Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Motivet/last post

Well, everyone, it looks like Christmas is just around the corner.  Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  My how the time flies.  I am excited to have the preperation part over and done with.  It is so daunting and tiring on my body.  I am also so excited to see the excitement on my boy's faces when they wake up in the morning and see all the presents they get to open.  Because, believe me, they will have a TON of presents.  They are lucky and have so much family that loves them that they are never wanting for presents.
So for my last post before Christmas I am showing you a non-Christmas card.  I was thinking I may have got you guys burnt out on Christmas projects.  This card is for the Motivet challenge.  It is a sketch.  So fun to do, I love sketch challenges.  It takes the hardest part for me out of the challenge, the rest is just fun.
I used an image my mom let me stamp from some she had, this one is called "Hilda on an innertube".
The paper is from a mat pad I got a while back from me and my big ideas.  The cardstock is from PTI and is dark chocolate.  Most of the rest is just scraps I had lying around and hardly use.  I know the colors are all wacky but I did have so much fun putting this card together.

Well, I think I will leave ou with that.  So, Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!  May the spirit of Christmas reside in us all.  And if I don't get a chance to come back before New Year's...Happy New Year!!!  May 2010 bring you happiness that you all so very much deserve.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Gift card

Hello everyone!!!  Can you believe we are only a couple days away from Christmas.  My mother-in-law will be here before you know it.  Too bad we are not as prepared for her arrival as we had hoped.  There were a few glitches in our day yesterday but I think they are resolved and we are ready to prepare for the holidays.  Not to mention I still need to get a couple of things for my youngest son's birthday.  He will be 4 on the 30th but since my mother-in-law won't be here on the 30th we are celebrating his birthday on the 27th after church.  That doesn't leave me much time to do some shopping and I really do not want to fight the last minute Christmas shoppers.
Today I want to show you a gift card holder I made using one of Lauren's templates.  Her templates really are easy to use.  Maybe a bit confusing the first time but after that they make complete sense and are so easy to duplicate.  I am going to leave you with few words because honestly, I am at a loss for them.  Besides, it may look like a lot of detail on this but there really isn't. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday and I am hoping to see you all back here tomorrow.
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Whimsy chips

Good morning everyone!!!  I hope you are ready for Christmas because this is the week it will get here.  Can you believe that Friday is Christmas?  It seemed to have snuck up on us yet again.  I really hope that I can get a better head start on the festivities than I did this year.  Of course that is what I hope every year.
Today is Monday, obviously, which means it is time for another wonderful Whimsy challenge.  This challenge with last for 2 weeks.  That means you have until Jan 4th 2010 to post your creative project.  Can you believe it, 2010, this is the last challenge of the year, simply craziness.
For this challenge you are to use chipboard.  You don't have to use chipboard on every square inch of your project, just one piece will do.
I have gotten burnt out on cards so when I sat down to make my project for this challenge I decided to do a wall hanging/ornament/whatever you want it to be.

I started off with some chipboard I had in my stash and cut it out using my biggest labels die that I got for my birthday.  Since the chipboard was "naked" and I wanted it clothed I cut out some enchanted evening paper using the same die and glued it on.
I used some more vintage paper from making memories and used a Martha Stewart punch to give it some lace feel.  From there I just used some silver paper in my stash to mat the adorable snowman on.  He was colored using both copic markers and koh-i-noor pencils.  The flower and buttons are also chipboard I had lying around in my desk.  The sentiment is from PTI but suits the cutie snowman so well.  I just love how it turned out.  So different than my usual stuff, in my opinion.  I am trying to jump out of my comfort zone here lately and so far it is suiting me, I think.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Sledding to the end

Good morning all!!!  Today I get to show you a project that I am SO proud of.  But it has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Lauren Meader.  She is amazing and I have loved all her templates she has offered through Papertrey Ink and plan to follow her in her new endeavor as a business owner. 
My mom guided me to a project she posted on her blog a while ago here and I just fell in love.  This is why.  My husband grew up in Connecticut, you know, cold, snow, winter, etc.  So, as a child he had a sled to go sledding.  It is one of the older ones, wood and metal.  My mother-in-law kept it and now we have it.  Actually now that I think of it it would be nice to pull it out of the garage and use it as some sort of decoration during this holiday season.
I so wanted to make this sled for my son's teacher.  I just knew it would make an awesome gift tag for her other gifts.  Unfortunately Lauren was not able to get this project/template released in time for me to use it.  So what did I do?  Well, I sat down in front of my computer with Lauren's pictures of the sled on my desk and attempted to recreate her sled.  The dimensions are off and it isn't quite like Lauren's but I am so proud of it.  I still plan on getting the template when it becomes available because I am sure hers will be so much easier to follow as I know I will be making more.

