Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It's HERE, It's HERE, It's HERE!

I am so excited, I received my blog candy from Verve Visual creator Julee Tilman. I feel so honored to be one of the very first people to get these stamps. They're the sweetest sentiments. Now, how to use them. I've never purchased sheets of uncut red rubbah before. I love the dotted oval stamp that you can put around the sentiments and it's looks like it just might fit my word window punch! Have a suhweet evening! I know I will.

So cute and sad

Last night when my oldest, Jakob, was on the phone with his grammy he proceeded to tell her about the little kitten we lost a couple of weeks ago. Here's how it went.
"Our little kitty died grammy. It got run over by a car. Well, it looked both ways before it crossed the street and it didn't see any cars, but there was one. I miss her."
He never told me that's how it was. It's truly amazing how the minds of children work. I miss Cloud too.

Oh and here's how I decided to "fix" the card I made a big boo boo on. I like it a lot better but I'm thinking of adding a bit more red to the left, top corner. Have a great day! Thanks for visiting.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Follow Your Dreams

A card I made for someone who's feeling down. I used the petal prints set with my watercolor crayons. I believe I used real red, so saffron, and cameo coral to fill in the flowers before I spritzed them as well as old olive for the leaves. I stamped the sentiment in old olive. I tried drawing a butterfly with orange peel stickles but it did really turn out so I think I'll cover it or figure something else out. Thanks for looking.


Sunday, July 29, 2007

Loads of Birthday Cheer Beate's Sketch

Wishing you loads of Birthday Cheer. I used Beate's sketch to make this card for my friend Nicole's mom for her birthday. Nic said that her mom loves bright colors and this truck stamp. So there we go and I am pleased to tell you that I was able to use my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby and get me a Cuttlebug. So stoked. I've seen so many cute cards with this and I hope to use it on my pages too. That leads me to the CBed bg on the card. I wanted it to be feminine even though I was using the Loads of Love truck. I used my prisma color pencils and OT to color in the image. I also used the paisley bg on the green paper with Teal Staz-0n. I drew the present and "put" them in the back of the truck. Have a great day.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Pioneer PicNic

We had a great time, here are just some of the highlights.
Jakob eating his hotdog. (It's Travis's passion to get shots of people while they're eating!)

Jen and I posing for Travis's eating pic.

Tessa and Rachel taking the handcart ride.

Aaron enjoying his snow cone. Jim arriving with his kiddos. What's Joses doing back there? Missed you Michy.

Marley Rae in the jumper, she just didn't want to leave! Have a great day.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Closer to Blog Candy

Wowza, we're getting close to 2,000 hits so that's means we're getting closer to blog candy. Yey, I love the idea of it. Giving to people you've never met jut to brighten their day.
I've got to get the kiddos off to the doctor today and it will be the usual busy Friday.
Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lobster Mouse

I actually did get to sit down and create. I have these house mouse halloween stamps and they are THE cutest. I actually bought the set just because of the lobster mouse, all the kids said awwww when they saw it. I used my prismas and OT to fill in the image after I stamped it in black staz-on. I got some chipboard puzzle pieces and I've been wanting to use them. Not sure it really works on this card, I guess you can't always be perfect. I sponged buckaroo blue for the sky and drew the grass with prismas. Thanks for looking. Misty

I am officially a blog candy winner!

I can't believe it but it's true. The card I entered for Poetic Artistry's sketch challenge was randomly picked and it was me, me, me all me. I will be receiving Julee's own design of rubber stamps, new release and all. I am so excited and can't wait to use them. Bloggin' rocks! I love sharing my life and work with all who are interested...as long as they're not mental (HP reference), ya know. Take care. Hopefully, I'll have time to make something today, but no promises, my house is a mine field. TFL.
I need to make baby shower invitations for my friend Natalie, she's having a girl and I'm not sure, but I think I'll keep it simple. This is card I made ages ago, but I still love the simpleness of it. I know that now I would not be able to keep it quite this plain. What do you think?

