Archive for September, 2007


Blogger’s Challenge Friday!

Sep 14, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: blogger challenge, Cards

bloggers challenge

Well this week the idea was to take an item of inspiration, and create something!

Well I have wanted to get inspired by this Address book I have had for years (obviously its pretty worn out), and thought NOW was as good a time as any! I pretty much much cased the entire thing!

card here is a close view of the card itself

I always loved the colors, and the layout. It was fun to finally use it! Love layering, and this was a great layered look! I used Garden Whimsy for this card.

colors-PT white, pomegranate, celery, pink, banana, guava

The brads were colored with Sharpies, cause I had NO pomegranate brads. Had to add something extra! It didnt seem very “balanced” other wise. For an adress book it was OK, a card made by me-not so much!

Wanted to keep the ribbon subtle-so used a sheer polkadot by May Arts.

I hope you like it, and it inspires YOU to get inspired by ANYTHING  this weekend. Be sure to check my blogroll-for the other Sketch Challenge participants-you can play along just link your creation in one of our comment sections!

Come back tomorrow-cause that is my Saturday Sketch!

Well Im so happy you all like seeing my Smilebox creations! They are so fun! And they even inspire some card ideas too! Maybe even a scrapbook page-OK maybe not-I think I’ll stick with the cute, interactive, and fast version instead! LOL!

The reaction to the video of Alexa and Amber was so heartwarming! I will definitely have a video one of Alex’a birthday! I just bought her Princess dress today, after going to the dentist for my first cleaning after 10 years!

OMG! I should have done a Smilebox video for that! LOL! Too funny. I had a death grip on the chair!

For those who have NOT gone to the dentist in a while I can tell you it wasn that bad! They numbed my gums before the cleaning-that was NEW! So its wasnt totally awful! I have another step 2 cleaning in 2 weeks where they will fill one big cavity! YIKES!

They do some water thing instead of scrapping-they did scrap after alittle but it wasn that bad.

OK here is a Smilebox of Amber making cupcakes for her class! Speaking of cavities, and dentists!!!

She made these for her Pre-School class! They turned out super yummy!

She did it ALL by herself! Even the frosting! I just measured everything out-then put it on the counter.

 I admit it was hard to give up control! LOL! But she was so proud and did so good.

I chose black and white cause it matched the bkgd better! LOL! Plus my lighting was not too fabulous!

PAY NOT ATTENTION TO THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I will talk to Smilebox about having some things so showcase kids and cooking without a specific sentiment!

I really hope you try one! If you do send it to me-Id love to see it! Or if you have suggestions for some you dont see but would like to in the future!

Thats part of the fun of what I get to do! Test products, and give my input on future stuff. Its  really cool!

Amber making cupckaes
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For Grandpa

Sep 13, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

This is my story, of the making of the dreaded Masculine card! (Think law and order begining with the music-LOL!)

for grandpa

I made this card for Jason’s Grandpa. He just has a birthday, and once again I am LATE getting a card out! I think its also the expectation that I will always pop out some fantabulous creation that makes me un-motivated to make a card sometimes. At least I know its appreciated 😀

I really struggle with masculine style cards-ALOT! Not cause I “can’t” I just dont like to make them as much! Im all girly flowery kinda stuff. Dont get me wrong-boy cards can be fun and cute-and I ahve done some guy stuff Im proud of its just not always my first choice!

I thought for a masculine card I would do the NORMAL, ole standby’s- leaves, or Lovely as a tree, and then I remember this set Lets Hear it for the Boys! How PERFECT!!!! This is a total grandpa scene! Seriously!

All he is missing is the grandpa belly 😀

If you look in the set you’ll see a sentiment that says “grandparents”, I simply just inked “grandpa” instead.

He loves to fish so I had to add the fishy plaque! I so should have made the fish a darker green and I am now killing myself over that detail-but oh well! There is a gellyroll glaze pen over it so it looks all taxidermed and stuff too.

The paper is an old mat stack by K & co. I love their line of products-LOVE IT!!

The rug is flocked (love flocking stuff too)

Of course its colored with myCopic markers.

So thats about it for details. Now all I need to do is actually MAIL it! Its been sitting here for 4 days now!

I’d love to hear what you love for masculine sets! Im always looking to expand my collection.

Beautiful Girl Photo TIn

Sep 12, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items

side 2    side 2      amber front 

THUMBNAILS-click for larger view

Since I’m in LOVE with this photo of Amber I decided to encapsulate it forever! LOL!

