Monday, September 30, 2013

Make It Monday #134

Hi-ya friends! Happy Monday- I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  I'm back today for the new Make It Monday over at Nichole Heady's blog.

This week, the technique is called Repeat & Lift.  It's great for making detailed die cuts stand out more on your cards.

For my card, I used the Grand Ampersand stamps and dies.



I chose the largest ampersand from the set for my main image.  I stamped half of the ampersand in Aqua Mist and the other half in Simply Chartreuse.  I then did the repeat stamping to create the blurred image of the ampersand.  I placed the matching die cut on top.  I finished off the main panel of my card with the Mr. and Mrs sentiments from the set as well as to have and to hold forever.

For the background panel, I just used the Background Basics Chevron stripes and stamped it in a repeating pattern in True Black ink.


I really like how these colors work together and enjoyed learning a new way to work with the die cuts and matching stamps!

That's it for me today! Late posting and it's time to get my kiddos ready for bed!

Have a wonderful evening!

Supplies:
Cardstock: White- Papertrey Ink
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, True Black all Papertrey Ink
Stamps:  Grand Ampersand, Background Basics: Chevron- by Papertrey Ink
Other:  Green Grosgrain- Offray, Green & White pattern- American Crafts, Grand Ampersand Dies- Papertrey Ink, Embroidery Floss, dimensionals

Friday, September 27, 2013

Make It Monday #133

Hello! Hello!

Going to just jump right into things today because my house is a DISASTER! My two micro-tornado-trapped-in-a-child's-body girls have just left their crazy all over the place.  Clothes, shoes, nail polishes, random socks, My Little Ponies, Basketball duffle bag cast offs (eew!)...you name it and it's strewn around our downstairs.  Typically that would be their mess to clean up, but I just can't look at it anymore! *Gasp! You know it's bad when it's bothering me!  Right, hubby?!  Right, college roommate?!  Right, Mom?!

So yeah...gotta go clean.

But first- a new Make It Monday challenge went live over at Nichole Heady's blog on this past Monday.  While I LOVED the idea right away to make flocked backgrounds with the dimensional paste (something I hadn't ever tried before), I was kinda bummed out because I didn't have the stuff and the town where we live doesn't have a craft store-- don't get me started...it doesn't even have TARGET!-- and the closest one is about an hour away.  I just didn't have that kind of time this week to make the trip, so I thought I'd have to pass this week.  Thankfully, Danielle posted a link to this blog in the forums, with a tutorial to make your own! Hooray!

I followed the directions she had posted there, except it was kinda runny...so I added quite a bit more flour- I didn't measure it, I just kept adding til I got the consistency I wanted.  And then I added some mint colored acrylic paint because I didn't have any re-inkers to add for color.  The color came out perfect- very very close to Aqua Mist (my tied-for first place favorite with Raspberry Fizz).

So here's my card!


I unfortunately do not own any cover plates yet.  I just ordered my first one and it's supposed to get here tomorrow, but we have a super busy weekend planned so I wasn't sure if I'd have time to play with it for this challenge.  I improvised and used a studio calico mask- it's intended for the Mister Huey's but it worked well for this too.

For the flowers, to get the lighter ones, I just stamped the image again without re-inking.  To make the arrows, I stacked double ended banner die cuts that I ran through twice in varying lengths.



This was SO much fun. I loved playing with this technique and I am looking forward to making some more fun backgrounds.  I love the texture that it adds!


Have a wonderful day! Thanks for spending a few minutes of it with me.

Oh and PS- HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my big sister, Stacey!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Select Stampers White, Melon Berry, Kraft- all Papertrey Ink
Ink: Melon Berry- Papertrey Ink, Chocolate Chip- Stampin' Up
Stamps: Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie Step 2, Mega Mixed Messages- all Papertrey Ink
Other:  DIY dimensional Paste, Mint acrylic paint, Chevron Huey Mask by Studio Calico, Double Ended Banner & Rosie Posie dies by Papertrey Ink, and Enamel dot by My Mind's Eye for Studio Calico.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ready Made Embellishments Challenge

Hi-ya peeps!

