Welcome Spring!

Spring “officially” arrived last month and we have the pollen to show for it! πŸ˜‰ My driveway is also adorned with some beautiful spring bulbs!

spring

This is a double daffodil. I thinkΒ  it’s beautiful!!! My mother-in-law brought over some pots and bulbs for the kids to plant a couple months ago. The kids are thrilled to see their plants blooming. I’m happy to see a pretty drop of color every time I come home! Do you have flowers blooming at your house, too?

Stop in at Sam’s blog to see what she’s up to this week! Also be sure to link up your projects with sparkle to our Make Something Monday Challenge! See you Friday!

Make Something Monday #13

Welcome to a new week! Did you get to be creative this past weekend? I did, and it felt GREAT! I was able to clear most of my desk and get some things put away and organized a bit better. I’m not done, but it’s MUCH improved!

Last week, our challenge was to use a doily. We had 5 crafters jump in with projects ranging from altered art, cards and layouts! We had a great variety! There was a card that caught our eye this week, made by

Dian Ratna!

dian

She packed this card with amazing details and layers of embellishment! This card is a work of art! Beautiful job, Dian! Be sure to stop by and visit her blog to see more of her work. Thanks for sharing your card with us!

This week is lucky 13 for our Make Something Monday Challenge! We all love things that sparkle and shine, am I right? This week we are focusing on the SPARKLE! We want to see you use glitter, rhinestones, gems, and sequins.

Here is my card this week:

wonderful friend

All over, cardmakers are layering diecuts to make their own thicker embellishment pieces. It’s particularly popular with sentiments. I’ve also seen layering a different color underneath to give a surprise fun pop of color. I decided to do that for this card!

pink

I cut 5 layers of pink and one in black. I glued the pinks on top of one another and then finished with the black on top. The first layer was the most tricky to glue. The die cut was very delicate and just wanted to move all over! With each layer, it was easier to glue the next layer because it had more stability and body. The second part of the sentiment was stamped in versamark ink and embossed in black.

sparkle

I added some clear wink of stella to the top of the black for some sparkle! I actually did two layers for extra glitter. :) And of course, I also added sequins to the card front. In the future, I’ll be sure to move the sentiment up – it ended up a bit lower than I intended. Still a lovely card!

My layout this week over at Nuts About Sketches also has a bit of sparkle – click over there to see what the design team has shared.

Today is also a very special day for Sam….it’s her BIRTHDAY!! Happy Birthday, friend! Be sure to stop by her blog to leave her some happy birthday wishes and see what she’s made that sparkles!

So, time to get your SPARKLE on! Break out the glitter! Sprinkle on some sequins! Bling it with rhinestones! Then be sure to link your creations below for a chance to be our featured crafter next week! See you on Wednesday!

TGIF!

Thank goodness I’ve made it to Friday! Being sick is no fun! There are no “sick days” for moms. πŸ˜‰ I tried really hard to get a simple card done on Wednesday to post….but it didn’t get done. I was totally swamped with other responsibilities and well, the card had to wait. The only thing I got done was the main image was embossed. It was that crazy of a day!

Yesterday wasn’t any easier. Running and busy all day. Now that I have a little energy coming back, there is so much to catch up on with a husband, four kids, and three dogs! So, before I share the card I finally finished (ahem, this morning…), I’m going to confess. My desk is a mess. A total wreck. As in, no creating can be done there. My job today (and tomorrow if need be) is to clear the desk to be able to scrap. I got it mostly set up after moving back after renovations, and then the desk got piled under.

messy desk

Why, yes, the only area to work is in front of my computer, thankyouverymuch. Sorry for the iphone low light quality. Trust me, you really don’t want to see more detail. Promise. Yeah, this has got to improve today! (Yep, that’s the card that I’m working on right there in the forefront….wanna see the finished card?)

party animalHere is my finished simple card. It was originally intended for a challenge, but I didn’t finish the card in time. This card uses a new stamp set I got from Avery Elle. I embossed the image with a pearl sapphire embossing powder and it is perfect for the balloon animal! I love how it turned out!

Monday I’ll share my cleaned up space along with issuing a new Make Something Monday Challenge! You’ve got till Sunday midnight to enter this week’s challenge to use a doily. Also, drop by Sam’s blog and give her virtual hugs – she’s been swamped, too!

My “to-do” Wish List!

It seems that I’ve always got a running list going in my head. A list that I’m going to start writing down. The items on that list are the things I want to do or try in my cardmaking or scrapbooking. That new technique. A new color combo idea. Using that ‘thing’ you’ve been hanging on to. Those things. The things that I tend to not think of when it actually comes time to sit down and spend some time being creative. I’m sure that many of you are like me, and I tend to fall back into comfortable patterns when scrapping and papercrafting. I like my box sometimes. πŸ˜‰ BUT, I also want to spend more time outside that box, and so I’m gonna write down my list! Then, I will do my best to start checking things off that list and share them here with you.

