Saturday, December 10, 2011

Little Lamb Cookies

It is such a fun time of year, this thing called December. But it is also so filled with things to do that sometimes I wanna scream! I have been busy with all sorts of crafty things in the past few weeks and haven't had time to share them here on my blog. Sorry!

I did want to share with you this cookie adventure I did this week. I am not a pro when it comes to making iced cookies and try not to laugh too much at my first attempt! ;0) Why did I try it now when clearly I already have lots on my list of things to do? Simple. Because I thought it would be fun and it had to do with volunteering at my son's school.... which I can almost never say no to! The opportunity came to do a read aloud book that had to do with the true meaning of Christmas. It is such a new and wonderful thing that my kids are in a Christian school this year and that we can talk about Jesus during the year and especially at Christmas! So I loved the idea of reading a Christmas book to the kids and providing a snack for them. The book that I read to them is Max Lucado's "Crippled Lamb" which is a story of a little lamb who isn't like the others and always feels left out. He is left behind in a stable because he can't make the trip with the others to a new pasture in the valley. Yet he becomes one of the first to greet the new born king! God had a special purpose for him and he looks at his plight in a whole new way.

So, I just had to make a matching snack to go with the story! I went with my son to Michael's to see if I could find a lamb cookie cutter. I couldn't so I sat there searching through the ones available until invention struck me!

I purchase a cupcake cookie cutter instead. My thought was that I could just make the face of the little lamb with the top of the cupcake being his wool and ears and the bottom being a spot to put his face.

I also purchased some fun pre-made eyes as well as some premade cookie icing for all the outlining I would need to do. I had some mini marshmallows that I would use for the wool.

And here's what they came out like. I put this picture in here because they didn't all come out perfect like I was hoping. And that's okay. I learned alot while making these guys and still think that they came out cute. The kids in the class loved eating them and my son was especially happy to see what his mom came up with (it was a surprise to him because he was at school while I baked these up all morning). And that was all worth it to me. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Puppet Time

Hi there! Sorry it has been a bit since I last posted. I have had lots of things going on here that have kept me from posting on my blog. My kids were off for fall break which got extended thanks to a snow storm. It was extremely fun to have a snow day and we spent the day doing fun things together while it snowed.

One of the things that we did during their break was to make some puppets. My oldest son is in a puppetry class in his middle school (it was an elective that was picked for him and when I saw it I have to confess that I groaned a little). Turns out that he LOVES the class and adores his teacher!!! Who knew?! Anyway, as a result, he has been interested in puppets and how we have used them recently in TV shows and such. It also spurred my youngest son to be interested in it, too. So one day during their break we looked up a how-to tutorial and I found myself working with my two boys to create two puppets. It was so much fun to create something with them! And the best part was that they didn't watch any TV or play video games for hours on end that day. :D

The puppets turned out nicely and the boys had so much fun messing around with them. They even took them with them when they went to church (the puppets had to stay in the car). They were excited to show their friends their creation. And then I got an order to make two more puppets from some friends of theirs. LOL. I never thought the puppet thing would catch on.

So that's what I've been up to lately. Making puppets and not cards. I really want to make some cards this week but because of the school's bookfair I may have to yet again put it on hold. We'll see.

Hope you have a great week!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Where Has the Time Gone?

I guess that should be the name of my blog since I always feel like time slips away from me so easily! I have been so busy with my boys' school that I haven't had much time for crafting. I am helping out with the book fair for their school, going to meetings, trying to meet other moms since we are new to that school, setting up "playdates" (not sure what you call it when they're in 4th and 6th grade), and going to parent-teacher conferences. Whew! And when I do have time to hit the craft table, it's to make gifts for their teachers or for friends. I never remember to take those pics in the wee hours of the night when all I can think of is how tired I am and how hard it will be to get up in the morning... I hate feeling like I rush from one thing to the next but that is how my life seems to be right now. It's just a season and I know it will slow down again.

Here is a card that I made to play along with a couple of challenges. Over at Card Patterns they have a cute sketch that I used to make my tag. And the color scheme came from ColourQ challenge #108.

I wanted to try a distress stain resist element to my project. SweetSteph Card Creations has a tutorial here. I am loving the Tim Holtz distress stains and couldn't wait to try this out. Remember what I said about not having time to craft in the last two weeks? I had some of these distress stains that have been sitting there, unopened! so sad...

