Thursday, October 30, 2008

Okay - so my friend Sprytebyrd tagged me to reveal some things about myself so here it goes...

The Five Tag:

Five Years Ago:
1. I was working 14 hours a day as a Mfg Supervisor for an Internationally successful company...
2. I was (happily) boxing up my breast pump and drying up my milk...
3. I had been married for 4 years...
4. I lived in another state...
5. I was getting ready to purchase my 3rd home which was a repo/ remodel project...

Five things on todays to-do-list:
1. Take the kids to Chuck-e-Cheese to spend their birthday money...
2. Pay bills...
3. Make my husbands favorite dinner tonight...
4. Spend time making holiday gifts...
5. Dishes, laundry, cleaning the floors, giving the kids a bath, shower myself... oh yah - only five... teehee...

Five snacks I enjoy:
1. Hot Tamales candies
2. Diet Dr. Pepper
3. Golden Grahams cereal without milk
4. Right now I am addicted to candy corn...
5. Chips and Salsa - the hotter the better... mmmm... makes me want some right now!!

Five Places I have lived:
1. Creswell, Oregon
2. Eugene, Oregon
3. Veneta, Oregon
4. Leaburg/ Springfield, Oregon
5. Vancouver, Washington

Five jobs I have had:
1. Salad bar girl
2. Lead Teller
3. New Accounts Rep
4. Manufacturing Supervisor
5. Mom - the most important one of all!!!!!!

So now you know a little more about me - hope you find time to comment about yourself and your lives...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Finally squeezed in some scrapping tonight...

I have had these pictures in one of those sticky style old photo albums for 15 years now... They are of my precious daughter at Christmas when she had just turned ONE... Next month - she will turn 16. I don't know how I am going to take it - I know it is such a milestone for girls especially - but it just makes us mom's feel so darn old... Oh yah - and I changed the date on this layout after I took these pics - noticing that I am so stuck in the 2000's - but these photo's are actually from 1993 (hence my stretch pants :-)...


I focused on a lot of layers and wanted to distress it but also make it feminine. I added distressing chalk ink, stickles, silver pearl paint, and lots of fingernail distressing.



















































I was able to incorporate some Cricut cuts that Beate sent me a few months back. Thanks again girl - they worked perfectly for this project :-)

I swear I would have added more layers on this one if they would have fit. Luckily - I stopped and just let it be... and you all know how hard that is for me :-)




Here is a picture that my 6 year old son took of my husband, Sam, and myself. Not a bad photographer - I must say. At least it is in focus... I don't really need the top of my head anyway...


































Here's Sam's try at it - not really focused - but it is nice anyway... Me and Jake...
















I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday - relax, give thanks, and craft... Nothing better :-)

Planning ahead...

Hello crafty friends! I have promised myself that I will be completely ready for the holidays this year right down to the last detail. I wouldn't go as far as to call me Martha Stewart, but hey - I girl can hope - right?! So there will be lots of handmade gifts and decor going on this year. With the economy the way it is - maybe even a little more handmade than usual in our house. So, I whipped up this little planner last night to organize my thoughts and projects. I am a little crazy when it comes to making lists and writing down my ideas. I have tons of notebooks full of stuff written down. When one gets full, it's on to the next one. However, I keep them all in case I need to refer to them for anything... You should see me flipping through the pages like a mad woman looking for something - I am sure it is fairly comical to watch... But it is a hard habit to break...

For this project, I started with a lined spiral bound notebook from the dollar bin at Michael's. I grabbed my (coveted) Basic Grey Fruitcake, my spiral and tab punch from SU! and my book binding glue from my LSS. I decided to make my own wreath embellishments with a holly leaf stamp and some bling for berries.




















I didn't want to froufrou it up too much with tons of ribbons down the side (after all - it has to be functional and fit nicely in my purse). But I did want more ribbon accents on this project. So I stapled ribbon tabs at the top to coordinate with each tabbed section instead.






















The tab titles I chose are Decor(ations), crafts (to make), cards (guest list and sketches of cards to make), gifts (handmade and list to buy by person), to do list, meals to plan, and travel plans. All of these titles fit nicely (with a little fandangling) on the SU! tab punch when I used my Carolee's creations alpha's.












Thanks for stopping by and here's wishing you an organized holiday season!! I will be posting my holiday projects as I complete them - as long as my family promises not to peek here to see their gifts....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

BTST #9

Here is a little something for Beyond the Sketch #9. I originally was going to make it a card - but I remembered that I had an unfinished project from a previous class calling my name. This project is from my class I finished months ago - Got Sketch 101 (completely fabulous btw - you should take her classes if you can - well worth the money...). The challenge was to create an easel for my scrapbook sketches using this 4x6 acrylic free standing frame. I got mine at Michael's for $2.99.























Here is the sketch - feel free to make this sketch into anything you want - and be sure to add a little something to it yourself...




















