Saturday, November 1, 2014

Greetings from Batgirl and Spiderman

Hello friends! I am back today to share some pictures from our trick-or-treating festivities. The kids had a great time and so did we as we watched them run from house to house. We live in a very small gated community with only 88 houses. With zero lot lines, that means we can cover a lot of houses in a small amount of time. Since we live on the first street, that also meant the kids could dump their loot back at home before proceeding to the remaining streets. lol.
Before the sun set I took a few pictures of Leah and Josh in the front yard. Yes, it is just a few feet between the sidewalk and porch. If you have ever tried photographing little ones that are eager to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, then you know how hard it is to capture them not moving. I managed to get a few.
Joshua's costume was store bought. One of these days I will make him his costume. Sigh. I don't think he minded a bit though. When I brought it home from the store he was so excited.
I mentioned that I made Leah's costume. Again, it was nothing fancy. I found a template for the mask and adjusted it a bit to fit Leah's head. I used the same technique when I made the masks for the kids birthday party this summer. To make her skirt, I used this tutorial. I bought 4 yards of tulle and cut the length that I needed. I pieced together 8 yards and trimmed off the rest that I didn't need.
Originally I was just going to tie a simple yellow ribbon around her waist but then I came up with an idea to actually make her utility belt. I simply cut the ribbon to fit her waist, heat sealed the ends and added some Velcro for the closure. Then I trimmed pieces that were about 2 1/2 inches and slipped stitched the ends together to form 4 small loops. I pressed them flat and slipped them onto the ribbon.
For the buckle, I cut my oval and used the same technique for the mask. I used the small bat template that came with the mask and topstitched that on. Then I simply added Velcro again to attach it to the belt.
And yes, my girl is sporting flip flops. I ran out of time to figure out the footwear for her costume. Maybe next year I won't wait until the last minute. lol.
Leah once again made a sign for our candy bowl to let folks know that we weren't home, but to help themselves. She also decorated our pumpkins from the patch and added a speech bubble to it that read, "Take your candy and get out". Not quite the friendliest note, so I am glad she made up another one with some manners.
Because Leah is almost 4 years older than Josh, he was always one step behind. Poor boy. He very kindly told our neighbors when they opened the door, "No peanuts please." Mostly everybody had some peanut/nut free candy for our little guy.
I love this banner that says trick. One neighbor did not have any candy even though the young boy opened the door. We reminded Leah to ask him for a trick. The poor little guy couldn't think of anything on the spot. It sure made us all chuckle. I am sure he didn't think that anyone would actually ask him for some tricks.
This next picture showcases our best dressed house in the neighborhood. This family goes all out every year. I didn't capture the whole house, but you can see the chains and spiders in the windows. They have ghosts and ghouls hanging on the porch, bloody hand prints on their columns, lots of tombstones, webs and skeletons. Yes, the word "DEAD" is written in "blood" on the sidewalk with some splatters. And of course scary music playing in the background. It really is the haunted house of the neighborhood.
And lastly, you can see the loot. Leah's pumpkin is hiding most of hers, but she actually collected more than Josh and you can see just how much he managed to get. Quite a few people gave them full sized candy bars and one gentleman gave them each $5!!!
I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween. Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hello friends and Happy Halloween! Do you have any fun trick-or-treating plans? My kiddos will be dawning some super hero costumes this year. It seems like the super hero theme from their birthday party this summer has not let up. I have high hopes that I will be able to put a post together to share our festivities from this evening at some point this weekend. Fingers crossed.
I have also been rather busy this past week as I start a new job. I will continue to work at my old job as well since both jobs are per diem. There will be lots of adjustments in our family routine but it is all good. I am still learning more about fitness and finding new recipes to feed my family. Thank you pinterest for helping me! I have had a lot more energy (not that I was feeling run down before) and my heart is doing really well. I am so thankful for that. I have a follow up with my cardiologist in December. I think she will be pleased to know what I have been doing to improve my health.
This year I made Leah her costume again. It was nothing fancy, but I can't wait to share this weekend. I also made little mummy treats for the kids to give to their classmates and teachers. I wrapped mini chocolate bars with crepe paper, glued on some googley eyes and tied on a tag onto 38 bars! I would've normally enlisted Leah's help in the assembly, but this week was super busy so I worked on them late at night. Since I had today off, I squeaked in some time to finally create a card. Love this sketch from CAS(E) this sketch!