It's another bright sunshine-y day in Oklahoma!  It is also school picture day around here for my youngest- she looked so cute this morning...I love school picture day.   She's getting a little more choosy about what she wears these days, so I was jump-up-and-down ecstatic when she sweetly asked me to pick out her picture day clothes.  She's even wearing a cute little scarf today! Adorable. And sparkly boots..even though the picture only shows her upper body- hey, I get it in where I can.  She's all for sparkle, but nowadays she wants gym shoes so she can run around on the playground...and to think that up until school started I couldn't get the kid in a pair of gym shoes to save my life.  She lived in her sparkly flats.  We have 5 pairs of sparkly flats- she had a major thing with them..and now she barely wears them.  All of a sudden she's just too busy to bother with shoes that might fall off while being chased around the playground.  They grow too fast.

Anyway- I have a different kind of card today.  There is only one little stamped part on it- the rest is all ready-made.  I created this card for the Ready-Made Embellishment challenge over at Moxie Fab World. Go check it out and play along!

Here is my card for the challenge:





I used a card base of Vintage Cream cardstock.  I added the chevron patterned paper to make up my card base.  I sprizted on a little bit of Mister Huey in Skyscraper just to add a little something to the background and then topped that with a project life journaling card from the Clementine kit.  I loved the Today is beautiful sentiment on it since I was working on a birthday card. I stacked some die cuts and added a birthday greeting.


My final touch was the enamel dots- sadly, it's my first time using them. I got them in a Studio Calico scrapbook kit and I've been hoarding them.  They are so cute...they remind me of the candies that were stuck to the paper when I was a kid...we called them rainbow dots- not sure if that's the official name.  Oh the memories...

Go check out the challenge- a grand prize winner will be chosen and published in Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking digital magazine!


Supplies:
Paper: Chevron Patterned paper- My Minds Eye Fine and Dandy , Vintage Cream, Hawaiian shores, and Select Stampers White - Papertrey Ink, and Chocolate Chip- Stampin' Up.
Ink: Canyon Clay- Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Tagged Sentiments - Papertrey Ink
Other:  Mat Stack 6 die, Doily Details die, & Limitless Layers Circles dies- Papertrey Ink, Project Life Journaling Card - Becky Higgins Clementine Core Kit, Mister Huey's mist in Skyscraper- Studio Calico, and Enamel Dots- My Mind's Eye for Studio Calico

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop- Post 3

Ok guys, last one for this challenge.  I just pulled some stuff out to play with and I guess the wreath theme is just stuck in my head and I ended up with this card:




I am really excited about this color combo- I love the kraft, cream, melon berry, and silver together and I think that while it's really soft, it's also wintery, even if it's not traditional.

I pulled out some older supplies on this one- some snowflake brads that I've had for years...I think they are old Making Memories, along with the larger silver snowflakes.  The smaller ones is a punch by EK success that I've had for a long time too.

I tried to take a closer picture so you can see all the glitter. I did a fine glitter all over and around the wreath and also added a little bit of stickles in there too to make it nice and sparkly, but it's hard to see in the photo.
For the sentiment strip, I used one of the everyday photo finishers dies and embossed the image onto my kraft panel and then heat embossed the sentiment.

I have really enjoyed participating in this month's blog hop.  I can't wait until the next one!



 Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Melon Berry, Vintage cream, soft stone
Ink: Fresh Snow, Versamark
Stamps: Photo Finishers Holiday
Other: Snowflake punch- ek success, snowflake brads and metals-Making Memories, lace, Stickles, Extra Fine Glitter in Snow by Recollections

Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop- Post 2

Hey again!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial for my Halloween wreath!  For my 2nd post of the blog hop, I decided to do a more traditional wreath card.

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  I love everything about it. Football, sweaters, the leaves changing, boots, the crisp air, pumpkins...you name it.  The little wreath on this card started off with just the idea of incorporating the fun colors of the fall.

