Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Recipe

OK...

had to go cook dinner...

which in and of itself a very hazardous thing for me to do because as I was telling my friend Suzanne (The Card Yard...and isn't she just a Doll in every sense of the word?) earlier...

I read...

a lot...

but apparently I do not know how to read because when they tell you to avoid steam...

darnit...

they ain't kidding!

Giving birth 20 times in one day naturally does not compare to that pain...

or I'm assuming because I've never actually attempted that...

didn't mean to attempt the other because let me tell you...

that steam burn HURTS!

My thumb bore the brunt of it...

it's got pretty little blisters now...

and I'm thinking that I should use this occasion as evidence that I should probably not cook.

Love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married has already barred me from coming within 10 feet of his grill for the last oh...

15 years...

how was I supposed to know you're supposed to open the lid before turning on the gas?

Maybe this will help keep me out of the kitchen...

and if you could give me some ideas on how to work that laundry situation while you're reading...

most appreciated!

*wink*

Now...

y'all have made me feel like instead of my horn being possibly fully defective...

and it may not be a big ole' dualie of a *HONK-HONK* horn...

but could possibly be a little *beep-beep...excuse me* horn...

made my day and I'm sending smiles, hugs and kisses...

and probably as an added bonus...

some germs because I have 4 kids...

your way.

Along with...

the recipe.

They are uber easy...

I love making these!

And so yummy for the tummy!

*giggle*


Butter Mints

2/3 cup of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 c softened butter (I use salted because then you can skip adding salt later)
3-4 drops of peppermint flavoring
7 c. sifted powdered sugar
food coloring as desired

Cream the milk and butter together...add flavoring...then slowly add sifted powdered sugar.  Make sure you sift it because otherwise you're going to have a whole lot of sugar!  When it starts to get to the consistency of dough...you can separate and add coloring...separated to however many colors you want.  I do recommend using the paste colorings versus liquid...just trust me on that one.
By this point I've already given up on mixing with a spoon and have slipped on some disposable kitchen gloves and just mix with my hands.  Then you're ready to mold!

A few tips...
This batch will make up to 200-300 mints...depending on mold size...and you can freeze them for up to 3 months.
When freezing...I use single layers with sheets of wax paper in between.
When you need them...they only need to defrost for about 30 minutes and then I lay them out in a single layer...like on a baking sheet...and let them air dry for a couple of hours so that they don't "merge" together.
If you're going to ship or package...I would recommend about 6-8 hours air drying.
You don't have to mold all at one time...just wrap your mixture in a freezable container and pull out when needed!

I hope y'all enjoy these...they are so minty delicious!

And Dana...

I would love to hang with you IRL too :)...

but I have never attempted an artichoke in my entire life and I don't think I ever could...

but I do like bread.

That's what I usually eat at my in laws...

before hitting the chocolate stash in my luggage!

But surely coffee...a latte...chocolate!!

*smile*

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

Do you get the feeling this post is about...

buttons?

*giggle*

OK...long post...

but I'm so excited and have been waiting almost 2 weeks to post this...

so grab a cuppa and sit back.

First...

this about my friend Cathy (Empty Nest Crafter).

I started blogging at the end of January...

met her right away...

and in the short time that has passed since then...

I feel like I've known her for years.

Every month at PTI peeks and previews...

we're back and forth...

speculating and talking about what's coming...

seriously.

Reminds me of 2 teenage girls talking about prom...

"Who are you going with?"

"What color is your dress?"

"Jewelry?"

"Hair up...hair down?"

"When is your curfew?"

Every month starting on the 5th...this is what we do.

I actually think I love this part as much as I love the actual reveal...

it's so much fun guessing what's coming...

then seeing the previews...

figuring out our "gotta-have-or-I'm-going-to-die" lists...

and release night...?

We're back and forth till midnight when we cut all communications until orders have been confirmed.

Like clockwork...

every month.

And this is where the story really starts.

Remember PTI's Anniversary month back in February?

It was my first.

I had heard all the talk about what goes on during Anniversary...

and I was not disappointed.

OK...

a little disappointed.

I didn't win the year of free stamps.

OK...

a lot disappointed.

But I wasn't alone with that...

hundreds join me in that disappointment...

so I'm ok with it.

But during peeks we saw a new concept by Michelle Wooderson...

Cathy and I both felt we were safe with it on sneaks...

thought it was just a new button line...

we were wrong.

Previews came...

and the night they finally previewed that new concept...

Button Boutique...

THUD.

I died.

Hit the floor...

and I'm pretty sure I passed out and lost consciousness for a few minutes.

So at midnight on the 15th...

I was gunning hard for it...

and in my cart it goes.

Cathy decided to pass that night...

wanting to think on it...

make sure it was something she would use.

So when my order came in and she asked me to just cut her a few cards to try...

I decided it would be better for her to play with it first hand and sent it off to her.

She was hooked.

And since that time she has fallen totally and irrevocably in love with it.

We've both decided it's one of the greatest stamp sets...

not just of PTI's...

but EVER!

Of all time.

So fast forward to my new addiction...

Pinterest.

I find these...

