Monday, October 27, 2008

i {heart} fall!!

It finally feels like fall here! We woke up to a chilly morning, we wore jackets to the store, and we bundled up in a blanket to go outside this evening!! I love this weather!! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Feeling a bit festive, I made DH this card today using the SCS Wednesday challenge sketch - I know it's Monday already, but there's no time limit on these challenges. I love that they are always up and you can post to them whenever. I used some old American Crafts that I had stashed away in my "I have to have that paper" stack and tried out Laura's "Fun with Ovals" technique for the pumpkins. If you haven't been to Laura's blog already, head on over there! Her cards are incredible and she's always got some cute techniques to share!
And speaking of pumpkins, this is my sweet little Bug at the pumpkin patch! She had so much fun trying to crawl around in all those pumpkins!

Friday, October 24, 2008

LOVE LOVE LOVE snowman poop!

So i think I might have to sweet talk my hubby tomorrow... We've decided that we are (I am) making all of our Christmas gifts this year, and I found the perfect stamp set that I HAVE to have! It is from the Stamp a Sweet Impression "Tag Treats" by Taylored Expressions. You can see them HERE. I absolutely LOVE the snowman poop stamp! And speaking of the snowman poop stamp, check out what Steph made with hers HERE!!! Adorable!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I finished a challenge in one afternoon!!

Wow! I can't believe I had time to start a challenge and finish it in the same afternoon. I let bug play in my die cut drawer, so maybe that was it. Anyway, Julie is hosting a mid week Vintage Values challenge over at OCC. Here is my inked up vintage values card! Have a great night!!

I can't believe it's been a whole week....

Another week and I don't know where it went!! I like it when that happens though, it feels like the time is going by faster and the spring will be here sooner. Gracie has been saying Dada a lot these last few days and pointing to his pictures. I can't wait for him to finally be home!

Sadly, I've got a card to share with you today.... Let me explain. A few months back I got an e-mail from Card Maker Magazine requesting one of my cards in another color scheme for the March issue. Super exciting!! So I quickly made a new one, added a money holder to the inside, got my directions printed up and my package off to them. Well, I hadn't heard back from them and wanted to make sure they received it so I sent them an e-mail. No package.
I called to see if maybe it got sent to the wrong editor. Still no package. I even called the post offices to see if it was returned or lost, but it wasn't there either. So, long story short, my card wont be in the March issue anymore, but the good news is I can share it now. While I was waiting to hear back from them I started making a duplicate to get in the mail, but it turns out her section got cut and she can't fit everything in that she had planned, so I turned the extra one into a Christmas card. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday challenge and faithsisters!!!

Make sure you check out today!!! The new Wednesday challenge is up and this time it's a nine week challenge!!! We will be scrapping the truth about Christmas in a mini album! I've chosen to make a little board book. I haven't finished the cover yet, but this is the title page. Don't forget to check out the gallery!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Back online!!

A month after Ike and we are finally back online!! The storm didn't hit us too bad, and we didn't have any damage other than trees down, but the power was out for a while. There was a lot of water and quite a bit of damage close by, but we were blessed. Here are some pictures from the morning after...

Matt came home for his R&R too!! He came for Bug's birthday. It turned out really good and she had a blast getting to visit with Daddy.

I agreed to a John Deere themed birthday as long as it was John Deere pink, then found out they don't make pink party supplies yet, so I made my own! :) Here is an invitation and the party favors:

Can you believe I found gluten free/dairy free icing??! I was so excited. I made cupcakes with an organic vanilla cake mix and used the gluten free icing without the pink food coloring and sprinkles on one of them so that she could have one too. We were hesitant about letting her even do the cupcake until her second birthday since we are just now letting her taste little bites of food, but we decided to go ahead and give it a try. Of course, she loved it, but she did have a little tummy ache later that evening. A little bit of gripe water did the trick for that though.

And a little bit of catch up...

Everyone gets it and most of the time is goes straight in the trash, but this week Patter has challenged us to use junk mail as inspirtation for a card. Any piece of junk mail with a fold will do, so long as it is not a traditional fold card. It must have at least one stamp on it, and the rest is up to you! You can see the challenge here at Two Peas or on Patter's blog. This is what I came up with. I started with a gatefold card and cut two pieces of PP to fit each flap. inked the edges with chocolate ink and attached to the flaps. I stamped this flourish onto a scrap of the PP, embossed with thick brown powder, trimmed, double matted and attached one half to the left flap. Super quick and great for any fall greeting!