Friday Favorite: My Digital SLR

This is the other love of my life.

If I could choose one thing that I've invested in that I've never regretted, it would be this wonderful digital SLR camera, my Nikon D70.  Yes, cameras continue to evolve and change with the addition of new bells and whistles attached.  I purchased this camera back in 2005, so I don't think you can even find it for sale anymore unless you'd buy it used.  There have been two newer models introduced in its place since this camera came out & I think the D90 has video taking capabilities.  I'm satisfied with this "older" model.  It takes wonderful pictures and we have a smaller camera for carrying in my purse when I'm in town that takes videos.  I get this one out for the close ups and photo shoots of people.  Did I say I love this camera?!!

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Themed Thursday: Countin’ My Happies

Today is one of those days when I have to keep my mind focused on positive things because the not-so-positive ones keep trying to put me in a headlock!  Oldest DS kicked his fever bug, but has developed an ear infection.  It was a rough night last night, but my DH stepped up to the job and I was able to sleep fairly well in between the youngest waking up here and there.  The middle DS was still running a 103 degree fever, so slept rather restlessly as well.  We all survived and I gave DH some extra hugs this morning for his courageous night watch!  :)

This morning, we received the news that a neighbor was killed in a freak accident at work, leaving behind a wife and three young children (5 and under).  He was only 33.  It's always so hard to know how to help or what to say, but I do think a home cooked meal will definitely be in order for them once we get this bug completely kicked out the door!

Given all the less than cheerful goings on around here, I decided it was time to make a happy kind of card!  Today's Ways to Use It Challenge (#309) over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use birthday themed things on a card.  I've been wanting to use this sentiment stamp on a card and decided today was the day!  Love it!  The little car stamp I've had a while too and had purchased it to use for one of my son's birthdays.

Stamps - PrintWorks Collection (sentiment), Stampendous (little car)
Ink - SU Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight
Paper - SU Sunny Garden DP, SU Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight CS
Accessoris - SU circle tags, gemstones (headlights), Cuttlebug embossing folder

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A Tea & Toast Kind of Day

Today is a sick day for our oldest DS.  A cough, stuffy nose and a fever of 102 degrees developed last night, so he's home for some extra lovin'!  I can always tell when this boy is not feeling well because he is usually our energizer bunny, speeding around making lots of noise, but today he is content to quietly sit or lay down with very little conversation.  Chicken noodle soup is on the lunch menu and I'm enjoying a quiet, cozy day at home with all three of my munchkins!

Today's card is for the Clean & Simple Challenge (#105) over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I love, love, love Clean & Simple Cards (CAS) on days like today and I love the colors that were selected for the challenge!  Such a cheerful trio on a winter day!

Stamps - Paper Trey (Heart Prints, Mixed Messages)
Ink - SU Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight
Paper - Paper Trey white

Finished card size:  4.25 in. x 4.25 in.  (square)

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Best Friends

I've been wanting to ink up this image from Flower Soft for some time now.  It's just so cute and reminds me of my own boys!  This week's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers has a card in her gallery that reminded me to get it out and play with it!

Stamps - Flower Soft (Man of the Match)
Paper - Doodlebug Designs DP, SU Night of Navy and Bashful Blue cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - star brads, paper piercer (around white main image square)
Coloring - Copic Markers  (Hair:  E33, E39, YR21/Skin:  E00, E000, E11/Shirts:  R24, R27, R29, B24, B26, B34/Shorts:  C1, C3/Shoes & Ball:  E31, E33, E37/Grass:  YG03, YG05, YG07)

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Birthdays Redefined

My dear mother is turning the big 6-0 later this year and I wanted to use this sentiment along with her favorite color in the whole world:  purple!  I found the perfect opportunity this afternoon while browsing through the gallery of Sue Walsh (aka Tillymint) over at Splitcoast Stampers.  She was selected as last week's featured stamper and what a wonderful gallery of cards she has!

Stamps - SU (Hello Again) Hampton Art (Age) sentiment
Paper - SU Kraft, Rich Razzleberry cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - gemstones, SU eyelet border punch, SU polka dot ribbon in Rich Razzleberry, Nestabilities (Ovals & Scalloped Ovals), sponge (around sentiment oval)

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(Need I say more?)

