October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! So this year, I was thinking that Edward would enjoy Halloween more than last year. Last year, he did not want to go knocking on doors and was done trick or treating within an hour. This year was no better. :( I think my mom is right. He might enjoy it more with other kids in the group. Next year, Pete and I will have to get together with some of his little friends and see how that goes. Even though he only lasted an hour this year, he made an awesome looking Ninja turtle!

He would not smile for me... but I was determined to get one... and this is the best I could do.

Such a sad little face. He could care less about the candy this year. He was more excited over the tattoos that Ms. Lori gave him!

October 29, 2014


Happy Wednesday everybody! Hope you're having a great week. Today I have a fun layout to share with you using lots of beautiful products by Lemon Owl that was in the November "Homecoming" kit for Clique Kits. This was a great kit and I'm sad to say, my kit is almost gone. I have used it on 7 layouts! Yep, it's that good. And you might be able to get the kit today if you'd like to subscribe. Just click here and I'll take you right where you need to be. You can even get 10% off by using NICOLE10.

Anyway, the kids had a blast at the park the other day. They were driving me nuts so I had to get them out of the house. We spent two hours at the park! Of course I took like fifty photos, but I chose two of my favorite shots for this layout. I really love how this one turned out. It took me forever to finish because I just didn't like it... but I kept adding layers and layers and fell in love!

Supplies: Kraft cardstock: MME, Patterned paper: Die cuts: Lemon Owl, Veneer: Freckled Fawn, Lawn Fawn, Enamel dots: Doodlebug Design, Washi tape: Freckled Fawn, Vellum paper: Studio Calico, Rotary stamps: American Crafts, Pen/Adhesives: American Crafts, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz, Marker: Faber-Castell, November "Homecoming kit" by Clique Kits.

October 27, 2014

Zva Creative October Blog Hop

Hello friends! Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our October blog hop! We are very excited to kick off another blog hop and to have you join us today. We hope you are inspired all of the beautiful work that we are about to share! This will be my last blog hop with the team. It's been a great three years. Thank you Carol and Windy for everything and good luck with your future plans.

The hop begins at Zva Creative’s blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

Supplies: Kraft paper, Patterned paper: Webster's Pages, Lemon Owl, Vellum paper: Studio Calico, Jewels: Zva Creative, Word stickers: Studio Calico, Veneer: Lawn Fawn, Freckled Fawn, Banner sticker: Crate Paper, November "Homecoming" kit by Clique kits (jewels, word stickers and banner stickers not included).
I made this layout using the new November Clique Kit. It's a beauty. Clique Kits is taking new subscribers beginning November 1, 2014, don't miss out on these fabulous kits. I promise you won't be disappointed. And if you find something in the school store that you'd like. Use my coupon code for 10% off your purchase. The code is NICOLE10. Enjoy!
If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

The Blog Hop starts today, October 27th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 28th.

Hidden on FIVE of the blogs along the way is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on one post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29th on Zva Creative’s Facebook page. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva’s page on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative’s blog. Your next stop is Irene. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

October 25, 2014

Day at the park

So last night, Edward had his first sleep over. We invited Parker over for the night. Pete and I took them trunk or treating last night. I don't know how I managed, but they didn't eat any candy last night and I had them asleep by 11:30pm. which is better than I had planned! ha. The kids had a blast.

I was hoping the boys would sleep until at least 9am, but they were up a little before 8am. Sigh. And they drove me nearly insane until 11am when I decided to take them to the park. It was the best decision ever. We were at the park for two hours and they had a blast. SCORE!


I just love this time of the year when the leaves start changing. Absolutely beautiful!

Family portrait

Hi everybody. Not much going on here. How about you? Today, I have a fun grid layout to share with you. This layout truly was easy to make. Just cut out three patterned papers to 3"x3" and print and crop a photo to 3"x3" and adhere it to the layout as shown. Adhere your stickers and transparencies. And then use a pen to draw photo corners at the top left and bottom right side of the layout. Include your journaling and you are set! I used a mini stapler to staple the little triangles at the bottom of the layout as well as the transparency houses.

Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts, Patterned paper: Transparencies: Die cuts: Stickers: Basic Grey, "Moments" printable: Clique Kits, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz, Pen: Signo, Ribbon: May Arts.
 Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget that you can you my coupon to save 10% at the Clique Kits school store! The code is NICOLE10. Enjoy!

October 22, 2014

October Clique Kits blog hop

Happy hump day everyone. Welcome to the Masquerade Ball Clique Kits blog hop! You should be arriving from Aliza's blog! And if you're lost, please start at the Clique Kits blog. Here's a fun layout that I created using the exclusive printables from the Masquerade Ball kit. LOVE these! They are so easy to use. Just print them on smooth, white cardstock and cut them out using scissors and you've got yourself some fun die cuts. Don't they look like regular die cuts? You can hardly tell the difference from the store bought die cuts to the printables. And the thing I like the most about the printables is that you can never run out of the printables. They are available on your computer for whenever you have a need for them again.
And here's my final layout.
And in case you've missed seeing my other layouts up on the blog this month. Here they are!

Supplies: Patterned paper: Stickers: Flair stickers: Basic Grey, Digital cut: Printables: Clique Kits.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Your next stop is Stephanie's blog. Enjoy!

October 19, 2014

2014 Light the Night walk

Last night marked my fourth year that I've been  participating in the Light the Night walk to help find a cure for cancer. I enjoy this event so much and it makes me feel knowing that I've made a difference for many people's lives. The NASA FCU team raised over 26K. This is amazing! If you've never been in Washington, D.C. for this event, it's absolutely beautiful. Thousands of people walk with their lanterns held high to show their support and to honor those loved ones that they lost from cancer.

We all walked 2 1/2 miles around the Capital. It was so beautiful... this picture just doesn't even come close to showing the beauty...

October 15, 2014

Papa John's Farm

Today Aunt Jamie and I went with Edward and his school on a field trip. We had so much fun at Papa John's. Edward said, "It was the best day ever"! So cute. I was worried that the fieldtrip would be canceled due to the rain, but the rain held off and we got to go! Yay.

The men were out there working this morning, picking potatoes.

I love the fall! The pumpkins looked so pretty in the field.

And this was neat. Cotton! I forget that cotton is actually grown...

Be still my heart.

Of course Edward freaked when he saw the Ninja turtle pumpkins. They were very cool!

Me and my little man. LOVE THIS!

They had baby goats and cows. They were so cute.

oh, and they had frozen pumpkins!

The mums were beautiful. I wanted to get some, but I don't know where I'd put them in my yard.

What a great morning we had at the farm!

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