I used to scan everything, sorry.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Heidi Grace Stamps

I was at Jo-ann's yesterday and saw they are now carrying clear stamps by Heidi Grace. They're so cute. Dont' buy them though. They won't come off the contact sheet. They won't pick up ink right and they really dont' stick to the block. Don't worry, I'll be contacting HeidiGrace.com about the issues. I had the same problem with K&CO clear stamps about 6 months ago. They said they've fixed the prob but I haven't purchased them again. So this is the card I made with the stamps. Pretty stamps but because they don't stick there is some smudging.
All stamps are from that set. I used cameo coral and real red ink along with old olive. My friend Michelle knows how much I love the coral and the red together. I made this card for the sketch challenge on Poetic Aritistry I really wish these stamps worked better because they're gorgeous. Alas I'm off to get ready for the stake primary activity. TTFN.

Back of my hair

As per request here's a pic that my six year old took of the back of my hair. Sorry for the angle but this was the best one. Something creative will be posted later. Poetic Artistry has a great sketch to use.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Jack-O-Lantern House Mouse

So I did get a little time to play with the paper scraps from my last lo. I got the seed packet printout from katydidcreations.typepad.com. I stamped the green bazzill bg with little mice feet in always artichoke. I then colored in the image with prisma color pencils and then used my blender pen to smooth it out. I sponged the background with pumpking pie ink and Bliss Blue. I used colorbox black ink for the edges. He sure is a cutie. I'm wishing that I had just sponged blue behind Mr. Pumpkin but I'll think of that next time.Can't wait to ink up another of these images!!! TFL!


Explora American Crafts

Some of my friends may have already seen this lo irl, but I thought I'd share it here since it is one of my favs. I used a stamp set of circles that I got at clear dollar stamps on ebay and the "waves" (clear also) around the red circle are from rubber soul. I used my creative memories circle cutter and the wavy cutter they sell for the border strip. The chip "e" is from Joann's, painted red and inked around. I inked all of the pieces before adhering. I think it would be fun to do a card with these papers, hopefully today.
Thanks for visiting.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Deathly Hallows

Warning!!!!!!!!!!! Revelations from the newest Harry Potter installment upcoming. Stop reading now if you do not want to know "what happens". Just a warning is all. Having loads of fun with this.
My review... good but some unanswered questions for me. I think she had to fit so much in that she left some ends untidy. And why oh why did so many of our favorites have to die? For what purpose was a child left parentless yet again? There has to be another as yet unwritten book where Harry, as godfather, watches over the boy, because why else would she have killed off Lupin and Tonks. Sheesh, not to mention Fred. So frustrating. What good did his death do the story other than getting to see Mrs. Weasley angry as all get out! Liked to see sparks between Hermione and Ron finally kindled but she really glossed over Harry and Ginny...three kids later. Oh well, I was looking forward to Eclipse much more that HP anyway. I can't help it, I'm a bookaholic. Take care.

Camping + New Pages

Sorry I haven't blogged but we were camping with some friends over the weekend. It rained a bunch but we still had a great time. It was beautiful up there. You drive through tunnels carved out of the rock and there are no bathrooms!!! We ate well and Travis and I cooked for our very first time alone in the dutch oven. We made everyone Apricot/Peach Cobbler. It almost didn't get cooked all the way due to the rain, but it was YUMMY. I wish I had taken more of the pics of the adults there but I stink at that. Not one of Jim and Michelle. Darn. Wish more of "our" friens would've come up. Anywho here are some shots of that trip.

Now on to the pages I finished Friday night. The first one is of our family's trip to El Capitan State Beach. I used my slit punch to make the scalloped border. For some reason the pic shows the paper a lot more pink than the red it really is. And there is an "a" on the flower in the title. The second lo is of my dd, Tessa, and her best friend, Kate. Those two are sweethearts together. This pic was taken the day they were to be flower girls together. I stamped the flower from Doodle this in the center of one of the circles. Some rubons and bling to finish it off.
Thanks for looking. Misty

Friday, July 20, 2007

More Pages from the Duck Pond

Here are some more pages I finished of my fam at the UNM Duck Pond. I used Li'l Davis chip letters for the "mom" title and I tried to get them matchy with the Basic Grey ppr by using a white gel pen and drawing wavy lines on them. I then added varying circles. "3 Beauties" is done with prisma colors and oderless turpentine. The journaling says... "3 reasons why I find joy in life. 3 beings to be grateful for. 3 sources of endless love. 3 demanding, messy, perfect, beautiful, children of mine."
For the "Daddy" lo I used Headline Alpha with Real Red. Pretty simple but It was a great day and I had to document.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

