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Monday, March 2, 2015

pawsome birthday cards

Today I want to share a couple of birthday cards I made for some special people in my life, using similar supplies! ;)  

First up is Josh's birthday card.  I started with plain white cardstock, and looking through my scrap basket, found a fun print with great colors that was from a MME 6x6 pad.  I used a coordinating scrap to die cut a tag, that I tied on with twine.  I stamped the dog from the Simon Says Stamp You Are Pawesome stamp set with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink, colored him in using various SU Stampin' Write markers, then die cut him out, along with the word "pawesome."  I stamped the rest of the sentiment around the die cut word in coordinating ink.

I used Winnie & Walter's Big Bang Confetti stamp set, along with the tiny paw print in Paper Smooches Lucky Dog stamp set to decorate the envelope in coordinating ink colors.

For my niece Paisley's card, I started with a Doodlebug bubblegum card and envelope, and used the cat from the You Are Pawesome set, and colored it as close to a calico as I could.  I die cut the word from sugar-coated cardstock, and stamped the same sentiment for the front of her card, but added the ball of yarn, positioning the kitty to look as if it were leaping on it.  To ground the action, I die cut a banner shape from a scrap I had laying near by.  I used Doodlebug's Simply Sweet alpha stamps, and SU's Endless Birthday Wishes to decorate the rest of her envelope, adding some Wink of Stella clear glitter to various places on the card and envelope.

I have really enjoyed making cards lately!
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, February 27, 2015

photo Friday - 2014 Project Life album

Happy Photo Friday! :)

As I was putting together the page with all the links to my 2014 Project Life album, I realized I never shared the photos of my album cover.  I blogged about having to order my Doodlebug album in THIS post, but I didn't find a follow-up post showing how I decorated it with adhesive vinyl I cut with my Silhouette Cameo after I received it.  Oops!

Well, I absolutely love the color, and I will say the albums are very durable.  My only real complaint is the top ring has a tendency to open slightly sometimes, but I honestly feel like I've put those rings through ... well, the ringer, LOL! ;)  Both my Project Life albums are CRAM-PACKED!  But my entire year has fit into the one album, so I'm thrilled about that!  I would recommend Doodlebug albums, as well as their divided page protectors that I've used throughout my two years of doing Project Life with them, to anyone doing a normal album or special album for a vacation or event (something not crammed).

Be sure and click the link to the right for my entire 2014 Project Life album.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fantastic weekend! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

digital calendar and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Skrillex radio on Pandora
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - black pinstripe slacks and a red top
*weather - snowed on Monday, 50s today, snow predictions again for Friday :/
*wanting - Spring! :)
*needing - to get some errands run and things crossed off my To Do list
*thinking - about funny things people say
*enjoying - feeling useful

In early January, I was busy getting all my 2015 calendars and planners set up, and remembered that I had downloaded Lori Whitlock's 2015 digital calendar from Snap Click Supply.  But I should first back up ...

Quite some time ago .... maybe a year and a half or more ... ish ... one of my scrapbook pals made some gorgeous flip pages that hung from a ring using a plastic IKEA frame.  I thought it would make an awesome gift, and had an idea to use it as a perpetual birthday calendar-type of thing.  Our little group went nuts and each got several of the 99cent IKEA frames.  And, as usual, I wanted to finish some projects first, so mine sat in my closet, unused.  Then I saw them pop up about a year ago in the dollar bins at Michaels, in various colors, so I bought several more.  You know, because I was running out.  Yeah ... ;)  I actually DID use a few for photos, and DID give a couple to a friend for her new work area.  But I still have more than I need, LOL.  So when the digital calendar files were on sale, it seemed like a perfect way to use the frames!  

