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Colin's Pumpkin

Yesterday my day went something like this:

Take Colin to the bus stop, drive Evan to school, run to Hobby Lobby for a cake box, drive back to Evan’s school to read to his class, drive to Target to get Colin slippers for Red Ribbon Week, drive back and pick Evan up, eat lunch at Jimmy John’s, go to the Love shop to buy Colin a mass book for Church, go vote, run to the library, take Evan to speech and finally at almost 3 pm walk back in the door to find the cat had been locked in a bedroom since 8 am and had an accident outside of his litter box.  So then I had to wash all of the bedding in Evan’s room, followed by baking 30+ cupcakes for his class party on Friday.  I could only find one of my cupcake pans so I had to bake them in batches of 12 – I ended up baking 72 after ruining a batch hoping the foil cups would actually bake okay if I put 24 of them on a cookie sheet.  That was wrong since the cupcakes then baked square – UGH!.  After ordering pizza for dinner and cleaning up after the last batch of cupcakes were baked I had to go do my end of the religious education car pool I have with my neighbor.  I then collapsed onto the couch at around 9 pm and sat watching mindless TV only to go to bed and have the million things I had to get done today run through my head and I was awake from 1:30 – 4 tossing and turning with hopes that sleep wasn’t too far off.

Today I got the boys to school and they both had 11:30 dismissal so between school drop off and pick up I got the cupcakes started for decoration.  So today I have Colin’s pumpkin to show you.  We found the pattern in a carving book from Target.  Tomorrow I will have my cupcakes to show you.  I think they turned out super cute.


Life Moves On

I’ve come to the realization that I am not in the same place I was 4 years ago when I started my blog.  I’ve also come to the realization that I am fine with that.  This year has brought a lot of changes.  The biggest is that I gave up all of my direct sales business ventures and decided to focus on family instead.  In doing so I no longer have lots of time when it’s nice out to stamp on weekends.  I’ve also volunteered for a lot of different activities inside of my kids schools.  I’ve found that I love to be there with them and take part in their day.  Surprisingly I’m no longer guilty about not updating my blog everyday with new paper crafting projects.  However, I am not willing to give my blog up just yet.  Instead I thought I’d show you some of the other crafty things we are doing around the house.  One of the biggest right now is pumpkin carving.

Evan, my fiesty red-head, is going to be Elmo for the 3rd or 4th year in a row.  I actually think that he’s been Elmo since he started walking at 10 months old.  Of course he wanted an Elmo pumpkin and Roger found this pattern for free online.  I’m not quite sure what site he got it from, but I’m sure a google search can find it for you if want to make one of your own.  I will warn you that it does not last long.  There are not many wide pieces holding Elmo together and sadly he has already met his demise.  Evan has another idea for the next pumpkin we will carve closer to Halloween.  This one was going to be his entry into a Cub Scout carving contest, but it didn’t even make it there.  I am so lucky that we got the photos first!

Yesterday my day consisted of decorating the Teacher’s Lounge at Colin’s school for Halloween.  Evan and I then did chores and spent the afternoon together.  I then finished up by volunteering at Market Day.  Today I volunteered in the library at Colin’s school and I got to help with the Aaron Reynolds assembly.  He talked to the 3rd and 4th graders about writing graphic novels and gave them each a taste of starting one on their own.  The 1st and 2nd graders got to hear him read his book Chicks and Salsa and then he made the kids chips and salsa.  They had a blast!

I hope you decide to stay with me as my life takes a different path from daily paper crafting.  Maybe once the weather cools down I’ll have more time to do more.  Until then I’m enjoying my family and volunteering for my kids schools.  I’m sure you understand that life always continues to move on.

The Case of Do What I Say . . . – SUO Challenge

and NOT What I Do!  Today I was supposed to have a SUO Challenge 3 project to show you.  However, do to a mistake on my part I messed up and I don’t have an actual sample to show you.  I initially had it in my head that it was a Halloween Challenge, and it was, but it was to use a Halloween set from the Holiday Mini catalog.  Then to include those that may not celebrate Halloween it was opened up to any set from the Holiday Mini catalog.  I just had in my head to make a Halloween card, so I pulled out my favorite Greeting Card Kid and Wicked Fun specialty paper and got started.  I used the Fall to Layout 109.

I hope you have a chance to participate with us!  Remember this challenge is to use ANY stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog.  I’d have made a new sample, however, I am one step behind as I was planning my Holiday Mini catalog order for this week so I don’t yet own any of the products.

Today is a BIG day!  Our brand new Mohawk SmartStrand carpet is being installed in the great room and hallway to the boys rooms.  We knew our builder grade carpet was in bad shape, but as soon as the room was empty we realized just how ugly it really was.  We can see the paths we followed everyday for the last 6 1/2 years.  So last night I spent time barricaded in my bedroom with the dogs.  I’ll post a photo soon of how I puzzled 2 couches, 2 buffet cabinets, an upright piano, a 200+ lb TV and a Lazy-boy recliner into my dinette area.  It was jammed packed, hence why I was barricaded.  We gave the boys strict orders to yell for us if they needed anything in the middle of the night and told them that under no circumstance were they to walk in the furniture filled area.

Have a great Tuesday!  While the installers are here I’m going to stamp!  There isn’t much else I can do inside of the house while they are here anyway.

Spooky Bats

I had this piece of designer series paper on my desk.  It was almost as if it was waiting for the Get Sketchy sketch for today.  I actually had something completely different planned out in my head but that all changed when I entered my stamp room.  I pulled out a piece of Rich Razzleberry dsp and stamped the Wicked Cool spider web in Whisper White craft ink in the corner.  I then added Spooky in Rich Razzleberry and heat embossed it with crystal clear embossing powder.  I added 3 half pearls.  The bottom is a piece of Whisper White card stock topped with a Polka Dotted and Flocked piece of Wicked Fun Specialty dsp.  I added a few crystal clear embossed bats on the non-flocked polka dots.  I finished it off with a 1 1/4″ Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon.

Well I’m off to pick up Evan.  We have a date at McDonalds.  I ruined his Anakin Clone Wars tattoo, so we have to replace it by buying a Happy Meal to go with it.  See you tomorrow for another Sketch for You to Try from Jen.

Wicked Quilt – SUO Challenge 2

Are you ready for another SUO Challenge?  I know I am and this is a fun one!  The challenge was to use your Big Shot.  I love my Big Shot and I use it a lot.  For this card I used it to die cut the Top Note quilt and to emboss the Old Olive layer with the Lattice Embossing Folder.

This card is super simple and easy to make, but it certainly doesn’t look like it.  Start by cutting a Cajun Craze card base and then applying Whisper White craft ink around the edges with a sponge dauber.  I then stamped my bat image from Wicked Cool in Basic Black classic ink and then quickly doused it with Crystal Clear embossing powder.  Melt that with your heat tool and set the card base aside.  I then cut a 4 X 5 inch piece of scrap card stock.  Use your 1 1/4″ square punch and adhere different patterned papers to it.  In this case I used Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper.  After my squares were all adhered I simply cut out the Top Note die using the Big Shot.  I ran a strip of Sticky Strip across and then pleated my Pumpkin Pie Taffeta ribbon.  Now stamp your sentiment in Cajun Craze ink and punch it out with the Curly Label punch.  I used Shimmery White card stock for mine.  Then before you put your Big Shot away run a piece of Old Olive card stock through with the Lattice embossing folder.  Attach it to your card base and then add the quilt using dimensionals.

I love how this card turned out.  It looks like I spent a lot of time making it and it looks complicated, but in all reality it was super simple to make.  Make sure to join in the fun and play along with our SUO Challenge.  It is for customers and demonstrators alike who love Stampin’ Up! product and would like to make a project using Stampin’ Up! Only products.

Spooky Boots

I have a quick card that I got done this morning.  I used the Sketch Challenge 298 from SCS.  I paired it with Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Wicked Cool Specialty dsp and the Wicked Cool stamp set.

We have another full day – school, flu shots, soccer practice and Open House at Colin’s school.  Gotta run!

Wicked Halloween

Today finally feels a bit like fall and this morning we got some rain.  I hope that more rain is on the way because we desperately need it.  After dropping Evan off at school I came home to do the Sketch Challenge on SCS.  I paired it with Greeting Card Kids and Wicked Cool for this fun Halloween card.

The base is Rich Razzleberry.  I took a piece of Whisper White and used the Distressed Texturz plate on it before spraying it with Gold Glow Smootch Spritz and then doodled around the edge with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker.  I used a ruler to keep my lines straight.  I then stamped and watercolored in my Greeting Card Kids image.  I just love this stamp set.  It’s definitely a must have! I matted the layer on Rich Razzleberry.  The dsp is from the Wicked Fun Specialty pack and the striped layer is matted with Basic Black ink.  I added the small Pumpkin Pie oval with the Wicked Cool sentiment stamped in Rich Razzleberry.  The card is finished off with a Brights brad and Pumpkin Pie taffeta ribbon.

Well we are getting ready for another foster dog!  Her name is Cookie and she looks just like Bandit.  It looks like she’ll be arriving tomorrow so I may have my plate a little more full for the next few days.  My sister and my parents dog are leaving on Saturday, so then hopefully things will calm down a bit.  I hope to be back tomorrow with another project though!

Stamps: Wicked Cool, Greeting Card Kids
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Black, Wicked Fun Specialty dsp, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Blush Blossom, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Big Shot, Distressed Texturz Plate, Small Oval Punch, AquaPainter, Cutters Tool kit, Bright brad, Pumpkin Pie taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker