Thursday, May 8, 2014

Love At First Sight!

Another recent favorite, this layout documents me getting to meet my newest great-niece, Riven! Isn't she beautiful? I seriously love her!

I made this layout from some left overs from a CKC class kit from a few years ago. It used the Nostalgia line from My Mind's Eye.

 I used goodies from the class kit and some newer embellishments, like the wood veneer. I added the "3" sticker because she is my third great-niece. 

The cute little flair are some sweet Studio Calico finds from my local scrap store. The enamal dots are from My Mind's Eye and Lily Bee Designs.

I used the stickers and flair to build my title along with letter stickers, something I don't normally do. I love how it turned out!

Journaling reads: "I finally met sweet little Riven when she was five weeks old. I'm so grateful that Rachael brought her out for a visit. She is such a beautiful baby and looks so much like Kevin! I was smitten at first sight!"

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lucky Me!

This has to be one of my favorite layouts that I've made recently. I love the topic, the picture, the products I used and how it turned out. It just makes me happy!

I used some gorgeous papers from Webster's Pages, Making Memories and Crate Paper.

I also used Studio Calico wood veneers, stickers from Webster's Pages, Lilly Bee, and Echo Park and brads and enamel dots from My Mind's Eye.

I also used three Project Life cards on this layout. Something I'd wanted to do but hadn't tried before. It turned out really cute!

The journaling reads: "Being home with you two gives me so many opportunities to have great days like these days where we just take off and hang out. Days where it doesn't matter what we do and where we go. Days where having fun is all we are concerned with. I am so lucky to have all these days with the two of you!"

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

More Baseball!

 Here's some highlights from three more of the kiddo's games.

Mickey was so excited this game. He hit his first pitch every time at bat!

And, he never got out. :)

This was Audrey's second game and she did way better than her first!

It was also the first of her games that Mickey was able to go to but he was too tempted by the older boys and volunteered his football for a game.

Audrey made friends with a girl named Anna this game. We had to holler at her to pay attention a few times. 

She got her first hit at her third at bat! Before that, she'd always hit off the tee. We were super proud of her!

She was also really into her fielding.

She told her coach, "I just want to get the ball!"

They had a great game and the other team was a lot of fun to play. They were really good and their coach was awesome, not only with his kids but ours too! 

And then, last night, Mickey's team had a game.

Andrew was the third base coach the first inning.

Little Man played pitcher the first two innings. He caught a grounder and ran to home to get the runner from third out. Unfortunately, he needed to tag the runner because it wasn't a force out but he didn't know that. Once he figured that out he was really upset. His coaches got him calmed down and the game started up again. The very next hit was a grounder straight to his glove. He ran it to home and tagged out the runner! It was awesome, all the parents cheered like mad! His coach said, "Mickey, when you get home, you need to look up redemption in the dictionary." 

His hitting wasn't as good as last game...

but his fielding was awesome! He played first base the third inning and got two runners out all on his own.

The Bulldogs won their game and cheered the other team, who was really great, too!

I'm really loving being a baseball mom. Especially to these two kiddos who are having so much fun!

Monday, May 5, 2014


Even though I made this layout last month, it really speaks to how I'm feeling today. So, I thought I'd share it now.

I used some scraps of my favorite My Mind's Eye paper and busted out those cute special hearts to use on it.

 I also used up some Crate Paper stickers and added some new Heidi Swapp mist and my favorite little tool, the Tiny Attacher.

The journaling reads..."Somedays it's hard for me to leave my cocoon of a bed. Somedays I end up back here after getting you and your sister off to school. Somedays the memories of your accident overwhelms me and I suffer. Some days it's hard to keep going. But everyday it's worth it. Everyday I thank God that you are still here and He gave me my issues with PTSD instead of taking you. Everyday you are worth it!"

Yesterday was the third anniversary of Mickey's accident. The kids and I stayed at home and hung out. We played, they watched TV and I scrapbooked. It was a nice day. Today, not so much. Today, I'm suffering a bit. But, it's worth it. I love you, Little Man!

ps-If you are suffering with depression, get help. People love you and they care.
pps-Learn CPR

Friday, May 2, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day is Tomorrow!!!

