Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Aezine Challenge

okay so this is my first ever Ali challenge.Thanks for some inspiration from Karla I totally love her style!So to try on her style a layout must have a few things- circles, a smidge of red somewhere, use stamps somewhere and she usually has a "K" but I used a "v" for Vaughn.Last but not least rounded corners here and there and journaling that is inconspicuous. I love how this LO turned out. Not my usual but I lOOOOve it.it seems so "clean" and even though I used patterned pp it doesn't look too busy to me. And hey Ali girl- thanks for puttin us up to the challenge:)

about gallery

Forgot- anyone who wanted to look at my gallery- click on the link under "she had designer resources" where it says"Tannis's gallery" just uploaded some new stuff:) P.S. Janna- how do I find your blog? What is your L2S name under?

I wanna be just like you...


My two monsters baking cookies for their
"cookie exchange"
thanks to easy bake. I am glad they want to be just like me, but not exactly.(Yes, my son is wearing his sister's PINK disney princess pj's.Long story but she REALLY wanted a baby sister. Gotta give a girl credit for improvising right?)
Okay, so today i am going to rant...and rave! rant first. I am registered for the Heidi Swapp a year to remember class. It costs like $300 and then they emailed me that shipping is another $80 bucks! I paid it because if you go to big picture
and read all the trailers etc from Heidi, you would probably fall in love with the class just like I did. I am all for sharing ideas too because it helps us all grow as scrapbookers but outright stealing?! I went to yahoo to find the class message board and inadvertantly came across this Ashburn Family Scrapbooking (ROBBERS:(who were offering Heidis class for $150 bucks!
I'm like Whaaaaaaaaaat?!! I thought this was possibly in addition to BPS.They have their little copyright thingy in the corner and bells and whistles offering every Heidi product etc. So initially I'm pissed thinking I have so been scammed here. Then i dig deeper and discover one of these uncreative scraplifting robbers registered for her class and is COPYING EVERYTHING TO THE LETTER and selling it as a class through their store without Heidis permission! I emailed her and she obviously didnt authorize it but I wanted her to know.
The worse thing is that people are registering for it! Some may not have the sense to dig deeper and think it is okay others, know and don't care. Normally I don't blog and bash but I am sorry, today I just feel compelled. Now everyone doesn't have to get all up in my s##t, but I invite you to email them telling them how wrong it is www.familyscrapbooking.net. Maybe they will feel guilty enough to stop.
K- 'nough bout that. Time for the RAVE!! I am almost done my Ali challenge, signed up for her newsletter. She suggests you "try on" someone else's style.Who else could I choose but the amazing Miss Karla Dudley! I fell in love with a layout of hers from the L2S gallery. I stayed up until one working on it and I am tired this morning but still deliriously happy over how it turned out. Seriously people- I think I must be half asleep because I am thinking on taking on a huge project that is business related,gonna make some calls today. I will keep you in suspense as for further details but I will update you on the progress. you can find out whether I really just needed more sleep or if my sleep deprivation has led me to a viable business venture. Keep blogging! Oh and don't forget about the shit disturbers i previously mentioned:)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Martha would be jealous



Okay- crafty me was feeling energetic. Check out Ireland's birthday stash! I Love how this stuff turned out and I am not even done yet but had to share! Old fashioned garden party... I can't wait!
Okay so here is the proof of my productivity this morning. I am loving this whole day home thing cuz I keep my J-lo butt out of bed after the kids get on the bus rather than going back to sleep!!
I made 144 ginger spice cookies and packed them in my little paint can tins then Porter and I made Poinsettas. The first two were all fancy then he wanted to help...so the rest kinda look like pink daisies with yellow sugar all over, but hey...they taste damn good. Martha will be calling soon for the recipe:)So to all you procrastinator girls..I'm tagging ya to get cracking. Kudos to Chris for also gettin a head start on her birthday bags! Am I rubbing off on you? You could be the next Martha...


