Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years!!

I don't have a card to share today! I have some older cards (rejects) to share but I will do that some other time!

I had hoped to play along with the latest CARDS challenge for a New Years card but time has not permitted me to do so!

Anyway... I just wanted to say Hello and wish you all a Happy New Year! I will be back tomorrow when I will be sharing an opportunity for all of us to help a worthy cause! So... please check back!

On a different note... I saw on Christina's blog where she shared her word for the year. I am not sure about this word thing... I think it is an Ali Edwards thing but again... I have no real clue so... don't hold me to that! ANYWAY....I like the idea of having a word/theme for the new year!

I was thinking today about what I would like my word to be. I think my word for the year is ... LIVE!

I want to live without fear!
I want to live in the now and enjoy the now!
I want to live my life and stop putting it off until I have more time/money!
I want to live the life that I want to live... I want to make the dreams come true instead of sitting around and waiting for them to come to me!
I just want to live!!... I want my son's memories of his mother to be of a woman who loved him and played with him and enjoyed every moment of her life! Even the trials!!

Hope you all enjoy a safe and happy New Years!! Love you all!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge #6


Hey guys... it is time for another Everything But the Kitchen Sink household item challenge! This months hostess with the mostest is the awesome Ann Cox!

Ann has chosen wrapping paper as her household item this month!

You have until midnight on Jan. 8th to link your card or scrapbook page on the EBKS blog! The winner will be announced on Jan. 12th. The winner will receive a $25 g. certificate to Verve stamps!!! (I wish I could win... I have wanted some Verve stamps!!)

Anyway.... here is my card! I used my Big Shot and Heart Nesties to cut the big heart out of some $1 bin Target wrapping paper! Wrapping paper works really well on cards! I will have to remember this for future use! Thanks Ann for the inspiration!


I hope you will all find time to play along with our challenge! It is always great to see what everyone comes up with! You gals are some creative women!

Have a great Wednesday! Peace Out!

Supplies:
Stamps - Background Basics Hearts and Tiny Treats Valentines (PTI)
Paper - True Black and Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Ink - True Black (PTI), VersaMark
Other - White Filigree Emboss Powder, SU Modern Label punch, SU Dimensionals, Wrapping paper (Target), White felt, Pure Poppy button (PTI), Romance Bazzill floss, SU Corner rounder, Sizzix Hearts Tipsy die

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Be Mine


Hey guys! Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday!

I meant to post this last night but I fell asleep on the couch before I could make it into the craft room! I had hoped to catch up with everyone last night as well but... I have high hopes for today/tonight! :)

This is a card that I just made the other night. ! I was working on a few other things ... valentine themed... and I had this idea!

I was looking at my stamping grid paper and saw this part of the 2 part snowman stamp from Holiday Tree and thought... hey... I bet I could stamp a heart over that and it would be cute! So... I did and I liked it! :) So... here are my little heart men!!

Can't wait to catch up with you all and see what you are doing!

Tomorrow morning I will be posting for the new Everything But The Kitchen Sink household item challenge. Be sure to check back!!

Peace and Love

Supplies:
Stamps - Heart Prints and Holiday Tree (PTI)
Paper - White (PTI)
Ink - True Black, Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, and Raspberry Fizz (PTI)
Other - Raspberry Fizz ribbon (PTI), Kaiser Red Rhinestone

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Whew....

I don't know about you guys... but I am glad that Christmas has come and gone!

I love Christmas but by the time it is over... I am ready for some boring/normal again!

I am ready for some cleaning up and cleaning out too! It is that time of the year... time to redo and organize and clean... fun fun!

I have some big plans for my bonus room... I will try to remember to take pictures so I can share what I am doing. Maybe I will start blogging about something besides cards! :) Maybe!

I have put off doing anything to my bonus room... thinking that I may need to move my craft stuff back up there at some point if we were to have another child. Well... since I know the answer to that now... it is time to do something with that room. I need to make more room for Carver's toys since his collection of stuff is growing and growing! I am excited to get started on it!

Anyway... Christmas was great! I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas as well!

I thought I would post a few pics real quick. Michael is working on uploading our pictures to flickr and here are a few from our Christmas with my immediate family. This is just a picture of me, Michael and Carver. And then one of me with my mom and one of me with my dad!





I took a lot of pictures... well... we took a lot of pictures but (for me anyway) it is hard to get great shots with all of the commotion. I take a million and just pray to get one or two good ones!

I will probably post more later as Michael gets more uploaded to flickr!

I have missed blogging and commenting! I am glad for the holiday season to be behind us (almost) so I can get back in my routine! However.... I need to redefine my routine as I don't want to get back into old non-sleeping habits! :) So... I am excited to see what this new year is going to look like! I hope to find a better balance with spending time with my husband at night some too instead of in my craft room. Having cancer kind of put things in perspective for me and I pray that I don't lose that and get back into old/bad habits! Anyway....

I will shut up now! It has just been a while and I wanted to get on and say "Hello... I have missed you!!"!

Peace and Love! :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More of the Same



Here are a couple more cards that I have not posted yet. I think they are two more rejects! :)

I haven't made anything in a few days! I have worked on stamping my images in my stamp binder. The past two nights... I worked on wrapping presents, etc! I am done with that as of today... woo hoo!

I always have the best intentions of wrapping everything so neatly and by the time I wrap 4 or 5... I am just slapping that paper on or trying to find a gift bag in my stash big enough to fit whatever the present is! :)

One of these days I am going to have it all together and do it all 'right'! :) Ha...

This month has just flown by... I can not believe that Christmas is just a couple of days away! It just doesn't feel right! I am almost sad because with my health events... I feel like I have just let everything get by me and haven't done much to make it feel like Christmas around here! Plus... my husband has been working at the office everyday and almost every night lately so it really doesn't make it feel Christmasy when he is working so much!

Anyway... enough of the pity party! :)

On another note... I am so blessed! :) I truly have the best blog friends and IRL friends and family! I have received several gifts and cards in the mail from you guys. I won't go into who and what but... you know who you are! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

I am still trying to make sense of everything that has happened this last month! At times I find myself asking... did I make a big deal out of nothing? I mean... in like 3 weeks after finding out I had cancer... I had surgery and was out and about again!

I know I didn't make a big deal out of nothing! I know that I just serve an AWESOME God!!

I have had two people... one friend and one family member... tell me that God specifically spoke to them and told them to do something for me! One was at an inconvenient time to be doing what God told them to do. The other is a HUGE thing that I won't discuss! Both of these things were just wonderful!

