Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Frightful & Delightful Mojo Monday

This is the card I made yesterday for Julee's Mojo Monday sketch. Yet another great sketch. I'm not loving the way the card turned out, but I'll definately be using this sketch again. I used my new Papertry Ink set, called Spooky Sweets II. The sentiment is from A Muse. I also used my new Spiderweb Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background. Hope you're having a great Tuesday. I've got lots of housework to catch up on!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Puppy Pics & Lauren's Saturday Sketch

Happy Monday everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. We didn't do a whole lot. On Saturday we attempted to go to the pumpkin patch. The day started out sunny so we got ready to go. By the time we got there it looked like a storm was rolling in. I took and few pictures of the boys and the dog, but not nearly as many as I usually do. Then we decided against gtting pumpkins for there anyways because they were so expensive. A farmer friend of ours told the boys that this week they can come out to his patch and they can pick their own. I think they'll have more fun that way. Thanks Steve for hookin' us up!
Carter thinks that Hemi's favorite thing to do is go for a bike ride. That couldn't be further from the truth. I don't know how many times she's done a nose dive trying to get off the darn thing!
Here is the card I made for Lauren's Saturday sketch. It has a vintage feel to it. There was no stamping involved. Those are all Stampin' Up! rub ons. The sketch had a tag hanging from the ribbon, but I felt my card would be over crowded if I added that part to it. I use Kraft, Chocolate Chip, and Riding Hood Red for my color combo, and the ribbon across the top is in Stampin' Up's holiday mini catalog that will be available on October 1st. Well, I'm going to give Julee's Mojo Monday sketch a try. I'll be back later today or tomorrow with that one.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hemi Is Here!

Our new puppy came home last night. She is the sweetest thing. The boys can't get enough of her. I thought they fought a lot before! I guess we should have gotten three puppies. She is very mellow and passive so far. I'm sure with time she'll get used to the commotion around here and come out of her shell. She did a lot of sleeping today. We took her tonight to play with her sister Harley,who is much smaller than Hemi.Harley got the best of her. But as soon as we got home, she decided that playing was fun and got out her tennis ball. She does very well in the car too. She goes with us everywhere. She better enjoy it now because that's not going to happen when she is 120 pounds. I'll leave you tonight with a few pictures from today. Tomorrow I hope to have something stampy to show you. Maybe a card for Lauren's Saturday Sketch. I promise not to bore you with Hemi updates everyday.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

B Is For Boy and We're Having A Girl!

My neighbors just found out the are having a boy at the end of December, so I made this card for them. The d.p. is some left in my scrap pile. I'm not sure who it's by, but the other side is transportation/vacation type stuff. I thought the warm colors were perfect for a baby boy. This afternoon I will likely become the mommy to a puppy. Dustin and I are both having baby fever...bad! Every two and a half years or so is when we decide it's time for another baby. Since we aren't having anymore kids and the boys are getting old enough to help with the responsibilities..it's time for a puppy! She is a black lab mix and her name is HEMI. That was all my hubby's doings! All of her puppy siblings are in the neighborhood, so they'll be able to play. Dustin's cousin took one of her sisters. Her name is Harley. That's who Austin and Cameron are holding in the picture. So we are headed to the store to get puppy neccessities! I'll be back later with pictures of Hemi.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Best Is Yet To Be

I bought the Upsy Daisy set knowing it could be used for sympathy and anniverary and birthday cards. I love that is so versitile. I have several anniversaries coming up, so I went right to work using Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip. What a great color combo. This card is a case from Julee's blog. It is very similar to hers with a few slight changes. I used different sentiments than she did, my ribbons are slightly different, I used a different background stamp, and my scallop square is just that, a square- where she turned hers to a diamond shape. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to and looks so much better IRL. I love when that happens! Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Season's Of Cameron's Apple Tree

The kids are all doing apple themed lessons at school this month, so I thought I would incorperate them into my daycare as well. We've been making homemade applesauce, investigating the aplle trees in the backyard, but their favorite activity so far has been making their apple books. This one is Cameron's and he was so excited to take it to school and read it to his class. I simply painted their hand and arm brown for their tree. Then I let them use the stamps from Season of Friendship (the snowflake, flower, and leaves) to decorate their tree for each season. The apple is from Holiday Blitz. They loved it! I think mostly because they got to use my stamps and ink pads that are usually off limits! Enjoy!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Big Bear Hugs

I loved this sketch Julee provided for this week's Mojo Monday sketch. It was just enough to get my mojo going, but not too much that it's overwhelming. I have a to-do list that is growing quickly and this card got me in the mood to keep pluggin' along to get that list a little shorter. As soon as I saw this sketch I knew what set I wanted to use. I pulled out my Bear Hugs set by C.C. designs. It can be purchased at ATS. I paired up this set with SU! Autumn Vine d.p., that will be available for purchase October 1st. This card is going to a friend who is having a tough time right now. I will be back soon to share a project that the daycare kids have been working hard on. It's been a while since I posted a kids' craft.