The CAS girl in me kept the panels white. I think I had that stamped orange striped paper for two years! So glad to use it on this card. I made those stripes using Three Line Border from DeNami Design. I love that stamp!!! The sentiment is also from DeNami. The sequins are from a bulk bag that I picked up from Michaels a while back. If you look closely, the raised panels were impressed with my PTI Linen/canvas impression plate.
That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, One stamp

 Hello friends in blogland! I am popping in today with a clean and simple birthday card. I am linking it up to a few challenges.
This week's CAS(E) this Sketch!  and Virginia's View: Clean and Simple and Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes.

To create my card, I used some leftover patterned paper I have been itching to use up. To create my border I used my Pretty Pink Posh stitched borders die. And the sentiment is from Altenew: Faux Veneers. The final touch on this card is some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Those of you that follow my blog may be wondering why there have been huge gaps between posts. You may recall that in the middle of the summer, I started having some cardiac issues. Well, after all of the tests were completed, my doctor put me on some medication and recommended exercise. Well, given that I haven't done that in almost 20 years, I have had to do some research and ease my way into it. The events that took place this summer have been a real eye opener. I have taken my health for granted. Thanks to some inspiration from my sweet friend Paulina, I have been making huge changes to the way I eat, feed my family, exercise and simply take care of myself. It has been a huge change, all for the better.
So, do not fear dear friends. My craftroom is not neglected. It's just not a busy as it usually is. Halloween is around the corner, so Leah and I will be busy making treats for her classmates and Josh's classmates. And I still have hope that I will be able to make Leah her costume this year.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Monday, September 29, 2014

U Rock! Happy Birthday

Hello friends! I know that it has been a while since I have posted. But no fear. I have a card to share for the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.
A friend of mine celebrated her 30th birthday this past weekend. Although I wanted to make her a card that actually had 30th on it, I opted to leave it out. Niki is a member of the rock band my husband plays in, ELEVATORS. She plays lead guitar and performs vocals. I really wanted to ink up PTI's Boy Basics: Rock On for her. And I inked up the back of one of my stamps from Altenew, Label Love to create the rainbow background. The sentiments are also from Label Love.
I have to say that she had a pretty rockin' birthday this past Saturday. She and the band had their EP release show and it was awesome. There was a great turnout and we all had a great time. Their EP Live to Find Out will be available tomorrow on iTunes if you would like to show your support.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Birthday

Happy Monday! Lucky for me, I had today off from work. That meant doing something I haven't done in nearly 2 decades...I went running! Actually, there was more walking than running, but that is the plan when you start a workout routine. I certainly did not want to overdo it, since I don't want be too sore tomorrow. So excited about this new adventure in my life.
 Onto today's card. It plays along with the current CAS(E) this Sketch! and CAS on Sunday challenge: to make a celebration card using sequins.
 For my card I inked up Tiny Tags II by PTI. I used some Buttercup twine from The Twinery to hang them using glue dots. The die cut tag behind them is Tag Sale #5, also from PTI. My sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays, Casual Elegance. And lastly, I sprinkled some Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish off the card.
That is all for me today. Work beckons me the rest of the week and now my new workout routine does too. I still hope to find some time to get crafty. Halloween is around the corner and I've got some costumes and treats to make.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy Birthday, Andy!

Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well. Today I have a card to share with you that I created for my hubby. Today is his birthday. That's right, 9/11. Today is a day of remembrance of what took place 13 years ago, but it is also a day to celebrate. I have been planning on making him his card for quite some time. However, my crafty mojo went on vacation somewhere and hasn't returned. Since I have been on my new medication, it has made me tired. So by the time my day is done, I head to bed instead of my craftroom.

For my card, I used the colors from the current colourQ challenge as inspiration. I did my best to match them. I used PTI's Boy Basics: Rock On for the guitar and the sentiment and stars are from Altenew Faux Veneers. The patterned papers are from gina k designs, CAS-ual Fridays paper pack and aMuse Studio. Since I incorporated these patterned papers, I am also linking up to Virginia's View Challenge.

My husband, Andy, has played bass guitar in our church band for over 10 years and he also plays in a rock band, ELEVATORS. They are gearing up for the first EP release which will be available on iTunes 9/30/14. Their album is called Live To Find Out. The record is available for presale on Amazon if you want to hear a preview. Unfortunately my link does not work so you will have to do a search to find them.

Happy Birthday, Andy!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Catching up

Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well. We enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day weekend: cooking on the grill and enjoying the pool.

