Friday, November 21, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Color/Photo Inspiration Challenge/Patty's Card/Pool Photos

Wow, that's a lonnnnng title, huh? Lots going on with this post, for sure. I want to mention first that our sponsor this month is The East Wind, home to fabulous digis, and our randomly-selected participant will win a prize of three digital images! Lucky person! I used my image by The East Wind this week, and she was really fun to color!

Before I get to the card deets, I want to share my pool photos with you. I have been promising them for a while now, so thought I should follow through. If you just want info on my card, skip to the bottom on this post.

OK, so here goes: the pictures go in order, from how our yard looked before, to the various stages of pool construction, and right to the end with our completed project. (Oh, and the equipment gate went in yesterday, and made me very happy. It looks so much nicer out there, with the panels & pumps hidden!

We have four new lounge chairs coming next Tuesday in gray and turquoise to go near the turquoise umbrellas. And then, for the big empty spot between the table and the patio, we are ordering a couch, two chairs, hassock, and coffee table in gray resin wicker/aluminum with gray cushions and some turquoise pillows. So it should look really cool out there once everything gets here! Needless to say, we are spending a lot more time sitting outside now! Someone told us we wouldn't need to go to Hawaii anymore, now that we have the pool and palm trees. Well, hardeharharhar. I will still need my annual ocean fix, doncha know! (For as long as we can go anyway!)

On to my card. I used a really cool image by The East Wind, Yogi Kai, for Patty, a friend with a birthday coming up soon. Patty is a yoga practitioner, so I thought this would be a great image for her. I printed Kai on X-Press It BC, colored her with my Copics, and distressed the edges with my Zutter. I then added Frantage in Aged Ivory and Shabby White. My sentiment is from the Stampin' Up Word Play set; DP is from Basic Grey Picadilly; CS is from Stampin' Up. And my die cuts were made with the following dies: Memory Box Classic Staircase and MB Graceful Chandelier.

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: YR20, E31, E35
Beads/Waistband: R02, R05, R08
Headband/Pants: B91, B93, B95
Top: YR21, YR24, YR27
Shadow: E41, E42

Here is the color/photo inspiration for you to use:

Do check out the fabulous creations by my talented teammates: Carla, Dawn, Kathi, and Laine! Then color up an image with any medium you wish for your project. And play along with us this week. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

And have a great weekend! We will be watching our Cardinals on TV as they are in Seattle on Sunday. Gulp!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Path of Positivity Challenge #20 Midway - Gratitude/Jenifer's Card

We are at the midpoint of the Path of Positivity challenge for "Gratitude". I try be be grateful for everything in my life. As I said in my last PoP post, for me gratitude is an attitude, the best attitude I can have. I like to think that if I passed away today, I would have lived a very full and rewarding life. And I am really thankful for that. My quotation for this card is by Meister Eckhart, and it is as true for me today as it was for him in the 14th century.

Our guest sponsor is Digistamps4Joy, and the prize package is $10 worth of images for the post or project that the DT deems the most inspiring of the entries.

Ike's Art will provide 3 digital images for a randomly-selected participant. Creative Bug Digital Stamps will provide one digital image for each person chosen as a DT delight.

There will also be one digital designer paper, (made to order in a few different ways), from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment. And there will be one digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

So there are lots of incentives for you to enter our challenge, and we really hope you do! I neglected to mention on November 3rd that Gloria and Julie O. are our guest designers for the November challenge. Do check out their fabulous inspiration, along with those of the rest of the DT!

I needed a card for a friend of ours, who has a November birthday. I thought this image, Ike's Art KT Swing, was really perfect for her. So I printed the image on X-Press It BC and colored it with my Copics and Twin Touch markers. I took my color palette from the Bo Bunny Zip-a-dee-doodle collection:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: T6, T8, T10
Tire: T2, T4, T6
Rope/Shorts: B93, B95, B97
Shirt: YG41, YG45, TTG46

I created a scene with die cuts using the following dies: Memory Box Woodland Branch, Memory Grand Oak Tree, Memory Box Set of Swings, MFT Fresh Cut Grass. And that's it!  

