Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Christmas card for Mom

Hi everyone! I have been "unplugged" for a while, but I did want to share this sweet little Christmas card I made for my mom. The main image is from Pure Innocence, and the other stamps are from Close to My Heart. The cardstock is from Bazzil, and the patterned paper is from Basic Grey. It was fun coloring with my Copics! I used Memento ink, and created the snowflake from a Die-namics die from My Favorite Things. I hope you like it! Have a great couple of weeks, and I'll post in the new year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

First attempt at a digital page!

Here is my first attempt at a digital page, done with photoshop Elements. I made quite a few mistakes, including not sizing at the beginning, so I cut it down, and made a card for my daughter! All of the elements are available at JessicaSprague.com. This is a great resource for digital learning and products!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas blog Candy from Somethinggonemissing!

Check out the great blog candy you can win from Somethinggonemissing! Just click on the photo on the right, and you can enter to win some great papers, an LCI Magnum Christmas stamp, and more! Just the thing for creating a few special cards for yourself or a gift, or even some sweet Christmas Thank You cards!
Also pay a visit to the LCI Challenge Blog! A new Christmas Sparkle Challenge begins today, and my daughter got a special shout out for her Ribbon Challenge Entry!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Two for One!

Here are two cards! One was made by me, using a Nikki stamp from LCI, and several elements and paper from the Jessica Sprague Christmas Treasures Blog Hop. The paper and coordinating sticker are from Pixel Jam Design, and the elements ( to do list, ribbon, and 2010 card) are from EA Digital Design. The LCI challenge this week was to use ribbon, and I don't think the digital ribbon looks much like ribbon, but I am still happy with the card.

The second card uses a Robyn stamp from LCI, and was made
by my daughter, who was inspired by the LCI Challenge!

I think she did a pretty nice job! Too bad she can't enter the challenge because she's 12!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Exactly one year ago, and about right now in the day, this wonderful dog entered out lives, and captured our hearts! Today we are celebrating Copper's Adoption Day! He is the first dog my children and husband have ever had, and we are all devoted to him! He has enriched our lives, and we are grateful!

I made Top 3!!

How exciting! The day was pretty average, but I just sat down to check out the new LCI challenge for the week, and when I scrolled down to find out who won Last week's challenge, I saw that the card in my last post was in the list of the Top 3! My work has never won anything before, so I am truly excited! I hope Mom will like her birthday card as much as Ladybug Crafts Ink does! So head on over to the Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog, and try this weeks challenge yourself! While you are there, check out the fabulous cards made by the design team, and the other winners of last week's challenge. You will be inspired, I promise!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Ladybug Crafts Ink Challenge Blog!

There is still time to do the Ladybug Crafts Ink Blog Hop and Challenge! Here is the card I made to enter into their first ever challenge! The stamp is from LCI, and is one of the new Cupcake Cuties. I used papers from My Mind's Eye, and ribbon from the dollar bin at Target a few years ago. My daughter let me have the chipboard flower from her stash (actually, I stole it, then asked if I could keep it, now that I had embellished it, and attached it to the card!) The button is from Stampin' Up. I used Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart on the cherry, and Icicle Stickles on the frosting, flower, and dots. I also used Dimensional Pearls on the Cutie's shirt, and colored the image with Copics. Dimensional Pearls and Stickles are from Ranger.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween Card for Mom

Well, the spooky time is upon us, and I thought I'd share a card that I made for my mom!
I features an embossed Hero Arts background, overlayed with Distressed Inks, and then spritzed with Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer. I then used pop dots to apply a Sizzix Tim Holtz Label embossed with Hero Arts Stamps, highlighted with Distress Ink, and embellished with a little bling. It's finished off with a little ribbon and a bow. I have tried several of these techniques before, but never all together. It might be a bit much, but Halloween is all about exaggeration! Hope you like it!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cool Stuff on other Blogs!

Today I want to let you know about a couple of great giveaways on two blogs that I follow. First, on I'm a Sleeper Baker, you can win a $75 shopping spree atCSN stores. They have everything! Just leave a comment on this post about what you'd buy for a chance to win. While you're there, congratulate Molly on completing her first marathon!

