Friday, February 26, 2010

JUGS Template Challenge #22

I can't believe it is the end of February already! Where has this year gone? I was definitely busy today. I'm writing this Friday night as I have a class to teach in the morning. Everything is ready to go and I just finished up my template. We used My Time Made Easy's Under Cover Template and one of the cut files for this weeks challenge. Pam is the hostess this week and this was definitely a challenge for me. I love bunnies, but just couldn't come up with anything. Then I thought....oh wouldn't it be cute to make a wagon out of the template, so that is what I did. I used some extra bunny tails for the wheels and resized them for the middles. Then I added a little Easter grass and candy. I think it turned out pretty cute for a quick little project on a Friday night.

Be sure to stop by JUGS to see all the gals creations. I have links to everyone on my side bar too. You can get the under cover template too from My Time Made Easy. Lauren Meader is the owner and is just creative beyond words! She designs each of these templates herself and they are just amazing! Thanks for stopping by.....have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kale and Ava Photo Shoot!

Another one of my favorite hobbies is photography (of my kidd0s). Those of you that follow my blog know that I love to take pictures. Today we had a little photo shoot of my kiddos and I caputured a great shot of my little ones. Just thought I would share!Kale is 3 months old and is just the sweetest little thing! He just loves to smile and it is so cute when he laughs outloud!
Ava girl will be turning 4 at the beginning of April. I like to say she is 3 going on 17! She learned how to count to 30 this week and has been calling all of her aunts and uncles to tell them! She finally has thirty down, but the funny thing that she kept doing was saying "21, 22,......29, 20 ten! It was too cute!

Pink Cat Studio New Digis and Rubber Stamps!

I'm here.....just a little late today. Wish I had a good excuse, but I tell my daughter that lying never gets you anywhere so to be quite honest I forgot all about posting my card today! Sorry Melissa. I had my card finished on least I had that part done! Be sure to stop by Melissa's Blog today and the Digi and Rubber Stamp Store!
My first sample is using Lily Butterfly....isn't she adorable! I went with some non-traditional colors, not quite navy and real red from SU. I bought this patterned paper from a local scrapbook store and just loved it. I colored Lily with both my watercolor pencils and my copic markers. Isn't the sentiment adorable! I'm planning on sending this card to a dear friend, thought it would be perfect!

You may remember this notepad holder that I made right before Kale was born. We were doing a fundraiser for a family that lost their little boy. I made this so all of the visitors could sign when they came to the hospital, guess what? It is blank....I forgot to get it out for anyone to sign, so I guess I'll just use it to jot down some milestones for him. Love this monkey and giraffe, don't you!

Tonight Ava has dance and then I'm getting ready for another class that I'm teaching on Sat at our local community college. Then I think we have a pretty free weekend.....I hope anyway. We have been running around like crazy lately! Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to look at my side bar and check out all the other gals blogs for Pink Cat Studio!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

JUGS Color Challenge #22

I'm back for the JUGS challenge! This week's challenge hostess is Maria and don't forget our February guest designer Chupa. Be sure to stop by and see all the girls creations.....their links are on my side bar! I did stick with the color challenge, but I couldn't help adding a little green. This was a tough color combo for me, but it all came together. I tried to make some 3-d flowers to add to my card too. I punched out 6 circles, 2 - 1", 2 - 1 1/8", and 2- 1 1/4". Then I crumpled them up, dobbed them on the edges and put them together with a button in the middle. It's always harder to see something on the computer, but they look pretty neat in real life.
We have another busy weekend here. Last night my oldest brother's basketball team was honored. It has been 20 years since they had the best season in school history. I can remember watching it. I was in the 7th grade and it was so fun to watch. Tonight we are heading to a bull riding event with Ava girl and then tomorrow I'm helping to host a baby shower for one of my sister-in-laws at my house. Right after Ethan died I decided I needed a change to my living room, so I painted my accent wall from a rust color to a navy blue. Well, I had never changed out the curtains, so I decided yesterday that I would try to sew them and have them finished by tomorrow. I don't know why I always start these projects last minute! It will all get finished I'm sure!
Hope all of you have a great weekend! I have only 1 more week until I go back to work. It will only be part time, but it is still going to be hard to leave the kiddos again. I think Ava is ready to have some friends to play with.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Little of This and That!

Don't you just want to squeeze those cheeks. Can you hear Kale laughing. He just cracks up when I talk to him. Just had to share!

A friend ordered some Thinking of You cards and here are a couple that I made. I love the daisy on the houndtooth background. It just makes me think of spring. The stem is from an old SU set and my mom made the flower. The butterfly card is one of my favorites. I used my paisley embossing template and added a butterfly from My Time Made Easy Cut Files. I keep a stash on my stamping table for whenever I want to use them.

I know my posts are usually short, sweet, and to the point, but time with a baby and toddler running around is difficult to find. I did want to send you to another website though to support a fellow stamper that is having some rough financial times and Katie Cotton with Paper Makeup designed a digital stamp to help support Gabby. Gabby was a guest designer on JUGS. I didn't get a card made with this image, but wanted to be sure to get the word out.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back for sure on Saturday with JUGS.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Some Pictures to Share!

Isn't this pretty. I took this picture of our barn yesterday afternoon. I guess all of the horses must be hanging out in the back.
Here's Ava girl right befroe she left for sled riding with her Daddy. She had so much fun and slept like a little baby last night!

