Monday, November 17, 2008

Workshop Project #2: Rub Ons

I absolutely love rub ons! This month SU has them on SALE! So, to boost sales at my upcoming workshop I am featuring a project using rub ons for the sentiment. I am using the level three hostess set for this project, so I am limited as to the number of like sentiments available. My solution? Three different versions of the same card! By using the double sided DSP I have tripled my options and made a card that can be changed to whatever the stamper desires.

Here are my choices: (I have left off the sentiments as to not waste the precious rub ons! Just imagine Chocolate Chip sentiments on the bottom DSP)

Option 1:

Option 2:

Option 3:

This project was so easy! I literally used the same supplies for each card! I think it is really cool how you can flip the DSP for either Snowflakes or Stripes. And the stamp set included in the Level 3 pack has 4 different images which gives you more options! I could have also stuck with just one ink color, making it even more cost effective. I am really excited about this project!

There are only 13 days left for the Stampin' Up rub on sale! Don't miss out!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Welcome Home Hero!

I have booked my first SU workshop since moving! I am very excited and honored to have this opportunity! My hostess has requested a "welcome home" card for her hubby. While no stranger to homecoming, I found myself stuck for an idea. I began browsing Splitcoast stampers and found these inspirations:

I really liked the star window on Laura's card. I wanted to add some hearts for emotional appeal. My creation:

I know this soldier will have a great homecoming!

Stamps-Free and the Brave
Paper-Brilliant Blue; Whisper White; Riding Hood Red
Ink-Basic Black
Other-Large and small star punches, silver brads, chipboard hearts, dimensionals


Friday, November 14, 2008

C is for Camden

Morning Everyone! Today is my birthday!!! It is looking to be a great day--although maybe a little rainy! So in celebration of "gift-giving" days I am posting a gift I have made for a friend's son for Christmas. This little boy's room is decorated in classic Mickey and I hope this will coordinate well! Any comments/critiques would be appreciated!


Monday, November 3, 2008

Stacey's Jewelry-color Challenge

I have decided to join Stacey's Jewelry inspired challenge this week. The challenge---Use this jewelry as inspiration for a created item...

Here is my submission:

Thanks for looking!

Paper: SU Choc chip, whisper white, tangerine tango, turquoise DSP
Stamp: Life is beautiful
Other: Turquoise Stickles, rub on, chocolate chip ribbon


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Back In The Saddle

WOW! It feels so good to be back to crafting! I have revisited some of my old haunts (SCS) and have decided to join the PTI recipe card swap. Here is my creation:I still want to put a googlie eye on the turtle. I think I got this recipe from my friend Jen...Here are the deets-

Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery & Whisper White
Ink: SU Certainly Celery & Palette Giverny green
Accessories: SU 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grossgrain& retired Beachfront ribbon; SU green beads (hand sewn!)
Other: Computer font for recipe

This recipe is really easy and delicious! Here is an alternate form:

Turtle Stix:

Pretzel rods
Baker's chocolate or semi-sweet morsels
Chopped pecans

Melt caramels. Coat pretzels half way down with melted caramel. Let cool. Melt Chocolate and dip caramel side of pretzel stick in to coat. Roll in chopped pecans and let cool. YUM!

Enjoy your day!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Four Hour Project

I am so glad to be back where I have a little time I can carve out to create. Today I straightened up my office. Of course, once I got it clean I had to mess it up again! I decided to start om teacher projects. I am totally casing the jumbo clothes pin from the Stampin' Up F/W Idea Book!

For some reason I really stink lately at taking pictures. They all turn out blurry! I think it's time for a new camera! LOL

Left: My Camera shot
Below: Scanner

I don't have the teacher set, so I used the elephant from that Valentine set that was out a while back...Paper is Summer Picnic, ribbon is Real Red 5/8" grossgrain...

So here is where my quick project turned into a FOUR hour fiasco! I had about an inch and a half of red ribbon left. I decided that instead of tossing it I was going to incorporate it into a really quick card. Well, four hours later I had a card---and didn't even use the ribbon! This must be why it takes me so long to get scrapbook pages done...

It's not a bad card per se, but I don't think it was worth four hours! Summer picnic is there again, plus die cut blossoms and striped grossgrain ribbon. I also beaded some sticky strip at the bottom and in the center of the flower. The charm letters have been colored in with a gel pen.

Enjoy! And may your creative adventures accomplish more in four hours than mine did!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sick Day, Crafty Day

Today my eldest daughter stayed home from school. Apparently she caught the same nasty bug that my middle daughter had over the weekend. Needless to say, most of my usual daily activities were put on hold. This lent me time to CRAFT!!! WOOHOOO!!

