Thursday, July 31, 2014

Christmas in July

Greetings Friends,
It's Christmas in July over at the Colour Q.  Seeing as it is the very last day of July I thought I had better play along.  I paired it with the Red Hot Challenge of the week and, ta-da .... a cute Christmas card.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel

  • Festive Flurries SU! stamp set & Framelits.
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes SU! stamp set.
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.
  • Elegant Label Punch.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cards For Sale

Greetings Friends,
This weekend I started getting ready for the annual Red Hot Stampers garage sale.  One of the things I like to put out at the sale are all the cards that I have made for my blog over the past year.  I put each card inside of a plastic sleeve and throw them in a box for people to browse through.  Last year at the sale one lady told me she wished that the cards were organized by category.  Hmm ... good thinking. 

So that is what I did for this year.  Yesterday I put all the cards in sleeves and this morning I made file tabs out of cardstock.  I have about 150 cards ready and waiting to be sold.  Sweet!

After I finished up filing my cards this morning, I popped over to the Mojo Monday challenge blog to check out the sketch. 

As I was ripping through the craft room collecting garage sale items I stumbled upon this retired DSP.  This DSP pack has some Baja Breeze in it which is one of my all time favorite SU! colors.  That's probably why I held on to it all this time.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel
  • Flower Shop SU! stamp set.
  • Much Appreciated SU! stamp set (retired)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Family Breakfast

Greetings Friends,
This weekend my whole family met together for breakfast at McDonalds.  When my Dad retired he and Mom got in the habit of taking a morning ride and stopping at a McDonalds for a sandwich and coffee.  Every few months or so my brother in law Ty will have a Saturday off work and we all meet together for breakfast as a family.  We decided to keep the tradition going.  :)

My Dad asked me to make him one more card - this time for my Mom's cancer doctor.  He wanted to write a thank you note to this man for all he did to try and make Mom healthy again.  Dad asked my sister and I to include a note in there as well.  Making the card was easy - writing the thank you note inside, not so much.  I am super thankful for this man and all he did, but putting that into words was rough.  It took some time and some tears but we managed to write three very nice encouraging notes to him and hope he appreciates the gesture.

Have a great day ~ Rachel.

  • Thoughts and Prayers SU! stamp set.
  • Express Yourself SU! stamp set (retired)
  • Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery & Whisper White card stock.
  • Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue & Certainly Celery Classic Inkpads
  • Chocolate Chip Marker.
  • Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.
  • Eyelet Border Punch.
  • 5/8" Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon.
  • Sponges.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Goof Up

Greetings Friends,
I ran down to the craft room bright and early this morning to work on todays blog post.  Not sure how I goofed up the layout, especially since I drew it out before heading off to craft.  It must be from lack of early morning caffeine.  LOL.

Thank you Colour Q and Try Stampin' onTuesday design teams for the inspiration.

Have a great day everyone ~ Rachel
  • Flower Shop SU! stamp set.
  • Gorgeous Grunge SU! stamp set.
  • Express Yourself SU! stamp set (retired)

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