Ava had to take part in posing for pictures this morning too! She is getting so big! She'll be 4 in about 2 months so she can't wait!

And here is the "Birthday Boy!" Kale is 3 months old! Isn't he just a doll!!! He smiles and laughs all of the time and the best part is that he is sleeping through the night! Yep.....he goes to bed around 9:30 and doesn't get up until around 7:00. Oh I love being able to sleep all night!!! I have lots of crafting stuff to share, but that will have to wait until's another busy week here!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

JUGS Challenge #20 - Technique

You might notice I don't have anything to share this week, but I took a well needed's been a very long week for me! The challenge is great though and I've never actually done this before so my goal is to make mine before the end of the weekend. It's called "SPLIT NEGATIVE". Be sure to stop by JUGS to check out all the girls samples. I have links to their blogs on my side bar too. Our guest designer this month is CHUPA so be sure to stop by and see her creations as well.

I will be sharing some creations later on in the weekend. I've been busy with some baby shower invites and a couple other things too. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More PCS Digi Images

Aren't these images too cute! Be sure to stop by Melissa's blog to see all the other creations. I have a link on my side bar too with all the design team members.
I LOVE St. Patrick's Day! This all started when I was in college. I went to the University of Missouri-Rolla and it is predominantly an engineering school. Each year we got off 2 days for St. Patricks Day. Basically the whole week was one big party. They painted the town streets green, there was a St. Pat's Board, campus was decorated, you drank green beer, you name it and it was green. St. Patrick was the patron saint of engineers so that is how all of this came about. That being said, I made this card for a friend of mine that I went to college with. Today is her birthday so I'm sending it to her today! (it will be late, but that's okay)!

Hope you enjoy the new digi images. It's been an extremely busy week for me and today is no exception. I head back to work in a couple weeks too....we'll get back into a routine I'm sure! Have a great day!

Friday, February 5, 2010

JUGS Sketch Challenge #19

This is going to be a SUPER quick post. It's late and I am teaching a class in the am so I'm posting a little early! I didn't know about this sketch at first, but once I started working with it I had a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy what I came up with. Be sure to hop over to the JUGS site to see all the girls creations. Hope everyone has a good weekend.....I'm off for some zzzzzz's. I'll try to stop back by tomorrow to give more details to my card!

My Sweet Kiddos!

So the other day I thought it was a "little warmer" than it actually was outside. The sun can be so deceiving when you don't see it in a long time. I went out to get the mail and thought, let's just go to town and let Ava play at the park. She thought that was a great idea. We did have fun, but it was a little chillier than I would have liked. Kale stayed all bundled up in his carseat and slept the entire time (about a half hour). Ava really didn't want to leave so I had to bribe her with icecream. Makes sense right, too cold to play outside, so why don't we go get an icecream snack! We had a fun day anyhow! Here's my Ava girl posing for Mommy.

It's so fun to watch her play on the playground. She just ran around like we had been keeping her inside for months (oh wait, we have been cooped up for months!)

Aren't these glasses awesome! We got to the van and she had these on. She loves to dress up and today was all about the glasses! She started to get a little goofy so I caught her in action!

Now on to "Mr. Serious"! I set Kale in one of our little rockers while Ava was taking a nap and got some great shots of his different faces! Here's one of Kale being quite serious. Isn't he just a doll! I swear you can't tell the difference between Kale and Ethan's pictures. They look sooo much alike. It will be fun to see how Kale's personality is. For now the only time he gets upset is when he is hungry or has a dirty diaper and occasionaly when he needs a little nap. We're still working on getting him into a schedule, but so far no luck there. We'll keep trying though. I have until March 1st before I go back to work so I still have a few more weeks.
And here is my "Funny Guy"! Kale has a smile that will just melt your heart. He loves to hear my voice and is really starting to talk back (boy they start young)! He even laughs at me now! They do grow up fast, but I love every minute of it! (Okay, I could do without my 3 year olds sassyness, but other than that I really do love it!

Here is my little funny guy "Ethan"
Here is one of my favorite baby pics of can you see the resemblance!
Will be back tomorrow morning with more stamping! I'm teaching my first class at our local community college in the morning too, so wish me luck!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Digis from PCS

More new digis from Pink Cat Studio and boy are they cute! I got to play with the owls and frog. Ava and I both had fun coloring the images. I decided on a spring color theme for my owl card with the pink and yellow. I added a little pop with the black and white polka dots printed paper from MTME. I'm a little late on posting this morning. Yesterday I think Kale was teasing me by sleeping all night, but today he was up for a bottle at 4:00 and then up again at 8:00. So much for's so overated!
Hope you enjoy the new digi images that Melissa with PCS designed for you today. If you haven't used digis before, they are super easy. Just insert a picture in Word and select the digi image and there you go. You can even resize the image in word if you want it bigger or smaller or add text like I did in the frogs balloons. I just inserted a text box to add the "I Love You". So if you haven't tried them before, give them a whirl and try something new. Be sure to head over to PCS too to check out all of the cute samples. Link up to the other gals on the team on my left side bar too!
Any of you out there on facebook?? If so, be sure to do a search for ETHAN's RODEO and sign up to be a fan. We are planning a fundraiser to raise money for neuroblastoma research and we would appreciate all the support for this amazing event. Be sure to sign up and we'll be sending out more details as we go along.