Next, Ladybug Crafts Ink has a new Challenge Blog! You can visit this post, and win this great blog candy.
(The card photo is for inspiration only. You will win all of the supplies shown on the left.)
Be sure to stop by Ladybug Crafts Ink Blog and check out some eye candy of a different sort! (Kerry's son is a model!) Have fun, and have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Card Making Day!

Thought I would share with you a couple of cards I have made for World Card Making Day. A friend is sending a couple of these Christmas cards over to Afghanistan for our American troops to send to their own families this Christmas. The stamp I used is from Ladybug Crafts Ink (see the blog hop patch here on my blog to see more of their stamps.) I believe this one is called Teddy Bear Robyn.
The second card also uses a Ladybug Crafts Ink stamp, and this one is called Coffee Nikki. I actually gave this one to my husband! I won the Robyn stamp in a drawing that Kerry had this past Spring on her blog, and if you join the Blog Hop that starts Tuesday, you will have the chance to win some great prizes, too! I really love these stamps. I haven't found anything with such a fun sense of style anywhere else!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Get To Do List

Tomorrow is a special day, so today I have a long "To Do" List. Here it is:
Walk the dog
Empty the dishwasher
Clean Bathrooms
Change sheets
3 Loads Laundry
Vacuum and mop tile floors
Grocery Shop
Return some items
Call a friend
Sort some School papers and mail from yesterday
Make dinner
Attend "Meet the Teacher Night" at my son's school
Wash pants for my son this evening for school (I really need to get him another pair soon!)

When I look this list over, only one item stands out as something that I really want to do, and that is to call my friend. It has been too long since we've talked, and I miss him. I wish I could do that item first, but since he lives in California, I think it's a bit early in the morning! So, I guess I need an attitude change. Instead of thinking of my "To Do" List as a "have to do" list, I want to start thinking of it as a "get to do" List. A While back I read God Never Blinks: 50 Lesson's for Life's Little Detours, by Regina Brett. I highly recommend it. She tells about her uncle, who went through life with this attitude, and it was life-changing. What if we all looked at our "Lists" and thought to ourselves, "Look what I get to do today!" without any sarcasm. What if we appreciated the opportunity to serve our family and our friends? What if it turns out that this is actually self-serving? Let's try it this week. And do your self a favor. Get the book!

Monday, September 20, 2010

School has Started!

Well, school has begun, and this is a big year for us, as my daughter has begun 7th grade at a public school, while my son is in 5th grade at parochial school. My son's school has a new principal, and it turns out she knows my mother-in-law pretty well! We've always relied on my daughter to tell us what's going on at school, and she's doing a great job! However, since she's no longer at the same school as the younger one, we have already sent him to school in casual uniform on a dress uniform day! I need to get better at this two different school thing!

I'm so proud of both of the kids! My son seems to be working much harder this year, and has already completed half of his first book report. It helps that he has an hour at home of quiet before my daughter comes home.

She is doing well at school, and has already joined Art Club, been moved up to accelerated Math, and was complimented on her writing by her teacher. The teacher said she was writing at a high school level! She is struggling to find friends, but it is only the second full week of school, and that will come.

OK, enough bragging. We had a great weekend. For once the weather was nice, and it was my weekend off! We had soccer games on Saturday, then went to mass. My mother-in-law watched the kids for us so we could go to the SU football game. The team played well against Maine, and won! We came home and ordered pizza and wings, which we ate at 11:00 PM!

Sunday got off to a slow start, but my husband managed to hang some cabinets in the basement, and then we went to Skaneatles. We wandered through the shops, and I bought next year's calendar, and got a little bauble. Finally, we had dinner at the Blue Water Grill, one of my favorite places! It was a wonderful weekend! Great way for my husband and I to celebrate our birthdays! Only problem was that my son seems to have come down with a sore throat. Pushing liquids, and having him gargle with salt water--hope that takes care of it!

I also made a card that was a copy of Jennifer McGuire's card that she did for Creating Keepsakes last week. I didn't have any metallic chalks, but I think it turned out pretty well, anyway! I plan to give it to my husband's aunt who turns ninety tomorrow! You can view more cards and learn great stamping techniques at Jennifer's blog Jennifer McGuire, ink.com.
This is Jennifer's card. It's really beautiful, don't you think?
Here is my humble copy. I wish I had Jennifer's talent and originality!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Not really loving this summer.

