Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Lily and Billy Luv Bug - Texas Style! A Card for Madelynn's Sketch Challenge, and our Pink Cat Group on PCP Challenge #3

Howdy Partner!!!!
It's Time for some Luv
Lily and Billy Style!!!
Did I say I was going to get 2 cards done today????
Well I did get 1 done, but not until the Kiddo's were all in bed for the night! I just ended up playing with them all day and doing some House Work as well!!! Today was my last day with them during Christmas break, because tomorrow I am taking them to Salina Ks so Aunt Karla can take them to Beloit Kansas to meet Grandma Schlatter and pick up their cousins Karla's boys. They will then go home with Grandma to the farm, so they can stay with her for a few days before Christmas Break is over!
Break has gone by so fast because we started out with sick kids and then we had Christmas, and then we went to the Farm to Celebrate with Marvin's family, and now they will be gone until Sunday and Monday back to school!!! I am kind of sad because it has been nice having them all home to play with, and it has been nice not having to get up before 7 every morning to get Piper ready to head off to 1st grade!!!
So I wanted to play along in Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesday Sketch Challenge again this week. I know I know I only got last weeks sketch done yesterday, but I did not find the challenge until yesterday!!! You can head over to the Whimsical Butterfly Blog to check out Madelynn's Sketch and her Mommy's very talented creations as well!
Here is Madelynn's Sketch for this week:

Oh I had to add this very cute graphic on Jessica's blog so you could see Madelynn's Twinkling DT, No I am not a member as the graphic says I just wanted you to see the cute graphic and check out Madelynn's Amazing Team of Stampers she has chosen!!! 3 of them are blogs that I already follow as often as I can mostly daily!!! Jami and Janna are friends, and Danni started the Flutter By Wednesday Featured Stamper Team I get to be part of starting next week!!! Yea!!!!

I also wanted to get the current Challenge over at the Pink Cat Studio (PCP group I started a couple of months ago) done. Carolyn Bounds issued this super cute Challenge before Christmas to make a Valentine/Love themed Pink Cat Studio project for her challenge. I have not been able to play along yet, but today I really wanted to get it done, so I combined both of these challenges into one! It was fun to do!
I love the Sentiment on this stamp and I added by hand the I Heart U part of the Sentiment. I die cut the Pink Scalloped square using the smallest scallop square from the Nesties set. I used the Scallop Square Nesties and my Big shot to cut and emboss it. I matted it onto the same blue of the card back, and then distressed the edges with a Kitchen Knife! (I gotta get me one of those Cutter/Distressed kits from SU next time I order, but the Kitchen Knife does work O.K.!) I stuck with the Brown Pink and Blue theme of the card for the Sentiment. You know me and Brown so it was hard to use that for this card!!!! LOL!!!
Here is the full Card. I used the Cowboy Billy from Billy Plate #1 Stamp Set. I stamped and colored Cowboy Billy twice. I colored him in blue and brown on the first image and then Pink and brown the second image. I then cut the hat off his head, and his head off the rest of his body. I then stamped Lily's Head cut it off her body colored it, cut the pony tails off her head, and then glued her head on top of Billy's Pink and Brown body and then added the Pink Hat on her head, and then added the Pony Tails I had cut off her head back on the bottom or her hat instead of having them invisible under her hat where they would normally be.
I have seen several people change Cowboy Billy into Cow Girl Lilly and I have been dying to give it a try too!!!! So I can not take total credit for this idea I cased it!!! I have seen Janna Hull add braids to Billy to make him a girl, another color Billy's head and add the Pony tails to Billy's head, and another use Lily's head and add the pony tails like I chose to do. They are all cute idea's!!!! I think Janna was the first to try it though!!! One detail I was disappointed did not show up in the pictures was I took two different blue copics and criss crossed them to make the blue rope on Billy's Lasso it took a lot of criss crossing and that detail is not visible!!!! :-(
Here are Lily and Billy as Cow folk together. For some reason my flash kind of washed out Billy's Skin Coloring some. He is really about the same complexion as Lily is.
I used these Copics to Color the Images:
B00, B02, B05, for Billys Blue's
Rv00, RV02, RV08 for Lily's Pink's
E 00, E51, E 91, and R02 for the Skin Colors that is Milky White, Pinkish White, Skin White, and Flesh Pink.
Y00, Y02, Y04, and Y08 for Lily's Hair
and Sand Sepia and E04 for the Browns.
Lastly I colored the Belt Buckles and the Boot Spur's using C7
Here you can see the Sentiment, the Hemp Twine, and the Button Embellies I added to fit the Sketch. I know the Sentiment part was not in the Sketch, but this particular card did not look right without a Sentiment, I did not think.
I am disappointed you can not see it, but I cuttle bug embossed the entire Denim DSP with the Paisley Cuttle Bug Folder. It looks really Westerny (not a real word LOL) with the embossing on it!
Here is a Close Up of Cow Girl Lily is she not the cutest???? I love her. I added some Pink Checkered DSP die cut and embossed using my Big Shot and the 2nd largest Scallop Square Nestie. I thought the Pink DSP went with the Western Theme, and added to the Luv Bug theme of the Card!
Here is Billy all Duded Up!!!! I have never stamped this image before, but I love it now!!!! My girls play with my childhood stick horse all the time, so they love this stamp!!!! I used a patterned Brown Checked DSP and again cut with the big shot and scallop square nestie like I did with Lily. I thought they looked best diagonal on the square it seemed more Luv Buggy to me!!!!

