March 31, 2008

Whew! busy, busy, busy!!

Sorry so neglectful these last few days....I have been busy!!
The kids are on spring break and we will be running around!

Here's a few pics from the shoe box swap at Sarah's house over the weekend.
The first is (L-R) Maren, (mmbc) Melissa, (MrsHungria), Sarah, (SeattleStamper), and then Abby (ajcmeyer).
The second is Me, Maren, and Sarah again. We all had a lot of fun, and talked way too much! Sorry Sarah, (we ended up staying till almost 11 I think) tell your hubby thanks for hiding upstairs the whole time!! Pin It Now!

March 28, 2008

This is springtime???

So first I need to give a huge Thank You to Teresa Shaw for this oh so fabulous card she sent me~
Isn't is just adorable! Love the glittery bunnies.
We used to be so much better with sending RAK's out!!

And then...for those of you who live in the PNW, you know just how odd this is!! This is snow!
(Told you it was really little Angela!!!) These pictures were taken when it first started, there was a total accumulation of *maybe* 1/2" here!

It snowed for 3 hours and my son had rainy day recess because of it!

I hear the outer lying areas got upwards of 6 inches...not sure how accurate that is.

And, I haven't fallen off the earth here~ just busy cleaning/organizing/rearranging and getting ready for my shoe box swap tomorrow.
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March 25, 2008

color challenge 159 and the candyburglar

I just love these colors together! What a great combo!! I went with a clean and simple design, and I just love the outcome!
I stamped the branch in basic grey, and then again in sky and cut the leaves out and glued them onto the circle.

Below....this is the result of leaving my daughter alone while cleaning my office yesterday~I did manage to find the stamp set I had misplaced, and I still have a lot of organizing to do, but I have a great start. I will work some more after I pick up the candy burglar from preschool this afternoon. Sheesh.

I can't leave her alone for a minute with her Easter basket. I found it hidden in a fort they had built under some blankets in the tv room.

off to hide the remainder of the candy!

stamps: spring solitude
CS: Black, sky, Basic grey, Shimmery White
Inks: Sky, Basic Grey
access: hph in pewter, basic grey taffeta, dimensionals, paper piercing tool, punches- all SU!
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March 24, 2008

Not for the weak

It's not actually *that* bad I guess...However, I did lose a stamp set, so I am thinking a total overhaul is in order! I may have to use a different one for my shoebox swap on Saturday!

Mind you, the stuff on the floor isn't usually there like that~ I pulled most of it out of the closet. And this is the prettiest view I could find!

I actually postponed any projects until I can get this straightened, organized, and put away nicely so that I may find it again someday!

I am thinking this is like a 12 step program...I've admitted I have a problem.
Anyone like to organize? I will be here all day. :)

Don't forget to enter Angela's giveaway~ it ends tomorrow! Pin It Now!

March 22, 2008

6:45 in the morning....

Happy Saturday~not! My kid decides to get up at 6:45 in the morning. Wouldn't want to miss out on the egg hunt at 10, or the birthday that is at 3pm!! You couldn't shake him out before 7 on a school day if the roof came down.

Here is another one from the gift of the week set over at Angela's blog today.
I made the cone with my scor pal~ (love that thing!!) anyhoo....just randomly scored it in a cone design. The ice cream is covered with crystal effects and a sprinkle of glitter. I used regal rose and my aquapainter to color it in. Took a day off from the copics....although, I read on Elizebeth's blog to try pitch black adirondack now I have to go shop again! I think I may have to get more copics also.... what a pricey addiction we have.

I can't believe it's already Easter~ wow...hope the Easter bunny remembers to stop by here!! ;)
Here's some Easter fun for you...ever wonder what the eggs were thinking when we cook them????

stamps- simple pleasures- Unity Stamp Co
CS- neenah solar white, Bashful, cutie pie, celery, shimmery white.
ribbon, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals, crystal effects, corner rounder punch- SU!
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March 21, 2008

Clean and simple...

I am not sure what it is about the cleaner look, but I just love the less is more look.
Here is another card from the set simple pleasures which Angela is giving away this week on her blog. It's a 4- 1/4 x 4-1/4 square card. I colored the cake in with my copics, and added cotton candy stickles to the heart at the top.

