Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sorry I meant to post this on Sunday...

Lots of things going on and I almost go into shutdown mode. So I am getting it back together, frantically working on some new DT things. I am really not one to procrastinate. I get my assignments and I finish them up right away. But not this week! Oh the pressure! Not really. I actually work better when I pressed for time.

With that said, here is my Plan Plan reveal for this week.





There was a lot of cutting involved in this layout. But well worth it. I love how it turned out.

Happy Hump Day! Have a great rest of the week.
Kristen

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What a week!

This week has been packed full of all kinds drama for me. Monday night I found out I got on the new Card Design Team for My Sketch World.



Totally surprised me on that one and it really made my day after arguing with my darling husband. Lucy, who owns the this awesome sketch blog also started a forum. The forum is a very hopping place right now and by the end of today I think there will be 100+ members. that's pretty good since it just stated this past Wednesday. So please come and sign up. A
Blog-a-versary crop is going on now too with all sorts of challenges to do. A lot of the have RAK's so it could be worth your while. If you do sign up please mention that I sent you. There is a little contest for that too. :wink:

The next day, Tuesday my sister forwards an email to me about a high school friend of her's daughter. She has been having seizures practically her whole life. It is finally taking its toll on her. Doctors finally figure out that she has Rasmussen's Encephalitis, a rare and degenerative brain disease. So the treatment for this is to have the right half of her brain removed and hopefully she will be one of the 75 to 80 percent of those that no longer have seizures. Such a dramatic procedure and only 20 surgeries like this are done in a year in the US. I know 20 is small number but that still seems like a lot of people to me. I have heard and seen some documentaries about people that have had portions of their brain removed and go on have fairly normal lives. I really hope this works for Rachel. Surgery will be at the UCLA Medical Center with a team of surgeons on March 26th. So if you could, please pray for her and her family.


So on Thursday a long time family friend (my mom's very good friend) passed away. She was very ill last year and was in the hospital for months. Then a few weeks ago they find a tumor (I think on her kidney) and tested it for cancer. It was and so she did a round of chemo. She came from that and started having breathing problems again so back to the hospital. They couldn't figure out what was going on with her. So they check her bone marrow and found she had blood cancer. I never knew you could have blood cancer. So she is moved into hospice on Wednesday and is gone the next day. I didn't think she would go that fast. A few weeks maybe. So there is some sadness in my heart.

Because of all this I felt a bit rushed to get my other DT projects done in time for reveals this weekend. My Page Plans reveal, which will be tomorrow, wasn't too rushed thank goodness. I had most of it finished last week. My Basic Grey Challenges card that I made could have been better. I look at the other DT's creations and feel a bit underdone. But this weeks challenge is a color combo challenge. " We would like you to pick one of the following colour combos for your creations (Skin and white card colours are allowed too),

Pink and Green

Pink and Brown

Blue and Brown

So what are you waiting for, pick your favorite combo and get crafting :), but of course not to forget to use at least one item from BasicGrey on your creation. As a special treat from the DT this week we were given a cupcakes download from The Cutting Cafe. you have to check this place out--printable stamps. Printable stamps are images that you download onto your computer. They are in a PDF format which can be read by Adobe Acrobat, which I think everyone has on their computer. They also can be opened with Preview for you Apple users. I became very familiar with Preview when Adobe took their sweet to upgrade their reader to work on the new OS on Macs last year. But I digress. Back to The Cutting Cafe...I just hopped over their and I see some stuff I am going to get....so cool. Also check out the owner, Regina Easter's blog, Hand to Paper. Lots of good inspiration there too.

Here is the link for the cupcakes printables we got to use for this weeks challenge. Aren't they awesome.

Here is my card. I used some Doodlebug sugared glitter for the frosting and some Stickles too (it's a little hard to see that though-sorry). I also used the Big Printable Frame from The Cutting Cafe too on my card. I used my Granola papers for a blue and brown color combo.


