Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I wanted to share one of her posts, that is awesome for us scrapbookers/papercrafters-- I know I've shared Peas for Fonts before, but there is another one that is great for themed fonts. Check out her post here- and then link over and grab some cool Simpson, Spongebob Square Pants and all the other fonts available!
I hope you are enjoying this week! It's much more 'themed' than I have ever done before- but I think that is fun for some people, right? It also makes me realize how versatile a lot of the things I own are, and I'd never given them a chance.
My GIANT card order shipped this afternoon and should make it to the final destination in 5-7 days (allllll the way across the country, and down!) and I'll get to see what the buyer thinks of the designs I used!
For today, I decided to make a 12X12 Scrapbook Layout. I don't do a lot of layouts, and have some photos of Zoe gardening that I need to get into the more recent scrapbook.
The background, green paper is from My Minds Eye.
Of course, I used the stamp of this week-- and made embellishments with them! I stamped them with Staz On Ink in Jet Black-- colored them in with varying colors of watercolor pencils, blended to perfection and cut them out. I used pop dots to adhere them to the layout.
I used embroidery floss as my stem, and also made some leaves out of the floss by tying a simple bow.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I worked yesterday at the barn, and am headed out there this morning also! Tomorrow, I have to go shopping and pick up my clothes for my brothers wedding in Maui (seriously, slap on the wrist for me... I'm such a procrastinator with things like that!) I also have just about NO summer clothes, since I'm in Washington State and you never know what you're gonna get with the summers here. Last summer was about 75-90 degrees all summer long, and the summer before wasn't nearly as warm. So, since I'm headed to Maui, I have purchased a new swimsuit, a shirtdress, white tank top and white linen pants for the trip. Of course I have lots of Old Navy Flip Flops coming with too. lol. Adam got some new boxer briefs last week, so that may be what he ends up wearing the whole trip, since I don't think he has ANY summer clothes that fit either!
If you see a blonde in filthy (once) white clothes, with pink flip flops, holding hands with some guy bare foot in boxer briefs in Maui- that's us. Please excuse our laziness!
Alright, enough rambling... you've been waiting for THIS:
For this day, I decided to make an Altered Notebook. I used a plain Mead 80 page spiral notebook. I believe the size I used was 5"X7". The first thing I did, was use my corner rounder, and rounded the edges on the opening side of the book. I also did this with all 80 ruled pages (no worries here, since the pages are much thinner than normal cardstock, I could snip quite a few at a time.)
I then adhered patterned paper (yep, the same pattern from yesterday) over the cover, leaving the spine of the book open, so it didn't interfere with the opening and closing of the notebook. I also used the remnant of the ribbon from yesterday to wrap around the cover, and tie it for some detail. I used my Distress Ink in Fired Brick, to add some color to the bottom half of the cover, as well as all the edges when the book is closed. It will make the pages look nice when they are pulled out.
Then, as promised- I adhered the featured stamp to the center, top half of the cover with a pop dot. I used the same coloring as yesterdays. You can see the details on that by visiting yesterday's blog post.
I hope you enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions!!
Monday, June 28, 2010
I used white cardstock, tim holtz distress inks in tea dye and antique linen, then layered on a piece of patterned card stock. I then spritzed it all with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to give it a sheen.
I hope you like the project for today!! I made two, one for a friend and the other is listed over on my Etsy Sale Site.
I will put a posting up here soon about how I bag and tag things for sale. :-) As you can see, I use reclosable cello bags, and make the toppers.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
If we are facebook friends, you know I recently got a GIANT order for 500 cards through my Etsy Sale Site, and I need to get them shipped before I leave for Maui, on the 4th of July.
I've been busting my butt to get those done. I've hooked a few photos of what they are emerging to look like on here. Below is a close up of the cards. There are about 5 different patterns, since it is somewhat difficult to come across 100 sheets of the same 12X12 patterned paper. They all have this same saying on them though.
'The Purpose of Life is to Discover your gift. The Meaning of life is to give it away'
Below is a photo of what 500 card bases (without buttons yet) look like all stacked up. And, yes. that is a bag of Frosted Flakes to the right, because Zoe has been in 'helping' me and is a constant muncher, I feed her off with cereal! lol.
