Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thoughts on Cade's 17th Birthday

Where did the time go? I sound like an old woman. Well, I'm feeling more and more like an old woman. My youngest turns 17 - yes, SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD.

He was the cutest little guy evah. I ain't lying. Our whole family was so in love with him. And sweet. Really sweet. Tenderhearted, energetic, compliant, deep thinker, loving, big heart, sensitive, and our son. I remember tucking his angel wings under him when he was a baby.

Now he's a 6 foot tall man - with hairy legs and face - who never wants to shave. He knows he can't have facial hair at school in the 11th grade. In the 12th grade, he can. He'll earn that privilege next year.

But he still has the same big heart and loving attitude. Most of the time. The other "times" I blame on hormones. He still has such a soft heart. But he is so tough. He is a really thick, muscular dude.

And we love him. I'm so glad the Lord gave him to us. Our family just wasn't complete until Cade became a part of it.

Heather, aka mama xoxoxxo

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Coloring Digital Stamps

As I promised yesterday, I have a few digistamps that I have colored.

Isn't she the cutest little girl? Created by Krista Smith on her website, Saturated Canary. This was one of the very first images I colored. Thus, as is obvious, I have a lot to learn. But with images like this, I will have SO much fun learning and coloring.
Same little girl colored a little differently. Maybe a little better? I'm thinking it's the brown hair. I am thinking of purchasing Copic markers JUST to color in the skin. The Spectrum Noir markers just aren't giving me the "shade" I want.  Many of these images are colored on Pinterest. (Don't compare my coloring to those women who are just amazing!)

Another adorable image! This typewriter image I purchased from a small shop called Pink Petticoat. I was drawn to her images - vintage-y and cute. I've always loved typewriter images. Why? I don't know but the vintage-looking typewriters are the cutest!

From Pink Petticoat is this adorable cake stand. Not my best coloring job. And too many colors were used. I will be re-doing this image ASAP!
Awwww. Isn't she sooooo precious! And a cat hat and cat balloon? I HAD to have this image. Tiddly Inks is credited with this image and this little girl is named Wren. I need to color her again and try to use different colors. But, oh what fun to color!

Have fun searching for your own fun images! I would love to hear of any cute digital stamp websites or Etsy shops that you like also.

Have a great day!
Heather xo

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I'm in LOVE with Digi Stamps

I am going crazy looking for really cute, whimsical, different, lovely and fun digital stamps. I print them on Spectrum Noir white cardstock and color them in with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I am coloring all evening at home. Really. I've watched many Youtube videos and HOW to color and use alcohol markers. I've learned a lot. I believe if I had the more expensive Copic markers, I would color even better. The alcohol markers I have were 75% off at AC Moore. I thought I might as well try coloring with them. And searching for the digistamps to purchase has been a blast. Some of my favorite sites to purchase digital stamps are the following:

  • Saturated Canary - My hands down favorite images! 
  • Tiddly Inks - close second to the site above. Precious digistamps.
  • Whimsy Doodles - lots of great digital images.
  • Bugaboo - love the thick-er lines on the images. And the chickens are so cute!
  • Pink Petticoat -  not a ton of images but I loved the typewriter and cupcake stand
I began searching Etsy for digital stamps and found so many images for sale - it is overwhelming. 

That's my new obsession! I am going to post some of my "artwork" very soon!

Thanks for sharing this gorgeous by visiting me today. It's 73* outside and gorgeous. Last week I spent one night in a motel so I could get into work by 7:30 a.m. because of the snow. AND ice. The week before, snow came, also, and I spend TWO nights at a motel overnight. It's been crazy weather here - but at least we are having a gorgeous day today!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thoughts on this Liquid Sunshine Day

Our little Netherland Dwarf bunny, Buttercup, went to bunny heaven on Sunday afternoon. It tore my little heart out. She was so sweet, timid, nervous, loving, and all mine. She was black-ish with silver tips of hair on her ears and around her neck. She was SOOOO precious. I had no idea what a hole she would leave in my heart.

Christian, our oldest, wants another bunny right away - a bunny for himself. I told him I didn't want another bunny... I don't think I could go through this sadness again! But he said that Buttercup was so therapeutic for him and helped him emotionally. He is so very sweet inside... So here comes another bunny... probably another Netherland Dwarf doe. I gave him a list of bunny names - who knows if he'll use one of them, but they are really cute (or at least I think they are!)
Blossom, Bloom, Meadow, Willow, Thumper, Bashful, Reedy, Lilly, Petunia, Iris, and Penelope. My favorite two names are Meadow and Penelope for a bunny.

