Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Blogging feels like work. I feel like I have to post and I don’t enjoy it so much. That’s stupid, I should enjoy it.

It’s because I hate to explain my projects. So maybe I’ll just stop doing what I think I should do and just do what I want to do. I’m not good with words; I never was. So I think I’ll stop trying to pretend trying.

This is a page for our wedding scrapbook. Adam and I talked on our honeymoon about things that went right and wrong. This will go after all of the pictures at the back of the scrapbook.


I typed the list and the title on regular copy paper and inked with Tim Holtz Distress inks. I added some lovely Prima flower ribbon and strips of paper cut with border punches.

I used the Movers and Shapers Butterfly dies on leftover felt from a Moxie Fab challenge for added dimension.
Stamps are Tim Holtz.

In other news, I’m going to enlighten your life with some WAY too much information: I got my period! Why am I sharing this with you like a middle school girl going through puberty? Because I haven’t had my period in a year. No, I wasn’t ever pregnant. My body just hates me.

In other not-so-TMI-news, Adam and I joined a gym and have been good! We both hate working out but we still go three times a week. We’ve been at it for four weeks or so now. I need to diet better, but those Girl Scout cookies are just so gosh-darn delectable!

When I lost weight a few years ago, I lost the weight so fast. I was expecting it to slide off this time just like last time. It’s not. I haven’t lost a pound. Well to be fair, I did lose three pounds, but then I gained it back. Last time I was actually dieting but now I haven’t exactly been doing good restricting myself. I have a yogurt in the morning, Nature Valley granola bar at 10…. And then I eat a crap-ton white pasta at lunch and it all just goes downhill from there. I have cut out most candy/chocolate and soda from my daily cravings. Goal: today, I will eat no carby breads for lunch. I’m thinking cheese wrapped in lunch meat (if it’s not expired), an orange, no Girl Scout cookies.

I will lose this weight again.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I just got my first award. And I didn't even do anything to win it. I'm just awesome and that was enough! Michelle over at Amusing Michelle gave me the Liebster Blog award! Michelle is such a sweety!

What is the Liebster Blog award? Here is a quick explanation.   'Liebster' is German for 'dearest'. The award is a 'share-the-love' arrangement, given to inspirational bloggers with less than 200 followers (based on Google followers).

Here's the to-do list of any Liebster award recipient:
1) Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you
2) Reveal your five blogger picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
3) Copy and paste the award on your blog (see above)
4) Hope that those you award forward it to their favorite bloggers!

It was hard to find followers with less than 200 followers! Now, I don't actually comment on anyone's blog except Michelle's, and these people have no idea I exist and certainly don't follow me, so I'm just doing this for the fun of it. 

1) The first blog I thought of was Anya's - Life is What you Make It. It's super rare that I don't absolutely LOVE and her work truly inspires me. Now that I'm looking, I don't see how many followers Anya has. I'll just assume it's less than 200 because this assignment is hard.

2) The second is Mary Ann Jenkins at i rock, paper & scissors. I think it's awesome that she has the same exact name as my mother. She is a scrapbooker and I love her layouts. It's really hard for me to find blogs that scrap, and then it's nearly impossible for me to find one that actually does work that I like. Yes, I know that makes me a snob. Meh... It's the internet. I do what I want.

3) The Creation of Creativity. I love her work. Clean, crisp, awesome techniques.

I fail. All of the other bloggers that I follow have well over 200 followers. I enjoy reading my cousin's blog, but since it's a family blog with pictures of her million kids and such, I dunno that I should share it. I think I will share my ultimate favorite sites on my reader as my last two:

4) Jennifer Lawson is The Bloggess: Like Mother Teresa, only better. Crude, down to earth, CRAZY, and has extreme anxiety issues. She makes me laugh obnoxiously loud with every single post. I laugh so hard that my stomach hurts, I can't breathe, and my eyes start to water. And Adam gets that worried look on his face and thinks I've gone mad. The Bloggess is awesome.

5) Road Kill Rescue. Before and after pictures of awesome projects/upcycling/fixing/etc.

Thank you, Michelle, for the awesome award :) I don't think I deserve it but I'll take it!!

Friday, February 17, 2012


I'm going to share multiple cards today. Because I can. And I'm worth it. At least that's what the commercials tell me.

The first card is a card that I made for my husband's birthday. His favorite color is green and it was his golden birthday. The only gold I could find that I already had  were on these patterned papers.

I cut a ton of circles. I mean, a ton. Like, 30 more circles that I didn't use on this that you see here. I had a lot of fun mixing and matching. I adhered each circle to be flush with the base green cardstock, then added more cutouts on top of most of those circles with dimensional adhesive.

I used Glossy Accents on every other dot around the perimeter of the circle. I love Glossy Accents!

Not one of my best cards, but I had fun.

