Saturday, January 31, 2015


First thing I see every morning!
My Little Jack...with "sleepies" in his adoring eyes!

Friday, January 30, 2015


Cold cloudy rainy day equals a perfect day for hot tea!!! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Black Dahlia

 Hubby named this card "Black for a dinner reception"!
Clean & Simple is to me...
The flower was from a flower swap I participated in.  This Lady made the most gorgeous flowers!  Not only did she make the flower, but also put the button together.
While organizing my craft supplies, I came across this black & white Washi tape.  I don't know if it's actually Washi tape, but it's made out of fabric.  It's so nice to work with new things.
~interior of card~
Stampin' Up (SU) Silhouette stamp set
SU Cranberry Crisp ink
SU border punch
Handmade Silk flower with pearl button

Thrifty Shopping

Do you have days where you just need to get out of the house and go window shopping?
I had one those days yesterday and it was fun!  I didn't expect to buy anything, but most of the time I never come home empty handed!

 I went to one of my favorite local Thrift Stores and I hit the jackpot!!!  
50%  Off Day!!!  I love going to this one store, because I always find interesting and nice things to craft with.
I found this handmade crochet border edging which I will definitely use.  I have always wanted to add a crochet border to a white flat sheet and make it look a little vintage.
 I also found these beautiful lace embellishments!
Last week I was complaining (or more like feeling sorry for myself) because I didn't have any rick rack to use for a card!
Also I'm stocking up on seam binding which I use as ribbon in my cards/projects!

All in all, it was a great day yesterday!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yummy in the Tummy

So far I have been good about following some healthy goals I set for myself!
I make sure I get to the gym, even though I fight with myself to find the motivation to do it!!!  I do feel much better afterwards though!!!
More importantly watching what I eat!  No more second helpings and making good choices what I eat!

 So that in mind I created this card to remind me to stay healthy and eat more fresh fruit!!!
~interior of card~
I can't wait for summer's Farmers Market so I can have my fill of sweet ripe cool juicy fruit!!!
SplitCoastStampers~ F4A256 Cutting Back on Calories

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


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~

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 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!!!
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


 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 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.