Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Flaw??? Or not a Flaw??

Hmmm, I hate to say this but I think that I might have found a flaw in the new Harry Potter book *gasp* I know but I re-read that section over again and I believe it is one. It was somewhere around chapter 23 when Ron, Harry and Hermione are all talking about the "Hallows". They are all saying Voldemorts name several times, I am there thinking why are you saying that name it will send the death eaters?? Then I thought ok, well I will read on to see if they show up in the next couple of lines...but no death eaters...so I read on to the next couple of chapters, when Harry finally says it again and sure enough some "Snatchers" appear. But I am still confused as to why nothing happened the first time or for that matter why the death eaters didn't come out the second time...and instead of the death eaters we got the "Snatchers"??
Lol, I guess I will read on and perhaps it will answer my own question...

Question regarding Windows writer Live

I am wondering if any of you have been successful at downloading/ installing Windows Writer Live program?? If so what site did you get it from?? Thanks :D!

Stampanna blog candy

Please, hurry on over to StampAnna's blog because she has some blog candy up for grabs. Great blog, with great looking cards :)!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Pool party continued...

Here is my 3 year old son again, showing off his pool noodle abilities...by jumping off the sides of the pool with the pool noodle. The funny thing is we kept telling him to keep his mouth closed everytime he jumped off the side of the pool...but just as he entered the water he'd open up his mouth.

This next picture is of my dh's Aunt Diane, she decided to take my dd for a walk and it didn't take long for her to fall asleep on Aunt Diane's shoulder.

Here are Aunt Judy and Uncle Ray, sitting together on Aunt Nancy's deck enjoying watching the children running around the yard doing the scavenger hunt. Not all of us adults participated in the scavenger hunt, starting to wish I had though...just because there were great goodies to be had.

Annual Pool Party at Aunt Nancy's

Every year in the summer time my Dh's Aunt Nancy invites the extended family all over for a bbq/pool party, and it is a great time :)! Yesterday started out grey and cloudy, turned into downpours with thunder and lightening. In the afternoon it cleared up, and turned hot/sunny/muggy. I was glad that I had a pool to jump into yesterday, lately this muggy weather has been hard to handle. Here are some pictures from this years pool party, first picture is of my 3 year old who has no fear of the pool at all...he loves the pool and I am sure he is a fish. He jumped off the sides of the pool and went on every water floating toy in the pool :)! My 5 year old is afraid of the pool, he clung to the side of the pool or to someone, or he found a floating toy that he liked to hold on to for dear life. My dd, had a blast in the pool too...she stayed in the pool for a long time but knew when it was time for her to get out and sit with anyone who wanted to hold her.

Okay, here is a good picture taken of my fil (father in law)...lol, everytime I see it I just laugh...here he is with a frog floaty and enjoying the pool with all his relatives. Sorry, dad, had to put you on here (tee hee)!

Here is my 5 year old swimming with his Uncle D. , my children just love their Aunts, Uncles, cousins and grandparents. I am so glad that we live so close to them all :)!

Here is my dh, my dd and my dh's cousins girlfriend Erin sitting around the pool talking. Okay, my dd isn't talking she is making funny noises with her mouth...which is her way of talking to her daddy.

The above picture is of my Dh's Aunt and Uncle, who are waiting for their food and thought that they would pose for this great shot. I love this picture of them :)! I will post other pictures later that I took at this pool party....didn't want to make this post a novel!

My 7 mos old DD

My DD has learned how to sit up, she has 4 teeth now and has been singing dadadadadada for the past 2 days. It is sad that they can't say mom first, oh well...right now daddy is thrilled to pieces, and tells everyone. Hard to believe that she is now 7 mos old, wow, times flies...there are certain ages that I would love to put on hold and other ages I'd like to zip past ie. terrible 2's.

In these pictures we are visiting my dh's parents for lunch, and I thought I would take some pictures of her sitting up...it all depended on if she was going to co-operate. Lol, it is hit or miss I find with this age group for taking pictures.

What do you think??

