Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Padre!

Happy Birthday to my Padre!  

Ok, today isn't his birthday.  It was March 4th.  And, for the record, I don't speak Spanish...not even a little.  

I have a habit of giving people nicknames.  I am not sure when it really started or why.  My husband, whose name is Charles, has about 12 names I call him at various times.  (They're all nice - I promise!)  Several years ago, I started calling my dad padre and it stuck.  I don't call my mom madre, though.  I call her Daisy, yet her name is Barbara.  There's a story behind that, but we'll save that for another day.

Back to the card....

The first card I made with my Silhouette was a box card.  I downloaded the file from svgcuts.com.  I haven't used it since and that was over a year ago.  I really like these cards just because they're fun, so I decided to pull it out for him.

I used various scraps of paper for the card, so I honestly couldn't tell you who makes this paper.

Isn't it festive?

Look at the above picture.  Do you see anything that doesn't belong?  

Look very closely.

The navy balloon on the left is a bit of a mess.  When I was making the card, I wanted every balloon to be a different color, but I didn't have one single piece of patterned paper in navy.  So, I pulled out my trusty white gel pen and made my own.  In person, it blended in pretty well but it seems to really stand out in the picture.  

I used an old stamp I have by The Paper Studio.  I really like the swirly letters, but I'm a little sick of it.  I guess I might have to buy some new stamps.  Oh, darn!  I just hate shopping for crafty things.... said no one, ever!

Have you ever made a boxed card?  I'd love to see your pics if you have.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blissful "B" Fonts!

I am not even going to start with the excuses reasons I haven't been here in a while.  I'll just say that sometimes things don't go as planned, you know?  Sometimes my brain doesn't do what I want it to do.  And sometimes, I am just lazy!  All that aside, who wants some free fonts???

You can get the fonts here:

If you'd like more free fonts, check out my post HERE and HERE.

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


One year ago today, I was in an ambulance on my way to Norman Regional Hospital.  For those who don't know, I had felt bad for months, and that night, my husband found me thrashing around, unable to speak and having convulsions in our living room.  I was out for a few days and diagnosed with Meningitis.  I wanted to share this to remind everyone how good God is to us! My brain was swollen and they were unsure if I would have lasting damage.  There was the possibility that I could lose my ability to speak, motor skills, ability to walk, etc.  Also, there was the possibility of weeks or even months in the hospital.  Instead of this (and because of the prayers that went up on my behalf), I woke up after 3 days and went home on the 6th day!  I have no memory of that time, but other than that I have only had some short term memory loss and some concentration and focus issues.  It could have been so much worse but thank you, Lord, it wasn't.  He kept His hand on me and blessed me with life.  As I look back on what was probably one of the hardest years I've ever had, I know this.  God is faithful.  He never lets me down, even when I don't understand His plan for me. So, today as I remember, I just want to say thank you God, for being my loving heavenly father and having my life in your hands. I will never be able to say thank you enough.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fun with Vinyl!

Since purchasing my Silhouette, I have fallen in love with cutting vinyl.  Now, I realize that the Cricut I had for years could cut vinyl also, but I was sorta on my own personal strike.  I always had issues with the Cricut - even when I got my Gypsy - because the things I wanted to make required better fonts or changing of the design somewhat.  This was just not an option with the Cricut.  So, I pouted.  And didn't cut vinyl.

Fast forward to the glorious day in February when I received my Cameo.  I had vinyl I'd bought before and never used and I became a cutting fool!  I'm still getting my feet wet with the techniques and haven't quite conquered layering, but I'm having fun!

My manager is graduating from nursing school next week and gave me my first "for real" vinyl order.  The pics aren't good because I wasn't feeling well (stinking winter cold) and I didn't take time to set up a background and all that jazz.  But....I thought I'd share anyway.

I got the cups from www.saveacup.com and here's the stock photo:

And here's what she asked me to do to make them snazzy:

I put some paper inside because it was hard to see the decal.

I also took a picture of the decal before applying since it's a pain in the hiney to take a picture of a curved surface!

I found this heart shaped stethoscope by searching on Google.  I imported it into my Silhouette and traced it.

