Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Merry and Bright

With Christmas less than 3 month away I'm sure you're beginning to think about your Christmas cards.  I used to hand make every card....then I had kids and people enjoy seeing how they've grown over the year so I use MDS for my cards.  I do still mail a few hand made cards to a few people.  This card is one that I could easily mass produce.  I love using 'non traditional' colors for Christmas cards.  This card is Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant and Smoky Slate!  Such a fun color combo!
The letters were cut out with the Little Letters Framelits in Melon Mambo cardstock then sponged in Melon Mambo ink.  The rest of the greeting is stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  I don't know about you, but I know I have more trouble stamping the clear stamps straight then the rubber stamps.  Don't know why!  The snowflakes are from Endless Wishes in the Holiday Catalog, so are the sequins-LOVE THEM!!!  Add a quick bakers twine bow (though that step is optional) and you're done!  A quick, fun Christmas card! 3
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Curvy Snowman

You know how when October hits the rest of the year is a blur? One day you're talking with your children about Halloween costumes and the next thing you know you're waking up and it's New Year's?  Yep, that's what's about to happen, tomorrow is October 1, and I can already feel myself slipping behind on all that needs to be done!  The plan is to go one day at a time, try to get it done but not to stress about 'not getting it done'.  Why am I telling you all this now?? Well a lot of what I'm doing I won't be posting on my least not right away :)  I'm so excited about all the fun projects I have in store and I'm hopping not to slip on posting daily, but if I do, I know you'll understand :)  It's one of those things that I'm not going to stress about. 
Today I have the sweetest (he's filled with chocolate!), cutest little snowman.  I almost turned him into Olaf, but then had a moment of reality.  We're trying to tone the 'Frozen Obsession' down in our home.  Megan has gotten a little out of control lately........a lot out of we're working on focusing on other things and not so much of Elsa, Anna and the crew.  Not that there's anything wrong with her love of the movie, it's just when she started talking in quotes from the movie at the dinner table, we knew that we had to cut back :)  So I decided not to reignite the fire by turning him into Olaf, he's just a regular snowman :)  I saw this snowman and LOVED it!  Of course I had to make my own! 
Of course he's made from the Curvy Keepsake Die.  Three of them actually!  The most challenging part of him was how to attach the boxes.  I used tombow to attach the bottom two, but that got a little messy, so I tried glue dots, less messy but I'm not sure the bond is a strong as the bottom two.  I think in the end, the glue dots are the better choice.  Of course after he was put together I had a brilliant idea of how to stack them....that will be for next time.  My thought was if you cut a hole in the bottom of the box you can pull the tab at the top of the box through the hole and glue it to the inside of the box.  Then add candy.  I haven't tried that, it's just what occured to me AFTER I had stuck them together.  Now the most tragic part of this cute creation, is that if you want the chocolate inside he has to be taken apart and destroyed......perhaps next time I'll create 'hidden doors' on his back so that he doesn't have to mutilated  :)  How can you not love that smile! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'll Drink To That!

I had a punch art class over the weekend.  I'll share those cards soon :)  Today though I have some really cute cards that I made from the Making Spirits Bright set in the Holiday Catalog.  I have one card for the three upcoming holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The cards are all simliar, just a different stamp used.  You could mass produce any of these in no time!

The drinks and all their fun accessories are colored with the Stampin' Write Markers.  I added buttons and ribbons to all of them, in their coordinating colors.  Except the Christmas one I didn't have a Real Red Button so I used a white one instead. 

For all the drinks I wanted them to look a little sparkly and not so translucent.  I used my Vanilla Smootch Spritz and sprayed some in a plastic cup then used a paint brush to brush the liquid in the cups.  Once that was dry I covered the glasses with Crystal Effects so that they looked and felt like real glasses. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Vellum Pumpkins
Remember this post?  I warned you that you were going to want, no NEED this Curvy Keepsake Box Die.  If that glitter covered apple didn't convince you then this will....don't say I didn't warn you!  At first glance these pumpkins look like regular pumpkins.  They're great filled with candy but they're even better when they're lit up......
OH. MY. GRAVY. IT'S. SO. FLIPPIN. CUTE!!!!!!!!  I have battery powered tea light candles in them.  Please make sure they're battery powered.  Seriously you wouldn't think I'd have to say it but you never know, this is paper, it will burn, use a fake candle.  But how awesome do the look lit up!!!  I cut the boxes out of vellum then used my brayer and colored the vellum with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Then when you turn the candle on the you can see the light through it.  For the faces I followed the instructions of my friend, and fellow demonstrator, Karen Titus.  Not only is Karen my friend but she's my up, up, upline, I'm in her 3rd level of downline, confused yet?  Anyway these pumpkins are SO CUTE!!!  I just love it!!!  Don't you agree that you NEED this die???!!     
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Snow, Elfs and Christmas

You're probably getting tired of seeing my MDS posts :) Don't worry this is the last day.  Tomorrow we'll get back to stamping :)  As much as I love MDS, paper crafting is always my first passion.  Though I do love these pages :)  First is some pictures from a small snowstorm in November of last year.  It wasn't a big storm, for those of you say in Minnesota or even further north, you probably wouldn't even blink an eye at the minimal amount of snow we got.  But remember I live in New Mexico, when it snows, even less than an inch the city shuts joke....schools get cancelled, city offices close.  It's pretty crazy :)  But since we see snow so infrequently it's always exciting when it does snow.  The kids played for most of the morning.  Whether it's 1 inch or 10 inches the best part is the fun and memories.  I love the circles on this page and the glitter snowflakes! 
Do you do the Elf on the Shelf thing at your house?  It kind of happened accidently at our house.  We got our elf after Christmas a couple years ago, it was on clearance at Target.  Had I known the trouble he'd get into every stinkin' night I might have rethought that purchase.  But the kids LOVE him.  WHEN I remember to move him around, (that's a big when-typically last year it was one of those middle of the night thoughts "OH CRAP I DIDN'T MOVE THAT ELF!"), but when I remembered he was usually posed really cute.  This year, though, I think our elf may show up a little later and I'd like it if he brought some ideas of some Christmas service projects we can do.  Perhaps if the ELF suggests it the kids will be more excited to do it........let's see how organized I get......
Finally it's Christmas, which is pretty much the end of 2013!  There are a couple more pages, Christmas morning, etc.  But I'll share those another time.  This picture with the kids dressed for church on Christmas Eve is too cute!!!!  Time to start my 2014 album!  YIKES 2014 is almost over!  Maybe I can catch up! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Balloons, Birthdays and Halloween

We've reached October in my 2013 album, the end is clearly in sight now!!!!  October in New Mexico means one thing, Balloon Fiesta.  It's quickly become a favorite event of the kids.  While Megan still doesn't like the sound of the burners she loves the balloons in the air.  Logan loves the whole thing, from the balloon on the ground to them up in the air.  Last year at the Balloon Fiesta I tried not to take as many pictures as I've taken in the past.  The year before I think I took nearly 200 pictures.  I spent more time doing that then just enjoying myself.  Last year I think I only took about 100 pictures :) I love the blues in the pictures, it's so vibrant!  I kept the background simple with just some clouds.  FUN!! 
October also means Megan's birthday, it's hard to believe she's almost 4!!!!  She's grown so much since these pictures!  We did a simple family celebration for her birthday, we had people over to our house and just chatted and played.  I'm all about the low key!  We'll see what we do this year, nothing has been planned.....This page is simple too, no journaling, I didn't think it needed any.  Can I just say though how much I LOVE that glitter 3!!!!!  It's a punch that a paper filled with some glimmer paper.  It's a download that you NEED!!!!
Finally it's Halloween.  I have lots of Halloween downloads :) these pages are always simple.  I just plug in my Halloween elements :)  I love using green and purples for Halloween.  I have one more day of MDS to share with you.  I've really enjoyed all the MDS pages I've done in the last week :) 
Thanks for looking, se you soon!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reading, Soccer and Pumpkins

Like I said yesterday I've been MDSing all weekend and I'm so super duper excited to share that I'm on my last few pages of my 2013 album.  I'm excited to see it printed especially because some of the pages I've done in the last few days have been some of my favorites :)  None of the pages are super complicated.  This entire albums theme has been simple pages.  There's not a lot of journaling on any of the pages, they're really just about the pictures :)  This first page was about exactly one year ago when Logan won the summer reading award (he won this year too).  He's such a little book worm this kid of mine!  This page was really simple I used the books from the All Time Fave download.  A quick chevron background and this page was done.  SUPER cute!!!!
This page was a little time consuming because I placed all those hexagons one by one, clearly because some of them are a little off.  But I'm really, really ok with that.  I could go in and align them all perfectly but I'm not a perfectionist and I enjoy the small imperfections that make a project hand made.  Once the background was done I just added pictures and a greeting.  I did lots of color matching on this page though.  The green the background is color matched to the grass on the field, the 'soccer' is color matched to the blue New Mexico sky and 'season' is color matched to Dan's shirt.  I love that everything is tied together. 
Finally the last page for today is our trip to McCall's Pumpkin Patch.  It's a local pumpkin patch that we enjoy, I usually refer to it as "a pumpkin patch on steroids" because it's soooooo much more than pumpkins.  They have TONS of activities for kids.  There's a little train ride (Megan could not get enough of this!), they ride in little cow train cars, there a petting zoo, there's bike races, there's duck races, there's a huge playground, giant slides, this place has it all!!  When you're ready to get your pumpkin you take a hayride out to the patches.  It's a full day of fun with pumpkins at the end.  I used some Halloween paper on this page I covered most of the bats that were on this page with pictures and the 3 banners.  You can see a little piece of a bat next to the black banner, but it's in the bleed area so I'm not concerned about that one showing :)  I have a few more pages tomorrow.....and Thursday :)  Friday I have a super cute Halloween treat box you won't want to miss! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!   

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Baby-Not Mine!

I wanted to make sure I threw in that 'not mine' in the line :)  Though I love babies, we're not planning anymore.  But my friend Jenna is!  Yay Jenna!!  She asked me to help he plan some pregnancy announcements.  So we got together Friday morning and this is what we came up with.  They're all super cute, but I'd love to hear which is your favorite.  The first one with the hands is adorable and includes everyone in the family in on the announcement. 
This next one is one we were inspired from on Pintrest.  It came out super, super cute don't you think!?! 
This final one was specifically designed for the grandparents.  Jenna knows that they'll want to come visit as soon as the baby is born.  We made a boarding pass to make the announcement.  So cute!!!  I'm a little sad to say it's been a while.....months......since I've MDSed.  It was so great to get back into the program!  I spent the weekend making tons of pages and working on my 2013 album.  I've put it off for so long, I'm glad I'm finally inspired to work on it again!!! I'll be sharing lots of MDS pages this week!  Get ready! :)
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kind Butterfly

I'm a little bit in love with this card :)  This butterfly makes me happy.  I don't know if it's because it's so big and is a wonderful focal point for the card, or if it's because it's embossed-which I love, or if it's because it's water colored-which I love too, or maybe it's the awesome bright colors that I love!  Either way it's an amazing card.  The background is a mix of Kinda Eclectic and Gorgeous Grunge, both of which are my go to sets for backgrounds.  The greeting is embossed on vellum, because I wanted it to match the embossed butterfly, and because I really like embossing on vellum :)
For the butterfly, after I embossed it, I used my aqua painter and got it really wet.  Make sure you're doing this on watercolor paper!!!  Once the paper is wet all you have to do is drop in color and they blend and do their own thing all on it's own!  I started with Blackberry Bliss, then used Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Hello Honey.  I know these colors (perhaps with the exception of the Blackberry Bliss) look nothing like their original colors but that's because they've blended and mixed together.  I especially love the coraly/orangy  color that the Melon Mambo and Hello Honey created so pretty!!!!  Once it was dry (you can speed this step up with your heat tool) I cut out the butterfly and attached it to my card.  LOVELY!!!!
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Make A Wish

I debated back and forth, back and forth, back and forth about sharing this card.  In person I LOVE IT!!!  It's bright and the texture is incredible!  In pictures it was imposible to capture it!  I started with a piece of black cardstock and stamped and embossed lots of different elements in different colors.  I tried photographing this one card a million different ways, nothing showed the colors well, so you'll just have to take my word :)  The Pool Party and Blushing Bride embossing powders look A-MA-ZING on the black cardstock.  That pop of color really makes a difference.  Then I tried the Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!!  It's wonderful!!!!
Finally the only picture that showed the colors (especially the Pool Party) was with the flash.  I really don't like using my flash I prefer natural light, which is usually abunant in New Mexico :)  I finally decided to share it because I love it!!!  Lot's of embossing and lot's of color but it's so fun!!!!  I stamped and embossed each color one at a time.  That worked best and I didn't end up mixing embossing powders that way.  I hope you try this color combo with your embossing powders.  It's really amazing in real life! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!