Monday, December 9, 2013

December Daily- The beginnings

Hey everyone!
  I am a little late in sharing my progress on my December daily album here.  I didn't make my album in advance- this is my first time participating and I have more of a scrap as I go mentality, so I decided that doing it all along the way would work better for me.  It does have it's challenges. With this time of year, it's hard to stay all caught up, but I'm just taking it as I can and I'll finish up when I finish up.  I'm still documenting, still getting the stories all told.  It might just take me a week or so into January before I'm completely finished.  And I'm okay with that.

Here is my cover:

I am using a simple stories binder that I already had on hand.  I had the page protectors and everything for the binder already and it was just sitting there waiting for a reason to use it, so instead of purchasing something new, I just went with it.  I may still add some embossing or something else to the cover later on, but for now I'm good with this.

Then I made a little title page for the front of our album. Love the little sequin confetti packet.  My sewing machine was being a little temperamental that day so it took me a little while to seal the packet closed at the top, but it all worked out ;-)

And finally my layout for Day 1.

The girls are so happy having our elf, Sprinkles, around during December so it was definitely a story I wanted to be sure to include.  The smaller photo in the middle is just an extra picture I wanted to include and the back side is a card that Sprinkles brought with him when he showed up that morning.  The crayon on it is courtesy of Hayley taking it to school for show and tell.  Her teacher had her store it in her crayon box until it was time to go home after she shared it.  I created the "magic" card using photoshop with a quote I found, and embellished it with some washi tape a large gold sequin and a number sticker that came in an older Studio Calico scrapbook kit that I had in my stash.

He arrived a few days late this year, but I still used it as my Day 1 story.  We were traveling on December 1st and the girls were asleep for the ride.  We were all so tired that I didn't really take photos and it wasn't something that I wanted to document for the December album- it was more of a Thanksgiving story.  I WILL be documenting our December travels when we go to Grandma's for our big extended family celebration.  I am not as structured about this as some are, I suppose.  I don't really care which day what happened, as long as I get all of the traditions and events documented.  For the story card, I just put something together quickly in photoshop and printed it out and then added the polka dot washi tape to the bottom.  I purchased that washi at Target.  The large elf photo has the thin white frame and the "Hello magic hello Joy" printed directly on the photo.  I printed all of my photos and everything at home on my Epson printer.

I'll be back soon to share days 2 & 3!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy December!!

Hello December.
Hello see-your-breath-cold mornings.  Hello hot chocolate.  Hello happy Christmas lights.  Hello twinkly Christmas tree.  Welcome back Sprinkles the Elf. Hello extra time with family.

This year the Christmas spirit has really hit me hard.  I'm not sure what it is this year, but I am so excited for the holidays.  Usually I procrastinate with the decorating and everything but I'm on the ball this year. I've already been digging things out and getting ready for our big house decorating weekend (THIS weekend!).

In addition to decking out the outside of our home, I've been doing some crafting to deck the halls inside too.  Starting with this advent calendar that I made yesterday after the kids went to school.  I know I was a couple days behind, but I still wanted to do this with the kids so we just opened two boxes yesterday.

I used this cut file from the Silhouette online store designed by Lori Whitlock.

When the little boxes are first cut out, they look like this.  They were very easy to assemble and went together quickly.  The polka dot tab is also included in the cut files to decorate the boxes.  It also includes files for the outer box that holds the small boxes.

 Here are my boxes all assembled with the little polka dot panel attached.

 Here she is all decorated.  I used glitter paper from American crafts to cut the numbers (included in the cut file) and accents on my box.  The top section with our name on it was not included in the cut files, I created that myself to personalize it.

Here it is with one of the boxes popped out so you can get a better look.

This was such a fun project and my kids are REALLY enjoying it so far.  I put a couple little treats in each box along with a holiday/winter themed activity.  The ones that fall on the weekends have the bigger activities like bake holiday cookies, go ice skating, etc.  The ones on the school days are along the lines of reading a holiday story, watch a Christmas movie, have hot chocolate, etc.
Are you getting in the Christmas/Holiday spirit in your home?  If you decide to make one of these boxes, please link below- I'd love to see it! I highly recommend this file if you have a Silhouette and Lori Whitlock has a video tutorial on her you tube channel if you're worried about how to assemble it.

