Are you ready for Halloween? The 6 of us have our costumes! And I think we are picking one up for the dog too! So my husband and I are going as Fred and Wilma. My son is going as an astronaut. The twins are going as a rock star and a cheerleader. And the youngest is going as a Ladybug. They also have to dress up for a literacy parade at school. So Kyler will be Ralph S. Mouse. Danika is going to be Angelina Ballerina. Makenzie is going to be Pinkalicious. So as you might guess...we have costume pieces all over the place!!!! Anyone got a creative costume?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Since I haven't been stamping, I decided to show you some amazing cards I got in a demonstrator Holiday Mini swap quite a while ago. Today's card is amazing!!!! It was made by Barbara Pirk.
I love how she blended the various colors to create the sky. And you probably can't see in the picture, but just about all the black is embossed.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Just know that my fingers are itching to do some stamping! It's gonna be real soon too. You know I can't resist Halloween stamping!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I think that my kids may be responsible for the missing stamping time! Between dance, piano, soccer, gymnastics, girl scouts, boy scouts, their school, my volunteer time, MOPS, bible study, and my own schooling-- I am so incredibly booked!Then there are weeks like this one where I also had to figure in an orthodontist appointment, an audiologist appointment, and an IEP meeting. And can you believe that I spend nearly 2 hours every day doing homework with my children? The oldest is only in 1st grade!!!! Oh well! I love my life! Even when it is CRAZY! It is everything I always wanted to be able to do with my children! The only thing missing is my sacred stamping time!
So a couple of nights ago, I forced my eyes to stay open long enough to make a digi layout about my girls dancing at the Diamondbacks baseball game.
And a little sad news......it looks like I am going to be loosing this blog :( I just can't afford to pay the hosting fee. Hopefully I can figure out how to transfer everything over to a blogger account that is free. I am bummed though!
Friday, September 10, 2010
If you have been thinking about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator- now is the time to sign up!!!! For a limited time, when you sign up you will receive this super cute tote in addition to your starter kit!
So if you want to make some extra cash or if you want a discount on your own supplies, shoot me an email and I will be happy to answer any of your questions!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
At my last MOPS meeting we decorated composition books. Since my favorite Southern Belle couldn't be there, I decided to decorate a notebook for her. The project is so simple. All my projects are these days due to my serious lack of time!!! Today I had car pool, conferenced, volunteering at the school, shopping, library, a kid doctor appointment and loads of homework for myself and the kids. So I made and photographed this project in a total of 10 minutes!
I really cannot get enough of these cute buttons!!!! The sentiment is from the Apple Blossoms hostess set.
And of course I had to decorate the back of the album with more of that yummy paper that was in the summer mini...
I am off to get my zzzzzzz. Another big day tomorrow. I have MORE class observations. I am going to be done with school and have my teaching certificate in March!!!! Oh I can't wait!
Monday, September 6, 2010
I am not so certain that I should have passed Kindergarten. I mean, I CAN'T color!!! Definatly not in the lines! But since I desperatly want to earn my Kindergarten diploma, I have been practicing some coloring. It took FOREVER and there are some little issues with staying in the lines.....but otherwise I am kinda proud. I guess it doesn't hurt that the stamp set is so darn cute that is doesn't matter how you color it, it will look yummy!
I used the Birthday Bakery set. It is a hostess set which means I got it for FREE! Did you see the sentiment? It said "If you are what you eat, eat something cute." I stamped it in stazon ink on watercolor paper and colored it with a ton of different inks and an aquapainter.
So today my gorgeous girls danced at the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game. They did it a couple of weeks ago, but today they actually danced right on the field! In front of lots of people! I was impressed! And proud.
Now who wouldn't be proud of these cuties?!!!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
another Halloween card!!!! Once I start making them, I can't stop! I also get carried away making Halloween treats. That will be coming soon!
I used the same stamp set as yesterday and make a super simple and clean card....
I really wanted the senitment to go all the way across the card so I used markers and stamped multiple times to make it work.
Happy Labor Day to everyone! My family is going to the Diamondbacks game to watch my three girls dance again. So fun!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I absolutly LOVE making Halloween cards. I don't know why! I hardly ever remember to send them to anyone and yet each year I feel so drawn to make dozens of them! So this is the first of what will probably be many!
