Talk about time flying...I can't believe that my youngest is 10 years old today! What a blessing he has been to our family and I'm feeling so very grateful for the experience of being a mother.
Here he is at his first birthday party...not really getting the whole concept of blowing out the candles
he certainly picked up the concept of eating cake easily enough
and here he is now
Off to start preparing for his birthday/pool/backyard camp out party...you might be wondering what kind of creative, time consuming, one-of-a-kind party invitations I have made for the festivities... hmmm...um...well, that would be a last minute phone call to several of his buddies made a few days ago... what is that saying about the shoemaker's children always going without shoes? guess that applies here too.
But I do have a birthday project for you. This is a birthday set I did for Cards magazine using a Freestyle Card Kit from Green Sneakers.
Wish me luck for today - nothing like a bunch of boys, a swimming pool, and a campfire to guarantee lots of excitement :)
Happy Monday! This summer is going by way too fast - hard to believe we are starting the last week of July - and we have yet to make it to the beach! We have been enjoying the pool though and it finally was warm enough this past weekend that I took a dip with the kids. It's funny how much more wimpy you become as an adult - the kids just barrel right in to the deep end - no matter how cold it is - their teeth can be chattering and they are starting to turn blue - but still they don't want to come out and insist that "it's really not bad once you get used to it"...I can still remember those days :)
Karen Foster Design released this new Water Fun collection in April and it was perfect for a few swimming/pool/summer fun projects using some of the many random photos I've taken of the kids swimming.
This was a really quick layout with Stephen and one of his best buddies - Gavin - as well as a lineup of some of the cousins.
A few close ups
A 3x12 Layer by Layer Chipboard Album is a perfect place to hold a lot of photos - you don't need a lot of embellishments and journaling and I thought it would be fun to add a few of my favorite pool photos from each summer.
I used a Stacked Statement for the cover.
The detail on these is really something - makes it look like you spent hours when in fact it's just a sticker.
The first few pages...
and a Pool Party invitation using some leftover bits - one thing I like to do when I'm making something like this for a party where I want to make several is to use some of the stickers on the invitation and then have a craft or activity at the party where they use up the rest - if you work it out that way the cost isn't so bad. They are also an easy way to dress up some plain cups or plates to use at the party instead of spending a bundle buying themed things at the party store.
p.s. If you are planning to attend ScrapFest 09, don't forget that you can sign up for classes starting tomorrow morning.
Thanks so much for all of your wonderful comments over the last week - I'm glad people seem as excited about some of the new KFD products as I am!
I put all of the comments together - asked Random.org for a number - it chose "72" and when I counted down the list (3 times to make absolutely sure I had the right one) my finger landed on....drumroll....
Congrats Sally! I will send you an email so we can work out the details of getting you your prize.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I have an appointment with hundreds of weeds that have arrived during the paper crafting frenzy I have been in which has kept me in my craft room for much of the last few weeks - this is the time of year that the weeds usually start to win, but I'm not giving up yet! I have quite a few new things to share next week - including some more sneak peeks of the April release that I never got around to..oops :)
Where did this week go? Friday already...and the last day of our Karen Foster Design Sneak Peeks and Giveaway. You can enter the drawing to win a big assortment of brand new KFD goodies simply by leaving a comment on this post - and you can leave a comment on each KFD post from this past week for even more chances to win. I will be selecting a winner at random and posting the results tomorrow morning - so you have until I wake up tomorrow to enter and to tell your friends to enter :)
Today I am showing you some projects from my favorite line, Bon Appetit - actually it is my favorite paper - you know the one that you want to frame and hang on the wall? Isn't this gorgeous? You have to click on it to get the enlarged view that really shows a lot of the details and layering in this paper - I love the wine label text in the background. This photo doesn't really do it justice - in person the colors are just a wee bit more vivid.
This is my second favorite paper - I fully intended to create a layout about my herb garden but ran out of time.
I didn't get to the layout, but I did create a recipe box. This started life as an inexpensive wooden box from the craft store. I drilled a small hole in the front and used one of the new Treasure Brads as a pull - I put a few drops of Diamond Glaze in the hole to keep that brad held securely in place.
Don't you just love this paper?!
I also used this collection to make a card - the cafe table and chairs are one of the Clearly Stickers - cut extremely close to the edge - they work like a sticker - but look like a rub-on.
Close up of the Treasure Brad
This sticker was what gave me the idea for the card - reminds me of the very infrequent weekends away with the girls...
The last project I made is a wine journal - I know my husband and I are always saying things like "do you remember that wine we had last weekend..." and then we don't :) So once this book makes its way back to me from CHA, it will become a place to jot some quick notes about wines that we have enjoyed. I used a 6x6 Layer By Layer Chipboard Book as the base.
Merry Christmas everyone! Today's sneak peek is of one of my favorite new lines from Karen Foster Design...Christmas! I think the artwork is simply adorable and classic - when I make a Christmas keepsake I like something that will never feel out of style.
