November 30, 2007

My elf name is....

Your Elf Name Is...

Trixie Hot Chocolate



Ha! I like Shannan's better!!
We have a busy weekend planned, (like, who doesn't this time of year!) And I am hoping to get a few pics uploaded here. I had a tad bit of kid drama today~ school called, come get your kid sort of stuff....I will spare you the deets on why my son spent his afternoon writing 100 sentences. :) (This was a mad smiley face earlier today!)
We are off to Snoqualmie Falls for pictures and then Port Orchard for a surprise bday party, and then I will top the evening off with some shopping. Need some party clothes!
As always~ have a super weekend! Pin It Now!

November 29, 2007

Christmas Card class


I am doing a Christmas card class today, and here is one of my cards for them to do. This layout was taken from the Stampin' Success mag, it's one of the ones they show in the back. (Can't remember which month though) The circles are the 1 1/4" circle punch for dimension.

There are a few things I may change though~ On the tag, I don't like how faint the snowflake is, I may have them punch out a white circle in place of the vellum. (My bashful craft pad is pretty dry, otherwise that could be an option) These ladies just love to stamp though, and sometimes I need the cards to move quickly otherwise they are tucking my kids into bed with me!

I still have a few cards to get together for them, so I am off to see what else I can quickly come up with!
Details: Perennial Favorites; Old Olive CS & Four seasons ds paper(ret); Bashful & Red Classic Inks; Aluminum Tags, Linen Thread, Bling Brad, & Red Wide grosgrain all SU! Pin It Now!

November 28, 2007

Some holiday fun...

I did stamp yesterday~ but wanted to share this with you first~

I had seen these all over SCS, but my flash player wasn't working right, so I finally downloaded a new pug in and had a little fun of my own~
check it out!!


Have fun!!


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November 27, 2007

Whew!


I'm here, I'm here!! I took a much needed break from everything this last week, and it was nice!!

I was able to get 95% of my Christmas shopping done, and help my husband put in new windows, and I even got back on the treadmill. No treadmill today, I went waaaay overboard yesterday.

So, my sister came over Sunday and we hung out and scrap booked a bit. I was able to get one page done, and another two page layout started.

I just love this picture of my daughter, and I like to make the pictures the focal point, so I went a tad minimalistic here. Besides, How do you cover this gorgeous paper up?

After the long Thanksgiving break, I am feeling a tad refreshed and ready to get knee deep in paper!

Details: Paper, chipboard, & tag Bohemia line by MME; Ribbon & brads- SU!, sequins- unknown. Pin It Now!

November 22, 2007

Have a super Thanksgiving!!

While I have nothing new to share at the moment, (I have been on a stamping break!) I thought I would resurface to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am off to get a paper to scope out the ads for tomorrow! Yep, I am heading our at the crack of dawn to shop with the best of them!
It's actually a bit fun if you have no expectations and just go to get our there.

I don't have to cook today, so I am enjoying just being a tad lazy~~

Have a great day!!
Happy Thanksgiving! Pin It Now!

November 18, 2007

I will admit it-


I am a less is more type of gal...
I got this yummmmy ribbon from Shannan, and was trying to use it on this card with this image, but it covered up to much of the ribbon!! I just love the way it looks without it.
I got this sentiment free from Gina K when I ordered the sunflower and coneflower stamps, how awesome is that?! I don't know if she throws a free sentiment in every time you order, but that is so sweet of her!

I am having family over to scrap book today, hopefully, I can get a few sketches done that I have seen posted all over this weekend! I spent all day yesterday trying to get ready for Christmas, bought a few things, but mostly wanted to window shop for ideas. I can't believe how packed and crazy the mall already was!

Have a super Sunday~
Details: Gina K Designs. Rust, WW, Mustard CS. Rust craft ink, paper piercing tool, may arts ribbon. Pin It Now!

November 17, 2007

Finally...


I ordered this stamp a while ago, not sure how long, but it has sat un-inked for what could be considered a felonious amount of time for our little hobby!

