Friday, October 29, 2010

Papercraft Star: Challenge 19

Hi
Just a quick post to show off my latest card for the Papercraft Star Challenge.  I used some Maya Road products I won a 2Peas during the Thinking Ink Holiday Class.  The Pear felt sticker and the label stamp are from Maya Road. Most of the paper, ribbon and brads are Close to My Heart.  The orange and brown paper was from my stash.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween & Fall Cards

I've been in the mood to create but haven't had the time to do any scrapbooking, so that's when I make cards.  I enjoy making cards because they are little works of art that I get to share.  Since it's getting cold and the leaves are changing color I was inspired to make some Halloween and Fall Cards.

I'm following the Thinking Inking Class over at 2Peas so I used the techniques that Jennifer was showing.  I also used the challenge at Papercraft Star for the Halloween cards.  I normally don't make Halloween cards, but I think that is going to change. I love Halloween and these cards were so easy to create.  Supplies Used are Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Hero Arts Stamps and some very, very old Do Dads I found in my stash.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Anniversary

My wedding anniversary is coming up this weekend.  It's been 11 amazing years!  I always have a hard time buying my husband a gift.  He is the type of person that get things when he wants them. So what to do.... I happened to be at the bookstore and noticed a new book.  It was perfect.  My hubby loves the Steelers.  We have a wall in our basement that is a dedication to this football team.  The book is The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: the Steelers, the Cowboys, he 70s, and the Fight for America's Soul by Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne.  I'm hoping he will like this and that he doesn't read this until next week. :)

I also made the following card for him:

I used the sketch from the PaperCraft Star Challenge.

The rest of the celebration will be a nice dinner at home after the kids are in bed. We usually watch our wedding video and look at our photos.  The boys usually have a good time watching everyone in the video having fun and seeing family members that have passed.  It will be a good day!

Friday, September 17, 2010

More Boy Birthday Cards

I'm still in birthday season around here.  This time I need a card for my little guy who is turning 5!  I used the sketch at Papercraft Star.  This was for challenge 13. This is a new site to me, but I love how they post a sketch and you can create any paper craft, not just cards.  Maybe I'll get some scrapbooking done with these sketches!?



I just used some things I had in my stash.  The paper is some old Junkits and I'm not sure who made the stickers.  The border punch is a Martha Stewert punch.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birthday Card

I did find time to make another boy birthday card. This time it's for my oldest son who will be 9 on Monday. I used a sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You for my background. The paper is by Basic Grey: Oliver; Stamps by Tim Holtz Urban Chic; distress Ink, Stickles.  The card scanned in a little blurry but here it is:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Birthday Card

It's been a long time since I worked on any cards. I needed to make one for this weekend. My oldest is going to his best friends 10th birthday and I wanted to make a great card for him. The problem it's for a 10 year old boy. It's hard enough making a masculine card, but even so much harder to make one that will met the standards of a 10 year old.

I was inspired by the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You:



I used the Hero Arts Rock Star Stamp Set and Basic Grey's Oliver Paper Pad. I also used a little grunge board and ranger inks and paint.




Hopeful the birthday boy will like it!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

25 Days of Summer

Well I finished round two of the 25 days of summer class. The final two templates are below. As you can see the first two pages are the same page, just different pictures. My two oldest both played baseball this summer and were on the same team. These pages will go into their activities scrapbooks.


This layout is pretty obvious - 4th of July. We didn't take many pictures because we really didn't do much since we were leaving the next day for our 2nd trip to Russia.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

25 Days of Summer

I had to take a break from the 25 days of summer class I was taking. I'm determined to do all 25 layouts before school starts but we will see....I'll do the best I can. I was in great need of some creative time the other night so I decided to work on this layout.



The pictures were from my oldest sons Field Trip to Green Field Village. I was so busy keeping all the boys I was in charge of together that I didn't get many photos. At least I had a few to document the fun day I had with my son and his friends.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

25 Days of Summer

Well life has gotten in the way of my 25 days of summer classes. ;) I'm still working on it, just not at the speed I was hoping for. But that's okay. I was able to get two pages finished today so I'm up to page 7 out of 25.


I enjoyed doing these layouts because they were not my typical style. I'm more of a linear type of gal and this playground style was fun to explore.



