Sunday, October 30, 2011

SCS again

Two easy cards for the Splitcoast Stampers drive. The first was for the challenge to send sunshine. I used a flower from Martha Stewart which I hope looks like a sun and not just a hovering flower. I used the digi Silly Scape for the skyline. I have definitely gotten my money out of that one.

Here I used two of the same shape, in different sizes. Obviously I went with squares. The paper is from Bo Bunny and the gorgeous flower is from Prima. love, love. Are you playing along with the drive? If I make just 4 more cards I will have completed all the challenges. So far, definitely the hardest was a masculine card with pink. I'll show that one off tomorrow.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Seven on Friday

7. The girl child and I had the stomach flu this week. There is nothing sadder or possibly grosser than a child who has been throwing up for 24 hours. We had to get medical attention for her, which thankfully worked very well, and she is almost back to her regular self. I despise getting sick (like everyone), but I especially don't appreciate getting sick on my day off. So rude.

6. I have been very busy with the Splitcoast Stampers card drive for MD Anderson cancer center for Breast Cancer Awareness month. They have a different challenge every day, plus a few extra. If you complete all 33, you get entered in a fabulous drawing. Of course, that's not entirely the motivation, but it did encourage me to try to be more creative. Always a good thing for stampers.

5. To make one of the cards, I used a free digi from Paper Smooches. They have about a half dozen images with corresponding sentiments on their blog. So cute.

4. My church is in the middle of our stewardship campaign. We're using a great series that focuses on cultivating simplicity and generosity. I can feel a Clean Sweep of the house coming up. One of my church members was telling me about when her girls were little, they had labels on everything (drawers, etc) to help her daughter, who is deaf, learn her words. When they were trying to decide what to label one of the closets, they asked her what was in there. "Something" was the answer. Thus the "Something Closet" was born.

3. My husband is really the best. I usually know and appreciate that about him, but never so much as when the kids or I am sick. With two of us down for a couple days this week, he really rose to the occasion. I am very lucky.

2. We moved my son into a new school this week. It is a Montessori and he loves it. Which means we love it. Now I just need to get started on his clown fish costume for the school  musical in January. Where did I leave that sewing machine?

1. We were gifted/loaned 2 lions costumes for Halloween, so both kids are going as lions. They are my pride of lions or second hand lions. Hee hee.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

and even more SCS

More Cards for Splitcoast Stampers' card drive for Breast Cancer Awareness. Sorry for the short post - I'm on my 4th day of single parenting while my husband is out of town, and words are starting to be hard to form into sentences! I am SO impressed (as ever) by people who make it work without a spouse.

I used a Hero Arts stamp embossed in white on top of some My Mind's Eye paper here.

This was from an inspiration photo for the challenge. The flowers are Mulberry paper. Have a good Sunday.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

SCS Again

I was delighted to win a sketch challenge over at Skipping Stones a couple weeks ago. The stamp set with the following images came last week and I was eager to get them in action. I used several distress inks to make them, worn lipstick, wild honey and faded jeans. The sentiment reads "I feel so lucky to have you in my life". Amen.

I used another sentiment from the same set with the Hero Arts Happy Girls here. I really love the sentiment "when I count my blessings, I count you twice". Both cards are for the Splitcoast Stampers breast cancer card drive. Thanks for coming by.

Friday, October 21, 2011

SCS Paint

The challenge for this card was to use paint in some way. I have paint dabbers in a couple colors, so I went with them. These are eggplant and aqua. The eggplant shows up a little bit better in person. I was trying for a sort of blowing flower effect. Yeah, I'm not sure what I mean either, but it was fun. The card is 4 by 4 inches. I handwrote the sentiment and threw a little gem on for the finish. TFL.

Are you playing along with the Splitcoast Stampers Breast Cancer Awareness card drive? The info in here. Let me know if you're playing and we can check out each others' cards. The drive closes on November 7th, so there's still time to play. Each day has a different challenge and you can play as much as you want.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

SCS Hearts 1112

Another day, another SCS card :) This one was for a challenge to use at least one heart. Of course, out came my Hero Arts Trio fo Hearts stamp set. I also used some distress ink, (faded lipstick and dusty concord) and Recollections pearls.

