Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feeling inspired

I've been in a bit of a creative slump lately.  Most likely because my time for creativity is super minimal.  I was doing a little cleaning and came across a bunch of magazine pages that I hard torn out for artistic inspiration.  I had intended to create a book to keep them in, but it kept getting knocked off the list of things to do when bigger, more pressing matters came up and I never got around to it.  They've been living in a drawer in my office/studio.

This one in particular stood out to me and I was immediately sucked in.  I had to do something with it.  

See the two pairs of red shoes?  They inspired these two cards... I apologize for the bad photos, it was dark out side, so not the best light!

All Papertrey Ink stuff on these with the exception of the black and red ink and the canvas background stamp, and the sort of ticket shaped label stamp, (both of which are Stampin Up!) used on the card below.  

This first one is obviously going with the colors scheme and the florals.  I used the damask stamp to mimic the dark red pattern on the mostly solid red shoes.  I tried to keep these pretty simple because the super bulky cards are hard to mail and I like to send these out in the snail mail.

Paper:  Pure Poppy, White, Kraft 
Ink:  Scarlet Jewel, Chamomile Tea Dye, Black, and Ruby Red
Stamps: Damask Designs, Flower Fusion #1, Wedding Day
Accents/Tools:  Buttons, Limitless Layers Die

Stamps:  Damask Designs, Flower Fusion #1 and above mentioned background stamp and label from Stampin' Up that are no longer available as far as I know because I've had them a few years.
Ink:  Ruby Red and black from Stampin Up, chamomile tea dye and scarlet jewel from PTI
Paper, Pure Poppy, white, Black, and Kraft
Accents:  Button and Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection from PTI, twine was purchased at AC Moore

Do you have something unique that inspires you?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mom Confession Monday

Yes, I know it's Wednesday.  This was supposed to go up on's late.  I'm having a crazy week.  

Being a mom is hard work.  Being a military wife and mom is even harder work.  Not so much for the obvious reasons, though those definitely don't make things easy, but more so because I don't have a referee, or a sounding-board.  When I get really stressed out- i.e. to my patience breaking point, I don't have someone to step in and put me in an emotional time out.  Mommy confession #245- I need the occasional time out.  I lose my temper.  I yell.  I slam cabinet doors out of frustration.  

And then I feel terrible......

My kids are good kids.  They don't go around beating up other children or bullying.  They are well-liked, and well-adjusted little people.  Most of the time they use their manners.  They don't bite, or color on the walls- we did have an episode of wall Monet but it's long past now. I don't really have that much to complain about.  Not in the grand scheme of things, at least.  I think I need to make a sign to remind me because more and more these days I'm finding myself in that situation where I can feel emotional control slipping away.  

A little disclaimer here: I don't like to spank my kids.  That being said, if they do something that puts them in harms way after being told not to do it, I will do it.  When Hayley was 2, we were visiting a friend and all the kids were playing outside.  After repeated warnings of telling her not to go anywhere near the street, she took off at break-neck speed across the lawn toward the road, right at the moment a large van was coming flying around the corner.  I literally screamed like someone just shot me and she luckily froze dead in her tracks or she would without a doubt have gotten hit.  She got a spank for that.  And then a fierce hug.  Scared the living daylights out of me.  But we never had that problem again. Anyway... I digress.  Point being, I'm not a physical person in that way.  I use time out, I count to three, I send them to their rooms, I assign chores, but I don't spank them and my bark is worse than my bite, so to speak.  

The kicker, though, is that kids know how to press your buttons.  Big pet peeve of mine, for example, is having to repeat myself.  My kids know this.  Everyone who knows me knows this.  It's not that hard to listen to me the first time.  I should not have to say "please but your shoes in the shoe basket" 5 times before it gets accomplished.  My oldest LOVES to press that button.  Like a business person late for a meeting and the elevator isn't coming fast enough.  Pressing the button.  My self-soothing methods for dealing with this are sub-par.  I need a time out.  

