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Friday, February 27, 2009

Happiness Always

This is another picture frame I decorated. I decided to go pretty simple to let the beautiful paper speak for itself. The stamp set is from Sale a Bration last year, and paper is Le Jardin. There's also a little matching votive candle holder. I put micro beads around the top of the votive using Sticky Strip.

Here's a close up of the stamped image. The lines were made using a washcloth rather than a sponge around the edges. I think the effect is pretty neat.

This is the close up of the votive. I really like the beads around the rim. Other than that, it's pretty simple, really.

On the edges of the frame I tried to color with my Always Artichoke marker, but the ink kept smearing and wouldn't dry. I figured I'd cover it up with some sticky strip and micro beads as well. I also put beads right around the opening for the photo on the frame, but you can't really see those. It's very subtle, but still kind of elegant looking.

I really like how this set turned out. Hopefully others will like it, and it will sell at the craft fair. Thanks for looking, and I'll see you later!
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mojo Monday on Thursday!

Here is the card I created with the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. I've been wanting to use this Sassy Suzie set for a while now, and thought it went well with the sketch. I like how it turned out. Sorry the pictures kind of fuzzy. I couldn't get a clear shot for some reason. I gotta run. School work isn't quite done yet, and of course, there's house work calling my name. Don't you hear it now?

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Space

Well, here is My Space. Sam salvaged these cabinets and built a new countertop for them. Isn't he the greatest? Then he built the shelves above that wrap around both walls. Notice the lights underneath the shelf? I think that is the best part. The lighting was always so bad in my room. I even had a desk lamp on the wall above me, but then my own head made shadows on my work, and I couldn't see! Anyway, I have ribbon racks to hang on the wall, and also plan to have my punches on the wall, similar to the towel bars I used to have. Then I just need to caulk the nail holes and paint everything. When everything is all finished I'll post the final pix.

This is my desk, which I decided to keep, even with my new work area so that friends could come over and play. I could easily have 3 people working and not be crowded. I've started a new paper storage and so far I love it. I got these 12 x 12 paper drawers, they are 3 drawers in a unit. Mine are in stacks of 2. Each color has it's own drawer, and all my scraps of each color go in there, as well as my stamp pads and craft spots. It's so easy to get exactly what I want, rather than dig through my pile of scraps. I only need 5 more units and I'll have a spot for every color, even neutrals!
I also have these nice clear shoebox containers labeled with the contents inside. I may tweak this system a bit, but for now there's a place for everything, and everything in it's place. Until my next project. Then who knows what it will look like.
I haven't gotten to work on that sketch yet, I was cleaning my room so I could show it off to you! Now, if I can get the kids to finish school work, maybe I'll have time to play before we head off to church tonight. Until then.......
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I'm still here!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything. I have been busy, but haven't taken the time to photograph and post stuff. I guess I'm just lazy. Well, I've been making stuff to sell at the craft fair coming up in March. I need to charge my camera batteries and post those, hopefully later today. In the meantime, I was blurfing and found this sketch. I really like it, so I'm gonna go into my stamp room when I have a few minutes and see what I can come up with. Speaking of my stamp room, I have some new pictures of my room. My wonderful husband built me a wall length countertop with cabinets and underneath, and a wall to wall shelf above so I have room to put all my stuff! I love it, and I'm sure you will, too. Check back later and you'll see what I mean. So I'll see you guys later!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Georgie Peach DSP: Day 4

This is what I did with the cover of Katie's book. I covered my chipboard with Old Olive and Regal Rose craft ink, then heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. The Regal Rose ribbon is just tied around the whole cover.

And here is the very last layout, I promise. I paper pieced the truck and added a load of hearts. The tires are colored Regal Rose with my Water Color Wonder Crayons, and the hubcaps are Old Olive. Really, what girl wouldn't want a truck covered with flowers, and pink tires?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Day at the Races!!

I was browsing through some photos that have been laying around for a while, and decided to make a couple pages. Here's what I came up with using a page map from Got Sketch. I did rearrange the photos a bit so mine would all fit on the page. I printed the title on my computer, making it look like the word turtle was an after thought. I sponged the edges, then mounted it on Basic Black to make it stand out more.

I also printed the journaling on the computer, cut it out and sponged the edges. Then I mounted it on black to stand out more. I chose my favorite photo of each child and matted those on black, as well. The DSP is a combination of Summer Picnic and East Coast Prep. Both of those are retired, but I have to use up some retired papers before I can buy any new, know what I mean?

I got the idea for the punch art turtles here. Aren't they cute? They use all Stampin' Up! punches. It was my son Sammy's idea to use the googly eyes. I just happened to have some nearby!

Well, that's it for now. Enjoy your day and Happy Stampin'!
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Georgia Peach DSP: day three

The album is finally finished and in the mail!! It was a bit more work than I anticipated, but I think it turned out to be so adorable. I'm glad it's done though, so I can move on to other things.

This is the very first page. Of course, her name is Katie Louise. The color isn't quite right in this photo, it's not as dark in real life. Sorry about the glare on the pages protector!

In case you can't read the words on the right side, they say "Dream, Cherish, Giggle and Play"
There's just something about this checked paper that I love. I think this is my favorite pattern in this package of DSP.
I'm lovin' this friends page. How cute are all those little kids playing their sports?
Tomorrow I'll show you the last layout and cover of the book. Then that will be the last of it. I promise!! Hope you like it and have a great day!!
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Finally got a Watermark!!

Well here I am in fron of the computer when I should be preparing for my class tonight, but I wanted to see if I could get a watermark on a picture. So here it is!! Is it too light? Too small? Hard to read? It was actually very easy to add to my photo using Picasa on my computer. I love it. Where have I been? I gotta run, so let me know what you think!

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A Day at the Beach

We went to Hunting Island with my friend Aubrey this past Tuesday. It was pretty chilly, but so pretty outside. This is a picture of the Hunting Island Lighthouse, which has 170 steps (if I remember correctly) inside.

It was a pretty good climb to the top, but it's a really nice view from up there. Here are all 7 of the kids.

We went down to the beach and snapped a few pictures. The kids all had fun drawing in the sand with sticks and climbing all over the dead trees laying around. This is me and my kids Bubba, Amanda and Sammy.
Of course, this is Aubrey with Austin, Haleigh, Genavieve and Avery.
After we got back home and thawed out we made little personal pizzas for dinner and had a nice visit for the evening.

Aubrey also showed me how to use Picasa to edit and crop my photos, so hopefully you'll notice a difference when I get to post my next project. I hope so! I've been wanting to figure out how to crop out all the unwanted stuff in the back ground, so we'll see. Well, I have a busy day ahead of me, so I gotta run. See you later!
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Butterfly Blog Award

Almost 2 weeks ago, Twila Davis gave me a blog award!! How sweet was that? I'm really very flattered, it's my first blog award! It took me a while to pick my 10 people to pass on the award, but here it is.

Here are the rules:

1. Pick 10 people and pass the award on to them.
2. Contact them and let them know you have chosen them and their blog for an award.
3. Link back to the person who gave you the award.

So here are the 10 blogs I chose...

1. Stephanie

2. Stampin' Mama

3. Liz

4. Andrea

5. Tanya

6. Super Chick

7. Tamarra

8. Silke

9. Jamie

10. June

Today I'm meeting with an old friend from high school. We're going out with all the kiddos, then heading back to the house to have a slumber party!! I'm not sure who will have more fun, the kids or us, lol! I'll have another project to post soon, I promise.