Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fabulous Birthday {and Mangan Family Easter}

We are really lucky that the majority of our family is in town and that the two out of town families aren't more than about six hours away. Everyone was in town this weekend to celebrate Easter.  Friday night we spent over Pat's parents with a casual dinner and Saturday afternoon we were at Pat's brother and sister-in-law's house for the annual Easter egg hunt before heading over to my brother's 50th birthday party.  It was another beautiful day and you can tell the cousins all enjoyed each other by the smiles on their faces.  and the picture in the middle 16 year old son is holding a beer, but that was Pat's...goof balls...

They also had fun climbing up the tree...PS look closely at Collin's hair.   He had a little hiatus from the hair gel, but it's back :)!
My card today is for Lisa's fabulous Wanna, love, love her sketches!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wishing You a Happy Birthday {and Easter pics!}

Happy Tuesday, I'm back with a card for the CASE this Sketch and Runway Inspired combined challenge.  I love playing along with both of these cool that they are hosting a combo challenge.

I'll have more Easter pictures to share tomorrow I'm popping in to share pictures from my brunch at my mum's house.  It was beautiful and we all enjoyed being outside after we had a fabulous brunch.

Here's my whole gang...thanks to my sister-in-law Cindy for snapping this picture.  You can see how fast everyone is growing.  One quick picture and we were all smiling and had our eyes open.  It looks like Ryan is taller than Pat in this one, but he's not...must be the angle of the photo.

Here's the whole family on my mum's back deck. Thankful for my mum's neighbor who popped over to take this.  Super thankful that Pat's parents were at brunch too and in the picture.  Very thankful that everyone is healthy after Pat's dad's quadruple bypass this past September.

And here's a few pictures showing how much everyone enjoyed the absolutely perfect day.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Thanks So Much {and Marcel pitching/family selfies!}

 Happy Monday friends. We had the most beautiful Easter weekend. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time with family all weekend long.  I'll be back tomorrow with Easter pictures, but today I wanted to share pictures from Marcel's baseball game.  He pitched for the first time on Saturday.  He was so excited.  He's been practicing with Pat a ton and to say he was thrilled when his coach told him he could pitch the last inning was an understatement!  He struck out two, walked one and the other two were outs on
And here he is batting.  He made it to base each time...two hits and two walks.  Could he look any cuter in his uniform?  I've loved watching all my boys play baseball.  Hard to believe he's our last one!
We also were having fun this weekend taking selfies!  Ryan and his two oldest cousins, Madeleine and Elizabeth are always goofing around taking them. This weekend we got the entire family in on them.  Thought these would make you smile...we certainly did!
Marcel's in this picture, but he got lost!
 Outside Neal and Cindy's house...celebrating Neal's 50th.

Jonathon's photo bombing and Madeleine doing I'm not sure what!
And one non-selfie of me with my mum and two older brothers celebrating Neal's 50th!  We didn't plan to match!

PS My card for today is for the current Viva La Verve sketch. I got inky yesterday and have four cards to share all using Verve Stamps this week.  Love their stamps!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Miss You

Look at all those fun banners on this week's PaperSmooches Sparks inspiration?  I never feel like I make good banners, but decided to give it a run for this week's challenge.  I picked up my inspiration from the sweet little floral banners in the bottom of the picture.  I decided to stamp on vellum to make my banners.  You all know how much I love any PS floral set, so I had to use that as my inspiration!

Happy Friday friends...and remember this important saying...hope you a little party to start off your weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time Out Reminder: Who's Turning Fifty?

I mentioned earlier this week that we'll be celebrating my brother Neal's 50th birthday on Saturday.  Hard to believe he's 50...he certainly doesn't look 50!  This card is a reminder for the current Time Out Challenge to make a birthday card with an optional twist of making a masculine birthday card. The perfect challenge for me to make Neal's card!  The current Retro Sketches challenge is an awesome challenge to use up some of your patterned paper.   I love the sketch and always struggle with where to play my enamel elements so the sketch already having them placed definitely helped me out!

And here's a good little lesson for us all!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Congrats Grad

When I first saw the current CASE this Sketch, I immediately thought of this graduation cap.  Unfortunately, it was too big to line it up horizontally, so I took a little liberty with the sketch and used nine of the same images, but on an angle.  I wish I had stamped the cap in a pure orange instead of coral, but am still happy with the end result.  I always take sketches pretty literally so I'm pleased with my non-literal interpretation!

And here's quote #3 for the week.  Hope your week is moving along well!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Easter

Don't you love getting new goodies? I figured I better play with my new Lil Inker's bunny die before Easter past.  The current CAS-ual Friday's challenge was perfect.  I created a little scene with the bunny and a couple of eggs.  I love the soft mix/match of papers on this card.   We have Pat's family coming in town for the weekend and we'll be celebrating my brother Neal's 50th birthday so it will definitely be a busy weekend.  

And here's my second quote of the week. It's my reminder to myself to not always plan life...I need to live it too!  Happy Tuesday my friends.