Pinterest...bakerella.com ( I LOVE bakerella!!)
and Cathy automatically comes to mind.

How cute would these be for gifts?

In a box...

tied with a ribbon...

and a vintage button card to match?

Then I find these...

Pinterest...goggle.com
and that's when my mind started turning.

If I can buy it...

then I can make it...

and on the hunt I go.

I wound up at amazon...

love amazon...

love anyone who brings me a box with "amazon" written on the side.

And there...

is where I found this...

Amazon/CK Products
At this point you can smell something burning because my mind is really turning now...

and I ordered one for Cathy and I.

Only when they came in and I tried to do what I wanted to do...

it wasn't working.

It said it could be used with gum paste...

and my idea is similar to the consistency of fondant or a gum paste... 

and I want to know how you get that out of these molds?

I couldn't...

not without messing them up anyway...

and if you know a secret...

please tell me.

Seriously!

I'm not lying...

TELL ME!!

So I had to send her mold off without being able to accomplish what had love-of-life-man-that-I-married questioning what was burning.

It's good for candy melts though...

and just imagine how cute those little button candies would be in something like this...

But since we're experiencing 100 degree weather...

I wasn't sending chocolate off to melt and be nothing but a huge blob by the time it made it to her.

So I resumed the search and found the back up.

Yup.

Amazon again.

It's new.

And I'm excited.

Ready....
Amazon/Wilton
AAWWWW!!

(That's a scream in case you're wondering.)

This is more like what I'm used to...

thicker...

but soft and flexible...

and that's what I needed to make these...


I grew up with my Mama making these for baby showers...

weddings...

sometimes just family get togethers...

butter mints!

And not just any butter mints...

but the best butter mints you will ever in your life taste!!

I had to let these air dry since I was shipping them...

but believe me they are still the softest, creamiest butter mints on the inside...

melt-in-your-mouth-make-your-taste-buds-do-a-happy-dance good!

And remembering back to a past post of Cathy's and how she had received some of her favorite candy from a PTI friend...

York Peppermint Patties...

I knew she would love the butter mints.

I know some people don't like mint and I understand that...

no!

Wait...

I lie...

I don't understand that.

I...

who have the eating habits of a 3 year old and have never eaten Chinese or even a casserole in my entire life and personally believe that all restaurants should offer the option of divided plates so that food is never allowed to mingle with other food and...

who once...

upon learning of the menu at an author event where dinner was courteously being served...

wrote and requested only chicken fingers and fries...

on separate plates.

Me!

The person whom everyone fears of having over for dinner lest they serve something I won't eat...

which unless you keep to certain basic items...

is pretty much everything...

can not understand people not enjoying the flavor of mint.

That cool, refreshing sensation...

mmmmmmm.

I don't understand.

But I do try and accept our differences.


So anyway...

I made Cathy button butter mints!!

And since I found all of these...

on clearance after Easter for like pennies...

and I stocked up though I had no idea what I was going to do...

past throwing out the gummy bunnies...

with them...

I did this...

And then I did this to go with it...




OK...

I know the card could be better...

I wanted the button cards to be shiny so I tried Heather Nichols "cracked glass" technique...

only I didn't mean to actually "crack" them...

and I wanted the recipe for the mints to be included on it...

so I used one of Michelle Wooderson's teeny tiny clothespins that Cathy had sent me to pin it to the front.

So let's talk about the mints!

We'll just focus on the positive right now...

though all constructive criticisms are always welcome and you are free to express your opinion at any time...

but your thoughts on my idea that caused love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married to go running for the fire extinguisher.

Like them?

I hope Cathy does.

I hope they aren't a big blob by the time the United States Postal Service gets them to her.

I can already see these in deeper colors (I had to use what colors I had on hand)...

reds...

deep greens and yellows...

for Christmas!!

Maybe whites...

various shades of blue if I go with a snow theme...

can you tell I'm already making plans?

And since these can be frozen for up to 3 months...

I suggest some precautions before freezing for that long but it can be done...

I don't have to wait till the night before a gift is needed to make!

And look at what you can do with Button Boutique to go with these tasty treats...

WARNING:  These are not complete...

just "prototypes" of ideas so you get the idea...

I'll perfect them later...


I'm also seeing the gingerbread man...holly...

snowman!!

See...if you do not already own it and agree...

Button Boutique is the PERFECT set!

Perfect!

Now...if you like this idea...

or any of the ideas...

you don't have to like everything...

just the idea...

or would like the recipe for the mints...

they're uber easy peasy...

leave me a comment before Sunday night at 11:59pm Central telling me so...

and I will draw a winner to receive one of these molds...

sent straight to you by me!

And if you're extra gentle...

please...

I may even send a batch of mints for you to try first! :)

Unfortunately though...

due to the cost of shipping...

I'm going to have to limit this to US residents only.

And make sure to use your name and reply e-mail addy when leaving a comment so I can get in touch with you!

And please don't worry...

if you're like me and have some slight OCD issues...

like the eating habits of a 3 year old...

and all your towels have to be folded precisely to where all the lines line up perfectly...

(since handing this responsibility over to #2 daughter recently...I'm trying to overcome this particular issue...before they lock me up...or she kills me)

I also have handwashing habits that have required love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married to inquire about buying hand soap by the barrel.

