Friday, December 2, 2011


Card is stamped with distressed inks, and colored with colored pencils. All stamps are Hero Arts. 

I have no idea why but I have been trying for the entire week to load a picture on my blog! It is so frustrating it just kept coming up with an error on the photo! It may very well be my slow Internet connection I use my phone for a hot spot, or maybe the files I am trying to load. The other issue I have is for whatever reason my blog on explorer has all these strange lines of bright colors, you cannot see anything except the photo, but it seems to just be on my computer, maybe it's my computer? Anyway technology can sure be frustrating at times. 

So I am in the mist of what is one of my favorite times of year, I love the holidays. DH has decorated the outside with lights, a deer and a snowman. It looks wonderful, and if my middle child would stop messing with the timer it would work perfectly. Apparently all those tiny buttons are just too enticing for a almost 4 year old. In just a few short weeks my little boy is going to be 4 years old. Everyday he makes me laugh with his crazy stories and antics. He is very passionate about what he wants and his strong will sometimes makes me crazy. The other day I was telling him he needs to be on his best behavior or Santa will be bringing coal to him instead of gifts. A few days later I heard him talking about coal as he was playing with his trains. Then he says to me " I can't wait for Santa to bring me coal, I need it for my Thomas Trains". I had to laugh, of course my attempt to encourage good behavior would backfire, I am talking about Wyatt.  So now I am going to try the elf. I bought a little elf, not the elf on a shelf though. I find it creepy looking. This one is a little smaller and cuter, and in a few days he is going to come stay at our house until Christmas. I have been telling the boys that elves have been sighted around and some even come and stay. I am planning a grand arrival and am hoping this will be a fun new tradition with the kids. I am not sure how much crafting time I will be doing. My craft room is where I am stashing the gifts, and my boys are always poking around. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Halloween and more!

It's been rather crazy the past few weeks and I have finally had some time to post some pictures of the last few weeks festivities! First up is Halloween, we went up to Debbie's house to take the kids trick or treating, and had hoped the rain would hold off. That was not the case, but my awesome DH was a trooper and took the kids out in the rain. It did not damper their spirits one bit, and thankfully Debbie's husband supplied them with raincoats and umbrellas (we were obviously not very prepared)! LOL! While DH was out with the boys, Pixie and I stayed back at Debbie's house. We dressed her up and Debbie took pictures of her. She takes such beautiful photo's I love them.

Wyatt as James, and Owen as Troy Landry (swamp people show)

Isn't she the most adorable bunny!
Now to Pixie's birthday... I felt much more apprehensive with her first birthday than the other two. My DH and I both talk about having another little one, but as the time goes by it's hard to say if we will or not. The thought of the baby years being in the past makes me very sad. Even though there are tough moments, there are more wonderful things than I can ever list. The saddest thing to me is how quick all of these moments go, and with that I had a hard time accepting my little pixie is now one! My Mother-in-law came to celebrate her 1st birthday as she has done with all of my children. We all love when she visits, she is so good with the kids and they all adore her.  On each of my babies first birthday I have made them their own cake, a carrot/raisin cake with cream cheese icing. We also have a cake for everyone else, but the one I make them they get to squish, poke, and smear all over themselves if they desire. The cake was Owen's absolute favorite as a baby and I would make them all the time without the icing.

The boys were wild about her birthday, you would have thought it was their day! They helped her open her gifts, she got  books, puzzles, a little play kitchen and her first baby doll. It was so adorable, when I gave it to her she held it close and started rocking back and forth with it. It was the cutest thing, I found it amazing that she knew what to do with it. The picture aren't the best I struggle with low light photos and it drives me crazy! We had a great day for her, and I look forward to all the new things she will learn as she grows. Although these milestones can sometimes be a little sad, it is truly a beautiful thing to watch your children grow and learn.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Peace and Joy

 Well life has switched to high gear lately for me, which is the main reason why it's been awhile since I have posted. Pixie celebrated her 1st birthday, my Mother-in-law visited and we have been dealing with a mystery back leg problem with my sweet kitty. All of these things have put me in a super drive and have left little time or desire to create anything. I have so many things I want to do, but just not enough time. So I am just going to take it one day at a time and see what I can accomplish. I hope to get some pictures posted this weekend of Pixie's big day.  For now I have a card with a new Memory box stamp and die. It was colored with copics and die cut, I love their dies they are awesome. The sentiment is from PTI,  love the font on this one. Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Window collage

