Monday, February 28, 2011

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Have you ever wished that time would just SLOW DOWN ALREADY!!! Well, that is exactly how I've been feeling the last little while. My son turns 20 tomorrow and I, to put it mildly, have not been doing well with that fact. Let's just say it has been a little weepy around here for the past couple of days. I think it is a little harder because this is the first birthday of his that I won't be spending with him. As most of you know, he is serving as a missionary for our church. He has been gone for almost a year now and well, I'm just really missing him right now. Don't get me wrong...I don't wish for anything to be different. I KNOW he is soooooo HAPPY and exactly in the right place for him and that makes me soooooo HAPPY, too. That is all a mother wants. It is just a little HARD for ME sometimes and this is one of those times. I can't believe my 4th child is turning TWENTY!!! My baby boy is going to be TWENTY tomorrow! How can this have happened soooo dad gummed fast!! SLOW DOWN TIME I've been wishing! Well, I got my wish. Last night. Time slowed down all came to a dead halt. After a couple hours of restless sleep, at 3:00 am I woke up...and I mean WOKE UP!!! WIDE AWAKE at 3:00 am. Now insomnia and I are old frenemies, but this was exceptionally bad case even for me. After laying there...tossing...turning...staring at the ceiling...quite sure that HOURS have gone by and it is finally time to get up...I check the clock 3:15 am........WHAT?!!! Oh myyyyy I got my wish...time was slowing down...minute by agonizing minute!! Not exactly what I envisioned. I take a bath....I read....I wander aimlessly around the house...I lay there and toss and turn...I do mental exercises that sometimes get me back to sleep...I stare at the ceiling some more...I have the thought (one of THOUSANDS) that well, this is what you wished for...time has slowed down...I check the clock...4:00 a.m. UGH!!! More of the same...UGH!! I have the thought (one again of thousands) this is going to be bad tomorrow...wait amend that...this is going to be bad all week! UGH!! Fall asleep at 5:45 just in time to wake up in a couple of minutes! So to Ty on his birthday tomorrow...I careful what you wish for...cause it just might come true! To all of you...I hope your wishes come true...well, maybe! BIG HUGS, Cheryl

A little collage of Ty through the years:

Birthday card I made for Ty:

Friday, February 25, 2011

WELCOME Draconis!!!

Hi all!! I'm so excited to tell you that I am the proud new mama of a little baby dragon named Draconis!! The ever so sweet Lauren has entrusted me with his care!
Thank you Lauren! He is already melting out hearts *in a good way...not a fire breathing way! Here are a few photos of our sweet Draconis adjusting to his new home:

Here he is being welcomed by my grandson Nate:

He said he loved the airplane ride, but he thought he would like his next adventure to be on a train:

His favorite room in the house is the kitchen...especially on the stove. Here he is with his FAVORITE food...some homemade mango chutney (he has good taste...yum!):

I can't wait to share adventures with this sweet little guy! As soon as the weather cooperates he wants to go visit the lava fields!!

Hope you have a heart melting day! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nothing to It!!! *CCCB*

Hi all! Today is City Crafter Challenge Day...yeah! Our theme this week is brought to us by our hostess, Linda. The theme is "Nothing to It" and the challenge is.....well, to do just that...add NOTHING to your project... No bows, No lace, No flowers, No buttons. Yep, you heard right, you add NOTHING to it. It's just a simple one dimensional project. Except for me "simple" was anything but simple! haha!! What a challenge. You'll definitely want to play along. The ohhh soooo fabulous Pixie Dust Paperie is generously sponsoring us! Go check out the work by the GD and DT HERE at City Crafter Challenge Blog! They rocked this challenge! Have fun!! There's nothing to it! Haha!! Hugs, Cheryl

Saturday, February 19, 2011

GCD Studios Chip Art Tool Contest!!

Hi all!! Just wanted to let you know about a really fab contest being run by GCD Studios!! It involves their ultra cool Chip Art tool! All the info can be found HERE on the GCD Studios blog! Good LUCK!! Hugs, Cheryl

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Tyler!!

Just wishing my little grandson Tyler a Happy 4th Birthday!! I can not believe he is already FOUR!!! I hope you join with me and wish him a happy, happy birthday!
Hug, Cheryl
Here are some of my fun memories of him from this past year:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

GCD Studios DT Call!!!

Can you believe it has been a YEAR since the last GCD Studios DT call?!! Where has time gone?!! Well, my term is almost over now, but I hope to see some of YOU try out and see YOUR fabulous creations with the FANTABULOUS GCD Studios product! They just introduced NINE new lines at Winter CHA! They also won the BEST BOOTH of the entire show!! Wooohooo! You can find ALL the information for the DT call HERE on the GCD Studios blog. I was lucky enough to contribute three layouts to the show working with the new Scandia Jul line,

the Baby Girl line,

and the Fun House Line!

