Monday, February 09, 2009

The End

Good evening friends and stampers. When I first started this blog I had a lot of cards that I had made over the years and had no problem finding something to share with you. When I ran out of those cards I had to find time to make something or not post at all. I don't always have time to just sit down and create something and what started out as fun and enjoyable has now become a chore. I've loved reading all your comments and will continue to read your blogs when time allows.
So, if you haven't guessed already, today I will be closing my blog and saying good-bye. I will still stamp and create in my spare time, which isn't as often as I would like but there are a lot of things that I have been neglecting and need to take care of.
I want to thank all who have followed me these past few years of blogging and also those who have so graciously left comments. I love and appreciate all of you.
Thanks and God Bless you all...........Rita

Friday, January 30, 2009

Me, me, me.....

My friend Adrian at has challenged me to make a list of 25 little known things about me. I'm supposed to tag 25 more friends to do the same on their blogs but I don't want to offend anyone so if you're reading this consider yourself tagged. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be so I gave it my best shot. If you don't get bored and read all the way through there will be a card at the bottom I thought I would share with you today. OK, here goes.....
1. I am a born again Christian and proud of it.
2. I've been married 41 years to the same man.
3. I love to craft, mostly rubber stamping and scrapbooking.
4. I suffer from chronic pain.
5. I love to read. Sometimes I have 3 books going at the same time.
6. I listen to only Christian music.
7.I'm afraid of tornadoes.
8. I hate my body. It needs a major over haul.
9. I don't like to do housework.
10. I've never had poison ivy, I tried to get it one time but it didn't take.
11. I played the violin in grade school.
12. My favorite subject in High School was Math.
13. I hitch hiked once. I was with my dad, brother and sister coming home from Indiana and the car broke down.
14. The farthest country I've ever been to is Canada, and that was just across the border.
15. I'm very competitive....Winning is everything!
16. I'm very emotional. I even cry during commercials on TV.
17. I'm not hard to get along with.
18. I'm not a morning person. Don't talk to me for at least a half hour to give me time to wake up.
19. I'm also not a night owl. I'm usually asleep by 10:30 every night.
20. I'm allergic to everything in the air.
21. I sneeze 20+ times during a sneeze attack. I've been known to get started at the grocery in the detergent aisle.
22. I have my own checking account.
23. I was born in the year of the Rooster.
24. The candles on my next birthday cake will be able to boil 7.31 ounces of water.
25. On my next birthday I will be 3,339 weeks old.

OK, I promised a card and here it is. I did this on my snow day using Treasure Life from Close to my Heart.

Thanks for getting this far and reading my list of little known facts about me. Have a super weekend, stay safe and warm.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Got Snow????

We really got dumped on here. The last I heard it was 12" total before it finally quit at noon yesterday. So you ask, what do you do when you can't get out? You make cards of course, and that's just what I did. I made this one using three different stamp sets and my Slice die cutting machine. I cut the bird out using the Fall/School design card and glued it to the Whisper White card stock. The stamps I used are Treasure Life from Close to my Heart and In the Spotlight & Fresh Cuts from Stampin' Up......Now scroll down for some snow pictures... This is our neighbor, he always comes over and plows out our driveway. He is such a blessing.

I took this one of the back yard while it was still snowing. Thanks for looking and try to stay warm.......Rita

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First Card Leftovers

This is the card I made using the leftovers from yesterdays card. So, which one do you like best?
Thanks for looking..........Rita

Monday, January 26, 2009

Playing With My Slice

I was playing around with my Slice today and made this card.
The purple is the front flap and the pink is the inside. I put pink glitter on the cutout to add some sparkle. The ribbon is pink although it looks white. I had a lot of fun with this one and will show you tomorrow what I did with the leftover piece. I love my Slice!!!!
Thanks for stopping by........Rita

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hooray for Friday!

Thought I would share these Valentine cards I made the other day using the retired Have A Heart stamp set from SU. I just love this little elephant.....Thanks for looking and have a warm and wonderful weekend....Rita

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm Still Here

We made these cute little back pack boxes at Stamp Club last weekend. Isn't it just too cute???? You can fill it with candy, cards, gift items or anything you can think of that will fit inside. The small pocket on the front could hold a gift card. I thought this one would be cute for Valentines Day filled with candy and a small card. Here's a view of the other side.......................