I die cut a bunch of leaves from the Autumn Acorns dies and stamped them in their coordinating ink colors on the chocolate, canyon clay, simply chartreuse, and summer sunrise cardstock. I used the smaller sizes for this project.  I then cut out the scalloped circle from limitless layers circles.  To make a wreath form shape, I just took the circle from that die set and cut out the middle of the scalloped circle.


Then I just stacked the leaves on top of the scalloped wreath shape until I got the look that I wanted. I tied a piece of bakers twine and a dark chocolate button to the bottom through the scallops to make my wreath bow and then added the sentiment on a double ended banner die cut.



I placed my wreath on a white cardbase topped with some distressed dot paper and a panel made from white and bitty dot cut with the half and half die .

So that's all for today! If you missed it, make sure you check out the previous post for my Halloween wreath project & tutorial to make your own!

Happy hopping, blog hoppers!! :-)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Select stampers white, summer sunrise, simply chartreuse, canyon clay all from Papertrey Ink, Chocolate chip from Stampin Up
Patterned paper: Bitty Dot and Distressed dots both by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!), Canyon Clay, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise from Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Autumn Acorns by Papertrey Ink
Other- Dark Chocolate button, dies- Autumn Acorn, Double ended banner, Half & Half, and Limitless Layers Circles from Papertrey Ink. Baker's twine by Darice

September Blog Hop- Papertrey Ink- Post 1

Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike...what day is it?!  It's HUMP- da-ay! Woot-Woot!!

It's also Papertrey Ink blog hop day! Hooray!  I haven't participated in a while, but super excited to play along today!  The theme for this month is Wreaths.

I have actually created 2 different projects for this theme.  One is a card that I'll show in my next post, and the other is actually a door decoration. Here is my Halloween wreath that I made out of paper.  It's hung on the outside of our downstairs restroom door.



Want to see how it came together? I'll give you a hint...it's lots of die-cutting!

First, I die cut 12 of these layerz mat stack 4 dies out of white cardstock.

Next, I stamped them using the Modern Woodgrain Mats stamp set in Summer Sunrise and Black ink- 6 of each color. I used the larger die because I wanted that large white border.  If you don't want such a thick border, you can use the regular size.


Using my scor-pal, I then scored each of the layerz mat stack #4 die cuts straight down the middle.  I folded on the score lines for half of each color, so 3 of each I went ahead and folded on the score lines.  So you'll have something that looks like of like a bunch of butterfly wings.  I then used scor-tape to adhere the folded ones to the flat ones using the score line on the flat piece to line it up.  Once you have it all stuck down, you can fold the bottom piece backwards just to give it a little dimension.

Now, adhere all of your pieces together in a round shape.  I did this by lining up the little side points on each one and connecting the pieces with small bits of scor-tape. I used the scor-tape because it's strong, but you could also probably use just a regular tape runner or glue dots.


I wanted to add a little something to the middle of each "point" of the circle, so I die-cut the smallest of the Mat Stack 6 in black.  You'll need 6 of them to go around the wreath.  I adhered those to the back of my wreath and then started decorating the center.  I used a doily, the details dies, and limitless layers circles to make mine.  I stamped BOO from the Headline Alpha and a couple little bats from Tiny Treats: Halloween to the topmost circle. I like that they are kind of Peeking around the outside of the circle.


 I also added a little bling for just a touch of sparkle.


And here is the finished project. I punched a hole and added some fun bakers twine to hang it.


I just ordered the Polka Dot Parade #7 and I think that little ghost would look so cute on here- It hasn't arrived yet, but when it does, I might add him on here too. Even without the little ghost, though, this is a fun Halloween decoration.

I would LOVE to see what you come up with if you decide to make one of these little wreaths for yourself! It can be adapted in a lot of different ways. I'm already envisioning another one for Christmas and one for Valentine's day! Please comment with a link to your project so I can see it.  I would also love to hear what you think of the tutorial- yay or nay for future posts?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my wreath project.  Like I mentioned earlier, I also have a Wreath card in my next post, so be sure to check that out too as you continue on your hop!





Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black from Stampin' Up, Stampers Select White from Papertrey Ink, Canyon Clay from Papertrey Ink
Ink: Basic Black from Stampin' Up, Summer Sunrise from Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Headline Alphabet, Tiny Treats: Halloween, Modern Woodgrain Mats all by Papertrey Ink
Other:  Doily, Scor-Tape, Scor-pal, Gems (Queen and Co), Dies- Layerz Mat Stack 4, Doily Details, Mat Stack 6 and Limitless Layers Circles by Papertrey Ink.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gearing up for Halloween

Confession time...I am not usually a Halloween crafter.  I know.  I know.  I just haven't really gotten into it because we have never really gone crazy with decorating our home for Halloween.  I have made little Halloween treats for the kids classes in the past, but they weren't anything very fancy.  That is really the extent of it. I do decorate for Fall in general, and I go pretty nuts over Christmas, Valentine's day, and the 4th of July, but never really for Halloween.

Well I decided that I need to change that because there are SO many adorable Halloween themed things available.  So today I worked on a couple of projects to get my feet wet.  One of them you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see, read on to see the other.

Ok, so I baked some really delicious cookies yesterday- they are M&M cookies and the recipe is one that I found on Pinterest that is from Picky Palate.  The title was "Perfect M&M Cookies"...I checked it out and they are Ahhhh-mazing.  Click on my pinterest link in the side bar and if you go to my Good Enough To Eat Board you'll find the link to the recipe.  I highly recommend it.

Now one of my favorite things about Halloween?  The treats.  Seriously.  Not so much the tricks.

So what better way to get my feet wet with Halloween crafting than to come up with some packaging for some treats?!


I have about a MILLION of these lunch sack type bags in a variety of colors- black, purple, green, orange, red, white... that I got for free from a company I used to work for.  They were just going to throw them away! Nope- they came home with me.  And they have been sitting in a box untouched.  A travesty.  Well when we moved here to our new home and I was going through and unpacking- I came across them and will be putting them to good use!  Today is the first -of most likely many- project that I created with one of these bags.

So first things first,  I trimmed about 2 inches off the top of the sack to make it a little shorter.  Then I used a Martha Stewart border punch to put a fancy edge on the top of the sack.  Next up? Decorating.

I used my well-loved Polka Dot basics set and stamped the largest dots in Winter Wisteria on just a white base.  I then stacked that on top of a black mat to make it stand out more. I added a doily just because it's pretty.  Next, I used my trusty old paper crimper and crimped up a strip of Limeaid Ice.  I used a large square punch to make the banner edges on it.  I topped that off with a black square that I just trimmed on my paper trimmer to be slightly larger than the Limitless Layers squares dies.  Topped that off with some limitless layers die cuts that I stamped using the Tiny Treats: Halloween.  These little monsters are SO cute.  I have had this set forever and haven't really played with it as much as I should have.  Darn that whole not crafting for Halloween...

I trimmed out 2 little monsters from winter wisteria and limeaid ice and added them using dimensional adhesive.  They sort of remind me a little bit of minions...
I added the Happy Halloween sentiment and finished it off with some pretty purple bling that I purchased at Walmart- Studio G makes them.  The pack of them was $.97 I believe.

Pretty cute, I think! I did go with a non-traditional type color scheme with the green, black, and purple, but it suits the monsters so well!

Obviously when Halloween rolls around I'll have a fresh batch of cookies to include in the gift- but at least the bag is all done and ready to go!

Do you do a lot of Halloween crafting?  I just ordered a couple other Halloween themed items that I'm excited to get to play around with, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more around here in the coming weeks!

Make sure you come by again tomorrow- I have a much more ambitious project to share!

Have a great day!!
Supplies:
Cardstock: Basic Black- Stampin' Up, Stampers Select White, Winter Wisteria, Limeaid Ice- Papertrey Ink
Ink- Basic Black- Stampin' Up, Winter Wisteria- Papertrey Ink
Stamps- Polka Dot Basics, Tiny Treats: Halloween - Papertrey Ink
Other:  Paper bag, Paper Crimper (Fiskars), Doily, Ribbon (Offray), Gems (Studio G), and Limitless Layers Squares dies- Papertrey Ink.

Monday, September 23, 2013

From the bottom of my heart

Wow.  Just wow.  Thank you thank you thank you to all of you who have stopped by the past few days and left comments and well wishes for my daughter after my last post.  You all are awesome!!  My family and I appreciate you and your prayers and thoughts more than I can even say!  I'm very touched, and very thrilled to hear that many of you have gone through the same type of thing with your children and it turned out to not be a big deal.  So from the bottom of my heart, thank you!

A little weekend recap for us around here-

You know how they say that little boys are basically made of dirt?  Well...Miss Hayley gave them a run for their money this weekend.  This child was outside ALL weekend- which I love, by the way- with her neighborhood friends.  She was reminding me of what I was like when I was little running in and out of the house only to grab a quick drink unless we had called her in for lunch or dinner and then having the dirtiest feet I think I have ever seen when she came in from playing in the yard and at the park right behind our house.  Amazing.  The weather was PERFECT! Cait got out and did some running and basketball drills outside to take advantage of how nice it was outside too.

As for myself and the mister?  Well we got to clean the garage.  Woohoo.  You're jealous, right?

We are in a much smaller home here on base than our off-base home we own back in Charleston, so our garage is home to all of the stuff that just doesn't have a place here in this house.  Many of my crafty items, some extra furniture, workout equipment, etc. My sweet husband helped me tear the garage apart last week trying to find my Silhouette Cameo- we found it! WOOHOO! (of course in a box that was labeled "puzzles & games"-- something that would make you think craft supplies, right?)- So it was only fair that I spend some time helping him put it back together.  And it looks way better in there now.  We spend a lot of time out there now that our treadmill and indoor trainer are out there.  We have a tv and stuff set up out there too to make the workouts go by faster.  I spent some quality time out there yesterday doing a 12.3 mile bike ride on the indoor trainer.  Paying for it today.  Would be really really nice to have one of those inflatable donut pillows to sit on today, hee hee.

We watched a lot of football- GO COLTS! And wow that Pittsburgh/Chicago game was painful to watch- I can't even imagine how the Steelers fans could have managed to sit through the whole thing.  I was born in Chicago so I always cheer for them when my Colts aren't playing- I'm glad they won, but ouch to poor Ben Roethlisberger.

And that was basically all that happened around here.  Lots of outside time, lots of cleaning, lots of football.

Coming up late this week- my sister is turning 34, which leads me to my crafty share for the day-

Here is a birthday card that I put together-



I was inspired by how Maile Belles has been showcasing patterns under a white panel on many of her cards recently.  I decided to try it out and used some papers from my My Minds Eye patterned paper pads.  The pads are 6x6 so a great size for projects like this.

































I stamped one of the sentiments from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday onto the white panel before adhering it to the card base with dimensional adhesive.  I also added a little strip of chocolate chip cardstock on the edge to give it a little extra pop from the patterned papers underneath.












































Supplies:
Paper: Stampers Select White- Papertrey Ink, Chocolate Chip- Stampin' Up, Patterned papers from My Minds Eye- Fine and Dandy  6x6 paper pad 
Ink:  Chocolate Chip- Stampin' Up, Aqua mist, & Summer Sunrise- Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, & Star Prints- Papertrey Ink

Now I'm off to go back some M&M cookies using a recipe I found on Pinterest from Picky Palate.  I hope mine turn out as well as the ones in her picture look! Nothing like blowing a good workout with some yummy cookies, right?  ;-)

Happy Monday, and Happy FALL!!!



