Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teeny Tiny Cards = Teeny Tiny Baby Steps?

I actually played with stamps and paper this weekend! I actually started out trying to design a project with my Silhouette, but then I got overwhelmed and decided to bust out some stamps instead.  Not only did I use up some of my paper scraps, but I also feel like I got some of my crafty mojo back.  
I created a ton of teeny tiny cards.  I plan on using some of these for lunchbox notes, and the rest for gift tags.  I kept things really simple and had a blast.  I used a few Paper Smooches sets, a few dollar stamps, Copics, some glitter and Glossy Accents.  That's it!  I turned on music and shut the door to the office while the rest of the house napped or rested.  Heaven.  
They aren't fancy, but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  I may never go back to making regular sized cards again.  ;)  
These little cards are perfect for all of my paper scraps that I just can't seem to throw away.  They were also a great first step towards papercrafting again.  I have to take a few more baby steps before I start trying to play catch up on the kids' scrapbooks.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Maybe some of these will inspire you to make some super fast teeny tiny cards.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cartridges for Sale

I mentioned in my previous post that I was planning on selling my Cricut cartridges, and I did it.  They are ALL up on eBay (They are listed under my husband's eBay account because he has sold more stuff via eBay than me).  IF you don't mind them being gently used and linked* - go check them out.  Bidding ends Friday, February 31st at 7p.  

*I've gotten a few questions about what it means when a cartridge is "linked."  All of my cartridges were "linked" to my Gypsy (which is no longer for sale), which means that they cannot be linked to another Gypsy.  The cartridges themselves will work with your Cricut machines.  

I also put a link up in my "Shop" section of the blog.  Let me know if you have any questions!

This doesn't mean that I won't be using die cuts in my projects...it just means that I will be exclusively using my Silhouette.  Cleaning out my craft supplies is making me want to sit down and craft a bit. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Time for a new plan.

Hello.  Is there anyone still reading this blog?  Oh well...back to square one.  I definitely lost momentum once I got pregnant with Gavin and then EVERYTHING came to a screeching halt once I was put on bed rest.  Fast forward to now...the fog that settled over me seems to be lifting.  I feel lighter.  I'm not going to say that I am the same person; I'm not.  One not entirely unexpected consequence to our adventure in the NICU with Gavin, is that has taken months for me to process everything and mourn some of the things that will never be and rejoice in what IS.  I am so thankful that Gavin is doing so well - better than anyone would have ever expected, but I think I still am waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Maybe it already did.  Maybe Gavin being born at 31 weeks and spending all of that time in the NICU was the other shoe dropping, but I still catch myself looking at him and watching him; just waiting for some unforeseen complication to present itself.  I let worry color my world, and I definitely let worry affect parts of my life that I previously enjoyed...i.e. crafting and blogging to name a few.  Crafting felt like ONE more thing that I HAD to do, which clearly isn't right.  Crafting was fun - crafting was my outlet. All of the sudden design team deadlines felt like huge weights around my neck and blogs posts were CHORES to put together.  Why post a new project if NO ONE comments? When I first started my blog, I didn't get comments for months.  I remember my first "follower" and my 10th follower.  I wasn't blogging for anyone else, but me. Somewhere along the way that changed.  Design teams are so fun and rewarding, and I am beyond thankful for EVERY single team that I have served, but at some point for me personally, I think I lost my way.  Instead of crafting for me or my kids' scrapbooks - I was making cards that I had no intention of sending to anyone.  Projects that had no personal meaning to me - and I think my projects started to suck a little bit.  More importantly, I took myself almost completely out of my blog.  Instead of sharing a funny story or a little bit about me, I was posting a couple of pictures of a project and hitting publish.  I don't read blogs that do that...I may look at the initial picture on my blog roll, but I don't click on it.  I tend to religiously read blogs where the authors share something about themselves.  It doesn't mean that they are sharing EVERY little detail, but as the reader you see a snapshot of the author's life.  So, clearly it was a little hypocritical of me to be irritated when my blog wasn't getting comments.  If I wouldn't read it, why would I expect anyone else to read it?
Soooo....fast forward to now - I really do feel like the fog is lifting, and it started with an idea I had to make hats for babies in the hospital.  Gavin received several handmade hats during his stay and they made me feel happy and reminded me that I wasn't alone in my struggles.  Sometimes friends and family don't really know what to say when your baby isn't home with you right away.  Should they say, "Congratulations," should they send gifts?  Both answers to those questions by the way - are yes.  You should acknowledge it and help the parents celebrate the best you can.  That can be as simple as a congratulations or a card.  You may not get a thank you card promptly (or at all) because the parents are stretched so thin, but know this - they appreciate it.  Making hats for babies that I don't know and won't ever meet has helped me put all sorts of things in perspective.  The act of knitting is repetitive and it works for me.  It doesn't matter what kind of mood I am in - making hats for babies puts things in perspective for me.  I was VERY angry a few weeks ago about a problem we were having with our kitchen remodel and I sat down to start knitting a hat and within 10 minutes I was calmer and definitely had a better grasp on my feelings.  Busy hands - it works!!!  In the past - I definitely wouldn't have shared this on the blog.  I would worry that someone would read it and think that I was fishing for sympathy or praise.  Well...who cares?  Haters gonna hate.  LOL!  I am ONLY sharing this as a way to express one way that I am pulling myself out of this funk.    
I've learned lots more stitches now...so my hats are cuter.
Making little hats has also helped remind me that I HAVE to take care of me too.  Crafting makes me happy or at least it made me happy.  I am definitely reassessing my crafting style.  I am making some changes.  I am getting rid of ALL of my Cricut cartridges.  I don't use them.  They have been boxed up for almost 2 years.  They will be up on EBay and I WILL link them here on the blog once they are up - just in case anyone is interested.  I WILL finish Gavin's baby book...even if I cry throughout EVERY single page.  I am using the Project Life Baby Edition, but I plan on personalizing it a little here and there with die cuts and stamps.  I will definitely try and post those on the blog.  From here on out - I am only going to post projects that I LOVE.  Soo...that's where I am at.   

