Saturday, August 31, 2013

Welcome To Another New School Year

Wow!  Is it just me or is this year going by so fast!  I can't believe it's going to be September already.  Before the start of the school year, I made this WELCOME banner for our district office. I thought about raffling this off with all our school site secretaries and then I thought, nah, we can hang it in the district office.  It looks so bright and inviting if I do say so myself.

I'm entering this project on the Decorate to Celebrate challenge blog for challenge #58 - Back to School and Classroom Favors challenge.  Decorate to Celebrate website is full of decoration ideas.  If you're looking for some inspiration, check out the website here.

I used my Doodlecharms and Plantin Schoolbook cartridges.  Each letter is mounted on a library card.

lots of school inspired patterned paper and paper frames that I've had forever.
Backpack, sun and apples are cut with the Doodlecharms cricut cartridge
Letters cut with the Plantin Schoolbook font cricut cartridge.
Misc. ribbon scraps, paperclips and library cards from my supplies.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My Life's Just Fine

Believe it or not, I have been really busy in the Command Center, but my camera has been downstairs for weeks now and I keep forgetting to bring it up.  Let's see, I've finished multiple scrapbook pages for my niece; some of my own pages; a couple of crowns; some cards; a birthday gift; a WELCOME banner for our office lobby; 3 decorated dry erase boards and I think that's it.  I accidentally broke a frame/shelf thingy that we've had forever and I grabbed it and was ready to toss it but then saw a wonderful upcycling project.  I'm excited to get started on it...and I MUST remember to snap a before photo.  Dang it...where's my camera again?

Right now I'm missing my son, Derek.  He's still on his adventure in Petersburg, Alaska and it's been almost two months since I've seen him.  He should be home soon.  Derek brings so much life into our house since he's such a nut!

I love that Kevin and Carly are sticking around the house more and we're spending hours & hours on a Parks and Recreation and The Office marathon on Netflix.  I love that Tony is feeling so much better now that his insurance stuff is finally figured out and he's back with his specialist.  He is back to his ol' self and it's such a relief. 

Kenny's busy with football - overtired but loving every minute of it.  I love how the dynamics at the Durham household.  It is so different now that the kids are older.  We no longer have the responsibility to take care of them but do it anyways.  I love that we're having fun hanging out with each other and there's four cars outside which can take any of us wherever we want, but we choose to stay home.

Sure we have our usual family arguments and nothing is ever perfect, but "I won't change my life, my life's just fine" just like the lyrics on one of my favorite Mary J Blige songs (Just Fine).

Friday, August 9, 2013

Move Over Rover and Let Jimi Take Over

Wow!  I had so much fun making these tags.  I am in a 60's swap and it took so long to figure out what to do.  Here's the photo and then I'll tell you all about it...

The Jimi Hendrix image is from an old t-shirt tag that I kept since hmmm...Derek was a Sophomore so about 2002/2003ish.  I kept it because how can you possibly toss out Jimi.  So I made copies at work and then put clear packing tape over it to make the packing tape transfer.  I tore and cut around the edges.  I bought the tie-dye paper at Hobby Lobby (half off sale!).  Covered a shipping tag with the paper, stamped the peace signs and word peace (both stamps from CTMH); glued down the image.  The flying heart stamp(s) are from SU!.  Added some bling and fibers to finish the tag.  I think I did a pretty good job for a 60's tag swap. 

Now I can't wait to see what I get back.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Spread the Magic...

I just finished the pieces for a Disney swap I'm in at Splitcoaststampers.  I love Disney swaps because it's hard to "mess up" embellishments for the Happiest Place on Earth!

I pulled out bright green, blue, yellow, red and black cardstock and one of my Disney patterned paper pads.  Most of the pieces were created by layering circles cut from my Creative Memories circle cutter and I also used my cricut Art Philosophy cartridge for the starburst and scalloped circles.  I used Stampin' Up doily stamps for the blue and red (styrograph looking) circles.