I love this window die, and it works perfectly with the Penny Black sketch for this week. I stamped the Penny Black collage and colored it with copics, then I cut the image and attached to the back of the window. The background is the Majestic Composition stamped in brown ink and the colored with crushed olive distressed ink.
This morning Owen is off school and Wyatt is sleeping in. I have really enjoyed watching just Owen and pixie playing together. Owen is so good with her and she adore him. A few minutes ago she pulled up to him and just hugged him, it was the sweetest thing. It is so interesting seeing the dynamics of each of their relationships take shape. Today I am especially grateful for my children they bring me the greatest joy in life.

I have decided that 2 out of 3 looking at the camera is as good as it's going to get!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

let it snow

I love snow, but only in small doses.  We most likely won't see much snow here, but when we do it's a huge event. Where I grew up in MD, if we had a good amount of snow we were usually snowed in and unable to get out of our driveway. That could mean days of being stuck, which as I got older became not so fun. Here if we get snow it most likely will melt by mid-day and there is usually no shoveling involved.

I stamped the tree from Penny Black with brown memento ink, then used broken china, tumbled glass and faded jean distressed inks on the panel. I then overstamped a snow design block from Hero arts in white onto the panel.  The Window die is from Memory box, isn't it fabulous! I love it. I have lots of ideas for this one! They have two sizes and their dies cut perfectly and are in so many great shapes. The snowflakes were embossed and sanded to create the rustic background. Here is a close up on the die and tree. Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PB sketch take one...

This week the PB blog is using sketches to showcase their cards. The cards they have shown yesterday and today are gorgeous! I know I have a file somewhere on my computer full of sketches and books too, I really should use them more often to get ideas for cards. I stamped a writing stamp on Memory box PP, and then the a portion of the flower on two additional squares and colored with copics.

Yesterday I had a parent-teacher conference with Owen's 3rd grade teachers. I had the two little ones in tow. Those of you who have seen the pictures I post of my children know Wyatt has the most beautiful wild curls. Everyone that see's him just wants to get ahold of him. However he is quite ornery and a little anti-social until he gets to know you. When we walked in they were going on about his curls and how cute he was, as I was sitting down I hear him tell the teachers "your fat" not once but twice. I wanted to die, and I know the one saving thing is they were not! I scolded him, and apologized, Owen's teacher smiled and told me she had 4 children and she totally understood. I still have no idea where he gets this stuff. At the dentist a few weeks ago he told the technician she was hideous, really! I can only imagine what school is going to be like with my him. He has such a strong personality and doesn't hold back on his feelings. Owen's conference went well, he is not performing up to the expectations in reading. That teacher is constantly sending notes home. He actually does well on the grade test, but the state test on the computer it almost seems like he didn't try. Otherwise he is doing great in math, so just going to keep up with it and see how he does.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Purple floral

CL109-Damask Floral

The stamps in this card are from Impression Obsession and I am entering in for this challenge to use purple. I discovered these set in a magazine years ago, and loved them, they are so whimsical and pretty.
I miss leafing through magazines to see all the latest and greatest stuff. I know the Internet has totally transformed the avenues in which advertisers have to find new customers. Though there was just something fun about getting cozy in a chair and marking pages that inspired me or products I wanted to check out. Now I can waste way too much time browsing the web,  and spend way too much money in just a few clicks of a mouse!  The only thing that is missing is really the instant gratification, but I love mail days too! Have a wonderful Monday!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

With love tag

I made another tag for the Penny black week, I forgot how much fun tags are to make. I stamped the image in memento black, and then colored with copics directly on the manilla tag. I used antique linen and walnut stain to distress the tag. The sentiment is from PTI, and was distressed as well.

