Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lots of News!

Remember a few weeks ago when I said I had some more news but I couldn't share it right then??? Well, now I can! I get to stay on the design team at Serendipity Scrapbooks!!! The new team was announced yesterday. I'm really going to miss working with everyone else but am excited to get to know the new ones better. So come on over and see what we've got in store for you!

Now for some exciting Stampin' Up! news. Beginning with the new catalog, all NEW sets will be die cut!! NO MORE CUTTING OUT YOUR STAMPS! Well, that is unless you buy a stamp set that has been in previous catalogs. Any new stamps that are introduced will be die cut though. I'm really excited about doesn't really bother me too much to cut them out but when you buy a whole lot of them, it gets very tiring very quickly. Also, starting in the Fall sometime, SU! will introduce online ordering...meaning you can place your order anytime of the day or night and you don't have to talk to your demonstrator to do it! If your demonstrator has a business web site, you simply go to that site and there will be a spot to place your order. If you don't have a demonstrator, you can order directly from SU!'s web site but you will pay higher prices. You can choose a demonstrator at this point too. Your best bet is to go to someone with a business web site so you get the best price and still earn rewards similar to the existing Hostess Benefits. So keep watch out for that!! Convention is going on right now so I'm sure we will get more news in the next few days.

I think that is all of my news right now. Between a headache and screaming kids, I'm having a hard time thinking. I'll update as more comes to me!!

Until next time....

Thursday, July 17, 2008


This has been Colton's favorite word over the last several months. A time or two ago at Bill and Judy's, Colton wanted to pose with his toys he found. "Look" was perfect for this page. I used Serendipity Scrapbooks' June I Deserve It All kit for this...I just added ink, Thickers, and chipboard photo corners(SU!). The photo corners were colored using Craf-T's metallic rub-ons. I also used one of Becky Fleck's Page Maps sketches for this.

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Serendipity's July Just Enough Kit

Ok...I'm a dork. I forgot all about posting my layouts for this month's kit. I had a lot of fun with this one...but when do I not.

So here they are!!



Patterned paper: K&Company (Urban Rhapsody: Sugar Rush)

3-D stickers: K&Company (Light Ideas: Chandelier)


Birdhouse: Darice

Paint: Making Memories (Honeydew)

Gesso: Demco

Mod Podge: Plaid

Circle punch: Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink: Peeled Paint)

Flowers: unknown

Large rhinestone: The Beadery

Bling: Glitz Design (Kit Add-on)



Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Mother” Apron Dots/Soothing Green Paper, Fresh “Beauty” Summer Dress/Blue Slash Paper, Fresh “Outdoors” Natural Print/Tadpole Paper)

Crown template: The Crafter’s Workshop

Rub-ons: Fiskars (Kimberly Polson: Flourish Rub-ons Old Fashioned Flowers)

Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp (Center of Attention: Metallic Pink)

Journaling block: Luxe Designs (Simple Labels Lime)

Clear accents: Heidi Swapp (Carefree)

Flowers/rhinestones: Petaloo (Box Blends: Dahlia)


Decorative scissors: Hobby Lobby

Black ink: Inque Boutique

Bling crown: Me & My Big Ideas

Rhinestones: Glitz Designs (from add-on kit)

Journaling pen: American Crafts (Slick Writer)



Patterned paper: K&Company (Urban Rhapsody: Blue Starbursts Flat Paper); My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Outdoors” Spring Greens/ Sprout Paper, Fresh “Mother” Apron Dots/ Soothing Green Paper)

Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp (Center of Attention: Metallic Pink)

Journaling block: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Spirit “Sisters” Foliage Die Cut)

Die cut: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Beauty” Flower Die Cut)

Clear accents: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Outdoors” Leaves); Heidi Swapp (Carefree)

Rub-ons: Fiskars (Kimberly Polson: Flourish Rub-ons Old Fashioned Flowers); Scenic Route (My Girl)

Flowers: Bazzill (Primula Whirlpool); Petaloo (Box Blends: Dahlia)

3-D Stickers: K&Company (Light Ideas Chandelier)


Scallop punch: Fiskars (Threading Water)

Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink: Peeled Paint)

Journaling pen: American Crafts (Precision)

Foam adhesive: Scotch



Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned paper: K&Company (BW Mira Filigree Texture Flat Paper; Urban Rhapsody: Word Confetti, Blue Starbursts)

Rub-ons: Scenic Route (My Girl); Fiskars (Kimberly Polson: Flourish Rub-ons Old Fashioned Flowers)

Template: The Crafter’s Workshop (mini-crown)

Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp (Center of Attention: Metallic Pink)

Clear embellishments: Heidi Swapp (Carefree)

Flowers/rhinestones: Petaloo (Box Blends: Dahlia)

3-D Stickers: K&Company (Light Ideas: Chandelier)


Silver gel pen: unknown

Glitter glue: Ranger (Stickles: Star Dust—from add-on kit)

Border punch: Fiskars (Threading Water)

Foam adhesive: Scotch, Stampin’ Up!