New Doo

I keep forgetting to take pics of myself with my new coiffure. So I did take some time out today to take some self portraits. I used some of my tried and true poses but they are still a little lacking for me. I probably should try screaming outloud like they do on America's Next Top Model. Not my best but enough complaining. My hair looks so cool in the back. I do it all crazy with moose. Maybe I'll have Trav take a pic later. I'm already due for another doo cut. Having short hair really takes some upkeep unlike when I let it grow and grow for a year without a cut.
Hey it's hard not to squint when facing the light. On a lighter note...
Why God Made Moms: answers given by elementary school age children to the following questions:
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
What kind of little girl was your Mom?
1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.
What did Mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your Mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on.
What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work & work at home, & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your Mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your Mom perfect? 1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.
Oh and I've decided that at 2,000 hits there will be some blog candy on this here blog!

Friendship Swap Card

Here's the card that I made for the Friendship Swap on SCS. Twyant is the swap leader. First I stamped the paisley background in Real Red and cut it into six one inch strips. Next I cut index cards in half and used the SU spiral punch for the edge. I cut the black and white paisley in 2x4 strips. I used the Too Terrific Tags set stamped in versamark and then heat embossed with black powder for the main image. I added the "friend" from noteworthy in Real Red. lastly I sewed the strips of ribbon on and then adhered everything to the red polka dot card face. The mini flower with bling is actually scavenged from these barrettes my mom gave Tessa. They wouldn't hold a strand of hair and they kept falling apart anyways!!!!! Here's a pic of those.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Silly Aaron

I've been working on this lo for a couple of days now. It's been sitting, because I've been overwhelmed writing signs. Some day the word sign will be nonexistant in my vocabulary. Evil things. I guess, whatever brings the bacon home right! Enough venting here's my cutie back in September of last year. He thought he was so funny with that gladware lid. I used all basic grey except the flower rubon. I printed out my journaling strips and cut them up. My printer is on the fritz, it keeps smearing everything and then not printing the whole line. Maybe it's time for a new one. This one is like 5 years old. I hate buying ink for it because at Costco I have to buy one color cartridge with one black. I barely ever use color so that stinks and it's more expensive that way too. They used to sell two black cartridges for $40.00 bucks or so. Man, I miss the old days. I did find a steal of a deal at Costco though. They had a scrapbook refill kit, 50 page protectors, 50 pages, extender posts and it was priced at $7.88 but it rang up at $4.88!!!! So stoked. Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Stained Glass Chile Ristra

What a horrible scan this is, sorry but the card is out of my hands and even though I'd like to add a bit to the background I can't. I stamped the image with versamark and then embossed it with black embossing powder. I colored in the chiles with markers. For a finishing touch on the image I added faint lines with a micro pen and some chalk.

Here's Mr. Coyote. I stamped him with the versamark, added heat and stick, I then added gold flake over the heat and stick. It's actually a mixture of metal flakes. The second one that I did came out better than this one. I used pearl ex powders instead of the flake but alas no pic or scan of that one. Hmm I nee to get on the ball. The bg is a stamp by Magenta that I stamped multiple times in different directions. Man this card is boring!

Have a beautimous day!

Lost in Translation

I was visiting Emily's stamping and stuff blog and she posted this link. I can not believe that people think this is a good translation to english! I think that Jenn will get a huge kick out of this having lived and taught abroad. I seriously laughed out loud at some of these pictures/translations. The last one is interesting to say the least. So go and check it out! Funny Translations.
Off to bed with me.

Monday, July 16, 2007


I love these stamps! Not only are the images beautiful but the stamps themselves are truly gorgeous. I have ordered the gecko too and hopefully he'll come in to the store soon. I am NOT a lover of all things southwestern I just truly enjoy how much work and detail went into each of these.
Turned in signs today and went to the thrift store nearby while I waited for my paycheck. I found Jakob a magnetic chore chart and The Secret Garden, illustrated and in hard back. Now I have to do a whirlwind cleaning on my house. Have a super day.


Sunday, July 15, 2007

On Gossamer Wings

My mom ordered this set from my SU party before it retired. It's her first set so last night I taught her how to cut and mount the stamps. This morning before she left to go back home we played with it a little. It's a beautiful set, she actually bought it because she loves dragonflies, funny that we didn't use it on this card. I wanted it to be a quick tutorial on how to used a water brush and ink pads. I don't have the card anymore but I wish I had added more of a "ground" to the bottom of the image. As I often am, I was too impatient to let the white craft dry before adding dazzling diamonds to the butterfly so, of course, it got smeared :0( a little. Thanks for looking. More tomorrow.

