Monday, December 29, 2008

I have killed the fish!

Well just one of them and it wasn't my fault. The aerator thingy on my son's tank was not making bubbles like the one on my daughter's fish tank. I kept checking it and moving it around, but then I would see bubbles coming out so I though all is well. I guess as soon as I closed the lid it would stop working. Poor fish! We had it for just over 24-hours and it's dead. My son was so sweet. I asked him if he wanted to say anything about his fish before its burial (which was a quick flush). He said this little prayer, "Dear God. Take care of my goldfish in heaven. I really liked having you. You were a good swimmer. I'm so sad now." Then he walked out of the room all teared up. I am standing there in tears. What a sweet and sensitive boy I have. On the day he was born I looked at him and told my husband that he had thoughtful eyes. He was going to be such a thoughtful and compassionate child. I told Garrett I would get a new tank tomorrow and some new fish. Daddy said he could have three and he has already named them. Ben (like his first fish), Jerry, and Tom. He has a cute sense of humor too. Wish me luck on the new fish. I don't want to go through this ordeal again. Doesn't it just crush you to see your child so sad. I am going to make sure the aerator works on the new tank.

Kristen

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas

We had a wonderful Christmas! The kids were so fun this year and they got lots of great stuff from Santa this year and from the grandparents and Aunt "Mimmy" too. All the new toys kept them entertained for a few days while we had some brief winter weather and very cold temperatures. This weekend we finally got out of the house and went to the Natural History Museum and then today to the pet store to get some goldfish. The kids have been asking for 6 months if they could have a fish for their room. So today they each got a goldfish. Caden named her's Rexy (after her T-Rex of course) and Garrett named his Ben (after Ben 10, his favorite cartoon). They seem rather lonely so hopefully they will stay healthy (and live or more than a week) and then we can get some more (I have had bad luck with goldfish or any kind of fish in the past). But I have confidence in my "fish-raising"abilities-LOL!

This weeks Page Plans sketch (by Chris this week) was lots of fun. The pictures were from a little snow storm we had over a week ago. I faded the large photo so that it seemed almost transparent. Then I added the two smaller pictures to the side. It came out with a unique look I think.

So here is the sketch.



Here is my layout.


Page Plans is having a New Years' contest some up soon. Be sure to check them out. Next week all the details of the contest will be revealed. It should be lots of fun!

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I wanted to share a wreath I made this year that was inspired by a visit to Starbucks. I had noticed these wreaths and garland hanging around the Starbucks I go to once in a while. They were basically yarn balls of different sizes and colors and small colored glass ornaments attached to it. I kept looking at it thinking I could make something like that, so I headed to Hobby Lobby. I knew I didn't actually want to make yarn balls because it would waste a lot of yarn and I didn't have a lot of time. So I bought some Styrofoam balls of various sizes along with different red and green yarns. Then I wrapped the yarn around the Styrofoam balls. Then I added some ivory/gold-ish looking glass ball ornaments and one very ornate green glass ornament and was done. I attached the yarns balls and ornaments (with my hot glue gun) to a foam wreath that I wrapped it some pretty Christmas ribbon. It turned out pretty cool and I impressed myself even. It didn't take long to make at all and it was a nice addition to my front door.




Well I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years eve and day this week! We actually get to go out for a little bit. I promised the babysitter we would be back by 10:00. So I am looking forward to celebrating with my friends this year.

Kristen

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Happy Sunday

Only 4 more days until Christmas! My kids are just so excited about this year and have really gotten into the whole Christmas spirit! They made Christmas chains a few weeks ago to count down the days until Christmas. The weather here has been cold but no snow. We have chances of snow on Monday through Thursday this week. Although I doubt we have a white Christmas. That is a rare thing here. Today we have a birthday party and tonight we are going to see the River of Lights down at the Bio-Park. My daughter is especially excited to see the new moving T-Rex this year.

So this week at Page Plans we had a very awesome sketch to work with this week and I hopefully worked out all the quirks of why my emails with my layouts (of course) were not getting to the Page Plan gals, Chris and Lesli. How mortified I was that they were not getting them. Even though I wasn't getting any kind of message saying otherwise. I had so much fun with this sketch. The theme was a tradition we do for the Christmas holidays. We decorate the tree and buy special ornaments to hang on the tree each year. This year I let the kids pick their own ornament. Garrett picked a Buzz Lightyear ornament and Caden picked out Rocket form the Little Einstein's. Then I picked out one for the tree too. The kids ahd so much fun decrorating the tree this year and I took some great photos. I used an antique option on iPhoto to alter the colors a bit on the pictures. I used more of that fun paper from Tinkering Ink.