Sunday, November 26, 2006

gallery is working!!



okay, so maybe my gallery isn't new york worthy- I saw some amazing ones while there- but it is my own little version of amazing...to me:)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Jesus has arrived!

YAY! Didnt have to hunt my bebe down on ebay. One of my friends who think they are funny said that Hallmark was sold out of this set. I asked them to pick it up for me cuz I had too many dayhome kids- but niner was just messing with my head! SOOO mean! But okay, funny too. I mean I was up all night on ebay and I am thinking you cant have a nativity set with no bebeJesus!
Ireland helped me set it up. Totally cool on the mantle because we have these little pot lights, doesn't it look like it was meant to be? I love love love it! I know, I am a psycho! And congrats to the three girls who are getting a star. No one left there email but luckily two I knew and I had to hunt you down Lynn but I am resourceful!
I am so freakin busy, I was invited to two cookie exchanges but I am really lacking motivation to bake right now. I made some low fat banana bread (cuz I am trying to lose the ass I gained while pregnant), and I am telling you, dont do it! Put the sugar in and savour every bite cuz this s@#* was nasty! I mean the kids wouldnt eat it. I had a piece and it tasted like cardboard, we threw it out.
I made super cute tins for the cookies though. i will post them tomorrow. I found awesome mache mini picnic baskets at michaels and I am dying to paint them. Ireland is having an old fashioned garden party for her next b-day and these said BUY ME! um... yeah her birthday is in ...august... but in my defence we are having the party in May cuz her brothers is the next month and no kids come to summer parties. I like to be organized plus this is going to be a fun project. Bye for now -gotta do a batman cake!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Check out my RAk!



check out my RAK! Okay, every year our kids bring home tags off a tree at school for those less fortunate. We buy one thing for four kids that are the same age as our kids. Kian, my eldest says to me "How come this kid asked for a hoodie if he could ask for anything?"

I then explained that when you dont even have the necessities, sometimes even though you want toys, you know you need a hoodie more. So then I got to thinking about the word RAK. In the scrapbooking world you always hear about RAKs. Random acts of Kindness. So see the beautiful star and tag? I am on a mission.

I am extending the invitation for everyone to bring back the meaning of Christmas. The star is left on someones bed and you do something nice for them.They take the star then do something nice for someone and leave the star on their bed and so on. So I made some-not exactly like the pic and the first three people who post their email in my comment section get one! I am going to start this with my kids as a tradition.

For the month of December, I am going to try and help them to use it once a day. I hope it reminds them to enjoy the little things and not to think Christmas is about toys. All I ask is that those of you receiving a star, also extend three RAKs to people outside your home. I am sending flowers to a friend who was bummed out, a babysitting coupon for another couple who I know would enjoy a night out together, and another little surprise to a friend who just inspires me in many ways.

So feeling festive- even though every store is sold out of my baby Jesus willow tree set that I need to complete my nativity scene.I am going shoppin on ebay. Early Merry ho ho to all:)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006



Okay so here are the before and afters of my wall. I look especially gorgeous in my pj's I know. Don't beg, I will not be giving away autographed copies of this photo! I stood in front of it so you can see how big this is. I pretend I am 5 foot 3 but probably I am a bit shorter. I informed Matt there would be a line up for these but no one can order one just like mine. I was going to hang a frame in the middle with 9 opening s that has our family pics in it but I just love it so much right now that I dont want to cover it up just yet.
So i guess that is all for now, santa has some shopping to do.Look at my bebe! he is getting so big and cuter by the minute. See you in your blog world:)

Monday, November 20, 2006

amazed!

okay, my camera batteries died so I will keep you in suspense until tomorrow but my bare wall is dressed thanks to Matty. Ilove you MATTY! This is one of my hairbrained ideas from a magazine that was like WOW! Even my DH took a pic of it with his camera phone(I caught him!) so until tomorrow... soak up the suspense, I am wallowing in amazement, still! Did I already say I love it? Oh, cuz I love it!

