Saturday, November 01, 2008

DSD Sale and FWP Mega Kit!


I'm have a BIG sale all week long to celebrate Digital Scrapbooking Day! Everything in my shop (except dollar bin items) is 40% off now through Nov. 7!!!

AND the ScrapDish designers have put together an amazing and HUGE kit, which you can get FREE with a $9.99 purchase from any designer this Saturday and Sunday only, Nov. 1-2!!!


This kit regularly sells for $14.99 and is a steal even at that price! See store for details. Hurry over now!!

Happy shopping and scrapping!! :D

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

More layouts! :)

The last two weeks have whizzed right by! We've just been keeping busy with the usual stuff. We all had some pretty major allergies (I even had to take Matthew in to see the doctor for his), but that seems to have passed now.

The kids had picture day at school last week, so we had to go get haircuts and new shirts for that. If it goes like usual, it will probably be another month at least before we get the actual photos back. We decided to order a small package of prints this year, along with a CD that we can use to print our own. I think it's the first time they've offered that option at a reasonable price, and I think it will work out much better for us.

I got a few layouts done for various things. First up is one I did for a challenge at Peppermint Creative. The challenge was to use a photo of yourself with Totally Rad's sample actions, and Peppermint Creative stuff to scrap it. The photo of me is from about 3 or 4 years ago, and I had no idea what I was going to do with it until I started playing. I just kind of let the kit take the lead. :) I didn't win the random draw for the prize, but it was chosen as one of their "Mintspirational Monday" layouts so that was pretty cool!

Journaling: Nerd. Chick. Rock star - NOT. Creative. Wannabe computer geek. Sweet girl. Hot mama.... Whatever. Just me.
Totally Rad Photography Actions: Slice Like a Ninja, Lux (hard), Troy, Boutwell Magic Glasses (overlay), Bitchin B&W (50%).
Font: Typical Writer by Carl Johanson.
Everything else by Miss Mint at Peppermint Creative -- Papers: Rebel One, Recycling Bin (blended). Most elements: Rebel One. Notepaper alpha, staple, ripped cardboard: Recycling Bin Bits. Doodled line: Frozen Slush. String: Lilac Garden. "Sweet": Candy Fairway. Brad: Cinnamon Tea. Measure stamp, doodle circle on heart: Little Bug. "Hot mama": Foxy Lady (recolored). Heart: Pop Rock Graffiti. Stitching: Casual Friday. Circle alpha: Skid Sticker Alphabet


Next up is one I did with SBG's latest collab, "Impressions of Comfort" for Jess' CT. The pics are from ones I took to do calendar magnets for the grandparents last year. We used the top left small one, but I thought the others were cute as well. :)

Journaling: Kaylee and Matthew posing for a calendar pic for our Christmas gifts for the grandparents. 11/25/07
Credits: Impressions of Comfort by Scrapbookgraphics Studiogirls
Fonts: LD Remington Portable, the King & Queen font, and CK Ali's Hand Official

Finally, one I did for a blog challenge Meredith Fenwick ran as part of SBG's big birthday party last weekend. Only three people entered, so Meredith, being the amazingly generous person that she is, awarded all of us the prize!!!! I got a bunch more of her fabulous goodies that I'm hoping to scrap with soon!

Journaling: I love the sparkle in your eyes. Kaylee 1-29-08.
Credits: Meredith Fenwick – Make It Yours contest template; Papers, brad: September Afternoon; Jeweled ornaments, staples, photo corners: Everyday Inspiration Elements.
other: Totally Rad photo actions; fonts - LD Remington Portable, Hyrule.

SBG is such a fun place to hang out and so inspirational. They went all out for the birthday celebration with prizes and chats and challenges. I didn't have time to do any other challenges, but I did win Maya's Anniversary Collection by answering a trivia question at a chat and a gift certificate to Baers Garten's shop for making a lucky guess in "Battleship". LOL More yummy stuff I need to try to use soon!