I am so bummed I had to use this retired Halloween paper! The new paper is so darn cute and I was bummed that I forgot to add it to my order!!! But this old stuff is still fun. I love the ribbon treatment. I just put some sticky strip across the paper and then bunch up the ribbon slowly from one side to the other. Simple and fun.
Everytime my kids look at this card, they giggle. So funny!
Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I had exactly 10 minutes to stamp today (when I was supposed to be doing my homework. he he he). So this card is super simple. We all need simple cards sometimes!
The card is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. The stamp set is a hostess set called Apple Blossom. The colors are Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, and Pear Pizzazz. That's a lot of P's!!!
I guess I really NEED to get back to my homework! BOO! Hope everyone else is getting some stamping time!
Monday, August 30, 2010
I had a little open house on Friday night. I had a great time stamping with "old" and new friends!!!! (Even if you girls couldn't share and didn't listen to directions!!! lol)
This is one of the cards that they made....
I made a similar card a few weeks ago. This card is super simple. The clouds were sponged using a punched scallop circle as a mask. The stamp set is Season of Friendship (which is going down as one of my all time favorite sets!). And you have to love the little pearl for the bird's eye. The colors are Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz, and Chocolate Chip.
I am sorry that I can't post daily. With my school work, volunteering at the kids school and starting a new job soon- my time is maxed out!!! I will do my best to steal some stamping time a few times a week. I have some new stamps on the way and I can't wait!!!!
Don't forget about my scrapbook class and class by mail kit!!!
Happy stamping my friends!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I finally found 15 minutes in my crazy schedule to make a scrapbook layout! I am about 6 weeks behind in my scrapbooking. And that stresses me out! I know it is crazy since most scrapbookers are years behind!!! I like to scrap current pictures because then I can remember the stories and details behind the pics. I often tell people who are stressing about being behind to just start scrapping current pics. Maybe one day you will go back and catch up- but if not- at least you will have the stories and pictures from current events in the albums! Something is always better than nothing!
My son started 1st grade last month in a brand new school. I wanted to do a simple page with lots of room for journaling and this is what I came up with.....
Paper scrappers- This would be easy enough to create with SU! supplies!!!!! I think I would use the celebrations or Playdate DSPand the spiral border punch. Use strips of the pattern papers instead of the ruler and pencil and then add photo mat and paperclip a tag. The title can be printed from your computer or stamped with one of the alphabet set. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!!
Now don't forget to check out THIS post to learn more about my upcoming scrapbook class and class by mail kit!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I am just so darn excited about the first class I will be offering since rejoining the Stampin' Up! family!!!! You won't want to miss this one! Check out the cute mini album we will be making.....
This cute mini backpack scrapbook album is designed to help you preserve a snapshot of your child's life. This 6x8 album holds 18 different page layouts featuring a variety of different themes including family, friends, school, hobbies, and other interests. With a uniquely designed "binder" interior and fun kid-like page elements, this scrapbbook album is a one-of-a-kind keepsake!
You will also get to pick if you want to make a Boy Album (made withe Play Date Designer Series Papaer) or a Girl Album (made with the Lap of Luxery Designer Series Paper)!
Date: Friday, September 24th
Cost: $25 if you pay by September 7th. $30 if you pay after the 7th.
Last date to pay and register: September 14th. Class size is limited and may fill before this date.
What is included: Instructions and ALL supplies needed to make the album and 18 scrapbook layouts! You will also be given access to a video tutorial so you can recreate the project at home if you wish!
What you need to bring: Everyone must bring their own snail adhesive!!! If you do not have snail, please let me know when you are registering and we can add it to your class fee. I will order it and have it at class for you.
Live out of town? Can't make it to class on that date? No worries! I am offering the class as a Class By Mail kit!!!!
Cost: $25 plus $5 for shipping
Last Date to Purchase: September 14th at 9pm MST
Shipping Time: Orders will begin shipping on September 24th
What is included: PDF file with complete instructions, including pictures and diagrams, for assembing the album and the 18 layouts. The PDF will be emailed to you. You will also receive a link to a video tutorial! In the mail you will receive all the consumable products necessary to complete your album and layouts.
What you will need to provide: adhesive (snail, sticky strip, demensionals, and glue dots), a paper cutter with scoring blade, and crop-a-dile.
