Friday, July 29, 2011

Upside down ... a layout and a card using the new Echo Park "Happy Days!" :):):)

 Hi everyone :):):)

I want to thank everyone for their votes over on the GCD Studio blog for my layout in their top 3 finalist contest! I truly appreciate it! :):):)  And also thanks for all the love for Brookie on her blog post she did yesterday! I read her all the comments you leave her...and she just loves it! :):):)

I wanted to share a layout and a card I made using the new "Happy Days" line from Echo Park that the awesome Stacy Rodriguez sent me! :):):):) Thanks Stacy! I love this line! :):):):)

 and yes, I know that "special" is upside down..... lol :)

And my card :)

And this morning with Brookie was really hard on me.... here is how the conversation went down....

Me to Brookie: Good Morning Beautiful! 

Brookie: I'll be beautiful when my spots are gone...

Me (holding back tears at this point): Baby girl, you are always beautiful, your spots are just a part of who you are... but spots or no spots, you are always my beautiful baby...

*sigh* that was hard to hear from her....

Hopefully tomorrow will be better :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hi, its me Brookie... I'm home from the hospital :)

Hi all of mommy's friends, its me Brookie Wolek :)

thanks for telling mommy that you hoped i had a good surgery today... i woke up from my surgery hurting, but i feel better now! 

wanted to share my day with you....

a lot of people ask mommy and daddy how tall am i?? well, yeah, for my age, i guess i am tall... but i never see it! hehehehehehe... but here is the nurse at the hospital measuring how tall i am :)

then i got to play before heading back to see dr. handsome (*whatev* mommy and daddy say his name is dr. hansen, but i like my name for him better!) :)

playing air hockey with daddy... i won by the way! :)

and they have some really cool art made by kids like me on the walls at my hospital

then justin, my favorite nurse at my hospital let me drive this really cool truck back to the room they put my spots on....

then after i woke up... i wasn't feeling so good, so they gave me some medicine to help me out....
and then i got to come home! YAY! 

nana and papa got me some new cheerleader barbies for being so good at my hospital 

and you might know that mommy likes to take pictures with me and abum every month... and today we took photos of us together :) i love taking pictures with my mommy and abum :)

so thanks everyone for all the get well wishes... i really appreciate it :)

and i have to help my mommy out... she made a pretty page about me and she is trying to win a contest! could you go vote for her, please? i would really appreciate it if you did...

ok... i tired now and want to take a nappy... so bye and thanks again!

Brookie Wolek :)

Surgery day and why YES! I am BEGGING for your VOTES!!! :):):):):):):)

Hi everyone! :)

Today is Brookie's 15th laser surgery for her Port Wine Stains... as soon as we get home and settled.....I will give everyone an update :):):)  And I also want to thank EVERYONE for their kind words on my last post about the emotional roller coaster week me and the family have had this past week... I truly appreciate all the good thoughts and prayers sent our way :):):):):)

 AND YES!!! I am here today also to BEG BEG BEG for your VOTES!! I got an email yesterday from Heidi Sonboul from GCD Studios that this layout that I made for their "Summertime" challenge....

 .... is a TOP 3 FINALIST for their challenge!!! Can I get an EEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! OMYGOSH!!! I literally "EEEEEKKKK-ED" when I read the email from Heidi!!!!!! Soooooo here is the DEAL... I need you to VOTE for my layout!  Pretty PLEASE!?!?!?!?!? With a cherry on top?!??!?!! :):):):):):):):):) You can VOTE for ME HERE until 12PM PST Friday the 29th!! I would soooooooo appreciate your vote.... of course, since I am writing this blog post before GCD's post goes I am most likely on the way to the hospital with Brookie right now... if you like another layout over mine, then please vote for them instead... totally understandable  :):):) But... I want to thank everyone in advance for their votes!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

And one last thing... since it is Thursday...that means its time for a new Sketchy Thursdays sketch! :):):):)

And here is our sketch this week :):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Monday, July 25, 2011

A week of ups and downs....

