Sunday, November 21, 2010

Diaper Wreath

I made this wreath from disposable diapers for one of my favorite people at work. Joy & Brad Hamann welcomed Jax Kinnick Hamann to the world on Thursday, November 18th. He is a big guy, 9 lbs 2 ozs and 22" long. I cant wait to hold the little guy! I saw one of these while looking for ideas for hospital door banners online. It was super easy and fun to make. If you want to make one and need some tips, give me a holler!
Peace & Pretty Paper,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Do You Remember Me?

Hi Friends,

It has been 88 days since my last post and almost that long since I have even looked at a blog. I considered deleting my blog for a short while but yesterday, I was scrolling through my previous posts and realized I want to start crafting again and blogging about it as well as the happenings in my world. So as soon as I finish this post, I am heading upstairs to see if I have any creative juice left in my tired old body.

I will try and quickly catch up where I left off on July 12th, 2010. My lovable, sweet little brother, Jody finally went home to be with Jesus on August 22 at 11:29 pm. As I have said many times before, he was so weak and was losing the fight to live that he was so admired for his whole life. We were not with him when he took his last breath but our heavenly Father was there to guide Jody to his new home. The hospital staff tried to revive Jody but thankfully, he went quickly and he wasn't coming back to his life of illness, loneliness and pain. He is now whole and pain free, for that I am very thankful. I am also thankful for God's perfect timing and allowing me almost a full year with Jody after being out of his life for such a long time. I am so grateful that he is finally in heaven but I am (still) much sadder than I thought I would be. I am still working on closure but realize I have a long road ahead of me. I need to get back in my craft cave and start creating again. I know that will help with my depression.

I made it to Disney for the annual Girl's Getaway. I laughed a lot and cherish the time I had with some wonderful Christian friends. And after coming back home Mike and I went to Colorado to enjoy the fall colors and close the house up for the winter. I got some fabulous photos of God's beautiful fall artwork and had some much needed alone time with Mike.

I have had some trouble getting back into the routine of my "healthy" eating and activity plan. I had to go to the doctor because I was having stomach pains and not sleeping well. I was pleased to see I am 28 lbs lighter than my last visit in January. I need to get serious again before I lose too much ground. I am back at Zumba tomorrow and heading up to my craft room right now. I missed all of you and your awesome blogs! I look forward to catching up with what has been happening while I have been away.

Peace and Pretty Paper,

Monday, July 12, 2010

Colorado Summer 2010

I miss my blogging friends! Sorry I have been gone so long. I hope to get back in my room soon and make some magic. In the mean time, here are some pictures from our relaxing time in Colorado. I'll be back!

Peace & Pretty Paper,

Monday, June 14, 2010

Stinkin Sweet Card

I am in a real funk these days. I went up to clean and organize my room but played instead. This Little cutie from Create a Critter makes me smile!

My Blessings:

I am a loved child of God

Finding a form of exercise that I really enjoy (Zumba rocks!)

Having both kids home on Saturday

Peace & Pretty Paper,
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Sunday, June 6, 2010

50th Anniversary Card

My photo doesn't do this card justice but I think it came out quite nice. I printed the words on card stock and the top layer is a wedding photo from Bobbie & Cy's wedding 50 years ago printed on vellum.

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My Blessings:

Mike is home from a great 2 weeks in Colorado.

A fun day celebrating Bobbie & Cy's 50th wedding anniversary. What great role models they are for the rest of us.

Worshiping with my Concordia family at 11:00 today.

A good visit with Hayley today.

Peace & Pretty Paper,

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Graduation Invitations

I made these for a great girl who I met through work. She asked me to make her announcements for her upcoming graduation. I think this is what she wanted, I hope she likes them. I made a few thank you cards for her out of left over scraps. NEVER EVER throw away your scraps!




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Peace & Pretty Paper,

Monday, May 31, 2010

Land of the Free Because of the Brave...

I got this from one of the awesome blogs I stalk. Thanks Lorie! It is very moving, take a few minutes to watch it. Remember to pray for those families that have lost loved ones fighting on our behalf. Also, pray for a safe journey for all the men and women who have made the selfless decision to protect us at home and far away.

I am blessed,

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Kristy

I made this and gave it to my sweet friend, Kristy at work today. She and her husband, Kyle told me this afternon that they are leaving in 2 weeks to start another music ministry at a satellite church in Boerne. I'm kinda bummed. Happy for them, sad for me.

