Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It was really hard to get a good picture at the concert. Ian is the one in the front on the right in the blue vest.
This is one of the ornaments Ian brought home that he made at school. It is a glass ball with his hand print turned into snow men.
I LOVE it!
This is Ian after we got back from the hospitalFriday night. The Doctor gave him the Mickey mouse and he has been taking it pretty much everywhere since.
See the little splint on his pinkie finger....
I think this is one of my favorite Christmas cards I made this year. The House Mouse image is stamped in basic brown ink on vanilla cardstock. I made a mask with a circle punch and traced the inside with a brown (waterproof) marker then colored only the inside. I then put the mask back on and pressed versamark into the circle and embossed with clear embossing powder.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I'll try to come back later with some pictures. We are trying to start packing for the trip to NS tomorrow so we can leave nice and early. I also still have a couple of last minute gifts to wrap :)
I just have to give a shout out to a couple of people that gave me gift certificates. I feel like I should be giving these people gifts because they are so good to me............thank you Joy and Sandra!
Hope you are all having a great day!
Friday, December 21, 2007
The last week has been so busy and sooooo much fun. Saturday was Stamp camp day and then Sunday afternoon Mom came (it was a little touch and go right up until she got on the ferry because of the storm). Monday school was cancelled so we hung out with the kids in the morning and then Mom and I made a quick trip into town (mainly to go to Nicole's) and then Monday night we worked on a book Mom had gotten the kit for in Moncton.
Tuesday morning was Ian's Christmas concert (I was going to post a pic but Joe seems to have moved the cord to my camera-I'll share later). He did great! He sang the songs and did the actions. Joe video taped but it looks like next time I will be on video duty. LOL! At least we do have it :)
After lunch Joe and I went to town to try to finish up our Christmas shopping. It was such a change going to town without the kids- so quiet ;)
Wednesday morning I took Mom to the ferry and then did "a little" shopping in Saint John (mostly at Michael's). I got home in time to do a quick tidy of the house (Joe had actually done most of it-hehehe) and then we had friends arrive at supper time. They are on their way to NS from Ontario and stopped here for 2 nights. Their daughter is a year older than Ian and it was so nice to see how great they got along.
Yesterday we went to Kingswood and they played in the play climber for probably an hour. Poor Ian, he had a blast but took quite a beating. First he came off a slide and twisted his ankle. Then he came off the same slide and twisted his pinkie finger. A little while later he came over to us to get a drink and he had a bit of a bloody nose! Our friends daughter had kicked him by accident when they were climbing. Anyway, our friends left this morning and we are getting ready to take Ian to the hospital. The swelling still hasn't gone down in his finger and it is still bothering him so we are going to get it checked out.
Ok, it is now Saturday morning............I had to leave before I could finish posting. We were at the hospital from about 3:00 till just after 7 last night and he does have a small crack in the bone. He did not want to go into the hospital but once we were in there he was great. He sat perfectly still for the x-ray and he has a little splint on it. I took some pictures last night but I still can't find my cord (gotta ask Joe about that).
Sorry for the long post but I guess when I am only posting once a week I have to make up for it, don't I? LOL! Hopefully later I can get some more pics uploaded and I am planning on playing with some of my new stamps and rub-ons later so I will have something new to share :)
Friday, December 14, 2007
I mentioned a while ago that I was in a Yankee swap (my first time) and the gift was to be around $10. Of course, I knew I wanted to make something (it was for the ladies craft night in my community). Anyway, I decided to make a bracelet/earrings set in red and clear. I made them pretty simple and quick since I was going this the night before.
Once I had the set done I wanted to package it up nice so I went searching though my................um, messy closet (don't tell Mom). I found some Altoid tins and thought they would be perfect but how to put the set in and make it look nice on the inside?
What I did to make it stay in place was I cut a piece of cardstock just a little bigger than the inside of the tin (minus the rounded corners) and I scored around the outside of this piece (I think about 1/2"). I then cut a slit in each corner on the score line to make it stand up inside the tin. I cut 2 slits for the bracelet to go through and I hooked it together in the back and punched 2 holes for the earrings.
The only thing I wasn't 100% happy with was the fact that the cardstock couldn't go to the outside of the tin. I think if I had had the time I may have tried to change that but maybe next time :)
Sorry the pictures aren't the best. I was in a hurry when I took them-just before I put it in the gift bag and ran out the door :)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
One day last week when I was uploading some pictures onto my computer Emma was in the dining room playing with markers. After a few minutes of her being a little too quiet I went to check on her and this is what she looked like!
