Friday, May 28, 2010

Thank you for your service

Here is a tribute card to all the WONDERFUL men and women who defend our country, and their families who sacrifice time with their loved ones. The inside simply reads "Thank You". The DP is Henry's Brilliance (which is on sale!) and I wrote some words that came to mind on the school rule print. The stickers came off out of this great journaling book.

Friday, May 21, 2010

cupcake flair

Happy Hip Hoppin' Friday! Today, I used the 1,2,3,4 Thousand Cupcake Calories stamp using the emboss resist technique and colored it with distress inks to match the Henry's Brilliance paper. For the glittery chipboard I used a circle from the Autumn Afternoon Pack and peeled the sticky off and shook some glitter on it. Well it was too dark, so then I painted it with some white acrylic paint and re-glittered it. I stuck it down on the card with my ATG.

If you want to be inspired today by more Unity creations, hop on over to the Unity Blog!
AND if you want a great deal on some stamps, hop over to Paper Maniac and use the code WEEKEND20 to get 20% off all in stock stamps!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

2Cute Owl

I just love this owl! I decided to make a CAS 4x4 notecard with it. I paper pieced the owl using Earth Love paper then made a blingy branch for her to sit on. The stamp is called Owl Miss You by 2CuteRubberStamps. Be sure to check out the 2Cute design team blog for lots of inspiring ideas.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ Front Landscaping day 2

Here's the updated state of our front landscaping. We finished the bulk of the rock removal along the house and then moved all the hosta out of that front triangle area. The previous owners just put dirt on top of landscaping rock. The plants won't last there with only 4 inches for roots. So next will be to screen all the rock out of that area and then we can layout the plants and put in some sort of paver border.

Here are the hostas in their temporary home.

Here's some old metal edging that is in the front section of landscaping. It will get pulled out when we screen out the rock.

And a couple of small things that got completed. First is the hall shelves. I got hubby to cut a board to lay on the bottom shelf so I can set my 3 ring binders and books on it.

And secondly I got the front entry straightened up and put a couple more rugs down to catch all the dirt the girls will be bringing into the house.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Celebrating Gotcha Day!

WOOHOO!!! I am so excited to show off one more altered object (from last weeks Paper Maniac Design Team theme). Here are the necklaces I made for the daughters of some sweet friends. They finalized their adoption last Friday and today we are celebrating "Gotcha Day" with a picnic, and I couldn't post them last week or I'd ruin the surprise. I am so very excited for them and the sweet girl they added to their family.

I had fun making them and will definitely be altering more of these fragments and making more necklaces. I did have to try twice to get the satin cord necklaces to work out right since you can't attach both ends before you slide the pendant on. Stamps - none used
Paper -Basic Grey: Eskimo Kisses
Inks - printed on my ink jet printer
Other -Jewelry supplies, scissors, Tim Holtz Fragments , Mod Podge, Diamond Glaze

Thursday, May 13, 2010

2 cute while crabby!

I finally got the chance to play with my 2 cute stamps! I just love Heidi's playful style. This one is a digital stamp and my girls love it when I print them a large copy so they can color with mommy. I used my Prismacolor pencils and OMS to color in the crab and background.

Check out Heidi's Etsy shop and blog for more inspiring ideas!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2 Cute Rubber Stamps!

I have been chosen to guest design for 2 Cute Rubber Stamps for the month of May! Stay tuned for upcoming projects! Heidi's designs are adorable and playful! Check out the 2 Cute blog too!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ a whole big bunch

We had our most productive weekend since moving in. Hubby took the day off on Friday so we started early. Our first task was to get the carpet removed from the dining room and put down some vinyl flooring so we can all eat together at our table. We haven't done that since moving in 6 months ago.

One of the bonuses to actually being able to eat at our table is that the kids table is no longer in the kitchen. No more tripping over it, no more bruises on the shins. Back to the studio it goes to be used for craft projects. Woohoo!
We are thankful that at least they replaced the carpet and it wasn't the green stuff we came across under the railing/bookshelf.

Here is how the flooring looks next to the carpet and kitchen vinyl flooring. It doesn't match, but it's functional.

And here it is in all it's glory! Well prior to the trim going up at least, but that has all been done now. It was free from some friends. Funny story...they won it at the grand opening of a Menards store back in August 2004. Who can use a random chunk of vinyl flooring? Well not many people, it has been hanging in their rafters ever since.

Friday was also when the guys came to install new insulated garage doors. The one on the shop will allow us to have that heated next winter after it's remodel later this spring/summer. It ended up being only about $100 more than we could buy them for ourselves...way worth it to have someone else install them. They look funny with all the brown on the house. I am trying to decide if I should paint all the brown white on the house...or some other color.

And then there was our Mother's Day landscaping project. Well it isn't done, but it is the start of redoing our front, overgrown landscaping. If you will recall what things looked like before. Along the house there is rock under the mulch, about 6-8 inches deep and 18 inches out from the house. We got about 1/2 of it dug out and screened. And then there is some more rock under the plants, so they will all need to be transplanted to the back of the landscaping after we fill in the trench left from removing the rock, remove that rock and move them to their final spots. It'll be a while.

I started digging out grass to make room for a new edge to the landscaping. I am thinking maybe tumbled pavers, but don't know for sure yet.

Another thing I need to figure out is what plants I want to divide and how I want to place them along the front.

Here is the start of the pile of removed rock. We are saving it for now until we figure out if we can use it somewhere. If not, it'll go on Craigslist.

Friday, May 7, 2010

i {heart} you flair

Happy Friday! I, for one, am excited for the weekend. We are hopefully going to be getting the girls playground built and the carpet tore out of our dining room and some temporary linoleum laid instead. (carpet in the eating area + a toddler + a preschool = big GIANT mess!). Today I made a quick 3x3 card to attach to a Mother's Day gift. I love how it turned out.

Check out the Unity Blog for a complete list of today's gals with flair!

Stamps - Unity Stamp Company: KOTM
Paper -Basic Grey: Eskimo Kisses
Inks - Distress Ink: Broken China, Worn Lipstick
Other -Pom pom trim, corner rounder

Thursday, May 6, 2010

an attempt at Mother's day

I have been trying to come up with a great Mother's Day card. This is one of my takes. I was browsing Isabell's Umbrella for some inspiration as a part of the Etsy Inspired Challenge. I used a past Unity store KOTM for the crown stamp and added some jeweled brads to the bottom from my stash. Patti has these over at Paper Maniac which are similar. I colored in the crown with my prismacolor pencils.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Makin' Progress Monday ~ Insulation

Well, we did it! Saturday hubby and I got to spend the day together! That may sound super exciting, like we actually got away...until I tell you that we were in the attic of our house laying insulation. Good times let me tell you. So for a day's worth of pain, claustrophobia and itching our energy bills will be significantly lowered.

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