Play Ball... part 2







These are pictures from Riley’s softball game Saturday. She played in Monument which is about 10-15 minutes north of Colorado Springs and it was such a beautiful day. Good thing we wore our sunscreen.

The first picture is Riley playing 2nd base. Then she’s up to bat, which she hit past 2nd base and brought two runners into home… whoo hoo Riley. The next picture is Riley waiting for the team to take the field for the last inning. She’s getting a little tired by now… wait till Saturday when she has a double header! The last picture is the view from the ball field, you can see Pikes Peak in the distance. Isn’t Colorado beautiful?

For this game they had to reschedule at the last minute to play at the practice field, the main field was still pretty muddy from the spring snow storm we had last Monday. In one of the pictures you can still see snow behind Riley. Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Thinking of Cookies


This is the card I made for SCS Limited Supply Challenge #113 (LSC113). The challenge was Make it Masculine: Use stamps you wouldn’t consider masculine and turn it into a masculine card. I don’t consider Snoopy to be masculine, especially when he’s thinking of chocolate chip cookies! This was the first time I participated in a LSC and it was hard… I’m terrible at making masculine cards, but I had to make one!

I’m giving this card to my nephew who recently broke his nose while boxing. He had his nose repositioned on Friday… ouch! I’m sure he’ll enjoy the box of cookies I’m giving him along with the card.

Of course Snoopy had to be white, so I stamped Snoopy on a white piece of cardstock, cut him out and then glued him over the Bamboo color Snoopy (Paper Pieceing). All the cardstock, patterned paper and embellishments are from CTMH.

Stamps: Snoopy Thinking of Cookies (Stampabilites) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Bamboo, Cocoa, Olive (all CTMH), White, Rustic Trail Patterned Paper (CTMH) ~ Other: Big Impressions Weave #1, Autumn Terracotta Photo Clip (CTMH), Designer Cocoa Ribbon (CTMH), Gamsol & Prismacolor Pencils

Bear Hugs


This is the card I made for this week SCS Sketch Challenge, SC#121. I really enjoy the challenges and I’m going to try to participate more often in all the SCS weekly challenges… New Technique, Color Combo, Ways to Use It, Limited Supply, Featured Stamper… they all sound so inviting!

Again, this stamp is from the set The Best Way, from CTMH. I changed my panel from the sketch’s original left side to the right side of the card. I wanted the teddy bear facing the chipboard “bear hugs” tag. I originally had a different patterned background on this card, a bigger floral. When I decided to change the patterned paper to the mosaic I wanted to add brads for more embellishments. After I attached the back panel, it was then that I realized that I didn't add the brads… talk about a dork!

The Best Way
Stamps~ The Best Way (CTMH), Little Things (TAC) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Romance, Petunia, White (all Bazzill), White, Paper Salon KN Serenity (delicate glitter stripe & mosaic) ~ Other: Dashes, Dots, & Checks Ribbon, Sakura Stardust Gelly Pen, Chalk, Essential Element Chipboard (tag- TAC), Pop Dots, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol

Sketch Challenge's

I completed a couple of challenges today… yippee for me! Riley and Austin had another Snow Day from school so they also did crafts while I finished working on these. I tried to take photos of my cards outside today, the weather wasn’t cooperating. The wind kept blowing the cards over and I was afraid that they would get wet when they fell into the snow. I’m really surprised how well the pictures came out on my coffee table!



My first sketch challenge is from ASB, Challenge #68. The teddy bear stamp is from the set The Best Way from CTMH. I had a lot of extra white showing around him, so I softened up the white background with some pink chalk (thanks Dina for that tip). This paper is also from the Paper Salon, KN Serenity Collection (delicate glitter stripe & mosaic). I think it coordinates wonderfully with the Bazzill cardstock.



My second sketch challenge is from SCS, Challenge #120. Last weeks sketch... I’m about a week late on this one! I wanted to use the same Paper Salon Collection for this card, but it didn’t work out. After I colored my image the purple flowers didn’t look all that great with the pink, that’s when I made the decision to change the entire color & paper design. I’m pretty pleased with the end results. By the way, this is one of my new stamps that came in the mail last week from HM Stamps, Spring Blossoms (March Design of the Month).

