Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Football Mom's prayer...

Last night, I saw something that literally made my heart stop with fear.  A friend of mine posted a photo of an air evac helicopter in the middle of a football field, and said that an eighth grade football player had to be life flighted from their game after taking a hit. My heart stopped. You see, last night was an away game for my son, and the first game this season that I did not go to, since it was further away than most of his games. As I waited for my friend to respond about what game it was, and who was hurt, I prayed and hoped that it wasn't mine. But I knew even after finding out that it wasn't him, that another mama out there was watching her son and praying for his life. This business of being a mom is hard. I let him play for so many reasons. Sports are such a positive influence on kids, their self confidence, building relationships, learning to work and play well with others, and keeping them healthy and fit. But they can be hard as well. It is hard to watch your son's (or daughter's) team lose. It is hard to keep the right attitude and teach them good sportsmanship when they do. It is so hard to watch them go into potentially dangerous situations, and let them go. Even though you know that they are smart and careful, you know that bad things still happen. But I wanted the other mama's out there to know that I am praying for my son (and yours), and you are not alone in this scary business of raising a child.
And, for the son I am talking about; #85-

You keep doing your best, and I will keep praying for you. That you make the right choices. That you stay safe. And that you become a good man in the process!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Counterfeit Kit for September 2015

I know I say this every month, but how did it get to be September? It seems like I was just revealing my August kit... anyway, onward and upward!
The kit that we are being inspired by this month is the August Pop Art kit from Studio Calico:

I went with a very similar feeling, but softer, for my kit, "Sweet Citrus", for the lemon, lime, and orange loveliness in this kit:

This kit is fun, fresh, and bright, and I think I will have a great time with it this month! I found geometrics, text print paper, a mod floral, and the triangle embellishments immediately reminded me of this paper pad from Studio Calico. I even found a roll of white and gold washi tape.

Here is a look at the papers only in my kit:

I was feeling inspired by the fun colors and patterns of this kit, so I went ahead and took inspiration from this Project Life kit to make an embellishment mini kit:

My mini embellishment kit:

So, fun month ahead for about you? Why don't you try making up a kit from your stash and link up with us at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge so we can see what you're making? But first, be sure to hop around and see what the other designers have pulled together out of their stashes, and how this kit is inspiring them!

Guest Designer:  Cindy:
Margie: *YOU ARE HERE*

Monday, August 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop: Blank Canvas Challenge

Welcome to the CKCB blog hop! The challenge that I am inspired to share with you today is a page that I made for the blank canvas challenge:
Challenge 1: Blank Canvas:  Use WHITE as your background on your project.  Just plain white.  You can use what ever colors/papers from your kit to go on top, but the background paper must be white.

I started with white cardstock, and added a bit of mist droplets:

Added photos, papers, and other bits from my August kit, and came up with this page:

I love the results of taking this challenge, and I have lots left in my August kit. Maybe I'll take the "Wrapping Paper Challenge" next. I am feeling very inspired by this lovely paper:

Until I take the next next challenge, though, there is plenty for you to be inspired by! Here is the blog hop list so that you can see how others are using their kits this month:

Tina             http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.comSusan          http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.comMargie (YOU ARE HERE)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge 3 for August

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this sneak peek of this page:

As you can see, I am a little behind on using up my kits, so this page is taken almost entirely from my July kit. I was inspired a week or so ago to cut the tiny windows out of this fun Dear Lizzy frame paper with an exacto knife, and back them with tiny squares of the Teresa Collins patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad, and then backed the whole sheet with a lovely, thick piece of the Carta Bella textured paper. Then it sat in my scrap basket for several days, with out a given purpose. When I was looking over my challenge for the CKC blog this moth, I knew immediately that for a challenge based on the word "Friends", I wanted to write a little bit about the unique relationship that my girls share. I thought of this paper, found a picture that demonstrated some of the things that I wanted to talk about, and it all came together nicely for me in this page:


The journaling says: " Having a twin sister means having a built in best friend to fight with,laugh with, and share with. You are both great readers, and you had fun posing with Posiedon in Epcot's Italy pavilion, since you have both read several books with Greek mythology in them."

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal for August 2015

Wow, August already? Where did summer fly off to? I blinked and now it is time for back to school madness! But, that also means calm and quiet around the house during the daytime, and back to routines, which our family seems to function with much better. But, Saturdays are still my crafty time (except the next 2 weeks, they will be consumed with back to school shopping), so I made up another kit to craft with, all from my stash. The kit that we were given to be inspired by was the Scrappy Canary June Kit, called "Globe Trotter".

