Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Allergy Testing is NOT Fun!

Poor Liam. I took him to the allergist today for testing. The first photo shows all the spots where he was tested with different allergens. I had to sit him on my lap (straddle) so I could hold his hands to keep him from scratching. After 20 minutes, 4 spots were positive for allergens. The doctor then did another round of testing, but this time they were using syringes so Liam did not tolerate this test at all. He was scheduled for 11 syringes but only did 4. Boy did he cry. My poor baby was so upset because the syringes had to be injected in between the skin so they really hurt. Anyway, it turns out that he is allergic to trees, grass, wool and ragweed. He will now be on 2 medications to try to control his allergies. Crossing my fingers that the newest medications will do the trick and he won't miss out on school as much this year.

And yes, I had to document this for his scrapbook...:) I am foremost a scrapper of little memories, and this is one of them, right?

Oh, before I forget, Kaylie was in the waiting area, but the minute she heard Liam crying she came over to inquire about his welfare. Isn't she the sweetest girl ever? She likes to mother him. In fact, dh thinks that She and I are driving Liam nuts. :)

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Blog Moving Time!

Hi there,

I am closing this blog down, so please reset your reader and follow me to:

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New Blog Header

Time for a blog makeup! I am trying to change the layout of the blog, but not having any luck. I might have to close this one and open a new one in a format I like.

I used the Bouncing Bunnies and Brownies Coll. and Faerily Moonlit by Lorie Davison at SBG.

If you don't know who she is, you haven't been to my blog in a long, long, long time. :)

Taran Conyers / Climbing Trees is for the Monkeys!

I did this layout for the Taran Conyer's playday over at Scrapbook-Graphics. I love, love, love the colors of this page, and the monkey sticker is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!
While I was in the kitchen, you and Kaylie went out to the backyard to play. Nimble as a monkey, you climbed up the tree; however, you got your foot stuck up on a high branch and couldn’t get it out. ¡Mama! ¡Mama;! I need help! My foot is stuck! By the time I realized you were in trouble, Kaylie had already gone up the tree to dislodge your foot. You learned your lesson: climbing trees is best left to the monkeys!

Monkey See page set by Taran Conyers
Template from Misfits 5 by Janet Phillips.
Font: TK Stamped by Taran Conyers
Vine from Kit No. 16 by ON Designs
taple from Fancy Pants Elements by Flergs.
Additonal Font: Michelle
Stick Em Arrow by Kim Broedelet.

The Bovine Project

Aren't you amazed at how crafty Kaylie and I are becoming? As if last week's STAR OF THE WEEK PROJECTS ( Here Birdie ATCs, Splash ATCs and Booklet/Presentation) weren't enough, we now have to work on an animal project.
The specifications are that we must use a box, include 5 facts about the animal of our choice and try to make it as realistic as possible.
I googled the cow facts and had Kaylie choose her favorites, which she then had to write down in index cards.
Our supplies, if you want to try it out :)
Tacky glue
Hot glue and glue gun
grosgrain ribbon (for tying the tail and for the custom made bow that decorates one of the ears)
felt (black and white)
pink card paper (for utters and underside of cow)
index card/pencil/crayons
Cow parts I downloaded from the net, which I then sized and cut for assembly.
plastic straw
Christmas garland (for wiggly, fuzzy tail)
(Note: I am starting to feel like McGiver. Remember him? If you don't know who or what I am talking about click HERE.) I used to love watching him. (notice I said him, not the show. :)
But I digress, the project was due tomorrow and we finished it 1 day ahead of time. She was one happy camper this morning. (the pictures aren't great, even though I tried to fix them. It is dark and rainy today so the photos are dark, even with flash.
Anyway, now you know why I have been away and why I have been so busy. I can't wait to see what our next project is going to be!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Hello, My Name is Kait and I am a bracket-holic.

I admit it, I love these bracket templates. I think my obsession started about a month ago...
Anyway, did you know that Janet Phillips is running a special? She just put this Bracket album in her store...and it's on special.

