Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ribbons and Case-ing and Simon Says

This is my second post today.

This little card uses papers all from the Out of Print collection from Basic Grey. I notched the edges myself, which I loved on the inspiration card from the CASE challenge. I also picked up some of the colors from CASE. I added a little twine between the patterned paper and the sentiment, which is from SRM. SRM makes some really great stickers, which here I stuck onto some Out of Print paper, and then cut out and pop dotted on top.

I'm entering this at CASE, Ribbon Carousel and Simon Says Stamp's challenges. Thank you so much for coming by.

 The CASE inspiration:

The Ribbon Carousel:

Playdate Owl

My family is back in town after a few days in Kansas to celebrate the life of my grandfather, who passed a week ago. My husband and I officiated most of the funeral. I preached the sermon, and was grateful for the opportunity to talk about my grandpa, who was a man of great faith. 

I snuck out of work for about 45 minutes today* to make a couple cards for the Play Date Cafe. This card uses the great new Newsprint Owl from Hero Arts, and a sentiment from their Everyday Sayings set. I added the orange gem eyes from Recollections. Here's the inspiration photo:

*I didn't really sneak out of work, I just went home for a bit. Saying I snuck out makes it seem more exciting. Ha ha.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy Anniversary

I made this card using a Hero Arts digikit that was part of a Valentine's set. I skipped the Valentine's sentiment, and instead used a HA stamp in the corner and some twine for a simple Anniversary card. Thank you for coming by!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Simply Adored

This card has four separate stamps. Three of them cost only $1 each. Can you guess which was pricier? :) One of my friends is opening a children's resale shop in town, and invited me to make some cards to sell there. This design will definitely be part of the collection.

I'm going to be AWOL for a bit this week, as my Grandpa died last night and we'll be travelling for the funeral. Prayers for my grandma would be appreciated. He was a really good Grandpa. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

This is Big RCC

The Ribbon Carousel Challenge this week was a sketch challenge (see sketch below). I used some adhesive paper from deep in my stash (I first typed horde, then realized that's not the noun, but the verb!) from K and Company. However, over time it had lost its stickiness, so I needed to use something more. Enter my tiny attacher. I love those tiny staples. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I hope you're having a nice weekend. Ours is sunny and lovely.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Colour Q

I was a little stumped when I saw the ColourQ colors for this week, until I remembered my brand new Eco Friendly set from Paper Smooches. They have a cutie cloud stamp which I built the card around. I weirdly didn't have any vanilla or off white or anything near white in my stash, so I stamped white paper with fine linen distress ink to make it sort of vanilla-y and then stamped the clouds. The twine is My Mind's Eye, and the dress stamp is from American Crafts Dear Lizzy set. The dress paper is October Afternoon. I really enjoy it when I can use a bunch of different sources to make a card. Too often I fall back on using one set of stamps and one brand of patterned paper for convenience, but this is really fun. Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Just Us Girls Buttons

The green patterned paper is some of the gorgeous paper from the Out of Print collection by Basic Grey. I love how it looks like it was painted. The card base and ribbon are both burgundy. I made the little flower from the Hero Arts digi Ode to Steampunk. I traced the edges of the flower with my sparkly blue pen and added a sweet light blue button. The tiny sentiment is a SRM sticker. This is for the Just Us Girls Challenge.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Good Reads

Here are some things I found edifying on the world wide web recently. Click on the title to read the whole story. The blurb below is from the post itself.

About Komen and Planned Parenthood
Pink is apolitical, so is cancer. But the fact that women are so much more likely to be poor, and that poor women are more likely to be sick and in need of care, and so much less likely to get it... those are political issues.  It's a time of lean budgets and great anxiety for many; pastorally, we may not want to add to the conflict. Personally, we might not want to alienate any big givers. We might, of course, be deeply ambivalent about abortion and the fact that Planned Parenthood provides them, even though that's just a small portion of what they do.  But this raises a much larger question for us, for the church, for women: how do we decide when to stay or go?  What change can we work for and what change can we not wait for?  In our denominations, in our nations, in our communities and in our churches -- what obstacles are yet present to us and those in our care, what brokenness needs healing, and what are we going to do in response?  

Is it okay to ask if someone's kids are adopted?
I will admit that whenever I see other transracial families, I have a huge urge to go up and meet them, that is at violent odds with my introverted nature.   If the kids are with me, we might give each other the secret handshake silent nod of acknowledgement, but if they aren’t I might say something like, “Your family looks similar to mine” as a way to strike up a conversation without putting the kids on the spot.   But I do think it is important for adults to be sensitive to adopted children, and to understand that fielding questions from strangers (or hearing their mother field questions from strangers) may make them feel self-conscious and “othered”.  I don’t think satisfying a curiosity is ever worth making a child feel uncomfortable.

