Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturday stampin!

I finally got some time tonight to play in my stamp room. Unfortunately, before I got started I stubbed my toe(s) on my Tonic cutter (which I had sitting on the floor under my stamp table). OMG did that hurt! I actually cried and had to yell for Tom to come downstairs. I cut one toe really bad and I thought I broke the same toe and maybe another. After a few bandages and some ibuprofen, I'm doing, OK, but it still hurts. I can't wait to see what it looks like in the morning. So even though it was a rocky start to my stamp night, I did manage to make 2 and 3/4 cards. I have to finish up the 3rd one tomorrow.
This is the first card that I made. Unfortunately I was in need of a sympathy card as a friend of mine from High School's brother died this past week. I am not very good with sympathy cards. I never know what colors to use, what kind of stamps to use, etc. The cardstock used is SU Rose Red and Black and Shimmery white. DP is SU and DCWV. The stamps are PTI's "Out On A Limb". All inks used are Palette (can't remember the exact colors off the top of my head). Black gems from Target.

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Not enough time in a day!

I need about 6 extra hours in a day. Even though Tom has been home for a week, there still doesn't seem like there is enough time to get everything done lately. I do have to say my laundry is completely caught up and the house is pretty clean, but that is a minute by minute situation. These kids can destroy a house faster than a tornado.
I did find a couple minutes yesterday to make a card and I have to say that I LOVE this card. The picture doesn't do it justice. It is very vibrant in real life. The stamps used are clear stamps from Inkadinkadoo (my current favorite stamp company). The butterfly comes from the set "Garden Delight" and I can't remember the other set right off the top of my head. I think it also has "garden" in the title. I cut the "Get well soon" stamp so that I could rearrange the word layout. The background is done by inking the smooth side of the cuttlebug folder before putting the paper in and then running it through the machine. I LOVE this technique but have found that it works best with the lighter (soft subtles) colors. I tried doing it with Only Orange and it gave a really grainy look. This is also another "first" card for me. I have never used these hodgepodge pieces on a card before. I think it added a nice touch. The butterfly was done exactly the same way I did the little monsters a month or so ago. I stamped the butterfly on a transparency sheet, ran it through my xyron and added glitter to the back. I layered it over the same image (stamped on white cs) to give it a 3-D look. So what do you think?
We have a busy weekend ahead of us again so I'm not sure when I will have more to share. Hopefully soon though. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

We're home!

We survived our waterpark mini vacation. This adventure was much more enjoyable than last weeks camping excursion. If you have never been to the Kalahari resort in Wisconsin Dells, I highly recommend it. I am not a swimmer or a water lover but this place is awesome. This is big, coming from someone who would normally rather die than put a swimming suit on. A swim suit is definitely a sacrifice I will make in exchange for the awesome time my kids had (plus most of the women there were a lot heavier than me and a lot of them wore bikinis). The rooms at the Kalahari are first rate and the indoor waterpark is fantastic. For extremely fair skinned people (like us), indoor anything is a bonus! The kids had a blast. Beckett was unstoppable. He would go up and down the water slides all day. Annabelle prefered to practice her swimming skills in the pool. They both loved the lazy river. I loved seeing them having so much fun! Unfortunately we forgot to take our camera. We still ran into a little bit of an issue with Beckett wanting to sleep at "his home" instead of at the hotel but he was SO tired after 5 hours of swimming and water slides that he made a fuss for about 30 seconds and then fell asleep. Overall it was an awesome time!
Now that we are home we are finishing up our list of fix-it jobs before Tom heads back to work on Monday. I haven't had any time to create anything crafty but hopefully tomorrow I will find a few minutes to play. Until then, I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Recognize this picture?

It is the picture on my blog banner. Another one of the Christmas pictures we had taken last fall. This is the 2nd of the 2 pages that I made during the last couple days. I am loving the 1 picture pages. I have a ton of 5x7 pictures that I just didn't know what to do with...I know now. I love how this page turned out. The poinsettias are a TAC stamp and I colored them with prismacolor pencil and gamsol (never considered if this was scrapbook safe, opps, I guess I better check into that) and layered them. Then I added some more of those Prima poinsettias. I'm almost out of the red *yikes*. All of the paper is Basic Grey except for the red (from my SAMS club pack) and green (SU!) borders. I am so in love with Basic Grey paper. I have a lot because I used to be a hoarder. I'm learning to use what I buy instead of saving it for a "someday". The word "Christmas" is from a Christmas sentiment stamp set from See-D's and I cut the word Joy using my Cricut (it is definitely getting a work-out lately!). I printed "Annabelle & Beckett 2007" on the computer and cut it out with my CM cutting system. I think that is it.
This may (or may not) be my last post until Tuesday. We have a lot going on these next few days. Tom is still on vacation all of this next week so I need to take advantage of this and try and get some much needed house projects done!
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful holiday weekend! Thanks for stopping by!