Pencil Lines' Sketch 175

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Before I get to my scrapbook page, I had to show you these yummy, yogurt parfaits we had for lunch today.
It seems to have become a tradition for us to have breakfast, for lunch, after church on Sundays, and these babies were the perfect compliment to stuffed french toast and turkey bacon.  Yum-O!  Plus, they were super easy.  I just mixed a bag of thawed, mixed berries in a container of plain yogurt and layered it with Vanilla Almond Crunch cereal.  It was a HUGE hit!
Okay, now for that page, I promised.  I used Pencil Lines' Sketch 175, provided by founder Anna Bowkis, for inspiration.
Here's what I came up with.
I started this page by stamping the dots and butterflies, in More Mustard ink, all around the edges of the More Mustard, cardstock page.  I, then, tore the edges of a plaid sheet of patterned paper, from DCWV's Nana's Kitchen Stack, and adhered it to the center of the page.  A few, wide and skinny strips of mustard-colored, plaid paper, from DCWV's Nana's Nursery: Baby Girl collection, were adhered, vertically, over the torn, plaid, patterned paper and secured with machine-stitched, pink-threaded, straight stitches.  I, then, layered on the pictures and a strip of Frances Meyer, polka dot, patterned paper, which reads, You were so excited to discover that your birthday drum, also, made a fabulous stool.  11.15.09  It was secured, at either end, with two, SU, More Mustard brads.  The "DRUM FUN" title was stamped, in More Mustard ink, right on the patterned paper.  I, then, added a box flower made from two, patterned papers from DCWV's Nana's Nursery: Baby Girl collection.

There's a great tutorial for these on Cosmo Cricket's blog here.  Finally, I embellished with an American Crafts, pink button, laced with white string, tied in a bow, and a couple, glitter leaves, which I stamped in Pretty in Pink ink; glittered with pink, Sugar Coating glitter from Doodlebug Design; and hand cut out.  The leaves closest to the picture were glued flat to the page face, but the other leaves were adhered with dimensionals.

I'm off to get some planning done for school, while everyone else finishes up their afternoon naps.  Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

The SU Delivery Man Arrived!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hurray for the SU delivery man!  Look what came to my front door earlier this week.
That's Kind & Caring Thoughts, Picture This, Thoughts & Prayers, Vintage Labels, Whimsical Words, and Cheep Talk stamp sets; Curly Label punch; Texture and Nursery Letters jumbo wheels; Sending Love epoxy brads; blender pens; Designer Series paper pad; Bold Brights and Rich Regals 12"x12" cardstock; and Basic Grey, Pink Passion, and Pixie Pink 8-1/2"x11" cardstock.

Now, let me break it down, for you, even further.  This is what I paid for...
and this is what I got, for free!

I know... Holy smokes!  Right?!  To say thank you, yet again, to all the ladies who came to my workshop, I put my new goodies right to work, to make them cards, with inspiration from Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Inspiration Straight From the Pages of Stamp It! Cards.

This card was made by Kimberly Crawford.  I've been a follower of hers for some time now, and I, absolutely, love her work!  So, run, don't walk, on over to her blog for some gorgeous papercraftiness!  Here's what I came up with.

I started this card by adhering the yellow, daisy vellum, from Creative Memories, to the white cardstock, just at the corners, with mini glue dots.  I, then, paper pierced the top left and bottom right corners of the white cardstock and adhered it to the Basic Grey, cardstock, card face.  The "Thanks So Much" sentiment was silver embossed and enhanced by a grey, Hobby Lobby ribbon being wrapped around the card face, just below it, and tied in a bow.  A few, well-placed, Paper Studio pearls cover the mini glue dots, showing through the vellum, and lots of tiny, Paper Studio gemstones help give this card the elegance that I was hoping for.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to add a comment to my Giveaway post for the gently used stamp sets I purged from my craft space.  I'd really love for someone to be putting them to good use.

It's a Miracle!

Friday, February 26, 2010

My kiddos just played together, quietly and nicely, for an hour!  Holy smokes!  I got last night's dinner dishes washed, the downstairs carpets vacuumed, and two loads of laundry folded with minor interruptions.  That's a HUGE accomplishment for me!

