Okay, this will be a longer post, so before I even get started.... Don't forget to CLICK HERE and enter my blog giveaway...a Unity Stamp Company Cupcakes A La Yummy stamp set!!!
I'll start with my card, and then you can skip over the family stuff if you'd like. As the title of this post states, I have, indeed, been bitten. I kept hearing everyone talking about the Twilight book series by Stephenie Meyer. I saw some of the teen girls at our church toting the books around and reading them with intense concentration. I very quickly learned that this book series was not only captivating the younger audience, but adults of varying ages. The straw that broke the camel's back was when I saw Angela Magnuson from Unity Stamp Company raving over these books! I decided to give them a try. I believe that it was last Thursday that I picked up the first five-hundred-page novel (each is about that long), Twilight. What did I think of it? Well, let me put it this way.... I am well into the third novel, and it is nearly 3:00 the following Wednesday. They certainly are addictive!!! It sounds so strange to explain what the premise of the story is, a teenage girl who moves to small town Washington state and falls hopelessly in love with a vampire, and to say how much I, an adult!, am enjoying it. And for the record, there have been discussions over whose "team" readers are on... Team Edward or Team Jacob. For me, DEFINITELY Team Edward! :)
So... I was looking through my Glitz digital papers (you get LOTS with the Digital Cardmaking CD), and the word "vampire" stuck out. See?? It is near the bottom!
I immediately thought of my new obsession (any book I am reading tends to be an obsession for me), and thought I would make a card in honor of the book! I love using the Glitz CD to make a complete card and then embellish it, like Jennifer (JenMarie) has so wonderfully done HERE, but for this card, I knew I only wanted to print the paper as a background. I mixed digital and "real" elements for this card. I used a strip of the new Pebbles, Inc. Spooky Circles/Black Swirls patterned paper to save the image from getting lost in the words in the background. I embellished with some SU! Pumpkin ribbon and Silver Kaisercraft rhinestones. The main image is the vampire (of COURSE!!) from Batty For You. I stamped him in white craft ink on Basic Black cardstock, then dabbed on some Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalk (on sale NOW!!) for a fun, eerie green glow. He is popped up on a Green Galore scalloped circle, which I dotted with my Black Spica pen. My favorite part? The last-minute addition of two tiny Red Kaisercraft rhinestone eyes!!! If you are reading the stories, I suppose he is hungry.... ;)
Here is a closeup of the vampire:
Now for a description of our very eventful day! We went out this morning to bring something to a friend at my old job. I worked as a fifth grade teacher at a Christian school nearby. We really enjoyed seeing everyone! We got to spend a little extra time with Cherie, Janice, and Amy, and the kids really loved it. Cherie was nice enough to give Cameron a present... a crayon in a plastic tool that allows you to pop out and choose one color at a time for the point. Cherie, you have no idea how much fun we had with that today alone!!! I can tell it is going to be a favorite. In the first picture below, you can see the crayon and the picture he drew using it! Amy introduced Cameron and Katy to the new group of fifth graders... they were shy but VERY interested!! When we came home, we played a while before naptime all together, and we did way more than you would expect for one afternoon!
After coloring (note the picture in the background) Cameron went to work. He loves to pretend he is going to work, and today he got out one of Daddy's ties and one of Daddy's belts. See the little professional....
As you will notice in Exhibit B... Katy got stuck under our bed!! She is crawling a little, and she loves to just sit, then roll and crawl, then lie down, then sit up again, then crawl again, etc. I was helping Cameron color and she was sitting on the floor. She started to fuss all of a sudden, I turned around, and she was under the bed! HA! She was completely okay, and it was really funny! She was totally playing up the damsel in distress mode...
I was changing Katy's diaper before naptime, and Cameron was playing in his bed. He brought Daddy's tie into his bed, and was standing up shaking it outside of the toddler rail. What is he doing, you wonder? Well, isn't it obvious? He is FISHING! :)
We had lots of fun playing today, and I know it won't always be as this picture conveys every minute of our lives, but I am so glad Cameron and Katy enjoy each other as much as they do!