 I raided my stash and came up with a kit of my own supplies, which I am calling "World Traveler". I had some lovely globe paper that I "had" to incorporate from Carta Bella, along with some beautiful paper from Glitz Designs, paper and embellishments from Pink is the kit that I came up with:
I have a beautiful selection of goodies that I am excited to get started on for this month! Here is closer look into my suitcase of scrappy goodness:

 A cut apart sheet from Crate Paper, Maya Road Envelopes, Studio Calico brads.

 A peek at the pretty paper, a Pink Paislee "Solstice" 6x6 paper pad, Basic Grey Carte Postale metal clips.

Cork stickers, Pink Paislee epoxy stickers, American Crafts ribbon, Basic Grey Capture stickers.

I am feeling very inspired to create...but tired, so I think I will call it a night and send you around to all of the other design team member's blogs to see all of their Counterfeit Kits.
When I get a few pages made, I will be sure to share!
Here is the blog hop list:

We love it when you all play along too! How will you be inspired to create this month?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Sister is Having a Baby (Part 2) The Shower...Coral, Mint, Gold and Handcrafted With Love

The plan was to keep it simple... but when it comes to things that can be handcrafted, I never have enough time to make all of the things that I want to or am inspired to make. I knew right off the bat that I wanted to make a diaper cake, because I had so much fun making a towel cake for her bridal shower (6 years ago!):

After many hours searching pinterest for inspiration, a plan came together in my head, and this is the diaper cake that I came up with:

I made paper flowers with scrapbook paper, book paper, tissue paper, my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, my Mother's Day Bouquet Cricut cartridge, and a My Favorite Things Rolled Rose die:

I used the handmade flowers for the centerpieces, along the center of the table runner,  on the mini chalkboards to decorate them...

I made paper pinwheels and glittered rubber duckies, and I sewed the covers to the mason jars that I used to hold the centerpieces. Speaking of sewing, I sewed circle garlands which you can see a glimpse of here:

And here:

I used it over top of the tissue paper tassel garland that I made for my mantle:

I also stitched raindrops together that I had cut out with my Cricut (yes, my same trusty old friend that I have had for over 7 years!), and I hung them from the white balloon "clouds" to shower over the gifts table:

I did not make the cake, I had my mom pick one up from a nearby bakery (trust me, I am much better with paper decor!):

It was key lime flavored with cream cheese frosting, and so yummy! There were some pretty vanilla cupcakes for those who didn't like the key lime.

We played a game of late night diapers-and, yes, I made a coral tutu for the basket, and cut the sign shape from black cardstock, my Cricut, and my Storybook cartridge

I had a station set up for the guests to create headbands (the kids had a blast with this!!):

I had a handful of branches that I spray painted gold for them to hang the finished headbands on.
Instead of a guestbook, I had everyone sign in on cardstock onesies that I diecut with the Cricut Sampler cartridge, and clip them up on bakers' twine with mini clothespins:

We had lots of yummy food:
 chicken salad crossiants, cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, pinwheel sandwiches:
 fruit in chocolate dipped waffle cones with marshmallow cream cheese dip:
The guests brought books in lieu of cards, perfect for my school teacher sister:

I made a corsage for the mama to be:

A wreath out of diapers for the front door:

And some tissue paper poms for the corner of the dining room:

and, believe it or not, I actually got in one of the pictures, too:

So, this is why I haven't been posting much. My summer has been consumed with work and shower craftiness, but I should be back to "regularly scheduled" scrapbook craftiness soon. I am still recuperating!
I am linking up at the Idea Room link party:

The Idea Room

Monday, July 27, 2015

What I've been up to...and, My Baby Sister Is Having a Baby (Part 1)

No, I didn't drop off the planet, but you may never have guessed that, judging by the crickets here...chirp chirp! I have just had an extremely busy month, planning a baby shower for my sister, working full time (and it's our busy season, with senior portrait sessions in full swing), trying to cook actual meals, football starting back up for Evan, and oh, yeah, it's already time to start back to school shopping, can you believe it? It seems like summer just started! Anyway, I am here today to share a maternity session that I did for my "baby" sister last week, a couple of days before the shower.

Isn't she beautiful, all glowy and radiant?

She had a few ideas of shots that she had seen on Pinterest and wanted me to try, so of course we did:

Because, really, what could be sweeter than tiny baby shoes?

We did a few comparison shots to show just how tiny they really were:

I had to get dad in on the picture taking fun, too:

You can truly tell how much they love each other, and I am so happy for my little sis, and this sweet baby that is blessed to have them as parents.

Here's another favorite of my sister:

So, now you are partially up to time, the shower! And I definitely got crafty with it, so be sure to come back tomorrow night for the second installment!