I tell you that because I don't remember anyone ever telling me... hey... God basically made me do this for you. I didn't want to... I didn't have time, etc... but God specifically and audibly told me to do this for you! Wow... I cannot tell you how loved I feel! I feel so unworthy and yet so thankful for grace and mercy and that God loves me! I just can't describe how hearing that God spoke to people on my behalf... has made me feel! Just Wow!!

I am doing really well physically and mentally and emotionally! Michael and I have even talked about how even though we wanted another child... the fact that we know now that this unit of 3 is our family... is exciting! It is exciting to know for sure. No more well... we might not want to do that because we may have another child. I feel like we can move forward with whatever... simply because... we know! I don't know if that makes sense but... it does in my head! :)

Well... sorry for the rambling! I haven't rambled in a while. Mainly because I haven't been blogging much! I think the holidays just have everyone busy!

If you are still with me... there are still a couple of days to play along with the Everything But The Kitchen Sink challenge!! Don't want to miss out on a chance to win an awesome prize!

Hope you all enjoy your Christmas festivities over the next few days! I intend to do another post before Christmas but just in case... Merry Christmas! I love you all!!

Supplies: Sunshine
Stamps - Head in the Clouds (Sassafras), Everyday Words by Ali Edwards (Technique Tuesday)
Paper - White (PTI)
Ink - Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, YoYo Yellow (SU)
Other - Kaiser Red Rhinestones, MM Black Tiny Alpha

Supplies: Hi
Paper - White (PTI)
Other - Toothpicks, copics, Thickers, Felt, Kaiser Rhinestones, True Black Ribbon, Big Shot, Sizzix Flower Layers Die

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rejection Time



Well... it is that time... time for me to post some of my rejects! :) I have a bunch so... here is two of them. I have like 3 or 4 calls worth of rejects that I need to post and since I haven't made anything new to share... seems like the perfect time to get started!

I have been working on stamping all of my stamps in my index binder. I have put it off because it is just so overwhelming but I am making progress so I want to continue. I feel like it will help with my creativity process when I am done. I won't forget what stamps I have because I can just look through my binder and see!! Now.. if I could only do something similar with all the embellishments, etc that I have! :) I think I just have too much stuff!

Anyway.... hope you are all enjoying your Sunday! Ours has been great so far. Carver is napping and I think I am fixing to. Just wanted to pop on and post for a second!

Peace and Love

Supplies: Thanks
Stamps - Worn Grid (Unity)
Paper - Kraft (PTI)
Ink - True Black
Other - Top Note Die (SU), Big Shot, Bazzill template, floss, and tools, Black Kaiser Rhinestones

Supplies: Love Grows
Stamps - Love Grows and Fresh Beginnings (Unity)
Paper - White (PTI)
Ink - Black StazOn
Other - Copics, Kaiser Red Rhinestone, Nesties Labels One, Big Shot

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Baby


is not such a baby anymore!! :(

This is the picture that we sent out on our Christmas card this year!

I made several... several... Christmas cards this year thinking that I would send everyone a handmade card and then I remembered that we usually send out a picture card with Carver on it!

Anyway.... Michael took Carver to an already scheduled photo shoot while I was in the hospital and got our Christmas pictures/cards done. I think Michael did a great job of picking one for the card!

It captures who Carver is right now... you can just see the mischief in those eyes and smile!

I love him!! He cracks us up on a daily basis!! He is so smart!

Hope you guys had a great day and are going to have a great weekend! Our Christmas family festivities start tomorrow so I am excited!!

Love you guys!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Embellish Snowflakes Challenge



This is my card for the latest Embellish challenge!!

I didn't really 'need' to make another holiday card but the color choices were so intriguing that I had to give it a shot!

I don't know about you but... I am tired of making Christmas cards now. I started way back in July (I think). I am ready to move on to some Valentines cards or something! :)

I have tons of Thank you cards to make so I really need to be getting busy on those!

I hope you all are doing well!

I went shopping today with my dad while Carver was at school! That was a first I think! I really enjoyed it! I have spent a lot of time with my mom and my dad these last few weeks and I have really enjoyed it all! Don't get me wrong... so glad to be doing well and not 'needing' any help but... it has been great to spend so much time with my parents... in my world... if you know what I mean! They have gotten to see a little more of what our daily life is like first hand!

Well... enough rambling for tonight! I just finished cleaning out my hotmail inbox. I am finishing this post and then I hope to make a few cards. Maybe tomorrow night I will work on cleaning out my gmail inbox! I like for my email inbox to be cleaned out. I think I have close to 200 emails/comments in my gmail box! Whew....

Peace and Love!!

Supplies:
Stamps - Signature Christmas (PTI)
Paper - Lemon Tart, Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Kraft (PTI)
Ink - Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other - Pearls (Prima), MS Snowflake punch, SU Dimensionals, SU Curvy Label Punch

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Raspberry Suite #20






I loved these colors so much that I made two cards! I was in need of a couple of birthday cards so I am glad to get those done!

I actually made three cards last night... feels good! I can't do that every night though... I found myself staying up too late and I don't want to get back in that bad habit!

Anyway.... hope you are all doing well! I am going to keep it short and sweet. I am trying to get Carver to take a quick nap. We ended up going and doing a little shopping with my parents today. I thought I would stay home since it is so cold here but... now that I can get out and about... that is what I want to do! I got several gifts crossed off my list so... that makes me feel good.

I am going to try and do a little gift wrapping and blog hopping while he is asleep!

Don't forget about the Everything But the Kitchen Sink sketch challenge that is going on!! :)

Peace and Love!

Edit... the heart card was chosen by Dawn as an In the Spotlight top 10!!

Supplies: flower
Stamps - Handwritten Notes and In Bloom (PTI)
Paper - Vintage Cream, Terracotta Tile, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, and Aqua Mist (PTI)
Ink - Dark Chocolate, Terracotta Tile (PTI)
Other - SU Dimensionals and Kaiser Rhinestone

Supplies: hearts
Stamps - Handwritten Notes and Background Basics Retro (PTI)
Paper - Aqua Mist, Terracotta Tile, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink - Dark Chocolate (PTI), VersaMark
Other - EK Success heart punch, Filigree Clear Emboss Powder, Jute Twine (PTI)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge #5 - Sketch Challenge

Hey guys.... it is sketch time again!!

This month's sketch challenge is hosted by the wonderful Winter Sims!!

Here is this month's sketch ....


and here is the sketch inspiration... Winter's stove!! Cool, huh?



Here is my interpretation of the sketch!



Go visit the EBKS blog to see all of the other ladies cards and to get all of the challenge details!

Winter is giving away this book to the winner of the challenge!! So... go get your craft on and enter to win this awesome prize!! :) We can't wait to see what you guys/gals come up with!!

