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Thursday, July 23, 2015

TTS47, A Retro Christmas

Hey everyone!!

This week over at Tis The Season Stamping we have a gorgeous picture to draw some inspiration from.

Personally, I'm terrible with inspiration challenges because it leaves too much to my imagination and not enough guidelines, haha. But, this week I think I did alright. (Even if I don't think my execution was all that great)

Here is the inspiration:


We do have a few challenge guidelines* we'd like to ask you to follow:

  • Your project must be a new Christmas project created for this challenge.
  • You may use any brand of product that you have in your stash. 
  • If you combine challenges please limit it to no more then 4 including ours.
  • Please provide a link back to our challenge or use the challenge graphic within your post.
  • Have fun!!! 
The Challenge is open until Aug.4th @  12pm EST. Check out what the Design Team created below to get you started... We can't wait to see what you create!


Isn't that beautiful?!


Here is my take:


I think I did an alright job, even if its not exactly what I was going for. (I pictured something a little different in my head.) 


What do you think? Leave a comment below!



Supplies: All SU unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink(ret), Crumb Cake
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue (both ret.)
Accessories: Candy dots, pearls, rhinestones, polka dot embossing folder (ret), Expressions thinlet die (ret), Smootch spritz gold and silver (SU retired, still in stores), pennant punch (ret), 1 3/8 circle punch.
Stamps: Pennant Parade (ret)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a stamptastic day!! 


Friday, July 10, 2015

TTSS46 is Splitting at the Seams!

Hey everyone!

This week over at Tis The Season Stamping we had a super fun sketch.

So I thought. Have you ever started with an idea, then once executed totally sucked. That was my afternoon. What should've been 20 minutes of crafting bliss ended with me going saying a few choice curse words and busting out my washi tape!


Here's the sketch:


We do have a few challenge guidelines* we'd like to ask you to follow:

  • Your project must be a new Christmas project created for this challenge.
  • You may use any brand of product that you have in your stash. 
  • If you combine challenges please limit it to no more then 4 including ours.
  • Please provide a link back to our challenge or use the challenge graphic within your post.
  • Have fun!!! 
The Challenge is open until July 21st  @ 12pm EST. Check out what the Design Team created below to get you started... We can't wait to see what you create! 


Here is my take on the sketch:



Supplies: ALL SU Unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Naturals white, Gold glitter paper (I have NO idea where this came from, LOL!)
Other: Washi Tape (Ret) 
Stamps: Sweet Essentials (Ret)

On another note-- I need to start using some current product! LOL!

Have a stamptastic day!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

June Swap Group Cards, Baby!

Hey there!

I've recently joined a swap group with a group of girlfriends! I think it is a great way to get a good mix of cards to add to your arsenal! You'll never not have a card or an occasion or event!

Here is my card: The theme was baby.



It came out pretty cute, but it took me a minute to fully embrace the color combo that I choose. I cased from this site.

Now to get cracking on July cards! Patriotic thinking of you is the theme.

Supplies: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Paper: Summer Starfruit DSP (Retired), Midnight Muse (Ret), Whisper White
Accessories: Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon, pearls, small heart punch, MISTI.
Stamp: Baby Bundle

Thanks for stopping by! Have a stamptastic day!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Thank You Notes

Hey everyone!

Just recently,  I had my very FIRST Stampin' Up! Party. Crazy, right? I've been a demo for years now!

I re-signed on as a demonstrator during this most recent Sale-a-bration after about 6 months off. I just love the products and love to share homemade creations.

So, I had some friends over, and they had a BLAST. Just like I knew they would. Just like I do whenever I get to make something.

Of course, I need to thank them for ordering at my party! This might just have to be a continuing trend!


Here's my June thank you card:


This simple card was CASED from the new Idea Book and Catalog. I love CASE-ing! 

Supplies: All SU unless otherwise noted:
Paper: Midnight Muse (ret), Print Poetry Stack (ret)
Ink: Whisper White craft ink
Other: White embossing powder, metallic gold thread
Stamps: Another Thank You

Have a stamptastic day!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tis the Season Stamping!

Hey there!!

It's been a loooong time since I've been by these parts!

I am still crafting, just been posting to my Facebook page instead of here. I thought a like page would be easier to maintain, since I can just snap a pic and post right away. But, I'm going to make posting here a lot simpler. As soon as I figure out how. haha.

In the meantime, I've been accepted as a Tis the Season Stamping blog design team member! Wahoo!! If you haven't been to that blog yet, I highly encourage you stop by and say HI! (Not bias or anything!) It is a year-round Christmas challenge blog! Year round?! Well, if you participate in the challenges you'll be set come Christmas time! No last minute stress card making, no sir-ee!

On to the challenge!


