Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Make It Monday #176 Backgrounds With Embossing Paste


Good afternoon!
Popping in very quickly with a quick and simple card I made for the new Make It Monday over at PTI...
Backgrounds with Embossing Paste.
It's been a long time since I've played along but if Betsy keeps coming out with her incredible Make It Market kits...
I gotta try and win some GC's before hubby makes me get a job!
YIKES!

So this week Laura Bassen showed how to use paste and dies to create a background...
first...
I didn't have any paste and I really didn't want to take the time to run to Nashville to pick some up but I read on the forum you could use lightweight spackle so had hubby pick some up at Lowe's and I think it worked perfect.
And at a fraction of the cost of embossing paste...
even better! *wink*

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So I snipped the end star off 2 of my Star Gazers dies and used them to create a star mask and then spread the spackle over the top and then removed...
super simple!
I then spritzed the cardstock with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine spray in Twinkle...
I thought it helped give it a little more celestial look against the Enchanted Evening "sky"...
especially since I didn't add color to the spackle.

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I then heat embossed my favorite sentiment from Super Stars in white...
layered it against some silver shimmer cardstock and then onto a white card base.

After the week I've had with the baby child this one is all his.
He did something the other day that literally had us on the floor and tears rolling down our faces...
so yeah...
I think he deserves this one!

Off to look like I've been busy all day!
See you soon!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the Future

Good afternoon!
Hope your week has been good so far.
Had a hectic morning this morning getting kids to school...
not my norm to say the least...
it involved police and for the record I honestly wasn't the one breaking the law...
but I was still so furious when I got back home that my 5+ mile run went by in a snap so there's a positive to my bad morning and goes a little ways in making everything good again.
Seriously though...
I wasn't in trouble...
I was the one doing the reporting.

So anyway...
while my day got thrown first thing and I'm running behind with what I had planned why not just throw caution to the wind and swing through today by the seat of my pants because there was even more good in store for me...
Betsy's new PTI Make It Market kit landed on my doorstep a day early...
YAY me! *grin*
And while I should probably make sure laundry is done so the kids don't get reported for going to school nakey...
I decided to break it open and play just a tad bit instead. *wink*
Actually I wanted to see if my idea really would work because I bought this kit for a specific purpose...
and even hubby said it would be perfect and didn't bat an eye when I told him what I wanted it for...
but I like being able to show him and have him say "Yeah...you were right...you rock". *giggle*
So that's what I did.

Now before I show you...
and it's nothing life shattering...
I didn't reinvent the wheel here so don't think I'm building up for this huge world altering reveal...
I just want to explain why I wanted this kit for this particular reason.
If you've ever visited here before you may know that I'm the mom of 4 amazing kids that I love more than chocolate and are my very reason for breathing.
You may also know that 2 of them are identical twin girls who lead very different lives...
Haley is a freaky intelligent high school junior who marches to her own tune and is so incredibly comfortable in her own skin and who she is...
she's not like any other 16 year old I know.
She doesn't care about "fitting in"...accept her for who she is or she has no time for you...
seriously this kid is freakin' awesome!
I remember 16 and how desperately I didn't want to stand out in any way...how I wanted to fit in with everyone else...
right clothes...
hair...
and I still don't have the self confidence this kid possesses so yeah...
she's amazing.
And then there's Hunter...
my Goose.
From the very moment she was born I knew why I was put on this earth...
I was born to be her mother.
She was left blind with cerebral palsy after her and Haley were born 13 weeks premature and you can catch up a little about her HERE so I won't go over it all again but when I started my diet/exercise a few months ago yes...it started out for health reasons but I also realized along the way that if I didn't make some major life changes I wasn't going to be able to take care of her when she's out of school.
I was failing her and didn't even realize it.
It may have started with busting both my knees when I fell with her a few summers ago...
but I needed to get back in shape so I can take care of her in the future when she's out of school in about 5 years.
Which as I've lost weight and gotten in much better shape I'm finding it easier to lift and carry her...
but then I realized that I hadn't really made plans for her when she leaves school.
She's VERY social...
loves people.
To not have a plan to fill her days...
again I would be failing her...
she wouldn't have the life she deserves.
So we're making plans towards the future.
While we knew a "regular" job would never be possible for her we just hadn't really figured out what she could do...
other than volunteering at church and Meals on Wheels...
and everyone needs a purpose in life.
A reason to wake up every morning...
something to fill the days...
and I think I've figured some of it out.


We're planting an orchard on part of our property...about 2- 2 1/2 acres.
We're going to raise the trees from seeds...
Hunter can water them.
That will be her job...
to water.



