Friday, June 29, 2012

Well hello there

Friday, Friday! It's finally Friday.  I can't even express how happy I am that the weekend has finally arrived. It has been a "pull the hair out" kind of week around here.  I haven't been feeling so well, and not getting a whole lot of sleep and when this girl misses sleep, it's not pretty.  So I am really looking forward to spending a little more quality time with my bed this weekend and sleeping in tomorrow.

Today, I'm going to share the card I made to participate in the Moxie Fab World Hello Card challenge, again where stamping is the main technique used.  Like the card that I showed you yesterday, this card was also inspired by a scrapbook layout:



Lots of Papertrey Ink supplies on this card too:
Double Ended Banner Dies
block alpha dies
Polka Dot Basics II
Hello, Friend
Background basics: Chevron stripes


cardstock:  Kraft, white, hawaiian shores, aqua mist, simply chartreuse, spring moss, and harvest gold

ink:  orange zest, harvest gold, simply chartreuse, aqua mist, basic black, aqua mist, fresh snow, versamark

Loving these colors right now.  So fresh and summery.  I will definjitely be using this combo a lot this summer.

So go check out the other entries and play along with the challenge over at Moxie Fab world.I had so much fun with this one and the one from yesterday too.  So go get your hands dirty and create something pretty today!


Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Love Challenge over at Moxie Fab

I happened to be browsing through some favorite blogs during my lunch break at work today and made a stop over at the Moxie Fab blog for Papercrafts, and there are a whole bunch of challenges going on over there in celebration of the new Stamp It: Cards magazine. 

The first of those challenges is to create a love card where stamping is the main technique.  Right up my alley.      So here is my card for the Stamp It Cards Love Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  Wanna play?  Click that link!  


Again, forgive the grainy picture.  Any time I have time to be creative it's usually after my kiddos have gone to bed and it's dark outside.  

I had some fun with this one.  Went a little outside my box and did a square card and I used a scrapbook layout that I love and had pinned on Pinterest as my layout inspiration.  ALL of the supplies used on this one are from Papertrey Ink, with the exception of the brown ink, which is Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, and my heart punches (all EK Success).  

While I did do a whole lot of die cutting for this card, I also did a whole lot of stamping.  My main image is from the Love and Marriage stamp set.  I love that tree.  I stamped it in Chocolate Chip ink and then added a little heart to the trunk using a small EK Success punch out of Orange Zest cardstock.  
Next, I die cut the I love you letters with the Block Alphabet Die collection and then stamped them in Orange Zest ink using the smaller houndstooth pattern from Background Basics: Houndstooth.  I used the Modern Wood Mats Stamp set to do the woodgrain circle in chocolate chip ink and die cut it and the scalloped circle using the 1 3/4 inch limitless layers circle die collection out of white cardstock.  The hearts were stamped from Simply Chartruese, Orange Zest, and Summer Sunrise ink using the Heart Prints Stamp Set and then punched using the small heart EK success punch that can also be purchased at Papertrey.  

To add a little more detail to the background, I added some scrap strips of paper in coordinating colors and then adhered all of my elements to the card base.  Then I used some Kraft Ink and stamped the "You Complete Me" sentiment from Love and Marriage all around the I love you, masking around the images as needed.  And that's all there is to it.  Lots of dies and lots of stamps, but a lot of fun!  My office is a disaster, so it must've been fun, right?!

Going to link this one up for the handmade embellishments challenge over at Nichole's blog too. :-)

Well, I'm off to go clean up in there...looks like a little tornado hit! 




Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Make It Monday #72: Step it up Embellishments

Hello again to you!

This week's Make It Monday challenge over on Nichole's blog was done by none other than my all time favorite, Dawn McVey.  Her challenges are always a lot of fun and this one was no exception to that.  This week the challenge is to Step up using embellishments.

I made 2 cards; one normal and one "stepped up" version.  I decided to pull out an older Dawn designed set, Scattered Showers for this one.  Love these cute little umbrellas!

So here is my normal card (again I apologize for the iphone photos)


I chose to use Raspberry Fizz, Royal Velvet, and Aqua mist as my color scheme.  These colors just make me happy.  As you can see I kept this one pretty simple.  I stamped the sentiment directly onto my main panel and then die cut and stamped the umbrellas and adhered them to the card base using foam adhesive.  Easy Peasy.