Navy, Sand & Concord

We do have a few challenge guidelines* we'd like to ask you to follow:
  • Your project must be a new Christmas project created for this challenge.
  • You may use any brand of product that you have in your stash. 
  • If you combine challenges please limit it to no more then 4 including ours.
  • Please provide a link back to our challenge or use the challenge graphic within your post.
  • Have fun!!! 
The Challenge is open until July 7th @ 12pm EST. Check out what the Design Team created below to get you started... We can't wait to see what you create!


Here's my card!

Supplies: All SU unless otherwise noted.
 Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Christmas Messages.
 Ink: Concord Crush (Ret), Sahara Sand, Midnight Muse (Ret)
Paper: Concord Crush (Ret), Whisper white.
Other: Rhinestones


Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CrossFit

Last year around this time, I was feeling particularly lazy and needed a boost to my fitness (or lack of fitness) routine. It's not that I sit around all day on the couch-most days- I'm a pretty active person. I play roller derby for my house (Rebels) and All-Star teams, so that is 3 days a week for 3 hours at a time. Do more, you say? That's a pretty good workout!

Well, it was that a good portion of that team (Rebels, whom I spend most of my time with) were training for triathlons, losing weight and hitting the gym hardcore, or just being awesome and cross training. Their competitive drive was the reason I wanted to play for the Rebels. It was making my 8-9 hours on skates seem measly.  At the time, I was looking into CrossFit and just couldn't wrap my head around paying 150 bucks to the place in town with limited hours. I was going to school part-time and skating, that took up a good majority of my day. The other portion of my day was spent with my infant daughter.

So, I did what any sensible person would do, I joined the gym. It looked great from the start. It had a daycare so that I could work out. That wasn't met without its hardships though. Felicity hated the daycare. Hated is an understatement really. They would call me after 20 minutes of her screaming and being inconsolable. So much for that workout. I kept on as I could, but after the discount rates expired, it felt like such a waste for as little as I was going. Isn't that typical of gym memberships. Had I known there was actually do a month-to-month membership...

Fast forward a few months to football season. I started seeing CrossFit North Pole sweatshirts at the football practices and games. I, of course, was too hesitant to inquire about it at the time, but I kept it in the back of my mind because I still had that gym membership. A few months later a fellow skater joins and I told myself when my membership runs out, I'm going to give it a go.

On April 1(haha) I made the commitment to go to my first session being on Thursday, April 3. No joke! I attended the 7pm newbie class. It was a blast! I was able to do 4 sets of 10 reps of the newbie workout and had a decent time since I was sore from the day before.

Sidenote: Since said skater friend started CF, she has been torturing us with CF style workouts on Saturday morning and Wednesday evening off-skates workouts. There was a point I was laid up on the couch for what seememed like days because of her evil-doings.

A few other girls at the newbie session were quite impressed as they were panting like crazy (see reason above). I had been pre-conditioned, and it felt great going into something that I had been practicing for a while now. It made for a good feeling when I left, and it's the reason I'll continue go back. To the 5am sessions. I know, it's early, but I can get a good workout in before the husband leaves for work.

Day 1-Intro Session, Thursday April 3.

The hardest part? Doing the same thing the day before at derby!
Today, makes day 3! The workouts were as follows:

Monday, April 7, 5am class. 
50, 40, 30, 20, 10
OH LUNGE (45)
DOUBLE-UNDERS
 I did a L1 revision since I'm still new. It was 30, 20, 10 OH Lunges with tuck jumps in the same intervals. My time was 10:30 I believe, and used a 15 pound plate. 

Good thing class only went until 12 today,  I went home and crafted then took a nap!

Wed, April 9, 5am:  I'll update once it's posted on the site. 
6, 9, 12, 15, 18
Snatch Grip OH Strict Press (95, 65)
V sits
Box jumps (24, 30)

My time was super fast (7:30) since I was doing the L1 workout with a 15 pound bar and no additional weights. L1 also only did the 12, 15, 18 reps for all three, and a 24" box jump.  It was a challenging workout, but I wanted to go light since I wanted to do the workout properly. Next time I'll add some weight. But, there is still an hour of off-skates and 2 hours on skates tonight. I'll be tired regardless :) Since I had some time to kill, I did the powerhouse workout of back extensions and swims, 12 reps and I did them 2 times. (I think the swims had a different name, but it has escaped me.)

 Until next time!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Card from January.

Good morning! Do you ever have a card that you keep meaning to finish but don't know what to do with it. Today's card is one of those. I made this in January as a Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but just didn't know how I wanted to finish it. It's been haunting me.


So after staring at it all this time, I'm leaving it. But willing to take suggestions because I really like this layout. I think it's all the crazy color patterns that are messing with my brain.

Anywho, I've got to get moving this morning! Have a stamptastic day!