July 31, 2008

double whammy

Is whammy really the right word? I just think of that old game show, Press Your Luck and the little whammy cartoon guys that would wipe out the scores. No Whammies, NO WHAMMIES!! Heh! Sorry, got stuck in memory lane there for a sec... loved that show... So today I thought I'd do 2 challenges in one, both from splitcoaststampers - Tuesday's color challenge {groovy guava, whisper white, and sahara sand} and Wednesday's sketch challenge. This one is pretty straight forward, but I used blender pens with my classic ink pads to color in the image and then I traced over it with diamond Stickles. Such an awesome way to add glitter without making a huge mess.

Detail shot

There is another scrapbook challenge over at the Pagemaps blog, so I'll be checking that out. Maybe if I enter enough times I'll eventually win, right? sigh...

Thanks for stopping by - see you back soon!
Details -
paper: whisper white, sahara sand cardstock, groovy guava prints dsp
stamps: big on spring
ink: staz-on black, groovy guava, river rock (cheated a bit there on the color challenge)
accessories: blender pens, diamond stickles, groovy guava double stitched grosgrain ribbon, stampin dimensionals

July 29, 2008

christmas blessings

Yes, it's time to start thinking Christmas - trying not to procrastinate too much this year and when I saw this sketch at Clean & Simple Stamping I immediately thought of the City of David stamp set. I stamped the city in chocolate chip craft ink and then clear embossed it. To shade the oval, I cut out an oval template and then just used a sponge to fill it in with creamy caramel classic ink. One Christmas card done, 59 more to go! ha!

Have a wonderful day - thanks for stopping by.

Details -
paper: confetti cream
ink: chocolate chip craft & classic, creamy caramel
stamps: city of david
accesories: chocolate grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder

July 27, 2008

sunday scrapbook - 1

Hello and happy Sunday! I'm going to try and motivate myself to scrapbook by posting pages here on my blog for you every week. Sometimes that is the kick in the tush I need to get motivated. A good friend and I went to a crop Saturday night and this is the page I did there. Yes, THE page - 6 hours at a crop and 1 page completed. I told you I was a slow cropper! I just like to chat and it takes me about 1/2 the time to figure out what I even want to do. Anyway, this page is from a sketch at pagemaps (January maps) and worked so great with the pictures I had of Andrew. And the Jersey designer series paper from Stampin' Up! works perfectly. I love that packet of paper! I even used my own handwriting this time - yikes! I have to throw it in there once in a while to 'document my growth' too. I need to add a subtitle to the bottom of the photo accent box, but I need to figure out what I want to put there. Maybe I'll just leave it and take the lazy way out... ha!

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by.

Details -
paper: kraft cardstock, jersey shore dsp, vellum cardstock
accessories: champagne thickers (american crafts), arrow die cut from the scrapbook store...

July 23, 2008

inspired friend

Hello! It's already time for Kristina's color inspiration this week - where has the time gone?! This week's colors are whisper white, rose red, regal rose, and sage shadow. Yes, soooo out of my color comfort zone. I'm not one to play with green and pink together, but there again is the 'challenge' portion of her inspiration. I used textured white cardstock to get the feel of fabric. Not so sure about the rub-on. Maybe I should have left it off? Too late now I suppose - it will grow on me.

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you back soon -

Details -
paper: whisper white textured cardstock, regal rose cardstock (inside lining), rose red prints dsp
stamps: watercolor vine jumbo wheel
ink: sage shadow
accessories: rose red stitched grosgrain ribbon (retired), regal rose wide grosgrain ribbon, love & happiness rub-ons, corner rounder

July 18, 2008

featured stamper challenge

Hello there! I haven't done the featured stamper challenge over at splitcoast for a while and thought it would be a nice way to get a quick card done and boy was I right. This week it's Stephanie Hargis and her gallery is amazing. I chose this card to CASE and as usual didn't change much about it. I chose different colors and paper, but kept the rub on and paper piercing. That's it really - super fun, super easy card.

Hopefully I'll be able to find time to scrapbook this weekend - we shall see...

Details -
paper: marigold morning cardstock, party pieces (simply scrappin')
accessories: love & happiness rub ons, paper piercer/template, old olive wide grosgrain ribbon, pewter build a brad, 1/2" circle punch, corner rounder (creative memories)

July 17, 2008

an actual real-life bow!