I have a couple, little, birthday cards, for you, today.  I made, this first one, for my nephew's first birthday last week.
I started this card by stamping the lion image several times, in Really Rust ink, on Really Rust cardstock and the alligator image, in Old Olive ink, on Old Olive cardstock.  I, then, sandwiched them between two, glitter papers from My Mind's Eye's Where the Heart Is collection.  The bottom, green, polka dot, glitter paper was punched, across its bottom edge, with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch.  All the papers were stitched together with a white-threaded, zig-zag, machine stitch and adhered to the Tempting Turquoise, cardstock, card face.  A tip for stitching together strips of paper like this is to adhere them, just how you want them, to printer paper.  Then, after doing your stitching, you can adhere them to the card face, and no one will have to see the backside of your stitching or the messy thread ends.  I, then, stamped the "CeLeBrAte" sentiment several times, in Tempting Turquoise ink, on the card face, just above the top, glitter paper, and separated each wish with a Paper Studio gemstone.  Finally, I wrapped a Certainly Celery, grosgrain ribbon around the bottom of the card face, between the Old Olive cardstock and the bottom, glitter paper (Yep!  I covered my stitching, but I, also, got the look I was going for.  So, no matter!) and tied it off, against the right edge of the card face, with white string, laced with a rust-colored, Paper Studio button.

I made this second, birthday card for one of Ezekiel's friends' sixth birthday a couple of weeks ago.  Ezekiel was so excited to go, but he had a fever; and believe it or not, he didn't even ask to go.  He was feeling super rough!
I started this card by trimming the bottom of a piece of So Saffron cardstock with a strip of Real Red cardstock, punched, along its bottom edge, with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch.  I, then, machine stitched a blue-threaded, zig-zag stitch between the two; paper pierced around the edges and rounded the top corners, with SU's Corner punch, of the So Saffron cardstock; and adhered the two to the Brocade Blue, cardstock, card face.  I, then, stamped the "party hearty!" sentiment, in Jet Black, StazOn, solvent ink, to the right side of the Real Red cardstock, just above the punched edge.  The dinosaur image was, also, stamped in Jet Black, StazOn, solvent ink on white cardstock; water colored with Brocade Blue ink; had his spine glittered in blue, Doodlebug Design, Sugar Coating glitter; and was adhered to the center of the prepped cardstocks with dimensionals.  I, then, gave him a little, party hat, which was colored in Real Red and So Saffron inks; stamped on white cardstock; hand cut out; and adhered, to the dinosaur's crest, with dimensionals.

I'll be back, tomorrow, to show you my new, SU goodies and another challenge.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

As you all know, I've been cleaning out, organizing, and purging my crafty, loft space.  So, I thought that it might be fun to give away a couple of the stamp sets, that I pulled, from my stash, and just haven't used in quite awhile.  Doing so would give me room for new goodies and allow someone else to be enjoying them, which I would just love!  Not to mention, I think that it would be fun to know who some of my readers are.  So, up for grabs is Stampin' Up's Nice and Easy Notes wood mount stamp set...

and Stampin' Up's Smorgasborders wood mount stamp set.

To enter, for your chance to win, leave me a comment, in this post, telling me your best, crafty, small space, organizational tip.  I'll pick a winner, at noon, next Friday, March 5, 2010.  Please be sure your email is linked with your comment, so I can notify you of your win.  Can't wait to read your tips :)!

EBTKS Sketch Challenge #9

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Even though the temperatures are well below freezing, the sun is shining, and it is a beautiful day!  This morning, we saw four deer in the woods across the street.  As soon as Ezekiel saw them, he began recapping everything that he knew about deer in the winter months.  They blended in so well with the tree trunks and were, absolutely, gorgeous, despite the fact that they looked so skinny.  I felt so sorry for them.  I'm sure they were looking for food.

I've got Everything But the Kitchen Sink's Sketch Challenge #9, for you all, today.
So, I decided to use this sketch more as inspiration than as a guide.  Here's what I came up with.
I machine stitched all those fabulous, patterned papers, from SU, with an aqua-threaded, straight stitch, to the white, cardstock frame.  I, then, adhered it to the Not Quite Navy, cardstock, card base and used Jana Eubank's origami flowers, again (I'm loving these things!), and more SU, patterned paper to create the off-center focal point.  A rust-colored button, for the flower's center, really tied in that pretty, floral print in the lower, right corner.  Last, but, certainly, not least, I stamped the "because nice matters" sentiment, in Not Quite Navy ink, on white cardstock and tucked it under the origami flower.

Well, I'm off to do some more organizing, and the dusting is calling my name.  I'm hoping Adina takes a little longer nap, today; because BJ's coming home early, from work, to take Ezekiel to see Shawnee Mission Lake get stocked with trout.  I could, potentially, get a lot done :).

