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Monday, January 26, 2015

Super Bowl?

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday?
Hubby is!!!  He's having a couple of his friends over to watch the game and they're all male!!!  Testosterone off the roof!!!
I like watching football, but with a room full of men it's just too much for my poor little ears!!!
I've decided to spend the day with Mom.  I think shopping would be nice!

 Well off to crafting!
It's never too late to start making Christmas cards!  Why wait til the last minute like I always do?
I've decided that it would be nice to at least create one Christmas card per week, so as the Holidays approach, I'll have a nice stash...and ready to be mailed out.
I literally used bits & pieces from my Christmas basket to create this card.  It makes me feel good that I didn't run out to the craft store to get more stuff!!!  I'm getting to become so frugal.
~interior of card~

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hexie Love

Last summer I fell in love with Hexie Quilting, and now I'm even card making with hexies!
 I've been admiring some hexie cards posted on SplitCoastStampers, and couldn't wait to make one myself.  While organizing my "stamping closet", I discovered I had this Creative Memories hexagon punch (2 size hexies in 1 punch), and...tah-dah!
~interior of card!
So far I have been good about adding a little pizazz to inside of cards!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Psalms 55:22

I am so very happy spending time in my craft room!!!
The best thing so far is using stamp sets, embellishments and other accessories for the very first time.  I get this "retail shopping therapy rush" feeling! 
In creating this card, for the very first time I used: Stampin' Up's Posy Punch stamp set & one of Cuttlebug's Iron Works border embossing folder.  No need to go shopping for more crafting stuff...just peruse my own small little store!
One of my favorite Stampin' Up colors is Rose Red, which I chose to make this clean & simple card.    
~interior of card~
The challenge for this card was to translate a New Year's resolution or goal into a card.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Friend

I think the message says it all!
I'm lucky enough to have one true friend...through thick &thin.
I used watercolor paper and misted it with Champagne Mist.  Unfortunately the soft shimmer didn't come through the picture (my bad).
~interior of card~

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Merci Beaucoup

 The challenge for this card was to "speak foreign".  Most of my stamp sentiments/accessories are in English!  So that was my challenge, but luckily for me I have this multi-lingual Thanks embossing folder or Merci!!!  I chose to highlight/frame Merci to meet the "speaking foreign" challenge.
Lavender Lace happens to be my favorite color, but for some reason when I use it, I don't like how it transfers into paper.  Maybe it's the name I like!
~interior of card~
Merci!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

White on White Technique

White on White cards are actually very challenging in my opinion, but I'm finally getting the knack for it.
 So far...this is my best and favorite white on white card!
I didn't plan on making a Valentine's card this early, but it's ready for the Hubs!
 ~interior of card~
I don't know if you can actually see that I layered vellum over the inside of card (for sentiment writing or stamping).  I did test writing with a black gel pen on the vellum before placing it on the interior of card.  No surprises for later!
 I actually made this winter white on white card before I made the above card.  I really struggled with it, and I still am not too sure if I like it.  I think it's missing something though.
~interior of card~
I love how the interior of the winter card turned out.  I layered vellum over the wintry looking designer paper, too.  I better mail it out before winter is over!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Date Orange Bars

 What to make when you are given fresh picked DATES?
 But of course...Date Orange Bars!
 The combination of fresh orange juice and zest with the dates is absolutely delicious...not to mention the aroma!
I used oranges from our tree for this recipe.
My nephew's girlfriend's parents have a ranch in Yuma where they grow and raise all kinds of things.  We are lucky and grateful to be recipients of their bounty.  Every time they come to the Phoenix area, they bring with them all kinds of fresh vegetable/fruits to share with family and friends.
As of right now dates are in season.  So here I am baking with dates and trying to find more recipes that call for dates.
If you have any recipes that you would like to share with me, I would really appreciate it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Me Time