She had colored on both of her arms, took her socks off and colored the bottom of her feet and pulled her pant legs up and colored her legs!
Thank goodness it wasn't on the walls. She has colored the walls a little but I don't think this much would have come off as easily as it did in the bath. I was just around the corner but it doesn't take long to make quite a mess :)
Little monkey. I definately can't trust her with markers, can I?
Thursday, December 06, 2007
This is what it looked like here Tuesday morning (and still does). The kids had so much fun playing in the snow and Ian was back out yesterday digging paths to the swing set.
Poor Joe has been driving his tractor for months (just for fun) and now that there is snow to play with.......er, I mean plow the tractor isn't working. He fiddled with it for hours Tuesday morning and then finally broke down and called the neighbor to plow. The reason I am telling this is because it worked out better for the kids because the neighbor can make bigger hills because of the bucket :)
As soon as Ian heard Joe saying he was calling Luc he was saying "Daddy, tell him to make a big hill!"
This is kind of a fuzzy picture of Sasha but I think it shows how much fun she had too :)
And last but not least I finally took pictures of some cards yesterday. This is one we did at the last stamp camp. I don't know how well you can tell by the picture but it is a shaker card. I hadn't done one in a long time and they are so fun to make.
Monday, December 03, 2007
I am finally starting to feel better. My cough is almost all gone and I think I would have slept through the night if Emma hadn't gotten up. It figures, the whole time we were sick she pretty much slept through the night and now that we aren't up all night coughing she gets up. LOL! You never know with kids. Actually, I am glad that she was sleeping though the night so that any time we did get a break from coughing we could sleep.
Tonight I am supposed to be going to a pot luck/ Yankee swap with the craft guild so last night I did a really quick bracelet/earring set up. It is red and clear crystals (not real ones though). I thought it would be nice for Christmas and even if the person that gets it doesn't wear jewelry they can give it to someone else. I haven't done any beading so it was nice to sit down and make something last night. I still have to cover an altoid tin and make a salad. I have been kind of stalling thinking they may canel but I haven't gotten a call yet.
Yesterday we went to the kids party at Joe's work and they had a blast. They had 2 bouncy houses set up, a basket ball net (it is so cute watching Ian try to get the ball in the net) and some other ball games and things. Santa was there and had presents for the kids and they could have their picture taken with him. Ian hid behind Joe and carefully reached around Joe to get his present and Emma locked right onto Joe and he had to take her present for her. It doesn't look like I will be getting any pictures with Santa this year.
Ian just got home from school so it is snack time then I am going to go up and get the things finished up for tonight. I'll be back soon with some pictures for you.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I was thinking on the weekend that I was going to have some time to do some stamping and maybe scrapping because I have a pretty slow week but no such luck. Oh well, this is my body's way of saying I need a little break, right? The last 2 nights I have been in bed at 9:00!
Ok, I didn't come here to whine. Did you notice my new Avatar? I sure wish I looked like that when I am sick! LOL! I think she looks pretty good even with all of the kleenex all around her. I just think she needs some toys around her and kids hanging off her robe. LOL!
Hopefully the next couple of days I will feel better and will take some pictures of the projects from last stamp camp and maybe even do something new!
Monday, November 19, 2007
I did start some cards last night that I was supposed to have ready on the weekend for a fundraiser for Ian's school. I am doing 2 sets of Christmas cards up for the 2 baskets they will be selling tickets on (I think they start next weekend or I guess it is this weekend now isn't it?). I used the dashing paper and Merry and Bright. I kept the same colors and they are very simple. I will try to take a picture when they are done. I just need to find an easy pattern for a box for the cards. If anyone has a good one please share :)
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Earlier today I was thinking that I was surprised that I haven't had any e-mails or anyone giving me a hard time for not posting but then I had class tonight and there were a few people getting after me. LOL!
I guess you guys have missed me?
I am coming down with a cold (thanks to Mom and Amy) and was planning on going to be as soon as I got home but I was starting to feel guilty and decided you need something new to look at.
