Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Recycling some "snow"...

My daughter got some thing Hannah Montana for her birthday that came with this really blingy hollogram type background in it. I thought 'hmmm...' I might be able to use that for something someday, I think I'll keep this! Well, 5 months later, it has come in handy! I punched circles out of it to use as a background for the snowflakes on this card. Guess this is my 'going green' contribution to the world today! lol! The stamp set is the November Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart called 'All Decked Out'. I think he is absolutely adorable and I couldn't wait to use him. I think I may be using him a lot more! I hope you like too! Thanks for stopping by!

Here is a different angle of all the bling.

Here's what I used...

~Close to My Heart: Aspen Level 2 paper pack, Creme Brulee & Black cs, All Decked Out stamp set, Twilight & Goldrush marker, Black ink
~SU: 1 3/8" circle punch
~CM: 1 1/2" circle punch
~Michael's: rhinestones, white card base
~Martha Stewart: Snowflake punch

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Holly Berry Trio...

I participated in a different sketch challenge this week. It is a blog I frequent and really like. The challenge can be found here. I ain't in much of a typing mood tonight. I am soooo tired! Didn't get my nap today! lol Thought I would get this posted tonight though. I was gonna post it yesterday but the forces that be never gave me a minute to do it. Anyway, I hope you like it. I discovered the coolness of glitter glue! That's how I did the berries. Very nifty, just takes a bit to dry! Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping and scrapping till next time!

Here's the sketch I used...

I used Close to My Heart's Evensong Lev2 paper, White Daisy cs, New England Ivy ink, Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch, SU 1 3/8" punch, CM 1 1/2" punch, Red Glitter Glue and Michael's ribbon.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Finally did it! Magazine File Tutorial...

I finally sat down and recreated my template that I came up with when I made these and did a tutorial to go along with it. This is the very first tutorial that I have created so I hope that it is easy to follow and all makes sense!

Finished examples are at the end of this tutorial or can be viewed in this post or this post.

Here is my template...

I used a 12x12 sheet of cardstock and cut it down to an 8x12 sheet of cardstock. Save the 4x12 piece for a later step.

1~ Along the 12" side of your cardstock, score a line 1 3/4" in from the edge of the cardstock.

2~ Turn your paper to the 8" side and score a line 1/2" in on each side.

3~ With the paper in the same direction, score a line 5" in from each side. These lines should be 2" apart in the center of cardstock when finished with this step.

4~ Turning your paper so it's in the trimmer the 12" way, measure in (with the previous 1 3/4" score to your left) 4 1/4" and cut in 1/2" to the score line on the top and then from the bottom.

5~ Along the top of the cardstock (1 3/4" score line at bottom) measure in with a ruler 2 1/2" and make a tiny pencil mark.

6~ Cut the 1/2" strip off both sides starting at the top down to where you made the 1/2" cut in Step 4. You can do this with your trimmer or a scissors.

7~ Turn paper diagonally in the trimmer lining up the bottom corner of this cut and the pencil mark you made in the trimmer track and score line.

8~ Move paper back 1/2" so score line lines up with 1/2" line on left side of trimmer and cut this triangular piece off.

9~ Now you will take your scissors and cut the remaining cut lines. On the 1 3/4" score line, cut in from both ends to the 1/2" score line. On the bottom, cut in to the 1 3/4" score line on the 2 center lines. Your cardstock should look like this when you are done.

10~ Now take the 4x12 piece that you cut off to start and cut a 2x4 piece off the end of it.

11~ Take the 2x4 piece and score a line 1 1/2" in from one end and fold. (Remember the valley when you are scoring is the peak when you are folding)

12~ You should now have 2 pieces that look like this in front of you.

13~ Take your adhesive runner and apply adhesive to the diagonal flaps that we created, fold these over and press down. These will just help reinforce the edges.
14~ Do this to both sides and it should look like this when finished.

15~ Flip your cardstock over and then take your 2x4 piece and adhere it to either 2 1/2"x1/2" flap on the side. This will be the front of your file box. This is how it should look when you are finished doing this.

