Saturday, September 6, 2014

Explosion Box Mini Album

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Today I made an Explosion Box Mini Album to share with you. For this project I used two Cricut cartridges. For the Explosion Box itself I used The Mini Books cartridge and for the cute little Monsters I used the Mini Monster's cartridge.

 Here's the finished product, all closed up and looking spiffy. I added round wooden balls ( which I painted orange) for the feet and lid. Halloween striped ribbon from my stash and lovely green lace ( also from my stash).

This is what it looked like when I first opened it.

I'm never quite sure how to decorate the center of the box. This time I chose this cute little guy.

I think this monster just might be my favorite. I'm really glad I was able to find my googly eyes. It took my awhile, but they're a perfect fit for all my monsters.

The frog is on the Mini Monster's Cartridge and because my sister loves frogs I decided he would be a perfect addition to my little album.

 I had to cut out the water monster twice. The first time he was too big to fit in the box. 

I chose to make my mini album Halloween themed for a couple of reasons:
I have four family members who have birthday's at the end of October.
I have a plethora of Halloween themed paper because Halloween is my sister's favorite day.
I had two packages of black and orange cardstock left over from my daughter's graduation party.
last but not least, it was my goal to make this project without going out and buying anything for it. And I did it. Everything that I used for this project I pulled from my stash. It was a momentous occasion. :)

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 I know she's going to have something amazing to show you.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cute Little Notebooks

If you know me, you know how much I love notebooks. Or mini albums. Or notebooks. Did I mention the notebooks?

I made these two using my bind-it-all and some Unity Stamps. I've been using them for my bible study and church services. The are quite handy to have.

 The album on the left is a stamp from a Unity Stamp kit of the month. Sometime in 2010, I think. The second stamp is Every Breath by Phyllis Harris and sold by Unity Stamps.
The image on the left is the inside of the notebook. I loved the image so much that I used it through out the notebook.

Thanks so much for visiting. Hope your day is beautiful!

For My Daughter. Part 2

 This is the second segmented frame I've done. As with the first one, this one goes to one of my daughters.

 This stamp is from the set called Every Breath. Created by Phyllis Harris and sold by Unity Stamps. This one is probably my favorite. So far. Unity carries several. I want them. All. It's really sad that I'm not independently wealthy. Seriously. I used my Sizzix Machine for the oval, then decorated around it with rhinestones. Metal flowers came from Michael's ( on sale).

Close up of the girl and the bling. After everything was put together I added gold stickles to the dandelion.
I'm really pleased with the way everything turned out. However, I wish that there was a local copic class I could take. I'm not thrilled with my blending here. I suppose it just takes time.

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For My Daughter. Part One

 I love these Phyllis Harris stamps from Unity Stamp Company. I wanted to make something special for my daughters. I bought two of these segmented frames on Sale from Michael's a while back. They were perfect for what I had in mind.

 This stamp is called Face the Sunshine. I love how life-like she looks. I stamped and colored her with my copic markers. I found the perfect shade of blue to match the paper I picked out ( don't you love it when that happens?) the metal hope and love embellishments from my stash ( Tim Holtz, I believe). The metal flowers came from Michael's ( on sale!)

Close up of the sweet little girl. Corners are embellished with little pearls.

Unity Stamps carries several Phyllis Harris stamp sets. I'm working on collecting them all. So far I only have two.. :) If you like this stamp as much as I do- you should head right over and get it!
They are a wonderful company. I made a mistake with my shipping address and they were very helpful and helped me to correct it so that I was able to get my stamps in a timely manner.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope your day is full of joy.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Some Birthday Love

Today I spent some much needed time with my best friend, Kathryn. I can't believe it's been 3 years since we've seen each other. I'm hoping that we won't let another 3 year's go by before we see each other again.
In honor of her birthday I made this cute little gift card box. I used my Stampin' Up envelope punch board to make the box and my cute little ice cubes stamp from Unity Stamps (I've been dying to use it!).  I love that our birthdays are so close together, as we were able to do a little gift exchange before we headed home.
I had some crafty odds and ends that I picked up on sale over the past few months for her as well.
She got me all sorts of cool crafty stuff ( I can't wait to play around with!)
The weather worked with us for a change. It was beautiful out! Which made it easier to snap a cute picture before we left.
Thanks for the time well spent today Kathryn. I'm looking forward to some quality crafting time.
I love these little Ice Cubes ( Unity Stamps- Itty Bitty). 
I stamped the image twice, cut the cubes out and layered them with 
a pop up dot.
After everything was put together I added stickles to the ice cubes.

Fun little gifts from my bff. Can't wait to dig in and craft!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

So Sad

You know how Monday's tend to be the WORST day of the week? It turns out that my Monday was beyond terrible. Words can't really express what a horrible day it was.
I woke up yesterday morning needling to make an appointment at the Vet for my cat Scooby. He'd been having some breathing issues (at first with thought it was adrenaline because a metal ladder dropped on our wooden floor).
The clinic made room for him right away, which was a blessing. After the Dr listened to his head and lungs she decided that an x-Ray was needed. I pretty much knew it was bad when I brought him in. But, I had hoped, prayed I was wrong.
The results were that his heart was weak and he had fluid on his lungs. The four possible causes of this are:
. Cancer
. Congenital heart failure
. An infection.
. Benign Kyle (there was a longer more technical name for it, but I can't remember what it was)
She could have drawn some of the liquid out of his lungs but he would have had to be sedated. The sedation itself more than likely would have been too hard on him. So, I was left with the only choice I could make. The one that was best for him.
At 10 am yesterday morning I had to authorize the injection that would put him to sleep. It was by far one of the hardest things I have had to do. That, and tell my kids that their favorite pet died. It was hard. It was horrible. I felt like I let my buddy down. I know that we did the best we could for him. However, that doesn't make the sadness go away.
Its going to take a while for me to stop looking for him first thing in the morning or when I walk into the house. I have to remind myself to turn off the water in the bathroom sink ( he was uber spoiled and he trained us well). Even our Calico who doesn't really like anyone looked for him this morning.
Scooby, you were a cool kitty and an amazing companion. You are greatly missed.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Some Much Needed Craft Time

Good Grief! I can't believe how long it's been. I have been crafting. Really. I just keep forgetting to make time to blog about it. Life with Teenagers gets crazy sometimes!

Last night was horrible. One of my SD cards got corrupted. I'm not sure how. But, I lost all the pictures that were on it. Most of them were older, so hopefully, I already backed them up on the computer. Nevertheless, I'm very distressed at the thought of losing all my work. The silver lining in my cloud is that I found my other SD card and was able to retake some of the pictures of my crafts. So, YAY!

Here's a small sample of what I've been working on recently.

 I love this Unity Stamps- stamp. It is currently one of my favorites.
 I have always been a big fan of Riley Moose. I especially love the ones with snow themes.
I altered this tin to put stamps in. It's cute and functional. I love that. This is a Unity Stamp from the KOM. Sometime in 2010. I can't remember when exactly and I don't have time to look it up. I have to get dressed and head to church. My sister and I are folding the information pamphlets for Sunday.

Oh, and I'm super excited! We are in charge of Decorations for the Valentine's dinner at our church. We are doing burlap place mats ( among other things). I'll take a picture and share when I get the chance.

Have a blessed weekend.