Saturday, August 29, 2009

Vinyl Fever!!

I had a workshop Friday night. My mom was the hostess. My mom has been very supportive of my Stampin business over the years, but frankly, she isn't a stamper. So, instead of doing a stamp workshop, we did a vinyl workshop! Decor Elements to be exact. We had a total blast! Normally, at a workshop, I give everyone an opportunity to stamp a card or something. Since this was decor elements, our project was a bit bigger. My mom's car! Yep, we all went outside, in the dark, and personalized my mom's mini van with some awesome polka dots. The Decor Element set is called "Spot On." She picked the brown, green, and pink set. It is so darn adorable! Here are a few pictures of us in action. My mom had to go to the hospital with her dad, so we got started a bit later than we had hoped.(hence the darkness) I was so glad that Grandpa was okay and that mom was able to come to her own party!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Homework, homework, & an awesome blog link!

School has been amazingly fun! I love being back in the 'learning' department. I'm just soaking it all up. The only drawback is homework. When am I supposed to do that? After stamping, of course! 
Actually, I think it will be fine. I've organized my week so that I have a full study day on Wednesday, as well as each night before bed. It helps that I am interested in everything I am taking! 
I went to a little sewing class on Tuesday night at the church. We made the cutest little dresses! These are meant for girl's sized 2T-4T (approx) but the project just opens up all kinds of other ideas! I gave the one I made to my sister for my niece so I don't have a picture, but it was totally cute! Check out this link to see the original design and a really wonderful tutorial. If you are an eyeballer that likes to just jump into a project, like me, you will love this blog! She has all kind of projects that are easy peasy and totally cute!! All the credit goes to the blog author  Dana. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I 'was' on time!

Because of life and all the changes our family has gone through over the past few months, I took a bit of a break from the Friday Blogger Challenges. But last week, I decided I was ready to jump back in! So, I made my card and had it ready on time! Unfortunately, it was also my mother-in-law's birthday card and I walked out the door to her suprise party without a picture! Arg! So, I had to make it again. It is a super easy card, but I love all the dimension on it!
Our challenge was 'punches or dies.' 
Believe it or not, I went for punches this time! You know I love that Big Shot, but my punches were feeling a bit neglected.
The card I made for my MIL was actually Real red and Tempting Turquoise, to match the cool gift box I bought her. It looked surprising good together!  I had seen these two new In Colors together somewhere and decided to try the card with them. I love it! The colors are Bermuda Bay and Rich Razzleberry. Razzleberry looks a lot like the original Eggplant from Stampin' Up! I love it! Now for the details: The base is made from Razzleberry with a layer of Bermuda over that. I stamped the scalloped medallions from Circle Circus with Razzleberry and punched them out with the scallop circle punch. Then I stamped the smaller circle from the same set with the Bermuda and punched those out with the 1' circle punch. I adhered the scalloped circles to the Bermuda, letting them hang over here and there, and then just trimmed them off at the card edges. The smaller circles are adhered with dimensionals. The awesome peacock is from this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set called, Very Thankful. I used the In Color markers ( love that we have there!!) to color directly onto the stamp, omitting the 'thank you' part. I stamped the birthday greeting with razzleberry, sponged the edges and stuck it all together. The fun part is that it is really dimensional! Because the circles are popped, I had to pop up the peacock and because it was popped, the greeting is actually double popped! You can't see it here, but there is a bit of glitter on the peacocks tail, just to top it off.
In other news, I started back to college yesterday.  It is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, but I just couldn't find the time or motivation. Now, I have it and I'm going! It wasn't nearly as scary as I had anticipated! I wasn't the oldest person in the room at all. There is a great mix of ages in the students at community college.  If all goes well, I should have my degree in a couple years. I had a blast! Mae is going to...but different classes for some reason....maybe I cramp her style? :o)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

the Ben sketch

Here is my last page using Karen's sketch from Sunday. I don't know if this one is as close to the sketch as the others, but I like it. These pages are 8-1/2 x 11, to fit in a little album I got on clearance at Micheals. I had been wanting to try this page size, with the landscape layout for a while. The base of this page is actually designer paper. A full sheet of polka dot paper in ..... old olive I believe. You can just see the dots around the border. They lined up perfectly! yay me! I layered the original album paper over that after I trimmed it down a bit. It is a light creamy/white color. The brownish colored block is the new Soft Suede In color from Stampin' Up! this year. It just looks soft! I love it! I added a scallop square that I made with my Big Shot to the right and a green heart made with the same paper as the base. I sponged the edges of the heart with more Soft Suede to 'soften' it up and then added some fun ssuede letters also made with the Big Shot. I didn't want the letters to get lost, so I used the white gel pen to give them a bit of 'pop.'  The little trees along the bottom are a rub on from a funky Stampin' Up! set. Can you tell I'm loving the rub ons? 
I can't wait to find some more time to scrap! It is great therapy from a some what stressful life. Now, if I could just find some friends to come scrap with me......anybody game? :o)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