Owen is playing at a friends house all day, and DH is working so it's just me and the little ones for most of today. It is nice and chilly this a.m., think it would be a good day to bake something! Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Autumn foliage

Memory Box has some of the best collage type stamps. I love the ones they design. The background of the collage was colored with various orange tones of distressed inks, then edged with soot. Then I colored the leaves with copics, the background leaves is from a set by Flourishes. We have some cool crisp fall weather today, I am loving it. We don't get a traditional fall here in Eastern NC, I miss the piles of gorgeous tones of color that would fall from the trees in MD. We use to pile them up and jump off our swing into them, so fun! Raking up pinestraw into piles just isn't the same! LOL! Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cheerful tag

This week on the Penny Black Blog they are showcasing tags. I started by stamping the background with tumbled glass distressed ink and then distressing over the stamped image. It did not turn out quite as vibrant as I was looking for since I was going for the Jill Foster look! Oh well, I will give it another go next time, LOL! Anyways the flower was colored with copics and the flower pot is from the amaryllis stamp.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkins and Mums

I tried something new with this card, sometime ago I saw a tutorial on using copics and coloring in a grid on the Classroom. After you color the grid you use blending solution to create splotches and interest in the background. The stamped image is from Northwood, and I love all the beautifully detailed images.While playing around I decided to try the background using YR12, 15, 16, 18. After the background was done I overstamped the image. Then I decided it needed a bit more so I  went back and colored in some of the objects with copics. The background paper is from Memory Box.

It was a great weekend here, went by way to fast though. The boys spend Saturday night at the beach with a friend surf fishing and having an all around awesome time. Pixie and I had a quiet night with just the two of us, it was nice. Then on Sunday, Pixie and I went to visit our friend Debbie, for the afternoon. We had a great time with good food, and lots to catch up on. The pumpkin pie she made was so good, I have to pace myself because I would eat the entire thing!  We both even got to stamp a little, Lainey discovered Debbie's craft room and had fun getting into stuff. One day she will hopefully be my sidekick and enjoy crafting as much as I do. Hope everyone has a beautiful week.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Shades of Green

A few weeks ago I had stamped the silhouette image and then moved on to another idea. My desk is full of these type of pieces. I start off in one direction and then go in a totally different one. I found the stamped piece again and this card grew from there. The stamp images are Hero arts, and the sentiment is from PTI. The band and sentiment die are PTI also, and the beautiful leaf flourish die is from Memory box.

I spent a good part of yesterday organizing my work, as much as I don't want to admit that I can't do it all, it is become increasingly difficult to find time to do my "other" job! By the time the kids go to bed, I am exhaused and don't want to do any paperwork. I am finding I am forgetting stuff and missing things so I must get a better system going. I hate making mistakes and I am really hard on myself, I just need to spend a little extra time making sure I have everything done each day. Although I would rather just play with my kids! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

christmas JOY

I love these stamps from Hero Arts/Basic grey. The flowers in this set are gorgeous! I stamped on linen cardstock in black, and colored with Faber-Castell markers. Then I masked the flowers and over stamped the dictionary def. and a swirly background on the panel.  The sentiment was stamped in black and embossed, and the image was distressed with shabby shutter.

The holidays are approaching at a rapid rate, as much as I love the holidays it makes me sad to think another year has gone by. Once Halloween gets here, pixie's birthday is just a few days later. In December Wyatt will be 4, as much as I try to enjoy and soak in the moments the faster I think they go by. Sweet little girl has another new trick as of yesterday, she was eating dinner and I had to get the phone. After I was done I noticed her holding her hand to her ear, she was talking on her hand phone! LOL. Now when I say ring, ring she hold her hand to her ear, I love that I get to experience these first with her.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

You're too kind

This is another version of the new hero art/embossing folder combo. It is stamped with brown memento ink, colored with Faber-Castell markers and then adorned with pearls. Then I distressed the edge and added distressed ink to the image.

Yesterday Lainey figured out waving, it was so cute! She happen to see the people on the Today show waving and started waving back. Now she does a frantic, flopping hand wave and I love it! Hard to believe little pixie will be one in less than a month, it's just not fair!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall fun with the kids!

I am always on the lookout for fun things to do with the kids. I found a Hubbs Corn Maze right outside of Clinton and the kids had a blast. With the first two I was so strict in my schedules that we didn't stray far when they were tiny. Having a 3rd has totally changed my mind on this! With two active boys, we need to go, go, go! Although it also helps that pixie is always up for anything and such an easy baby! It took about an hour to get there, and since we arrived early it was not very crowded. We went through one of the easy corn mazes, and decided at night it would be much more fun, so maybe next time. We had a super dry summer and the corn was not near as tall as it should of been, but still fun none the less. Owen loved the slides they had made out of pipes, I told DH we needed him to make us one of these! They also had a sand box full of diggers and trucks. They were a hit with the kids, especially Wyatt. He is so funny, he has absolutely no interest in playing with or being around other kids besides his brother and sister.  He would move his stuff to either be by himself or by Owen.  

