Saturday, July 4, 2015

Scary Owls for TPD

Happy July 4th!    The fireworks are starting here, so I wanted to get up post up in case my girl woke back up.   She was up super early today, so I'm hoping she will sleep through them.  Fingers and toes crossed!    I decided to do a little Halloween card with the new Hooters stamp from Two Paper Divas.   I got a bit out of control on this one.   I did my watercolor/distress ink background, colored the owls with my Copics, added Glossy Accents to the owls' eyes and the BOO!, and then added a bunch of stitched rectangle die cut mats.   It's probably too much, but it was fun!  :) And it's PURPLE!

 Jason and I aren't fans of watermelon, so we don't really buy it.   Laila has a book from the library about a watermelon-eating alligator (or crocodile) and she asked for some this week.  We got her one and she ate all of this piece.  She hasn't seemed to want it since, so I'm thinking it's not her favorite either. :)

Happy Independence Day to my American peeps!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sailing Away (I wish!)

Happy Wednesday! And Happy July!   We've made it to the middle of the week and the middle of the  year.  Woo Hoo!  I'm happy to say that as yesterday was a super crappy day for me and my girl.  We survived, but man!  Those threes might just be worse than the twos and we just got started!  Anyway...  I'm the hostess/designer/thingamajigger at Freshly Made Sketches this week and I hope you like the sketch I came up with.   I did a wee bit (okay, a lot) of stretching of the sketch for my card.  My card kit from Simon Says Stamp came and I just had to use it!   It is such a fun one and I love how my card turned out!   I can't wait to ink it up again soon!

You can see all the elements of the sketch in my card, right?  Yeah!   lol  I love what the rest of the team did, so be sure you hop over and see their amazing creations as well.  

I'm pretty sure that blowing out the candles is Laila's favorite part of her birthday parties.  :)    She was quite happy that she got the strawberry cake she asked for.  Jason and I aren't the best cake makers, but we worked together to make her a homemade one.   

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ombre Pretty Posies

I am always so behind!   I am finally posting my Two Paper Divas card for the week.   With Laila's party and crazy tantrums last week I have just gotten behind and lost track of time.   I finally sat down for a bit this afternoon with these two great stamps, Pretty Posies and Love With Your Heart,  and my new Hero Arts ombre ink pad.  Isn't that a fun look?  I love the flowers!   I need to work on using the ink pad a bit more, but it was so fun and I love the results.  I wanted the flowers to really pop, so I left the rest of the card very simple with lots of white space.

Here's the banner I made for Laila using my new Banner Punch Board.  It was pretty easy thanks to that, some framelit dies, and my Cameo!  :)  

She had the best day and I'm so thankful that we had a few friends over to enjoy it with us.  She played and played.  She was so worn out that she didn't even wake up during the thunderstorms last night.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spectrum for SPARKS

A few weeks back I won a gift certificate to the Paper Smooches store and I was dying to use my new stamps!   I just love this little unicorn so much!    The current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge is an anything goes on, so I'll be entering this for that.   I love all the neutrals/white with that pop of rainbow colors.  So much fun!!!!

One of my Instagram friends commented on how much she loved that stamp, so I'm excited to send this card off to her.   Crafty friends are so much fun!  I just have to find my stamps which I seem to have lost or put in a very safe place.   

MFT Summer School Lesson 1

Did you go to Summer School?    MFT had a great little cardmaking school on their blog last week and I managed to make a few cards from the lessons.   This post is sharing my homework for the Rule of Thirds that Kimberly taught.   I made a grid on some vellum just like she did and I know it is going to be so helpful in my stamping!   Be sure you go check out her awesome video.  :)

My friend sent us a Super Why costumer that her little boy wore for a previous Halloween.  Laila is so excited about it.  It's her favorite show and of course we are having Super Why decorations at her party this weekend.   :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Freshly Made Flower

Trying to get my head back in the game!   Today I am rejoining my lovely ladies at Freshly Made Sketches for our new sketch.   It's a great one from my friend Jen M.   She's a master of clean-and-simple and inspires me to embrace the white space! I used some new goodies from Ellen Hutson for my card.  I an in love with that flower die!
There are a lot of great interpretations of "any shape" on the design team and I just know we will get lots of creative entries!

She really liked this one. :)   She wouldn't give it back!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Let Freedom Ring for TPD

Can you believe it's almost July??   I wanted to use this awesome Let Freedom Ring set from Two Paper Divas again before the holiday came and went.  I kept it simple with a lot of white because I feel that patriotic cards can become busy and bright with too much red and blue.   I added in a bit of the gray from the patterned paper with a star stencil to tie it all together.   The Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge starts tomorrow, but I used the sneak peak they posted on Facebook for my card.  I'll come back and update my post tomorrow with the sketch.

Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  Today was the first day I went in my room since last Saturday.  I have hit a pretty big down spot and mostly just want to stay in bed.  Of course I can't do that with Laila, so I do have to get up and at least try to function.   I did good today; I stamped two cards and left the house.   In times like this, that's a huge accomplishment.  I am hoping this bad week passes and life becomes more normal.   I have always had issues with depression, but adding PMDD on top of it has just broken me.  I had PPD after I had Eli, but it wasn't anything like this.   Some days I don't even know myself for a week or two every month.  How sad is that?  Anyway....

My friend gave us some old dress-up clothes a while back and this week was perfect to get them out.   The rain kept us inside and my mood wasn't up to a lot of intense playing.   She had such a blast putting on these things and pretending to be different things.  I wish I'd gotten her some for her birthday.   I can't believe she will be 3 in a week!  So crazy!