Valentine’s Day

Stampin’ Up! Special Reasons and Carousels

Good morning, y’all!  Welcome to the weekend!  I hope you’ve got something fun on your schedule  – are you planning to watch the Super Bowl??

I wanted to tell you that….we’ve had a death in the…”family”.  I can’t really tell you his name or all that much about him.  He pretty much kept to himself – not too cuddly, either.

Cuz…he was a fish.  A grass carp, to be exact.  We got him a couple of years ago for our back pond – he was the only fish back there.  We’re not really sure what did him in – maybe the big rain caused a really large influx of water and changed the temperature of the pond?  Maybe a bird – one of the big gray herons? – tried to get him and killed him but he was too big to carry off?

I don’t know.

What I do know, is that Finn – with every speck of his giant doggie heart – wants to get that dead and rotting fish.  He wants him bad!  To toss in the air….to chew and gnaw….to roll in!

Bleh!!

So far, he’s minding me when I call him away from the pond – but…I don’t know how long my wishes will overcome his overpowering need to douse himself in the sweet parfum of eau d’poisson!  If it does happen…the bath that, so far, has been a theoretical thing of the future….well. 😉

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For my friendship card today, I went back to one of my favoritest  bundles in the Occasions catalog…the Special Reason bundle!  I put it over some Cupcakes & Carousels DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Iconic Occasions Sealed with Love

Happy freakin’ Friday, y’all!  I am so so glad it’s the end of this week – work’s been all feast and no famine all week!  Sheesh!

So today, while I was sitting in the kitchen on the phone, computer on my lap…I saw a blur out the back door.  While continuing to chat with my boss, I craned my neck to see what it was.

You guessed it – it was Finn!  Racing hell-bent-for-leather around the pond, little wiggle-butt tucked up underneath him.  And he was…soaked!  He hadn’t been all the way in, but he was sopping wet up to his shoulders.

Apparently he’d been having just an awesome good time!  He came flying to the back door – and I made him go around to the other door to get toweled off.  He was panting like a steam engine and just a-laughing and a-laughing!  A very happy boy, indeed! 🙂

And then he came in to eat the rest of his breakfast and have a huge nap!  A very tired boy, indeed! 😉

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My card for today is a bright and cheery Valentine’s card or a card for…almost any day!  I used the Host-Exclusive Iconic Occasions and the fun Sealed with Love stamp sets.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Sealed With Love You Lots!

Well, it’s Monday again.  A-freakin’-mazing how fast the weekend flies by.  I wonder if it would if I was “really” retired?  Would I still get the Sunday-afternoon-blues?  Hmm.  Not sure.

So – I had a bit of a revelation this weekend.  Ready?  Here ’tis.

Mrs. Brady had it made.

Not cuz they knew it was much more than a hunch.

Not even cuz all the girls had hair of gold like their mother (the youngest one in curls).

Nope.

It was Alice!

Mrs. Brady had Alice.

I don’t even know if she realized how good she had it – her fake tv house was always clean – fake dinner was always ready and the fake dishes were always done.

And – thanks to Alice – Mrs. Brady wouldn’t even have gotten upset over…

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That used to be the stuffed squeaky toy he got for Christmas.  I think one of those white things is the squeaky thing…

Sigh…9 months.  15 more months of chewie….sigh…. Alice would just cheerfully vacuum up the mess.  No.  Wait – she’d pick up all the pieces, stuff them back in the toy and sew it up.  All while a lovely roast was cooking in the oven.

I want need Alice!! 😉

Now – my card for today is another Valentine’s Day card or a hey-I-really-love-you-here’s-a-card card.  I used the Annual Catalog host-exclusive set called Love You Lots, plus a few goodies from the Sealed with Love Bundle.  And threw in a little…Grateful Bunch!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Sealed with Love Valentine’s Card

Good morning, y’all!  Happy Saturday! From home!

I was met with the anticipated wiggle butt – after he stared at me from the living room as I came in thru the garage door!  He wasn’t entirely sure who it was until I called him.  Then he was all over me!  And – didn’t even have an “accident”!  Maybe he’s outgrowing that little quirk…. 🙂

And – you do know we’re talking about Finn….right?  Not Wayne!

Just sayin’… 😉

So, it occured to me that since we’re getting really close to Valentine’s Day I probably ought to make a Valentine’s Day card.  Right?  I used the pretty Sealed with Love bundle and some Sending Love DSP to make a cute and easy little card for you to CASE.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Sealed with Love Bundle….Sneak Peek!

Hey y’all!  It’s Tuesday again!  Only a week and a bit before Thanksgiving!  And then full-tilt into Christmas.  Hard to believe it’s already so close!

Finn’s developed a love-hate relationship with our deer.  He loves to chase them and they hate him.  Or…they act like they hate him.  He’ll give chase if not on the leash, but he gives up pretty quickly.  Scares the you-know-what out of me – I panic and go flying after him in the golf cart and he’s right around a tree.  Laughing at me.

Well, he looks like he’s laughing, anyway.

The deer flip their tails at him, and I think they bound away making it look like they’re going really fast?  But, in truth, they’re in moderate-boing mode.

This morning in our travels, we spent a little time playing with the fire-hose covered bumper.  One of the 2.3 million toys I bought for his entertainment.  He’s got quite a pair of springs for legs!  He was leaping up like 4′ in the air trying to catch the bumper while I swung it for the throw!  Hopefully I can channel that into some Frisbee!