Friday, September 19, 2008


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Here is a layout that I created a few weeks ago when I got my first shipment of new SU! goodies. I used the Just Jawing set, along with some of the Ghostly Greetings d.p. Now I'm off to pack because we are camping this weekend.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


I didn't even realize until just now that I haven't posted since Monday. I've been diligently working on the kids Halloween treats for school, CCD, my daycare, my nephews, and so on. It's very time consuming, but worth it in the end. This card was made for a swap that I'm in. I used some of the new Hawaii Papaya d.p. I watercoloed my bears and all the accents. My favorite part of the card, which you probably can't tell from the photo, is the cinnamon sugar mixture that I have on the s'more. It even smells yummy. I hope the girls enjoy them!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mouse Click

Over the weekend I visited our new LSS with my s-i-l and got some great new American Crafts paper. I paired it up with my Clickabella and a few of the new buttons from Stampin' Up! I colored Bella with my Copics and added the sentiment "I'm just a mouse-click away!" I'm off to try to get a card made for Julee's Mojo Monday sketch!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Too Cute

How cute is this little guy. I made with all punches. Today I am having a hostess appriciation party, and this is what the girls will be making. I think they'll love it.The ''too cute to spook" sentiment is from the new Halloween rub ons. No time for details today. So much to do, so little time! Hopw your weekend was wonderful!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Season Of Friendship Frame

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I realize that I am way late in posting today. It was such a beautiful day and with the change of the seasons upon us there were some yard work that needed my attention today. But I am here now because in just a few minutes I will be watching America's Got Talent to see if Jonathan Burkin makes it to the top 10! Keeping our fingers crossed for you Jonathan! Anyway- I just got my box of preorder stuff from the upcoming holiday mini. I got just about everything in the book. It is all so cute! The first set I chose to play with is called Season Of Friendship. With trees being popular right now, I figured there were lots I could do with this set. First thing I made is this cute frame. I stamped a tree in Chocolate Chip onto Kraft cardstock in each of the sections of the frame. Each tree represents a season. I stamped each of the seasonal images, then punched them out with the 3/4" circle punch and mounted them with dimensionals.The sentiment tied to the frame reads: The season of friendship lasts all year. I may be making several of these for Christmas gifts this year. Another inexpensive gift. I picked up the frame for $3 at Walmart. The gift doesn't have to be expensive to give it value and meaning. I think this would be cute hanging in someone's living room.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Jonathan Burkin's Got Talent

I don't usually ask for favors on my blog, but today I am asking a huge favor from all of you. Please watch America's Got Talent Tonight and vote for Jonathan Burkin. He is amazing at what he does and I can say I personally know him. He and his family live 5 minutes from our house, they go to our church, and we are very good friends of theirs.I first met Jonathan when he was about 8 years old and every time I saw him, he had a baton in his hand. He was picked on all through school as you can imagine, but look at him now! So pick up the phone after the show and be sure to vote for him. He deserves it. Congratulations Jonathan!

Happy Waiting!

I have lots of mommy-to- be- friends who are expecting babies within the next several months, so I try to send thenm each a card every few months to let them know I'm thinking of them during their pregnacies. I made this one using today's SCS sketch. I used more of Stampin' Up's new paper. This time from the Washington Apple collection. I paper pieced bella's shopping bags as well as her shirt. I wanted to use that print for her shirt, but the pattern on the original sheet of d.p. was way too big, so I shrunk it down on my printer. Then I cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals so she really looks pregnant. That's about it for this one! Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Orangy Javabellas

This card I made for last Friday's SCS Limited Supplied Challenge. We had to use coffee images and the color orange. I love the Hawaii Papaya paper. The colors are warm and fallish. I also used Taylor's Cupcake Challenge Sketch for the layout.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hello Sunshine- Mojo Monday #52