what a weekend


This weekend was so fun! I participated in my first ever online crop! I was so ancy to try and complete every challenge and it was amazing how much I got done. My favorite LO was these two of Vaughn. (thanks Leslie Lightfoot for the inspiration to use real patterns on my lo) I also finished Ireland's birthday pics and a bunch more.I think I am so crazy, this week I am going to try and do the challenges from the crop in October. It may be a way to get lots done! I never made it to bed before 2 both nights so I am suffering from lack of sleep.Thanks to stacy who I scored some cool seven gypsies binding tape from. It was the perfect way to finish of my mini album for HOF
Kim
you so should have stayed longer! I hope you got all your projects done and Karla you finally got to crop with the girls, so to speak!You put out some amazing stuff!
Today I started dayhome again. I have three sweet little boys and one little girl-yay! another female in my house. They all only come like 12 days a month so it isnt too crazy and I have some extra cashola for supplies or shopping or whatever.Check out all my layouts in the L2S gallery. To any who haven't checked it out my stuff is under cakemommy1. take care!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I take your challenge Karla!

Well, I think I am up to the challenge to share the quirks that are just me. Lucky for those of you reading who dont know me personally, I talk...A LOT! not kidding. It is one of my worst traits at times and other times it is my best. All depends on the day... you knwo those ones when you wish you would have just shut up?

Things I tend to repeat...besides myself lol

I love using brown ink

love the Rhonna swirlies of any kind

I am all about pink, black and brown paper

i love vintage and shabby chic stuff

i do millions of little girl LO's cuz I am surrounded by a sea of boys


I want to try so much

- I love the Ali style but haven't quite mastered it yet

-I want to complete a book that I saw an Idea for on the big picture(I took the photos and they are being developed as we speak:)

-I want to try Heidis big picture class- registering tomorrow!

-to think outside the box more

-try a whole new line of PP and make it work, I am not risky enough when I scrapbook


Things I am cranky without

- an intravenously fed line of pepsi

-dixie chicks CD playing or James (my boyfriend) blunt

-my brown ink pad

-my zig fineline marker

- my sewing machine- I kept breaking needles when doing my HOF mini album- thought the world would end

-my computer, thanks for fixing it HB

-my kodak easy share-which isnt working right now grrr!


Weird things I do

- i also talk to myself...and answer when no one is looking

-I simultaneously work on 6 things at once- can't stay focused

-also say look honey, aren't I amazing?

- Talk about scrap celebs as if I actually know them...right Jessi roflmao

-get very creative between 1 and 3 am...maybe lack of sleep ?

-stage scenes to photograph, my kids are like oh here we go again

- when the gals go out, we always take at least one photo of the skinny pose and one of the kissy face. I love the kissy face!

Okay, this pic is a bit blurry but they are always fun-

All the other weird thngs I do, I am keeping to myself...so hard to make good friends these days ya know?

Dear Santa,

I have had very few psychotic episodes this year. Please bring me the following in very prettily wrapped boxes

- a digital camera that doesnt suck

some computer software

a trip to mexico for my birthday-seriously

Well I am being paged my sweet babe who is hungry...again. How much can one little boy eat? I mean seriously that is like 15 times today! He is 14 lbs already at two months old and started out at 7. Must be a record

Sunday, November 12, 2006

crafty witches

okay so lately my daughter has been expressing her creativity in less than admiral ways.she cuts up shapes and paper dollies like nobody's business!That is so fun she thought hmmm, I bet I'd make a great hairdresser, snip snip, I bet my new outfit from the gap would look great with little circles cut all around the hem, snippety snip. Wow she thought I am amazing with scissors, the next Dolce and Gabanna! I can expand into a textiles line and cut up this quilt that has been handed down!!!
But alas, every designer runs into a snag, hers - mommy wearing her angry eyes and a handful of fabric scraps in hand! So I confiscate all the scissors and lock them in my scrapbook cabinet. Today she comes to me with these puppy dog eyes and says
"Momma, would I please be able to borrow some scissors to make a craft?
"No, you are unable to use them until next week and then only with supervision" she stares me down and I swear made a little tear in her eye and says ,"okay mommy"
I am on the phone with my husband and I get up calmly and leave the room and burst into tears! I hate to see what 10 years will bring. Damn! This girl is GOOD! He laughs as he has missed out on the new manipulation face. I think she practices them in the mirror! All you moms out there with little girls...watch out for these little crafty ones, I salute you!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

