Thursday, August 28, 2008

School is back in session

So the kids went back to preschool yesterday. They started a new school this year and hopefully will be the school they can stay in until the 6th grade. We'll see... So yesterday I didn't know what to do with myself. I tried to scrap for a while, watch TV, clean the house. I was little bit lonely I guess. It was the first time in a few months that I had the house all to myself. It was strange not hear their voices. I'll get used to again. But I made a couple of cards this week. One was for Card Positioning Systems for CPS challenge #79. I haven't done a sketch from them in quite a while. So it was good to get back into it again.

I also made some gifts to give the teachers before school started this week. Just a little bag filled with Post-It notes, pens, note cards, and a notebook and a jar filled with candy "yumminess".

I am still looking for your thoughts on doing a card and scrapbook challenge with children's story book themes and children's book illustrators themes. Check out my blog at this link and let me know what you think. I think it would be fun, but that's my opinion.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The weekend...

Well it has been a nice weekend so far. Tomorrow's big adventure is to take the kids fishing. they want to really go. I just know that they are going to fish for about 10 minutes and then be done. But that's okay. The fishing hole we are going to is literally just down the road.

I have also been getting all the school supplies organized and ready to go. Preschool starts on Wednesday, finally. The kids are so excited to start at their new school this year. I am hoping for a great year and a little bit of a break for myself too I must admit.

So I ave been doing some more paper piecing with my cards again. And again I have been pulling out my Ed Emberley "Picture Pie" books for inspiration and ideas. I also have been entertaining the thought of doing some kind of card and/or scrapbook challenge based on children's books. I'm not sure but I would need to get a whole bunch of samples made up for it before I even try and set something like that up. Maybe when the kids are back in school I may have to look into this some more. But I love Ed Emberley, Eric Carle, Lois Ehlert, Maurice Sendak, Dr Suess, I could go on and on and on.

But I'll think about it some more and here are a couple of the cards I came up with this past week.

Thanks for looking! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I just had to share this one last card I made before our little trip tomorrow. I made it for the the Caardvarks "From Your Closet"challenge too.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Getting ready for one last summer trip

I thought it would be good to take a long weekend and take a little drive around New Mexico. First to Clovis to visit family, then to Carlsbad and then back home. So I am getting the house clean, laundry done, and packing already for the trip. I have been busy with a few things. The first is a purse card I made for the latest Caardvarks challenge, "From Your Closet." A great challenge again that forces me to be a little more girlie. But it did turn out so cute.
I also have been working on Caden's 3rd birthday layouts. I am on the ball. It hasn't even been a month and I am already scrapping her birthday pictures. Nevermind, that I still have photos in my scrapbox from last year to do. But I love Basic Grey and the Archaic line. It goes so well with her dinosaur themed birthday party.

That is a pulltag peeking out from the main picture of her. I couldn't figure out where to fit it in my layouts and so I thought just kind of hide it behind a picture and make it interactive.

The last project that I just finished last night was from this cute slender envelope template I found when I was looking for a good purse card template for the Caardvarks challenge. I started looking around the Stampington & Company website and remembered that it was one of the first sites I ever bookmarked. Then I found a challenge creating something with the slender envelope template. Of course it's due in a few days so I got started on it right away and mailed it off this morning.

The top one is a chopsticks holder. The bottom one is a ribbon holder. This would be a fun way to do ribbon swaps in the future by making the holder and then stuffing it with a few yards of ribbon.

So that's about it. I am going to make one more card purse, only a little bit bigger this time, so I can fit a Starbucks gift card inside of it. We are going to give it to Liz, the kid's swimming lessons teacher who has been working with them all summer. Tomorrow is our last day. I am a little sad but they really have had a fun time this summer. They have gotten so confident in the water. They still can't swim yet but they have some basics down which will be a great start for them. Hopefully she'll be back next summer.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A nice mellow weekend

This was a relaxing weekend. I woke up early this morning a read through some magazines and catalogs I had piled up. I drank a cup of coffee and it was nice and quiet. My hubby had an early morning golf tournament and the kids slept in (which is very rare for them to do). I did have time to work on some layouts this weekend and this morning I worked on a card for the latest Caardvarks challenge which is due tonight. Nothing like waiting at the last minute to do something. I did the Kazan sketch for this challenge. I really need to go check out Kazan's and Laura's sketch blog called 2 Sketches 4 You. When the kids are back in preschool the end of this month I will hopefully have more time to do all the fun challenges out there.

I also had a friend of mine that just moved and just had a baby girl email me some pictures of some decoupaged wooden letters I made for her spelling her daughter's name. I attached long ribbons on the back of them so she could hang them on the wall. They turned out really cute and they really go well with the theme of her nursery, which is ladybugs if you can't tell by the letters.