Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Exciting News!!!

This totally isn't stamping news, but I passed my National Boards! I am now a National Board Certified Teacher! For those of you who aren't teachers, this is a BIG deal!!! I'm so excited!!! I passed on my first try too! I was totally thinking that I'd have to reapply and resubmit and then wait another whole year, but I didn't have to! Hooray!!!

Plus, a local TV channel came to my school today to do two different stories on our school.... one on severe allergies and another on community service in the schools. They filmed in my classroom and I was on the news tonight!!! I'm famous!!! Well... for about seven seconds anyways! :)

Now... on to the stamping!

This week's Techique Lover's Challenge was to create a pop-up gift card. This was such a fun project! HERE'S THE LINK to the video tutorial.

I made two different versions of this project....

Here's the first version.

Here's the second version...

I totally like the second version better. I think I like the designer paper better than the first one, but it's really just a matter of preference. They both totally work the same and are usable!

Here's a shot of what it looks like open. The gift card "pops" up when it's open.. that was hard to photograph laying down.

Before I give the gift card and holder I would embellish the inside a little more, but I was running short on time tonight.

RECIPE: (for both gift card holders)
Stamps: Best Yet (SU)
Ink: Ridinghood Red
Paper: Ridinghood Red, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray Wassail designer paper
Accessories: Ridinghood Red Tafetta Ribbon, Rhinestone brad, Key Tag Punch, Designer Label Punch, Circle Punch, Word Window Punch (used on the inside to create the card slot), SU Snowflake Die

That's all for today!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Snow! Snow! Snow!

Well, it snowed here this week! A LOT!!! We get what's called "Lake Effect" snow off of Lake Erie. You see, Lake Erie's water is still pretty warm. The cold air from Canada blows over it and the moisture floating in the air over Lake Erie condenses into snow flakes because of the temperature difference. We get a TON of snow because of this. But I love snow... just not on the roads! I was driving home from work today and a car slid off the road into somebody's front yard right in front of me! Eeek! Needless to say, I drove home at a snail's pace!

Here's a shot of my backyard...

Isn't it pretty??! We got about 4 inches total... not too shabby!

This week's color challenge was a repeat... Real Red, Basic Black, and Kraft. I wanted to make a Christmas card with these colors and when I got going, Santa's belt worked it's way into my layout. I think the band across the middle reminds me of Santa's belt... maybe it's a stretch!

This is a newly released set from C.C. Designs called "Christmas Around the World". I just can't get enough of the little monkey! The set includes different ways to say "Merry Christmas" in different languages. I chose the traditional route, but I could have used the sentiment in Hawaiian, German, French, etc.

I colored the monkey with my Copic Markers and then I added Spica Glitter Pens to his hat and he ornaments. I used the Classic Square and Labels 1 Nestabilities to frame the main image. The bow on the card took me FOREVER to tie. Arghhh! I can't stand it when I can't get the ribbon to do what I want. But I finally won that battle! :)

Stamps: Christmas Around the World (C.C. Designs)
Ink: Momento Black
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Kraft, White
Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pens, Classic Square and Labels 1 Nestabilities, 1/4 inch black grosgrain ribbon, dimentionals

That's all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Chrismas Teabag Fold

This week's technique lover's challenge on SCS was to create a card using the teabag fold. Directions and pictures for this technique can be found HERE. The folding part is really easy... it's the figuring out how it is glued together that's a little more challenging. Once I figured out that the edges are glued 90 degress at the fold, that made it go a lot faster. It's really quite an easy and eye-catching technique.

Stamps: Sentiment from A Cardinal Christmas
Ink: Ridinghood Red
Paper: Old Olive, Ridinghood Red, White, Ski Slope designer paper
Accessories: SU Top Note die, Corner rounder punch, Nestabilities tag, Ridinghood Red Tafetta ribbon, Metallic Rub-on paste, rhinestone brad

I cut the sentiment tag using my Spellbinder's ribbon tag dies. I then embossed it in my cuttlebug and lightly rubbed red metallic rub-on paste on it to emphasize the embossing.

Thanks so much for looking today! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Anyone out there? It's been a while since I've had any comments. This is my shameless plea to please let me know you are lurking around out there. :)

I didn't get in any stamping yesterday. I was a total lazy bum! I've been fighting off a cold for about 2 weeks now and I think it caught up with me yesterday. I slept in until noon! Not kidding! I woke up and looked at my alarm clock and about died! Noon! Who does that?!? Well, after I went downstairs and ate breakfast, I stayed in my pj's until about 2:00, just chillin' on the couch, watching tv. After that, my hubby and I went out the Kohl's and did some shopping and then out to dinner. That was it! I was totally a bum yesterday!

