Wednesday, June 29, 2011

iPhone Love!!!

So, I finally talked myself into getting an iPhone. It's been something I've been thinking about for quite a few months now and with the $50 iPhone 3 offer, I finally jumped!

I love it! I've gotten quite a few apps, photography, games for me, games for the kids, facebook, pinterest, all sorts of goodies! I love it and my only regret is that I didn't get it sooner!

I really wanted it for a C25K app that I'd seen and more importantly I wanted it for taking photos. I was pretty sure that it would not only increase the amount of photos that I took of me and the kids but also increase the amount of photos I printed. I was right! It's so much easier to use. I still adore my big camera but when I use the Instagram app, I can take a pic of the kids, put a funky edit on it and then it's ready to print! They also take up less room on my computer. Bonus!

I also found a food/exercise tracker that I'm really happy with and I'm back on my way to losing weight.

It's really been helping me to keep track of stuff too. I'm one of those who forgets stuff if I don't write it down. It's especially bad lately because my sleeping is not doing so hot. I still wake up worried about the kids and have to go check on them and it takes me a while to get to sleep in the first place. No fun!

Anyway, now that I've figured out how to get my photos from my phone to my computer, I'll have more day to day blog posts. Yay!!! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Punky Sprouts & Best Creations!!!

We swapped with Best Creations this month! So much fun. I've got a soft spot in my heart for Best Creations for a couple of reasons. One, I've worked with two of the gals on their DT before (hi Kim! hi Nicole!) and I love those two! And two, when I worked at the Portland Scrapbook Expo doing make-n-takes we used Best Creations paper!

Here's my layout (it's actually going to be a wall hanging for Little Man) in it's entirety!

I started off with a piece of Punky Playground and I went all nuts on it! I traced a half inch border around the edge and sketched a circle in the upper left hand corner. Then I cut through those lines with my craft life and pulled off the first layer, exposing the corrugated portion and leaving a border and a moon.

I masked off the moon with scratch paper and misted the Playground with a dark blue shimmery mist.

Once my night sky dried, I used a pearlescent white paint and dabbed it on the moon to create a lumpy, craterous look.

I also sprayed the page of the album with green mist to create an earth.

I then used Best Creations’ awesome glitter paper, shape stickers, journaling spots, border stickers, and letter stickers to complete my layout.

Punky Sprouts items used: Punky Playground and the large cog page from the Trunk Punky album. (I saved it from Aud's 2nd b-day book!)
Best Creations items used: Robot Line
Other items: Pens-Le Pen, Mists-Maya Road, Creative Imaginations, Studio Calico, Tattered Angels, Paint-Delta, Ink-Colorbox

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dixie Pieces June Challenges

Help us celebrate the men in our lives this month and participate in our June Challenges! Over the first couple days of the month, you will be challenges to create projects of the masculine variety! The prize up for grabs this month is a $15 store gift certificate! All creations must be uploaded to the gallery and linked back to their challenge thread by June 30th at 11:59pm PST!

I've got two challenges up at the boards, this first one is to create a masculine card using only stamps and one other type of embellishment. I chose a punch for this card.

My second challenge is to create a layout with two of the most important guys in your life on it. Of course my example has Andrew and Mickey on it! :)

I hope you join in!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Randomness and Scrappyness!

Mickey~Mom, where's my shark?

Me~I don't know, pal. Look around.

Mickey~Oh, here it is! Right next to me. That's ridiculous!

And then I'm laughing so hard I can't talk. I didn't even know he knew the word ridiculous, let alone how to use it. :)


Audrey(watching me put on a hoodie)~Audrey coat?

Me~You want to put a coat on?


Audrey(once we get in her room) ~Go Beavs!

So we go and get her Beavers hoodie and put it on. Ah, she's making her mom proud.


This weekend was the baby shower for my nephew's wife. I made my great-niece-to-be a cute little sign for her mom to hang on her door when she's sleeping. Since Delayne chose a pink and green jungle theme for Paige, I busted out the old school Basic Gray...Oh Baby Girl!

I love that elephant paper, so stinkin' cute! I really should of inked edges of the green letter stickers. Or maybe outlined them but I don't have a .01 brown pen. Do they even make those???

