Tuesday, January 24, 2012

up, up and away........

.......in my beautiful balloon......... 

Hey there! 

Before I show you my card today I have a little story to share.  I wanted to show you the card set I made for my awesome SIL for Christmas.  I used the set Up, Up and Away for it.  

Well, everytime I look at this set, the song Up, Up and Away by the 5th Dimension comes to mind.  Just like how everytime I go onto the Bank of America site I end up singing the words "Bank of America" to the tune of Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine which coincidentally is also by the 5th Dimension.  I didn't realize I knew so many 5th Dimension songs.  I can remember going to my friend's house when we were kids and playing the record and lip syncing for our parents................ 

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because I wondered if I had the lyrics right because I wanted to use them for the title of this post.  So I Googled them.  I didn't remember who sang this song so I just Googled "Up Up and away".  Well, a certain artist (if you can call him that) came up and I thought, "hmm....maybe he redid it" and I clicked on the link to see the lyrics....................HOLY COW!  How are these people allowed to put this kind of stuff on the radio?  I'm not embarrassed to say I was shocked.  It explains alot.  Don't Google it.   Just don't. 

Alrighty then.  Let me show you my cards. 

Up, Up and Away and Fabulous Phrases.  Crumb cake and whisper white cardstock.  Tangerine tango, pumpkin pie, bashful blue, early espresso, black Stazon, poppy parade and daffodil delight inks.  Brights DSP, scallop border punch, bakers twine, sponging and dimensionals.

I love my SIL.  She is such a funny person and we have a blast together.  So I wanted to make a card that was more her style.  I liked the design I used on Mother's card and figured, "why reinvent the wheel?" 

Dark picture again......sorry.   You can see here how to do the clouds.  They're easy.

You can see here where I fluffed the scallops.  Fluffy Scallops!

After looking at the finished cards a few days later, I decided it would be better if they had a little more color.  So I did the balloons differently.  What do you think? 

So did you watch Downton Abbey?  I wanted so bad for Mary to just run and give Matthew a big hug and tell him that she loves him.  Oh well.........

Alrighty then, after rereading this I think maybe I shouldn't try and blog when I'm home alone.  I'm much too wordy.  But there it is...........just keeping it real.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Blessings, b.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Simple is as simple does.......

......and I'm pretty simple.  But you knew that already ;)

Hidey Ho!  I hope everyone is having a super duper Wednesday.  

Today I want to show you a gift I made for Mother (my MIL) for Christmas.  I have the best MIL in the world.  She never has a bad word to say and will do anything for you.  She sends out lots of cards and so I make her a little set to have on hand every once in awhile. 

But then she always sends me one of the cards as a thank you.  Its really weird getting your own card  in the mail.  Kinda like when you fill out the reminder card at the doctor's office and a year later you get something in the mail with your own writing on it?  Yeah, anyway..................

Simply Soft (hostess set) and Fabulous Phrases.  Crumb cake and whisper white cardstock.  Black Stazon, regal rose, melon mambo, daffodil delight, old olive and tangerine tango inks.  Brights patterned DSP, scallop border punch, aquapainter, bakers twine and dimensionals.

Sorry about the dark pic.  I made her a set of 5 with different sayings on them.  These were super fast and easy to put together.  See?  Simple.

You know if you say simple enough times it starts looking and sounding weird. 


I really like the yellow one.


I like the pink too.  If I remember right these were a smaller size.  I think 3.75 x 4.5.  I had stamped the flower and words first and then sized the card around it.  I like the white space. 

I colored the stem and leaves with an aquapainter and the old olive ink.  Now, if I had a nice old olive marker, I would have just used that.  But mine has been a little too well loved.

You can kind of see here where I fluffed the scallops so they weren't laying totally flat.  It gave some more dimension.  It was the first thing you want to touch. 