Now on to the stepped up version:



This is essentially the same card only with a little oomph.  I used the chevron die to do the tone on tone back ground and stamped my sentiment on a piece of vellum cardstock and added some scoring detail.  The umbrellas were still adhered using foam adhesive, but the middle pink umbrella got some extra bling and was popped up a bit more than the other elements on this version.

Here they are side by side:


And there you have it.  Another really fun challenge!


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I...

A couple of months ago, I bookmarked this idea on Becky Higgins blog. I love her style of documenting life and how easy she makes it. Side note: I cannot wait to order the project life kit when it comes back in stock at amazon.

Her idea was to document life by responding to the following prompts and repeating the exercise over time to compare them. Love this idea. I think it will be fun for my kids and grandkids to see my responses to these in the future, I know I'd be interested to read my mom's or grandma's responses. So here we go...

I was... An avid soda drinker until very recently. I gave it up about 3 weeks ago and am so glad I was able to break that habit.

I am... Amazed and inspired on a daily basis, creative, crafty, optimistic, emotional, in love, alive- a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. A chauffeur, maid, cook, referee, jungle gym, tickle monster, and boo-boo kisser.

I think... Days are never long enough and the things that I want to last forever go by the fastest.

I wonder... Who my kids will be as adults, where our life will take us, what I should make for dinner...

I wish... I had answers to the world's tough problems- cancer, poverty, crime, war...

I save... Too much stuff according to the hubby. :) I swear I am not a hoarder. I save pieces of my kids childhood, of our life. I love the memories.

I always... Cry at movies. Even when I've seen them a hundred times.

I can't imagine... Life without my kids, my husband, my family

I believe... That everything happens for a reason, even when I don't understand.

I promise... To always be and do the best I can. Life is much too short to do things halfway.

I love... Pinterest! Just kidding... I mean, I do but I think this answer should be more in depth, right? I love being near the ocean, feeling the sun on my face, hearing my kids laugh, seeing my husband smile, fresh flowers, a good book, Starbucks, my iPhone/iPad/ technology in general, snuggling, sleeping in, crafting, photography...

I never... Want to see my loved ones hurt or in pain. Breaks my heart.

I treasure... My friends and family more than anything in the world. They are an incredible gift.

I crave... Time, knowledge, travel, cookie dough ice cream...

I fear... Heights, house fire, tornadoes, large bugs, losing those closest to me.

That was fun! Definitely will do that again!! Just for fun, here is a recent photo of me to go along with it.



Monday, June 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop

I'm back!  

I know, I know...I have made as many attempts at blogging "comebacks" as Lindsey Lohan has made at attempting rehab, BUT alas, I am back again. I'll try to be better this time.  I promise.  I do need a bit more distraction these days, so you really just never know *wink*.  Anyway, thanks for sticking around and checking back to see what I am up to.

 Tonight I am here to share my take on the Papertrey Ink June Blog Hop Challenge.  I fell in love with the challenge photo when it was first posted and started playing around a little bit with some potential background patterns. I mixed and matched a few different stamp sets and then fell back on my old favorite, Rosie Posie.  I was immediately drawn to that set when I saw the challenge picture:
Sigh.  I just love Amy Butler fabric.  And you just can't go wrong with ruffles.  Seriously.  So anyway, I was trying to navigate away from my comfort zone on this and I just wasn't loving the results and ended up coming back to where I started.  Rosie Posie.  I love her.  I really would use it on everything if I didn't think people would grow tired of it.  So anyway...here is the card I created that was inspired by the above image.


I started with a white standard sized card base.  I topped that with an aqua mist panel that I stamped with New Leaf and Aqua Mist inks using the Rosie Posie stamp set.  Please forgive my indoor, badly lit iphone photo.  My other camera wasn't upstairs and to be honest I just didn't feel like going all the way down there to get it. :-) 

To mimic the ruffles, I used my paper crimper and crimped a piece of Harvest Gold Cardstock and a piece of White cardstock and stacked them on top of each other.  Then I die cut a banner from double ended  banners die and placed it on top and stacked on my embellishment/sentiment.  And bling.  Can't forget the bling.  

So that's my take on the challenge.  Go check out Nichole Heady's blog and see all of the other beautiful cards that were inspired by that photo.  

G'night friends!!



Thursday, June 7, 2012

Making changes...