I cut out this cute pink elephant and I was a little nervous I was going to cut off the tail! LOL!

Delayne loved it and I'm super glad about that!!! <3


And finally, I scrapped! For no reason! Yay!!!! I'd gotten my June My Scrapbook Nook kit in the mail and even though I haven't touched May's kit yet, I dug right in. It's got a ton of Lilybee papers and well, you all know I love me some Lilybee!

Love those letter stickers! They are great for longer titles.

I misted two of the white flowers from the kit and created another one using punches.
Gotta have a butterfly! ;)

I finally got to use the MS leaf punch I bought. It's a pretty recent purchase and I really like it. Now, I want a few bigger ones!

It's a very girly layout and I'm super happy with how it turned out. As you can tell by the gratuitous close ups! LOL!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dixie Pieces June Add-on Kit!

This month at Dixie Pieces, there are two mini kits! One is a Paper Pack add-on, you get one of each of the patterned papers and cardstock sheets from the main kit for $8.00! The other one is a super cute mini album kit. It comes with the Play mini album from Maya Road, fun yellow tickets, yellow & red ribbon and one of each of the patterned paper sheets from the main kit.

I really loved making this mini. I covered each page with patterned paper and drew faux stitching around the edges.

I think I'll write some journaling with my white pen on the left side of this page.
I used my Quickutz Squeeze (old school, baby!) to make my letters from the patterned paper.

I chose six pictures of Little Man playing and paired them up with each other to create opposites.

I also punched out stars from the paper and Glossied them up.

I finished it off by tying some of the ribbons to the rings.

It's a great kit and I still have a bunch of it still left over! If you'd like to get one you can find it here for $10.00 at Dixie Pieces.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

School's Out!!! (Dixie Pieces June Kit)

School's out for summer, school's out forever!

LOL! Okay, enough of my off-key warbling, and on with the kit!

This kit was super fun and went really well with my desire to scrap Little Man as much as possible! Lots of great primary colors and some more sophisticated colors and patterns too! I love the included stamp from Kaisercraft as well as that awesome sticker sheet from Memory Works. I had the most fun with the bottle of Glossy Accents and used it on every layout. The small sized bottle is perfect for those of you who haven't tried it before and for those who already love it (me! me!) you can use your bigger bottle and save the smaller one for crops. (Totally my plan!)

Now, for the fun stuff I made with the kit. First up, we have Argh! I'm a pirate!

When Miss Thing was teeny, I took them both to a park in Canby and our social butterfly, Mr. Mitchell, immediately made a friend and they started playing pirate. He used his hand to improvise an eye patch and it just cracked me up! I inked the chipboard letters with the included red ink pad and then used Glossy Accents on them as well to give a super dimensional look. I also Glossied-up (new technical term) on of the square chipboard buttons after I inked it brown then I adhered it over a piece of the navy ribbon to mimic a pirates belt and buckle.

Quick tip~If you use a ton of Glossy Accents on your pieces (me! me!) make sure you give them enough time to dry. I got this layout put all together except for the chipboard pieces. I put them on a piece of wax paper, Glossied them and then let them dry overnight. I also outlined the piece first and then filled in with tons of the stuff. This keeps it from spilling over the edges so you can get more of it on your pieces.

My second layout is a quick documentation of Mickey's pajama day at preschool.

The yellow smiley face in the picture inspired the large circle on the page and I had to use the buttons so I could use more Glossy Accents! Hee!

My last layout is The Thinker. (That picture under the title just cracks me up!)
I love that green lined paper and it's got a super cute aqua paper on the back side. Yay, aqua!!! I punched three little stars from it and Glossied them too. They only took about an hour to dry. I used a ultra fine Sharpie for my journaling but I think I'm going to stick to my beloved LePens from now on as the Sharpie kind of blurred a bit.

I also made a couple cards with the kit. First up, a fun Thanks card. I used the chipboard letters as stamps! (Pretty messy, tweezers are recommended!)

Finally, a more formal Thinking of You card. I went a little nuts and used up almost every rub-on in the package. Hee!

So there you have it! The June Dixie Pieces kit, School's Out! Check back tomorrow for the sweet little mini album I made with DP's add-on kit!