Simple thank you cards

Hello there!!
Can you believe it, I made something and blogged...WOOT!
After 19 days of visitors, and my entire family getting sick, we are all starting to be on the mend, and as of this morning my Dad left, so all our visitors are gone.  
Now it is time to get back into a routine.  My children still have a week left of break, so I am hoping to get a few fun things in with them.

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to get those "thank you", stamps out to send thank you cards for all of those fantastic presents you received.  I plan on making super simple cards.  Here I took out some Basic Grey pattern paper, Hero Arts clear stamps & some Jillibean Soup pre-scored cards & envelopes.  I have to say, this was my first time using Hero Arts clear stamps, and I was really impressed, thumbs up in my book.
Super, duper easy folks!
Trim down some pattern paper, stamp your sentiment, and I added some white dashes using a gel pen.
I think I might grab my corner rounder, and round the bottom edges just to soften it up a bit.

Feeling better!

Hooray, I am finally on the mend.
I really, really dislike getting sick, but unfortunately that is part of life.
On a different note, my husband made it home the other night.  He was stuck in Virginia for a few extra days due to a winter storm, then his aircraft had a few hiccups.  He landed around 6:30pm, drove home super uber fast, we changed and somehow made it (although late) to the Ward room Christmas dinner/party.  We arrived after dinner was served, so I had a few drinks instead, while some of the speeches we given.  Jess will be deploying in the New Year, so this will be an extra special Christmas for my little family.  His parents are visiting us this week, we will get a two day respite, then my Father will visit for a week.  Very busy, however my children are loving the company.
Today, I plan on crafting the day away, so I will have some fun new things to show in the next day or two.  
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season so far!
Here is a picture of Jess and I at his Christmas party.

Cold products that I love!

Hello there bloggers.
I am still sick!
Talk about the worst timing ever.  My to do list is growing by the minute, and to be honest I am starting to freak my beans a little because I don't think everything is going to get done.  I am weak, and really unable to do anything.  Driving my children to and from school is about all I can handle right now.  So far this week for dinner we have had take out from, Panera, Five Guys, Mc Donalds & Chik fil a.  Tonight they had the ever so fabulous Easy Mac.  My body is exhausted and so I have just been camped out on the couch.  The hubby is gone right now, so getting the house ready for visitors is my job, hopefully by Friday I can start to tackle it all.
Anyhow, for any of you who have a cold right now, here are a few products that I suggest.
They seem to be helping, and make my day a little more bearable.

This box says Mucinex DM.
I am taking Mucinex D, and is in a red box, but you have to get it from behind the counter and sign for it.  It retails for around $27, and comes with 24 tablets (each work for 12 hours).  Mucinex D, is an expectorant & for nasal decongestant.
It can dry you out, so make sure to drink a lot of liquid.
It relieves that pressure behind your nose & eyes, and lets you breathe without being a mouth breather.
Isn't that the worst?  Heavy mouth breathers kind of freak me out, I am not even going to try and lie about that one lol.
Next is Desym Cough syrup.
Which you can take with the Mucinex D.
At the beginning of this cold, my throat hurt so bad, especially when I was coughing.  So this gave me much needed cough relief (purple bottle).  Then at night I took the night time multi-symptom syrup.  It helps with cough, fever & body aches, nasal congestion and a sore throat, plus since it is night time formula, it has that little extra kick which helps you fall asleep faster.
The daytime bottle is around $8.99 & the night time formula is around $12.99.

With a few bags of Ricola cough drops (around $1.60 each) everything came to around $50, but let me tell you.  These products are worth every penny!  My husband actually was sick before he passed it onto me, so I purchased all of these twice.  He actually was able to go to work everyday taking them.

I am not affiliated what so ever with these companies.
I just wanted to share my experience this week taking these.  My days would be unbearable without them.
I hope you all are staying healthy!
I hope to have something new on my blog as soon as I feel a little better.

