Monday, February 27, 2012

Getting Ready for a Birthday...

I'm a little shocked that in a couple of months our little baby will be four years old.  Four.  How on earth did that happen?  It seems like yesterday I was looking into this tiny, beautiful face and thinking "Oh my goodness I don't know what I'm doing, but I love her completely."  :)  Somehow I figured out what to do (most of the time) and our tiny girl has blossomed into a sweet preschooler, who is over half my height.  THAT I really don't like, hee.  At the rate she seems to be growing she's going to be as tall as I am in first grade, or it sure seems like she will be!  Hmph.  Anyways.

We have decided on a fairy princess birthday party this year, so I'm starting to design the invitations and other party stuff.  I was at Michael's the other day (shocker, I know) and found some really cute little flowers in the dollar section, in several different colors.  16 flowers in a pack, in varying shades, so I picked up purple, blue, green and yellow.  The cards are from a stamp convention in January, and for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the vendor, just that they're from Green Bay, Wisconsin (they were all wearing Packer jerseys, and the cashier and I talked a bit about Green Bay and Wisconsin; my family is based in Wisconsin, and we lived in GB when I was in second grade before moving overseas for 18 months).  I love these cards, they're very simple, but sweet:
I'm glad this is the prototype, my yellow flower had a big splotch on it.
Thank you stamp: My Pink Stamper
Ink: Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Stampin' Up! Lovely Lilac
The final set will be at least twelve cards, I think it's going to be really pretty once it's done.
Want to see my little photo studio?  Hee!
My awesome sister-in-law gave me this for my birthday one year; it's from ThinkGeek.com and it's great!  I haven't used it in a while as it's kind of big and unwieldy, and my desk has been a mess so no room for it.  My Ott lights provided the perfect light, too.  I busted it out because my other pics didn't turn out so well, because my set was invaded:
Ahem.
Hey.
Well, hi, you silly hambone.  :)

Items used for these cards:
Basic ivory cardstock - vendor unknown
Paper flowers: Michael's, in the dollar bins
Stampin' Up! inks: Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore and Daffodil Delight
Thank you stamp: My Pink Stamper
Fiskars and EK Success Paper Shapers corner rounders.

Once my latest Stampin' Up order arrives I'll be able to get her invitations done - nothing very fancy, again simple and sweet, but I'm excited because the base card is purple and sparkly!  Sometimes I wonder if I was a crow in a past life because I simply love the sparkly stuff.  ;)  Thank you for stopping by, and have a blessed and wonderful day!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A beautiful October wedding...

My sister-in-law met a wonderful guy a couple of years ago, and in October we were very blessed to welcome him into our family.  They had a small, intimate wedding at a local winery, with a distinct vintage feel to it, and it was just gorgeous.  I've been itching to put our pictures into layouts, and finally broke out one of my Club SEI kits to put them together.  I started off following the directions, but ended going on my own as my pictures weren't the same sizes and I was inspired to use other things in my stash or the kit that I liked better.  My new inking tool came in quite handy and I love it even more now!

Photography by the amazing Jonathan Ivy; flowers - well, Shelley and I made the flower bouquets.  :)  Take a peek:



The base papers are not part of the kit; they're from a Die Cuts with a View Neutrals stack.  I liked the darker green base much better.  And this is one of my favorites on this layout:
The music note paper was part of the kit, as well as the flower; I stamped the sentiment and inked the edges of the longer piece with Eggplant Envy (Stampin' Up!).  It just turned out really pretty, and was just enough for the page.
The next two pages use most of the kit, with the exception of the dark green mat and the deep purple mats; again from DCWV, the Shimmer stack:
I love that big blue flower - that and the smaller purple one are from Sassafrass Lass; they just seemed to fit and the blue one has a beautiful vintage feel to it:

So pretty:
I added the bling and ink to the butterflies, I thought it helped to pop them off of the page.  I'm so happy with these pages, I really love how they turned out.  :)

I did find a great way to store my new blending tool and ink pads, from Hobby Lobby ($7.99, less 40% with coupon):
I cut part of one divider off so I could store the tool in the box too (hopefully I won't misplace it this way), and labeled it with my Dymo label maker.  Inside view:

I put the extras in there too, just to get them out of the way.  I think it works pretty well, considering I don't really ink very much, but maybe that will change?  ;)  Not sure what my next projects are, although I do need to start working on Buglet's birthday party invitations and other party stuff, not to mention 22 table centerpieces for my dad's upcoming wedding!  Eep!  :)  As always, thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful, blessed day!

Monday, February 20, 2012

It's been a long, crafty weekend... :)

Yay for President's Day!  It's my sneaky day off in the middle of February; instead of getting MLK Day off in January, my company has President's Day off and I like that.  I took Friday off just for fun and it's been a long, lovely, crafty weekend...

Friday:
I started by making glue dots and other glue swirls and lines.  I bought a bottle of Aleene's Tack It Over & Over and made swirls, lines and little dots on a paper strip left over from my Xyron X sticker machine.  Usually I use parchment paper, but this works much better:
I know, you can barely see them!  I'm not running out of adhesive, I just thought it would be interesting to try them and to see if they hold - this is actually the second batch I've made of them and they hold great!  They're perfect for bling that doesn't have a sticky back, and the bigger ones add some dimension.  I haven't played with the swirly ones, I may try to make flowers with them.

