October 31, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge #19

Happy Halloween!

How's your week going?  Are you excited to see all of the adorable kiddies running around tonight?  I'm excited!  My week is going alright, but just alright.  As I type this up, I'm currently at my mothers, getting ready to go to court to deal with an issue with my ex-husband.  Usually, I try not to say too much about personal stuff, but today I'm feeling overwhelmed with everything.  Why do people do stupid things that cause harm to others?  Ugh!  I'm SO happy to be here with my mom, but I hate the reason that I'm here.  Things can only get better though, right?  Like tomorrow we're celebrating Sydney's 16th birthday.  I can't wait for her to see what I got her.  I have to admit, it is pretty awesome.  I mean, you only turn 16 once! ;)

Anyway, onto this weeks Papercraft Star project.  The theme this week is:

Warm Beverages!
Fortunately for me, I have now accumulated a few different sets with images I could have used for this challenge.  Here is what I came up with.

I'm digging how this turned out, although this is attempt #2.  The first one got thrown in the trash for being so hideous. lol  Anyway, I've got another card for my stash.  Yay!  I'm also submitting this to the following challenges:

The Paper Players #119 - Sketch
That Craft Place - Tic Tac Toe (i used lace, twine (subbed for ribbon), and dies)

I can't wait for you to see what stunning projects are posted over at the PCS blog today.  I'm totally blown away by the projects my fellow desingers create each week.  To say that I'm honored to be amongst such talent is an understatement.  You really should head over and see what I'm talking about.  You won't regret it!

I'm off to deal with life, and then it's party planning time.  On a side note, I've gained back 3 of the 7 pounds I had lost.  Guess I'll just have to try harder next week.  I'll leave on a positive note, and share a picture of Sydney from her first homecoming dance.  Hard to believe she's all grown up already. *sigh*

Have a great day!

October 27, 2012

Unscripted Sketches Challenge #182


Happy Saturday friends!  I woke up this morning and it was a chilly 37 degrees outside.  Finally, some fall weather here in the DFW area.  The highs for this weekend are only going to be in the 60's and I'm really looking forward to that.  I'm going to open the windows and work on some crafty projects.   

Anyway, onto why you're here.  I have another Unscripted Sketches project for you today.  For this weeks challenge, click HERE.

I had a co-worker ask me to make a Halloween card for her son.  He's a bit under the weather, and they're not going to be able to go trick or treating this year, so she is going to make him a goodie bag.  These colors are her idea, based on a few Design Seeds photos I showed her (i've included it below).  She asked me not to make it scary or anything, so this is what I came up with.  I hope she likes it. 

I do hope you'll head over to the US blog to see what other fabulous projects are posted.  Maybe you'll get the chance to play along as well. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

October 24, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge #118

Greetings y'all!

I hope you're having a good week.  Things this week are a bit crazy, due to the end of month stuff again, but all in all it's not a disaster...yet. lol  I'm happy to report that I am off next week again, as I need to head back to my moms, in order to settle some personal business.  I look forward to that, as always.

So, I have another Papercraft Star project to share with you today.  The theme this week is:

Halloween Witch!
Once I saw the theme for this week, I knew exactly which stamp I wanted to use.  It's been in my stash for a while, and I love it.  Here is what I created.
My card turned out exactly how I saw it in my head.  I actually think it turned out a bit better than expected. lol  I love the CAS look, and it's not too bulky, so I can send it to someone without issue.  Gotta love those distress inks, as usual, as they worked perfeclty for what I wanted to do.  I wasn't sure what sentiment I wanted to include, and am thinking I may not even need one.  Another card for my stash, woo hoo!

Challenges I'm happy to include in my card today:

Raise The Bar #116 - Which is witch?
Card Crafters Circle #45 - Halloween
Card Makin Mama's - Halloween
Crafty Catz #155 - Halloween
Retro Sketches #34 - Sketch
Craftymess Challenge #20 - Halloween
Drunken Stampers #102 - Napoleon's Buttons
Hiding In My Craft Room #68 - Die Cuts (my scalloped border is a die)
Dynamic Duo's #25 - Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie (dessert option: die cuts)
So Artful Challenge October - Harvest Moon (photo inspiration)
Catered Crop - Circle Round
Come and Get It Challenge - Halloween
Glitter and Sparkle Challenge #3 - Bonfire/Halloween
Opus Gluei #142 - Leaves or Halloween
Scrappy Frogs - Halloween

As always, there are some amazing projects posted over at the PCS blog today.  I do hope you'll get the chance to check them out, and hopefully play along.  We sure love it when you share your wonderful projects with us!

Have a fabulous day!

October 20, 2012

Unscripted Sketches Challenge #181


Happy Saturday friends!  I hope you've had a good week, and are planning on having an even better weekend.  I'm happy it's Saturday, and I got to sleep in, a bit.  I've got a couple errands to run, and then I'm going to get my craft on.  I've got a list of things I want to get done, and I'm determined to finish them all. 

