Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Craft Area

I love that I have a craft area in my home. It's my space that I love to be in and makes me happy. So why can't I ever keep it tidy and clean. I see this is a problem for a lot of women who have craft areas. I'll clean it up and get everything organized only to start a project the next day and dirty it all up again. It's so much  fun when you are being crafty! 

My sweet hubby moved his office upstairs last week and realized that he didn't need one of his desks so he gave it to me. I've been working off of a six foot white table. I felt like a queen when this new desk waltzed in here all black and sassy. It has 7 drawers and a nice big desk top. Two of the drawers are made for hanging file folders so being organized just got so much easier. I felt like I went from the trailer park to the country club, ha! 

My best friend visited last week so I didn't get much done as far as projects but I plan on getting back in to the groove this weekend and next week. I've missed blogging, participating in challenges and looking at everyone else's creations. I promise to post pics of my new desk but only after I clean it up :)

Hope everyone has a great night. 

"Do Something Scrappy"

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chore Chart Update

Success! Success! Success! Well... the first week that is. He was so excited about doing his chores (okay, he was somewhat excited), loved checking off his list (okay, maybe I enjoyed watching him place check marks in those little boxes), and loved getting his allowance at the end of the week based on what he'd accomplished (okay, he was really excited about this part). He used some of his money this past weekend to get himself something and was really proud of it. 

Let me back up and say that I think most of his success the first week was based on Mom walking behind him and reminding him of all he had to do and filling out the cards for him when he "forgot" or was "busy" doing other things. I told him this past Sunday night that this week he was on his own. Mom wasn't going to remind him to do his chores or make sure they were checked off. Monday was a good day. Tuesday was not so good and yesterday was just like pulling teeth to get it done. He decided to go to bed and not complete his Tuesday night card. I reminded him of it which I know I said I wouldn't do but I'm working on myself too. He just rolled his eyes and turned over. Yeah, not a smart thing to do with a Mom who is trying to prove points. He figured he would just mark off everything on Wednesday morning. Nope, doesn't work that way. I had to show tough love and let him know that this is the way it works and that he was not getting any points for that card. Yes, I was officially (in his eyes) the MEANEST.MOM.EVER! I personally think that if you are ever awarded that by your child you are doing something right. I, of coarse, had to walk away before the begging and pleading started or he gave me "those" eyes. Yes, you know what I'm talking about. 
Hubby said he was proud of me for not caving which made me happy and smiling and patting myself on the back. Wait, this is about Caleb not me. FOCUS!!

Anyways, long story short, here we are on Thursday. There are quite a few things not checked off on this weeks cards but I'm ready to show him the lesson when he doesn't get as much allowance as last week. When it's time to ask for a new game on his iPad and he doesn't have the money to pay for it I hoping it sparks some interest to do better next week. 

Now maybe I need to make a chore chart for myself because I've got a lot to do in the next few days! 
Hope everyone has a great day! 

~Do Something Crafty Today~ 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Better Late Than Not At All

For today, I am submitting a card for a Peachy Keen Challenge. I love their challenges because I get to use their awesome stamps. 

This week's challenge is to create a layout or a card using the sketch provided.
Take a peek at what our designers created for you!

 Create a card or layout of your choice following the sketch provided.

Here is the card that I came up with in a not so easy manner. For some reason, I had a really hard time with this sketch but I eventually made it work. Hope you enjoy!! Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think :)

Supplies used:

 Cardstock- Bazzill & Archivers 
 Patterned Paper- Bo Bunny & Little Yellow Bicycle
 Brads- Bo Bunny
 Twine- The Twinery
 Stamps- Peachy Keen
 Circle Cutter- Creative Memories
 Shamrock- A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge
 White Gel Pen

 Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 5, 2012


I'm not really quite sure who is worse... Caleb or myself. Okay, being that I'm the grown up, the mom and technically should be better, I'll take the blame. He doesn't like doing chores and I'm not good horrible about being consistent and making him stay on track. I'm sure it's the ADD that we both are so lucky to have that keeps us both off track but NO MORE EXCUSES. 