amazing

This boy! Look at that smile. I could just eat him up! He looked so cute in his little gown and he was smiley boy. Father laughed because Vaughn laughed as father poured water on him.He never cried once though other babies did. It was an awesome day! Everyone gathered at the house and I think I saw Andrew (Godfather)get that look- like hey, we should make us one of these baby people. I'm trying to help ya out Anne. lol. Anyway, wanted everyone to see this beautiful smile and be remember that we should not measure our time in minutes but by moments.

Friday, November 10, 2006

still got it

Amazing, I am still able to complete a cake project. It took me forever but I love how it turned out. Hopefully no one notices the odd fingerprint where big brother tested for quality. Today was a good day. We met some new kids who played with Ireland and Porter and they never drove me crazy. I guess they ran out of ideas yesterday.lol.Vaughn is wide awake totally unaware that he will be such a special boy tomorrow. I know I am biased- but he is sooo cute! Just love him even though he still isnt a girl.



Thursday, November 09, 2006



People have said that I am certifiably crazy cuz I plan my childrens birthday right down to the treat bags, a year in advance sometimes. Today, three of the four drove me insane! One picked up when the child before ran out of steam. Is there a God? Is he playing tricks on me? When they were asleep I started on Vaughn's baptism cake for Saturday. I painstakingly cut "lace" details into the gown. Once I got going I was like yay me! I then realized that I do this because I love them even though there are days when I'd love to...you know. Anyways, I haven't made a cake in months. I was excited to see the details take shape. I want the kids to look back and say wow! Mom made sure that my day was special because she loves me. I hope that Vaughn will know how special he is to us not only on this day but everyday. I know I am crazy mommy with "angry eyes" sometimes because these kids make patience a bad word on occasion...but gotta love em you know. All are sleeping and I am almost in tears to see Port snuggled up with his arm around Vaughn in mommas bed. Makes it all worth it.I will post the finished product tomorrow. I am excited for the kids to see it. Gnight all u late night bloggers

cakemommy returns!

okay, so I have had people tell me how I need professional help cuz I plan my childrens birthday parties a year in advance right down to the coordinating treat bags. Tonight I started making Vaughn's baptism cake and I was reminded why I do it. I haven't created a cake in months. I painstakingly cut "lace" into the gown for hours and added pearl dust... the baptism is three days away. I do this because I want my children to look back and know how specail they are to me and how I am glad for every moment I get to share with them.The cake should be done tomorrow and I will post a pic but I was so excited that I had to write. I wanted to post the beginning tonight but of course my "rechargable" batteries werent charge. Maybe cuz I take too many pics?...nah!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

taking the long way around


Candice and me waiting in the snowflakes for her "flakey" boyfriend.lol yay!! i finally made it to the DCX concert. It was amazing!I was a little special ed in the picture taking department but it was tough when the lighting changed every few seconds. I was under the weather and didn't even shop when I was in the city. Luckily after throwing up and a little nap, I perked right up!

Friday, November 03, 2006

dixie chicks or bust!

Okay, so I got a reminder about the chicks concert... like I would forget! I have only been waiting about 8 months since I bought the tickets. My best girl Connie is visiting this weekend, too fun! Also- I am considering purchasing a new business. Lots going on. I am so excited! Work from home- generate some cash flow (to spend at Winners lol). Maybe my 'luck o' the irish' is finally kicking in. Took freakin long enough!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

hey there little red riding hood...


okay, besides the babyfat I still have in every photo- me and my DH had a fun time at the adairs annual halloween party. He was so bad! At least I was having a good hair day! Happy Halloween to all of you! Never lose that kid spirit. I say dress up until you are too old to dress urself!