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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