Thursday, April 28, 2011

4/28/11 To Do List

I forgot to update the list last week. At least it was because I was so busy posting my MME entries. Here is this week's update on my crafting to do list:
  • Catch up on my She Art class. Yikes! I only have a little over a month left or else I have to pay extra to extend my class access. I did watch a few more videos. Still wanting to get playing though. I have three canvas covered, waiting for the backgrounds to be completed and girls started.
  • Sew a lot of crayon rolls. Still only 9 of 35 done.
  • Make my Easter June wedding dress.
  • Make the Amy Butler Frenchy Bag purse.
  • Sew my dining room curtains.
  • Sew my living room curtains.
  • Download latest pics from camera. This was done and then Easter and a birthday party happened!
  • Houston rodeo layout
  • April Sketch and Scraps online class.
  • Blog post on Cricut class
  • Update MME Challenge 21 layout. Love the updated layout.  Check it out in my Layout Gallery on the left.
  • Blog post on layout for MME Challenge 21
  • Finish settup up the Etsy Store. Almost done - gotta finish my policies and start putting in some product!
  • MME Challenge 22 layout and card
  • Lily Pad Color Throw Down Challenge (card)
  • Lily Pad "Beautiful" inspiration card
  • YUDU experiment for bowling team shirts
  • Make graduation announcements for my brother's lovely girlfriend, Sara
  • Make a CD of the senior pics - taken by moi! - of the lovely Sara
Three things crossed off the list including associated blog posts that weren't listed - yea me!  It helps that most of the challenges are using inlinkz for entry submittal.  Instead of emailing entries, you simply link to the specific blog post about your entry.  So you will definitely see more creative blog posts from me as I continue to enter these great challenges! 


Bonus - even more cleaning done in my office/scrapbook room. You can actually see progress this time!


In other crafting news, I am sad about this right now... the closing of House of 3.  I will definitely miss the wonderful work produced by Rhonna, Heidi, and Janet.  Silver lining - everything at House of 3 is 50% now thru May 8th (use code FIFTYOFF).


Keep creating!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More inspiration or is it motivation?

First I hope everyone had a happy Easter! We were busy on Good Friday and Saturday and rested on Easter Sunday. It was a great day to recoupe from the festivities, enjoy being outdoors, taking naps, and generally soaking in all that the Lord provides!


Second, now that Easter has passed that means I get to go shopping again, which of course, I have. BUT, I don't want to start collecting supplies again. I want to continue using them. I've been building up my card stash and getting layouts completed! I like this crafty person who gets things crossed off the project list. MME's monthly card and layout challenges as well as Lily Pads Cards have helped me to get scrapping. I want to keep going, especially with my scrapbook pages. I recently discovered this scrapbooking sketch site - Pencil Lines.

At Pencil Lines, a new sketch is provided every Sunday. You can submit a layout for each sketch and all entries are due by the end of the calender month that the sketch was posted - except the last sketch of the month. Submittals for the last sketch of the month are due by the following Sunday. From all the submissions one winner is selected each month.

How's that for you? Inspiration from each of the weekly sketches and motivation to enter the contest/win the prize! Need some more reasons to check out Pencil Lines - these sketches can easily be used for cards. So excited!! I'm thinking I'll start next month, which is Sunday!


(Not sure why these challenge blogs have juiced up my creativity, but I'm lovin' it. My husband will tell you its because I'm SOO competitive. I say I work better with a deadline! wink, wink)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Froggin' Fantastic Four!

I have been so busy at work and home this week. I haven't had a chance to share my exciting news! I was one of the Froggin' Fantastic Four at Lily Pad Cards! The proof is in the exclusive new blinkie in my side bar. See and read about the challenge here.


I was over the top estatic to have been selected. Just more motivation to keep creating. I hope you are creating too and don't be afraid to enter challenges. Even if you don't win the prize, you are being creative and getting projects done. That's a win in itself!


Hope you have a blessed and happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

MME Challenge 22 - Card

OMG!  Two posts in one day!  Can you believe it?  This month I actually got both the My Mind's Eye Card and Layout Challenge done.  Yipee! 


Here is the card sketch:
Again, the theme was "April Showers".  For a card, this was easy - a baby shower card! 

Supplies:  Lost and Found paper (MME), an MME pattern paper stack, white pearls (Recollections), Laundry Line chipboard pieces (MME), Music tissue tape (Tim Holtz), Decorative Label punch (SU), Inside and Out -Baby (Papertrey Ink), Close to Cocoa stamp pad (SU), Brackets die (Sizzix Alterations)

There you have it!  The hubby said he doesn't get a baby shower feel from it.  I figure it will be pretty clear attached to baby gift or at the baby shower!  Thanks for looking!