One of the things at the top of my list is to participate in more challenges. I know I issue a challenge every Monday, but it’s rare that I submit to other challenges. So, today, my goal is to sit down and make something for a challenge, and post it here. Today. Yes, my goal is to do a second post this Wednesday! I’m still on the mend with this respiratory junk. I am surprised at how quickly I tire out these past several days. My general daily list of chores is pretty short due to this, so I think I can do this today. (We’ll see if a nap wins out!) Wish me luck!

(on a side note – I keep a notebook near by that has all sorts of stuff in it. All those little pieces of paper that I used to write down short lists? It’s in the book. That meal plan? The book. Christmas gifts yet to get (from this past season’s shopping list). Yep, in the book! I found I was constantly looking in a pile of little papers and post its beside my computer for those tidbits of information. Now I know that the running lists that used to be on those are in my book. It’s been working beautifully for me for quite a while now – probably close to two years. I just start a new notebook when I fill one up. So, I’ll be making a new list in that book. Because, I believe, there is little more satisfying than checking off items completed on a list!)

Check in with Sam to see what she’s working on, and don’t forget to upload a project for our Make Something Monday Challenge #12. This week we are looking for doilies on your projects! See you later today (fingers crossed)!

Make Something Monday #12

I’m so sorry I missed posting on Friday. I was so sick. :( Went to the dr and was diagnosed with laryngotracheobronchitis. Big word, huh? Yep. Got some meds, and now I’m on the mend! :)

We had several link ups to last week’s challenge to use a stencil or mask on your project. It was so hard to choose a winner this week! There were so many great cards! (everyone made a card!) We finally settled on the following card made by

Piali Biswas!

PS-Hello

I love the bright colors, the water spots and the graphic design! Congrats, Piali!! You can see more of her creations at her blog: Touch of Creation. Be sure to stop by and see more of her work. Thanks so much for sharing this card with us, Piali!

This week’s challenge is to USE A DOILY on your project. This can be a store bought doily, a doily cut on your silhouette or other digital cutter, or even a stamped doily! Here is a layout I made that uses a red heart-shaped doily.

true love

I’ve made so many layouts using doilies in the past, but usually stick to the traditional round white doilies. This one made me go outside my box. Since it was heart shaped, I chose to use lots of hearts on this layout. Perfect for the wedding theme of love!

Check in with Sam to see how she used a doily on her project!

Now it’s your turn to make a project – card, layout or whatever – using a doily! Link up below and you may be our featured crafter next week! Have fun and take some time to be creative this week! See you on Wednesday!

Life Moves Fast

Not a scrappy post today. This is a life post. As in, life is busy! It surprises me sometimes how busy things can be! This is just a bit of a discussion about tidbits of this and that occurring in our family life. :)

We went to Disney the first of March. We had a BLAST! So much so, that my hubby and I are looking forward to going again, and are already scheming as to how soon we can go back! I know, we’re crazy! I do know that 7 days in the parks was too much. We were going strong every day. We won’t do that again. We think 3-4 days, tops. And maybe adding in a day of no park, just relaxing. So 4 days, 3 in parks, one relaxing. Maybe. Well, that’s the thought process so far. Oh, and we definitely loved staying on property and having a meal plan. It makes vacation so easy! We are actually evaluating annual passes. It looks like one adult annual pass will give enough discounts on hotel and such, that it will pay for its self. We are still doing lots of thinking and planning. (We loved a cruise we took together several years ago, so I can’t rule that out, either. I can only guarantee that we loved having time together as a family and taking a formal vacation. We have never had a family vacation until now.Β  We will be doing it again, and plan to make it a regular thing!)

We got home from Disney on a Sunday. Monday the kids went back to school, and Monday night we added to our family. We brought home a new furbaby. I totally love poodles. Love. I have two toy poodles – one is about 7 lbs and is a blue female (silver colored). My other toy poodle is black in color, and pushing “miniature” size with his long legs. He is about 10-11 lbs.Β  Our new baby is also a poodle…..a larger one. We brought home a black standard. He has a white stripe on his chest and a tiny bit of white on his chin. At 11 weeks he was 13lbs. The breeder estimates he will be close to 70lbs. He was the moose of the litter. πŸ˜‰ I think he has bear paws instead of puppy paws! He’s got some big feet! (I don’t have pictures of him on my computer yet. It’s the middle of the night and I’m going on a field trip with one of my kidlets tomorrow, so I’ll just have to promise to upload a photo soon!)

While we were gone to Disney, we also had a bit of work done on the house. We replaced a small area of carpeting in the hall with hardwoods we had left over from the main flooring install a few months ago. The area is a main walking area. The only way to the bathrooms is to walk on that section of flooring, so to do the work, we really couldn’t be in the house. We were lucky enough to get it all coordinated to have the work done while we were gone. We used the same crew that has given us beautiful wood floors the past two times we’ve had work done. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Prestigious Flooring! They have an amazing crew and do beautiful work! We trust them implicitly!

SO, between getting back in the swing of things after vacation, a new puppy, and cleaning the house after having flooring replaced, it’s been a bit crazy! πŸ˜€ It’ll calm down again soon…..for a little while anyways, before it kicks back in high gear!