I love these flowers, now I just have to learn to use them in other colors!! This stamp is from Gina K, and I also got the sunflower one as well. I LOVE sunflowers!!

Again, with my less is more theory, is a simple layout. The image is stamped in Black stazon onto shimmery white, colored in, and mounted with dimensionals. The rest is pretty self explanatory!! Shimmery does such a fabulous job of allowing the color to blend just right, and allows the water to soak in nicely with out ruining the image.

And did you notice my watermark? I have had this stinkin' photo software for 2 months (came with my new camera) and didn't know it had all these *super* features!! Finally! I really am too cheap to buy photo software just for a watermark! However it is quite simple to use! That was a fun little discovery! Now to figure the rest of it out...Have a fantastic Saturday!

Details: Coneflower by Gina K Designs. Choc Chip, Rust, Mustard, Olive, & Shimmery White CS. Black Stazon, Cocoa, Caramel, Olive, Mustard, & Rust classic inks. Paper Piercing tool, brads, hemp, & dimensionals- all SU! Pin It Now!

November 16, 2007

And Another!



I did another challenge! Yea! It's so nice when you can stamp for fun!
I will admit it, I love a simpler layout. Clean & uncluttered. I know some of you just *have* to fill in the space (Shannan, I am not pointing fingers!!) but I am a less is more type of gal *most* of the time!

So the limited supplies were: 2-3 stamps, ds paper OR an embellishment, one tool, and limit the layers.

I stamped the heart from short and sweet on Shimmery white, mounted it onto red, and then popped it up with dimensionals. I stamped the baroque, and wanted the little stem thingy to come out from under the hearts, so I stamped it again with masking and just the tip of the stamp.
Hope you like it, it came together pretty quick once I figured out what I wanted to do!!

Off to run errands!! Have a great day!!

Details: Short & Sweet, Baroque Motifs. Red classic ink. Shimmery White, WW, & Red CS. Brads, paper piercing tool & dimensionals. Pin It Now!

November 15, 2007

yea for me...

I was able to get in this weeks CC140 and I am a few days late, but I love it!

I was reading how many people don't have Kraft and I am amazed, I LOVES it!! It is such an awesome neutral! And I never did get the pomegranate ink pad, just the spot...Can I tell you-it's not so easy to ink a wheel with a spot!!
Get the pad!!

Anyhoo....here's the deets~ I have to get Lauren off to preschool! Then I plan on stamping some more! Don't tell my husband, I have lots of laundry to do, dishes and other chores I am avoiding.

Details: All Holidays, Swirly(?) Jumbo wheel; Pomegranate classic ink; Kraft, Black & Pomegranate CS; Paper piercing tool, crop-o-dile, Sherbert DS ribbon, & bling brads. Pin It Now!

November 14, 2007

This is just so awesome!


Can I just tell you how awesome this card is!?!?
It is a RAK from Denise Hinton (geekgirl415)
for my daughter's 4th birthday!
How super sweet was that?

And she has the nerve to say she is just a "pretend" friend! Hardly!!! :)

Denise~ thanks so very much! she loves all things pink, so you made her day!!!

I am trying to get my stamping space organized again, (it's such a mess again) and I have a few projects I want to work on.
Have a super day!! Pin It Now!

November 13, 2007

Whew!


What a crazy weekend! I officially have nothing on my plate for about 10 days!! Yea!
I am going to stamp for me, and try to get back to my scrap pages.

On that note, here is a fun little container I managed to whip up today.
It is an empty Crystal Light container, (we used it all up Sunday at my daughters birthday) and I thought it would make a fun gift package out of it. I wrapped the lid with real red ribbon, and then a layer of River Rock DS grosgrain right below. The marry Christmas is stamped on the label classics tag, cut out and mounted on a red piece with dimensionals
(which is also mounted with dimensionals).

The marvy scallop punch (pink) fit perfectly for the lid and the bottom~ my fave~ quick and easy!!!
Tied a big ol' old olive bow and it's ready to be filled with some yummy treat!! Pin It Now!