Do You Need a Little Magic in your Life?

If so, head on over to Studio Vera and check out her new A LITTLE MAGIC - FAIRIES. Can you say wonderful?

Action Time!

Wendy at Scrapbook-Graphics just put out some awesome actions, which are sure to become your favorites. If you didn't purchase her grabbag, here is your chance to get them.

1. Crop It - It cuts your 2-page layout into 2 pieces for printing.
2. Recolor It - 2 actions for recoloring your elements.
3. Shadow It -
4. Enlarge It 1 - Enlarges the picture or layer in small increments at a time.
5. Enlarge It 2 - Enlarges an entire file in small increments.

Fancy Pants / Mischief in your Eyes

Layout done for this week's scraplift challenge at Scrapbook-Graphics.
Scraplift of My3Hens "Magic in your Eyes.

Fancy Pants page set by Flergs.
Times New Roman

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Faerily Moonlit / Buttercups

Yesterday, I raved about 3 kits...this is one of them. The previews on these kits do NOT do the kits justice. For example, in Faerily Moonlit you are not able to appreciate the deep, rich colors and textures of the papers as shown on the previews. The kit is jam-packed with gorgeous custom elements and fantastic illustrations. If you think that the price is steep, think again. The quality and attention to detail is evident in all the pieces. I can't say enough about Lorie and her designs.

Sketch Coll. 21 by Jen Caputo.
Faerily Moonlit Collection by Lorie Davison
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=20888&cat=0&page=1Clear/Acrylic Alpha by Meredith Fenwick (Freebie from Spraguelab)Top photo: StockExchange 769046

Friday, April 25, 2008

Dana Frantz/Splash/Artist Trading Cards & Envelopes

Splash page set by Dana Frantz at Scrapbook-Graphics.

Isn't this the brightest, most fun under the sea kit you have seen in a while? I love the bright colors and illustrations. The fish holding up the frame looks wonderful printed.

Yesterday I had a presentation at Kaylie's school about my "job." I chose scrapbooking as my job. As a treat, I made these ATC cards for the boys in her class. The girls got the "Litte Birdie" ATC cards that I posted earlier on today. They loved looking at my books. One of them even had his card with him today.

LovelyMissKait's Picks of the Day

Kit No. 16 by ON Designs at SBG

These are the new kits that I am absolutely in love with and totally drooling over! These ladies are so amazingly talented. Check them out... 2589

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Layout done for scraplift Birgit Kerr play day at Scrapbook-Graphics. If you want to join (there is a prize!) see details here:
I scraplifted Birgit's The Frog, The Boy and The Cat.

CreditsL Naked Stamp Templates by Meredith Fenwick
Date pins by Birgit Kerr
Paper Borders by Birgit KerrReally Messy Alpha by Birgit Kerr
Thats A Wrap! by Birgit Kerr
Front Porch Page set by Birgit Kerr
Scribbled flower from His Heart by Birgit Kerr
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19942&cat=0&page=1Fortune cookie sayings - Mayahttp://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16343&cat=0&page=1
Flourish Stamps by Manuela Zimmerman
Paper Borders (Crumpled Paper Borders and Templates) by Birgit
Staple by Jen Patricks
Beaded alpha by Kimberly Giarruso
Pin with Hearts by Corina Nielsen, Memory makers DSD.

Baersgarten Grab Bag / Artist Trading Cards

Studio Baersgarten has just release a new grabbag....here is what I made with it. Those little owls are super cute. Iara made 6 different little owls and 2 trees. The blue tree depicted in my ATC I customized by inverting the colors. The colors are so delicious...remind me of cotton candy. Anyway, if you are on the fence about spending spending $3.00 for this kit, don't wait too long...it is worth EVERY penny you spend on it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Greetings Earthling! Show Me To Your Friends...

Isn't this the cutest spaceman and little alien ever? I might have to get this one.
I love the planets and color scheme!

