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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Project 365-ish: Week 8

Daddy was in Atlanta this week, which is always a bit tiring for Mommy. We had a not-so-popular appointment to take care of, but we tried to have some fun too! Here's the rundown:

During Courtney's ballet class on Tuesday, Carter and I looked for a nearby geocache that he & Daddy hadn't been able to find. We found it, yay!


The not-so-popular appointment was a trip to the dentist. Carter did mostly ok, although he really hates the taste of toothpaste and was very dramatic about it. Just like he's quite dramatic about it every time we brush at home, too! (and yes, we've tried lots of different flavors, even chocolate!)


Courtney wanted nothing to do with having anyone look in her mouth. They tried warming her up to the idea by letting her brush this guy's teeth...


Carter even sat in the chair with her for a bit. There's a video screen above them, so here they are in zombie-mode staring at. None of this helped, though. It was not a good dentist visit for Courtney!


One of the FUN things we did this week was visit a new-t0-us bouncy place! This one was FUN! They had the standard bouncy things to play on...


And they also had little themed-rooms set up: a vet clinic, a diner, a grocery store... and an entire room for playing dress-up!! Courtney was in heaven.


Back at home, the kids put on a "dance concert". Courtney danced at the ball with her Bunny. See the audience they set up? And the pile of clothes for "costume changes"?


And my sweet little musician at one end, playing the keyboard for his sister to dance to. :-) (Please ignore the shoe chaos. Geesh!)


Courtney had funny bath hair one night. Love the face she made for the photo, hee hee!


Carter loves playing with Daddy's iPad!


And finally, one night Uncle Jon came over for dinner and Courtney helped me cook! She chopped the ends off of this entire bin of strawberries using the kid safety knife. She is such a big girl!!! And she was sooooo proud of her strawberries!


Thanks for stopping by!

Catered Crop Recipe Challenge FTR6

I decided to have tea with Sprinkle, the swanky kitty from The Cat's Pajamas, for the latest Follow the Recipe challenge. Afterall, the inspiration card has a food theme - tea is food? Right? Sorta? Work with me here, people!


Doesn't Sprinkle look all sophisticated, sitting there with her tea? She even put on her best pearls and shiny-bow hat for the occasion...


But my favorite part? What's going through her little feline brain as she's serving her tea...!! HA!


This Coffee, Tea or Meow set from The Cat's Pajamas is so cute. It sorta reminds me of Courtney playing dress-up, since she's very much into tea parties these days. Although I'm HOPING those aren't the thoughts she's having during them. Hee hee! And I just love kitties. Did you know that about me? I'm totally a cat person. I hope that doesn't make you unfollow me. ;-)

As I mentioned up at the top, I made this card to play along with the latest Follow the Recipe challenge over at Linda's Catered Crop blog.


The inspiration card - last week's winner - was A-dorable!! The bits of her recipe I followed were the food theme (*ahem* remember, tea = food!), going crazy with patterned papers, pearls, rickrack, Glossy Accents and a border punch. See, wasn't that easy? Linda's challenge is so much fun - I really hope you'll join us this week!

I was also inspired by the colors of the latest TCP Tuesday challenge - pink, chocolate brown and teal.


I was told in no uncertain terms by a Sprinkle expert that lime green was the CORRECT color for Sprinkle's eyes, so I made sure to follow that rule!! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by,


  • Stamps: Coffee, Tea or Meow from The Cat's Pajamas
  • Paper: SU Pink Pirouette, Jillibean Soup DP (brown), Echo Park DP (teal), GP white
  • Ink: Copic markers
  • Accessories: SU oval & scallop border punches, Glossy Accents, pearls, rickrack, staples

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #70

It's Play Date Cafe time, and Ruby chose some really fun colors for us to work with this week! At first Ruby's image inspired me to play with some flower stamps, but in the end I thought a bright, colorful Silly Scape from Hero Arts would be more fun!


I love this stamp so much, and have been itching to play with it for ages, ever since my sweet friend Tami gifted it to me a while back (thanks again, Tami!). This week's PDCC colors made a fun city! I had some little pins I wanted to use, but they were light blue and pink. No worries, I just colored them with my Copics!


