Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thanks Snow Much
Sweet Sketch 30
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Hard to believe that this is the last week of the year and that a New Year is on it's way! Although I always enjoy the New Year...a great time to organize and regroup and make all those wonderful new resolutions!

This is the 30th week of Sweet Sketch Wednesday which is one of my sister's sketch site. Arlana has always been so creative and is continually full of new ideas. For those of you that have followed us these past 30 weeks, I hope that you have enjoyed her sketches and the creativity of all of her Design Team. Arlana is busy again creating new sketches for the New Year so we hope that you will hang around to enjoy the fun.

This week at SSW our sponsor is Squiggle Fly. I chose this wonderful Snowman and had so much fun creating this card. Squiggle Fly is offering 3 digis to the Winner of the Week. So take a few minutes this week and let your creative juices flow and post your card on SSW. Check out all the details at SSW.


Image: Squiggle Fly, Snowman, Computer generated sentiment
Paper: DCWV
Ink: CopicsEmbellishments and Tools: Marvy 3" circle punch, MS Circle punch, SU Modern Label, MS Snowflake, Cuttlebug Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Brads, Stickles, Ribbon
Happy New Year! Thanks for Stopping by!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Be Merry
Sweet Sketch 29
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

I just loved this Snow Rollin' image the moment I saw it. Reminds me of my younger years playing in the snow. This week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday our sponsor is Fresh Brewed Designs.

You will want to check out the DT designs at SSW to see some of the fun snowball images.
Also check all the other images at Fresh Brewed Designs. You will love them too.

Merry Christmas! After all the excitement is over, relax and take a few moments to create your own card to play along with this week's sketch. Check out all the detail at SSW.The prize for this week's winner will be $20 worth of digi images! Wow! Sounds like it is time to definitely play along! Hope you will!


Image and Stamp: Fresh Brewed Designs Snow Rollin' and SU Short and Sweet
Paper: The Paper Studio: All I Want for Christmas, SU Certainly Celery
Ink: Copics and SU Bashful Blue
Embellishments and Tools: MS border punch, Cuttlebug Snowflakes, Nestibilities, SU Oval Punch, Modern Label, Stickles, Brads

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sweet Sketch 28
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Giddy up...Let's go!

What a fun image and sketch this was! This image is from Digi Stamp Boutique. I just fell in love with Santa and Rudolph! Our sponsor this week is Digi Stamp Boutique. Sally Ann, the owner, has such wonderful images and is offering a fabulous $15 prize of her digis...your choice if you are the Winner of the Week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. All you have to do is play along and use this sketch of the week with any of your stamps or images. Check out all the details on SSW.


Image: Digi Stamp Boutique: Santa and Rudolph

Paper: Paper Studio, My Minds Eye, DCWV Red

Ink: Copics

Embellishments: Nestabilities, SU Word Window, MS Snowflake, Rhinestones, Ribbon, Stickles, Gold pen
Have a great week as you complete your final preparations for Christmas Day!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Whimsical Girl Thank You
Sweet Sketch 27
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

This darling image is from Bee Crafty. Isn't she just precious! This week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, Bee Crafty is our sponsor and is offering 3 digi images to the "Winner of the Week." What a fun time to play along and have the opportunity to win a few new fun images to add to your collection. Check out the details at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Also check out all the cards that the SSW Design Team has made just for your inspiration!

Images and Stamp: Bee Crafty Whimsical Girl, SU Short and Sweet
Paper: American Girl, SU Pink Passion
Ink: Copics
Embellishments: Brads, Ribbon
Tools: SU Modern Label, SU Scallop Oval

I have two cards this week using the same sketch. Several weeks back before we had a sponsor for this week, I used this sketch with an image from Digi Stamp Boutique. I had used Sophie for a Christmas card which you can view here. But I wanted to see how Sohpie would look as a Birthday card! Isn't she classy! Love those boots!
Thanks for all your sweet comments this past week! Have a great week as you continue to prepare for the holiday!
Big Wish SophieSweet Sketch 27
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Digi Image and Stamp: Sophie from Digi Stamp Boutiques, SU Short and Sweet
Paper: Paperil: Rouge & Mocha, SU Pink Pirouette
Ink: SU Close to Cocoa, Copics
Embellishments: SU Large Oval, Brads, Ribbon

