another page done

Is anyone else having problems with blogger today? These pictures took forever to upload!! I am so proud of myself. Today I did another page for my daughter :) but everything was from stuff I already have and I used my cricut...which had some serious dust bunnies on it, & I used some stickers. I have soooooo many stickers, but do I ever use them anymore, hhmmm "no". I even have them hanging underneath a shelf, so I can see them. Its almost like a store because they are all in there packages hanging there perfectly...but too perfect to use...I know, I must be 1/2 crazy...we all are >"<>
I'm focusing now, back to the page. All of the paper is from the Pheobe line of BasicGrey, and I used my handy dandy cricut to cut out some sweeeeet letters from the Doodletype cartridge. The pink flowers are Got Flowers Deux {primas} with little silver brads in the center. The vellum sticker {definition of a girl} is from EK success that I bought forever ago at AC Moore or Micheal's. I distressed the edges a little using Tim Holtz fired brick distress ink {is he not the most crafty man ever!} Oh quick tip, if you are using a cricut or any other die-cut type of machine and you are cutting small pieces I highly recomend getting the Xyron create-a-sticker. There would be no way for me to get these letters on a page without it. I have a bigger Xyron but I don't like to waste so the create a sticker is perfect for things under 2 inches across.
In the center picture you see Kendall holding her nose. She did not like stinky things so if I didn't want her to like someone I told her they were stinky. I know thats bad...but its really funny looking back on it.

My Secret Project

My daughter is turning 12 years old at the end of February. She loves all things crafty & would love nothing more than to spend the weekend just making cards and "stuff". She has her own school days album that I continually work on & a friends album that she works on. This spring we will be moving, we are all used to this being my husband is in the military. However, this move is going to be the hardest for my daughter. She has become so attached to her group of girlfriends, so I thought as one of her gifts this year I would make her an album.
I emailed friends and family asking if they would make a page to put in the album as well. It is going to be a 6 in. x 6 in. album. Since this is a surprise gift, I have to work on it in secret, that means my time is limited to when Kendall is at school or sleeping. Today I finished the first page of the scrapbook. I am using a Stampin Up album, so all I need to do is slide in the pages, so I am not limited to what I can use, and makes it easier for family & friends too. This is the first time in at least 10 years I am not using a Creative Memories album, its kind of freaky but fun all at the same time. I love the creativity of scrapbooking, but I am a freak about preserving my photos, so I am very picky when it comes to "my" albums and what products I use in them. So, I feel a little liberated being able to use anything. I'm not sure if the album will hold up for the next 200 years but I'm ok with that :) Everything that I have used so far is safe, well except the brads. Brads havn't been tested, but there isn't a picture on this page for me to worry about future rust.
This is going to be fun, as long as I don't tell her. I am the type of Mom who gives gifts early because I can't stand it. Its hard for me to keep cool things from my kids >"<

grateful card

Just a simple clean card I made to get out in the mail today. The cardbase is SU River Rock, & the dp is Ginger Blossom. I used SU scallop punch to punch out the white paper, then a Marvy scallop punch to punch out the groovy guava textured paper. Images are from Sidekick Sayings (retired hostess set) and It's all good, both from SU. The ribbon is grosgrain chocolate chip, and I watercolered the image with prisma pencils.
Quick post today I am running to get my son and to the post office. Talk to you all later.


Do you ever go somewhere, or maybe you are in the shower, and someone calls and your husband answers the phone but he forgets to tell you until oh...4 hours later or you are getting into bed? My husband is famously known to forget to give me a message and then it is way too late at night to return the call. I havn't been feeling well & I got invited to go to the movies with a bunch of gals last night, but I knew I couldn't sit through a 2 hour movie so I had to say no. Also my husband already had plans to go out with a friend. While he was gone, I made this notepad to take messages.
A while ago I went to Target and in the dollar bins were 4x6 were these notpads, they are like post-it notes but the Target brand. This pad was screaming to be altered. So I went and got a 12x12 piece of paper and cut a piece so it was 4 1/2in x 12in. I scored it at 6in & 6 1/4in. So it left the front about 3/4in short. I got my SU corner rounder and took off the black shield and punched along the bottom which created the scalloped effect, then got a piece of white cardstock taped it to the inside cover and scalloped along the bottom of that as well so it covered the notepad. To dress it up I stamped the flourish from SU Baroque Motifs & friends image from Papertrey ink, added a few black primas with brads in them. Some May Arts white grosgrain ribbon with black flourishes on it to finish it off. I doubt this will solve my problem with not getting my messages :0 but now I have something pretty to scribble stuff down on :)