Photo Credit: Cathy Zielske
National Scrapbooking Day is tomorrow! Yes! I love scrapbooking and lately it's taken a back seat as my kiddos (and I) get more involved in school and sports. I'm really looking forward to this weekend of scrappy awesomeness.

There are quite a few online events happening and here are a few that I'm hoping to partake in!

First up, Big Picture Classes has #NSD10K. Their goal is to get 10,000 scrapbook layouts posted to Instagram tomorrow. So, if you follow me on Instagram, keep your eyes peeled for layouts!

Big Picture Classes

They will have new videos with instruction and inspiration every hour for 10 hours! I'm looking forward to playing those while I scrap!

Another event that I'm going to be participating in is a set of challenges from my favorite online store, Scrap Happy Deals. It's a Facebook store run by my friend Kim Holmes and she's even got a forum group set up for her customers! It's on that group that she's posted a list of challenges that you can complete to be entered into prize drawings. (If you'd like to join, let me know. She's also got a referral contest!)

I'm also hoping to join in some of the challenges over at Studio Calico!

I took part in their World Card Making Day crop one year and won the random drawing! They've usually got some great challenges and always a great group of scrappers!

I'll probably also be checking out...
Scrapbook & Cards Today
Moxie Fab World
Paper Crafts Connection
Two Peas in a Bucket
Crate Paper

and watching videos from Paperclipping, Mercy Tiara and Glitter Girl! It's going to be scrap-tacular!!!

Are you going to scrap tomorrow?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Ballers and Audrey's First Game!

Yesterday was the first day that my kiddos both had a game. So I had to get a few pictures of the two of them all suited up to play!

First up, we have the loving hug...

then the I'm ready and crazy poses...

and finally, look out MLB here we come!

I also got this one of Little Miss by herself being a little goofy. I'll get a few more of her once she gets her official uniform. She borrowed Mickey's shirt from last year and apparently her team is getting new hats with velcro because these ones are just way too big!

And then, some pretty darn good ones of Little Man.

I love this little guy!!!

Audrey's game was home and Mickey's was away so I had our awesome neighbor (thanks, Brenda!) take Mickey to his game and I took Aud to hers. Andrew had bowling that night so he stopped by her game for a little while. I felt bad for Mickey but it was the right choice. It was Aud's first game and I'd talked to my dad earlier and he said he'd go to Mickey's game and he did. Thanks, Daddy!!!

Speaking of Daddies, I got some cute shots of Aud with hers. 

This one's getting framed! I love their serious "game faces".

As it was her first game, she had to be encouraged to run for first once she hit and then around the rest of the bases when her team hit. It was pretty darn funny, actually!

A team shot!

Congratulating the other team! They were really good and their coach pitched to them. I think I cheered more for them than their parents did! 

All in all, she had fun! I asked her what her favorite part was and she answered all of it! That's a good sign in my book.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Celebrating Love!

I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day! We didn't celebrate ours on the 14th, Audrey was sick and one of Andrew's friends needed him. So, he took me out to a comedy club on Saturday instead. It was crazy fun! We even got to sit in the very front row!

Anyways, I made my hubby a card and thought I'd share it with you all.

I used Glossy Accents to glue clear sequins face down on three scraps of paper and then punched out the hearts.

The papers are all from Glitz's Love You Madly Line. (Appropriate, yes?) I popped each of them up with a little foam adhesive and drew around the edges with my silver Sharpie.  

The stamp is from a Studio Calico kit and it's awesome! The shadow is an actual shadow stamp. Not a larger mask. I stamped it with dark grey ink. The XOXO I stamped with silver. I punched it out and then colored around the edge with my silver Sharpie. I also drew a thick line around the edge of the entire card with the Sharpie and used my Spritzer to air brush around the edges with it as well.

The grey paper strip is backed with silver ribbon and then I glued the same sequins across it as well. Andrew was very impressed. ;)

Supplies Used-Patterned Paper-Glitz, Sequins-Darice, Punches-EK Success & Marvy Uchida, Ribbon-May Arts, Ink-Stampin' Up! & Tsukineko, Stamps-Studio Calico, Pen-Sharpie