Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I used wild wasabi for the card base, then summer sun and pumpkin pie, with the paisley cuttlebug embossing folder (my first time using that one). I cut the scallopped circles with my nesties and inked them. I added dots to all ala Markie's mom. I hope that she's flattered by my use of the dots rather than offended - now that I've started doing it, it seems that a card doesn't look "done" without them!
I didn't really forget to post my menus last week, I just didn't do well sticking to the plan the week Kai was gone. I knew I wouldn't. I have a mental block when it comes to cooking for just 2 people. Don't ask why - I used to do it all the time when I was first married, before kids. Also, our hot water heater went out over the weekend and it's finally getting fixed today, so we can now wash all the dishes that are piling up in the kitchen. I have bribed Gage with the promise of getting his gameboy back for a day (he's grounded from it), so the kitchen should be nice and clean when I get home. Anyway, here's my menu starting this evening:
Wed. Enchilada Pie - kind of like a mexican lasagne. Thurs. Veal Schnitzel, fried potatoes with onion and crockpot corn. Fri. Burgers, baked beans, applesauce salad and chips. Sat. Eat out. Sun. Abbey's Lemon Cream Chicken, Pull-apart bread, broccoli. Mon. Crockpot BBQ Cola Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Strawberries. Tues. Kids' eat free - eat out. Wed. Italian Crescent Casserole. Thurs. Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes, broccoli. Fri. Broccoli Cheese Soup.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This is my first time using this high hopes stamp. It was a lot of fun. I made the rainbow with a water color pen - not exactly art, but it's cute! I sponged the sky and used copics to color the image. I kept the mat and the card simple because there is so much detail in the image.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
This is just a really simple card I made this morning for my best friend. Cathie and I have been best friends since I moved to St. John, KS in 2nd grade. We've been through all of lifes changes in the last 29 years and we've always been there for each other. She's hit one of those little speed bumps in the road of life where life's littles issue seem to just keep coming at you all at once. So, I'm hoping this will cheer her up. She drove a light blue bug when we were in high school and this image brings back lots of good memories for me, so I hope they will for her as well.
I used pixie pink for the card base. It matched the pink flowers on the carolee's creations dp perfectly, unfortunately, once I got the image on there, you can't see any pink flowers - oh well, it's still looks fun! I colored the image with copics and stardust pens.
I got an amazing new ice cream maker. I love homemade ice cream, but we never made it because it makes such a mess and is such a pain. Well, I bought a cuisinart ice cream maker that doesn't require salt or ice. You simply freeze the ice cream bowl (I plan to just store it in the freezer, at least during the summer) add the ingredients and in 25-30 minutes you have awesome homemade ice cream! Last night we tried it out for the first time, we had vanilla with chopped up pieces of snickers in it. It was wonderful! I'll have to call Gage and remind him not to eat it all today, as it was meant to be for dessert.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
My son says "Guess what? Chicken Butt!", so when I saw these stamps I had to get them. I love this DP by My minds Eye. The colors go great with SU cardstock colors. I chose certainly celery - inked with old olive, blue bayou and real red to go with it this time. I made the scallop circle with my nesties and popped the chicken's beak and waddle with small dimensionals and her "bootay" with thicker dimesionals from Hobby Lobby, so it "Sticks up" just a little more.This card was made with Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun and Danny O DP. I sponged the edges of the cardstock with the same color ink. The Duck is from Clear Dollar Stamps Cute Critters set, the pom poms are from Clear Dollar Accessory Fun set and the skirt was handcut by me! I used silver hodgepodge hardware and inked the edges of the oval punch sentiment. I add the blue ribbon and it took me from wanting to toss this card in the trash to actually thinking it's pretty cute.
I have to go to a seminar for work this afternoon. The good news about this is that Kai went to my mom and dad's for the whole week. Because I wasn't going to be back in time to pick him up this evening and his school is closed on Friday. So, while I will miss him, I have the house all clean and it might just stay that way, so I can play!
