Sunday, December 11, 2011

Goals for the Rest of 2011


Okay, so this whole no goals for 2011.... well.... It just isn't working for me!  I like goals.  And it's nice to feel like I accomplish things by going back to the statement of the goals.  And really, I just like making lists.  So I have about three months left this year and these are a few things I want to finish.... (and Brian, shh.  Not a word! :) lol)

1.  Finish Amy's Quilt
It just needs the rest of the binding fabric pieced together and stitched on.  It's the small things. :)

2.  Finish the Craft Room/Office
I need to iron & hem the curtains, then hang them.  Apply the glass blocking stuff to the middle cabinet doors, paint the sign Brian made me and hang it up!  I'd also like to repurpose and hang something to store the mists in a better location :)

3.  Learn to Make Marshmallows
I need to face the reality that this has been on my list of things to try out for I don't know... like three years.  I bought a book and the necessary items.  Just never made them.  Time to cross this one off the list!

4.  Christmas Cards
I've been good about making them, I have not been good about distributing them.  They will go in the mail by December 10th this year.  If you didn't get one last year or the year before, it's because I didn't get them in the mail.  Would it be bad to stuff the envelopes with three years worth of cards this year?! ;)

5.  Finish Reorganizing Paperwork
For someone who's pretty well organized, my paperwork always seems to come last or next to never.  I need to finish cleaning this out and I don't want to continue carrying this bad habit forward any further!

6.  Finish & Hang Artwork in Laundryroom
Since the rest of that to-do list is really Brian's list.... I want to make sure I finish my part this year! :)  I have it all planned out in my head... now just to do it!

Brian also wants me to finish this item, so I'm adding it to my list:

7.  Clean Out Our Loft
It's become my junk room.  Problem is it doesn't have a door.... :)  I need to sell a few items on eBay or Craigslist, purge some stuff and generally clean it up.  It's not a small endeavor, but now that the living room is clean, I know I can finish this! :)

Did you have any 2011 goals?  How are you doing with them?

Friday, December 9, 2011

December To-Do List


Seesh... I better hurry up and post this before the month is half over! LOL :)

1. Watch favorite holiday movies:  Home Alone, Home Alone 2, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, Elf
2. Bake cookies.
3. Host a Cookie Exchange Party.
4. Send Christmas cards.
5. Decorate our house.
6. Finish knitting Gabriel's Santa hat.
7. Repair Abby's quilt.
8. Shop for, wrap and (in some cases) ship gifts.
9. Celebrate Abby's first birthday.
10. Spend time with my family.
11. Spend time with my friends.
12. Listen to holiday music.
13. Build a gingerbread house.
14. Make Christmas ornaments with Abby and Creighton.
15. Make some craft with my sister.
16. Celebrate Mom & Dad's 40th wedding anniversary.
17. Christmas Eve with my Mom's family.
18. Make Christmas morning breakfast.
19. Photo shoot with Creighton and Abby.
20. Control my urge to eat a Cranberry Bliss Bar every day at Starbucks (so far, I've only had one!)
21. Make at least 5 cards and 1 scrapbook layout with my new stuff.
22. Make a December Daily album and blog it.
23. Blog six times on this blog (2 down, 4 to go!).
24. Read one book on my Nook. :)
25. Spend quality time with Brian at least 4 times this month (not watching TV!) - one down, three to go!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Plan for Our Loft

So I got a little distracted today by cleaning out in the closet.  Which led to planning the master closet which led me to the other problem child of storage in our house, the loft:

Sigh.  It's a mess.  And Brian wants me to clean it up.  And trust me, so do I.


So I need a game plan.  All we've got in there are three bookshelves, no blinds, nothing on the walls (including color) and a bunch of junk. Purpose of the room?  Storage of books.  Use of the sewing machine.  And the rest is a blank slate.

So.... I figured it out.  Defined it.  A place to sew, read a book and play games.  I think. :)  Here's my sketch:

I prefer the old school method.  10 inches equals one side of the graph paper square. :)

I want this rug in red:

This sofa from Ikea in gray:
Source: ikea.com via Amanda on Pinterest

This desk from Ikea:
Source: ikea.com via Amanda on Pinterest

And this color scheme:


I think once I get these pieces in place, I'll figure out the rest... the photos on the wall, the curtains, the pillows, the accessories.

