Friday, February 22, 2008

Card sketch challenge entry

I wasn't going to enter this weeks card challenge due to the simplicity of the sketch. It basically had a square at the bottom with three small squares running up the side. I was discouraged at first, until I really thought about embellishment. I wanted it to have a vintage feel, but then I found these fabulous Easter epoxy's - so I decided to mix the old with the new. It actually turned out great, I just need to trust myself a little more often :-) The stamp is from (shhhhhh don't let SU! hear you) Close To My Heart - pretty vintage itself from somewhere around like 1998 or something. The epoxy's are from Making Memories Garden Party (roughly $3 for 30 of them at Target). I even made grass all by myself..... Yeah me....
Thanks and have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

This week's creations

Hello Friends! Right now I am working on some cards for an online sketch challenge so I'll post those as they are done.... Here are my creations so far this week:

So I bought these books for my sons' Valentine's gifts. The insides of the books were really great (especially for the $1 I paid). Unfortunately, the outer cover looked like this:

I asked my twin boys how they would like for them to look and here is what they said:

Sam - "I want mine to be orange with a rainbow".
So here is his finished book:
Just used SU! cardstock, Doodlebug stickers, and finished with Modge Podge.

Jake - "I want mine to be purple with a robot".
Here is Jake's finished book:

Autumn Leaves clear stamp Astroboy, Doodlebug stickers, and white gel pen Sakura for Stampin' Up! Finished off with Modge Podge...

Made my husband's birthday card tonight - I am not very good at masculine cards but I think I pulled this one off okay. Wild Asparagus paper, SU! stamps Label Classics and sentiment, Prima Flowers, and SU! chocolate chip wide grossgrain ribbon:

So I joined an ATC swap online, and I really wanted to create something using this beautiful napkin given to me by my late Grandmother who loved to watercolor.

My favorite flowers are Poppies, so I really wanted to do it justice. I found an old article in Papercrafts magazine that had wild flower ATC's and I knew I had to create this:

I love this one so much.....
Look Grandma - my first water color!! (Well pencils anyway :-)
Here is a random card I made this week. I cut out the flower from the Time Well Spent set by SU! twice and bent the petals forward around a pencil. I really like the color combinations...

So the countdown begins until my new camera arrives in the mail. Thank goodness for HSN easy pay - I get to break it up into 5 payments.... No interest and I get the camera right away, that's a good thing! I need a new one so bad....
Fun fact for the week: Diet Dr. Pepper probably does not contain fruit juice, and does not serve well as a substitue for such when you did not have time to visit the store for fruit juice during a given day. It does, however, serve as somewhat of an "energy drink" when you intake a sippy cup full and only weigh 40 lbs. Let the Supernanny lashings begin.
I had not had a chance to get to the store for juice boxes so we doubled up on chocolate milk for the day. Upon leaving for work, my wonderful husband says to our 5 year old twin boys, "Why don't you just ask mommy for some soda?"... He then proceeded to leave for work and left me with what then became a bedtime fiasco. So of course my boys were all about the soda factor from that moment on. They threw a fit and said, "Daddy said we could have some!". So I am thinking, well they very rarely get soda (even though we drink diet). At this point, I am seriously rationalizing the fact in my head that Diet Dr. Pepper probably contains some fruit juice so it might actually be a good thing. Two sippy cups, two boys, and two hours later the remains of what had begun as nicely made beds and a clean bedroom looked like a class 3 tornado had torn through there....
Just how many times did the boys come out of their room to mess around, go pee, get a drink, or just hide in the hallway you ask?? I stopped counting at like 30 ish... And you would think that they would sleep in with going to bed two hours later than usual. No such luck, not my kids, not my life..... I figure I will sleep when I enter the retirement home (in Florida) that I have been guilting my children into paying for since birth....
Have a good week everyone!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Valentine's Date :-)

Me and my Scaredy Cat son (Jakob) in the Photo Booth at the movie theatre on Valentine's Day. His twin brother Sam sat bravely through the whole movie with daddy...

*Blog* Grand Opening Prize Drawing

Hey Crafty Folks & Welcome to my Blog!!

I will have a prize drawing on March 1st. Anyone who leaves a comment between now and then is eligible to win. I will post a pic of the prize sometime next week and I will mail it to you if you don't live nearby... I will be posting project photos, tutorials, and event photos. I will try to list supplies by name and a difficulty level if applicable. Let's get started....

This mailbox is an altered item that I featured as a door prize for a women's group Valentine's workshop. It is a metal mailbox purchased from the dollar spot at Target. I covered it in SU! Cerise paper (retired but the only Valentine-sey paper that I had on hand at the time) and misc ribbons. To get around the flag area, I just marked where the metal bolt was when the paper was wrapped around. Then I punched a circle where my mark was and cut a slit between the punched hole and the edge. The front I used various chipboard pieces from the SU! onboard chipboard , scallop punch, and a circle cut from my Coluzzle. I put the red glitter on the heart with the SU! Heat and Stick powder.

These mailbox versions where done with the Valentine's paper from the Target dollar spot. Flower is Prima, and varous stickers and buttons from the dollar spot again. Since I already had the ribbon, these projects only cost me $4.00 to complete. They ended up being Teacher's gifts at our PreSchool.
Inside, I placed a few mini Valentine's, altered jumbo clip, and some chocolates.

Here are a few of my Valentine's this year. The stamped images are from the SU! set Happy Heart Day. All paper is SU! except the punched hearts on the clothesline (Target dollar spot again :-).

This one was my winning entry in an online sketch contest.

So my loving husband proceeded to give me a beautiful Orchid for my Valentine's gift. This would normally be a great gift - unless you know me and my affliction for killing plants. Of all plants - an orchid?!?! Aren't those like the hardest flowers to keep alive or something?!?! Anyway - he assured me that they are the easiest Orchid of all the Orchids to keep alive (still an orchid though, right?!) I also got a card from him this year - which I haven't gotten in a long time. Of course, me who hasn't bought a card in almost 10 years is like, "$5.95?! You spent $5.95 on a card?! Why didn't you just make me one - it's not like we don't have a million supplies around here....". He didn't like that comment very much :-) Not sure if I'll be getting a card next year or not with that attitude...

So we took the kids out to IHOP for pancakes and hot cocoa and then off to the movies for our family Valentine's date. We went to see The Spiderwick Chronicles - but of course I didn't get to see the whole movie :-( My son Jake (5yrs) was very frightened by the gobblins and such and so we spent the rest of the movie putting quarters in the machines. When did fricken' video games become $1 to play?? What a rip off - his character would die like 10 second into the game, and it would say "insert $1 to continue"... Yah right... We also got to spend $5 on photo booth pics... I need a cheaper date next year!!

Overall it was a great day for us. I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine's Day as well....