Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oh Baby! Magnolia-licous Challenge Blog Dt

Hello Ladies!  Back again for another Challenge for Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. I hope you joined us last week and do hope to see you play along with us again this week. This weeks Inspiration photo was selected by yours truly.

It's an ispiration photo so use whatever inspires you. It could be baby themed, pinks and browns....hearts..windows...whatever!! Do join us for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Magnoli-licous Store. How cool is that?

Here is my card I have done for the challenge:

Tilda is actually from the Christmas 2010 collection. She had Holly's in her hair and I took a copic multi-liner and made little loops to cover them up and to look more like a hairbow.  You can purchase her in Diana's shop at Magnolia-licious.  Don't forget to check out all the yummy projects the DT has created!!

Anything Challenge - Distress
Crazy Challenge - Baby Love
Die Cut Dreams - Baby Girl
Oh Lala Creations - Pink Pink Pink
Papercrafting journey - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - baby baby

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy Bday Dad - Paper Sundaes and Sentimental Sundays DT

Good morning! Welcome to a the latest challenges over at Paper Sundaes and Sentimental Sundays. I know I said I probably wouldn't have anything to post this week, but I did get a chance to get one card made! ha! Next week will be much more hectic as I will be planning a birthday party for my Brother. I have ALOT of stuff to do for that....so that means limited time in my craft room and to be honest, for me...card making is messy! LOL  I do NOT need the added stress of cleaning up after myself! I  already have to clean up after 2 kids and a hubby.

Speaking of cleaning up after kids, my wonderful daughters room is a disaster. She nicely blamed it on her friends and cousin, however I know better. Yes they were over weeks ago and yes they seem to find anything that is in her room to bring out...but...it wasn't that messy when they left!!  So I cleaned it up last week. Now...there have been NO other kids in that room in 2 weeks and the room is a mess again!! She is still telling me it's her friends...I'm like...little girl....NO kids have been over!!!  How can it possibly be from your friends??? lol  

So my little one is at her grandmas and this morning I went in and took 3 giant trash bags of "Stuff" out of her room. She kept pinky promising me to clean it...but nothing was happening. Honestly if she notices the stuff is gone it will surprise me...and seriously...I could have taken another 3 bags out!!! (or more!)  That doesn't include the piles of laundry I can take from her room Daily. I swear that girl changes 4-6 times from the time she gets home from school until she goes to bed. Then she throws it on the ground and I get to figure out what is clean and dirty! argh! I have a never ending pile of laundry in this house!!

Ok enough about that - I am done venting! hahaha  On to my card for this weeks challenge at Paper Sundaes and Sentimental Sundays.

This weeks Challenge at Paper Sundaes is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and you are to use Masculine Colors. It doesn't have to be a masculine card...just colors. I choose to do both because yesterday was my hubbys birthday! ;-)   I am stretching it using this card for the Sentimental Sundays challenge- it's an inspirational photo (lighthouse with the waves crashing up on it) However, I do not have much in turns of nautical and the colors are in the photo as is water...so that was my inspiration and I'm sticking to it!  Did you know that every sunday on the Sentimental Sundays blog she has  free sentiments and qoutes available for download???? We do and they are usually fabulous ones...so be sure to check us out!!

Details on my card - I colored it with Copics and used some liquid glass on the water to make it look like water. The frame is from Spellbinders (lacey squares). Not much else going on. This is my take on a Clean and Simple card! I am not very good at those and I always want to add more. But I held back, especially because it was a "manly" card and I kinda like it!

Thanks for looking and as always I so enjoy your comments. I try to get to your blogs...but sometimes TIME doesn't allow it. I need more hours in a day!!!

I did It Creations - Anything Goes
Allsorts- Nature
One Stop Craft - Birthday
Crafty Katz - One for the Men
Fuzzy Wuzzy - Animal/birthday
Southern Girls - Blue /Chocolate

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy V.D. Day - no card ;-( today....

Happy Valentines Day to all.  Sooooo....did you get anything good? Did you do anything special with your special somebody. Special somebodies don't always have to be hubbys or boyfriends either...I think my kids are pretty special and they count too!!

