Friday, July 23, 2010

Moxie Fab: Shabby & Vintage

I am completely out of my box on this one. This is not something I am comfortable with. Shabby and Vintage is a total style challenge for me, but I am proud to say that I triumphed. (And when I say triumphed, I mean that I finished the card!)
Normally when I see a challenge that isn't my style, or that I don't think I would have an easy time with, or get a good result out of, I just pass that challenge by..."no thank you," I say. But when I saw the 4 style challenges over at the Moxie Fab World Blog, I told myself that if I was going to enter a card for one category, that I had to play in all of them.

Here is my take on the Shabby & Vintage style:
Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

Paper: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla (SU) Farmhouse (October Afternoon)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Dusty Durango (ink refill to dye flower) all SU
Stamps: French Flair, Carte Postale (SU)
Other: Jute Twine (PTI) Fabric Flower, Beads, Pearls (SU)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Embellish Ric Rac Challenge

I know I'm supposed to be down here cleaning out and organizing my craft stuff, but I had to play along with this challenge! (Thanks, Karen!) I made a really simple card. I originally had three rows of ric rac on the brown, kinda behind the flower image, but just didn't think that it worked, so I took two off. I really liked this card at first, but now that I am sitting here blogging about it and looking at it more, I think that it is lacking something. But I can't put my finger on exactly what that might be.

Gonna keep this short....I can hear the baby waking up and I SO need to clean this place out!

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Stamps: Flower -Savvystamps, Sentiment-Impress
Other: corner Chomper, Orange Ric Rac, Orange rhinestone, Sponges, Swiss Dots embossing folder

Moxie Fab Challenge: Fun & Cute!

Here is the first of the cards I am making for the Moxie Fab Card Style Week Challenges!
This one is for the fun and cute category. This category was pretty basic for me. It feels like home. One of my favorite styles, so I didn't feel too much out of my comfort zone! I used the Bake a Cake stamp set from Lawn Fawn that I won off of the Lawn Fawn blog a while back(A big shout out to Kelly Marie - Thanks!) I have wanted to ink these ones up for some time now, and I finally got the chance.

Also, I wanted to use some cutsie pie patterned paper as well, and since y'all know what kind of state my craft room was in, I was very lucky that this pad of Cosmo Cricket paper was still out on my table!

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Real Red (SU) Garden Variety (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Stamps: Bake a Cake (Lawn Fawn)
Other: Corner Chomper, Yellow Stickles, Rhinestones, Yellow Rick rack ribbon

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Getting Better

Looking at my craft area yesterday was really scary. Attacking a project of this magnitude means that things will most likely get worse before they get better. Last night I felt like I had bitten off way more than I could chew.
I really need to go through every little piece of paper, every ribbon.....EVERYTHING, and make those ruthless decisions to get rid of a bunch of stuff. Like my container of chipboard. Have I ever used chipboard pieces on a card? No, but that little voice in my head tells me that I just might need them for a project someday. I think I need to get rid of that voice first.

So I have a bunch of work ahead of me, and I have a feeling with it being summer and having all the kids home and throw a three month old nursing baby on top of that, and its pretty much looking like Halloween before I get it all finished.
So in the mean time, I;m just trying to find a place for all the things that came out of that great big cupboard. I know what I want to do permanently,but that involves getting some specific shelving that has to be mounted to the I need a temporary fix.

Here it is:
I took these little cubbies out of Cody and Dylan's closet and was just going to break them down and get rid of them when the thought hit me that I could use them to store all my stuff while I am waiting to clean it out and get the permanent solution in place.
I know this is wishful thinking, but I am really hoping that I will get a chance to get a bunch done with all this stuff in the coming week!

I'll keep y'all posted on how it is going!
Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

EBTKS Challenge 19

This post is going to have a bunch of pictures. I just felt like I had to document the making of this card.

For those of you who follow my blog, you know that my craft room has been going through a massive clean out/transition. And to be honest it is still in the beginning stages and is a thorough mess. It's embarrassing, and I honestly can't believe that I'm showing y'all this, but, well, I am.

