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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodies to share and a RAK!

I am such a lucky girl! I was given a little bit of money and gift cards to spend on MYSELF for Christmas. And what did I do with almost all of that money?? Bought things for the boys, of course. Lol. Bought Aaron a few new cups, Alex a few new bottles, bought some things to make Alexander's baby food (anyone done this? Advice?), had to order a toy for Aaron from Amazon because I couldn't find it anywhere (the Yo Gabba Gabba Dancing Brobee!), and I got some other little things that they needed. I did have some money left over though, and got this stuff!I got some of the Martha Stewart products on sale, including a yummy Christmas paper stack, some glitter, and 2 acrylic stamp sets. The paper and glitter were only $4! YAY! I also got some things on sale at ACMoore. They had a bunch of clearance things, so I got the Halloween stack for $5, and the Heidi Swapp mini iron for $3. I love the Halloween papers, and hopefully I can finally get the boys Halloween pics scrapped! Then I got some Wall Pops-black, red, orange, yellow, blue, and a cute pink and purple striped border that I'm going to put in my scrap room. I didn't even spend $30 for all of that. ;) I love a deal!




THEN, a few days ago I went over to my friends house and she gave me all of this and MORE!

She used to own the LSS that I worked at, and these were some things she had left. (Also, besides the things for me, she gave me a ton of kiddie stamps and 20-30 decorative scissors to add to Aaron's craft stash!) I got a Coluzzle envelope template, a bunch of great idea books that perfectly fit my style, about a 4 inch stack of paper (PAPER!!!), TONS of stickers and embellies, 2 Bo Bunny class kits, 2 Karen Foster 12x12 rub ons, a bag of ribbon (!!!!!!!!), 2 Scrapbook Girl tees (I LOVE the green/pink one!), and a lot more. To be fair though, I won't be keeping a lot of it-a bunch of it is for my 15 year old sister who I've just gotten started scrapping! Now I'll always have a buddy to scrap with, since she lives behind me. ;) Isn't all of that wonderful! I'm so happy about all of this because I am now on a spending ban. Ughhh. Just saying it makes me cringe! YUCK! So from now on I will only be buying necessities like cardstock and adhesive. At least thats the plan!

Now for my RAK. I bought this before Christmas to do a RAK. I found it at JoAnns in the dollar bin. The dollar bin! So I bought 2-1 for me, 1 for one of you. ;) Not a great pic though...

I will also add some other goodies before I send it out of course! All you have to do is leave a comment and I will have Aaron pick a name out of the hat next Saturday the 10th! I will put your name in twice if you link me on your blog!

I'll be starting to pack up the Christmas stuff today and finish tomorrow. I was going to do it last weekend but my mom yelled at me and said its bad luck to take your tree down before New Years. And since we need all the good luck we can get right now, I thought I'd better wait. ;)

What will you be doing tonight? I haven't been up to see the ball drop in years. I think I will stay up tonight. We'll see! Maybe I can keep myself awake by staying in my scrap room until about 11:30! I hope you have a happy, happy New Year! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was perfect-how could it not be with these two??
If Aaron looks like he was "caught" in that picture, its because he was! He took those Junior Mints out of MY stocking and ate a ton of them while I was in the kitchen getting his breakfast. Little stinker.
Aaron got some great toys including a Thomas track that's as big as the kitchen table (what am I going to do with that??!!) and his Leapster that he just loves. He got a few clothes, books, and movies too. He's very spoiled. :) He also woke up one morning with a much higher IQ-he now knows all of his colors, shapes and most of the alphabet. I think I can have him reading when he's 3! I need to videotape him doing the ABC's, its too cute.
Alexander got some cute little toys too, including this one that he loves:
Its his "First Bear" and it rattles. He also has this cute little frog that sings and vibrates, but Aaron's been playing with that! How happy is this little man?? You can tell in the picture that he had a fever (stupid teeth) but he's just smiling away. I love him.

Jamie and I didn't exchange gifts this year, which felt a little weird. :( My parents and grandparents did get Jamie some much-needed clothes though. And my mom got me the Paper Doll cart which I've been dying to use. We also got some gift cards for groceries, and lots of diapers and formula-we shouldn't need to buy anything for at least a month or two, which helps us out immensely.
I could write 10 posts about Christmas. It was just so wonderful. I loved all the time we got to spend with my family. My family is the best. Aaron was so pooped from all the fun that he fell asleep around 4 in the afternoon, so Jamie and I got to actually sit down and watch a movie-UNINTERUPPTED. Wow. We haven't done that in years! He got The Dark Knight from my grandma, so that's what we watched. I didn't like it though. Maybe a little too dark for me. But the day after Christmas I cuddled with Aaron and watched Horton Hears a Who-much better. :)
I have a few things to share, but need to let my camera charge first! I did make more Christmas cards, but forgot to take pics before I gave them away! Oops! Thank you so much for stopping by! I'll leave you with a link to Karen's blog who has some awesome blog candy. Wouldn't that be a great belated Christmas present?? I also have a small little RAK I'll be doing soon, just need to take a picture of it! Have a wonderful day. ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Update on my guys

So I posted a few days about my little Alexander being sick. Thankfully he is much better. They diagnosed him with bronchiolitis. He is taking an antibiotic, a steroid, and using a nebulizer every 4 hours while he is awake. He saw the doctor twice this week and will go back next Tuesday. Poor Aaron is sick as well. He has an ear infection and an upper respiratory infection. I'm glad they are both on antibiotics and well on their way to being better so they aren't sick at Christmas! Aaron was sick last Christmas and didn't even want to open presents! I didn't even get any pictures to scrap! Hopefully this year will be different. :) Thanks for all the prayers for my little men. I know it helped.