Before I explain the cards I have to say I had an awesome time in Moncton with Mom, Amy and all the other lovely ladies that partied with us till too late Saturday night/Sunday morning. We had soooo much fun. I loved all of my classes. I wouldn't have changed one of them but I do wish I could have some how fit more in. I do have 2 kits to work on though :)
There was talk on the weekend that they may not be able to do it again because the #'s were lower than they would like and I really hope they can do it again next year. Mom had a great idea on how to save the $ and I think I will do it too. If anyone wants more info let me know.
Now onto the cards. The first one is from the last stamp camp. We used crystal effects to make the icicles (put it on wax paper, sprinkle with glitter and let dry). They are really shimmery in real life.
The second card is one I made a while ago while I was playing around with some of the chipboard from the mini (I can't remember what it is called right now). The scalloped square is the chipboard piece. I used a craft re-inker to paint the ink on. The ribbon is the awesome satin ribbon (chocolate chip) from the mini.
Now I can go to bed :)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
We had a blast in Bangor (Roberta, Joy and I). We left around 8:00 Saturday morning and were back home at about 5:30 Sunday night. With the time difference and the time changes we were so messed up by the end of it. LOL! We got to Target, Joann's, AC Moore's, Kohl's, Burlington Coat Factory, and lots of other stores. I think my fav's were AC Moore's (for craft stuff) and Kohl's (for the kids clothes). Oh, and Walmart! I was really surprised that there was so much of a difference in the prices of clothes and things there.
I got most of my Christmas shopping done (which is unheard of for me to be this done this early) and I got a few new toys for myself. I picked up a few Prisma Color markers to try and the Gelly Roll markers I have been thinking about getting. I also found a cute Tinkerbell stamp that was on sale :)
Now I have to find some time to play with my new toys. Today I am working on my swap cards I have to give Mom this weekend. I did my cards for Thursday night yesterday and cut everything out last night so I am free today to get the swap cards done. I am hoping to figure out the one for Sandra's swap so I can work on those during the scrapping time this weekend. I'll be so far ahead I won't know what to do with myself. LOL!
Friday, November 02, 2007
They were both really excited to go out. Ian is pretty shy so he doesn't really talk to anyone. I took him to the 2 houses next door and then Joe drove them to a few others. The last couple of houses he figured it would be easier if Daddy would just go in and get the candy for him. Joe had to explain that it doesn't work that way. LOL!
The first 2 pictures are before they went out and the second 2 are from when they got back, checking out their loot :)
The last one is of our pumpkins. The third from the left is the one Ian drew and then I cut the face out.
I am trying to get some cleaning done this morning so I can stamp this afternoon. I am going to attempt to start on some projects for Thursday night classes and the next stamp camp because I am away this weekend (shopping in Bangor! Whooo hoooo- this is my first time), next weekend is our trip to Moncton for our scrapbooking weekend (Mom, Amy and I) and the weekend after that is the next stamp camp! I can't belive how fast the time is going by.
I will try to post a couple of pictures of Sandra's party tonight. If I don't get to I will share them on Monday after we get back.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Last night Ian and I made sucker covers for him to take to school today. We made them super simple, just an Only orange piece of CS folded in half and a hole punched on the (fold for the stick to go through) and then we stamped the ghost from Booglie Eyes on white and tied it at the top with twine. Ian glued all of the ghosts to the orange and I did the rest. He has been sick the last few days so by the end of it he said I could do the rest when he went to bed. I knew then he still wasn't feeling well!
My October stamp camp was on Saturday and the chocolate bar holder card above was one of the projects we did. I will try to find where I got the pattern from and add the link later. Sunday was our Stamper's group party and we had an awesome time at Sandra's. We had a Halloween party with lots of tricks and treats :) I did take my camera and have a few pics but am getting more tomorrow night so I will share them after that.
I can't wait to take the kids trick-or-treating tonight! This year Emma will be more involved and I think she will love it :) I will post the pictures from tonight sometime tomorrow. We have a Halloween party at play group in the morning so I will try to pop in after that.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Anyway, he is easy this year because he wants to be Spiderman and we were given the costume last year just after Halloween. Emma wants to be a princess and I still don't have her costume so we will be last minute shopping for her. Hopefully they still have some in her size.
This isn't a new card to anyone that was at my stamper's group party in September but I haven't had a chance to take pictures of some of the cards I have done lately. I will try to do that today and will scan my layouts from the weekend. We had an awesome time at the Scrapper's treat. I think I did 13 pages! We had soooo much food and a "few" drinks :) And the company was awesome!