This week has been a little difficult for me.  I've been making some changes, doing a lot of thinking, making some plans.  As some of you may know, I have been struggling with my weight for the past 7 years. It's very closely related to circumstances in my life at that time that I internalized and never really dealt with so that I could move on. I've held onto a lot of guilt, a lot of sadness, a lot of regret. It's time to really allow myself to heal. Way past time.

I have so much to be thankful for in my life. So much to celebrate.  So much life to live and dreams left to realize.  It has taken me a long time to get to this place, this place where I feel that I can accept who I am now, forgive myself for mistakes I've made, and finally really move forward.  I generally don't write things like this on the blog, I usually keep these things for my personal journal or for conversations with close friends, but I feel like it's important to just get it out into the universe.  So this is me closing the door on the past and allowing the present to fill me up so that I can look forward to the future.

This week I celebrated the would've been birthday of an amazing friend that I lost 7 years ago.  An event that started a spiral in my life where I just lost control of who I was, where I wanted to be, and I lost my sense of self-worth and my purpose.  I was in a relationship that damaged me emotionally, but because I was already in a place of emptiness and sadness because of the loss I was feeling, I didn't realize it until it was far too late.  I made choices that caused pain to me, to my family, to my children.  And while I did take action back then to fix our environment, I didn't take the time to fix myself too.  Knowing that this 7 year "anniversary" of sorts was coming up, was kind of a wake up call for me.  While I've been happy and doing okay, I know I haven't been 100% myself.  I wasn't living life to the fullest, which I know would have disappointed my friend to know.  So I've been working on it.  Slowly trying to knock down the walls I've been building up over the years and I'm feeling much more like me than I have in a long time.

Its time to put me more at the top of my list rather than the very bottom, and I'm happy to say that I'm on my way up.  Not going to be an easy journey, or one that will not have it's setbacks but I'm ready to face the challenge.  Baby steps. While this may sound like a silly step, it is definitely a step in the right direction for me- this week I gave up my soda habit.  I'm on day #3.  And it's hard.  Headaches and cravings, and just kind of a slump in energy from not having all that caffeine every day.  Not to mention an overall grouchiness ;-), but I'm doing it.  I need these kinds of changes to help me get stronger, get healthier, get refocused.  I'm already noticing that I don't crave sugary foods as much as I have in the past.  I'm hoping that part of it sticks around! Definitely ready to kiss these headaches good-bye though!

Anyway, thank you for letting me get it out there, and for bearing with me as I go through this process- you may see more posts like this one from me.  I do appreciate the support and encouragement and I promise I'll be back *hopefully* tomorrow with some fun stuff :-)

 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Make it Monday #67

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you are having a weekend filled with BBQ's, fun in the sun, and of course in honor and remembrance of those who serve or have served to protect this great nation of ours.   My hubby happens to be on alert this weekend, so we've been very limited in our holiday plans because he has to be within 30 minutes of the base at all times.  The girls and I did attend a birthday party yesterday for a sweet little princess who is turning 4 tomorrow.  I used to babysit her when she was just 6 weeks old up until about a year ago, so she's a pretty special little lady to us.

We also attended a neighborhood party with some other families from our block, complete with burgers, watermelon, and a waterslide.  We were only there for a couple of hours (the party went on all day), but the kids really seemed to enjoy it.

Today, we have had a rather lazy day around the house, doing laundry and such, and watching the Indy 500 race.  I was able to sneak off to my studio to play a little bit and of course had my fall back Make it Monday Challenge to direct what I was going to play with once I got in there.

This week's challenge was to step it up with pattern mixing.  I chose to use a patterned paper pack from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found collection in the blush color palette.  I purchased it at AC Moore a few weeks ago along with a few of the other color palettes in the collection- it was on clearance.  A lucky find, because I do love this paper...

Anyway...here is the card I came up with:

 The 3 patterns I chose to work with were the black bitty dots, the floral pattern, and the small houndstooth. I started with a soft stone card base, adhered the bitty dots pattern and then topped it with the floral paper.  I then created the top panel using a scrap sheet of Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette cardstock.  (It was a 2008 In Color.)  I used the Pretty Peonies die to cut out Happy, then stamped the birthday from Pretty Peonies in true black ink.  I stamped the happy image from Pretty Peonies on white cardstock and used foam adhesive to mount the pink panel on top of it.  I finished the card off with a flower from my third pattern choice, the houndstooth, that was created using the Notched Flower dies from PTI.  I inked the edges of the flowers just a bit to help them stand out from each other, and topped it with a fun button that I got in my Raspberry Fizz Buttons. I added a little gem from Queen and Co to the center of the button to cover the hole that was there, and added the leaf die cuts cut out of true black cardstock to the back of the flower.