The next card I whipped up quickly to send to someone. No idea who, I made this months ago. It must've been around fall because of the acorn/leafy paper I used.

The last card I really like. I made it for my employer at the temporary agency that hooked me up with this job. I still am employed through the temp agency, but I think the contract runs up in a few weeks. 

I used both labels in the die from Tim Holtz. One I flipped on its side and used it as an anchor for the center one, then embossed my sentiment and inked the edges.

And of course I adhered it with dimensional adhesive. I love that stuff!

Thursday, February 16, 2012


There's a website I used to read. It's called The Burning House. The description on the website reads:

If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.

I stopped reading the website a long time ago. It made me roll my eyes every day with each new post. I glanced at the website again today. Most of the entries look like these, where the submitter claims that they would bring a million and two items if, in fact, their house was burning down.

Hagai Farago

Michael Damen

Mitch Morin

Julio Cesar

A dozen books, albums and framed pictures of family members and friends, every camera they have ever owned, notebooks and/or sketchbooks that date back to their second birthday, sticks and stones, useless mementos of their grandfather's uncle's wife's daughter's boyfriend's cousin, twice removed. Even a bottle of wine?

I can't help but think these people are crazy. Honestly, if your house is BURNING TO THE GROUND, would you seriously pick through your belongings to ensure you get every last memento that ever meant anything to you?

I knew someone whose house burnt down. You know what she saved? Nothing.

Because in a moment where your life is on the line, you don't think about your signed Bob Marley vinyl record, your grandfather's pocket watch, or even your $700 pair of Louis Vuitton shoes.

You think about survival. About how you don’t want to, you’re not ready to, die. 

And when you escape the thick smoke, you embrace your loved ones and thank God that everyone is going to be ok.

These posts are more of what I can relate to:


Melania Semerad-Meier

Claire Aberlé

But the one I actually find interesting is David's:

David Ding

Without trying to sound like an obnoxiously idealistic hippie, I don’t think I’d take anything. Or at least not anything specific - I might just grab whatever is closest to me at the time.
Next month, I will move house for the sixth time in five years. With each and every move, I become more and more detached from and unconcerned with my physical possessions. They inevitably become just extra weight to lug around.
Notably, my first move was to the other side of the planet. When I made the move, the airline(s) with which I flew allowed me to check only 20kg of luggage and carry on another 10kg. I packed what I could …and that was that - I choose not to send over any additional belongings of mine, nor have any sent over at a later stage. Managing to survive quite easily and comfortably for a sustained period of time, it was readily apparent that nothing I’d left behind was in any way essential to my life. Subsequent moves only compounded this line of thought.
As such, when I returned to my childhood home after being away for three-and-a-half-years (Move #4), I donated or dumped just about everything that had remained in my absence. I had clearly not needed these things.
This has continued to inform the way I feel about the physical objects I possess: most practical things I own can be very easily replaced. I do not own (and tend to avoid purchasing) any items of significant monetary value - certainly nothing worth delaying an escape from a burning house scenario for.
As for sentimental things, well I cheat a little. Of course, I’m as prone to sentimentality and nostalgia as anyone. Had I been asked this question 15 or 20 years ago, I might have had a substantial list of things I couldn’t bear to part with.  But technology now allows me to cater to these feelings I might have, without having to hoard stuff. These days, everything can be photographed or scanned or digitized in some other way - and then stored online securely (you can store hundreds of different copies in hundreds of different locations, if you want to be extra cautious).
All my old tokens and letters and photos could go up in flames, but their memories (and my memories of them) would be preserved forever (for all intents and purposes: it is unlikely that the entire online world is going to suddenly disappear - and any situation in which it does is probably going to be a lot more catastrophic than any house fire).
Indeed, if anyone who has submitted a Burning House picture did end up losing one of their cherished, irreplaceable belongings in a fire, they might hopefully be able to take some comfort in knowing that an exact image of that object would remain intact, in perpetuity.

My totally non-artist entry would look something like this:

  • The love of my life, Adam.

  • My baby, Coco, who lets me squeeze when I ache for the human one I can't have.

Like David Ding, I have moved a lot in my life and I have slowly rid of mementos and things I once considered valuable. When I moved to Wisconsin, I came with a small UHaul hitched to the back of my car with just my bedroom set, clothes and computer.

I think it's important to remember what's important in life. Things are not important. People are important. Memories and experiences are important. Learning and overcoming.

After all is said and done and we're six feet under, and assuming there's an afterlife, that's all we'll have anyway, right?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Random card today. Random in the sense that it's really an awful card with awesome parts in it. Can you see what I mean?

The first thing that I love is the multi-colored stamp along the top and on the lower left corner. I used Cut n' Dry Stamp Pad from Inkssentials with a technique I had never tried before. Tim Holtz uses this technique all the time, like on this tag. I recently purchased a few reinkers just so I could try this out. I love it! I have the pad in a ziplock bag and we'll see how long it really does last.

