Showing posts from January, 2009

Knock, knock...

This is what my darling girl looks like after a hard day at Pre-K. I spend 15 minutes on her hair every morning - taming those curls into cute ponies, piggies, and twists. And she takes them down by lunch EVERY stinkin' day. She's a mess, but she's mine and I can't imagine life without her!

Double Duty

This card gets to serve double duty and meet the requirements for two challenges this week. The first is the color challenge from Courtney. The card had to have Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion, and Real Red. I stink because I adore Courtney and this is the FIRST time I've done one of her challenges. Sorry, darling!!! You know I love you!

The second challenge is Taylor's weekly sketch challenge. This one doesn't have cupcakes, but it's still pretty sweet. :)

I used my Big Shot a LOT on this card!! I cut just the "Love" sentiment from the SU! strip die "Join in the Cheer" and coated it with Crystal Effects to make it look like a plastic embellishment. Same thing for the little heart.

Materials(all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Pink Passion, Real Red, Water color paper
Designer Paper:Candy Lane
Stamps: Love you Much
Ink: Staz On Black, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Craft White
Other: Red Gems (Creative Cafe), Red Tiny Twink…

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Today is my husband's 30th birthday. When *I* turned 30 it was nothing but gloom and doom and black balloons. Ha!! Now its his turn!!! But, I didn't make a wicked card for him...yet. This is the one that my kiddos helped make for their daddy. So, no Death lurking around the corner here. :)

This card also brings me to the end of a wild week of sketches! It's the 9th and final sketch in Taylor's Anniversary Challenge. Appropriately, I'm ending a Cupcake Mega Challenge with a cupcake card! The sketch was created by Vicki, another blogger I'd never visited before. She has some adorable ideas on her blog - her scrap layouts are stunning. I'll definitely be adding her to my blogroll.

Materials(all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Kiwi Kiss, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Watercolor paper
Designer Paper:Darling Dots, misc scrap (old SU! - don't remember the name)
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Staz On Black, So Saffron
Other: 2-way Glue, Stampin' …


A couple of years ago when I ran my first stamp club there were several women who I had met through my sister. I didn't really know them very well, but they were so excited about stamping and scrapbooking. We all sat around a table for their first club meeting and everyone was oohing and ahhing over each other's pictures. I had set out all of my supplies, did a quick demo, and then let them loose. I was working on something, and I realized they were all still looking at pictures. I asked how long they had been scrapbooking and they said, "Oh, about 45 minutes!" I didn't realize they had never scrapped before! They've come a LONG way since then!!!

We don't really scrap much together anymore, though we still see each other often. I even worked with them last summer for several weeks at their therapy center (I ran a program for 3-5 year olds with autism). They always have a brilliant excuse as to why they aren't making cards or scrapbooking much …

She's a lady

I got a real car today in exchange for the teeny one they gave me on Monday. I'm now riding in an '09 Trailblazer and, boy, it is a HUGE difference. In the first car Bradley kept rolling down the windows. I couldn't use the window lock feature because it had MANUAL windows - the kind what has a rolling handle thing. Ack!!! I had to wait over an hour for the new car because the first one they were going to give me (a minivan) didn't start! And let me tell you, if I had gotten that bad boy home tonight only to have it be dead in the morning... I might have a tad bit unpleasant and not quite lady-like.

But, things are great now and I can show you the card I did the other day. The sketch is by Monika Davis - The Mad Stamper. The sketch is TINY on her blog, but she has a lovely full-sized sample to view, so it's okay. I kind of maybe cheated a bit on this one, but I really wanted to do this card, and it fit the sketch... :)

I used a card like this for Chloe'…

Tiny Twinkles!

This weekend I ordered some of Taylor's Tiny Twinkles and they actually arrived today - that is wicked good shipping, Taylor!!! I, of course, had to use them right away - and what better way than on one of the challenge sketches!

This sketch is by Stephanie Hargis and I thought it would work well for the use of these itty-bitty sparkles. I had never used them before and so I couldn't believe how tiny they really are. On Taylor's blog she suggests using them with Crystal Effects, so that is exactly what I did.

I didn't add a sentiment because I'm not sure who I'm going to give this one too, yet. I think it would make a lovely card for a wedding shower - so I *think* I know who will get it. :)

This is more of the new Sale-a-bration Designer Paper by SU! I like this color combo (Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, and So Saffron) and I don't think I have ever used it before I got this paper.

Materials(all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Ba…

Cool cherry cream....

What a day! (As if my weekend wasn't enough!) I had to be at the body shop first thing this morning and I left them my 3-row, 8-passenger Ford Explorer and got a flippin' Chevy Cobalt. Huh? I can't even fit both of my car seats in the back of the coupe... I called the insurance and the woman was a doll and she is going to upgrade me so that I can get a real car tomorrow or Wednesday. Because *my* car won't be ready until MAYBE Friday, but more likely Monday. Ack!!

