Monday, December 22, 2008

Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone that stops by a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will not be adding any more posts to my blog until after Christmas for sure and maybe not until after the New Year. We snuck out of town Friday night to surprise my parents for Christmas Saturday morning. We have not seen them since May and will be enjoying the Holidays with them. Thank you for understanding and I will be back before you know it!

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!!!!!

May You have a Safe and Happy Holiday!!!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Memo board for the fridge ~ Super easy, super cute!

This weekend when Tara was here, we ventured out with all 3 kids to Ac Moore. They had their Christmas note pads on sale 2 for $1. I couldn't pass them up, especially this snowflake one, I love everything about it! lol! I made this memo board with it and it was really quite easy! All I did was took a 6x11 piece of chipboard and covered it with patterned paper. Then I made the cute little border on the top with my new Paper Shapers Snowflake border punch that I got at Michael's and my favorite Martha Stewart Snowflake punch, it's the new one that just came out. I then used some terrifically tacky tape from Provo Craft on the back of the notepad to adhere it to the board. (It's the double-sided tape with the red plastic that you peel off).


For the pen holder, I used a film container as the base. I wrapped cardstock and paper around it and decorated it all pretty. I wrapped ribbon around it that was about 4" to long so that I had 'tabs' of ribbon coming off the back. I marked where I wanted to put the pen holder on the board and made slits to slide the ribbon through. I took the terrifically tacky tape again and adhered those tabs on the back to hold the pen holder on. Once all that was done, I adhered a piece of cardstock to the back and applied some magnets. Now I have a great little memo board for my fridge. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Had some creative juices flowing today! Think it was lack of sleep!

My BFF Tara came to spend the night for a scrapbooking sleepover Saturday night and we got lots accomplished. That is to explain my lack of sleep last night! lol! We were up till 2am! I got 2 layouts, a memo board and this tag kit done! You only get to see the tag kit today! The rest will follow soon enough. I cracked open the Evensong Level 2 paper pack for the 1st time for this one and the layout I made. The kit includes the box and 20 gift tags, with 4 each of 5 designs. The tags were a great way to use up scraps from the layout that I made. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great evening!
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The box was made using the tutorial found here. I just increased the paper sizes by 1 inch on 1 side only to make the box 4x3 instead of 3x3. The box stands 2" tall. Here is the top view. There are clear circle tiles on the 4 circles, can't see them in the photo very well.
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Here is the box open with all 20 tags nesting inside of it.
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I used ~ Close to My Heart Evensong Level 2 paper pack, Cardstock: Colonial White, Cranberry, New England Ivy, Sorbet. Ink: Cranberry, New England Ivy, Sorbet, Black, Olive. Stamp sets: Festive Frills (C1328), Peace on Earth (D1243), Annotations (D1307). Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon.
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Extra large eyelets are We R Memory Keepers in Antique Copper.
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SU ~ Scallop Edge punch.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dreaming of a White Christmas!

To bad everyone got snow except us last night! Never got cold enough I guess. Yesterday while I was doing laundry I had an opportunity to make this card. I actually used my sewing machine too! lol! I used an old sketch of Jen's over at I{heart}2stamp that I had saved away in my sketches folder. Here's the card and the sketch. Finished size is 6x6. Thanks for stopping by!
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I used CTMH's Aspen paper (my favorite right now!)
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Here's Jen's sketch that I used. She has some of the best sketches!
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I used Close to My Heart Aspen Level 2 paper pack, Creme Brulee CS & marker, Outdoor Denim CS & ink, Colonial White CS, Desert Sand CS, pewter spiral clip, Christmas Melodies stamp set (D1324)
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SU ~ Scallop Edge punch, Round Tab punch
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Martha Stewart ~ Fern punch, Lace punch, Snowflake punch
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Rhinestones & ribbon are from AcMoore

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ho hum kinda day....Mt. Keller is calling....

Ho hum because it's raining and yucky out! These are the kind of days you just want to stay in bed all day! Yeah right! Can't sleep at night, why would I think I could during the day? lol!

What is Mt. Keller you ask? Well, it is that vast mountain of laundry that is waiting for me at the bottom of my laundry chute! I already have 3 loads washed and about 100 to go! lol! The only thing that I like about doing laundry is that if I make a day of it, I can do crafty stuff in between loads. Gotta get caught up...so far behind! Story of my life! lol! My goal is to get it all done today or tomorrow so that I can start pulling out baby stuff and getting it washed. The final countdown is on, only 6 or 7 weeks left and with the holidays in there, it's really only about 4 or 5!