Seriously.

But we'll save that treat and all my other little "ar issues" for another day! :)




The Details:
All Supplies PTI unless noted
cardstock: Vintage Cream, New Leaf
Stamps: Button Boutique, Bitty Background Blocks,
Peace...Be Still: Holiday Button Bits
Dies: Ric-Rac (sm), Button Boutique, Nestabilities (circle)
Ink: Momento, SU, PTI 
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Material Girl)
Buttons: PTI
Misc: tins, lace, mini thread spool and clothespin (discontinued at Michelle Wooderson's Etsy shop), seam binding, and stick pins


Edited: 7-5-11 The post containing the recipe can be found here!
Thanks so much for so many requests!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm At Camp...

Card Camp that is.

Growing up I never went to camp...

not even Girl Scouts.

Of course...

I guess that may also be because I never joined Girl Scouts.

Yeah...

the outdoors have never really been my thing.

I love outdoors...

the beauty that God has created...

but I just like enjoying them from the air conditioned comfort of my house.

But please note...

I also live in the South.

Where heat and humidity reign in the Summer...

and air conditioning is the 8th wonder of the world.

So this seemed to be my kind of camp...

one that would not require risking running into anything that slithers...

bites...

stings...

or creates a severe rash.

We were given a challenge though...

and true to my nature...

big vision...

small reality...


Purple, orange, pink, blue and white...

it was not easy.

I tried using patterned paper like my friend Suzanne at The Card Yard...

I failed.

But she is truly the queen of patterned paper so I was out of my league to start with...

but I tried.

The bottom part is from Echo Park Little Girl...

digi!

Have you gotten on the digi paper bandwagon yet?

Lo-ve it!

So addicted!

The orange gingham is just some from my stash and I have no idea where it came from...

but thought it at least complimented the EP...

which is better than I usually do.





The Details:
All Supplies PTI Unless Noted
Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Royal Velvet
Stamps and die: Ad Sense
Buttons: PTI
Ink: Momento
Patterned Paper: Echo Park and misc.
Misc: bling and ribbon

Monday, June 27, 2011

MIM #21



It's Monday.

I started Summer Card Camp today.

I'm supposed to make a card for it.

But while sitting down trying to think this morning...

I watched to new video from Nichole Heady and PTI's Make It Monday.

Did you see it?

Did you see her card?

OMG!

Can you say GORGEOUS?

If you've missed it...

here it is.

I can't do that.

But I did have an idea I wanted to try.

I'm not saying it's a good idea...

but an idea all the same and I wasn't going to get anything else done until I tried it.

And since I searched everywhere and found not a single sheet of grey cardstock...

I do have silver shimmer though...

I had to wait until love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married got home so I could run to town and get some grey cardstock.

Light grey...

to be specific.

And let me tell you...

it's not easy to find in my town.

There's is not one single scrap supply store in my entire county...

not one!

Someone could make a killing by opening one here...

because the closest ones will be in Nashville or Clarksville...

depending on what side of the county you're on.

So anyway...

where did I find grey cardstock?

My Office Depot is one of only a few that have started carrying a tad bit of scrap supplies.

Imagine that?

Going to Office Depot for cardstock and patterned paper...

and glitter!

So I got it done...

I wish I could have figured out how to photograph this better...

hopefully you can just barely make out the white around the edges of the mask...

Can you  see it?

It is two different photos...

maybe if you click on it?

No!

Wait!

Don't!

You'll see the boo-boos too...

just take my word for it.

But the idea comes from the technique name...

Polaroid.

I started thinking of the old black and white Polaroids in my mother's photo albums...

and decided to try a greyscale photo.

This only my 2nd attempt at greyscale...

I need to increase my grey Copics...

and just practice.

But I kind'a like it.

It's simple...

nothing spectacular...

but I like it.

Feel free to share any ideas you think would make it better though!



The Details
All Supplies PTI Unless Noted
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Stamps: YOF: Morning Glories
Ink: Momento, PTI, Copics
Ribbon: PTI
Misc: bling


Happy Anniversary

Today is love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married and my anniversary.

Or I think it is.

19 years...

that much I am sure of.

And believe me...

I am sure of that!

But my earlier comment...

"I think it is"...

came about because of this conversation that was had in our house on Saturday:


(walking into the bedroom where love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married was "playing" with his flies...as in fishing)
M:  You know what Monday is!
LOMLMTIM:  Yes...
       that horrid day!
M:   Excuse me!
LOMLMTIM:  What?!
M:   What did you say?
LOMLMTIM:  What?!
       You asked if I knew what Monday was?
M:   Yes... 
        do you?
LOMLMTIM:   I told you!
(by now the look on my face confirms that he could possibly be an idiot and will sleeping on the couch for the next 6 months)
M:  Really?
      So you think of our anniversary as "that horrid day"?!
LOMLMTIM:   (incredulous) NO!
      You said Monday!
M:  EXACTLY!
       Monday is our anni-ver-sary!
LOMLMTIM:  No it's not!
        (with a smile)
        That would be Tuesday!
M:   No...genius!
       Monday is the 27th!
LOMLMTIM:   (with a silent, triumphant Ha-Ha!)
        But we got married on the 28th!
M:   It was the 27th!
LOMLMTIM:   28th!
        Bailey's ( his neice) birthday is the 27th!
M:   (pausing....because could it be possible he's right?) 
        Was it the 28th?
LOMLMTIM:  Yes!
M:   Are you sure?
LOMLMTIM:  Yes...
M:  (still thinking... 
       because I'm swearing in my mind it was the 27th but 
       maybe I'm wrong...
       he sounds pretty convincing...
       finally...)
      NO!
      It's the 27th!
LOMLMTIM:  28th!
M:  (marching over and picking up the phone...I start dialing)
      I'll ask someone when we got married!