With back to school, I know lots of people are creating for the Fall. I, however, am playing catch up on some projects that I never got around to working on from last February. You may recall that I shared Joshua's Valentine's album this past summer on this post. After the kiddos big super hero party, which was 3 weeks ago, I spent some time helping a friend create some projects for her wedding. So this past weekend I spent some time playing catch up.
I repeated some of the designs from the first album. I hate to lack in the creativity department, but the truth is, I really want to finish up these little projects so I can begin working on some other bigger projects. I used products from DeNami Design, PaperTrey Ink, and Altenew. I also used my Silhouette Cameo for the title. Yes, I stamped the hearts upside down or glued the "S" on upside down. Either way, I am okay with it. The ring clips are temporary just to hold the project together. I have a bunch of sliver ones that won't open, grrrr.
Every year I make these albums, I have the kids help make some of the embellishments for the album. Then, of course, I snap some photos of them being crafty. He scribbled lightly with the colored pencils. Leah punched out the hearts and painted them. He did glue everything on including placing the washi tape. Here is some of his artwork and hand prints which I always do for these albums as well.
Pause in crafting because he was mesmerized by what ever was playing on my phone at the time. I love that face!
Well, that is all for me today. I hope you have a great rest of the week! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Yesterday I spent the afternoon watching my nephew play some tennis. Boy, do I love watching him play. It also means that I get to hang out with my sister, too. Love that!
So I am popping in super quick with a card for the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. On Saturday, a friend of mine will be getting married and I thought this would be a perfect sketch for her card.

Although the theme of her wedding is a beach wedding, I thought I would create a rainbow card. But once I uploaded my card, I realized it is not ROYGBV, but ROYBGV. Oops. Since I had added some white in each of the corners, I thought I would keep the card as is. I think she and her man will be delighted, nonetheless, at receiving a hand made card.
I used my curved stitch border die from Pretty Pink Posh and adhered the pieces together. Then, using my rectangle nestie, I marked off where I needed to trim. Then I used the same nestie to cut out the black cardstock to adhere my trimmed cardstock. The sentiment is from Altenew Faux Veneers.
That is all from me for now. I hope you have an awesome week!

Monday, August 18, 2014

CAS-ual Fridays, Happy B-Day

Hello friends! I am popping in with a quick card for the current CAS-ual Fridays challenge. It is the last challenge for this year. As you can see by the challenge graphic, it is tic-tac-toe. The previous card I submitted, you can find here. My girlfriend delivered her precious little girl yesterday and I am so happy for her and her family. Blessings to you all!
For my card, I chose to play along with the top row: chevrons, black and sequins. The stars are from Altenew Faux Veener and the chevrons are from DeNami Design. I used a speech bubble cut file (Design ID #50306.) I simply deleted the text and added my own. Unfortunately the font escapes me at this time. The clear sequins are Pretty Pink Posh. They seem to be picking up all kinds of reflection in my craft room, but they are clear. This card will make it into the hands of my precious soon-to-be 7 year old, Leah, on Thursday. Somebody pinch me. Where did the time go?
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Superhero birthday party