Supplies:

Papertrey Ink:  Dies:
                       Notched Flower Dies
                       Turning a New Leaf Dies
                       Pretty Peonies Die Collection
                       Stamps:
                       Pretty Peonies
                       True black cardstock
                       soft stone cardstock
                       Raspberry Fizz Button
Other:  Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette cardstock, My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Queen and Co. gemstone.

Another great challenge, and while this color combo is much darker than what I normally use, it was a lot of fun to play with!


                   

Friday, May 11, 2012

Make it Monday #65

What a fun challenge this week over at Nichole's blog!

I'm excited that I was able to play along before Sunday this time! I suppose that's what happens when the school nurse calls and says that your child needs to be picked up.  I picked her up and she doesn't have a fever, just a headache and a little cough.  Grrr!  She really could've stayed at school.  Instead, she's parked herself on the couch and is catching up on Once Upon a Time.

I decided to catch up on some house work and chores and then sneak off to my studio for a quick stamping session.  These Make it Monday challenges are so perfect for that.  An assignment takes the guesswork out of where to start! Love that!

So this week's challenge was to create a background using patterned paper scraps.

Here is my take on the challenge:



I chose to use Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, and Stampin' Up's Chocolate Chip as my color palette for this card.  The background was created from mostly patterned papers, but the woodgrain one is actually a stamped scrap piece of paper that is a leftover from another project.  It was stamped using the Background Basics Woodgrain stamp set in Chocolate chip ink on white cardstock.  .  

Like Dawn did in her video, I adhered all of my patterned pieces of paper to piece of cardstock to help with lining them up.  The pieces I chose are from the Aqua Mist patterned paper pack, and the Distressed Dots and Bitty Dots paper packs. I stuck a small scrap of chocolate chip cardstock in there as well just to add a little more brown.  

I topped my scrap strips panel with a Mat Stack 4 die that I ran through my paper crimper twice- once length-wise and then again width-wise to get that cross hatch pattern.  I then used the double ended banner die to cut the banner, and stamped my sentiment from Framed Out #3 and added a simple little pearl.  Then I attached my flowers that were stamped using Hawaiian Shores Ink (to pull the darker color from the patterned paper) and Chocolate Chip (SU).  The flower with the leaves on it was actually in my junk pile because I stamped the leaves in the wrong spot around the flower, but I figured I might as well use it up :-) The individual pieces of this card are popped up using foam adhesive so there is a lot of dimension.  Here is a close up picture so you can see...  




That's all for today, my dears!  I'm off to see if my "sick" kiddo needs anything! 




Saturday, May 5, 2012

Make It Monday #64

Hey Guys!! It's that time again!
Time for my weekly post for PTI's Make it Monday challenge!!

This week's challenge was all about using color inspiration.  I chose this as my inspiration photo:

I just LOVE these colors.  I actually painted my studio Hawaiian Shores unintentionally :-).  After we finished painting it, I had a sheet of cardstock out to play with and held it up and it's pretty much the exact same color.  It just makes me happy.  

Anyway, here is my entry this week:


I used a Fine Linen card base and topped that with an off-white panel.  I stamped the circles image from Background Basics: Circles in Berry Sorbet and then added the sentiment from the Half and Half stamp set in Aqua Mist ink.
I used the Mat Stack #4 die and the coordinating layerz die using Aqua Mist cardstock.  I first die cut the layerz size and then centered the original #4 on that die cut and made the outline.  I cut a second #4 from Hawaiian Shores and put it inside the outline I created from the Aqua mist.  The Notched Flowers die was used to create the two flowers.  I stamped each piece with the Year of Flowers Mums large flower image in Berry Sorbet and then topped that off with a spring moss button that was finished with a Queen and Co. gemstone.   To incorporate the Simply Chartruese, I cut some leaves using the Turning a New Leaf dies and tore off a few of the leaves and tucked them in behind the flowers.

I really love the effect of the mums image on those notched flowers.  I'm such a sucker for the flower outlines :-) !

That's all for today- my hubby just came home from a mission so I'm off to spend some quality time with him. Happy weekend!!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Make it Monday #63: Glitter Die Cuts

Hey there!  Back again with another Make it Monday.  The weeks go by so fast these days, I don't seem to be able to get much posting done before it's Monday again.  I happened to be home with a sick kiddo today, so I was able to get some crafty time in.  Usually I have to wait to do these things on the weekend. So hooray for an excuse to call out of work...boo for my kiddo with the stomach bug.  Sorry, H.

