Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Digital Studio - AKA MDS

I have started to dabble a bit with digital scrapbooking.  Stampin UP's My Digital Studio (MDS) is so easy to use and has so many options to choose from - the sky is the limit!

Let me preface that last comment with.... I don't scrapbook.  My interest in paper crafting is anything but a scrapbook page. My life is so exciting I could never keep up with the photo's.  OK - heres the truth...My life is so normal that I don't think about taking photos of much of anything except my dogs and you know...people get tired of dog pictures.

Here is one of the main reasons I got excited about MDS is that I have to do a lot of flyers tied to my church activities.  I knew that this was going to put them over the top and so easy to make.

Here is one that I recently did for a Relief Society Activity.

I used a card template set up for a baby shower.  I changed some of the layout and added my own text and voila, an invite.  

I am not a huge fan of MDS cards because they look so store bought andone dimensional. In a pinch though they work out splendidly.  You can always add an embellishment to the card to add some dimension. 

Here is one I did for my Mom.
I took a flower stamp and resized and positioned it on the paper and then colored it, added some text and I'm done.  If I got super fancy, after I printed it I could add a button and ribbon to the center of the flower to make it a hybrid.

Here is my attempt at scrapbooking.  This is our little baby bulldog who isn't so little but still so cute.  That is, until you find him chewing a brand new shoe.  I once again used a template already in place, but added my own photos and text.
 I can promise you that even if you are someone with very little time...this makes putting your efforts into a project worth every second.

Your next hop spot is Jeanna Bohanon, if only I had the talent of what she had it just her little finger. 



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Promotion Playtime

It is time for another blog hop already.  My how the time flies whether you are having fun or not.  I am so excited once again to be included with these creative ladies. 
The focus of our hop was to use product that is currently being promoted from Stampin UP, but not in the catalog or printed publication.
I opted for the Everyday Occasions Card Kit
This box comes with enough supplies and pictures to put together 20 cards, which also leaves you with several pieces and parts left over.  It also includes a  stamp set which covers any occasion you would need to send a card and a couple of ink spots for future use.
That being said, I opted for my own layouts using the kit and my own creativity.  I kept them simple.  The only thing I added that was not included in the card kit was some 3/8 white taffeta ribbon - I love that stuff!

Next Stop the amazing Jeanna Bohanon who just happens to be an Artisan Award winner.  Her creations are always show stopping!  Go check her blog out.

Friday, February 28, 2014

I am too old

I hate it when people use age as an excuse to "not" be able to do things.  I have seen some amazing things done by people considered too old.  We have a 70+ year old woman in our Ward that recently lost her husband.  She was a primary care giver as he had suffered a stroke a few years back.  Within the last year she has had both knees replace and is back to clogging.   She is an inspiration to me.

So in the back of my mind as I drink my diet coke and eat my pie pizza loaded with cheese and pepperoni, I am thinking I need to make sure I keep myself healthy enough so that if I wanted to climb Mt Olympus or go kayaking on the ocean at 70+ years of age I can.

So what has prompted this little tirade.  I went to bed last night at a decent hour, between 10:30 and 11:00, and was wide awake.  Oliver has developed a serious over development of saliva issue that we are currently attempting to work through without having to pay the vet, so I was trying to steer clear of the puddles and making sure there were towels under his cute little head.  I opted to read myself to sleep.

This usually works as I find myself bonked in the head with my book as I drift off to sleep.  Last night was exactly the opposite.  I stimulated those little gray cells with a new book I had picked up from the libraryand finished my 300 page book at 3:30 a.m.  Lights went out and 3:45 a.m. with a hope that I would quickly fall asleep and 2.5 hours would be enough to get me through the next day.

I now sit here with my 2nd 44oz caffeinated beverage within the last 4 hours attempting to keep my head off my keyboard.  Saying to myself......I am to old for this.   Sleep in essential for my proper functions.

Now you have read my ramblings here is a b-day card I made for a BFF.
The products used are from Stampin UP, Papertrey Ink and the die for the card is an accordion circle card die sold through ecraftdesigns.com.  Karen Burniston designed them.  So cute I had to get my hands on them

I hope everyone's Friday was productive and fun
Ta Ta for now.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentines Count Down

So I decided with all my free time (LOL)  that I was going to come up with a little something-something for Ralph everyday of February up to Valentines Day.  I got pictures and thought I would share.  Pinterest gave me some great ideas and some were my own.

In no particular order
Extra gum and Hershey's kisses.  I love extra kisses, I mean really....who doesn't?

Bag full of pistachios

We all have bad days...Ralph is awesome being so patient with me.
Could have gone a different route with these, but kept it G rated :)

you should try these - they are deep fried and oh so tasty

"berry" Naked

Two bottles of hot sauce should do the trick

Martinelli's Sparkling Apple

The cup was filled with cinnamon hot lips

This box was filled with all kinds of hearts - juju, cinnamon, dark chocolate, strawberry cream, & Reeses,

Junior Mints - Love the Moose's...Meese?

Chewy Granola Bars - We are kind of a salty sweet mix. :)

The bottle of Mountain Dew was drank before I got the picture :)
this key chain should hold up to his pile of keys
The Last one - saved for Valentines Day won't be shown until after I give it to Ralph.
It has been kind of fun to place them in different locations around the house each day.  He has very carefully stashed each one by or around his computer where he works each day.    I got behind one day and mentioned that I needed to finish the gifties before I went to bed.  He responded , and said "its ok, you don't have to......but I do really like them".

Last Project - Kind of cheesy but very Valentiney

Ralph is good for my heart.

Ta Ta for now

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blog Hop : Sale-A-Bration

Wow, I have really missed sharing my thoughts, ideas and talents with you.  Some new friends of mine have been kind enough to let me start participating in their blog hop.  I hope that I can inspire at least one of my many visitors.  I figured if I participated in something that forced me to keep my blog updated then at least it would be once a month.

 Stampin UP's Sale-a-bration is a great time.  Why you ask.....because you get free product.  Who doesn't want/need new product.  I am using one of the Sale-a-bration sets you can choose if you spend $50, which by the way is soooo easy to do.  I wanted to show how easy it is to put together a cute but simple card.

Stamps - See Ya Later (Sale-a-bration 2014)
Paper - Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana
Ink - Stampin Write Markers - Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Adorning Accents Edgelit die, Adorning Accents embossing folder

This one kind of reminds me of Minnie Mouse, but who can resist red, black and polka dots.

Stamps - See Ya Later (Sale-a-bration 2014)
Paper - Real Red, Basic Black, DSP Polka Dot Parade
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - White embossing powder, Owl Builder punch, Small heart punch, Oval framelit die collection, 5/8 Organza Ribbon, Banner Framelit Dies

Julie Wadlinger is next.   Hop on over to see her amazing projects.

Julie Wadlinger
Ta Ta for now


Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Comfortable crises?

It is easier to find God in a crises than comfort.  Is there such a thing as a comfortable crises?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Managing Life

I've found that my life is more manageable when I just think of it as a series of crises...that way I'm always prepared for what will happen next.