Saturday, June 5, 2010

25 Days of Summer and other ramblings

I finished another book...Small Change by Sheila Roberts. It was a cute, light hearted friendship story with some financial advise mixed in. One of the things I liked about the story was that even though the characters didn't get what they had hoped for in the beginning, they discovered what they ended up with was so much better.

That is something I can struggle with - really seeing what I have. Like most people (I think) I get caught up in the "I want" thinking. I want to save up for the things I want and work hard to earn them - not put them on a credit card and then stress out about money. Before I had credit cards and had to pay cash for things in my live, I truly appreciated those items. So this book really made me think about getting back to those days and working to save then to get.

On another note....here's another page I finished. I'm really loving this class, 4 pages down in 4 days!


My two oldest boys reached a big goal this spring. They both learned to ride a two wheeler. I was so proud of them. It only took a few days for them to really get the hang of it and just start zipping around our court. It's great when they get home from school now and ask if they can ride their bike instead of playing video games.

Friday, June 4, 2010

25 Days of Summer

Well I'm on a roll....did another layout for my summer class. It wouldn't be summer if we didn't go to the zoo at least once (usually it's 2-3 times). This time the boys had their camera with them and took some pictures. I think I'm going to let them scrapbook what they took for their albums. These were the pictures that were taken with my camera.


This was a one page template that I expanded to a two page spread. I like to get a lot of pictures on my pages, so this worked out great.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

25 Days of Summer

I decided I needed something to get me motivated to get some scrapbooking done. The best way for me to do this is take a class. I found an interesting one over at Renee Pearson's web-site. 25 Days of Templates - Summer Edition is what the class is called. I love templates so I figured this is right up my alley. I'm hoping to get 25 layouts done as the class goes along. Here are the first two that I completed:


All the templates and supplies came with the class kit. I'm going to try to just stick with what come with the class for most of the 25 layouts, but depending on the pictures I might have to go into my other items.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

I know I've been missing around blog land for quite some time. I have to admit I finally broke down and joined FaceBook, so I've been trying to figure that out. I noticed a pattern in my life...when I'm into something I go all out and everything else falls to the background until I'm into that again. That is what happens to my blog,crafts and reading. I guess that gives me balance in the long run.

With these being a holiday weekend I have been able to enjoy all the things I love: reading (current selection Small Changes); crafting (see below); and blogging (this post). I've also been spending time thinking about the people in my life that are no longer with me and those that are far away.

(digi supplies from Daily Digi Kit)
If you've been reading my blog you might remember this picture from earlier this year. I decided to make a page about it to remember this special toy from my childhood. This really got me thinking about my family as I was growing up and now I really want to work at scrapping more of my "old" photos so that those times are not forgotten.

How do you balance out scrapping the "now" with the "then"? For me this seems to fall into my all or nothing state of mind.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Books


I just finished an amazing book - the Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It's a story about a women told in 3 different time periods (generations). It was wonderful. The story gets pieced together as you go and the author did an amazing job revealing the story. I would call it a great love story, but not in the traditional sense. It's a love of self and family. If you are looking for something to read this summer - check this book out! :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Welcome Summer


Ahhhh summer. I love the bounty. I love the colors. It's wonderful to walk into a farmers market and see all the lovely goodness that mother nature has given us.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Week in a Life - Monday

I had some time to get my Monday pages done. I decided to use the same layout as Ali. I created my own tags and journaling blocks, but again used Ali's as a basics for mine. I'm using paper from my collection - Catter Box Scrapbook Walls.

It was hard to narrow down all the photos that I took.I love this big picture. It's the view I have 5 days a week - our walk to the bus stop.

It was funny looking back at my first week in a life project. My coffee routine was different - I used Folger singles and a different creamer. I didn't have to make lunches and pack lunch boxes back then either.

I love the pictures of the different shoes I wear on most days. Gotta love my soccer socks!

Some of my favorite photos from the day. I had so many I'll have to think about what to do with the other "good" photos.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Card Challenge


I needed to do something crafty today. It's been too long. I only had a little time so I decided to work on a card challenge from kwernerdesign. If you've never been to Kristina's blog - check it out. I love her cards and she always has something new to get the creative juices flowing. This challenge was to do a single layer card. The card above is my favorite. I'm always in need of masculine cards and this one really fits the bill. I used the Inkadinado Rock Star Stamp Set and my trusty circle punch for the masking. Here are a few other cards that I came up with.