Today I hit the grocery store. I HATE the grocery store! I would much rather spend my money on fun stamping stuff than spend it on uber-expensive food. If we totally didn't need it for survival, that would definitely be one expense that I'd forgo.

This week's featured stamper challenge on SCS was from Kendra's gallery. She has a lot of neato cards in her gallery, but I finally settled on casing this one. As you can see, I kept the layout the same, but changed the colors, stamps, and designer paper. It's been a few weeks since I've inked up my cutie-patootie turkey from InkyAntics... and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I couldn't resist!

Isn't he cute?!?!

Here's a shot of the inside.

I used SU's newest designer paper, Frosty Day, from the Holiday mini catalog. I wanted to use Thanksgiving colors and thought this did the job pretty well. The turkey is colored with Copic Markers. I'm pretty much addicted to them, even though I have a TON of other coloring options to choose from. I really needto challenge myself to pull out the gamsol and prismas or my watercolor crayons more often.

Stamps: Turkey and sentiments from InkyAntics
Ink: Basic Brown (SU), Momento black
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Frosty Day designer paper (SU)
Accessories: Copic Markers, clear button, kiwi kiss button, linen thread

Thanks so much for looking today! Have a wonderful week!!!! :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Warm Happiness

Friday's Limited Supply Challenge on SCS was to use only acrylic stamps on your project. I have many, many acrylic stamps that have sadly, never seen ink! I pulled out my Papertreyink set, Warm Happiness, that was released last month. Tonight is Papertrey's newest release... I haven't even inked up all the sets that I ordered last month yet!

As you can see, I used the same set to create two cards. I pulled sketches from a sketch book I found this summer at Hobby Lobby. When I see coffee mugs, I automatically think of the color brown. I should really try to challenge myself and use colors that are "out of my box", but this just felt right today.

RECIPE: (Card #1)
Stamps: Warm Happiness (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Sahara Sand
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Vintage Cream (all PTI)
Accessories: Classic Rectangle and Circle Nestabilities, flower from the SU Pretties kit (dyed with Dark Chocolate Pallete ink and heat set, vanilla pearl from Pretties kit

RECIPE: (Card #2)
Stamps: Warm Happiness (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Sahara Sand
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Vintage Cream (all PTI)
Accessories: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, dimentionals, Dark Chocolate twill ribbon (PTI), corner rounder punch

Dying the flower was really easy. All you need is an ink pad, a sponge dauber, and a silk flower. I used Palette ink, because I knew it could be heat set and is permenant on fabric. If you ever stamp on clothing, Palette ink is the way to go because it won't wash out once it is heat set. All I did to dye the flower was to smoosh it into my Dark Chocolate ink pad. I used the sponge dauber to really smoosh it in and spread the ink. Then I heat set the flower with my heat gun. I held the flower on my heat resistant stamping surface with my paper piercer so it wouldn't blow away and I wouldn't burn my fingers. Ta-Da! A perfectly coordinating dyed flower!

Thanks so much for looking today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!! :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Snowflake Serenade Batik

The "Ways to Use It" challenge on SCS this week was to incorporate watercolor paper into our creations. I wanted to do something different than the traditional watercoloring of an image, so I went back to a technique I described a few weeks ago... Colorwash Batik.

This technique is really easy, but a little time consuming. First, you stamp your images in Versamark all over the watercolor paper and emboss with clear embossing powder. Then you mix up a few drops of reinkers with water in a spray bottle and spray it all over your watercolor paper. On my card, I used Soft Sky and Night of Navy reinkers in two separate spray bottles. After you spray on your color, let the watercolor paper dry. This can take a while because your watercolor paper is saturated. Once dry, sandwich your watercolor paper between two sheets of computer paper and iron on high (no steam), until the embossing is melted away onto the computer paper. Waa-laa! You have created colorwash batik!

Here's my card...

Pretty! Sparkley too! I spritzed the watercolor paper with Perfect Pearls shimmer spray before I ironed the embossing powder away.

Stamps: Snowflake Serenade (PTI), sentiment from Merry & Bright Additions (PTI)
Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark, Reinkers in Night of Navy and Soft Sky
Paper: Night of Navy, White, Watercolor
Accessories: Night of Navy 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon, silver edge sheer ribbon (PTI), Perfect Pearls, spritzer bottles, iron, clear embossing powder

The layout is very simple, but I didn't want the card to be too busy with all the shimmer and colorwashing. I like the simplicity!

