Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You!

Day 1:
I started a December Daily Album, and this is the opening Page.  Stay posted to see more pages during these 12 Days of Christmas!  Hope your Christmas was all you dreamed it would be!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A little sadness and a card

Well, today is a sad day.  Our neighbors across the street are moving to a new house today, and it is a very sad goodbye for us.  These neighbors were the first to welcome us to the neighborhood, their kids babysat our kids, they were (unknowingly) mentors in parenting to us.  They were always there with a cup of sugar, a helping hand, and ready for a little chat on a nice evening.  They will still be in town, but we will no longer see them on a daily basis.  I cried when this truck pulled up this morning.

To get my mind off the sadness, I made this card today.  I had never used the "Print and Cut" feature on my Silhouette, before, but after a little trial and error, it works like a dream!  I cut out the flowers using my Silhouette, and then added various other bits and bobs.

Hope my mother-in-law likes it!

What are you making today?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Little Off-Season Scrapping Fun!

Hi everyone, I thought I'd share this page that I created for the Studio Calico Layout A Week Challenge, August, Week 1.  The challenge is to create a page, then create a card using your scraps.  Well, I've been doing some purging, and some of the buttons and brads were just too pretty to get rid of, so I decided to just use them all on one page.  Here's what I came up with:

Those stamps are from Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, and I'm sorry, but I couldn't tell you where all of the brads and buttons are from.  Next up, my card:

The stamps are from that same stamp set, and the photo was left over from the 4 that came on the print I had ordered.  The green pp is from Basic Grey, and the pink pp is from My Mind's Eye.  I was pretty happy with both the card and the page, although, I do feel that there is something a little off about the page.  Oh well, I am embracing my imperfection!  Hope you've enjoyed a little peak into my garden!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Finally, A Layout!

Well, here is the layout I promised last week!  I decided to change it a little before posting, and it took longer than I thought, and then we had to leave for the weekend, and so I am finally back.  This layout is about my daughter.  The picture was just a fun photo, and I wasn't really sure what I wanted to journal, but then I looked back to see the date of the picture, and it all just clicked.  The photo was taken less than a week before her 13th birthday.  She is standing on a rock in the middle of a river above a waterfall.  Definitely on the edge, literally and figuratively.  She was less than a week from becoming a teenager!  I knew then that I wanted her to take notice of this moment in her life, and then to jump right in, and enjoy being a teen!

This layout was actually inspired by this photo from Pinterest:

Let me know what you think!  I had a lot of fun creating this:  I used supplies from various Studio Calico kits, and I cut the teal border with my Cameo.  The script flowers were misted with Mr. Huey's from Studio Calico, and they came from Prima.  Some of the tags are from Amy Tan's line from American Crafts, and the rest are from Chic Tags.  All but the "CP" stamps are from Studio AE by Technique Tuesday.  The orange scalloped washi tape came from Freckled Fawn.  Thanks for stopping by, and let me know what you think!

There is still time this evening to take advantage of Jessica's Sprague's deal on Cameo Designer Edition! (See post below.)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th!

OK, all you Silhouette users, great news!  Jessica has a fantastic deal on Cameo Designer Edition today!  It's 50% off!  To take advantage of this great offer, Use the link above, and scroll down the page until you see "One Buck Wednesday" in the lower right hand corner, under "News and Announcements".  Click on the link, and you will get a code for the deal!  Then go out and enjoy some festivities and fireworks.  Oh, by the way, Persnickity Prints has some tips about photographing firworks here.  Have a great 4th, and I'll be back later today or tomorrow with a layout.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fishtail Banner Freebie!

 I've been seeing lots of great files Silhouette files that people have made and are sharing!  I figured I could try one, too!  So here is the link to my file.  Just download it, and import it to your Silhouette library.

You can line up different pieces of paper on your Silhouette mat to cut a banner like the one above.  If you are unsure of where to place the paper, make sure to use the Show Grid option in the upper right hand corner when you are deciding where to place your design.
I hope you like this!  It is my first attempt at creating my own Silhouette file!  I should mention that the idea for the file came from a banner made by Maggie Holmes for a class she did at Studio Calico called Happy Little Moments.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Swap Goodies from Poland

As promised, here are the gorgeous papers and trims I received from a swap your stash Studio Calico.  The most unique thing was a section of birch bark from a nearby forest!  The papers are all from Polish designers (with the possible exception of one from Chatterbox.)  I cant wait to start creating with these papers and trims!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Love is in the Air

Good Morning!  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!  We awoke to a snowy day!  Had some friends over for meatless pizzas last night.  Yummy!  They brought Whoopie pies for dessert.  Even more yum!!  Anyway, since it's still February, I thought I'd share a layout about some of the love that's been going on in my house lately!

The best part about this layout is the letters!  I cut them out on my silhouette Cameo, and I was thrilled to realize I could get perfect placement just by placing the negative image over my page, then putting the adhesive covered letters right back in their spots.  (Avoids misspelled words, too!) I used Google Images to find icons of my son's favorite iPad games, and the papers and die cuts are from My Mind's Eye, and a few scraps I am sorry I can't identify.  The EPIC stamp is from Studio Calico.  It is part of a set, and if you want it, it will be available in the shop for the March release.  You will be seeing more of this and another set, Awesome, in the coming weeks.  

As long as we are talking love, my dh got me these for Valentine's Day!  I was so surprised!  Just beautiful, and they lasted over a week!  Enjoy!
Stay tuned later today or tomorrow for some pictures of the goodies I received in a Swap your Stash!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Marker Storage

 There was a question over on the Studio Calico message board about Marker Storage.  I thought I would post some photos of my marker storage.  It was actually very cheap, and the great thing about it is that I can add to it in inexpensive increments.  I purchased these little wooden "shopping bags" at A. C. Moore.  They cost me $1.99 each, without a coupon, and I used a coupon for most, so it was really about half that price.  I glued the first 3 together with wood glue, because I envisioned a freestanding unit.  

These little wooden shopping bags measure approximately 4 1/4 inches long x 2 inches wide, and 5 3/4 inches high.  I can store 22 Copic Sketch Markers in each one.

However, I find them easier to use if I can just pull the color family that I need, so I put them on this little shelf that I have had for years.  My husband put a 1/4 by 1 inch piece of trim under the front of the boxes so that they are slightly tilted, and the markers do not fall out. 
In this picture, the piece of trim extends beyond the boxes, so I can expand my storage if necessary.

I hope this helps some of you who may looking for a budget conscious way to store your markers!
After all, wouldn't you rather spend your craft dollars on actual supplies?  If you wanted to use this idea as a free standing unit, you could come up with some fun ideas for painting and decorating the wooden shopping bags!  Have a crafty day!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January LOAW 3

This week's challenge was to use Anna Maria Woniak's work as our inspiration.  I tried to emulate her style, but I wasn't as successful as I would have liked.  It was lots of fun making a hot mess, though, and I do like the results!

 I used photos from a snowball fight my kids had with their cousins on Thanksgiving Day.  As you can see, there wasn't much snow, and it was melting fast in the 50 degree + weather, but they managed to find enough to throw at one another, and they had a great time doing it!  the cousins are only together once or twice a year, but they have learned to make the most of every opportunity!

 I used glitter Thickers from American Crafts to help give a snowy feel, and I punched leaves, acorns and hearts from painted paper to keep in mind the true season of the day.  Sorry about the quality of the photos.  It was starting to get dark when I finally finished, and getting good photographs was a challenge.
Thanks for visiting, and have an awesome week!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Hi everyone!  Ursula over at Studio Calico challenged us to create a layout for submission to Northridge Publishing last week.  Well, due to life getting in the way, I am late in finishing mine, but here it is!  I used "Family Picture frame" created by Studio Calico member Sarah Webb as my inspiration.  Take a look at her work.  I think you will like it as much as I do!  She was kind enough to give me her permission to use the sketch from this project in my submission.  Thank you Sarah!!

This is a photo from our vacation to Maine last summer.  Looking at this picture transports me back to the carefree and relaxing days we spent there, and I feel peaceful just looking at it.  I plan to put a framed copy in my room!  I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the sand dollar, and I added actual sea glass to my project, as well!

I also layered two sand dollars with dimensional adhesive to create the sand dollar.  I accented it with Pebbles chalks.

Hope you like what you see, and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

SC January LOAW #1

Here is my layout for this week.  When I photographed it, I hadn't yet adhered any of the elements, but I wanted to take the picture while I still had natural light.  I picked up a Fujifilm Instax Mini during the after Christmas sales, and I just had to try a layout using the pictures.  I've been wanting to do a LO of my daughter at 13 for a while, so this was the perfect way to do it.  I used Copic Markers to color my labels, and the paper is from Basic Grey's Out-of-Print collection.  I used the stamp from SC's January add-on kit Ring toss to make my round labels.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well, this year is going to be one of many adjustments for us as a family.  The biggest adjustment is gong to be my return to working full time at the hospital.  I started yesterday.  It was a banner busy day, but at least there was holiday pay!  Other big changes include our daughter going off on a school trip to Canada without either of us as a chaperone, and she will also enter high school this fall!  Our son will finish elementary school this June and enter middle school this fall.  He is currently at a private school, so there may also be the transition to public school, depending on where he decides to go.

I want to take this opportunity to set up some personal and crafty goals for myself this year.  I am taking on Studio Calico's challenge to write a "time capsule" letter to myself to open this time next year, and I am setting a goal to be a "Monday Blogger."  My "one little word" for 2012 is JOY.  I want to examine it, seek it, and allow myself to experience it, despite the pressures and challenges I am facing this year.

My crafty goal is 1 layout a week, and 1 card made with "leftovers."  I have acquired a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas (ordered before I knew I was going full time), and I intend to USE it!  Hope you are enJOYing your New Year!

Arctic Winter MFT & Lawn Fawn

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