Monday, August 31, 2009

I'm trying something new....

I was browsing the web for blogs and things this weekend and I came across a few blogs that a Monday post where they listed 5 things that they were blessed with that week and another post with a "picture of the week". I thought that sounded like fun, so I think I'm gonna combine the two and do both on Monday's. Maybe by doing this, I can share a bit of my life that does not revolve around crafts and you can get to know me a bit better. So here we go....
The Picture of the WeekI took this photo last week after my son finished playing in the dirt. He was so sweaty and dirty that the dirt just ran down his forehead.
Things that make me feel Blessed...
1. My son has finally given in and decided that brushing his teeth is cool.
2. I've finally found the motivation to diet again.
3. My husband is going to college again and this time he is actually doing the homework.
4. The temperature is finally starting to feel like fall.
5. Tomorrow is September the 1st, fall is just around the corner!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My First Pillowcase Dress

Ok , so I just had to show off! This is the first sewing project that I have ever done where I wasn't afraid to show off the results. I am NOT a sewing person. I am dying to learn all there is not know though. My mother is good at it and my grandmother was fabulous, but I just never learned how. So what better time than the present? I have been seeing these adorable dresses everywhere lately and I decided that they looked simple enough for me. I know what you're thinking....wait a minute, You don't even have a little girl! I know I know! I'm hoping that I will someday, but in the meantime who says I can't make fab clothes for someone else's precious little one. So this first one is for my son's little "girlfriend", Lilly. I'm sure her mom will love it. In the photo the dress appears to be red and white, but it is acutally a reddish pink color. When you hold it up against red, it looks pink and vice versa. Well if you're wondering how I made this, I found this amazing tutorial online, complete with step by step pics of how to do it. So easy to follow! Go here to see.

Young Love....& and Funny Story

Here is a LO I did for the Scrapsketch challenge. I have really been in the mood to scrap lately. Expecially since i've discovered the joy of scraping using sketches. I tend to run out of LO ideas on my own, so these online sketches give me a little boost in creativity. I haven't scrapped any really old pictures lately, so when I ran across these, I just had to do it. These two pictures were taken in June 2000. It was 9 years ago. My husband and I were dating then. We were just kids. Wow. Amazing how time flies. There is actually a funny story behind the photo of us sitting on the bench. We were at a "Bennett Family Reunion". My husband's last name was Bennett. But it was a reunion of my family members, not his. haha. My grandmother's maiden name was Bennett. But my name was Tucker at the time. So when I took him to this reunion of mine, he was wearing an old baseball tshirt with "Bennett" on the back of it. We tried to stay seated on this bench so no one would see the name and then ask how he was related to the family. So instead we sat there watching everyone arrive to see if he recognized any of them (b/c he could be related to them). Well wouldn't ya know it...a lady walked by and he's like "oh crap" I know her. He wasn't sure how, but he just knew she was a relative of his (he's not good with names). So to make a long story short, we were sweating it out, worried if we'd have to break up after finding out that we were related, but turns out that we were only linked by this one lady who was only related to me through marriage (no blood kin). haha. We laugh about that story everytime we see this photo. So the small circle caption on the page says: "We were thinking...I hope we're not related...this could get really weird".
9 Years Ago...
This is now...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Random thoughts from people our age...

-I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

-More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tellmy own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

-I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

-Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the "people you may know "feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?

-Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we allknow how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

-Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what was going on when I first saw it.

-I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

-How are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

-The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

-Was learning cursive really necessary?

- Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

- I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

- Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

- Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart",all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

- How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

- I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

- Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in' examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete idiot. Today I had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and said "Yes that's G as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm...Goonies"

- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood..

- Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.-Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

-I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

-Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that theirprofile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

- Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

-If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

-Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a problem....

-You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

-Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.

-There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

-I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

-I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?) but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste..

-Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles...

-I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

-Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.-Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

-My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How do I respond to that?

-I wonder if cops ever get angry at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

-The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fatso before dinner.

Decorating Cookies LO

Here is a LO I did using a sketch from Crafting by Rowena. I have been dying to do some scrapping of Christmas photos ever since I bought this vintage Christmas paper. Ijust love it! Too bad you can't see a whole lot of it on this page though. :(

Decorating Cookies Title SVG

I created this flourish using Inkscape from the image in Rowena's sketch. Here it is if you'dl ike to use it!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Final Week of Digi Freebie Search + Freebie Thursday!

It's the final week of the digi freebie search with the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT. As always, Lindsay has designed a special stamp for one of us on the design team. On Thursdays, one lucky DT member will have her special stamp available to download free for a whole week. I'm sad to see it ending, we (the DT) have had so much fun doing this and sharing it all with you. Thank you so much for participating!

This week I did a LO of my son hunting easter eggs this year. I know Easter was a while back, I'm a little behind on my scrapping. haha. I used Lindsay's Swallowtail butterfly stamp, and a couple of her rabbit stamps. Once again, they are only $1.00 in her store!

