Monday, January 31, 2011
So... my crafty, bloggy friends, this is your chance to get a fun package in the mail from yours truly. The stuff is good- not junk. Lots of Studio Calico and American Crafts. I have two packages to giveaway, and since 2 and 6 are my favorite numbers, that's who's gettin' the goods! If you are commenter number 2 or number 6, the goodies are yours! Good luck!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
She is on the design team for Pixie Dust Paperie and I thought I would scoot over there to see for myself what this blog is all about. There is a fantastic sketch up right now for the challenge going on. You know how I just love a good sketch! So, off I went to dig up a couple of my favorite photos.
And my take on the sketch:
I love how this turned out... the layout is happy, just like my Anna!
You have until February 5 to link up your creation if you want to play along! Check it out!
Friday, January 28, 2011
On a sweeter note, how about this cute cupcake card? It's from the new Papertrey set "Tiny Treats Birthday" that I just got this week. This set was part of the January release and I love it... LOVE it! The tiny pink polka dot paper is actually from the stamp packaging- aren't I thrifty!? The die cute was also purchased from Papertrey and coordinates with this set. I can already tell it's going to be a favorite! I colored with my Copics and you can't tell from the picture, but the star is colored in with my Spica glitter pen to give it a little *twinkle.*
I used the Get Sketchy card sketch this week as my guide. I flipped the sketch to make my card. Get your entry in... the prize this week is awesome! A handcrafted belt buckle from an Etsy shop!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
And, speaking of kids talking your ear off, sometimes they say some really funny things. Typically they say something hilarious and you tell yourself not to forget to "write that one down" but you do forget. And that funny little blurb that your 3 year old said about how you look "just like a cowgirl" with curlers in your hair slips your mind. No more!
Behold the journaling book. It's small, it's easy, functional, and you won't forget anymore cute things those funny kiddos say! I made this one for a friend of mine whom I just recently had this conversation with. She also has 3 kids, a full time job and volunteers an obscene amount of time at school. All the while she keeps up a home and she's still super nice to her husband and always has time for her friends. She deserved this book...
Inside, the pages are marked with the months along the top. You circle the month and then put the date or year or both in the circle printed. Add your quotes to the lines provided and presto! Your kids funny quotes and stories are safe in one spot that is easily accessible.
The pages are 3.5x5 inches and I downloaded the journaling pages from Creating Keepsakes blog. It's been a long time, so you will have to search... sorry. OR... you could get really crafty and make some of your own. ;)
In the running world, I am doing fantastic. Today, I got to run 4 miles in a balmy 33 degrees. It was a refreshing change from the 10-25 degree weather I'm use to running in. I jammed my tunes and felt like I ran faster than normal and I may or may not have thrown in a few dance moves... however I don't keep my time... I just run.
I registered this morning:
When the above message came through my email, I got butterflies. I can't believe I'm doing this! It's seems pretty darn real now.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The stamp set is called "Up, Up & Away" and has so many adorable images. Not sure why I haven't used them before... some of them are intimidating, I think. The sentiment is from the add on set to "Up, Up & Away."
I practiced coloring the rainbow a few times before liking a color combo. These are the markers I used:
I stitched yellow around the edge of the card before attaching to the card base. I did this by hand without a template, that's why it isn't perfectly even... and I'm okay with that! A cute, yellow heart button (also Papertrey) is the final finishing touch!
Enjoy! To find some amazing inspiration, visit the Papertrey blog and hop along!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Here's a fun card I made to go in my mom's birthday calender binder I made her. I really like how it turned out. My crafty friend, Sammy Jo, printed out lots of these die cuts for me using her Cricut since I don't have one!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
This one is made with the new Echo Park papers. I got an entire pack of the "Little Boy" collection as a Christmas gift from my crafty friend, Sammye Jo. I have put a big dent in the pack already, so many cute papers. The squares are 1.5 inches each and placed in a quilt like pattern on a 5x5" square card. The ribbon is from Papertrey Ink and the sentiment is a mounted SRM sticker.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I also made a "thank ewe" one... he, he! The lamb paper is from Michael's and the twine is from Papertrey Ink. I made the felt bubble and printed and cut the sentiment. Simple, but pretty darn cute!
I also wanted to give you a recommendation on a book I just recently finished. I am a slow reader and I loved this book so much that I finished it in four days!
The story is narrated by a dog. I laughed, cried and cheered! It's wonderful and on a cold, snowy day like today, it's the perfect weather to curl up with a good book and something warm to drink! I, however, will be entertaining 3 kids due to a snow day!
Running update: I am up to 4 miles with no problem... no huffing or puffing, stopping and going, just a straight through run full of energy. The cold, windy weather is a little brutal, but after the first mile, my body adjusts to the temps. I'm rockin' it!
Have a great day and stay warm!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I ordered the binder, the calendar pages, and the calendar stamp set from Papertrey Ink. It's simple, but I didn't want it to be fussy... since it would end up in the kitchen or on a desk.
Here is one of the cards that went with it...
A nice, clean grid pattern! The card is 5x5 and I cut the squares at 1.5". Then, I added some Papertrey Ink twill ribbon and to finish, a SRM birthday sticker in the corner. Easy and pretty!
I'll post more birthday cards this week!
Saturday, January 1, 2011
First, I have taken up running. The people who know me best know that I do not run and hate to exercise. Not this year! I have been running 4 days in a row and today ran 3 miles in 33 minutes- pretty good for a newbie! ;) I have signed up to run in the Louisville Triple Crown- 3 races that lead up to the mini-marathon before kicking off the Derby week events. I plan to finish the mini marathon with a big fat smile of accomplishment on my sweaty face.
Next up, to keep the focus on being positive, I found this little gem...
I love all the little sayings and I think I just might have to print it super big and hang one in my craft room and one in the kitchen as a constant reminder.
And finally, I love what Nichole Heady has thought of to jump start her creative thinking for 2011. A Random Inspiration jar... brilliant, and oh so cute!
To read more about the Random Inspiration jar, click here to read it on Nichole's blog.
I hope you all have a happy, healthy and crafty start to 2011!