Thank you everyone for Alexa’s birthday wishes. I’ll have a smilebox of her party soon.

Her birthday is ALWAYS emotional for me. I usually cry every time we sing Happy Birthday. I know it sounds strange, and its hard to explain. You just don’t know what one year to the next can bring. Especially since the whole cancer thing, that really gets me now. Maybe thats it? Or how much she accomplishes each year? The unknown? I don’t know. But now I’m feeling better and ready to move forward in her 9th year. I really don’t feel OLD enough to have a 9 year old, I can tell you that. Really seems like yesterday that I was turning 9! Now I have a 9 year old. Unbelievable.

Many of you emailed asking “Where was Noah?” Well, he is on this kick of NOT being in photos! I don’t know why but he is. What is funny, like someone mentioned him being in the photo in the background, he actually said “No, I don’t want my picture taken. I won’t be happy. I want to take the picture.” I said but I want you IN th photo” then he said “I am in the photo, its behind you” That was pretty funny. He has been taking quite a few photos with the camera. Who knows maybe that will be his career path. A professional photographer, who can work with me someday when I get big! LOL! Maybe I’ll have my own line or a magazine? He can take all my photos! Anyway,It was nice to have a photo of me and my girls though. So I told him people were asking and wanted to see him, so he let me get this photo of him and I, and he still wasn’t too happy about it! LOL!


See-this is the best I could get. He refused to smile.

Oh well.

Yes, I know I look tired! Don’t say it. I cried a good part of the morning, especially writing Alexa’s post. Then she came home from school, and drove me crazy with her attitude! Gotta love that 😀 Im all emotional over her and she making me crazy.

OK moving on from my blah blah blah. I think I could talk a dog off a meat wagon.

Todays post is for a Challenge from Melissa at Pink Cat Studio. She gave us a sketch. Be sure to check in as she usually features all the designers creations and customer creations there as well!!

The best part is I actually followed it! LOL! Im so bad with stuff like that.

So here is her sketch


And here is my card


Howdy lil Buck-a-roo!

OK I totally love how I went ALL BOY with this 😀 Billy is the cutest boy set! I love him!! I actually made this to go in a care package for my friend Alicia’s son Ethan, who is also a little cowboy!! He has Cancer, and for his Make-a-wish they built him a barn, and got him some horses!! Make a wish is a fabulous organization!! You can read about him on her blog. He is going through his second round to treatment, and is such a brave boy! So I am gathering a few things to send to him and his sister for being so good 😀 I know so many amazing people sent things to Alexa and it really got her though some tough days.

As for the sketch-instead of scallops I did “fringe”, and in place of a flower, I have my star. I love it. I know I said that already, but I do.

Now the paper well that is a little “surprise”. Im not suppose to share that till tomorrow I believe (oops! SORRY! I couldn’t help but use it. It was perfect for my creation)

OK for Cowboy Billy Ethan, I colored him with Copic markers (of course) and used my circle nestabilities to mask the ground and sky that I sponged. I always love making Billy “dirty” so I smeared some ink on his face and pants as well, for a dusty desert look. Now I LOVE the lasso. I am a bit upset that I cut it a tad short :C. I totally eyeballed it and think its so cute. I love his hat that is 3D and overhands the border. Makes him pop out at you!

Well that is it my friends.


Be sure to check out the peeks for Storage Units Ink & More-the release is tomorrow!

Mary Jo  




Tomorrow I have my Design Team Challenge for Papertrey! You won’t want to miss that one, and I will have peeks for My Favorite Things! As well as Lizzie Anne’s Fall Release peeks.

Be back in a few to share more today! The end of the month is always full of things to share!