Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Here's to havin' some Mojo

Hi Everyone! Feeling even better today...determined to get Tessa to Preschool today and get the house in order.
I used Julee Tillman's Mojo Monday Sketch for this card. I am LOVIN' the way it came out. Purely Pomagranate paired with oranges and Groovy Guava makes me happy. The sentiment is from Studio G stamps. The flowers are from the Jumbo Doodle Wheel.
I also am beginning to think I'm in love with the orange polkadot paper I used behind the main image. I've used it SO many times in the last year. It's very versatile.
It was cold yesterday but today seems better and I hope to be able to work outside a little.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Feelin' Better all the time

made this card a cinch for me to make. I actually got inspiration for this card from a card that Jill made a while ago. It's been in my head ever since. I've been so sick that I couldn't get out of bed this weekend and so I had to ask many friends to cover my Young Women Basketball and church responsibilities (which included me do a sharing time activity for the older kids). This card will be for the special lady that coached my two bball games last Saturday. I'm so grateful to have such amazing friends. Have a great day.
Recipe: Stampendous Fresh Bloom Stamp; God's Gifts sentiment stamp; Inks: Groovy Guava, Taken with Teal, Real Red, Apricot Appeal; blender pen; ticket corner punch; ribbon from Beate, paper studio brads, fruit punch stickles

Monday, January 28, 2008

That's my boy

I'm giving up on potty training for a little while, until the tike is more willing I guess. I still have to add journaling to bottom right corner and I was thinking of also adding the cowboy kid image because of his boots. We'll see.
Recipe: "potty" letters Li'l Davis, "Break" letters WeRMemoryKeepers, polka dot/green paper Chatterbox, brads SEI
On a more personal note.
Last night I was on the phone with my SIL when she heard from her husband that President Gordon B. Hinckley had died. This is a sad loss for our church but at the same time I'm happy that he can be at peace and be with his wife again. He was 97 years old and had recently joked that the only thing keeping him here on this Earth was all of our he basically told us to quit it. He was funny like that and will be missed for this good humor and his deep spirit.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cap'n A

I just love these pictures of my little guy playing warrior. Little Aaron loves to wear this helmet around the house constantly. So cute.
I feel WORSE today. I woke up with a severe sinus headache and congestion and I can't stop blowin my nose. Ughhh. Sometimes having little ones afoot makes for super nasty colds. Have a better day than me.
Paper is Creative Imaginations. Rub-on is from Foo-fa-la. Big "A" is Art Warehouse. "Cap'n A" is from Hampton Arts. The dots around the circle are from Sassafras Lass. The circle stamp is from Stampin' Up's Priceless Set.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Blessings brighten when we count them...

That is so true! I was trying to create a floral background with my hero arts flower stamps. Umm I missed the mark a little I think but it's still pretty enough for me to give it to a friend. I also used my Technique Tuesday Swiss Dots stamp with Basic Gray ink on grey cardstock behind the sentiment. Regal Rose for the flowers and I just used my blender pen to pull the colors out a bit. The ppr is from the DCWV spring stack.
I still have a slight cough but am feeling better this morning. Remember to count your blessings I know I need to. Have a great day.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Zoofari anyone

I received this card in the mail a while ago and am now just getting around to posting it. MJAlbright made a bunch of these and sent them to whoever posted a comment on her blog. I believe it's 4x4 and it's gatefold. Made with Stampin' Up's Zoofari set. I love how she colored the images and popped up some of their heads. The smallest piece of artwork...I love it.

This week is shaping up to be totally crazy. I came down with this weird cough yesterday. I feel like someone is steppin on my chest. The odd thing is that I was fine in the morning, but by 5 o'clock I was done for.

Thanks for all the support on potty training. My other two were EASY, two years old, BAM, potty trained...not my little guy though.

Have a great day and I'll be posting some projects I've been working on soon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The dregs...

I've really gotta run, today is Tessa's first day back to preschool since getting sick, but I'd like to post something for your viewing pleasure.

I almost wasn't going to post this card because, well, it's not one of my favorites, but I still like it. I made this card to send to my dh's grandma with pictures of a visit we made to her. The stamps are technque tuesday. I believe that that's Regal Rose ink on the edges.

