Thursday, April 17, 2014

girl scout leader's day (+ father's day)

Talk about preparations, in the next five days we've got Easter, Earth Day and... Girl Scout Leader's Day!
I haven't had much crafty inspiration lately, but finding the cute T-shirt below got my creative juices flowing again:
(photo credit Girl Scouts San Diego)

The shirt I found is a lighter purple and the lavender print is GLITTER! I made a fun patch into a mini-card for the leader's daughter by cutting a window out of the card front.

The gift wrap came together by scrounging through my stash - don't you love that?  Of course, the sticker hides a rip in the bag :)

I wanted a badge card again, which is a CASE of a CASE I did from Heather Nichols. I searched for her original card but couldn't find it, so here's my original CASE:
The card design is entirely Heather's.  The matching coupons set is mine (coupons were printed and sewed together inside a cover with a booklet wrap):
Upon further inspection I discovered only 2 coupons had been used!  But isn't that what always happens with these kinds of gifts ;)

Now here's the freshened-up Girl Scout version:

The badges have a light border stitching from the Daily Designs.  I hand stamped 'LEADER'S' (in case that wasn't already obvious :) ) then masked off 'Happy Father's Day' to create the font strip. I'm wondering why I didn't use pop dots before?  The extra dimension is just what the card needed. 

So if you know a Girl Scout leader yourself, tell them thanks on April 22nd!  :)

SUPPLIES: (all PTI except where noted)
STAMPS: Background Basics: Woodgrain, Masculine Motifs, Daily Designs & Joann's brand Studio G Series 3 Alphabet rubber stamps
INK: Dark Chocolate, Fresh Snow & Versamark
CARDSTOCK: Kraft, New Leaf, Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria
DIES: Woodgrain impression plate
EMBELLISHMENTS: Plum Pudding buttons, Winter Wisteria twill ribbon
TOOLS: Marvy Super Jumbo (blue) circle punch, EK Success 1 3/4" circle punch

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.