Thursday, April 9, 2009

Blog Candy...and a Sellabella Card

Kelly is so great and is giving away a $10 gift certificate to KL Stampin n Scrappin for my birthday! The new Chasing Butterflies Magnolia stamps are available now for Pre-Ordering. Just a great way to spend this if you win. :)



In this last month, I have done some major life purchasing and transitions. Turning 27 doesn't depress me, lol...but I do feel so much like a grown up now.

So, to enter for the $10 to KL Stampin n Scrappin, leave me a comment and tell me about your first home or your first car. It can be funny, sad, goofy, or horrible. You all will have until Sunday, April 19th to enter. I will pick the winner on Monday morning.

I made this card for our realtor Carmen. She was so great with Brent and I and truly appreciate all the hard work she did. She had been showing us houses since before Christmas, so we have spent a lot of time together these last few months.

Paper: SU Tea Party
Stamps: Stamping Bella, CTMH
Prima Flowers, CTMH Buttons, Copics, and Rhinestones


Since Brent and I went to different colleges, we never really spent a whole lot of time together. Moving to Denver was a true test of our relationship. I went from seeing him once a weekend to 365 days out of the year, lol. Even though we didn't live in the best neighborhood in Denver, our apartment was nice. It had 2 bedrooms and was close to where I worked. It was also close to Archivers and the mall, lol. I truly miss it there. When we left Denver, we had just got to that point where it felt like "home."

Getting my first job at 16 meant I had to be able to drive myself there after school. So my first car was a 1992 Toyota Corolla. I only kept it for 2 years, as I got a brand new Civic (my car that got stolen) when I graduated high school. I was a nice big sister and gave that car to my brother, who actually still drives it today. Wow, I just realized that car is 17 years old.

My best memories of that car are driving around with my high school best friend Nicole and we'd sing all the songs from Brandy's CD Never Say Never at the top of our lungs.

Well, enough rambling for me today. I hope you all have a great Thursday! No Grey's again for me...Comcast can't come out til next week. :(

36 comments:

  1. Hey Sparkle, I'll get the ball rolling.....

    My first car was a 1980 Gemini, exactly the same car as my best mate. It was in perfect nick, with not a scratch on it. When I got it, it was 13 years old and still had the original tyres on it. An old lady had been driving it and I got it via her deceased estate. But the best thing was, if I locked my keys in the car (which happened often!LOL!) My best friends car key opened my car (and mine hers). It was so reliable, trusty and if anything ever went wrong I just turned the music up real loud and drove it home to my dad to fix!

    Happy birthday, hope it was a great day. Have a great easter break and if travelling, travel safe.

    :) Marcia P

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  2. My first car was a joint purchase between my hubby and I, we bought it together before we bought our first house! My DH learnt to drive in it, I already passed my test so I was the main chauffeur for a while!
    Have a fabulous Easter weekend, Debx

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  3. OK about my first home. We started out in a split foyer which was perfect for us at the time. It was in good condition, a nice neighborhood and was in our price range. We had so many good times there and that's when we started a family. We sold that house about a year and a half ago and built our current home which was so much fun. I would definitely do it again of course I'd need more money so I could upgrade my stamp room *LOL*

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  4. Love the card! So bright and cheery!

    My first car in 1978 was a hand-me-down 1969 Toyota Corona~pumpkin orange with a black interior! Yuck! Rick and I met in 9th grade, became good friends, and started dating in our senior year. The first time I drove him in my car, I took a corner too fast and we went around it on two wheels. He thought he was gonna die! That was 29 years ago, and we are still together, so I guess I didn't freak him out too badly. LOL The car got totaled when a woman in a station wagon full of kids ran a red light and hit the passenger side~the passenger door was pushed all the way up against me, with the seat up on the dash. It was miracle that I walked away from that accident, but praise God that I did!

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  5. My first car was a 1970 Chevelle. Great car, at the time I was a senior at a vocational school. I took an engine from a wreck, rebuilt it and traded the rebuilt engine for my car. Towards the end of my senior year I took a week off from work, I was in the co-op program, and fixed my car. It almost looked new, even though is was 15 years old. I remeber the great cassette player I had in it, yes way before CDs. Loved that car!!!! Had some awesome times my senior year!!

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  6. Fun card today! Adulthood is scary, isn't it? We purchased our newly built house in 02. I needed to do some laundry our second day in the house. I ran it a few times, laid down to take a nap-I was prengant, I was beat. My pregnant SIL was in town as well. Paul was with the BIL off doing errands for the house. They walked in stepped on the carpet in the den to discover the carpet was drenched with water. Turned out the builder forgot to do undo the cap on the pipe going sewer line when they checked the pipes for leaks during the building process, making all the water back up into the house. (Found this out from the plumber when he broke thru the cap) The front flower bed was jello, the middle of my house, and part of my room around our masterbath were full of water from it backing into the house thru the toilets. We never did care for our builder!