So here is the sketch by Chris.

This is what I came up with.


Well I hope everyone has a great week!! Have a wonderful Christmas, Hannukah, and Kawanza!
Kristen

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Blustery Day

Blustery but warm and so it's been raining rather than snowing her today. I love it when it snows here. It doesn't stay around too long and if I don't have to drive anywhere then I really love it. I have become "impaired" since moving here to New Mexico and can no longer drive in snowy weather. I'm just like everyone else that lives here now. I think during the last snow storm, there were 60+ accidents in town. And it wasn't that bad out there. But if you are not used to driving in it then what do you expect.

I have had Michelle Giraud's blog, Twisted Chick Creations, bookmarked for a very long time. One the firsts I ever read and now subscribe to. I found her through Embellish-It when she was on the DT there. Anywho, she has just started a sketch challenges on her blog and I thought I would give it a try. So Challenge #1 was to make a 4 x 4 mini accordian card. I actually made mine 5 x 4 just to see how it would turn out. Check out her fab blog and a new sketches to come.

My card is a Christmas themed one. I used some really cool Tinkering Ink Yuletide papers on it and then I used my computer to make the Christmas sentiment inside. I had made these little gingerbread men ornaments from a cinnamon dough recipe I had and decorated them with Stickles, buttons and this really cool stuff called Glistening Snow Writer. I attached it to the card with a large glue dot so it should come off the card pretty easily. I like how it turned out and I have a few more I want to try and make.





If you would like to make cinnamon dough here is the recipe. It's a lot of fun to make and it smells so yummy.
APPLE CINNAMON DOUGH
1 cup cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue (like Elmer's)

1. Add the cinnamon to the applesauce until you get a clay like consistency.
2.Add the glue for added thickeness (adding glue is optional)
3. Once mixed, create chapes with your hands or roll the dough out and us cookie cutters. Roll the dough so it is at least 1/4 inch thick (6 milliliters). I make just a little bit thicker than that.
4. To make an ornament, punch a hole in the top with a straw or pencil (do this carefully).
5. Let the dough dry on a cookie rack. Turn occasionally.

It will take a few days to dry. If you dry them in the oven it tends to warp them and darkens the color of them too. But if you need them dried quickly then do 300 degrees (approx 150 degrees celsius)for 20 minutes.

Well that's all for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Kristen

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cleaning up and waiting in long lines

So I am trying to clean up the dining room area that I have spilled over into. It is a disaster! Even worse than the picture I posted a week or so ago. I have stuff lying on the floor and on every chair. The cat has been having a field day in there chewing on pieces of plastic and string she is finding (which may cause an emergency trip to the vet if I'm not careful). Then the waiting in lines this time of year. The post office is the worst. There was a line of 20 people ahead of me on Wednesday morning at the post office and one person working. One person! Come on, this time of year! Then I read in the morning newspaper about the "gross mismanagement" of the post office in here in Albuquerque. They were even suggesting that we use Fed Ex or UPS if we wanted our packages to arrive on time for Christmas. Maybe try managing and stop acting like my time is not important and I deserve to stand in line for over half an hour to post some letters and mail a package. OK, I'm done venting. But the dining room needs to become a dining room again by Christmas so we can have Christmas dinner in there.

So on with my Basic Grey Challenges reveal and Page Plan reveals for this week.

This week for Basic Grey Challenges "we would like to see you use some recycling on your creations, eg, cardboard, parts cut from another card, material from old clothes, postage stamps, it can be anything you like, the list is endless, also its not essential that the recycled item has to be old and used, you could simply use the inside of a business envelope for example as i know they can have some lovely patterns that can be used as backing papers etc, so have fun and of course not forgetting to use at least one item from basicgrey somewhere on your creation."

I used a piece of corrugated cardboard that came in a package almost a couple of months ago. I held onto it because I saw that this challenge was going to happen and thought it may come in handy. I used the Ambrosia line along with some letter stickers from the Granola line (I ran out of the letter "s" so I improvised).


For Page Plans we had another great sketch by Lesli this week and a holiday theme to go a long with it. The theme was to scrap a tradition we do at Christmas.


We always go to the Delancey Street tree lot and pick out a tree to put up at home. We decorate that day and listen to Christmas music and have some hot chocolate to drink. So this year I made sure I grabbed the camera and took a ton of pictures. This was my favorite! I changed it to a sepia color and had these awesome Christmas papers from Tinkering Ink to make a great layout.


