Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Feelin’ the heat….

I realize it’s still August (that all changes tomorrow, crazy!) and while I am seriously not ready for winter, I wouldn’t mind to get a little cool down with some fall weather. So I must have had some cooler weather on the mind when I saw the colors for the latest CR84FN challenge!

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I pulled out my Brrrthday set for the gorgeous snowflakes, and used a sentiment from a new upcoming SSD stamp set! I used Grey as my neutral, and white of course since I think that is a given. ;)

The snowflakes were stamped in the upper half and then the bottom was layered with squares of cardstock and topped with a vellum strip. I heat embossed white for the sentiment and adhered with the white brads.

Definitely think I would love to do another take on this color combo!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Welcome to another Skipping Stones Design Sketch Tuesday! This is our last sketch by Teri Anderson for the month of August and we’ve had so much fun with her great sketches!

This week we have another fun graphic-type sketch! The fun thing is that you can really make these circles anything you want them to be and give it a different take.

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Here’s how I interpreted this sketch. I combined Grunge with Tough Guy for this guy friendly card.

The diamond plate, wood grain and “happy birthday” are found in Grunge, and the “dad” sentiment is from Tough Guy. The background was embossed with the Distressed Sizzix embossing plate. To make the denim piece I took a bashful blue cardstock circle and swiped my Not Quite Navy ink pad vertically and then horizontally to give it that denim look.

Make sure to check out the SSD blog for the rest of the team and our guests’ cards!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I’m Always Here For You

It was a good weekend for crafting and I pulled out Victorian Summer for this fun little card!

I stamped the large flower onto pink and then vanilla, crumpled and then layered the vanilla center. The peacock feather is from the same set and it was such a fun little accent to add along with the stick pins and buttons.

I embossed the vanilla cardstock after stamping the sentiment for a little extra texture. The satin ribbon and lace trim really pulled everything together!

I loved playing along with this gorgeous color combo from The Play Date Cafe!

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Tomorrow is another sketch Tuesday with SSD so come back tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Final Day of Blogs 4 Boobies & sketch 90!

Hi everyone!

Today is the reveal of sketch 90 by our ever so talented Guest Sketch Artist, Teri Anderson, but is also the last day of Blogs 4 Boobies! Please see the bottom of this post for B4B info!

 

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Here’s our cool sketch for this week! Isn’t this a fun one?!

It was such a  fun sketch and I had a hundred thoughts going through my head with this one, but finally settled for this simple design. Still not sure how much I love the final result as the one in my head look better. ;) Anyway, I used a technique to color in the bird and branch that I hadn’t used in a while. I shaded with SU colored pencils and then smoothed over with a Blender Pen. Such a quick way to add a little color without too much work…my kind of technique!

Make sure to check out the SSD Blog for the rest of the girls’ creations!

It’s the final day of Blogs 4 Boobies, but there is still time to bid on my project and prize set!  The current bid is at $35.00! The auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain time TODAY.

TO PLACE A BID you may leave a comment in the section of  THIS post. You must include your EMAIL ADDRESS with your $ bid. ( This way we can get in contact with the winning bidder.)

Here’s a reminder of what you are bidding on!


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Now, not only are you bidding on this set of cards, but you’ll also be rewarded for your winning bid! The photo below shows the prizes I’m also donating to up the ante!

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Remember 100% of what you bid will go to the Komen foundation!!! If you are the top bidder you will receive a paypal invoice for the amount that you bid. 

There is also still time to shop! Through midnight on the 23rd of August Skipping Stones Design is still donating $2 (to the Komen Foundation) for every stamp set sold.

Happy bidding and shopping!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Blogs 4 Boobies–Update!

There is still time to join in on the fun(draising) for Blogs 4 Boobies!

There are two ways you can help:
 
#1 There is still time to bid on my project and prize set!  The current bid is at $35.00! The auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain time August 23rd. I will be back tomorrow to remind/update you on where the bid is at and take final bids.