So, I have another Unscripted Sketches project to share with you today.  This week, there is also a piggyback challenge, which is movement.  For this weeks challenge details, click HERE.

I needed a couple of thank you cards for a set, as a gift for a friend.  I wanted something different than the usual square, or A2 card, so I made her a set of round cards.  They're all fall themed, with slight variances in colors.  My "movement" element for the piggyback challenge is that they slide open from the side, instead of opening from a fold at the top.  They're held together with a brad a the top.  Here's a picture of the opened card.

I dig them.  Unfortunately, I was running out of sunlight, and wasn't able to get a photo of all of them together, that I liked.  In real life, they're beautiful all together.  I hope she enjoys them. 

I'm excited that I was able to combine the following challenges in my card today.

Kaboodle Doodles #141 - Anything Fall or Pmpkin Patch
Forever Friends Challenge #47 - Halloween/Autumn
ColorQ Challenge #159 - Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Only Orange, Pear Pizzazz & White (I subbed my Only Orange for So Saffron because I couldn't find anything in that color)
Use It Tuesday #41 - All About Fall - The stamps, roses and twine are all older than six months old.

I do hope you'll head over to the US blog to see what other fabulous projects are posted.  I do think you'll enjoy them.

Also, before I forget, I've lost a total of 5 pounds within the last two weeks.  I've told myself that for every 10 pounds I lose, I'm going to buy a new article of clothing.  Quite the incentive, I must say. :) 

Have a great day!

October 17, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge #117

Hi there!

How's it going?  I'm glad it's Wednesday, and I only have two days left of work this week.  For some reason, I'm super tired, and all I want to do is sleep. lol  Anyway, I'll get to the crafty stuff.

I have another project to share with you for one of my favorite challenges.  The theme this week at Papercraft Star is:

Halloween Pumpkin!
Here is what I created, based on the theme.
I've had the Drippy Goo border punch by Martha Stewart for years, and this is only the third time I've ever used it.  I remember looking for it for weeks when it first came out.  Just another something I "had" to have. lol  I printed a few of the digital papers from THATB, and embossed one of them with the skull flourish embossing folder.  I then inked it in black so it would show up better.  I trimmed two more pieces of digital papers and used them to complete my layout for the card.  I then paper pieced the pumpkins and added that piece to my card.  I feel like my card is missing something, but I'm not sure what.  I guess it's cool though.  I dig it. :)

I've combined the following challenges in my card.

Raise The Bar #115 - Hey Pumpkin!
Sweet Stop Challenge #180 - Sketch
Stamptacular Sunday #185 - BOO-tacular
Come And Get It Challenge - Olive, Razzleberry & Pumpkin

There are some wonderfully gorgeous projects posted over on the PCS blog today.  I do hope you get the chance to chek them out. 

Have a great day!

October 10, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge #116


Happy humpday!  How has your week been?  The week is half over already, but I am still enjoying my time with my family, here in the midwest.  It's been nice.  I've woken up to cold, crisp mornings, and highs in the low 70's (maximum), and I've slept better in the last few days than I've slept in the last few months.  Although I could never live here again, it's always so refreshing to be here, visiting my mom.  I almost feel as if it's good for my soul.  Maybe that's kinda cheesy, but I know that I'm always so much more relaxed and revived when I get home, after a visit.

Anyway, onto why you're here.  I have another card to share with you today.  The theme today at Papercraft Star is:

Fall Colors!
I am in love with this photo!  It reminds me of being in Colorado in the fall, when the trees look this gorgeous.  Please keep in mind that the inspiration photos are always use if you choose.  You don't have to incorporate it into your project, as long as you stick with the theme.  Easy peasy, right?  Here is what I created for this challenge. 
I've had this embossed Core'dinations paper in my stash forever and thought it would be well used in this card.  I'm slightly disappointed with my Stampin Up! stamps at the moment.  They don't want to stick to my clear blocks.  In this case, the stamp feel off my block, after I stamped my sentiment, and caused the marks above the "Thank You" on my sentiment panel.  Unfortunately, I was pressed for time, and couldn't redo it.  Eh, I guess it's not terrible.  I added some bakers twine, at an angle, and a cute red button with a bow, and was done with it.  I like it, even with the "oops".  I've got another card for my stash, and I'm pretty sure this won't be the last time I have an accident like that. lol  I was also able to combine the following challenges in my card today.

Annabelle Stamps Challenge - Say It With...Thanks
Bloggers Challenge - Falling For You (fall colors)
Card Crafters Circle #43 - Autumn Colors
Card Makin Mama's - Fall
Crafty Catz #153 - Autumn
Retro Sketches #32 - Sketch
Stamptacular Sunday #184 - Photo Inspiration (fall leaves)

There are more gorgeous projects posted on the Papercraft Star blog today.  I absolutely adore them!  I do hope you'll get the chance to see what I'm talking about.  Maybe you'll get the chance to join us for this weeks challenge. :)

Have a wonderful day!