Most of Saturday was spent with my Dh, and my dd looking for a new to us vehicle...so frustrating..but while we were out (over by Kims place) having lunch at DQ the car died *the battery did*. So we called a friend of ours but he was in Hubbards, so he wasn't any help...didn't have Kim's number either with me (going to have to carry that from now on)! My hubby goes over to a Honda CRV that has a Volunteer Firefighter plate on it, so he thought that would be it and no more worries. He goes up to the window, asks the lady for a jump for our car...she said "don't have cables" and to that he said that we did. She looked at him and said "mmmm, don't want to help!" Lol, nice eh...You'll save me from a burning building but you won't help give me a jump?? What happened to helpful nova scotains?? Anywho, I was a little hot and upset at this point...so, I volunteered to go out...my dh said good take dd with you and see if some guy will help you out. I set out across the parking lot, sure enough a guy in a car offered to help :D...they were quite helpful and polite about it. Off we went to do more car hunting, still no luck in the end!
Had to tell you that story though :)!

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Friday, July 27, 2007

My First Bella's

First, I have to say that I HATE how hot it is here...I am sure there are those of you who read my blog who are used to this insanely hot humid muggy weather. We aren't here in Nova Scotia...today on my thermometer it hit 40 degrees...with humidex it said 48 on the radio. Ugh! Okay back to the reason I was posting hurray, I got my first Bella's the other day :D! I know, I know it is about time I jumped on the Bella wagon...so here I did it and I am excited. I ordered mine from Mindy through my stamping friend Kim, and a bonus when I opened up my envelope there was an extra Bella in there from Kim. Thank you Kim I LOVE the one you picked out, and thanks again for helping me order them :)!
Okay, I did have pictures of my beautiful bellas...but my computer has decided to be stubborn and not let me have my picture. I got the Tinkerbella, the javabellas, thejammybella, and the surprise one was the giftabella...
Oh and go check out this website for some yummy blog candy and besides it is a great blog : http://kristinaalewis.blogspot.com/.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Before and After

My poor 3 year old has thick, soccer boy hair or surfer guy hair, you try to cut it short but it looks odd on him...the longer hair looks better. Anyways, the past couple of days has been too hot and too muggy...whenever we were in the car he would complain of being too hot. So, the other night I did decide to cut his hair short...here is the outcome!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Okay, so I went to get my hair all chopped off yesterday...boy was I excited!! I took those two pictures in...chose #1, the hairdresser did a variation of #2 and I am sort of disappointed...because he didn't give me bangs or what I was looking for. Sigh, here is what it looks like...didn't really want to show this pic...but here it is for you... Going to get the #1 done once it gets to be a bit longer...tee hee...but for now I am a little disappointed. The only good thing about this cut is that it is in layers and I am cooler :D!! It's a good thing hair grows back...hmm...going to have to take another pic...can't really see the do with this pic...thought you could...hmmm...

My CCE card for someone

Okay, so first things first...update about my hand *sigh*! I had an xray done of it this morning, the dr. said that he didn't see any breaks...but I think his mind was on vacation and not there at work if ya know what I mean. He said since there was no sign of a break, I didn't have to wear the cast *hurray*....but my family dr. said that it should not still be hurting if it wasn't broken. Sometimes I gotta wonder if I should become a dr., save myself the hassle and stress of going to an incompitent dr. So I am at home with my hand wrapped up beyond belief with a Tensor wrap bandage, and in a whole lot of pain...

Anywho, back to what this post is about (tee hee, sorry got off an a tangent there)....Here is my card that I made for one of the CCE people on my list for group 6. I used some scrap paper from my scrap paper folder, and then I used the stamp set that I won on Kim's blog (Creative Diversions) which I am just getting around to using. LOVE that stamp set, it is called "Retro 50's Stamps" by Pink Cat Studio and what a great stamp set it is. This is my first stamp set that is unmounted, I am excited about entering into this realm of stamp sets being unmounted :D!!!! Thanks Kim for the great "Blog Bling" :D!!


I got this from a friend, it is a great read...or at least I think so!

