Friday, July 31, 2009

August kit is up for Scrapbook Circle!

Take a look at this numiness:
I happen to know for CERTAIN that their is NEW stuff!!! HEEE!! HEEE!!--yes, I'm a dork....

let's see there is:

Cosmo Cricket

Jillibean Soup

& Glitz

If you are interested the link is HERE


Okay, so today the kiddos and I braved the 105+ weather went to Kohl's and bought some shoes, thank goodness for sales, & coupons and KOHL'S (love that place!). We not only came away with ONLY 3 pair of shoes but a $10 coupon to use next time!


Because it's down the street from Joann's we HAD to stop there to. EVERYTHING was on sale but we did happen to find the Swiss dots embossing folder (I've had my eye on it for awhile). We came home after a short stop at Walmart, and the kids went to town cutting all sorts of shapes with my DUSTY sizzix original (found out they don't sell it anymore....hmmm....) They had a great time, and I found a bunch of stuff that was piled on top of it. The kiddos thought they hit the jack pot! Ah, makes me feel good to have a clean out.....


Well, the natives are quiet so I must investigate. Thanks for stopping by! Sure hoping you're having a good one!



Thursday, July 30, 2009

This just in!

I've received my first Blog award! From my AMAZING, TALENTED friend Jennifer Yates, THANK YOU!

This award is called the "Eye Like Your Style" from Janis at Pause, Dream, Enjoy. This beautiful award was created by her daughter.

The rules are easy....
1) by accepting this award you recognize that the giver "likes your style."
2) you agree to proudly display this award on your blog and post a link back to the giver.
3) you will share this award with those whose styles you like...because there are so many wonderful blogs out there!

So I am going to share this with:

Today....(I need a catchier title don't I?)

The dentist appointment turned out great, NO CAVITIES--woohoo! AND we don't have to go next week for DD retainer appointment, she's got spreader retainer things that we adjust twice a week.--we get to go in 5 weeks!
The great thing about going to the dentist is that it's pretty close to my FAVORITE scrapbook store, my kid's call it the lollipop store...they sell fantastic lollipops, if they behave they get
one....They did, they even helped me pick out some paper--most of it being clearance--(they do
that with their newer stuff so that they can make room for new CHA stuff) stickles and a stamp. Should have fun playing with that here in the next couple of days.
I did want to share a project that I completed with the July kit at Scrapbook
Circle. It's another card box (if you click on it you'll see the first one), they are so much fun! So here we go:
Yes, I was attempting to stamp...I had fun doing it too! What you can't tell is that I used glossy accents, it looks pretty cool. Oh, funny thing about this paper. I WON some more from Paper Crafter's magazine. I was pretty excited because it's so FUN to work with!
Thanks for stopping by and reading this EXTRA long post! Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Just couldn't help myself....

I had to make another tree card with the rest of the scraps. This morning I had the help of my youngest DS, he helped me pick out the buttons and put them away!
AND I found my other card rubons...I couldn't find them anywhere. Dontcha just hate that? I knew I put them in a good place.... Anyway, this time I added more stitching (around the border) This was SO FUN!
supplies used:
cardstock: Bazzill
rubons: American Crafts
pattern paper: Bella Blvd.
buttons: Bo Bunny
Would ya look at the time! Going to the gym followed by the dentist....I know your jealous.... Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Inspiration from Claude

My super talented friend Claude inspired me this morning with her wonderful butterfly tree card (click her name and you will see it) I looked at my desk and found these scraps that I had from CHA 2008 (they are samples from Bella Blvd.)
I came up with this:
I just had so much fun using up my scraps!
supplies used:
pattern paper: Bella Blvd.
sewing
buttons: Bo Bunny
rubon: American Crafts
distressing ink: Ranger
circle punches: Fiskars
Still recovering from a four day vacation, doing lots of laundry! I really appreciate you stopping by! Hope you have a good one!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hey! Laura's sketch #31

