Friday, October 2, 2015

Photo Friday- Week in Review

This week kind of got away from me.  Between it being my birthday weekend and helping every day at school on a project for our fundraiser I've been busy!  That means nothing fancy today.  I'm just going to share a few of my favorite photos from the week.

Pre-birthday cupcakes from Jones Bros. Cupcakes.  Yum!!

The lunar eclipse was a great ending to my birthday. 

Our littlest guy had 2 soccer games this past week!  They fought hard but ended up losing them both. 

The first graders at our school made paper Popes.  Our little guy made the one on the top left.  He said the blue teeth were cavities.  I think it looks a little like a zombie.  Either way this wall of Popes makes me smile. 

A little treat while my hubby and I took a walk downtown. 

I love this archway in downtown Omaha. 

The flags were looking beautiful on the ConAgra campus despite the news of them moving to Chicago. 
I'm hoping to have some photos from our visit to the Joslyn Castle up next week so stay tuned.  Thanks for stopping and have a great week!   

Friday, September 25, 2015

Photo Friday- Camp Creek Threshing Show

Sorry I missed last week.  My mom was visiting and cleaning the house took priority over getting on the blog.  Today I'm back with a new favorite end of summer family activity.  The Camp Creek Threshing Show in Waverly, NE.  We found this weekend event last year and enjoyed it so much that we went back again this year.  The boys love seeing all of the tractors (especially the John Deere).  I love spending some fun time together as a family.  I also love the memories of my childhood time on my grandparents farm that come back when I hear the engines and smell the smoke.  Here are a few of my favorites photos from our fun day.  

Geoff loved this tractor that was just his size. 

I'm sure thankful for my washing machine. 

We missed the Civil War reenactment again this year but it was fun to walk through their camp. 

I would definitely recommend visiting the Camp Creek Threshing Show if you are looking for a fun family weekend.  Next year's show is July 16-17, 2016.  Maybe we will see you there.  Thanks for stopping!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Photo Friday- Kansas City Trip

Over the next few weeks I'm planning on sharing some of our summer adventures here on Photo Friday.  I'm going to start with the most recent and work my way back.  Occasionally I will throw in some current happenings too.  The first adventure I'll be sharing with you was our trip to Kansas City.  We hadn't been down there in 3 or 4 years!  We are very lucky to have some close friends that live in Lee's Summit so we were able to stay with them. 

One of the boys' favorite things we did while visiting was play at  Lea McKeigan Park.  What a great place to burn off some energy!  They loved climbing the pyramid and riding on the zip line.  I have some great videos of the zip line and it's a wonder they didn't fall off they were going so fast!  There is a walking track around the park so Bill and I walked and talked while the boys played.  It was a great way to spend a couple of afternoons.

With four boys that love Legos of course we had to spend some time at the Lego Land Discovery Center.  They loved it!  I must say that I rather enjoyed it too.  The friends we were staying with also came along.  They are expecting their first son this winter and needed to check the place out.  Unfortunately this meant she couldn't go on any rides.  We both loved the pregnant Lego minifigure! 

We all enjoyed the 4D movie, rides, and building mosaics.  There were a lot of hands on activities that the boys enjoyed also like making a car and racing it down the ramp.  The Lego sculptures all throughout the building were amazing!  My favorite part of the exhibit was the Lego depiction of the Wizard of Oz.  It was so colorful and well done.  I may have taken a lot of photos here.

Alex really wished this was Dumbledore.  ;)


The other highlight of the Lego Discovery Center was the Star Wars sculptures.  My boys are so pumped for the new movie coming out later this year and this added to their excitement!

We also spent some time at Union Station.  We decided to divide and conquer.  My friend and I took Alex to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on the IMAX screen while Bill took the other three boys to Science City.  I didn't raid his phone for photos but I'm sure he got a few.  Which reminds me that all of these photos were taken with my iPhone 6.  I love the quality of photos I get with it and also love that it is so easy to take every where.  It was awesome seeing Harry Potter on the big screen.  Alex read all seven books in three weeks over the summer and for him to see one of the movies in a movie theatre was a real treat!  It was also a great way for my pregnant friend to get off her feet for awhile.  As an added bonus it was Harry Potter's birthday!!   


