Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Posted by Erika at 10:46 PM
Very simple and straight to the point.
Now, the answer here is YES I did HAND CUT the Dory and Marlin and paper pieced them together. I drew them by hand and also drew the title by hand. Hayley demands to watch Nemo every single day. Without fail. Every day. Some times she asks more than once a day, but I can only force myself to oblige once. I love Nemo, I think it's one of the best Disney movies ever, but I am SO burned out on it. She, on the other hand, still LOVES it.
And this one, I did some very rare for me stitching on the main photo. I don't do this often because it has to all be done by hand since I don't have a sewing machine because I don't know how to sew really. And it takes FOREVER. But I love the look of stitching on my pages so I think the end result is worth the extra time.
Posted by Erika at 11:53 AM
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I have 5 more pages left to do to meet my 31 in 31 challenge. I finished 3 layouts today! YAY! Sorry no pictures to share tonight, I hope to share some tomorrow. It's getting late and I must go get some sleep!
Posted by Erika at 10:37 PM
Here are my most recent layouts for my 31 in 31 challenge. I am only 8 away from being done! AHHH! So much pressure :-). I'm really hoping I can get them all finished, but I am still so proud of myself for accomplishing what I've already gotten done. This is by far the most I've ever scrapped in one month, probably the most I've ever scrapped in 2-3 months! It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it.
For the first layout I used a new color combo for me, but I found it on the kuler website. Then for the second one, I sort of scraplifted a technique Tuesday ad that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it! So if that layout looks familiar, that's why! :-) Hey, it still counts!
Posted by Erika at 8:55 AM
Monday, January 28, 2008
Rules: (1) Link to the person that tagged you. (2) Post the rules on your blog. (3) Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself. (4) Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. (5) Let each random person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their site.
Wow, this is the first time I've been tagged on my blog. How exciting! Thanks Katie! Ok, so six random things about me...let's see.
1.) I love love LOVE movies. Will and I have a mini-blockbuster at our house. We have hundreds of movies. (I am NOT exaggerating). We have 2 big CD cases full of our movies, plus two others for just the "kid" movies. Crazy, right?? My friends and I even do quote marathons back and forth with our favorites.
2.) I am a pile-maker. This little quirk about me wouldn't be interesting, if I didn't drive myself crazy with my piles. I've never been "neat" ever. Disorder has been my friend since I was a little girl. I used to drive my mom nuts. But it's controlled chaos because I know where to find things. Will, on the other hand is extremely neat, so he kind of keeps me in line. Since he's been gone, my piles have been driving me crazy. I guess he's rubbing off on me a little. But it still doesn't stop me from making the piles :-)
3.) I am dying to go to Europe. I especially want to see Italy. Big dream that I hope to accomplish sometime in the not so distant future.
4.) I am a big sucker for all things romantic. Flowers, candles, love songs...ahh, love is a beautiful thing :-)
5.) I love office supplies. It reminds me of the first day of school. Fresh packages of notebook paper, pens, paper clips. I love them all. I buy notebooks just because I think they are pretty and have tons of them stashed around to use as journals, or to house the many lists that I make but very rarely actually use :-)
6.) I would love to own my own business one day. Maybe a scrapbook store, maybe something else...it's a future idea that I've been toying with. I have this wonderful image of bins lining the walls filled with buttons, and ribbons, and flowers, and all kinds of other wonderful embellishments as well as open stock paper and such so people can bring in their basics like adhesive and their photos and have everything they need right at their fingertips to create. Sort of a build-a-page concept. Similar to build-a-bear but for scrapping. Any investors out there interested?? LOL
Ok, so now my turn to tag someone...I guess I will tag Michelle. I know you're supposed to pick 6, but my blog buddies have all been tagged...I guess this means I need to make some new ones!!
Posted by Erika at 10:13 AM
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I used my sizzix to die cut the hearts out of the pink and brown felt. The ribbons are all from American crafts Valentine's day collection (SOOOO cute!). I got one of them at the Pink house and the others were a gift from a good friend of mine trying to cheer me up from missing Will while he's away. You can download the inside pages from Ali's blog, which is what I did. I also included photos and then added the ribbons and other various embellishments to the inside. I should've taken pictures of the inside before I did all the writing and stuff, but you can check them out on Ali's blog. Thanks again, Ali for the wonderful project!! Hope everyone had a wonderful and productive weekend!
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
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Friday, January 25, 2008
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Posted by Erika at 9:41 PM
If you haven't noticed, I've been doing a lot of playing around with different styles and pattern mixing. This was another "experiment" but I like the results. These photos are of Hayley from when we went camping this past summer in Michigan. I has mortified our first day there with how dirty she was and kept trying to win a losing battle and washing her face and hands every five minutes. But I finally gave up. I mean, when I was a little girl I was a major tomboy, constantly getting dirty, playing with boys, catching bugs. So who am I to stop my little girl from getting dirty?? Especially when it was stressing me out so much trying to keep her clean, LOL. And she does look awfully cute when she's head to toe filthy. :-)
Posted by Erika at 1:48 PM
Monday, January 21, 2008
Here are a few more layouts that I've gotten done. I have now completed 17 of my layouts for the 31 in 31 challenge. I probably could've accomplished a lot more if I hadn't been playing around with some digital kits, but since it's another goal of mine, I thought I'd give it a whirl. It's not as easy as it seems is it? :-) I'll get the hang of it. I absolutely LOVE doing all of the work by hand anyway, but some of the digital products out there are just so cool. I am hoping to do a little hybrid scrappin' once I figure it all out!
Posted by Erika at 5:42 PM
Here is my first post of the day, and hopefully not the last one that I get around to doing! I have lots to share, but have time only in bits and pieces to get it photographed and posted. So here are two layouts to start with that I've done in the last few days. The first one is a photo from our family vacation to South Higgins Lake, Michigan. It was absolutely beautiful there. We camped for the week with my parents, and my brother and his kids, and my sister, her husband, and her daughter, and my two step brothers, step sister, and my step brother Scott's girlfriend. Whew...lots of people, but my family is HUGE and just keeps on growing. So this summer vacation as a family is going to start being an annual thing. We are excited for the next one!
The next layout is kind of a stretch for me. I wanted a creative way to document my feelings about the deployment. So while I was emailing Will I had the idea to print off a map and mark where he is and where I am, and then figure out how many miles were in between and then focus on the journaling. So this page is the result of that. 7,321 miles is the approximate distance between Qatar and South Carolina. This paper is KI Memories, brads are Making Memories, I used Creative Memories Star Punches, and the Slim Jim Alpha on my sizzix, the ribbon is American Crafts. I hope to be able to post a few more later on the afternoon or this evening!
Posted by Erika at 11:08 AM
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I apologize for not posting anything in the last couple of days. It's been a busy weekend. I finally was able to talk to Will for the first time in 3 weeks. He was on a mission in Kuwait and had a wireless internet connection so we were able to actually carry on a conversation in real time rather than only via emailing. So thank God for wireless internet, the what he called a"crappy tent" in Kuwait, and instant messaging services! I spent the entire day Saturday talking to him. He surprised me Friday night, so we were able to talk for a little while Friday night as well. It was so rejuvenating to speak with him. I've been struggling. I think I've hidden it pretty well, but I've definitely had my days and one kind of (ok very) emotional breakdown. Thankfully, he was the only one that had to really be subjected to that. I'm still just trying to adjust to life without him and this whole military deployment stuff and getting used to not being able to just pick up the phone to reach him when I need to talk to him, or walk into the other room to see him. That's been rough. It's definitely getting easier because I'm getting into a routine at home and I'm learning to express all of this nervous energy I've had into a more positive outlet. And I've changed my perspective about how I view the whole deployment in general. I think before I was thinking of it as almost a break up. Because it was kind of this sudden removal of him from my life. I made it into being like he made the choice to leave, when he didn't. It's just part of his job. And with this being my first deployment, I just didn't know what to expect. So I think he sort of sugar coated things before he left when we were talking about how much I'd be in contact with him and all of those kinds of details. Anyway, long story short, we had a great talk about everything this past weekend and I am feeling absolutely great. I did finally get some layouts done tonight, but I am seriously exhausted. So I promise I will post photos tomorrow. I will probably actually post a few times tomorrow to show you everything I've gotten finished. I'm not ahead the way I thought I'd be, but I still have plenty of time to get my 31 layouts completed. But knowing me, I'll be up til the wee hours of the morning on the last night trying to finish so I can actually say I made it! :-)
Posted by Erika at 11:15 PM
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
And this is me posing with my bags of yard gunk (Caitlynn took the picture) so that I have proof to Will that I actually DID do this and that I was still smiling when I was done. Although, there are still some in the yard that I just couldn't get to cooperate but definitely way less than before. So obviously, no time to do anything crafty today. Hopefully tonight. I'm really hoping that this means that when we really should be doing this in the fall instead of in January :-) that I'll have a get out of yardwork pass since I did it all by myself this year! Haha, we'll see! Although, I did actually kind of enjoy it. Shh...don't tell him!