New toy and cards going to Beate

So did anyone visit Flossie's blog a few weeks ago and she totally was an enabler LOL. She had posted a pictures of this and HSN was selling is earlier than in stores and was cheaper. Well I bought it hehe and it came in the mail yesterday. Its the new Crop-a-dile called the Big Bite. I have only played with it once so far, but it does some pretty impressive stuff.
The next two cards are going to Beate she has the blog Fresh and Fun (we all know who she is lol) Her husband is deployed right now and she wants to fill a box with blank Valentine's Day Cards so the guys and gals can send a Valentine home. My husband is at a training command right now, but in the past when he was deployed the men appreciated stuff like this, so I am more than willing to send a few cards to her.

Materials used: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White & Pink cardstock by SU, Smitten Paisly Glitter paper by K & Company, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon & Purely Pomegranate ribbon by SU, textile embossing folder, spellbinder oval scallop nestability, pink gromets, Images from My Punny Valentine & Sweet Love by Papertreyink, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate & Certainly Celery ink by SU

birthday card for Savannah

I made this card for the sweetest little girl Savannah who just turned two. I don't get to see her very often (since we live in different states) but I wanted to send a card to let her know I was thinking of her (her mom anyway...don't think Savannah remembers me) Erica who is Savannah's mom, we have been friends since we were 14 years old...not to give my age away but its going on 18 years this year. My husband is in the military and we left California when my oldest was three years old. So it makes me sad sometimes knowing our kids can't grow up together and get to know each other better.
Jess and I are really lucky to have great friends we have found during our travels. Most of them we consider family now. So even though we miss our family and friends in California, in each new town we meet people who welcome us in with open arms and it as though we have known each other forever.
In case they are reading I have to thank three woman who have blessed me with their friendship and are like sisters to me. Chris, Mellisa and Kelly have given me friendships I didn't know was possible. So thank you for everything. I know this is a blog about my crafts but every once in a while I just need to share a little about what makes :) When you move around a lot it takes a while to form new friendships, so I what I always have is stamping and scrapbooking and now with a blog I get to meet wonderful people just like me from all around the world. So a big thank you to all of you blogging sistahs for giving me inspiration everyday!

OK...back to the card lol. I used white card stock for the base and layered cloud9 designer paper on top of that...little girls scream pink to me so this paper was perfect. I just bought some new wide May Arts ribbon yesterday, it was only 45 cents a yard, so in perfect hoarding status I bought 5 yards of it lol. I added a Prima Sprite and then punched out a scalloped circle and layered that on top of the flower. The three little bee's is a stamp from Stampendous, I stamped the image once on white card stock and then again on the designer paper. I cut out the bodies of the bee's from the cloud9 designer paper and then attached it to the white card stock. I believe this technique is called paper piecing (not piercing lol) I then colored the antennas and limbs with a pink spica glitter pen and then ticket punched the corners. I like to use black stazon or stampin up craft black stamp pads when I am coloring, I have found these two inks don't bleed or run. Sorry for the long post if you are still reading, have a great day, tomorrow is Friday!!!
Oh before I forget the images on the scalloped circle are from studio G, the $1 clear stamps at Michael's, you can't really see it in this picture but behind "best wishes" are candles I stamped in a light pink color.

more thank you cards :)

