Thursday, April 28, 2011

Core and Jenni Bowlin!

Just thought I'd drop in to share some cards that are being feautured over on the Core'dinations blog right now... they are combining Jenni Bowlin and Core'dinations.... good stuff!

I'm excited that my mom and stepdad as well as my husband are all coming in tonight for a weekend visit! yeah!! Should be a fun filled weekend... I'm really looking forward to it! Also baseball opening season is this weekend so the little break I said we had... yeah over!  ha! alright this was just a drive by sharing... I'm off to get Madison for her physical therapy appt (again)... have a great Thursday! :)

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Monday, April 25, 2011

A Small Break...

With baseball season just ending for my oldest and then summer baseball not in full swing for the boys we are in a bit of a lull... and it's glorious!
It won't really last long, only for about a week.... but it's nice to just come home and chill... actually make dinner and sit around the table! I really miss those days... when then kids were smaller and we didn't run so much we sat around the table each and every night and had dinner together and shared about our day. With so much go go go around here we may get that twice a week now... i wasn't sure really if the kids got too much out of it until we didn't do it... now they ask "are we at home tonight? can we do dinner on the porch?"...

Have to give a shout out to my little softballer (kenna!)... last year was her first year to play softball and she rarely hit the ball when up to bat (coach pitch) and just did ok in the outfield....
this year...
she has hit every single time but once up at bat and last week caught a pop fly and threw it to first for a double play!! I was up out of the stands like an idiot so excited!! :)

I haven't shared any craftyness lately cause I had wanted to leave my Core entry up top... but with the announcement sometime this week (fingers still crossed... eeek!) I thought it was time to start sharing work again ;)

Here's a new layout I just finished today (I actually finished TWO *gasp!* but I''m only sharing one.. gotta space them out ya know!)... this one is all from the Noel Mignon Jump and Jive kit (still 6 left!!)

This layouts about the tradition the kids have making me breakfast in bed each year... they go all out and I get really spoiled.. Jay has started this with them from the time they were tiny... and they are very serious about it and don't like to miss it! This particular year Jay had to be out of town and he made sure to make breakfast the night before and cut up all the fruit etc so all the kids had to do was take it out of the fridge and heat it up and present it! I LOVE that my kids do this for me each year...
I worked on this layout and just fell in love with it and then once I got done I realized... damn! I forgot to journal (I do this often.. hehe) and so I printed out a large tag and slipped it behind my large photo mat (see the little punched border sticking out the top?)

and then here it is sticking out...

and of course a little close up..

Just found out this layout is featured over at Paper Issues... how fun! Thanks girls! :)

Speaking of Noel Mignon.... the NEW MARY ELLEN kit is now up for sale... here's a look at it...

yeah it's a beauty huh.... go grab you one! :)

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Core'dinations Creative Frenzy!

I have enjoyed being on the Core'dinations team for several years now... since the beginning...and I have loved every part of it. Core'dinations is a top notch company to work for and I've been proud to do so for as long as I have! I am hoping to knock their socks off with my entry and continue on the team for another term!

First up is my favorite layout of my entry... :) (well my favorite using black paper, the other is my favorite using brown paper.. hehe). anywho..

I wanted to do a page about Madison getting her braces off and just really how much she has bloomed! She is a beautiful girl inside and out!
I crimped, crumpled, and dry embossed then sanded the leaves for my big flower. I then used a paper strip and randomly folded it into a circle and sanded the top to create the center of the flower. I tore strips of the green paper and added hints of a punched yellow border. I also used my Scor-Pal tool to create the "frame" around my layout and to reveal the red core to the paper, I love how these simple lines really add to my layout!

and then a close up of this fun flower!

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Zva Creative flourish, Creative Imaginations brads, Scor-Pal, American Crafts letters and pen, EK Success punch, Crimper from Fiskars, Embossing by Cuttlebug

Next up is my layout that's a little softer than the first one but I'm still just so in love with! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors on the new Core Impressions papers and used lots of them here! They are so easy to sand and use without even reaching for patterned paper!

