Friday, March 27, 2009

Blackouts, Fire Trucks and Sketch Challenges

In the last 24 hours my little town in Central New Jersey has been in near panic mode. We had a mini crisis last evening, around 10 pm, when all the power went out on our block. At the time I was cranking out some cards for a few weekly challenges and my hubby was studying for his boating test. While most people might have thrown in the towel and just went to bed, my hubby pulled out our emergency power source-- an old car battery and Jimmy rigged a light source in our bedroom. I secretly call him MacGyver, secretly because he doesn't know who that is.

This morning everything was back to normal, so I thought I would take my little guy out for a walk to enjoy some beautiful weather. I love walking with him, obviously it's a great way for him to use up some of his energy, but it also gives me a chance to slow down and really focus on him. We stopped to look at all kinds of things along the way and even had a bit of adventure at the Library. While we were there picking out some books the fire alarms went off and the building was evacuated. It seemed to be some kind of glitch related to the blackout, but even still every fire company in town responded. We got to stand by while three firetrucks pulled up, sirens wailing and lights flashing, and about ten firemen streamed into the PL to make sure things were A-OK. My little guy was in heaven--what more could a 2 year old boy hope for, except to get a chance to sit in the fire truck, which didn't happen.

A few cards to share with you today; The first one is for Laura's sketch on the 2S4U Blog-- I really had fun making this card. I got to combine products from two of my favorite companies, Papertrey Ink and Basicgrey.

The next is based on a sketch from the Card Patterns blog; I used Making Memories Sabrina Paper and matching paper flowers. I also got a chance to use my new Martha Stewart border punches, a recent splurge of mine.

I hope you enjoy,

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Just in Time for Spring

Wow- things have been hectic lately. I have barely had any down time, let alone time for card crafting. I took one week off from everything craft related in order to try and catch up with all of the housework and organizing projects that have been going on at home. My kitchen is finally back in order and better than ever, I'm totally loving it! Although things are out of boxes and put back where they need to be, we still need to paint and complete some other finishing touches--but there is no rush for that.

Spring appears to be here, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it is actually hear to stay. Mainly I'm concerned for all of my little spring bulbs that have been pushing up their heads in my yard. I would just be devastated if another frost came in.

Last weekend the weather was so spring like that we were able to take advantage of it and spend the morning at the park. My little guy was so excited, he just loves being out of doors. He really got a kick out of feeding the geese in the lake all of his Cheerios. Of course later, when he wanted a snack, he could not understand that Mommy had no more Cheerios because he had fed them all to the "duckies". Well, he's only 2-- rational thought is not an option for him as of yet.

Just quickly I wanted to share a few challenges that I have managed to sneak in under the wire. The first one is for a brand new blog that is just in their second week. 365 Cards is a great new place for card crafters to find some of the best challenges. The great thing about it is that there is a new challenge every day and it's always jammed packed with inspiration. Since the last few weeks have been so hectic I haven't had a chance to get in on any of the challenges, but when I saw this great sketch from Kazan Clark that was featured on the 365 blog I couldn't resist any longer. Also, I've been dying to put together something using the color combo of yellow and gray-- it's so hot right now.

I also finished up a card based on the CPS sketch challenge for this week. This card is also for a friend of mine, one of my closest and oldest friends. He has recently completed a major portion of his PhD program, which he has been working hard at for the past 4 years. Although he's not quite done yet, he has come to a major milestone in his education that serves reason to celebrate. I put this card together using Basicgrey's Marakesh collection because this certain friend just loves all things with an eastern influence-- so I thought it would just be perfect. Also, it has a bit of a masculine edge-- I just didn't think he was going to appreciate all of the flowers and ribbons that I tend to indulge in.

I painted the large chipboard star with two different layers of acrylic paint and a coat of crackling medium to create the distressed look. I also used my paper piercer and my brand new Stampin' Up mat pack to create the faux stitching. This was the first time I attempted this type of faux stitch--so the first one is a bit shaky, but by the third one I really had it down and actually really love this method.

I hope you enjoy,

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Feeling Light Blue

Well, it's hard to believe it's already March 1st. Our kitchen project is coming along beautifully, but our house is still a mess and I'm feeling less than organized. Maybe that's why I'm awake at 6:30 am on a Sunday instead of off deep in dream land. I just have lots of things floating around in my head, and some of them are not the most positive of thoughts. Well, I better try to push them down and get back to sleep.

I did find this little quiz on-line which was a bit up lifting.

you are lightskyblue

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don't stress out over things and don't understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the html color quiz