The sketch I used was from Crafts by Rowena.

For this week's freebie, I have a Frankenstein mask for those of you who have children, grandchildren or teach school. This would be really fun for them to play with. I hope it comes in handy for you. If so, please take a picture of your child wearing it, I'd love to see it!

I guess I'm on a Halloween kick, because I also found these two creepy images for ya! I think that spider will look great with the web frame from yesterday!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sketch #34

Here is a LO that I did using this week's sketch at 52 sketches, 52 weeks. I forgot to include the journaling portion of the sketch until it was too late. oopsy. Oh well. This is my little man about a year or so ago when he was only 18 months. He'll be 3 in October. My, how the time flies!
The cute little bunny is a svg file from Treasure Box Designs. They sell these in sets and are so easy to assemble! They give away freebies on their blog every Tuesday, so check 'em out!

Guess What?!

I won the mystery prize for the 40,000 hits celebration at The Scrapbook Lady's blog. Thank you Lora! I can't wait to get it and see what it is! I'll be sure to post pics when it gets here!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A BIG thank you to everyone!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to thank those of you who left such sweet comments on my last post about the fall borders. I left a little comment/complaint about how I had tons of downloads, but not many comments. I know many of you are busy and barely have time to download, let alone comment on things. I am bad about this as well. I've been trying harder lately to take the time to comment on anything I see or like or download, b/c I know how it brightens my day to see a comment in my email box. So I am trying one by one to share the love as well. I just wanted to tell everyone that I really appreciate all of the comments! It made my day! I had no idea there were even that many of you dropping by my blog to download until I discovered how many downloads some of my things were getting. I usually just look too see if I have any new followers and I only have 47, so I just assumed that was how many people were keeping up with me. It warms my heart to know that there are that many more that come by even if they don't always say anything. So thank you!

Fall Borders turned into Frames!

Ok, as promised, here are the borders made into rather interesting frames. I think these would look great on the edge of a scrapbook page or something. I may just have to try it later.
I also noticed while uploading these to mediafire that the Spider web border got 287 downloads so far! Wow, that is the most downloads of any file that I've ever posted! Thanks guys.
Funny how I have 287 downloads, but only 5 or 6 comments. Don't forget to share the love guys! I love to create, but it is your comments that keep me motivated!

Fulfilling a Request- Spider Web Corner SVG **updated

I had a request for a corner punch of the spiderweb to go with the borders. I suppose this could be welded together with the borders to create a frame. I'll work on that, but till then, here is the corner punch.

**Update! I just realized that I did the negative version of the spiderweb corner, so here is another version of it below. Stay tuned for frames!

Spiderweb Corner 2

Monday, August 24, 2009

Blog Award & Showing off....

Here is a beautiful blog award from Scrapping Mom that I got! Thanks girl! You are so kind! The rules for this award are that I must list five things I love and then pass it along to five other people.
Things I love in no particular order:
1. I love making things with scraps and creating things that are beautiful or funky and cool.
2. I am a 70's child at heart (even though I was born in '84). I love all things retro and any kind of 70's music!
3. I love to go on shopping trips with my mom and SIL to St. Louis. We have such a great time hanging out, just us girls.
4. I love watching my son play when he thinks no one is looking. It is so funny to hear the things he says and hear him talking to his toys. :)
5. I love going to the dirt track races. My parents own a machine shop where they build race engines for Late Models, Open wheel modifieds and drag cars. I love the smell of the dirt mixed with the alcohol in the gasoline burning off in the exhaust. I also love the rumble it puts in your body when you're sitting in the stands and the weird way it messes with the rhythm of your heart. It's exillarating.

Ok now for those who I am passing this blog candy on to:
1. Lindsay (the Frugal Crafter) -- I love her blog because no matter what she posts, she always has either a freebie or a great tip for crafters. I also love that she does so many different kinds of crafts, not just cards or scrapbooking, but jewelry and furniture decorating! Wow!
2. Lora (The Scrapbook Lady)- I love her blog because she so generously devotes so much time to creating fabulous svg files to give away to anyone who comes along. She also isn't afraid to try new things. She recently just started turning some of her svgs into digi stamps! Go girl! Way to be innovative!
3. Rowena (Crafts by Rowena)- I love her blog because she's always sharing her talents with scrapbooking techniques, sharing tutorials, sketches and svg files!
4. Brittany (Brittany's SVG Files)- I love her blog because she's always coming up with new and fabulous svg files for us to use for free! Thanks Brittany!
5. Dawn (Lost in Paper Scraps)-- I love love love Dawn's blog! She is such a talented artist! She doodles out these adorable digi stamps that she gives away for free and she's always showing off her talents with scraping and card making! Keep up the good work Dawn!