Supplies: Stamps - Big and Bold Wishes (PTI), Polka Dot Basics II (PTI) Paper - Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (PTI) Ink - Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate (PTI) Other - Terracotta Tile buttons (PTI), Kaiser Rhinestones, EK Success Embossed Curve Punch, SU Dimensionals

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tuesday Trigger



Wow... this is only the second card that I have made in a month!! It is hard to get the mojo back in gear!

This is my card for the latest Tuesday Trigger over at Cath's Moxie Fab blog.

When I saw this trigger, I thought of my Kim Hughes set of trees stamp!

Have I said that I have had a hard time getting the mojo in gear? :)

The first card that I made... I will be posting first thing in the morning for the latest EBKS sketch challenge!!

This has been my first day, since surgery, by myself with Carver! We have had a good day and I was able to make this card during nap time! I think nap time is going to have to be my new crafting time! I have been going to bed right after Carver does since my surgery! Since I am not staying up until 2am... I haven't gotten my craft on in a while! I am still behind on catching up with everyone as well! I hope to do that soon too!

Well... my phone won't quit ringing and now Carver is waking up so I guess I need to go! I will be back in the morning with hopefully a better post! I can't concentrate! :)

Supplies:
Stamps - Heart Warmers (CHF)
Paper - Pure Poppy (PTI), Life At the Pole (Sassafras)
Ink - True Black (PTI)
Other - White button (PTI)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hello


This is a card that I made a while ago and haven't posted yet! I think I made it for a PC call. It has been so long that I can't remember!

Anyway.... nothing new has been made lately and I wanted to 'talk' so I thought I would post this!

Hope you are all doing well! I am doing really good!

I went to church tonight for the first time since my surgery! It was great to be back home!! I look forward to going on Sunday! I hope by then I can manage to wear some blue jeans. No one would care if I came in sweat/stretchy pants but.... I would! :) I guess I could wear a dress... if I owned one! Ha! Oh wait... I do have one... I can wear that! Sweet!!

My parents came over to spend the day today! My dad was going to keep Carver busy playing and my mom wanted to clean my house! Instead.... we took Carver to Pump It Up and then met Michael for lunch at Chick-fil-A! I, of course, didn't get to jump at Pump It Up but it was fun to watch Carver play with his grandparents for a while! I have decided that I am not going to sit at home everyday. I feel good and am ready to get out and do things as I can. My post op instructions say that I can get back to normal activities (well... most of them) as tolerated and.... that is what I am doing!

I still hear of people who are praying for me on a daily basis... I am just overwhelmed! I know those prayers are being answered and my body is healing so quickly! It seems as though a lot of people are surprised at how well I am doing! I find myself surprised as well!
Isn't that silly? I mean... I can clearly see how God moved to get this cancer out of my body so fast and then I find myself surprised at how well I am doing!

Anyway....

One of these days, hopefully soon, I will quit posting updates about my health! You all know that I am doing well now so I will try not to talk about it all of the time from here on out.

I seriously hope to make some cards tomorrow! We have a new EBKS sketch challenge coming up soon, my Grandmother's birthday is in a few days, my sweet MIL's bday has already passed, and of course... I have a ton of Thank you cards to make. I really need to get busy! I have been busy just getting my life back in order as I have had the energy! Oh sweet card making supplies... how I have missed you!!

Well... enough rambling I guess! I hope to start catching up with you all soon! I feel so out of the loop... I don't know what anyone has been up to lately!

Thanks again for all of the prayers and well wishes! I am doing well but still ask for your prayers anytime that you think about me! I am hard headed and mean so.... I will never tell you not to pray for me! I need all of it I can get! :)

Peace and Love!!

Supplies:
Stamps - Distressed Dots (Unity)
Paper - Kraft and Chocolate Remix (PTI)
Ink - Summer Sunrise and Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other - Rustic Jute Twine (PTI), AC Brown Buttons, Jenni B Alpha Stickers, SU Bigz Butterfly Die, SU Corner Rounder
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Monday, December 7, 2009

2 Cards, 2 Challenges and 1 Update

Sorry to throw all of this stuff into one post! To be honest... I have been a little nervous the last couple of days thinking about jumping back into blogworld! :)

These two cards are ones that I made right before I found out my 'news' and I never felt like I could or should share them before now. Luckily, the challenge lasted long enough that I could get this posted.



This first card is my card for Cath's latest Moxie Fab Christmas in the Old Country challenge! I have had these Basic Grey stamps for a while. I was drawn to them as soon as I saw them but had never had an occasion to ink them up! Thanks Cath for the challenge and Thanks for just being great! :)

Speaking of... Thank all of you for just being great! I am tearing up just thinking of how blessed I am to know all of you either in real life or in blogworld! I can't tell you how much love I have felt these past few weeks. I have always known that I was loved but ... Wow!! I have had more people praying for me these past few weeks... it is just overwhelming and all of the prayers have been felt and SEEN!!

I am doing well! I came home Thursday night. Not so good on Friday because I took a pain pill! No more of those... Kelley and pills don't mix well! Sat... better! Sunday and today... lots better! I feel more like myself today (physically and mentally) than I have felt in a while! I am having some emotional ups and downs but mostly ups! I know my God loves me and has taken care of me so I know He will get me through the other trials I will go through as a result of all of this! It is just hard coming to terms with what my body can and cannot do anymore!

Anyway!! :)

My mom is here now watching and playing with Carver! I have been able to get up and wash some clothes and straighten up a little. Of course... just for a few minutes and then I have to sit down and rest. I am not going to over do it ... like my family insists I am trying to do! It just helps me to feel better to just get up and do... my body is healing and getting stronger! My parents... man... I can't even get into that now! I will hurt my stitches from sobbing if I do! Let me just say that I have the best parents in the world! I have the best family and friends in the world! I am just blessed!!!

So.... sorry to get into all of that! I just thought you would like to know where I am physically, etc! I hope to get some time tonight where I will feel like getting back on the computer and getting caught up with you guys! I have missed you all!!



This next card is for the current Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge! This was my first time to host the challenge and I hate that I didn't get to follow through on that. Thanks Courtney for taking over for me and hosting this challenge! I had a ton of fun with some toothpicks! I just checked and there are not a lot of participants so far. I think if you guys would grab you some toothpicks and some Copics .... you would find out how much fun it is!! I think if all of this health stuff hadn't come up... I would have found my newest addiction.... using toothpicks! I made two cards... I will share the other one at a later date! You still have until the 9th at Midnight CST to participate!! :)

Well.... that is all for me! I wanted to get this post in and get my feet back in the water! :) I will be back again soon! I hope to actually try to craft tomorrow for a while. Carver will be at school and I am doing so well that I don't need anyone here when Carver is not here so... maybe!?!?! :) I think if I got my craft on again... it would help so much to feel 'normal' again! Whatever normal is! :)

I love you all!!

