Black and white and pink and red - October Afternoon

I love this line from October Afternoon. I never would have put these papers together - and I certainly can't take the credit for choosing them to go together. They are the back sides of the paper. Amazing! I love the pink with the red.
These pictures were taken awhile ago - back when it was warmer out - as in, above zero. It was the last time we got out to play. Zack and I took a sled to the park and within seconds of getting out of the car he was grabbing snow to throw at me and flopping down on the ground to make snow angels.

Do you ever have one of those products where you just KNOW you are getting your money's worth?

But since I NEVER pay full price, aren't I always getting my money's worth? I purchased this Martha Stewart butterly stamp awhile ago, thinking "but I have a boy...how can I use butterflies?" Ah, but I do! I have used this little ol' punch so MUCH. I love it! Am I butterfly overdosing?
Everything except the chipboard heart 'home' and vine, which are both Amy Butler, is from a kit from Scarlet Lime. The rest is SEI. Love this line. The kit is from September or October, and I've been hoarding it. Of course. Another product that I feel crazy good about is the rub ons in this layout. I bought a pack of them at the Hot Spot at Archiver's. I though it was two sheets, and the amount of vowels seemed adequate for the $1.99. When I opened them up, to my surprise, they contain FOUR sheets - a full upper and lowercase set - with extra vowels and extra r/s/t/l/n's as well. Huge value! Now I really regret not buying two. They are Heidi Swapp.
This is a photo of our woods in the fall; the journaling talks about how I can't imagine living any where else, and how much I hope we don't have to sell our house.

My Supah Hero

If you have a boy, you get it. Boys just....do their boy thing. The noises. The crazy sounds. The make-believe. Turning every thing into a gun or an army guy. So, I had to do a layout on what Zack said the other day. This Spiderman costume has gotten me my moneys worth. (Purchased the day after Halloween 2007 at Target. Half-price, of course.) Last week he says "Mom....hey mom....get me my Spider man costume. I want to save the day. I'm a supah hero." How can I NOT scrapbook something so sweet?! And in the picture on the far right is him saying something he says ALL the time "loook at my muscles mom...look at my big muscles." (only he says it Muh-sohs.)
I had a little strip of the Amy Butler paper - the grey and white circles -left from another layout . Doesn't it look great with the blue? I love it. The little row of stars is from some Jenny Bowlin stuff I've been hoarding.


2 Sketches 4 You card of the week - embellished fabric flowers

I follow this sketch website, 2 Sketches 4 You, and actually got the card completed within the time frame this week. I love these colors! The fabric is Amy Butler...i punched them with my flower die on the Big Shot, and sewed the button on. The vine on the right is Amy Butler chipboard. Butterflies are punched (still in the butterfly mode), pink paper is Stampin Up! and the green polka dot is the backside of October Afternoon's winter collection....forget the exact name, but I love it! And, if you like the fabric flowers, I have several sets for sale here, with many more that still need to be uploaded as soon as I get the energy to be on Etsy for a long stint at a time. It's way too fun to make them, but photographing them and entering the listings isn't as fun. If you could just come over to my house, I'd show them to you! Or, you can see me at the craft show in Minneapolis and Chicago in April. Find info on all that here.

LOVE + Basic Grey 'offbeat' chipboard

I really wanted to make a circle card. I used my Creative Memories circle cutter to cut a circle with red and with white. I added the scalloped border to the bottom. I cut a small piece off the top and bottom, so you could see white above and below the red. I attached them with the pink ribbon. The letter chipboard stickers are from Target's $1 Spot. The hearts are from Hero Arts sets. After I showed it to sounding board of a husband, he said it looked like a skull had been cut in half, so I cut the white off the top and bottom. It looks better, but I still don't love the shape.
I do, however, love the Basic Grey line...the chipboard, the birds...I am hoarding a huge stash of this line. As I do with MANY of the BG lines. The tree stamp is from my new favorite, favorite of Favorites, Unity Stamp Co.

Hey Cupcake - Valentine's Gift Box from Top Note

So, I had to buy the Top Note die when Stampin' Up! came out with it last year. I'm always looking for more ways to use my Big Shot - which I LOVE. I punched the two sides on chipboard and the new Stampin' Up patterned paper. I used the rubons from the Level 3 hostess set (set comes with a stamp set of 4, patterned paper and rub-ons.) The 'hey cupcake' rubon went on as smooth as silk to the SU! wide grosgrain ribbon. Then, I adhered each side to an empty box that some spools of ribbon came in. The butterfly rubon seems a little out of place, I know, but it needed something, and I'm on a butterfly kick. I stuffed some pink confetti in it, and will add some little candies for whoever I choose to give it to.


Inpsired Blueprints layout - What it means to be your Mom.

A few weeks ago I found a new sketch site, Inspired Blueprints. The post a sketch each month. I have been participating in the last several sketches, because I LOVE that it gives me a place to start. Someone has already done half the work for me! At first I felt guilty using sketches, like I was cheating. But I've gotten over that, and now use them all the time.

Valentine's Day Wall Hanging

This large chipboard came in a page kit that I received at ScrapFest. I decided to make a Valentine's Day Wall Hanging with it. The center piece is made from the Top Note by Stampin Up! It is two put together, and the photo in the center covers the seam. My favorite piece is the second 'o'...it is a fabric heart punched from my Sizzix die and sewn onto a felt layer from the same die. You can find these flowers for sale on my Etsy website. this is an Amy Butler fabric. I am
working on getting all the flowers photographed and up for sale. If you don't see the one you like, check back! I'm getting them up as fast as I can.


I'm in love with a tree stamp.

I have been searching for a tree stamp. The perfect tree stamp. These from Unity kept catching my eye on their website, and I thought they were cute, but small. Then last week I went to our LSS, the amazing Crafts Direct, and saw them there. And they. Were. HUGE. I snatched them with bated breath. I could not believe how big there were. They are now my favorite set for fall, and luckily, I haven't scrapped all my fall pics yet, so this set will get a LOT of use.


Kristina's Card Challenge

The tickets came from a card from the Dollar Store - the entire front is made of these tickets, I just cut some apart. Hearts are from one of the new Hero Arts sets I'm still obsessed with. I love the orange Hero jewels!


Some random new cards

I gathered up all my Valentine's things, and made my Inspiration Station. I just love doing that...putting everything in a basket for the holiday. I love having it all right there. I read the idea on someone's blog way back when. It really does make it easier to have it all in one place. And I found this cute piece of Basic Grey flowery pink and brown cardstock. So I made a few random cards with it. Something about this Luxe orange and green piece really moved me. Using the cheapy Michael's chipboard flowers, I used a strip from Stampin' Up's Olive polka dot, and came up with this:

Kristina's Color Challenge #37 - These are my kind of colors!

Last week I made a few random cards. One used some Luxe paper that I really liked. Turns out, the card I made was kind of close to this week's color challenge! I took the chipboard button off, and added it to make this:
the chipboard heart and button were from Michael's dollar spot. I grabbed a couple packs when they were .60 - can't beat that price. The sentiment is from a new Hero Arts set that I just got. They are quickly becoming my very favorite stamp company. I think I've bought 4 packages in the last week. (Hello, 2009 budget?!?) Their images are SO crisp...and I now buy only "Made in the USA" polymer stamps. There really IS a difference.