Embellish's Birthdays Color Challenge

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Well, I'm happy to say that I'm making excellent progress on putting my crafty, loft space back in order.  I'm taking the opportunity to do some reorganizing and weeding out.  I'll have to show it to you all, when I get it complete.  I have to warn you, though, that it might be quite awhile.  The carpet we have up here, now, is, totally, embarrassing and disgusting.  I'm serious!  It's straight out of the 70's!  So, when we save enough to re-carpet and complete some of the existing, woodworking projects (and our stove doesn't die or somebody doesn't go crashing through our front room or the furnace doesn't need replaced or the septic tank doesn't back up or...), I'll bust out the camera.

So, last Friday was my friend Kim's daughter's first birthday.  I made her card using Embellish's Birthdays Color Challenge for inspiration.
Here's what I came up with.
I started by clear embossing polka dots over a piece of Brilliant Blue cardstock, whose lower edge was trimmed with a strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock, punched, along its lower edge, with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch.  I, then, machine stitched a hot-pink-threaded, straight stitch just above the Chocolate Chip strip; adhered it to the Garden Green, cardstock, card base; embellished, between the scallops, with a few, tiny, Paper Studio gemstones; and stamped the "Make a wish!" sentiment, in Garden Green ink, on the card face, just below the scallops.  The baby image was stamped, in Jet Black, StazOn, solvent ink, on white cardstock and water colored in shades of Pink Passion, Blush Blossom, and Pretty in Pink.  I machine stitched another hot-pink-threaded, straight stitch around the edges of the white cardstock and adhered it, over the embossed polka dots, near the right side of the card face.  I, then, wrapped a hot pink, glitter ribbon, from Joann Fabrics, around the card face, overlapping the Brilliant Blue and white cardstocks, and tied it in a bow, just to the left of the white cardstock.  For the finishing touch, I threaded a Jesse James & Co., Grandma's Grab Bag, flower button with a blue, SU, Ice Circles, rhinestone brad and adhered it to the bow's knot with mini glue dots.

I thought this card turned out perfectly pretty for the gorgeous one-year-old little Brooke has become.  Happy Birthday, Brooke!

A Busy Weekend

Monday, February 22, 2010

It feels like it has been forever, since I sat down at my computer.  We had a super, busy weekend, beginning with basketball and ending with a ice/snow storm.  Let me start at the beginning.

Saturday morning, we woke up to Adina's chatter; ate a quick breakfast; and headed out to basketball, where Ezekiel played his last game and received his participation certificate.  He was super proud!
We've been debating signing him up for the next round.  He loves it so much!  The only reason we're being hesitant is because it really ties up our weekends.  It would only be for another six or seven weeks, though.  Plus, it's great exercise for him, when the crazy, winter weather keeps us cooped up.  What's a Mommy to do?!

Anyway, as soon as we got home, we laid Adina down for her morning nap and started painting.  We painted the walls of my loft, staircase, and main level hallway all day Saturday and a good portion of the day Sunday.  That's a HUGE feat in itself, when we've got little ones running around.

Three gallons of paint and two worn-out bodies later, our walls have gone from a light, Spring Clover green to a deep, gorgeous, Haven green.  I, absolutely, love the change!

On Sunday, we had the pleasure of meeting up with my little sister Jana, her husband Corey, and their kiddos for church.  They were visiting Jana's in-laws, in Olathe, and met us, despite our tardiness (Sorry, guys!), for Heartland's first service.  Ezekiel was thrilled to have his cousin, Hunter, join him in Great Adventure!  We, also, had an extra, special treat of getting invited back to lunch at Corey's mom's house.  It was, totally, unexpected and, so, delicious!  Thanks, Pam!  Plus, it was really nice to get to spend more time with my sister, being as she lives, nearly, four hours southwest of us.

During the hustle and bustle, the weather took a turn for the worst.  We got a ton of slush and ice, which, promptly, got covered by snow and forced Ezekiel's Awana leaders to cancel club.  Today, however, it all looks gorgeous in the sunshine.  Everything is sparkling and not melting too quickly, since the temperatures are crazy cold!

Before I leave you, today, I want to show you my interpretation of Pencil Lines' Sketch 173, provided by the creative mind of Lisa Day.
Here's what I came up with.
I started my page by layering those fun, floral, and graphic, polka dot, patterned papers onto a sheet of Almost Amethyst cardstock.  I, so, wish that I could tell you where those fabulous papers came from.  I haven't a clue.  Whomever made them, also made the alphabet, bubble stickers I used to create my "ON THE MOVE" title in the upper, left corner.  I, then, added a strip of Old Olive cardstock, horizontally, above the polka dot paper; wrapped a sheer, cream, Hobby Lobby ribbon around the page, right where the two met; and adhered a strip of Really Rust cardstock, punched, down both sides, with SU's Sale-A-Bration punch, vertically, over all layers.  A few Heidi Grace, glitter flowers and white, cardstock, journaling strips, which read, I was trying to get some sweet pics of you playing quietly with your toys, but the minute you caught me, you were headed all smiles in my direction.  8.29.09  almost 10 months, complete the page.

