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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Project Life Week 24 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to a drip that needs to be fixed
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - PJs
*weather - another scorcher today
*wanting - people to do things they say they'll do, take responsibility for things
*needing - some yoga, de-stressing and a nap
*thinking - about all the bad news we've had lately with friends and family
*enjoying - that I go to the dentist this morning, I'm so weird ... I don't actually enjoy getting my teeth cleaned, but I love the feeling afterward

For my Week 24 pages, I used some papers from the American Crafts My Girl collection.    We had a pretty busy week!  Highlights were .... we watched a ton of movies since summer TV is all reruns; I got in a couple of scrapbook orders; had dinner with my parents, which wasn’t the best experience; LOVE my new pink water bottle; another morning with severe weather had Griffin in a tizz; Josh got a new grill for Doggie Daddy’s Day; Friday the 13th was also a full moon; got my hair done; we took Gracie to PetSmart (she did pretty well) to get a dog life jacket; Josh tried out his new grill and made some awesome chicken legs; we took Gracie to Arbuckle for our first outing of the summer, plus our first outing with a dog and she did a lot better than we thought she would; had a family cookout at the cabin for Father’s Day; enjoyed our first lake sunset of the summer; and watched UFC fights when we got home, which were pretty exciting!








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Monday, July 21, 2014

concert layout

Today I have a super simple layout to share from a concert we went to last fall.  I used a basic grid design for my photos, with only a few embellishments.  I designed a tag in Silhouette Studio software, and die cut with my Cameo.  It's a clean and simple layout with some fun photos that remind me of a really great night! :)


paper by Echo Park; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; jewels by Doodlebug Design; ribbon by Offray; word window punch by Stampin’ UP!; label cut with Cuttlebug (window frame framelits by Sizzix/Stampin; UP!); tag cut with Silhouette Cameo

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Friday, July 18, 2014

photo Friday - birthday card

It's Photo Friday! :)

Today I thought I would share a card I hadn't had a chance to show here yet.

I started with a white card blank, and layered some kraft cardstock, then some pieces of Stampin' UP! Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack.  I picked a few fun patterns to cut with the Word Bubbles framelit dies, and stamped a couple of sentiments with the Just Sayin' coordinating stamp set on the card and envelope.  I carefully edged each of the die cuts with a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker for a little depth, then popped then up using dimensional adhesive underneath.  I stamped the large letters on the envelope with an older set, but still one of my favorites, Studio Calico's Natalee alpha.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project Life Week 23 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to the washing machine
*eating - about to have some toast
*drinking - water
*wearing - still in my PJs
*weather - much cooler this week, 60% chance of rain for today, 80% tomorrow, highs in mid-70s
*wanting - to sleep through the night (been up and down for 3 nights now)
*needing - some sleep, obviously
*thinking - about things coming up in the next couple of weeks
*enjoying - not much right at the moment, maybe later .... ;)


For my Week 23 pages, I used Echo Park's Sweet Girl 6x6 pad, along with a few digital stamps& brushes by Lori Whitlock (Everyday Stamps 2), before printing my photos. 

What we did this week:  met the family at Ted’s to celebrate my nephew’s 20th birthday; went back to work after vacation – 92 emails, 3 personnel issues, a stack of mail and paperwork and the worst part was our office having a problem with gnats; we saw a few bunnies in our yard; had follow-up with my doctor and more blood drawn to make sure my levels were still good – officially 10lbs down; Gracie got a new crate and “super industrial strength” Kong bed that lasted less than a day before she de-fluffed parts of it (apparently they need her to test that "super strength," LOL); celebrated having Junior for 4 years; got my nails done with a gorgeous pink (OPI Strawberry Margarita); my arm is still peeling over a week later; Griffin got scared from a big thunderstorm, broke my heart; Josh worked so hard getting the boat cleaned up to go to the lake and we didn’t go because of the weather; Griffin’s toenail got jacked up again; gave myself a Mary Kay facial with samples from my friend Mykella; watched UFC Fight Night from Albuquerque; grilled out steaks and sweet potatoes (and got a funny pic of Griffin’s typical begging spot); and Josh downloaded a few songs we heard at the concert before our vacation that we love … Dillon Francis and Skrillex remixes with ASAP Rocky.









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Monday, July 14, 2014

camping trip

Last fall, Josh and a couple of friends decided to go on a hiking and camping trip.  I told him to take lots of pictures! :)  Those pictures were really great, so I used very little embellishment on this layout!  I die cut the title, date, trees and campfire with my Silhouette Cameo.  I also ran the trees through my Cuttlebug using a houndstooth embossing folder, just to give a little bit more dimension to them (and it is hard to see in the photos).


I absolutely HATE realizing there's a mistake in my journaling when I'm loading photos here! I missed a word, so I need to go back and fix that! Oops! ;)  I will probably retype it correctly on a coordinating cardstock and adhere the block right over.  What's that 'ole scrapbook saying?  "There are no mistakes, just opportunities for embeliishment?"  :)

paper by My Minds Eye; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; paper by KI Memories; stickers by Pebbles; punch by EK Success; houndstooth embossing folder by Cuttlebug; title, date, trees, campfire cut with Silhouette Cameo

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Friday, July 11, 2014

photo Friday - glass etching gift

It's Photo Friday! :)

Josh's cousin is getting married in a couple of weeks, so I thought it would be fun to gift the newlyweds some glass etched bakeware with their name.  Honestly, the hardest thing about this whole craft, was picking out which font to use! :)

I started with a set of Anchor Hocking bakeware (I've read numerous stories about Pyrex not working with the glass etching creme).