I used the Hero Arts Dolls Stamp Set and Trees, Birds & Messages Set. 

This is from the Hero Arts Trees, Birds & Messages Stamp set. I think I'm going to color in some of the leaves on the tree to add some color.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Week in a Life

Hi! I've been busy taking pictures and writing things down for my "A week in a life" project. I haven't had any time to upload the photos or work on anything, so you will have to wait until (hopefully) next week to see why I didn't do it as I went.

Here's a peek at my Wednesday - I wrote down everything I did

6:30 wake up & shower
7:00 watch news for weather
7:15 read book to little guy
7:30 wake up big guys
7:35 eat breakfast
8:00 clean kitchen, unload dishwasher, make lunches, pack backpacks
8:15 help boys finish getting ready for school
8:25 walk to bus stop
8:35 bus comes
8:45 take little guy to school
9:00 stop at target to return item
9:15 grocery shopping at Meijers
9:50 stop at Vince & Joes for lunch meat
10:20 Home - unload groceries
10:30 coffee break & read
11:00 check email & balance check book
11:30 pick up little guy
12:00 Dentist appointment
1:30 Back home
1:45 make lunch
2:10 play outside with little guy
2:30 little guy still outside; me clean bathroom, sweep kitchen, dust main floor
3:15 got snail mail
3:20 Made phone calls
4:15 Big guys home from school
4:20 Clean our backpack
4:30 check email & blogs while boys play
5:00 Start dinner & help with homework
5:30 Eat dinner
6:00 Clean up from dinner
6:15 Take DS2 to Gymnastics; while DH takes other boys to soccer
6:30 Research for final project for MACA 155
7:30 Worked on Scrapbook Page
8:30 Took DS2 home
8:45 Went to my soccer game
9:30 Game started
11:00 Home from game
11:30 In Bed

Now you know why I haven't done any of my project. :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Week in a Life

Over at Ali Edward's Blog she is embarking on another week in a life project. If your not familiar with this project, it's a documentation of 1 week in your life. Looking at the everyday, easily overlooked aspects of one's life. I was lucky enough to take the Ali's class at CKU in 2007 and completed this wonderful album. Here's a look at the cover:


When I took the class I told myself I would love to do this few years. Well it's been 3 years and after reading Ali's blog and looking at my old album I really want to do this. So I'm going to get my stuff together and document my life next week.

Even if your not a scrapbooker, this is a wonderful project. It's amazing to look at the little things that are forgotten in the grand scheme on things, but that mean so much more. If you are going to do this project please let me know I would love to see what you are doing.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Old School


Recently we introduced our boys to something that most of us grew up with - Looney Tunes. They have heard of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck but never really watched them. We downloaded a Daffy Duck movie from NetFlix and sat back to see what they thought of Mom and Dad's cartoons.

I was amazed. My boys were laughing out loud. They thought they were great - just like we did. I don't think I've every heard my kids laugh that much watching "their" cartoons. They would chuckle on occasion, but nothing like when they were watching Tweety Bird turn into a monster after drinking a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde potion.

I know people say that the old cartoons are too violent but really I don't think so. They are slap stick comedy. Yes there are guns and hammers, but it never made me want to hit my siblings in the head with a hammer. It also taught me about all the great classical music that is out there. Today's cartoons are usually sassy and disrespectful and still violent. I've forgotten how much I loved Looney Tunes and I'm glad I got to take a walk back in time to laugh our loud with my boys.

For those of you that loved Looney Tunes here's a great one. I love this one because when Bugs is dressed as a women, his name is Brunhilde. That's my mom's name. It's not too often you hear that in the media. (Shelly if you read this make sure mom watches the video) Enjoy!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Watch out KG!

Our oldest son transformed recently into a sports fanatic! He is obsessed with Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. He wants us to record every game and he was really into the March Madness - to bad Michigan State didn't make it all the way.

We had been thinking about getting a basketball net for the driveway for a few years now and thought now is the perfect time. I couldn't be happier with this purchase. My two oldest have spent more time outside then normal and they actually ask to go out - even when the weather is not perfect. Anything to get them away from video games is a huge plus in my book, but to get exercise on top of it - YAH!!

