Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MSW DT work...

Here is my contribution for the April sketch at My Sketch World. I used some new KandCo goodies. I got a fab deal on some new paper at Michaels this week - and I swear that the Que Sera Sera paper from KandCo is probably the most beautiful paper I have ever seen in my whole crafty life!! You have to see it in person to appreciate it - it is just pure art.... I added some SU! ribbon, lace, Heidi Swapp chipboard, faux stitching, and gems. Be sure to check out MSW April 1st for another fabulous sketch...






















Thanks and hope your week is going well!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Card Frenzy...

Just posting some cards that I had for my gals at stamp camp tonight. I didn't have a lot of time to prepare, so most of these are fellow demonstrator ideas with a Heather twist... I offered a few floral mixed with a few outdoorsy cards tonight - a little bit of everything I guess :-)




Masking and sponging to create a nighttime background. Natures Silhouttes stamp set...














Watercolor pencils and an Aquapainter with watercolor paper and StazOn ink... CB background... On the Fly stamp set...














Petal Pizazz set with the scallop punch. Simple and pretty - would work for a Mom's day card too...














Pick a Petal set used for the tulip petals and the leaves... Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, and Riding Hood Red with AC patterned paper...




Heartfelt Thanks window card with CB background. RH Red, Certainly Celery, and Barely Bananna papers...










Wish you were here to make cards with us tonight - it was quite a gab fest :-) We experimented with a few different techniques tonight and chatted up a storm...


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Time flies when your AREN'T having fun...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh - alas - my crafty days as a SAHM are finally over... My hubby's company has been cutting back his hours, so I am once again in the land of the working mommies after 5 years at home. I was fortunate enough to find a Management position with a local family fun center. The hours are quite late, but it's a job and I am happy to have found one with such a great company... I do miss my kids though - I didn't realize it would physically hurt me to be away from them... I know it will get better as time goes on, but man - this is pure torture!! Sniff, Sniff...


So just as I am going back to work - I learn that I made a card design team that I had applied for in January. I am so happy but I am having a hard time finding crafty time. Luckily, I am only committed to designing 2x per month, so I know I can make it work. I am designing for My Sketch World for Lucy Chesna. I have been a follower of her sketches for some time now, and she is finally moving her site to a chat style forum with a gallery, so that is exciting to be a part of. Be sure to check it out for sketch inspiration for cards and scrap pages...


Here is a Valentine I made for an online swap recently using a sketch from My Sketch World. It was for Sam, and she loved it! I did a lot of distressing, stamping, faux stitching, and I used a pretty doily and pearl stick pin for added texture.








































FINALLY! I found a little time to scrap - and I am glad that I did. I love the simplicity of this layout, because it tells such a story for me in my memory. The twins were part of a Christmas Pageant in Preschool, and it was such a hilarious night. The kids all looked so sweet in their little costumes - but they made the mistake of putting Jake right next to the microphone stand. Of course, he was grabbing it and "talking" into it during the whole performance. Not singing, mind you, but talking. Saying something about how, "you know that baby Jesus over there is not a real one" and "I am a Shepherd and these are my sheep" and stuff like that... I had to grab a spot Criss Cross Applesauce in the front row to get him to stop it. It was hard to scold him and not laugh - I am sure you have all had times like that with your kids. You try so hard to be stern, but you have to turn your face away to hide your laughter.


And the thumbs up - Jake was on that thumbs up kick for like a year... it was totally funny because he thought that is what the "cool guys" do... Sammie was one of the 3 Kings, and he was begging to keep his crown and "gift" for baby Jesus. It really was a memorable night, and I am glad to have finally gotten these pictures in the book...





















This is from my most recent installment in the Got Sketch series 103. It is almost over, and I am just getting started scrapping... grrr...
















































Thanks for checking in, and wish me luck on trying to be Supermom - with work, home, and the kids... I don't know how you all do it - but it seems impossible right now...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Like mother, like sons...

Sometimes I don't realize what a crafty influence I have on my twin boys until things like Valentine's day comes along... I gave them the choice to purchase any of the Super Hero Valentines from the store, or getting down to crafting them ourselves at home. To my surprise, they both headed straight to my supplies and started picking out colors, punches, and misc embellishments to use. It was really fun to see them using crafty techniques themselves like "Rock and Rolling" their punches in colored ink, and matting shapes with larger ones behind. Sam even got out the templates, traced some images, and then filled them in with foam hearts.


































When did my boys grow into having big boy hands? No longer chubby little toddler hands... This picture says a lot to me as a mother, my babies are growing up so fast!!












Can you believe it? I actually let the boys use my brand new/ right out of the package Heart to Heart punch from SU. (But you know I'm not letting them anywhere near my ink pads :-)























I was able to snap this gorgeous photo just as the sun was setting and reflecting off of the mirror... One for the scrap page for sure:















Please excuse the horrible outfits today. These are actually beach wetsuits that the boys won't let me get rid of even though they have had them since they were 2 years old... You don't even want to see the pictures of the "whole outfit" - it isn't pretty if you know what I mean. I am going to have to throw them in the give away bags while they are asleep or something...



Here are some shots of another banner that I made this week. I started with a round die cut from the Making Memories Spring Banner kit - and added the pennants, pleated some streamers, buttons, etc...























































A card that I made for Chelsea's newest arrival - Charlotte is finally here!! And - I must say - she is absolutely perfect in every way!! Congrats Chelsea and Christian!! I used a pattern from the demo site for this card and free hand cut it out. Still no Cricut here :-)






































And some Macro shots from the week....




































