Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Macaroni Eyebrows

While we were eating dinner, Emma held up two pieces of bow-tie pasta and exclaimed, "Look! I have eyebrows!"

Friday, June 26, 2009

Me and My BFF, Robyn!

Pinky is hosting a fabulous new challenge in the SCS Stamping Bella Forum. It's called Bella's Scrapbook Challenge, which you can see here. The inaugural challenge was to make a scrapbook page featuring your BFF, using at least one photo, one title, one journaling piece, and one Stamping Bella image. Mine turned out to be a four-page spread, and I am "Tickled Pink" with it! (I used the CTMH Tickled Pink Scrapbooking Kit. The image is Best Friends Forevah by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella. Click here to see my supply list.)

I met Robyn in Colorado in 1999 when I was her son's 3rd grade teacher. Two years later, she became a 3rd grade teacher at the same school. We've been BFF ever since! I was devastated when I had to move from CO to MA. I miss her soooooooooo much!

The first photo is of me and Robyn in Robyn's classroom a few days before I moved. Robyn came to visit me two months later. In the second photo, we are in Cheers in Boston.
That summer, we planned our family vacations together. We went to Maui! The first photo shows us poolside. In the second photo, we are at The Plantation House to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary with Rick. Robyn's parents were also there, as was my brother, Bill, and my SIL/BFF Lori (whom you know as scrapinglori on SCS).
I went to CO for Robyn's 40th birthday. We hit our favorite restaurant and then spent a few days in Beaver Creek with Robyn's mom. In the bottom photo, we are on Maui again. And yes, I get really dark in the sun! (Robyn, we MUST go back to Maui! Busy tomorrow? LOL)
This is such a sentimental photo for me. Here Robyn and her husband, Justin, met my grand-daughter, Emma Grace, when Emma was one day old. How sweet is that? The blank spot is for a new photo I plan to take when Robyn comes to visit me in two weeks! We haven't seen each other in two years, so this visit is long overdue.
Pinky, thanks for such a fabulous challenge!

Robyn, I'm counting the days!

Bella Birthday Bash Challenges

In honor of Em's (Stamping Bella's) Birthday, we enjoyed a huge Bella Birthday Bash last night on SCS! As part of the fun, we were issued two challenges.

Sparkle gave us such a fun challenge: in honor of Em's 37th birthday, we were to use 3 embellishments (I used three types of embellishments, not just 3 pieces) and 7 layers. I had so much fun with this! And I LOVE this stamp. She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. Guess that's why she's called Elizabella! I paper pieced her dress. (See my supply list here.)
Shannan gave us a wonderful sketch. Tutuface by Tiddly Inks is one of my favorite stamps. She seemed perfect for this challenge! (See my supply list here.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bella Birthday Blog Skip, Hop, and Dance!


In honor of Em's birthday, we are having an awesome Bella Birthday Blog Skip, Hop, and Dance! If you've just happened upon my blog, click here to start from the beginning.

During our Ketto Blog Hop, some ladies mentioned that they'd like to see a simple, fast, and inexpensive project. So I've got one for you! I found a large Nicole Crafts Takeout Box at AC Moore for 99 cents! They stock several colors. Michael's and Hobby Lobby have them, too. They are available on the internet as well.
I wrapped black grosgrain ribbon around the edges. I used Stamping Bella's Cuppacakeabella and cut her out with a "silhouette" shape. I added some Prima flowers and Bella's Dots. I made a thick layer of frosting using Cotton Candy Stickles. Then I wrote a message with a Sharpie. This literally took 15 minutes! It's definitely simple, fast, and inexpensive! Of course, you can add as much flair as you'd like: some DP, more embellishments, etc. It's a great project for any level stamper. The best part is that you can fill it with fun surprises!

Now for the REALLY exciting news: there is a prize hidden somewhere along this Blog Hop! One pre-selected and secret blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $40 gift voucher to Stamping Bella! Be sure to leave a comment on every blog so that you have a chance to win!

Now skip, hop, or dance (or all three!) over to Michelle's blog. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Em!

Christy Croll (aka Tiddly Inks) created this fabulous digi-image in honor of Em's (Stamping Bella's) birthday. This image is soooooo Em! Some of the Splitcoast Sistahbellas used this image to make cards for Em. Of course, I wanted mine to be funky and sparkly! Em's signature colors are black and pink. My favorite color is purple. And we both LOVE bling! (See my supply list here.)

Happy Birthday, dear Em!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Pretty in Purple

Sorry for the blurry photo! I'd retake it, but the card has already been sent. Not too sure about the skin color. It's Copic's Orientale, but it looks a bit too dark. Hmm... (See my supply list here.)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

You Color My World

I needed a fast and simple card, and this fit the bill. She is so cheery, isn't she? (See my supply list here.)

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Perfect 10!

Emma is taking gymnastics lessons. It's hard to get any good photos because of the gym lighting, but I had to try. Emma's the cutest little gymnast EVER! I love the leotard!
Emma LOVES the trampoline. She is convinced that her crib mattress is one. LOL
Miss Carly is trying to teach her to do a forward roll.
Emma loves to climb anything! This photo is out of focus, but I am a grandma so I think it's perfect! LOL

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, Rick!

Emma gave Papa lots of hugs and kisses.
Emma shared her Finding Nemo fruitsnacks with Papa. That was a gift in and of itself!
Emma, Rick, Brittany, Keaton, and Brennan
Me and my sweetheart!
I told Rick that this photo proves that we NEED to go to Hawaii to get some sun! LOL

Life is Sweet!

Emma adores her uncles! Here she is with Uncle Brennan. Does life get any better than this?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Me Treasure Box

This is for CCBJ16. I flipped the sketch to accommodate the image.

This stamp is too cute! It's Little Johnny Deppster by Tiddly Inks. I made this for a girlfriend who likes pirates. Can you guess who she is? (See my supply list here.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Little Lady and Her Ladybug

This feels so bright and cheery to me. And you know how I am about ladybugs and daisies! (See my supply list here.)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Monstah Bash

This is for BSC78 on SCS. I love Jamie's sketches! I flipped this sketch on its side to accommodate the image (Monstah Bash by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella). To get the distressed look on the blue panel, I used CTMH cardstock (which has a white core), embossed it with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, then lightly sanded the surface. (Click here to see my supply list.)

Hmm...what's up with Blogger? This photo looked fine until I uploaded it. :(

Wishing you a happy day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tricycle Built for One

Emma is learning to ride a tricycle!
She is extremely independent and she wanted to do it by herself, until she ALMOST tipped over. She didn't actually fall, but she was still scared. Poor baby!
But her adventurous spirit took hold, and she got right back on and insisted on riding it solo.
You go, girl!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hangin' Out

Emma loves to "hang out" (her words) with her Papa and her Uncles. The fact that they adore her is probably why! Here she is riding the carousel with Papa at our local mall.
Here she is reading with Uncle Brennan.
Here she's cuddling Uncle Keaton as they watch The Lion King.
Here she is riding the carousel again, this time with Uncle Brennan. She kept waving to me and saying, "Hi, Giffy Giff!"
Life just keeps getting sweeter!

Have a Fabby Day!

I've been busy making cards to send to our troops. I am mostly making cards for our soldiers to send to their children. The little girl in me absolutely loves this stamp (Fabby by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella). What little girl wouldn't love her? I used last week's Stamping Bella Bellariffic Friday sketch. (Click here to see my supply list.)

May you have a Fabby Monday!