Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nurse Mom...

Yep... that's me this week!
I have been trying to get Madison to feeling better after her surgery last Wednesday to get her tonsils out!
Trying to keep a 13 year old active girl down is a chore all in itself!

"Mom can I go with you to....?"
"Mom, Can I go to cheer practice?" (um, no)

you get the idea. :)

When we got home last Wednesday she literally slept the entire day and into the next. Since then she has been up during the day but will tire out easily come evening. We have got out a little the past couple nights trying to slow but sure ease into it. Next week we start back full on with baseball practices etc. She is healing quick though and I think she will be happy to finally have those tonsils out. At one point they were just about touching back in her throat when she had strep for the last time, they were that big!

Now onto to some crafty goodies!
Here are my Jillibean Soup projects for the month:

First up is a fun one of Mitchell getting tossed around in the pool last summer... we had so much fun last summer at Jens playing in the pool! I am SO looking forward to another summer of fun! :)

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock,  Jillibean Soup- Summer Squash Collection papers, stickers, Jillibean Soup letter stickers and kraft tag, Zva Creative crystal flourishes (CRS 03CA 109, CRW 02CA 105), DMC floss, Creative Imaginaions jewel brad, Fiskars border punch.

Next up is a layout that makes me miss my dad so very much. It's been almost 4 years now since he passed away. He was so good to take the time to enjoy his grandchildren. This layout is simple but I really just wanted to get this moment (one of the many) down on paper and record it for Morgan.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup patterned papers, corrugated alphas, buttons, letter stickers, journaling spot and twine; EK Success border punch.

and now some cards:

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup patterned paper (Summer Squash collection)/ stickers and clear stamps, Martha Stewart scallop circle punch, Zva Creative crystals (CRW 02CA 112) and bulk flowers.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock; Jillibean Soup patterned paper (Chicken Noodle Soup collection), stickers, twine; Martha Stewart border punch.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

ZVA Creative DT Blog Hop!

Are you ready to be inspired?

As you may know, I am a proud design team member for Zva Creative. We are joining together today to share a project that we have created using some of our favorite Zva Creative products. I am hoping that you will take some time to join us for a little bit of fun!

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog

She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. There are 19 design team members, so be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Those blogs will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

This Blog Hop runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, June 29th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 30th on each of the winning blogs and the full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify.  The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners!!

Detail Shots:

Zva Creative Products: PEC-02CB-101 (pearl dots), PEB 02CB 101 (flourish)

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Basic Grey patterned papers, chipboard, and stickers, Fiskars border punch.
Zva Creative Products: PEB 02CB 109/ PEC 02CB 106

Here are a couple cards as well:

Supplies: Jillibean Soup patterned paper, Core'dinations cardstock, Papertrey Ink stamp, Storage Unit Inks, Cuttlebug embossing folder and machine, Fiskars border punch.Zva Creative Products: PES 02CB 104/ PEC 02CB 106/ E 02CB 101

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock (Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions), American Crafts flair and chipboard frame, Creative Impressions ribbon, Coats and Clark string, buttons.
Zva  Creative Products:  FLO 1CB 114/ CRW 03CA 105

Please hop on over to see:

Wendy McKee

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us!

Friday, June 25, 2010

CCG #148

Does this photo not just make you drool? Oh my when I saw this I knew I would love this weeks challenge! The designer challenge this week was to use Punches and Scallops... um.. HELLO.. SO up my alley!!
Here is my card using the color pallete above:

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup patterned paper (Egg Drop Soup collection), GinaK stamps, Clearsnap ink, CTMH ribbon, Doodlebug brads, Maya Road stick pins, EK Success square punch, Fiskars border punch, Making Memories velvet trim.

Come join us over at the Color Combos Galore Blog this week and play along!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Color Combos Galore 147

oooh the colors here are so warm and inviting. The designers this week were asked to focus on journaling. Since I am doing a card I decided to make it into more of an invitation!

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock; Zva Creative felt flowers, pearl flourishes, and pearl brad, American Crafts rubons, Creative Impressions ribbon, Melissa Frances die cut, Cuttlebug embossing folder and machine.