The link to the card drive is here if you want to play along.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pretty Peacock

This little card was for the Splitcoast Stampers challenge to make an animal pink. The dots on the patterned paper are a dark pink. The dots on the tail and head are actually pink gems that photographed weird. Both the peacock and sentiment are from Hero Arts. The paper is from Basic Grey's Infuse collection. I paper pieced the peacock. Have a good one!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sketch SCS

Another card for the Splitcoast Stampers card drive. (More info in yesterday's post). This one uses paper from the Infuse collection from Basic Grey. I was able to use my Scor Pal to make the triangle. I'm still a newbie to the ScorPal, and each time I successfully use it I feel like I've reinvented fire :) I hope you'll consider playing along over at SCS for the drive.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Splitcoast Stampers Bling

I've been making cards for the Splitcoast Stampers challenge to collect cards for MD Anderson in honor of Breast Cancer Month for the last week or so. This is a card for the "bling" challenge. I used some Jillibean paper, a Dear Lizzy stamp and some stickos from Recollections. Yes, they are stickos, not stickers :) But they stick like stickers. I hope you can celebrate some sunshine soon.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Six on Sunday

We were very lucky this weekend to have Uncle John (our boy's godfather) and my parents and niece visiting. Since my parents also brought their dog, it was a full house. My favorite kind! We were able to get to a pumpkin farm near us with the church's Parents Group. Some pictures from the weekend:

The girl tries on Uncle John's shoes:

 Uncle John! Here from New York City! (on the left) My cute husband on the right!
 The girl and grandma read "God's Dream" a great book by Desmond Tutu that the boy got for his baptism day.
 Feeding the goats.
 Holding a chick:
 Deciding to not hold another chick, even though cutie cousin A is holding one. Of course, she might be braver because of her crown. I can only imagine crowns make people braver, like in the movies:
Yep, the man definitely loves me. I know, because even after being married for 5 years, he'll still do goofy things like this just because I ask.
 Through the corn maze with Daddy.
Thanks for swinging by for our family album. I hope you had a great weekend too. We were feeling full to overflowing with gratitude for our blessed life. If the boy could just get potty trained, things might be perfect :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

SCS Window 1106

This card is for the SCS card drive for MD Anderson (see the previous post for more info). To make this card I used by Spellbinders Label One die, Hero Arts stamps and paper flowers, and
Marvy Markers. I "blinged" up the phone with some pearls. I love this little girl stamp.

The link to the card drive is here, in case you want to play along.

Friday, October 14, 2011

SCS Circle 1101 C

I have been playing along with the card drive at Splitcoast Stampers for MD Anderson and Breast Cancer Awareness month. This challenge was to make a circle card. I used my Hero Arts Circle Wreath stamped in two shades of pink and a HA sentiment stamp. The faux pearls are from Recollections. Circle cards are really fun. I used my Spellbinders die to make this one. I hope you'll give it a try. The link to the drive is here, in case you want to play along for a good cause.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Wee Memories

So, I'm hoping you're so enchanted by my Double Z fold card that you don't mind that my computer and I had a tussle and it refuses to make the second picture upright. Perhaps it feels more Halloween-y to you because of the weird angle? Thanks for the forebearance.

The design for this card was inspired by Splitcoast Stampers. I've been spending a lot of time over there for their breast cancer card drive. I just bought a Scor-Pal and man, it has opened whole new worlds for me. I have been devouring the SCS tutorials. So far I've made a card purse, milk carton and this Z fold card. You can find the tutorial here. This card was for the Wee Memories Halloween challenge. I'm also going to enter it at Simon Says Stamps. It turns out I wasn't quite done with Halloween cards.

The patterned paper here is from We R Memory Keepers Spookville 6x6 pad. I have made a ton of cards, not all Halloween, from this set. You can see them here and here. :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge

Please note: this is my third post of the day.

The Play Date Cafe colors this week were "Slime Green.....Frightful Fuschia...Putrid Purple...Black as Night". I am done with my Halloween cards, so I thought I'd try to make something else using the colors. I just got these stamps, which are from Jillibean Soup. I really like them. I used lime green embossing powder. The card also has purple gems in various sizes randomly placed. I used my Fiskars punch for the right border of the black piece.

Mojo Mondays 210

I created a baby card using the sketch from Mojo Mondays. I really like their sketches. I find it a challenge to use the many layers the sketches call for without making a hideous or ugly-busy card. Hopefully I avoided that here :)

The papers here are from DCWV. I used a border punch from Fiskars on the top panel, and a stamp from Hampton Arts which reads "simply adored". Thanks for coming by.

Three on Tuesday: Uncle Dan Edition

My husband's brother, Dan, came to visit this weekend. He is really great with our kids. Here he is laying down with them on our futon. The girl child likes to put anybody down for naps, her brother, Uncle Dan, her baby dolls, the cats. She'll gently place the blanket on you, then pat you (not as gently - she doesn't really have fine motor control yet) and say "nigh nigh". So cute.

Uncle Dan was in a car accident on the way down from Madison to Chicago. A semi truck lost a wheel (one of those spares underneath) which flew off and sliced off part of his front bumper. Yee haw. Thankfully everyone was alright.

