Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Camp G&G - Making Memories

It is week two of the Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday Challenge, and I  have a ton of pictures for you. This is MM's last week with us, and we're having Camp G&G(Gran and Grandpa) and it's overnight camp. Since he got t-shirts for Bible School and Camp Pratt, I decided that he needed t-shirts for our camp. The back of the T-shirt is a list of the activities that are planned for the week. Camp started Sunday, and the following are pictures from the week so far.

T-shirt with activities

rifle target practicing - Check
baseball - check
Watermelon break- bonus
crafting(this is a squirrel house)- Check
Three Wheeling - Check
Waiting on his turn to drive the tractor
tractor driving - Check
After his turn driving the tractor ended
Tractor driving team

Finished squirrel house

Soccer - check

kayaking - check

deer crossing while we were kayaking - priceless

Horseback riding

Swimming also took place, but since I was in the pool with him, there are no pictures.

Like I said in an earlier post, we're making memories to last a lifetime.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Here Comes Summer

The challenge deadline is fast approaching for the Sassy Cheryls Challenge Blog, and I did get a card made, simply because I went super simple and already had an image colored.

As you all know MM is here for a month with his dad. Last week he went to our YMCA's Camp Henry Pratt. I can remember when his Mom went to overnight camp there. They only have day camp now, so we'll be doing overnight camp here at Camp G&G(Gran and Grandpa) this coming week. I'm busy making memories to last a lifetime, so no complicated cards for me this week.

That was the inspiration for my card for the challenge this week. This image from Sassy Cheryls store is called Sassy Sally and Bella go camping. I've colored the image with PrismaColor and Faber-Castell pencils.

The background paper is from Crazy 4 Monogram's digital kit Campout from the Just So Scrappy 2.

The pine tree is a Silhouette cut file.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

For a Guy or a Boy

The challenge this week on the Sassy Cheryls Challenge blog was set by the Sassy Miss Judy. It was to create a project for a guy or a boy.

OWH had a Blog Hop on Memorial Day, with lots of blog candy. I try to do the Hop to support all of those folks that make cards for OWH. With my track record on winning anything, I certainly was surprised to get an e-mail from one of my favorite authors and an OWH supporter, Joann Ross, informing me that I had won her blog candy. The candy included several sets of acrylic stamps, including lots of sentiments, but the icing on the cake was a wonderful 6 x  6 pack of paper from The Paper Loft called Hooked on Fishing.

With this paper, I knew just the image I had to use for my card. It's called Fishing Day, and it's one of Cheryls older images.  He's colored with my PrismaColor and Faber-Castell pencils. The sketch is based on this past week's Tuesday Morning Sketches.

While I was cutting out the pieces, I opted to make a couple of more cards using this delightful paper. The image and sentiment are files from Silhouette Online store.

These cards were so much fun to make, so thank you so much Joann.

If you are as avid reader as I am, and are looking for a good read, especially a series where you get to know that folks in a small town, please check out JoAnn's site and be sure to read her Shelter Bay series. I've been hooked on her books since she wrote her Irish trilogy. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Operation Write Home Card Drive with Uncle Sam

It's time for a Show Me Thursday post for the Sassy Cheryl's Blog. I'm even early enough that you have time to get in two entries within the next two weeks.

My job since retirement is making cards for Operation Write Home. In late May, knowing that MM(MonkeyMoo my grandson) was coming for the month of June, I decided to do an Operation Write Home Card Drive at Walmart. It took 3 weeks to find the right person to talk to to get approval. You KNOW me, the dog with the bone. I wasn't giving up until they said yes. In those 3 weeks and with some help from friends, I got 176 Any Hero cards made.

MM loves to dress up and has costumes for most occasions. I called his Mom before he and his Dad left coming for their visit and told her to pack his Uncle Sam Costume.

Two days this week the temps were still 95 at 5 p.m., so you can imagine my worries about weather conditions for the card drive. Fortunately God took me into consideration, and the temp only got up to 85 by the time we left and with the shade of the umbrella and a great breeze I made out fine. Uncle Sam, aka MM, was in nylon with a t-shirt, long coat, beard and felt hat in the sun. He is truly a trooper, as he didn't complain the first time. He was also a great salesman on getting folks to come and sign.

We were told we weren't supposed to harass anyone, but is it harassing if you're not selling anything? We just kept saying it's free, just takes a moment of your time. MM was great at it.

We have 70 Any Hero cards ready to mail. I'll be doing my usual sign for your supper card drive at our annual Around about the  4th Shrimp Boil on July 6th and hopefully the 100 more Any Hero cards I have made will get a thank you note written in them.

