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Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy Day!!

Hello all! I'm up bright and early today. Do you want to know why? Because Sam had to get up and go to work! He left about 15 minutes ago, so it's very quiet here. All the kids are still sleeping, so I have a little time to myself before I get everyone up and we head out the door to Columbia. The reason I'm going to Columbia is very important. She's 7 years old, with freckles and reddish hair. She talks alot and ends most sentences with "Right, Mama?" or "Right, Daddy?" Anyway, she's been gone 3 weeks now and it's time to bring her home. The plane comes in at 10:30 AM so I'm leaving at 8. So this is really just an update about what's going on here. I'm not sure what I'll be doing later, but I'm sure Amanda will be telling me all about her trip to New York. But for now, I'm heading to the shower before the kiddos get up, so I'll talk to you later. Bye!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Last of the Pages

Well, Blogger is still not cooperating with me. As I'm typing, I can't see the pictures I've added, because they are in code, so I don't know what's what. I reposted Sammy and Amanda's pages because I added a journaling box with their name. For Bubba's page, I didn't have any more individual shots of him, so I'm going to have to get one or two more printed and add them later.

On the collage page I printed out the poem "How Do I Love you?"

How do I love you?
Let me count the ways.
I love you on your very best:
and very worst of days.

I love to see you laughing
And dancing in the rain;
And even when you lose your shoes,
I love you just the same.

I love to hear you singing.
I love to see you smile.
I love the way you take each day
In your own unhurried style.

I'm happy when you're happy,
And I'm sorry when you're sad.
And even though it may not show,
I love you when you're bad.

How do I love you?
Well, now let me see....
I love the way you act so brave
When you fall and hurt your knee.

I love to watch you sleeping,
Tucked away in dreams,
I love to hear you whisper
All your giant plans and schemes.

I love the way you wear your pants
With the front part in the back.
And the way you walk around sometimes
With your head inside a sack.

I love to see you deep in thought.
I love to watch you play.
And though I'm sure you'll never know it,
I love you more each day.

How do I love you?
It's impossible to say.
for if I had a million days and
Time enough for all the praise,
I couldn't tell you all the ways...

We just got THE CALL!! Sam is to start his new job tomorrow morning at 7:30! It is such a relief to have an answer to prayer. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More Scrapbook Pages

Here are some more of the pages I've been working on. I have 2 more that aren't quite finished yet, then I'll post those also. I'm not sure what the deal is with Blogger, but the pictures show up in the text as a code, so I can't tell what is what to arrange and tell about the pics. So again, there are no explanations about the pages. Is anyone else having this problem?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Scrapbook Pages!!

I was able to spend most of the day Saturday working on my scrapbook pages. It was so nice to sit and get back into it. It's been way too long since I have scrapped anything. Most of the time my pages tend to be more cute than anything else. I really wanted these to have more of a pretty elegant feel, because I think these pictures have such a timeless quality about them. I kind of based my pages on those that were in the SmileBox in the next post down. Of course, I had to change things up based on the embellishments I had and the sizes of pictures and stuff like that. I'm really happy with how they turned out. So far I have 6 done, and have 2 or 3 more to go. I'm having a problem rearranging the pics, so if they are in a weird order I apologize.

On another note, at church yesterday we had a huge blessing from all of our friends and family there. I want to say thank you to everyone for helping us out during a really difficult time. You have no idea what your help and support mean to us. We have been praying that Sam would find work, or that the Lord would show His will to us. Hopefully we will find out very soon if he got the job from the interview he went to.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

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I was fooling around with my pictures and tried my hand at digital scrapbooking. I think I may be hooked!! It was so easy!! If you don't like something, you just fix it, change the picture, whatever. Let me know what you think. Now I need to figure out how to print these pages as 12 x 12 so they can actually go into a book!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hello, everyone!! There are no new pictures to show you today. We've been up in Columbia at my Sis-in-Law's house for a few days. Sam is building a new swing set for their kids, and then we'll be heading home tomorrow. He has a job interview tomorrow afternoon. Please pray that it goes well. It would be such a blessing if he got this job. Things have been a real struggle financially lately, but the Lord had been good to us through family and friends.

As most of you know, Amanda went to New York to visit her cousins for 3 weeks. She's been gone for almost a week, and things are so quiet around the house. I knew she talked alot, but now it is SO QUIET!! What I miss most is her hugs in the morning. She usually wants to cuddle on the couch when she wakes up. She' such a sweetie pie!!

Well, there's not much else to tell you, so I'll talk to you later when I get home. Happy Stampin', everyone!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kids Pictures

Hi!! I just have a quick post today to show you some of my favorite pictures from Friday's photo shoot. If you'd like contact info for my photographer, just let me know and I'd be glad to get that to you.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

You Make Me Happy

I'm trying to get back into creative mode, and having a hard time coming up with anything, so I decided to case something from Stampin' Up!'s catty. I got the layout from page 118 of the Fall-Winter 2008 Catalog. I just changed out the colors according to what I had on hand. The circle and flower are chipboard pieces I colored with Craft ink. This is what it started out looking like, and I thought it was just too plain, so I decided to jazz it up some.

I decided to add Crystal Effects to the chipboard, that added a little bit more texture, but then I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over the Crystal Effects. I love the way it turned out. It's so pretty and sparkly.

The sentiment is a rub on left over from Sale a Bration 2 years ago!! I really need to use those things up!!

I thought this angle gave a better view of the full affect. What do you think?

Tomorrow I'm getting the kids pictures taken by a friend who does photography for a hobby, so I probably won't get back to you till the weekend. Then I hope to have some great scrapbook pages on the way!! See you later!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mojo Monday on Wednesday!!

As promised, here is my take on the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. I'm not in love with this card, but I do think it is OK.

The sentiment is a clear sticker from Cloud 9 Design. There are no stamps at all on this card.
Here is a close up of the quote and flowers from the Pretties Kit. I colored them with my Stampin' Write Markers, then used the Aquapainter to soften up the ink. Then they were layered and a half back pearl added.

It took me a while to get going on this one, but it has been almost a month since I stamped at all, so I guess it will take a while to get back in the groove. I already have one more card done for tomorrow's post, so I'll definitely be back tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Allison!!

Well, hello there!! Long time no see, huh? I'm sorry it's been so long since I last posted, but I just haven't had any Stampin' Mojo lately. But now I'm feeling the urge to get to my stamp room, which I cleaned today, by the way. I've checked out the Mojo Monday Challenge, and I'll be working on that tonight. In the meantime, I have this little birthday card to show you. Amanda went to her cousin's party a few weeks ago, which was a Build a Bear Workshop. When I went to make her card, I remembered this bear I stamped and colored way back when I was working on this scrapbook. I had him all cut out and ready to go on a page, and then decided he didn't belong there. So he was just laying around, feeling lonely. Anyway, as I was thinking about a party at Build a Bear, I remembered him and thought how perfect a bear card would be. So I stamped him a hat and present and this card was very quickly put together.

As I was editing this photo, I realized my watercoloring leaves much to be desired, but I'm sure Allison really didn't mind.

I used dimensionals to attach the hat and present, to give it more depth, tied a ribbon on, and voila!!
Now, I'm off to watch America's Got Talent, and then off to my Stamp Room!! See you tomorrow!