Stamps:  Gel-A-Tins (Chocolate Bliss), Elzybells (sentiment; company no longer in business)
Paper:  Paper Trey white
Ink:  SU Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing border, Stickles (color = Cotton Candy), pink rhinestone

This card was for today's Inspiration Challenge (#270) over at Splitcoast Stampers.

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Today is a special day.  It was my grandmother's birthday.  She passed away about a year ago and the memories live on.  If I had to choose one word to describe her it would be "Peacemaker."  I won't forget her twinkling eyes, her laugh and her wonderful smile.  I made this card thinking of my own mother today as it was her mother that we lost.

Stamps:  Paper Trey (Women of Life), Hampton Arts (Beautiful Butterfly)
Ink:  SU Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White (around edges of black circle)
Paper:  SU Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Accessories:  Sizzix embossing folder, SU Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon, SU 2.5-inch circle punch & large oval punch, foam squares (used to pop out the butterfly), sponge (used around sentiment oval), pearl

This card was for this week's Free for All Challenge (#50) over at Splitcoast Stampers.

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Friday Favorites: Color Me Happy

 (Storage container is from Pampered Chef)

I've been getting back to using my stash of Copic markers lately and am reminded how much I enjoy using them!  If you want some quick, free tutorials on using Copics, just go to YouTube and search for Copic markers!  Suzanne Dean has a few videos on there and, if you so desire, she also has some classes online you can take (not free, however)!  I'm a novice, by all means!  I just keep practicing, practicing, practicing in the hopes that some day I'll actually feel like I've mastered the technique.  I'd really love to take a Copic certification class sometime, but so far there haven't been any open to the public in my area.  I'll keep waiting...

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Themed Thursday: Valentine

School has been cancelled again today!  It's so cold outside!  Brr!  We were out briefly this morning, taking dear husband to work and we could hear the snow crunching beneath the tires in protest!  I'm sure it's going to feel cold when I run into the post office later this morning, the freeze your nose hairs kind of cold!

This morning, the little one is napping nicely and the older two are playing well, so I'm eeking in a little creative time while all is calm!  I'm in Valentine's Day mode now.  Afterall, it's less than two weeks away!  I haven't played with any of my Magnolia stamps yet this week, so I chose to color a sweet little Tilda image.  This week's Ways to Use It Challenge (#308) over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use hearts!  I also tried to play along with yesterday's Sketch Challenge (#318) and discovered the Just Magnolia Challenge for this past week is to use dots!  Then, I found the 7 Kids College Fund Challenge this week is to use hearts also!  Wow!  Four challenges in one card!  Hooray!  :)

Stamps - Magnolia (Tilda), Inky Antics (sentiment)
Paper - SU Poppy Parade & Basic Gray cardstocks, SU Sunny Garden DP, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Basic Gray (sentiment), Poppy Parade (sponging around main image)
Coloring - Copic markers (Hair: E33, E99, YR21/Skin: E00, E000, E11, R20/Clothing: C1, C3, C5/Hearts: R02, R05, R08)
Accessories - silver brads, Heart Nestabilities, SU Eyelet Border punch & Word Window punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder

I can't wait for Valentine's Day!!

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Watch the Clock Wednesday: Simple Birthday

I love it when a card comes together quickly because some days I just don't have the time I'd like to sit and play around much with design.  Today was one of those days.  We had a nice snow day and I survived my day with three children home & out of the usual weekday routine.  My day consisted of making snacks, fixing meals, supervising extra activities, helping get snow gear on and off, drying snow gear between trips outside, feeding and napping the baby, playing peacemaker, loading a snow blower onto a truck with a former neighbor, processing the laundry, etc.  I won't bore you with anymore details.  Let's just say I'm weary.  I eeked out a run/walk on the treadmill about mid-afternoon to re-energize and, about the time I hopped off all red in the face, the former neighbor I mentioned earlier arrived at the front door to load the snowblower!  I'm sure I was a sight!  LOL!  Ah well, so is life.  It's not perfect, but it would be rather boring if it was, wouldn't it?!  :)

I'm finishing up the day with this very simple birthday card, another card for this week's Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge:

Stamps - Paper Trey (Enjoy the Ride)
Paper - SU River Rock, Basic Gray cardstocks, Paper Trey white cardstock
Ink - SU Whisper White, Basic Gray (I stamped the WWhite first, then the BGray over it.)
Accessories - QuicKutz embossing folder, SU Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, pearls

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