Pinterest, you are drunk
Giving the Baby Back
People ask, repeatedly, how I can be a foster parent. How I can stand to give the babies back.
That is actually the biggest concern everyone has: "How do you give them back?" they ask. "I would never be able to do that!"
What does that mean, exactly? They 'would never be able to do that'?
I give them back because these babies are not mine. And this is not about me.
I'm Not Okay with Chris Brown at the Grammys, and I'm not sure why you are
I’m sick and tired of people acting like it’s no big deal that Chris Brown will be performing at the Grammys. I’m frustrated that the mainstream media is covering this story like it’s any comeback story, like an exiled prince’s return to a former glory, like this is another political timeline — as though some rich and powerful old white men in the music business have not just issued an enormous ‘f**k you’ to every woman who has been, is or will be on the receiving end of domestic violence.

Wonder Dog: A Golden Retriever Reaches a Raging Boy
In 2007, a phone call came into 4 Paws from an Atlanta mother of a boy with special needs.
“Do you place dogs with children who have fetal alcohol syndrome?” the mother asked Shirk.“Never heard of it.” Donnie Winokur, who had by then founded the Georgia affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, explained with rapid and precise diction.
“Is your son likely to verbally abuse a dog?” Shirk asked.“Well, yes,” Donnie had to admit, at a reduced speed. “Is he likely to try to physically abuse a dog?”“It’s not impossible,” she said, now certain of rejection. “O.K.,” Shirk said. “We’ll need a doctor’s prescription and we’ll need video. We want to see your son every day, everywhere — getting up in the morning, eating breakfast, getting in a car, at school at bedtime. We need to hear his noises and see his tantrums.” “You’ll give us a dog?” Donnie gasped.

  *Fair warning - this story will perhaps make you cry your face off, in a good way. 

Runway #5

This was a really fun card to make. I began by stamping the geometric images in bright blue ink on vellum, and then embossing with white opaque powder. The blue shows through a little bit. Then I glued up a strip of paper, and using my tiny attacher, made that ribbon trim. I was trying for a little more scattered than it ended up. Surprisingly, I seem to tend to order. This is for the Runway Inspired Challenge. I was inspired by the color, the structure of the model's top, and tried to mimic the ruffles on her skirt with my ribbon trim.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sliding Love

I made this card today for my husband and for the PTI Anniversary challenge to make an interactive card. Mine is a slider card. It is not quite perfect, and doesn't quite slide totally freely, but it does have a bit of move to it :) I used the bird from the Grunge Me set for the sliding bird. The heart is from K and Company, and the cloud paper from My Yellow Bicycle. This would be much easier with the dies PTI is soon coming out with. :)

Skipping Play Date

This card's design was inspired by a sketch over at Skipping Stones Design, though I missed their deadline for submission. The colors were inspired from the Play Date cafe. I used faded linen distress ink and the Hero Arts antique writing stamp for the middle piece. The little flowers are from Paper Source, and I used Memento ink for them. Thank you for coming by!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Casual Out of Print

I really like this Friends sentiment set from Hero Arts. I got it for a steal at Hobby Lobby, and wasn't sure how much I would use it. It turns out, I use it at least once a week. I was also happily sucked into buying this Basic Grey Out of Print paper because of the gorgeous cards Virginia was making. It is very versatile. Be looking for more in these great graphic prints. The flower here is also from Hero Arts, and the gem thing (that's the official crafting term) is from Prima. This is for the Cas-ual Fridays paper piecing challenge. Thank you for coming by.

Sunday, Sunday

So, we had a Princess Party yesterday. I would never have thought to have one, but somebody gave us this big kit for a PP, which included crowns, wands, thank you notes and invitations. Since I was pretty sure my husband wasn't going to think wearing a crown around the highlight of his year, we invited some friends over and broke it open. (I should say that my husband would wear a crown if he thought it was important. He is man enough to wear a crown, and also man enough to leave the house when a half dozen girl children and grown-up ladies come over for snacks and games).

Part of what made the afternoon really nice was a long discussion we had about whether Princess Parties are a good idea. I was on the fence, but my girl is VERY girly. And truth be told, I like being a girl, too. Somebody said that the emphasis on making girls less girly (I'm not phrasing that right) is in actuality an emphasis on the masculine. If we praise girls for being tomboys, we're praising them for being boyish.

Gender is complicated, though. I think where I've settled on it is to let the kids choose stuff they like, and when they're older they can choose again. I think the girl should also like trucks and the boy should also like pink, and guess what, sometimes they do. My girl is the strong, physical one while my boy is sweet and gentle. But often they go with the societal gender roles. Which is also okay.

In what felt like funny timing, yesterday I was changing the girl's diapers when the boy was with me. He is still in Pull-ups for overnight, though generally, gloriously, finally, potty-trained for the day. He looked at me quizzically and asked, "Why do my diapers have trucks and E's have castles?" You nailed it, baby, I thought to myself.
"I don't really know, honey," I replied. "Do you like castles too?"
"Yeah. You know what else I like? Granola." he replied.
He'll work it out. Also, when he said he wanted to stay for the party, that was fine, and he did and had a great time.