Friday, May 16, 2008
I made this card for my ex-husband's grandma. She loves birds. It was inspired by melissa1872, at SCS. I used pomegranite with basic grey papers and the bird and sentiment from pun fun. The bird was colored with copics.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Well, a happy late mother's day to all of you mommys out there! I had a pretty darn good mother's day. My boys made me breakfast - when Gage got up Kai told me I had to go back to bed so that they could bring me breakfast. OK - I'm all happy for someone to make me breakfast, but what is the deal with breakfast in bed? I don't want to eat in my bed! We had eggs, bacon and waffles (at the table). My mom came down and she gave me a very pretty card and $$$ from her, dad and the kids. I think I'll buy some more nestabilities (although I should buy new tennis shoes). She liked her gift from us as well. We went shopping and didn't even buy anything, just had a nice afternoon together. We were just getting ready to fix dinner when Christie called and asked if we wanted to go out to eat with them. So, we went to Carlos for dinner - no dishes for me (thank goodness because my back was hurting!).
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
This is my diorama card for the try a new technique challenge. I knew immediately that I wanted to use the castle for this one. Then I remembered seeing my friend Christie and her kid at walmart the other day. Jace's sister Taylor asked if I thought he looked cute in pink. He did - Jace loves pink, and his dad thinks pink is for girls. So, that's why I decided to show them a REAL man that wears pink!
So, let me take you through the steps of making this card. First I made it Tuesday night, screwed it up and trashed the whole thing except for the images. Then I started again last night. Last night I changed the back panel from certainly celery to white gp carstock. I colored the grass with copics then used pretty in pink craft for the flowers and embossed them (I know they're kind of hard to see in the picture). I used a scallop punch and sponged a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. Next I adhered my castle so that it was situated in the window. The white cardstock and the lovely lilac is cut 8.5x 5 and the pretty in pink is cut 6.5x5. The white and lilac are scored two inches in from the edges and the pretty in pink is scored one inch in from the edges. While changing from my cutting blade to my scoring blade, I cut myself pretty good on the thumb. So, I took a little break to look for a bandaid. Well, I have kids, so the bandaids were all gone. So, I took a longer than anticipated break and held toilet paper on the cut until it finally quit bleeding. Next I cut the circle window out of the lilac and pink cardstock using my nestabilities and cuttlebug. For those of you who don't know - when you're cranking the handle and it has some tension in it, if you let go, the handle spins backwards. I found this out when it slipped and hit the knuckle of my index finger! OUCH! Then I used my cuttlebug and the swirl embossing folder to emboss the pink panel. I attached the dragon and then attached the pink panel to the white panel (the right way this time). Finally, I attached the knight, the mushrooms and the clouds to the lilac panel and attached it to the rest of the card. I really hope you all enjoyed this diorama project because it is the last one I will ever do!!!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
I made this card last night for one of the attorney's in my office. The inside says: "Look who's turning 50!". I used sketch challenge # 174 for the layout. I sat for a long time trying to decide if I should use design paper (and if so, which one) or just make my own using the "who" stamp. After considering and rejecting a lot of color combos, I decided to use both! So, I made the card out of real red. I stamped "who" on so saffron with cool carribean. I inked the so saffron with so saffron, marigold morning and pumpkin pie, then matted it with my mind's eye dp. Then I matted the two different my minds eye dp with old olive, inked with old olive. I cut the ovals with my colluzzle. The owl and the branch are colored with copics. The owls eyes and the hat pom pom are popped up on dimensionals. I really liked the way it turned out - thank goodness because after all those rejected color combos and decision making time it took me over an hour and a half!
I had a pretty productive weekend. I got this card made, unmounted a half of a shelf of stamps (I have 3 shelves in all), got Kai's room cleaned (with his help), got the house cleaned several times (that old adage about cleaning the house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing is true), made my killer brownies, did laundry, went shopping and went to dinner with a friend sans children! My friend Christi and I both have 4 year olds and older children, so we try to get out by ourselves once in a while and leave the siblings to babysit the little kids. I call it "boys night". I ususally let Gage get Chinese takeout and get Kai McDonald's (right next door to the Chinese place - how convenient is that??) and rent a movie from red box.
