Friday, September 24, 2010

neopolitan {cupcake}

Good morning...and it's a happy Friday again! 

In case you didn't know, I just *heart* Fridays!  There are so many reasons to love Fridays!  It's:

*{chocolate chip} pancake day and {pepperoni or BBQ chicken} pizza day at our house
{yes, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen...but I love every minute of it, except for all the dishes}

*the day to go to the dairy to get our milk and eggs

*Park Day {if the kids have all their schoolwork done}

*the beginning of a weekend


*it's also the day when Taylored Expressions puts out another great sketch challenge!

What's NOT to love, I tell ya?!

I think making a card for a sketch challenge could be a good motivator for my posting here. ;)  I often use sketches to jump-start my creativity, but I seldom manage to get them posted.  I'm trying to change that.  {BTW, did you happen to see this post earlier this week?  It was such a fun surprise and it brought a HUGE smile to my face!  Could be another good motivator too...ya think?? lol}

Today's card uses Taylored Expressions' sketch challenge from last Friday, TESC128.  I'm in love with the brown background paper {that I've had for ages but never cut into!}, and I think the chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla colors here are perfect for a yummy cupcake.  ;)  It's got more of a clean and simple look to it than my typical 'style,' but it seemed right for those papers.  Oh, and there's no wonky attempt at circular stitching on this one. lol  Hope you like it.

It's also my sweet hubby's birthday on Sunday, so I'll be spending the next couple days preparing for that --I still need to make his card and then, in addition to his requested dinner, I'm going to surprise him by making his favorite dessert...caramel apple go with the homemade vanilla ice cream he asked for.  {He'll be away with our son on a big Scout outing this weekend, so the Li'l Miss and I should have two fun-filled days of girl --translate: *stamping*-- time.  Woohoo!!} 

I hope you're all anticipating a wonderful weekend as well!

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!

Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock:  White Daisy, Baby Pink (CTMH), Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)

Patterned Paper:  Pink Small Dots (Making Memories), Sweetheart Follow Your Heart/Dot (Pebbles, Inc.)

Stamps:  Seize the Cupcake (Verve), Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Vintage Sepia VerasFine (Tsukineko), Baby Pink (CTMH)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Labels Three, Tags Trio (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Scalloped Dot border punch (EK Success), crochet trim (Wright's), Sweet Blush Saddle Stitch ribbon (Papertrey Ink), embroidery floss (DMC), Smoked Topaz crystals (Swarovski for Jolee's), sponge (CTMH), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), foam mounting tape

Friday, September 17, 2010

plant a little {love}

Good morning and a very happy Friday to ya!!  ;D

First I want to say a big thank you to all of you who took the time to share some of your best time-management tips for me.  You guys really impressed me with your thought-out replies, and I'm truly appreciative and will let you know how I do after incorporating some of them into my routine.  After I get a new battery for my timer.  Or a new timer.  ;)  Wish me luck! 

Since I last posted, we've been camping (lotsa fun!), got a new camera (old one died), annoying computer woes (as in this is my fourth attempt to get this posted this morning --ugh!), and I've also started growing my own wheatgrass (I've been labeled "The Plant Assassin" for years, so I'm really excited that things are growing well --so far anyway (yes, I'm holding my breath here)-- and will share some pics with you another time...I'm sure you're just dying to see them -lol!). 

As most of you know I haven't had much stamping/blogging time this year, and this time of the year is always especially crazy for me with school and extra-curricular activities starting up (I'm sure you know what I mean) and several very special birthdays to prepare for!   I'm still behind a bit but at least I'm making progress.  Baby steps, right?! 

Today's card uses a really fun sketch from the Taylored Expressions blog, and I used a pretty hydrangea image to coordinate with the beautifully soft Wisteria papers by BasicGrey.  (Just don't look too closely at the stitched circle...yep, it was my first attempt at circular stitching and it got the better of me.  And, true to form, I didn't have enough time to redo the focal piece so I had to go with it.)  Hope you like it anyway.

Well, I need to keep this post short and sweet since we're having friends over for dinner and games tonight and my To-Do List is as long as my arm.  And my first stop will be the kitchen:  chocolate chip pancakes brunch for the kids (something we all look forward to every Friday...yep, even the hubby comes home to join us when he can, although he prefers his without the chocolate chips --go figure! lol) and then I'm going to try out a new Martha Stewart recipe that sounded delicious called Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies (I'm sooooo glad it's pumpkin season again!!) --it won't complement the homemade Rocky Road ice cream all that well, but at least the flavors won't clash too badly should some of us decide to have a little of both tonight. ;P

Hope you all enjoy your's a great way to kick off a wonderful weekend!  ;)

Thanks so much for the visit, and I hope you'll stop by again soon. Until then, many blessings to you!
Economy Boosters (just doin' my part -lol!):

Cardstock:  Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Pansy Purple (CTMH)

Patterned Paper:  Wisteria 6x6 collection (BasicGrey)

Stamps:  Plant a Little Love (JustRite Stampers), Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)

Ink:  Smokey Gray Versafine (Tsukineko), Grey Flannel (CTMH)

Other:  Prismacolor pencils (Sanford), odorless mineral spirits (Mona Lisa), blending stumps (Alvin), Petite Scallop Circles 1 and 2, Standard Circles Large and Small (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Scallop Trim border punch (SU!), Opaline half pearls (BasicGrey), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), vellum, sponge (CTMH), Vintage Cream twill (Papertrey Ink), Crafter's Pick "The Ultimate" adhesive (API), sewing machine, thread, foam mounting tape