Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Altered Prima Jar and Anniversary Card

Happy New Years Eve, everyone! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. This morning, I've made this pretty anniversary card. I was inspired by the sketch over at the Stamp Something Blog. If you've never checked out the Stamp Something sketches, I would highly recommend it. They are very original sketches, with a lot of room for individuality. Making the most of my scraps, I also altered an empty Prima jar. I hope to fill it with silver wrapped kisses before Valentine's Day. These projects were made completely with items made from my "stash." I've hoarded so many supplies over the past five years. I'm committed to using my stash over the next twelve months.
Card Supplies: Patterned Paper and DieCut (K&Company), Jewels (Darice), Heart Brad (Making Memories), Flower (Prima), Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger). Tools include: Cropadile, Scallop Punch and 1 3/8 " Circle Punch (Stampin' Up).

Jar Supplies: Bottle (Prima), Satin Flowers and Ribbon (Offray Ribbon), Vellum Quote (Creative Memories), Patterened Paper (K & Company), Circle Punch (Stampin' Up), Stamp (Stampin' Up).

I'd love to read your comments!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Altered Notebook for Gift Lists

It seems that I can't remember anything anymore unless I write it down. Finding myself surrounded by post-it notes and list pads, I've come to realize that my sanity depends on the art of good list keeping. In an effort to keep a list of gifts that I'm considering and/or already purchased for family and friends, I altered this little notebook. I found the notebook at Dollar General for just $1 and used scraps from my Christmas cards and a few embellishments to turn it into a "Gift Lists" book. It's the perfect size to keep in my purse. I love how it turned out.
On a completely unrelated note, this will be the last picture on my blog to include that ugly time/date stamp! I finally figured out how to take it off tonight.

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Supplies Include: Assorted Offray Ribbon, Making Memories Leather Flower, Button, and Rub Ons, Darice Bling, K&Company Paper (Red), and American Crafts Paper (White with Green dots)

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Sensational Scrappy Christmas

For Christmas, my wonderfully generous Hubby took me on a shopping spree at Crafts2000 in Parkersburg, WV. We walked in, and he said, "Pick out whatever you want." I was so excited! An hour later, I had picked out three Changito Monkey stamps, Patterned Paper, Gamsol, Chalk Ink, Stickles, glue dots, embossing powder, primas, glitter pens, metallic gel pens, and a bunch of other awesome stuff. Brian shot this pic of me at the store.

My mom and dad got me a MIMI Rolling Scrapbook Tote in pink and chocolate. I've been wanting this item FOREVER. So excited! You can see a picture of the tote here.

I also got a new stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps. It is different from any other hunting themed set I've ever seen. Usually, a hunting set only features a deer, a tree, and maybe a gun toting hunter. This set is perfect for making cards for the men in my life because it has a bow and arrow, tree stand, hunting blind, and really cute sentiments. You can see the set here.

Of course, Christmas isn't about gifts. It's about spending time with family and friends and being thankful for all that we have. Brian and I had a very blessed Christmas and hope that all of you did, too!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Not a Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Moose!

Finally, a card! I was inspired by the sketch over at Friday's Sketchers (you can find the link on the right). I used a Boyd's Bear Stamp Set that I bought, MIB, at a yard sale this summer. The sentiment on the inside of the card says, "Not a creature was stirring, not even a moose." The papers and ribbon are Big Lots finds.
I know this post is short, but I need to start dinner. We are having breakfast for dinner, tonight. Hashbrowns, Sausage, and Eggs. YUM!

Merry Christmoose,

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

HappyScrappers January Invitation

Hello, HappyScrappers!

Do you miss getting together and crafting together? I sure do! However, the holidays are a time filled with family events so we took a break during the months of November and December.

Happy Scrappers will be celebrating it's FOURTH anniversary in January 2009. It's hard to believe we've been scrappin' together for that long. I always look forward to our meetings and I'm blessed by the time we spend together. In honor of our HappyScrapper birthday, our theme for our next meeting will be "Birthday Bash" as that has been our theme every January. Details are included below about our January meeting. PLEASE RSVP.

