Sunday, August 31, 2008
Trees are from "Roughin' It" set by Storage Units, Ink & More. I like to think of "out of the box" ideas to share to show you how you can get lots of uses out of a stamp set.
"joy" is SU!
The circles and oval for "joy" were cut from Cricut cartridge Plantin Schoolbook
papers are Basic Grey's "Figgy" 6 x 6
layout for card was inspired by Maria Bell & here on her blog.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Pop back in tomorrow to see where the next two can be spotted. This is another card made with SUInk & More stamp set "Bear with Me". I just love this teddy bear set. I colored it using markers on watercolor paper to give it the same textured look as described yesterday.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I am a little late posting today, but hope you all will still try to play along. The challenge for today is to use chipboard. Here is a chipboard coaster album I made using the Bear with Me stamp set exclusive to SUINK & MORE. Click on SUInk to see what others are doing and to play in this challenge.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Also, why is it I can remember every detail of his birth, but can't find my grocery list (or whatever)?
So... Happy Birthday Benjamin! I hope time moves very slow from now on out! I'm not ready for you to leave home in two years!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
I applied for a job this week at the schools in Broken Bow and was hired to be a paraeducator for the middle school. I will be working with students who need extra help. I haven't worked full time for over 20 years, so this has been very nerve wracking for me. Add on top of that, my thyroid out of whack and you have a very unsettled person. Ü Oh yeah about that! They quit making my thyroid meds, so we are starting over-fun.....NOT!
Benjamin and I will have the same hours and I will be able to be home when the boys are home. Bruce will homeschool Aaron as he (Bruce) needs to be able to do chores and finish haying (one more cutting). So it only made sense for me to be the one to find a job.
I am okay with this as I know it is needed. I have concerns with how my back is going to react to this, so please pray that I do okay. I love working with children, so this is a good job for me. Aaron has lots of learning difficulties, so I have lots of experience right there. He has come farther than any dr. ever said he would (so glad I refused to listen to them), so I hope I can be an encouragement to those that need it the most.
So what this means for my blog is that I may not be able to post as regular as I have been. I am HOPING that I can make several things while I wait 2.5 to 3 hours every day while Benjamin runs and be able to prepost. We will see how that goes.
I will still be posting my design team challenges, so hope you all stay around to see what I'm up to. While I can't post anything personal about my job (for child privacy), I'm sure there will be stories about new things I learn that I can share.
I cut two pieces of mat board 8.5 x 11.
Punched holes in the corners and center bottom
Wrapped each matboard with patterned paper
Punched holes thru the paper
Decorated the front piece (close up of embellishment)
Screwed the two pieces together in the corners with short screws
Used long screw in the center with rubber stopper. This keeps it from scratching my shelf that I set it on. Here is the back view at the bottom. Come and play with us. Click here to see the challenge.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
colored with Gamsol and colored pencils, used paper scraps for the card and large rick rack also unknown (some I had picked up at a crop)
I know I've been quiet and I will explain by this weekend. There are lots of changes going on in our family right now. Lots of emotions, tension and everything else that comes with change. By Saturday, I will be able to share...so hang in there with me and if you believe in prayer, we could use that too.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
This card uses all SU! supplies and was made for a circle challenge.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Here is what Denise says about today's challenge:
This weeks challenge...EMBOSSING FOLDERS...
You know you have them laying around...lets use them...Cuttlebug, Sizzix, Nestibilities...the list goes on and on...
Pick a folder, and use it somewhere on your card/project. We would love to see what you can do...Come join us...because, WHATCHADOIN' this WEDNESDAY?
Just click on the logo above or the green words in my post and it will take you right to today's challenge. If you participate, I would love for you to leave a link here for me too. If you don't have any embossing folders you can still play. Read Storage Units, Ink & More blog for more information.
Here is my card for this first challenge: I love the Core'dinations cardstock, but embossing it with Cuttlebug embossing folder templates and sanding the raised design makes for even more fun with this paper. For the top turquoise panel, I just sanded the already raised texture in the cardstock. For the bottom, I used Cuttlebug's swirls embossing folder and sanded the raised design. I like how the swirls imitates the swirls in the snail.
Is this snail cute or what??!! This snail is from the newly released stamp set "At a Snail's Pace". Just click on the name to see all the other adorable images in this set. I love how you can just ink up part of a sentiment and see exactly where you are stamping. I did that with "slow down" and then on the inside it says "and smell the flowers". This is a good reminder to all of us as we get so busy with life, that we miss the small blessings. So, slow down today and take some time to stamp a card for a friend "just because" and play along with us in this challenge.
Stamps: At a Snail's Pace
Cardstock: Core'dinations French Roast from Coffee Cafe & Arctic Pool from Turquoise Waves; SU!'s Rose Red, Wal-mart white
Other: Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder, Hobby Lobby ribbon, 2" scallop punch, Prima flower, brad-unknown, sanding tool, pop dots
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
There is a story behind my project, so you will have to read it to know how to enter for my blog candy. LOL!!
When I was growing up, every summer we (I have 4 younger brothers) went to my grandparents farm to stay. Anywhere from a week to 3 weeks. I grew up on a dairy farm and this was our vacation. My grandparents sold cattle in the summer in Omaha which was a 4+ hour drive one way. We would spend the night, they would take us to the mall and we rode up and down the escalators. I don't remember ever buying anything or shopping. We just thought stairs that moved were cool. Ü (if you know ANYthing about dairy farming, you know you can't go very far as the cows have to be milked at the same time every morning and night) Then the next morning we would eat breakfast and while grandpa watched the cows sell, we would ride up and down in the elevator with grandma. Ü
Okay, so you all want to know what that has to do with camping right? Well, nothing. heehee BUT...the camper reminded me of these wonderful memories. For some reason I thought of "are we there yet?" as excited children going on an adventure, be it camping or going to the stock yards to sell cattle.
There is more to the story...I made this "Box in a Bag" (this cool project is on Diana Gibbs blog; tutorial can be found here) because every time we went with grandpa and grandma to Omaha, grandma always packed a paper bag. In it were fun things to keep us occupied. Every time we went through a town, grandma gave us something out of the bag. It might be a piece of candy, a picture to draw, a little toy to play with, etc. I love these memories. They are so precious and mean more to me now as a mother all the work and thought that grandma went to, to make our trip more enjoyable-not only for us but for her and grandpa. As we grew older, there were notes in the bag for a game to play-like find words on signs in alphabetical order, play "I Spy", etc. So I thought this would be a fun bag to make for someone going camping to fill with little treats to keep the kids entertained while travelling.
Okay, I hope I didn't bore you too much as I took you down memory lane. If you would like to enter to win the Roughin' It stamp set, tell me a favorite memory of your grandparent(s). If you were not as fortunate as me to have grandparents living to remember, then share a favorite travelling/vacation memory. I will will draw a name Sunday afternoon.
I used Core'dinations cardstock and sanded it to "roughin" it up Ü (sorry, couldn't resist).
The scallop is made with SU!'s slit punch. Slide the punch in as far as you can and punch, then line up to the outside edge and punch again. Repeat until the whole length of cs is punched and you have a scallop border.
Image was colored with Gamsol and colored pencils.
Kathie Bailey is also giving away a stamp set, so check out her blog to see which one.