Saturday, December 11, 2010

Woo Hoo!

I just wanted to take a quick minute to document that today - 12/11/10 we accepted an offer on our house in TN! We have been praying for this day for several months! God is truly amazing and can and DOES move mountains! It is contingent on the closing of the buyer's house in Michigan and the home inspection, but all should go as planned. We should be house free on or around 1/16/11! Woo Hoo!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Few Cards

Just a quick post with a few cards I have made recently. It feels great to be creative recently! It is most definately my "release" from work, as it has been pretty darn stressful lately!


This one is my favorite! I made it using some Practicing Creativity stamp sets - Look Up and Key to My Heart!

This one is also made using only PCD stamps!

I made this one tonight (sorry for the bad lighting). I made it using some Basic Grey paper from the Max and Whiskers 6x6 pad and some Jovial brads! The samp is also from BG and it is from their Basics collection.

Have a great night!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

PCD Challenge

Wow! It has been a REALLY long time since I participated in a challenge of any kind! Between all the excitement of moving (insert sarcasm) and getting settled in our new lives in PA, there hasn't been much time for anything! So I made some time and made myself sit down and be creative! I figured that Courtney's challenge was the perfect opportunity! She challenged us to make something using any of the Practicing Creativity Designs stamp sets.

I got my inspiration from this picture I took with my cell phone driving back from Hershey one day (well, my husband was driving and I was in the passenger seat):
So here's my card made with two sets from Practicing Creativity, Look Up and Barefoot Summer

I LOVE this hot air balloon stamp! So fun to paper piece and make it any design you want! I stamped it on some fabric paper from American Crafts Dear Lizzy Collection - Firefly Festival, using StazOn ink in Jet Black...

Other Supplies Used:
Paper: Green, brown, white, and blue card stock
Ink: Chestnut Roan (Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark Ink, Grass (Hero Hues)Vintage Photo (Distress Ink)
Copics: Cadmium Red (R27), Orange (YR68)
Embossing Powder: White
Rub Ons: Tweets - Woodgrain (Studio Calico)
Punch: Postage Stamp (EK Success)
Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Only in Nashville....

Only in Nashville can you see a concert started with a welcome from a few of the TN Titans Players, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, the Titans' head coach - Jeff Fisher, The Mayor - Karl Dean, and The Governor - Phil Bredesen! Only in Nashville will the concert include at least 20 performers including Country Artists, Rock and Roll Legends, Christian Music Recording Artists, a huge Pop "sensation", and a special appearance by an Oscar Award Winning Actress! The concert was called Nashville Rising. It was a benefit concert for the flood victims of May 2010's historic flood in Nashville. It was AMAZING and worth every penny!

The concert was opened by Carrie Underwood..... She sang "Undo It" and "Jesus Take the Wheel" that led into "How Great Thou Art" - AMAZING performance! (If you click the links it takes you to a YouTube video of the performance)

Next up was Blake Shelton....Blake sang "Some Beach" followed by "Hillbilly Bone" with a special appearance by Trace Adkins to help him out on that one!

Lynyrd Skynard was next....They sang "What's Your Name" and "Sweet Home Alabama" - of course!

Next up were Michael W. Smith followed by Amy Grant, Montgomery Gentry, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, LeAnn Rymes and Martina McBride! We are just getting started at this point!
At this point there were some presentations of monetary donations made to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee by several companies.

Then came the hit of the night....ZZ TOP!
The played "Sharped Dress Man" and another song but I couldn't tell you what it was - I don't normally listen to ZZ Top but I will be honest - they were probably one of my favorite acts from the night!

Miranda Lambert, Julie Roberts, Jason Aldean, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, and Toby Keith all performed next.

Then to EVERYONE'S surprise.....Sandra Bullock made a guest appearance!

Almost 4 (yes, FOUR) hours later, the 2 performers who were responsible for putting such a great event together performed for us as well - Faith Hill and Tim McGraw!

What an amazing event for such a great cause!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy Birthday!

I made this card for one of the pharmacy tech's at my store for her birthday (which is today). I love the colors (they were actually my wedding colors)!