I'm tired of getting mad at him for not doing what he's suppose to do and he's tired of hearing me repeat myself over and over and over and over. Okay, you get the drift. So, I decided to make this fun for the both of us. I pulled out my fun boy paper and went to work on a project. It took me less than an hour to pick out the paper, figure out what I wanted to do and create it. I'm pretty sure that's a record for me and I should get some type of award :)

Here is what I came up with 

The paper is from Echo Park's line Little Boy. I love all the colors. The letters are from Bo Bunny and I've had them for sooo long. I can't believe that I was able to find all the letters to fit just right. Must've been fate. I made up chores in Word for each morning, afternoon and night for every night of the week. He has an task so he knows exactly what he has to do. No questions asked because believe me, he would come up with 10. He knows what he gets and what he doesn't get at the end of the week. Now I have to stay consistent and he has to get his chores done. I have a really good feeling about this. Lord, help me. 

Here is what it looks like with his appropriate card just waiting for him to check off everything he's done. He did really good this afternoon and evening and even seemed to have fun doing it. I hope this helps us get along a little better. Morning time seems to be our worst time of the day. He is not a morning person and I don't like bad attitudes. 

I'll fill everyone in on how it went at the end of the week. Wish us luck! 


My First Award!!

Thanks so much to Crystal at Crystal's Creative Corner for choosing ME for this award. It was so encouraging to receive this and know that a fellow crafty liked what she saw when she went to my blog. I've been working really hard to get my name out there in the blogging world and this makes me smile. So thank you again, Crystal!!

"Liebster" is German for "Dearest". The award is a "Share the love arrangement", given to inspirational bloggers with less that 200 followers. I have had this blog for some time now and wasn't really putting a whole lot of effort in to it but made a decision this year to change that. I love sharing my creations, ideas and sharing other ideas that I find from other crafty friends. Participating in challenges and submitting my work is one of my favorite things to do. This award gives me the encouragement that I need to move forward. 

Here's the to do list for any of the Liebster Blog Award recipients.
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you the award.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are my five choices with less that 200 followers - please visit them:
   Amanda @ Raising Miss Mommy
   Laura @ My Paper Antics
   Cassandra @ A Bit of It All For Craftin
   Andrea @ I'm Livin on Scraps

I had so much fun looking at all the blogs I follow and finding the above blogs to present this award to and hope it helps with encouragement the way it did me. 

Thanks again Crystal!! 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

MCT Throwback Thursday "Cricut-less Challenge"

It's another Throwback Thursday Challenge over at My Creative Time. I look forward to this every two weeks because it gives me a chance to be creative and submit my work. This challenge gives everyone the opportunity to make something without their electronic machines. No Cricut, Cameo, Imagines,  etc.... There once was a time when everything had to be done manuel. Can we please not go back there again. EVER. I love my Cricut and I'm hoping to eventually own a Cameo soon! I just love being creative any way I can. 

So... here is the exact rules for the challenge:

*** This is a "CRICUTLESS" Challenge! Meaning, you are not allowed to use your cricuts, imagines, e2's or your cameo's or any "Electronic machine"! Basically, we are taking it back "Old School"! You are totally allowed to use punches &/or your cuttlebug!

*** Create a PROJECT of YOUR choice!
*** Link your project up to Mr. Linky below, then leave a comment!
*** Deadline for this challenge will be on Wed, March 14th @ midnight!
*** ONE project per person please!

Here is the card I created

Materials used:

        Cardstock- Bazzill
        Patterned Paper- My Minds Eye & Bo Bunny
        Punches- Stampin' Up
        Embossing Folders- Cuttlebug & Stampin' Up
Stamps- My Creative Time "Color Me Happy" & Hello Spring"
        Die Cuts- My Creative Time "Hello Spring"

Enjoy and thanks for looking. Hope everyone has a great day!