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Friday, April 30, 2010

It's Finally Friday!

Boy, this has been one busy but exciting week! The kids have had TAKS going on at school, I've had lots going on here at home, and the most exciting event of the week, besides winning some amazing Blog Candy!.. was our new addition to the family! Meet "Bella" our 2 month old baby girl (toy poodle)!! My daughter said, "Dad can I have her?" And like always...he said, "Yes." She has melted our hearts!!!

And now....for the best part of my Friday! Here is my card sketch for the Raise the Bar challenge blog.
We were to create a card based on the colors of our bedroom. My comforter is brown and green, so I made this card using those colors: This image was a freebie from Meljen Designs, how cool is that!?

Card Details: Digi Image: Meljen Designs, Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Flowers:Prima, Glitter Brad: Unknown, Sentiment: Stampendous, Cuttlebug Circle Dies and Embossing Folder, Misc. Ribbon

And my second  card is for Ethereal Forest Designs blog.  We were to make a card
using a sentiment image! I made this lovely TriFold card.

Card Details: Digi Sentiment: Ethereal Forest Designs, Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye, Cuttlebug Circles and Flourishes, Flowers: Prima, Brads: The Paper Studio

Thanks for visiting! I wish you a wonderful Friday!!! Please join us and play along in our challenges, I promise you will have lots of fun!!! Have a blessed weekend, and like always...I love reading your comments.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Found some Candy today...

Blog candy that is!!! Here's the first! An awesome orange lasagna pan by Rachel Ray!
You can win it here: Inside my own Private Idaho
And then look what I found at Deconstructing jen! An awesome "mama load" of stamping/cardmaking toys!!!

And last, Ribbons and Buttons..oh My!!! To celebrate the announcement of the new Design Team and National Scrapbook Day (May 1st), Bonnie at Really Reasonable Ribbons
has this Blog Candy to give away:

So...if you don't enter, you can't win! So get busy!!! And have a great day!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Feeling creative today....

Well, today I have been feeling quite creative. My newest love is Chalkboard paint, and as soon as it dries...I will share what I have made with you.
For now, I'd like to share this recipe binder with you. I made it for a challenge over at:
Magnolia Down Under Challenges. For the challenge you have to use a Magnolia image and a Charm. I just got these charms and have been enjoying them. I found the binder at Big Lots for $3, the charms were a package of 5 for $1.50!! I love this little spatula charm!!!
Here is my creation:
Project Details: Image: Magnolia, Binder: Big Lots, Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Misc.: Ribbon, Button, floss, Stickles, and a Spatula Charm.


I have been watching this Blog Candy since it ended on April 22nd. I have been drooling over all these Cosmo Cricket goodies since Kadie at My Mind's Eye posted it! Imagine my surprise when I went to her site and found out that I, Me, Country Mouse, aka Audrey was the winner of this awesome Blog Candy?! You can only imagine how GIDDY I got!! It was quite a sight here at my home!
Thank you Kadie for making my day, my week, my month of April!!! Love ya'!! back to my laundry folding!

Oh.....and I have to share this with you too! Just as Jacki said, "this must be my lucky month." 
Because just over a week ago, I won Jacki's Blogaversary Blog Candy over at

Wow, I guess I should go buy a lottery ticket before this month is over!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Take time for a Sweet Stop!!!

It's Saturday, which can only mean it's time for another fun sketch from The Sweet Stop. Last week was their 1 year Anniversary! How sweet is that!!?
Here is the sketch for this week:
And here is my card using this sketch:

Card Details: Digi Image: All that Scraps, Patterned Papers: The Paper Studio and My Mind's Eye, Cardstock: Bazzill, Felt floral ribbon: Recollections, Sentiment: Studio G, Metal Flowers: Targets $1 spot (last year), Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Circles: Nestiblities

Be sure to visit The Sweet Stop to play along and for your chance to win!!
Have a Blessed Saturday, and as always, I love reading your comments.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Can you guess my Favorite Color?

