Sunday, January 13, 2008

I should have known...and cards!

I should have known...

It all started about a year and a half ago when my husband took my son camping and told him that "All men just go behind a tree when they really need to."

Well, my son took this very literally. Over the past year and a half, Ben has urinated on one of my neighbor's front lawn, urinated in my sister's backyard playhouse (during my nephew's high school graduation party) and even pulled down his pants to go number 2 in our playhouse during a play date.

Needless to say, after these acts, I had to explain to him that really the only place for that is in the potty (unless you are camping!)

So, when Ben (now 5) came up to me today and said, "Is this a potty?" (holding the tiny toilet from my daughter's Fisher Price dollhouse)---I should have known.

But, it didn't click....at first.

After I responded "Of course," It took a few seconds for the question to sink in.....and Ben was gone.

And then it hit me---I ran into my bathroom and there he was, pants down, trying to figure out how to aim at that tiny target.

I shouted "Stop!" and luckily caught him by surprise......urine on the wall....but playhouse potty---unscathed.

Whew!

I should have known.

I did accomplish some card fun stuff today!

Yesterday, I received my package from Michelle from Stamper's Dream. It included all the stamps used to make this card: the hedgehog stamp called "lazy days" by Penny Black and the sentiment from Hero Arts. The sentiment is a clear stamp--part of a cool set of sentiments and frames. I just love it.

I stamped the main image in brilliance ink and colored it with primacolor pencils. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of transparency then used my Cuttlebug machine and ribbon slider die to punch the sentiment out. This way I could attach it with ribbons on top of the image. LOVE that!


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Isn't he cute!?

Materials used: Stamps-Penny Black and Hero Arts (available at Stamper's Dream); brilliance black ink; stazon black ink; Prisma color pencils; cardstock-red, white; paper peircing tool; cuttlebug and flower embossing folder and ribbon slider diecut; eyelet (Stampin' Up!); Cropadile; Ribbon (Offray); transparency sheet (Office Max); Dimensional stickers (Stampin' Up!).


This next card features another stamp from Michelle's store Stamper's Dream--the flower from Paper Inspirations. I LOVE this flower--what a gorgeous stamp. The sentiment is from Kim Hughes (Silhouette Blooms I from Cornish Heritage Farms).

This card was created for a challenge a few friends and I do each week. This week's challenge was the interesting name challenge. Once a month, we pick someone on Splitcoast Stampers who has an neat sign on name and this week it is Shelly (Papermoon). Our challenge was to only use shades of grey (and white) and there had to be a moon shape on it. Clearly, there are lots of full moon shapes in the center of those flowers (I am sooo gonna be in trouble for this!!!)

I like the way this turned out with the background embossed strips, cut at different thickness. Although it doesn't show up in the picture, there is Sakura gelly roll glitter on the flowers and all of the raised embossed sections of the background! Very cool in real life!


Materials used: Stamps: Flower (Paper Inspirations from Stamper's Dream store); Sentiment-Silhouette Blooms I (Kim Hughes); Going Gray classic stamp pad (Stampin’ Up!); Confetti card stock (Stampin’ Up!); Going Gray card stock (Stampin’ Up!); Confetti card stock (Stampin’ Up!); Basic Gray card stock(Stampin’ Up!); Cuttlebug and textile folder; Photo corner punch (Stampin’ Up!); Hardware (We R Memory Keepers); Silver cording (Stampin’ Up!) Ribbon (Michael’s); Sakura stardust gelly roll pen; Cropadile; Dimensional stickers (Stampin’ Up!)

Coming soon....stamp sale and blog candy!

Thanks for stopping by!

34 comments:

Alli Miles said...

Your stories crack me up lady! Ahhhh kids. Ok...so now to your cards..um LOVE the clear greeting. I am SOOO going to case that one. Great colour choices today too.

Susan Liles susiestampalot said...

you should have known...now you have pee on your wall. much better than in the tiny doll house loo. (i know exactly which it is, because my daughters have a fisher price doll house too!) you would have needed a teeny plunger to handle the overflowed toilet, i guess!! i LOVE the hedgie card with the clear slider. i am GOING to try that! i am so sad i missed the design team call for stamper's dream. i talked a bit to michelle today and am going to try and keep up with her blog and see if there will ever be more DT opp's! congrats, girlie!! it's a great store!! go check on your boy child! he may be marking his territory!

Elizebeth said...

Trying to use the dollhouse potty, huh? I guess you can be greatful that it was only pee he was trying to put in there!

That hedgehog is super cute! And I like that ribbon slider, great idea!

Carole (TruCarMa) said...

Well, he's all boy, you can say that much for him! I have yet to meet one who doesn't like to "make water" in nature! But the playhouse potty -- that takes real imagination! He must have got that from his mama! : )

Love your cards, and congrats on your new design gig, although the one I should be congratulating is the smarty that signed you on! You're going to have such fun playing with all of those different mfg'ers, and I can't wait to see what you do with them! Hugs, girlfriend! (I feel like I haven't 'talked' to you in forever -- isn't that weird?! : ) )

Rita said...

You made me laugh so much with your story, brought back a few memories of my son when he was 5 & younger! I luv both of these cards! I just luv the red & white color combo for the hedgehog. That Hello card is BEAUTIFUL!!! I luv how you designed that card!

Jan Scholl said...

My Ben-who is now 30-always would sneak a pee on the bush right outside the garage door. The toilet was less than 15 feet away but just took too much time from his play. That bush was incredible. Huge burning bush incredible colors. its mate on the other side of the driveway was stunted. My son moved out and one morning I woke up and the bush was dead! the bark had fallen off and it was completely bleached out underneath. poor bush missed the urine I guess. I replanted another but its never grown as well. I guess I will have to call him home from Iowa to fertilize this one.

