Thursday, September 27, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I drove my kids to the bus this morning because we were running late, and well, because it was pouring. Yes, I am a nice mom now and then. The kids were so cute running from the car to the bus with their little backpacks over their heads. Trying so hard to stay dry. Ben cracked me up tho when he darted through the rain only to purposely jump right in a puddle before he got on the bus. Yeah, his teacher is going to love me for that one! I can just hear his little shoe squeaking all day. Good think I am going in to the school today, I will take him some new socks. Silly boy!
I had some time....no, let me rephrase that. I MADE some time yesterday to stamp. I say it that way because, like the rest of you, I have LOADS of things pulling on me all the time. I don't just have extra time laying about that I can choose to stamp in. I MAKE time to stamp because it makes me happy! I love to create. I love to make cards, scrapbook, and alter things. It is my happy time. I NEED that happy time so I can be happy doing the things I don't really like to do. Like, laundry. So, if you are one of those people that say you don't HAVE time to stamp....MAKE time! End of sermon! On to the projects. ;o) This first card is my group swap for this month. Sorry if I am ruining the surprise for you guys....I wanted to show how versatile this Sweetie Pie background paper is. I just love it! It is two sided so there are loads of options using it. This is two different pieces of the paper cut to fit the top and bottom. I didn't layer the whole thing because of that whole paper hoader thing. I snailed a ribbon across the front and folded it back for a sleek look. The bling is a SU Ice Rhinestone brad. Love those! The focal point is from the hostess set perfect presentation. I stamped it on whisper white with Rose Red, cut it out, mounted it on Celery and used the 2-way glue pen to put some dazzling diamonds glitter around the edges. I mounted it with dimensionals.
Now, this card is using same paper, but totally different. Someone sent me a stack of prestamped Bella images a while ago. I just love this one. Of course, I was the model for this stamp. It looks just like me. Especially with my new hairdo. Yes, I have a fro these days...I love it most the time. And the figure on this gal....well, okay, that is what I should look like...just add the effects of 6 babies on this gal and you get the real picture. ;o) The base of this card is also Celery and I used the same papers as the other card. I got this card idea from Amy. The card is held shut by sliping the image under the slot punch. The flowers are punched with the dasiy punch and 1/4 circle punch. I added some dottage with my white gel pen. I added some bling on the flowers, a stripe and her shoes with the 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds. This picture is a bit blurry I am noticing....sorry about that! hopefully you can still see how cute it is.
Well, I'm off to get ready for the day. Rainy days are best spent curled up with a good book but life calls! Have a stampin great day and....make some happy time for you!
Monday, September 17, 2007
In family news, we are enjoying a day off of school today. Why? It is listed as a teach prep day/hurricane day. I'm thinking they were pretty darn confident to 'plan' a hurricane and wanted a loophole so they could still have a day off. After a whole month of school, the teachers do probably need a day to regroup and decide if what they had planned for their class is actually going to work with the class they got. Thank goodness for good teachers. I had thought about home schooling but when I was pregnant with number 4 and had three little ones under the age of 5....I decided I was way out numbered! Besides...by the time they turn 5 they are already smarter than me so what would have been the point?!
Our "puppy love" saga continues. Yesterday, with the help of Sarah's new 'Soda fountain classics' cd, we taught Fantine to dance. She is a natural! She just cracks me up with those little back legs.
She can really shake her booty!
When she finally got worn out,(and it took a while!) Sarah and Ben tried the dancing thing together. They were adorable! I just love it when the kids play together! Sunday is our family day. Nobody gets to have friends over, we don't watch TV or play video games and we only watch 'certain' movies. Thus, the kids are left with each other for entertainment. When the weather is cooler, it turns into trampoline day. It is still pretty muggy and rainy these days, so we turn to dancing, board games, pillow fights and lots of baking. I love it!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
This may not be an earth shatterning idea for you, but this is what I finally came up with to corral all my scraps. I am so excited! I purchased this plastic two drawer file size organizer at KMart, along with some hanging files. I used the word window punch to punch a piece of every color I have. (These are all SU) I put one on each folder and sorted away. (It took forever!!) I just grouped the colors into the four color families. It feels so great to have this under control! My office isn't the drool room that some crafters have, but I am so grateful that I have a space to do my crafting in. It is upstairs in the room over the garage and has the peaked ceiling, so I don't have much in the way of wall space, but so far...everything is fitting. Here is another shot of it. The plastic drawers on the left are full of stamps. Five towers full. The ones straight ahead house all my punches (two drawers full) and my white scraps and my accessories like brads, eyelets, buttons...and loads more. I can't believe how much stuff I have! It makes me want to just go in there and craft for days!!
I did manage to make a card today as well. I pulled all of the materials for this card out of my scraps. (yay for me!) The card base is made from kraft cardstock. I layered three strips of the SU spring showers paper across the front. The striped piece was a bit on the 'white' side, so I used my stipple brush to distress it with some chocolate chip ink. I did some faux stitiching along the seams where the papers met up. The scalloped piece is from the Wanted set. I stamped that onto kraft paper and distressed it and the thanks as well. I had the flower from the pretties kit that I had played with previously that was just the right color so I used that (it counts as scrap since it was already colored...) I stuck the scalloped piece on with dimentionals, took a large glue dot and tore it in half (does that count as scraps??) and used half to stick the flower down and the other half to attach the 1/2 pearl. I stuck the Thanks on with snail but then went back and stapled it as well. It felt great to be using scraps and to actually be able to get to my desk!