Birthday at Texas Roadhouse!
Well I just got back from my birthday dinner out with the girls and I thought I would post the pics of our fabulous time! We had a great meal, LOTS of laughs and of course alcoholic beverages! LOL These are all my all-time favorite people and also my stamping buddies! These great girls got me the most amazing birthday gift - a day at the local spa! I almost fell over - what an awesome gift! I can't wait to use it!

Me and My Sister Kimberly!
My Aunt Sharon and the Bestie Robyn!

My sis-in-law Tracie and Me! (yes, note the large alcoholic beverages lol)

okay - this is me on the "rolling saddle" - I couldn't believe I actually got on it and let them embarrass me! (this is Texas people lol)

Me and the Best Friend Robyn!
MORE BLOGGER RAK HAPPY MAIL!
I am behind in posting my simply amazing Blogger RAK's I have been receiving in the mail. Seriously, I get several everyday and I have been behind in taking pics of them and posting them on my blog! So here are a few that I received last week and am just now posting!

This simply adorable easter card came to me from Lauri (I lie, cheat and case)! Isn't it just the cutest easter card?? Thanks so much Lori for the kind words inside and for sending me this great card!

Lookie at my supah cute Birthday card from my good friend Nancy (nancy's creative mess)! I love this card Nancy and thanks so much for thinking of me on my birthday! *hugz*

This absolutely sweet card was sent to me by Nicole (stampin' library girl)! I love the colors in this card (I need to use them more myself!) - thanks so much for sending it to me Nicole, I love it! :)
Yes, another GREAT Blogger Rak birthday card sent to me by Teresa (love 2 b creative)! I love the colors in this card - thank you Teresa for the card and the compliments - they are appreciated! :)

Check out this amazingly cute card Allison (Stampin when I can) sent to me! It is made with buttons, how cute is that? Thanks so much Allison, I love the card! :)
Peter Cottontail
Yep, it's another one of those adorable images/sentiments from Hambo Stamps! I am so excited to be a part of their design team - all the stamps I have received to work with ROCK! I had so much fun coloring this little bunny - this is going to be my easter card! I won't be drawing for the blog candy until this evening, so you still have time to enter - it's a random draw, so everybody has a chance to win! Tomorrow is my 36th birthday and I don't really know that I am super excited about it - where has the time gone? I mean I will enjoy going out with all my stamping girlfriends to celebrate at Texas Roadhouse (mmmm steaks and drinks!!!!) - but I am one year older and I'm not sure how I feel about that yet.

Recipe:
Stamps: Bunny/Sentiment stamps from Hambostamps.com
Ink: Staz-on Black
Paper: SU! DS paper from the Spring Mini, WW, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Accessories: SU! Flower Punch, SU! Word Window Punch, Creative Memories Oval Cutting System, Ribbon, brads, dimensionals, doodling, Tulip Puffy Paint

Lovin' Doodle That
I seriously am loving my Doodle That set and of course the new spring designer paper is to die for! I came up with this card when I was stamping this past weekend with my bestie Robyn. I love this layout, it's one of my fave's! I couldn't resist using my new Round Tab Punch - that thing is just fabo! You can do so much with it and it works just great with the 1/8" Karen Foster Snap Stamps - if you don't have these snap stamps run, walk or whatever and get you some b/c they are absolutely wonderful. (I got mine on ebay) Don't forget if you haven't signed up for the blog candy yet, you still have one more day.........just leave a comment on the blog treat post below. :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Doodle That, Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, So Saffron, Staz-On Black
Cardstock: WW, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, SU! Designer Series Paper from Spring Mini
Accessories: Ribbon, Round Tab Punch, Cuttlebug, Brads, Dimensionals, Stickles, Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
BIG, BIG NEWS!
I have been waiting for days to make this announcement, but have had to wait until I had the green light from Monica - well I just got the green light! I am the proud new member of the Hambo Stamps Design Team! Their stamps are just fabulous! I will get to be working alongside some really great stamping talent! The Design Team will consist of: Myself, Cindy Brockes, Asela Hopkins and Isabelle Mung. This cute little chick (I like to call her a peep lol) is one of their adorable stamped images - I had so much fun with this one! I will be posting cards here on my blog from time to time that I have designed using their stamps - this is gonna be a fun ride! Be sure and go check out their website and get yourself some of those yummy stamps! (yes, I am an enabler and proud of it lol)!

