Friday, October 31, 2008

Pumpkin Carving

Well, not exactly! Target had "Mrs. Potato Head" pumpkin sets! So Brittany carved the tiny one while Emma was sleeping. Then they decorated the other two together. Who knew that Mrs. Potato Head could be so pretty? LOL

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Baking Cookies with Mama

Emma and her Mama had so much fun making Snickerdoodles! As you can see, Emma was quite helpful. The cookies are yummy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Baby Storyboards

My SIL, Lori, showed me how to make one of these in August. The pattern was created by a CTMH consultant. I finally decided to give it a whirl. Of course, I couldn't make just one~I had to make four. I made them as a "new grandma" gifts. Each pocket folder has a different card that slides out. I used a pencil to write in the photo sizes that they can attach, as well as the word "journal" (which they can erase) where they can write whatever they'd like.

After making the four storyboards, I decided to that "quick and easy" was the plan for the accompanying cards. LOL This one is for a baby yet to be born, so I made a purple card. 
Stamp: All Bummed Out Baby by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella; sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: DCWV Baby Girl Stack; CTMH 
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Light Lilac, Bella's Favorite Ribbon in Polka Dot Lavender, 3-D Dots

These were a lot of fun to make once I got the hang of the pattern. 

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Camp Giffy & Papa

We are watching Emma for a long weekend. We've had lots of fun! It started out Friday night with playtime in the tub. She loved splashing Papa!
Papa used a colander to make it rain on her. She kept asking for more!
Here's a video clip:

Emma is really enthralled with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. We gave her Piglet as her sleepover surprise.
On Saturday, we went to the New England Aquarium in Boston. She called every fish "Nemo."

Then we took her to Boston's North End (aka Little Italy) for lunch. We dined at Artu's, our favorite Italian restaurant. Emma loved her tortellini alfredo! And what's a trip to the North End without a visit to Mike's Pastries? We bought cookies and canolis. Here, she is sharing a cookie with Papa.
She LOVED her canoli~a chocolate chip one. Yum!
Her favorite game is chasing Papa around the kitchen. Here's another video:

We watched "Finding Nemo" with her. We enjoyed it as much as she did! On Sunday, we took her to the mall. Papa HAD to take her to the Disney Store to buy her a Nemo! Of course, she woulnd't let me take her picture with Nemo. I guess she's tired of the 100+ flashes going off in her face since Friday. LOL But I did get one of her strolling through Macy's as she hugged Nemo.
Papa took her for a ride on the carousel. She loved it...until it was over. Then she cried and said, "Papa! Neigh!" (She thinks "neigh" is the name for a horse.) 

After Emma's nap, she hugged Papa and then we headed out to the backyard. 

Emma just said goodnight to her Mama, and she was sad when the call ended.
I'm not sure who had more fun: Emma, Giffy, or Papa!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Elzybells on Parade

Yes, it's Christmas in October~at least it is if you are making Christmas cards and listening to Christmas music as you work!

This line of stamps is so adorable! They're called Elzybells and are available here. The Elzybells blog is available here

The Elzybells blog hosted a Christmas/winter card challenge. I really enjoyed making them! Here are my entries.

Stamp: Ice Skater
Paper: CTMH Aspen
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Gold, SU Little Felt Flurries

Stamp: Mischievous
Paper: Snowman Checkers and Snowflake Stripe by Creative Imaginations; SU Brocade Blue and Pumpkin Pie
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: SU Ticket Corner Punch, Bella's Dots in Glitter Platinum, Liquid Applique, Embossing Gun, Glittered Rick-Rack, 3-D Dots

Stamp: Mark and Ela
Paper: Vivi's Mittens by Reminisce
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: SU Little Felt Flurries, Snowflake Brads, Stickles in Cotton Candy, Liquid Applique, Embossing Gun

Stamp: Girl with Sleigh
Paper: CTMH Chocolate and New England Ivy; Debbie Mumm's Harvest & Holiday 
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Garnet, Stickles in Gold, Scribbles 3-D Iridescent Paint in White Mist, Embossing Gun, misc. ribbon

Stamp: Christmas Dreams
Paper: CTMH Cranberry and Topiary; Cup of Cocoa by Frances Meyer
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Ribbon in Marshmallow, Stickles in Icicle, 3-D Dots

Stamp: Carol Singers
Paper: CTMH Evensong
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Poppy, Prima Holiday Poinsettias, Stickles in Icicle, Scribbles 3-D Iridescent Paint in White Mist, Embossing Gun

Stamps: Sprinkle Snowflakes, Snow Swirl
Paper: CTMH Barn Red; Alpine Snow Lace by KI Memories, Inc.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Starlite Silver, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Gold, SU Ticket Corner Punch, Stickles in Silver


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ice Skating~A Vacation, A Challenge, and A Dream!

Our beloved Em and Nicky are on a wonderful Stampin' Cruise! While they are enjoying the Caribbean, Shannan issued a challenge to the Bella Sistahs stuck on land: create a card (using any Stamping Bella stamp) based on a water theme. 

Well, my favorite kind of water is frozen~not in cubes, but for skating! So, of course, I had to use Glideabella! My SIL, Lori, made a Glideabella card for me in January. I have been a figure skater since I was a tiny girl, so I just HAD to have Glideabella! She was my first and is my favorite Bella!

Now, the story of my card: We used to live in Colorado. A few years ago, we went back to Breckenridge for a ski trip. I don't ski anymore, but I still skate~so of course we had to skate on Keystone Lake! It is a shallow,  5 acre lake that totally freezes. In fact, we could see fish frozen in place right through the ice! The lake is located at the bottom of the Keystone ski runs, so you can watch the skiers while you skate! They Zamboni the surface so it is like glass. There are hockey nets in several spots, so you can skate or play hockey. Skating on Keystone Lake is by far my favorite thing to do on vacation! Here is a photo of a small portion of the lake. You can see the ski runs in the background.

Here is my favorite photo~Rick and I stealing a kiss! My favorite tree is in the background~the Colorado Blue Spruce. Its an evergreen with touches of turquoise. It's beautiful!

The above photo was my inspiration for the card I made for this challenge. I sketched in a Colorado Blue Spruce, but it's hard to see because of the reflection off of the Liquid Glass. This card shows what I dream of while I sleep. Of course, in my dreams I have her shape and I'm an Olympian! LOL

Stamp: Glideabella by Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Aspen
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Taylored Expressions Ribbon, CTMH Liquid Glass, CTMH Waxy Flax in Vanilla, misc. buttons

Thanks for a fun challenge, Shannan!