Here's the gorgeous, truck-playing, pink-loving boy:

And the girl before the party:
My hottie husband:
The girl chose her own shoes. I think the purple snow boots go quite well with the Easter egg colors of her dress. Thanks to Grandma for the dress. It was meant to be her Easter dress, but I think it's a shame those only get worn for a few hours. Plus, ahem, I had to squeeze it around her middle to get it buttoned. I don't know if it's going to make it to April. I'm really glad she wore it yesterday, just in case. She twirled around a lot. So cute.

Me! That belt thing is actually a scarf I tied in a big fat bow in the back. I figured princess dresses need a big fat bow, right?:

I love how Bromleigh and her daughter have the same expression right now. Her daughter is trying to talk over her.
I got a pack of pop beads at Target this week. How had I forgotten how fun they are? They came in a pack of 500, so I'm sure we'll be finding them for a long time to come.
He decorated a cookie for me with frosting our friend brought with her. She made her own frosting in 5 different colors. That's a keeper friend if I ever knew one.
Our girl and friend Jennifer. Aren't they pretty! And smart and kind, of course.
I think that Liz was the only one who wore her crown for the whole party, which is a shame, really. I hope she wore it later for her gig. She's a big time singer in Chicago, when she's not saving the world at her day job.

I would be glad to hear your perspective on how you handle gender issues, whether you are a parent or not. I think we all have a lot to learn and understand about it and ourselves.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mojo Mercies

This little guy is for the Mojo Monday challenge. Each week they provide a sketch. I used some teal cardstock as the base and added some Little Yellow Bicycle paper on the bottom half. The sentiment is from an SRM sticker which I added to kraft stock before trimming and pop dotting onto the paper. I have been hoarding that burlap for too long, and have been using a teensy bit on cards so as to stretch it. The flowers that are stamped on the tiny envelope are from the Tender Mercies set by Verve. The polka dotted paper is the back of the paper on the bottom of the card. I love double sided paper - it takes all the stress out of matching. Thank you for coming by.

Moxie Delicious

I'm having a lovely week of cardmaking, after a week off. Isn't it funny the way inspiration works? I am also preparing for a Craft Show at my church in May, so I've been trying to make cards that will perhaps be more marketable. It's always hard to guess about that, though.

Today's card is inspired by the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger which I stared at for a while, since it looked so tasty. Holy Cow!

My two year old was sitting on my lap as I was adding the Trigger, and she started shouting "Mommy!" over and over about the yummy food, as if I could make them appear here in our house :)

I chose to make a card with layers (the pink, polka dotted patterned paper, and the brown) to mimic the treats. I picked up the doily and pink and white pretty things also. I hope you're having a good weekend.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sketchy PaperTrey

I am back again for another day of the PTI Anniversary celebration. Today we were challenged to make a card using one of their sketches. I used the Simply Stationary set for the background, which I stamped in Versamark. The design on the white piece is from Grunge Me. I had to cheat and use a Hero Arts sentiment. I definitely should go ahead and buy some of PTI's great sentiment sets. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Just Us Girls Cupcake

I am playing along with the Just Us Girls sketch challenge this week. I used some Cosmo Cricket paper and a Hero Arts stamp, along with some twine. I really like the new Hero Arts stamps, especially the ones with the newspaper look. I bought the tulips and this birthday set. Cute!

The other thing I like? Cosmo Cricket papers are made from sustainable forests. That makes me feel very good.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

PaperTrey Color Inspiration

PTI is having a week and a half long celebration in preparation for their fifth anniversary. There are fun challenges or contest every day. I was able to play along with today's, which was to use one of the favorite palettes of one of the designers to make my own card. I am sorry about the crummy picture quality. I had to wait until the kiddos were down, and my 3 year old has developed a new stamina for bed time procrastinations, so I was stuck with scanning. I will do my best to get another picture in the am. I used the Simply Stationary set and inspiration from Heather as to the colors. The card is a top folded off-white base, to which I attached the ribbons.

I hope you like it. (This is my third post of the day, and I'd be honored if you browsed around). Have you been playing along with the PTI challenges?

I'm also entering this at the Ribbon Carousel Challenge. Their challenge this week is Anything Goes.


I am playing along with the Paper Smooches inspiration challenge. I used some of the small images from the Swanky Snowdudes set to make what I hope looks like a vase and flowers. The sentiment comes from the Chit Chat set, and the heart is also from Swanky Snowdudes. I stamped the snowflake-flowers in distress ink, sometimes without re-inking to get the shades of colors. The paper is from the Hazel collection of My Mind's Eye. I used both sides of the paper.

Here's the inspiration photo:

And while we're at it, I'll throw this in the ring over at Simon Says Stamps for their Love is in the air Challenge. :)


I am playing along with the CREATE blog challenge to make a card with more than 6 hearts. I used a digi from Hero Arts that you can find here. I re-sized and flipped the hearts to get them where I wanted them.The ribbon is actually two ribbons, one apple green and the other a sort of burgundy. I pop dotted up the sentiment strip. Thank you for coming by!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CASE windows

I really liked the CASE challenge inspiration this week. I chose to take away the window look, the blue and green colors, the flowers and butterflies. The stamp here is from Studio G and stamps like a dream. The butterflies are from Hero Arts.

Here's the pretty inspiration: