Monday, June 28, 2010

Birthday cards galore

Someone here that should remain nameless celebrated a birthday this month (OK, it was me, but enough about that).  I just wanted to share some of the handmade cards I received.  I just love receiving handmade cards.  It makes me feel so special to receive something that someone else made just for me!

How is that for a little artwork for you?

Hopefully tomorrow night I can get some more artwork posted for you.  First I have a meeting and then my Zumba class.  I have really been enjoying Zumba.  The first few times it really kicked my butt, but it is so worth it.  It is a great workout!

Happy Scrappin'

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Greetings from Tomah!

Here we are in sunny Tomah, Wisconsin for the big NTPA National Tractor Pull.  I am back at the girls took a little break in between sessions while the guys are hanging out in the pit area.  Icy cold beverages in our hands :)

While my husband does tractor pull, he is not at this least yet.  It is a dream of his.  He pulls at the National level for antiques instead.  He is a huge 2 cylinder John Deere fan.

Here are a few pictures of some of our friends that pull.  It is fun to be able to walk through the pit area and know so many of the guys!

Here is our friend Isaac on his IH 1066 called Operation Detonation.
The Green Creaper

Our friend Charlie from Michigan on his John Deere 4010 called Cruel Intentions

Yes Deere
and a black colored John Deere 6030 called Black Power.  This is the size tractor that Dale dreams of.  In fact, he was even checking eBay while we were here at the campground bidding on one.  He won the bid, but did not meet the reserve price the seller had set (good news for me??)
I hope to get a few more art filled posts on here in the next few days.  This is the first one with my new computer.  It is taking me a little while to learn how to work this new "toy" but I will get there.  Hopefully Monday when we get home I can work on that for you.

Until then, Happy Scrappin'

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Our visitor...

I know I have been absent for a while now.  Being back to work really takes up most of my time, but beyond that, I have been without a computer.  Yes, my motherboard kicked the bucket.  Luckily my hard drive was ok, so the computer dr. was able to save my data (no worries, my photos were already backed up thanks to my Picture Keeper!)  Now I am just awaiting the arrival of my new baby.  I have decided to go with a laptop this time around.  Maybe now I can even keep you updated as I travel around!  How cool is that?
Anyway...on to our visitor!  This little lady has been invading our yard lately.  She likes to nibble on the leaves of my little crab apple trees.  Yesterday morning as I was leaving for work, she was there again.  I stopped the car, rolled down the window, and had a little talk with her.  OK, maybe I should not be telling this story, you all are going to think I belong in the loony bin!  Ha, ha!  Really, I did talk to her and she even seemed to listen..  She stood right there.  I told her to come her and talk to me and she even took a couple of steps closer!  I probaby could have leaned way out my window and petted her if I had wanted to.
As common as deer are around us (and we live in town) I still like to see them.  I hope she continues to visit us, but I also hope she quits eating the leaves on my trees and my hostas.

Once I get my new computer, I have more artwork to show you.  Stay tuned, it'll be here soon...I hope!

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Zippidee Club layout

I have so many things to show you yet, but alas my computer is in at the computer doctor!  It is sounding more and more like the Motherboard is shot.  I guess, looking at the bright side, I will be getting that laptop that I have been thinking about!
I am posting tonight from my husband's terribly slow and ancient laptop.  I guess it is better than nothing, but I can hardly wait to get one of my very own!

Tonight's photo is of the layout that my Club girls will be putting together on Sunday.  It uses the new Zippidee paper pack.  The colors are Bamboo, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, and Honey.  I also used the new dimensional element stars and colored them with a sponge and ink. 

I absolutely love the way it turned out!  It is not often that I say that.  I did not put a title on this one or photo mats, but will leave that up to the girls.

I am sad that this is the last time my club will be getting together until the fall.  Summer is just a busy time for everyone and it is so hard to find a time that works for everyone.  Rest assured that come fall, I will be starting it up a card club for those interested.  If you would like to join either or both of my clubs, please let me know so I can put you on the list.

