Monday, May 30, 2011

Baseball and Freedom

What a great weekend it has been here. We spent a very nice Memorial day today with our family. Tradition takes us to the cemetery for the Veteran's service and gun salute. We then head to Great-grandma's house for cinammon rolls - they are delicious!! We finish the day at Grandma's with a wonderful cookout (with way too much food!). It is a great day to remember the very special people who fought for our freedom and spend a day with our family.

Since it was a holiday weekend we decided a trip to Miller Park to cheer on our Brewer's was in order. I always knew that having kids was expensive, diapers for 4 was proof of that. But no one ever tells you about all the small things....finding a hotel room that allows 6 people, let alone has beds for 6 is nearly impossible. I finally did find a hotel room in Milwaukee that would work, they even had a shuttle for the game. So I called early Saturday morning to sign us up - too bad they only had room left for 5! Lucky for now our van still fits the 6 of us - although with the way the kids are growing, I'm not sure that will be true for long. Once we got to the game, we had a wonderful time. Sam got a batting practice home-run ball. Bernie Brewer was back (that made Luke's whole summer). The girls found the ice cream stand with the helmets of ice cream. And that was all before the game even started. An in the park home run hit by the Brewer's in the bottom of the first was so much fun to see. Then it was a tie ball game in the bottom of the 9th inning....Ryan Braun fouled off a ball that was headed for our section and wouldn't you know it, Kraig caught it! What are the chances? We even made it on tv! The Brewers finished off the game with a suicide squeeze bunt and scored. Best game we've been too by far!! It was a great kick-off to summer.

As for scrapping life has been busy and crazy, but I have managed to squeeze just a bit in. This is a page I had done for Sketchy Thursdays....too bad I went to post it a day late for the challenge. Oh well, at least I like how it turned out. The challenge was a sketch and a picture of some old china floral pattern coffee cups - I had just happened to get my kit that day and this paper was all I could think of - worked well:)



Monday, May 23, 2011

The torch is passed

Somehow my time as the brown torchbearer is over already! I am a bit sad but am super excited to announce who is grabbing hold and running with it. Since none of my in-person scrapping friends have blogs, I went to my online gals and the very first person who came to mind was a super talented lady named Laura Kayra. I met Laura online at the Scrap Room and have been blown away by her amazing pages. Check out her work at her blog Not only are her fabulous creations on her blog, but it is in 3 different languages so you can learn something too. I also want to give her a big congratulations on her recent engagement. Have a blast Laura - I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Here is a recap of all the projects I made for my time as torcherbearer.

I want to thank all the gals at Amber Ink for allowing me to design for them and also to all the other talented torcherbears who ran with me. It was a great month!

Have a great week - Enjoy!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

This is it!

I know you all have being on the edge of your seats waiting to see my very last Amber Ink project...This one uses the very first paper that I found when shopping on their site. Loved the bright orange flowers, very spring-like. I really love how they have 3 different shades of the same color and pattern. I used the muted orange flowers for the bottom. The "dream" stamp is also an Amber stamp - they have tons of one word stamps....I just resized it and printed it out on the bottom of my cardstock. Love it! The card is really very simple, but I am a pretty simple gal - hope you enjoy it!

So life here is crazy again - baseball season has started. Not sure who enjoys it more Coach Dad or 10 year old. They won their first game Monday night, well coached game by dad. Also well played by Sam - he pitched 2 innings and struck out 6 guys. Also had a walk and a big hit! Pretty fun to watch. They play again tomorrow, hopefully things go as well as they did on Monday.

My reign as the brown torcherbear comes to end on Monday. I can't tell you who I am passing the torch onto just yet, but I will tell you she is a super talented, amazing lady! Until then have a great day - Enjoy!


Friday, May 13, 2011


Here's my latest creation for the Amber Ink gals. It's a really simple card design. I used scraps of paper that I had used on other projects, punched them into squares and rounded 2 of the corners. I think I should have rounded the corners a bit and learn, right?

Today is also Aloha Friday over on the Amber Ink blog - Head on over and check it out - and if anyone wants to clue me in on how to post a picture from the web onto the links let me know so I can play along too:)

Have a great weekend and check back next week for my last project - I'll try to make it a good one. Enjoy!


Friday, May 6, 2011

Amber Ink #4

The ladies at Amber Ink are sponsoring the Totally Papercrafts challenge for the week. My fellow torchbearer Anne is a designer for their site. The challenge was to use 1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellies. Here is what I came up with:

I thought the owl digi stamp was so cute!! Added a few paper scraps for the background, 2 brads and a metal word and done! I am loving all the cards I have been making lately, what a great way to use up the piles of paper scraps I have laying around and now I have a stash of cards again. Nothing better than that!

Hope you all have a great Mother's Day weekend. Mine will be extra special. My oldest son Sam turnes 10 on Mother's Day. I'm not sure where the time has gone - he was 5 days old on his very first Mother's Day. So Happy Birthday Sam and Happy Mother's Day to all of you mom's! Enjoy -


Thursday, May 5, 2011

#3 continued

So I think the computer may be working now...let's hope I can get this card posted.

Finally - Have a great evening - Enjoy!



This week I made a couple of very simple cards using some bright, cheery paper from Amber Ink. The yellow swiss dot paper brought a little sunshine into my day as the weather last weekend was cold and rainy (at least the snow that did fall didn't stay on the ground). The first card also used the spin pin deconstruct paper for the circle under the buttons. The rest of the cards were made with scraps of cardstock I had laying around. If anyone would like to give me lessons on how to sew a straight line they would be much appreciated. For some reason the lines look even more crooked when I took the picture of the card. At least you know it's homeade, right??

So, for some reason my computer is not cooperating and will only let me upload this picture and not the other one. I will keep you in suspense until later on that one - hopefully I will be able to post it later today. This one an extremely simple card and great for using up scraps of paper and embellies!

Check back tomorrow, Amber Ink is hosting a challenge with TotallyPapercrafts. I don't know any details just yet but will let you know when I do. Have a great day - Enjoy!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Happy May Day!

They say April showers bring May flowers. I am not sure what April snow brings, but it is definately not flowers! I used to love making May baskets and filling them with flowers. It is a trait that was passed onto my daughter Grace. She spends hours picking flowers. Her and I were both disappointed this year that instead of flowers we had snow on May Day! Maybe we'll have to try for June baskets this year...

Anyways, I got to spend some time scrapping yesterday. Not as much as I would have liked, the yucky weather brought the kids home sooner than anticipated and also made me rather lazy. I curled up with my flannel quilt and a good movie. But I did get a few pages finished. They are both based on sketches from Sassy Lil Sketches. I am so impressed with myself - I got 3 of their 4 April sketches done and since they aren't usually due until the 5th, there is still time to finish them all!

Check back later this week for my 3rd Amber Ink project. Enjoy -