I told my hubby yesterday, she's just going to push her way on out by herself when she's ready. She kicked and pushed so much that night that I felt bruised the next morning. You know when you cough a lot and your gut gets sore from it, well that's what I felt like but I hadn't coughed once! lol! Maybe my heartburn had something to do with it, she didn't like what I ate anymore than my stomach did, and she was letting me know it. The only prob, I don't know what I ate that would have given me such awful heartburn. It hurt to breathe! Thought I was going to have the big one! Thank goodness it was gone by mid-day yesterday!
What to post today??? Hmmm... how bout a few Christmas cards. K - here they are...

This 1st one is done with CTMH's Everlasting paper pack and Victorian Snowflakes (C1285) stamp set, and Peace on Earth (D1243) stamp set.
Another with the same stamp set and paper...



The 3rd one ain't a favorite...it's ok I guess...

The stripe paper is from Everlasting Creative Basics.
Thanks for stopping by!
Only 13 days left till Santa comes!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

She made me do it!!!

Make her one too, that is! My sister was here for Thanksgiving with her tribe. When she saw my Christmas countdown calender sitting on my entertainment center, she said that I just 'had' to make one for her too! Hers, of course, couldn't be the same as mine though! After about an hour of looking at my paper stash, she finally decided on Aspen. Here is what hers looks like...





All the details are on original post - click link above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The PLAGUE strikes AGAIN!!!!

It is never-ending! I swear! What and Who is it this time??? Michaela and Riley went to the Dr. today and what started off as just colds has now manifested itself into infections of all kinds. Michaela has an upper respiratory infection and an ear infection bordering on double ear infection. Riley just got off his anti-biotic for the strep infection in his sinuses 3 days ago and is back on another today for yet another sinus infection bordering on the start of bronchitis. They are both on augmentin for the next 10 days! Soooo....hopefully now that all 3 of them are on anti-biotics now, that will mean the end of "the plague" in my house. (Well, hopefully for a little while anyway!)
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Dr. said they are most likely fighting the same germ just at different stages. Thank You dear loving daughter of mine for not covering your mouth the 100,000x's I have told you to and coughing your bubonic germs all over my house! Guess I bought the mask to late! She was really mad at me for making her wear it, but you know what? She covers her mouth now!
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So anyway, the kids are on quarantine in the house until Wednesday. Thank goodness hubby will be home too, to help me keep my sanity through this!
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On a lighter note...here are a couple more Christmas cards that I would like to share with you. Until next time...may you and yours stay healthy and plague free! Tis the season!!!
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A super simple 'Season's Greetings...
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This card uses... CTMH's Everlasting Creative Basics, Ponderosa Pine CS, White Daisy CS, Bamboo CS, Cranberry CS, Vellum, Sand Paper, Edge Distresser, Cranberry Ink, Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243). Sizzix Snowflake Sizzlit #6. EK Success Adhesive Tag and clear tiles. Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch.
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Happy Holidays...
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This card uses... Ponderosa Pine CS, Cranberry CS, Ink: Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, Chocolate. White Embossing Powder, Playful Caps (D1013), Playful Lowercase (C1079), Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Pewter brads. Sizzix Holly & Berries. Background paper was made using technique in last post.
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TECHNIQUE ~ To make the 'snow'...ink the edges of white daisy CS with Versa Mark ink. Pour white embossing powder over where you inked, tap off and heat w/ heat gun till powder melts. After powder melts and cools, ink with chocolate ink pad in a sweeping motion to simulate the look of wood grain.
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A less than 5-minute NOEL...
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This card uses... CTMH Baroque Alpha (E1006), Cranberry CS & ink, Ponderosa Pine CS, New England Ivy ink, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon. Bell from AcMoore button pack.
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How to ~ Stamp Baroque Alpha to spell NOEL on White Daisy CS. Cut out in 1 1/2" squares. Mount on 1 3/4" CS squares. Place on card in window pattern. Cut 1/2" band of Ponderosa Pine CS strip, add ribbon, apply to card and you are done!
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Less than 5-minutes till JOY for you...
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This card uses... CTMH's Everlasting Creative Basics and Level 2 paper pack, Baroque Alpha, Corner Rounder/Scallop Maker punch, 1/8" hole punch, Ponderosa Pine ink, Cranberry CS, Ponderosa Pine CS.
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How to ~ Cut 2 1/2" x 7" piece of striped paper, apply to top of card. Cut 2 1/2" x 7" piece of red paper, apply to bottom of card. Make scallops with punch and add holes. Cut 1/2" strip of Ponderosa Pine CS and apply to center of card. Stamp JOY using Baroque Alpha. Cut out in 1 1/2" squares, mount on 1 3/4" squares of Cranberry CS. Apply over Ponderosa Pine strip in center of card evenly spaced and you are done! These would be super easy to mass produce!
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Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Few Frosty Friends!

