Sunday, December 28, 2008

Holidays

I hope everyone has had a happy holiday. We left early for Missouri because my dad is in the hospital. He is still there but doing much better now. We had to celebrate Christmas without him or my mom. We took stockings to the hospital for him to watch the kids open but he was really too out of it. Therefore I don't really have any great Christmas pictures to share. Instead I'm going to share a couple of my favorite pictures of Simon and Lizzy with my dad from last summer when they were able to visit with him.

My apartment is full of bags and presents from the trip home yesterday and a good mixture of moving boxes. Hopefully I'll be in the scrapbook room tomorrow as I still have presents to make for family we are seeing on January 3.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hoppy Holidays

I am knee deep in Christmas cards and gifts today. I went to the dentist this morning and found out I will be having a root canal tomorrow instead of finishing up gifts for next week. Merry Christmas to me.

I just finished the Christmas card for my brother. He collects frogs. When I say he collects frogs I mean we have decided he should collect frogs and have proceeded to supply him with frogs whenever we can. Last year it was frog ornaments and those annoying dancing and singing figurines (my kids love those!). This year I haven't found a certain something just froggy enough so I settled for a frog card.

Paper: Making Memories
Stamp: Hero Arts

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Twilight Tuesday Challenge--A Cullen Christmas

The Twilight Inspiration challenge for this week was to create a Very Cullen Christmas. This is the first time I have had the time to participate in one of the challenges. Some of you may not know about my Twilight obsession. I am not a big fan of the movie but the books were specatular.

Anyway, on to the card. The card base is a shimmery green cardstock with glitter paper embossed with the snowflake folder. The apple was cut with an accucut die in red shimmery paper. The mistle toe is from the Vixen set by Quickutz. I didn't stamp a sentiment because I couldn't think of a good one. The card sparkles all over like the Cullens and the apple speaks for itself.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Holidays card order

I had an order for 20 non-Christmas, winter-like, minimalist style cards. I pulled out the winter bird set from Inkadinkado and tracked down a happy holidays stamp from a hero arts set.

It's hard to see in the picture but I stamped the bird in white stazon on a transparency. The black card base has a punched oval with the sentiment and a holly branch peaking out. The branch has been traced with silver glitter pen and the holly berries are stickles. I finished the card with some sparkly twill.

I'm actually pretty impressed with how long these took me. After designing the original card the actually work time (excluding drying time for the stickles) was just over an hour for 20 cards.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Crazy end of semester and a few Christmas Cards

The last week of my semester is this week. I am also trying to cram 30 hours of field experience into the next two weeks as one of the administrators at the school failed to get me placed earlier in the semester. As a result of the end of semester projects and field experience, my craft area feels neglected. I have a just rite monogram stamper that I have wanted for a long time that hasn't seen ink yet because school is calling.

A couple weeks ago I did attend a crop and managed to finish a few more Christmas cards so I will share those today so my blog isn't as lonely as my craft room is.

This first card is very simple but I think it turned out rather elegant looking. The main image is from an inkadinkado stamp set. I used gold ink, gold paper, white paper and a sheer ribbon.

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This card uses another image from the inkadinkao stamp set. I stamped it in white stazon and then traced the horn, halo and stars with a gold gel pen. The papers are gold and green.

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The bird card features paper from Basic Grey Wassail and a trio of birds from Inkadinkado. The card is finished with velvet and sheer ribbon.

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The last two cards both feature the snowflake Santa stamp. The pink card is finished with more Basic Grey Wassail paper and the blue Santa card features My minds eye paper.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

The last week has been a whirlwind. I celebrated my birthday on Friday by going out to dinner with friends and watching the Twilight movie. I went to a crop on Saturday and the rest of the week has been spent getting ready for Thanksgiving.

This year I am thankful that my family is all in good health, my husband is still employed when so many we know are out of work, the fall semester is almost over and I'll soon be able to devote some time in the evening to my family and my scrapbook room, and I passed my certification exam so I will be able to student teach this spring.

