Yeti Hugs?

I wanted to share this card really quickly before I hit the hay.  My friend, Angie, recently slipped and fell at work and hurt her back.  She's been slowly improving with help from a chiropractor, but I thought I'd cheer her up with a fun and cute card.

I think this little Yeti from Lawn Fawn is probably my cutest stamp of all.  He's so happy and adorable you just can't see him and not smile, right?  I knew my hubby had this cute little stuffed Yeti that I put in his Christmas stocking once, so I went to get it for the pictures and realized that my stamped and colored yeti is a perfect match!  It's hard to see his hands and feet under all that fur but they are blue like the yeti that I colored with my Copics.  (My hubby is a believer of the Yeti and Bigfoot myths, so I occasionally humor him with silly gifts like this and cards made with this stamp set.  In fact, he's the biggest reason that I HAD to have this stamp set when it was released.  :)

Here's a close-up of the card.  The awesome background die-cuts are from Papertrey Ink, and the patterned papers are from a 6x6 paper pad by My Mind's Eye.  I white embossed the sentiment, but I felt like it didn't quite POP as much as I wanted, so I stamped a shadow of it with Green Hills shadow ink from Hero Arts.

The inside sentiment is from Papertrey Ink as well; from the Inside & Out: Well Wishes stamp set.  This is also stamped with Green Hills shadow ink.

Now, as I was checking my email just a little while ago, I found a comment that was left on my last blog post inviting me to visit Word Art Wednesday so I thought I'd check it out.  It is a Christian card makers blog and the focus is on uplifting others and sharing scripture.  I think this card certainly qualifies as uplifting, so I thought I'd go ahead and link it up.  :)  

Thank you, Karen L. for the invitation!  

Now it's off to bed for me.  Nighty night!


Autumn Blessings

I have a super quick post today.

I'm playing along with Papertrey Ink on their September Blog Hop Challenge.

I've been meaning to try the chalkboard technique for ages and finally got around to it, thanks to their inspiration photo and the challenge.  It's acutally the PERFECT challenge photo to match the story behind this card!  :)

A friend and co-worker of mine recently had to move her mother into an assisted living apartment that's actually not far from where I live.  Her mom has been struggling with this transition in her life, and is struggling to adjust.  She had to leave the home she's been in for quite some time and move to a different town, which is never easy for someone to do in these situations.

I thought I'd send her a little "housewarming" card to hopefully boost her spirits.  The town I live in is truly lovely and has the "hometown" spirit of a much smaller town than what it actually is.  It's a wonderful, safe community and I hope that she will come to love it here.  I grew up not far from the home she recently left, and I've only been here for 5 years.  My family has truly blossomed here and feel that we have found "home".  (Although, I still hate Illinois weather!)

I added a cute little bumble bee on the inside and stamped him again on the envelope, which I forgot to photograph.  BTW - these photos are not as good quality as I usually post because I took them with my Hubby's cell phone.  My camera battery was dead.  O-well!

The majority of the products I used are from Papertrey Ink.  The inside sentiment is from a set called Find Joy from Hero Arts, and the curly trail behind the bee is from a set by The Craft's Meow called Beautiful Spring.  Everything else I used is PTI.  And I found that ADORABLE owl mug at Cracker Barrel a few months ago.  They have the best stuff in their Country Store!  ;)

TTFN!  And be sure to give your parents a call, just to say hi and let them know you love and appreciate them.  BYE!


Filled with Good Times

Just a quick post today.  I made this card for my big brother's birthday.

I used a label stamp from the Papertrey Ink Craft Beer Collection to stamp a custom background page.  The rest of the stamps are from the City Station mini stamp set, and the dies are part of the scene it collection.  I found a sparkly black ribbon in my stash to create a "road" for the pick-up truck.

These images are so fun to play with!  I couldn't resist using the little dog, even though the gas station isn't a place you usually see dogs.  My theory is that Fido is sitting outside the door waiting for his master to come back from paying for his gas.  Then he'll hop in the back of the truck and enjoy the breeze on the ride home.  Makes me think of the old Lassie show for some reason.  o_O

The truck is popped up on foam adhesive and I tucked a small piece of foam tape behind the garage door so it will stand open slightly.

For the sentiment on the inside of the card, I used the same stamp that I made the background paper with for the front of the card.  I like the play on words; Let the good times "roll".  :)  The little scooter is from the Main Street stamp set, but the fire truck and pick-up come from the City Station mini set.

I thought this card was a great example of stamping on die-cuts, so I'm sharing this on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.  This week's theme is Stamp And Punch/Die Cut.

Simon Says Stamp is one of my favorite online stores!  I love their exclusive stamps and dies, but they also carry lots of other brands I use as well.  Check them out if you haven't already.  :)

On my way to the sleep clinic now.  My son is having a sleep study tonight and I get to go sleep in am awful recliner in his room.  Yay!  Stiff Neck City, here I come!  :-P  

But I'm actually looking forward to the study.  I'm hoping we'll finally be able to treat his sleep apnea effectively after this.  He was having 30+ apnea episodes each hour while he sleeps!  (That means he stops breathing while he sleeps.)  Because of this, his brain doesn't get any rest because he keeps partially waking up.  He has had 2 sleep studies already, and both times he had absolutely no REM sleep what-so-ever.  REM is the restorative phase of sleep.  That's when your body heals itself, and is the most restful.  It's also the dream phase of sleep.  My son has always claimed that he doesn't dream, but I assumed he just didn't remember his dreams.  Looks like the kiddo was correct!

Please say a prayer for Jacob that we'll finally get some good results.  If we can successfully treat his sleep apnea, it will change his life!  Right now, he's tired, withdrawn, irritable and generally unhappy from lack of sleep.  He can't focus in school, falls asleep in class, and has trouble understanding and doing his school work.  Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing, and I hope we can control it after this.

Nighty night, everyone!