The Best Way
Stamps~ The Best Way (CTMH) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Romance, Petunia, White (all Bazzill), White, Paper Salon KN Serenity (delicate glitter stripe & mosaic) ~ Other: Chalk, Cameo Brads (Bazzill), Dashes, Dots, & Checks Ribbon, Scalloped & Round punches, Sakura White Gelly Pen, Pop Dots, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol.


Spring Blossoms
Stamps: Spring Blossoms (Stampabilites ~ House Mouse), Spring Showers (TAC) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Heather & White (both Bazzill), Amethyst Gingham (CTMH), White ~ Other: White Spiral Clip (TAC), Spring Iris Grosgain (CTMH), Heather Brads (Bazzill), Sakura Stardust Gelly Pen, Pop Dots, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol

Red Breasted Nuthatch

I bought some Cuttlebug Folders awhile back from All That Scraps. Service from All That Scraps was the best ever, fast shipping and if you spent over $10 shipping is free! I think I had these Cuttlebug folders since the beginning of March and I finally made a card using one (gasp).

This is a thank you card I made for my cousin Tomas. I had every intention to make a masculine card… it’s just so difficult for me. Hopefully he wouldn’t think the card is girly with the swirls and organdy ribbon.

Red Breasted Nuthatch
Stamps: All Things of Nature (TAC) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Neutral, Cocoa, Twilight, Simple Pleasures Paper Pack (all from CTMH) ~ Blue Organdy Ribbon, Brown Brads, D’VineSwirl Cuttlebug Folder, Chalk, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol




Heidi tagged me to tell 7 tidbits about myself and then I tag 7 more people to do the same. I feel more comfortable about this tag game!

1. I don’t like to have my neck touched by anyone and I don’t like tight things around my neck (turtlenecks, scarfs, or chokers). I get nervous when I go to the dentist and the hygienist puts that little bib thingy around my neck.

2. My favorite song is In The Shape Of A Heart, by Jackson Browne. When Bryan and I were dating he bought me a ruby necklace, the ruby was in the shape of a heart.

3. I enjoy reading True Crime books. I’ve read all of Ann Rule’s books twice.

4. I grew up in a Spanish speaking house… and now I can’t speak Spanish as good as I would like or as I should!

5. I’m the youngest of five, three brothers and one sister. One of my brothers is mentally ill, he suffers from Schizophrenia.

6. I prefer dogs over cats. Not that I don’t like cats, we had them growing up. It’s just now I’m allergic to them.

7. I love to spend time with my family, hiking, camping or doing our latest adventure geocaching (GPS stash hunts).

Let’s see… I’ll tag the following for some tidbits:

Britta http://britta.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Dina http://mamadinis.blogspot.com/index.html

Gina http://blog.ginakdesigns.com/

Melanie http://myinkspirations.blogspot.com/

Melissa http://stampingthroughthetulips.blogspot.com/index.html

Sonya http://sonya121.blogspot.com/

Vicki http://hookshappenings.blogspot.com/

Play Ball




Usually I don’t post pictures of my kiddos, but I just had to share a couple I took of Austin from his baseball game Saturday. It was a bit cloudy out, so the pictures don’t look as vibrant as I would have liked... I like to blame it on the lighting and not the photographer! LOL

The first picture is AJ batting… next time I’ll try not to cut off his feet! The second picture is AJ on 2nd getting ready to make his move to 3rd. He should’ve been watching the pitcher instead of mommy with the big lens! Austin was so excited when he saw that his uniform shirts were red, since red is his favorite color and it also matches his sport glasses.

Riley’s first softball game of the season is this coming Saturday. So hopefully I can get some good shots of her playing. I really need to start scrapbooking!

WOW I was actually tagged…

I woke up this morning to find messages from Vicki and Gina that I was tagged by them… could I tag them back? LOL Both Vicki and Gina are talented ladies with huge hearts and I’m thankful to know them.

Since this is my first time being tagged I’m so tickled. I know I should list my 5 favorite blogs, which is nearly impossible considering I have 14 listed here and another 33 listed on my Google Reader list… I did a random pick off my lists and here they are:


Thanh ~ Yummy Creations
http://yummycreations.blogspot.com/index.html

Heidi ~ Sweet Somethings
http://sweetheidijo.blogspot.com/index.html

Erin ~ Erin K Creations
http://erinkcreations.blogspot.com/index.html

Petra ~ en gang blommade tradet
http://paradises.blogg.se/

Peg ~ Artistic Explorations
http://artisiticexplorations.blogspot.com/index.html

Look what I found...