Anyway, I used a stamp set from Tim Holtz since I liked the grunge look these stamps had. I used versamark to stamp the starburst image on some manila paper. After heat setting some clear embossing powder, I got out my stains and started to apply them. I have to play with it some more because dabbing straight from the bottle is just too heavy for me. If you have any tips, I'm all ears.

Once I got that all set with my heatgun I looked through my scalloped dies and realized that it looked kinda like a shell. So that is the theme I went with. A beach/surf theme of sorts. I made the card to be a sort of encouragement card. A reminder to get up and try again.

Thanks for looking! I hope you have a fantastic weekend. My kids are on Fall break starting today so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to craft. I have some ideas of some projects I'd like to get started but we'll see. :D

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Final Post for Tonight!

Whew! I feel like I am on the home stretch of a blogging marathon. I usually do a post or two over the course of a week... but I'm on my third one for the night!

This last card that I made combined two more challenges. One is from the folks at CAS-ual Fridays and the other is from Sassy Lil' Sketches. Both were a blast to use!!! For CAS-ual Fridays CFC24 I had to make a halloween card without using the color Orange. Seriously?!!! okay, I always like how OTHER people can think of non-traditional color schemes for holidays. Me, however?! I'm hopelessly traditional.

I tried, folks. Really I tried. Not including orange was bad enough but I couldn't think of any other colors that looked right to me other than purple and black and charcoal and green.
The second part to my card is the lovely sketch SS0S8 at Sassy Lil' Sketches. Sometimes that is half the battle right there coming up with a LO for a card... and with creative minds over at SLS they did some of the work for me. I took the sketch and turned it on its side. I framed the tree silhouette with a piece of burlap for texture. I used some cream tulle, a stitched felt pumpkin with metal flower doodad, and some stitched leaves to add a little more femininity to the focal point. And that's it from me for one night!

Have a great evening!

PS. I found out that it wasn't too late to enter the Paper Issues 31 Days of Halloween. So I did! Hop over there to see some amazing projects for Halloween.

Sweet Day!!!

And while I was feeling quite creative, I decided to go ahead and make two more cards! This one is for two challenges, Mojo Monday and ColourQ. I love it when I can combine a sketch and color challenge all at the same time.

For this card I needed to use grey, black, tangerine, and yellow. Not terribly difficult, right?!! My first thought was to make a cute card with a giant candy corn on it. See, it's that fall thing that I told you I'm addicted to. But when I thought about it some more, I wanted to make something that wasn't fall themed after all. But what to make with all those colors? A little light bulb went on and I thought Citrus fruits!!! They are happy and orange and yellow. So here's what I ended up with:

I really liked the way it came out. It reminds me of those old encyclopedias that I used to look at when I was little that would have a black and white picture next to the text of the item I looked up. I didn't want to emphazise too much color but just enough to make it all pop.
The sketch that I incoporated is Mojo Monday #210.

Autumn Elegance - Ribbon Reel Challenge #12

Autumn is in full swing here and I just love making cards that showcase my favorite season. I made a thank you card for Ribbon Reel's Challenge. I also thought that it would work for the Shabby Tea Room's Challenge.

There are so many things to like about the fall. I love the natural earthy colors that get a little glammed up right before the season changes even cooler. Red maples, golden aspens, pale ornamental grasses blowing in the crisp breeze... what's not to love?

I wanted some of those things to come across in the pale card with just a hint of warmth. The challenge at Ribbon Reel was to create an elegant autumn card with orange, neutrals, and flowers. Sounds great to me! I tried something new by making some rosettes out of ribbon. It's not too difficult, just a little fussy trying to get it to lay just so. I stamped a verse on the main flower using PTI's Beautiful Blessings Stamps. The verse is 1 Corinthians 13 and is just a mixture of parts of verses in that "love" chapter. The sentiment simply says, "It's the little things that matter most". When someone does something out of the goodness of their heart and full of love, it really does show. Attitude can be such a little thing but in can make a huge difference!