Inks: Black Staz-on, Cool Caribbean, Summer Sun, Real Red, Cranberry Crisp, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Image: On Gossamer Wings, Sentiment Brads: Joann's

Friday, July 13, 2007

Harry Potter movie and Twilight

All in all I'd say it was a pretty good movie. In the very beginning there are some scary death eaters, but not so scary as other HP movies. Excited for the new book in a week!!! I also can't wait for the third book in the Twilight series to come out. If you have not read this book run, don't walk to your nearest book store. The author is Stephanie Meyer and she's amazing. The first book is Twilight where you are introduced to Bella and Edward. The second book is New Moon where you learn more about Bella's best friend, Jacob, and let's just say it isn't pretty. The third book is Eclipse and it comes out in early August. They've actually asked her to write a fourth book and there just might be a movie, but I'm not so keen on that idea, it just might ruin all of the fantasies I've dreamt up in my head about these characters! My friend Jen told me about Twilight and I was skeptical at first but I've go to say that if I could pick one book to take with me to a deserted island it just might be Twilight!!!!!

Have a great day


Thursday, July 12, 2007

Angel Fold Card

I really like this fold. It's an updated take on a basic card. I also LOVE this southwest angel stamp. I used my prisma color pencils and oderless turpentine to fill in the image. Very hard to see but I used my quickie glue pen and dazzling diamonds on the wings. The patterned paper is frances meyer and the dark brown is dcwv. Thanks for visiting and taking a peak. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Beate's Sketch Challenge

Here's my entry for Beate's Sketch Challenge. I had so much fun with this and I did turn the sketch 180 degrees. The cowboy kid image really didn't fit the other way. I used cranberry crisp for the paisley and star. I used my prisma color pencils and oderless turpentine to blend the colors on the "kid". I love this set and I'm so happy I ordered it when it was available. I used my blender pen on the grass, star and the paisley. Have a great day!!!
7/11/2007The first is a daytime pic and the second is the pic I took last night under my ott-light. Which one would you pick?


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Duck Pond

So I finally finished this lo about Aaron at the UNM Duck Pond. This is such a special place to me. I spent four years of my young life here. So many memories and good friends that were had. I still treasure those relationships that shaped my life. Basic Grey Dasher line of paper. Headline alphabet for title and red polka dot paper is Daisy D's. Thanks for looking!

Beautiful Creation

I was thinking so far today I have nothing creative to post and then I realized I had just taken pictures of one of my most beautiful creations...Miss Tessa. She is such a ham for the camera. One of my complete joys. I love her to pieces.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Weddings and More Weddings

HEY Thanks to Kristen of Confessions of a naptime stamper for her help with my titleless posts!
Yet another wedding card. Are you sick of them yet? I actually needed to branch out on these type cards, sometimes I get stuck in a rut. I used a celery patterned paper from the SAB scrap pack as the base The paisley strip was stamped with CTMH Adorable set in Certainly Celery ink. I dragged Pretty in Pink all around it. The cake stamp is by Stampabilities. I attached the sheer ribbon with two heart brads from Joann's. The stitch stamp is a clear one from the paper studio and it's in Pretty in Pink. I used my blender pen to add a little color to the cake. Lastly, I added the green primas. Thanks for looking.
I've got a full day today even though I'm at home. I'm watching my friends three kiddos so she can clean the temple. Little baby Kenny had a rough start but seems to be warming up very well. He's such a cutie.
Have a super day.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Platinum Wedding