And here they are all lined up!  I messed up a few before really getting them right, but once I got a system going, they were pretty quick and simple to do.

Happy Thursday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Planning my 2015 Planner...

So, I'm planning my 2015 planner right now.  I have fallen in love with the ARC system by Staples and have spent a few weeks trying to get it just right to fit my needs.  BUT...  I'm super cheap.  I refuse to spend $5.00 on a pack of blank calendar pages from Staples when I don't love the fonts (good fonts are a MUST!) and I don't really love the design. 

So, I've been working on some printables for my book. After waffling back and for for what seems like seventeen years, I decided to start with a very plain blank calendar and then spruce it up as I go.

On a side note, I believe I have ADHD.  Not even kidding.  What has happened, since day one of planner planning, is I get off to a running start, then go to Pinterest for "inspiration" and it's all downhill from there.  I cannot focus if Pinterest is anywhere in sight.  I'm sure some of you have fallen into the black hole that is Pinterest.  You fall in, then cannot find your way out for about 6.5 hours! 

I. Can't. Help. Myself.

It's pathetic and childish, but it's me.  And today, I'm proud to say that I finished my blank lined pages and I want to share them with you!  I love sharing.  It's such fun!

You can download the blank pages HERE.  If you print them and make 'em fancy, send me a pic, will ya?  Pretty please?

Happy Planning!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Taco Soup Recipe

I shared this on my other blog and thought you all might be interested...

I {heart} Taco Soup!  Years ago, during one of my many attempts at weight loss, I got this recipe at a Weight Watchers meeting.  I have loved it ever since!  It's one of my go to recipes when it's cold outside and I'm craving something savory.  Try it!  I know you'll love it!

It's almost as simple as the picture above.  Are you ready?

Weight Watchers Taco Soup
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cans (15 oz) chili beans (I like mexican style chili beans)
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes & green chilis (like Ro-Tel)
In a skillet, cook onion and ground beef until done.

Add the beef to your slow cooker, then add all the remaining ingredients and stir.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.  If you'd like, you can cook it on low for 4-5 hours.

That's all folks.


I highly recommend this recipe.  I have tried many taco soups and this is by far my favorite.  The fact that it's healthy is just an added benefit!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My new blog...

Hi guys!  I just wanted to let you know I started a new blog on a totally different subject - weight loss and health.  Pink and Paper isn't going away, but I thought I'd share this if any of you are interested:

I know it's been a while and I've been working on some new things to share with you all.  I hope to share very soon!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I am a big chicken.  Like seriously, I am a 39 year old woman (WOW - That birthday last month made me feel a little old...) who is still somewhat afraid of the dark.  I don't really like to admit this but my hubby works nights, so I'm alone a lot in the dark.  If I have to wake up in the middle of the night and go to another room of the house, you can guarantee my house is lit up like the Griswald's yard at Christmas.  I turn on lights as I go.  

I do not watch scary movies, nor do I go to haunted houses.  When I was dating Charles, he thought it would be fun to go to a haunted forest out in the woods.  Now, at the time, I thought I could handle it because I was going to try new things and not be afraid.  Well, that lasted all of 47 seconds.  I started panicking while we were in line.  Once we started to walk in, I told Charles to walk behind me and keep his hands on my arms.  I proceeded to pull the hood on my jacket as tight as possible and never opened my eyes.  Fortunately, we had other folks with us, so I waked behind them and they sorta led me through.  It was horrifying.  And no, I wasn't a young teen then.... I was 26.  Sad, I know.

I said all of this to say that Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays.  They show scary movies on TV for weeks ahead, people have scary things on their porches, and you never know when something might jump out from behind the bushes.

This year, I have strangely enjoyed getting ready for Halloween.  I am not sure why, but I keep seeing fun things like sparkly pumpkins and cute owls and now I like it a little more.  I was hoping to maybe even decorate my house, and decided to make some printables.  I posted one last week HERE.

This is my second, and my favorite.  I really don't want anything wicked to come this way, but I love the fonts and stuff.

You can download this printable as a PNG file HERE or as a PDF file HERE.

If you print this and decorate with it, I'd love to see the pictures!