My blessings:

+ The opportunity to get to know & love Kyle & Kristy over the last several years at Concordia.

+ Better health and more energy since beginning my healthy lifestyle in mid March (and to have lost 17 lbs as a result of my healthy choices).

+ My family... I miss you Hayley.

+ A fun filled weekend with girlfriends.

Peace and Pretty Paper,

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Graduation and Just because Card

I made these while watching the Season Finale of Survivor tonight. I am so glad Russell didn't win!

This is stamped with The Angel Company's Funny Farm set. I used miscellaneous paper and ribbon from my stash.  It was originally going to be a birthday card but I think I will use it for some other random occasion.

I cut this with my Cricut Sweet Treats cartridge and made it into a card using Design Studio. It is going to the family of a co-worker that has had a tough couple of weeks. People have volunteered to send meals home with them for the next 2 weeks. Tomorrow, Darlene, Miriam and myself are sending Lasagna, salad andyummy pie. I thought we would include a pretty flower to say "Hi ~ We are praying for you".
This is for my friend Miriam's son, Filipe. He graduated from Concordia University Austin, Summa Cum Laude! He is off to Brazil then Europe this week. I am sure he can use a little extra cash. Have I told you lately that I don't have a knack for guy cards? (I used purple only because it is his school colors)
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My Blessings: 
  • My Family
  • A great weekend

Peace and Pretty Paper,


Saturday, May 15, 2010

GoD And DoG by Wendy J Francisco

One of my all time favorites. Pardon me if I have shared this with you before. It's worth watching again!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Give Away!

My good friend Jane from the Scrapbooking Factory is having a give away...Stop by her blog and see what she has to offer... The Scrapbooking Factory Blog

Peace & Pretty paper,

My blessings today:

A loving husband

God's forgiveness

My sweet dog

Wonderful friends

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Baby Shower Gifts

I made the following for baby shower gifts. First is the name plaque that I created from a metal "scroll" sign that I got for $6 on clearance at Hobby Lobby. It had "love" and crosses all over the front and was oriented portrait style. I covered it with paper that coordinates with the nursery colors and added the oval with the baby's name. Two holes drilled in the metal allowed me to thread some ribbon to hang it landscape for a nice gift. I am quite pleased with the outcome.
I also made a BABY mini album and a Grandma's Brag Book (that I forgot to take a photo of). Look at the cute little monkey from create a critter. I just love him!
This is the back of the album and there are 2 "micro mini" albums inside to add additional photos. I hope you like it! 
It has been a rough week for me but I am thankful to have "made it" to the weekend. Mike and I just returned from a nice dinner date at Clear Springs and are looking for a movie to watch on PPV. Happy Mother's Day to all of my blog friends out there. Be sure you tell your mother you love her - you never know when it will be your last opportunity.

Peace & Pretty Paper,

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My First Digital Experience

The super creative Cheryl gave me this digital stamp from Pink Cat Studio and I really like it! I will be buying more from them. Cute images!  As you can see, I had to spritz some Glimmer Mist inside.  I may need to buy this stuff by the case.
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Peace and Pretty Paper!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Gimmer Mist Rocks!

Last week Jane turned me on to Glimmer mist. I know it has been around for awhile but I never had any interest until she put a bottle in my hot little hand. I came home with several bottles and have spritzed everything that doesn't move in my scrap room. One of my favorite colors is Chocolate Covered Cherries. It has a rich reddish brown shimmer and it's just scrumptious. I know I went a bit overboard on this card but I am in L-O-V-E!  I have been seeing a lot of projects lately with corrugated cardboard so I took a whirl at using some on this birthday card.
I have been making several gifts lately that I haven't been able to post so I stopped today to play with a new stamp set and paper from my friend Karen at The Angel Company. This little piggy is from The Funny Farm set and is so cute! There are some other cute farm animals in the set that I will show you later.

That's all for now. I had an AWESOME weekend and am looking forward to a great work week. Now, I'm off to watch the Spurs beat the Mavs! GO SPURS GO!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

A Fun Weekend With The Girls!

I spent the weekend with the girls from The Scrapbooking Factory at the Hilton Hill Country Hotel & Spa. We had an awesome time!  I didn’t go until Saturday morning and it was raining so hard, the drive was very scary. As I was poking down 1604 at 35 MPH, the Bexar County Sherriff’s Dept. went flying by me pulling a boat behind their SUV. High water rescues are an all too common occurrence in these parts. I hear we got somewhere in the neighborhood of 6” of rain on Saturday alone.  Once I got settled and hugged and talked to everyone, I was a busy girl! Unfortunately none of my creations can be posted yet because they are for gifts. I am amazed by all of the great things these women whip out at warp speed! I wish I had photographed more of the beautiful creations. We took a break to play LCR or Triple Nipple some call it.  Dee-Dee took away all the loot! It was very fun! 