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking today! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happiness is a Journey

This week's sketch challenge on SCS can be found HERE. I really like this sketch! I wanted to make a masculine card and pulled out some of my OLD retired SU cardstock and designer papers. YES! I am still hoarding this stuff! I wanted a rustic, manly feel so I reached for SU's retired Sentimental Journey designer paper and then designed the rest of the colors for my card around that.

Here's my card...

Stamps: Happiness is a Journey
Ink: True Thyme, Sahara Sand
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, True Thyme, Chocolate Chip, Sentimenal Journey Designer Paper (SU retired)
Accessories: Jumbo Pewter Eyelets, Classic Square Nestabilities, Pewter brads, Photo corner punch, dimentionals
Technique: sponging

Believe it or not, this card is 100% SU, with the tiny exception of the Nestabilities. The way I see it though, anyone can cut squares of cardstock... which makes it SU only. The nesties just make that step a little easier! Right? The True Thyme and designer paper are retired (for about 2 years now!) from SU and I pulled them from my sick collection. I really need to use up this stuff and quit hoarding it! Using it up=more space=more room for new stuff!

I stamped the train image in True Thyme ink onto a Very Vanilla panel. I then sponged Sahara Sand ink all over the cardstock and the edges. The card base is Sahara Sand, which I sponged more Sahara Sand ink over top of to make it look smokey... like smoke from the train. I also hoard those jumbo eyelets... but I sucked it up and put them to use on this card.

That's all for today! Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Out of this World

This week's color challenge was to use Pacific Point, Certainly Celery, and Basic Gray on a project. Here's what I came up with...

Stamps: Out of this World from Lizzie Anne Designs
Ink: Black Momento
Paper: Pacific Point, Basic Gray, Certainly Celery, white
Accessories: star eyelets, Copic Markers, Labels and Classic Squares Nestabilities, Spots and Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, dimentionals

I thought this would make a perfect boy birthday card. I stamped the inside to say, "Hope your Birthday is a Blast!". I also stamped a little alien-dude on the inside.

The main image is colored with Copic markers. I framed the image with the Labels 2 Nestabilities that were recently released. The background was cuttlebugged... doesn't it look like the surface of the moon? I've had the little star eyelets for FOREVER, but never pull them out and use them. Enough hoarding!!! I've got to use the stuff I have!

Thank you so much for looking! I hope you have a wonderful day!!! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Christmas Tree Box

This week's technique challenge on SCS was to create a Christmas Tree box. The pattern and directions can be found HERE. It was soooo easy-peasy to create and look how cute it is! I'll definitely be creating more of these in the future.

This is a picture of the closed box. You can easily hang it on a Christmas tree and use it as just an ornament, or fill it up with chocolate goodies! I stamped the entire box with one of the pattern stamps from Papertreyink's Merry & Bright stamp set. I then folded the box up and decorated the outside.

I used Ridinghood Red and Always Artichoke cardstock and ink to decorate the outside of the boxes. I then also stamped some Hershey's Nuggets for the boxes.

I could fit 4 Hershey's Nuggets inside each Christmas Tree box. It was a tight fit, but they do squeeze in there.

Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Merry & Bright and Merry & Bright Additions from Papertreyink
Ink: Ridinghood Red, Always Artichoke
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Ridinghood Red, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Ridinghood Red tafetta ribbon, Snow Blossom punch, small star punch, word window punch, petite oval Nestabilities, rhinestone brads from the Pretties kit, dimentionals, Hershey nuggets, address labels

That's all for today! Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Piece of Cake!

This weekend's featured stamper on SCS was Wendy Bell. I had a really tough time choosing a card to case from her gallery because they were all so awesome! I ended up settling on THIS one. As you can see, I changed the colors, ribbon design, cuttlebug folder, and used my Labels Nesties on the main image panel. It was such a great card to begin with that I had a tough time changing anything!

Stamps: Piece of Cake from Papertreyink
Ink: River Rock, Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, White
Accessories: Labels Nestabilities, Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon, paper piercer, cuttlebug embossing folders (Happy Birthday & Spots and Dots)

I love that I can use this card for a male birthday. I always have such a hard time creating masculine cards... but these colors are perfect!

Thanks so much for looking today! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Country Dress

Happy Weekend!!! Boy, was I ever ready for some time to relax! I didn't get to any stamping today, but I do have a project to share with you.

This card was made for an Inspiration Challenge on SCS. I actually made it REALLY early in the morning after I had driven my parents to the airport. I am NOT a morning person and I hardly ever do any stamping in the morning. I am totally a night owl and tend to do my best work late at night... that includes stamping! So this card was unusual for me in that aspect.

