Sunday, May 31, 2009

Art and Wind Festival




Bill and I took Lexi to the Art and Wind Festival last weekend. She had so much fun playing in the Bouncy Houses and even entered a Hoola Hoop Contest. Of course, it didn't last too long for her. lol. I knew that this paper would be perfect for these pictures.

The paper is "Animal Cookies". The Letters are from the "Color Ready Alphabet". They are white stickers that you color by sponging on ink. The numbers are "Foam Die Cuts". The Kites are from the "Childhood" Stamp set. I stamped them on patterned paper using the second generation of stamping. That is when you stamp once on a scrap piece of paper and then stamp again on the paper you are going to use. It gives a lighter image. I used "Waxy Flax" for the sting. And the bows are from the stamp set. The buttons are "Summer Buttons".

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ketto Blog Hop

Welcome to the first Ketto Blog Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Bloggabella.

This is Suzette Ketto and she is colored with Copic Markers. The paper and brads are Wisteria from Basic Grey. The sketch is from last week's Sketch Saturday.
A QUICK NOTE from EM the Queen Bella: Make sure you comment on each post, because there is a hidden prize!! One pre-selected blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $40 Gift Voucher to Stamping Bella!!! She is not telling you who it is! So as you hop, don't forget to leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!! She will announce the winner on Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Jessica's Blog. If you should get lost along the way, the list of participants is in the post before this one. Have a great day!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ketto Blog Hop Participants

Hope you are having fun at the Ketto Blog Hop. Here is the list of participants in order of the next stop.

http://stampingbella.com/blog/
http://www.creationsbynicky.blogspot.com/
http://withfeathersandsequins.blogspot.com/
http://stampingscrapbooker.blogspot.com/
http://www.myideaofrecess.blogspot.com/
http://ladyguineveresinkyfaeries.blogspot.com/
http://www.hoveyhut.blogspot.com/
http://danashouseofcards.blogspot.com/
http://www.paulatracy66.typepad.com/...possibilities/
http://www.anitabestampin.blogspot.com/
http://www.giffysk8s.blogspot.com/
http://stampingexpressions.blogspot.com/
http://www.snapdragonchristy.blogspot.com/
http://lauraevans.typepad.com/my_crazy_stamp_obsession/
http://www.jaymerzstamps.blogspot.com/
http://paperplayhouse.blogspot.com/
http://www.rubbahsoul.blogspot.com/
http://tinktime-tink.blogspot.com/
http://www.corrosivecreationsbyjanet.blogspot.com/
http://chocolatedrop1908designs.blogspot.com/
http://meganlockdesigns.blogspot.com/
http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com/
http://loricraig.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
http://jbalcer.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
http://cardcrazy.wordpress.com/
http://scrapinglori.blogspot.com/
http://jessobsession.blogspot.com/
http://scrappygiraffelayouts.blogspot.com/
http://www.mylittlestampingplace.blogspot.com/
http://www.mama2fellas.blogspot.com/
http://ourscrappylife.blogspot.com/
http://sparklecreations.blogspot.com/
http://spikescreativeside.wordpress.com/
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...&ppuser=123368
http://www.stampedbyhand.blogspot.com/
http://sparkleshimmerandtwinkle.blogspot.com/
http://shannonssentiments.blogspot.com/
http://inkingaloud.blogspot.com/
http://stampsandallthatjazz.blogspot.com/
http://www.inkling2stamp.blogspot.com/
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ga...1588?cat=13189
http://www.ozziepuds.blogspot.com/

Debbie's Weekend Away Special!!!



Check out my good friend, Debbie's, blog for a chance to win these Stampin Up sets.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hello Sunshine



This little Cutie is from "Lily at the Beach" from Pink Cat Studio. I love how she looks on my "favorite" Animal Cookies Paper. I used this weeks sketch from Split Coast Stampers.