(above) Cheryl  (with Glimmer Mist hands) and Dyna with just one of their super creations. I want to be this talented someday!

(below) Benita and Di (2 super creative girls) were using the sewing machine to create awesome layouts.
Cheryl and I stayed up working until after 1:00 am and then crashed until 7:30. We got a super room rate and it was so much nicer than driving all the way across town on 1604 in the middle of the night and dodging drunks. You can see my messy work space and a few photos from the hotel. I couldn't resist adding a couple of pictures to show what a beautiful day Sunday turned out to be. We are entering the yellow phase of wildflower season and I always think of "following the yellow brick road" when I drive down the highway and they are lined with the Brown Eyed Susans and Butter Cups. 
I am so thankful for the great weekend with friends (especially you, Cheryl!) and look forward to next month. If you would like to join us, contact Jane at The Scrapbooking Factory for a spot! 

Good night! 



Time with friends

Getting my mojo back!

A great husband!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dry Spell

I have been suffering from a major dry spell and all my creative juices are pretty dried up. It makes me sad - I go sit in my scrapbook room and start to make something but nothing is "working" for me right now. I sure hope I get a creative flow going again soon.

Tonight I made this easel birthday card. Ho hummm.

Last night I saw a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers for an envelope pocket card. Cute idea and easy to do. The butterfly stamp and sentiment  is from Close to my Heart. I want to try it again and make some modifications. Wish me luck or better yet give me some ideas on getting out of my funk! I am going to crop with the girls from The Scrapbooking Factory this weekend so hope fully that will help. We will be staying at the Hilton so if I don't get my mojo back, you might find me in the bar!

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Much better day today 
God's never ending love
My handsome husband 
Reconnecting with an old friend


Saturday, April 10, 2010


I am still alive! I work in a church office and the week after Easter is one of my busiest weeks. I survived (yay!) and have been spending the weekend reorganizing my scrap room. I'm having a great time but am itching to get creative here and post something fabulous. :o)  In the meantime take a look at this great (and quick) video that our Sr. Pastor shared with us today. God is so amazing, He has it all worked out no matter what direction we are coming from. I hope you are having a beautiful weekend in our risen Lord.I promise I am doing well and will have some sort of creation to post soon.


Friday, April 2, 2010

I am...

I am...














Simple Minded


Forgiven through the blood of Jesus    ~ John 3:16-17

Flower Pot Pocket Card

The last time Cheryl came over she brought these super cute flowers that she made with the Sweet Treats cartridge. (aren't they pretty?) They have been sitting on my table for the past few weeks just looking pretty and making me smile. Tonight when I went upstairs they were saying "Use me!" "Make something pretty with me!" so I did just that. I needed a birthday card so I made this easy Flower Pot Pocket card from a video I came across on Splitcoast stampers a while back.It was very easy and I had it put together in about 30 minutes. Having the flowers already made was a time saver and I cut the leaves with the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.

The little tag slides right out and I stamped the birthday greeting on it. It was a quickie so I have lots of better ideas for my next one. My camera battery is dead so I had to take the pictures with my phone -_- 
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  • Having my daughter drop by work to say "Hi mama, I love you".
  • My friend Miriam & family's passports were mailed today so they will be able to leave for Brazil on Wednesday.
  • My boss telling us we can leave at noon tomorrow so we can worship with our families and get ready for Easter.
  • The love of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed Easter!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tissue Paper Flower and a Couple of Other Creations

I saw a short tutorial on Practical Stampers on making tissue paper flowers. They are super easy to make. My card leaves a lot to be desired but I learned something new so it wasn't a waste.
Here is my little Wonder and Joy friend from The Angel Company.  Doesn't she make you smile? The link takes you to Karen's blog. She can fix you up with all sorts of great stamps!

Today, my son Matthew turned 23. Like I have said before, I am greatly challenged when it  comes to making "boy cards". I think this one is screaming for a flower or two. He said he is thankful I controlled the urge and suggested splashing some motor oil on my next guy card. Luckily I don't ask him for design suggestions often. 