Altered State: ATC Kit by Traci Sims & No More Death,No More Tears

I guess you already know what is on my mind as of late...death. I call it my muse. Unless you have this kit, you won't know that I used the liquefy filter to give the child a faint smile...she was too serious for my liking. I have a serious crush on this bg. ppr. The colors are gorgeous and it has an incredible texture that makes you want to run your fingers through the paper to feel its ridges...

Rev. 21:4 ...And I shall wipe all tears from your eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying...

Altered State: ATC Kit by Traci Sims
Ripped and Curled Tears by Traci Sims
Journal wrap from Out of a Whim by Dianne Rigdon
(Note: I recolored the red bg. ppr. to blue to suit my page)
Font: Avant Garde BK, LD Note PadHole opening up from the sky by Josiah Smith
Stardust by unknown artist.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Star of the Week/Hybrid Project

{If you'd like to enlarge it, click on the picture}

Kaylie is the STAR OF THE WEEK at her school this week - April 21 to April 26, which means that one of her parents or Grandparent has to come to school for a presentation and must do a project together. Since DH is the only one working, he can't get off to go to school, so I am IT!
Coming up with the concept was easy peasy...she is my only girl which makes her my little princess. The fact that she loves princesses was a dead giveaway, too. Kaylie and I designed it on the computer, which I then printed. I trimmed the pieces and she glued them on. I thought it would be cute if she drew some of the things that she liked, which she did. Instead of a poster, we did it like a book. We didn't use staples, we used flower brads. (I had to use that crop-o-dyle that I just got, right?) After I placed the brads in, I ran a grossgrain ribbon and made a cute little bow. Kaylie was super happy with how the project turned out.

I kid you not when I tell you that I love, love, love Lorie Davison's The Bouncing Bunnies and Brownies collection. This specific bg. ppr. that you see in these pages, is my most favorite in the whole world...well, maybe not the whole world, but a close second. I have used this kit 4 times already, which is a record for me. The button border holding the photo is from this collection, too.

And OMG, have you seen the Moon Faerie Alphas? You haven't? See the alphas I used to spell out Kaylie's nameon the above layout...they are it. They are gorgeous! I love them, love them, love them, love them. Did I tell you I love them?
The Blue button and leaves garlands are from Lorie's Water Spirit Collection at SBG.

The twigs/leaves border is from Sausan Design's Verde elements at SBG.
Once Upon A Time title, dragon, frames and flowers shown on the family page are from Sausan Designs's Fairy Tales page set.
The castle overlay, stars and drawn frames are from Dana Frantz' Dreamery Elements Pack.

Glorious Sunday; Beautification Day

Sunday was Adam's birthday. We went to the cemetery to clean up around his grave and plant some flowers. What better way to honor his memory than planting flowers and teaching the kids that when someone dies that person still remains a part of the family and has to be remembered.

Liam and Kaylie started picking up sticks from the surrounding area, but there were sticks EVERYWHERE so they soon got tired of picking sticks and wanted to do the raking of the leaves instead. Kaylie was a trooper, she raked, she picked up leaves, she dug a hole to plant the flowers and wanted to place the mulch.

Liam, on the other hand, offered to pick up leaves because he wanted to WEAR the GLOVES I had brought to pick up the leaves. I don't mind cleaning up, but hate picking up grubs and worms or any other kind of living being with my bare hands. Yuck! Anyway, the novelty of the gloves wore off shortly and he didn't want to help anymore.

I went there to clean up Adam's gravesite, but when I saw how unkept the other graves were, I decided to clean them up a bit, too. Liam couldn't understand why I wanted to clean up the other graves, when we didn't even know who they were. I told him that this was like our Earth Day, when you clean up for the sake of the planet and because it was the right thing to do. In one ear and out the other. Maybe next year, he'll get the point of doing for others.

Later on the afternoon, we all went out for a bike ride around the neighborhood. The kids had a lot of fun...and got their exercise.