Here are some of my boys sweet shots!!


What things get your kids out to play? What gets you out to play? For me, it warmer weather and sunshine. I've also been having fun shooting ball.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Playing catch up!

It's been awhile since I posted and I'm sorry about that.  Here's some things that have been happening around here.

In February our middle child had a birthday. As always and celebration starts with the request of the cake. This years theme was Super Mario Bros. I did some research for my design and when I showed him, he said no he was thinking of the game not Mario himself. I sat down with him and we started drawing a design. Here is what it turned out to look like:

I'm always worried that the boys will be disappointed in their cakes. We can not order a cake from a pro and I'm still learning how to do things, so my cakes are nice but not over the top. But each time I'm so happy to see the joy in their eyes and to hear the thanks for the great cake. I know these special one of a kind cakes will be something they will remember.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quick Post

Wow....it's March and the sun has been shining. We still have snow on the ground but spring is in the air. I love it.

I've been crazy busy here getting. I'll post in a few weeks about what we have been up to. Right now I just wanted to do a quick post so you know I'm still here.

I've read two great books recently (thank you Lisa for giving them to me) and wanted to share them. They are part of the The Hunger Game trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The books are young adult novels; they are The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Book 3 is not out yet. If you are looking for a good, quick book check these out.

Well I'll be away again for a few week. We are leaving the country for awhile and won't have internet!!! That's going to be hard, but we will be so busy I'm sure I won't miss it much.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

I'm not a big Valentine's Day person, but I also can not let it go by without doing something for my family. This year I decided to make these wonderful chocolate muffins. They are nut, dairy and egg free - but you will never miss them.


They were wonderful and very easy to make. The boys thought it was great to have something like this for breakfast. And in return I got a kiss and hugs and a thank you from each of them. That's the best gift I could ask for! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. Lots of love.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Got Crafty

Hi

I was able to get a few digi pages complete while at my son's practice. The first is a picture I took when I walked into the living room to see what my boys were up to. I was surprised when I saw my little guy lying on top of my middle guy. I asked what he was doing and I was informed in a very serious voice that it's the only way to get a good view of the DS screen.


This next layout is from my cousin's daughter's wedding. I didn't get alot of pictures because they did not allow flash photography in the church!? I never heard of that before, but I obeyed the rule (mostly), so most of my pictures were too dark and blurry. But these are the few that turned out good and the couple looks wonderful.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Comfort Level

I've been fighting my vertigo the last few weeks. I really hate having that feeling of things moving around. I haven't really been doing anything because it makes me feel awful. So I haven't been taking many pictures or working on anything worth sharing.

I did take this picture the other day of my youngest. I just don't understand how kids can fall asleep in these strange positions. I know my neck would kill me for a week if I slept like this. He was completely out and was like this for at least 15 minutes while we drove home. I just had to laugh when I looked back and saw this, so I grabbed the camera.

Hopefully I'll feel better soon and get back into working on my word of 2010 and have some interesting things to share.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wake Up

What are we breathing? What are we eating? What are we playing with? If you haven't asked these questions, maybe you should. It's time for a wake up call.

I woke up when my middle son started having problems with eczema, food allergies and asthma. We are still struggling with trying to find out everything that he is sensitive too.

How about you? Are you awake? Watch this wake up story?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Lucky Me!

Just had to share the news....



I actually won a prize on a blog. One of my new favorite blogs (even before I won) is the Brown Eyed Baker. She had a prize give away of a pizza peel - which I always thought would be sweet to have. We eat pizza once a week and this will come in handy. Now I just have to get going on making some yummy dough!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One Little Word

I've been working hard to keep my yearly word going. If your not sure what I'm referring to see this post.

Over the weekend I worked on our closets. The boys had so many clothes that every time they would remove one item, three would fall to the ground. I noticed that they had about 10-15 shirts that were their favorites and worn most often. So I grab a large box and I started looking through the closet. Anything I didn't like, was stained, or just looking shabby went into the box. Then I looked at what was left. I made sure they had a few "nicer" shirts and their favorites, plus a few extra. In the end, I filled 4 lawn size garbage bags. I also did this to my closet and dresser.

