Thursday, January 31


Do you have this??

Electile Dysfunction:

The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.

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Wednesday, January 30


Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.

We finally received the results from our 2nd month weigh in for the fitness challenge. I lost 2 more pounds. And my inches went down another 7.5.
So its been a gradual change but I figure I'll keep off the weight if I persevere.
Here is a cute Barabella card that I made to go with the theme
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Tuesday, January 29


Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling very sad. Joy gives us wings.

I've been working OT this week so I haven't had much time to create cards. I pulled the ladder from the garage and snapped a few pictures of my Chickens. They're all over my kitchen. On the walls, plant shelves, etc. Most of them I've painted, myself. Please ignore the dust layer.. It provides extra insulation during the winter months!
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Monday, January 28


Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals. Patience is a commitment to the future.

Sorry the pictures didn't turn out so well. This is a prim bunny I painted. Anxiously waiting for Spring! See the pretty little tulip!! I love tulips!
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Sunday, January 27


Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone. It is deciding carefully what you want to do, then giving it 100%, holding nothing back. You give your all to a friendship, a task, or something you believe in. You finish what you start. You keep your promises.

This is a song that My Handyman sings to me:

Turn off the music player at the bottom of this page before playing

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Saturday, January 26

Out on a Limb

I received my stamp set; Out On A Limb from Paper Trey Ink. I made a couple of very simple cards.

This one was made using CTMH Bamboo, Chocolate and Breeze CS. I used Orange ink.

This one was made using CTMH Hollyhock and Bamboo CS. I used a white gel ink pen and Pink gel ink pen to doodle the background and dot the center of the flowers.
Check out My Stomping Grounds Doodle Challenge.
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Creativity is the power of imagination. It is discovering your own special talents. Dare to see things in new ways and find different ways to solve problems. With your creativity, you can bring something new into the world.

I'm officially sick of winter! I'm sick of the snow! I'm sick of the cold! and we're supposed to get more today and tomorrow!!!

This is where I'd rather be!

Wallowa Lake - Fishing and Camping!


Oregon Coast - Enjoying the beach and Crabbing
Saint Maartin - Bobbing in the warm Caaribean Ocean!!
(even if I have to share the water with some old wrinkled man!)

Can a girl dream?????
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Friday, January 25


Helpfulness is being of service to others, doing thoughtful things that make a difference in their lives. Offer your help without waiting to be asked. Ask for help when you need it. When we help each other, we get more done. We make our lives easier.

Look what I got in the mail today. I checked out several stores and decided to buy these photo hangers from StarLit Studio. Photobucket

Fun with Photoshop Elements!

It's Snowing Again!!


Let me in! I'm Freezing!!!




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Thursday, January 24


Unity helps us work and live together peacefully. We feel connected with each other and all living things. We value the specialness of each person as a gift, not as a reason to fight or be scared. With unity we accomplish more together than any of one of us could alone.

Today's Card was made using my new stamp set - Punny Farm from My Favorite Things . I used CTMH January Special - Serendipity, with Chocolate, Crystal Blue and Olive CS. This will make a perfect card for someone special I know...

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Wednesday, January 23


Peacefulness is being calm inside. Take time for daily reflection and gratitude. Solve conflicts so everyone wins. Be a peacemaker. Peace is giving up the love of power for the power of love. Peace in the world begins with peace in your heart.

Todays card was made using CTMH stamp - D1253 Friendship Flight.

I used Basic Grey paper - Phoebe. Ink is Lilac Mist, Blush and Hollyhock.

I embelished with Robins Nest - Spring bloom bobbles . Stickles colors are waterfall, cotton candy, and crystal.

The Sentiment is Verve Visual.

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Tuesday, January 22


Friendliness is being a friend, through good times and bad. You take an interest in other people and make them feel welcome. You share your belongings, your time and yourself. Friendliness is the best cure for loneliness.

Today's card was made using CTMH D1253 - Friendship Flight. I used Cosmo Cricket - Little Girls; picnic and secrets papers. CTMH markers - Crystal blue, blush and hollyhock. Stickles- Crystal.

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Monday, January 21


Cleanliness means washing often, keeping your body clean, and wearing clean clothes. It is putting into your body and your mind only the things that keep you healthy. It is staying free from harmful drugs. It is cleaning up mistakes and making a fresh start.

These cards were made using the Creative Basics Silhouette paper packet #x5803 by CTMH - I used stamp sets C1271 - Treasures of the Heart, A1094- Make My Day. B1123 - Spunky Greetings, C1194 - Love Quotes, C1286 - Goodness of Life, D1257 - Make It Count. As you can tell I like this paper...

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Sunday, January 20

What's In a Name?

