Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

It’s time for another Skipping Stones Design Sketch Tuesday!

It’s our final sketch from Latisha Yoast and we’ve loved having her amazing sketches all month long! This week I used Home of the Brave for my card in anticipation of the upcoming holiday.

Here’s the fun sketch we have to work with! I was a little liberal and left of the ribbon at the bottom, and instead used some twine and silver cord for the two panels in the sketch. The fireworks were glitzed up a little with dazzling diamonds.



I was definitely inspired by the colors from The Play Date Cafe!


Here’s hoping your 4th is safe and fun! Make sure to check out the SSD blog to see what the dt and other designers did with the sketch!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hoping your birthday is as sweet as you!

Today is SSD sketch challenge 81, and is also my daughter’s birthday! I cannot believe she is 12 today!

Before I get to my card, I just wanted to brag up this cute girl. Or rather, tween as she is definitely becoming with an attitude and sass to boot.  ;)

Things I’m not looking forward to: boys, junior high, pre-algebra/geometry (since I’ll have to help her!), puberty, braces…the list goes on and on.

Things I’m looking forward to: ummmmm………………….she can baby-sit! ;)


In honor of her birthday I decided to make my card this week for her. Gwynie’s favorite colors are hot pink and lime green so of course I had to do something similar in color. Here’s the fantastic sketch we have to work with this week!



To create my circle card, I used a circle cutter to cut a white base and folding the top over so when it cut the top intact so it would fold over. A large green circle was cut out to completely cover the base and the folded top. (Hopefully that made sense.)

So with this card….this is what happens when the kids keep disturbing me trying to get my attention and want to hang out with me in my studio, ha. I wanted to mimic a strawberry, but totally flipped the colors and didn’t realize it (duh) until I was almost done making it…hello! The base was supposed to be the Melon Mambo, and the scalloped trim was supposed to be the Old Olive…geesh, kids. ;) All the stamps are from Friendly Fruit.

We’d love to have you join us for our latest sketch challenge! Pop on over to the SSD blog to see what the rest of the DT and our Guests did with this sketch!


And just to indulge myself, I’ve pulled a few pics of Gwynie for her birthday post. She’ll kill me later (it’s that tween thing going on remember?), but for it was fun looking back through these. No baby pics since those are all B/D – before digital – and I’m a little too lazy to scan any of those in right now or go digging for them. Bad mom. ;) But she was the cutest baby ever and I’m so proud of the beautiful lady she’s turning into.


Baby girl, I love you because…..

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You love Dad…unconditionally.  And because you’re so stinkin cute shooting your bow with your eyes closed.

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You sought your own independence at the tender age of 4 and told me you were ready to have your hair cut…clear up to your shoulders!

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You love to help out! Whether it’s helping at Great Grandma’s house, doing something for us around the house, or volunteering at school you always make time to help others. You are so compassionate and I hope you continue to keep that heart of gold shiny and new.


You seem to have it all figured out already. I’m concerned that in just two short years you may actually be more mature than I am and smarter than your dad. But we’d never tell you that because we’re the parents and we’re always right. But seriously, I’m worried.



You have the best smile, the funniest laugh and the most perfect little dimple. You and Brady have “twinner” dimples and I am absolutely, utterly and completely smitten when you grin. I love to hear you laugh and occasionally giggle when you’re not trying to be too serious and grown-up. Not looking forward to those braces (blame that small mouth of yours), but you’ll have an even prettier smile once it’s all said and done.


You are the worlds most amazing big sister! Even though Brady gets on your nerves, plays with your things and frustrates you to no end some days, you still make time for him and treat him like your best friend. You help him clean his room, let him hang out in your room and you would do anything for him to make him feel better when he’s sad. You get just as shaky and scared as I do when he’s wrestling and you would beat anyone up that messed with your little brother. You totally love this little dude.


You are such a bookworm! I love that you embraced reading this past year and are reading the YA books I recommend to you. I guess it might be difficult to find age appropriate books for you at your (now) 11th grade reading level, but I’m sure we’ll manage. ;)

You will never remember what it was like to not have a cell phone in the house, much less not having one of your own. You use an iPod and wonder why we ever needed CD’s when I still remember listening to tapes and waiting for the radio to play my favorite song so I could record it onto my blank tape. You are more adept at switching from the DVD player, to the Wii, to the Xbox and back to the tv faster than I can even turn everything on. I’m always asking you to “fix it” when I have no clue what I’m doing when trying to watch a movie. You’ll never know what it was like to take a whole role of film to the store to be developed and only have half of the pictures turn out. Waiting for commercials is torture to you (ok me too), and you’d rather record the episode and watch it later just to skip the commercials (ok me too).