Monday, December 7, 2009

Grandma's Sleep Over

What a fun weekend I had with my grand daughter. I always try to do something fun and different with her. At four I can already tell she has some spectacular creative genes!
Two months ago my older son, Derek, told me about Wilton Food Writers. So I was on the hunt for them. I couldn't find them in Tacoma but on my last trip to Utah I found the gold mine at Michael's! They offer Primary, Neon and I think pastels... Then I found the Christmas display and located the Christmas Green and Red pen. When I returned home, Michael's also had the Christmas display.

As you can see, she was quite occupied with the Food Writers. Yesterday she asked to decorate some cookies for Derek's birthday present!
If you have any fun creative ideas to do with children, I would love to have you leave me a comment and share your ideas! This is a monthly event with my grand daughter and future grand children so I can use lots of ideas! Just trying to create memories and traditions with them!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sweet Sketch 26 and Double Take 26
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Wow, December is already here! It's hard to believe that it is almost Christmas again! It is my favorite time of year but for some reason my time seems to get busier every year. Just wish I could slow time down a bit!

Our little part of the country has made national news the past few days. My heart is heavy for the families of the four police officers who were shot and killed on Sunday morning just 12 minutes from my home. It will be a very difficult Christmas for their families and loved ones.

This week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, our sponsor is Whimsie Doodle. Melyssa has wonderful images on her site. Take a few minutes and check out her designs here. If you play along this week at SSW and follow Sweet Sketch 26 or Double Take 26, you will have a chance to become the Winner of the Week and win two digi images from Whimsie Doodle. So get your design juices flowing and play along!

This week we have a Double Take along with Sweet Sketch 26. You can use either sketch to create your card.

I had so much fun working with these fabulous Whimsie Doodle designs. Hope you enjoy both of my cards. Have a great week working on your Christmas preparations. Just finished decorating my house....loving the festive feel!

Images and Stamp: Whimsie Doodle Digi Images, SU
Paper: Old stock not sure of the name
Ink: Copics, SU Basic Black
Embellishments: Stickles, Scribbles, Rhinestones, Ribbon
Tools: MS Snowflake, Marvy Snowflake, SU 1 3/4 circle punch, MS Circle cutter, SU corner punch

Double Take 26
Sweet Sketch Wednesday


Images and Stamp: Whimsie Doodle Digi Image, SU Perfect Presentation
Paper: Debbie Mumm Harvest and Holiday, Old Stock not sure
Ink: Copics, SU Old Olive, Real Red
Embellishments: Ribbon, Rhinestones, Stickles, Scribbles,
Tools: Sizzix SU Large Circle, Sizzix scallop, SU scallop punch, SU 1 1/4 circle punch

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Turkey Thanks
Sweet Sketch 25
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Well, it's the day before Thanksgiving. I am busy making rolls and apple pie for our family crowd tomorrow. I will also be preparing the turkey and all the fixin's. I am just recovering from a little surgery I had last weekend to remove a 5 mm kidney stone. I am thankful to have that over with and on my way to a normal life again. Apparently only 20 percent of women develop kidney stones and only 2 percent of kidney stone patients need surgery to remove the kidney stone. I was fortunate enough to fit into both categories! I kept saying that I wanted to check the OPT OUT box for surgery and for passing the stone. Well, enough of that. At least it wasn't life threatening....just very uncomfortable!

So I am thankful for life, good health and my family. Wish all of our family could be here this week to celebrate Thanksgiving but my daughter and husband are in Okinawa and our youngest son is serving a mission in Texas. So it will be a little quiet without them.
This week my card is made for SSW, of I hardly have time to make cards for anyone else other than my sister, Arlana. This week Arlana's sponsor is Inktegrity. Joni has such wonderful sketches. I just loved this little turkey when I saw him and I think he turned out quite cute with his little colored feathers! The rest the SSW Design Team has also used images from take a few moments to check out their cards on SSW. Then take some time to create your own card using Sweet Sketch 25 and any image you have and play along at SSW. You may become the lucky Winner of the Week and receive some fun digi images from Joni's store. Why not take a chance?

