Burgandy Swap

Here is my card I made for the burgandy swap on scs. The card has to have burgandy somewhere on it. I thought about using the baroque burgandy cardstock for the entire background but I like it better with the white cardstock instead. I used white cardstock by papertrey, burgandy baroque by su, the designer paper is by mme the bohemia line (I'm loving that paper, plus its double sided!) For accessories and embellisments I used, marvy scalloped square punch, creative memories square punch, prima flowers, sweet bella blooms(burg. flower) white ribbon, and silver brads. Images by Paper Trey. I used versa color narcissus ink and stampin ups bravo burgundy. Oh, before I forget the background is dry embossed with the textile folder using my cuttlebug. I think I bought the cuttlebug just for the embossing :) it adds dimension and that extra something that makes cards pop. This was my prototype, so I need to go to my craft room and make 5 more cards. The hard part is done, trying to come up with somthing that looks like what is in my head and putting it on to paper :)

Paper Trey Ink order

I was so happy to see my Paper Trey Ink stuff came in the mail today. I've been eyeing a few of their things for a while, so I finally broke down and placed an order. I will have to create later on. I bought the little lady stamp set and the borders and corners, circles set, cardstock, envelopes, stationary boxes and a scalloped circle punch. I am really happy with the cardstock so far its comparable with Stampin Up, for $6 I got 40 sheets which comes to 15 cents a sheet. I think thats a good deal for quality cardstock, plus if you cut each sheet in half to be 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 it will make 80 cards.
On a side note, I started to work out this week. I'm proud of myself :) In the past I have just been really active to stay fit, but I'm in my 30's now, starting to notice things so I decided to be a little more healthy and hit up the gym. I went on Tuesday and then again today. I did a half an hour on the eliptical machine, and then I do weights on the nautilis machines at 8 different stations. Its a little intimidating because its 98% men but I'm feeling more confident about how to use all the machines and not look like an idiot.

This is probably my favorite card I've ever made. There isn't anything I don't like about it. I love the color combinations and the embellishments. I used Stampin Ups eat cake and polka dots and petals stamp sets, for the images, SU cool carribean card stock and creative memories pink and yellow designer paper, oh and white cardstock too. For ink I used SU so saffron, rose red and taken with teal. I stamped happy birthday in SU white craft ink and the embossed it with holographic embossing powder and put 3d dots underneath to make it pop, and what would be a card without ribbon...its dashes, dots and checks from Micheals.

Card Season

Is it me or does it seem like once school/fall begins there is always a birthday, anniversary, baby being born and not to mention all of the holidays...to make cards for. I got a little lazy over the summer not creating as much. Thank goodness for the swaps I was in to get my creative juices flowing. I've made three cards today so far and I still have a few more to make, all of them except one are all going snail mail. A little boy named Noah, he lives down the street from us, he turns 9 tomorrow. I made a birthday card for him. Now that Jacob is getting older, I am finding that it is getting more difficult to make masculine cards. Thats something I need to work on.

Noah's card was really simple to make. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the green paper, I found some birthday designer paper that had green in it. Then I cut the corners of the white cardstock with my scallop corner cutter thingy. Stamped happy birthday and his name, added some ribbon and wala I was done.

So the other day I was at my local scrapbook store, and they have this area where people can put their scrapbook stuff on consignment. One lady was selling 7 really cool Japanese style stamps (hero arts) for 75 cents! I couldn't believe it. I also scored three SU snowflake stamps for 50 cents, and three flourish stamps for 75 cents. It was a great deal. The store is mostly taylored for scrapbookers not stampers, but they are starting to get in ribbon that you can buy by the yard. So I scooped up some May Arts ribbon, they have a new satin ribbon that has two different colors on each side.

In this card you can see a few of the Japanese stamps that I scored. I am really loving the MME bohemia line of paper right now, most of it is double sided. On this paper one side is the printed floral green and the other side is blue. I have no idea what the Japanese words say...it might even be Chinese, who knows...and it could be upside down too lol! I hope it means/says something nice...good thing this card isn't going to someone who is Asian.

The third card I made today I got to use the May Arts ribbon I was talking about. I also used MME bohemia double sided paper again, but in a different print. The Happy Anniversary stamp I actually found in the $1 bin at Micheal's a few years ago and then the heart stamp is a stamp by Judith. I used my fastenater, (it looks like a stapler but the staples are bigger and are decorative) to staple some ribbon onto the white card stock.

First Day of School

We made it through the first day of school. Jacob started first grade and Kendall started 6th grade and at a middle school >**< Both of them had a great day. Kendall wasn't nervous at all, I was kind of surprised at that, but it made it much easier to drop her off knowing she was excited. I'm exhausted, I was at Jacob's school all day helping out. I wasn't ready to start school yet lol. Here are the pictures of their first day of school today.