Join us over at the Color Combos Galore site and play along!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sharing some cards...

Just thought I'd pop in real quick to share some of my CPS cards that I have forgotton to put up! All of them are fairly quick and easy!

Jillibean Soup Patterned Paper, Twine, and Stamps.. Bazzill brads, Storage Unit Inks ink, EK Success scalloped circle punch, Creative Memories corner rounder.

Core'dinations cardstock (Jillibean Soup Core Impression), Jillibean Soup patterned paper, Maya Road sheer, Jenni Bowlin stickers, Cornish Heritage Farms stamp, Staz On ink,  Marvy Uchida star punch, Stampin' Up border punch, Making Memories star brads, Creative Memories corner rounder.

Core'dinations cardstock, Jillibean Soup patterned paper, Martha Stewart  scallop circle punch, Coats and Clark string, Storage Units ink, My Favorite Things stamps, Martha Stewart scissors, Creative Impression heart brad, Copic markers

Well that's it... I am still missing my babies loads and loads. They have called everynight and it's so nice to hear their voices but I miss 'em. Sounds like they are having a fabulous time and really getting what they need to out of the experience. Please continue to keep them and their group in your prayers!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Madison is officially a TEENAGER!!

oh man... I can hardly believe that this sweet girl right here is now an official teenager! She is grown up so much just in the past 6 months it's unreal! She is thrilled that she can now wear makeup that is for sure! Even though she is much like her momma and hardlly wears any, she is fortunate enough to have such natural beauty! (not so much like her momma there! ha!) Here are a few pictures from her pool party we had on Saturday... then scroll down and I will tell ya where exactly I was 13 years ago yesterday... it's a doozie! :)
my sweet Madison...

Here we are together and then this is the food table... we went very simple this year with everything, the main thing Madi wanted was just her friends over to have a good time! We had so much fun at my friend Jens house and her pool!

Here are all the girls trying their best to all fit on the slide!

Here are several of the girls in the pool! Yes there were lots of boys here too but they aren't an willing to pose for pictures as the girls were! go figure! lol

Last up a shot of Madi and Grandle with the sweet present he got her.

Now for my oh so fun story of Madisons birth... ready?

Madison was delivered in my moms front yard with my mom and husband delivering her! yep! you got it... I can't do anything simple it seems! hehe

It was the middle of summer in Texas and our AC went out at the house and they couldn't come and get to us for a day or so... we decided to head to my moms house until it could be fixed. Not a chance this fat preggo was hanging out in a hot house, nope.

That night I took some Castor Oil (yes I did... did it with the first and it worked like a charm, so I did it with the 2nd too) and within hours I was in labor. We were watching the NBA finals (I think?) and I would have contractions every couple minutes and finaly I told mom about them, she said on her way to bed "ok just wake me up if you head to the hospital". **she is a nurse who usually works night shifts, so she was pooped and ready for bed*

About midnight I tell Jay we need to go to the hospital, I wake mom up to let her know that Morgan is asleep upstairs.

We get to the hospital and they hook me all up to everything to record contractions. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and after a bit the brilliant doctor decides to send me home on muscle relaxers with a "I'm sure you will have her within 24 hours, go on home"... well no sh*t sherlock I will... I knew the contractions were getting stronger, tried to tell him that as well.. but what do I know I'm just trying to give birth, he's gone to college for this stuff right? grrr
I had to be wheeled out of the ER, stopping every few minutes for contractions....

I was at a 3 at 1:48am when I left.

We drove home while I was still contracting... Jay not knowing how much pain I was in went threw the Taco Cabana drive thru.. anywho... we get to my moms house and as soon as the door opens I start crying. My mom looks at Jay knowing I'm not much of a cryer like "WTH are you doing with her here? She is in pain!"... Jay was dumbfounded.. hehe

I got up the stairs to check on Morgan and walk back down, go outside, lean over the truck with my mom standing next to me and then tell her "Um mom... my water just broke and her heads bw my legs"... sigh talk about excitement!
I'll spare you the gory details (although they are hilarious!)... Mom brought me down to the ground and within 2 pushes Madison made her grand entrance. Right there at 2:37am (thanks Jay for looking at your watch!) in the front yard of my moms house!

do the math: 1:48 leave hospital at a 3, 2:37am Madison laying on my stomach! YIKES!!
There are so many things that could have gone wrong this night and I just thank God that he was watching over us and it all went smooth... did I mention her cord was wrapped twice around her neck too?
yes drama... but today she is a happy, healthly, beautiful THIRTEEN year old girl!!

