Friday, January 23, 2015

1/23 Where Have I Been?

Hey Everyone,

Just thought I would pop in to let you know that I am still alive but I have been taking a LONG break from blogging!  This has been coming for awhile now. I  have been feeling very burnt out on everything- crafting, photographing, editing, blogging etc.  I needed a break for a long time.  I am still on my break, but I will be popping in a couple of times a month to showcase my Some Odd Girl and Core'dinations projects.

So what have I been up to since I have so much time on my hands without blogging?  Well, family things.  It has been so wonderful to just relax and enjoy my family without having to rush home from work, get things ready for the next day, and then hide in my basement and craft.  I have been enjoying just being with my family and loving every minute of it.

We also decided as a family to rescue and adopt a dog!  My oldest has been wanting to get a dog but I have been saying no becuase I just knew I couldn't handle a puppy.  So as a family we decided to adopt.  We found 3 wonderful organizations and it took us 3 months to find the perfect dog and we did!!!  Her name is Nola.  She is a lab mix.  We are thinking lab and shepard.  She is 5 years old and she is just amazing.  Her family was moving and didn't want her anymore.
Here she is on her first day with us.  She is so well behaved and is just perfect in our eyes!

We got Nola the Saturday before Christmas and she was my son's Christmas present.  He is just soo happy!

I also have been really busy with my tennis and captaining a USTA competitive league and that has been keeping me busy as well!

I have been crafting a little bit but it has just been for me.  I have been enjoying creating just to create and not having to worry about blogging and deadlines.

I will be back and I haven't entirely left but my posts won't be every day or even every week, but I will pop in.

Hope you have a wonderful and crafty day!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

1/22 Core'dinations Football Centerpiece

Hi Everyone,
The football season is winding down but the parties are picking up!  Are you having a party?  Do you need a centerpiece idea?  Well, I have one for you.

This is a cute little paper helmet created with my Silhouette and Core'dinations cardstock.  You can fill it with little treats.  A couple of weeks ago the Bengals were in a play off game and we had some friends over and I put this on the food table and it was just so adorable.  You can switch it to your team's colors and you have a quick and esasy centerpiece.  HERE is a link to a step by step instructions.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Core'dinations Winter Layout

Happy Monday!

I have a new layout today using the Core'dinations cardstock along with some Some Odd Girl Stamps.  I cut the snowflakes out using several different cut files from the Silhouette store.
I made this video demonstrating the techniques of scoring and sanding.
Thanks so much for joining me today.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lawnscaping White on White Challenge #95

Hey Everyone,

I had the crafting bug the other night and whenever I want to craft but don't have the mojo I go to challenges and so I found the new Lawnscaping #95 White on White challenge.
I have mentioned many times that I love giving my boys special notes and I made this one for them.  I plan on leaving it on their place mat.
I love using White on White.  The look is just so clean.  I embossed my background and then for my tag  I stamped my sentiment and then embossed my gold stars.  Finally I added some yellow and white twine.

core 110 lb smooth cardstock
lawn fawn stamps
hero arts ink
darice embossing folder

I made this video on how this card came about.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I will see you soon. Have a wonderful and crafty day.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Some Odd Girl Holiday Blog Hop!

Hello Oddies, welcome to Day 1 of our Hol-ODD-Day Hop!
We Odd Girls have joined together for a fun event for EVERYONE - not just because you get to hop, but because you get to PARTICIPATE and share your own holiday creations. So glad you've joined us for our 3rd annual Hol-ODD-Day Hop!
We mixed things up a bit to bring you a nice variety of holiday projects that we hope will inspire you. You can comment on all of the blogs, participate by linking your own below (to be eligible to win, be sure you link to us in your post), and comment throughout the event on other people's links as well! And there will be PRESENTS! The hop goes from now through Friday, December 12th, and we'll be announcing 3 winners next Wednesday, December 17th, so you have plenty of time to comment between now and then! Our Hol-ODD-Day Hop link party will close at midnight on Friday the 12th.
Today, all of the Odd Girls have projects to share for the big event, so you can visit their blogs to see all the action happening. Here's the hop list for our awesome team:
Some Odd Girl blog (featuring a new inspiration project each day!)
Mary Pat  -- You are here!
Jo Ann
Remember to comment along the way, and link up your holiday-themed projects using Some Odd Girl stamps (new or old)!

I made for you 3 little gift tags using some of the critters!  I used Chris Mouse, Holideer,  and Tree Trimming Kaylee. 

I used the Core Basics Kraft smooth cardstock and then used my Spectrum Noir markers on the mouse and then the Pencils on the other two.  I love to use my Spectrum Noir pencils on the Kraft.  It has a great look.

Hope you have fun with this Hol-Odd-hop!  See you tomorrow.  Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Core'dinations Snowman Gift Bag

Hi Everyone,
 I have today for  you a fun little gift bag that I made using my Silhouette and Core'dinations cardstock.

I love cute, fun and easy projects and this little bag fits them all.  I plan on making several of these to give to my kids teachers.  What a cute way to give a little present!

I made a little video for you.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I will see you soon.

Friday, November 21, 2014

11/21 Happy Birthday!

Happy Friday!!!!!
My baby turns 6 today!  So in honor of him I made this birthday card for him.  I got to have so much fun stampping and coloring with this card.  I just wish I could see him open it becuase I am leaving it on his placemat in the morning.  ( I leave the house at 5:45 am and am not home in the morning to see they boys but I alsways leave little notes and cards for them so that they know I am thinking of them!)
I made a video for you on how I made this card.
I am entering this card into the Lawnscaping Challenge #94. (It has been a long time since I have been able to play and was so excited about this challenge.)  This was just perfect timing with my little one's birthday! See the above link for all the fun details!
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I will see you soon. Have a wonderful and crafty day!