They also had a huge bouncy pillow that was awesome! My legs hurt so bad last night from all the jumping Wyatt and I did. Wyatt was a little unsure of it at first, but my moon monkey was soon flying up in the air. I want one of these also! LOL! Owen is looking tired here!

This was my attempt of getting a photo of all three. Wyatt wanted to sit on the pumpkins, and was not happy when I would not let him. He then decided to sit down, but was way over on the left out of the picture. No amount of coaxing was going to get him to move from his spot, so I went with Owen and Lainey to get a picture. Trying to get the sun behind me also meant the sun was directly in their eyes, so I just snapped a quick photo and let it go. In the next few weeks we will take the kids out to get pumpkins, preferably in the evening and hopefully succeed in getting one good picture of all three.

Pixie was awesome here, she enjoyed watching the boys have fun, and people watching. It wasn't long before she quietly drifted off to sleep, she is such a sweet baby!

They all were so good and had a great time, we would definitely go back. The boys were exhausted, especially Wyatt who slept past 9 a.m. this morning! Have a wonderful Sunday. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Christmas wreath

One of the challenges at hero arts this month is to use non-traditional stamps to make a holiday card. I bought this floral wreath recently with the embossing folder and thought it would make a pretty Christmas card. It was embossed with white ink, colored with markers and then ran thru the machine with the folder. I die cut it then attached it to the red and green panels. The bow is something I added, after much fiddling and adjusting I decided it was as good as it was going to get. I rarely use ribbons, mainly because I have such a hard time making the bows look pretty. It's still beautiful here, Wyatt and I have enjoyed playing outside everyday while Owen is at school, and pixie is napping. Love not dying from the heat or being carried off by the bugs!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Purple roses

I found this image stamped from one of my crafting days at Debbie's house. It is amazing the things you find when you clean. I was so proud of my craft room and the order I had restored to it. That is until my little Tasmanian devil came through. Now all the hard work I did is no more! Oh well, I can't say I am the neatest person either. Although I usually can find whatever anyone needs. There may not look like order to my madness but there is! The image was colored with copics, and die cut with spellbinders. Thanks for stopping the comments are so appreciated!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


I hope everyone enjoyed WCMD, what fun! There were so many challenges, and I love that some have extended them thru the upcoming week. I am entering this into the EHWCMD2 at the Classroom for the holiday challenge and also for the Penny Black Guest Challenge. I stamped the PB image in memento and colored with copics, then I distressed with ink to create a vintage look. The background is Hero arts wooden design block, stamped and distressed as well. The embossed background is from PTI, and I believe the sentiment is as well. Thanks for stopping by have a wonderful Sunday, it's cool here, so I am off to make a pot of chili!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Created card by using markers and spritzing with Tattered angels mist. Stamped on watercolor, then die cut and distressed with green ink, and walnut stain. Then embossed, floral stamp, hero arts, and sentiment is from PTI.

I know I am guilty of letting daily life keep me from being grateful for life's blessings. The pain and heartache we experience makes the blessing seem so much more important. I love the idea of a gratitude journal to take note of positive things in our lives. I am a pretty optimistic person, but sometimes life gets the better of me.

 I received a call from my Dr. today to tell me why he thinks my test results were elevated. I couldn't explain it if I wanted to, but after my second blood test they have come down slightly and he believes it has to do with my gallbladder and toxins piling up.  Long story short I am going to follow his instructions, and re-test in another month and all should be good. Now to convince the insurance company that I am not an alcoholic and to allow me to retest and clear my record. Not real optimistic on that part, as they have been less than helpful on their end. But in the end, at least I have an explanation, and steps to take to fix it. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall colors

Sorry I have been MIA for a little while, we lost our sweet dog Midas last Wednesday and I am still having a tough time with things. I have been working on a blog post about him, but just can't finish it yet. Yesterday Wyatt and I spent a little time in the craft room, and this is what I came up with, not exactly how I am feeling right now but how I want to feel. I really love this new hero arts set, I am looking forward to them coming up with some new designs for the embossing-stamping combo.  We are getting some much cooler weather this weekend, so the next few days I am going to find where I hid all my pre-pregnancy fall clothes. I have no idea where they are, my organization skills leave a lot to be desired!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Flowers and butterfly

Happy Monday, this is a stamp from Serendipity it was hiding somewhere on my shelf and lonely so I stamped and colored it. It was colored with copics, and cut with a spellbinder die cut.

