Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Flourishes blue bird

This is the new set from Flourishes, Spring has sprung. It has some great images to color, and I could not wait to get these! I stamped the bird in memento ink, then colored with the Faber Castell watercolor pencils. I decided to offset the oval to angle the bird a little better, paper is brazill and bo bunny (the green dot). It has been a yucky Spring break so far. Poor Owen, he was so looking forward to doing outdoor stuff, ie. fishing, golfing and it is just not cooperating. I need to come up with something fun we can do. Hope where you are the weather is better!  

Monday, March 28, 2011

Memory box adore

I stamped this card with Memento ink on watercolor paper. Then I colored the image with the new watercolor pencils from Faber Castell. I love how nice these markers blend so pretty. The background purple is a impression plate from PTI, and the stamp is from Memory box. Some fun news in the crafting circuit:  There’s a new challenge blog in town with articles, swaps, interviews, videos, challenges, great prizes and MORE! Check out Lily Pad Cards!  Looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Today Lainey had her 4 month check-up, a few weeks late, since she is now almost 21 weeks. She is 14lbs, 3 oz  & 24.5" long, in the 50%  for both height and weight. I had an older Dr. for her check-up and when he asked how she was sleeping, I told him she still wakes a few times a night. He was funny he said " I know many won't listen but I have always believed that the kitchen closes at 7 and doesn't open again until the morning". I know everyone will sleep better in the end when she learns to sleep through the night! It's just getting there that is going to be hard!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

PDCC #74

This is my card for the Play Date challenge. I love the colors they have for this challenge and already have a few other cards in the works for this. I stamped the Hero Arts Thank you definition in grey, Then I stamped the dragonfly from Lockhart stamps in black and colored with copics BV02, & 04. The flowers are from a clear set from Hero arts are colored with B002 and B04. The image was cut with a spellbinders die and the blue panel was embossed with a PTI die. TFL! 

It has been beautiful here, we have a friend coming from MD to visit and I should be cleaning my house! I just want to play outside and stamp! Owen's last day of school is Friday, then he has a week off for Spring Break. He is looking forward to lots of fishing and golfing with his Daddy! Wyatt spent his first day golfing with the boys last week and did really well. After the initial meltdown, he figured out what was going on and now says he needs clubs to go golfing too! His favorite thing about it was the "candle" he got to play with.... the golf tee! Lainey is now on the move, well sort of, she has perfected rolling over. So much so that now when you put her down on the floor she rolls away! I am so not ready for this! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cherry blossoms

I love cherry blossoms, this is the first set from flourish that I had to order last year. All of their flower images are gorgeous, but this one I love! When I lived in MD, the cherry blossoms blooming in DC were always a big deal. The row of gorgeous trees all pink and fluffy, signaling that the long cold winter was gone and Spring was indeed here. The image is colored with copic on the x-press blend copic paper. TFL

Monday, March 21, 2011

Green foliage

We spent the weekend getting our garden ready for planting. My DH tilled and tilled and is still tilling today! The boys love helping him break up the roots, and clumps of dirt. They come in dirty from head to toe and tired! I love it! I can't wait to once again be picking tomatoes, peppers and squash! This weekend I will be purchasing my herbs at the annual Herb and Garden Festival, I am so excited! Owen loves helping me pick out the plants, so I am looking forward to some one on one time with him. DH will be watching the two little ones unless he decides to brave the festival with all three kids in tow.  Have a great Monday!

Friday, March 18, 2011

distressed carnation

I had planned to submit this to PTI make it Monday last week when they had the distressed challenge, but things got crazy so it never got there! I stamped the image and colored with my new copic colors. I was very proud of myself and actually did not order a thing for the PTI release this month. I was surprised that there was not a thing I "had to have". However I caught a glimpse of the new Flourishes  Lenten Rose set, and that was it, they also have a beautiful spring set. Can't wait to get these to play with! Saturday Owen has his first soccer game, he missed the actual first one since he was sick. It should be a beautiful weekend, we are all looking forward to a fun weekend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

19 Weeks today!

This card is made using the new big brush pens from Faber-Castill, have I told you how much I love them. I have had marvy markers and used stampin-up ones, but these blow them away. The tip is so nice, flexible, and doesn't seem to show any wear on them. There is a nice array of colors, and I am sure as they become more popular they will create even more color options. 

Today, Miss Lainey is 19 weeks old, she is growing so fast! Her new trick is rolling over from back to belly, and she is really good at it now. The only problem is she cannot get herself back, so then she gets really mad. The boys all run to her rescue, the minute she starts to fuss, it is so cute. Wyatt enjoys showing her new toys to discover right now she is obsessed with the tv switcher, and so much so that she doesn't know if she wants to squeal or cry. We still are not right from the time change, I love having extra daylight, but it is tough getting the little ones adjusted. Hoping for some sleep this week : ) Have a wonderful week!

