Monday, November 30, 2009

Promotion Day!!!

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  There is so much going on this week but I do hope to have plenty of things to post for you to see so please check back often to see what may be up.  Since we didn't have very many people enter my giveaway I am going to leave it open for another week.  Just leave a comment on this post and if you have a cute whimsy image please link to it.  They are doing a special Christmas giveaway so please go check it out here.
Today is the day we have been waiting for for quite a while.  My husband, as most of you know, is in the military.  He is enlisted and has been a Staff Seargant for most of our married life.  Today he is being promoted.  He will now be a Technical Seargant and I am so proud of him.  In the Air Force to be promoted to the rank he is and the rank he is being promoted and to Master Seargant (which comes next) you have to study and take a test.  It is very difficult to get promoted because of this, especially since my hubby has difficulty with tests.  I knew he could do this and am so proud of his accomplishments.
I decided that since we get to go to a special promotion ceremony with my boys and my parents that I wanted to make him a card.  He might get a little upset with me at first because I took one of his "stripes" and put it on the card.  I did make sure that I used repositional tape so that we can take it off easily and then get the remnants off so the "stripes" can be sewn on to his uniform.  I hope he likes it.
Of course this promotion comes just in time to help with holiday expenses and of course the new baby.  We couldn't be more happy for all the wonderful stuff we have going on in our lives.  We are truly blessed.

We are all very proud of you sweetheart!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday/CPS Sketch

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and/or family.  It was a good day for us.  Fun times with the family and a good football game.  It didn't turn out so great because my hubby and I woke up to prepare for the big Thanksgiving feast at our house only to realize that we lost electricity.  That is fine for some things but after a while electricity becomes important with a house full of people.  So instead we had to switch the festivities to my sister's house so Thanksgiving dinner was later than it normally is.  But it was wonderful and there is nothing more important on Thanksgiving than good food and good company and that is exactly what we got.
Today I wanted to show you a card I made fairly quickly actually.  I just love how it turned out as well.  It is so not my usual colors and that is what is so great about it.  My mom won a contest with Motivet stamps a while back so I stamped some of the images that she won.  They are adorable and so fun to color.  I colored Doraline holding a sunflower.

I wasn't sure how I wanted to put the card together so I looked around and thought that the CPS sketch would be a lot of fun to use for this adorable little squirrel.  There are several elements on this card but it also looks so simple to me.  I just love it.  Still gotta decide who it is gonna go to though.  Plus, the sentiment just seemed to fit the image so perfectly.  I hope to see you back here soon.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Birthday Boy "Knight Connor"

*Updated with card details and a little chat*

Details to follow soon.  I just wanted to get the picture posted so you have some eye candy.

This is the card I made for my son for his birthday party we had on Saturday.  It was a good day with family.  Very quiet.  Maybe a friends party next  year but this year we decided to do a quiet family party again.
I used some aqua mist cardstock (I think, from PTI).  the rest is all basically scraps from the goody bags I made for his class party.
I used PTI polka dot basics and borders and corners monogram edition to make the pattern on the colored scraps of paper.  The Knight Connor from Whimsy was the exact same one I used for the goody bag.  We had a few extras so I just took it off and retaped it onto his card.  My son seemed pleased with it and I was pleased with the fact that I was able to get rid of some scraps instead of just throwing them out or forgetting about them.
There is still plenty of time to enter the giveaway on the post here.  I hope to see your creations soon.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

'Tis the season

...for a Whimsy Christmas challenge.  I actually got to participate and had so much fun doing it.  I was able to get a little advice from my mom since she was here.  I also got to play with a new stamp I purchased from Whimsy from the new artist, Crissy.  The most adorable snowman you will ever see.  I am probably going to be getting more from her.  I love the Santa she drew as well.  Thanks to my mom, I have a few of those to play with as well for now.
So, this weeks challenge at Whimsy's challenge blog is to make a Christmas card.  No specific rules after that.  Just anything that says "Christmas" to you.  As usual, you do not need to have a Whimsy stamp to participate but if you do have one we would love to see you use it.
My little snow man was colored using Koh-i-noor pencils and baby oil.  I was just looking at my card and he is pretty self explanatory, in my opinion, but I also know what I did.  If you do have any questions for me though please don't hesitate to leave the question in your comment or you can email me with your question.  I will get back to you with an answer as soon as possible.

I have promised a giveaway a few weeks or a week ago and never delivered thanks to my internet going down.  So, this is what I am going to do.  If you want to win this card with a few other little goodies (I have to figure those out before I can announce it here) please leave a comment on this post and a link to the creation you have made for the Whimsy Christmas challenge and I will pick a winner via next Monday the 30th of November.
So, what are you waiting for, get to making a lovely Christmas card.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy 6th Birthday!!!

Today I am a little late because I was volunteering for the first time in my oldest son's kindergarten class.  They had a half day today. His kindergarten is only half day anyway but he goes during the PM schedule.  So today was a little crazy for us.  We had to get up early and get ready for school right away.  I think all in all it went very well.  A friend watched my youngest son so I could spend some time helping out in my son's class.  It was a lot of fun and seeing them have their own little Thanksgiving "feast" of pocorn, fruit and cookies.  There were two classes there since we were combining.  My son's class was the Indians and the other class were the Pilgrims.  It was so cute.
Anyway, today I wanted to share with you the projects I made for my son's class yesterday.  Yesterday my oldest son turned 6 years old.  I am still in shock that he is one year older.  It amazes me how much he is growing and maturing now that he is in school.  I am so proud of his accomplishments and just know that he is going to grow up to be a wonderful man someday.
My son decided that he wanted a Knight on his goody bag tags(?).  It was quite the intricate project but it wouldn't have been so bad if I had gotten started on this part much earlier.  That is my procrastination coming into play here.  I kinda cheapened it up a bit with staples but the morning before I was supposed to take them in I just couldn't get the rope to work the way I wanted.  You will see in the picture. 