So with all that has gone on this week, Tuesday was our 8th wedding anniversary. It seems every year around the time of our anniversary we have an argument. We don't fight or argue much, probably once a year. And of course it's around our anniversary which is sort of funny I guess. Tonight we are going to Indigo Crow (my favorite restaurant) for dinner to celebrate 8 wonderful years of marriage. I can't wait.


Well that's all for today. Check back tomorrow for my Page Plans reveal and a new program called SCAL that I downloaded for my Cricut. I am so excited about it.

Kristen

Sorry for such a long post.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday things

What a nice today so far. We went to breakfast this morning at our favorite breakfast place. And now we are just hanging out and taking it easy. The kids are playing "kitty school" which is a school for all of Cady's kitty stuffies and a few other animals. She is the teacher of course. I am organizing my scrap area and making a few things. And of course today is the Daytona 500 and that is what my hubby is watching today. He does have some chores to do and I keep reminding him of that every 15 minutes or so.


My layout for today at Page Plans is a nice wintry reminder that it is still winter and spring is a little over a month away. I had a lot of fun making this one. I used some snowflake brass stencils, snowflake rub-ons, snowflake chipboard, and some mini snowflakes that were supposed to be used as ornaments are all over this layout. The abbreviated poem is by Ogden Nash.





I had a chance to do the latest cupcake challenge (#55) at Taylored Expressions today too. It's been a while since I have done a challenge there and it was lots of fun. I dug out my stash of pirate paper and embellishments and made a birthday card with a gift card holder inside. It's so cute and I am so pleased how it turned out.






Then I took out some new paper I just got a few week ago from Tinkering Ink Becoming Green line. Really gorgeous stuff! So I had fun with it too with the same challenge from Taylor Expressions.



Well that's it. Everyone have a great week!

Kristen

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Adding a couple more things today

I don't think I've ever had 2 posts in one day. But I just wanted to share the little gift the kids and I made for Daddy on Valentine's Day. I also wanted to show another card I made for the Caardvarks heart challenge.


I bought the frame yesterday at one of my LSS here. Then I used my Cricut to cut out the scalloped frame to go around the picture. All the papers and most embellishments are Basic Grey Bittersweet. I took the picture this morning and printed it out. Now Daddy will have a great picture to sit on his desk at work. On the back of the frame I had the kids write their names and decorate it a bit.


I saw a picture in a book by Carin Berger called The Little Yellow Leaf. She is an illustrator and her work is so simple and beautiful. So this card was inspired by that picture. You can see her wonderful work at www.carinberger.com. But I think I was dreaming about this picture last night and after the kids had their breakfast I went to work on it.

Kristen

Friday, February 13, 2009

Last of the Valentine's cards

I am glad Valentine's Day is tomorrow. No more cards to make. It's been fun but I am so ready to work on other things now. I had a couple of cards I made for the latest Caardvarks challenge which is to use hears on your creation.

So here they are...


I used a faux mosaic technique to make this card. I was using some leftover circle punch outs from the teacher appreciation gifts I had made earlier this week.


For this card I used a sketch from my Card Maker's Sketch Book. I have a bunch of these felt heart stickers and I am trying to use them up. So I flipped them over and put some micro beads on the "sticker part" of the hearts. The hearts have a neat look to them now.




For Basic Grey Challenges this week we were to use hearts somewhere on our creations. So I used a bunch of hearts and my Bittersweet papers and embellishments and went at it. I have had this picture of my niece Brantley for a while now. I was taken by the vivid blue sky behind her and wanted to really pull that out of the photo. So I wondered what royal blue paper would look like with the Bittersweet papers and this is what I came up with.



Check back Sunday for my Page Plans reveal.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day and a super weekend!
Kristen

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Midweek reveal at Page Plans

I have finished up the kiddos Valentine's treats they will give out this Friday at their class parties. Everything turned out so cute and they both can't wait to pass them out to their friends. I also wanted to share the bonus sketch we got to do this week at Page Plans. So please go and check out the bonus sketches this week and give them a try.