My Mom isn't home...
her cell is unavailable...
I call my sister...
because I knew our "day" was the same...
but different months, different years.

M:  Sister...
      when did you get married?
S:   September 27th 1997...
      Hey!  You have an anniversary coming up soon...
M:  Exactly!
      When is it?
S:   (laughing...) Well...Monday's the 27th...
M:  HA-HA! (very triumphantly)
       I thought so!...
(and semi covering the receiver I pointed at LOMLMTIM...)
       BOOH-YA!!!
       I was right!!
       You were wrong, Mister!!!
       Just...
       WRONG!!
LOMLMTIM:  (standing very still...pausing...then...with a straight face...)
         Prove it!!



Now...

I could tell you that I was wounded.

That I was angry...

and still am.

I could tell you a lot of things...

but...

instead I'll tell you...

I laughed.

And used it as leverage to make him cook dinner Saturday night.

And maybe I should be wounded...

and angry...

this is our wedding day...

the day we started our lives together...

but I'm not.

Because 19 years...

we're more than a date on the calendar.

We're 24/7...365.

I don't love him more on June 27th than I do any other day of the year.

I don't honor him more on June 27th than I do any other day of the year.

We've had our ups and downs...

we've been through thick and thin...

and we may have more of those times ahead...

hopefully more ups than downs...

but either way...

we're in this together.

And even though you've already seen this card...

and just so you know...

I've never given him a seriously romantic card and if I ever did...

he would probably assume I was about to give him life altering news...

I thought it just fit this occasion...

Because after 19 years...

he still makes me laugh.

And gives me lots of ammunition for blackmailing him into cooking dinner!



The Details:
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow
Stamper's Select (PTI)
Stamps: AmberInk
Ink: Copics
Patterned Paper: AmberInk
Misc: bling and ribbon

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Did You Remember...


I didn't.

It's Summer and I lose track of dates very quickly.

I can tell you what day it is...

OK...

sometimes I have to think about it...

but I'm pretty good at keeping up with that...

it's the dates I have problems with.

And when it came up yesterday that today was the PTI Blog Hop...

I thought to myself...

"No...

it's not time yet...

there's still another week or so..."

I had nothing!

Since they're trying something new for the next few months and giving inspirational photos as challenges...

I had glanced at it...

but not given it any thought because...

well...

I had time!

I was in big trouble!

I'm not good with inspirational photos.

Do I use the colors...

the shapes...

the elements?

Do I give my interpretation...

or take it literally?

I never know.

So I found this challenge to be actually quite hard when I sat down last night to try and work something out...

and studied this picture way more than I think anyone ever meant for it to be studied.

Here's the photo from PTI...

via Pinterest
The colors...

the blending...

is gorgeous and my first thought was this card from Nichole Heady and PTI's countdown for the June release...
Nichole Heady
and how she blended the colors...

she totally took me to Africa.

And the first thought upon seeing this card was...

"I had a farm in Africa.
I had a farm in Africa...
at the foot of the Ngong Hills".
       Karen Blixen
     "Out of Africa"

My favorite movie...

can you tell?

Her card is breathtakingly gorgeous...

so that meant I would never be able to pull it off...

and here's what I did instead...

I did draw from the colors on the wall...

just not in the same way.

The greens to pinks to melons...

and it made me think of watermelon.

The outer, darker green blending into...

light green rind...

then pale pink that then turns to melon.

I stopped after that.

I could have had a color explosion if I had continued on with all the colors.

I kept it simple.

And though I have a hard time keeping up with dates...

I did use Erin Lincoln's idea of combining the two stamps from the new Think Big Favorites to make the word "Thanks" using selective inking...

so I am paying attention.

And those little pearls on the bottom?

I didn't mean for them to be there...

but I made a slight boo-boo right at the very end...

and instead of tearing apart and redoing the card...

I used it for an embellishment opportunity.

Every mistake is an embellishment opportunity...

right?

Now go have fun on the hop...

can't wait to see how everyone else interpreted this challenge!



The Details:
All Supplies PTI unless noted
Cardstock: Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, 
Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Kraft
Stamps: Tin Types, Think Big Favorites #5
Ink: Momento, PTI
Dies: Nestabilities Circles
Misc: ribbon and bling, large scalloped circle (svg from myscrapchick)


Note:  I am gathering from the comments on my last post that I am not the only one to have thought they had  "brought home" Gerard Butler... 
only to wake and discover it was actually Pee-Wee Herman.
*giggle*
So glad I'm not alone in this. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Have You Ever...

heard that saying about how someone looks better and better the more you drink?

