Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wrapping up, and starting again

It's been a busy past few weeks and doesn't show signs of stopping. 

We went camping at Split Rock two weekends ago.  Just like every camping trip we take, we planned on staying two nights and got rained out of one.  Friday was nice, and Pea and Bella enjoyed playing at Gooseberry Falls.
We had a usual campsite at Split Rock with the great view of the lighthouse.  It was very windy and a little cold. 
As always Bella enjoyed herself most and even almost caught a ground squirrel that was stealing food out of her bowl.
A true water dog, she doesn't care that the water is ice cold.
On a happy crafty note, I am now a certified Copic designer.  I took my first certification class last Thursday and hope to take the next level in Sept.  (Did you notice my fancy new blinkie on the blog sidebar?)  It was a great class taught by Debbie Olson and Lori Craig.  They were great teachers, went at the perfect pace, and very friendly and easy to talk to.  I highly recommend the class.

We worked outside on our landscaping this Saturday, and boy is my back talking to me.  We are moving all the rock out and going to put in mulch (if I make it that long).  We did get to the big farmers market in the city on Saturday and purchased lots of great flowers.  We still need a lot more.  Pea also decided she is now a hair dresser and cut her own hair yesterday.  Just in time for the pre-school graduation program!  When I asked her why she replied, "Because I wanted to and I didn't want to ask you for permission."  The teenage years are going to be fun.  Needless to say, I was the first person in Kids Hair when they opened up this morning.  Thankfully she didn't scalp herself and it could be saved.  Unthankfully my ponytail plans for swimming class this summer are done for.

This is our last week of Pre-school.  My baby will be going off to Kindergarten in the fall.  I'm sure I will be in a sobbing heap Thursday after graduation.  We have next week "off" so I'm planning on having a yard sale.  Then the summer starts, that means play group at the park, eco-camp, swim lessons, and mixed martial arts almost everyday.  My plan is to wear her out, but it usually is me that is worn out by the end of my day of taxi driving.  So all of you will understand why my blog suffers in the summer months.  In Minnesota you have to squeeze a lot of things into the few nice months we have before the snow starts in October and we all turn into hermits again.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 4 Challenge - Week 5: TIME

Today we are awarding the prize from our gnerous sponsor, Fresh Brewed Designs! The randomly chosen winner of this month's challenge will receive five digi stamps of their choice from the Fresh Brewed Designs store. Heather has drawn the fabulous Alice in Wonderland digi images that the design team has used to inspire you, and who knows? Maybe the winner will choose some of them as part of their prize.




So head over to The Altered Alice and see all the beautiful project created by our design team and all our very talented players.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - "Tooty-Fruity"

This weeks challenge at Pixie Dust Studio is "Tooty-Fruity" Fruit is the theme! Add some fruit to your card/project! Yummm!

I used the sketch from the Mojo Monday #192 challenge and the color challenge from Colour Q #86.

Lemon Stamp: SU Tart & Tangy
Copic:  E000, 00, 11,44,47, 49
BG000
R22, 24, 27, 29
Y11, 13, 15, 21, 23
EF:  Preserves
Rub-On:  October Afternoon 5 & Dime
Ribbon:  A Muse

Make sure you visit all the Pixies (in my sidebar) and see what sport they are playing this week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to link your creation to the challenge blog no later then 6pm (GMT) Wednesday, June 1st!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 4 Challenge - Week 4: TIME

Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'
`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.'
`Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand beating.'
-- Chapter 7, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Time marches on and it's time for a new challege, and the challenge is to make something that represents TIME! Take your time, you have until May 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) to show us YOUR timely creation! There are so many ways to represent time - you could use a clock or a watch, hourglass, calendar. . . take some TIME to think about it and then be sure you submit on TIME because TIME flies! Ok, I think I have it out of my system. . . or is that my clockworks?


Our sponsor this month is Fresh Brewed Designs, and they have some fabulous Alice in Wonderland digi images that some of the design team will be using. The randomly chosen winner of this month's challenge will receive five digi stamps of their choice from the Fresh Brewed Designs store!
While it is not required that you use Alice in Wonderland images, we do encourage it. Entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland will be entered twice for the prize drawing!

Three guest designers will be joining us for May: Jess Marin of My Scrap Diary will be sharing her project in our Week 3 post, and Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog and Tracy (CuddlyBunny) of Not a Moment to Spare will be sharing their creations during our Week 4 inspiration post. I know you will enjoy seeing the work of these talented designers, some of whom you will recognize as past entrants to our challenges!