As always, thanks for looking!
Materials used:

Inks and paints: fresh snow (PTI), Tea stain distress ink (TH), sugar maple (Glimmer mist), cream paint
Paper: fawn, cream, shimmery pumpkin (Bazzill), Simply Chartreuse (PTI) and cardboard; patterned paper "I do" wedding (EK)
Stamps: Beautiful Blessings, Gratitude Journal, and Bitty Background Basics (PTI)
Dies: Mat Stack 1, Beautiful Blooms 2, and Sending You (PTI)
Embellies: Summer Sunrise ribbon (PTI), Organza ribbon stained with sugar maple glimmer mist, cream crocheted lace, small brad, and machine stitching

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Live by Faith

Hello, there! I have been a busy little bee these days helping out with my kids' current school and still helping with their old one, too. Talk about both pokers in the fire! I just have to figure out how to make do with only a little sleep. LOL can't say that it's working yet.

Anyway, I want to post this card that I made. I also want to enter it in a couple of challenges and it's down to the wire. The thing that I really liked about this card is that I tried a new technique called Black Magic. I had to look this up on Split Coast Stampers; they have a great tutorial if it's something that interests you. JUGS is having a challenge to use Black Magic on a card. I wanted to pair that up with a Mojo Monday sketch that I saw last week. Too late to enter that challenge but I loved the sketch all the same! I also wanted to used the color palette over at CR84FN. It is just a very warm, feel good color combo; like a cup of coffee and your favorite afghan on a brisk autumn morning!
And I do love kraft so much! To me it goes with so many seasons and it's so versatile. Over at the Kraft Journal they have a Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet using lavish layers and, of course, kraft. So happy that I got my new PTI Tag Sale die. I love adding that extra tag for some layers plus this little die has a great border embossed right into it. The zigzag stitching was also fun to tie the red weathered barn panel to the rest of the card. The inside says," one day at a time" and "Praying for you".

Card deets:
Cardstock: kraft, brown, red and charcoal
Stamps: it's a 2step stamp that I got at SU a long time ago. don't remember the name. Beautiful Blessings (PTI)
Ink: Tim Holtz distress inks (walnut, tea stain, antique linen), Fresh Snow (PTI)
Other: scallop paper punch (EK), Tag Sale #3 die (PTI), Distressed Stripes embossing folder (TH), Nesties scallop circle die, Tim Holtz ticket, machine stitching

I have to get off to bed so thanks for stopping by! Your comments are always appreciated. :D

Our First Snow of the Season

I just thought I'd pop in here to show you pics of our first snow. I know what you must be thinking! Yes, I did say snow and yes it's still the beginning of October. But the great thing about Colorado is that it can snow one day and completely disappear in two. I just love all of the sunshine we get here because it makes the snow so fun when it comes.

Both of my boys enjoyed playing in the snow. There is something really exciting about the first snow when you're a kid! Even our cat, Felix, wanted to join in! I love seeing the world through their eyes when the future holds so much excitement and possiblity. :)

and new friends!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Old Fashioned Christmas Carol

Blame it on the tea that I had this afternoon -- it's almost 1 am locally and I am still up! Which means that I had plenty of energy to work on my first Christmas card of the season. I really wanted to do something old fashioned and vintage looking while keep the card simple. And while I was at it I could play along with Card Patterns and get my submission in with a little time to spare. Oh, and I was able to try a new technique thanks to Papertrey's Make it Monday. So let me show you what I made while I was on my caffeine fix!

I had so much fun making this card and I really liked the way it turned out. I followed the sketch over at Card Patterns that you can see if you click here. It was a nice, clean and simple layout and I wanted to try something that had lots of pizzaz while still maintaining my less is more feel for the card. I made my own background for this card by using lots of Tim Holtz distress ink in various colors and several different stamps. I also inked up the edges of the layers underneath the background to keep the worn look consistent. The next thing that I did was to get my Papertrey inks and stamps out to make my own washi tape. This was the new technique that I was referring to earlier. I love watching the Make it Monday tutorials on their site and the one for this week is titled Make it Monday #35: Custom Stamped Washi Tape. I like the look of washi tape and I found it super simple to make my own thanks to their tut. I used some double sided tape (I don't have Scortape on hand but used something similar in Martha Stewart's line) and some tissue paper. I pulled out Simply Chartreuse ink (PTI) and a houndstooth background stamp (also PTI), stamped the image onto the tissue paper that I already adhered to the tape and voila! Washi tape! sooooo coool. ;O)
I dusted off my cricut and cut out those cute little ornaments using the Joy of Seasons cartridge. I stamped those with distress inks and used some background stamps on them to add some interest. To add a sentiment without taking away too much from the ornaments I stamped the phrase "Fa-la-la-la-la" in a light distress ink to the lower right hand corner.