But in the cold, harsh dawn of reality...

maybe not so good?

I believe the same the can be said for cardmaking.

I say this because...

it's true.

I wasn't drinking while making a card last night...

unless you count my Dew...

but I was tired...

so I think the same principle applies.

I was tired and ready to go to bed after playing with Sweet Baby and not coming up with anything...

when an idea hit me...

*BONK*...

right between the eyes!

Well since I knew I would get to sleep in this morning...

I went straight to work.

I'm serious...

this idea was so good I couldn't risk letting it escape from me during sleep...

I had to complete it before closing my eyes...

I was up until almost midnight.

This idea was that genius!

It was so genius it was going to make you drop your jaw and drool in my wake.

It was so genius it was going to make you bow in awe to my creativity...

my cardmaking skills...

my vision.

It was a masterpiece.

I...
was...
going...
to...
ROCK!

And after completing it...

I headed off for some sleep so that I could "wow" you first thing this morning with my own personal Mona Lisa...

my own Sistine Chapel...

and I would need to be well rested for all the adoration and praise that you would be heaping upon me.

And as the golden rays of morning sun awoke me and with joy...

heart singing...

I rushed to my table to see my creative genius in the full light of day...

I realized...

sometimes...

I am so glad you are so far away.

I brought home the ugly guy at the end of the bar.


So what did I do?

Well...

I quickly dismantled before anyone could ever truly testify that it ever actually existed...

and you can't prove it did...

but then I realized I must share my wisdom with the world...

so that you too will not make the same mistake.

My lesson for you is...

do not craft while exhausted because apparently exhaustion magnifies your genius beyond all capable boundaries...

similar to drinking and believing that your looks, charm, talent, wit and intelligence improve with each swallow.


And since I had Sweet Baby here on the table...

and it's Friday...

which you know what that means...

 time for CAS-ual Fridays!!

Perfect balm for my wounded ego.

Clean...

simple...

and I did this...

a side shot so you can see the textured background...

No..

it's not my masterpiece...

but I thought it was cute.

And a definite improvement over the guy at the end of the bar.



The Details:
All Supplies PTI Unless Noted
Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Spring Rain
Stamps: Sweet Baby, Tiny Tags
Dies: Sweet Baby, Tiny Tags, Edgers #1
IP: Tin Type
Ink: Momento
Misc: twine and button PTI

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Isn't This Gorgeous?

Keep your pants on...

I didn't do it.

The credit for this piece of breathtaking art goes to Kristii at Sincerely Yours.

But she did inspire me to pull out this little set that I was so excited about...

excited about the vintage feel to it...

excited that I finally have a couple of baby sets...

that I could have actually used over the past year when I can't even count how many friends have had little ones...

excited for an excuse to play a little.

OK...

do we really need an excuse when it comes to "play time"?

*giggle*

Anyway...

I wasn't touching this card...

it's perfect.

But I did want to play a bit...

so I kept it very simple...

which also means easy to produce...

for when all those friends start in with adding more little ones to their hearts...


A close up so you can see the Tin Types IP in the background...

I think it gives it a "quilted" look...

and I sponged some pink ink around the edges of the oval to soften and separate all the white.

Definitely not Kristii's level of cardmaking...

but I still had fun!

And maybe as I get better at this hobby...

someday I'll attempt something on her level.

I think I'll play with Sweet Baby today...


The Details
All Supplies PTI unless noted
Cardstock: Stamper's Select, Sweet Blush
Stamps: Bundle of Love
Die: Nestabilities Ovals
IP: PTI Tin Types
Ink: Momento, Copics
Misc: SU scallop punch, pink ribbon

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Age Is Foolish...

  ...and forgetful when it underestimates youth
                                                     ~Albus Dumbledore

Last night when I sat down to try and produce a card for the CAS-ual Fridays #7 challenge...

I realized that I have had these "Har Re-Potter" stamps from Bug-A-Boo for almost a year and have only used them once...

Robert made his teacher a card for Teacher Appreciation this past year using the Harry image from last night...

she's a big Harry Potter fan too.

And when we made the decision last November to allow him to go to the midnight show of the 1st part of Deathly Hallows...

she took it very easy on him that following day knowing that he had been out extremely late...

as long as he swore not to breath a word about the movie because she wasn't going until that night.

Now you may question how responsible we may be as parents to allow him out at midnight for a movie...

on a school night...

but we're not irresponsible.

We didn't rush to the decision...

we laid down rules allowing him to go...

homework...

dinner...

and sleep before going...

but we saw the bigger picture...

something other than just responsibility.

We saw a chance for a memory.

One so embedded in his childhood that he will remember it long into adulthood.

One that someday...

far in the future...

he will be able to draw from as a parent.

To realize that sometimes you have a chance to create something magical...

memorable...

in the eyes of your child.

I'm by far not a perfect parent...

I make mistakes every day.

But when I someday look back upon my life...

