Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rockin' Monster

This is the final card I made over the weekend. I'm not sure how I feel about it. The monster stamps have kind of 'fuzzy' lines (so the monsters have hair) but I'm not loving the way it looks. It makes my coloring look sloppy.

I tried something a little different on this card. The image is actually stamped many times in order to allow the tail to flow off the main panel and onto the the other panel. Then I stamped the tail itself again...colored it and adhered it with a pop dot.

I'll try to get more stamping done sometime soon. So keep checking back.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Smile Monster

This is a virgin monster! Did you know they still existed? The poor stamp had never lied down with an ink pad. I figured it was fine time for that to happen. LOL. So, now that he's not a virgin anymore...he's a smile monster.

I don't know if you can tell it or not, but the eye is stamped a second time and then I popped it up with dimensionals. I got the set of monsters at Joann's. I can't remember who makes them. I want to say it's Impression Obsessions or something like that? The greeting is from Hero Arts.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I think I'll hang on to you!

I have a lot to share this week. I went on a bit of a cardmaking spree. And I have some other pics to share as well.

So first of all, let me share a card to get the ball rolling...

On the inside of the card it says: "I think I'll hold on to you".

This is a Stampendous Changito stamp...I think it came out around Father's Day time. I don't own it, but was lucky enough to have someone send me some images. It's SO cute! I colored it in using prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I love how the jeans look worn. To do that I only put color around the edges and blended towards the middle leaving the middle lighter. Here's a close up of the image.

On the personal front...I thought I'd show you what my Friday night was like. Take two boys, add a friend, two bedrooms across from each other, and MANY blankets/towels/etc later and this is what you get.

See the "firetruck"? It is the bridge between the two bedrooms. They can enter the 'fort' from either bedroom. The second bedroom has most of the fort in it.

And here you can see just a TINY bit of the corner of the firetruck and then the rest of the fort in the second bedroom:

It seems every weekend (and many weeknights) I end up with at least 1 if not 2 extra kids. Most the time I don't mind. But lately, I swear they are eating me out of house and home. Don't other people feed their kids? Or is it just that my food tastes so much better? The neighbor girl was telling my youngest son how lucky they were because I buy good food and I don't make them clean the house. I keep telling my kids they are spoiled but they don't believe me (of course).

Today I am off to the pet store to get baby crickets for the lizards the kids caught. Super mom to the rescue! LOL.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Turtle Thanks!

A friend of mine gave me some little turtle earrings. So, I decided she needed to have a turtle thank you card! :-) I have at least 3 turtle stamps but I liked this one best for this particular card.

What do you think? I loved the bright colors and the fun image.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Retail Therapy

What does one do when they have excess cash from their tax refund? They enter into an agreement to do some RETAIL therapy! LOL.

I went and got new bathroom stuff (curtain and towels) for my bathroom. I like the blues/browns.

Very peaceful. Don't you think?

Now I wish I could convince the boys to use THEIR bathroom so I could have mine all to myself. But they like my bigger tub so I guess I am destined to share my bubblebath with 8 plastic hippos looking on. LOL.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wrong Baby

If you know me at know I love country music. For the most part, I enjoy both the musicality and the lyrics. I grew up on the old stuff...Johnny Cash, etc. Once in a while a song comes along that speaks to me. The lyrics in particular. At different points in my life I've had a 'song' that went with that part of my life.

I recently heard this song (Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong) by Martina McBride. It spoke to me. It is probaby written more for the one who has been left in a relationship (not for the initiator) but when a relationship comes to an end both people go through the same grief emotions. And that is what this is about...feeling the hurt but moving on to better things.

Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong
Martina McBride

Wrong baby wrong baby wrong
It ain’t the end of the world
Don’t you worry pretty girl
Cause now that he’s gone baby gone baby gone
You got nothing to lose
Count the minutes if you want to
It won’t be long baby long baby long
‘Til you find somebody new

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That’s what we all do
But if you think you’ll never move on you’re wrong baby

Cry baby cry baby cry
Go on and let it all out
I ain’t leavin’ you now
And we can fly baby fly baby fly
Let’s share a bottle of wine
We can laugh about the good times
And you’ll know why baby why baby why
It’s gonna be alright

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That’s what we all do
But if you think you’ll never move on you’re wrong baby wrong

Oh you ain’t gone
baby wrong baby wrong
There’s nothing wrong with movin on
When you know he’s good and gone

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That’s what we all do

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That’s what we all do
But if you think you’ll never move on you’re wrong baby wrong
You’re wrong baby wrong
Wrong baby wrong baby wrong

Sunday, April 18, 2010

How's Everything At Your End?

Yesterday I'd taken my oldest son to 'How to Train Your Dragon' and we stopped at GameStop afterwards and got both boys a new game. So when we got home they were both occupied and I used some of the time to make a couple cards. This one is based off last week's sketch challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.

I turned the sketch sideways...but other than that it's pretty true to form. What do you think?

The image is from Clear Dollar Stamps. The horse's name is 'Charlie'. If I remember right I think it was about $5 for the horse and the saying. I used prismacolor pencils (light umber and dark umber) to color Charlie. I left the mane area white because I liked the way it popped.

I also made a second card that is a thank you card for a friend but I'll post that another day. Thanks for hanging in with me while I'm not posting on a regular basis. :-)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Whoo Hooo!

I am going to toot my own horn here. About 3 months ago I went to the doctor. She had tested my vitamin D levels and said I was deficient and to start taking a supplement. She also suggested I try to lose some weight (no big surprise at that suggestion! LOL!)

With everything going on in my personal life I didn't have the energy to try and do the full 'weight loss mode' thing. But I did decide to try and eat healthier. Cutting out most sweets and most soda (limiting it to my morning caffeine). I've also started walking and joined a gym.

So, yesterday was my follow up appointment. According to my home scale I'd lost 10 pounds. So I was happy when their scale actually said 16 pounds. She retested the vitamin D levels and they've dropped even further. So now she has me on a prescribed dose to try and get it up in the normal range. One of the effects of vitamin D deficiency is lack of energy and signs of depression. So hopefully once we get the levels up maybe I'll have more energy to go work out at the gym and lose more weight! :-)