Sunday, July 15, 2012

An Update & More ATCs with the boys

How about a quick update:

Our summer has been such a whirlwind! Between pitching machine all star baseball, vacation, VBS, summer camps, and swimming lessons we have barely had time to rest at all. I'm not complaining by any means, but for us summer is typically a slow down season, since we run so heavily during the school year.

This summer has been the exception and we have finally reached a point where we can slow down and I (and the small child I am carrying) are very excited about it. I spent the first trimester of this pregnancy feeling queasy after every meal and loving a nap whenever and where ever I could get one. At four and 1/2 months I am feeling much better and I am making lists and plans to get this house in top shape and uncluttered before "Three" graces us with his or her presence a week or so before Christmas. I know, I know great timing for a basketball coach's family, but we are excited none the less. We will find out what we are having Wednesday, August 1st and we are very anxious and excited..

Now onto a little crafty-ness :)
Because of our crazy summer the boys and I have done very few ATC craft projects. This one was my idea, since I was in a heat embossing kind of mood today. The boys always want to paint, so we compromised on a heat embossing/ Twinkling H20 watercolor project.
Here the boys did their own heat embossing, with supervision of course. :)

Here they are using Twinkling H2O's to paint their ATC cards.

Here are our final pieces.

We started with a lattice stamp from the March Cocoa Daisy kit- Pier 39. I believe the kit and the stamp are both sold out, sorry :(. The boys chose to use a gold glitter embossing powder from Stampendous and I used American Crafts Zing powder in white. The watercolor paints we used were Twinkling H2Os, which are available through Creative Imaginations. My heat gun is from Ranger and I think I picked it up years ago at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby.

These ATCs took us about 45 minutes to complete because of the small spaces that the boys were painting. I always love listening to the boys talk back and forth as they paint and they always end up asking an art related question or giving an art related comment. Today we talked about primary and secondary colors. The boys had learned about both in their school art classes during the year and it was nice to see and hear them tie the learning in with what they were working on today.

I hope to post again this week with some pictures of layouts from the June Cocoa Daisy Kit- Hello Sunshine. My kit is now in bits and pieces which I love because I am really wanting to tear into July's kit- Note to Self and its addons. I also want to post some current pictures of parts of my scrap space and how I store my Cocoa Daisy stamps. While we are on the subject of Cocoa Daisy here is their current sneak peek for August's kit- Santa Fe Sunrise.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Yay, you blogged!!! : )
    Love what you did with the CD stamp.
    Great to see the boys joining in.
    Glad you are feeling much better xxx

  2. Awesome post Olivia, exciting news about feeling better with #3!!
    lovely job on the ATCs. you have some crafty boys.

  3. I absolutely LOVE these Olivia...! Such a fab idea! I do think I'll have to try the same thing with my kids.

    And I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better! The "baby kind" of tiredness is a very special tiredness...