Thursday, August 30, 2007

More Great News!!

We just found out that I am going to be an Auntie to a NEPHEW!! My brother and sister in law have had 4 girls in a row, and now they are expecting a little boy in January! This will make me an Auntie 16 times!! Cody is so excited about having yet another cousin!

I also found out the my (bad)cholesterol went down from 176 to 106 since I was put on medication a few months ago! I know it is probably most exciting to me, but I just had to share!!

In honor of the pending arrival of my new nephew, I made a couple of baby cards!
For this one I used:
Paper: DCWV Stack, SU! Brocade Blue, Doodlebug Bazzill, and GP White
Ink: Versafine Black
Stamps: Michael's $1.00, POD Ornamentals, andAutumn Leaves Swirls
Ribbon: Offray
Font: Three Hour Tour
Other: Prismacolor Pencils, Sansador and Blending Stumps, and Mono Multi

For this one I used:

Paper: SU! More Mustard, Buckaroo Blue, Close to Cocoa, Basic Grey Patterned Paper

Ink: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Versafine Black

Flower Embellishment: Prima

Stamps:POD, Michael's $1.00

Photo: Internet

And Miss Brodie Blue wanted to stick her head in and say HEY!!

--Have a Great Thursday! **Keri**

Monday, August 27, 2007

Good Monday Morning!

Happy Monday Morning!! I have been MIA for a few days! I had a stamping get -together here in Friday night, but we ended up sitting around and gabbing! We were all so starved for female conversation!!

Saturday I took off with Cody to go run some errands. We stopped off in Mooers to pick up Peter's newly sharpened chain saw blades and some bar oil. From there we headed to the city to wrap up school shopping. We had a limited budget, but we did well! I came in under budget, actually! Penney's and Sears were both having early morning sales, so we benefited from them. When you have a boy who only wants screen printed T's, and non-baggy Levi's, it isn't very difficult! We traveled the 45 minutes to the city, got everything, grabbed a early McD's lunch at 10:45, and were home at 11:30!! He got 4 new outfits, sneakers and a new zippered hoodie and he is happy as a clam!!

Saturday afternoon we went to a friend's house for their daughter's 16th birthday party! Happy Birthday, Sam! It is hard to believe she is 16. The party was a blast-tons of family and friends of all ages. I got her a cute screen printed T and some ELF makeup. Of course this occassion also merited a cute girlie card, which I really enjoy making!

Here is what I used:

CS-SU! Pixie Pink, Only Orange, and GP White

Ink: SU! Only Orange, Pixie Pink, and Versamark

EP-Iridescent Stampendous

Stamps-SU! Cool Cat and matching jumbo wheel, Happy Everything (inside)

Ribbon-Offray, Wal-Mart, and Michael's $1.00 bin.

Tools- SU! Cutter Kit

It is hard to see, but I wheeled the background with versamark and embossed it with iridescent embossing powder..I was afraid it was gonna be too much, but it is very subtle and really cute!!

I also made up another card that I had floating around in my head for a while...I love to use the color combo challenges at SCS--I thought of this one on my own, and was surprised to not see i on the list!

Here is what I used:

Stamps: SU Sweet Treats, Print Pattern, and Purple Onion Designs Bitty Sentiments

CS-Barely Banana, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla

Ink: SU! Basic Brown, Real Red

Ribbons: Michael's $1.00 bin, Offray, Textured Trios, Dots Dashes n Checks

Tools: Blending Stumps, Sansador, Prismacolor pencils, SU! Cutter Kit, Clear Glaze Pen from Sakura

I colored using the Magic Colored Pencil Technique, and went over the red cherry with a Sakura Clear Glaze pen to make it shine. I wanted this one to look really ice-creamy in a DQ kind of way!!

**Sorry for the awful scans--the ribbons made it hard..**

Hope everyone has a Blessed Monday..


Wednesday, August 22, 2007


If what's her name can be bootie-licious, then I figure Brodie can be Brodie-licious. In honor of her recent visit to the vet and very full and active recovery, I created a new layout! It has been a while since I did any scrapbooking, but I love how this turned out!! I got some Autumn Leaves clear stamps months ago at Walmart and finally opened them and got to use them!

Here is what I used:

Patterned Paper: Scenic Route

Cardstock: Doodlebug Bazzill, SU!

Stamps: Autumn Leaves Alpha and scrolls

Chipboard: (don't remember!!)

Ink: Versafine Black, Staz On Black

I love how the acrylic stamps worked with the versafine ink! I have not played with acrylic stamps much, and had heard about how hard they are to stamp using dye ink, so that will be my next project.