Despite the poor start to my day, work was good (and far away from the whining and ill (who are totally all better, and just the whining is left)) and I got a lot done. One of my APs is celebrating Beatles week by wearing a unique tie each day - each one representing a different Beatles song. Today was "We Can Work it Out" - so of course it's been stuck in my head. But, when I was working on this card tonight a different made itself home in my head. Doesn't this card make you think…

Sketch Challenge - Card #3

I actually did manage to get some more stamping done this weekend, event amongst the plague-ridden in my household. I lost track of how many loads of laundry I did, and this next card was completed over several hours when I would take a few minutes to breathe clean air! For a while Bradley amused himself playing on on my computer and I got some quality time on the other side of the craft room. I don't know if I'm going to make this 9-sketch goal, but I'm still going to try!

Before Chloe took her nap, she was having a great morning - and she helped me punch out the scallop squares. She LOVES punches and will play for a long time with scraps of paper and my punches. One time she spent over an hour playing - first she punched a ton of flowers with the SU! Trio Flower punch, and then she sorted them into piles. It was cute, and I use those flowers all the time! :)

So, here's my take on the sketch by Donna. Sorry it's leaning back - I was having some is…

Yuck. To say the least.

Well, keeping the kids away from Mike did not make a bit of difference. Chloe started screaming about an hour into her nap and, well, let's just say I could smell what had happened before I got to her hall. Poor baby. At least she stayed in one place and there wasn't a puke trail. :)

It's 8pm and Bradley has been down for about 45 minutes, Chloe just nibbled on a couple of crackers without any adverse side effects, so I'm going to dash to the store to get some supplies for her for tomorrow. I *think* Mike can manage for an hour, right? Let's hope so!!!

Thank goodness my mom is close and can stay with her tomorrow!! I keep spraying that air sanitizer stuff, but I think we have tough cooties.

Keep us in your prayers - prayer is way stronger than Lysol!!! :D

Challenge Sketch #2

Bradley's love affair with Thomas has been going strong for over a year now, so I was really excited when Cornish Heritage Farms came out with some Thomas the Tank Engine stamps. (I just hopped over to their site to link to the stamps, but it seems they don't have them any more! Bummer - I'm glad I bought them when I did!)

I used them to make Bradley's 3rd birthday party invitations. And I stamp the images for Bradley to color all the time. I hope they come out with more - we could really use a Percy stamp.

On to the sketch... This one is by Ana Wohlfart (a brilliant stamper who is from Houston, too - click her name to see her blog and the sketch). I visit her blog often, so I'm used to seeing her creative sketches and fantastic color combos. I took her sketch and sort of turned it on its side for this card. I think that's okay. :)

You just would not believe how the SU! In Color "Pacific Point" is dead-on for Thomas Blue. I used Versamark and Si…


You know how I said I needed to get more involved with challenges and the like so that I would be motivated to get more stamping for fun done? Well, over at Taylored Expressions they are celebrating an entire year of weekly challenges. (How awesome are they? I'm always amazed by people like Taylor and Courtney and Beate who always offer not only their stunning creations, but sketches so everyone can share in the creative experience. I barely have time to stamp and scrap, let alone design clever sketches to share with the world.)

But, I digress... There is a BIG challenge going on over there - a 9-sketch challenge to be exact. I'm actually going to try to complete all 9. I had some free time today, which was great, but not for such a good reason. Now that Bradley's feeling better, Mike has taken the horrible spill into Vomitopia. I kept the kids away from him - and we spent some quality time in my craft room! The kids colored and I stamped!

Here's the first card …

An Orange Meal and an Awful Ordeal

Do you ever do Muffin Tin Meals? It's an easy and fun way to give the kids manageable portions of food. My kids always get a kick out of it. :)

The other day the kids and I did a muffin tin lunch (though we don't use "tin" - these silicone muffin cups work great and are super easy to clean). We decided to have a theme - and Chloe chose orange. We've got cheddar cheese, crackers, Italian dressing (for the carrots), peach yogurt, carrots, and orange segments. Simple to make, hits all the food groups, and (best of all) the kids always eat every bit!

Today, though, our lunch was MUCH less festive. Today Bradley had Sprite, soda crackers, and applesauce for lunch. I got a call from his day care provider at 9 this morning while I was at work. He was running a fever and had puked 5 times - and had shared the love with his friends. So, my sister rushed to get him since she was closer. I left work, called his doctor, and managed to get a 10:30 appointment. There …

Cupcake Challenge #51

It's not often that I get a break and am able to join a good challenge! I'm going to try to do more of these, because they really are fun. In fact, I gave this post a new label - Challenges. This is the first one, though. Since I have a label, now I'll be forced to do more entries because I just can't stand labels with only a couple of things in them! I've been meaning to do Courtney's (I even have a blinkie for it!) - but time, gah!

Anyway, this is for the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge - a weekly sketch challenge that doesn't HAVE to include cupcakes, but if you have 'em, why not?