My menu plan, did not work out as planned, of course. Friday night, Gage was asleep at dinnertime (he and Kai both have colds) so, Kai and I had pizza rolls and carrot sticks. Saturday was the day Christi called to see if I wanted to go out to dinner, so boys night that night. Last night we had the fajita chicken. Gage doesn't like fajitas, but I always assumed it was because he doesn't like "raw" tortillas. But, he was griping about not liking fajita meat, so then Kai started saying he wasn't eating it either. Well, I fix dinner and that's what you eat at my house if you want to eat. So, they tried it and you know what?? They loved it! I forgot all about the chicken I was going to make in the crockpot, so I had Gage put it in the crockpot this morning. He said he cut it a little bit when he was cutting off the packaging so it's now an Emo chicken! LOL!! Maybe I should change the name of the recipe. So, we're having chicken tonight, which will be better anyway, since Gage doesn't feel well and probably won't want to make meatloaf tonight.
Oh - one more thing! I was going to share a tip with all of you that I found somewhere in cyberspace - if I could remember where, I'd definitely give credit. When I fold my laundry, I take an entire outfit - undies, socks, shirt and shorts (or jeans) fold them and put them into a gallon size baggie. I put them in a small basket and Kai can put his own clothes away without unfolding them. He can also just go grab one in the morning and get dressed by himself. This has worked really well for me. I bought one box of baggies and I just reuse them over and over.
Friday, May 2, 2008
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 whole chicken
Thursday, May 1, 2008
The boys (esp. Gage) were being so loud last night! I took some much needed therapy time and made two bible verse cards for the divine design challenge at splitcoaststampers.com. I just discovered this challenge and it started in Jan. So, these are my Jan. and Feb. cards. We post for the challenge on the 8th of every month, so I will have to try to get caught up this week.
This cute little knight is from doodle factory's fairy tale set. His little lion shield made me think of david in the lion's den, but then I came across this verse and decided to use it.
I stamped the knight on Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored him with copics. I used real red, basic black and marigold morning cardstock for the card. I inked the edges of the real red with real red ink. I inked the edges of the marigold morning layer and the sentiment with marigold morning and then pumpkin pie. Adding the pumpkin pie really seemed to add alot of pop. Finally, I finished with dots ala markie's mom from splitcoast. Since I copied her style one time and used the little dots, I find it hard not to finish off a card this way!
This cute little girl is the gorilla from high hopes. I used her because of her strength - added a heart and her soul - well, just look at that happy smile! I had a lot of fun doing this - I really like this little gorilla.
I stamped her on Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored her with warm grey copics. I added the ground with copics and a stamp from stampin' up's watercolor mini's. I sponged on the sky using a scrap of a scallop oval, to look like clouds. Then I cut her out with my circle cutter and leveled off the bottom. I made the real red layer the same way. Then I adhered them both to wild wasabi (my absolute fave color, btw) and used my scallop scissors to finish off the circle. Next I mounted the verse on real red and wild wasabi and stuck it all down on this purple bazzill (sorry, I don't know all the bazzill color names) and drew a border with my black pen.
So, there's my stampin' part of the blog for the day. Now on to the money savin' part. I have been going absolutely crazy spending money lately on stamps. I rounded out my copic collection with the last two sets I needed, bought a set of nestabilities and numerous new stamps. Plus, I bought supplies to unmount my stamps so I would have more room in my craft room. I haven't gotten to this project yet, but hope to do it this weekend. At any rate, I have been way too careless about spending money lately. So, I am putting myself on a spending freeze. My friend Dina is in the same boat, so we're going to do it together and I will have someone to be accountable to for my actions. I did a spending freeze last year about this time after a similar binge and I lasted firm (meaning no spending on anything unnecessary) for a couple of months. I didn't spend much on extras after that until around Novemeber. So, hopefully this will help me get under control again. My plan is to start brown bagging to the office more often. I need to get to the store. I've had a very hectic week and haven't had a chance yet, so haven't brown bagged yet, but have been trying to eat cheaper anyway. I do have a grocery list made and my menus made up for the up coming week. That's another way I save money - I menu plan, so I will post my menus here when I make them on Wednesday. Here are this weeks: