Monday, May 31, 2010

{a few layouts}

Here we are at the end of another three day weekend. Dangit. It's times like these when I wish every week was a four day work week. Or two day for that matter. :)  Anywhoo, I did get some scrapping done this weekend...starting on Friday when my good friend Stephanie and I cropped til midnight at Scrapaganza. Here's what I accomplished.

I had a ton of photos from Pike Place Market, and since the scenery is so gorgeous and colorful there, I didn't want patterned paper competing with the pictures. So I just did a simple two page layout by making my own photo collage with 4" x 6" photos, some AC thickers and a label sticker.

Keira got a Tinkerbell chair for her birthday, and it was so cute I just had to do a layout about it. It's so funny, now that it's sitting in our living room she climbs up in it all the time and watches cartoons. :)

Here I am again with my trusty Thickers. I also used some Prima rhinestones and a sheet of Tinkerbell stickers. I know there is a Tinkerbell Cricut cartridge, but I wasn't buying that just for this! :)

I have been using these doilies a lot can get them anywhere, Hobby Lobby or Walmart. They come in two different sizes and I just love using them on cards and layouts.

Here's another Tinkerbell embellishment I picked up at JoAnn's for 40% off. I have to admit, I kind of like having a little girl so I can buy all these cute scrapbooking things..... ;)

Have you checked out Elle's Studio? They have a ton of cool embellishments and journaling tags, along with some printables you can purchase and print at home. This little rounded tag is one I purchased from there. It's the perfect spot to write a little note, or even a date.

I was going to share another Keira bath page with you tonight, but I think I'll wait til tomorrow. Sweet dreams. ;)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

{belated mother's day projects}

Before we left for Seattle, I got a chance to make some goodies for all the moms in our family.  I stitched up this little paper pouch to house my Grandma's mothers day card. This little pouch is inspired by none other than the fabulous Mish....check out her blog and Etsy shop. You won't be disappointed!

I made a little fabric blossom to go on this card, complete with tulle as well as some dyed seam binding. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Kioshi line.

I also made a tag with some Webster's Pages patterned paper and some stamps.

For Adam's mom, I used some more patterned paper from Webster's Pages, as well as some Pink Paislee stitched twill.

Also some vintage sheet music, my trusty Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and a Stampin' Up stamp.

I love these blossoms from Prima....I love glittering them up, makes for a great accent.

The letters are AC white canvas Thickers that I sprayed with pink glimmer mist. I finished off the edges with some machine stitching and a few pearls.

That's all for now....stay tuned this week for some more layouts....I have been working on some projects for a design team tryout....Elle's Studio. Fingers and toes crossed that I make it!

{here is what I have been doing}

Instead of not posting on my blog....

Taking a trip to Seattle and Bainbridge Island....kidless. ;) We had an awesome week-long getaway.

Seeing the beach....

Having dinner with family that we haven't seen in a LOOOONG time!

Exploring Pike Place Market (fyi I want to live here!)

Going to the first Starbucks!! (there will be a scrapbook page to come....)

Taking time to see the Seattle Aquarium....

Planning a certain little girl's first birthday party (complete with Sesame Street decor...)

 Not sure about her present from Daddy...... =)

 And eating her very own giant cupcake, of course.

A little swimming with the diva, Keira. :)

So.......lots and lots of memories to scrap! Back to our regularly scheduled posting this evening....I will post a (very belated) Mother's Day card tonight.....followed by some pages that I got done on Friday. Hope you're having a great holiday weekend. :)

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I have to apologize for the quality of the photos.....I brought my camera with me but no card reader, so for now you're stuck with pics from my cell phone that I've e-mailed to myself :)

Today I didn't have to wait around here and eat lunch with Adam, so I decided to go exploring in Silverdale. I visited the Scrapbook Zone, and came away with some new papers I had been looking for, as well as some ribbon and a neat chipboard alphabet.

