Tuesday, January 31, 2017

More monsters!

Hi!

I've got another cute monster card today!

 Hooray for googly eyes!


I started out by stamping my monsters with Memento Ink on Neenah cardstock and coloring them with Copics before fussy cutting them out. Next I cut down a piece of Neenah cardstock to A2 size and did some ink blending with Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, and Twisted Citron Distress inks. I cut the piece down a little so I didn't have the harsh ink lines on the edges and then die cut the windows with the Papertrey Ink Take Three Die. I stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts black ink. I wrapped my baker's twine around the inked piece and stitched it in place and then adhered the inked and die cut piece to a piece of black cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" with foam tape. I added my monsters with more foam tape and then gave the monsters googly eyes and glued everything down to a white card base!

Ugh. Last night's bedtime took forever with the girls. I swear Bree can take 20 minutes to eat one chicken nugget... I counted up the nights of class left in this semester where I'll be on my own with the girls. I thought a countdown would make it seem easier, but there's like 26 more nights. not very helpful. ­čśÉ

Anyways, I'll be back with a fun tiki bird! Have a great day!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

With Love

Hi!

I've got a fun Valentine's card to share today ☺



This one was pretty easy and based on a recent Make it Monday challenge. I die cut the heart out of a white piece of cardstock and then stamped the flowers around the negative heart in a couple of different ink colors. I adhered that on a piece of pink cardstock die cut with the scalloped rectangle die. - it wasn't quite wide enough so I actually just sliced off the edges and glued them down under the sides of my stamped piece and then put the rest of the rectangle underneath the negative heart. I stamped the sentiment and then banner and then fussy cut it out and added it with foam tape. I adhered everything to a white card base and then glued down some sequins to finish it off!

It's been a long weekend full of highs and lows.
Highs:
➽ I got fancy new highlighters! I ordered some Pilot Frixion Japanese Pastel highlighters to use in my planner and I'm in love! ♥
➽ I also got my Gaston from Beauty and the Beast Funko Pop figure and it makes me so happy! #TeamGaston
➽ Bree was awesome with all of our visiting family this weekend, she had a few really long days but was cheerful and friendly and not at all shy which was wonderful. Also, I taught her the Tiki Room song from Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. And I bought her a Moana and a Maui doll and she adores them.
➽ seeing family! We had a visit from my Aunt Judie and two sets of parents this weekend.
Lows:
➽ I'm a little self conscious about being a stay at home mom. I feel like people think less of me and then I hear things like this a lot: "so and so does all this parenting and blah blah blah and works a full time job too!' I'm not saying that working parents have it any easier, they have a whole bunch of struggles that I don't have and I'm super grateful to be able to be a stay at home mom, but stay at home moms work all day and our bosses don't give us breaks (if you have kids who like mine who don't really nap) I feel judged and like my struggles are trivialized by these stories and boo to that.
➽ Some of the political nonsense that came out of the last week is insane, but what upsets me the most about any of this are the comment sections on Social Media where regular citizens are spouting off such hate at anyone who disagrees with them, it makes me very sad.
➽ My complete and total lack of motivation.
➽ Luke Cage. Jeff and I are trying to slog our way through the series. I genuinely hope that it will pick up and be awesome because we've liked the other Netflix Marvel shows, but this one feels like we're being punished. We just finished the 4th episode, we're only making ourselves watch one a week (we would just call it a loss and walk away but we know we want to watch the other Marvel shows and we don't want to miss anything when they build on each other's stories)

Anyways, I'll be back tomorrow with another monster card! have a great day!
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Sweet Slider Pop-up card!

Hi!

I had the idea for this card in my head for about 2 months before I finally got around to making it!
I thought the little ice skating fox and sledding bear in the WPlus9 Winter Pals set were just begging to be slider elements and then I was super curious about if I could make a slider card with different popup levels, it turns out I can but the card is obviously insanely thick ☺

 So let's start with the inside because I ♥ it!

and because an awesome inside needs more than a plain white front:

So starting with the inside: I die cut the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Die out of Neenah cardstock and die cut the slider channels in each hill. I stamped my little frozen pond on the front hill under the slider channel for the fox to skate on and colored it with Copics and a wink of stella shimmer pen and set that aside. I stamped the Owl and the Fox and the Bear (I did some masking on the bear so he could sit on the sled) in Memento ink on Neenah cardstock and colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut them out. I set them aside to work on the background. I stamped and masked off my trees on a piece of Neenah cardstock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and the did some ink blending over them with Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I colored my trees and stamped the sentiment at the top with Hero Arts black ink. I adhered that down to the inside of a white card. I die cut a stitched slope for the background hill and adhered that on top of the background. I scored and adhered the tabs for the stitched pop-up hill. I added some snow on the background with a white gel pen. I adhered the owl to the background and then added the slider elements to their channels with foam tape and a die cut circle.
For the front I ran my stitched line dies repeatedly (I saw Jennifer McGuire do it and loved it!) and then die cut the word from some Ripe Raspberry cardstock. I adhered that to my card base and then die cut the word again from felt and glued it down in the negative spot to "inlay" the word to finish it off!