So here is the lovely sketch I used for my layout.


And here is my layout. I thought the photo should be in Sepia and it really worked with the Basic Grey Bittersweet papers I used. I love this sketch and I used it for my Basic Grey Challenges layout for this coming Saturday's challenge. Make sure to take a peek then.




Here are the treats I made for my daughter Caden to give to her classmates for Valentine's Day. I saw the shovel idea on SCS and since she loves dinosaurs I thought this was just so perfect for her to give out. I found the red shovels on ebay.



My son, Garrett, wanted to have Robots for his Valentine's Day treat bags. I actually made the treat bag toppers a couple weeks ago. Today I made peanut butter cocoa rice krispie treats in the shape of a Valentine. They turned out so yummy. I had never tried to make them with the Cocoa Krispies cereal. But I figured they had to taste something like a Reese's Peanut Butter cup which are my son's favorites and they did. Thank goodness there wasn't much left over.

The recipe is very simple. My mom always made rice krispie treats this way when I was growing up. I never really had the marshmallow version until much later.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup Karo Corn Syrup

Put those ingredients in a pan on the stove and bring to a rolling boil for a minute or two, constantly stirring.

Have a big bowl filled with 6 to 7 cups of Rice Krispies or Cocoa Rice Krispies cereal. Then pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal and stir it up. Then pour onto a greased cookie sheet and press it out to 1/2 inch to 3/4 in thickness. Then while it still soft, cut into what ever shapes you would like. I did hearts. Once the shapes were cut I placed them on wax paper and then I assembled the treat bags.

Here is how they turned out.



One other thing I wanted to share was another layout I did for the Friday Free-for-All contest on the Page Maps blog. You have until February 16th to make a layout based on the sketch by Becky Fleck. You should see the awesome prize package for it. I just love her sketches! I had bought this houndstooth patterned paper and wondered what I was going to do with it. I'm not a houndstooth fan but when I saw the sketch I knew this was the time to use it.




Isn't it just so colorful. The flowered papers are by CherryArte and it's hard to see but the green background is a houndstooth print too. I did some handstitching too. The letters for "frogs" are from Basic Grey and I ran them through the CuttleBug in the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder and then brushed them over a green Distress Ink pad. Kind of a fun thing to do with simple white letters.

But on top of dinosaurs my daughter loves frogs too. Mention the words baby doll or Barbies to her and she will give you a look of disgust and tell you she'll never play with those things. My cute little tomboy!

Well that's all for now. I am going to play tomorrow and work on some card sketches with a friend. Have a great rest of the week.

Kristen

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

About a month ago I told my daughter's room mother at school that I wanted to make the teacher appreciation gifts for the 4 teachers we are honoring this coming Wednesday. I thought about what I wanted to do and I decided to make a paper flower bouquets with pictures of the kids on them. Then put the flowers into a vase filled with candy. So today I was very busy assembling them with lots of help from Kathleen and Katie (mom's to Jaclyn and Ben who are Cady's classmates). Thank goodness I have a Cricut or this would have never been possible. But they are 95% done. I am waiting for a few more photos to come in and then I can finish them up. Since it was so close to Valentine's Day we thought we'd kind of go with that theme so I threw in a few hearts and went with a pink and red color scheme for the the flowers (with a few extra colors thrown into the mix too).

Here is what we made today.




I also wanted to share my Page Plans layout for today. The sketch was created by Chris this week.





Congrats to Laurel! She won a new Slice from the contest at Page Plans.


Well I hope everyone has a great week. I'll try and post the kid's Valentines I am making later this week.

Kristen

Friday, February 6, 2009

I think I have a cold...

