Monday, March 31, 2014

Scrappy CAS Thanks Cards

When I saw this card on Pinterest, I knew right away it would be a great way for me to use up some scraps.  I try really hard to decorate the insides of my cards too, but when I get lazy, I just glue coordinating strips of matching paper.  Since I tend to do that, I keep all my scraps.

I was able to make about 15 of these, all in different paper packs and different left over bloomer stickers.  I love how easy these came together and I might even make some card kits to make more.

So far, I think I've made about 30 thank you cards.  I'm gonna try to get all my birthday cards done too before the baby comes.  We'll see where I get to, lol.  Hope you all have a great's back to work for me!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Oh, Boy! Nail Polish Favor Tags

While I was searching through baby shower ideas on Pinterest, I saw this picture of pink nail polish and I knew instantly I wanted to do this for my favors.  I saw this prior to knowing Bean's gender, so I figured I could always do blue instead of pink if I was having a boy.

The cheapest I could find OPI nail polish was about $4 a bottle, as it normally retails around $8 at full price.  If I was only having a few friends come to my shower, I wouldn't of hesitated.  But I couldn't justify spending a ton of money on just nail polish.

I went to Target and luckily I was able to find some nice blue polish that was much more within my I get an extra 5% off for having a Target card, lol.  I had to go to 3 different Targets to get enough, but well worth it.

Going through all my stuff, I realized I don't have a lot of baby stamps, though I didn't want to buy anything new.  I used a free font for the sentiment and my retired A muse stamp for the image.  Overall, I love how they turned out and I'm happy I was able to use up some of my twine.

I ended up making 20 of these, 10 bottles of the light blue and 10 bottles of the dark blue polish.  I did simple coloring on the baby and nest, so it didn't take me too long.  I hope you all have a wonderful's almost the weekend!  I'm doing a local crop this weekend with my friends +cherie caldwell and +Sheila Gay!  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Copic Class Recap: Whimsical Faces and Hair

I always sign up for Winter CHA when registration opens in October.  After booking everything (fall of 2012), I was disappointed that I couldn't attend the Copic Workshop (2013 only) since it was scheduled before CHA and I didn't want to pay to change my airplane ticket.  It was 4 different sections, but the one I really wanted to do was the hair and skin.  My friend Sandy attended the class in Anaheim and she said the class was totally worth it, as it was quite costly for all 4 sections.

I wasn't too upset as I reasoned, "I'll just go to it when they have it in Portland."  Not thinking about it until it was too late...I realized the Portland dates were the same days as my annual Manager's Conference (October 2013).  That's when I decided to not miss out again on something cool and signed up for Prima Art*Venture for the next Winter CHA (January 2014), lol.

Well, while I was at Winter CHA this last January, I was super excited to see that they were doing the skin and hair section separately.  I kept bugging my twinsie +Thanh Vo to take the class with me and she finally caved. :)  It helps that my family lives in Portland and we can stay there for free.

Thanh rode the bus Vancouver to Seattle, and then Brent and I drove the rest of the way to Portland.  Brent spent the weekend with Scott (his twin) so we dropped him off Friday night.  Since we wanted to go to Craft Warehouse (it's only 10 minutes away from my in-laws and my parents), we decided to eat dinner out in Gresham and then shop.

We woke up early on Saturday and rushed to our class.  Here's a shot of our table with all of our junk, lol.  We sat with 3 ladies from Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and we had a good time.  I wish we would of gotten the chance to color more different ethnicities, but overall I enjoyed the class with Debbie.  I'm not sure if there will be another workshop on the West Coast later this year, as I saw Marianne is teaching this class soon down in Cali.

Debbie mentioned to us about weighing our markers when refilling them.  I'm actually considering this and once I try it, I'll let you know more about it.  I poked around Debbie's blog the other day and here's her post about it.  Once we finished the class, Debbie handed out certificates and pins.  We took a quick group shot before heading out!

Thanh has a friend in Portland and we went to meet her and her boyfriend for lunch.   We went to Pine State Biscuits and I had the chicken club.  It was really good, but a lot of food.  Then we headed across the street to get ice cream at Salt and Straw.  I normally go to the one on 23rd Street, so it was nice to finally go to the other location.

I cheated...I had coffee ice cream and hot fudge.  The guy told me there is about a 1/4 of a cup of coffee in this scoop.  That's the most caffeine I've had in the last 5 months, lol.  But it sure was delicious!!  Don't worry, I did fess up to Brent on my splurge.

Before Didi left, we decided to take some silly pics.  So typically of us, lol.  And gotta love that we're all wearing polka dots!  Afterwards, Thanh and I headed to Collage and then A Joy Forever to do more craft shopping.

For dinner, we headed to my parent's house.  It was nice to see the family and the kiddos.  Michael and Emily are on spring break, so they've been watching Frozen (I still haven't seen this yet) and playing Mario on the Wii, lol.  After watching Emily beat a few levels of her game, we headed back to my in-laws.

Sunday, we ate breakfast at the Smith's and then went to go pick up Brent.  We rushed back to Seattle so Thanh could make her bus back to Vancouver and then Brent and I went home.  It was a lot of rushing and a lot of driving, but I had a wonderful time and we sure got a lot done in the short time we were in Portland!  I hope you all have a great hump day!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Scrappy Bloomer Thank You Cards

I've noticed that splattered backgrounds are becoming a trend again.  Since I hardly solid stamp anymore (nor do I do any mix media stuff), I dug around and found my old Greeting Farm Splotchy stamps.  I got these way back when I was a Gardener, lol.  I'm sure it's been years since I used them last and glad that they're cool again!

I was determined to design an easy thank you card so I could replicate it and make quite a few.  My first card didn't turn out so easy, as I made a mistake on the left side of the card and needed to fix it.  I love how it came out, but didn't want to make more, lol.

While I love my Prima flowers, I also wanted something a bit more flat for mailing.  I have tons of flower bloomers sitting around from retired Basic Grey paper packs and I decided this would be a great project to finally use them.  Every flower is different too, so it kept it more exciting for me by switching up the papers and colors to match.  (I tend to get bored after I make 3 of the same exact thing.)

I made 10 of the second card design and I love how they turned out.  It was also great to use up a lot of my scraps.  I hope you all have a great's back to work for me!