I was so excited when I found this stamp Fuzzy Bear, along with others that I haven’t used in a while. I loved this little teddy bear when I purchased him and I forgot I had him.

I purchased this stamp many years ago from Hobby Lobby when I first introduced to stamping (thanks Joyce). It still has the price tag of $8.49 on it… I’m sure I was able to pick it up for 50% off. This morning I did some searching on the net to find out the name of this stamp from PSX, and it turns out I really couldn’t find much about PSX, except the name… are they still around? Oh and I did find someone who was selling Fuzzy Bear for $20.50!

This is my card I made for ASB Sketch Challenge #67. I picked up this patterned paper a few weeks back at Archiver’s, it’s from Paper Salon KN Serenity Collection, Glitter Blossom. I have to go back and get more, it’s so pretty.

Stamps: Fuzzy Bear (PSX G1174) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Rosebud, White, Heather, Romance Petunia (all Bazzill), White, Paper Salon ~ KN Serenity Collection (Glitter Blossom) ~ Other: Sakura Stardust Gelly & White Gelly Pens, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol, Tombow Markers, Ribbon- Dashes, Dots & Checks

Essential Gear

When I was putting my stamp area back together it occurred to me that I really didn’t have a good stereo/radio to listen to music as loud as I like, especially when I’m stamping. Hey I’m an adult now, so I can rattle my ink pads off the walls, I don’t... but if I did… it would be okay!

My sister bought my niece this really nice RCA Digital Audio System for Christmas and I really liked it. Well… I went out and bought one for me, the best part is I paid $50 less than what my sister paid for it.

The little red radio is what I had in my stamp room before and the next picture is my new toy… essential gear for a stamper! Now I can listen to Matchbox Twenty, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blue October and of course Freddy Fender (yup… he is one of my favs) in powerful sound.

I’m off to edit my picture from the ASB Sketch Challenge… I should have it posted soon.




Joe Nathan Inspired Lighthouse Collection


Awhile back I told you about an amazing talented artist named Joe Nathan (see this entry). His wife Suma was diagnosed with cancer and is now undergoing chemo and radiation treatment.

After Midnight Art Stamps just commissioned a new Joe Nathan Inspired Lighthouse Collection. After Midnight will be donating $1 from every purchased Joe Nathan Lighthouse stamp to The American Cancer Society in Suma’s name.

The Joe Nathan Inspired Lighthouse Collection is available at After Midnight’s website (https://www.amstamps.com/). When you get to After Midnight’s site, go to Catalog > Rubber Stamps > The Joe Nathan Inspired Lighthouse Collection.

If you have a chance, take a peek at Joe’s inspiring creations on his website Lighthouse Scenic Art.

New Rubber

My order from HM Stamps came ... talk about quick shipping, Dick sent my order out Friday and I was so excited and surprised to see it in my mailbox yesterday (Monday). I can’t wait to get my little mice and bunnies inked, maybe today.

I’m in the process of putting my stamp area back together, I did a little spring cleaning and purging of some older supplies. If I can’t actually stamp, rearranging comes close! Playing musical beds (minus the music) led me to rearranging my stamp area.

This last weekend Riley and Austin decide that they wanted a change in their rooms. Austin no longer wanted to sleep on the top of his bunk bed, apparently he did like it anymore because it was difficult for him to make in the morning (AJ’s a neat freak… like mommy and daddy). I didn’t hesitate… I said okay! I absolutely hate bunk beds, every week when I change sheets I would complain and cuss about that bunk bed. I was happy to see it go and AJ now has a regular twin bed! Riley had a queen size bed since she was about 4. A few months back she wanted to have more floor space in her room and that led to her getting a day bed (another kind of bed I hate)! Now she wanted to have her queen bed back, which was stored in our basement, which led me to rearranging my stamp room, which is in the basement! Maybe I’ll have some pictures to post of my area one day.