I'm not sure though. I have this nagging cough but my throat isn't sore and I don't feel achy or anything. Maybe it's because I didn't really sleep last night. As soon as I post this I'm off to bed.

I wanted to share my Basic Grey Challenges card I made for this weeks challenge.

Challenge 21 - Lets Mix it Up

This week we would like you to mix it up, we would like you to use at least two different BasicGrey ranges in your creations, for eg Blush papers and Boxer Brads or Archaic chip stickers, Sultry papers and cupcake fibers, the possibilities are endless, so what are you waiting for lets mix it up

This week one lucky winner will win this fabulous prize which has very generously been sponsored by the Artistic Stamper.

I just love my design teamies came up with this week. Here is the card I made for the challenge. I used Blush and Bittersweet papers and embellishments. And of course it is a Valentine's card.


Well that all for now. I am off to bed and I hope when I wake up tomorrow my cough will be gone. I don't have time to be sick right now. That usually helps when I say that to make it go away.-LOL!

I'll be posting my latest Page Plans layout this Sunday.

Kristen

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Getting ready for an exciting Sunday!

So my man, Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals are in the Superbowl! I am so excited for them and I'm not sure I'll be able to watch. I tend to go a little crazy when I watch certain sporting events. This game is one such sporting event. But I went to the University of Northern Iowa when Kurt Warner was the quarterback there. I think I graduated a semester before him and we were in the same building for our degree. I think he was Communications and I was in Communicative Disorders. So I have watched him from college, to arena football, to NFL Europe, to leading the Rams to Superbowl victory in 2000. His career has been one incredible ride for him.

For Saturday at Basic Grey Challenges... "we have another sketch for you to follow, you can resize and even flip the sketch but please make sure that the original sketch can be recognized easily in your creations, feel free to also add any other embellishments etc to your creations and of course not forgetting to use at least one item from BasicGrey."

Here is the wonderful sketch.




And here is the card I made.




For Page Plans this week we had another wonderful sketch to work on made by Lesli.




And here is my layout.




I was on a roll this weekend with doing some challenges on some of my favorite challenge blogs.

I finally had a chance to do the Caardvarks challenge this week called Seeing Spots. It's been so long since I have done a challenge with them. I was so happy to get back into the swing of things again. My card is based on a sketch by Becky Fleck and was featured on a Cuttlebug Challenge (#15) I had done a week or so ago. I just loved the sketch and loved the card of the winner of the challenge, that I had to try my own version of it.

Here is what I came up with.

It is super flowery. Definitely not something I would send in the mail but to take to a wedding or something along those lines. I barely attached the sentiment to the card, just in case I wanted to make it a birthday card or something like that.

Another card I made was for Cuttlebug Challenges Be Inspired #16 which was to use distressing on your creation. I have been wanting to try these clear cards from Short Cuts and decided to try and distress them somehow. So I ran the front of the card through my Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots folder. Then I applied alcohol inks to the now "dotted" front and back of the card. I did this mainly to hide the adhesive I used on the cardstock since it is a clear card you'll be able to see the back of the cardsotck on the inside of the card. Then I ran a piece of Coordinations cardstock through the Cuttlebug using my D'Vine Swirls folder and then sanded it down to bring out the pink color. Icut and embossed the butterfly too and distress it on the edges a bit and rubbed Distress Ink over the dotted texture. I tried to go with the polka dotted theme of the card. I think it turned out pretty good for my first attempt at making a clear card.


The next 2 cards I made using Sketch #18 by Laura from the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge blog.


It's been a while since I have done a challenge here too. But I had these circle Valentine's cards from My Minds Eye that I bought last Valentine's Day and decided to cut them up. The circle heart on the front is from that card set. The first card is for Valentine's Day and the 2nd card I think I will give to my hubby for our 8 year anniversary coming up next month (right after Valentine's Day).





Well that's it.
Not much scrappin' for me today. I'll be rooting for Kurt and the Cards later today.
I hope they win!
Kristen