Saturday, May 31, 2008
Yes, Princess has to be a part of EVERYTHING! She's a silly dog! Emily and Jessica both had a GREAT school year, and I hope we all have an awesome summer! Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, May 30, 2008
She had her 5th grade field day before the award's assembly, so she was a little disheveled at the assembly! Look at that smile! Well done sweetheart! I'm beaming with pride!
This is the teacher's gift that we put together for her 5th grade teacher. The 2nd card is for her social studies' teacher. The tin and the "don't forget" pink/green/yellow pad came from Target. We tied some pretty ribbon around the pad, and added a large altered paper clip. There's some candy too . . . YUM! We also included a Bind It All book.
Here are the gifts inside the tin. I used my big Cropadile, Mr. Big Bite, to punch through the tin and add the eyelet that is holding on the flower/ribbon stack. Jessica designed the cards to coordinate with the pad of paper. Aren't the cards FABULOUS? She used her set of "girly" ki Memories acrylic stamps on the cards.
These are the magnets that we made. We used one of my new Stampin' Up sets. CUTE! The magnets are so fun, because Jessica put them on the outside of the tin!
This is a binder clip that I altered along with the two cards. How fun! I hope her teacher likes it all.
Today is the last day of school, and they only go for one hour, and then summer vacation has officially begun! This school year went by FAST! Both of my girls will be at the junior high next year . . . I can't believe it! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I got this Delight In Life Stampin' Up set from my wonderful blogging friend Jana! I used it a few times, and then it was lovingly cast aside. Well, my SBS2 sister Michelle inspired me to get this set back out and create more cards with it. Michelle recently posted a couple of cards using this set, and she stamped the flowers on patterned paper. Now, why didn't I think of that? The card front is ticket punched and Cuttlebug embossed with the swiss dots embossing folder. I added some twill around the card front (thanks again to Jana for the twill!!), some brads were added, and a flower rhinestone was used on the flower stack. The patterned papers are My Mind's Eye.
Today is the last full day of school for my girls. My youngest has a field day for most of the day, and then I will be going to her awards' assembly at 1 p.m. It will be interesting to see if she is the recipient of any awards. It's going to be a beautiful day here today. I could have this 70 degree weather with a nice breeze all year round! Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This tote is FANTASTIC! Yippee!
I also have some news to share with you. I'm very excited, because I uploaded my "Lucky" layout that I posted yesterday to Basic Grey's site, and they have accepted it for their gallery! My name actually appears on their site as a "designer"! How cool is that?
Well, I need to get some creating done today! I hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks for letting me toot my horn a little, and thank you for stopping by!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I really love this photo of my husband and I, and I had it displayed in my scrapping area. I knew I wanted to do something with it, but I wasn't sure what. When we got the "Lucky" challenge, it all fell into place for me. I do feel like I am incredibly Lucky to be married to a man that I'm crazy about, and I do feel like I am very Lucky when it comes to love, so I scrapped this photo, and I will probably end up framing this page and hanging it in my scrapping area. This page is all Basic Grey Urban Couture. I cut the flower centers for my Primas with my Coluzzle from one of the patterned sheets. The brown felt piece in the lower left corner came from my wonderful blogging friend Kristy. I'm just thrilled with the way this page turned out!
I took my girls to the rubber stamp flea market on Saturday. I met my girlfriend Kathy there, and we had so much fun shopping! It was a gorgeous day! Here are my wonderful purchases. I got all of this for around $50. Clockwise from the upper left: Bitty Boos Too (I love Halloween!), Very Punny (she mounted the sentiments on the side of the stamps -- I love that!!), So Many Sayings (what a cool set!), Party Animals (CUTE!), Border Buddies, Noteworthy (unmounted!), and four loose stamps (checkered flag and race car will be used when I scrap any tailgating photos that my husband takes when he goes to see Nascar or Indy races). I just had to get the "Dave" stamp since it's my husband's name (it was just $1, and the lady selling it? It's her ex-husband!), and the skeleton stamp was found by my youngest and myself at the same time. She grabbed it, purchased it, but later sold it to me. Smart girl! She got her $1 back, and she knows she can use it at anytime! So, I got GREAT stuff, and I cannot wait to ink these stamps up!
