Monday, December 30, 2013

Just plain behind on this!

I get so behind on posting my new creations?!?! I'm even more behind on using all my new stuff. Before I know it, it's going to be old and I won't even want it. WASTE! For example both of the Maggie Holmes collections. I bought them or got them as gifts and just haven't cracked it open b/c I love it so much I don't want to use it. Then I turn around and I'm so tired if lookng at it I don't want to use it??? WASTE! It's a challenge I am working in overcoming hehe (insert awkward laugh). 

So...with that said. December daily has been rough for me this year. I have new exciting product, lots of photos and memorabilia but I just can't seem to find the time "sit" and get it done. Now I'm worried it'll never finish. 

It's almost the new year...

For the past 3 years my husband and I venture into the mountains for a New Years getaway just him and I. This year our daughter Maci is old enough to join in on the fun...At least for one night.  
Mommy and daddy got her all amped up for the snow, when really the conditions are nothing like what we are use to (lots of snow). But luckily children can easily entertain themselves. We treated ourselves to some hot cocoa and fun on the outdoor toys. 

We also bought a sled that of course Maci wanted nothing to do with. She's a very coucious child. That trait comes in handy most of the time. Just not when you want to have some fun on the sled or rides or new toy car or bike etc. she was content pulling mommy and daddy though. 
Maci watched mommy and daddy have fun on her sled. Until daddy slid over a rock and broke it in half. I won't lie I still used it 😬 we packed up and headed for home. Maci will get to spend the next two nights with Grandma and Granpa McCartney. Richie and I will be back at Crystal Mountain snowboarding and ringing in the NEW year! It feels quiet with out our little girl here and will take me some time to get use to if I ever do...but we'll still have some fun! 


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The card with the scraps

I submitted this card for the STUDIO CALICO ( I know I'm obsessed with SC) use your scraps card challenge. I actually really love how it turned out. And I feel great about using up my supplies that normally just go right in the bag and sit there until the end of...well there hasn't been an end. So I guess I just hoard them. I seem to be okay with that most days. Insert "giggle" But to get back on track. I don't haven't been the best card maker in the past. I consider myself a pretty experienced crafter as far as the paper and scissors are concerned. But cards...never my thing.

I have unlocked the secret to my "card block" Yes I am going to refer to it as a diagnosis. I am ready for new projects, like cards. I feel good about making cards when I don't have to cut up my beautiful 12x12 paper that I so love! Hence my scraps and 6x6 paper pads have been my solution. Double win. I use everything and someone special gets the handmade creation by: ME. I am talking about it like it's some secret thing that scraps and 6x6 = cards. But it really has been an enormous break through for me and I am both excited and inspired to just keep creating. It's like discovering a whole new craft! When really it's been within my reach this entire time I've been a scrapbooker.

I will be sure to keep everyone up to date on the ol' card journey that I am on and VERY excited about!

See ya soon!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Spooner Farms

Our Sunday adventure was to Spooner Farms. My co-worker recommended it becuase it was pretty much free accept for a few attractions. Normally you have to pay $10-12 just to get into the pumpkin patches around here. Once we pulled in there were rows and rows and rows of pumpkins. A corn maze. An animal barn. Lots of fun stuff and many great photo spots. Unfortunately today Maci Jo wasn't up for pictures. It was difficult for me to even capture the moments I did. So we're going to take a break from mommy's photo obsession so that she'll be raring to go when our professional family photo session comes. We got 3 pumpkins. I just realized I didn't take a photo of them, but will share them when I post my fall porch set up. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

We got lost and this was our view

We finally talked her into being silly

 The beautiful Mt. Rainier

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall photo day

Now that it's fall...the lighting is less harsh and the colors are so beautiful. I have become more excited and motivated to learn more about my camera and fancy lens' that I spend so much of my money on! Today I took my daughter to a local park thats...umm "ok" for the scenery. The plus is there are also toys she can play on. Bonus for the bribery. She did pretty good looking at the camera. The best I could expect from a 3 year old. But after a some odd/scary encounters with crazy geese, their poop, a very explicit group of confrontation grunge teens we got these photos.

I of course held up my part of the bargain (even though it was past dinner time) and let Maci play on the toys. Before we started we made a pinky promise to listen to mommy and when it's time to go, it's time to go. She has been a very good listener lately and I felt that she'd hold up her "pinky promise" Boy was I every wrong. I ended up having to take her out kicking and screaming. In front of 30 kids and parents. That's always fun. And then I look over to see a photographer that we know from events and such. So it wasn't embarrassing at all. Nope I feel great! 

It gets more exciting every time...

I am a subscriber to the STUDIO CALICO scrapbook and project life kits. They also offer an amazing card kit as well. Now I am in trouble...I don't normally make cards. In fact I find it to be more of a chore than anything. Recently with my scraps from my kits I have been sort of, impressing myself with some cards. Funny sounding? So there is a card challenge and I am going to enter ALL of them!! So wish me luck because there are some amazing prizes up for grabs and of course some very stiff competition!

Oh and did I mention that my new kit will be here soon?!!!!! Hence the title to this post. But really I have been a loooonnnggg time subscriber to SC and I just can never get enough! They have amazing customer service and products to boot!If you aren't on their monthly kit list yet...I would seriously recommend you go check it out. 

I see my kit right here...

Friday, September 13, 2013

First wedding mini

More to come on this little guy! I used me & my BIG ideas Project Life cards I found at Michaels. me & my BIG ideas. The wedding theme is the FIRST EVER that I have seen that I love. It is versatile and works perfect with my 3x4 wedding prints.

I'll post the finished pages soon!


I have been on a roll with my pages lately! A lot have been created with Studio Calico kits.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Card making

I have been on a roll with making cards. Cards that I love too!!! Here are a couple I have made in the past few days.

I cut down some watercolor paper and did the ombre effect on the that and then adhered it to the craft. I used a Maggie Holmes die cut, Thickers, and some twine by Maya Road.

I used my gelato s on this background. Cut a square piece of burlap and cut out a tag and used an office holes punch protector sticker. The wood veneer is from Freckle Fawn and the lace trim is from Hobby Lobby.

Family photos

We had some family photos done back in May. It was a muggy overcast, damp kind of day. My bangs were always in my face and all our daughter wanted to do was run around with Cousin Carter. So it was hard to get some good shots. There was one particular shot that I really wanted with my daughter and that was her kissing my cheek. She finally did it and the photographer wasn't paying attention and missed it! So I was bummed. But here are a few from that day.