I love paper and the various things you can do with it. I work full time, have a wonderful husband, and two beautiful daughters who share my passion for crafting. Life is busy, but so rewarding. Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you leave inspired.
This weeks challenge #12 over at Sketches In Thyme is to use this wonderful layout by Helen Croft. Can you believe we are already into week 12! How fast time flies.
The above pictures were taken on one of our first camping trips during the summer of 2007. Karlye was 2 1/2 years old. I have to say Karlye's personality has not changed, she is always smiling, singing and ready for any adventure when the sun is shining. I think these photos capture how happy she is, and I blessed to have her in my nest until it is her time to take flight.
I am so pleased that this sketch was chosen. I have had these tiny fences in my stash for over 7 years, and now they have a home. I am really enjoying October Afternoon paper too.
Hope to see you inspired to create, and be sure to post your entry. August's prize is still up for grabs.
BACK TO SCHOOL! That is this weeks theme forThe Pixie Cottage Challenge #33. The sketch available for this weeks challenge may also provide you with inspiration. Thank you Pam for another fab sketch, it certainly got me motivated.
My youngest is starting Kindergarten this year and I thought it would be nice to make her a card. This one is for you Jayme. This darling image is one of the new Fall 2010 Pixie Cottage stamps, available at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More. Her name is Cassie, and perhaps she will become one of my daughters new friends. The pattern paper is the School Line from DCWV, I thought it appropriate for the theme.
I was always excited to get my school supplies in order for the first day of school, that has not changed. I am so enjoying the excitement in our house this year. Karlye goes into grade 1, and Jayme into JK. It means more friends, more birthday parties, the endless list of supplies, and the activities throughout the year. Yipee!
What do you all like about this time of year? Hope to see your beautiful and inspiring creations in this weeks sketch and/or theme challenge.
Thank you Creative Inspirations for allowing me to be a guest designer with your fab team this week. I hope to see you all head over and show them your creations for the Create a Bookmark Challenge, you will not be dissapointed with prize pack they have up for grabs.
My youngest sister turned 14 yesterday, and this is the card I made for her. I really hope she likes it. I used Charlotte with a Rose, one of Sparkle Creations rubber stamps. I also used the SCRSC #6 sketch. I won this stamp simply by leaving a comment on Sparkle's blog during the release, and when my budget allows me to, I will definitely be buying more of her collections. The paper I used is Basic Grey's Cappella line, I was lucky enough to win this paper pack by leaving a comment on the Moxie Fab sight. How generous people can be, and I will have to find the time to sit down and make them a Thank You card.
I hope this "lucky" karma lends itself to my sister this year. She is starting grade 9, and thus she begins the journey of trying to figure out what she wants to do, and working hard to achieve those goals. Good Luck Allyson, I wish you all the best!
Tonight I am grateful for my family, and for my friends who are just like family. I appreciate the time you take out of your busy lives to listen, to share and to participate in my life when time allows. Big Hugs to all of you.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. It is rainy here in Ottawa, so tomorrow James, the girls and I will tackle the wave pool!
On Wednesday I posted my "Anything but a card" creation for this weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge. Well I also went ahead and created this card using our guest designers sketch. Thank you JayJay for this great sketch, I enjoyed creating with it.
This adorable "Gone Fishing" stamp is one of the new Summer 2010 Pixie Cottage Stamps, available at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.
Be sure to drop in to Practical Scrappers Bonus Monthly Challenge. They want to see anything you have created that uses water. As you can see, this adorable bear is fishing, something I have not done in a while, but would like to do with my daughters.
This weeks Pixie Cottage Challenge #32 theme is "Anything but a card". I sat down and came up with the above post-it-note holder. It even snaps shut with magnets that I added in between the red cardstock and the striped design paper. I got the idea from a dollar store notepad, and took to modifying the length to accommodate a 3x3 post-it-note pad. I am really enjoying taking things apart to see how they are made, then adding my own little twists and turns to make it "mine". I'm thinking this would look pretty nifty next to someone's phone, don't you?
This is one of the new Summer 2010 Pixie Cottage stamps found at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More, entitled "To You From Us". Be sure to drop in and browse the store, there are so many NEW and pretty things to be seen.
I am curious to see what you will come up with, be sure to enter it into this weeks challenge too! If this weeks theme is not for you, please drop in anyways, there is a wonderful guest sketch for you to work with as well.
This officially marks my first Sketches in Thyme challenge as Maven Tanya. This weeks Sketches in Thyme Challenge #10 is all about playing around with this fabulous sketch by Helen Croft. Be sure to drop in and say hello, she has many sketches on her wonderful blog.
I so enjoyed making this layout. It was so much fun reliving the morning Jayme spent running after her Daddy in a princess dress with a foam sword. She eventually got him to his knees, and she was declared the winner, thus her smug smile.
The story reads; "Once upon a time there lived a brave princess named Jayme. She slayed the Daddy troll and released the colors of the rainbow."The picture on the left is pre-slaying thus it is black and white. The Daddy troll had stolen all the colors of the rainbow, and when Jayme slayed the Daddy troll, all the colors were released, and as you can see in the picture on the right, she is pretty proud of herself. My Bravestar for sure.
I adjusted the flowers on the left using baubles instead, I could not find a way to use the stems without making it looked cluttered, so I left them out. I used a felt rainbow to represent the flower on the right, and an old fashioned dynamo label maker to write up the story. My take on the scallop border was to cut out circles in matching colors and put them under a strip of paper. Hope you are inspired today.
P.S. By participating you are eligible for the monthly prize posted on the Sketches in Thyme Blog.
Today my youngest turns 4, and it is bittersweet. I got this new Sugar Nellie Manga and just had to use it on her card. She sure is my princess!
Happy Birthday To You my sweet Jayme. I can not believe you are 4 today. I hope you have a wonderful day with your Grandma and Grandpa, and that you feel like a princess.
I used the Sugar Bowl sketch #20 for this, and my theme is "Pretty in Pink". Challenge #40 over at the Sugar Bowl was to use any prior SB sketch and make up our own theme. How perfect because my MOJO is still on holidays.
This is what me and my girls did this morning. Karlye wanted to fly her kite, but the rain just did not allow for it, she seemed content with making fairies. Jayme found this rock in Colorado, and we HAD to bring it home. She painted it up and added googly eyes, which made her giggle and repeat "Googly googly googly" over and over.
I am blessed to have children that make the simple things in life just that much more fun.
Just a reminder that there is another Sketches in Thyme Sketch challenge this week. Hope to see you participate. Be sure to leave some love as all the Mavens have outdone themselves again. There is some fab candy to be won, why not hop over to the site and see for yourself.
I am so glad to be home, doing laundry and getting the children settled in. It has been a long 10 days, but boy did we have some awesome quality time. We just now got in from hunting bugs in the forest dressed as princesses. I am sure you will see a layout come out of the pictures I just took. Life is too fun.
I recently got this new flower die so that I could match up my design paper and flowers. I have to say I just love how bold and blue they look. I also had this fabulous Lily Bee design paper in my stash, and so I started piecing it together. My little South End Girl was originally going to wear a blue dress, but changed her mind at the last minute.
Are you Feeling Blue? If so, why not hop over to The Pixie Cottage and try your hand at some art therapy? It certainly worked for me. Remember you can choose to do both the theme and the sketch like I have, or you can take your pick.