Sickie talk & a fun Christmas card

I hope you have great plans for the weekend.
As for me, I am knocked on my booty kind of sick.  Chills, fever, sore throat, congestion...get the idea?  I am not going to lie, I am a little freaked out.  Hubby is gone for a bit, I am sick and I have company coming next week.  I need to clean the house, finish/start my Christmas cards, finish Christmas shopping, put up the Christmas tree and complete all of my crafty deadlines.  Did I mention I am sick, and have to do this alone...bah, lol.  Isn't that the way it always is?  At least I still have my sense of humor and wits about me, or the amount of stuff I need to complete this week could really send me over the deep end.  Somehow, it will all get done, I don't know how yet, but it will.  
The plan of the day, is to clean my craft-tastrophy I have going on, and to put the Christmas tree up, along with all of our holiday items.  Plus I need to have pictures developed from the last few days, to go into my December Daily Album (most of the pictures are of us being sick lol).  I guess I should go grocery shopping too.  That means I will have to actually look okay and go outside, gasp!  Why is it, when you are sick, the sun is like cryptonite?   Holy mamma!  I was in the car pick up line yesterday, picking up my son from school (and you all know how slow those lines move).  The sun was blaring on me and I thought my head was going to explode.  So, I am a little scared to go out into it.
Right now, I am downstairs in my living room, where once the sun comes out, tends to be the darkest room in the house (unless I open the curtains & blinds).  My boy is sleeping next to me, and I think I might take some cough syrup, before I hack up a lung and wake him up.  Some tea sounds grand too.
I hope you all have a great weekend and get a lot accomplished off of your to-do list.  I am going to give it a valiant try, to get a few checked off of mine.

Here is a fun Christmas card that I don't think I have shown.
(I am pretty sure it was a reject card, but I still love it)
Some of my favorite things on this one.

Materials Used:
May Arts ribbon
MME pattern paper
kraft card stock
foam tape

12 Trendy Days of Christmas: Day Five, Damask

My friend Kimberly is hosting the 12 Trendy Days of Christmas.
She asked if I wanted to play along, and of course I said yes.
Today is Day #5, and the theme is Damask.
Head on over to Kimberly's blog, to see what she has created.  As well as, a few more designers who are also playing along with this challenge.
If you decide to play along as well, make sure to link up to Kimberly's blog.

What is there not to like about Damask?  To me it is timeless, classic and something that really never goes out of style.  I am under the weather right now, so I went to my old faithfuls to create something pretty for you today.  A pretty strip of pattern paper, kraft card stock, yummy trims, Spellbinders die template, and great stamps.  I don't know if you can see it, but the strip of paper has a damask pattern on it, so perfect right?!

Materials Used:
kraft card stock
KaiserCraft pattern paper
satin ribbon
color box black ink
gingham ribbon
PTI Damask stamp set

I am super sick and was on cough medicine while scheduling this post, if there are a ton of mistakes I apologize :)

Lawn Fawn Hello Friend

Happy December 1, 2010!
I really cannot believe this year is coming to an end.  Is it just me or does time go by faster the older you get?  It sure feels that way sometimes.  Today on this first day of December, I get to share with you a sneak of a stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  This set which will be available tomorrow, is called Hello Friend.  It is a fun take on sentiments.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, and leave a comment to win this set. Also, the design team has some great projects using this set, so check them out as well.

The card base is a thick textured card stock, and I layered it with some Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 pattern paper from the mini deck.  I had some really pretty grosgrain ribbon lying around, it was just a scrap, so I had to be creative in how I used it.  So I put some scor-tape down, then laid the ribbon down and ruffled it just a bit.  Instead of sewing it into place or using tape to hold it down, I used embroidery floss to hold it into place.  I die cut & embossed pattern paper, and card stock using a Spellbinders Labels Sixteen die template set.  With a red Copic marker, I colored in some of the letters.  To finish off the card, I rounded the right hand bottom corner, sometimes that is just enough to soften up a card a bit.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Hello Friend stamp set
Spellbinders S4-301 Labels Sixteen
textured card stock
Cosmo Cricket Circa Mini Deck
May Arts ribbon
foam tape

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