I am making these for a volunteer organization in FL- so the saying is just about perfect to give to people who specialize in helping others.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I got lucky, and just before I found out about the challenge-- got my now brother in law's senior graduation announcement. His school colors are Red, White & Bling (aka silver) so I based my card for him on the challenge.
1 piece of white cardstock
1 sheet of red cardstock
1 sheet of white cardstock
Accent Essentials Cartridge
Studio G, wood 'congrats' stamp
red sharpie brand pen
white & bling ribbon
silver & black rhinestones
On the inside, I typed out his class motto in a pretty font- it is from Peas for Fonts, an awesome site that supplies FREE font downloads for scrapbooking and card making. I use them all the time and they range from really goofy and fun- to serious and pretty. So, I printed it on the computer in a nice looking font, I matted it with red and stuck it inside, as well as made another similar star for the inside. I left plenty of room for a nice note from us!
Papercraft Star is a new, challenge blog. It is unique in the way that the public can vote-- yes, VOTE on their favorite entry for the challenge. The winner is then a 'people's choice winner' instead of a random drawing. Those are fun, but I tend to be a little competitive so it is fun to see a real 'winner'! There is also a forum over on Papercraft Star where you can talk and ask questions as well as get to know the designers and learn new techniques and information.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Lauren over at Lauren's Creative is also a wonderful mother to an adorable little girl. She makes her little girl all kinds of cool stuff; from hair clips and ties to just adorable little girl related things. The one I had my heart set on fabric-lifting (is that even possible?) was this.
She made an A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E wipe case! I always seem to lose those stinkin' hard cases as soon as I buy them. I think that my daughter may eat them, because seriously- they don't even make it in the house from the store. I made this one for someone else special (who reads my blog and has a small child, or children maybe.....) and it fits her personality, and I loved the pattern. Sooooo cute, and I had fun making it.
There is a great video to show you how and there is also a recipe. I'm leaving this to Lauren, because she's done such a great job of it!
Here is another I whipped up real quick, and I think I like this one as much as the first! It would almost make a perfect little clutch!
These are called 'Hunka Chunka Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies' and they are from the book 'Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids' by Jill O'Connor. We got it as a wedding gift (along with some amazing kitchen goodies) and I have been eyeing this recipe for a few days now. I had to go grocery shopping today, so I got myself dark brown sugar and chocolate chips, since they were the two things I didn't have around.
Hunka Chunka Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O'Connor (Chronicle Books, 2009)
Makes 18 big (like REALLY big, bigger then a softball big) cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or coat lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. (I didn't bother, I used silicone baking sheets on my cookie sheets and they always work!)
In a large bowl, mix together the melted butter, sugars, vanilla, eggs, and egg yolk. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into the bowl and stir the ingredients together to form a soft dough. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a 2-ounce self-releasing ice-cream scoop or a 1/4-cup measuring cup, form large balls of cookie dough. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, 9 to a sheet to allow room for spreading, and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Bake the cookies until they are golden brown and crisp around the edges but still slightly soft in the center, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and allow cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before eating.
Anyways, Zoe watched me make these, and was helping the whole way through ('light on! light on! (in the oven)) and then the demands of cookies. Which after they cooled a little I gladly gave her to taste. YUMMMMM-- they were definitely better than the Albertson's cookies we worship around here, and really not too difficult to make.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Adam's card (above) was made by Zoe at Michael's yesterday during their make and take. I decided to forgo a fancy made by mommy card this year, since Zoe is getting old enough to help out! She was so happy with the card she made.
Since we had Zoe- I have always done a framed photo of the kids for Father's Day.
When Zoe was 7 months old, in 2008 it looked like this:
After we had Knox in 2009- I decided that instead of fighting to get both kids looking at me, and in the same photo - I'd do two. So I printed little things, Zoe's said 'I love you daddy!' and Knox's said 'I love you too!'. He was (obviously) too young to hold it, so I laid him next to it and did the photo that way. So, this was 2009's Father's Day Photos.
Ever since Knox died; this photo has been a favorite of almost everyone. Most people look at his photos, and think 'I love you buddy, or we miss you' and it's so nice to see his little respone, of 'I love you too!'
Happy Father's Day to all the daddys in the world!
and Above, is the photo of me and my dad that he will get tonight at dinner!