The last few days I have been working on projects for class Thursday night, Stamp camp on Saturday and our stamper's group on Sunday. I think I only have 1 or 2 projects to finish up and then it will be time to start cutting. If I am quiet over the next little while you will know why :)
Time to get Ian out to the bus. Have a great day!
Friday, October 19, 2007
I am getting ready to go scrapbooking for the weekend but I wanted to pop in really quick and do this so I can take it off my "to do" list. I may be back later if I have time to share a card and once I get back I should have some scrapbook pages for you!
Here are the "RULES":
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
3. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.
Eight Random Facts About Me
1. I love horses. I used to own a horse named Oscar. I also had ponies when I was younger. They were named Nibbles and Speed (I didn't name them. LOL).
2. I married my high school sweetheart. We have been together since we were 16 and have been married 9 years.
3. I was a hairdresser/aesthetician. I took hairdressing in '95 and worked for 4 years then went back and took aesthetics (I don't think I am spelling it right but it isn't coming up in spell check). I then worked at both in a day spa.
4. I worked at a strawberry U-pick when I was a teenager.
5. I sold Tupperware for a short time before I had Ian.
Oh my land I still have to think of 3 more!
6. Oh, I have a dog named Sasha, a cat named Ripple and a hamster named Nemo. Of course if you read Mom's blog you know this.
7. I am very close with my family and am so grateful for that!
8. I love playing games. I think Cranium is my favorite but the last time we played I was too tired to enjoy it (I can't wait till Emma sleeps through the night on a regular basis).
Now I need to think of some people to tag. I don't know 8 well enough to tag so I am going to take the easy way out and say that if you are reading this and have a blog you can consider yourself tagged and if you don't have a blog you can share them in the comments on this post. I would love to hear from you :)
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I have to say I was a little intimitated by this stamp set and I had it for over a month before I inked it. There are so many georgous cards made with this set and many are done with techniques that would take too long to do at class on a Thursday night. I finally decided to pull it out last week and do something fairly simple but I am happy with the results.
I don't think it shows in the picture but I added diamond stickles to the centers of the flowers and the white spots on "Fabulous".
I hope you have a fabulous day!
Friday, October 12, 2007
The first one was really quick, I just inked the stamp with Really Rust and Old Olive markers and stamped on Vanilla. The pattern paper is one piece (5" x 3 3/4") cut in half and then matted on Really Rust cardstock. I added some copper stickles to the spots on the flower.
The second card I used the same patterned paper and stamped the big flower on the stripes in Really Rust. The flower was inked with the same markers as above and I added a fire rhineston brad so the center.
Around the card base I used All in a Row for faux stitching in Very Vanilla.
I realized this morning that I lost my links when I changed the template a few days ago so I will add those on the right in a bit.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I have been trying to use up some of my patterned paper scraps so I pulled out a couple of pieces from Petals and Paisleys (not that this used very much of it up! hehehe). I cut them down to 1 1/2" squares and put them across my white card base. I then cut the excess off the sides.
The flower from Priceless is stamped once in Regal Rose and once in Old Olive. The Old Olive one is punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch and I cut the flower out of the Rose one. I matted these on a 1 3/8" Old Olive circle and added the clear rhinestone brad.
I am excited this morning because the November Stampin' Sucess (SU's demo publication) came on-line this morning and the winners from the demo contest from the last few months were shown. My CD album was there with a picture of me. It is pretty cool seeing a picture of you own work in publication.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The Only Orange flower is from In the Spotlight and the verse is stamped in Green Galore (from Polka Dots and Paisley).
I was so excited about this little book that I had to add the pictures right away. Most of the time when I do books for classes I don't take the time to add the pictures but this was just too easy.
This is one of the pages where I cut the picture in half to go across the 2 pages. I did this to one other picture and the rest were single 3" squares with the outside corners rounded.
The directions for the Coaster book can be found HERE on SCS. I am sure I will be doing more of these. They will make great Christmas presents :)
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I thought I would post this Stinkin Cute card to keep in the pink theme. The inspiration for the glittery patterned paper came from some paper I picked up at CompuPro last week. It was Christmas paper with lots of glitter. I decided to make some of my paper I already had on hand glittery with stickles. You could of course use 2-way glue and dazzling diamonds (or another fine glitter) but I thought this would be a little less messy.
I used my orange and pink stickles on all of the dots and set aside to dry. I then stamped the skunk with black craft ink (I like this one for more solid images) and set aside to dry.
