Friday, December 31, 2010

JUGS #65 Sketch Challenge

This week Kathryn has a simple little sketch to kick off the new year! It really is simple so if you have some time this weekend try it out. I whipped this up, literally, Friday morning for my Grandma. It is her 83rd birthday! She has always teased that she was born the day before she got married. Her anniversary was January 1st.
We are going out to eat for her birthday with the family. Then we are supposed to head out for a New Years Eve party at a friend's house. Hope all of you have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Decorating and JUGS 64 Color Challenge

Andrea has a great color challenge for us over at JUGS. Be sure to stop by to see all the gals creations. I have a couple homemade gifts to create yet this year and I had made these calendars thanks to Paper Smiles Blog When you go her link you can print off the calendar. There are all the directions on her blog. Here is my creation using the colors for today. I thought they went perfectly for my winter page! I just noticed my "I" is hanging on, so I fixed it, but didn't get a picture!Here is the Spring side! Summer and Fall are in the works. This was all I could manage with both kids this morning!The kiddos and I, very early in the morning, before I left to go shopping in St. Louis a couple weeks ago! Ava and Kale sporting their Christmas jammies! Kale even has Ethan's old reindeer slippers to match!
Daddy and the kiddos before we set up the Christmas tree! Here's Ava putting on the tree topper!
Mission accomplished!
Here is our tree all decorated! It's all just pretty decorations. We haven't put up personalized ornaments since Ethan died, maybe one of these years, but for now this is what we do! Kale so far as been pretty good at not taking down the tree!

Here is me and my girl! Ava is such a sweetheart. She loves to be by my side doing whatever it is I am doing and she LOVES to do all sorts of crafts, wonder where she gets that from?!?
Hope everyone has a great weekend. We have the 1st of 3 Christmas's on Sunday.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jugs Sketch Challenge!

It's time for me to share a sketch with you from JUGS!! I'm in love with pennants and I'm really enjoying using them in my scrapbooks too. I just finished this page for Kale's 1 year picture.....see I really am trying to stay on top of my scrapbooks. I started Kale's out going backwards and I'm finished from birth through 3 months and then back to October, so I don't have much left to do with his pictures, at least in comparison to Ava's and Ethan's books. my sister-in-law and I are making good progress though and I'm off the week after Christmas so I'm planning on getting a lot accomplished then!< This is the sketch that I created for you today. Hope you can play along. Be sure to see the JUGS site for all the other girls creations too. Here is Kale's One Year Old page. I did this separate from his birthday party. The other page (which isn't finished yet) will have his "BIG BRO" and "BIG SIS" on it. I really like how it turned out!

Here is a closeup of my journaling. I love my new dies from Papertrey. I haven't bought a lot of stamping stuff lately just because I've been a little busy, but I absolutely love my purchases from them last month! The pennants are a die too. TOO CUTE!

I love how the pennant of his name turned out. I printed out his name on the computer and then punched it out and dobbed around it and added it on with a dimensional. Notice the tops of the penants too. They are another die from Papertrey Ink. I purchased the patterned papger from Hobby Lobby and just layered it with some Baja Breeze paper from SU! I added a little twine bow on the ends to complete my page!
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm off to shop on Saturday for Christmas in St. Louis. Hopefully I get some of my list checked off! Then Sunday I get to meet up with a college friend that I haven't seen since 2005 when I did RAGBRAI (a bicycle ride across Iowa). She just had a little girl named Marin so I can't wait to meet her!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

JUGS #61 Holiday 3D Embellishment Challenge

Little late, but it's still Saturday. I've had some rather BIG computer problems at my house. My main computer is infected with a virus so it is in the shop for the next 10 days or so. Ethan has a laptop so I finally got that up and all hooked up so I could do some things on the computer. I'm very limited to editing programs so I actually edited my picture in "Paint". Here is my take on Kristin's 3D Holiday Embellishment Challenge for JUGS!

I added an ornament to a card for one of Ava's teachers as their Christmas gift. One card down, one more to make!

