Monday, August 31, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge

Dawn has issued another color challenge over at her blog. The colors are summer sunrise, dark chocolate, vintage cream, and kraft. I decided to make a baby card. Very non traditionally colored, but I like the way it turned out.

Itty Bitty Baby

Here is a set I rarely use.  There aren't many babies popping out around me lately!  It is such a cute set though.  My friend Stacey just had her shower for her third baby, who is due very soon!  I made this little gift bag for the shower gift.  Sorry for the bad picture... the one that had the card in it looked even worse!  Anyway the bag was super easy to make.  I picked up a plain kraft gift bag at Target.  It was 50 cents.  I adhered a strip of spring rain cardstock, some spring rain gingham ribbon.  Before adhering I punched the top of the cs with my trusty fiskars punch.  Next I added three ovals of pti linen vellum.  I stamped the three animals on various pti patterned paper and cut them out.  I glued them to the vellum and stamped the sayings underneath.  I then glued the ovals to the bag.  The whole project took me maybe 15 minutes.  Looks pretty good for a 50cent bag, right?

Friday, August 28, 2009

Autumn Blessings

Here is a card I made a few days ago. I have just loved coloring the images from PTI's new set, Autumn Abundance. Here I stamped in dark chocolate on cream cardstock. I colored with my copics and then punched it out with a spellbinders classic oval. The whole thing is mounted on PTI's scarlet jewel cardstock.
A Little Update
So last week I got my job back!  YAY!  That is why I haven't been posting as much, I am now if full swing preparing for the new school year.  There have been trainings, meetings, and classroom prep.  I have one more week off.  We start the day after labor day.  Its so hard to leave the lazy days of summer and jump into the swing of teaching again- but I always look forward to it.  New challenges, new beginnings, fresh paper, sharp pencils- I love September.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the PTI blog hop! If you want details go here. This month's challenge was to make something inspired by fall. These mums and these colors just scream fall to me. I used Lauren Meader's Timeless Template, Get a Handle on it. I made the base with Vintage cream cardstock. I added panels using the new Autumn patterned paper. The mums are stamped in dark chocolate. They are from the Autumn Abundance set. I colored them with copics and mounted them on summer sunrise cardstock. The ribbon is from my stash. The yellow flower and leaves are by prima. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge

Dawn McVey has another color challenge up on her blog. This time the colors are melon, moss, pink, and cream. I used all papertrey ink products on my card. The stamp sets are polka dot basics and Fall Elegance.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Little Mouse takes Tea

Isn't this guy the cutest thing ever?  I got this stamp (Its all one stamp) from My Favorite Things.  It is the first stamp I have purchased from that company.  I really like it... especially the size.   It was so much fun to color.  I colored with my copics and then mounted up everything on PTI's spring moss and scarlet jewel.  The ribbon is scarlet jewel satin.  Stamp and sentiment are from MFT.  Thanks for popping by!  I am off to the gym.... hope I come back in one piece!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Amy Jo!

It's my friend Amy Jo's birthday today! I made her a little gift that I will show you below. Of course its not in her hands yet because I am waiting for the new PTI cream envelopes to be delivered, so I can tuck some inside. In a minute I will get to the project details but first I want to give a little shout out to my friend.
AJ and I met on the internet. Its so crazy. We were on a message board for kids due in August of 2000. We have been friends ever since. She is one of my best friends. I know I can call her no matter the time of day or night. I know she always has sensible advice and a shoulder to cry on. She is so fun and funny too. She does nice things for people all the time. When we met up in St. Louis, she drove my favorite Iowa ice cream specialty (A cherry bon bon sundae from Whitey's) all the way from LeClaire IA to St. Louis packed in dry ice. I devoured the thing upon arrival. Anyway I just want to say I love ya AmyJo and I hope you have an awesome birthday!

This is the box of cards that I made AJ. I got the box template from the talented Stampin' Gal Val. Its free and super easy to use. I made it with Mind's Eye papers that I got from Beverly at Precious scraps. The rest of the paper is PTI cardstock. The A is stamped from a set from MM. The other stamps are from PTI's borders and corners circle and Birds of a Feather.Here we have one of the single cards. Same materials as those above with the addition of some prima flowers and a PTI dark chocolate button.

This is what the insides look like. I lined them so she wouldn't have to go find a gel pen to write.

Last but not least, tied off with an ocean tides twill bow. I think this is my favorite card. Thanks for stopping by my long winded post!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Love You

Made this with the left overs from Dawn's last color challenge. It uses the stamp sets, Beyond Borders and Bird Watching. Cardstock and ink in cream, scarlet jewel, plum pudding, and raspberry fizz. Its for my hubs. We are celebrating 14 years of wedded bliss today. 14 years! How can that be?? I got married at 22, which apparently is very young, according to everyone around me. We met in college, lived in the same dorm. Started dating after a month or so... dated for a year... got engaged and the rest is history! I have the best husband out there. He is so neat and tidy, way better wife than me, LOL. He is also the best dad around. I chose well. Thanks for stopping by and listening to me go on and on!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Plain Jane

Hello there!  I have a little plain jane card for you today... she is not fancy but I like her anyway.  The card base is melon berry.  The strip of green is spring moss.  They are stamped with beyond basics borders in their coordinating ink.  Add a couple of matching buttons and some lovely twine and you have yourself a card.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Back to School!

