Tuesday, December 28, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 25

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Whew! Done. Not gonna lie… I’m rather impressed with myself!

Well, my inside pages are done… still need to work on my cover. I think I’ll do a write up for an introductory page also. I was originally was going to do all 31 days but by the time I got to day 26 I was pretty exhausted and decided 25 days was just fine.

We had a nice Christmas. I love it when it falls on the weekend so my husband has the next day off. I love that we’re all together enjoying lazy days, fun days, homey, the house smells good from the crock pot kind of days.

Rambling…

The decorations will come down soon. The piles of clutter that have accumulated will be cleaned (they’re starting to get a bit overwhelming). I’m already thinking about my word for 2011. Having a hard time with it… hard to find one word that encompasses everything that I am feeling and wanting to accomplish. I’ll be working on CHA samples soon for Karen (so excited about her new dies!). Trying to learn my new toy I got for Christmas… serious learning curve. Loving Glee Vol. 4.

And that’s it for today! Have a great week!

December Daily 2010 | Day 24

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One more to go…

December Daily 2010 | Day 23

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:-)

December Daily 2010 | Day 22

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I was printing my photos as I went… very helpful for staying on track. I was just sticking them inside the correct pages so they were ready to go when I was.

More to come…

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Check out our mad moves! We’ve got a serious case of the fa-la-laaas! Merry Christmas from me, the man, and our little elves!

(this expires on 1.15.2011… it’s an Office Max thing)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 21

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My original plan was to have my December Daily cover all of December but now I’m contemplating just doing 25 days… still undecided. I do finally have someone what of an idea for the cover, it’s just a matter of taking the time to do it. I might just wait until all the inside pages are complete. Who knows! I’m going to play it by ear.

:-)

wordless Wednesday: peanut butter cup cookies

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 20

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I decided to document my day of treat making and include one of our favorite recipes in my December Daily entry.

Here’s the recipe if you’re interested… good stuff!

Peppermint Fudge

  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 oz)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (6 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
  • 4 mini candy canes

Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan; line with a piece of plastic wrap, leaving the ends out to cover the finished fudge. The ends will also serve as handles which will help you lift the fudge out.

Heat condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, and peppermint in a double boiler over simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Break up candy canes in food storage bag with rolling pin, don’t hit to hard or you’ll have peppermint candy dust.

Pour fudge into prepared pan, spread out gently. Add broken pieces of peppermint candy on top of fudge. Cover lightly with the ends of the plastic wrap. Chill until firm. Lift out of the pan and cut into small squares. Enjoy!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 20, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 19

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Day 19… keepin’ it real. While the rest of the house looks pretty decent, our bedroom becomes a catch all for clutter. In case you’re wondering, the laundry did get folded, the shelf assembled, and the dog ran off with a black sock! All the holiday wrapping is still everywhere and probably will be until we put all the Christmas decorations away. `tis the season!

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 18

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That may or may not be a sarcastic reminder to my dedicated and hard working husband to “enjoy the season.” ;-)

I scanned the invitation in and sized it down to fit in the book. I was just going to fold it but I wasn’t really a fan of creasing it so I figured scanning was the way to go. I also printed on the photo again, I’m really loving that technique.

Only 6 more days!

Friday, December 17, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 16

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I’m caught up (for now!)… yeah!

It’s Friday. The kids are all home. Christmas break has officially started. Do you hear that? That’s a sigh of relieve, that is.

fa la la la laaa…

December Daily 2010 | Day 15

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My alternative to no picture. I’m liking it. The 15th was such a busy day, I was finishing up my last Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop project and never even touched my camera. I did Tweet a few times  (not as much as normal) and used those instead.

:-)

December Daily 2010 | Day 14

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This week has been crazy! I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am that it’s Friday… the start of the kids Christmas break. I’m only a few days behind with my December Daily album but really don’t feel behind, I’ve been printing everyday and jotting things down so assembly should be pretty quick. It’s more a matter of waiting for the light to photography the entry.

For day 14 I tried something new, drawing directly on a photo. I’m liking how it turned out. I’m thinking I might have to add a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet to my wish list now. Writing on photos appeals to me but it was hard to do with the white pen because of the slick surface.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 7: Holiday Toppers

This is it folks – the last week of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop (be sure to check out the “special note” towards the end)! For our final week we used Eileen Hull’s Treat Bag Toppers die. I pared the labels up with the Critters in the Snow stamp set by Lawn Fawn and everything came together quickly. With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to create some quick and fun gift giving ideas. Without further ado, my projects…

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More details:

labels-reindeer-chowReindeer Chow Mix: A fun treat for the kiddos, a mix of cereal in a snack sized sandwich bag. (After I made this and my youngest son came home from school, he took off with it and it was gone!).

labels-snowman-soupSnowman Soup: The cute snowflakes are embossed with white… a cool effect in person. The treat bag are just an ensemble of goodness for hot chocolate. There is a label on the back that says:

“Was told that you've been good this year -
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You'll need to warm the spirit.
So here's a little Snowman Soup,
Complete with stirring stick.
Just add hot water, sip it slow.
It's sure to do the trick!”

labels-gift-bagGift Bag: I love how this turned out. LOVE it. I really like the different designs and little pop of color on the kraft. Paired with the bits of red in the Topper and the red flower, everything ties together perfectly. This gift bag would also be a good “kid craft.” Give a child some stamps, stamp pads, and a paper bag and they can make their own gift bag.

labels-reindeer-foodReindeer Food: This one might be my favorite… I’m still undecided. The little reindeer is so cute! Reindeer Food is something fun to sprinkle on your lawn to help guide Santa in. Mine contains oats, red sugar, and a little bit of glitter.  There’s a little label on the back to explain it, it says,

“Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home.”

labels-penguin-potionPenguin Potion: Maybe this one is my favorite? Who am I kidding, I like them all! I really like this label because it has a handle, so clever! The little penguin is so cute and I really like the masking effect… something I don’t do often enough.  I didn’t add a poem to the back of the penguin topper, I figured it was pretty self explanatory.

