Thursday, June 24, 2010

yum! card (EBTKS #17)




I liked sketch #17 so much from Everything But The Kitchen Sink that I decided to use it again. The card I made is a bit smaller than standard size, it measures approximately 3-1/4” x 4-1/2”. For the cupcake, I stamped on three different pieces of patterned paper, cut them out, and pieced them backed together. I love the boldness of the colors against the kraft (my favorite!). I used a bright pink chalk ink to stamp the dots on the kraft but it doesn’t seem to show up very well in the picture. Also, I mounted everything on black to give it a little bit of pop. Hope you like it!

Supplies: kraft cardstock, black cardstock, patterned papers from my scrap drawer, Hero Arts Stamps (Cupcakes and Raindrop Background), black pen, black ink, chalk ink (Colorbox), circle cutter, Scallop Sentiment Border Punch.

Use Your Stash total: 38 down, 12 to go.

Hope you’re having a great week!

Monday, June 21, 2010

reading material

I love to read. seriously. I remember when I was young I’d go through book after book and it would actually annoy the heck out of my mom because I went through them so fast. My oldest son is that way now but he’s got it easier than I did… for him we just reserve books online from the library. I had to physically go to the library and look through a card catalog… you didn’t know a book was checked out until you couldn’t find it on the shelf!

I do love the classics, To Kill A Mockingbird is my absolute favorite with East of Eden and Frankenstein tying for second. However, I find that now a days I choose books that are a little lighter. This summer I got some new books to read and wanted to share my list with you.
Reading Material
The Lightning Thief (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)The majority are Young Adult books. I consider them a vacation for my head from my everyday reality. My oldest son recommended The Lightening Thief to me because he knew how much I liked The Harry Potter series. So far I’m really enjoying it. I was actually reading it to my youngest but he decided he’d rather read Calvin and Hobbes so I’m on my own with this one now.
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga) I’m reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella  because well, it’s Twilight related and I loved the four main bookshow could I not read this one? On a completely unrelated, non-book note, I cannot wait for the Eclipse movie to come out. I am slightly obsessed… but that’s okay! (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).
The Vampire Diaries: The Return: NightfallI read the first four books of The Vampire Diaries series (The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, and Dark Reunion) and really enjoyed them so I decided to continue on and have The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall next on my list. I decided to read them after watching the TV show. If you’ve watched the show but not read the books, let me tell you this – totally different!
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter)A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry, Book 1)The last two vampire books are not Young Adult. I was talking with a lady at our local bookstore and she suggested them. I said it would be nice to read something more *ahem* adult and these are the two she suggested. After so many young adult books, I’m looking forward to something a bit more grown up. I plan on reading A Kiss of Shadows and Guilty Pleasures.
The Lovely BonesLast but not least is The Lovely Bones. This one has been in my library queue for what seems like forever. I thought the movie looked intriguing so I decided I wanted to read it before I watched it. I’m thinking after all this time (and waiting!) I should just have went ahead and bought it.
If your looking for books to read – or a place to get ideas for something new - I recommend checking out GoodReads. There are lots of different ways to find something that might interest you, it’s actually very cool. What about you out there in blogland? Any good books on your to read list?
Why yes… I do have a thing for vampires.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy father’s day card


Supplies: kraft cardstock, buttons, Making Memories packaging tape (school days), black pen, chalk ink, wood grain stamp (from a Scarlet Lime kit, May 2008), alpha stamps, Versamark Ink.

Use Your Stash total: 37 down, 13 to go.


Friday, June 18, 2010

scrapbook room video tour

I decided to create a video tour of my scrapbook room to share. I hope you enjoy it! My original blog entry and photo tour can be found here: scrapbook room. There are lots of pictures and detailed descriptions about how things are organized.

The book I used to get ideas to organize everything is called The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker by Wendy Smedley and Aby Garvey. The copy I have is hard back and spiral bound (and hard to find). However it looks like a paper back version is coming out (yeah!) and is available for pre-order. I highly recommend this book. You can find it here: The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by. :-)

I hope you enjoyed the tour! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

wordless Wednesday: reading


just because card (CPS sketch #171)


I used CPS sketch #171 to create this card. I was more than happy to use up some of my scraps. :-)

Supplies: patterned paper (Cosmo Cricket), buttons, Fiskars Scallop Sentiment Border Punch, white cardstock, sentiment stamp (Everyday Sayings, Hero Arts), chalk ink (ColorBox).