So as stated in my previous post - I had to be endure 2.5 hrs of Gander Mtn on Saturday night. (Not that bad, I took my nook- found a nice couch and read, so really it was win/win)  Then afterwards we went to Five Guys (can we say the BEST hamburg and French Fries eva'!!) Then we hit up Barnes and Noble and just hung out. It was a great night...but....come on...Gander?? I should get something for that!! You see, we aren't what you would call "Gander or Bass Pro Shop" kinda people. However, Hubby has picked up a hobby in the last year and we have gone there a few times....it's never quick...ever! I have learned....bring a book. Usually I get to stop at the Scrap/Stamp store...but I didn't even get to do that this time! 

On Sunday, hubby totally made it up to me. (Such a great guy) 1st stop...Coach store. Yup...I'm sporting a new coach bag. He totally knows the way to my heart!  After that, we went to "The Melting Pot"....Love that place. He had never been....so the experience was all new to him. He really liked it thought. I mean, even if the food is bad (which it totally was not..it was delish)..the dessert makes you forget about everything else.  We got the "valentines" special. We had yummy cheese fondue with bread and veggies to dip. Then a wonderful Ceasar salad. Next was a tray of meats and veggies. Yumm-o...and last but certainly NOT least... Chocolate Fondue served with a tray of the most yummy items to dip into Chocolate. I tell you, we really needed to be rolled outta that place! LOL

So since we ditched the children on Sat night and Sunday....we are making it up to them today and YES, they have mentioned it REPEATEDLY how we ditched them!! They will come home to some special little treats this evening and I am making them a special dinner and dessert to go along with it.  What will dessert be (because that is the MOST important part of ANY dinner)? I am making Chocolate Fondue! LOL  I have to stop at the store and get some things to dip in it but I think the kids are going to love it. Of course, they probably would have loved being at the Melting Pot with us better, but hey...Mommy and Daddy needed a Date!

Sorry for the long post, I will end it with some pictures of my honey bun and me!! Old and New! hahahahahahaha

This is recent....isn't he adorable??

OH MY! This is us when we were dating (all of 2 months)! LOL Omg...I was 21...boy have we changed!!! Look at his hair...ack!

Hrmm..I think we were married about a week or so here...1999....good year! (There goes that hair agian though!)
I suck with words..so here is what I want to say to my honey bunny! I love you...I love You.....I LOVE YOU!!!   Love always, Tracy  a.k.a. Cake Whore ;-) 
(Do not be offended...this is his pet name for me...bc I LOVE cake...yes...LOVE! Hahahaha)

Have a great one and I will see you back here next Tuesday with the next Magnolia-Licoius Challenge. Don't forget to get your Pink/Red/and Black cards in for the Challenge. Chance to win a $25.00 GC to the Magnolia-licous store! ;-)))

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hiatus and 2 cards!

Good morning! First I just want to let you all know that I may be away for about 2 weeks. No, I'm not going anywhere...but I have some things going on at home and at work that are going to be requiring extra attention. If I get some time, I will most definitely do a card....but I don't want to get my hopes up. Plus if I put it out here now,I won't feel obligated to do so! haha

It's going to be a beautiful day here Florida and I will soon be out enjoying it. I hope our friends to the North aren't getting dumped on with more snow ;-(   Last night the hubby and I took a trip to West Palm Beach, kid-less, it was sooooo romantic...we spent 2.5 hrs in Gander Mtn...awwwww! lol  I mean really...how awesome is that. To not have the kids, be in West Palm Beach and the place you spend all your time is Gander???? LOL I must be crazy. Hubby got his Valentines and Birthday Present (which is in a couple days) His new hobby is quite expensive and I'm not going to feel bad when I place my next stamp order!!!  lol After Gander we hit up our favorite place.....Five Guys!! LOL Ha...I'm telling you....can you not stand all the romantic spots we want to?? LOL  We ended our night in Barnes and Noble where I pick up the latest edition of Papercrafts - Stamp It! Magazine and realized it was the issue where my blogger friend, Wendy has been publisheed!! Yea, Wendy!