Bunnies are way UNDER rated as pets. They are the best pets and bring so much joy. I think people should consider them more as a household pet. Hamsters, gerbils, etc. are not HALF as sweet or fun as a bunny.

Now we have our two cats, Sophie and Q-Tip, which are very special to all of us. Both are not over 5 years old so hopefully we have many more years of enjoying them. I had no idea I was such an animal person! I realized it after working with Debora at school since she loved pets! I would love to have a dog but I am not home enough to give a dog the time and energy that one would deserve.

Bye, Buttercup! If there are bunnies in heaven, which I hope and pray there are, I will see you then!

Heather xo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scrapbooking this weekend!

I am so excited to be scrapping this weekend! Pat, Maggi and me will spend Friday evening and all day Saturday scrapping with about 20 other women. I'm afraid that scrapbooking has died. Or that it's just not as popular as it used to be. Not as popular at all... but when there's a crop, at LEAST 20 women show up. There's no where to go now! Even my church just announced that there would no longer be a crafting weekend at the church every 3 months. I felt like crying. I would go as often as I could. And Leah and Meredith did such a wonderful job scheduling different crafts to learn, passing out a devotion, organizing the tables, setting up and breaking down. Boo hoo. I wish I could step and up and organize the crop - but I have way more than enough on my plate. Maggi is convinced: there IS going to be a paper-apocalypse. She could be right... the scrapbook industry has sure been hit hard in the past two years. Some examples: Archiver's going bankrupt and closing all its stores; mom and pop's stores have all mostly closed; all the scrapbook magazines went digital - then went out of business. I hear there's a few stores left in North Carolina. But no stores in my area.

Changing the subject -

I have been enjoying the following apps lately:

1. Offer Up - much more family friendly site than Craigslist; upload pictures of the items you want to sell - you can only use your cell phone; no "personals" with racey text. I bought a beautiful lamp for our family room through this list.

2. Waze - awesome navigation app; Look what this app can do; it will send you an alert when: there are traffic jams; accidents; gas prices; map issue; police ahead; since I drive 33 miles ONE way to work, and I am going the direction that everyone ELSE in the whole world is going, it is very important for me to know if there's an accident holding up traffic, etc. YAY for this app.

3. OverDrive - This is such a cool app; linked to your county library; Download ebooks and - m favorite - audiobooks! I am addicted to audiobooks now. I listen driving to and from work, at lunch, and even before I go to sleep. Eric will listen to the audiobook and within 3-5 minutes, he's snoring. Better than Ambien or any sleep meds!

4. Voxer - leave a voice message for your bff's; no need to text - just leave a voxer! It's fast, fun and nothing is better - you can hear the person's voice, laugh, expressions; sometimes I can't tell if someone is angry or joking in a text - but I can "hear" how they say something on Voxer and know whether a person is mad, sad, or joking. Great app - try it!

Gotta go!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Making cards

Over the weekend I created about 10 or so cards. I am always in need of birthday cards so I determined to make some. I chose my least favorite Project Life 3" x 4" cards - as in, I hated the colors! Green, rust, yellow and black-ish colors that I purchased a year or so ago. I knew these cards would never find a place in my scrapbook because I disliked the colors. I HATE to throw anything away that could possibly be used so why not use them on cards?

I ended up covering the PL cards with vellum to soften the colors. Then I was really pleased with the result. I added some die cut leaves and flowers on top and used my Stampin' Up stamp and tag punch on top.

I have fallen back in love with my Big Shot die cut machine. When I saw the new magnetic platform and hard foam plates - I knew I had to have them. My acrylic plates and platform with all warped and wouldn't cut evenly - even with a metal shim. Using the new foam plates, I have even cut-outs from my dies. That has cut down on my frustration as well as half-cut paper images. I saw this platform and plates at Michael's - and of course I used a 40% off coupon.

OH! Another great tool I'm freaking about is the WeRMemoryKeepers Envelope Punch Maker. SO cool and easy to use. I can make any size envelope for any size card needed. After finding some old Close to my Heart patterned paper, I made coordinating envelopes for the cards I made. Looks pretty good.

I will post a picture or two of my cards and envelopes this evening.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My new Planner for 2015

I ordered my 2015 calendar pages through Staples - not realizing that the pages did not come with covers. So, after checking out the cost of the covers online - over $30 - I decided that I would make my own!

I covered two rectangle-shaped chipboards, using October Afternoon paper. I punched holes in the chipboard and then covered it with glossy mod podge.

Then I glued a few things on top. Of course, I used a doily. I LOVE doilies. Added ribbons on the rings and a metal rimmed tag where I wrote 2015.

Easy peasy. But I love it.

Hope your week is going great!

Thanks for stopping in...
Heather xo