Hello from England!

Welcome to my blog!
We are a christian family living in the Sunshine state (before that we spent four years in England and two years in Turkey).

My posts are of everyday life and my love of crafting. I hope to inspire you in some way to share your talents too.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment.
Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Winding Down

At the school I'm substitute teaching at, the librarian will soon be retiring.  I've enjoyed assisting her during down time with shelving books, chatting, and getting to know each other.

Below is the card I made her as a farewell and congratulations on her retirement. Attached to the card is a bookmark where I embossed a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson and put on a butterfly.

I wish her safe travels when she heads out in the next couple of weeks and send a huge thank you for all her hard work and love of the children!

Inside the card reads:  "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened," and you can see the backside of the bookmark.  The Stampin Up colors I used were Old Olive and Wisteria Wonder.

Thank you Mrs. R!

P.S.  There are 11 school days left!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Giving it a try...

Stampin' Up recently had an open submission offer.  One could submit a card using Paper Pumpkin products.  Winners will receive a $50 shopping voucher (or such).  I normally wouldn't try to enter something like this living overseas, but I decided to give it a go.

My coworker asked me to make her a baby shower card to accompany her gift.  I forgot to photograph that one, but here is another I made the same day using the same concept.  The other was red, white and blue (the shower colors) with the same elephant theme.

The Paper Pumpkin stamp I used is the background chevrons.  It was in the March (I think) set I received.  I think it turned out pretty stinkin' cute!  

So off it went in the mail to try to win.  I'm sure I don't have a good chance with all the other talented crafty peeps out there, but it was fun to think I might have a chance.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Another list...

My scouts will soon be camping.  It's not "full blown" camping, as we're camping out in one of my girls' backyards this weekend.  I've started my lists and started a supply list for the projects they hope to create and the food we'll eat. This ranges from tacos-in-a-bag to tie-dyed t-shirts ("koolaid style").

Those familiar with scouts know the rainbow theme associated with bridging.  I'm so excited for my daughter that I was able to help make it possible for her to bridge to a Cadette on the "Tower Bridge" in London.  What a lifetime opportunity!  Here are custom made cookies I had made for the girls.  I bagged each one for their gift bags and made a topper on them.

We had one girl that didn't bridge and couldn't make it to London to support us in person, but she was there in spirit.  This is the cookie she received:

Here's the Tower of London we toured afterwards.  We saw the Crown Jewels and so much history!

I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed with the upcoming projects I have.  But you know me - quite the planner - so I've started my lists and I'm ready to check it off soon!

Card Club next Monday, Father's Day, my parents' anniversary (and mine), my daughter's birthday, my mother's birthday, and my mother-in-law's birthday.
WHEW!  June never lets me down, lol! 
But I love making cards and projects!

Be prepared for random postings as I am able to check things off the list.  It's an OCD thing...

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Art of Finding Something That is Lost

My father has a natural talent...when something is lost, he has a keen sense of where it is.  90% of the time he finds it in less than 48 hours!  It's amazing!  I think my own family would agree that that talent was somewhat passed on to me.  My husband is notorious for losing things...as is my son.  

Although, I recently FAILED at this attribute.  I still get frustrated thinking about it.  

I made an item for the competition entry for card club.  It was an adorable gift tag.  I even took a photo of it (see last photo on this post).  For the life of me, I cannot find it!!  I've looked up, down, around, in, out, behind...it has disappeared.  I didn't call my father this time around because it's not something of major importance like car keys.  I'm sure it will show up when we move this fall.  Until then, all I can do is shake my head.

Our swap theme for club last week was "flowers."  Here are the creations that we shared with each other:

Competition theme was embossing.  My submission was a gift tag on the left (the second one I made), and Mary submitted a card on the right.

Here's the missing tag (maybe it's invisible?)  I even looked for scraps of it that the dog possibly left behind.  No such luck. (Sigh).

Saturday, May 17, 2014

For the Love

I get it that some just aren't crafty.  They get frustrated that they'll mess up the project, the fear that something will go in the wrong place...
I must say, for those who have any "inkling" of creativity, crafting can be quite enjoyable.  Most of us do it for the love of it.

