Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happily Ever After begins now

{Supplies: Patterned paper: Echo Park (green) and Basic Grey (all others), Cardstock: Bazzil Basics, Die Cut Paper: Studio Calico, Buttons: Crate Paper, Letters: American Crafts, Stamps: American Crafts, Thread: Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread}

I'm a bit ashamed to admit this, but nearly three years later, my wedding album is mostly incomplete. I've done a few layouts here and there, but I've been really unhappy with almost all of them. Scrapbooking wedding photos is really hard for me. Other challenges for me include die cut papers, buttons, stamps, and single photo pages. You'll notice, all of those things are included in this page. I didn't really challenge myself to put it all together -- I was just challenging myself to use that piece of pink die cut paper. I hated it until I realized I could attach it to a piece of cardstock and turn it into a background. Now, I absolutely love it, which is great because I ended up with five more pieces of it during the big sale Studio Calico had last month. It came in the November kit, and I found myself ordering More Patterned Paper, More SC Patterned Paper, and a grab bag that all included the pink die cut paper. I think this pink paper might be the key to getting going on my wedding album.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Baby Shower!

{Supplies: Just Married paper pad from Hobby Lobby, Bazzil Cardstock (white), pink cardstock from my scrap pile, brown ink, Cuttlebug die & folder}

We went to see our friends, The Cernys, in Chicago for Super Bowl Weekend/Dave's Birthday. Since their shower was going to be shortly after that, I needed a baby shower card quickly -- and I happened to realize that I had one card ready from my "Just Married" paper pack that didn't say bride on it, so I went with that. I was really excited with the way this one turned out. It's a Z-folded card, so the message is actually written on the panel you can't see in this picture. 

The Cernys welcomed their daughter, Courtney Michelle on March 29. She was 18 inches, 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The whole family is doing well!
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Thursday, April 5, 2012

I choo, choo, choose you

{Supplies: Studio Calico June 2011 kit, Paper Moon and Quickutz cookie cutter heart die}

If you're a fan of The Simpsons, you'll remember that one year, Lisa gave Ralph a Valentine that said, "I choo, choo, choose you," which unleashed some unintended consequences for Lisa. When I made this card for my Simpsons-loving husband, there was really only one intended consequence, and that was exactly what I got -- a good, hearty laugh from Trevor.

I made the card by layering together scraps of paper from the kit. I think the only pieces I really trimmed were the large green piece to make the card, and the polka dotted piece to fit through my Cuttlebug to cut the heart. I had tried to cut a train with my Slice, but it didn't come out right on any of the three attempts, so I gave up and used the train border strip that came in the Studio Calico kit.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Menu

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you might know that I have a pork allergy, so we don't eat pork in our house (except bacon and pepperoni -- I know God is good to me because I don't react to these two pork products!). I also have an aversion to lamb. I have eaten it a few times, and it is delicious, but I can't get over eating cute, cuddly sheep. So, we'll be having a roasted chicken for Easter dinner.

Here's my menu:

  • Lemon-Herb roasted chicken
  • Steamed New Potatoes with Olive Oil, Parsley, & Chives
  • Buttered corn with Scallions
  • Resurrection Rolls
  • White Wine
  • Smores Cupcakes
It's a lot of really simple stuff, to be honest. I got a couple ideas from Pinterest, but for the most part, they're either old recipes or a personal invention (the cupcakes). I'm not sure if my Easter guests will get here or not, as they are traveling standby, but this is what I'm planning to make if they do arrive. I suppose I could just make it for me and Trevor, and he can take the leftovers on the road with him for his next trip.