Btw, our Cardinals are now 9-1, still with the best record in the NFL. It's so much fun to go to their games and scream my heart out! Of course, we are still having injuries we don't want or need. The latest is our star receiver, Larry Fitzgerald. He hurt his knee, but played after getting hurt. I heard that he will have an MRI today to see what the damage is. (I am planning on it being a mild sprain.) We need him; we're getting a bit thin in our roster!  

And ASU lost Saturday night, which was most unfortunate. But I found out that they had 9 freshman as starters on the team, so they are bound to make mistakes while learning at the college level. They should still be very proud of their season to date.

On the home front: the rock for our backyard was installed on Friday, and it looks really beautiful back there! I will be organizing the "before and after" photos sometime this week and will show you the transformation soon!

I hope each of you has a really wonderful week. And please join us in this month's challenge!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Thanks or Thanksgiving Challenge/Jon's Birthday Card

Is it me or does this Friday feel really special? Teehee. Hardeharharhar. It's me alrighty. We are getting our decorative rocks installed today, which will finish the backyard. Yup, you heard me. Finished! Now that is pretty darn good, considering they started the pool dig 4 weeks ago today. A.MAZ.ING!!! Right????

The pool interior was done on Saturday, with the acid wash on Sunday. Then we filled it Sunday and Monday; and they came back to start it up on Monday afternoon. The deck jets were installed on Wednesday. All we really want to do, besides putting in the rock, is add a gate to the pool equipment area. (My brainstorm, I will take a bow, thank you, thank you. Problem of ugly pool equipment solved.) And the gate people, (that sounds like somebody from a horror movie), will be here sometime today to measure for the gate. The rain gutters were installed yesterday, and we are still awaiting a date for the patio shade-screen. That is a minor detail in the big scope of things, though, and has nothing to do with the beauty of our backyard. Because it is stunning, if I do say so myself. And I most definitely do. Wait until you see the before/after photos! It is really an amazing transformation. (BTW, all of our plants were planted last Friday, and it was a wondrous thing, really. Guess I am over-the-moon about them!)

Oh, and did you hear about those Arizona Cardinals??? Still with the best record in the ENTIRE NFL!!! At least for this week, at 8-1. Of course, into each life a bit of rain must fall. And ours fell in a gully-washer last Sunday. Yes, we won the game. And, yes, it was pretty fantastic. BUT, we lost our starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, for the rest of the season. Sigh...only time will tell if our back-up can keep the offense chugging along. We can only hope.

Also pretty amazing is the fact that my alma-mater, Arizona State, has an 8-1 record right now as well. Don't know what's gotten into these AZ football teams, but it would be pretty fantastic if they could both keep it going.

On the Gary front. Well, his original back problem is much better. He says it hurts only at a 2 on a scale from 1-10. And he did see his urologist, who confirmed that he does not have any kidney stones right now. Nor does he have evidence of kidney cancer, which Gary apparently is concerned about, as his paternal grandfather died from kidney cancer when Gary was a little boy. Either I didn't know that, or I totally forgot it.

Anyway, even though his lower back is much better on the right side, he now has a backache on the left side. He said he caught his arm in the sheets in bed and somehow twisted his back getting his arm out. Ahem. So now he hardly sleeps because it hurts so much to lie down on his back. Gag me. I told him to go back to the family doctor and get a new prescription for muscle relaxers. That should take care of his new problem. Other than that, things are really hunky-dory around here.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled program...yes, this is Friday, so it is a new Outlawz challenge for the Friday Coloring group. You may use any medium you wish for coloring your image on your project. We are sponsored this month by The East Wind, and our lucky randomly-selected participant will win a prize of three digital images! Good luck to you all.

