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 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!!