Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eclipse tonight!

Hey peeps!  I'm posting early today because 15 and I (and some of her friends) are going to see Eclipse in a little while.  I've got my Team Jacob shirt on and I'm ready to go ;)

We are going early because our theater is also showing Twilight and New Moon so I can look at him some more.  Here, you can look too

He's just too cute!

Twilight starts at 7:00 and then Eclipse will begin at 12:01.  I'll be really tired tomorrow! 

Anyhow, no stamping today.  We did play a game called Blokus.  Crazy strategy game! 

Thanks for stopping by.  We'll be back to normal schedule tomorrow, albeit slow and sleepy. 

Blessings, b.

Monday, June 28, 2010

memories and an update

So, we worked our patooties off over the weekend.  Thats good, keeps me out of trouble.  Usually. 

I cleaned out my desk of all the stuff that is retiring.  Paper, ink, ribbon, brads, buttons, etc.   All kinds of stuff.  I also had to clean out my part of the garage.  Lots of stuff there too. 

I was going through all the cards we've made in the past, and it brought back such good memories.  I could remember each one.  We've made some really cute cards in the past. 

So guess what?  We are going to have a garage sale.  I hate having garage sales.  Love going to them, but hate having them.  This time though, I'm going to set up my own little Stampin' Up! section.  Complete with new catty make 'n' take.  Sounds like fun huh?  Its going to be this Saturday, the 3rd.  I know, its right before 4th of July and people will be gone.  But you can't stop the Energizer Bunny, remember? 

Thursday I will have a separate page linked to the blog that will show each set I have and the cost (majorly cheap.  I'm talking major) and what condition it is in.  If you cannot come on Saturday then please just shoot me an email with what you want and I'll ship it to you. 

Here is the other most fun part, for every purchase, I'll be giving out goodie bags!  Yep, you heard me.  Goodie bags just chock full of fun stuff.  I have so many 1/2 spools of ribbon or 1/2 packs of DSP or 1/2 packs of cardstock, retired ink pads, brads, eyelets (lots of eyelets), catalogs, etc. that I thought it would be fun to make up surprise goodie bags.  Fun huh?  I thought so.

Here is one of the cards I found that we made, I don't even know how many years ago.  Since 4th of July is coming up I thought it was appropriate. 

I don't remember the name of the set.  I do remember that it wasn't mine.  We used the baby wipe technique. Boy, my stamping has come a long way! 

For the baby wipe technique, you put reinker on a baby wipe and use that as your stamp pad.  For this card though, we folded up the baby wipe and placed reinker on the folded edge.  Then swiped it on the glossy cardstock.  America the Beautiful! 

Okay, I know you've been waiting.  You've been waiting right?  Well, just pretend then.


Red Bell peppers that I though were never going to grow and stay on the plant.  They kept falling off.  Hopefully she'll just keep growing.

Yellow squash!  I'm so excited for these. This plant is from seeds!  I'm so proud.

cherry tomato.   This was the first one that started growing.   I can't wait to eat it!

Zucchini.  See those little babies?  These are from the second batch we planted.  The dogs ruined the first plants. 

The lettuce is also going like gangbusters. The green bell pepper and the Anaheim chilis are blooming like crazy but then the whole bud falls off.  What am I doing wrong?  The cucumber is doing okay.  No babies yet though.

This weekend we also planted more green beans (dogs ruined what I had), more carrots and sunflowers. Hopefully by next week we'll little green babies coming up. 

Thanks for listening to my garden updates.  I'm having so much fun with it.  Yep, I'm a dork.

Alrighty, I'll have more tags to show you tomorrow.  The Bachelorette is coming on so I gotta go. 

Thanks for stopping by.  You make me happy.

Blessings, b.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

butterflies and a bullet

Hey there!

I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday.  We have been garage cleaning fools.  We took out the trailer to get ready for camping and the hubs decided it was a good time to clean out the garage.  UGH!!

He didn't have to work this weekend.  He is one of those guys that can't sit down for very long.  Mainly because he'll fall asleep.  So he always wants to be doing something.  Its odd because, I'm very good at sitting down for long periods of time.  Reading, stamping, watching a movie.............. I like it.  My backside can prove it.