Again, I got to use my awesome new nestabilities die and I think it looks awesome.  I am SO happy with house this turned out.  Thank you Lauren for making this possible.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Teacher appreciationc card

Good morning all!!!  Can you believe the week is just about over and Christmas is around the corner.  This coming week I am going to have to step up my game and get a LOT more things done.  My mother-in-law will be flying into town for a few days to help us celebrate Christmas.  It should be lots of fun.  I am hoping that even though we have a short amount of time with her that we can show her a few things.  This will be her first trip to California and possibly her last if we move like we hope we can.  We don't want the desert of California to the only thing she sees and remembers. 
Anyway, I digress as usual.  I am actually going to show you the card I made for my son's teacher today.  It isn't my favorite but it is still nice.  Since I was running out of time I didn't have an opportunity to do something spectacular.  Besides, I think my mojo was seriously running out by the time I got to this card.  I went searching for a layout I liked because, like I said, my mojo was low.  I rememered seeing a card on Lauren's blog that I really loved, the simplicity was exactly what I needed.  This is hers and this is mine.

I started with aqua mist card stock to match the box I made as well.  I also used kraft paper and the layer is vellum.  I got two of my birthday presents on this project so that was fun.  One of which I forgot to mention when I listed my gifts a week or so back.  The first one that is obvious is my nestabilities dies.  That was so much fun have a new shape to use.  The other is my bow-easy that my mom got me.  At first it looked very difficult.  I looked at the directions and they were no help but then I saw a website listed for a video tutorial.  That is exactly what I need so I headed on over there.  Yeah, no help what so ever.  The lady in the video talked through it all so fast and the camera wasn't even on what she was doing so I was still lost.  But then I saw another title of a video so why not, I clicked on that.  Now that WAS helpful.  I figured it out, messed with a few sizes and voila, i have a very beautiful bow.  Thanks mom!!!
Well, I think that is about it for this one.  Tomorrow I should have the final little treat I made for my son's teacher.
Just a heads up as well.  If you look on my side bar there is a blog candy give away.  Fussy and Fancy are on their second blog candy.  Just click on the picture and it will lead you to the instructions to enter to win all the goodies in the picture.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Teacher holiday appreciation gifts

Good morning everyone!!!  I am actually writing this up on Tuesday night.  My oldest usually goes to kindergarten in the afternoon which leaves me a bit of time to post in the morning.  Well, tomorrow is a minimum day for the school since it is the last day before holiday break.  That means I have to have my son at school before 8am.  Yeah me!!!  I am so excited!!!  Actually I am not.  Trying to get my boys ready in time to get my oldest to school in the afternoon is like pulling teeth. 
Anyway, since tomorrow is the last day I wanted to do something nice for his teacher since she has been great with my son and he just adores her and loves going to school.  To keep you guys in suspense and to give you some eye candy for more than one day I am going to post one project at a time.
Today I am showing you a gift box that I pretty much copied from Nichole Heady.  I am going to admit that a few of, well, all of the projects that I made I got ideas from other people and almost copied completely.  I will be sure to give credit where credit is due though.  Today it is Nichole.

The trees were watercolored green because I didn't have a solid tree stamp.  I used some stickles on the snow and on the stars in the sky.  I have never really been good about doing up scenes but after looking at Nichole's I think this one turned out wonderfully.  Also, I used a "My Timeless Template" from PTI and Lauren Meader.
I can't think of anything else to add to this so I am going to close.  I hope you all are having a wonderful week.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Another late challenge post

As I mentioned before and gave a link to, my mom introduced me to a stamp company called Motivet.  Their images are absolutely precious.  Well, she did a challenge with them and after going to their blog decided to participate as well.  But I only had a little bit of time to do it.  Once I got going on the card I realized I wasn't going to have time to finish it and post it in time so I just took my time after that.
This is what I came up with.

I think this little angel is absolutely precious and all their images are so fun to color.  I used some new paper I picked up during a shopping trip with my mom.  It is from Making Memories and we got it at a HUGE discount.  I don't think I would have picked it up if it wasn't on sale.  It is called "Vintage Findings".  I just love the vintage feel of anything.  I swear I was born in the wrong generation but I know the big man upstairs knows more than I do.
The base and mats are all made with kraft cardstock.  The patterened paper are both from vintage finding.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the lattice or lace feel to the strip.  The buttons are both PTI and cheapos from Wal-Mart.  The snowflakes I have had for a while and probably got at Michael's. 
The little angel was colored in using koh-i-noor pencils and baby oil.  I also used stickles for her wings and crystal effects for the scissors.  I just love how this card turned out and wish I could have gotten my act together in time to enter it into the motivet challenge.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

My first tag

Hello everyone!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was calm and peaceful and just beautiful.  My husband and I spend some time together while my sister watched our boys for us.  It was a special weekend that I will not forget even in the distant future.  I am so glad I had the opportunity I did.
Today I wanted to show you a tag that I made for a Three Clovers Design challenge that I am not sure if I am too later for (I might be but here is the link.  Also I was supposed to make a card and didn't but oh well.  I am going to submit it anyway).  I heard about it at Lorie's blog here.
I used paper that was in my stash so I am not sure where it is from or where I got it.  The tag is pretty self explanatory on that aspect so I won't go into detail.