Yes, that's right - I actually tied a real bow and it isn't upside down or lopsided! I can't believe it - usually I try to tie the bow and end up changing it to a knot because it looks like my 5-year-old tied it. I'm such a proud crafter right now... *tearing up*...
Ok, enough sap! I love using 4-1/4 sqare cards - love the size, love the space, love 'em love 'em love 'em! Plus, you can fit it in a regular A2 envelope and not pay extra for postage - bonus! This card is for Kristina's color challenge {very vanilla, certainly celery, soft sky, and pumpkin pie}. Aren't those baby booties just too cute?! I found another scrap of this retired designer series paper that I can't remember the name of (sorry again) and thought it would be so cute to use it as the stems for the flowers. I think it works, right? I didn't leave any room for a sentiment though, so this will just be an any occasion card and I'll just write my own inside. The buttons are 'strung' with tiny strips of pumpkin pie paper, which I just did on a whim after I had shaved off some of the pumpkin pie paper border. Easier than threading a needle I must say.

That's it for today - it's late {11:45} and we had a very busy day of potty training and I'm exhausted. He's doing great though and ended the day great, so I'm motivated for tomorrow. If there ever was a time when I wish I could fast forward my days a bit, this would be it. Have a wonderful day!

Details -
paper: soft sky textured cardstock, pumpkin pie cardstock, designer series paper
accessories: naturals buttons, flower fusion accents & elements, soft sky double stitched grosgrain ribbon, pumpkin pie striped grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots, stampin dimensionals

July 15, 2008

clean & simple

I found this fantastic blog, Clean & Simple Stamping, and I'm already addicted to it - it's very much my style these days. Today's card comes from this sketch, which was soooo easy to whip up in no time. I hope you all like it. I'm using Perennial Favorites, which is another retiring set this summer. Booo.

I'm potty training my 2-year-old this week, so if I'm quiet and out of sight, that is why. Today was our first day and only one accident! Crazy. After dinner we braved the outdoors and went to the park and played outside for a couple hours and he stayed dry - woohoo! We'll see how the rest of the week goes, but I'm definitely coming back here to post Kristina's color challenge because I just can't miss those.

Thanks for stopping by!

Details -
stamps: perennial favorites, absolutely fabulous
paper: marigold morning, old olive, whisper white cardstock, four seasons dsp
ink: marigold morning, pumpkin pie, old olive
accessories: flower fusion accents & elements, fire rhinestone brads, stampin dimensionals

July 11, 2008

you know you're from colorado when...

My mom sent me this in an email and it made me laugh. All you Colorado people, enjoy. Everyone else, you can just get a crazy look into life in CO, ha!

A winter statistic:


You're from Colorado if...
-You'll eat ice cream in the winter.
-When the weather report says it's going to be 65 degrees, you shave your legs and wear a skirt.
-It snows 5 inches and you don't expect school to be cancelled.
-You'll wear flip flops every day of the year, regardless of temperature.
-You have no accent at all, but can hear other people's. And then you make fun of them.
-'Humid' is over 25%.
-Your sense of direction is: Toward the mountains and Away from the mountains.
-You say 'the interstate' and everybody knows which one.
-You think that May is a totally normal month for a blizzard.
-You buy your flowers to set out on Mother's day, but try and hold off planting them until just before Father's day.
-You grew up planning your Halloween costumes around your coat. {ahhh yes, it ALWAYS snows on Halloween}
-You know what the Continental Divide is.
-You don't think Coors beer is that big a deal.
-You went to Casa Bonita as a kid, and as an adult. {really gross food, very fun entertainment for kids}
-You've gone off-roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities.
-You always know the elevation of where you are.
-You wake up to a beautiful, 80 degree day and you wonder if it's going to snow tomorrow. {Very true - read this post if you don't believe me, ha!}

**You don't care that some company renamed it, the Broncos still play at Mile High**
-Every movie theater has military and student discounts.
-Everybody wears jeans to church.
-You actually know that ** South Park ** is a real place not just a show on TV.
-You know what a 'trust fund hippy' is, and you know its natural habitat is Boulder
-You know you're talking to a fellow Coloradoan when they call it Elitches, not Six Flags.
-A bear on your front porch doesn't bother you.
-Your two favorite teams are the Broncos and whoever is beating the crap out of the Raiders.
-When people out East tell you they have mountains in their state too, you just laugh.
-You go anywhere else on the planet and the air feels 'sticky' and you notice the sky is no longer blue.

