Monday, April 29, 2013

Butterfly Triple Step Card

Today I have a card that I made with a new stamp I got from Stampin' Up. It's a swallowtail butterfly and it is just gorgeous.

The first card I made was black and white. I love the contrast. It's so striking. I even added a little butterfly to the inside of the card to finish it off.

After making the black one I wanted to try another color. I used Brilliant Blue from Stampin' Up for the cardstock and the ink.

The sentiment on the right lower side of the butterfly was stamped first and then covered up with a post it note so that the butterfly didn't stamp on that area. I then pulled off the post it note and voila! You could use any sentiment you want or no sentiment at all.

The way I created the layers was to cut the white cardstock at 5 1/4"x4", 4 1/4"x3" and 3 1/4"x2".  The blue or black cardstock should be cut at 8 1/2"x5 1/2" (this piece will be folded in half to create the card base), 4 1/2"x3 1/4" and 3 1/2"x2 1/4".

Stack the white pieces on top of each other with a temporary adhesive.

After stacking the white pieces you will stamp your image.

After stamping you will then take the pieces apart and layer them on top of the colored cardstock.
I also used pop dots in between the layers to give them a little more dimension. That's it.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Project Life week 12

Now that I am home from Georgia and things have calmed down a bit I'm going to try my hardest to get caught up with Project Life. I spent the evening printing all of my pictures up until today. I put them all in place and now I just need to add my title cards, journaling cards and of course the journaling.

So far I have week 12 completed.

Looking back at this week I can see it mostly revolved around Khloë. I love weeks like this. That little girl just makes my heart sing. I probably say this every week, but I can't believe how fast she is growing.

I had ordered a swing set for her and it came with a mini trampoline. The day it was delivered her mom and dad put it together so she could play with it in the house.

This week I also finished a mini banner for a friends wedding. I think it's only about 1 1/2" tall so it's really small and cute. I also decided on the design for my calling cards for the Georgia meet-up, using the Cricut 50 states cartridge.

The right side of my two pages has more Khloë. LOL. The first picture is her at gymnastics class. I was at work and couldn't go see her, but my daughter in law sent me this picture.

The weekend was spent rototilling the side yard, leveling it and putting rubber bark down before we could assemble the swing set. In between working we took a little break with Krispy Kreme donuts. Yummm.

Sunday afternoon I drove home and when I was pulling into the driveway I noticed a puppy running down the street and under a car. I ran down the street and called it out from under the car. She came to me, but she was really scared. I scooped her up, asked some neighbors that were out if they knew where she came from and when the answer was no I took her home. I'll keep you posted on her in the coming weeks of Project Life.

Okay, gotta get back to work now. Another week down...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Circle Mania continues...

Saturday we woke up to beautiful weather. The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect and we had more shopping to do. LOL.

Sofia (CaliforniaRose) and myself at Archivers. We don't have any of these stores back in California. I think I bought enough stuff in two days to last until the next meet-up! Now my biggest concern is getting it home. Eeeeks!

Sunday a man had come to the hotel and was selling scrapbook stuff out of the back of his van. It was quite strange, but of course I had to go check it all out. Supposedly he had come across a woman that was getting rid of everything and he bought it from her, but didn't know what to do with it. Hmmmm, hopefully that was really the case and it wasn't a disgruntled husband selling things out from under his unsuspecting wife.

Does this sound like a drug dealer selling drugs or what? I got a couple of things, but not much because I was still worried about how to get everything home.

We had a really good dinner Friday and Saturday night at the hotel. Friday my favorite was the barbeque pulled pork and the pecan pie. Saturday night the chicken parmesan and chocolate cake were De-licous! Breakfast was always good too. There's just something yummy about waking up to fresh cut up fruit every morning. And I didn't have to cut it up myself!

Sunday night we were on our own for dinner so I joined a bunch of the girls for a trip to the Cheesecake Factory. Don't laugh at me, but I really did not know they served food. I thought it was just a big cheesecake shop. I was fine with just eating cheesecake for dinner, but I must say they do have some yummy food and drinks. I had fettuchine alfredo and a strawberry daiquiri.

Not only was it yummy, there was a lot of it. I had to order my cheesecake to go. I got the caramel turtle cheesecake and nibbled on it back at the hotel while relaxing in bed. Awe, the life. I could get used to that. Of course I'd probably gain a couple hundred pounds too (-:
This is a picture of Donna (ScrappyMama) taking my picture while I was taking hers at dinner.

I really should have left my big camera at home because all I used was my phone. It would have saved me some room in my suitcase for more scrappy things.

My last picture is of my Cricut Plushie and Penguin (from the Cheesecake Factory) for Khloë, safe at home. I can hardly wait for her to come over and see her new babies.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Circle Mania in Georgia

Those that know me know that I am not a morning person. I'm not sure why I waited until the last minute to pack, but I found myself packing for the Circle Mania event in Georgia just before walking out the door to the airport. What does that mean? It means that I had to get up early even though my flight wasn't until 11:13! This is me at the airport still half asleep because I hadn't found Starbucks yet.

My flight was supposed to leave at 11:13, but was delayed a few minutes until 11:30. Not too bad since some of the other Circle members were delayed for hours.

The flight was long, but didn't have any problems so I'm thankful for that. I watched two movies on the plane which helped pass the 4 hours and 15 minute flight.

We got to the hotel sometime after 11:00 pm so we didn't stay up too long before heading up to bed. The next morning I woke up to rain! Does it ever fail that it rains whenever I go on vacation? Rain in Las Vegas, rain in Hawaii and now rain in Georgia.

