Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Cut Above

So, I've been wanting to donate my hair for a long time, unfortunately my hair doesn't grow particularly fast, and I lose patience.

Well, as many of you know, your hair grows a bit thicker and faster while you are pregnant, so I took the opportunity to try to get my hair long enough while I was pregnant. I found out at our Relay for Life from a volunteer who was cutting hair for Locks of Love, that while my hair was not long enough for them (10"), it was long enough (8") for Pantene's hair donation program, Beautiful Lengths. So, last week, Erin and I went down and got our hairs cut. I'm so excited to finally be able to donate mine, and we are both thrilled with our "sassy" new do's. Here are the before and after pics:

So, Erin didn't want to show off her new hair for the world, so you are stuck with just a picture of me. Yay short hair!

What Happened to Summer?

As many of you Northwesterners know mid to late July usually indicates the arrival of summer with some 80+ degree temps after a drizzly June. Well, it looks like we're having a "real" summer, a scorcher if you will, and it makes me want spring back! Give me a holler if you too, would like some rain and cooler (by at least 10 degree) temps! Maybe we can start a little petition to the guy upstairs... :)
All that aside, my corn and tomatoes to seem to be enjoying the extra heat and sun, as long as they get a drink daily. I'm not used to having to water the garden so much and I dread seeing the water bill.
Could we just get back in the 80's? Here's a little cool down tip (from a Discovery Channel junkie), when you are feeling the heat, turn on "Deadliest Catch" -that nasty, frigid Bering Sea weather helps bring it down a degree or two.
Well, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I cannot wait to get to SLC next week for their summer weather! Who knew the lower 90's could be cool -maybe because it's a "dry heat"? It also helps when everything has A/C as well.
Of course, we all know the big highlight in SLC next week is the big Stampin' Up! Convention for demonstrators. I cannot wait to learn some new things, get some new goodies, and get a ton of new ideas! I'll share when I get back -I've made most of my swaps, and I'll post those after I return. My daughter is hoping I'll get over to East High where they filmed all the High School Musical movies to take some pictures, and I will definitely try.
Well, I hope to post one more blog before I head out of town...I did a really fun donation I want to share.
Have a great day, and stay cool!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cinema Saturday Challenge #40 -National Treasure

Hello!! What a fun challenge this was -the requirement was to do a project to reflect a treasure. I chose to do a scrapbook page of one of my most valuable treasures -my kids! I also added in other little treasured tidbits: Buttons -my grandma is a collector of these, antique ones, and I've gleaned some history, info, and a small collection of my own. I also used Washington Apple DSP -I adore the paper, don't necessarily consider it a treasure, but I do treasure my home state -I'm a very proud native Washingtonian, and the yummy apples (Red Delicious and Honeycrisps) that are produced here -an added bonus to helping us buy locally.
Here is the page with my precious treasures:

I used:

Chocolate Chip & Natural Vanilla c/s

Washington Apple DSP

Designer Buttons: Latte & Button Bouquet

Scallop Edge & Scallop Square punches

Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon

Linen thread

Enjoy your treasures!!

Have a great weekend, Nancy

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cinema Saturday Challenge #39 -To Kill a Mockingbird

Yay! I'm so excited to do my first challenge since the arrival of Baby #3! This is one of my favorite books and movies -One of the few cases where the movie is just about as good as the book. So, I really wanted to participate in this one. It was very challenging to choose one inspiration from the film...I even thought about doing a Halloween card to recognize the character "Boo Radley", played by one of my favorite actors, Robert Duvall (don't worry, Gregory Peck is high on that list too!). Anyways, I went with an easy one and used a bird like in the title -pretty sure it's not a mockingbird, but pretty nonetheless. Also, the requirement for this project was to use black and white somewhere. So, without further ado, here is what I came up with:
I was so excited to use one of the new InColors from Stampin' Up! on this card -it's the new Soft Suede. I think it looks great with the black and white to give the card a vintage feel -like "To Kill a Mockingbird"
I also wanted some texture, so I did some torn edges and I also distressed the black cardstock and peeled the sheet apart, so it looks and feels like suede. I also sponged some Suede ink onto the vellum.

Here are the supplies:
Friends 24-7 set
Basic Black, Soft Suede, and White vellum cardstocks
StazOn Jet Black & Soft Suede ink pad and refill
Pretties (colored with Soft Suede ink)
Black Brads
Stampin' Sponge

Well, Mommy-time is up...have a great afternoon, and don't forget to check out all the fun new stuff in the new SU! Idea Book & Catalog...can't wait to play some more with it!!

Happy Stamping,

Monday, July 6, 2009

Oooh a Challenge....

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July.
Well, I just did some baby shower invites last week for a friend, and with the arrival of our third baby, I thought I'd like to see what you all could/would come up with for a baby announcement or baby shower invite. Please post a link to your gallery or blog in the comments of this post...We would all love to see what you creative folk can do!
Here is my invite, well, rather a sample without the "You're invited" greeting stamped at the bottom. I used:
Tea Party DSP
Pink Pirouette C/S (retired)
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die w/Big Shot
5/8" So Saffron Grosgrain ribbon (SAB 09)
*Check out my website...I'm hosting a couple of specials available only through me, that include 10% off of Baby themed sets from Stampin' Up!*
Have a great afternoon!