Back-2-School SOON Yay!

I have to head out the door for my first day of work at my new job!  Hopefully Mr. Larry will be working with me today…we had a great time interviewing together that’s for sure.   My good friend Brie hasn’t gotten it posted quite yet, but be sure to check the Roberts Arts and Crafts Blog for details on how I made this cute little card for my DT project over there today!

Introducing the Roberts DT

Good morning everyone!  Sincerest apologies for being a tad late in having my post ready to go.  I was getting some much deserved sleep after three days of pretty much none and spending all day playing in nature’s backyard.  Perhaps I was dreaming about sawing some of these logs:

If you have been a good little blog-hopper then you should have arrived here from Theresa’s site.  Her daughter just got married, she has a prized poochie and well, the rest you will have to go to her blog to find out.  If you just happen to be one of my loyal subscribers, please please please consider going back to the beginning to my beautiful and Bodacious Brie’s post on the Roberts Blog.  She is our Roberts DT Fearless Leader and runs the Roberts Arts and Crafts Blog.  Don’t just stop with her intro at Roberts though…be sure to check out her personal blog  Vintage 53 too.

Now, back to those logs I was sawing…beautiful isn’t it?  Now that I am awake and have my soda in hand, lemme tell you a little about me…(be right back I need to go read some of what my DT sister’s have shared first)

Ok…NOWWWWW I’m totally ready.  I live in the most beautiful part of the country ever.  You don’t have to believe me…see for yourself.

Remember, you can click on any of the thumbnails above for bigger pictures.  You totally might want to cuz um….it’s insanely beautiful here.

So, now that we’ve established that I live in the most beautiful part of the country EVER, I suppose you wanna know a little more about me personally right?  Well, I’m a the very proud mother of four of the most incredible kids ever, I am in school full-time and nearly done with my Associate’s in Multimedia Technologies with a Web Design Specialization,  when I’m done, I will be getting my Bachelor’s in Digital Design and Animation.  Ultimately I want to do CGI in film, but I think that might be starting to change a bit as I explore some new talents I’ve discovered.

In addition to my own children, I take care of my favorite sister’s (I can  say that cuz I only have one I share DNA with) two boys full-time and that is often exhausting as the baby has a seizure disorder that has to be closely monitored.  We could certainly use your prayers on his behalf.  So…just in case full-time school, full-time parenting and full-time babysitting aren’t enough to keep me busy, I add full-time crafter to that mix as well.

Crafting has been some of the best therapy I’ve ever encountered.  I used to tell people it was cheaper than therapy, but, after looking at all my stuff packed from a recent move, I’m not so sure it is.  Regardless, it’s something I think I’ve pretty much always done.  I remember my first (and really bad) scrapbook from when I was about 10 or 12, maybe younger.  About 12 years ago, I attended a Creative Memories workshop with my friend who was the consultant and that’s all it took, I was hooked:  INSTANTLY.

Originally I was just a scrapbooker.  Then two or three years ago I decided I wanted to try and become a stamper/card maker like a dear friend and she sent me a heat gun and $.50 worth of embossing powder (which I still have and use sometimes).  I bought some wood mount stamps from Oriental Trading and it went from there.   I was almost exclusively a card maker until recently when I discovered my love for creating layouts all over again.  Along the way, I also found out the incredible fun related to altering things and creating mixed media pieces and other assorted forms of crafting and guess what?  I LOVE IT ALL!

Brie and I first met when she participated in my Domestic Violence Fundraiser/Hop (which she helped Roberts Arts and Crafts to sponsor YAY) and so when she announced she was looking for a DT for Roberts, I inquired further and she picked me!  YAY!  My first DT post can be found here, if you want to check it out.  I am truly honored to have been chosen to represent Roberts and I hope that this is a relationship can continue for some time.  Brie, thanks for inviting me to be a part of your DT  for Roberts Arts and Crafts, I can’t wait till it’s my turn again.

If you have some burning desire to know something else about me, leave me a comment and let me know what that is and I’ll try to help you out.  And, even if you don’t have something you are dying to know about me, please leave a comment anyway.  You never know….I just might surprise one of you with a super secret surprise.  Now, next up to introduce herself is Jenny from Crazy About A Cricut.  I can tell you this much…I work with an amazing group of women on this DT so you really should check them all out.  In case you get lost along the way, here’s the entire line-up:

Brie – Roberts Blog
Celeste- http://www.touchedbyabutterfly​.blogspot.com
Theresa- http://www.thescrapbookingquee​n.com
Faith – http://faithfulecreations.com
Jenny – http://crazyaboutcricut.blogsp​ot.com/
Brooke – http://brookiesbabybargains.bl​ogspot.com
Zoe – http://www.CraftyX.blogspot.co​m
Kari – http://purplefuntastickcreatio​ns.blogspot.com/
Yolie – www.justyolie.com
Barb – www.barbcraft.blogspot.com
Gaby – www.gabycreates.com
Katie- http://happyscrappinmom.blogsp​ot.com
Nancy- http://scrappingoutofcontrol.b​logspot.com/
Michelle- http://designsoncloud9.blogspo​t.com/
Gina – http://californiascrappin-gcin​derella21.blogspot.com/ 
 

Some of my DT sister’s were creating projects for the day as well.  Life got in the way and I didn’t have time to do that, but I will be back with another DT post this month!  Thanks for hopping with us and I hope you will enjoy getting to know each of us a little better.