Friday, November 29, 2013

PKS Celebrate Christmas Hop!

Welcome, and thanks for joining the Celebrate Christmas Blog Hop!  This is a combined event for current and alumni Peachy Keen design team members, which means that there will LOTS of inspiration along the way!  If you are hopping along with us, you should have arrived here from Janice's blog, Stampin' With Janice.  If not, make sure to head back to Kristi's blog so you don't miss out on a single project!  (I will also have a complete blog list at the bottom of this post!)  Peachy Keen Stamps will be providing an amazing Christmas stamp bundle to one lucky winner.  To be entered to win, you need to leave a comment on each blog post.  There will be 1 winner chosen to receive the Christmas bundle with a retail value of $150!!!  The winner will be announced Monday, December 2nd.  

I created a personalized shadow box for today's hop.  Once I finished paper piecing the gingerbread house, the project came together really quickly and I know that I will look forward to displaying for many Christmases to come.
I paper pieced the PK-1329 Sweet Home gingerbread house. I used kraft paper as my "base," and all of the patterned papers are from the Santa's Workshop line from Doodlebug Designs.  Unfortunately, they don't make it anymore, BUT there are a ton of similar lines out there.  I used this line for our advent calendar a few years ago, and luckily I still had enough left to piece this house.  I'm pretty excited that it will coordinate, but I'm also a big dork so...  
I will freely admit that there is NO way I would paper piece this for a card or even a scrapbook page - but it was completely worth it for this project!  Once everything was pieced, I added two layers of glossy accents to all of the peppermint and one coat to just about everything else.  I had planned to use some Stickles for the "icing," but I realized on Monday night that I was COMPLETELY out, so I improvised and used some Martha Stewart Glitter Glass Paint.  Luckily it worked out perfectly!  
The shadow box itself is 8x8.  I printed out the names using our regular printer.  I did use my Silhouette Design software to help get the sizing and layout correct, but you could just as easily use a word processing program.  I used two layers of foam tape to mount the house to the background paper, and added lots of rhinestones.  It took a couple of tries to get just the right amount of fake snow, which was a tiny bit messy, but mostly fun!  I'm so excited to add this to my Christmas decorations this year!

Thank you so so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the hop!  

Peachy Keen Stamps is offering HUGE savings for Black Friday that will run the entire weekend through Monday! Visit their shop and stock up on the stamps you’ve had on your wishlist - you don’t want to miss it!  I have had my eyes on THESE super cute gingers for soo long.  With everything that happened last year around this time, I talked myself out of such a big project, but I think I am ready to tackle it!

Monday, November 4, 2013

EAD Designs Day!

Hello!  It's been a loooooong time, huh?  I've been busy and it's keeping me away from my craft desk - I promise to do a catch-up post some time this week.  Today I have a real live project to share...it's a miracle.  
If you have read my blog for awhile, you may remember that I was on the EAD Designs Team for a long time - and I LOVE and MISS them greatly. Sadly, EAD Designs closed about a year ago, so you can no longer purchase their super cute stickers or wonderful vinyl.  I know some of you still have their items stashed away.  I have all of my EAD goodies tucked away in a binder, and I haven't wanted to use them because once they're gone they are gone - (I have issues - I still have stickers that I've had since childhood, but we don't need to delve into my hoarder like tendencies right now) BUT that's probably not the best solution.  

Luckily Amy got a bunch of EAD fans together and put together a fun opportunity to help inspire you to use some of your EAD products.  We will all probably end up using different products, but we are all using this week's STS Sketch.

Would you like a chance to win some EAD goodies of your own?  Leave a comment on each of the blogs listed below for a chance to win!  There are a total of FIVE prizes being awarded! The deadline to leave a comment is Friday, November 8, 2013 at 11:59p Pacific.


All of these links will take you DIRECTLY to the correct blog post, so it will be easy peasy to leave a comment.  Can you believe some people post things on their blogs on a regular basis? Ha! (Crying on the inside.)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Scrappy Moms Stamps September Releases!

Happy Friday!  Scrappy Moms Stamps is releasing two new sets this month!  My project today features a sentiment from the new set Wedded Bliss.  
This set is great for wedding OR anniversary projects.  
They are also releasing a super cute new Halloween themed set - Love at First Bite.
It's hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner!  

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Super Speedy Saturday Project!

Happy Saturday!  I have a super speedy craft to share today using the two new stamp sets from Scrappy Moms - Happy Mail and Ice Cream Social.  This week we had Nicole's kindergarten orientation, so I started thinking about quick and easy gifts for teachers and administrators.  I used stamps from both sets (the coffee cup is from a Peachy Keen Stamp of the Month set.  You can find it here.) to create a simple gift card holder.  I can add a Starbucks gift card and a few candies - good to go.

Hope you have a great weekend!  We're still in the midst of our kitchen remodel.  I am not afraid to admit that I had a bit of a breakdown last week, but luckily we are in the home stretch.  It will be beautiful.  (I repeat that about 100 times daily.)  I can't wait to have a kitchen sink again.  Doing dishes in a tub in the kids' bathroom has lost some of the novelty at this point.  ;)  Plus, one more week of summer vacation and then school starts!  Woohoo!  I was dreading it, but now I'm looking forward to having more of a schedule.