Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Stampin' Kids

These are just a few of the pictures that show the tatoo frenzy that my niece and nephew were in after I gave them each a Stampin' Kids set. I think they had 6 tatoos that first night. Guess that makes me the World's Greatest Aunt right? These were almost as much fun for me to use on the kids as they had wearing them. :)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A few handmade Christmas presents

These are a few of the Christmas presents that I made my family this year. The first two are coloring books that I printed up for my niece and nephew. The next is a glass jar I recycled and decorated so my sister in law could start trying the Odorless Mineral Spirits technique with her colored pencils. I also made her a matching notebook. The last three notebooks were for my parents and my brother. Can you tell I'm loving my new pink Bind It All and my Paper Gator? I'm so proud of myself for using my stash and making presents at the same time!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Love You Much Bundle and C&C in one!

I'm really getting hooked on the Sudsol Chat & Challenges. It's so fun to take an old sketch and make it "new" with current products. This card was quick and came out pretty cute. What more can you ask for right?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

CFS Christmas Cards

Here are a few pictures of the 700 Christmas cards that I made for our troops. I'm a bit disappointed in myself. I had commited to making 1000 cards and fell short by 300. Darn those two jobs and only 24 hours a day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Frosty the Snowman Card and Treat Bags

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you the super cute Frosty the Snowman cards and treat bags I made for my niece's school Christmas party. I got the idea for the Frosty cards from my upline, Dawn Griffith. She's the best!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Color Challenge Card

There I was, out of inspiration and wanting to make a card. So I hopped on to SCS and went to the current color challenge. Hmmm, Riding Hood Red, Taken With Teal and Baja Breeze. Interesting, so I decided to see what I would come up with. I'm really not loving this card but it did help me get back into the creative groove.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sudsol Mystery Challenge

I'm a member of Sudsol, a SU! demonstrator only group. The other day I got an email with this teaser.

"Love mysteries? Love DSP and paper folding? Then I have a challenge for you."

One of the group organizers was looking for a few volunteers to make some samples for a folding/origami technique. As I'm pretty much always up for a challenge, I quickly replied that I would love to play along. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it!

After I got the wreath made and the card mostly assembled I realized that I didn't like the "dead space" in the center of the wreath. So after some trial and error I came up with the ever popular scallop circle. I do like how the wreath design echoes the design of the Frosty Day DSP. This was so not what I had pictured in my head but I'm still happy with the result. Have a great day Stampers!


CS: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Whisper White

Pattern Paper: Frosty Day DSP

Stamp: Best Yet Hostess Set

Ink: Kiwi Kiss

Misc.: Scallop Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, light green ribbon

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Good News and The Bad News

Well I guess I will start off with the bad news, get it over with. I was looking for a certain book tonight for my brother and as I was taking books off the shelf to look at the back row (yes I have that many books that they are double and triple stacked) I found that water had leaked through the outside wall, through the bookshelf back wall and on to my books! There was mold!!!!! I almost cried! My books, my precious books! If you know me then you know how much I read and adore books. So needless to say that will be my project tomorrow. I will have to actually throw away some of the books. They are too far gone. I'm all choked up thinking about it now. :(

The good news is that I finally found my camera! YAY! YAY! I have been so lost without it. I was almost to the point where I was going to buy another one, so I'm really glad it finally showed back up.

The other good news is that we got our annual Christmas pictures in and now I can scrap them. These were by far our best pictures of the family and the kids. I love this new tradition we started 3 years ago. Just adds another layer to the family memories of the holidays, ya know?

Ok, time to sleep I think. Goodnight stampers!

A little bit late Birthday Card

Hi everyone! I still haven't found my camera but I borrowed my father's. What a pain! Anywhoo, my father asked me to make his step mother a birthday card. He neglected to mention, until I was almost done, that he forgot her birthday and was sending the card late. Oh well, I think I pulled it off. This was my first time making a corner punch medallion. Very interesting technique! The master of this technique is Becca Feeken, her blog is Amazing Paper Grace and I salivate over every card she makes! Check her out!

Supplies used:

Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Paper: Bashful Blue Patterns Pack, Vellum
Inks: Night of Navy
Accessories: SU! Chalks, Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Nestabilities Circle Dies, Cuttlebug, EK Success Corner Ardorner, Marvy Uchida Scallop Corner Punch, White sheer ribbon

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

C&C 146

This is my first Chat & Challenge card from Sudsol. The object is to chat while making a card using a sketch from previous Stampin' Success magazines. This was a quick card and I got to use my favorite things, the color pink and butterflies!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

ISO: My camera

Ok, I'm trying not to panic here but I still can't find my camera. It was only a $100 dollar camera but still, it was mine! I had most of the pictures off of it but of course not the most recent ones. Including the ones of our family visit to my great aunt in Topeka. Grrrr! Soooo, if you see my camera wandering on the side of the road will you tell it to come home?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Where did I go?

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been absent for so long. Life, my two (make that sorta 3) jobs and a boyfriend have been keeping me very busy. Since I've pretty much gotten rid of the boyfriend I now have more time for crafting. Which is a good thing since I decided to become a Stampin' Up Demonstrator. Not that I've demonstrated anything yet; but I have plenty of supplies! LOL I will start posting some of the things I've made when I find my camera. I *know* I had it the other day after visiting my great aunt.....just where did I leave it? I swear I would lose my head.....

Be back soon, I promise!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Frankie Cards...Awwwwww

Aren't these Frankie cards adorable?! Once I saw the video that my upline, Dawn Griffith made; I knew I had to make these for my niece and her class. Too cute!

Monday, August 11, 2008

G the flower girl

So can I say that I absolutely love my new cartridges, Graphically Speaking and Storybook? I love them! Cricut really outdid themselves this time. *contented sigh* I also got to use my new Threading Water border punch and my photo tint markers for the first time. Love those markers. I will be making a lot more pictures in black and white just so I can color on them! I completely scraplifted Ali Edwards' idea by using the bling as lines for my journaling. So cute.

Geneva @ 5

On Geneva's 5th birthday she got to spend the night with the Grandparents and myself. Of course we had to take her out for ice cream! Nothing like a chocolate ice cream face for a great picture. The Quote From Today is "It's my birthday. Don't mess with me." Geneva to Grandpa. Grandpa was scooping her ice cream off of her spoon everytime she tried to get another spoonful. She sure knows how to make Grandpa behave!

In a nutshell

After reading the Dare Girls blog (see fav links) I was inspired to join in on the dares. This dare was "In a nutshell". Whatever subject you want, in a nutshell; I chose to use pictures from my first mail route. The idea was to use a few small photos or just one photo to tell the story. Well, I couldn't pick just one and I certainly couldn't crop down ALL of my photos so I enlarged the theme a bit. I'm happy with the "spirit" of my first Dare.

Caution: Hard Hat Area

What is it about hats? It seems like everyone has to put them on and then pass them around. The hat in question is my dad's hard hat, which he has had longer than I've been alive; plus the hat was used when he got it! If hats could talk......nm ewwww at the thought. ;)

So Similar

I love both of the pictures of me and my niece Geneva. We are so alike sometimes. We both are still cute even when we are pouting!


I had to search high and low to find these pictures. I went through every album of my mom's that I could find. Finally I found the missing the basement! ARG! That is one of my next projects, saving all those old photos. Now I just need to get my mom to fill out the "incident report" and this layout is done!

Mini Acrylic Keychain

You know me, acrylic + Angji =TLF (true love forever). I'm such a dork. I basically made myself a mini brag book and I didn't know what brag books were at the time! This mini album is 2x3 and came in a set of two from my favorite store, Archiver's. Few products were used and in the words of Ali Edwards "Keep it simple." Wise words indeed.

South Dakota Acrylic Mini Album

These are a few pictures from my first acrylic album. I am so loving the acrylic! Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Blackmail Layout

Seeing as I was on a roll this week, I decided that I just had to do one more layout. But of what? Then it hit me. First, I hadn't done that many layouts of just TJ and second, I had some seriously funny pictures of him. Besides, everyone has blackmail pictures somewhere don't they?

I used my clear diecuts again. This time I put a little ink on my fingers and smudged them up a bit so they are easier to see. I also used some free paper that I got from Archiver's that was way to girly for my layout. So I just cut the paper in half and used the part that didn't have any flowers on it. Voila! Instant journal block. A spot of ribbon and this layout was done!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Dressing Yourself

I love this picture that my sister in law took of my niece. I mean really, who could have come up with a better outfit than a 4 year old??? I also had to rescue this picture from my mom who thinks that pictures should be left lying around and curling up and gathering dust. So yeah, it was really a rescue effort on my part.

Did you get the green flower? I did that on purpose to match the boots. I mean, my niece didn't match so why should I? As I was putting on the rubons for the title the first one cracked and slid on me. At first I was mad, but they were a gift from someone else, so I figured that they were old and took a deep breath and thought of what Ali Edwards says,"It's ok". So it's ok. In the end I like the "distressed" look of my rubons. Whew!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Has it really been so long????

Wow time flies when you are working 10+ hours a day! So my new job at the post office has kept me quite busy lately. I like it but it is very hard work. I will never again complain about my carrier. They work their booties off!
I was home alone on the 4th of July (awwww, so sad I know) but I did get this layout done, so yay me! I am so happy that I was able to use 3 patterned papers, my new "tickets" from Tim Holtz, my distress crackle paint (again from T.H.) and my clear diecuts. Can you see them? One is pretty big and says "laugh" the other is a heart in the left hand corner of the second picture. It was so fun to scrap these old photos of me and my uncles and my brother.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Starting over again

This is my second attempt at keeping a blog. This time I will try to make it more interesting! (I hope) However, I should be asleep as I am starting my new job at the post office as a rural carrier tomorrow morning. I'm so excited! Things are looking up finally.
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