I probably won't post until after Christmas unless I get some extra time. I still have a few presents to finish and wrap, and LOTS of baking to do! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Please say a prayer for my little Alexander!

Jamie is on the way home from the doctor with Alex now and he has bronchiolitis. He has a terrible cough and just started wheezing today. The doctor sent him home with a nebulizer to use every 4 hours and an antibiotic (not sure why though since what he has is a virus!). We'll be going back to the doctor tomorrow afternoon to determine if he needs to keep using the nebulizer. Thank goodness he doesn't have RSV though, because I was sure thats what it was and was having quite a freak out. :) So please say a prayer for my beautiful little man! Having such a little person so sick is quite scary!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Santa Changito :)

I have really been working on cards. The boys albums are a few months behind, but at least I have a few cards made. ;) I have another one to show you, but I can't get a good picture of it, so this will be all for today!

I LOVE this monkey. I just want to him on everything! Isn't he cute? That cute little Santa image was sent to me from Becky (THANKS BECKY!). Both PP are from last years DCWV Christmas stack. I found the rub on in my stash-I believe its Bo Bunny. I found an entire sheet of those, so I will use them up on my Christmas cards! I used a dauber to sponge red around my image-I realize it looks a little messed up-that's because I touched it before it dried and got ink EVERYWHERE! I have since fixed it though! The present was sent to me from Michelle in a blog candy I won. Thanks Michelle!! I really like this card. Oh, and there is glitter all over it! I don't know why it doesn't show up! But there are Stickles on the white parts of Changito's Santa suit, and red glitter on the edges.

YAY! I posted something crafty! Its been a while, huh?!

So, are you guys ready for Christmas? I've always loved Christmas, but its so much better now that I have my beautiful boys. Aaron is starting to understand about Santa and Christmas, and he is just so funny. He calls anything associated with Christmas "MY CHRISTMAS!". Its so cute. Our neighbor has his lights up, so every morning Aaron makes me open the blinds so he can look at them. Plus, I can totally pull out the Santa card when he's being bad, so that's good. :) I am so thankful to be spending my holidays with my family. Now that Alexander is here, I feel like my family is complete. I'm just so blessed.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm off to make the kids lunch and then clean a bit, and hopefully spend some time in my scrap room if I can get them all to nap at the same time! Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My first award!

I got an award! Thank you Liz! I've never won an award before. :)


Although I'm not feeling very creative lately, I'll take it. Lol. I'm supposed to give it to 6 people so here goes.


1. Carol at Crazy for Crafting is one of my favorite blogs to read. She always has something new and crafty to share, plus I love when she shares what her "Guest Designer" daughters have made-they are just as talented as she is! I've learned a lot of new techniques from her, and have a bunch more bookmarked to try someday when I get caught up. ;)


2. Next up is Michelle. I just recently stumbled upon her blog and have been frequenting it ever since. Her creations are beautiful. Just stunning. And if I had half of the beautiful stamps she has, I would be happy forever!


3. If you haven't been to Veronica's blog, go now. RIGHT NOW! She is an actual real life stamping friend, and her work is amazing. She is so talented.


4. Another one of my favorite blogs is Angel at Angelosity. She is super talented. Not to mention her birthday challenge really got my creative juices flowing again, so thanks Angel!! I just love checking out her new creations.

5. Next up is Becky. No, not me, another one! Becky creates the most beautiful cards, and they have so much detail! And not only is she talented, she's so sweet. She's the wonderful person that sent me all of those awesome Changito images! I'm crazy about that little monkey. :) So go check out her blog-you won't be sorry!

6. And last but not least, LIZ! I know she's the one that gave me this award in the first place, but she's super deserving of it as well. We are a lot alike and I think we will be great friends. Her work is beautiful, and I love reading all of her family updates. Also, check out her blog and then go vote for her gorgeous button card on Tip Junkie!!

So thanks again for the award Liz! And go check out all of these wonderful ladies blogs! I am off to work on a few more cards. I have a few to share, but can't get my camera to upload. Its always something, huh?!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Changito Happy Mail!!!

Look what I got in the mail!!!!!

Aren't they the cutest? I am crazy about that little monkey! I love the Christmas ones! Maybe they will help me get going on my Christmas cards... These were sent to me by one of my favorite bloggers, whose name also happens to be Becky! ;) Go check out her blog here. She is so talented and super nice. Her work is stunning. Be sure to go check out her blog, you won't be sorry! I can't wait to color these and make some cute cards. Thanks so much Becky, you're the best! This was a great pick-me-up!!

Well, thats all for now. Aaron and Alana (the little girl I watch) both fell asleep watching Nemo, so its just me and Alex! I think I'll take this time to catch up on my TV shows and have a nice cuddle in. Have a great day!!









Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blog candies everywhere!

