Monday, December 13, 2010

Joys of the Season ornament

This week at BBTB2, Julia asked us to use the wreath cut from JOTS.

Come check out the other projects.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Hello, Pretty Baby

I have wanted a stand mixer for at least 20 years. Kohl's was having a dealio for associates that I just couldn't pass up. It ended up being about 75% off the normal price.

Of course, there is Kat on the counter. It's her favorite place to be. She's always supervising, making sure I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I think she also hopes chocolate chips or something else flies out of the bowl so she can be the first to eat it.

Trent said that the mixer was "making my life easier". Kat said, "MOM! You have to find a new place to work where you don't spend so much money!"

She may have a point, but in the meantime, I'm making cookies, bread and we want the attachment to grind meat to make sausages and the attachment to make pasta. I can't wait!
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

This year's Christmas photo

Yup, this will do it. It's the best one of the bunch.

Look for these in your mail soon.
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Friday, December 03, 2010

Let us all hope Mrs. Duffy has a good baby

Kat's student teacher's last day is today. She is also very pregnant and due very soon. The teacher and the kids planned a surprise baby shower/going away party for her. We made her a card last night. I handed the finished card to Kat to sign and this is what she wrote:

She also always writes her name twice. Once in cursive and once in printing. It's a habit she started a couple months ago.

Here's the front of the card. October Afternoon and the Special Delivery Cricut cart.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

All I need is a flamingo

I've been working with Nifty Fifties this week and was already in the pink/turquoise mode when I started this project.

After I finished it, I felt it needed a flamingo somewhere on it but I simply ran out of time.

This card is for another fabulous BBTB2 challenge.

DT Sister, Jeri, asked us to use both an ornament and the "Deck the Halls" sentiment from Winter Frolic.

Check out the other designs and play along with the challenge.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Christmas photo practice session

I didn't want a repeat of last year's Christmas photo disaster so I'm planning something a little different.

We're going to do the pictures at home this year.

Erik and I hit Michael's today and bought a few Christmas pieces and some fake poinsettias. Fake because I know Sookie would try to eat real ones.

I set up the scene but didn't feel like dealing with Kat's hair so we just practiced with what she was already wearing. One thing I've already learned is that we're going to have to put the dogs inside when we do this. Zoe wants to get in the picture and/or have her ball thrown. She drops it on the bench and waits. Liberty likes to walk back and forth in front of the camera just to be annoying and Gigi is always trying to lick my hand.

I have cacti needles in my leg because I moved the bench too close to the Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear. dogs and move the bench up. Got it. We'll try it again after I figure out how to get the big knot of hair out of Kat's head.

Any suggestions?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010


Thanks, Donna, for the Attitude Award. ;)

According to the rules, it looks like I'm supposed to list 3 things that make me different and nominate 5 others with attitudes.


1. I say what's on my mind which sometimes gets me in big trouble.
2. I'm inspired by the darkest music around,
3. I don't feel like answering anymore questions.

Now, to nominate 5...

I have no choice but to nominate Carole. I know that Donna already did, but this woman really has some attitude and deserves to be nominated at least twice. :)

I'm also adding Theresa to the list. She has the most positive attitude known to man. She always adds a smile to my face.

Karen has the same taste for blood and gore that I do. She is my long lost sister and she deserves the attitude award as well.

Linda, because well, she's like my best friend.

Can I nominate Donna again?

Thanks for the award!!

Spicing up the World

I finally have my laptop back so now I can post all the projects I've been working on.

First up, the cards from my latest card class. All stamps are from Technique Tuesday.

BasicGrey Jovial paper and Ali Edwards Good Cheer stamps

BasicGrey Jovial paper and Ali Edwards Good Cheer stamps

Ali Edwards Good Cheer

An October Afternoon Layout:
October Afternoon Schoolhouse

October Afternoon Schoolhouse and Robotz Cricut cart

Fort Blanket. I think this is the new Bo Bunny. Glimmer Mist, too.

BasicGrey Jovial. That's a Bob Marley statue next to a Christmas tree. Ahhh...Jamaica!

I think I should get some sort of point or something for using a really old product...decorative twistee ties. ;)

That's it for now! Thanks for visiting and thanks so much for your comments. If you don't follow my blog, please do. I'll be having a giveaway when I get to 200 followers.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hello Kitty Santa

This week at BBTB2, I asked the designers to use the Hello Kitty Santa from the Hello Kitty Greetings cart.

