Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Cookies?

Some traditions are just meant to be upheld.  I've been decorating and baking Christmas cookies since I could stand on a chair at the kitchen counter.  I've rolled, cut, glazed and frosted many a cookie.  I didn't really feel like upholding that tradition this year but it lives on in Simon and Lizzy.  They couldn't wait to make cookies.

christmas 010

It's great that they are able to frost and take care of their own cookies now.
christmas 008

christmas 007

Of course I only let them decorate the ones they're going to eat, for obvious reasons...

christmas 009

Even Dad got into the decorating this year...

christmas 012

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Calendar Take 2

I posted my advent calendar here.  I filled it, showed the kids on the morning of December 1.  Sent them to school with a promise of opening the first day after dinner.  At 11am I received an email from Fletcher that Mocha had eaten my lovely advent calendar.

At first there was no way I was going to make it again but the kids were very excited so I sat down and made a new one.  Sadly Mocha did not eat the ones I disliked the most.  She ate mostly my favorites.  She could have at least opened the tops but she just shredded them instead.

Here is the new calendar, moved to a higher location with no hearth to get a boost on.

christmas 004

And the kids with one of the days...

christmas 006

I think this might just be a new tradition at our house. I want to make new ones every year. I'm thinking these envelopes might be a great thing to use in my December Daily album.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Quick and Easy Gift Idea--Dare to Be Fabulous x 30

This year for a quick present why not create a signature note card for someone?  I whipped up 30 of these Dare to be Fabulous cards in a little over an hour.  I used different colors and ribbons to create a variety of looks but still the same design.  It was also a great way to use up bits and pieces of ribbon and paper.

christmas 015

Initially I started with this pomegranate and black combo. I felt like it has a more modern feel.  I love how rich the Pomegranate looks when paired with the black.

christmas 016

Then I tried a dark chocolate with some vintage cream from Papertrey.  I feel like this card has a more elegant appeal.

christmas 018

Lastly I tried out a blue with the brown.  I think this has an almost western feel.  I started to use twine on the card but I went with ribbon to help tie all the card sets together.

christmas 013

Paper: Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, True Black, Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White) Stampin' Up (Purely Pomegranate, Buckaroo Blue)
Ink: Chalkbox (chestnut roan) Stampin Up! (Purely Pomegranate, Buckaroo Blue)
Other: Ribbon (various suppliers from the vast reaches of my ribbon stash)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar

I have always wanted to make the kids an advent calendar. We've had the junky ones with the bad candy before but never a good one. Last night I sat down with my 25 (26 if you count the mistake!) basic office envelopes (55 for $1), a bunch of Christmas stamps and embellishments, my vintage photo distress ink and applicator, 25 clothes pins, and a pile of candy and toys.

I started by sealing the envelopes and stamping. Think I applied a little vintage photo around the edges but of course that wasn't enough so I covered everything with vintage photo. It gave the envelopes a very aged and rustic look. Once I had the envelope embellished I cut about 1/8 inch off the top to create the pocket to hold goodies. The envelopes are clipped to a garland across the mantle with a clothes pin. No fires for a while as I don't want my candies to melt!

crafts 025

Over all I am very pleased with the turn out. There are a couple of days I was not as happy with once they were done but it was past my bed time so I put them at the beginning and I won't have to look at them for long!

A couple of my favorites...

crafts 026

crafts 027

I just love this new stamp from Deadbeat Designs.  As soon as I saw it, I had to have it.  I think I'll do my Christmas cards with it this year

crafts 030

Paper: Making Memories (numbers)
Stamps: Deadbeat Designs, Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkado, Studio G, Misc. Unknown
Other: Making Memories (poinsettas, frame embellishments) Ranger (stickles)Office envelopes, Clothes pins, Garland

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thirteen Days of Halloween Cancelled

As you've probably figured out my plans for the 13 days of Halloween were changed.

I received a call Wednesday October 19 that my mother had fallen and they were not sure of the cause. Thursday the 20th at 4am I received another call that there was an inoperable clot in the mid section of her brainstem. I immediately flew to see her. She died six days later and was buried on November first.