So, on to this week's card. I combined our SIL's birthday card with the theme for the week. I used the Jellypark image, Boy Leaning on Word Son. I printed this on X-Press It BC, colored it with my Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers, added my own sentiment and some lettering from Memory Box Typewriter Lower dies, and added a bit of baker's twine. My DP is from the Basic Grey Out of Print collection, and it was paired with Stampin' Up CS. Here are the colors I used:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: YR20, E31, E35
Shoes/Shirt: Y11, TTY49, TTY44
Jeans: B93, B95, B97
T-shirt: TTGY175, YG93, TTY42

Before I go, I want to mention that my talented teammates, (Carla, Dawn, Kathi, and Laine), have made some fabulous inspirational pieces. Do check them out. And then play along with us again this week, OK?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We will be back at the stadium to see the Cardinals beat the Lions!  (Right? Oh, I surely hope so!)

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring "Leaves" Challenge/Ron's Birthday Card

I would imagine that many of you have experienced the changing of the leaves. Here in the desert, not so much. But I prefer it that way, actually. Even though fall leaves are gorgeous, I don't like looking at naked trees during the winter. I prefer to see green all year round. Anyway, our challenge this week is for you to use "leaves" in any way you wish. As in leaves of a tree, or the actual act of leaving somewhere or for somewhere. Have I made that clear as mud? If so, I apologize. My mind is off on an adventure right now.

Our sponsor for the month of November is The East Wind, where you will find some spectacular digis. (I will be using mine a little later in the month.) Our randomly-selected participant will win a prize of three digis! Kewl, huh? So do play along with us this month! You can use any coloring medium for your image on your project. And, again, I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Before I get to my card, which is also a birthday card for my BIL, Ron, I will give you an update on the pool/yard. We did get the Bismarck planted on Wednesday, and it looks fabulous out there! A little lonely, but the rest of our plants are coming today, so it will soon have company. The pool interior is actually being done tomorrow, with the acid wash on Sunday. Then the fill will start, and it will really look like a pool! Our irrigation had to get postponed until Sunday, which is no big deal. And we have the Cardinals/Rams football game on Sunday. So this is going to be a wild weekend for us!!!

Gary is still having pain in his back. The CT scan showed nothing conclusive, only that there had been evidence of past stones in his kidney. No kidding. So, he is off to his urologist next Thursday, and may have to see his kidney specialist after that. But the good news is that he feels well enough to work in the yard. He dug up the old irrigation in the back, and has been moving the rock out in front. So he is not incapacitated like he was two weeks ago. We will just have to wait and see what the specialists discover. I am expecting the best...

As I mentioned above, this card is for my BIL. I have it done way in advance of his birthday, oddly enough. But the "leaves" theme fits him, as he has been working in his yard for weeks now. Doing various things, like building new vegetable gardens and brick walkways in the back. And, most recently, adding a patio area out front. So, just for Ron, I have used the Bugaboo A Kid's View Scarecrow Rake image, printed it on X-Press It BC, and colored it with my Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers:
Face: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Clothing: TTY35, TTY34, TTYR33, G21, G24, G28, YR14, YR16, YR18
Shoes: E02, E08, E09, TTR1
Rake: G21, G24, G28, E02, E08, E09, TTR1
Bag: TTY35, TTY34, TTYR33, YR14, YR16, YR18
Leaves: E02, E08, E09, TTR1, YG61, YG63, YG67, YR14, YR16, YR18

My DP is from the Bo Bunny Autumn Song collection. It was paired with Stampin' Up CS. And my leaves were made with Spellbinders leaf dies. Pretty simple, huh? 

Do stop by The Outlawz to see the fab inspiration by my talented teammates: Carla, Dawn, Kathi, and Laine! And then join in the fun, won't you?

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Path of Positivity Challenge #20 - Gratitude

What, this is Monday, and I am posting? I know, right? Well, this is for a really wonderful reason. Lisa Decosse asked me to become a DT member of this cool challenge group, Path of Positivity, and I am so tickled! (She might not be after she has to deal with me for a few weeks, but don't tell her, OK? Mum's the word, right?)

