Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I'm a schizophrenic....and so am I.

Who doesn't love a little What About Bob? (Even though this quote drove me nuts when I was taking AP Psychology... schizophrenia is NOT multiple personality disorder. I should know...and so should I. haha. Couldn't resist!) Anyway, I apologize for the back and forth between holidays, but seriously people. THE HOLIDAYS. They start with Halloween and end with.... what.... Easter??? And then the 4th of July is right there in the middle of summer to tide us over for a few months. I LOVE celebratin'!

Ok I totally said that like a Texan. On purpose of course. ;) Stampin' Up! released this CUTE stamp set today. Pretty sure this redheaded Texan NEEDS it!!! (And no, I don't listen to country music.)


Anyway, that was a fun little surprise this morning. Then I finished this little baby for a swap.



I was so pleased with how it turned out! I was stuck FOREVER with the Freaky Friends stamped in black on the Tangelo Twist cardstock and had no idea how to salvage it. Google of course came to the rescue (as well as my sister Julienne's listening ear) with this image that inspired me.


All those paper decorations made me think of those paper rosettes used a TON for home decor these days. Then I thought of this awesome stamp set called Starburst Sayings. Super cute. This image (shown in the closeup of the card) ALSO reminded me of those paper rosettes. Done and done! Except I might want to add a few more of those stamped "rosettes". Hmm. Love em.


The excitement doesn't stop there! Right when I finished the card and started lunch for the littles, ding-dong! The UPS man (Brown Ho-Ho according to Evan) brought me the funnest box of goodies I've ever received! (There was even a sweet little card inside from the girl who packed it up! Thanks Julia!) Lots of goodies, but right on top was the HALLOWEEN WREATH!!!!!! I'm SOOOOO excited to put that bad boy together!!!!! 
You can probably guess what I'll be posting about tomorrow! ;)


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ahhhh Noël

It's 3AM and I've been up for 2 hours.

So, what do you do when you can't sleep? I Pinterest. :)

Sometimes it just keeps me going with all those exciting images and ideas, but tonight (ugh this morning!) I figured out how it can calm me. I stumbled upon a pinner that immediately spoke (en français) to my heart. Amid the dozens of boards, there was a merry little one that caught my eye, and I began to devour it.

16 years ago I lived in Strasbourg, France at Christmastime. It was beautiful. The lights, the marché, the TREE, the snow.

Oh. Snow.

There is something so peaceful about a white Christmas. And if I can't have a white Christmas outside, I certainly can make one inside. I can hear you yelling at me: summer's not even over yet!

Well...



THIS year instead of wanting it ALL, I want it all to be about peace and joy. And yes,
I do intend to keep calm.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Halloween Card Epiphany!

Ok, so back in 2006 when I FIRST signed up to be a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! I bought the CUTEST Halloween stamp set. It was called Booglie Eyes. SO ADORABLE. I still have that set, but I neeeehvaaaaah use it! So, while at the Annual Convention (Inspire. Create. Share. 2014) I saw this NEW Halloween paper and matching stamp set and of course, HAD to have it. Totally justified by the fact that Halloween is Evan's favorite holiday. That kid loves zombies and ghoulies and ghosties, but mostly all the candy. So, it got me to thinking, how can I really USE these cute things? And I thought, hey! most people don't send out Halloween cards, they do treat bags or favors though, AND who doesn't love a thank you or just because card that is fitting for the season??? I got REALLY excited about that one. I LOVE sending handmade cards because everyone gets so excited! It's kind-of like sending flowers.... only BETTER because flowers die, but you can keep the kind words on the beautiful cards forever really! I have a friend who keeps a little box for all her sweet notes received. I need to start that one too. Anyway, I LOOOOOVE this Halloween set "Freaky Friends" and the matching Designer Series Paper "Motley Monsters". It will be available on August 28th, or you can join my team and get it now! (Ask me how, and learn more about the opportunity to earn a Mediterranean Cruise!!!! Ooh la la!!! Also ask me how to get a free Holiday Catalog sent to you today!)

Evan spotted this baby amidst the creative clutter in my "office"
and said "why did you make that Mom?"
Translated: "That's awesome. Can I have it?"