>>We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that
>>she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a
>>survey," she says half-joking.. "Do you think I should have a baby?""
>> >
>> >It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. "I
>> >know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more
>>spontaneous vacations.
>> >
>> >"But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to
>> >decide what to tell her.
>> >
>> >I want her to know what she will never learn in child birth
>>classes. I
>> >want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal,
>> >but
>> >becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she
>>will forever be vulnerable. I consider warning her that she will never
>>again read a newspaper without asking, "What if that had been MY child?"
>> >That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she
>>sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be
>>worse than watching your child die.
>> >
>> >I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that
>>no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to
>>the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of
>>"Mom!" will cause her to drop a soufflé or her best crystal without a
>>moments hesitation. I
>>feel that I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested
>>in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She
>>might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an
>>important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell.
>>She will have to use every ounce discipline to keep from running home,
>>just to make sure her baby is all right.
>> >
>> >I want my daughter to know that every day decisions will no longer be
>>routine. That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather
>>than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right
>>there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of
>>independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that
>>a child molester may be lurking in that
>>restroom. However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess
>>herself constantly as a mother.
>> >
>> >Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually
>>she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same
>>about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to
>>her once she has a child. That she would give herself up in a moment to
>>save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not to
>>accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs. I
>>want her to know that a cesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become
>>badges of honour.
>> >
>> >My daughter's relationship with her husband will change, and not in the
>>way she thinks. I wish she could understand how much
>>more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never
>>hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will
>>fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very
>>unromantic. I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with
>>women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and drunk
>>driving. I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your
>>child learn to ride a bike.
>> >
>> >I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the
>>soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy
>>that is so real it actually hurts. My daughter's quizzical look makes me
>>realize that tears have formed in my eyes.
>> >
>> >"You'll never regret it," I finally say. Then I
>>reached across the table, squeezed my daughter's hand and offered a silent
>>prayer for her, and for me, and for all the mere mortal women who stumble
>>their way into this most wonderful of callings.
>> >
>> >Please share this with a Mom that you know or all of your girlfriends
>> >who
>>may someday be Moms. May you always have in your arms the one who is in
>>your heart.

Group pic

It is rare that I can get a good group photo of my children, so when I get them I hold on to them for dear life because I don't know when the next one might occur. Usually one or both of my children have a funny face on or are looking at something like a cat or squirrel that just ran by or are just in their own little world. This is a great picture of my boys and my dh Aunt Diane :)!
To show you what I mean about it is a hit or miss, here is the other group pic I took of them 2 min before and look what I came out with :D! Too funny!


This is my 3 year old using his imagination, he is pretending to fish. He loves to go fishing with his Poppy, and his Daddy even though they haven't caught anything yet. The only thing that one can gaurantee coming home with would be the bug bites :D! The imagination of both of my boys is amazing, the are always on some eradventure somewhere...wether it involves "Thomas the Tank Engine" or being "Bob the Builder" or they are running away from the "Ghost Light" from the movie "Cars".

Here is my 5 year old son, he LOVES those concrete mixers, excavators, bulldozers, and other construction trucks. He is my builder, my worker, my helper! Here he is playing with Aunt Diane's Concrete mixer, and he feels that he is in serious need of some real concrete for his truck. Little does he know that concrete sets fast, and he would ruin Aunt Dianes truck....once he decided that using concrete wasn't a good idea he used sand and some rocks that he had found. Plus, he then found some seeds and he planted them in Aunt Dianes garden (with her permission)!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Got a good tip

All you Harry Potter fans out there who haven't gotten the newest book yet, here is a hint...ready?? Run to you local Costco, run as fast as you can, and hope that you have that membership to it or know someone who does...because a little birdy who works there told me you can get it for $25.00 and not pay whatever the other stores are asking.

Our day with Aunt Diane

Wow, what a day we had...I actually might have to make a few posts out of the pictures I took yesterday!! We first went to the library, whithatfunny incident happened, and we came away with a lot of books...I am sure the librarians and people around us thought we were crazy with all the books we had. But see the thing is I have 3 different age levels in my home that I would like to accomodate in terms of getting books for, okay perhaps we did get a little carried away with the books ( we had 3-4 bags *the reusable kind from Superstore or Sobeys*). But it was worth it, because the joy that my older children had on their faces was very apparent and they chose books on different topics. My older son chose trucks, trains, and also books on space as well as some other books he just walked along and picked out himself. My middle child he chose a Caillou movie, books on Helicopters, and my Aunt picked out one's she felt as a librarian that we should be getting. I chose some board books with babies in it, because my dd LOVES babies in books or magazines.
The first picture is of my middle son and my dh Aunt Diane, sitting by her beautiful pond in her backyard and he is asking her questions about her pond. He kept saying "What's that?", then he would wait for her answer and then he'd ask again...this went on for a few minutes.

This is a picture of my middle son loving every minute of his lunch, which consisted of lots of raw cut up veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli) and a fruit tray (grapes, cantalope, strawberries). Plus we had chicken fingers and chicken salad sandwhiches too, what a great lunch we had! My middle child likes to take his time with his food, he becomes so involved with each meal it is too funny. Sure he might take a while to eat it, but I can gaurantee him finnishing it off in the end...unless of course he ate alot of fruit and veggies all afternoon like he did yesterday.

