Friday, January 30, 2009
In honor of Valentine's Day coming up, I have another love layout for you. I created this one for Cindy Smith's Valentine's book that came out last year. It is a little different than my usual style but I really love this one. Please excuse the red glare off the transparency. It is not there IRL.
Have an amazing weekend!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wishing you a warm, happy day. Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I got some well needed rest last night because...school was cancelled! I am happy for the snow and happy to have my sweet girls home BUT I am worried about how I am going to get all this packing up done with them here.
Today on the decluttering agenda, my craft room. Did you see the picture in Monday's post? Yes it still looks like that. I usually clean up after I finish a project but I have been so busy packing. The thought of decluttering this room is paralyzing. I have SO much stuff. I want to make sure I have enough left to still complete assignments and submissions but I want to make the room look bigger too.
I did take a break from the cleaning yesterday to do a card. I had a lot of fun with this one. Hope you like it.
Have a great day!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thank you to everyone who gave their input on the knobs in the kitchen. I plan to replace the gold ones. I really do love the dark ones but it will cost about $100 so I just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one who thought they looked good.
Today the play room is on the agenda. Our basement is about 75% finished and has kind of become the place to keep most of the girls' toys, especially the big stuff. My oldest has a "school room" down there that we will probably keep pretty much in tack. I did talk to the girls about what they think should be packed up and I was pleasantly surprised at what they suggested.
I have a layout to show to you today. I created this one a few months ago but haven't had a chance to post it. I thought it might cheer brighten up a cold winter's day for you. This is definitely one of my favorites. I love that picture of my DD. The smile is so natural and her dimples take center stage. I added dimples to the chipboard letters by using my Crop-a-Dile Eyelet setter. You can click on the picture to see it in better detail.
Hope your day is spectacular!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I am beat! I will admit, cleaning is NOT my favorite thing to do! But we are getting things done. We took the girls down to look around the new city on Saturday. I really think they had a good time. We checked out where K would be swimming for the swim club down there. Found a great gym for L and went in to watch a little bit of practice. We drove them by the two schools I like and even found a great park for them to play in. Both girls have now said to me that they wish we could just move now. I couldn't agree more! Just get it over with!
Sunday morning was hard. Our church will definitely be the place I cry when we leave. We have so many good friends there. Some of them had heard rumors already because I had to make an announcement at our Children's Ministry meeting since I won't be heading up VBS this year. It was nice to get so much support and love from everyone.
As for the rest of the weekend we decluttered both the girls' rooms and then cleaned up so we could have friends over for Bible study last night. Since I don't have any projects to show you today, I thought I would share some of our progress instead.
This is L's room. There was no getting rid of ginormous Barbie house. :) We did clean it up a little and limited the number of Barbies to 4. Yes, there are WAY more than that. They are camping out in her very clean closet.
And I am proud to say that this is the Clutter Queen's room. She did an amazing job letting go of a lot of her stuff. I was worried about her. She is so sentimental and hates to part with anything but we did not have to "force" either of them to pack away anything. We did want to keep most of their favorite things because we don't know how long we will be here.
Here is our newly painted foyer. Pretty isn't it? I am so happy with how it turned out. Love this color. Without the glare, it is a gorgeous tan with the pop of white trim.
And then there is my craft room! Oh...my head hurts already! :)
Ok, so now I need your help. I don't watch a whole lot of television but when I do, I usually have HGTV on. I love watching shows like Design to Sell. One of the great things I have heard is to change out the knobs on your kitchen cabinets. So I found these great knobs at Lowes today. They match the gorgeous light fixtures that were in our kitchen when we moved.
These are the knobs that have been on the doors for 5 years.
These are the new ones.
Here is a picture of them from a distance. What do you think? I mean I REALLY want your opinion. Good or Bad. REALLY. Be honest with me.
OK, I am off to tackle my laundry room, linen closet and laundry room. Wish me luck!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
That was the sentiment on one of the cards I made this last week. I just love that. I could give this card to so many wonderful women I know. I was happy to get a chance to go over to my sweet friend, Kimber's to do a little scrapping. It has been way too long since we have had a chance to get together and scrap. I got several cards done while I was there and wanted to share one with you today.
My first official Sizzix card. :) I don't actually have my machine yet (that poor mail carrier is probably getting very worried about my stalking tendacies lately) LOL But Kimber had a Big Shot that I borrowed. The cute little bird, the flourish and the brown flower are all Sizzix.
The pattern paper and cool paper mache frame are from Making Memories. The great sentiment stamp is from Stamping Up. The rhineston buckle is Daisy D's I think (gotta check that one) and the flower is Offray.
As always, I appreciate all of you stopping by. Have an amazing week.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I wish the pictures of her freestyle were not so blurry. I didn't mess with my camera settings as much as I should have before she started swimming.
The swim club where K swims does such a great job working with them on their form. I just love these pictures of her starts.
Breast stroke is not her favorite stroke but she really did great this weekend. She swam the 5o 14 seconds faster than her best time and came in first for her heat. :) Sadly she accidently did about half a freestyle stroke right after coming off the block and got DQd. She is still quite excited about her amazing time.
Backstroke, her favorite stroke. She took almost 2 seconds off her time here too. :)
I just love this picture. I absolutely adore the coaches at K's swim club. This is her favorite coach. She is just the sweetest. I love how they take time to talk to the kids after each event they swim.