If you are a demonstrator and interested in this class, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So are you as excited as I am?!!!!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So the other night I was using the Sweet Scoops stamp set and made several cards as possible make-and-takes for my Open House tomorrow night. After stamping so much ice cream, the next day I HAD to take the kids to the brand new Baskin Robbins in our area. YUM!!!!! We used to live down the street from a Cold Stone. But when we moved here, we were so sad to discover they didn't have any ice cream shops! So of course I was doing a happy dance when the Baskin Robbins opened this week! I already got my frequent visitor card. ;)
I used a texture plate agin on that white layer. And I just couldn't help but use more of the Island Oasis DSP. Do you have this DSP and the Sweet Scoops stamp set yet? Well you are running out of time!!!! The Summer Mini ends at the end of this month. So email me or just click on the Shop Now link.
So excited for my Open House tomorrow night!!! (And I am serving ice cream!!!)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I had a pretty crummy day today. But stamping and Glee at the end, make it seem a little more bearable!
Here is another sneak peak of some new DSP and stamps that will be available starting September 1st in the Holiday Mini catalog!
I tried to color the mittens with ink and a blender pen. But I am not exactly good with the coloring! I should probably just claim that the kids did the coloring! ;)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I love making cute little treat containers for friends, teacher and the kids' classes! So when I saw the milk carton Big Shot die, it was love at first sight!!!! I made this first one for the hostess of my workshop last Friday.
I couldn't help myself....I had to make another one of those paper flowers with circle punches! (I also HAD to taste test the M&Ms I put inside. I am all about quality control!)
This carton really matches the card I posted a few days ago....
Now who wouldn't want to get this fun little ensemble?!
So I am a little nervous! I am working on my last 2 classes to get my Secondary teaching certification. Tomorrow I am starting a new practicum and it is in an Economics class. Me? Teaching high school Economics? I know about as much about Economics as my husband knows about stamping!!!! Crazy!!!! So keep your fingers crossed for those poor students! (Unless you can't stamp with your fingers crossed. In that case- maybe cross your toes!)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
So I have received numerous emails and comments asking for a Stampin' Up! scrapbook layout. As you know, I have gone to digital scrapbooking (SU! has awesome software!), but it was fun to actually play with paper again. This layout was the make-and-take at my workshop last night. Hi Stephanie!
The layout is 6x6. I love small layouts as they are easy and fast! All my albums are 6x6 now and I love how they fir nicely on the bookshelf and are small enough for the kids to flip through. The layout uses the Island Oassi DSP and Sweet Scoops stamp set that can be found in the summer mini catalog. Have you ordered your's yet? You are running out of time as the summer mini ends on August 31st! So click on the Buy Now buttong on the left side and order today!
The colors on this layout are Sahara San, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, and So Saffron. The DSP made it easy to pick colors! I also used a couple of punches- the tab and the designer label. How does one live without punches?!!! I had the girls cut out their ice cream scoops and pop them up with demensionals. Cutting was not a fan favorite! Sorry girls! Next time, ALL punches!
Hope you have a super weekend! I am excited to go watch all three of my girls dance at the Diamonbacks baseball game!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
At my workshops I am always telling my customers just how EASY stamping is. Well today my 4 year old prooved me right! She made this card BY HERSELF!
Sorry the picture is blurry. But seriously, isn't my Laynee going to be an amazing SU! demonstrator one day?! I loved watching her use the Big Shot. When it got to the part where it was actually cutting the paper, she would always say "Hard part!" and then use both hands and puch it thru.
Well she was doing so well, that I let her help me finish some swap cards!!! She did the glitter!
And once again, this is the same layout that I have used the past two days.
I used a polka dot texture plate on the white layer. I was asked how I make the impressions so deep. I wanted to share my answer in case anyone else is wondering. All I do is add 2 pieces of scrap cardstock (excellent way to use that leftover Yo Yo Yellow!) to the sandwich. It makes it a little tougher to roll through the Big Shot, but it makes such a nice deep impression!
So do you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that DSP and cute snowman?!!! Can you see that the DSP has glitter on it?! It is AWESOME!!!Well I am teasing you a bit because these products won't be available until September 1st. The stamp set is called Cute Christmas and the DSP is Candy Lane. Put it on your must have list!
