Monday, March 26, 2007

Buckets of Fun!

I know, I know- Where have I been all week? How can I expect all of my many loyal readers to wait a week for a post? Well, I don't have a good excuse. We've been busy with the regular fam stuff, but nothing that should have kept me from my legions of viewers (like how ya'll are growing lots by the second?)!

Last Monday MK and I made these fun buckets. They are actually used for painting and can be found at your local hardware store for $3.50. I think the Easter Bunny may borrow hers to leave goodies for the girls. I plan to use mine as a drop box for door prize drawings, etc... Simple to make: cut strips/squares of designer paper and adhere to bucket with modgepodge. Paint another layer of modgepodge on top as a sealer. I used the big flower from my sellabration sets as a fun embelli. Finish by tying a ton of ribbons on the handle.

We had a fabulous weekend. Friday night was girl's night at my house. A few of us got together and stamped from 6-10pm. Friends+stampin+80's music= Fun. Saturday morning was opening day of baseball for Evan. How cute was this little catcher? The weather, minus the pollen, was beautiful.
Everyone knows Mondays are craft night with MK, but Evan has a game tonight so maybe tomorrow night. We are working on scrapbooks this week, since we are both sooo far behind.
Happy Stamping!!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Simply Sunday

I had a fabulous weekend, and I didn't do any stamping/crafting at all! All of our kids were home for the weekend and I usually do something crafty with Meagan, but we are saving our ideas for our time during spring break. We all went to the movies to see Wild Hogs and it was very funny. It was great to spend an entire weekend doing nothing but enjoying our time together.

I went to a ladies retreat at church yesterday and it was awesome! It was very empowering and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has the chance to participate. The theme/ title is " One flew outta tha coop: A gathering for chicks who want to fly higher" and info can be found at Kingdom outpost ministries. We actually broke wooden boards with our bare hands -to the tunes of Top Gun and Rocky, no less!

Ok, back to stamping. This is a little card I made for a friend's daughter. I love the doodles and must add the larger Doodle This or Bundle of Joy baby doodle set to my collection. There are so many fantabulous sets, how can a girl ever choose just one?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Charmed, I'm sure!

Sit tight, because I have lots of good stuff to share today. Lets start with Monday's craft night with MK. We made our own charms and stamped on them with the floral background stamp shown here. First you make the charms and stamp on them. The next steps are cooking, painting, and distressing the charms. This was a fave project for us because it has built in breaks perfect for chatting and snacking, of course we do that during the entire project anyway!

Last night I spent a couple of hours in my stamp room with Mom and Evan. I made a couple of cards for friends using the paisley & petals stamp set from the spring mini. I also used the paisley designer paper and new tab punch. No card is complete without a lil bit of glitter, so I gave the small flowers on the paisleys a little dazzle.
My fabulous husband is cooking burgers for lunch today, but after that I'm going back to my stamp room to make even more good things. Stay tuned for more items from the spring mini, altered lunch pails, and whatever else I can put a stamp on!
Happy Stamping!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Mahvelous Monday

Regionals was SO much fun! Jennifer (light blue sweater, sis-in-law), Nanna (rose sweater, Jamie's Mom), Kathryn (redhead,new stampin buddy & member of our stampin downline group) and I were in ATL and swapping cards with other demos by 8am. I have tons of samples and pics of samples to share with ya'll, but way too many to post because I seriously took over 100! I learned lotsa new techniques and project ideas, including a BLING theme project night. I learned about embossing, which I've never tried, but now I have to because their ideas were too cute!! So, needless to say I'm going to be spending lots of time locked away in my stamp room trying out these fab-o ideas.

We learned how to make sparkly things like this marvelous m card they had on display. How fun is that? I'm def putting a bling night on the calendar! Speaking of calendars, under Stampin Up guidelines, I'm not allowed to post events on a non-S.U. site so if you want to be added to my email list for updates let me know.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Snips, Snails, & Puppydog Tails

So yesterday was an emotional day- Sam got his first haircut! He doesn't look like a baby anymore
:( He looks like the toddler that he is. All of the milestones of growing up are harder with the second child, because you are fully aware of how painfully fast time flies. Sam's first year passed in what seems like the blink of an eye. I guess that is why I take so many pictures!

I spent most of today dreaming about the Stampin' Up regional seminar that I'm going to tomorrow. Jamie's Mom and sister are also demos and we are going together. I should come home with lots of fabulous new card samples and ideas. Also, a new stamp set! I'll post pics tomorrow night!

Today was a light crafting day for me. I got a wooden letter from WalMart (1.99, I think) and painted it with white with acrylic paint. I traced it onto the new paisley designer paper (love it) and cut it out. The next step was to cover the letter with modgepodge and place the paper tracing on top. Coat the whole thing in modgepodge again and let dry. Embellish with ribbons, flowers, whatever makes ya happy! I kept mine pretty simple, but I like it. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Frap Happy

Last night was so much fun! The frappucino bottles and crate were much easier to do than we thought. I covered mine with the new Stampin' Up paisley designer paper. We are going to fill these with jelly beans and m&ms. These can be covered with paper and filled with items for any occasion. For a more masculine vibe, fill the bottles with peanuts and m&ms. Next week we are going to make stamped charms...stay tuned!

Of course I had to spend some time holding the girls and taking their pictures. Lilly was all giggles last night and Sophie wanted to snuggle with Mom. Anyone who knows their story knows what a blessing they are. Can't wait for the day they join us at the craft table!

Monday, March 5, 2007

Just Another Manic Monday

Today is my first weekly craft night with Mary King and I'm so excited! We plan to meet on Monday evenings and make a different craft each week. Our project for tonight will be altered frappucino bottles. I'll post the pics tomorrow or maybe later tonight :) Even more exciting than making a craft with MK will be seeing my favorite twin girls!
I love all of the peeps cards everyone is making This is my spin on it. Stamps: Best of Cluck. Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink,Certainly Celery, and Bashful Blue. Ribbon: Certainly Celery, Blue Gingham, Light Pink. All Stampin' Up! supplies.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

My first Blog Post!!

I decided I've been stalking the blogs of other papercrafters long enough and its time for me to get my own blog. I mean really, I owe it to my legions of fans out there. With my blog, you can keep up with the new ideas I'm working on, learn a few techniques, and learn all about my fabulous and exciting life as a stay at home mom.
I had a chance to get in my craft room today and create a few cards. I created the Easter card at left using Loads of Love. I used my blender pen and chalks to color in the image. I also used stampin' dimensionals to make the truck 3d. For a little extra fun, I used my 2way glue stick and dazzling diamonds glitter on the eggs. Cardstock colors are certainly celery and almost amethyst, ribbon is rose.
Happy Stamping!!!