Hello friends! It is back to school today for my kiddos! (I work in a different district which does not start until September 8th, if /when I get my job back.) This is the first year I have made first day gifts. What do you think? I, as a teacher, have never gotten a first day gift so I know I would be thrilled- but then I would be thrilled with anything! LOL!This first one is made with Basic Grey and DCWV paper.  I've got some MM ribbon and some cute PTI  and Doodlebug buttons.  Stamps are from MM.
This paper is from ???.  I got it out of my stash.  The accent paper is DCWV and PTI cardstock.  Stamps from MM.  Ribbon from PTI.  Buttons from PTI and Doodlebug.
This background paper is from Rusty Pickle (they are smart enough to print their name on the back! haha!) Accents by DCWV, cardstock by PTI.  Ribbon and buttons by PTI.  Other ribbon from Michaels.  Thanks for Looking!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Card and a Story

First up the card.   I made this last week when I had out Beyond Basics Borders to work on Dawn's color challenge.  Everything here is from PTI.  Colors are Cream, Kraft, Melon Berry, and Spring Moss.  Little different then my norm, but I like how it turned out.  If you like to read about me being tortured at the gym, read on!  If not, have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

A Gym Story
So the Friday before last I was at the gym, in my normal spin class, just spinning away and almost (well not even almost) enjoying my exercise routine when the instructor, Kevin, announced a new class he would be doing.  The new class was at the new gym which is a good 15 minutes closer to me.  The new class had a nice bland name: Sports Conditioning.  Now really, that doesn't sound too difficult does it?   I asked Kevin, " is there a lot of choreography?".  No, not at all he tells me.  This is good because I have two left feet, am beat deprived, and have a brain that has trouble with the simplest of verbal directions.  I am convinced my eyes see everything backwards because I have trouble figuring out even the most of basic of dance steps, even while I watch the person demonstrate.  What can I say?  I have issues.  So Kevin tells me this class will be great, wonderful, take no special skill, and that I most definitely can do it.  Hmmm,  I think what he meant to say was, "this class will kill you, its a special kind of hell I thought up to torture my worst enemy, even the most seasoned athletes will hit the floor crying and grabbing the their quadriceps while screaming in pain."

Since I was unaware of what he meant to say I went to the class.  It was at 5:30 last Thursday.  That is three full days ago.  It still hurts to stand up.  It hurts to sit down, bend over, walk up or down stairs, walk in a straight line, brush my hair, roll my eyes, and a bunch of other things too!  Yes friends, Sports Conditioning, really translates to Death Class.  There were crunches, lunges, weights, some horrid, horrid thing called mountain climbers, there was stepping up and down on a step...super fast, until you couldnt catch your breath, there were curls, flys, and a multitude of other things meant to make your arm muscles quiver.  By the time the class was over my legs were jello.  I was surprised that I managed to walk out of there on my own power.  I was by far the worst in the class... BUT all the other people in there looked they were about to die as well, and this includes the girl with the rock hard body who looked like she could knock me on my butt with a flick of her finger.   She left early.  I finished the damn class (amazing what potential humiliation will do for you).  I finished and I limped out on my own two feet.  I went home and sank into my favorite chair, where I had to sit the rest of the night because it was impossible for me to move again.  I sat there until Friday.  On Friday I had to get up and host a slumber party (because I am a glutton for punishment).  I stood all through the party... if I had sat I would have been unable to get up again, for any reason. 

I went back to the gym yesterday, you know... a little hair of the dog.  Just as a bloody Mary can perk up a hangover, a little elliptical and weights can help you once again be able to sit and stand.  Now don't get me wrong... it still hurts (ALOT!) but at least I can get out of the chair.  So let this be a lesson to you... Sports Conditioning = Death (or something very close to it that hurts twice as bad.)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

I can't believe she is 9 and starting the 4th grade on Monday!  If ever there was a mini me it is this girl.  Sometimes I look at her and I feel like I am looking at myself.  Of course she does many things much better than I did at that age.  She is also much more kind to her little brother than I ever was!  Currently she is obsessed with American Girls, Hannah Montana,  and Taylor Swift.  We celebrated with a sleepover in which no one slept, including me!  At least I dont have to do another until next year.  Happy birthday baby girl!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blue Eyed Owl

The last in my frenzy of wise owl projects. This one uses both Wise Owl and Vintage Picnic. The patterned paper is Urban Prairie by Basic Grey. Cardbase is Aqua Mist cs from PTI. Hibiscus burst twill tied around the top. I dont know about this guys eyes. I rarely use these eyes because I think it makes wise owl look a little strung out, maybe he has had too much coffee.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Many Mini Owls

