Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Masculine Birthday

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! Ours was fun! Beautiful weather every day, even Monday wasn't too bad with the 80% chance of rain that we never saw! That's OK, we enjoyed the time together as a family. I have been busy. I am planning on attending Stampin' Up!'s convention in July/August and have been joining swaps left and right and trying to come up with ideas. So I haven't really been creating anything lately. This is a card I did for my boss' birthday. I used Chocolate Chip, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue and Whisper White cardstock and ink and also yoyo yellow ink. I used my Print Pattern background stamp and the Eat Cake stamp set. I try not to do too many embellishments on masculine cards, especially for my boss, I think this turned out OK.

My SBS2 sis, Mel, tagged me sometime last week. I am supposed to list 7 random and weird facts about myself.

1- I don't wear any make up.
2- I like watching cartoons.
3- My husband is my best friend.
4- My favorite movie is Gone with the Wind.
5 - I still exchange Christmas cards with my high school English teacher (I'm 34).
6 - I am a messy scrapper/stamper, I usually have everything sitting out and don't always put things back.
7 - I had a very hard time coming up with this list!

The rules:1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

I'm going to chicken out on this and not tag anyone, if your interested, consider yourself tagged!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Thank You!

I needed some thank you cards to send out for presents my daughter received at her birthday, she turned three. I decided it was about time she started pulling her weight around here and gave her enough pieces of white cardstock to do all the thank you cards we needed. Then I sat her down with some crayons and had her color each one. Since most of the cards are going to family members, I know they will appreciate the hard work she put into these thank you cards. I also decided this was a good time to use some cardstock that I don't typically use. I added the thank you stamped in coordinating colors and used various punches on each one. They turned out really cute! I can't wait to hear the reaction of their recipients. I am also very impressed with my daughters coloring abilities. I know she is only three, but clearly, she is a genius! ha ha!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

I'd like to wish all the Moms out there a Happy Belated Mother's Day! I hope your day was special! We had a nice day (although it was rainy and cold!) My daughter's 3rd birthday was last week so we had her party for the family on Mother's Day because my Dad came in from out of town for it. It was a special day and she had a great time! Now that I have given out my presents to my Mom, MIL and Step-Mother, I can post pictures, yay! They each received a Monogrammed Note Card set; a nugget tin, coaster post-it holder and pen. I used different designer series paper for each set. On one I used Spring Fling, one was Berry Bliss and one was Ginger Blossom. I bought the nugget tins and plastic sleeve for the note cards from Papertrey Ink.
Here is a picture of all the goodies together. I got all the information to make these from Splitcoast Stampers. You can't really see it in the picture, but I also used SU Rub-ons on the clear plastic on the nugget tins. I used coordinating cardstock for the base of the note cards and then just white for the front. I stamped various images, also in coordinating ink. I used my Brushstroke Alphabet to stamp the monogram. They turned out very pretty and were well received. Also, very easy to make!

Here is a closer picture of another set of note cards:
I used several different stamp sets for the note cards and of course stamped all the envelopes.

Tutorial on Altered Pen here.

To cover the nuggets in the tin I just cut a piece of DSP 1" x 3.25" and ran it through my Xyron and attached to the nuggets.

For the note cards all you need to do is cut a 8.5 X 11 piece of cardstock into 4. Each white piece is 4" x 5.25". The strip of DSP is 4" x 1". I used the Scallop Circle Punch with the same color cardstock.

I know I used a tutorial for the post-it holders, but I can't find it. The gallery at Splitcoast has a bunchy of these! The coaster is 4x4 so I just cut 2 pieces of DSP 4x4 and glued them to the front and back of the coaster. After it was dry I sanded the the edges and then I used mod podge to cover the coaster and let it dry. I then used glue to adhere the post-its to the coaster. For the binder clip I just measured the size of the binder and cut the DSP to fit. I ran the DSP through my Xyron and attached it to the binder. Then attached the binder to the coaster and tied a piece of ribbon. Voila. Very simple!

Oh and I made matching criss cross Mother's day cards for each Mother and don't you know I forgot to take pictures or scan them in! Duh! They were cute too!

I am so behind on blog hopping. I tried to catch up this weekend, but there was just too much going on. I know I'm missing out on many new creations! I was finally able to clean up my craft area on Saturday. It was getting way out of hand and I tend to avoid it when it is too messy! Hopefully I can spend some more time this week.

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Actually I should say we did it! My dh and I signed up to walk the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon this year. It is a 13.1 mile trek through Indianapolis, including an opportunity to walk/run around the oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that needs to be completed in 4 hours. We are both a little too big to be runners, at this point, so we signed up to walk it. We have been training since January, but because of weather it was hard to get very big walks in and we were always pushing a stroller during our training. Today was the big day! My mom came over at 5:30 a.m. (THANKS MOM!) to watch DD and we headed downtown. I was nervous and very excited! Nervous because I didn't want to get half way through and have someone come up and say I was taking too long and had to take the bus to the finish. Nervous because although we've been training, I really didn't know how fast we could do it and we never actually tried to walk 13.1 miles (10 miles was the most). They limit the field to 35,000 participants and we were in the last corral, so probably in the last 1,000 to cross the start. My adrenaline and excitement really got going once we crossed the starting point. There is live entertainment through the whole course, which was mostly good. And there were a lot of people on the sidelines cheering us on, which was very cool! My "mini" goal for the mini was to make it to the speedway. I've been there a couple of times, but never actually walked around the track and that was where the half way point was. As it turns out, that was the hardest part of the walk for me. It was pretty warm at that point and not much of a breeze and the track is huge! So I didn't think we would ever get done! I forgot to mention that the weather was perfect today! All week it looked like it was going to rain, but this morning was clear and about 60 and then the sun came out and it warmed up, but it wasn't too warm. The next few miles were a lot harder, but at that point I knew we would make it (I wasn't about to give up!) When we hit the 12 mile mark I was so excited, but when we were about to walk across the finish line, I got goosebumps! I was really making it and I wasn't the last one! It was a very proud moment. Afterwards we got a cool medal (see below). So, I am a little sore and I do have a blister on the bottom of my foot, but I don't care! I did it! We completed it in 3 hours 46 minutes and our average pace was 17miles per minute. I cannot complain about that. I don't know what place we were in, just around 30,000 people completed the race and if I had to guess we were in the bottom 1,000 (just like we started), which is fine by me! This is the medal they gave us, way better than I expected! Sorry this isn't stamping or scrapbooking related, but I just had to share! I do have some creations to post, but some will have to wait until after Mother's Day next week! Thanks for reading about my exciting day, hope everyone is having a great weekend!