I hope that I have given my children not only what they will need to succeed in life as an adult...

morals...

values...

the courage to follow their dreams...

but also memories.

Memories of a childhood that was far too short.

Splashing in mud puddles in a light Spring rain...

lying in a field on a sunny Summer day as a gentle breeze sways the tall grass...

puffs of billowy clouds floating lazily overhead in an azure blue sky with eyes closed against the glare of a sparkling sun while you allow your dreams to take flight and soar.

Autumn days spent swaying on the front porch swing while the rustling dance of fallen leaves provides the soundtrack of a perfect day losing yourself in the words of a book that will forever one of your favorites because of the memory it recalls.

Winter days spent bundled in hats, scarves and gloves against the cold as you glide down hills of snowy white, pitch the perfect snowball and flop onto the glistening blanket of freshly fallen snow as you imagine yourself taking flight.

Memories.

Someday when we look back upon our lives...

will there be enough memories to live that life again?

Will we want to?

Or will we instead think of how hard childhood was...

preparing so hard for adulthood that we forgot to live it?

I want my children to remember.

I want them to look back and remember with a smile.

I don't know if this was exactly what JK Rowling meant when Dumbledore spoke of youth...

and how foolish we are to underestimate it...

but for today we'll pretend it is.

That youth should be allowed to be enjoyed...

that the wonders in a child's eyes should be taken not as childish dreams...

but as endless possibilities.

I could do a hundred cards using Dumbledore's image...

all the incredible...

thought provoking quotes from his character.

And I have more images from this set...

more quotes...

I think they may make a nice little gift for a Harry Potter fan...

so you'll see more...

at some point.

And last night was my first time attempting color blocking...

the latest challenge at CAS-ual Fridays...

and I think this technique works perfectly for these images...

allowing the images to speak boldly and not being lost in the background...

so I guess technically this fits the challenge too...

so though nothing spectacular...

neither was the other...

very simple...

I'll enter one more.


The Details:
All Supplies PTI unless noted
Cardstock: Royal Velvet, Plum Pudding,
Silver
Stamps: Bug-A-Boo
Ink: Copics
Misc: printer paper

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CFC #7

How does time fly so fast during the Summer?

Is it because I don't have to get up every morning at 5am to start the day?

Or maybe because I can stay in my jammies all day if I choose?

(I actually choose that option quite often...even to the point of sending love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married to grocery for me because...well...I don't want to leave the comfort of my jammies)

But can't believe it's almost the end of June!

Soon it'll be the 4th...

and fireworks stands are popping up everywhere.

Hunter loves the 4th...

her favorite holiday.

She may not be able to see the bright colors...

the patterns...

but she loves the "pops"!

And though we are not like some around here who I swear must spend a weeks pay on fireworks...

maybe even 2...

we do trek out to our favorite place and buy some of our favorite "pops".

We've been going to the same stand for as long as I can remember...

it's operated by a family out on the other side of the county...

close to where we used to live...

and they use the proceeds to put into their grandchildren's college funds.

And the whole family is working it...

grandparents, parents, grandchildren...

even great grandchildren are there.

All of them have been...

are going...

or will go...

to college.

And graduate without a mountain of loans.

So it's kind'a a tradition for us each year to drive out there to pick up our fireworks.

But you know what else is happening in July...

the final Harry Potter film.

I have just finished rereading all of them...

in order...

and savoring every word.

I am truly totally and completely blown away with JK Rowling's talent.

Her ability to weave words...

create worlds...

to make us believe.

Oh...to possess such a talent...

sigh.

She is matched only by Tolkien...

the master.

And I can't get started on Tolkien because we could be here all night...

though just let me say I'm so glad that Peter Jackson is doing The Hobbit...

he made Middle Earth come alive in the Lord of the Rings trilogy...

so much so that one of the characters is on my future husband list...

complete with costume.

*giggle*

Love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married is aware of said list.

So...

July brings the 8th and final film in the Harry Potter series.

I cried when I finished Deathly Hallows...

yes...

I was out at midnight to pick up my pre-ordered copy...

and had it completed by morning...

so I reread it again.

I didn't want it to end.

And maybe that's why I'm a little sentimental now...

at least I've still had the movies to look forward to...

only now...

they're ending too.

So when trying to come up with an idea for CAS-ual Fridays latest challenge...

I started thinking of Harry Potter and the color blocking of his Gryffindor scarf...

the scarlet and the gold...

set against the black of his robes...

so I went to Hogwarts...

Sigh...

if only I could go for real.




The Details:
All Supplies PTI unless noted
Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel, Summer Sunrise
Smokey Shadow
Stamp: Bug-A-Boo
Ink: Copics
Misc: printer paper

Monday, June 20, 2011

How Time Flies...

when you're having fun.

I can't believe that my guest stint with AmberInk has come to an end...

I just got my official badge...

right?

The one with my name?

Declaring me a professional?

Alright...

I'm not really the professional type...

but I tried.

And it was fun!

Got to play with digi's...

and all the amazing things that you can do with them...

I still have a lot to learn...

but have you given them a try?

If you're curious...

about digi stamps...

digi paper...

go check out AmberInk and see for yourself how fun these goodies can be.