In other birthday news, tonight I am taking my mom to a concert in Nashville that is going to benefit flood relief (from the flood that we had back in May) for her birthday and a late Mother's Day gift. We are both super pumped and really looking forward to it!

Supplies for card:
Whte cardstock
Patterened paper: both paterns were from the DeLovely 6x6 pad - Cosmo Cricket
Ribbon: random roll from craft/fabric store
Button: Obscure collection - Basic Grey
Stamp: "Happy Birthday" portion of the "Happy Birthday Friend" stamp from You're Dandy - Practicing Creativity

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!

I have a few cards to share with you that I have made recently! I have been in the crafting mood so I took full advantage of it. This first card is the card I gave my dad for Father's day. Pretty simple and I hope it was masculine enough for him! I LOVE this tree from Practicing Creativity (well, really this whole stamp set). One of my pharmacy techs at work got married over the weekend and I had been meaning to make a card for his wedding but did not get a chance to do it until right before the wedding. Even though it was rushed, I love the way it turned out! It is VERY simple, but I loved it!
This week is my mom's birthday and another one of my teche's at work's birthday so I hope to have a few more cards to share soon too if I get a chance to make some. For my mom's birthday the two of us are going to a concert here in Nashville on Tuesday night to benefit the flood relief. I am super excited about it!
That's it for tonight. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great night!
Card 1 supplies:
Grey cardstock, White gel pen, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
Stamps: Barefoot Summer - Practicing Creativity Designs
Stickers: Hannah & Henry Letters - American Crafts
Ribbon: Black Double Faced Satin - May Arts
Card 2 supplies:
Kraft card stock, Fiskar's scalloped edge punch, the pink paper is from the Poteeka Souffle paper pack - the Paper Studio
Stamps: Basic Grey freebie
Ribbon: Ivory Twill - May Arts

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Few Cards and an Anniversary Pic

So I just wanted to quickly share a few cards I have made recently. They are not the greatest pictures of them, but here they are anyway:
(LOVE this stamp)!!!

Not sure I was 100% in love with this card, but I wanted to share it anyway since I haven't had much to share lately.

And here is a picture from our trip last week to the TN Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN - it was our anniversary last week and we celebrated with a night away.

Card 1/Caffeine Card
Card stock: white/bargain from BigLots
Patterned Paper: Max and Whiskers by Basic Grey (6x6 pad), Basics by Basic Grey (6x6 pad)
Ribbon: Cabana Blooms by Fiskars/bargain from BigLots
Stamps: Coffee Cafe by TPC Studio
Ink: ColorBox Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan
Punch: from EK Designs
Card 2/Mother's Day Card
Card stock: white/bargain from BigLots
Stamps: You're Dandy by Practicing Creativity and Scalloped Moon by Hero Arts
Ink: Bright Pink and Black from Stampabilities

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Information Overload!

I know I said I was going to do better about blogging - but guess what, I haven't! At least this one has only been a month since my last post right? My partner at work is still not back and I am still working a lot - next week I have a 57 hour week scheduled. I can't complain too much though, I was lucky enough to get an entire week off this week for my anniversary!

I did want to share about a new project I have started at work! My friend Summer wrote a post on her blog about recycling and this is something that has bothered a lot at work the past few years so it hit home for me! Take a look down one of our bays of stock bottles at the pharmacy: Guess where all those bottles were ending up once we emptied them? I'm sure you can guess: in the trash! I always said that I felt like we should recycle at work but I never did anything about it. I guess I was waiting for someone from corporate to do it for me. Well, after reading Summer's post, I decided it was time for my store to start recycling! So I started this basket:
And that is just after a few hours the first night I set up the "Recycle Bin" at work! My boss said that we can't recycle paper (and I understand because something with HIPPA information might end up in there and we don't want to go down that road!), but said that we can recycle bottles! I am so excited! As I mentioned before, I have been off for week, so I'm anxious to get back to work to see how many bags of plastic bottles I have to take to be recycled after a week!
In other news, my sister, Crazy Coupon Carol, did a giveaway on her blog about a month ago of organic cereal and granola bars from Cascadian Farms and I am excited to say that I won! I got 4 boxes of cereal, 2 boxes of granola bars and a reusable shopping bag. So far, everything we have tried has been yummy!

