Do You Like Lips?

I am feeling awesome!  I am doing my foot exercises and can start bending my toes...yay!  I am walking better every day.  Thanks to all of you who have sent me get well wishes, cards and goodies.  You are all so sweet and make my recovery even better.

I have shown you some artwork from my  oldest son, Tate.  Tanner has started to bring some of his artwork home from Kindergarten.

He came home from school one day and asked me "Do you like lips?".  I said, "Yes."  He asked, "Do you like big lips?"  I said, "Yes."  He took this picture of his fish with big lips out of his backpack.  I love it!

We had Seth's dad make a frame for it, and we hung it in our bathroom upstairs.  I get to see it every day and love it each time I see it.  He knows the way to his mother's heart.  He used favorite color.

Chocolate, Anyone?

We made this cute chocolate box at Kim's this month.  This was made with the new Petal Cone Big Shot Die and the Eat Chocolate stamp set from the Occasions Mini.  Awesome!

Boy, I could go for some chocolate now...How about you?

Scrappy Sunday - Moving Lines

I am healing well from my foot surgery.  I went to the doctor today and my foot looks a lot better than I thought it would.  Of course, I took pictures...hee hee!  The incision looks great.  My foot is still swollen and now I can start to walk on it.  I am a little slow.  My mom came out to be my chauffeur, since I can't drive for another week.  It is nice to have more company while I heal.  I am going to get spoiled.  REALLY that is even possible...LOL!

Since I was on the couch all week with my foot up, the only opportunity to create was digital scrapbooking.  I am loving it!  I played along with Susanna again at Paper Craft Planet.  We used one of Noell's flexible templates again called Moving Lines.

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Here are the pages separately:

Christmas Card Challenge - No Stamping

This week our challenge at Sparkles' Christmas Card Challenge is to create a card with no stamping.  No Stamping!  How I am going to do this?  I love my stamps and punches.  Well, I love these challenges, because it makes me create with materials I don't always reach for.  I decided to use my chipboard letters.  To jazz them up, I used my new Glimmer Paper from the occasions mini catalog.  I love how my JOY jumps off the card.

Hope you can play along with us this week.

Framed Tulips

Here is another card I made at Kim's this month with the framed tulips impressions folder.  Don't ya love that frame?  We used the stamp set Just Believe, which is one of my favorite flower sets.  Look at those cute little butterflies.  Those are from the embosslits die Beautiful Wings.

Do you ever wish for days where you could put your feet up and do nothing.  Well, I am on day three of doing nothing and would love to do SOMETHING!  LOL!  We always want what we can't have.....

I have four more days of keeping my foot elevated and iced.  I am getting my computer hard drive cleaned up and more digital scrapbooking done.  I am so ready to create some cards.  I got some new stamps right before my operation and they are lonely.  Hee hee!

Thanks for all your get well wishes.  You are all so sweet!

For You

Here is a card I made at Kim's this month.  I love, love, love the new framed tulips impressions folder.  It makes such a pretty frame on cards.

My surgery went as well as it could.  Now, I am just on the couch with my laptop, remote, ice packs and foot up on pillows.  It is so weird to be waited on all the time.  I have four great helpers.

Enjoy the Journey

I am still having fun digital scrapbooking and following along with the Scrappy Sunday challenges at Paper Craft Planet.  This week we used the Third Lines Flexible Template by Noell Hyman at Paperclipping.  These templates are such a great way to inspire your creativity.

My layout is about Great Grandma Medsker.  She is 93 now and looks great!  I hope to reach 93 plus and want to enjoy the journey.  That is how I chose the title of my layout.

I tried to figure out how to Photoshop the glare off of Great Grandma's glasses, but couldn't figure it out.  I have that on my list to learn now.  I didn't want to get hung up on that and not scrap this layout, so I reduced the glare just a little and scrapped the pictures anyway.

Christmas Card Challenge - Recipe

This week at Sparkles' Christmas Card Challenge, we were given a recipe: one designer series paper, stars and rub-ons.  I just realized I used two dsps.  My bad!  At least they are from the same series.  I wanted to use a star as my main image, so I used my Movers & Shapers Big Shot Die to cut a star image out of the front of my card.  Then I used my star punch to create a star with pattern paper to peek through the star opening.

I have wanted to use my BIG striped ribbon and this was the perfect card for that.  I don't know why, but I love, love, love strips and polka dots together.

Still Here

Yes, I am still here!  I have been busy getting ready for my foot surgery (nothing bad) next week, March 22nd.  I will be on crutches for one week, and I can't drive for two weeks.  The good thing about my surgery is my sister is coming to help the first week, and my mom is coming the second week.  So, I do get company...yay!

I have been going to doctor appointments, conducting a My Digital Studio class and working on projects that are due for when I am out of commission.  I will be able to create the second week, but not the first one.  I am hoping to do some digital scrapbooking when I am on crutches, but I will have to wait and see.

Anyway....................I thought I would give you an update and a sneak peek at what I have been creating.

I am hosting this Saturday's sketch challenge, so I will be back then.  I am off to do more for when I can't.