Here is a final view of the card. If you look really close to the lower right of the Sentiment you can make out some of the Paisley pattern from the Cuttle Bug embossing folder. Also above the buttons to the upper left you can see some paisley again.

I hope you enjoy this Card it was so much fun to make and I think it works well for both Challenges!!!! Head on over to the Whimsical Butterfly Blog to see what all the Twinkling Tuesdays DT did with Madelynn's cute Sketch, and check out our Pink Cat Studio Group as well! If you like the Kitty you should join our group we have had lots of fun getting to know everyone, and it is fun doing the Bi - Monthly Challenges, and in a few days there will be a fun surprise for the new challenge issued by Melissa Owner and Designer of Pink Cat Studio!!!

I may or may not get any stamping time tomorrow with all the trips and needing to head up to work to do those in service hours and such!!! I hope you have a Wonderful New Years Eve!!!

Let me know if you like the Card!!!!

Heather

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In the Land of Fairytales and Dreams - A New Years Card

May Your Dreams Come True, and Your Dragons be Few!!!
Good Morning!
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I got two cards made yesterday can you believe it??? My goal is to get two done today too, but I have got to get working on it, because tonight after Hubby gets home I have to head up to the Hospital I kind of sorta work at!
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Well I am a call in or PRN RN on Labor and Delivery there, but with no baby sitter I do not work much anymore, let me rephrase that I work hard everyday just not outside the home much anymore!! I just do not feel like going in at 7pm after Marvin gets home, when I have been home with the kiddo's all day I love being home with my Kiddo's, and would not give it up for the world, but by 7pm I feel like I have put in a long day's work already!!! So after we no longer had a baby sitter in June I pretty much have been unable to work much well work outside the home that is!. Anyway I have to get some computer in service hours done if I want to keep my job and they have to be done by tomorrow so I am going to get them done even though I am unsure if I will be keeping the "job" or not. I am only a call in, and I have to take at least 6 four hour on call shifts each 6 weeks, but I have not been called in at all lately!
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So I made this card last night. I thought the sentiment lended well to a New Year's Card!!! I actually made this one for my DD 4 year old Willow. I simply had to make her a card since I made Piper one yesterday! With two DD 6 and 4 they are always wanting to stamp with Mommy and wanting Mommy to make them cards!!! Tucker is just now 1 and 1/2, so he does not really require me to make him cards yet. Which is a good thing since if I did make him one it would most likely be destroyed within minutes of giving it to him
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Well I have really been neglecting my 200 plus SU Sets (remember I am an SU Demo so most of those sets I bought with my SU earnings!!!! LOL)
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I received this set last month remember that Garage Sale that the SU Demo was selling hundreds of sets and accessories et... et... Well when the Garage Sale was over she brought me all the rest of her stuff to get rid of for her. Well, in the box she brought that she forgot to take to the Garage Sale was this set Dragons and Dreams. I had been wanting this set forever as it was an Anniversary Set SU put out about 10 years ago, but it is hard to find, and very expensive when you do find it. She had it in the box marked for $15 and I snapped it right up with total excitement and very glad she forgot to bring that box to the Garage Sale!!!
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So I created this Castle and Fairytale Scene with the Stamps I only used part of them that set has a lot of stamps! I thought it turned out pretty cute when I was done. You'll have to let me know what you think!!!
