Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SSD Sketch Tuesday!

It’s another Tuesday and that means it’s time for a brand new sketch with Skipping Stones Design!

This sketch threw me for a bit but I had fun with the end result! I used one of my favorite SSD sets, Wise Men which also happens to be the October Featured set! It’s currently on sale for $12.49, so make sure to grab this gorgeous set today!

Here’s the sketch below from our Guest Sketch Artist Cristina Kowalczyk. As you can see I tried to mimic the line with the sentiment, and the round portion by the top of the stamp. I misted the top with a Tattered Angels mist Dragonfly, which pairs quite well with Tempting Turquoise! A small gem in the center of the star finishes it off.


Make sure to check out our incredible guests: Tammy Tutterow, Andrea Ewen and Karen Christensen and our lovely DT!

Jennifer Ingle
Joann Valderama
Karen Baker
Katie Gehring
Shannon Teubner
Stephanie Mino
Taylor Usry
Wendy Price
Wendy Jordan

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Christmas Song Blog Hop Release!

Welcome to Sketch Challenge #97 and the release of Christmas Song! If you just came from JoAnn'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.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Andrea Ewen, Tammy Tutterow and Karen Christensen to our team as Guest Designers!  Cristina Kowalczyk will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

I cannot even begin to tell you how incredibly excited I am for the release of this set! The sentiments and fonts are gorgeous, the images are divine, and it coordinates with the super popular Heart Song! Need I say more?!

I had so much fun with my first card that I just had to whip up two more to go with it and make a little Christmas Tree Trio! :) As Christmas approaches and we all think of card designs to mail we typically think of doing something flat to avoid mailing costs, but you may also consider a simple design that has a fun twist. I took those elements into my approach with this trio and loved the result!


I started off with the sketch and then alternated small things to make the set. That is one of the best things about a card set…make one card and then either repeat or make small changes to create a cohesive set.


On this first card I used monochromatic purples with a vanilla circle and vanilla dmc floss. To dress up the tree I applied some chunky glitter around the edges with a two way glue pen.

To change this one up I used greens with a touch of brown and used the “Rock ‘n Roll” technique to add some of the darker green to the edges of the tree.

For the final card in this set I embossed the entire white circle with iridescent ice embossing powder, but it doesn’t show up too much in this picture. It shimmers so much and is such a quick and easy detail to add to glitz up your card.

There are so many great cards along this hop, and more peeks at the images and sentiments so be sure to head over to Tammy'sblog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hope Happens

It’s the first Tuesday in October and you know what that means! It’s a new sketch with Skipping Stones Design team, and we have all new guests to be inspired by!

Our sketch artist this month is the super talented Cristina Kowalczyk, and joining her our are incredible guests:  Tammy Tutterow, Andrea Ewen and Karen Christensen!

Here is our first sketch!


So I wanted to channel my inner “Cristina” who has such a fantastic CAS style but is so elegant at the same time! I kept the color palette super simple, and used minimal layers to start. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I pulled out Cancer Schmancer to showcase the beautiful images and sentiments. The addition of the pink floss gives a touch of dimension to the panel and the stamped ribbon die cut was popped off the card base.

I’d love to see your take on this versatile sketch!

Be sure to visit the rest of the SSD team and our guests for their fabulous creations!

Jennifer Ingle
Joann Valderama
Karen Baker
Katie Gehring
Shannon Teubner
Stephanie Mino
Taylor Usry
Wendy Price
Wendy Jordan

Monday, October 3, 2011

Project 365– September

I’m still in shock that September is over and it’s already October!

September was a busy month but looking through these I don’t know if you could really tell. Just so I can remember later, the things that kept us busy were of course football and softball with practices and games. We went to Vegas, had puppy school once a week, and Jake’s been taking a prep class once a week at the U for an upcoming IT/Networking certification and that was all in between the sports stuff. Jake and I have also been working a bit more as our company is growing. This is fantastic, but means that we’ve all had to step up our game to meet goals and deadlines. :) I love it all though and I couldn’t imagine not doing the things we do every day!



9/1 – A treat for the Recruiting team! After lots of hard work and a lot of people hired we were rewarded with a trip to The Melting Pot! I loved it after going there for our anniversary dinner and was so excited to go back! Everything there is so incredible and I can’t wait to bring the kids for dessert!



9/2 – A going away gift from my boss Chris! Sweet Nikes in CLEARLINK blue! We will miss your coffee loving ways, your wit, and the way you open our office door. ;)



9/3 – Loved this shot and have loved watching Brady play. He absolutely loves football and gives it his all every practice and game.



9/4 – A camping trip with some friends over Labor Day weekend! We went to Pineview Reservoir and on Sunday the boys hit the general store. ;) Eden – Where everybody knows your name! Three things I will remember from this trip – 1. Ryker’s new nickname 2. Ed’s ticket on the jet ski 3. “Is this Nick Jonas?” “Yeah I think it is!”