Well I hope everyone has a great week! So much to do this week. It is the last week of school so errands I need to do without the kids have to be done this week.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Page Plan reveal

Such a gorgeous morning here in New Mexico. I went on a date with my husband last night. Something we have gotten to do in a while. I wanted to post my latest layout for Page Plans this week while I had a moment this morning. Although it isn't posted there for some reason (hopefully it will be soon).

Here is the lovely sketch by Chris.

And here is my layout. It was so fun to reminisce when Cady was one-year-old. My little baby is growing up so fast. All the papers and sticker elements are from Stampin' Up (except for the "Christmas 2006 stickers).


Hope everyone has a great week!
Kristen

Friday, December 5, 2008

Basic Grey reveal

I just wanted to do a quick post of my layout for this weeks challenge at Basic Grey Challenges.

"For this weeks challenge we would like to see some charms on your creations, you can have as many as you like, and of course not forgetting to use at least 1 item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creations."

So with that said here is my layout. My "charms" are metal heart shaped magnifying glass and 3 round metal tags which I used some sentiment rub-ons. The picture is from our trip to San Antonio, Texas last March. They have the most beautiful River Walk near the down town area. Also home of The Alamo and we sent to Sea World while we were there too. They had little boat rides along the River Walk and Caden just enjoyed herself and the "cruise" on the river.

I used a really fabulous sketch I found on the Mothers and Daughter Creations blog. The sketch actually was from another sketch (#12) challenge blog call 52 Sketches...52 Weeks. A very cool blog that I hope will keep going for the 52 weeks in 2009 so I can play along.

Have a great weekend!
Kristen

Thursday, December 4, 2008

More Christmas cards that aren't all for me.

I am helping a friend make some Christmas cards. So today I finished up a card for the latest Card Positioning Systems sketch #93. I just love this old SU Christmas paper that I really should be using up. I just hate it when paper retires. The rub-ons I used were also SU. The snowflakes came from Michael's.
CPS #93

The other cards I made today are based on older CPS sketches that I had and just love using over and over again. My friend Heidi gave me these gorgeous cranberry red rub-ons to use. I was playing around with them and wondered how well the would work and look on mulberry paper. So I layered mulberry paper on some cardstock. I used a light blue mulberry on the top and white mulberry on the bottom so it would look like the sky and a snow covered ground. Then I adhered the rub-on. It worked really well and it just has a nice soft look to it. Then I used some diamond (and other clear colored) Stickles on the mulberry paper for an added effect. You can sort of see that in the close ups. Of course I had to use some foil lattice on at least one card (the bottome one). I just love playing around with that stuff.






Today I started decorating the house for Christmas. I need to do a little Christmas decoration shopping I decided. But I had made a holiday house a month ago and I finally got to set it up today for display. It took about week to make and I had a lot of fun just seeing what I could keep adding to it before I thought it was complete. First I did was roof. I bought these minature wood shingles from Hobby Lobby. They are used for those minature dollhouses that people make. I also used minature windows, bricks (for the chimney), and a brass door handle as well. The papers I used to decorate are Basic Grey Wassail and Fruitcake lines. I used a lot of chipboard, stickers, a fun string of Christmas lights, and my Cricut to make all sorts of little things throughout (like the fence, the snowman, and the little mailbox). I think used an entire bottle of Zip Dry to make it too. The house is by Maya Road. You can click on the link to take to their webpage to see the chipboard houses they carry.

So here it is...
Comes complete with pretend snow. Isn't that mailbox so cute.


This is one side of the house. See the yummy turkey sitting on the table.


This is the bck of the house. Mr. Snowman is waiting for Santa to come with milk and cookies in hand.


This is the other side of the house. Do you see the little photo on the fireplace mantle? Those are my to little ones, Garrett and Cady. I order pictures from Shutterfly a lot. When you get your photos thy always have a contact sheet of all the photos you ordered from them. Kind of like the size you would use in a locket. This picture fit so well in the little picture frame I just had to use it in the house.


Also included with the chipboard house is a mini album. The roof comes off and you can fit the album right inside. When you fill it up you could fit another mini album or two inside. I have filled mine up with pictures from the past Christmas's we've had together. Good memories!

Well that's it for today. Hope everyone has a great rest of the week!
Kristen

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'm a messy scrapper

I am a slob when I get on a roll with things. I don't just work on one thing but maybe 3 or 4 things at a time. My scrap & card area is in the hallway. There are some really great built in desks, bookcases, and cupboards in the hall outside my kid's rooms. They will be their desks for homework and studying when the get older. So for now it is my area that I have really outgrown. My wonderful husband said I could have his office. He never uses it so YAY!!! he will take his desk and other things down to his brewery office as soon as the brewery office is finished. You should see it down there, disastrous! But that is another story. So when he can take his office furniture down I can order some Ikea and Container Store furniture that will work perfectly for my new scrap room. I can't wait. But for now I have "spilled" out into the dining room table. I took a picture of it so you can see what a slob I can be. Will this change when I get a new scrap room, NO! But it will be in it's own room and not the dining room or other areas of the house, like the kitchen counter which has adhesive all over it and I really need to get some Goo Gone and clean it up.
Pretty messy but not too bad as I look at this picture. I've seen messier!