Before I go though...

a recap of my projects for AmberInk...

and an announcement!

Taking my place carrying the wonderful Blue Torch for AmberInk...

which we're like the elite because blue is actually the hottest part of a flame...

(I'm currently rereading The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins so yes...

you're going to have to deal with some "fire" references...)

and she is on fire...

Lee Anne from My Happy Place!!!

If you have never visited her...

you're going to want to.

She is the sweetest, kindest, paper-piecing queen...

(seriously...I bow in awe of her paper piecing talents!)

a Doll in every sense of the word...

and I adore her.

Believe me...

when she's done with you...

you will too!

Make sure to go over and give her a great big "Howdy"...

it'll be ok...

she's from Texas and understands the language. *giggle*

And to Amber and Pam...

two incredible ladies who have made doing this so much fun...

so long...

but not goodbye!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

All Good Things...

must come to an end.

This is my last project for AmberInk.

I have had so much fun this past month being a torch carrier for them...

so many wonderful goodies to play with...

really loving this digi stuff.

Have you tried it yet?

What are you waiting for?

It is so cool the way you can size your stamps to whatever size you need...

arrange them on a page however you need them to be...

and all you have to do is send them to your printer and viola!

Instant!!

And don't even get me started on the digi papers...

ok...

you asked for it!

So easy to just print those babies right when you need them...

takes up absolutely no space...

and you always have exactly what you need on hand!

Lo-ve them (insert sing songey voice)!!

So here goes the last...

it's a cupcake challenge from CupcakeInspirations...

have you checked out this blog?

Each week the challenge is to gain inspiration for a project from...

you guessed it...

CUPCAKES!!

This is one yummy inspiration blog...

stop by and check them out!

And here is the photo for this weeks inspiration...

And here's my take...

 
Isn't that image the cutest?

I'm saving it for love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married...

sometimes he is such a "fungi"!!

*giggle*

And yes...

I know I used pearls for the white dots...

but he's secure in his manhood...

he won't mind...

much.

And yes...

I added ribbon...

but I didn't make a bow...

so I think he'll be ok!

And did you check that paper!

DIGI!!

LOVE it!

So if you haven't already...

head over to AmberInk and check out all her stamps...

her papers...

you won't regret it!

Just go!


The Details:
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy
Stamps: AmberInk
Patterned paper: AmberInk
Misc: bling, ribbon

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Amber Ink #5

And it's time for another AmberInk...

actually I'm late.

But don't hold it against me...

I'm usually late for most things.

It's called...

4 kids.

This past week...

one left me for the first time and I have just been lost without her.

It literally felt as though I have been missing a vital piece of me and I couldn't function without it...

but now she's home...

and I'm complete again.

So on to AmberInk!

Have you been over to check out all the goodies...

digi stamps...

digi paper...

LOVE digi paper!

This was actually a sketch challenge card for PCP/AmberInk...

until PCP discontinued them.

But my card was done...

and here it is...

I know...

I know...

I've never seen pink lady bugs either...

but aren't they cute?

And they're available over at AmberInk...

so go and get some...

quick!



The Details:
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf from PTI
Stamps: AmberInk
Ink: Copics
Dies: Nestibilities, PTI Edger's #2
Misc: Bling, Twine from The Twinery, printer cs

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I Kissed Her...

and with my voice cracking...

tears threatening to overflow...

I told her I loved her...

and I turned and walked away.

She's only 13.

And this is the first time since my Daddy died and I had to leave them in a NICU in Baltimore to fly home to TN...

that I've went more than 24 hours without seeing her...

hugging her...

smelling the scent that is all her own...

being able to kiss her.

She's my baby.

Where has time went?
1 day old


Wasn't it just yesterday that she was the little 1 pound fighter that literally fit into the palm of my hand?

Wasn't it just yesterday that I burst into tears the first time I saw her under the bili lights and no diaper...

and how I was terrified because she didn't have a hiney and I thought she would be deformed for the rest of her life.

Wasn't it just yesterday the nurse rushed over...

concern and worry written on her face...

as I stammered out why I was in tears...

"S-s-she has no hiney!"

She gently laughed and explained that weight is gained from the head down...

and as she grew...

it would too.

Did you know that?

Because I never did.

Dad is from Michigan.  Only someone from Michigan would dare to dress their children in Lions clothes.

Wasn't it just yesterday she wanted Frosted Mini Wheats at Sam's...

how she declared in her tiny voice...

"But they my favorite!"

So we bought them...

small boxes...

but in bulk size...

and as soon as we were in the car and she asked for a box...

I opened it...handed it to her...

where she then proceeded to take a bite...

then sat there.

And closing the box said...

"Mmmmm...

I think I save these for later".

They were still in the pantry a year later when I finally threw them out.

Wasn't it just yesterday that she believed cereal could dance and talk?

They did on the commercials.

10 months


Wasn't it just yesterday she hoped...

oh...how she hoped...

the Easter bunny would bring her Peeps.

And when I reminded her she didn't like marshmallows...

she declared that...

"No...they my favorite".

Wasn't it just yesterday that Easter morning arrived and she rushed in to find those wished for Peeps in her basket....

tore them open...

took a bite...

then set the rest of it back into the box and announced...

