Sunday, December 16, 2012

Catching up

We've been blessedly busy, and I wanted to share a bit of what's been up with us. With photographic evidence :) :

Two of my very smart friends wrote a book. It is called Hopes and Fears by Bromleigh McCleneghan and Lee Hull Moses. I hope to write a proper review soon, but the short version is: The book is excellent and you need a couple copies. You can find it from Alban or Amazon.

 Oh, look, it's one of the authors with me and some of my non-pictured friends at a birthday meal.

My boy was Joseph in the church pageant. He did a great job in his non-speaking role.

My boy and I made some amazing Christmas soap for gifts. Sometimes my mom reads my blog, so I can't say more yet.

I also made some "Alpine Snowdrift" soap. It seized on me, so I had to stuff it in the mold. It turned out ok, and is curing for now. It will be ready in January.

This pretty soap has fresh pear fragrance. It seems to have turned out a little crumbly, so we'll have to see if it is alright after it has cured.

3 1/2 of us at Thanksgiving. My son is into hilarious faces now. Maybe when he's 17 he'll smile normal again? :)

And the two of us (or 2 1/2) at an event at the preschool. Thanks to friends for the loaner clothes.

Thanks for coming by! Come visit soon :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Smiles across the Miles

I used the sketch from Paper Smooches to get myself started on this card. I have had this gorgeous recycled sari silk yard sitting around for far too long. I used some tiny staples to keep it in place. ANy suggestions for how to adhere something thick like yarn?

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn, and the cutie hearts are from the Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes set that I believe came out last year. I got it last year, anyway. I love the sentiment set from Lawn Fawn, and am entering it in the Simon Says Stamps challenge to use some favorites. Thank you very much for coming by.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Celebrate Lawn Fawn

The current Lawn Fawn challenge to Dust "Em Off (use something you haven't in a while) was embarrassingly easy given my absurdly large stash. I settled on some Mister Huey misters in red and yellow, and got a nice orange in the middle, too. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches (Sentiment Sampler), and the gems are all different colors. Unfortunately you can't see how shiny it is from the picture. I forgot how much fun the misters are. I appreciate your visit.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Be Jolly

I am playing along with the Mojo Mondays sketch challenge. I love all the layers in the sketch. I used some holiday paper from My Minds Eye, along with a sentiment sticker from SRM and ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel. I love packs of paper- they make matching so much easier! Have a good Sunday!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Way to Go

I'm playing along with the Paper Smooches challenge. It was an inspiration challenge and had a gorgeous typography photo. I have a couple friends who are graphic designers, which has made me more aware of fonts, and I love typography. I used some fonts from the Sentiment Sampler set. I chose the design of the card from the way the sign looked on the wall, slightly off center, and with the frame on the sign. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

With Sympathy

I started with the sketch from JUGS for this sympathy card. I used some letterpress paper I bought a while ago, which gives the white piece a thick, classy look. The leaf cluster is from Hero Arts, and the sentiment is Paper Smooches. I punched the edge with a Fiskars punch and added a little twine. Let me know if you need more product details - I'm happy to check, but forgot to leave myself a note with the card itself. Thanks for coming by.

I'm also entering this at Simon Says Stamp's challenge for Sympathy cards.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Retro Casual

I'm playing along with the Cas-ual Fridays challenge to make a masculine card. This is a tad more neutral than masculine, but it doesn't have to have sports and brown on it to be masculine, right? :) I always like the Retro Sketches, which I've used here, too. All the paper is from the Life of the Party set from Basic Grey. The sentiment is Paper Smooches.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Play Date Cafe

For the Play Date Cafe challenge, I started from this fun pumpkin 3-D sticker. It has a slate colored circle around the edge. I used paper from a pack from Authentique. It's double-sided paper, so I got a fun inside to the card, too. What looks like a journaling card is just part of a sheet from the pack. The thankful stamp is from the $1 bin at Michaels. What a dangerous place that is! :) Thanks for coming by. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Blog Named Hero Die Cuts

The new challenge for ABNH was to use die cuts. I have these lovely stacking flowers that I can't get enough of. I used 3 different papers from a set of Authentique papers on top of a Hero Arts/Basic Grey stamp. A little seam binding finished it off. There's a little gem in the center of the flower, though it's hard to see. I appreciate your visit!

