Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm on a roll

Boy Howdy! am I ever on a roll.  3 posts in 3 days!  Maybe the world really is ending.............

Since tomorrow (Saturday)  is the last day of Sale-A-Bration I thought I'd better get the projects I made using SAB items up here, just in case you needed another little push to get some free goodies before its too late. 

Outlined Occasions (SAB).  Crumb cake, whisper white and daffodil delight cardstock.  Black Stazon, tangerine tango and daffodil delight inks.  Big shot, polka dot embossing folder, white bakers twine, brights buttons (SAB), label framelits, white taffeta and dimensionals.

It was nearly impossible to get a good pic of this card.  Or maybe I should say it was impossible for me.  But you get the idea right? 

I just layered the framelits on the cardstock and I was able to cut out a cute little frame with one pass throught the Big Shot.  Nifty eh?

A Word for You.  Pool party, very vanilla cardstock.  Black Stazon ink.  Vanilla seam binding, scallop edge punch, large paper doily, big shot, newsprint DSP and Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB). 

This card went through a million transformations.  Here are a few more:

This was probably my favorite.  Only difference here is the base is crumb cake, the pool party ruffled ribbon (love) and I added pearls on the doily.

I know alot of people are having a hard time with the doily.  Luckily for me, mine is awesome!  We'll have a discussion another day about it though.

Using vanilla for the doily.  A2 size.

Apothecary Art (Occasions mini).  Soft suede, baja breeze, very vanill and crumb cake cardstock.  Black Stazon, Rose red, old olive, daffodil delight and crumb cake inks.  Aquapainter, big shot, label framelits, rose red seam binding, square lattice embossing folder and dimensionals.

This project doesnt' use any SAB goodies but the cuteness inside of it does.  The box was inspired by Lisa Martz.  We used the aquapainters to color the flowers. 

I don't own the Box #2 die so I used my Simply Scoring Tool to make one.  Easy!  I'll post a tutorial on how I did that next week.

The back.

Fabulous Phrases.  Soft suede, baja breeze and very vanilla cardstock.  Black Stazon ink.  Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), baja breeze seam binding, jewelry tag punch.

These are the little cuties that went in the box.  We made 3x3 cards with envelopes.  I really liked this DSP and I'm gong to miss it.  So go place a $50 order so you can get some! 

Fresh Vintage (SAB) and music notes wheel.  Pretty in pink, regal rose, old olive and crumb cake inks.  Crumb cake, pretty in pink and whisper white cardstock.  Big shot, label framelits, polka dot embossing folder, boho blossoms punch, pearls, white satin ribbon, wheel guide.

This is going to be my Grandmother's birthday card.  This was also inspired by Lisa Martz. 

I used the boho blossoms punch to punch out the flowers.  Then I crinkled and wrinkled them and then separated the layers.  Now they are soft flowers. 

Outlined Occasions (SAB).  Pool party, calypso coral, whisper white cardstock.  Black Stazon, old olive and pool party inks. Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), Pool party ruffled ribbon, label framelits, 1 1/4" square punch, big shot and dimensionals.

I don't really like how this card turned out.  I did do a little trick with the label framelit that I thought was groovy, but I will show you that on another card next week. 

Okay, I think thats it.  Let me go check really quick...........

Yep, thats all.  March 31 is the last day of Sale-A-Bration so if you see anything that you'd like to have you can go directly to my SU! website and put in an order.  You can check out the SAB catalog here.  Don't miss out! 

Alrighty then, I gots lots to do today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Blessings, b.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Feb. Project Life

WOW!  2 posts in the same week!  Whats the world coming too?  Don't worry, things will go back to normal soon enough....;)

So today I got February done for my Project Life and I wanted to show you before I started adding the cards from the classes. 


Either we had a little more going on for Feb. or I just saved more stuff.  I have 2 extra inserts! 

Supplies: simple alpha die, big shot and word window punch

We went to Northern Arizona University for a tour.  This is one of the colleges 17 is considering.  It was a whirlwind trip.....up and back, 36 hours.  Yep, I was tired.

Really nice school.  Good food.  Nice program for her chosen major.

I added a 6x12 insert for some extra pics.  I probably could have squeezed out a 2 page spread but it was such a quick trip I didn't take a ton of pics.  I'm loving this long insert without having to fight the sewing machine to get one. 