Scrapbook in a box

I made this scrapbook in a box about a week and a half ago. I forgot about it until I saw it tonight. School starts tomorrow, so I wanted to share it because there is no way I will remember to in the next few days. Here it is when its closed and looks like a box....Then when you open it there are three layers of paper that you put pictures and whatever else you want, so that it looks like a scrapbook. I havn't added any pictures to mine yet, but so you get an idea of what it looks like, this is it opened up. This only works well if you use double sided paper. I used stampin up's au chocolate double sided designer paper.
Directions to make a scrapbook in a box
11 1/4 square of dbl sided paper
9 3/4 square of dbl sided paper
8 1/4 square of dbl sided paper
5 7/8 square of dble sided paper
Score the 11 1/4 square at 3 3/4 inches on all sides
score the 9 3/4 square at 3 1/4 inches on all sides
score the 8 1/4 square at 2 3/4 inches on all sides
score the 5 7/8 square at 1 inch on all sides
After scoring, cut off all of the corners on the 3 biggest pieces of paper, so that each one looks like a cross.
Apply sticky tape/double sided adhesive to the 9 3/4 and 8 1/4 crosses (in the center only), then stack them largest to smallest.
For the lid, cut four one inch slits, at the score line. Make sure all of the cuts are going in the same direction. Then apply sticky tape on the corners to form a lid.
On the picture of the opened scrapbook, you can see what the lid looks like.
These look really cute after you decorate them and add ribbon and other embelishments. I think they would make cute gifts. I went to the store and bought a bunch of double sided paper to make some more of these. I suggest using a thicker cardstock. I love stampin up paper, however the designer paper they sell isn't as thick as the normal cardstock. Bohemia and Basic Grey have thicker double sided cardstock that I think might work well.

High School Musical 2

This was one busy weekend. Kendall had a High School Musical 2 get together/sleepover, nine girls came over to my house. I was nervous at first but it was fun, by the end of the night there were 13 kids at my house and 7 adults lol. Here is the picture of the cake I ordered, HSM2 theme was set at a country club (just so the cake makes sense). You wouldn't believe how much food little girls can eat! They went through 5 pizzas, 3 bags of chips, 6 two liters of soda, and home-made carmel popcorn a mom made, trail mix and a cake...no-one went home hungry thats for sure! I made all of her friends a copy of the High School Musical 2 soundtrack as a little momento/party favor. Kendall had a great time and her guests did too. It was a great way to end the summer. School starts tomorrow...I can't believe I have a 6th and 1st grader, crazy!

It's Hot!!

I havn't been crafty the last couple of days. I even missed most of the day of QVC's 24 craft and scrapbooking day. I've been helping Jacob's teacher (and my friend >"<) get her new room ready. Today I went and got an oil change for the suburban, went to lunch. Then picked up my neighbor Monica and her boys and headed to the Mall in Pensacola, spent too much money then went to dinner. I came home got the kids in the shower and into bed, then headed to Target and Walmart to pick up last minute school supplies. Jacob still needs a backpack by Monday, so that means I have to go back sometime this weekend. Oh and to top everything off, by Monday tropical storm Dean will be heading into the gulf of mexico as a Cat. 4 Hurricane!!!! I'm not panicking yet I want to have a nice weekend without thinking about evacuating. Did I mention its hot here? Well its freaking hot it has been around 115 degrees everyday for the last two weeks, and the humidity is through the roof its really gross. I thought I would post an older picture. This was taken almost 4 years ago at Walt Disney World...look Jacob is on my hip :( and Kendall isn't even to my armpit...now he is going into the first grade and Kendall is going into 6th. How sad my babies are getting too big.

Altered Clipboards

So I thought I would try and make an altered clipboard. They are really labor intesive but the clipboards end up looking very cute. I made one for my good friend Chris and another one for my son's teacher. The pictures are not that good, but you can get the idea of what they look like. Plus I need to finish up the one for my son's teacher, I need to put more ribbon on it. To make one all you do is get your favorite ribbon, paper, maybe a stamp or some stickers, and arrange it to your taste. I use modge podge for my glue and my sealer, it dries clear. Then I use a Glossy clear acrylic sealer, sometimes the modge podge dries a little tacky, so the acrylic sealer helps with that. Then you get ribbon and tie it to the clip. I will mention you do need to put a few coats of the modge podge and the glossy sealer on it, so it will take a while considering each coat has to dry before you apply another one on. Isn't it cute how you can customize each clipboard depending on who you give it to. Oh before I forget, I can't believe my children go back to school in 6 days, I'm not sure if I'm happy or sad about that? Fall is a crazy time in our house, with everyone going on a schedule, homework, afterschool activities, volunteering at two different schools...with Jess being in advanced flight school, this school year is going to be interesting to say the least.


So I sent out my swaps last week, I was happy with the way they turned out. This was only my second swap, but I think I am getting the hang of them. I used my Stamps by Judith, she has the cutest stamps plus they are priced right. Tonight I went with my new neighbor to my local scrapbook store, I call it Mike's big house of goodness >"<. I bought a bunch of 12x12 paper, it was only 4 for $1, so I stocked up on some double sided bohemia paper. I am going to use it to make some albums in a box, I have made one using Stampin Up designer paper, but their dp is a little thin, I needed something thicker. Oh so my new thing right now is altered clipboards. Before I thought who would do that...until I made one! They are just the cutest things, oh the things you can use it for. I will post a picture of my creations tomorrow once I get a picture of them.

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