Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thursdays with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff: Mother's Day Card

I am beginning to work on Mother's Day cards- it's just around the corner! So I grabbed an image from my fave LSS set, Doodle Flowers.  I colored it wth various Tim Hotlz Distress Inks, cut it out, and used it as an element in Card Sketch 276 at SplitcoastStampers.  Here is the original sketch:

And here it what I did with it!

Doodle Flowers from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
Fired Brick distress ink
Tattered Rose distress ink
Worn Lipstick distress ink
Peeled Paint distress ink
patterned paper: DCWV
misc. eyelets
foam adhesive

Hop on over to Lindsay's blog for a link to all the other Design Team members, and be sure to look for a goodie while you're there!
Her complete line of digi stamps can be found at mygrafico.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Project 365: Days 108-117

Grass stains. I guess I should just accept them as an inevitable sign of spring.
Tons of road work. Another sign of spring. This particular detour took me 12 miles out of my way and made me 20 minutes late for an appointment!

My craft table, after an unexpected burst of creativity! Three layouts completed in one day!
Supporting our schools.
Poor hubs had a rough day at work. He passed out on the couch for most of the evening.
Kindergarten assessment for my youngest. She was, of course, excited, charming, and brilliant.
Let Girls' Weekend begin!!

Monday, April 26, 2010 age 7

Here is the layout I did for my own challenge at SplitcoastStampers.

Just using up random papers from My Mind's Eye, some chipboard, a circle punch, and glitter! The flower is just a circle that I cut into a spiral, inked, then glittered. Easy!

Don't forget there is BLOG CANDY if you complete this challenge and share it here!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Virtual Scrapbooking Night: "It's Reality"

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Time for Virtual Scrapbooking Night - "It's Reality" edition. Starting this Friday, April 23, we are going to be adding a dose of real life to reality shows. Can you survive our challenges? Do you know what not to scrap? Find a super nanny to watch your 19 kids and counting, and don't go Trading Spaces because it's an amazing race to the finish of that photo box, and we're here to inspire you! If fear is not a factor for you and you've got talent, then we think you can dance on over to the VSBN thread. We promise, you will not be fired!

Are you a scrappy chic like me?  Then sign up at SplitcoastStampers (an all-inclusive stamping, cardmaking, scrapping, papercrafting site) and join us for VSBN this weekend! We have awesome challenges based on reality TV shows for you Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you can't scrap "live" with us, no worries! You will have until the following Saturday to upload your pages.

I am hosting a challenge Sunday at 5:30pm EST. Here's a "taste" of what I will be offering:

 Be sure to check back here on Sunday, I am offering up some BLOG CANDY for those who participate in my challenge and post a link here!  This offer will be open until Sunday, May 2 at 10:00pm EST!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go...

Well, I am ready to go, but the packing bit isn't quite true. I am going away for my bi-annual girls' weekend tomorrow. (Huge sigh of relief and contentment).  Three of my besties from college and I get together twice a year to celebrate women, good food, good drink, and our enduring friendships. I return to my family and my job feeling bouyed and refreshed. More positive about life in general. To help you start planning for your own girls' getaway, here are a list of my must-haves. Ready? Set...PACK!

  • camera (duh)
  • bottle (or two or three) of wine (don't forget the bottle opener!)
  • Tylenol (see above)
  • swimsuit, cover-up and flip-flops (hotel hot-tubbing, anyone?)
  • hummus and Trader Joe's Pita Chips
  • something cute to wear (we usually go out one evening)
  • comfy shoes (we always go shopping!)
  • excitement, love and laughter (all 100% guaranteed)
I'd love to hear about traditions you have with your friends, or your own must-have list for a girly get-together! Pictures will follow soon!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Winner!

Congratulations to...

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is super cute, Bekah

She wins the "Pretty Primative" digi stamp set from
Lindsay's Stamp Stuff!

Thanks to all of you who visited during the LSS blog hop last week and participated in the challenges!

Be sure to visit Lindsay's store to check out all her images!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Project 365: Days 101-107

Day 101- Vivian lost her first tooth!
Day 102- Love the LOOK of spring, but all the lovely pollen is wrecking havoc on my sinuses!
Day 103- My girls decided to have a "beach party"- complete with books and fruity drinks. Hmm, where did they get that idea?!
Day 104- Morgan is showing me how much she loves me! Sweet girl.
Day 105- Morgan's spring concert. She's the one in purple with a dog hat on!
Day 106- I love the geometric look of the lawn at work!
Day 107- Just a regular old dinner. We make it a point to eat at the table as a family as often as possible.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Tinkerbell Party & a little color theory

I am Bekah from Reflections...on Living Creatively. While I am primarily a scrapbooker, brushing up on your knowledge about color theory is useful for any crafter! I am excited to be joining you today at Modista Modesta!

Red, Yellow and Blue are the primary colors, and Orange, Green and Purple are the secondary colors. Colors next to each other are analygous. When used together the look is cohesive and can convey a theme. Colors opposite each other are complimentary and create drama and energy.

Here I used the complimentary colors green and purple to communicate the fun and energy of the party.

paper- K & Co.
glimmer mist
antique linen distress ink
CM alpha stickers
Prima flowers
potato sack

Thanks for reading today, and I hope you stop by to check out what I have to offer...scrapbooking, book reviews, photos, and recipes!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Saving for a Rainy Day!

Hi everyone! I'm Bekah from Reflections...on Living Creatively. I live in Ohio in the US with my husband and two lively daughters. When I'm not working as a parent coach to families with disabled children, I can be found playing with my kids, reading, or crafting!

I'm very excited to share my bank tutorial with you here at Mummy Crafts.