I made this tag for the challenge but also because my oldest son is in Kindergarten and his last day before Christmas break is this Wednesday.  His teacher sent home a note that on the last day they are going to do a book exchange.  They are to bring in a wrapped book and then they will get another book in exchange.  Unfortunately my son saw the book I bought to exchange and did NOT want to let it get wrapped because he wanted it all for himself.  Also unfortunately, the book was the only one I saw at the store I bought it at and looked at Wal-Mart and again, no book there either.  I think he will change his mind on Wednesday when he gets his new book and would have totally forgotten about it when he gets his book out of his stocking Christmas morning.
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Candy box

Hello everyone!!!  I said I was going to post this today and I am sorry it is late.  I do have to run though.  I tis about time to go pick up my odlest from school.  If you have any quyestions please email or leave a comment.
My mom showed my sister and I this box here from Dawn's blog.  So we set out to make our own that very minute.  Here is what I came up with after finally decorating.  It isn't much but I was trying out a new stamp set that I purchased from martha Stewart.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New stamp company, to me

Hello all!!!  No eye candy today but I am working on something now so I should be able to post it tomorrow. 

I just wanted to check in and share some cool news with everyone.  My mom introduced me to a new stamp company.  They aren't new new but they are new to me.  They are called Motivet (please don't ask me how to pronounce it though :D )
They are doing a big giveaway with their December release.  Just post about the blog candy on your blog, copy a picture of the new stamps on your blog and then link yourself up to Mr. Linky on their page here.
Good luck!!!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Out of my element

Good Wednesday morning everyone!!!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  I am slowly but surely checking things off my list of things to get done.
I was hoping to post this sooner but I forgot to take a picture and then forgot to bring my camera to the birthday festivities last Saturday.  I tell you what though, I was spoiled.  My parents bought me an iTop tool with some of the accessories so I can get started making my own brads.  My sister and the fam bought me a labels 8 nestability dies.  I cannot wait to start playing, I just have to wait for some time to play.
My family, the hubby and kids, bought me some great things to prepare for the baby.  Things I wasn't expecting to get, one of which is a Vera Bradley bag.  I will probably end up using that as a diaper bag at least until the baby grows out of needing a diaper bag.
For my sister I made her a cute little purse that I was drawn to thanks to someone else I know online but as far as I know does not have a blog.  Here is the link to the instructions.  Since it has been a long time since I have sewn anything it took me a bit longer than it should have to make this purse but it was fun and now I know how so it should be easy to do again.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas is coming

I cannot believe it has been since last Wednesday that I posted anything.  I do have things to show you it was just one heck of a week last week.  I hope that this week won't be as hectic.  I am sure we will have to do some running around though trying to get things ready for Christmas.  Although, thankfully, we are almost done with our shopping.  Next is getting everything wrapped and in the mail, the things that need to be mailed.
So today is another Whimsy challenge that I was thankfully able to finish in time.  I completely forgot it was my week to participate until my mom mentioned to me that she was working on her project.  I do want to mention to you that as usual you do NOT need a Whimsy image to enter the contest but if you have one we would love to see what you can do with it.  Also don't forget that their special Christmas project contest is going on until Saturday the 12th.  So do not forget to enter.
This weeks challenge is to use die cuts.  I do have a cuttlebug machine but I am lacking in the tools to make die cuts and I don't have a lot of supplies so I struggled for a few minutes.  But then I looked on my desk and saw the cute new Santa image from Whimsy that my mom stamped for me.  So, I began coloring him.  Now it is Santa so I did need to stick to the traditional Christmas colors but did throw in a few more just to liven it up a bit.
I used a petite circle nestie to cut out a chipboard coaster, found a cute heart shaped green die cut I bought a long time ago, I think from Michael's, and then used the sentiment design that my mom cut out for me using her cricut.
I also used the CPS challenge, I think it is for this week.  I will check again and if it is I will be entering it in that as well.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Tanya!!!

Today is my older sisters birthday.  She is 30-something.  I try not to remember her birthday although I do give her crap about it.  See, she is only one year older than me.  Actually if you go by what we said when we were kids...we are a year, an hour and two minutes apart.  Unfortunately, that means today is also my birthday.  I have realized what people have told me all my life.  The older you get the more birthday's don't count.
If you want to check out my sister's blog go here for some more eye candy.
Also please remember that I have a giveaway going on as well.  Go here for that.  I plan to add more to the goodies than just the card.
Unfortunately I do not have a card ready for her or even a birthday present so it is a good thing we don't plan on celebrating until Saturday. 
I do have some eye candy almost ready post for you to see that I hope to have up later today so please come back later and check for that.
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