Monica at hambostamps.com also has a blog - check it out here!

Recipe:
Stamps: Chick from hambostamps.com, Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Cardstock: SU! WW, So Saffron, Regal Rose
Ink: Staz-On Black
Embellishments: Ribbon from Texasjodylynn's Ribbonshare, Marvy Mega Scallop Punch, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Stickles, Dimensionals, SU! Word Window Punch, cuttlebug

A Little Blog Treat!
It's been a while since I have offered up some blog candy for all my faithful blog readers out there, so here it is! Two rolls of ribbon, cool caribbean colored brads, large black/white polka dot brads, two dollar stamps from Michael's and one of my handmade cards made with the Au Chocolate paper from the Spring Mini! It's so easy to win, all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post - supah dupah easy! I will randomly choose a winner on Friday, March 30th. Good Luck! :)
NEW BLOG BANNER!
I have an AMAZING new blog banner that was created by a really talented and super sweet lady by the name of Sam Carnathan. She was a real joy to work with over the last two months while she was creating a custom made banner for my blog. This banner is totally rockin' and I love it! If you would like a custom made banner check out Sam' website and give her a shout - she works with you every step of the way to create exactly what you want - no payment due until the banner is completed and ready to be added to your blog. Thanks so much Sam for the great experience - my banner is really one of a kind!
Big Blooms is 'da Bomb!
Seriously Big Blooms has got to be one of my most favorite sets out of the Spring Mini! (yes, even more so than the Doodle sets!) I so love these flowers!! I chose chocolate chip cardstock for my base and Rose Red to layer with. The patterned paper is Basic Grey Phoebe - and talk about YUMMY - I am totally in love with this paper! *wink* The flowers are covered in dazzling diamonds and have supah sparkle! The tab is the round tab punch from the spring mini (okay, so I can't get enough of the spring mini!) - thanks was stamped with Craft White using my Karen Foster Snap Stamps. The gorgeous striped ribbon is from Jody's (texasjodylynn) ribbon share! This card went together so fast and I absolutely love it! :)
BIG NEWS!
My super adorable blogging friend Beth Silaika who hosts the SCS Featured Stamper chose me as her featured stamper for this week - when I was perusing Splitcoast tonight and saw the featured stamper was me I nearly fell over! lol I am so excited that she picked me - what a wonderful honor! Thanks Bethie! If you are a member of SCS and want to check out the featured stamper thread here is the link. Go on over now and take a look at my gallery and pick out a card of mine to CASE and join in on the fun! :)
I spent the evening stamping with my bestie Robyn. I finally got her to sign up on Splitcoast and get herself a username. She has got some really cute cards and got a lot of them posted on her gallery for the first time tonight - if you are a member of SCS check out her gallery and make her feel welcome - show her some love!
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Kitchen Renovation Pics!
I finally decided to post pics of my kitchen renovation! I still lack trim and baseboards and my new mini-blinds but other than that it is FINISHED! We have a pretty large kitchen and the way the floorplan is, it's just hard to get some really good pictures. I have a before, but it is only of where the kitchen table sits, but you will get the idea! Just imagine early 1980's lovely (ugly) OLD brown flooring and VERY dark ugly wooden cabinets - this WHITE is just what my kitchen needed. This was a lot of very hard work, but I think it looks fabulous! :)
I have been showered with BLOGGER RAK'S!
Wow, the last day or two have been amazing Happy Mail days! I have gotten about 6 or 7 amazing Blogger RAK cards just in the last two days..........here are a few of them - I will post the others tomorrow! :) I truly have some really amazing blogger buddies - I am so lucky!

This adorable card was sent to me by none other than my wonderful friend and fellow SCS'er Beate Johns! Beate has become a great friend of mine and I just adore her creations - she is so talented and has become quite the blogger extraordinaire! If you haven't checked out her blog, it is a definite must. Thanks so much Beate, I absolutely love it! :)

This totally adorable card came from another one of my wonderful friends - Asela Hopkins! This is not only a Blogger RAK, but it is also my birthday card from Asela (my birthday isn't until the 31st). I absolutely love the little kitty! This is a great card Asela, I love it - thank you so much for sending it to me and wishing me a happy birthday! Check out Asela's blog if you haven't already!