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving all your comments! Happy Thanksgiving!

Image: Turkey from Inktegrity
Paper: Debbie Mum Harvest and Holiday
Ink: SU Close to Cocoa, Copics
Embellishments: Ribbon, Brads
Tools: MS Arch Lattice. SU Modern Label

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Sketch 24
This week at Sweet Sketch Wednesday we are being sponsored by Digi Stamp Boutique. Sally-Ann Hancock has designed some fantastic digtial images. SSW Design Team has used many of her images today so check them out on the SSW site. The one I have used today is one of my favorites....her name is "Becky." Isn't she absolutely adorable! Take a few minutes and check out Digi Stamp Boutique. You will love all of her fabulous designs.
Sally is offering $15 toward digi images on her site if you are the Winner of the Week! So take a few minutes and play along with this week's sketch at SSW.


Stamp: Becky from Digi Stamp Boutique
Paper: K and Company, SU So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Copics
Embellishments: Ribbon, Brads

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Last Leaf
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Sweet Sketch 23

It's Wednesday and it's Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Time to enjoy a new sketch from Arlana and to see what her Design Team has created for this week. Be sure to check their cards out at SSW and get some inspiration for your new card this week. Hope you will take the time to play along. We always love to have new players. For the next month and half we will be having a sponsor each week. You will not want to miss out on the fun and prizes.

This week I am visiting Arlana. We are anxious to have Nancy join us later this evening. We haven't had much time yet to create as we are working on many aspects of the blog. But I have enjoyed seeing Arlana's cards that she has made since I was last here in August and I am in awe!!! I definitely know now that if we could all see each others cards we would be amazed at their beauty. I always love the cards on the blog but there is something to be said about holding it in your hand and seeing it face to face!!! I am sure many of you have experienced what I am saying.

I love the seasons of the year but I am definitely a Spring/Summer person. I love the warmth and sunshine. I love the fall colors but there is a little sadness when I see the last leaf fall from the trees. For the past 6 years I have been caring for my father and each year in October and November I have raked 100 bags of leaves from his front yard. ..Too many the Northwest we rake and blow fir needles instead.


Stamps: Recollections, SU Autumn Days

Paper: Debbie Mum Harvest and Holiday, DCWV Mat Stacks Earth and Fall Combo Stack 2

Ink: SU Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Embellishments: Nestibilities, Ribbon, Stitching

Thanks for visiting my blog. I always love your comments!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sweet Sketch 22
Sweet Sketch Wednesday

It's Sweet Sketch Wednesday again! We have an awesome sketch this week! Hope you will play along and join in the fun. Check out the details on SSW site! I always love to see what the other DT members create. You should check it out too!

This week Teri at Delicious Doodles is sponsoring Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Check out here digi images here. They are sooo cute!

Stamp: SU Kind and Caring Thoughts and SU Demo Gift
Paper: SU Melon Mambo,Lavender Lace, K & Company Wild Raspberry, ATD Vibrant Hidden Hues
Ink: SU Elegant Eggplant, Copics: YG03, V04, V09, RV11, RV14
Embellishments: Ribbon, Brads, Pearl, Flower, Nestibilities, SU Large Oval, Modern Label

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What's for Dinner tonight?

