July 31, 2008

where is the love??

This is probably one of my favorite cards lately and of course, the one I like the best, gets the least amount of love!!!

Paper is crate sweet branch- love that stuff!

I stamped this bird several times, and then cut it out and mounted each layer with dimensionals.






I colored it in with my copics...(need to order more- such an addiction!!) and added some fabulous icons. LOVE those things!! *Maren- I did buy more yesterday!;) I may need a 12 step program!!


Here are a few close up views of the fab bird itself! The second shows the layers a little better!

and I am horrible in remember to link these things...
Jennifer G on SCS left me an award a few days back, thanks Jennifer!
anytime I find that any one is actually reading my blog, I think maybe it's not time wasted! ;)
check out her blog here!!

I admit I am not the best at responding to comments and or keeping my links updated. I could be consumed by blurfing, so I *try* to limit my time on this blog!!! *notice I said try....;)

Off to swim lessons. again.
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July 30, 2008

Went with clean and simple this time...

sorry I am late to post~ swim lessons are consuming my life again! ;)

Here are my cards from yesterday's sneaks!
These are both from the same set named Growing In Unity. This set has been up since we came home from CHA, but there are two more being released tonight that have not yet been shared!

I LOVE this tree! I really struggle with an image like this- I don't want to "busy" it up! This first one is a simple card that can be used for just about anything- went with a more masculine feel- even with the flourishes.
The second card follows Natasha's CAS fall to layout #6 the paper is so pretty and the flourish is just fabulous! didn't want to muddy up the designs.

The BIG Release Party is tonight!! Come on over HERE and play!!

Tonight: 6-8 pm PACIFIC Time 9-11 EST; 7-9 Mountain; & 8-10 Central!

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July 29, 2008

Sneaky Peaky!!!

Super quick post today folks!!!

Here are a few peeks of some images that are being released tomorrow night! Stop by the member company forum on SCS tomorrow night for a big ol' partay!! Some of the girls are already chattin' it up!
PARTY TIME: 6-8 Pacific
7-9 Mountain
8-10 Central
9-11 EST
I can only imagine there will be fun and games, and as usual....GIVEAWAYS!

And the card below is the newly release distressed dots which is available now. LOVE it, and that sentiment is from the current KOTM- you have like 3 days left to pick it up!! I just *love* it!






















Maren- these are the icons! I am using my stuff! ;) Pin It Now!

July 28, 2008

So not my style....


But I do like how it turned out! I placed some random strips of patterned paper on my card base, and sewed in a few circles. I colored the flowers and covered them with stickles. Added the ribbon, buttons, and primas. Love it! Not sure why!!!
And I love how the black makes it pop even more! The sentiment is from Unity, and is one of their singles.
If I get a chance...I am going to work on more DTGT Challenges today. I have a few I *really* want to play in!! Love a good challenge!

Today we are done with birthdays for a while! My son had a great time, and we need some plain ol' summer time to enjoy! I did sign my daughter up for swim lessons again...She *loves* to swim, and the competitive edge in her pushes her to farther and deeper.

Ok- enjoy your day~ make to sure to stop by the Unity forums this week- Angela is releasing 5 new kits Wednesday! Pin It Now!

July 26, 2008

Challenge time


Where did Friday go?? Maren and I headed out to Ben Franklin just for "a little while" and ended spending the whole afternoon there! It is so fun to walk through with someone else who just ooohs and ahhhs over the same stuff! I picked up a lot a stuff.... ;)
Then we had parents night out, dropped the kids off at Karate and went out for our "date night". Yep, short lived, Jeff got called out. Figures.
oh well-story of my life!

It's Saturday and we are doing the birthday party thing here. I need to stuff party bags, make cupcakes, and prep the pizza dough. After the party a few kids are coming over for a sleepover and dinner will be home made pizzas.
Good stuff!

My card today is from the DTGT challenges and was my least favorite so far, but yet, (and not at all surprisingly) was the most commented one. I didn't like how the circle turned out, and yep, I am my own worst critic! I did get to use my new Martha Border punch.

off to cook and clean. enjoy your saturday!!

details: live the life you love- Unity Stamps
Paper- Bordering blue, Pumpkin, WW, American Crafts
Ribbon- AC, Punch by Martha, Primas, Coluzzle, Cuttlebug, and old vinatge brads.
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July 23, 2008

A few more highlights....