There are so many talented ladies offering up blog candy! Check them out:

Bev has some wonderful "pink" candy including a Whiff of Joy stamp (love them!) and a DCWV Christmas stack!

Go check out Jo's blog for a chance at some High Hopes stamps and other goodies!

Annie is giving away some WOJ stamps! You have to tell her 5 things you'd have with your on a deserted island-only five things is pretty tough!

Claire is celebrating her 36,000 blog hits-yes you read that right! 36 THOUSAND!!-with some awesome candy! Basic Grey and Stickles and stamps and all kinds of fun stuff! Go check out her blog-she's had 36,000 hits for a reason!!

Also, be sure to go check out Michelle's blog! She is giving away a RAK of beautiful 12x12 papers!

All of these ladies are so super talented! So go check their blogs out and get inspired! :)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Still nothing crafty to share...

I haven't done anything crafty for weeks and weeks now. Plus I don't see myself having any time to scrap any time soon. :( We are FINALLY over the bug we've been passing back and forth. Luckily we were better in time to gorge on turkey on Thursday! I'm starting to feel semi-human again, guess my PPD is finally going away. Still a tad down in the dumps-financially things are getting bad which is stressful and a little scary. Plus I can't tell you the last time I've gotten more than 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, but I can finally think straight again and don't just want to lay in bed under the covers 24/7 so I guess thats good. ;)

Thanksgiving was wonderful because this was Alexander's first big holiday! Everyone of course passed him around and he was loving it. He's really been "talking" and laughing a lot lately. He's just way too cute for words. And Aaron is still the most awesome 2 year old EVER! He just blows my mind everyday. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Here's a few pics of my guys. Aren't they the cutest?? I had a friend come over and take some pics of us at home. They turned out great!




Look what I got in the mail!! These were the goodies I won over on Michelle's blog. You should defnitely go check out her blog. She is so insanely talented. Her cards are just gorgeous. I started a card with the HH wreath stamp and some of that beautiful Basic Grey paper, but haven't been able to finish it yet. This weekend looks like I'll be able to get some crafting done-cross your fingers for me!! :) I could use the break!

So, did anyone go shopping on Black Friday?? I did of course-I can't pay full price for anything! :) My mom and I go BF shopping every year, its our little tradition. Last year we stood in line outside at Toys R Us for 2 hours, then were in the line inside for almost 2 more hours. We're never doing that again! This year we decided to go to Walmart since they will match any and all other ads. Luckily our Walmart is open 24/7, so we got there about 3 and were able to shop, shop, shop! Everything that was on sale was under black plastic, but we were able to go through the entire store, scope out where the sale items were, and get the items we wanted that weren't on sale. The only thing I really wanted on sale was the $30 Leapster for Aaron. He played with one at the hospital when Alexander was born and loved it. I had said that I was done shopping for him, but I decided to sell some scrapbook stuff so I could buy him this one last present. This is the only one that's not secondhand, so I made it a good one! Anyway, I found the Leapster pallet that said $30 on them, but some nice person at our Walmart mislabeled the new Leapster 2's (these are $70 instead of the older ones that were $50) as the ones on sale, so I got the brand new $70 Leapster for $30! A manager had to come and she didn't believe me that they were labeled wrong, but the person behind us in line had one and backed me up! :) But that wasn't the REALLY big deal I got! One of the dollar stores had $5 Leapster games in their ad. I'm sure they only had 1 or 2 older, discontinued games for that price, but Walmart said they'd match any ad, so I figured I'd give it a shot! My mom got Aaron 2 games, and I got him SIX GAMES! The grand total for all of that would've been $270, and we only spend $70. GO ME! I'm a bargain shopper extraordinaire. :) If I didn't hunt for all of the deals, Aaron only would've had 1 game. Now he will be extra spoiled, but its well deserved! There were so many other things they had that I would've liked, and we really could've used, but I was good, because like I said, money is extra, extra tight! The only other thing I bought were some $1.50 towels because we are in desperate need, and a hot pink $9 Eureka stick vacuum. I bought a really nice large vacuum about 2 years ago, but our house only has hardwood floors, so we don't need a vacuum really. This new one is great though, plus it barely takes up any room. So I was nice and gave my mama my old one, cause she was going to buy a new one. And she has 5 kids at home still, plus they've not only cut her and my stepdad's hours at work, but they've given my mom and entire week off every month, so she couldn't afford a new one. Now we're both happy! Plus my new vacuum is pink, so that will make me want to clean more. ;)

Well, I think I've rambled on long enough. Things have just been so very busy around here-I wish I had more time to craft and share. But my life is completely in the hands of 2 little men whose names start with "A", and I can't really complain.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ughhh...

I feel very BLAH. Yuck. Haven't posted anything in a few weeks, and I don't have anything crafty to show you today. SORRY! Aaron and I have been sick for almost 2 weeks, and now Jamie's came down with it. Thank goodness Alexander is healthy and perfect (and over 12 pounds now!!) Today Aaron and I are getting Christmas decorations out and baking some cookies. We need to get in the mood for Christmas and out of this funk we've been in! Hope all is well with everyone, and hopefully I can post some new stuff soon!