The second thing I love is the way I totally saved this card from being a complete and total disaster that I almost threw away. I had a strange butterfly stamp in the center that was blue and purple. I used the Cut n' Dry technique on that, too. I liked the stamp, but it did not go with the card. Like, at all. Sometimes I really wonder what the crap I'm thinking when I do things like that. So, I cut out the weird butterflies, glued the red cardstock under the existing card, and added the lace ribbon. 

I also love the bells. I think it works nicely with the Christmas theme of this strange thank you card.

What I don't like? Everything put together. The stamp up top would be better by itself. The tree in the middle totally doesn't belong there. The sentiment might as well be non-existent. And the only reason that white pearl-ish thing is there on the bottom, is because it dropped on there when I was trying to put it on a different project, and I couldn't remove it without ripping part of the cardstock off. 

What I love the most is that I learned a lot from this card. A new technique, how to erase a mistake by gutting it out of the project, and a whole lot of what not to do. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I got a pretty cool card today. I like it, at least.

This year Adam bought his friend Alex a gift card. It's for a game called League of Legends, and it's an odd shaped card. It wouldn't fit into any normal gift card holder, not that I would use one anyway, but it made things a little difficult when I was trying to make a card holder for it. The solution came from none other than Tim Holtz. In this post on the 12 Tags of Christmas, he creates this magical card:

He explains how to do it in his post, so I won't bother you with a tutorial. I used his technique to create my holder inside my card.

But what I find to be the coolest is the outside of the card:

The tree stamp and sentiment is from a set that I won from Damask Love, and I used a Tim Holtz banner die  cut and folded it at the base of the tree. Not terribly girly. At least there's no ribbon or flowers. 

Whaddya think?

Monday, February 13, 2012


I am going to do this. Once I decide on a place to put the towel bars, I'm totally buying some and doing this.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Short post today. Just wanted to share something cool I found on Pinterest and did. 

I glued magnets to the bottom of my stickles and bought a cookie sheet to store them on. 

I haven't stuck the cookie sheet anywhere since I'm slowly organizing as I have funds and moving things around. But I think it's awesome that I can store this upside down!

Even if I decide that this was an awful idea, I lost what, $1 in magnets?

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I find this card bland. CAS, but not the good kind of CAS. For those non-crafting-cult-following types reading this, CAS stands for Clean and Simple. I'm not very good at CAS, but I love the look and, well, to be honest, I'm not very good with anything else too. 

haha, I'm so funny. I'm so mean to myself, Adam says. I just know I can do better

See, this is the problem with me blogging. I ramble. I'm not even talking about this bland card anymore. It was simple. I cut a heart out of a piece of paper, put the paper over this card, then sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Chalk Sprays charcoal and concord. Stamped the sentiment and punched the border. Now that I'm looking at it here, I can see a few ways that I can improve it. Maybe I'll do that.

Friday, February 10, 2012


Back forever long ago, I found some awesome pieces of junk that someone gave away to my city's version of the Salvation Army. First, I found two huge ceramic canisters for sugar and flour. I love them. I originally had what I thought were awesome ones from Wal Mart, but they were a lot smaller than I thought and the mouth was that of a mason jar. Impossible for leveling off while measuring. 

They look vintage to me. At least old-school of some sort. And in my book that equals awesome. I don't care at all that the sugar container is chipped. That adds to the old-school feel of it.

My next find was a spice rack.

I don't know if I posted about this before or not, but here's the before picture. I'm not a fan of the hearts, but I wasn't brave enough to take my jigsaw to it. I just spray painted it a nice ivory color that pops against my red wall.

I found it was awesome to store my ribbon on. 

I love thrift stores!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Our Christmas vacation was amazing! My parents are so generous and as our combined birthdays and Christmas presents they helped us out with tickets to fly out there. I got to spend time with my goofy brother, Scott, and his family whom I haven't seen in years.

That's him on the right making the stupid face. He posed like that. He always takes pictures like that.

Adam's only sibling is his younger brother, so he doesn't know the joy of nieces and nephews. Being the youngest of 8, I've known about that since I was 11. It's strange how you take things like family for granted.  

Ok I don't know what's wrong with Blogger, it's not letting me edit the formatting, like the justification from center to left, left to center, etc. It's probably user error. Whatever. You get the idea even though it's not pretty.

This little girl's name is Karis. She's Scott's youngest and Adam's favorite niece. To be fair, he hasn't met any other nieces or nephews except her sister, Kiah, but Karis is pretty awesome. Scott calls her Tessa all the time, says her mannerisms are a lot like me. *shrug*

This is the rest of the family. We're at Rob's house here for Christmas Eve dinner. The Christmas dinner was down at my parents and, of course, I forgot to take pictures.

It was so nice to relax and play games with half of my family. We never want to leave.