Saturday, November 28, 2009

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Hi friends! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and full of blessings. This year we had Thanksgiving dinner with my Dad's family at my cousin's house. This was the first time that this side of the family has been together since my Grandma passed away. It was so good to see everyone and catch up! My Dad's side of the family is German so in addition to making the traditional Thanksgiving day food we also had some great German dishes that my Grandma used to make.

I wanted to do something nice for my cousin for hosting the day so I made her a set of Christmas cards in the design above. Don't you think those 3 little wise men are so cute? I just love them! This stamp is from Stampendous and it's called Nativity Wisemen. I looked though my Christmas paper and found that great argyle print, it is from an older Karen Foster line. I ran the purple cardstock through the Swiss Dot embossing folder on the Cuttle Bug and matted the little wise guys in a dark green. They are all colored using water color pencils. I have also found that blending them with mineral spirits instead of water gives better blending. Finally I added the little jewels to bling up their crowns!

Did you hit any of the black friday sales? I made a list of a few things that were good prices and decided to go to Target. I set the alarm for 4:30 and laid there for a while just getting myself used to the idea of getting out in the cold and bracing the crowds to get a "good deal". I laid there for a bit and said to Mike...I must be nuts...he laughed and rolled over. I got dressed, brushed my teeth, made some coffee and hit the road. I got to Target at 5:20, found a parking spot way out in the North 40 and walked into the building. I had never seen so many people in all my life! The lines to check out snaked every where. So I pulled my list out of my pocket and decided what I really wanted to get today. I had a gift for my brother and sister in law in mind so I went to the isle where they were and surprisingly there wasn't but 2 people on that isle or even in that department! Probably because everyone was in the electronics department! I made my way to the front where I found a check out line with only 5 people ahead of me and managed to get out of the store in 20 minutes. Can you believe that? I was feeling pretty good about myself so I decided I was going to go to check out know they had those Cricut Expression machines dirt cheap! So I the boonies again...walked into the store and...oh my! There were double, maybe even triple what was at Target. The check out lines went all the way from the front to the back of the store! There were people everywhere! You couldn't even get into certain isles because all the people in line to check out and they weren't very friendly when you would say "excuse me" to get through. Needless to say they were all out of Cricut Expression machines...and really it didn't look like they had too many to begin with. The display box where they had them was very small. So at that point I just decided to be happy with the purchase I made and go home and get back into bed! I did get up early this morning to go to JoAnn's, they had their Cricut cartridges on sale for $27! Now how can a girl pass that offer up? Yep...this girl ended up with 3 new ones!

Thanks for peekin' in. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Great Great Granny

Hi Everyone! How are you? This chilly weather is nice isn't it? I mean I am not a big fan of cold weather but it is November! I love to have a fire going in the fire place and enjoying the basement family room with my peeps!

Here is a page that I finished up the other night. This is Angelina's Great Great Granny. How many little girls can say that their Great Great Grandma held them? Amazing huh? And because of that fact I thought this picture deserved a page all its own. I make the photo a 5x7 and found the perfect papers by Heidi Grace to complement the colors in both what Angelina and Grandma are wearing. The words at the top and bottom are rubons from Creative Imaginations and what other word could describe this picture except Precious? My thoughts exactly!

I am actually going to get some scrapbooking done this Friday night. I am packing up and heading to one of the local scrapbook stores for a crop night. I am not sure what I am going to work on yet but I am leaning on playing catch up with the girls school books as I have fell WAY behind on that. I have to get my ducks in a row tomorrow night and then will be on my way on Friday. I think my oldest is going to tag along and see what she can get done also. Good mom and daughter night huh?

Stay warm...I am sure I will have something new to post soon! Take care of you!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sweet One

Hi friends! Hope you are enjoying this weekend with your family! We had some brisk weather blow into Kansas today and the temperature keeps dropping! Looks like it's gonna be pretty chilly in the morning...time to get those winter coats out I guess!

A friend of mine and her husband just adopted a baby in October so I had to make her a card. Have I ever told you about Split Coast Stampers? Fabulous web page you can go to for great ideas. They have all kinds of things out there including tutorials! Any how I lifted the design from there. I can't remember who did the card but I used different colors and buttons on top instead of brads. You will be happy to know that all of the paper for this card, except for the base, was made using scraps! Don't ya just love it?

