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Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat

Wanted to share a few pics of some cutie pie trick or treaters.

Have an amazing weekend!

Happy Halloween!

Ahhh...we have been up since six o'clock! Do you think someone is a little excited? Although personally, I could have slept longer, I am excited about today too. This afternoon are the Fall parties at school. I just love being in the classroom with the kids. I am really excited that it is my oldest's class b/c I don't get to spend much time with those kids. Painting haunted houses (that's right we didn't get them done last night) and trick or treating tonight. What could be more fun than seeing all those sweet faces come to the door and making them smile as you pile candy into their bags.

I have a treat for you today. It is project day over at Emma's! Wahoooooo! Please stop over there after checking out my project. I can't tell you how honored I am to be working with such amazingly talented women. Their projects will definitely inspire you I promise! We were asked to design a project using the sheer glassine bags. Here is what I came up with:

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween and I will see you Monday morning!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Warm Glow

Yes, there is FINALLY a warm glow in front of our house. I didn’t think we were going to ever get these pumpkins done. Every year the girls design their own pumpkins and DH helps them carve them. These are this year’s design.

The one on the right belongs to my youngest DD and the witch on a broomstick (you knew that was what it was right?) belongs to my oldest. Sadly I don't have any pictures of the girls carving them this year. :( It has been so cold that DH carved them in our dirty garage.

Tonight the girls hope to get their little haunted houses painted. We found the cutest wood houses at Michael's this weekend. I will definitely be taking pictures of them and will hopefully have something to share with you tomorrow.

I don’t have a project to share with you this morning but I do have a little sneaky peak. This month’s Lime Tart kits look fabulous once again. I am dying to get my hands on my kit! I will definitely give you a sneak of the projects I complete once I get my hands on this kit. The first sneak is from the half tart. Just look at those awesome colors and that adorable chipboard tree.

This sneak is from the ala tart kit. I just love that adorable stamp!

This last sneak is from the full tart. Look at the gorgeous paper! Love those colors too.

Well, I am off to take DD to the doctor. Have a glorious Thursday and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

That is just Wicked!

I have to admit, I am excited that Halloween is only two days away! DH usually takes the girls trick or treating and I get to stay here and see all the cuties that come to the door. I have been in full gear getting ready for DD's fall party at school and creating a few things for their teachers. I got a card and gift finished last night. I have had a blast using all my Halloween goodies I ordered from Emma's. I filled a glassine bag with chocolate kisses and made a Halloween wrap for it. I have simply fallen in love with all the Crafty Secrets tags. YUM-O.

I also used some of my older papers to make this card for my youngest DD's teacher. I was inspired by a challenge on the Card-a-licious blog this week to make a shaped card.

Ohhhh, now for some other Halloween goodies! Did you know that the Paper Crafts Gormet book goes on sale on Oct. 31? You can find both amazing recipes and adorable projects in this book. The To-Die-For Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits by Alisa Bangerter are one of the many recipes you can find in the book.

Seriously, you have to try them for yourself! Here is the recipe:

2 c. flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/4 c. milk
Chives (optional)

Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

And if you are still looking for tag to add to that last Halloween project how about trying this tag also by Alisa.

Adorable isn't it? Simply follow these easy directions:

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3" x 4 1/2"

1 Make tag from cardstock.
2 Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk.
3 Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere.
4 Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape.
5 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

I think I need to go find one of those biscuits. I am getting hungry. :) Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Big Impact

One of the things that I didn't share about our visit to Illinois was a little incident that happened Thursday night. Well, at least I thought it was little but to my sweet DD obviously it wasn't quite so little. Friday morning while I was getting ready to head back to Indy I got everything ready to take out to the van. As I glanced in the front seat I noticed that the glove box was open. After closer examination I saw that everything from the glove box was all over the front seat and three other compartments were open. The contents of those compartments also spread all over the car. Obviously someone had broke into my car during the night. They had also gone through my SIL's van, which was sitting right next to mine. We called the police and found out that they were investigating a similar crime right down the road.

I was very thankful that nothing had been broken and there was nothing in either car that the thieves cared to take. I dismissed the whole event since no harm had come from it. My oldest DD is having a harder time letting it go. I knew it had upset her. I had a talk with her and even the police officer reassured her that everything was OK. I thought she was OK with it until she started having nightmares the last three nights. Last night I finally asked her if she knew what was causing her bad dreams. She said that she just can't stop thinking about the guy breaking into our car. :( I plan to sit down with her again tonight and have another long talk.

I did get a chance to do a little scrapping yesterday. YAY! I love the wonderful sketches on the CPS blog. I used this week's sketch to make a card for my brother and his wife.

