Tuesday, May 31, 2011

card-o-rama {and a giveaway too}…

We had a wonderful, relaxing, productive long weekend!  I’ll share some photos and ideas from our weekend soon, but today I wanted to share some cards I’ve worked on recently.  All of these cards are made with Cosmo Cricket products – but several different lines…

This card was on the Cosmo Cricket blog last Saturday.  I used the newest Cosmo Cricket line – Odds & Ends – isn’t that little image so cute?     

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I made this quick and easy card using elements from Cosmo’s Circa 1934 line:

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This “Thanks” card was created with Cosmo’s Social Club line. 

(I also used a sketch from Papercrafts magazine for this one)

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And here’s the last one I have to share today (using the Togetherness line by Cosmo Cricket)…and it’s only a sneak peek.  Why?  Because it was recently published in a brand new mini magazine! 

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This new publication features cards created with the Cricut die-cutting machine

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I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the premier issue of this fun little quarterly magazine.  You can purchase the magazine exclusively at Oh My Crafts! (it’s on sale right now for only $2.99)  BUT, before you rush over to purchase it, you might want to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win your own copy!  The nice folks from the magazine sent me an extra copy (or maybe a couple *wink*) to share with my blog readers – and I’d love to send one to you!  The only stipulation is that you live in the US.  Please leave me a comment telling me how you spent your Memorial Day weekend.  I’ll choose the winner(s) on Friday morning!

Friday, May 27, 2011

big bikes…

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another Slice Project! 

Today I’m sharing a layout…

The boys actually got these bikes at the end of last summer, but after a long winter, it’s time to take them out of storage (yay!).  They were getting pretty good, and we were even able to take Zach’s training wheels off, but they are back on for now (I bet they aren’t on for long though).  Our new neighborhood is full of little boys who ride their bikes and scooters all around – my boys are going to fit right in!big_bikes_layout

On this layout, I used my Slice to cut out all of the words on the right side.  I used a few different digital cards for the words: Big Kids, International Travel, and Travel USA.

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Sometimes that’s all you need for journaling – a list of words.  I think between the photos and the words, the story is complete.

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Happy Friday! :o)

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Making Memories Slice

Big Kids Design Card

International Travel Design Card

Travel USA Design Card

Just Chillin’ Collection

Tiny Alphabet Stickers

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

favorite things…

This week is “favorite things week” over on the Pebbles, Inc. blog.  For my assignment, I decided to create a layout featuring the “favorite things” of my kiddos.

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I typed up a list of things and then had each of them fill it out with their current favorite things.

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I love that I have a list of their favorites in their OWN handwriting.  Except for Zach…but he did want to write his name himself. :o)

Meagan’s favorites:

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Josh’s favorites:

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Seth’s favorites:

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Zach’s favorites:

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In keeping with the “favorites” theme, I used my very favorite (current) line from Pebbles – Happy Go Lucky!

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I think I’m going to create a page like this every year – it’s fun to see how their favorites change or stay the same over time.

Check out the Pebbles, Inc. blog to see the fun “favorites” projects the other design team members are sharing this week!

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Happy Go Lucky Glee
Happy Go Lucky Carefree
Happy Go Lucky Tickled Pink
Happy Go Lucky Chirpy
Happy Go Lucky Delight
Happy Go Lucky Cloud Nine
Happy Go Lucky Black ABC stickers
Happy Go Lucky Embossed Stickers
Happy Go Lucky Chipboard Flowers
Happy Go Lucky Layered Embellishments
Happy Go Lucky Buttons
Happy Go Lucky Toothpick Flags
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Border Punch
Crochet Thread