Technically these don't belong to me right now, so I didn't show you the entire los, but just gave you a peek so you get an understanding of how FABULOUS these new lines are. This is without the embellishments even (they, the embellishments, are just over the top and I can't wait to get them!). If at a future date I receive the layouts back I will share them in their entirety (sp.?) I sure hope you all check it out!! I would LOVE to see you on their team!! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cute Stuff!! *A CCCB Color Challenge via Tokyo

Hi all!! It's time for another City Crafter Challenge Blog Challenge! This week our hostess is Kirsty and she is featuring her love of Japan and Tokyo this week. Kirsty is challenging us to use the colors from this cute Japanese, My Melody, picture. So you can create any project as long as you feature the colors found in this cute image:

The colors just seemed to say Easter to me and so I decided to get a jump start on my Easter cards. You just can't start too early, I say! Go check out all the DT and Guest Designers super cute creations this week! Totally Cute Stuff!!! You can find them all HERE! Can't wait to see what Cute Stuff you all share with us! Ros is providing us with a wonderful prize package for the winner! Hugs, Cheryl

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Hi All!!! Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope you are spending this day with those you love! I'm just sharing these Valentine's that I made for my grandchildren and my son that is in Washington.

Wishing you all the BEST Valentine's Day EVER!!

Big Hugs,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

*My Creative Scrapbook* Cards

Hi all! No only was I able to make SIX layouts with the My Creative Scrapbook February Creative Kit, but I was able to make FOUR cards! What a KIT! The goodies in the kit were perfect for Valentine's or any time you want to show your love! I wanted to share these yesterday, but after getting locked out of my house at 6:00 in the morning and spending an hour and a half attempting to get back kind of threw my whole day off. I'm excited to be able to share with you today and thank the wonderful group over at My Creative Scrapbook for asking me to join with them this month! Have a fab day everyone! Hugs, Cheryl

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

All That Glitters **CCCB**

Hi all!! I'm here with our City Crafter Challenge Blog challenge that is brought to us by our hostess, Ros! The theme is "All That Glitters" and the challenge is to use GOLD AND SILVER on your project! Don't be daunted ... these can be in any form ...
stamps, brads, charms, Mirri card ... whatever you like. I LOVE it! Now, I am not one who EVER uses silver or gold on my projects...let alone both of them together and I really had to put on my thinking cap for this one. Thanks so much Ros for helping me think outside the box! I know you all are going to rock this challenge! If you need a little inspiration then go check out the fab projects by our Guest Designer and DT over at City Crafter Challenge Blog! Fab work all!! What else is FAB is our ohhhhhhhh sooooooooo sweet sponsor, Sylvia Nelson, who has provided a beautifully glittery prize package! Thank you so much Sylvia!!! Soooo let us see the Midas' touch you all have and bring on the GOLD *and the SILVER! Hug, Cheryl

Monday, February 7, 2011

It's Revealing!!! *My Creative Scrapbook*

Ok, it is REVEAL time all!!! I'm revealing all six of the layouts today and I'll reveal the cards on Thursday! I can not begin to tell you how much fun I had with the My Creative Scrapbook Creative Kit! So without further are my layouts:

EVERYTHING you see here except for the one sheet of cardstock and the thread for the stitching was included in the kit! Isn't that AMAZING! Thank YOU ALL at My Creative Scrapbook for asking me to be a Guest Designer for February and giving me the WONDERFUL opportunity to work with this ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh soooooooooooo FUN kit! Hugs, Cheryl

Friday, February 4, 2011

Last of the Sneakiness!! **MCS**

OK, here is the last of the sneakiness! I will tell you that I was able to make six layouts and 4 cards from the My Creative Scrapbook Creative Kit! Isn't that amazing!
Everything you will see on both the layouts and cards with the exception of one piece of cardstock and some embroidery floss and thread (for stitching) came in the kit!
So fab! I hope you have enjoyed these sneaks and I can't wait to reveal the whole thing!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Some more Sneaks!! *MCS*

Ok, here are some more sneaks of the projects I was able to create with the My Creative Scrapbook Creative Kit!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I'm Being Sneaky!!! **MCS**

I have some exciting news to share! I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the month of February for the My Creative Scrapbook kit club! They put out such FANTABULOUS kits and I was asked to work with their Creative kit! I can't wait to share the full reveal, but until then I can give you some sneak peeks! I think you'll agree that this kit is just full of FUN!! So here are three peeks of some projects I created and their is MORE to come. I'll give you some more peeks tomorrow and Friday. Now aren't I being sneaky!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

All You Need Is LOVE **CCCB**

Hi all! I'm back again with another challenge from City Crafter Challenge blog! Our theme is All You Need Is Love...Love is All You Need. And that is what you will need for your challenge this week...LOVE...You just need to create a project with the word "love" on it or the universal symbol of love...a heart. So you can use the word "love" or a heart or both. Go check out the LOVEly creations from the DT! I hope are you feelin' the LOVE!! I can't wait to see your projects!! You are also going to LOOOVE the prize from our fabulous sponsor, Laura's Vintage Garden!