Meeting Date: Saturday, January 10, 2008 (10:00 - ??)
Where: Becky's House, of course
Why: Because we love to scrap/stamp/make cards and we're going to celebrate four years of HappyScrappers!
Theme: Birthday Bash
What to Bring: Your supplies and something to share for lunch. I plan to make a huge pot of yummy chili. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A DOOR PRIZE. We have leftover prizes from our last meeting, and I'd like to clean out my prize stash.

I've had time to think up some NEW games and work on new projects to share.Would you like to demo a project, card, page, technique, or layout? Just let me know. It's great fun to learn from each other.

Please RSVP no later than January 3, 2008. You are receiving this invitation because you are considered a "seated member" of HappyScrappers. We currently have more than 15 people on a secondary list. If fewer than 9 seated members are able to attend, I am able to extend an invitation to someone on the secondary list. By RSVPing by the required date (Jan.3), I am able to give others plenty of notice.

The following members have already RSVPed:
YES: Dawn, Jessica, Bethany, OtherBecky, Shannon, Meme, Myself, Bethany's Mom
NO: Ms.Joyce, Michele, Courtney
WAITING TO HEAR FROM: Carrie, Veronica

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Where Have I Been? What Have I Been Doing?

The Ballerina Tree in my Sitting Room

The Strawberry Shortcake Tree
The vintage Santa Tree

The HUGE tree in the living room.

All of my trees look SO much better in real life. It's very difficult to take a decent picture with my digital camera and capture how pretty they are. I tried to take this one with the lights on.

(The picture is of me with my Uncle Lawrence. I really consider him my grandfather, more than an uncle.)

Let's see... I traveled to Parkersburg to see my family. That was a great time. I miss my family so much and it was really cool to hang out with them. My mother, sister, and myself made our annual bargain hunting pilgrimage on Black Friday. At Ollie's, I scored a TON of K&Company embellishments for $1 per pack. I also went to the Crafts2000 store. Do you live near a Crafts2000? It's a fantasticly huge crafts store with incredibly great prices. I can't post about what I purchased there because most of my purchases were Christmas gifts. ;)
..... which brings me to the next thing that's been keeping me busy. The Christmas holiday seemed to creep up on me this year. Last weekend, I found myself doing everything that I would normallys spend two to three weeks doing. I cleaned the entire house, decorated, went shopping, attended two holiday parties, wrapped gifts, put up four Christmas trees (yes, I'm nuts!), and hosted a big dinner party at my house. ALL OF THAT IN ONE WEEKEND. Whew.

..... Then there is work. For anyone who is reading and doesn't know, I'm a middle school teacher. I have been staying after school until 4 or 5 p.m. every night just to get everything finished. I'm teaching a new program this year, and although I love it, it's kickin' my booty. So, by the time I come home, change clothes, make dinner, do a load of laundry, wash the dishes, read the mail, and return my phone messages, it's time to go to bed.

This week, my church held an indoor rummage sale to benefit missions. It was a great success and I volunteered to help all three evenings (4:30-8:30 p.m.). Although I had a great time, I think I over extended myself just a bit *hee hee*

I haven't made a card or scrapbook page in over a month.

Now, I'm not whining about it. My life has just been full of other things lately. There are times when I have to put papercrafting to the side and focus on other aspects of my life wholeheartedly. My cardstock and ribbon will be waiting for me when I'm willing and able. :)

In fact, I've spent a lot of time reading The Bible, memorizing scriptures, praying, writing in my prayer journal, and generally growing in my relationship with The Lord. I've seen many prayers answered in this past month for family and friends.

Tonight, before I slumber, I hope to make two cards for friends that are going through rough times right now. Although my blog has been a total snore fest for the past few weeks, I hope that you'll check back for pictures of those cards.

May you simplify the season and remember that JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON.
Love to all!