Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Friday!

Wow! Another weekend is upon us, we have soccer, a birthday party, and I am sure the boys are going to squeeze in some fishing and golfing! The flower stamp is from Penny black, it is stamped and colored with copics. The Background is stamped with hero arts definition stamped in shabby shutter and distressed with it as well. The butterfly and ribbon is from PTI, the background dot is another background from hero arts.

We had baby chicks hatch on Wed., I thought surely they would hatch on Easter! We have 8 as of yesterday, mostly yellow, one black, one grey and one yellow with brown stripes. I love the mixtures we get from our bantam cochins. I will try to get some pictures to post next week. Right now they spend most of their time cozy under momma! Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Amongst flowers

I fell in love with the stamp when I saw it on Jill Fosters blog, then I saw Kathy's  work and could not wait to play with this stamp! Both of these super talented ladies are so inspiring, I love their work. On this card I cut out two cloud dies by PTI and used them to mask the white cardstock. Then I masked the grass area and sprayed turquoise glimmer mist. Next I masked the sky area and sprayed honey dew on the bottom portion. The grass is a stamp I think it is from Outlines Rubber stamps, I stamped in the hero hues chalk ink in green. The flowers were colored using the faber-castell big brush pens and then I spritzed with a little glimmer mist to get a good impression. Inside the flower centers I used dimensional pearls. Thanks for your all of your comments, I so appreciate them! Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011 recap

Owen tells me Easter is his favorite holiday, although I am pretty sure he says that about Christmas too! It may have something to do with the Easter Bunny gets a little crazy with the baskets, I love spoiling my kids ( I know many say that it is bad, but it's so fun!)  Easter bunny tries not to give too much candy, he fills the eggs that we use for the hunt, my husband makes sure there is a Chocolate bunny, apparently that is a Easter must.  The bunny was shunned the first time candy went into Owen's Easter basket and a terrible crime was committed, no chocolate bunny! It was duly noted and now each basket contains one chocolate bunny for those who are of age. The baskets also always contain a Pez dispenser. My kids can already have a huge collection, as I adore these cute little candy dispensers.  The rest of the basket usually contains a book, a stuffed animal, a few toys, etc. This year it was so neat to have three baskets lining the table. Owen always snoops, I know because I take a picture after I finish the baskets. When I get up in the morning everything is rearranged, I find it funny as I was the same way! He always tries to act surprised as he goes thru his basket, but in the wee hours I know he already went through his loot!  The Easter Bunny also hides tons of eggs, my DH said he had never hid so many! He creates a path that the bunny takes to get to our house. The only problem is our outside dog Kane likes to eat them so we have to start outside of the electric dog fence. He places them down the road, out in the field and in the woods. Only this year something got into some of them! They were cracked open and the candy was missing, it was pretty funny! After the hunt the boys checked out their stash and played. We had a non-traditional dinner of pork bbq, mashed potatoes, baked beans and chocolate cake for dessert! I even had time to craft while Lainey napped!  It was a perfect holiday, I love these moments!
Owen decorating eggs

I love his expression
I Love my sweet boys! 
The small ones are eggs from our Bantam Cochins, they make the best eggs for coloring
The boys are on the hunt!
Won't be long before she will be joining in on the fun!

Only had a second to snap a picture of all three, Wyatt was on the move!

Baby girl with her Easter loot.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lucy's lovely lines challenge

I just received my new order of Penny Black stamps from Simon says stamps, and just in time for a new challenge over at Lilypad ! I love the floral images, and have spent most of my free time yesterday coloring and stamping! I stamped the flower with black Memento, then colored with copics RV14, 17 & 19, and YG21 & 23. Then I added a bit of BG000 to the background. I stamped a script stamp from Judikin with Memento london fog and cut out using a spellbinder die. The twine is new from Hero arts, I really like the natural colors and the thickness. Tomorrow I will be doing an Easter post with pictures from the weekend! Hope you had a great holiday!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Lilypads Frames, dies or dimension challenge

I began by stamping the image 3 times on cardstock. I cut out the images to layer and colored with copics. The image is from Magenta, and layered using dimensional tape. TFL! I can't believe it is already Wed, Owen had Spring break a few weeks ago, so it is strange having Easter so late this year. I still need to plan my Easter Menu, hoping to figure that out today!

Monday, April 18, 2011

PDCC # 77


This is my card for the PDCC challenge, the label is from PTI, the bird stamp is from Memory box and the background is a hero arts stamp. Edited: I just realized I forgot to use white, will have to see if I have time to make another entry! That is what happens when I forget to write the challenges down!