On a few side notes:

**Peter is back to work once again! He is up in Lake Placid, helping to rebuild the Lake Placid Lodge that burned a few years ago. When it re opens, they will be charging $2000.00 a night, plus an extra $500.00 for your dog...WHAT??? He is going between there and a big add-on at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh. Hopefully these two jobs will keep him working all winter!
**As many of you know, our family suffered a terrible tragedy back in May when Peter's cousin was murdered. I don't want to say a lot about it, it is not my place to do that here, but I wanted to share with you just how generous and giving our community has been in these past months. We got word last night that a golf fundraiser put together to help the family raised a "substantial" amount of money last weekend. The Gibson Brothers also put together a benefit concert with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund per the family's request. They too, were very successful! This has been a horrible few months, but the accused was just indicted by a grand jury, so that is some good news. It is so heartwarming to know that the community is being so generous and caring.
**My surgery was fine, and I am all recovered! Thanks for all the inquiries and well wishes.
**We said good bye to my nephew last night, he is leaving this week to go to heavy machinery school in Virginia. He was 4 when I met Peter, now he is all grown up! We had a nice picnic last night, and saw him one last time before he leaves. It was a great night, but sad for an auntie!!
Guess that is it for today. Thanks for visiting, and have a Blessed Wednesday. --Keri

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I'm Rockin'!!

Thank you miss Lisa Renea, for nominating me as a Rockin' Girl Blogger!! I am supposed to nominate more gals, but everyone seems to have been called upon, so ANYONE--if you have not been nominated, this means YOU!! I formally nominate you as a Rockin' Girl Blogger!!

Brodie is home as of Thursday afternoon and doing well. A few prescriptions for her digestive system for a few days, but she is definitely back to normal!!

Working on a few cards, and thinking about submitting a few to Simply Sentiments...Michele (POD) sent me some back copies, and I think I will give it a try! Thanks, Michele!

I have a few framed scrapbook pages I have been meaning to make for gifts, so I need to get to those. Still have not touched the coaster book since I have been home!! It took me days to get caught up on laundry and housework. The upstairs still looks like Hates but oh, well...

As soon as I get my bum in gear I will post some photographs of my latest "work!"

Have a great rest of the weekend---Rockin' Kerilou *Ü*

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Few Thank You's

Well, after two weeks, I am home and back in front of the computer! We actually arrived home on Monday around noon, but things just started getting crazy right off.

First off, a few thank you's for some sweet goodies! I had a minor surgery during my time away, and got THE cutest get better card from my best bud, Lisa--(LR)! It is gorgeous, the coloring is awesome!! Thanks, LR!
I also got a RAK from a gal on SplitCoastStampers--Sandra. She knew I was looking for some sleeves for my ATC's, and found these for me at a dollar store...She sent them to me, all dolled up, nonetheless!! So cool, thanks, Sandra!!

Even though I did have a minor surgery, I was able to create some goodies at camp! I made a really cool altered notebook that is similar to the one I made for LR last month...and now I am making my first coaster album--one page for every letter in the alphabet. It also has a western/cowboy theme....I got a great Secret Sister box while I was gone, too--so be looking for that!

Before I go--as soon as I came home, Brodie took sick...from both ends (TMI, I know!) I thought maybe it was a blockage cause there was evidence that she had chewed a squeakie toy....I was freaking out!! I took her to the vet yesterday, and they are 98% sure there is no blockage, and they tested for Parvo just in case, apparently sometimes puppies still get it when they have not been immunized long enough or fully. That was negative, too. She stayed in the hospital overnight, for some IV fluids. They are thinking it is just a bug--but we miss her so much. Please keep her in your prayers! We will call later on this morning to see if/when she can come home! Happy Wednesday, Kerilou

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Off for a vacation!

It is that time of year again!! We will be heading out today for camp for a couple of weeks. It is only the next town over, so I will be making the 20 minute trip home now and again, but the blog will be taking a vacation, too!
The camp I attend, I have been going to all of my life! 32 years and counting. In fact, my parents have both attended all of their lives, too. It is over 100 years old now, and it is a really amazing place that brings you back in time. There are dozens of old fashioned cottages that people have owned for generations. We have a camper...I like to stay--without the risk of bats and the like getting to me. I am sealed off very nicely in my camper, thank you!! Camp meeting is always a great spiritual renewal for me, as well as a great time to get together with my very large and extensive family that we only see once a year. It is an old fashioned church "camp meeting" that is interdenominational. There is a youth program, a children's program, and church services every night. My cousin who is a SU! demo also attends, and holds workshops throughout the duration of camp.
I am really excited this year, cause I am no longer the snack lady at VBS! Cody is no longer young enough for Vacation Bible School, so I passed the torch on to someone else. No more rice cake lion faces for me!! All kidding aside, serving 75 childred highly involved snacks every morning for a week and a half is very taxing! So I am on my own this year.
I am also having a small surgical procedure next Wednesday, and I would appreciate you keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. See ya round!! --Keri