16~ Take your adhesive runner and adhere all the flaps that will fold up to form the box together. Once you have adhered all the flaps together it should look like this.

17~ place adhesive on the back flap of the front piece and fold over front of box to close it all up. When you are finished you should have one cute little magazine file box! It should look like this - all ready for you to decorate as you wish!
Here are 2 examples that I have from a previous post...

Thanks for stopping by! Have fun with these! After you make one, you'll be addicted! lol!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Headboard promised!

Well I finally remembered to go up and take pictures of our headboard all attached to the bed tonight. Either he's in bed sleeping or Kaitlin's napping when I think of it! lol! This is one of the projects that the hubby and I accomplished over his 7-off. We are so proud of ourselves, we didn't think it would turn out so nice. We designed it ourselves and made it out of scrap 2x4's, plywood and trim that was lying around out in the garage. Total cost was about $32.00. That was for an extra 8' piece of the trim around the inside of the rectangles ($16), a quart of grey primer($8) and a quart of black paint($8). We have been together 13 years and have never had a headboard on our bed till now!

Forgot to taking pictures while we were building it, didn't think of it till I had already started priming!

Starting the first coat of black.

Worst first coat ever! I hate black paint!

All painted...Ready to attach to bed!

Finally finished!

Closer shot of it...

Three beds in the Master bedroom! I NEED a bigger house!
Good thing I have a pretty big bedroom, it's not really cramped at all! I still NEED a bigger house! lol Thanks to GW it will be a long time before that happens!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

No creative juices here!

Ok, so tonight I wanted to use my new Martha Stewart Halloween punches. I got the picket fence and the bat this weekend and was really excited about them - who doesn't like new loot! Anyway, when I sat down tonight to use them I hit major scrappers block! My creative juices done dried up and headed south I think. So neat less to say, I still tried my best and came up with this card that I'm just not feeling. I don't know what it is, something is not right or it needs something. I gave up trying to figure it out, lol. Hopefully the creative juices flow better tomorrow. I think its from lack of sleep!

My youngest is sick right now. Has a cold or something, taking her to Dr tomorrow, She hasn't eaten a thing all day. I asked her if she was on a liquid diet and she said "Yes, I diet!" I about died. Too darn cute. Why can't they stay cute like that forever?

In the middle of the night we had a bee incident last night. I was sleeping good till about 12:30am when I woke up to her screaming that she was being attacked by a bee. I think one of our box elder beetle or stink bug friends may have picked a bad place to land last night. We have them everywhere. I just tell myself they will all be dead soon! She startled me out of my sleep so bad it even woke the baby up. Well she was rompin and rollin then and I can't fall asleep when she's kickin, I think about what she's doing in there the whole time. By the time she settled down, I couldn't get comfortable and was restless the rest of the night tossing and turning. At least I'm not the only one running on empty today!

Hubby was falling asleep on the couch this morning. I asked him what the matter was. "I'm tired" he said. I was like "what? 12 hrs of sleep not enough?" He said "no, I didn't sleep at all last night" I was like "hmm, how come" he said "cuz you weren't" I laughed at him!

Ok, ok, I'll get to it already! Jumping off my soap box! Here's the card. I hope you like it better than I do! lol


A close up of the bats...hard to tell but they are 3-D.

I used Martha Stewart's creepy fence and bat punch. Paper Shaper's 2" scallop circle punch. SU's 1 3/8" circle punch. CM's 1 1/2" circle punch. Cuttlebug's circles embossing folder. Ribbon from Michaels. Halloween paper from Provo Craft. Orange & black cs is some bargain brand cs from Michaels.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A pretty little spot for loose change!

I had a couple of these cans that I had saved from my daughter's baby cereal days sitting around collecting dust.


The other day I was cleaning off my washing machine and had all this loose change that I've found in pockets here and there lying in a little dish atop my machine. I thought to myself "I should make myself a little piggy bank to put all of this in." So between loads I went looking for something and stumbled across the baby cereal cans - perfect! This is what I came up with! I am so happy with the way that it turned out, I'm making a second to send to my mother!

here it is!!!

a little different angle...

side detail...

top detail...

