Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Guest Star Stamper

Greetings Friends,
With how hot it has been the last few days - Owen has been loving his kiddie pool.  While his older siblings play in the big pool Owen has fun splashing around in his little puddle in the backyard.

While I was on my crafting hiatus the last few weeks since Mom passed away I found out that I was selected as a featured stamper over at the Color Throwdown.  Being selected as a featured stamper gave me the opportunity to participate this week as the guest star stamper.  Sadly since I was not back into crafting and blogging mode yet, I missed the cut off date to participate officially.  But the team was very sweet and gave me a sneak peek at the color combo for this week.  Thanks design team.
I paired the Color Throwdown challenge with the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers and ta-da ... my card.
I hope you all have a great day today ~ Rachel
  • Up Up & Away SU! stamp set (retired)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For Dad

Greetings Friends,
Something that my Dad asked me to do for him is make and send out some thank you notes to everyone who has called him, sent a card or visited him after Mom's death.  He is so appreciative of all the little notes, thought and prayers that he has received it was important to him to send something out.

Feeling a little uninspired yesterday when I first started working on this project I turned to the Paper Players weekly challenge.  It happened to be a clean and simple monochromatic theme.  Mom's favorite color was purple so that's where I started.

I wanted something simple to stamp and not a whole lot of frills since I had to make a bunch of these cards in a short amount of time.  So my original creation (above) wasn't quite what I wanted to make for Dad. 

I did a little revamp, sought out Kimberly's (my daughter) opinion and made a simple sweet card to send.  Dad will like them. 

I printed out the inside greeting and mailed them off today.  I am so glad to have been able to do this for my Dad.  He hasn't asked for a lot of help over the last month ~ so I was extra glad he sought me out to do this for him.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Vases in Vogue SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Small Script SU! stamp set (retired)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Clean Up

Greetings Friends,
So it seems that I have become a bit of a slacker since Mom died.   Doing anything beyond daily chores hasn't seemed all that important.  Sometimes, because of fatigue and mental fogginess, cooking and cleaning wasn't even physically possible.  It is odd how your body and brain get so messed up after a tragedy.  I am not whining, just stating a fact.  My sister and I have joked a lot about our new found ditziness and laziness. 

This weekend has been my first with nothing on the schedule since school let out.  Four whole days of nothing to do except get our house back in order.  Ahhh ... bliss.  First order of business was washing all the laundry and dishes.  It took me Friday, Saturday & part of Sunday to get through the dishes, laundry, general clean up & grocery shopping.  Phew!  What can I say it was pretty bad around here .... and I did take a couple naps.  :)

Since my craft room doubles as our home office it had gotten piled high with paperwork and craft projects.  Yesterday I needed to start a project for my Dad so this room had to get cleaned up.

Ta-da.  Isn't it amazing with everything filed and put away again.  I even finished up my Dad's project but I will show that off tomorrow.
With my room (and the rest of the house) all cleaned up I was inspired to get back to crafting & blogging this morning.  First stop for today the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  I already had these stamp sets out on my table for Dad's project so I used them again today for the challenge.
With the house back in order I can relax and enjoy my Monday with the kid-o's.  Crafting, swimming and a trip to the library.  Sounds like the perfect day.
Have a wonderful day ~ Rachel.
  • Vases in Vogue SU! stamp set. (retired)
  • Small Script SU! stamp set (retired)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Red Hot Challenge

Greetings Friends,
When I put together today's sketch for the Red Hot Challenge , I already had in my head that I wanted to use the SU! Sweetie Pie Photopolymer stamp set.  This set is already sold out - I'm so sad, It was gone before I had a chance to order it.  Lucky for me my friend Christi has the set and let me borrow it.   
I am planning to send this card to one of my little girls at church.
Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Trash or Treasure?

Greetings Friends,
It is high time the Verbrugge's worked on another trash or treasure project.  So here we go. 
A mish-mash of empty bottles.

Spray painted of course.

A piece of conduit stuck in the ground.

 Hand paint the bottles then stack up the bottles on the conduit and wha-la ... a totem pole.

My kids and the neighbor girls all love to watch the show Survivor and reruns of Lost.  They have created a backyard game that they call Survive.  They rearranged our woodpile into a fort and Tom even found a old tarp for them to use as a roof.  They spend hours and hours playing this game everyday. 

I finally decided that they needed a tribe name so they are now called M.O.J.E.K.K.  An name made with all of their initials arranged into a nonsense word.  They love it. 

When I found the totem pole idea on Pinterest I knew we had to make one.  :)

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Yellow Rose = Friendship

Greetings Friends,
My good friends Marla and Christi came for a visit last week and brought along a pretty card and a lovely rose bush for me to plant in Mom's memory.  The plant will have yellow roses just like the card. 

I sure do love these ladies and am so thankful for their friendship.
Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

Monday, July 7, 2014

Thank You Note.

Greetings Friends,
Today I am playing along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and the Color Throwdown challenge.  Thanks for the inspiration design teams.
On the second night of our mission trip another family invited us into their home for dinner.  Several families worked together to create a build your own baked potato bar for our dinner.  AMAZING!!!  Today's card is a thank you note for them and once again I will be including our group photo taken at their house.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Butterfly Prints SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Strawberry Slush, Tempting Turquoise, Sahara Sand & Very Vanilla color combo.
  • Black StazOn ink.
  • Stripes embossing folder.
  • Butterfly Punch (retired)
  • Scalloped Edge Punch.
  • Brights Button
  • Bakers Twine.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Triple Challenge

Greetings Friends,
I figured it was about time to get back into the craft room for some regular crafting.  First stop is all my favorite challenge blogs.  Red Hot Challenge provided a great sketch.   The Paper Player's have a great theme.  Nacho Average Challenge had a great color combo.  Thanks for the inspiration design teams.

When I was on the mission trip with the middle school youth group there was a couple that invited our entire group into their home for dinner.  They put out a great spread of food and even allowed us to play in their pool for the evening.  They were amazing.  This is the card that I made for them as a thank you from our group.  I am even including a copy of our photo inside for them.


Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel
  • By The Seashore SU! stamp set.
  • Friendly Phrases SU! stamp set.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July everyone,

I have had these Uncle Sam's made and sitting on my craft table for forever with the intention of using them on cards for the shut-in's at church.  With all that has been going on in our lives the 4th of July snuck up on me.  Yikes!  I ran down to the craft room late Tuesday afternoon and made some cards.

 Seven cards in all this time.

I had even found a Happy 4th of July stamp at the craft store a month ago.  The cards came together so quickly I had enough time to get to the post office to buy more postage stamps and mail them out before closing - Phew!

Our 4th of July plans include swimming in the pool today and watching fireworks in town tonight.  I'm sure there will be some grilling and some ice cream too.  Yum!

Hope you all enjoy your day ~ Rachel