"Mmmmmm...

I think I save these for later".

It was the Frosted Mini Wheats all over again....

she still believed they would dance.

They did on the commercials.

14 months

Wasn't it just yesterday she would wake and pull her little chair in front of the tv and with her stuffed Po and La La would sit...

unmoving...

eyes glued to the tv...

for an entire 25 minutes while she watched the Teletubbies.

She taught herself to count by watching them.

And by the time she was 15 months...

she was counting to 20 in English...

10 in German and Spanish.
Our family portrait...2000.

Wasn't it just yesterday she loved Mercer Meyer's Little Critter books...

how she made us read them over and over and over...

until she had them memorized.

And then...

she taught herself to read by matching the words in her memory...

to the words on the page.

We didn't realize when she announced she was "reading" to Hunter one night and over the monitor she called out...

that when I went in to check and she asked what a word was...

that it wasn't one of her "memorized" books...

but instead one we rarely read...

and she was reading.

She was 3.
Pre-K...2001


Wasn't it just yesterday we discovered we were expecting Robert...

and how when we sat her down and explained that we would be having a new baby...

how she jumped up...

clapped her hands together and with the excitement of a child on Christmas Eve said...

"Oh...I hope it's a brother!

I wished upon a star for a brother!"

Then when the day came and we knew it was indeed going to be a brother...

I don't know who yelled louder when the technician announced...

"It's a boy!"...

love-of-my-life-man-that-I-married...

or her.

Then she spoke and said...

"I knew it was a brother!

I wished upon a star for a brother and God is giving me my wish."

She paused...

then...

"I wonder when he's going to give me my other wishes?"



I will always remember...

these moments...

all the moments that have happened over the last 13 years...

as though my life didn't start until then.

And I can't remember what I did...

how I lived...

before them.

As though from the moment of their birth...

as they drew their first breath...

I too breathed for the very first time.

I started living.



I kissed her.

And with my voice cracking...

tears threatening to overflow... 

told her I loved her...

I turned and walked away.

She's only 13.

It's only a week...

and it'll be good for her.

A chance to test the wings that I have spent her entire life trying to give her the courage and confidence she will someday need to use them...

to fly...

to soar...

to discover and live her life...

but I want to take it all back.

Not because I don't want her to soar...

I want her to spread her wings and fly high...

there just hasn't been enough time.

I just want to do it all over again.



She's been living the college life for the past week...

a Summer program for gifted children...

and she's been having a great time.

Wants to go to college at Vanderbilt now.

The food is great...

the chocolate cake is "to die for"...

she ate 3 pieces the first night.

She's breaking my heart.

But I'm going to pick her up...

to bring her home...

only I know she won't quite be the little girl that I left a week ago.

She will have grown...

matured...

opened her eyes to the world that awaits...

to the skies that will allow her dreams to soar.

And the world may never know that little girl who believed in talking cereal...

dancing marshmallow bunnies...

or that wishes made upon a star come true...

but I will always see her.

I just hope she always remembers her too.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

One Person's Weed...

Have I told you lately how much I love this guy...

cheesy grin and all?

I do.

I love him so much my heart explodes every time he runs into the room...

he reaches for my hand...

he says the word "Mommy".

And what Mother has never received one of these...

a beautiful bouquet of weeds...

given with the biggest sunshine of a smile...

a hug...

a kiss...

and the words...

"I love you, Mommy".

Dinky gifts me with these every time he steps outside.

He gets so excited when he sees any "flower" growing...

and wants to pick them all...

just for me.

I've had this with all my children...

they've all given me "bouquets" over the years...

but he's the only one still young enough to see the "flower" beyond the weed.

And time is short...

because he too will someday stop seeing them as "beautiful"...

and I won't be greeted with running feet into the kitchen...

or yells of "Mommy, close your eyes"...

and I'm going to miss the flowers he once believed in.

But I'll miss the little boy even more.



CAS-ual Fridays has a new challenge...

and I'm going to enter this for the challenge...


I'm not sure if this is a flower or a weed...

it's from PTI's Anniversary set...

but I tried to give it the appearance of a weed...

I stamped the image off twice to weaken the color...

and added small white dots...

And I have to tell you how I came about having that sentiment...

it's from PTI's Wildflower Garden and I was torn on it last month...

I loved it...

the flowers are gorgeous...

but it was that particular sentiment that struck my heart.

It is my heart...

it's my children.

Only I couldn't justify buying it for just that...

so I wish listed it.

But my dear, wonderful, don't-know-what-I-ever-did-without-her friend Cathy (EmptyNestCrafter) bought the set...

and sent half of it to me...

including that sentiment.

I adore her...

I just hope she knows how much.


And hopefully this qualifies for the challenge...

I went with buttons, flowers and twine.

I've never done a challenge like this one so I don't know if my stamped "flowers" count.



The Details:
All Supplies PTI unless noted:
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream
Stamps: Botanical Silhouette, Wildflower Garden
Ink: Momento
Button and twine: PTI


Note: Card was inspired by a card posted this morning by Nichole Heady on her PTI countdown post.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...