Now, I just had to show off this awesome card that was done by Katie at Creations by K8. She used this past Thursday's freebie, the drippy goo border on her card! It looks fabulous girl!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dahlia Sympathy Window Card

Here is a simple yet lovely card that I did on the fly today for a friend at church whose mother passed away this week. This card was cut using my cricut and it is comprised of three different svg freebie files that I've gotten from different places. So here they are: The window Card is from Mamaw's Legacy. The Dahlia is from Paper, Scissors, Ink. The flourishes around the Dahlia are from Jeanne at Creative Chaos. And finally the beautiful word art is from Elegant Word Art by Bethany.

I hope you enjoy this card. If you'd like the svg file for card with all three elements combined, please just leave a comment and I'll email it to you. But don't forget to pop over to the above blogs to thank each of these talented people for making these fabulous files!
Word art says: "God gave us memories so that we might have June Roses in the December of our lives". ~James Barrie.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Week 11 of Digi Freebie Search + Freebie Thursday!

It's week 11 of the digi freebie search with the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT and it's almost over! As always, Lindsay has designed a special stamp for one of us on the design team. On Thursdays, one lucky DT member will have her special stamp available to download free for a whole week.

This pretty little card was made using Lindsay's Primative Flower Stamp. It's only a $1.00 folks! I'v actually had this one colored for a while now, but it has taken me a little longer to find inspiration for a card to do with it. However, I saw Lindsay's free Card SVG on her blog and I cut it using SCAL and it just seemed to fit with this doodle!
Don't forget to check out the links below to see who has the freebie this week!
Diana --August Guest DT

Now! On to your Freebie Thursday! It's a good one this week! I really like these. Actually, I can't take credit. I didn't really make these from scratch this week, I just converted some online images. These are three punches that are from Martha Stewart designs. I've been seeing some of you make cards using the drippy goo punch and I just loved it, so I figure we could cut them with our cricuts! So here they are!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Yet again, more blog candy!

Check out this awesome blog candy that Melissa is giving away!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More Stamp Stuff for Sale!

Here are some more goodies for sale! Don't forget, I do offer shipping discounts for multiple purchases! Also, if you would like to make an offer, feel free! I'm willing to negotiate. To see other items, go to my store.

This is a Alpha Rubber Stamp Set from EK Success called "Loopy Letters Upper ABC". It contains every letter of the alphabet, plus a few tiny additions like a butterfly and present. Each block is about 1"x 1/2". You can find it here for only $5.00!
Here is another alpha set. These are smaller, about 1/2" x 1/2". They are also by EK Success. They are called "Brush Letters Lower ABC". Every letter of the alphabet is included, plus a couple of bonus stamps such as: heart, leaf and holly berries. You can find this set here for only $5.00.
This alpha set is one of my favorites. It does not include the original packaging. It is called "Jive Alpha" by Stamp Craft. It includes 35 stamps, alphas and numbers. These are also about 1/2" x 1/2". You can find them here for only $5.00.

These are just a few random rubber stamps that I have acquired over time, but I haven't actually used them. :( I kinda got into digi stampin and forgot all about them. So here they are! You can get all of them for just $3.00 here!

Here is a great set of clear stamps from Rhonna Farrer called "Scribbles Alpha". I just love these! Each one is about 1" to 2" tall, depending on the letter. I've only used these once! I love them, but I never use them, so I'm passing them on to someone else. Come and get 'em, they're only $5.00!

Last, but not least, I have a cutsie little mini album for your travels. This could be used for just everyday life pictures of your family or kids. I think it would be neat to use it to document trips to the ball park or out to eat, things like that. It is in great shape. It was given to me, but never used. It comes with a box to store it in. The brand is Susan Branch. The pages measure 5"x7". It is a 40 page post bound album with sheet protectors (although there are no sheets that come in them). You can find it for only $7.50 here.

Stampin' Up Stuff for Sale! I'm Cleaning Out!

So I've been cleaning out my craft room and making room for some of my new gadgets. I have a few things that I'm going to put in my store. If you'd like to buy them, here they are! All of these things are in very good condition. I have hardly used them at all.
This first item is a Stampin' Around Roller with two attachable wheels and a black ink cartridge that has hardly been used. The designs on the wheels are Swirlies and a Flourishy Flower and Polka Dot design. See pics below. This set can be found here for only $10.00!
This is a Christmas Stampin' Up set from 2005. I used it to make Christmas cards for my mother to send out. I love how you can stack the different designs to customzie your tree! It also comes with a cute little sentiment! This set can be found here for only $10.00!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lora's Blog Candy

Hop over to Lora's blog to enter to win this fabulous glue gun!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

JuJu Bee's Cricut Cartridge Giveaway!

Hey guys! Just thought I'd share some blog candy with you all! Hop over to JuJu Bee's to enter for your chance to win!