Friday, August 21, 2015

Puppy Heaven

I swear I'll stamp again one day.  lol  We are so in love with Miss Sadie and it's hard to leave her!   I tried stamping last night and ended up taking a break.  Before I knew it, her head was in my lap and she was sound asleep.   She's an amazing girl and I am so thankful that my heart led me to rescuing her.   Isn't it funny how you can walk through a building full of animals and find that one that just grabs you?   The shelter had its busiest day ever on Saturday but nobody adopted her.  I guess she was just meant for us.  :o)  

Today we take her to our vet to get some meds for her fleas.   We've been combing her and trying to get them all off, but she needs a bit more help.   Once we get that under control, she can finally get out of the bathroom!   She's supposed to be resting after her surgery, so it has worked out for her to relax in there.  She's enjoying her crate and has been great about going outside to potty.   Such an amazing girl!  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches 200!

Can you believe we are at sketch 200 at Freshly Made Sketches? Wow!!!   It seems like not long ago that I got the email asking if I'd like to be on the team.  It's been an amazing experience and though I struggle to keep up with it, they keep me around.  I love my team!  Here's our sketch this week:

Now it's pretty basic, so have fun coming up with ideas!   I made this panel for Kathy's Pop Up Challenge and thought it might be fun for my card this week.  I just drew some lines by hand, colored with my Copics, and then added some thicker black lines.  Easy, but fun!

If you need more reasons to play along, look at all the awesome sponsors who are giving away prizes to our participants!  Amazing!   Come play along and good luck!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New House for Two Paper Divas

Feels like ages since I've posted!   The past week has just been crazy.   Laila is getting ready to start Mother's Day Out and a dance class soon so I've been getting ready for that.  I also did my first day of volunteering at the county animal shelter and that just wore me out.  My first day just happened to be one of if not THE busiest days ever there!   I was exhausted after I got home!    I did finally find time to make my Two Paper Divas card, but getting a picture and blogging it didn't happen quickly either.  More on that in a bit.  A good friend just bought a new house, so I just had to use the new My Neighborhood stamp set.  I also used a digital set of stamps called Everyday Sentiments for my congratulations.  Simple and cute!

Now on to why it's been an eventful week...

I saw this sweet girl in the kennels on Saturday and thought she was just the cutest thing.  Even though 73 animals found homes, she did not.   I thought about her and thought about her and yesterday we went to see her.  She's been a little sick this week, but I just heard this evening that she's feeling better.  Once she has been spayed, she will be joining our family.   I just couldn't stand the idea of her not making it out of the shelter and had to step up.   I know I can't do that every time I find a sweet dog during my volunteer time, but a life saved is always a good thing.  We are going to name her Sadie.  :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

Butterflies on Watercolor

I wanted to share one more Dare to Get Dirty card before the deadline tonight.   This is the last card I managed to make for it and it's probably the most special.  The first card I made to send to the Strong family just didn't feel right so I didn't send it.  I found this stamp on a recent shopping trip and it was so perfect.   If you'd like to take a minute to read this post, you can see where I was inspired.

I'm off to get my girl to bed and then relax a bit.  My anxiety has been so out of control for a while now and this morning really did me in.

Someone is obsessed with our car.  :)

Grumpy Birthday

I wanted to share another card I made this past week.  I needed a birthday card for my person.  You know that friend who really gets you.  The one who would always welcome you and hug you even if you hadn't showered and smelled like you ate a loaf of garlic bread all by yourself.   That's my friend Brandi.   Unfortunately she lives in Maryland and I miss her so much.   She was my best friend in graduate school and I love her so much.  I keep hoping for something to happen so we can live close, but no luck yet.   Anyway...  I got this hilarious set from Taylored Expressions recently and I love it.  It makes me laugh so much!  It's called Birthday Grumplings and it's new my favorite set.  They just released a Halloween version and I want it so bad too!  It's so awesome!  Obviously you can't send these cards to everyone, but they are totally me and I think they will work for a lot of my friends.  :)

This is for Angie's Dare to Get Dirty challenge on Splitcoast.  

Laila and the cats are always wanting what the other one has or doing what the other one does.  Bandit got out of this bag and Laila decided she would climb in it.  lol  Never a dull moment around here!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Cupcake for Two Paper Divas

I'm pretty sure I will never be on time or get things done when I plan ever again.  lol   I'm finally sitting down to post my card for Two Paper Divas this week.  It was release week and they have some fun new stuff!   I needed a birthday card for my niece so I grabbed the new Large Cupcake stamp and colored it with my Copics to match a sheet of patterned paper.   I kept it simple as I really wanted the cupcake to shine.  It's so cute and yummy!   The sentiment comes from another set, Masor Jar Accessories #4.