After picking one photo from each month of the previous year, I opened the files in Adobe Photoshop Elements, like I typically do other digital files.  But I was unable to manipulate them the way I thought I would be.  I would have liked to make the 2015 larger, as well as the month and dates.  I would have changed up the borders on a few of the months, or at least the colors.  I messed with it for several hours, until I was quite frustrated and just gave up trying to tweak it.  I gave in and just plopped my photos in and leaving the rest as it was.  Then I just sent them to print like normal, and popped them in the frames - that part was super easy! :)  

I have one at home and one at work, just alike.  And I really like them.  I'd definitely like them better if I'd gotten to do them MY way, but I still really like them.  Sorry about the glare on the photos, there is no good place to get away from that with all the florescent lighting around my work area.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Valentine card

For Josh's Valentine card, I wanted to recreate a technique I've seen both Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire do time and time again, and I really wanted to play with my embossing paste! :)

I started by measuring a piece of plain white cardstock that was a half-inch smaller than my cardfront, so I would be able to layer a mat underneath.  I used painters tape to tape down the piece to my non-stick craft mat, then taped down my hearts mask by Stampin' UP! where I wanted it.  I wanted a rainbow of color diagonally across the card, from lightest to darkest, and pulled out 5 Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Barn Door.  I got my baby wipes, paper towels and plastic palette knife ready.

I used washi tape and post-it notes to mask off the areas I wanted to cover as I went.  I smushed (that's the technical term) the ink pad onto my craft mat, then used a tiny amount of embossing paste to smear into the color, working it into the pigment.  It looks just like frosting!  Be sure and close your embossing paste between colors, it can dry out very fast!  

Working quickly, I spread a thin layer over the mask and into the heart shapes, where I wanted the color.  I continued with all 5 colors, working my way up the cardstock.  Once it was complete, I removed the mask and gently smoothed the sides, if any paste was hanging off.  Then, I immediately sprinkled the still wet embossing paste with Stampin' UP! Dazzling Diamonds (just like I would embossing powder) and set aside to dry while I cleaned up all my tools, stencil and work area.  

After 15 minutes or so, I shook off even MORE glittery goodness, and used my heat tool to gently set it, in case there were any spots still not dry.  I will tell you - the glitter was a HUGE MESS!  But, I loved how it looked, even with most of it falling off.  It was worth it, to me.  Because of the way I'd positioned my mask, there was an excess on both the top and bottom of my piece that I trimmed away, leaving an unequal area of matting for the sides and top/bottom (but I was OK with it).

I used my Lawn Fawn Scripty Love die with Doodlebug sugar-coated cardstock, then completed my sentiment with a Paper Smooches stamp by heat embossing in white, then die cutting a banner, from bubblegum cardstock.  I also added a die cut heart that I ran through a polka-dot embossing folder in my Cuttlebug.  I went around all the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink to define all the edges just a bit, and it really made a difference!

After I stamped the inside sentiment, I used the same stencil and Distress Inks with sponge daubers to decorate my envelope, and assembled my card.

Thanks for stopping by today! ;)

Friday, February 20, 2015

photo Friday - Valentine flowers

Happy Photo Friday! :)

Today I wanted to share the gorgeous flowers and fun balloon I got last week, delivered to my office.  It was quite a surprise! ;)  

They were delivered on Thursday, and when I got home, Josh also gave me a beautiful card, a candy heart full of my favorite mini Reese's, an adorable "CuPig" (a play on our last name) and some glittery piggy stickers to match.  :)  Josh even noted they were acid-free, and would be cute for the Valentine layout, LOL!  He knows me so well! :)  

He was in such a rush to pamper me, and when I confessed how bad I felt for not having a chance to get him anything yet, or not having any spare time to even make him a card, and had planned to have it ready ON Saturday, for Valentine's ... he got a weird look on his face.  I asked if he realized that Valentine's Day was on Saturday, and he immediately started looking for the calendar, while I giggled.  He'd had it in his head all week that Valentine's Day was on Friday!  :)  It all worked out, and we got a good laugh!  And, I had time to make him a pretty cool card, too! :)  I'll share it next week, so stay tuned! :)

As a side note, my roses didn't make it the entire week, and one of the lilies died as well.  The carnations and other lily buds have since opened and they're just beautiful!  My balloon isn't even showing signs of drooping a bit, either.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT weekend! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Project Life End of the Year and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to beloved silence in my office, although I know it will not be for long
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - charcoal gray slacks, pink sweater
*weather - super chilly
*wanting - to shop ... for clothes, craft supplies, gifts, house stuff ... so many cute things
*needing - to get a grocery list together
*thinking - about a meeting I have later, some decisions to make and projects to finish
*enjoying - that I stepped out of my comfort zone once again and had fun ;)

