Wednesday, October 6, 2010

a flashback, a preview and some updates

I was digging through my studio, starting to think of the daunting task coming this fall...packing it all up so we can rip out the basement ceiling to do repairs, and I came across this chicken card. It is a Stampin' Up! set (best of cluck) that I colored with markers and a blender pen. I thought the sentiment was appropriate for this post...Just Chicken In.

Here is a preview of something I am working on for my girls and will post upon its completion. Any guesses as to what I am making? I'll give you a clue...I am thinking of labeling the segment "teaching Thursday"

Here is a second clue...any guesses now?

And look at my sweet Elvis. He's 3 1/2 months old now. He's grown so much.

And here is one of our recent items to receive attention in the home. We were trying to just get a glimpse at how they hung the light and found this... Notice that all the wires are black...that is smoke damage. The wires were cracked too, not good. The damage was old, prior to when we purchased the home, but frightening to think that it was sitting as a fire hazard for that long. Praise God for his protection! Finding that halted our plans that weekend but we got new wires run and a new light up now.

And lastly...HUGE THANKS to Patti and Paper Maniac for letting me be a part of the design team for the past year! It was a blast, anytime you need a guest, I'm here!

Friday, September 24, 2010


Today I thought I'd get a jump on Halloween. I broke out my new Stampers Anonymous and Tim Holtz texture fades and can I just say I am in LOVE! I love the incompleteness and distressed aspect of Tim's designs and have more on my wish list! I inked up the raised portion with my Memento Black and it just pops. It's hard to make out, but I used versamark on a script stamp from the Shabby French stamp set and stamped it on the black base layer. Boo was stamped in distress ink and then I used a circle punch to get the letters centered, I inked the edges black. I made this a 5x5 square card.

Card Stock: black, shimmery lavender, white
Patterned Paper: none
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous: Shabby French
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Versamark
Accessories: Tim Holtz texture fades, Circle punch, ATG

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Monarch Passes Through

We interrupt the stamping and scrapping projects while I get my rebuilt computer loaded with things like camera software, once that is loaded I hope to have more regular postings again. The good news is that the virus seems to be gone! In the meantime I thought I'd share a couple pictures of the monarch that passed through our yard.

Once upon a time, Bug found it on the flowers by the garage. She picked it up/coaxed it on to her hand.

After a minute or two, it flew off and promptly landed in Button's hair.

She was less than thrilled with that experience!

The End!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Halloween Tree

Happy Fall! I can't wait for the leaves to change colors! Today I used a stamp from a past Unity KOTM and added glitter accents. They dried lighter than I wanted so I colored over them with my copics! (Love them and can't wait to play more!).

Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie
Patterned Paper: None
Ink: Memento Black
Stamps: Unity KOTM
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Copics, Glitter Glue

Friday, September 10, 2010

Paper Maniac Blog Hop ~ with Flair!

If you arrived here from Ann’s blog, you are on the right track! If not, go back to the Paper Maniac Store blog so you don’t miss any of the great inspiration. Today is a celebration of Paper Maniac's first year! This past year has gone so quickly, it has been so fun to be a part of things from before day one! Today I am showcasing an altered clipboard with fabulous Echo Park Paper and Unity Stamps. I made 2 of them to give to Bug's preschool teachers.

Here is the back (it isn't glossy since I hadn't mod podge'd it yet).

In addition to the clipboards, I altered a couple binder clips and made a bookmark for each of them. I packaged it in a cello bag and made a matching topper with some scraps from the clipboard project.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Various KOTM (Unity Stamp Company), Shabby French Stamp Set (Stampers Anonymous)
Card Stock: Summer Sun
Patterned Paper: Walk in the Park (Echo Park)
Ink: Cocoa Brown (Memento), Antique Linen (Distress Ink), Versamark
Accessories: Circle Nesties (Spellbinders), Mod Podge, Clipboard, Binder Clips, Jumbo Paper Clip, Corner Rounder

Now for the FUN! There are some faBuLOUS priZes to be won this weekend! Check out the Paper Maniac Store Blog for complete info!
Head on over to Emily's Blog!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's coming!

Come back Friday for the Paper Maniac Birthday Blog Hop! Prizes galore!

Monday, September 6, 2010

makin' progress Monday ~ the puppy edition!

So...we decided to add a puppy to our family! Introducing Elvis! He is now 10 1/2 weeks old. He is an adorable fluffy bundle of energy!

Here is is home in puppy prison! He stays in the kitchen unless he is outside or being held, so if he has an accident it is not on the carpet.

He loves the girls and loves to give them lots of puppy kisses!

Bug is super happy with him and she even likes going on poopy patrol with me (we'll see how long that enthusiasm lasts!)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Paper Maniac!