Thursday, September 19, 2013

MIM #132 take two

We have officially been living in Oklahoma for a month and a half.  As my husband would say we have 10 months and 11 days left living here :-).  He's in a little bit of a hurry to leave and get back to our house in Charleston and out of our cramped base house.  The kids, on the other hand, are loving it here.  Just yesterday H said, "Mommy, I don't ever want to move back to our other house.  This place is so cool- playground right behind our house and a pool too! AND I have friends right across the street!"  Oh to be 7 again and have your only care in the world be where the nearest playground is.  I'm happy she has adjusted so well, though. We had a rough year with her last year with school.  So far this year things have done a complete 180.  She has straight A's and is just flourishing here.  It's AWESOME.  However, we did get some kind of upsetting news during her check-up the other day at the doctor.  Her pediatrician back in Charleston said that he heard a heart murmur about a month before we moved and said that he'd like to have it re-checked at her next appointment.  We had the pediatrician here check it and he heard it also.  They did an EKG and he called us today to let us know that while the EKG looked okay, they still want her to go see the cardiologist.  I was hoping they would say everything was normal, so I'm a little worried, but I'd rather we know than not know because she is so active.  Any prayers and/or positive thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

For today's "project", I decided to revisit the Make It Monday challenge using the layered border dies.  For take 2, I went with a different theme and geared it toward the fall.





































The border I used is the Heart border die. When I started looking at what I had in my stash, I was playing around with the ones I have to see what came to mind and I thought that the bottom of the heart die resembled the cross-hatch type pattern on the acorn.  I inked up the edges of the die cuts using the PTI Tea Dye Chai ink and then layered them up.

























I topped the tiers of border dies with a piece of chocolate chip (Stampin' Up) grosgrain ribbon tied in a bow and then embellished the card with some die cuts from the Limitless layers squares and the Autumn Acorn dies.

Here is a side view so you can see the dimension. Love those little acorns.  So cute.











































Supplies:
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse all Papertrey Ink
Ink: Chocolate chip- Stampin' Up!, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft, and Tea Dye Chai from Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Autumn Acorns
Other:  Dies- Autumn Acorns, Limitless Layers Squares, Heart Border Die all Papertrey Ink.  Grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up.





Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Stationary Sets

Hey there, welcome back!

A little late posting today, it's been a little crazy around the Hyde household the past couple of days between doctor appointments and athletic practices so I played catch up a bit this morning. 

I have a fun little project to share today that's a little more than a card.

  I saw something similar to this on Pinterest while browsing, but when I clicked the link it didn't list any measurements or instructions for the box.  So I thought, well no problemo, I'll just figure this out myself, but this style box was not my original idea. (Unfortunately, I have no clue who originally came up with this box concept to credit them here for the idea.) It took me a little trial and error, I won't lie, but I finally got the measurements just right to fit my cards and envelopes inside.  The envelopes I use are a bit big because sometimes I hang stuff off the standard A2 card size edges, so I had to size the pockets accordingly.  I have another envelope that I just purchased from the Silhouette store that I am going to try at some point and I will probably have to make the pockets a little smaller for those.

Here is what the outside of the box looks like when it's all closed up and tied:

  When you open it up, there are two pockets that hold the cards and envelopes.  These each have 4 cards & envelopes in them, all made with the same basic layout just different patterned papers.  The cover of my finished box measures 5 x 7.5 in.

 Isn't it cute?! I'm so proud of myself for figuring all these measurements and stuff out myself. I'm sure there is a tutorial somewhere on the web for this exact same box so I probably reinvented the wheel with it, but that's okay. I had fun.  My little pockets are 3 x 4.75 in. and are half an inch deep.

Here are the cards that are inside:

#1.


#2.
#3.




#4.
Here is the inside of one of the other sets.  All of the interior cards are the same, just the cover is different.
All three sets together.


And all 3 again with a front view.  


All of the patterned papers I used on these are from an older American Crafts set- the Metropolitan Line.
I've had them for ages- I kind of hoarded them because they are so pretty, but I figured this was a perfect time to get them out and put them to use.  


