Monday, February 28, 2011

Exciting News!

I am happy to announce that I have been selected to be on the Design Team for Claudia & Company.  I have been shopping at the Claudia & Company Store  for awhile now and playing along in the challenges every so often, so I am thrilled that Claudia has asked me to be a part of the Design Team. 

If you are not a follower of the Claudia & Company blog, I invite you to join.  There will be challenges, inspiration posts, updates on new goodies arriving in the store, and more ~ trust me, you don't want to miss out!    

Here are a few of my past projects using Claudia & Company stamps:

Stop back tomorrow for the Claudia & Company blog hop to see some brand new images! 

Now a quick update on us.....since my last post, my kids (and their friends) have just been passing germs back and forth.  Tyler did end up having an ear infection, and then Ashley got one a few days later.  I found out that I was right and did have a sinus infection, my husband had the flu, and then Trevor got it (again).  I think things are now on the upswing as everyone seems to be getting better, but I said that last time we shall see.

Thanks for stopping and have a great day :)    


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day ~ First Love!

Happy Valentine's Day!  I wanted to share a card that I made for my daughter Alicia.  This is her first Valentine's Day having a "boyfriend" so I thought these adorable School Boy and School Girl images were perfect, and since they are from Tiddly Inks and this card fits the challenge this week of Love is in the Air, I am entering it in that. I am also entering this in the Moxie Fab World Challenge of Stamping with Markers.

Well, since our last blizzard, it has warmed up quite a bit, but unfortunately that also means sick kids.  Last week I had Trevor and Alicia home 1 day and then Trevor and Tyler home 1 day.  Trevor is still coughing and Tyler will be staying home again tomorrow.....he came home with an earache, and a slight fever, and then started throwing up about an hour later. (and has been at it ever since....poor kid!)  I have been sick since Thursday, but I think I have a sinus infection....I can't wait for all these germs to be gone!  

DI is progressing well for all the kids, but there is still so much for them to do.  This weekend was full of projects....costumes, props, paper mache, painting, practices and then add to that Tennis Lessons, a birthday party and Pinewood Derby cars for Saturday's race (hope no one is sick then) not to mention homework....We are now holding practices for both of my teams 2 times a week, and Tyler has practice 2 times a week as well, so that is definitely keeping us running.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

For Fun - Hearts
Penny's Paper Crafty - Hearts a Flutter
That's Krafty Thursday - use Kraft Cardstock
Everybody Art Challenge - Valentine
Papertake - Have a Heart
Make it Colorful - Shadow and Depth
The Pixie Cottage - Ribbon
AI Factory - Valentine's Day/Love
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Valentine's
Crafty Sentiments - Valentine's/Love
Delightful Sketches & Challenges - Get Punchy
Do You Stack Up - Ribbon
Dutch Dare - Love is in the Air
Pixie Challenge - Be My Valentine
Crafty Catz - Valentine's/Love
Delicious Doodles - Valentine's Day
Easy Craft Projects - Love
Frosted Designs - Use the word LOVE
Fun with Shapes & More - Heart
Sew Many - Valentine's Day
Stamp Something - For your Valentine
Stampin for the Weekend - Valentine's Day
Winter Wonderland - To the one I Love
Catered Crop - White Cardstock, Repeating Pattern Paper, Copics, Ribbon, Brads, Hearts, Love theme
CES Challenges - Cute and Cuddly
Crazy 4 Challenges - Hearts
One Stop Craft Challenge - Love
Stamp Scrap and Doodle - Love is in the Air
Totally Gorjuss - Love
Wee Memories - Love theme
One Stitch at a Time - Make it pretty
Ooh La La Creations - For Someone Special
Paperworks - Hearts
The Crafty Pad - Hearts
Whoopsi Daisy - Free and Easy
Crafty Cardmakers - Hearts
Cupcake Craft Challenge - I ♥ You - at least 1 heart
Lollipop Crafts - Your favorite coloring medium (copics)
Pear Tree Designs - Valentine's Day
The Pink Elephant - Be My Valentine 
Wild Orchid Flowers - Sketch

