Thursday, January 31, 2008

You Crack Me Up

I know, I used this set yesterday, but I love it. Plus, I'm getting a head start on my Easter cards this way. For today's SCS challenge we were to use staples. I don't usually put staples on my cards, but I had it out already while finishing up bag toppers, so I had no excuse. I don't really like the staples on this card, but what's done is done!

Happy Easter

I know yesterday I said I'd post the SCS sketch challenge. I had my card done, ready to post, when we lost electricity ...again. For another 3 hours. It had been so windy that it was knocking out power everywhere. But here it is! I love the set A Good Egg. I also used some of the d.p. from the Level 3 hostess SSK- Just 4 You. The colors were Eastery to me. Everything on the card is SU, except for the scallop punches by Marvy. Let's see if I can make it back here a little later with today's SCS challenge.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Back To School

Here are two layouts that I've been working on the past couple of days. The first one is of Cameron's first day of kindergarten. I used the retired Primary Colors SSK for this. I'm sad that this kit is no longer available. Good thing I bought two while they were available.

The other layout is from out last camping trip of the season in October. This is another for Austin. I hope to be back later with today's SCS sketch challenge.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I Like You

Today's color challenge was to use YoYo Yellow, Basic Gray, and Going Gray. I really dislike yellow, and never use it so I was glad to get a chance to work on this challenge. The funny thing is that Carter is dressed in today's color challenge and I didn't realize it until after I finished my card. I found one stray image of this little Stampendous bee, and I thought that would work for today's challenge. This card is 4x5. I used the Cuttlebug for the background. The brads are Doodlebug sugar coated brads. The prima flower was a pastel yellow, so I colored it with my YoYo Yellow marker to make it brighter. I colored the bee with WWC and an aqua painter. The wings have glitter on them.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dahlia Fold

Today I FINALLY got a chance to work on an SCS challenge. It's seems like it's been months since I was able to do that. We were to make a card using the Dahlia fold. Directions for this fold can be found here. One thing that the directions don't tell you is that you'll need 8 circles for this. I used the 1 3/8 circle punch. One slightly larger may work as well, but I wouldn't use one smaller than that.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Ohio State Fans

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I have fallen so behind this week. The kids had no school for three days, and that really threw me off. I had little time to create. I put these 2 layouts together in less than an hour. There are kind of plain, but that's what you get when you're pressed for time. the first one is of the boys in their Ohio State shirts goofing off for the camera. The second layout is of Christmas this year. Both of these are Austin's layouts. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Arthur- LIVE!

Cameron & Carter clapping to the musicThe Tooth fairy- The show was called Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy
The whole gang

No stamp time for me the past few days. Today I had a 4 hour daycare training and a full house due to no school, so no time today for sure. I did want to share with you a few pictures from last night. We took Cameron and Carter to see Arthur LIVE. They had so much fun and I love watching their excitement. It was a really good show. Lots of signing and dancing, which I love. Tonight it's more catching on to do on the scrapbooks, so maybe tomorrow I'll have a layout or two to share.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sunday's Workshop

Here are a couple of the things that we will be doing at the workshop I have tomorrow. The first is a card that used the new Berry Bliss paper. I love pinks and browns together, so this paper was a must have for me. The sentiment is from the new Smarty Pants set and the alphabet is from the Jumbo Outline Alphabet set.

The 6x6 scrapbook page is something that I am going to demo. The hostess is my s-i-l , so the picture is of her youngest son on his b-day a few weeks ago. I used the Crew Kids- Boy Simply Scrappin' kit (Haley this is a good one for Jackson). I also used the new set, Nursery Neccessities for the star and the words-little cutie. I punched out the star with the new large star punch. I also used the brand new die cuts sticky letters for the "b'' and just dumped a ton of silver glitter on it. I wasn't sure how I'd like those, but they're growing on me. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

For A Special Boy

I was going through my card stash and found that my "boy" birthday stash is running low, ao I whipped this one up using my new miniwagonfella. I'm not sure where the d.p. is from, but I pulled it out of my scrap bin. I colored my little fella with watercolor crayons and an aquapainter. I used my new star punch as well.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tin Ornament

This is more of a Christmas idea, but it doesn't have to be. I made it right after Christmas, but never posted it. I can't take the credit for this being my idea. I got the idea from Lauren. If you've never visited her blog, you need to. She has so many of her items published. That's how good she is. Back to the ornament. I had a few of these litttle tins left from when I made the advent calendar, so I turned them into ornaments. First I adhered a piece of d.p to the inside of the tin. Then I stamped my penguin (from C.C. Designs) onto white paper and created a "hill of snow. Then I made two more hills to put behind him. With dimensionals I attached all of hill to the back of the tin. With the Crop-A-Dile I punched a hole in the tin to tie a ribbon through, then I glued the lid on with Crystal Effects. It really wasn't that difficult and you could do so many things with this. Austin has an "outdoorsy" themed Christmas tree, so I made him one of these using the noble deer set. It turned out kind of cool! Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Post-It-Note Holder