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You guys watch for us in the Purina Incredible Dog challenge in a few years!  I’ll be the fat girl trying to keep up with my uber-fast-and-fit incomplete-neck-collar Aussie! 🙂

Now – the card for the day!  You’re going to recognize my color scheme – I used Real Red, Mint Macaron and Emerald Envy again – just like yesterday.  But today’s card is a Valentine’s card.  Or a…I just love you lots card!  And it perfectly showcases the Occasions Catalog bundle called Sealed With Love.  This stamp set, of the same name, and the coordinating Love Notes Framelits are part of the Sending Love Suite of products.

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I used some of the pretty Red and White Sending Love DSP Stack to make this card.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Pedal Pusher Sneak Peek!

Good morning from Atlanta!!  🙂

Made it safely home (says Capt Obvious!) last night.  A minor miracle took place on the plane.  I had a window seat (not the miracle).  A young lady finally took the aisle seat.  We started to chat and discovered our mutual Air Force background.  People kept streaming by us – and no one was taking our middle seat.  We began to get excited.

The flight attendant came by and asked us if someone was sitting there.  We said no (cuz – that’s how we were raised!) and she replied that she had someone who needed a seat.

Somewhat crestfallen, we waited for the passenger to arrive.

And they closed the doors!  Yes, you read that right – they closed the doors and we were blessed with the ONLY open middle seat in the whole plane!  I tell ya – it was like Christmas!  It was almost like being upgraded to First Class!

What does it say about air travel these days that we were so pitifully grateful to just not have someone in the middle seat?  Really?!

Motor home, baby.  Motor home!

Any hooch – today I’m doing a quick share of a new stamp set that y’all can get for yourself starting tomorrow!  It’s the new Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Pedal Pusher – and boy is it fun!  The focal image is a great tandem bicycle – have you guys ever ridden one of those?  We had one when I was growing up and my brother and I would take turns riding on the back with my dad in the front.  We always thought we were so clever – we’d put our feet up on the center bar – and make Dad do all the peddling! 🙂

I paired the new stamp set with an Occasions set called Happy Home.  And I threw in a couple of little images from Beautiful Ride.  What you’re about to see is what happens when I get a couple of sets and my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig together!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Bloomin’ Heart Be Mine Valentine!

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!  I hope you and your special someone have a nice day planned.  Or a special dinner.  Or at least you’re not planning to vacuum today… 😉

The card I made for you today is a blatant Valentines’ Day card – right down to “Be Mine”!  I used the new Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits and the coordinating Bloomin’ Love stamp set.  The card itself is a fun-fold gate card, that I learned how to make at the Splitcoaststampers Wednesday Tutorial.  You can see it here!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Love At First Sight

Happy Hawmp Day!  Three more days till I’m homeward bound – trying to get ahead on cards so I can ship stuff home!  Yikes.

My card today is a reprise of a layout I did last week – even uses the same framelits, the awesome Botanical Builder.  But, the color scheme is wildly different and the purpose of the card quite blatantly Valentine’s Day – to which end I used the First Sight stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Hello You! Super Bowl 50….

Well, hey – it’s half time in the Super Bowl!  I’ve re-discovered the problem with watching the Super Bowl in a hotel room.  Actually, it’s only a problem if you want to watch both the game and the commercials.  Do you know what it is?  Here’s a hint:

There’s no DVR.

Now do you know?

There’s not a good time to “leave the room” if you catch my drift!

Yep – there’s not a good time to go to the bathroom!  I mean – really.  What if I go and miss the play of the game?  I can’t rewind it to see it.  Or what if I get back and have already missed the only really awesome commercial of the day?

Fortunately – I care nothing for Cold Play, Bruno Mars or Beyonce.  So half-time is fair game while they were playing!

I decided before kick-off that I want Peyton Manning to hit his 200th game (he’d be the first to ever do that!) and (likely) go out of the game with another SB win under his belt.  It’s a pretty close – defensive – game at this point.  We’ll see how that works out.  I might have jinxed them by wanting them to win….

So far, there’s only been one really good commercial.  I’d tell you whose it was – but….all I could see was Ryan Reynolds as every male part in the commercial.  I think it was for a car.  I loved it – but I suspect many women will only remember Ryan Reynolds – and have no clue which car they should buy!  Marketing genius or marketing fail?  You be the judge!

Game back on.  Murmur amongst yourselves whilst I watch….

My card for today uses the pretty Birthday Bouquet DSP and my new Greetings Thinlits (these are in the Annual Catalog).  I also tapped a tiny sentiment from the SAB stamp set called What I Love.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Bloomin’ Heart Forever

Good 50th-Super-Bowl-morning!  I’ll make the assumption that you’re prepping your Game Day goodies for all the fans in your house.  I mean – isn’t that what everyone is doing?  I don’t watch a lot of football, it’s true.  But I almost never miss the Super Bowl.  I admit to liking the commercials – but I also enjoy the game itself.  I seldom care much one way or the other who wins – although I’ve always picked someone to root for by half-time! – but this year, with the Broncos playing, I feel a familial obligation to root for the them.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like Tom Brady, though.  They’re both really super QB’s – so I’m thinkin’ it’s gonna to be a rockin’ game! 🙂

This is a quick card – it looks harder by far than it is.  And aren’t those the very best kind?  It uses the gorgeous new Bloomin’ Heart Bundle, a couple of sentiments from the First Sight stamp set and some cardstock.  Easy.  Take a look-see:

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