Also, you have to check out this blog candy on Debbie's blog. Have you ever seen anything so wonderful?? I would love those Copics-I'll never be able to afford them! I've been saving my money for a $30 Cricut cartridge for myself for Christmas, so that's all I'll be buying for a while. :(

Monday, November 10, 2008

What a great weekend!

Just wanted to share a layout, some goodies, and a recap of our weekend! Be prepared for a LONG post!!
Here's a layout of my little man. I don't know why the photos look blue, but they're not! Just another testament to my fine photography skills. ;) These were pics from our church picnic at a local park. Aaron had so much fun! I used a TLC kit for this layout. Everything is TLC-the paper, die cuts, and chipboard-except the little black letters. I think they are Doodlebug. This layout was a quick and easy, just the way I like it!

Here are some Halloween goodies I got at Target for the boys Halloween pages. I took so many pictures, I'm sure I'll use every last bit of this stuff. Everything was on sale of couorse, or else I couldn't have afforded it! I got a ton of K&Co. stuff-the paper pack, buttons, letters, die cuts and epoxy stickers. They are all glittery too--Hooray for glitter! :) I also got MM epoxy letters, adhesive felt shapes, and some KI Memories stamps. The ribbon, brads, and small photo albums were a quarter each. Oh how I love Target!! I think the most expensive thing there is the stamps, and they weren't even $3. I'm going to use the little albums to document the boys in their Halloween costumes each year. I'm so crazy about those two!
We had a pretty good weekend here. On Saturday, my mom and I went to a Consignment Sale. We had tons of fun and got a lot of great stuff. I've decided the boys are going to have a secondhand Christmas. They're young enough that they won't know the difference, and financially, if we didn't do it this way, we probably wouldn't be able to get them anything at all. We are also not really going to be able to buy for everyone else this year. I am going to make all of the adults a small scrapbook of the boys. I have 5 siblings, and there's no way we can buy each of them something. :( There's always next year though!
Anyway, I am proud to say, that I AM DONE SHOPPING FOR THE BOYS!! I'm ecstatic. At the sale I got Aaron a Leap Pad with a ton of books for $5, I got quite a few books (they already have 2 full bookcases!), DVDs still in the plastic, some clothes for both boys, including a onesie for Alex that says "Photos with Baby-50 cents" and has a camera on it! SO CUTE! I also got myself a few shirts and a pair of jeans for basically nothing. I got the new Nora Roberts book for $1! I was so excited. The cheapest I had found it was $20 at Walmart, so I'm thrilled. I started reading it Saturday night and finished it this morning. It was so good! We got so many great deals, and everything was in perfect condition. It was great.
And what made my weekend even better? I won a subscription to Paper Crafts from Angel!! I think I talked about it all night long. My husband had no idea what I was talking about, but that's ok! Paper Crafts is by far my favorite magazine. I had so much fun participating in the Rainbow Days of Angelosity challenges. Angel really got my creative juices flowing, and I feel like I'm a whole different crafter! Thanks Angel!!
And THEN, this morning, I found out that I won blog candy on Michelle's blog!! I am so excited to play with my new stamps and goodies. I LOVE High Hopes stamps. As soon as I get rich, I am buying one of every High Hopes stamp ever made! Along with all the ODBD stamps, every Changito, the Sesame Street Cricut carts, every boy sheet of paper ever printed....I could go on and on. ;)
I am beyond ecstatic. I feel so very lucky. You should go check out Angel and Michelle's blogs. They are both so talented!
So that's all of my weekend fun. :) Aaron has had a fever since yesterday, but I have a feeling he is getting some new teeth in the back of his mouth. I laid in bed with him all day long yesterday and cuddled him. I didn't get anything done that I needed to, but I loved spending the whole day with him! Alex even came and laid with us for a while too. I just love being their mama! What could be better than spending the whole day warm and cozy in bed with the 2 cutest boys ever?!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

And the winner is...

After a crazy weekend, I finally got Aaron to draw a name from the bucket, and the winner is Liz! Congrats! Please send me your address to browneyedbabeblb@aol.com and I will send your goodies out as soon as I can. Thanks to all who entered!

I'm hoping to post later today or tomorrow and tell everyone about our great weekend, but Aaron isn't feeling well, so I don't have a lot of time today. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 7, 2008

My blog candy...

Please feel free to enter my blog candy. (I believe its on the 2nd page now.) I know I said 20 comments, but we have a busy, busy day today and tomorrow, so I don't if I'll get to it until then. So comment away, and I'll be back soon to announce the winner! I've also added a bunch of things to the box. Good luck!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

You take the cake!

Ok, here's my last card for the day. :( I need to make dinner and finish getting our things ready for the consignment sale this weekend. Hoping to make LOTS of money for Christmas! Cross your fingers for us!!

This is for Angel's Challenge from yesterday. These are more PP from my scraps! I can't believe I haven't used them sooner. I have so many scraps of gorgeous paper. I will be using them from now on! I think the paper is Bo Bunny, but I can't remember. I love the striped sheet! The stamp is another Lizzie Anne.

I hope you all have a wonderful night! I may be back tomorrow if I have time to make anything else. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Special Delivery

Here's a tag I made for a gift for a relative! I used Angel's challenge to use scraps. This was a scrap of MME double sided paper (I think!). And I used another Lizzie Anne stamp!

Hats off to you!