Hi everyone...

What a emotional roller coaster week it has been for me.... full of ups and downs....

Last week, I was reading Pamela's blog...and found out that a dear bloggy friend Chris Hertel lost her battle with breast cancer... I was beside myself with grief when I read this... the tears came and wouldn't stop... I started following Chris while she was battling breast cancer..and I always admired her courage and her positive attitude... she was an amazing talent and a beautiful soul... she will be greatly missed by all that knew her...

On Friday, our neighbor came by and asked us too walk his adorable little babies Boo Boo and Pumpkin while he cared for his wife (who has been suffering from Parkinson's) who had suddenly been placed in Hospice.... 
Here are Boo Boo and Pumpkin (sorry for the poor quality... these little girls are FAST movers! lol!)

We were happy to help, as our neighbors wife was just the sweetest woman....and her husband is the nicest man... it took awhile for the 'girls' to warm up to us...but with Brookie's help... they went on several walks with us :)  Sadly, our neighbor came to us yesterday to tell us that his wife passed away in the afternoon... I know she is pain free now and at peace... I am just saddened for our neighbor who is losing his life partner... 

And a bad day at work last week just didn't help my mood... 

But, had ups too... Adam has been visiting my ex-in-laws for the past two weeks and he came home yesterday! So excited to see my baby! And Brookie was too! :)

And since we didn't have time to have a 8th grade graduation party for Adam once school ended.. we decided to do it last night as a part homecoming/part graduation party! :)

And of course there was CAKE :)

And I wanted to share a layout I made with Nikki Sivils new "Get Well Soon" line :)  If you have been following me for awhile, you will know that back in March Brookie and I had surgery on the same day... Brookie for her Port Wine Stains  and me to have my gall bladder taken out... I wanted to do a layout sharing this.... for my layout, I used the 06.02.11 sketch from Sketchy Thursdays :)

Nikki Sivils displayed this layout at her CHA booth... and when she posted the photos on Facebook... she tagged me on her photo of the "Get Well Soon" line... and wrote that my layout "SOLD" this line! wow wow wow! As an artist, you always hope that someone will be inspired by your creations, but to have the owner of the company tell me that my lil' ole layout SOLD the line?!?!?! wow... i am truly blessed ...  :)

And speaking of Brookie's surgeries... she is having another one this Thursday... I would truly appreciate prayers for her... even though this is surgery #15... every time feels like the first time.....

And thanks to everyone that commented on my Harry Potter shadowbox books that I posted this weekend... I truly appreciate it! :):):):):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"The Boy Who Lived"...Shadowboxes using Harry Potter collection from Creative Imaginations! :):):)

Hi everyone :):):)

The following project is for my friend Liz... who is a HUGE Harry Potter fan... so I have to give a disclosure first... just in case she tries to sneak a peek before I give these to her.... :)

Ok... that is her warning! lol!! Now... onto my project! :) I made more shadowbox books, this time using the Harry Potter collection from Creative Imaginations!  :):):)

Liz's fave quote from J.K. Rowling :)

Liz is really Elizabeth with a middle initial of "J"...and so I made her "E.J.P." ... "P" is for POTTER of course :)

Liz knows I am making her SOMETHING with this paper line, she just doesn't know what *wink* she gave me that "Luna Lovegood" playing card to add to my project :):):)

Another fave quote that Liz loves from the books/movie... this I put on the bottoms of the 'books' :)

And for those that missed how I make these boxes/books look antique, like I did for the "Wizard of OZ" boxes/books that I posted on here before.... here is how I did it :)

This is what the boxes/books look like when I buy them from Michael's :):):)

Then I paint them a base color :)

Then I add Crackle Paint :)

Then I add a top coat and then end up looking like this... :)

And here is a little something for all the Potter fans out there :):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)