Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cute, Vintage and Etsy

I love all types of paper crafts including card making. I can't remember the last time I actually bought a store bought card.
I just love how both of these cards turned out. One is more on the cute side and the other is very vintage.

On this card I used two Basic Grey stamp sets I enlarged on my copier. I used a Studio G sentiment "Love Muffin"
Faded Jeans-distress ink for the sky, patterned paper and vintage lace for the grass. I added a Prima heart to the little girl and wiggle eyes.

I made this card for a friend I had as a secret sister at church. I love the vintage Christian image. I printed it off on photo paper, added distress inks: Faded Jeans, & Antique Line. Distressed the edges, stamped a boarder stamp by Martha Stewart, added frosted Prima Flowers, bling and ribbon. I also stamped the base of the card with a Hero Arts background stamp, before adding the mat and my image.

Besides, making cards and working on my tags for a tag swap I'm doing in February. I updated and added some new items to my etsy shop and did some price reductions on some of the items I already had in my shop. Be sure to check it out.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pixie Pie

Have you heard of Pixie Dust Studio? They are looking for new Designers for their team!!! Check out this super cute, Free digi of Pixie Pie catching hearts. Click on this link and get your free copy. (free for a limited time)

I made a cute Valentines Day card with my FREE digi of Pixie Pie!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sick and Stamps (not sick of stamps - LOL!)

Haven't been feeling well the past couple of days! I ended up at the doctors with a reoccurring sinus infection from Christmas time. YUCK!!! I hate being sick and I hate not being able to create. Today I'm finally able to get out of bed and not feel so blah!!!
Before I got sick I had been working on reorganizing my craft room. If you know me personally, you know how I love organization. Well, I wasn't liking what I was seeing in my scrap room, as far as how I had my craft items stored. I have collected new items and items from Christmas and I really hadn't found a new home for them, which was cluttering up my craft room.
I ended up reorganizing everything! I decided to just completely go for it and reorganize all my scrap supplies and just keep the items I truly love and that make me happy! I emptied out all my Making Memories storage jars and filled them with all my Prima flowers and ribbons. I just LOVE Prima! Who doesn't! I wanted to surround myself with only the items I always reach for such as my Glimmer Mists, Prima's, Bling, and my clear stamps.
About a year ago I organized all my clear and rubber mounted stamps into CD cases which I love. I noticed I had a collection of Studio G and Recollection wood stamps hanging out in my craft room taking up tons of space. I finally bit the bullet and spent about two hours demounting the rubber stamps and putting them into CD cases along with some of my new clear stamps. Wow! It's just amazing how much space wood mounted stamps take up, especially after I see the end result. Of course I'm not done organizing my scrap room yet, because I got sick, but I love how how it is looking and how I feel when I come into my craft room.
As soon as I feel 100% and I get my room back together, I plan on doing some videos on how I organize some of my scrap supplies. I hope by what I will share, I will make organizing your scrap supplies painless and fun!

Wishing you stay well and happy scrapping!

A pile of some of the wood blocks and packaging from my stamps that I reorganized into CD cases

My stamps organized into labeled CD cases

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mariposa Collection

I am floating on cloud 9! I finally found the Mariposa Paper collection from DCWV! It seems that Joann's is the only store carrying this collection and you can't even order it online. I have made several trip to my local Joann's since I first saw an add in my Feb. issue of CK magazine. I had no luck finding it trip after trip. Finally, I called a different Joann's in a different town, not too far away, and they had it! I rushed down and 40 minutes later The Mariposa collection was mine!!!! Yes, you could say I'm a little obsessed with this paper!!!! But it was so worth it and the drive! I love it! Here are a few pictures of just how beautiful the papers are.

Have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Love

It's time to start thinking about Valentines Day, already! Can't believe how fast the holidays sneak up, wasn't it just Christmas? I wanted to share this simple scrapbook page I made of my daughter years ago. Back in the day, I didn't have a lot of time to spend on my layouts, nor do I still! I love being creative and trying new techniques, such as those you see in my mini's, but I also love keeping things simple!

I'm finishing up a ballet mini of my daughter, then full steam ahead, Valentines Mini here I come!

