Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Trigger!

I love the texture and ruffliness of this week's Trigger.

Unfortunately, my photography could use a lot of work. All of the papers I used have great texture, but it's too hard to see it in this picture. Going for simple this week, including this post!

Papertrey Ink Cardstock and ink
Wausau dp
Ribbon Boutique ribbon
Unity Stamp Co/ Marah Johnson sentiment

Friday, August 26, 2011

Polka Dots and Stripes

This Friday finishes up a crazy summer for me. One kiddo went back to school this week, I start next week, and the other kiddo starts the week after that. I will be super glad to get back in our routine and I'm not babysitting this year so that I can focus on my own kids. Plus, there will hopefully be a bit more crafting time, too!

I have two months of KOM stamps that have not gotten nearly enough love (or ink) because of the craziness around here, so I pulled this one out. Those bees are just so stinkin' cute. I much prefer them in rubber form!

Georgia Pacific cardstock
Echo Park dp
Unity Stamp Co. stamps
Memento Ink
Ribbon Boutique ribbon
glitter glue

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Square Sketch Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

School is back in session! I was able to play with my stamps ALL BY MYSELF.
It was kind of nice, not having to stop every few minutes to help kiddos with this or that or have them rooting around my mess.

My school doesn't start until next week, but the in-laws are descending tonight, so it will be a while before I get another stamping moment.

This is the sketch found at Moxie Fab World:

And here is my take on it. I've had a lot of these stamps for a while, and I love the sketch, but it took me three tries before I was satisfied with the stamping. On the other hand, I was able to diminish my ridiculous stash of paper.

Papertrey Ink cardstock and banner stamps
Mark's Finest Paper twine
Unity Stamp Co tickets, sentiments, and Ferris Wheel
Paper Studio gem

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Envelope, shmenvelope, Part II

I feel like I've been having an ongoing battle with envelopes. I haven't been making cards all that long and when I first started, I bought a couple of sets of envelopes, thinking that they were standardized and would fit my A2 cards. Boy, was I wrong. They are ALL about 1/4" too short on all sides and I never remember to trim the bases before stamping, so the cards NEVER fit.

So now I have a ton of envelopes just sitting in my closet and I can't find anywhere in town that sells the right size. Not even Wal-Mart, who sells everything. I'm too impatientt and forgetful to order any, plus the post office here has gotten really picky about lumpy envelopes anyway.

OK, rant finished. I threw this birthday card for my friend together in record time since it's getting late on Friday, the in-laws are a couple of hours away, and we have PTO stuff going crazy with school just around the corner...

I love the lanterns. Thank you, Unity, for them.

Unity stamps
Basic Grey paper
Paper Studio shiny things (what are they called anyway?) and ribbon

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Make it Monday

These posts have been all over the place lately. Since my class ended and its deadlines are over, I've been having a hard time remembering which day it is anyway. Bring on the school schedule and routine!

This Make it Monday was kind of a hoardsaver- to make our own coordinating ribbon using Copics. I can hardly ever find the exact color I want and it has never dawned on my to try making my own before. Duh.

I like how this one turned out- this hasn't happened a lot lately so I'm grateful.

Bo Bunny dp
Papertrey Ink cardstock, dies, stamps, ribbon
Copic markers
Palette Ink

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tuesday Trigger

Trying something new... I've seen other blog posts where the blogger has tried Moxie Fab's Tuesday Trigger and it looks like fun, so here goes...

I love patterns- all kinds. My paper stash is out of control at the moment because that's how much I love patterns. The dress in the Tuesday Trigger is so cute that I am seriously considering hunting it down. My favorite part is how the patterns seemingly don't match but still go so well together.

When I saw the dress, the first thing that came to mind was the Basic Grey "Out of Print" pad of paper just waiting to be used and my Unity stamps. The flower is canvas sprayed with GlimmerMist and die cut with Papertrey Ink dies. The button came from my stash.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Me vs. the Post Office

I got lectured last week by the post office lady about the bumpiness of the party invitations my daughter and I made for her birthday party. It is really hard to make a card without adding texture of some kind, I discovered.

My church gives the Meals on Wheels recipients a set of cards, a book of stamps, and a pen for their birthdays. I would really like to contribute to this, but giving them cards that won't go through the post office due to the piles of embellishments is not an option. I spent the afternoon playing with some stamps I bought a while ago and attempting to diminish my paper hoard while still making CAS cards that will have no problem at the post office.

And I got to play in the Unity Monthly Challenge- it's like two birds, one stone, all the way around!

Friends with Flair Friday!

Happy Friday!

I finally finished the most detailed class I've ever taken and I think I was going into stamping withdrawal. My paper stash is not shrinking either, and I can't justify buying any more until I have room for it. My crafting room is starting to look like a candidate for "Hoarders".

Our school district has a "Back 2 School Bash" where all of the schools have a booth along with other family friendly organizations. To be honest, I have no idea what the point of it is. Our district is "schools of choice" and everyone knows where they're going by now, and I don't see the point of visiting other school booths. My family only went once and collected quite the pile of cheap plastic toys.

I'm on the PTO at my daughter's school now, and the other board members agree about the uselessness of cheap, plastic toys. This year, we put our money into 4 nice baskets of books and school supplies and we're going to have a drawing instead. The tags I made are for the baskets.

And I got my stamping fix.

Papertrey Ink cardstock and white ink
Tim Holtz distress ink
Unity stamps

Enjoy the last of your summer, ours is fast coming to an end!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Swimming lessons are done. Dance is done. Stinkin' cataloging class is almost done.
Today is what a summer day is supposed to be- relaxing.
We don't have any errands to run and the pool doesn't open until 1.
Time to finally break out the crafty stuff!

I've been watching all of the Make it Monday tutorials, but that's all I've had time for until today. My paper stash is out of control, so my goal is to make mailable (I got lectured by the post office last week) cards for my church's Meals on Wheels birthday gifts. I like how this week's card is nice and flat so it won't need extra postage. And my paper stash is now a couple of sheets smaller.
Baby steps.

Papertrey Ink cardstock, dies and sentiment
Jillibean Soup patterned paper.
Martha Stewart glitter
Memento ink