Ok, so anyway, back to my card for the challenge!

I just had a lovely visit from the UPS man this afternoon, he had such wonderful timing bringing me my new box of goodies on a day when I was home and able to play with them!
Here is my card for the glitter die cuts challenge:


I used the new Trendy Tree Tops dies for my glittered die cut and because I do not have a refill for my Xyron right now, I had to use scor-tape.  I know the xyron is so much simpler so I really do need to go get that refill, but the scor-tape did work.

The embossing was done with a cuttlebug folder. Sentiment and tag are from Tag It's #3 stamp set and dies. Colors are Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, and Hawaiian Shores, and the striped paper is from the new Aqua Mist paper collection.  I LOVE that paper pack!



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Make It Monday #62

Hello again, friends!
 
I am back again to share my take on this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog for Papertrey Ink.  

This week's challenge was a Step It Up: Layering challenge.  I think this concept is a lot of fun.  I don't always have a ton of time to stamp, so the single layer cards come together quickly and easily and I love that.  But sometimes you just want to get your hands dirty and really get into something more in-depth, and this technique allows you to do that by using the single layer card to inspire a multi-layered one.  

Here is my take on this week's challenge- both cards side by side:


The single layer card:



And the multi-layer:



So fun to just dig into some supplies and just play around.  

For these cards I used all Papertrey Ink Supplies except the black and white striped washi tape is Smash tape from EK Success, Rhinestones are by Queen and Co, and the yellow patterned paper is by American Crafts.  The stamp sets are Beautiful Butterflies and Background Basics Circles.  Ink colors are Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet, True Black, and Hawaiian Shores.


Guilty Conscience

Today has been a very long day.  It's been a very long week for that matter.  The hubster is traveling, work has been absolutely insane after coming home from vacation and trying to get caught back up, and things at home are a little piled up as well.  Combine the stress of what is the day to day this week with a headache and two whiny, over-tired kids and you get a mommy who loses her cool.  I had a little mommy temper tantrum tonight. A little meltdown.  And I'm feeling bad.  I did apologize to my kids who were on the receiving end of my raised voice rant, but still...not feeling so good about the fact that I lost control of my temper.  Yes, the dog did chew up the 5th pair of shoes for the week.  Yes, the girls were screaming at each other in the bath tub at the top of their lungs.   Yes, I have laundry coming out of every nook and cranny in this house, a raging headache, and the inability to sleep soundly while my husband is away.  But it's not really like me to lose my cool like that.  All eyes bulging out of my head and steam coming out of my ears mad.

I had a mommy temper tantrum.
A little mommy meltdown.
And...well...I feel bad.
I did, of course, apologize to my kids who were on the receiving end of my raised voice rant, but I still feel absolutely horrible.  Not my style.  So I suppose I have some making up to do.  I am thinking, though, that at some point, something has to give.  I don't want a repeat of this performance.  I don't want to be that parent.  I love my kids.  I love their noise and their laughter and even their messes.  So why the melt down?  I'm just plain overwhelmed.  Seems like as good a time as any to re-evaluate things and try to figure out how to keep this from happening again.  I have never been a half-way kind of girl.  I like to do anything and everything I do to the absolute best of my ability.  It's the super-nerd inside me fighting to get out.  Half-way is about all I can muster these days, though, because that seems to be all I have time for.  Must work on a game plan for coping with all of this in a better way.  More wine, perhaps??  :-)

I think I'll go test that theory and see if it helps- I'll be back a little later to share a Make It Monday challenge entry as well so you'll have something pretty to look at, too.  Thanks for reading my vent and allowing me to clear my conscience just a bit.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A handful of cheer

Hello again, friends! Happy Wednesday to you!

  I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  I'm dragging a bit this week.  The first week back from a vacation is always tough, so it's been struggle to get through the work day.  Wishing I could be back at Disney with my hubby and my girls, watching parades and shows and eating yummy food that I had nothing to do with preparing.  

It is nice to be back home, though.  Nice to have my own bed and to see our Lucy-dog.  Nice to see friends and get caught up.  Not so nice to have to do all of the laundry! :-)  It is my nemesis, but something that must be done nevertheless.  Sigh.  