I got to play today! I was out of town for a few days for a much needed break...today I saw Laura's sketch over at 2 sketches and knew I had to play! So here we go:
supplies used:
pattern paper: Basic Grey
stamps: Hero Arts
border, paper flowers Cardstock: Bazzill
jewels: westrim
punch: unknown
hand stitching & machine sewing
Thank you Laura, LOVED your sketch!
Oh, and here is the tip on how to fold your flowers:
a real quick tip for today, how to fold a paper flower:
you will need:
a paper flower (mine happens to be Bazzill), and glue dots.
1. fold your flower in half.
2. fold your flower in half again, and your done!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you had a FABULOUS Monday!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cosmo Cricket and the boyfriend.....

I read THIS the other day and it TOTALLY cracked me up! I had to share....
Can't wait until all of these sneaks are available in the stores and kits! I happen to know that the boyfriend has been ordered for the August kit at Scrapbook Circle, yipee!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I HAD to share this one:

I had heard about this and hadn't seen it yet:

I LOVED the story behind the song. DD watched this with me and said, "he's been playing the piano for a LONG time!" (she's currently taking lessons) And yes, we went to itunes and HAD to download the Taylor Swift song, and will download this one when it's available....
I've been taken with watching peoples hands when they play the piano,it always amazes me that their hands can move so fast, what a gift! -both my mom and SIL are FABULOUS piano players. The Cello, I have a soft spot for it, I played it until 8th grade....Don't ya just love GREAT music? Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

tip of the day, exciting stuff (for me) and RAIN?!

This week I posted this tip of the day:
A couple of weeks ago I made cards with the FABULOUS July kit. They are smaller than a usual A2 cards size, what to do? I tried everything and NOTHING seemed to match up or be even. I then had a thought, what about using an A2 sized card (measures 4 3/8" x 5 3/4"), the height of my card fit, but the width didn't..... so this is what I did:
1. I CAREFULLY opened up my envelope (it's OK if it tears a bit, you will either be trimming that off or it will be covered up)
2. I placed my card in the center of my envelope and traced (to make a template). For my flaps I eyeballed it by looking at my envelope and free handing it. I then cut it out.
3. This is what your template should look like:
4. next I took my template and placed it in the center of another envelope traced it and cut it out. NOW you have a working envelope!
5. To seal your envelope and hide ragged edges....on the outer flap add your adhesive, ONLY to the edge of the lower flap.
6. Fold your lower flap up and adhere your side flaps it should look like this:
7. And here is my finished envelope from the front.
I stamped and embossed a little flower to add to my set of cards. So the next time you need an envelope, this might just be your answer!
MONK season 7 came out today! WOOHOO! I LOVE Monk it's one of my FAVORITE TV shows, sadly this season is the last. But at least I have them on DVD. A little tidbit that you might not know, but movies usually come out on Tuesday. During that week they come out they are the cheapest (except for Christmas, I guess)--this is the norm, sometimes they spring surprises on me....
Okay, so I woke up this morning at 4:30 am to sound of thunder rolling and flashing of lightning, it was quite the show! Usually I enjoy said shows, when your trying to sleep it really isn't the same....we did FINALLY get moisture with this monsoon storm. I also a few broken trees, it's just amazing to me how hard the wind really blows! Looking outside right now you'd never know there was a storm, it's just NASTY humid! Thanks for stopping by! Off to fold some laundry!

Monday, July 20, 2009

My Sketch World One hour sketch challenge

**Friday, July 24th
**Sketches posted at 9:00pm EST
**Finished cards need to be posted in the gallery and linked to sign in thread by 10:20pm EST.
**The 6 sentiments we are working with will be posted the day before so you can pull papers and get psyched up.
**6 sketches will be posted and you will get one prize draw for each card completed and posted by 10:20pm EST.
**All action will take place the "Card Challenges Forum."
**WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!! Ummm...I mean....It's going to be a swell time!! Very Happy

Practical Scrappers

Practical Scrappers is having a Design team call. Go check them out HERE!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tubing Fun!

