Monday, February 28, 2011

My Polka Dotted Owl

Good evening! Jason had a meeting at church tonight & my 2 sweet boys got in trouble for fighting, so they were bored without video games or tv for the evening. I let them help me in my craft area. I've been wanting to cut out the owl from the Stamping cartridge & that's what we did tonight.

At first Joey was skeptical about a pink & brown owl, but after I cut it out he decided she was cute. We then used a branch from the same cartridge & put them on a sky blue background. I used SCAL to cut out a cute little cloud & then cut out Hello from the Stamping cartridge. I'm very happy that this turned out even cuter in person than in my head, because usually it's the other way around. The boys looked through all my cartridges & Anthony asked if I wanted a princess cartridge. I told him I liked cartridges with little boy stuff like him & his brother. He then said, "but don't you want a princess one for YOU?" He is so sweet. Sometimes. I enjoyed letting them help me and they've already told me my next project is going to be the dog from the Zooballoo cartridge. We'll have to see how that one turns out. Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dustin Pike's Spring is in the Air challenge

I'm back & here's another Dustin Pike image, just as I promised. I'm entering this one in his "Spring is in the Air" challenge. He's not really feeling springy since he's still shoveling snow, but I think the temperature was around 80 degrees here today, so it feels like flower planting weather.

Not that I plant flowers or do any other sort of outdoor activity besides watching my kiddos at the ballpark, but Toby & Buster seem to be doing a great job! I used one of his colored images and just chalked the grass and sky. I was too lazy to break out the colored pencils & OMS. Be sure to play along with Dustin!

House Mouse Challenge #89

I decided this evening to play along with the House Mouse & Friends challenge. Challenge #89 is to use your favorite House Mouse stamp. I have such a hard time choosing because I love them all, but I was really wanting to play with this one.

I don't even know the name of this stamp since I just have a stamped image from a swap and not the stamp itself. Since I'm an accountant, the first of the month is always really tough since we have to close out the prior month. This month will be especially hard because my friend and co-worker Jessica had her baby last week and will be out for the next 12 weeks. I depend on her way too much at work and wanted to send her a card to let her know I'm missing her. I'm so glad she gets to spend time with new baby Emma, but work just won't be the same while she's out! Now I just need to find time to buy some stamps so I can mail it...

Dustin Pike card & a "Just Because" card

I just wanted to pop in for a quick minute to share a few cards I've made this past week. First up is a card for a sweet little boy's first birthday. I used a Dustin Pike image that was precolored. I just added more grass & some sky coloring.
Next is a card using the "Just Because" Cricut cartridge, which I absolutely love. This card is for a family who just adopted 2 little boys from the Ukraine. They had a shower at church yesterday.

I'm hoping to make some new projects with both Dustin Pike images & the Just Because cartridge soon. These are my new favorites to play with.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Quilted Card

Ever since I saw this tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers I've been wanting to try this quilted card. I had made 2 cards with quilt patterns last week, but fell in love with the idea of embossing the quilted area to give the quilt some texture.

The sentiment is "Our lives are like quilts, made of bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, all stitched together with love." It's from a quilting stamp set I've had for a while now.
I'm not crazy about the big yellow bow at the top, but I love the buttons at the bottom. Because I used 1 inch squares to make the quilt, this card is huge, measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.

Below is a picture of what a wreck my desk was when I finished this little project! I've got it cleaned back up now so I can maybe work on something else.

I'm off to decide what I'm gonna make next. Have a good evening & thanks for coming by to look!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Some new cards finally!

Hey yall. Sorry I haven't been around in a while. I made some cards a few weeks ago but I'm just now having a chance to post them. Not sure if I've shared this with my blogging friends yet, but we have baby #3 on the way & I'm feeling years older than normal. A few weeks ago I was sick in bed with the flu. While curled up in teh bed with a quilt my mom made, I was inspired to make a few quilt cards. Here's the first one, which is based on one of the quilt blocks.
I had intended to use pinks & greens although my actual quilt was purple & green, but this paper just looked perfect. Next I decided to make a basic 9 patch quilt, which reminds me of my Granny.
Last I have an odd card. I really wanted to use the black & cream toile paper I had. It didn't turn out how I expected, but I kinda like it. Not sure what I'll use it for, but I'm sure an occasion will present itself.

This evening Jason is with the youth for the weekend so the boys and I went to Burger King for dinner (which Jason despises) and now we're snuggled in the bed watching Despicable Me. Anthony has the sweetest little giggle and he has almost lost his breath a couple of times laughing so hard. Joey had been quite angry with me lately but he has been an absolute sweetheart this evening. This 3rd grade attitude is quite difficult for me to handle with my lack of patience & exhaustion lately, so I'm very happy everyone is getting along tonight. We've got our first soccer games in the morning so Jason is gonna skip some of the youth events to come watch the kiddos play. Thanks for coming by the check out my new creations and hopefully I'll be back with more soon. I've got some great ideas in my head. We'll see if I can get them out on paper. Good night!