Wednesday, January 6, 2016

12 Projects Update... Again!



So last year, I decided my goals were simple. To finish up 12 projects in some state of progress. And I restated that goal again in January 2015. Then life really happened this last year! ;) And I committed to doing the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog, which took a lot of my creative/spare time. So I'm going to continue working on these this year, along with continuing to do the WWYS blog.

So I figure now is a good time to report on the progress I've made on that front...

The Quilting Projects
1.  Tom's Quilt  Haven't worked on it yet.... 
2.  Katie's Quilt  Ditto for this one...
3.  Rag Quilt for Me  And this one....
4.  Chevron Quilt for Living Room   And this one. I got distracted by other sewing projects.... lots of babies!

The Scrapbooks
1.  Disneyworld Scrapbook  I worked on this more and it's now about 80% complete.
2.  Vermont Scrapbook  DONE!
3.  Creighton's Baby Book  Still just need to pick pictures, print them and finish up.
4.  Abby's Baby Book Still just need to pick pictures, print them and finish up. I want to note that I actually also got the baby books ready for my new nephew and niece, Alex and Natalie! Their books are also at the same stage as Creighton and Abby's baby books :)

The Photo Books
1.  Photo Books for 2001-2013 2015 I still want to do this... just a matter of making the time to do it... and now I want to go through 2015!
2.  Photo Book for Our Wedding  DONE!!! Along with one of all of our engagement photos. The honeymoon book is still on the list too!

Looking at the list I have definitely recommitted myself to finishing these projects... again. And a few more... namely Brian's quilt, a baby quilt for our little guy, and a pile of baby quilts that need to be finished... all of which are in line ahead of the quilting projects listed above. They will all get done eventually!! It does feel good to look at this list and see some progress being made... and knowing that I also finished a lot of other things in the meantime!

Do you have any crafting goals for 2016?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My One Little Word for 2016... Present.

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Each year, I think about and pick a word to live by and this year my word is simple... present. As in be present. We have lots on the horizon this year and I just want to take things one day at a time... to be in the moment and not in the past or future!

My past words are... Simplify (2015), Breathe (2014), Adventure (2013), Enjoy (2012), Live (2011), Love (2010), and Create (2009).

Do you have a word to live by this year?

Monday, January 4, 2016

Card: A Happy Hello

Happy new year! I was in need of boosting my baby card stash, so today I have a baby card to share with you!


I used our fun Tin of Cards stamp set, along with a couple of other sets in my collection! This set is awesome because it has a lot of great sentiments that can be used with pretty much anything you have! :)



Fun, simple and perfect for the next little boy or girl baby shower gift I end up giving out. :)

Now head on over to check out all the fantastic projects this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the creative ideas using this great stamp set! :)

http://whatwillyoustamp.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that 2016 has lots of good things in store for all of you!

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Monday, December 28, 2015

365 Cards: Happy Birthday... Hope it's Sweet!

Now that Christmas has officially passed us for another year, time to get ready for the new year! So today I thought it would be fun to make a birthday card!


What can I say.... I love donuts!! This stamp set is one of my favorites in our catalog right now! :)


I'm a maple bar or donut kind of girl.... how about you?!

Now head on over to check out all the sweet projects this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the creative ideas using this fun stamp set! :)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy (almost) New Year!

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Monday, December 21, 2015

365 Cards: Have a Cup of Cheer!

Happy almost Christmas! :)  This week I have a quick, fun little gift card holder for you!


I think this will be perfect for a Starbucks gift card! To include a gift card, all you would need to do is put a glue dot on the back and stick it to the insert! :)


Now head on over to check out all the cheerful projects this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the fun ideas using this awesome stamp set! :)

Thanks for stopping by today and Merry Christmas (a few days early!)

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Monday, December 14, 2015

365 Cards: Warm Wishes

I've been sharing more than a few Christmas cards lately... I thought it would be fun to share a card that's a little more summer-like in the middle of all this cool weather! :)


I saw this card on Pinterest and had to use the idea... I just love the little hula penguin!


