Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Since Random.Cara was asleep when I remembered to pick for the MFT Oopsie Daisy set, I used Random.Org this time. Random.org selected number 106.
Congratulations to: marshmallow12 who said... Super cute card. I have a soft spot in my heart for bears, even the real live ones! I would love to add this set to my collection. My favorite color is sky blue, especially the color of the sky in winter when it's so cold out but the sun is shining bright or in the early spring when the sun is shining bright and the apple trees are in blossom (it will happen soon!- go away snow!) March 29, 2011 4:14 PM
Congratulations!!! Please email me with your mailing address so I can send this set to you. Thanks to everyone for playing along...I promise more giveaways are coming! :)
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wanna win this stamp set? I have an extra for one of my readers! Just leave a comment telling me your favorite color and Random.Cara will select a winner on Wednesday night (3/30) at 8 p.m. central time. Subscribers can post twice! The winner will have three days to get back to me before Cara picks another number. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
----> this was my advice to myself this week.
I do not like change. Never have and never will. So moving SIX times in almost 10 years of marriage was not the life I envisioned for myself. Don't get me wrong---being in the army has been a great experience. We have been so many places and met fabulous life-time friends along the way. But it has also been tough.
My husband and I just returned from a trip to Pennsylvania to buy a house.... A house that we plan to move into in just a little over two months and a house we plan to stay in for the foreseeable future. We had several days to accomplish our goal and actually put a bid on a house at one point that we both really liked and it was in the school district I really wanted my kids to be in. But, our bid ended up causing a bidding war between us an another couple who had put in a much lower bid a few days earlier.
At that point, they came back higher and we just walked. After all, there were a few things that made us reticent about the property. Going back to the drawing board after that excitement and after already putting in a contract late the previous night was not easy. We did have another house that I really liked but my husband was not as excited about at first. After another visit, he came around a bit. The only thing problem with it (in my mind) was that the two car garage was a tight fit. But everything else was perfect.
And....this is the house we eventually settled on. We are back home now and the reality of the move has set in. My kids flip from being excited to lamenting that "I have 50 friends here and none there and now I have to leave my 50 friends here." Although this made me laugh, it also made me painfully aware at how difficult the next few months will be.
We will get through it. We always do. After all....we all have each other AND we are moving close to my little sister, which will be so much fun to have family close by.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wish us luck!!!
In the meantime, I have a cute little photo cube holder to share with you: Here is a close up of the top:
I used some new Jillibean Soup product to create this--Blossom Soup Coordinating die cut shapes; Chilled Strawberry Soup Coordinating Cardstock stickers; Patterned paper- Blossom Soup.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thanks so much to everyone who played along in the Shadow box give away! Random.Cara picked # 47 as the lucky winner.
stampyng who said...
"2nd post for being a subscriber. Thanks for the chance - this looks like a great product! "
Please email me for directions on how to claim your beautiful shadow box. Cannot wait to see what you create with it.
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Just a reminder: You have until tomorrow night to enter the Shadowbox giveaway...you can find the details HERE!
Today I have a card featuring some of the new Paper Smooches stamps! In case you didn't know....the amazing Kim Hughes started her own line of stamps and they are whimsical, clever and so FUN!
I designed this card awhile ago for a call and forgot to post it. So here it is:
I cut the card shape from some patterned paper and inked the edges. The branch was die cut from some patterned paper. I stamped the fish on white cardstock, colored it with Copics and then added glitter all over the fins (kinda like rainbow fish!)
I used my Cropadile to punch some bubbles and added them to the card. A peice of hemp finishes it off!
Materials used: Stamps- Birthday Buddies (Paper Smooches); Memento tuxedo black ink; markers- pumpkin pie, black (Stampin' UP!); Copic markers; Designer paper- Monster Stew- Bunch of Monsters (Jillibean Soup), Little Boy: Rad Plaid (Echo Park); stickles (Ranger); Tea dye distress ink (Ranger); Sizzlits die- branch with leaves (Sizzix); Cropadile (We R Memory Keepers).
Thanks for stopping by today!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Jon from My Shadow Box Creation contacted me several weeks ago and asked if I would like to play with one and I gladly agreed with the understanding that I would only blog about it IF I thought it was a good product. IT IS!! For this shadowbox, I had my name engraved on the front with beautiful swirls around it. (I hope you can see it in this photo- it is really difficult to photograph glass!):
The other thing I LOVE about these is that I have always created a "frame" from our family vacations. These frames are all around our game room so we can always be reminded of trips we have taken. They feature a collage of pictures and sometimes other memorabilia (like coins from Honduras, etc.) These boxes would have been perfect to use (AND you can have the trip and year engraved right on the front!)
