Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday Funny

The Human Race

A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race appear?"
The mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made." Two days later, the girl asked her father the same question.
The father answered, "Many years ago, there were monkeys from which the human race evolved." The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Daddy said they developed from monkeys?"
The mother answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your Daddy told you about his."



We had a pretty crazy weekend with my daughter particpating in two sports. This does not normally happen but she was asked to fill in a spot on our Girls Softball All Stars Team for a tournament and she happened to have opening day for her NFL Flag Football team. She did really well and enjoyed the weekend and while I have still haven't figured this part out........she was no where near as tired as us - her parents! LOL.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Birthday DAK's

These wonderful birthday cards arrived over the weekend for me and I think they are very bright and cheery. Thanks to Pat and Marv for thinking of me.

Monday, July 28, 2008

I believe both Deb from and Susan from gave me this award and I have had the WORST time getting the photo to load. Finally today I figured out what I was doing wrong. I want to thank you ladies for this wonderful honor and the now the pressure of picking 7 more LOL. I'd love to list multiple blogs but I'm thinking the rules say 7 so here we go.........


1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you have nominated.

I tried to find blogs I didn't see this award already and ones that I love to check out. Some are new and some have just fun stuff. I hope you enjoy.


Christmas In July

Did I mention I hate Christmas in July? I've always hated that concept/idea but I can't say that I have any paticular reason why LOL. Deb from our SCCB yahoo group challenged us to make a Christmas Card to get our ideas rolling. Do you have any idea how difficult this was for me? It's been so hot and rainy around here that it was hard to get into the sprit of things and then one day I found my retro Christmas paper.........then the lights went off and I saw a great sketch and next thing I know the card was done. I will give credit to my son for picking out the stamp, seriously I couldn't even decide what stamp to use so I told him to open my Christmas drawer and just pick one he liked. I'd say he chose pretty well. A nice sleigh ride in July would be nice! DEB - thanks for making us do this :) I found that I do like Christmas in July!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

New Stamp Company!

I'm kind of funny about my likes and dislikes and I'll be the first to tell you my tastes change a lot. But somehow in the world of blogging I found this website and I think Deb may have led me to it but I am not sure. However I really like the first couple stamps that Kathrina is putting out. Please see her blog for some great ideas (SEE HER FABO SKETCHES) and see the new stamps that ship FREE July 30th for blog readers.

Cupcakes anyone?

The latest challenge I particpated in on our CTRUS group was to make cupcakes. I don't know about you but I love cupcakes. They are so much fun and just the right size to eat! My favorite would have white icing with sprinkles. Have a cupcake day!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Animal Lovers Swap

I hosted a swap on the Diva group that was anything related to Animals. These were the cards I made for my partner Susan and now that she has them I know it's safe to post! The card using MFT was colored with copics and then the images were embossed so that I could brayer and sponge the back ground on without messing up the image. Now my son who loves to critique my work told me that Chickens don't eat on the beach. I promise he's still alive. The second card is an older SU set called Serengeti and I just love to use it. I am enjoying using my older sets again and seeing what can be done with them. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Speaking of Retro.........

Since I posted the retro commercials I thought I'd share this card with you today. It's a Crafty Secrets Stamp and don't you just love it. I've had a lot of fun playing with it lately. There was a challenge on the Scor-Pal group to make a top bottom gate fold card so I gave it a whirl and this is what I came up with. I needed a thank you card for my friend here at work and we both love this type of stuff. I think she enjoyed it :) As always I used brilliance ink and my copics.

Wednesday Fun - Retro Commercials

Ok Deb I even found some retro commercials! However they are about my most unfavorite food of all. UGH - bananas. Videos are cute though! I remember the chiquita banana song. Sheesh I must be old.
In a million years I would never bake one and eat it as a VEGTABLE. EWWWW.
I love the eskimo salesman though. Hahahhah.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

This card was a little difficult for me because I had to follow a layout and of course my dear friend Angie (who is MIA these days) allowed me to borrow her star punches since I don't own any :) but anyway, this was a sketch challenge for the Diva group and I was able to use one of the many images I received during my Image Queen Reign last month. It's so cute isn't it? It's from Danni so I'm sure it's a TAC image. I love cows and always have. We had some on my grandparents farm but they were Angus and they were solid black all over but I loved petting them and watching them out in the fields. I hated when they went to "sale". But then we would get new babies and that was always fun too.