November 12, 2007

New banner!!!

What a super busy weekend! Birthday's and youth group activities, and cub scout activities, I did no stamping! Back to the daily grind tomorrow!! Get ready!

So, what do you think of my new blog banner???
Denise Hinton (geekgirl415) made it for me!! I just love it!

Well~ lots of pictures to upload from the weekend, lots of cleaning, and lot's of TY's to send out.
Did you know Thanksgiving is NEXT week??? That means Black Friday is also next week!
I need to get on the stick with Christmas planning!!!

have a super Veteran's day!!! Pin It Now!

November 9, 2007

What's on my plate?


Besides my daughters birthday (tomorrow!!!) and party planning, we have a youth group event Monday where the kids are making these ornaments for the tree.

They are made with a softer wood, so they are quite light weight, and will hang nicely from the tree. They come natural, so I am going to be painting them all red first (in between my PTA meeting today, ordering a bday cake, buying food for the party, shopping for another bday present for a friend of ours, and *trying* to clean the house somewhat!!!)


My upline originally gave this to me, and it turned out to be such an adorable (and somewhat cheap) idea we decided the kids would love them.

Ideally you can use the other sides to place pictures, I think I will make some for the grandparents as well!

I am off to finish my pot-o-coffee. My son came in at 4 this morning with a bad dream, and after laying around for about 45 minutes, and not being bale to get back to sleep, I figured I better just get up! I will pay for it later, I am sure! Pin It Now!

November 8, 2007

Welcome to the next edition of.....


.....How many different ways can you go at once.

Wow, I cannot believe just how time flies. So, (a day late!) here is my daughters *first* day of preschool!! She is in the pink camo pants. I wasn't going to do preschool this year, or at least the whole year. I had planned on trying to find a spot towards February/March, with the intentions of having her get the idea of school, and be ready for next year. Well, the school she is in is very hard to get in, so I had to jump when this opening came. But, she will be assured a spot here next year. How cute is she? She is so proud!!

So I have a class to prep for tonight, my husband is home sick, Lauren turns four on Saturday, we have an ALL day event planned with the cub scouts Saturday, then drop my son off at another birthday party, CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN for Lauren's party on Sunday, and a youth group event on Monday for 40 kids, which I get to prepare all the crafts for.
So.....I am a tad overwhelmed, hence the title to this post today! Off to get something accomplished! Pin It Now!

November 6, 2007

Ornaments

So, tried the snowflake technique (or starburst) on a card, but then it donned on me that they would make fabulous ornaments, PLUS I was able to use some of my pretties! The first is my favorite, not sure why, just like it better! ;)

It uses mulberry and whisper white, has four layers total, and a pearl on each side. It's just so clean and crisp looking.

The second uses vellum, is 3 layers, and the glue I used to add the sparkles gave it kind of a warped shape~ It's not as crisp and clean looking (probably why I like it less). It has a large rhinestone brad on both sides.

Maybe I should photograph them on something that isn't white, just does them justice!

Both layers are held together by the big glue dot ( I am talking the big booger like one) and the cord was placed in the middle.

Check in tomorrow~ I have a picture of my daughters FIRST day of Preschool!! WooHOO!!
She had a blast, and I wanted to cry! Busy week, she turns FOUR on Saturday!! Pin It Now!

November 5, 2007

Punch Art

I saw this technique by Shadow Mill on SCS and thought I would give it a whirl!

What do ya think? I didn't want to over do the rest of the card to take away from the Snowflake itself, so I tried to give it a hint of simple. ;)

The card is gray, and the layers are bayou and sky. The snowflake is made from mulberry and ww. I also made a few into ornaments using mulberry and vellum.

Off to finish cleaning!! I am making some serious headway with organizing my work area~ I have collected a *ton* of CRAP! I am going to send all of my samples/card fronts/and swaps I no longer use or need to Amber Shaw to send off to the troops~ Send some if you can! Pin It Now!

November 3, 2007

STOP!!!!