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I colored the Stamps in using my Copics, then I cut them all out with my SU Scissors and I Cuttled the Card Back with an embossing folder I have to look at which one it is later. I started adding the scene to a piece of Cool Caribbean SU Card Stock that I cut and embossed with the Scalloped Rectangle Nestibilitie. I popped out the Castle, Dragon, Horse, and one set of Clouds using excess rubber from my stamps that have been cut out. I just glued the Princess and the Knight right onto the CS with Liquid Glue. I took this picture from the side view so you can see all the popped out parts of the Scene.
I colored Images in using these Copics:
Dragon and Trees - G14, G17, G03, C2, C7
Castle - C1, C2, C5, C7, BV00, BV02, BV08, RV00, RV04, Y00, Y02, Y08, YR02
Horse - C2, Y00, Yo6, RV04, G14, BV08
Princess - BV00, BV02, BV03
Knight - B00, B02, B05, C1, C7, Black 100
Clouds - B00
Skin, E00, E09, R00
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For the Sentiment I stamped in black Memento Ink, and then cut out with the smallest of the scalloped rectangle nesties, and then matted twice with the two other CS colors. Passion Pink, and Pretty in Pink. All the stamps were stamped and colored on SU Whisper White CS. All Stamps and CS are SU Markers are Copics, and I used a Cuttle Bug Embossing Folder and Scallop Rectangle Nesties all cut and embossed with my SU Big Shot.
Here is a picture of just the Fairytale Scene. I love that Dragon and Castle!!!
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Well I better go get working on Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesday Sketch!!! I promised the girls they could stamp too!!!
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I hope you enjoy this Fairytale Card, and I hope you are having a Stampendous Day!!!
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Heather

Monday, December 29, 2008

Some Swap's from our Annual Stampin Up Stampers Club Swap, and Some RAK's to share

Hello how are you today???,
I had a good day got to do some Stamping which was much needed after not getting to stamp much lately, I got to play with my new Copic Markers, and I got some cleaning and Laundry (uggghhh) done too.
I have received my very first RAK's (Random Acts of Kindness) this last week, and I wanted to share a few of the Homemade Christmas Cards that we got, along with some of the Swap Projects we did at Stamper's Club in December too. So I have quite a few samples to share with you today!!!!
First for the Swap Projects:
Here is the Project DeAnna Marshall made for Stampers Club Swap. I just love the colors she picked and that stamp is one of those teeny tiny stamps that comes like 20 little square stamps in a set at Hobby Lobby, then we just re-colored, and re-stamped it in each of the colors. Lastly we drew in the Christmas Lights string and then stamped the Celebrate Sentiment witch is from SU Wonderful Words set.
Next is one of the Projects Dana Brooks brought for us to do, but I can not find the other really cute chocolate piece holder she had us make also. This Card has Embossing on the bottom of the card back with a swirls wheel, and clear embossing powder so it is really shinny. I love the yummy ribbon she used and that is some of the ribbon we got in our ribbon swap we also do that time of year. We used her Creative Memories Circle cutter to cut the circle of the Tree stamp.
Last is the Card DeAnna's Mom made. Joyce has had a couple of strokes but she loves to stamp and create and she makes the cutest things for us!!! She has no use of her left hand so her creations are that much more special to me!!!! This card is a spinner card the snowflake spins in circles across the card. It was very cute in person!

I love Joyce's Card and the fact that she loves to stamp with only the use of one Arm just totally tickles me pink!!! She is the most fun lady to be around, and I totally enjoy her company!!! There were 2 more swap Projects Dana's Chocolate Holder, and Tasha's Decorative Sour Cream Pouch, but I can not find Dana's to photograph, and I was unable to do Tasha's because I was completing 2 of each project as Joyce had a bad tooth infection, and could not come, we wanted her to still get her projects!