Anyway, we got lots of stuff done.  I'll tell you more about it tomorrow.........along with a garden update.  I know you're dying for an update ;)

Anyhow, there are goodie bags in my future.  I wanted to make a cute little tag to go on the goodie bags.  I also wanted to use some of my new goodies.  How many times can I say goodie?  Goodie, goodie, goooooodie..........

So I went to the Stamping 411 site for a little inspiration.  My tag doesn't exactly match their sketch but it helped get me started at least.  They are very helpful over there.

Watercolor Trio, Inspired by Nature and Flight of the Butterfly.  Whisper white, pumpkin pie, crumb cake and bashful blue cardstock.  Old olive, more mustard, tangerine tango, bashful blue, black Stazon and sahara sand inks.  Lattice embossing folder, Clearlits scallop rectangle die, 1/8" circle and 1/2" circle punches, corner rounder and dimensionals.

Finished size is 2 3/4 x 6.   I know, I've been using Inspired by Nature and Flight of the Butterfly alot lately.  Just be thankful there is no Lovely as a Tree on there too.  I think I'm in a rut. 

Now look at the new goodies I used on here. 

See that cute pumpkin pie scalloped rectangle?  That is the new Clearlits Scallop Rectangle die.  Its clear!  You can see through it!  See:

Its so awesome!  Its especially helpful if you want to cut out a certain part of your DSP or a picture or a sentiment or .................whatever you desire.

This little cutie measures out 2 1/16" x 1 9/16".  Perfect size for adding a little tag. 

Now for the other new goodie I used.  See the pattern on the Top Note die?  That is the new Lattice embossing folder.  So fun!  I think it ends up looking like wicker or fabric.  Pretty groovy huh? 

I also used my 1/8" punch to punch a hole in my bashful blue and then used my 1/2" circle punch to punch that out.  Hole reinforcer! 

The butterflies are stamped using the rock 'n' roll technique.  Just ink your stamp in a light color ink and then rock the edges in a darker ink.  Here I used More Mustard and Tangerine Tango. 

You can look here to see how I did the clouds.  Clouds are easy!  Clouds are fun!  Clouds are for everyone!  er.........sorry

I'll be making up a few more tag ideas and see which I like better.  I have a few more days before I'll give out the goodie bags. 

Now, look what came to live at our house



The kids have been asking for one ever since it came out on tv.  They love making smoothies and have gone through 2 blenders.  So we saw this at Costco, and I had a coupon, and it came home. 

I gotta say, this thing is pretty awesome!  The mess is half of a regular blender, in that you blend your drink in your cup!  And its pretty quick too.  I just hope it lasts.

Alrighty then, this old broad is TIRED!!  The hubs is just like the Energizer Bunny when he gets an idea in his head.  Needless to say, the garage is cleaned out and we're ready for a yard sale. 

Thanks for stopping by.  You rock!

Blessings, b.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Artisan contender

Howdy people!  I hope you all had a fabulous Thursday.  It was really low key around here today.  I will admit, I was reading.  My chores were done so I spent the morning finishing a book.  I read Jane Eyre.  I've been trying to read the classics.  I have to say that I enjoyed it.  I liked how the author talked directly to the reader. 

Tomorrow I have big plans to get my stamp desk organized for the new stuff!  I have some new stuff and I haven't played with any of it yet.  This also means going through my discontinued stamp sets.  I have no room for them.  I need to sell them.  Pronto!  I'll let you know what I have.

So of course I have not stamped today........or yesterday.  And I thought it was time to show you one of my Artisan Award entries.  You know, the ones that didn't win.  Yep, those ones.

Refuge and Strength (retiring).  Whisper white and not quite navy cardstock.  Not quite navy, old olive and black Stazon inks.  White taffeta ribbon, white floss, Top Note die, paper piercer, playground buttons (retiring) and Bella Bleu DSP (retiring) and dimensionals.

I thought I'd show you this one first because it has the most stuff retiring on it, I think.  I thought it was very pretty.    I stamped off once for the cross so it wouldn't be so dark.  I might have stamped off twice.  I don't remember now.

