Sunday, August 23, 2009

Another Entry for Caardvarks & Hero Arts!

I just couldn't help myself! I had to do another Hot Pink/White/Black card for the Caardvarks MyStampBOX Challenge.. and, again, for the Hero Arts Mail It Challenge!

Hero Arts C3085 Tiny Jubilee Dots
Hero Arts CL276 Clear Design: So Sweet (The Tea Cup)
Hero Arts: CL216 Sparkle Clear: Bunches of Thanks
Card Stock: Stampin Up & Basic Grey
Flowers: Prima
Making Memories Epoxy tag
Inks: SU Markers, Black Copic Pen for flower centers, Jet Black Stazon

This card is for my super sweet sister Avis! It's a long overdue card for the birthday gifts she sent to Jake & I. Both Jake & I have May birthdays. We got our goodies last month, and here I am finally getting her a card!

Hello Kitty Card! Caardvarks 'My Stamp Box' Colors & Hero Arts

Here is a card I made the the current Caardvark's Challenge. The sponsor is My Stamp Box, and we are to use their signature colors, Black, White and Hot Pink. I'm also using this for the the Hero Arts 'Mail It' challenge. This little card will be mailed off as a surprise to someone who reads my blog.. and likes kitties:)

Sizzix Hello Kitty Die
Basic Grey Patterned Papers
SU Black Card Stock
K & CO Brad
Ribbon from Michaels
Stamp: Hello! Sentiment from Hero Arts CL186 Sparkle Clear Home.
Markers: SU, Copic
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Flower Punch: EK Success

Since the inside of the card is black, I added a white panel made with the SU/Sizzix Bigz Top Note Die and embellished it with another of the pink flowers stamped with the sentiment.

Thanks for looking!


PS. It's almost 11 am and I am still in my jammies!! LOVIN' my Sunday...

Of course, my little guy is bummed... He want's to go to town to do some shopping.. Fishing supplies are on his mind. The question is, are they for him or for his Daddy's upcoming birthday?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Whazzzzz Uppppp??? - LONG POST!

Sami Calls this 'Mommy's Drive to Nampa'
I do the Chicken Run Every Tuesday.
I Leave at 5:30 am. When I am feeling sassy.
I should leave earlier.
But this is getting old!
I get up, load chickens and deliver them to the processor.
And, often drive to another location, to store last weeks,
or do the same with lambs.
And move boxes around in a freezer!
Then come home to whatever jobs are waiting for me here at home.
And, construction is in full swing on the Interstate.
OH Joy. Chip sealing, bridge work, etc.
45 mile zones, with a truck and trailer.
For lots of miles!
One kid usually goes with me.
Did I say this was fun???
And to think I was going to move all these itty bitty cars to storage!!!

I taught this week at the Crossroads Carnegie 'Summer Art' Program
We made summer scrapbooks.
The big kid? He's their counselor.
Not sure what that job description is!!!
It sure isn't keeping snotty nosed kids in line.
I'll tell ya what...

for the Carnegie hosted 'Missoula Childrens Theatre' performance
One of Sami's closest buddies was in the play.
We had to go and see it!
Awesome, awesome, awesome.
Sami brought roses.
And my kids wore some of their new school duds!
We did this when Dick was out of town. Our weekend of bliss.
I mean, weekend of fun adventures.
He leaves again this Monday.
Our excitement?
See that traffic jam above?
Tuesday Chicken Run.
I feel a rebellion coming on.

Jake's 13 Inch Brook Trout
The family went fishing this last Thursday.
I went to work.
Somethin' just ain't right.
But the fish was darn tasty!!!
Thanks family!

Our Kitten had Kittens
They are about 6 weeks now.
They were born the day after Aunt Alice/Uncle John left!
They missed the delivery.
Sami was the doctor, assisted the kitty,
and had a note on the laundry room door to be quiet!
Too darn cute.
The bunnies also had bunnies.
But, they did not 'make it'.

