My babies are growing up...





Here are some pictures I put together of my children. I am blessed to be their mother, they are the greatest wish I only thought about in my far away dreams, that came true.

Under the weather & Stampin Up newest Demo

Well I have been sick for almost a week now and its not fun. I have not created in a few days, and I feel guilty because I have so much stuff that needs to be done. I feel like I'm starting to be on the mend so everything will have to wait until the weekend.
In other news I signed up to be a Stampin Up Demonstrator, I really enjoy making cards and altering things so this is perfect for me right now. I can't wait to get my kit and see all of my new stamps sets and 18 stamp pads!! I signed before Sept 30th so I got an additional 12 stamp pads, how awesome is that. If any of my family from CA is reading this they probably have no idea what Stampin Up is, which is very funny to me because almost all of my friends are addicted to paper, stickers and stamps. So if you are a friend or family member and have no idea what Stampin Up is you can go to www.stampinup.com and look at their products. Then after you look at their products, you are now inspired to make all of your Christmas cards and I know the perfect SU demonstrator whom you can order from....ME :)

Altered Clipboards


There are these two teachers at my son's school, that help children become better readers. All day everyday they listen to children read, and help them get through every word. So a few weeks ago the book fair came and I bought them a few books. I pick my son up from school on Friday and he hands me a card. I figure its a birthday invitation, but then I notice the envelope says to the Yoast Family. I'm really not thinking anything of it until I opened the card and there was a $50 gift card to Ruby Tuesdays, from the two teachers I got the books for!! I could not believe it, I still am shocked it was very generous of them. So this weekend I made them each a clipboard and a bag with some goodies in it. Papertrey ink has a stamp that fits perfectly with Avery address labels, so you stamp the label, then it fits perfectly over a Hershey's Nugget. Its such an easy way to dress up candy. I had made my son's teacher a clipboard, and Mrs. Seevers asked where she got it, and Mrs. B. (son's teacher), told her I made it for her. So today when I gave her, her own clipboard she was so happy. I think she might of had a little clipboard envy lol...

Relaxing Sunday

So my son is finally feeling better but now I am getting something. He had strep-throat but I'm hoping I just have a cold, who knows. Anyhow, today all I am going to do is be crafty. I have some cards I need to finish up and start on, not to mention I had 10 rolls of film developed yesterday! They were from last year!!! Needless to say I have some major scrapbooking to do. I love my SLR camera and all the cool bells and whistles it has but I am really enjoying my digital camera. My next big purchase is going to be a Digital SLR :)

Well I made this card last week but couldn't post it because she checks my blog, this was a birthday card for my wonderful friend Chris. We share the same sick obsession with never having enough paper, stamps, stickers, or ink, don't even get me started on ribbon and embellishments thats a totally different 10 step program. I used my score-pal to make this gate front card, they always turn out really cute. The stamp I bought at Micheals in the dollar bin! One can find some really cute things in those bins, plus for $1 who can pass that up. The card base is whitecardstock, the designer paper is MME bohemia line, embossed with my happy birthday cuttlebug folder, the square scallop is the other side of the bohemia paper (love double sided paper) I stamped the image with stazon, colored it in with prisma watercolor pencils and then use mineral spirits to blend the colors. The ribbon is by su.


Here is another 3x3 swap, the theme is Snowman. I am telling you I love making these cards. Did you know stampin up sells 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 envelopes! How perfect for these. I used bazzil paper for the base, punched out circle scallops on white cs, stamped my snowman image, colored him in then put stickles on his scarf and buttons (can't see it in this picture) layered the scallop circle on green cs. I stamped a swirly circle border from papertrey ink in versamark, and the sentiment in versamark as well. I used green fastenater staples to attach the ribbon. I'm telling you these are so much fun and easy.

Tomorrow is going to be a crazy day at the post office, I have so much stuff to send out! I made this card for a wish-rak I'm sending out. She wants images from the new Believe set from Papertrey Ink. So I made this card from the Little lady set from Papertrey. The base is SU perfect plum cardstock, I used versamark to stamp the flowers and trails. The ladybug is stamped with pale plum and stazon black. The sentiment says "A happy life is made of little things" isn't that so cute. The ribbon is retired su organdy ribbon. It is a very simple card but it turned out nice, I was loaded up on cold medicine when I made this, so it could have turned out terrible. Well I am off to my craft room to get some things done.

RAKS...sending and recieved

I made this card for a WRAK I'm sending out. I havn't made any Halloween yet, so I thought this was perfecting timing. I have this really old Stampin Up set, at least 6 years old, so old there is no sticky strip with the name on the box, or I never put it on when I bought the set. Anyhow, the base is purple bazzil, I cut it 4x4, its smaller that a normal card, but its cute and the perfect size for what I am sending. Also there is a hint on the card, on the wish I'm granting. The dp is by moxxie, the ribbon is may arts, the sentiment is from one of the sets I got out of the dollar bin at Micheals. The rectangle scallop is acutally made out of two square scallops cut and taped together. Ink is black stazon and orange hero arts.
So I went and checked my mail today and look was sitting, waiting for me, this pretty RAK welcoming me to the RAK group on scs (www.splitcoaststampers.com ) The card is from Nancy aka crookedriver. I love getting snail mail! So I was really excited to see this among all of the bills and credit card offers. Thank you Nancy!!!








