Sunday, May 25, 2008

Finally, something crafty . . .

My dad and step-mom were here this weekend, so I spent last week getting things "ready" and then I spent the weekend with them.  (translate ~ no stamping time)  Today on the way home from church I said to my hubby, "Honey, can I stamp today?  Can I just go down to my craft room when we get home and stay down there for a while?"  I really just needed some space and time to catch my breath.  I almost always feel that way after having company for a few days.  So when we got home, he hung out with the kiddos and I spent some quality time in the craft lab.  Thanks, sweetie!! ~smooch~
In the course of just a couple of hours I made about about a dozen cards.  Lots of them were CASE's and I made several with a Simply Scrappin' Kit, but they're cards just the same and I have a better attitude/outlook on life because I had a few minutes to stamp.  So, of course I had to share my creations with you!  Because my week was so busy I didn't get to do any challenges, but that's my next goal.  I have a couple of Great Swaps Girls challenges to catch up on and I'd like to go see what I missed on SCS.  For now, these cards will have to suffice.  I saw this card last week on Karen Giron's blog.  I loved how she used a retired SSKit and knew I had to CASE it.  Unfortunately, I don't have any of that amazing orange ribbon, so I made do with what I had.  Here's what I came up with.  I made two of each, so I'll give you a picture of both cards and then a close up of one of them for each set.  
Karen's card had a few fun details I left out.  I think she embossed her sentiment, and she included some rhinestone brads.  I was going for fast and easy, so I skipped the embossed sentiment and bling and used the self-adhesive die cuts from the kit.  Lately, every time one of my kids has a birthday party to go to, I'm in a panic at the last second making a card.  These are for my *kid birthday* stash.  I thought they turned out cute and they were super quick and easy.  I got 6 of them made in just a few minutes!!  
On another note, I told a friend of mine recently and I think I told my stamper's club last week too, that one of my goals in life is to be a Great Swaps Girl.  I was sad when the link to find out information about joining the group disappeared from their blog.  Sooooooo . . . imagine my surprise and excitement when I got an email this week asking if I was interested in joining Great Swaps Girls 2.  Oh! my! word!  My head nearly exploded!  I was so excited!!  Of course I said yes and have been spending a few minutes here and there this weekend "meeting" some of the GSG2 girls!! Hey, girls!!  I'm seriously beside myself at even being considered, and I can't wait to get swapping with some of the awesome stampers!  
Ok, just one more thing from our weekend.  Because of the above-average snow pack for the year, run-off in our area has been higher than normal.  To accommodate the increased run-off, someone, whoever is in charge of such stuff, decided they would open the flood gates at the dam (ahem, *darn* if you're reading this out loud and there are little ears around, he he he) that is just a couple of miles from our house.  We went up there yesterday to see the resulting "rooster tail" or "chicken tail" if you're my 5 year old. It was pretty impressive.  Here are a couple of pictures from our adventure.  
This is my dad, me, my hubby & my kids. 


Thanks for stopping by.  I have lots more cards to share, so I'll be back soon. 


bristowmom said...

Hi Britiney,

This brings back memories. I think the last time they did the "dam thing" was the first spring I lived in Idaho. I went to see it by myself, which is how I did most things back then. My how times have changed! And when I met you you were pregnant with your youngest. Look at how big he is now - wow!

Thanks for the memories!


Kristin said...

Britiney, Congrats on joining GSG2! I recommended you and was hoping you'd get in the GSG1 but that's OK. I think our groups will be swapping each other in the future!! Have fun with it!

Marie said...

What cute cards, and CONGRATS on being invited to the group. I had taken a hiatus from SCS while moving and by the time I came back all of these groups existed and I was so sad to not have known how to be a part of them. I am so frustrated with the swaps I've gotten in the past that I don't really do them any more. Anyway, if you ever hear of someone dying and they need to fill her slot, let me know ;) LOL

Cut pics of the family too!!!

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