You can find all the yummy supplies for this card at Emma's.

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Exciting Events

So many exciting things happened this weekend. One of the most exciting would be that Lauren had her first official meet this weekend. It was the perfect first meet. It was small and our gym had the only level threes competing. There were about ten girls competing with her at that level and that was perfect. Lauren came home with 3 medals (1 siver and 2 gold) and she was beaming from ear to ear. What a great first experience for her. :)

I really need to see if I can figure out how to take better pictures in gyms because my pictures really stink. So sadly this is the only one you get for now.

I told you on Friday that I would report about the High School Musical movie we saw on Friday. I am happy to say that the movie was really pretty good. I am so thankful Disney didn't try to make this a rated PG movie since they were hitting the big screen. That was my concern when I saw that they were doing the third one in the theaters. They really stuck pretty much to the same style. Good music, innocent fun and lots of dancing. The girls loved it and DH and I had a good time too.

Lots of scrapping to get done this week. Sorry I don't have anything to share with you today.

Have a fabulous week and thanks for checking in!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Friday Projects


As I mentioned yesterday, my girls have off for fall break. We got a chance to visit DH's family yesterday. His brother, sister-in-law and our niece have recently moved from Texas. I can't imagine my girls being any happier to have them so close.

I got tickets for the girls to see High School Musical 3 this afternoon. The girls are so excited. I will let you know how it was.

Not a whole lot of scrapping time this week so I thought I would share a couple of projects that were published a while back. The first project was published in the Gifts from the Heart issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.

This card was published in Cards Magazine. I just love the bright colors in these American Crafts papers.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Twice as Nice

Morning all!

The girls have off this week for fall break. As much as I love having them home, I don't get a whole lot done. That's not all bad of course. :)

That said, I do have a layout to share with you. I have been doing more two page layouts again lately. I kind of go back and forth. These pictures are from track and field day last year. The kids had such a great time. Please forgive the not so hot photos. I was volunteering so I didn't have my good camera. Also, I don't know what happened when I took a picture of this layout but I got the right side a little distorted. It is straight IRL. :)

Enjoy your Thursday!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lots of yummies today


I told my sweet sister that I would post this recipe for her. It is one of our favorites and so easy to make. You don't need a crock pot for this recipe but it works best that way.

Mexican Chicken in a Pot

1 1/2 lb. chicken breast
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
1 (4oz) can green chilies
1/3 c. chopped onion
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

8 tortillas
shredded cheese
diced tomatoes
shredded lettuce

Place chicken in the Crock Pot. In a small bowl combine tomoato sauce, chilies, onion, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and garlic powder. Mix and then pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. Stir well. Chicken should pull apart into shreds. Spoon onto tortilla and garnish with remaining items.

Oven: Place same ingredients in a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in 300 degree oven for 3 hours or until very tender.

Now how about a project? I got a box from Paper Crafts yesterday and inside I found my copies of Card Creations 6, their newest special issue.
It is loaded with amazing cards. I just love this issue. I poured over it last night while DD was at swimming and I need to look through it again. Anyway I wanted to share one of my absolute favorite cards with you. I made this for the photo card section. I guess the reason I love this card so much is because it shows my two goofballs in all their glory. I don't know what life would be like without laughter and these two make me smile every day. :)

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Such a square

Probably in more ways than one. LOL Do you remember 4 square? We used to play all the time when I was a kid. The girls have been talking DH and I into playing lately. I have to admit it has been fun. We have also been playing kickball in the backyard. That was definitely one of my favorite games growing up. I was that girl with the scraggly pony-tail playing kickball with the boys. Still love the game. Sadly, I am not so fast anymore. So what was your favorite game as a kid?

It has been so beautiful outside that I have not been doing much scrapbooking or card making. DH and I did plant a new tree in our backyard this weekend and I am so happy with how it looks.

I did manage to get a card done. I added some texturizer to my acrylic paint to make the trunk and top of the tree look more realistic. After painting the trunk, I used a toothpick to add the lines for the bark.

I hope you have a fabulous week and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hello Sweet Thing

Good morning!

Just a quick post before I head over to the girls school. Oh how I love helping out in the library. There is definitely a part of me that misses teaching very much and this helps just a little. :)

Anyway, you have to check out the SWEET ideas over at Emma's Paperie Blog today. Cindy asked us to create something relating to the kitchen, such as recipes, gift wraps, etc. I decided to use the lunchbox that came with my Maya Road chipboard trees. I made a Recipe box for Favorite Childhood recipes to pass down to my girls.

Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The solution to all your problems!

This just cracks me up! I was looking through the the Lillian Vernon catalog and I saw these!