I also had lunch at a Japanese takanami grill (very yummy - steak and shrimp), checked out a used bookstore, and got a free Cinnabon at the mall because it's Nurse's Week!!

Oh, and I checked out the COOLEST antique mall I've ever been to, look what I found:

Tons of vintage postcards - most from the early 1900s, an old hymnal, vintage buttons and a piano instruction book from the 1920s. I am so excited to get home and start crafting with this stuff!!!!!

For those of you that are scrappers, you will appreciate the following picture:

Ever used a folded up washcloth and a pushpin in place of a paper piercer and pad?? lol :) I am working on Keira's birthday thank you notes, and I had to improvise!! Hehe.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

{seattle/bainbridge island}

I'm blogging today from the Pacific NW -- Bainbridge Island to be exact. Adam has a class out here this week, he's getting certified in fall protection, so I'm just along for the ride. :)  We flew in from Denver on Sunday afternoon to SeaTac airport, and picked up our rental car. We wanted to eat at Mashiko -- I had gotten a recommendation that they have the BEST sushi in Seattle -- but they were closed! And we had to catch the ferry over to Bainbridge. So we ended up eating our first Seattle meal at Mistral Jewel Box. $85 later and we had finished our 4 course Mother's Day brunch. :)  To say the least us Iowans felt a little out of place in our sweatshirts and jeans, but the waiter was very friendly.  The meal started out with currant scones, which were buttery and delicious, served with mascarpone and fig jam. The second course was cured salmon, creme fraiche, greens and a potato cake. DELICIOUS as well. I wish I would have taken pictures, but I didn't want to look like a total tourist. :)  Third course was hangar steak with fingerling potatoes, homemade ketchup and a poached egg. I can't lie -- the steak was pretty small -- but it was a very good steak. We cut it with a butter knife. For dessert we had some type of a raspberry granita over a mousse with cardamom meringue on top. Now this dining experience was completely outside our comfort zone, but an experience I won't soon forget :)

The photo above is from the ferry on our way over to Bainbridge. We drove on (and they charged us $26 freaking dollars), then we went up to the main deck to take some pictures. I think the air out here is just so much fresher than in Iowa! The saltwater smell takes me back to being a kid and visiting Northern CA on family vacations.

We're staying at the Best Western on BI, and the hotel is very nice. Only a couple years old. Our room has a separate living area with a couch, as well as a kitchenette with a fridge and microwave. I have spent quite a bit of time watching TV on the couch and napping.......Adam keeps telling me I need to go out and do something, but I NEVER just get to be lazy and lay around! So that's what I'm doing.

However yesterday, I did visit downtown Bainbridge. I went to Paper Products -- they had a few scrapping supplies but mostly a lot of gifts and office-type stuff. I probably spent an hour browsing in there. I also visited a book store, kitchen gift shop, and yarn shop. A lot of neat stuff to look at, but pretty spendy!!

For lunch yesterday, I picked Adam up and we ate at Bainbridge Thai -- it was very good.  The pad Thai was delicious, and we had a great view of the harbor. Service was great too.

Last night we ate at Island Grill - I had salmon and Adam had halibut. It was very good. Fresh seafood tastes so much better out here!! 
Now these.........I just could not stomach. I ate one and that was it! Oyster shooters, it just freaked me out! Adam ate the other 3. More power to him!! :)

Tonight I'm hoping to talk Adam into eating at the Silver City Brewing Company -- looks like they have great beer and food.

No oyster shooters for me though.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

{a year ago today}

This was Adam and I a year ago today, not long after Keira was born at 1:06 AM.

She was 6 lbs, 15.5 ounces, and remained in the NICU for 2 1/2 weeks after she was born due to meconium aspiration. This was the first time I got to hold her.