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your day!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Make it Monday #142

Hi ya friends!

It's time for Make It Monday again!  Last week just flew by.  This time of year always goes by so fast for me with the holidays and traveling, the cooking and baking, programs and volunteering at the kids' schools and playing in the snow of course!

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that our family moved from sunny South Carolina to windy Oklahoma back in August.  We haven't seen snow in a very long time...but this past weekend, that all changed!! We had our first snow here in Oklahoma and the kids were THRILLED!  Here are a few photos that I snapped of our snow play.  P.S. I crocheted both of their hats! :-)

Even Lucy got in on the snow action!

Now on to this week's make it Monday- this week we are being challenged to decorate kraft paper bags.  Here is my take on the challenge.

I am OBSESSED with this gold sparkly embossing powder.  I want to gold glitterize everything.  So of course I had to use it for this challenge.  I paired it with one of my favorite stamps from Irresistibly Ikat to stamp the background on my bag.  I did this to both sides so that it would be pretty from the back too.

Next I used one of the polka dot "project life" cards that I made last week and added a tree and sentiment from Polka Dot Parade #10.  So cute.  Matted that on some vintage cream and then pure poppy cardstock and adhered the whole thing to the front of my bag.  Finished it off with some pretty satin ribbon.  Voila!

Can't wait to pack this bag with goodies and give it to a friend!  I love this time of year!!

Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream
Ink: Pure Poppy
Stamps: PDP #10, Irresistibly Ikat, Polka Dot Basics
Other: PDP #10 Die, Gold Glitter Finish Zing Embossing Powder, Kraft paper bag

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MIM #141

I wanted to create some cards for my Project life and challenged myself to make them using mainly products from my fave stamping company, Papertrey Ink.  I also just happened to pick up some Zing embossing powder in the gold glitter finish on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby.  I am normally a silver type girl, but something about gold on papercrafting projects just makes my heart go pitter patter. So I combined the two and created this set of PL cards.

**I am linking this up with MIM #141 and hopefully this will count toward this week's challenge because I don't have the heat and stick embossing powder.  The rules for entering just said "glitter by embossing" so I think this will still work.  

I used a mix of stamp sets for these, but I used aqua mist, true black, harvest gold, and a little bit of hawaiian shores as the color scheme so that even with the use of a variety of stamp sets, they would still look cohesive.

Here are the cards individually:
 For this one, I used Gratitude Journal, Rosie Posie, and Rosie Posie Step 2. The photo just doesn't do this justice.  The gold glittery embossing on these roses looks so pretty in real life.

 This one used Gratitude Journal and Let Freedom Ring

 Polka dot gold sparkly deliciousness...this is just as a filler card, and I used Polka Dot Basics.

And last but not least, I used Wonderful Words: Together and Irresistibly Ikat.

To create the cards, I started out with some Vintage Cream cardstock that I trimmed down to size and then punched with the We R Memory Keepers 3x4 punch with the rounded corners.  Then I went to town decorating and embossing.  I'm excited to use these in my album and to add other little things- instagram photos, etc.  I'll try to remember to share the layout that I create with these.  

Back to the MIM challenge this week, I know I kind of bent the rules on this concept, so I am going to try to create a card using the clear embossing powder that I do have to see if I can achieve the result by heating it twice and I'll share the results from that later.

Have a great rest of your day!

Cardstock: Vintage Cream
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, True Black and Versamark
Stamps:  Gratitude Journal, Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Polka Dot Basics, Let Freedom Ring, Wonderful Words: Together, Irresistibly Ikat
Other: Zing Gold Glitter Finish embossing powder, We R Memory Keepers 3x4 punch, Bubble Talk die (heart)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Make It Monday #140 Take Two

Hey Guys!
  As promised I'm back again with the second card I created for this week's Make It Monday challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog.