All the goodies used...Patterned paper - My Mind's Eye, Cardstock - Bazzill & Close to My Heart, Flowers - Prima, Brads (pewter & colonial white) - Close to My Heart, Photo Hangers - Close to My Heart, Ribbon is from JoAnn's, Computer font - Pharmacy (free download off internet)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Season of Friendship!

I just got this stamp set from SU the other day and I Love it! I also love Jen Del Muro's sketch challenge every week over at i{heart}2stamp and I want to try to participate every week but this week I didn't get to do it right away because hubby was home all week. So last night I quick whipped up this little number for my way last minute entry. I think it turned out pretty cute.
Here is the sketch...

Here's my take on it...
You can also see a bigger picture of it if you click here.

For the scallopped circle I used my CM circle cutters and the SU corner rounder/scallop punch. I cut the first circle out of colonial white cs with the smallest circle's outside using the red blade. Then I cut the chocolate circle out with the same small circle using the blue blade. I then used the scallop punch all the way around and it just so happened that they all fit perfectly, I didn't have that last funny scallop to hide! lol

The Chocolate and Autumn Terracotta leaves are cut out and pop-dotted for the extra added dimension. The pumkin and small pinked circle were done with Quikutz. The buttons are CTMH & SU.

Everything else...
Close to My Heart ~
Inks: Chocolate, Autumn Terracotta, Desert Sand & Olive
Cardstock: Chocolate, Textured Autumn Terracotta, Olive & Colonial White
Ribbon: Olive
Pewter Photo Hanger, Pewter Brads, Edge Distresser

Stampin Up ~ Season of Friendship Stamp set, Autumn Vine Designer Paper, Corner Rounder/Scallop maker punch

Creative Memories ~ Circle Cutters

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hubby's back to work ~ Back to reality for me!

I love having him home for a whole week. We get so much done together! I love it!

Today is the first day that I have been able to sit down and work on anything. It's been one project around the house after another. My sister asked if I'm nesting. I said 'No' stuff just needs to get done now or once the little one is here it's just going to sit unfinished a few more months! I will probably spend most of my weekend getting caught up on laundry, again! I could swear I just had it all done a few days ago! It's a never ending job! Gives me an excuse to stamp or scrap though! My laundry room is in the basement right next to my craft area, someone has to watch the machine and listen for the dryer, right! lol

I have seen these little guys everywhere! They are so stinking cute! I love 'em! These will be invites for my son's 6th birthday party. He turns 6 the 24th but we aren't having his party till the 1st cuz my sister and her family will be in town visiting for Halloween. Thanks for stopping by! Happy stamping & scrapping!



I used...
**Close to My Heart Cardstock & inks~ Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Hydrangea and White Daisy.
**Stampin' Up punches~ 1" circle, 1/2" circle, Round Tab and Top Note Bigz Die (by sizzix)
**Zig marker - black

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Where oh where have I been?

Knockin' off the 'honey-do' list! I have not done any stamping or scrapping since Wednesday of last week. My husband works that crazy 12 hour swing shift schedule so he is on his 7 days off right now getting ready to change ends of the week. Since we have no money to go on vacation during this time, I like to take full advantage of having him around for 7 days in a row and put the boy to work! lol! So far this week we have gotten the...

1~staircase painted
2~a king size headboard built and finished for our bed (pictures coming!)
3~cleaned the garage
4~worked on his camaro a bit
5~cleaned the dehumidifier and put it away for the winter
6~changed the furnace filters
7~fixed the toilet in my master bathroom (handle was getting stuck and it was running all the time if you didn't lift it after you flushed)
8~cleaned my bedroom & closet
9~attached headboard to my bed
10~moved Kaitlin into a 'big girl' bed (tonight the first night! keeping fingers crossed!)
11~made room for baby in my bedroom (we now have 2 beds & a crib in my bedroom, I need a bigger house,I would have it too if the economy wouldn't have taken a crap!)
12~killed the weeds in the yard

2 1/2 days left till he goes back to work. Plenty of time to get a few more things done! Bear with me a few more days and I will start posting pretty stuff again! Thanks for dropping by! Happy stamping and scrapping!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How many of ME?

