Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Her Royal Highness

Introducing Tiffany (aka Windsong's Dazzling Tiffany Diamond)! She is a 9-week-old Shih Tzu and I simply adore her! Yes, she is my little princess, hence the princess accoutrements.

I had quite a long list of adorable names, but finally settled on Tiffany. Have you ever seen the movie Sweet Home Alabama with Reese Witherspoon? In the engagement scene, her fiance (Patrick Dempsey) took her to Tiffany & Co. and simply told her to "Pick one." What girl wouldn't love to be asked to do that, especially by Patrick Dempsey? LOL But choosing my puppy was even better. To top it off, my real-life Prince Charming (aka Rick) ordered a little something for me from Tiffany & Co just so I could have their signature box in her puppy portrait! (I have no idea what it is~it's my Christmas gift.) Besides all of that, Tiffany was Emma's favorite name on my list and it sounds so adorable when she says it!

Off I go~I have two princesses (Emma and Tiffany) to spoil.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

U Did It!

For this week's CCBJ31 challenge, Janet asked us to use SU's Melon Mambo and Kiwi Kiss. What a fun color combo! I use Stamping Bella's Weightwatchabella, and made this card for a sweet friend who recently reached her goal at Weight Watchers. Congrats, Alissa~you look fabulous! (Supplies.)

Janet, thanks for another fun challenge! You rock, girl!

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Princess and Her Person

For this week's Bella's Twisted Challenge (BTC9), Pinky challenged us to use "inchies." I am getting a puppy on Tuesday, my third Shih Tzu! (Yes, yes, I know~three dogs, I must be crazy. But I am crazy about my dogs!) I have two males, Indy (Indiana Bones) and Wylie. I keep them full-coated, top knots and all, but I don't put bows in their hair. The new puppy is a female. I am going all-out girlie with her! I'm talkin' pink collar and leash with rhinestones, pink bed, pink heart-shaped bowls, pink bows, pink blankets, and pink toys! Girl power is back in my house! LOL Anyway, since this new puppy is all I can think about at the moment, I decided to make a card front to go in my doggie scrapbook. (Yes, I have a scrapbook for my dogs. But you already know I am crazy. So really, does this surprise you? Ha!) Since I will treat my little puppy like a princess, I couldn't resist putting a carriage and tiara on the inchies! I used Parisbella by Stamping Bella, and the cutest princess paper by Imaginisce! (Supplies.)
The countdown to Tuesday has begun!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Miss Ginger

Em gave us another great sketch for this week's Bellariffic Friday challenge on Stamping Bella. I used Ginger Ketto by Stamping Bella. I love the black, ivory, and red combination. (Supplies.) Now if only I could go to Japan...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

And the Oscar Goes to...

Emma and I play the "silly face" game. Just her Giffy teaching her to be dramatic. I am sure her M0mmy will appreciate this. LOL

Happy face
Sad face
Surprised face
Angry face
Silly face
Whale kiss face (this is how she thinks the beluga whale at the Mystic Aquarium looked when he "kissed" her)
"I love Mommy" face
What a cute scrapbook layout these pics will make!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Big Wishes for a Big Girl

This is for CCBJ30. The challenge was to make a kid's birthday card. Since this is for a young child, I kept the embellishments to the bare minimum. I used Ketto's Dolly by Stamping Bella. I like these cheery colors! (Supplies.)
Thanks for looking. Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Loveys You

This is for this week's Bellariffic Friday Challenge. I used Gratty Tude by Tiddly Inks. Love her hair! (Supplies.)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

#1 in My Book

This is for BSC81 on SCS. Jamie always gives us such great sketches. Come join the fun! (Supplies.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


with my new little princess! She is a Shih Tzu. I went to the breeder's today and this is the puppy I chose:
Sleepy girl!
Look at her face!
Here is Princess Emma meeting the Little Princess.
She is six weeks old. I get to bring her home in two weeks. Isn't she darling?!! Still deciding on a name. But my, oh my, do I adore her!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Daisy Doodles

Congratulations to Arlene (aka scubascrapper on SCS) for being this month's Bella's Favorite Stamper! Enjoy your Stamping Bella shopping spree!

In honor of Arlene, the SCS BFS11 challenge is to CASE one of Arlene's cards, changing at least two things. Arlene made this card for me for my birthday. I loved the template so much that I just had to give it a whirl! (Supplies.)

