Saturday, June 30, 2012


Hi Folks,

I'm taking a bit of a blog break. I'll be back, I hope, mid-July and will hope to see you then.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Card, Kids, Soap

A quick post today. Thanks for coming to visit - it's been insane around here. It's starting to calm down, but it'll probably get crazier before it gets less crazy. But in the meantime, I made some stuff. Like this card using a Hero Arts set and Ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel.
We had a party for our girl, which ended up involving our water table (it's a kids' toy), sand and some disgusting children. Before returning them to their parents, we gave all 5 of them a bath. It was super fun, and my boy keeps asking when people can come take a bath with him again.

And I made this crazy soap. It was supposed to look totally different, but I really like how it turned out. There were several disasters in its creation, but it is good soap and smells awesome. Now to impatiently wait 4 weeks to use it! 

What are you up to this weekend?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Five on Friday

1. We're about two weeks away from a big vacation. We're going to see both sets of grandparents and either head to California or Washington, DV. And yes, we know those are two pretty distinct choices. We are fortunate in our friends and can make last minute decisions, which is helpful sometimes. I'll have more to say about that in a few weeks.

2. Our son turned four on the 5th of June which was a Tuesday. He told me that it was "Fourday", not Twoday, which I thought was pretty brilliant. I'm totally impartial, of course. We had a whole day to ourselves yesterday and saw Madagascar 3. It was entertaining, if a little bit overstimulating. We both had nice naps afterwards. What? I still nap. Not regularly, but...

3. My class (which is my first class in my masters' program in pastoral counseling) is kind of kicking my butt. It's a summer intensive, which is a crazy way to start. They compress a 14 week class into 6 weeks. Yeehaw. On the plus side, I am doing a research project on foster families and different styles of therapies. It's pretty interesting and hopefully will be useful to us.

4. My friend Katherine competed in her first triathlon on Sunday. I managed to talk her into doing one, though I think it was a pretty easy sell. We did some training together. I'm telling you this in case you're thinking about doing something crazy and need some encouragement. I am all about the crazy. Though if you've been here before, you know that already.

5. Speaking of crazy, look at the soap I made for my husband:

That is beer and bacon soap. Or as a friend suggested: "I Love Wisconsin" soap. The white flecks are from where I didn't get the colorant perfect. Still, not bad for a first try at swirling, eh? I think Ben was a little disappointed there was no actual bacon involved. The tan color will lighten up as it cures. I'm so happy with how it turned out. Soapmaking is turning out to be awesome fun.

So, what crazy thing should I encourage you in? What have you been wanting to do that you need a little push for? Is it leaving hanging prepositions? hee hee. Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sweet Retro

FYI, This is post #2 today.

Check out this great sketch from RetroSketches. I paired it with some Echo Park paper and a sentiment from Technique Tuesday. I love how sweet this card turned out. I saved this sketch to use again. I cut my loopy square (I cannot think of good descriptive words this week!) with a Nestabilities die cut. The Ribbon is seam binding from the Ribbon Carousel. They have weekly challenges with a random winner - you should check it out.

I am also entering this at the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use polka dots. The background paper has sweet pink on pink dots. 

Have a good one!

Virginia's challenge

I chose to start this card with this great ferris wheel image from Lawn Fawn. I wanted something whimsical to go with the fun images from Virginia's son's photoshoot. From there I colored in which pencils the boxes (carts? What do you call the things you ride in on a ferris wheel? Huh) and added a few nailheads to the sentiment. I love that bright green paper. This is a really fun stamp set.

What's your best source for inspiration?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I am playing along with the Play Date Cafe color challenge and CASE Study challenge. I straight up case-d the layout from Joy. I love her stuff. The flower is a die cut from K and Company which I got for a steal. For a steal, not "I stole". Hahaha. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches. I'm also entering this in the Young Crafter Unite challenge to use a flower image.

I appreciate very much your visit. I tell people all the time that cardmaking is one of the nicest obsessions hobbies because fellow cardmakers are so kind and encouraging. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Friends and Flowers

The colors here are from A Blog Named Hero's color challenge. It was a good stretch for me to use these colors, which I often use but rarely together.The flowers (sunbursts?) are Hero Arts. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. I mentioned my recent obsession, right? :) I hope you're checking out the ABNH site. They have an awesome Design Team. Thank you for visiting. I have a bunch of cards to share this week. Yippee!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sending Smiles

I have gone crazy for Lawn Fawn. In the past month I've bought, thanks to a massive Archiver's sale, four sets of their stamps. Whoops, um, husband, I mean, I bought one of their stamps. Hee hee. Anyway, the sentiment here is from LF, the paper is Basic Grey and the base cardstock is Papertrey Inc. I started the card with a PTI sketch for their Make it Monday challenge and their cardstock, and went from there. I freehand cut the patterned paper, which you could probably tell :) The Lawnscaping challenge is for patterned paper.

In soap related news, I flipped the cherry blossom castile soap last night. It's half-way through curing and smells amazing. Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm back!

Thank God. My mojo wasn't dead, it was just resting while I dealt with some other stuff. Last night I made 3 cards! And all it took was letting the kids put themselves to bed in the tent in their room. I'm pretty sure it was like 10:30pm when they finally conked out. My 2 and 4 year old kids. Whatever. Their summer schedules are all messed up.

Anyway, here's a card for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge to use bling, the Simon Says Stamp challenge to use gems, and the Feeling Sketchy sketch. Let's see if I remember how to do this :)

The paper is from My Mind's Eye Stella collection. The die cut flower/starburst thing is a Hero Arts set, as is the sentiment. A little bling, a little twine, and we'll call it done. Thanks so much for coming by, and if you're a regular, still coming by while I was out of commission temporarily.