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Monday, January 14, 2008
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Friday, January 11, 2008
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Those of you that have talked to me lately, know I'm having quite a time getting my routine back to working order since Will left. I have just been insanely busy! So I didn't have time to scrap today yet, but I may do some in a little bit after I work out. SO there may be another post from me tonight. But I have some big news to share...Hayley is having a big week. (She's my almost 22 month old). First over the weekend she counted to ten for the very first time. Which was pretty exciting for me. THEN tonight, she went potty on the potty for the first time! I was jumping up and down clapping and shouting. She was of course laughing at my antics, which I'm sure she didn't quite understand. But I am absolutely thrilled. I know it may be some time before she goes again, but I'm still just so excited. I missed a lot of this stuff with Caitlynn because I was still working in the corporate world when she was this age so the daycare did most of this stuff with her. I'm so glad I don't have to miss it again! I have been so productive today and then that was just the icing on the cake. This is the best day I've had since Will left, not including that and that just put it over the top! So anyway, just had to share that...hope you all had a great day too!!
Posted by Erika at 7:40 PM
Monday, January 7, 2008
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Saturday, January 5, 2008
I used Provo Craft (more scraps used!!) Designer paper matted on black cardstock. The stamps are Autumn Leaves. I made those paper flowers myself. They are made out of mulberry paper and are folded andand fanned out--hard to explain. Then those are topped with buttons topped with gems. I typed out the Helen Keller quote on graph paper and then matted it on black and then green cardstock. I then chalked key words in the quote using my Pebbles Inc. chalk.
The altered item was a stretch for me. I wasn't sure what I wanted to alter. Then I came up with this. It's a cookie sheet. I painted it white with acrylic paint and then rubbed some of the paint off to give it a little bit of a weathered look. The background papers are all basic grey. I used my creative memories punches to do the calendar squares and circles. Big flowers are Heidi Swapp. Buttons are fun expressions and the ribbon is also basic grey. The smaller flowers are Prima. Everything on here is attached using magnets so that it can be changed month to month or just if boredom begins to set in! I have it havning in my office right now...but it'll probably be moved somewhere a little more prominent over the next couple of days because I really like how it turned out. Not bad for a first try, right??
This layout is 12x12 and has a hidden journaling panel that tucks in behind the photo. It's pulled out in this picture so you can see that it's there. The tab on the journal card is a Stampin Up punch. The ribbon, tag, papers, and stickers are all basic grey--my Mom got me TONS of Basic Grey stuff for Christmas and I'm having a blast playing with it. All of the flowers, brads, and buttons are Prima--I got them all together in a cute tin at the Pink House!! You know me, if it's floral, I'm gonna like it! :-) So let me know what you think of the result of my productivity today! I'd love the feedback! Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Posted by Erika at 11:22 PM
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Friday, January 4, 2008
For this card, I used ALL scraps! That's another of my small goals for the year. I want to see how many cards I can make just using up my scrap paper. I am sadly one of those people that can't bear to throw the paper away! SO, this is the first card made entirely out of my scraps. The patterned paper is by Reminisce, stickers by Basic Grey, bling found at AC Moore, brads by making memories, circle punches using my creative memories punches, and cardstock is DCWV. The flower stamp is from Stampin' Up's doodle this set. I stamped it in Cocoa ink and then colored it in using my chalks by Pebbles Inc. I use these chalks all the time now.