This cute card with the bling on the flower is from one of my very first blogging friends, Cindy Keery! Cindy is amazingly talented and is crafty way beyond just stamping - this chick can bake, sew and quilt! She has some really wonderful stuff on her blog so run and check her out! Thank you so much Cindy for the card and the lovely words inside! :)

This lovely card is from another amazing blogger friend of mine, Kristine Breach! Kristine is also very talented (obvious from looking at the card). She has a heart of gold and is an absolute joy to get to talk to. Check out Kristine's blog and see what I am talking about. Kristine thank you so much for this card - it is sooooo cute! I loved that cuttlebug background so much I just ordered one for myself and it should be here anyday!
Happy Doodle!
I absolutely love my new Doodle This set! I decided to pair it with my favorite color - Cool Caribbean! I matted the Cool Caribbean on Elegant Eggplant and used my slit punch to make the scalloped center. I used my blender pen and Cool Caribbean reinker to watercolor the flower. Everything is accented with my white Signo gel pen and stickles for sparkle! The ribbon of course is from Jody's ribbon share - yummy! Can't wait for my Doodle That stampset to arrive.............I am already stalkin' the mailman! I will be back tomorrow with some wonderful Blogger RAK happy mail! :)

Oh Joy, New Goodies!
My Polka Dots and Petals and my new chocolate patterned paper from the Spring Mini FINALLY came today - I have been stalkin' the UPS man! *wink* I had a few spare minutes tonight and thought I would sit down and make a simple card using mainly patterned paper - I am really loving this paper - it's gorgeous! I have a new resolution to stop hoarding all my lovely SU paper and start putting it to use on my creations. :) I used chocolate chip craft ink for the flowers, silver brads for the center of the flowers, my scalloped circle punch, sentiment is a $1 stamp from Michaels and Cindy Ribbon from Starlitstudio Ebay Store - she has some really delish ribbon! I have several new stamps sets and I promise to get busy making some new cards. :)
My No Layer Doodle!
My Doodle This set came today when the UPS man delivered my huge box of goodies! I have been waiting a while to get to play with this set. I decided to challenge myself to do a one-layer card - those are really hard for me to do because I have a layer addiction. *wink* I watercolored everything with my blender pen using Taken with Teal, Ballet Blue, Marigold Morning and Rose Red. I added some rhinestone bling to the bottom of the card and everything else I covered with Stardust Stickles - it is so sparkly IRL. This card turned out beautiful! The sentiment is from the Happy Harmony set. I seriously have got to clean off my stamping space, it is horrific! I will do that this afternoon so I can sit down and play with some of my new goodies!
Happy Mail!
Look at all the Blogger RAK's I received in the mail today! I couldn't believe I got THREE in one day! woohoo!

This beautiful Blogger RAK came from Marie McClellan. I just love this card Marie - it is so cute and I saw it on your blog when you posted it! I love how simple and elegant that it is. Thanks so much for making me the lucky recipient!

Oh boy a cuttlebug Blogger RAK! This card is from Charmaine - I just absolutely love that background and have been trying to get a hold of one of these for my cuttlebug - gotta have it! Charmaine thanks so much for this great card, I love it!