For now I have just put the projects I had to share back and perhaps I will feel up to sharing them next Halloween. I will be back soon to share some new projects and cards for the upcoming holidays.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thirteen Days of Halloween: Day 1 Lizzy's Card

I am attempting to actually complete my 13 days of Halloween this year. I have a few things made and a few in the works. I had a great item to share for today but something better came along. While at the scrapbook store Lizzy created a card to sell. Unfortunately no one bought it that day. I am sharing it with you today for the first day of Halloween.

halloween 001

halloween 002

She's selling her card for $3.99 and it comes with an envelope and free shipping.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Scrapbook Thursday Kindergarten Rodeo

I am in love with my kids' school. They really do a lot with their students. One fun day was the Kindergarten Rodeo. I made Lizzy a Texas shirt with Accucut dies and she wore a jean skirt. She brought home so many great things she made for the occasion. I tried to fit as many as I could on the layout.

crafts 007

crafts 011

My personal favorites that she brought home are the thumbprint bluebonnet and the wanted poster.

crafts 010

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Deadbeat Designs Christmas Cards

I have a couple more Texas/Western style Christmas cards to share this week.  They are fairly simple but I like them.

crafts 028

I have to admit I did not come up with the idea of using a bluebonnet stamp for a wreath but I also don't remember where I saw it.

crafts 029

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hot Air Balloons

Have you seen the hot air balloons? They are everywhere right now. I found this great balloon from Deadbeat Designs at Felicia's Scrapbooks. I liked it because the balloon itself is very plain and allows you to decorate it how you wish. I am getting into a Christmas state of mind so my balloons took a merry format this time.

crafts 024

I filled my balloons in with a combo of colored pencils and paper piecing.  I just pulled some small scraps from my (overflowing) scrap bin and added them to the balloons.  I used kraft paper again and embossed silver snowflakes and a Merry Christmas Greeting. 
crafts 027

I finished the card with silver stickles and some sponged white ink for a hint of clouds.  I like the idea of Santa delivering presents in a balloon instead of a sleigh.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Scrapbook Thursday Birthday Bowling

I love to bowl. I think my love to bowl has rubbed off on my kids. We play Wii bowling all the time. I think my love for bowling comes from living in a small town with few options for entertainment. We made a choice last year to not have a big birthday party for Simon. He picked family bowling instead.

crafts 012

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Texas Christmas

It seems I have embossing on the brain lately. I have another fun embossed card to share. I plan to send this little guy to one of Fletcher's die-hard Texas relatives. They will appreciate it. Me, not so much.

crafts 023

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cracked Glass

I have been waiting to try the cracked glass technique for sometime.  It seems when I think of trying it I don't have the thick embossing powder and when I'm at the store I don't think of getting the embossing powder.  Finally the stars have alligned for me and I was able to give this technique a whirl.  I have to say I really like it.  It was suprisingly easy and has that wow factor.  I would make my own tutorial but so many have already made tutorials that are far better than any I could create for you.  Just google it.

crafts 021

and up close...

crafts 022

By far this is not a perfect use of the technique but I think it was good for a first go around.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Scrapbook Thursday Go Texans!

Remember when I said I'm not a chronological scrapbooker?  I really meant it.  I have a flash back to 2008 to share today.  My husband is a huge Texans fan.  When the team started it was all he could talk about--Houston had a team again!  Of course he can't help but try and win our children over.

crafts 014

This is another fairly simple layout. Really I don't know what else to do but use the Texans embellishments. My husband really liked the page so that's all that matters.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Texas Tree for All Reasons

I have another tree for all reasons card to share with you.  Of course since it is a Texas card I felt the need to pull out my ever reliable kraft card stock to give it a rustic, western feel. 

crafts 020

I used the small Texas and Bandanna stamp from Deadbeat Designs to finish off the card.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Maybe a Cupcake will Help?

I have yet another Tree for All reasons card. This time I took a whimsical slant to the card and used the tiny cupcake stamp as leaves. I finished the card with some glitter pens.

crafts 015

Friday, September 23, 2011

Halloween Mini Album

I have a fun Halloween mini album to share today. This album was all about fun and treats and not so much spooky Halloween. I adore all kinds of Halloween, cutesy, vintage, spooky--anyway it comes. It is a holiday, for me, that is all about having fun and being silly. It helps that my husband is such a Halloween fan--we all get into the fun.