I am also adding a couple of pictures of my son. 

This is the day we brought him home from the hospital.  He was 2 days old in this picture.  The outfit is an outfit my Mother in law made for my husband when he was born to come home from the hospital in.  My youngest son also wore this outfit home from the hospital and now this baby will be coming home in the same outfit.  I just love tradition.

And this is my son on his 6th birthday.  I can't believe how much he has grown and how much of a young man he looks like now.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Whimsy challenge

Oh my gosh!!!  Can you say behind?  I am scrambling to get everything done and still take care of my house.  It just isn't working that well.  But I did get a project done for this weeks Whimsy challenge.  The challenge is to make anything other than a card.  Please go to the blog and check it out and make something wonderful to share with everyone.  Remember, you don't need a Whimsy stamp but if you do have one we would love to see it on your project.
Here is my card:

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Monday, November 16, 2009

Birthdays, birthdays, and more birthdays

The end of the year is always been the busiest for my family.  When I married my husband and had my children it only added to the chaos that is the end of the year with holidays and birthdays. 
November 7th was my husbands birthday and a very busy one at that.  Today is my Dad's birthday and I couldn't have asked for a better father than the one he was to me and my siblings.
Thursday is my oldest son's 6th birthday.  I cannot believe he will be 6 already because it still feels like he was born only recently.
Today I am going to show you a project I did for my son's kindergarten teacher.  In conversation she mentioned that her birthday was last Wednesday, Veteran's Day.  So on Thursday I spent the morning getting a little something together for her birthday.  For the card I saw the same layout used by Lorie and I loved it.  It is simple, cute and so easy to throw together.  Plus, I just love the PTI "Life" stamp set.
The basket was already made a long time ago.  It has been sitting on my desk taking up space for a while and it just happened to match the colors I used on her card.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

I'm back with Whimsy

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you had a wonderful week.  It has been crazy here not having the internet.  I really didn't realize how much I depend on the internet until I didn't have it.  I was going crazy.  But we are back for now and hope we don't have any more complications for a while.
When I realized my internet was down I was getting ready to log on here and show you a card I made for the Whimsy challenge.  I was very late in getting it done so I didn't get to have it posted on the Challenge blog but did want to get something done. 
There is still a few more days to get a project done.  This week is watercolors.  I haven't done much watercoloring but new I needed to challenge myself.  If you want to join just watercolor something, anything, and put it on a project.  We would like to see your Whimsy images if you have them but if you don't please don't hesitate to join us anyway.
Here is my project, a digital image that was designed for a good cause.

I didn't mention this earlier but my laptop is not getting internet access because our router is having issues so I don't have access to some of my editing programs.  I hope you don't mind settling for a very simple image. 
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Internet Issues

Hello All!!! This is Melissa's sister, she wanted me to go on here to let you all know that she is having internet issues and has been unable to connect. As soon as she can get this resolved she will be back to update her blog.

She wanted to make sure everyone knew that everything is ok, just the lovely internet :)


Monday, November 2, 2009

Spread the Love Blog Hop

*This post will remain at the top of my blog until the 9th at the end of the prize giveaway.  Also remember you can send Jaimie a card at anytime.*

Happy Monday!!!  I hope everyone had a great weekend and a wonderful and safe Halloween.  I will do another post about Halloween.  I want to make sure that this blog hop gets the notice it deserves.  Here is a snippet that explains most of it.

"On October 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home in a small town in New Hampshire. Alone and sleeping inside were a mother and her 11 year old daughter. These 4 boys broke into this home with the intent to rob and kill anyone inside. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings."
Our hope is that everyone hopping around today will stop for a moment and think about Jaimie and her father and what life must be like for them now. One moment in time has changed their lives forever. We are asking that everyone reading this message please take a moment to make a card and send it off to Jaimie. You can make something very simple or much more involved, but please share some words of hope and love and let her know that people do care and want the best for her.

The address to send cards to Jaimie is on my sidebar with the button about the blog hop.  There has also been a special blog set up and Jaimie and her story.  Please go here and check it out.  I know they are doing some special giveaways with some great sponsors.

If you came here first please go to Katharina blog here.

The card I made for Jaimie is in conjunction with the Whimsy stamp challenge for this week.  The challenge is round and round.  Use as many circles as you can or want to.  I have also added a heart for Jaimie as requested by Denise.  Here is my card.

From here you will want to go check out Leslie's blog here.  Thank you so much for taking a moment to look here and hopefully you can continue the blog hop and join in on the festivities.  This is a sad thing that happened and cards are a small gesture but they really do mean a lot in uplifting spirits.

Thank you for stopping by!!!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Coming Soon, blog candy

I have been slacking on my duties as a blogger.  This week has drove me crazy and nothing is going to change in the upcoming weeks and months.  With more holidays coming up and 6 birthdays and other personal stuff I am just going to do my best to get what I can done so you have something to see.  But in between those occassions I will be posting some minor blog candy.  So keep a look out for those.  I hope to have the first one posted very shortly.  Plus, Monday is another Whimsy challenge so please come back for that at the very least.
Thanks for stopping by!!!