Happy Halloween!

Supplies: 2pawsDesigns trick or treat frame; plain cardboard paper from Miss Mint's Kindergarten Crafts kit.


Musical Fish

Dylan recently mastered grabbing and pulling on the fish hanging overhead in his kick & crawl gym. I've shown him several times since we got it that the green fish plays music when a button is pushed. On Monday, I decided to show him a few more times using his hands to see if maybe he was at the point where he could learn to do it himself. Sure enough, a short time later, Dylan hit the button and the music played! When I told Trent about it that night, I commented that I wasn't sure Dylan realized exactly what he was doing but was certain it was intentional. Looks like Dylan does know what he's doing after all though - he has been hitting that button each playtime in it since.

Here's a little capture of yesterday's fun:


Halloween card

Fun little card I threw together for Marianne's Last Minute Halloween Card Challenge for Stamptoberfest at Two Peas:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; miscellaneous kraft paper; Basic Grey patterned paper; Autumn Leaves pumpkin stamp; Staz-On black stamp pad; Le Plume II markers; Stickles; Stampin' Up "happy" stamp; Making Memories scallop border sticker & glitter letter stickers; foam adhesive. Inspired by October A Year in Cards class at Two Peas.


Christmas Tree card

I made this card last night for Tere's Stamptoberfest challenge at Two Peas:

I had never tried paper piecing a stamped image before - it was so quick & easy and I love the result.

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; miscellaneous kraft paper; EK Success corner rounder punch; Micron black pen; Making Memories, ProvoCraft and We R Memory Keepers patterned papers; LePlume II marker; unknown tree stamp; Staz-On black stamp pad.


Friday Freebie - trick or treat frame

In honor of Halloween, here's a fun digital frame I created to share.

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Dylan's Stocking in progress...

Wordless Wednesday


Three Months

The months seem to be passing faster and faster. I continue to be amazed at all the new things Dylan does as he grows. A few changes I've noticed during the past month...

* improved eye and hand coordination. Instead of just batting at objects, he is grabbing a hold of them:

He can pull the owl toy off his bouncy seat and gets a bit frustrated at times that he's not strong enough to pull the fish off the gym yet.

* rolls to either side from his back or tummy. Prefers to roll to the right.

* mastering longer stretches of tummy time. Although when he's flat on the floor (versus propped up on the Boppy), he tries to get out of it by rolling over to his back or by taking naps:

* has learned to reach out and grab toys in front of him when propped up on the Boppy for tummy time:

* loves looking around at everything around him - particularly faces. And he's starting to take notice of the cats. He'll stare at them if they get close enough.

* will respond to comments with coos and smiles. And when left alone in his crib or playpen, will chat away to the animals on his mobiles.

* loves holding and touching objects as well as sticking them in his mouth.

* is 26 inches long! He now wears clothing sizes 6-12 months depending upon the brand and size.

* more smiling:



This month I had Monica's My Imaginary Friends circle journal. She asked us to each create a 2-page layout about ourselves sharing photos of our family & pets and answering the question "What is just one word that describes you?" After thinking a bit, I decided on "optimistic" as I think it fits my personality perfectly. I've always been a happy, glass half-full person and believe there is a positive in every situation.

Supplies: Bazzill (purple) and miscellaneous (cream) cardstock; Making Memories patterned paper; QuicKutz Sunshine font, tab & circle dies; Fiskars and EK Success border punches; black stamp ink; Micron black pen.


Happy Birthday!

Here's the card I made my dad for his birthday today:

Supplies: miscellaneous navy blue and white cardstock; Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper; QuicKutz circle die; Martha Stewart Crafts rub-on sentiment; American Crafts ribbon. Inspired by sketch from the September A Year in Cards class at Two Peas.


Best Buds

Wordless Wednesday


Day at the Zoo

I took a little break from Dylan's album yesterday to scrap photos from a day trip Trent & I took to the NC Zoo in April:

Supplies: miscellaneous dark brown & white cardstock; StazOn stamp ink; Autumn Leaves stamp; Martha Stewart Crafts sepia pen; Me and My Big Ideas sticker. Inspired by Sam's 9/25 challenge at Scrappin' Mojo and the Two Peas September Super Sketches class.