Friday, September 6, 2013

Copic Coloring Class

Tonight I went to a Basic Copic Coloring class at Simple Pleasures. The teacher of the class was Shelby and it was a "Bring A Friend" class. I went with Michelle and although I have a bunch of copics and love to color with them, I actually learned some new things. Shelby also teaches some more specific classes like People and Landscapes so if you have an opportunity, you should try out one of her classes. She's a really good teacher!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What are we doing to our children?

My beautiful God-Daughter came to spend the summer with us and I discovered that there are a LOT of things made for 8 year olds that shouldn't be. I do not believe that we should sexualize our children at this young age and then wonder why they want to dress so inappropriately at the age of 12 or 13. The reason why is that we have paved the way with inappropriate clothes while they are still children. I'll give you an example... I will call my God-daughter Dani for this post. Dani arrived in my home with clothes to wear for the summer. She had two bathing suits. One was a two-piece (which got thrown back in the box) and the other was a one piece with holes cut out of the sides. She's EIGHT....what exactly are you accenting with the cut-outs?? She is tall and lanky and awkward but both of those bathing suits make a statement. So I set off to buy her a plain bathing suit. Store after store after store revealed nothing but bathing suits with cut-outs, sheer panels, one strap, strapless, and itty bitty bikini tops and bottoms. It took FOREVER and about 15 stores before I found a plain suit in a cute print that was acceptable...and by acceptable I mean that it covered her whole body and she could play in it without worrying about it falling off. First day of summer camp....she comes upstairs in leggings and a tank top. Skin tight leggings and a skin tight tank top. Nope.....go change. Then we asked her our favorite question....Do you know what leggings would be called if they were pants? They'd be called PANTS. They are meant to add coverage under a long sweater or tunic or skirt....not to show off your tiny butt. While I took her shopping several times, I was appalled to find shirts with sheer backs, ruching to creative cleavage in the front, and tiny, tiny shorts that barely covered her underwear. Who is she trying to be sexy for? And let me go ahead and tell you that if you are someone who says, Oh that isn't sexy, it's cute. If you put that same style on an adult and it is meant to be sexy, it shouldn't be on a little girl. We are teaching our girls to objectify their bodies and then when they become teenagers, they have to go to even further extremes because this seems tame to them. After all, they wore it when they were children! Teach them respect for their bodies and let them dress like children. There is nothing wrong with knee length shorts or T-shirts or whole bathing suits.

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School!!!!

Today I started classes at Pikes Peak Community College!  OMG!  I cannot believe that I am going back to college.  Excited and Terrified!!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Card Making Day

Cute but looks like one of te gems fell off!

On Sunday I went to Michelle's house to make cards.  I just got this bear stamp and I absolutely LOVE it!!  So much fun to color.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin came to visit our facility and we were able to take a picture with him.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Birthday Cards

We all made cards for Tara's birthday and it was weird how similar they were in either design, color or both.

Cris' Card

My Card

Michelle's Card

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Road Trip!

My daughter, Angel, and I are leaving Wednesday morning on a road trip.  We are going to Alabama to visit my Grandmother and then we will shoot over to New Orleans and sight-see for a day or so and then back to Colorado.  I am really looking forward to this stay tuned for lots of silly pictures and updates on driving to Alabama! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Challenge Cards....

So Cris, Michelle and I do weekly challenges that are due on Fridays.  Last week the challenge was a black and white or white on white card with a splash of 1 color.  This is the first card I made...
Then I thought about it and I remembered Cris saying the color should be like 10% of the card so I thought this one had too much color.  So I made this version...
This was also the first time I inked both of these stamps so I get extra credit for using my stuff! 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Honey!

So my husband's birthday was yesterday and I made him this MINION card.....
The minions were made using the SU owl punch.  And I love the fact that the one with one eye, there is a spring so the eye moves!  Paper and alphabet stickers from my incredible stash!

And this is the inside.....
Please note that I finally used my washi tape and I inked this stamp for the first time!! 

Thursday, April 11, 2013


So last Friday, I won tickets to see "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody."

 I took my daughter, Angel and we had a blast!  This is a picture of us with the cast...

Book Review

I just finished reading Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson and I cannot recommend this book enough.  If you are easily offended, you shouldn't be reading my blog in the first place and this is not a book for you.  If, on the other hand, you want to read a book that will make you laugh OUT LOUD....even if you are reading at lunch in a restaurant and people are looking at you like you are insane!...then this book is for you. 

I actually checked this out from the library but I am ordering my own copy from Amazon because it was so very funny!  It also made me want to buy taxidermied animals in clothes....something I NEVER dreamed might be on my radar.  Jenny writes in a very conversational style and you feel like she is talking to you and sharing these stories with you personally.  The stories from her childhood are hysterical...maybe because I didn't live them! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mini Album...the beginning

Archiver's had some paper packs for $4.99 and I bought two of them.  (Even knowing that I do not need another piece of paper!!)  I took half of one of them and cut the pages into 6x12 pieces.  I then glued the pieces into pockets.  I put them together and punched holes for rings.  Then VOILA!  I had a mini album.  I have done a minimal amount to decorate but plan on fleshing it out.  In the meantime, here are some pics of the base.
Front Cover

A Saturated Canary digi and a Creat with TLC sentiment.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the hexagon paper!!!

I've had this tag in my stash finally found a use for it!

This little card was sent to me ages and ages ago but I just used it can lift the top and write inside...easy journaling spot. 

 Saturated Canary digi used to make a tag/bookmark!

Rub-on from Michael's Hot Spot! 