One of our Play Days
We need more.
Well, I need more!
Only one week left before school starts!

Sami with Her Buddy, Hannah
Hannah is sportin' Sami's Face painting skills!
Hannah is our friend that was in the play.
She is a wonderful, sweet, smart, loving girl.
Just like Sami!
They are hookin' up Monday to go to a water park.
Yeah for girlfriends!

Oh... Let's Chat About School Supplies!

So.. We went school supply shopping.
Our First.
My kids are starting a new school on August 31st.
We are going to a Charter School. Seven Miles from Home.
Same distance as our beloved Haines School.
But, our School District (aka the Evil Empire) pretty much moved all our teachers and there
is a new slate of staff at the school. Both my kids would have had a new teacher.
So, since we were going to transfer anyway, we did it a year early.
Why have a new school two years in a row??
Sami is now in Middle School.
And, she is going to play Volley Ball.
And, she has a locker!
That all happened on registration day.
Jake doesn't register until August 31st, their first day.
Hope he has a full slate of fun lined up, too!
So far, lovin' that Charter School!

So, back to school supplies.
We have never done this before, and spent about $100/kid.

And, here I am... I am in one of those moods....

It's Saturday evening.. Before I have to make dinner... thank goodness it's fresh trout. And fresh corn, and fresh tomatoes, and whatever else I pull out from the Farmers Market 'stash'. I did a market last night and today. Hence, the mood.
Yet, one of the perks of being a vendor, is other vendors give you goodies! LOTS of goodies! I was sent home with bags of corn, mellons, cukes, bread, and a box of peaches! I bought tomatoes, a pie, strawberries, some squash, and eggplant. Who the heck is going to eat all this stuff???

And, my head hurts.

Actually, my ears have been ringing/whooshing/sensitive to sound for about 5 days.

But, life is good! Even though I wouldn't wish my life on anyone else (the jobs, the hours, the work, the fatigue) all in all, life really is good.

This Friday we are 'leaving' on vacation! We are going to a resort, renting a ski boat, and gettin' some fun in to celebrate my husband's 50th, and the last weekend before school starts...I am looking foward to sleeping...

And tomorrow?

I hope to get in somed needed inky time.

Catch ya later! And, thanks for listening!


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ranch News and Photos

Hi all! I posted some photos and goodies over at the ranch blog...

Sometimes it's easier to just send you over there when I mix things together!

Here it is: Click Here!


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Caardvarks Meets Hero Arts for Christmas!

Season's Greetings
(Click on to Enlarge)

The current challenge over at Caardvark's is to create a Christmas Card/Project - I wanted to do this challenge, and realized tonight is the deadline! So a quick and fun hanging Christmas Card..

The sponsor is Hero Arts - one of my very favorite stamp companies so I just had to use one of my HA stamp sets - the Clear Design Joys of the Season. I used the pine bough and one of the sentiments.

Other Supplies:
Ribbon: Basic Grey (grograins) & Stampin' Up (satin)
Felt Flower: American Crafts
Crochet Flower: (not sure!)
Brad: K&Co
Inks: Stazon
Markers: Copic & SU
Button: Autumn Leaves


So, it's been a dervish of activity over here at Casa de Sexton! Right now, my husband is out of town so the kids & I have been doing his chores (in addition to our own), and doing the best we can to 'have fun' while the boss is away! So far we have managed to:
  • Go School Clothes Shopping. Yes, this is excitment for us country bumpkins! And we Scored! Thanks Target! (Only 2.5 hours away). We also ate at Olive Garden. YUM.
  • We attempted to go to a big ol' swim park in Boise, but it was too darn cold! HELLO! 67 degrees??? And pay 30 bucks each to freeze in line? I don't think so!
  • We ate pizza for last night's dinner
  • I fell asleep at 8:30 pm. Pooped from the day's activities!
  • I woke up late - Ssshhhh!!! I slept until 5:45 am! Crazy, I know.... Tomorrow should be even later! Yippee!!!
  • I even let the kids sleep in until, oh, 6:15 am.
  • I made scones for breakfast, and we also had lemon curd.
  • We saw a play today. The Missoula Children's Theatre was in 'town' this week and one of Sami's favorite friends was in it. We all dressed up. It was so much fun! Sami brought her friend a bouquet of roses... So sweet!
  • Tonight's Dinner: Mac & Cheese
Exciting life, eh?