You are such an animal and baby lover.  You have known since you were two years old that you wanted to be a neonatal nurse. You couldn’t quite tell us that, but since you started talking at 7 months, and were carrying on conversations at a year, well you were really good at speaking your mind! So when you would watch the baby stories on TLC and told me you wanted to be the person to “take care of the babies but not the mommies” I knew that it meant something. And still today that is your goal. And I am so proud of you because I know that same determination and stubbornness I have in me will carry you to your goals and beyond.


My Gwynie girl….you came into my life in an unexpected way but I am forever grateful to be your Mother. I am a better person because of you, and I know my life has been so blessed because you were in it. Thank you for showing me the beautiful things in life, and for helping me remember to appreciate the little things.

xoxo - Mom

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tweet Birthday!

Another sneak peak! ;)

I have been feeling so inspired with these new stamps I just had to make another quick card with these gorgeous stamps! I combined this card with the Embellish challenge to create your own background with stamps and incorporate the color combo (graphic below).

All of the stamps you see above are included in this new soon to be released set…the leaf, two birds, sentiment and the little bit of swirl on the strip of rust cardstock. There are a few other images in this set as well and I can see this will quickly be one of my “go-to” sets!

Based on the swatch I used Really Rust, Garden Green, Kraft, and Tempting Turquoise. The little birds were finished off with turquoise gems and some hemp provided a little rustic flair to it.



We’re off for a little mini vaca (sort of) this weekend for the Utah Summer Games where Jake and Brady will be wrestling. Last year they were the only Father/Son team so we’ll see if they are again this year as well, hehe. Gwynie and I get to kick back, relax and read while the boys go to work! ;) Looking forward to getting some reading done and enjoying some time with the family. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Victorian Summer Sneak Peek!

Hi everyone! I’m back again today (it’s like a record, right?!) with a sneak peek of an upcoming SSD set called Victorian Summer. I can see so many possibilities with this set and the card I’m sharing today showcases two stamps that are included in this set. (There was peek of a butterfly on a card I posted Sunday!)

The large flower in the center and the roses in the background are both from Victorian Summer…so swoon worthy! ;) The script stamp on the artichoke strip is from Garden Stamp Kiss. The roses were stamped in gray onto Neutrals White cardstock (my new fav lately) and the large flower was embossed in white onto Pink Pirouette cardstock and then trimmed out.

To create this card I was inspired by the card layout with the large circle and the script in the background of Jill Foster’s card as the June Muse for Case Study (but I totally missed the deadline, lol!), and the colors from CR84FN. I chose gray as the neutral color (that’s ok, it is a neutral right, lol!) like the tux in the second photo.

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I hope you enjoyed this little peek of an upcoming stamp release! I can’t wait to use this set more, it has so many design possibilities! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Birthday and Dogs release!

Hi everyone! Today is not only a release day for Skipping Stones Design, but is also Heather’s birthday!




Heather is the owner of SSD and is the illustrator of all the many fabulous stamps we all love to create with! I have had the pleasure of working with Heather on the DT, and as the DT Coordinator this year, and I can honestly say she is one of the sweetest and most generous people I know!

Have you ever met or talked with someone, and after you finish your conversation you walk away feeling like a better person? That’s what Heather does for me! :) She is such a talented illustrator and I know all her work comes from the heart as she creates stunners that I just love stamping with! Heather has a huge heart as shown by the Hop(e) for Haiti with funds being donated to the Red Cross relief, and last Fall a “Blogs for Boobies” fundraiser for the Komen foundation with proceeds from the sales of Cancer Schmancer. Heather is such a dear and I’m sure she’s blushing as she reads this (hehe) but I would love if you could leave her some birthday love and comments on the SSD Blog!

Not only are we celebrating Heather’s birthday, but it’s release day for Dogs Vol #1 and sketch challenge 80! If you just came from Dina's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Here’s a look at the sketch we’re working with…so fun! Make sure you link up your creations on the SSD blog!


I combined this fantastic sketch with the OTWC color combo challenge!

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For my card I used the shaggy dog and thought these colors worked so well with him, and to give this card a more subdued look due to the theme of the card.

I really wanted to incorporate newspaper, since you know dogs and newspapers ;), but I didn’t have any patterned paper that resembled newspaper. Instead I used real newspaper and loved the look I achieved with it! The sentiment was offset with the little paw print in the set and a couple dog themed brads (one says best friend) helped to balance out the card, provide visual interest and reinstate the dog theme.


A little close up of the sentiment, which gives the words that may be hard to say to someone that has lost their “furever” friend. This is such a fun set for you dog lovers! You’ll definitely want to hop on over to Wendy's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration and see more images from this fantastic set!

Monday, June 13, 2011

When I Count My Blessings…

This is my second post for today, be sure to scroll down for my PDC color challenge card!