Based on budget and time, I want to plan on doing this sometime next year.  I'm not sure what color paint to put on the walls.  What do you think?!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Card: Frostwood Lodge Happy Birthday

I think this is my new favorite card.  I think this card has been dethroned!  And, yes, I'm obsessed with the owl punch.  I am definitely getting my moneys worth outta that one!  So I made this card for a coworker - she wanted something that she could give her husband for his birthday.

 



I generally struggle with masculine cards, but I'm thinking this one hits the mark.  What do you think?!

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess set), Bring on the Cake
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Whisper White (instead of vanilla)
Specialty Paper:  Frostwood Lodge, Regals Designer Series Paper (Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy)
Ink:  Versamark watermark ink, Early Espresso,
Punches:  Owl Builder, Petite Pennant, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle
Other: Early Espresso Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, sewing machine + thread

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Daily: The Album Cover & Foundation Pages


I can't believe it's almost the end of 2011!!  I've been looking forward to sharing this project -- I started over the weekend using some stuff in my stash and I'm so looking forward to working on this album throughout the month!  I'm going to share a bunch of photos, ready?! :)

Here's the blank chipboard album I started with from my stash:

I used a red misting product to turn my cover red.  I was obsessed with having a red cover after seeing several I liked on Pinterest!  I used the Stampin' Up Four Frames stamps, Cherry Cobbler ink, Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock and the decorative label punch to make the tag base:

For the spine I added a glossy coated Santa, as inspired by Ali Edwards:


Isn't he a cute Santa?! :)  I also have all my blank date pages printed, trimmed and ready to go:



I made a title page - it's a combination of printing with hand stitching using a paper piercer/needle/thread and then matting on a Cherry Cobbler cardstock base.  Pages are 6x8.5" in size:




On the next page, I have a calendar which I intend to use as a sort of table of contents.  Again, inspired a la Pinterest!!


Of course, I have to bust out and use my favorite Cherry Cobbler baker's twine:

The saying is embossed using Cherry Cobbler emboss powder and the dates were old stamps in the stash inked with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink:

While I finish up the last half of my page dividers, my first page for today is ready for action!

Snowflake is from the exclusive Stampin' Up! Northern Frost Sizzlits die:

And I glittered the number using Heat and Stick Powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter:



I can't wait to get to working on this!  I'm so looking forward to the holidays!  I'll be back from time to time as I work on this project to share my progress.  Are you doing a December Daily album?  Share a link and I'll be sure to go check it out! :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Four Frames
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink:  Versamark watermark ink, Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink
Punches:  Decorative Label
Other: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Northern Frost Sizzlits Die, Cherry Cobbler Emboss Powder
*Everything else came from my crafty stash!*

Monday, November 21, 2011

Online Extravaganza: My Favorites!


Have you seen the flyer or stopped by my store yet? Well, you don't want to miss this sale! If you've been thinking about getting the Simply Scored or the Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps, they are on sale for today only, so don't miss out. In no particular order, here are my five favorite items on sale until November 30th that have found their way into my shopping cart!

1. 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon Bundle

This is one of my favorite ribbons in the main catalog -- 4 rolls of ribbon at a 30% discount?! And in Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Chocolate Chip?! I'm totally getting this!

2. Every Little Bit Stamps

This set has the cutest little images for every holiday or occasion you can think of. A perfect compliment to any sentiments you have in your stash of stamps. And at 40% off, the wood stamps are only $23.97 and the clear stamps are only $16.77 -- what a steal!! I hadn't gotten these stamps yet, but now I cannot resist them any longer! :)

3. Winter Post Stamps

I love these stamps and they have been on my wishlist for over a year. At 50% off, now's the time to grab these wood stamps for only $13.48!!

4. Flight of the Butterfly Stamps

I love butterflies and I love the butterfly punch! This stamp set matches the punch perfectly and is on sale for 50% off too -- only $15.98!! Into my cart it went :)

5. Occasions Alphabet Stamps

Another one of my wishlist items at 50% off! Available in wood for $21.98 or in clear for $15.98!! Perfect time to grab this and I bet it will go great with the Every Little Bit set I'm getting above!! :)

6. All the digital goodies!

What can I say, I'm a digital lovin' girl!  Top of my list out of all the goodies on sale, the Compliation of Recipes Designer Template (make an 8x8" recipe book!!) and the Year in Review Photobook Template (make a 12x12" book -- just add pictures and journaling!!).  All these files will work with My Digital Studio (also on sale!) or ANY program you already have!!

