Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Oh-My-Goodness!!!! How could you not totally LOVE this sketch??? This is my all-time FAVORITE!!!

I used a kit from The Scrapping Spot. I cut out my own clouds and used my cricut for the flourish.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the Sketchabilities' website for more examples of the awesome sketch!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Whew! There are a lot of photos in this post :) Hunker down, People! This may take a while :)

I'm starting out with my layout created using Nuts About Sketches Week 137. It's one of my favorites that I've ever created. Be sure and checkout each of the other DT members' creations.

Thanksgiving 2010 consisted of way more food that I'm used to. I usually don't eat that much in one sitting. Needless to say, I will more-than-likely be on a diet starting tomorrow :)

Blake wasn't cooperative at all while was trying to take photos. This is about the only one I got on Thanksgiving.

Ashley and Kaila...

Bethani, Amber, Tyler and Kaila

Bethani and Kaila born 12 days apart.

Kaila and Me

Aunt (Queen) Doreen and Me

Okay, onto the Monday after Thankgiving...Kraynak's!!! They have a gorgeous

Christmas tree display, as well as trains to play with. After we tour the display and play with trains, we head over to Arby's for some grub. It's our tradition. It's what we do. Well, this year there was only 3 kids as opposed to the normal 8. Boy, was that different!
After we had our fill at Arby's (yummy), we headed over to Jo Ann Fabrics to checkout their sales. I bought what I wanted at 40% off!!!
We zipped from Jo Ann's over to Shenango Valley Cinema to see our very first movie in 3D. We watched Megamind. It was seriously cool in 3D. Now I want to see an action movie in 3D.
Now we move on to the real excitement for the day. Nicholas shot his first buck with a 30/30 open sites. Seriously! It is a 4 point, but that's only because the entire other set of horns has been ripped off by fighting (probably). Nick was sure to inform me that the heart wasn't damaged, because it is meat and we do eat that as well. Delicious by the way ;) We are so proud of him!!!

Thanks for stopping by! Check back tomorrow for my newest Sketchabilities creation.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

At the very bottom of this post is a photo of Blake with his very first squirrel that he shot on Saturday. So, if you don't particularly wish to view the excitement on his face, or the squirrel...stop after the layout of Kaila.

To start off, Charlie is finally home. We all missed him terribly. I'm fairly certain I missed him the most :) He didn't get an elk, but another hunter that was with him did. The deal was that it didn't matter who shot the elk...they would split the meat. So, we have elk meat and it is DELICIOUS! Charlie brought back souvenirs. We all received a Gunnison, Colorado sweatshirt. I also was lucky enough to receive a beautiful coffee mug. I can always use one of those. This one is slightly larger, so I can suck down even more coffee without having to refill it :)

I was feeling a little creative last week and was delighted to complete a newborn layout featuring Nick. Wasn't he soooo adorable??? I used old Making Memories supplies to do this one.

This next layout fits the Week 10 challenge on Dee's blog. Yeah!

52 Week Challenge #10 - the challenge is to pair old supplies with newer supplies. I have really old KI Memories paper and some new puffy white flourishes.

Here's my darling son that finally shot his first squirrel, which will be eaten very shortly. He got the biggest one of the day!

Kaila is involved in Girl Scouts now, which she LOVES! They do a craft each week. This is what she did last week. How cute is this little turkey?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Challenge Week 10
The Paper Variety is honored to have Julie Bonner design a sketch just for us! In addition to blogging, crafting, and designing awesome sketches - Julie is getting ready to welcome a bundle of joy in a couple of weeks!

Here is the 2 page sketch Julie created:

As if that isn't enticing enough! Here is our fabulous prize for one lucky entry - the November kit from Scrapcetera! Stop back Friday to hear more about Sarah's awesome products.

Here's my take on Julie's sketch :) This is Nick at about 14 months old getting his first haircut by Grandpa Lahr.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Wahooooo! It's Sketchabilities Reveal Day! I love being able to share Karan's sketches and the layout that I do for each sketch with you! I always feel so inspired when given a new sketch.

I used a kit from The Scrapping Spot, which incidentally sold out very quickly. I don't have many Fall-type supplies, so this was perfect for the photos of my son that were taken on Thanksgiving Day.

Just a heads-up, Sketchabilities currently has a new Design Team call running. So, if you're interested in Karan's sketches, check out the blog/message board for further details.

Thanks for peeking and please zip over to the Sketchabilities blog for some AWESOME examples of Karan's amazing sketch :)


Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Paper Variety - Challenge #8 and what a challenge it is! I know I personally don't do very many Wedding items, so this was a nice change for me. The card I created for this challenge has already been delivered. My cousin got married recently and we had a reception for her here. She loved the card :)

I hope this challenge inspires you to create something beautiful. Because, after all...marriage is a beautiful thing!

Our sponsor this week is Precocious Paper. She is offering a $20 gift certificate to her Etsy store. Such gorgeous items! You have to play to win, so get busy!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to zip over to The Paper Variety to checkout the other awesome creations by the design team.


Monday, November 01, 2010


It's another Sketchabilities' Reveal Day!!! I am so thrilled to be on this team and get these sketches early :) Halloween and Sketches...what more do you need? For me, Halloween is without-a-doubt my favorite holiday to scrap. I don't know what it is about it, but it makes me happy. Here's this week's sketch. Enjoy and be sure you upload your take on the sketch at Sketchabilities.

This is my beloved son, Blake eating cotton candy for the first time at a church Trunk or Treat. It was a great day back in 2007.