I’m giving another peek at a new set that will be released in the next couple months by Skipping Stones Design. I feel a little bad “teasing” you with these sneaks, but there is nothing like new stamps to get the creative juices flowing! ;)

The colors from The Color Dare reminded me of autumn/fall colors so although that’s quite a few months away (thankfully!) I still couldn’t resist creating this blessings card.

The colors are Cajun Craze (I substituted with Really Rust), Baja Breeze and Not Quite Navy. The leaves were stamped in rust onto Naturals White cardstock. For the wreath image, I stamped in Baja, then Navy and finally used an aqua painter and Rust ink to water color in some parts of the wreath to make berries. Love this new Baja seam binding! It was also used to thread the button.

So, what do you think of this sneak peek?! I had a blast in the studio Sunday and have a few more cards to show you this week using some of these soon to be released sets. Make sure you come back tomorrow as the SSD Design Team will be showing off Dogs Vol. 1 as it’s being released tomorrow!

Have a Tweet Birthday!

I’ve been having a blast playing with some new stamps that just arrived from Skipping Stones Design and will be released soon! Today you get a peek at a sentiment which may give you an idea on the rest of the set. ;)

This card was completely inspired by the second card on Maile's post of the one layer frame card. What a great concept! I couldn’t wait to try it out with my stamps and paired it up with a scrumptious color combo from The Play Date Cafe.


These colors make me think of dessert, anyone else? ;) Not sure why I think that but I am now drooling thinking of Crème Brule (ha!). Seriously gorgeous colors though right?

The frame is from Sentiment Frames #1 and was stamped in Perfect Plum, the bird is from Garden Stamp Kiss and was stamped in Pink Pirouette, and the sentiment is from the soon to be released set which was stamped in River Rock. A little pink satin ribbon finished it off! It’s such a simple layout and took me all of three minutes to create, but I think it packs such a punch!

Tomorrow SSD is releasing Dogs Vol 1 and I can’t wait to share the card I made with this funny and cute set!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Last week my friend Cammie took her PHR (HR certification) exam and passed after taking a 12 week class, spending many long hours studying, and then taking the 3.5 hour test! I wanted to give her a little congrats card tomorrow at work to let her know how proud of her we are!

I used the colors from the Color Throwdown this week which is a really fun and almost springy color scheme!

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I don’t have Pear Pizzazz ink or paper so substituted with Celery for the ink, but used the DSP hostess level 1 paper to get a little pear in there. ;)

This was a really simple card to make with one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Dandelion Dreams by Skipping Stones Design. The sentiment comes from Sentiment Frames #1, another great set with fabulous frames and sentiments. I also pulled out my new Baja Breeze seam binding…love the stuff!

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Not sure if I actually linked up my card in time, but I loved to colors for the latest SP Color Combo challenge! This card was made, photographed and uploaded within 15 minutes..I think that's a record, or at least for me! Forgive the photo as I didn't have time to do any editing to it, I linked my card with less than a minute on their inLinkz! ;)

I haven't played with one of their color combos in quite awhile so I knew I really wanted to once I saw these yummy colors!

For my card, I used some stamp sets that are being released in the coming months from Skipping Stones Design, so this is a sneak peek of sorts. :)


I was able to pull out some new goodies on this card in addition to the new stamps! The pink satin ribbon and the chocolate chip bakers twine were some recent purchases that I hadn't used yet so all the more reason to pull them out with this color combo!

I definitely need to watch their combos more often and get back into joining their talented designers with some fun cards!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

SSD Sketch #79

Can you believe it’s June?! I’m still shocked this year has gone by so fast! Well, since it’s June and it’s Tuesday you know that means we have new guests for June for Skipping Stones Design, and we’re back with an all new sketch!

Our Sketch Artist this month is the super talented Latisha Yoast, and our Guests are Dina Kowal and Karin Akesdotter! You can get to know these ladies a little better on yesterday’s Meet and Greet post at the SSD blog!

Here’s a little peek at my card for today!

Isn’t this a great sketch?! There are so many ways you can take this sketch!


I paired up Shoes and Timeless Textures for this bright and funky little card!

Make sure you stop by the SSD blog to take a look at what our Guests and awesome DT members did with this sketch!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Project 365: 5/29–6/4

With the holiday on Monday this week seemed to race by! I was also super busy at work which made everything else fly by too, but I love that busyness so it was great! The weather seems to finally be leaning more towards summer weather instead of freezing cold and rain, so that was a nice change of pace this week. :)


5/29 – Shish kabobs for dinner! We always group each veggie/meat stick together to keep everything cooked at the right temperature, etc. There were green and red peppers, pineapples, tomatoes, mushrooms and purple onions. The meat (flank steak) was already on the grill and I love the bright colors from all these beautiful and delicious veggies and fruits!