Not to worry, we still had fun. A bunch of us girls went shopping at a couple of local scrapbook stores and then had a delicious lunch.

Back at the hotel we did some crafting and a whole lotta laughing.

GrannyAnne and me.

Scrapalette and Barbara.

Sara, Donna (ScrappyMama), Narelle, Sofia (CaliforniaRose) and Sis o Snap.
The Men of Mania. Donna's hubby (Mr Funny Man Keith) and Sara's hubby Travis. From what I hear they became best buddies during Mania.
Narelle, Sis o Snap, Sara and Donna.

GrannyAnne, Sofia, Susan and Sage.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Thinking of You card

I'm still working on packing for the Cricut Circle Mania. I fly out to Georgia in the morning. I just know I'm forgetting something. I have a few different cards that I've created and cut pieces for so that I can assemble them at Mania. This is one of them.

I love the bright colors and the embossing. The flowers and stamping are from Stampin Up. The oval scallop is also from Stampin' Up. I'm not sure what the papers are because I found them in my scraps, but I think they are Stampin' Up.

The inside:

Monday, April 15, 2013

My Life Monday - Week 11

Busy week here, but I was able to get some time in my scraproom. In between packing for my trip to Georgia I've been doing a little crafting. I have cards to finish at Mania and a mini album to start. Hopefully that will be enough to keep me busy all weekend. I'm hoping I can schedule a couple of posts for when I'm gone. For now I have another week of Project Life.

While I was at work earlier in the week my daughter in law sent me picture of her and my 2 year old grand-daughter getting pedicures. I love those cute little pudgy feet. After work I spent a couple of days painting our bonus room. Starlet (our kitty) was more than happy to keep me company and climb the ladder I was using. On Friday, after work, I went to the Pleasanton scrapbook expo. All I can say is that by the looks of all the crafters, the economy just got a big boost.

On Saturday I went back to the scrapbook expo with the help of my super enabling sister. And yes, I bought even more stuff! I had to take a little break later in the week and have some hair therapy and then it was back to working on our bonus room. I printed out some pictures for inspiration and started building cabinets for storage. Two cabinets down and at least two more to go.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hello Hello Hello card

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a little something crafty to do this weekend. I will be making more cards and preparing for my scrappy weekend Mania next week.

Today's card uses the Elegant Butterfly punch again from Stampin' Up and also uses the Bitty Butterfly punch. They work so well together.

Once again I used scraps for all the papers except the base card. I used a cuttlebug embossing folder, a few pearl accents, a sentiment stamp and voila, you have a card. Super super easy, just the way I like it. Before I embossed the white cardstock I punched the larger butterflies out of it. I then ran it through the cuttlebug and then adhered it to the blue piece of cardstock so that it would show through the punched areas. Then I simply added the smaller butterflies on top with stampin' dimensionals to give it a little pop.

The inside:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hello Sunshine card

Quick and simple card for you today. I ordered some Stampin' Up goodies a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with this butterfly punch. There is also a smaller butterfly punch that I'll show in another post.

The papers are all from my scrap pile except the base card itself. The scallop oval, the label punch and the border punch are all from Stampin' Up. The pearls are from my stash and the sentiment is a Peachy  Keen stamp (I think) from a few years ago.

The inside:

Monday, April 8, 2013

My Life Monday - Finally!

Hello hello. I finally have another week of Project Life to post. I'm so far behind, but I believe I can catch up. LOL. I have a couple of hurdles behind me now (like getting my taxes done -yuck!) so I can concentrate more on my crafts.

Week 10 consisted of shopping for Easter, Hubby's birthday with Khloë helping him blow out his candle, and more crazy weather. I also bought some new flowers for the yard. Some of them I got planted right away and some others took a few days to get planted.

We had new model houses open up in our neighborhood so I went to look at them. I love getting ideas for our house from the beautifully decorated models. There were three houses to look at and of course the biggest (ie: the most expensive) was the most beautiful. I fell in love with the curved stairs. I also loved that there was a master bedroom suite upstairs and a second one down stairs.

I decided to finally do something with our bonus room upstairs. I moved everything away from the walls and started painting. I have plans for cabinets, a seating area and a desk area. It might take me some time, but I WILL get it done... eventually.

I'll be spending some time making some cards for Operation Write Home so come back soon and check them out.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy April Fool's Day

Just a quick update this morning. Our weekend was extremely busy and I haven't had any time in my craftroom. Hopefully I will get in there before the day is over and finish up another week in my Project Life album. I totally missed last week and now I'm feeling way behind.

I hope you all had a great Easter. We had a house and yard full of family. The little kids colored eggs and then had fun hunting them. They played with bubbles and ran around the yard all day, even when we got sprinkles of rain.

Khloë didn't realize at first that she was supposed to run and find the eggs, but she caught on real quick when she saw the other kids running after them. She had a lot of fun and wanted to do it again.

Update on the puppy. We still have her! Nobody called to claim her and I was worried about her not being vaccinated, so I took her on Thursday to get her puppy shots and check-up. She has gained a pound in one week! She was a little nervous about being at the vet because it's still new to her, but she was more excited to get lots of attention. We are tossing names around, but it's hard to pick one that everyone in the family agrees with. The one we're mostly using right now is Coco. Short for CocoPuff because she's so furry and soft. Her fur is like a baby lamb or something. We also discovered that she LOVES the water. I had to lock her up while I was watering my plants because she kept trying to get the water at the cost of my newly planted flowers.

Blessed are the children of scrapbookers, for they shall inherit the scrapbooks.