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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Birthday Hues of Blue & Yellow

This week was the start of a new Color Challenge at THE OUTLAWZ! I wanted to play along since I have been feeling crafty this week. How about you? Come share your cards with us at THE OUTLAWZ!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

CAS Challenge at The Outlawz!

 I decided to whip up a card for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz. I haven't played in the other challenges like I have wanted. So today I played with my crafty supplies and quickly made this card for fun!

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Monday.. a fun day for a challenge!

It is Monday and that means it is the beginning of this weeks Greetings Challenge at The Outlawz. The design teams inspiration cards are so very different and that is what I love about these challenges is seeing all the creations from week to week using the same themes. For my card I focused on Thanksgiving. I have been writing my Halloween letter insert for my cards to the soldiers so I have the Fall themes on the brain. 

If you want to know more about the theme of this challenge and interested in looking at some different inspiration come check us out at The Outlawz!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mamabears Holiday Cards Received

I received my two cards in exchange from Pat M. for Mamabears holiday card swap 
the theme is Pink & black. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I'm A Lion, Hear me Roar!

 It was a busy week at the vets office. Started off by updating all the Pom Squad's shots, and then they were groomed with the Lion cut. Shown here. On Wednesday my son took his driving test and is now a legal licensed driver! Hooray! Then Friday came along and I took my 6 month old kitten to get neutered/de-clawed. I feel so bad for him today he looks so sad. I know he must be in pain. But to lighten up the day with the Hurricane among everything else going on in the world I thought I would share the photos of my Pom poms.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Greetings Challenge August 22

This week at The Outlawz we have an easy challenge for everyone to be able to participate. For my card I used a digi drawn by one of our very own design team ladies at The Outlawz, Anne Fenton! As some of you may know my husband loves to fly fish so this was a perfect male digi for me! I admit I had difficulty coloring it but I went with it and I think it turned out fantastic! 

The ladies and I on the design team for the Greetings Challenge would love to see what you create so come take the challenge there are lots of prizes, all you have to do is have fun creating and then show us your stuff! :D

Friday, August 19, 2011

Crocheting with Pipsqueak

Pipsqueak yarn that is. While on our two week Colorado camping vacation I had decided after about a week that I needed a hobby while the hubby fishes. If I have to sit next to the Rio Grande river while he's wading up and down stream fly fishing I can only take so many photos of the same surrounding, know what I mean? So, the first chance I was able to buy some yarn and supplies to make a hat or baby booties I bought them, it ended up being at Wal-mart in Alamosa, CO on our first trip home. We decided to go back and stay another week.  Then I bookmarked every page on my Ipad thinking that when I returned to camp I will have so many projects to try. Yeah right. What was I thinking? There is no Wi-Fi at 11,000 elevation in the Rio Grande National forest. So I was forced to use my new fuzzy yarn, a yarn I had never seen used by anyone. Oh its so soft and cuddly.  I was forced to try and make the blanket project located on the skein of yarn. I am fairly new at crocheting and boy it was a little tough trying to understand the codes without my beginners guide. I muddled through the project and decided as long as I do the same stitch, that is if I can locate the chain holes and stitches with this extremely hard yarn for a newbie to try and work with. Above photo is where I am at so far. Unfortunately I misread the label and didn't buy enough skeins and after stopping at four retailers near to home searching for the yarn I ended up having to order it from the manufacturer online. My daughter seen my work I had finished and demanded I give this blanket to her. I had to tell her that I couldn't because one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met in my life meets us in Colorado to camp and she crochets the cutest hats and hand sews vintage bonnets. She gave me an adorable hat I will have to photograph my daughter when she is wearing it, it looks so cute on her! After many hours of talking to one another I wanted to return the favor to her next year when I see her again and I want to have this baby blanket finished, although she is not a baby she will use it as a lap quilt and snuggle with it on those cold Colorado mountain days while we are at camp. As much as she enjoyed the feeling of the yarn I know she will love this gift! I was hoping to do some crochet projects with her but my yarn choice was just to difficult for me to work with. I think I am doing pretty good so far but not sure how square it will be.. :D

Below is the view where I sat crocheting ... 

And yes I spotted wild life while I was crocheting. :D

 I think this guy escaped from a rancher but seemed to enjoy hanging out with us. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Baby Boy Diaper Cake

One of my long time friends that I have known for over 25 years is having her second child. It's a boy! Her baby shower is this weekend. I had to find something to give her and why not make her a diaper cake? So while I was out school shopping with my daughter I found a lot of goodies to fill a diaper cake. Every time I make one of these I am so hard on myself about whether or not it will turn out as  a descent gift. I always seem to amaze myself at what a good job I have done. I really love how this one turned out! More pics will be posted in my diaper cake file that you can link to from the top of this blog.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Anysoldier Halloween Swap Hostess Gift

Isn't this cute! I really enjoy making these matchbook tea bag holders. This is themed Halloween for the hostess of the Anysoldier.com Halloween Card swap.  I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making this for her! :D

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mamabears Pink & Black Card Swap

Time for another swap at Mamabears! The theme this time around is Pink & Black. I dug these two cards out of my stash that I have made over the last year and a half. It might be cheating a little but as long as it is handmade and out of my stash I don't feel guilty. I am so pleased that I actually had cards in these colors pre-made!  I have a few other projects I have been working on in the past few weeks along with back to school shopping with my daughter so it was nice not to have to stress about this project I am partaking in. Thanks to all the swappers at Mamabears for helping make these swaps happen!

Monday, August 15, 2011

For The Birds

It has been the longest weekend and guess what I am so ready to get another challenge posted under my belt! We have such a fun challenge for you this week! The theme is For the Birds, I know you have some bird related items in your stash you have been wanting to use. So come share with us your creation with a greeting at THE OUTLAWZ Greetings Challenge! Just for entering your creation you have a chance to win some awesome prizes!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Anysoldier Halloween/Thanksgiving/Fall Card Swap

The 20 cards for the Anysoldier.com card swap are due at the end of September. I had some free time on my hands to whip up a set of 14 quick cards and get 6 out of my card stash that I have made over the past year. I will be sending these 20 cards to the Hostess of this swap and she will then sort them out to the other fine ladies and we will have a mixed set of cards to send to our soldier of our choice. I personally pick out a soldier from the list provided at Anysoldier.com and as they return home I pick out new soldiers out of the list to send their requested supplies along with the greetings cards from the swaps. 

I would love to have cards from every state of the USA to send in my packages and this is the next best thing. Most of the ladies and gents that participate in the swap are all across the countryside so it is really neat to have their letters and cards to send to that special soldier of choice. 

If you think your interested in helping out in some way feel free to contact me or go to Anysoldier.com!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mamabears Card Swaps & more..

I joined a group of swappers a few months back at Mamabearsholidaycardswaps and when I returned from vacation I had this wonderful package from Mrs. Wickland. one of the swappers. Isn't she wonderful! I cannot believe all the goodies she sent! She is AMAZING!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hit The Books! Back To School!

Hello everyone! It is that time again to get back in the rythm of school bus mornings! And to get ready for the next challenge at THE OUTLAWZ we are challenging you to create something with a back to school theme come show us your stuff!