Also wanted to ask everyone to keep my older three babies in your prayers, they left today for 6 days on a mission trip with the church... this is my first time to have them away from me and I am one very nervous momma! I know they will learn so many life lessons on this trip and I hope they have a blast! Please keep them and their group in your prayers!

I'll be back to share more crafts this week!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


oooh what a special day this is for my friend Laura Vegas!!
She turns the big 4-0!!

A group of friends are doing a special Birthday Blog Hop for her! If you want to start at the beginning head to Lynn Ghaharys  blog... if you have been following along then head to Kim Arnold's Blog next and continue on this fun little birthday hop!

 I hope you have a fabulous day!!
Here is my card for you!

Supplies: Core'dinations Cardstock (Jillibean Soup Core Impression), Creative Charms felt embellie, Queen & Co jems, SRM Sticker

I have another super special Birthday to shout today... my amazing daughter turns 13 today... sigh...I will be back Sunday to do a special shout out to her... We are having a pool party for her with about 15 of her friends (boy/girl), it should be loads of fun! I will share pictures of her special day then! :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Color Combo 146

This weeks colors were very subdued and I thought I'd have a hard time with them, but I'm really pleased at how the card came out...The techinique challenge for this week was to use stitching on our projects (handmade or by product). I chose to add the stitching down the right side to add some subtle dimension. Check out what the other gals did over at the Color Combos Galore blog and link up your own!

and here is my card:
Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Prima Flowers (large purple), Zva Creative flowers (small white), Maya Road stick pins, Papertrey Ink stamp, Creative Cafe tag, Fiskars (border) and Martha Stewart (scallop circle) punches, DMC floss, K&Co lace border sticker, and Cuttlebug embossing folder and machine.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 4, 2010


So glad it's finally Friday!
Music Camp this week has for sure FUN but it wore my butt out!!
Here are a couple pics from this week...

Rapper M and Cucumber Slice (WTheck? Morgan gave her this rappin name.. hehe)... during one of the songs there was a "rappin" part and Morgan rapped with Ashley and then Madison on the last day. I am so proud of these two for getting up and actin' the idiot in front of everyone just to entertain the kids! The kids were SO impressed they wanted Morgan's autograph... let me tell ya, this SO went to his head too! hehe

Love this one of Morgan and Grandle...

And here is a great one of Makenna and a few of her friends making stockings to stuff and send to the solidiers!

and now for some crafty goodies! Here are a few of my Jillibean Soup Cards for the month:

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Reveal Time!!

Okay so maaaannny months ago I was asked to guest design at the Color Combos Galore Challenge blog and was thrilled with Janet emailed me a few weeks ago and said she was revamping the site and asked if I would like to come along for the ride... I of course said YES! I love the challenge of using the color board and the new "designers challenge" to create cards (and sometimes layouts).... I hope you will play along with us from week to week!

Here is this week's challenge:

and here is my card for the week!
I used the new Jillibean Soup Summer Squash Collection and some Zva Creative Bulk Flowers and Pearls for this card.

Well that's my cool news for the week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sharing some Ella!

I was excited when my friend Sarah Hodgkinson asked if I wanted to be apart of her article she was writing for Scrapbook Ellaments... we were asked to use certain products and come up with a layout and a card using scraps... check out her article here!

Here is my project close up:

I have been whooooped this week so far! I am in charge of the arts and crafts part of our church's Music Camp (VBS)... and while I'm having so much fun with all the kids we come home (my older three are working as well, the twins are attending) are TIRED! lol

Also later this month I will have a project or two to show you again using the Creative Charms Deal of the Month... Head over to the site and take a look at the DOTM all for $6.99!

That's about all I have the energy for today... I have lots of projects to share this coming week though!
Stay tuned for some fun news soon! :)
Thanks for stopping by!