Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Exchange

The theme for May, as you might remember from when I posted my cards, was to use the same set of stamps to make four different cards.  I thought all of the ones I received back were cute.  The above set were made by Laurie.

I was especially glad to get men's cards since I go through so many of them.  I loved this set.  They discontinued this stamp set, but I still have mine and use it quite often.  These were made by Doris.

Julie always makes cute cards, and this month was no exception.  Gotta love the colors.

Next to men, the most I use are for kids, so these will come in handy.  On the top right, the car moves along a string, which is really cute.  Mom made this set.

Wow...eight men's cards in one exchange.  Love it!  This is really a nice set, and I may have to break down and buy it.  Janell made this set.  Love the colors and the cute ideas.
So, this month's exchange was pretty cool.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Hope everyone has a wonderful day.  We have lots of rain, and I woke up not feeling so well.  Stupid weather I think!
Anyway, I'm just sharing a little card I made to thank people who purchased stamps from my SU party.  I put it in with some boxes filled with Chocolate....um... my favorite.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Doris came down for the weekend, and brought my quilt.  They finished quilting it last week, and I just love it.  I don't know if you remember seeing the top when I sewed it up, but quilted...it's beautiful.  When I first showed it to Jeff, he commented about how bright it was, but I don't think it's all that bright.  When I get the binding on it, I'll take a photo of the complete quilt, but for right now, you can see some of the detailed quilting.  Of course, every quilt that gets done is my favorite, but seriously...I love this one.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pages for girl's canister #2

Pages one and two.

Detail of the heart.
These have been pretty fan to make.  I think I still have another canister at work, and maybe a couple more here at home.  Anyone want to try it?  Just let me know...I'll get you one.
Looking forward to a three day weekend.  I just wish the weather was going to be nice.  It's already raining again tonight!

Friday, May 27, 2011

2nd girls canister- outside

This is the second canister that I made.  I have someone to give both of these to, so I'm excited to get them finished up.  I was pleased that they turned out as well as they did.  I'll share the pages in the following days.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The first girl's canister

This is the outside of the first girl's canister that I made (from the Almond Roca can).  I really like it.  Tomorrow I'll share the pages that go inside it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Arizonia girls

Mark & Tricia only come up for about one week a year, so we don't see them much.  I just love them though.  They live in Yuma, and when they do come up, it's alot of fun to take them golfing, 4-wheeling, riding horses, playing ball...they're always up to do whatever we have planned.
The photos on the first page are actually taken in Arizonia, and they just sent them to us.

This page, was while they were here last summer (2010).  Jeff took an afternoon off and took them 4-wheeling up above Oakley reservior.  Tricia was riding my bike, and tipped it over on her.  She was hurting pretty good, and ended up at the hospital.  I came home from work, made potatoes and carrots in foil on the grill, grilled salmon, started a fire in the fire place, had the ipod playing music through the window... by about 7:00 I was a little irratated that they weren't home for dinner.  By 9:30 I cleaned everything up and decided something must have happened.  It was about 10:30 when Jeff brought the two girls home and went back to the hospital.  It was 2:30 a.m. when they came home and I fixed them leftovers to eat.  The girls had loved the salmon, and Mark told us the next day, that they even wanted it for breakfast.  Anyway, Tricia had a few bruises and a broken rib, but she was pretty game and rode to Twin to see Shoshone Falls with us.

Can't wait to see them again this year.  Before long, we'll have to retire and go spend the winters wih them...wouldn't that be a kick?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Baby Boy Canister

 I had several of these Almond Roca cans left from filling Christmas jars for work gifts, and kept thinking there was surely something I could do with them.  Well, I was finally motivated when several ladies started having babies.  So, here's the first one I made...for a boy.

The outside is a little tricky to cover, because it isn't straight up and down.  It is actually smaller at the bottom, so I had to make adjustments on the paper.  It also shows up on the pages inside, as you have to curve them somewhat.

 I covered the top, and put a little decoration on it.  Not much.  I left the gold around the edge, because I actually thought it looked sort of cool.  I glued the paper on top and then sanded it to finish off the edges.

 I made a page for each month for the babies first year.  I had some tape with the numbers on it.  I thought that worked out pretty well.  Loved using up some of the papers and embellisments that I had on hand.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing.  I almost have two girl's canister's finished, and I'll share those shortly.  Love it when I can repurpose something.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Palasades trip

 I had most of this layout finished at the retreat.  At least the photos trimmed and knew how I wanted to lay it out.  I finished it up last week, and quite liked it.  I have it hanging on my clipboards on the wall in my craft room, and I can tell Jeff likes it because he comes in almost every night and loos at it.  It probably isn't the layout he likes...I'm sure it just reminds him of the great time we had.

It was a great time.  We even got about a quart of huckleberries picked.  We got entirely soaked doing it, but it was well worth the effort.  One day we just spent driving around and checking things out.  I took alot of photos, which was fun with my new camera.
I drove to Salt Lake City on Wednesday, and couldn't believe all the rain.  On the news last night, they said they had gotten over 2" of rain in the valley, and 17-18" of new snow up in the canyons.  They were expecting that much more today.  It was certainly raining heavily when I left about 9:30.
I went to a store that Ashley had told me about...Wood Connection.  Loved all the ideas they had, and the cut out letters and shapes.  I bought some, and will share them after I get them painted and ready to go.  It might take me awhile though...I'm excited to get started on them though.  What a fun store!
We had dinner last night at the Porcupine Grill.  It was on Wasatch Blvd., and had excellent food.  I had lemon peppered salmon.  They had a WONDERFUL dessert...porcupine ice cream.  It was chocolate cake, chocolate mouse, dipped in chocolate.  It had spines like a porcupine, which was almond slivers poked in the cake before they dipped it...then they had ice cream and whip cream, and a whole strawberry on it.  WOW.  I shared it with one of the guys from Amalgamated.  On our way back, Ray took a wrong turn, and we went way up a canyon before coming back, and saw the most beautiful homes.  Talk about huge.  Most of them looked more like hotels.
I'm glad to be back home though.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Johnson Photo Shoot

My nephew's kids are some of my favorite subjects for photos.  They are all so photogenic, and they have the cowboy gear to dress up in.  I took these while I was doing my photoshop class, and have so many that I'll probably do a layout of each of the kids.  I made Margene a paper bag book for Christmas of these photos too.  Some of them, I took with black and white film, which I just love.  I had so much fun doing this shoot.  I blew a couple of the photos up for class, and I heard the instructor displayed them over to CSI, because Kim said someone told her they saw her kids in a photo.  I didn't even know he did that.  But, when I got them back, I gave them to Kim.  They are just the cutest...aren't they?