I don't know about you folks, but our summer seems to be leaving us! Weather wise, our mornings are getting chilly with a slight 'snap'. And where the heck did the morning light go? Holy Toledo! The sun goes down too dang early now! And it doesn't show it's smiling face until too darn late!

So, in a nutshell, we have been trying to jam in our summer now that we realized it is slipping away fast! My latest task is trying to find a ski boat we can rent for our last summer fling!

I think we are going to need some neoprene suits for that one!

I have more to share... photos, stories, close calls...

Take Care!
And thanks so much for visiting!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

CHF Summer Design Star Challenge #5 - One Sheet Wonder/Masterboard Projects!

A Collage of My Entire One Sheet Wonder/Masterboard Collection
(Playing Around in PSE6)

All Stamps used on the Masterboard/OSW are from the
CHF Kim Hughes 'Let's Get Stuffed' collection, inked first with
Stazon colors, then colored with Copics and Stampin' Up Markers
To see the Masterboard in it's development, please see the previous post.

Thanksgiving Placard
Top panel is from my Masterboard
I overstamped with a sentiment from the same set used for the MB
I also stamped the little acorn on a new piece of paper, colored it and cut it out
Adhered to Oval cut with SU punch.
Marker, Linen Thread, eyelets: Stampin' Up
Cardstock: DoubleMates

Happy Harvest Card
This is actually a little card adhered to a bigger card
I used the Masterboard piece as my patterned paper

Apple from CHF Stamp Set: Kim Hughes 'Let's Get Stuffed'
Cardstock is Doublemates Berry Red
Raffia from a favorite decor catalog (Gooseberry Patch!)
Button: Autumn Leaves
Linen Thread: Stampin' Up

Fall Card
I used a torn piece of the Masterboard as an accent behind the letters

Cardstock: Doublemates
Chipboard Letters: Stampin' Up or Basic Grey!
Ribbon - unknown
Linen Thread: Stampin' Up
Raffia (mentioned above)
I inked the chipboard with Ranger Distress Ink
and stamped the little acorn with Versamark Over that
I also used the little acorn for accents
colored with Copics

Mini Layout
I used the Masterboard piece as a frame/matt for the photo
Other supplies:
Brown Patterned Paper: Prima
Striped Patterned Paper and Orange dotted paper: Fancy Pants
Thankful sentiment from same CHF set used on Masterboard
Scallop Punch: Stampin' Up
Button: Autumn Leaves
Journaling Reads: So Thankful for You

Photo: My daughter Sami at last year's Fall Boise Farmers' Market

12x12 Layout - A Happy Harvest
*** Click on Photo to Enlarge ***
I used two panels and two squares from my Masterboard
I stamped on the orange pp and the red cardstock with stamps
from the same set
Apple in circle and sentiment on apple and on bottom piece from same set
Buttons, Raffia, same source as mentioned above
Fancy Pants Patterned Papers
DoubleMates Cardstock
Ranger Distress Inks
Copic Markers

Photo is of my son, Jake, last fall with some of his Apple People!

The Entire Collection - A Group Shot!

I started and finished my One Sheet Wonder/Masterboard projects today for the last challenge of the Cornish Heritage Farms Summer Design Star Challenge. Boy, it was hard making that first cut into my paper! The OSW was 12x12 and I managed to get 2 layouts, 2 cards and a placard - all from one sheet of paper!

It's sad that the challenges have all come to an end. Yet, there was so much inspiration and 'new' friends made! I'm glad I participated and stuck through each and week!

Now what will I do with my spare time????

Thanks for looking!!!