So instead of rambling on and on, I'll leave you with something pretty to look at.  Just something I put together while playing a bit with color.  



            

The deets:

Stamps:  Rosie Posie, Celebrations, and Hello Friend- Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Enchanged Evening, Berry Sorbet- Papertrey Ink
Dies:  Celebrations Die- Papertrey Ink, Oval- Nestabilities
Punch:  label by EK Success, corner rounder also by EK success
Cardstock:  Stampers Select White, Berry Sorbet- Papertrey Ink
Other- Buttons and ribbon by Papertrey Ink, Scor-Tape, paper crimper


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Make It Monday #61

Well, here I am once again dusting cobwebs off of my blog.  Motivated yet again by Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge (and a husband who is working til 3:00 a.m tonight) to get my hands dirty in the office with a little bit of creative play.

The challenge this week was to use non-flower dies to create a flower on a card.  Here is my take on the challenge:


The card deets:

Stamps:  Script Sentiments Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
Cardstock:  Stampers Select White; Kraft, Harvest Gold, Berry Sorbet- Papertrey Ink
Dies:  Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circle  die collection, Photo Finish Strips Die Collection- Papertrey Ink
Other:  Rhinestones by Queen and Co., Button by Papertrey Ink, Embroidery Floss, Scor-tape

I chose to use the photo finish strip dies to create my flower.  I die cut the shape 8 times, snipped off the straight "strip" ends, and then adhered them to a circle die from the limitless layers collection.  I then topped the flower with another limitless layers scalloped circle in Berry Sorbet cardstock as a mat for the white circle.  The button and rhinestones topped off the flower center.  The sentiment was stamped in Berry Sorbet Ink and then the strip of white cardstock was scored using my scor-pal for a little visual interest and texture.  

Quick and easy, just what I needed to wind down from the day.  I was a chaperone for Hayley's class on a field trip to Cypress Gardens today.  We had a wonderful day, but riding a bus with 52 kindergarteners was a little much for me.  I came home with a headache that I quickly treated with a nice nap!  

Here's a photo I snapped of my little cutie right after our canoe ride on the swamp.  

We didn't get to see any alligators (thank goodness!!) while we were in the boats, just lots of lily pads, water lilies, and turtles.  My group was very nervous that an alligator would jump in the boat so they were all a bit antsy, which caused our little boat to rock quite a bit.  I was more afraid of the boat flipping over in the middle of the swamp and the creatures under that black water than seeing an alligator from a distance (this mama doesn't do snakes!), but it all turned out just fine and we survived.  Saw some beautiful butterflies in the butterfly house, and learned about the life cycle of the butterfly, dug for some fossils (H brought home a shark tooth), and had a nice lunch to end the trip.  

I still have more than 1500 photos to go through from our family vacation to Disney World, so stay tuned for some highlights from our spring break vacation- we had an amazing time! More cards to come as well!

Don't forget to hop on over to Nichole's blog to check out all the other challenge participants' work as well-Toodle-oo for now- it's time for bed!!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Make it Monday # 54

Hello again!
Well if it weren't for Papertrey, I wouldn't be posting at all these days!  Time is a hot commodity around here and by the time I have a chance to sit still and blog, I fall asleep.  True story.  So for those of you still hanging in here with me and putting up with my random rambling posts, I appreciate you.
I had a really rough day today.  Just one of those days where it felt like I worked my tail off and just didn't get anywhere.  Then as I left work, I was stuck in a traffic jam for 50 minutes, was late picking my kids up, and of course being a Thursday we had to rush around even more than usual to make it to soccer practice on time. While I'm battling yet another sinus infection.  Just one of those days.

I should have gotten on the treadmill and worked out some of my frustrations.  Fail.  After soccer, we stopped at McD's and got some McFlurries of the oreo persuasion.  Much needed dose of chocolate and frozen goodness to soothe my itchy throat.  Win win.

So after the misfits went to bed, I settled in on the couch for some swamp people- which by the way doesn't seem nearly as fun to watch without the hubby here to discuss it with me- and my trusty ipad to do some Pinterest pinning and blog hopping to unwind and relax from the day.  I made my regular stop over at Nichole's blog, and watched the Make it Monday post.  I normally don't have time to participate before the deadline expires, so I decided tonight I was just going to go do it.  Getting my hands dirty and doing something crafty just picks me up.

The topic for this week was glitter buttons.