Sunday, March 13, 2011
**If you are following the blog hop, you should have come here from Carolina's BLOG.**
Here is the card I created for today's hop:
I created this card using images from Gina K Designs- Dream Birds (the bird), Smile (sentiment), and Sent with Love (tree). I used some Jillibean soup paper to add some super big hearts to the tree.
What I love most about the Grand Calibur is that it is EFFORTLESS. The extra large plates move through the machine smoothly and easily. I can use several dies on a run-through and it cuts well every time. I definitely recommend this machine. And, although I LOVE the new Grand dies for the large size for scrap booking...they are also great for creating cards.
What I love most about this card is the card shape, which was created by folding a piece of white cardstock in half and die cutting it with the Grand Big Scalloped Circles and the Grand Calibur. After running the die through, I had the basic card shape. I sliced the bottom of the circle off to create a flat bottom for the card...as shown below.
To create this card shape, fold a piece of white cardstock in half. (The fold should be at the top) Place your die as shown:
Run through the Grand Calibur:
When you take the cut shape out, place it on your cutter, fold to the left. You will be cutting off the bottom part of the scallops so that the card will stand nicely when opened. Tip: Line up the left side of the card with the grid lines on your paper cutter so that you can ensure a straight cut:
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Instructions and supplies are in the magazine. You can find this issue HERE or at your local bookstore or craft store.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
So I thought she could use a little pick me up---and this is what I came up with: I painted a little mini pot and then decorated it with a strip of patterned paper (Jillibean Soup). I cut out the strawberries from patterned paper and added one to the outside of the pot and used two to decorate some Hershey's chocolate nuggets. I covered some other nuggets with some green patterned paper.
I cut the little flowers from the same patterned paper as the strawberries and popped them on two of the strawberries.
I created a little banner with some corrugated shapes and a piece of a flag stick that I broke and then painted. I used a sticker that says "You make life so sweet" and stuck it on the banner. I added another little flower to the banner to tie it together.
I finished off the project with some brown pearl dots on the sentiment flag and in the flower centers. I tied a piece of brown thread on one strawberry.
Here is a picture of a few of the chocolates outside of the pot so you can see how I decorated them:
Supplies: mini pot (Michael's); acrylic paint, brown; Designer paper- Chilled Strawberry collection: Frozen strawberries; Blossom Soup: Corn Kernels (Jillibean Soup); Chilled strawberry soup cardstock sticker (Jillibean soup); corrugated shape-butterflies (Jillibean Soup); pearl accents (Recollections: Michael's); Hershey's nuggets; flag stick.
This was so fun to make and I was so happy to surprise the nurse with it. That has got to be a tough job these days!
Have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Today, I have a scrapbook page to share. Instead of my own kids, this one is of my niece-Carly. She is my little sister's baby and she is named Carolyn after me. They call her Carly.
Here is some detail on the page. On this shot you can see the stitching and sponging around the edges a bit better: And here is the page---Just a little Carly!
Friday, March 4, 2011
Life is going way to fast these days. Keeping the house PERFECT is taking its toll. Hopefully, it will sell quickly.
I started P90X this week. (It is an intense workout and, although it is tough, I love it!) It is kicking my butt....in a good way. Hopefully it kicks it completely off in the coming weeks. I will keep you posted.
Anyway....had a chance to play with some of the beautiful Echo Park For the Record papers and added some fun SRM stickers--
Materials used: Ivory cardstock (Gina K Designs); Designer paper- For the Record: Newsprint, Borders (Echo park Paper); Element stickers- For the Record (Echo Park Paper); SRM stickers- Thanks (54003), Congratulations (S1013); Jumbo Pebble brads (Making Memories); vintage lace; black pearls (Want2Scrap); lace.
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Hello!!! The SRM Stickers blog candy winner is # 27 (as selected by Random.Cara).
Congratulations to Tina Gilliland who said...
"So....I haven't used stickers in years... not sure how I'd act with them.. but... my favorite card was the bannered one and the school card. LOVE them both!!! I am not sure what part is the sticker though? LOL are they like the old flat stickers we use to use in scrapbooking???"
Congrats Tina! And--to answer your question---- yes....they are stickers but they are clear, simple to work with and are ADDICTIVE! The sentiments on all the cards (as well as the decorative design on the first card) are all SRM stickers. Cannot wait for you to try them. Please email me your address :)
Thanks for stopping by!