The theme for this challenge is gratitude. And I think gratitude is an attitude. The best attitude. I try to be grateful for the many blessings this lifetime has brought my way. In fact, my prayers are always from a grateful viewpoint. No matter what or whom I am praying for, I always preface that with a "thank-you". Hence, my quotation for my card this week, by Eckhart Tolle. Like Eckhart, I believe that a grateful heart draws more good.

Challenge #20 begins today and lasts through November 30th. Our guest sponsor is DigiStamps4Joy, providing a prize package of $10 worth of images for the post or project that the DT deems the most inspiring of the entries.

Ike's Art will provide 3 digital images for a randomly-selected participant. Creative Bug Digital Stamps will provide one digital image for each person chosen as a DT delight.

There will also be one digital designer paper, (made to order in a few different ways), from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment. And there will be one digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.

As you can see, there are lots of incentives to enter this challenge, so please do. We would love to see what makes you grateful. Be sure to mention how your project relates to the theme of gratitude. This month of Thanksgiving should provide a perfect platform for you to do that.

I want to mention that Gary is feeling quite a bit better, so we think that the stone has moved to a less-painful spot. He had a CT scan on Friday, so we should see results from that shortly. But, I am very grateful that he feels better--he is much happier, and no longer doing his imitation of Oscar the Grouch!

I also have to say that I am very grateful that our Arizona Cardinals won again yesterday, in Dallas of all places! Woohoo! That gives us a 7-1 record at the midpoint of the season, best in the NFC, and even the best percentage of wins in the entire NFL. I want to savor the moment. It may not last, but I am so happy to have experienced the silly high that comes with your team making its mark! We have St. Louis coming in this next Sunday, and they have beaten both the Seahawks and the 49ers, so that will not be an easy game for us. I'll have to put my earplugs in and scream my heart out, hey?

We spent most of Friday and Saturday picking out plants for our new landscaping around the pool. Oh, my, I think it is going to look FAB.U.LOUS out there! For trees we chose: 7 queen palms, 2 mule palms, 2 Mediterranean fan palms, 2 Mexican blue palms, and one Bismarck palm. We added several penstemon shrubs for color and to attract the hummingbirds back to our yard. Haven't seen any since we cut down all of our plants, and I really miss them. The Bismarck should get planted on Wednesday, and the rest of the plants on Friday. Then the irrigation specialist comes out on Saturday to put in the PVC system. And then we can added the pretty gravel that we have picked out.

I believe that the pool will get the interior finished at some point this week. Just as soon as the north-facing wall has finished curing. Then they have to acid wash the pebble finish before the pool gets filled. So we should have a really beautiful backyard in about two weeks. Again, I say woohoo!

Ok, it's time to tell you about my card for this challenge. I was given the sweet Lillies for You image to use. I printed her on X-Press It BC, colored her with my Copics, and distressed her, (and my Bazzill Basics Vintage Marketplace DP), with my Zutter.

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Sweater: R32, R35, R37, R39
Vest: YR30, YR31, R30, R32, YG21, YG23, YG25
Pants: R30, R32, R35
Shoes: YR30, YR31, R39
Flowers: YG21, YG23, YG25, YR30, YR31, R30, R32, R35

I added die cuts made with Stampin' Up CS and Memory Box Bella Bouquet and Whimsy Corner dies. Then I adhered some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers and pins, as well as cheesecloth, lace, Stampin' Up ribbon, safety pins, and little trinkets. A busy card for sure. I would have added the kitchen sink, but it wouldn't fit. (Believe me, I tried.)

Do check out all the wonderful creations by my new teammates: Desire, Suze, Vicky, Sandy, Lynda, Pat, and Monica. And then please join us this month! 

Have a terrific week! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring "Anything Goes/Christmas Twist" Challenge

Another Friday, and we are on to a new challenge. This is our monthly AG challenge, with the optional Christmas twist--I take advantage of that almost every month, because I am still woefully short of Christmas cards for this year. Anyway, you can color any image you like, with any coloring medium you wish to use. We certainly hope you play along, whether you go for the twist or not. And our sponsor this month is Karleigh Sue Digis, home to some really sweet images. Our randomly-selected winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to go shopping at Karleigh Sue. Good luck to all of our participants.