Of course you can't be in Kansas City and not have some BBQ so we enjoyed a meal at Jackstack Barbecue.  The boys LOVED the ribs and ate a ton!!  I can only imagine our food bill in a few years.  

I hope you enjoyed our little trip to Kansas City.  We had a great time and loved every bit of it.  A big thank you to our friends for letting us crash at their place.  It's not easy letting four little boys take over your home.  Thanks for stopping!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Photo Friday- Along Came a Spider

If you know me then this post will seem very unlikely.  I am VERY scared of spiders.  I will scream, jump, and run away from any spider (large or small).  Just ask my boys.  If I find one in the house they are the first to know.  So when one of my boys called me outside to see a spider you might be surprised that I would go and take my camera.  As much as spiders scare me there is something so awe inspiring seeing them outside in their webs.  I have even been known to watch a spider spin a web (in the safety of my home behind glass of course).  Taking these photos was much easier thanks to my zoom lens.  There is NO WAY I'd ever get this close to a spider on purpose.  I hope you can see the beauty in these creatures even if they scare you too.  Thanks for stopping.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Photo Friday- Back to School (and Hopefully Back to Blogging)

You know it has been awhile since you last blogged when you have to look up your password to your account!  Oh my has it been awhile.  I took most of the last year off not intentionally but it just happened.  With all of my boys in school I really thought I'd tackle all of the scrapbooking I need to finish, make a ton of cards, go take pictures at the zoo without the kids, and then blog about it all.  That obviously did not happen.  I did find myself working out a little more, volunteering at school a LOT more, and keeping the house cleaner.  All of those things are wonderful and great but I missed my creative time!  So this year I am really going to try to give me some me time.  I'm going to scrapbook, make cards, and try to take more photos.  I'm also going to get on here more than once every 6 months.  I'm also not going to feel guilty about spending some time on me.  So here's the first of hopefully many more Photo Fridays and other blog posts.

Today marks the end of the first full week of school for my boys and it couldn't have gone better!  The boys have been excited to get going everyday and after school hasn't been chaotic (yet).  Homework has been manageable and I can still make a mean book cover.  Instruments have been getting practiced and reading has been getting done.  I just hope we can keep this up all year!  Here are some of our back to school photos.  Enjoy!

Zach- 7th Grade
Alex- 4th Grade

Geoff- 1st Grade

Tanner- 3rd Grade

Geoff is the only one who I went with into the classroom that morning.  Not because he needed me to go with him, I needed to drop him off, for me.  How can my baby be a first grader already?!  He found his desk and got right to work.  Of course I wanted a couple of pictures.  I may take a few too many pictures.  Maybe.  Just after I snapped this one he gave me a sigh and the 'aren't you done taking pictures yet?' look.  I left right after that.  Gotta love that kid.    

Here's to a great school year and a great year of taking some time for me!  I hope you all had a great start to your school year as well.  I can't wait to see what this year has in store for all of us.  Until next time.  Thanks for stopping!   

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

iThank You Teacher Appreciation card

I have a cute and quick card to share with you today to celebrate all of the teachers in your child's life.  When I started thinking about what to make for these cards I looked to Pinterest for some ideas.  While I found a ton of cute Teacher Appreciation cards none of them were what I was looking for.  I wanted simple and fun all in one.  Then a light went off and I came up with this card! 
Isn't it fun?!  I knew that I wanted to incorporate an apple but in a different way.  What better way to use an apple than to mimic one of the most famous apples there are.  I also used this same idea on my sentiment with the 'i' in iThank You.  Let me show you how I made the card.

I started by cutting all of my apple pieces using my new Cricut Explore.  I got this machine for Christmas and am just finally using it!  Not only is the machine new but they also have a new app for my favorite Apple product, the iPad.  It's called Cricut Design Space and it is wonderful!  I know that I'll be sharing many more projects using these tools.  I used this app to take a 'bite' out of the apple.  Once the apples were cut I made them into stickers using my Xyron Sticker Maker and then inked the apple, stem, and leaf.  These were super easy to ink by leaving the pieces on the sticker paper while I inked them.  I thought the text paper was a fun way to incorporate a little bit of a fun feel to the card.  You could also use solid colored paper, stickers, or cut your own apples out of paper. 

