Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Peaceful Sunday 10-30

Have a great day!!
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Friday, October 28, 2011

October Project

Today I am going to share a little bit of how my brain works when i am be crafty.

It all started with the Bella Blvd Too Cute Too Spoke collection. After a little trip to the office supply store I pretty much knew what I would be doing.

Next I went "shopping" in my studio. I grabbed everything that would work with my "theme" and everything (ribbon, stains, Mists, stickles, cardstock, brads, eyelets, other embellishments) in coordinating colors I thought I might use. Next I gather some fun tools, inks and stamps... along with the ATG, liquid glue, glue dots and pop dots.

I use the area around my chair for things I don't want on the table (read as- Don't have room for!! LOL)

I use a little bucket to keep my tools from getting lost in the chaos.

This is the little album I am working on for our Halloween pictures. I am using a 5.5"x8.5" three ring binder. (I picked that along with the page protectors, business card holders and little folder pockets at the office store.) The front of my binder is a combination of elements slipped into the cover and actually adhere to the front of the book. (It looks really cool because of the inside/outside of the pouch layering.)

Here you can see a chipboard page I am working on. If you look real close, on the back side of the table you can see my next 4 projects are laid out. 

Future Projects, in no particular order:
Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas collection along with a Fancy Pants AE Brag Book. I am going to attempt the 25 Days of Christmas journal.

Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup collection- perfect for a few Fall layouts.
Hailey's little chipmunk needs to be sewn, she is losing her stuffing and tiny pellets. (This one will be on the top of my "To Do" list.)

Fancy Pants Off to School collection. I bet this will make the school pictures of the kids look even cuter!! :-)
Now you see where I have been all week instead of blogging. LOL Now you have a little glimpse of how my little brain works. :-)
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall card

I made a few of these cute little cards. I have always loved the bear image (it was from TAC) and since Fall is my favorite season, I had to get him out and play again.

Copic coloring, hard to believe , but I used 30 different markers on this one image. It is very relaxing to sit down with a few images and some Copics. (Hailey said when she turns 6 then she can use my markers. LOL Until then she uses her water-based ones. )

And you can't forget the inside. :-)
The papers are from A paper pad from hobby Lobby. All edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The main image is pop dotted. The scallop border was made with the Medium Scallop die from Taylored Expressions and the gingham ribbon is True Black by Paper try Ink.
Do you make Halloween/Fall cards? Leave me a link so I can check them out.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Peaceful Sunday Oct 23

Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit

Cannon Ball Concertion
Squaw Creek Valley

Momma Mule Deer

Herd of buffalo
(Be sure to click on each picture to see them bigger.)
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Last buffalo LO.... for real

So, yesterday I started off with the title about being the last buffalo layout and then proceeded to post my Mustangs lo and pictures. LOL I will just blame it on old age!! LOL
 Today I really do have another buffalo layout, for true! :-)
Our family went on a little adventure a couple of weeks ago and I was very blessed to be able to get some great wildlife photos. It was fun driving along, wondering what we may see. Hunter loved the little prairie dogs, I thought they were pretty cute too. He likes smaller animals..... Hailey on the other hand likes the bigger creatures! She really likes the mommas with little ones. She must have said at least a hundred times that she thought the buffalo were "sooo cute!"

The printed paper is a piece I picked up at the Painted Canyon information center. It was a 12x12 and I wanted to use it for 2 layouts so I cut it in half and used half on each side. The yellow dotted paper is an older Basic Grey paper, that along with one full sheet of brown cardstock made the base for my double page layout. I also added a scrap of darker brown cardstock that I punched with the Upper Crust border punch. I used some twine I have had for ages on the right page, after wrapping it around the page several times I used the Tiny Attacher to keep it in place. For my title I used stickers. And of course I used Vintage Photo distress ink on everything. :-)
I do have more buffalo pictures, but I think I am done scrapping them. Gotta move onto something else, right? 
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I am sharing another 12x12 layout using photos from our recent trip to the Roosevelt National Park. While driving the loop we could see several cars were parked and several people were out taking photos. It wasn't until we rounded the curve that we could see what everyone was stopped for. It was a herd of wild mustangs. They we peacefully grazing on the prairie grass and not paying any attention to all of the sightseers and cameras. I have seen many horses in my lifetime, even had one when I was younger, but seeing them in the wild was amazing!! It stirs my soul to see God's creatures living in the wild.

I used the Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard paper collection. The tag and butterflies are Jillibean Soup too. I used the Perfect Pearls mist in Kiwi on the Bazzill cardstock before adding the designer paper rectangles. I rounded all of the corners before using Vintage Photo distress in on the edges. I added bling to this layout too, something kind of unexpected but fun. LOL

Aren't they beautiful? 
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Peaceful Sunday

Danish Mill Kenmare, ND

 Leaning Barn Donnybrook, ND

 I wonder what this old building was used for, look at the front porch and the flagpole. Any guesses? 
Near Carpio, ND

Old barn Carpio, ND
Train Bridge Minot, ND
 Flags Kenmare, ND

 Pumpkins Minot, ND

Ugly pumpkins Minot, ND
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Review- Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado

Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado illustrated by Toni Goffe
In Just In Case You Ever Wonder Max Lucado starts off by telling children that they we made by God. He then goes on to reinforce a parent’s unconditional love and support as well as reassures children of our Heavenly Father’s unconditional love and support.
I was very excited to share Just In Case You Ever Wonder with my children. My five year old was anxious for me to read it to her after she saw the cover illustrations. She really enjoyed the book, and I was pleased that it reinforced the things we have been teaching her; she was created by God, daddy and I love her very much and she can always come to us with her problems.  My seven year old enjoyed the book as well. I like Just In Case You Ever Wonder because it has the same message that we have been telling our children every day since they were born.  I know we will be reading this book over and over, and it is sure to become an all-time favorite.
I would recommend adding  Just In Case You Ever Wonder  to your children’s library. It is a book that is meant to be read to children and not necessarily one to be read on their own.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Little church on the Prairie

I love my husband!! There are many reasons why, but two of them come to mind at this moment. One reason is he loves, loves, loves road trips!! (And so do I! You just never know when or where we will go.) The other reason is he will turn the minivan around and go back if I have see something interesting. Like on a reason adventure I spotted this church in the distance, on a hill top in the middle of nowhere.
As soon as I saw the church my mind went back to one of my favorite TV programs, Little House on the Prairie. (Heehee, it's a little church on the prairie. ) This is St Paul's Lutheran Church est. 1889. And yes, they still have an outhouse (it is just out of the shot in the bottom photo, to the right.)
I used the Jillibean Soup Dutch Mustard collection for my layout. The embellishments are form Jillibean too.

I used some copper Perfect Pearls Mist on my cardstock (I'm loving those mists!!) I have a few more pictures I want to get scrapped from our weekend adventure, those should be coming soon.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Wild Buffalo

Last Saturday the family loaded up for one of our "Road trip adventure" days. We drove to Medora, an old west tourist town. Most shops closed after Labor Day, but that really wasn't the reason we headed that direction. We wanted to see the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Our goal was to see some elk and some wild buffalo. Not sure where the elk were hiding, but we were not disappointed in the buffalo. We saw a couple herds of buffalo, and several loners.
 The first group we came upon I was so excited to get pictures that I jumped out of the truck. It wasn't until Hailey wanted out so she could get pictures that I had second thought about my sanity. LOL They are very big  and strong animals, and well, they are wild!! :-)
(I will save the stories about all the other animals we saw for another day.)
Cheryl posted a challenge for a group of us scrappers, and my buffalo pictures worked for what I had in mind. She posted a Bingo Challenge. You pick the line you want to do and then make your layout or card.
Here is what we had to work with:

 I was a little limited in what I could use, because after all I was scrapping buffalo. LOL I picked the very top row. Easy, right? Well, not really, 10 buttons, 9 looked perfect to me, but I needed to use 10. Aha, while fiddling around I solved that problem, I stacked two buttons together, 10 for the price of 9. LOL
 And stickles or glitter!!?? Hum, not what I think of when I think of buffalo. :-) I did use stickles, on the little hearts on the vertical strip beside my photos. Now, you want to see, right? (Don't forget to click the photos to make them bigger)

Hailey loved the momma buffalo and her baby. (We did see 2 smaller babies, and she went crazy over them!! LOL)

My embellishment cluster.

The stacked buttons.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Peaceful Sunday

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

One day of greatness

Two weeks ago Hunter brought a slip of paper home from school. Grades 1-5 would be playing football on Saturday morning. When I asked Hunter if he wanted to play he told me no, he was afraid of getting hurt. Nothing more was said about the football game until that Friday night, you guessed it, he changed his mind and wanted to play.
We got to the field and Hunter didn't want to get out there with the other boys (and one girl, boy was she quick and tough!!) Finally he joined the others on the field. And just as I thought it was a friendly game of flag football.... BUT Hunter had never played flag football, the only football this kid has seen is rough and tumble TACKLE football. The first couple of plays my boy was tough as nails defending his man, (read as... hanging around that big kid's neck trying to get him down!! LOL) He did get the hang of FLAG football after a few plays. (Thank goodness!!)
He looks like a real football player, huh? 

 Getting his flag re-attached.
They played for an hour. Hunter got out there and had fun.... but on the way home he told us he was done with football!! LOL I am so glad he gave it a try. And I am soooo happy he is done with football.... for now anyway!! :-)
(The other boys are still playing flag football on Saturday mornings, but not Hunter! Three days after the game he broke his arm! His may be one of the shortest football careers ever!! LOL)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review- Stumbling into Grace

Lisa Harper uses both modern day stores and Bible scriptures to address some of life’s biggest issues dealing with God’s grace.  Stumbling into Grace displays the author’s wonderful sense of humor and how she relates it back to scripture.
I found Stumbling into Grace to be very encouraging while faced with a life that is not playing out as I had planned.  It was very refreshing to see God’s Word in a way that that was made more personal because of Lisa’s wonderful sense of Humor. Although her snake story did cause me to shiver!! J I found myself chuckling as I identified with the personal stories, and occasionally wondering how I had missed different points she made about scripture. (For example while on the cross is the only time Jesus called God, My God instead of Father.)
 I feel that Stumbling into Grace is a book that females will more easily identify with and I highly recommend it. I think anyone dealing with the ups and downs of life with is encouraged and uplifted by Lisa Harper’s writing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255