Friday, July 24, 2009

My First Blog Award

I received a very nice blog award, my first one, from Heather (chevygirl). Thank you, Heather. First you should check out her blog by clicking on her name. She is going through a hard time right now so check out her blog and give her some encouragement. I would now like to pass this on to 7 of the blogs that I visit regularly. Check them out; I'm sure you'll love them as much as I do!!

1. Lorrie (thanks for helping me!!)
2. Karel (thanks for your help, too!!)
3. Ashlee
4. Mary
5. Bridget
6. Missy
7. Melissa

Have a great weekend, everyone :)

Check Out This Wonderful Blog Candy

I came across this blog candy. Check it out, it's pretty generous!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Softball Keepsake Book

Here are pictures of the book I made for my daughter's softball team. 7 of the 9 girls on her team have played together since Kindergaren-first grade. They couldn't start playing in the tournament and keeping score of their games until 3rd grade, so that is where I started with my pictures. I had to keep the book simple because I didn't think of doing this until about a week before their end of the season/ever-playing-together again party! They are starting junior high next year and most of the girls won't play summer slow-pitch softball anymore. I wanted to give them something fun to remember their team. They were awesome -- in the 4 years in the tournament they took First Place twice and 2nd place twice and they were either 1st or 2nd in the the division for the season for 3 of their 4 years! Anyway, so I made 7 of these and one that had 2 years worth of pics and one that only had this year's pics. For those two, I also included a few blank pages in case their parents had other softball pictures of their own to include. OK, enough blabbering.... here are the pics. First I cut out the pages for the books from posterboard and then covered them with the colored paper. For the title page, I used the Sports Mania cricut cart. For the second page I made a big template of the softball and then held it over the yellow page and inked it in red. The tag on the orange page was from my Label One nestabilities. I printed the journaling out on a piece of paper and then cut it out with my Cuttlebug. For the word Angels on page 3 I stamped it with my CTMH alphabet stamps and then embossed it with white embossing powder. On the opposite page, I stamped the background with a dotted circle stamp from one of my SU stamp sets, even though it's hard to see in this picture. Then I used my Bind It All to put them all together. The girls (and parents) loved them!!

Friday, July 17, 2009


A couple of weeks ago, I took my first ever technique class. I was so excited. It was being held at my LSS. I had previously purchased a pack of Tim Holtz distressing inks from QVC (my first purchase from there as well!) Well, I have had these inks for about at least 6 months and never used them. When I saw my LSS was having this class, I decided that I had to go. I actually met a fellow Cricut MB member at a new dollar store in town first to check out their scrapbooking isle, and then we headed off to class. I did learn that the teacher learned everything online so I guess I could have done this at home myself, too, but I really enjoyed going there and trying things out with the group as she was teaching. Here are some of the tags that we made during that class. I learned some really cool techniques. I tried using this on my Scrap Sketch LO, but the colors just didn't fit with the page, so I will have to try that on another LO or card soon. Keep your eye out for it.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Trying to be better....

I have challenged myself to be better about updating my blog. I am going to try to post at least every three days, whether I have done something to share or not. I am hoping that by that, it will get me into a 'routine' of posting more often. I'm not always able to get something done every three days, but I usually will have something to blog about, even if it's not craft related. I hope no one minds if I put other things on my blog.

I did make a little book for each of the girls on my daughter's softball team for their end of the season. My next post will feature pictures of the 9 books that I made. I promise it will be posted within the next 3 days!!

Scrapsketch Challenge

Have you heard of Scrap Sketch?? If not, you should check it out. Each week they have a challenge open to anyone, plus sketches that the design team does. And there are some talented ladies on their design team. Here is the link to their site. You won't be disappointed. I have wanted to try their challenges for weeks now. I print out the sketch every week, and the poor thing sits on my scrap desk, all lonely. I had good intentions, but just never had a chance to actually do the layout. Well, this week I challenged myself to actually do the layout and post it to their website. I'm so proud of myself. Not only did I do the challenge layout, I also did one of the other sketches that were posted. I haven't done two layouts in a week (not counting when at the last SWARM) for a long time! Hopefully I can keep this as part of my weekly routine. I have A LOT of pictures to get scrapped!

The 'United we Stand' picture is the one for the 'real' challenge. You had to use the sketch and then a cut from your most recent Cricut cart. My most recent cart is Stand and Salute. It was kind of hard to find a cut, besides the star, to use in a dance layout, but I think I did OK.

Knit Dishcloth

A couple of years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit. So I went to a local knitting shop in the fall and took several classes. I first learned how to knit a scarf, then a hat, then mittens. I also, on my own, knit a baby blanket for a friend. That year for Christmas, several people got scarves and my kids got some new hats! Then, when summer came and it thawed out, I put knitting to the side. The next fall/winter, I didn't do anything as far as knitting was concerned. Then, this spring, someone asked me about knitting, and I decided that I would try to do some again. To my surprise, I forgot how to cast on!! I had to look at several You Tube videos to find one that 'taught' it the way that I learned. Once I got the hang of it again, it all came back to me! So I decided to make this simple dishcloth to get myself back in the swing of things. It didn't turn out too bad, if I do say so myself :)

More Grad Cards

Here are a couple more graduation cards that I made. They are pretty simple, but I procrastinated with each of them and finished them very shortly before leaving for the parties!!

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