I warned y'all yesterday that there would be another Disney layout on my blog today. I have a confession to make... I've been hoarding a pack of Basic Grey's Color Me Silly line! It's one of my favorite collections ever and I thought it would be perfect for this page. It matches the teal of my shirt, the purple of the girls', and the orange of my sister-in-law's. As always, you can click the image for a bigger view of the details!
I used two page sketch #12 from Sketch Saavy to inspire this page. I loved the way it had banners running down the right side. I thought I could imitate the look with some of the tags from the Color Me Silly tag die cut sheet. The carousel die cut file came from Miss Kate's Cuttables. I love her SVG files!
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Jordan's graduation last week didn't go as well as she hoped. My heart broke for her as she fought back tears during the ceremony. I only snapped one or two photos because she was so upset. I'm not going to talk about it here because I am trying to make things more peaceful in our lives. I am positive about one thing. I am super happy that Summer is here, and more than thrilled that we are going to be homeschooling her next year.
Ronnie and I checked her out and took her to lunch. She wanted Taco Bell and she ate four whole tacos. That's pretty much a record for her as she doesn't eat much at all. We took this picture while we were waiting for Ronnie to get her food. She's spoiled rotten!
Later that evening the kids went swimming. Brandon and Jordan are a bunch of camera hams. They saw me with the iPhone and said, "Do you want to take our picture?" Well... if you're going to twist my arm, sure!
I also snapped a photo of the nail polish that my personal stylist (Jordan) picked out for me. Seafoam polish topped with turquoise and green glitter. I was extra sparkly! These pictures were edited with my new app called A Beautiful Mess. I'm not sure if I love it or not. It may be too distracting!
I tried to take Miss Jordan to therapy this morning, but she got sick and we had to come home. She's on her second round of this stupid stomach virus. I feel so very bad for her. She came home and crashed, and if you know Jordan you know that never ever happens. If she's awake she's running around.
I'll be back tomorrow with a scrapbook page to share. I'm still working my way through the Disney photos I took. I'm not sure how much scrapbooking I'll get done this Summer! These kids are keeping me busy.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It's that time again! The Sampler's May 2013 challenges are up. I provided the layout and card sketch. You should definitely go check out the challenges for a chance to win a super cool prize. I haven't shared the card sketch here on my blog yet. Please feel free to pin it or save it to your computer for later use! Keep scrolling down for a matching digital card front freebie.
The sketch inspired this card that I created with the May 2013 Thrift Shop kit from The Sampler. I used the softer patterns in the kit to create a pretty vintage card. The lace on the bottom is actually vintage lace that a friend gave me. It's beautiful and very delicate.
Sandi Pressley is one of my design team members and she made this gorgeous card based on the sketch. I love the colors that she used. Thank you so much for your help Sandi!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I'm sad to announce that this was my last project for the Hydrangea Hippo design team. I had to step down due to family and time constraints and I will definitely miss working for Jennifer. I still have leftover Hydrangea Hippo products and they'll pop up on the blog from time to time, but I'll no longer be an official DT member.
I used the April Mixed media kit called "Bee Amazing" to create this altered embroidery hoop. I used the striped ribbon as my background and I tied the royal blue ribbon around the top of the hoop. I cut the large gold doily down a bit so it would peek out when I adhered it to the back of the hoop.
I cut a butterfly from some of the book paper that was included in the kit. I added some blue Stickles to create some sparkle and add definition. If you look closely, you can see the corner of a doily stamp that I got during our hop a while back with 100 Proof Press.
Stop by the Hydrangea Hippo blog or Etsy store for more project examples and goodies.
Monday, May 20, 2013
We're still celebrating two graduations here. As I'm sure you all remember, Brandon graduated kindergarten last Friday. Today was Jordan's big day! I'll be back with photos once I get them all edited. I did take a few on my iPhone of their graduation dinner and the cupcakes we made to celebrate.
I also have a digital layout to share. I'm so happy that I managed to sneak off to my computer for a few minutes! I really loved this photo of Jordan riding and I just HAD to make a layout with it as soon as I could.
I used a template from Kimberly Lund to give the photo a lot of room to shine. I just couldn't resist using Bella Gypsy's colorful "Hold Your Horses" kit on this layout. The little horse embellishment just puts it over the top. I adore their kits because they're always packed with goodies.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
She had just really started eating again the night before, so of course she was starving. She talked me into buying chicken tacos for her and they came with some very strange looking pickled vegetables. She ate it! I was shocked. She must've been really hungry because she said she liked it too.
We went to watch Alexis play the West African drums at Pineview on Wednesday night! Her school had some drums that were donated, and they've been playing them in music class. Alexis' class did the best job with them, so they were invited to play in a musical showcase. (She's the tiny one, third from the left.)
We were very proud of her and we went out to dinner afterward to celebrate! I definitely have some musical kids. Speaking of music, Jordan had a choir performance after her therapy appointment on Thursday. I got there very early so I could help the choir director dress all of the kids. Miss J had a duet with another girl and if the video is shaky, you'll have to forgive me. I was trying really hard not to cry!
Friday found me back at the school again for Brandon's kindergarten graduation. His class sang "My Mother Is A Baker" and he got to be the train conductor in the song. He was one happy dude. (Except for the part where he got tickled!)
My mother-in-law and Ronnie came with me to see him sing and I took a photo of them in the classroom after the performance. You can definitely see where Brandon gets his pretty brown eyes!
We couldn't resist Brandon when he asked us to check him out, so we did! Ronnie's Mom went back home, and we took Brandon to lunch. He just seems so grown up now. I don't know if it's that he's getting taller every second, or if it's just that he's gotten so mature over the last year. Either way, it's killing me. I'd desperately love a rewind button.
We made a quick stop at Kohl's for new tennis shoes for me. Mine were getting old and there's even a hole where my big toe rubs on each shoe. I hate shopping but it was time to go. Ronnie was holding Brandon's hand in the parking lot, but Brandon wanted a hug so he carried him the rest of the way into the store. Brandon might look like an 9-10 year old due to his height, but he's still only 6 years old and he'll always be my baby. (Hush it, Nancy!)
Saturday morning we all got up at the crack of dawn. Last week's tee ball game had been rescheduled because of really bad weather. They moved it to this weekend, but I'd scheduled Jordan's hippotherapy session because I thought tee ball would be over. We decided that therapy trumped tee ball, so we split up. I took Jordan and Alexis to New Heights with me, and Ronnie took Brandon to the tee ball game.
I was amazed at how well Jordan did because she hasn't been riding for over a year. It stunned me to see how poised she was and how grown up she looked. Her posture has improved so much and she didn't need the sidewalkers at all. She was so worried that she wouldn't get her favorite horse that she's ridden since she was two years old. Mrs. Catherine was nice enough to remember that Jordan is very attached to Kit Kat. Jordan was thrilled!
After she finished, we drove back to Covington. I hoped to get back in time for the trophy ceremony at the end of the tee ball game, but we missed it. Ronnie and his family met us at the gate. Brandon gave Jordan her trophy and she was thrilled with it! They both did an amazing job this season.
Brandon and Jordan got pizza from the CRD so we sat with them while they ate it. Alexis asked for a snowball and I snapped this picture of her eating it because her blue lips cracked me up. My in-laws ended up coming back to the house to give the kids their graduation presents. All in all, it was a nice but busy day.
Tomorrow I plan to do as little as possible. I am really tired and everything starts again on Monday. I need to fit a day of rest in there somewhere. I haven't scrapbooked in quite a while, and I'm beginning to feel cranky from a lack of creativity!