Monday, May 23, 2011

she’s still sick…

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Meagan has been sick for over 3 weeks.  At first we thought she had a little cold, or maybe allergies. We gave it time…it didn’t get better.  We finally took her to the doctor where they told us she had a respiratory virus that was attacking her lungs.  She was given a breathing treatment (which we are all too familiar with since we have a few asthma sufferers in our family).  Then we were given a prescription for two different inhalers and a steroid.  She was diligent with her meds, but didn’t get better.  We took her back in to the clinic, and we were sent to the hospital for x-rays and lab work.  The diagnosis was pneumonia.  So they added an additional inhaler plus an antibiotic to her regimen.  That was last Thursday.  She’s STILL sick.  Coughing her little head off, no appetite, sore, and completely miserable.  She has little spurts of time when she feels okay.  just okay.  She wanted to get out of the house yesterday, so we took her with us to visit her grandpa and grandma…I thought maybe she was finally at a turning point…but I was wrong.  She was up all night (yes all night) coughing.  We have another appointment later today – hopefully they can figure out what the heck is going on.  She’s miserable and sick of being sick.  She HATES that she is missing school.  She hasn’t been able to run for weeks – and that’s something she loves.  She wants to feel better.  I want her to feel better.  It’s so frustrating that it’s taking so long to figure out what is wrong…

{btw…I DID take photos of her while she was getting her lab work done at the hospital, but she threatened me about putting them on my blog – so I guess they are for my eyes only, lol}

fabulous flowers winner…

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The winner of this new issue from Creating Keepsakes Magazine is….

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Comment number 3 was posted by…

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Amy said...

Snow in May is so normal for where I live! We don't like it, but oh well :)!! Thanks for the chance to win...would love to see this issue!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:34:00 AM

Congratulations, Amy!  Please e-mail me your contact information and I’ll pass it along to the folks at Creating Keepsakes so they can get your issue right out to you!

Remember, if you didn’t win, you can still use this coupon code…good for FREE SHIPPING in the USA for orders over $25 from Scrap & Paper Shop, just enter coupon code FLOWERBB at checkout. Expires: 6/3/11.

Thanks for stopping in – have a great Monday!  :o)

Friday, May 20, 2011

soccer and treats…

Zach has been playing soccer this spring.

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It was his first time playing and he’s been having a lot of fun.

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It’s a county league, and the “under six” division plays 3 on 3.  Each team has only five players, so there is plenty of playing time for everyone.

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It’s a pretty short season – especially when you consider it should have ended a week ago, but due to snow and rain we had a couple of games rescheduled to this week.

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Tomorrow morning will be our final game (unless it gets rained out).  If you’ve ever had a kid play soccer, you know that the only thing more important than getting an opportunity to kick the ball is getting a treat after the game.

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We are taking treats to tomorrow’s game.  Since it’s the final game, I wanted to do something a little more special, so I put together some little treat bags.  I used my Slice and the Bravissimo Slice Design Card to create these little goodie bags for our team members.

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The bags are just simple brown lunch sacks, but the fun part is the little paper ribbons that embellish each bag.  Here’s a closer look at the ribbons:soccer_treat_bag1

I used the Noir Paper Reverie collection from Making Memories.  I like using papers from a single collection – that way they all match and it eliminates the step of looking through every paper I own to get several papers that work together.

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I used different words on each ribbon.  Each one is a sentiment on the Bravissimo design card.soccer_treat_bag3

I thought about adding their names…but these are 5 year old boys, and I know they likely aren’t going to save their bags, so I didn’t want to do too much work, lol.soccer_treat_bag4

Wish us luck on our final game…and keep your fingers crossed for sunshine! :o)

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P.S. Don’t forget to leave a comment on the post below for a chance to win a copy of Creating Keepsakes – Fabulous Flowers!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

fabulous flowers {giveaway!}…

Brad and I have been working so hard for the last couple of weeks, getting our yard cleared out, leveled off, and ready for sod.  We have a landscaper scheduled to arrive Friday morning to lay down our lush new grass.  We were working outside last night, getting a few sprinklers repaired and clearing out the last of the piles in the back yard.  It was a lot (a LOT) of work, but we were so excited to be to this point.  Then we woke up this morning to this:
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Yep.  Snow.  May 19th.  Nice.may19_snow2
Can you lay sod over snow?  Probably not.  Crossing my fingers we’ll be back to RAIN tomorrow, instead of snow.  Or even sunshine – gasp…imagine that!
 
