Thursday, February 24, 2011

My two scouts...

Life has turned REALLY busy now that my kiddos are in soccer, my daughter is also going to be doing track (that starts next week).  And yes, I'm tired!   THANK GOODNESS my hubby steps in with soccer practices and everything else going on.  The rides to the fields takes time and I cherish those times to listen to my children sharing about things happening to them, some days it's easier to listen then others.... :) But I WOULD not trade it for ANYTHING!

Today, my boys will be decorating their cake for the blue and gold banquet for scouts tonight.  (I'll take pictures and share!)  Speaking of my boys and scouts I made this layout about my two scouts:
 So as you can tell I took quite a few pictures, I made collages and I couldn't NOT use them!
 This sweet stamp is from studio calico, it also comes with a WONDERFUL flower.  Yes, you'll be seeing that soon too! :)
I'm off to sketch something up, I've got to stock pile birthday cards for March, I've got quite a few to send out!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit! :)

supplies used:
 pattern paper: Bella Blvd.
stamp: studio Calico
punches: martha stewart, fiskars
felt letters: Making Memories
brad: basic grey
gaffer tape: 7 gypsies

Saturday, February 19, 2011

FREE for my Birthday

Happy Saturday to you!  Loving the overcast weather today.  I wanted to share this layout with you.  The paper is Echo Park--LOVE them!  Anyway, I received the pack at CHA it wasn't a whole set so it was a little tricky.  I finally decided to use the border paper as the back ground, there were flowers on it so I cut those off and just stitched the scalloped border to the bottom.  I misted to tone down the colors just a bit, and toned the star with two different colors, one is peacock (the blue) and on the edges were done in charcoal.  Chipboard sure soaks up the mist, SO yummy to layer it up!
one more thing I wanted to draw your eye to were the little stars, they were actually cut from the border paper too-you can see what they looked like originally.  I just popped them up with a pop dot cut in quarters.
 The ruler banner is also from the border paper I just snipped it--notice it goes to 10?  It was celebrating my son's 10th birthday.
I forgot to mention that these photos are from my phone.  I remember feeling frustrated for not bringing my "real" camera but was SO glad I took these, even though they aren't "perfect" they still capture a special moment for my son.  well, I'm off to two more games today! :)  Hope that your day is a WONDERFUL one!
products used:
pattern paper: Echo Park
stickers: glitz, October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin
mist: glimmer mist
chipboard star: Fancy Pants
monthly border thing: Jenni Bowlin

Friday, February 18, 2011

Hello Friday--creative kids

well, Friday your here you took ALL sure seemed like a LONG time!  First night game of the season for soccer tonight--we have a storm front blowing in sure hope tomorrows games aren't rained out!  That means we make them up in the hottest part of the season!  Either way I'm excited to test out my new picture taker!  Hope it works with the lights we have QUITE a few night games....
I want to brag a bit on my talented kids.  My daughter decided she wanted to make a friend a journal for a friend for her birthday.  I helped her with the binding bit but the rest was her:
pretty cute!  That is Bo Bunny paper, the S was cut with my cricut, and an imaginisce flower....
For Valentines Day my youngest made this for me in Scouts:
I LOVE it! :)  So funny they had the model up on the counter and I was looking at it to copy....ha, little did I know!  he was SO excited he had me open it right that day!
Well, I best jet for now, have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

still here....

I've been MIA for a while.  Been off making memories with my family, and just plain old BUSY!  I have been playing and need to make this quick because my youngest and I are home alone and he wants MOM time! :)
I was inspired by Heidi Swapp a couple of weeks ago to make these candy dispensers, SO easy!  All of her information can be found HERE.  My kids thought they were pretty ingenious especially my youngest who realized that he could refill it when he was done with the candy inside (no in these pictures there isn't candy....)
This is the closeup of my daughters, I made the flower out of a small muffin cup and used a huge jewel from Glitz for the center, notice the ruffled skirt?  I used my martha steward scissors (they have more than one blade)
I was also inspired by Rhonna Farrar to make these flowers, (don't they look like a heart sideways?)  you can see the tutorial HERE.  These particular decorations went to my mom.  Oh, and FYI you can buy napkin packs at walmart for $1.50 for 24.  STEAL!
 Lastly Heidi talked about making note books for teachers or friends.  You just cover 5x7 office note pads.  I bought white ones at Staples in a bulk pack of 12 for like $ 5.47.
 EASY!  All of the paper I used is from my stash, I didn't have to buy anything for any of these projects. I even did pom poms made of Crete paper for the end of the $1 valentine pencils I picked up at Walmart.
 Here are a few closeups:
 I don't know if you can tell but I added bling and stickles, SO fun!
The measurements are:
5" x 9 1/4" after cutting your paper you need to score it at 7", 8" and 8 1/4".  I glued the center part first this helped me adjust if I needed to.
So funny again my kids were impressed and these were SO simple and sort of addicting! :)
Well, thanks for checking in--hope you are having a WONDERFUL week!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

XOXO card #2 and the club CK blog...

Here is my second card I made for my other grandma for Valentines Day:

Echo Park ROCKS, just love this mix of papers and stickers, SO easy to work with!  Looking forward to sending this to my grandma.