I cased this card from someone else's blog that I happened across today, sorry I forgot to save the link!! I made some changes, mainly to the color scheme, and also added some stickles to the butterflies and the swirls (kind of hard to see in the photo). All of the stamps are from Stampin' Up's Priceless set. Patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye. The velvet ribbon was another cheapy from Target's $1 spot!
I've been a busy little crafty bee this morning. Hopefully I'll get another LO done this afternoon/evening to share later! :-) I'm on a roll...must keep the ball moving!
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Thursday, January 3, 2008
Sorry, no project to post today. It's been a crazy day. My sister gave birth to her new baby boy this morning!! Logan Michael Kaiser was born at 7:30 a.m. He weighs 6 lbs, 12 oz and is 20 inches long. He has a full head of dark hair. The labor and delivery went very smoothly. Thank you for all of your prayers. They are supposed to do a CAT scan to check on the kidney stone and determine whether or not they will operate to remove it. Still waiting to hear the final word on that. Thank you for your patience with my non-project posts! I will have more to share tomorrow...or maybe even later tonight if I get everything else done!!
Posted by Erika at 8:57 PM
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
It is my very first gate-fold card. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. This little monkey just makes me smile! Isn't he just the cutest??!
I hand cut the scalloped circle, though I won't have to do that for much longer because I ordered a set of nesties today!! YAY! I just got the small scalloped circles to start with. Then I'll probably order another set in a couple weeks because I know I'm going to use the living daylights out of these things! I colored the monkey in with my Pebbles Inc. chalk. The sentiment is from a Michael's set of stamps. I hand doodled the border around the monkey.
On another note, I found out a few minutes ago that my sister is in the hospital (she's 9 months pregnant) and found out that she has a kidney stone. SO they are going to go ahead and induce her and deliver the baby so that they can treat the kidney stone. If you could all keep her and her hubby, the baby (Logan Michael) and her 4 yr old daughter, Kylie in your prayers through this time I'd appreciate it! Her delivery with Kylie was difficult and she had to stay in the hospital for an extended time. Let's pray this one goes much more smoothly and that she and my new nephew will be safe and healthy!
Posted by Erika at 7:50 PM
Happy New Year, everyone!!! This time of year, I always try to come up with a list of things that I'd like to accomplish for the year. Sometimes I get them all done, sometimes just a few, and sometimes they just drop off the list all together but it kind of gives me a roadmap to keep me on track for the year. So this year, these are my top 5 because sharing them all would just take forever...
1. Make a design team (already accomplished!) YAY!
2. Be 40 lbs lighter by May...now this may or may not be feasible because that is a generous amount of weight loss. BUT, the first 40 lbs that I lost came of very quickly, So I'm hoping this 40 will also. It would be wonderful to have it lost by the time Will gets home from his deployment! Wouldn't that just be a fabulous surprise???
3. Complete at least one scrapbook layout every other day.
4. Make at least 2 new friends every six months (this shouldn't be an issue at all, but I need to branch out of my shyness)
5. Get at least one scrapbook layout or card published
I am already well on my way with having number one knocked out already! And I am LOVING being a designer for the Pink House. I will hopefully get started on my 3rd assignment today, but have to swing by the store to pick up some ribbon that arrived after I stopped in to pick things up. Go figure :-).
I did hear from Will yesterday, so thanks to all of you who have been keeping him in your thoughts. He arrived safely and had his first trip last night.
More later, with an actual project to share!
Posted by Erika at 9:16 AM