 Next, I stamped a brush background.  I thought this looked a little like a chalkboard eraser mark which is why I chose it.  You could also use a paint brush and paint to create the same effect.  For the sentiment I used a Thank You stamp and then a separate lowercase i stamp to finish it off.  Now I need to piece together the apples.  I have a super easy way to do this!  First, put the main part of the apple on your card.  Then, lay one of the negative pieces from when you cut the apples over this piece.  Finally place the leaf and stem into their spaces and remove the negative piece.  Now your apple is ready to go!
   Here is a close up of the sentiment and apple. 
I made the large version of this card for my boys' homeroom teachers and these cute smaller ones for all of their extra teachers (gym, music, computer, etc). 
I hope you enjoy these cards as much as I enjoyed making them.  Thanks for stopping!

  • ink- Memento (Tuxedo Black), Tim Holtz Distress (Barn Door, Mowed Lawn, Frayed Burlap)
  • stamps- Hero Arts (Brush, Small Variety Alpha, CL582)
  • cardstock- misc from my stash
  • Cricut cartridge- Learning Curve
  • misc- Xyron Sticker Maker

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thank You Shaker Card

Shaker cards are everywhere right now!  With all of the awesome sequins, seed beads, and glitters out there no wonder they are so popular.  I think my stash of these items needs to grow a little bit!  I've made shaker elements for scrapbook pages but never on a card so I thought I'd give it a try.  Here is my Thank You Shaker Card.

I started by picking a sheet of patterned paper to get a color theme going.  I cut it to the size of the card front and then cut another panel from the middle of this paper to be the popped up part of my shaker.  I knew I would be backing this piece with white cardstock so after cutting a circle from the front panel I traced it onto the piece of white cardstock that will be the back of the shaker.
I then started stamping my sentiment.  I started with the black text to be the main thank you and then stamped around it using ink colors that complimented my patterned paper.  I found that using a second generation stamp (inking your stamp, stamping it once on a scratch piece of paper, then stamping on your project) worked much better to match my color scheme.  Once I filled in the whole circle with my thank yous I erased the pencil line.
I then covered the back of the patterned paper circle with a sheet of transparency cut to size.
Next you need to make an area for your shaker pieces to move around in.  I used foam adhesive cut to size to go all around the circle.  I doubled my foam adhesive so there would be plenty of room for my sequins to move around.  How tall you make this depends on the thickness of your foam adhesive and the items you are putting in your shaker.
Now for the fun part.  Put your sequins, seed beads, or glitter into this area.  I used 5 or 6 different colors of sequins that complemented the colors in my patterned paper.  Once you have your shaker items in remove your adhesive backing and carefully place the back on your shaker piece.   
Once it is adhered you have your shaker piece!  Isn't that fun?!  I just love it!!  You can then adhere this piece to your card base and your card is done. 
If you want to see more great shaker cards here are some of my favorite card makers and their shaker cards.  I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.  Thanks for stopping!  
  • Nichol Magouirk  has some AMAZING shaker cards!  There were just too many lovely ones to list just one so this should link to all of her fun shaker cards.   
  • Jennifer McGuire has some great tips on making shaker cards.  I can't wait to try some of these tips out on my next card.  
  • Laura Bassen always has fun colorful cards and her shaker cards are just that.  Fun and colorful.  
  • Kristina Werner has a great Christmas shaker card.  I just love her cards!  

  • ink- Tim Holtz Distress (Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn, Dusty Concord), Close to My Heart (Spangled Blue), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
  • stamp- Hero Arts (CL342)
  • patterned paper- Die Cuts with a View (Everyday Stack)
  • tools- Perfect Layers, Creative Memories (Circle Cutter)
  • misc- foam adhesive, transparency sheet