(Click the above link for the original sketch, and click the photo below to open it in a new window.)

I made several of the little gumdrops this weekend, and I still have a few left from the last project. So, you'll be seeing gummies for a while. :) I paper pieced this little owl's tummy, though it's hard to see in this size (if you click on it you c…


Not only is it a holiday Monday and I don't have to go to work, but it's also the first day of the new Stampin' Up! Spring~Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog! That's right, folks, you can finally get your inky fingers on all the fabulous new stamps and accessories. To celebrate, here's a sample using what might be my most favorite hostess set ever.

I wish you could see it in person because this card really sparkles!

We'll be using this set at my upcoming Catalog Kick-off Party - check out my SU! website for all the details.

Materials(all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock:Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Basic Black, Glossy White
Designer Paper:Candy Lane
Stamps:Goody-Goody Gumdrops, Always, Crazy for Cupcakes, Doodle This
Ink: Staz On Black, Rose Red, Basic Black, White Craft, Bashful Blue Craft
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Big Shot, SU! Top Notch die, Crop-o-dile, Blender Pen,…

Can he do it?

This is Bradley's Thomas the Train balloon from his October birthday party. As you can see, it amazingly still has enough air in it to keep it afloat. But, it has been living on our ceiling for a few months. Lately it has been slowly creeping out of the inaccessible corner in which it had been residing quietly, out of reach of any tool. (We have a 2-story open living room.)

This weekend it hovered over our stairs and Bradley decided he needed it. Now. Please, mama, please. I asked how we should get it... he said, "Get the ladder!" Now, I'm pretty brave, but not brave enough to balance the ladder on the stairs. So, we just let it float... Half hoping it would make its way to the game room upstairs, and half hoping it would just sink and be done with its mocking ways.

Earlier this afternoon we heard some crashing upstairs. Mike called for me and told me to bring my camera. (A command I never ignore!) Here is what we found:

Bradley was not able to reach - his…

Chloe's Words of Wisdom

"You know what? When I walk around with my eyes closed, I seem to bump into things more often."

So, so true.

New Catty Frenzy!!

So, my UPS man (who I love and adore) (and also, he has a great pair of legs), just dropped off my box of NEW Spring-Summer 2009 SU! catalogs! I was NOT expecting them because usually I get my free demo copy in the mail a few days before I get my pre-order. What a fun surprise!!! :) Call or email if you need one!!

So, there I was in just my underwear...

This evening I attended the first class of my graduate school career. I was a bit nervous, and grabbed a spiral, pen, and sticky pad on my way out the door from work. (I didn't get my Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper with matching stickers and pen that has 4 inks in one.) After some introductions I was called to the board and asked to do a math problem. Me. Who hates math. Who for realio trulio has math anxiety. I had to do a math problem on the white board in front of the whole class, my professor, and Jesus. And then I died.

I did regain consciousness and thoroughly enjoyed the instructor, the conversation, and the rest of the class. I know it will be an amazing learning experience and an exciting way to begin grad school. Plus the professor told us we will all get A's.

When I'm done with grad school I'm totally going to Disney World.

This much!

Here's another little Valentine. I paper pieced the hearts and the leaves. The sweet little Owl was stamped with Staz On on watercolor paper and then colored with markers, ink, and a blender pen.

Mike said he looks like he has chest hair. Hmm.... I think next time I'll leave out the squiggles on his front!!! Now all I can see is chest hair. Well, he's a manly owl - he's not scared to admit his love...or wear pink!

The inside says "...This much!"

I really enjoy making little Valentine cards for people... so I'm sure you'll see more in the next few weeks!!

Materials(all SU! unless otherwise mentioned)

Card stock: Kraft, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red
Stamps:Owl Together Now, Love Matters (retired)
Ink: Staz On Black, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black
Other: Paper Snips, 2-way Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Circle Punch, Crop-o-dile, Pink Dew Drops, SU! Markers, Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Fun with clay!

Chloe made a "People"...

And Bradley made "A pile of play doh!" He's my realist.

I need a vacation from my vacation!

I go back to work Monday, and I don't think I'm ready! I was SO busy these past two weeks - from Chloe having pink eye, to me with a vicious 36-hour bug (on Christmas DAY), a loss in the family, winter cleaning gone rogue-mad-woman, and topsy turvy weather.... Well, I need a nap! Things really get rolling next week, too, as I start my classes on Wednesday. Only two years until my Master's degree. Boy, I'm REALLY going to need a nap! :)

I HAVE been busy stamping, scrapbooking, and (of course) taking tons of pictures. So, here are some of the highlights:

My brother-in-law Keith's grandmother passed away on Christmas eve after a long hard illness. She was a wonderful woman and today her city actually held a memorial service for her. We know she is with the Lord, so everyone is now celebrating her wonderful life. Today is also Keith's grandfather's birthday. So, I took this photo for them as a gift for him. I did the photo and editing. You can click o…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Internets! :)