Let me start off by saying…what a freaking week. As of Sunday I’ve put us on lockdown. No one leaves the house (besides taking the dog out) until at least Friday.
Let me catch you up a little.
Last Tuesday we left Eureka Springs and drove to Oklahoma. Nothing crazy…arrived around 5:30 and had dinner with the family. Wednesday I got my hair trimmed and saw the mother-in-law. Thursday was Atticus’ birthday!!! Didn’t do anything super crazy…had lunch with Jeremys cousins, opened some presents, visited with some friends, had birthday cake after dinner with family. Friday…We had Atticus a birthday party. It was great. A few of his friends came…they screamed and ran around like crazy…everyone had cake and ice cream…opened presents…more screaming and running…took Marley back home…and went to the big town of Minco Oklahoma to stay with my grandma. Talk about EXHAUSTING. We grabbed dinner on the way to Minco…ate…went to bed. Saturday around 4 am, I couldn’t sleep. I moved to the couch. 5 am….I’m SICK! I don’t remember being so sick. 7 am…here comes Atticus, who is also not feeling well. Needless to say, Saturday was horrible. I felt like death. (Ok…maybe I’m being a little dramatic) Sunday we drove home. Monday was our day of rest. We spent every single minute in bed. It is now Tuesday and I feel better. A lot better. Atticus is feeling a little better. Hasn’t ran a temp over 100 today. He is still sluggish. I wish so badly he will wake up tomorrow morning and feel 100% better. Thankfully Jeremy and Bonus have felt great. I pray that no one else gets sick. Today I lysoled anything that I thought Atticus may have touched. Lysol is a mothers best friend.
Here’s a picture of Atticus with his Mario cake! He had a great birthday with his friends.
Today is the first day in a week…yes a week…i’ve been able to make anything. I haven’t used my die cut machine in a week. (I cannot believe it.) I decided to make a card for the wonderful lady who made Atticus his birthday cake. This card gave me nothing but trouble and I feel like it came out looking like a big Easter egg, but it serves its purpose. Sorry, for my negative ranting…I will offset it with something positive…I have been using Silhouettes brand of glitter and love it. I received the glitter and double-sided adhesive paper with my Cameo bundle. I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. A little bit of glitter goes a long way. My new motto: When in doubt…use glitter.
Are you seeing the easter egg reference here? I love these colors together, but there is something about it that is just not working for me. Heck…maybe it’s the shape of the ovals I cut out in the purple layer…or maybe I’ve just been looking at it for too long. Anyhoodles…I love the glitter.
Here is the final outcome. I like it. It’s not my favorite….but, it is better than any card I could have bought from Wal-Mart. So that makes it okay in my book! 🙂
For the inside, I cut some pink card stock and sprayed it with my Krylon glitter spray. (That is another favorite item I’ve grown to love.) I will have to pick up an extra can of that when I go back to Hobby Lobby. I used my Silhouette sketch pens to write in my “thank you” and I was finished.
Even though this card was simple, it took me way to long to make. It was nice to sit down at the table and create something again. It has been the only time since Saturday where I’ve felt a little bit of peace…and I am grateful for that.
I have 2 more days of “lockdown” and I need to be productive. What shall I create tomorrow? Something fun and exciting?! I hope so!! I need to clean. My mom-in-law is coming this weekend to visit. We need to be healthy…clean…and happy by Friday. Wish us luck!! 😉
Before I go, I want to give my husband Jeremy a shout out!! Thank you so much for taking care of Atticus and me while we’ve been sick. You are the best husband I could have ever imagined having. I love you.
Thanks for reading everyone! See ya next time.
Trying to think positive! -Steph Shock
My son Atticus Beeker will be 5 on the 21st. I can’t believe it. Where has the time gone? If you are wondering…his middle name is Beeker…like the muppet, but spelled differently! 🙂 It’s hard to believe how fast he is growing up. It seems like yesterday he was just a little baby. Here’s a picture of Marley and Atticus when he was little.
How cute is he?? I just love him so much. We’re having a Super Mario Bros. birthday party. He loves anything and everything Mario Brothers. This last Halloween Atticus was Mario and his brother Bonus was Luigi. It was the most adorable thing to see them dressed up together. They have a lot of fun as best friends/brothers. Here’s a recent picture of Atticus doing some school work last week.
He is a handsome little boy. Makes my heart happy to be his momma.
We’re off to Oklahoma this week to see some family and friends for his birthday. He wanted some of his friends to be at his birthday party, so instead of them driving to Arkansas we figured we’d make it easy for everyone and come to them. With summer coming up this will probably be the last trip we make to Oklahoma for a while. Eureka Springs is a tourist town, so lots of people come see us in the spring and summer! Jeremy’s mom is already planning a trip for the first weekend of March. We are looking forward to spring, warmer weather, visitors, and parades…lots of parades!!
*Back to our trip to Oklahoma. I received an email from a friend last night. Her daughter’s birthday party is Saturday and she was in desperate need of a few paper chandeliers to hang from some ceiling fans. As soon as I read the email, everything I needed to do before leaving for Oklahoma flashed in my mind. I just didn’t have the time!! Truth is I actually have plenty of time…how long could it really take to whip up some chandeliers?! Well…it did take me some time, but not as long as I imagined. I am so glad I did it for her. I really love how they turned out and it makes me happy to know I could help her out at the last-minute. She needed 2 chandeliers…Here’s a picture of one.
