Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Share A Card

I found this cool stamp at Michaels' dollar spot and couldn't resist bringing it home. Once I got it home, I decided that I just had to play with it. This card is the result. I randomly stamped a background and then colored in and fussy cut out one of the mandalas. I popped it off the background, added a saying, matted the whole thing and have a pretty nifty card to mail out :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

I spent Friday scrapping at the new Ready Set Crop Studio in Fitchburg, MA. The space was awesome...especially loved the super comfy chairs. Check them out on facebook, they have classes, paint nights and commuter crops.
Saturday was spent at the ball field and this time we brought Diego with us. This picture says it all...LOL!
Sunday, we did a little shopping and then spent the rest of the day at a cookout for Darin's hockey team. The kids had a great time playing street hockey and the parents had fun catching up. Beautiful weather and perfectly balanced activity-wise, what more can I ask for?

Friday, June 24, 2016

Beach time

This beautiful stretch of weather we've been having in New England has me wanting to head to the beach. Unfortunately, we have activities and plans that require us to stay inland. It hasn't stopped me from looking at and stockpiling the many new beach theme lines that are out. My absolute favorite is this You Are Here! line by Simple Stories. The colors call out to me and I can't seem to resist the cute little flamingo.
Reminisce has two lines...I have a hard time working with paper of scenery but don't they just pull you in? Both, Seaside and Shipwreck Club are in my stash!
Bo Bunny wasn't going to be left behind and have a beautiful vibrant beach them line called Beach Therapy.
Carta Bella has their Beach Day line and it looks just perfect for those summer days at the beach with the kiddos. Next week for sure and I'll have to make sure I take my camera and take those shots!
Kaisercraft also has two amazing beach themed lines. Sandy Toes is my second the colors and vintage vibe. Coastal Escape is amazing too but already sold out.
Last but not least, mermaids are trending and there are three lines out. Echo Park has their Let's Be Mermaids line...cute and perfect for the little girl in your life.
Kaisercraft has Mermaid Tails and I think it's perfect for beach pictures, girls weekend at the beach or pool, or even Sea World and if you ever went, Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida.

My favorite mermaid line is Graphic 45's Voyage Beneath The Sea. The colors are just perfect and the designs just gorgeous. I don't know what I would use these papers for but I had to have one.
 Lots of choices and if you're like me, just get 1 of everything ;)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Share A Card

I used some old Hot Off The Press pre-embossed papers (those of you who were at Cool Crops may remember Cara ironing these papers), inked the pieces with distressed ink, matted them, added a saying, a punched butterfly, a stamped flower (SU stamp and punch) plus some bling to make some quick and easy cards for Mother's Day.
Aren't they petty?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

Happy First Day of summer!!! I am hearing the sounds of two boys working on summer chores so they can get to the PS4...gotta love summer!
Started the weekend w an early bedtime on Friday and woke to a very irate kitty who did NOT want me to get out of bed.
We spent the morning getting some yard work done, prepping for some a new butterfly garden and then some cooking before heading a friends for a pig roast. We had a great time catching up w friends we see once a year at this annual roast as well as meeting some new friends. We promised each other that we would get together at least once more this summer so we can sit and catch up, there were too many people to really sit and catch up, know what I mean?
And no weekend would be complete without some baseball thrown in.  A double header in Providence RI for the big kid on Father's Day. We didn't quite pamper dad as we wanted to and his gift shipped late so I'm planning a re-do.  At one point I looked into the dugout and asked hubby who the kid in there was and it was our kid!!! How does this kid keep looking bigger and older?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Random Friday

Started a new workout routine with DH (it was all his idea, I was happy on the treadmill) and can barely type or walk for that matter. On the bright side, we survived week 1 and it can only get better, right? Diego tries to help with the downward dogs LOL
Darin finished up middle school this week, yes we're officially on summer break, and I now have a high school freshman and junior. Where does the time go? And of course I am behind on my scrapbooks...working on 2012 currently. 
Since summer break started on Wednesday, we've had some excursions and some adventures. Darin had some snacks he wanted and apparently they could only be found at the No Name Market. You heard/read right. We did find it and he got his snacks. What else is this kid going to come up with?
Meanwhile, the other kid is keeping us busy with travel baseball. Love that he is enjoying the game and having a great time with his teammates. The laughter and joking around in the dugout and between games are what it's all about, right?
Are your kids out for the summer? Any plans? I have work to do but have some excursions planned as well as lessons for the boys. Lessons? Cooking, budgeting, changing a flat, sewing a button,etc...they will so love me by the end of the summer 😉😇

Make memories...the days are long but summer sure goes by fast!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Adult Stickers

A fellow school mom posted this on Facebook one day and said she "needed" them but didn't know where to get them. I had some free time...hah who has free time?...and really wanted to give it a shot. 

A few minutes googling images, some quick photoshop work and I had them printed out. After that it was just a matter of punching me out with a circle punch and running it through my handy dandy sticker maker. She loved it and I was so psyched to have made someone's day or hour or whatever. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

We spent most of the weekend at the ball field with Jori playing double headers Saturday and Sunday. I enjoy watching the boys play and eavesdropping on the dugout when I'm hanging out nearby to take pictures. The kids don't mind and I don't let on that I can hear. His team seems to be having a great time on and off the field...and for that I am so very happy for him. 
We also spent some time in the stores doing a spot of shopping...workout shoes and gear for me and DH as we embark on a new to us workout program. If you don't hear from me this week, it would be baca se I'm hurting so bad I can't type LOL!
We did stop in to check out Ready Set Crop's open house before heading out to get clothes for this kid...or should I say moving up kid. D is done with middle school and officially a High School Freshman. How did that happen? Before that though he does have a graduation party and graduation ceremony to attend that he needs clothes for. Shopping with him is tough and am glad DH came along for back-up, the goofy older brother was no help at all!
This caught our eye...isn't just absolutely perfect?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

It is always such a pleasure to get to spend the weekend with a group of scrapbookers. This past weekend had to be one of our best Just Scrappin' weekends yet. Despite the little bumps we had with banquet, Elks men, and lost students...the room had the most incredible energy and I think I speak for all who attended, we had a wonderful weekend. 
The food was opinion and comments from the girls. So glad all of you enjoyed my choices and I'm looking forward to Ben & Jerry's next time we're there ;)
The most deserving scrapper friend of ours won the free weekend drawing...what's it going to be Kim...September or February...make it both?
The best part is we have made reservations to go back to this Sheraton Hartford South next be exact, the first weekend in June. Save the date!!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fave Finds: Father's Day edition

Father's Day is around the boys and I are brainstorming ideas for DH and came up with the following ideas plus a bunch of other items we thought were cool, such as...
This Dash-cam/GPS that is on DH's wishlist...looks like a really cool toy.
These tie pins are super cute and cool but wonder if DH would actually wear them...if not, I do have 2 other boys in the house that probably would.
This Watermelon BBQ Grill is too much work for me but it looks so cool.
There is also Grill Cupcakes that are absolutely adorable but definitely way too much work for me.
Kaisercraft has the perfect rub-ons for Father's Day layouts...gonna have to get my hands on them.
DIY ready has some great ideas for DIY Father's Day cards.
A list of cool books for Father's Day...Darth Vader and son look really interesting.
At the bottom of this page is a really neat Dad Rocks craft perfect for toddlers to DIY with mom.
How cool are these wine tags for dad? I would need beer ones for my DH but I love that they're available for downloading.