We had a great weekend, Owen and DH were finally able to go fishing on Saturday. There has been a terrible fish kill in the Northeast Cape Fear here due to Hurricane Irene. This has put quite a damper on fishing here, the boys finally got the boat running great and now there is hardly anywhere to fish. The tried Sutton Lake on Saturday, and so did everyone one else! They had a great time though, caught a few fish and had a friendly visit from an Alligator as well. We also took advantage of the wonderful weather and did some yard work. I love this type of weather, its so nice!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Feels like Fall!

This card is for the Penny Black weekly challenge and Our Creative Corner Wonderful Window challenge. The PB image is colored with markers and stamped on the card. The flourish stamp (hero arts) is stamped with shabby shutter and the sentiment is from PB as well.

Things usually don't go smoothly when the weather changes quickly. Yesterday it was 91, and today we are due to have temperatures in the low to mid 70's.  This morning my sweet boy found out he left his shoes outside and it rained, not a good way to start the day. Everyone was scraping to find jackets, and running out the door mumbling about being late to work and school. I hope my DH and Owen have a better rest of the day! I am still waiting on the life insurance company to send me my results, I am running out of patience with them. They sure had no trouble sending me a questionnaire to fill out regarding drug/alcohol use in the past 5 years thought. I feel pretty sure the test is an error. However, I need this fixed for my records as it all goes into a data bank and will forever cause me issues if I don't get it corrected. I have a head cold now and am totally paranoid to get the blood work done until after I feel better as I don't want anything to effect my results.

I wanted to share a sweet photo my Friend Debbie took last month. All of the photo's she took are gorgeous, but this one is special to me. Ever since I stopped swaddling pixie, I put her in a sleep sack every time she goes down for a nap. Once she was able to crawl and grab things she started grabbing her sleep sack and snuggling up with them when she got tired. She hugs it close and sucks on her two fingers and it is the sweetest thing I have ever seen. My DH says we should send a picture/video of this to the makers of these sacks as it is a true testimonial to how much she love them. Happy Friday everyone, have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thinking of you

This is another Penny Black stamp from the new release. It is colored with copics, and the edges were distressed with ink. I am so ready for the cooler weather we will get in another day or so here! I love summer, but as the days get hotter I long for the crisp cool days that we get too few of here. The kids are all dealing with allergies or a cold of some sort. Nothing too bad, just more of a nuisance than anything. Wyatt is the worst of the three, he sounds so cute stuffed up though. My little guy is becoming quite the singer lately, he know the words to a few Colt Ford songs that his Daddy listens to in his truck and its so cute. I need to record it but every time I start to do it he stops. He love the chicken and biscuits song, it makes me laugh every time I hear those lyrics.  Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

One of my favorite photo's from Grandfather Mountain in June

Monday, September 12, 2011

CFC #19

I made this card for the CAS-ual Friday CFC19 challenge. I don't want to fool you into thinking this was really a clean and simple card for me. I struggle making simple cards, but love the look of them. I first stamped the leaves from a Hero Arts clear set on PP from PTI. They were cut out and tied together with some twine. The twig wreath die is from Memory Box, I love the die but did not love removing all the bits that remained. I shimmed it as much as I could with paper but it still had quite a few spots that needed to be cut with an exacto knife. I have seen people use thin sheets of metal to help with these type of dies so I am going to try that next time. I think this die will be very versatile and really want to use it more often if I can get a cleaner cut.

I don't quite know exactly when it happened but my little boy is turning into a big boy! We can now have conversations and he is starting to ask all kinds of questions. His latest one is about babies, he wants to know when Lainey was in my belly, how she got out, was he in there with her, where was she when he was in my belly, and so on. I try to keep things very simple for him, we wanted another baby and God gave us one, then when it was time we went to the hospital to have Lainey. I can see his wheels turning in his head as he tries to process this. Then he wanted to know where and what Lainey was doing before God gave her to us, now I am stumped! The birds and the bees talk is not something I think a 3 year old needs, but he does ask some very good questions!  Thank goodness he moved right on from there to asking what trains he was playing with! Owen had a big weekend, playing at a friends house, and then he finally conquered the diving board! We were so proud of him, it took a few jumps with Daddy, a few gentle nudges at his request, and then he started doing it all by himself. He has come so far this summer swimming I am thrilled. Since he was very little he hated having water near his ears, even in the bath. We took 3 or 4 swim classes, and got nowhere. I decided to just let him be and go at his own rate and this year he has learned to swim, go underwater, and now he is jumping off the diving board, I am a proud momma! I am so glad we chose to not push the issue and let him go at his own pace.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Watercolor in orange