Here's a picture of my middle son by her pond, beautiful isn't it...we sat outside and played for much of the afternoon. The amazing thing is it wasn't buggy at all, usually it is buggy no matter where you go nowadays!!

my lil sleepy head

Yesterday morning, my children felt the need to be up at like 6:30 a.m. so some of them were pretty tired and ready for a nap by 9 a.m. I put my dd down for her nap, and when I snuck in my room to get something these are the pictures I got. Love pictures like this, she looks so peaceful!

Here's an update on my hand too while I am at it, I have to go pick up a referral at my dr.'s office and get another xray done. We will see then what has to be done if anything!! Still wearing frustrating loose cast/splint thing, makes me sooooo frustrated wearing it especially since I know I can take it off. It was better before being on all the time...hoping that if I have to put it back on that I can get it redone the way it was done before.

Monday, July 23, 2007

What are the chances????

So check out this weird story, and yes it is true...it happened to me this morning at the local library (over by my dh's Aunt's house). I decided that we haven't seen my hubbies Aunt in a long time, we usually went to her house to visit a lot last summer...so we made a playdate/ library trip out of our day today. My dh Aunt and my 3 year old went to check out movies, while myself, my dd, and my 5 year old stayed in the play area with the other parents and children. I was standing there watching my 5 year old play with the trucks on the floor, and I was pushing my dd's stroller back and forth in hopes to get her to have a nap (yeah right, not when there is all that excitement going on around her). This guy and his child walk by us, he says hey sweetie aren't you adoreable to my dd...he looks up at me and says "Hi Cathy" This is what I was called when I was a child, not anymore...I go by Catherine now. I look at him as if to say "who the heck are you??" ( I had no idea who he was or his child, and I am pretty good with remembering faces) , I think he picked up on that because he said right after that "I'm Jim we shook hands here at the library last week. I said well that is funny because i wasn't at this library last week, but my name is Cathy...he just looked at me weirdly...introduced himself again and wished me a good day. I heard him say to his child or someone who was with him "Let's go get a lotto ticket!" I then thought may be he heard my Aunt say my name...but he wasn't there when she said my name...and she wasn't saying it loud enough for him to hear where he was standing. Too creepy!!!
To make it funnier, my dh's Aunt is a librarian at a elementary school and she see's her students everywhere. Well, she met one while she was off looking at the movies and told him to come find me...to say "Hi Cathy" and then walk away. He did come over to me, did ask me but I had already gone back over to my Aunt so I could see her face when he did come up to me. She thought it would be funny to have a second person I wouldn't know come up to me and say hi...

Lol, too funny.

Try this out, it is fun and funny :)! Goto Google and type in your name and needs, like for me it would be Catherine needs....when it is done searching it will show a list of things you need.

So here is what the list says I need:

~ A sloshpile Condo
~ A Tinfoil hat
~of growth
~ Access to the basement
~ My Mom
~a sanctuary, periodic retreat from the world
~ another yacht (the funny thing is I don't have one yacht!)
~to collect secretary materials
~a man with brains

tee hee...

Here is what my hubby needs:

~ a drive home
~ my help
~A home with no children (well he is out of luck on that one...since he has 3)
~Money for art supplies (ok, can't argue with this one...who doesn't need money for crafty supplies??)

~more ska and less finance
~needs a friend
~ no wake up call

Okay, now it is your turn folks...what do you need???

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Cased again!

I found this over at Joanne B's blog, and just had to case it because it was a very beautiful card that I just HAD to share with you :)! You should check out her blog it is a pretty great place to get ideas, and I just love all her card creations she does too :)!


She took a piece of cardstock 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and scored it at 3/4 inches and 1 1/2 inches and again at 5 1/2 inches. She folded over the bottom two scores and added a strip of designer paper to the front bottom piece. Tehn she secured it with two brads that went all the way through to create the matchbook closure. The just folded at the 5 1/2" line like a standard card. The top piece tucks right inside the lip of the matchbook bottom.

This one is a card that I am going to have to try out when I get my hand out of my cast,lol, at the rate I am going I am going to be one busy gal crafting cards when this cast comes off.

Have a great weekend :D! Oh, and ty for all your comments on the hairstyles...you'll have to wait and see what I do :D!