Some nifty new books from the Goodwill store... All were over 20 bucks originally and I only paid $2.99 for each one... Some pretty goodies in there too.... Couldn't get this one to focus in manual so I had to use high Iso mode - which turned it a bit yellow... sorry :-)


The others that I tried turned out totally yucky... It is hard for me to focus my camera if I get the image in full frame - still learning here....


I hope the rest of your week goes well and I hope you get a chance to make something pretty...

Hugs!!!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I just can't quit you...

So I am going to try Chritina's 365 days of Macro challenge - but I might miss a day or two here and there... I don't have as fancy of a camera as you do miss Christina - but I'll try my best....

http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/01/no-more-yellow-custom-white-balance.html





This is my biggest addiction - yes - bigger than crafting...


Yes - I know it's bad for me. No sugar though.... But coffee just doesn't do it for me unless I drink it all day long.... I might go back to coffee though because it is definitely cheaper than Rock Stars... I like to think that I am a Rock Star when it comes to crafting though - so I guess this picture is fitting....

Bonkers for Banners....

Oh my - what an addiction do I have.... not the bad kind of course - just the crafty kind... I followed these tutorials by Lori Genitle - and made a totally cute banner. And - I am trying to use more pastels (probably craving Spring after all the snow we have had).... I always tend to go for the bright and dark colors - so my Crafty New Year's Resolution is to try things that are out of my comfort zone. So - this week - pastels it is....






























































































I used the Marcella K line by KandCo called Lucy's Linens for my paper - it is really feminine and frilly... Here are the links to the tutorial that I used on youtube. I didn't have the Maya Road Chipboard banner thingy so I used my good old standby - Cereal boxes (the chipboard of champions....). I folded a piece of paper in half and drew a line from one corner to the other at the size I wanted my pennant template to be.





If you make one too - please post a link so I can see it - I just love them soooooooo.......
~Heather

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Feeling piecey...

Oh how I hit the jackpot this week with vintage goodies (well - the crafters jackpot anyway :-). I was able to pick up some great notecards and file folders at just a few dollars - believe it or not - I found them at Ross Dress for Less... I think Ross and Tuesday Morning actually have the best selection of feminine stuff like fabric covered boxes, file folders, and desk stuff like that...

So I knew as soon as I saw these that they would be perfect for cutting and piecing - but I really liked the background as well. So - I just pieced it onto itself to create dimension. I added a sash with a sentiment and lots of glitter... This one is on it's way out to an awesome girl as a Thank You... I have a few more thank you's to send out - so please be patient with me ladies :-)






Just a plain notecard but I love the vintage feel...

















After.....























Okay - so I really fell in love with these file folders at first sight. I found them like 10 feet in the door - and held onto them during my entire shopping trip... But - I just knew exactly what I would create with them and I was instantly excited. I think it actually turned out way better than I could have imagined...
Before -




outside....











inside...










After - I decided to go with a 360 degrees type of file folder album - and in the end - I really don't know which side I like better :-)




















































































































So don't forget to keep an eye out for beautiful things like these while you are out and about. Even though most of the work is done for you - you can still make it even more beautiful....


Happy Monday!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Separating the twins...

I don't always have pics of the twins together to scrap - in fact it is rare that they are both looking at the camera at the same time :-) I think it is important to treat them as individuals - not as one entity. I took Jakob with me by himself last week to do some shopping - and all he could say all day was, "Oh boy - too bad Sam's not here to see this - it's too bad he is missing this...". He is so dedicated to his brother that he started getting sad that Sam wasn't there with us to see everything that day. He is just toooo sweet... But I do scrapbook separate pages of the boys and I have had this great pic of Sammie since last soccer season. This Pencil lines sketch was the perfect layout to showcase his smiling face.





























I used some old Wild Asparagus papers and added some hand stitching to make it as "manly" as possible. I tend to buy mostly feminine scrapbooking products even though 66% of my children are male :-) I am a real sucker for flowers or polka dots. But I added to the masculinity with some edge distressing and inking.

So I am still organizing my scrap studio - but here are some recent pics of more of my storage options. I have reorganized my desk area - giving me more space to scrap. I am getting better at not spreading everything around the room now :-)






I moved an old hutch from upstairs down to my desk area. It is not as deep as the setup I had there before so it gives me more vertical storage and more desk space....










I grabbed some vintage wooden spools at my favorite antique mall downtown. I was lucky enough to get a few hours out of the house by myself while my hubby was on vacation.... They work well for my scraps of ribbon that are less than a yard.









I used to collect vintage molds when I was in to soap making - but now they are just used as containers for organization.







I am still using my old muffin pans to hold misc loose embellishments. They stack nicely inside my drawer - and these were retired after much use :-) What can I say, my children are addicted to my banana chocolate chip muffins...













Finally got my trims sorted and organized in these small containers. The slots are perfect for organizing a lot of different things - and I like having my trims sorted by color... These are just the cheap sectioned containers from Target - but I think they have them other places as well...


















I recycled my kids crayola art box for my chipboard alphas. Lots of people break up their sets and store them by letter - but I just don't feel organized if the sets aren't together. The snap and lock system on the right was purchased at Costco...










I am still using my Goodwill finds to store my paint, stickles, and misc desk objects. I also save every last bit of my dimensionals for projects...
I am getting ready to add another tier to my lamp shade clip it - so I'll post that whenever it is finished...
Happy organizing and crafting to all!!!!!!!