Well, that's the long and short of it.  We're exhausted and not ready to begin a new week, but nothing's stopping it from starting without us; so, full speed ahead!  I'm off to clean up the hot mess our painting project left me, so I can get a few, papercrafty projects done this week.  Have a great one!

Pencil Lines' Sketch 174

Friday, February 19, 2010

Since I've been showing you Valentine projects all week long, I thought that I'd finish the week, in the Valentine spirit, with a layout of last year's Valentine's Day pictures.  I used Pencil Lines' Sketch 174, provided by founder Anna Bowkis, for inspiration.
Here's what I came up with.
I started this page by layering a strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock, punched with my new, Sale-A-Bration punch (I cannot put that thing down!), under a shortened, SU, Rock-A-Bye Girl, Simply Scrappin' Kit die-cut, on Pink Pirouette, textured cardstock.  I, then, cut the circle from heart, patterned paper, from that same Simply Scrappin' Kit, and machine stitched a hot-pink-threaded, zig-zag stitch around its edges.  After adhering the pictures, I added the "{heart}-DAY" title, with Debbie Mumm, epoxy stickers, around the top edge of the circle and embellished with origami flowers.  Jana Eubanks has great pictures of instructions for making the flowers on her Tip & Technique: Origami Flowers post.  They're so much fun!  I once entered an origami contest in grade school.  I'm going to have to see if I can't dig up my entry for you all.  I think that it's tucked away at my Mom's house someplace.  Anyway, I continued embellishing with antique, flower brads; buttons; pearls; gemstones and a gemstone flower, all from Paper Studio.  The last thing I added was journaling strips that read, Eating tasty burgers at Red Robin has become one of our Valentine's Day traditions.

And here's the completed layout...

with more of all the same embellishments, patterned paper, cardstock, stitching, punching, and epoxy stickers ("yum-o").  The journaling strips read, So has making festive sugar cookies.  Feb. 14 '09  You'll have to click on the above image to enlarge it so you can see our Love Bug cookies better.  They were too cute!  Here's a snap of our cookies from this year...
just the way I like them... super simple with frosting and sprinkles... no fuss!

I couldn't resist showing you all the cute bows that I just ordered for Adina, too.  Her bangs are getting long and, constantly, falling in her eyes.  So, I figured it was time to get a few clippies from my favorite, online, Little Clippies LLC store.  Check them out!

These first two pictures come in your choice of 38 different colors.  We chose a handful of colors to match her upcoming, spring wardrobe.
Aren't they just the cutest?!  I ordered all infant and small size bows, as well as dollar clippies, but they have lots of other styles in the medium and large sizes, too; and with a $25 purchase, you get free shipping.  Can't beat that!

CPS Sketch #153

Thursday, February 18, 2010

We have an ice-maker, and this was our very first batch of ice!

So, this is, definitely, one of the upsides to us having to get a new fridge.  Yipee!  No more filling ice trays.  No more getting after my husband for emptying the last tray and leaving it on the counter, so there isn't any ice for the next person.  No more messy spills in an attempt to carry a stack of filled, ice trays, all at once, from the sink to the freezer.  No more chips of ice being thrown in every direction when emptying the trays into a freezer bin.  No more stepping in melted ice chips that were overlooked or missed in the clean-up.  We have an ice-maker!  Hip, hip, hurray!

Can you imagine how excited I'm going to get over a dishwasher?!

So, I made BJ's Valentine card with last week's Card Positioning Systems' Sketch #153 for inspiration.

It was sponsored by Papertrey Ink, and I, so, wanted in on the prize.  However, I never linked up my card, because I won PTI's Day 8: "Paint" by Number Sketch Challenge and didn't want to hinder anyone else getting a chance at their amazing, countdown-to-release prizes, but here's what I came up with.
I started BJ's card by layering the striped and cloud patterned papers, from Frances Meyer, and machine stitching a red-threaded, straight stitch around their edges.  They were, then, adhered to the square, Real Red, cardstock, card base.  A sheer and red, polka dot ribbon, purchased from the 66% off, Valentine shelves at Joann Fabrics, was wrapped around the card face and tied in a slanted bow to the left of the card face.  I, then, began adding all kinds of white, red, and blue buttons, from Jesse James & Co.'s Grandma's Grab Bag and Paper Studio, to form a heart.  I had to add the blue, fish button, since BJ loves fishing so much.  I just love the way the heart looks as if it's floating in the clouds!  I, then, added my last, red, self-adhesive, metal heart, from Colorbok, to the center of one of the blue buttons and finished by stamping the "BE MINE" sentiment, in Real Red ink, on white cardstock and tucking it under the right side of the bottom, blue button.