Hello friends! I hope you all had an awesome weekend. On Saturday we had a joint birthday party for Leah and Josh. He turned 3 on July 13th and Leah will turn 7 on August 21st. Lots of photos, so bear with me. These are all courtesy of my sweet twin sister, Eva. If you would like to see a few more pictures of the party, you can head over to her blog, Capturing Our Days. She does an amazing job capturing life in photos. I am so thankful for her awesome photography!
You may know that I have been having some medical problems. You can read more on that update here. These last 5 weeks, I did not have as much time as I would have liked to create for their party. However, I was still pleased with how everything turned out. I used my Silhouette Cameo for almost everything. I did manage to sneak in some stamps for the popcorn treat bags.
When you walked in the door, the first table on the left held the thank you popcorm bags, capes and masks and one of the games (that we did not end up playing). I do not have a close up of the popcorn bags, but I used PTI's Tag- its #2 and Altenew Faux Veneers. I simply drizzled some Wilton melted candies onto the popcorn with red, yellow and blue color. My dear hubby helped to stuff them into the little baggies. Thanks Andy!!!
I used a speech bubble cut file from the Silhouette store (Design ID #29232) for the sign and the two fonts that I used for the party were Badaboom BB and Crimefighter BB. The sign reads "Thanks for saving the day!"
A Superhero party would not be complete without capes and masks. To create the capes, I used the neckline from capes they had received at a superhero party they attended earlier in the year. To cut the felt, I used this tutorial that I found here. It was a great way to use up all of the felt with very little waste. I also downloaded a star image and cut a 6 inch circle. I stitched everything!!! I made 19 capes and masks, so my sewing machine definitely got a work out.
To create the masks, I used this tutorial found here. Instead of taping the template down, I pinned it. I didn't feel like printing my mask image multiple times, so I reused mine. I loved the fact that they were super sturdy since they were lined with pellon. The kids would take them on and off and they still looked great.
This was the main dessert table. This is the main hallway from our front door that leads to the family room. The pictures on the ledge are always there. This year I decided to do something different and not create a birthday banner. Instead, I used another speech bubble from the Silhouette store (Design ID #50306). On Leah's picture it says, "Happy 3rd Birthday Joshua!" and on his picture is says "Happy 7th Birthday Leah!" I thought it was so cute so actually mimic the comic book print and have them wish each other a happy birthday.
On the picture ledge, I placed some comic books that Leah has received from Chi-fil-a, which was the inspiration for the costume she wore and the party theme. The center comic book image was a download. It was the first Spiderman comic cover. The figurines were also Happy Meal toys.
I can't seem to find where I downloaded the comic/lighting speech bubbles, but I used them everywhere. I used the Badaboom BB font and created a shadow with black for some depth. That was the most time consuming part of creating the decorations. I showed Leah how to used the glue pen and line them up offset to create the shadow. She helped me to create all of those cupcake toppers! That's right! Had I know her little fingers had the ability to do that, I would've enlisted her help from the very beginning.
I used my cut file (Design ID #37838) to make the cupcake liners. I have resized it a bit smaller to accommodate the baking cups I use. I used some Bazzil cardstock for the liners and the toppers. I made vanilla cupcakes using this recipe and the chocolate cupcakes using this recipe. Sweetapolita has some awesome recipes, so check her out! You can also spy some superhero inspired layered jello treats that I made.
This was also the second year that I enlisted Leah's help to make the marshmallow pops. We simply dip them in a little water and roll them around in sprinkles. She is such a great little helper!
One of the guests, my niece Havi, was quite impressed with those marshmallows. She kept her eyes on them the whole time she was there. I think it is a safe bet to say that she "ate" the most marshmallow pops. Head on over to my sister's blog to see what I am talking about.
The little white bowls were filled with sour candies we picked up at the Dollar Tree. So were the white bowls (which are out of focus) in the picture below. You can see them better in the first picture of the dessert table. And those ring pops...were a big hit!
I made a few pom poms to hang over the food table. Although I found a different tutorial than the one I have used previously, I stink at making them. I had big plans to make a bunch more, but stopped at three. Leanne's look awesome, mine...not so much. At this angle, they don't look terrible, but they never seem to turn out how I would like them to turn out.
And here is my sweet Leah. She requested to be Wonder Woman 2 years ago for Halloween. The costume still fit last year, so she wore it again. We tried it on at the start of the summer, and it still fit!! I made the headband, cuffs and skirt. I used PTI's Star Prints to die cut the stars. I have definitely gotten my penny's worth out of this costume for sure!
Here are all of the superheroes minus 2 of them.
We live in a small gated community with only 4 streets. So we gathered up the troops and headed out into the sauna street. We live near the end of the street and we were pretty thankful that no cars came through while we tried to photograph these adorable superheroes. Don't you love the action shot?
I love that you can see the superheroes enjoying their ring pops as we sand happy birthday to the guests of honor.

Some brotherly, sisterly love!
The final pictures are of some of the guests and their parents. I made a cape for the grown ups to wear as well. We had such a blast with everyone that attended 
Some of these parents are also in Andy's rock band, ELEVATORS. They will be releasing their latest album some time next month. If you want to read more about their band, you can visit .
Below are superheroes Matt, Nikki and Chloe.
Our superhero neignbors.
The birthday family.
Andy with his superhero mom.
Superheroes Ryan, Jenni, Landon and Audrey.
My sister's superhero family. My niece, Havi, is still holding her popcorn treat bag.
These last few pictures are of my twin sister and me. She is in the pink dress and I am wearing the Superman shirt that I made for just over $5. Thanks Hobby Lobby!
Of course I can't seem to remember what we were even laughing about. The last shot was a fun one. Nothing like jumping in skinny jeans and a dress and having long hair fly everywhere. Thanks hubby for putting up with us so we could get the perfect shot.
Thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law who helped tremendously with the food, cleaning up and watching the kiddos. Thanks sister for capturing our days.