- I am a SAHM mother of three...only one left home though. Paper crafting is my passion...I love creating things and saving memories. I also enjoy reading, baking, spending time with my friends and family, and walking my two furry children. My goal on my blog is to share something a little crafty, something yummy, and something fun every week. Thank you for visiting & comments are appreciated :)
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I made several different variations of this ornament, but this is the one I am going with.
First I printed the gingerbread image & colored it. Then I took the glass ball, added some "snow", glitter and star shaped sequins. I then attached a neutral colored thread to the back of the image, inserted it into the clear glass ball and arranged it the way I wanted it. I the added a fluffy bow. I am going to make some takes to hang on the side that will read, "From our house to yours. the Franklins ~ 2011" I think these will be a nice keepsake for those who have attended all our open houses....hopefully one the neighbors will carry on the tradition we have started once we are gone.
Now, on to cards and our annual letter.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
I started with a scrap of black & white, flocked, handmade paper for the background. I then made the lattice element with white and shiny black card stock, adding grey pearls for the trim. I added a white scallop border to the top and bottom.
Then I made the flower using a Spellbinder's die. After cutting the card stock I coated each piece with diamond glitter. Once dry I layered them and attached with a rhinestone brad. I inked the leaves and added a swirls flourished. I cut the flourishes on my Cricut with Accent Essentials.
Not quite the look I sketched out, but still pretty.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The deer is from Cindy Lou...I added a google eye and pretty bow. For the card I layered Bo Bunny Cafe with white and scraps of brown from cutting the deer. The white was cut with a Martha Stewart Snowflake border punch. Simple, but cute.
On this card I cute the snowman from Winter Woodland. I used scraps of Bo Bunny Coral for the hat and scarf. I accented the snowman with a Christmas red Stickles heart and Diamond Stickles on the hat and scarf. I free handed the eyes. The background papers are scraps of Bo Bunny papers...I again used a border punch. The sentiment was stamped on white, double matted on teal and black; then outlined with Christmas red Stickles. Finally, a piece of black grosgrain ribbon was added. Seems like a lot, but actually came together quickly.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Yesterday was our monthly SWARM...cropping with Cricuts. Even though I was a little under the weather, I had a great time. We did a pot luck for Breast Cancer Awareness this month. Everyone brought stuff, donated stuff, etc. I made several things...SIN (my yummy breakfast pastry), green bean casserole, cookies (chocolate with pink M&M's) and a pink champagne cake. some of the other treats....corn casserole, yummy cupcakes, 7 layer salad, roast, mac'n'cheese, crudites,....we were definitely not lacking in the food department;) I did manage to get a few things done...swaps for next month, a couple of layouts and some planning for paper Crafting Divas for 2012. It was a nice day catching up with the other ladies.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
This set of cards was made using one BoBunny sticker sheet and papers from the birthday line. Cute & Quick....they were designed by Kelly Skidmore.
I bought this set of cards from a local store after the holidays...thought they were pretty. They are all Cricut cuts...lots of layers. I did add some stickles just for accents. I believe this was a kit by Kim Hildebrand...but I am not positive.
This is another kit I purchased from a local store. The black & white color scheme with the black rub-ons and purple gems is very pretty. I also used lavender stickles. I know this kit is by Kim Hildebrand.
She sells her kits at: http://www.kimscardkits.com/
I have been packaging them up to use for hostess' gifts over the holidays...I have a few more to do so I will be well stocked ;)
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
What a busy day today...lots of cleaning out, tidying up & laundry...but I have been trying to spend at least an hour a day in my craft room and i did. I knew I would have to do a "quickie" and when I was going through my papers and found this one I knew what I wanted to do. this is a simple card, but I really like it. Ofcourse all the bling is wonderful, but sometimes you don't have to do a lot when you have pretty pieces to work with. So, I used gold pearl paper for the bottom layer, some pretty handmade paper with gold embossing for the background, gold trimmed cream ribbon and leaf gem stones. Just a note...I got those leaf gem stones at Michael's in the dollar bins...30 for a dollar & the came with their own pop dots!
Ok, break is over on to the rest of the to do list...
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
On the right is my card i made with my set of Twinchies....scrap papers, little ribbon, done! On to the next swap...ATC's!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This one is for our monthly card challenge on Paper Crafting Divas. We did things a little differently this time...instead of a theme, you had to use the sketch. Here is my take on the sketch...the background is an older Heidi Grace paper. The image and sentiment are clip art from the computer...for the haunted house, I colored the windows with a Zig yellow marker and inked the entire sky with a plum Chalk Cat's Eye. Then, to give it more dimension, I covered the entire image with painted on crystal effects. The other circles are from a stack, they are metallic. I really like this card and had fun with the sketch. I am going to have to do a second set of cards to help a member out and I already have a fun idea for it...going to change up the circle...will post when completed!