Here is a post it note holder that I put together using Julie's tutorial here. It was a little confusing at first, but I think I got it. It turned out really cute, and I think I'm going to demo this at my workshop and give one to the hostess and maybe one for a door prize.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Best Wishes

This is the card that I used for the bride and groom's wedding that we went to yesterday. The boys are sooo tired and crabby today, but they had a great time at the reception last night. I used Basic Grey's Infuse paper and coordinating cardstock, along with Hitchedafellabella. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Final DWTS Pics and Notepad Frame

Vienese WaltzSamba
Cha Cha

Well, the day got away from me yesterday so I didn't get a chance to get back on here and add the group pics that I promised. But here there are today. Also, tomorrow I have a SU! workshop- so here is a little something I made for the hostess. It's simply an acrylic frame that I got from Walmart and I dresssed it up a little. I have lots of prepping to do for this workshop. There are supposed to be 14 ladies there, so that's a lot of paper to cut! We also have a family wedding in the afternoon. I'll be back on Sunday to share with you our weekend.

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Cheryl & Drew Edyta & Joey
Sabrina & mark

Now don't get all excited, because these pictures are HORRIBLE. No flash photography was allowed, so they turned out all blurry, but hopefully you can still appriciate my excitement. First let me tell you who was there: We had Briana Fortuna and Alec Mazo as "hosts" at the beginning. They had 10 area couples compete against eachother for a trophy. At first they did a freestyle. They eliminated 4 couples. Thenthey did it again, eliminating another 4 couples. Then at the very end those last 2 couples competed for the trophy. The celebrity dancers were Sabrina Bryan, Monique Coleman, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence, Wayne Newton (he didn't dance, but sang 3 songs), and Marie Osmand was supposed to be there, but wasn't. The pros were Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Brian Fortuna, Derek Hugh, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Edyta Sliwinska, Karin Smirnoff, and Louis Van Amstel. I REALLY was hoping Julianne Hough would be there and Maksim, but they weren't:-( My absolute favorite dance was the gorup Samba. The music was so neat and it was FAST! The band and singers were awesome! Very talented. Here are a few pics of some of the couples. I apologize that they aren't much more the blurry blobs to you. I'll be back after luch with pics of a few group dances.

Who Wants DWTS Details???

Cameron goofing off for the camera before I left for the nightMy grandparents- Grandma Jinny and Papa Floyd- In every pic I have of g-ma, she has her eyes closed or her mouth open!
Me and my mom- who just loves (inserst sarcasm here) to have her pic taken. She wouldn't even smile! Party pooper!
Well, even if you don't you're going to get them. I am so tired. I got home at 1 a.m. Way past my bedtime! This was one of the most amazing things I've done in a long time. If you ever have the opportunity to go, you have to. I plan on going back next year, but I'm splurging on the expensive tickets so I can sit at the tables right next to the dance floor- where Wayne Newton was handing out kisses! So before the show we ate at the resturaunt right across the street from the arena. It was really small and crowded and the wait staff was breaking glasses left and right. I thought dinner was going to be less than impresive, but it turned out to be really fun. My grandma has a thing for the young, cute waiters and last night was no exception. I thought she was just going to skip the show and stay there with Kyle (that was our waiters name). He was funny and played along the whole time we were there. He got a big tip! These pictures are from before the show. Stay tuned, I'll be back a little later with the pictures you all really want to see.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

There's No Day....

...Like today because we are going to the Dancing With the Stars Tour!! I am so excited! I love Dancing With the Stars, and to actually get to see some of them in person. I hope to get some great pictures to share with you tomorrow!

Back to the card. The stamp is from C.C. Designs-Wintertime Fun. The stamp with the snowhill and trees is from High Hopes. The sentiments says- there's no day like a snow day. I used the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder on the b.g. and highlighted the sentiment with some hodgepodge hardware. Have a great Wednesday. I plan on it!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Howdy and Happy Tuesday! How is everyone's week so far? Yesterday we had temps of 67 degrees. I took the boys to feed the squirrels. It was nice to get some fresh air. Today is supposed to be about 62 degrees, but it's really windy and supposed to rain. Today's card is another simple one, but because the image is so big, there isn't much else I could do on the card. I colored my little biy and cow with Prismacolor markers. I flocked the white parts of the cow so he's fuzzy. Aren't they cute?!