Next year we're hoping to build a greenhouse...
this is the one I've fallen in love with and will be perfect on the back side of the other side of our house.
And since we won't see our first apple crop for about 10 years...


we're going to build berry boxes to raise strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and if I can figure out why they only grow in mountainous regions...
huckleberries.
My friend Cathy sent us some huckleberry jam from Montana and my guys fell in jam heaven...
so while I am not scientific in any shape, form or fashion...
Hunter and I may have some experiments going on in that greenhouse someday. *giggle*


But someday in the not too far future we'll start selling our crops at our local Farmer's Market on the weekends during spring, summer and fall.
It's a job.
Created especially for Hunter.
And with her giggle that's as musical as what I imagine angels sound like...
a smile that can light the darkest night and warm the coldest soul...
she'll own that Farmer's Market because no one will be able to resist her! *grin*
And that's where Betsy's County Fair Make It Market comes in...
as soon as I saw the peek for that cover plate...
I knew I needed it for Hunter's job.
And while I know it's a ways off...
and maybe I could have found someone willing to part with the cover plate when I actually do need it...
I saw the plan and that's all it took.

Again...
I didn't reinvent the wheel here but here's a quick version of that cover plate and my plans for it...
and don't say anything about my handwriting...
I had a bad morning!

PTI County Fair MIM Kit

Produce signs!!!
I'm gonna make small "chalkboard's"  versus cardstock like I used today...
small pieces of wood painted in chalkboard paint...
to write the produce and price on...
easier to change week to week or month to month...
and I'm sure I'll make other small changes but it's the bandanna behind it...
I love it.
Perfect for Farmer's Market.
And the fact that I can make it any color I want...
I had to have it.
I knew this would be perfect for when we start at the market...
and depending on how quick I can get someone to build my boxes and get plants planted...
could even be next summer with a few berries.
We'll see how it all goes but I do know that by the time Hunter graduates school in a few years...
we'll have things in place to give her a life she deserves...
one with love...
with friends and family...
one with purpose.
She's gonna have a job!

Sorry for such a long post...
but now I gotta go look like I've actually been busy today before everyone gets home! *wink*
Till next time!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

12 Kits Of Occasions - July

Hello, Hello!
Hope your day is off to a great start!
Today's my last day with all the kids at home this summer...
3 head back to school tomorrow...
and while they've been driving me nuts the last few weeks I'm gonna miss them once they're gone.
I always do.
Can't wait for them to go...
can't wait for them to come home.

But since it's the last day of the month...
popping in quickly with a little Christmas is July with 12 Kits!


Tracey was our incredible hostess this month...
look at all these fun goodies she sent and I absolutely LOVED the papers she sent...
and hoarded almost all of them. *giggle*
Kara of course took the fabulous photo...
she's so awesome...
and then here's what I came up with so far...

12 Kits -July 2014

12 Kits - July 2014


12 Kits - July 2014


12 Kits- July 2014


So hop over to the 12 Kits blog HERE and check out everyone's creations...
I know I can't wait to see what they've come up with...
and make sure to pay a visit to our special guest Lesley Croughan at Always Playing with Paper.
And you can find all the monthly creations on our Pinterest board HERE!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend...
and I'll see you again soon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Little WMS Inspiration

Hi, everyone!
Popping in quickly to let you know I've got a little ditty over on the Waltzingmouse Inspiration Blog today...

WMS Funky Flowers and Join Us

Hope you'll stop in for a peek if you get a chance!




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Different Kind of Phone Case

Good morning!
Hope your week is off to a great start...
I know mine is!
Less than 2 weeks and 3/4 of my kiddo's head back to school...
with the 4th part of that equation heading back a week later!
YAY for me! *giggle*
I love them more than chocolate...
they are my reason for breathing but...
I just can't get anything done when they're here all the time!
And they're ready.
They're just as tired of me as I sometimes am of them...
we need our space.

So anyway...
the reason I'm popping in.
I had to have Erin's stitching phone case dies when they were peeked during the recent PTI release...
I had a plan for them and my order landed over the weekend and after a few attempts finally got my first one completed.
Now when I say "first one completed" I'm referring to using them "my" way...
I've actually already stitched 2 leathers and one suede using them the way they were designed...
super easy and my kids love 'em!
But if you haven't caught my posts about what I've been up to the last few months and why I almost disappeared...
really quick...
I'm taking care of me.
I'm 40 pounds lighter...
ok someday's it's more like 35...
did you know that a woman's weight can fluctuate by 10 pounds in just a day?
SO unfair!
But that's another reason why I try not to focus on what the scale says and instead look at how my body has changed and how clothes fit now compared to a year ago...
muscle weighs more than fat but takes up a fraction of the space so that scale...
it really is just a number.

But last month...
I added running to my routine.
Started out just trying to run for 15 minutes without having a heart attack and dying...
I'm now signed up for my first 5K this fall...
and I'm running 5 miles each morning.
In just over 6 weeks I went from a 15 minute stretch to 5+ miles...
my goal is 6 1/2...
planning on running a 10K next spring.
Now...I'm slower than a herd of turtles...
but I'm also just setting my speed on the treadmill and setting off...
I'm planning on starting to run on the track when the kids get back in school and it starts to cool down a bit...
I know I can increase my speed then so I'm just focusing on endurance for right now.
But when I run...
I need tunes to keep me going.
And I've said this many times over the years but in case you've missed it...
I'm country to the core.

Born and bred.

Except for my music.

I'm a metal girl...
and I've discovered that when running...
the louder...
the harder...
the faster the music...
the more I push myself.
And while you may not know who I am referring to...
I really think I need a tee that says "Body by Five Finger Death Punch" because I'm running at least 2 1/2 miles each morning to Ivan and the boys.
So I need an arm band for my phone and I can tell you they're $30 a pop at Dick's or Academy...
and right now I'm sporting a vicious bruise/"burn"  (like a rug or floor burn?) mark on the underside of my arm because of mine...
it HURTS!
Especially when I'm sweating and it just keeps rubbing the same spot every morning.
So when I saw the phone dies I wondered if I could make a more "comfortable" one with them...
one that won't burn...
or scar...
and that's what I've attempted to do.
Haley helped me pick this fabric and I gotta say I think it's kind'a awesome...

PTI Phone Stitching Dies


PTI Phone Stitching Dies

First...I cut a window in the front panel so I could add some clear vinyl...
helps me see my screen when running and I'll know whether I want to interrupt a run for a phone call or let it go over to message.
Then I cut some straps...
one short with a D ring for looping through...
and one long with velcro for attaching to the arm.
I took it for a test run this morning...
literally...*giggle*
and it worked great!
Except I knew I would have some tweaks...
and the first one is I need to give about an extra 1/4" of clear vinyl in the front panel...
once I put on the arm band the fabric has a little "give" to it...
the vinyl didn't so it started to separate at the side seams.  
And I don't know why I thought my arm was that big...
I just barely was able to keep it on because I made it way too big.
And while I like the fabric backed with felt for cushioning and support...
it's not gonna be great for washing...
and I don't know about you but I sweat when I run/workout...
so I think what I want to do is to make a thin "quilted" layer to give support and cushioning while still being pretty easy to throw in the wash.

So what do you think?
Saving $30 a pop and no scars...
plus the fact that this one is actually really comfortable...
I love that... 
I'll be working on my tweaks and then I plan on having an entire wardrobe of these babies!

I'm gonna be back very soon with more goodies so I'll see you then!
Have a great day!









Monday, June 30, 2014

12 Kits of Occasions- June Edition

Good morning!
Can you believe it's already the end of June?!!
We went shopping on Saturday and I've already started with getting the kids back to school goods...
they'll be headed back in just a few weeks...
this summer has went SO fast!
And I haven't gotten even a fraction of what I had planned done...
why aren't there more hours in the day?
I could really use them if anyone knows the secret!

But seeing that it is somehow the last day of June...
still can't believe it...
you know what that brings...
12 Kits!
And this month our fabulous hostess was Marybeth...
and since June is the month of weddings...
can you guess what the theme is? *wink*
Marybeth sent an incredibly gorgeous kit full of all kinds of wedding and anniversary goodies...


and Kara worked her special magic to create an equally gorgeous collage.
Here's what I've come up with so far using this kit...
I don't have a lot of wedding/anniversary goods so I definitely hoarded this kit *wink*...

12 Kits- June 2014



12 Kits- June 2014



12 Kits-June 2014


Make sure to head over to the 12 Kits of Occasions Blog HERE to see what all the others were able to come up with using this gorgeous kit...
I know I can't wait to see what they did!
And please stop and visit our special guest Lindsey from OccasionalCrafting.
You can see all the creations on the 12 Kits board on Pinterest HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by...
and I hope you have a wonderful week!
I'll be back soon!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Waltzingmouse Inspiration

Hello!
Just popping in to let you know I've got a couple of quick and easy projects over on the Waltzingmouse Inspiration Blog...


That's all for now but see you again soon!

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