Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our New Love

I've been a bit out of the action lately, and for a very good reason!  We had our little baby boy on May 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm. He came in at 7 pounds 7 oz and 21 1/2 inches long.  He's long and lean and has so much hair!!!

I will be checking in periodically now that we're home and settled :-)

Here are some pics of our new little guy, Elijah!


Snoozing with his Dad :-)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Card Sketch

I love card sketches and find they give me a bit of a jumping off point if I'm feeling less than creative :-)  They're also fun because you can use them as a definitive map, or as a rough sketch.  The ladies at Practical Scrappers have been showing us fun card sketches every month and the May sketch is just as fun!

Here's my little take on it.

Hope this gets your creative juices flowing, and please stop by the Practical Scrappers Blog for more card sketch inspiration!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Ten Things Tuesday - Watercolors

This week over at the Practical Scrappers, the ladies are working Watercolors into their crafty projects.  Having a minor in Studio Art in college, I seem to have lots of paints and charcoals and other bits and bobs floating around in my stash.  I seem to forget about them while I'm in the midst of paper crafting, so this was a fun challenge to bring them back into the game :-)

For my card, I created the abstract, blue background by dropping concentrated, liquid watercolor paints onto a plastic sheet.  I then coated the paint with water and used a pin to stir the colors together. When I found a pattern I liked, I pressed the corners of my white card stock into the mixture. After it had dried, I used regular black ink and stamps over the top.  Turns out the paint wasn't totally dry when I stamped over it, but I actually like how it turned out.  Much more soft and "shabby" than what I normally create.  

So, if you have some watercolors hidden away in your stash, stop on by Practical Scrappers and get some inspirations and show us what you're creating too!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Practical Scrappers: Ten Things Tuesday - Fabric

It's another beautiful Tuesday, so that means another Ten Things over at Practical Scrappers!  The ladies are giving us some fun and creative ways to incorporate fabric into our creations.

My take on this week's challenge was to use some leftover scraps from a maxi skirt project I undertook last week (really looking for anything to fit over my 9 month prego belly at this point!).  I still had the scraps on the craft table and found they were fun to pull and twist into different shapes.  Eureka!  It's a design moment :-)

After wrapping the fabric around the edge of the framed out section of the card, I filled the frame with clear plastic and adhered the little elephant with extra pop up tape.  He looks like he's floating and who doesn't love a little magic on a little boy's card :-)

I just found out another of my friends is having a little boy, so this is headed her way shortly :-)

Check out the other fun ways that the Practical Scrappers are using fabric over at their blog!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

UnstampaBelles: Easel Cards

Hello my scrappy friends!  This month is a fun one over at the UnstampaBelles Challenge :-)  The ladies are working on Easel Cards, and since it is something I've never tried before, I had the adventure of learning something new!

I was a bit hesitant to give it a go, but after carefully measuring and following this tutorial, I was able to create something really cute in a short amount of time.  One of the things I really love, is that the card sits up to display itself while letting you add extra pops of color along the bottom.  So fun!

This one will be going out to my lovely Aunt, whose birthday is my baby's due date!!  Both are right around the corner...yikes!  :-)

So please stop on by the UnstampaBelles Challenge and show us you beautiful take on Easel Cards and see what the other fabulous ladies have created.  I promise, you won't be disappointed :-)