Here is the back side.  I added the Valentine cards the hubs and I exchanged.  You can tell which one is mine, right?

Then I also added an 8.5x11 insert.  I had a letter for Grace I wanted to include so I used this side to include some info from the tour.

This was Grace's Honor Band invite.  Had to include that!

Lots of miscellany here.  I had printed out the pic of their Valentine cans to use in the 3x4 pockets but that didn't flow like I wanted.  So instead of printing out another pic I just stapled it in.  I'll have something behind it for March so it won't be floating anymore. 

There you have it.  Yes, this took a few hours to finish but if I only spend a few hours a month to document our lives well, thats time well spent.  Just don't overthink it.  Have fun! 

Remember I said that Grace was going to miss last nights concert because of her cast?  We had told the dr. that she played flute and he tried to make the cast usuable so she could still play.  She had tried when we got home that day way, couldn't do it. 

Of course she kept trying and she managed it.  She was so excited for the concert last night and her teacher is so awesome she let Grace play.  Gotta love people who love their jobs.  Especially if their job involves kids. 

She couldn't hold it out straight like she usually does but hey, whatever works!  I'm so glad she has found something that she loves. 

Alrighty then, thats if for today.  You probably need to recuperate from the shock of 2 posts in 2 days anyway. 

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

Blessings, b.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

bones, books, birthday

Hey there!  I had every intention of getting the cards from the last few card classes up last week but, I had some distractions. 

Distraction #1:
Tuesday I started rereading The Hunger Games to gear up for the movie.  I had loaned my copy out so I bought a digital copy for The Nooker.  (I had gotten my dad a Nook Color for Christmas and he gave it back to me.......long story........I lovingly call it The Nooker).  Now that I have read my first digital book I can honestly say I really do prefer a real copy in my hands.  I like turning the pages and smelling the pages (don't laugh) and it doesn't need to recharge. 

Distraction #2:
Wednesday the school nurse called me at work.  That is never a good thing.  Seems Grace fell on the playground and hurt her wrist but, the nurse didn't think it looked bad. 

I knew she was really hurt though because she wanted me to come get her.  She never misses school.   Ever.

While on the way to get her, the nurse calls again.  Yeah, there is a big bulge now.  You'd better get her to the dr. 


So after 2 days and 2 different dr.s we now have a blue cast.

Luckily it only has to stay on for 3 weeks.  Really upset her though because she missed an Honor Band practice and is going to miss her concert tonight.  By the time Spring Break is over it should be off.  YAY!

Distraction #3:
I had a birthday.  Another year older.  Hopefully another year wiser too. 

From Grace.

From the hubs.  Can you believe he stamped! 

From The Boy and 17.  He got me some lottery winners.   17 took me to see The Hunger Games.  I thought her card was very clever.  On the inside it says, " I mean, Happy Birthday!"

I thought the movie was super!  Of course there were a few things I wished were more to the book.  What I did like very much, was how they portrayed the control center.  I thought that was pretty neat.  Donald Sutherland is the perfect President Snow.  Although I wish they had made him look more like she describes him in the book.  Otherwise I really liked it.  Go see it. 

Alrighty then, this week starts my Spring Break and I get to be home alone for a few hours EACH DAY!  WooHoo!  Of course I have a to-do list a mile long.  One of the things on my list is to get my Project Life up to date. 

So far I have January done.

Let me just say, I'm in LOVE!  This is exactly what I wanted. 

Supplies: Typeset alpha (retired), tangerine tango ink, small heart punch 13/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches, cork, simple letters, big shot

Don't mind Holly's butt in the pic above.....she wouldn't move

Really this doesn't get any easier.  I normally take at least a few pics every week if for no other reason just to bug my family.  And I naturally save all kinds of scraps of things.  The tag on the girls' pic is a wink to their love/hate relationship.

Supplies: Curly label punch

There ya go.  This didn't take me long considering I'm 2 months behind already.  I just used whatever stuff I had out already. 

Now, most people are doing this Project Life weekly.  Yeah, that is so not happening here.  Yes, there will be months where I may have another page in the middle.  Like for Feb. I already have an 8.5x11 page protector added for Grace's Honor Band invite.  And I'll probably have an extra page in March for my birthday stuff.  I'm totally going with the flow.  Even the hubs has gotten the idea.  The other day The Boy was working under his car and he came to tell me to get a pic.  I know the whole family will get the idea sooner or later. 

