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Thursday, December 11, 2008

A cute little birthday card

I turned on my computer on Tuesday morning to check e-mail and read my google reader (seriously makes blog reading sooooo easy) knowing full well that I had a mission: a mission to create a brithday card for my friend Patrice, who I was seeing later that day. Instantly, I decided to challenge myself when I saw Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration Challenge #34 - wonderful! Patrice's favorite color just happens to be purple, too. So I got to work. First, here's the inspiration image:

Now, what I did with it:

I love it! I envision myself using this color combination much more in the future. I also decided that I'm addicted to foam squares- note how everything is adhered that way? Hehe.

Supplies: Patterned paper: K & Co. (I absolutely LOVE this paper I bought at 50% off the full price of 9.99 at Michael's over Thanksgiving. It's wonnnnderful.), cardstock: Bazzill (light purple), Archiver's (dark purple), and unknown (green), Chipboard "P": Heidi Swapp, "Let's Party" Stamp: Studio G (also another Michael's buy), and Ribbon: Offray. ETA: Embossing powder: Stampabilities, Embossing ink: Ranger.

She absolutely loved it, by the way. Dinner at Applebee's was also absolutely delicious and fun. There's nothing like laughing until you cry the night before the last day of classes with six of the most interesting people you know.

Thanks for stopping by- leave a comment if you like the card! See you again soon. :)



Monday, December 8, 2008

Oh, it's definitely a Manic Monday...

I'm 95% percent sure I have the flu, but that's okay. At least I'm getting it done with early, right? Too bad finals start this week- blah.

I got a little time to scrap this past week and have a page almost done that I plan to finish when I need a break from studying this week. I can't wait for two weeks from now when the only things I'll have to worry about are Christmas, working, and scrapbooking. That will be heaven...

This past week, I was inspired by Amanda Probst's little gift of a coloring book Christmas countdown from her blog I made a couple, bound them together (and realized one thing I neglected to pack in August- my BIA wires. Sigh. I found a couple scraps, though), and then decorated the covers. A cute, simple project:

Embossing + Bling + Flowers = Perfect Girly Combination
Supplies: Patterned paper: KI Memories, Bling: The Paper Studio, "Merry Christmas" Stamp: Imaginisce (Archiver's Exclusive), Brad: The Paper Studio, Flowers: Prima

And here's a more manly version... haha.
Supplies: Patterned paper: KI Memories, Bling: The Paper Studio, "Merry Christmas" Stamp: Imaginisce (Archiver's Exclusive), Brad: The Paper Studio, Acrylic Star: Heidi Swapp, Charm: Unknown

Then, I made a thank you note for my boyfriend's parents. They were so sweet- they sent me a birthday card and gift; I was not expecting that at all!

Proof that a little Stickles goes a lonnng way. I love how this turned out! I was inspired by Amy Rysavy and how she often stamps on patterned paper. So cute.

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Green), My Mind's Eye (Blue), Cardstock: Archiver's (blues), The Paper Studio (white), Ink: Black StazOn, Glitter Glue: Stickles, Ribbon: Offray, Stamps: Autumn Leaves (Second Nature by Rhonna Farrer)

Also, be sure to check out Adrienne Kennedy's blog and leave a comment on this post- she's giving away a whole bunch of stamping wonderfulness!

Oh, and my birthday was wonderful. It's hard to believe that happened almost two weeks ago already. Here's me ready to blow out the candles:

Contrary to popular belief, I'm not four... but I did learn that tea light wicks stick to frosting after being lit. Ha! Thanks to all of my friends and family for making my day and weekend extra awesome. Two other favorite pictures:

I was really excited for the awesome hat & mittens the bf got for me. Exactly what I wanted!

Best friend Jeb and I went to a movie and he bought Twlight for me. I'm waiting after finals to read it, and I can't wait. I've heard such good things!

Well that's all for now, folks. Have a great week and savor the joy of the holiday season while it's here. Christmas always seems to be over for me before I know it.



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Some things to share, finally...

Wow- only two pages in the last three months- that's weak. Ha! I'll have to do a lot of catching up over break; there's been so much to scrap and not any time to scrap it with.

To-do in the next couple months:
-Document college so far
-Make a voting/ election page
-Christmas gifts
-Cards up the wazoo
-Celebrate my birthday in ten days. Woohoo!