In other non-scrappy news, Kaylee was chosen as a Citizen of the Month for September! They choose one student from each class who has best demonstrated whatever the quality is for that month. September was respect. She got one last spring too, but I can't remember what the quality was. They had an assembly at the school for the "citizens" and then a little breakfast thing that the parents could come to and take pictures when they presented them their certificates. Matthew had never gotten Citizen of the Month, so he was really jealous, especially that she got to have donuts at the breakfast (a whole 3 donut holes LOL). Here she is with the principal and assistant principal getting her certificate.


On a totally unrelated note, tomorrow just happens to be the 3-year anniversary of this blog!! My first full post was about our trip to the state fair, which I later turned into journaling for a 5-page spread! LOL I haven't always been the best blogger, but I still think that's kind of cool. I enjoy going back and looking at the old entries, remembering all the little things I would have completely forgotten otherwise. :)

That's it for now! Hope you're having a great week! :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Garden Pop is back in a big way! Another layout! :)

Hooray! I finally finished the full kit version of my Garden Pop. Since it got so much bigger, it's now called Garden Pop {Exploded}! LOL It's all 30% off this week! And if you haven't joined my Yahoo Group, this would be a great time to do that, since you can grab a coupon for an additional 25% off anything in my shop! (Just check the message archive.)

So here it is! Click on images to go to store!







See what I mean? It exploded!! LOL

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And here's the new layout. Another one with a Tracy template. She has been in a creative frenzy lately! I can't even make a dent in the amount of new product she's put out lately! You need to go check out her store!



Lables: Kaylee as Princess Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin, Matthew as Darth Vader from Star Wars

Template: Toolbox 12 - Spookie Cutie by Tracy Blankenship at FPD
Kit: Spooky Bucket of Fun (recolored/blended) by Corina Nielsen at FPD
Fonts: Swingdancer by Chank, Acoustic Bass by Design 76 Type - Bradford Cox


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On the homefront, we're having our kitchen floor replaced again this week. We had a new engineered wood floor put in this spring to replace the absolutely destroyed original 13-year-old vinyl (think curling seams and duct tape). Turned out we got a bad run of product. The finish started coming up in spots. So after the contractors went round and round with the distributor and manufacturer, we're finally there. They ripped out the old floor yesterday (which was glued down to last a lifetime), and started installation on the new one today. Woo hoo!

That's about it for now. Just business as usual on everything else! Have a great week! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Not enough hours in the day!!!

So 2½ weeks have flown by again since I last blogged, and I really don't have time or energy to be blogging now, but at the rate things are going, I never will! LOL

First up, let's do layouts!

Here's another one using a fab-o-licious Tracy template!

Journaling: One of your favorite things to do this summer was call Matthew O. and play Pirates Online together. It was really fun to listen to you talk to him on the phone, especially since every other word out of your mouth was ... DUDE!

Template: Tracy Blankenship
Templates W/ Attitude Set 16 at Funky Playground Designs; Kit: Amy Knepper Shabby Geek (no longer available).
Other: Dot Cards (no longer available) by Correen Silke; tape by Amy Cheeseman (Darcy's Workbench Frills) at SBB; The Lilypad Back To School Collab: black paper by Jacque Larsen, alpha (recolored) by Kate Hadfield.
Fonts: Pea Anderson (KevinAndAmanda.com), Misproject (Misprinted Type), LD Punch Out (Lettering Delights)


And another CT layout, this time for the totally amazing Jessica Bolton!

Journaling: Matthew and Kaylee at City Park, mugging for the camera after I pouted that they weren't letting me take any pictures. 06/17/2008

All by
Jessica Bolton at Scrapbookgraphics: Template - Eclectic Templates No. 1, Kit - A Pastiche For Boys, Stitching - Eclectic Needs Variety Straight and Basic Zig-Zag
Font - Pea Jenny Script (KevinAndAmanda.com)


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Now what next, hmmm.... How about a few pictures to make the grandparents happy. LOL

Waiting for the bus in the rain last Tuesday. It wasn't quite as dark out as it seems in these pics, although those days will be here soon!