So head over to The Altered Alice and see all the beautiful project created by our design team and all our very talented players.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pixie Dust Studio New Release: Pixie Circus


The Circus has come to the STUDIO!!
Grab these festive and fun digi stamps HOT in the SHOP!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - "Back in Time"



This weeks challenge at Pixie Dust Studio is "Back in Time".  Create a Vintage Style card/project.


If you have seen the new movie Water For Elephants you may recognize this handsome guy.  He is part of the new Pixie Dust release coming out tomorrow. 

Copic:  W00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
YR20, 23, 24
E000, 00, 11, 31, 50, 55
Nesties:  Fleur De Lis Accents
Ribbon:  Stampin Up
DP:  Graphic 45 Le' Romantique
Scattered Straw Distress Ink


Make sure you visit all the Pixies (in my sidebar) and see what they created this week.
Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to link your creation to the challenge blog no later then 6pm (GMT) Wednesday, May 25th!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pixie Dust Studio Sneak Peak: Pixie Circus

It's Sneak Peak time at Pixie Dust Studio.

The latest collection Pixie Circus will be released on May 20th at the Pixie Dust Studio Store.

I used Card Patterns Sketch 115 for the layout of my card.
 
Copic:  E41, 42, 43, 44
YG17, 23
BG23, 45, 49
R81, 83, 89
YR12, 14
DP:  Imaginisce Animal Crackers
 

Visit our talented Pixies to see some great designs with this newest collection!!
Cat
Cyndi
Danni (May Guest)
Erin (That's Me)
Joyce
Gudrun
Karen
Margie
Shelly
Tasha
Taylor

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Eat Your Veggies ATC

This months ATC theme is "Eat Your Veggies".

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 4 Challenge - Week 3: TIME

Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'
`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.'
`Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand beating.'
-- Chapter 7, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Time marches on and it's time for a new challege, and the challenge is to make something that represents TIME! Take your time, you have until May 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) to show us YOUR timely creation! There are so many ways to represent time - you could use a clock or a watch, hourglass, calendar. . . take some TIME to think about it and then be sure you submit on TIME because TIME flies! Ok, I think I have it out of my system. . . or is that my clockworks?


Our sponsor this month is Fresh Brewed Designs, and they have some fabulous Alice in Wonderland digi images that some of the design team will be using. The randomly chosen winner of this month's challenge will receive five digi stamps of their choice from the Fresh Brewed Designs store!
While it is not required that you use Alice in Wonderland images, we do encourage it. Entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland will be entered twice for the prize drawing!

Three guest designers will be joining us for May: Jess Marin of My Scrap Diary will be sharing her project in our Week 3 post, and Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog and Tracy (CuddlyBunny) of Not a Moment to Spare will be sharing their creations during our Week 4 inspiration post. I know you will enjoy seeing the work of these talented designers, some of whom you will recognize as past entrants to our challenges!

So head over to The Altered Alice and see all the beautiful project created by our design team and all our very talented players.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - "Make it Shiny!"

This weeks challenge at Pixie Dust Studio is "Make it Shiny!"  Add some silver and/or something metallic to your card/project.
I used the sketch from the I (heart) Sketches May Challenge.

DP & Glitter Stickers:  KI Memories Sweet Life
Stickles:  Magenta & Crystal
Sentiment:  SU Birthday Bliss
Copic: E000, 00, 11, 55, 57, 59
B00, 02,04
C0
YG01, 03
Y15, 17
RV00, 02, 04

Make sure you visit all the Pixies (in my sidebar) and see what sport they are playing this week.
Thanks for stopping by!
Remember to link your creation to the challenge blog no later then 6pm (GMT) Wednesday, May 18th!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 4 Challenge - Week 2: TIME

Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'
`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.'
`Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand beating.'
-- Chapter 7, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Time marches on and it's time for a new challenge, and the challenge is to make something that represents TIME! Take your time, you have until May 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) to show us YOUR timely creation! There are so many ways to represent time - you could use a clock or a watch, hourglass, calendar. . . take some TIME to think about it and then be sure you submit on TIME because TIME flies! Ok, I think I have it out of my system. . . or is that my clockworks?


