Thursday, March 25, 2010


Evan as an artist...

Max as an artist...
Happy Thursday! It's my boys' Spring Break and I was happy for a rainy day so I could get these LOs finished. I've had them designed on my G for a couple of weeks because it's based on the SOUS sketch from 3/12 but I never got it cut before that week ended so here it finally is. I used Storybook for the background shape, Locker Talk for the paint brush and palette, Dreams Come True for the paint splats, and Printing Press for the title. I inked all my cuts in black ink. Those splats were very tricky to ink the edges but it turned out pretty good. Printed paper is from My Mind's Eye...Just Dreamy collection.

Friday, March 19, 2010

I got asked to be a Guest Designer!!!!!!!!

I'm so excited and feel so honored. I was asked to be a Guest Designer for Stuck on U Sketches (SOUS). Here is the sketch that they emailed me.
And here is what I turned it into...(Max's LO)
And Evan's LO...

As soon as I opened the sketch, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. That angled piece of torn paper on the sketch just said "staircase" to me and of course this is exactly how my living room looks and how we have our Christmas tree set up too. I designed and cut everything on this LO using my Gypsy and Cricut. Here is a list of what carts I used...

A Child's Year-Santa with boy
Christmas Solutions-Rocking horse, teddy bear, tree, and tree topper
Joys of the Season-Garland and ornaments
George-Staircase, spindles, footboards, railing, and picture frames

The staircase was the trickiest to design but using George on every bit of it, I was able to do it. I welded a bunch of rectangles and squares together to create the base for the stairs. I cut footboards using George too. The spindles were created by welding a tall skinny rectangle with a long skinny oval and two smaller ovals. I was most proud of those. The railing is just a long rectangle. I created the frames using George as well. I just put a smaller square inside a larger one and cut it. I created my own faux wood finish by cutting everything in brown paper. I used my Zig .01 fine tip marker and just marked it up. Then I inked all the edges in black. The wood floor was assembled in strips and I added nail holes too. Everything was inked on this LO. I did heat embossing on the garland, ornaments, and tree topper. Here are some close-ups of the detailing.

Picture frame...

Wood floor...


And me crazy. I did make 2 for each boys' album. So, I cut 2 of everything or in the case of the spindles...18 of them! Thank you to the SOUS DT for asking me to be a Guest Designer. I've had a blast.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Do I save PJ's???

This is the phrase that I hear EVERY single morning from Evan. I tell him every morning that I only need his PJ's on Wednesdays and Sundays for laundry but some how he never remembers. He told me this morning that it'd be nice if he had a sign or something to remind him. Hmmm...I can do that!! So, I sat down with my Gypsy and designed a double-sided door hanger for his room. The only problem that I see with this is if I forget to change it on Tuesday and Saturday nights for the next mornings. Mental note to self...don't forget. LOL I used my Gypsy to design this and the Cricut to cut it. I used My Community of the door hanger, Cuttin Up for the words, Everyday Paper Dolls for the doll, jammies, towel, teddy bear, and laundry basket. I used a basket with a handle on it from the cart and made it wider than it was and added round cornered rectangles from George to the basket to make it look like a laundry basket. I just had to cut off the handle after I got it cut out. I inked all the cuts. Printed papers are by My Mind's Eye...Wild Asparagus Collection.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I'm so behind...

in posting pics that I've decided since I have a nice quiet evening that I'm going to do it tonight. Some of these go back to February. I've included lots so make sure and scroll through them all. I've got scrappy, crafty, and just plain fun pics so....ENJOY!!

Here is a card that my DS, Evan, made for my mom for her birthday! He has these pigeon books and he wanted to try drawing the pigeon and the duck from the story. This is from The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems. I think he did an amazing job considering that he's only 6. He's going to be my scrapping buddy!

Here are some Valentine Artist Trading Cards that I made and sent out. How perfect to have Twilight Valentine's?? I used a stamp set that Charlie bought me for my birthday and I thought the MS Drippy Goo punch was just too cool to add to the Edward side. These were double sided so no matter whether you are Team Edward or Team Jacob...I had ya covered!

Here is Evan's birthday cake!!! He had a Candy Land birthday party and Charlie and I made his cake. We spent 2 1/2 hours decorating this cake but it turned out just amazing! He LOVED it. We also had a life-size Candy Land game set up around the first level of our house. We had all these colored paper taped together to resemble the Candy Land game board and even had all the extra spaces on there too like Gloppy's Molasses Swamp. The kids at his party LOVED it.

Here's Max before his Seussical Musical performance for Young Author's Night. He looks like he's ready for Green Eggs and Ham. LOL His class did a wonderful job performing the songs.

SPRING?? It sure felt like it here last weekend...not so much today. It was wonderful out last weekend so we decided to get our trampoline back out. We don't have our screens in our windows yet so I snuck upstairs and opened Max's window and got these awesome shots of the boys jumping with Charlie. I got some great video too.

Pinewood Derby day!!! We had our Pinewood Derby this morning and these are the boys' cars and Charlie's too. LOL They had so much fun racing them. Max's car flew off the track twice so he didn't even get to finish a race and was bumped out. Evan got beat by a Tag-a-Long girl and Charlie got beat in the championship race so I guess he got 2nd. The boys each won a ribbon. Max's ribbon was for "Fastest Looking" car...I think because of the paper flames. Evan's ribbon was for "Best Tag-a-Long" car...say "CHEESE" Evan!! I painted Evan's car this week. The mouse looks a little "cheesy" but he won anyway!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

So Happy 2gether-SOUS challenge

Happy Thursday and Happy March! The sun is finally shining here today and our temp is in the mid 40s!!!!! Another busy week here and another late posting. Maybe I'll just plan on posting my challenge LOs on Thursdays and if I get them done sooner, then YAY!! I based this LO off of the SOUS challenge from Feb. 26. This LO is of my DS, Evan, and his turtles. He has this fascination with these large eyed turtles. They look so sad to me but he loves them. I got him the green one with the Santa hat at Holiday World this summer and he got the yellow and brown one for his birthday. He loves sleeping with them as you can see. We were tucking him in one night and he had both of them in his arms so I ran and got my camera and started snapping pics while he slept. Then as were getting ready to leave his room, he rolled over and you could see the face of the yellow and brown one peeking over his shoulder and the look on the turtles face is just's like he's smiling because he has someone that loves him!!

I used my Cricut for this LO. I used Walk in My Garden for the turtle and I redid the eye on it to match his actual stuffed turtle. I used George for the hearts and Don Juan for the title. Everything was designed on my Gypsy. I used a Scalloped Circle Nestie for the circle pic. All paper is Basic Gray. TFL