And still raining after school...



Kaylee lost tooth number 2 Wednesday night.


It had been hanging on by a thread on Tuesday, and she'd been trying like heck to get it out, but it wouldn't go. Mark was out that night, so she went to show him the next night, and it fell right out! LOL

Saturday we went to a bounce house party that Mark's team at work was having. The kids had a blast! The light in there was horrible, the kids were moving too fast to get a lot of times, and trying to take pictures through the ones that had net enclosures only worked about 1 out of 10 times, but here are a few shots that turned out or that I was able to somewhat salvage. :-b



Matthew waiting his turn at basketball or bouncing, not sure which. The boxing was hilarious. The "gloves" were as big as the kids!

Kaylee on one of the obstacle courses.

It took some major coaxing to get Kaylee to do the ones that you had to climb up these "walls" to get to the slide part. It reminded her too much of the climbing wall at school, which she hates. It was only once she was convinced that if she fell it would be soft and bouncy and she wouldn't get hurt that she finally did it, and then there was no stopping her!

Some of the slides were really big!


Kaylee taking a break from bouncing to rock out to the music that was playing.


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Hurricane Ike hit Texas on Saturday. We were spared and only got a little light rain. The Houston area got hit hard though, and most of the area is without power. Both of Mark's sisters and their families live in the area. We got a call Sunday afternoon asking if Susie and her family could come up and stay for a bit and try to buy a generator. They arrived Monday afternoon, and quickly discovered that every generator south of Kansas City has been shipped down to the area affected by the storm. After lots and lots of phone calls and discussion, and finding out that their power resotoration could be weeks away, they decided to head on up to BIL's family's place in Indiana so the grandparents could help Susie out with the kids if BIL needed to head back to work. So their visit lasted only a few hours, but we enjoyed it while they were here! This was our first time even meeting the adorable little Madison, and we've seen much too little of her big brother, Josh, as well!
Ok, I know part of this is the camera angle, but man Kaylee looks huge compared to her cousins! And that's pretty much the way it felt having them here too. It's been a long time since I was around kids that little! :)

Just look at those gorgeous eyes!


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Ok, that was a lot of pictures for just a couple of weeks! LOL


I don't know too much else. I've been plugging away working on adding to my Garden Pop mini to turn it into a full kit. I'm close to having it done I think, but for some reason I feel like I'm designing in slow motion! LOL


Oh, I almost forgot! My friend Dorsey gave me this sweet little blog award:

I met Dorsey through a local moms' group and we joined TOPS together, although I had to let it go recently since I couldn't keep up with the meetings with Matthew's karate. Dorsey is one of the most fun, enthusiastic, kind-hearted people I have ever met, and I'm so honored that she chose me for this award. I think I'm supposed to pass it along and nominate other blogs, but I'm afraid I've been an absolutely horrible blog reader lately – much worse than my blog writing, if you can believe that, so I hope all the people on my 268 subscribed blog feeds (yes, literally 268 - I just checked LOL) will forgive me if I drop the ball!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Scrappity Stuff!

Ok, as promised, I'm back today with the scrappity part! First up, my Rich Autumn is on for the ScrapDish Friday Specials for just a buck! So I decided to put the coordinating Rich Christmas and Rich Collection on sale too! At Ridiculous prices! LOL



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I did another layout! I'm now CT-ing (is that a word?) for the fabalicious Tracy Blankenship! Woo hoo!!!! She sells at ScrapDish and Funky Playground and is just one of the sweetest, most fun people on the planet! She's got a bunch of new product up at SD today on SALE! And she also has her awesome templates on SALE today at FPD too I see! Run! Buy now! They are so fun!

Here's a layout I did with her Magic of Childhood Templates.



