Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Challenge Blog

I am getting excited about the new challenge blog The Paper Variety.  They announced the pretty cute giveaway today!  I love it...crossing fingers!

I was hoping I could get some crafting done today...but I spent the day looking for a certain ribbon for a project.  I had just used it 2 days ago and COULD NOT for the life of me find it!  (My craftroom is organized and clean.)  I was getting ready to give up, assuming that I threw it away by accident...I found it in one of my scrap boxes!  But now the day is gone...off to do supper, baths, and bedtime!

Monday, August 30, 2010

What a bright smile!!!

So I cranked out another scrapbook LO!  I am having fun...I am so addicted! 

So I was going through my paper piles and I came across my "Songbirds" paper pack. (I forgot I had it and it was like Christmas morning!!!) I just had to use it!  (OK, I know I am using !!!! too much, I will try to stop! oop, sorry....)

Here is the LO:
All the paper came from the DCWV Songbirds pack.  I hand-cut the sun, birds and house to embellish the page

The SMILE is Provo Craft chipboard letters that I painted a Golden orange.  The letter stickers are from Making Memories- they started off white, but colored them with a tan marker.

I used pop-dots to the birdhouse embellishment.

Off to the craftroom to see what I come up with next!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lace Cardstock challenge from Practical Scrappers

This was a tough challenge!  My first thought...how do I make lace cardstock, never heard of it???? So I looked through my suppplies and came across my Martha Stewart border punch and went from there!  I also included a digi stamp from this month's sponsor Sassy Studios.  I did a chalkboard instead of a scrapping project today!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Practical Scrappers Stitching Challenge

So this week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use stitching.  This was that first time I actually used my sewing machine for paper.  I had a blast and have stitched on several projects since.

I used a Sailor Honey stamp for Sassy Studios (colored is with pencils) and the patterned paper is from The Paper Studio.  I used a simple zig-zag stitch to sew the patterned papers together.  The stamp is from Stampablilites.  Buttons are from my stash.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I love my husband...

I got so much crafting done this weekend!  My husband knew I have been under a lot of stress lately, he did all the housework and let me spend tons of time in my room.  Greatest husband ever!!!!!

I came across a sketch challenge at Skipping Stones and gave it a try.  It is not what I had invisioned, but it did turn out pretty good, I think!
I used brown textured cardstock for the card.  The pattern paper is from Heidi Grace.  I cut the large flower out of the paper and used the revesre side for the bottom of the card.  The yello cardstock is embossed with Cuttlebug swirls.  I stamped the sentiment on a tag and attached it with a Recollections brad.  The button and ribbon came from my stash.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ahh, the summer is almost over...

This summer has gone by so fast!  I am both happy and sad about it coming to an end.  My oldest starts school back up in two weeks.  He will be going in the morning program, so that means that once again I have to rearrange my schedule for getting things done wach day.  My husband says I'm a little OCD and tends to make fun of the lists and schedules I make for EVERYTHING.  But hey, I know that works for me and I will continue :)

So this week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use summer themed items.  Believe it or not, I found this somewhat difficult.  I don't have too many summer-themed items to work with!  But I made a cute LO...
The summer-themed item I used was a Studio G flip flops rubber stamp. 

I used ribbon to make the sun.

I used a couple different scissors and torn paper to make the waves.

I am off to complete my next project...what will it be?  I will find out once I start going thru my scrap room.  I think I need to make some more birthday cards for September.  But we will see what I end up doing!

Have a great day!

Friday, August 6, 2010

My first Design Team project for Practical Scrappers

I am so excited about joining the Practical Scrappers team!  I look forward to the upcoming challenges and I hope I inspire others as I have been inspired by the wonderful artists out there!

Here is a quick and short bio- I am a stay-at home mom of 3 wonderful (and energy-draining) kids. Two boys (4 and 2) and a 8 mo. daughter.  Nap-time is my crafting time.  I use it as a relaxation method!  I normally make cards, but just recently started to make scrapbook pages!  I am addicted to looking at the fellow bloggers' pages (that is my after bedtime addiction)!

Practical Scrappers is celebrating their 1 year anniversary this week.  So they are bringing a different challenge for each day.  Today's challenge is to make a card or LO celebrating a "first" (birthday, anniversary, tooth, etc). 

I have made a first birthday card for a little girl.  I used kraft cardstock (MY FAVORITE) for the base of my card. I took patterned paper and matted it onto green cardstock.  I hand cut the layered cake and rolled a piece of paper to make the candlestick.  Pop dots were used to adhere the cake to the card.  The flame was also hand-cut and orange ink was used to accent the flame.  I punched out 6 flowers to make the 3D flower and added a lime green button for the center of the flower.  The number 1 was a die-cut from Cuttlebug. And finally "Happy Birthday" (Studio G, another addiction) was stamped in brown ink.

Thank you for viewing my first design team project!  I look forward to many more!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

More paper flowers...

I just had to try these flowers that I have been seeing. I think they turned out pretty well for my first try!  They can only get better (I hope)!  I am also lovin' stitching!  I am finally putting my sewing machine to some good use!

All the papers are from My Mind's Eye.  Brads-Recollections. Stamp-Studio G.

Stamp and Create - Flowers
Ooh La La - Birthdays


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tons of projects in the works!

So I have actually had time making a variety of cards, scrapbook pages and wedding invitations this week!  I am loving it!  Now that I have cleaned and organized my room, I have been letting the kiddos in the room while I work (probably not the best idea, but it works)! So they are having a blast bouncing on the bed, so I am getting some work done!  (In between my daughter's fits...gotta love teething)!  Here is one card that I made:

Once again I used kraft cardstock...I cannot stop...please help me (just kidding...don't send help...I'm not in need of a kraft intervention quite yet)!
I used  my Slice machine to cut out the scallop circles and hand cut them to turn them into flowers.  I embossed the circle with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots and brushed it with black ink.  I used white ink to stamp the Studio G stamp.  The patterned paper is from Adorn It.