  I fussy cut around the leaves.  What a pain in the bazooka!  I used a little tiny dot of the Tombow Multi Glue to tack down just one or two of the leaves so they would still stand out a little. 

Anyhow, there ya go.  I felt so rushed to get them done and sent in on time because I was going to Iowa.  Come to find out when I got back, I could have had another 10 days to tweak them.  Oh well.  I can find something I would have changed with each one.  But I'm glad to just have entered the contest.  Maybe I'll be a finalist.  That would be cool. 

I have another 9 projects to show you.  But I would overload you with their beautifullness if I showed them to you all at once.  So you'll just have to be patient. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking in.  I love it when you do that.

Blessings, b.

p.s.  here are some more brave and talented women who entered.  Check 'em out:



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

books, reading, study, homework etc..........

Hey there!  So far I'm not doing very well with my scheduling.  I feel like I didn't get much done today.  So, I've got big cleaning/planting plans for tomorrow.  We'll see how that goes.  Wish me luck!

What I did get done today though, was start a new Bible study.  Those of you who aren't interested in this can just scroll down. 

Beth Moore has a summer Bible study every year on her blog.  This year we are studying Ruth.  See here for the link.  Its a quick study, only going until Aug. 3.  Let me know if you'd like to do it with me.  Maybe I can set up a special page on the blog here just for us.  I'm excited to get this started as my study habits haven't been what they should lately and God has been showing me that I need to get it together!  So do it with me!  It'll be fun!

I also started the Prout Summer Reading Program.  Every summer my kids like to forget school even exists.  So several years ago I set up the "Program".  Now, I know many of you will not agree with my Program and that's okay.  It works for us and thats what counts. 

Here is what we do:  the big kids get $5 for every 100 pages they read and the little kid gets $5 for every 50 pages she reads.  And it doesn't count towards summer homework.  The big kids both have AP classes next year and so have homework this summer.  It only counts towards recreational reading.  And of course, we discuss what they read.  Just keeping them honest.

Last year they made some bucks.  This year I've gotten Grace to start the Narnia books and 15 is rereading Eclipse to get ready for the movie, and the boy?  Hmmm........he's not too interested this summer. Which is funny because he needs the money.  He'll come around......eventually.

I don't get it!  As a child (and adult) I loved/love reading!  I would read all the time.  Even now, I know that I better not start a book unless all the chores are done for a few days.  Because I have a hard time putting it down.  Are these children mine? 

To help Grace get into the idea of it, we made bookmarks.  I asked her what colors she wanted and she said, "blue, red and yellow".  Well, okay.  Here is what came of that:

Flight of the Butterfly and Typeset Alpha (retired).  Whisper white and yoyo yellow (retiring) cardstock.  Real red craft ink, brilliant blue (retiring) classic ink.  Small heart punch, glassy glaze embossing powder (retiring), clear embossing powder, white gel pen, Crushed Curry polka dot ribbon (retiring), filigree brad and dimensionals.

I had some chipboard frame thingys from a few years ago.  We made a bookmark something like this at convention.  I inked up the chipboard with the Real Red craft ink and embossed it twice with the glassy glaze embossing powder.  I did 2 of them, one for the front and one for the back.

I used the white gel pen for the little dots on the heart.

Here is the back.  I sandwiched the ribbon between the cardstock.  I used the Tombow tape to tape in the ribbon and then used the Tombow Multi Glue (my fave) to glue the chipboard pieces together.

The ribbon is about 12 inches long.  I wanted to make sure the brad hung out the bottom of her book.  She loved it!  She was very helpful in deciding on what should be what color. 

So then I decided I needed 2 new bookmarks for my study. 

Flight of the Butterfly and Inspired by Nature.  Crumb cake,whisper white and choc. chip cardstock.  Sahara sand, more mustard, pumpkin pie and old olive inks.  Cropodile, hemp, 1 1/4" choc. chip striped ribbon, 1/2" circle punch and corner rounder.

Its kinda big but I love it!  I had intended to make a bunch for my friend (hey Michele) for her birthday.  But of course I never completed them and she never got any.  Sorry :(  This birthday, I promise.

I used the Rock 'n Roll technique on the butterflies.  Just ink up your stamp in the lighter color (more mustard) and then roll the edges in the darker color (pumpkin pie).  Ta Dah! 