This morning I got an e-mail from Natalie telling me that my layout 12 was featured on the Club CK BLOG!  (if you scroll down I am albeca3) Thanks again for noticing and letting me know!  Such a thrill!

My day was spent canning beans.  Not to exciting but SO worth it when I make chili, tostadas, or bean burritos.  BONUS I know what is in the jar! :)

Thanks for popping in for a visit, I'm off to hang out with my kids!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

SBC blog hope winner and a card

Thank you for participating in the blog hop for Scrapbook Circle this weekend, thank you for all the nice comments too!  The winner from my blog is:
Kathy’s Stampin Pad
if you wish to see if you have won on any of the other blogs check out the Scrapbook Circle blog HERE.
Yesterday was pretty quiet around these parts but I was able to make a valentine card for one of my grandmas:
Pattern paper: Echo Park
jewels: Kaiser
Last year I sent my grandma's each a card.  One of my grandmas was so excited to get a Valentine.  She said she hadn't gotten one in a long time.  I figured I had better keep it up then! :)
I'm off to create some more before the kiddos get home! :)  Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Superbowl?! Microwave Carmel popcorn

If your looking for the Scrapbook Circle blog hop please scroll down...
Did anyone watch the super bowl last night?  I am really not a football fan, but it was still fun!  I do have to share with you if you haven't seen it my FAVORITE commercial of the night:

Just SO cute! :)

For an after school treat (notice I said treat not healthy) I made Carmel popcorn.  It's taking every ounce of energy not to snarfle the whole thing!  here's the EASY recipe (I've been making this sense I was a teenager....)

1 paper bag--like from the grocery store when they used to ask you paper or plastic
4 quarts popped popcorn (using your hands sift out the kernels)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

In a microwaveable bowl melt butter.  Add sugar, corn syrup, salt cook on high for 2 minutes (it will be bubbly)  Add baking soda.  While your mixture is cooking add your sifted popcorn to the paper bag.  Pour cooked mixture over popcorn and stir until it's well coated.  Roll bag closed and cook for 1 1/2 minutes longer.  Pour onto a greased cookie sheet, eat when it's cooled!
See it's easy! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop!

Welcome to Scrapbook Circle's first official Blog hop of 2011!  We are so excited to be showing off not only the Happy Days kit, but also introducing you all to the new Design Team. What better way than to hop around and win some fun prizes!  If you have arrived from Diana Fisher's blog you are doing great.  If you have started here with me you want to go to the beginning and hop through the blogs.

Diana Waite (You are HERE!)

 Leave a comment here on this post for your chance to win a $10 credit to the Scrapbook Circle store. Then hop around to the design team blogs for a chance to win a $10 Scrapbook Circle store credit on each blog. PLUS, we are giving away a February Kit on the Scrapbook Circle Blog.
*the mist is not in the kit but sold in the store*
I wanted to share with you another layout that I made with the Happy Days kit.  Love the versatility of everything in the kit the download, letters, paper everything, this REALLY is a GREAT kit!  For more AMAZING ideas not included in the hop you can check out the Design Team layouts in the Idea Gallery.

You have until Feb. 7 to leave your comments with winners being announced here on the blog Feb. 8th.  Good luck and thank you for hopping by! :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day! I am Determined, my OLW

OLW-(one little word) that I want to focus on this year is Determined.  When I saw the little asterisk button I knew I wanted to scrap my word.  And what better way to celebrate ground hog day than two of the same photos? :)
 For the journaling blog I used the packaging from one of the Basic Grey embellishments.  I loved that it had lines on it.  The lettering was from my stash one of my clearance finds at Michaels a couple of weeks ago.
Here is a closeup of one of the embellishment clusters:
 The flower made with some of the scraps, I used some of the gold flecked glimmer mist, I think it will show up if you click on the picture, it is really pretty in person (the how to tutorial is on the side bar):
Did you know that it's Ground Hogs Day today?  It's sort of special to me as it's also my birthday. :)  It's a cold one today, in fact it's the coldest it's been since 1991.  Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring...
Thanks so much for stopping in and visiting!  Hope you have a great one!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

One item wonder--transparency February Scrapbook Circle

Okay, it's FEBRUARY!  Where did January go?!  With a new month brings a new kit from Scrapbook Circle, Happy Days--LOVE it!
 I was asked to feature one product in the kit that might leave you WONDERING what to do with it.  The item is the transparency mine happened to look like this:
It has pretty damasks on it and I wanted those to show, so I used the back of one of the papers that happened to be creme colored and it just made it pop!  I adhered it with glue dots on the spots with heavier printing so that you wouldn't see the glue.
This is a view of the others that *may* be included in your kit.  For a different transparency and technique go check out Heather's blog.  She did an amazing thing flower, she even has detailed instructions.
One more thing I wanted to point out about this layout it the little picture.  I loved it and wanted to include it and make it stand out.  I added pop dots, I am getting SERIOUSLY addicted to using those things.  It's subtle but just enough.
*forgot to mention that this is based off of the Inspired Blueprints sketch you can see it HERE*
 Thanks so much for the visit!  Still catching up with laundry, I went grocery shopping today which EVERYONE was grateful. :)  In fact it was the first thing the kids asked me when they got home! :)