Y'all have a great day and hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to get more in.
PS This is how my life is spent these days...he's driving me batty ladies. I don't know what else to do!!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Birthday Boy Extras

So I thought I'd share with you the card that my friend, Michelle, made for Jakob. It's awesome! Love how she used this stamp set as the theme for the card. Plus some pics from Chuck E. Cheese's

I Just adore this picture of my friend's son and my daughter. He totally looks like he's the Mac Daddy.

Cheeseball Jakob, lovin' his new scrapbook kit...start em' young I always say. Smile.
The yummy cake that ended up costing me six extra bucks for that cheap wind up car!!! Jakob loved it, that's what matters, right?

Monday, January 21, 2008


I keep forgetting to tell y'all. Go see this movie! If you want to pee your pants from laughing and cry from the tenderness all at the same time. So well acted! But I do have to say that at times I found it hard to watch because I'm not used to the horrible way teenagers talk... I guess I'm an old foagie now. I really enjoyed all the complexities of the characters, like you feel one way and then by the end you're totally on the other end of the spectrum on that. Have a great day!
The corner store clerk referring to the way Juno keeps shaking and flicking the pregnancy test...
That ain't no etch-a-sketch. That's one doodle that can't be undid, homeskillet!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

It's so weird how every time I upload an image to my blog it's darker than it was in Photoshop. I wanted this to be a super special lo. This picture of my children tugs at my heartstrings.
I'm thinking about remaking the little name block so that their names are more bold... but overall I'm in love with this layout!

I used chalk ink and the back of this sheet of paper as a mask to create the block around the photo. That's K&Co paper ribbon across the bottom of the pic. The ruffled ribbon is more magenta IRL and matches perfectly. Added a CK rhinestone flower brad to attach the ribbon. I made my own rub-on with a transparency for the "Moment" part of my title and wrote in the rest with a zig writer. I borrowed this title from a lo my friend Tara made. The heart brad is paper studio. Finally the paper is Creative Imaginations.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

My Baby's Birthday

Today is my oldest son, Jakob's, birthday. He's turning seven, hard to believe that, it just goes by so quickly. He's a HUGE seven year old too...the doc says he's the size of an average ten year old and that he'll probably surpass my measley 5'6" when he's eleven or twelve. YIKES! So here's the cutest card ever that I made for my baby! I love him so much, he really is such a help around here, already taking on manly tasks with daddy. Too fast I tell you.

Robot and star images from SU Toy Box. "Celebrate" from Studio G. The seven stamp is from Nostalgiques. I colored the image with prismas and OT. I wrapped wire around the stip to hold the "7" on.
Here are two layouts about my baby boy. One really old one that I made when he was still just a wee one and one I made Thursday. I used my Creative Memories Circle Cutter for all the circles on the new lo. The brackets are Technique Tuesday. "My buddy" is Sassafras Lass and "Thor" is art warehouse.
BTW I hand lettered the title on the old thankful for stamps. Have a great day. We're off to Chucky Cheese's.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Having Fun Friend Card

I wanted to do something TOTALLY different and outside my comfort zone on this card. I CuttleBugged a transparency then added alchohol inks in Lettuce and Stream. I liked the bold circles and chose not to blend it too much. Then I added the "frame" of paper on top. Underneath is a "frame" of thin cardboard I used to make a shaker box out of this card. I cut a wavy slit in the front and added differnt kinds of beads inside. Lastly I made the little bookmark with the dolphin from the SU Silly Sealife set. The friends sentiment is a Studio G stamp. I painted in the waves and added glitter on the edges. The dolphin has stickles as well. The little rhinestones are from K&Co.

I was trying to do this for the SCS's sketch challenge #159. A little off the beaten path I guess. Oh, I did want to show you one more thing...the flowers my dh brought home to me last night. They're beautiful. He knows I don't really like roses because they die so fast so there are gerbera daisys and lillies in here and of course, my favorite color orange!
Have a great day.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Today is a better DAY!

It's my birthday and I got about seven hours of sleep last night! YEY! My amazing friend Michelle did the sweetest thing yesterday as a present to me. She brought my family and I dinner so I wouldn't have to worry about it. Shrimp primavera, salad, pineapple, baklava! It was all so yummy. Thanks, it really made my day, because instead of making dinner I was able to clean up my kitchen and dining room which sorely needed it. She also brought me this beautiful wall hanging. I love it! Plus, look at this gorgeous card she made for me. I'm thinking of doing my bedroom with these colors.

On another happy note, I got goodies from Beate in the mail. May Arts ribbons, a sheet of stickers and this adorable hippo card she made. Thanks Beate! Thanks ladies, you made my day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My Day Yesterday.