Lexi in Disneyland


Jennifer and Ryan took Lexi to Disneyland this past weekend. She had so much fun and loved "Small World". I was surprised to see a picture of Lexi in an Alice in Wonderland dress, because when her mother, Jennifer, was her age, she walked around Disneyland in the same dress. I remember riding the Alice in Wonderland ride over and over again. lol. Now I need to do a scrapbook page of Lexi and her mother at 4 in the same dress.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Animal Cookies






I am so enjoying this long weekend. I have done nothing but scrapbook. Lexi is in Disneyland with her parents and the house is quiet...but a little lonely. I was able to get these layouts done for next weekends scrapbook workshop. These layouts are from the Animal Cookies Workshop on the Go. I went through some of Lexi's baby pictures and had some wonderful memories while making these layouts. I also did one of Lexi and her cousin Emma. I am loving this paper pack. You will probably be seeing more layouts made with it. lol. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The ABC's of Me!!!

I saw this on Kim's blog. Copy and change the answers to your own, then post to your blog with a link to mine ( or when your blog friends copy yours, they link to you). Let's see how far this gets.


Here's ME:
Age: 49
Bed size: King
Chore you hate: Going through the mail
Dad's Name: Paul
Essential start your day item: Coffee with Vanilla Soy Milk
Favorite actor(s): Julia Robert
Gold or Silver: Gold
Height: 5’3"
Instruments you play(ed): Guitar (in high school)
Job title: Administrative Accounting Technician, Close to My Heart Consultant)
Kid(s): Jennifer and Ryan
Living arrangements: Own a home in California
Mom's name: Helen
Nicknames: Bacca (that's what Lexi calls me)
Overnight hospital stay other than birth: An embarrasing one: false heart attack
Pet peeves: Back stabbers
Quotes you like: Happiness is a choice
Rightie or Leftie: Rightie
Siblings: 2 older sisters, 2 older brothers, 1 younger sister
Time you wake up: 5:30 M-F, 7:00 on Saturday and Sunday
Umbrella: no usually just a hood
Vegetable you dislike: Garbonzo beans
Ways you run late: Just because I can't get ready on time (my hubby will tell you this!) I like to dawdle and be pokey!(Same as Kim, lol)
X-rays you've had: back, teeth
Yummy food you make: Cupcakes,
Zodiac: Cancer
Now that you know a little more about me, let's hear about you. Leave a comment & I'll read your ABC's

Friday, May 22, 2009

Howdy Girlfriend


I made this card for Thursday's Paper Pretties Weekly Challenge. This week it is a 1-2-3 Challenge. The challenge is to make a card using one piece of ribbon, two buttons (or brads) and three layers.
This Paper Pretty is called "Howdy Girlfriend". I used CTMH Sarsaparilla Paper and some metal buttons and a charm that my SIL Vicki gave me.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Moose that Got Away


I made this card for a coworkers birthday. He is a hunter, and on the inside I wrote "This is the Moose that Got Away". He should get a kick out of it. I stamped Riley on my new Nestabilities Label 3 Die Cut and colored him with Copic Markers. The paper is from DCWV the Fall Mat Stack. The buttons are from CTMH. I used this weeks sketch from Split Coast Stampers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Baby Shower Card




Jennifer called me today at work and asked if I could make her a baby shower card tonight because she has a shower to go tomorrow. I wasn't sure what I was going to do. It's funny that I make a card just about every day, but when it comes to needing one now, my mind draws a blank. And, on top of that I couldn't remember if she needed a boy card or a girl card. Fortunately, I saw the bag of boy clothes when I got home and the cute little giraffe on the sleeper. Just what I needed to get my "mojo" working. So, I grabbed my new baby stamps and Animal Cookies paper and went to work. I started with this weeks "Mojo Monday" sketch. For the giraffe I used "It's a Zoo" and the sentiment is "Sweet Baby". All are from CTMH. I stamped the giraffe in Sunny Yellow. Then I took my Sunflower marker and colored in his spots and ears. I outlined his mane and the little things sticking up on his head in Holiday Red. And, I outlined his mouth, eyes and hoofs in Creme Brulee.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Blog Award


I received this Blog Award from,Leslie, Laurel, Dena and Carol. Check out there Blogs. They are awesome. Now it's time for me to forward this award.