In other breaking news~ I got a new phone- with all the bells and's like a iphone knock-off. Now I just have to learn how to use it! I love having a calendar, and address book, and any other thing at my disposal~ So much easier to keep track of everything, not sure why I took so long to get one! Welcome the 21st century!

Are you ready for Easter??? Still need to color eggs, get stuff together for hiding eggs- haven't even seen where the plastic ones are hidden... We are doing books in their basket this year~ sounds lame, but they get *so* much candy and junk from the in-laws, I am not sure I want them running around on a candy high for the next month!

simple pleasures by USC
CS: Textured sky, black, sky, & shimmery white.
versafine black ink, copics, stickles.
Ribbons, brads, dimensionals- all SU!
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March 20, 2008

It's another give away...

I have decided that pastels are not my *fave*. I like them as accents, with a stronger color, but not as a whole layout. Here is a very pastelly (is this a word?) card, and I am on the fence with it~
This is for Jen's SFYTT. This sketch worked perfectly with my cupcake!

The paper is wasabi for the base, (which happened to match the pattern perfectly) and the pp is two scoops by basic grey. Buttons and brads are also from the two scoops collection.

The cupcake is colored in with regal rose, and covered with crystal effects. There are stickles on the wrapper lines, and cotton candy stickles on the scallops~ love that color! The pattern on the paper is crooked, which is making the whole thing look a bit off to me!!

This is from the set that will go up for the third *3rd* giveaway on Angela's blog today! Make sure to check it out and post a comment when it goes live!

My husband is actually off for a few hours, and I may have time to get a few chores done today...Who is ready for Easter? I can't believe it's in like 3 days!! Lots of stuff to do- I am off to Target to shop!
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March 18, 2008

Now That's a color challenge!!!!

Whew! I saw the color challenge this morning and thought~ nah. I will skip it!!!
Orchid is a less than favorite color...but I think I pulled it off okay~

I got this set at CHA and just haven't had time to use it yet~ I just love it!! I stamped the egg and chicks in versafine and colored in with my copics (which I am still in need of much practice!) and then colored the popped up dots with my orchid marker. I also got to use my new swiss dots cb folder~ love it!!

Maybe later after the kids go to bed I will try and find some copic tips....anybody have any??
Shannan mentioned GP paper....what about inks?? Which works best, and does the blender pen make them bleed so?
wow~ different but the colors are super!
Did you post a comment to Angela's blog yet?? If it's over already- check back Thursday~ there will be a new one posted!! ;) Pin It Now!

March 17, 2008

a little achy and freebies again!

Thank goodness for Monday! I did my St. Patty's day dash yesterday....and I am sore today! It was *so* cold waiting to start I think I may have a teence of frostbite!

Wee were so cold wee (pun intended!!) didn't even stay for the beer garden! It was a ton of fun though!

Also~For those of you who haven't yet stopped by Angela's Blog for her weekly giveaway~ hurry now!

If you leave a comment on HER blog, you will be entered to win this set!

And....if she gets 500 comments, she will double the prize!!!

Who doesn't like free??

Sorry I missed out on Scrapbook Sunday~ the dash sucked the life out of me!! Pin It Now!

March 15, 2008

Love this bird!

I decided last time I used the bird colored in like this, it would be a less is more type of card.
I didn't like how the 'stuff' took away from the bird.

So, here I colored it in with turquoise, olive, and pumpkin. Random dots are covered with stickles, and the sentiment is the SU! SAB rubons in olive. Easy peasy and CAS. love it!

I have many things to do...but I decided to clean and organize my office space today~ anyone else have enough ribbon to choke Horton with? (took the kids yesterday!)
OMG, I mean like I could literally *never* buy any more, and not run out....sad!
so....since I have like 34 different layouts started, and even more cards I am working on at once I bailed out on crafty productivity to catch up on organization chaos.

I cannot walk through my office, it's like my 8 year old sons room. Ugh!
maybe, just *maybe* I will try and sneak in finishing a page for scrapbook Sunday tomorrow...

