Happy Mother’s Day!

I wish the Happiest of days to all of you Mothers on this Mother's Day.  Extra special wishes are sent to my own Mom for being the most amazing and loving role model!  I love you Mom!  We also send extra special wishes to Grandma Patti and to Grandma Grandma as well as to my beautiful Sisters-in-law, to my many Friends who are Mothers and to those of you who are like a Mom to someone and who have the Spirit of Motherhood in your heart!  This day is to celebrate you! Enjoy!


I had a really sweet start to my day! Ethan is always the first awake in our house on the weekend, so I awoke to him standing beside our bed anxious to show me what he had made me for Mother's Day.  Last Sunday during one of my classes he hauled a bunch of my supplies up the stairs and made me this adorable card!  All he needed was paper, stamps, ink and his own touch of creativity!  He even added some ribbon, that is a boy after my own heart!



This is what he made at school! Check out the adorable paper-pieced tulips! 


I just LOVE his poem! …and can't get over the tulips! He is pretty proud of them too! These projects will definitely make it to a scrapbook page along with some photos of us from today! 


Here is what Lennon created at Preschool!  This explains the orange finger nails one day last week!  He told me he was painting with his hands and surprisingly kept it a secret!  ..he's a good little keeper of secrets…we're in trouble in his teens!  

This is how it was wrapped!


This is what was inside, now if this doesn't tug at the heart strings, I'm not sure what will?!




Another sweet poem!


All of this sweetness was a wonderful start to my day! ..and it got even better!

Ethan set the table all by himself this morning…can you tell?!  Love the kid dishes he chose along with the sparkly cups!  He even got out the table cloth that was a special gift from Susie and family that her Dad brought back from Portugal.  Don't you love the DQ napkins?!  I just love it all!



The Boys all made breakfast and to top things off Ryan created this in My Digital Studio (all by HIMSELF) as a surprise and played nice music to set the mood.  We all loved it!  I have to admit I was quite surprised that he came up with this and that he played his hand at MDS!  This was a template that he added the photos to and changed a couple of things. I'm impressed and feel very loved!  It doesn't take much to make me happy!  A few handmade cards, love shared and time with my boys is all it takes!



Have a wonderful day!  I hope you get to share it with loved ones and that you keep your loved ones who are afar close at heart today!  


Happy Mother's Day!

Posted on : May 08 2011
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Extra, extra….

A double-post Friday! K, I'll admit…I'm playing catch up for the days I missed this week.  I had so much I wanted to share but the week just flew by!  Here's a project I wanted to share on Tuesday back when the new downloads were released, I hope you enjoy it now!

Did you know that there is way more to My Digital Studio than the already abundant supply that is standard with the program?  Stampin Up! offers 'extras'  or 'downloads' pretty much every Tuesday!  I love Tuesdays for this reason! I can't wait to see what new downloads there are every week!  …and the prices are so great, that it's hard to resist.  A punch is only about $1.25! Don't you think that's an amazing value?!  I'm a sucker for a good deal and paper crafts so these two together work perfectly for me!  If you remember my 'I'm so lucky' page, that was created with a download, 'Love Letter'.  This weeks new downloads are listed below.  Keep a watch out for announcements of new downloads each Tuesday, I'll come back to share them with you!

Two of my favorite new downloads this week are the Nursery Alphabet Images and the Nursery Alphabet Letters.  I'll come back to THIS post later to share them with you. …still needing a little help with that!  The other new downloads are: Textured Cardstock Add-On, In color Add-on (ribbon), Sahara Sand DSP, Whisper White DSP and Ribbon of Hope Stamp Brush.

I have to admit I've owned My Digital Studio (MDS) for over a year but I really only started playing with it this January (I dabbled a bit before that) when I joined Heather Summers MDS club.  I am loving it!  This page was created by me using one of her templates/sketches.  I used a few downloads on this one and really like how it turned out.  Oh, how I miss those sweet little baby days…as much as I enjoy his cuteness now!  πŸ™‚

This page uses these downloads: Notable Desktop Calendar, Decorative Label Punch, Vintage Trinkets and Crochet Trim. 

The photos are not what I'm used to these days with our new camera.  These were with an old point and shoot camera and I've certainly become spoiled with a fancier camera than it was.  Maybe these photography lessons I'm taking will help me learn how to take advantage of all that my camera has to offer?!  …there's hope isn't there?! 

I have also  created a 'mirrored' page of 'now' and will share that soon as well.  Enjoy this one in the mean time!

What would you create a 'then and now' themed page of?  I'd love to do one of my family when we were kids (all of my brothers and I with our Mom and Dad) and one of the whole lot of us now, with our spouses and all of our kids! .. all 14 Grandchildren and one of them with their Grandma!  Can't wait to hear what you want to do a now and then of!

Enjoy your weekend, I hope it includes some crafting!

Posted on : Mar 11 2011
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I’m so lucky (insert blessed here)…..

a little foreword….. not to let the first few paragraphs fool you…  I will share a project, not just my stories from the day and will be back again later with more projects.  πŸ™‚  But for now, i hope you'll enjoy a glimpse into our lives that we share with our sweet boys! 