3x3 Swap and Papertrey Ink


I did my first 3x3 card ever! I can't believe I waited so long to make one. You can make eight 3x3 cards out of one piece of 12x12 paper...how awesome is that!! I used red bazzil cardstock and used the Holly stamp out of the Stippled Stencils (SU) set with versamark for the base. The green designer paper is the Bohemia line by My Minds Eye. I used white cardstock and a marvy punch to make my scalloped circles. Inside the circles I got to my brand new PaperTrey Ink sets (Believe and Holdiday Treats), stamped with black stazon and colored in with red and green art markers. The ribbon is retired black organdy ribbon by SU and the corners were punched with a scalloped corner rounder by Creative Memories.
I really liked the way these turned out. I used next to nothing on materials...I love that. I'm thinking these would be cute gifts. Make a bunch of them and then put them into a tin or tie them with ribbon.
So here is my order I recieved in the mail today from www.papertreyink.com I looovvve their products. I really like all of the sets that came out a few days ago but these two, Believe and Holiday Treats were the ones I couldn't live without and needed asap. I also bought some page pebbles and another marvy scalloped circle punch. All of their product are high quality and priced well, not to mention the 15th of every month new products are released :)


Monday Ramblings and blog candy


So I check my email today and guess what...I won some awesome blog candy from Carrie, check out her blog at http://artisticavenger.wordpress.com/ she is pretty awesome. Anyhow, I lifted this pictures from her blog to show you what I got. I'm so excited :) When I opened my email I ran outside to tell my husband Jess, I was like "I won blog candy, I can't believe it, come and look" he had no idea what I was talking about. So he came inside and I had to explain to him what blog candy is and why people give it out...so he thinks it is really cool. Thank you Carrie for making my day!!

This weekend my family went to University of West Florida for the kick off for the BEST Robotics competition. To briefly summarize what this is, basically middle and high schools get this kit and they have six weeks to make a robot. This weekend is the only time we get to see the field where the robots compete, its very important to go so you can see what the tasks will be. The robots will have to go up the ramps, pick stuff up, go back down the ramp and put the stuff into a basket. Mind you 4 robots compete at a time. My daughter is on the design team for the tshirts, and is documenting everything the school does as a photographer, plus helping out with the robot. Building the robot is just one part of the competition, for example 8 kids will go into a room and people from NASA interview them about the robot, and the kids have to basically "sell" to them why theirs is the best. Lots and lots more but I'm trying to make this short and sweet. Here are a few pictures from the kickoff.


This is the field where the robots compete against each other.

Here is my cutie pie daughter...I don't think 6th graders like to be called cutie pies, do they?

SC141 & another Criss Cross card


I love babies and everything about them and had a ton of stampin up designer paper I had not touched yet, not to mention they are soft masculine colors. Who doesn't like snail mail? Isn't it the best to get a card in the mail. So I made another criss cross card but I changed the way I did the criss cross, so that its a tall 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 sized card. I made this in mind for someone who is expecting a baby boy. The base is white cardstock, the designer paper is by stampin up, it came in a set I bought earlier in the year (sorry I can't remember the name of the set). Anyhow, since it came together it all coordinated perfectly. The chipboard is by Basic Grey and I stamped it in True Thyme SU, and then stamped the footprint and sentiment with SU white craft ink, and tied it onto the card with greenish/silverish ribbon. For the inside, the base is SU so saffron, then white cardstock. I used a creative memories to circle punch to make the tab with leftover designer & white paper. Thinking of you today sentiment is stamps by Judith, the flourishes is by SU and I'm not sure on the handprints. Ink is true thyme and so saffron. I punched the corners of the insert with a creative memories scallop corner punch. These are really fun to make and look so cute when they are finished. So over at http://www.splitcoaststampers/ they have daily challenges this was Wednesdays sketch challenge SC141. The cardbase is white cardstock, the designer paper is blush checkerboard and blush paisley by the Paper Studio. I used the square scallop punch using the bohemia line of paper and used white souffle pens to makes dots around the edge. The Stampendous bees are the cutest little buggers. I stamped them on white cardstock, colored them in with Marvy markers, added a little stickles (that you can't see) on their wings and then cut around the image. What is a card without ribbon, right? So I had some SU narrow black organdy ribbon laying around and some new marroon May arts ribbon that I used to finish off the card. Before I forget, before I added the bee's and the scalloped square, I ran the front of the card through my cuddlebug using the textile embossing folder. This isn't my favorite card I have ever made but sketch challenges, are a challenge to get you out of your box and try something new.

Criss Cross Card

Its been a while since my last post, with Labor Day, my husband on leave and now my youngest with strep throat its been hard to do anything. Here is my first try at a criss cross card. The tutorial is on http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ My base is white cardstock, the first layer of designer paper is starlight; the Dasher line by Basic Grey. The strap that goes around the card is snowfall ice blue, again the Dasher line by Basic Grey. The thinking of you image is by Paper Trey Ink, stamped in Ruby Red by SU, and then punched with a Creative Memories circle punch. For embellishments I used primas and brads. My base for the insert is Ruby Red cardstock by Stampin Up, then white cardstock on top. The flourish images are by Stampin Up, I believe they are the pretty pettites(R) and I used Ruby Red ink for that. My ribbon is by May Arts.

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