Journaling: Kaylee, I love your beautiful, sweet smile. What a wonderful, caring young girl you are, always wanting to give little gifts to everyone and cheer up anyone who is sad. I am so proud to be your mom.

Template - Tracy Blankenship (Templates w/ Attitude-Magic of Childhood Edition)
Papers and dotted ribbon - ScrapDish Designers August 2008 Collab
Alpha - Nancie Rowe Janitz (Jumbo Acrylic Alpha)
Stitching - Tracy Blankenship (Stitched Basics Element Pack)
Doodle border - Tracy Blankenship (Borderlines-element pack)
Flourishes - Sasha Jane (Doodle Brushes)
Jewelry Tag - Jessica Bolton (Teeny-Tiny Torn Tags)
fonts - Angelina, Dirty Ego

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I think there was more scrappiness I wanted to post about, but my lunch is beeping at me, and I need to go scarf it down before it gets cold. And the kids will be home in an hour and a half! Wow, I need to work on my time management skills, or it's going to be summer break again before I know it and I won't have accomplished a darn thing! LOL

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Picture-Palooza!!

Wow, the last 2 weeks are a blur! First up, thanks to everyone who left such great comments here or at FPD about my Teacher's Pet entries! :) Or even if you downloaded but didn't say anything, it's still really cool knowing people like your stuff enough to clutter up their hard drive with it. ;) They cut the final round to nine fabulous designers... me not being one of them. LOL :) Since it was my kids' last week of summer break and we had a busy week lined up, I opted to focus on spending the time with them and skip the final assignment. There were some fabulous collaborative kits put up by those who chose to participate, so I hope you went and grabbed them! :)

The rest of this post is gonna be all family stuff, so if you're just here for the scrappy stuff, come back tomorrow for more scrappy-designeriffic goodness! :)

I'm gonna just go in chronological order, so I don't have to think too hard. LOL

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One of the things we got Kaylee for her last birthday was a Hanna Montana hair coloring set. It has this fancy brush thing that you run the hair through to apply the color. If I had to do it over again, I would have gotten the simpler stick applicators, since it can be a bit tricky to get the brush to not EAT the hair. Yikes.

Anyway, here are a couple of shots of her with the latest application... alternating orange and magenta stripes, that pretty much looked like all one color once we got it in her hair. LOL



The rocker girl giving her best wink while playing air guitar. LOL



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Next up, I haven't done karate pictures in a while, so here's a whole slew of 'em from Matthew's Decided Brown Belt test on the 19th.

They have them start put on their sparring gear before class starts so they can get right to it, since it can take a while to put all that stuff on. The kids tend to all look alike once they get all suited up! LOL



Here's Daddy on video camera duty, waiting for things to get started.



And Kaylee, sitting next to me on the bleacher thingies, playing with her Dora magnets, totally unimpressed by the importance of the occasion. :-b



Next up, a couple of (rather blurry) action shots from the sparring. Matthew is the one kicking in both of these.



Landing a jump kick!


Next up was the form. I was in a really bad spot to get many pictures of this part, but I thought this was kind of a neat shot. It's from the very beginning of the routine where they start out in slow motion. (Excuse the blurred faces. ;) )



Finally, they had to demonstrate their self-defense grabs.



And that was it! He did really well. I always get so nervous before these things, even more than he does I think. I don't know why, since he's consistently one of the best in the class, and honestly you have to completely freeze up to not pass. Even the ones who do have trouble they pull aside and give them a chance to do it on their own. They're really encouraging and want everyone to succeed.

So here he is getting his belt from one of the assistants.





Yes, he went from brown to brown. LOL The black piece across the end by his right hand means that he's a "decided" brown belt now (he was "recommended" before). As they learn their various skills, they use black tape to give them stripes on the left end, so they end up with 3 stripes on the left of each belt. You can kind of see them on his old belt in the self-defense picture above.

And finally, here he is with the instructors after the test.



Congrats, Matthew! We're so proud of you!

