Thursday, March 29, 2012

My boy is 7!!!

My third born turned SEVEN YEARS OLD!!!! He is a constant source of laughter for our family and to be honest, he's probably gives me my biggest challenge in parenting. He's headstrong and tries to get away with doing the least amount of work possible. BUT he is also constantly loving and a wonderful playmate. He loves to snuggle with me and brings me wild flowers from his walk home from the bus stop. His imagination is enormous. I think he's kinda a class clown and definitely is excitable. He's a thinker and often comes to his own conclusions about things instead of just listening to the majority. Happy Birthday my boy.
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Movie: Sharkboy and Lava Girl
Favorite Food: Eggs, Grits and Bacon (mixed together)
Favorite Book: Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham
Friends: Ben, Jeremy, Michael, James
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Thing to do with your family: play board games
Favorite Place to go: Samuri
Favorite Toy: Ninjago Dragon
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Adams (PE teacher)
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Jump on the trampoline
He really LOVES Nijago right now...I scored this set after Christmas for a fraction of the original cost.
Not my finest cake hour but this was Aaron's request: A "square" cake, no layers, with Ninjago spinners all over it.
Jay is ready for action-watch out candles. Aaron also requested pancakes for dinner but I don't have any pictures of that because Jonah decided to be a monkey and jump on the couch after being told not to and he earned this badge of honor for all his effort. Three hours in pediatric urgent care while some dear friends came over and watched our other three AND made Aaron's pancakes.
More on this later. Have a super day ;)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Telesa: The Covenant Keeper

LADIES and gentlemen (if there are any that read my blog ;)). GO READ THIS BOOK!!!
The End.
(it's only 3.99 on your Kindle, such a steal)

Authentique Genuine Giveaway

My fellow design team member, Cristine, is doing a giveaway of some SUPER AWESOME AUTHENTIQUE paper over on her blog. It's the NEW GENUINE collection. All denim and chevron beauty. Head on over

One Scrappy Novice

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Super Sonic Drive In

Amethyst #5 sketch from Scrapbook Steals
 We live in a small town about 25 minutes outside of a big city. Basically, our "town" consisted of a feed and supply store, a McDonald's (ugh), a Dairy Queen, a Smith's grocery store and a Walgreen's until they put a Walmart in a couple of years ago. 
But now we're moving on up to the big leagues baby. 
We are now driving through our very own SONIC! I don't drink much soda any more but once in a while I crave a cranberry or cherry limeade. I love their real fruit slushes too(a gazillion calories I'm sure). They used to have this drink called an "orange cool breeze" that was sprite with crushed pineapple and orange flavoring. It was awesome. I did try their "Chicago Dog" when I had a coupon and was pleasantly surprised!
You would not believe the lines that this place had the first month or so. Forget it! I'll only wait so long for a cherry limeade ;) I used some of my Shimmerz spritz over letter stickers to get the title. I did "Sonic" first and then "Super". While the letter stickers were in place I used the bullet tip of my red Zig marker to give it a splash look.  The cherry stamp is from the Sweet Stamp shop and I colored that with my Zigs too.
I used lots of different lines of paper on this layout. The car paper is from WRMK, the yellow number: Simple Stories, red and teal: DCWV, polka dot: The Paper Studio 
I used my fiskars cloud punches as masks and then overlaid a wood grain cloud that I stamped with my Hero Arts set 
Ruffled scallops made with my scalloped scissors. Best $2 ever spend 6 years ago ;) Have a super day and I hope you get yourself an ice cold beverage and some scrappy time.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Always Stay Young At Heart: Ribbon and Washi tape flowers

I used Scrapbook Steals Amethyst #4 sketch by Kristy Lee for the basis of this layout. My daughter has a special friendship with this little girl. She's now growing her hair out so she and Caelan can match ;). They truly have such a wonderful time together.

Crate paper floral background. May Arts mustard grossgrain ribbon, and hand made washi tape flowers.

I used my Groovy Guava ink from SU to tint these pink Thickers a bit more coral.

Stamp on the tag using the Elements of Style stamp set in Wild Wasabi ink.

And thanks to my enabling friend, Erica, I have some new washi tape in my collection. I need to add the date to the journaling block but I can't, for the life of me, find my date stamp!!
Have a great week.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Family History: What does it mean to you?

I have an old college friend that recently started a business helping people with their genealogy/family history. I love finding out facts about my ancestry, but sometimes it's really slow going and there are roadblocks that you can't seem to get past.
I don't know why I have such a hard time finding information on my grandfather-he was a world war II veteran and came from Germany. There don't seem to be many "Ziemers" out there. It's always Zimmer or Zimer or Zimmerman. I did have a friend help me find a ships register with his father's name and I found out he had a half sister. AMAZING stuff.
So if you're like me and need help or are just plain interested in your family history check out Eowyn's Blog
This is my Grandfather and Grandmother. I'd love to know who the other people are (well one is my Grandpa's brother Rudy)
Malachi 4:6 says
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My fellow Authentique Design Teammate, Brenda, is having a give away on her blog!!!! Lot's of Authentique goodies.She also has a great tutorial on using your sewing machine on scrap projects.
Hurry on over. I think today is the last day.


Hexagon Map Card

Good morning to you!! I've had a crazy weekend which I'll share some details of in upcoming blog posts but first how about a cute card.

I saw this digital paper on Mel Stampz blog and I just had to print some for myself. She's so nice to share with us non computer literates ;) She's also SO SUPER detail oriented with her cards it's kinda scary-I LOVE IT!