Jami Speidel said...

OMG!!! Your story was soooo funny! I have to send a link to this post to my sister. She has three children including a five year old boy that has had his own "bathroom mishaps"!!! She will love it!!!
Your cards are awesome! I really love how you added the ribbon to the first card! TFS!!!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Cam, love your stories!! What a hoot!! Love your cards too!! That hedgie with the slider is soooo adorable!! Your coloring is FAB!! And that gray card...minus the moon, when the whole point is to send it to paperMOON.....well it's beautiful. Even if ya cheated!!

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

That cracked me up! Not just because it is so funny, but because I've been there myself with my oldest daughter! She did number two on the playground at my MIL's apartment complex! Her older cousin was mortiphied!
Love the cards! The first one is so cute and fun and the second one is just beautiful!

Julesiana said...

First of all, I have a boy and have had similar experiences. *sigh*

Second--I am just WAY too Geeked about the acetate tag!!
I am SO going to do this!!!!!!!
Thanks for the inspiration!!

Julie Campbell said...

Oh my gosh! That's SO funny! I'm glad my boys don't read your blog b/c they would try this one out for sure! LOL! I remember my youngest found a tiny toy wagon (about 2" x 3") and was so frustrated when he couldn't fit his buns in it to take a ride.

I LOVE your stories! And... since you write some of these things in your blog, you'll be able to remember them later when you need blackmail material. :)

What a great idea with the acetate, btw! SO perfect! Love your cards!

tyrymom29 said...

hehehe ..Love your story !!I think all lil boys do that at some point !!
And your card is beautiful Love it !!!!

Val said...

Your Ben story is too funny!! I enjoy reading your stories!
Love your cards...the hedgehog card is just so sweet and your challenge card so elegant. You mentioned a ribbon slider die...who makes this die?
Thanks for entertaining us!

Dawn Easton said...

LOL gotta love boys! This story sounds all to familiar...haha!

Your cards are super! The hedgehog card is so cute...love your colouring!

Your flower card is so rich and elegant. Wow!

Michelle said...

I just love Ben. He has imagination and a mind of his own! LOL! I caught my 4 year old grandson peeing in my swimming pool this summer. Guess he thought it was just a fancy pond.

Both cards are over-the-top gorgeous! Your slider with the hedgie is so creative. I MUST try that! And I love the beauty and elegance of the Paper Inspirations flower card. YOU ROCK!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Beautiful Cards Cammie!! That story about Ben and the potty cracks me up!! i splewed my ice tea all over my keyboard at work!! Yeah..you should have known...lol
( I figure our brain cells went out the window for a few years after the birth of each child)..someday they will come back..lol

Rae said...

So glad to hear that you were able to rescue the Fisher Price potty!!! That is tooo funny!
Great cards too ~ isn't it sweet printing the sentiment on a transparency?! {I had recently done that on my brother's birthday card design, and loved the result!}

Holly aka Toy said...

Baaaaahahahah! As the mother of 4 boys.. I can SO relate! Now you have me PIMP! And the cards are gorgeous as usual! You just rock!

Judi said...

Love the cards. I have to try that die cut over the transparency, what a great idea. The bathroom story was so funny!!! I can especially relate because my husband also told my son the same thing when he was young and he too forget the little details, like ONLY when camping. Made me laugh this morning!

Anonymous said...

Cammie, your story about little Ben is so funny! I love both of your cards especially the little hedgehog one. I love your idea of using a transparency. Will have to try that one.

Pinky

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Yes, you should have known!! hahaha!!

Love that PB card!! PB is one of my fave stamp companies!! Those hedgies are just too cute!! LOVE your transparent tag!! Awesome, girl!!

Kendra Giles said...

That story is absolutely hilarious Cammie!!! OMG I love both of these cards, they are just gorgeous! *muah*

Julie Koerber said...

ROTFL!!!! The minds of boys are really quite amazing! I have one who thought it would be ok to try peeing in the cat box. HUH? Oh well!
Great cards! I love Paper Inspirations!

Dianne said...

I absolutely love the hedgie card! The coloring is absolutely perfect. I really need to practice more. I have a son, too, so I totally feel your pain!

Aimee said...

These are gorgeous cards... I would have died had it been my son laughing... and then told his dad he need to clean it up...

Shell-challenge addict said...

ooooo how funny. I have 3 boys who have all pee'd where they aren;t supposed to and it is because daddy said so.!!!!!!

Your cards are stunning.
Very talented lady

Alli Miles said...

I have tagged you girl! Check out my blog.

dpkennedy said...

Your cards are beautiful! But your "I should have known..." that was so my son a couple years ago too at about 3 years old and just potty trained. We hike a lot and well, do as one would in the woods...but he thought the backyard was fine too, I mean, it has tree's right? Daddy thinks it's funny. Argh!

liannallama said...

ohmigoodness! That is such a funny story, LOL! I adore your grey card--so elegant and beautiful!

Joan B said...

Your blog is rocking. Love the cards and the stories. I'm so happy you started this blog.

abr said...

Hi Carolyn

What adorable cards. your little guy on top is so delightfully colored and the image is so sweet.

Love the elegant look of the gray card.

Kathi B said...

That story is priceless! My hubby said that's a story that will haunt your little boy for a long long time.

Vera Matson said...

Another great kid story. Little boys just think differently don't they? : )

tracybakunas said...

Too funny! Sounds like something my son would have done - except he wouldn't have asked first! I enjoy your creations & stories! TFS!