Here are my daughters' purchases. My youngest got the stamps at the top. The SU set is called Burst Into Bloom. She loves Tweety, so she had to get that stamp AND Sylvester! The heart stamp was 10 cents! My oldest's only purchase was the heart with the sheet music inside. The "from my pad to yours" SU stamp was free when I made a purchase. FUN stuff!
So, I had an amazing weekend! On Friday, we rented movies, and I really enjoyed them all! We watched 27 Dresses and P.S. I Love You. On Saturday, I watched Gone, Baby Gone (VERY thought provoking!!) and Juno. My PICK would have to be 27 Dresses! I LOVED it! The "Bennie & The Jets" singing scene had me laughing out loud! I just might have to purchase this DVD for my home collection! CUTE!!
On Saturday, after the flea market, my girlfriend Kathy, my girls, and I all went out to lunch. We ate on a patio, and Kathy and I got sunburned on our arms! It was gorgeous outside, and I just didn't give thought to the sun. It was such a great day! When I got home, I was able to finish up my "Lucky" page, watch a couple of movies, and just hang out. My husband got out on his motorcycle for part of the day, and then in the evening went with a friend of his to see Tim McGraw (he thought the concert was just OK). It was a GREAT day!
On Sunday, we spent the entire day together as a family. We grocery shopped, came home, listened to music while we prepared lunch / dinner, we grilled, we talked, we laughed, we watched Spiderman 3, we baked cookies, we had cookies & ice cream, etc. It was just one of the BEST family days we've had in a long time!
On Monday, my oldest marched in our village's Memorial Day parade. I walked with the band as a chaperone. My husband, youngest, and Princess came to watch the parade. It was a very nice parade, and it was great to take the time to think about the meaning of Memorial Day. Later on Monday, my husband and girls rode their bikes to the main park, while I brought the van with Princess, lots of water, and all our tennis gear. We had a blast playing tennis. We're not very good, but we had fun anyway!
If you made it through this entire post, and read the entire thing, I applaud you! Whew! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I'll catch up with you all later today. I'm off to cut the grass, and we all know how much I love doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Next, I wanted to show you an absolutely gorgeous card that I received in the mail yesterday from my blogging friend Chris.
I sent Chris a get well card and some flowers for her to use in her crafting. She sent me this absolutely gorgeous thank you card. I love the black accents: the scallop edge and the use of the photo corners. Such a beautiful card! I love receiving beautiful cards in the mail! They just make me happy! Thanks Chris!
Well, I am SO EXCITED, because tomorrow is the day for the rubber stamp flea market that I go to twice a year. I cannot wait! I always find the coolest bargains! I'll be sure to let you know what I find!
Monday, my oldest is marching is our village's Memorial Day parade. I think it's such an honor for her school's marching band to be a part of this parade.
I might post later on Saturday to show you my goodies that I got from the flea market, or I just might post them on Tuesday. I'm probably going to take a little blog vacation for this weekend. Have a wonderful Friday, a great weekend, I'll see you on Tuesday at the latest, and thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I used a set of Michael's clear acrylic $1 stamps for this card. I stamped the "Live, Laugh, Love", created the flowers, and stamped the swirls on my card front with the stamp set. I cut the large brackets on my Cricut using Alphalicious. The strip on the left is navy cardstock border punched with my Fiskars threading water punch, and layered on top of it is a scrap of My Mind's Eye paper. I really LOVED the sketch this week, and I'm very happy with the way my card turned out!
I'm still so happy for David Cook, and I'll tell you why . . . American Idol is a show that is entertaining for my girls and I, but really, when you come down to it, it's a popularity contest. Every year, we don't really like the last two standing. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Chris Daughtry have really gone on to great things after the show, but only two of them were actually winners. Chris Daughtry didn't even make it to the top three. He's by far my favorite American Idol ever! My girls and I listen to his CD all the time. Anyway, quite a few times, the show has "crowned" winners that didn't personally appeal to me. I didn't really care for Jordin Sparks, and don't even get me started on Taylor Hicks (I'm still stunned that he won). I hope I'm not offending anyone with all of my commentary here!
So, last night to have two very worthy talented people as the top two was so much fun! Both of the Davids can really sing! Incredible talent! I think either one of them winning would have been fantastic, but David Cook has been our favorite from the very beginning of the season, and we've been cheering him on the whole time. I was also incredibly impressed with the two-hour show last night! I loved it! Seal, Bryan Adams, Donna Summer, ZZ Top, One Republic, Graham Nash, George Michael . . . I enjoyed all of the performances very much! Congratulations again to David Cook! So exciting!