I came down to actually work on going through a bunch of stuff and cleaning out and organizing, but it's just way more fun to make a card instead. Kellan was in a cooperative mood, in his little swing, as you can see, so I just went with it!
Now before I digress too much more, here is the card I made for the challenge: And I had to document my stamping area, because it is crazy, and I can't even believe that I was able to produce a card in these deplorable conditions!!! It felt so good to make a card, and even better, to have made a card that I am really happy with! You know, how sometimes you make a card, and well, it's okay, but not something that you are really excited about? (It seems like most of the card I make fall into this category). But I was really pleasantly pleased with this card!

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU) , Kioshi (Basicgrey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery marker, Poppy Parade marker, Bashful Blue marker (all SU)
Stamps; Tree (Memory Box) Sentiment (PTI)
Other: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Corner Chomper

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Sweet Birthday Card...and a picture to share!

I have wanted to post this card for a while now.
I submitted this one to Papercrafts a while back and well, you guessed it.....not picked up!
But that means I get to post it here!
I think that it would be a perfect card for a summer birthday!
Gonna keep it short! Just wanted to share a card since it has been a while.

Also, I thought I would post a picure of Kellan and I! We suprised the boys a couple of weeks ago and went to a Mariner's game! Kellan's first Major League Baseball Game!
Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

Paper: River Rock, Whisper White (SU)
Inks: Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Stamps: Tart 'n Tangy (SU), Sentiment
Other: Jute Twine (PTI) Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cleaning Out

Edited to add: I actually wrote this post yesterday (Saturday) with the intention of finishing and posting it last night.....but was so dead tired, that it didn't get done.
The kids went to Kerry's folks last night for a sleep over and a day of adventure today. Last night Kerry and I were able to get together with some friends, which was wonderful.

And today it started.

Kerry and I are making a run at cleaning out the garage....we went and picked up a dresser for Cody and Dylan.....and are making a dump run and a run to goodwill.

I had to start cleaning out my stamping cupboard, which has been broken for some time and needs to go to the dump....I'm going to try an entirely new configuration to keep all my stamping stuff organized.

As I am cleaning out this cupboard, I cannot believe the stuff I have saved, thinking that I might use it some day, or the stuff that never got finished, that I have kept, thinking that at some point I will finish them. Not going to happen.

I am being ruthless today, and it feels so good.

Here are a few pics of the {messy} area as I am cleaning out the huge cupboard. I just had to get everything out fast so that Kerry could get it out and to the dump, so I just stacked everything up on my craft tables to deal with later. So crazy that I have all this stuff....

The next step is going to be going through all of it and re-organizing and even hopefully getting rid of a bunch of it!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

SPCC #54

Wow! These colors for this weeks color challenge over at SPCC were very fall to me. Yet I wanted to make a somewhat summery card, since I'm all about summer and flowers right now! (On cards and in my garden!) I finally got to planting up some of my pots yesterday that have been sitting with the flowers still in the containers I bought them in, since Kellan was born 9 weeks ago!} But anywhoo!
Here's the card I made:
The pumpkin of the flower on the card looks very 'Mustardy' to me, but I assure you it is in fact Pumpkin Pie.
Thanks for stoppping by and have a beautiful day!
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso (both SU)
Ink: Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie (all SU)
Stamps: Memory Box & Hero Arts
Other: Chocolate Chip Twill Ribbon, Sponges, Swiss Dots embossing folder

Happy Thoughts for FOIL

These EBTKS challenges are really getting me out of my creative comfort zone. First the nail polish, and now foil!!!

I actually laid in bed last night and thought about how I could incorperate foil into a card, and I had a few ideas come to mind.....I think I might still give my other ideas a try, if I get the time;(today the first of the family started making it into town for our 4th of JULY unofficial family's more of just a gathering!)

Here's the card:
I was happy that I was able to use up some of the HUMONGOUS stash of Patterned Paper that I have acquired lately....and I used a stamp set that I haven't used before kinda exciting!

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy (SU); Garden Variety (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Not quite Navy, Real Red (SU)
Stamps: Apple Blossom, Fabulous Flowers (SU)
Other: Foil, Dimensonals