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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thinking of You

Hey everyone! It's a busy Thursday here, trying to get the house clean & ready for Halloween tomorrow. We are having our annual pizza dinner here with family & close friends before we head out to trick-or-treat. I am so glad Halloween is on a Friday this year!! We don't have to rush & then scramble to get the kids to bed. We are gonna take our time & relax & enjoy it all!!
I am taking a little break from housework to share a card I made for a sweet lady that I play tennis with. She had surgery last week and was having a hard time. I hope she will only improve with each passing day! She is such a nice person.
I used Cardabilities  sketch #110
 
     
Here is my card:

I started with the kraft cardstock & added the scrap paper from my stash. I love the blue/turquoise against  the kraft!! The chippie flower is from Echo Park. The kraft butterfly is from Jillibean Soup &  the striped butterfly is from MAMBI. The wooden heart that I placed on the top of the chippie butterfly is from Studio Calico. 
I used my Martha Stewart craft punch to create the branches. And the green button came from my stash. 

I hope this card will bring Brenda a smile in a difficult time.

Thanks for stopping by.
Make it a crafty day!!
~Stephanie 



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Guesting At Nani ke Ola

Hey y'all!
So I was so excited to get an email from Jennifer at Nani ke Ola asking me if I would like to be a Guest Designer for them! Um, yes?!!! I was lucky enough to work with the 7Dots Messy Head collection. I fell instantly in love! I mean, take a look at all this yumminess:
   Messy Head Collection Kit

I couldn't wait to get creating! I made one layout & two cards & I still have plenty of product left to play with! Here is what I have done so far:

I started with the fabulous wood-grain paper & added a few layers. Under that is a layer of white paint. 
  
I distressed most of the papers edges to give my page a worn look, much like the feel of the seaside buildings in the town we were visiting in the photo. 

 I loved all of the elements from this collections, from the die cuts, to the word stickers and everything in between! I only wish I could have incorporated them all onto this layout-but that just means more projects to create using them! 

I went a little sequins crazy here! But I really like the magical touch it lends to my page. 
  
My next two projects are cards. 
Here I used a paper from the collection as my card base. Isn't it gorgeous?!
I added a journal card on top & topped that with a doily, a smaller tag/journal card, a die cut & some word stickers (all from the Messy Head collection). 


And here is my second card: 
 I also created this card with a piece of paper from the Messy Head collection. They are all simple gorgeous! 
The corner stamps are also from 7Dots. I placed a small die cut card on top of my silver doily & added to that the die cut heart and some more fun word stickers! 
My best friend moved out of state years ago, so I thought this pretty card would be perfect to say a quick "hello" to her! 

Be sure to hop on over to the Nani ke Ola store  to check out these products & MORE!!
I know I will have more to share soon with this fabulous collection from 7Dots. 

Thanks for visiting!
~Stephanie    
 







Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What's Going On

Hey y'all! I  know it has been a while since I last posted & things have been busy around here! It's a good busy, but I fear it's only going to get worse as the holidays draw nearer!!
Here is a quick recap of what our month looked like:
1. Baseball games & horseback riding lessons EVERY Saturday afternoon. I love being outside in the gorgeous fall weather!

2. Leah started Cotillion & loved it (even though she has to dance with boys who have hot, sweaty hands)!

3. A visit to the local pumpkin patch to get out yearly pumpkins! We really enjoyed the new farm we discovered this year (Lloyd Family Farms).

4. A trip to the mountains to go apple picking!! Never mind that all the apples still on the trees were rotten!

5. A visit from the tooth fairy-two nights in a row (a top & a bottom tooth lost)!

6. A get-together at a friends'/neighbors' house (always a great time)!
7. Shopping for Halloween costumes & decorating the yard (still have to do the interior of the house).
8. A horse show for Leah. She had a fall, but still placed fourth & second in two events!

8. Carving pumpkins!!
And we still have a field trip, Marvel Universe Live! & Halloween to get through!!
Whew!
I hope you all are enjoying this fun season!
Til next time,
~Stephanie
   

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Design Team

Hey y'all! Hope you're having a good day. I have some exciting news to share with you-I made the first ever design team for The Crafty Pickle !! I am so thrilled and can't wait to get started! Taniesa has some adorable flair buttons & other products in her shop! You must check them out!!
And here are the other ladies on the team
  The Crafty Pickle design team

Be on the look-out in November for my first TCP projects!
Make it a crafty day friends!
~Stephanie

Monday, October 20, 2014

PL with SOUS

Good Monday morning y'all! Fall weather was upon us this weekend & it was wonderful! We spent lots of time outside at baseball games (Ty's team won!) & Leah spent all day Saturday at the barn. They are having a show next weekend, so the kids had a pizza & painting party to get ready! We snuggled together Saturday night & had family movie night.Sunday the kids decorated the outside of the house for Halloween; now I just have to do the inside! Are you ready for Halloween?

Stuck On U Sketches has a new Project Life challenge up today, the second one of the month, & it is a color challenge! Use orange, black & white on your spread. But that doesn't mean it has to be Halloween themed. I created a Fall page.

I went through my stash & first pulled my papers that had orange & black in them. They are older My Mind's Eye from their Indie Chic collection. My black & white journal cards are from MAMBI. 



Then I went searching for embellishments!  I  love shopping my stash!!


  I used some mistables from Studio Calico (misted with orange Heidi Swapp mist); some stickers from Glitz; & some paper flowers from Teresa Collins. And my page came together just like that!
We would love to see what you do with the color combo! Link up here  if you get the chance!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I so appreciate it!
Til next time,
~Stephanie  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Love x2

Hey y'all! Hope this Columbus Day finds you well. Did you have a 3 day weekend? We did & enjoyed it for sure! Dinners out, a movie with friends, a day trip to a favorite apple orchard (even though the apples looked a bit rough this year, we still had a great day!) & non-stop family time made for a fabulous weekend. We didn't let the damp & dreary weather stop us!!
As busy as we were this weekend, I managed to complete a layout! I played along with this sketch from My Creative Sketches:


Sketches always seem to make my pages come together quickly & I love that!
                                                                                                                                                                    I used a kit from Studio Calico. This fun cloud paper was screaming for me to create with!
 Everything here is from SC, with the exception of the alphas, which are AC Thickers; the wooden bird; the scalloped banner which is from Basic Grey & the clouds & hearts were punched from Fancy Pants paper.
This sketch was so much fun to create with & I love the way my page came together! It feels so happy & serene. The photo was taken on Easter day of 2010. My kids were just little bitties here! I miss it so much. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Monday night. I am gonna watch HGTV & take it easy.
Til next time~  
                                                                       Stephanie

Monday, October 6, 2014

Keep Calm &.....

Another Monday is upon us & this one brings with it a new PL challenge at Stuck On U Sketches!
This week's challenge is to use a "Keep Calm" card on your project. There are many out there so the possibilities are endless. And if you can't find the perfect one (I printed mine from the web), you can always make one of your own!
Here is my spread:
I  used the "Keep Calm and Call Batman" card knowing it would work perfectly with this picture of Ty from Halloween 2010! He went through a super hero phase at this age and I loved it! 

 The two smaller cards at the bottom are from Simple Stories. The wood veneer heart is from Studio Calico & the yellow alphas that I used to spell out "super" are from Cosmo Cricket.  

The arrow card is from WRMK & the cork telephone (how appropriate!), "love" & 3 tags are all from Crate Paper. The wood arrow is again from SC.

We hope you find the time to play along with this, or any of our monthly challenges, at SOUS. We love seeing what you create!!
Til next time, keep calm!
~Stephanie