9/5 – Oh these two! Out of all the other kids they could have sat by for a quick breakfast they choose to sit by each other. Reminds me of their morning breakfast routine. :)



9/6 – Poor Ryker. ;) He is so tolerant when we are playing with him and didn’t mind when Jake folded his ears back. It didn’t last very long and he shook them out after a bit but he’s such a good boy!



9/7 – Ryker loves to stick his head out the window anytime we are in the car! We do this every time we leave his puppy training class. We love this silly puppy!


9/8 – Parent teacher conference for Brady. They had to write and draw things they like.

I like music. I like rock and roll. I like sports. I like to play football, wrestling. I’m creative I like to draw semis, cars and “roller coasters”.


9/9 – I have THE best co-workers and my office mate Tracy is the sweetest! She brought cupcakes for our boss Chris’ last day and even got me a cupcake! It was a strawberry shortcake and was seriously one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten. Can’t wait for the new Sweet Tooth Fairy to be built closer to my house! :)



9/10 – I didn’t realize until after taking this picture that is was MY BRADY that made that tackle, ha! I just try to get a bunch of pics of the boys (and more emphasis on Brady of course) for the end of year banquet. I was bummed someone’s shorts clipped the side, but I was still really excited to see this!



9/11 – We took Ryker to the dog park for the first time today. He had a blast and was exhausted by the time we got home! He didn’t want to play fetch, but just wanted to RUN with every other dog there. He was really well behaved and was very social with other dogs so we feel good about taking him to a bigger park.



9/12 – Congrats Troy and Jillian! Brady and Gwynie drew a picture for them in May of them getting married and they said they’ve framed it. :) We’re so excited for you two and are so happy to see you so blissfully in love!



9/13 -  I had been told I was invited to Vegas, but got my “official invitation” today! CLEARLINK definitely knows how to roll in Vegas! Hotel room at the Palazzo, VIP at Lavo and tickets to the Cirque de Soliel O Show were all ahead of us!

9/14 – Graduation day! I was a little worried but Ryker passed with flying colors! I was so impressed with him and gushed and praised him for his excellent behavior and training! :)


9/15 – Softball officially started…with a phone call the day before saying she had a game and their team didn’t have a coach. Within 10 minutes of game time they had a coach and the girls all selected positions. They ended up winning 2-0 and it seems like they have some great players! Now to get her some yellow socks and new cleats since she grew like crazy over the summer.



9/16 – Delivering headphones for our incentive referral program at work! Everyone is always excited to see us! :)



9/17 – Today marked both softball and football games! Luckily they were awhile apart so I was able to go to Gwynie’s softball game and then we both made it to Brady’s football game with time to spare! Their team won 14-0!


9/18 – Poor Brady! ;) We went to Iggy’s for lunch and Jake and Gwynie kept teasing Brady by interrupting him as he was trying to tell a story. It was sad and funny all at the same time, and this was the face he pulled.


9/19 – Gwynie’s school pictures….wow. I cannot believe how grown up she looks!


9/20 – Brady really wants “liberty spikes” in his hair with his mohawk so I was able to do this and he loved it!


9/21 – New shoes and a pedicure before going to Vegas!


9/22 – Running in to score! This league they cannot steal home so every run has to be batted in. It forces them to make hits versus scoring on errors.


9/23 – First night in Vegas baby! We had a company meeting, then dinner and then VIP access at Lavo. Fabulous night!


9/24 – So I will confess to hardly taking any pictures in Vegas (shocker I know)! I did spy this and HAD to take a picture of it! It’s a giant shoe built with hangers! I was so blown away.


9/25 – I always love seeing this fountain! I’ve seen it with a summer/butterfly theme, a Christmas/snow/pinecone/poinsettia theme and now an Autumn/fall/wine/harvest theme! It was so gorgeous and took my breath away!


9/26 – I dropped Gwynie off at softball practice and headed to the mall since it’s only a few minutes down the street. I scored four tops for just under $40 on clearance. The receipt said I had saved $74, talk about a score!


9/27 – Jake and I planned a spaghetti dinner for the football players. Brady and LJ are two of the littlest guys on the team but both are crazy intense! :) These guys crack me up!


9/28 – Finalizing a presentation that I’d be doing at the University of Utah the following day on resumes, the job search and LinkedIn.


9/29 – Flat tire, ugh! Luckily I noticed it as soon as I pulled out of the garage and even luckier Jake was able to come and change it for me. ;) I’m a little spoiled but he’d rather do it than have me worry about it.


9/30 – BINGO! A new game we’ve been playing the car. Anytime you see a yellow car you shout Bingo. The object is to get five Bingo’s to be the winner, but as we’re a highly competitive family it tends to get heated and we abandon the game within minutes. We’ve gotten better though so now we can play without yelling and arguing about who saw it first. ;)