Here's a card I made for Angel's Day #9 sketch! I'm definitely going to be doing more sketches from now on. I can't believe I've went so long without doing so-I feel like I've been missing out on some big secret!

All the PP are MME from my scraps! I used scraps again! YAY! The stamp is Lizzie Anne Designs. Isn't it cute? I really like this card!

Happy Day Birthday Card!

Here's another birthday card for Angel's 18 Days of Angelosity challenge. Today is the last day of challenges. I have to tell you guys that I have had so much fun participating in this challenge! I normally only make cards on an "as needed" basis, but now here I am with a whole pile of premade cards that I can't wait to use!

I used one of Angel's sketches from her birthday celebration from last year. I used a scrap of Cloud 9 PP that I've had since the CKC over a year ago! That cute little balloon charm is from Joann's. I got it on clearance of course. ;) The little circles are from a stamp set from Target. There is also a set in my blog candy for someone to win!

I'm spending my day today making cards. I'm just having so much fun! I moved a little table out in the living room so Alex can be in his swing, Aaron can watch TV and play and I'll be right here! I will be busy tonight and tomorrow getting ready to take things to a consignment sale, so today will be the last day for me to play until at least Sunday. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Birthday-Angel's Challenge Day 18

Here's my card for Angel's challenge to make a birthday card!

I used another sheet from my DCWV Glitter Stack. My image is from a sheet of Penny Black acrylic stamps. Isn't he cute?? I didn't color him because I thought he was cute as is! I wrote my sentiment with this awesome Pentel Outline marker. It is a vibrant silver with a pink outline around everything. It is SO MUCH brighter on the card. I guess the flash washed it out, but it looks great on the card. Little crooked, but that's ok! Nothing's perfect!

Will be making and posting more cards later!

Hey Chick!

Ok, I had already posted this-no idea what happened to it, but here we go again! Angel's challenge for day #16 was to use anything birdy. Here's what I did.

SUPER cheap card! A piece of my DCWV Glitter Mat Stack, a piece of ribbon I got at Target (6 spools for $1), a scrap of TLC paper, my TW punch, and my own handwriting.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Charlie Brown Christmas for Angel's sketch #15!

Here is my take on Angel's sketch #15. I had to tweak it a bit because my image is fairly large, but here it is!

Do you love that stamp or what?? I'm doing all my Christmas cards with it this year. I normally try to do them different, but I'm in a time crunch, so this will be my card!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My very own blog candy!!

Aaron and I got up early this morning and decided to do some shopping. I bought him and Alex matching jack-o-lantern shirts for next year, along with some other little things-all on clearance of course! Aaron got a really cute Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba shirt. Do any of your kids watch this show? Aaron goes crazy when it comes on! They have this song called "There's a Party in my Tummy"-- it teaches kids to eat things like vegetables and not just the "fun" stuff. Aaron sings this song at every meal! Its the cutest.

So while my little guy and I were out bargain hunting, we came across some scrappin' goodies at Target. I picked up some things and then decided to get some extras to offer to one of you lovely people out there! I've also added some things from my own stash. I may add some more, too, but just didn't have the time to dig for anything tonight! Shopping is exhausting. In addition to my goodies from today, there are a bunch of DCWV Christmas papers, some ribbons, and stickers/embellies from my stash. I've also included 2 uninked stamps-1 from Inkadinkadoo and 1 Debbie Mumm. These 2 lovely stamps were purchased last month at a yard sale. And as much as I love them, especially the Santa, they may just be too detailed for me to color!

I've been wanting to do this for a while, but just didn't have a lot of time. These boys take up every second of my day, but I am just loving every minute of it! My RAK may not be new and trendy items, but they're great just the same, and I'm excited to pass these along to someone else!

So, here are the rules-When this post reaches 20 comments, I'll randomly draw someone. So all you have to do is leave a comment and you'll be entered! If you post on your blog about my goodies, I'll give you a second entry. That's pretty easy, right? Good Luck!

Alexander's First Smile :)

Happy Sunday everyone!! Here's a page I did a few days ago. I took this pic while Al was still in the NICU. Here he was smiling at me. :) I'm so crazy in love with this little man. He is now over 11 pounds and I'm pretty sure he gets cuter every day! He smiles as soon as he sees or hears me, and I just melt.
That super cute paper is from a Junkitz paper pack I've had for a few years. I love those colors together! I couldn't tell you where the other stuff came from, but its cute!

Getting ready to post some blog candy (unless I get interrupted!), so make sure you check back!

Card for Angel's #14 Challenge!

Ok, you can't read that AT ALL, but this was the best I could get! The challenge was to use 1 layer of cardstock, and I got that from my scraps. I added a Prima stack and a rhinestone in the middle. The stamp is Stampin Up! and says "This is the day the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalms 118:24" I got this set at a yard sale for a few dollars this summer!

Well, thats all for me today! I need to clean and I'm going to spend time with my guys! Happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Angel's Challenge #2

Here's my card for Angel's color challenge #2. We were supposed to use olive green, red, baby blue and baby pink. My colors are all there, but they look funny. I seriously want to stomp on my camera. But crappy pictures are better than no pictures at all!
The snowflake paper is from the DCWV Christmas stack, and the polka dot paper is a scrap of ScrapWorks paper. That cute little snowman came from a huge pack of All Night Media acrylic stamps that I got at Ollies last year for 99 cents!

