Monday, June 29, 2009

Ho Hum Yard Sales

This past Friday, I went to yard sales. As the title of this post implies, the sales were just Ho Hum. One of these days, I'm going to get around to posting my list of Yard Sale Dos and Yard Sales Don'ts. For example, don't say, "Something for everyone" in your yard sale ad if every single item at your yard sale is infant clothing. LOL

Anyhoo - Here were my finds from Friday:
1. A Phonics book (for a homeschooling friend) - 10 cents
2. Some SSC books and other books for my classroom - 25 cents each
3. Three glass candleholders and a large mason jar (I am going to be using these to decorate for a party)
4. An ice scraper (I accidentally ran over mine last winter - don't ask!)
5. Two rag rugs, perfect for the backseat of my car - 50 cents each
6. Two unopened packs of favor boxes - 50 cents each
7. Floral Wire
8. Three necklaces (They are prettier in person than in these pictures.) $1 each
9. A cordless phone with Caller ID. I need a new one because I have dropped mine so many times that it doesn't always ring and/or show the caller id. (The woman lied; the battery is DEAD. The Yard Sale Fairies will find her. hahaha) $2
11. Tealites
12. B&BW Shower Gel

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Season of Friendship

I had two general inspirations for this card. First, I was inspired by the wonderful 2RedBananas Banana Split Sunday Challenge. The challenge was to create a card inspired by a summertime photograph. I found inspiration in the summer season, the azure blue color, and the simplicity of the photo.
Secondly, I was inspired by the gratitude that I feel for the wonderful friends that I have in my life. So many friends... real, true friends stopped me in church this morning to ask me how Grandma Thelma was doing this morning. Another friend brought me a bag of clothes because she knows I've been working so hard at my weight loss goals and that buying new clothing before you reach your goal is expensive. Another friend sent me an ecouraging card about my weight loss yesterday. I'm so blessed to have so many great friends and I truly believe the sentiment on this card.... "The Season of Friendship Lasts Forever."
It was difficult to photograph this card - especially the glittery little blue bird in the tree.
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Love and a Hug,
All of the materials used in this card were Stampin' Up, except for the Ranger Stickles.

Giving, and Giving, and Giving

This was the Father's Day card I made for Brian's Dad. I didn't have time to take a picture of the one that I made for my dad, which I actually think turned out better. Anyhoo - I think this turned out quite nice.

Love and a Hug,

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thank You Card

Using a clean and simple design, I whipped up this thank you card in no time. Use up that stash today and make a five minute card!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lookie at what I won!

I won Blog Candy! I was so excited to receive such a generous package from Samantha. You can check out her very inspiring blog, here. She offers monthly Blog Candy, lots of interesting challenges, and cool Stampin' Up information. Thanks, Samantha! I love the Blog Candy!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Congratulations Moose

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I love the Stampin' Up Set, "Moose You." I have used it for so many cards and for so many occasions. This is a "congratulations" card for my cousin who recently graduated. He likes the outdoors, so I thought it was fitting. This is one of the cards I made when I visited my sweet friend (and Soul Sistah), Veronica. She let me use her Top Note Die and I fell in love with it. It is something that I am going to put on my stampin' wish list. The ribbon was a $1.00 find at the Crafts 2000 store in Parkersburg, WV.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

HappyScrappers July Invitation - Garden Party Theme

Hello, Friends!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer sunshine. I'm reminded of God's glorious blessings each time I'm outside and see a new bloom, a rainbow, or beautifully clear night sky.

I've renewed my committment to making HappyScrappers the best that it can be. I know that I've recently been a bit disorganzined, and I promise that is changing. I have many fun things planned for our next Happy Scrapper meeting and future meetings. It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!! Please keep reading for details...

Our Next Meeting:

When: Saturday, July 11th, 10:00 a.m. (As always, the schedule is flexible. You may come late and/or leave early)
What to Bring: Your Supplies, Something to Share for Lunch, a small door prize, and a smile. :)

I plan to make ham salad and chicken salad sandwiches.

You may want to wear a garden hat. ;)

Project Demonstrations:

A Pencil Bouquet (the perfect gift for a teacher, receptionist, secretary, etc.)
A Ribbon Blossom (great on scrapbooking pages, card fronts, or even the top of gifts)

Games/Other Fun:
We'll play a garden trivia game, Scrappin' Tic Tac Toe, and have one card/page challenge.

Everyone in attendance will receive a page of printed garden themed quotations/verses for use in cards or scrapbooking pages, a print out of the ribbon blossom directions, a set of four card sketches, and a Goody Flower Pot.

If you would like to demo a project, add something to the Goody Flower Pots, and/or host a game, please let me know. Also, if you know what you are going to bring along for lunch, let me know. I often receive phone calls and/or emails about what everyone will be bringing. If you'd like to reply to everyone in our group, you can simply hit the "Reply All" button and write your message.

Pretty Please (with tulips on top) RSVP on or before Monday July 6th.