Use Your Stash total: 36 down, 14 to go.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

happy birthday tag (EBTKS #17)


I took the latest sketch from Everything But The Kitchen Sink and turned it into a tag. love the results! No wonder the green patterned paper is some of my favorite, it just about matches my walls. :-)

Supplies:  patterned paper and chipboard sentiment (Scenic Route), white cardstock, alpha stamps, charcoal chalk ink, black ink, ribbon, XL circle punch.

Use Your Stash total: 35 down, 15 to go.

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

get well cards

get-well-dinoSupplies: Bazzill cardstock, alpha stickers, alpha stamps, dino stickers, black pen, Upper Crest Border Punch, corner rounder, and black ink.

The smudgy black was a happy accident. I was finishing up and my fingers had ink on them and well… it got on the card. I decided to just go with it and add some more. Since it’s for an 8 year old boy, I think it works! And those dinosaur stickers? I have had them forever and can’t believe they finally got used. I honestly don’t know why I purchased them in the first place, lol!

feel-better-robotSupplies: All Occasions stamp (Hero Arts), patterned paper (Robot Love, Planetarium, Cyber Kiss, Eclipse from the Super Stud Collection by Bella Blvd.), Scallop Sentiment Border Punch, and black ink.

My youngest has surgery this morning for his sinuses so I made these cards for him. The dino card will be from his brother and sister. I think he’ll like them! I’ve got all kinds of consolation gifts planned for him. He’s had terrible sinus problems for so long and the recover time will probably be around two weeks so I might have gone a little overboard with the extras. I hate the idea that he’s going to be in pain but it’s all for a good cause… him feeling better all the time! Anyway, I’m thinking today is going to be a long day. I might be just as nervous as he is. Wish us luck!

 Use Your Stash total: 34 down, 16 to go.

Have a great week!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

You Paint It Suncatcher Kit from Colorbök

I signed up to be part of the Colorbök Kids Activity Panel (KAP) and as thank you for signing up, Colorbök sent me a You Paint It Suncatcher Kit.


My youngest was thrilled when we opened the main box and saw what was inside. He’s my crafty boy!


The directions are simple enough… just squirt the paint in the suncatcher and spread it around with the tip and use a toothpick for tight places. The box lists the age as 8 plus, my son is 8 and it was really (really!) easy for him. It was a quick, fun project that wasn’t very messy at all. Each suncatcher comes with a little paint guide that goes right behind the actual suncatcher. My son had no desire to follow along with the given colors but it’s nice that it’s there if your child does want to know what colors to paint.


My son had fun making the suncatchers and he liked the fact that he could do it on his own. He also thought it was pretty cool that you could mix colors to make new colors (the directions come with what colors to mix to make new ones)


I was a little worried that he would think some of the suncatchers would be to girly but he didn’t care at all. I think there’s a pretty good balance in the kit (12 designs in all). If you’ve got a boy, you could always suggest that the more girly ones be given gifts once completed to a sister, Grandma, Aunt, etc. My son gave the heart and rainbow to his sister for her to paint (by the way 16 year old girls like to paint them too! lol!).

A few other things: there will be a few air bubbles. Not to bad at all but if you’re a perfectionist they’re annoying to see, my son didn’t care at all (which, to me, is the most important thing). I don’t think the tubes are meant to be shaken. This makes the air bubbles worse which we learned the hard way with one of the colors. The orange seemed like it needed to be mixed more (hence the shaking). I tried rolling the tubes a bit in my palms and that seemed to help.

All in all a pretty nifty, self explanatory craft that needs little adult help (if any). After I went over the basic directions with small fry, he really didn’t need me anymore.

By the way, Colorbök did not ask me to write this review. I just did it because I liked the product. :-)

Thanks Colorbök… I give the suncatcher kit 4 out of 5 stars!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

wordless Wednesday: walk

I’ve looked several places online to give proper credit for wordless Wednesday but can’t seem to find anything specific. I was very much inspired by Lisa (aka gluestickgirl) and decided to join in… love the idea.