Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve at the Schirmer Homestead!

Okay, so this picture WAS taken a few days ago, but I fully expect the same scene tonight!  Claire must have come out of her bedroom after I tucked her in, and snuggled up with Olive on the couch!


There in the background is my trusty New Year's Eve companion, Phoebe Jean!  It is always just Phoebe Jean and I awake at midnight...she gets a kiss from me first because we are the only ones awake when Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark start the countdown!

Here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all good things in 2010 (now THAT is weird to type!!)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

You take the...


CUPCAKE!  I made this card using Roxie's Sketch of the Week at Splitcoaststampers.com.  Used loads of Pink Persimmon stamps on this sugary confection!  Paper-pieced Vintage Cupcake, then added the banner from Vintage Greetings, and the sentiment from Sweet Greetings.  Used Basic Grey Lemonade paper (colored a bit with a yellow marker) and PTI Plum Pudding, Lemon Tart, and white cardstocks.  The dotted paper is a piece of Whitewash Coredinations paper, and when you run it through your Cuttlebug and then sand it, these happy YELLOW dots appear!  Hope you are having a sweet and sunny New Year's Eve EVE wherever you are!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

PTI Blog Hop

Time for another PTI Blog Hop!  This month's theme was to be inspired by one of your Christmas ornaments or decorations...

I chose this adorable crackled snowman ornament I got for my birthday long ago from my sister Kris!  I used the snowman from Holiday Tree by Heather Nichols for PTI.  I actually painted the stamp with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint in Picket Fence, then stamped onto PTI kraft paper.  I went over the snowman with Tim Holtz Distress inks when it was dry.  Cut it out and added extra buttons (mini brads) like my ornament!  The star was also painted with Crackle Paint in Scattered Straw and then distressed further with inks.  That ribbon is from a gift someone gave me (also from long ago), and I have been saving it for just the right occasion!  I tied the star to the ribbon with twine, and added a torn paper snowbank using Vintage Cream paper.  I added some Sakura Stardust glitter pen to the center of the stamped snowflakes so they TWINKLE...just like my ornament does!

Thanks so much for stopping by on the HOP!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

 And to all a Good Night!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Peace to you...

This card is for the Card Positioning Systems Sketch of the Week!  I have never made a circular card before, and it was very fun!


 This also fits Julia's Ways to Use It Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, to use a background stamp.  I used Flourish Pine from Hero Arts.  The beautiful angel is Earth Angel from Waltzingmouse Stamps!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holly Jolly WOW #17!

Time for the Word of the Week Challenge!  Can't believe we are on week number 17!  How about one for the holidays...

festive:  1. of, relating to, or suitable for a feast or festival  2.  joyous; gay

Upload a very festive card to Splitcoaststampers using the keyword WOW17, or link back your festive card in the comments section of this post.

Have a festive Christmas Eve EVE!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRAVIS!

This little Mousekateer turns TWO today! 





Trick-or-treating at Grandma Jill's house...




Christmas Party at Disney World with his Mom and Dad (Melyssa and Tyler)


Sliding with Eva and Claire this past summer...

Happy Birthday oh lil' great nephew, Travis!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lots of...Mittens!

For the Featured Stamper at SCS, Benzi aka Brenda...I cased her adorable card here:  Lots of Love

Kept layout and stripes...changed theme from hearts to a wooly mitten theme (for my East Coast relatives!!)  Used Cornish Heritage Farm's Winter Signage set from the Rummage Bin, and Ticking Stripe Backgrounder.  Then used loads of retired SU stamp sets including the mitten from Holiday Frame Fun, Linen background, and Wonderful Weaves. 

Needed a warm fuzzy card because Brenda is SUCH a great stamper, always leaving comments to encourage others besides having a fantastic gallery of her own!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Pageants & the Tooth Fairy

Well not together of course!  Two exciting events in one week...Eva lost her first tooth, and Claire was in her Christmas Pageant for preschool! 


