Thursday, June 7, 2012

Gotta Love Chores!

Well, I love delegating them.
Does that count?! LOL

I decided that it is time to get everyone
on track with chores, and hold them
accountable! They need to earn all
the extras they get!

So there are certain things expected
of each of them every day.
Then there are chores that they
will rotate through.

Since I have yet to replace my
printer ink for the computers, I
decided to get creative.
I checked out some stuff on
pinterest, then did my own thing.

Our new "Chore Central" lol

These are the rotating chores

These are their individual
every day chores

And for the record, the individual
every day chores aren't as
vast as they appear here.
For each child, the bottom section
only has 1 thing listed as needed,
and 2 things 1 day a week. LOL

The "kicker" is that this mean mommy
is now going to enforce the concept of
"Nothing works unless you do"

translation: if you can't do your
chores, you don't get
priviliges and activities,
including video games, friend
activities, and sports.

Let's see how this goes.

So far, Mommy isn't so popular
with the teenager, but the 11 year old
isn't too unhappy anymore and
the 8 year old is pretty
indifferent with it all. He was 1st done.

Friday, June 1, 2012

May Challenge

I rejoined our monthly challenge group
on SCS. May was the first month
for this round.
Here are the goodies that I received to work with.

And here are the goodies I made using it up.

The challenge included 3 specific challenges.
1.  use a sketch found in the SCS sketch challenge.

I chose sketch 269

I used an image that I colored, hardware,
ribbon, and butterfly embosslits
from our challenge kit for this, along
with my own DP.

2.  make a 3x3 card to use for a gift

I used an image that I colored in, ribbon,
DP, and another butterfly embosslit
from our challenge kit on this one.

Then I still had goodies left to play with!! :)

I used two die cut strips, DP,
and an image from our challenge
kit on this.

I used an image that I colored in,
DP, twisted cord, ribbon, and
hardware from our challenge kit.

I used an image that I colored in,
and ribbon from our challenge kit
for this.

I used an image and musical
DP from our challenge kit on this.

The striped DP on this is from
our challenge kit.

The tag itself, and the butterfly
embosslits are from our challenge kit.

I love the monthly challenge.
It's always fun to work the stuff
someone else picks out, and the
challenges they come up with.  :)

A bit of a hiatis

I know I haven't added anything new lately.
It probably has something to do with
the last few weeks of school, and
all the awards nights, banquets, and
field trips being crammed in, not to mention
having one kiddo graduating 8th
grade, and all of the work for that.
Or maybe the start of our crazy
summer ball schedule.  LOL

But I did get a small amouth of
creating done over the last month or so.
So for now, I'll share that with you.

This is the inviation I made
for the celebration at home after
the graduation ceremony.
I also did thank you notes for
her to send out.

The parents of the 8th grade class
worked together to throw
the kids a community party
that even included a dance for them.
We set up tables and each student
had a display area and a gift
bag that people could place cards
in. I made one of these with
each student's name to hang on the
front of their gift bag.

This was Ali's finished display

I did the cakes for their
community graduation party.

This was Ali's cake for her celebration at
home following the ceremony.
She told me she wanted her cake to be
"Her" rather than school colors.
So this is the "her" that I came up with.

 Mother's Day was also in there.
This is the card I made for Mom.

This is the card Mom made for me.
Isn't it just adorable?! :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Little Lego Man's 8th Birthday

My youngest turned 8 yesterday.
His favorite thing in the entire world
right now is Legos. And they are
wonderful for him!

He was super excited when
we found Lego Star Wars party

I had to do the sticker thing for his
card since my stamp sets don't exactly
include legos or star wars. LOL
But he really loved it.
He was still looking it over about 5
minutes later, and looked over at
me and said "That is really cool!"

The blue layer is only attached
to the left side of the gate
fold card.

When you lift the blue layer,
the yellow layer is attached to the
right side of the gate fold.

 This is all the way open.

And of course, I have to share
his cake! :)

PSC Monochromatic Thoughts of You

This week's challenge for
is a monochromatic thoughts of you.

I really like working with
a monochromatic layout.
Here is my creation.

Bermuda Rose

My card base is bermuda rose.
I used a portion of a previously made
card front done in the shaving cream
technique using soft sky, bermuda bay,
and taken with teal for a background
layer. I stamped my 2-step image
from SU's A Rose Is A Rose stamp
set in bermuda bay.  I stamped off
first for the lighter layer.
I sponged the edges of the
image layer with bermuda bay
ink. I stamped the sentiment from
SU's Curvy Verses stamp set
in bermuda bay ink. I used
bermuda bay dotted ribbon in
a wavy effect across the middle,
and added a bow at the end.
I used pearls to finish it off.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

PSC27 Wonderful Mother

This week's Perfect Sentiments
Challenge is a Mother's Day Color Story.
You can see the challenge here.

I used all 5 colors in the color story.
My versions of the colors were kiwi kiss,
cherry cobbler, dusty durango, barely
banana, and whisper white.

My card base is whisper white,
with a kiwi kiss DP, cherry
cobbler, and another DP
forming my card front.
I stamped the image from SU's
A Kind Word stamp set in
memento tuxedo black ink,
and used markers and blender
pens with ink to color it in.
I used a variety of coordinating
DPs for my layers.
I stamped the sentiment from
SU's Well Scripted stamp set
in memento tuxedo black ink.
I added some hodgepodge
hardware with kiwi kiss ribbon
and some pearls for some

Ironically, this challenge was posted
on April 11, the one year
anniversary of my Daddy
leaving us to start his Heavenly
journey.  This last year would not
have been survivable if it wasn't
for my awesome mom! She is truly
amazing! So it was perfect timing
to celebrate my wonderful mother
and all she does for her daughters and
grandchildren! We love you Mom!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Perfect 3

How exciting!!!!!!!

I found out today that one of my
Perfect Sentiments Challenge
entries was chosen as one of the
Perfect 3! :~)

You can find it here .

My Easter card for my niece Brooke
 is the card that was chosen.

Thank you for letting me play along
Perfect Sentiments!
I love your challenges!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Punchy the Bunny with Bling

Well, I just couldn't resist doing
another card for this week's
Perfect Sentiment's challenge.
You can see it here on the

My first creation gave me my second
Easter card that was glittery and blingy.
But I have 3 very special girls in
my world that deserve some
sparkly Easter wishes.

So here is my second card
that I am entering into the Perfect
Sentiments Challenge for this week.

Punchy the Bunny with Bling

My card base is barely banana, with
a diamond patterned DP layer.
I cut a strip of certainly celery with
my Creative Memories wavy
blade cutter, then covered it in
versamark, heat and stick powder,
then a green SU glitter.
Punchy the Bunny got his name
since he was created using punches.
He consists of a variety of oval, circle,
and heart punches.
The white ovals were covered
with versamark, heat and stick powder,
and iridescent ice embossing powder.
The "cheek" circles were sponged
with pink pirouette ink around
the edges first.
The pink punch-outs are done
with shimmery pink paper.
And the googlie eyes finished
Punchy off.
The basket was made using the
round label punch and oval punches.
It is certainly celery, stamped
with the linen BG stamp with certainly
celery ink.
The eggs are a variety of
pearls, formed in a dimensional
look. A daffodil delight bow on the
front finished the basket.
The sentiment is from the
SU A Good Egg stamp set.
It is stamped in memento tuxedo
black ink onto vellum cardstock,
then layered over lavender lace,
both punched with the 5 petal punch.
I used the flower trio punch
on barely banana cardstock, then
used more pearls in the centers
to embellish my sentiment flower.

I hope my oldest niece enjoys it.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

PSC26: Easter Bling

This week's challenge at the Perfect Sentiments
is an Easter card with some bling.
You can find it here on the

So here is my Easter Bling

The card base is melon mambo,
with the edges versamarked and
embossed with iridescent ice powder.
I used the Top Note Sizzix die on
lavender lace for an extra layer.
I stamped this unknown image in
memento tuxedo black ink onto
whisper white, used a partial
layer of barely banana,
using the distressing tool on both.
Hodgepodge hardware is
used to accent.
I colored my image with markers.
I used the versamarker over
the tulips, and embossed
them with iridescent ice powder.
I stamped the Easter sentiment from
Su's Well Scripted stamp set
in melon mambo ink onto
whisper white, cut it out, then
applied versamark directly to its
entirety, then embossed it with
iridescent ice powder.
I finished my card off with multiple
pieces of bling.

I'm thinking my sweet little
niece is getting this one for her
first Easter. :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Teapot Tuesday Think Pink

This week's Teapot Challenge is a card
using black, silver, & pink
for Alix. You can read the story

Here is my creation.

I used basic black for my card base,
stamping the Crosshatch BG in silver
encore ink. I used the Top Note
Sizzix die on brushed silver,
and used half of it for a layer.
The pink strip is a shimmery pink
paper that I fell in love with.
This strip has black grosgain
ribbon and silver cord tied around
it in a knot.
The dog image is from SU's Canine
Capers stamp set, and is actually
1 of numerous dogs on the image.
I inked it with a basic black
marker to be able to just get the
one dog, onto shimmer white
The edges are sponged with
pink pirouette ink, then layered on
brushed silver and basic black.
The sentiment is from SU's Just So
Sayings stamp set, and is stamped in
Memento tuxedo black ink.
I finished it off with some black bling.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

PSC25 Uplifting Sketch

Last week's Perfect Sentiments challenge
was a sketch with an uplifting sentiment.
You can see it at The Perfect Sentiment 's blog .

Here is my creation with this sketch.

I used a pastel glimmery pink paper for my
card base, a layer of textured/glimmered
darker rose for a background strip, as well
as a sparkly DP for a vertical strip.
Very vanilla cardstock was used for
the top rectangle layer,
as well as the wide oval punch-out
for the sentiment..
I used the Creative Memories paisly
punch for the trio of accents in the same
pink and darker rose papers, with
SU's satin white ribbon for a bow.
I also used my heat gun on my ribbon
tales to create a soft, wavy look.
I used an SU punch on the pink paper
to use behind my sentiment oval.
The sentiment is a Studio G clear
stamp, inked with rose romance ink.
I sponged a lot of edges with the rose
romance ink as well.
I also used the rose romance
marker to mimmick the border
design from the paisly punch
to outline the sentiment oval.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pre-Made Baby Girl Scrapbook

I decided to make this to try to sell at my daughter's
traveling softball fundraiser.

Pre-Made Baby Girl 6x6 Scrapbook


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More Challenges

I've been playing again. :)
I decided since I did last week's Perfect
Sentiments challenge on the last day,
that I would do this week's challenge
on the first day.

is distressed thank yous.

Distressed is not in my comfort
zone.  But I dug in.
This is my card I am submitting
for the challenge.

The card base is crumb cake.
I used 2 DP patterns to form
a card front. The one on the left
had the distressing tool taken to its
edges. I used the early espresso
ink pad to add some color
to the distressed edges (with a sponge)
as well as the design area.
I added early espresso ink to flowers from
Accents & Elements, and added them
to the DP on the right,
with a pearl in the center of each.
The sentiment is from SU's Because I
Care stamp set, and is stamped in
early espresso ink onto very vanilla
cardstock. I applied early espresso
ink to it with a sponge, and used
the distressing tool on the edges, and
mounted it onto early espresso cardstock.
I used linen thread in a button from
Button Bouquet to add to the
sentiment. Linen thread also
runs across the left section of DP.

This was actually my 2nd attempt
at this challenge. Like I said, the distressed
look isn't in my comfort zone. So I eased
into it. LOL
Here was my first card.
As you can see, I stuck with the basic
idea that I came up with.

The recipe for this card was basically
the same as the final creation,
minus the early espresso ink added directly
to the DP and the flowers, and also
the extra linen thread across the DP.

This is really my normal limit to "distressing."



This week's color challenge is chocolate
chip, baja breeze, and river rock.

Here is my creation.

The card base is chocolate chip.
I used SU's Crosshatch BG stamp
in chocolate chip ink onto
river rock textured cardstock.
The main image is from SU's
Friendship Blooms stamp set and is
in chocolate chip ink on river rock
cardstock. I used a designer
brad in the center of the flower, and
mounted the top layer onto
baja breeze. The accent flower is
also out of baja breeze. All the
faux stitching is done with the chocolate
chip marker.
Baja breeze wide stitched ribbon
finished off my creation.