Tuesday, September 30, 2008

November Layout Workshop

Well, after much frustration today, here are the layouts for the November workshop! I was up until midnight last night working on the first one and Parker decided this morning that he was going to try the "direct to paper" inking technique with New England Ivy on my layout! As nice as it looked, I decided to change it to try to salvage my layout. He also did the "unrolling of Herma adhesive" technique which I DO NOT recommend because it gets very expensive. Anyway, after calming down and deciding not to take him to the orphanage, I was able to finish all of the projects. If you're interested in doing this workshop, prices range from $21 to $60 and all prices include shipping. You can see my CTMH website at http://www.scrappingmania.myctmh.com/ for more details!

Monday, September 29, 2008

What A Day...

I had a great day today doing my Notebook workshop with Terrie and Hilary. It was nice to sit with someone else and craft! I haven't posted in a while so I thought I'd post this pop up tag that I made the other day. I'm currently working on all of my workshops for the rest of the year and should have those posted soon!
All products used are Close To My Heart:
  • Evensong Creative Basics Pack
  • Cranberry cardstock
  • Colonial White cardstock
  • Be True stamp set
  • Spot on Backgrounds stamp set
  • Christmas Scripts stamp set
  • Cranberry sparkles
  • New England Ivy Bigger Brad
  • Cranberry Safety Pin
  • Olive Ribbon

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Milk Man

It's really never a good idea to let Parker out of my sight but I was really fed up with him last night. I was working at my desk and knew that he had gone upstairs. I could hear him moving around in the kitchen doing something. So finally after about 3 minutes, I decided to go and check on him (he's been known to put things besides bread in the toaster and cook them) and this is what I found! He had taken every milk carton out of the fridge and lined them up (ever so neatly) on the bench. I guess he was thirsty...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Donations are now being accepted...

Well, it finally happened yesterday. My computer bit the big one (can I have a small rendition of Taps please?). Not only did it bite the big one, but just before it did, I told my husband that I really needed to backup my files and pictures because I hadn't done it in a while. Word to the wise, if you say or think something like that, always act on it immediately. Anyway, I'm taking it in to see if there is anything that can be done but I may just have to bite the bullet and get a new one which was not, up until now, on my priority list. For now, I will have to share a computer with my husband so I may be a bit quiet for a while. Donations for my new computer can be made out to Katie Vaughan. Thank you for your support.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


I hope anyone that's close to my age will appreciate this post. Yesterday I was making this pinwheel spinner card and the whole time I was making it, I had that pinwheel song stuck in my head. Do you remember that show on Nickelodeon called Pinwheel? Anyway, I went onto YouTube and found this video of the opening of the show! I really don't remember it being so scary and I'm really glad this isn't what my kids have to watch today!

The card is made with the following products:

Close To My Heart

  • Perfect Day Paper Packet

  • Colonial White Cardstock

  • Cocoa Cardstock

  • Cocoa Ribbon

  • White Daisey Rubons -Love Letter

  • Chocolate Rubons - Love Letter

  • Sparkles

  • Juniper Brad

  • Stampin-Up Window Punch

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Snowflake View Master Card

These view master cards are super fun to make. My friend and I actually made some for my baby shower a couple of years ago and they turned out really cute. Anyway, all products are CTMH including the new Aspen paper packet and the Feathery Flakes stamp set. The tag is made from the same stamp set and a circle charm with a hole punched through it. You just turn the dial on the side of the card and the snowflakes "fall". Fun stuff! Sorry about the blurry pictures but my camera has been giving me fits lately. I'm going to have to get a new one soon...the problem will be convincing my husband! Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Pocket Notes Purse

Well, this Pocket Notes Purse is my latest project! It was so fun and easy to make. All products are CTMH including my new favorite paper packet, Notebook! I also used the new rubons on the Dimensional Elements Fresh Shapes. Fun, fun....who will I give this to? Hmm....

Saturday, September 13, 2008

October Layout Workshop...

Hard to see but the title actually says "Count your many blessings".
I LOVE this Shining Star stamp set! I think it's my new favorite!
This layout uses the new Color Ready Alphabet and Embroidery Floss.

Here is the layout workshop that I will be hosting next month on October 10th at my open crop at Missouri River Manor. All products are CTMH including the Notebook paper packet from the new Fall/Winter idea book. The pictures are of my friend Shauna's beautiful little girl Charlee. This layout can easily be adapted to fit a boy by just flipping the pink paper over to the blue side. Fun, fun, fun!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Out of the Mouth of Connor...

Connor (age 7) said something that I found completely amusing today...he said that when he grows up that his wife isn't going to tell him what to do. I told him that I would remind him of this conversation after he was married. I also learned about his career aspirations. He says that he wants to be a Carney (sp?). Then he asked me what that was and I told him that it was someone who traveled and worked with the carnival. He thinks that will be cool. I REALLY hope that he changes his mind before he accepts that job! I guess we won't have to worry too much about the wife thing if he ends up in the carnival!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

School Introduction Project

I decided that with 400 new 7th graders starting at Michael's school, he might get lost in the crowd. So, I thought I'd make these little introduction cards to give to his teachers at the open house that the school is having on Tuesday. They were tons of fun to make and I finally got my sewing machine out and used it! I even threaded it all by myself (if you don't know me, that's a HUGE deal). Anyway, all products are Close To My Heart including the Free Spirit paper packet.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thought of the Day...

Today I was just in the mood to do a "deep clean" of the kitchen. We're talking...really clean! I got the toothbrush out and soaped and scrubbed the tops of the cabinets and mopped the floor by hand. I washed the baseboards and the chair railing. Anyway, it only took me 4 hours (haha) but now it's sparking clean. While I was cleaning, Michael asked me "is there a special occasion" and Connor asked who was coming over. Hmm...do you think this means that I need to "deep clean" more often?!

Monday, September 1, 2008

New Layout

Well, since it is Labor Day, I decided to sit down and do a layout for myself! This layout is based on my last blog entry "What A Guy". I used the CTMH new workshop-on-the-go, Perfect Day layout guide. The paper under the "M" is a faux suede that I leard from Nona Davenport's blog (THANKS NONA!). It's done with liquid applique and re-inker. Enjoy!

*all products used are Close To My Heart.