For my final pages of my 2015 Project Life album, I used Doodlebug's Sugar Shoppe collection.  It's made for a girl version of a party theme (they also have Hip Hip Hooray for boys), but I loved it as a celebration of my year.  I designed the round "end of the year" to match the rest of the round week numbers, in the Silhouette Studio software.  I also used several different word art shapes to piece together my "Happy New Year 2015" insert, using various matching Doodlebug cardstocks.  I was able to print a graph I made in Excel of my weight loss over the year, and included that as one of my cards as well.  I used lots of fun embellishments from Bella Blvd, Simple Stories and MME (my favorite is the man/woman restroom figures with the heart on the chipboard button), in addition to the matching Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe Mini Tags and Sprinkles.

During the last few days of 2014, I ... got sucked into a Breaking Bad marathon on AMC; it was frigidly cold; Josh took Gracie to Mann’s Best Friend to get her dog food; watched a movie; my Sooners played their bowl game and it was huge disgrace – the worst showing (or next to-they had a graphic up toward the end of the game, we may have redeemed ourselves with 6 whole points) in the 16 years Bob Stoops has been head coach; got my hair done; got my nails done; went to a New Year’s party; got to see some friends we hadn’t seen in a really long time – had an awesome time; rang in the new year feeling full of happiness, love and hope for more of the same in 2015!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Project Life Week 51 & 52 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Ease My Mind by Skrillex on my iPod
*eating - had a rice cake with peanut butter earlier
*drinking - water
*wearing - black top with a gray, black, pink and ivory print skirt
*weather - colder today than it has been - looking forward to Spring!!
*wanting - a housekeeper
*needing - some new pants for work
*thinking - about the weekend (always, lol)
*enjoying - that things feel like they're coming together

Today, I have the last two full weeks of my 2014 Project Life album.  And wouldn't you know it, as I was getting the photos ready for this post, I found a boo boo in my journaling! Ugh! :/  I know I still have the same paper, so it will be easy to fix my mistake and reprint.  I still need to complete the final pages, with the last days of the year.  Hopefully I can have that done for next week.

For my Week 51 pages, I used Echo Park Dots & Stripes Soda Fountain papers.  Highlights for our week:  I got all my baking and goodie-making done; brought them to work and everyone loved them; only watched one movie; had severe weather/tornado warnings; got tickets for Something Wonderful; wore another scarf; designed another picture card to enclose with regular Christmas cards and got them mailed out; tried on 4 pants one day, all still loose; Josh broke a tooth, needs root canal and crown; celebrated Christmas with my parents; my dad liked his Duke Bourbon; got my nails done; got our tickets for EDC; Josh gave blood; braved the mall and found some last minute things, along with dinner out; worked on handmade gifts; went to the annual family Dirty Santa party, had a pretty good time hanging out with the nephews.

My Week 52 pages are done in all Doodlebug Christmas collections, mostly Santa Express, and included a pull-out for my movie reviews.  This week, I .... put some finishing touches on some handmade gifts; made a turkey chili for our work lunch; had lunch with Mykella; went shopping in Norman; celebrated Brandy’s birthday; spent Christmas Eve with family; instead of drawing names we all brought a gift to do a Dirty Santa game with and we all ended up with what we brought, LOL; spent Christmas at home watching movies; did quite a bit of shopping; had a couple of nice days out and found some bargains too; snowed a decent amount on Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

butterfly card

Today I have a fun card to share, using an idea I saw online several years ago and finally tried! ;)  I loved the idea of using a paint chip sample card to punch shapes from, giving an ombre effect to your project.  

I gathered several paint chip cards at various retailers quite some time ago, and they sat unpunched near my card-making supplies.  I finally needed some inspiration, so I pulled out my butterfly punches, my basket of scraps, the paint chip cards and got to work!

I cut down a leftover piece of an American Crafts 6x6 pad for the background, layered a strip of Bella Blvd for contrast, and used a Doodlebug sticker for the sentiment.  I punched a butterfly from each of the three shades of green on my card, with each size of the two Stampin' Up punches, layering them and adding a pearl to finish.  I love the dimension layering the two together gives!

I can't wait to do more of these type cards in the future! :)  I think it would be fun to cut shapes with my Silhouette Cameo this way, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 6, 2015

photo Friday - what a mess!