Thursday, November 1, 2012


I adore this stamp from Paper Smooches. I remember seeing it in a Paper Crafts Magazine card a few years ago and coveting it for way too long before I gave in and ordered it. It comes with a bunch of other great sentiments. I stamped it in black, and then lined it with my white gel pen for a little definition.

I was inspired by the Retro Sketches sketch. I wanted to use strips of paper, but came across this Authentique paper I've been holding on to (why do we hoard paper when we should use it so others can love it too? :)) I need to send some thank yous for my last day at work, and this will be just right for one of the guys. I'm playing along with a Paper Smooches contest!

Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

PaperTrey Blog Hop

I'm excited to be playing along with PaperTrey's blog hop this month. It seems that I do not have any holiday stamps from PTI, so I had to make due with some PTI cardstock and one regular PTI stamp. I'm sure this is a sign that I need to buy more stamps :)

For this little tag I used a sentiment from Ali Edwards. The whole set is sentiments, a bunch of great mixed fonts of different sizes for all the winter holidays. The little bird is from the Grunge Me set from PTI.

For the card I used more PTI cardstock (which is a great weight- totally strong enough for a card base but not too thick for additional pieces on top). The little reindeer is Hero Arts, and has some stickles on it. I hardly ever use stickles, but this seemed to be just the right color for the palette.

Please forgive my terrible pictures. It's after dark here and I couldn't get the mix right. Ah, technology.

But we're not all technology here. My 4 year old was looking to play with our leaf pile and bought my challenge to "make one pile out of the two piles". He shoveled all the leaves from one pile into the other, and then he hid in the pile. This went on for almost an hour! Kids are so great. Here he is.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The color palettes were:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Announcement! with edit

Hello blog friends! I am flattering myself a little bit that some of you wonder what has happened to me since September 15th that would have resulted in my blog absence. After all, I do love to blog. It was a combination of boring factors, and then this really awesome one:

Yep, my husband and I are having our second biological kiddo and we are freakin' ecstatic. I've spent the last few weeks sleeping 11 hours a day and trying not to throw up, so the cardmaking slowed a bit. That, and I can't find my inks after our move. Irritating. These sweetie stamps are from Lawn Fawn. My local Archivers just started carrying a wider selection and I couldn't resist them. The other thing I'm considering not resisting: 

I don't normally dress up for Halloween, but that's awesome. Take care!

Edit: That is not a picture of me! It's a picture of some other cute pregnant lady :) But thanks anyway Katherine! 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Some Soaps

I have more soap to share today. Behold Moroccan Mint. I've made 3 batches of this in 6 months because it is so delightful. I like to make it without color. I'm not sure why. A friend told me it looked like butter.

And what did I discover in the guest bathroom of my new-to-us home? A plant growing out of the sink. Awesome. I'm sure that's not going to be a problem. Not. But it was pretty cute.

Sorry about the blog time lag. Good stuff has been going on that's kept me busy. :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Turkish Mocha

Last week I had a super soapy day. I was dealing with some work stress, which I sublimated into soap making. Sounds like a healthy outlet :) I made 5 batches of soap, many of which I split into smaller batches so I could test the Fall Fragrance Sampler I got from Bramble Berry. Some of the batches are still waiting to be cut, but here is one the soaps that turned out great.

The swirl pattern is just lovely, isn't it? This fragrance smells great, almost buttery, which is high praise from the wife of a Wisconsonite. I'll have more to show you this week, and some cards :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ginger and Lavender

Two soaps to share today. It's been a good soaping week. The first is a Ginger-Lime blend. The soap swirled on its own, which is kind of awesome. It smells bright and fresh. 

And this retro look has a black amber and lavender fragrance. It's kind of sultry and very pleasant. With both of these soaps, the swirling pattern produces different patterns with each slice, which makes cutting the soap pretty fun. They will both be done around September 17th. Man, I hate to wait!

To Sharon, who so kindly asked if I would ever be selling to the public, thank you! I hope to get some things squared away before the end of the year to be able to do so. If you would like to send me your email, I'd be glad to send you an email when I do so. Or you can "follow the blog", and I'll let everyone know when I'm good to go with insurance and boring things like that. I really appreciate the question! Thanks.

