Thursday, April 02, 2009

Texas, This, That & The Other Thing...

Whew! What a crazy weekend!

I'm back from a whirlwind trip to Texas and the amazing store, Crop Paper Scissors! The owner, Emmalie, is such a beautiful and hospitable lady with a stunning home. I really enjoyed spending time with her and all the wonderful ladies who came out to for both the crop and my classes. A special, huge shout out to my Studio Calico ladies - Jacquie, Diana, Rita, KLiz, Reyanna, Aimee and Stephanie - it was so awesome to see all of you! I had a ball! We'll have to do it again sometime!

And speaking of Ms. Stephanie...I had the absolute joy of hanging out with her and her girls on Sunday at her home and over lunch. Those three are so much fun and I swear if I could have fit Harper and Sadie in my suitcase, they totally would have been coming home with me. I think I could justify it because then I wouldn't have to steal Steph's pictures anymore! HA!

Instead I settled on taking a few pictures of them myself while I was there. Have you ever seen anything more joyous than these faces? Ok, so they were actually screaming..uh, screeching?...initially but then they got laughing so hard! I love that I captured some real smiles, especially this grin from Miss Sadie who's still waiting for her front two teeth to come in! ;) Thanks again for everything, Stephanie! Next time, you have to come up here!

So with all that warm Texas weather (ok, at least warmer than Kentucky, but cold for Texans!), it was a bit of a shock to come up to a threat of snow. The boys are NOT thinking that's a cool way to be spending their Spring Break, especially since some of their friends are down in Florida. Ah, well, perhaps next year. Carson did get to have an Easter Egg hunt on Friday before break, though. It had been scheduled to be at a classmate's house, but due to some horrible rain that morning, got moved to the church gym. No matter to all the kids - it just made the candy eggs that much easier to find! A big thank you to my friend, Stacy, for taking these sweet pictures for me while I was away! I love them!

are those eggs again?!

Look! Here's one!

And a whole basketful!

And even though the May issue is now out, I'm holding on to the fact that it's still April! I'm so excited to share this month's cover of Creating Keepsakes Magazine with you. I had the huge honor of working with this beautiful Amanda Bottoms photo (of her own gorgeous daughter) to do one of three cover options for this issue. I was thrilled when Brittany Beattie surprised me at CHA by telling me mine was the one selected. I think they did a beautiful job with it and it was so exciting to get my copy in the mail.

I've had a few people email me about how I did the flowers - they were cut from KI Memories lace cardstock and then backed with coordinating colors of Bazzill. The button centers are by BasicGrey. They are super simple to do and I think they look very spring-y!
SEI & Scenic Route PP, KI Memories Lace Cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey buttons, Zig pen, Colorbox (Clearsnap) chalk ink, Heidi Swapp (Advantus) chipboard alphas, DMC floss

That's it for now! Hope you had a beautiful Monday!



Carla said...

I loved this cover!! cute technique too. Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

very spring-y. congrats!

Brit Swiderski said...

I was so inspired when I saw this page on the cover. It's absolutely adorable! Congratulations. :)

karen m. (akaliz) said...

loved the classes soo much! so wonderful to meet you :)

texmorg said...

Kelly congratulations, the LO is beautiful and thanks for sharing your photos of Stephanie and the gorgeous girls. Her blog is a favourite of mine although I never leave a comment.She is one amazing lady and although I dont know either of you personally it was great that you got to spend some time with each other.

Katrina said...

beautiful cover Kelly!

Jocelyn said...

I just adore Stephanie and the girls and the pics are just wonderful!!!! Congrats on the cover. It is breathtaking! Have a Happy Tuesday!

Lisa said...

those flowers are indeed super cute!

stephanie howell said...

thanks for being such a great friend,
and congrats on that beautiful cover.
it IS a huge accomplishment!

Maya said...

You create the most amaxing layouts - and this one is no it! No wonder it made the cover!!

Cynthia B. said...

Congrats on the CK cover - looks awesome! Love the pics you took of Stephanie H and her girls too - so adorable! And - Easter egg hunts are a hoot, aren't they? I love the mad scramble when the kids rush to get the eggs "hidden" in plain sight! :D

marla said...

A gorgeous LO and love the flower idea!!!

Chris Millar said...

Congratulations on your cover Kelly!!! Just wanted to let you know that the 'Kelly' scraplifts are up over at Aussie Scrap Source!