Stamps: Retro Boutique (Gina K), Linen (SU)
Ink: Black
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Basic Gray designer paper--Cupcake pack
Accessories: brads, ticket corner punch, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, SU markers (Ruby Red & Chocolate Chip)

I stamped the dress 3 times... on the Very Vanilla layer, on the red designer paper, and on the blue designer paper. I then paper pieced the dress together onto the white layer. I used SU markers to color in some details on the dress. The edges were sponged with chocolate chip ink. The designer paper is from the Basic Gray pack called "Cupcake". I totally love the patterns in this pack and am totally hoarding it!

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Soft, Sparkley Baby

Another short post today. I made this card a while back after I saw Debbie Olson create a similar card. This card is definitely CASED from her amazing artwork. I absolutely love this image from Flourishes and would one day like to paint it on the nursery wall for a baby daughter. Wouldn't that be perfect?!?

Stamps: Rock-a-bye from Flourishes
Ink: Black Stazon
Paper: White, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding (PTI), Watercolor paper
Accessories: Twinkling H2O's, Oval classic and scalloped Nestabilities, Plum Pudding double stitched grosgrain ribbon (PTI), ScorePal, corner rounder punch

The image was stamped in Stazon ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored with Twinkling H2O's. The sparkle and sheen is just gorgeous! The main image was cut out with my nesties.

I scored the checkerboard pattern into the background paper with my ScorePal. It really gave the card a "quilted" effect. Overall, the card is very basic, so the scored lines really add a lot.

That's all for today! Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful night!!! :)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Whoot! Whoot!

I didn't get any stamping in today. Tonight was massage night. I'll definitely sleep well tonight, now that all the knots in my neck and shoulders are worked out. Stamping is one type of therapy for me... massages are another! :)

I made this card a while ago and sent it to my brother for his birthday. He is definitely the "Wise Guy" of the family, but I'm very proud of him. This card suits him!

Stamps: You are a Hoot from Cornish Heritage Farms, Paisley
Ink: Black Momento
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Cranberry Crisp, White (all SU)
Accessories: Copic Markers, circle punches, pewter hodgepodge hardware (clip & brads), Cranberry Crisp stitched ribbon, dimentionals

Quickie post for today! Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Monkey Love!

Here's my card for this week's sketch challenge on SCS. I needed a sympathy card to give to a co-worker. Her 28 year old cousin passed away suddenly this week from an unknown heart condition. Sympathy cards are always hard to do... but this adorable little monkey should do the trick to help bring a little sunshine.

Stamps: Monkey Love by C.C. Designs
Ink: Momento Black, Lemon Tart (PTI), Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Paper: Lemon Tart, Dark Chocolate, White, Dark Chocolate dp (all from Papertreyink)
Accessories: Labels Nestabilities, Copic Markers, Ticket corner punch, Pretties (SU), faux Dew Drops (from Michaels), dimentionals

I colored the cute little monkey with my Copic Markers. I then used my new Labels Nestabilities to cut out the image and framed it using Lemon Tart and Dark Chocolate cardstock, also cut with the Labels Nesties. I used SU's ticket corner punch on all the other corners to make the card more uniform. I pulled out my much neglected Pretties kit and used the smalled flowers. I centered a "faux" dew drop (found in the clearance bin at Michaels) in each flower to give them a yellow, 3-D center. The main monkey image panels are popped up on dimentionals. It's hard to see in the picture, but I stamped bananas on all the Lemon Tart panels with Lemon Tart ink. The sentiment was stamped in Dark Chocolate ink.

That's it for today! Don't forget to head over to the allthatscraps blog to check out more sneak peaks before their big release on Monday, November 10th at 10:00pm est.

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Turtle Birthday

This week's color challenge on SCS was to use Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, and Ridinghood Red on our projects. I've really been on a roll lately using my stamps from C.C. Designs.. so of course I had to do yet another! On Monday at 10:00pm, allthatscraps is releasing some more C.C. Designs stamps--and I'm positive that they will be absolutely adorable and "must-haves" for your stamp collection. There's more information and some sneak peaks over on their blog HERE.
Here's my card...

Isn't it cute? At first I wasn't too sure about these colors, but now I think it has grown on me. Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Froggie and Friends by C.C. Designs, sentimet from Birthday Basics (PTI)
Ink: black Momento
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Pretty in Pink, Ridinghood Red, White, Bella Rose dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities (classic square, labels, and tags), hodgepodge hardware, Ridinghood Red striped grosgrain ribbon, Swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder, dimentionals

I colored the main image with my Copic markers and then cut out the cutie-patootie turtle with my classic square Nestabilities. I cut a second layer with the classic square nesties to frame the image and then framed the whole thing with a ridinghood red layer cut with my new labels Nestabilities. This is all popped up on dimentionals.... which is hard to see in the picture.