I also made it to play along with another Dare to Get Dirty challenges at Splitcoast.  The deadline to enter is tomorrow and I'm bummed that I wasn't able to do more.   I did enjoy the ones I did make, so that is all that matters, right?

My parents sent Laila some money so she was so excited to go shopping.  She loves trains and picked this Thomas playset.  She had a blast with it and played and played.  It looked boring to me, but she loves it and that's all that matters.   I've been getting all her stuff together so she can start Mother's Day Out next month.  I am hoping we all benefit from her going two days a week.  Jason and I need a break and she is looking forward to playing with other kids.  I'm just not sure she quite gets that we won't be there.   I also signed her up for a little dance class.  Lots of new stuff!   :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sew Freshly Made

Welcome to Wednesday and Freshly Made Sketches.   Cindy L. is our hostess and I am in love with the sketch she created.   If you check out the design team blog, you can see why!  It can be used so many different ways and looks good in all of them!   :)  I combined it with another of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges and the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.

Come play along with us this week!   And mark your calendars for a big celebration on our 200th sketch!   It's only two weeks away!  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dare to Be Crazy

I decided to put together another card with the red and yellow papers that were left from my last card.  It's always nice to use up some supplies for more than one card.  I don't usually like making the same card more than once, so I rarely end up using the same stuff.  This worked out great though.   And seriously?!  These birds!  I love them.  This is for Susan's Dare to Get Dirty challenge.

Stamps:  Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Taylored Expressions Birthday Grumplings
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight, miscellaneous patterned paper
Ink:  MFT Black Licorice, Copics, Stampin' Up! Real Red
Embellishments:  MFT Red Hot buttons, Stampin' Up! Crushed Curry Baker's Twine

Monday, August 3, 2015

Two Paper Divas Strawberries

I'm so sorry that this didn't post yesterday.  I don't know what I did, but I messed up my post somehow.  I didn't notice until this morning and I haven't had time to sit down and redo it until this evening.  So, so sorry!    

This is my card for Two Paper Divas this week and it uses the Large Seed Packet stamp along with Seed Packet Accessories #1.  I wanted to combine my design team card with another of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges, so this one uses a challenge presented by Dina.   I don't know how many of the challenges I'll actually get done, but it's always fun to play along.

Stamps:  Two Paper Divas Large Seed Packet, Seed Packet Accessories #1
Ink:  Memento Black, Copics
Paper: Neenah Solar White, miscellaneous designer paper
Embellishments:  Stampin' Up! Daffodil Delight ribbon, $1 bin enamel dots

Yesterday was my sweet Eli's birthday.  It's hard to believe he would have been seven now.   It was a hot day, but we took him a balloon, some flowers, a new wind chime, and bubbles.   And tears.  Lots of tears.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dare to Get Dirty 2015

After a huge case of the blahs and major anxiety this week, I finally managed to make a few cards!  I am going to share the first two I made for the new Dare to Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoast.   If you are a member of the Fan Club over there go check them out!  It's a ton of challenges in one week, so I know I probably won't even get close to finishing them.   They did get me out of the funk of the week and start this month off stamping, so that's fabulous!

This card was super fun to make.  Laila talked me into buying this mermaid stamp last week and I have to say, it's scary!!!    I am definitely not an expert at coloring people and she's a super hard one to do.   I think a little girl will love this one though.  :)   It's for Lydia's first challenge.

Stamps:  Penny Black Mimi the Mermaid, Altenew Super Script,MFT Polka Dot background
Ink:  Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Copics, SU Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Tools:  Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle dies, Simon Says Stamp Medium Dot die, MFT Blueprints 20
Embellishments:  Stampin' Up! Brights Collection Buttons, SU White Baker's Twine, Pretty Pink Posh and SSS sequins

My second card is for Teresa's challenge.   I had so much fun with this one!  I love making these backgrounds!

Stamps:  Unity
Ink:  Lots of Tim Holtz distress inks, MFT Black Licorice
Paper:  SU Elegant Eggplant, Neenah Solar White
Tools:  Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle dies
Embellishments:  Studio Calico Wood Veneers Stars, Heidi Swapp Color Shine Tinsel, water

I have a few more in the works, including a Two Papers Divas card for this week and I'm off to finish those up.  It maybe be later tomorrow before you see those as the good lighting is gone for the day and we have plans for early tomorrow.   Stay tuned though!