Once they were dry I added the flower (inked with markers) and put it together with some May Arts ribbon (hot pink with polka dots). I think I might add a little stickles or a crystal to the center of the flower for a little more bling. The picture really doesn't show the sparkles as much as in real life.
I also have been playing around with making my avatar. Do you like her/me? LOL! I wish I really looked like that. Hehehe. I had to add my dog in there (there weren't really any kids that worked) and I am wearing a pink shirt for this month, at least until closer to Halloween. I may have to change closer to Halloween :)
I have some cards I have taken pics of and a few more I need to do so once I get those done I will put them on my computer and will add something for you later.
We had a great weekend with my family. It was really hard when it was time to say good bye's but in just over a month Mom, Amy and I will be meeting in Moncton for our annual scrapbooking weekend so we have that to look forward to. I'm pretty sure Grampie will be coming here to spend the weekend with Joe and the kids so they will have some time together too :)
Time to get lunch ready for Emma and I and hopefully I will have some time after that to get some pics together.
Also, please let me know if you find the new colors hard to see or if there is anything I need to change. Sometimes it shows up different depending on the computer you are viewing it on. Some of my links have dissapeared as well so this should be a good time to update my list as well.
Edited: I just added *lots* of new links for you to check out. I don't get to check all of them every day but I do try to check in on as many as I can:)
To get your own Avatar just click on the link at the bottom of my Avatar and it will take you to Yahoo where you will need an account. It is free and there were lots of fun things to choose from when you get there. I can see myself changing it often and it is supposed to change automatically on my blog when I make changes on Yahoo. This could be lots of fun.
One more thing, I know there are lots of you checking in that don't comment. Please don't be shy and let me know you were here. I would love to hear your feedback.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I had done a red ladybug a few months ago and wanted to do one in Purely Pomegranite. They are really easy, for the wings I stamped and cut out 2 petals and punched a 1 1/4" and a 1/2" black circle. The 1/2" one is cut in half and put on top of the "wings". The antena was drawn in with a black marker.
For the scalloped border I used my slit punch and 1/8" hole punch.........I love how this border looks.
I have a few cards ready to take pictures of so I will try to do that later so I can have something for tomorrow. I am on a 3 day roll, don't want to break it:)
Only 15 sleeps till we (some stamping friends and I) go for a scrapbooking retreat!!!! I am so excited!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
This is one I did for a party a few weeks ago and I made about 5 more to have on hand (one went to a friend for her Birthday and I have another one set aside for another friend). It was a really quick card but I love the color combination in the Cutie Pie designer paper.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Fall is definately in the air the last few days. We even had to light a fire last night and this morning :(
I thought this card would be appropriate for today. It is one from a month ago that I found in my stash and realized I hadn't posted it here. The tree is colored with watercolor crayons and misted with water before stamping. The faux stitching is done with All in a Row to tie the pattern paper in with the Old Olive cardstock. I made a few extra of these for my "just in case stash" because I thought they would be nice to have on hand. A lot of my cards lately I have been leaving the sentiment off so I can use them for any occasion.
Last Thursday we went apple picking with our play group. These are a couple of pictures from that day. We went again on Sunday and I took my camera but forgot to take pictures.
My family is coming this weekend (for Thanksgiving.......yay!!!) so I think I will make some apple pies this week :)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I'll be back soon.......time to make supper :)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
This is why:
We are opening the archway between the kitchen and dining room up a little more (because of the wood stove and the insurance company). I am happy though because it will give more room for the kids to walk in front of the stove.
We put new ceramic tile under the wood stove (which is still moved over in the middle of my dining room). We are going to take the tiles off the ceiling and gyproc it so there will be lots more dust the next few days!
Once this is done we get to paint and then I think the renovations will be done for a bit.
You can kind of see the new tiles where Ian is standing in this picture. The old ones were a dark brown so this should lighten it up a bit :)
And this is Emma during the cutting.....
Time to do a little cleaning to get me through the day without going nuts from the dust but I know there will be more when Joe gets home so there isn't much point in doing too much. I guess I'll just have to hide upstairs in my stamp room today!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday was Family Day at Joe's work so we popped over there for a bit then went for groceries and some things to do some small renovations to our kitchen.
I haven't had any time to stamp the last few days but I will be doing some tonight to get ready for next week so hopefully I will have something new (this was from a party about a month ago) to share soon.