This has got to be my most favorite stamp set ever. I just love the snow men and the style of it. It is Close to My Heart's Frosty Friends(D1073). It is being discontinued after Dec 31st and the sadness is weighing heavy on my heart! lol! Here are a few Christmas cards that I have made so far with it. I can't get over how versatile these little dudes are!

Card #1 ~ Festive and Cheery...


Card #2 ~ More vintage or nostalgic look....


Card #3 ~ More traditional look...

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Card #1 ~ Patterned Paper is Karen Foster Christmas Stripe, Snowflake is Sizzix Sizzlet Snowflake #6, Kiwi circle is 1 1/2", Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243), Wavy border done with CM's Wavy edge cutter. Inks: Archival Black, Chocolate, New England Ivy, Sunflower, Cranberry, Sweet Leaf. The image was water colored with water brush and ink pads. If you squeeze the pad while it is closed, enough ink is transferred to the lid to make the perfect little color palette to lift your ink from.
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Card #2 ~ all CTMH on this one... Everlasting Level 2 paper pack, Ponderosa Pine CS, Colonial White CS, Cranberry CS, Pewter Spiral clip, Vintage Post Card stamp set (D1207), Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243), Chocolate Waxy Flax, Inks: Desert Sand, Archival Black, Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, Autumn Terracotta, Grey Flannel. Sandpaper, Water brush. The green striped piece was done by scoring lines at 1/4" intervals. Once all your lines are scored, flip over and sand across the raised lines and it takes the color off the raised areas and leaves you with a great textured piece of CS.
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Card #3 ~ all CTMH on this one too... Everlasting Creative Basics paper pack, Ponderosa Pine CS, Cranberry CS, Colonial White CS, Peace on Earth stamp set (D1243), Edge Distresser, Water brush, Corner Rounder/Scallop Maker punch, Cranberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Inks: New England Ivy, Ponderosa Pine, Chocolate, Cranberry, Honey, Autumn Terracotta. Silver embossing powder, heat gun. (oops, I lied ~ silver snowflake is from Michael's)
All cards are 5x7 size.
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Until next time... Happy Christmas Card making! Better Get'm done!
Only 17 days left till Christmas!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Seriously People! Where did the time go???

OMG! I just wanna cry! I was almost done posting this when my oldest daughter came down and hit something on the keyboard and it all disappeared! Everything! Gone! Now to start all over... #$%^... %(*&%$... /a%^%...^$(*&()*...**)&^... those are a few choice words coming out of my mouth at the moment! I am supposed to be heading upstairs to lie down for awhile and put my swollen feet up! GRRRRR.....


Ok... deep breath!


Starting over...

When I said in my last post that I would update later, I seriously did not mean 18 days later. Where has the time gone? I guess time really does fly when your having 'not so much' fun! What I mean by that is I have been living in the house of plague the last 2 weeks. It all started with my son getting a strep infection in his sinuses. He went on an antibiotic for that. Then the girls came down with a nasty cold. Just as soon as I thought that Kaitlin had finally beat hers, bam, she got hit with croup! Michaela is still fighting hers, she can't shake the nasty wet cough. We'll probably be heading to the Dr. on Monday! Riley, he's over his strep but now is coughing too! Will this ever end? Tis the season!! Yet somehow through it all, I remain healthy! (knocking on wood! lol!)


We had the kids Christmas party today at my husbands work. They had a bunch of those moon bounce things there. The girls weren't even in the first one 5 minutes and came out coughing up a storm. They weren't to happy when I said no more. They got over it quick though when I pointed out the carousel. Kaitlin said " Yeah mommy, I wanna ride the cowboys!" It was so cute. She keeps calling horses cowboys and I'm not quite sure why! I thought they were going to wear the carousel out, they rode it a minimum of 8 times! They loved it. Riley was off doing boy stuff with Daddy like virtual roller coasters and racing go carts.

We are finally home and Kaitlin is up for a nap so I thought I would take a few to come down and 'update' my blog finally. Little did I know, I'd have to do it twice! Go figure, that's just the luck of me!

Anyway, here is a better cropped picture of Kaitlin's invite and the inside of it. Her party was a lot of fun for her, it's been 2 weeks now and she still thinks it's her birthday! LOL!





The inside...



The font on the inside is Minya Nouvelle in Sorbet (R-239, G-77, B-40), Juniper (R-55, G-141, B-110) and Chocolate (R-137, G-104, B-89)

The font on the front is CAC Norm Heavy in Sorbet and Burnstown Dam in Chocolate.

The monkey was cut at 3". The '3' was cut at 1 1/2". The circles are 2" white and 2 1/8" tulip cs.

The green patterned paper is from SU's Autmn Vine paper pack and the Sorbet patterned paper is from CTMH's Perfect Day paper pack.

Thanks for stopping by! Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. Hopefully the kids are healthy soon and all stays well around here! Till next time...