Well, since I’m obviously not doing a lot of gardening right now, I’ll have to get my flower fix somewhere else.  Luckily, Creating Keepsakes is helping me out with that.  Their latest Tips & Tricks issue is all about flowers.  Actually, that’s what it’s called:  Fabulous Flowers!
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Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers shows hundreds (273, according to the cover) of creative ways to use flowers on your scrapbook layouts. There are ideas for using pre-made flowers and ideas for creating your own from scratch!

Here’s a layout I created for the issue that shows what a difference using a floral background can make:

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And of course, here’s a sneak peek inside the issue for you:
(If you click to open this, you’ll see a sneak peek of another one of my layouts on the Table of Contents page!!)
 

Now for the giveaway! Creating Keepsakes is, once again, allowing me to give a copy of this issue to one of my blog readers!  Just leave a comment here before Monday, May 23, 2011 to be entered into the drawing!  I will announce the random winner here on Monday morning.

And just in case you’d like to do some shopping, I have a coupon to pass along! Good for FREE SHIPPING in the USA for orders over $25 from Scrap & Paper Shop, just enter coupon code FLOWERBB at checkout. Expires: 6/3/11.

I hope your day is drier and sunnier than mine! :o)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

finally…

Wow, what a crazy giveaway this has been!  Thank you so much for your patience and understanding – I’m so glad many of you made it back to leave a 2nd comment after your first one disappeared into cyber space.

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The winner of this issue of Creative Spaces with Megan Hoeppner is:

Chelsea said...

Looks like such a fun issue, everyone is talking about it! I can't wait to be able to look through it!

 
**Chelsea – I can’t figure out how to contact you.  The link (in your blogger profile) to your e-mail isn’t working.  So please e-mail me with your contact information so I can pass it along to Creating Keepsakes.**
 
Thanks again, to everyone who visited my blog and left a comment.  I wish I could send you ALL a copy of this inspiring book - simply because you had to go through this whole blogger fiasco with me!  Since I can’t do that, don’t forget that you can find Creative Spaces on sale now and use the code SPACESBB for free shipping in the US (offer good through 5/27/11).

Be sure to check back – I have another exciting giveaway coming soon!

Have a happy Tuesday! :o)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

one more chance {giveaway}…

Okay, here’s the deal.  I blogged (a couple of times, lol) about this great book last week:

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Blogger has reset my post from last Wednesday HERE…but unfortunately, the comments were ALL deleted.  grrrr…

To be as fair as possible, I have decided to keep my giveaway for an issue of Creative Spaces with Megan Hoeppner open for a little bit longer.  If you left a comment on my original giveaway post, it is lost in cyberspace, so leave a comment on this post again please.  You don’t have to say anything specific – any comment will work.  If this is your first time here and you’d like to win a copy of this great issue, please leave a comment on this post. (If you left a comment on Friday’s post, you’re good to go, no need to comment again.)

I will draw a random winner early Tuesday morning (May 17th).  I will consider the comments from the post below, any comments added to last Wednesday’s post, and any comments left on THIS current post when I do  my random drawing.

Thank you so much for understanding that the circumstance was completely out of my control.  Good luck!

Friday, May 13, 2011

just fyi…

Blogger has removed my Wednesday post –

which, as many of you may know, was my post all about THIS great book:

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I had promised to do a giveaway and announce the winner this morning.

Blogger has said they are going to restore the Wednesday posts and comments.  I am crossing my fingers and hope they are able to do so. When the post (and comments) go back up, I’ll choose a random winner and post it here!  Thanks for understanding! :o)

Have a Happy Friday!

ETA:  If you tried to leave a comment on Wednesday’s post and couldn’t do so, leave one on THIS post today and I’ll include you in the drawing!   :o)

dimensional journaling…

It’s Friday – and that means I have a little something Slice-related to share with you today.  I wanted to show you a cool little journaling technique that Jenny demonstrated in a video here:

Wendy Bretz created the layout Jenny is sharing – isn’t it fun?  I haven’t tried this technique myself – but I think it looks like a really fun way to add some texture and interest to a layout.  What do you think?  Anyone want to join me in a challenge to try it out?

