Archive for July, 2009

trying new ideas out

I signed up to be in a 100 card swap for the new SU! catalog. I really liked the new leaf stamp set and wheel and thought it would be great for this swap. But I’m just not feeling it and it’s not coming to me. Now I wonder what idea I had in mind when I purchased this set??? So here’s my attempts. Nothing I’m really in love with. Even my photos came out dark. Any of these appeal to you?

1st attempt

2nd attempt

3rd attempt

And a totally different card.


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Wednesday night was my monthly card club and the first orders with the new catalog. It’s a fun group of ladies who enjoy stamping and chatting. They made two cards.

The first uses the Animal Stories and Woodgrain background sets. I love this giraffe, I think this card would be a great birthday or new baby card

The second uses the damask stamp from the Friends 24-7 stamp set. The sentiment was embossed using the new Rich Razzelberry classic ink pad using a new trick I learned. To emboss with regular stamp ink, 1st stamp on a versamark pad, then stamp on your ink pad, add embossing powder, and heat to emboss. I was pretty excited to see how well this worked as it now gives me many more options for embossing! I was inspired by this card by Jill Hilliard to use the damask stamp.

I also showed a couple of other card options.

Bright Flowers

Owl Get Well. This is the stamp set I thought of when I first saw the woodgrain background. So fun and funky, it’s a new favorite!

Specs: (All supplies SU)

Giraffe Card
-Animal Stories, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Woodgrain stamps
-whisper white, crushed curry, soft suede card stock
-soft suede ink
-accessories: crushed curry polka dot ribbon, word window and modern label punch, paper piercer, embroidery thread

Damask Card
-Friends 24-7, Oval All stamp sets
-whisper white, rich razzleberry, basic gray card stock
-rich razzleberry and versamark ink
-accessories: rich razzleberry polkadot ribbon, clear embossing powder scalloped oval and large oval punches

Bright Flowers Card
-Woodgrain and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets
-basic gray, rich razzleberry, bermuda bay, melon mambo, crushed curry card stock, and old olive card stock
-basic gray ink
-accessories: basic gray taffeta ribbon, scallop edge, modern label and word window punches, flower blossom sizzlet

Owl Get Well Card
-Forest Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Woodgrain stamp sets
-soft suede, whisper white, dusty durango card stock
-soft suede and dusty durango ink
-dusty durango polka dot ribbon, word window and modern label punch, paper piercer, embroidery thread

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I’ve done some hard things in my life and will probably do more. But I have to say that potty training has to rank right up there as the top 3 hardest things ever! And I try not to play the “twin card” (how everything is harder with multiples) but potty training has to be one of those things! Last October it looked like my little girl was ready so we geared up and stayed home for a week, ventured out on short trips the second week, and pretty much had it down by week 3. Of course I drove around with a potty seat and diaper in the back of the rig so I could pull over any where! My little boy on the other hand wasn’t really into it so I figured I’d get one done and then work on him. Now, it’s 9 months later and I’m beating my head against the wall! So this week I needed diapers and decided not to buy any. I’m all stocked up on the essentials, skittles, lots of undies and pull ups, and a big jug of cleaning solution for my Bissel! Then I decided I needed to make a potty chart and came up with this on the fly. My 1st big obstacle: he refused to sit on the potty -big or little. So I had to carry him to the potty and sit him on the potty while praying I wasn’t inflecting any emotional damage on him! I came up with the idea to make a reward chart that gave him something for just sitting on the potty. So here’s my chart.

It’s not the prettiest, my illustrations of a potty seat and undies aren’t too bad but I ran out of ideas for the poo and pee drawings! Next I found a got a star stamp and blue ink pad from my stash to keep nearby. He gets to put the stars in the boxes for the whole day going across. If he does the whole chart in a day he gets something special which I haven’t figured out yet 😀
This is starting to slowly work and he likes to stamp his hands, arms, face too. I figure if it gets him excited to sit on the potty and go, he can cover his entire little body!
Currently has peed twice, stayed dry since being in undies after lunch and I no longer have to carry him and put him on the potty.

The one thing I’m noticing is that he’s really digging the one on one time with mommy or daddy. We just sit in the bathroom and talk, sing silly potty songs, tell stories, and tell the pee pee to get in the potty. Unfortunately it’s way to easy to not slow down and take this time with him or to let his much more vocal sister take all the attention. So something I’m working on.

Here’s to potty training luck and crafty goodness!

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For this long weekend we had originally planned to go camping but then my hubby suggested staying home and enjoying home. It made sense to me, we have a nice home with a great yard and a neighborhood pool we can use all we want, I was all over that! One thing I was inspired to do after reading one of my new favorite blogs, Whatever, was re-claim my back patio. BK (before kids) I kept it cleaned, lots of pots of plants, always ready to have the neighbors over for an impromptu dinner. Now, we rarely have anyone over, there are very few pots of plants, and it’s always covered in kid stuff. One problem is that I never say no when someone offers to unload their old toys and stuff. So this weekend I did some yard work and cleaned up the back patio setting it up so the kids have their toy area and we can still use the table and eat outside once again.
So here’s the final result. I didn’t think to take a before photo because I just went on a rampage cleaning and couldn’t stop.

So far we’ve ate out here 4 times, which was one of my goals. You’ll notice the weiner dog in the photo. That’s Minnie who we’ve had for 13 years and is always in a picture in some part or another!
We also enjoyed bubbles on the patio.

We swam at the big pool but we did enjoy our little pool as well!

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My sweet, smart hubby found a web site for pick your own fruit places here in Idaho. If you’ve never done this you can go here and search by your state to find places to pick your own fruits and veggies. The directions and information for each place we looked at were great. I’d never picked cherries, and it was hard to tell who was more excited, me or the kids!
The trees were loaded with cherries in big clusters. And the taste! I loved the taste of these right off the tree. So warm and sweet, you swear this is what summer tastes like.

I put the hubby in charge of the camera and told him I wanted lots of good pics, because this was going to be scrap booked and probably made into a mini book as well! He did well, got some cute pics of us girls picking cherries. I really loved this one here.

Jack got into the spirit of picking right away (he’s been practicing on our green tomatoes :D)

Miss Clara loved the cherries and ate about as many as she picked.

Of course Jack got bored with picking cherries and found a stick to bang on things and draw in the dirt. Nothing like sticks and dirt to keep a little boy happy.

We picked two types of cherries, mostly the dark red Bing cherries and some of these others that I forgot the name of.

All in all this was a great trip, we didn’t want to stop picking and ended up with 20lbs of cherries! So now I’m on the hunt for what to do with all these cherries. Have any great ideas you’d like to share?

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