Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Take a look!!

Joanie, at one of the blog's I follow, is offering up some blog candy. What an awesome collection of goodies, right? Head on over for your chance to be in her drawing!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

How Sweet It Is...

I spent the weekend with 21 awesome ladies at a scrapbooking retreat. I had a great time making new friends and seeing some that I got to know last October at the Northern California retreat. It felt so good to get away and have some down time.
I knew my family was supportive of my get-away time and it was confirmed when I came home to a perfectly clean house. They had the candles lit and the house was smelling great! They wanted to know all about my weekend and kept leaning in for hugs as I told them what all went on.
Well, here's some of what I worked on. I didn't actually scrapbook because I didn't want to stress over organizing my photos and packing, etc. I just worked on some altering and I also made a bunch of cards. I helped out some of the ladies that were also altering for the first time.
Well, here we go!
I made (finished) a banner for my nephew.
Paper-DCWV Animal Crackers, Cricut-All Mixed Up, Mod Podge, Ribbon

I made a bunch of all occasion cards.
I just love the Cupcake set by Inkadinkado!
Supplies: Cupcake stamp set-Inkadinkado, Paper-Bazzil,
Ink-Stampin' Up, Stickles, Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk, buttons,
ribbon, eyelets

I used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and the Swirl
embossing folder on the next two. The white core of the paper shows
through since I sanded it a bit.

I heat embossed the large cupcakes. I also used the blending pen with
the stamp pads and colored everything in like water color.

I got some foam flowers and buttons in my goody bag and thought I'd try them out.

Well, that's all for now. Come back later when I post some more.
These will probably go in my Etsy shop soon. Let me know if you have any
Oh! Have a sweet day!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Joy Box for Andrea!

My blogging friend and sister in Christ offered up a Joy Box for one of her commenter to celebrate her 100th post. You can read about it HERE.
Andrea was the winner and so I got in contact with her and I put together a box that I hope she will really find JOY in!
Thank you, Lisa for your confidence in my handy work, but mostly for your inspirational words.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Something simple...

I wanted to give the teachers a little treat "just because". I forgot to take pictures of the first thing I altered, but here are some scented candles in a jar that I prettied up a bit. Just peel off the label and then add rub-ons, decals, stickers, ribbon, etc.
The other thing I gave them was a bottle of hand sanitizer (with the pump) and I did the same thing. I added a ribbon and tag to the neck of the pump and some stickers and that was it!
Just some fun, yet practical ideas.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Creativity Project...Beauty....

I found this patch of flowers near our house last year and took some pictures of Naomi admiring them.
I kept thinking that they'd be in full bloom by now and I was not disappointed.
I couldn't stop snapping pictures.
Beautiful, right?
My favorite is the single flower with the bee.
How'd I catch that?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Creativity Project...Day 3

I've been taking Hannah on drives looking for things to photograph. There was only one category left in photography for the Fine Arts Competion. Film photography...Scenery/Still Life
I took her to the Mission Inn area in downtown Riverside. Lots of old, historical buildings with beautiful architecture.
Anyway, while she was snapping away with the 35 mm Nikon we borrowed, I was snapping away on my digital.
This sign on an old church caught my eye and I had to remember it.
Isn't it good?

My friend Lisa has a giveaway...

Head on over to her blog at Sharing Life With Lisa. She is about to celebrate her 100th post by giving away one of my Joy Boxes! I especially love her blog called Living A Fit Life. It's great motivation for those that are interested in weight loss, being healthier, and ..."presenting your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God"...Romans 12:1

I will be making a custom Joy Box for one special commenter on her post - so, go and see!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Creativity Project...Day 2

Okay...it's March 2nd and I am busy, busy!! However, I did get to create this cute little mailbox for an Etsy client who teaches early music education. I hope she likes it!
Paper says Music Time and has all sorts of music related words.

It was a friend's birthday, so I gave her this jar full of her favorite candies and a couple of gift cards. I did add ribbon and stuff later, of course. =]

I am feeling like I really need to get out my supplies and get messy. I've had the "feeling" for a while, but it's just been hard to get some me time where I can play. Know what I mean? I can sit at my craft table as much as I want. I make things, I fill orders, but I am talking about getting in the zone - no interruptions - just time to be me with my crafts! It'll come soon. It has to!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Creativity Project...

So, I saw this on Stacy Julian's blog and thought it would be a good idea to try to stay on top of it for the month of March. The coming of spring shouts newness to me, so I am going to try to do something new. Hopefully, this project will challenge me and make me more aware to consistently and curiously create.

Here was my little thing for today along with something I made a few weeks ago with my Sunday School girls for fun. Sunday's are pretty busy for me, but I usually have time to play a little at my craft table. This is something I made to go out with an etsy order that I'm filling. Just a simple card with a simple sentiment: dream.

This next picture is of a few painted rocks. I told my girls about choosing a word that would "lead" them and help them for 2009 - mine is FOCUS. They each chose a word and then we painted rocks and put our words on them. Great little project. I love Ladybugs, so I thought that the rock would make a cute ladybug and then the heart one is Love to the power of 6. Six in my immediate family. =]

I hope to get some real creating done this week. Not as easy as I thought it'd be with an 18 month old and a 3 year old to keep busy, but they let me play once in a while. =]

What are you creating? =]