Monday, November 2, 2015

Joshua's School album

Hello friends! I am back as promised. Today I am sharing the first two page layout for Joshua's school album. Just as with Leah's album, I am limited by the pictures that his teachers were able to take. So unfortunately, for his infant class, we only had 3 photos!

The products I used are from the Becky Higgins School expansion kit.

His teachers took the photo of him in the bouncy seat and hung it on the door of his classroom at Christmas time along with the personalized stockings. I know that they were made with construction paper and are not archival safe, but I wanted to keep it real. The small photo to the right we took of him just before we headed out the door on his first day of daycare. I created the subtitles using Angled Labels from Papertrey Ink. I bought this stamp set with scrapbooking in mind and I have used it quite a bit for that reason.

The second page of the layout includes some journaling cards from the kit. Andy was able to join him for Doughnuts with Dad. I cut out the information and header from the monthly newsletter for the journaling and title. And you have to love the notes that would come home with him. He was known for explosive diapers and vomiting. Sigh. I did some machine stitching along the border of the cardstock for a bit of interest. It's amazing that these infant years seem so distant. I can't believe he is in VPK!

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Jancy!

Hello my dear blog friends.
Today I am sharing a fun birthday card. I created my card by inking up Teeny Star Background using this technique that I shared on the DeNami Design blog back in February 2014. I just had to use this sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays WTF stamp set because my sweet friend Jancy turned 40 recently!
Her sweet husband, Adrian, planned a surprise party for her and pulled it off. It was so fun to see the look of surprise on her face. We had such a great time visiting her and her family. Since they are only an hour away, we definitely have to visit more often. The last time I saw her was 18 years ago!
Speaking of more often, I do hope to post more on my blog. Many of my sweet followers have been with me from the beginning. As many of you know, last summer I developed some heart problems which have almost completely resolved with medication and exercise. My cardiologist told me that it would help my symptoms, so I was eager to start. Since exercising, I have really developed a passion for fitness and eating healthy. I guess that's what happened when I stared 40 in the face. I realized that I better start taking better care of me and my family.
I have still been crafting, albeit a lot less than before. Whether, I am going in to work early or late, I am up at 4:30am to work or for working out. So that means little time is left in the evenings to craft since I value my sleep. I have been scrapbooking and working on Joshua's school album. I have completed 5 pages, so I will have to share them on the blog soon.
If you follow me on Instagram too, you might know that I have also embraced the minimalist lifestyle. Despite working full time, it has allowed me to have a cleaner house without the work, more time to spend with the kids and family, more time to exercise, time to craft and more time to spend doing the things that are important to me.
So for now, I am learning how to balance it all. Hugs to you all!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to pop in today to share a few projects that I created this past month that I shared over at the DeNami Desigh blog. Even though the blog has been quiet, my craftroom has been busy. Busy crafting and decluttering!
Most of my projects had a Valentine's Day theme to them. To see the products I used, I will link each project to the DeNami Design post.
I created this card for Leah. My little girl loves animals, especially cats and dogs. When I first saw this image, I knew it was made for her.
My next project  shows how I used the same stamps, but different colors. By changing the colors you can easily make the card for a boy or girl.

Next up are the treats that I made for my kiddos to give to their classmates and teachers. For the ones that they actually gave to their classmates, I did not emboss them. That's because I made 40 of them!

The last set of cards I created using a sketch that I created. I love being able to use a sketch over and over again!

As tradition has it, I took photos of the kids for Valentine's Day. Those photos will be included my next crafty endeavor as I work on their traditional Valentine's Day albums. I am certain that you will see many images and sentiments from the latest DeNami release.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Year in Review

 Hello friends! Today I am sharing some of my favorite cards from the past year. Some months I had some difficulty choosing between two cards and towards the end of the year *gulp* I didn't have many to choose from!

This year, I did accomplish a major crafting goal before my son turned 3. I finished his baby album! I am a very slow crafter, especially when it comes to scrapbooking. It was really monumental. I had planned to start his school album next. But, if you follow my blog then you will know that I developed my heart issues in the middle of the summer. That forced me to take a good hard look at my health and start making better decisions for me and ultimately for my family. It has been a great change for all of us.

I hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane!



Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Silent Night, Holy Night

Hello friends! I hope you are all well and not too busy preparing for the Christmas holiday. These past few weeks have been very busy, but I have made the time to take care of myself by exercising and getting plenty of sleep. So unfortunately, my crafty time has taken a hit. This past weekend we had no obligations other than using some movie tickets before they expired. You mean, the hubs and I were "forced" to go on a date. If we must. Lol! I spent the rest of my time wrapping gifts and getting crafty.
So today I have a super quick, one layer card to share with you. I used only two stamps: Silent Night, Holy Night and Baby Jesus using Kraft ink and Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. It's perfect for mass production or to crank out a few cards if you have left card making to the last minute. Lol!
That's all that I have for you today. Take care and have a great week!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Merry Christmas

Hello friends! I hope you are all well and enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast. We certainly enjoyed ours. This last month has been busy for me. I started another per diem job. With two per diem jobs, I am now working full time. My new job has longer hours which means I don't get home until after dinner. That means I have been busy searching/making crock pot meals and frozen meals so my family can start dinner without me or my help. After a month of these new changes, we are slowly developing our new normal. Thanks so much to my in-laws who have been tremendously helpful in this process. Without them, we would not be able to adjust to this change.

Last weekend, Leah and I spent a little time in my craftroom. We managed to finish up our cards today to play along with the DeNami sketch challenge. There has been some technical difficulties with the challenge, so it is extended one more week. I am so excited to have made my first Christmas card for this season. Yay! Unfortunately, I have a long way to go until they are done. I kept it pretty CAS, just like I did for the last card that I made.

I inked up Elegant Holly (cling) and fussy cut the images and I used Merry Christmas for my sentiment. I used my Circle Interlock embossing folder on the center panel to add some texture.

Leah also made a Christmas card (for me). She used the same sentiment and inked up Hearts Stamp set. For her side panel, she wanted to create a candy cane feeling using score tap and some Ruby Red glitter. She laid down the adhesive, trimmed it up and added her glitter. So proud of her. The only thing I helped her with was cutting out her panels. She adhered everything down.

Here is the awesome sketch. It was so fun to work with.

Well, this is a short post since I've got to get back to meal prep for tomorrow. Have a great week!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Greetings from Batgirl and Spiderman

Hello friends! I am back today to share some pictures from our trick-or-treating festivities. The kids had a great time and so did we as we watched them run from house to house. We live in a very small gated community with only 88 houses. With zero lot lines, that means we can cover a lot of houses in a small amount of time. Since we live on the first street, that also meant the kids could dump their loot back at home before proceeding to the remaining streets. lol.
Before the sun set I took a few pictures of Leah and Josh in the front yard. Yes, it is just a few feet between the sidewalk and porch. If you have ever tried photographing little ones that are eager to hit the streets for trick-or-treating, then you know how hard it is to capture them not moving. I managed to get a few.
Joshua's costume was store bought. One of these days I will make him his costume. Sigh. I don't think he minded a bit though. When I brought it home from the store he was so excited.
I mentioned that I made Leah's costume. Again, it was nothing fancy. I found a template for the mask and adjusted it a bit to fit Leah's head. I used the same technique when I made the masks for the kids birthday party this summer. To make her skirt, I used this tutorial. I bought 4 yards of tulle and cut the length that I needed. I pieced together 8 yards and trimmed off the rest that I didn't need.
Originally I was just going to tie a simple yellow ribbon around her waist but then I came up with an idea to actually make her utility belt. I simply cut the ribbon to fit her waist, heat sealed the ends and added some Velcro for the closure. Then I trimmed pieces that were about 2 1/2 inches and slipped stitched the ends together to form 4 small loops. I pressed them flat and slipped them onto the ribbon.
For the buckle, I cut my oval and used the same technique for the mask. I used the small bat template that came with the mask and topstitched that on. Then I simply added Velcro again to attach it to the belt.
And yes, my girl is sporting flip flops. I ran out of time to figure out the footwear for her costume. Maybe next year I won't wait until the last minute. lol.
Leah once again made a sign for our candy bowl to let folks know that we weren't home, but to help themselves. She also decorated our pumpkins from the patch and added a speech bubble to it that read, "Take your candy and get out". Not quite the friendliest note, so I am glad she made up another one with some manners.
Because Leah is almost 4 years older than Josh, he was always one step behind. Poor boy. He very kindly told our neighbors when they opened the door, "No peanuts please." Mostly everybody had some peanut/nut free candy for our little guy.
I love this banner that says trick. One neighbor did not have any candy even though the young boy opened the door. We reminded Leah to ask him for a trick. The poor little guy couldn't think of anything on the spot. It sure made us all chuckle. I am sure he didn't think that anyone would actually ask him for some tricks.
This next picture showcases our best dressed house in the neighborhood. This family goes all out every year. I didn't capture the whole house, but you can see the chains and spiders in the windows. They have ghosts and ghouls hanging on the porch, bloody hand prints on their columns, lots of tombstones, webs and skeletons. Yes, the word "DEAD" is written in "blood" on the sidewalk with some splatters. And of course scary music playing in the background. It really is the haunted house of the neighborhood.
And lastly, you can see the loot. Leah's pumpkin is hiding most of hers, but she actually collected more than Josh and you can see just how much he managed to get. Quite a few people gave them full sized candy bars and one gentleman gave them each $5!!!
I hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween. Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hello friends and Happy Halloween! Do you have any fun trick-or-treating plans? My kiddos will be dawning some super hero costumes this year. It seems like the super hero theme from their birthday party this summer has not let up. I have high hopes that I will be able to put a post together to share our festivities from this evening at some point this weekend. Fingers crossed.
I have also been rather busy this past week as I start a new job. I will continue to work at my old job as well since both jobs are per diem. There will be lots of adjustments in our family routine but it is all good. I am still learning more about fitness and finding new recipes to feed my family. Thank you pinterest for helping me! I have had a lot more energy (not that I was feeling run down before) and my heart is doing really well. I am so thankful for that. I have a follow up with my cardiologist in December. I think she will be pleased to know what I have been doing to improve my health.
This year I made Leah her costume again. It was nothing fancy, but I can't wait to share this weekend. I also made little mummy treats for the kids to give to their classmates and teachers. I wrapped mini chocolate bars with crepe paper, glued on some googley eyes and tied on a tag onto 38 bars! I would've normally enlisted Leah's help in the assembly, but this week was super busy so I worked on them late at night. Since I had today off, I squeaked in some time to finally create a card. Love this sketch from CAS(E) this sketch!