Whew! That's all for tonight. I did 6 cards this afternoon, so I'm happy. I also have some layouts to show you-hopefully I can do that tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by!

#6-Use scraps!

Here's my card for Angel's challenge #6-SCRAPS!
I hardly ever use my scraps. I don't know why. But I will start now! This was a fun card. My little froggy is a Penny Black. I have no idea where anything else came from! The "One year Older" was in my stash, and the papers were in my scraps-who knows how long they've been there! I think the party brad is from Around the Block, but I could be wrong!

Bookmark for my little reader-Challenge #8

Challenge #8 over at the 18 Days of Angelosity was to create a bookmark. Mine is super simple, but it will do the job! Aaron loves to "read", and I like to read to him daily, so this will come in handy for us!
The PP is a scrap from Scenic Route I believe. I found the little orange spiral clip in my stash. The letters are Sticko and that cute little car brad is from Queen and Co.!

Angelosity-Sketch #5

Here's my take on Angel's sketch for day #5. I turned the sketch sideways, and here's what I came up with!
Don't you just love that little Changito monkey? The stamp and the sentiment are Stampendous. The cardstock came from my scraps and that gorgeous flocked paper is from Heidi Grace!

18 Days of Angelosity-Color Challenge

This is the card I completed for challenge day #10. This was a color challenge to use moss green, chocolate brown, deep red and kraft brown. All my colors are there, but my little angel looks so washed out. Maybe I can talk Jamie into getting me a new camera for Christmas. :)
The patterned paper is from last years DCWV Christmas Stack. The mat is kraft brown cardstock from my scraps. How adorable is this angel? She is a Rubber Stampede stamp that I got at a yard sale-uninked!- for a quarter. I think she's so cute! I've never made a square care before. This one is 5x5 and I love it! I don't have any envelopes for it though!!

The 18 Rainbow days of Angelosity-My 1st completed card!

If you haven't checked out Angel's blog, YOU NEED TO! I've followed her blog for a while now, and I've been so excited for her daily challenges up until her birthday! I don't think I've ever done a card/layout based on someone's sketch. EVER! Can you believe that? I've been super busy with the boys this week, but I sat down today and did 6 out of 13 challenges. I'm so proud of myself! I also laid out a few more cards and a layout in my head. If you have been to my blog before, you'll know I'm a scrapbooker-not a card maker. Although I would like to be both. ;) I really enjoyed making my cards today, and the sketches helped SO MUCH. I think I'm getting into the hang of it now! I'm going to post all my cards (any my 1 bookmark) one after another, and here's the first one! Also sorry about the not-so-clear pics-I don't know what's going on with my photography skills lately!

This is from a sketch for day #3 of Angel's challenge. The stamp and sentiment are from Memory Box. How cute is that penguin?! I used a scrap piece of cardstock and the 2 PP are from my DCWV Glitter Mat Stack. Also used my beloved Pop-Dots. ;)

Friday, October 31, 2008

My dragon and Superman ;)

Happy Halloween! I hope you all had a wonderful day! Here are some pics of my boys from tonight. Aaron was the cutest dragon ever. I LOVE this costume! Its an Old Navy costume, but I bought it secondhand for $5. I can't justify spending $50 on something my boys will wear for an hour. Aaron is such a stud.
And here's Superman! He's so gorgeous. Isn't he getting big?? I weighed up the other day and he was up to 11 pounds! You'd never know he was a preemie.

We went to a party at the church and it was tons of fun. Aaron had such a good time! They played games and had prizes and he of course came home with a HUGE bucket of candy which he wanted to take to bed with him. ;) Alex didn't make it at the party too long. It was just too loud so Jamie took him home. He's been sleeping all the way through the night this week-last week he slept from 8-5! Thank goodness! I've been a zombie for too long, so hopefully things will get semi-normal again. I'll be starting to watch my friends 2 children on Monday-Aaron and I are so excited! I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween! Check back soon for some layouts that I finished!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Pages for Preemies!

I came across this page during one of my blog runs. I think this is such a great idea! Pages for Preemies. I'm going to work on a few pages this week to send! The 22 days that we spent in the NICU were heartbreaking. Its terrible to sit and think about some parents who never get to experience bringing their sweet baby home. I absolutely can't imagine. Alexander was in the NICU simply because he was so small-3 pounds, 9 ounces at birth-but since he was born so early because of my pre-eclampsia, things could've been much, much worse. I thank God everyday that he is home and healthy and getting might chubby. Anyway, please click the link above and check the site out! Have a great day!



Thursday, October 16, 2008

My guys are so stinkin' cute! Happy 3 month birthday, Alexander!!

I do have another layout to show you, but the light in here has been terrible and I can't get a good pic. Instead I thought I'd share some other goodies with you! Here's Aaron!! The shirt fits him to a tee. :) And here's the sweetest, cutest baby in the whole world! Alexander is 3 whole months old today! It never ceases to amaze me how fast time flies! Alex is already 3 months old, and last week Aaron was 2 and 1/2 years old!
I'm so crazy in love with these two little munchkins! Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2008

LONG post since I've been AWOL...