I used the card function for mine. I flocked the hat and the boots and used antique glass glitter. Am I the only that cuts herself on the glass glitter?

Check out the other designs here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Some new vintage cut outs

Peggy Loves Vintage has some new Christmas Cut-Outs.

Aren't they cute!! I love working with Peggy's images. They print out so clear and she always has the cutest images. If you've never ordered from her before, you should! Christmas would be the perfect time to experiment as she has a zillion different images.

I cut this little guy out with one of my Nesties, matted it and then put the whole thing on a gigantic-o bottle cap. I smashed the bottle cap with a rubber mallet to flatten it out a bit. I'm not sure who makes the bottle cap, but I got it as one of my free gifties from Blue Moon Scrapbooking. When you order, you always get a free giftie.
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Mother's Day

I love this collection!! New October Afternoon Modern Homemaker.

If I didn't have a sick kid, I'd have 100 more layouts done by now with this collection. ;)
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Monday, November 08, 2010


Carole asked us to use the cute dog cut from Create a Critter for this week's Bitten By The Bug challenge. This is what I came up with.

New October Afternoon Schoolhouse
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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Cindy Loo and a cool deali-o

This week, we used one of the flourishes from Cindy Loo for the BBTB2 challenge. I love that little kitty. I had to add her, too. :D

Here's a new dealio from Scenic Route.

Visit Scenic Route Paper, your online scrapbook discount emporium!

I love that place. I'm stocking up on everything. The deals just can't be beat. This normally sells for $75.00.

and then there is this one, too...

Visit Scenic Route Paper, your online scrapbook discount emporium!

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Big deer

There's a new neighbor down the street with one of these fake deers in her front yard.

Trent has been wanting to get in his Indian costume and pose next to it for weeks now.

Well, we knocked on her door on Halloween and introduced ourselves. She gave the kids some candy and we asked if Trent could pose with the deer for a picture.

She was so nice and let us do it. Trent, at first, wanted us to take a picture of him from across the yard, behind a tree, aiming at the deer with his bow and arrow. I was mortified but the lady laughed it off. I didn't have that kind of lens on anyway, so I made him stand next to the deer and be nice.

She invited us to come over anytime and see the other 4 or so deer she has in her backyard.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

2 cars

We are finally a 2 car family again. We've been making due with one car for the last 4 years. At times it has been very difficult.

No more buses, no more coordinating who gets the car when for doctor appointments, etc.

It's so freeing!!

The 26/38 MPG is what really sold me. Isn't she pretty??
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No cute red wagons this year

We didn't make it to the pumpkin patch this year. So, we hit the grocery store at 7:00 AM when we woke up and realized, "OMGosh, it's the 30th and we haven't carved pumpkins yet!!"

It worked out ok. We didn't have to drive an hour and a half and walk around in dust and dirt.
The pumpkins were also about a third of the price of the pumpkins at the patch. That was nice.
All the pumpkins were perfect. We didn't pick up what we thought would be a perfect pumpkin only to be disappointed when we turned it over and discover it was rotted.

We didn't get apple pie afterwards, BUT we got donuts instead. I think the kids like the donuts better anyway.

P.S. I think I like the yellow-ish glow the pictures have from the lights in the store. It gives it that "we forgot to hit the patch this year but we did ok" look.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sookie story

This morning, Sookie thought it would be really fun to wake us up by attacking our sleeping eyelids. My eyes itched, my nose started to run and my throat started to hurt.

I refused to take a Benadryl. I had a little bit of energy and I knew taking one would have me asleep in 30 minutes. I toughed it out but I got even with her.

She had her first vet appointment today. Oh, she was not pleased with me. She had a thermometer up her butt, a few shots, a blood test and her nails trimmed. She's spent the remainder of the day ignoring me. You can almost see her rolling her eyes at me when I stopped to take her picture.

Do you see that look on her face? What do you think she's going to think when I take her to get spayed next month.

I'll just keep looking at this cute baby picture of her. This was taken 8/10 at Ashley's apartment...the first day she brought her home.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Me & Martha

Here's a spoooooky layout I made of the kids using one of the Martha Stewart stacks. I buy them each year but this is the first time I've actually used it.

The pictures were altered in Picnik. Sorry for the bad scan. The MM flower skeleton thing makes it really bumpy.
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