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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

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Birthday-saurus – SFYTT

When it rains, it certainly pours.  I mentioned that Colin and Evan both have strep throat.  Evan has been moping around with a 104.3 fever.  He always gets really high fevers, and they always worry me when he is just laying around and not wanting to play or do anything.  He’s been on Motrin and Tylenol nonstop since Wednesday night to control the fever.  Then on Thursday night Roger heard something dripping in the crawl space.  It turns out that a pipe from our laundry room sprung a leak and I had to have a plumber out to cut open the wall in our laundry room and replace the section that was leaking.  I can understand this happening if our house was old, but it was only built 6 years ago.  Luckily we caught it right as it happened and it didn’t cause a big mess.

This weekend we have a birthday party for a 6 year old on Sunday.  I’m hoping that Evan wakes up without a fever today so we can hopefully go tomorrow.  I pulled out my favorite My Favorite Things stamp set, Little Loveosaurus and got to work.  I paired it up with some of my favorite Celebrations designer series paper from Stampin’ Up!.  I pulled Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Real Red and Pear Pizzazz to work with the colors in the paper.  The 6 is covered in Whisper White craft ink and then Heat and Stick Powder.  I heated it up with my heat tool and then dumped on Dazzling Diamonds glitter before heating it a 2nd time.  You can see a little of the sparkle in this photo.

This week Jen gave us the chance to pick any previous Sketch for You to Try to work with.  This one is from January 2009.  Here is the sketch I used:
I hope you come and play along with us! Simply pick a past sketch and make a card with it.

If you need more ideas for past sketches simply check out what the rest of the Sketch for You to Try sisters have for your inspiration and viewing pleasure this week.
Jen del Muro
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage

Change is in the air for the Sketch for You to Try.  Make sure to check back next week for more information about that.

Have a great weekend!  We are preparing for 3 – 5″ of snow.  I’m not excited but I’ve heard the boys planning snowmen, snow forts and lots of time outside in it.

December 25 – SFYTT

Another week has just flown by.  My parents were able to fly back from Reno after a few delays due to tornadoes that touched down in NW IL on Monday.  My sister went home after spending a week with us, as did my parents dog.  I got a lot of my Thanksgiving cooking done early in the week and then sent it home with my Mom on Tuesday.  Wednesday was spent as a pajama day for Evan and I did some cleaning around the house.  Thanksgiving flew by and we spent yesterday buying our first fresh Christmas tree.  We have always put up a fake tree, but the tree that we have is so large and full that it takes up a good deal of space in our living room.  I’ve looked at getting a tall slender tree, but the price point is just higher than I’d like right now, so a fresh tree and a stand was in our future.  We got the tree up and the lights on and then found out Colin was running a fever so I left to pick up chicken noodle soup and sprite for him.  This morning I’m calling the pediatrician as soon as they open and getting him in.  He just got over strep throat, but is displaying all of the symptoms of it again.  I hear that there is an really resistant strain going around right now.

I did get a chance to make one card and I didn’t do a lick of stamping on it.  I still have a good deal of a Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin’ Kit left from last year.  I started with a Real Red card stock base and then layered Very Vanilla with some of the dsp from the kit.  The dsp was sponged with Old Olive ink and then I added faux stitching with the mat pack and a Chocolate Chip stampin’ write marker.  I added some more dsp with a Chocolate Chip base and then added my Real Red polka dot ribbon over it, reversing it to hide the Polka dots.  The rest of the elements are die cuts from the kit.  I did add a few neutral and bright buttons with hemp twine.  That was about the extent of any stamping I got done this week.

Here is the sketch that Jen provided for us this week. If you need further inspiration please check out the fabulous samples from the rest of the 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 hope you have a great weekend!

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!

Cruisin Celebration – SFYTT

Working on this week’s Sketch for You to Try reminded me just how much I miss my daily stamping and watercoloring. This weekend is sponsored by Sparkle Creations {rubber stamps} and the Design Team got a free stamp to work with!  This is Cruisin’ Chloe and she is so much fun to color in.

I started this card by picking out the designer series paper I wanted to work with.  I chose patterns from the Celebrations pack because I loved the arrows and the bright colors. I started with a Pear Pizzazz card stock base and layered it with Pacific Point and then the dsp.  I used my sewing machine to stitch around each piece and then started on my main image.  I wasn’t sure what main color I wanted to go with for the car, so I asked Evan and he picked Pacific Point and then pulled Cajun Craze down and told me he wanted her to have his hair color.  I also worked with Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Basic Gray.  The windshield, head lights and flower are accented with Crystal Effects.

I do have to admit that I changed up the sketch a bit because the image I chose to work with was so large.  Here is the sketch that Jen provided for us:
As you can see I flipped the sketch. I then omitted the heart element.  I really tried to get it to work with the card, but then I kept covering up all of my arrows on the dsp.  Instead I added the two Brights buttons with the silver elastic bows.

I hope you have a chance to play along with us this week.  If you need more inspiration please make sure to check out the rest of the Sketch for You to Try sisters:
Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien *taking time off*
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage

We have another busy weekend here in the Diercks household. It starts with a DePaul women’s basketball game that we went to last night.  I thought it would be fun to go since DePaul was playing Valparaiso.   My entire family went to DePaul and Roger did his undergraduate studies at Valpo.  Today we have to finish up Space Derby rockets and Evan has a birthday party.  Tomorrow we’ll go to church and then to the Cub Scouts Space Derby that is held at Olivet Nazarene here in town.  Colin annd Evan are both racing rockets this year.  I’m also hoping to get some stamping in.  I am really missing my creative time.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Fill the Season with Smiles – SFYTT

I can’t believe that it is Saturday again and that today we are celebrating Evan’s 5th birthday with his friends. He invited his entire preschool class of 30, plus a few kids from the neighborhood. We are going to our local gynmastics place and they run the kids ragged for an hour and then we get 30 minutes to eat cake and pass out party favors. I’ve told Evan that we will not have enough time to open presents there so hopefully he will listen to me.  There is no option to go over your time since we have the 1st party spot of the day and another one will follow right after us.  After bringing the presents home I hope to write out the Thank You notes as he opens them.  I love multi-tasking!  I’ll let you know how that goes. My bet is that Evan rips everything open as fast as he can and I won’t see who gave him which gift.

So today for Jen’s Sketch for You to Try, I did vary the sketch a little bit.  I turned it on it’s side and didn’t quite do the top element like she had it, but hopefully you’ll be so wow’d by the interactive slider card you won’t care.  I used a 12 X 5 1/2 piece of Real Red card stock to make the base.  I just did a google search and found many places for instructions online. It was really easy to make with elements from the retired Simply Scrappin’ Kit – Christmas Jingle.  I did minimal stamping with Delightful Decorations in Whisper White along the right side of the card.

Here is what happens when you pull the ribbon tab on the right.  It pulls open on both sides to reveal your Christmas message.  The sliding mechanism is helped out by adding a strip of a sandwich bag. I hope this card makes it until the holidays since Evan has taken such a liking to it and is constantly opening and closing it.

If you need more inspiration please check out the rest of the Sketch for You to Try Sisters:

Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Leigh O’Brien *taking time off*
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford *taking time off*
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage *taking time off*

Well I am off to pick up a cake, stuff 25 mini buckets with goodies and go to Evan’s party.  I just hope I remember everything – matches especially.  I forgot them for Colin’s party and he had to pretend to blowout the candles.

SFYTT

It’s been so crazy around here that I haven’t been in my stamp room for over a week. I love this sketch and I’m sure you’ll see a card using it from me very soon. Until then please visit the rest of the Sketch for You to Try Sisters to see what they have come up with.

Jen del Muro and the Designer of the Month Lesa Smaligo
Amber Hight
Amy Rohl
Amy Sheffer
Megan Lock
Susan Liles
Kelly Lunceford
Sonja Chirstoph
Jodi Collins
Carole Burrage