This was my last sketch for Creative Scrappers (sniff, sniff....sure was fun playing with their sketches!) I have to tell you this layout came together SO quickly! Loved the paper and the embellishments. I even did the distressing technique before I knew what I was doing.... :)

supplies used:
chipboard hearts & flower: Maya Road
jewel: hobby lobby
distressing ink: ranger
pattern paper: Scenic Route
STAMP!: Autumn leaves
pearls: Basic Grey
sewing, staples
letter stickers: American Crafts & Making Memories
Thanks for stopping by today, hope you are enjoying your Sunday!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Hat's for sale

This is a drive by post! I used the sketch #15 for this one from My Sketch World:
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fry Bread

I love it! Made this the other day, yummo! I do have to tell you, you need to play with the milk part a bit...

2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups milk + a little extra

mix dry ingredients together with a whisk. Then with your hand mix together milk into the dry mixture until completely mixed, it will be a little sticky. Fry in hot oil. Can be served with beans, cheese, tomato, lettuce OR cinnamon and sugar.

Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Route 66

route 66
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I've been wanting to a layout like this, for a long time....we have cars EVERYWHERE,
and if you move one, oh boy you're in trouble! I also waited forever for this paper
by October Afternoon to come out because I knew it would be PERFECT!
I was pretty excited because it came together quickly-one of those layouts rolling
around in my head. I made the little light myself...Both of my boys were SO excited
about this layout, I only made one....uh, oh!
This was a layout for the DT call over at My sketch World. It sure was fun for fresh
ideas, they are a REALLY friendly group over there, check them out!

oooh! One more thing! Harry Potter comes out today! Sure hope we can go see it
soon!
thanks for stopping by!

my tip of the day this week at Scrapbook Circle

I thought I would share the video that I made this week for Scrapbook Circle. It's on ribbon layering technique: video
I have to thank DD as my camera gal, she did a great job! On the video I failed to mention how long I had cut my ribbon approximately 8", after I finished it ended up being 4 3/4". This will change depending on how big your folds are AND how much ribbon you cut. Here is the finished product:Photobucket
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cosmo Cricket CHA release

Have you seen them?
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Makes me SO excited! Just love Earth Love & the boyfriend TOTALLY fun! Jolly by Golly will
be fun to work with too! HERE is a view of the whole line!

Do you find yourself drawn to the same lines of paper? I do a lot of the time and
I don't even realize that I'm doing it! As you guessed Cosmo cricket is one of those companies!
Just had to share this FUN stuff!
BTW--have no idea why those pictures are SO small.....

***I just found out!!! I am the guest designer in August for My Sketch World! Thank
you Lucy!**

Hot lips....

This picture is so funny, and the story behind it even better....we ate something spicy, water wouldn't help so they decided that breathing into bandannas would! I HAD to take a picture of this SERIOUS event: (And YES I did do another layout with the same picture, you can see it HERE)
layout
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sorry for the quality of the picture it was taken at night, and well.....
For the hot I put some glossy accent on it and then heat embossed it to make it
look hot, sort of a fun accident! The sketch is from My Sketch World #11.
For the lips I traced on the back of the paper, using my paper piercer I traced around
the lips. I then used my embroidery floss for the finish. I really had a lot of fun with
this one! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Got Liberty!

I had the most fun with these pictures (once I found the paper I wanted!)

Got liberty!
my DS was so funny with this hat, he wore them proudly on the bus all the way home from school but as soon as I wanted to take his picture, he suddenly didn't want them on anymore.... he makes me laugh pretty much all the time.

supplies used:
Vintage Yummy kit from Scrapbook Circle
sketch #115 from My Sketch World
letter stickers: Making Memories
sewing

summer seems to be flying by, and school starts for some around here in a week! For us it isn't for another 3, CRAZY!! We've already bought our supplies--(I hate crowds!) and they are stacked up ready to go.
I had a dream about using the manual mode on my camera, hmmmm...wonder what that was about? Maybe I should take it out of dummy and semi-dummy mode!
Hope you have a good one! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

must be in a card making mood!

