Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sweet Sunny Saturday!

Yay, sunshine!!!
It is gorgeous here today, and even though another storm is on the way, we are enjoying today's wonderful weather.
Sorry so long between posts, it was a long week for me with a lot going on. Still missing Tyler alot, but he is doing great so that gives me such a feeling of relief!
I am excited to have my dearest friend visiting us from Oregon with her darling family! We have known each other since we were children, and we call each other sister and our kids call each other cousins, truly family!!! It has been so nice to catch up with them and spend time together with people you love so much! Such a blessing!
I can't believe that in just a few days I will be off to New Jersey for my time at Ranger U! So excited for that, and can't wait to learn so many new things!
Happy Saturday to all of you!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It snowed...

***edited*** April 29th 2009
The previous project was picked up for publication. Instead you are looking at the Thomas Kinkade image that used the same technique.

Just when I was convinced that Spring would be here we got a very large winter storm and wow is it white again, LOL!

With the weather like that it was easy to go into my studio and make a mess! I got a couple of things done, and it was the perfect activity for the day!

This little card is so much prettier in real life. It is splashed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist and has a lovely shimmer when tipped at angles. I sprayed the flowers at the same time so that they would compliment the colors used on the background. That is the Vintage City Scrapblock and it was heat embossed with Superfine clear embossing powder from Ranger. That stuff looks almost like flocking when it comes out of the jar, it is so cool!!! And it is very detailed, perfect for this stamp and so many of the others from CHF! Can you tell what my inspiration for this card was? LOL! Dave went out of town for the week as well, and I am telling you, this house is now really quiet. Not sure how I feel about that...

Well, there is a Thomas Kinkade release today, and I have a card that I have been working on that is eerily similar to this that would like some finishing touches.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Blustery Sunday

It has been a beautiful week with wonderful spring like weather, something that we have all appreciated! Well today it is very blustery with obvious signs of a cold storm coming in behind it. I was so happy to see my little crocus peeking through the mud the other day, such an appreciated sign of spring! But no sooner than they had sprouted a few blooms, were they soon trampled under the enthusiastic running of the boy-zois. Oh well.
Also in the course of this week, they have found it quite entertaining to open the door of my closet and steal shoes from a shelf. The shoes that they stole and then subsequently destroyed were the two pairs that I had just found during my trip to California for CHA, one was my new favorite because it was low and oh so comfy. The other pair was a gorgeous yellow pair of slingback wedges that hadn't even been worn yet, I had been saving them for the warmer spring weather. Oh well. (I do say that alot with regards to them, LOL!)
The layout that I am sharing here was just published in the Photoplay special issue that simple Scrapbooks produced. It is filled with wonderful ideas, and I was very pleased to have been included in such an inspiring and fun project!
Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!
p.s. we totally miss our boy, I want to thank all of you who left such kind and supportive words, so appreciated!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pictures from today...

This is what two years of stuff looks like when it is put into a very large suitcase, he put his pillow on top of that and zipped it up. His bedsheets, towels, shoes, toiletries and clothing are all in there. Mind boggling to me really.
We took a few minutes to take some pictures before we left home and a few when we got to the airport. He checked in hugged us all once and then turned with a big smile on his face to head into the security check area, with not even a glance behind. We all stood there like lost pups watching him through the whole process and then had a silent car ride home. We miss his presence already.

Our last evening with Tyler and some digi projects

I don't have much to say, just twelve hours before we take Tyler to the airport, so excited for him and have enjoyed spending loads of time with him and our family over the last few days. Yesterday we had his farewell at church and a day with the family and friends who wanted to wish him well. Today was spent at the temple and with our little family in a more private get together that was very special and wonderful in so many ways. Then we ate apple pie.

I have been keeping up for the most part with my assignments for my digi in deep class at Jessica Sprague's site. The layouts are all of

Laurel, it had been awhile since I had done any of her and she actually let me take a few pics of her this weekend!

I have really enjoyed working on my digi skills, this class has shown me so many new workflows, I am really enjoying it! I hope that it will also help me analyze my designs better and also give this old dog some new tricks!

Also a quick note for the tennis fans, the Indian Wells tournament is going, and it has been very good! (will be spending my time missing Tyler in front of the tv watching this...)


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Five days and I want to stop counting!

I know, I need to stop whining about Tyler leaving, you are all probably so sick of it!!!

The quote on this card is what I wish for him, and I know that by letting him go he can do anything that he imagines. (it really is so hard though!) They don't tell you that when you leave with them from the hospital to take them home for the first time. Seems that there should be some disclaimers of some kind dontcha think?

Dear Cath has given some wonderful words of advice and comfort and also excellent suggestions for reading that I have really appreciated.

We have a weekend of plans and activities that will allow us to spend extra time with Tyler and our extended family that want to spend time with him and wish him well.

Hang in there with me, I promise I will talk about something else soon!


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What a great day!!

I only have Tyler for one more week before he is on the plane to Sao Paolo, Brazil to serve in the Cuiaba Mission. So to get the most out of the time that we have, we have been doing lots of his favorite things! Today we went skiing up at Deer Valley. It was so beautiful, with almost two feet of new snow and cold clear skies, perfection if you are a skier! We came home and ran carpool, picked up some groceries and went to Mr. Mac to pick up his suits, shoes, slacks, shirts, socks and the suitcases to put it all in. (that was quite the alliteration wasn't it, quite proud of myself, LOL!)

So hard to let him go, but I am enjoying all of the time we are spending together, such a treat!

Off to get some rest, another long day tomorrow!


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Digi in Deep...

Submersed in this week's work, loads of exciting things going on at CHF, and up to my eyeballs with a course at Jessica Sprague's called Digi in Deep. This layout is the first week's assignment, and it took me more than a few hours to get through the videos to get it done. Honestly it wouldn't have taken me that long to make it using my current skill set, (if I could think like this) but it was great learning more tricks and shortcuts! I am picking up some very nice design ideas too, so it is a program that I highly recommend! It is really well organized, and I can tell that everything is very well thought out and her presentation is impeccable. It has been a great experience so far, but ask me in a few more weeks when I am feeling even more overwhelmed, LOL!
I am off to work on the second assignment for this week so that I don't get to far behind and watch the "Burn Notice" season finale!
Good stuff!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Does anyone have any...

spare time that I could borrow for the next few weeks (month tops!) that I will give back after I am done with it!

Tyler is leaving on the 18th (yes, of this month!!) and I am not ready. He is prepping, and has a few things left to do, but while I am trying my hardest to bend my head around it, just can't seem to be able to get around not crying when I think about not seeing him for two years. I am totally excited about the adventure, the location, the reason and everything else! But man two years seems like forever right now.

This is a layout I made a few months ago with pictures from a trip to visit with Christina. I wrote myself some advice, and it seems really applicable right now for me and Tyler, so it seemed worth sharing.

Off to enjoy an evening with the family watching Chuck and snarfing down some lasagna that Tyler made for us this afternoon! We all went to the Draper Temple open house together earlier today, so beautiful, and now some quiet time together is just what I need!