Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thankful for You

Thankful for You

I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving! I love creating cards or scrapbook pages during the season, it just seems to get me in the holiday spirit, no matter what the holiday is.

Today’s card was inspired by  The Paper Players Clean and Simple Thank You challenge, and the Pals Paper Arts color challenge to use Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.

Couldn’t be more clean and simple than a one-layer card! I used Naturals White for the card base and stamped the feather in curry, followed by the sentiment over top in olive, and two pumpkin candy dots finished off the card.

I’m looking forward to trying this same overlapping technique soon with other stamps and colors!

 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Being Thankful

 

Thank You Feathers

I’m not sure if it’s because I organized my studio last weekend (still in progress, ha!), or that I’ve offloaded some work responsibilities so feel a little less stressed in general, or that my house was cleaned before Sunday, but I found some time this weekend to play. I looked to some challenge blogs that I haven’t been able to join in quite awhile.

This card was inspired by the Stampin’ Royalty Being Thankful challenge and the Just Add Ink Texture challenge.

I recently got the Four Feathers stamps and framelits and couldn’t wait to use them! I started with a Crumb Cake base, stamped the feathers in Blackberry Bliss and then layered on a Blackberry Bliss cardstock piece cut into a pennant shape. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold, then layered beneath the sentiment a doily, strip of gold foil paper, gold sequin trim and then accented with die cut feathers, two with embossed gold tips.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking

Change is hard.

Sometimes the change is good and the resulting outcome is even better than the way things were. Other times change seems like the worst possible outcome and you wish things could go back to the way it always had been.

The craft world reeled at the news last week that Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine would be ceasing publication after the February 2015 issue. While I had taken a crafty backseat in submitting the last few months, I like many others had come to find friendships through PCS and was always inspired by blog posts, Go-to-Gals and the monthly magazine and special issues. Now, all of that is going away. My heart aches for the talented editorial team as they search for new jobs and finish out the next couple weeks wrapping up and saying good-bye to the crafting community that lovingly embraced them.

Rather than dwelling on the sadness, I wanted to spend some time remembering the magazine that pushed me to become a better card maker and challenged me to try new and different things with each publication call. I was always impressed with the content of each magazine and felt incredibly fortunate to have my cards grace those glossy pages (and one COVER!), and sit alongside some of the best crafters in the industry.

I hadn’t shared the recent projects and cards I’d had published as I took a blog hiatus during the busy fall months, but thought I’d share those today. Previously shared published cards here.

The Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 came out in August (I saw it in Michael’s recently!) and I had 5 projects in this issue.

You can also view my cupcake wrapper on this post at the Paper Crafts Connection Blog.

A Gift for You Pillow Box

I loved this pillow box made with my Silhouette Cameo! Stamp, ink and cardstock from Stampin’ Up!

This goes a little out of order ;) but I had four projects in the October 2014 issue with one of those being featured on the cover!

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The cute “treats” container is my little project! I used my Cameo for every card in this issue! I LOVE crafting with it and it’s been by far my favorite Christmas present EVER! Thanks mom and dad! ;)

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Here’s one other card I had in the issue, a tombstone card! I sponged the cardstock with ink to give it a weathered look. Literally took all of 5 minutes to create with cutting, sponging and adhering together. I love fast and cute cards!

Here’s to PCS! I wish the team the best of luck in their future endeavors and may they find the winds of change to be in their favor.

Friday, August 22, 2014

When Sports Collide

Jake and I always joke that we stopped at two kids because we didn’t want them to outnumber us, the adults/parents. While it’s great for a laugh, we’re also finding this was a great decision because having two active kids in sports means Jake and I do the '”divide and conquer” route when their spots overlap. Ha. ;)

Tomorrow Gwynie has two games in the morning (at 9:30 and 11) and then Brady has a football game at 12. It’s not the first time we’ve split for wrestling/softball or football/softball, and we know it probably won’t be the last time.

Anyway, since we have more “ball” going on tomorrow (and thank goodness they are at the same complex tomorrow!!), I thought I would share some softball pics from this Summer and some football pics from the scrimmage game the boys had Wednesday night.

