Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Final Post for 2008

Well I can't believe that today is the last day of the year! Anyone have any plans??? We do! This will be the first New Years Eve that we will going out in all the 12 years we have been married! Should be a blast. We are going with my dad and step mom and step sisters/brother. As well as my brother and sister-in-law with my nieces and their boyfriends plus I know of one other friend who is going. Not to mentioned that the event we are going to sold 550 tickets so, I'm sure there will be a few other familiar faces. We are having dinner there at 5:30 followed by 3 different Yuk Yuks comedians. Then dancing and ringing in the New Year! I'll have to share pictures of us all dressed up tomorrow. But for now I gotta run, lots to do to get ready today. I hope everyone has a SAFE and fun evening and I wish EVERYONE a terrific new year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Where Do I Start???

First off, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I haven't been able to post for days and it has been killing me! We have been having internet problems and it has prevented me from posting and I have had sooooo much going on that I would like to share.

First for the bad news. On Saturday we had flooding in our bedroom. Yes our bedroom is in the basement. The worst part is we just renovated the room in the fall and have only been able to enjoy it completed for 2 months now. We put in all new laminates and they are ruined! :( Lucky it was only our room effected but nevertheless it looks like we will be doing it again. We aren't sure at this point if insurance is going to cover it and even if it does we don't know if the damage will amount to more then our deductible. We have been in this house going on our fifth year with no troubles at all. Nor did the owners before us. It was because the system just couldn't get a break from all the water that rained and then thawed all the snow we had. On Saturday we had 66 degree weather!! Just days earlier we were hit with a ton of snow! So BIZARRE!

Just because a picture is worth a thousand words here is a picture of us putting in the floor after we painted and then the finished product.

Every thing you see is brand new! From the furniture, to the bedding to the Ikea wardrobes! Unfortunately, we will have to uninstall the wardrobes because they are on top of the floors. Yes I'm crying.
Now for something that makes me happy! There are the fun gifts we gave the kids teachers for Christmas this year. I made one in blue and one in red.

Have you ever heard of Snowman's Soup???? It goes like this:

When it's so cold that you holler and whoop,
It's time to bring out the Snowman Soup!
Pour the packet in a mug.
Add the snowballs too.
And throw in the kisses from the snowman to you.
Now add some hot water and use the cane to stir it.
Sip slowly and soon you'll feel the warm winter spirit.
Isn't he the cutest??

And for some more major cuteness here are a couple of pictures from Christmas morning. Elliott with is puppy Biscuit, that Santa left him.

And this picture shows the excitement on the kids faces when they opened their Wii.

Now for some of my excitement. I'm so thrilled that I'm finally done this project! I've been working on it for quite sometime. This was our family vacation last summer (2007) This is my first big project that I have used my Bind it All for. It is amazing! Love it. Enjoy!

And lastly I want to show you what I got for Christmas. Anyone who knows this gal well enough knows that all I really would like for Christmas is scrappy goodness. But that can prove to be a very difficult thing to buy for someone who has a much as I do. So I asked for some racks from Ikea to do some more organizing in my room. Now, last year at this time I was VERY busily switching rooms with my son. I was taking his little bedroom for my larger scrapbook room. I was not to anxious about losing all my space but as it turned out I ended up with an awesome little room! These are the pictures of my room last year after the project was completed.

And here are the pictures that include my new racks. One is holding the majority of my punches over my container storage.

Then I have two addition sections on the other wall. Do you see my owl??? :)

Here I have my embossing powders, glitter, staz on, glimmer mist and stickles stored in the baskets.

Here I have some of my Prima's and paint.

I'm so thrilled with the space I have gained from adding these racks!

So there you have it. Sorry for the long post, but I hope it was worth it. Packed with lots of fun! (okay well for the most part!)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Spreading the News RAK from Triple the Sketch

Just sharing the love on this cold, windy, snowy total wintery Sunday, which is the perfect day to stay in and scrap!
Patter at Triple the Sketch posted a RAK on her blog for Unity Stamps, they are having a 50% of sale which I'm definitely going to go check out! What scrappy girl can have enough stamps!? NOPE NOT THIS ONE :)
I have lots of stuff I want to accomplish today in the scrappy department so I'm off! Cheers :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Blast of Winter!

Right now we are getting a great big blast of old man winter! Brrrrr! It is expected to last for most of the day! And all to happen on the very last day of school. Lots of fun. There is no doubt that we are going to have a white Christmas!

I just wanted to share the mini albums that I put together to give to our families for Christmas.

I should also mention that this mini album and the "Let it Snow" blocks from my previous post are going to be offered as classes at "Crop Til You Drop" in the New Year. Details to follow later.

Each one is slightly different. I had to use paper that matched the 3 different coloured Carousel Notes (the scalloped circles) that I bought from Stampin' Up. And of course I can't take complete credit for the idea, although I modified it for my needs :) It actually started out as a purse design. Just turn it over on its side and add ribbon for handles...can you picture it?

Okay(LOL) here is a picture of the one my Stampin' Up Demonstrator-Jackie Bultje made. Isn't it too cute?Here is the inside of one of mine. Sorry about the crappy photo. I'm really going to have to figure out my camera. I am not a photographer! I admit it! I'm a point and shoot girl ;)

These are hidden inside of the envelope. One on each side where you see the words "Forever" & "Always" on the tabs.So remember these are Christmas presents so ssssshhhhhhh! Don't tell anyone! ;) Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and wraps up all their holiday needs. Or if you are local, I hope you get to stay in nice and warm. Grab yourself a cup of hot cocco and let the creative juices flow! Cheers!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Look What We Got Last Night!

Yup lots of snow! It was a beautiful night! We all went out for a family walk after supper to enjoy the winter wonderland! And of course to make snow angels.
Now I promised some scrappy goodies this time. So here we are. A few things I have been working on the last few weeks. First off My "Let it Snow" blocks for our basement to go along with my snowman theme tree!

Then I totally lifted this from Davinie at CMK who designs for Pink Paislee. You can see her's here. Isn't it beautiful? I loved the Pink Paislee papers with it, but unfortunately that wouldn't have matched my theme so this is what I did.

How stinkin' clever huh? It was so easy to do too! The only thing was by the time I was done my hand was killing me from all the punching! But so worth it! Thanks for the inspiration Davinie!

Doesn't my pail of snowballs look perfect with Mr. Snowman? I love it! Next, is a challenge I did over at CMK. Lisa supplies us with a weekly sketch on Fridays to be put in a draw at the end of the month for all that participate and get it done each week by the deadline. Unfortunately, I didn't make the deadline, but this is the first week out of like the last 12 that I have been able to even touch it, so I'm very pleased. I sure hope to be able to do more in the future. This is the sketch: And this is what I came up with. I use the October kit also from CMK. Have I mentioned how much I love that place! It is the best! I'm so glad I found it. The ladies there are not only wonderful people, but they are so truly talented. And Lisa the owner is absolutely, fabulous! She puts up with me so that has to say something! :) LOL

I also have some mini albums to share that I have been working on for Christmas, so I will post them next time. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)