All the nurses commented on how beautiful she was and how perfectly round her little head was! :)

This is Keira now! Happy first birhtday baby girl. You have brought many blessings to my life. :)

And thanks to you and daddy for the Mother's day card. Love you always!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

{for my mama}

Becoming a mother has really strengthened the relationship between my own mother and I. Mostly because she has helped me out so much with Keira, and I am grateful that she has such a large role in helping me raise her. I also think becoming a mother increases appreciation for the struggles and sacrifices your own mother had to endure while raising you.
I created this card for my mother, I wanted it to be elegant, with a vintage feel. I used the Altered Challenge over at Challenge Masters as a springboard for my design -- the challenge was to create a project with a pocket. For this pocket, I used a piece of dotted vellum, and stitched it on to my card front. I tucked in a vintage printable from the Crafty Secrets blog.
The patterned paper is by Webster's Pages, and to mirror the color, I used a Prima rose dipped in glitter on the bottom corner.
I also punched some butterflies from old hymnal paper -- my mother is very musical, she sings in the choir at church and is an avid piano player. The 'mom' stamp is by Stampin Up -- Messages for Mom. I also used a piece of my dyed seam binding.
I hope she enjoys the card as much as I enjoyed creating it. :)  We will be out of town on Mother's day, but I'll tuck it inside the diaper bag for her when I drop Keira off this Friday morning.
Thanks for stopping by -- make your mom a card to show how much you appreciate her! :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

{wishing you happiness}

My new Queen Bee line from Pink Paislee came in the mail yesterday, and I could not wait to bust it out for another birthday card. My Grandma had requested two birthday cards, so this is the second for her. I used a base of SU Basic Gray Cardstock, matted with some white along with a sheet of the Queen Bee patterned paper. I machine stitched around the edges.
It's a little hard to see in the photo, but I stamped a flourish in Versamark ink on the ledger paper, then embossed with clear embossing powder. I used this card for this month's technique challenge at Challenge Masters. I also pulled out my pinking hearts SU punch for the olive border that the ledger paper is mounted on.
For the sentiment, I used a stamp from SU's Heard from the Heart - one of my favorite sentiment sets. I stamped this onto one of the Queen Bee punchouts in black craft ink, then embossed with clear EP. The bird stamp is Stampin' Up also -- from the Spring Song stamp set.
I finished the card off with some Pink Paislee ribbon pleats, flowers, button and thread. I just love this line of patterned paper -- I also ordered the cork buttons, which I can't wait to use also! I am thinking about scrapping some spring pictures also....but I do need to work on some Mother's day cards.

Have a great one!

Monday, May 3, 2010


Two cards in one day?!?! I think I'm going to pass out! :) AND we had friends over to grill tonight. Gosh I love when I feel accomplished.... lol :) Anyway, I made this card up quick for the National Scrapbooking Day technique challenge at Challenge Masters. The technique was to use mist and a stencil -- I decided to use my new Stampin' Up stencil and Smooch Spritz.
I also used some of my hand dyed seam binding, along with machine stitching.
I am really loving the look of all these vintage projects lately, so I am trying my best to hop on the bandwagon....but it does take some practice. The sentiment stamp is from the SU hostess set 'Wings of Friendship', and I also used a Stampin Up punch.
This card will go to a friend for her birthday next week.....Kelsi. She shares Keira's birthday! :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

{a birthday card}

Last time I went to visit my Grandma, she wanted to "order" a few birthday cards from :)  Here is the first of two I'm making for her. She's giving them to a few family members (both female), and her only request was that I use some vintage buttons from the stash she gifted me long ago.
My mother also gave me a few sheets of old sheet music that was my great-grandmothers....I wish I could get some more from her, but she knows I'm just going to cut it up and use it on paper crafts, so I think she's holding out on me..... :)
The focal image on this card is one of Crafty Secrets vintage postcard kits...I've had these for awhile and wanted to use them. I also used some of my hand dyed seam binding, along with a Crafty Secrets clear stamp for the sentiment. I zig-zag machine stitched around the edges.
Thanks for stopping by.....I'm excited to give these cards to my Grandma.....I know I'll get a big "Ohhhhh honey!!" out of her! Aah, I love it. :)

Happy Sunday.