Friday, December 21, 2012

Hello Baby! Shower Card

Hello Baby!
There is nothing I love more than making baby cards.  And baby cards for surprise baby showers are even better. 
My friend at work is having a baby girl in January.  So everyone at work got together and fooled her into a surprise baby shower.  We paraded it as a department Christmas party.  She fell for the whole thing.  She had no idea.  I love it when a plan comes together. 

I have a thing for prams.  
I heard the nursery is pink and yellow.  I can deliver on that. 

The pram was a little plain, so I used my Cuttlebug to emboss little dots onto it.  It needed a tiny something extra, and my Hello Baby stamp did the trick.

 I kept the ribbon theme on the inside, with a little baby sentiment.  
I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.  

I am pretty excited for this little girl to be born, I know she's going to be adorable!
I'm even more excited to make her "name" card.  I've got some new toys in my scrap room that are perfect for a little girl card.  That will just have to wait until she's actually here though.  The count down is on!


Friday, December 14, 2012

NADAC Agility Trial 12-14-12

Since I have to work this weekend we were only able to compete this one Friday night.  We only entered Hoopers and Touch N Go, since his weaves have been less than great lately.
We left Coraline at home and took just a few things since we weren't going to be gone for very long.  He was pretty fired up all evening, since he got to be an only child for a little while..and we didn't have our usual set up once we got to the trial site. 
Hoopers went pretty terribly.  The run was going to be difficult anyway.  He took off like a bat out of hell and didn't pay attention at all.  
We were experimenting with some new filming techniques (read: Jonathan was using his new phone and doesn't know what he's doing)  So it accidentally got recorded in double time.  Since it was a disaster, and super fast, circus music would be appropriate.  So, it won't be featured here.

But I do have our second run.  

This is Novice Touch N Go.  For those of you not following along, it focuses on the Contact obstacles.  It had a couple of difficult spots.  Right out of the gate is a discrimination between the tunnel and the A-frame.  Luck worked in our favor and he took the tunnel like he was supposed to.  After that is a pretty tight little ring of hoops I was afraid I wouldn't have enough time to make it through, but that went well too.  The only hiccup we had was he wanted to go back up the back side of the A-frame, but I was able to get him to come back to me and we finished strong!  It felt really nice, and it was a great comeback after our Hoopers disaster.  If you listen to the audio you can hear Jon's creepy voice saying "yes yes" once he realized we were clear of the difficult parts of the course.  
I'm going to toot our horn a little...(it's my show and I can do what I want)  The course is the same for all levels (Elite, Open, Novice) and several of the upper level dogs made mistakes costing them their clean runs.  In our height class there were 5 dogs..Oliver was the only dog to Qualify.  I couldn't be happier!  Oh yeah, even despite our hiccup, we came in 12 SECONDS UNDER TIME!!  He can be fast if he wants to. 

So this was the final trial of the year.  I plan to start taking Cora to training in hopes that she'll be ready in 5 months when she's old enough to compete.  Our biggest concern is that she'll be a runner-offer.  She loves her public.  

I have a card on deck..and not many other craft projects planned.  I'm hoping to find some time to get my craft on before the year is over.  Oh, and we're planning a mini vacation, so there will be photos of that soon.  


Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Dad's Birthday Card Blowout

Two birds, one stone.
I made some cards this fall for my Dad, and FIL birthdays.  
Man-cards are really difficult, as we've discussed bows, jewels, or ribbon..lame!

 I made this one for my Father-in-law.

 I've never used this stamp set, but I really like how it turned out. 

 I made this one for my dad.  His birthday is the day before Halloween. 
 I ran the whole thing through my Cuttlebug to get the texture. 

I've got a few more cards to show.  I've got a baby card on deck, those are my favorite for sure.
Maybe we'll have a little Christmas Spectacular of my adorable dogs before Christmas gets here.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Peacock Birthday Card

I'm trying to do my Blogger duty and get some posts up.  It's been crazy busy, as usual...and computing just isn't high on the list...playing games and facebook, yes, editing and posting photos..not so much. 
My mother had a birthday a few weeks back, so I made her a card..which is about all she'll let you do. 

She loves much that she's dedicated an entire new house to them. 

And I like shiny...oooh pretty. I used my iRock to set the gems, so they never come's so much easier than trying to glue them.  

 The inside is pretty simple, you know for a nice birthday greeting. 

The holiday season is quickly approaching.  Team Rodgers put up the tree this week...with way more help than we needed.  We're preparing for the last agility trial of the year. We've taken our Christmas card photos, and they're being printed right now, so look for them in a mail box near you.  


Friday, December 7, 2012


Sorry so much for the seems that my Picasa storage was filled, and I had to purchase more...I didn't realize the internet had a max.
Anyway on with Cora-palooza!!

This was the very first picture of our baby girl!  She was about 3 days old, and looks like a little old man.  She's come a long way.

She used to be so tiny.  She can still fit under this bench..but there's definitely less head room.  When we got her she weighed less than 2 pounds. 

She was so sweet. 

 Now she all grown up..and whopping 6.2 pounds

 Sometimes she's sweet,

 But most of the time she's Cora.  Snarky, bossy, and sassy. 

We had a little birthday cupcake on her actual birthday which was November 4th. 

She passed all of her PetSmart training classes, but we haven't taken the Canine Good Citizen test yet.  She wasn't quite old enough yet to pass once we finished the classes.  We still work with her, and actually she's showing great agility prospect.  We plan to begin taking her to classes in a few weeks.  She's a little spitfire and she'll be unstoppable.  
She's definitely not what we expected when we took on another Pomeranian, but we love her anyway, and wouldn't change a thing.