On to my Page Plans reveal for this week. We were to use nontraditional colors in a Christmas themed layout or card. I have pretty much scrapped all of last years Christmas pictures. I have found some more to use for some future layouts I need to make so that's good. I decided to use some winter pictures I took last year of my daughter playing out in the snow. She was wearing her lilac colored winter coat and though that would be the color theme I would use for the layout. It is so fun! I love how it turned out. The sketch this week was made by Chris. Isn't it just lovely!

The paper came from Michael's , I used my Cricut for the lettering, and my Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder.

I made a dozen or so cards yesterday. Some for Christmas and some for birthday and none for me (they are for some friends of mine). I took some pictures and wanted to share. You can see when I get on a paper kick I will make a bunch of cards with that paper.




I wanted to say thanks to Susanna Boyd for the 2 shout outs at Card of the Week. I really appreciated it and it made my day. For those that don't know about Card of the Week. It is a super blog and A super community. Please check it out and see all the wonderful creations that people have made. Also some fun contests going on too right now. I am hoping to give one a try.

I still need to post my holiday house. I will do that later this week. In the meantime, have a great Sunday and a super week.
Kristen

Friday, November 28, 2008

Basic Grey Challenge reveal

I had to really think about this challenge at Basic Grey Challenges.

"For this weeks challenge we would like to see an Aperture in your creation, It can be any shape, size or quantity that you like ( for those of you not familiar with an aperture, An aperture is a hole or opening that acts as a window on your creation), And of course not forgetting to use at least one item from BasicGrey somewhere on your creation."

First, I wasn't sure what an aperture was. Then Martine very kindly let me know what one was. She thought about doing something different for a layout challenge but I thought, "no, I can come up with something." So I decided to not just do a single page but a mini album. The album is by Tinkering Ink. It is called a Peek-a-boo album and features all kinds of "apertures". It was a lot of fun to make but I have to say you really need to think about where you are going to place the pictures as well as all the little embellishments and rub-ons and such. The album also has acrylic pages inside of it so that added to the challenge of placing everything in the right place. So I took lots of pictures of it so you cold see all the cutouts and the acrylic layers too.





So that's it. It was a lot of fun to make. I am planning on one for my son. I just need to figure out a theme.

Kristen

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

a quick post

Just a quick post while I have a moment to post my Basic Grey Challenges layout and my Page Plans layouts for this week.

My Page Plan layout as based on a lovely sketch by Chris. I wasn't to sure where to start on this layout. Once I finally settled in on the papers I was going to use it just fell into place.

The pictures were taken at White Sands National Monument just outside Alamagordo, New Mexico. The kids can't wait to go back there again. White Sands is infamous as the place where the first atomic bomb was detonated.

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This week at Basic Grey Challenges, "we would like to see some embossing on your creations, it can be heat embossing, dry embossing or even a combo of both :) its entirely up to you :), and of course not forgetting to use at least 1 item from BasicGrey on your creation."

So with that said I used my A-2 embossing folders and added texture to some of the paper pieces in my layout. It is a little hard to see in the pictures, but it's there.

The picture was taken outside the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. Lots of cool fossils to look at there. We will be going back again when we drive up to visit Grandma and Grandpa.

Basic Grey Challenges is looking for two new design team members. If you are interested then please check them out.

Well have a great rest of the week! For those of you in the States, have a great Thanksgiving feast with your family and friends.
Kristen

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Awesome card kit!

I ordered this very awesome and gorgeous card kit the other day. It got here so fast and yesterday I had a chance to play and make some cards. The kits are from Dream Designs by Iralamija. And also check out her wonderful blog (iralamija) for lots of card inspiration. Just some gorgeous things to look at there. I will be keeping my eye out for more kits to come out by her.

So here are some cards I made with this wonderful kit. There are just a few embellies (the snowflakes) that I had that I added to some of the cards. All the sentiments I added were rub ons or stamps.
This one is going to be for my hubby.





Aren't those papers just so gorgeous!! I love them.

Keep an eye out for my Page Plans and Basic Grey Challenges layout reveals this Sunday.

Have a great weekend!
Kristen