Simon came home with a turkey hat. Lizzy could not be out done so she made a hat today.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Birthday Treats, Gingerbread tea and a Hard Freeze

The weather has turned cool here in Central Texas. I miss the changing of the seasons the most so when we actually drop below 70 I get excited. It's rare to be this cool so early in the season here but I'm not looking a gift horse in the mouth. The weatherman is calling for a hard freeze tonight. I can't wait!

In honor of the cool weather I used some of the new stamps I received today for my birthday from my parents, to create a few Christmas cards. I pulled out my new box of Gingerbread Tea and put on some flannel pajama pants and then put ink to rubber or acrylic in this case.

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This card was created for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge202 on Splitcoaststampers.
Stamp set: Inkadinkado
Paper: Making Memories Christmas paper, Bazzil cardstock
Ink: Purely Pomegrante

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I created this card for the sketch challenge on 2 Sketches 4 You blog.

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: Purely Pomegrante
Paper: Purely Pomegrante, Bazzil green

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The last card I made tonight was just for fun because I love these little birds. I have always wanted the peaceful wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up. This set by inkadinkado has the pine branches I love from the peaseful wishes so I think I'm set now.

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: Purely Pomegranted
Paper: Kraft and Green by Bazzil

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ribbon Storage

I am a confessed ribbon junkie. I can not pass up a ribbon rack, a ribbon sale or the $1 bin ribbons. I buy lots on spools and even more by the yard. About a year ago ribbon storage became a delima for me. I didn't have a good storage system. I hated the ribbon cards, I didn't want to take the ribbon on spools off and I wanted to be able to easily see all the ribbons I have at one time.

The solution to my storage problem came in two forms. 1. A handy dad and some wood scraps. 2. The ribbon bag at Felicia's Scrapbooks.

Here is the ribbon tower my dad fabricated for my mom and myself. I've thought of painting it, maybe decorating it a bit but then I'd be without easy ribbon access so that hasn't happened.

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Here is a phot of the ribbon bag. I love this bag, it holds like 200 yards of ribbon. It's easy to see what you have and it's very portable.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Wrap up (Post #2 so scroll down!)

I am closing the book on Halloween. I posted my haunted house book earlier. Now I am going to share my husband's costume. I actually sewed it. I am a little nervous about sharing it as 1. I am NOT much of a seamstress. 2. The largest pattern I could find was a XL and my husband needed about a 4XL so I had to enlarge the pattern and had no concept of how to enlarge the pattern. Fletcher created the book (it opens to reveal candy) and the staff himself.

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I have also included some pictures of the kids decorating Halloween cookies. It's a family tradition of ours. Since my brother was here visiting, I let him have the decorating honors. I baked, made frosting and took pictures.

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Haunted House Book

I created a Haunted House book for a class at Felicia's Scrapbooks in September. The book had several interactive pieces to it. We ended up only running the class once due to time constraints. I finally brought my sample home to fill with pictures. Since it will probably take several weeks (meaning sometime after the New Year) to get pictures printed and put in the book (I know, I know my kids are always jpegs) I am going to share the blank book with you. I can't begin to remember where all the supplies came from. I know there is some Bazzil Bling and Karen Foster papers but beyond that I'm not certain.

This first picture is the cover. The cover is split down the side and opens both directions. The windows have acetate with spider webs stamped on it (stamp set is by inkadinkado). The roof is scalloped strips cut in Bazzil Bling.

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The two cover pieces open to reveal the first page. The cat's tail moves back and forth. The cat is cut from a sizzix die. The cat mummy is a stamp by Inkadinkado.

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The next page has a tab that pulls down a journaling block and pushes up a ghost.

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The last page has a paper pieced pumpkin that pulls down for a photo and a journaling block.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sketch Challenges

I always promise myself I am going to do at least one or two sketch challenges every week. There are so many great sketches out there and they really help to stretch creativity a bit. This is the first weekend that I have had any spare time to do a little playing in the stamp room. I've been busy with family and class commitments the last few weeks.

The first sketch challenge I participated in is Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge (TECC40). For this card I utilized some scraps I had laying around from other Christmas cards. I also used (gasp) some Studio G $1 stamps. I always buy those little buggers and then never use them! I added some candy cane stickles and gem stones to finish the card off.

