Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spending the day with my favorite girl ...

It's Spring Break for Alissa and she gets to spend a couple days

with her Granny and Gramps! This afternoon we headed to

Confluence Park to feek the ducks.

When we got there, we saw signs all over saying

NOT to feed the ducks! What???

Why have ducks if you can't feed them?


We were dissapointed but had a lovely time anyhoo!

We walked around the lake and threw rocks into the water. Blue sky and sunshine for our day together..Wahoo! Wishing we could feed those silly ol' ducks and geese!

Sure do love this little kid..

It's always a good day with Alissa

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fun with my Stampin' Up Big Shot!

I brought out a favorite Sizzix Die that I've had for a couple years
and played around. No matter what you do with this die...
it always turns out cute!
Paper - SU Whisper White and Summer Sun
Scalloped edge punch and 1/4" whole punch
Embossing templates: Perfect Polka Dots and Square Lattice
Sponged the inner circle with Summer Sun ink & made dot with a black pen
Used SU Green Galore card stock and some plaid paper I had in my stash.
White gel pen for the border stitches.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Hubby loves me ...

I really love my Big Shot!
This machine has opened up new doors of creativity for me.
I was visiting a favorite blog last fall - Stampin By The Sea - and the editor of this blog,
Kimberly, posted a video clip of her craft room. (It is fantastic!)
One of the things she show-cased was a cart for her Big Shot and dies.
Storing my machine and dies had always been a problem for me so when I saw her cart ..
I knew I needed something like it!!
I surfed the internet and found a cart for $125.00 plus shipping and handling.
I called Joel in to take a look at what I wanted for Christmas - hee, hee!
His reply, "I could make that for $25.00"
"WHEN????" was my reply.
I know my husband and when he tells me he can make me something, I sometimes wait for months...years...you get the picture? October was the promised month - we shook on it!
In February this is what came out of his shop!
I love it! Worth the wait for sure!!

This little goodie is on wheels so I can cart it around my craftroom.
Plastic lines the table top for easy clean up and an smooth working table.

The side arms open for more working space
and any kind of paper scraper NEEDS more space!

This ended up costing him more than the original $25.00 estimated,
but it's just what I wanted.
On top of all this he made me another shelf on wheels to hold
all my Stampin' Up card stock!
Can you believe that man??
Thanks Joel darlin'.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New card technique ...

I'm always looking for something fun in card making. I came across this idea and wanted to give it a try.
All paper, punches, brads and ribbon are from Stampin' Up.
I used the Pattern Stack papers for the back ground and the stamp is from the Punch Bunch Sale-A-Bration set.
The flowers to the left and right are from a discontinued punch.

I LOVE the black, yellow and white color scheme.
(My granmother's favorite colors)

Here is a link to the sight I got the idea from -
Thanks Laura for sharing your cute card!

Fun goodies for my Primary class!

I teach the 8 & 9 year old Valiant Class and I've been trying to get them excited about digging in their scriptures. I made them these little cards that hold a stack of post-it-note tabs to mark the scriptures we study. I was pleased the way they turned out. I used Stampin' Up card stock and PC Hug ware clip art for the scriptures.
"I Know The Scriptures Are True" is this years theme.

Spring has sprung!

The weather in Western Colorado has been amazing!
Warm temperatures starts that "itchy" feeling to start digging in the dirt !
Since Joel retired, he has been taking the Master Gardener Course through the County Extension Agency.
It is quite the program and with the temperatures in the low 70's, the old farmer had to show me what he has learned about pruning!

...and more pruning

Even the girls can tell things are changing!
They celebrate by giving us about 8 eggs a day!
(Sure glad we have neighbors who like eggs)
Of course Mr. Darcy keeps those girls in line! He's always there to let them know who's the boss!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mr. Darcy goes to Canine Cottage!

It was time once again for Mr. Darcy to visit his favorite grooming establishment!
He was one scruffy, naughty little dog.
No matter - we love the little guy!
He was so happy to see us and show off his new hair cut!
We had just arrived home and I think he was looking for that
big black cat that teases him in our pasture.
A pose for the camera .. he loves being on my blog!