Monday, July 28, 2014

Hooray for Stamping

Happy Monday!  (Is there such a thing?)   I actually don't mind Monday; Sunday and Tuesday seem to be Laila's most terrible Terrible 2's days, so Mondays are usually a nice break between them.  lol   I ran off to my stamp room today while she napped and this was what I came up with.  I had started it last night but couldn't get it to come together.  It seemed easy today and I do like the result.   It is for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketch and uses their Bokeh Builder and LJD Birthday Greetings stamps.


I can't resist sketches with banners.  I figure banners, sequins, and chevrons have to be over soon, but I am so in love with them all that I will just have to be off trend and keep on using them.   I love the slightly retro feel to the colors.  

We braved dinner out on Friday night and Laila was so good.  I was happy because she's not been the best to take anywhere lately and we stay in most of the time.  She was also well-behaved at Costco on Saturday, so I hope she's learning that the better she is, the more we get to go do!   Being home all the time is ZERO fun for any of us.   Don't you love the big cup they brought her water in?   lol 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I Heart Sunshine

Avery Elle has another great challenge at the AEIHeartU challenge blog this week.   Since I've been feeling a little blue, I decided that sunshine was just what I needed today.   I used a stencil to make some sun rays, die cut the hello like a rainbow, and added some sequins and baker's twine for a fun element.   It makes me happy to look at, so I'm saying this card is for me.  Maybe I'll mail it to myself since next Saturday is the most difficult day of the year for me.

Challenge 12

I hope you are stamping a bit this weekend  as well.   I know I haven't been doing it nearly enough myself.   I want to try to do better, so maybe you'll see a few more cards from me next month.   The Dare to Get Dirty challenges are coming up soon at Splitcoast and those are on my list to work on when they start up next week.

Laila needed her picture taken after her bath the other night.  lol   She's so silly sometimes.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic

It's time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches!   The oh-so-amazing Amy is our hostess this week and she has a fabulous sketch.   She also happened to use the die I was going to, so be sure you go check out the design team blog to see her awesome card.  :)  

My card is a bit busy for using such a simple sketch.  I was just adding and adding and finally had to just STOP before it got any more out of control.   Kinda Eclectic seems to have that effect on me.   lol  I used a new color combination for me, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, and Pear Pizzazz.    They are so lovely together!  

Swinging is SO fun! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

AEIHeartU Hello

A while back I had purchased some Faber-Castell Gelatos and they got put up and never opened.  I decided to try them out and here's what I came up with.  I knew I wanted to use my hello die from Avery Elle for a second AEIHeartU challenge card.   I thought it would be awesome in black against the backgroud.   I added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen because glitter makes everything better, right?!  lol

Challenge 11

I really love playing around with some different mediums.  I am not artistic at all, but it can be fun to just try things.  I'm usually pretty scared to do that, but I'm trying to push myself a bit.  If we just do the same things over and over, a hobby can start to get boring.   Spicing things up with new products can make it almost new again.  :o)

Someone was sad that they missed the card photos, but she still posed anyway.   lol  She slept great last night without any medicine, so fingers crossed that the cough is gone for good!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MFT Wednesday Stamp Club

I managed to make a second card yesterday in addition to the one for my event.   I really wanted to play along with the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club sketch, so I pulled out my new MFT set, LJD Birthday Greetings.  I love birthday stamps!  I added a few glittery stars, but kept the card pretty simple to make it masculine.  I had to include some "spots and dots" to enter the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week too.


Great sketch, huh?  I had so many ideas, but went with the simple one because of time.   I was just happy to find time to stamp!  :) 

Sigh.   The never-ending mess of a toddler.   

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes

Hello!!!!!   I finally got to stamp today!   Well, I HAD to stamp today because I'm not ready for my event tomorrow, but still...  It's been a long week with a sick toddler and not enough sleep.   I haven't made anything since Sunday.   Almost a week!  Yikes.   I was feeling a bit out of sorts, so I sorta CASEd myself with some new colors and embellishments.   We'll be making this at my class tomorrow.   Thanks to my buddies at Fab Friday for hte wonderful bright colors! 

It's a pretty simple card, just lots of stuff going on.  I love the new decorative masks and thought it would be fun to add some stars to my card base.   And SEQUINS!  LOVE sequins, especially in the In Colors.   I also used my Blendabilities to color the button to match my card.  Good stuff there! 

I seem to have a helper every time I try to take pictures now.  She did ohhh and ahh over my card, so I can't be mad at her.  She's had an awful cough all week.   She seems fine otherwise, but it gets worse at night and has been affecting her (and our) sleep.   She finally slept 13 hours last night, so I'm hoping she's a not-so-terrible-two toddler today.   Yesterday was just way too much and Jason and I were both at our wit's end.  I don't think toddler is going to be our shining parenting age for sure! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies

It's Wednesday, so time for a new Freshly Made Sketches challenge!  The queen of layers and fussy cutting, Narelle, is our hostess is week.   She has a fabulous sketch with banners.    I am a bit short on time lately, so I whipped up this card for both the sketch and my stamping event this weekend.  It's nice when you can do that, right?   I might change out the designer paper (DSP) for my event so that the sentiment shows up a bit better.  I love the new set called And Many More.  Do you have it yet?!

Isn't that a fun sketch?   I love it and might even do a second card for my event with it.  :)   Our theme is kids birthday cards and I think that fits perfectly with the banners.  

We took Laila to the park last week and as always, I had to take my camera along.   I was so happy when I looked at my pictures and saw this one.   She's in motion so much now that it's hard to snap a lot of really good shots.  When I do get one, it makes me super happy.  :)    Unfortunately, she's feeling worse now.  I think she might have a summer cold.  Saturday night was rough with coughing and everyone waking up all night.   Yesterday brought sneezing and a runny nose along with no nap.    We are going to be worn out if this is a long lasting thing.  Blah.  It's times like this when I wish my mom was close.    Not having anyone nearby to help gets rough doesn't it?