How can it be Thursday already? The past few days I feel like I have been running around in circles, not accomplishing a whole lot! On the card above I used watercolor pencils on watercolor paper, I added twinkling h20's to the background. The image was torn and distressed and added to the PP and background sheet.

Yesterday I got a call from the insurance company I am applying for life insurance. He told me I was did not qualify for the preferred rate instead the rate would be 4 times more than originally thought. He said my blood work showed elevated liver enzymes where normal was under 65 mine was 165. When I asked what could cause that he got quiet and said well let me read you what it says. He went on to say that the most probable cause was someone who was heavy drinker and had caused significant damage to their liver. I was driving so I pulled over and calmly explained that I do not drink, at this point I had the feeling he has heard that line before. I have pretty much been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for the last 4+ years, and I am not a drinker. My mind immediately goes to the worst, I have liver damage, I am dying. You can imagine how much my husband love my dramatic self right now. I called our Family Doctor and he is going to test me again once they send me my entire results, he said the insurance guy thinks I am a closet alcoholic, great! There are other reasons why it could be that high, but I am really hoping it was just an error. Not something I need, or wanted to worry about. I was just trying to plan for my DH to have money for childcare if something did happen. I am not a very patient person, so I am just going to try to put it out of my mind until I get the new result.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Watercolor Cosmos

 I was so excited to see that I love mementos is carrying Northwood Rubber stamps. The Enchanted Cottage in Lewisville had these stamps when Debbie and I would visit. The only problem was they never had the ones we wanted. They have beautiful nature inspired stamps that are so much fun to color. After watching Jill's video I decided to color mine with watercolor pencils. After I finished the coloring I remembered an Ikea frame I had painted last week, just messing around. I the added a memory box catalina border to the bottom to help balance it out. I have decided I need to make more frames like these to put around the house. I spent a good part of the holiday trying to clean out my craft room. There are so many cards, and stuff I don't use! Any ideas of what to do with stuff like that? I want to make more room in the office to make a bigger play area for the kids, so in theory I can craft while they play. Probably not how it will turn out, but it still would be nice for them to have some more space. I still have lots of work to do in there, but it is looking much better. I will post a picture soon when it gets all done, because it will not look like that after I start creating! Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Floral story

I have a new favorite stamp! I love this Floral Story from Penny Black! When I was younger my Mom would grow Amaryllis inside and have them blooming for the holidays. I have tried several times and just can't seem to get mine to grow well inside. I stamped the image in black ink and colored with copics, R24,27 &29, and YG25, 23 & 21. I tore the image and inked the edges with walnut stain, the PP is from PTI which I also inked with walnut stain. Any big plans for the Holiday? We probably grill some food outside and hopefully get to the pool. Owen was invited to his first official "playdate" (it's probably already not cool to call it that not at the age of 8). He is so excited, it would be nice for him to have some friends to spend time with. We live out in the country and all girls live around us. He doesn' t mind hanging with them, but they aren't into fishing, playing swamp loggers or talking about go karts. Hope everyone has a fun, safe Holiday.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I love making magnets for the fridge and these Lockhart images are perfect for this. I stamped the images with Memento ink, and colored with various copics, then I cut and matted the images, very simple but they look so cute.

Yesterday we had an overall party! After Wyatt saw Pixie's overalls he had to find his and put them on. He loves them because his favorite character Max, from Max and Ruby wears overalls.  I love this picture of the two of them checking each other out, so funny. As mush as I love having all three kids home it is a totally different atmosphere when Owen is in school. The house is much quieter, Wyatt fusses a lot less and he and Lainey get to spend time playing together. The age difference between Owen and Watt makes for some problems. There are many disputes that a 3 year old is not able to settle on his own, even an 8 year old has trouble understanding why things can't be a certain way. When they play together lately it usually ends up in someone upset. So for a few hours each day I am enjoying not being the arbitrator.