I was thrilled with how this turned out! It was the first thing I did with my Paper Trey set, I just forgot to upload it!

I chose to use Basic Grey Fare Thee Well pattern from Scarlett’s Letter collection. Its got hue’s of gray, black & white.

I used  large clear hing tins-and cut Amber’s photo to size. Adhered it into the tin. I then lined the inner edge inside the tin so it looks complete in there! I also covered the bottom and back of tin with the same pattern. The lip of the top the tin is covered with May Arts black velvet ribbon, for interest, and texture.

The lid is stamped using black StazOn and the leaf image form the Paper Trey Ink set-Beautiful Blooms.

I then cuttlebugged (Flowers #1die set) some glittered black felt (got that at Michaels) and then stamped/punched the flowers. I wrapped some dark gray polka dot ribbon around the box, and strung it through the hodge podge piece. I has the perfect little pin set from Making Memories, and stamped the “girl” sentiment on the tiny tag!

I will cherish this forever! Isnt she so sweet! I am really enjoying this age with her. She is in her torturous three’s but SO CUTE! I can hardly stand it.

Well I hope this gives you some new uses for those clear top tins! Now I need to make 2 more! That way Noah & Alexa dont get upset 😀

Planning for a Princess!

Sep 11, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My family stuff

alexa princess Princess Alexa

Planning for  a Princess is hard work!

Alexa has dreamed about having this Princess party since last year! Finally I will be able to make all these “plans” happen.

We are going to have a “costume” party so each girl will come dressed in Princess attire! They will decorate crowns, make jewelry, and decorate their own jewelry boxes!

They will then feast on a Castle cake, have a pinata, and some ice cream.

Birthday’s in my house are HUGE!

Especially Alexa’s!

EVERY year I ball my eye’s out when we sing happy birthday to her! I think because since I was pregnant I was always fighting for her-to be here-alive and well. Each year Im thankful for her, and am so emotional.

She amazes me with what she overcomes every year, and that little feeling that we are never guaranteed  NEXT year -wth anyone- always hits.

She is a fighter-always has been. I cannot believe all she has done in her little 8 years of life. What she has taught me, and changed in me as a mother and person.

I am so thankful to have her-another year.

So back to the big bash!

We are of course going with the Princess theme. My thought for the invites was like a scroll-you know like one you would get a long time ago for a invite to the ball.

Well, as suggested, I had to incorporate Alexa’s set-so came up with this idea. Remember the key being simple! These only took me 1 hour!!!!! Not including drying time for the stickles!

sparkle princess They are modified scrolls!

The invite inforamtion is printed on computer paper, rolled up, and placed through a cardstock “holder” I designed, so they stand, and wont get squished.

 side view click photo to enlarge

 I also thought it would be better than just tying with some ribbon. Think getting sent home in a childs backpack! Oh the horror!  So I wanted pretty and detailed but not so much so that when these are trashed I wont want to cry!

Alexa LOVES pink, and chose Pixie Pink for the colors.

I used stickles on the dress, and star adhesive Rhinestones (from A Muse) for her “crown”.

The invite reads the following-

 

Her Royal Majesty Alexa is turning 8!

 

In honor of this event we will be hosting

a costume celebration!

 

The Honor of your presence is requested

On Sunday September 30th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Her royal court will gather, in their best Princess Attire

at (my address).

 

The festivities will include the decoration

of royal crowns, jewelry, and of course jewelry boxes.

 

This will be followed by a royal feast of cake and ice cream.

 

It is asked that you reply by September 21st

at (my phone #)

Her majesty hopes to see you there.

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scroll    Click Photo to enlarge inside of invites

So thats it! Thats my big ole plan! I only had to make 10 invites, so thats good  set of 10

They look pretty all together. I hope the girls go! Its hard cause Alexa is new, shy and very quiet.

I’ll keep ya posted!

Alexa teaches Amber to read!

Sep 11, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: My family stuff, Smilebox Creations

Alexa came home with this cute little book the colored in school. She came home and read it to me. I am so excited that her reading skills are improving in leaps and bounds! She can read most on any stag 1 reading book. She is doing well with sounding out words she doesnt know. This is a HUGE milestone for Alexa. People with Down Syndrome have a harder time learning to read, and seeing her be at just about grade level of “normal” kids after missing 1 1/2 YEARS of school is just proof that you should not limit ANY child-weather they have a “diagnoses” or not!