October 7, 2012

2012 Christmas Card Challenge Week #45

Happy Sunday!

I'm currently basking in the cool weather that has me wanting to curl up on my mom's front porch with a sweater, a book and a cup of hot chocolate.  It gets down into the 20's at night here, and man, do I wish I could take a little bit of this home to DFW with me. lol  Yesterday was only up in the 50's there though, which is unusual, and only temporary.  I'll be back home to 85 degree weather by weeks end.  *sigh*

Anyway, I have another Christmas card to share with you today.  This weeks theme is a non-traditional color combo.  For all of the details, click HERE.

Here is what I came up with.

You know how I am about non-traditional Christmas colors, so this was right up my alley.  Blue paired with yellow is one of my favorite color combos of all time.  They're very complimentary and go really well together.  I should use it more often, but there are so many other color combos I want to try. lol  I kept it simple, and used THIS sketch.  Love my results!

I do hope you'll head over to see what the lovely design team, and our October guest designer, have created for you today.  Everyone's take on the color combo this week was fantastic.  I hope you enjoy their cards!

Have a lovely day!

October 6, 2012

Unscripted Sketches #179


How's it going?  Are you having a good weekend, so far?  As you read this, I am on my way to see my mom.  I can't tell  you how excited I am about this.  I've been dealing with some pretty heavy stuff recently, so the thought of being able to just hug her and have her tell me everything will be alright is so refreshing.  Hopefully, you'll get some crafty goodness accomplished this weekend. 

Since today is Saturday, I have another Unscripted Sketches project for you.  For this weeks sketch challenge, click HERE.

When I first started this card, I had envisioned it in my head completely different.  I guess sometimes the end result is a lot different than what you start off creating.  Good thing this turned out better than I expected. lol  A coworker asked me to make a wedding card for her with just black and white and a pop of yellow, which is the bride's favorite color.  I think this is a good interpretation of what she requested.  I hope the happy couple will like it.

I've combined the following challenge in my card today as well.

Paper Pretties #226 - Flowers

There are more fabulous projects posted on the US blog for you today.  I'm hoping you'll get the opportunity to check them out.  We love it when you play along with us too!

Before I forget.  This week was the first week of my new diet and exercise, and although I strayed from it quite a bit, I did manage to lose 1 pound.  I guess it's a start, right? lol

Have a wonderful day!

October 3, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge #115


I hope you're having a good week!  It's been nice and quiet around here, and I've slept better the last two days, than I have in a while.  I'm not sure why, but I'll take it! lol  I'm also super excited, as I will be home visiting my mother this weekend.  It's been a rough couple months, and sometimes I just want my mom.  Any of you feel that way too?

Anyway, I have another crafty project to share with you.  The theme this week at Papercraft Star is:

Anything Goes!
I wasn't sure what I wanted to to with this weeks challenge.  I'm itching to put together a project that isn't a card or layout, but all of my stuff for that is still in storage.  Unfortunately, I procrastinated too long with trying to figure out what to do, that I had to create another card.  This is my result.

I've had this THATB digi printed out, and sitting on my desk, for a while.  I've wanted to incorporate it into just about everything I've made this week, but ultimately, it was waiting for today's card.  I love the digitals provided by THATB.  They're so easy to work with, and they're all gorgeous!  I paired it with some rich fall colors, bakers twine, leaves and a pin and called it done.  It's cute and I have another card for my stash.  I've combined the following challenges in my card today also.

Crazy 4 Challenges #156 - Leaves
Speedy Fox Friends Challenge #127 - Circles
Kaboodle Doodles #139 - Colors of Autumn
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

That's all for me today.  I'm off to work, and then off to Bible study.  I'm still getting adjusted to my new eating habits, and I hate drinking all of the water the doc says is healthy, but I guess it's not terrible.  We'll see how long I stay this determinded.  It's been a rough two days. 

Anyway, I hope you have a great day!

October 1, 2012

October 2012

Hi everyone!

As mentioned, today I begin my journey of eating healthier and exercising, so that I can lose weight.  I've spoken with a coworker who wants to start walking two evenings a week, after work, and I have another coworker who wants to play tennis one evening a week.  With walking and tennis, and having someone to exercise with, I'm hoping it will be fun instead of work.  I am going to post a picture on the 1st of each month.  I'm hoping to be able to document by doing just one photo a month.  I know there won't be much difference the first few months, but I'm still going to post the photos.

So, here I am.  I'm about a month from turning 37.  I am 5'5 and weigh 247 pounds.  My goal weight is 160. 

This was taken on Friday, at work.  The dress hides most of what you'd see in real life, but believe me, it's all there.  I'll try to wear lighter clothing in future photos so that we can see everything, and hopefully the differences, as time goes on.  Geez, I look awful, and about 8 months pregnant. lol

Have a good day!