More Blog Candy! - PIF Candy

Loreen has done it again more blog candy! I think I'd like chocolate too! :) Have a great day.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Blog Candy from Korin

Wanna win some blog candy? Don't you just love candy? I do especially blog candy! It has all the fun and none of the calories Hahhahaha.


Lip Gloss Baby

I just wanted to share this really cute RAK I received from Linda on the CTRUS group I'm on. I lovvvvvve this stamp for a number of reasons mainly because she's retro and because she's not super skinny! Don't get my wrong I love my bellas but it's nice to have realistic stamps isn't it? This card is a lip gloss holder with a tiny little mirror on the inside. It's sort of a very shiny cardstock but I assure you I can put lipgloss on using it. Which by the way I love lipgloss! My favorite is this minty stuff from Bath and Body works. My cubicle neighbor at work got us all hooked on it LOL. She's an enabler too!


Ahhhh the good life, a hot bubble bath and some relaxation what could be better? This bella was made for a Diva named Beth and now that I know she has received it I wanted to make sure and get it posted. I printed this layout a while ago from Tangii's blog and I've used it a couple times. It's just really fun to do. I used Brilliance ink and yes I colored her with my copic markers and added a touch of sparkle to her bubbles. I hope you take some time out to relax and unwind this evening.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

PS. If he eats my tomato plants he's a dead bunny. Hahhahahahaha.


Wildlife in the burbs

So my wonderful DH decided to put a birdfeeder in the front yard while we were working on our landscaping.......this turned into 2 birdfeeders, a landscaped area with rocks so we can now kill all the weeds that the birdfood causes and now our very own bunny rabbit. Thankfully he was eating the weeds and not my flowers which were only several feet away. I was in my office and I realized one of my cats had a very strange look on his face and was staring out the window so I took a peek this is what I found. My cats and so grateful to my husband for this birdfeeder area - you really have no idea. They are tormented all day long now LOLLLL.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


I just had to share this beautiful DAK (Diva instead of random) that I received from Pat on the Diva group. I love the colors and the layout. I think it's just such a relaxing card to look at it and full of inspiration. What cards inspire you?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Spoiled Birthday Diva

So as you can see I got some more really cool birthday cards and I had to share them with you. The birthday bella is from Cathy and she also sent me some cupcake little note pads and some little embellishments that look like a lot of fun. The balloonabella is from Kristie and I must know what the paper is. It's so pretty and last but not least my dear dear dear missing in action friend Angie made me a hippo. A hippo with a big butt LOLLLLLLLL. Isn't it just too cute. I think it's Gina K which means I need to borrow this from her. :) Thank you all for thinking of me I really feel so uplifted to know I have so many friends out there!

Another Glitter Straw Card

Oh my gosh I loved this card. When I did the glitter straw challenge all I could think of was making a background but look at this! She took the pieces and cut them out to make this flower. I thought it was so pretty and since I have this SU punch I just may be trying this!

Thursday, July 17, 2008


This was another card I made at my friend Nancy's SU class. We were using different punches for cards and this was one that was in the class. I think it's a great card to have around in case you need one and I think I'll be making more of them to keep on hand. Hope you have a great day!

Animal Lovers Swap

Just had to share this really cute card I received from Cathy on the Diva group. I am hostessing an Animal Lovers Swap and Cathy sent me this. I just love the monkey and the toucan. All the layering she did is just fabulous. I need to practice more is all I can say :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Birthday RAK

I wanted to share another birthday RAK I received from Melinda on the CTRUS group. I have such special memories of planting pansies with my grandma out in an old well behind her farmhouse. She could look out her kitchen window at them. This card brought some good memories back. Thanks for thinking of me.


