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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!

Hey ya'll!
Welcome to another Tuesday & my day to share on the Lovebug Creations' blog.
My mom's birthday is Thursday. She will be 71. After what happened to her a few months ago (she had a TIA & doctors discovered that both carotid arteries were 80% blocked), we are so happy to celebrate her birthday!
She is an amazing mother & grandmother! We'd all be lost without her.
Here is the card I made for her, using Garden Green rumple ribbon from the Gardens of Tara collection:
She loves the color pink & flowers. I hope she enjoys this card. Doesn't the ribbon look stupendous with the colors of the striped paper & the die cut?! Love it! 

Be sure to check out the Lovebug Creations' store for all your ribbon needs! 
Thanks for swinging by!
~Stephanie  
    

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Reading!

Happy Sunday y'all! Hard to believe another weekend is coming to a close, but for us that means one day closer to a Bahamian vacation!! We are all so excited! I am looking forward to tropical breezes, crystal clear water, a drink in my hand & hopefully finding some quiet time to read.
I think I have mentioned before that reading is one of my favorite things. I love the pastime & remember that this love affair for me started as a young child. I recall getting so excited when the Scholastic book flyers were distributed in the classroom! I would spend hours pouring over the selections & then beg my mom to buy me a few of my choices. And then the anticipation of waiting for those books to arrive was like waiting for Christmas! To me there is great joy in the feel of a taut new book in my hand. I am probably one of few people who still read paper books;no e-books for me, thanks!
Here are some of the books on my nightstand right now.
1. Ghost Town At Sundown 
This is book #10 in the Magic Tree House series. Ty is reading these books & loving them! We read some to him & I cherish these times that we snuggle up in my bed & read together. 
2. Orphan Train
I just finished this book 3 days ago & I really liked it! It taught me about a small part of this nation's history I had never even heard of. Powerful writing too. 
3. Tell The Wolves I'm Home
Picked this book up at Costco the other day. It has been on my "to read" shelf for a while. Needless to say, I am excited to read it this summer!
4. The Language of Flowers
This book was recommended to me by several friends. I love hearing from people whose input I appreciate. I have heard it is a great read & just started it. I am liking it so far! 
5. Pope Joan
Wow! What an amazing book about a woman whose courage & desire for learning & knowledge led her down an unheard of path. A fabulous book!
6. Lies You Wanted To Hear     
This was an okay read, not too bad for this first-time author. It was a bit far stretched from me & hard to fathom. I don't know that I would recommend it, but won't say I am sorry I read it either. 
7. The White Queen (not pictured)
I enjoyed this book & the fascinating storytelling of life in medieval times between royal families captivated me. However, I thought it was a bit too drawn out & detailed. I thought a lot of the tedium could have been left out & the book would have been awesome!

So there is a look at what's on my "book shelf" right now. If you are an avid reader & what to follow more of my book shelves, you can find me on "Goodreads" at     https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6419154-stephanie-eaken   

SO, what is on your "to read" list this summer?! 
~Stephanie  

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas In July!

Hey y'all & good Friday morning!
Today Lovebug Creations & Craftin Desert Divas are hosting a "Christmas in July" co-hop over on Facebook! You don't want to miss all the fun, wonderful projects & prizes!! You can get started here.

The project I made is a Christmas card. I used Envious rumple ribbon to tie a beautiful bow on the side. The stamp set is called Holly Day Punnies & I chose the "Happy H-owl-idays" sentiment. But, since I am such a huge dog love, I went in another direction with it! Here is my card:

I started with the white cardstock, that I misted with red mist from Heidi Swapp, & stamped the sentiment at the bottom. 
 The wood veneer dogs are from Studio Calico & were also misted, some in Dark Calico from SC & some in gold from Heidi Swapp. 
The next step was to add all of the sequins! Oh what fun!! I love the festive look it gives my card! To add a bit more bling (because it is a Christmas card!) I topped the bow with a white glitter dot. 

I really like the way this card turned out & know I'll be making more before December hits!
Be sure to visit all the stops on today's hop for some very inspirational projects (& the chance to win fabulous prizes)!!