Here are some Beautiful Homemade Christmas Cards and RAK's I received so far.
The first one is from my good friend and Down line Emily. She made over 50 of these in one setting! Can you believe that? I wish I could get that many cards done that quickly!!!
This one is from my good Friend Wendy who I do not get to talk to enough anymore!!! Wendy moved away to Indiana when I was pregnant with Willow and I miss her dearly!!!! I got to go to Chicago a couple of years ago to go to her Bachelorette Party with another good friend of ours Rita, and then I went back a couple of weeks later with my Hubby to be a bridesmaid in the wedding. Wendy had her first baby at the end of August (he was not due until October!!!) This picture is of her son Mathew. Wendy is the person that got me into Stamping and Scrap booking close to 10 years ago now! She drug me along to classes in Wichita about an hour away and I quickly fell in love!!!!
Next is a Christmas Card I got from my Friend Jami Bova over at Stamp Happy Blog. I love Jami's work and I told her I will be keeping this card to show people some day when she is Mega Famous and I can say see I have a Jami Bova Original from her first year of stamping!!!! There are so many cute elements in this card!!!! I love the distressed edges on the circle which would not be easy to do on a circle, and I love the way she layered without really layering to much it is soooooo cute!!!!
I love the way Jami uses this Corner decorative Punch I need to find out where to get this punch she uses it alot and I love it every time!!!
Janna Hull from Stamp's Paper, and Glitter Oh My Blog, gave me this next one it is just way to cute!!! I can not believe the talent this girl has, and I love her paper piecing she did this awesome paper piecing it is like reverse paper piecing and I am not sure I can even explain it very well, but she cut out the layer with the skirt and actually put it on top of the layer where the legs were stamped and colored it looks Mega Cute in person!!!! I was hoping when I saw this card on her blog that I would get to have this beautiful card. (she said she was mailing it out to a blogging friend and I hoped it was me!!!!
Danni from Danni's Dreams blog sent me this Beautiful Card Yesterday it was the card that won the Etsy Challenge over at Hearts and Hugs last week so I have a prize winning card in my possession and I love it!!! I love the stickles she used on the Rose! This card is very stunning in person!!!
I got this Thank You from my other SU Downline/good friend/Next Door Neighbor/Dazzling Fellow Dazzling Diamonds Design Team Member, Tasha. It looks like she cut out all of the flowers from different Paper's, but it is actually a very Clever DSP believe it or not! It is a very cute card and I love what she wrote inside!!!
I recieved this card from my SU Up Line Dianna Pederson. She makes the Simply Scrappin 60's kits and holds workshops every year for them where you get 1 pack of Simply Scrappin 60's and 1 pack of SU Whisper White CS (this year she replaced the WW CS with Kraft CS) and it makes between 60 and 80 cards depending on how you use the paper! This is one of her Christmas Designs for this year. She did a very good job on it!!!
We got this Christmas Card from Marvin's Parents. I shared it on here once before when I helped her design them at the beggining of December. I think she did a great job on them, and I have already recieved several compliments from others on her card!!!! I love how it showcases all the grand children!!!! The 8 cousins sure had fun playing together this weekend at Grandma and Poppy's house for Christmas!!!! with 8 kids 6 and under and 7 of them 4 and under it is quite the loud house while they are all playing!!!

Above is the Picture Book Mark part of the Card in it's Pocket, and Below is the Picture Book Mark part of the Card beside the pocket. She put a Lable on the back with who is who and where in the picture.