Happy Scrappin'

PS-remember to check out my website daily to see what the Jackpot June deal of the day is :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wonderful Friend - June SOTM

The June Stamp of the Month, Wonderful Friend, is a great stamp set to use for all those Father's Day cards and pages that you are sure to make.  Here is some of the artwork that my friend Liz made using this stamp set.
It is easy to get this set for yourself.  Simply click on the link on the left to get to my website to order it or send me an email ( to let me know that you want it.  You can purchase it outright for the full $22.95 price, or get it at a discount or even FREE!  Just ask me how.

Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Camping fun

Here are just a few pictures of us on a fun 3 wheel bike that we were riding around the campground on Memorial Weekend.  It was a little challenging at first, but once we got the hang of it, we tooled around all over.  Both people have to pedal in tandem to keep the bike moving forward.  The steering is done by one person either pedaling faster or slower.  It was pretty easy to spin it around in circles, though (sometimes on purpose and sometimes not!)
It was quite the workout, I could feel it in my hips the next day, but at least I didn't hurt too bad.
Happy Scrappin'

Friday, June 4, 2010

Home decorating CTMH style

I got a great email the other day from my friend and customer, Marsha.  She wanted to show me the project she had just completed.  I loved it so much I had to ask if it was ok to share it with all of you.
Her niece had found this 6 pane window on a garage sale for $2. The glass was still in it and it had been painted white (what wasn't chipped off anyway).  It was nasty dirty, but after cleaning it up, sanding it (so it looks like it is supposed to be distressed rather than just chipped up), and sealing it, it looked much better. She measured the openings and used CTMH papers to put behind the glass with the photos.
Doesn't it look great?!?   I told you so!  And her great-nephew is pretty darn cute, too!  This had started out to be a gift, but after seeing the finished project, her niece decided to keep it.  I can certainly understand that, I would have had a hard time giving it up, too!

Thank you for sharing, Marsha...and keep on showing me those great projects!

Happy Scrappin'

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Flood sale anyone??

Boy, when it rains, it pours around here.  We had a great weekend camping only to return home on Monday afternoon to a flooded basement.  No, it did not rain (not much anyway) but someone was here while we were gone to "help" us out and water the flowers for me (unknown to me) and forgot to turn the water off outside the house.  It ran for a very long time and the ground was so saturated that it seeped into our basement.  There was about 2" of standing water down there.  Now, remember, my scrapbooking room is down there...need I say more?
I was ready to cry!  Luckily, the majority of my stuff is safe.  I lost a bunch of cardstock, but no scrapbooks.  I had one scrapbook completed and in the side pocket of my rolling tote.  It took on water.  Here is what it looks like
but thankfully, all the pages were in those wonderful CTMH memory protectors!  All of my completed pages are just fine!!  Whoo Hoo!  Just one more reason to love CTMH!
Today I took a day off work so I could be here when Service Masters showed up.  We had used shop vacs to suck as much water up as we could, then set up fans and dehumidifiers, but they came to shampoo the carpet (yes, my basement is all finished) and apply something to kill the mold and stop it from growing back.  I have to say, they did a great job-and I got plenty of exercise with all those trips up and down the stairs (I carried a lot of stuff upstairs to get it out of the way when they were here working).
They snaked their hoses through my house and downstairs and did their magic.
I have to say, I hope those industrial fans and dehumidifier they set up do their job because I am tired of this musty/damp smell in my house.  I even got some new Scentsy bars and room spray tonight to try to help the problem out.

OK, I am done whining.  I will be back in the morning to show you an awesome, cool project from one of my friends!

Happy Scrappin'

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

25 years!

Happy 25th Anniversary to my wonderful husband today!  I can hardly believe that 25 years ago we walked down that aisle!  Now-a-days, that is quite an accomplishment-especially with all that we have been through lately!  For you newlyweds out there, it is not always roses, remember there are thorns, too.  Work together and communicate-that is the key.

Speaking of roses...look at the gorgeous bouquet that was waiting for us when we got home from work!  Thanks Mom and Norm!
She also sent this great handmade card!  She says she's just a beginning stamper, but I beg to differ :)
I know I have not been posting much lately.  Lots of stuff going on here (and with going back to work now, it's been quite an adjustment!)  Stay tuned, though.  I have a ton up my sleeve to show you-I promise, you will enjoy!

Happy Scrappin'