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We had planned to take the kids to Six Flags last Wednesday, but it stormed all day, so we stayed in and played games and stuff. So on Thursday, when it was still looking nasty out, we gave the kids a few choices of some fun things to do. They opted for Chuck E. Cheese's and toy shopping. :)

Our normal mode at CEC is divide and conquer. LOL We eat, and then Mark and Matthew go play games, and I go around with Kaylee, who mostly prefers the little rides. She just loves this clock ride, and must have done it about a dozen times. It just lifts the chair in a slow-moving circle while playing music, sort of like a mini sideways Ferris wheel.





It's so cute to see how excited she gets! :)



Here's a really awful shot of Mark and Matthew taken from across the room. They were rockin' out because Mark hit some mega bonus on the Caveman Clobber game behind him. The thing was making so much noise you would have thought he'd hit the giant jackpot in Vegas. LOL



Here's the one thing Matthew and Kaylee actually did together -- a roller coaster simulation. The car moves and tilts, while you watch video on a screen as if you were on a roller coaster.



It even has "wind" that blows in your face when you're going down the big hills! LOL



Kaylee wanted to use the little sketch booth thing, so here's one of the two of us. You can tell how badly I need a haircut, but at least you can't see my major dark roots. LOL



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We had a guest magician in this past weekend. Mark is in charge of the magic lectures for this area, so the visiting lecturers often stay with us while they are in town. Fielding West I think is our first "repeat offender". LOL He was here about a year and a half ago as well. He taught a small (but long!) workshop here at the house on Saturday, and then did the usual lecture for the magic clubs on Sunday.



He's a fun guy, and it was interesting watching him with the kids. He and his wife don't have any kids, so they were quite the novelty for him. LOL

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School started back up on Monday! The summer went by amazingly quickly, but we are ready to get back into a routine (or at least I am LOL). We took our traditional front door shots in the morning, although the door is a different color this year. LOL It used to be maroon, but we had the long-overdue exterior painting done this spring and decided to change it.

It was 6:45a.m. and not totally light out yet, and Matthew was having some trouble dealing with the flash from the cameras. They are both looking at Mark, who had our other camera. Someone remind me next year that the 2-camera thing was not a brilliant idea. LOL



Kaylee's pose cracks me up on this one.



Then Mark went to get ready for work, and we went to wait for the bus. Kaylee was really wound up and spent the time posing and dancing and just being silly, while Matthew walked around being all serious. ;)









The bus route changed slightly this year, and we were surprised when it came from the other direction and turned the corner. The kids dashed over to it, and Matthew was already disappearing up the steps before I could get a picture.



They're still getting settled in at school, and we haven't quite got our routine down at home yet, but they seem to be enjoying it overall so far. Although I just got back from picking Matthew up early. He got the side of his hand run over by a scooter in P.E. :( It was pretty swollen, but he can still move all his fingers ok. I gave him some ibuprofen and he's sitting with an ice pack watching cartoons right now. Hopefully, it'll be a lot better in an hour or two. Poor kiddo.

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Mark also started a new job on Monday!! The company he had been working for was split up and his division sold off at the beginning of the year. The company that bought it is restructuring it and will sell it again in a couple of years. As you can imagine, not the best work environment, and very little management interest in process improvement (which is what Mark does). So he'd been on the lookout for a new opportunity for a while. The timing on this one worked out perfectly -- there was a major layoff at his old company on his last day there, and quite likely he would have gotten hit.

He's still getting settled in as well, but the company is doing very well, and everyone seems to like working there, so hopefully it will be a good long-term situation for him. The only bummer is that he was hoping for a shorter commute, but this drive is just as long as his old one, with a bit more traffic, so he's got about an hour in the car each way. If this looks like a good fit for him, we may be looking at moving closer in a year or so.

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I guess that's about it for now. It's taken me all darn day to pull pictures and put this together! LOL I'd better go do some dishes and such before Matthew and I have to go get Kaylee from the bus. Tomorrow's scrappy post hopefully won't take as long! LOL