  • Jody getting a PICC line after a very difficult day yesterday.
  • Having Mike home for the last few days.
  • The opportunity to be a mother for the last 23 years to a great kid. Happy Birthday Matthew, I love you! 
  • Getting to see Hayley today.
  • 80 degrees and lots of sunshine today! 
 Have a wonderful Palm Sunday!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My Prize and a Few Cards

I was lucky enough to win some Blog candy last weekend on one of my favorite blogs to follow. Laurie at Soapbox Creations makes the prettiest cards (and gives some pretty cool prizes!) Take a look at all my goodies! I have plans for the cool stamps really soon. Thanks Laurie!

I am seriously behind on birthday gifts for Mike's sister an her great husband. They are two of my favorite people and they always seem to get put on the "back burner". I feel so bad about that. I have her card and gift ready to go and today I made an "oh so OK" guy card for Bron. I wasn't feeling very creative today and I think this poor fish shows it!

I have no immediate plans for this little cupcake from my new Sweet Treats cartridge. It is such a fun cartridge. I just wish I had more time to play.

This last one is a thank you card for a sweet friend of mine that has done so much for me since the death of my father. The little cutie comes from The Angel Company. Karen is my personal angel (I just love saying that!) and she has sold me a few sets that I wish I had more time to play with.  Go see her goodies and tell her I said hi!
My Blessings:

  • Seeing my brother Jody smile on Friday.
  • An opportunity to sit with my dear friend Darlene on Friday after her husband had a heart attack. Thankfully, he will be OK.
  • God's never ending grace.
  • My husband's love
  • Almost 2 weeks of success on my quest for better health.
Smile, Jesus loves you!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Help Make a Proud Mama & Daddy Happy!

My friend and co-worker, Nicole has a super cute baby girl named Amelia. Nicole would appreciate your vote for her little doll in a photo contest. Go check her out!   VOTE FOR AMELIA!

Once on her blog, click vote here and Amelia is listed under March 16th... She is all dressed in leopard!
Leave your comment under Amelia's photo.  Good luck, Amelia!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Disney Layout

Plans are underway for my 2nd annual trip to Walt Disney World for The Scrapper's Dream Vacation (Cheryl's 4th, Wren & Jackie's 3rd). I smile every time I look at our photos. I did promise myself I would create a layout so  here it is and it really has me excited for the big trip! Cheryl came over yesterday and we were going to color with our Copics but after we talked for awhile and laughed a lot, this is all I got done.You should see what she is making! I am really eyeballing it! If she posts it to her blog, I will provide a link. Did I mention she is the rock star of paper?

  • A fun day scrapping with a good friend.
  • An excellent night's sleep and waking up feeling rested.
  • God's grace!
  • A walk with my doggie this morning.
  • Brother Jody continues to do well despite a few seizures this weekend.

    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    Riley and Company - Anything But a Card Challenge

    With everything going on lately, I have neglected my boyfriend Riley. I just so happened to stop by Riley and Company yesterday and see they are having a new challenge to make anything but a card with a Riley stamp. I got so excited and dug my stamps out. I love coffee almost as much as I love Riley so I made myself a new coffee mug (extra large!). These are 2 of my favorite stamps. The text reads: "With enough caffeine, I could rule the world". I think that might be true. Hold the cupcake though, I am trying to lose weight. Go to Riley's blog and see some of the cleaver creations they came up with.

    Another view. I tried to stamp it in some sort of pattern but it just wasn't working. I like it much better with the random thing going on. I think I will be making other Riley inserts for my coffee mug.

    p.s. In case you want to know. I drink my coffee black (I know, eeeew!)


    Man Man Man...Manly Man Man

    The never ending challenge of making cards for men! No ribbon, no flowers. Nothing fun. I used the Storybook Cartridge for this and slapped it on some paper I had in my stash. I like. You like?

    Today's Blessings:

    Lunch with my daughter

    Great day at work

    More glorious weather

    Spending the evening in my craft room
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    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    You Are One in a Buzzillion

    I have been making lots of Thank You cards lately. So many have reached out to me and my family during my brother's illness and my father's death. I am one blessed girl! My sister asked me to make a card for her  to give to someone special to her. The front reads "you are one in a buzzillion". It is a Stampin Up hand me down from my buddy Susan.Thanks girlfriend.  Like I said, I am blessed!
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    Today's blessings:

    • A wonderful night's sleep

    • A ride to work even though I was without a car. Thanks Marty!

    • Glorious weather

    • Productive day at work

    • Jody's safe arrival back at school after almost 6 months in the hospital