Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas





Remember that Halloween Advent calendar I made a few posts down?  Well, I couldn't let Christmas go without one too.  The pictures aren't too hot since I didn't really have a whole lot of room to work but you get the general idea.  I saw a picture of one in Pottery Barn Kids catalog...was looking over my friend Chrissy's shoulder as she was looking at it. :)  Anyway, I was inspired and made a trip to Wal-Mart.  The backing is just regular fabric that I doubled over and sewed.  I made loops instead of folding over the top.  The Christmas tree is made out of green felt.  I ironed wonder under on it (I'm totally in love with that stuff!!) and folded it in 1/2 and freehanded a tree and cut it out. I sewed around the edges and then ironed it on the fabric. I used a tag I found on one of my Cricut cartridges and cut it out of paper. I ironed wonder under on little sheets of felt and traced the tag pattern on the back and made ornaments out of them. The star was done the same way except I stitched around the star too. I also ironed 2 stars together to make it a little thicker. Before I ironed the ornaments on the tree, I placed a piece of ribbon under the top so I could tie candy canes on the ornaments later. I used a stencil to trace the numbers on the back of the felt...reverse them so they will be facing the right way when you turn them right side out. I finished up by decorating the ornaments with Stickles and tying on candy canes.  I hung it on a dowel I painted red and tied a wire-rimmed ribbon to hang it from the wall.  It turned out a lot bigger than I intended it too.  I did the tree part first and built the rest of it around it. Oh well...still really like how it turned out!

This is our Christmas tree.  The stinkin' cats think the ornaments are their own personal toys.  They are really annoying me! I used to put the tree by the front windows but this year I decided to change it up.  I conned Brandi into helping me move my living room around so now the tv is by the front windows and my tree is by the couch.  I think I like it this way.  It was a lot easier to decorate it since I didn't have 2 walls in my way. I still need to take pictures of my mantel but I'll do that later. I LOVE this time of year!!




Monday, November 15, 2010

Fun Pictures to Share

This is the last week of the Portraiture class I'm taking at Jessica Sprague. Here are some pics from last week's lesson.


And now, these are some pics from our Temple trip on Saturday.

Caden smelling what he considers a stinky flower...


Colton taking his time getting back to the picture-taking and then immediately running through the landscaping...

Forever family...



Great, supportive friends...

Wish I had composed this a little better so Caden's arm doesn't look chopped off, but really no time to do too much composing with kids who were ready to run around...

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Jessica Sprague Class

Head on over to Jessica Sprague's website...she has a new FREE class!! :) Yep...already signed up first thing this morning. They also have a blog hop starting today and you will end up with a digital Christmas kit. Have fun!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More Digital Layouts






These are the layouts from the first 4 Photoshop Friday's at Jessica Sprague.com. Check them out if you want to learn some fun (and easy) Photoshop (Elements too!) techniques.

What 11 Looks Like



It's hard to believe she's 11 now!! I took this picture of her yesterday in front of the garage. She looks so grown-up! It makes me kind of dread next year's picture. :(

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween!!

Halloween has been crazy busy this year...especially with all three kids in school. I had TONS of black felt leftover from the Halloween advent calendar I made, so I thought it would be a good idea to make little treat bags for the kids' classmates. It was a bigger job than I really thought it would be. I found these cute little bags on www.about.com and modified the pattern so they would be a lot smaller. After it was all said and done, there were 70 of them things!! The kids loved them though so it was worth the effort.




I finally got around to carving the pumpkins on Saturday. Caden picked out the skull and Colton wanted the cutesy face. Ali informed me that she will be picking it out next year. That's fine as long as I don't forget! Last year, Home Depot had this little Dremel pumpkin carving thingy that I meant to get this year if they had it. I forgot, but I have a feeling I won't forget to look for it next year!!



We took the kids to Target this year for their costumes. It was pretty last minute...we had decided to go cheap (read as what we could throw together at home) this year but Colty decided he HAD to be Iron Man. So off we went. Ali found this Cleopatra costume. She got a wig for it but it was too itchy so she didn't want to wear it. This was actually her second costume. Her best friend's dad dressed Ali, Lily, and their other friend Kasey up as zombies for the school costume parade. They went to the mall for their Halloween thing and ended up on the news! I'll post that picture later. This one is the kiddos right before Trick-or-Treating.



And this is the sunset shot from my backyard on Halloween night.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Photo classes

I've been playing with some pictures today. Here's my favorite one.



I'm taking a photo-editing class at Jessica Sprague too and was lucky enough to get a spot in the Portraiture class starting next week. I'm really excited about learning more! I've always loved photography but was never happy with my pictures. Sometimes I'd get lucky but it was ONLY luck. :)

Here are some more pics I've been playing with...




