Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We Survived!

I didn't mention it yesterday but we did survive the trip to Sea World this last week. The boys had a total blast! I had fun too but got sunburned and 4 blisters! LOL

I was a co-chaperon of 7 boys. Another parent, Eric, chaperoned with me. We were never allowed to split up.

The first night we got to tour the park and do activities like make a shark tooth necklace, learn about Sea Turtles and learn about Sharks.

We ended up getting to sleep next to some sea turtles and sharks. We were told it would be cold but this area actually was fairly warm. The sweats they suggested we bring to sleep in were way too hot and heavy to wear. Luckily they had given us a Sea World t-shirt and most of us just used the t-shirt for our pajama tops.

The next day the kids rode all the rides and saw most of the exhibits and played on the playground. We saw the dolphin show and the Shamu show.

That Shamu show was my FAVORITE! It was super cool.

We rode back the 7 hour ride in the bus with most of the kids asleep by the time we got home at midnight.

I got up on Saturday at 6:30am to get ready to go to Copic classes all day. My best friend, Denise, flew in with her hubby and went with me. On Saturday we took classes at the local scrapbook store, Scrappin Time. They were taught by Jennie Black. They were fun and informative. On Sunday we took the Copic Certification class with Marianne Walker. Marianne is an artist and does a fun class. We definitely learned a ton and had a great time doing it. And came away with our Copic Certification Certificate!! Go us! ha

Sunday night I had to do a DT project for Crafter's Companion. Between Spring Break, Sea World and Copic Certification, I am pretty behind on my crafting.

Crafter's Companion sent me this really cool new product to work with called Sheena Douglas' Paint Fusion. You will be able to get it at Crafter's Companion Store on May 5th. It is ACTUAL PAINTING. Gasp! lol I'm so not a painter so I was a bit nervous but also super excited to try it out too. So I just got out the DVD and the Sheena Douglas Paint Fusion Berries Set and practiced the painting strokes while listening to Sheena tell me what to do. The Berries Set comes with some stamps and a practice guide. You can paint right on top of the practice guide until you feel comfortable to start on your own project. The paint wipes right off easily so you can do it over and over.

It was so easy that I didn't practice for that long before I took the leap onto my own home decor project. I made this sign for my office but I am going to have to fight my kids to keep it!! LOL One of them wants to hang it in his room and one wants to give it to her teacher. What to do....what to do....? LOL

What do you think?? Have you tried painting on your crafty projects?? Share!!

Don't forget that I will be announcing the winner of the Crafter's Companion Giveaway on Thursday, May 5th and will announce my personal international giveaway winner then too.

I hope the rest of your day is wonderful. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Congrats to all your accomplishments! I am jealous on the Copic Cert. I can not wait to see your copic coloring projects!

  2. Your sign looks fabulous! Congratulations on getting Copic certified! Sounds like you had a blast. I knew I should have tagged along! Heehee!

    (Oh, and glad you got your card, too!)

  3. I thought our two hour bus drive to Tucson was bad! But I would have rather gone to Sea world than hiking!

    It sounds like a great time Taking Copic Classes and learning techniques! I love the decor!

  4. Very pretty altered sign!
    Glad all of you had a wonderful time at Sea World!!
    I agree Shamu is the best show!!
    I do paint on my LO's once in awhile!
    I love using paint!!
    Hvae a blessed day!

  5. You are one busy momma! Sea world sound like fun..never been...we have something called marine land near us. Congrats on the cert for copic ..i want to try those...love the wall hanging...so very pretty..:)

  6. this is so great! love the grapes. I got my paint today and can't wait to play. super cute project!

  7. Oh so glad you survived the living next to the shark pool....and so glad the kids had a great time, chaperoning sounds like fun. lol. I don't use much paint on my layouts, but I love work people achieve when they do. Melx