Here are some shares:

A layout I did last week (or was it the week before? I can't even remember!)
This is my dorm room (before we got a futon 5 weeks ago and rearranged it, at least. I love this Basic Grey patterned paper- it's totally me.
Technique: Writing on Maya Road sheers with white paint pen, then letting the scalloped circle show behind it. Cute, no?
I'm currently obsessed with lopsided scallops; they keep appearing in all of my doodles.

Supplies: Cardstock- American Crafts (blue), The Paper Studio (white) and Bazzill Basics (pink), patterned paper- Basic Grey, flowers- prima, scallop punch- Marvy Uchida, Sheer label- Maya Road, white gel pen- Sakura, white paint pen- ZIG by EK Success, brads- unknown.

And a card:

This was for my friend, Cole, whose birthday was on Saturday. I made it on a whim using some cute scraps I had lying around.

Supplies: Cardstock- Bazzill Basics, Patterned Paper- American Crafts (green) and October Afternoon (I'm pretty sure, at least- correct me if I'm wrong) (black), Transparency- Hambly, Brads- The Paper Studio, Black ink- StazOn by Tsukineko, Stamps- Studio G, white pen- Sakura.

Other random things:

Last week when I was folding laundry, I finished folding my t-shirts and this is what I found:
Wow, I really do go to Minnesota. Go Maroon and Gold!

Also, I went to the football game against Madison this weekend. It was a wonderful weekend full of reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. This a picture of the stands at the game:
And this is what me and one of my friend (and some others in our group), Greg, looked like:
Did I mention that we're crazy? Haha. It was really fun, though. It was also nice being back in Wisconsin. I had fresh cheese curds again, which is my true food love... YUM! They only have fried ones, it seems, in Minnesota.

Alright, one last picture- the Capitol building from State Street. How gorgeous is this?

Enjoy. I'm feeling creative but am hindered by the 5 papers I have to write this week. I'll be back soon enough, though. Hope everything is going well in the world of scrapbooking for you!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today makes history.

Why not be part of it? Get out and vote, no matter whether you vote for the same person as me or not, as long is everyone's voice is heard, I'll be happy.

And no, Obama is not a terrorist.

And no, McCain will most likely not die in office.

(On campus, people say those things all the time. Silly.)

Cool Election Link - Why is voting always on Tuesday?

Also,use your "I Voted" Sticker at the following locations for free things today:
Starbucks- Free Tall House-brewed coffee
Ben and Jerry's- Between 5 and 8 pm, free scoop of ice cream (That's where I'll be!)
Krispy Kreme- Free star-shaped doughnut

Enjoy the free food, get out and vote, and I'll be back in a couple days with a new page or two for you to see, I hope!



Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy favorite month

October has, and always will be, my favorite month. The brisk weather, the sports, the colors... everything is gorgeous and enjoyable. Happy October to you- I hope you get the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of this glorious month.

Last week was insanity- one test, four papers, and three graphic design projects. I thought that I was going to go crazy, but somehow I made it through. Hopefully I never have a week that bad again. A major thanks goes out to my friends who calmed me down when I was freaking out and gave me something to laugh about. I (heart) Chino Latino's on Friday night- so contemporary (and loud... but that's okay). Here are a few pictures:(gorgeous, contemporary lighting)(the exterior of the building... the sign is just a little thing outside the door, but the front is covered with metallic coins and the inside is filled with hundreds of people)(One of our favorites... a corn-bean salsa)(Yummy fish tacos)(Loved the menus... so vintage-y)
On Saturday, we went to 8th Street Grill for dinner. It was a smaller, pub-like restaurant. On the way there, I saw this view. Gorgeous.
I love this city...

Last week, Stacy Julian hosted a challenge to "Give Yourself a Present" and make a mini book of pictures from October first (or about that time) that you could keep in your purse to reflect back on this time. A year from now, we'll all make pages about our experience and compare how things have changed. I thought this was a cool idea- so here's my attempt. Lucky me- it was a gorgeous day out. I took pictures of my surroundings and favorite things. I also included pictures of things I was thinking about, like my cat back at home.
(This is how the hidden pictures look when out of their pockets.)Supplies: pp- American Crafts, cs- American Crafts (orange, reverse of pp is pink) and The Paper Studio (white), transparencies- Hambly, Transparent Shapes- Heidi Swapp, rub-ons- Hambly, Letter stickers- Making Memories (small black), The Paper Studio (big black), ink- Tsukineko (StazOn), Black marker- ZIG, mini book- Making Memories

Cute, simple, and matchy-matchy. I think I'm in love with it.

