Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Finally Made Some Birthday Cards

Nothing like a couple of birthdays and a new Scrapbooking Club to get me to sit down and use my stuff. I made these cards this past Friday when I finally made it to the Our Redeemer's Scrapbook Club. I started attending this church last fall and met the founder of the group while dropping my daughter off to Sunday School. Laura is her teacher and also the organizer for the Crop for a Cause event I attended last month.

Although I have what looks like a lot of stuff (hardcore scrappers can see I'm just a nov
ice when it comes to what I have) and it looks like I have it organized, I yet to have projects organized especially when it comes to scrapbook pages. So instead of looking like I had no idea of what I was going to do I decided to make cards for my mother-in-law and father-in-law's birthdays. We met them today for lunch to celebrate. Their birthdays are only a couple of days apart and my husband's is on the same day as his mom's. I hope you enjoy the cards.

The first card is for my mother-in-law. I really enjoyed making this card. The message is with stickers and I helped to attach it to the background with spiral paper clips made by The Paper Studio. I also used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut out the flower details and paper buttons. I am quite pleased with this card and my 3-D flower that you can see in the close-up.

The second card was more of a challenge. I didn't have much masculine paper in my small stash but I did have that cute little robot tag that my fellow crafter Martha made for us one night at our Chicago Craft Collective meeting. He was my "guy" inspiration. He actually is holding a heart above his head but I put a speech bubble sticker over it to shout out my birthday wishes. I used stickers also for "Grandpa". I really have a thing for stickers but I never seem to have enough of some. I need to practice stamping more.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Random Things - Sort of Tagged

Blame it on Susie but reading her "Random Things" list tagged me after reading it. Here goes a list of maybe not so exciting things:

My sister is 17 years older than me (I was adopted but my cousin who wasn't, is 17 years younger than her oldest sibling. There are many brothers and sisters in between, too. Yikes for her mom!)

I lived in Little Rock, AR during both of Bill Clinton's presidential wins and was right in front of the stage when he accepted the second win. That was amazing what with all the press and celebrities but seeing Tony Bennett sing was probably the icing on the cake.

A few years after that I moved to Bloomington, IN and was able to attend a speech by the Dalai Lama. One is never the same after seeing this man in person.

I learned to crochet when I was 5.

Math was my best subject in high school (I even won a math competition) but was so sick of it when I went to college that I majored in Fashion Merchandising. No one can suspect you of being a brainiac when you pursue this major even though it's not quite so easy as it seems. Try threading a 5-thread serger sometime.

I always named my dogs Snoopy when I was a kid. I never missed a Charlie Brown special.

I recently wrote a bunch of limericks for the Chicago Sun-Times "Keep It Wrigley" contest and hope to win a T-shirt for my nephew. They actually put a few of them up on their website so I guess you could say I've been published in a major newspaper. I just hope to win a shirt.

I'll stop at 7. If you feel like sharing then you are tagged as well. Thanks for stopping by today!

Magazine Review Over at Craft Critique

Just an FYI for you that I have a new article up over at Craft Critique. I have to confess this is one of my favorite ones I've done so far and they have all been fun with some of the new stuff I've tried out and just keeping me motivated to keep doing what I love to do.

I reviewed a new magazine - Craft Stylish: Quick Stuff to Sew. It really is a sweet, new publication with great photos and super projects that are easy to do. Of course, some may look easier than what they are since I didn't try out all the projects. There are a couple of leather objects that would probably be a challenge since I've never worked with leather or even faux leather but the instructions sure make me want to take a stab at it.

The coolest thing about the article was an editor at Taunton Publishing left a comment. I was definitely doing a little happy dance about that one. Surely made my day. I've got some sticky notes marking the projects I want to get going on, but first I have to find some extra time. Too bad one has to sleep.