St Patrick's Day Project

Since my last name is MONAGHAN and my husband and I both have ancestors from Ireland, we tend to celebrate St Patrick's Day.  I found this adorable project on The Dating Divas website to make an "I'm lucky to have You!" project.  You can see that here!  I used their printable and then added my own card.  I thought it turned out cute and I didn't embellish too much since it is for my husband and not me! 

This is the front can pull out each numbered tag and it has a reason why I am Lucky to have Michael as a husband. 

This is the back.....where the card is tucked into a little pocket.

This is the card front.....I cannot honestly remember where this image came from as it was something I had printed and thrown in the "To Be Colored Box."

This is the inside of the card.  I saw this saying on a T-shirt and thought it would be a GREAT sentiment for St Patty's Day!  I didn't have this kiss stamp but my friend, Cris, has two of them that she let me borrow.  I will have to be on the look out to add this stamp to my collection. 

So there you have St Patrick's Day card for my husband.  February hasn't even ended and I already have one St Patty's day card done!  WOO HOO.....I am ahead of the game!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


So I am in a card swap and I was feeling a little anxious because the cards are due on Feb 28th and I still need to mail them and they weren't finished.  Well I finally buckled down today and got the cards finished.  So here is my "Love" card....

I also made a card for Breast Cancer Awareness........

I have a hard time making a lot of duplicate cards....but I do love making cards!  I am trying to buckle down and actually use each of the stamps or digi's that I own.  I was looking at some cute Wizard of Oz digi's and called my friend, Cris, to talk me out of it and she suggested that I use each of the digi's that I already have before buying some more.  Imagine that.....what a novel concept.  I didn't buy the digi's but I did print out a bunch to color and try to use.  Of course, I then shot myself in the foot by going to a local sctapping supply store and buying a BUNCH of rubber stamps that she had on sale for 50% off.  I didn't need another stamp but she had some I simply couldn't resist.  Most of them were word stamps to use in SMASHing or mixed media projects but I still really didn't need to buy anything else. OH steps, right????

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Something to Check Out.....

In my blog wanderings, I somehow stumbled across The Dating Divas website and I was hooked.  They had some REALLY awesome ideas on fun things you can do to keep your marriage interesting and fun and playful.  My printer has had a real workout this afternoon while I printed out a bunch of stuff that I want to try.  My husband and I are coming up on our 10 year anniversary on May 17th and I am so thankful that our relationship has developed to where it is but the reality of life is that you can lose focus if you aren't careful.  There isn't anything "wrong" with our marriage but sometimes I am not as grateful as I should be or I don't tell him how much I appreciate him.  I don't think either of us would complain about our marriage but there is really no reason why we can't make it more fun, or more exciting or more interesting.  There is just no real down side to MORE!  So anyway, the link to their site is HERE.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I have so far!!!

Happy Valentine's Day

I hate the crowds and chaos on Valentine's Day so my husband and I went out to dinner last night instead.  We went to MY favorite restaurant, Joe's Crab Shack.

I had the Clasic Steam Pot and he tried the Third Coast Platter...

And then he gave me these beautiful roses.....

I bought him the new SKYFALL DVD and Good Will Hunting. 

We will exchange cards tonight and I will also give him the coupon book I made him....

We also bought my daughter the new edition of Avatar with all the "nerdy" extras!  She will be so thrilled!!  Oh and I bought her a mini heart shaped cheesecake!!!

All in all, a SPECTACULAR celebration of love!!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I can't help myself....

When we adopted two kittens last May, I had no idea that less than a year later, I would be madly in love with Dante.  He was cute and adorable and so exactly the opposite of the cat I would normally be attracted to but I saw his little face and I was lost.  I had no idea that over the next few months, he would make me laugh until I actually cried (!) and that I would fall in love with this bundle of fluff!

Here are two pictures of Dante when he was "stuck" in a plastic bag over the weekend.

Then last night he climbed up beside me and begged to be petted....Here is his cute face:

Finally, I held him in my arms like a baby and rubbed his belly until he was ready to get down.  Here he is lying in my arms, looking adorable! 

Dante is fairly independent and only requires humans for their skills with the can opener.  I am always surprised when he wants to be cuddled and loved on but I can never resist!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Craft Bomb Challenge

My friend, Cris, and I were talking about not being able to craft more often and she threw down a Craft Bomb Challenge.  Go into your craft room for one hour and make something.  This particular challenge was ABAC (Anything but a Card!) and you had to use only supplies on hand.  Of course, my night was super busy and I didn't get home until after 8pm but I still made an effort to get into my craft room and create SOMETHING.  I ended up making a bookmark...I used a digi from Saturated Canary (because I LOVE her digis!) along with a journaling card as the base, some fiber and some tattered angel spray.  All in all, I loved the result.  Oh....and I used glossy accents to make her glasses!  You can't see it very well in the picture but it was a cute touch.  When I took it to work to show Cris, it was promptly confiscated so I will have to make another one for myself! 

As a friend made an entire album!  Yes, an entire album.  Of course, she also went over the time limit but entire album!  When she puts up her youtube video, I will link to it so you can see!  Crafty Beeyotch!

Second footnote: Saturated Canary is currently offering a discount code on her blog.  20% off means you can buy more digis!!!  You can find her blog HERE!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Christmas Card I made for a swap

I made this card for a swap I am in and I just loved the result.  The image is a digi from Mo Manning called Winter Fairy Talva and you can buy her here.  I have had her for a while but finally got down to coloring her for this swap.  Since I had to make 8 cards, this was probably not the right digi to choose since they took a while to color and cut out but everyone really seemed to love her!  The sentiment is from Create with TLC and I honestly can't remember where the little tickets came from.  (If you know, I am happy to give them credit!)