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On Monday I got my box with new Papertrey Ink goodies in it. Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to stamp. We didn’t end up going to the Aquarium because the boys spent the entire weekend fighting and we weren’t going to make the trip and spend that amount of money to have them fight the entire time. Instead we ran some errands that needed to be completed, and I made arrangements to have Bandit evaluated for boarding this summer while we go to Disney. Yesterday was spent driving to and from the boarding facility. He passed his tests with flying colors and I think he’s really going to like it there. It’s a cage free environment and he’ll get to play with other boarders and dogs that go there for doggy day care as well. So I finally got to ink up some of my new stuff this morning. I used Grunge Me and Boy Basics Rock On for this card. The sketch is Fall to Layout 137.

The remainder of this week is going to involve cleaning for Colin’s birthday/1st Communion Party this weekend and hopefully we’ll have an end to this never ceasing rain so I can cut the grass again. I feel like we live in a tropical rain forest, but without the warm humid weather. Just exactly where is spring?


Modern Birthday

I combined 2 challenges for this card, the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and Color Throwdown 134. I just wanted to play with patterns and colors with the Modern Basics stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I really love how it worked with this color combination. I think it makes for a nice bright cheery birthday card.

I have a million things I need to get done this morning and I’m going to be headed off to the YMCA in a few minutes, so this will be short and sweet. All of the supplies are listed below. If you have any questions just let me know.


Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Modern Basics
Paper: Marina Mist, Old Olive, Newsprint dsp, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Ink: Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Pacific Point
Accessories: SU! retired ribbon, rhinestones, Modern Label Punch, Big Shot, Beautiful Butterflies embosslit, glue dots


Modern Friend

The weekend flew by faster than I thought it would. I was hoping to at least get some stamping done, but of course I barely even set foot in my basement. Our weekend started with a date night for Roger and I. We went to Big Fish Bar and Grille in Wilmington and we’d have never have found this restaurant had it not been for a gift certificate we got to It was really good and the boys had fun with our new babysitter. She even enjoyed herself enough to come back in two weeks! Saturday was spent running around and on Sunday we celebrated March birthdays and anniversaries. I did get a Papertrey Ink package on Saturday and I couldn’t wait to ink up the Modern Basics stamp set. It’s right up my alley and it’s going to be perfect for some of my favorite CAS cards. I combined FTL133 with the clean and simple challenge on SCS for this card.

Here is to a creative week for all of us!


Stamps: PTI: Modern Friend
Paper: Naturals White, Basic Gray
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White craft
Accessories: Basic Gray ribbon, Linen Thread, PTI spring mix button, dimensionals, sponge dauber


Official Newsprint Roses

I’m taking a break from the gym today. Yesterday morning I went to lift weights and then the afternoon was so beautiful Evan and I took a walk after his Kindergarten registration was complete and then Roger joined us for a second walk while Colin was in church. My body needs a rest, so this morning I plan to stamp a few more things.

I do have a card to share with you that features several Papertrey Ink stamp sets, the sketch challenge from SCS from last week and this weeks Color Challenge.  For a sketch that I would normally shy away from I love that I attempted it and how it turned out. The rolled roses come from a My Favorite Things die-namics die.  It’s hard to see in the smaller flowers but each flower has a half pearl as the center.  All of the supplies are listed at the bottom of this post.

I hope you have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day, if you are celebrating it. The corned beef, cabbage and potatoes are in the crock pot simmering away. I also have some fabulous Irish Soda Bread. I wish Jewel carried it all year long instead of only around this time of the year. Then we have plans to go to get a Mint Oreo shake or cement mixer at Culver’s after dinner. YUM!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink: It’s Official, Background Basics Newsprint, Four of a Kind
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White craft ink, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede
Accessories: My Favorite Things – Rolled Roses dienamics, Big Shot, Half Pearls, mini glue dots, mat pack, paper piercer, white gel pen, dimensionals, Kraft taffeta ribbon


Seasons of Change – SFYTT

Today is going to feel like we are having a heat wave. It’s going to be around 36 degrees and we are headed to downtown Chicago to check out the window decorations and to go to Macys Santaland. I hope the boys enjoy it. We are going to meet up with my brother and sister-in-law and walk around downtown. Then we are headed off to my parents to celebrate late fall and early winter birthdays.

Since it’s Saturday I have a Sketch for You to Try from Jen. Last week we picked a favorite sketch to work with and we are digging back in the archives again this week and doing the same. I chose to work with this sketch from April 2009. This is the last sketch for 2010 and there are changes in store for the new year. Check out Jen’s blog for the announcement about the Sketch for You to Try changes. My first thought was to mix and match Christmas papers and then add buttons to random squares. Instead when I sat down to stamp, my card took a whole other direction and I didn’t even use any scraps of dsp. I love Taken with Teal and still have a lot in my stash of retired colors. I thought it would add a nice pop of color against the Sahara Sand and I embossed it to give it even more texture.

To make this card I started with a Sahara Sand card stock base. I then layered Whisper White with a piece of Taken with Teal that was embossed with the Finial Press embossing folder. I then used my sewing machine to add stitching to resemble piles of snow.  The trees were then stamped on Old Olive and Pretty in Pink card stock with Chocolate C hip, Regal Rose and Always Artichoke.  They are from the Patterned Pines stamp set from last year.  I attached them with dimensionals and then added Daffodil Delight small stars.  Each star is attached with a dimensional and has a rhinestone in the center of each.  The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede and is from Papertrey Ink’s Raspberry Suite Signature Christmas.

Besides the changes for the Sketch for You to Try for the new year, I also have a few changes going on.  I have decided to drop from the Sketch for You to Try design team.  I’m sure you have noticed that my blog posts are a week between.  I am having a hard time finding a balance between my family, volunteering in the boys schools and stamping.  I have decided to stop blogging and that is the main reason I’m stepping down from the team.  I want to get back to stamping for fun and not stamping just to blog.  I will re-evaluate where I am in the future and I may or may not return to the blogging world.  I’m sure I’ll continue to upload to my SCS gallery so that I can continue to participate in challenges and share my creations.  I know that this is the right decision because I am at complete peace with it.  It’s not something I came to lightly and it’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time now.

I want to thank all of you who have loyally followed me over the past 4 years.  I appreciate each and every comment and e-mail you have left for me.  I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas season and have a fabulous start to your new year.

Please make sure to check out the rest of the Sketch for You to Try Sisters and see what sketches they chose to work with:
Jen del Muro
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage

Autumn Welcome – SFYTT

Well I have some good news to share with you!  I finally have my full working version of my photo editing software back on my laptop.  I can once again edit photos of cards.  I was lost without it and I didn’t really want to learn a brand new to me program or pay the money to buy a newer version of the one I am used to.  Roger got it up and running yesterday evening.

I know each week I say I can’t believe it is Saturday once again, and honestly I can’t.  This week has gone by in a blur.  My sister is here to stay for a week with my parents dog while my parents are out in Nevada for a Memorial service for my great uncle who passed away on November 6th.  My mom brought them down on Tuesday after I finished working in the library at Colin’s school.  We went out to lunch, did a little grocery shopping and since then I don’t even know where the time has gone.  Wednesday was a half day for Colin and Evan spent the afternoon at a friends house.  Thursday was Evan’s 5th birthday and Roger had both Thursday and Friday off of work.  My sister and I also worked on cutting out, counting and sorting both Box Tops and Campbells Soup labels for Colin’s school.  I know that there were thousands of Box Tops and hundreds of soup labels.  It was a big undertaking, but it is almost done.

I made myself stop and sit down to stamp yesterday and got my Sketch for You to Try card done.  Once again I had a lot of fun with this sketch and the card came together pretty quickly.  It was figuring out the details that took up most of my time.  I am very particular about making sure things are balanced and work well together.  I paired A Wreath for all Seasons from Papertrey Ink with retired Autumn Traditions paper from Stampin’ Up!.  I started with an Elegant Eggplant card stock base and then layered More Mustard and Autumn Traditions dsp and sewed around it with a zig zag stitch.  I did the same with some more dsp using a different pattern for the long layer at the bottom.  I then sponged Ruby Red card stock (retired) with Riding Hood Red ink and distressed it with the Cutters tool kit before adding it to the base and then adding two Neutrals 5/16″ brads. The main image layer is Whisper White and Soft Suede.  I stamped the wreath image twice in Soft Suede, moving it slightly the 2nd time to give it a shadow effect.   I then stamped the berries in Riding Hood Red.  The wreath was dressed up with a Neutrals button with a half pearl for the center and then attached to the card with dimensionals.  The sentiment banner is made from the sentiment banner die from Lil’ Inker Designs.  It was a SFYTT sponsor a couple weeks ago and I love the die!  I made it from Crumb Cake card stock and stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink before attaching it with a dimensional.

This week I stuck more to the sketch that Jen provided for us.  We’d love to have you play along!  If you need more inspiration please check out the rest of the fabulous Sketch for You to Try sisters:
Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage *taking time off*

I can’t say I don’t have another busy weekend and week planned. Today I’m teaching a class at my Mom’s house, even though she is out of town. The boys have a birthday party to go to tonight so they are staying home with Roger so we don’t miss the start time.  Tomorrow we have church and then we want to get our Christmas lights up (we don’t turn them on though until after Thanksgiving).  It’s going to be near 60 degrees and I much prefer that to colder weather for putting up lights. It’s easier when you can feel your fingertips. On Monday I’m making the side dishes for Thanksgiving, on Tuesday Evan has a Thanksgiving program at school and I have to help set up and my Mom is picking up my sister and the side dishes I made the day before.  On Wednesday, Evan has the day off of school and I’m hoping that it’s cold and we stay inside to stamp and then all too soon it’s Thanksgiving and I’m staying happily inside while everyone else braves the mall.  The only store I’ll go to is the grocery store which will be completely empty!  I do hope December is easier on my schedule and I can get more projects done.  I’m planning on making Teacher gifts so at least I’ll have stuff to share.

If you’ve made it this far, have a great weekend!

Just a Note Notebooks- Take 2

I mentioned that I made 2 more of the notebooks based off of Taylor’s kit that came with the Cinch.  These use My Minds Eye dsp that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  Colin picked out the papers for his friend and her Mom, our neighbors, who both celebrated their birthdays this weekend.  I used Autumn Abundance from Papertrey ink for the tags.  They were die cut with Nestabilities and sponged with Antique Linen Distress ink from Tim Holtz.  The flowers are from the Birds and Bloom die from Stampin’ Up! and were die cut with the Big Shot.