And didn't Laynee do a good job on the glitter?! She did it for 21 cards! I now have an assitant!!! Wooo hooo!
Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I loved the layout I used on yesterday's card so I decided to just keeping using it! No reason to start from scratch every time!
The colors are Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, and Very Vanilla. I used brand new DSP (can't remember the name!), Curly Verses stamp set, and a bunch of punches for the flower. I also used a texture plate on the Vanilla layer.
If you aren't totally sick of it, I have another card to show you tomorrow with the same layout! What can I say? I was on a roll!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
A lot of my friends told me that when the kids were all in school, I would have so much "me" time. Well they lied! Ha ha ha! My days are so full with car pools, dance, piano, gymnastics, school volunteer hours, kid homework, my homework, classroom observations, orthodontist appointments, speech therapy, etc, etc, etc! Yikes! I have never been busier!!! Some days I love it. Other days, like yesterday, I just want to cry if I have to drive another mile!!!
So today I allowed myself to stamp BEFORE doing my homework! It is a benefit of being an adult! ha ha ha! But I needed some stamping time to find my sanity! And it worked!! And I ended up with another adult beverage card. Hmmmm....wonder what's on my mind......he he he.
I used my Big Shot and a texture plate on the white layer. The stamp set is Cheers to You and the DSP is Island Oasis.
Now back to my newest obsession (and waste of my 'me' time)....Glee!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Now that all my kids are in school and my weeks are filled with carpools, homework, classroom volunteering, dance, gymnastics, and piano- I live for the weekends!!!! Family time! Sleeping in! And a LITTLE less busieness! So this card is perfect for a Friday evening!
This stamp set, Cheers to You, is not a new set. But when I got the new Island Oasis DSP from the summer mini, the umbrellas reminded me of this stamp! Try to ignore my terrible coloring. It is just not one of my talents. But I did want to try and show you the Crystal Effects that I put on the drink to make it look more real.
I am off to enjoy my family. Have a happy weekend!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
...for ice cream!!!! Seriously, for dinner tonight I had French Fries, Coke, and Chocolate Peanutbutter Cup ice cream! It is called the "Busy Mommy Diet"! Now don't these ice cream scoops make you crave some ice cream?
It is a super simple card using the Sweet Scoops stamp set and the Island Oasis Designer Series paper from the Summer Mini. The colors are Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise, and Pumpkin Pie. The combo just screams "HAPPY" to me!!!
Time for this busy mommy to get some sleep! Happy Stamping!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
As I have mentioned before, I love the pretty buttons in the new catalog. So when I saw this card by the very, very talented Kimberly Van Diepen, I knew I had to CASE it! I usually change more on a CASE, but the card was so darn perfect to start with that I only changed a few things. I did one last flower blossom and button. I also used slightly different buttons and different thread.
It is a simple card to make. I sponged the Kraft cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink. Then I stamped the blossoms from the hostess set Apple Blossoms in Whisper White ink. Finally I punched out the sentiment and added the buttons with linen thread. Done! And who wouldn't want to get a pretty card like this?!!!
Monday, August 9, 2010
I love making paper flowers! So when I saw this tutorial for paper roses, I knew I had to try it. And I have a feeling you will be seeing more of these flowers as it was very easy! Plus, I need practice to make mine as good as the sample!
After I rolled my paper flower, I put some 2 way glue on the tips and added Dazzling Diamonds for a little sparkle.
And of course I HAD to use some of those AMAZING new pearls!!! I LOVE them!
The stem and the sentiment come from a hostess set called Apple Blossom. And the colors are Peach Parfait and Old Olive.
Ever since getting my stamping order, I have been on a stamping roll! I have tons of cards just waiting to show you! So come back!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I have always had a love for this stamp set. But, can you believe that I never owned it?! Now it is all MINE!!!! (Although, if you want one, you can totally order one!)
So here is my newest tree creation....
I used some new buttons, new pearls, new DSP for the bird, and a new color- Pear Pizzazz.
The colors on the card are Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Not Quite Navy and Chocolate Chip. And the card came together so easily with the fun bird punch!
I had such a wonderful weekend with my family. I even got to stamp every day! But Monday is on its way! That means carpools, classroom volunteering, dance, piano, gymnastic, curriculm night and so on! I am actually really loving this crazy season of my life!!!!