Per the last blog, here are the finished projects that the ladies created using my example and instructions.  They did a great job!

Below is my swap.  I used the EPB.  They were so easy to make (Yeah, no stress and more time for crafting).  I will definitely be making these again.  They'll be great for when my kids go to a birthday party and they don't want one of mom's "Cheesy" cards.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Card Club projects

Here are the projects we did at Card Club on Monday.  We started with a sheet of paper and only used the envelope punch board (EPB) and a couple of punches with various scrapbooking papers (see my pinterest board for my EPB pins HERE).  

You can follow the same Youtube video I watched and make your own by clicking HERE.  It was SO easy and a huge hit with the ladies.  And it was a project that didn't involve any stamping.

This is just the right size to hold a gift or 3"x 3" gift cards like I made below to put inside the gift box.  Of course, I used my EPB to make a matching envelope for them.  So easy!  Here is a photo:

Our second project was a "Milky Way" box also made with the envelope punch board.  We filled them with Smartees.  My sample had a Snickers in it.  Very versatile for candies!  The instructions for it can be found on THIS blog.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll post our crafts, swaps and competitions in a couple of days.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mother's Day

I have a wonderful family!  I had such a blessed Mother's Day.  Despite being sick with an ongoing cough and drippy nose, I received breakfast in bed, lunch out, and didn't lift a finger for any household work all day.  It was so great!  THANK YOU to my amazing husband and children for making it an enjoyable day!

Below are cards I made for Mother's Day. The red one was to my mother, and the purple to my MIL.  At the bottom is the card my sister received for Mother's Day.  I love you all!

The base has a Bazaar twice a year.  I finally broke down and purchased a true Welsh Spoon.  These are very symbolic for Wales.  Each one is different and is supposed to reflect your life/family.  They're hand carved.  My spoon has several things it represents.  See the photo below it for descriptions.  The bullets are beside the items included in my spoon.

I also purchased a cookie mold.  This is from Holland and also included a recipe card for the lovely gingerbread flavored cookies it can make.  I'm excited to try this someday.  Hopefully sooner than later.  The tradition of the molds dates back to the 16th century in the Netherlands.  They're also knows as "Dutch speculaas boards."

Lastly, here's the photo of my sister's Mother's Day card.  Check back again soon!  Card club was yesterday, it was fun!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

It's that time of year again...

It's that time of year again...the Science Fair.  Some parents hoot and holler with joy as they see their child research, experiment, explore...I just can't wait for it to be over.  I get the whole concept, and I am blessed to have talented children, but it can seem so daunting sometimes.  This jpg I received in an email cracks me up:

Here's Olivia's science fair board (aka "work of art") that received a 100% A+!!!!  She color dyed flowers.
(Can you tell I'm proud?)

I also made some thank you cards to some military members who were recent judges for scholarships.  I was the chairperson, and enjoyed working with them.  I felt this was the least I could do!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy May Day!

When I was little, my sister and I loved May Day.  We would make paper "cones" / baskets and fill them with flowers (aka:  weeds), put on a ribbon handle, and distribute them with some neighbors.  I say distribute...but that has a bit more too it.  

We would put the cones on a neighbors door, ring the bell, and RUN!  It was such a thrill!  I still chuckle at it now as I'm sure all the neighbors would see us running off their porch back to our house.  We'd then wait a bit at home and repeat the process with a different neighbor.  They all knew it was "those Murphy girls."  lol

I couldn't let today go by without making a goodie to give away.  I only had time to make one.  I gave it to the teacher I aide with at the school today.  She was very appreciative.  It was filled with recess peanut butter cups rather than dandelions. 

I also remember doing May Day poles with Girl Scouts at Cowtown (although, I don't remember if this was done in May or in the hot summers).  

So I hope you celebrate this "lost" tradition in some way by giving someone a treat to brighten up their day!

 Here is also a spring card I made and wanted to share.