This past year has flown by! So much has changed around house, new church, new projects, and most recently new puppy! The girls are getting bigger and we are gearing up for the start of preschool in a couple weeks. Today's card features a Bazzill cardstock base topped with a strip of Making Memories the black and white, so classic! I did a wavy, smooshy ribbon using lots of glue dots on top of the DP. The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped using Memento Black ink then colored with prismacolor pencils and then I added bling for a finishing touch.

Friday, August 27, 2010

backpack tag

Well, it's almost time for school to begin again. I made a backpack tag for Bug's backpack {although I am not sure it will even make it to school as she has already claimed it and run off with it}. I started with a chipboard tag, covered it with some Basic Grey paper. I also added a strip of embossed paper across the bottom. I stamped the butterfly from a Unity KOTM and colored it in with prismacolor pencils to match the DP. I used a binder ring through the hole and some 1/8 inch groisgrain ribbon on the ring.

Now it's time to celebrate the end of summer and head off to the Great Minnesota Get Together this weekend! Check out other blogs participating in Friends with Flair today on the Unity blog.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

dusted off the sewing machine ~ dog beds!

Well, it's true, we are getting a puppy! We pick him up on Sunday! I decided to dust off the sewing machine and use up some of my fabric stash. I made two beds for the puppy. The first is a canvas bottom and camo fleece edge. It's really poofy and soft. The girls have been testing it out and determined it makes a good boat too.

Secondly, I made a kennel cushion. Bug chose Cars fabric for this. I was going to go with monkey flannel and green corduroy, I was informed Cars fabric was the better choice.

Friday, August 13, 2010

enjoy the day

Today I dug out my Earth Love paper pad and went to town. I used the page with the small bug as the focal point in the lower right hand corner. The stamp up the left side is from Unity. To finish it off, I did a bit of stitching and some bling. I just love how all the patterns pull together so well.

Friday, August 6, 2010

so thankful for you {with flair}

Once again, it is my favorite day of the week! Happy Friday! Today I decided to mix it up a bit and make a horizontal card that opened on the side. Check out the Unity Blog for a list of Friends with Flair participants!

And for a fantastic sale on Spellbinders Impressabilities, Borders and Frames, and Cuttlebug Folders - {35% off}; Spellbinders Nestabilities, Shapeabilities, and Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies & Folders- {20% off} AND Clear Stamps - {15% Off} ~ check out

Stamps: Unity store KOTM
Card Stock: White
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Ink: Staz On Black
Accessories: Pink Ribbon, Acetate, Foam Dimensionals, Corner Rounder, Rhinestones

Thursday, August 5, 2010

You're so AMAZING!

Just wanted to show a necklace I made using Tim Holtz Fragments. It was a birthday gift for a friend. I have become addicted to making them, so fun and so many possibilities!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Makin' Progress Tuesday ~ Front Landscaping!!!

As you can see things are looking quite a bit different around here. Especially out front. Check out the before shots here and here. This past weekend was busy. We started by digging up all the existing plants we had (lots of hosta, peony, a bleeding heart and some iris) and set them under one of the pine trees out front. Next we leveled the dirt and brought in dirt from the backyard that was leftover from the septic tank replacement. Pavers were set in place and dirt brought up to backfill between the edgers and the lawn. Grass seed will get planted soon.

Then came the fun! Deciding what to plant. After laying landscaping fabric down I used the girls sidewalk chalk to lay out plants and bushes. We kept things simple using boxwood bushes, a couple of hosta varieties and some day lillies.

I was able to get the rest of the bushes yesterday at Home Depot for $5 a piece so I finished it off in the sweltering nastiness that was Monday. (it was in the upper 80's with tons of humidity). Cedar mulch was raked in place and it was complete! I LOVE it!

A view from the step looking south.

Friday, July 30, 2010

*tweet* hello *tweet*

Today it's Friday! Time to gear up for another jam packed summer weekend. My card today was super easy and fun! I love the bright colors, they scream summer-time to me. I think I see more chipboard stickers in my future after playing with some Basic Grey ones I found in my stuff (it pays to tidy up every now and then, you find treasures that way!). I stamped "hello" then added some bling to jazz it up a bit.

Card Stock: White
Patterned Paper: Henry's Brilliance
Ink: Memento Ink~Cocoa Brown
Accessories: Blue Rhinestone (Kaiser Craft), Scallop Edge punch, Chipboard sticker (Basic Grey)

Friday, July 23, 2010

alcohol ink emboss resist

Happy Friday! Today I have a card that features a cute image from the Unity Store KOTM (past kit). I stamped it on glossy paper then embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then applied alcohol inks to the paper to make the plaid background. I rubbed the image clean with a bit of blending solution (use a q-tip or rag). To check out more blogs on the Friends with Flair hop, check out the Unity Blog!

