Friday, July 21, 2017

Red, White, and Anything But Blue Blog Hop

Welcome to the Red, White and Anything but Blue Blog Hops with Heart Hop! You might be arriving here from STEPHANIE'S BLOG. You'll fine a list of all the participating Bloggers at the end of this post. Be sure to peek in at each blog for some amazing artwork! For my "Anything but Blue" I chose Black, Grey, and Gold.
When we were at Convention in Utah, one of the speakers was the fabulous Stacy Julian. She talked about a lot of things, but one of the things that she said which really struck home with me (and there are so many) is that not all pictures are of equal importance. It's OK to scrapbook the ones that are most important to you, even if there's only one or it's blurry or you are wearing your pajamas and no make up and barely slept the night before. Ahem. I've had this photo printed from my Instagram (This is my absolute fav for printing beautiful instas) and I've been pushing it around my photo file for two years. It's one of my favorite photos, and It's OK to scrapbook what you love. It's OK.
In any case, I decided to try out the Paper Issues Scrap Soup Challenge for this special photo. Paper Issues gives you a "recipe" and then you fill it in with your ingredients as you wish. The recipe for this page was: 
  • A 6" Square: I used Poppy Cardstock
  • Alphabet Letters: I used some CTMH Gold Foil Fundamentals letters that are coming soon in August and a gold glitter Heidi Swapp mini alphabet that I think is intended for planners. It's OK!
  • 6 Embellishments: I used White Enamel Dots, Die Cut Hearts and a heart border (coming in August), Gold Foil hearts, Fundamentals Sticker Hearts, glitter hearts from the Heidi Swapp alphabet, and Gold Mini Sequins.
  • Patterned Paper Background: I used the Arrow Print from last year's Swan Lake.
  • Something You Have Fussy Cut: I fussy cut a heart and the LOVE Banner from PML cards  

I felt like I needed to scrapbook this particular picture in part because Stacy gave me permission, lol, and in part because every year when I come home from Convention I am literally burning with plans and ideas and the need to do more. More blogging, more crafting, more parties, more workshops, more of everything that I love to do. The year that I had Gabe was also the first and only time that I've earned the Incentive Trip Cruise through CTMH. I want to do that again...but what I need to do is be a mom to these special boys. I'm a wife and a mother, a chef and a home canner, a housekeeper (sometimes) and organizer, a teacher and amateur occupational therapist. I am doing a lot of important things for my family, and those things do not always feel like the things that I meant to be doing, making, and achieving in my life. This page is getting framed and hung in my workspace, because when I look at this photo, I can close my laptop and get back to the REAL business of my day with a happy heart. It's OK, because today I WILL remember my priorities...and those priorities need a trip to the Rock Museum!  

Next up on the hop is JAYMA'S BLOG. Visit all the blogs on the list below for more Red, White, and Anything but Blue goodness. Thanks for visiting today, Stampin' Friends!

Red, White, and Anything But Blue Blog Hop
WENDY (You Are Here!)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Smile You Are Loved Card

As much as I love being at CTMH Convention, it's always nice to come home and settle back into family life...and have access to my stamp studio again! For this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge I dug out an oldie but goodie, the September Word Puzzle stamp set. The Word Puzzles (one for each month) are part of a special set of retired stamps CTMH is re-releasing for this month's Stampaganza special.
I started with an oval-ish watercolor card from the ADORNit Floral Frames Paintables sheet. I colored it using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I stamped the SMILE sentiment onto the dried and fussy cut image. Then I popped up the "you are loved" sentiment onto a little banner and added some outlining with a journaling pen. The papers are from the Prickly Pear papers
I added glitter gel to the flower centers and a few glitter gems and tiny sequins scattered about the card. I also went over the letters of SMILE with shimmer pen and outlined them with my journaling pen as well. All of the stamps on my website are Buy 2 Get 1 Free this month with Stampaganza, including the limited time release stamps like the word puzzle I used on this card. If you love a deal, that ought to put a smile on your face. Hop over and grab your Stampaganza deals before the end of July!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Thinking Of You Daisy Card

Aaaand apparently the best I can do is one blog post for the month of June. While I have been feeling better and better, I could either craft or I could blog. So I've been crafting, as those of you who follow me on Instagram can attest! This month I've made about 30 vinyl T-Shirts (my current fave), 2 sets of decorative badges for my girls, my next workshop of Jack scrapbook layouts (coming to the blog soon), dozens of original PML cards, unicorn cards for the Scrap Expo swap, my convention contest layout (cross your fingers for me), hosted a Craft Soiree, and who knows what else. I fed my family, attended concerts, volunteered so many hours at school, and I LIVED! Each day I thought, "I haven't blogged in a while..." and then I collapsed into bed. 
As I sat down to make a card for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, I figured that you deserve to know that I am truly "Thinking of You", even though I've been so quiet lately. I have so many things to share, and after 4th of July I will have the boys settled into summer routine. Then we can grab a nice cuppa and catch up! This card is done with Little Dreamer papers, but nary a unicorn in sight! I added one sweet paper pieced daisy to the corner and a lot of gems. The sentiment is a little sneak peek of something coming this fall. 
There will be no more blog posts this week, because in about an hour I'm grabbing some girlfriends and we are heading to Salt Lake City for the biggest party of the year: CTMH Convention! If you love sneak peeks, be sure to follow me on Instagram or check out my Facebook page, as I will be posting lots of updates through this week. And if you don't like sneak peeks...stay far away on Thursday. Maybe hide out in your crafting area and make a card for AHCH. Miss you bunches, Stampin' Friends, and I'll see you back here real soon!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Be Gentle Friendship Card

Today I was beating myself up for not getting more done. As though I hadn't just spent a week in my bed too sick to function. As though I could just decide that I was well enough to return to my normal top speed get everything done mode. I have to do lists! I WROTE IT DOWN!! 
Today there is also a new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. So I grabbed one of my AdornIt Paintables sheets and did a quick watercolor on one of the frames. I added a sweet sentiment that I clearly need to take heed of myself, and attached it to some Green Chevron double sided paper. I grounded the design with a strip of washi tape instead of a sentiment, since I already had a lot of sentiment going on at the top.
I added some thick grey twine as a wrap to the Paintables element, but I wanted to add something to the bow/knots. I tried flowers and buttons galore, until I found this little cat hanging out in my random cool buttons jar. I snipped off his backing and popped him up on some foam tape. I may have needed this sentiment, but with the addition of the cat I know just who needs to receive this card now. I hope it helps her take a step back into self care as it did for me. Be kind to yourselves, Stampin' Friends. We are all doing the best we can. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Have a Magical Day Card

After a week of being so sick I could barely move, never mind lift a stamp, it was super satisfying to get back into my stamp room this weekend. Some amazing friends came over and we made 17 vinyl shirts yesterday (this one was my favorite), and the crafty time we spent together was balm to my soul. then I got a start on my swap cards for next weekend's Scrap Expo in Puyallup. The theme for the swap is embossing!
I sanded the cardstocks and created the rainbow strip to go along with this week's Mojo Monday Challenge. Then I added some sweet rainbow polka dot washi. I used the matching Thin Cuts dies to bust out a herd of these unicorns and banners. The white background is actually heart embossed cardstock, and the Unicorn's body is embossed with a sparkly bridal type embossing powder.
I used the watercolor over stamping technique from my Unicorns & Rainbows Workshop to paint the unicorn's nose, tail, mane, and horn. Then I topped off my sparkly unicorn with mis-matched googly eyes and sprinkles gems and sequins around her. I hope my swapping partners will be happy next weekend!   


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