Sunday, November 30, 2008

Color Me Daisy December Kits Available!

And a Cyber Monday Sale. 30% all Past Kits & Past Kit Add-On's on Monday, December 1, 2008. Go to Color Me Daisy and check it out!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Welcome Baby Jackson!

Meet the newest member of our family, baby Jackson!

Jackson was born on Monday, November 10 at 1:43 p.m. He was 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 21 inches long. Both he and I are doing fine and we were able to come home from the hospital on Thursday.

Jackson had swallowed some fluid and had to spend about 3 hours in the nursery after his birth for observation. He was able to come to meet me in my room after I had been moved from the recovery area. I was up out of bed 12 hours after my c-section and so far my recovery is going very well. We are adjusting to having a newborn at home and other than less sleep, everything is going very well.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from his first few days:

Nicholas is adjusting well to being a big brother. He's curious about his brother, but for the most part he has gone about his normal business.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Daisy Blog Hop

Here is my project for the Daisy Blog Hop. Leave comments to be entered into the prize drawing for a Basic Grey Ambrosia Mini Kit from Color Me Daisy. International winners are eligible, but will need to pay actual postage costs above $7.00.

I had this transparent die cut album from Fancy Pants Designs so I thought it would make a fun project to do for the Daisy Blog Hop. I had never done an album like this (or an acrylic album for that matter) so it was fun to get to play with this one. The Fancy Pants Bracket Album came with 6 pages and several die cut shapes and words to play with. I painted the acrylic die cuts with brown and rust to match the papers and help them stand out.

I made this book to take with me to the hospital next week when Jackson is born, so I can show him pictures of his big brother and puppies. Also I know I will miss Nicholas terribly, so I picked some of my favorite recent pictures of him so I can see him as often as I want while I am away.

The pattterned paper is double sided so I only had to worry about where I placed adhesive so that it could be covered up. I used my regular Duck adhesive and glue dots, and just made sure to place it where it wouldn't be seen.

I used my crop-a-dile to punch the holes for the ribbon to bind the album. This album came together pretty quickly. I picked the chipboard and acrylic die cut pieces I wanted to use and painted them first. While they dried I cut the papers, used a couple of border punches and a little tearing for the edges and placed them in the book. Embellishing with the chipboard, acrylic die cuts, ribbon and buttons was the last step.

A quick flower was made with a button and white pen with ribbon for a stem here:

And a second flower using one of the die cut flowers painted to match the papers with another ribbon stem. I didn't want to use a brad for the tag on the right side page since it would show on the other side or through the transparent die cut, so I used a button instead:

I like how you can see elements from the other pages peeking through in this clear album.

I used one of the Maya Road Journaling Sheers here for a little journaling. I used a Sharpie because I didn't have a Slick Writer pen. It worked great and dried fast!

For the back page, I stamped on a transparency sheet with Stayz On Ink using the Fancy Pants Daily Grind Journal #2 stamp and used a Sharpie to write on the transparency. I stapled the transparency right to the book:
Supplies used:
In addition to the FP bracket album and die cuts I used several items from the Color Me Daisy November kit and stamp add-on: October Afternoon Weathervane papers, Maya Road Chipboard and Journaling Sheer, Fancy Pants buttons, Daisy Bucket Designs Paper Ribbon, and the Fancy Pants Daily Grind #2 Stamp. Other items used: Stayz on Ink, American Crafts brown ric rac ribbon, brown-polka dot and green ribbon from Target, acrylic paint, Sharpie pen, staples, Fiskars border punches and a corner rounder.

Hope you enjoy!

Color Me Daisy's Blog Hop

Join us tommorrow at Color Me Daisy for a Daisy Blog Hop!

The Daisy girls will all be posting projects featuring TRANSPARENCIES. Anything transparent goes, ghost shapes, acetate, overlays. You will see some great projects on all the Daisy girl blogs. You will be hopping from blog to blog, getting inspired and leaving some love! There will be lots of eye candy and great techniques shared.

AND we want you to participate TOO!!! Please post a project featuring transparencies on YOUR blog too on November 7th. We would love to see detail photos, photos of your creative process, and of course finished project photos. We will hop on over to your blog, get inspired and leave some love for you.

The more comments you leave on blogs, the more chances to win a great prize from Color Me Daisy.

A message board thread will be started on November 7th and you can sign in with your blog address so we can make sure to hop on over to your blog. I can't wait to see what you all come up with involving transparencies!So get ready for our first ever Daisy Hop!!!