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 :-)