As some of you may know, I have not been very crafty at all since our big move to the Peach State. Today I believe my doldrums have dissipated! It's sort of a weak attempt, but I got THREE cards done today! I already mailed one, so I only have two pictures to post...

This is actually my second card that I made...It started with the ribbon, which I decided might make a cool checkerboard pattern if I lined it up side by side. Then I found some colors that would work-Pacific Point & Real Red. I did the pattern on the blue and decided to scallop the edge. That on white was too boring so I added a red mat. Still needed something, so I added the beaded staples to the side. After that it kinda got away from me! Next came a chipboard star...then the glitter....then a punch with some brads...I finally had to stop before it took on a life of it's own! Not my best work...I am sure we can give it to someone at their birthday....

This butterfly card was actually the first one I did. (Well, actually the second copy of the first card I did) My first design had a little more bling and some green ribbon as well. I was inspired to do this card from the cool butterfly stamp that my dear friend sent me. It is by Unity Stamps and I like it!

I totally envisioned a multi-colored insect with this stamp and used the baby wipe technique to make a background. As pretty as the background was, I felt the focal point needed more POP to it, so I stamped the image in black over a baby wipe streaked background. I used Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Baja Breeze on the baby wipe. I used Pacific Point card stock to really contrast against the lighter shades of the background. THANKS is stamped in Pacific Point and is one of the monogram alphabets from Papertrey Ink. I also used Stickles on the butterfly body to add just a hint of sparkle.

That was my crafty adventure for today! My new house has officially been "glitter-fied"! Boy that stuff gets everywhere!!!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Name Frame part deux

I finally finished the other frame I have been commissioned to do. Obviously it's a Fighting Irish thing....Not sure what else I could've done...I wanted it to look inspired by the Fighting Irish, but not too literal.

The letters were all hand cut (three times!) with a hobby blade and matted. I got some really cool football paper from Hobby Lobby for the background. My goal was to make it look kinda like a college pennant. Hope I accomplished it!!

Any comments would be great!!!


Saturday, October 11, 2008

A week in the life??? Canceled

Ratings were low...Show was canceled. LOL So much for my week in the life! I just recently got back from DC where I had a lot of fun. And today, while recuperating from my trip, I actually got CRAFTY!!!!

My cousin has commissioned me to do some name frames for her for Christmas. I am sooo excited I finally accomplished something creative!!!

Aside from some obvious copyright infringement, Here is what I created:

Play Ball!


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Week in the Life: Day Three

Life is short. Time is not on our side. I often look at this:

and think "there is crafting I should be doing"....then there's that smile.

"Color with me Mommy."

Who am I to say no??? After all....coloring is crafty....Isn't it?


Monday, September 29, 2008

A Week in the Life: Day Two

Mondays. Manic. Hectic. Drag-your-butt-outta-the-bed-after-the-weekend Mondays.

Mondays I volunteer in my son's kindergarten class. Today is cookie day. Every morning he is the first one I wake up for school. It's still dark outside. Time to get up. Time to get up! TIME TO GET UP!

I love this sleepy boy of mine.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Week in the Life: Day One

So my friend Jen is doing this on her blog and I thought I would join too. Right now my life seems rather mundane with volunteering, housework, kids to school, blah blah blah. I am hoping this will make me appreciate the little everyday things and make me feel like I am doing something meaningful, even if I am not being very crafty right now.

So my first life snapshot:Taken with my camera phone on a stretch of road coming back onto post. The kids and I visited dear hubby this evening. He is away at school for 2 weeks. This long stretch of road makes me feel:
Happy (as I listen to the children sing along to the radio)

All on a 20 mile trip.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Finally we are moved in!!!!

After three months of waiting we are finally in our new house with all of our stuff! I am starting to feel like I am officially home. There are still boxes to be unpacked and pictures to be hung, but we are here!

Needless to say, I have had NO creative time yet---so I have decided to share some highlights from our first few months here in Georgia. Let me say that it is HOT and muggy! But it seems to be a nice area of the country and I think we are going to like it here!!!!

Kaylee and Bella's SeaWorld Birthday

About a month after we got to Georgia, my eldest and youngest daughters celebrated a birthday. We decided to treat them to Seaworld...and breakfast with Elmo. Bella was terrified of the characters at first, but warmed up to them just in time to share a pic with the red guy!

Aren't they adorable???

All of the kids had a lot of fun!