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  7. Welcome to Adulthood....I have been there awhile, ahem, and its not to bad.

    Okay my first car!! I was THE proud owner of a 1964 American Rambler! It was one year older then I was...which I thought was cool...but the funny thing about this car, it had a wonky sounded horn that everyone loved but it had a flaw.....When you honked the horn with the window open and you had your arm resting out the window you would get this nasty shock !!! It had a short somewhere and for some reason it would shock you when you honked...I think that is why everyone loved the horn, to watch me get electricuted to death! LOL!!
    Have a great day!

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  8. hey, I just turned 27 too! :) my first car was in high school and it was an 80s Nissan Maxima. I LOVED it, for the simple reason that it talked to me. Yes, my car had a voice. If my lights were on and I opened my door, I'd hear a chime and a pleasant female voice would say "Your lights are on". When I ran low on a gas, another chime would sound and the same voice would say, "Your level is low." I loved my car - it actually took care of me! My friends would make fun of me, but I loved the friendly reminders and was sad when it finally died.

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  9. What a fun card Sparkle! I love how you put your papers together!

    Ahhh...my first car. I don't know the year but it was an old Plymouth Duster. I really liked the car...until I totaled it in an accident. I still remember the accident report saying Brookhiser vs. Tree. Yeah...the tree won. The funny thing is that after waking up in the car after the accident I realized my lights were on and I wanted to turn them off so I turned off the car...not the lights. They remained on. Silly, huh?

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  10. Great card!! Love it!

    First car, eh? ick! LOL! It was an old green Gremlin. I bought it for $500 and it served it's purpose but man, I so hated that thing!!

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  11. Oh! I love this card Sparkle. What a perfect card to give her. WOW! I loved my first car....1988 white Cabriolet. So much memories in that car....Santa Cruz everyday with the top down. heehee The funny thing is...turns out it wasn't fast enough. lol Traded it in for a 5.0 Black Mustang GT. Boy was that a fun car. (Thank You Dad!) I wished I never sold it. I kept it til I had my 3rd daughter. Running out of room. lol Now I drive the typical "mommy's car".....a Sienna van. I love it though. But I have to say I do miss my mustang. Maybe if I ever get brave and learn to drive stick....I'll someday drive my hubby's Mustang Saleen. As you can see we both love Mustangs. Have a great week!

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  12. My first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang that I just had to have soon after I finished college in 1983. It needed a lot of work~ had no floor but I had a handy boyfriend at the time and he and his brother fixed it up for me. The new floor was made out of a stop sign welded in place. The radio worked great and my friends all had brand new cars but always made me drive cuz my car was so fun! We were able to be rock stars singing along with my radio in my favorite car. This brings back such memories. Great contest!

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  13. I love your fun bella card!

    I bought my first house when I was 28. It was scary - for many months it seemed like money was flying out the door like crazy. But, it was worth it in the long run!

    Congrats to you and Brent on your new house!

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  14. Well... first of all, please don't enter me into the drawing ☺ But I just wanted to share a funny story about my first car...

    I was a blue AMC Concord (a small station wagon kind) and I was in my 3rd year of college. It was uuuuuggggLY!!!! Anyway, I drove into Boise and came to a stop light. I turned my turn-signal on just before stopping and when I came to a stop, my blinking turn-signal went off, so I pushed it down again and it broke!! It triggered the horn honking and lights blinking and I didn't know how to fix it!! SO, I had to drive all the way from Boise to Nampa--about 20 miles with my horn constantly honking and lights blinking. It was SOOO EMBARASSING!!! As soon as I got into town, I went right to a gas station and a worker unplugged the horn. Oh, if only I knew more about cars!! LOL.

    To my credit... I DID know how to change a tire and check the oil, but anything else under the hood, I had no clue what would shock me or burn me! :( (and I STILL don't!) LOL.

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  15. Oh ya...and super cute card! :) Always love your Bellas!

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  16. I am 32 years old and my first car will be 2 months old next week. well....I will have OWNED it for 2 months next week.

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  17. THat is a great card!! I think she will love it!! I mostly just wanted to tell you my stories, but thanks for the chance to win!
    My first house after moving out was living with my cousin and her lil boy. I lived in the part that was once a garage and now a large storage room. There was a sliding glass door between be and the house and a door to go outside. It was nice, but cold. I always harass her for making me sleep in the garage! I had a lot of ole junker vehicles before I got my lil green S10 pickup. I loved it, and my mom drives it now, so it's still in the family! LOL!!

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  18. My first car was a white Honda Civic...loved that little car...when I first moved here to the USA it took me all over as a travelling nurse. So sorry yours was stolen.... then I 'upgraded' to a red Honda Prelude with pop up lights...I thought it was the hottest thing LOL
    Then I got married and had kids and went to a 4 door Accord then to a minivan ...sigh...I still miss my Prelude!
    Love your card!