Crafty Calendar - Love

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Recipe ~ all items SU unless indicated 
Stamps: School Boy and School Girl digi images (Tiddly Inks)
Ink/Coloring: Copics
Paper:  Kraft; Gina K Luxury White; DP - K & Co (Wild Raspberry) 
Embellishments:  Taffeta Ribbon (Kraft); Photo Turn & Brad; Ticket (Tim Holtz) 
Tools: Bow Easy; Martha Stewart Border Punch and Heart Punch

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sweet Snuggle Valentine

Wow, what crazy weather we've been having!  It has been snowing and blowing like crazy since Monday night and right now we are in the midst of a Blizzard Warning, a Civil Emergency Warning and a Severe Winter Advisory Warning (not sure why we need all of those, but....).  The kids have the day off school, so I think I will have them work on some DI projects .   

The Greeting Farm had a CHA Relay Challenge posted yesterday and it sounded like a lot of fun, so I decided that I was going to participate in it.  We had to go on a "scavenger hunt" and find the 10 ingredients that needed to be included on our project.  I decided to make a Valentines Day Card for one of my daughter's and this is what I ended up with: 
Not your typical Valentine's Day card, but my kids were always big cuddlers (both with me and stuffed animals) so I thought this image was perfect to use.   I followed the sketch over at Midnight Madness.  After my sewing issues the other day, I was afraid to try it again, but no problems this time.  However, I forgot to close the cover on my buttons (which are nicely sorted by color in a divided case), you see where this is going???.....I hit the corner of it and knocked it on the floor, and yep, buttons everywhere.....ugh!!!  After getting those picked up and resorted, my ATG decides to run out of tape....and then the new tape ended up least I finally got it done, and I am really happy with it (although I just remembered that I have a "Love" ticket that would look great on here, think I need to see if I can add it in somewhere).  

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Papertake - Anything goes with optional extra of flowers
Crafty Catz - Flowers
A Gem of a Challenge - Ribbon and Lace
Catered Crop - Used Kraft Cardstock, Flower paper, Copics, Black Ink, Sewing Machine, oval and scallop oval die cuts, and machine stitching
That's Krafty Thursday - use Kraft Cardstock
Crazy 4 Challenges - Vintage/Shabby Chic
Totally Gorjuss - As you like it
Ooh La La - 3 of a kind - 3 flowers, 3 buttons
Stamptacular - Whateva
The Corrosive Challenge - Button it up
Crafty Cardmakers - Flowers
Craft Your Days Away - Love
Speedy the Cat Friends Challenge - Valentine
Creative Inspirations - Love
Double Dutch - Love is in the Air
Pear Tree Designs - Flowers
The Pink Elephant - Pink, Red and Brown (although I went with a burgundy tone ~ hope that's ok)
Wild Orchid Flowers - Love is....(for someone you love)
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Valentine
Bunny Zoe's - Love is in the Air
Creatalicious - Love and use ribbon
Mami Doodles - The magic of Love
Simply Create - Give your heart away
Charisma Cardz - Love
Do You Stack Up - Patterns
Paper Play - Layer it Up
All that Scraps - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - N is for Nesties
Simon Says - Love is in the Air
Pile it On - Punch It 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Recipe ~ all items SU unless indicated 
Stamps: Hope & Grace -Snuggle (The Greeting Farm)
Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics (E00, E01, E11, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, R20, RV000, RV00, RV69)
Paper:  Kraft, Bravo Burgundy; Gina K Luxury White; DP - DCWV (Farmer's Market) 
Embellishments:  Flowers (Prima); Buttons; Linen Thread; Ribbon; Vintage Lace Trim; Rhinestones (Michael's) 

Tools: Sewing Machine; Martha Stewart Border Punch; Nesties; dimensionals

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