Personally I find if you have low expectations of ANY child they wont really strive to go past them. But if you challenge your child and make them feel anything is possible they try harder!

I am proud to say I have never limited Alexa-EVER! Nor have I let our public school system. She has amazed many people, and I am so proud of her!

There was a BIG deal about holding her back in first grade due to the No Child Left Behind policy. While it may be a good policy for some-I found that they may also be PUSHING kids who aren’t ready for the next grade through, just because. That is not necessarily a good thing IMO.

OK I feel like I could get into a whole big thing here, along with my personal expieriences and this isnt why I was posting this! LOL! I am just a proud mama-who had to share this cute little event!

So here she is reading the story to Amber

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Scor-Pal Its been a while since I posted a review and I’ve gotten alot of questions about the Scor-Pal since posting my Window Box Tutorial link , and my Make your own envelopes link.

What is the Scor-Pal?

Well in my own words, its a lightweight, heavy duty plastic board, with deeply etched grid lines, that enable’s you to make nice, deep, straight, crisp scores on the lightest weight paper, to the heavy duty cardstock without problems! You don’t even have to move your paper-unless you need to score going the other direction!

This tool was designed by Diana Crick, and can be seen HERE. It costs $39.95 plus S/H for US.

It arrives with instructions and a mini tutorial when you get it!

There are lots of great tutorials on the site, with photos, and step by step directions, which are very helpful. I myself an a very visual person! I often dont need directions but can figure it out by examining it. Must be my nursing skills shining through! LOL! More tutorials are planned in the future, which I think its neat for her to be so concerned that you get the maximum use from your Scor-Pal once its purchased! Alot of places dont care to continue to entertain uses for their product once its in your home.

Let me start by saying that before getting a Scor-Pal, I rarely scored my cards! I would often just fold them in half-then use a Pampered Chef stoneware scrapper (if even that) to get a crisp seam.

The result of that-due to heavy weight cardstock, would often be a cracked looking seam, sometime’s a bit crooked, and I would have to turn the card-inside out! NOT COOL!

The other way I would score my own designed boxes and whatnot was using my Fiskars Paper Trimmer

http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/viewlarge.aspx?img=/tools/12-euro-personal-paper-trimmer/large.jpg

It had a scoring blade, that you could attach to the rail. While I didnt mind using that from time to time, it was annoying to change out the cutting blade, then keep sliding my paper along the the measurements I needed scored!

This is where the Scor-Pal comes in. I am now wondering HOW I made all that stuff I did without it! Since getting it, it has saved me time, and frustration, and gives me a real professional crisp line.

I planned on putting it under my desk after using it, but it hasn’t left my workspace since day 1.

I LOVE the fact that I dont have to even pick up my paper ONCE! I just score along the grid.

The grooves are deep, so no slipping out as you run your Scor-Tool down the line. I really like the little holder provided at the top of the Scor-Pal that holds that little Scor-Tool. I am one who would DEFINITELY “misplace” it if I didnt have that little holder! LOL!

It even had a button that allows you to POP it out of the holder! So no breaking those nails or getting annoyed that its “stuck” in there.

There is also a special slot under the Scor-Pal for another Scor-Tool! You can never have enough of those right? LOL!

The Scor-Tool in itself is cool because it’s shape makes it easy to grasp, and of course it fits perfectly in the grooves. It just has a nice “feel” to it, and isn’t made of anything that leaves those shiny marks on your paper like other tools might.

OK Now for the ONLY part Im not thrilled about. It really does need a few more scored  grooves. Like at 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 inch. You can of course start to score at the 1/2 inch mark, which you can find at the far end- 11 1/2 mark. This gives you that 1/2 groove. But there really is no beginning 1/4 or even 3/4 inch mark.

I have moved my cardstock along the Scor-Pal to get a groove where I need it, and at this point I’m OK with that.

I was told that a NEW Scor-Pal is in the works with MORE grooves! YEAH!!!

Diana is great about listening to what people think, and want.

At this point I use this tool EVERY time I stamp now! I feel like it was money well spent. Since I work on several design teams just mediocre work doesn’t cut it. Even if I weren’t I think we are always looking for ways to improve the overall appearance of our items.

I’m open to any feedback or questions you have!

Hope you get to try one out, or if you have one, lets hear your opinion on it!

Here I would like to share a quick bag cover I made using the NEW! Paper Trey set Beautiful Blooms.

