Friday, August 29, 2014

Fishy Fun

TGIF, everyone!  Is anyone else glad it is Friday?  My kids aren't even doing school yet and I'm thankful for Friday, especially on a long weekend.  Do you guys have any big plans for Labor Day?  I hope to do a whole lot of nothing!  How's that for a plan?  It feels like we have been go go going all summer long and I could just use some downtime.  I do hope to get a little card making done and maybe get started on my Christmas cards this year.  I really need to get going on those.  I feel like I'm SO behind since I usually try to get them done in the Jan, Feb, Mar time frame when I'm forced to be indoors much of the time anyway.  I haven't had very good luck with that for the past two years though.  Hopefully, I can change that.  Speaking of card making, I had a little extra fun with the Ahoy kit  and the Fishy stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop last night and made this super fun card.  What do you think?

I really love the die cut frames in this kit because they give me the perfect spot for making a little scene.  For this scene, I die cut two shades of blue vellum with a ric rac border die to create the illusion of waves.  I layered my waves along with some patterned blue striped paper in the frame window to make my ocean.  When I had that done, I loved the monochromatic look it had and decided to carry that through to the rest of the card.  I colored my fish and starfish in the same colors and added them to the scene.  To create my sentiment, I stamped "Perfect Catch" on some vellum which I trimmed into a banner and added the "my" with alpha stickers.  I tossed on some enamel hearts and the scene was complete.  I set this finished card on multiple different pieces of patterned paper but as soon as it hit this piece from Studio Calico, I knew it was a match made in heaven.  I only had a small piece of it left so I used some glitter tape on the edge to fill up the card front.

I hope you guys are making the most of the fleeting days of summer.  I know I shouldn't say this but I'm really REALLY looking forward to fall.  ;)  Have a great day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

CTS #90

Ok, I'm super duper excited to share my card with you today for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I just LOVE it!  Don't you love when you sit down and make a card and in the end it just wows you?  That is how I felt when I made this card.  I wasn't thinking it was going to be that exciting but when I photographed it,  I fell in love.  Do you ever have that happen?  Well, I guess I better show you what I'm talking about.  ;)  First, the sketch:

Are you ready for it?  Here's my card:

Do you see what I'm talking about?  I know it's the kitty that makes the card but I just love the whole thing!  Everything on this card is from the Studio Calico Sandlot card kit except for the gold "i" and the enamel heart.  There is just something about that adorable wooden cat.  I know I need more of now!  ;)

Things are nuts around this house.  My oldest is still in New York hanging out with his grandparents.  We were supposed to head out this weekend to pick him up but he asked for an extension.  Ha ha!  He is my little entrepreneur and, with my mom and grandma having an annual garage sale the first weekend of September, he assured me that they "needed" his expertise.  ;)  How can I argue with that?  I had planned to start our schooling the first week of September but the beauty of homeschooling is that things can change and we can be flexible.  He'll be learning many things while he's in New York that he wouldn't get to do at home and who wouldn't want a couple more weeks of summer?  Ha ha! 

I hope you enjoyed my card and that you will go play along with our challenge this week at CAS(E) this Sketch.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On Cherry Street: August Special Release

Hi everyone, I'm super excited to show off this awesome kit celebrating Nicole's 30th birthday and self reflection.  This Reflections kit is wonderful and gorgeous and super fun to play with.  My creation today is really personal and I was hesitant to share it in the beginning but I'm slowly embracing my weight loss journey and accepting that it actually is a part of my life.

I have struggled with my weight all my life but never as much as I have since having kids.  I had a million excuses for how I got to where I was but they were just excuses.  I was so embarrassed about my weight that I never took pictures of myself or allowed people to tag me in pictures on my Facebook page.  I didn't want anyone who knew me "before" to see what I had let myself become.  It makes me sad thinking about untagging myself from pictures my nieces and nephews were so excited to share because I couldn't stand anyone seeing the real me.  Then, my niece tagged me in a picture from her high school graduation party.  I immediately jumped on Facebook to untag myself but I froze when I saw the picture.  That couldn't be me.  The picture was shocking and it was the turning point in my life.  It was time to make a change.  I've worked my butt off since seeing that picture to get to where I am today, a place where I will gladly share pictures of me.  I love being in silly pictures with my family and I'm proud of where I am.  I know I have a ways to go but I'm SO happy with my hard work and so proud of the changes I have made that I want to show it off.  To really be proud though, I need to embrace and accept where I started and admit that I needed to make this change.  I can't just act like I never went through this challenge.  So, I'm embracing it and sharing it with you now and the Reflections kit is the perfect kit for starting to embrace my journey and document my progress.  Here goes nothing...

This page celebrates the work I have done.  I didn't weigh myself around the time of the top picture because I was afraid to know what I weighed.  Because of that, I don't know my true starting weight but 236 was the number on the scale the first time I decided it was okay to weigh myself.  That's the number I have used as my starting weight but I know it may be more.  Since then, I have lost over 50lbs, got back into running, and started crossfit-like workouts 3x a week.  I've also revamped my view of food.  I no longer think of it as a way to cover my emotions.  Now, it's fuel for all the things I want to do and there are tons of things I want to do.  ;)

I LOVE the "you are enough" card.  It is exactly what I have been learning through this weight loss journey.  No matter what, I'm enough!  I thought this card needed just a touch more sass so I got out, Stuck On This, to add a little fun.  I stamped, colored, and cut my cute cactus and layered it with the stamped "Can't Touch This" and "Duh Nuh Nuh Nuh" sentiments as well as a button and some bling.  It really helped me personalize the card to show off my rockin' transformation.  I used the soon to be retired, Numbers - Symbols set to document my starting weight on my motivation picture as well as the "Ouch" sentiment from Stuck On This.  My next 4x6 card uses the 3x4 "Nothing worth having comes easy" card from the Reflections kit layered on some patterned paper to fill the pocket.  I LOVE this card because it sums things up perfectly.  For a glimpse of some of my hard work, I added a picture of my friends and I running the Midnight Madness run.  I added a strip of vellum stamped with a stamp from the Magical Kit.  I love how all the kits can work together. 