I've updated my house website too so you can see pictures of the progress.

Hope everyone has a great Holiday weekend!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Start Each Day With WHEE!

I just love this stamp that my Mom got me, Start Each Day with Whee from Pure Innocence for My Favorite Things. Just makes you think of having fun as a little kid. This is a birthday card for a blogging friend of mine, Lynn. Hope she likes it!

I had another long evening last night doing some scrapbooking with my sister-in-law. I was organizing pictures and she was working on layouts for me. It's SOOO nice to have help! My goal is to do a little each day, even if it is only sorting through pictures or working on one layout.

Hope everyone has a wonderful "short" week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

JUGS 60 - Color Challenge

Lisa came up with these fabulous colors for this week's JUGS challenge. JUGS now has over 700 followers and as a thank you we are giving away a gift to one lucky participant. We have a JustRite stamp set and a Spellbinders Impressability to offer up. So why not play along this week! Here's "my creation" for JUGS this week!

I;ve been very busy doing something for myself this week. I'm trying to get my scrapbooks caught up. My sister-in-law has offered her help so the other night we were up until past 1:00 in the morning working on my books. I could barely pull myself out of bed at 7:00 the next morning! I got very far behind with everything like that when Ethan got sick in July of 2007. I obviously put all of that on the backburner, but now I'm ready to dive in and get everything back in order and what a task it is. I'm determined though to get it finished. Wish me luck. Be sure to stop over and see the other girls creations at JUGS!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Kale!

Here is Kale with his "smash" cake!
This was Kale's birthday invitation. I copied off of a friend of mine....Thanks Jenny! They were so simple, yet so cute! Here's a look at the inside!

Here's the whole table, cowboy napkins too!

Instead of a big cake, my sister-in-law made her famous pettifor cakes!

< /a> Here is Kale's birthday card from Mommy and Daddy
Here is the famous banner that I made for Ethan's 4th birthday that hangs proudly in Kale's room. When Ethan saw this hanging he told our good family friend, Brick, that it said "Happy Birthday Ethan!"

The table decorated with pictures of Kale, his card, and his cakes.

Kale is showing off on his new rocking horse!

Let's just pick up the whole cake!

His new rocking horse from Mommy and Daddy.
This is the winning present! Kale loves this new ride-0n-train. It makes noise and blows balls out of the top!
Ava loves to push him around the house on his new ride-on-train!
Kale had a great birthday! He got a TON of new toys and clothes! Daddy just needs to finish up on the house so we have room for them all!

Here is Ava in her cowgirl attire!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just Us Girls #58 - Sketch Challenge

First I have to start off by sharing my kiddos from Halloween! If this doesn't make you smile then you should probably go back to bed :-) I got a costume magazine in the mail and saw this donkey costume from Shrek and just had to have it. I have titled this picture
"My Princess and Little Ass"! Ethan would have loved this costume for sure!
Now on to "business". Pam has a wonderful sketch for you today for JUGS sketch challenge. I got to play with a new toy of mine. It's a pinwheel maker. I bought it this week when I took my Grandma, Aunt, and my Mom to a quilting store in Hannibal, MO. I'm sure I could have figured out how to make them by hand, but this little plastic gadget sure was easy to use. They came in all sizes, but I got the smallest one with the intentions of using it for this card. I really like how it turned out and now I can make fabric flowers too!

This card is for my sister-in-law's birthday which is this coming Wednesday. I used some SU patterned paper that I had and the twine is from PTI. Here is my Ava girl in her new leopard print turtleneck and sweater. She loves it so she didn't mind posing for me before we headed off to Hannibal to shop. I'm "finally" back to working just 2 days so this week was so much less stressful for me and I got a lot done around the house. It is Saturday and I'm not going to spend all day doing laundry for once! I got Ava Girl's room cleaned and we organized all of her toys yesterday. She had fun helping because she found all sorts of stuff that she didn't know she had! I think she might be a tad bit like me because she has TONS of those silly bands and she keeps them in her vanity drawer in her room and every night when she takes them off she puts them back in order and knows exactly which ones she has and where they go! Here's a picture of her drawer, not sure why blogger flipped the picture, but you get the idea!I wanted to share this picture that Ava colored too. She loves to color and spends a good majority of her days coloring, but she has started something new lately. Can you see the grid of blue that is drawn all over the horse? She takes her pictures now and draws a grid and then colors the spaces a different color. I think it is kinda neat and I don't have any idea where she learned how to do this.