Yes: OtherBecky, Myself, Carolyn, Carla, Mary*, Samantha*, Bethany, Joyce
No: Michele, Peggy, Dawn, Shannon, Carrie, Veronica
*Invited from Standby List

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Yard Sale Hauls 6/6

On June 6th, I couldn't wait to go yard saleing. There were several community yard sales advertised and I had high hopes. It wasn't a terrible day, but it certainly wasn't the best either. Some of the "community" sales were really just two homes. Bummer. On the bright side, I'll give the Willow Ridge Subdivision five stars ***** for their awesome community yard sale. Most of this great stuff came from there.

What I scored:
Vintage SSC ribbon
SSC Purses
Two Beach Pictures (perfect for my bathroom)
A ton of gift bags (Many of these are Hallmark bags marked as 3.99 and up. I paid 10 cents each.)
Picture Frames (25 cents each)
Tupperware Bowl (Brand New - 25 cents)
Longaberger Purse
Tastefully Simple Beer Bread Mix
Pacifier, Burp Cloths, Mommy Bags, and Blanket for the Care Preganancy Center. I also got a huge bag of brand new baby bottles for The Center. The very kind woman on Fiser Lane in Martinsburg gave them to me for FREE when I told her that they were for The Center. God Bless her.

Love and a Hug,

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Do Not Be Afraid....

This is a card for someone who recently suffered a house fire. I've been there, and done that, so I know that there really aren't the "right words" to say, but it's very comforting when people take the time to extend their thoughts of concern. Since the card is for a man, I tried to use masculine colors and patterned paper. Hence, I thought the hemp twine was more fitting than ribbon. The sketch was inspired by the Challenge # 119 over at Card Positioning Systems. I really like long cards because you have so much more room to work with verses a standard sized card. Thanks for stopping by my blog. (I'll be posting recent Garage Sale Hauls soon!)

Supplies: Black Cardstock and Patterned Paper: DCWV, Vellum Verse: Creative Memories, Hemp Twine: Stampin' Up!, Buttons: Making Memories, Pop Dots; Dollar Tree, Black Diamond Stickles; Ranger, Vellum Glue Dots and Glue Lines.
Love and a Hug,

Monday, June 8, 2009

Blog Candy Alert

Samantha, over at ScrapMaster's Paradise is offering some great blog candy! Enter for your chance to win some great Stampin' Up goodies!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Berry Nice Day!

I recycled this image from a card front that a fellow Strawberry Shortcake collector sent me. I had a berry nice day today. I went to several yard sales, and I'll have pictures to post of my yard sale finds posted some time before Monday. Since school is out, I'm going to have a lot more time to make cards, scrapbook, enter challenges, and so on. I know that my blog has been super neglected for a long time, but that is going to change this month. So, please keep checking back and PLEASE leave a comment. You comments let me know that someone is reading this thing. LOL

Friday, June 5, 2009

Garage Sale Hauls 3/30

My friend Cheryl and I hit the yard sales at about 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 30th, and we hit the jackpot! Her car was so full of finds that we had to put her back seats down and I had to push my passenger seat up until I only had about six inches for my knees. What a great day. First, the weather was PERFECT. Slight breeze, mid 70's. We found several sales withing just an 8 mile radius of my house, and most importantly ..... the yard sales were PRICED RIGHT! Wahh hooooooo!!!!!!! I hope that it was an opening day that will repeat itself many times over this summer. Anyhoo - for the haul, see pictures and the comprehensive list below.
If you are a yard saler, I'd love to hear about your finds.

- A Wooden Shelf (from Country Treasures) for $20 (original pricetag of $124.99 is still on it)
- A Wooden Bench $5
- A Wooden Country Box $5 (from Country Treasures)
- An adorable berry wreath swag decoration $3
- Light Up Country House Decor Item $5 (again, from country treasures)
- Three Tableclothes (two red ones for Christmas/Valentine's Day in the dining room, and one Green One for every day in the dinng room) 25 cents each
- Santa Decoration (from Cracker Barrel - I collect these.)
- Another Santa Decoration $1 (29.99 price tag from Bon Ton still inside)
- Strawberry Shortcake Doll Stroller
- Large, Strong Rolling Crate w/ Lid $1 (perfect for Scrapbooking paper)
- Red Purse w/matching wallet 50 cents
- Cream Purse w/matching wallet 50 cents
- Pearl Necklace 50 cents
- Strawberry Shortcake Pony 25 cents
- Strawberry Shortcake Photo
- SSC Fabric
- Weight Watchers Serving Spoons $1 (retail for $22)
- New In Package, Pampered Chef Pastry Roller
- New In Package, Pampered Chef Pie Server
- TupperWare Soup Mug 50 cents (perfect for taking my lunch to work)
- Adorable Napkins 25 cents
Not Pictured: Winnie the Pooh Pack-n-Play that I donated to the Care Pregnancy Center
- Direct TV Receiver $4 (I now have Direct TV in my bedroom - Wah Hoo! A new receiver from Direct TV costs $60)
- Bag of Sunblock, Soap, and Lotion samples that I donated to the Center

Thanks for stopping by my blog!