Here are all the supplies I picked up to make my Valentines mini, some 12x12 layouts, cards, & teacher gifts. I just love all the pink and red!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Quick Holiday Mini

This mini was a Christmas gift I made for a close friend. I left it super simple, didn't add a lot of bling or embellies. I added a lot of tags for photo's and journaling to each of the pockets. This mini was created using #10 envelopes. Credit for this idea goes to Jana at Thanks Jana for this creative idea!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Day of Blessings and Thankfulness!!!

This will probably be one of the hardest blogs for me to write about. A year ago today,(1/2) around 4pm (mountain time) our family of five was out going to do a bit of shopping. We were stopped at a stop light on a two lane highway, about 10 minutes from our home. I clearly remember every detail, as if it had just happened. We were the fourth car in line at the red stop light and I can still hear my husband say "oh no" as our honda Odyssey van was hit from behind and we than were pushed into the truck in front of us. It still feels so surreal to me! I can still hear the crashing of metal and the smell of burnt tires and the cracking of glass! As any parent would do, I jumped from the front seat to the third row to rescue our daughter. She was sitting in the third row on the driver side, I can still picture her sitting there with the whole back window gone and the scared look of shock on her face! As I reached the third row I could see smoke, hear the grinding of metal and that's when I went into shock. The impact was so horrific! As I grabbed my daughter from her carseat, I noticed our entire trunk was missing and all that I could see was the back of the seat where my daughter was sitting! The boys were safely sitting in the middle row and seemed to be fine, but confused as to what had just happened. I quickly returned to my seat with my daughter and called my good friend to let her know what had happened, just as I noticed my phone was about to run out of battery, I also made one last call to our good friend and minister. My husband who was in the drivers seat was doing his best to move our van off to the side of the road where we would be safer. The man whom we were pushed into and the man driving the car in front of him, jumped out of their cars and ran over to check on us and called 911. The next thing I remember is this small young lady running up to our van opening the passenger side door and jumping in. She was asking a lot of question about how we felt and checking our necks and reminding me to stay still and not move. She said her name was Lauren and she was a midwife. She reached down and picked up one of my kids toddler Bibles on the floor and began singing Jesus love the little Children. She was doing her best in one of the worse situations to keep my kids calm as well as me. My daughter who was sitting on me began to complain of pain in her knee, which had worried me since she had surgery a few months before hand. As we waited inside our car for help to arrive, the driver of the other car finally made his way over to our van. He had been bleeding and most likely was a little out of it from the impact and the impact of his airbag. A short while later a nurse also showed up at the accident scene as she was passing by on the highway.
It's seemed like eternity before the ambulance and the fire department showed up. While waiting for help to arrive, the pain in my neck finally kicked in! Wow, I was hurting! When the crash happened I wasn't sitting straight forward looking out the front window, I was turn to the side toward the back looking at the kids. I distinctly remember being tossed back and forth multiple times. My daughter and I were taken to the ER where our minister/friend was already waiting for us. I was so thankful he was there as my husband and boys stayed behind. A few hours later my husband showed up to get checked out, and boy, was I glad to see him. While in the hospital, we had found out that, the man who hit us at 60mph never once stepped on his brakes,as he was playing with the radio. We also learned he was driving without a license and had no insurance. Did I mention he was also an illegal citizen.
Today I share this story with you to remind you to cherish those you love! Don't sweat the small stuff, for tomorrow may never come. Cherish each and everyday! We feel incredibly thankful each and every day! I know God has a plan for our family and that Angels were watching over us that day and always! Though it's been a year, I am reminded daily of what could have been. I can live with the migraines and the whiplash pain knowing how blessed we are to have each other! I'm still healing emotionally from this, and yes this was very hard to write about and to look at the pictures again, but I just wanted to remind you to cherish those close to you! May you wake each day, and feel blessed by those around you!

Picture of the back of our van. (you can see how close the metal and glass came to where our daughter sat. in this picture it's on the left right by the crinkled metal and broken glass)

a view of the front

this picture was taken a few day's later at the salvage yard. You can see the back headrest where our daughter once sat.