And this is the front.......Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Think Spring

At least we can dream about spring. It's still very cold here and I am getting really tired of freezing. I hope you are all keeping warm and if you aren't maybe this little butterfly will help. I made this card the same day as the one I posted Friday using the same colors but different layout. The stamp rocked a little leaving that line under the butterfly, pretend you don't see it. The butterfly stamp comes from Flight of the Butterfly and all supplies are from SU. Thanks for stopping by....Rita

Friday, January 16, 2009


This is one of my favorite layouts. If you remember I did a card using this one a while back, same colors too. Anyway, the lighthouse is from one of my TAC sets that I like really well. I don't know the name of the set since it wasn't marked when I got it (bought it on SCS). The sentiment came from SU's Best Yet as did the card stock, ribbon and brads. Colors used are Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive, Taken with Teal and Pumpkin Pie Prints DSP.
It was 20 below zero at my house this morning and hasn't warmed up much since then. I'm trying to stay warm, hope you are all staying inside and doing the same. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by..............Rita

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I posted this card last week and thought it really needed something, so I added a button to the center. What do you think? Better huh? This is the card I made for a little girl I used to watch. I used the Scallop Punch for the faces and assorted circle punches for the eyes, nose and mouths. Big Birds beak is from the Five Petal Punch. I really had fun making this card. Thanks for looking........Rita

Update: I'm feeling better today, except for the pain, that's something I will have to learn to live with. I think the episode Monday was sinus related, this weather has really been hard on them and now I have a sinus headache. That I can handle. Thanks for your concerns. I saw my doctor last week and all is well heart wise. Now, if they could just fine a cure for Old Age!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Nothing Going on Here

I wasn't feeling well yesterday so I didn't get any stamping done. It was really weird. I got out of bed and I felt like my balance was completely off. I almost fell down trying to walk across the room and then again in the bathroom. By the time I got to the living room I was so hot I actually started to sweat, and I almost never sweat. Then the nausea set in. I'm in pain just about every minute of the day so I certainly don't need this to go with it. Anyway, I got up this morning and was feeling 100 % better, my balance is back and no more nausea. I just wish it was that easy to get rid of the pain, getting old IS NOT FUN! So, since I didn't get anything stamped yesterday I thought I would just share this super simple Valentine Card I made using my Slice. This is just about as simple as it gets. The smudge must have come from the scanner, pretend you don't see it. I'll have something stamped to share tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by...........Rita

Thursday, January 08, 2009

No Time to Stamp

Well I was right, I didn't get a chance to stamp today so I have nothing to share with you today. So I decided to show you why I didn't get a chance to stamp today. This is reason #1. Mackinsey, 18 months and a little needy today. She's usually a very good child and a pleasure to have around. Today was just one of those off days you sometimes get even with the best child...... Reason #2. Lilly, 3 months and fussy allllll day. This was her first day here and I guess she just wasn't adjusting well. I'll only have her one day a week and I'm hoping next week will be better. Don't you agree that these are the two cutest kids you've ever seen?

Now you know how I spend my days, so if I don't get around to posting you'll know why. I also have a 4 year old but I don't have a picture to post. I'll try to get one tomorrow.
Thanks for looking and have a great evening....Rita

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Live Your Dream

OK, this is the last card using these colors and Designer Series Paper. I used the Live Your Dream stamp set on this one with Really Rust and Chocolate chip card stock. The DSP is Juntos and the ribbon is More Mustard. All supplies are from Stampin' Up. I'm not sure if I'll have time to stamp tomorrow.
I have three kids coming and one of them is only 3 months old so it will be tough trying to decide what to do, stamp, hold baby, stamp, play with baby, stamp, decisions, decisions I'm sure I'll make the right one. Thanks for looking......Rita

Monday, January 05, 2009

Live Your Dream

Good evening friends. I don't know about you, but 6am came awful early this morning. I was getting used to sleeping in until 8:30-9:00 every day, but then of course you don't get paid for that. It was nice having "my" little ones back.
Anyway, today's share is another card I made using the same colors and DSP as the last two cards. For this one I used the stamp set Live Your Dreams. This is another one of my favorite sets.....Thanks for looking~~Rita

