Monday, June 30, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
This card is a thank you for my mom and dad. They bought Gage a new bike this weekend. His was in bad shape and was really too small for him. He's outgrown all of us now, I think. I used SC174. I really like this sketch - I've used it three times now! Gage's new bike is orange, so I knew I wanted to use orange and I knew I wanted to use the basic grey bike paper. I paired the bike paper with the stripes from the same set and since the olive was so prominent in the paper, I chose olive to go with the pumpkin. I was trying to decide on the third color and was leaning towards a yellow, but when I pulled the olive paper off of my shelf, a scrap of blue bayou, which had somehow ened up on top of the olive came tumbling down and landed with the other colors. I really liked the combo, so there was my third color, chosen by fate! The image is Riley on a bike from Hanna Stamps colored with copics and sakura glitter pens. I stamped the thank you on the bike dp punched it with a circle punch, stuck it in the hodgepodge hardware and mounted that on a pumpkin oval.
Other than my color combo literally falling into place, nothing went as planned this weekend it seems. Thursday, Kai told me he wanted to have a "boys night". We do that once in a while. I will get the boys McDonalds - or some other food that I don't like and they watch a "silly boys movie that mom's don't want to watch". I run off to eat Chinese with my friend, Christie sans kids. So, it's fun for all of us. Well, I got the boys their food and went to drop Kai off and he switched gears on me. He said he wanted to have family night instead. I told him that I had already made plans with Christie and that we'd have family night the next night - I would fix Mama's diner (hamburgers, fries and homemade milkshakes) and we would play games or something. He thought that sounded good and so I was off! Well, we ate and then went to walmart where Christi saw someone she knew and spent a long time catching up - I didn't get home until 9:30 or so. Kai hadn't gone to bed yet because he hadn't gotten to give me a hug. So, I hugged him, kissed him, gave him an eskimo and put him to bed. Saturday, mom, dad and Emma came. I was totally in a cleaning mode, but didn't get much done before they arrived. We had some big issues with Emma, so that made for a very UNfun day. Sunday, I really was going to get the house all cleaned up. Well, at a little before 5 am, I was awoken by a sweet little voice singing The Christmas Song from the Chipmunks Movie. The song was followed by "did that sound pretty, mom?". Ok, not much sounds pretty at that time of the morning when you didn't get to bed at a decent hour the night before, but I drug myself up and told Kai it sounded awesome. We got up and played for a while and then went out to breakfast, followed by a very expensive trip to the grocery store. We did get the fridge cleaned out and the groceries put away and then got a phone call saying mom was coming to town again. So, by the time she left at around 3:00, I was exhausted. I sat down with the kids and kept falling asleep. Gage woke me up and pointed out that Kai had fallen asleep on my lap as well. Now, if Kai gets even a 10 minute nap, he is a nightmare to try to get to bed at night. So, I woke him up (bribed him outside with an icepop). Then I asked Gage if he would watch him while I took a nap. I told him to wake me up in 15 minutes - he felt sorry for me and let me sleep for over an hour, but couldn't keep Kai awake, so he slept for that long, too. So, none of us got to sleep before midnight last night. Lastly, while Gage was riding his bike, the chain slipped off and he crashed. He has road rash on his leg, a bruise on his cheekbone and his other leg is scraped up, too. He was pretty sore last night, I'll bet he's worse this morning. He took his bike over to a neighbor kid and he helped him fix the chain and even adjust the breaks. This boy is such an awesome kid - I told Gage we'd make him some cookies to thank him. So, that was my weekend. I'm pretty sleepy today, and I imagine Kai is, too, which means he'll fall asleep at daycare and I'll have to fight him at bedtime again tonight. Ugh! Hope the week gets better from here on out!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The soda set starts with a strawberry crush 6 pack. In hindsight, I should have picked one of those 4 packs - jones or stewarts. The six pack was harder to cover because the 12x12 doesn't wrap even halfway around the sides and I had to do some patching. This should be fine, as it will be on a table surrounded by some other goodies, but it was frustrating for me, nevertheless. I covered it with this cute paper from we are memory keepers (got it at hobby lobby). I thought the little circles on it looked like the pop tops. The stamps are from high hopes. I stamped and colored the background and sponged the sky. The gorilla is cut into 3 layers. The feet, the body, popped up with dimensionals and the head popped up just a little more with some pop dot things I got at hobby lobby, which are a bit thicker.
I got the popcorn boxes at the target dollar spot. I covered them with more we are memory keepers dp. I made a wrap for the microwave popcorn and a rose red belly band. I used marker to stamp just the gorillas head and then punched it with a circle punch and matted it on a turquoise (I got this paper at hobby lobby to match the dp) scallop circle punch.
I covered the boxes with - you guessed it- we are memory makers dp. I stamped and
matted the sentiments on a combination of rose red, turquoise and orangey yellow from hobby lobby and gable green. The gorillas are again done in 3 layers.
This is the invitation. I used gable green, chocolate chip, rose red (which for some reason looks darker on my computer) and we are memory keepers dp. I used the nesties for the circles and scallops. The leaf is traced from a sticker that came in my su summer days kit. I ran the leaf through the cuttlebug in the swiss dots folder. Then I accented the dots with a copic marker and outlined it with gable green. I balanced the leaf with the little gems on the opposite side of the scallop. This was such a fun set to do and since I picked a theme, it was really easy because I just used all the same papers and stamps over and over.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
On a sad note - my dad is in the hospital. He was having chest pains and his blood pressure was very high. They changed his medication and are going to let him go home today. Scary! It just scares me to even think about not having my parents around. I know it will happen someday, but my dad just seems so young!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
This is the card I made for my dad for father's day. He is an awesome cook (in addition to be a great father and papa).
Monday, June 9, 2008
Monday morning and back to work. I came so close to calling in sick today - I have such a bad headache, I didn't sleep well last night, so I'm really tired and it's just cloudy and gloomy out. It would be such a good day to stay home in sweats and read or watch tv and just be lazy. But, I was a good girl and came in. This card is for one of my bosses who's birthday is later this month. I used an inkadinkado image and made the "got cake?" sentiment with snap stamps. The paper is basic grey, real red and black. The ribbon, I got at walmart. I colored the image with copics and went over the cherry on the cupcake with a glaze pen to make it shiney.
This card is for my sister's birthday - I hope she's not reading this. I really doubt she is - she's VERY busy these days, but if so - don't look, Pam! My mom told me that Pam loves the afternoon tea dp, so I used it for her card with close to cocoa, groovy guava and soft sky. The image is from My Favorite Things Serenity Now. I paper pieced the background and that girls shirt. The sketch is one of Jen's SFYTT. I inked the edges with close to cocoa, cool carribean and cameo coral. The ribbon is american crafts.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
I made this card Friday night. I was looking at this little pup and thought he looked awfully concerned with what was going on in his nether regions. Then I thought that the little starbursts almost looked like "youch spots". So, I drew the little dots that were supposed to be fleas. I didn't know if anyone else would get it, so I stamped the bug from A Bug's Life and put him "under" the magnifying glass (I added a little crystal laquer). I love these dps from Polar Bear Press. The green paper is from Bazzill, the dog is stamped on real red and the card base is bayou blue. I got the ribbon at hobby lobby.