My Mind's Eye Challenge 22 - Layout

Time for the monthly MME layout challenge.  I actually finished this layout on Monday!!  Woohoo!  Here is the sketch:


The theme was "April Showers."  I'll admit this stumped me for a bit.  I was searching thru my photos and found these of my son taking a bath.  My stepdad used to sing "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" when he would give my youngest brother a bath.  I always remember that when I'm giving my son a bath and I end up singing it to him.  Raindrops and showers go together so finally, inspiration for the theme. 
Supplies:  Good Day Sunshine and Penny Lane papers (MME), Cloud Rubons (Studio Calico), Bird Punch (SU), Apron Strings border punch (Fiskars), Ashlyn's Alphabets cartridge (Cricut), Glossy Accents, Baja Breeze marker (SU)

Two interesting things to note, you might notice the bird punch in the Supplies list but no bird on the layout.  I used the wing piece as my rain drops.  The next is to give my page a "wet" feel to it, I spread Glossy Accents over my rain drops and my title.  TFL!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lily Pad Color Throw Down Challenge

There's a new challenge blog in town - Lily Pad Cards.  This is their first challenge - a color throw down using these five colors.
Here is my card.


Supplies: White cardstock, Distress Inks in Black Soot, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, and Dusty Concord (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Tres Chic background stamp (SU), Beautiful Wings embosslits (Sizzix for SU), Latte Pearls (KaiserCraft), Modern Label punch (SU)

4/14/11 To Do List

I missed last week.  I've been so busy.  We got a new car, new carpet, and new couches within a week!!  What were we thinking!!  In trying to get back to the routine, here is this week's update on my crafting to do list:
  • Catch up on my She Art class.  I am dying to work on this.  I am crossing my fingers for this weekend!
  • Sew a lot of crayon rolls. Still only 9 of 35 done. 
  • Make my Easter dress.  Thinking this may turn into my dress for a June wedding in Colorado.
  • Make the Amy Butler Birdie Sling purse.
  • Make the Amy Butler Frenchy Bag purse.
  • Sew my dining room curtains.
  • Sew my living room curtains.
  • Download latest pics from camera.
  • Houston rodeo layout
  • April Sketch and Scraps online class.
  • Blog post on Cricut class
  • Update MME Challenge 21 layout. 
  • Blog post on layout for MME Challenge 21
  • Finish settup up the Etsy Store.  Almost done - gotta finish my policies and start putting in some product!
  • MME Challenge 22 layout and card
  • Lily Pad Color Throw Down Challenge (card)
  • Lily Pad "Beautiful" inspiration card
Like I said, we were busy.  While the new carpet was getting installed, I worked on cleaning my office/scrapbook room.  So it doesn't look like I made a dent, but I am very happy with the progress!

By the way, I am loving this right now...  Something Splendid.  Be sure to check it out!  I already know what classes I'm signing up for after Easter!

I know its hard - believe me I know - but I hope you are finding time to let your inner artist play!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Is it me or is Lent dragging by?

18 more days until Easter and I am seriously counting down the days.  This Lenten season has really been a struggle for me.  Usually by now, I'm over it - whatever I gave up is gone and I'm not missing it.  I've realized how my life and my soul is better for it.  This year I gave up two things for Lent - biting my nails and buying crafting goodies.  I never realized how often I stop at the scrapbook store or a fabric store until now.  It is always in my mind that I can't go to the store.  So, I'm trying to keep busy, but I don't know if it is helping or hurting.  I'm coming home and really trying to tackle all the projects I have in the works and I'm making progress.  This is good, but at the same time, it makes me think "This would be better if I had {something I would need to buy}."  Or "OMG!  This is so easy and I love it - I need to make another using {something else I don't have}."  Killing me!!!  It doesn't help that all the new products lines started popping up in stores the first week of Lent.

And as I sit here typing this, I am starting to feel a little ashamed.  I mean, I can't get over not going to a store to spend money on things I don't need for a short period of time?  What is my problem?  Jesus Christ gave up His life for me without complaint.  What on earth do I have to complain about??   No, seriously, what do I have to complain about?  Nothing.  I have been incredibly blessed in my life and continue to blessed everyday.  The Lord is teaching me a lesson here, I just need to open my heart to receive it.  Hopefully, once I do, Lent will go a little faster ; )