Friday, April 29, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays...Man With a Plan

I printed this picture with a different sketch in mind, but, decided it worked better for this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch if I rotated it.  The challenge at Lasting Memories was to do a spring layout.  We don't really get spring here, we have winter, break-up, and then summer...but, with spring does come dirt, so, I thought this was still fitting!  I just went to link up my layouts to Lasting Memories and realized the DT challenge closed at noon, not midnight!  Oops!! Next time I guess, I should pay closer attention next time! ;O)

Paper:  Cosmo Cricket-Early Bird
Cardstock:  Sweet Leaf, Juniper, Goldrush, and Colonial White
Ink:  Goldrush, Sweet Leaf, Juniper, and Tsukineko Memento in Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  Field Trip Alpha, Friendship Alpha, Grown with Love, and Journaling Jots
Other:  Martha Stewart border punch, CTMH twill ribbon, Owl sticker from Recollections, and Zig pen

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays..."Egg"sperts

My first layout in FOREVER!  Yaay!  I had so much fun with this one, although, I did struggle to get it started.  I printed my pictures too big, or cut my paper too small...I'm not sure which way it went.  I'm happy with the final outcome though which is what counts!  I'm a day late to submit it on the Sketchy Thursdays blog, but, thought I'd post it anyway!

Leisa Hubley of Big Red Scraps is on the design team for Lasting Memories, a fun scrapbook challenge blog which I had just barely had the chance to check out prior to the madness that was the first part of my year.  Now that I am back, I noticed that they are looking for new Design Team members and all you have to do is submit a layout for each of their four challenges this month by the 29th.  I'm not sure I have a shot, but, thought it would be a blast to try and get all 4 done in a week.  I love that their challenges aren't just sketches, they make you stretch just a bit further...this layout is for Challenge #34, Easter Theme.

I stole the title from, how clever is that!  I love it!!
Paper:  Best Creation Inc Bunny Love line
Cardstock:  Citrus Leaf (retired), Sunkiss Yellow, and White Daisy
Stamps: Bohemian Alpha
Ink:  Sky
Other:  Martha Stewart border punch, CTMH chalk (ears and cheeks on bunny), Egg Brads from my stash, Heart Brad JoAnne Essentials, and Bitty Brads (bunny eyes) from CTMH, Cricut Plantin Schoolbook (grass) and Stretch your Imagination (Bunny), Zig pen, and cotton off of a Qtip (bunny tail)

My First Sympathy Card...

O.k., so, this is my first and hopefully last Sympathy card I have to make!  I panicked a little as I had waited until the night before I needed it to start and I didn't have a clue where to begin.  So, I started blog surfing for ideas... and found this card that Lisa Stenz had created.  I'd bought some orange and yellow tulips to take to her, so, I changed the colors up, but, the idea was the same.

I wrapped the card up pretty late that night and then took the photos.  But, it wasn't until the next morning I realized how tippy the stripe on the inside was, don't worry, I fixed it before I gave it to her! ;O)
Cardstock: White Daisy, Gold Rush, and Sunkiss Yellow
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Stamp:  Say It in Style
Other:  Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folder, Martha Stewart Score Board, Prima Daisy Doodles, and CTMH Splendor Brad

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Yes, I'm still alive, although, it has been a rough start to the year!!  My reports that I had spent every waking hour on during the first 3 months of the year were all submitted by 3/31 and then we took off for DISNEY WORLD immediately afterwards for 2 weeks!  So much fun, but, turns out, the crowds were out in full force thanks to a much later Spring Break season for all of you in the Lower 48!  That never crossed our minds, our spring break was all wrapped-up in mid-March here!  Anyway, it was worth it.  The weather was amazing and our little man had a blast. 

I'd like to say the drama at work has ended for me, but, unfortunately, yesterday the news broke that my boss' husband has been working for the state using a stolen identity (he's here illegally from Mexico) and was arrested last Friday.  We are bare bones staffed at the moment and if she ends up leaving, I have no idea what will happen...I definitely don't want that responsibility!!  Anyway, I don't know what to think or hope for on that subject, I am absolutely blown away...I never would have guessed.  Monday will be interesting needless to say...

Onto my first scrappy project since my return!  I was having trouble getting back into the swing of things, so, I wandered over to the queen of card's blog, Vicki Wizniuk.  If you haven't been to her blog, go!  She's amazingly talented and her cards are always simple but, knock down breath taking.  I'm not so sure I can say the same about this one, but, I do love how it turned out.  You can see the card I stole the idea from on Vicki's blog here.

I'm sure everyone's getting sick of seeing this Happy Bird image from Doodle Pantry, but, I needed a Thank You for the couple that watched my bird while we were out of obviously, what better image to use, don't you think? ;O)  

Paper:  Splendor (Clouds-Retired)
Cardstock:  White Daisy, Gold Rush, and Sunkiss Yellow
Ink:  Black, Gold Rush, and Sunkiss Yellow
Stamps:  Digi Stamp-Happy Bird from Doodle Pantry, From Me To You (sentiment), Universal Backgrounds (music), and Playful Petals (polka-dot)
Other:  CTMH Bitty Sparkles, Ribbon and Buttons from JoAnns, Making Memories embroidery floss, EKSuccess border punch, Cuttlebug and Spellbinders, Cricut Accent Essentials, Stickles, and Copic markers