Friday, July 20, 2007


Here is a pic of me again, I was looking for some insight about my hair and a few of you posted great ideas. I found 2 new hairstyles in a hairstyle magazine, and would like your opinion on. Lol, please be honest too...I am a SAHM in need of something new so my dd won't pull my hair :).

Soooo here are the 2 styles I liked:

I was thinking this style not colour, plus a bit longer than this one...but I don't think I have the right face shape for it.

This one I was thinking a bit longer too...anyways, I look forward to hearing what you have to say :D!

In Search of a New Blog Header

I need something new, something more fitting for my blog title, something with flourishes...but I don't know where to start. Any ideas, any sites for me to visit...anything? Well, okay not anything...don't need the teleban to be posting on here again...lol, right Julie??

Cased from Amy over at Inkognito

Okay, so I was doing my usual blog roll reading when I came across this on Amy's blog and I just had to case it. I needed to do something for all you wonderful people to work on while you are waiting for me to get better. Please check out Amy's blog, she does amazing work :)!

Here is what she posted:

Vital Stats: Stamps (Literary Frog, Penny Black); Paper (Naturals Ivory & Garden Green, SU); Ink (Black StazOn); Other (Watercolor Crayons)I remembered seeing these corner bookmarks somewhere, but when I went looking for instructions I couldn't find any. If you know of instructions that are posted anywhere, I'd love to know how others have done it! In case you are interested in how I put mine together, I've made a quick diagram:

1. Stamp your focal image and cut it into a triangle. The angle at the top should be a 90-degree angle. I stamped my image diagonally onto the corner of a piece of cardstock and then cut off the corner.

2. Cut a second piece of cardstock (here, the green) for your bookmark. The size of this piece depends upon the size of your triangular focal image. The height of this piece should be at least as long as the bottom of your triangle (the side across from the 90-degree angle). I added a little extra height so my image would have a mat. The length of this piece should be at least 3x the distance from the bottom of your triangle to the 90-degree corner. There is no need to be precise about the length at this stage; just be sure to overestimate, especially if you added a little extra to the height for a mat.Edited to add: My focal image triangle is 2 5/8" along both short edges and 3 3/4" along the long edge. I cut a 4 3/8" by 8 1/2" piece of green cardstock to start with. I ended up trimming about 1 3/4-inches from the length in step 4 below. The mat around my image is approximately 1/8-inch wide.
3. Measure the distance of the height along the length and score a vertical line (between D & E) to create a square that encompasses A, B, C & D. Mark the diagonals of that square. Score or cut along those diagonals as shown.

4. Use the piece removed at C as a template for marking off triangle E on the side of the square. Cut around the two outside edges of E.

5. At this point, I found it desirable to trim some of the edges that would be tucked inside my bookmark so that it would lay flat. I trimmed a small amount off the edge between B & C and between C & D, being very careful not to disturb the point at which they all intersect. I also trimmed off some of the two exposed edges of E.

6. To fold the bookmark: Fold B toward the back, under A. Fold D toward the back, under B & A. Fold E upwards over D & B and tuck in under A; this will hold your bookmark together.

7. Adhere your focal image to the front of A.

8. Find a great summer read and have fun! Looking for some recommendations?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Update on my hand

I went for my follow up doctor appointment to get my thumb checked out, and it still hurts when she was examining it. She took off the gauze part of my cast/splint back on with the Tensor wrap bandage, she told me to keep it on all the time but I can take it off when I shower. The key is when it is off I am not allowed to move it, sounds easy right? Lol, plus she is referring me to either orthopedics or Plastics to have them do the follow follow up...she is concerned about the circulation.
In the afternoon I got a sharp pain in my arm, so I took off the splint cast to see if something in it was causing the pain. When I took it off my thumb became tingly like pins and needles, then that feeling spread to the rest of my hand...kinda scarey...once the feeling came back I put the cast splint back on. I took it off again last night because my mom wrapped the Tensor wrong, and again my thumb and hand went numb/ pins and needles like. I really hope it isn't a circulation problem, that wouldn't be good!! Keep you posted :)!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How to get it off

I am trying to figure out how on earth I am going to get this really old sticker off my dd bedroom wall. It was under the

wall paper, and doesn't seem to want to come off. We want to paint the bedroom but don't want the sticker to be there under the paint. Any suggestions would be great :)!