Pen: American Crafts (Precision)

Now, off to finish cleaning my desk so I can do some more projects! (It's been about 2 weeks since I've touched anything. )

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Caden's Surgery

Today was Caden's surgery. We got up around 6:00 this morning and left Caden asleep until it was time to go. We took toys and coloring books but he didn't want to play with anything. There was a fish tank in the waiting room that completely distracted him until they called us back. The nurse came in the prep room and gave him some medicine to relax him...totally made him drunk and loopy!!! I was laughing so hard I was crying! It took a few minutes to start working. We were rubbing his head trying to relax him and when that medicine kicked in he got completely hyper! So much for relaxing! He was giggling and trying to jump off the bed (actually do a head dive off the head of the bed!) and then laughing his little head off about it. His eyes were rolling in the back of his head and he was all wobbly and his speech was slurred. You would've thought they had given him a beer or something...he was tanked! The nurse told us that he wasn't as bad as some kids get. Just about as quick as that started, he was drowsy and they wheeled him back to surgery. It only took 10 minutes or so. His doctor came out and told us that he was really pleased with how everything turned out. His little tongue was tighter than he had thought at the office visit. Caden took 30 or 40 minutes to come back around. His tongue was swollen and the doctor gave him a local on his tongue which I'm sure made his tongue feel even bigger. Caden kept telling us he couldn't breathe but I think it was because his tongue and throat felt funny. He didn't want to leave the hospital so we just stuck around. The recovery nurses were really nice to him and were really patient. All of a sudden, he popped his little self up and said he was ready so we left! The anesthesia made him sick a few times but that part went away quickly. He tried playing a little bit but that lasted only about 5 minutes. Then, he just stayed on the couch all day. Now, he's up playing and having a great time. So, I'm happy to say it was a great success!! Thanks to everyone who sent thoughts and prayers his way...they were greatly appreciated!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

More Happy News!!

First off...thanks for all the comments about my little boy being safe! I really appreciate them. Today, we go for his pre-op appointment and tomorrow he is having his tongue clipped. The ENT doctor and his speech therapist all think that his speech will mostly self-correct once he has full movement of his PLEASE keep him in your prayers!! I'll let you know how everything goes.

Now...for my really big exciting news!! If you are playing along with our blog party on Serendipity, then you probably read Christy's good news yesterday. Well...I have the EXACT SAME GOOD NEWS!!! Christy and I are going to be teammates!! Jeannie Moler, who is also going to be on the Scrap That Moment DT, is the one who told us about the call. She's a real-life friend so I'm excited about her being on there too! I can't wait to get started...heck Lynette (owner) even made my picture look good so she must be WONDERFUL (go to link above and click on Designers and then my name)!!! Now the wait begins until the site is up and running but it looks great so far. I didn't make the Chatterbox call-back but the ones that did are extremely talented! I have a couple of online friends that did...really happy for them and especially for Mimi Leinbach...check out her gallery at Serendipity and you'll see what I mean.

So that is my happy news this week!!! I've got a layout on my desk with a very cute Page Maps's just waiting for me to have a little extra play time. I'll get it done and posted soon!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy Ending

Our 4th of July weekend started out really well. We went to Arkadelphia Thursday night. Friday, Brannon and I painted the bathroom. That night the kids had sparklers. Saturday, we finished up our part of the bathroom. Then, Saturday night hit. Brannon's brother and girlfriend were there at dinner too and all of us were sitting around the table talking. Ali comes in at one point to tattle on Caden. Needless to say, the kids were fighting a lot by that point. Maybe a 1/2 hour or so after that, we all got up so Brannon and his brother could go hang a door. We realized we hadn't seen Caden for a long while and we hadn't heard him either. All of us start calling his name and Brannon is grilling Ali on when she saw him last. She had told him she was telling and that was the last time she saw him. We looked everywhere he would fit...even taking the blankets down on the beds and looking under them. Then, we go outside. At this point I'm panicking. I walk down to the pond and couldn't find him there and then walk back up to the barn. Brannon and I drove down the road one way and Blaine and Ashley took off the other way and still no Caden. Bill calls the sheriff's department and has them tone it so then all these volunteers...most of them from the volunteer fire department and friends of Bill and up to help me find my baby. Brannon and I had just started back towards the house with one of the deputies when Bill told us he'd been found...this was at least an hour later I think. Judy's sister went back through the house one more time and she found him on one of the beds under the pillows asleep. He had hid from Ali when she said she was going to get him in trouble and placed the pillows just right over top of him. We never saw him. Margaret just saw a little bit of Caden peeking out so we thought he probably got hot and moved a little. I can't believe all the people that showed up to help us! I'm very grateful for all of them and especially for Margaret for finding him. My heart has always gone out to those moms and dads on tv pleading for help in finding their I can empathize with them a whole lot more. I've never felt so numb and scared in my life. I was terrified that he had walked down the lane and got to the highway and someone had taken him. Caden is too scared to get too far from us like that but I really didn't know what else to think since we couldn't find him. I don't ever want to go through anything like that again. My kids have been getting extra hugs and kisses since then! I appreciate them a whole lot more too!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Crop Addict Creative Team

Woohoooo!!! I get to stay on the Creative Team at Crop Addict for another term! I'm really excited...I love being on the's a lot of fun. The girls on there have become my friends over this last year. I'm really thankful for each of them (DT/CT members and non-dt alike). The first thing I do every day is to log onto the internet and check out what everyone is doing. I've become quite the message board addict. But anyway...wanted to share my good news!! I'll have some more in a few weeks...MAN I hate to keep a secret!!