So, there you have it! Now, I've got to get my hiney in bed so that I can get up at the crack of dawn. Ouch!!! oh, and Happy Friday.

Card details:
Inks- distress inks (TH), Close to Cocoa (SU), Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Stamps - Background Basics: Text Style, Background Basics: Houndstooth, Bitty Backgrounds (PTI), small alphabet letters (Studio G), some random stamps that I have in my stash that are not labeled anymore
Cricut Cartridge - Joy of Seasons
Other - floss, hand stained lace, machine stitching

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Give Thanks Journal/Scrapbook

I have finished this journal/scrapbook and before I put it in my etsy shop I thought I'd preview it on here. After making one for my friends as a thank you for their service in our Kids Ministry at our church, I found myself totally excited about making another one. I don't know if it's like potato chips but I find that one is just not enough!

There are so many times in my life that I can take it for granted that God has blessed me with so many things. I find it helpful to keep a journal to realize just how many blessings I have to be thankful for . I thought I'd make this journal for someone who also would like to journal down all of life's great blessings. I love to go back to my journal during those hard times in my life to remember all of those good things and to help me keep a positive perspective while I am going through the "trenches" so to speak! It helps me to take my focus off of my problems and look instead at all of the wonderful things that God has provided. In any one given day, I can find at least something to be thankful for. Someone at the grocery store helping me with my bags, a song I hear on the radio, a phone call from a dear friend, my son telling me about a good day at school... any one of these can lift my spirits up and remind me of all of the wonderful things that surround me!

Anyway, I think I will be making another one soon. This time I have a specific person in mind. She is a young girl at our church who is quiet and a thinker... she is shy and I see her writing down bits of things on little scraps of paper. Her mother is a single mom who is struggling to raise her and her two other daughters while trying to work and go to school. I think she would love to have a journal and some journal supplies so I will be doing that next. :)
Anyway, I just wanted to share with you what I've been up to this week!
Take care!

Spreading Friendship In a Cup

I just love fall and one of the reasons I love it so much is that the weather cools off. And nothing is as wonderful on a cool crisp evening than holding a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate! So from time to time I like to make fun little gifts and give them to my friends for no other reason than to make them smile and let them know that I love them.

I thought it would be great to make Friendship Tea (or it's also called Russian Tea) mix and package it in a mason jar. A cute label, tag and note and they'd be all set to go... I looked online and found a recipe to make the powder mix; it consists of instant unsweetened tea, Tang, lemonade, spices (like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg) and sugar. Super easy to whip up and pour into clean mason jars. The next step is to make it look cute because we all know that presentation is half the gift! So I whipped out some jar labels using various things that I had on hand. When it's all assembled it looks like this:

I am going to give this to some of my friends this week because over here the public schools go on fall break already. And with the cold front that just came in, this weekend is going to be blustery. :) They could use a good cup of Friendship Tea!

Oh, and before I forget to tell you, this week at Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge the sketch is a simple ornament shape to interpret however you want. I am going to enter the lid label in that challenge since it is the same shape. I love looking at all of the ornament/tag ideas over there so be sure to check them out!

Thanks for looking and happy Friday eve! ;)

(Mason Jar decorate with: )
Paper: patterned paper, manila paper
Inks: distressing ink (TH), brown marker (SU)
Dies/Embossing Folders: Preserves Cartridge (Provocraft Cricut), Pumpkin die (TH), tiny tag (MS), embossing folder is from SU
Embellies:  baker's twine, raffia, ribbon, buttons (PTI), DMC floss

Friday, September 30, 2011

Autumn Blessings Journal/Scrapbook

I can't believe I am posting more than once this week! I just wanted to share with you something that I've been working on. It is a gift for Children's Church Leaders that are stepping down from their position at our church. It is a husband and wife team and they have been with my boys for the last 3 years and have done a wonderful job!!! The husband has to travel alot with his new job and isn't able to keep up all that he has been doing with our Kids Church. While I am very happy that he is doing well with his new job, I am sad that he and his wife won't be running the Kids Church anymore. It is bittersweet!