This Christmas Card we got from Marvin's Cousin. She always sends us the cutest SU Stampations and creations for Christmas Cards. Inside it opens like a book with their Christmas letter written in book form with pictures of their kiddo's it is super cute!!!!
Above is the Front, and Below is the inside showing how they make their Christmas Letters into book form to fit into their Cards. This is this Years card. Next I have pictures of last years card as well.
I had to add her card from last year too! I think I am going to have to case her idea of making the letter into a book inside of the card next year!!! I love this idea!!!
Above is the Front of Last Year's Card and below is the inside of last years card.
Last, but not least we received this cute card from a wife of one of Marvin's old friends. We got married 3 weeks apart and we each were at the other's wedding. She sends homemade cards every year at Christmas time. The picture is of their 3 boys Proffit, Frank, and Sam.
Well those are all my Samples to share tonight. I really am so blessed to be the recipient of such lovely works of art!!!!! Thank you to all who sent them, and especially thank you to Jami, Danni, and Janna I really treasure having met you and your friendships mean the world to me!!!! Janna I am so blessed to have gotten the pleasure of getting to know you on a non blogging level and I really enjoyed it!!!! Jami I love all your comments you leave me even though I do not have a 10th of your talent, and Danni I am so excited to get to be part of your Flutter By Wednesdays Featured Stamping Team!!!!
I hope everyone had a Wonderful Monday and hope you also have a Stampendous Tuesday too!!!
Heather

A Card for my 6 year old DD the Artist - A Sara Kay Stampation

"For My Sweet Little Artist Piper Girl"
Hello Everyone!!!!,
Well the Christmas Hustle and Bustle is finally over and I had some time to stamp. I actually made this card to go with my Dear Daughter Piper's Christmas gift. Piper so badly wanted some Piper Stamps since Willow was getting Whiff of Joy Willow stamps for Christmas. I searched, but never found any, so I bought some very cute Sara Kay Margoux images and under the title Sara Kay I added in pretty writing Piper the Artist, Piper helping Little Sister, and Piper playing with her Dolly to the stamps. Piper is still young enough at 6 she did not know that these were not really Piper stamps so she was totally thrilled to get her first "Piper" stamps!!!!! She is sooooo excited to use them, and I stamped some up today for her to color.!
Above you can see the full Card. I just had to use this wonderful new Sketch I have found from reading 3 of my favorite blogs Jami from Stamp Happy, Janna from Stamps Paper and Glitter Oh My!, and Danni from Danni's Dreams, who all happen to be on the Design Team for this new Sketch Challenge. The Challenge is Madelynn's Twinkling Tuesdays Sketch Challenge. Madelynn is a little girl believe it our not!!! Her very talented Mommy is the Whimsical Butterfly Blogger who I just recently found. Anyway, since this card is for my "Little Artist Piper" it seemed only fitting to honor another little Artist in the process as well!!! I know Piper will be thrilled when I show her Madelynn's Sketch Challenge!!! So here is the Sketch Madelynn created for us all to get creative with!!!
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Madelynn's Sketch

For a young girl she does some pretty awesome sketches don't you think??? This Sketch was so pretty and involved it made me immediately think of Purple for some reason. Which was funny because before I even went to Madelynn's Mommies blog to see the sketches all the DT girls came up with I choose Purple, then after making my card and going to the blog I see one of the DT girls used all Purple too!!! How Fun!!!

Here is a close up view of Piper's new stamp "Piper the Artist" from Sara Kay. I colored in the image using my Copic Markers. I just got my very first order of Copics for Christmas, in the mail yesterday and today so this is my first Copic Creation!!! Yea!!!!
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I used these Copics for Coloring:
Jeans - B00, B02, B05
Hair - Y00, Yo2, Y06, Y08
Cap and Paint Shirt - BV00, BV 02, BV 08
Skin - E00, R00, E95
Easel - E31, E35, E37
Paint Jars - R39, YR07, G17, Bo5
Bear Drawing - RVoo, RV04, RV09
I also used C1, C3, C5 and Black 100 in various parts of the coloring.
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For the Sentiment I had wrote what I wanted with my Elegant Egg Plant SU Marker, then I punched it out with the Small Oval, and Lg. Oval SU Punches.
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Here is a close up of the stamped image. I also added some cute Butterfly eyelets to the edges of the larger Label #1 nestibilities die cut, I added a bright metallic Butterfly eyelet to two corners and another flat purple color butterfly eyelet to the other two corners. I then got into my Embellishment tins and found these cute white and purple flowers to add to the smaller Label #1 nestie layer.

I got into my Textured CS Papers and picked out 3 different shades of Mono Chromatic Purples and then picked out a Purple Polka Dot DSP to go along with it. I die cut the Polka Dot DSP with the largest Scallop Rectangle Nestie Die, and my Big Shot. The other 2 dies are using the Label #1 largest and next largest nestie dies.

