Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Here are some pictures from Lavi's agility class today. Normally we have class on Tuesday nights but because of Christmas we moved class to Wednesday afternoon this week. Franklin's dad was there taking some pictures.

Here we are working on the weave poles.

Rewarding Lavi for a job well done


So far we have worked on many of the obstacles including the jumps, tunnel, A-frame, dog walk, weave poles and just started the teeter-toter. Lavi loves it and does very well in the class.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Fleas Navidad

Here is a cute little box I made for Lavi's friends. Inside I included a ziplock bag filled with freeze dried chicken livers (Lavi's favorite). Here are step by step directions for the box.

I used a snowflake stamp (Joann's) with Versamark on the red cardstock. The "Fleas Navidad" graphic and words were created in Photoshop, printed on cream cardstock, and matted on old olive cardstock (Stampin Up). I used a black ink pad to distress the edges of the tag, label and mat. The bone tag was also created in Photoshop, cut by hand and distressed. I also used the Crop-a-dile to attach a pewter eyelet. Finally brown raphia was used to tie the box shut. Amazingly, these boxes were very quick to make. They were a huge hit!

Holiday Wreath Card

Here is my second card for the holidays. This one was easy to put together except for the bows. I need to get better at making pretty bows. For this card I used a star patterned paper (Joann's) with an old olive mat (Stampin Up). The red circles were cut from a red cardstock (Joann's) that was embossed using a snowflake stamp (Joann's). The photos were matted on a green vellum (don't remember where from). I used 3-D foam ahesive for the photo circles. The green ribbon came from Michael's. I wrote our names with an old olive pen (Stampin Up).

Monday, December 10, 2007

First tote bag

Here is a tote I made for a hanukkah gift I am giving. I needed something that would fit a long slim box. I found this idea and template on Splitcoast Stampers. It was very easy to make. I also wanted to try out my new purple glitter mist. I sprayed the mist onto purple cardstock for the handles. It is very shimmery and irradescent in person. I also used in on the tag. I created a mask with a "j" chipboard over top the Samantha Crate paper. I used the heat tool to help it dry faster. I was suprised to see that I could emboss on it as well. Gotta love those new toys!!

And here is Namir always helping out.

Holiday Tranquilizers and Button Tree

I decided to make some small gifts for my mom and my mother-in-law. I got some great ideas from Splitcoast stampers and modified them. The first are Hanukkah and Christmas tranquilizers. I found the jars and the ribbon at Michael's. I printed the label on vellum and attached with glue dots and then filled them with peanut M&Ms.

I also made a button tree. I got this idea from Two Peas in a Bucket.
I bought the foam tree, buttons, pins and star base at Joann's and found the star topper at Michael's. I made the "ornaments" from cardstock and heat embossed with glitter.

Hanukkah Cards

I have mailed most of my Hanukkah cards! These were fun to make but very time consuming. Everybody has loved them, which makes it worth it.

Stay tuned for the Christmas cards - almost finished.

Holiday season

The holidays have come on quickly. Lavi is enjoying all of the yummy smells and food from the kitchen and Namir is usually found not to far away either. Lavi decided she did not like the black peppercorn that fell on the floor that made her sneeze. Namir knew better. Here are some pictures of Lavi and Namir on Thanksgiving.

I have enjoyed making my Hanukkah cards (with Namir's help of course).

I usually find time to work on them during the Chargers games on Sundays. Matt and Lavi can usually be found curled up in the recliner.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Namir getting comfy

Namir has been looking for some comfy spots to chill (by chill I mean sleep, since that is what he does 80% of the time). First, he loves to sit on a box on the kitchen table. We have tried to keep him off the table but it just doesn't work. SO we gave in. But we do keep a box up there for him to sit in. He has also decided to hang out on Lavi's bed. He doesn't do it very often, probably because Lavi will jump on him. This picture is from this morning. He was quite content to sit there until Lavi dragged herself out of our bed and then laid the boom on him.

First gift box

Here is the first gift box I made. It was super easy. I used Crate Paper's Samantha collection. I will post the link to the template once I can find it again...argh. I am working on that organization stuff. This is a gift for one of my friends from Argentina. I will be giving it to another Argentinian friend who is in town to take back with him.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Doggies at play

As the holidays are coming fast upon us, I am itching to start my Hanukkah cards and Lavi's Hannukah gift she plan to give her doggie friends. Although that has been my intention, the reality is that dog sitting our friends' French bulldog, Zoe, is more time consuming than you would think. Mostly because Lavi and Zoe love to play with one another - nonstop. Yes, there is some naptime in there but it does not last very long. The other problem is that without a designated craft area, I must bring out the folding table and set up in the living room (not very conducive to nonstop chasing, chewing, tugging, etc.....

Here are a few pictures of these two little girls going at it.

Here the girls are pooped after going at it....

Lavi wondering when Zoe is going home....

Zoe wondering where the cat is.....

Zoe has now returned to her parents and the house is quiet again. Literally, that dog make more noise than a mac truck. Also, Lavi started her beginner agility class last night. It looks like she is going to have a lot of fun!!!

Hopefully now I can get some crafting and baking time in...keep you posted.

Side note: Tonight is a big night for the Devils...Marty can get 500 win, Langen"boner" may return, Gomez's first game against the Devils at the new arena... as long as they win, I don't care how they do it. Beating the crap out of Avery would be nice to.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Devil's Fan

Here is Namir's latest dress up. Originally this was Lavi's jersey but she outgrew it and it seems to fit Namir quite well. Hopefully this will bring some luck to our struggling New Jersey Devils.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

First post

I have been reading many blogs lately and truly am inspired by the many scrapbookers and stampers out there. I am pretty much a newbie to scrapbooking (started in 2005) and stamping (started this summer) but I am beginning to feel like I have something to say and share with my creativity. I am excited to share my creations, thoughts and just silly pictures (usually of the cat and dog dressed up since they are my muse).

I will start with CAT-ain Jack Sparrow. Amazingly, Namir was very tolerant of his costume (especially after I gave him some treats). He is an incredible boy who lets you do whatever you want to him.