Well, it's Friday and I have 2 card samples to share with you today! The first card is for our Raise the Bar Challenge blog. The theme this week was to make a card showing your favorite color! How fun, huh!?
Can you guess what my favorite color is??
Card Details: Magnolia Rubberstamp, Sentiment: Studio G, Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio, Misc. Ribbon, Button, Floss, Spoon Charm, Corsage Pin, Stickles, Machine Stitching
Okay, now hurry on over to the Raise the Bar Challenge blog and show us your favorite color!
And now for my second card from Ethereal Forest Designs. I really like this image "Jewel Planting", so I used her in this card:
Card Details: Digi Image: Ethereal Forest Designs, Patterned Paper: Heidi Grace, Misc. Polka Dot Ribbon, Flower Punch, Red Button (hand painted dots)

Now head on over to Ethereal Forest Designs and play along with us! I really enjoy looking at everyone's creations!!! And as always, thanks for your sweet comments and input.....those are a joy to read!
Have a wonderful Friday, God Bless!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Trying to Catch Up Today...

I have been out of town with my daughter for 3 days. She had a Regional Golf Tournament at the coast. It was so nice for the two of us to get away to beach. We had awesome seafood dinners and great walks on the beach. But's time to get back to reality!!!LOL

Today I am posting a sketch challenge that is being hosted by Joni at Inktegrity
This is the sketch:
I am also using this card for Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. The challenge this week is to  use Penguin's! How perfect is this little guy!?LOL
And here is my card using one of Joni's newly released images:

Card Details: Digi Image: Inktegrity Stamps *Sentiment available, I used the same wording but changed format to fit my card. Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Water Patterned Paper: American Crafts, Misc.: Ribbon

Now back to my regularly scheduled day!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Sweet Stop Saturday!!

Saturdays are so fun!! For one, I  get to sleep in! After getting up all week at 6am, I really appreciate being able to sleep to atleast 8am!!
And...on Saturdays, I get to show you another fun sketch from The Sweet Stop. This week's sketch had many layers. 
Take a look at SSS52:

It's been raining here all week. So, I thought it was only appropriate to make a rainy day card:
With our gloomy weather I had the hardest time taking a good, bright picture. I love these little 
gals by the Stamping Boutique because they are named "Audrey", so I like to pretend they were named after me!LOL Silly, I know...but fun!!!

Card Details: Digi Image: The Stamping Boutique, Patterned paper: American Crafts, Cardstock: Bazzill, Misc.: Ribbon, Buttons, Floss, Glossy Accents on raindrops and puddle.

Once again, thanks for visiting, and have an awesomely SWEET Saturday!!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

It's Finally Friday!!!

All week I've been trying  to slow the days down! My "to do" list was massive!!! I had to alter my daugher's prom dress for prom on Saturday. I  was asked to take in her bf's vest, I had a scrapbook to make for a Senior Ticket Raffle, I had taxes to do by the 15th, 2 letters to write, and my list goes on!!!LOL
I had to sneak in time to work on my card challenges for this week. And I have to admit, after working on all my "to do's" mojo was gone!
My first card is for our Raise the Bar Challenge blog. The theme this week was to make a card based on our favorite movie. I have to admit, I don't have much time to watch movies, and this one had me stumped. But then I remembered that The Wizard of Oz has always been my all time favorite movie!
So here's my card...simple but sweet:
Card Details: Digi Image: "Dorothy and Toto" by The Greeting Farm, Sentiment: Microsoft Word, Silver Sticker beads: The Paper Studio, Ribbon: Offray, WalMart, Misc. Ribbon, Floss, Red Stickles for her Glittery Red Shoes.
My next card is for Ethereal Forest Designs blog. Visit this blog for some lots of inspiration.
I'll stop blabbing and show you my card for this week:
Card Details: Digi Image: Ethereal Forest Designs, Sentiment: Microsoft Word, Patterned Paper: MME, Cardstock: Bazzill, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Cirlces: Nestibilities, Misc. Glossy Accents for the eyes, Ric-Rac, Machine Stitching.
Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Blog Hop Time!!!

“Welcome to the Second “Ethereal Forest Designs” Blog Hop!!! If you just happen to drop by my blog and you are not aware of this wonderful event taking place, please go back to our Design Team Coordinator, Darsie Bruno’s Blog: Crafting with Darsieand start your hop!

