Saturday, February 13, 2010

Seems silly to post this now

I am taking a break for awhile. I know that really does not need to be said as it is obvious. Besides the horrible cold that hit our family a few weeks ago and knocked me out for two weeks, all the reasons for the break are good ones. My mother in law is here for a few weeks, I AM SO HAPPY, but my craft room is also our guest room. Which means I cleaned it up a week ago and have not gone back in. We also have some big things coming our way which need my attention. Again it is all good. I hope to be back soon...but it might be spring before I get the chance. I also have big plans for a seperate blog this summer for some fun things to do with the kiddos who are home. I will let you know when that is up and running. Thanks to those who have stopped by, I will be back when I can.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dreaming of summer

Before I start this post I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments. What a great way to start the day!
I have been dreaming of summer lately. Which is really funny because I grew up in New England and now reside in Texas. Back home if we had temps like this mid winter we would be in shorts! Now I am all bundled up. Funny how things change like that.
This is an album I did for my oldest daughter and her love of the water. She was blessed at a very young age to have dipped her toes in the ocean on both coasts and many lakes along the way. I did not do any journaling in this small album, I have already made pages for her album with the stories. This was just for fun.
The front cover.

A detail of the handle. This is my favorite part of the whole thing!

One of the inside pages.

Detail of the last part of the handle.

It is going to be another crazy week here. I really hope I will be able to get things posted in a timely manner. Next week should be back to normal, I should have a lot to show then. As always thank you for stopping by and looking. Your comments mean a lot to me!

The deets-
Album - EK Success Bare Essentials
Paper - all from Hobby Lobby
Stickers - American Crafts
Misc. - ribbon, buttons, sea shells, sandpaper, felt, jewelry pieces, pearls

Friday, January 15, 2010

Success, after a major fail!

First, I am sorry for the lack of post this week. It was not due to the crazy week I am having. The battery died in my camera, so I could not take or post any pictures. It is charged and ready to go! I am glad because I also missed a ton of cute things the twins were up to.
Today I am going to post another Bible verse for my ATC holder. Now, before anyone thinks I am rushing through my verses, I am not. Those first two are favorites of mine and the only part I need to get in memory is the book, chapter and verse. Plus, I think I will do up verses as they stand out to me as I study or read.
This verse gives me the warm and fuzzy feelings, so I wanted to do a warm card.

The colors at SPCC really spoke to me, so I used them.

Here is my take on the colors.

A close up.

So on this ATC I used Pumpkin Spice ink, and then I took a few liberties with the rest of colors. I used the ATC as the So Saffron, and white for the Very Vanilla. The papers are from My Mind's Eye. The stamp is from Verve and the link should take you right to the stamp 1 Corinthians 15:57. Then I just added a few wooden beads from my stash, I LOVE the wooden beads!

Okay, now onto my fail. It is the first card I made for this verse. It looked so much better in my head, then went downhill fast when I put it on paper! I think it might have been the Stickle sneeze. I will not list the supplies to protect the innocent, but if you want to know any of them just ask.

Sorry again for the lack of post. Batteries are charged and I am ready to go again. the pictures might not be the best for the next couple of days, our chance of beautiful sunlight is slim. As always thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A favorite of mine

It is going to be a crazy week here. While I do have a ton of project ideas floating in my head, time might be tight this week. The good thing? This blog is brand spanking new and I have been crafting for years. So I have plenty to share! This little book is a favorite of mine. I made it from a kit of supplies sent to me from my dear friend. When I flipped it over and saw the date I could believe how long ago I made it!
This is a little book I made for my daughter to hold all the songs I sing to her at night when she can not sleep. I broke it into categories her favorite, my favorite, classics and our favorite. This is going to be picture heavy, so enjoy.
Cover -

Pages one and two -

Pages three and four -

Pages five and six -

Back cover -

Inside tags with a letter to my daughter and the songs. Which include Silent Night, Jesus Loves Me, Amazing Grace, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and a special version of Hush Little Baby -

The back of the tags. They show from the top so I did not want them plain.