OK, so now that you have seen WAY too many swimming pictures how about a layout. My final layout I got done from my scrappy weekend. I really love the way this layout turned out. Sadly, it did not photograph real well. The pictures are not nearly that harsh. K cracks me up. I don't know many little girls that enjoy being goalie. Personally, I don't want people kicking a ball at my head. LOL But it is her favorite position and she is getting quite good at it.
Some more yummy Magistical Memories nested stars on here. I am seriously addicted! Pattern papers are Basic Grey and that label if from an awesome digital kit I got from 2 Peas called Swank Labels by Jennifer Pebbles.
Have a fabulous week!!!
Friday, January 16, 2009
I used a white paint pen to create the white polka dots on the large circles. I absolutely love my Sharpie paint pen. I tried looking for some at Hobby Lobby yesterday (the one place in town I have always been able to find them) and they did not have any! I may have to resort to buying them on line. They are that good. Anyway, it is a little hard to tell, but the title and photos are pop dotted for a dimension.
Thank you for stopping by and stay warm. :)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I heard yesterday that ticket to the Inauguration were being scalped for $1000 or more. At first I was thinking that was way too much money but then I started thinking about it. How much would you pay to be part of history? I won't be hopping on a plane and paying a scalper $1000, that's not counting how much rooms are going for. But it definitely would be cool to be standing there as Obama is being sworn in. So if you had a chance to go, how much would you be willing to pay?
As promised, I have another layout to share. These pictures make me smile. I guess to me, finding their dolls in the sink just represents childhood to me. I am so thinkful for their wonderful imaginations.
It is a little hard to tell from the picture but I added glitter letters in the title and a matching glitter frame around the journaling. You can click on the photo to see it better.
Thank you so much for stopping by and have great day!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
But first I wanted to share some exciting news. If you read my blog once in a while you may remeber that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about being asked to be a featured designer for the February issue of Crafts 'N Things magazine. Well, I got an e-mail from the editor this last week telling me that she got a call from Sizzix Die Cuts. They saw my work in the magazine and would like me to do design work for them using their product! How cool is that??? I can't wait to start playing with all of their awesome product!
Monday, January 12, 2009
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sorry I am a little late this morning. I woke up this morning feeling a little bit yucky. Nothing real serious but I am definitely fighting something off. I slept over 12 hours on Saturday! I thought I had this thing beat. Obviously, I am not quite perfect yet but after taking a little nap this morning I am feeling more productive. I would really love to get some scrapping done but I am still trying to catch up from having so many guests for the holidays. The laundry threatened to take over my bathroom. Don't worry, I beat it back with a stick and I think we can pile another two tons in there. LOL Actually after dedicating the day yesterday to housework I can actually see the bottom of one of the laundry baskets. Yayyyyyyy!!!
Anyway, I wanted to tell you about a really cool challenge over at Magistical Memories. I was looking back over one of my old scrapbooks with L last night and noticed how often I used to use quotes and poems, even found one that I wrote myself! (gasp!) LOL I started thinking about it and realized that I haven't done that in quite sometime. I still collect quotes though. I even have a daily quote pop up on my igoogle page every day. If you are like me and love quotes this is the perfect challenge. All you have to do is create a card or tag using a quote for a chance to win some very awesome chipboard from Magistical Memories. You can find the challenge here. Here is my first card that I created. I plan on making at least one more. (if I can find my way out from under the laundry of course!) LOL
Layered a card with a few different papers from Basic Grey and Creative Imaginations. I printed the quote on a piece of pattern paper and then used it to cover a piece of Magistical Memories chipboard. Finished it off with a rub-on, rhinestone flowers(gotta have bling, and some ribbon. Hope to see some of your projects!
Have a very happy Wednesday!
Monday, January 5, 2009
But first I wanted to announce the winners of the 5000 Celebration. Thanks to everyone who shared your resolutions with me. You all have inspired me to work to better myself in 2009. Now for the winners. After throwing all the names in a hat (well, actually I threw them in a cute little red bucket I got from Target LOL) I have two winners. Congrats to Susan Beth and Michelle Lanning! Please e-mail me with your information.
I have another reason to celebrate. Yesterday was project day over at Emma's Paperie. :) I know you have heard me say before how much I adore these days but WOW! This week the girls blew my socks off. What amazing ways to use these cute little tins. We were challenged to use these tins in a project. Here is what I came up with.
You can find all the other designers' projects, as well as instructions for each on the Emma's Paperie Blog.
Have an amazing week and thanks for stopping by!
Friday, January 2, 2009
We had such a wonderful New Years. We spent the holiday at my in-laws, ringing in the New Year with family. Such a great way to celebrate. Lots of games and laughing and spending time with the ones we love. Brianne, no longer the youngest, cracked me up with all her antics. Trying to keep all the big girl toys out of the tiny little hands of my niece who is about 18 months and just relaxing and having a good time.
I know why people make New Year's Resolutions to lose weight. I don't even want to touch another cookie or dessert. I am still stuffed from all the good food. My New Years resolution is to work on my organization. I used to be extremely organized before I had the girls but things have just slid since then. My craft room is clean and organized and I love it this way. I am really going to try and keep it this way. We really need to clean and organize our storage room in the basement for you.
So here is the celebration part. I want to not only celebrate a fresh, new year but over the holidays I hit 5000 visitors! So leave me a comment and tell me what your New Year's resolutions are. If you have none, that is fine just tell me that. I will pick two people to receive $25 worth of Odd Bird Planet stamps (your choice). I will also throw in a Bazzill 6 x 12 album for each and a few other goodies. You have until Monday to leave me a comment.
Have a wonderful weekend!