Other great deals?
  • The Glimmer Brads bundle -- Basic, Brights and Subtles -- 30% off!
  • Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die -- 20% off!
  • Love bundles -- for those of you who have had I {heart} Hearts on your wishlist for a while, it's 40% off!
  • Flower Fest bundles -- also on many wishlists -- also 40% off!
  • Letterpress plates -- three are on sale for 50% off! That's a steal!!
Are any of your favorites on sale?!  Make sure you pick them up by November 30th!! :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Card: I Miss You!

I actually made this card a while ago... in response to this ColourQ challenge, by using this ColourQ color combo and this CAS sketch:



I was tempted to add more dimension and layering on the green and blue backgrounds, but I'm glad I left it simple in the end.  I did some paper piecing with the super cute hostess stamp set called Ain't Love Grand.  I'm thinking this would be a nice everyday card to give to my husband when our work schedules are opposites or even a fun valentine to send a friend or family member that lives far away! :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Ain't Love Grand (hostess set)
Cardstock:  Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (instead of vanilla)
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Versamark StazOn black ink
Punches:  Scallop border, Heart to Heart
Other: Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, White Uniball Signo Gel Pen, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Friday, November 4, 2011

Card: Delicate Doilies Merry Christmas

I've had fun making Christmas cards in the last few weeks!  This card was a simple card to make - all embossing, one half sheet of cardstock and some ribbon:


I even added an embossed sentiment on the inside.  The new Petite Pairs stamp from the main catalog is a lot of fun to use. :)

Have you decided on your Christmas cards yet this year? Despite all the cards I've made so far, I actually haven't decided.  Hope you have a great weekend! I'm planning some crafty time - yay!  :)

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Versamark Watermark Ink
Stamp Sets:  Petite Pairs, Delicate Doilies
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Card: It's Your Birthday, Oh, What Fun!

Okay, I'm finally back here posting again.  I hate when life gets in the way of my crafty fun! :)

Here's the birthday card I cased from the 2010 Winter Mini Catalog:


This card was a lot of fun to copy - I love the happy, fun colors!


Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Real Red, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Patterned Paper:  Real Red Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Versamark StazOn (black), Real Red Classic
Stamp Sets:  Bring on the cake, Build a Cupcake
Punches:  Word Window (bottom of cake stand), Scallop Border
Accessories: Basic Black, Real Red, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Peach Parfait and Daffodil Delight Markers, Daffodil Delight Pom Pom Trim (retired)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Scrapbook Layout: Halloween 2010

Continuing with the Halloween goodies.... here's a 6x6 scrapbook layout for Halloween 2010:


I was inspired by a Page Maps mini map for this layout.  I started out just arranging my cut papers on the grey cardstock, but they weren't looking finished.  So I ended up distressing the edges a bit with the basic grey ink pad:

In the photo, the left side has no distressing and on the right you can see I distressed the edges a bit and I think it made the layout look more finished.

I did this layout for a swap with my upline, Zarogina.  I wanted to branch out and start making 6x6" sized layouts to push myself out of my 12x12" comfort zone.  I was really happy with how it turned out!  I will definitely be scrapping in this size again soon! 

Do you scrap 6x6"?!

Supplies for this project:
Cardstock:  Basic Grey, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Frightful Sight Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Basic Grey
Punches:   Decorative Label, Bat (retired)
Other: Stampin' Write Markers in Old Olive, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Favors: Tags til' Christmas Treat Holders

So I mentioned Wednesday that I did a swap with my upline Zarogina.  Here's the second item I made for Christmas:


It's the cutest, easiest candy holder!  I followed a tutorial from this video and changed up the colors, stamps and embossing folder. 

Then I added some of the gorgeous new Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon:


Isn't it gorgeous?! :)

To finish the project, just put a piece of sticky strip in the bottom and add candy.  I used the new It's a Wrap Holiday stamps to decorate the candy that I put on the inside:


This is one of my favorites I've made this month!  What do you think?!

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Tags til' Christmas, It's a Wrap Holidays

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Punches:  Scallop Square, 1" Square, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Other: Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze Stampin' Markers, blank address labels

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