This picture is a bit blurry due to the EXTREME close-up of the very small space left behind from Eva's lost tooth!  She came home with a note from her teacher that it was about to fall out.  I immediately noticed because when she told me about the note, her tooth was literally flopping around!  After some significant coaxing, she FINALLY let Jason touch it at 7:30 PM...it only took him 30 more minutes to actually pull it out!! 

Claire was in her Christmas Pageant the next morning...


 Claire with halo...and some other semi-reluctant angel classmates!


Waving to Uncle Vic in the crowd!



So this card pretty much sums up the week at our house...okay, well maybe not the "peace" part, hee!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

WOW #16!

Welcome to the Word of the Week Challenge!  Can you make a card featuring this word?...

parquetry:  work in the form of usually geometrically patternedwood laid or inlaid especially for floors

Ohhh exciting!  I see use of a certain fave stamp set of mine in the near future!  Upload your card featuring parquetry to SCS using the keyword WOW16 or link your blog sample back here in the comments section!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Deck the Halls


Tried a sketch at Card Positioning Systems today since I haven't done one in forever!  Used Vintage Picnic from Papertrey Ink again...Nichole Heady asked on her blog what we wished for from PTI next year...and I put that PTI  will come out with an addition set of alllll fun Christmas things to add to these Vintage Picnic Baskets!  Also used my fave snowflake background ever, Filagree Snowflakes from Peddler's Pack, and the Pretty Pattern backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SNOW!

Our first big snow of the year!  Eva's school didn't close...the plows are BIG here in Avon, NY!  Here are some pictures when we were waiting for the bus...

Catch a flake!

SnoWOW 16!

Oh dear...I am a day late!  It is very SnoWOWy here in upstate NY...a snow WOW day!  Here is your Word of the Week!

bluster: 1. to blow in stormy noisy gusts.  2. to be windy and boisterous 3. to talk or act with noisy swaggering threats


Okay, so that is not a random WOW...but it sure seems to fit the weather EVERYWHERE this week (okay, except for Florida).  Since I am home on a "snow day", maybe I can finally get to some of the challenges that I have been missing.  Oh yeah, and some paperwork....and laundry....

Cut to later...sooooo I did do laundry and some other stuff, and then it was time to get inky!  I made this card for some of the other SCS challenges...today's Ways to Use it challenge was to be inspired by a Christmas carol so I picked Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!  Used Pink Persimmon's Oh Dear (Silhouette) for Rudolph, the star from Little Cuties for the background, and the sentiment from Little Christmas Cottage.  This card also fits the Clean and Simple challenge to use red, brown, and vanilla for colors, and I made the card with Roxie's SCS sketch of the week!

Don't forget to upload your WOW15 card at SCS or link back here in the comments section!

Monday, December 7, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARION!

Happy Birthday to one of my fave cousins ever, Marion! 


Here she is with my cousin Phil...who just happens to be her husband, hee!




From left to right:  my sister Kris, my sister Jill, my "Dot", and Marion!

Marion's birthday is the easiest one to remember  in my whole family...because we are Birthday Buddies!  Mine is Dec 6th...and hers is Dec 7th!  One of my earliest memories about reading is with Marion.  We used to live closer to each other when I was a wee kindergartner (and she was twenty-something-ish, giggle).  I am sure I must have made her hoarse from all of the reading...but she is originally from Long Island, so she can talk with the best of 'em, HA!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARION!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Believe!

Today was MY Birthday!  We got to see Santa come into town on the local fire truck.  Seeing all of the kids get so excited was the best present ever!


 I love that Macy's commercial...and I do believe in the magic of Christmas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Almost forgot my WOW!

Welcome to a later in the day Word of the Week, #15!

fulgent: dazzlingly bright

There that was a quick and simple one!  Can't wait to see what kinds of fulgent, and maybe even fulgent holiday cards that you come up with!  Link back here in the comments with your creation, or upload to SCS using the keyword WOW15!