I'll post more later when I have a little more time. :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another digi layout

I promise this is the last one today. :D After I finished with the Photoshop Friday's I was working on, I started playing around making a template. Then, I had to make a page out of it so here ya go! The papers are from Life is Good by Echo Park, the flower and grow brushes from Au Natural Elements and Brushes by Crystal Wilkerson, and the swirly brushes were made by Jessica Sprague for one of the classes I took. All of them can be found at JessicaSprague.com.

Photoshop Friday

I've become seriously addicted to Photoshop Friday at JessicaSprague.com. On Friday's, the new episodes are only $1.00 and come with the supplies to make the sample layout, including the template. They are a lot of fun! I've spent all day today catching up on some of them. I got pictures scrapped now that wouldn't have been done any time soon if I was paper scrapping them. The kids have my scrap area completely destroyed and it's hard to be creative when you are kicking toys out of your way. That's a project for this week...







Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Crafts




This is going to be short...but these are a couple of the Halloween crafts I've been doing. I found the instructions for the advent calendar here at Executive Homemaker. LOVE that site! I still need to buy a dowel to put on the bottom but I was missing a few brain cells when I went shopping and just got the top one.

The pumpkin was made out of a dryer vent. You can find the instructions here at House of Hepworth's. This woman can work wonders with a can of spray paint.

So hope you enjoy them! And have fun visiting their web sites...you can spend hours on them. lol

Friday, October 1, 2010

Finally...scanned layouts!

These are the paper layouts I did over the summer. I didn't get a whole lot done but the kids were home for summer break too. I've seriously got to get upstairs and de-kid my scrap area...I'll take any volunteers!! :D



Sunday, September 26, 2010

Scrappy Weekend

We spent this past weekend in Arkadelphia at my mother-in-law's house. I took my laptop and played around with some layouts. I made this desktop too. I haven't put a new one up since April and I was getting tired of Ali bugging me about it. True, it says October but September is almost over anyway, right? I made it out of Shabby Princess's Harvest Spice kit and the cross-stitches are a brush I got from Obsidian Dawn. Shabby Princess has a LOT of free digital kits (very cute ones too!). You can actually get lost on both of those web sites. Anyway, I did this desktop for my computer. I made a png version too so you can add your own photos and put it on your own computer. Just let me know if you want one!!



These other two are just digital pages I was playing with too. The photos in the first one are part of the ones I took as part of the photography class I'm taking right now (see last post). The baby layout is Colton. The kit we got this month as part of our Premier membership on Scrapper's Guide was a baby kit.




And for this one...I found it while I was looking for the other projects I was putting on here. I forgot I even did this one! I really need to buy ink for my big printer so I can get all my digi pages in albums. Donations welcome! Just kidding...sort of. :)



I still haven't scanned my other pages. I'll get it done one of these days!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Return to Blogger-land

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) has started up again and today we were all listing our blogs. So...since I haven't been on here updating anything except for my background, I figured I'd better start. It's not like I haven't had anything to "report". We've been to St. Louis to watch the Cardinals play (and lose to) the Astros. We went to Disney World in June and saw Vicksburg on the way home. And I have been scrapbooking some...not as much as I was during my design team stints though. In fact, I have some pages that I desperately need to scan. I've been doing more digital while taking some Jessica Sprague classes (www.jessicasprague.com). Right now, I'm taking Candice Stringham's Oh Shoot Digital Photography class on Jessica's site. This week we are in MANUAL mode! I was playing around with it last night and took this picture of Ali...inside during the evening. This is without any editing except to resize it so it'll fit on here.



Not bad, huh?? Wish I had known all this in June...BEFORE the Disney trip. But that's ok...it rained just about every day we were there anyway so I didn't take too many pics for fear of ruining my camera. Anyway, this was taken with a Canon Rebel T2i, 1/25 shutter speed, f/6.3, 400 ISO, 50mm focal length, auto white balance, and NO flash. Yep...that's right...NO flash, indoors, with lamp light. And yes, I'm just a little bit proud of myself!! Miss Hardly-Ever-Left-Auto Mode-Without-Going-Into-A-Panic-Attack.

Here's some digital layouts I did during Jessica's Pen Tablet class I took a few weeks ago. Seriously, if you want to learn about digital scrapping or photography (including editing) and other fun stuff, check out her web site. She's even got a free class coming up in November. Another good site for learning Photoshop Elements is www.scrappersguide.com. Anyway, back to the layouts. All of them were done with templates that Jessica included in the class materials except for Play which I did from scratch.







Enjoy! And I'll try to get my paper layouts scanned tomorrow. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Christmas Projects




I'm finally getting around to post some of the gifts I made for Christmas. I made some Joy blocks too but I can't find the picture...probably didn't even take one. Figures. I found these plagues and coasters at Hobby Lobby back in the unfinished wood projects section. They were super cheap! The coasters were only 50 cents each and the plagues were $3.99 or something like that. I also used vinyl for the cutouts using my Cricut and Design Studio. Next time, I'll get the transfer paper too...placing those flourishes was more fun than I ever want to have again! Some of them have stickers, buttons, ribbon, and/or Stickles added. They were a lot of fun to make and super easy!