Okay, for those of you watching Downton Abbey with me, I have a question;

In the first episode of season 2 you see Sir Richard threatening Lavinia in the garden.  In the 2nd episode she tells Mary what she did and why.  So okay, Lavinia isn't such a bad person.....I guess.

So here is my question:  Why was Sir Richard threatening her?  Lavinia said he was threatening to tell Mary all about it but, why?

I'm thinking there is something Sir Richard wants from her and if she doesn't do it then he would tell Mary her story. 

What do you think? 

Thanks for stopping by and keeping me company.  You're such good friends.

Blessings, b.

Monday, January 16, 2012

I have a dream.........

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! 

When I was a kid we always studied Dr. King and Lincoln and Washington during this time of year because of the holidays.  I mean we get the day off to celebrate these guys, shouldn't we know a little about them? 

Nowadays though, the kids don't study them.  They have no idea who MLK is, ( well the kids at my school that I talked to about it anyway).  Sure they know Lincoln and Washington were presidents but not what they stood for.  Kinda sad I think. 

So tonight we were discussing why we have today off of school and work and specifically the "I have a dream" speech and it turned into the perfect teaching moment. 

Grace has been invited to audition for Honor Band.  A pretty big deal.  I was surprised (but I didn't show it) that she wanted to go for it.  I'm so happy she even joined band much less try out for Honor Band. 

Tomorrow is the big day.  She has been practicing for a month now..............and she is freaking out.

Anybody who knows Grace, knows that she is a sensitive child.  Much to my dismay sometimes (alot of times).  She can cry at the drop of a hat and worries about EVERYTHING.  She hates new experiences and tries too hard to please. 

So, we were talking about the vision Dr. King had.  That he let people know about his dream and that he did something about it.  He wanted to change the world......and that he asked God for help.

I encouraged her to have a dream too.  Not that her dream would change the world necessarily but it would change her world.  By having the courage to try, by asking me to help, by asking her teacher to help, by asking God to help, that she could do this

I'm so proud of her whether she gets the position or not, but I think I need to practice what I preach.  There are a few comfort zones I need to step out of.

"......with God all things are possible."  Matthew 19:26

You know I had a totally different post in mind when I sat down to write tonight but this is what came out.  I think I'll let it be for today and I'll have something stampy to show you tomorrow. 

I hope nobody is offended or put off.  This was not my intent.  I hope that you feel encouraged to DREAM BIG.  I do.  Go MLK!

Blessings, b.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dec. daily 18 - 25

Before I get started today let me just say one thing, Downton Abbey

OMG!  Its even better than last season......and longer.  2 hours!  I'm loving it!

Okay, let me say one more thing, Matthew.........sigh.

Alright I'm done.  Go watch it.  Trust me, you'll love it too.

Day 18

Day 19

This page is a slightly different size.  I wanted to scallop the edge and use the round tab punch but didn't want it to stick out farther than the other pages.  So I cut off 1/2".  Since I didn't have a picture for the day it worked just fine.

Day 20

Day 21

Day 22


Day 23

Day 24 left side

Day 24 right side

Day 25 left side

Day 25 right side

Day 25 backside

All pages use a variety of these products:

Classic Numbers (retired) and Fabulous Phrases.  Garden green, riding hood red, crumb cake and natuals white cardstock.  Riding hood red and garden green inks.  Big shot, label framelits, hemp, round tab punch, black journaler, scallop border punch, 3/4" and 1" circle punches, wide oval punch, and dimensionals.

This is what it looks like from the side.  I used book rings to bind it. 

So what did I like this year and what do I plan on changing for next? 
  • I liked the size, 5.5 x 8.5.  I like being able to make one cut and have 2 pages.  No waste that way.
  • I like that I stuck to just a few colors.  
  • I'm not so sure I like using just 1 pic per day.  Then again, there were quite a few days that I took no pics.  
  • I didn't like how so inconsistent I was in keeping up with it daily.  
Next year:
  • I plan on journaling EVERY DAY.  No matter what.  This year I did write down a subject to write about but not the story.  Since I had to go back and play catch up, I know I missed out on a bunch of stories I would have liked to tell.  bad, bad, bad.
  • I'd like to be a little more creative in adding more pics.  This will take lots of pre-thinking/designing on my part, but it will be worth it. 