LOL I may need a little help with my house cleaning but those are just too funny!

How about something a little more useful? :) I got my copy of the December Paper Crafts yesterday and wanted to share one of my projects with you from that issue. I made this little gift card mailbox using a cute little mailbox I found in the Target $1 spot.

You can also check out my Christmas stocking project here on their website.

Thanks for checking in today and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

London Mini Album

As I promised here is the mini album I made for Lime Tart. I can't tell you how happy I am to have a chance to do this album. We had such an amazing time and I have so many pictures. These are just a few of my favorites.
The kit came with a page from an atlas that I just couldn't resist. That page pretty much inspired the whole album. I used a lot of the great tags that came with the kit too.

Have a spectacular day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tart projects

Ohhhh, it is a good day. I am excited to share some of my Lime Tart projects with you today. What a fun kit this was! Betsy and I had the Half Tart this month. Make sure not to miss the Full Tart and the Ala Tart kits.

Here are a few of my projects from this month's kit.

I am not sure if you can read the journaling for this layout. It reads: These two adorable creatures were found yesterday hitching a ride on the high seas. Their adventures took them, not only on a high energy water ride, but also to extreme heat. Their escapade ended when the ruler of the laundry room found them hiding in a pair of blue jeans. They have been returened to their homes with a promise from their guardian that this will not happen again.

The kit came with a bunch of tags. I had so much fun playing with all of them. I will actually have an article on the Lime Tart blog later this month on different ways to use these tags. I created this masculine birthday card using a few of the tags. Here I simply used my ink to color these.

The kit also included a cute little mini album from Maya Road. I pulled the album apart and made this little phone book for Katie. I still have the template for the inside pages. If you want them please e-mail me.

I have a mini album I made also that I will share tomorrow. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Glorious Weekend

WOW what an amazing weekend! The weather was incredible and we took full advantage of it. Saturday was soccer day as usual, but this weekend was playoff weekend. I am sad to say that both girls were eliminated in their first game. Lauren's game wasn't so close. Katie's team did an amazing job. I have never seen those girls play so tough. The score was tied until about three minutes left and the other team scored a goal. If it hadn't been for two goal kicks (because we accidentally touched the ball in the goalie box) we would have won. I haven't heard who won but I would not be surprised if this team won.

The good news is that because we didn't have second soccer games in the afternoon we were able to go to the Fall Festival at church. They had pumpkin decorating, hay rides, apple bobbing, bonfire with smores, you name it. The children's ministry team did such a great job and the girls had a blast.

Yesterday DH and I took the girls to southern Indiana and we went hiking. I got a couple good pictures that I will share as soon as I get them loaded. We found a beautiful park and hiked for about two hours. We found a nice little local restaurant for dinner afterward. I think the girls really worked up an appetite. Both of them had about a half rack of ribs, salad and potato I swear!

I plan on working on a project for Cindy at Emma's Paperie today that I will hopefully be able to share with you soon. In the meantime here is one of the layouts I created for Memory Makers' latest call. Even though this one didn't get picked up I absolutely love it. We took the pictures last year at my mom's house.

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I love Pink

Ha! I never thought I would have said that! That is what having doing two girls will do to you. I had never really been a pink, frilly girl. I was a tomboy growing up. My best friend all the way up to 4th or 5th grade was a boy. In fact when I was pregnant with my first DD I asked people NOT to buy her pink. Her room was adorable but it was done in primary colors (think large crayons that ran the height of one wall.) Have you seen my daughters lately? Would you like to look in their closets? Pink is all you will find! Needless to say, I no longer have a problem with pink. It's a good thing too because the challenge color this month at Emma's Paperie was pink. And WOW I am in love! The projects are just amazing! I am so excited that my dear, sweet friend Sarah is joining us as the guest designer this month.

For the project this month I made a Notepad Gift Set. I acutally used one of the mini boxes from Creative Imaginations and just left the top up. Everything for the Gift Set is from Emma's Paperie.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rain, rain go away


I don't know what the weather is like there but is dreary here. I have a project to share to brighten your day a little bit. As most of you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Emma's Paperie is selling an amazing kit this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. $5 from each kit will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This kit is stunning and I really enjoyed working with it. You can find out more about the contents and order your kit here. Here is a tin and card I created using this amazing kit. To see full instructions you can visit the Emma's Paperie blog.

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lions and Tigers and Bears...Oh my!

Ok, so we don't have lions, or tigers at our zoo. As a matter of fact, we don't even have bears but we do have Elephants and Lemurs and giraffes. LOL Anyway, I wanted to share a few pictures from our trip to the zoo last week with Kimber and her kids. Aren't they cuties?

Have a great day!