I haven't posted in a month...I'm such a bad blogger! Life has just been so hectic! Alexander will be 3 months old this week. I can't believe how fast time has flown by. I'm going to blink and it will be Christmas already. I got to scrap yesterday for the first time in about a month. I only worked about 3 hours, but it made me feel so much better. Here are some pages I finished:I LOVE this page!! I've been dying to use these penguins! I started by detail cutting my little man out. Isn't he the cutest? Then I stamped, colored, cut and Stickled the images. They are all FULL of glitter! I don't get to use my Stickles much in the boys albums, so I may have went a little overboard, but that's ok! I'm happy! The cardstock came from my scraps, and the letters are some that I've had for years. Seriously, I think this is my favorite page EVER!!
Ok, maybe not-I like this page too. ;) Not just for the page, but for the picture. I took it a few weeks ago at our church picnic at Clearbrook Park. Aaron loves to swim-he would live in the pool or the bathtub if we let him. He's always been a water baby. He was kind of pouting here because his mean daddy wouldn't let him "swim" in that dirty, nasty water! I just love this pic of the two of them. The paper and the "perfect" are from the SEI Doodley-Doo Boy line that I got at CKU 2 summers ago. I've been saving it for something, so here it is! The other letters are Making Memories rub ons. I cut the arrow out from a template that I got at the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree is awesome.
Here's my sweet little Alexander. He's so gorgeous I could just stare at him all day long. Even though he STILL isn't even close to sleeping through the night and I am beyond exhausted, I love getting up and cuddling with him in the middle of the night. The house is quiet-no crazy big brother running around or anything to do-its just me and Al. I might be sad when he does start sleeping at night! Really simple page. I used Pebbles Inc. papers, K & Co. chipboard, and some Studio G stamps from the $1 bin at M's. The ink I used is from a 12 color stamp set from Paintbox that I got at a yard sale. It was unopened and I got it for $1! I LOVE yard sales!!
I did most of this page last month at Happy Scrappers, but never got to finish it. That Aaron is such a stud muffin. ;) All of the Woody items and the "Horsin' Around" are all EK. The paper is Basic Grey and the letters are just miscellaneous chipboard letters that I had left over from other things. I sponged some ink on them-Studio G again from the $1 bin. Have any of you tried those? I picked up a few not expecting much, but I really liked them. Nice and juicy. Plus you can't beat them for a dollar!
I'm looking forward to a nice week at home with the boys. Might scrap again this week if I can get the boys to nap at the same time, but that normally never happens! I will start watching my girlfriends 2 kids at the beginning of November, so I'm going to take full advantage of all of this time with just my precious guys.
On a not so happy note-I would appreciate if you guys could keep me in your prayers. I had some pretty bad test results come back. I've been pretty depressed about it. So if you've messaged/emailed/called me and I haven't gotten back to you, that's why. I have thousands of emails from the past month and I just don't feel like going through them all. I've just been pretty down in the dumps and not too social. And my mind has just been in other places. But I'm trying to get back to normal...
And so I don't end my blog with something so negative, have you guys seen the full trailer for Twilight? How good does it look? I am so excited. I wish I didn't have to wait another month though. My hubby hates going to the movies, but he's already promised to take me as soon as it opens. I don't know if its because he wants to do something nice for his wonderful wife who gave him his 2 amazing sons, or if he's taking me because if he doesn't, I might hurt him. ;)
I hope you all have a great week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Danielle's Halloween blog candy!

Danielle has some super awesome blog candy-go check it out! Some great goodies!!

Sorry I've been slacking again. Things are just so crazy around here! Alexander has been keeping me up all night, every night, and Aaron keeps me super busy during the day. :) I do have some more pages to share though, hopefully I can do that in the next few days!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Aaron is a monster AND a conductor :)

Finally time to update a little! What a crazy week its been. My sweet little Aaron fell off the bed the other day and had the largest goose-egg ever. It was terrible. He just screamed and screamed. He cried all the way to the hospital. It was a nightmare. So my little man had his first CAT scan at age 2! Luckily everything was ok though, he was just sore. Poor fella. Alexander is over 8 pounds now-can you believe it? He is great, but he is such a horrible sleeper! I feel like I haven't slept in a month. Aaron used to fall asleep as soon as I put him to bed, and he would barely move all night. Alex is the complete opposite though. He grunts and groans and moves around all night long. But that's ok. I may look and act like the living dead, but at least I have 2 amazing boys, so its totally worth it! ;)

We had a pretty good weekend. On Friday my moom took the day off so we could spend the day hitting all the yard sales. It was great. I maybe had a handful of clothes left in my closet that fit after Alex came, but now my closet is overflowing! Everything looks or is brand new though, and I didn't pay over $1 for anything! Jamie even gave me part of his closet since mine is so stuffed! :) Here is my favorite yard sale purchase EVER-my $3 authentic Prada bag!!

I also finally got to start the "Twilight" series. I read Twilight over the weekend, then started and finished New Moon yesterday. I just couldn't put it down! I hadn't bought the 3rd book, but I'm going to go get it tonight or tomorrow! Can't wait to finish the series. Also, for those of you that are local, I encourage you to visit Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown. I haven't been there since I attended Shepherd College right out of high school. I was so impressed. Not only are they a regular book store with all the current releases, but they also carry used books, and their kids section is AWESOME! I am planning on taking Aaron there sometime next week. So please go visit!