That's enough TV review and commentary from me, don't you think? It's going to be such a nice day today. I'm off to take a walk with Princess, and then I have some errands to run. I hope to stop at a garage sale too. I love garage sales! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The flourish stamps are by Autumn Leaves, and I added some red rhinestones. The "Groovy" title was cut with my QuicKutz squeeze. Just a fun page of my girls with braids in their hair! I actually have a second page to finish up that goes with this layout. They are the "after" photos when the braids came out!
Any American Idol watchers? I thought the judges were completely crazy last night! I usually agree with Simon for the most part, but I thought he was really harsh with David Cook. Clearly both of them are very talented, but I think David Cook is MUCH better. Oh well, I don't think it will be a surprise when the results are revealed tonight, do you? Was there ever any question that David Archuletta wouldn't become the next AI? Let's just say that I don't agree, but then again . . . I never agree with the final results!! Chris Daughtry is so crazy talented, and he didn't even make the top three! David Cook . . . can't wait for your CD . . . I'll buy it!
I'm off to the doctor today. Two appointments . . . I'm a big believer in getting doctor visits over and done with. I have a mammogram scheduled followed by my first ever trip to a dermatologist. If you're forty or over . . . have you had a mammogram in the last year? If not, schedule one today! That's my public service announcement for the day!
Last but not least, have you commented on Judy's scrapbooking diva bag giveaway! Go check it out. Is that tote fantastic or what?
Have a great day everyone, and thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I cut my owl at 5" with Basic Grey Blush papers. She's on a 8.5 x 5.5 card. The card front is punched on the right side with my Fiskars threading water punch. The sentiment "Owl Always Love You!" was created on the computer, printed on a paper scrap, and I punched the top of the sentiment too. I used another sheet of Blush to create the border on the left side of the card. I threaded pink ribbon through one of the border punched holes, and tied it around the card front. Last, but not least, I added large googly eyes, one of Emily's gorgeous crocheted flowers, and a button for the flower center. I'm very pleased with how this card turned out. I love this owl!!
I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Emily used Love, Elsie Riley papers, added a Prima Sprite stack, and a chipboard button to the center of the flower stack. The arrow is also a chipboard button.
She personalized and decorated the inside front cover and the first page.
She personalized the inside back cover.
This is the back cover. CUTE!
I have to cut the grass today. Have I mentioned that I hate cutting the grass? It takes way too long, and it's exhausting! Oh well! Maybe when I'm done, I can squeeze in some crafting time. I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
She used Love, Elsie Lola papers and stickers. The flowers are Prima Sprites with a button in the center. This book is 4x4.
Here's the inside cover and the first page. FUN! She played the french horn all year . . . I love the addition of the little bit of sheet music!!
This is inside the back cover. 5th grade rocks!
And this is the back cover. I just love the Bind It All!
I'll post Emily's book tomorrow. I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Look at what she sent to me! A small squeeze punch, a pair of micro-tipped scissors (MY micro-tip scissors from Fiskars are one of my absolute favorite tools that I own! I love them!), and a large squeeze punch. Isn't that awesome and very generous? I was blown away by her generosity! Thank you Cheryl!
Well, I have a couple of design team projects to work on today, and then hopefully I'll create something I can actually post! It's a beautiful day outside, so I'm tempted just to go sit out in the backyard. I hope you all have a wonderful day, a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!!
Friday, May 16, 2008
I would like to thank Kathleen for awarding me with the "blogging with a purpose" award. Kathleen is one of my SBS2 sisters, and she's sweet and very talented! I love looking at her creations. I'm always honored when someone presents me with an award, so thank you Kathleen!
I'm supposed to nominate three people for the award, but that's the part of it I don't care for! I don't like picking and choosing my blogging friends. So, I won't! I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I used some My Mind's Eye paper that I really love. I like the blue/brown color combination. I added some dotted ribbon from Michael's, a Autumn Leaves acrylic word/swirl stamp, some rhinestones, and I was done! Easy as can be!
I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I created this card using ki Memories shimmer paper. I just love this paper, because it's so funky and colorful! I Cuttlebug embossed and ticket punched a small piece of blue paper, matted it with a darker blue, and then adhered some glitter Doodlebug chipboard letters. I added ribbon around the card front and adhered three brads. Quick and easy!