 I made a bank for my daughter using a baby formula can. I have attempted to show you step by step how I created it. While this was an easy project, there is drying time between each step, so this is not super-quick.

Step 1: Choose your container and remove the label.

Step 2: Apply a thick coat of gesso. Let dry. This covers up any seams in the can and allows the surface to accept paint.

Step 3: Paint with acrylic paint of your choice. I thinned out light blue paint with just a little water.

Step 4: While the paint is still wet, remove small areas with a baby wipe to simulate clouds. Let dry.

Step 5: Select a darker shade of paint and water it down significantly. Then flick and splatter the paint randomly on your can. I created the large "drops" by loading up my paintbrush and squeezing it against the can, then letting the paint run down. Let dry.

Step 6: Print desired images on watercolor paper and paint. Cut out and adhere to can. Here I used Puddle Fun from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.

Step 7: Adhere letter stickers.

Step 8: Fasten a label holder to the lid and cut out the center.

Step 9: Finish with a couple of coats of acrylic sealer.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Please stop by and see what I have to offer... scrapbooking, book reviews, recipes, and photos!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Welcome to the LSS Blog Hop!

Welcome to your final stop on today's blog hop for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff! I hope you've enjoyed all the great projects today. If you didn't arrive here from Karin's blog, be sure to go back to the beginning at Lindsay's blog.

To celebrate the company's first anniversary, I am giving away this set!

To enter, simply leave a comment on my post today. Easy, huh?
For a second chance to win, grab the button below and post on your blog, then post here with a link. By the way, every stop on the hop for each of the three days has a give-a-way! You have until Monday, April 19th to enter. Winners will be notified on Tuesday.

Here is a triangle treat box I made for my niece's first birthday using the Pretty Primative set:

I printed the images on watercolor paper then used watercolor pencils and an aqua brush to color. I love this look!

Make sure to stop by mygrafico for our 3-day virtual crop. There will be challenges and daily freebies! After registering with mygrafico, join the crop room for all the fun!

Every stamp in Lindsay's store is 50% off during the celebration.
Hope to see you there! Be sure to visit Lindsay tomorrow for day 2 of the hop!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Things Kids Hate to Hear

My husband and I have been very frustrated with our oldest daughter lately. She has been whiney, disrespectful, and not listening to instructions. Last night I said some things to her that I wish I hadn't. We've all been there, right? So this morning I apologized to her and looked up this list I had read a while back.

Things Kids Hate to Hear

Can't you do anything right?

When will you ever learn?

What is wrong with you?

You are lazy.

You are stupid.

You are so immature.

Who do you think you are?

You'll be the death of me yet.

Haven't I taught you anything?

You're just no good.

You'll never amount to anything.

You got what you deserved.

You need your head examined.

Don't you care about anything?

What makes you think you're so special?

I've had it with you.

All you ever do is cause trouble.

Just wait until you have kids.

Don't you ever listen?

When are you going to start obeying me?

If I've told you once, I've told you a million times...

(taken from "Lists to Live By, Third Collection"
compiled by Alice Gray, Steve Stephens, and John Van Diest)

I will admit I am guilty of saying some of these exact phrases to my kids. Heck, I've even said some of them to my spouse. Of course this is not how I want to interact with those I love.One of my New Year's resolutions was to think three good things about someone when I get angry or upset with them. Until last night, I never really thought about applying that to children. But maybe it's even more important to parenting than to my interactions with adults. Children need predictable, firm, loving parents to guide them, not demean them. Especially with my children, I want to teach by example, build their confidence, instill healthy respect, and correct them calmly and rationally.

 I'm not a perfect parent; it doesn't always happen this way. But every time I screw up I remind myself of how I want to be, and I am thankful that I get another chance to get it right tomorrow.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Thursdays with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I'll talk about the Hop, Shop & Crop a little later. Here's today's project, a card I made for my Dad. He's a real tool nut, so perfect, huh?

To make this extra easy I colored the image straight from my
computer using Microsoft Paint, then printed.

Tool image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
sketch- SC273 from SplitcoastStampers
twill tape (colored with yellow Sharpie to match!)
paper/cs- scraps
foam adhesive
CM custom cutting system

Now on to the Hop, Shop & Crop celebrating the one year anniversary of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff--- April 13, 14, and 15 Lindsay will host a blog hop with all of her designers showcasing special projects. She will have sales and give-a-ways on her blog, and classes and a virtual crop in the mygrafico crop room!

Everything will be free and fun! Check out my post here for details on how to join.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's an Anniversary Party!

Join us for a Hop, Crop & Shop
next week to celebrate the anniversary of
Lindsay's Stamp Stuff!

Lindsay will be holding a 3-day crop in the mygrafico crop room, complete with classes, challenges, and prizes!

  • You must join the mygrafico community to participate (it's free)
  • After you are a member, join the crop group
  • Pop in as often as you would like April 13-15 to participate!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Project 365: Days 87-93

The South Carolina vacation edition!
We stayed with my husband's sister and her family in Newberry, which is about 30 minutes west of Columbia.

Day 87- Waterfall in a park in Columbia. We met some friends who live in Sumpter and let the kids play and run around while we chatted.
Day 88- A little cool, so we had a bonfire that night. The kids loved roasting marshmallows!

Day 89- A trip to the dairy farm where my brother-in-law works. Our favorite part was seeing the calves!
Day 90- Walking around downtown Newberry. This is the Opera House.

Day 91- Isle of Palms, outside of Charleston. My girls' first visit to the ocean!
Day 92- Magnolia Plantation
Day 93- Birdwatching from the porch before leaving for home! At one point we saw about 12-14 cardinals at once, which is more than I ever see at one time in Ohio!
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