Okie dokie.  Thats it for now.  See, when I'm home alone I get chatty.  I promise to get all the cards from my classes up in the next few days.  I'm dying to get out and work on the garden but I have too much to do inside this week.  More about that later. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Blessings, b.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

bird revisited

Howdy!  I hope you all are having a great week so far.  I had 2 card classes this weekend.  I loved catching up with my friends. 

Remember the bird/groovy square card I showed last week?  Well, I changed it a little for my classes this past weekend.

Fresh Vintage (SAB) and music notes wheel.  Crumb cake, soft suede and very vanilla cardstock.  Baja breeze and crumb cake inks.  Bird punch, pearls, wheel guide, label framelits, stipes embossing folder, big shot, dimensionals and sponges.

Its the same focal image but I turned it and used the music notes wheel.  I was inspired by a card by Dawn McVey. 

I used a black sharpie to color the pearl for the eyeball.  I had to use the wheel guide to make sure I got the music notes straight.  I put off buying that wheel guide for years but I finally broke down and now I'm wondering why I waited so long.  It sure makes using the wheel sooooooo much easier. 

Alrighty then, this is going to be a quickie post today.  I have a union meeting tonight.  UGH!  Sometimes I really don't like being a grown up. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll be putting up the rest of the cards this week. 

Blessings, b.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

rainbows and pennies

Happy (day before) St. Patty's Day!  I can't get my crew to eat corned beef and cabbage so we'll be having beef stew.  I am 1/4 Irish and my family sure did whoop it up when we were kids.  

Anyhow, I wanted to show you the cute little treats I made for my ladies' orders.  They got them tonight so I can show you now. 

Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Crumb cake, whisper white and garden green cardstock.  Black Stazon ink.  Big shot, label framelits, square lattice embossing folder, 1/2" circle punch, sm. heart punch, bitty buttons, pearls, oval punch, 1x8 cello bags, white bakers twine.

Aren't they cute?  I used Skittles jelly beans and they are so yummy!  These cello bags were in the last mini catalog but you can still order them.  Use number 124134.  I think they were $2.95 for 50.  Good deal eh? 

I originally thought to put chocolate gold coins in but I couldn't find any, and they wouldn't fit anyway.  The jelly beans are a perfect fit. 

These are pretty simple to make.  I adhered the hearts to the 1/2" circle and then punched out a sliver with the oval punch for the stem.  I cut another label so I could write my thank you and just tied them together.

I put just a dot of the Tombow Glue in the center and popped the button on there.  The pearls are already sticky and they stick gooooood.

Alrighty then, I'm going to be real quick tonight.  I'm still getting ready for my class tomorrow night.  I thought I would be using the same cards as last week but, I can't leave well enough alone and ended up tweaking each one so they are pretty different.  I am my own worst enemy.

Thanks so much for stopping by and may the luck of the Irish be with ye.

Blessings, b.

Monday, March 12, 2012

groovy square.....yep, thats me

Hey there!  I can't believe more than a week has past since I posted.  Sorry. 

I had a card class on Friday and spent all last week getting ready for that.  I just love hanging out with those ladies.  They are so much fun. 

I'm having another card class this Friday and Saturday at my house. Some of the cards will be the same, some will be different.  Here is one that we made and will be making this week too.

Fresh Vintage (SAB set) and Woodgrain.  Crumb cake, very vanilla and soft suede cardstock.  Crumb cake and lucky limeade inks.  Big shot, stripes embossing folder, bird punch, pearls, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), Newsprint DSP,  label framelits, sponging and dimensionals.

This is one of my favorites.  I know at first glance it looks a little plain.  But remember?  I like simple. 

I used the Free DSP from the SAB catalog for the bird body.  I colored some pearls black with a Sharpie to make eyeballs.  The greenery there is also a Free SAB set, Fresh Vintage.  AND the Stripes Embossing folder is also FREE right now during SAB. 

Geez, thats alot of free stuff.

Check out that soft suede piece in the back there...........That is the label framelit.  Check this out,

I realize now that I should have taken a pic of all the framelits.  6 different sizes come in one pack.  They are awesome! 