I didn't laminate them because the Tombow Multi Glue will keep it together forever.  Love that stuff!  And............I don't have a laminator at home.  And........I'm too cheap to take it somewhere to get it done.

I don't own any of the jumbo eyelets, cheapo person here, so I just punched my choc. chip cardstock with the 3/16" punch on the Cropodile and then punched that out with my 1/2" circle punch.  Thus making my own hole reinforcers.  Ta Dah! 

I also used the wide striped choc.chip ribbon because it is retiring and I thought it looked like a material that Jesus might have worn.  Its a stretch, but work with me here.

Then I decided I needed another one for my study guide book.  We are using Kelly Minter's, Ruth: love, loss and legacy.   Smaller book so I made a smaller bookmark.

Refuge and Strength (retiring).  Confetti White cardstock.  Choc. chip craft and classic ink and old olive ink.  1 1/4" striped choc. chip ribbon (retiring), old chipboard frames and Tombow Multi Glue.

I used my choc. chip craft ink spot to color the chipboard.  I didn't emboss it this time.  Makes it look a little more rustic.  Craft ink works better on covering chipboard than classic ink.  Craft is the thicker pigment ink and Classic is more of a clear waterbased ink.

Same as the other side just a different saying.  The ribbon is about 12 inches long.  Super simple and easy to make. 

Well this post turned out to be a lot longer than I thought.  Its already 9:35!  Past my bedtime!  Well, except for Monday nights.  Did you watch Bachelorette last night?  Chris L. is still my fave but he needs to kick up the romance a notch.  Just saying..........

Alrighty then.  Thanks for stopping by and if you lasted through this whole post, God Bless You!  But really, would it be fun if I kept it short and sweet all the time? 

Blessings, b.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I need an intervention!!

I cannot seem to stop using Kraft (Crumb Cake) cardstock and Lovely as a Tree!  What is wrong with me?  Don't answer that.........

I'm getting ready to hang up Lovely as a Tree for awhile.  I just needed it one last time, for Fathers' Day cards.  Oh yeah, Happy Father's Day to all the daddies! 

I have not combed through the new catalog very closely yet but I don't recall seeing any new tree stamps that turned me on. Regardless, I'm putting it away for awhile.  I know, I just made you very happy, right?

But Kraft (Crumb Cake) I can't let go of.......ever!  It goes with everything.  How did I ever live without it?  I hope you don't mind.

I was going to post these cards last night in time for Father's Day today but, I ended up getting a migraine.  I don't know why.  So, I went to bed.  I feel much better today. 

So here ya go

Lovely as a Tree and Wonderful Favorites.  Crumb cake, basic black and soft suede cardstock.  Soft suede and black Stazon.  Kraft taffeta (retiring), hemp, misc. button, sponges and dimensionals.

For my dad and FIL.  These will get there late.  They expect that now.  If they ever got anything on time I'm sure they'd think something was wrong.  We did talk to both of them today and made sure they know how much we love them.

I stamped the tree full strength twice and then stamped twice more without reinking.  To give it a little depth. 

On the tag, I stamped the "wonderful" in soft suede and the "father" in black Stazon.  The base measures 4 1/4"  square so I had room to let the tag hang off a little and it still fit in the envelope. 

These would make great birthday cards too. 

So, we went and saw Toy Story 3 yesterday.  The boy was just 2 when Toy Story first came out and believe me, we had our fair share of  Toy Story stuff.  In fact, 15 has Toy Story sheets on her bed right now.  I'm Not Kidding! 

It was a good movie but let me warn you:  if you have a child that grew up with Toy Story and is maybe getting ready for college, bring some tissues.  OMG!  I get teary eyed just thinking that the boy only has 1 year of high school left and will be leaving for college, and thats what this movie is about.  I was a mess at the end.

While we were at the theater we also bought our Eclipse tickets for the midnight showing.  Not only did I buy Eclipse tickets but our theater is showing Twilight and New Moon beforehand.  So I bought those too.  Its going to be so much fun!   

Okie dokie.  Our daddy here is ready for some ice cream.  He worked hard today getting our bathroom back together from the leak.  He loves ice cream.  He thinks it deserves its own food group. 