Love this one, she is checking out Owen's face.

Our big girl!

Monday, March 14, 2011

layered life

I am wishing for some good news to post, and don't want my blog to be such a drag. However life is what it is, and we have to take the good and the bad. Saturday, my brother called to tell me bad news that my Grandfather had passed away. He was 92, and even though he was checked on and helped out he still lived alone in an apartment next to my Uncle. He had 7 children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He loved trains, and antique toys, playing the piano and was an incredible artist. Having just lost Chris's grandpa less than three weeks ago, it has been a strange few weeks. Rest in Peace Grandpa. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring layers

 I used a variety of different stamps, the flower is from Hero Arts, as is the script background. The butterfly is a new one from Memory box, I am not sure who did the Spring saying. The images are all colored with the new big brush pens from Faber castill. 

Owen came home Wed, with a fever and stayed home yesterday, today still running a fever so off we all went to the Doctors to check for strep. It was indeed strep, so now I am crossing my fingers that no one else gets it! Although now I am not feeling so well either! LOL! I think I am just tired, both Wyatt and Lainey have upper respiratory congestion and baby girl just can't sleep very well with all that. Hoping all my babies get to  feeling better over the weekend! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Already Wednesday?

Hello Father Time are you there? Please slow down, my days are flying by and my babies are growing much too fast! It seems my days are a blur, it could be because baby girl has forgotten how to sleep the past three days, and we are up every 2-3 hours. Mostly I think we are all so busy and I wish for some down time to just enjoy the moments. Not moments like these though (ha-ha)! Yesterday, Wyatt made a huge mess in the living room and when I asked for him to help clean it up, he refused (gotta love 3 year olds) so I told him if he wasn't going to help, he could go in his room. Now he and his big brother share a room, but I was preoccupied with cleaning up the mess and wasn't too concerned with him being in there so quiet. I should have known, he came out later and when we went to tuck the boys into bed my DH asked Owen why his fish food was all over the dresser. Poor Owen had no idea, but I knew right away who was the culprit. Wyatt apparently was trying to feed the fish, and dumped two bottles of food everywhere, in the dresser, floor and some did make it into the tank. I am now waiting for Wyatt to wake to see if the fish survived his giant feast! 

The card above was made with a penny black stamp, and the new big brush markers from Faber-castill. I love these, they come in the best colors and are so juicy and nice to color with! The background is a hero arts Thank you cling, and the dragonfly is part of a stamp but I cannot remember the company. The edges of the panel are distressed with broken china and the Thank you is stamped with the hero hues in latte I think. Have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

PDCC #71

This is my card for the color challenge over at the The Playdate Cafe, I love the color splash challenges because black and white cards make such a statement. Then when you add a splash of color it makes a timeless card. I used a mix of stamps, I believe the flowers in the vase is from Savy stamps, the envelope pattern was used on the vase and the background flourish are both from hero arts. Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

New copic colors

I think I have a new favorite color combo, I ordered the new copics from Ellen Hutson. Love her store and she ships super quick too!  The flower is stamped with memento and colored with RV63, RV66, YG63 and YG93. The background is from Hero arts and the sentiment is from PTI. The center is done using some raindrops that I found while cleaning my desk! Behind the raindrops I used a pearl colored enamel accent to give it the extra shine. Thanks for stopping by, now off to get my house back in order after a busy weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Summer memories

My inspiration for this card was from a place we use to go when I lived in Maryland. My grandparents had a summer house there in Chesapeake Isle and we use to spend time there during the summer. I have such fun memories of playing with my cousins at the beach, and exploring Turkey Point and the lighthouse there. We use to have some wicked games of badminton too! : ) On the drive out to the summer house, along the road were tons of the wild orange daylilies. They were so pretty, and to this day they are still my favorite color.

This card started off by embossing on cream cardstock in clear, and then coloring the image with copics, Then I covered the image with versamark and spritz the image with some glimmer mist in orange tones and embossed again with clear. I repeated this several time until I was satisfied with the look. The background was stamped using hero hues in poppy, and then misting with the glimmer mist again. Thanks for stopping by, your comments are so appreciated! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blue butterfly

Yesterday, Wyatt and I discovered the daffodils blooming on the side of our house, and today it seems the Pear trees have all popped! I love the fluffy blooms on these trees. Spring is so close now, I am preparing my plans for a gardens and getting my orders together. I can't wait to be picking fresh veggies and fruit with the kids again. 

The card above is a mixture of different stamps, the butterfly is from Memory box, and it was colored with copics.   The two background images are from Hero Arts, and the sentiment is from PTI.