Friday, January 02, 2009

Another Manly Card

It's Friday, and that means my vacation is almost over. I only have two more sleep in days. I really miss my little ones but I'm NOT looking forward to getting up a 6am again, oh well, one more year and I can retire.......Last night hubby and I went to dinner and a movie. We decided we wanted to see Benjamin Button so that's where we went. The movie was good and I would recommend it, no dirty language or violence and the only nudity was the back view of an old man. The only thing I didn't like was the length. It ran well over 2 hours, fifty minutes over to be exact. I think they could have shortened it a bit and still had a good movie......
Today's card is another one I did for the men. The cardstock is Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip. DSP is Juntos. Stamps are from Wildlife Reserve and Warmest Regards. Everything is from Stampin' Up. Thanks for looking and have a super weekend. Until Monday, Blessings to you all.....Rita

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I Have A New Toy

This is my newest toy. It's from Making Memories and it's called a Slice. You put these little design cards in the back of the machine and it cuts a lot of different images from 1 in to 4 inches. This little machine is so much fun to play with. And I almost forgot, it's cordless. You just plug it in and let it charge for 1 hour....... Here are some cuts I did while experimenting. Most of these are cut at 2 inches.

And for those looking for today's card, here it is. I did this one the other day using Wildlife Reserve and Warmest Regards stamp sets from SU. Card Stock colors are Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip. The DSP is Juntos. I thought this would make a nice manly Birthday Card. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Time is Running Out

Well, the Holidays are almost over. Christmas has come and gone once again and now we think about another new year. As we get older it seems like the years come and go a little too fast. Anyway, I had a nice Christmas with family. We had dinner and gift exchange with my daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters Christmas Eve. Went to candle light service at church in the pouring rain, no white Christmas here, and enjoyed a quiet Christmas Day at home.

This week I decided it was time to clean out a few cupboards and get some things done around here. My next BIG project will be my craft room. My stamp sets need to be organized better so I know what I have. I was looking for a set the other day and found several that I forgot I even had, I mean I've had them several months and have never used them. How sad is that?

I did get a new toy while I was AWOL. It's called a Slice and it makes awesome die cuts. I'll show you a picture of it tomorrow.

OK, if you've stayed with me this far and are still wanting to see a card or something you're in luck. I found one that missed getting posted before Christmas. I made this one for my husband's brother and sister-in-law. She collects penguins and loves anything with penguins on it.
So, this is what I came up with for their Christmas Card. Sorry the photos aren't very good but you get the idea.

Thanks for looking......Rita

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lovely as A Tree

This is the last of the cards we made at the Christmas Open House I went to a while back. We used the all time favorite set Lovely As A Tree. This set is so versatile, it can be used for Christmas, Masculine cards, Sympathy, Birthday, Thinking of You, Thank You, Note Cards or just about anything you can think of. I love this set and will probably never part with it.

This will be my last post until after the first of the year. I've run out of samples to share with you and with the Holidays upon us I don't have a lot of time to make more. Besides that I have to get started on my Christmas cards so I can get them in the mail. I hope you all come back to visit when I return and have a safe and Happy Holiday Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all. Thanks for visiting this past year, I hope to have a lot more to share with you in 2009.

Monday, November 24, 2008

We Have A Winner

There were only 3 votes so it didn't take very long to write all the names on papers and draw a winner. I'm sorry I can't send a set to all of you but if you send me your address I'll put you on my Christmas Card List. So, with that being said Cheryl you are the winner. Send me your address and I'll get the set out to you. Thanks to all of you for participating. I have to admit that I was leaning towards number 4 myself.

This little Gift Card Holder is one of the projects we made at our last club meeting. Isn't it just too cute. Inside there is a slot to put a gift card or money in......Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Good afternoon everyone. I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful Sunday. I don't usually post on the weekend but today I thought I would, just to let you know I've decided to extend the contest through tonight. So, if you haven't left a comment and vote on Friday's post you can still do it today until 11:59pm. Remember, one lucky winner will receive all 6 Sample Cards and that winner will be announced tomorrow evening. So, scroll down and look at the samples and vote for your favorite good luck!