I also had to pick up the next book from the Rangers Apprentice series for my son. The boys reads like super fast. It's crazy. It's a 9 book series, I just picked up 8. He started reading these not even 2 weeks ago!!  They are 300-400 pages long. Apparently he REALLY likes them! 

I capped off my night with finished up Ree Drummonds - Pioneer Woman - Black Heels to Tractor Wheels book. I love the Pioneer Woman and this is a story about how she met the "Marlboro Man" and their first year of Marriage. It was actually a really great book and I was sad to see it end. I hope she has a second one come out. If you haven't seen the Pioneer Womans website, do check it out. She is an AWESOME blogger. She has different areas to her website, my favorite being the Cooking, she also touches on photography, home and garden, homeschooling. Her sense of humor really comes out in her blogging and I always get a laugh or inspiration when reading her blog!  http://thepioneerwoman.com/

So my hubby is making up for the Gander Mtn thing today! Can't give the details yet...but it's all worth living through 2.5 hrs of Gander Mtn!!!  Ok one hint....designer bag....ok, maybe two hints....fondue...;-))

Ok enough chit chat - on to my cards for Paper Sundaes and Sentimental Sundays....

I am SO NOT HAPPY with how this card came out...I will tell you why! LOL This weeks theme for Paper Sundaes is Sundae Bar, sponsered by Tickled Pink- you get to pick at least 2 from the list of pink, lace, distress, and flowers. I added the pink and the lace...and I was going to stop there with just some edge distressing with a distress tool.  Thne Stupid me put the card together and didn't add the sentiment. Ok - no problem....so I stamped out the sentiment, turned over the block to make sure there was no ink on the block. I stamped...pulled up...there was ink on the corner of the block! Argh...so I had to take purple ink and distress around the image and now I do NOT like it. It just looks "dirty" to me now. I like how she came out though and I didn't have time to print and color up another one. By the way..this is a Digi from Tickled Pink..nice huh!  It's Birthday Cherrie.

Sentimental Sundays is being sponsored by MelJen and the theme this week is Pink and White.  I did my LAST valentines card! ;-(  I still have so much cool paper though...I want to do more!! haha

That's it for today and I will be back in about 2 weeks....maybe sooner! ;-)


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Be Mine - Color Challenge Magnoli-licous CB

Hello Tuesday!  We're back again for a new post for the Magnolia-Licous Challenge Blogs. This week challenge is a Color challenge. It was my turn to pick the colors and being that Valentines day is right around the corner, I picked Pink, Red and Black.  Diana always gives away a fabulous prize so I hope to see you join in on the challenge!

Here is my card:

I used 4 Magnolia Stamps on this card and 1 digital stamp!  The magnolia stamps can all be purchased from Diana's store. They are Fairytale Tilda, Prince Edwin, Heart and Be Mine Sentiment.  The Tree in the background is a digital stamp from Make it Crafty..I love that tree!

I pop dotted the border that is around the tree and continued to do so as I came out. It really looks awesome in person. I colored all the images with copics, as usual. 

Again- I hope to see you over joining us in the challenge at Magnolia-licous. Please go check out all the fabulous DT cards too!! You won't be disappointed, I tell ya!!

Challenges: There are alot more than I usually get into, but so many are doing Valentines related!!
Cupcake Craft- Seeing Red
Incy Wincy - Love
Oh La La - Someone Special
Paper Playtime - Cupid or hearts
Pink Elephant - Valentine
Stamps R' Us - Valentines
Creative Cowgirls - Valentines
Crafty Emma - Red and Romance
Papertake Weekly - Have a heart
7 Kids - I heart you


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ohhhh La La Be Mine! PS and SS DT

Happy Sunday to you all! Did you notice my New BLOG HEADER???? I colored and layed it out over the weekend and I LOVE how it came out!!  I was going to add some other companies stamps to it, but decided to keep it just Magnolia, because that is what I do mostly!! 

