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!