Overall, I love this project.  I really do.  Even though I didn't get to tell as many stories as I would like, it will still be a family treasure.  

I hope next year you join me.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I have some non-holiday projects up my sleeve coming soon.

Blessings, b. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dec. daily, days 9-17

Okay, lets continue shall we? 

For those of you who didn't do this this year, I hope my little album inspires you to try it next year.  Not that mine is all that wonderful but when its done, its a magical little slice of life that you will treasure. 


day 9

I sewed a pocket!  I didn't even cuss at the sewing machine!  Again, see that groovy die cut?  That is one of the Label Framelits in the Occasions Mini.  Love them!

In the pocket are everybody's wish lists.  And my final list of what I bought everyone.  I have to keep track or I WAY overspend.

day 10

Since this is the backside and it already had the stitching on it, I thought it would be cute to stitch a little date tag.  Nifty eh?

day 11

Oh the garden.......I have loved my garden again this year.  I just last weekend cut back the cherry tomato.  The onions are the most delicious onions ever!  I only like onions when they are cooked to smithereens and these ones are like onion candy.  So good.  We are getting ready to plant the broccoli and more carrots. 

day 12

This picture is so HIM!  He hates for me to take it. 

day 13

Big big day for Grace.  She made that star last year and I've kept it  just waiting for the perfect use.  There ya go..........

day 14

day 15

day 16

day 17

All pages use a combination of these products:

Classic Numbers (retired) Headline numbers (retired) and Fabulous Phrases sets. 
Crumb cake, naturals white, garden green or riding hood red cardstock.
Black Stazon, garden green and riding hood red inks.
Big shot, label framelits, 3/4" and 1" circle punches, round tab punch, dimensionals, bakers twine, hemp, black journaler, scallop border punch and Frostwood lodge DSP

Thats it for today.  I will have my final thoughts on this years process when I post the last pages.  Its always a changing and growing experience for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Blessings, b.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

back in the saddle again..........

Hey there!  I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Day!  Ours was a sign of times to come.  Both big kids went to parties where they slept over.  So it was just me and the Mr. and Grace.  Talk about quiet! 

I've been thinking about resolutions and what I'd really like to focus on this year.   

Most importantly I want to quit procrastinating so much.  I don't even realize I'm doing it half the time.  Simple things like, paying the bills on the day we get paid, cleaning the toilet before I see its getting a little...........you know, sweeping and mopping the kitchen at least weekly, etc.  

Can anyone relate? 

Hello?.........hello?.......moving on.....

Alrighty then, I know its already January but I still want to show you the completed Dec. Daily.  I'll just do 8 pages at a time so I don't bore you to death. 

The cover:

  Grace said she wanted to do the cover.  I like it.

Inside the front cover:

Do you see that groovy die cut shape?  Thats the new Label Framelits.  Super neato dies in the Occasions Catalog.  Love them!

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

I didn't get permission from my friends to post their pics.  Really, they have beautiful faces.

Day 4

Day 5:

Day 6:

Day 7:

Day 8:

All pages use a variety of the same supplies: 

Classic Numbers (retired) and Fabulous Phrases.  Crumb cake, naturals white, garden green, riding hood red cardstock.  Riding hood red and garden green inks.  Round tab punch, 3/4" and 1" circle punches, bakers twine, hemp, black journaler, Forest Lodge DSP, scallop border punch, leaves #2 die, big shot, and dimensionals.

The pages are 8.5 x 5.5, just 1/2 a piece of cardstock.  No waste that way.  I'm all about making things simple. 

Alrighty then, its back to work tomorrow.   

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking in. 

Blessings, b.