Would you believe it if I told you there are 234 of me! Yep! 234 Amy Keller's in the US! That's a lot! There are 688,540 Amy's and there are 103,815 Keller's in the US. My friend found out about this website through one of her friends and posted it on her blog so I had to try it too!! Find out how many of you there are...
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.">How many have your name?

There are 344 of my hubby, 4 of my oldest daughter, 5 of my son, and 5 of my youngest daughter - one of which goes to the same pediatrician as I do...what are the odds with only 5 of them nation wide! I am the only person with my maiden name though of the whole 427 people total that have the same maiden last name as me!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Scrappy Christmas!

I had a bunch of scraps left over from the flip book that I made and used some of them to make this card. Not bad for scraps I tell myself. If only I'd use up my scraps more often I wouldn't have 2 tons of paper snips and scraps laying around. Note to self: Use scraps first! lol. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping and stamping to you!

I couldn't decide which photo to use so I posted all 3!



All Close to My Heart on this one - Creative Basics Evensong, Christmas Melodies stamp set, Cranberry ribbon, ink & cs, New England Ivy ink & cs.

Technique - The Ivy circle is 3 pieces of paper stacked to get multi-color & dimensional effect. A 2" New England Ivy circle, image stamped in cranberry and punched with 1 3/4" punch, image stamped in New England Ivy and punched with 1 3/8" punch.

Sparkles are from Michaels, Corner Bracket is Cuttlebug, Lace Punch is Martha Stewart.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Nothing Fancy Today - Just a Little Fall Gift Bag...

Good Evening Peeps! That is my 9 yr old daughters latest and greatest! We aren't people, friends, ordinary Joe Schmo's, we are "peeps"! I about fell to the floor laughing the first time she said it! I guess, each generation to their own, right! Anyway, I saw something like this on one of my many blog hopping fests and couldn't find it again and didn't save a picture or the template so I had to make up my own. This was my first try at it and I think it turned out pretty cute for a trial run! What do you think...


It's pretty small, only stands a little over 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide. I even used moldy oldy paper I had laying around, didn't want to use anything new or good! lol! I used CTMH's Harvest Level 2 paper, chocolate waxy flax, Summer Wave Goodbye stamp set, twill ribbon and colonial white cardstock. The button and 2' scallop circle are from AcMoore. The smaller scallop circle punch and Scallop edge punch are SU.

Here is the template...

Cut the solid lines, score the dashed lines. The shaded area is scrap.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hooray! It's World Card Making Day!

Good Day Everyone! It's World Card Making Day! Over at I{heart}2stamp, Jen del Muro's awesome blog, she is hosting a World Card Making Day sketch challenge and I thought I'd join in on the fun. Here is her sketch...


Here is what I did with it...

I used all Close to My Heart on this one...
~Enchanted Level 2 paper pack,
~D1180 Happy Haunting stamp set
~Cardstock: Garden Green, Smokey Plum, Autumn Terracotta, White Daisy
~Inks: Black, Grey Wool, Garden Green, Smokey Plum, Autumn Terracotta
~Markers: Garden Green, Olive, Autumn Terracotta, Brown Bag, Vineyard Berry, Garnet, Grey Flannel.
~Paper Piercer
~Pewter Brads

Friday, October 3, 2008

A Curly Lacey Thank You! A clean basement and a mishap...