So I don't know if anyone besides my mom reads this but I kind of think that writing it down will be theraputic so I'm just going to throw it out there ☺
I'm struggling this year, which I find ridiculous since we're not even through January yet. My one little word for this year was supposed to be hustle, I have so much I want to get done/see achieved this year and patience is not one of my virtues. I want us to get out of debt, which means living super frugally and Jeff working overtime. (which he has to work anyways because they're on "mandatory" overtime. That's in quotes because they aren't calling it mandatory yet, they're just strongly requesting that everyone work at least 10 overtime hours a week and if people don't work it they're kind of threatening to take away flex schedule approvals which Jeff will need for school. super fun.) I want to get in shape, I've gained back most of the weight I lost during and right after pregnancy which is super frustrating, I want to exercise and look better in pictures (especially since I'm going to Disney so many times this year, that's a lot of pictures next to skinny perfect princesses!) I want to catch up on all of our memory keeping (which is a lot. I'm very behind in Project Life, like 5 albums behind, I have a December Daily to do, and I have 3 mini albums on my list that I'd like to do besides keeping up with this year.) I want to make amazing cards to blog (ideally I want to make videos but I'm not sure how probable that is with the current set up of our studio) I want to impress my favorite stamp companies and get on their design teams (dream job!) I want to sell our house and move, we have a super tiny house, My mom either has to sleep on the living room sofa when she comes or we have to move furniture around to put up an air mattress in the studio which then means I can't do anything crafty, and we have no more room for toys for Bree and Em. and don't even get me started on lack of kitchen space or the crummy neighborhood. I really don't want to send Bree to school here. So anyways, There's a lot I want to do and I kind of want it done yesterday. But, and this is the big but, I'm drowning in parenthood right now. Emma is not a particularly easy baby. She's exclusively breastfed and I don't pump so I can't ever be away from her. (Bree was also exclusively BF without pumping but by the time she was 3 months old I could at least depend on her being able to go 3 or 4 hours in between eating so I could go to a movie without her, I remember I went to see one of the Hobbit movies when she was three months old, Emma is not that dependable, sometimes she goes 4 hours, sometimes she's desperate to eat after 1 hour so I can never leave.) She screams bloody murder if I put her down for more than 5 minutes, The exercise video I have is 20 minutes long but it's super stressful to try and exercise (not to mention shower afterwards) while a baby is pitifully screaming. I have insane mom guilt that I'm not able to give Bree as much attention as I think she needs. (and also, I would so much rather play or color with Bree than sit on the couch feeding the baby all. the. time.) I'm completely on my own with the girls 3 nights a week as Jeff goes straight from work to school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. It's nuts trying to do both of their bedtimes by myself (I know this is a poor me post, and that other people do this and more by themselves, but I'm having difficulties with it) I've been crying (a lot) and this week it reached a bit of a breaking point on Wednesday with a full blown hysterical, vomiting, panic attack. Clearly hustle is not going to work as my mantra for this year.
So I'm splitting my year evenly between two words, my new one, to work alongside hustle is grace. I need to give myself more grace and remember that my main job right now is to help two amazing and wonderful little girls grow. I'm going to relax a little with all of my other goals though, I'll still work on them, but not at the breakneck speed that I had intended. The only thing that needs immediate attention is really the girls (and taking care of myself). I will still try and fit exercise in, but I don't need to try and drop 20 pounds before my Disney trip in March (that's an exaggeration, I wouldn't really try such a drastic loss, I'm focusing on healthier lifestyle choices, not fad diets) I will continue to write down my memories so that when i'm ready, i have everything i need to document our lives but again, it doesn't have to be done right now. I'll still make cards to blog here, because that's something that I love to do and it gives me a bit of sense of self that's separate from my role as a mom and that's something that I ignored when Bree was a baby and I don't want to lose that again. but there will occasionally be days when I'll just pop in to say hi without having a card ready because it won't always be feasible to make 5 cards a week and that's ok.
I'm making a list of things (no matter how trivial) that make me happy, like having freshly painted toenails, or having a candle/fresh flowers in the house and I'm going to make sure that the things on that list happen regularly. I'm going to relax a little bit with the mom guilt about Bree's speech delays and keep working on it, and trying to socialize her more, but I'm going to take some of the pressure about if off of myself, at least until Emma gets a little bit easier.
My mama is in New Orleans and has an awesome social life so while she is willing to come and help me, I don't like to ask her to that often because of all of the awesome things she misses out on when she's not at home. I am not exaggerating when I say I don't have any friends here. My cousin is my closest friend and she lives 2 hours away and works a full time job and has a photography business, my other friends are a family with three kids who live 3 hours away so we only see them a few times a year. I am very introverted and insecure and not so good at meeting people so while I like the idea of friends, I don't actually have a clue how to find them (besides my mom's advice to go and join a moms group which sounds kind of terrifying to me) So it's just me and the girls. alone. all the time.
So anyways, that's me right now. Being a mom is hard. But i can definitely make it a little easier by letting up on some of my goals/plans and working a little more grace in there.

Have a great weekend! ♥

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