This adorable Blogger RAK came from my friend Julie Phillips! Is this card not just adorable? I love the blue and coral together and I love the stampset she used - Julie, this card is just fab - thank you so much for sending it to me! It's going up on my wall :)
THANK YOU LADIES!
Stacked Cupcakes
This is one of the cute little Michael's dollar stamps I got this past weekend - it is so cute! I just had to mask them so they look like they are stacked. I used Tempting Turqoise and Certainly celery - the ribbon is just to die for - it is from Michael's - and comes on a cute wooden bobbin. I bought a couple of those! For the background I used the background stamp from Polka Dots and Paisley then colored in a few of the circles with my white gel pen. The layered background is of course done with my cuttlebug, then I sponged on some tempting turquoise. I cut the ovals using my creative memories oval cutter and mat - I have had the circles and ovals for several years and found they work great for my card creations. I doodled! I doodled around the edge of the oval and believe it or not it actually came out like I wanted it to. *wink* I don't doodle very much because I don't think I am that great at it, but maybe practice makes perfect. The brads are the jumbo brads from Hobby Lobby and the sentiment at the bottom are my karen foster snap stamps.
Simple, but Sweet
My first card since my demolition in the kitchen started a week ago (it's not quite finished, still working on all the little things - trim, lighting, etc.). I made this card for my Stamp Club group swap and since I was pressed for time, I decided to go the "simple" route - but I still think it came out great. I used my cuttlebug for the background (which I dearly love!). Those Happy Harmony flowers are just amazing - and they look great in Taken With Teal! I am starting to feel under the weather, which isn't a good thing - I have been fighting a cough, runny nose and a stuffy head for the last day or so and today it seems to be getting worse and of course this week is my vacation - that just figures! I planned on stamping and working in my yard some because the temps are supposed to be in the 70's this week, but who knows now. I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and I will see you tomorrow with something new! :)
Yes, It's a Sickness!
Robyn and I returned from our overnight trip and had an amazing time! We went to tons of great stores, Michaels, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, etc and had some great food to eat! I got so many goodies - the stuff in the picture is just a sample lol There were some wonderful "cool caribbean" tins that I got from the Target dollar spot and a clear glass jar that I filled with the wooden spool ribbon from Michael's that I couldn't get in the picture. I did get some extra $1 stamps for blog candy :) Well I am off to get my things ready for tomorrow's stamp club meeting - check back tomorrow for something *NEW* to be posted!
HAPPY FRIDAY! Today is the day! I am headed out of town this afternoon for the big City of Arlington, Texas for a girls weekend getaway with my friend Robyn! I am so excited and can't wait to leave! We have planned to hit a lot of stamping/scrapbooking/craft stores and of course all of those yummy restaurants! My stamping club meets on sunday afternoon so I should have something new and cute to post since I know you all have been waiting so long. :) And YES, I am almost ready to post pictures of my kitchen. See you soon..........
A Cutie Patootie Blogger RAK!
Lookie, Lookie what I got - check out this adorable Blogger RAK I received today in the mail from none other than my friend Cindy Brockes (stampalicious) aka Cindy Lou Who on SCS! Cindy had a contest going a couple of weeks back on her blog - it was a contest to name this cute little long-lashed fishy stamp! I got in on the contest and threw in the name "Flirty Francesca"............well low and behold Flirty Francesca won and Cindy sent me several stamped images of Francesca - they are way cute! Thank you so much Cindy for sending me this cute RAK! Go check out Cindy's blog - she is so talented! :)
A Very Special Blogger RAK
I received this very special Blogger RAK card in the mail today from a very close and dear friend of mine, Laura Leonard (LuLa's Corner). This card is not your normal run of the mill RAK card - it is much more than that to me. You see, this particular card is the VERY FIRST card that Laura ever made when she first started stamping - and she wanted me to have it. I must admit when I opened it and read what she wrote inside I started to cry - it really touched me. Laura, this card will hold a very special place in my heart and I feel so honored that you wanted to share it with me. Love ya bunches!! :)
Update on the Kitchen: I am ALMOST completely finished! I am doing some of the final touchups to the flooring and putting up new blinds and new hardware on the cabinets - as soon as I get all that finished and get the baseboards on I will post some pictures of my handywork! lol
I do have something exciting (well to me anyway) to share with you - this coming weekend I will be heading out of town to Arlington, Texas with my best friend Robyn for a girls weekend of retail therapy! We will be hitting Michael's, Hobby Lobby and a ton of other places and of course we will be eating at some of the greatest restaurants! lol I am also on vacation next week so I will be able to create some new stuff for all my faithful blog readers out there!
Kitchen Still Under Construction! Well I have been MIA now for a couple of days, but that is only because for some stupid reason I decided that my kitchen needed to be renovated!!! I have been working tirelessly for the last several days and I am hoping to see an end in sight soon! I am now trying to finish laying the flooring and getting everything put back where it goes. My body is aching and I am missing my stamping time. Don't fret, as soon as I get this job completed I will be back with some great new creations! Hugz!

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I am 45, with 2 grown daughters and a gorgeous grandson. I'm also married to the most amazing man. I work as an Office Manager for a Hospice agency. I started stamping and papercrafting over 12 years ago. I would never have dreamed then that I would now be in the company of some of the best stampers out there and had the honor of being able to be on some wonderful design teams! This blog will feature my creations and a few tidbits about my life!

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