sketchy scrappin

Here is the scrap page I promised. I used the same sketch from Karen Gs Sunday sketch as I did on my card yesterday.  I am making an album of pictures I love. No time line, or theme, just pictures that make me happy. I love this one of Mae. She is so happy and full of innocent joy, I just love it! 
The background paper is from a retired bayou I believe. I loved the soft look and the fact that all the paper coordinated so well! Gotta love that! 
I added some fun white rub ons and silver brads for more interest.  The white scallop border is made with white cardstock and the scallop border punch from Stampin' Up! I just tucked it up under the patterned paper. The JOY is actually a brown rub on from a Christmas set from SU. I brought in some brown taffeta ribbon to ground the joy and then used aquapainters and classic ink to color it in. The cool thing is that the rub on kind of repells the water and ink so the color stays inside the letters. (Unless you get too much water and it bubbles over, but we won't talk about that...) 
I have one more page made from the Sunday sketch...check back tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Playing with Karen

As many of you know Karen Giron has a wonderful Sunday sketch each week. I look, but I don't usually play. Especially lately. Just too much going on! This week I decided I was going to do it! I pulled out a bunch of stuff and starting working and ended up with not only a card using her sketch, but two scrap pages too! Sometimes all we need is a little push to get our creative juices flowing. :o) Thanks Karen! 
Here is my first try, with a card. The papers are from a stack I got at Joanns some time back. They looked a bit 'out of this world' so, that is what I paired with my new Stampin' Up! "Greetings earthling" set. 
Check back tomorrow to see the scrap page I used this same sketch for!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ice cream anyone?

Okay, you have heard me say it before. I love brown and pink together, but the combo makes me think of neopolitan ice cream! Something that is totally not allowed on my current diet. Darn! Oh well, at least I can still get some satisfaction from some crafty creating.
My daughter and I stole away and hid in my room Sunday after church to do a bit of scrapping. I love that she enjoys crafts like I do! We had a great time and got some good stuff done.
I decided to pull out this awesome new stamp I bought from the new Stampin' Up! catalog this summer. I have been wanting a big medallion stamp like this! How did they know?! 
I stamped the medallion in chocolate chip on layers of regal rose and close to cocoa. The little bird is stamped with close to cocoa and sponged with chocolate on the edges and regal rose chalk on the wing. I added a bit of detail with my chocolate marker too. It was a pretty easy card to pull together...and I didn't even drool on it while I thought about ice cream! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

a new school year

okay, so today wasn't the first day of school, and even on the first day, I didn't get pictures of everyone, are a few! My kids are getting so big! I can't believe that Sarah is in 6th grade! She is getting so big and beautiful! Ben looks extremely tall these days.... maybe the new duds? 
We are in our second week and they are doing great. I am really pleased with the schools here so far. Everyone has been very patient,open, and good at communication. What else could you want?
These pictures are taken in front of our new house, but the house you see is the one next door. The pretty yellow flowers are in our yard tho.....the sun was just too bright the other direction! I'll get more pictures up soon.
I couldn't sleep last night so I did some major organizing in my new stamp closet. Those pictures are coming tomorrow....hopefully! I'm almost ready to stamp! Can't wait!! 

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A change is as good as a rest....

Or so my mother always said. I don't know about that these days. I have had tons of changes going on in my life, but I don't exactly feel rested! 
We are all moved in and functioning well. Almost all the boxes are gone....if you don't look in the garage. I am really enjoying my new house but missing my old 'home' and friends terribly! I appreciate all the calls, emails, and cards from everyone. You keep me going!
I haven't set up my office enough to stamp yet and it is driving me crazy! 
My goal was/is to get the kids areas all set up first so they could be settled to start school. Everyone but Jared started last week. He starts tomorrow. Then, maybe, just maybe, I can get MY stuff together!
I did do something creative the other day tho....I had ordered these Ginormous Flowers for my white van but then changed cars. My sister really liked them so we attacked her suburban with them. Aren't they great?! We did both sides and a few on the 'tail', all with one set. You get a LOT of flowers!
It looks great and makes it super easy to spot your car in a sea of cars at the mall. There are lots of choices in the new catalog....order something for your car! They are way easy to put on, don't hurt the paint, and are easy to remove when you want to change them. Do a different theme for each season! LOL
My goal is to actually stamp/scrapbook this week. Cross your fingers!!