TO PLACE A BID you may leave a comment in the section of THIS post. You must include your EMAIL ADDRESS with your $ bid. ( This way we can get in contact with the winning bidder.)

Here’s a reminder of what you are bidding on!


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Now, not only are you bidding on this set of cards, but you’ll also be rewarded for your winning bid! The photo below shows the prizes I’m also donating to up the ante!

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Remember 100% of what you bid will go to the Komen foundation!!! If you are the top bidder you will receive a paypal invoice for the amount that you bid.

And #2 - There is still time to shop! Through midnight on the 23rd of August Skipping Stones Design is still donating $2 (to the Komen Foundation) for every stamp set sold.

Happy bidding and shopping!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blogs 4 Boobies!

IT'S  TIME TO STAMP OUT CANCER!!!!

Welcome to the second annual Blogs 4 Boobies fundraiser! 

This is day three of a three day blog bounce (hop) where EVERY CARD OR PROJECT is up for auction!

Last year with your help Skipping Stones Design raised and donated $1108.99 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It is our goal to raise $1500 this year and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  There are three ways you can join in on the fun(draising)! (See below!)

You should have arrived from Stephanie's blog and your next stop will be to Wendy P's blog along the blog bounce!

For my contribution this year I whipped up a set of cards for you! This card set uses Everyday Blessings, Sentiment Frames and Garden Stamp Kiss!

 

Now, not only are you bidding on this set of cards, but you’ll also be rewarded for your winning bid! The photo below shows the prizes I’m also donating to up the ante!

So, what do you do to bid (and win!) on this card set and the prize? Take a look below for all the info! Also, pass the word along and check out the other designers from all three days.

1. You can help by going shopping!

For every stamp set that you purchase during August 15th through the 23rd SSD will donate $2 to the Komen Foundation.  Stamping and shopping that you can feel good about ! 

2. You can help by *Biding!

Another way you can help us raise money for the Komen Foundation is to *bid on a project or card along the blog bounce(hop).  YES! EVERY single card/project along the blogs for boobies bounce is up for auction.  We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more.  Your *Bid  not only includes the card or project but shipping to your home as well.  * See how to place a bid for more detailed instructions.

If you are the highest bidder August 23rd 8:00 p.m. mountain time then you WIN the card/project that you bid on.

3. You can help by Telling Your Friends

Help us spread the word about "blogs 4 boobies"  the more people that know, the more money we can raise!!!

If you have a blog feel free to  copy and paste part or all of our Blogs 4 Boobies posts.  

*"How to place a bid on a card/project"

Step #1

Find the comment section of the blog that shows the "Blogs 4 boobies" card or project that you want to buy.  *Please note you may only bid on the card/project shown in the specific "blogs 4 boobies" post. *Any bids not placed on the correct post will be considered invalid.

Step #2

Once you are in the "blogs 4 boobies" comment section fill in the dollar and cents amount of what you are willing to pay for the card/project.  We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more. Remember your bid includes shipping as well as the card/or project.  100% of the money your bid will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Step #3

Next to your $ bid please type in your email address. During a silent auction bidders sign their name next to their bid. Typing your email address is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid.  Also, it will help the blogger contact you if you are the highest bidder.

Step #4

Watch and wait. Once you have entered your bid/comment sit back and wait.  If someone out bids you then you may bid again.  Bidding will continue until 8:00 p.m. Mountain time August 23rd

* Please note that the participating stampers/bloggers will probably re-post their Blogs 4 Boobies card/project on the 23rdof August.  When the blogger re-post their project  then the bidding will continue on the NEWEST post and that comment section.

"What do I do once I place a bid"

Watch and Wait

The "Winner of the Auction" will be the highest bid (that includes an email address) in the comment section of the MOST RECENT blogs 4 boobies post at the end of the silent auction.  Please note that ALL cards/projects WILL BE REPOSTED on the 23rd of August.  The silent auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time on August 23rd . 

Things to keep in mind:

Near the end of the bidding you may not see bids as they come in. Most blogs have a comment feature where the blogger must approve comments before they are published.  So bid high.  You might have the highest bid that is published, but someone might have outbid you in an unpublished comment/bid.

The blogger/designer will declare who has won the silent auction.  Skipping Stones Design will send you an invoice for your donation/bid amount.  Please pay that invoice as soon as possible, so the designer can get your card/project in the mail to you.

Remember 100% of your bid will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Here is the list of today's participants: make sure to check out Day 1 and 2 participants for more amazing designers,cards, and projects.

Day #3:

Rae Ann Barthel: http://simplyrae.blogspot.com/

Karen Baker: http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Pam Hornschu: http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Ingle:  http://justjingle.blogspot.com/

Ria Johnson: http://craftyria.blogspot.com/

Mel McCarthy: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Mino:  http://stephaniemino.blogspot.com/

Kandi Phillips:  http://kraftykandikrafts.blogspot.com/

Wendy Price:  http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/

Julia Stainton:  http://bellepapier.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Taylor Usry  http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check out the other amazing designers from the past two days:

Day #2:

Teri Anderson http://terisplace.wordpress.com/

Ashley Cannon Newell http://ashleynewell.com/blog/

Karen Christensen  http://busybusyhoneybee.wordpress.com/

Jodi Collins  http://stampingalatte.blogspot.com/

Kimberly Crawford  http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/

Jen Del Muro  http://iheart2stamp.com/

Katie Gehring  http://katiegehring.blogspot.com/

Vanessa Menhorn  http://wingsofabutterfly-vanessa.blogspot.com/

Kryssi Ng  http://sugar-buffet.blogspot.com/

Taylor Usry  http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Sankari Wegman  http://sunnysankari.blogspot.com/

Day #1:

PaperCrafts Connections Blog (Renae Curtz):  http://www.papercraftsconnection.com/

Deb Felts: http://withastampandasong.blogspot.com/

Michelle Giraud:  http://twisted-chick.blogspot.com/

Michelle Gross:  http://studiomsg.blogspot.com/

Wendy Jordan: http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/

Sarah Martina Parker: http://sarahmartina.com/blog/

Becky Olsen: http://lifeasathreeleggeddog.blogspot.com/

Barb Turpin: http://barbsboys123.blogspot.com/

Taylor Usry:http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/

Brenda Weaver: http://sweetpapertreats.wordpress.com/

Have fun bouncing from blog to blog.  Enjoy all the designs, and make a bid or two! This is a rare opportunity to take home a card(s)/project from your favorite designer, and fight the war against breast cancer!

Together we can make a difference!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy 10 Year Anniversary…

Today is not only a blog hop release day for Skipping Stones Design, but it also happens to be my 10 year anniversary! 10 years ago today I married my best friend and I’m so lucky to have him in my life.

Welcome to Sketch Challenge 89 and the release of Everyday Blessings! If you just came from Karen'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  Karen Baker, Maureen Plut, Stephanie Mino and Kryssi Ng to our team as Guest Designers!  Teri Anderson will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

I chose to interpret this sketch as if it were a polaroid and I thought adding a picture would be a great touch for my anniversary card to Jake. I cut the photo as a 3x3 and mounted it to a 3x4 piece of white cardstock. A little cork and a clip completed the look of a polaroid picture on a corkboard! I really wanted it to be simple and work for a masculine card without frills and love how this turned out!

The sentiment is from Everyday Blessings…love this versatile set!

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Now, I only highlighted the sentiment with my sketch card, so I thought I would also share two other cards I made using this awesome set. You can see some of the main images like the berry wreath and the two birds along with some of the sentiments. This set is so great for those fall/gratitude cards you’ll be making in the coming months!

For your next stop on the hop, please head over to Barb's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

PS – Tomorrow is Day 3 of the Blogs for Boobies Bounce (hop), so come back tomorrow for my little contribution!