Along the way, please make sure you comment on each one of the design team members blog, then return to the Ethereal Forest Designs blog and make a comment! At the end of the hop, one lucky winner who has commented on all the blogs will receive a $10.00 voucher to the Ethereal Forest Designs Store.
Here is my creation for the EFD Blog Hop:
Card Details: Digi Image: EFD, Paper: My Mind's Eye, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Misc.: Ribbon
The winner will be announced on the Ethereal Forest Designs blog on Friday, April 16th. Deadline to complete the hop will be Thursday, April 15th!
Thank you for taking the time to play along. Now, to continue the blog hop, please visit Betty's Blog.
All of the images used in the design teams creations can be found at the:Ethereal Forest Designs Store!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sweet Stop Saturday!!!

It's Saturday...and you know what that means!!! It's time for another Sweet Stop Sketch from
The Sweet Stop!! Here's my card for this sketch SSS 51:
Card Details: Digi Image--All that Scraps, Patterned Paper--The Paper Studio and K&Co., Flowers--Prima, Brads--The Paper Studio, Circles-Nestibilities and Marvy Uchida circle punch, Sentiment--Studio G, Ribbon--WalMart, Misc. Machine Stitching, Stickles, Chalks

Here is the sketch so you can play along!

If you visit The Sweet Stop you will also get to meet the new Sugar Babies!!!

Have a wonderful Saturday, I look forward to seeing your card creations, and I really love reading your comments!!

Friday, April 09, 2010

2 Friday Challenges!!

I love Fridays because I get to share two card samples with you!!
The first is from the Raise the Bar Challenge blog! The theme this week was to make a Spring Card!
How fun!!!
Here's mine:
Card Details: Digi Image--Sassy Cheryl's, Sentiment--Microsoft Word, on the inside the Sentiment reads: "I'm praying for you.", Patterned Paper--The Paper Studio, Mini Clothespin--WalMart Office supplies (cute,huh?!), Misc.-Ribbon and Machine Stitching

And my next card is for the wonderful Ethereal Forest Designs. I love this Unicorn image and 
couldn't wait to use it. I think any little girl would just love this!!

Card Details: Digi Image--Ethereal Forest Designs, Patterned Paper--The Paper Studio, Bling Paper Clip and Bling Swirls--Recollections, Sentiment--Microsoft Word, Misc.--Ribbon, Glossy Accents (eye) and Stickles 

Thanks for visiting today and I wish you a wonderful Friday!!!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Challenge #2 for Meljen's Designs

I found these images about a month ago and have fallen in love with them! They are so cute!!! Melissa is very talented!!!
Today I am playing along and have joined her 2nd challenge. Here it is: Meljen's Designs DT Blog and here is my card.
Challenge Theme: Use Girly Colors
Card Details: Digi Image--Meljen's Designs, Sentiment-Studio G, Copics to color, Circles--Nestibilities, Patterned Paper-The Paper Studio, Misc.-Ribbon, Machine Stitching
Thanks for visiting today~

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Challenge #6

Today I hopped on over to Sassy Cheryl's Challenge blog and thought I'd try Challenge #6. The challenge was pretty simple for me......use ribbon on your card!
I fell in love with this image when Cheryl was kind enough to give it as a freebie for 400 followers!!! I love this little gal...she's got spunk!!!
Here's my card:
Card Details: Digi Image--Sassy Cheryl's, Patterned Paper--My Mind's Eye, Sentiment--Micosoft Word, Misc.--Ribbon, jump ring

Have a wonderful evening! Thanks for visiting. And like always, I really appreciate your kind comments!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Life in the country is NOT boring!

Like my blog heading says....sometimes our days are boring, other times an adventure! Unfortunately, these past few weeks have been quite the opposite of boring. Today, we had inmates escape from a prison about 5 miles from our home. I was leaving the house for my kid's golf tournament when I noticed all the commotion. Helicopter, cop cars, a big truck that had the State of Texas seal on it.....'s their picture and the report:

by KENS 5 Staff
Posted on April 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM
Updated today at 11:01 AM
Two inmates have escaped from a prison in Dilley, Texas, state officials say.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials say Jose Bustos-Diaz, 21, and Octavio Ramos Lopez, 27, were last seen Tuesday morning. Officials believe they cut through a fence and escaped the Briscoe Unit of the Dilley jail on foot.
The jail is about 75 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Bustos-Diaz is serving 35 years for a murder that happened in Harris County.

