Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Here's my challenge entry for today's Limited Supply Challenge on SCS. We were supposed to use one sheet of Designer Series Paper, 3-4 stamps, and the same colors of cardstock and create 2-4 cards using the same stamps, papers, and cardstock. We could use any embellishments and/or tools that we wanted to. I chose to use my "So Sweet" stamp from this year's SAB stamp set called So Many Scallops as well as a small flower stamp from Short & Sweet. I used Celery Prints Designer Series paper, Old Olive cardstock, and Barely Banana cardstock. The embellishments I chose were korker ribbon (see several posts below for explanation on korker ribbon), the scallop punch, and miscellaneous buttons, eyelets, etc. I was pretty darn happy with how these turned out! Thanks so much for looking! :)
I have been wanting to create something all week, but, alas, my work prevented me from doing so. Oh well. I am off today and I just went downstairs and whipped out this VERY easy, fast card. I was watching Everybody Loves Raymond last night and Debra had on a sweater with these colors in it, so that's where my inspiration came from. Love the pop of black for the sentiment, don't you? I will probably be back later with another project...I have an idea brewing! Thanks for looking! :)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I decided to try my hand at making some bows after I forked out $5.00 at Gymboree for some little spiral ribbon barrettes. Each of the Gymbo ones contain about 10 pieces of ribbon total (a picture of the Gymboree barrettes is attached--the ones with the white background).
I did a little bit of research and discovered that the spiral, curly ribbon is called korker ribbon and that it's very easy to make yourself at home. Basically you have to wrap the ribbon around a wooden dowel, secure it with wooden clothespins, and bake the dowels in your oven so that the ribbons stay curly. I made a korker barrette for Gracie as well as two smaller barrette bows and it's really fun to do! I have SO much non-SU! ribbon that I have bought over the years that I hardly ever use because I obviously always use my SU! ribbon when making samples for my business or for camps. Bow-making will give me a way to use it up instead of letting it languish about in the basement, feeling lonely and unloved. ;) If anyone is interested in a custom bow, let me know and we can work out colors and pricing.
The korker barrette I made contains about 20 2.5" long pieces of korker ribbon that I tied together and adhered to the barrette. Then I wrapped the midsection with coordinating piece of grosgrain. I am pretty darn pleased with how that one turned out, let me tell you!! I think the other two are cute as well and they will go with many of Gracie's outfits. I had the flower button and the "sweet" word charm in my scrapbook stash.
I also attached a picture of my model, Gracie--ignore the blue mouth, she just got finished eating an Airhead candy. In the pictures of the back of her hair, you can see a really thin patch--we think that's from the anesthesia from her surgery and the MRIs. That side effect is apparently pretty common. We are hoping it will grow back in thicker when the MRIs are more spaced out. Anyway, thanks for looking! Hope you all had a great weekend. :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Here is Ava, modeling an ADORABLE outfit that my friend Jen from SJ sent. So cute! Ava can't read yet, of course, so she is not obeying the simple command listed on her shirt. I took a bunch of pictures when I first put this on her today and I only got a few with her mouth bordering on a smile. Oh well. I will try again soon...determined to get some good pictures of her in this outfit, as it would be great scrapbook page fodder! :) Don't ask me what the heck she is doing with her right hand...she does have all of her fingers, I can assure you.
I haven't posted a good picture of Gracie in a while, so I thought I would throw one of her on here for good measure. Ignore the mess on my computer desk...I just got a new transcription client today and I had everything scattered about. Gracie is watching her new favorite song on You Tube: 1234 by Feist. Very catchy, good beat. It's great for walking on the treadmill. Anyway, enough for now. Sleep tight everyone! :)
Saturday, March 8, 2008
So for Christmas I got Sean a small, very cheap MP3 player, as we didn't want to spend a lot of money for gifts this year and it was only $37.00, much cheaper than the i-Pod model he would have chosen in an ideal world. :) Since we have been working out regularly, the MP3 player has been used a lot and we have been going through our CD collection and choosing our favorite songs from each CD so we can work out to them. On the Barenaked Ladies CD, Rock Spectacle, one of our favorite songs is "If I had 1,000,000." Gracie must have heard this song when Sean was loading it onto the computer to transfer to the MP3 player and has lately been requesting that we sing, "If I had $2.00." It cracks us up...I guess $2.00 is a lot of money to a three-year-old girl, huh?! LOL!
Friday, March 7, 2008
I whipped up these two cards for today's Limited Supply Challenge on SCS. The theme of this challenge is "Quick Minis." We had to make a card that is smaller than 4.25x4.25, use only paper scraps for layers, use some quick tools, and embellish.
I actually made the pink card the other day with some scraps that were lying on my table, so this was perfect for this challenge! I did the other baby card today, using my new set from the Occasions Mini as well as the scraps from my "Baby Bubbles" page that I made the other day. I am pretty happy with how the star card came out...not entirely thrilled with the pink card, but oh well. All supplies SU! on the pink card and everything but the patterned paper strip on the star card is also SU! Thanks for looking! :)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I found so many inspiring photos the other day! I have always loved these pictures of Gracie, but, like most of her baby photos, never got around to scrapping them. I went through a major scrapping funk and didn't scrapbook for over a year, but I am loving the renewed inspiration! I hope to get a lot done on both of the girls scrapbooks this year. This is a LO I did yesterday (two in one day--a record!) I spent a lot of time fiddling with this one and I am still not completely happy, but I was sick of messing with it. In hindsight, I would have moved the whole title panel over to the right a bit so that the giraffe wasn't so close to the photo, but I am actually covering up a piece of Sticky Strip from a prior embellishment that I had placed there (I originally had some black Dymo tape stuck there that said BUBBLES as well as a yellow crocheted flower but I decided I didn't like the black and I remembered about my giraffe stamp that goes so perfectly with the blanket, so I switched it out. The black was too dark for the giraffe so I hand wrote BUBBLES on a piece of Creamy Caramel cardstock and adhered it over the label maker tape). Anyway, not my best LO, but not my worst either. Cardstock, the giraffe stamp and ink, and the ribbon is all SU! The patterned paper is by Chatterbox (old...I doubt they make that design anymore). The word "Baby" is a rub-on by Junkitz (also old). Anyway, enough babbling! Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I spent quite a while on Sunday going through pictures on the computer and I came across these. I never really think Gracie and Ava look alike until I go through pictures from when Gracie was a baby. I really think that if there were not dates attached to these pictures I wouldn't know some of the time which kid is in the picture! :) Here's a LO that I did to highlight the similarities. Thanks for looking!
I really think I can get into these challenges on SCS...they really spur your creativity! Today's color challenge was to use So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, and Purely Pomegranate. I also threw in a bit of black for the sentiment...hope that's allowed! VERY simple card using my new Lovely Labels set (which I bought mainly for the BABY stamp that is in there--I am going to use it for my sister Andi's baby shower invitations..so cute!). I also used my beloved Paisley background stamp and my new Boho Blossoms punch. The mat pack for the piercing and a single So Saffron brad rounds out the design. I popped up the sentiment and the flower on Stampin' Dimensionals to give it, what else, dimension! LOL! Thanks for looking! All supplies SU!
So, this has nothing to do with stamping or scrapbooking, but I am an insatiably curious (read: nosy) person and I have noticed a lot of interesting places popping up on my visitor map. Where are y'all (yes, I said it!) from? Tell me a little bit about yourselves and how you found my blog, pretty please! :) I am pretty sure I opened the comments up to anyone and not just people with blogger accounts, but correct me if I am wrong. Looking forward to getting to know you guys a little bit better!