Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Van De Walle Thanksgiving

Here is the annual family picture from Brian's parents house on Thanksgiving. We are all here except for Brian's brother Steve and his wife and 3 kids. Its getting harder and harder to hold us all in one shot LOL. We are still multiplying I guess, my SIL Delayne announced she was expecting her second child in June. WooHoooooo! Van De Walle's are taking over the world!

*my family is on the far left side, my daughter is holding her cousin Taylor who is 2, I am on the sofa on the end, my husbund has the glasses and is standing between my 2 kids. Notice my son is almost taller than my 16 year old daughter and he is just about to turn 12.

The 'do

And in other news........ I have a new hair color, I will try to get a better picture when someone is home to take one of me. LOL. This is taken in my bathroom mirror and I know its hard to believe but this was the best of 8-9 pictures I tried to get. LOL. I will have to figure out how to get a picture of my hair some other time. A couple of my SCS friends wanted to see the new color. I went dark with a few light highlights in my crown. My hair stylest had to talk me into it because I was a blond for many years naturally, then artificially when I was an adult and my hair darkened. She told me that my hair has darkened considerably over the last 7 years since she has started coloring it and keeping it blond was really high maintenance. Now I have the added bonus of grey hair creeping in too. :( Anyway, bottom line here is the back of my head and ends of my hair were 2-3 shades different than the rest of my head and so she colored my whole bottom half with a solid color, then she did highlights over it. Its like starting over with a new color pallet. By next spring she tells me we can lighten it up again. So here it is....the new me.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Shameless Cute dog post

This is how my dog rides in the car to grammy's house, on her own seat. She usually is hanging her head on the arm rest like this no, she isn't spoiled at all. I shouldn't mention this but I am in a *I wish I was a single, career woman with no kids* mood and the dog is the only one in my house I feel like taking a picture of this week.

Another A Muse December card

I am stuck on this background, print pattern and snowflakes dots. I am almost over it *I think*.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Muse December Entry

Here is a card I entered for the A Muse Addicts Yahoo group, for the December home page contest. I used markers to color the main image and paper from Basic Grey Figgy Pudding collection. There is liquid applique on her robe and I sprinkled glitter on it before I heat set. It was very hard to photograph.I also used Spica glitter pens on the gifts and on her boots.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Believe color Challenge

Color challenge today is Wild Wasabi, Pink, and white. I started in a whole 'nother direction with this card and ended up here LOL.
  • Stamps: Papertrey Believe santa, A Muse sentiment, Su Print pattern and Dot Snowflake sets
  • Paper : Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, White
  • Ink: Versafine Black, white craft
  • Prismacolor pencils, ribbon

Friday, November 16, 2007

Color Challenge

Color challenge card for this week. I really am not that happy with this card and I really didn't want to post it. Something is just not right about it to me. I don't like to waste cardstock so I went ahead and finished it but its a so- so card. LOL. The colors this week were Kraft, Pomagranite and white.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

It's been awhile

Sorry I haven't been blogging. I have made a few things but I am saving them to use as gifties and don't want to show them off yet. I did alter this making Memories album a few days ago and I can show it. It has no stamping on it and I am not sure who I am giving it to yet.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Sketch challenge

Sketch challenge from SCS # 149. I figured I could get as many new images on one card as possible LOL. No , I just saw a way to mask off the parts that don't fit and use these cuties. I am still lovin' Figgy Pudding paper.

  • Paper: Sage Shadow, White, Figgy Pudding backgrounds
  • Inks: Versafine Black, Various markers from SU
  • Ribbon, Sakura Glue pen, Glitter, sponges
  • All stamps by Elzybells

Elzybells are in the house!

They are here! My very first Elzybells! I ordered these a few weeks ago and I finally received them. Now I am going to try and figure out what to do with them. I only chose a few to start with, I am hoping they come out with some cute ones after the holidays and I will collect them too! These were my very favorite to start with though. I originally only had 5 on my order then I just had to have that little reindeer and birdie! They are just too sweet!Off to see if I can come up with something cute.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Jody's color challenge

This morning Jody asked me if I wanted to do a color challenge with her today. She was playing with ribbon *surprise ;)* and saw 3 ribbons laying togather and liked the colors. She picked Chocolate Chip, Really Rust and Sky Blue/Bashful Blue. Well I said yuck at the first glance but then she said try it, actually she called me a wuss first. Anyway, here is what I came up with. Notice there is just a *hint* of blue in there.

  • Paper: Really Rust, Chocolate chip, Sky Blue, Shimmery Whte, Apple Spice DP.
  • Ink: Chocolate, rust, sky
  • Stamps: Stem Silhouettes, Sanded, Warm Wishes
  • Flocked brad by Making Memories, Prima flower, Spiral punch, Janome sewing machine

Monday, November 05, 2007

Bella Challenge 02

Bella challenge #2 and I broke in Cosmobella. I like her alot, she reminds me of someone. I used the Cheers stamp from one of the Papertrey sets. The paper is figgy pudding by Basic Grey. I used a creative candy scallop sticker from Amuse over the top of the sentiment. I like this sketch but my measurements aren't really balanced enough for me. I need to tweak it, I actually discovered measurements were given in the posted challenge but I neglected to notice until it was too late.

  • Paper, artichoke, rose red, white. basic grey figgy pudding
  • Ink: Black, Rose, Watercolor Crayons were used to color
  • Scallop punch by SU, circle punches in 1 1/4" & 1 1/8", Creative Candy Scallop circle by Amuse

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Service Announcement

I have a mini rant, or shall I say a statement/ warning:
If you are a large 6' tall over 200 lbs aging, balding, yet oddly hairy man, I beg you, Please do not go to the neighborhood gas station wearing no shirt, grey stretchy athletic shorts hiked up to your belly button, no socks no shirt and house slippers................You are scaring old ladies and small children.

Back to your regularly scheduled blogging

Magical Amuse Christmas

This is a card I made while trying to come up with a completely different idea. LOL. I actually hated the other one but I hate wasting a whole notecard so I cut it in half and used the back as a new front. The benefit from being so cheap, I mean frugal, is I can now layer more. I love to layer. It hides ribbon when you layer so there is no ribbon showing when you open a card. I used a sakura gelly roll clear glitter pen to write over the word Magical so it shimmers a little.
  • paper: Papertrey White CS, Black, Notecard from Amuse
  • Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, Basic grey for the moon
  • All stamps from Amuse
  • Ribbon is may Arts Shimmery Irredescent Woven

Friday, November 02, 2007


New rubber is in the house! When I saw this bella I knew she was made just for me. Anyone of my close friends can tell you, "its all about the hair baby". I have hair issues LOL.

  • Blush CS, Chocolate chip, Basic Grey Infuse, Shimmery white
  • Inks: Blush, chocolate, Pink, Caramel, Clear Glittery Sakura Gelly Roll pen
  • Polka Dot grograin ribbon
  • Scallop oval, smooth oval punches