Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Collin!


Popping in to wish my Collin a fabulous 11th birthday today!  He still seems very little to me, but I'm sure in just a couple of years he'll be standing next to my as Jonathon does and surpassing me in height. This little man has a love of live. His birthday present lists describes him:  
  • a pogo stick (he's active...riding his bike, scooter, skateboarding and he has massive cuts on his knee right now from a crash)
  • a fishing net (he loves to be outdoors and his happy to sit and fish for hours on end.  Pat told him he'd take him night fishing and his face lit up)
  • an xbox game (yep...he loves Minecraft like the best of them)
  • a root beer making kit (he loves to cook...he can make a mean omelette...and he's never too far from a lemonade or slushy stand at the end of our drive.  I'm sure root beer will be added next.)
He can be loud when he is in a very comfortable situation, but most often his is on the shy side.  His eyes do his talking a bit more than his mouth.  Love seeing those eyes light up and a sweet little smile escape accompanied by a blush. Love my little man tons. Happy 11th birthday beautiful boy.


 Above is his card (neon green is his favorite color) and below are a few pictures from his birthday.  His buddies Jake and Logan came over and we went to David Busters for games.  You can see the smile on his face when he got the root beer maker.  Collin wanted cupcakes (store bought were just fine...) but we forgot candles so we turned out the lights and used the grill lighter. Have to improvise!
 And I had to share this picture below.  I think we could do a before and after as I could see this same picture being taken in college.  Thankfully water are the only drinks being used so far!  The boys used their tickets at David Busters to pick them out!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Festive Friday Reminder: Peace on Earth

Happy Friday. This card may look very similar to my card from last week, but it has a slightly different twist. Today's card was made with a new Memory Box tree die that I have. I used the same patterned paper from last week. I love that my Christmas cards are starting to get done...still lots to do, but clean, one layer cards are my favorite for easy mailing!

Tonight we'll be having Collin's birthday party with a few of his friends at David Buster's.  He can't wait!  He turns the big 11 tomorrow!  Have any fun plans on your calendar for the weekend?


Happy Birthday Nonni

Hello there...I'm popping in to wish the fabulous, Nonni, a very happy birthday.  Nonni is the super sweet, co-leader of the fabulous Time Out Challenge, but she is so much more. She is a kind hearted soul, stunning card maker and an amazing musician. I've loved getting to know Nonni through this fabulous card making community. Since I knew Nonni loved music, I had to add a few musical notes to her card.

My cousin, Sandie, and dear friend to Nonni is hosted Nonni's birthday surprise today.  Be sure to pop on over to Sandie's blog to join the party (you have two weeks!)

Happy birthday Nonni, I hope it is a wonderful day and year to come!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Peace on Earth {and back to school}


 I'm in snowflake mode this week and this is 2 out of 3 Christmas cards that will be posted this week!  I love Kay's style and The Cutting Edge Challenge, so I knew I had to play along.   I also pulled out my Bazzill card stock as I love how Kay's cards always have texture on them.  The die cuts were already cut so this was a very quick card to make. The hardest part was finding a sentiment small enough to stamp.  I clearly used Kay's sketch as my jumping off point and a trio of snowflakes instead of a trio of flowers.

The boys all went back to school yesterday.  My quiet mornings getting ready for work are going to quickly change.  The three oldest will all leave the house by 7 am...so the alarms start going off at 5:45.  My alarm typically goes off at 5:15.  The three oldest also will take their showers in the morning.  Thank goodness we have all boys as I think the bathroom time would get a little crazy.

Here are a few of my favorites from yesterday morning. If you compared to the picture of last year with Ryan and Jonathon, you'd see how much Jonathon has grown in a year.  He's only a couple inches shorter than Ryan.  I have a feeling he's going to be taller.  Collin and Jonathon ride the same bus this year.  He looks so little compared to the other kids riding the bus!  Marcel has had Collin on his bus every year. This is the first year he'll be on the bus without any brothers.  In two years, he and Collin will be together again.  Marcel got up just before the three older ones left.  He'll quite often have the house to himself for about an hour before he leaves in the morning.  He knows the first day of school drill and was more than willing to take pictures with me and Pat.


Collin wasn't in the no picture mood and you can see him messing around with Jonathon here...not sure what that pose is!  Collin is going into 5th grade and this is the first year with a locker and where he changes rooms each bell. A big step up and he was a little nervous.  I have no doubt he'll have an awesome year despite the touch of nerves.
 This picture is my favorite...stealing a kiss from my little man who is still willing to give them freely!
 And doesn't this picture melt your heart...how cute are Marcel and his adorable friend Chloe. Her dad was taking a long time to get a picture on his phone to which she said, "Girls are much faster with technology than boys."  She cracks me up!
Here's to a great year for all four boys!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Here for You


Hello there...I'm popping in to share two fun cards inspired by Laurie's Make It Monday challenge.  I don't have an cover plates so I decided to use the Mighty Leaves die.  I also didn't have press and seal so I improvised!  I put removal adhesive on the card base and placed it over the die cuts.  I love how clean and crisp the tone on tone looks.  

Then...I took the cover plate and had fun with distress inks inking up the back of the card.  

Thanks for the inspiration to stretch my supplies Laurie!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Masculine Thank You


Are you ever in need of masculine thank yous?  I quite often need them for co-workers at work.  I was looking at the color combinations for the current One Layer Simplicity Challenge and decided to use the berry inspiration/colors to make my card today.  I used my new Verve Peaceful Medallions set and took the cue from this card to stamp the medallion and then used the back of a different stamp to create a soft outline to the medallion.  This would be a great set to make it in a variety of color combinations (I'm thinking an all season thank you card set.)

The boys are all back to school tomorrow morning...school supplies have been purchased and we'll be getting back into a much early bed and wake up times!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Merry Christmas


Happy Monday. I absolutely adored the clean stamping and color combo on Therese's MUSE inspiration card this week. Truly stunning. I was thinking about floral stamps all week, but decided to go with in-laid snowflakes instead.  This card came together quickly after I saw Ardyth's card too.  I love those Lil Inker snowflakes.  The card was finished off with a quick Verve sentiment.

While I'm here, I also wanted to share a recipe with you. I don't cook very often (Pat is a fabulous cook), but when I do find something easy to make I'll make it often.  On Saturday, my college roommate was in town with her family after dropping her daughter off at the University of Dayton (our alma mater) and they came down Saturday night. So, I made this easy chicken parmesan casserole.  Everyone enjoyed it and it's easy!  If you have any easy recipes that you'd like to share, I'd love to have a copy.