Okay, I can tell you that the process of making these cards was fun! I learned a lot, it was a learning process.
Card #1:
I made this while watching lord of the rings, I'm noticing that the brad in the center looks like the "eye"...I know totally random but it does....I cut a piece of paper from the July kit at Scrapbook circle, then folded it so that the green line lined up to form the stem. I also stamped the green flowers in the kit with a mesh design and then distressed them. SO fun!
card #2:
this is probably my favorite of the three, why? The flowers of course! these are minis!
card #3:
this was just plain old fun! This is my new buddie owl, isn't he just so cute?!
all my stamps are Hero Arts--yes you can find them at your local Michaels (they all seem to carry the same EXACT stamps!) Oh, and all of these were sketches from My sketch World.
This is gonna be a quick post, I really appreciate you stopping by!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Having more fun...

with this little butterfly stamp:

I bought it at Michaels and just have fallen for it! This is a mini card that I was inspired to do. The music paper I have had for at least 6 years! It was buried underneath and in between some things....The brads were new...just happy to be using my stash!

supplies:
stamps: Hero Arts
brads: Basic Grey
punch Fiskars
ribbon & pattern paper: unknown
sewing
distress ink: Tim Holtz
stickles: ranger

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are having a great one!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Gingerbread Muffins

I just have to tell you these are SO yummy. My mom used to make these for Christmas breakfast, makes my mouth water thinking about it! So I thought I would share with you, and you don't have to wait until Christmas either! :)

part #1:
1 egg
3/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup molasses
part #2
3 cup flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix part #1. Sift part #2 twice. then mix both parts together until just blended. Fill muffin tin 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Hope you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cards & stamping!

I had SO much just playing with my stamps and this American Craft paper (I've had it FOREVER!)
Card #1: these cupcake stamps are new to me (Hero Arts). The happy birthday was part of a stamp set that I bought at Michaels for $1.
Card #2: The chipboard heart I made a few weeks ago with pink paislee pixie stix glitter--oooh glitter is just SO fun to play with! I need to do it more often! The rubon is American crafts too.
Card #3: isn't this butterfly so fun?! It's also Hero Arts I picked it up at my Michaels the saying is also Hero Arts. And I got to use my new apron fiskars punch, I LOVE it!!
Okay, I have to say a BIG thanks to my mommy for letting me borrow this cloud stamp from her while she is out of town. THANKS MOM! This card happens to be my kids favorite.... all the paper is American crafts, the top of the tree was originally yellow. I used my peeled paint distressing pad and went to town.
I felt like the creative juices were just flowing, I really had fun. I appreciate you stopping by today! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Finally, got some time to play....

with the July kit, I made a little card kit. I bought the box (it's provo craft) at Walmart for 97 cents! The cards measure 4 1/4" squared:
I used some dimensional glue on the bird, cookie and salt & pepper, but you can't tell by the pictures....looks better in real life. I really did have fun with this! I bought two more boxes and have plans for making card kits for those too! There are still Scrapbook Circle July kits left go check them out HERE.
I finished these up while watching an overview of the Michael Jackson tribute, WOW! amazing singing and stories, he really was a gifted individual--interesting but VERY gifted.
We have become the play house today, thank goodness people aren't fighting!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a FANTASTIC day!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Creative Scrappers #59 Reveal


This was such a fun sketch! Loved it! We were encouraged to do a independence theme,
I was so glad to find these pictures. And what's more I used some of my "old" stash!
The paper is Kaiser Kraft (had those for 2 years), the rubons came from Oriental Trading
company (I've had those for 3 years). I really appreciate you stopping by today!

supplies used:
cardstock: Bazzill
rubons: Oriental Trading Company
letter sticker: Making Memories, Sassafrass Lass
transparency: Hambly
chipboard: Lil Davis Designs
cardstock border: Bazzill
sewing..