Here is my finished project. I used my cropodile to punch holes in the acrylic - but I don't really recommend this method. Since it was two layers thick - it was quite hard to punch through and my acrylic cracked a bit. Val S. recommended that you use a Fiskars drill for this procedure. So now that it is done, I just paste the sketches I have into a Word document and shrink them down to size. Print, trim, and place in order on my easel - and viola. No more bending my neck to see the sketch I am working with. I also put my own hand drawn sketches in here - and look a bit more professional in this type of setting...


























I used piercing, Cuttlebug embossing, SU! tab punch, Basic Grey Infuse papers, and 1" binder rings from Staples.


Have fun with this one - there are so many upcoming holidays that you could experiment with here like a desk flip calendar with family pictures, or a recipe easel, etc... If I can get ahold of my hubby's drill, I might make all of those ideas for stocking stuffers... hmm....

Monday, October 20, 2008

Young love...

Awww - seeing my daughter all giggly over a boy just takes me back to the good old days. The Football games, pizza dates, holding hands.... it was all so exhilarating. My daughter committed to her first real boyfriend over the weekend, and it was so sweet to watch. She would kill me if I spilled any details, but I must say that I am grateful that there are still some young men with manners and romance at her age. This is a card I made to congratulate her on this life changing time for her. I know with young love comes pleasure and pain, good times and bad. But the life lessons that she will learn are priceless and will stay with her heart forever.... I wish her luck, love, and tons of butterflies :-) This was inspired by JenD's SFYTT this week - it is one of my favorites!




















































Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Projects and cards and tags, oh my!

Just posting a few cards and projects that I have worked on this last month... We have finally settled into the school routine and I am finding time for myself again :-)


This is a little tag that I made inspired by the sketch challenge at triple the sketch. It will hang on our "grateful tree". It is basically a miniature fake fir tree from the craft store that I decorate for Thanksgiving and then in December for Christmas. I let the kids draw little pictures and write what they are thankful for - and then we hang them on the tree. I'll be sure to post pics when it is ready....





























Here is a card that I made for my teenage daughter's allowance money. I wanted to make it really grown up and feminine so I stuck with the pink and black and a little bling theme... Used a sketch from 2 sketches for you...






















Here is a card that I made for my neighbors to give with a batch of cookies. I used thickers and a pieced the little house and tree together with scraps (still no Cricut for me:-)






















Another little piecing that I will frame and eventually have a full set of season inspired wall hangings....














You'll notice a common theme in my patterned papers on many of my projects here, including my grateful garland ( http://craftastictimes.blogspot.com/2008/08/fall-garland-papercraft.html )... I am a fairly frugal gal - so I told myself I couldn't break into any new paper until I was down to unusable scraps from these papers. Incase you are wondering, yes - I have wittled them down to close to nothing... but you never know :-)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Halloween deco for the door...

Yay!! - I finally finished this one (before Halloween)... I purchased a black wreath at Michael's last week for $3.99 and I knew just what I would do with it - but just had to find the time...

As luck would have it - the twins actually conked out on time tonight from their Birthday cake induced sugar coma... And there you have it - time to craft :-)

I combined my McDonald's witchy doll, flowers, ribbons, and some scrapbooking goodies I had laying around. I altered a wooden star with BG rub-ons and Prima Flowers and used one of my Crafty Secrets pumpkin girl cotton scraps to make a tag - finished it off with pom-pom fringe....


































































I'd like to thank the lopsided homeade chocolate cake that made this evening's project possible....




No, the twins are not "66". Of course they are only 6 - but we felt they both deserved their own candle... Here they are fighting over who gets to blow them out...



Happy Birthday boys - We have loved every minute of the last 6 years of you in our lives :-)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

More cute garage sale finds...

I found these project shelves at a recent neighborhood garage sale. I can't wait to alter them display some cute stuff on them.... As soon as I finish my Halloween projects - I am on to this one... Any ideas???









Better get to painting...

Classy Scraps...

Are you overwelmed with scraps of cardstock and patterned paper leftover from your projects? Would you like to turn these papers into useable projects? If so, then have I got a deal for you... I am hosting a class called "Classy Scraps" to celebrate World Card Making Day on October 4th. This class will showcase 12 well designed mini-cards measuring 3x3 that will turn your embellishment stash and leftover paper scraps into beautiful cards to give.

After this class is complete, I will be selling a packet of these ideas for $7.95. This kit will include full color close up pictures of at least {12} mini-card designs complete with the supplies that I used and any measurements you may need to complete these projects yourself. If you are a rubber stamper or have an addiction to buying punches - you will especially appreciate this kit. The cards featured use ribbon scraps, piercing techniques, doodling ideas, creative embellishing, rubber stamping, and lots of polka dots, stripes, and scallops. Here is a sneak peek of the ideas that are included:

If you are interested in ordering this package, please send me an email...
I hope everyone is able to take some time to celebrate World Card Making Day, and I would love for you to post links to the projects that you make!
Happy Friday!!!!!!!