I am STILL having Internet / Blogger problems. Leaving comments used to be so pleasant, but now, it's turned into a most time-consuming and frustrating task. It's so aggravating! I'm doing the best that I can with commenting, and I hope we figure out what's going on with the Internet speed in our house. I hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The girls hung the Happy Birthday banner that we hang for all of our birthdays. They made it into a Mother's Day banner! How cute is this? I love it!
Next, Emily has been secretly working on making me a whole bunch of her crocheted flowers! I had no clue! She put them in some tiny jars that I just picked up at a garage sale for 10 cents each. Don't they look pretty?
Here's everything that she made! WOW! I love these!!
Here are Emily's and Jessica's cards that they made for me. I was thrilled that Emily actually used one of her crocheted flowers and really let it be the focal point on her card. Jessica used Queen & Co. embellishments. I love the color schemes! These are just fantastic! I love them both very much!!
This is the card that Dave made for me. This is the outside . . .
. . . and this is the inside. I love it! My husband stamped! He pointed out all of the mistakes that he thought he made. I think it's wonderful, and I don't see mistakes!!
Dave, Emily, and Jessica picked out a TON of items for me at Archiver's Hot Spot section! OMG! Would you just look at all of this? We love Disney in our house, and some of these embellishments make me so happy, because they were a HUGE part of what Emily and Jessica LOVED when they were little. I cannot even tell you how much they loved Toy Story and Bug's Life! I really need to do something special with those, because the girls just love these movies! I'm blown away by all of these! The thing that really gets me is that I look in the Hot Spot quite a bit when I'm at Archiver's, and I've never seen any of these!! How is that possible?
Then, they got fantastic acrylic stamps, amazing eyelets in themed packages, and tag lines. The eyelets have words around them. They are so cool! OMG!
They also got these kits in the Hot Spot. There is so much in these for the price! Dave told me that they didn't necessarily think that I wanted or needed cowboy or hoops packs, but they thought all of the paper included, the chipboard letters, the chipboard tags, and the metal embellishment was such a great price, they had to get it. You know what? They're absolutely right!! That's a lot of stuff for the price, and the paper is absolutely gorgeous! Jessica is signed up for Intramural Basketball in June, so I will use the hoops set for her! Cool!
I had the best Mother's Day. Dave, Emily, and Jessica spoiled me silly. I was served breakfast and lunch, I helped a little with dinner, we all hung out at home together, and I received some fantastic goodies. Dave and the girls also got me a Nickelback CD and the Enchanted CD soundtrack! Spoiled silly! What really put a smile on my face was imagining Dave and the girls actually picking out this stuff for me! It had to take them quite some time! Dave said that he thought they were scaring other customers, because they kept getting excited when they found something that they knew I would LOVE! CUTE!! I had a wonderful day, and believe me, I know what a lucky lady I am to have these wonderful people in my life! Dave, Emily, and Jessica are fantastic, and I love them will all of my heart! Thank you to them for making my Mother's Day wonderful!
I'm off to make a baby card for my amazing blogging friend Patsy! Welcome to the world baby Eleanor! I hope you all have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!!
Monday, May 12, 2008
When she told us what the challenge was, I looked online to see what the cut looked like, and I thought it would make a GREAT frame! So, I picked out a photo to frame for my mom for Mother's Day, and I asked DeeDee to send me the cut in smoky shades of blue with a black shadow. I used a photo of my girls that I took in November. I just love the photo, and I knew my mom would love to display it as a wall hanging.
I chalked the layered lighter shades of blue a little bit. I added a Prima and one of Emily's crocheted flowers with a glitter Making Memories brad. This flower is actually hiding some of the background too. Because the opening is round, and the photo is rectangular, there was some background showing through. "Grandma's Girls" was done on the computer, and it's also hiding some of the background. I finally used some of the gorgeous Kaiser pearls that Kristy sent to me. I added four of them to the corners of the sentiment. I then set two large eyelets with my Cropadile Mr. Big Bite, and I added American Crafts ribbon so it could hang. My mom LOVED it!