Texas Grammy, JTKShaw and I at the cupcake reception.











Michelle and Meghan with the Unity Crew, our new friends from Michigan!!










Broman *really* likes Mexican food!!!














The folks from Creative Imaginations- they were also staying in our hotel.











Brooke, Angela, & I.





Gus trying out the product.










Me stalking Ali Edwards. again. Ali, if you are reading this, (she reads my blog people!!!!) no worries on that restraining order. ;)

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He's 9 People!!


My son is 9 today! This is pretty exciting for him, he knows that 10 is next ;) I am not sure I can handle that though!!

He we all are sometime last week playing and trying to get a good picture of us ourselves- a little windy out but he's so happy!!

I have a long list of chores I am trying to get done since getting home- some of which include wrapping his present still.
He wants to head out for pizza tonight, works for me. Have a super day- I am going to be running around getting birthday stuff together for his actual party on Saturday.

tomorrow I will have more CHA pics...so hard to choose which ones I should share....can i get a hip hop!

And my friend Mandy is having a sale at her store, check her out!! Pin It Now!

July 21, 2008

Home!

Where do I start? Here are some highlights of the trip. I love the picture of Angela holding the tiara~ so fun!!




























we matched all the way down to our feet!!!











of course the most fabulous Lori Craig! She has got to be *the* nicest chick ever!!!







Teresa Shaw- jtkshaw, Lisa Silver,






Brooke was playing Vanna with Maren's card!! Maren had like 7 things on display at Cosmo!! Good Times!!!



and some random photos of various people we were able to meet!!! That's Brooke's BFF Heidi Swap. ;)

what do you think of the booth?? Gaw-jus! They put down pergo styled floors! It was so fabulous! Pin It Now!

July 20, 2008

another LAD bday sketch!



Ok- here is the last of my LAD birthday bash sketch challenges. This one happen to work out perfectly for my son's 9th birthday which is coming up next week!!

The planet is colored with copics, and the spica on its ring. The spaceships, and the sign are all popped up on dimensionals.

Some fun Cosmo Cricket paper, and it's a keeper! Pin It Now!

July 19, 2008

LAD Birthday sketch cards...



Here is one of my LAD birthday challenge cards for their 2nd Anniversary.
I stamped the fairy on acetate with stazon and colored from the back side with crystal effects and reinkers, then sprinkled, with glitter. The focus was to be on a birthday theme, so I stole the sentiment from the Out of this world set.

I love how it turned out, and just how sparkly it is!! Pin It Now!

July 18, 2008

more CAS


Hi!!

Still in Chicago!!

another quick and simple card using American Crafts Thickers, patterned paper, and ribbon.
I scalloped the bottom portion the old fashioned way- with my corner rounder, ;)
and added some bling, not sure of the brand.

the sticker label is from my work in progress scrap kit.

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July 16, 2008

Chicago Bound baby!!



So- a real quick post and I am out the door!

Here is a layout I created for my son's Green Belt graduation. He commented on it, asking that I add some sort of 'green 'detail to it! There may be some scrapping his future ;)

The AC thickers were all white and I colored the ones on the white portion black. The scallop is the flip side of the black striped paper, punched with a 3/4" circle punch. I love how it turned out. Another real clean and simple layout.

Have a super week!

details: CS-Neenah. Patterned paper, thickers & Ribbon- American Crafts. hph in pewter. Pin It Now!

July 14, 2008

ballerina birthday


My neighbor asked if I could whip up a card for her little girls 6th birthday. Since she is in ballet, I thought this *might* work!

The making memories paper has flocking in the pink dots, and was run through the cuttlebug. The pink tutu and her head were both cut out and popped up on dimensionals. I applied a nice heavy layer of stickles on her tutu, and a lesser amount on her tiara and the rest of the dress.
Popped some dew drops in the corners, mounted a few dozen dimensionals on it, and called it a day!

She was quite pleased. Who wouldn't love a glittery tutu on their birthday card?!?

My husband had to work @ 2:30 this morning, so he came home early today! yea! this allows me some stamping time- I have a few things to get done before I leave Wednesday. I am pretty excited, and I *need* this break!!! Countdown is on!! Pin It Now!

July 13, 2008

one quarter of the way through....