Let the Halloween card festivities begin! And don't you fret Bat-Woman Brooke.... I have a special one coming up for you!!! bwahahahaha!!!!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Love Who You Are!

This morning before the internet crashed for the rest of the day, I had an email with an article titled "58 Reasons to Feel Good About Your Body (at Any Size!)" You can read it here. I have always felt that women especially are MUCH too critical of themselves (myself included)! I love this line from the article "Let us all stop the criticism and emphasize the positive." Amen sista! We need to LOVE who we ARE and who we were intended to be! It immediately reminded me of a free stamp I got at Inspire. Create. Share. 2014, so I ran upstairs and put together this little beauty.




I just LOVE that saying! Love who you are! It was calling out for some marker love. I always let my creativity take over, which means most things don't turn out as planned, but sometimes "planned" is overrated. This went from a star in the sky idea to more of a beachy starfish and pearls kind of thing. And I love it just the way it is. That just reminded me of Bridget Jones' Diary and now I'm going to go watch the awesome fight scene between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Head Swap Video Tutorial


Face swapping with MDS!

We had a FABULOUS (and busy!) vacation in Utah for about 10 days. I was able to attend Stampin' Up!'s annual convention (now called Inspire. Create. Share.) SO MUCH FUN!!!! Dylan's extended family had a reunion that we were able to attend, and we spent some time with my family at our cabin. Oh how I miss those mountains!!!!!

My sister Porsche was so nice to take some much needed family pictures while we walked around Silver Lake. (Thanks Porsche!) Although I'm not a photographer, I do know how hard it is to get everyone looking and smiling at the camera at the same time! I was very happy with the pictures captured, but the perfectionist in me needed to combine a few pictures to get the PERFECT one! I found a few head swapping tutorials online using Photoshop, but I don't have the program, and Dylan doesn't (or shouldn't) have time at work to play around with it, so I thought, what about MDS? There's got to be a way to do it! So.... I played around and here's what I came up with! If you're interested in a tutorial, let me know and I'll make one!

If you are interested in My Digital Studio, click here! You can get a free 30 day trial, or buy the program for $19.95. Note that the purchased program has a TON of extras that the free trial doesn't have. The trial just gives you a small sample of the papers, embellishments, stamps, etc. Let me know how you like it!

BEFORE

AFTER


Also, if you're interested in the fun Designer Series Paper Stampin' Up! has to offer, 
don't miss out on the BUY 3 GET 1 FREE special that ends this Thursday!!!

P.S. You know how I am, I'm a plan-ahead kind of girl. I like to get my Christmas cards done in July... maybe August, so forget about this picture until you get your Christmas card this November/December!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Convention 2014 Swaps

So, as a "new" Stampin' Up! demo I get to go to convention FOR FREE! How fun is that??? I wouldn't be able to do it except for the fact that we're having a big family reunion in Utah the same weekend! The stars have aligned. ;) haha. After attending the 2014 catalog release party, I'm REALLY excited for it! I'm a little nervous though. Anyway, I decided (last minute) to make a few cards to swap. So here they are!  I was actually surprised how fast I put these together! There are about 30 of them. I'm excited for the cards I'll receive in return, and the friends I'll make while I'm there!



I used one of my all time FAVORITE stamp sets! I recently needed a sympathy card, and this is a GREAT sentiment image! Everyone needs something beautiful during a time of sadness right? I love the sentiment and the reminder that whatever you're going through, it WILL pass, and if we can endure the trial, there will be blessings beyond our imagination! LOVE this stamp set. And the new in-color Blackberry Bliss?!?! FAVORITE! So lucky that I won that ink pad (and 2 others) at the catalog release party!

Are you ready for your close-up? haha.




Materials used: 
Card base 
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Versamark Ink
Heat & Stick Powder
Dazzling Diamonds

Other
From My Heart Stamp Set
Lovely Romance Stamp Set
Moonlight DSP stack
Burlap Ribbon
Venetian Crochet Trim
Blackberry Bliss Card
White Embossing Powder
Labels Collection Framelits
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Dimensionals
Snail Adhesive
Alphabet Rotary Stamp (to add my blog address to the back)