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The next sketch challenge I created for is Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #64. For this card I used some new rubber I received from a secret sister swap on Stamp Shack. It was a sheet from I brake for Stamps. I used pumpkin paper and ink with some scenic route scraps.

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The last sketch card I was able to finish is for Mytimess10. I tried to go really non-traditional Christmas. I'm not sure if I like it yet or not. The paper is co-ordinations. One side is black and the other pink with a pink core. I embossed with the snowflake embossing folder and then sanded it to bring the pink out. I added the reindeer (a $1 purchase from last year, I'm on a roll using those!) and accented him with a stardust pen and two gems. I also used a fiskar's boarder punch, some ribbon and a couple more gems.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Blog Hopping

I found some interesting things out on the blogs I check out.

Blog candy opportunity: Serenity in Stamping

Don't forget about Gina K cards for the troops. The deadline was extended to November 5. I have more cards ready to go.

Ali Edwards has a daily journal for December on her blog, it's a neat format and I'm considering creating one this year as so much happens during the holidays that I would like to have a little journal to record the highlights in.

I also found this cute little box on Mel Stampz. It is screaming teacher/bus driver/principal gift to me.

Last but not least, Felicia at Felicia's Scrapbooks has started a blog for the store.

If you found any other goodies to share, please post a comment!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Zombies anyone?

This past Saturday my husband and I attended a Halloween Kareoke party. This party had a costume required element. I'm not all that into dressing up and I'm really not into singing. I made Fletcher a costume (I'll post pictures later this week) and for myself I made a scrapbook. I decided I should be a zombie scrapbooker because really that's about the extent of how involved I cared to be. I borrowed an apron from Felicia that said "Scrapbookers do it all night long" wore a little make up and called it a night. To authenticate my costume I did create a zombie digital scrapbook that I shared throughout the evening. Below are the pages I used.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Peace


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I love the new winter birds stamp set by Inkadinkado. I encouraged Felicia's Scrapbooks to begin carrying the Inkadinkado stamps. I could not resist when this set showed up in the store! It is such a great value--$9.99 for so many big images.

After getting the set, I realized it would take a little more thought to use these stamps as they are for the most part solid images. This owl is my favorite stamp of the set. I haven't seen anything else quite like it.

For this card I embossed the white panel with the snowflake embossing folder (one of the best folders) and cut a white circle and a black circle with the spell binders. I stamped the owl on the right side of the white circle and then layered the white onto the black scalloped circle. I cut the circle down (a little less than half) and pop dotted it on the card. I stamped and trimmed the peace sentiment then layered it on the card. Lastly I used the stickles on some of the snowflake "dots".

Supplies: Cardstock: Raven black and white Bazzil. Ink :charcoal from Chalk Inks Stamps: Inkadinkado Winter birds Tools: Embossing folder, spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies. Stickles: Black Diamond

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Something I said I'd never do.....

I have to confess I am a paper junky. I love to make things from paper, cut, glue, embellish--I'm all about the real projects. I have never been a fan of digital scrapbooking. I do however enjoy manipulating photos.

I have been making Halloween cards to send to family and friends. I wanted to include a couple of pictures of the kids. Snapfish has a one penny print sale going on right now so I thought maybe I would splurge and send everyone two pictures this year. My dilema was I took several pictures of the kids that I really like. I had to chose between A. Narrowing my selections down to 2 pictures, B. Sending different pictures to different family members, or C. Use photoshop elements to create my own little scrapbook page to send.

I took the plunge and went with option C. I am not sold on digital scrapbooking, however I can now see some advantages (calendars, Christmas gift books) that I will be taking advantage of in the future. I am still loyal to my paper. In fact I'm going to go spend a little time with my neglected paper and create another goodie.

For now here are my creations to share. The digital elements were from Shabbyprincess.com

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Friday, October 10, 2008

What do you make when you have one day's notice before a Halloween party?

Why peppermint patty spiders on a tree and rice krispie treats of course!

