Tuesday, July 31, 2007
For this project, you will need:
1. First, completely cover raw chipboard piece with desired color of ink by repeatedly pressing onto ink pad.
2. Place on wax paper and allow to dry 1-2 minutes.
3. Next, completely cover inked chipboard piece with paper glaze.
4. Immediately cover entire surface of glazed chipboard piece with clear microbeads.
5. Gently tap off excess beads and allow to dry for a few minutes.
6. Then, add another coat of paper glaze on top of the beaded chipboard piece.
7. Immediately after adding 2nd coat of paper glaze, use your fingers to lightly sprinkle glitter onto the chipboard piece.
9. Allow to dry completely!
10. Once chipboard is COMPLETELY dried, attach to your layout or project.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
The photos in this one were taking one day this month. I bought Donovan a bubble machine a few months ago and just opened it. I should have opened this thing a long time ago!! It kept him busy and he was so happy! We all know how much kids love bubbles, right! TFL!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Supplies:Patterned Paper - Zsiage (The Jewelry Box- Bangles,To Be Or Not To Be?- The Question); Cardstock - Worldwin (Treasures Royal Plum); Chipboard Alphabet- Zsiage; Adhesive - Glue Arts, Thermoweb foam strips; Pen - Sakura; Ink, Stickles - Ranger; Brad - Making Memories; other: Mini beads, Star sequins, Glitter, Party Hat template - Microsoft Word, Transparency
1. Cut a 7 x 9 piece of cardstock, fold in half and score.
2. Cut a 4 ½ x 7 piece of the Bangles paper, ink the edges and adhere to the front of the card.
3. Use party hat template to cut party hat from Royal Plum cardstock.
4. Cut a smaller shape from the center of the party hat and ink all edges.
5. Apply adhesive to the back side of the party hat and adhere to transparency, trimming excess.
6. Cut four ½ x 6 ½ strips from The Question paper and attach to the top of the party hat with a brad.
7. Apply foam strips to the back side of the party hat making sure that the strips touch edge to edge. (Any gaps will cause shaker box material to fall out)
8. With strip side facing up, add glitter, mini beads, and sequins to the center and remove foam strips backing.
9. Take card and press on top of the party hat. (Shaker box in now complete)
10. Ink chipboard alpha by pressing on ink pad until desired coverage is achieved and allow to dry.
11. Cover inked alpha with stickles and allow to dry completely.
12. Repeat step 10 if desired, ensuring that each coat is completely dry.
13. Adhere alphas to the card.
14. Under the party hat, write “Let’s” and then trace with stickles.
15. Use stickles to draw designs on the party hat shaker box
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I waited and waited for the wind to kick up just right so I could capture the flag! It took a few minutes and a couple of tries, but the wind finally cooperated!
I took this with my telephoto lens while on the semi-submarine. The colorful umbrellas caught my eye.
Although I love all colors, blue is my most favorite! Love all of the blues on this boathouse.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I just can't seem to get enough of photographing sunsets. This one is calling me to come back to Jamaica! (remember that commercial?)
My happy little family on the last day of our vacation. I love my guys so much!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I can't wait to get settled (I have lots of laundry) and sort through the 400+ photos so I can print them, upload them and create some LOs! I promise to share pics soon!
Saturday, July 7, 2007
The plane ride was OK - Donovan thoroughly enjoyed himself! We arrived at the hotel long before the rooms were ready. Hate that, but it happens. The day was pretty uneventful, we walked around the resort and had lunch and drinks. We were so tired that all we really wanted to do was take a nap. We finally got to out rooms around 3:20 and crashed! I slept for about 5 hours, Troy woke up an hour after that and Donovan an hour after him. At 10pm Donovan and I were walking around. I had one of those parental moments when I realized how judgemental I was as a non-parent. If (before I was a parent) I saw someone walking with a 3 year old at 10 or 11 at night, I would have thought something like "she know she need to have that baby in bed" or "it's way past bedtime". Now as a mother with a 3 year old who just slept for 7 hours...well let's just say it was one of those Aha moments!
Let me tell you how my "aunt" followed me to Jamaica...the little heifer! You know that aunt I'm talking about, we all have her or have had her. She's the one who shows up unannounced on your wedding night or on your graduation when you're wearing all white or on your vacation! I was so pissed, I guess you can say I was seeing RED, literally! Good thing I came prepared...I just need to find some advil!
Today the 3 of us went on the semi submarine boat ride and it was amazing! We were able to go underwater and watch the fish through windows! Love it!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
The count down to my vacation has begun! In less than 48 hours Troy, Donovan, and I will be on a plane to sunny Jamaica (along with 7 of my in-laws). I am so excited as I need a vacation really bad! This is one of those proud moments for me as a parent. I'm a strong believer that each generation is supposed to be better than the last. My baby's first trip out of the country is to the same place as his father's and my first trip out of the country. Troy and I went to Jamaica when we were 22 and 21 years old, respectively and now Donovan is getting to experience that at 3. Growing up as a chlid, taking a drive down south was our vacation and when my mom was growing up...well let's just say that there weren't any vacations as there were 15 of them! Can you imagine?
I love to travel and although I haven't been to nearly as many places as I'd like, I want my son (and any future children) to experience that same passion. By the time Donovan is my age, I hope that he has travelled to even further corners of the earth!
But anyway, enjoy celebrating our nation's birth, grill safely and don't get too close to those fireworks! Have fun!