See you on Friday with some photos and hopefully a layout! Our Make Something Monday Challenge ends on Sunday, so there’s time to still link up your projects using stencils or masks!

Make Something Monday #11

We had some great participation last week and some beautiful green and gold projects submitted. Our featured crafter this week is:

LINDA ANDERSON

March Challenge

This card is just too stinkin’ cute! Check out more of her work at her blog here: The Stamper’s Touch Thanks so much for sharing your card, Linda!

This week’s challenge is for you to use a MASK or STENCIL. Many crafters use these terms interchangeably but they actually are two different terms. A stencil is what most of us are using typically. This is a template with a cut out area that we use our media of choice on, and when we remove the template, we are left with a positive image in the media of our choice. Here is an example:

stencil

blue heart card

The heart print stencil was laid over the inked surface and the hearts were traced, then misted with water to leave a lighter heart print on the finished project.

Here is another sample using a polka dot stencil and modeling paste

Frame

The stencil was removed leaving textured polka dots in the top corner of the frame. So, stencils leave a positive image behind when you remove them.

Masks, on the other hand, leave a negative image behind when they are removed. The mask covers a portion of your project, and when the media is applied, it’s applied around the mask, leaving a negative image behind. Here’s an example:

detail

A chipboard flower was used as a mask with some blue ink mist to achieve the floral image to the right of the journaling.

Here is another example:

mask detail

full page

You can clearly see the flourish mask that was spritzed with ink leaving a crisp image behind. In the case of a mask, the negative image shows the background paper with ink defining the shape.

Check out Sam’s Blog to see how she used a stencil or mask on her layout.

Your challenge this week is to use a MASK or STENCIL to create your project! Be sure to link your card, layout, or other project below for a chance to be featured next Monday! I can’t wait to see what you create!

 

Photo Friday – Layout Share

I was a guest designer for 3 Scrappy Boys for the month of February and they sent me their Trio Kit to use to create. I ended up sharing 3 layouts and one project. I put a sneak peek of the journal I created for my daughter a few weeks ago, but didn’t share the layouts here. Here are the three layouts I made and a short bit about each one. :)

my vivian LO

This layout uses photos taken a million years ago at my first son’s baby shower. I had become close friends with an older woman, and she became like an extra grandparent to me. She was always happy and full of laughter and love. I miss her greatly.

Wishes

This next layout is with a heritage photo I’ve had in my collection. The journaling is hidden on the tag that is tucked into the pink pocket. I love that confetti print paper! It is perfect for celebrations without being too over the top and in your face.

bundled up

This last layout to share is a photo of my oldest son during his first winter. He was such a cutie pie! This photo makes me giggle every time I see it! The layout was quick and simple, but I’m really pleased with how I was able to use a kit that had so much aqua and pink and make a gender neutral or masculine page with it. Evaluating both sides of a patterned piece of paper and using parts of a stripe can really help you stretch your kits.Β  The only things from my stash that I added to the above layouts are one set thickers, enamel dots, sequins, and some twine.

Thanks for taking a peek at my layouts! There’s still time to enter your green and gold creations in this week’s Make Something Monday Challenge #10. Visit Sam’s blog to see what picture she’s loving this week! Remember to find some time to be creative! I can’t wait to see what you make!

The Happiest Place on Earth

Well, as you may have guessed, I recently spent some time in Disney World. It was amazing. It was awesome to surprise our children. They had a blast and we made memories! We were lucky enough to travel with another family that we adore. Their children and ours are fast friends and all the parents are also close friends. Before we left, the moms wanted special autograph albums for the kids to use in Disney. Here’s what I made:

Logan front
logan back
Tyler front
Tyler back
Sarah Front
Sarah back
brandon front
brandon back

All of my kids got “matching” albums and shirts with the same silhouette as their albums. :)

The other kids in our group received the following albums:

David Front
chloe front

The albums were laminated with 10mil lamination at the local office supply store. We trimmed them down and rounded the corners. Book rings bound the books and made it super easy to flip them open for signatures.

As I said, it was an amazing week! I can’t wait to scrap the photos! :)

Be sure to check Sam’s Blog today to see what she’s been up to! Also, link up your green and gold projects to our Make Something Monday Challenge of the week!

Make Something Monday #10

We didn’t have anyone participate in the sketch challenge last week. I love working with sketches, but I do understand they aren’t for everyone! :) This week our challenge will be another color challenge. With St Patty’s day around the corner, the challenge is to use GREEN and GOLD on your layout, card or project. It doens’t have to be a St Patty’s day theme, just use those two colors. :)

Here is a card I made to share with you that uses green and gold.
hi card

An easy mix of hexagons in green and gold make a great all occasion card. :) Now it’s your turn to use green and gold and link up your project below. Check Sam’s blog to see her green and gold card, too!

See you Wednesday – I’ll share what I’ve been up to the past week! Hint: I had magical days! πŸ˜€