Peace and Love!!

Supplies: Joy to the World
Stamps - Basic Grey, Signature Christmas (PTI)
Paper - Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink - Scarlet Jewel, Enchanted Evening, Ripe Avocado and True Black (PTI)
Other - Rustic Jute Twine (PTI)

Supplies: Smooches
Stamps - Handwritten Notes (PTI)
Paper - Kraft (PTI), Nutmeg (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink - True Black and Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other - Dark Chocolate ribbon and Melon Berry Buttons (PTI), Nutmeg Chipboard (CC), toothpicks, copic markers, Corner Rounder (SU)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hey guys

Hey... hope you are all doing well! I have felt better this afternoon than I have in a few days. I really don't remember anything about Monday and only remember a little about Tuesday!

I know that the surgery went well. They were able to do the bikini cut so that is great. We got news tonight that the tests show that they were able to get it all so no more treatment is needed at this time.

That was of course the great news we were hoping for! God is Good!! ALL the time!!

I hope to be going home tomorrow afternoon... I can't wait! I will catch up with you guys a little later. Thank you again for all of your prayers! We are so blessed!! Love you all!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

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I didn't know what to title this post! I have run out of time to reply to all of you guys... I have tried as time has permitted but please know that I thank you all so much for the love you have shown and the prayers you are offering up on our behalf!

I am doing really well! I find myself honored and excited! Of course I am anxious a little bit just about being away from Carver for a few days. I will miss seeing his sweet little face!

But... I am honored and exciting (as strange as that may sound to some of you) that God is allowing me to go through this storm. I know I will be a much stronger person. I know my family will be stronger. I am excited about the blessings that He is going to bestow upon me, my family, and hopefully others by me going through all of this! I am excited about all of the things that I am going to learn through this process and about how much closer I will be to my God and Savior!

Thank you all again for loving me and for the prayers! I am so blessed to have so many people love and care for me and my family! I love you all so much and so many of you I have never even met! :) You guys take care of yourselves! Michael will be updating on his blog and as soon as I am lucid enough... I will be catching up with you myself! :) I love you all!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ramblings and Specifics

I have so much to do or that I feel like I have to get done before Sunday! All that I can concentrate on right now is just getting my feelings out so... that is what I am going to do first!

Yesterday was a great day! Today has been a great day with one small breakdown over dinner! :) I don't even know really what I want to say. I just need to talk so thanks for listening and for caring!

I have faith that God is taking care of me and that I am going to be fine! I do, however, seem to let the devil come in from time to time and steal that away from me temporarily! I guess that is only human, right?

I received an email from a church friend that I read just a few minutes ago. In that email, my friend shared that my experience has made her aware of the need to take care of herself better for her children. After I read that email, I went out to feed our dogs and I found myself praying. Praying that for whatever reason I am being allowed to go through this experience... if/when I have come through it.... that I will have the courage and strength to do whatever it is that God wants me to do with this. I see so many 'things' at this moment that I feel could be the reason I am going through this. I see the opportunities that could open up for me to hopefully help others with my story if only I have the courage to do them. You see... some of these opportunities would involve things that I am very uncomfortable with doing at this point in my life! I think about how my husband is a youth minister. We have so many teenage girls that I could talk to about this storm in my life and hopefully make them see how the impact of what they do NOW... can affect their future. Is this personal experience that I have something that I am ashamed of.... yes... of course. Is it something that I am too ashamed of to talk about to others in an effort to help them maybe not make the same wrong decisions... not at all. Am I terrified of public speaking.... YES! Am I just uncomfortable talking in even a small group of people (even teenagers)... YES! Is this what God has in store for me? I don't know yet!

The reason I am even talking about this is because not only do I need your prayers for many other things... I am asking for your prayers that WHEN I come through this... that it will not be wasted! I need your prayers for strength long after the physical hurts are healed. I need prayers for clarity and that my eyes and heart will be open to whatever God wants me to do from here on out!

I hope all of that rambling somehow makes sense... at least enough that you understand my prayer request! :)

Speaking of prayer requests.... I have several specific prayer points if you would please... :)

Pray for my husband, Michael... he is going to be mommy and daddy for a while. Pray that he will remain healthy and strong physically and mentally.

Pray for my son, Carver... pray for a calm spirit... as any of you who know Carver know how wild he can be! While that is all fun and great normally... it would be awesome if he would be a little less rambunctious until I get home so it would help his dad out! :) The energy that boy has can wear you out in an hour!

Pray also for Carver that he will remain healthy and strong during all of this! As a mom, of course, I am worried that everyone is going to be so preoccupied with taking care of me that an illness in Carver could go unnoticed longer than it normally would be.

Pray for my parents... they are strong but I am their little girl! I am the baby and the only girl so my brothers like to say that I am spoiled... they don't know what they are talking about! :)

Pray for the rest of my family that they will remain strong and full of faith that everything is going to be okay! We are going to be depending on a lot of our family to help us out for the next little while. They all have their own lives, etc.... I hate to think about them getting worn down.

Pray for the doctors and nurses who are going to be taking care of me!

Praise God for the doctors and nurses who are going to be taking care of me!

Praise God for my doctor... Dr. Link... who has already taken care of me by listening to God and catching this!

Pray for strength for me and a quick recovery!

Pray that the doctors are able to get out all of the cancer and that the tests results will show that they did.

Pray that the initial tests were correct and the cancer has not spread!

And again... pray that this... whatever the outcome... will not be wasted!

Did you get all of that? ha.... I don't ask much, huh? :)

I am sure I forgot something that I will think of later so... you may hear from me again! If not.... I LOVE YOU ALL! I am soooo blessed to know you all and to have your love and to have you guys praying for me and my family! I wish I could hug and kiss you all!!