Well, Easter is right around the corner, I actually had a chance to run errands Sunday without kids in tow. While it was nice, I was able to run in and out of the stores quickly. Although I was in too much of a hurry to really enjoy it! DH did awesome watching the crew, Lainey even took 1.5 hour nap for him! Here are some quick pictures of my little bunny girl! TFL!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Flourishes Spring has Sprung

This is my entry for the flourishes challenge, I love these colors! I stamped with memento black ink and colored with copics, I used B00,B02 & B04 for the flower and YG13 & YG17 for the leaves. The yellow is Y02, & Y04. Then I used coordinating colors of the spica gel pens to add some sparkle, which is difficult to pick up using the camera. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Layered Birthday

Stamp is from set of 4 wooden cupcakes (hero arts). I used  Memory Box  PP. The sentiment is also from hero arts. I used a little spica glitter pen to highlight the rose (it is hard to see on the photo) TFL! The rest of the post is just a little venting therapy  : ) !

What a week it has already been! Poor Owen's hermit crab Hermie died, it was his first pet (that he was responsible for). He was so sad, it broke my heart. We buried him under a pretty plum tree in the garden. Wyatt (who is 3) kept asking why we put Hermie in the dirt, please get him out.  Owen took a stick and wrote "He was my best friend, I will miss you Hermie", and then picked out some nice rocks for the area. It was hard for me because I know how difficult losing pets is. We have a 11 year old lab, who was our first child, and he is the best dog. He has severe hip dysplasia in both hips and arthritis in all legs, it is amazing he is still getting along, but I know one day we will be dealing with this. It is so difficult with children, explaining what happens and why, I am not looking forward to that. 

Then yesterday, Wyatt, Lainey and I spent almost 4 hours at Urgent care with DH, we think he has kidney stones, but chose not to have the CT scans to verify. Two years ago, he had to have these scans and we just finished paying off our portion of the cost. This time we asked how much prior and to see if they would work with us. We have BCBS of NC, but a large deductible, crazy for how much we still spend each year. Our portion of the CT scans was going to be $4,100.00!!! I cannot begin to tell you have crazy this is, especially for paying almost $10K a year for insurance to begin with. While I am sure if he doesn't feel better in a few days, we may have to do this, it is insane! After the pain shots yesterday, he does feel better today, just worn out. Thank goodness the kids were super good, everyone commented on them.  I am just emotionally wore our, I love my DH, but sometimes I don't think I will be able to handle the "in sickness" vowels I took. No matter what he has it is always the worst pain in the world. Now, I have never had kidney stones, and I have heard they are very painful. But the way he was I was sure they were going to call an ambulance and take him straight to the ER.  I know everyone has different pain thresholds, but I wanted to put him out of his misery myself! I am sure the Doctors thought I was cold, but I have been through lots of health issues with him and I know how he is , it just drives me crazy. I just am glad he could never give birth to kids, or we would have only had one! Thanks for letting me vent, if you are still here!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pink rose

This card is for the challenge at hero arts. I stamped the rose two times on Memory box PP, then cut out. The music background was stamped with Hero Chalk ink, and I used copics to highlight some of the flower and leaves. The background embossed is from PTI as well as the sentiment.
Just a quick pict. of baby girl, we can finally wear some spring clothes, and this pink cherry outfit is so cute! 
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hummingbirds are here again!

In honor of our first hummingbird! It has been such strange weather here, cold and rainy last week, warmer but WINDY this week. So I was surprised to see a returning friend yesterday, my hummingbird. We have 2 sometimes 3 hummingbirds that feed here. Now it is time for me to make them their food, so we can enjoy watching them up close! 

The stamp is from Magenta, and I paper pieced the image with Memory box PP.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Magenta dragonfly

I love paper piecing, especially with the wonderful papers that Memory Box designs, this week I am using the Minuet paper pack. It has some gorgeous blues, greens and butterfly patterns. The stamp and sentiment are both from Magenta.

Today, we are back to School, and the routine again, it has been nice not having to alter Lainey's sleeping to pick up Owen from school. Although it is hard to believe just two full months left of the school year, and summer will be here before we know it! Have a great Monday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lenten Rose

So it's Friday, and we finally have some sun peeking out of the clouds that have been around all week. Today, I am taking the kids out to lunch, and run some errands. Wish it was dry and warm enough to take them to the park. Owen has a soccer game tomorrow, then hopefully they can get in some golfing and fishing after that. Monday is back to school, making lunches and homework again. Have a great weekend!