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  19. Hi! :)
    My first car was nicknamed the Brown Bomber (a goldish Pontiac sunfire??? maybe) and it died every day without fail as I pulled out of the school parking because we had to stop at the light and that did it in. I always prayed for a green light so that I could keep going. It was dreadful. Somehow, I drove that bomber to and from high school for 2 years...dying almost every day on the way home. It was dreadful! LOL
    My siblings were in the car with me too...I was so cool...NOT! :)

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  20. We bought our first house shortly after I turned 30. My husband was in college full time, so he had no income, just student loans and a car loan, so we purchased the house in only my name. Problem was, I was deployed to Kuwait for OIF at the time of closing, so my husband had to do all of the closing paperwork under Power of Attorney. Do you KNOW how many signatures and initials are required on closing paperwork??? For EVERY signature or initial, he had to write the sentence "Gregory W. Lucas, as Power of Attorney for Jill M. Lucas". Needless to say, he was NOT a happy camper about how that closing went. The cool thing was, he ended up buying the awesome front loading washer and dryer, the fabulous Dyson vacuum, and a few other expensive things that I may have passed on at the time, but now I wouldn't live without.

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  21. The first car I drove was a 197? green wagon in high school. I was pretty mortified but happy that I had something to drive around in. I was also pleased that it didn't have the wood paneling on the sides. I think that might have meant that your station wagon was a bit "cooler" with that on it but I thought it was UGLY.

    I was 22 when I bought my first car that wasn't one from my parents. It was a hatchback Honda civic. It was a pretty good little car but older and I traded it in just before I had my daughter as I was not going to tote a car seat with baby in and out of a 2 seater hatchback.

    Enjoy your new car and your new home. Exciting times for you.

    And as always, thank you for sharing your art each day. I truly look forward to visiting your blog each day.

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  22. I love your card Sparkle, as usual! I'm still trying to decide which Bella I want first as I know it will be very addicting once I start! I also had to get my first car when I was 16 so I could go to work. It was a marroon Berretta. It was older but I loved that car. Unfortunately I had a bit of a lead foot and drove over some rough railroad tracks too fast and tore the oil pan off. I didn't realize it and kept driving so I destroyed the engine :( I replaced it with a Grand Am-and I loved that car even more!

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  23. Great topic! My first car was an '89 Escort... I had more "accidents" in that car in the 2 years I had it than I've ever had since! My first accident... a boy who was late for school was approaching the same intersection I was, to my left (he had a yeild sign), he was going UP hill, driving a lil Horizon, and hit me so hard that I spun around. All he got was a little scratch, I couldn't believe it! Then I slid on ice and hit a pole. And hit a deer. By the time I was done with that car, it was leaning to the right. Geesh, it sure took a beating!

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  24. My first car was a 1970 Camero. I was 17 and very much into cars. I wanted a cool car with big tires, mag wheels and to be loud. I remember my dad going out with me looking at cars. I saw a car that was perfect. It was all fixed up, but it overheated when we drove it around the block. I cried because my dad wouldn't let me get it. LOL. We found a Camero, but it was a boring "Grandpa" car. My boyfriend convinced me to show it to my dad. Your dad will love it, he told me. And, my dad did. A week later, my boyfiend put the big tires and mag wheels on it. Later I got a cool paint job. And, I won girl with the best car for the High School Yearbook.

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  25. My first car was a Chevette. The day I picked it up there was a snow storm and I had to drive by myself for the first time. Let me tell you it was a knuckle biter. I was doing 360's on the bridge on the way home. Waaay tooo scary.
    Anyway, Happy Birthday.

    Debbi

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  26. My first car was a red 1990 Geo Prism. My parents bought it for me so my Dad chose the license plate "Pumpkin1". It wasn't so bad when I was driving it, but when I went to college and my car stayed home my brother sure got teased when he drove it.

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  27. We bought our first home, the one I'm in now, almost 4 years ago. Well, we we're kind of dumb about the whole process. We had a friend inspect our home for us. Which waived the whole liable thing on the old owners if something was wrong with the house:) Well about a month after we moved in, Oh I should add we do not have a basement, it's a crawl space, dug out with a pit, for drainage. Anyway, we started smelling something awful coming from under the house. Then one day the drain in our laundry room was overflowing. We had someone come out and guess what?! We had to dig up and replace 60 FEET of sewer. This was a problem the previous owner had to have know. It had to have backed up several time. The piping only had less then an inch of flow, where it should have had about 6 inches. Shame on us for trying to go the cheap route. But VERY big shame on them for not saying anything. That is so dishonest. I don't care how bad you want to sell your home, be a good person. Anyway. We were very blessed though. We know someone who owns his own sewer company. He only charged us for the parts. So a job that would have been over $10,000 only cost us $2,000. That was a huge blessing!

