Friday, July 30, 2010


I don't have anything crafty to show you.  Well, anything crafty that I made.  I didn't say anything when I first heard about it because I just didn't know how it was going to work or how long it was going to take.  But...if anyone buys from PTI (Papertrey Ink) they know that they have a monthly release full of all kinds of giveaways.
My mom and sister have been with PTI since the minute they opened and got me started on them probably around the time I moved back to California, almost 3 years ago.
Every month each one of us enters to win any of the stamps sets that they are giving away for that month.  For over 3 years now none of us have won anything and were beginning to think that it would never happen.  Well, the day after the release party my mom sent me a text.  It turned out that I have been randomly picked as a winner of one of the prize packages.

The package I won is actually perfect for me.  It was called the school time package.  It consisted of the pack of cardstock of the new color, harvest gold, each spool of ribbon (6), a bag of buttons, some felt, 3 of the new stamp sets (school time, school time additions and teacher's apple) and the spiral notebook page die.  I am so excited and can't wait to dig in and starting playing with all of it.  I won it with a comment about how I planned on making a "scrapbook" of all 3 of my boys school years, kindergarten through high school.  I had a similar book that was given to me by my kindergarten teacher (I think).  Such a great treasure.
As soon as I get some goodies made up with these awesome supplies I will be posting them for sure.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Hello everyone!!!  I am trying to keep up with everything but it has been difficult.  Monday was my nieces birthday and I have yet to make her a card and get her a present.  Today is a special day as well.  Today is the day (32 years ago) that my parents said their vows in front of friends and family and God.  I am so proud to say that my parents are still married after all these years.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!!
Now if you don't want to see your card then I would suggest leaving the blog for a few days as it just got out in the mail.
Yep, another thing I am late on.  I got their card made yesterday.  I have to admit too, I did not come up with this concept.  I basically stole the layout from Lorie from Live-Love-Laugh-Create.  Lorie got her basic layout from the CPS challenge for this week which is being sponsored by Flower Soft.
The card base is 4 X 8 1/2 made from rustic cream cardstock.  I used ocean tides ink and sponged around the entire edge.  Then used ocean tides cardstock cut at 4 X 3 1/2 stamped using Tim Holtz tea dye distress ink and PTI background basics: hearts.  Now, I have to tell you.  I finally bought the PTI background basics: text style stamp that I have been wanting since it came out and planned on using it right away.  Since I was making an anniversary card though, I thought the love sentiment on the hearts set made more sense.  The hearts from the same set were stamped using vintage cream ink.  The ribbon, button and twine are some I had in my stash.  Then I used Martha Stewarts border bunch with dark chocolate cardstock for the bottom.
The sentiment was made with kraft cardstock and stamped with the newest PTI anniversary set, round and round with fresh snow ink and colorbox chalk dark chocolate ink.
Well, I think that about does it.  I hope my parents love it as much as I love how it turned out.  I also hope they are able to enjoy a wonderful night or day out for their anniversary.
I love you Mom and Dad, here is to another 32 years of wedded bliss!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Color Cue

Happy Monday!!!  It seems that I have been a little behind on my posting.
I have fallen for a new stamp company called Wplus9.  I have only one set from them but plan to get many more.

Over at Wplus9 they have a challenge colored color cue.  They give you about 4 colors and challenge you to make project using those colors.  I loved working with these colors.
I chose to use berry sorbet as my coral color.

Since this card is a very simple card I am going to leave you with just a few details.  The background stamp is Wplus9.  The other stamps for the sentiment are PTI (Life and little lady).

The frame is one that my sister cut out for me using her silhouette.  I love that and would love to get one of my own.  What a neat tool that is.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Father's Day a month late

...but better late than never, right?
Since hubby was gone for a month he missed Father's Day.  I thought about getting something and sending it to him but I didn't do it.  I just wasn't up to doing any projects.
When it was getting close for my husband to return I knew I had to get started on his Father's Day present.  It wasn't going to be anything he really wanted but I wanted to do something for him as a Father.
I saw on a gift bag before my husband left, a picture of a father and his son sitting on the kitchen counter.  All the pictures showed was their legs and feet hanging off the counter and thought that made for an awesome pictures.  So, before my husband left I had him gather the boys and I took a picture of all 4 of them sitting on our back fence.  I decided to give it more of a black and white feel to it and then mat it in a frame.
I took it one step further and thought it would be even more special if we froze time for just a bit and put each of the boy's footprints on the mat.  I had the two older boys write their own names above their print and then I wrote each of their ages underneath their print.
The polka dots were stamped with PTI Polka dot basics in enchanted evening.
The saying on top was something the boys got from church so I do not know who the author is.  I matted that with smokey shadow cardstock and edged it with enchanted evening ink.  The brads I had in my stash from Joann's.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Photos, photos and more photos