I cut out some extra hexies and popped them up. A strip of washi tape and voila. CUTENESS!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Inpsired with Authentique Gathering

Head on over to the AUTHENTIQUE PAPER BLOG today to see an a layout  I made that was inspired by a wooden floor mat!!!

Monday, March 12, 2012



Yes, we think we're all that...NOT! Jenn came over to take me out for my birthday and said we should take pictures like all the young girls do. Fish lips, pouty lips, cheeks sucked in. You know you've seen it before ;) So we're being tongue and cheek...literally!!

 This layout was based on Scrapbook Steals Amethysty #3 Sketch by Melissa D. I strayed a bit but love it.
I thought the hangers would be cute because I was hangin' with my bestie.

American Crafts paper was perfect for the brightly colored clothes we were sporting.
The journaling will go in the pocket that says "a slice of the good life"

I pulled this title from a onsie I saw at my friend, Heidi's baby shower.

Do any of you ever have MAJOR issues with blogger letting you put things were YOU want to in a blog post? UGH! This is all over the place.
Have a sweet day.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bird's Nest Beaded Wire Necklace

I love these colors!

I wanted to make something really special for my friend for her birthday. I saw a pin on pinterest of these wire bird's nest necklaces and thought they were so pretty.  I chose different beads to represent her family members (I told her she was the blue bead and she said she liked that she was the biggest one and then I said that's because she's the boss ;)). Then I got to work building the nest. The pin is connected to a tutorial. You can find it here, Sarah Ortega's tut is so easy to follow!

Here's Tess modeling the finished necklace. She wants one of her very own. I think I can handle that request. Hope you enjoyed

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: Boutique Seashells and Birds

I have this basket of shells in the kids/guest bathroom. Not much to look at, eh?!! But then I saw this picture on Pinterest and a lightbulb went off. My shells could be special. Maybe not silver plated $130.00 special but close enough.

So I picked up a can of Chrome spray paint for $3.67 at WM and got to work.

The starfish doesn't have the sheen that the other shells have. I think it must be too porous or something. I have plans to make a shadow box with a bunch of these shells glued in it.

And then I remembered the birds I had bought some time ago at Salvation Army (one with a chipped beak) and decided chrome would be the perfect "color" for my birds.

What do you think?

Are they amazing or what!!???

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Create Blog Challenge: Confetti Rainbow

This weeks challenge was to use confetti on your card.
I had so much fun making this card. I've had this idea in my head for a do some pointalism styled cards with my paper scraps. I just dug into my color coordinated scrap bags and punched my little heart out. I thought a rainbow would be perfect for the upcoming St. Patrick's pot o' gold here though :)

I also continued the theme by adding dots here and there with my bullet tip Zig markers. The cloud stamps are from Hero Arts/Studio Calico. They fit perfectly into the fiskars cloud punches. I hand drew the hillsides with grass sprouts and then used my x-acto to cut them out.
Today has been a really good day. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to make some time to create.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The one with Tess' baptism: Authentique Uncommon

I completed this layout on Saturday while I was scrappin' with my gal, Erica.

I used to make tissue paper flowers a lot for my layouts and then I don't know what happened...
it felt so fun to meake them again for this EMBELLISHED layout about my baby girl's baptism

She is one of the sweetest people I know. Sometimes she'll throw a tantrum but it's very rare. Most times, I just want to be like her ;)

I hope your Tuesday is fabulous!

Perler Mania

So, what happens at your house when your kids have a day off from school and you're not headed out?

We usually do crafts. I love that these "magic" little beads are fun for my girl and my boys. My little guy can't quite get a handle on them yet but sister loves to share her space.

They made tons of things and had plans to sell them to their classmates (little entrepeneurs)...they ended up giving many of them to their friends.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Authentique Journey on Scrapbook Steals Today!!!!

Head on over to SCRAPBOOK STEALS to get a whole lot of JOURNEY today!!!!!!!!!!!!! The steal goes until 9pm tonight or until it's sold out!!!
Authentique Journey

Authentique Journey Collection includes:
  • 23 sheets 12x12 double-sided cardstock
  • 6 sheets 6x6 double-sided paper
  • 4 sheets noteables two-sided elements
  • 4 sheets excerpts two-sided elements
  • 4 sheets headlines two-sided elements- follow your dreams/on this journey together
  • 4 sheets headlines two-sided elements- adventurous girl/brave boy
  • 4 sheets tabloids two-sided elements
  • 4 sheets icons two-sided elements
  • 3 sheets petite type circle alpha stickers- brown
  • 2 sheets petite type circle alpha stickers- light blue
  • 1 sheet diction stickers
  • 2 sheets classic type alpha stickers- including alpha & number stickers

Also check out the SCRAPBOOK STEALS BLOG to see the new card sketch by the fabulous Kristy Lee and play along.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

S.I.P. Project with Genuine

I just love the idea of the S.I.P Project. To learn more about it please visit DeAnn's blog. The basic idea is that you give service and in return DeAnn does your family photos for free. I chose to make cards that I could help the gals at the local elder care facility put together. I have one more day to meet with them and my almost 9 hours of service will be complete and we will have made 90 cards or so.

I'm sure that I'll go back to visit with them and help them with more card projects in the future

I love that Authentique's Genuine collection goes perfectly with our family's photos. Honestly the denims are beautiful with the yellow.

I lost the "i" while out scrapping a LSS yesterday and finally gave up and made another one. Wouldn't you know that I'd find the original stuck to the bottom of a sticker sheet RIGHT AFTER I'd made the new one. :)

I hope the SIP Project as well as my layout inspires you. Have a great Sabbath Day!!!
This is also based off of Kristy Lee's Amethyst #2 Sketch for Scrapbook Steals.