Here's where the color inspiration came from!


Head on over and see how my PDCC sisters were inspired!

Julie Ranae * Sarah Anderson * Savannah O'Gwynn * Ruby 2 Shoes * Andrew Ewen * Fiona Shultz * Jaclyn Miller * Jinny Newlin * Michele Gross * Tracey Kuzniak * Colleen Dietrich

And we have a super special guest this week - Maria Gurnsey! Maria's been a sweet blogging friend for ages, yay! So happy she's joining us! She is an Ippity gal, and is offering up a fabby prize this week, too!


Head on over to The Play Date Cafe blog for all the details. I hope to see you play along this week!


  • Stamps: K5425 Silly Scape, CL480 Wish You Were Here
  • Paper: SU Green Galore, Best Creation Inc DP (clouds), AMuse dot DP, GP white
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
  • Accessories: SU slit punch, machine stitching, ribbon (Michael's, KI - Love, Elsie), pins (colored with Copics)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ballerina Bunnies!

So as you know, my little bug loves all things ballet - especially tutus. I've mentioned it once or twice on here. ;-) Well another thing she loves are bunnies! Her constant companion is her ratty old stuffed bunny that I bought for about $2 at IKEA when she was a baby. Bunny is sometimes just called Bunny, sometimes he's Honey Bunny, sometimes he's Silver, for a while he was Silverware Bunny. And sometimes he's a she. All this to say - Courtney adores him/her/it. So one day a while back, I went blog surfing and found this adorable ballerina bunny set from The Cat's Pajamas!! I love it tutu much!!! I pretty much bought it immediately. It's part of my ever-growing collection of ballerina stamps that I need to USE. So last night I finally inked up the bunnies! Woohoo!


I wasn't really feeling the mojo last night, but at least the act of playing with the bunnies made me smile. It's a quick and simple card - the thing that took the longest was cutting out the little bunnies. I popped them up on some foam tape and added a touch of Stickles sparkle to the tutus.


I played along with the Card Patterns anniversary sketch #103 for the layout of the card. They've got a whole lot of hopping and prizes going on over there this week to celebrate two years of blogging, check it out! There's even some brand spankin' new Hero Arts goodness up for grabs!


Thanks for stopping by today,


  • Stamps: G-9683 CL Tutu Much from The Cat's Pajamas
  • Paper: Pink Pirouette from Stampin' Up, GP white, DP from Memory Box
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
  • Accessories: SU scallop punch, Star Dust Stickles, taffeta ribbon (SU), heart-shaped brads

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Project 365-ish: Week 7

Seven weeks have already flown by in 2011, wow. That doesn't really seem possible! And I've kept up with weekly posts for seven weeks - that's even more amazing!! Here's this week's summary, it was a fun week! Sorry for the poor image quality, a lot of these were taken with my not-very-smart phone. :-)

We kicked off the new week by going to a casino night party for my friend's 40th birthday. I learned to play craps!! Well, sort of. That is one complicated game! It was fun though - between craps and roulette, I won about $25k or so. Too bad it was play money, LOL! But I suppose if I were in Vegas, I'd be a bit more hesitant throwing around the $5000 chips...


I already shared what we did for Valentine's Day in this post, but I also got to go to a little muffin breakfast at Carter's preschool class on Monday morning. Carter was cooperative as always for the photo...


Carter loves playing with his toy animals. This week I suggested he sort them into categories, land, sea or tree. He liked this new thing to do with them!


This week was "observation day" at Courtney's dance class, so Carter and I got to sit in the back of the room and watch what she's been learning. It was A-DOR-A-BLE!!!!


On Tuesday I had a rare night out by myself, and got to listen to one of my favorite humanitarians, President Jimmy Carter, speak at the LBJ Presidential Library. See that white dot? That's his head!


My sister got to get a bit closer...!!


On Thursday we had lunch with Daddy at his work. Always a fun outing!


Courtney had another fun week of playing dress-up. There was the usual princess-dress-wearing. But she also spent some time as Jessie, as I shared in my last post. And she got into Carter's things, including his soccer clothes...


