slowing . . .
down . . . :)
The reality of reaching the third trimester I suppose & simply trying to survive the exhaustion of it. Still walking, but not every day and not 5 miles - I've capped out at half that - which is still good for this late in the game right??? Today I am 30 weeks - it kind of crept up on me actually - I told someone 28 earlier today & then second guessed myself until I had the chance to look at a calendar. Surprisingly I realized that I was actually 30 weeks :) So after this week we are in the single digits - I can't believe I have been pregnant for 30 weeks - amazing . . . and exhausting :) Doing lots of Christmas shopping & baby shopping - trying to get it all finished by end of November (that is my goal at least!!!). I have so much to get organized in the house and in the process have created mini messes in several rooms :) I am escaping this weekend - a girl's weekend with my sister & mom - to Ocean City for a scrapbook retreat - my last hurrah :) I leave Thursday & will be back Sunday night. I am excited to get away for a bit & to be surrounded by scrappers - that always puts me in a good mood :)
On to some sharing . . .
Beginning with . . . my very first project that I have created with the ENORMOUS box of goodies sent to me by Samantha Walker!!! Full of papers, stickers, chipboard, ribbon, stamps, fabric, and more - I simply couldn't wait to dive in!!!!! I LOVED the papers from her Traditions line (especially the die-cut snowflake paper) & her Unity Swirling Snow stamps which coordinated so perfectly. Here is what I came up with . . .
A quick close-up on the layered postage stamp die-cuts - here I used both the front & back of her Snowflakes paper and added a bit of cream paint & stitching. The chipboard snowflakes were sprayed first with Studio Calico Mr.Huey in calico cream & then spritzed with Creative Imaginations Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist in Solar Gold. This shimmering mist is simply gorgeous!!!!
Another quick close-up on the background & journaling. The background was so much fun to create. I am not a stamper (secretly I wish I was!!!) but I have purchased a number of stamping supplies over the years. I liked the idea of creating a patterned paper on the kraft cardstock but any true color seemed to appear too "harsh" . . . too pronounced . . . so I looked in my stash & found a pad of Ranger Watermark Resist - this stuff is awesome!!! I used several of the snowflake stamps from the Unity set designed by Samantha & just stamped away all over the paper. The resist pad crested these beautiful watermark snowflake images all over the kraft - love it!!!! Oh & the Unity stamps were awesome!!! I may be heading over to the Unity site to do some shopping - they actually have a kit of the month club that looks pretty awesome (yes, I am an enabler - shop people shop!!!!).
I have tons more fabulous goodies from Samantha & will continue to share more projects with you this month & in the future :)
Looking for some sketch inspiration & contests????? Look no further - I have 2 for you :)
First up is a fab contest over at the Cookbookin' blog. Cookbookin' is a wonderful manufacturer of scrapbook papers, embelllishments, and stamps just perfect for preserving family recipes as well as creating kitchen-themed projects or gifts!! Kristie Coleman - an online friend of mine who is an ABSOLUTE sweetheart is on their design team & asked if I might be able to create a sketch for them. Of course I was happy to do so & here is what I came up with . . .
Check out their blog for all the details on entering their contest!!!!
Although my monthly contest for My Creative Scrapbook doesn't go up until tomorrow, I thought I'd go ahead & share it with everyone today :) Pam sent me this gorgeous kit to work with . . .
And here is the sketch I created . . .
My layout featuring the fab November main kit . . .
Check in the forum tomorrow for all the details on how to enter!!!
Oh - BTW - a HUGE THANK YOU - to my FAB readers!!!!! You are the best & you keep me blogging :)
ttyl - julie :)