Here is my card when it's closed.
Here it is open.
Thanks for the inspiration, Arlene!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Little Mermaid

Janet offered us a great sketch for this week's CCBJ. This stamp set was perfect for the sketch. Isn't this little mermaid the cutest? It's from the Sugar Plums Underwater stamp set. The fish are on 3-D dots and I used Bella's Baubles as bubbles. (Supplies.)
Thanks for another fun challenge, Janet! You can check out the rest of the CCBJ Design Team cards, as well as the challenge, here. Come join us for the challenge~you could win some chipboard tags by Piggy Tales and some matching paper!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pretty in Pink

For this week's Bellariffic Friday challenge, Em provided a great sketch! Here's my take on it. (Supplies.)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pinwheel Flowers

This card was super easy and fun to make! I used SU's Word Window Punch to punch out the petals. What a great way to use all of those tiny little scraps I had! (Supplies.)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Last weekend, I celebrated my 47th birthday! Rick and I went to Boston for the weekend. As part of my Christmas gift, he got me 2 Monster tickets at Fenway! These seats are on top of the Green Monster, aka the left field wall. It is famous for being the landing spot for home run balls. These tickets also let us gain early entrance to the park to watch batting practice. For a Red Sox nut like me, this was the perfect gift! (Thanks, Rick!) Here's the spectacular view from our seats. (The flags were flying at half-mast in honor of Senator Ted Kennedy.)
Thirty minutes into the game, the sky became ominous. But being the die hard fan that I am, I wanted to sit through the pouring rain! Rick was such a good sport and sat with me. Yes, we were soaked, but we weren't about to abandon our awesome seats just because of a little rain! (Okay, a lot of rain. Inches of it!)
This photo turned out blurry, but this is how we tried to stay dry.
As we returned to our hotel, we discovered that the Westin Copley across the street was shut down and surrounded by police and secret service officers. Turns out that President Obama and his family were staying there in preparation for Senator Kennedy's funeral the next morning.

We spent the next two days shopping for new clothes! We have both lost significant amounts of weight and basically need new wardrobes. Darn! Then we met the kids for dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Yum!

Rick gave me a new camera. I am thrilled! I was frustrated with my small point-and-shoot camera. Any photo in low light turned out blurry, which made it useless for indoor photos. I love my new camera! Look at how light these indoor photos are!
Brennan and Keaton gave me a certificate for a hot rock massage, my fave! (It was my first birthday without Keaton. He just moved to CA for school. He called a few times, though.)
You know how much I love kokeshi dolls! Well, Miss Emma loves them, too. She plays with mine every day. I also like daisies and ladybugs since that is what I made for Emma's room. When Brittany asked Emma what she wanted to give me for my birthday, Emma answered, "A ladybug kokeshi doll." Of course, Brittany couldn't find one. So being the creative soul that she is, she made one! The little "ladybug" doll is Emma, and the larger one is Brittany. How sweet is this? I love them! Brittany made the card, too~kokeshi doll stamps and my favorite color! Brittany is also taking me and Emma to an afternoon tea next Sunday. Can't wait!
Speaking of kokeshi sweet friend, Christy (she is responsible for my kokeshi craze!), sent me two dolls for my birthday! This photo doesn't do them justice. The small one has the prettiest shades of purple and the sweetest facial expression~as if nothing could please her more than to be dressed in purple! The contrast of the colors on the large doll is so striking. It has such cool textures and sparkle, too! And look at her face~she knows she's stylin'! Don't these dolls make you feel happy? Christy made the card. Stunning, huh? She also sent the ladybug kitchen timer. Now Emma wants to time everything!
My SIL, Lori, sent me this wonderful package! She is my co-dependent in the world of stamping and scrapbooking. LOL Can't wait to use this new Cricut cartridge! I've already torn into the paper~it's fabulous!
These dear friends also spoiled me big time: my SIL Kris (a Thomas Kinkade's Memories from Grandmother's Kitchen~so fun!), Kristy (Starbucks card~had a pumpkin spice latte today, so yummy!), Lesly (heart ankle bracelet, so me!), Robyn (pink purse scarf, so stylin'!), Mo (hand-made necklace, so pretty!), Hope (SU paper, so dazzling!), and calls from my mom and brothers (so sweet!) Thank you, family and girlfriends~I love you all!