LO: Stinker Bella

I guess it was a play off of Tinker Bell, but it’s a name that has stuck.  I use it whenever Amy B is feeling particularly ornery or up to some toddler mischief, like in these photos.  It’s funny, because I have some pictures of Izzy at close to the same age, doing the EXACT same thing. :-)  Different couch, different level of the house, and a different box of tissues–but they tell the exact same story.  I’ll try to find it and post later this weekHere it is!

Here are some close-ups:

Fun layers of gold lame mist, a doily, a sunny flower, punched cork, flair, and bling.

A stamped BINGO card, dressed up Tim Holtz clip, and an ancient “Proverbs” strip, converted into a banner.

STILL trying to use up my alphabet stash… Slow going, I tell you! As a side note, punched cork shapes have very little structural integrity! They broke and crumbled if I had to shift them a little, so I ended up cutting some in half to replace one beyond saving, then had to do a lot of surgery on what was left so I had enough to create a visual triangle with the cork elements.



Card Set from 6×6 Paper Pad Template

Love these templates and formulas. Operation Write Home has a few, and you can find two of them here. I used the second from the link to cut the pieces for all of these cards. However, their guide assembles the pieces into eight cards. I played a little and ended up with ten, instead. Fine by me! :-)

There’s three with a grid combo of four squares–I chose to center a sentiment on the patterned paper and wrap twine around the bottom. Pretty much all of the sentiments for the whole set include a combo of heat embossing and plain ink.  Like on the Father’s Day cards below, the frame and “Happy” are Pumice Stone Distress Ink, and the “Father’s Day” is heat embossed in silver.  Love the texture, dimension, and depth this gives.

Had a couple that I really had to search for images to add…one was definitely masculine, but the dress form stamp was a perfect fit for the other! Sentiments are stamped on the inside.

A couple of cards I dressed up with borders or additional matting and twine.

Then I ended up really winging it with these three, and made banners and bunting. Threw in a tag and a doily.  All of these are also dressed up on the inside a bit.



Scrappy Space Tour!

My first video! There’s definitely room for improvement, but I had some mindless down time sans kids this week while recovering from sinus surgery. It allowed me to finally put away all of my scrap crap that has been building for months! And with the clean sweep came the urge to try my first scrappy video, so here she be.

Leave me some feedback! TFL!


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One of my last layouts created at Archiver’s in their crop room (sigh…I will miss them!)… A friend’s birth announcement for their third child.

Scattered clear sequins (may be hard to see,but look close, they’re there!) with pink and clear bling in a diagonal, leading the eye from the bottom right, from title to photo. Used SNAP! cards, a fun kraft envelope, an acetate monogram, floss and ribbon, and felt hearts for layering. TFL!


Beanette’s Birth, Part 2

I was huge, I was cranky, I was tired.  One of my friends at work had remarked, “Oh, Ann Marie, you’ve dropped since yesterday, I think!” and I snapped back at her, “Oh, whatever, people have been saying that for weeks!”

This should have been my first clue.

At Thomas’ workplace that day (no joke!), one of his colleagues offered to meet us at a gas station along the way to exchange Little Man.  That way, we could go on to the hospital and she could deliver him to another colleague who had a daughter Little Man’s age–our planned sleepover buddies, if that was necessary.  He knew how quickly it had all happened last time, and that it would be faster this time, so immediately said yes.  They worked out a spot, and she gave him her phone number, for whenever the big event happened.

I came home that evening, absolutely bushed.  I needed to do so much, but felt crampy and weird, so I just laid down on the guest room bed and watched the latest Grey’s Anatomy on the computer.  I took a warm bath and shower later that evening, figuring it would either get things moving, or slow them down.  I still had 11 days until my due date.

Around 3 a.m. (seems to be my body’s witching hour), I got up to use the bathroom.  I still felt a little crampy.  As I started to climb back into bed, I remarked to Thomas, “Man, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear I was starting labor.” No sooner than I had finished that sentence than the first true labor pain hit.  I hadn’t made it back into bed yet and doubled over the cosleeper and grunted, “Never mind!”

As Thomas began getting my things (luckily, I had packed weeks ago after getting off bed rest and returning to work) together, I called the doctor.  He reminded me I was supposed to wait for them to be consistent for an hour.  I reminded him how fast my labor had been last time, and that they were already quite difficult contractions, and hitting anywhere from 3-5 minutes apart.  Plus, we had to drop off my son, and that was all going to take some time.  He woke up a little, and said if I felt I should, to come on in in about half an hour. Next, I called my doula, and, regardless of the half hour wait the doctor had recommended, we all hit the ground running.

Labor was different this time.  It was BIG, crushing waves immediately.  With Little Man, I felt very in control.  I used all my techniques, and it all felt manageable until the very end, even though it hurt.  With her, I felt out of control right away, and that made me worried and unsure.  As T carried Little Man down into the garage to get in his carseat, I stood next to the car, screaming through a contraction.  I hadn’t wanted him to see me in pain, and was worried what he would think.  But no worries–as soon as it passed, he clapped really big and yelled, “Yay!!!!!!!!!”  I guess he could tell this was something worth celebrating!! :-)

As we backed out of the driveway, another one hit.  Meanwhile, the car stopped, and I kept thinking, “Why isn’t T GOING??? This is happening, this is happening NOW, and we need to get to the hospital!!”  As soon as the contraction passed, T calmly peeled my fingers off the console in the center of the car and retrieved the clicker for the garage door, and we finally pulled away. :-)

On the way, he called his colleague to meet him.  We parked outside the convenience store and he went to set up the carseat.  She held Little Man and I had three more contractions while we waited.  They were so close together now, and I really was starting to feel like I should push.  I kept picking myself up off the seat and tried hard not to bear down.  I was able to stop long enough to look back and see Little Man, so small and alone, looking a little unsure of himself in this strange person’s van, and I remember thinking how little and still helpless he was.

To be continued…


LO: Cozy In Your Little Nest

Again, NOT trying to say anything! These are Amy B’s ultrasound pics. :-) (And as an aside–whoa, nelly, we have a deck? I haven’t seen it all dry and not covered in snow for awhile…)

This was another layout for the same scraplift challenge I mentioned in my previous layout post, but in an earlier month. I can’t take credit for the title–a peep came up with it, and I thought it was great… (Get it, because of our last name? And then I used the bird house and feathers…? I’m nothing if not punny! ;-) )

Used a Hambly 12×12 acetate sheet for the background, then spattered neon acrylic paints across the backside. Floated a 10×10 square asymmetrically on the background, and added neon feathers and sequins. (Hey, neon was a fleeting re-tread trend, had to get in probably the ONLY layout I’ll do with it.) Probably should have found a way to get the HA neon inks for the stamping and title, but oh, well.