Opps... Did I Do That?

>> Monday, February 28, 2011

As I was working on this page I realized that a large percentage of the photos I have of Ellie are of her in her highchair.  

That kid eats a lot!  The other night for dinner she had 5 bowls of soup and two bowls of chicken and rice. Seriously. 

She also makes a lot of mess.  And breaks the odd dish. 

Maybe I should rethink my "no plastic" policy, at least when it comes to her dinnerware.

Apron Strings February 2011 "Smaller Than a Breadbox" kit
American Crafts thickers
Royal Langnickel rubons

I used my February Apron Strings kit for this page and based the layout on Get Your Sketch On challenge #9. 

We'd love to have you join us and create a layout based on this week's sketch.  The winner of the challenge will be receiving a prize pack full of goodies from Momenta!


Sassy Lil' Sketches #2

>> Saturday, February 26, 2011

I've been out of town for nearly three weeks which is why I've been a little quiet on the blog. Funny how my online life became really slow, but in real life, its been very busy!  Our (Sarah's too!) other sister recently had a little baby girl and I was able to go and spend a few weeks with her and my adorable nephews. It was a nice break and who can complain about spending time with a precious newborn? :-)

I made this card  for Sassy Lil Card Sketches Feb 21st sketch, which was a week ago, I know, but I've been running a little behind with my sketches as life has been a little busy. I've got some exciting things to share with you in the next few days. I'd also encourage you to check out the Sassy Lil Card Sketches blog, there is so much fun stuff!

There is still time to play along and be eligible for the awesome Cosmo Cricket prize!

This card is also entered in the Dutch Dare Card Challenges and my favourite,
Do You Stack Up?


I {Heart} U

>> Friday, February 25, 2011

I decided to challenge myself with this week's Get Sketchy card challenge - follow the sketch (obviously) and... refrain from using any butterflies on my card.  

I have been going through a bit of a butterfly phase lately. They have been showing up on pretty much everything I make. I think it has something to do with the fact that I wish it were spring.  

Anyway, here is what I ended up with...

Cosmo Cricket patterned paper
Recollections kraft cardstock
Making Memories alpha charms, ribbon
Basic Grey painted brads

Not too bad, if I do say so myself.   

Now please excuse me while I go put butterflies on something...


Watching the Monkey's at the Zoo

>> Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When I originally got this photo developed I did not look at it very closely, so I thought that I had finally managed to get a nice picture of Isaac actually looking at the camera and smiling.  It wasn't until I pulled the picture out to use it on a layout that I realized he was actually sticking his tongue out at me.  

Why does that not surprise me?

Apron Strings Designs February 2011 "Smaller than a Breadbox" kit
American Crafts thickers
Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas
Royal Langnickel rub-ons

This layout is based on this week's Sketch Mania challenge #33.


Thank You So Very Much

>> Friday, February 18, 2011

I have a problem.  

I love layering so my cards always end up being really thick. So thick that they don't fit well in envelopes and they cost a fortune to mail. 

So I never actually end up sending them to anyone and they just keep accumulating in the basket beside my desk. 

At some point my husband is going to catch on that the whole "making cards saves us money" thing is a total lie to justify all the supplies I buy. 

And yet, I keep making cards.

Studio Calico patterned paper
October Afternoon patterned paper
Studio G card base
Cosmo Cricket chipboard accent
Jenni Bowlin Studio vintage button
American Crafts rub-on
Unknown ticket, twine, pins

This card was made for this week's Get Sketchy card challenge. 


Emma's Lovesong

>> Thursday, February 17, 2011

Since she learned to read and write, my oldest daughter has made an almost daily habit of writing notes and songs for her dad and I.  Sometimes they are sweet and sometimes they are (unintentionally) funny.  Her spelling is still at the point where it is... interesting... but I think it is so cute how she insists on figuring everything out herself without asking for help.

To be honest, I don't always appreciated her thoughtful gestures that way that I should because the obsessively organized part of me does not know what to do with all the random scraps of paper she makes presents of. I feel bad just throwing them in the recycling bin, but at the same time, if I kept every single one I would literally have boxes full.  

I don't know why it never occurred to me to incorporate any of her notes into my layouts before.  Now that I have done it, it seems like such an obvious thing to do and I am kicking myself for not starting sooner.  

This layout was done based on the Sketchy Thursdays March Guest Design Team sketch.
American Crafts patterned paper, thickers, chipboard accents
Recollections cardstock, bling
Unknown tickets, clipboard, vintage book page, pins, twine 


Happy Birthday To You

>> Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I had so much fun with this month's Apron Strings "Smaller Than a Breadbox" kit, especially the MME Alphabet Soup stuff.  This line is so cute! I completed 6 pages with the kit,as well as this card which I based on the sketch for this week's Sketch Mania challenge. 

