Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving and a Camping Trip.

Thanksgiving Day was so fun... We went out to Hilliard, Florida to a friend's house... basically, they live on some property out there that our church owns and they keep it up, etc. It's gorgeous out there and a perfect get together spot for several families. We played ball, talked, ate. The kids ran around, they rode bikes, they rode on the golf cart, had a small parade and we even had a hayride!

The next morning our family took off to Georgia on a camping trip it got down to 28, yes I said 28 degrees the first night... We were so bundled up in our tents and let me tell you I questioned what we were doing out there that night... We hiked a bit the next day. It was quite the adventure and I am not sure if I'm yet ready to say I had a wonderful time, but I know it was good for the kids to be in nature, etc... here are some pics for you!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thank you, LORD. How could I ask for more?

I know it's not Thanksgiving Day, but there's so much to be thankful for, I'm starting early!

O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever! 1Chronicles 16:34

Love these lyrics by Cindy Morgan:
There's nothing like the warmth of a summer afternoon
Waking to the sunlight, and being cradled by the moon
Catching fireflies at night
Building castles in the sand
Kissing Mama's face goodnight
Holding Daddy's hand
Thank you Lord, how could I ask for more

Running barefoot through the grass
A little hide and go seek
Being so in love, that you can hardly eat
Dancing in the dark, when there's no one else around
Being bundled 'neath the covers, watching snow
Fall to the ground
Thank you Lord, how could I ask for more

So many things I thought would bring me happiness
Some dreams that are realities today
Such an irony the things that mean the most to me
Are the memories that I've made along the way

So if there's anything I've learned
From this journey I am on
Simple truths will keep you going
Simple love will keep you strong
Cause there are questions without answers
Flames that never die
Heartaches we go through are often blessings in disguise
So thank you Lord, oh thank you Lord
How could I ask for more.

We truly have so so much to be thankful to God for...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Oh, and here's a look at my two turkeys today!

The flip side.

Play using Simon Says from Piggy Tales...
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I was working with the Simple Simon line from Piggy Tales and wanted to make something from it that isnt school themed, like the line is...
So, I used the flip side of one of the foiled, striped papers from this line... the back of the paper is this great teal color and the stripes on the front have made these wonderful striped embossed lines on the teal side that I decided to sand. Next, I used the back of the two round barndoors from the set. I cut out the centers, turned them over and used brown ink on the backs.
Also, I used the back sides of the chipboard letter centers to embellish my flowers.

The rubon flowers I actually rubbed onto tracing paper and cut out for a different texture.

tfl! and hope you're having a great day~!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Simple Simon

I just finished up with these projects using the new Simple Simon collection from Piggy Tales... still working on my layout with this line which I'll share another time!

Be sure to check out the Piggy Tales blog for a look at other inspiration and ideas!

Here's my school set:

A little info on the pencil bouquet..
The pencil bouquet was so fun to make. I used rubons on some of the pencils and wrapped others with patterned paper. I also tied some chipboard elements around a few of the pencils. The bouquet is made from a styrofoam cone I bought at the craft store. I used scotch mounting tape around the cone then wrapped the cone with patterned papers. Stick in your pencils. Wrap strips of patterned papers around a pencil to twirl and add at the bottom of your cone where the pencils have been inserted. tfl!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some November photos for you!

It was so nice and cool out today... in the low 70s... so, we went to the park after school today...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Card Positioning System Design Team Call!

Want a chance to be on the Card Positioning System Design Team? Here's the info!

As we look upon 2010 we are all very excited about growing even more and some the changes that will be taking place here at CPS. One of those changes includes you! We are looking for 3 designers to work with us and our great sponsors here at CPS.

What we need:
Two cards new or old using any CPS sketch.

Please send these images sized at 200K or less along with a supply list formatted as shown below no later than midnight CST Friday Nov 27 to Title the subject as CPS 2010-Your Name

Also include your name, address, email address and blog or gallery address.

Format supply lists as follows:
Card Title
CPS Sketch #
Designer Name


Additional requirements and details:
Designer term runs Jan-June 2010.

Each designer will be asked to create a minimum of 1 card per week using the week's sketch and product supplied by our sponsors. Product is requested to be to the designers at least 2 weeks in advance and sketches are sent several months in advance. Package values and contents will vary and all additional product used will be the responsobility of the designer.

Cards must be neatly designed and well photographed.

Designers will specifically be working on sponsored products but some weeks may be sponsor free and during those weeks product will not be supplied and will be of the designer's choice from their personal supplies.

Cards and supply lists must be to the sponsor spotlight coordinator no later than the Friday before it is set to run.

Any designer that is late with cards more than twice without making prior arrangements will be asked to step down and an alternate chosen to take their position.

All cards remain property of the designer and may be submitted for publication or contests.

Non US applications are accepted but please be advised that product will only be shipped at the sponsors descretion. Therefore, those outside the US may or may not recieve sponsored product. If product is not recieved the designer will be asked to use product of their choice for that week.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

cps141-a little Christmas!

If you're looking for a great, clean sketch for cards be sure to check out the cps blog this week... lots of great ideas along with the sketch! Here's the sketch and my take on it! Have a great day!

Merry Christmas Card
patterned paper, diecut stickers- Basic Grey
chipboard, brad- Sassafras
rubon greeting- American Crafts

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What I've been working on

here are some photos of my freshly painted kitchen cabinets with new hinges and pulls!... green paint on the kitchen walls is my next project, then Home Depot will be installing our new kitchen countertops and tile on the kitchen floor! hip hip hooooray!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Birthday sweet Audrey! -she's 3!

Audrey's 3rd birthday was yesterday! We had a fun time when we got home from church.. a little party with Meme, Pappy, Uncle Scott, Aunt Jen, mom, dad and Alexander! Chili, cake, Jen's meatloaf... yum! Audrey is such a sweet little girl! Happy Birthday my girl! Here are a few photos for you!


Another week, another fabulous sketch to use for making those delightful handmade cards! This week we are sponsored by Susan Tomaino, Independent CTMH Consultant. She supplied us with papers and stamps to use! Be sure to check out the CPS blog for more takes on the sketch posted all week and also, a chance to win some goodies!

Here's my take on this week's sketch!

Holiday Happenings card
stamps, patterned paper, ink- Courtesy of Susan Tomaino, Independent CTMH Consultant
cardstock- Close to my heart, Bazzill
brads, sequins- Doodlebug Designs
ribbon- American Crafts
***pearls- Zva Designs