Anyhow, this is a journal/scrapbook that I have been working on for them. I am going to have my kids help fill out some of the journaling spots in it (so that their leaders can see what they thought of it all from a kids' perspective). It has plenty of pockets and tags and such for them to fill out as well as they reflect on the ministry that they lead for the last several years. I will also put in some fun pictures and wrap it and give it to them soon.

As it turns out, it fits in nicely with CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week. CFC22 is to make your project using loops; big ones, little ones, any kind except that on a bow. I used twill loops to make a banner and then stamped the text "thanks" on it. I also used loops to make tabs and tag pulls with them.
If you are like me then you probably have the same kind of ribbon fetish that I do. I just love the extra texture that it provides!

Well, thanks for looking. :) Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pinecone Card for ColourQ

We have had another wave of heat here (don't laugh but that means it's in the low 80's here). Just when I was delighted by the cool weather it seemed to evaporate. Usually we're getting out the light sweaters to full on thick coats in the Denver Metro area (it can even snow on us this early but it isn't typical). Instead, we get to keep our flip flops out a little longer and continue to water those plants that are so desperately needing moisture. But even with the heat I was glad to go up to my loft and make up for lost time.

It seems like  ColourQ is celebrating their 2nd birthday. That's a good enough reason for me to celebrate and craft! ;)

In case you haven't already looked, go check out their challenge. Not only is it a color challenge but we also have to pick a previous colourQueen to CASE as well. So I  wanted to mimic the layout of CQC#66 but with a little twist. Here is my take on the challenge:

This isn't my normal style of card nor is it my usual choice of colors. I like trying to move myself out of my comfort zone though.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vintage Autumn Pumpkin Card

I just thought you'd like to see what is going on at my Etsy shop. I've been loving the cooler temperatures this week here in Colorado. I don't know about your neck of the woods but over here fall comes early and doesn't last very long. Already it is down to 40 degrees at night so it won't be much longer before our trees and plants start to winter over.

So because of that I've been making some fun fall cards. Here is one that I made using a die cut label and distressing it until it looked like an old weathered barn door. To do that I painted it with dark brown acrylic paint, added some crackle paint glaze, painted it again with a cream acrylic paint, and then distressed it with some ink.

I used a stamp from BoBunny to make my own background on the paprika colored cardstock. I distressed it with some ink from Tim Holtz. I used an embossing folder to give some texture to the Harvest Gold (PTI) cardstock that I matted behind my pumpkin cutout. I distressed it with some vintage photo ink (TH) and added some copper Stickles to make the swirly pattern pop out.

I sewed a button onto some fabric leaves and adhered those to the label. I also wrapped some stain Harvest Gold (PTI)  ribbon to the label and tucked a mini tag onto it with some twine and a tiny attacher. The sentiment is from PTI's Gratitude Journal.

Thanks for looking. I hope you are enjoying some great fall weather wherever you call home!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Make It Monday at PTI #32

I just love checking in on PTI's blog to see what's going on with their Make it Mondays. I don't think that I will ever feel like I can't learn a new trick or two. Sometimes it's good to even remind myself of the old ones that could use some dusting off! ;)

Make it Monday #32 is all about using acrylic paints with your stamps. They certainly have a different feel and add a new creamy look to your stamps; less rigid in their patterns. I used this technique with just some ordinary acrylic paints.

Here is my take for Make it Mondays. I used PTI's Houndstooth background stamp with some dark chocolate acyrlic paint. I die cut the bottom and adhered it to the base of the card. The pumpkin I made with my new die from Tim Holtz. I painted that as well and then added some crackle paint to it to give it that weathered and worn look.  The burlap tag is just to give it some fun texture.

Let me know what you think! And as always, thanks for looking.

Paper: Bazzill
Stamps:  Houndstooth, Think Big Favorites (PTI)
Dies: Edgers Die (PTI), Pumpkin (TH)
Inks:  Distressed Ink in Tea Stain (TH), Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accents:  Buttons, ribbon, twine, leaves, burlap, corner rounder

Monday, September 12, 2011

Turning a New Leaf

I love the way that the seasons change here in Colorado. It is almost autumn and I find myself writing another chapter in my life. So with that comes a complete change to my blog as well as the opening of a new etsy shop.

I hope you join me here at WinterBerry Glen!