Sunday, November 10, 2013

blogger sabbatical

Ahhh.  It was a good blogger sabbatical :)  
One discovery this year off was that the fancy DSLR camera doesn't cut it when photographing 2 1/2 year old boys.  I smashed the UV filter when one dove head-first off a carved animal bench at the zoo.  
(Could this be why I'm still patching together two years worth of Project Life?)

But let's not miss this opportunity to share bits from my favorite season... fall!  This is the time in San Diego when I finally go to the beach.  The tourists are gone, you can actually find parking, and it's cool mornings & warm afternoons.  

I'm also proud of my 1st adventure on a stroller-free excursion just one parent! C (my 7 yr.old) took great pics...
Halls hangin at Crystal Pier:

Then... Halloween.  We enjoyed the SeaWorld Spooktacular, school carnivals and neighborhood trick-or-treating.  C dressed up as Frankie Stein & the boys were a pair of monsters (of course).  I snuck in a few photos of some teacher BFFs, too.

We'll be busy bees in November.  For fun, here's a look at daily holiday prep & C's extracurriculars... let the crazies begin!... :
  • Sushi Deli day out!
  • UCSD field trip (my AVID class)
  • yoga 
  • choir
  • robotics & birthday party
  • soccer game & SeaWorld Xmas celebration
  • zoo or Wild Animal Park trip
  • lacrosse
  • Girl Scouts
  • yoga; parent-teacher conferences (my students)
  • choir; ten-year anniversary of meeting M!
  • robotics & date night
  • soccer gamer; brownie troop in holiday parade
  • soccer team BBQ
  • thanksgiving prep/cleaning
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratories field trip (C & me)
  • turkey brining
  • Thanksgiving at home
  • Black Friday shopping?
  • tree decorating
  • holiday choir concert
  • lacrosse
  • Girl Scouts
  • yoga
  • choir
  • robotics & December Nights at Balboa Park
  • Lion King performance in LA
  • choir performance at Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park
The activity slows down later in December to leave time for parties, friends, Christmas books & crafting, and a family trip to the Compton cabin (up among the joshua trees in the high desert).

Come by to see what's in store :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

creepy cast of characters

Happy Halloween!  It's my favorite day of the year - so full of magic!

I went Clean & Simple on the card... just coloring, punching, embossing, edging & a ribbon wrap around the popped-up panel.  It's a longer card - made to fit a business envelope.

A bit of die cutting & stamping on the inside.

And here's the spooky family at C's Halloween Carnival:
Mom with a vampire bat & the skeleton crew - James & Dean.

Dad & the vampire as she reveals her reverse fangs - that 1st grader smile :)

Enjoy your day! (Hope everyone on the east coast's safe & sound.)

Monday, July 23, 2012

SAF haul

It's time to throw in the towel :)  I'll return to earn some final badges, but for now it's time to move on with the week.  What fun!  I learned so much and shared such good times with good friends.

See you all next year!!

SAF 5: MiniBook

Lots of cranking for this next project - a Summer 2012 Mini-Book.  It's my 1st full day of summer break so I have weeks to take photos, print them on white border wallet size, and embellish the pages.

I used a paper pack that I love so I'd always be able to see it again :)  The center of each page is a stamper's select cardstock base, and each side is lined with paper - patterned on the front and solid on the back.  This made each page nice & study, and all I'll have to do is insert the photos and embellish (if I want, or not!).

The colors on the back are in a rainbowish pattern (because, I'm like that).

Can't wait to fill those pages with family love!


paper - PTI stamper's select white, stamper's select white; Basic Grey Urban Prairie (entire back)
dies - PTI Card Base-ics 2
accents - 1" binder clips in black & white

Sunday, July 22, 2012

SAF 4: Tie-dye

I finally got to try two things I've been wanting to do - rainbow tie-dye with my Copic airbrush and a circle card.

This is a little tribute to an old Deee-lite song, 'Mind Melt', from the album Dewdrops in the Garden.  A 90's classic.  I thought it might be fun to try cards inspired by music, so we'll see what else I come up with.



stamps - graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime
ink - PTI true black
paper - PTI raspberry fizz, stamper's select white
tools - Copics

Saturday, July 21, 2012

SAF 3: Beads

Since the day was suddenly gone, we decided to jump straight to the friendship beads.  Making a bracelet was F-U-N!  Neither of us had done any bead work, so we all enjoyed a new craft.
We used matte Modge Podge, metal & glass beads, and shiny cat eye hearts.  This was my FAV part of the day - not that I really need a new way to spend $... :)

It wasn't a massive haul, but we left with full bellies, cards, notepads, and bracelets.

SAF 2: Ribbons

I love all things rainbow so I picked the satin dots ribbon strips technique:
 So shiny - but hard to see in the early light.  Lovely!

Well... it took all day what with the twins, yet finally we managed to pull off:
I'm so impressed with Jyothi!  Her notepad on the left is a true original - all her own design - and only her second creation after the morning make & take.  It is awesome!

I must say, I'm diggin' this new technique!!


stamps - PTI Cupcake Collection
ink - PTI smokey shadow
paper - PTI soft stone, Pretty Pastels
dies - PTI Cupcake Collection, Tiny Tags
accents - PTI cream twine, vintage buttons in harvest gold & lemon tart, swiss dots ribbon in sweet blush, harvest gold, lemon tart, spring moss, aqua mist, spring rain & lavendar moon; EK Success border punch, Marvy scalloped circle punch (pink), pearl accent
other - white notepad