Jory's First Fish

The older girls went to Alabama at the end of June to visit Mamaw and Papaw. Jory got some well deserved quality time with mom and dad. We went to the beach and while there Dad took Jory fishing on the pier-his first time ever! Jory just wanted to catch a fish (any fish!) and he did!!! Here is his first catch (a whiting):

Oma and PawPaw's Visit (4th of July)

While the girls were still out of town (two weeks!), Oma and PawPaw came for a visit. Other than the normal Fourth of July activities, we also took them to Savannah to see the city.
We walked all over the historic district and when it was time to eat, we had dinner at the Pirate's House.
We had some really good food and after dinner even got a tour from legendary pirate Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Who needs Disney? This guy was great! And Jory thought he was so cool!!!

The end of summer--School begins

School started back at the beginning of August. The kids got settled in their new surroundings and I finally had a little time to breathe. My dad came for a visit at the end of August-just in time for Labor Day and just in time to see our new house. With all the kids in school I actually got to spend some quality time with dad. We headed to Tybee Island in his Miata convertible and visited the Tybee Lighthouse. Dad convinced me to climb with him to the top and I did- all 178 steps!!! The view was fantastic! I was so glad he suggested this trip. I probably would have never visited the lighthouse otherwise. Now I plan to go back with Michael and all the kids....

So, that was our summer! I hope everyone else's was as fun as ours...maybe when the house is finished I can finally carve out some craft time! Until then......


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Still in transition...

Well, hello all! I know it's been FOREVER since I posted! Our move was successful, however we are still in "temporary" housing til we can get on post. Our rental house is furnished, and nice, but all of our creature comforts are still in storage. Because of this, I am only able to get on a computer (at the library) ONCE A WEEK!!!! Ugh! And so, my internet travels have been next to nil...

We have had some exciting adventures already since arriving in Georgia, and I can't wait to share them all with you! But untill then (when we finally have a computer at home!), this is me signing off for a while...(sniff...sniff)

Jen has got some really cool stuff going on over at her blog...Check it out while I am away!!!


Monday, May 19, 2008

On the road again....

We are a military family. And military families move.

This week we head to our new post in Georgia. The family is pretty excited, but nervous too! There are still some ends to tie up before the movers come and this will be my last post for a while! I can't wait to finally get on the road instead of being in "waiting" mode. So check back in a few weeks when I will chronicle our journey South....and speaking of chronicle, I need to take the kids to see Prince Caspian. Anyone seen it yet???

So tata for now....We'll see ya in the South!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

By Special Request

About a year ago I made my cousin's daughter some framed art for her bedroom. I took the colors she was decorating with and incorporated them into the picture. This was my first attempt at framed art. The results:

My cousin must have liked how it turned out because this year she requested another one for her other daughter. It took some time for me to get over my creative hump, but I finally finished it and sent it off today! So, by special request, here is my attempt at framed art (part 2):

Not bad I'd say... And the best part is, I finished it before our big move! So enjoy! And thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 12, 2008

And the winner is...

I hope everyone had a pleasant Mother's Day! We went out of town to deliver the kids' gifts and they were a HIT! Everyone loved the candles!

And now on to our winner...By a random drawing from my 3 year old, the winner is.... post #11!!!

Kelly Bee said...

What a cute idea! You're did come up with something clever! Thanks for sharing.

Congratulations Kelly Bee! I have some goodies to send you! But get me your address quick---I am moving soon and need to get them in the mail!!!

Thank you to everyone who posted a comment! I am so happy i could share this project with you!


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Forget Stamping...This is WAY better!

So, I had decided to do stamped candles for all the moms in our life. And then I came up with something BETTER! I thought...why not have the kids draw pictures and put those on a candle??? BINGO! I hit jackpot! The kids created some lovely projects for their godmothers. I am so happy I thought of this!!! These are candles from Walmart. I think they are about 6" high and cost around $7. I used the same steps as stamping on candles...but had the kids draw with markers instead!

Tell me what YOU think! Leave a comment and I will send some lucky someone a prize!!! Happy creating!!!!

Note: I will draw a name May check back! I will need an address to send the goodies to!


Monday, April 28, 2008

Leftovers Redeux

I am still working on leftover pieces from stamp clubs! I think this is my final attempt though...I call this "leftovers redeux" because I took the basic shapes and added more to them. Here is the original scratch n sniff card:
A little rough, very simple, but take those four pieces of card stock and voila! Here's what I came up with:

It's a far cry from the original version, but definitely an improvement! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my leftovers!