Here are all the swaps I completed (from top left, clockwise): Recipe cards, Birthday Swap, Monthly card Swap, and Page Elements Swap.
It was a very productive weekend ;)
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Ten years ago today I was in the kitchen cleaning up for the crazy school morning rush. My two preteens were at school, John (DH) was out of town on business and my 3 year old was in the family room playing. I remember hearing my son say something like " the plane hit the buildings", but I really didn't pay too much attention to it...he was three. then my girlfriend, Brandi, called and asked me if I had the TV on. I went into the family room and immediately saw what she, and my three year old, had been talking about. I changed the channel for my son and went into the other room to watch while I talked to Brandi. I remember sitting there in utter shock. There were just no words for the feelings, tears streamed down my face for all those directly suffering, their families and for me. It did not take long for me to realize that as a military wife, our lives were about to change..this would effect us, even though we did not loose a loved one on that terrible day.
Over the past ten years my husband, a very proud Marine Colonel, has spent approximately 5+ years away from home. he has been deployed statewide and overseas, he has worked with reservists and active duty military . He has attended more funerals than any one should have too. He has missed many little things protecting our country with his fellow military.
My son has been without his father for 5+ years of the past ten, but he is very proud of his father and considers him a hero. He understand, as much as he can, what his father is doing is for him. As a result, their time together is very precious...they are very close.
Unfortunately, my two older children...my step children...did not behave the best when their father had to be away, so they went back to live with their mother. It has greatly effected our relationship with them.
Finally, I have been with out my husband for 5+ years and had to be a single mom a lot of the time. Now, I am not complaining, as I am also very proud of my husband...all military...and everyone who has had a part in the aftermath of 9/11...but I will admit that it has not been easy.
So, today I take a minute to reflect and remember, and to say a prayer for all the lives lots, the lives changed, the survivors, the first responders, the military.....for all Americans that we NEVER FORGET.
Do you remember what/where you were?
Friday, September 9, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar W. Howe
Oh, how true. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my son and look forward to our summers together. Because he is the only one home now, and DH is a work, we tend to have a lot of together time. We enjoy each other's company...most of the time. I cherish this time with him now because I do realize it is limited. He will be away at college or on his own in no time. But the reality is that too much of even a good thing is, just that, too much. About the second week of August our summer honeymoon seems to start wearing thin. He begins to test me, and I annoy him. He is ready to have his time away, even if it is at school. At least there he will have the sympathy of his friends who have annoying mothers as well.
So...it is about this time every year that I remember my favorite Staples...or was it Office Depot...commercial. You know, the one where the parent are gleefully filling the shopping cart with school supplies while "It's the most wonderful time of the year...." plays in the background...and they are followed by two very forlorn children. Love it!
On a more serious note, Jarek made it onto the bus this morning with no drama...his room was actually clean! No hundreds of tops and bottoms all over from the hurried morning fashion frenzy...he actually wore the outfit he laid out the night before! And he made his bed! Wow...does this mean he is growing up??? Maybe I should just appreciate it quietly so as not to jinx myself:) He only groaned a little when I insisted on walking to the bus stop to take a picture of the kids...I was not the only mother there. I just love looking back at the pictures from each year and seeing how they all have grown and changed. I promise I will not do it in High School...or at least if I do, I will sneak it :)
So, now what to do...what to do...no one to play chauffeur for, to worry about leaving home too long, plan activities for, etc. I think I am going to go craft...at least until 4. Then, I have to be at the bus stop again...have to get that "after" pic, but more importantly I have to take the M&M ice creams up...it is tradition. This is one tradition even Jarek is not ready to give up. I am sure I will not be met with groans as long as I have ice cream.
and ice cream makes everything better!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
This card is for another fellow Diva...for our birthday swap. Again I used scraps of card stock and Basic Grey patterned paper. The image is a digi stamp from Fred She Said. I colored it with Stampin'Up pencils and blended with Gamsol. I then cut the images out and covered with Glossy Accents. I used Dew Drops for the pearl like accents on the scalloped circle. When I put it all together I used pop dots on the cut outs for added dimension. I think she is going to like it!
Friday, August 5, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
here is one I made last night for a lady at DH work who just lost her father. I kept it simple...handmade, velvet embossed papers, jewels, flowers & ribbon. I found the sentiment online & printed it on card stock. I think it turned out pretty.