My surgery is at 8am CST on Monday the 30th! My husband, Michael, has started a blog and I am sure he will keep it updated if you want to check in on me! I know you do because you love me! I love you too! :)

His blog is michaeleubanks.blogspot.com !! Talk to you guys soon! :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I find myself today, of course, being thankful for all of the blessings in my life! The 'normal' blessings that we are all thankful for. I also find myself being thankful to God for what He is doing in my life at this moment. I find myself praising Him in this storm because I know that He is going to see my through this. I know that God is going to use this in a mighty way to change my life forever and I know that He is going to use this to do a work in many lives around me. I know that through this, I will have a strength and a faith and an understanding of so many things that I have prayed to Him to have. I found myself at one of my lowest points thinking that THIS is what Jesus felt before He died on the cross for me. I have always had a hard time grasping the sacrifice that Jesus made. I wasn't there to see what he went through. I wasn't there to see the pain and suffering and how Jesus must have been so scared and nervous about what He was fixing to do. See Jesus was not only God but He was also human so I can only imagine that He had the same human reaction of being so scared and sick and sad about what He knew He was facing. I have longed to have a better grasp of what He went through because I felt like I would be even more thankful for the sacrifice that He made for me. I wanted to understand that so that I could be a better person and a person who truly put God first... above ALL else! I don't think that I could ever fully understand how He felt but I do feel that being so scared of losing my life and being so physically sick over it... I understand as best as I ever will until I get to Heaven! I am just thankful to God for this season of my life because God makes amazing things happen even in the worst situations! God doesn't cause these things to happen but He uses them to bring people to Him!

Thank you God for my life and for this storm that I am going through right now! I have faith that you are going to see me through this and I am going to be closer to You than I have ever been. I have faith that someone... even one person... will seek You through all of this and find a joy, a peace and a happiness that only comes from You. If one person finds their way to you... then it is all worth it!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Latest

I love you all.... do you know that? I really do!

I have a real peace for the first time in this life changing few days! I went for my CT Scan this morning and we called a little while ago for the results. From the tests... it looks as if the cancer has not spread. It seems to be contained at the moment to my cervix. Due to the kind of cancer it is (rare), the surgery for a radical hysterectomy is still on for Monday.

After hearing this news and talking to the wonderful nurse, I can't help but have a peace! I know so many people have been praying for me/us. These are other things that I know......

The 'catch' of this cancer in my body is a total surprise to the oncologist and his staff. Apparently my irregular pap was just slighty irregular. The standard procedure for many gynos would be to say... hey, you guys have a great holiday season and how about you come back in Feb. and we will do another pap. There were no signs on my irregular pap of cancer. If the standard procedure had been done... this would have given my type of cancer plenty of opportunity to grow and spread. Instead my doctor immediately did a biopsy just to be safe! Have I said that I love him? :) I always have but man... I basically feel like he has saved my life or at least... done his part to try to!

My gyno started to refer me to another oncologist but said... hey... you know what.... I am going to send you to Dr. Dudley instead. I know why he had a change of heart.... God wanted me to be with Dr. Dudley. We have heard nothing but great great things about this man! His nurses sing his praises and everyone... everyone we have had contact with the past two days at the hospital have done nothing but sing his praises. Dr. Dudley's nurse told us that it is nothing for him to use his lunch time to go to the chapel and pray for his patient(s) and come back eating a banana that he picked up before starting to work again! I feel strongly that God wants this man to take care of me!

It is amazing that one day after learning of the cancer... I was in the oncologists office making plans and having tests. There was a cancellation yesterday that allowed me to come on in and be seen. The nurse has said several times over the past two days that 'someone' wanted this to go quickly for me! She and I both know who that 'Someone' is! She told Michael today that I had angels watching over me!

I think I already told you but as a favor to Dr. Dudley... the people who ran the tests for me stayed around an hour and a half later to see me. If they hadn't... I would have had to wait until Monday right before surgery to find out if it looks to have spread, etc! In my fragile condition... I don't know how I would have made it until then.

I am not a patient person and my nerves have been so torn up that I throw up and can't sleep! God knew that and I believe that He provided answers and hopefully a permanent solution in an unbelievable speedy fashion.

Knowing all of this.... I can't help but have a peace that I am going to be okay! God is moving in a mighty way to protect me right now! I am so unworthy of His love and grace but I am soooo thankful to have it!

I am also so thankful to have all of you! It is overwhelming to know that sooo many people care about you and love you and pray for you! I will never ever ever be able to express my gratitude appropriately! I just weep because I can just feel it! I can feel the love and the prayers and I am just so blessed!

Please continue to pray for me and for our family! My surgery is Monday and I will be in the hospital for 3 or 4 days and then I will have a 6 week recovery! Hopefully it won't take me that long though to get back in my craft room! :) However.... when i do.... things will be different. I pray that they are different! My life has totally changed forever and I pray that I will come out a better person because of it... a more focused person on the things that really matter and on the only ONE who really matters!

I love you all!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Update for today

Hey my dear friends, family, and church family! I wanted to share an update with you of our day as I know many of you want to know. First... let me say that I could never express in words the humbled gratitude that I feel right now to all of you for your prayers and comments/emails. Michael and I were talking on the way home tonight about the overwhelming joy that we felt today from so many texts, emails, phone calls from our family, church family and friends. It made the overwhelming despair/grief/worry a little more bearable. So... I will never be able to email each of you individually to express how grateful I am for you but please know that I am. I am so thankful for your prayers and I beg of you to keep it up!

I am in a weird place right now as I type this. I am trying to just make sense of this all and how our lives have changed forever in 24 hours. I am calm at the moment... due to prayers and to some Xanax the doctor gave me today! :) I first have to say that I know all of you reading this don't believe in God and maybe this is an opportunity for me to reach out to you and somehow through this heartache in my own life... I can show you that God is real and that he loves you. I don't believe this is happening to me because God is making this happen to me. I don't believe that this is God's perfect plan for my life. I believe that God knows when you are going to die and how because he is all knowing. But... I don't believe that he chooses that time. I believe that God gave us free will and when sin entered the world.... all of these diseases, etc are a result of that. I don't believe that God would make a baby to be born with deformities or diseases. God doesn't make anything that isn't perfect. I believe that being human and sinners has done that. We have done so many things to our bodies and after all these years of sin... these things have come about. I believe that God performs miracles but I also think that since he gave us free will that he won't step into every situation and perform one. I think sometimes the negative outcome can have a greater impact for his Kingdom and that is what this life is really all about. It is/should be about God... this life is only temporary!

Now... saying all of that... I am scared... I am so scared! I pray that God is going to take care of me and that I will be around a long time for my little boy and for my husband! I am human... I can't help but be terrified. I am really trying hard not to be but being a worrier anyway.... it is just really hard! I want to think positive and I want to believe that this will all be okay. I just know that even if this inital battle turns out okay... I am going to have a constant battle for the rest of my life... trying not to worry if this is going to come back.

So... let me quit rambling and tell you the details!