You've heard about people who have been abducted and had their kidneys removed by black-market organ thieves. Well, this kind of cruel theft is happening with other body parts as well!
My thighs were stolen from me during the night a few years ago. I went to sleep and woke up with someone else's thighs. It was just that quick. The replacements had the texture of cooked oatmeal. Whose thighs were these and what happened to mine? I spent the entire summer looking formy thighs. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living out mylife in jeans. And then the thieves struck again. My butt was next. I knew it was the same gang, because they took pains to match my new rear end to the thighs they had stuck me with Earlier. But my new butt was attached at least three inches lower than myOriginal! I realized I'd have to give up my jeans in favor of long skirts. Two years ago I realized my arms had been switched. One morning I was fixing my hair and was horrified to see the flesh of my upper arms swingto and fro with the motion of the hairbrush. This was really gettingscary - my body was being replaced one section at a Time. What could they do to me next? When my poor neck suddenly disappeared and was replaced with a turkeyneck, I decided to tell my story. Women of the world, wake up and smell the coffee! Those "plastic" surgeons are using REAL replacement bodyparts stolen from you and me! The next time someone you know has something "lifted", look again - was it lifted from you?THIS IS NOT A HOAX. This is happening to women everywhere, every night. WARN YOUR FRIENDS P.S. Last year I thought someone had stolen my boobs. I was lying in bed and they were gone! But when I jumped out of bed, I was relieved to seethat they had just been hiding in my armpits as I slept. Now I keep themhidden in my waistband.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008


This card was sort of patterned off a card I made in one of the punch classes I took last month at my SU friends house. I liked the way we cut the punch out of the middle and made it a flower so when I was looking through my punches the other day I decided to try it on my own. The paper is from a retro pack I picked up at HL. I can't stress this enough SU punches are the only way to go for me LOL. I keep breaking the other ones.

Birthday RAK's

Just had to share some absolutely lovely birthday cards I received. These ladies are so talented and I'm lucky to participate in such terriffic card groups! Thank you all for thinking of me. The pink card is from Carole, the red card is from Danni and the green card is from Julia. Aren't they all so pretty.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Today I am sharing a second card with you. I wanted to wait and make sure the recepient received it before I posted. This card was made for a Kids Swap on the Diva group. I used a couple of older SU sets (aren't they cute) and I stamped it with brilliance ink then let sit and dry for a couple minutes and then colored with my copics. I've found the best cardstock to use is the 110 carstock from Walmart and Brilliance ink with my copics. If I let it dry while I'm washing my stamps off it's usually ready and I can even color with E00 Skin White and it doesn't bleed. Normally I love a good rain but even here in Northeast Indiana I'm getting tired of it :)

2nd Attempt June Postabella

Since I hated my first June Postabella card I attempted to redo it and sent off this one to Theresa as well. WOW this was a difficult but very fun challenge. I hope she enjoyed this one as well.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Glitter Straw

Have you ever tried blowing reinkers around glossy paper through a straw? It makes you rather lightheaded and out of breath LOL. Our technique for my CTRUS group was to use the glitter straw technique and create a card. Not sure if it was my favorite technique but the card ended up better than I hoped. If you've tried this please let me know how it turned out for you.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


WOW check out this absolutely cool rockin RAK I got from Theresa! Of course she knew I'd just love it after all it's RED :) The shrink art is the neatest little touch isn't it? I can't believe how much I love this card. Thanks for thinking of me!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Birthday RAK's

Last night was a really cool mail night! I received all three of these great birthday cards from some of the yahoo groups I am in. I have never seen some of these folds or images before so it was exciting to check them out. I love the images on each one of them, they are so pretty and I really really appreciate you ladies thinking of me. The waterfall card came from Joani and the butterfly came from Beth and the cutie patootie magnolia card came from Tricia. I just love them. Thanks again so much.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


My daughter Andrea and I went to a SU class Monday night and learned how to make this Dahlia fold. I think Andrea's turned out better than mine LOL. I love the patterned paper from SU it's nice and thick and the patterns are so pretty don't you think? I sure can't wait to see the new catalog.

Thursday Travel - Sweet n Sassy Fundraiser

I wanted to share a letter with you today that Korin from Sweet n Sassy Stamps sent. If you have seen her blogs lately you know that her niece is undergoing chemo for the second time. She is having an online fundraiser through her stamps if you are interested in helping by purchasing stamps.

