Tuesday, May 4, 2010

ABC's are Charming

This is Teacher Appreciation Week and Marshall's teacher is in for a big surprise tomorrow!  M and I worked to design an entire alphabet of charms, perfectly fitting for a letter-a-week kindergarten teacher, don't ya think?  I chose the 1" x 1 1/4" Simply Adorned charm to be sure all of the letters would fit! 

I really enjoyed pulling out so many of my unused stampsets - 25 different ones to be exact!  If you'd like the complete list, send me an e-mail and I'd be happy to share my file.  Might save you some hunting, too!

Here's to Mrs. Crouch and her ABC's!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Brandy's One-of-a-Kind Celebration

WAY back in February I set up my first Bridal Event booth.  I met the most AMAZING couple who had a very specific vision for their upcoming May marrying date!  I can't spill all the beans, but let's just say there will be a cemetery chapel, black gown, and whimsical/gothesque flair...  I had the privilege of working with Brandy and Mike to create a truly one-of-a-kind wedding invitation, and totally nontraditional wedding party gift boxes to boot!  Dare I say they are "to die for"?

I'm a bit disappointed in how the front of the invite photographed - it is a 3 layer beauty:  Silver CS for the base, Black CS with scalloped punched corners, then window sheets with the actual printing and Baroque Motif swirls stamped on!  The chandelier from Grand Soiree as been embellished using glitter and a single gem from the now retired egg decoration kit!  These are MUCH darker in person!
The back:  Baroque Motifs stamped with Going Grey on the Silver Metallic CS

Coffin boxes, template courtesy of Jan Tinklenberg, using Groom Specialty Paper!

Brandy asked for lined caskets - for jewelry boxes for her bridal party! 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mommy Pam's Lil' Brag Book

I made this sweet little brag book for my stamp club member and friend Pam.  Poor girl, she's been waiting, and waiting, and WAITING for the stork to arrive for almost nine months, now!!  :) Hang in there, Pam - you'll be celebrating your first "real" Mother's Day very soon!!

May is National Scrapbooking Month!  If you enjoy traditional or alternative scrapbooking opportunities, visit my website for info on my upcoming events! 











Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Marshall's Newest Love

No wonder my little guy likes going to school...! Mommy still ranks #1, but Mrs. Crouch has certainly climbed the ranks very quickly!

Cheep Teacher Thanks

Marshall's first full week of kindergarten ends this Friday and it's time to thank Mrs. Crouch for her part in making his first school experience a positive one!
I found this notebook at Target in the sale bin last spring, knowing that SOME day I'd have a good use for it...and voila! The new in-colors came out and the Bermuda Bay/Rich Razzleberry simply jumped off of the cover! Paired with a repurposed photo frame/matching post-it holder and simple 3x3 card, this makes for a perfect teachery gift, don't you think?
Journal Supplies: Statement of the Heart stamp, Rich Razzleberry ribbon & CS, So Tweet Chipboard, Fire & Ice circle Rhinestone Brads, Whisper White CS, Bermuda Bay and Green Galore Ink, Markers: Elegant Eggplant, Only Orage, Rich Razzleberry, Ballet Blue
Post It Holder Supplies: Good Friend stampset, Rich Razzleberry Ribbon, Ink & CS, Filigree brad, Playground buttons, white gel pen, fine cosmo glitter w/crystal effects (centers of flowers), clear pastic photo frame, post-its from Target

Thank you card supplies: Season of Friendship & Grateful Greetings stampset (new mini sneak peek!), Whisper White Cardstock, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, and Green Galore inks, Rich Razzleberry ribbon, large scallop punch, dimensionals



Sunday, August 23, 2009

Layers of Prayers

Here's the second card from my stamp club this month. Can't take the credit, though. Nancy, one of my roommates at Convention, made a card similar to this for her swaps and I couldn't wait to get home to make one too! If you look closely at the Razzleberry layers, I've taken the same branch stamp and added pattern to the plan CS. The sparkly glitter doesn't show up - BUMMER - but take my word for it, the pinky kind in the variety pack from SU actually matches the Rich Razzleberry perfectly! OH, and can I just say how completely tickled I am that we have In Color markers this go round? I used the Rich Razzleberry marker to ink up just a portion of one of the sentiment stamps in the elegant multipurpose stamp set, Thoughts and Prayers.

Supplies: Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White CS, Rich Razzleberry ink, Thoughts & Prayers stampset, 2 way glue and glitter

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Taking flight

WOW - thanks to my galpals out there who shower me with welcome wishes whenever I decide to reappear on the blogging scene. You like me, you really really like me :)

Here's a 3-D project that I adore and couldn't wait to share with my stamp club this month. I found the butterfly box template online...will edit this post with that info as soon as I can find it...and then added the outer flutterbyes using my Big Shot and Fire/Ice round brads. A snap to put together, and ooooo how cute!


Project Supplies: Razzleberry DSP, Melon Mambo CS and ribbon, Crushed Curry CS, Melon Mambo ink with sponge dauber, butterfly die with Big Shot machine, Fire rhinestone circle and pastel brads.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Football Fanatic

It's football season at the Ingold house and our senior Jake has the fever pretty badly! Tonight is his "Meet the Titans" night where all the teams showcase their stuff. After sitting out last year with a broken leg, J can't WAIT to put on the new uniform and kick some..., ahem.

Masculine cards can be tough, but I think even our tough teen will like this guy! (Note to self: do not try photographing cards in the wee hours of the morning...whooaah, fuzzy!)


Life Happens


Hello Readers,

There has been much silence from the desk of this blogger these past months. Life happens, so they say, and it feels like it just keeps "happening" in more ways than one! If I may, here is a brief update...

In January I accepted the position of Youth Programs Coordinator for Lincoln Land Community College. What followed were a whirlwind six months of preparation and planning for the big summer event, College For Kids. That "part-time" job, well, ahem, let's just say didn't feel so part-timish when you take into consideration that I still had 3 and 5 year old little boys at the home office!

This summer my husband had knee surgery - translation: my next job as nursemaid and caretaker... for a much larger version of my other little boys. Sigh. Just where do our menfolk get that "woe, poor is me" mentality, anyway?

Moving on...to my own stint on crutches with a sprained ankle sustained in a berry-picking accident. Yes, I stepped in a deep, deep hole a mere 2 days before leaving for my women-only Stampin' Up! Convention escape to Salt Lake City, Utah. But you know, I learned that traveling while injured brings one in contact with a lot of helpful people. And navigating an airport while being whisked along by a professional wheelchair driver can be quite exciting!

Now, as summer draws to a close, I am almost over my bout with strep (yuck!) and trying desparately to recover from sending my dear Marshall off to school for the very first time.
My stepson recently began his senior year in high school, and my oldest LITTLE one started kindergarten the same day. Yikes! It most likely goes without saying that this mommy is going through yet another period of adjustment. Not to mention little Lance who is lost without his usual playmate and just can't understand why Mommy doesn't get as excited about playing with LEGOS... ALL DAY LONG.

I am not complaining, gentle readers, simply reminiscing and making rather lame excuses for my complete lack of blogging presence, physical and mental! I confess that my focus has been quite scattered as of late, and can only make a vow to try to continue to improve. I appreciate any words of wisdom, both in regards to stamping and life experiences, and look forward to sharing with you in the months to come.

LIFE HAPPENS, in whichever way, shape, or form it chooses. We're just along for the ride!

Thanks for continuing to ride along with me.

Jess