We had absolutely glorious weather this weekend which allowed us to fit in another zoo visit. I love the zoo, but trying to do it myself with a 2 and 3 year old usually ends in exhaustion. It was much better with the 3 of us adults on the 2 kids. The boy child even rode one of the animals (or amidals, as he calls them) that go up and down on the carousel. He's a very cautious child and usually prefers to ride the non-moving animals or sit on the bench. The girl child, of course, prefers to go crazy.

We watched a friend's 4 month old last night. He had a hard time being away from his parents and got some good exercise for his lungs. Yes, I know they aren't supposed to exercise their lungs. It was just that we didn't know his tricks and couldn't comfort him. I'm trying to look on the bright side. I assume he slept well for his parents last night. Ben and I both remarked later that while we didn't like that the poor little guy cried, we weren't bothered by it in the way we were with our first two kids. It's nice to get some understanding in how people raise big families with grace.

I'll have some cards later today. I played along with Mojo and the Play Date Cafe. I think I'm also going to make a batch of cards for the Splitcoast Stampers challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness month. They are collecting cards for MD Anderson. See you later, I hope.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Easy Christmas Five

I made this card using the Scarlet shade of Glimmer Mist. Again, I might have gotten too misty because it is really fun to do :) I added some SRM stickers and a bow that I freehanded until I liked it. I finished it with a bow of twine. Here's a closer look at the bow:

Easy, peasy :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lily Pad October Card Chain

I made this card for the Lily Pad October Card Chain Challenge. This is a great little card exchange that I have done twice now. Cards are exchanged around the world. In September I received a card from Australia and sent one to Singapore. At the risk of sounding like an idiot, this gave me a chance to learn a little bit about where Singapore is and that it is one of the last remaining city-states. I was glad to learn more about the world in such a fun way.

This card uses the sketch option for the CCC. There are several options, including colors, a sketch, and several themes. I am also using the friendship theme. I stamped this Jillybean stamp set onto paper from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found collection. I also added some hot pink nailhead embellishments around the sentiment.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mojo Monday 209 Part Deux

I made two cards this week using the sketch at Mojo Mondays. The first card and the sketch can be found here.This card uses some paper from October Afternoon's Homemaker collection. I hope you like it. The flower is from the Verve set Abundant Blessings. It has a bunch of pretty flowers which I have been using quite a bit recently.

Mojo Monday 209

I really like the sketches over at Mojo Monday. This week I made two cards using the sketch. I will post the other one in a second post. This one uses My Mind's Eye Lost and Found paper. I am really getting my money's worth out of this 6x6 pad :)Here's a close-up of the Eiffel tower. Isn't it neat?

And here's the sketch:

Thursday, October 6, 2011

JUGS challenge belated

I had some camera trouble last week, and was unable to post this card for the Just Us Girls challenge. It came from a sketch which I followed pretty much 100%. The papers are from Basic Grey Infuse series. It's an older collection which I got pretty much for free at Michaels. I used the paper to make the card base, which is a nice option because you end up with an awesome card base with a white inside. Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Belated PDCC

I didn't get myself well enough together to play with the Play Date Cafe girls this week, but I wanted to share the card I made. I used patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers Spookville pack. Yep, this is Halloween paper. How cool is that?! I liked the colors they suggested which felt Thanksgiving-y, so I went with a Giving Thanks theme. What are you giving thanks for?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Glimmer Mist

Why didn't anybody tell me how much fun Glimmer Mist was? Yippee! I might have over sprayed these because it was so much fun. The angel here is from Hero Arts and is made of felt. The stickers are SRM.

The little trees here are a Hero Arts stamp that I stamped in green and clear embossed.

Monday, October 3, 2011

White and Blue Wishes

The colors for this card were inspired by Kryssi Ng. I love how pretty the white doily on white is. I white embossed the navy Hero Arts flower. I love those polka dots. The sentiment is from SRM stickers, and I added a shiny blue nailhead.

Winking reindeer

I paper pieced the reindeer here after stamping it on the patterned paper. The paper is from My Mind's Eye.

Just a quick post on a busy Monday. Have a good one.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paper Smooches

There was an adorable Paper Smooches inspiration photo this month. The picture is at the bottom of this post. To make my card purse and card set I used their free digi of the bird. I think it will also make a cute Christmas image. I'm thinking maybe about ornaments...

I was most inspired by the ribbon trim on the onesie. I tied it in with the ribbon on the purse. I also used some twine on the buttons which are kelly green and natural wood-colored.

This is the back of the card purse. The paper for both the front and back are from Fancy Pants Design.
I tied the cards together using, again twine and wooden buttons. I used some of the patterned paper from each sides of the purse on two of the cards, and left one plain. The cards are A2 sized.

The Paper Smooches digi was really easy to use. I wish I had been using their stuff earlier. I especially love their monster/kid stuff. Perfect for my 2 and 3 year olds.

And here's the inspiration photo: