2.28.2010

Some new products & things to love!

Some new products/things that have made their way to my house that are making me smile this week!

1. Insectae Stamps from Prima
2. Damask flocked paper from LUSH by My Minds Eye
3. This amazing chipboard button card that is going in a frame in my studio. Pure love!
4. This vintage number 3 from Sadie Olive at Etsy. (in brown - yahooo)
5. Red Vintage Sew On Buttons by Jenni Bowlin (one of each color please! Love these)
6. Happiness Brushes from Ali Edwards at Designer Digitals.

And these cutest cutest cutest photo frames from House of 3. Love them!!

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Please keep my sister, brother-in-law and his family in your prayers this next week. It is a very sad situation and any prayers you can give...will be felt! Thank you!

2.26.2010

'Count Your Blessings' Watercolor Stamping Layout

This layout was published this past summer in Better Homes & Gardens, Scrapbooks, etc. Magazine. This layout was so fun to do and still one of my favorites! I had to show how to stamp with Watercolor Markers (which I bought a long time ago when I saw Jenni Bowlin use them on a super cute layout). All of the stamping on this layout (and there is a lot) was done with the watercolor markers. I simply brushed the marker on the stamp, huffed on the image to re-moisten the ink, and stamped it on the cardstock. For some of the images, I used multiple colors on the stamp...this is one reason why I love stamping with markers!

Some supplies I used:

I just realized that there was more stitching and things added to this layout but this was the image I sent in for approval so it didn't have that on there yet. Oh well - you get the idea right? :)

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Today, I am truly 'Counting my Blessings'! We received some very sad news that my Brother-in-laws younger brother died in a tragic accident. He leaves behind a young wife and a 3 month old baby - it is just a horribly sad situation! The mom has moved in with my sister who is helping to comfort and care for her, her baby and her own 6 children. Please pray for their family! We are heading out of town to attend the funeral and be there to help as much as we can. I'm just still in shock and just numb...it is so very sad.

It's amazing how we can so quickly be reminded that life is so fragile. Please pray for them. Thank you!!

2.22.2010

Welcome Spring Kit & PDF Instructions


It has been a gloomy winter here and I am ready for some flowers and sunshine! I have been so inspired by all the cute banners that have been around and thought that I'd sit down to make one this past week. It is full of bright, happy colors, embellishments, stamping, scallops and more. And, I have kits available for those of you that want to purchase one and make one for your own home. Fun huh! :)

Here are some close-up detail shots:
 
  
 

Here are the details:

'Welcome Spring' Banner Kit & downloadable PDF with step-by-step instructions: $20

Downloadable PDF with step-by-step instructions ONLY: $5

To purchase the kit or the PDF, please email me at stampit_girl@yahoo.com and I will email you an invoice via paypal.

Here are some more details about the kit:
  • Everything for the kit will be mailed to you expect for the downloadable PDF that will be emailed to you once I receive your payment.
  • The kit has been prepared by me to be ready for you to assemble once you receive it. All the flowers, bird, butterfly, etc. are die-cut for you. The banners are in rectangles that you will cut to a pennant shape. 
  • You will receive all the brads, gems, and embellishments to make the banner exactly as shown.
  • The bird cage and the damask image will be hand-stamped for you.
  • Physical kit will be shipped on Monday, March 1. 
Items included in the kit:

1 Olive Polka-dot Patterned paper 3"x4"
1 strip of yellow/white dot fabric
1 strip of orange seam binding
1 white 'spring' die-cut butterfly
2 White cardstock 3"x4"
1 strip of pink lace
1 piece of scalloped aqua cardstock
1 Yellow corduroy button
2 die-cut yellow scalloped pennant (for layering behind)
1 Aqua cardstock 3"x4" hand-stamped with brown damask image
1 scalloped die-cut border in Olive cardstock
1 polka-dot die-cut yellow pennant
3 die-cut aqua flowers
1 Olive green brad
1 Pink cardstock 3"x4" hand-stamped with brown bird cage
1 Olive green die-cut bird
1 Brown/white Polka-dot patterned paper 3"x4"
3 die-cut yellow hearts
1 clear gem
1 white mini tag hand-stamped with 'happy' in brown
1 strip of aqua paper to be cut into mini banner
1 strip of olive cardstock to be cut into mini banner
1 white/pink Letterpressed by hand with damask image
1 piece of pink tulle ribbon

1 Ribbon to hang banner: pink, brown, or green
other: pink, orange, brown string, gemstones

Supplies needed to complete the banner:
glue, paper cutter, scissors, pop-dots (if you want), staples
I also used my sewing machine but you don't need to.


I had so much fun making this banner and I hope that it inspires you to make your own Spring Banner!


Again, if your interested in purchasing the actual kit (which includes the PDF) or just the downloadable PDF (which will be emailed to you and you can print or save to your computer), please email me at stampit_girl@yahoo.com.


Thanks for your support and I hope you like the kit! :)

2.19.2010

What you do....matters



I'm gonna be honest here...I've had a horribly hard week. Ryan has been out of town and I have had a hard time holding down the fort this week. Today, Madi was out of control. That girl can go from total sweetheart to totally insane in a matter of seconds. It's hard to understand sometimes what is the 'Autism' speaking and what is an 8 year old girls attitude speaking.

Today, I broke down. They are finally in bed, at 9:36 pm after struggling with Hudson 3 times, Jaxon crying himself to sleep, and Madi fighting with me for 1/2 hour to go to sleep. Tough. I know that many people have it harder than me...no doubt about it...but this week...was hard.

Then, I saw this video online and I just cried. Still crying...hence the overly emotional and personal post tonight. Watch it...the message is so wonderful!

On a positive note, I'm taking the day to create with my friend Amy tomorrow and it couldn't come a minute too soon. So ready!

And...I've been working on a super cute project to share on Monday. I think it's darling...if it's okay to say that. It also has a kit that I will have up for sale on Monday - so check back. I'll be back to my good ol' self by then! Happy Weekend!

2.14.2010

Sweet little Valentines

 

I wanted to share these little Valentine's I made this week. They are small little cards that fit in little envelopes - lots of punched hearts and some stamped sayings. Simple but sweet for the kiddos. I wanted to add some sewing to them, but wasn't able to get to it this week. I hope you all have a special Valentine's Day!

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On a family note, yesterday was a very special day...my sweet girl, Madisyn, was baptized! We have the in-laws in town and my sweet sister from St. George drove up with her 6 kids to be here for the event...the support and love from family always amazes me and I'm so grateful to them all. It was a beautiful day!

This morning before church, Madi was complaining that her front tooth was hurting so I tried to pull it out...and out it came! She has only lost her bottom two teeth so to loose one of her top front teeth...well, it was a big deal! She looks so different though! :) Madisyn wore her gorgeous white dress to church today and looked so beautiful! I can't believe she is 8! I can't believe she is baptized! Time goes so quickly! I love that sweet girl so much!

2.08.2010

Studio Calico Homefront 'Laugh' Layout


I love the 'Homefront' Line from Studio Calico - the colors are awesome, the designs are amazing...just perfect! I had fun playing with it this past month and made this 'laugh' layout (as seen on the Studio Calico blog here). That scalloped paper is my favorite from the collection! For this layout, I traced the half circle onto pink and green paper, cut them out, and sewed them on top of some of the scallops on the paper to tie in those colors that I used on my papers. I distressed the edges of the scallops and pulled them up a bit to add a bit of depth and to help them stand out more.
I cut out the frames (square and circle) from one of the papers and embellished the centers of them. With the circle frame, I cut out the center of the circle and layered orange stripe ribbon behind it (from Stampin' Up!) and layered some butterflies on top. On the square circle, I folded up some pink lace and stapled it to the paper. I then added some punched flowers (Martha Stewart) from yellow paper.

The 'laugh' was cut from my Silhouette machine using a design from House of 3. I love that they have shapes available through the Silhouette store now - happy day! It's so fun to be able to cut them out. I put the 'laugh' on my mat 3 times in different sizes and just layered them on my page for a fun title treatment.

If you have any questions about the page, just ask away!

I'm busy working on house stuff this week - we have my in-laws coming into town Friday for Madisyn's baptism on Saturday. Plus, lots of family over on Saturday so I'm trying to get things a bit more settled around here. Plus, I'm trying to finish up Madisyn's quilt - I'll share photos of the progress soon! Jaxon has not been feeling well the past few days...which means mama needs to be right by his side or he just cries and cries. So...lots of cuddling! :) Anyway, hope you all had a great Monday!

2.04.2010

Valentine's Day Inspiration

What is there not to love about hearts, surprises, cupcakes, love letters and all that resembles love and Valentine's Day? I love this holiday! I love the feminine beauty of it. I love the red and pink. I love hearts. And...let's throw in a little aqua for good measure! :) What do you love about Valentine's Day?

Enjoy these inspirational finds from flickr!


1. Color Me Pretty, 2. Turquoise Seam Binding, 3. rose cupcakes, 4. A corner of my office, 5. Vintage Bottles, 6. Vintage Pink Push Button Phone, 7. Pink Malabar Balloon "Hevea's Blood", 8. Butterflies and Spools, 9. tiffany blue, 10. Jade 21st Cupcakes #2, 11. pretty in pink, 12. All we need is love ..., 13. Cupcake assortment, 14. Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons., 15. Discarded, 16. Untitled

2.02.2010

Quilting, Sewing and More!

Things have been so busy with the move, lots of birthdays, projects due and more! On February 13th, Madisyn will be baptized and I have had her fabrics for her special quilt picked out for months...and a plan of what I wanted to do. I wanted to do a fun quilt with lots of circles cut out of her fun fabrics on a neutral pattern and with me just trying to come up with the pattern on my own...I kept getting stressed out. So, I found a simple pattern that I liked and spent the entire day yesterday...cutting and sewing!
I have loved the look of the Coin Quilts for awhile and I've heard that it is really easy and quick to do...so I thought it was perfect. A few quick links:


Coin Quilt Pattern via Moda Bake Shop
Inspiration on Flickr
Information on Squaring up your Fabrics via the Purl Bee (I needed a good tutorial on this)

I used fabrics from Heather Bailey's Freshcut Line (which I always loved but never used), some Amy Butler favs, some corduroy and some other fun pieces thrown in.

The cutting took me all morning and then I started to lay out the 5 patchwork lines for the quilt. Then, the sewing began. I finished up all the 'lines' this morning at 9:30 a.m. Super fast for me! So, now I am cutting the sashing for the middle and the border and will get it all sewn together.

I hope that she will love this quilt. I was going to do something much more simpler and 'rougher', but in the end, I want it to be something she can really have forever...possibly pass on to her own little girl someday.
 
On a side note, my projects are up at Studio Calico using the February Kit. You can check them out here. There is also a fun challenge on their blog this week using one of my layouts as the sketch - check it out and play along!

I'm off to watch LOST! So excited that it is back...so sad that it's the last season. Bachelor...anyone watching? I always call it from the first night (or at least to the last 2 standing) and I totally think Tenley is awesome! We'll see! :) Have a great night!