A slight detour from my onslaught of Christmas cards.... I can't wait for Christmas next week! How about you?! ;)

Now head on over to check out all the fantastic projects this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the creative ideas using this awesome stamp set! :)



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Monday, December 7, 2015

365 Cards: Thinking of You at Christmas

Hope you aren't tired of seeing the Christmas cards from me because I have another one to share today!


To make the rainbow ornaments, I made my own ink pad using ink refills! I inked my stamp first in Versamark, then quickly inked up with the custom ink pad and stamped my ornament. I used Heat & Stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds to make my ornaments sparkly! :)


This awesome stamp set has a matching set of Framelits that I used to cut out the hangers for tops of the ornaments! :) So much fun!

Now head on over to check out all the creative projects this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the great ideas using this fun stamp set! :)



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Saturday, December 5, 2015

365 Cards: Have a Cozy Christmas

Welcome to another JAX Starz Blog Hop! This month our challenge is a color challenge! We had to use black, white, and one color of our choice. :)

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Rose Ann Marr's blog.  You can follow the full blog hop lineup below to move along from blog to blog, so you can see all of the new projects.

I don't typically do black and white cards with just one accent color, but it is a fun challenge! For my one accent color I chose Cherry Cobbler.


For this card, I did lots of layers to add depth. And that ornament shape? It is actually a window to the inside of the card! :)

It's a great, classic stamp set and I'm so glad that I added it to my stash! :)

Some Stampin' Tips:

  • Dry Embossing vs. Heat Embossing. I used both on this card -- the snow on the front is dry embossed and the house with trees is heat embossed. The dry embossing gives the paper texture by forming it into a shape using pressure. The heat embossing is created using watermarking ink (Versamark) and embossing powder, which is then heated to melt and seal your image to the paper! I love using both techniques and they really add a lot of interest and dimension to your cards!
  • Die Cut "Windows". I love the end look of using this technique! All you do is die cut whatever shape you'd like into the front of your card and then stamp your image on the inside of your card through that window! So simple and such a great effect.
  • Using Only One Color. It is an easy way to get a simple, graphic effect for your projects and makes it easy to assemble multiples of the same card design on a budget -- less supplies to buy too!
Alright, that's all I have for today's hop..... the next stop is Cari Verschueren on this month's Jax Starz Blog Hop! Make sure you go check out all the fantastic ideas... I just know that everyone will have some amazing ideas to share today. Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next time! :)

Full Jax Starz Blog Hop Line-Up:

Amanda Sevall -- you are here!'
Cari Verschueren
Lee Conrey
Maria Willis
Rose Ann Marr


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Monday, November 30, 2015

365 Cards: Thinking of You at Christmas...

Happy Monday! Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Today I'm back to share another Christmas card using one of my favorite stamp sets called White Christmas :)


I used some of the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper and stamped my scene directly onto the patterned paper, then stamped the same image onto some Whisper White cardstock, then cut it out, lined it up to my stamped Designer Series Paper, then glued it down! The tree trunks were colored in using a marker and I stamped then cut out a polar bear and star. So easy and so cute when it was all done!


This set is definitely one I'll continue using year to year... it's so versatile and fun to use.

Now head on over to check out all the awesome projects this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the creative ideas using this fantastic stamp set! :)
Thanks for stopping by today! :)

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Monday, November 23, 2015

365 Cards: Silent Night

Happy almost Thanksgiving! Another Christmas card to share today :)


I had fun watercoloring on this card! I first stamped in versamark and then used white embossing powder to create my tree and snow scene, then watercolored over the top with Night of Navy and Elegant Eggplant.


It was a fun, quick card that would be easy to mass produce!

Now head on over to check out all the "lovely" projects this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing all the creative ideas using this classic stamp set! :)
Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by today!

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