Friday, February 27
Sunday, February 22
Thursday I woke up and promptly got sick everywhere. Before I had time to really figure out WHY I could be feeling like death, my 4 year old daughter started getting sick. Thank GOODNESS she's learned to make it to the bathroom to throw up. At least that room can be hosed down. LOL. By the evening I had spent 5 minutes of every 20 praying to the toilet that it would stop ALL day!
I must have passed out at some point in the early evening and my daughter, bless her heart, was smart enough to call Daddy for help. He rushed home and rushed me to the ER. I spent all night at the ER with IVs for fluids and a shot in the bum to help with nausea. By Friday morning I was able to keep fluids down so they let me go home. My daughter was released Thursday night after only a few hours. I am still not feeling 100% and haven't been able to keep food down, but liquids are fine. I am feeling decent so long as I stay DOWN. Trying to stand is a mistake.
Two things I learned from this experience? 1. ALWAYS keep your toilet clean because you never know when you will spend all day resting your face on it! 2. Just because you have nothing left to throw up doesn't mean you won't keep doing it! =( Turns out it was just a really bad virus, and of course it just needs to run it's course. The dehydration was the main issue. But I think I'm on the road to recovery. My daughter seems to have already made it.
One good thing about being stuck laying in bed all day, is I was able to do some digi scrapping on my laptop. Yay! How about a challenge to use 5 or more patterns. Here is my take and boy was it HARD!!!! I gave it a try though :)
Monday, February 16
For my album I used lime and pink 'mom' themed papers I found at JoAnn's. Not sure of the brand as I didn't plan on posting it until after I was done =) LOL. The cover is pink double sided (one side is dark and one side is pale) mulberry paper. The white brads, gemstones and flowers are all from my stash. I used coordinating cardstock to create 2x3, 3x4 and 3x3 photo mats.
Here it is in all it's glory, including pictures of the inside pages I embellished.
Saturday, February 14
Well, the lucky winner is BONITA!!! You have one week to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get your address and get this out to you! I hope you enjoy your goodies!!!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!!! Don't worry if you didn't see your name on the image below, that doesn't mean your name wasn't entered. It just scrolls around and around and happened to stop on this screen shot only displaying 6 of the names at a time =)
Sunday, February 8
foam doublesided adhesive
cardstock scraps in chosen theme
glitter (or very small crystals)
Step 1: Cut out the diecut or paper piecing pieces you plan to use. I used a cupcake paper piecing from ScrapbooksEtc.com. The striped paper is Me and My Big Ideas and the cupcake is lily white sugar coated cardstock.
Step 2: Use your chosen punch to cut out the center. I have cut a 1" square. SAVE the scrap that is removed.
Step 3: Use the scrap punch to cut around on your transparency so that the finished piece of transparency is slightly bigger than the hole it will cover. Do the same for you backing paper. The one that will show through the shaker material. Make this one slightly bigger than the tranparency. You will have three sizes of squares. Your original scrap, a transparency slightly bigger than that, and a backing square slightly bigger than the transparency.
Step 4: Turn your paper (the one with the hole in it) and cover the hole with the transparency. Then use the foam tape to adhere it to the back of the cardstock. (holey cardstock, transparency, THEN foam tape). Make sure there are NO gaps in the tape. At this point (before you expose the second side of sticky on the tape) rub over the whole transparency with a dryer sheet. You will read below why.
Step 5: After exposing the back of the double sided foam tape you pour in your filler. I used Mainstays Glitter in bubblegum and Fashion Glass pink glass. Very gently pour in and cover with your backing paper. Make sure you put it down so that the backing paper will show the side you want when flipped over. Press firmly along the foam tape. If you need to trim the backing paper a bit, now is the time.
Step 6: Flip over your finished shaker. Finish piecing together your pattern and/or embellish as you wish.
For this example, I made a cupcake shaker. I just tried to use up scraps so it can definitely be fancier with a little embellishing. You can make your shaker out of any paper piecing pattern that has a large area that can support a shaker. You can also cut out a diecut or even make your shaker square/round and simply embellish the finished product with embellishments to fit your theme. Also consider using 'shaker stuff' that is in your theme. For example: small buttons, confetti, tiny punches. The tip to rub a dryer sheet across your transparency after you are done cutting is important, before adhering, to avoid static build up that will leave you with a shaker that doesn't shake so well. =)
Saturday, February 7
Friday, February 6
Sunday, February 1
I used all scraps for the paper/vellum and the rhinestones are Finishing Accents self-adhesive rhinestones. I also used a sketch by Lesli Asay over at Dragonfly Time. She has some awesome sketches and beautiful work so go check out her blog!!! I only have 1 or 2 more 8.5 x 11 layouts left to catch up with the pics I had printed the other day, but I really need to get on my parents wedding pictures I am creating in 8x8, so that will probably be what I post for a while!