It’s 11×11. You can’t really tell from this picture, but I used a Krylon Glitter spray and it has a nice sparkle all over it. It turned out so cute!! I got this design from the Silhouette online store. It’s a design by Samantha Walker. I did an internal offset to get the layered effect. It just looked so much better with the contrasting colors. I finished it just in time to get everything packed and ready for our road trip! I’m meeting her Wednesday and she mentioned gluing a few rhinestones on them before the party. I think they’ll be the talk of the party.(besides the birthday girl!) This is a great project for any little princess! I had a lot of fun doing it and look forward to using the image again. Heck…my birthday is in a few weeks…maybe i’ll make some and throw them all around the house. 😉 It seems like I’m being swarmed with birthdays the last few days. I have made so many birthday cards lately and have a list of six more I need to do when we get home from our trip. I guess I can’t complain…I could go buy some cards at Wal-Mart, but I sure do love to make my own!!
I better get some sleep. Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon.
Hi everyone! I ordered some of the Silhouette Sketch Pens for my Cameo. If you have a Cameo these are a must get! I love them. They work so much better than I expected them too. For a pack of 8 they are $9.99.
Rumor has it they are coming out with a 24 pack for $20. Correction: They are now available!! I would buy a 24 pack in a heart beat. I better order some stat! 😉 I have a feeling I will use these for every card.
These really are a lot of fun to play around with. The boys think they are really cool.
I was asked to make a Valentines Day card for one of our friends today. This is what I came up with.
Cowboy silhouette and horse are both images from the silhouette online store.
Hope you all have a rootin tootin valentines day too!
See you all soon!
Man, It seems like I’ve been gone forever…believe me I have thought about posting a blog at least once a day, but I have been so busy! Besides working, homeschooling, doing things around the house, I have been busy using my Cameo! I absolutely love it. My goal is to do a card a day. I’m trying to get better and figure out exactly what I’m doing. Testing out what glue I like best, card stock, what settings I like to cut with. There is so much thought involved! 🙂 I really enjoy it and I’m pretty sure we have been to Hobby Lobby twice in the last week. Which seems like no biggie unless you live an hour away from the closest one! Don’t tell my husband, but I already want/need to go back. I have figured out that buying the cheapest card stock is not the way to go. I learned my lesson there and need to upgrade. Do you have a certain brand or weight of paper you use? Any tips are welcome. I’m going to show you a few of my latest projects. All my designs have been purchased off the Silhouette Online Store with my free gift cards I received when I bought my machine. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately!
This is my very first card project with the Cameo. I really loved how they both turned out. I love cutting the image out and putting it all together. It’s like a puzzle! I never knew how much I would love card making. I have wanted to do it for so long, but never put in the time to sit down and actually do it. The Cameo makes it so much easier and my kids love watching it cut out the images. Atticus was watching me last night and said “Mom…You really love die cutting!” It was so sweet. I just love that little boy!
Besides the cards I have made a few wood signs. I love vinyl and if my husband would let me, I’d vinyl everything in this house!!
I love making the wood signs and they make such great gifts for people. Jeremy’s Aunt and Uncle are coming to visit us next weekend and they just moved into a new house, so I wanted to make them something as a little house-warming gift. I think they will love the bird design with their last name. I know I would! This was my favorite project of the week.
I hope you guys enjoy my pictures. As I type this blog all I can think about is making more stuff! Please comment below if you guys have card stock tips. I would love the comments and help! I will try my hardest to break away and blog more. See you all soon!!
Steph Shock 🙂
First off….sorry it has taken me so long to write! We are currently in Oklahoma visiting family and wrapping up the last few Christmas’ we have left. We have been here for a few days and have enjoyed seeing our family and a few friends!
We have been so busy lately. Marley came and stayed with us for about a week and a half. We had so much fun and we really enjoyed the family time we had with the kids. I hope you all had a great New Year! We brought the kids twin mattresses in the living room and had a big slumber party. Watched movies, played wii together, and ate lots of snacks. I think it was probably the best New Years we have had in a long time. Definitely made lots of great memories!
I received my Silhouette Cameo a few days before we left. I am still trying to figure out the software and cut settings. Kinda stinks that it came right before we left to come to Oklahoma, but I sure am excited to get back home and start on some projects. A Hobby Lobby trip is a must before we head back to Arkansas!! While we have been here I’ve been watching Youtube videos about the Cameo. Trying to get a better understanding of how I can use it when I get home. Do you have a Cameo? What is the best tip you can give me? I will take all the tips and tricks I can get. I know it can do so much and I want to do it all!
This is a short post and I apologize. I am going to wrap up the Game of Life the boys and I are playing on the iPad and get ready for bed. We have some friends coming to visit us tomorrow and I am going to catch up on some laundry. Wednesday night we are going out to dinner with the family and then we are heading to the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game!!!! We are so excited and I just know it’s going to be a blast!
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment and leave me some Cameo tips! Please!!! 🙂
Talk to you all soon.
I am so excited to share what I decided (well…my husband and I) to get myself for Christmas!! I JUST ORDERED A SILHOUETTE CAMEO!! Yes it’s true!! I am so thrilled! You are going to be so overloaded with crafting that I hope I will not annoy you! 😉 It’s going to be so much fun. Estimated time of delivery is Friday the 28th. The countdown begins now!!
Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you!!
I hope you all have a very merry and safe Christmas!!!