Mike's daughter and her little baby are here for the weekend so I am sure I will have pictures to post later. We had Christmas pictures taken today! That was so fun! We couldn't keep her dress out of her mouth!
Thanks for peekin' in. Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

July 4th 2007

Hi Friends! How are you today? I have the day off today in honor of Veteran's Day and naturally I have an action packed day. Whitney is coming in this weekend with Angelina **yay!!** and we have an appointment to get her Christmas pictures taken so I am off to find a cute little Christmas dress. I am looking for Red velvet because we have this sweet picture of Whitney when she was about 8 months old in a red velvet dress and I thought that would be a fun scrapbook page to have the two photos together! And what would a Christmas dress be without little black patten leather shoes? I tell you it is so much fun dressing a little girl!

I worked on these pages last weekend...the chubbykins in the upper right corner on the second page is my brother in law's youngest...isn't that picture a hoot? There were 4 pages to this layout but I thought I would share these two with you. I love this paper! It is Scenic Route's Liberty line and the little chipboard embellishments are also from the same line. I used my Spellbinders circle die cut to make the circles then ran some red cardstock through with the scalloped circle die to matt the circle photos on. I thought the photos needed just a little matting to pop.
Thanks for peekin' in on me! Hope you have a great day!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sweet Pea

Hi friends! How are you? Hope you are enjoying this Friday evening! This is a layout that I made for Angelina's book. I can't get over how fast she is changing! These pictures were taken on the 4th of July when she was just 8 days old. I was so excited to use this paper because the polka dots on the paper match her dress perfectly! The title Sweet Pea and the pea itself were made with the New Arrival Cricut Cartridge. Both patterned papers are from the October Afternoon line.

Lots of activities going on here this weekend! Sidney has her first marching band parade tomorrow in Cheney. Then we head back to the school to help build the float for the Kingman parade coming up soon. I am so proud of her! She has been playing the flute for the past 2 years and she is really getting good! I am sure I will be posting pictures tomorrow sometime. Sunday we are serving lunch at the Anthony Family Shelter and Haley has a end of the season golf banquet Sunday evening! And we are already looking forward to next weekend...Whitney and Angelina are coming home for a visit! We are definitely going to be kissin' some baby cheeks next week!

Thanks for peekin' in friends. Hope you are out enjoying this unseasonably nice weather!

Hugs~ Toni

Monday, November 2, 2009

Follow Me

Ok as you can see I have done some updating to my blog. Do you like it? If so you should check out those ladies have some very fun stuff over there! The purpose of my little post tonight is to have more peeps sign up to follow my blog. I added a follow me button...scroll down on the lower right side and sign up. I will have a drawing next week Monday for some scrapping goodness for the winner. After you sign up make a comment on this post and how I can contact you. Much love friends!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween & Dad

Hi Everyone! How are you doing today? Hope you had a great weekend and a safe Halloween! Speaking of Halloween here is my Lady Liberty!
Isn't she cute? We decided to try to make our costume this year as inexpensive as possible and Sidney was such a good sport! We did by the cool headband and face paint but as you can see the rest of the costume was a sheet. She spent the night at a friend's house...there were 7 little girls in total at the party. They had a blast!

This is the first year that Haley didn't go trick or treating so she stayed home and gave out candy with us. We didn't have too many trick our treaters this the last few kids that came to our house got several pieces of candy!
Here is a page that I worked on this weekend. Mike is the best step dad I could have ever asked for! He loves both of my girls just like they are his own. He has always been very involved with their school activities and is always there to help with homework too. Here Sidney was having a bit of trouble reading so he just sat right down there on the floor where she was reading to help her sound the words out! We are so blessed to have him in our lives.

Now for the scoop on the page. The brand of patterned paper is Love Elsie from the Roxie line. I wanted to give the notebook paper that torn look so I used this notebook punch from Stampin Up...

Here is a close up of the the little journaling box. Isn't it cute?

The journaling box is made from a Teresa Collins stamp. This is how it looks when you take it out of the package. Just stick it on an acrylic block and bam...good stuff!

Thanks for peekin' in! I always love to hear from you so leave a comment if you want to!
Hope you have a great week! Hugs ~ Toni