On Saturday I was lucky enough to attend my monthly HappyScrappers meeting. It was so much fun. I haven't seen my scrappin' buddies in months, so it was so nice to be able to get together! Plus I was able to escape the house for a bit, and I also finished 5 pages, which completed my weekly goal. Here are a few of them-will show the rest a little later!

This is a photo I took of Aaron playing at his train table one day. I used some Thomas papers for this page. The letters are my $2 Karen Foster Snap-stamps that I got at the GASC. I also added some adorable Queen & Co train brads.

These are some photos I took at our Memorial Day picnic. Aaron was VERY unhappy because he didn't want to eat-he wanted to play! The papers and the dinosaur stickers are all Reminisce-love them. The letters are really cool puffy epoxy stickers that I got on clearance at M's, but I can't remember who makes them. It might've been Making Memories. I don't know, but they're cute!

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That's all for now. Now I just want to leave you with this adorable video! This is Aaron going playing on the slide during our church picnic at the park. Aren't I the luckiest mom in the world?! Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, September 12, 2008

FAB Blog candy!

Please go check out Misty's blog! She has some fabulous blog booty up for grabs, plus her blog rocks! :)

Sorry I haven't been around much. Been a crazy week with a cranky baby and a trip to the ER with Aaron. Will elaborate more later. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Oh Brother!

Ok, I know I'm a tad bit biased, but aren't my boys beautiful?? I can't believe I get to wake up everyday to these little guys. Oh, life is wonderful!
As usual, my photo is crooked. :P Not too many different products used. The paper is Reminisce-I just love them!! They're papers are great and totally "me"! The cardstock is from EK, and you can't see it in the pic, but it has different little specks of color in it. The letters are a bunch of miscellaneous chipboard, and I just painted in with brown acrylic paint. Easy Breezy.

Ugghhh, I could just look at these photos forever! Better yet, I think I'll go cuddle with my boys a bit before bed. :) Have a great night and rest of the weekend!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Blog Candy

Jen at Scrappin in my Spare Time is giving away an awesome blog candy. Those papers are absolutely delicious! Go check out her blog to see her awesome projects and take a chance at her yummy candy. :)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Aaron's First Egg Hunt!

Here is a layout from Easter-I'm so behind! This was Aaron's first Easter egg hunt, and he had a blast. He did not want to give his eggs back!! He wouldn't even let me count them, he kept throwing his body over all the eggs, lol. My kid is a trip.
Both patterned papers are from Moxxie. I love how it shows you the front AND the back of the bunny. :) Too cute. I cut the letters with my Opposites Attract cart, which has quickly become my favorite font cart. I've don't 3 layouts just this week with OA, and they are all completely different. I cut these with the upright circle feature. You can't see it in the photo, but I also inked the edges of the mat and the circles with light blue Studio G ink that I got for one whole dollar! Studio G is awesome!

Well, that's all for now. I'm hoping to finish a layout of the boys first photo session at home together today! I'm going to use the same photos in both of their albums, so I think I'll just do the same layout twice, then I can move on to something else! I'm hoping to post something later today or tomorrow, but if I don't get time to, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! The four of us are having a quiet family day at home tomorrow, then on Sunday, Jamie and I are heading to Kings Dominion for a nice grown-up day at the amusement park. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Cousins

Here is a layout of Aaron and one of his favorite people-his cousin Lexy. Sorry the photo is so bad-I have such a hard time getting a decent pic in this house! Everything looks crooked, but its not in real life (I even double checked!), its just the way I had the page. The "cousins" paper was from Reminisce-I just LOVE their papers! They're one of my favorite companies! I also used my threading water punch for the very first time! YAY! The letters are Scrappy Cat Stamps that I got from M's the other day for $2.99 plus 40% off! What a deal!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Four wheelin'!

Well, now that the boys and I are in a routine, I've set a goal of completing 5 layouts a week. So far, I've done 5 in 3 days, so I'm pretty happy with myself! Here is one I completed last night of Aaron and my granddaddy taking a ride on the 4 wheeler! The paper and the stickers are all Karen Foster. I wish you could see it better, but there is a large tire sticker at the bottom which is super cute. The rub ons are from TLC. I also added a few brads to the stickers.
I finished 2 other pages today, but I will wait until tomorrow to show them! Aaron and my hubby have overtaken our television to watch the Giants game, so I am taking advantage of this to go to bed early, curl up in my pjs and watch a movie! Hope you all had a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"The Stork"

My very best friend ordered us a stork for the first week Alex was home. Isn't he cute?! Unfortunately Alex didn't come home when he was supposed to, and we were only able to take one picture all together, the night before they took the cute guy down. I wish we had gotten a better photo, because it was getting dark and its just not a good pic! But I guess it will have to do. :) So here is the layout I made. The paper is Pebbles Inc. I love the colors! I used OA for my title (although I need to do something extra to it because its kind of blending in a bit). My little stork is Jolees, and I ticket punched my pic and mat.

Having a relaxing day at home today. YAY! Have been trying to redo the boys rooms, so I'm going to work on that and clean the house a little. Hopefully will spend some time in my scrap room later if I can get Aaron to nap when Alex does! :) We'll see! Thanks for stopping by!