Lost another tooth

My 5 year old lost his 4th tooth last night, and the other one is coming through already...seems like it is happening fast. He lost his upper left front tooth, and boy is he excited :)! He wanted me to post his missing tooth on my blog, so here I am posting it for him lol.

Ty, to Jean Faris

Ty, to Jean Faris for this beautiful card. Loved the stamp you used, made me think of all the flowers that haven't bloomed yet in my garden.

Monday, July 16, 2007

What Is This Flower

I looked out my window this morning into my back yard, and this is the beautiful flower that I saw. I am not a green thumb by any stretch of the imagination, but am wondering what sweet smelling flower this is?? The smell reminds me of a perfume/powder my Grandmother would wear....beautiful eh??
Thank you for all your kind comments about my poor thumb, it helped make my day a better one :)!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Tracy's Sketch Challenge

Pop on over to Tracy's blog, she has her month of July card sketch challenge and yes I made a card to enter. Lol, this card I like to entitle "One Handed" because that is pretty much how I made this card and how I drew the stems on the card with my left hand since my right is out of commission. I couldn't stay away from her challenge.

The base of this card came from one of those box of cards from Michael's, then I used Certainly Celery cardstock for the two side pannels of my card and 2 strips of patterned paper from "Crate Paper" that I also got from Michael's. I used the "Doodle This" stamp set for the flower and I doodled the vines and I doodled the stem. Loved this challenge, ty Tracy :)!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cute arm eh??

Well, it is a good thing that I got to Kim's SU night because I had hurt my thumb/hand the night before but I thought I sprained it or just bruised it (my right hand that I write with) but it kept throbbing. It was quite painful last night I went to the ER, turns out I broke me Safroid ( spelling is wrong I am sure) bone in my thumb and I got a stern talking to about waiting 48 hours to go in. They said you can't tell on my xray, but they are sure it is broken because of how tender it is in that area...it will show up later when it starts to heal. Soooooo, lucky me gets a splint sorta cast from the tip of my thumb down to just about my elbow for a week perhaps longer. No stamping/card creating, unless I don't care if it is sloppy :(! I can only take Tylenol or Ibprophen for pain because I am still nursing my 7 mos old dd....times like this breast feeding isn't a good thing :)!
My mom is coming out here every day to help me, cook and watch the kids...can't change bums etc with one hand or you may get more involved than you'd like to with the diaper. Thanks Mom :)!

Kim's SU Night

Kim from Creative Diversion blog, had a wonderful SU night at her place Tuesday night and an awesome fruit tray/ cheesecake dip to munch on too. Thank you Kim for the wonderful night, looking forward to stamping with you again sometime soon :)!

Here are the two cards that we made:

The first card was made with Blue Bayou for the base of the card... I think (could be wrong about that, sorry if I am) and maybe Cameo Coral cardstock . We used gold ribbon that melted when heat was applied, so it gave the ribbon a crinkled look :)! We also used a gold brad to attach the two flowers together and a dimensional to raise them off the card, which I thought made the card even more amazing. We used the stamp set called Baroque Motifs, and used Versamark to emboss with gold embossing powder, what a beautiful stamp set and a beautiful card for several special occasions.

The second card we made was out of Groovy Guava ( for the base), and River rock for the second layer of this card. We used 3 brads of ou choosing, the stamp set called Pick A Petal (which I ordered that night), and a sentiment from another stamp set I am not familiar with. We also got to draw our own stems and leaves onto our flower, which I thought was fun but there were a few grumbles about having to draw it ourselves. In the end all the cards turned out amazing :)! I can't wait to use this card idea again and again!!

Cards to go with my brother's Anniversary gift

I know, I know I am late getting these done...should have been done 2-3 weeks ago but family illnesses arose and life happened too. So here are my cards that go with the card box I made a few weeks ago, and it is a good thing I made em when I did...you'll see why in one of my posts I am doing today.

The first card I made, I used my first ATC that I have made...I cheated I know, but thought they could use a girly card for their 2 neices they have. I used Barely Banana that I got in my last order from SU, and I posted the recipe for the ATC part of the card earlier. I used my Crop-a Dile for the holes in the card and also for the eyelets, and the ribbon I used I had picked up from Michael's. The stamp set is called "Tu-Tu Terrific"

The second card is made with the Cuttlebug embossing folder called "Stylized Flowers", ribbon from Michael's $1.50 bin, used my 1 3/8" circle punch from SU and also used the sentiment from the clear Acryllic stamps from Michael's. I really like this Cuttlebug folder, can be used for so many occasions :)! I also used the Barely Banana cardstock for the base of this card, lol, sort of forgotten to say that.

