New OA on Sunday

Well, after all of that creating last week, CHA has finally started and now I can share what I’ve been working on!

You probably saw the teaser that October Afternoon shared last week of the new 9 to 5 collection but, if not, here you go:

Let me just say that it is above and beyond anything I could have expected! I love the papers in this collection. For the booth I made this layout:

If you look closely at the banners, you can see a pretty good representation of the papers in the 9 to 5 collection. What you can’t see is the Washi Tape, mostly because I didn’t get any to work with before the show (!!). Does that tape look cool or what?

I also made a little card:

Isn’t that little lady cute?

The second collection is called Cakewalk, and it looks like this:

I love, love, love this one…it has some really fun papers that I will be reaching for again and again! For the CHA booth I made a tag and a layout:

The little retro invitation art is adorable…

Those banners are so easy to do because I cut them out from one of the 12X12 papers!

October Afternoon’s third collection is called Woodland Park, and it has some way-cool papers in it – unique florals, rich colors, and beautiful vintage images. When I first flipped through the papers, I was SO excited. Here’s the preview that OA shared last week:

I made two layouts for the booth with Woodland Park – they are really quick and simple because I had a very small amount of time with the paper!

So. That’s what I have to show. I also got to work on a mini album that is so cool. It goes with the 9 to 5 collection, and I wishwishWISH I had remembered to snap some photos of it before I shipped it… Oh, well.

There are lots and lots of other projects made with the new collections on the October Afternoon blog AND on the other design team member’s blogs. If you visit the OA blog, you can click on individual DT members’ blog links in the side bar to see more!


belated valentine’s day.

Since four out of the six of us woke up with fever and misery on Valentine’s Day, we did not “celebrate” Valentine’s Day at my house. And that’s mostly because the mommy (that’s me) does the “fun stuff” and I was unable and even unwilling (sad to say, I know).

So…I think we’ll have “Belated Valentine’s Day” on Monday. Basically, that means heart decorations that magically appear while the kids are sleeping and sugary breakfast (something we avoid pretty much any other day of the year!) with a fun surprise for everyone and a crafty card from me with handmade cards from the kids. It’s a sweet morning and I guess I can see why my youngest woke up on the 14th and cried real tears because the disappointment was so awful.

But I was too miserable to feel very sorry…the flu will do that to an otherwise sensitive and self-sacrificing mommy.

The layouts and cards in this post are some projects I made with the Coordinates Collections February Song Birds kit. I love all of the birds and hearts and banners…it was a fun kit to play with, and I still have a ton of stuff left over! (It’s sold out, sorry…)

Today’s quote (below) made me laugh because it sounds kind of like my state of frustration with having been sick and cooped up with sick people all week…but it is actually about love. (smile)

Have a great weekend!

“This sensation of listlessness, weariness, stupidity, this disinclination to sit down and employ myself, this feeling of everything’s being dull and insipid in this house! I must be in love.”  -Emma (Jane Austen)

1am ramblings.

Since I took a lovely, much-needed nap this afternoon, I am not able to go to sleep tonight! So I thought that since it’s 1am and I haven’t blogged for a month, why not update my blog?  I am typing quietly to avoid attracting any people or my reallyreally vocal cat…

First, the card: I made it with my October Golden Rule kit from Coordinates Collections. The kit has so many grids and legders! I had trouble choosing which sides not to use. The punches, of course, are Fiskars.

Fiskars. Oh, hey, there’s something to share…. This week I stepped down from the Fiskars Design Team. After 3 and a half years, I decided that it was time. The job and I have changed so much – I wasn’t scrapbooking anymore for them like I did several years ago, and I have been missing it. Most of my assignments were detailed crafting projects, and no matter how carefully I planned ahead, I’d end up crunched at the last minute with every deadline. The stress was hard on me and miserable for my family. It was hard to let go and hard to say “goodbye,” but I think it was a good decision. I am really looking forward to scrapbooking more now…

Speaking of scrapbooking (like how that works?), I have been wallowing in all of my new October Afternoon papers. The most recent OA collections are SO FUN. I also have my new Coordinates Collections kit for November to play with. See? Plenty of scrappy fun to be had around here…

I might be getting sleepy…g’night…

{I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8}

win a free class!

I remember the day I discovered Tania Willis on Two Peas in a Bucket. It was the start of a beautiful friendship! We have so much in common, happy and not-so-happy (she suddenly lost her sweet mama two months after my dad passed away), and we have bonded in an eternal way. She’s a precious sister in Christ and an amazingly creative girl!

Read about her upcoming class and leave a comment here. I’m giving away a spot in her Cards: Beautifully Handmade class! I’ll randomly choose a winner on Monday morning. Here’s a cool rule: if you post a link to this post on my blog, you can enter again! That’s double the chances of winning the spot in the class! Soooo…leave a comment! Then go blog (with a link!) and enter again with another comment!

Here’s the scoop:

Looking for something to creative to do this summer? Join Tania Willis in Cards: Beautifully Handmade and in three weeks you’ll have a big stash of beautifully detailed, handmade cards your friends and family will treasure.
This is the perfect summer class– grab your scraps and trimmer, some adhesive, a basket of extra embellies or your favorite stitching tools, and settle onto the porch to create. The children in your life can craft along next to you.

Tania will show you tons of awesome ways to add detailing that wows, and she’ll inspire you to look at the goodies in your stash in new ways.
Registration Now Open: $25
Class runs with 2 sessions per week on Mondays & Thursdays starting July 13 for 3 weeks and includes 6 downloadable lessons and online teacher interaction in a private forum. Frequently asked questions regarding Tania’s online class can be seen here.