Happy Photo Friday! :)

Everyone has heard of Dog Shame, I've even done it a time or two to my pups.  Today I am Scrapbook Mess Shaming myself.  Anyone that knows me, or knows anything about me, should know that even looking at this room nearly gives me hives! :)  I've been on such a tizz to finish my last few PL pages, and I've been working in the living room while watching TV.  When it was time to stop, I wasn't at a true 'stopping point' so I just picked up and dropped off.  And it's been making me C.R.A.Z.Y! 

I'm still not totally done with my stamp and die re-organization, either.  My containers don't slide very easily on my shelves, so I've been looking for something thin and non-permanent to put underneath them, like plexiglass.  In one of the "life hack" posts I saw recently, one of the tips was to use adhesive-backed tiles from the dollar store on wire shelving in closets or pantries, which gave me an idea.  As we were walking through a home improvement store for something else last night, we found some linoleum squares that would be perfect, for only 66 cents each! ;)  They should work just fine for my needs!

Here are my weekend priorities:
  • finish my PL
  • Valentine's card
  • finish a birthday banner I promised for a friend
  • THEN get my linoleum squares placed, and put everything back to where it belongs
  • so I can start fresh on my 2014 and 2015 albums
Do you clean up between projects?  I typically do.  I really can't function in a messy space ... probably one reason my creativity has felt so zapped.  I may not get everything on my list done, but I'll try!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend! ;)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Project Life Week 49 & 50 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Outside by Calvin Harris (ft Ellie Goulding) on my iPod, OBSESSED with this song! :)
*eating - had a rice cake with peanut butter
*drinking - water
*wearing - gray pants with a black sweater
*weather - cold and windy
*wanting - nice weather back!
*needing - to get some projects finished up
*thinking - about which font to use for a banner
*enjoying - that although this week has been busy, it's gone fast!

For my Week 49 pages, I used a 6x6 pad by The Paper Studio, called Holiday Cheer.  I found it at Basket Market (the Hobby Lobby outlet) for $3!  I only used one of the green shades, with some of the red as an accent.  I wanted to include so many photos this week, I made a pull out for my movie reviews.

Highlights for this week ... I recovered from our night out; watched some movies; had a super busy week at work; love my new wreath; got a pretty good chuckle over a ridiculous public mistake made by an ex-friend; Gracie “killed” a toy while Josh was in the shower-Junior & Griffin made sure he knew they had nothing to do with it (she was proud of her mess); went on a big grocery run; love finding new ways to wear my scarves; Griffin didn’t feel well for a day or so; our new boss was finally announced; I got my nails done in a light gray color; hating the gloomy rainy weather; wrapped gifts while I caught up on some TV; Bedlam Week and my Sooners all but handed the ball to OSU and left the field-such an embarrassing game, we lost in overtime 38-35; meanwhile, my nephew Dalton was out hunting and got himself at 10-point buck and later that evening, we watched UFC181, where our hometown champ Johny Hendricks lost his Welterweight Title to Robbie Lawler (as he should have, he didn’t do well).

Now for Week 50 ... I used some gray scraps from Echo Park's Dots & StripesMetropolitan and Style Essentials Upscale.  I die cut my number and date from smooth with cardstock, but it looked too white, so I used a Doodlebug bubblegum pigment ink with an older Martha Stewart clear background stamps (patterns) on them.  I loved the effect, and continued to use the pinks throughout my embellishing the layout.  :)
This week, I ... went shopping with my Mother-in-Law; Josh put a sub-woofer in my car; we took our annual family photos with the dogs, then had dinner with my in-laws; Josh got his Christmas gift ordered (gun stuff he’s been wanting); I met my friend Mykella for a little shopping and dinner; got our Christmas cards made; had a misunderstanding with a co-worker; changed my computer background at work to a shot from an EDC show; finally went to the doctor about the pain in my back, had to take x-rays 3 times because of the goofy nurse; realized it would’ve been my brother’s 56th birthday; got a huge chunk of my Christmas shopping done (and some for myself too); watched UFC; wrapped gifts; worked on handmade gifts; had the last sequential date until 1/2/2103.

Phew!  That was a lot!  I'm almost done with the next couple of pages, I should have them done for next week! :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)