 
 

In case you missed it the 1st time….

Lemme ask you a question!  What’s equal parts nervous and excited?  No it’s not a man when he’s about to pop the question, or a woman having her first baby.  Give up?  Ok I’ll tell you…it’s me!  I’m so excited to be a part of the Robert’s Arts and Crafts DT; however, with that excitement also comes nervousness since this is my very first DT ever.  Plus, I’m following Bodacious Brie’s incredible butterfly masterpiece.  At any rate, I definitely feel quite honored to have been chosen for this position.

We will be having an official blog hop to introduce ourselves soon, but let me tell you a bit about me before I get to my project for the day, and I won’t even copy it from my blog this time OK?!?!?  Alright, let’s see…I’m a full-time student, full-time best babysitter ever (just ask my nephews…they love me), full-time single mom, and wanna-be full-time crafter.  Purple is my all time favorite color ever, me and butterflies go together like peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkel, ketchup and fries…well you get the idea.  I actually use both sides of my brain because I am whimsilytical (yeah I totally just made that word up).  I am artsy, I enjoy the theater, and I love to write and am quite good at it.  Totally right-brained huh?  But then, I’m also great at math, extremely analytical, and an excellent communicator.  Totally left brain stuff!

My crafting took a back seat for many years, but about five years ago, I discovered creative talent I didn’t know I had and that caused me to push the envelope even further on what I could do with that talent.  Today I did this:


Yes yes…I know….it’s totally a summer page when it should be back-to-school right?  The thing is…for us it’s still summer and we have a lot left of it still!  I just can’t put my head around back to school yet; I refuse.

Roberts makes a page like this awfully easy to create, especially with things like free shipping on $50 orders or 20% off your total purchase.  And I promise it isn’t as difficult to create as it might look.  You will need some supplies of course, and some time…this certainly isn’t the fastest layout I’ve ever created that’s for sure.

Supplies Needed: 
12 x 12 sheet of paper for your page
DCWV Citrus Stack
Border Punch of your choice (I used a Martha Stewart one here)
eCraft
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Waterlife SD Card
Fundamentals 1 SD Card
Twine
Stamps (All stamps used were from K Andrews Designs)
Ink (Tim Holtz Distress ink in several colors, Memento Tuxedo Black)
Adhesive (foam squares, ATG, mono adhesive tape runner)  
 
Paper Trimmer

I don’t know about you but I LOVE one-stop shopping.  Roberts is JUST that and carries everything you need to create my layout.  So, now that you’ve got your supplies…here’s the process you might want to follow.

First you’re going to choose your papers.  Except for the white paper in my layout and the green stem on the flower, every piece of paper used came from the Citrus Stack.  This color scheme is a challenge for me, but I’m really pleased with the result.  The entire design was inspired by one of the pieces of equipment in the photos.  Look closely can you find it?

So first I took out my eCraft and cut Image 9 under the long stemmed floral category on Fundamentals 2.  I cut this shape initially at 9 in green and then white.  Then I cut it at 9.5 and then again at 10 to get the dimension shown below.

You will want to cut the head off the flower on all but your green piece so you can layer them.  Once I had my flower cut, assembled, and stamped I adhered it to the page.  One layer of the flower (the 10 inch one) is stuck down flat to the page, the rest are adhered with foam squares.  Next, I cut one sheet of a patterned paper at 5 by 12 inches to serve as a background mat for the photos.  Then, using a Martha Stewart edge punch, I punched the top and bottom edge of the paper.  This was laid more or less at the bottom of my page and after I liked where it was I added the pictures.

Switching to the Waterlife cartridge, I cut the sun (Image 1 in the first category) at 4, without my pen in the trolley.  By doing this, it didn’t draw the center piece and was just a sun shape.  I cut the center layer from the same category and at about 2 inches then did some of the same layering effect as with the huge flower.  The difference being I made both sun cuts the same size.  Finally I reverted back to the oldie but goodie Fundamentals 1 cartridge and had it cut my “pennants” for me with no problems.  These were cut at 2 and 2.5 I think.  I’m sorry I don’t remember.  I inked up all the edges and assembled them to look like a banner on the page, adhering them with foam squares for dimension.  At the last-minute I decided to add some twine and I think it was just what this page needed to wrap it all up!

Good luck to all of you celebrating or getting ready for back-to-school.  I promise to think of you when I’m chilaxin’ on the beach this weekend.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Another Sneak Peek

Happy Hump Day Ladies and Gents!  My first DT project is up over at the Roberts blog!  Here’s another sneak peek of the project:

To see the entire project, including directions on how I made it, please visit http://blog.robertscrafts.com.