Today I tackled the kitchen. I went through all my cabinets and really looked at what I had and what I used. I figured with 5 of us in the family, do we really need 20+ glasses. Now I know we have company, but usually I'll break out the nice stemware for them. So again, do we need 20 glasses and probably 40+ plastic cups. NO!

I asked the same questions in each cabinet. I know some people will say "you can never have enough of _______" but I think you can have too much of anything. If things are hard to get to because there is so much crammed in the space, there's too much. If you don't do something because in order to get the items you need it will take you too long to dig them out, there's too much.

I filled three boxes with glassware, kitchen utensils, bowls, cups, plates, etc...

Now that my shelves are cleaned and wiped down and I can actually see space between items and feel so much calmer. As I've been clean out different areas of the house I realized stress leaving my body. It's so nice to walk into a room, closet, storage area or open a cabinet and see things neat and clean.

I still have more then enough, but not too much. The key is figuring that out and really asking yourself some questions and answering them honestly.

Do I use it? When was the last time I used it? If it's been more then 1 year, you don't need it.
Does it fit me? NO - get rid of it. Don't save it for the "when".
Why I'm I keeping it? If it's really that important to you then why has it been in a box for years? Take a picture of it and get rid of the clutter.
If you are saving things for the "what ifs" you don't really need it. For example, What if next Christmas I want to make bread to give as gifts. I need the 12 loaf pans I have. If you haven't made bread in the last few years, it's probably not going to happen. So keep 1 or 2 pans and donate the rest.

Oops....sorry I got on my soap box there for a minute. Seriously, removing unnecessary items can be so freeing. Give it a try.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Card Challenge

It's been awhile since I tried my hand at a card challenge, but I found a new site (new to me) that post a new sketch each week. So I thought I would give it a go. The site is Card Patterns. This card was created using Sketch 48 .


All papers are from CTMH. Butterflies are from K&Company (Amy Butler).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Love my Laptop

I've only had my laptop for a few months but it's become a time saver for me. All the hours I would sit at one of my children's practices is now being used to create. I loaded the Daily Digi December Files on to my laptop and some photos from December and created the following layouts:

This layout was a quick page so it came together so easily. It was a joy to scrapbook these pictures because they represent our youngest finally being out of diapers.

Our annual cookie making. The boys help decorate and my youngest helped with the cutting. The template and all the digi supplies were from the Daily Digi Files.


Pictures of the boys writing their letters to Santa.



This was the first year that no one cried when we visited Santa.



Finally, our Christmas Eve traditions. New PJs and cookies for Santa.
I have to upload the rest of the Xmas Pictures on my laptop and hopefully I'll more to show you soon.



Friday, January 22, 2010

Food!

I thought I would give you an update on my other tweaks for this month. I've been kicking butt on them....ahhh the honeymoon stage! I've been working out almost daily. I've been drinking 20 oz. or more of water, which has been hard on some days. The strange thing has been that I've been so tired lately. I don't know if I'm over doing it, but I thought with exercise and water I would feel more energetic not exhausted.

I know this time of year is very hard on my spirit. One grey day followed by another really creates chaos on my mood. Like today, it's grey and cold. I'm not excited about the day. I'm just kinda drifting thought it. I don't feel like working out and I stopped at the store and some how a box on chocolate chip muffins appeared in my cart. I came home. Make a cup of coffee. And proceed to eat 3 of the muffins! AHHHH! They were not satisfying and now I'm upset with myself. But I would probably do it again with the way I'm feeling.

What are your treats to get out of your "funk" mood? Hopefully someone has some good ideas, because I still have 3 muffins left and need some help.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cards

I had some time to make a few V-day cards. These were based on the free class at 2Peas. I you haven't checked out Kristina Werner month class, it's really worth it. She has so many great ideas and tips.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Create

One of my tweaks for this year was to create 1 layout a week....well so far I've surpassed that goal. Here are a few paper layouts that I've done in the last few weeks. All the photos are from 2008.

This layout are pictures from our garden that Spring.


Our boys new bunk beds were a big hit:


Fourth of July gathering on our driveway - always a fun time.

Random photo of our middle dude. I just loved how he looked in his dad's hat so I had to create a page for the photo.