Also~I want to give a congrats to Krystie~ (if you live under a rock you may not know who I am talking about) Congrats on going dirty girlie!!! She is SCS newest dirty girl! Check out her blog to the right- Cupcake Martini, and her gallery on SCS- she rocks! Pin It Now!

March 14, 2008

color challenge...

I managed to get two color challenges done this week~
I love the grey/black splash of color combo.
The stars are cut and mounted with dimensionals. Anyone else use like half a sheet a day??

These birds (or hens someone else said) are from the set 'greatest of friends' from Unity Stamp Company. And...Angela happens to be giving away another set this week.

If she gets 500 comments~ she will give away two!! Go leave your comment!!

Two more days left until our St. Patty's Dash and I am getting a cold~ yuck!
Hopefully I can suck it up Sunday and run!

Have a good Friday!

greatest of friends, & sentiment both from USC.
Pomegranite, & Grey inks. WW, Pom, & Black CS.
Dimensionals, paper piercing tool, taffeta ribbon, corner rounder punch, all SU!
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March 12, 2008

I caved! and More FREE stuff from Angela!

yup, I totally caved and purchased some copics. I am hoping that I can learn by using~ they are *reallllly* nice to use though! ;)

This flower is stamped on acetate, and then colored in copics~ they make these cool lines in the flower almost like veins. Very fun to play with.

This is the stylized flowers again, and the sentiment is from spiritual sentiments, both from A Chemistry With Paper.

Another fun give away is on the horizon....Yes, Angela is giving another fabulous set away starting tomorrow, Thursday.
And get this...If she gets over 500 comments, she will *double* the giveaway!!!
So...get over there and leave her some love ladies!!

stamps: stylized flowers, spiritual sentiments, both A Chemistry With Paper.
CS- Rose Red DS paper (level 1 ), WW, Black, & acetate.
Inks- Black Stazon, Rose Red.
Brads, Ribbon, dimensionals, all SU! copics~ not a clue on colors!
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March 11, 2008

Color Challenge 157

Here is another color challenge card done~ I love the challenges, they really help when you are stuck in the mud!
Both panels are popped up with dimensionals.

The main white panel has a small smear on it, this is the second one I did. I forgot that the stickles was on it and apparently wasn't yet dry when I touched it!
Oh well, can you just pretend it's not there?

I LOVE basic grey, it is such a great color. Mix in black and any other color and wow! Pomegranite happened to be the third one today, and I like it is small doses.

The patterned paper is the charbon from the last catty. I have a ton left and need to continue using it.

The images are from A Chemistry With Paper. I happen to love this stylized flowers set!! It also has a solid flower you can stamp, and a little leaf. The sentiment is also from the set.

I may try and sneak in another challenge card while my husband is out biking today....

stylized flowers, ACWP.
Basic Grey, Black, WW, Charbon DS Paper
Palette Noir, Pom, & B Grey Inks
Dimensionals, Ribbons, Punch, all SU! Stickles.
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March 8, 2008

Scrapbook Sunday

I love the Bohemia line by MME. I purchased a lot of it early last year and just stared at it it was so pretty. I am so over hoarding now~ I am using up all of my paper as fast as I can.

So, if the next couple of months are posts with old out of date papers, now you know why. ;)
I have always like my pages to focus on the pictures, so again, I am a less is more type of scrapper. I just love how she looks at him in these photos~ they usually really do like each other- of course this was taken a few years back, she has become a *tad* more feisty with him lately.

So here are a few random things that I was amused by this week~
  • My husband came home from work one day bald. B-A-L-D. Apparently it was a slow training day. Not a fan.
  • I found a rubber bouncy ball in my dishwasher. Thank goodness it is clean now before it gets bounced on my oh-so-spotless (not) floors. really? who left that in there?
  • My daughter has decided that she will now announce that she "didn't feel her butt rattle" every time she passes gas. Yup, girls sure are sugar and spice and everything nice. I won't even go into details how she now likes help with her "launching" arms....
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Another CAS muss, no fuss.