The rules of the award (to pick up the Lemonade Stand Award):
Comment on this blog.
Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.
Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
Link to your nominees within your blog post.- Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

I am going to pass this on to the following people who so graciously leave me the nicest compliments. Check out these very talented bloggers.
Vicki
Sharli
Sparkle
Tracey
Pat
Aaron
Samantha

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mermaid Lily


This little cutie is "Lily on the Beach" from Pink Cat Studios. The weather is very warm here in Northern California this weekend. And, the pool temperature got up to 88 degrees. Last Summer we had Solar Heating put in and it heats it up so quickly. Fortunately there is a shut off point that you can set. Bill is outside floating in the pool with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other. He looks so comfortable. I can see him from my scrapbook room window. I should be out there too, but I wanted to play with my new stamps. The sketch that I used is from Sketch Saturday at All the Scraps.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Surfing Riley


My Brother-in-laws birthday is tomorrow and I made this card for him. He and Bill's sister Diane plan to spend the day at the beach so I thought he would enjoy this card.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Anya


This little cutie is Anya and she is from the Greeting Farm stamp line. I love her demure look and her striped socks. She is colored with Copic Markers. For the embossing, I used my cuttlebug and the Floral Fantasy embossing folder. The Image is cut out using the Large Deckled Rectangles by Nestabilities. The card sketch is from Split Coast Stampers.

Camera Lesson #1

Lesson #1 Familiarize myself with the new Camera.
I am a bit intimidated by my new camera, or maybe I should say intimidated a lot by the new camera. Vicki said that I should learn it in small increments instead of trying to take the whole thing on. Like learning how to take pictures of flowers. So, tonight when I got home from work, I picked up the camera and the manual and went outside to learn. Looking at this thing scares the heck out of me. What if I press the wrong button and mess everything up? Then what? So I try to calm myself down. Breathe. Then open the manual. I learn where the On/Off button is, how to zoom in and out. I play a little with the zoom features. Note the Scrub Jay. I need to work on birds next.

And the dog. This is kind of fun. Gee I can actually take pictures and view them.

Now it's time to learn how to take pictures of flowers. In the manual is a section on flowers. Looking at the top of the camera is the "Mode Dial". The manual says to turn it to the picture of the flower. That was easy. I have lots of flowers in my yard, so now it's time to give it a try. Wow. I can actually take pictures of flowers now. I'm not sure if these are what a photographer would call "good", but so far I'm happy with them.




Baby steps. That's how I'm going to do this. The camera scares me just looking at. The next lesson will be in trying to get over the fear.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Unforgettable Mother's Day Layouts

My camera came this evening. Bill called me after I got off work at 4:30 and told me that I needed to come home and wait for the UPS man because he had to leave. Normally our UPS man is hear by 5:00, but tonight he didn't show up until 7:30!!! I tried to wait patiently for him and work on my Mother's Day Layouts. Fortunately, the layouts were done. I just needed to add the pictures and journaling. Amazingly, by the time I was done, I heard his truck come up the street and the loud bark from my small dog, Jesse who does not like the "man in brown." I think he get's it from my hubby. LOL. So, here are the layouts that I finished.




Here is a picture of my camera needing to be assembled. Yikes!!! I now have to wait patiently for Bill to get home at 9:00 to help me with it. I'm a little bit afraid to mess with it. The manual is intimidating as it is.

Look at this cute little guy that I saw today. He is a baby Possum. He was so sweet. He must just be a few days old, because he doesn't know to be afraid of me. He must have been looking for his mother:(
I didn't know what to do for him, so I left him alone.