Have a good weekend! We're having a tent revival at my church tomorrow and Sunday and my parents are coming into town tonight. Better go vacuum.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chocolate Espresso Soap

Holy cow. I made some soap a couple days ago using Brambleberry's Chocolate Espresso fragrance oil and it smells ah-mazing. I was trying to do a sort of gentle layers, ie, not perfect layers, and ended up with a bit of a swirl. But, I am so happy with how great it looks. It will be ready for use in about 4 weeks, around September 20th. Forgive the terrible photo. I'm sure I'll find my camera any minute, or stop taking photos at night. :) Thanks for coming by!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Soapety Soap Soap Soap

Well, we are mostly settled into our new home. As I mentioned, one of our neighbors is a cow, another is my husband's church and the other one has a pool. Maybe? I can only see it when I peek around a bush from a distance, and that seems a little creepy. Ha ha. One of the things that has not yet appeared during the unpacking is our camera, so apologize for the quality as I share these crummy photos of my recent crafty endeavors. Instagram will only get you so far if the original picture is taken after dark.

This fun soap is scented with sandalwood fragrance. It was sold under the name "Sensuous Sandalwood" but this is family blog, so we'll stick with sandalwood :) It will be ready September 8th. The three colors are burgundy, brown and off white. Each bar looks different because of the swirl technique I used.

I made this batch of soap before we moved using a crazy fragrance called "dragon's blood". Yes, seriously. My brother chose it. The tan portion of the soap is darkening, so I'll update with a picture when it's ready in a week or so.
 And these two soaps started as the same batch. I made a regular sized batch, split it into 4 and scented each differently. The scent on the left has vanilla in it, which naturally darkens. I like both colors, and the natural component of the color. They, along with another yellow-colored soap, will be done on Friday. The brown is a complicated (in a good way) vanilla, the right is a citrus, and the other soap is called Tropical Vacation. It's a mix of mango, coconut and pineapple. The fourth fragrance did not behave itself and has been relegated to the gift basket for people we don't like. KIDDING, well, about the gift basket. That soap really has zero fragrance. So weird.  
What's your favorite soap fragrance?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

And on our new street...

I have perhaps mentioned a thousand times now that our family is moving. Perhaps I have seemed to believe that we are the first people to move in the history of time, or that our move is somehow harder than all other moves. It's just that we've had a lot of moves lately. This was just the one that included leaving our house and relocating in another one.

This is the one we're most excited about, at least for now. Theres (my apostrophe will not work now- great) a few more on the way.  Our son is now wandering around the new house, trying out different places for his toys. I had to stay back for a meeting tonight, and will head up soon with my 6 year old wedding dress, tons of soap that is still curing, great-grandmas china, two cats, and the fish. Feel free to start laughing at me now.

We haven't figured out the best part of our new home. Ben has been commuting up to the church since October, so we have a sense of our little village-to-be. I am guessing, though, the best part will be our neighbor. Who is a cow. Named Luigi. I guess he's probably technically a steer. I got a pretty good look at him last weekend when he jumped the fence and wandered into the churchs yard, which is adjacent to our house. This is going to be a grand adventure.

I think I'll have some cards up tomorrow. It will depend on whether we can find some internet access.

Oh, and big thanks to the new folks who are following the blog. It means so much to me!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Runway Babies

Congrats to Cristina and Sarah on their new babies! Two of the ladies who design for the Runway Inspired Challenge welcomed little ones recently, and the challenge at RIC is to make baby cards. I made a boy and a girl card.

This card uses a stamp from Hero Arts and my handwriting. I couldn't find my baby stamp... :) I stamped onto pink grid paper and then cut it out. I wanted to do one neutral color with pops of color like the girl's jacket.
This card uses some Echo Park paper. I stamped the onesie onto some brown flecked paper to give it some texture, and did some more handwriting. I used the stars to mimic the pattern on the boy's jacket. How cute are those babies?!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A to Z with a Rooster in between

This week's photo inspiration from the Ribbon Carousel reminded me of our recent trip to California. On our way we stopped at the Salt Lake which is just amazingly huge. The stark tree and the colors also spoke to me. I chose the rooster as my main image because our trip included camping near the rooster/chicken coop on the ranch where we stayed. It was a cool trip.