Saturday, June 22, 2013

Missing in Action

I've gotten a few emails from some of you concerned with where I have been.....well, as usual, just when you think life is going pretty well and you are enjoying smooth sailing, something has to cause waves.....well in my case it feels more like a hurricane. 

For those of you who don't know, my hubby is Active Duty military. We moved to Scott AFB a little over two years ago with the belief that this would be our last duty station. He has a little over 18 months to go, and with a three year controlled tour, we were assured by the powers that be, that there would be no more moving, deployments, etc. 

Ok, I know all of you familiar with the Military are now laughing. Things never work out the way they "Promise". 

So, as you can imagine, when my husband went to work and discovered he had orders, we were flabbergasted........We have a house and three dogs and a teenager about to start highschool. I admit it, I broke down over the phone. Then came the kicker.....

Oh, it's only orders for him. He will be gone on an unaccompanied tour for 12 months. WHAT!!!!!

So, I've been scarce lately because I'm trying to wrap my head around this newest development in our lives. Somehow I'm suppose to survive as a single Mom of a teenage girl and a 10 year old boy for 12 months while my husband gets to hang out in the resort town of Izmir, Turkey. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm very glad that he isn't going to Afghanistan or Iraq or some other hotspot in the world....we've already done that. But, I really thought that the 12 months I did without him in 2000 when Katie was two was the only one of these I had to live through. 

Anyway, enough of me whining. He leaves in October, and has insisted that I still go to convention and enjoy myself. I'm sure the shock will wear off soon and I'll be back to posting again, but I wanted to let you know what was going on....

Oh, and if you want to say a little prayer or cross your fingers for me and the kids, I would greatly appreciate it. We are going to need all the support we can get. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

blog finds for 6/14

Pink Buckaroo Designs- cupcake Box
Stamping Pro- Mini Purse and Cards
See Julie Stamp- Create Wall hanging
Peg Craft a Lot- Criss Cross Mini Album
Julie’s Japes- This N that Journal covers
Ink and Inspirations- Ombre Background Technique
Stamped with Joy- pop N cuts Gift Card Holder
Remarkably Created- Smore Box
Stampin King- thank You card
Dawn’s Stampin thoughts- You’re the Best Card
Stamp with heather- Teen Birthday Card
Amy ONeill- Hello Card
Crafting Clare- Best of Flowers Card
Song of My Heart Stampers- hexagon Hello Card
Stamp with Tami- time Card
Diana Gibbs- Vellum Secret Garden Card
Stamping with Roxy- cookie Card
Stamp That- Daydream Medallion Card
Stamp with Brian- Traffic Light Card
Stamp with Amy K- Flowershop Card
Me My Stamps and I- wheely Sweet Friend Card
Inspiring Inking- Butterfly Card
Hand Stamped Style- Gee Thanks Card
Jackie Topa- Nautical Button Card
Stamp N Smiles – So Sorry Card
Rita’s Creations- Zoo Babies Card
Frenchie Stamps- Duo Embossing Card
Stampin Club- Oh Hello Card

Snippets by Andrea- DSP Sample Card

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blog finds for 6/13

Maddie bug Designs- Thank you box
Getting Crafty Stampin- Preschool Teacher Frame
Stamps paper and Ink- Amazing Frame
Stamp with Marti- Thank You Cards
Inkie Finger- Fabric Dress Card
Remarkably Created- Surprise Box
Stamping with Sandi- Washi Tape Storage
Stampin Up- Treasure Hunt Jar
The Stamp Camp- gift Card Holder
Stamper Camper- Mr. and Mrs. Card
Ilina Crouse- Baroque Card
Patty Stamps- Sponged Technique Card
Toni Stamps- Summer Silhouette Card
Inkspired Treasures- Thank You Card
Procrastistamper- Thanks so much Card
Stamping with Kris- Love Card
Stamps Paper N Stuff- By the Tide Card
Crafty Alison in Lyon- Birthday Shirt Card
Creatin with Kirsteen- I dig You Card
Dzines by Meg- Father Card
Stamp with Brian- Bonjour Card
Stampin Pretty- Sassy Salutations Card
The bollman’s- Amazing Friend Card

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog finds for 6/12

Stampers Plus- haunted House
Snapdragon Stamps- Rosette Gift Box
Queen Mommie Dom- Seriously Scrapbook
Stamps and Scrapbooks- This n That Family
WeeInklings- Father’s Day Box
Inkspired Treasures- Kind and Cozy
Stamper Camper- Field Flowers
V STMPN- Friends Card
Add Ink and Stamp- Best Wishes Card
Rubber Funatics- Kindness Card
Seeing Inkspots- Soho Subway
Daune Cotter- Sketched Birthday Card
EZ Peasy Cards- Simply Sketched Birthday Card
Diva Stamper- Zoo Babies Card
Narelle Farrugia- Rolled Rose Card
Hayley’s Paper Garden- Open Seas Card
JK Cards- For You Card
Stampin with Darla and sisters- Rubbing Alcohol Card
TX Jenny Wren- Butterfly Thank You Card
Debbie’s Designs- Shirt and Tie Card
Artfelt Impressions- Washi Cupcake Card
Remarkably Created- Happy Day Card
Inking Idaho- Thank You Card

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Blog finds for 6/11

Inking Idaho- Teacher Backpack
Rubber Redneck- Oh Hello Page
Designz by Gloria- Family Tree Spread
Fran’s Craft Place- Life is Good Page
Creative Wishes- Coffee Bag
Patty Stamps- Faux Watercolor Technique
Creatin with Kirsteen- Clay Roses Video
Stampin Fun with Diana- Happy Hour Card
Fun Stampin- blossom Party Card
Craft D Bear- Baby Card
Just Sponge It- Mosaic Card
Inked X 2- Create Card
Scrappin for Sanity- Open Sea Card
Stampin T- Dad Card
A Touch of Sol- Suspender Card
Creating with Heather- Bowtie Card
Stamper Camper- Wildflower Meadow
Inkspired Treasures- Pop Up Grad Card
Sandy Stamper- Mixed bunch Card
Stampin with Sue- Stairstep Birthday Card
Stampers Plus- Array of Sunshine Card

Monday, June 10, 2013

Blog Finds for 6/10

Ok, I admit it. In the excitement of being able to order from the New catalog, and then getting that order, I completely forgot about blog finds.

So, these are things I've been saving to show you for the past two weeks that I thought you might like. Since I didn't post last week, some items may already be retired, but admit it.....You hung on to all those great stamp sets anyway, so here are some more ideas for you!

Hope you enjoy it.

Stampin with Sue- Graduation Cap
Stamp with Marti- paper clock
Stamping with Rose- MDS Thank You Cards
Inkie Finger- Be Yourself Card
Inked X 2- punch art dog
Stamping T- Cute as a Button Party
Fran’s Craft Place- Cleaning Daubers
Sandy Stamper- Tea Pot
A Touch of Sol- Angry Bird Boxes
Jackie Topa- Open Ended Envelope Tutorial
Rubber Redneck- Lacy and Lovely Card
Stampin fun with Diana- Graduation Card
Techno Stamper- Lobster Card
Paper Fantasies- Oh Baby Card
Stampin Jonia- Father’s Day Card
Stamper Camper- I Dig You Card
Scrappin for Sanity- Get Well cut Out Card
Stamping with Sandi- Sympathy Card
Be Creative with Nicole- Happy Birthday Card
Crafti Blog- Pinwheel Card
Patty Stamps- Just Believe Card
Stampin Puppies- Label Love Thank You Card
Just Sponge it- sunburst Card