With Parmesan Cheese
I just made my favorite soup that I discovered last spring in the February 23, 2009 Women's World Magazine. I love the freshness of this soup with the fresh tomatoes, carrots, spinach, garlic and jalapeno...which gives just a hint of spice...But this soup is not spicy hot!!!
Without Parmesan Cheese
I make the soup as the recipes instructs except I put the spinach in the hot bowls of soup that I am serving at the moment. Save the rest of the soup for another day....or for lunch and just add the spinach to your individual hot soup bowls each time you serve it. Stir the spinach a few times and it slightly cooks or wilts. Add as much spinach as you like. I like alot. The spinach is so fresh and bright green! If you do as the recipe says, and put all the spinach in the pan and bring it to a boil and then happen to have it sit for five or ten minutes, the spinach turns a ickky green!
Click here to check out my tutorial on how to make this soup.
Tonight we had this soup with French dip Roast Beef Sandwiches....made with Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf in the refrigerator section of the grocery store where the Grands and Cresent rolls are displayed. I make my dip from instant bouillon...a quick a easy trick! If you don't want sandwiches with your soup, this French bread is so delicious to eat straight from the oven. Before baking, I cut slits on the top of the loaf with a knife and sprinkle generously with Garlic Salt. The first few times I used the Pillsbury French Loaf my family thought it was my own is that good without the mess in the kitchen! I also use it in the summer time to make cold turkey and roast beef sandwiches. Wow, what an advertisement for Pillsbury! I should be working for them! I should have taken a picture of the bread too! Maybe next time!
Anyway, I hope you will try this soup and let me know how you like it.
Sweet Sketch 21Spooky Nights
Sweet Sketch Wednesday
Happy Halloween! I wanted to make one last card for here it is! Hope you enjoy it. You've got to love this little mummy!

Be sure to click over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and play along this week. There are two color challenges. I chose to go with the Halloween colors (your choice) to make this Halloween Card.
Check out the DT cards for some fun inspiration!

This week officially kicks off the holiday season! It's hard to believe it is here already!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Halloween!
Stamps: Recollections Mummy, SU Halloween Frights
Paper: My Minds’s Eye Boo! To You! Halloween Candy; SU Really Rust, More Mustard, Kiwi Kiss,
Ink: SU Old Olive, Copics: Y21, YG03
Embellishments: Pumpkin Eyelets, Sheer Black Ribbon, SU Word Window and Modern Label, Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Be Merry Sophie
Sweet Sketch 20
This week our sponsor is Digi Stamp Boutique. Take a few minutes and check out Sally's digis. You will love all of her images. I had such a hard time choosing an image because I wanted all of them and so will you. I fell in love with Sophie sitting on top of her present....a perfect image for Christmas or a birthday card. When you play along this week at SSW you will have the chance to win some free digi images from Digi Stamp Boutique if your card is choosen as the Weekly Winner.

In case you are a new viewer...these cards are made for Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Be sure to hop on over there and check out all the DT cards.....great inspiration for your cards. While you are there check out the details on playing along each week with us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. We would love to see your inspiration!


Stamps: Sophie, SU Warm Words

Paper: SU Purley Pomegrante, Pixie Pink, Old Olive, Provo Craft Holiday Slab

Ink: SU Black, Copics

Embellishments: Metal Snowflake, Brads, Ribbon, SU Large Oval, SU Modern Label, Fiskars Holly Border

Best WitchesSweet Sketch 20

I will be sad to see the Halloween season leave. This card and next week's will be my finally Halloween cards. I had so much fun this year creating cards for my friends. I think my favorite is coming next week so be sure to come back and take a peek!!

Have a great week and enjoy the final days of October.

Sweet Sketch 20

Stamp: Studio G
Paper: My Mind's Eye Boo! To You! Fright Night Paper, Bo Bunny Boo Crew Stripe, SU Pumpkin Pie, Black, White
Ink: SU Basic Black, Green Galore, Close to Cocoa, Only Orange, YoYo Yellow
Embellishments: MS Pumpkin Punch, Ribbon, Button, Floss, Brads, SU Modern Label

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Moo~chas Grass~ias!
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Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Well, it is Sweet Sketch Wednesday again and the card I am posting was inspired by Pam, one of our former Design Team Members and by Teri, who is currently a DT member for SSW. Pam made a darling Moo~chas Grassias card that made me remember that I had a cow stamp. Quite often Teri uses dimensional punch flowers on her cards and I just love those waa laa here is my Moo~Grassias Card for you to enjoy. Thanks Pam and Teri!!!

Have a great day!

Check out Arlana's sketch site at Sweet Sketch Wednesday to get all the details on playing along. You can use any stamp or element you wish to make your card.

Stamp: Vap Cow
Paper: DCWV LaCreme Stack, SU Old Olive; Cream, Black
Ink: SU Black, Old Olive
Embellishments: PS Flower Punches, McGill Oval 1”X1 ½”, Pearl, 3 Wire Spirals, Ribbon