Just FYI, there are lots of great video demos on the Slice Website – you can check them out HERE.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

creative spaces {a giveaway}…

I’m mentioned a few times that I haven’t taken the time to really dig in and organize my scrapbook area in our new house yet.  Don’t get me wrong – everything is put away and the room looks pretty tidy…but it’s not organized how I want it to be yet.  And it’s definitely not decorated or cute.  It’s been on the list…just not at the very tippy top.  Well, at least it wasn’t at the tippy top – until this came in the mail last week:

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Creative Spaces with Megan Hoeppner hit newsstands earlier this week.  If you are familiar with Creating Keepsakes Magazine, you know that Megan wrote a monthly article featuring Creative Spaces – and this is a book featuring many of those same spaces (and more!) – with beautiful photos and tons of great organizational ideas.

I was lucky enough to have my space featured in the regular magazine, and now again in this fantastic new book!  Here’s a little peek at a few of my favorite things about my (old) space:

This is one of the first photos I took of my Scrap Box.  I have two now – and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

This is just a happy little corner of my room…

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And this is one of my favorite little additions to my space –

I’ve shared it before, but I think it’s appropriate to share it here again today:

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I know – it’s just a mouse pad…but I love it & it makes me smile. :o)

Since I received my copy of Creative Spaces, I am feeling an urgency to get my new space organized and pretty.  I’ll definitely share some photos when I make some progress!

Here’s a sneak a peek inside the new issue:

You can check out Creative Spaces on sale now and use the code SPACESBB for free shipping in the US (offer good through 5/27/11).

And now, for the best part… Creating Keepsakes is generously donating a free copy of this fantastic new issue to one of my blog readers! To enter, just leave a comment telling me what you love about your own work space!  I’ll draw a random winner Friday morning.  Good luck!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

may studio AE from Technique Tuesday blog hop…

Welcome another Studio AE Blog Hop!  As this month’s guest designer, I am so excited to be joining the team for this fun day!

The new stamp set from Ali and Technique Tuesday is called, “Real Life by Ali Edwards.” 

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The set consists of 16 clear stamps. The set works great for scrapbook pages and mini books, as well as cards.

The set ships to Studio AE members between the 10th and the 15th. Non-Studio AE members can also purchase the set for a limited time through the Technique Tuesday Web site. Some retailers are also now offering the Studio AE stamp sets for purchase. Check with your favorite retailer for more details about that.

Here’s a layout I created using the stamp set:

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I came across this photo of our family from a few years ago.  We were living in a different home.  The two little boys weren’t in school yet.  Meagan and Josh look so tiny and young.  For some reason it struck me that time is going by so quickly.

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Things can change so fast.  But one thing remains the same – my love for this group of people.  My family.  Past. Present.  Future.  No matter what stage we’re in.  No matter what we’re going through.  As long as we’re together, we’re “home,” and that’s the only thing that matters.

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You might recall the project I created last week using this set – you can see it HERE.  My first layout has a very different look/feel to it – I just love how versatile this stamp set is!  Speaking of versatile, you need to check out the blogs of Ali and all of Technique Tuesday’s Studio AE team members taking part in today’s blog hop to see more ways to use the new set.

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Wendy Sue (you are here)

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Laura

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Leave a comment here on my blog (or on any one or even ALL of these blogs) by Midnight PST on May 12th. We’ll pick two people from comments received on all seven of the blogs to receive the Missing You by Ali Edwards stamp set from Technique Tuesday.

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Stamps - Real Life by Ali Edwards, Kids are Cool by Ali Edwards

Papers – Sienne Branch, Sienne Dictionary, Sienne Floral Dot

Stickers – Sienne Ephemera, Brun Ephemera

Flowers – Sienne Florets, Sienne Gems 

Brads – Brun Gems

Ribbons/Trims – Brun Antique

Tickets – Vintage Findings

Heart Charm – Vintage Findings (love collection)

Ink – Cranberry Pigment Ink

Cardstock -  White

 

**Updated to let you know the winners were posted on the Technique Tuesday Facebook page on May 13th.  I was so excited to see that one of the winning comments was left here on my blog!  If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check it out here!  Thanks so much for your comments – have a great week!**