Thursday, August 30, 2012


For the past year and a half, I have been working in a friend's office about 2-4 hours a week.  But last week, I started working 16 hours a week!!!  Two full days!!  I have been BUSHED when I get home....totally NOT use to making my brain function for that amount of time :-)  I'm loving the work, but it is going to take some getting use to.  But I am hoping that it will force me to be more organized....not only around the house, but in stamping and blogging.  

This week was especially busy since Steve had his brothers from out of state visiting from Sunday and leaving this morning at 4am!!!  We had a nice visit.

I'm hoping that now things will begin to get into a routine.
I'm ready for some boredom ;-)

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy

Saturday, August 25, 2012


We live on some acreage that has a seasonal pond each year....we usually have water in it from the first rain until it dries up around June or so.  During wet winters it gets pretty big.  When the kids were small Steve got his hands on this fishing boat that he let the kids play with in the pond.  They had a BLAST in winter and spring playing everything from pirates to pretending to waterski.  Well, now that they are older, the boat has just been sitting out by the Steve decided to clean it up and sell it.  So, after a bit of TLC he needed to make sure it didn't have any we dropped it into our pool.  Kids couldn't resist one last ride.  
As an update.....Steve sold it on Craigslist and the buyer is picking it up on Sunday.

Also, at the beginning of each school year I always take a picture of Andy and is this year's picture of them.  They will be sophomores in high school!!
Boy, they sure do grow up fast!!!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!
Blessings, Cindy

Thursday, August 23, 2012


The first day of school is always bittersweet for me.   
I'm sad because it has been fun (for the most part) having the kids home and hanging out.  
On the other hand, I'm looking forward to the structure that the school year gives to our lives.  
The first day of school also makes me realize just how FAST the summer flies by and how quickly the fall and holidays are approaching.

Until next time, find some time for stamping!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


The other day, Madison had an idea for our family.  She thought that we should start a "Family Fun Fund". 
So, she decorated this jar while I was out running errands.....I LOVE it when she uses my stampin' goods!!!
After a family "meeting" at dinner yesterday....we rummaged through the house and found all our loose change and put it in the jar.  
So, the next time we have a hankerin' for some fun, we'll dip into our jar for some "fun funds"! GREAT idea!!!

 Here's a cute picture of her.......she was making us some dinner this evening and while cutting a portabella mushroom said, "Hey! it looks like a mustache!"  
Sure does!!
What a kook!!  
By the way....dinner was great!  
She fixed us whole wheat fettuccine with alfredo sauce and sauteed veggies.  
It was YUMMY!!!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Today's card is quick and easy Christmas card.  Saturday I was at a meeting all day for our church and wanted to just relax afterwards, so I made this card.  There is nothing like stamping therapy!  

 I think, too, that it has been so hot here lately, that thinking of Christmas and winter just makes me psychologically cooler.
Thanks for visiting....I appreciate it.

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Today's card is my try at Triple Time Stamping....I saw this originally on Stampin' Connection from Dawn Olchefsek (click HERE to visit her blog).  
I have been wanting to make try it for this evening I made a quick card.
After finishing it up, I think it needs something.  I used Early Espresso, Whisper White card stock and Early Espresso and Crumb Cake ink....It might look better with some splash of bright color.  
I guess I will just have to make another one :-) 

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy

Friday, August 3, 2012


Friday night is almost always PIZZA NIGHT at our house.  We have been having pizza on Friday evenings for a few years now.
Here is our pizza for this evening.... has spicy Italian sausage (just a bit so we can cut down on the fat), Monterey Jack cheese, sauted mushrooms, red bell pepper, red onion and chopped basil from our garden.
 I took a picture of it before I cooked it so that you could see the vibrant colors of the peppers, onions and basil....such a pretty thing ;-)

Here's what we devoured....
I'm convinced that good pizzas are made because of good pizza pans....I invested in a really good pizza pan years ago and I don't think I've ever had a bad pizza on it.....also cranking up your oven to about 450 or 475 degrees also makes it yummy!!

Here's what was left.....
 Leave me a comment and let me know what you like on a pizza..... :-)

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy


On August 1st, the HOLIDAY MINI catalog became available to order from!!  
So many NEW and WONDERFUL items.  
Some of the very COOL things that are new to this catalog are:
  • Bundles!!  I love that Stampin' Up! has bundled matching stamp sets and framelits saving you money (15%off)!  Watch for several bundles throughout the catalog.
  • Kits!!  Several cute kits for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day!
  • Suites!!  Four new suites to fit everyone's holiday needs!
  • Samples!!  There are so many wonderful samples to CASE (copy and share everything)!
Here are some quick and cute 3x3 gift tags that I made from the products in the Scentsational Season Bundle....these little cuties were inspired by some that Mary Fish made a couple of weeks ago.
I love these little framelits....I think the little gingerbread man and the mug are my favorites....well, maybe it's the tree and the candy canes.  Oh forget it...I LOVE them all!!!
 I LOVE just about everything in this catalog!!!  
I'm having a hard time NOT going crazy ordering everything in it!!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs,  Cindy

Thursday, August 2, 2012

NEW My Digital Studio

As of yesterday, August 1, My Digital Studio 2 is available.  
You can even try the new MDS2 for FREE!!! 

Also, during the month of August, get 31% off 31 digital content options and most of our print products for all 31 days in August! With digital goods on sale and the 30-day FREE trial of the software, August is the perfect time for you to enter the digital designing craze and see what it's all about.

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


During the month of August, if you sign up to be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator you will receive everything to make this adorable Halloween Printer's Tray project (except for ink) FREE (a $60 value), along with all the other goodies that come in your new completely customizable starter kit...all just for $99!!!  Click on JOIN MY TEAM to get started today!

Until next time, find some time for stamping!!
Blessings & Hugs, Cindy


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