First of all I have to say that blogger is NOT letting my put titles on my posts!!!! So frustrating.
Can anyone see this card, are you blinded? Just kidding, it was just really hard to photograph because it's white, silver and has glitter in the flowers. Very hard to see how beautiful it is in real life. This card is for a wedding my friend Nicole is going to. The bride has chosen very simple and elegant designs for everything so I hope this goes.
I'm fasting today because we didn't realize last Sunday was the first Sunday of the month. I can't totally fast because of the medication that I'm on. It needs to be taken with food. That makes me a little sad because I always like the way I feel when I come out of a pure fast. Today the lesson I'll be teaching is on how the Lord helps Missionaries. I think the kids will really enjoy it because they get to write a letter to a missionary in class.
The kids had a super time at Dallin's birthday party yesterday. It was medievil themed and they made the coolest things. PVC(painted brown) stick horses with socks for heads, swords out of black foam insulation tubes, shields out of card board painted gold and decorated by the kids and helmets out of milk jugs cut out and painted gold with a tassle on the top! They also played games related to the era. Kari is an amazing mom and VERY creative. She's such an inspiration.
Well I'm off to find a Missionary badge for the kids to see at church today.
Oh, visited Jill's blog today and saw this funny thing about rating your blog G, PG, R and my blog is rated PG because I have the word punch in it 5 times, the word missionary 4 times and the word kill once. Hmmmm why is the word missionary considered PG? They're the most G things I know in this world!!! Too funny.
Have a great day.

Friday, July 06, 2007

How do you spend 100.00 dollars at Costco in under and hour... the answer is EASY. I can't believe how soft I am when it comes to that store. Their yummy Rosemary and Olive oil bread, yum. Even buying diapers is an experience at this store. Well anyways, on to cards.
I used the Painted Posies set (two step stampin')with Pale Plum and Mellow Moss ink. I spritzed water on the stamps before stamping them. I tied some variagated sheer ribbon around the main flower image. Super simple card!
For this wedding card I wanted to do something more bold instead of soft. It's simply stated too. I used the Noteworthy set with cranberry ink. The red flowered paper is a scrap from my stash and I can't remember what company. I used my scalloped scissors to create the top edge and then I used my white gel pen to trace around it and added some small flowers. Lastly I added the scroll stamp with white craft ink.
Thanks for looking.

More cards for Nicole...

So hoppy for you and your new baby!!!! It's a baby boy card. I used the Be Happy set and Unfroggetable. Green galore ink for the tags and prismacolor pencils and oderless turpentine for Mr. Frog. I punched him out and then edged him with fun scissors.
The other card is done with Bloomin with Happiness. I sewed the sides of the image and then added stamped stitches with my Technique Tuesday stitch set. Also used my EK Success double flower punch to top of fhe image.
Have a great day. Mines kind of horrible already. For some reason no one at my dh's company got paid today, they're saying Monday now, ummm can you say Mortgage? Sheesh.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Strep Throat

How can you really tell if your child has strep throat? I called the doctor today to see if I could get Jakob in but they're on vacation, so I call the clinic and they told me I could come and wait but it wasn't for sure that I would get in because they were busy. Well we didn't get in. Maybe I'll take him into town to urgent care tonight if he's still in "horrible" pain as he describes it.
I made this card for Nicole but now I don't think it fits the wedding theme so well so it will probably become a friend card. Autumn Leaves image stamped in Black Staz-onI used prisma colors and oderless turpenoid to color in the image . This is the first time I've used this ribbon and I'm sure I've had it for ages. I used my slit punch to make the scalloped border and then my flower hole punch to give it some character. The other papers were scraps. I then added the sentiment by punching white cs with my word window punch and writing "cherish" on it. I inked around the edges and attached. Oh, I also mounted the birdie on the purple swirl paper and used my small scallop scissors around the edge.
Thanks for looking.

Bloomin' Bridal Card

Sorry the colors on this card didn't exactly scan true to life, maybe I'll take a pic later today. I need to get to bed but I also need to finish Nicole's cards. I'll post the other one later this morning.

Here's the picture first and then the scanned image. See the difference!

I'm feel so blessed to be born in this country.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Fourth!!!

We had such a great time today at the pic-nic grounds. Thanks Jen for pulling us all together again!!!Here's a picture of us gals being silly. Gosh, we've known eachother for such a long time, before we were married even. From left to right. DeNae, Jenn, Lacey Michelle, and me.
I started cooking the ribs in the oven before we got there and then Travis threw them on the grill, boy were they good. I brought paints so that we could paint the kids faces, but, of course we all got in on it too. Here are some of Michelle and I with our fireworks on.
This morning Jakob was in a parade and got to throw candy to people. From what I gather he liked throwing AT people more than he liked throwing it TO them. Sheesh.
We watched some pretty amazing fireworks at MHS last night, I'd say the best I've seen since moving to NM. I need to get working on some cards for my friend Nicole and I'd better do it now while the kiddos are still napping. Take care.