Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Sweet Project Life Style in the house!!!

Hello there everyone. Have you seen the new release from the Sweet Stamp Shop? It's so great. I especially love these Project Life style stamps that you can add to just about any scrapbook or card project you make. This particular set is called Starts Here!
The little hexie stamp is also included in the set with the "my story" and "starts here" and the arrows. I embossed the "my story" sentiment on a Studio Calico veneer word bubble in gold. I used the new Stampin' Up Basic Black pad to get a crisp image for the "starts here".

 I got this art journal with my winnings from the card contest I participated in a few months back. I love the kraft pages. I want to do a bit of hand lettering in the upper left but not sure exactly what I want it to say yet but for now I'm happy.
I hope your summer has been wonderful. Are you all winding down. We still have almost a month :).
Have a super day.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Water Color Challenge Over at Paper Girls!

I love dabbing my distress ink pads, which are water reactive, onto a craft mat, spritzing them with water and then dragging my paper across the pools of color. You can get amazing results with this technique.

So, the newest challenge over at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog is to use watercolor in your project. I'm so glad I get to guest in on this one. I LOVE water coloring-the traditional way and with distress inks like I've done here. Come join in with challenge #36.

I drew in some waves and rocks with colored pencils and when I swiped the paper over the distress ink that I had pooled on my craft mat it resisted the ink in those areas.

Once your initial swipe is dry you can dab your paper around to pick up droplets of color for another cool effect.

Friday, July 12, 2013

31 Things to Teach Your Daughter

My Sister in Law posted this list and I really like it. For me #1 is very important. I hate going to a new doctor (female) or meeting one of my children's new teachers, shaking their hand, and wondering to myself, "What was that? That wasn't a handshake. That was a limp dishrag in my hand. Weird." I hope I can teach my children to do better than that...not to crush people's hands or anything, but a nice, firm handshake ;)

31 things to teach your daughter (or maybe 32)
1. How to give a firm handshake.
2. To never wear clothes with something written across the butt.

3. A man will never treat a woman better than he treats his mom. Pay attention to how the guys treat their moms, and run from the ones who aren’t respectful.
4. Look people in the eye when you talk to them.
5. People will judge you by what you say. “I was like, um, totally!” does not qualify as a sentence.
6. People will judge you by what you wear. Show respect for yourself (and see #2).
7. How to change a tire.
8. How to throw a football.
9. Don’t be afraid to use your voice – sometimes it’s the most powerful thing you have.
10. Basic self defense – be able to get out of a situation, and run fast. And use that powerful voice.
11. Teach them how to apologize well, ask for help when needed, and that anger is more harmful to the person who harbors it than to who it’s directed at.
12. What’s in the magazine is photoshopped. Confidence is more attractive than size 2 jeans.
13. Laughter can diffuse many a challenging situation. Especially when you can laugh at yourself.
14. Block out the voices. Not every opinion is worth listening to – listen to the ones that matter, and learn whose opinion you’ll allow to shape your thoughts.
15. Advertising is full of hidden agendas. Don’t fall for it. “Maybe she’s born with it… maybe it’s Maybelline” – really? Maybelline didn’t make her anything she wasn’t born with.
16. How to hit a baseball, throw a punch, and use a compass.
17. How to write a proper thank you letter, and how to type.
18. How to manage her money.
19. Appreciate the little things (and little refers to more than diamonds and pearls).
20. Read often and much. Read works of classic and contemporary literature, fiction and nonfiction.
21. Walk in someone else’s shoes.
22. Listen well, both for what’s being said, and for what’s being omitted.
23. Dream big, and set realistic goals. You can accomplish more than you think you can.
24. Girls can do most things as well as boys can, in general. But know your personal limits, what your own strengths and weaknesses are. Once you know them you can use them to your advantage.
25. Most things worth having or worth doing require sacrifice. Know what you’re willing to sacrifice, and for what.
26. No regrets. Learn from the past, but don’t dwell on what could have been.
27. Just because it’s never been done doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Push the limits.
28. Basic sewing skills.
29. How to handle herself online – using good privacy, remembering that anything shared can go viral (including pictures in poor taste), and knowing that people online aren’t always who they say they are.
30. Trust your instincts. If it feels wrong, it probably is. Listen to that voice, and don’t silence it.
31. The world isn’t all there is. Rely on God more than you rely on anything else, including yourself.
I'd like to add a # 32. Teach your daughter that she is a child of God. She is special and worthy and capable and so, so important.
Have a wonderful weekend!

PS Would you add anything to the list???

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Triangle Snippets Art Design

So happy to be documenting family memories again. While on vacation my daughter got to have here hair braided by my sister in law almost every day. She was in heaven. Alas,I'm not so good in the hair department...maybe I didn't get enough practice on my dolls :)

I cut all the little triangles and created a fun design. I was wanting to mimic the braid in an abstract way.

Some Studio Calico wood alpha and American Crafts DIY Thickers that I watercolored with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Hope you're having a fabulous day.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Sunflower Explosion over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog

I'm over at the Paper Girls Challenge Blog today. The challenge was to use at least four journaling cards on your project. These pictures that I've been wanting to scrap for forever were perfect for that because I had a lot to say about this experienc.
I paired my Project Life journaling cards with some Amy Tangerine stickers a and American Crafts Thickers. I also used a a Paper Smooches stamp in my slide holder to the right.
A little washi tape finishes everything.
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Pinspired #12 UR GR8 Card

Trying my hand at another entry for Pinspired Challenge #12.
I also used the Paper Secrets June 21st Card sketch on this one.

I used a Teresa Collins overlay on top of some red paper, created a ruffle with some crepe paper and finished it off with some Studio Calico wooden letters.
Hope your day is beautiful.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Pinspired Challenge #12

Have you seen the new Pinspried Challenge #12

I love the color combo of red and aqua and I was in need of a thank you card. It must have been kismet.
I used some Stampin' Up stamps and some fun papers and washi to complete this card.

I hope you're Monday is brilliant! Don't forget to make some time to create.