A friend of ours called last night and invited the kids to an impromptu Halloween sleepover. I know she has to work so I volunteered to make something for the party. I wanted something cute but quick. I chose to make the peppermint patty spiders I've seen on the internet lately. On one blog she had hanged the spiders on a tree branch (I don't remember who to link to).

Supplies: Spellbinders scalloped circles, Photo corner punch, black paper, googly eyes, red pom poms, ribbon, bucket from the dollar spot at Target.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Robots in Space birthday party is a success.

The party is a success! Simon had a blast and all little people are now sleeping off their sugar coma. Scroll down to see the handmade items. This is post #2 for today.

As usual Simon received way too many presents but is very appreciative. I've shared two of the best birthday pictures.

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Where have I been lately.....

I've been super busy the last few days. Mostly with school but all my craft time has been consumed with getting ready for Simon's birthday party. The party is today and I made most of the favors for the kids. He wanted a sleepover so we just had a couple of close friends who have stayed with us before. For the party I made personalized t-shirts; the idea came from Lauren's blog where she posted about stamping and using crayons to color the images on fabric. I colored the t-shirts for the kids because it was rather difficult to color on the t-shirt part. I also made several little goodies--a post-it holder, a peek-a-boo box, a book mark and I decorated a box that held some other little treats like pop rocks. My last handmade item was the candy robot center piece. I think of everything he is my favorite. All the stamping was done with an Inque Boutique stamp set.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Autumn is in the air

Hands down Autumn is my favorite season. It's what I miss the most living in Texas. In Missouri the leaves changed, everything became crisp and crunch, I loved it. During my long hot years in Texas I have learned to mark the changing of summer to fall with new things. First there is the non-stop sneezing and watery eyes that my entire family gets. Secondly there is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte--the best tastes of fall in a cup. So when I start sneezing and see Pumpkin Spice on the menu I pull out all my fall smelling candles and hit the craft room to bring a little fall into my day.

I have two things to share today. The first is a fall card I created to send to an Alzheimer care giver for the blog candy here. It is such an awsome prize and what a great way to give! If you get a chance, please send a card.

The second picture is my two darlings with some bread we baked recently to share with friends.

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Card Details:
Stamps: Clear dollar stamps
Paper: Basic gray and various cardstocks
Embellishments: Flowers, bridal section clearance at Michaels (I picked up orange too because I can't resist!) Jems, Daries Glitter, Doodlebug
Tools: Nestabilities and wrought iron corner punch (ek success)

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Bread details:
Bread: white and banana bread
Leaves: Spellbinders set (great dies they are gorgeous in person)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Long Absence and some new items


My long absence has been due to a very busy couple of weeks. It started when school started for both Simon and myself. I also had two big class weekends. On August 30 and 31st I had my Christmas In July (August) class. Then on the sixth I ran two classes, an altered lunch tin and the interactive Haunted House Book. All of those classes took a lot of prep work. Luckily this Saturday I am just teaching at a birthday party with fewer cards and very little prep work!

We also started T-Ball. Simon is on the Knights this fall. Our first practice was Tuesday and the first game was Sunday. It's a lot of fun to watch the little guys play.

Now on to the creative portions for today. First off I have two scrapbook layouts that should have been for the last two Thursdays. The first layout is some more bluebonnet pictures, this time of Simon. These pictures made me realize how much he has grown up this last year. He's not a preschooler or a little guy any more.

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My second layout is from last winter. We actually got to do a bit of sledding while we were in Missouri. I have been working on this layout for about three months. I had a hard time finding a sled. Then one day I found the sled with the red coat in a Jolee's set that was just meant to go on my layout!

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The last item I have to share with you is a Halloween wreath. I purchased this wreath kit by Making Memories last year after Halloween. They had these wreaths on clearance marked down from $19.99 to $1.99 so I could not resist. However, I am horrible at purchasing clearance items and then never completing them. I have promised myself to complete some of the things I have purchased this year instead of letting them gather dust in the closet.

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Supply Lists:

Bluebonnet Layout: Cardstock from DCWV, scroll die cut from Sizzix, journaling block stamp by Scrappy Cat.

Winter Layout: Patterned paper by Imaginese, bazzil cardstock, Jolee's embellishments, liquid applique.