At the beginning of My we were hit from behind by a semi, and our van was totalled. Luckily, no one was hurt. It could have been just so awful. I love my new van, but not the money we had to put down on it, and not the new car payment. I am working at least 2 extra days a week, sometimes 3 or 4, just to try to make get a little money in the checking account to replace what we spent on the down payment. I had such high hopes for this summer, and so far, all I have done is struggle to keep up with the housework, get to work on time, and listen to my kids tell me how boring their summer has been. Add triple digit heat to that, and you get one depressed me.

So, what's a girl to do? Well I walk the dog at least once a day, and that helps. I've also resolved not to work any extra days for at least two weeks in August, and only one extra day the other weeks. I have not made up all of the money, but I will get there slowly and steadily. I am also going to plan my time in week long blocks. I know what needs to be done, and I need to give at least 3-4 hrs a week to decluttering, so I will start with that next week. It will help that Caitlyn will be at religious ed. in the mornings, so there will be no fights or distractions for Daniel when it comes to doing the summer practice assignments I am having him work on. Lastly, we are having a Tastefully Simple Party here on Friday, a book club meeting here next Thursday, and then 3 weeks later, I am hosting Bunco. How's that for "Clean House" motivation!

I sure hope we'll have some of this hot weather when I can take the kids to the beach!

Monday, June 7, 2010

New from Hero Arts!

I've got to share some great news from Hero Arts! Their new catalog is up and new stamps are available! I'v already ordered these:

CL452 PREORDER! Sew Stylish

Head on over to Hero Arts to check out all of the fabulous new stamps they are offering! The blog has some amazing tips and ideas for the above stamps, too!

I also hope to add these to my Hero Arts collection:

CL438 Let's Chill
CL439 Kiss From The Sun

Stay tuned for some cards, and check out my Hero Arts Blinkie!
You can shop for Hero Arts stamps here:


Happy stamping!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hanging in There

Well, I must admit, that with a sleep over here last night, I didn't get a whole lot done while the friend stayed to play all day. It was definitely a high point of the week for my DD, and that makes it worth it! Accomplishments do include: a load of wash, putting away sleeping bags that had been out since Sunday, emptying the dishwasher, helping the girls make a cake and cleaning up, and dinner clean up. Oops, I almost forgot! I also cleaned both bathrooms. Not so bad after all!! My reward? Didn't have to cook, cause we got a pizza, and I'm now off to book club for an evening of fun with some friends! Hurray!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beautiful Day!

It's a beautiful day, and we have been watching the workmen take down the tree in the neighbor's yard! DD has a friend sleeping over, and she's arriving at 6 pm, so I'd better get some picking up done. I was able to help my DS to clean up his room, especially under the bed, today. Have done 3 loads of laundry, and cleaned the kitchen, even (gasp!) on top of and behind the refrigerator! Yesterday I dropped off 3 bags at the Salvation Army, and took the kids to an arcade DS wanted to visit. DS also wrote most of a book report today, so I am feeling that this break from school has been quite balanced so far. Much better than in years past, when I would just throw in the towel, and not bother with any housework when the kids were home (except for the bathroom and kitchen of course).

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring Break

We are on Spring Break here in Central NY, and although the weather is cooler than in the last few weeks, it is pretty nice. I'm starting this blog as sort of a journal of this little life of mine. I am a mostly stay at home mom, married 14 years a week from tomorrow. I have two kids, a daughter, who is 11, and a son who is 9. We also have a dog, Copper, who is a rescue dog, and whom we all adore.
If you are wondering about the title of this blog, it comes from a friend of mine, who can never remember where I am from! I moved here from Iowa almost 16 years ago, but she has given up on remembering, and just tells people I am from "Idowa". In her mind, this combines the 3 possibilities of Iowa, Idaho, and Ohio. (Apparently all 3 states are too far west to be bothered with!)
So today is Monday, and I am struggling to make sure we spend some time enjoying the day, and still get the chores done! I have some real clutter issues, due in part to my desire to try every paper craft out there, and in part to my desire to shop for everything I might possibly need to do the craft, especially anything new that's out there! I don't have an unlimited budget, or anything, but I tend to grab every coupon, and shop every sale!
  1. So, expect to see some Before and After shots of my home,, in addition to some of the cards and scrap pages I make! Today I resolve to finish the laundry, and get rid of several bags of clutter from the bedrooms!

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