I hope this got you in the Christmas spirit, albeit a little early!
~Stephanie  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Littlest Rock Star

Good mornin' y'all!
I have a layout to share that I just created. I played along with this sketch from Stuck?!Sketches
  
and the challenge at Frosted Designs which is to use a die cut or punch on your project.
Here is what I created:

I spaced out the triangles on my layout & the strip with my title on it was created using a mask from Heidi Swapp. Love the dots, stars & hearts! 
Here are some detail shots 


I used my heart punch from Fiskars & lots of pop dots to give some of the hearts height. 
This layout was made with the "Hey Kid" collection from Pink Paislee. I still have some bits & pieces left & hope to create more pages with it soon! The glitter alphas are Thickers.
I know the pictures on my layout are not great, but I loved them of Ty playing "rock star" with his sister's guitar!

Thanks for stopping by today. I do appreciate it!!
~Stephanie   

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You Are My Happy

Hey friends! Happy middle of the month. I know, crazy, huh?!
I have a project to share with y'all today that is up on the Lovebug Creations' blog. Are you all as in love with the wooden phrase & quote signs that are everywhere as I am? I really am obsessed & anytime I am in a store that sells them, I stop & read all of them!  You know the ones, right?
Live The Life You've Imagined Wood Sign


These signs were the inspiration for my project today. I always seem to be making projects & altered items for my daughter (it is easier & probably more appreciated), so today I thought I'd make a little sign for my son's room. Here is what I created

I used many colors of rumple ribbon from Lovebug Creations. They include Simply Red & Simply White from the Star Spangled collection; Caddy Blue & Sunset from the Island Breeze collection; Honey Mustard from the Fall For You collection and Shamrock from the Lucky You...Lucky Me collection.


Here are the steps to creating this project: 
 1. I had my husband cut down a piece of wood (this measures about 7 1/4" by 3 1/2" & is an inch & a half thick).
2. I then painted it a turquoise blue.
3. When the paint is dry, I sanded the edges with a rough sandpaper to distress the board some.
4. The alphas stickers were added to spell out the phrase I wanted to express.
5. I used a screw eye to tie the assorted ribbons to. This was screwed into the top of the sign.

I really like the way it turned out! We'll see if a certain 7 year-old boy does too!!

Be sure to check out my 150 follower giveaway here! I have a HUGE pile of scrapping goodies for one lucky winner once I reach that milestone. I'd love you to follow me & tell your friends!!
Thanks for spreading the word!
Have a fabulous Tuesday y'all!
~Stephanie

Monday, July 14, 2014

Project Life-Buttons

Hey y'all & happy Monday! It's a hot one here so we are staying cool inside now. This morning we went to Krispy Kreme for doughnuts before we ran our many errands. The sugar later had one little boy getting into big trouble!! LOL!
 I hope y'all are staying cool where you are.

Today a new PL challenge is up at Stuck On U Sketches. It is to use buttons on your page. Easy-peasy! I know everyone has a supply of this craft basic. Let's see them on your spread!
Here is my page:
The cards here are leftover from The May Everday Life kit from Paper Camellia. I have gotten so much use out of this little kit & still have more to create with! 


 Be sure to link up here by the end of the month. DT member Helen has offered up this fun prize!!
July Sponsor
Thanks, Helen for your generosity. 
We can't wait to see what y'all create! 
Stay scrappy!!
~Stephanie  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two Layouts

Hey y'all! I hope this day finds everyone well. We have a house full of kiddos here & A LOT of noise!! I have escaped to the office for a moment of solitude! We were supposed to go to the pool but the weather is cloudy & rainy, so it's another day at home.
I want to share my most recent layouts while I have a minute. I fear things could turn sour at any time!!!!
Both of these were created using sketches from Sketchabilities. The first one uses their sketch #116:

Here is my layout:



















I grabbed a lot of supplies from my stash. The background was created with splatters of mists, stamped circles & a Dear Lizzy  word stamp.


The fabulous gold circle vellum is from Pretty Little Studio, as are the phrase die cuts. The "bliss" & heart chippies are from MAMBI. The gorgeous clay flowers are from Lovebug Creations. The bird/music paper is part of a Basic Grey packaging. The circle banner under the photos is from My Mind's Eye.
I had a blast pulling things & adding a ton of items from my stash!

This next layout uses skecth #118:
    
And here is what I created:





















I stamped circles with black paint & then started layering! I used much of what I had laying on my desk for this one & what fun it was!!
All of the tags, the gold doily & the initial banners are from Crate Paper. I  used the gold circle vellum again from PLS. The glitter alphas are Thickers.











The "happy" chipboard, hearts & camera are from Heidi Swapp.












Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Thursday y'all!
~Stephanie : )