The cover...
crafts 001

Inside the cover.  I couldn't resist using such a great patterned paper for the inside.  The haunted house is cut from glitter paper with the Tim Holtz Alteration Die Rickety House.
crafts 002

crafts 003

The small strips on the diagonal pockets are from the bottoms of the patterned paper. The other side of the strip had the bar code. I've noticed more companies doing this. It's a great little add-on.

crafts 004

crafts 005

All of the costumed little friends were made with the paper doll die and clothes.  I altered and added to create each costume.

crafts 006

crafts 007

crafts 013

The final page of the album is sort of an explosion page.  It folds out to add more pictures or journaling.

crafts 012

As you can see I didn't do a lot of embellishing. I wanted to leave room for pictures. I'm sure that as I get pictures in the album I'll start adding little pieces here and there. I made the binding nice and thick to allow for thicker pages.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Scrapbook Thursday Thanksgiving 2010

I love autumn. Unfortunately I live in Texas. My chances to make fall themed layouts are pretty slim. Basically there's Thanksgiving. Even on Thanksgiving it's often in the 80's. I used some non-traditional papers for this Thanksgiving layout. I've been working on using up some of the papers I've been stashing. Seriously, I don't know why I think I shouldn't use something because it's "too pretty" for a layout.

crafts 015

crafts 018

We don't normally have a crowd for Thanksgiving. My birthday is often the day of or the day after and I like just the four of us. Last year Fletcher's grandma was able to come so we extended the invitation a little wider.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spring Tree for All Reason

I have another tree for all reasons card to share with you today. This time I took the card in a more spring style with pinks and greens. I also used the little dragonfly stamp from Deadbeat Designs.

crafts 016

I have been getting a lot of mileage out of my sponges and ink applicators by Ranger. I have been known to be a lazy stamper when it comes to inking the edges of my cards. I often just don't do it and when I do I'm lazy and use the stamp pad directly to edge method. The result is a much harder line and usually darker color. I love how soft and smooth a sponge or applicator makes the edge of the card. I feel the pink edges really softened and gave a more finished quality to this card.

crafts 017

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's beginning to feel like fall....

Well, not actually. It's still in the upper 90's here in Central Texas but the calendar says it should start feeling like fall, Starbucks has released their fab fall beverages (pumpkin spice latte Yum!) and with the horrible drought the grass is brown and the leaves are falling off the trees. This is as close as I'll be getting to fall this year. Since my autumns in Texas are anything but the wonderful pumpkin patch scouring-apple picking-leaf pile jumping-scraf wearing days of my dreams, I chose to convey all the wonders of autumn in a card.
crafts 018

I am very much in love with the tree for all reasons stamp by Deadbeat Designs. The tree on it's own has so many possibilities but when you pair it with the additions that Mark has created (and a few found additions in my stamp stash) you can truely create a card for all reasons.

For the card I am sharing today I stamped the bare tree and then used the leaves stamp by Deadbeat Designs in four different colors to create my multi-colored leaves and the fallend leaves on the ground. To round out the warm golden feeling I used some metallic watercolors to fill in around the leaves.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Scrapbook Thursday Pool Party

I'm back with another scrapbook layout to share.  I did something in this layout that I never do.  I split the layout over two pages.  Normally I treat a 2-page layout like two pages that coordinate.  You know, a shirt and pant.  I have always been reluctant to split the title or a picture.  I dived right in with this layout.

crafts 021

crafts 022

With the orientation and number of pictures, it just made sense to split the title the way I did.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Scrapbook Thursday First Day of School 2010 Edition

I think if I was a chronological scrapbooker I'd be about a year behind.  But I'm not.  I scrapbook what I want, when I want which means I still have pages from when my babies were actually babies to do.  Although it's a lot to keep up with what I've done and not done, it is fun to use new baby products that I wouldn't normally get to use.  So today I have the First Day of School Pictures from 2010.  I still need to do some journaling but I haven't decided what yet.

crafts 020

crafts 019

These layouts are pretty simple.  The paper was fairly busy.  Sometimes I like to just let the layout be about the pictures and the paper.  I don't think every layout has to be uber embellished and something I spent hours making. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Baby Photo Frame

I have a thing for designer photo frames. Before I stepped up my crafting I spent a lot of money on those embellished frames. Now I just don't see the need. It's easy to create a personalized frame. I made a frame for my friend who just had her little girl. She adores vintage things but is not a big pink fan. Of course you can't do a baby frame without some pink but I tried to focus more on other colors.

crafts 001

crafts 005

crafts 006

I didn't have pearls in a shade I liked so I pulled out a prisma marker and just shaded the pearls so they had an aged look. It also helped them stand out more.

Paper: Graphic 45 (Bride to Baby), Papertrey Ink (sweet blush, lemon tart, coasters)
Dies: Sizzix (Tim Holtz Tattered Florals) Papertrey Ink (Banner Builders)
Ink: ColorBox (Old Rose, Prussian Blue)Ranger (Distress Ink--Vintage Photo) Memento (Rich Cocoa)
Other: Papertrey Ink (dark chocolate baker's twine) Recollections (white pearls)