Do you notice anything new about my picture? YES!!!! I finally got a new photo-editing program! I finally gave up on my hubby and just went and got my own. It was surprisingly easy to add the watermark... but I'm soooooo excited about it.

Anyways... thanks so much for visiting today! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wintertime Fun!

Yesterday's technique challenge was to create a medallion using a corner punch. The technique tutorial can be found HERE. It's really easy to make and lots of fun to do!

I pulled out more C.C. Design's stamps for this card. They're just too cute!! The medallion made me think of snow, so I went with a winter themed card.

Stamps: Wintertime Fun by C.C. Designs
Ink: black Momento
Paper: White, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Silver (all Papertreyink)
Accessories: Copic Markers, Large Circle Nestabilities, EK Success Heart Corner punch, Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder, white tafetta ribbon (SU), silver metallic rub-on paste, clear Spica glitter pen

Isn't it cute!?!?

I colored the image with Copic markers and then colored the white on the coat and a little bit of the snowman with a clear Spica glitter pen to give it a subtle shimmer. I also used silver metallic rub-on paste on the cuttlebugged snowflakes to make them standout a little more in the background. The entire card has a soft subtle shimmer to it.

Thanks so much for looking! Again, I apologize for the crummy pictures. I am STILL waiting for my husband to bring home the photo-editing computer program that I need from his work. It was on my computer before it crashed a few weeks ago, but I lost the program in the big crash. Anyday now, I'm hoping that he'll remember to bring it home. There's only so many reminders a girl can give, right?

See you soon! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Totally Tubular!

Here's a quick blog post for today! I sort of messed up a little on this card, but I still think it turned out cute. I intended on using Really Rust on this card... and I did on the background layer. I accidentally left out some Tangerine Tango from yesterday's card and ended up using that on this card behind the main image. Ooooops! Can you tell the difference? It's really subtle... more subtle than I ever thought! You have to look really close to tell the difference.

Anyhoo... Here's my card...

Stamps: Summertime Fun by C.C. Designs
Ink: Momento black
Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Tangerine Tango (ooops!), White, Bo Bunny dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, Rectangle Classic Nestabilities, Spellbinders ribbon tag, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, metallic rub-on paste

Cute, huh? This was a really fun image to color.

Thanks so much for looking today! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Froggie Flies Away!

I finally got to some stamping today. Friday and Saturday are a complete blur! Running from my husband's great aunt's funeral across town to my mother's birthday dinner... crazy!

Now I'm not feeling well. Isn't that the way it always goes?? I think it's because I'm so totally run down from running here, there, and everywhere. I'm hopeful that my illness passes quickly.... especially since it's starting to resemble the stomach flu and I have one more day of parent-teacher conferences to get through tomorrow.

Today's featured stamper on SCS was Becca Stamps. I chose to case THIS card from her gallery. I changed quite a bit. First, I chose to use this ADORABLE stamp set from C.C. Designs, called "Froggie and Friends". I'm always in need of birthday cards, since I recognize everyone's birthday at work. I chose to ink up the cutie frog and made him flying away by the balloons. I colored the image with my Copic markers. I cut out the image with the classic circle Nestabilities and then framed the image with another layer of classic circle Nestabilities in Pixie Pink, and my brand new pinking circle Nestabilities in tangerine tango. It was killing me this week that I couldn't play with my new Nesties that arrived on Thursday!!!

I used SU's Bella Rose designer paper as my top layer behind the image panel and then layered more kiwi kiss, pixie pink, and tangerine tango cardstock. I matched up some of Papertreyink's new Ripe Avacado polka dotted ribbon with the kiwi kiss. It's not an exact match, but I do think th kiwi kiss and ripe avacado are in the same color family. I finally stamped the sentiment across the bottom of the card.

Stamps: Froggie and Friends from C.C.Designs
Ink: black Momento
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Pixie Pink, White, Bella Rose dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, Classic and Pinking Circles Nestabilities, Ripe Avacado polka dotted ribbon (PTI)

Thanks so much for looking!!!

Here's a few pictures from my grandmother's 90th birthday party last weekend. My brother flew back to Nevada today. It's always sad when he goes back. I enjoy having him around. Anyways....

This is a grainy picture... but here's my grandmother blowing out the candles on her birthday cake. She's an amazing woman! She's 90 years old, still lives on her own in a retirement village, and only recently gave up driving. She's since sold her car...all on her own!

This is my brother with my cousin's son, Grayson.

This is my cousin's other son, Harrison visiting with baby Ben. Isn't fun to have a baby around to play with?

Finally, here's a family picture. It's a crazy group!

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)