Monday, January 7, 2008

So Kind

I haven't made a long card in well, a long time. One of my New Year's resolutions was to use up the things that I already have. I've had a stash of long envelopes forever, but never make cards to put in them. I pulled out my Priceless set for this one. I love the versitility of that set. I'm not sure where the color combination came from, but I used Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, and Chocolate Chip. It's a pretty simple card, but I wanted to take the extra time to enjoy the unexpected 65 dgree weather we are having today!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Happy Heart Day

Me and Carter sharing a cuddle.

I finally got a chance to ink up my new Happy Heart Day set. I'm in the mood to get Valentine's Day projects underway. I have no idea what I'm going to make for the kids to take to school and CCD, but it'll come to me...soon I hope. Everything on my adorable elephant card is SU! , except for the pearls in the corners. Those came from Archiver's.
Thanks to all of you who supported me yesterday about the "inappropriate phone messages". When Dustin got home from work he made the call. On the messages this kids left a home phone number, a call phone number, and the caller ID had a different number on it, so we figured we had a good chance of getting ahold of someone. WRONG! He first called the number on the caller ID. No answer. Then he called the other home number that he left on his message. No answer. After several attempts calling the cell phone number, finally someone answered it. It was a young girl who claims she is this boy's cousin and it was her cell phone that he called from. After much pursuasion, she put an adult on the phone. It was grandpa. Dustin explained to him what had happened and asked for a last name, or how to get ahold of his parents. Grandpa refused to give any information and said "he'll take care of it". Yeah- right. So tomorrow I still intend on letting the school office and bus driver know what's going on. I know there is nothing they can do about it, but at least they'll have this information if they hear anything like that out of his mouth again- they can automatically have him suspended. Our school system has a ZERO tolerance policy. As far as the poilice go- one of our good friends is on the nearest police dept. We are out of their jurisdiction so everything goes to the sheriff's dept. As you know- they did NOTHING about our robbery back in Sept., so I'm pretty sure they would laugh at me if I took this to them. We had a talk with Austin last night though and reminded him that people that act like this are not people you want to be friends with. He agreed, so we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Daisyboardabella and WARNING For Parents

I just a got a few new bellas in the mail yesterday and had a chance last night to ink up Daisyboardabella. She was fun to color. The d.p. I used is from the Alpine collection by KI Memories. The sugar coated brads are by Doodlebug Design. I'm having a hard time just posting about the card, because I have something on the back of my mind that's bothering me. We just got home from Cameron's soccer game, and as a routine I hit PLAY on the answering machine and went about my business. The first one was from a kid that the boys go to school with, but I think he's a little older than Austin. The message went on and on and on. Obviously there was no parent supervision when this call was made. It really had no point, so I hit skip and went on to the next message. Same kid. Now I'm frustrated because I think "where are your parents?" I was getting ready to delete it, but decided to keep it because I thought about giving his parents a call to let them know their child is using the phone inappropriately. The message becomes violent, telling Austin to bring (something- couldn't understand what he said) on the bus Monday or he was going to bring a shotgun and blow his ******* ********* off. In this day and age these things have to be taken seriously. So when Dustin gets home from work today we WILL be calling his parents and Monday when school resumes I'll be calling the school office and the bus garage to make sure that child never comes near mine. It could be just a kid screwing around, but I'm not taking that chance. Sorry to dump this on you, but it's really bothering me!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Found A New Stamp Company

Thanks to a certain enabler out there (you know who you are) I came across a stamp company called Peachy Keen. I love this turtle set called, Turtle's Day Out, because she looks so happy basking in the sun. I am looking forward to spring. I has been really cold here the past few days.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Tooth Fairy Tin

Here is another tin I out together using my stash os tins from Specialty Bottle. My middle son, Cameron, is in kindergarten and is getting close to the age where he'll start loosing teeth. He can't wait! The d.p. and tooth sticker are by Karen Foster. I tied some ribbon around the lid. The top has a poem that says: In this box Iwill lay the little tooth I lost today. Please Tooth Fairy, tonight as I sleep leave me a coin, my tooth you can keep! I put filler inside the box and a small plastic bag to put the tooth in (so the Tooth Fairy has an easier time getting it out of the filler). What do you think?

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"Owl Be Yours"

Each month I am given a kit to put together certain things for the design team for Scrap Happy.

This month I put together 3 cards and a scrapbook layout. I only took a picture of 2 of the cards for some reason. The stamp set I used on this is by Technique Tuesday. I love that little owl!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Our trip To Cabela's

On Sunday we spent the afternoon at Cabela's. For those of you who don't know what it is- it's a huge store for outdoorsmen. It has everything you could possibly need for hunting, fishing, camping, and that type of thing. But my favorite part is the huge animal displays throughout the store. They are all stuffed and they have every type of animal you can think of. My favorite are the moose. Here are a few pics. Hope you all had a safe and Happy New Year's Eve! HAPPY NEW YEAR!