My third card is made is made from Certainly Celery cardstock for the base, some Barely Banana for the strip under the stamped image. I used the stamp from the "Blooming With Happiness" another SU set, but this one is a hostess set ( one of many hostess sets) you can get if you host a party at your home.

The forth card I made out of Certainly Celery cardstock, the ribbon was from Michael's $1.50 bin and the stamp set I used was from the "Best Blossoms" set (same as the sentiment). I also used some dimensionals to make the image pop out...thought this would be a great anniversary or just because card :)!

The fifth card I made was a Birthday card for a boy from the stamp set "Tu Tu Terrific", I used a scrap piece of blue cardstock that I had left from another card project and I used 2 pieces of left over Barely Banana and Certainly Celery. I cut the edges of the card and the sides of the two scrap pieces using my Fiskars rotary paper trimmer and one of it's jagged blades. I also used dimensionals under the dog, and used the sentiment from the acrylic $1.50 Michael's stamp sets. The sixth card is one I posted before with the box I made to go with these cards!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I got my title thingy back :D

Yesterday, I was thrilled because I found a card in my mailbox and I needed a card in my mailbox that wasn't a bill or a flyer. I recieved this lovely card from Rebecca Bence, and I just loved the cat stamp that she used on the front of this card. I also loved the stamp that she used on the back of the card that states the following:

" Enclosed is a Handmade card as such it deserves a place of honor and respect in your home and should not be casually discarded like an ordinary store bought card"

Lol, isn't that great :D! Thanks again for the great card Rebecca :), it put a smile on my face and made my day.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"Shopping Tote Tutorial..."

Isn't this a great gift bag idea, or a gift for someone??? Please go check this neat shopping tote tutorial out over at this site: http://prairiepaperandink.typepad.com/amyr/2007/02/shopping_tote_t.html.
I will make one of these in the next couple of days and get the pictures up here for you all to see :)! Oh the possibilities :)...

Monday, July 9, 2007

"Coaster Tutorial"

Want to learn how to make these?? This post is going to be a tutorial on how to make coasters :D, sounds fun right? What a perfect wedding, house warming, bday gift you could give :)!

First you need to go to your local Home Depot (or any other BIG hardware chain), and pick up some tumble tile. It comes in lots of styles and colors...pick one out that suits you and the project you are doing. These tiles come in small boxes of 9-10, and are about $5.99 a box, I got 2 boxes of 2 different styles and colors.

Next, you need to go to your Michael's store and get some "Acryllic spray" to spray your coasters with once you are done stamping/coloring them. The spray's directions are pretty clear, so follow them closely and this is the brand I did use in the end...pretty happy with the outcome. You can either get glossy or matte, just like the pictures you get developed.

You also need a thin roll of cork board, they have a lot to choose from...so pick the thickness you would like. The spray is $9.99 a can, and the cork board is $13.99 because the stuff I used is self adhesive (I cheated I know)!! This stuff has a grid on the backside of the cork, so that you can measure it out and cut it more accurately which I thought was pretty niffty.

Once you get home you need to take your tile out of their boxes and give them a good scrubbing with water and a scrub brush, or do what I did get my 5 year old son to help wash them. Then I had him lay them on the deck to dry, they dried pretty quickly which was nice because I was sort of getting antsy to get this project started.

When you are waiting for your tiles to dry, you can pick out the stamp sets that you will be using for this project. I chose the "Doodle This" stamp set, the "Blooming With Happiness" stamp set and a stamp I had picked up from "Carousel Rubberstamp" store. I used "Stayz on Ink", and "Tombow" markers to color them in (but it ran a bit on one of my tiles) so use something like "Stayz on Ink" !!

Once you have stamped on your images, you need to take your tiles outside and spray them in a well ventilated area 10 cm away from your tiles and then let dry. This spray dries pretty quickly too, which is also nice :)! The tiles have dried now, so you will roll out your cork roll and place one tile onto the grid that is on the back of the cork...cut it to fit the bottom of your tile. Peel off the plastic layer, put the sticky side of the cork on the tile and press firmly!! Your tile should look something like this in the end!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and will give this fun project a try...I dare you :p!