DSC_0972 This year Brady is QB! He has been making great reads and is growing week by week as Quarterback! We’re so excited to see how he leads the team this year and on this play he made the read option to run the ball. Way to gain 30 yards buddy! Go #20!!

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DSC_0982 Now, this pic you can’t really see Brady behind #53, but Brady made the perfect pitch to Jordan, and Jordan scored a run! Way to go boys!

I haven’t shared hardly any softball  pics and here’s why…the fences block my shots! During one game there were short fences so I managed to get a few pictures! The girls have amazing uniforms in their first pick uni’s, and these are their second pick ones during games. Still cool but they love their other ones even more! ;)

DSC_0345Gwynie is #5 and holding the ball in this photo 

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We’re in for another crazy and wild ride over the next couple months as we tackle football and Fall softball, but we’ll manage as we always do. ;) 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Day of School

My “babies” are now in 10th and 6th grade. It’s a happy/sad feeling.

Check out my Back to School post from last year. Excerpt below that still adequately describes my feelings today as they were last year.

Today the kiddos went back to school. I am equal parts happy and sad.

Happy that they get to go see their friends again, learn some new stuff and enjoy all the things they get to be involved in at school.

Sad that my kiddos are getting a year older. Sad that we have to go back to homework, book reports and school projects. Sad that the carefree days of summer are over to be replaced with routines and schedules and early mornings.

But overall happy I guess.

(BTW – Gwynie got a new flannel type shirt this year and Brady got a new button down shirt with skull/crossbones on the tie. They are consistent in their tastes at least from year to year!)

It was overcast this morning, but we still managed to get our traditional back to school pictures!

DSC_0641  Gwynie, 10th Grade

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More pictures from this morning. Thank goodness they indulge me!

DSC_0631 DSC_0635 DSC_0637     Can I just take a moment to say I had pants like these when I was in 7th grade…ala 1994 (20 years ago!!!)…

 

DSC_0644 DSC_0645   Such a forced smile, ha!

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I thought it would be fun to compare their first day of Kindergarten to today. My how time flies.

Brady K-6

Gwynie K-10

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thanks Card Set

While I had a bunch of inks and the  What’s Your Type stamp set out making this scrapbook page the other night I decided to make a quick set of cards inspired by the color combo at The Paper Players since I was already using some of the same colors.

 Thanks Card Set

My Basic Gray ink pad needs to be replaced, so I substituted Smoky Slate for Basic Gray instead. :) I didn’t have a specific idea going in on placement of the images, I just wanted to play around and kind of like the end result and quirkiness of the design.

No embellishments and a one layer card made these super quick. These would be perfect to mail and mass produce!

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Tomorrow I’m doing a super fun activity with some of my co-workers and I’ll be sure to try and take a few pictures to share next week!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Clicking Cameras & Cousins

I spent a little bit of time in my craft room over the weekend and pulled this page together for the Clicking Cameras challenge over at Moxie Fab World.

A little while pack I received a prize pack for the Moxie Fab Scrapbooking Rocks challenge, and the  Maggie Holmes collection was included in the prize package. I decided this was the perfect time to use the sweet papers and colors, and the fun vintage camera paper and die cut to tie in with the challenge.  Typically when I think about scrapbooking for Thanking (when these photos were taken several…ahem, 6 years ago) it seems natural to make the pages in fall colors with leaves and feathers. Now, while I will most likely do that on other Thanksgiving pages down the road, I let myself “break the rules” and used pinks and butterflies and gold and bows for a page all about cousins and family. Really, there are no rules in scrapbooking but sometimes it’s nice to remind yourself of that fact and enjoy the process. ;)

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I added a strip of gold sequin trim and a few other sequins to the page (Stampin’ Up!), but pretty much everything on the page came from the MH collection. It almost feels like cheating when everything coordinates so perfectly together. ;)

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I love those sweet little bows and am sure I’ll be using the whole package up soon! I have another picture of these kiddos and Jake’s parents from another Thanksgiving, I just might make another page with this line while it’s still out on my desk. ;) Still plucking away at getting caught up on my scrapbooking this year, ha!

Thanks for stopping by!