Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 243, Monday, August 31, 2009

This is where Giz likes to lay when I am sitting in the recliner (working on my laptop). He will push against the screen until I allow him to sit on my legs. He has done this since he was a puppy.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Project 365 Album Pages

These layouts are from the month of July...yes, I am that far behind. I have been working on the Project 365 Album for the last 2 weeks, trying to get caught up. Why do I let myself get so far behind? All of the "Picture Of The Day" photos will end up here in my 8 1/2" X 11" landscaped scrapbook. When I made the decision to do this album, I created all 52 of the layouts, "week of" and "journaling" cards during January when we had 3 snow days. I don't think I would have completed this, if I hadn't done all the prep work. Just a word of warning...if I don't have my "potd" might be it!

Day 242, Sunday, August 30

The site for the new tennis courts is underway. I have been watching from my perch on "the wheels of death" this past week. If you look close...about half way can see where the sleeves for the net posts are set in the concrete. The basketball court used to be located here and when they broke ground on the new cardio room at Parkside across the street, they plowed up the outdoor tennis courts.

Day 241, Saturday, August 29

Jim is shaking my rugs, today! He is the absolute best rug shaker on the face of the earth. Believe me, when I say that there is no dirt or lint left on any of those rugs. You can see the lint flying in the air. Later in the day, we left to go do some errands and there was lint on both of our cars in the driveway! Thanks, guy!

This morning, I went to my friend Nikki's for an Open House. She had the new Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up! We used this new stamp set. There are four different Christmas ornaments in the set and a punch to match of course. You can't really tell, but the red has shimmer paint mixed in the ink and it is very pretty.

We made a halloween treat from supplies in the Holiday Mini Catalog, too. It was fun to make using the plastic treat holders and the new stamp set. Thanks, Nikki for hosting an awesome workshop!

Day 240, Friday, August 28

Rob and Peyton stopped by tonight and I couldn't resist! Peyton had new shoes on...Spiderman of course, but they had different colored webs across the toes. I guess the webs snap on. He had to have one of each color. I think it is red for the good Spiderman and black for the evil one.

Day 239, Thursday, August 27

I had to cover for Cathy at Rogers School today. My car is parked in the background, next to the shed in the spot marked "secretary".

Day 238, Wednesday, August 26

Funny seeing a picture of my blog, on my blog! But hopefully, one day it will be different in style, color and content...but for now I just wanted to capture the newness and simplicity.

Day 237, Tuesday, August 25

Today, the kindergarten students start the "Color Week". Each day the students are asked to wear a certain color to school as listed in order. Most of the staff participates, also. (You can see where I have written what I am going to wear each day! Since I have lost weight, my clothing selection is limited.)

Day 236, Monday, August 24

This is what I have been working very hard to get rid of since April 19th, when the doctor weight was too high, my blood work was too high and my blood pressure was too high. So far, I have lost 36 pounds and have improved my exercising to 9 miles in 30 minutes on "the wheels of death".

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Day 234 Saturday & Day 235 Sunday

Sunday, Day 235
I bought a new cricut cartridge, today. I didn't think I needed this cartridge until I really looked at it. Not only are all the state shapes on this one, but so are the state flowers, flags and birds. It also will mark the state capitol with a star. We have traveled alot in the last few years, so I thought I might use it more.

Saturday, Day 234.
This is the screen from my bike ride today. The last two weeks, I have been riding the bike for 30 minutes and at least 9 miles every day. I remember not to long ago, that I was excited about making it 5 miles in 20 minutes.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Today is Day 233!

Today was friday...and I was happy about that! The first week of school is always hectic to say the least and this year was no different. It wasn't bad...just very busy. So imagine my surprise when the local florist walked in with a beautiful bouquet of flowers!! And mine were green and favorite combination of colors. They smelled so good. Thanks to our new principal, Mr. Goss!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day 232 of Project 365

Why would I post a parking sign? Well, I made this sign for my school. It is an old parking sign from our street department. I covered it in blue vinyl and trimmed around the edge with a craft knife. I cut the black letters out of vinyl with my Cricut using the Opposites Attract cartridge. It is so easy to keep the letters straight if you use clear contact paper to pull all the letters off the mat at one time. Miss Janelle gets to park in the "reserved" spot for 9 weeks.

Cards from "PMS" Stampin' Up Night

I made these six cards at my friend Nikki's house on Monday, during our "PMS" night. "PMS" means...Popcorn, Music and Stamps! She is such a great card designer...kinda makes it fool proof. It is so much fun to go to Nikki's and chat with my girlfriends, eat popcorn and listen to some tunes! Each card is posted below close up. This picture is also my project 365 day 229 picture.

This one is heat embossed (white) and we used the paper piercer in the corners. Piercing adds such a nice detail and I always forget about this technique.

We used a stamp set that is a "two step" stamping. I'm afraid I am not very good at this.

We used the water color technique on the pumpkin. The top part of the card slides closed over the orange and covers up the oval.

The tree on this card is supposed to look 3D. We stamped the tree, then colored the leaves with chalks, smudging them and then stamped the image over the previous image using the stamp-a-jig.

We used the crop-a-dile to attach the large eyelet for the swing.

This card was heat embossed and we used the top note die cut.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Last few days of Project 365

Day 230
This is my daughter, Stacie and her friend, Shannon. If I didn't know better...I would think they are related. Cute hair, cool shades and a date to get a pedicure!

Day 228
I stopped in the park on my way to the health club and took this picture. "May Peace Prevail On Earth" is written in four different languages. I really don't think I would have stopped and looked at this flower bed, if I hadn't been doing Project 365. I have been taking a picture a day since January 1 and journaling about it in a photo album. I think I appreciate my life more.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cards for the Chirpin' Chicks Card Swap

I finished my cards for the card swap for September. The only rule for this month is to have "bling" on the card. I covered that by putting rhinestones in the center of the flowers, in the upper right corner of the card and on in the corners of the thank you curly label punch. I also used some Star Dust stickles on the edges of the flowers. I used Stampin' Up paper for the pink and green and the black is from Hobby Lobby. I used the top note die cut and cuttlebugged it with the swiss dots folder. The flourish/vine is cut from Home Accents and the white flowers came from Michael's in the bridal section. I hope the chicks like my thank you card.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

August MCPT Challenge Card

Since June of 2008, I have been hosting a "Magic Colored Pencil Technique" Challenge on the Cricut message board. This month, I chose a Penny Black stamp. I used scraps from my stash to create this card. The acetate is a recyle from the package to a cricut cartridge. The ribbon and charm are from Hobby Lobby.

My First Blog Message

I have just entered the blogging world. I hope I have time to keep it going. This is a way for me to share my ideas and stay in touch with my friends, too! Thanks for taking the time to stop and see what I have been doing!