Was long and tiring and beautiful all at the same time. My poor little girl has been coughing so badly it's keeping her up at nights and that mean mom and dad have been up too. The doc prescribed a heavy duty cough supressant and last night was better but she woke up this morning still coughing. She didn't wake up in the middle of the night though and that's a plus.

That's right, you guessed it I'm tired and therefore have nothing to show for myself. I was thinking I might do a wacky Wednesday where I show you a really horrible card I can't believe I made. Would you like that? Of course you would so here goes. Yup, it's pretty bad. That orange chalk ink looks horrid and although the flowers might be cute those um "grass" blades are parts of a silk flower bouquet that I added glitter too. Yeah, I know, It's BAD. So look away and hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monkey Mojo

I used Julee Tilmans Mojo Monday Sketch #20 to complete this card! I made this card for my boss to thank her for an unexpected and well received Christmas bonus.
On another note I really wanted to give my great friend, Beth, props because the amazing and super talented Ali Edwards ordered one of the paper wreaths she makes and even scrapbooked about it in her 25 days of Christmas album (click on "Ali" link to view her album). You can find Beth's Etsy shop here at Haru: a little celebration of paper to see her lovely work. I love all of the meaning and thought that goes into her creations.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Favorite Organization

I'm sorry I don't remember whose blog I pulled this pic from (it was months ago) if anyone knows let me know so I can give credit where credit is due. This is probably one of my favorite of all time storage tips! My punches are arranged just like this, except mine aren't all SU, a girl can dream though.

So, if you have the wall space and want to get those punches out of those drawers then this is the solution! Have fun!


Stinkin' Cute Valentine

Hi all! Here's a little something I've entered in Sue Daly's Valentine's Day Card Contest. I thought one looks like a boy skunk and one like a girl so they idea sprung from there.
I stamped them in basic black, cut them out and popped them up (hard to tell in pic). The "I just love you" sentiment is from SU's Double Line Doodle Set. I added a small prima with a stickles center to the gal. The polka dot paper is SEI and the heart corner punch is EK success. The pink ink is Colorbox Rouge chalk ink.
I've got to go get my blood drawn yet again today. It's so lovely to have a hyperactive thyroid...and then an hypoactive one...and then a hyper one and so on and so forth. I just wish my body would figure out what it wants to do and be done with it. I'm down to just one PTU pill a day and I seem to be doing well with that. Will keep you posted on what the doc says next Monday when he reviews the work.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Thanks Stucco Blossom

Okay this is for Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday Sketch #19. She really challenged me this week. I've been needing a ton of thank you cards recently so I used this sketch to make another one.

I had SUCH a hard time with the embossing powder. It wanted to stick to the whole piece of chipboard and not just the versamarked blossoms. I tried twice "drying" and wiping the chipboard in between tries but this is as good as it gets. I think it looks kinda vintage.

I beaded a pin and added it to the ribbon on the bottom. Looks amazing IRL.

Have a great day!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Retro Bloom Baby

So I was about to say that there was no stamping on this card and then I realized that the border is stamped! I used my lovely new scalloped circle punch and some BG paper. Some funky buttons and brads.
I also used the finishing washers my dh brought home to me. He said, "Here, you could probably use these with your stuff," and plunked them down on my craft table (very lovingly and comically at the same time). Well, honey, I sure can and I love them. You just place a brad in the middle of one and secure it like you normally would but it gives it a totally different look! I'm starting to wonder if they come in colors other than silver.
Have a great day.


Friday, January 11, 2008

Little One

A simple little card for any new addition. These images are from the Autumn Leaves Mindy's Zoo set. I didn't want to make the colors too traditional. Cute, huh? Same old, same old, prismas and OT. This is random...
Remembering my grandpa. This is a picture of him with my Aunt Nancy. Both my grandparents died so young. They weren't able to see any of their grandchildren married. I miss them. I need more pictures of them to scrapbook.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Kickstand Card

This was splitcoaststampers sketch #158. My very first kickstand card. In this type of card the front panel acts as a "kickstand" by being the true edge of the card that meets up with the back.
Recipe: American Crafts Paper, In the Spotlight and Double Line Doodle Stampin' Up stamp sets. Marigold Morning, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Old Olive SU inks. Versamark on red background panel. Paper Studio flower brad and yellow $1 spot ribbon to finish.
I used a bunch of punches on this card but I decided I still need one more, the circle punch that fits the small, In the Spotlight stamps. I had to hand cut those!
So how do you think the primaries are going? Do you think it's craziness out there? Sometimes I can't believe this is what our democratic process has been reduced to: a bunch of money and mudslinging. Sad that we can't use those millions of dollars for a worthy cause instead of advertising. Anyone who seems to want to change that never has enough $$$ to do it. Dichotomy, you say. Hmmmm. Let me think on that.
Have a great day.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

For He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all ways...

