Monday, October 27, 2008

Some Christmas Inspiration

I intended to have my November workshop items ready to post tonight, but I am not feeling well today. Oh well, maybe tomorrow!

For now I will share something I made last year. I LOVE this album and the format. It is so quick and easy. I have yet to add pictures & journaling to my final product, but I know it will get done some day.

This is a CTMH 9x9 Memory Showcase (accordion album). I used Everlasting Level 2 papers (the main colors are Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, and Bamboo), and a variety of stamp sets and embellishments. Please feel free to contact me if you want more info on this!

Friday, October 24, 2008

October Workshop

Apparently October was a busy month for everyone! I created these cute, seemingly irresistible projects for my October Workshop--but no one was able to come. So, I guess they weren't so irresistible after all--LOL! Really, everyone did say how cute they thought they were. I guess Em's teacher will get a fun little Halloween surprise on Friday!

Happy Haunting card supplies (all CTMH):
Colonial White cardstock
Garden Green cardstock
Enchanted Level 2 paper pack
Halloween Fun stamp set
Twill ribbon
Garden Green brads

ink/marker colors: Garden Green, Barn Red, Smokey Plum, Honey, Goldrush (pumpkin)

idea from: my original design

dimensions: finished card is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Halloween Treat Box supplies (all CTMH):
Honey cardstock
Colonial White cardstock

Enchanted Level 2 paper pack
Annotations stamp set
October Word Puzzle stamp set
Seasonal Thoughts stamp set
Antique Copper Bitty Brad
White Hemp

ink/marker colors: Barn Red, Pansy Purple, Olive Green, Honey

idea from:
Nichole Heady/PaperTrey Ink
This is the direct link to the tutorial for this box on her blog. Be sure to check out all the other delicious eye candy she shares on a regular basis!

dimensions: finished box is approximately 3" x 4.25" x 1"

Autumn Votive Luminary supplies (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):

vellum paper
Vineyard Berry cardstock
Autumn Splendor stamp set
September Word Puzzle stamp set
sheer green ribbon (other)

ink colors: Autumn Terracotta, Vineyard Berry, Honey, Cocoa, New England Ivy

idea from: a friend and former SU rep many moons ago

dimensions: finished project is approximately 11" x 3"
Thursday, October 23, 2008

And it Begins....

Well, here I am.....finally taking the plunge.........starting my own blog. I can't figure out what prompted me on this Thursday night in October to do such a thing. Perhaps it is because I had a such a wonderful day from beginning to end and realized I needed a way to capture these moments........

I got to sleep in just a bit this morning because Mel took Emily on her first Kindergarten field trip today. I didn't have any of my usual morning responsibilities of getting her up and ready for school. No arguments over what to have for breakfast. No long, sad goodbyes at daycare. I still got to school a few minutes late, but quite relaxed nonetheless.

My day teaching 29 fourth graders was surprisingly uneventful. The kids were good, we laughed, we worked....I think they actually learned stuff today! Then, because Mel had Emily, I got to go shopping after school with no nagging hurry to get home. I went to The Avenue (bought a new sweater for only $10 with my coupon--took a risk and picked the fuchsia one!) and Craft Warehouse (bought a new smaller scallop circle punch and some Basic Grey magnets for an upcoming project). Just little things--but they made me smile.

Then, to top off the night, when I got home Mel suggested we go to Em's favorite restaurant for dinner. So we hopped in the truck and made our way to Sweet Tomatoes. No dinner for me to cook and no dishes to clean up afterwards. Pure heaven!!

So after coming home, getting Emily ready for bed, cleaning up my mess in the studio (I decided I am NO LONGER calling it the craft room--hee hee!), checking my e-mail and various other favorite websites, I guess I decided now was the perfect time to start a blog.

Soon you will see here not only snippets of the love and laughter in my life, but also many of the projects that are products of the creativity of my inspired soul (hence, the name of this blog). But not tonight. For now I will just share with you a picture of the angel who inspires my soul every day. I hope you have someone who inspires you, too!