I had a much better week this week, for sure. Donovan is back to his normal self. Which means he barks because he is hungry, he barks while you are fixing his food, he barks at the microwave buzzer, he barks at the washing machine buzzer, he barks at the dryer buzzer, he barks at the doorbell, he barks when Gary comes home from anywhere, he barks when he wants to go outside, he barks and barks and barks. Thank god! I know his barking can be annoying, but it is so good to have him feeling good enough to bark again. Even Gary has been more patient about Don's barking this week. Of course, that could have something to do with the fact that Gary is on heavy-duty medication, pain relievers and muscle relaxers. He has somethin'-somethin' going on right now. Either he hurt his back doing all the yard demolition for the pool preparation, or he has another kidney stone, which is what the doctor suspects. But, at this point we are not sure, as he has not had a CT scan, which is scheduled for this afternoon. Yes, if it isn't one thing, it is another...

Anyway, good news on the pool front. The shotcrete was done last Friday, and on Monday the decking crew was here to start our travertine deck. They finished it on Tuesday, and it looks mahvelous, Dahlings! They also used our old surplus pavers to build a grill pad at the side of the house. Now the grill will be out of the way, and no longer choking us to death with smoke when Gary cooks on it! And the crew also slanted our paver sidewalk to go up to the new level of the paved patio. So no tripping over different levels! Kewl. The shotcrete is still drying out, but we should see the interior get done this next week, and then the pool will get filled. Can hardly wait to see that! And, yes, we are still taking photos of the various stages. They should fill an entire blog post at some point in the near future.

We saw quite the exciting, but nerve-wracking Cardinals football game last Sunday. I got so nervous in the fourth quarter, I left my seat and went down to the mezzanine to pace and watch the game on the big screen. (I was totally screamed out from the first three quarters.) We won with a defensive play on the last second of the game, so we certainly got our money's worth. And the Philadelphia Eagles fans showed up in rather large numbers. They were pretty loud, too, but not as loud as we were. Good thing I wear those ear plugs. Or I might lose my hearing like Gary seems to be doing. (Of course, it could be selective-hearing on his part, if you get my drift.)

This week we play at Dallas. I will pull my usual "tape-and-watch-if-we-win", I'm sure. Wow, am I a coward, or what? Give me a lion's suit, and I could easily be in the Wizard of Oz. Here's hoping we can do what Washington did to Dallas this past Monday night!

I will have a blog post this coming Monday, which is unusual for me. But you will see why. That's all I'm sayin' at this point. Stay tuned...

Okey dokey. On to my card for the week. I chose the Sweet Pea image, "Yule", by Norma J. Burnell. I printed this beautiful image on X-Press It BC, and colored it with my Copics and Twin Touch Brush markers:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R20
Hair: E21, E25, E29
Bunny: E21, E25, E29, BG70, BG72, BG75
Partridge: E21, E25, E29, BG70, BG72, BG75, TTY44, TTY41, B32, B34, B37
Pears: TTY44, TTY41
Flower/Berries/Wings: R05, R08, R59, B32, B34, B37, BG70, BG72, BG75, TTY44, TTY41
Dress: B32, B34, B37, TTY44, TTY41
Leaves: G94, G99
Trim/Eyes: B34, B37
Tats: B32, B34, B37, TTY44, TTY41, BG70, BG72, BG75

My DP is from the Bo Bunny Elf Magic collection, and it was paired with Stampin' Up CS. I also used MFT Pennant dies, and that just about does it for this CAS card. I spent so much time coloring the image that I needed to keep the design simple--like my mind. And you know what they say--simple minds are easily amused. That's why I laugh so much...