Misty's Card

I found Misty's Owl card. You have to stop by and check it out. While you are there, please show her some blog love.
Hugs,
Lori

Her Blog

Monday, May 11, 2009

UR A Hoot


My dad's birthday is coming up this weekend and today I was stumped at what kind of card to make. Ideas for mens cards are so hard to come up with. My hubby reminded me that I have all week to do it, but you know what happens when the time gets away from you. So, I decided to give it a try. While sitting at my craft table and debating what to do, I was reminded of an owl card that my friend Misty made for her dad. I wish that you could see her card, but I can't find the post. It is awesome. If I find it, I would love to share it with you.
The stamp set is from Cornish Heritage Farms and is called UR A Hoot. The sentiment is from CTMH's Thoughtful Seasons. The owl and hat are raised up on pop dots.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Photos

Here are some photos from Mother's Day. The day started out with Lexi helping me to make blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs. I let her do most of the work, but guided her. The pancakes were awesome. That was a nice Mother's Day gift from her. After breakfast, we headed to Moss Beach. We probably should have started our travels much earlier, because everyone else had the same idea. We met my son Ryan and his girlfriend, Katie at the beach. They showed up with sandwiches from a gourmet deli. I had the "The Thanksgiving Sandwich" It was yummy. The weather was a little breezy, but we snuggled up with blankets and kept warm. We enjoyed watching the Pelicans fly over us. I tried so hard to get a good picture of them, but I just couldn't get it. We also saw sea lions. It was so cute to watch their little heads pop up every once in a while. Now, I will describe who is who in the pictures.
This is my daughter, Jennifer and her daughter, Lexi.


This is me with my little sweetie.

This is my handsome son, Ryan.


Here is a picture of me and Bill. Not such a good photo with the wind blowing us, but that's the way we looked.

Now, here's a nice picture. This is my son's new girlfriend, Katie. She is such a sweetie. And, speaking of "sweetie" she is a Pastry Chef and graduated from the CA. Culinary Acedemy with Ryan.

And, here is the yummy dessert that she made for us. Strawberry shortcake.

Now for the good part, Ryan gave me a big bouquet of flowers, Jennifer gave me some beautiful tops from the womens clothing store that she manages, Lexi gave me an ornament that says "BFF", because that's what we are. And, Bill gave me a gift that I have wanted for so long...A nice camera!!! I have always had a point and shoot camera and have wanted to make the move up, so he bought me what I wanted. It won't arrive until tomorrow, but that's okay. I can wait for my Cannon Rebel Xsi. Now next time we go to the beach, maybe I can get a better picture of the Pelicans :)

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day. I hope you are having a nice day.
Here are some cards that Jackie and I created yesterday. Both cards use CTMH Tickled Pink Paper. This paper is a special only for the month of May. For the sentiment on my card I used CTMH May Word Puzzle. For Jackie's card, she used Fringed Phrases

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Meet Jackie My New Downline


Meet Jackie my new downline. Not only is she on my team, but she is my best friend. We reunited 2 years ago after not seeing each other for 30 years!!! When we started Junior High, her family moved to England and we never saw each other again. It was at a Weight Watchers Meeting that she recognized me and we have spent so much time together trying to make up for lost time. Unfortunately it is never enough. She got her new box of Close to My Heart Supplies on Wednesday and I came over today to play with them. On Wednesday night I got a text from her saying "Your boyfriend in the brown uniform came by my house at 8:30 and left me a big box." I replied "Oh, I just love a man in a brown uniform." LOL.
Here are some of the cards that we made.
This is my card. I just love the colors of this card. The paper is Creative Basics "Animal Cookies" and the stamp set is "Your a Hoot".

Here is Jackie's adorable card. She used the stamp set "Treetops".

Here is another fun card that I made using the stamp set "Sweet Baby" and Summer Craft Buttons.