Hello Friends....

If you follow my personal blog (Inky Doodle) you may know about my 19 month old niece, Janessa, who has MDS (pre-leukemia). I have attached a picture of Janessa so you can enjoy her sweet smile.

She has finished round two of her chemo treatments but it's been a roller coaster for the whole family as you can imagine. She has 3 older brothers and 1 older sister but they are all under the age of 12. She has at least 4 more treatments to go so they still have a long way ahead of them. So many of my blogging and praying friends have asked if there is more we can do...well there is! With your help, I would like to help ease some of their burden by having a fundraiser through Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. From today through July 31st I will be donating 50% from each stamp set sold (not including Sarah Kay and Rachelle Anne Miller). So if you've been thinking about getting some stamps sets, now is the time to do it! If you have any questions, please let me know.

My friend Jeanna is also doing a fundraiser to help out the Joseph's She is an Avon rep and is donating 50% off the sales from the two flyers attached from now until July 31st. For more info about Jeanna's fundraiser or to order please contact her at
If the only way you can help is to pray that is great! Your prayers are powerful! God is good and he WILL get them through this!!
To follow along Janessa's journey visit her Caring Bridge page.

Thank you.
Korin Sutherland
Owner-Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog:
Sweet 'n Sassy

Personal stamping blog:
Inky Doodle

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Birthday for a Bella

Well since I've been trying my hand at the Postabella June sketch repeatedly (LOL) - I made a birthday card for a co-worker. She's a very fun outgoing kind of person so I hope she enjoys this bella!
It's definitely getting easier to think outside of the box aka square to speak and make a round card. I used some retro paper I had purchased in a pack as well as my embossing folder and prima flowers. I did stamp the lovely bella with brilliance ink and then colored her with my copics and used a touch of my glitter pen on her eyelashes and balloon. Every bella should sparkle! Have a Happy Wednesday!

Wed Funny - The Preacher and The Lawnmower

A preacher was making his rounds to his parishioners on a bicycle, when he
came upon a little boy trying to sell a lawn mower.
'How much do you want for the mower?' asked the preacher.
'I just want enough money to go out and buy me a bicycle,' said the
little boy. After a moment of consideration, the preacher asked, Will you take my
bike in trade for it?' The little boy asked if he could try it out first, and, after riding the
bike around a little while, said, 'Mister, you've got yourself a deal.'
The preacher took the mower and began to crank it. He pulled on the rope
a few times with no response from the mower. The preacher called the little boy over and said, 'I can't get this mower to start.'
The little boy said, 'That's because you have to cuss at it to get it started.'
The preacher said, I'm a minister, and I can't cuss. It's been so long
since I've been saved that I don't even remember how to cuss.'
The little boy looked at him happily and said, 'You just keep pulling on
that rope. It'll come back to ya.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


My husband Jason and I just celebrated our 3rd anniversary on 7/2/08 and I wanted to take some different shots of the roses he brought me. We work together and that morning he brought me a dozen roses, the new chocolate mint m&m's (YUMMMY), a cream cheese bagel for breakfast LOL and some wonderful cards. Seriously he's the best husband, just ask my friends they are all wishing they had him :)

Party til the cows come home!

Aren't these the cooliest? Is that how you say it? My kids say cooooolllliessst LOL. Of course I'm not supposed to say that though :) Linda sent me the cows and told me they were the first stamps she bought out of college! Deb sent me the coolest images - check out that bird and the butterfly. I can't wait to color these up!

Monday, July 7, 2008

June Postabella Card ONE

Have you ever made a card and you knew how you wanted it to turn out? And then it didn't..............LOL. Well that's how this one was. We had a sketch challenge for June on the Postabella group and I had such a hard time with it. I messed with it and messed with! Finally I gave up and mailed it off to poor Theresa with my condolences :) HOWEVER - I did make another one this past weekend and liked it a bit better so please watch your mail this week!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

MORE Images :)

Oh my gosh I got more images from Susan and Theresa and they are just the cutest. Look at the pretty cards too. I love them all. Thanks so much I appreciate them so much.