Next, I decided on a font and sizing, loading that into my Silhouette Studio software.  I used a scrap of adhesive vinyl I had leftover (you can use any color for this, since it's only used for a stencil), got it cut out, then weeded the interior letters, where I wanted the glass to be etched on the dish.


Then I transferred the vinyl to the dishes using clear Contact paper (you can even reuse the same piece a few times).

I put on my disposable gloves, and painted on the Armour Etch, leaving it pretty gloopy.  That's the best word I can think of to describe it.  I'm sure you get the idea! :)  Wait two minutes, then rinse and remove the vinyl .... ta da!!!  :)

Nearly instant gratification! :)  I loved how they came out, so I went ahead and put a small H on the two bowls that were included in the set as well.  It only took a few extra minutes, and now the entire set is complete.


I hope they enjoy them!  The funny part about this gift, is that most people who gift these types of gifts, typically do it so when someone takes a dish to a party or potluck, you know who it belongs to.  Chances are, the new couple will be doing a lot of socializing with the Ham Family, so these dishes could really belong to any of us, LOL! :)  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life Week 22 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening -  to the morning news on in the other room
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - PJs still, haven't picked anything out for today yet
*weather - should be another hot, muggy day close to 100
*wanting - to help a dear friend of mine, I know she's hurting
*needing - to finish a glass etching project for a gift
*thinking - about things to work on this weekend
*enjoying - got to have lunch with Mykella yesterday, then a fun family dinner last night


For my Week 22 pages, I used the Memoies collection by Teresa Collins, along with quite a few digital elements - Lori Whitlock's Photo Overlays and Date & Time brushes, and Katie Pertiet's date stamps.

During this week, we .... left to Cancun for our 10th Anniversary during Memorial Day weekend; may have sat next to an MMA fighter (we were about 99% sure it was him, and didn’t want to be rude by going up to him) during our first night’s dinner at the resort; enjoyed two spa visits; snorkeled the Cancun Underwater Museum; took a ride on the AquaWorld AquaTwister boat; took a two-hour sunset cruise around the island; many nice dinners, including one on the beach; had a professional photo shoot done; spent time at the beach and pool; went to a couple of the evening shows; ate amazing foods; celebrated our anniversary in a better way than we thought it would be; had to take Griffin to the vet the morning after we got home for a messed up toenail; found out that a childhood friend of Josh had died Monday, one of mine was found dead on Friday, and a co-worker of Josh's was killed Friday night – we were both in disbelief over all the loss; I LOVED that my nephew’s girlfriend left us a sweet thank you note for her graduation card and gift … so many people don’t do that (it bugs the crap out of me) so it really made me happy :) and we ended up being the typical “look at all our pictures” people to my in-laws, who very graciously listened to us babble on and watched our photo slide show when we got home :)









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Monday, July 7, 2014

a night out

Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend! :)

Today I'm sharing a fun layout using photos from a night out for us.  I used a lot of fun papers from Bella Blvd, and some awesome 3D flowers that I die cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  I love how easy they were to just fluff and put together with a brad! :)





papers by Bella Blvd; papers, brad by The Paper Studio; cardstock by Bazzill Basics and Colorbok; stickers by KI Memories; marker by Stampin’ UP!; brads by Little Yellow Bicycle; flowers by Michaels; pearl heart by Doodlebug Design; flowers, round layer, leaves cut with Silhouette Cameo

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Friday, July 4, 2014

photo Friday - lake weekend

It's Photo Friday! :)

We are spending most of the Independence Day weekend at our favorite lake this year.  Yesterday, we grabbed some BBQ and fried pies from some local restaurants to take out on the water for a late lunch/early dinner.  It was SO good!!  :)

There weren't many people out at all, we saw maybe 6 other boats on the entire lake.  Once it started to get late, we saw quite a few fishing boats come out.  We watched the sunset from our favorite spot, a cove on the south end of the lake.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day, and a great start to the weekend!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Project Life Week 21 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Touch, Peel and Stand by Days of the New on my iPod
*eating - a medley of grapes, blueberries, strawberries and pineapple - so fresh and yummy!
*drinking - water, as always - gotta get my daily gallon in :)
*wearing - jeans and a red/white zebra print top
*weather - sunny with clouds
*wanting - to have a fun weekend :)
*needing - to finish a few projects and layouts
*thinking - about all the things coming up on our schedules in the next few months
*enjoying - that today is my Friday and it's going to be a great day! :)


For my Week 21 pages, I used some papers from the Heidi Swapp Serendipity collection.  I also used some digital stamps & brushes by Lori Whitlock (Everyday 2 and Date & Time) on my photos before I printed them.

Highlights for our week:  Meryl Davis won DWTS; it was the one-year anniversary of the Moore Tornado; we had a busy week getting things ready for vacation; Josh got me a new small camera for an anniversary gift; got my nails and pedi done; Cy came over to get house/dog sitting instructions; boat got serviced and ready for the summer; came home to muddy mess Griffin; had an amazing time at the Skrillex concert; packed and headed to Dallas; got lost in Dallas (went to wrong hotel); met up with our friends Rob & Jarvae, and had so much fun at dinner; found Josh’s friend staying in same hotel as us, so they hung out for a little bit while I got ready for bed, LOL!  









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