Here is my take:
 Sorry about the dark photo- it's late and I'm so sleepy!  Here is one with the flash:


Stamps: Sending You & Script Sentiments- both from PTI
Ink:  Summer Sun- Stampin' Up & Orange zest- PTI
Dies:  Beautiful Blooms II die set- PTI
Other:  Buttons- PTI White, Glitter- Doodlebug Designs, Embossing folder- Swiss Dot by Cuttlebug, Rhinestones- Queen and Co., Ribbon- PTI, Dimensionals- Stampin' Up!


And that's it.  Goodnight all!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Day 5

Quick post for another Papertrey Ink challenge!  I will be back later with more since I already shared this card last week.

Today's challenge over at Nichole's blog was to create a project inspired by a photo found on pinterest.

This was my inspiration photo:


And this was my card that I created! I shared the details about this card in my original post here

 I only have 9 minutes to get this submitted so I will be back in a bit!!

Happy morning, all!! :-)


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Happy Anniversary PTI!!

It's the Papertrey Anniversary countdown celebration again over at Nichole Heady's blog.  For the Day 4 contest challenge, each designer came up with a favorite color combination.

I chose to create a card using Dawn's color combo:

 I had to substitute out the Ripe Avocado and instead I used an old SU color, Wild Wasabi.  The other colors I used are the berry sorbet and Raspberry Fizz.


 I stamped the adorable elephant image from Sweet Baby to create the patterned paper and topped it with a strip of Raspberry Fizz cardstock and a heart border die cut from the distressed dots paper.  I finished it up with a die cut Mat Stack 5 label, some sentiments from Sweet Baby and a couple of pearls.


A close up of some detail.  This was a quick and easy card since I REALLY wanted to get some creative time in and participate in the challenge.  I made this in less than 10 minutes because it was almost midnight! :-)
Have a great day all!  And for those that enter the contest- Good Luck!!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Creating...

Hey there!
 Happy Tuesday to you!  I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I'm just doing a quick pop-in to share a card I created recently.
 


 These colors make me oh so happy!  I actually was inspired by a photo that I found on pinterest and went with that for my color scheme.  I am a major pinterest addict.  I just might need  a support group.  Seriously.  The mister would most certainly agree.

Anyway, back to the card.  Last month, I purchased the Rosie Posie stamp set from Papertrey ink.  I just knew I had to have it the moment I saw the first sneak peek.  I have always adored Amy Butler fabrics, and this stamp set was designed with that style in mind.  It was the first thing in my cart on release day and I am happy to say that I've used it at least a dozen times since I got it.  Definitely one of my favorites!  As is the Background Basics Chevron- also used on this card.  Big happy sigh from me with this one.  Here's a closer view of the flowers:
 

I raided my stash of old Stampin' up cardstock for this one because the Papertrey Plum Pudding just didn't match what I had in mind.  I ended up choosing Lovely Lilac for the card base.  I topped that with some white cardstock stamped using the PTI Chevron background set and stamped that in Lovely Lilac, Orchid Opulence, Soft Sky,  and Old Olive from Stampin' Up, and Spring moss from PTI in a pattern.  Next, I cut a piece of Dotti Biscotti patterned paper to make the sentiment stand out a bit more.  I die cut the flowers from Rosie Posie and then stamped them and used dimensionals to adhere them to the Mat Stack 4 die cut. I used the Signature Series Cupcake stamp set for the sweet sentiment and that was it.  Quick and easy, just the way I like them to be!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Around here...

Around here...





We've been

- Spending Christmas money-- Little Miss chose some of the new Lego Friends- the Dog Show one.  They are super cute! C picked a monster high doll and some wigs for her LIV dolls.  She was able to get a monster high doll that we hadn't seen in stores before now, so she was pretty excited about that.  H had the Legos, switched to the Monster High doll, and then back to legos, so C snatched up that monster high doll pretty quickly.
- Drinking hot cocoa and hot apple cider, even though the temps have been in the 60s and 70s.
- Trying new things - Crochet and cookie decorating
- Snuggling and giggling
- Getting hair cuts (well...just me)
- The Mr. has been studying for some upcoming work things
- Cleaning up after a growing puppy

Lots of preparation going on for H's birthday party that is coming up in March.  Trying to get a head start on all of the decorations since I have such limited time to work on those with working full time and the Mister traveling for work.  I'm also working on some other home decor projects that I hope to share here soon.

I can't  believe that it's already almost the end of January.  Time goes so fast these days!