Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
I've discovered a new coffee shop in downtown Bozeman. I've been going to Rockford, which is a great little place - it's just a cool looking building. Can't say I'm terribly fond of their coffee, but they do have free internet and a comfy couch. This weekend, though, we went to Wild Joe's Organic Tea and Coffee House and now I'm sold. Sorry, Rockford, but you just don't compare. Wild Joe's is bright and spacious, with tall ceilings and amazing leather couches, free internet, and good coffee. The ambiance is wonderful. Oh yeah - and the plastic cups its coffee comes in are made from corn and completely compostable. Yep. Plus it's just a few doors down from RoShamBo and Stix. Sorry, Rockford, I've found a new place.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Call me crazy, but while I was playing with my wanna be Hambly I got stuck on a rockstar theme. But the best part is that these are completely my designs - I carved the stamps and everything! Don't know how I'll use them yet, but I love how they turned out. What do you think?
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Kitchen cozy from a sweater
Mason jar candles
I know there are more out there... but these are the "good things" for now.
Leif took Eliana last night so I could get some creativity out. I got 3 layouts done, but this one I particularly like. I've been wanting to play with the pink and brown color combination, and decided this was the photo to do it with. I went crazy stamping on the page, which was fun and something I don't often do - I even used a stamp I haven't touched in a couple years and used it differently than it was intended. I found a new use for an old stamp!! I made my own photo corner, and I used some embossing powder I got 4 years ago and haven't found much use for until now. The photo lifts up and has a second, color picture and some hidden journaling behind it.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Starting in September, I will post two new challenges each month. Ideally, they will be posted on the 1st and the 15th of each month. There is no deadline, though I know you procrastinating scrapbooker types and you may want to impose your own deadlines (say the 30th and the 14th) just to keep up with things. =) There is no voting, no getting kicked out, no losers. There will, however, be an award for those who participate in all of the challenges. The challenges are designed to be fun - you can take them or leave them, but please, have fun. After all, isn't that one of the reasons we scrapbook?
Friday, August 18, 2006
Okay, Tam - I think I used more than 10 buttons. =) I am a little bummed about the scan - the word "button" is easier to read in real life. I made it using chipboard letters as a template over a transparent blue folder, then cut it out. Overall I am very happy with the way this layout turned out. Despite the title, this is definitely NOT the cutest picture I have of my baby, but it was one of the few not already spoken for another layout. =)
Okay, so I'm not much of a "product" or "name brand" line person. Nor am I big on overlays. But - WOW - I've fallen for the Hambly stuff. I don't think our LSS carries Hambly. I'll have to check.
I DID create a wishlist at the hambly site, though, in case DH wants to buy me scrapbooking stuff in the future... say, for my birthday in a month?
Anyway- I'm such a cheapskate. I hate it when I fall for a line. My big complaint about overlays is that they're so darn expensive. I just don't see them as worth $2.80 apeice. I'd rather make my own using acetate and rubber stamps. But, alas, these are TOO cool. I don't think I can make them myself. Ergh. And that's why I'll probably buy some. But not until next month. I've spent my crafting budget for this month. Again, ergh. Well, here's to spending next month's scrapbooking budget in my head before next month is even here. Silly, silly me.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
USE BUTTONS ON A LAYOUT
I have a TON of buttons, and I keep buying them because they're so cool! But - I never use them. =( So this is the weekend. I WILL use buttons. I will.
this challenge has been inspired by a sneak peek layout for Elsie Flannigan's button class.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
I was playing with a Heidi Swapp mask (flower) and a mask I made myself (using Eileen's Tack it Over and Over) by inking over them using Colorbox pigment inks. I finished the paper by covering it in clear embossing powder for texture. I love the result. It was fun and it turned out kind of funky, and now I just need to find a layout to use it on!
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Mandarin Orange Salad
Spinach leaves (preferably baby spinach)
Canned mandarin orange slices
Olive Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing (I use the Paul Newman variety)
Feta Apple Salad
Mixed Greens of any variety (I used Romaine and Leafy Green Lettuces)
Olive Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing
I haven't tried it, but I imagine chopped walnut or grapenuts would also be good in the Feta Apple Salad.
The Feta Apple salad was really just a fluke that it turned out so good. Leif put apple peices in his salad and had me try it, so I decided to add some to mine. MMmmm. It was good. Kind of like a MacKenzie River House salad. The dressing wasn't as good, but they have a "secret" recipe.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
|This morning I decided to make the German Apple Pancakes I saw on the Martha show yesterday. Mmmm... they're delicious! They turned out really well and are GREAT with some whipped cream on them. They'd definitely make a great dessert for company, if you ask me. Anyway- I thought I'd post the recipe. You can find it on her website, too.|
German Apple Pancakes
|Makes 6 pancakes|
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
3. Pick the first tomato from my garden!!
4. Work on my paper bag albums
5. Cut some fresh roses for my house from my garden.
6. Make fresh bread for dinner
7. Make homemade caramel for my hubby. Mmmm....
I have been wanting to play with Heidi Swapp stuff lately, but haven't been able to decide exactly what I want to play with. Well, yesterday we were at Costco and they had this Heidi Swapp assortment set (family theme - lots of girl stuff in it) and it looked so fun! I thought it through and decided to go for it. Tons of stuff - ghost alphabet and ghost shapes, chipboard alphabet and shapes and words and frames, adhesive jewels, photo corners, tabs, etc. I'm gonna have fun with this.