What Michelle Means

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.
You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.
You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.
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Confidence is having faith in someone. Self-confidence is trusting that you have what it takes to handle whatever happens. You feel sure of yourself and enjoy trying new things, without letting doubts or fears hold you back. When you have confidence in others, you rely on them.

Scissorbella had her friend David over last night for a game of Phase 10. After not sleeping the previous night and entertaining the snowbirds all day I was ready for a fun game. My Handyman thinks he got food poisoning from our lunch Friday. He was very sick!!! and didn't even leave his bed until this morning (except for quick jaunts to the bathroom every 5 minutes for about 24 hours). He's feeling slightly better today so I'm having the rest of the kids over this afternoon for Turkey dinner.
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Saturday, January 19


Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. You treat people and things gently and respectfully. Caring makes the world a safer place.

Look what I got in the mail a couple of days ago! WHOO HOO! I'm exited to ink it up! You can order Punny Farm here.

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Friday, January 18


Today we took the snowbirds to Table Rock which overlooks the city. Mickie has a phobia of windy mountain roads but she survived. I took a picture of my Handyman with his parents using the foothills as a backdrop. They look pretty with their snow on them.
I also took a picture of downtown Boise. The inversion is moving in quickly...
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Being assertive means being positive and confident. You are aware that you are a worthy person with your own special gifts. You think for yourself and express your own ideas. You know what you stand for and what you won’t stand for. You expect respect.

Todays card was made using CTMH Cranberry & Daisy White CS. Daisy D - Maybe Baby Valenine paper, CTMH Stamps - D1270 - Pure Love, D1269 - February Word puzzle, D1194 - All My Love, Chalks, Versamark ink, Cotton Candy and Christmas Red Stickles
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Thursday, January 17

Is it Friday Yet?

My inlaws flew into town last night. My handman called to tell me the flight was going to be a little late. He was bored at the airport. The spoiled rotten dog was laying next to my feet while I was reading my blog favorites online. Suddenly his hair stood on end and he started that low, killer growl. It was chilling! I couldn't figure out why. It was too soon for the arrival of the Snowbirds. I peeked through the blinds and there was three Ada County sherriff cars with their lights flashing and their spotlights on my house!! There was an unfamiliar vehicle in the driveway. One of the Badged Dudes seen me peeking and held his hand up. (meaning Beware!) This really freaked me out! I quickly grabbed the the phone book and called the local dispatcher. I gave them my name and address and they told me to stay in the house; that the scene was being secured! This really made me feel safe!!! "What do you mean, secured?" I said. They said that the Sherriff had been following a car they thought was a possible drunk driver from Meridian through Kuna and then into our subdivision. (over 10 miles) She assured me that one of the officers would let me know the details soon. "Why did he pick MY driveway?" I kept peeking out the window for over 30 minutes. They had flairs in the road so no cars could enter. Meanwhile I'm thinking! What an impression for the inlaws that have never been to our house! They'd think "What kind of hood does my family live in?" My husband would have freaked and thought something was wrong with me. Their arrival was nearing as the seconds ticked by. Finally, one of the officers knocked on the door. It was cold out and he was wearing his gloves and beanie so I let him come inside. Evidently, the elderly gentleman had dementia and was disoriented. He does live down the street from me, but was confused. He did have a warrent so they handcuffed him and hauled him off. The officer told me they would be removing the vehicle and be on their way. I told him " Could you PLEASE hurry it up because the inlaws would be here any second. He laughed and joked with me for a minute then said. Now that is a story to tell! They were gone with no evidence. Three minues later, My Handyman and the Snowbirds arrived!!
Card 9 & 10

This card was made using C1271 - Joy Forever and A1094 - Make my Day

This card was made using C1271 - Treasures of the Heart

These cards are from a template I use to create 10 cards using 3 peices of cardstock and 1 peice of B&T Paper. I've held several workshops and its fun to see the variety using different colors and paper choices.
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Wednesday, January 16

The In Laws

My inlaws are arriving this evening. My handyman is at the airport now to pick them up. They're leaving their cold winter home in Minnesota to visit us in our cold winter Idaho home! :)

Card 7 & 8 -
This card was made using C1271 - Treasures of the Heart and B1296 - Joy Forever
This card was made using C1286 - Goodness of Life
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Tuesday, January 15


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Cards 5 & 6... Check out here for paper info. If you're interested in ordering, click on the link to the far right and visit My Close To My Heart Peronal Web site.
or click here.

This card was made using B1296 - Joy Forever.
This Card was made using C1194 Love Quotes and B1296 - Joy Forever
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Monday, January 14

Monday Already

Where did the weekend go? I can't beleive its Monday already! Here are cards 3 & 4 of my 10 cards. See First post here.

This card was made using B1296 - Joy Forever
This card was made using C1286 - Goodness of Life and D1296 - Joy Forever
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