And step away from the candy basket!!! Ok, so who's freakin' bright idea was it to have Halloween kick off the Holiday Season?

I mean are we not going to be eating a *ton* of food over the next two months? I have gained like 5 pounds eating the candy (because I do not want my kids loading up with too much sugar!!) and I have already dropped off half of it at the police department. Allrighty~ rant over. ;)

So, I am still skipping Scrapbook Sunday and am hoping to get back into getting a few pages done soon!!! Here is another layout from my group meeting last week. I just *LOVE* this snowflake!! I am on the fence with ordering it! It's fabulous!

So, I really need to clean my craft room, it looks like a total disaster and I have been avoiding cleaning it for a while! I can't get ready for my next class without venturing in and at least trying to straighten it up...it's to the point of renting one of those big canisters people have in their yards when they are remodeling, you know what I am talking about right?
I will give it a go later today after church. Which by the way we will not be racing late to since this fabulous Daylight Savings time switch gave me an extra hour!!! Pin It Now!

Happy Weekend!

It's Saturday~ and I have a LOT of cleaning to make up for this week. My husband got up around 6 and starting cleaning, *so* nice!

Here is a card we did at our group meeting last week~ I am contemplating ordering this set with my $20 credit...by the time I get it though, it may be too late to use it. It is *so* fun! Still need to decide on something.
So the first picture is the card unfolded with just the score marks, and the second is it folded free standing like a box. You can fold this flat to fit into a standard size legal envie.

The measurements where you score are- 3 1/4, 6 1/2, & 9 3/4. The little flap from the 9 3/4 score mark can be secured to the base to make it stand up. Not sure if the picture shows well enough, it's triangle in shape when placed together.

Have a super Saturday, I have four million errands to run, clean, and later tonight my husband and I are going to dinner with grownups. No kids. Fun stuff! Pin It Now!

November 2, 2007

Fun card fold

I suppose I could even say Fun Card Fold Friday~ but I don't want to start that up just yet ;) I did this a group meeting last week (the one where I was nervous about doing a booth)
We always have some fun samples to leave with.

This is just a basic piece of cs fold over and stapled closed, DS paper slapped on top, round tab punch notch, and your good to go!

The inside (second picture) opens up normal like.
Pretty easy peasy stuff!! Cute though!

So, with doing my booth last week, I was given $20 to spend on anything in the catty...I am having a heck of a time deciding on something!
I can get a brag book, a simply scrappin kit, paper, inks, ribbons, anything. What should I get? The stamps I want are either *way* over in price, or a little under. I have too many stamps as it is (shhh, please don't rat me out!!!) I can't even get them all inked up!! Any suggestions??


Okay~ This is the busy time of year, so hopefully I can keep up with all that I have going on!
Happy November!! I saw on someone blog a countdown to Christmas.....not sure I want to know days just yet! Ack! Pin It Now!

November 1, 2007

One last Halloween RAK and USPS rant

So, I need to share this Halloween RAK so we can move on to the next Holiday season!! My husband starting taking Halloween decorations down last night!! He is ready, and so is my daughter! She is petrified of most all of our decorations, we actually left most of them boxed up. She cried so much when we pulled them all our to decorate, it just wasn't worth it!!

Anyway, back to the RAK~ it's from Jody (texasjodylynn) who is our group leader for the DSS on SCS. She sent all of the coordinators a fun little package for Halloween! Isn't is fabulous! Check out the ribbons, brads, and even little bat punchies!! The second photo is a up close of her gun holder she made, it has fabulous little piercings along the bottom, and the bat is a brad! Way cute!!!

Lastly, this is a card from my SS on SCS, and the mail handlers had there way with it!! Have you ever seen a card so trashed? They sent an apology plastic wrap, but wow! Just what were they doing with it? I am not sure if really do care, but it was sort of funny. The card was ruined, but I could still enjoy most of it. It's almost like they rubbed steak on it, and let the dogs go for it!

Well, I am off to Target to see what deals I can score on Halloween goods for next year~ maybe Lauren will let us decorate next year! ;)
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