Hello all!!!  As I promised I have something to share with you today.
Right arond Memorial Day weekend I got some great news that I had won a photo book courtesy of vistaprint via Wendy Aderson's blog "Just me and my little world".  I was in total shock when I got the news.  I remember showing my husband the book and all the possibilities it brought but I even told him I wasn't going to win so we might as well just forget about it.
Well, it took me about a month to decide what to do with it and then get all the pictures together.  I couldn't have bee more happy when I finally got all the pages together.
I must admit that I was surprised when I got the book in the mail.  It isn't quite what I expected.  It is only 26 pages but for some reason I expected it to be thicker ad the pages smaller.  It looks to be a 12 X 12 sheet and the pages are grat and the pictures are awesome but just not what I expected.  I am grateful I have it though.
I decided to "scrapbook" the last year that we spent in Alaska.  It was the most amazing and sad year all at the same time.  I didn't realize how much I was going to miss it all when we were there.  Now, everytime I think about Alaska or look back at pictures I miss home.  Crazy how a Southern California girl could so easily become an Alaskan, but I did.  I can't wait to be able to move back. 
 I know my oldest can't wait either.  He has been talking about it since we left.  My middle one doesn't remember it much and of course my younget has no idea about it at all.  I hope the younger 2 come to love it as much as the rest of us have.
I have more projects so I hope to see you back next week.
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The reason for my LONG MIA

Hello everyone!!!  I hope some of you are still out there.  It has been a very long time since I have posted here.  I feel horrible.  I have been MIA here because I have had my hands full with my 3 young boys.
(The sign I helped my boys make to greet their dad at the airport)
I finally feel comfortable sharing this information with you.  For a month my husband has been gone.  We call it a TDY but in the civilian world I guess it would be a business trip.  He was in Texas for a class.  My husband is a crewchief AKA airplane mechanic in the Air Force.  Right now he is gearing up to work on different airplanes than he has since he joined the Air Force.  To do that he has to go to classes.  This past month he was learning what he needed to know about the B-1 bomber.  Down the road he will be learning more about the B-52 and one more class for in depth information about the B-1 again.
I don't know when these classes will happen and where all of them are and for how long but I know that again I will be a single parent to my three boys.  I have dealt with him being gone before but that was when we were dating and I had a full-time job outside of the home.  This was his first real trip since our boys have been born.  I have to tell ya, I commend all the single parents out there that make it work.  I am not cut out to be a single parent.  I managed and lived through it, survived, but I am not looking forward to doing it again.  And the one thing I refuse to think about is that someday it is quite possible that we may have to live through a 6 month deployment.  I am so grateful that that hasn't happened yet.  I also feel blessed that we haven't been through, and probably won't, have to live through a year long deployment.  I commend those Marine and Army wives that do it more than they should.
The sad thing, for my husband, is that he was thrown right into our crazy lifestyle.  Just hours after my husband arrived home I began to get a headache.  It wasn't bad so I assumed it would be going away as soon as it came.  We stopped and got something to eat on the way home so I take some pain killers.  It didn't work.  I went to bed with the same headache.  Now, the problem I have is that if I go to bed with a headache I am waking up with a migraine.  Sure enough, that is what happened.  We had plans to go see Toy Story 3 that day but with my head the way it was I just didn't want to ruin the trip.  I told my husband to take our 2 oldest boys and go.  I am glad they had a good time and got some fun 2 on 1 time with Daddy.  Thankfully later that night my headache dissipated and I was able to enjoy a few hours with my husband before we needed to get some sleep, he had to work today.
I guess with my hands full trying to be a mom and a dad to my 3 boys I have been busy and stressed.  Also with hubby gone, in a sense, I was without my muse.  I didn't feel excited about creating.  Now that he is home, I do.  I have one project to show you and another that I won on a wonderful blog.  So I hope you come back soon and often to see what this month long siesta has done for my mojo. 
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

God Bless the U.S.A.

May we all have a safe and Happy 4th!!! 
Please remember the reason for today.  It may be a day to celebrate and have fun with friends and family but it also is a day to remember our ancestors who fought to make this country free.