Thanks for stopping by and give all the daddies you know an extra hug and a squeeze today. 

Blessings, b.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Schedule needed now!

Hey there!

We had such a beautiful day here today.  There is never a perfect time for weeding but today came about as close as I'm gonna get.  I'm embarrassed to admit it but, my whole front planter was overgrown with weeds.  I got about 75% done.  I still have a bunch of devil grass in there choking my daylilies.  I'll work on it some more tomorrow.  

The first week of summer vacation is already over.  I still need to get a rhythm going.  I didn't accomplish as much as I would have liked.  I plan on making a schedule.  You know, like, Toilet Tuesdays or Mopping Mondays.  Nothing goes with a "V" so I guess no vacuuming.  HA!  Anyhow, I need to get organized.  It doesn't help that one of the sinks in my bathroom started leaking this week and I had a puddle under the cabinet and carpet.  Everything is torn up right now with blowers on it, drying it all out.  Good thing the hubby can fix anything.  I think I'll keep him around.

Anyhow, I did get some stamping done yesterday. 

Inspired by Nature.  Night of navy, crumb cake, more mustard and soft suede cardstock.  More mustard and soft suede ink.  Sponges.

Nope, those aren't swaps.  Those are the cards I made to send to the 6th graders.  32 of them!  Our school mascot is a colt and our colors are blue and gold.  Will the kids put 2 and 2 together?  Probably not.  They'll just think Mrs. Prout has a thing for horses.  Whatever!

I die cut all the horses last week out of Soft Suede cardstock.  I thought that was a good horse color.  I tried to keep them simple.  Lets face it, these are 12 year olds.  But man, that was alot of sponging!  Grace helped me a bunch though.

I printed out a quote from Dumbledore in one of the Harry Potter movies.  Its a very important piece of advice for these kiddos.  Some of them really have a hard time at home and school.  I just wanted them to know that I believe in them to do their best and make good choices.  So I wrote a little message on the inside and maybe....hopefully.......a few of them will take it to heart. 

Then, I was contemplating cleaning out the retiring stuff from my desk area, and came across some pics that I wanted to put in the scrapbook.  So instead of cleaning, I scrapped. 


NO STAMPS!!  Crumb cake, basic black and whisper white cardstock.  Sahara sand ink.  Spiral tab punch, dimensionals, black journaler and misc. brads. 

OMG!! Aren't they handsome?  In the top pic, my boy is on the far right.  This was taken at their last concert.  Every year they do a concert at the library at the outside ampitheater called "Music Under the Stars".  The other pic is a little last minute performance they put together for us parents.  The hubs took that pic with his phone.  Didn't turn out so good but I thought, "so what?"  Its still a memory. 

I have a secret to share.........in the new SU! catalog there is some new DSP called Newsprint and it has music on it!  Its so cool!  And I have some!  I didn't use it though.  I had a better idea. 

I copied/scanned some of the music he played at the last minute performance and put it on here.  I thought that would make this page just a little more special. 

I printed the music out and then punched it with the Spiral punch.  Then I crumpled it up and used a sponge to sponge on some Sahara Sand ink to make it look dirty and used by a teenage boy. 

I generally don't like things all paddywonked on my page.  I like things straight and in order.  I just couldn't make that work on this page.  I used the journaler to draw a border around my journaling.  I had these funky brads that I bought a million years ago and they looked great!

Then on the back of the page I glued the program to it.  Then in it goes into the daily/whatever scrapbook. 

Tomorrow, because I'm a procrastinator, I need to make the hubs a Father's Day card.  Heck, I even forgot to make and send cards for my FIL and my own dad!  See, too much other nonimportant, miscellaneous stuff taking up room in my brain.  I need a schedule!

Alrighty peeps, its after my bedtime.  Apparently, I have alot to do tomorrow. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings, b.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

pink shaving cream?

The girls and I brainstormed today on making a gift box.  15 is going to an all day birthday party tomorrow.  We got the birthday girl some candy, nail polish and an itunes gift card.  So we needed a beautiful box to put it all in.