About 2 weeks ago I went and babysat my niece and nephew for a day and here are a few cute pictures of them that I just wanted to share!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

So, I am officially the WORST blogger ever! It has been since FEBRUARY, for crying out loud, since my last post! I am ashamed!

However, I do have a fairly good reason. The other pharmacist at my store who works the days that I am off fell down some stairs and has been out of work since March 18th. This means that there are tons of open shifts so I have been working the majority of those shifts. This current pay period I have had more help than previous ones so I'm finally getting more than 1 day off a week (and by a week I mean every 7 days since I work in a retail pharmacy and we are open 7 days a week). Still no idea when my partner is coming back - MAYBE the 28th? I highly doubt it though!

I wanted to share some pictures from last week. I went to visit my sister and spent some time outside with my niece and nephew (I apparently forgot to take pictures of my nephew :( ).
I can't wait to make a scrapbook page with these pictures and my friend, Courtney Baker's stamp set You're Dandy. How cute is that going to be???

I did get around to making the following card awhile ago. I can't remember now what all went into making this card, but I do remember that it was for an Everything But The Kitchen Sink challenge (well, 2 challenges combined into one because I missed the first challenge and then ended up missing both - Go me!). I love the fabric at the bottom of the card and how it looks like an old ruffled jean skirt! I also enjoy looking at the flower I made out of that same fabric!

Well, sorry I have been absent for almost 2 months since my last post - hopefully the next one won't be another 2 months away!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

It's been a while!

Wow, it has been a really long time since I have been on here to blog! There has been so much going on and I have just not had time to even think about blogging. The first main event was the 5 inches of snow we got here a few weeks ago (see how behind on this blogging I am)! Here are just a few pictures of our house and our road....
Nothing too impressive compared to my husband's family in PA who are dealing with 2 and 1/2 feet of snow over the weekend plus the extra 12 plus inches they are expecting by tomorrow! And think....I'm moving up there into that mess! The things we will do for our children and our families! :o)
Here is a card that I made for a friend of mine who just turned the big 40! I love her and you would never be able to guess that she is 40! She is so youthful and amazing and I can only hope to be like her when I reach that milestone!

This next card is the Valentine's Day card that I made for my hubby this year. He has actually already seen it laying out on my desk, but I don't think he *knows* it's for it won't be a huge surprise, but we aren't big on this holiday anyway, but I couldn't NOT make him a card! I also need to send a shout out to my friend Courtney over at Practicing Creativity! I made the card using her stamp set "Key to my Heart." I am so proud of her for her efforts in venturing out and following her heart! Way to go Courtney! (I loved using your set by the way)

This next card I didn't make with any certain person or use really and this is totally not like me. I may send it as a Valentine's card, but I'm not really sure. I may just keep it and send it out later too. I also used Courtney's set for the sentiment on this card as well.

The other thing happening in the life of the Quiles Family is that we have water under our house :( We have had a really wet season here in TN and as a result, we keep water standing under our house. We had a "waterproofing company" come out and give us an estimate of $7,000 to install 2 sump pumps and a pipe system under the house, which yes, would take the water out from under the house once it gets there, but what about trying to prevent that from happening first?
So we have gotten another guy we know to help us out and he is going to build up our yard around the foundation and slope it away from the house and do some other small things to keep the water from staying right by the well as pumping the water out that is there now and drying out our crawl space.
We have also put our house up for sale about a month ago, but we have not had a single person by to look at it yet. That's ok because we have had some snow and it's been raining a lot so I know it's not a very popular time to be looking in the middle of winter. It has also given us some time to get this water situation taken care of!
Shew! I think that's it for tonight. If you are still reading, thank you and goodnight!
Supplies for cards:
Happy Birthday: Striped paper is from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush Collection, Happy Birthday and cupcake stamps are from Stampabilites unmounted rubber stamp "Birthday" set.
Valentine's Card: Paper is from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush collection, stamps are Practicing Creativity's Key to my Heart set
Hey Friend: Sentiment is from Practicing Creativity's Key to my Heart set, Paper is from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush collection, the small flower is from the American Crafts Sentiments set, and the buttons are also from Basic Grey's Sugar Rush Collection.