The toppers could easily be cut from any cardstock or patterned paper to fit any theme… I can just picture a bag filled with red and white M&M’s for Valentines Day with a striped topper. :-)

Supplies: Sizzix Treat Bag Toppers Bigz XL Scoreboards Die #656774 by Eileen Hull, Critters in the Snow stamps (Lawn Fawn), papers from the Snow Day Collection (Crate Paper), Little Yellow Bicycle paper (Reindeer Crossing), Fancy Pants Designs papers (Brrr, Falling Snow), white and black pigment ink (American Crafts), decorative chalk, chalk ink, Versamark Ink, Seafoam White embossing powder (Ranger), black pens, red flower (Green House, American Crafts), Sizzix Big Shot, Glue Dots, Glue Glider Pro.

A Special Note:

Thank you so much for checking out the Triple Play Blog Hop! Please visit the Triple Play blog for more fun ideas from Brenda Pinnick, Karen Burniston, Eileen Hull and friends. If you have enjoyed seeing all of the inspiring ideas on the blog hop, please "like" Triple Play on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

This is our last week but we’re still hopping! Who else is participating? Click here to find out – master list of designers.

Thanks for hopping along… just click on “hop forward” link below (or in my side bar) to continue on…

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Monday, December 13, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 12

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I think this might be one of my favorite entries so far. Another stepping out of my box moment… printing out the Toys For Tots graphic (look at me! trying hybrid!). I did almost make a big error, I wrote the journaling on the left and realized I should have punched the holes first. I had to adjust the alignment to not punch on my writing. Note to self: punch holes first!

Happy Busy Week! (or maybe that’s just MY week!)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 10

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Feel free to leave a link to your December Daily album if you’re participating. I’d love to check it out. Thanks! :-)

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

December Daily 2010 | Day 9

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I stepped outside of my box again with this one… I used a font for the journaling. This is something I just don’t do. I think my main reasoning is I just don’t want to take the time to set it up in Word… I already spend enough time on the computer, lol! I wanted to write a lot in a small space and I knew I’d be able to control the size better with printed text so I decided what the heck. I’m still iffy about it but done is done and I’m moving on.

Here’s something I learned: I have no idea how to load a font. I found a free font and downloaded it, I wanted one that looked more like an old fashioned typewriter font. It’s on my computer but I don’t know how to load it to actually use it. I guess I’ll be figuring that out today.

:-)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 6: Favorite Ornaments

We’re officially in week 6 of the blog hop… can you believe it? This week’s featured die is the Bigz XL Albums and Brackets die by Brenda Pinnick. It’s such a cool die, the perfect size for a mini album.

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Supplies: Sizzix Album and Brackets Bigz XL Die #656053 by Brenda Pinnick, Felt – National Non-Wovens, Big Shot Pro (Sizzix), Chip Block Alphabet (Sizzix), patterned papers from the Crate Paper Snow Day Collection, white acrylic paint, brown chalk ink, Fiskars Corner Rounder, hearts (Heidi Grace Chipboard).

Who else is participating? Click here to find out – master list of designers.

Hope you’re enjoying the hop, just click on “hop forward” below (or in my side bar) to continue on…

Happy hopping!

December Daily 2010 | Day 8

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A pretty self explanatory entry. It was also a live and learn entry because I was trying to hold the “notes” sticker over the photo to align it and see how it would look, I got to close and… that sucker was stuck and not coming off and I had to make it work. It wasn’t in the right spot though so I grabbed a Heidi Grace tab I’d had in my stash and wa-la! all fixed.

The project referenced I created for the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 6, you can check it out here: Favorite Ornaments Mini Album.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 7

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The 7th was another long day with an interesting night… gotta love a fire alarm in the middle of a concert.

Happy Wednesday!

wordless Wednesday: the cone

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 6

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I used a transparency for this entry because I wanted to be able to include part of the Starbucks coffee sleeve. The message on it just makes me smile.

:-)

Monday, December 06, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 5

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I had a few questions from a former BPS student (Hi Andrea!) and I wanted to answer them here in case anyone else was wondering:

  • The album I am using is 6” x 6”. I was originally going to use a Bo Bunny Bare Naked Binder but thought it would get to bulky so I just used the cardboard inserts as the front and back of my album and cut my own papers.
  • The smaller inside pages are 5.5” x 4.25”. I did not want them as big as the main pages.
  • I love to do pen work (it’s my thing!) and outline just about everything. I think so far I’ve stuck with pen’s in the .01 and .05 sizes. I’m a big fan of the .005 too so I’m sure it’ll get used eventually.
  • For my adhesive, I am using the Glue Glider Pro. I love the ease of it. For little things I’m using Zig Glue.
  • The journaling stamp is called “Just Write” from Creative CafĂ©, Hampton Art. It’s simple and versatile and two stamps come in the set. One with just plain lines and one that looks more like old fashioned school paper with the dashes.

Throughout I’ll probably use border punches and other holiday stamps I have. If anyone has any questions about specific products – or anything else – please let me know.

Happy Monday and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 05, 2010

December Daily 2010 | Day 4

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I’ve got no real commentary for today, just sharing my page for day 4.

:-)