I used an EK Success punch for the label, and then a Mat Stack 2 die cut underneath it.  Each card also had some pearls or gemstones.  I kept the design really simple so that it was easy to mass produce. I realized it's very hard for me to scale back- I like all the extras on my cards!  You could always embellish the cards more if you want to, but the simplicity of these allowed me to finish all three box sets in about an hour and a half including the assembly time for the boxes.

I made one other one of these also using papers from the Metropolitan line, but the ones that are blue, black, green, and white.  I gave that one to our Commander's wife as a thank you for the welcome gift she gave us and because I was in a hurry to get the thank you to her today, I didn't get a chance to photograph it.  I still have leftovers for that one, so I'm sure I'll throw together another one.  I'm planning to use these as part of the girls' teacher gifts. It's also just nice to have them on hand in case some other little thing comes up where I want to give a small gift.  When the cards included in the sets are all used up, the box is sturdy enough that the recipient could always refill it.  

Thank you for stopping by to visit! I hope you are having a wonderful day!






Tuesday, September 17, 2013

This one time, at Walmart

Yesterday something funny happened to me. It happened at Walmart.  I know, right?

The commissary on base is closed on Mondays and we were completely out of bread and I needed some chicken broth for a crockpot meal (turkey) that I'm making for dinner tonight, otherwise, I tend to try to avoid Walmart at all costs.  Too many people and too many enticing things for kids.Every time I go there with kids in tow, one of us ends up in tears.  Case in point, my 7 year old convinced me to take her to the toy section saying she knew we weren't buying any toys, but she wanted to go "just to look" and then had a little pout-fest when I refused to buy a toy she wanted.  But that's not the funny story.

So we were going along doing our shopping and my husband had asked me to pick up some fruit since I was going to be there anyway.  I'm headed over to pick up some apples and this woman yells out "Oh my gosh you're so beautiful!"  The woman was probably in her early 40's so about 10 years older than me. She was nicely dressed and had an older child with her. I'm thinking she's talking about my kid who had just rudely walked in front of her cart to point at pumpkins and ask if we could carve one, so I smiled and said thank you.  But it didn't stop there.  She then comes over and animatedly grabs my arm and starts talking about how at first she thought I was someone she knew and then decided that I was just too pretty to be that person and that I must just remind her of someone from the TV.  This went on for about 10 minutes.  She followed me through the produce section just chatting away about me being pretty.  Mind you, people were staring.  This is not something that happens to me on a regular basis. (I suppose the fact that I was at Walmart lends itself well to my favor- there are entire websites devoted to the crazy stuff people see there.)
 So after following me around the produce section and talking to me about a woman at the middle school that looks exactly like Cameron Diaz "except with a little age on her, you know.." the woman tells me to have a blessed day and simply walks away.  

Afterwards, I was kind of shell-shocked.  Did that really just happen?  My 7 year old said, yes mommy that lady really just said you should be on TV.   So I text my husband and share this little story with him and he says "Well, that was nice."

And it was nice.  Flattering and slightly embarrassing too.  Just goes to show you never know what adventures await at Walmart.

And just so your visit wasn't a complete waste of time- here's another card from my craft-a-thon last week:



this was a lot of fun. I was trying something different, doing the stripes.  But I love the bold look of it.  The royal velvet color is one of my favorites.  Such a rich and beautiful shade of purple.

Here's a close up of the layering. I used up a bunch of left over die cuts on this one from my scrap basket. 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Royal Velvet, Vintage Cream, Melon Berry, Raspberry Fizz, and Aqua Mist.  The polka dot paper is from the Aqua mist pattern pack.
Ink: Raspberry Fizz & Royal Velvet
Stamps: Damask Designs, Tagged Sentments
Other: Double Ended Banner Die, Fabulous Frames die (just the center), Doily Details Die, and the limitless layers circles all from Papertrey.  The little flower punch is from EK success and the pearls from Queen and Co.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!