I randomly sanded the background paper to reveal the red core. I then cut out the designs on the paper and sanded them and then used them as embellishments around my layout. I sanded and tore the edge of the whitewash/pink cardstock. I also sanded and cut the "vines" from the Core Impressions cardstock as well. For the title I handwrote it and then cut it from the cardstock.

Are you shocked yet you can do so much with JUST cardstock? Gotta love that about Core'dinations! :)

and a close up...

 Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Creative Charms pearls and velvet flower, Martha Stewart punch, Jillibean Soup letter stickers

and now for the last part of my entry is a card...
I tore the edges of the leaves and folded them so they would look leaf like and sanded the front. I then punched several flowers and sanded them slightly, the front ones I used my crimper to add extra dimension. I used my Scor-Pal tool to create a border around the edge of my card.

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Jenni Bowlin buttons, Jillibean Soup twine, Fiskars crimper and punch, Paper Smooches stamp, Storage Unit Inks, Scor-Pal tool.

Alright now the waiting and crossing of the fingers happens!! Good luck to all that enter! :)
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Gasp! Ive done a 2 pager!!

LOL... I don't do them often so when I do I feel the need to scream from the rooftops!!!

I used the NEW Noel Mignon Jump and Jive kit for this one... there were so many pictures from our day trip to Tombstone (when we lived in Arizona) and I wanted to include so many... and I also try to include each of the kids when doing a family type layout... so... a 2 pager it is!!

We have been trucking along as usual here... hope you all have a great week!!
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Momma Braggin' Time!

Well we have had a few busy weeks (I know... you act so surprised! ha!)...anywho...

We have been finishing up track season around here and I just wanted to take a sec to brag on the kiddos a bit, so bear with me... then I promise to show some craftiness! :)

Morgan (my freshman) has been running JV track all season and kicking some bootay and usually medaling each meet (1st, 2nd, or 3rd).. in the 3200m and the mile... well last week they moved him up to the VARSITY to run... he was telling me "Mom I am SO gonna get killed up there!"... I just said as long as you are doing your best and beating your time you can't really do too much better! Well he placed 7th last week in the 2mile and 8th in the mile but had a personal best time... so this week was his 'take a break week'... and he ran the 800 on VARSITY and placed FIFTH!!! This my friends means he letters as a freshman in track!! I'm so stinkin' excited for him!! He will also letter in baseball this year as well... and had he went to playoffs with the basketball team like he was asked he would have got a regional patch as well.. but oh well! (he decided to go play baseball instead of sit the bench in playoffs... a decision he regrets... lol)

Mitchell who is in 7th grade and looooooves track (really? I didn't know anyone really did that.. hehe) ... in the district meet he took 3rd in the 2400m and the mile both... AND beat his personal best by 25 seconds in the 1.5 mile and again in the mile... he has had a very successful season and I really look forward to watching him grow in track!
Madison had a bit of a rough season coming off her broken elbow and being out of athletics for 6-8 weeks and not in the shape she wanted to be for track... but overall did really well!!

Ok... we are in baseball season now and I only have 3 out of the 5 playing now but Morgan is playing both high school and pony league ball so we will be busy as hell once again all summer! lol

now onto craftyness! :)
Up first is my card for CPS this week....

Supplies: Core'dinatoins cardstock, MME paper, Paper Smooches stamps, Storage unit Inks, EK Success border punch, Martha Stewart heart punch, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Coats and Clark string.

and then here is my card for the week over at Color combos Galore blog:

Supplies: Core'dinations cardstock, Maya Road mist, Martha Stewart punch, Glitz Designs jewels, Niki Silvis patterned papers.

It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon here and we actually have had NOTHING to do today besides hang out.. it's been glorious!! We are heading to a friends for dinner and games.... fun!! Enjoy your weekend!
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