Thanks for stopping by. Now I think I'm going to stay in and stay cool this afternoon. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Family and Summer Camp

It's time for another Show Me Thursday post for Sassy Cheryl's blog. You do know what I'm talking about don't you? It's where you have two weeks and two chances to enter what you have going on in your life for a chance at a win of a Sassy Cheryl's image. It's a no lose proposition, if you read check out the other entries and see what they have going on in their lives.

Our daughter, who counts growing up and getting to spend a tremendous amount of the first 10 years of her life with her Grandmother, recognizes the importance of a child knowing knowing all of their family. As a result when MM was born, she committed to making sure that he KNEW his MS family. She's been letting him come for visits since he was 6 months old and makes a concentrated effort to get him to Mississippi at least two times a year. They live in Phoenix, so that's not the easiest or cheapest thing to do.

Last summer all three, DD, DSIL and MM came for a two month stay. Both parents could telecommute. This summer that wasn't the case, since DD changed jobs within her company and telecommuting wasn 't an option. That said, she sent DSIL and MM for a month long stay. They are set up at the Camp House. I feel like DH and I are running a summer camp, with baseball, soccer, target shooting, archery. These are a couple of pictures of MM. The first is his target with his bow and arrow efforts. To give myself a few small moments of peace, I've got him in Bible School this week, and next week he's going to Day Camp at YMCA camp.

This picture is important since MM and Grandpa have been doing tractor rides since he was 3 months old.
Great nephew Charles, DH's namesake

The great nephews(all brothers on the left) with cousin Dudley(right)

Our red headed Lucy Ann

Remember I was talking about family. Well this weekend one of the nephews was home for the weekend from NC. One of the aunts got us all together for an impromptu meal so that we could all visit with him. I snapped some pictures of the younger generation while we were there.

Finally this is a picture of MM with Coleman. I think it's a great "Cousins" picture.

Needless to say, crafting time for me hasn't happened. Be sure to check back next week, and please join us for the fun. Let us see what you have going on in your world.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Pirates

It's time for the first week of the SMT challenge post on Sassy Cheryls Blog. It's a two week challenge and all you have to do is post pictures of what you have going on in your life(and it doesn't have to have anything to do with crafting). You can enter twice and there are two winners of a free Sassy Cheryl image of your choice. Regardless of whether you win an image or not, if you check out the other entries, you'll be rewarded in seeing some new sights and you might even get insights into other countries.

Last year when MM was here, he was really into pirates. He wanted to build a treasure chest and bury it. His grandpa quickly informed him that any box built would rot in the ground, so they put some change in a root beer can and taped another can to it and buried it in the backyard. Each of them paced off and drew a map to the location of the buried treasure, and I rolled them up and stored them.

Well MM arrived on Saturday, and of course on Sunday, he wanted to dig up the treasure. I knew exactly where the maps were. They however did not have quite as much success in following their maps to locate the treasure.

DH dug quite a large hole trying to find said cans. He finally located one(he didn't remember the two taped together), and it didn't have any money in it. I had to explain to him that they had taped two together, and he went back to digging and enlarging his hole.

Finally success, the treasure was found. Oh and did I mention that the treasure was 3 pennies? I told DH, he wouldn't be burying any money in our backyard, because it would be gone just like it is in the stock market.

While they've been busy playing, I've spent the past week working on my stash of OWH Any Hero cards. I'll be doing my card signing drive on June 15 with the assistance of MM dressed as Uncle Sam.

Off to the camphouse, to work on the TV down there and see if I can get the wifi part to work.

You've still got time to get your two entries in, so don't miss out.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Step Right Up or Maybe Slide Right Down

This week the theme for the Sassy Cheryls Challenge Blog was set by the ever Sassy Miss Ann. Make a step card. That in itself would have been challenge enough, but did you see the cards that the DT made for the Challenge? If not, please go check them out, and leave them some love, because they raised the bar with their creations.

I got an idea for my entry, and thankfully, because of the Cameo and the Silhouette Store, I was able to find a pre-designed step card that I could use parts of for my challenge.

Cheryl recently added these two images called Max is Flying High and Maddie is Flying high. I decided that a step card would be the perfect chance to build a scene of summer fun of sliding in a box down a hill. The images are colored with my Copics(that surprised you didn't it). I think that coloring with the pencils has improved my Copic coloring. Note the duct tape holding the planes together. Duct tape is a wonderful thing.

Here's an angled view so that you can see that it is actually a step card.

All cut files are from the Silhouette store and solid card stock was used.

As usual I've waited until the last minute, to get my card made, and if I don't soon relieve my DH of babysitting duty, he may leave.