For the Cris Cross part I choose a really pretty lavender wired edge Sheer shimmery Organza Ribbon. For the middle line across the Cris Cross image I choose a dark purple gross grain ribbon with Polka Dots in it to go along with the Polka dotted shirt on the image, and the Polka Dotted DSP.

I put it all together and I used glue dots to put the ribbon on, then I popped up the Polka Dot layer with excess rubber from my stamps, I then glued on the first Label #1 layer with liquid glue, then I popped ou the 2nd Label #1 layer with excess rubber again, and lastly I popped up the artist image with SU Stampin Dimensionals. I also painted Royal Purple and Lilac Lace shimmerz on the purple parts of the image so they are really shimmery and shiny looking, but you do not really see that in these images.

Piper loved this card and asked me to make 2 more one for her little sister Willow and one for her best friend Grace next door. Well I will have to think about that one!!!!! LOL.

I hope you get a chance to check out Madelynn's Sketch Challenge, and I hope you enjoyed my Card for Piper, and my take on Madelynn's Sketch as well!!!! I just love that these little girls are falling in love with Stamping just like their Mommy's are!!!! It is a major plus because it gives us things to work on together and get to spend creative time together as well!!!!

Well here is a different view of the whole card, and now I must be going to go start laundry and clean up from the Christmas traveling we just got back from last night!!!! I just had to take a few minutes to play with my Copics for the first time though!!!! LOL!

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Have a Stampendous Day!!!

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Heather

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Pictures - Our Kids - About our Day and Traditions we got to do!!!!