Are you doing the mini album challenge?

It's really easy and fun, I promise.

Adios for now,


Saturday, September 27, 2008

One more thing...

I needed one more thing to extend my coveted procrastinating homework time. I essentially have about twenty hours of work to put in on design projects in the next couple days, so I really should get started. In a while, the boyfriend is coming over and maybe I'll be more focused to get work done when he's deep into the world of mechanical engineering (blah).

Regardless of why I'm writing, I have a few cute things to share with you:

1. Card for one of my boyfriend's roommates- seriously one of the nicest people I've ever met. He was so excited to receive it yesterday! Happy birthday, buddy. :)

Supplies: pp- My Mind's Eye, cs- The Paper Studio (white) and unknown (green), ribbon- Offray, "happy birthday" stamp- Studio G, black marker- ZIG, green ink- Tsukineko (StazOn)

2. I felt like scrapping some of the pictures I got in the mail the other day. Here's one that shows my mess packing back at home, packing it all into the van, and then the drive into Minneapolis. I love this paper so much! <3 style="text-align: center;">I added a little "pop" with some pop dots.I loooove writing like this. I wish my handwriting looked this neat when I wasn't trying so hard!

Supplies: pp- American Crafts, cs- Bazzill, arrows- Grungeboard by Tim Holtz, letter stickers- American Crafts, black pen- American Crafts, black ink- Tsukineko (StazOn), rub-on letters- Miss Elizabeth's, black paint pen (on backside of transparent brackets)- ZIG, brackets- Making Memories, pop dots- EK Success

That's all in the scrapbooking world for now, but I have another little thing to share. How cute is this sweatshirt?

Their new CD comes out on Tuesday... I'm excited.

Okay, time to go eat and get started on some not-so-fun stuff.



Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I'm going through one of those crazy times right now where I'm inspired by everything. I love it, but my brain works so fast and complicatedly. {I kind of miss simple.} It could be all of the caffeine that I've had to today to wake me up, though. Ha.

Here are some things I've been meaning to write. Warning: this will probably long. You'll like it, though. :)

1. I saw a band called We the Living on Friday. They were impressive, and it's so cool that bands come to visit campus. Love it. Check them out:


(cell phone picture, because I didn't have my camera with me)

1a. I (and every guy in the U's chapter of Beta Theta Pi) have a current obsession with Rock Band 2. We play it wayyy too often. I love those guys... and how they sing.

2. Of course, I actually did have my camera with me for lecture today. Why? I'm not sure, but it did come in handy. Want to see what I'm learning?
Yay for nitrogen and soil systems. My teacher is obsessed with concept maps. Ha.

2a. I also had my camera with me the other day to capture the beautiful (almost) fall day...

3. Card for the boyfriend. I like making him cute cards every month to celebrate monthly anniversaries. I always looks for excuses to make days special... and to make cards.

Supplies: circle punch- EK Success, Black Ink- StazOn, rubon letters- Doodlebug, Transparency- Hambly, orange cs- DCWV.

4. Scrapfest Projects- Make and Takes... wonderful! I wish I had more time to do more, but here are pictures of the few I got to do:

(American Crafts... Love this!)
(EK Success... I need to get those scalloped circle punches!)
(Hambly Studios... my new love.)

5. My Hambly Class- this is just a picture of the cover, because I still need to add pictures. I'll be sure to share the finished product when I'm actually done, though.

Also, there was so much extra product. I'll be using Hambly products for a while on everything... and I'm okay with that. :)

6. The free paper pack. It looks cute, but I haven't had time to play yet.

7. My favorite music... I downloaded some new stuff a few days ago and have been falling in love with it constantly over the past 48 hours. New album loves:
Dashboard Confessional - The Shade of Poison Trees
Jack's Mannequin - Everything in Transit
Paramore - Riot!
Motion City Soundtrack - Commit this to Memory
Quietdrive - When All That's Left is You

Next time, I'll have a couple color design projects to share with you and maybe a completed Hambly book? We'll see. I should probably get off to class. I miss being in the scrapping world, but I'll be back soon.