For this card, I used the actual die cut word hello from the background that I showcased yesterday. This was created by swiping the ink pads directly on the cardstock in a diagonal motion.  If you missed yesterday, the inks I used are Raspberry Fizz, Winter Wisteria, and Royal Velvet.

I started out with a Winter Wisteria card front. I stamped it with the coordinating ink using an image from Polka Dot Basics II for the background.  Then I added a white die cut circle (was a leftover piece from another project) and adhered the die cut Hello on top.  I finished the card off by die cutting and stamping some flowers from Mini Blooms and adhering them around the circle with dimensionals. I then took that base panel and trimmed it down a bit and attached it to an A2 size card of Royal Velvet Cardstock.

Cute and girly, and this one also came together really quickly- a very good thing because I've been so crunched for time over the past couple weeks.  And the best part is that I made very little mess! My table top was actually still visible even with everything I used still out! :-) That almost never happens!! Counting that as a win.

 Thanks for hanging out here with me today.  Don't forget to stop by Nichole's blog and check out the rest of the beautiful projects that others have created as well as the original challenge video!  Have a great rest of your day!


Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria, White
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, Raspberry Fizz
Stamps: Mini Blooms
Dies: Wonderful Words: Hello

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Make It Monday #140

Well since the last few days flew by and are a bit of a blur, I didn't get a chance to come back and post for last week's Make It Monday challenge.  I figured I better get on this week's quickly before time gets away from me again!

This week's challenge is to use ink pads to create a design.

I made 2 different cards from the same background that I created with this technique. I'm sharing the first one today and I'll share the other tomorrow :-).

Today's card is the simpler one of the two.

I created my background by swiping my ink pads diagonally across the cardstock and I love that it looks like dry brushing.  I used Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, and Raspberry Fizz inks.  I then die cut the wonderful words Hello from the background, being careful to keep the pieces for the e and the o.  I set aside the die cut word to use one another card and took my background with the negative image and adhered it at an angle on the card base.  I finished the card off by attaching the cut out pieces of the e and the o in the correct place within the negative image.

Quick and easy!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see my other card using the die cut!

Supplies: (All PTI)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet, Raspberry Fizz
Die: Wonderful Words: Hello die

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Just what I needed.

Good morning! It's a chilly one today here in Oklahoma.  Sadly almost all of the pretty fall leaves have fallen already- I didn't even get a chance to go take photos of them yet.  I suppose I should've known that with it being as windy as it is here that they wouldn't last too long.  I do love the crisp days, though.  Happy that sweater weather has finally arrived!
It's been a busy few days around here.  My mom came for a visit from Indiana- she arrived on Halloween and was able to Trick or treat with us and then stayed until Sunday.  It was a short visit, but we packed in a lot of fun!  I was really sad to see her leave, but I'm so thankful that she was able to come out for a few days.  There isn't a whole lot to do in the town where we live, so we did a lot of driving to get to the larger cities and more driving to get her to and from the airport. (the closest international airport is 2 hours away in OKC).  I think she enjoyed her visit in spite of all the car time.
Here are my kiddos on Halloween- Merida and Alice in Wonderland.

It's also been quiet around the bloggy because I was busy trying to learn a new skill. I taught myself how to knit.  I had a few failed attempts at this in the past where I just got frustrated and gave up.  I have more time now, though, since I'm staying home so I gave it another shot and I successfully completed a scarf. Hayley quickly snatched that up, so I'll have to make another one for myself.  I have my eye on the gaptastic cowl pattern that Dawn McVey has been using to make some beautiful scarves, but when I first looked at it, I didn't understand what the pattern was talking about, so I figured I have some more learning to do before I attempt it!  Since I was on a roll with the knitting success, I decided to try to learn to crochet too. Another thing I had previously tried to do and failed due to frustration.  But guess what?! I figured it out and I made a few projects! Thank you Youtube! I'm so glad to have finally accomplished my goal to learn how to do these things.  I've had yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks just gathering dust for months and months and I was finally able to put them to use and make something useful.  Here are the crochet projects that I completed (if you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these! Sorry):

My first attempt was a slouchy hat for my older daughter, Caitlynn.  It didn't turn out quite as slouchy as I thought it was going to, but she still likes it and I learned quite a bit doing it.  

