Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas TY's and swaps completed

I have been busy...staying up too late and crafting. I now need to spend some time sending it all out. LOL

Last night I made some quick TY cards. Jess sent me these cute penquins and I knew I had to use them. I need to make a couple more...but luckily for me I still have a couple.

Earlier in the day I completed my Happy Hearts ATC Swap. more down. 7 more to go.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas is over...

Well Christmas is now what do I make? :) No more Christmas cards for awhile. I still have my New Years cards to finish and mail. However, I joined a bunch of swaps. Just don't let Sheldon know. LOL It is keeping me busy and semi out of trouble.

These calendar chick cards I made using SCS limited supply challenge. I think they turned out cute. They were supposed to be for a swap...however, I didn't pay close attention and I didn't sign up for any regular VD swaps. I signed up for an ATC swap and a 3x3 card swap. So I guess I will have to find some people to send these to.

This House Mouse card I made for the birthday swap that I joined. I also used SCS challenge LC156. It was a fun card to make...a little frustrating because I wanted to add ribbon at the bottom but the scallop was too big. I made 6 of these.

This last one, is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) that I made for a swap. It was supposed to be a shabby/grungy Valentine ATC. I thought this was kind of a fun layout and design. Since I am sending it to fellow crafters I liked the idea of it being funny and tongue in check instead of super mushy.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

SCS Saturday Night card Challenge

I forgot...I know how could I...about the challenges over at SCS....I had only done one before. So last night I took a peek and thought I would try it. Here is the original inspiration. It is a sticky note.

So I did my best and made a card using a new SU set I bought and turned it into a tent card. After making my first tent card the other day I decided I like them. I will giving it along with several other cards I have made to my aunt as part of her Christmas present.
I was amazed by all the different looks that came out of this. If you want to look at all the other ones it is IC107 at SCS.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Gift Wrap

Well I have been trying to be creative. Here is a picture of some of the gifts that I am giving away this year...wrapped of course. I made the bow myself...I found the directins on splitcoaststampers.
I took the picture on my deck...which isn't very pretty. So I did a very basic Photoshop edit. Not very good but it hides the background.

Creative Challenge

Last night I was bored. :) Not like I didn't have a lot to do. LOL So I asked for a challenge and my friend cardsharkette gave me w/yellow and hearts. YIKES. She picked all colors I only have scraps of....but while folding clothes I thought about it.

Here is the card I created....

Now I need to finish getting ready for Christmas. I have a house to clean and presents to finish making and wrapping.

Hope you and your family have a Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Feeling Creative

Well...I definitely go through cycles. One day feeling like I cannot make anything and the next not able to stop. Sometimes it doesn't come out quite the way I envsioned...but that is besides the point. LOL

Today I made a couple of different things in between doing other stuff. The first is from my SS (Wilbur) she sent me a bunch of different images and this lady was one of them. I colored her with my Prismas and some mineral spirits...I cannot find my stubs so I used a paint brush. Seemed to work okay. Then on the inside I stamped...I need my fairy godmother. She reminds me of my grandmother who passed away several years ago.
I shouldn't mention this...but I had a lot of problems making this card. :) My SU inkpad fell apart on me...and while trying to put it back together I became covered in hands, my shirt...yikes...and even though I cleaned my hands I still managed to get ink on the white I printed out the hello to cover it up...then on that paper I saw some ink I put the flower. I guess being messy helps my creativity. It gets me to add more layers.

Then while looking at the swap page (I am not supposed to be doing that)....I found a Fluffles Swap. Now I don't know about you but I cannot resist Fluffles. I didn't want to do fall or christmas since it is almost I picked my spring Fluffles. I used my Prismas for him too...but only used the mineral spirits on Fluffles...I left the flowers natural. This was a pretty easy swap. I only had to make 6. I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the scallops and used SU paper. The colros don't all match 100% but I think it turned out nice.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Couple of new items....

Well I have been working on a project...which I cannot post on here. :) It is for a family member and they might look. LOL (Probably not.) IT took me 3 days to make and I haven't been making much of anything else. But the other night I decided to start on my dominos for a domino swap. Well they weren't coming out very well. But a fellow scrapper is doing a different project and put up some websites to check out. Which I did and found some great ideas.

So I have 5 dominos made so far. We need to send out 4 in the I might make a few more. Plus make a kitty one for myself.
Then I received some cool dog images from a friend. :) I used one to make a card for Jordan. Now I will need to make jared a different card.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Family Newsletter....

I just created a family newsletter for Sheldon & I. We have been married for 3 years and with being so far away from a lot of our friends and family I thought it would be good to create one.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

More fun with new ink...

