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


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!!