Lopez is serving 20 years for two counts of aggravated kidnapping, and he's serving another 12 years for possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. The crimes happened in Hidalgo County.

Living in the country is supposed to be day I wish for the return of the peace!!!

Have a great, safe day!!!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Happy Monday!

Whew!! We have survived another Easter! And how great it was! The Lord has Risen!! I love starting out my Easter morning with sunrise service at 6am. I love hearing the sermon about Jesus' resurrection. And then, finishing off the service with a delicious breakfast! Then...we head home for a morning nap...and we all rise and are ready to go to enjoy our Easter day!!! It was great! it's Monday and my "Honey To Do" List is so long! I hope I have enough hours in my day to finish it  off!!!
I'd like to start my day by reading up on some of my favorite blogs! This one caught my eye because she is giving away some awesome Blog Candy! Yep, Kellie has this awesome Swiss Pixies Kit to give away!
I hope I win!!!! :)
Best of luck to you!!

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Sweet Stop Saturday!

Time for another Sweet Stop Saturday, and the Sugar Babies have come up with some amazing card samples! Check out the The Sweet Stop for more inspiration and to play along yourself!!! This is a fun sketch and I'm really excited to see what you come up with!!!

My card:

Card Details: Digi Image: Mo Manning, Circles: Nestibilities, Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio, Misc. Stickles, Tulle, Button, Floss, Chalk

Have a Beautiful Saturday! Take the time to visit  The Sweet Stop and play along with us!!!

Friday, April 02, 2010

I'm so behind....

So sorry!!! I have fallen behind for today's post!! I had some cards on the table ready to have their picture taken. Well, lastnight my 4 yr. old nephew stopped by to visit. He was hungry. We sat him down at the table to eat something, gave him some orange kool-aid to drink he grabbed the placement. I will leave the rest up to your imagination!!!
My first card is for Joni's Challenge at Raise the Bar challenge blog! The theme this week was April Showers! Make something related to the weather.
I am using this card:
Card Details: Digi Image: Phindy's Place, Dp: Making Memories, Sentiment: Microsoft Word, Mis. Ribbon, Button, Floss, Glossy Accents on the puddle and rain drops. Paperpieced the raincoat. 

I wish I could show you the original card I made to use, but my nephew altered that with his orange kool-aid!
Needless to say I went to bed early with a migraine headache!!!

My next card for today is for Ethereal Forest Designs, please check out her blog for some wonderful 
inspiration!!! EFD has some wonderful images that are perfect for spring!!!

Card Details: Digi Image and Sentiment: Ethereal Forest Designs, Patterened Paper: The Paper Studio,

And with this I would like to say.....Have a wonderful Easter!! May it be filled with all of God's Blessings!
The Lord Has Risen!!!!
Border Punch, Martha Stewart, Circles: Nestibilities, Ribbon: Walmart

Thursday, April 01, 2010

"Egg"citing news for me!!!

I was super "egg"cited the other day when my friend Joni from  Inktegrity Designs asked me to be a guest designer for her blog: Inktegrity Design Team Challenge!! I love Joni's creations and I'm super happy to be able to work with an amazing Design Team!!! April has just begun and I can already tell it's gonna be a great month!
And even more "egg"citing news---Today is her New Release Day!!! It's a great set with lots of options!!
To read more about this challenge, see more great creations, and play along yourself,  just visit INKTEGRITY!!!
My daughter and her friends take turns hosting a Movie Night. This is something fun they love to do! I thought
it would be nice to make and invitation like this~!

Here is what I made with this set:
Details: Digi Image and Sentiment: Inktegrity, Wrapped all this around a bag of Microwave Popcorn,
tied ticket into ribbon to embellish.

Back View.

Have a wonderful Thursday~~~