Anyway, cut out any size framelit you want.  Basic sandwich is this: 

platform on tab 2
cutting pad
framelit with ridged side down
cutting pad

You end up with this little cutie

Here comes the clever part.  Take the same framelit and turn it 90 degrees.  Cut again.

See?  Groovy Squares!  The little leftover pieces look like a ponytails hairdo for a girl.  I'm not that inventive with punch art so make up a little girl and use the hair and let me see what you did.  Thanks.

Alrighty then, Bachelor is over tonight.  I'll have to watch it another day.  I just can't stay up that late.  I have a feeling he will pick Courtney.  What a chump! 

Speaking of t.v., let me do a quick little thing about Downton Abbey. 

First of all, loved the ending.  Finally Mary and Matthew can get married.  I know it won't be so easy as that.  Also loved about William's dad asking Daisy to be his daughter.  So sweet!  So happy Bates isn't dead. 

Now here are the parts I have questions about: 
  • I still don't know why Sir Richard was threatening Lavinia.  I realize they are both gone now but I still want to know.
  • Did all the servants know about Robert and Jane?  Is that why they accepted her leaving without question?
  • Is Ethel just gone now?
  • I'm thinking Anna is pregnant but doesn't know it yet.
  • Who killed Vera?
  • What about that guy that said he was Patrick?  I think its weird that he left so suddenly.  I don't think that is over just yet.
  • I thought it was interesting how at the trial, Isobel said to Mrs. Hughes, "Its difficult to lie under oath.  Few of us can manage it." you need to share something Isobel?
I know I had more than that but its been a few weeks since I watched it.  You can see all of season 1 and 2 on Netflix.  I love it! 

Okay, I'm done now.  Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Blessings, b.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

thank you

Hey there!  How is everyone tonight?  We were talking about all the tornados today and I hope everyone stays safe for the ones they are predicting for tomorrow.  Batten down the hatches!  We will include you in our prayers tonight.

So, with yesterday being Leap Day and all, I thought I would get some stamping done.  I have 2 card classes coming up in the next few weeks.  I need to design 8 different cards. 

Nothing like procrastinating eh? 

So, instead of designing cards for that, I decided to make some Thank You cards.  I've had an idea floating in my head for a few months now and decided last night was the night to make it happen.  I guess I thought I'd be extra inspired because of Leap Day.  Yeah, I don't know either................

So, here ya go:

Thank You Kindly set.  Tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie, lucky limeade and whisper white cardstock.  Pumpkin pie, melon mambo, lucky limeade, tempting turquoise, elegant eggplant and black Stazon inks.  Big shot, polka dot embossing folder, lace ribbon border punch, bitty buttons, bakers twine, boho blossoms punch, sponge daubers and dimensionals. 

I hope you take notice that I didn't use any Crumb Cake cardstock.  I know, I couldn't believe it either.  It must have been the Leap Day thing.

I have had this idea of using the Lace Ribbon Border Punch as a mask.  It worked pretty well. 

Now that I'm looking at it though, wouldn't it have been easier to just ink up the cardstock and put a white punch out on top?  Yep.

Or even ink up the cardstock and punch that out and lay it on the white? Yep.   ( Actually I think this would be pretty cool.)

Oh well.

I'm not sure I even like it all that well.  It may just go in my sample basket and I'll be even later with my Thank Yous. 

Story of my life.

I do have something else very exciting to show you.  I got a package last week.

Hmmm......what could this be? 

Oh yeah, I got me some Project Life in the house!  I know, I'm very late to the party.

They've been out of stock for months.  I'm pretty darn over the moon about this. 

Almost 2 years ago to the day, I had an epiphany

I thought I could do this with just my regular page protectors but then things I wanted to scrap just started piling up and I never did get them onto a scrap page. 

What I needed was this nifty program.  I didn't buy the whole core package.  The colors and designs she has just don't float my boat, so I bought the Big Variety Pack 2, the 3x4 grid cards and the 6x12 page protectors. 

I don't plan on doing it weekly.  I would set myself up for failure.  I plan on doing it monthly.  Just bits and pieces for the month. 

There is no right or wrong.  Just go with the flow.  As soon as I get Jan. and Feb. done I will be showing you. 

Alrighty then, thats more than enough chit chat for tonight. 

Oh but wait!  I wanted to talk to you about Downton Abbey.  I finally watched the finale.  I'll save it. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings, b.