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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Laundry Subway Art

Ok, so I love all of the subway art that is out there floating around in blog world.  I decided to try my hand at it.  I used publisher and created subway art for my laundry room.  It is a jpg, but if you would like thepublisher version to edit for your laundry room or whatever, then just email me at and I will email you the file.  I will try to post a picture of it when I get it hung in the frame.  I actually have it printed and in a frame, I am just waiting to hang it on a nail.

In our house we have instituted a new laundry policy.  Each person has their own day to have their laundry done.  Granted Caitlyn is 5, but still she has learned that when she takes clothes off they go straight in her hamper or I don't wash it on Tuesday.  My husband right now handles his own laundry during the winter.  Once summer picks up and he is doing more outside duties, then I will probably pick up the slack for him.  He also does sheets on Monday, and I do towels on Friday.  We NEVER do laundry on the weekend now and it is so nice!  I also only do 2 loads for each person, 1 light colored clothes and 1 dark color clothes.  This system has really cut down on me running through the house to gather all of the "blues", then washing, and folding, then running all the way back through the house to redistribute all of the blues.  This way everything that goes into the washer is one person's from one room and it all goes back to that room.  So there you go, my laundry tip for you all!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kindergarten Layout

Fancy title, huh? Oh well, I'm sure they will get better over time. Anyways onto the layout, I made this layout of my daughter's first day of Kindergarten, and believe it or not it is recent and she is still in kindergarten. But, don't fool yourself into thinking that I am that caught up in my scrapbook layouts, because I am far from it. I really don't know where I am with my layouts. I tend to scrap what inspires me and then at one of my scrapbook retreats I will sit down this year and figure out where I have holes and fill them in.

For this layout I used the Celebrations Cricut cartridge to create the scalloped square.

I used the Gypsy Font for the "First day of" and welded the letters together. I used Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for "kindergarten".

I don't have the patience to sew buttons onto my layout, so I layered 2 flowers, used a glue dot to attach the button, then used 3 rhinestones in the center. I think it works fine.

I have some cute Valentine postcards that I worked on tonight that I will hopefully have time to post on Friday.

Have a wondeful day!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My Pink Stamper Submission

I am so excited. I am getting together my gumption and trying out for Robyn's design team at the "My Pink Stamper". She has such wonderful things on her blog and I love her videos! Maybe one day I can be on there with her! So, here is my submission. I love the vintage valentines that people used to give in the 30's and 40's and this card was inspired by that.

As part of the challenge we had the following guidelines: we had to use Pink, Brown, and Green and our favorite cricut cartridge. Well, hands down, my favorite cartridge is A Child's Year. So to do the card, I used my new Birtday gift from my husband, the Gypsy, and used the scalloped blackout square from Plantin Schoolbook to make a 5x5 scalloped square, then I used A Child's Year and used the valentine on page 30 (the icon) and roughly centered it in the middle of the scalled square. It is aproximately 3.5 inches tall. Then I cut it out. :) Awsomeness!
So, here is the recipe for this card:
  • Die Cuts With a View Pink #3 Cardstock cut at 5.5x5.5 (this is the base)
  • Die Cuts With a View Pink #2 Cardstock cut at 5.5x5,5 for the gypsy cut above
  • craftstore Brown cardstock cut at apx. 4x4 attached to the back side of the scalloped square
  • Then I stamped, using the Autumn Leaves "Swirls by Rhonna Farrer" small corner stamp, in Chestnut Roan ColorBox ink, randomly over the heart cut out.
  • Then I stamped using the same swirl stamp in Blush (Close to my Heart ink) over the scalloped square.
  • Next I inked the edges of all three pieces, the heart, the scalloped square, and the large cut square with a sponge and Chestnut roan ink.
  • I then stamped the scalloped word outline in Chestnut Roan using the Annotations stamp set and the "Be Mine" from the Thoughtful Seasons stamp set in Tulip ink. (Annotations, Thoughtful Seasons and Tulip ink all from Close to My Heart). I then cut out using my scissors the sentiment.
  • Using Recollections Foam Adhesive Strips, I popped up the heart, and the sentiment on the scalloped square.
  • Then using the same foam adhesive, I popped up the entire scalloped square.
  • To add some sparkle, I randomly used "Fruit Punch" Stickles to go over some of the stamped swirls to give it some texture and interest.
  • Last, I tied a small green bow and using a mini glue dot attached it the heart.
  • This is a flat valentine card. Your personal message would be written on the back of it.

Please leave me comments if you like/don't like the cards. This is my first submission for a design team, and I while I have a long shot of making it, I would welcome your feedback for improvement so I can continue to apply for other design teams until I find one that will have me!

Thanks for looking,


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I love the New Year!!  It gives us a time to reflect, to ponder the future and set some goals!  One goal of which is for me to get on here and upload the dozens of photos and tutorials that I have been working on and collecting.  I am a crafter at heart and want to use this blog as an outlet for my creations.  I recently (as in the past two days) turned a spare bedroom into my crafting room.  I look forward to all of the things that will take place in there (including spending time with my family).  2011 is going to be a great year and I look forward to blogging with you!