5/30 – Oh Gwynie… ;) Seriously though, I remember my walls full of teenie bopper posters taken from my tennie bopper magazines so this just cracks me up. Anyone remember Tiger Beat?! ;)


5/31 – You may have already seen this photo on my Cooking Bootcamp post, but I thought it was perfect for my 365 project because it signifies a new experience.


6/1 – I love Post-its. I really do. I use them a ton at work, but also at home and when working on craft projects. I jot down color combo ideas, sketch out cards, and on occasion, ideas for new cards or trends I want to try out. (Not working out so well lately, not enough time in the day!)


6/2 – JR’s last day and he choose to wear a “fun” outfit to work. It’s CLEARLINK, that’s how we roll. ;)


6/3 – New shoes for the kiddos.


6/4 – Now that Memorial Day has passed the drive-in is open! Love, love, love going to the drive-in during the summer! You get two movies and can bring in your own food, snacks and drinks! We watched X-Men and Pirates…both great, but long! It starts at 9:30 pm and the second movie didn’t end until 2:15 am.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tips and Tricks Thursday–Customized flowers and buttons!

Hi everyone! I’m here today to share a fun tip using your Skipping Stones Design background stamps! You could use several different stamps for this technique, but background stamps work so well with this little tip!

To make your own customized flowers and buttons, pull out some craft or Staz-On inks so the images will be easily stamped onto the various surfaces.


I stamped this flower with white craft ink and the buttons below in black Staz-On. Both pieces were stamped with an image from Timeless Textures.

Add your flowers and button to finish off a card! The sentiment is from Always Here.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cooking Boot Camp

For anyone that’s visited or read my blog often enough you are pretty aware of the fact that I don’t cook. I was so fortunate to find a guy like Jake! Not only does he enjoy cooking, but he’s a great cook as well! For some unknown reason the universe smiled on me the day I met Jake….or it knew that I’d starve to death if there wasn’t someone to feed me so it kindly intervened on my behalf.

Now when I say I don’t cook I mean just that…I don’t cook. I probably could cook if I put my mind to it, and I have done so on rare occasions, but I really don’t enjoy it and get too distracted to focus on cooking. 

So here I am, a mom of two with a husband that will all to soon begin Wrestling season again, and I keep thinking that my kids will be coerced begging to eat Wendy’s (or even McDonald’s) 4 nights a week instead of eating my cooking. (True story). I figured it was about time that I finally paid attention to what Jake’s doing in the kitchen. I’ve asked Jake to put me through “Cooking Boot Camp” so I can cook this Fall/Winter without worry from my kids that they’re being poisoned. (Also a true story).

So, what’s a girl to do during Cooking Boot Camp? Why take pictures and blog it so I can refer back to it later on of course! The simple things like spaghetti, tacos, etc. are things I can do (as long as I pay attention and stay in the kitchen) so I won’t bore you with those; however, anything new he tries, or some things that are a little more in-depth for me (i.e. a skill level 2, ha) I’ll share here.

Not only will it benefit me in the long run, but maybe you’ll get some new ideas for dinners too. It’s a win-win situation, right?! Plus, I’d love for you to share some of your meal ideas and recipes with me Jake so we he can cook and I can photograph! :) I realize this is totally straying from crafts and I won’t mind at all if you just bypass these posts. :)

Ok, that was a super long explanation (and you know I also talk a lot if you’ve been a reader even only for a little while – feel sorry for my family) but now I can start with my “Cooking Boot Camp” experience! :)

This first post was actually from our dinner last night! It’s a really simple and straightforward dinner, but I’ll be honest that’s what I needed to start out with. ;)

Smothered Burritos


- Tortillas, shredded cheese, onions, salsa,guacamole, olives, Verde sauce, refried beans

For the sides we did chips with the guacamole and salsa, and also some Spanish rice.

Prep/cook time: Ummmm maybe 15 minutes? (see problems paying attention in the kitchen but it was really fast)

To prepare:

To begin, heat your refried beans over the stove and prepare the Spanish rice according to package directions.









Dice half a white onion and heat the Verde sauce







For this next step, Jake tossed some tortillas onto a cookie sheet and baked them in a 225 degree oven to warm them up and add a little crispness. After a minute or two flip the tortillas over and leave in for another minute or until warm.






Now you can fill your tortillas up! We layered the refried beans, cheese, onions, Verde sauce, olives and added guac on the side.

You could add salsa over top like I did with my rice on the side.

Or, you could be fancy like Jake and add the Verde sauce (which was a little spicy for me hence why it was only in my burrito) onions and cheese over top. Melt it in the microwave if needed and you’ll really get a smothered burrito!

Ok, well I hope you enjoyed that overly long little post about my new experience in the kitchen watching Jake cook, ha! My One Little Word for the year is experience so this is just another way I’m fulfilling it this year! ;)