This is what it looked like yesterday morning at Spanaway Junior High...Mile marker 53 was the final stop for most of the cyclists yesterday on their way down to Portland. This was 1/4 of the way through the whole event, and the half way point if you were doing it in two days. They had 10,000 participants in this years race.

We drove down to meet my husband, considering it was only a 1/2 drive and it took him 4 hours to get there!

Here are some of my fave pictures from the stop. The bikes and people seem to go for miles! And, if you had to stop for the oh-so awful smelling port a potty, the line was a good half hour long.

He is still not home, but he did call today to let me know he made it, and will be home later after they drive back. I for one, am much more fond of the 3 hour car drive over the 210 miles of sitting on a bike seat down to Portland. But, to each his own. ;) Pin It Now!

July 12, 2008

The Weekend is here folks!


And my husband started his day at the crack of dawn, and is on his way to Portland! He is riding in his first STP, so wish him luck!!

I got an email from my girlfriend, she finally arrived in Thailand. Made me a bit sad. It's not the same with her gone.

On to my card. I love this owl. He is great- and for some odd reason, I find myself loving orange lately. Anyone else in an odd color spot? I don't typically find myself drawn to orange- but I can't stop using it this week! So, here is an orange free card, but trust me, I tried to sneak it in! ;)

The owl is stamped on Kraft twice, and the wings and ears are cut out and popped up with dimensionals. The saying, fits my kid perfectly...might have to send this off to him.
You ask him something, you say anything, you get- "huh??" I know I am not alone here ;)

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July 10, 2008

Time to shine


Happy Thursday!

Here is my card from Julee's starry challenge the other day. Nope, I didn't win.

Angela is giving away free stuff again!! Go check out her blog and leave her a post!
And she is running some crazy specials right now- check her blog out for the details.

Anyone know who makes this paper? I have been going through and orange kick and this paper is some of my fave right now!!! I can't remember who makes it. LOVE it~
Anyone else love orange all of a sudden??

I hear the kids playing guitar hero in the other room...better go referee. Pin It Now!

July 8, 2008

Take joy in the little things



Here is my take on Julee's Mojo Monday challenge for this week~ I have been waiting to ink up this new set that I recently got and play.

I pulled out some American Crafts paper for this- I love this paper- and this cards is a little heavier than my normal cards...but it's fun to lay it on thick every once in a while.

I stamped the flower 3 times, cut it out and popped the the 2nd and 3rd layer, and then popped up the circle center. The butterflies are also cut and popped up with dimensionals.
I actually love it, not very often do I love a card with this much *stuff* on it!!

Off to try and accomplish 6000 things- July is *so* busy. DH is doing the STP- this weekend, I leave for Chicago in a week- (YEAH!!!!) and then My son is turning 9! I have a list as long as my arm of things to do...I think we are busier this month than when we are in school.....

lastly- Angela is doing her Random special again!!! Check out her sale- and get some Unity at a crazy price!!!!

Details: Verve stamps- Petals & Stems.
CS- Pumpkin, Black, White. Bashful Prints DS paper, American Crafts Paper.
Bashful, Pumpkin striped grosgrain, Olive poly Twill, HPH in pewter, vintage brads, corner rounder punch- all SU!
ink-memento
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July 7, 2008

More Quick and Easy Cards

How was your fourth?!?
I managed to score a nice sunburn, eat too much junk food, and light off a ton of things that shoot, whistle, explode, and pop!

There was a major low tide on the 4th, and the kids were able to see star fish, moon snails, sea anenomes and all sorts of cool things that swim and crawl in the water. The beach always seems to provide a nice biology lesson when we get there on low tide days.


My sons teacher is expecting her first child, and loves to make her own cards. So I thought I would make her a gift set with a bunch of pre-made baby thank you's just using patterned paper and easy-peasy layouts. She tells me she's always looking for quick and easy ideas.




I figured I could make her a little tin for the cards, and then she could store her little trinkets in it.

I have never been one to make a bunch of these lunch boxes, but who can resist a major sale at Jo-Ann's??? ;)

anyhoo...which is your fave? I think the lion is my favorite one. He is colored with my copics, (and I just learned that the proper name is tole, never knew that!!) and his head is cut and mounted on dimensionals. Simple tole? Learn something every day.

Countdown to Chicago is on....next week!! Pin It Now!