So... the oncologist did his own examination today and talked to us for a long time. I had some tests run today and am having a CT scan bright and early tomorrow. I should know the results of everything tomorrow afternoon at the latest. What he is looking for with these tests is to see any signs of cancer anywhere else in my body. He doesn't feel like that is going to be what they find but.. as I found out today... nothing is for certain... anymore...! I will have a radical hysterectomy on Monday the 30th. They have to do an old fashioned total slicing type hysterectomy with this kind of cancer to make sure they can get to all of the places that they need to get to. So... that means longer recovery time. I will be in the hospital for 3 or 4 days and then he said it would be about a 6 week recovery. I won't actually know for sure if they think it has spread until after everything is removed and they run tests on it. That will determine what my chances are of remaining cancer free. There is a chance that after they get in there and do the procedure that I may have to have chemo or radiation. They are hoping that I will only require surgery but if they think that it is at all present anywhere else.. I will have to have other treatments.

You know.. when I focus on the positive I feel like it is all going to be okay. My doctor had an instinct to do the biopsy in the first place because we found out today that my pap was only slighty abnormal and some docs would have just said come back in 6 months. Everything we have heard about the oncologist is just wonderful. They had a cancellation today so we were able to get in today and get more answers and a plan going. They staff that ran all of the tests for us today stayed an hour or more longer so they could do a favor for our doctor. Since some of the tests were today... we should know all of the results tomorrow instead of waiting until right before I go into surgery to find them out. The nurse practitioner said several times today that someone ... meaning God... wanted us here today and not having to wait to see them until next week. So... when I think of all of that... I am positive!

When I look at my little boys face... I lose it! My heart just breaks thinking of him having to go through life calling for me and me not being there for him. I know I should not focus on that ... I know I shouldn't but I just can't help it. I am his mommy and he means the world to me! I need to be here for him so please please please.... keep praying! Keep praying for peace... pray for the doctors/nurses who are treating me... pray for healing of my body! I am upset beyond words to know that I will never have another child of my own but I am so thankful that God blessed us with Carver. The only option today for me and Michael was to get it all out... it is more important for us to try and make sure the one child that we have... gets to keep his mommy around!

Thank you again for all of your prayers, thoughts, and concerns! I love you all and thank you for loving me and my family!

Prayer Request

Hey guys... you all know that I am usually a pretty open book on my blog and with you my friends. Well... this post is no different. I need you guys to pray for me. I desperately need some peace. This is pretty personal stuff so just bear with me.

A couple of weeks ago I had a pap come back abnormal. They did a biopsy last week and I was suppose to call tomorrow for the results. Instead, they called me yesterday and asked me to come in so my doc could talk to me. Basically... I have cancer inside my cervix or cervical canal... I am so out of it that I really can't tell you. My doc said I am only the 3rd person he has ever seen with this and he has been around a long time. Anyway.... he told me that he knew I wanted to have more kids but he didn't think that was going to be an option. It looks like I am going to have to have a radical hysterectomy. I am going to the oncologist today. I am so scared about the cancer. I am so scared that it will be worse than what they think it is and that I will die and leave my son. I couldn't sleep and I was throwing up all night. I desperately need some peace that only God can give me. I am so thankful to go to the doctor this afternoon but I am also scared about that. I hope to have more peace after going but I am worried I will just find out more bad news!

I just need you guys to pray for me, my husband, and our son! Thank you!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

ho ho ho




Hope you guys have had a great Sunday! I have done nothing all day... nothing! I didn't even go to church! I started not feeling well last night and went to bed by 8pm. Yeah... I said 8pm! I thought I felt better this morning but I soon realized that wasn't the case. Michael came home and took Carver to church. My in-laws took Carver to eat lunch and then came by to pick up a bag so he could spend the night with them. They didn't take him because I was that sick... they just wanted him to spend the night. So... a little while later... Michael left for an overnight trip to do some computer work! So.... here I am... all by myself. I did good to get off the couch and post this! I feel better and was never really like throwing up sick... just really tired and my stomach has been hurting a lot on and off. Anyway.... just giving you a play by play of my day! :) I miss my boys! It is too quiet!!

So... this is another one of my WCMD rejects! :) I really like this card! Nothing spectacular about the card.... I just love that My Mind's Eye paper. I love the ho ho ho and I don't think I have any more h's in those brown thickers! :( Oh well... you live and learn!

Just a reminder about the Everything But the Kitchen Sink sketch challenge going on right now! You still have two more days to play along and possibly win a $25 g. certificate to Two Peas!

Well... I am off to maybe do a little crafting! I feel like it is midnight and it is barely after 6pm. I don't like it when it starts getting dark so early!! Hope you guys have a great rest of the night!

Peace and Love!

Supplies:
Paper - Kraft(PTI), Old St. Nick (MME)
Ink - Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
Other - AC Thickers, Scarlet Jewel buttons (PTI), Jute Twine (PTI), EK Success Embossed Curve Punch.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #19




This is my submission for Dawn's latest color challenge! This is a busy time of year for birthday cards around here so it helps me to participate in these challenges to get color/sketch ideas! Plus... it is just fun, right? What is it about challenges? Is it that competitive nature in all of us coming out that makes us want to compete for the win? :) Or do people REALLY do it just because they want to play!?!? :) I think it is because we all want to make something that someone else likes! So... when your cards don't get picked for that challenge or that publication ... why do we keep doing it? Torture? ha...

Sorry for the ramble... have been in deep thought lately about a lot of things! :) And.... I... am one to talk about it... not just keep it inside and put on a pretty front! :) You all know I am crazy by now anyway.... right? :)

Back to the card.... Usually I am trying to think of the very best idea that I can possibly think of and make that card! This time... I just pulled out one of my Unity stamp sets and did my best to make it work. I think it turned out pretty! The picture doesn't do the colors, rhinestones, and stickles justice but... that is how it goes when you don't have a light tent or know how to work your camera! :)

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far! I had a baby shower to attend this morning and then we had Thanksgiving with Michael's side of the family this afternoon. So... I am going to spend the rest of the night taking care of things around the house! Until bedtime that is and I am sure I will be right back here.... visiting with you all! :)

Peace and Love!

Supplies:
Stamps - wherever you go (Unity), Handwritten Notes (PTI)
Paper - Dark Chocolate and White (PTI)
Ink - Dark Chocolate, Fresh Snow (PTI), Black StazOn
Other - copics, Raspberry Fizz ribbon (PTI), Kaiser Rhinestones, Labels One Nesties, SU Dimensionals, Star Dust Stickles

Friday, November 20, 2009

Embellish Brads Challenge


This is the card that I made for the Embellish mag color/brads challenge. My nephew turns 7 towards the end of the month so I thought these colors would be great to use on his card! I made it a 4x4 card to tuck in with his gifts.

Hope you are all doing well! I am working on catching up on my blog hopping and about a million other things! Only have a minute but wanted to get my post up and out there! :)

Have a great weekend!

Peace and Love!