PPS - I put together a little video for Jake to celebrate today. It’s fun to look back on all the good times we’ve shared and the amazing memories we’ve created. Happy anniversary to my love and best friend. <3

Happy Anniversary Jake!

Music credits: Adele – Make You Feel My Love, New Found Glory – Too Good To Be, Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer – Grow Old With You

Monday, August 15, 2011

Project 365–July

Time for more photos! Whew! I will be glad when I’m caught up again, haha! It is a lot more work to do it all at once vs. just once a week…I have learned my lesson. ;)

Here is July!

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7/1 - 2nd annual 4th of July weekend trip to Manti, UT! We had a giant blow up screen so the kids could watch movies and we could play Dance Central! Talk about a blast!

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7/2 - Yummmm....pig for dinner! Muchas gracias to Ed Cable for preparing this feast. I still dream about that pig...

 

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7/3 - It's a rare sight, but I sort of have nails in this photo. All clean after a weekend camping and I'm somewhat impressed that I'm not "eating" my nails as Gwynie calls it.

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7/4 - Lamest 4th of July photo ever, ha. We were all so beat and we'd already had our fireworks show in Manti so we just watched them from our front window.

7/5 - Gwynie's leaving on a jet plane! Ok not really, just a three day camping trip with school to Millhollow! She had a blast and loved it!

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7/6 - We welcomed a new addition to the family! After much debate (and pleading by Brady) we bought Ryker, a 3 month old Siberian Husky.

7/7 - Roxy does not like Ryker. She spends the majority of her day on top of the cabinets when he is around.

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7/8 - Gwynie's home from camp and is exhausted! Looks like Ryker was ready to get to know her and spend some quality snuggle time together.

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7/9 - Went to my friend Sharon's for a bbq and introduced Ryker to Sadie. They will be best friends too! ;)

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7/10 - Ryker lays on the floor when drinking his water. Not sure why, but it cracks us up every single time!

7/11 - My sushi making class! I was named the best roller/sushi maker in class it was so cool! Loved eating what I made after too!

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7/12 - Making brownies with the kids! They love to help mix it all up and then eating it is even better!

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7/13 - Was a little freaked out by this but of course had to grab my camera. Freaky little spider on my hutch...ugh.

7/14 - Brady and Jake use Axe...it gets the girls. (Just ask Brady)

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7/15 - A busy and stressful week for me, but it was all better when I came home Friday to these pretty flowers!

7/16 - Happy birthday Payton! This little girl is the absolute cutest and it has been so fun watching her grow this year!

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7/17 - Super hot day so a visit to the pool was in order!

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7/18 - My first time wrapping an ankle! Jake said I did a good job as he walked me through the process and that it felt good while he was playing softball.

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7/19 - Hmm good thing there are no evil cats in our house!

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7/20 - Brady's medals from the past two years. There are a few that need to be added, but it's crazy to look at all of these!

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7/21 - Some of Gwynie's favorite Sims games and her Twilight movies. She was watching New Moon so it's not in the group, ha.

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7/22 - My friend Sharon took Brady to a motocross event at Rocky Mountain Raceways. He had so much fun!

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7/23 - 1 year memorial for Seth McDonald. Love these two girls.

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7/24 - Our first trip geocaching! We found five that day, it was a great gamily outing!

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7/25 - Some of my browsing history. ;) I have been majorly sucked into Doctor Who and have been watching all the episodes on Netflix.

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7/26 - Brady's first day of school!

7/27 - Cleaning out some things in Gwynie's room to send to the DI.

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7/28 - Snow cones and a gift certificate for a carwash! Love my job! Thanks CLEARLINK!

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7/29 - Some new sheets and comforters for the kids!

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7/30 - Opening ceremonies for Corporate Games! Great day and a great start to the games!

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7/31 - Jake scored some new beds for the kids and started painting Gwynie's this weekend!