we will discuss those at another time.
Look at those pictures, and those cheeks (yes, they were pinched all the time) oh and don't forget the curly hair to boot!
I can't complain about school, I love learning, and today was no exception.
I only had one class today, and it went fairly smooth. Needed to take a minute to post, (see the goal is still going strong only 6 days in) and share one of my creations. Now off to work on homework before I attend my son's wrestling match. Actually, we already know he will win by forfeit tonight, since Whitefish does not have a 98lb. wrestler. Thats okay, he scores 6 points for his team, and is one step closer to divisionals and state. Have a wonderful evening!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Send some warm beverages right away!


That might have to be only Hot Cocoa, since I gave up the other kind of drinks about 19 years ago. And personally I don't miss them at all. Today was final registration for winter quarter, it was fast and easy. Now if only I had all my books, my most needed book is in UPS-land. Thankfully none of us have our books for that class, so tomorrows class might go by pretty fast. I have a pretty light schedule, and am so excited to take it easier for awhile. I really worked my butt of last quarter, and granted it was worth, believe me it was worth it. But I am a definately a Type A personality, and tend to do too much at once, and never take time for myself. I needed to take a smaller class load, and by working so hard in the beginning, I have a smaller load on my shoulders right now. Whew!!!
I am taking strides towards my goals for the year but am definately not over doing it!
Okay enough about school, now on to my ATC. This just fit my mood right now, and it was from a swap about a month or so back. I haven't swapped much lately. ATC swaps are much easier, with less cost, but I have kind of fallen off swapping for the time being. The images and sentiment is from Stampin' Up "Espress Yourself", oldie but a goodie! Hope you enjoy, have a great week!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Cowboys and Penguins, two of my favorite things



I really wanted to spend the day locked in my room reading my 300 pages of required reading material for nursing school that starts up again on Tuesday after winter break. Unfortunately my stamp room is also located in the same room (my bedroom, and believe me it all fits) , and my stamps, inks and paper were calling out to me. I really had to have these stamps from The Cat's Pajamas, the minute I saw them. They are truly me in everyway possible. I paired the cute cowboy penguins with Stampin' Up set "Wanted". This card combines two of my favorite things on earth, Cowboys and penguins!

I have gone through about 200 of those required pages, and have some worksheets, a CEU, and some flash cards to do. All that, and I am off to my sisters house for dinner, which works out great. She cooks and cleans, and I read and work on school stuff. Okay now my itch is fixed, and I can return to my studies. Have a great day!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Hedgehog Friendship


After the snow we recieived yesterday I needed something to brighten up my mood. I also needed to make some cards for a swap, called the "Flood Swap". With this swap we flood the mailboxes of other people in the swap, it's a pretty easy swap to do.
For this card I used Stampin' Up sets, Hedgehog Happiness and Blossom Friend (or at least I think that's the name) Personally the scan doesn't do the color of the card justice. O-well I had fun making this card, and it's helping me make my goal of posting everyday this year. I went through my Stampin' Up sets yesterday, and as many of you might know I am kind of a fanatic about SU. A couple of years ago I started making cards by using all my sets, just makes it so I can never say I have never inked that set before. (okay I have a couple like that) We will see how the challenge goes, with school and all. I am going to try my best, and by doing the challenge I just might make my goal of posting everyday. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Snow is so deep..........

I swear it is still snowing, and snowing, and snowing.....
I know I live in the great northwest, but holy freak it's crazy outside. I love Montana, but I truly live in the wrong state. Not too crazy for this much snow.
My driveway is crazy steep, and I know we have at least 6 more inches out there. Thankfully we have a friend with a plow, and he saves the day.
I am currently on track with my goal of posting everyday this year, (ha, ha) not too hard to do right now, since it is only the second day of 2009. We will see how things go when winter quarter in college starts on tuesday. (cross your fingers) Actually I dropped from 18 credits to 12 credits, and I am so happy for that change, you have know idea!!
Anyway, I made this card about 3 weeks back, the image and sentiment are from a Inkadinkado set, that I bought at my LSS. The patterned paper is DCWV. I used my snowflake cuttlebug folder to emboss the white accent paper, and I hand cut the sentiment out, following along with the lines of the stamped image. I gave "Frostbite" (the penguin, my name for him) a little bow tie as an embellishment, and colored him with my Stampin' Up markers after stamping him in staz-on black ink. The border was done by hand with one of my black pens. I figured the sentiment was appropriate for the current weather. Hope your not snowed in. Thanks for stopping by, reading my rambles and commenting on my creation. Have a great day!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Polar Bear Plunge into Flathead Lake


Every New Years Day at Riverside Park my fellow Polsonites break the ice surrounding the lake access at the park and run into the cold frigid water of Flathead Lake. Todays wonderful tempature of the water was a balmy 36 degrees, outside was 30 degrees. I personally would not ever do this, but its fun to see who comes out for the plunge and how many people young and old partake in this yearly ritual.

This picture shows about 100+ people waiting to run into the water, and then quickly run out. The girl facing the camera with her hands out is Heather, one of my oldest son golf partners for the high school. Her dad, Brian is standing next to her, he builds houses with my husband.



There they go. I am standing on the dock, bundled up in hat, gloves, and coat taking pictures, laughing in amazement at the spectical. The people were truly acting like they didn't mind the cold weather, and me, I was freakin' out about all the kids out there with hardly any clothes on.
Might be the mom in me, or the EMT, or the future nurse, take your pick!



Most the time, their families are waiting with the car running and heaters a blaring!! The community always takes the greatest precautions, there are volunteer firefighters in the water in their water rescue suits, and an ambulance on stand-by. But by the grace of God, they have never been needed.
It took a total of about one minute for the plunge from start to finish. And in the end the participants get a free T-shirt donated by a local family. This year was actually a warmer year than others, and that is hard to come by in Montana in January.
Well I hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures. One of my goals this year is to update my blog on a daily basis, either by sharing photos of the happenings of the day, or something kreative, or maybe a simple sentiment. Hope you all have a wonderful 2009, and may all your goals be achieved by 2010. I know in June 2010 my goal of becomeing a nurse will be a reality.
Happy New Year!!