The CAS girl in me kept the panels white. I think I had that stamped orange striped paper for two years! So glad to use it on this card. I made those stripes using Three Line Border from DeNami Design. I love that stamp!!! The sentiment is also from DeNami. The sequins are from a bulk bag that I picked up from Michaels a while back. If you look closely, the raised panels were impressed with my PTI Linen/canvas impression plate.
That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, One stamp

 Hello friends in blogland! I am popping in today with a clean and simple birthday card. I am linking it up to a few challenges.
This week's CAS(E) this Sketch!  and Virginia's View: Clean and Simple and Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes.

To create my card, I used some leftover patterned paper I have been itching to use up. To create my border I used my Pretty Pink Posh stitched borders die. And the sentiment is from Altenew: Faux Veneers. The final touch on this card is some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

Those of you that follow my blog may be wondering why there have been huge gaps between posts. You may recall that in the middle of the summer, I started having some cardiac issues. Well, after all of the tests were completed, my doctor put me on some medication and recommended exercise. Well, given that I haven't done that in almost 20 years, I have had to do some research and ease my way into it. The events that took place this summer have been a real eye opener. I have taken my health for granted. Thanks to some inspiration from my sweet friend Paulina, I have been making huge changes to the way I eat, feed my family, exercise and simply take care of myself. It has been a huge change, all for the better.
So, do not fear dear friends. My craftroom is not neglected. It's just not a busy as it usually is. Halloween is around the corner, so Leah and I will be busy making treats for her classmates and Josh's classmates. And I still have hope that I will be able to make Leah her costume this year.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Monday, September 29, 2014

U Rock! Happy Birthday

Hello friends! I know that it has been a while since I have posted. But no fear. I have a card to share for the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.
A friend of mine celebrated her 30th birthday this past weekend. Although I wanted to make her a card that actually had 30th on it, I opted to leave it out. Niki is a member of the rock band my husband plays in, ELEVATORS. She plays lead guitar and performs vocals. I really wanted to ink up PTI's Boy Basics: Rock On for her. And I inked up the back of one of my stamps from Altenew, Label Love to create the rainbow background. The sentiments are also from Label Love.
I have to say that she had a pretty rockin' birthday this past Saturday. She and the band had their EP release show and it was awesome. There was a great turnout and we all had a great time. Their EP Live to Find Out will be available tomorrow on iTunes if you would like to show your support.
Thanks for stopping by!