Let me just first say, the only contribution I had was, cutting the paper and the idea of glitter.  The rest she thought of on her own.  Well, okay, I made the card to go with.

Watercolor Trio and an old retired set (on the card).  Rose red and whisper white cardstock.  Rose red classic and craft ink.  Polka Dot embossing folder (wart maker), white taffeta ribbon, clear chunky glitter (retiring), scallop edge punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, dazzling diamonds glitter, shaving cream and dimensionals. 

Groovy huh?  I haven't used the shaving cream technique in years.  Its amazing what kids remember!  Do you remember how to do it?  Well let us show you.  15 got all the materials together and I gave the little one the camera and said, "GO FOR IT!"

Since we were going to do a full sheet of whsiper white cardstock, I suggested she use a cookie sheet.  So fill your plate (or cookie sheet) with some cheapy shaving cream and spread it out.  You can see our can in the background there, along with a few dirty dishes. 

Then drop reinker on top.  I didn't have Rose Red reinker in classic ink so we used craft ink.  Worked like a charm!

Now usually I would use a popsicle stick but she can't be bothered with things like that.  Anyway, swirl the ink around.  But don't mix it too much.

Then place your cardstock on top.  Smooshing it down a little.

Then lift it off.  You can see where it didn't touch down in all the spots.  Thats okay.  It just has more character that way. 

I see the paper towel didn't make the scene yet.  Normally you would place your paper on a paper towel. 

Ahh.....here is the paper towel. Using the flat edge of a knife or a popsicle stick (she actually ate a popsicle so she could use the stick. The things we do for our art.) and scrape off the shaving cream.

When you scrape off the shaving cream, the swirled ink stays behind.  Cool eh?

In the meantime, I started on the box.

I thought the candy was the biggest thing to go in there.  I was wrong, it was the gift card.  Huge gift card, why?  It still all fit though.

Anyhow, I measured the candy.  2 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I added a 1/2" so the base would be 3 x 6. 

Now heres the tricky part;  I wanted the sides of the bottom to be 1 1/2" tall.  So I added 1 1/2" to each side.  I ended up with a 6 x 9 base. 


Then I made the top.  I added 1/16" to the base dimensions.  But then I only added 1" sides.  You always want your lid to be shorter than the base.

Okay, you don't have to do it that way.  But I do it that way. 

Does this make sense?  Same idea as the cupcake box.  Just shorter and rectangular. 

After I made the lid in the Rose Red color, I decided it was too much Rose Red and so remade the lid using the shaving cream paper.

We decided a belly band would be nicer than ribbon to hold the box closed.   I used the rose red cardstock and the scallop edge punch.  Then I used the polka dot embossing folder (the wart maker) to add a little more texture. 

This is some misc. chipboard letter "b" (the birthday girl's name starts with a b.)  I had that she covered in the Rose Red craft ink, dried with the heat gun and then applied the Tombow Multi Glue and then the clear chunky glitter.  I wanted to use the pink chunky glitter, but hey, its not my project.  I did add some dazzling diamonds so it would fill up any bare spots. 

I used the birthday sentiment from Watercolor Trio for the tag.

Nifty huh?  We liked it alot. 

Look at that gargantuan gift card! 

So I had leftover shaving cream paper and decided we needed a little card to go in the box too.

This came out as 3 x 2 1/2.  I used the scallop edge punch again on the bottom.  This is an ancient sentiment that I stamped in Black Stazon.  Same ribbon treatment. 

After I was done I realized I should have run the whisper white cardstock through the wart maker but I didn't think about it until I was done.

So there ya go.  I think it came out really cute.  I'm sure her friend will love it. 

It was fun crafting with the girlies too.  Since it wasn't my project, I just did as I was told........kinda.  Its funny too how, 15 was always the grumbler when it came to my stamping.  I used to feel guilty that it took time away from her.  That is part of the reason now why I don't really do any workshops.  Just a class now and then.  BUT in the last year or so, I think she has been seeing that its fun.  I may get her to start scrapbooking.  HA!

Alrighty then.  The hubs has been sick and not sleeping well, which means, I'm not sleeping well.  The boy had his buddies over today to swim and play video games, and I'm just pooped. 

Thanks for stopping by and checking in.

Blessings, b.