Yes, these are true and make me chuckle - I don't know why we all keep going to Casa Bonita, it's not the greatest food, but I think the cliff divers and sappy melodramas make up for it. If you're ever in town... OK, Kidding!

See you back soon!

July 10, 2008

it's kristina-time!

Yes, that's right - another Kristina color challenge, #15 to be exact. When I first saw the colors (chocolate chip, close to cocoa, really rust, certainly celery, and whisper white) I was a bit nervous because of the autumn theme, but I LOVE how they ended up looking together. See, another reason I love these challenges. I found all the paper in a box that was under my desk that I had completely forgotten about - Berry Bliss and the other is the pack that looks like Fall Flowers from the last catalog, but it was from a mini. Can't remember the name, naturally. Anyway, they match the challenge, so I jumped on the chance to use them.

Thanks for stopping by today! See you back soon.

Details -
paper: chocolate chip, whisper white (inside lining) cardstock, berry bliss, fall flowers (earlier version) dsp
ink: chocolate chip
stamps: short & sweet
accessories: really rust stitched grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer & template, corner rounder

July 7, 2008

my 27-hour scrapbook page

Ok, well that is a big exaggeration, but I started this page yesterday and just finished it tonight. So it goes with 3 little ones and a busy summer. Alright, that's not fair to blame the kiddos because I don't scrapbook fast at all. We used to get together for crops and I think I would finish one page in the evening and even then I had more touch-ups to do later. I hope I can get faster at this because I am SO far behind it's intimidating me. I found this contest over at Pagemaps and thought it would be fun to enter and even if I don't win I'm at least one scrapbook page closer to catching up! ha! Also, Beckie Carlson {ladystamper} is doing a little challenge at her blog to use chipboard this week so I thought I'd just kill two challenges with one page. She's a challenge junkie like me! These pictures of Avery bring back so many memories - we had just moved to Fort Collins and she seemed so big then. Now I look at her and see her as a baby. It makes me miss that time when it was just me and her during the day while Daddy was at work. Now I'm busy juggling 3 little ones and wishing/hoping to get more alone time with each of them, especially Andrew.

That's it for now - Thanks for taking a peek today!

Details -
paper: kraft, very vanilla, wild wasabi, cool caribbean cardstock; so saffron, rose red prints dsp paper
accessories: chipboard 'crillion' alphabet {li'l davis designs}, vintage brads, so saffron buttons, 5-point petal punch, flower punches {ek success}, mini glue dots, tombo multi adhesive

July 2, 2008

color challenge #14

Hello! Just a quick card to post from Kristina's color challenge for the week. This one was waaay out of my color comfort zone and it's exactly why I participate in these challenges, right? This weeks' colors are basic black, basic gray, whisper white, river rock, and ruby red. YEP! Reminds me of my corporate world attire I used to wear back in the day. Now if I wear black, I'm definitely going to be spit-up on or the dog will decide to use me as a scratching post. I wanted to use a darker background and I love using the white rubons on dark colors, which matches the t-shirts, so that's where the inspiration came from today. I'm sorry about the dark picture - the afternoon thunder clouds are rolling in and I lost my sunlight.

I'll leave you with this photo of my husband and kids at the carnival on Sunday. Avery was so excited to go on the little roller coaster and Andrew was extremely upset that I wasn't letting him go on the ride, so Michael took him and I think we scarred him for life. Poor little guy. Then, instead of going around 4 times (like every other time Avery was on it) the attendant kept the thing going an extra 2 times. I felt so bad, but I was laughing the whole time. His little face was too cute, even when he was so scared. He was a trooper though and was laughing when he got off the ride and saw me.

Thanks for stopping by!
Details -
paper: basic gray cardstock
accessories: love & happiness rubons, black brads, ruby red grosgrain ribbon (from a assortment pack a couple years ago, can't remember the name)