Stamp A Mania again. Both image and sentiment are from their line of stamps
Psalm 91:11: That's the sentiment for this card. I had to buy that sentiment stamp to go along with the angel image. I thought the pair was perfect together.
Got to the doctor yesterday without incident and then when I got out all the snow was melting and then it started raining and then snowing again. I just wish the weather would make up it's mind.
I'm off to do my slim in six work out! Have a great day.

She's stamped in Timber Brown StazOn. I used prismacolor pencils and oderless turpentine to color this Stamp a Mania image. I wanted it to be very rustic. The starburst behind her are Technique Tuesday with versamark. I added stickles to her wings

Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy Birthday Lacey!

SplitcoastStampers Sketch #157
was used as the basis for this card.
I've gotta run this morning. It's snowing like mad and I'm a little worried about heading off to the in tow and what not. My kindest friend shares a January birthday with me too! Here's a little something I put together for her. It's gorgeous IRL! Red Velvet paper and all

Used Delight in Life with Regal Rose and Old Olive. Craft white for the dots in the background.

Hope you like it Lace!

Have a great day.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Stake Presidency Thank You

I used Beates Weekend Sketch #29 for the inspiration on this card. Today was Stake Conferance. The two hours actually went pretty quickly this Sunday since services began at 8:00am. I wanted to make a card to thank our Stake Presidency for all the hard work that they put forth on our account. They have made us feel loved and cared for and I know that they are truly doing the Lord's work. I used an image by Stamp A Mania. If you have not heard of this company, I have to tell you, you're missing out. The detail in their images is amazing and the stamp comes on a wood block that has been laser cut. Just beautiful. Plus I got this stamp for half off when my local stamp store had an after Christmas sale. There's a windmill and old horse shed just like this down the road from us, well it's a little worse for ware right now, since the wind has knocked over the horse shed and the windmill has lost it's top, but it still reminded me. Here's the card I made using the stamp.

I colored in the image with my blender pens and inks. I used several different greens including Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Garden Green and Wild Wasabi. The Windmill is Weathered Wood by Ranger and the ground is Scattered Straw by Ranger. The barn is Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa with a hint of Scattered Straw. The red is Real Red. Clouds done with Soft Sky. I used my Priceless stamp set to add swirls to the background. Finally Lime Peel and Patina stickles were added for bling (hard to see in picture). Here's a close up, the dots are stickles! Have a great day

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Hey Sis!

My sister-in-law has a birthday in January, just like me so I always find myself trying to make her a great card...did I happen to mention, she's also a SU demo. Teehee. Anyone who knows me knows I'm not really a purple person. I could probably live without it, but I think my SIL really likes it! So here goes.

Recipe: Le London Script background stamp in white craft ink. Clock stamp from It's About Time in Old Olive Ink. Perfect Plum ink and old olive for flower. Letters from Colorbok.
Pic-A-Day: I have to say that I'm really IMPRESSED with my Christmas present (a 50mm lens for my Canon). I don't think that this picture would have this gorgeous quality without it. I just noticed that shelf behind is a huge mess.

Friday, January 04, 2008

I need more time...

Don't we always feel that way?
I had this vision for this lo, needless to say it didn't quite come out the way I wanted but what can you do...I don't seem to have the time to redo it. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GLUE SEQUINS TO PAPER IN MASS QUANTITIES? That's all I'm saying. I refuse to grovel at the throne of the sequin. Teehee.
My oldest son will be seven in a couple of weeks and he is going through a "helpful" period right now. I just want to document the nice times as well as the crazy ones.
I used my sewing machine to stitch the "stem" swirl (hard to do on a 12x12 sheet of paper) and then drew an outline with my glitter pen (hard to see the sparkle). I added some sequins and drew some leaves as a final touch. White letters from Paper Studio. The shiny silver strip of scalloped paper is cut from some packaging from Christmas (pretty cool). Not acid not touching my pics.