I had the chance to work on Julee's Mojo Moday sketch, and this is what I came up with. Yesterday started of rainy and gloomy here in Ohio, but quickly cleared up and became sunny. The boys love to go out chasing butterflies and stomping in the puddles. That is where the inspiration for this card came from. I pulled out Lily and her accessories. I usually use Billy when I reference my boys, but it was a nice to change to use Lily. I used some of Stampin' Up's new d.p. called Rainbow Sherbert. It has some fun, cheery colors so that's why I chose that line of d.p. I paper piece Lily's rain coat and boots. Do you see that she is standing in a puddle on the sidewalk catching butterflies? That's exactly what the boys would do!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Brother

Today is my baby brother's 25th birtdhay. It drives him crazy when I call him my baby brother because he is only 14 months younger than I am. Here is the card I made for him using Nature Silhouettes from SU! I stamped my main image on a piece of glassy white paper with Versamark, them embossed it in black. Then I ounched out a circle of cardstock using it to mask the area for my sun. I brayered over the whole thing with several colors getting the sunset effect. Then I removed the circle mask from the sun and sponged More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, and Tangerine Tango. It didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped, but he'll love it anyway. Happy Birthday Kyle!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Mini Back Pack

I think all things are so much cuter when they are "mini". I found this great tutorial here so that you can try this yourself. If you do leave a me a link so I can check it out. For mine I used one of SU!'s new collections of D.P. -Hawaii Papaya. After you try this once, it gets easier and you'll be able to make them faster. Isn't it adorable?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

2,4,6,8 Acetate Treat Box

I have to admit that when I see a cute tutorial somewhere, I have to make the project right then. I don't think to remember where I got the tutorial so that I can share it with you. As soon as I remember, and I will, I will be back to share it with you so you can try one yourself. Until then, happy Thursday.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

SCS Sketch Challenge 192

It's been a while since I've been able to participate in a SCS challenge. But now that all the boys are in school, I'll have a little extra time to do all the things I want to do (yeah right)! I still had the Just Jawing set out from the other day so I thought it would be fun to use with this sketch. I love the Ghostly Greetings D.P. The little skeletons work perfectly with this set. After stamping the skull on whisper white cardstock with Basic Grey ink, I thought it needed a little color. I stamped the eyes of the skull again on Pumpkin Pie, added a little glitter, cut them out, and popped them up on dimensionals. It added just the right amount of color. Makes it stand out! I kind of like how it turned out.

Back To School For The Boys and Card Shower

Austin with his 4th grade teacher Cameron with his 1st grade teacher. Allergies got the best of him the first week of school.
Carter today waiting to go to school.

My big boys, Austin and Cameron, actually started back to school on the 26th, but today is Carter's first day. I thought I'd share their first day pictures before I post my card for the day. I can't tell you how excited Carter was to get going this morning. He was ready for school by 7:30 and school doesn't start until 9:00. He was ready to go. He made himself right at home in the classroom, but didn't want to put his lunchbox in the bin because he was afraid someone would take it. He was determined to keep it in his bookbag. We'll find out if he changed his mind. I hope he has a great day. I know I 'm getting a lot done while the three of them are gone, but I do miss them.

I should've mentioned this earlier, but I forgot.....my husband's grandmother turns 70 tomorrow. We are hoping to fill her mailbox with tons of birthday wishes. If you are interested in sending her a birthday card, email me and I will get you her address. She would love to continue to receive birthday wishes even if her birthday has passed. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

You Rock

I'm starting to have time to play with my new SU! stuff finally. This card uses the new Jawing set, wide Pink Pirouette ribbon and a few new buttons. These cards are the same, except for the way I did the ribbon at the top. I used Basic Grey for the card base. I stamped the flowers with white craft ink. I stamped the skull on Pink Pirouette, then cut it out. Then I stamped itagain on white and just used the eyes. I covered them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, then mounted them on dimensionals. That's about it. Today I'm going to be working outside, getting things ready for fall even though it's supposed to be 90 degrees all week!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Wedding Frame

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Happy Labor Day. I hope your weekend is going well. We had a pretty laid back weekend. We decided since it is the last weekend of the summer we weren't going to overbook ourselves with things to do and places to be. It's been nice. Saturday I did have a wedding reception to go to for a cousin. This is her second marriage and it was very informal. It had no idea what to give them. She recently moved and I'd not been in her new house to check out the color scheme or decor. I went with this pewter frame. I decorated each of the 1 1/2" squares and I used 2 of the new In Colors (Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze) because she is also expecting. I thought maybe she could leave sit around the house for a while, then later move it to the baby's room. Well, enjoy the rest of the day because it's back to work for most of us tomorrow.