And here's the cutest little Spiderman I've ever seen!


And finally, Carter got his soccer uniform back from his sister and was happy to put it back on once again! Saturday was "skills day", a little practice & evaluation before the season begins. He's looking forward to joining a new team this spring!


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

From Courtney's Closet meets Texas Tuesday!

It's time for another From Courtney's Closet, where as the name implies, I share a card inspired by something from my daughter's closet. Well actually, today it's from the dress-up bin, not the closet! Since I missed making a Texas Tuesday post earlier this week, I just had to make this card after I snapped a photo of Courtney playing dress-up!


And here's the inspiration photo:


Usually she's in princess dresses or tutus, so it was lots of fun to see her take a break from those and put on this cute little Jessie costume! I bought it on mega-clearance the week after Halloween - one of my brighter ideas, I have to say. I got the kids a bunch of Toy Story & superhero dress-up clothes that week, for very little money!

I had also been itchin' to make a Texas Tuesday card using this new little cowgirl stamp from Hero Arts. I totally squealed when I saw her in the new catalog. I just knew Hero Arts created her **JUST FOR ME**, for my Texas Tuesday posts. HAHAHA! (a girl can daydream, right!?)

I am often drawn to using hemp twine on my Texas-y cards, and tonight I thought it would be fun to try to shape some into little rolled flowers. I think they turned out rather fun!


I had a couple blog challenges in mind as I made this card. First, the Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge, which had the theme this week of "Live Laugh Love". I think this post fits, because I was inspired by a photo of my sweet girl living her little 3 year old life, she makes me laugh almost everyday and I love her and her brother more than anything on the planet. :-)


I also took inspiration from Card Positioning Systems #205, turned on it's side. Have you been to that blog this week? It's anniversary time so they've shared a ton of fabby cards!


I want to give a little shout-out to my Texas Tuesday friends before I go - make sure and check out their blogs if you like Texas-themed stampy goodness! The links are over on my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  • Stamps: CG272 Howdy from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Hero Arts layering paper, Memory Box, Making Memories, The Paper Studio DP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
  • Accessories: Hemp twine, green grosgrain ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, SU scalloped edge punch, brads

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge #69

It's Play Date Cafe time and boy oh boy is this a fun week at the cafe!!! It's our first Combined Grind!!


We've teamed up with the CASE Study Challenge! So... this card from Eva Dobilas is both the inspiration piece at CASE Study, and the basis for our Play Date Cafe colors! Cool, huh?


And this is what it inspired me to create:


I used our colors, and I also CASE'd Eva's sweet card! I love how she made a shaped card, so I borrowed that idea. Have you ever made a shaped card? An easy way to do it is to cut out the shape you'd like twice (I used my Spellbinders die), then score near the top of one of the pieces, and glue and attach above that score line. See:


I also used a flower on my card like Eva. I stamped this fun flower from Hero Arts' Big and Small Flowers on patterend paper & cut it out. The flower center is covered with black Enamel Accents - love that stuff!


The guest designer for The Play Date Cafe is none other than the super sweet and talented founder of the CASE Study Challenge, Chupa!! Check out her inspiration piece on The Play Date Cafe blog! And also visit the rest of my PDCC teammates!

Julie Ranae * Sarah Anderson * Savannah O'Gwynn * Ruby 2 Shoes * Andrew Ewen * Fiona Shultz * Jaclyn Miller * Jinny Newlin * Michele Gross * Tracey Kuzniak * Colleen Dietrich

There will be an Ippity prize for the winner of the PDCC challenge this week, as well as this fabulous prize pack for one lucky person who plays BOTH the PDCC and CASE Study challenges! SQUEEE!


S0 - I can't wait to see what you make! Thanks for stopping by today!


  • Stamps: CL374 Big and Small Flowers, CL487 Thank You For Being My Friend from Hero Arts
  • Paper: Hero Arts Kraft, SU black, GP white, PTI DP, Memory Box DP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, white gel pen
  • Accessories: Black Enamel Accents (Ranger), Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, Spellbinders die

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