Where was I yesterday and the day before? Hmmmm..... The day before, I was cleaning my basement. For those of you that know me and my basement, you know how it looks like nothing more than a catch all bin for the rest of my house! For those of you that don't, well that is exactly what it has turned into, a big 'ole dump site. It is not finished by any means but it is supposed to be my laundry room/scrapbook studio/home office/spare bedroom/overflow toy area. Well after 12 hours of arduous cleaning and picking up, I may have finally somewhat accomplished it to looking like that! (that just made no sense at all, but you catch my drift! lol) I got'r done! Laundry room still needs a little more tlc but I ran out of time. I was too exhausted by the end of the day to post. That is my goal for today.

Yesterday...Well do you really want to know? I got rear-ended by some little 'ole grandma (with her infant grandson in the car) yesterday! This is the 2nd time I've been rear-ended in out Geo Tracker. It's bright friggin Blue! How can people not see me? I talked to my sister last night and she couldn't believe it either but she had the most fantabulous idea for me. You know them big 'ole reflective orange triangle you see on farm tractors? Yep, I'm going to tractor supply this afternoon to get me one and I'm gonna stick it right on the spare tire in the back! Maybe then people will stop running in to me!

Our Tracker looks very similair to this one...

This all started because I needed to go to Wal Mart yesterday morning to get pull-ups for my daughter and it just so happened that my girlfriend/neighbor Lisha had to go to. She needed computer printer ink. So off we went, just her and I. Kaitlin stayed home with daddy and her daughter and the 2 girls she babysits stayed home with the MIL. We were both excited, mommy's morning out! Yeah for us! Woo hoo!

All was going well till the checkout at Wal Mart when the cashier decided to short-cut her job and scan all 6 of my frozen juices as the same juice - cranberry, the most expensive juice that I bought! It was $2.12 a can, I bought 4 white grape raspberry @ $1.47 a can and 1 passion fruit @ $1.08 a can. Now I would not have complained if she had done this with the passion fruit, hey, there loss is my reward, right! No, she had to pick the most expensive one, robbing me of $4.00! In these times, $4 is $4! I need every penny! We would not discover this robbery of sorts until we were in the McDonald's drive thru. We needed a sweet tea!

As we were sitting in the McD's drive thru I some how started looking at my Wal Mart receipt and noticed what had happened. I asked Lisha if she minded if we ran back real quick since Wal Mart was right there. She was fine with that. So instead of heading home with or super-delicious sweet teas in hand we are headed back to Wal Mart! I took me only a couple of minutes to run in and get the problem corrected. The lady working the customer service desk was really nice to me too. So now I have my $4 back! Yeah! Back home we go. So we thought!

We got all the way to the red light by Lowe's. We were 4 or 5 cars back, just sitting there minding our own business, chit-chatting and out of nowhere......BAM! I screemed, she screemed, I said "what the heck just happened?" we just got rear-ended. God love Lisha! The first thing she does when the lady comes up to my door is rubs it all up in her face that I am pregnant! Thinking back now, it's kinda funny. The lady never even mentions that there's an infant in her car until we get out to check for damages and Lisha spots the baby in the back seat. I was like, dam, you must have made her feel really bad bout hitting a pregnant lady! lol. The baby, thank god, was still sound asleep as if nothing had ever happened! Our vehicles had no damage other than a bunch of big black scuff marks and scratches on her car. The tracker is a little tank! Just don't any one out there get the idea to t-bone me. That I'm afraid would be an all together different story. Front or back though, we're GOOD! After 3 collisions, I think it's safe to make that conclusion! lol! (My Hubby rear-ended some lady last summer)

Anyway, to concluded my rambling about yesterdays adventure, we are both fine. My OB made me go to the ER to get checked out and then I had to have a non-stress test done on the baby and all is well. Lisha's ok, I'm ok and most importantly, the baby is ok! I won't even go into detail about how totally incompetant WMC's ER is! After 6 exhausting hours there, I finally made it home in one piece! The L&D staff made my day! They are a great group of girls up there!

Now to finally get to my card! I had some scraps left over from when I made the Magazine File Thank You Cards for Mary so I thought I'd use 'em up right away! This is my little creation. Thanks for stopping by and listen to me ramble on about my saga! Enjoy and Have a Safe & Wonderful Day!