Scrappy Sunday March: Week Two

I am still having fun playing along with the Scrappy Challenges at Paper Craft Planet.  This week we used Noell Hyman's Train Station Flexible Template.  These flexible templates are so easy to use.  I used the template for the second page of my double-page layout.  Here is my layout:

Double page
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This week I am holding my first My Digital Studio class.  I am inspired again to scrap my pictures and am so excited about it.

Christmas Card Challenge #15 - Elves

This week at Sparkels' Christmas Card Challenge, we get to play with Elves.  You can incorporate them anywhere on your card.  When I think of Elves, I always think of my Holiday Line-Up set.  It is so cute!  In addition, I used the Four the Holidays stamp set I got free from the sale-a-bration promotion.  This set has four great holiday greetings.

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: holiday line-up, four the holidays, short & sweet
Paper: crumb cake, very vanilla, jolly holiday dsp, old olive
Ink: black staz-on, early expresso
Accessories: su markers (old olive, cherry cobbler, early expresso), off white marker (other), blush marker (other), satin old olive ribbon, build-a-brad, dimensionals, light brown marker (other), light yellow marker (other)
Punches: 3/4" circle
Techniques: coloring with markers

SAC Museum

I have been wanting to start scrapbooking again, since it was my first love of paper crafting.  To give me the push I need each week to make a layout, I decided to start playing along with the Scrappy Sunday challenge on Paper Craft Planet.  This month the sponsor is Paperclipping, and Noell has given us a great flexible template to inspire our creativity.  I love the idea of a flexible template, because I can be more creative with my layout.

I am so excited to use My Digital Studio to scrapbook again.  Here is the layout I created for this week's challenge:
page 1

page 2

Double layout
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Happy Birthday, True Friend

I am still making birthday cards to build up my stash.  I just love the bright designer series paper, Celebrations.  It makes me happy just creating with it.  The stamps are from the Punch Bunch in the sale-a-bration catalog.  You only have until the end of this month to take advantage of this promotion.

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: punch bunch
Paper: whisper white, real red, pacific point, celebrations dsp, glimmer paper
Ink: real red
Accessories: pacific point ribbon (retired), white string (other), basic pearls, tasteful trim bigz xl die, dimensionals
Punches: scallop square, 1" circle
Techniques: basic stamping

Christmas Card Challenge

Stephanie from Sparkles' Weekly Christmas Card Challenges asked me to be hostess this month for their challenges.  I am so happy to be their guest designer.

Their site is wonderful for inspiring you every week to keep making those Christmas cards. By the end of the year, you will be stress-free in the Christmas card department.  It is fun to look back over the year's collection and see all the different ones you have made.

This week there is a sketch challenge.  I love sketch challenges!  Here is the sketch and my card:

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: welcome christmas, tiny tags
Paper: certainly celery, jolly holiday dsp, whisper white, old olive
Ink: old olive, cherry cobbler
Accessories: glitter brads, glimmer paper, dimensionals
Punches: ticket corner, medium jewelry tag, 1/4" circle
Techniques: basic stamping

More Pop Can Flowers

I have been having fun making more pop can flowers.  My neighbors have been giving me their cans, so I get a better variety.  This time I figured out how to use any size brad, so I could use some of my pretty brads I have in my stash.


Cherry 7-Up

Diet Squirt


My sister said she wanted to see how big they are, so I am showing you the size of the Old Milwaukee flower in my hand.  The biggest flower measures 3 1/4" across.

Teacher Thank You

This week is teacher & staff appreciation week at the boys' school.  Tate's teacher, Mrs. Fischer loves Skittles (so do I), so I decided to use this awesome bottle.  I filled it up with Skittles and added a little note with jute that reads, "Thank You For Everything Over & Over Again."  That stamp is from the retired set Circle of Friendship.

Here is a close up of the thank you card.  I used another frame I made with one of my border punches.  This one was made with the dotted scallop ribbon border.  In addition, the apple is from the Tart & Tangy set that is one of the free sale-a-bration stamp sets when you purchase $50.00.  

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: tart & Tangy, enjoy every moment
Paper: pacific point, real red, whisper white, celebrations DSP
Ink: real read
Accessories: chocolate chip marker, old olive marker, white brads, dimensionals
Punches: modern label, word window, dotted scallop ribbon border
Techniques: basic stamping

Here are some cute Popsicle cards I made with the Tart & Tangy stamp set a while ago.  I love these!

Big Wish

I saw Dawn O. use her border punches this week to make frames and I loved it!  I decided to make some myself.   This is one was made with the scallop trim border.  I needed a great sketch, so I decided to go to Mojo Monday and use their sketch.  

The Word Play stamp set is getting to be one of my favorites, so I used it to make a birthday card.  I can never have enough of those.  In addition, I used the Short & Sweet stamp set with the medium jewelry tag punch.  

I have been making more of the pop can flowers and figured out a better way to attach a brad.  I can't wait to show them to you later this week.  Awesome!

Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: word play, short and sweet
Paper: whisper white, real red, pacific blue, pear pizzazz, celebrations DSP
Ink: pacific point
Accessories: pear pizzazz 1/2" poly-stitched ribbon, basic Rhinestones, dimensionals, tasteful trim Bigz XL big shot die, red cord
Punches: scallop trim border, medium jewelry tag
Techniques: basic stamping