Still playing with Wise Owl. I hardly ever use the little guys, don't know why, I guess I just like the big guy so much. This time I stamped the little guys in a row on Stamper's Select White. I colored them in with my copics. Everything is mounted on hibiscus burst paper. I used stripes of urban prairie paper. I tied the whole thing with hibiscus burst twill. I stamped the sentiment with dark chocolate. The sentiment is from Vintage Picnic.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wise Owl in the Flowers

After the Papertrey Princess challenge the other day I had Wise Owl sitting out on my craft table. (Let it be known I rarely put anything away- just ask my husband.) I couldnt resist using him to create a few more cards. Wise Owl truly is one of my favorite sets. I also wanted to use up some of this basic grey Urban Prairie patterned paper. Somehow I bought both the 6x6 and 12x12 pads. This paper is from the 6x6 pad.
Details: I stamped the stems in ocean tides on stampers select white. I stamped the flower in dew drops chalk ink, mango. I created a base of aqua mist. I cut the pp to size and glued it on the base. I adhered the strip of flower. I stamped thank you (From Vintage Picnic) on the flowers in dark chocolate. I stamped Wise Owl on a piece of scrap white. I colored him with copics and cut him out. I stamped his belly on the pp, cut it out and adhered it. I popped him up with pop dots.
Thats all I have for today. The kids and I are off again, this time heading to my BFF's house, to visit with her and her twin boys. I have a couple of posts set up to run in my absence. Summer is coming to end here, school for my kiddos starts up on August 17th. I still have my own fingers crossed that I will have a job come September. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #14

Dawn McVey has issued another color challenge over at her blog. I love the colors from this week's challenge, so pretty!
Here is my card, I used a couple of different sets.  Everything you see here is from PTI.  The cardstock is scarlet jewel, raspberry fizz, plum pudding, and vintage cream.  I stamped the fizz pieces with the leaves from Beyond Basics Borders in Scarlet Jewel.  I stamped the cream with the same leaves in Plum Pudding.  The little branch is in Scarlet Jewel on Cream.  The birds are stamped in fizz and plum on their respective cardstocks.  I cut them out and popped them up with pop dots.   The ribbon is Plum Pudding satin.  Sentiment is from Beyond Basics Borders.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Kitty in the Bath

I made this right before I left for St. Louis. Kept meaning to post it but then I would make something else and it would get pushed to the side. The main stamp is from Penny Black's clear stamps. The sentiment is from PTI's Vintage Picnic sentiments. I colored the image with my trusty copics and then cut it out with a Nesties Label 1 die. The patterned paper is by MM and the CS is by PTI (Spring Rain). Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Papertrey Princess Challenge

Wise Owl Takes a Picnic
This is for the papertrey princess blog challenge over at Serendipity.
The challenge was to use an owl.  I love my wise owl set.  It has always been one of my favorites.  I paired it up with the basket and flowers from Vintage Picnic.  Both sets are by PTI.  The patterned paper is from basic grey (urban prairie).  Everything else is by PTI. I used copics to color the images and paper pieced the bellies and the baskets.

Friday, August 07, 2009

We Interrupt Your Crafting to Bring You This:

Pictures from St. Louis! I took a trip with several of my very good girlfriends to St. Louis Missouri. It was so so so much fun! I just got back home last night (from an extended trip to my mom's...) so I have been gone for awhile. I thought I would share a few pics before I headed over to my crafting table to play with my stamps.This is me (in the hat) with my friend Amy.  We were so happy to make it to St. Louis.  Neither of us are seasoned travelers!  We navigated two airports, a bus, two shuttles, and two airlines as well as the St. Louis Metrolink.
Group picture of all of us.  Taken by some guy who claimed to be a photographer.  It did turn out rather nice, so maybe he wasn't lying.  I am in the center looking like the shortie of the group but really Edie (pink roses) is shorter than me.  I met all these lovely ladies on the internet... its a story that sounds so silly.  We met on a message board when we were pregnant with our year 2000 babies.  That would be my daughter, who is now 9.   We are from all over the country.... Connecticut, New York, Maine, California, and Iowa.  There are 2 girls missing from our little group, they couldn't make it out to St. Louis.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Hoping to be back soon

Me and two of the girlies in St. Louis, I am on the right.
Hello! How I have missed my blog! And crafting too! I have been in St. Louis, for a wonderful girls weekend with some of my best friends. We did all kinds of fun touristy stuff including: going to the top of the arch (SCARY!), eating out, drinking fruity beverages, riding the metro, taking in the zoo. So much fun, so little time. I got back to California Sunday night and drove straight to my mom's house where I am visiting and taking care of some unpleasant business. Sorry to be vague but its really not fit for a public blog. Anyway I hope to be back to crafting by the weekend time. Thanks for all your lovely comments on my challenge card. Your comments make me happy! (Yes I am that pathetic!)