Apron Strings Designs February 2010 "Smaller Then a Breadbox" kit
Carolee's Creations tiny type alphas


I Can Do It By Myself

>> Monday, February 14, 2011

I have to admit that I was pretty excited when I received this month's kit from Apron Strings.  It was full of gorgeous supplies from three of my favorite companies - Echo Park, My Mind's Eye and October Afternoon.

I've had these photos of Ellie's first experience feeding herself for a while and I am really glad that I held onto them. I think they work really well with the colors and theme from October Afternoon's "Modern Homemaker" line, and they fit perfectly into this week's GYSO sketch.

I love it when everything comes together so easily. 

Apron Strings Designs -February 2011 "Smaller Than a Breadbox" kit.
American Crafts felt thickers
Cosmo Cricket tiny type alphas


You Mean the World to Me

>> Friday, February 11, 2011

I had a "blah" day today.  I sat down to make my card for this week's Get Sketchy challenge, which of course I had left to the last minute, and it seriously took me over an hour to get it done. Guess I lost my mojo or something.  

On the bright side, at least I don't get nauseous when I try to scrapbook.  During my last two pregnancies, the smell and sight of my scrapbooking supplies literally made me sick.  It was months after my babies were born before I was able to scrapbook again, so I am just thankful that I haven't developed that particular symptom this time around. 

I am also thankful for a very special young lady who has had a lot of responsibility put on her shoulders lately due to her mother suffering from the "9 month flu".  This card is for her because when she saw these cute owl stickers on my desk she couldn't stop exclaiming about how cute they were. 

October Afternoon patterned paper
Bazzil cardstock
My Mind's Eye trim, dimensional stickers
Studio Calico cloud stamp
Pink Paislee artisan tape
Basic Grey glazed brad


Sassy Lil' Sketches #1

>> Monday, February 7, 2011

The Sassy Lil' Sketches Card blog is now online and I am so excited to be part of this wonderful team. Its been a few months in the creating, but I hope you agree, the waiting was certainly worth it. The ladies at SLS have put together some fantastic sketches, an amazing design team, and (heres the best part) awesome prizes. For our first month one lucky winner will go home with a prize package from Cosmo Cricket!

Be sure to head over to the SLS card blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with our first sketch, and while you are at it, maybe you should check out the blogs from the other ladies on the team too!


Sketchy Thursdays 02.03.11

>> Friday, February 4, 2011

It's been a while since I played along with Sketchy Thursdays.  I check out the sketch every week and plan on doing it, but never end up having the energy.  

But yesterday I ended up having a really productive afternoon (might have had something to do with the fact that my sister took the 3 year old boy for the day) and not only completed all the design team projects I had due, but also managed to squeeze in a Sketchy Thursdays entry.  And just in case it sounds like I am a little bit pleased with my accomplishment - I am.  Especially since I did it all while sitting on the floor.  

Of course I ended up having to take a 2 hour nap this afternoon to make up for it and my back is killing me...

Anyway, here is this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch and the layout I created based off of it:
Imaginisce patterned paper
Bazzil cardstock
My Mind's Eye trim
Tim Holtz metal tags
DCWV safety pins
Carolee's Creations mini alphas


{rebecca} You Make My Heart Sing

>> Thursday, February 3, 2011

Technically today is my 'day off'. I try to make Wednesdays the day that I catch up on all sorts of things that I had to do, and usually this involves a fair bit of cutting, inking, and generally getting all sticky. Today was no exception, but the projects I was working on today I can't share with you yet. Oh theres exciting things coming up on the Polka Dot Door blog, be sure to check back soon for what it might be!

In the meantime, I do have a card to share with you. I made it for one of my design teams, but ended up making a second card too, so this one didn't actually get used for inspiration on the site, but I'm hoping maybe someone out there can get some mojo from my attempts.

My Mind's Eye Paper
Basic Grey Alpha's
Misc Rhinestones
Vintage Buttons

Of course, I can't help but enter this in the new DYSU challenge : Pattern Papers. I think I'm doing pretty good, I've entered all the challenges thus  far, its just to much fun not too! Also entered in the Dutch Dare Buttons Challenge.


{rebecca} ICS Sketch # 100

>> Tuesday, February 1, 2011

I do not often use digital stamps on my card, but this week I just had to play along with the adorable images that Soft Pencil Design Studio provided the entire DT with. It was hard to narrow it down to just one (and if you are the lucky winner at ICS this week I know you are going to love your prize package!) but the cow won out. The sketch we had to use this week was very versatile and I love how this simple little card turned out. I haven't decided 'Moo" I am going to give it to, but I'm sure most of my little people especially would appreciate this adorable valentine.

If you haven't already, hurry over to the ICS blog and take a peak at all the fun inspriation this week from the DT. While you are at it, maybe look in at Soft Pencil Design Studio's, they will be giving 5 images to the winner of this weeks sketch! Be sure to check back often because they will be releasing a new line of stamps in March, I can't wait to see what it will be! I hope you will play along with ICS for their 100th sketch!

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Little Cow Gigi Stamp
Misc Ribbon
Basic Grey Paper
Recollections Cardstock