After my daughter finished & sent out her thank you cards I thought it might be a good time to finish mine :) My inspiration came from some newly bought May Arts ribbon. Its double sided stitched satin ribbon, I love it and have it in many different colors. I find it much easier to make a card if I have an idea of what I want to use, be it ribbon, paper or a stamp etc. The ribbon is pretty close to purely pomegranite and barely banana (SU colors), so I grabbed the cardstock in those colors. Then I went through my designer paper and looked for a sheet that matched both. I chose a BasicGrey paper from the Blush line. The image is from Michael's dollar bin stamped in purely pomegranite. I ran the barely banana cardstock through my Cuddlebug using the thank you embossing folder. If a card looks too plain and I don't want to use more designer paper, I will dry emboss the background. It makes a card pop without spending anymore money on it. I think that is what prevents me from sending more cards out, is the time and money I spend on just one card, and not thinking the receiver will appreciate my work (normal people, not people who hoard cardstock lol). I like things even, and don't like to leave a 1/2 sheet of paper left, so I ended up making 6 of these cards. Making several of one card also doesn't zap my mojo, trying to think up a new card. I try to limit myself to only a few projects a day other wise I am not productive and get overwhelmed.
I wish I could stamp today, but I don't think that is going to happen. Jess is flying and will not be home until late this evening, and I have lots of errands and chores to get done. Maybe during American Idol tonight I will listen and stamp at the same time...that might be hard to do, the people that audition for American Idol are half crazy lol and you can't help but watch hehe.

thank you cards

I am sooooo behind in getting thank you cards out, so last night I started another attempt to finish them. For this card all I knew is that I wanted to make a 3x6 card, I had never made one, but they look really cute. I also wanted to use my new BasicGrey two scoops paper. While going through my 12x12 cardstock, I realized I need more 12x12 plain heavy paper. So I settled on this green cardbase, if I remember right I think it might be Bazzill. The brackets are by Inque Boutique that have been sitting in their package waiting patiently to be inked up. The bird image is from the Fun and Fast notes by SU. I stamped it in black stazon ink because I wanted to try my first attempt at watercoloring with mineral spirits...eeeck lol. I am a beginner at this and I really didn't know if I was doing it right or not, so it took forever to color! I have a small set of 12 watercolor Prisma pencils so I had to blend alot for the image to match the paper. I am really happy with the results. As a stamper I feel this is where I lack the most is in coloring, its just really scary and frustrating to mess up and have to start all over again. I guess practice makes perfect, so that means I need alot more practice LOL. The ribbon is also BasicGrey but from the Lily Kate line. The white corners are actually chipboard, after I stamped the brackets on the paper, I layed down the chipboard and then lined up the image and stamped again, this time going over the chipboard. I have to say making a 3x6 card was fun, it forced me to work out of the box and I got really nice results. One thank you card done about twenty more to go :)

Mojo #20

This is going to have to be a quick post because I am running out the door, to go pick up my goodies from Flourishes (they are a new scs memeber company & they are based about 18 min. away from me!) Anyhow, here is my entry for Julee's Mojo #20, check her out she posts a new sketch every Monday. I will come back later and edit this post and tell you what I used to make this. Have a Happy Friday everyone!!!

Thank You!!

A huge thank you to Chris and my dss "Mary"! I got two great packages in the mail today. The first few pictures are the things Chris sent to me. She is a best friend that anyone would love to have. Plus she loves paper crafting as much as I do! She doesn't make me feel guilty about buying or hoarding too much, we both have a "thing" about cutting into pretty paper when you don't have much left of it lol. Anyhow, In the package today there was a book called Get Real Greetings, all I have to say is hilarious and perfect! A Cuttlebug embossing folder (friend), 3 cards, 3 monogramed for me, my daughter and son, gummie Lobsta's (or lobters if you are not from New England) and an altered papertrey packaging box, that she turned into a candy holder for Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I took a closer picture of that :) She hand stamped and punched each peanut butter cup and stamped "friend" in the center. It had to take a long time to make all of this so I just want to say "THANK YOU & I APPRECIATE and LOVE ALL OF IT!!!" Maybe she will put up directions on how to make the little notebooks because they are too cute! I took a picture of them opened and closed.