I am procrastinating a little bit. :) I am supposed to be studying for a test. I studied about 4 hours this morning...and a little this afternoon. But I should be doing nothing but studying.

However, instead I have been creating.

This first card I made for my inlaws went to the Caribbean for Thanksgiving and are coming back tonight. I thought this would be fun for them.

This other card was with a House Mouse stamp I purchased awhile ago. I had only used it once, since the stamp was really hard to stamp and get a clear impression. Which I found out is an ink problem. My new SU ink pad has taken care of that. I colored them both in with Prismas and used a blender pencil.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Christmas Time Is Here (Though it is almost 80 here)

Hi again,

Paper Crafts Magazine is having an online contest on gift wrapping. I am not that big of a wrapper normally....I have finally been able to get my gifts wrapped well enough for my sister not to believe that I have done it. LOL

However, I thought I would try this contest. Especially since this year we are giving away mostly gift cards. It is getting harder and harder to find gifts for family. Even Sheld & I have a really hard time buying each other gifts. We usually just pick them out ourselves.

Here are two of the gift boxes I have completed. One has a bit of ribbon, flowers and bling. The other one is a little more out there...with buttons, glitter, ribbon and snowflakes. :)

I also made a bow out of cupcake liners...but that isn't ready to be seen yet. I did that for my nephew is with Scooby Doo liners.

Pencils & Inks, Oh My!


I am pretty excited. I went to Michael's the other day and Prismas were on sale. I hard a hard time trying to decide between the 12 or 24 pack...However, I went for the 24. Yeah. :)

The same day my SU black ink came in. I am pretty excited...I am able to use my large stamps without killing my hands. One of my PC MB friends told me that it was pretty sad to be excited over ink and pencils...but that is the world we live in.
Here are the 2 cards that I created....I have some smearing on them. So don't look at that. Both stamps are Penny Black.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I know I just posted...

However, I made my own light box. :) I need to get some lights to go with it so I can see how it works. But so far so are too cards I did using it...with just one light.

WOW...I cannot believe how long it has been

since I have written anything. I have been exhausted and sick. :) Every day all I do is work and then come home and sleep. Now 10:00 bedtime is normal for some people...but for Sheld & I....1 AM is normal. Which kind of happened yesterday. I feel asleep right when we got home....about 6 until 9. Then I was awake until 1:30. Doing a little creating and checking out blogs.

Today it will be around 11:30 that we go to bed...that is soon so I better hurry. Tomorrow I have my final Science class....just a final and then I am done. I don't know if I received the job or not at the University. Since I haven't heard from them....I am thinking it is a no. That is too bad. I was kind of sounded like a wonderful job. But I will keep looking.

Here are a few items I have created recently...I have been a bit on a down cycle....Most of the products in these pictures are from my SS Traci....I am doing a 25 days of Christmas swap and wow she is spoiling me. I am going to try and use everything as I go. And I am working on CHristmas cards....since I haven't made mine yet. YIKES

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saving the Best for last

I knew I was forgetting something. :) Sheldon found a really cool trestle table plans in one of his Popular Mechanics Magazine. We asked Rich if he could make us one. He said sure. Well we received it this weekend. And it is absolutely gorgoues. It is made out of cherry and the details and workmanship is amazing.

The table comes apart very easily. The top just pulls off and the legs come apart. When we finish school this will become Sheldon's office desk. But for the moment it will be our dining room table.

Thanks Rich!!!!

Expanding my creativity

I wanted to try and make paper snowflakes. I searched all over the internet for directions. Martha Stewart had directions for doing papercut outs like what we did as kids. Well mine did not work out at all. I felt destined to fail at this simple task.

Then I found a link on wiki....(not sure exact link). That had these gorgeous snowflakes with step by step directions. Normally I wouldn't try to do something this grand but I challenged myself. I ended up using 2.5 sheets of 12x12 paper to make this. it is 12 inches in diameter. I tried to get away without using any tape (just my adhesive) and ended up having to go back and taping everything. It was actually pretty easy to make.

After making the snowflake, I tried making smaller ones to see if I could make package decoration sizes. But the smaller you go, the harder it is to staple and put together. But one section, looks like an icicle so I used that to make a card. It would make a great package topper too.I also, tried some different style Christmas cards. Not my favorite, but different.

My aun't s birthday was this month. I did send her a card but wanted to create another one for her when I saw her over thanskgiving. She loves black/red so I tried to create a graphic card for her.