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  28. My first home was a garage...it came with a house. That's what I always tell people. My hubby and I had been together living in apartments for 7 years and when he finally agreed to buy a house, I took the first one he liked. The garage was 450 sq feet and the house was 600 sq feet. I often joked that I was going to get a TV and bed put in the garage so I could have the whole house to myself! Thankfully we only had one child in this house before we got out and found something that we could "all" enjoy...not just the hubby! Love your work Sparkle. Happy Birthday!

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  29. My dh and I had several apartments until we finally saved up enough for our first house. Back then we thought it was amazing! We bought it with an unfinished upstairs because we couldn't afford it. My hubby was going to do that in pieces. Our bedroom was in the living room until he finally roughed out the upstairs. Then his company transferred us to another state 6 mos. after we bought the house. We drove by after 10+ yrs. of being away. It was sooooo ugly. LOL

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  30. My first car was a 1974 puke Gold Mustang. I bought it for $500 back in the late 80's. I wish I could say it was one of those cool Mustang's, but it wasn't. I nick named it The Pukemobile for it's horrid color. My BFF, Paula nick named her car The Port-a-pile. At least we got to be in the shotty car club together. Thanks for bringing back memories!

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  31. Happy Birthday Sparkle! Wow, my first house is the one I live in currently with my hubby. We bought it about 4 1/2 years ago right after we got married. We too looked at so many houses before deciding on this one. I thought the madness of househunting would never end! It was so stressful!

    Anyway, congrats on moving into your first home! It's so exciting! =)

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  32. My first car is going to be my story! I bought it from friends of my parents, I was looking for a car and they had to sell their stick shift because he was having shoulder surgery and the doctor told him he would no longer be allowed to drive a stick. They found out what the dealership would give to them for the trade and that was what I purchased my orange and black Ford Escort with a sunroof! I drove the car for years when I had met my then boyfriend, now husband, anyway, my car took me through many travels and mysterious places that my parents never even knew I went. My oldest sister always knew though where I was. Anyway when I married my husband we moved immediately to Florida, my sister needed a car so I ended up selling it to her for a very good price! Well anyway, funny story that she ended up driving it to the grave, my sister, husband and 2 kids decxided to move to Florida-2 weeks later they packed up and decided to head back for Kansas-car and all with a uhaul trailer. Not the smartest thing to pull a u-haul up the mountains with. Anyway long story they ended up killing off my poor car! We nicked named it the pumpkin because of the color. It was a great car and had many memories!

    Thanks for a chance to play along!
    Denise Wells
    mamascollections@aol.com

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  33. Love hearing about your journey to home ownership. We bought our first house 3 years ago and it was exciting and a lot of stress. I'm so relieved to not have to go through that again anytime soon. When we moved in, we found a couple minor problems that sent me into a crying fit, cause everything seemed to be going wrong. Like I said, so glad to be done with that. congrats on your new home!

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  34. I just bought a 2008 Honda CRV this year in January, it is my first car I own. I just got my license last year. I know I just turn 28. I was too chicken to be driving it all started in high school where I was in the back seat and my friend was driving, she lost control of the wheel and the car flip side ways. When that happened I was terrify to get my license what I have experience. I had to face my fear since I have a son to drop off when he started pre-school and I was tired of catching the bus and waiting around for my driver to pick me up or drop me off. So I had to learn. It was so funny because it's like I'm 16 years old again learning how to drive. I was so happy when I got my license beacuse now I can go anywhere without waiting and faster to get there. Any way nice card I love that Bella image. Still I don't own any Bella stamps, it's on my to buy list. Happy Birthday!Thanks for the chance to win.

    Jenny

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  35. I bought my first house (mobile home) when I was 21 and lived in Oklahoma. I loved having my own place, it sat in an rural area on my uncles land. I wanted to paint the undershirt and the porch a mauve kinda pink and some cream stripes in parts of it. For some reason, I thought it looked good. My dad and uncle told me I would look like I lived in a candy cane. But I loved it, it was mine and looking back I think that is something pretty impressive, is to own your own home at 21. Love your work, especially the bella and riley images.

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  36. Happy Birthday, Sparkle!!! My first car was a hand-me-down 1973 red Chevy Impala. It was huge and I could take all of my friends in my car with me. *chuckle) Seatbelt laws weren't in effect so many, many people could crowd in and when I took corners, they'd slide and pile onto the other side of the back seat (slick vinyl seats). And, it was fast, a V8! I'm surprised I'm still alive and didn't get a ticket! hee hee! Very good times in the car. Just listened to radio and in my small town, mostly just a.m. radio because most of the f.m. stations were too far away. :) Good times. Have fun with your new car!

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