I did manage to make one card before the rearranging began. This is the card I made for Dick (HM Stamps). I had to mail my payment in a Happy Hopper of House Mouse card… right? It’s more on the girly side, but I’m sure Patty (Dick’s better ½) would enjoy it! The stamp is Buzzy Friends from Happy Hoppers and I used Buttercup Brads on the tips of their antennas… aren’t they cute?!

Trudy from ASB has already posted this weeks Sketch Challenge # 67, so hopefully I’ll have another card to share later!

Stamps: Buzzy Friends (HM-Happy Hoppers/Stampabilities) ~ Ink: Noir Palette ~ Paper: Sonata (CTMH), Flamingo (Bazzill), White ~ Other: Buttercup Brads (CTMH), Sakura Stardust Gelly Pen, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol, Edge Distresser

Another Blogger RAK to share


I received this simply wonderful SCS Blogger RAK card from Nancy Elrick. As soon as I opened the envelope I had to get a picture of it outside, I wanted to try and capture the glistening center. Take a peek into Nancy’s blog to see more of her work, Nancy’s Creative Mess.

Thank you Nancy for sending this to me.

Tweet Kisses


Burr… I’m trying to stay warm. Riley and Austin had baseball/softball practice tonight and it was chilly, it was 38 degrees! As soon as we get home from practices I always turn the heater up. I have a terrible time trying to stay warm, while everyone else is roasting! I’m so happy that Bryan insists that Riley & Austin dress in layers with all Under Armour clothing. It can be pricey but its well worth it… that’s spring time in the Rockies!

My Close to My Heart order came Saturday, I was so excited to use some of my new paper for today’s ASB Sketch Challenge #66. The background flower paper and the strip with the sentiment are from CTMH Sonata paper pack and the stamp is Tweet Kisses, House Mouse.

I’m thinking maybe I should have added a border around the main image or stamped the image onto cream cardstock, the white just looks a little bright against the other colors. Since I didn’t have a “Tweet” stamp, I printed “You’re so Tweet” onto the patterned paper. . I didn’t want the birds’ tail to be covered by the strip, so I used my Xacto knife to cut along the outline of his tail and then I tucked the strip of patterned paper under the cut area.

Thanks for visiting… and did I mention, it’s great to be home!

Stamps: Tweet Kisses (House Mouse), Flower Bunches (TAC-GWP) ~ Ink: Noir (TAC-Palette), Pinecone (TAC-Bazzink) ~ Paper: White, Lilac Mist (CTMH), Sonata Paper Pack (CTMH) ~ Other: Brown Gingham Ribbon, Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol.

My first Blogger RAK


I’m back from the second ½ of our Spring Break vacation. Riley and Austin went back to school today and Bryan went back to work. It was kind of quiet not having everyone with me, but I managed to find things to keep me busy… to bad it wasn’t stamping!

Awhile back I joined SCS Bloggers RAK Club, the rules are simple… If you get a RAK from a SCS RAK Blogger you must take a photo of it, post it on your blog and post a link back to the blog of the sender.

I received my first Blogger RAK from Julie Phillips, the bunnies are adorable. Julie dry embossed the bunnies onto brown patterned paper, and then she highlighted their ears and cheeks with chalk. What an enjoyable first RAK, thank you Julie. You can check out more of Julies fantastic cards at her blog Paper Joy.

Back home...



We made it home this evening from Illinois. We had a wonderful time, but it’s great to be home again. I’ll only be here for a couple of days before I leave again. Riley and Austin still have another week off for Spring Break.

I couldn’t believe how hot it was in Belleville this time of year, apparently it was the hottest March on record… and I about died with the humidity. Austin and Riley couldn’t believe how green the grass was. The trees and flowers were in bloom and everything looked so beautiful.

I wanted to share a few pictures I took when we took Riley and Austin to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. They visited the Arch before, but this is the first time they rode the tram to the top… it was exciting for them.

The first three pictures are of the Gateway Arch. The picture of the Arch with the blossoming trees is one of my favorites. The other picture was taken from Eads Bridge, while we were on the platform waiting for the MetroLink, it’s a bit dark and you can’t see the old bricks that great… but I like it.

The last picture is of Eads Bridge, which was built in 1867-74. It spans the Mississippi River from St. Louis, MO to East St. Louis, IL.