I, absolutely, LOVE the way this card turned out, and it was perfect for hand delivery.  Those buttons might've added a little extra postage :).

My Stampin' Up Workshop

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

So, Saturday, Kim, a few of my friends, and my mil came over to make these, fun, Valentine cards.

This first card was made by adhering a strip of textured, Pretty in Pink cardstock across the top portion of a Real Red, cardstock, card base.  We, then, stamped the "LOVE" heart, in Real Red ink, on Very Vanilla cardstock; punched it out with SU's new, Small Heart punch; and adhered it on the Pretty in Pink strip with a bunch more hearts, punched, from their new, Sending Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, with the Heart to Heart punch, which is sooo on my list of wants, right now.  The last thing we did was stamp the "happy valentine's day" sentiment, below the Pretty in Pink strip and to the right side of the card face, in Basic Black ink.  Super easy, but ever so cute!
This second card boasts all my favorite colors, right now.  We started by adhering a strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock to the upper portion of the Basic Grey, cardstock, card base.  We, then, added a small piece of Basic Grey cardstock, punched, down the left side, with the new, Sale-A-Bration punch, over the strip, just left of center.  The dandelion image was colored with Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery ink before being stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  The "wishing you a happy heart" sentiment was colored in Certainly Celery ink; stamped on Whisper White cardstock; embellished with a Certainly Celery, grosgrain, ribbon loop; and adhered to the right side of the stamped, flower image with dimensionals.  The entire stamped base was, then, framed with Certainly Celery cardstock and adhered to the card face, over the punched Basic Grey and strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock, just right of center.

We had a really nice time; and although no one seemed to be too hungry, I made lots of fun, Valentine snacks, including egg salad sandwiches cut out in heart shapes, Chex Mix, grapes, carrots and Ranch dip, and my Mom's Chocolate Sheet Cake dressed up with multicolored candy hearts.

Oh!  And check out these cute flowers and vases that I made for everyone to take home.

I got the idea for them in my February 2010 issue of Parents magazine.  They're made from wooden spools, ribbon, Paper Studio buttons, floral wire, and cardstock (specifically, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, and Rose Red).  Aside from the cardstock, all supplies came from Hobby Lobby.  The 1-1/4" petals were cut with my George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge heart key and adhered to 1" circles cut from the same cartridge. I, then, paper pierced the holes, using my chosen button as a guide; threaded the floral wire through; and wound the free end around the wire stem.  Because they turned out just so cute, I had to make one for Adina, too.
Hers used the same Hobby Lobby supplies and Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, and Apricot Appeal cardstock.  When I set it on her dresser, I panicked a little.  My Dad just built her this gorgeous dresser and mirror, and I realized that the ends of the wires, poking through the base of the spool, might just scratch it up.  So, I took all the flowers and spool vases back up to my loft; used my George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge to cut 1-1/4" circles from matching cardstock; and adhered them to the spool bottoms with Tombo, Mono, Multi, liquid glue.  It did the trick, and they're, completely, unnoticeable.  So fun!

I cannot wait to show you all the FREE goodies I got!  Thanks to all the ladies that helped make my workshop such a success, including the ladies from scrapbook club :)!  

My in-laws stayed, after the workshop was over, just to hang out.  Unfortunately, that's when everything hit the fan!  I, suddenly, got an enormous migraine headache, but was able to fight it off, with three Ibuprofen, just in time for our refrigerator to go kaput!  It, completely, died on us, despite our efforts to get it going again.  So, we all made an impromptu trip to Lowe's to buy a new refrigerator, in hopes of saving the two weeks worth of groceries, that we had just purchased.  We, then, spent the rest of the afternoon switching the old with the new and finished up the evening with Pizza Hut delivery and leftover, Chocolate Sheet Cake.

It was a crazy day!  Oh!  But check out the Valentine's Day "cake" my mil made us.
It has, now, been disassembled and half eaten, but didn't it look so cute to begin with?!  Thanks, Ellen!