I am sure I'm not alone in this.  I've talked to other mom's that have basically told the same story.  While it's in progress, though, I feel like the world's worst mom.  I'm sure we all do at some point.   Trying to be super woman all the time is overrated...right?  Well whatever.  I am flawed and have weaknesses and I'm not afraid to admit it.  

Sorry for the downer post, it's just been one of those weeks.  The kids are at each other quite a bit, my buttons are basically being held down on a daily basis, and the dog has decided that he prefers to use the living room instead of the backyard as his potty area.  Not cool.  If you have good methods of stress reduction, I'd love to hear them!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Playing catch up

While things have been a little quiet here on the blog over the past couple of weeks, I've been a busy girl.

Spent a couple days reading these:

 What an AMAZING trilogy.  I absolutely love these books.  I read all three in a 2 day span...and that includes going to work both days.  They are that good.  I simply could not put them down.  Definitely recommend these to anyone/everyone who enjoys reading.  I had heard friends talk about them, read random posts on facebook where people talked about reading them, and added them to my never-ending list of things to read.  I happened upon the first one while I was at Walmart and decided to go ahead and pick it up.  As soon as I finished it, I rushed out to Target to grab the other two and devour them.  The movie apparently comes out in March 2012. I'm looking forward to it.

Then I spent some time photographing the wedding of this beautiful couple:

Spent lots of time cooking, cleaning, doing homework, and playing with these two:

And spent some time in my studio so I have some pretty stuff for you all to look at.  So I'll leave you with this card:

I actually created this card to go with a challenge on Nichole Heady's blog using colored pencils, but I didn't get it photographed and posted in time to participate. Oh well...I had fun making it and playing with some new stuff.

This one was created with all Papertrey Ink goodies, except for the chocolate chip ink and paper which are from Stampin' Up! and the spray ink that I used on the background- which is by Inkadoo (and super fun to play with!).

That's all folks, I hope your week is off to a great start!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Make It Monday #32

Really quickly, since this is my 2nd post today-

Nichole Heady hosts a Make it Monday challenge over on her blog every week.  This is the first time I've actually had a card ready to post before the time runs out! But I am cutting it close even this week.

This week's challenge was to create a card by stamping with acrylic paint.

Here's my take on the challenge:

This uses Papertrey's Sending You stamp set.  I used smokey shadow, white and plum pudding paper and their Fresh Snow ink.  The rhinestones are from Doodlebug Designs.  All of the acrylic paints I used are by Plaid, just the ones you can get at any craft store.  I have a billion of them!

If you want to get out your paint and link up, you can find it here.  But hurry, there will be a new challenge up tomorrow!

Thanks for humoring another post!  See y'all tomorrow!

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger

I find myself saying this constantly, but time sure does get away from me in a hurry these days!  I seem to need just a few more hours in the day, but considering the hours I already keep, it's pretty much impossible.  

I have been keeping very busy, which is why my interpretation of the Tuesday Trigger inspiration photo isn't being posted until the very last day of the deadline.  I'm surprised I'm making it at all to be completely honest, but the misfits are playing peacefully so I've been able to sneak up to my studio and have a little fun.  

The Tuesday Trigger challenge is to create a project inspired by this photo:

I was inspired by the green pattern on the upholstery of the chair, and used that as the jumping off point for my card.  The card base is white cardstock (from Stampin' Up!).  I created the background using an old Stampin' Up ink called Wild Wasabi and a Papertrey Ink stamp from the set Background Basics: Retro.
I topped that with a strip of Baja Breeze cardstock (another Stampin' Up! oldie) and embossed some lines in another piece of white cardstock to mimic the detail on the chair.  
Then I took a piece of Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip cardstock and die cut it using a Mat Stack Die from Papertrey Ink and ran that through my paper crimper.  (See the edge of the table?)
Some more Papertrey Ink dies were used to cut the remaining pieces and the Papertrey Sending You stamp set was used for the sentiment and leaf images.  

And there you have take on the Tuesday Trigger.  You can find the challenge details here, but hurry! Today is the last day!!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!