I'll have my Mother's Day recap to share with you tomorrow. My husband and my girls spoiled me, and I loved it! Believe it or not, I didn't take one photo! I always like to get photos of me with my girls, and it just didn't happen! Oh well! It was an awesome day anyway!! I hope you all have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I used My Mind's Eye patterned paper for the card front. I added some of the lace that I just got from a garage sale over the paper seam. I made the "Happy Mother's Day Mom!" on the computer, and then I cut a scalloped mat for the sentiment with my Nestabilities. I added one of Emily's gorgeous crocheted flowers, and I used a Making Memories brad for the flower center. I really like the way this turned out, and I know my mom is going to love it!
I keep forgetting to mention that you should check out Judy's site. She is giving away an amazing "Scrapbooking Diva" bag that she made. Go leave her a comment and tell her that Carol sent you!
I hope you have a GREAT day, and thanks for stopping by!!
Friday, May 9, 2008
I picked up some awesome lace at one house. I can't wait to use this on some cards! Fun stuff! This same house also had great Disney items, and I got my oldest a brand new Mickey shirt and an Eeyore sweatshirt with matching sweatpants.
Then another house had these Creative Memories paper packs. They're 4"x6", and they come in a cool little case. She had them marked $3 each, but I got two for $5.
This one is Storybox Gazebo. I love the colors. They're all double-sided, and they are 96 pieces. I checked on eBay, and these are pretty expensive! Score!
This one is Storybox Chalet, and it has a much softer color palette. I might have to use these with some lace!
I also got my oldest some shirts at another house. This lady must have been a shopaholic or something, because she had tons of shirts for 50 cents each, and they looked brand new! I washed them all, and Emily even wore one to school today. You gotta love a great bargain!
I need to make my mom's Mother's Day card today. I'm happy to say that I cut the grass yesterday. I hate cutting the grass! It's exhausting! Anyway, it's done for the week, thank goodness. My husband has been out of town all week, and he'll be home tonight. Since I dropped him off at the airport on Tuesday, the girls and I will be picking him up from the airport tonight. When we get home, I plan on collapsing on the couch! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The patterned papers are My Mind's Eye. I just got these cute owl stamps from Archiver's using a coupon. They're a little Hero Arts set. The "you hoo" sentiment is so funny to me! I added some twill ribbon and a trio of square brads. I think this is pretty cute!
Tamara has a call open for new layout design team members. Be sure to check out her blog for more information.
Wow, it's cold this morning. Shocking after how nice it has been the last two days. I need to cut the grass either today or tomorrow, and I just HATE cutting the grass. If I do it today, at least I won't be sweating, right? Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Can you see on the lower right side of the tree in the background? Yep, that's Princess sitting there posing for me!
I just love this photo! I'm going to have to get a large photo printed up of this one! My girls are wonderful!
Beautiful Emily looking less and less like a girl every single day. I wish I could freeze time for a while, but I don't think that's going to happen.
My sweet and wonderful Jessica! She's beautiful inside and out, and like her older sister, she's growing up way too fast.
This is just gorgeous! This is the prettiest this tree has ever been!
You knew I had to get a photo with Princess in it! I'm telling you, she just sits patiently waiting for me to take the photo! She is so funny! Awesome photo!!
BIG close up of my furry girl. She's so silly! Well, really, who's sillier? Her or me for taking all of these photos of her? Yep, it's probably me!
Well, we had a couple of busy evenings the last couple of nights. On Monday evening, both of my girls were invited to the PTA Reflections ceremony. They both submitted winning artwork for the "I Can Make A Difference By" theme. My oldest even advanced to the state level. Her theme was "adopt a roadway" which we actually do. We adopted the street that we live on, and we pick up trash a couple of times a year on our road. My youngest drew an amazing recycling picture. They were both awesome drawings, and I'm thrilled that others thought so too! Last night, my oldest and I went to the local library were she won 3rd prize in a poetry contest. There were 88 entries, and she came in 3rd. I was so very impressed. Her poem was wonderful. What an honor. Then, at the same time, my youngest had her "step up" night at the Junior High. Both of my girls will be in Junior High next year! Anyway, the girls have an early dismissal day today, so they'll have lots of relaxing time at home to get caught up on homework, etc. It's raining and kinda gloomy today. I hope you all have a great day. I'm still having the worst time with Blogger . . . leaving comments is horrible! Is it just me, or are you having problems too? Let me know. Thanks for stopping by!!