Don't forget to leave a comment on this post (and all the KFD posts this week) to be entered in the drawing to win an assortment of brand new Karen Foster Design products.
Well right now I am kicking myself for not being able to find all the photos I took of this project - I took a ton of photos - one of each box plus all the close ups of the details - and I've just spent 45 minutes looking through files on my hard drive and can't find them. If I come across them, I will update this post...for now, you are stuck with this one photo that has been used on the product packaging.
Karen Foster Design is coming out with A Dozen Delights - a set of twelve triangular shaped boxes plus one large box that holds them all. One use would be to fill them up with small gifts to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas - and that is how I've decorated the sample here - but there are loads of other uses for them as well. KFD is coming out with a free mini booklet that will have a whole bunch of other ideas for decorating these - they are the perfect size for party or shower favors and will also be sold in sets of six.
This Christmas tray is another favorite project I made because I love the way it turned out - and the fact that this can be made for less than $5! I bought the tray at Michaels for $1 and then used up all the scraps of paper I had left over from making my other projects to create the quilt pattern. The stamp images on the sides were all cut from one sheet of 12x12 patterned paper - this is such an inexpensive alternative to buying stickers! I decided to use all triangle shapes for the "quilt", but you could create a tray using a "crazy quilt" design and use up even smaller paper scraps. Who wouldn't love this for a gift filled with some homemade holiday cookies?
Here are a couple of quick card ideas using this line - the first one used up some leftover triangles I had cut for the tray.
Don't you love this doll sticker? I added the ribbon to her hair and adhered her with foam tape.
And here is another idea for some quick and easy holiday decor - I started with a $1 wooden tree from the craft store, covered it with paper, added more Sparkle Brads, a special Sparkle Burst Brad for the tree top and grounded it all with a new Christmas Stacked Statement. This project took less than 30 minutes to make!
For today's sneak peek we get to do a little traveling :) The themes for today are Hawaii and Italy - two of my favorite places!
To be entered in the drawing to win a big selection of brand new Karen Foster Design products that will be debuting at CHA Summer, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. Also, you can leave a comment on each KFD Sneak Peek post this week for additional chances to win.
Here are some of my Hawaiian themed projects using the new line. The first is a layout I did using a photo from when my husband and I just returned from a trip to Hawaii and broke the news to the kids that I was expecting another baby...you can see by the look on my oldest son's face that he wasn't too pleased with the news :)
Here is a close up...you can see the shimmer on the mini brads
This is a shadow box I made with some souvenirs from our honeymoon in Hawaii...can you tell we've been married a long time? check out the shoulder pads on the t-shirt I'm wearing - yikes!
a few of the details...
I just love this little guy...
Here is a gift bag that would be perfect to hold a travel gift - maybe some sunglasses, sunscreen... if you are giving it to a fellow crafter, I would use removable adhesive on the Stacked Statement so they can recycle it to use on their vacation scrapbook.
Having a luau? These metal buckets were $1 at Target and would be perfect to hold party favors or votive candles. I added some raffia and a paper drink umbrella
and just a touch of glitter glue to the drink sticker which is adhered with foam tape.
How about we hop on over to the other side of the world...these photos are pretty old...I would love to get back to Italy one day - such great memories!
This tag would be fun tied around a gift of pasta with a jar of sauce in a gift basket along with some wooden spoons and maybe a colander...the brad is one of the brand new Treasure Brads from the line I'll be sneak peeking on Friday ;)
Leftover travel themed stickers are a great way to dress up a luggage tag from the office supply store.
Well that's it for today. Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing and stop back tomorrow for a little Christmas in July.
Also, check out these blogs for more great ideas and additional chances to win brand new Karen Foster Design products:
Today I have a bunch of projects for all you sports fans out there. At CHA Summer Karen Foster Design will be coming out with new products in Soccer, Volleyball, and Rugby themes.
Even if you aren't a sports fan, be sure to leave a comment on this post (and yesterday's as well) to be entered in a drawing to win a wide variety of their new products (not just sports).You can enter once per day this week and I will be randomly choosing the winner on Saturday.
Soccer is a sport that I have honestly come to enjoy... if you knew me back when my oldest started playing, you would find that hard to believe... but hundreds of practices and games later, I can actually say that I really enjoy soccer. I don't think I fully appreciated the beauty of soccer until my kids started playing baseball...then you realize how nice it is to have a game that is limited to 60 minutes :)
This layout might be a bit difficult to see because I used a white background. I loved these two photos comparing Stephen in his first year to this past year (of my three boys he loves soccer the most). I used the new Bubble Brads in the circle punch outs.
This is one of the new Short Stack stickers - love the detail on these!
I also used these products to create a few paper crafts. This is a card for your favorite player -
I also created a bookmark and dry brushed some paint over the stickers to tone down the white - it also seemed to fit with Rugby as it seems to be pretty messy - glad I don't have to clean those uniforms!
and my favorite Rugby project, isn't a rugby one at all, but something that would be perfect for Father's Day or dad's birthday.
I added a bit of foam tape under the collar to give a bit of dimension
Well that's it for today. Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing and check in tomorrow where I'll be sharing some projects I did with a few of the travel/destination themes.
Good Morning everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend - the weather here has finally been cooperating and yesterday was one of those perfect lazy summer days - sunny and warm, but not humid - love it!
This week members of the design team will be sharing lots of sneak peeks from Karen Foster Designs' new products that will be debuting at CHA Summer. Along with the new project ideas, each of us will also be hosting a great giveaway!
To be entered in the contest that I am hosting all you need to do is leave a comment on my blog this week. I will be posting sneak peeks every day this week from Monday through Friday and you can leave a comment on each post in order to increase your chances of winning. First thing Saturday morning I will be choosing one winner from all the comments to receive a big assortment of brand new products from Karen Foster Design!
I punched holes along the top and bottom edges and stitched it with ...Scrapper's Floss, of course :)
I made this corkboard using a $1 frame from Michaels and a Stacked Statement from KFD. I thought it would be really cute in a little boy's room. You could make this as a gift for well under $10.
the detail on these Stacked Statements is really something...
okay - are you still with me? I know this is a long post - but I made a ton of projects to share this week - 35 in all!
Here are a few from the Calendar Creations line. In the Calendar pack, you get twelve sheets of monthly themed papers and the most adorable set of twelve cardstock stickers to match...I'm really hoping to see some more embellishments to go with some of the awesome images on the stickers...my fingers are crossed :)
First off, I used the papers and stickers to make some calendar pages. KFD also sells a coordinating spiral bound calendar that works perfectly with these papers/stickers if you want to make an actual calendar - but they also work well on their own to make a monthly summary page - and could work for all the Project 365 fans too.
a close up of the apple - I just cut it all out of cardstock and inked it up a bit
and the coordinating calendar grid page (I used the strips of paper I trimmed off the top layout to use on the grid page)
I used one of the new Bubble Brads to highlight Stephen's birthday
But these papers can be used for so much more than scrapbook pages/calendars (I feel a bit like an infomercial here...but wait, that's not all you can do with the Calendar Creations kit...)
I used the May theme to create a little May Day basket to hang on a neighbor's door
I placed a sticker on a flower and attached it with a Fancy Brad
and I used Therm O Web's Super Tape to hold the ribbon in place - I put tape around the edge of the cone and also used a little piece to hold each pleat in place.
I'm always trying to think of new ways to use some of the many, many different types of brads that Karen Foster Design makes and this card is one of my favorites...I used four of the Birthstone Brads to create a shamrock design that went well with the March paper and stickers.
a bit of wire twisted together made the perfect stem
Well that's it for today.
Be sure to leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing and don't forget to check back every day this week for lots more ideas and for more chances to win!
Also, be sure to stop by a few of the other Karen Foster Design team blogs this week to check out their fantastic ideas and additional chances to win new products. You can find them here:
Do you remember that movie with Johnny Depp? looks like he has been spending some time in my craft room recently...
I know I've been MIA in the blogging world lately. I've been spending lots of time here instead...
I just finished up the last of my CHA projects and now am faced with some serious cleaning. I usually start out great - cleaning up as I go - putting everything away when one project is finished before I start the next - but as the deadlines gets closer and closer, and the nights get later and later - cleaning up in between falls by the wayside. I usually end up with just a small space on my desk where I am working. You can see some sneak peeks of some of the new Karen Foster Design products on my desk along with some of my sketches.
If you would like some real sneak peeks of Karen Foster Designs' CHA release, then please stop by my blog starting next Monday where I will be showcasing a different theme(s) each day and hosting a great giveaway!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend - mine was full of sunshine (for a change!) as well as family, friends, and lots of CHA work :) Would you also believe that we had another hard drive failure? and not on our old computer but on my new Mac! grrrr... luckily it was our external backup drive that failed this time, but I've been hesitant to do much with my photos until the new external drive arrived and I could do a proper backup. Now everything is safely backed up, so I felt comfortable uploading my photos from the weekend and thought I would share.
I didn't think to get a photo because once these came off the grill it was hard to think about anything else besides eating - but if you are looking for a fabulous recipe for BBQ baby back ribs I highly recommend this one - yum! They were followed by these for dessert:
Stephen was a big help frosting these babies - and finger licking was kept to a minimum :)
and I finally had an excuse to use my new cupcake holder thingy
After dinner we all checked out the vege garden. I was SO excited to spot my first tomato
it's been so cool and rainy, that I have broccoli sprouting in July!
by the pool the hydrangeas are finally filling in a bit - one of my favorite flowers
July 4th is Bando's birthday - he turned 4. Poor dog...no one wants to play ball when there is a pool to play in
aren't my nieces sweet? they are growing so fast...sigh. Ella is a year older than Elizabeth and had fun demonstrating her superior swimming skills :)
Elizabeth is a much more timid swimmer...but she has perfected looking cute :)
well, that seems to be it for summer...we are now back to cool and rainy weather...and the weeds are growing, well, like weeds.