That's it from me on this Saturday morn! It's hopefully going to be a pretty laid back weekend. I need to get groceries from town today, but other than that there isn't too much on the agenda. Most of the day I'll be chasing Kale around as he has discovered how to walk and we are gearing up for his birthday next weekend too! Hope all of you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop 9

Welcome to the 9th week of JustRite Stampers’ Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops! I am so excited to be a part of this along with the JustRite and Just Us Girls Design Teams! JustRite has WONDERFUL stamps and their Christmas Collection is just fabulous!

Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps! Don’t forget that JustRite has some Christmas stamps in their newly released CLING line of stamp sets, too -- you can find them HERE. This week, the designers joining the JustRite design team is the Just Us Girls (JUGS) challenge blog design team!
For the month of November, JustRite will be throwing in some holiday gift ideas using your JustRite stamps, so be watching for those, too, on November’s hops!

In celebration of JustRite’s 9th and 10th weeks of Christmas Blog Hops, they have a huge surprise for you -- take 25% off All JustRite Original Christmas Stamps now through November 15th, with FREE Shipping within the US! Don't forget to tell Santa!

My project features the JustRite stamp sets, "A Merry Little Christmas Set" and "Vintage Christmas Set". I LOVE this snowman. He has such a sweet face! I added a little bling with rhinestones on his coat. I layered this card to give it a lot of dimension. All of the paper is from Stampin' Up (Baja Breeze Patterned Paper and Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock). Hope this gets you inspired to create your Christmas cards.

Please stop by and visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today!

JustRite Inspiration Blog

JustRite Design Team:

Debbie Olson

Sharon Harnist

Heidi Blankenship

Kazan Clark

Stephanie Kraft

Barb Schram

Michele Kovack

Angela Barkhouse

Kathy Jones

Just Us Girls Design Team:

Andrea Matthews

Dana Gustafson

Kristin Bueter

Maria Levine

Kathryn Berthiaume

Lisa Kind

Pam Imholz

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's time for another JUGS challenge and I have to thank my Mom for this one. She made my flower for my card! She is really good at making both paper and fabric flowers so I left it to the expert! I really love this card for it's simplicity and also how much it pops. Not every card you make has to take a long time. Hope some of you get a chance to play along with JUGS this week!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Happy Halloween and a little of this and that!

I "finally" got a package off in the mail for my friend Lauren Meader and her daughter Alexa! It's only been sitting in my stamping area for about a month now! I hope she enjoys it. I sent her this card and a bottle of wine from our neighbors, Spirit Knob Winery. Alexa got an owl....silly me didn't take a picture of it or her card!

Here is Ava being a very big girl at the dentist. We got to go on my birthday! (I didn't eat cake until after my teeth were cleaned!)
Here's Kale David walking along the hallway wall. He is so close to walking. He took his first step yesterday at my Mom's house and my Mom, Grandma, and I got to see him do it! He took one more for the babysitter today so he might be walking by his birthday on Nov 13th!

Friday I headed to St. Louis to see my college girlfriends and their kids at the zoo. It was a lot of fun and the girls really had a good time. All the little guys were in their strollers and seemed to have fun too!

Here's a picture of the two of them. Doesn't Kale look so happy to be there!
I'll hopefully get better about updating on here. I'm working hard on a plan to catch up on all of my scrapbooking. I've been asking my blogging friend Lynn Mangan a lot of questions because she seems to be quite organized about how she does hers. That is on the top of my to do list this weekend so we'll see how it all goes! If anyone has any tips I would love to hear how everyone organizes their scrapbooks.