Thursday, February 28, 2013

Card: Oh, Whale Baby!

I saw this card in this month's Paper Crafts magazine and had to CASE it immediately!  I've been dying to use this new stamp set, so it appeared at the right moment in front of me! :)

I think my favorite part was the usual colors for the water waves- not something I would have normally picked, but I love the result!

I can't wait to give this one to someone!

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Oh, Whale!, Friendly Phrases
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Primrose Petals
Designer Series Paper:  Summer Starfruit Polka Dot
Ink: Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit
Big Shot: Oh, Whale! Sizzlet
Punches: Owl (hearts)
Other:  Self-Adhesive Googlies Eye, Stampin Dimensionals, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Silver Basics Designer Buttons

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Card: Sky's the Limit

Here's another card I've been itching to make!  This card is a CASE of one of the catalog samples for this stamp set called Up, Up & Away is one of my favorites I used on this card and I couldn't wait to use again: 

I didn't have the patterned paper they used in the catalog, so I made some minor revisions to accomodate the missing item in my stash!
I hope you love it and it inspires you to pick up or use this stamp set -- it's one of my favorites!!

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Up, Up & Away
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Ink: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Punches: Corner Rounder
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Monday, February 25, 2013

Home Decor: Now We Have Everything

So this year for Valentine's Day, my sister asked me to recreate something for her that she saw on Pinterest.... and I did:

When she sends me a photo, I'll show you what it looks like printed and framed....

What do you think?! :)

Supplies for this Project:

Colors:  Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Real Red
Fonts:  Sketch Block, Lobster 1.4, Minion Pro, Calligraphic Frames Soft Two (frame around names and dates!) and Pea Beefarelli (heart)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Card: Bee-Themed Thank You

I love this Spring Sampler stamp set!   I can't get enough of it!!!  This time I used only the cute little bee image and mixed it up with some other favorites.... Itty Bitty Banners and Betsy's Blossoms.

I repeated my favorite technique of stamping, then punching that I used on this card, was inspired by this sketch and this color combo.

And there's another thank you card for the stash!

What do you think?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Spring Sampler, Itty Bitty Banners, Betsy's Blossoms, Woodgrain background
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, So Saffron (marker)
Paper:  Whisper White, So Saffron, Raspberry Ripple, Rick Razzleberry, Basic Grey
Big Shot:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Punches:  Blossom, 7/8" Scallop Punch
Other:  Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Vintage Faceted Buttons, White Baker's Twine, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Dazzling Details

Sunday, February 17, 2013

In February I Will....

My meyer lemon tree is almost ready to pick... I'm so excited!! :)

I was inspired by this clever blogger (thanks Kim!!) to simplify the way I keep track of these monthly goals.  Now I wrote them back on February 2nd and I'm just posting them but I have had them on my mind the last two weeks!! ;)

Workout - Just. MOVE.  That's the goal this month!
Blog - At least 10 posts between the two at a minimum!  I will also merge my two blogs into one new, updated blog
Get Crafty - Those 4 pages for CT/Abby albums, make 14 cards, finish Amy's quilt, make curtains, keep up with Project Life.
Clean - the office and guest bedroom.
Enjoy - Some meyer lemons from my tree, my girl's crafty weekend, Valentine's Day, whatever fun thing we decide to do the weekend after Valentine's day, my trip to visit Annie the last weekend of the month, and my birthday!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

In January I Did....

Here are my original January goals....

And here is what I actually accomplished:

*Daily journaling in my Q and A a Day: 5-Year JournalAbsolutely in love with this journal.
*Start collecting pictures and stuff for Creighton's preschool scrapbook pages. I'm counting this as accomplished because I have the digi scrapbook started while I wait on pictures from my sister!
*Blog at least once a week. I have 6 posts in January, so I'm counting this as done.
*Use at least one of my new stamp sets. Yes - in my Project Life album!
*Take pictures everyday.  Save a day or two, here or there? YES!
*Workout at least 4 times/week (Saturday mornings with the husband!) Made every Saturday :)
*Reorganize scarfs and travel stuff in our master closet.  I still have one more small step I want to take, but I did finish what I set out to do!
*Plan a girl's crafty weekend. Yep!  It's a week from today actually!
*Book our family trip to Disneyland in March. Yep! We have hotel rooms and a plan -- I can't wait!

Here's what I didn't plan on but ended up doing:

*Went to IKEA with Anna.
*Prep, paint and paint and paint the loft and stairwell with Brian.  We did the ceiling, all the trim, the walls, two coats. DONE. :)
*Hang picture frames in upstairs hallway and stairwell.
*Put some pictures in the frames, still looking for the pictures I want to put in the remaining frames.
*Reorganized the entire upstairs library.
*Cleaned up the guest bedroom closet a bit.
*Cleaned up all the leftovers from Christmas.
*Did a 5k run with Brian.
*Started and kept up with Project Life for the whole month.  (Will share soon!)
*Move all photos from old laptop to new laptop.

Here's what I didn't get quite done (or even started) from my list:

*Complete 4 pages for my nephew's and niece's baby books.  Got sidetracked by the loft project!
*Workout at least 4 times/week.  Hit or miss... no bueno. :/
*Clean up my craft room disaster.  Top of the list for February.... must get done this weekend!
*Finish Amy's quilt.  Got sidelined because of the loft remodel... waiting for a new desk (it's almost done)!!!
*Work on Madeline's quilt. Ditto for this one....
*Try at least one new recipe.  Nope, but definitely will in February!

All-in-all..... not too bad :)

*Note: I wrote all this down on Jan. 30th, but in normal fashion, I'm not posting it until almost middle of February.... better late than never?! :)


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