After Thanksgiving

For the first time in years, I went shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I was up by 5:30 AM and out the door by 6 to go to Kohl's and do some clothes shopping. I have an interview on Tuesday and needed some new clothes. It is pretty exciting. size 16's were way too big. 14's are big in the waist but my hips get in the way. LOL

After that my mom & Rich came and we went to the mall to do a little more shopping. I wasn't planning on buying anything but mom was nice and bought me a new workout outfit and a couple of tee-shirts. Which I appreciate very much. I already wore them out, when we went to workout last night.

Then after going to lunch with mom & Rich, Sheldon and I decided to go to OfficeMax. We ended up getting me a mp3 player so I had something to listen to at the gym. Sheldon bought himself some memory. (Though I still think his memory will be bad.) Plus, we ended up getting a good shredder. We are planning on shredding all of our paper and making handmade paper out of it. Recycle, Recycle, Recycle. :)

To my delight, Joann's is next door to Officemax. So we ran in there to see if they had any stamp deals. Found some darling Christmas $1.00 stamps and stamp pads.

After that we went to Cinnabon and the bookstore so Sheldon could get a book on Tunisia.

When we got home I found two PIF packages in the mail for me. One from Jacque with this cutest stamp and one from Jess with ink pads and Luminaries. I am so excited to use all of them. Jess is hosting a domino swap and I believe all of those will work for it. And the stamp is just my personality....Jacque did a great job in picking that out for me.

Yesterday, we did errands and chores. Trying to keep the house clean. Since I scrubbed it down for my mom's visit. Plus, we went to the movies and saw American Gangsta. It was a really good movie. I was quite suprised.

More Thanksgiving

When Sheld & I got to Dave & Carrie's and Caleb were already upstairs playing. So I went and visited and took some pictures of all the fun they were having. Caleb was showing grandma that he liked to take all his toys out of the closet. He doesn't quite understand the one toy at a time rule.

Later on everyone hung out and talked.
Plus, I snuck into the kitchen and took a picture of the chef.

Thanksgiving 2007

This year Thanksgiving was at Dave & Carrie's house. With Leland only being a couple of weeks old and Carrie's mom visiting this seemed like the optimal choice. My mom and Rich drove in from North Carolina and my aunt and uncle drove in from Tennessee. So it was a nice and full house.

Carrie's mom, Donna made the majority of dinner. My mom and I the day before got together and made some casseroles and dessert. AJ & UD bought his famous mac salad which we forgot to put out, plus the fudge & caramels.

In this first set of pictures you can see who one of the stars of the show was. :) While mommy is his favorite person...Leland allowed Sheldon, Dave & myself to hold him for awhile.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Semi-Professional Photo Shoot

Well....kind of....Sheldon & I took these pictures of each other. Sheldon wanted to go and metal detect at the WOW Park. And I wanted to get some pictures of the changing leaves. Right before leaving I thought...maybe we can get some photos of each other, to send out to family. Sheldon doesn't like posed shots...but I do. :)

Luckily for me...when we got to WOW, it was way too crowded for Sheldon to metal detect. So we went for a walk on the path to see if we could find any trees to shoot. Most of the trees back in the woods weren't very attractive. So we had to improvise and of course Sheldon will tell you how bossy I am. However, unlike him it takes a few shots to get a good photo of me. Or I am just pickier about myself. He is a good photographer and it didn't take too long. We first had it on a setting that turned our faces ghostly white. So he switched it to automatic and that turned out a lot better.
The best pic of me....I am a little out of focus but it looks like that is what we are going for. His turned out good...they always do. :) My very own Matt Damon. LOL

Then we took some funny shots in Sheld's hat.

Last but definitely not a photo of a little bridge going over the water. Since we are having a drought here in Georgia there wasn't much water.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Baby Trip

Today we made the trip to visit with the newest addition to the family. He is not even a week old yet...but Leland is an adorable baby. He is a momma's boy already but he is sweet tempered. He let me hold him for a few minutes but then it was back to momma.This probably isn't the best picture of him...but hey...spitups happen. :) Momma is doing good. She is hurting a bit but then she just had a baby. Both Dave and her mom are around to help her out.

I won't forget about the other boy over there, Caleb. He is a happy big brother. His grandma Donna is visiting from California for a month and Carrie said that she is spoiling him. But that is always good when there is a new baby in the house.
While we were visiting Caleb took me upstairs....last time I saw him he wasn't able to make it up yet. So that was exciting to see. Plus, he and I went outside for a little while. He found the bubbles in the closet and had to blow some. He is definitely getting he had more of the soap water on him than anything esle. But he wanted to do it himself and I let him.

He also decided that he wanted his toy firetruck to play with. As you can tell it is a little too small for him...but it sure was funny trying to watch him ride in it. Plus, he just received the Mr. Potato we put him together.