Click on photos to enlarge. I just cut the top off one of her frosted Tin Tie Top Bags, and made a cute coverlet. The top flap slides under the ribbon to keep it closed! How cute would these be for gifts or favors at a Bridal Shower or Wedding even!

side 2     bag of Blooms    blooms side 1

Thanks for looking!

AW! Please read.

Sep 10, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

One of my regular readers here did a post on her about Alexa’s Stamp set! Her samples are adorable.

More so than that was the message!

Please click —>HERE to read it! Its so sweet. I love also seeing/hearing what other people out there do to use stamping to make a difference!

Thanks so much MJ! There are so many people who will be touched by your contribution!

Simply Seasonal!!

Sep 10, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

Today is the day! You can now order from Lizzie Anne’s NEW! Release sets! There are 8 new set releases, and 16 new simply singles! AND they are all CUTE!!!!!!!!

Speaking of ordering-have you seen that All That Scraps has new Primas in? Basic Grey paper, Cats Pajamas, Sassafras Las Owl set and OMW! So much more! I placed my order yesterday so happy mail here I come!

OK-sorry you know I cant let you NOT know about cool stuff right?

I am going to show you a few samples from some sets I have yet to use! They are all part of the new releases available TODAY!

little snowmen Little snowmen

How cute are these snowmen? They are from the simply singles line-as are the snowflakes I stamped on vellum cardstock.

Simple card.

WHY?

WHOreally goes ALL OUT on mass producing holiday cards? NOT “I”! And thats what I’m lovin these days-clean, and simple, yet still detailed. I thought about adding a few brads-but haven’t decided yet…………….its better to add later or keep it clean rather than clutter and over do! This is a small main image and I dont want to detract your focus from that either!

circle of snowmen Circle of snowmen

Here is another quickie card, using the new Simply Singles-snowmen, and the set Holiday Cheer. I just punched out the snowmen (see full image above) I wanted with my circle punch, and covered the words with some wavy cut cardstock! Added some stickles and done!

holiday cheer Funky Fun Cheer!

Do these colors not scream Holiday Cheer! This is so retro! I love these trees from the Holiday Cheer set! Just colored with my SU! Markers, and I was done. OK I know I HAD to add some stickles and some of those adhesive rhinestones-its a bad habit that I just LOVE to hate.

The POP of the sentiment in black is perfect-and I like the funky tab closure. The ribbon in by American Crafts in UPTOWN collection-love these different Christmas/Holiday colors.

And that my friends is it for today!

Hope you get to order! Id LOVE to hear what is your favorite new Lizzie Anne set!

Mine is shockingly High Hellos, and L’Amour.

I LOVE the Floral Frenzy but am having a serious block when it comes to ideas-EEEK! Not cool!

I’d alos love to hear what you think you will use for your Christmas cards this year! Any ideas?

I am clueless! Gotta get the kids photos done first!

Noah’s First Soccer Game

Sep 10, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: My family stuff, Smilebox Creations, Uncategorized

Before you watch this you need some background info!

Jason is the coach of Noah’s team. There are 6 kids. All ages 4-5. it was a very hot day too!

This was their very first game, and it was against an older team! They only had 3 practices!

I was so proud of the team. Noah LOVES soccer, and I was so happy to see him do something he truly enjoyed. He likes to run-alot on and off the field! LOL! He did so well. He even scored 3 goals! Too bad it was in the other teams net!

He didnt even care he was jumping up and down waving his arms saying “YEAH! I SCORED! I WON! I’M AWESOME!” That was precious!

I dont care if he’s the star player-just that he work as a team and participate. Just seeing him truly enjoy himself and count day the days till the next practice is so great for me as a parent. Isnt that all we want? Just for our children to be happy. Seeing this first time playing team kick butt was great. The ending score was 6 to eight-we lost! But Noah did score 3 of their goals!~

I’m also proud of my husband for being such an involved father, and seeing his patience with the kids-that is a virtue I do NOT possess! They did pretty good following his directions and aside from going the wrong way a few times did awesome.

The first clip is a video. Its of Noah’s kickoff-watch the kids try to follow directions! HILARIOUS! The boy who is suppose to stand over the ball kicks it, and in the end tackles it! Its like he decided to play football instead! Very precious!

 Here is Noah’s first game! Sorry some of the stuff is a bit fuzzy! I was far away.

WARNING if you get motion sick-dont watch my video I took using our camera! OH BOY!

Noah's First Game!
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