The GYM!!!
Not one of my favorite words at all.  I have never truly enjoyed exercising...who does?!?  But after a second time hearing from my doctor that "30 minutes a day of walking, 5 times per week" it's good for me...it was time.  
What really prompted me to go back to the gym is in hopes that I would be able to get a good night's sleep.  I never had issues with sleep before.  It's the worst feeling not being able to sleep!!!  I have tried everything to trick me back into sleep, but nothing worked.
So far so good and I'll be honest, I'm actually enjoying it!  It clears my mind, it makes me get out of the house for a couple of hours, see/meet other people, and at the end of my routine, I feel really good!!!
LOL!!!
This is the other reason as well!!!
I want to make exercising fun by not overdoing it and getting bore by it!  I'm alternating my exercise routine between the treadmill (random setting), elliptical machine (random setting) and some upper body weights.
We're lucky enough that we have several nice Rec Centers in our Community with heated pools/spas and all other kinds of amenities, that I have not been taking part of. 
Yesterday was such a gorgeous beautiful sunny warm day, that I treated myself to dipping in the pool and catching some rays...of course right after my workout.
It was heavenly!
This was our sunset last night!  It was breathtaking!
I took this picture right before we left for dinner.  We met my sister and her family for a really good Chinese dinner and had a really wonderful time.  
Little simple pleasures in life make my life whole!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stampscapes

 This stamp image is one of my all time favorites.  It's from Stampin' Up! called Summer by the Sea.
Needles to say, it may be my favorite stamp but I just don't like how I work with it...I find coloring a bit difficult!  My goal for this year is to take a Copics class and learn to color properly.

The challenge for this card was to create a stampscape; and this was my first attempt at this new technique (for me).
To create a stampscape you must sponge and stamp layers of ink to create a beautiful scene.  I learned from this experience that I must practice, practice and continue to practice to achieve the right stampscape!!!
~interior of card~

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Perk Up

 I made this get well card for my BFF who is going through a medical issue.  I hope by  the end of this week she finds out what is wrong and put her mind at ease.
At first I left the interior of the card like this, but I thought it was missing something.
So...I added a little extra.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lemons

Lemons from my Mom's tree.
Lemonade, Lemon Pound Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, or Lemon Bars?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Beginnings...

 My sister will become a first time grandmother this coming March!  
~interior of card~
I'm getting ready for the baby showers and welcoming our little bundle of joy!

"Less is More" ~ Week 206 One Layer Challenge
SplitCoastStampers ~ Clean & Simple Card Challenge (CAS307 Use Your Words)

Heart CAS (Clean and Simple) Favorites for the Week Ending January 18, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Carrot Cake

Hubby's favorite cake!
Plain carrot cake from scratch.
Apricot filling, and 
with lots of extra cream cheese frosting!



Saturday, January 10, 2015

Monochromatic Thank You

It's time for me to sit down and write a couple of thank you cards, and mailed them out before the month is over.  I can do it...I can do it!!!   

The challenge in making this card was to use a neutral color + one other color = monochromatic.
My choice of color is Island Indigo.  I think I chose this color because with this cold I wish I were on a sunny beach.  For the first time I used this stamp set called Silhouette Sentiments.  I'm glad I embossed the background using the Flower Garden embossing folder.  It ties it all together.
~interior of card~

SplitCoastStampers Card Challenge ~ Clean & Simple (CAS306)

For the week of  ending Sunday, January 11, 2015. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Flowery Hope

I am so glad I took two days to getting our home back to normal after a busy and fun holiday.  Everything has been washed, cleaned, dusted, packed and put away!!!

 I'm having fun participating in card challenges again.  I made this card for an Inspiration Challenge, and I find these type of challenges challenging...LOL!!!
I used small paper flowers to fill in the flower of the stamped hydrangea image.  I love how it turned out.  It actually does look like a real hydrangea in my opinion.  I'm also very pleased how the embossed background looks.  I'm very impressed by Stampin' Up's embossing folders over Cuttlebug's.  The embossed paper turns out sharper and deeper.
My inspiration to create my card came from this tissue paper flower from Elaine Milewsky's Paper Art & Sculpture Board on Pinterest.  I just want to reach out and touch it!
~interior of card~

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Charming Tails

 Showing off my newest and favorite 2015 Christmas ornament!
 I received this most adorable and cutest little Charming Tails Christmas ornament from my BFF.
I just love every single whimsical detail of my new little mouse collectible!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Busy Day

My plan for today is to take down the Christmas tree (and any Christmas related decor)!
It will probably take me all day to do, but it has to be done.  It makes me feel a little bit sad...I like looking at our tree all lit up!