Supplies used: Unity Store KOTM, Alcohol Ink (I used Farmers Market), blending solution, Alcohol Ink applicator, bling, twill tape (recycled from packaging), ticket corner punch

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

scrappy happy birthday

Just a quick card to showcase using up some scraps that my friend Katy sent me. The button is a chipboard one covered in matching paper and threaded with hemp twine. I love adding twine to my cards, it's so cheap...I mean affordable!

Friday, July 16, 2010

recycled paper scraps and flowers

Happy Friday! Today I have a card that features some scraps of Cosmo Cricket Earth Love paper on a 4x4 card. I used some repurposed flowers for the center. I took apart some flower stems and just used the petals. The twill tape was also recycled, it originally was wrapped around some pajamas I purchased.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

daydream ~ emboss resist

Today's card features the emboss resist technique. It also highlights some inks, and powders (perfect pearls) on sale at Paper Maniac right now! For a step by step tutorial, check it out on the Paper Maniac home page. It will only be available for 1 week!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ 140 and counting!

It's been a few weeks since I have posted a house project update. Our weekends have been packed full of projects. Attending neglected landscaping, removing sheetrock in the shop to prep it for new wiring, some re-organization in the garage and a HUGE basement clean up.

Here you can see my Begonias are super happy on the front step.

Here is what the front looks like. We just weeded again this weekend (it was really bad). Now it's all set for a bit more dirt to be brought in to level it out. Then we'll lay landscape fabric and some edger bricks.

Tomatoes and peppers are finally growing.

The playground is complete! (well almost, on the backside there is an opening for another climber, but we are going to wall it off and then attach the steering wheel, telescope and add a pulley and bucket for the girls to play with)

And here is the sight the yard waste pick up man has seen for the past 7 weeks. 20 bundles of branches from the yard. We are at 140 and counting for the season. In addition to that, the 96 gallon cart has been full every week. The previous owners were elderly and were lucky to get the lawn mowed according to the neighbors, so tree trimming and general landscape maintenance was non-existent.

Backyard trees.

Trees in the front yard. That pine will come down because it's too close to the maple tree, but in the meantime, it got a straight line trim so the maple would get sun.

Trees on the other side of the driveway in the front yard. The neighbors are noticing and liking what they see. It's nice to know the hard work is appreciated.

And then there is the massive bush in the corner of the backyard. We started cutting into it and bundling it.

Friday, July 9, 2010

playing with paint!

Today's card is one that stretched me a bit. The challenge was to use paint on the card. After a few failed attempts at stamping with paint, I chose to paint some chipboard letters. I am really wishing I had some of the Ranger paint dabbers, as I had to do things the old fashioned way and use a paintbrush. I used some DP by Daisy Bucket and some silver string from my stash to tie everything together.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Freedom tag FWF

Woot, I love Friday! Especially when it falls before a long weekend! Today I made a patriotic tag that could get attached to a scrap page, used as a bookmark or on a card. I used Cosmo Cricket DP and distressed it with my distressing tool and added Tea Dye Distress Ink. "Freedom" was stamped using an alphabet by Unity Stamp Company (Just my Type). The "USA" canvas twill was repurposed from a clothing tag. And, lastly, I punched out stars, added Distress Ink to them and added red and ivory pearls (check them out...they are on sale this week). The red I had was too bright so I muted the tone by coloring it with a brown sharpie so it matched the paper better. Check out the Unity Blog today for a complete list of FWF participants!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Some recent thrift store finds!

So last week was our annual visit from out of town cousins. We spend time catching up and doing one of our favorite activities...thrifting! I prepared for the big day by hitting up my thrift store on Monday, gotta be in practice you know. I found some cute cloth napkins and a basket to store them in that is the perfect size. Also included in my score from the day are: a vintage recipe box, a new mirror (I think I'll paint the frame), a vintage knitting tote (which matches my couch and fits in great with my bedroom curtains too), and a desk top cube for scrapping tools.

Then on Tuesday (with the cousins) I found this little shelf/nightstand. It is sturdy and I see paint in it's future.

Check out the price! But, wait, it gets better! It was customer appreciation day so it was 25% off! $3 can't beat it!

And I had a plan for it, it is going to house my Big Shot. I am working on only buying things I have an immediate purpose for.

But that whole "buying with an immediate purpose" thing is a work in progress, because I bought this. I like how it looks, I am not sure what I will store in it yet. I think it will go into the studio, I am dreaming in vintage/shabby chic style for that room. So, what should I store in it??

Not pictured from the day, some clothes, little spice jars for scrapping embelishments (brand new 4 pack from IKEA), and a doll high chair for the girls.

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