After supper while Ethan played with a friend we care for once a week and Daddy relaxed on the couch (with his eyes closed)  and Lennon was snuggled into his tent (no, he's not banished to the backyard in minus 30 degree weather, he has a pop-up tent that has been a favorite pretend play item again lately and is set up in our living room)  I escaped to go and do what should be my morning routine and have a shower….let's face it sometimes we don't get around to these things until later in the day!  πŸ™‚  It was sauna-like until the bathroom door opened, air rushed in and it was no longer a sauna….'here Momma, here's an apple for you' …I peak my head out of the shower, eat the pretend apple, Lennon smiles and disappears behind the closed bathroom door.  Once again, it felt like a sauna…only for a brief moment before… the door opened again, another rush of cool air and with a smile on his face, 'here Momma, here's a banana for you!'  I peak my head out again, eat the pretend banana and tell him about how my Dad used to call me Alanna Banana.  Then he giggles and disappears behind the now closed door again and the pattern repeats itself ….'here's an apple', 'here's another banana', 'here's an orange'.  You get the idea…  The rest of the house was pretty quiet …which doesn't happen often while children are awake (the older boys played nicely while Daddy caught some shut eye) and Lennon was perfectly happy to interrupt my shower over and over again…and believe it or not, I was perfectly happy to see how happy he was to go 'shopping' at his pretend store (gotta love a boy who loves to shop!) and bring me the treasures he shopped for (even if it was fruit and not diamonds or crafting stuff (believe it or not I'd be happy with something we need for the house or for crafting over diamonds any day!). Don't get me wrong about being content to let him come in and out, in and out…. there are times when we all just want to enjoy a quiet, peaceful shower, but for now (before these moments pass me by and I long for nothing more than the chatter of children interrupting my every word or quiet moment) I'll hang onto these moments, treasure them and hope they don't go fleeting by…  This among many other things make me one lucky and very blessed girl!

I'm so blessed to already be overwhelmed by comments and emails congratulating me on my new blog!  I'm thankful that you've taken the time to visit, to read and perhaps even to have posted a comment.  Reading your comments tells me that you are reading and enjoying and looking forward to more!  Thank-you!  I'm also feeling very blessed to run my own home-based business (being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator) and that through this, I get to share what I love (paper crafting) and what I love most, my family with all of you!  Thank-you! 

One last story about being 'lucky' before I move onto a project, this story is what my project is all about.  Yesterday afternoon, while our oldest son was at school and our 3 yr old and I were having a snuggle, I said to him, 'I'm a lucky Momma.  I'm lucky that you're my boy' …without hesitation, he replied to me, 'I'm lucky that you're my Momma!'  Absolutely. Melts. My. Heart.  Now, this is what life is all about, these are the moments that make life GRAND!  So, when Ryan came home from work I asked him to take my picture with Lennon.  You have to know that I don't usually like to have my picture taken and am usually the one behind the lens… but, I wanted to capture who we are right now and on that very day.  While I will hold that moment in my heart forever, I want to have a snapshot to look back on (and while I will pray that he never skips a beat of feeling lucky that 'I'M' his Momma (not looking forward to teenage years) )  and of course to create a page with.  Learning how to get this blog up and running and trying to plan for my next classes I don't have time at the moment to do a traditional page.  This is what is so perfect about MDS, I can pull it up on the computer, and plunk stuff into a template and Voila! Memory recorded forever and a page complete!


While I'm happy this post is all about the love, I don't want you to think I'm trying to fool you! … it's not all peaches and cream and believe me…yesterday's after-dinner-happenings (or conversation) were far less endearing than today… I've not shared THAT story with many yet so just trust me on it!  <wink> …it has a little something to do with my oldest son telling me what he could do to help make me as skinny as ______(insert name of his friend's mom here)!  …and although it sounds terrible, he actually meant it in the kindest of ways, but there is just NO way that can be taken nicely.  πŸ™‚

Onto my first creation to share with you… 'I'm so lucky…'

Who would have known that my first post with a project turned out not to be a paper craft, but a digital one using Stampin' Up!'s Digital paper crafting software, My Digital Studio! This page used the Love Letter DSP download and it's templated page.  All I had to do was add my photo, the extra embellishments I wanted (vintage brads download) and an extra photo box.  I also moved a few things but aside from that, the page is very close to it's original template.  But that's the beauty of it, you can use it as it is or change it up to suit your needs.  I'm not usually a one photo per page kind of girl, but with digital I'd be absolutely fine with that because I can reuse my 'supplies'  over and over again and not feel like I used them up for one photo. That said, some photos absolutely deserve a page on their own! That's all for now and  I promise, I'll TRY not to make every post so LONG!  πŸ™‚  …I've got a lot to cover for having taken so long to get here!  πŸ™‚



Now here's a little challenge for all of you, one that you will be rewarded for of course!.  Post a comment and share an endearing moment that you've shared with a loved one.  Did you scrapbook it?  Can't wait to read your stories.  Or just post a comment.   I'll pick a number ahead of time and whoever is the lucky poster to post the comment that falls on that # will win the prize!

Posted on : Feb 24 2011
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