Monday, July 30, 2007

A Scrappin' Good Time

Like we do once a month, a few of my girlfriends got together a couple of weeks ago to scrapbook. We don't always get a lot done, but we have a great time anyway. I thought I would show off the double page spread I got done. I was pretty pleased with it, except for as always, I am not a huge fan of my handwriting! :) Oh well! The colors didn't come across the best, but I tried to adjust the picture to get the colors right. I really love the Loads of Love set and it wasn't until I was almost done that I realized I could formulate the "driving by with easter wishes" sentiment from the word stamps in the accessories set. Love it!

The Engineering Details

Stamp Sets: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories, Quirky Alphabet (Retired)
Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Other: Stampin' Pastels, Blender Pen, Scissors

Here is a little bit more detail of the truck area and the sentiment. I am hoping to get more of my scrapbook creations uploaded...but alas time is not in my favor. Oh and one word of note...since these pages are part of my son's scrapbook (that he may get when he turns 30...that is if it is done), so I don't always stick to Stampin' Up! products only. Some embellishments and such are stuff I pick up in random places. I will try to note that in future posts.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Recent Cards

I had to make a few cards prior to the weekend due to a lot of family birthdays, anniversaries, etc. I made this one for my Dad...I always have the hardest time making male cards. It turned out pretty good. I used my sewing machine to punch the holes for the faux sewing around "Happy". I love the HodgePodge Hardware, but I do struggle finding the right spots for it, but I was pleased with how it turned out.

The Engineering Details

Stamp Sets: Happy Everything, Polka Dots & Paisley

Ink: Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand

Paper: Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Pewter HodgePodge Hardware, Moss Gingham Ribbon
Supplies: Sewing Machine
Technique: Faux Sewing


Then I also made this one for my Sister's birthday. I love, love, love these sketches sets! The color combination feels a little odd, but I like how it turned out. This set is actually on the Dormant List which means it is not shown in the current catalog but is still available for purchase. If you want to see the other sets on the Dormant List, check out the Link under my Stampin Links Section.

The Engineering Details
Stamp Sets: Summer by the Sea, Canvas
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Creamy Caramel, Not Quite Navy, Cameo Coral, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Creamy Caramel Eyelets, Stampin' Pastels
Supplies: Blender Pen

How about seeing some cards?

Well this is my first real post regarding something I have made. I have not placed an order from the new SU! catalog and with the huge retired list, I only have a limited number of active stamp sets! I have a wish list now that is way too long that I have to prioritize. Anyway, I wanted to show a card I made for Thank you cards from my son's 2nd birthday (still can't believe he is 2 already!) that was back in March. It uses a swirl technique that was kinda fun to try. It uses current stamp sets (oh boogers...I used a retired wheel on it to get the swirl pattern...oh well)...okay almost all current stamp sets. Hope you like it!

The Engineering Details

Stamp Sets: By Land, Twinkle Wheel
Ink: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Basic Black
Paper: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: None

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

More About Me

For a significant chunk of my life, I lived in the engineering world (Mechanical Engineer to be exact), but now my kind of engineering is just a wee bit different. Now, I am a Stay-at-Home Mom to two wonderful (on most days) children and a wife to my amazing husband. My husband, Kevin, and I met in High School...yes, High School...and have been together ever since. We have two kids, Elijah and Adilane, and one fur-child, Alex. The kids bring us such joy and some frustrations (which I tend to talk about on my sort of therapy, I guess) and we couldn't be happier! In addition to my crafty side, I also get involved with my church's music ministry. I have done music with the Sunday School children, helped organize Christmas Programs, and sing weekly with the Praise Team band.

I was introduced to stamping in 1998 when a friend and I took a stamping class at a local craft store. From that I decided to make my Christmas cards (and have ever since), but I didn't really get obsessed until I joined Stampin' Up! I was a Hobby Demonstrator for a little over 7 years where I held stamp camps and classes in my home and did the occasional workshop. The best part about it was getting new stuff without my husband was all for the business!! Once I got to a point of not being able to make the quarterly minimums with my current amount of effort, I decided to step away. Now I dabble with all sorts of stamps, paper, etc and keep my new purchases a little sparser...afterall my husband now can see how much I spend!

My style is fairly simple, organized, and usually symmetrical (the engineering side of me) . I sometimes break out of that mold to the amazement of myself. I love learning new techniques and finding new projects to make. While stamping cards is the biggest part of what I work on, I have found joy in scrapbooking a books for my children. They may not actually get their books until they are 30 or so (it will take me that long to finish it), but I will love every minute of it. Occasionally, I will make 3-D projects, altered items and the yearly birthday I hope you find a little inspiration here in my kind of engineering!

By the way, if you like the little cartoon representing me, you can make your own at Have fun!
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