Next I would like to send a big "THANK YOU" to "Mary" my dss on scs. She has never altered anything before, but she altered a tin bucket just for me. I am proud to have your first altered item :) get ready to get addicted to making altered things, because they are so much fun! Inside the bucket was double sided adhesive, stamps from Studio G, a little rubber stamp with hearts on it, a hole punch from paper studio, grosgrain ribbon, and Andes Candy! It came wrapped in plastic and everything. She glued little heart bling and paper hearts on the tin, and attached the ribbon by putting an eyelet through the ribbon and tin! She must have a Crop-a-dile...lucky lady! Also in the box was a really cute Valentines Day card and a huge bag of Chex mix. Thank you so much "Mary" you went way beyond what I thought was coming :) Here are a few pictures of what Mary sent me. I just had to tell my kids to back off the Chex Mix because its mine lol

Nicola's Sketch #2

If you go over to Nicola's blog this is sketch #2, that I played around with. Its a fun sketch, so go check her out, she has a few sample idea cards to get your creativity flowing :) Sketches are great when you are having mojo block.
Materials used:
River Rock cardstock by SU, Ginger blossom designer paper by SU, Images from SU sets, Heartfelt Thanks and Sweet Shapes, Cameo Coral ink, Black Stazon ink, Mellow Moss ink, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, white chipboard from Crafty Secrets, white flowers from Prima, silver brads by MM, Cuttlebug textile embossing folder

thank you card

I made this card for Sara, she has hosted 3 Papertrey swaps now on SCS, so I put this in with my swaps as a thank you note. The images are from the set Sweet Love by Papertrey ink. I used white cardstock as the base and layered it with Cosmo Cricket paper. I stamped the hearts in black stazon ink. The tab on the top was made by using a SU tab punch (I love that thing). The next layer is in white cardstock, stamped with Palette L'Amore Red and black stazon ink. I had some retired SU organdy ribbon, so I stamped that too and attached it with a staple. I just wanted to say thank you to her, hosting a swap I imagine can be very stressful at times. The size of this card is 4x4 which I don't normally make, but square cards are fun to do, to change it up a little :)

Swaps are done :)

I meant to post this card on Friday...but my husband had to go out of town and he took my camera. That meant no uploading pics for me. Last week I was struggling with finding my creativity, everything that I made I did not like. I'm sure the cards were fine but they all lacked something that I couldn't figure out. So I went back to this simple sketch that I use when my mojo is not flowing :) For some reason the yellow on the boot is showing up really bright, but in real life its more subtle and blends well. I used the Green Thumb stamp set from Papertrey ink. This is one of my favorite sets by them. The yellow and blue paper are from SU, they are retired so I have no idea what the real color name is...? I stamped the sentiment in stazon black, and the boot is stamped in old olive & summer sun. The ribbon is from May Arts, when I bought the ribbon I only bought a few yards, so I have been hoarding it. However, it went well with the card, so that ribbon had to be cut :) I dry embossed the paper with my cuttlebug textile folder. I made 6 of these cards and then 6 of my other card for the swap. I hope all the ladies like them. The round 2 swap cards I received were really good, so I can't wait to see what I get in the mail this round!

1 swap down one to go :)

Hiphip hooray, a complete set of one of my swaps is done (shown above >"<) I used the same sketch that I used the other day which made things a little easier. However, deciding on paper and colors, that took more time than I would have liked. So I settled on basic grey paper, the LilyKate line. What I love about this sketch when I use it is how little paper I use. The bottom layer of ds is 4in x 3 in, so that only takes 1/2 sheet of a 12 x12 piece of paper. Then the second layer is 2 1/2 in x 3in, so that uses less than a 1/2 sheet of 12 x12. I know this might sound crazy, but I hoard paper its really becoming OCD like. So sometimes I cannot cut into a piece of paper because I think I need to save it for when I might really need it (I know I have issues LOL). So when I use this sketch I still have a 1/2 sheet of paper left exactly 6in x 12in, enough to spare for when I really need it LOL. I know a friend just like me, not to name names but, Chris >"< (she is awesome go check out her blog too)
The images are by papertreyink, because its a papertrey swap :) and the ribbon I am pretty sure is May Arts that I bought a few years ago.

Kendall's notebook

The other day when I made the altered composition book for myself, my daughter Kendall wanted one too, but I was out of the double sided red tape. I can't recall the brand I use but it comes in a red roll and its very very strong, its in the aisle with adhesives. Anyhow, so we went to Hobby Lobby and got some more of the tape and last night, Kendall finally made her notebook :) I let her go through all of my paper, and believe me I have more than anyone should. Well she picked out paper that is at least 5 years old, imagine that. Its designed by Susan Branch. Do you remember when her paper was popular? I don't even know if she has a line of paper anymore? After she picked out the paper and we stamped and distressed, it was just missing something. So into the craft room we go...some ribbon, brads & primas and this notebook was done :) I really enjoy when we craft together, its fun and she gets one on one time. Marlou if you are reading this, my daughter picked out the big lime green brads you had sent me :) What a small blogger world.

Working on Swaps

I have to get my papertreyink swaps done! I thought this was it until I realized there is no embellishment on the card. Each swap has to have at least two layers and an embellishment. Maybe I will add ribbon or brads. I used the new SU ginger blossom paper. The flowers are all stamped in Ruby Red, the flowers that are lighter in color are still in Ruby Red. I just did generation stamping, its when you keep stamping the same image without re inking. I distressed the edges of the whisper white and river rock paper with a ruby red stamp pad just to make the paper pop, sometimes it just makes a card flow better. The stems are stamped in mellow moss which is now a retired color from SU, but it looks a lot like river rock so I used it. All of the images are from the Green Thumb set from Papertreyink. I know its an older set, but I just bought it so its new to me, and I love it! Its has a great springtime feel to it, which I cannot wait for...I do not do well in cold weather, and it has been uncharacteristically cold here lately. I am bound and determined to get these swap done today! Have a great day enjoying the rest of the weekend :)

ARGH lol

OK, so you know how in the last post I wrote about how I couldn't get creative last night and so I altered myself a composition book. Well good thing the book is for me because I spelled thought wrong if you look down at the book i spelled it thougt...I left the H out. I am so mad at myself I can't stop laughing and I can't call Chris because she is probably sleeping...she is in another time zone. Note to self and all other stampers/crafters do not craft at night when you think you have mojo LOL because no one is awake to spell check for you HAHAHAHAHA.

I think I got my "mojo" back!

So I'm done traveling, my dad is back in CA, (he was here for about 11 days) my husband is back to work and the kids go back to school on Monday. It has been a very busy last few weeks. Not to mention I am battling with a minor Crohn's flare up. I keep telling myself I have been through worse than this, so things are going to be OK.
Well I made a compostition book like this for my neice Wentir (sounds like winter) for Christmas, because she loves to write and draw. Plus my brother and her mom can never find anything with her name on it. So I guess the morning of Christmas she opened up her present from me (well the comp book) and she was so excited that she had her own book with her name on it. The whole time I was altering her book I kept thinking that I wanted it, and an 8 year old isn't going to care about some notebook. So I was happy to hear my hard work was appreciated.
Back to this composition book lol. I am in a Papertrey ink swap and I have a ton of thank you cards make. So last night I got everything I would need to get those two tasks done. I swear I just looked at the paper and could not get into it. I went onto scs and my favorite blogs, still no inspiration. Then I went to my friend Chris's blog and she had made some notebooks, and it reminded me how much I wanted to keep my niece's compostion book I had made her. I knew I wanted to use my pack of Cosmo Cricket paper, it was talking to me lol and I knew I had to use my new Green Thumb papertrey ink stamp set, it also was talking to me LOL. What do you know I made this perfect composition book just for ME! The awesome thing is that every year I go to Barnes and Noble and spend a ton of money on journals, now I don't have to do that. Writing in a journal is something I have done since I was a little girl. Plus when your husband goes out to sea and on deployments a journal can be your best friend. Anyhow I know I am rambling, but I am so proud of myself. I normally would give this away. That is one of my new years resolutions, ( i don't make resolutions this is just something I am going to work on) to make more time for me and learn to not spread myself too thin. Happy 2008 everyone!!

supplies used: composition book, cosmo cricket dutch girl paper, Green Thumb by Papertrey ink, Alphabet set also by papertrey ink, Chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, Bashful Blue ink by SU and L'Amore Red ink by Palette oh and the red sticky tape stuff :)

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