I used the "Right Now" card to show how far I've come by adding an arrow and 50 indicating that I'm down 50lbs.  My "now" picture was taken two weekends ago and I had just as big of a reaction to seeing this picture as I did when I saw my "before" picture.  I again, didn't realize I looked like that.  Wow, I've really come a LONG way.  It made me think of the Chris Brown song, "Look At Me Now".  I went with that and used one of the adorable polka dot cards in the kit to make my "look @ me now" card as a transition from the before and during pics to the after pic.  I love how it turned out and it totally gets the song in my head every time I look at it.

My final card was another stretched 3x4 that couldn't contain a truer quote for me.  I can now officially say that I measure up and no matter what, I'm proud of myself.

I hope you enjoyed my layout and will go check out the rest of the team's work on the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog.  It was fun showing off my creation and my struggles and just so you can see the difference, here is the before and after pics together.  Enjoy and have a great day!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CTS #89

Let me just tell you that this is my FAVORITE sketch yet.  I know, I know, I say that ALL the time but, seriously, the creations made with this sketch are AMAZING!  You must check out CAS(E) this Sketch today and see the design team's take on this sketch.  I swear you will be blown away.  For now, I'll share the sketch with you and my card but you have to go see all the other cards, oh, and play along!  ;)


I used lots of Studio Calico kit bits and pieces for this card as well as the Balloons and Princess stamp sets from the Sweet Stamp Shop.  I love the little crepe paper fringe from Studio Calico!  It's super cute and, in my opinion, it makes this card!

Today we don't have drum and piano lessons to run around to and I almost don't know what to do with myself, ALMOST!  ;)  We are going to head to the REC center and do some lap swimming and playing.  Should be fun!  I hope you guys have a great day and don't forget to check out the new challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fair Fun, On Cherry Street, and the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog

Guess who's up on the Sweet Blog today sharing another creation made with the newest kit from On Cherry Street?  Yup, this girl!  I'm showing off just a bit of the fun we had at the Iowa State Fair on a pocket scrapbook spread using the new Ahoy Kit.  I really think you are going to love it and I hope you'll check it out.  Here's a peek...did someone say chicken fried bacon?  ;)

Have a great one!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sweet Stamp Shop: Sketches 2 Ways

It's a lovely Tuesday morning here in Iowa and I just wanted to pop on to the blog and let you know that I'm up over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog.  In case you didn't know, I'm sharing a sneak peek at this week's CAS(E) this Sketch challenge that won't be on the blog until Thursday!  How fun is that?  So, go check me out.  I think you'll enjoy it!  Here's a peek of one of the cards I made...get over to the blog to see the whole thing!  ;)  See you guys tomorrow!

Monday, August 18, 2014

On Cherry Street: August Release!

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are coming here from the Sweet Stamp Shop blog after checking out all the amazing On Cherry Street Ahoy kit inspiration.  If not, be sure to check it out!  You won't want to miss this kit.  It's jam packed with awesome supplies for everything you could possibly want to create.  Just look:

I had a blast working with this kit and I keep turning to it to make more.  Like I said, it's packed with stuff!  The stamp set is super fun for card making, scrapbooking, and just about anything else you could ever want.  It's awesome!

Are you ready to see my projects for this release?  First up is a card I made using two of the adorable pocket cards and the new Ahoy stamp set

To me, the stripes totally looked like a modern ocean/sky landscape so I used that 4x6 card as my background paper and cut the boat and waves out of a 3x4 card to add to the front.  I stamped and embossed the "Ahoy there, Matey!" sentiment from the Ahoy set and added a few colorful enamel dots to pick up the colors on my boat's flags.  Finally, I decided it needed just a bit more so I used glossy accents to give a shine to the sail and flags. 

My next card uses the kit and the Ahoy stamp set as well. 

This card uses two 4x6 pocket cards.  I trimmed down my life preserver card to fit as a background and then cut out the sentiment on the explore more card to make a sentiment strip for my card.  I layered a bit of red glitter tape under my popped sentiment to give it some sparkle.  Finally, I stamped and cut two life preservers from the Ahoy stamp set to accent my card.  I tied them together with some cross stitch floss and adhered them in place on the card.  Super fun!

My final card uses an oldie but goodie, Too Hip, along with the Ahoy kit and Ahoy stamp set.

When I saw all the fun in this kit, I just knew I was going to have to have a card with a pirate hippo!  How could I resist?  I stamped and masked my pirate hat on some white cardstock before stamping my cute hippo in place.  I then colored and cut him out.  For my background, I used the anchor 4x6 card and a strip of glitter tape.  I layered my 3x4 Sink or Swim card from the Ahoy kit and then tried to decided how to tie it all together.  What kind of card was this going to be?  At first I thought, "Sink or swim:  I'm here for you" or "Sink or Swim:  I'll always love you".  Both are good options but then I saw this little flag I had in a pile of banners that said "Go Big".  Big, Hippo...perfect!!!!  My banner layered with the pirate hippo, life preserver, and some bling finished the card off perfectly.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today using the Ahoy kit.  Don't forget to check out the Sweet Stamp Shop blog if you missed it.  You won't want to miss the rest of the amazing creations from the design team.  I can't wait to share more of this amazing kit with you.  So keep checking out my blog and the Sweet blog for more fun all month long!  Have a great day!