All of the products used were K&Co, with a few Making Memories brads, Mrs. Grossman stickers and ribbons.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed you visit today.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Need a little help on this one

Okay, so I am still working on making things for the twins bedroom. Their walls are so bare! I wanted something to hang over each crib and came up with a pendant that I really like. However, I am not sure if I want to turn them into banners or just hang the pendants from a fancy hanger or something like that. I would love to hear your thoughts!
The EtsyInspired Challenge posted the challenge for this week on Saturday. So of course I used them for some inspiration! The store of focus this week is Skylars Candy Clips. So cute, I so see a few of these in my future!
I picked the colors of this one,

and the flowers of this one for my inspiration:

How stinking cute are those!?

Anyways, I made two pendants with those colors and flowers in mind. I also used the supplies from the kit I sent my friend. She should get hers today, so she was kind enough to let me start early. Normally I wait until we both can play, but I was way to excited! To refresh everyone of the rules set, we were to make a pendant or banner using as much or as little as we wanted from the kit and we were allowed to add extras. I added extras:) Okay so here they are.
The first one will go over Samantha's crib.

Here is a detail of the S

Here is the second one that will go over Tabitha's crib.

A detail of the T.

So what do you think? Should I leave them as pendants or turn them into banners? I will post them again when they are done and hanging in the girls room.
Oh and did you see my play on words with the monogram and sleep tight? I know I am such a dork! I am okay with it:)
As always thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out EtsyInspired to see the killer talent floating around blog land.
The Deets-
Paper - brown and pink card stock, Hobby Lobby; pattern paper MME stack from HL
Punch - SU scalloped
Rub-ons - American Crafts
Brads - crowns, Making Memories; other from my stash
Chipboard letters - Wal-Mart
Misc. - pink boa, floral stones, silk flowers

Friday, January 8, 2010

The one that got away.

One of my favorite blogs for inspiration is Moxie Fab World. I just love all of the great eye candy and talent happening over there! Every Tuesday they post a Tuesday Trigger, which are always so beautiful. This weeks is amazing! So pretty! It is so pretty how could you not be inspired.
Well, hello beautiful!
I was so inspired! I can not even tell you how many ideas I had running through my head. Yet, sadly not one could make it from my head to creation. It happens and I will just move on. I am not giving up completely. The image is burned into my brain and someday a project will work. However, for today it is the one that got away. sigh
No worries. I do have a little something to show today. I explained the other day how I try to use things up when i am done a project. Here is another thing I like to make and use up some scraps on. Bookmarks. They are quick and fun to make. Plus they are nice to have on hand for a quick gift. Stick one on a book for a sick friend. To hand out just because at a Bible study or book club. send in for your child's teacher as a small thank you or for no reason. Anyways you see where I am going with this.

A close up. Sorry it is sideways.

I really do not have any details for the products used, because it is all scrap paper. I did use my new Verve stamps. I also used some Stickles just to give them a little something while still keeping it flat. These are maganet snap style bookmarks, that are so fun and easy to put together.
So how do you use up your scrap? I would love to know!
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A challenge

Okay, my main reason for starting this blog is all the wonderful challenges out there for paper crafting. I have always love the challenges and have participated in a few, without posting pictures. I have also been very inspired by the talent of those who post their creations. Not sure if I will inspire anyone, but I really just wanted to play along.
Anyone who really knows me, knows my love of Etsy. There is some serious talent happening over there. If you have never been, GO check them out NOW! It's okay I will not be offended if you leave me for a bit, just come back soon. Well, one day I stumbled upon EtsyInspired. Really I can combine my love of Etsy and a challenge! I am in!
So this week's challenge was for the super cute ManicMuffinTotes. I love the colors of the owls, but I decided to go with the mushroom. It was just so cute and versatile. I have been slowly getting my twins bedroom together, so I made wall art for their room. I have only made one, but I think it will turn into a set of four. Time will tell.

Inspiration mushroom

My 8"x10" canvas. Sorry for some of the pictures, I am having lighting issues today.

A detailed shot.

As always thanks for stopping by. Make sure you head over to etsyInspired to see all of the other great items made during the challenge.

The deets-
Canvas: 8"x10" from Micheal's
Paper: patterned; MME paper stack from Hobby Lobby, card stock; scraps
Brad: Target Dollar Spot
Punch: Martha Stewart