Please play along with us this week! Check out the inspiration created by my talented teammates: Carla, Kathi, and Laine, and our also-talented GDT for the month, Joan LaBelle! (And I think Dawn will be back from hiatus next month.)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Outlawz Friday Coloring Make a Scene Challenge

Yup, another week, another Friday, another challenge. Brought to you by our sponsor this month, Karleigh Sue Digis. And our randomly-selected participant will win a $10 GC to this fun, unique shop. I hope our winner enjoys shopping for such cute images!

Where to start with an update on the Mulls...well, first of all, I had to get rid of the graham cracker crumbs Gary left on the keyboard. Can't stand typing in grit...

OK, so we were supposed to be in Cancun this week for a mini-vacation. But we are not. For various reasons: like there are thunderstorms all week down there. Didn't think that would be especially fun to deal with. I mean, I don't want to try snorkeling in a thunderstorm--or even walking on the beach, for that matter. Then there is the work on the pool. (Which we didn't want to be gone during--and we had originally figured they couldn't start until after we got back--wrong. There has been so much done--enough that we needed to be here for decisions.) But, and here's the kicker reason, and it kicked me right in my gut: Donovan got sick. As in so, so sick with vomiting and diarrhea. Oh, joy, huh?

It started last Friday night. Puking all night long. He and I finally laid down about 4:30 a.m. for a couple of hours. And then I took him in to our vet. Where they gave him some sub-cutaneous fluids, anti-nausea meds, and did a barium study to see if there was blockage. They also did prelim blood tests, which showed an elevated level of lipase from his pancreas. The barium was sluggish to move through him, but it did, finally, which should indicate that there is no blockage problem, but that he has pancreatitis. Which causes vomiting and diarrhea. And you just have to wait the attack out. With some meds to sooth his digestive tract, and to fight a possible bacterial infection.

He took a turn for the worse on Monday night, so we went to the ER vet. And they also gave him a shot for nausea and took blood for more definitive testing. The testing came back with slightly elevated levels indicating pancreatitis, but no other problems. Thank goodness! Of course, he had to have another bad night Tuesday--you know, just to keep me on my toes. And I was ready to take him in to the vet again for another anti-nausea shot, but he rallied Wednesday morning. Was hungry for some yogurt. And then we cooked ground turkey and rice and he ate that with no problems! Ate fine all during the day. No nausea, no icky pooping. YAY!!!!

Awakened Thursday with him acting so completely like himself, right down to the chase-and-spin game he likes to play on our bed in the morning. He hadn't done that for over a week. I am soooo relieved. His weight feels sooooo much better, too! Oh, the power of prayer...

Here's how fast they are moving on our pool. They laid it out last Thursday and yesterday they filled it with shotcrete. My head is spinning. Literally. I have to grab it to keep it from flying off my body. I have never heard of pool construction moving so quickly. Gary, bless him, has been taking photos of all the phases, so I'll show you those on a future post.

FYI, there has been a party going on this week at The Outlawz. And I have not been participating, sadly. I thought I was going to be gone, and instead have been too busy/frazzled to do much of anything. Not even comment on blogs. So, if you haven't received any comments from me this week, rest assured that if you regularly comment here, I will be back to reciprocate. ASAP, I promise.

My card this week is fairly simple. Just a cute image, Jellypark Skating Polar Bears, (printed on X-Press It BC and colored with Copics), and some die cuts. The dies used were Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas, Cheery Lynn Nautical Wheeler Doily, and LaLa Land Crafts Christmas Tree.
Bears: C00, C0, C2, C3
Skates: C1, C3, C5
Scarves/Trees: G21, G24, G28
Sky/Ice/Snow: BG0000, BG000, BG01, BV0000

Oh, yeah, and my cardstock is from Stampin' Up.

Do stop by and check out all the wonderful creations by my teammates: Carla, Kathi, Laine, and our guest designer this month, Joan LaBelle. (Dawn is on a bit of a break.) And then color up an image, using any coloring medium, and be sure to include a scene in your creation this week! Am looking forward to you playing along with us!

We are headed to the Cardinals game on Sunday if all continues to go well with Donovan. It will be good for me to get some screaming in after this week, don't you think?

Have a wonderful weekend!