Our sponsor this month is Fresh Brewed Designs, and they have some fabulous Alice in Wonderland digi images that some of the design team will be using. The randomly chosen winner of this month's challenge will receive five digi stamps of their choice from the Fresh Brewed Designs store!
While it is not required that you use Alice in Wonderland images, we do encourage it. Entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland will be entered twice for the prize drawing!
Three guest designers will be joining us for May: Jess Marin of My Scrap Diary will be sharing her project in our Week 3 post, and Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog and Tracy (CuddlyBunny) of Not a Moment to Spare will be sharing their creations during our Week 4 inspiration post. I know you will enjoy seeing the work of these talented designers, some of whom you will recognize as past entrants to our challenges!
Copic:  E000, 00, 11, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 41, 42, 43, 50
V95, 99
W2, 4, 6
R12, 27, 29, 39, 59
B00, 01, 41, 95, 97, 99
BG72, 75
Y21, 23, 26
YR12, 14
YG61, 63
DP:  Graphic 45 Times Nouveau, Jillibean Soup Soup Staples
Nesties:  Labels Twelve
EF:  Clockworks
Ribbon:  Stampin Up
Gear:  Tim Holtz
Distress Ink:  Old Paper, Black Soot
So head over to The Altered Alice and see all the beautiful project created by our design team and all our very talented players.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy National Scrapbook Day from Pixie Dust

Happy National Scrapbook Day Everyone!  As a special gift to all you crafty people Pixie Dust is giving away a FREE digi today!  Just go over to the Pixie Dust Blog to get Sabrina and Scrappy.
I used the sketch from The Pink Elephant #99 for my card.

DP:  Little Yellow Bicycle Tiny Princess
EF:  Spots & Dots
Sentiment:  A Muse
Copic: E000, E00, E11, YR20, YR21, B02, B04, BV01, BV02, BV04, RV10, RV11, Y35, Y38, G40, G82

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pixie Dust Studio Challenge - "Under the Sea"

It's Release Day!  Make sure you head over to the Pixie Dust store to pick up SPLASH!


This weeks challenge at Pixie Dust Studio is "Under the Sea".  Be inspired by the ocean and sea life! Create a card/project using the color blue.
I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 115.
Copic:  E000, 00, 11, 42, 43,50
B34, 37, 39
BG11, 13, 34
DP:  October Afternoon Seaside
Sand:  Mudd Puddles
Make sure you visit all the Pixies (in my sidebar) and see what sport they are playing this week.
Thanks for stopping by!
Remember to link your creation to the challenge blog no later then 6pm (GMT) Wednesday, May 11th!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pixie Dust Studio Sneak Peak: Splash

It's Sneak Peak time at Pixie Dust Studio.

The latest collection Splash will be released on May 5th at the Pixie Dust Studio Store.
I used the Case Study #37 challenge for the inspiration for my card.
Copic:  R22, 24, 27
YR12, 14
YG21, 23, 25
Y26
G03, 05, 07
BG23, 45, 49
E000, 00, 11, 42, 43, 50, 74, 77, 79
DP:  We R Memory Keepers 72 & Sunny
EF:  Pop Culture
Distress Ink:  Antique Linen

Visit our talented Pixies to see some great designs with this newest collection!!

Cat
Cyndi
Danni (May Guest)
Erin (That's Me)
Joyce
Gudrun
Karen
Margie
Shelly
Tasha
Taylor 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Altered Alice CHAPTER 4 Challenge - Week 1: TIME

Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'
`Perhaps not,' Alice cautiously replied: `but I know I have to beat time when I learn music.'
`Ah! that accounts for it,' said the Hatter. `He won't stand beating.'
-- Chapter 7, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Time marches on and it's time for a new challege, and the challenge is to make something that represents TIME! Take your time, you have until May 27 at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4:00) to show us YOUR timely creation! There are so many ways to represent time - you could use a clock or a watch, hourglass, calendar. . . take some TIME to think about it and then be sure you submit on TIME because TIME flies! Ok, I think I have it out of my system. . . or is that my clockworks?


Our sponsor this month is Fresh Brewed Designs, and they have some fabulous Alice in Wonderland digi images that some of the design team will be using. The randomly chosen winner of this month's challenge will receive five digi stamps of their choice from the Fresh Brewed Designs store!
While it is not required that you use Alice in Wonderland images, we do encourage it. Entries that feature some aspect of Wonderland will be entered twice for the prize drawing!

Three guest designers will be joining us for May: Jess Marin of My Scrap Diary will be sharing her project in our Week 3 post, and Retta Fox of Foxy's Weblog and Tracy (CuddlyBunny) of Not a Moment to Spare will be sharing their creations during our Week 4 inspiration post. I know you will enjoy seeing the work of these talented designers, some of whom you will recognize as past entrants to our challenges!

So head over to The Altered Alice and see all the beautiful project created by our design team and all our very talented players.