I also had a crafting get-together Friday night, nothing fancy, just getting together with friends to chat and work on various projects.  My friend Elizabeth was kind enough to teach me how to knit!  I was so surprised at how easy it was (I've always been intimidated by knitting, although I did know how to crochet once; a really long line was all I could do, but I was crocheting!) and it was fun to learn.  I do need to pay more attention though, hee, I'd start talking and the next thing I knew I had a mess and would have to hand it to E to ask her fix it.  :D  It was so much fun though, and ta da!  my little flag!
Hee, I added the letters when I got home because I was so proud of it.

Saturday was a pajama day as Tessie wasn't feeling well; we just stayed home in jammies all day, played, watched movies and got crafty:
I think I've mentioned before that T has her own set of stamps and inks; her "My Color Box" inks are from Hobby Lobby and are washable - I love those inks.  They clean up GREAT!  She's playing on my new craft mat, also known as a $5 oven liner from Walmart.  Much cheaper than the craft mat from Ranger, that's for sure.  Something else T likes to do: take a pair of tweezers and put buttons back in one of my jars or match them up to a bunch of rosettes that I've got premade.  I think it's great for her fine motor skills, and she likes to play in my craft area, which is just neato.  I did get a two-page layout done Saturday night, from a kit, but to be honest I'm not happy at all with it (complete honesty: I think it's uglier than sin and I'm going to rework it) so no pictures of it.  The more I think about it, the less I like it so I'm going to redo it.  At least one page of it.

Sunday was also quiet, although we did leave the house!  T and I went grocery shopping while Daddy was at church (due to her fever on Saturday I didn't want to get anyone else sick), then came home to play with Honey.  After a family walk (insisted on by Honey, whose Australian Shepherd traits came out in full force as she was herding me to the door, sheesh), Tessie and I started playing again.  She played with some washi tape freebies (from KawaiiTape on Etsy) while I started dinner and a new set of layouts.  I ended up making two double layouts from one kit, and still have enough left over to make two more pages!  I used Happy Together (Heidi Larssen) by Fancy Pants Designs to create these:


I love the glitter cuts included in the kit, I think I used all except for one of them.  The colors of this whole collection went so well with our family pictures taken at the McKinney Cotton Mill in September, 2010.

I have decided that I love to scrap big pictures.  Love them.

I used almost everything included in the kit, except for the buttons, and I added the sparkly bling from my stash.  I surprised myself by really liking and using the rub-ons from the collection; I usually avoid them (and ribbon) like the plague.  I also used my new Inkessentials Ink Blending Tool:
I know, I'm totally behind in just starting to use one of these, but I won a gift card to Michael's and thought it would be a good time to try it.  I love that thing!  It worked much better than my usual method, for sure.

After getting those layouts done I realized I'm almost done with T's second year album, which means I'm almost caught up!  I need to order some more pictures and then I'll be good to go.  Her birthday is coming up, as well as my father's wedding (I'm working on the table centerpieces for them), so I might not have a lot of time to work on them, but who knows.  I hope everyone had a good weekend, and thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's Almost Valentine's Day! :)

Okay, this year is just flying by - it's almost Valentine's Day and we have been SO busy!  I know that's contributing to how fast time is passing, but sheesh, there are days when I don't feel like I've got time to breathe.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year; we certainly are and despite being so busy I've had time to scrapbook and craft - actually, the crafting has contributed to the behind-the-eight-ball feeling.  :)

So, the first thing that happened this year is that my husband and his twin sister turned 40.  We celebrated at Gordon Biersch in Dallas, and there was cake:


I created the birthday banner (it says "Over the Hill", hee) using my Stampin' Up! Petite Pennants builder punch, and the rosettes were cut with the Ribbons & Rosettes Cricut cartridge.  The paper is American Crafts POW! glitter paper, and some Die Cuts with a View Glitzy Glitter paper.  Love those new DCWV stacks!

And there were cupcakes - four dozen of them!  :)  I went a bit overboard, but we were expecting a lot of people and I did get a pretty good deal on the cake and cupcakes.  Besides, you can never have too many cupcakes, right?  ;)
The cupcake rosettes are cut with my Tim Holtz rosette die (large), and I put a strip of his tissue tape over them as well, to help keep them together and to add a cool touch: both of them are very much into music (Steve is a drummer when not being an awesome dad and project engineer; Shelley plays trumpet and is one of the biggest Beatles fans I've ever met), so I used Tim's Symphony tape on them.  I punched the center medallions with a 3/4" circle punch, and created the "40" on my Gypsy; the little flame is also a Cricut cut, from the Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge.  Let me tell you, they looked awesome all put together!  :)

I've done several layouts for Tessa's albums, and also finished my new Valentine's bouquet:


This is another Plain n' Simple chipboard flower bouquet from Doodlebug Designs, decorated using their new Sweet Cakes collection, Martha Stewart glitter and various embellishments.  Please pardon our washing machine, it was the best light available for pictures!


I love how it turned out, and it looks pretty on my desk at work.  I love this detail:


I love Doodlebug's Doodle Pops, they are just so cute.  The ribbon is a Target Dollar Spot find from last year.

One more:


This is one of the cardstock stickers from the collection, popped up on a Pop-Dot.  :)

One last little project - adding colored monthly tabs to my nifty new planner.  These are cut with Tim Holtz's file tabs die in my Big Shot:

 
Of course - Die Cuts with a View Glitzy Glitter papers, and American Crafts POW! glitter papers.  This is a work in progress, but they look so pretty I had to share.

Thank you for stopping by, and I promise I won't be so long between updates.  Life just gets in the way, but isn't it supposed to?  :)  Have a blessed day!