Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cheerin for the Pack!

My sister and I decided to take in a Packer's Game while she was home at Christmas. It was a beautifully sunny day, and was "warm" for December....aka not below 0. It was a great game, our team won by over 50 points. So lots of cheering and dancing in the stands. No matter how many times you go to Lambeau, you always take your camera. Sitting outside is definitely funner than being up in the boxes. The atmosphere of the crowd is awesome!

 My local scrapbook store Creations Galore offers a variety of cool sports team paper. The two Packers paper came from there....well all the embellishments came from there.

 This little touchdown embellishment was perfect for such a blowout game, as was the colors.

 I'm trying to get more creative with my titles, so I decided to turn this one on its side. And you have to put your ticket on the page for each game.

And last but not least, the journalling! I used some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold on the yellow paper, just to give it a little sparkle. It got all over my hands, and all over the black paper with just a touch of shimmer.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bridal Shower Goodies

A few weekends ago two cousins and myself threw a bridal shower for our cousin's fiancee. Our theme was lite and springy foods. Except it started to blizzard snow on the way to the shower. It's been forever since I have done a food post, so I thought I would share some of the goodies we whipped up for the shower.

 The Sarasota

We had about 25 adults at this party and they ran this drink out in 25 minutes. I should have made way more. It's the one on the pink one on the left. I didn't get a chance to snap a good picture. I got to try a bit of the bottom.

2 bottles Riesling Wine (I used Barefoot)
1 can Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate (thawed)
3 cups Lemon Line Soda
Garnish with a pint of raspberries and two sliced lemons


Creamsicle Dip

1 (8oz) container Cool Whip (thawed)
1 package **INSTANT** Vanilla Pudding
1 (6oz) container of Orange Juice Concentrate (partially frozen)

Whip all together in a large mixing bowl. I used my hand mixer. If it is a little running, put it back in the freezer. I served my dip in a cored pineapple with fruit kabobs surrounding it.


We also had mini cheesecakes, Rolo brownies, varied tea sandwiches, veggies, and grape salad. I made the cheesecake, but they weren't my favorite recipe ever. I did pipe the chocolate hearts myself, and they turned out really cute. I just melted chocolate chips in the microwave, and put them into a ziplock bag, and snipped off a tiny corner. I formed hearts on waxed paper and put them in the deep freezer overnight.

It was a fun day and I officially have my first shower co-hosting under my belt. No onto partying at the wedding.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cookie Time

I love making Christmas Cookies..or really decorating any cookies for that matter. For the last few years I've been making them with my cousin and her kiddos. We have way too much fun making the cookies and then decorating them. The kids are quite the artists when it comes to the decorating fact.

The base paper is a Bo Bunny line. I actually bought it anticipating using the other side, but it was too wild. And it worked perfect with the frames, so all is well. This isn't my fanciest layout, but the cookies are pretty fancy. 

 The snowflakes are an Ellison Die and a Spellbinders Die. I used sparkly white embossing powder on the large snowflake, and a combo of Broken China and Antique Linen Distress Ink, along with Stickles and Tattered Angels mists on the blue ones.

I'm not so sure about that twine. It's from the Tim Holtz line, I picked it up at Joanns. I  normally use The Twinery's twine, and it is very soft and mold-able. This was very thick and stiff. It had more of the consistency of jute rope for bracelets. It kind unwound as I was working with it, but I like the colors.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Check out my classroom

Better late than never. I finally snapped some pictures of my classroom with my iPad the other day while I had it at the school. This is my first attempt at posting via my iPad, so hopefully everything looks normal.

My kidney table where I spend most of my day-my bulletin board turned out great

If you didn't already know I started teaching bilingual special education after graduation in December. I absolutely love my job. I currently have 19 little darlings I spend the day with. I promise they all come in and out, we don't all cram into my little room.

I teach reading, writing, and math for the majority of the day. I also do lots of social skills and life skills within my day. We are looking forward to some spring weather had more outdoor recess. I'm absolutely loving what I do and looking forward to the years to come.

My desk and lots of storage
We have a little courtyard with a pond behind our room

So that is the grand tour. It's small, but I will have a bigger space next year. Life is good!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Farewell to my favorite park

When I was living in Michigan I had a favorite park. It was on the shores of Lake Superior. It was an amazing bike ride. Lots of hills and great sights. We had a few minutes to spare graduation weekend, so we went back to the park for a last visit.

 I was really concerned with telling my story on this page. I wanted to journal the significance this place holds to me. I journalled on the cardstock and then cut it up. I had was too many strips, so I had to break it up into two separate areas.
 The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. I used distress ink on both of the solid pieces to make them fit the pictures with a more nature color. Then I misted with Smooch to pull some of the turquoise from the water.
 The washi tape is Recollections from Michaels.
This tree turned out really cool. I picked up a pack of this metallic medium of sorts, but I have no clue what it is. It comes in a watercolor style container, but it the consistency of a wet eyeshadow. It looked so cool on the tree and the bottom of the page. I'd love to figure out what these are called, so I can find them. They have a really neat effect (except on your nail beds).

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Thanksgiving 2012

I love Thanksgiving. I love the family time. I love the food. I love being together. Not crazy wild about football unless my team is playing. Some years I get some pictures, some years I don't. Needless to say we are never coordinated, so it is tough to pull papers.

The patterned paper on this layout is from Crate Paper. The yellow and pink  strip are fussy cut from a matching sheet as well. I am still in love with the green twine from The Twinery.

 This blue paper is my favorite part of the page. It started as the aqua color you can see in the crack. Then I ran it through my cuttlebug with a flower patterned. I rubbed my Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Vintage Photo & Faded Jeans) to give it a more distressed look. It turned out awesome!
And of course the journalling. I'm really into the journalling strips right now, and it makes the page flow nicely.