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Luck of the Irish

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day and to celebrate we are having our corned beef and cabbage dinner and then hopefully some minty green dessert. It’s normally tradition to go to Culver’s and get a shake or concrete mixer and eat it outside while enjoying the warm spring weather. Well it looks like we’ll be getting that warm spring weather as they are predicting upper 60’s for tomorrow!

In making a St. Patrick’s Day card I realized I didn’t have any stamps to go with the holiday. Instead I used the good luck stamp from So Happy for You and created my shamrock out of hearts embossed with the Polka dot embossing folder. I used a button to hide the point where all of the hearts came together and we were good. I used Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Naturals White for the card. The ribbon is Old Olive satin ribbon.

Well I’m off to the Y. Last night Roger and I played Racquetball and while doing so were wondering how many calories you burn in an hour. We were surprised to find it’s between 500 and 800! I plugged it into my WW Activity Tracker and earned 12 extra points. Today I’m going to lift weights. Hopefully it will loosen my tired muscles up a bit.

Tomorrow I have a gorgeous creation using some Papertrey Ink stamps and Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. You won’t want to miss it!

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Pretty Tangerine Blossom for You

It’s a gray, dreary, rainy day here in Illinois, so I decided that we needed a bright card to brighten today up a little bit. I don’t mind that it’s raining since Thursday is supposed to bring temperatures in the upper 60’s and that means that the trees are soon going to bud and bloom. Spring is finally here after this forever long blustery and very snowy winter.  I think that this color sample was a Color Throwdown challenge a few weeks back. It was Tangerine Tango, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and So Saffron. I decided I needed to lighten up the base of my card so I used Pink Pirouette instead, but the Build a Blossom flower is stamped in Pretty in Pink and Tangerine Tango. I have to say I probably would have never combined those two colors on my own.

I have dinner in the oven, plans to play racquetball tonight with Roger and a ton of stuff to do so I’m going to leave this short and sweet. If you have any questions about my card please ask and I’ll answer them. Otherwise I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun St. Patrick’s Day card.

Jenn

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

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!

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.

Honey Do List – SUO Challenge 5

I finally got a chance to get to my stamping area and it’s all clean!  It’s not clean because I wanted it to be, but rather because a flood in an upstairs bathroom required the cleaning of things in the basement as well.  You see, I had planned on spending the morning before Trick-or-Treating stamping.  Instead Evan came into our room at 7:40 in the morning on Sunday announcing that something was wrong with the bathroom because when he went in there his foot got wet.  That made Roger jump out of bed to see what was going on in the bathroom and made me jump out because I knew that if the bathroom floor was soaking it would most likely be dripping from the ceiling in the basement.  So we not only had to buy a new wax ring for the toilet and have it fixed, but we also had to clean up the basement from all of the water dripping down through the floor along the plumbing.  At least it was all clean water!

So yesterday after spending All Souls day in church with Evan and attending his Kids 4 Jesus assembly I got to work on the 5th SUO Challenge.  The challenge this time is Punch Art and mine was highly inspired by Diana Gibbs.  I followed her bee tutorial but I changed mine up to add some pretty eyelashes to the bee instead of antennae.  I figured if I was going to create a “Honey Do List” that my bee would have to be flirty with her honey.  There is a notebook inside of the little wish list book I created.  I hope you have a chance to play along with us this time.  There are a LOT of neat ideas for Punch art.  I have an entire folder in my google reader dedicated to it.  If you need more inspiration I did find links at Paper Punch Addiction that may help you out.

Today is Tuesday so it’s my library day at Colin’s school.  I hope you have a great day!  I know I’m going to be happy to have all of the political phone calls come to an end.  My husband and I both voted early, but they don’t let the automatic callers know that.  I’ve now made it a point to only vote for people who don’t call me at home so that meant no voting for Republicans or Democrats.  All of mine went to Libertarians or Green Party candidates this time because they didn’t waste my time calling me at home or cut down a million trees sending me flyers that end up right in the recycling bin.