Supplies:
Stamps - Transportation (Martha Stewart), Birthday Basics (PTI)
Paper - New Leaf and White (PTI)
Ink - Enchanted Evening, Pure Popp, and New Leaf (PTI)
Other - Brads (Basic Grey), SU Dimensionals
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

hello




Hello friends!! First off I want to say Thank You for all of the prayers and well wishes for my doctor visit today! I appreciate all of you! Sharing my world and my creations with you guys, on this blog, has become such a huge part of my life. You guys bring me so much joy with your comments and your friendships! I feel like you are all my best friends and I have never even met you! Thank you guys for loving me enough to come back for a visit day after day! I feel blessed to be a part of this blog world community of friends!

My visit went really well today! I was so nervous last night that I had a hard time getting to sleep. I also thought I was going to throw up at any second. I don't ever get like that so I must have been really nervous!! :) I took a pain pill.. ha... before I went so I barely felt a thing. I am so relieved that it is over! Now... if I could just get rid of this sickly feeling from the pain pill... everything would be great. I knew I would feel this way but decided to take the pain pill just in case. SOOO glad that I did! Whew... glad that is over. Hopefully I won't have to have anything further done! I will find out on Wednesday!

Anyway... Thanks again for the prayers! And... I am still getting some photography feedback so Thanks again for that. Hopefully soon I can sit down and sort through the information and do some research. I will be sure to share with all of you what I find and think will work best for me! Several of you have expressed interest in doing the same thing!

Now.... on to the card! :) You can't see it real well but there are some Star Dust stickles on the white part of the stick. This is one I sent in for WCMD! Does anyone else submit things and then wonder... why did I do that? I mean... I love this card but it is just so simple... of course it wouldn't get picked! When you think of all the submissions they get... gorgeous submissions... I am sure a card like this would have done better to stay in my pile of cards at home! However... they did send the cards to a worthy cause so...

Anyway... not trying to slam myself/my creativity or looking for any pick me ups! :) Just rambling a bit! And wondering if anyone else submits stuff that you really like and then later on .... after it is rejected... wonder why you sent it in the first place. Maybe I just need to be more picky about what I submit!?!?

Maybe that pain pill is making me chatty! :) Maybe I am just chatty all the time! Ha...

Well... thanks for stopping by! A little reminder that you still have several days to submit a card for the Everything But the Kitchen Sink challenge. A 2peas g.card is on the line! There are so many amazing submissions already!! We are all so excited about the participation!! Thank you for the support! Oh.. you can get to the EBKS blog anytime by clicking on the link on the right hand side of my blog!

Peace and Love!

Supplies:
Stamps - Spin Baby (Unity), Scripty Words (CHF)
Paper - White (PTI), Only Orange, Pink Passion, Tempting Turqouise, Green Galore (SU)
Ink - True Black (PTI), Real Red (SU)
Other - SU Dimensionals, Star Dust Stickles (Ranger)
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SPCC #24



Hey guys... quick post... trying to sneak this in while Carver is still napping!

I wanted to play with my SU stamp set/punch and thought these colors would be a place to start! I love these colors!

My Certainly Celery didn't show up very well but it is cloudy and cold here!! :(

Thank you guys for all the great advice/tips on life in general and photography classes! :) You guys are the best!

I have one more request... I am having a female issue looked into tomorrow and it requires a little procedure! So... if you guys would just say a prayer for me... I would appreciate it! I am not nervous yet but I know I will be... about the pain involved! :) Love you guys!

Supplies:
Stamps - Delightful Decorations (SU), Polka Dot Basics II (PTI)
Paper - Bashful Blue (SU), White (PTI)
Ink - Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery (SU)
Other - SU Ornament Punch and Corner Rounder, Pure Poppy Ribbon (PTI), Darice Bells, SU Silver Cord, SU Dimensionals, Kaiser Red Rhinestones

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CARDS Challenge



Here are a couple of cards that I made for the CARDS blog latest challenge. I am a little intimidated by ribbon... we seem to fight every time I try to make a bow! So... this is my best attempt! I won't tell you how much time (and ribbon) went into getting these bows tied!

The Christmas card was made just because I wanted to use my new SU stamp set!! Plus... I need to knock out another Christmas card. The birthday card was made with a family member in mind! Won't say who because two of the four women who have birthdays coming up... read my blog! I think they still do anyway! :)

I used my In Bloom set again and used several of the same colors from the card I posted yesterday! I jumped on the In Bloom bandwagon late but ... I am glad I did. The more I use it... the more I love it!

Hope you guys are having a great Tuesday! I cleaned my house while Carver was at school so that feels good... it is nice to have a clean house! Of course, Carver didn't take a nap at school so he is napping for a few minutes now! That gives me enough time to post these cards real quick!

I have a question for you!! Yes... you!! Any of you!! I am wanting to take an online photography class. Preferably nothing too expensive or time consuming. Looking for something to do at my own pace! Any good tips or suggestions?

I have so many things that I 'dream' of doing but have so little Kelley time that it is hard to accomplish too much outside of taking care of my family and our home. Anyway... it is a little overwhelming when I think of all the things I want to do... paint the whole house, redecorate, take a photography class, get into digital/hybrid scrapbooking, start scrapbooking, etc... !! I let myself get discouraged because I just don't have the energy most days to get started. Anyway... just needed to vent for a minute. Sorry to get off on that... wasn't planning to! :)

Well... hope you guys have an awesome night! Thanks for stopping by and Thanks in advance for any advice about a photography class!

Supplies: Christmas card
Stamps - Just Beclause (SU)
Paper - Kraft (PTI)
Ink - True Black and Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other - Choc. Chip ribbon (SU), Crayola Colored Pencils, Frosted Lace Stickles, Kaiser Rhinestones, SU Corner Rounder

Supplies: Birthday card
Stamps - In Bloom and Handwritten Notes (PTI)
Paper - Dark Chocolate, Rustic Cream, Scarlet Jewel, and Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Ink - True Black, Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, and Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Other - SU Corner Rounder, Kaiser Rhinestones, SU Dimensionals, Martha Stewart ribbon

Monday, November 16, 2009

True Friend


Just wanted to pop on real quick and share a card! This is a card that CARDS mag regrettably could not publish at this time!! Ha ha!! That was for you Elise!! Elise is so funny!! This is what she suggested that I say instead of a CARDS reject! :)

I totally love this card! It is the same layout of a card that I made a few weeks ago for the Raspberry Suite Challenge. I changed the colors but that was it! I LOVE these colors together! Few cards that I make do I just want to sit out and stare at but this is one of them. I think it is just the combo of colors that makes it so appealing to me! I think that they are all my favorites of the PTI colors. That Scarlet Jewel is just gorgeous! Anyway... enough gushing over my card... I am really just gushing over the color combo... !! :)

Hope you are all having a terrific Monday! Carver is napping so this is a perfect time for me to sneak in a post!

I am so excited about the amazing creations that are already being linked to the Everything But the Kitchen Sink sketch challenge! It is so much fun to see our friends and new friends getting excited over the new challenge addition!! Thank you guys for your support! You are the best!! :)

Peace and Love!

Supplies:
Stamps - In Bloom and Background Basics Retro (PTI)
Paper - Rustic Cream, Kraft, Scarlet Jewel, and Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Ink - Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, True Black, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other - Cream Twine (PTI), Kaiser Clear Rhinestone, EK Success Embossed Curve punch, SUDimensionals and Corner Rounder

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Sketch Challenge


Happy Sunday!! Today is the day that the EBKS girls announce our newest adventure!! So glad that you stopped by to see what this is all about!! :)

Today we are announcing a 2nd monthly challenge... a sketch challenge and a new Everything But The Kitchen Sink blog! Woo Hoo!

We felt a once a month challenge gave you too much free time and we want to make sure and keep you guys busy! :) And... in an effort to keep things more simple... Courtney has created a new blog just for our challenges.

So... let's do a recap of Everything But the Kitchen Sink....

A sketch challenge on the 15th of every month

A household item challenge on the 30th of every month

You can now visit our blog to post your submissions, etc!

Now... on to today's sketch challenge!

Courtney Baker is hosting this challenge. The fun part about these sketch challenges are that they will be based off inspiration in our homes, etc. !! This is the inspiration picture that Courtney based her sketch off of. This is from Courtney's home... isn't it gorgeous?



Courtney is offering up a $25 gift certificate to Two Peas to the winner of this sketch challenge! Woo Hoo!

So.... click here to visit the new Everything But the Kitchen Sink blog! You can check out all the girls inspiration cards for this sketch and you can become a follower so you can keep up with all the happenings! :)

Speaking of inspiration cards... this is mine...



Get busy girls!! I can't wait to see your creations! I know they will be fabulous as always! :)

Supplies:
Stamps - Holiday Tree (PTI)
Paper - Pure Poppy and Spring Rain (PTI), Tis The Season- Treasure (Bo Bunny)
Ink - Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Fresh Snow, New Leaf, and Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Other - Frosted Lace Stickles, Kaiser Clear Rhinestones, Circle punch, SU Dimensionals

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday Post


It hasn't been that long since I posted but I thought I would throw another one in before the Everything But the Kitchen Sink post I will be doing in the morning! Make sure to check back for some fun news!

This is one of my CARDS rejects! I love this Unity stamp(s)... so cute!! I seem to have a lot of cards that I haven't posted yet so I may be doing more posts or more cards on each post just to get caught up. I like having them all on my blog ... even if I am not fond of the card.

Hope you are all having a great Saturday! Mine has been great so far. Carver is napping and when he wakes up, he and I will be going to Daniels birthday party!! Carver has been excited all week!

Peace and Love! :)

Supplies:
Stamps - wherever you go (Unity)
Paper - American Crafts Everday Paper pack, My Mind's Eye pp, Basic Gray (SU), White (PTI) Ink - True Black (PTI), Basic Gray (SU)
Other - SU Dimensionals, SU Silver Elastic Cord

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thanksgiving Place Cards - CARDS Challenge




Hey... hope you have all had a great day! I have stayed busy all day and I am glad to be sitting in front of my computer right now... giving my feet a rest!!

Just wanted to share my Thanksgiving place cards that I made for this weeks CARDS blog challenge. The Carver and Kelley cards were on the CARDS blog today! Have I said how much I like Paige? :) I don't know her but I sure do appreciate her posting some of my projects on the CARDS blog lately... it is so good for the mojo! :) She did post a link to her personal blog on today's post... she is adorable!! So is her new puppy! Just thought I would mention it in case anyone wanted to visit her and be able to put a face to her name... that is always nice!

Does anyone know who makes this turkey from the Turkey Turkey set? I bought it before I started blogging and keeping up with the names, etc. of stamps. I guess I could look it up but I thought I would be lazy and ask you guys first... maybe one of you own it!

Anyway..... I guess I am a little more chatty tonight than I was last night. I was having some rejection issues yesterday! :) No takers for PC but CARDS did take one of my cards so I was excited about that. I had just been sad too long yesterday to get too excited when I got the email from CARDS! I know... ungrateful, right?! I am really not ungrateful... it was just hard to change my mood. Yes... I am fully aware of when I am acting like a baby... sometimes I just can't help it! :) I am thrilled to have a card in CARDS... it will be my first and hopefully not my last! :)

Well... that is all for tonight! Just wanted to show my place cards and document a few things (including my embarrassing childish behavior) for myself! :)

One more thing... bright and early Sunday morning the Everything But the Kitchen Sink girls are going to have a fun announcement... can't wait.... !!

Peace and Love!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Moxie Fab - Plum Crazy


This is the card that I made for the Moxie Fab Plum Crazy Challenge!

Not feeling chatty tonight so if you are visiting... you get a break from the rambling! :)

Hope you all had a great Thursday and have an even better Friday!

Peace and Love!

Supplies:
Stamps - Big Pieces (SU), Handwritten Notes (PTI)
Paper - White and Lavendar Moon Bitty Box (PTI), Basic Gray and Lavendar Lace (SU)
Ink - True Black and Lavendar Moon (PTI), Basic Gray and Lovely Lilac (SU)
Other - Quikutz Polaroid Die, Circle Nesties, Olive, Iris, and Purple felt, Kaiser Pearl, Copic, Studio 18 Rhinestones, Jubilee and Rosebud Bazzill floss.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Whootin' Hi...



This is my little girlie girl owl!! I made her for the latest Embellish Challenge.

These colors are amazing together! Such a fun card to make!

I gave my girlie owl a pretty hair bow and some rhinestones toenails! :) I think she is cute!

Hope you guys have had a wonderful Wednesday! Carver was with my in-laws most of the day today and I didn't do a lot of anything but play around in my craft room. So... I guess I had a pretty good day! :)

Thank you guys for visiting me and for always leaving such sweet comments! I just love you guys!

Peace Out!

Supplies:
Stamps - Wise Owl and Background Basics Retro (PTI)
Paper - Spring Moss, Vintage Cream, Chocolate Remix and Berry Sorbet Bitty Box (PTI)
Ink - Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, and Berry Sorbet (PTI)
Other - SU Modern Label and Corner Rounder, SU Dimensionals, Certainly Celery ribbon (SU), EK Success Heart Punch, AC Brown buttons, Bazzill Parakeet floss, Kaiser Clear Rhinestones, Modge Podge, SU On Board So Tweet