12.23.2009

Design Your Life class...

Today I signed up for a new online scrapbooking class. It is Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life over at Big Picture Scrapbooking. I have looked at this class several times over the years that she has been teaching it but could never get signed up for it before. Hopefully this will put me on the path to getting all my scrapbooking back to being done.

12.18.2009

Sunshine's Stamps Snowglobe challenge...

Once again this week Sunshine's Stamps is sponsoring a challenge at Show & Tell Cards and Scrap Pages. This weeks challenge is snowglobes and Sunshine gave us 4 images to choose from. This image is Sunshine's Stamps Waving Snowman.

As usual this is 100% digitally done using Photoshop Elements 5. The tutorial for the snowglobe is from About.com: Graphics Software. It has a zip file to download the snowglobe and then you just follow the instructions to fill and use it. I recolored the background that was part of the download.

The font is called Chilled and it can be downloaded at dafont.com for free.

12.16.2009

So much going on and nothing getting accomplished...

I have so much going on in my head & life right now and feel like absolutely nothing is being accomplished. Christmas shopping is almost finished. Just a couple more things to pick up. Yesterday I made Buckeye and Glass Candy and today I made Peanut Brittle and Peanut Butter Fudge. The fudge went to the trash. Don't think I let it cook long enough. It is time for a new candy thermometer.

Be on the look out for the recipes as soon as I get the motivation to photograph the candy. On of the projects I want to work on soon is a recipe book of all of our family's favorites. Then as the boys grow up and leave home I can give them each a printed book with all their favorite recipes.

I have 5 or 6 classes at Jessica Sprague.com and Big Picture Scrapbooking that I am getting ready to sign up to take. So hopefully I can get started on them and will have lots of things to post here.

Still studying martial arts and hope to test up to brown belt in April. January will also be 1 year since I started studying Tai Chi and I started Yoga last month. I'm really enjoying the stretching that yoga gives. It feels so good.

And last but not least I am going to have to start job hunting soon. I'm hoping that I will be able to find something that works with me schedule wise so that the boys and I will still be able to do our martial arts training. We have some bills that we have got to get paid off soon so and the only way that is going to happen is if I find a job. One day we hope to be debt free and actually have an emergency savings too. More post on becoming debt free coming soon. I hope.

12.11.2009

Sunshine's Stamps at Show and Tell Cards and Scrap Pages

Sunshine's Stamps is sponsoring the day 12 challenge of the 24 Days of Christmas at Show and Tell Cards and Scrap Pages.

This cards is done 100% digitally using Photoshop Elements 5.

Supplies used: Pattern Papers from Jessica Sprague's Holiday in Hand class. Kraft Paper is Katie Pertiet's Naturally Krafty No. 7. Brads are from Pattie Knox's Brad Bonanza No. 3. Ribbon is from a OScraps kit.

12.09.2009

Too Much Plastic...

Since I've lived on my own I have always had a cabinet full of Tupperware, Rubbermaid, etc. The mess that has always come with it all has driven me crazy. Recently I absolutely couldn't stand it any longer and decided it was time to do something. Check out the difference! (You can click on the photo to see a larger view)

I filled up one box with all of the round and odd plastic containers and took them to Goodwill and then filled up another box with all the containers that were missing lids or just plain looked nasty and put them out for garbage pickup. Then we went to Target and bought some of theseand some more of theseAs you can see from the before and after photos it made a huge difference in space and clutter as well as the time in putting them away and finding what you need. They all stack so nice and neat and you can locate the right size container without having to empty the entire cabinet. An added benefit to these containers is that they fit so nicely in the refrigerator too. Taking up much less space then the round ones. Space inside my refrigerator is a commodity so anything that helps open up more room is always welcome.

12.04.2009

Sunshine's Stamps is featuring Midnight Madness #30

This week Sunshine's Stamps is featuring Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. Be sure to go over there and see all the great stuff in the giveaway.

Here is the card I came up with for this sketch. It is 100% digital and done using Photoshop Elements 5.

The image and the sentiment are from Sunshine's Stamps . Meet Blizzard and the sentiment is called Blowin' By be sure to check out the other great images that Sunshine & Robbie have come up with.
Papers: Michelle Coleman Frosted and Wonderful; Amy Teets Whitie Tightie, Katie Pertiet Rejoice
Embellishment: Shabby Princess Celebrating
Other: Jessica Sprague Scallop Circle