Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's The Beeez Kneeez Blog Hop!

I told you that you'd be seeing more of this awesome kit today! (BTW, there are only 5 of these kits left, so if you want one click here.)

I am so excited to be part of this blog hop! You should have come to me from Ashley. If not, you can catch up on what you've missed at the bottom of this post.

When I first opened my Beeez Kneeez kit, I thought I'd be making lots of cards with it. But as I was working on my first card (posted yesterday), I just knew that I had to use the kit to make a scrapbook layout of my 3-year-old granddaughter, Emma!

When Brittany (my daughter) was pregnant, she showed her middle-school students her first ultrasound photos. They thought that the baby looked like a jellybean. They created a little "Countdown to Jellybean" poster marking off the days. So "Jellybean" became the baby's official nickname. After Emma was born, Brittany changed her nickname to "Emmabean." Hence, the title "Emmabeen" on the page~and doesn't that fit perfectly with the goodies from this kit? Besides, I can never pass up an opportunity to scrapbook my sweet little darlin'!
Everything on this layout is from the Beeeez Kneeez kit, except for the base papers (which are CTMH Sunflower), the photo mats (which are CTMH Garden Green), the yellow Stickles on the bees, and the VersaMagic Gingerbread Chalk Ink I used for distressing. The photos were all taken in my backyard. It's nice to have a grandchild as my excuse to own a swingset! LOL My favorite photo is the one of Emma admiring her new sandals.

Thanks for stopping by! Now BUZZ on over to Stephanie's blog!

Here's the complete blog hop list in case you need it:

Have a BEEutiful day!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Beeez Kneeez Challenge!

If you haven't been to The Caffinated Cropper's Blog, you simply must go visit! It's soooo fun and happenin' and chock-full of inspiring ideas! And Amy, aka the Caffinated Cropper, is just as sweet and as talented as can be!

I was all over the Beeez Kneez kit available only at this site. Once I had it, I couldn't wait to break into it! The challenge was to use the kit to complete any other blog's challenge. I chose one of the fabulous Mojo Monday sketch challenges, #130. The sad part is that I waited too long to upload my photo to the Mojo Monday blog and the challenge expired. Boo hoo! At any rate, this is what I whipped together.
Here's the inside:
Everything I used is from the Beeez Kneeez kit except for my Copic markers, the SU Scallop Edge Punch, and the CTMH Sunflower ink pad that I used to distress the edges.

The super duper exciting part of this challenge is that one lucky winner will get next month's kit FOR FREE! And next month's kit has something to do with cherries~yum!

As I said, I really love this Beeez Kneeez kit. In fact, you may just be seeing more of it tomorrow.

Have a good one!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Vicki and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I like a clean house, which is putting it mildly. Lately, migraines and a bad cold have caused me to seriously neglect my typical routine. We are hosting Easter dinner, so I had to kick the cleaning mode into high gear. I hung out with my family all weekend and enjoyed a bit of scrapbooking, figuring that I could get the house done during the week no problem. That's where I went wrong.

Started cleaning upstairs today. A little dirtier than usual, but I could deal with it. Rick usually cleans the showers for me, as I have severe allergies to many cleaning products. Well, Rick left for South Korea on Saturday morning, and neither one of us thought to check the guest shower before he left. Okay, so maybe it wasn't that dirty. But how can I let guests use it without cleaning it first? That would drive me nuts! (And trust me, that would be a short drive! LOL) So I decided to just clean it quickly, as if that would cause less of a reaction. Duh. So in my infinite wisdom, I doused the shower with a spray cleaner. I didn't even touch the stuff, yet my skin became torturously itchy and I had trouble breathing. Yes, I was smart enough to open the window, turn on the fan, and close the door. But by that time, I was wondering if I should seek medical help. Don't worry, Mom~I am thankful to report that I didn't need to call 911 and that all is well now. No, Emma wasn't with me, and at least the shower is clean! LOL

Then Emma woke up crying because she really wanted her mommy. I calmed her, but then she cried because the doll earrings (stick ons) I bought yesterday wouldn't stay on Lucy (her Bitty Baby doll). We got over that, had breakfast, and got dressed without further ado. Looked like we were on the road to a better day!

But noooooooooooo. We went downstairs and discovered that one of the dogs had barfed all over the family room. Unfortunately, we didn't discover the dog barf until Emma stepped in it. Yes, she was barefoot. (What fun would it have been if she'd been wearing shoes? She would have missed the whole squeezing-through-her-toes experience!) Of course, she immediately ran to me to show me what had happened~and although I find her tiny footprints quite endearing, tiny footprints made with dog barf don't have quite the same effect on me. Stepping in dog barf with bare feet would make anyone cry~and cry Emma did! I scrambled to lock Tiffany (the puppy) in her kennel to keep her from playing with the dog barf while I washed Emma's foot. Emma didn't believe that it was really all gone, so I had to wash it again. Then I grabbed the carpet cleaner only to discover that it was clogged with all kinds of yuk from previous carpet cleanings. I have no idea what kind of yuk it was, because it no longer resembled anything that I have ever seen on my carpet. So I had to clean the carpet cleaner before the carpet cleaner could clean the carpet. And it was only 11:00 AM!!! That's when I declared today to be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (which is an homage to the children's book by Judith Viorst).

So there I was, stuck in the middle of my literary nightmare, when a BIG box arrived from my friend, Christy~the darlin' who shops for and sends kokeshi dolls to me from Okinawa, Japan! Nothing like some new dolls to rescue me from the plot of my day!

But that's another story for another day...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stepping Out of My "Auto" Box

My dad was quite the photographer. He even built his own darkroom! Back in the 1980's when he was at his photography peak, I wasn't too interested in learning, even though he would have loved to teach me. That's a decision I deeply regret. I love taking photos now and wish I had let him mentor me while I had the opportunity.

I have two cameras that I love to use (a Nikon D100 and a Canon PowerShot G10). I've had the Nikon for 11 years and the Canon for 7 months~and I must admit that they have rarely been off of the "Auto" settings. I finally realized how goofy it is to have cameras that I don't really know how to use. My SIL, Lori, convinced me to enroll in an online digital photography class. I am so glad I did! It's a 7-week course called Oh Shoot Photography and can be found here. Lesson 1 was to shoot a moving subject with a slow shutter speed, which produces a softer, more "blurred" image and can capture the essence of the movement. Then we were to shoot the movement again at a fast shutter speed.

What better moving object to photograph than the cutest grand-daughter on the planet? LOL
I used my Canon G10 primarily because it fits in my purse and was easy to take along for this assignment. LOL This was shot at a shutter speed of 1/60, which means the shutter was open for 1/60th of a second. (Hard to believe that's considered slow!) Check out Emma's hair.
This was shot at a shutter speed of 1/250. Notice how crisp and clear Emma is, including her magic wand (aka the stick).
In addition to a weekly technical assignment, there is also a weekly creative assignment. This week, the assignment was to take a photo in your town of something you have never photographed before. I live in the country and wanted a photo depicting that. I also love to take photos through branches and of water reflections~I really like the "artsy" look I get. So when I spotted this at the end of my street, I knew I had found my shot.
I can't wait for next week's lesson! Lori, thanks for talking me into this!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Monday, March 22, 2010

FUN weekend!

The weather was gorgeous! 70 degrees, perfect for sandals and capris! Of course, it's in the 40's today, but Spring is just around the corner up here in MA. And Miss Emma is definitely ready for baseball season to begin! (Okay, so I am the one that's ready to watch every Red Sox game. Emma's ready for the cute hats!)
Well, Saturday wasn't too fun~spent the day doing taxes. But we spent Sunday doing fun things! Rick and I both need a new summer wardrobe, as nothing we have fits (a good problem when it's because the old clothes are too big!). So we spent the day shopping for clothes, followed by a leisurely stroll through Ethan Allen where we dreamed of the furnishings and decor we would love to have.

I did manage to get a card done for the Bellariffic Friday challenge. The task was to make a monochromatic card. No big surprise that I went with purple, huh? I love this new line of Izzie stamps by Tiddly Inks. They are just so darling! (Supplies.)
This morning I was excited to discover that I am finally in the local public library system. THey misspelled my name, but I am still excited! Mom, you can check it out here.

And two minutes ago, my younger brother, Mark, called to tell me that he and Nicole are expecting their second baby! Yippee!!! Congrats, Mark and Nicole! This will be my 19th niece/nephew!

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a fabulous Monday!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Keaton!

Today is my baby's 20th birthday! Here's Keaton when he was 4 days old.
This is the first time I have not been with him on his birthday. Boo hoo! I did get to talk to him and even tortured him with my singing voice. LOL Here's one of favorite photos of the two of us. This was taken last September at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Here's Emma's special birthday message for Uncle Keaton.
Happy, happy birthday, Keaton! I love you!

Monday, March 15, 2010

My Mama Told Me, "You Better Shop Around!"

My Mom actually did tell me that in regards to shoe shopping. Other than that, the title has no significance whatsoever for this post. It's just a cool song by Smokey Robinson and sounded like a good title.

Actually, what my Mama just told me is that I had better post something new on my blog OR ELSE! Since my last post was over a week ago and showed pictures of Emma in the tub, my Mama is concerned that Emma's still there. So, to prove to my Mama that Emma is, in fact, out of the tub, here's what's been happening over the last week.

Emma loves to play with the dogs. Here she is with with Wylie~and she is clearly dry and out of the tub! LOL
Here she is pretending to be a beaver even though she looks like a panda.
Here's Emma modeling her very hip and stylin' sunglasses!
Rick traveled last week and sent me roses just becuase. See, Mom~after 30 years, he's still Mr. Wonderful!
My brother and SIL, Bill and Lori, sent Emma this adorable raincoat and umbrella for her birthday. I love the look on her face~she was pretending that it was raining in the house! Yes, we sang "Singin' in the Rain!"
Emma's cousin, Lexi (Bill and Lori's adorable grand-daughter) sent Emma these totally rockin' shoes! They are sooooo girlie! She LOVES them! They are all she'll wear now!
Audrey (Brittany's friend since birth, daughter of our dear friends Mark and Cheri) gave Emma a game called Pretty, Pretty Princess. You basically move around the board collecting your princess jewlery. Once you have all of your jewelry and the crown, you are deemed the "pretty, pretty princess." Of course, Emma loves this game and wants to play it every day.
Her favorite part of the game? Making Papa play! He may be my Prince Charming, but he is Emma's pretty, pretty princess! LOL
Brittany's friend, Kristin, gave Emma a guacamole-making kit and her own little apron. Emma loves guacamole. The only problem with this is that she eats it as quickly as she makes it!
We've reached an important milestone in our home, one which I have been dreaming of and anticipating for quite some time: Emma is now old enough to take ice skating lessons! Yippee! I have skated my whole life and still love it. Here she is during her first lesson. She loves it! I just ordered her some girlie skates, and I can't wait until she's big enough for some sparkly skating dresses! The best part is that she and I can now go skating together two or three times a week. Life is good!
Brittany attended a conference over the weekend, so Emma got to hang at Camp Giffy and Papa. Rick didn't get home until midnight on Friday, so Emma and I went on a date. Per Emma's request, we went out for dinner and even got dessert. Actually she got dessert and was gracious enough to let me have a bite or two! The funniest part was that the hostess gave her a coloring sheet depicting a chef named Tina. Tina happens to be the name of Keaton's girlfriend. When I read the caption to Emma she said, "Oh no, Giffy! They forgot to draw Uncle Keaton! Quick, draw him!" So I drew him, only to be informed that my drawing didn't actually look like Uncle Keaton at all. LOL Then we hit the Disney store. As her grandma, it was my duty to spoil her! Brittany disaggrees. But then I remind her of how much my mother spoiled her, and really, what can she say? I am simply carrying on a time-honored tradition! So needless to say, Princess Tiana came home with us!
Last, but certainly not least, Rick and I atteneded a surprise 60th birthday party for his boss. Everyone had to wear a costume from the 60's. Rick dressed as one of the Beatles. He wanted me to be a go-go dancer, but do you know how cold a mini dress is in MA in the middle of winter? So not happening! So I went as his groupie instead. Here's the best part: Emma keeps saying, "Papa, wear you hair! Its hilarious!"
So there you go, Mom~proof that I am alive and well and that Emma is no longer in the tub. Love you!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!

Oh, to be 3 again!
I love this picture~she was snuggling her rubber ducky!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, Arlene!

My dear friend, Arlene, celebrated her birthday last week. I've been lost in a migraine haze and forgot to post this on her birthday~shame on me! I did get to spend a day with Arlene shopping at stamping and scrapbooking stores, as well as enjoying a yummy lunch. I made this little caddy for her to keep on her craft table.
I love making these caddies! They are so simple yet so cute. I found the instructions on Hope's blog. (Supplies.)

Of course, I had to make a card to match! (Supplies.)
Happy belated birthday, Arlene!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cutie Pie

Jamie gave us another fabulous sketch! This is for BSC86 on SCS. I flipped the sketch on its side. I love the soft, fuzzy effect on the petals. I used Raspberry Fizz Flower Soft. (Supplies.)

Thanks for a fun challenge, Jamie!

Monday, March 1, 2010


The theme of Emma's 3rd birthday party was "wild animals." I used my Cricut and Animal Kingdom cartridge to make this card for her. The paper is CTMH Animal Cookies.