So this started as a sketch from Holly's blog, and morphed into this~ a slightly altered version of her sketch.
I was not liking how the ovals worked with my placement, and the fact that I cut 1/4" off of my card didn't help! This is a 5-1/2" x 4". I just love these colors together~ I can't stop using them!
and I really wanted to use the olive twill, so it just worked.
This is using the same set that Angela is giving away on her blog again. Make sure you enter her giveaway!!!

I have a few pages to share with you tomorrow, and more cards from A Chemistry With Paper as well~
Have a super night~ we have two birthday's we are off to tonight! Pin It Now!

March 6, 2008

Who loves FREE stuff?!?!

You may recognize a few of these cards, however the first two are new for Angela's blog giveaway!

These cards are all using the set she is giving away free!!

Here's the details:

Unity will be doing a weekly give away till the official release of their line of stamps and handles. Their "Gift of the Week" will be kits of un-mounted red rubber stamps from their "Only Me" sets. These un-mounted red rubber kits will work with your current acrylic blocks as well as their new handles debuting in May. Each week Angela from Unity will post her "Gift of the Week" kit on her blog.

If you would like to be considered for the drawing you simply *need to leave a comment on the "Gift of the Week" blog entry*. You can qualify for the first "Gift of the Week" starting tonight. Angela will post Gratitude = Joy set on her blog at 5:00 Central Time. The winner will be chosen at random Tuesday at 5:00 pm central time. We will ship your product directly to your door.

BONUS! Between now and April 30, if you subscribe to her blog you will also be added to a large drawing being given away May 1st that will include a *full* set of her handles as well as 3 Unity Stamp Kits.

Since the weekly contest is open to US/Canadian addresses only, we will offer a separate, international ONLY, winner on Thursday April 10th. Pin It Now!

last weeks LAD sketch challenge

I forgot to post this~ it's last weeks challenge from LAD. Such a fun lady bug....not so sure I like the placement of the vertical panel after looking at it now- I am thinking it should be lower, or maybe the dotted paper should be higher...

So...I will be posting again later today with some fun stuff...if you like free things that is~ ;)
come check out later today to see what I am talking about!!

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March 4, 2008

it's been a couple of days...CC156

Since I last posted...and I am waaaay behind on a few things! I have a layout to share that was supposed to be posted on Sunday, but I couldn't get my stuff together in time from being gone all weekend. Girls weekend at the beach- very fun!

This is a new set from A Chemistry With Paper~ stylized flowers and spiritual sentiments.

I just *LOVE* the little vine!
Today's CC was the perfect choice for this set!

My husband is training for the STP, and is also trying for a new position at work which leaves me with very little time from him!! He is training in the mornings before work, and after is studying for his interview.
I have a 5K that I am racing (I usually walk/jog....not the timed race!!!!) and really am trying to find a routine that works now.

So... I need to get my act together and make it all work!! ;)

Stamps; ACWP- stylized flowers, spiritual sentiments
Paper: Wasabi Prints, WW, Saffron, Pom.
Inks: Pom, Saffrom, Wasabi
Ribbons, dimensionals, and paper piercing tool all SU!
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March 1, 2008

Happy Weekend!!!

Wow...What a long week. My son is on his way to antibiotic happiness...(the ear pain has already decreased), and our schools auction was a huge success, but very tiring. We managed to raise a little over $17,000.00.

That was where the majority of my time this week was spent....helping with getting it all together. Not much stamping was done this week, but I plan to fix that first thing Monday morning!! I have some brand new stamps from A Chemistry With Paper that I have been waiting to ink up!

Here is a card I had in my pile to share~ it is from the Unity Stamp Company, gratitude = joy.
I love the simple floral images in this one. I tried the ribbon dyeing technique that was shown in the SU magazine, but I am not as patient as they are...mine did look to bleed a little- it's not as crisp as it could be. Another day I will try again. A little hard to see, but there are stickles on the little flowers.

I am off to the beach~ the weather seems to be holding for us, so I can't wait to get there!

Details: Gratitude = Joy, Unity Stamp Company.
CS: Coral, Cocoa, WW, Linen Prints DS paper.
Inks: Coral, Always Artichoke. Coral marker for ribbon.
Paper piercing tool, ribbon, SU!. Stickles.
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