So, are you ready for some Football??? It's the Big Game today! What are you doing for it? Do you go out? Or do you stay in and relax...or maybe have some friends over?  We usually have friends over and I make lots of yummy things to eat, but this year we are going to Hurricane Grill (the bestest wings, I tell ya) and hanging out with a group of people. I kinda miss that I won't be able to make some of my favorite Game Day Dips and Appetizers though! ;-(  My favorites are Buffalo Chicken Dip and potato skins. Sometimes I cheat and just make a Loaded Baked potato casserole...its delish!  So who are you rooting for? Steelers? Packers? I am going for the Steelers, not that I really care either way, I'm not that big into Football, but I do like the Steelers, which is a big NO NO in my family!! We are originally from Akron, Ohio and Ohioans do NOT like the Steelers...thats just the way it is!!!

So on to this weeks card. I used this for both Sentimental Sundays (Valentines) and for Paper Sundaes (use 2 or more images).

I have colored Tilda and the eiffel tower with Copic markers. The paper is from Echo Park....I'm just loving this paper. The entire line is awesome.  The papers are so much fun. I used the "Little Girl" series in my previous post on Thurs. The little ticket sentiment is also from the same paper pack.  The ribbon I bought from...get this...the Dollar Tree! Haha. I rarely go in there, but was looking for something a few weeks ago and popped in there. They had oodles of ribbon satin and grosgrain for a buck a roll! So I grabbed a few rolls. The border punch is Martha Stewart. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I added a fair share of stickles to them. I used a Spellbinder Shapeability for the sentiment and stamped Happy Valentine with a stamp set from CTMH.

I hope you can join us over at Paper Sundaes this week. We are being sponsored by My Creative Classroom and the challenge is to use 2 or more stamped images. While you are at it, please stop over to Sentimental Sundays and join us for a Valentines challenge! ;-) 

Crafty Ho's - Love
Crafty Pad - Love is in the Air
Creative Cowgirls - Love
Let's Ink It up - Romance/Valentines
All Sorts - Love
Little Clairs - Anything goes
Secret Crafter  - Valentines
Card making Mamas - Valentines
Stampin for the Weekend - Valentines
Crafty Purple Frog - Valentines
Simon Says Stamp - Love is in the Air
Tip Top Tuesday - Anything Girlie

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Tilda!

I'm BACK!  This was the longest I have went without blogging in months!! I had good reason though!  My hubby decided last Weds. at noon to take a few days off and drive up to North Carolina to see some snow. So Thurs morning we loaded up and headed North to the mountains. We went to Sugar Mtn in Banner Elk, NC. It's very nice and we got to go tubing and skiing and just hang out. It was my daughters first time seeing snow, she was loving it! My son skied for the first time, we have taken him before but he didn't want anything to do with skiing at the time.  So now he is all ready to go to Colorado or somewhere else out west next year. I must say, so am I!! I LOVE it out west and especially love quaint little ski towns.

So on the way back from the mountains, we took a little detour and stopped in Charleston, South Carolina, one of my favorite places. I have been trying to get my husband to go for years, he has never been, so when we were driving back we were only 45 mins away from Charleston....so we figured..what the heck!  We didn't spend too long but we did get to walk around the historic district and took lots of pictures. Now he wants to go back just the two of us!

While I was gone my order from Magnolia-licous came. I knew it was going to and I was hating not being here to get it!! LOL  I have been so crazy busy since getting back that I finally got to sit down last night and ink and color one up.

Sorry about the pictures...they didn't come out all that great. I took them in the evening and the colors are a bit off. Most look ok, but the flowers have a strange tone to them. They actually matched almost pefect, but do not appear to in the photo! 

I masked Birthday Tilda with the Balloon background. You can buy this in Diana's shop. She has the entire So Special Collection and they are just the cutest!!!  I colored her with copic markers. and added tons of stickles to just about everything!! lol I went stickle crazy!  The seal is from Cats Life Press.  The papers are from Echo Park. Love them! My LSS carries this line and I will be using another awesome line from Echo on Sunday!! ;-)))

Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes
Copic Creations - Cool Colors
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes opt. flowers
Crazy Challenge - Birthday

Thats about all....thanks for looking!



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