Next I decided to try to make a flower.  And surprise, surprise, it actually came out looking like a flower!! I had some gray yarn left over and wanted to do a small project to try to use some of it up.  Now I want to make a bunch more of these!  This crochet business is addictive!

I was high on success from the flower and decided to take the plunge on a cute owl hat for Hayley.  And I DID IT! I am sure there are some mistakes, but it's a hat, it fits her, and it turned out the way it was supposed to. I'm calling it a success.  She LOVES it.  I just finished it this morning about 15 minutes to spare before we had to leave for school.  She was so excited to put it on and show her friends.  Makes my heart happy.  It took me most of yesterday and then the few minutes this morning to get it done, which is extremely slow compared to how quickly my friends do this- my friend Emily made 3 hats in less time than it took me to just make this one! I wish she was here to give me some lessons but she lives in Germany so I had to learn myself! 

Here is my happy girl wearing her new hat!

So I apologize for the silence here for the past few days! Having my mom visit was just what I needed, and I enjoyed doing something crafty other than making cards.  Not that I'm going to stop doing that- I am working on a card for this week's Make It Monday challenge at Nichole's blog and a couple other stamping projects that I'll hopefully be back to share tomorrow! Have a wonderful rest of your day!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Make It Monday #138 - Take Two

I whipped up another card for this week's Make it Monday challenge over at Nichole Heady's blog.  This one is more along the lines of my usual style.  I typically don't like the results when I make flat cards, so my work usually has a lot of layers.  This is a multi-layer-looking card but it's completely flat, which is nice for when I mail it, so it has the best of both worlds.

I started out again with a base of vintage cream, then I layered on some kraft, melon berry, dark chocolate, and patterned paper from the aqua mist pattern pack.

I first cut the flower out of the background vintage cream paper, and then stamped and inserted the die cut.  Then I layered on the kraft paper.  I die cut the "Happy" from the polka dot paper and adhered that negative onto a strip of melon berry cardstock.  Next, I die cut it again from vintage cream and stamped the coordinating image in dark chocolate.  I adhered it back inside the negative image and then attached that panel to the kraft cardstock before die-cutting the next flower.  You'll notice that I cut that flower upside down- I could lie and say that it was totally on purpose, but it was an oops...I don't know why I always hold that die upside down.  But I just embraced it and thought of it as more a happy little accident because I think that the limeaid ice ink looks really pretty with the aqua mist patterned paper. It did take a few passes through my machine to get the die to cut through all those layers.

  I placed the stamped image inside the negative and then I decided that I wanted a strip of dark chocolate along the bottom, too.  To do that, I placed the strip on top of my card front and layered the die on top of it.  Then I lined it up with the already cut image and used some washi tape to hold it in place.  Ran it through my Big Shot and then just trimmed the other end off to fit.  Worked perfectly.

Here is the view from the side.  

The colors on this card make me so very happy. Just love them.

That's all for today's version of this challenge! Enjoy the rest of your day, thank you for spending a little bit of it here with me!

Supplies: (All PTI unless otherwise specified)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist patterned paper from the Aqua Mist patterned paper pack
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Limeaid Ice
Stamps: Pretty Peonies
Dies: Pretty Peonies

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Make It Monday #138

What a whirlwind weekend we had! My husband competed in the Austin, TX Ironman 70.3 mile triathlon on Sunday so we spent most of Saturday driving to Austin, which is about 6.5 hours from where we live, and getting him all checked in for the race.  Then on Sunday, he did his swim, bike, and run while the girls and I cheered him on.  This was his 2nd Ironman race, and he beat his time from the first one by almost 13 minutes.  Very proud of him. Now let me digress.  These races take a long time.  He swims 1.2 miles, bikes 56 miles, and then runs 13.1 miles.  The professional athletes finish in about 4 hours.  My husband is not a professional- so going into it, we knew it would be longer than 4 hours, so we told the girls to bring stuff to do while we waited. We had to be up and to the arena by 6 so Will could drop off his run bag, and then bused to the lake so he could check in his bike bag and get his body marked, etc.  It was pitch black, raining, and cold outside. See where I am going with this yet?  With 2 children in tow...this was not a great start to the day.  HUGE props to the lady that I saw with a stroller toting what appeared to be a 2 year old, an infant strapped to her in a carrier, and a 4 or 5 year old, because that could not have been easy.  My 12 and 7 year old kids were whining and over it about 5 minutes after we got there.  So anyway, we get him all checked in and then we wait...til his swim started at almost 9 am.  3 hours, in the cold, dark rain.  Blah is all I can say about that.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that there was no coffee...and no where open for breakfast near where we were staying so none of us had eaten, including my husband who was about to make his body go 70.3 miles... fail. 
Here we are right before he started swimming. At this point it had stopped raining for about 30 min or so.

We made it through the swim, and then had to walk about a mile to get to where the buses were taking the spectators back to the arena, deal with an angry volunteer line nazi who didn't understand that it was better to form 2 lines for 2 buses instead of just one big line, and search for food for the whining children.  It was 10 am.  They weren't being starved.  I did find food at the arena when we arrived , which I thought would make them a little less grumpy- didn't work.  So $25 later, after purchasing nachos and corn dogs and a shared might as well be liquid gold soda ($2 for one can of soda. A can, people...a can! not even a bottle! Extortion.), my kids were just as cranky and whiny as before, only now I wasn't hearing the "I'm staaaaarving" anymore, they just replaced it with more frequent outbursts of "I'm bored" or "Is he done yet?"
  The first race, just my husband and I went and it was like a vacation...this time with the kids was kind of miserable for all of us.  The girls were happy to hear that they will not have to come to any future races. Long story short, we made it out alive.  Barely. *wink. Here is a shot of my 2 time Ironman just after the finish.

Now, onto the reason that most people visit here- a crafty post.

Make It Monday #138 is up over at Nichole Heady's blog and this week the challenge is for Inlaid die cuts.  I will most likely play again later this week, but here is the first card I created for this challenge.  A very CAS card. 

I started out with a card base of vintage cream cardstock.  I used the Wonderful words dies as well as the large heart punch by fiskars for the inlaid dies.  This card is extremely clean for my usual style, but I like the simplicity.  

Thanks for coming by today! I should be back with some more takes on this challenge soon!

Have a great day!

Supplies: (All PTI unless otherwise specified)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Ink: True Black
Stamps: With All My Heart, Love Birds
Dies: Wonderful Words
Other: Large heart punch from Fiskars

Friday, October 25, 2013

Papertrey October Blog Hop Post 2

Now for the simple tag:

For this one, I wanted it to be super simple to make a bunch at a time.  I used Fabulous Frames, Grand Ampersand, and Mini Blooms.

Quick and easy, but still festive and fun! Here's another shot of all 5 of the simple ones together. 

So happy to have been able to play along this month and get a head start on my holiday tags!! I can't wait to start wrapping gifts so I can use these.  

Thanks again for hopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your day!

Supplies: All PTI unless otherwise specified
Fancy Tags:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Raspberry Fizz, Limeaid Ice
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, LImeaid Ice, True Black
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics, Mega Mixed Messages, Tiny Treats: Christmas, Holiday Photo Finishers
Other: Tag Sale #6 die, Fancy Flakes Die, Limitless Layers Circles Dies, Doily Details Dies, and twine (Darice)

Simple Tags:
Cardstock: White
Ink: Pure Poppy, Limeaid Ice, True Black
Stamps: Fabulous Frames, Grand Ampersand, Mini Blooms
Other: Fabulous Frames Dies, Double Ended Banner Dies, Twine (Darice), and Rhinestones (Queen & Co.)