Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pinewood Derby

Yesterday was pinewood derby day for my youngest son's cub scout pack. My son Kaleb is in the back row all the way to the right (showing his thumbs up sign!) You would have thought that it was the Daytona 500 for all the excitement in the room. Last night was bitter sweet. I realized that it was my last pinewood derby that my boys would be in. My oldest daughter and I were helping get the cars checked in and weighed. We had a can of washers and a hot glue gun to add weight to some of the cars. One boy was questioning why he needed weight, and his dad said, "She has been doing this a long time listen to her." It made me think back to when my son Joshua made his first car. Grandpa helped him shape the car, but it was up to me to help him get it to the right weight. We have a total of 10 pinewood derby cars from my boy's cub scout years. We have had a pick up truck, a big rig, a GTO,... and last night a ghetto car with graffiti. I just hope that the boys will have as good memories about their pinewood derbies as I have.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Early Spring from my MOM and DAD

I just got this wonderful suprise at my workplace. My mom and dad sent me these flowers, because they knew I was tired of seeing nothing but white. I have been longing for color. Now I have all this beautiful color to look at.

Dogwood Tutorial

These are the punches that I use to make the dogwood flower.

Out of pale pink paper, punch out 4-petals using the balloon punch.

Out of pale yellow paper, punch out a snowflake.

Use 1/8" circle punch to punch the edges
of the petals and the center of the snowflake.

Out of green paper, punch one flower. This will be the base.

To make the center, I use a quilling tool.

A quilling tool has a notch at the top to hold the paper.
They are not very expensive. I bought mine at the
craft store for less than $5.

Slide the quilling tool into the center of the snowflake.

Slowly wind the snowflake around the quilling tool.

Snowflake will look like this when it is all rolled up.
Slowly slide it up off of the quilling tool.

Here is the center, off of the quilling tool.

Add glue to the flower base.

Add one of the petals to the base.

Add a second petal on opposite side to make it even.

Add third petal.

Add fourth petal and while glue is still wet, scrunch up
the petals to make a bowl.

Add glue to center of flower.

Add quilled, rolled up snowflake to the center.

For this card I added gold glitter to the centers of my dogwood flowers.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pieces of Spring

This card is for 2 challenges. The first was for the technique lover's challenge at SCS. Holly challenged us to use punches or die cuts to piece together a scene. I used a small flower punch to make the base of my flowers. I then used the balloon punch to make the petals. I punched the end of the petals with the small 1/8" circle punch. I finished each flower with stamen that were punched out of yellow using my snowflake punch.
The second challenge with this card was for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge. We were challenged to use time on our card. I stamped the clock using my Tim Holtz clock. I scanned it into my computer and enlarged it. I then added Ecclesiastes 3:1 over the clock and printed it onto the green paper. I used a layers of color butterfly and brads to finish it. Yesterday after church, it really snowed. Enough for a snowday today. My oldest son and I shoveled for over an hour just to make a small path on our driveway. I know I should enjoy each season, and not wish time to pass any faster than it already does, but there is a part of me that is longing for warmer weather and colors other than white.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cards- longing for springtime

All my cards this week had a longing for springtime theme. At least that is how I was feeling. The snow outside and cold winter winds, made me long for the vibrant colors and warmth of spring.
This card was for the sketch challenge and for the ways to use it challenge to use orange on a card. I thought I would make a monarch butterfly, because they are orange. However, I decided to color my butterfly to look like an orange sulphur butterfly.
This is the card I made for the inspiration challenge. I loved the little moonbird. I especially loved the bird on the cactus, because it reminded me of springtime in the dessert. I love how green the dessert gets in the spring, especially after the rain.

I made this card for CHLOE, who was born a couple of weeks ago. It is also for the limited supply challenge to use ribbon and an edge punch. I also used the mojo126 layout.

This is for the Stampin' Sisters challenge to make a creation that lets someone we love, know that they are loved by us and by God. It was also for the technique challenge to make a match book candy holder.

Mothermark's teaparty was on FAT TUESDAY. Here is my mardi gras card. It is so different from what I would usually make, but I love the colors.

I made this for the stampin' bee's challenge to make a red white and blue card that wasn't patriotic.

Another orange ways to use it card. I had fun with this card.

Another limited supplies challenge card and a case of Jill's (quillister) card.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another TWO card

This is another card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge to make 2 into 1 creation. I used groupings of 2 brads in each corner, I had 2 butterflies, 2 iris with 2 layers. I was going to put 2 ribbons, but that didn't look right, so my bow has 2 loops and 2 tails making 1 bow.

Monday, February 8, 2010

TWO are better than ONE...

This card was made for 2 challenges. I made this for the technique lovers challenge at Splitcoast. The technique was called frosted windows. You stamp an image twice, once on cardstock and once on vellum. Then you layer the 2. I knew it would be a great technique to use on the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge that Randi gave us.

Mark 10: 7-9 "7. 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8. and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. 9. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (NASB)

Based on this scripture we were to make a card of TWOS.
I used 2 layers with this technique. I stamped 2 flowers, added 2 butterflies, punched out 2 pieces of cardstock with my word window punch and finished with 2 little pearls. I used the Ecclesasties 4:9-12 for my card.

I was going to give this card to my husband for Valentine's day, but when I was finished it looked to feminine. I really feel like this card should go to my friend at church. She is an elderly widow, who is alone. I want her to know that I am thinking of her.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


I made this card for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge to use a little child image on our card. I chose this little girl. I colored her with prisma colored pencils and added little buttons. I am giving this card to the Big Sister in the photo. She is the daughter of our Youth Pastor. He and his wife are expecting their 2nd child. Mom goes in for a C-section tomorrow. I am going to make mom and dad a card, but I especially wanted to make one for the big sister who is going to go through a life changing event.