Well this post is not working out for me at all, and I do not have a lot of time, so the pictures are all wacko, and have no writing after them, so I am trying to add all the captions to what the pictures are showing you here. Below the pictures I have the first part of the e-mail I wrote about our Christmas Day, and other info. Sorry about this mess!!! I have got to go, and do not have time to proof read this so I hope it all make lots of sense to you!! I hope you all had great Christmas's!!!
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I have not gotten the Birthday Cake Pictures edited or the ones from the kids Christmas Programs done, so I will have to add those when I get back in town!!!
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In the Pictures you will see the kids opening their Santa gifts, and some of our gifts, Tucker carrying around his ever needed totally attached to (not something we tried to foster he just fell in love with it, and will not be without it, if I leave it in his crib he will go get it, and he looks all over for it when he can not see it in a room!!!!) He is pretty cute with it, but he did not get attached to it until he was over a year old. It is a huge comfort for him and he just totally adores it!!!!
Piper and Willow opening the presents they got from Grandma Paula snow boots and snow pants. Our snow is gone now, but for a long time they have wanted snow gear to play in the snow with. For this sake I hope we get another good snow soon, but for the rest of our sakes I would be fine with no more snow!!!!
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The girls making their own Lip Balm and the containers. I did not get any pictures of them playing with that doll you feed, and it potty's and poops, they played for hours with her today!!! They love changing her diapers, and putting her on the potty chair!!! We told them for weeks we have a real baby that poops and pees (Tucker) but he was just not good enough!!!! ha ha)
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The pictures where Willow is so super excited were the pictures of her getting her Fish Tank!!!
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One of our Christmas Traditions is to give the kids 3 gifts signifying the 3 gifts Baby Jesus got, Gold Frankincense and Me er from the Wise Men. (Sorry I know those are spelled wrong, and spell check is not correcting them!) They also get 1 gift from Santa. This morning the kids all picked their Santa gift to open first.
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Piper- All she kept asking for was a baby that can pee yes as in potty! We found this one, you can feed it, take care of it, it talks to you and says lots of different things, it has a Potty chair and tells you when it needs to go Potty and if you do not take it, it has an accident. So that is what Santa brought her.
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Piper's 3 gifts from us were A book of supplies to make very fashionable paper doll fashions and accessories for Paper Dolls. Piper stamps, well they are Actually Sarah Kaye -Marqo (little girl with Holly Hobby type clothes doing little girl things. We go her painting on an Easel, Feeding her dolly in a high chair, and helping her little sister put her bonnet on). Any way I took the stamps and added below the Sarah Kaye sentiment - Piper helping Little Sister, Piper feeding Doll, and Piper the Artist. Piper wanted Piper stamps sooooooo bad, and I could not find any so we made our own Piper stamps and she is still young enough she does not know any better and was soooo excited to get them!!! Her last gift was a kit to make their own Lip Balm and decorate the tins after they made it.
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Willow - All Willow has talked about for months is wanting Fish. Our neighbors have fish both in their pond in their yard, and in a large aquarium inside the house, and her Granny Paula has a huge gold fish she feeds a green bean every day to, and our girls just love that. Now let me say we have 3 cats, a dog who is as big as a House, and 3 kids so another animal seemed like a lot, but that is the only thing Willow wanted, and she has talked about it for months. She even stayed up one night until 3 am crying because Santa can not make fish!!! We told he could catch them though, and the next day I took her to my friend Jami Bova's blog to see a card she had made with Santa catching a ton of fish!!! This made her feel way better!
So Santa brought her a fish tank, and left Money for her to go shopping for some fish of her own so she could pick them out herself!!! She was so excited as you will see in the pictures!
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Willow's 3 presents from us where, Jeans, Willow stamps from Whiff of Joy (Mommy will be thrilled to use these too!), and A large about 12" set of Paper dolls that can stand up and you make all your own clothes for them to wear from Patterned Paper and stencils, and glitter and glue, and embellishments.
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Tucker, well he is not quite 1 and 1/2 and so he really does not know it is Christmas, so Santa brought him some blocks. Those sets with lots of big wooden (natural wood colored) blocks you see in Churches and at schools.
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Tucker's 3 presents from us were some learning instruments to play (lots of fun for Mommy to Liston to later I am sure!!!), An old fashioned Telephone to pull around like Marvin and I had when we were kids, and one of those toys you push around and the air pops bright colored balls in the air??? We had these two when we were little!!
Here Piper is starting to Open her Santa gift.
Tucker just loves phones. Here he is saying Hi. Whenever the phone rings at home he always puts his hand to his ear and says Hi, or bye bye.
Below you will see the beginning of Willow starting to open her fish tank. She was sooooooooo excited. I do not think I will ever forget that moment!!!
The 3 kids playing.
Merry Christmas!,
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Even though there is only 1 more hour in the day! We had the best Christmas! We got to stay in our own home for the whole day and did not have to travel anywhere!!! This was my first year since 1992 - 16 years that I have had the chance to be in my own home for Christmas!
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Marvin and I have travled all 9 Christmas's of our marriage so far, and Piper has never spent a Christmas Day at home she is 6 1/2 and this is her 7th Christmas, so it was so much fun for us!!!! Marvin and I realized this is the first Christmas Dinner we have ever cooked! A couple of years we have been home Christmas morning and then turned right around by 10am and headed out for a long trip, not just a day trip, but to stay for awhile.
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So this year the kids got to play with their toys and make crafts and we made our Happy Birthday Jesus Cake and sang Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus, and we listoned to Christmas Music, and were just plain jolly, we danced around and had a marching band with Tucker's new instruments, and we played the freeze game, we made Paper Doll outfits, and our own lip balm, and we all took naps at the same time (the whole family is just getting over the stomach flu right now). It was a wonderful Christmas and I am so glad we got to stay home!!! Piper said it was the best Christmas she has ever had!!! It is the first year that we fully got to put our own traditions into play and not needed to change things to fit where we were at, so it really was a first for us in many ways!!!! It was soooo much fun!!!!

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We did not put a big tree up this year just a two small ones, and 3 Nativity sceens, Tucker is into every thing every moment, and I just did not want to have to fight him to leave the tree alone, and worry about broken ornaments in the process so we put two table top trees up, and the kids had fun with that!

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Well I know this post just does not say everything or look how I would want it too, but I have got to go finish packing so we can leave tomorrow for the Farm to celebrate Christmas with Marvin's parents and brothers and their families!

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I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and I will be back in 2 or 3 days!!! Can not wait to see what is new in Blog land then after the hustle and bustle slows down!!!

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Heather