Friday, July 31, 2009

Welcome to the August SOTM Blog Hop!


If you are arriving from
Debra's blog, you are on the right track. If you just happened by, go back to Jena's blog and start from the beginning so you don't miss out on any of this month's great artwork.

I so missed not participating last month in the "Blog Hop", but I'm Baaaak!

I think this months stamp is a great one for everyone to add to their stash. You just can't go wrong with a Birthday set.

This first card was made for my Dad's Birthday. I had quite a lot of candles to add to the cake, but I liked the way it turned out!

CS-White Daisy for the base and Holiday Red for the strip.

Ink Colors-Holiday Red, Sunflower, Dutch Blue and Clover Meadow

Other items-2 yellow eyelets and yellow embroidry floss.

All direct to paper stamping except the "Happy" which I stamped and cut out and pop dotted and "tied" through the eyelets. I also embossed with our gold embossing powder the "cake plate"

The second card is a wedding card that was the first thing I wanted to try when I got this stamp set. I try to think outside the box so I can market the stamps to more people. I stamped the cake parts in Bamboo ink, cut them out and pop dotted them after adding some liquid glass to hopefully make it look like fondant icing. I used some of our littlest "just blooms" in pink and white and added centers of mini crystals and pearls. I pop dotted them X2 to make it look like a cake topper (I hope) and then liquid glassed the black cake plate. Using Simple Stitches, I faux stitched the sides of this top fold card and stamped the "Celebrate: It's your day sentiment inside. Hope you like....

Now "Hop" on over to
Jamia's blog for some more great ideas.

Again, if you get lost or a link isn't working, go to
Jena's blog to get the hop order.

See you next month,


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Blogaversary Alert!!

Just a quick post tonight to alert you to an awesome Blogaversary "Blog Candy" givaway. Melissa over at "Keepsakes by Melissa" is celebrating a year of blogging fun with some awesome blog candy....go check it out here!

Don't forget to come to my blog on Saturday morning for the CTMH SOTM "Blog Hop"


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

August Blog Hop Test...

Hello everyone,
I'm testing out the links before and after me for the August "Blog Hop" that will debut on August 1st! You will come to my blog from Debra's Blog and will travel on to Jamia's Blog after leaving here. Should you get lost or want to start from the bottom, you will go to Jena's Blog.
If all these links are good, my post will be available and ready for you to view at 12:00am on August 1st. Make sure you come back and check it out!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ian's Birthday-Part 2

Today we headed out to Desert Hills Lanes for Ian's 7th Birthday Party.

We had gone to Chuck E. Cheese on his actual birthday on the 14th, but he really hasn't had a party for a couple of years, so off to bowl we went. His guests included: Spencer and Brady, Paige and Parker and Trey and Logan. Leah also invited her friend Ally to tag along. Bryan is out of town (in Milwaukee), so thanks too to Lisa, Bob and Michelle for helping me out with the kids. The kids bowled amazingly well and even the littlest ones scored a strike or two. Here is a couple of pics from the event:

My goal tomorrow is to clean up my scrap table so I can actually create something! I have my post for the August SOTM "Blog Hop" ready to go, but boy did I make a big mess! I also need to clean out the hot tub and Ian is invited to a pool party, so I better get to bed so I can get everything done. Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 06, 2009

OK, I'm ready to start posting vacation pics!

Wow, it was fun and after 1,600 pictures, 5050 miles and 90 hours in the car, we are home and I have a few shots to post of our vacation....

I'll post one picture of each place we went or each event we attended..

#1 Hoover Dam

#2 CTMH Headquarters

#4 Yellowstone

#5 Little Big Horn

#6 Devil's Tower
#7 Mt. Rushmore

#8 Flat Tire

#9 Corn Palace

#10 Moorehead with the McManamons

#11 Sandy and Dan's Wedding in Ottertail MN

#12 Mall of America

#13 Pine Creek Cabins with the O'Connells
#14 Marion

#15 Water Sking with Mary and Lee Lang and the boys

#16 Des Moines with the Kirchners

#17 Oklahoma Aquarium

#18 Tulsa with Bill, Barbara, Robyn and Bob

Home again!!!!
Whew....I'm tired, I think I'll go to bed now!

Talk to you again soon....