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Just a quick post to share the Color Challenge today. I’m afraid the cool thing I have to share will have to wait a day. Basically, the boys and I are taking a personal day to spend it with Matthew. He’s home for one day and we’re going to enjoy it!

You can find the Color Challenge {HERE}.

Here’s my card!
(and check that out Jenn – I changed the thread color on my sewing machine – all by myself!!)

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supplies: Trendy Trees by SU; Bella Rose patterned paper – SU; pink pirouette, Pure Luxury Base Weight White cardstock; sewing machine; kiwi kiss, riding hood red, chocolate chip, and pink pirouette; pearl; primas;glue dots; and dimensionals.

Enjoy!

DUDE!

So I know I promised crafty things and an awesome new item…..but well – allergies kicked my butt this weekend and I’m just draggin! I have a much lighter week this week though and I am looking forward to actually getting in my stamp room – I have not stamped in about 3 weeks! Yikes….that’s sad! However, I am determined to get in there…not Monday because it’s just jam packed. Tuesday is my goal. *fingers crossed*

Anyway – I found the BEST thing online today!!! Like I could not be more happy right now. See….I drink a lot of water. I love my morning coffee….but other than that – it’s water for me. I used to drink a ton of coke, but it bugs my stomach nowadays. I miss it, but it’s not worth the nausea. Water is it for me. But I like it really ice cold.

I got this fantastic Stainless Steel mug years ago at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I love love love it. I use it every day all the time. That sucker rocks! You can put ice water in there before bed….and there’s still some ice in it in the morning! Seriously – AWESOME!!

Well – it’s been a long time since I got it and it’s just been through a lot. It doesn’t quite close all the way anymore – as it’s been dropped a few times. It kinda leaks around the top sometimes….you know – it’s just worn out!

I’ve looked and looked for a replacement, but I’ve not been able to find the same one. I googled it and never found the darned thing anywhere.

UNTIL TODAY! Yep, I found my beloved mug! I can get a new one (or two so I have a backup!!)! I am so stinking excited! I know – I am a total dork, so excited about a silly mug. But really – I could not be more stoked right now!

*sigh* Ok, back to regularly scheduled programming. I’ll just be sitting here fantasizing about the mail delivering my new mug….isn’t it lovely?!?!

Retiring

My blog is back! Hopefully the new server we are on now will be a better fit and not shut our sites down! Thank goodness Kimberly knows how to handle all this stuff – I have no idea what I would have done about it!

And now for the retiring part. I have decided that I need to eliminate some of my obligations. I have come to have the utmost respect for single moms who do it all – I really don’t know how they do! But for me – I need to cut a few things for awhile because my boys have to come first right now.

That said – I have decided to retire from Digital designing. I really do that because I enjoy it and the time just isn’t there right now. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Two Little Pixels and if I ever have the time to take it up again – I will definitely go back there. In the case that I do some more designing, they will just be freebies here on my blog.

Thank you to any of you who have purchased my designs – I’m flattered that you liked my things that much! I will continue to pursue my Digital papers with Gina K Designs, so you can still find some of those there.

My products will remain for sale at Two Little Pixels until the end of the month – so if you would like to purchase any of my things – you have a few more days. After March 31st – they will not be for sale anywhere, so get them before then!

You can find those products {HERE}!

And I promise a card tomorrow – and I have something FANTASTIC to share this weekend…..seriously, I am totally excited about this and I know y’all are going to love it!

Tri Sigma and Dragons

Odd combo, huh?

Well we are visiting family for Spring Break and during that I’ve visited both my brother and sister at their respective colleges.  It’s weird to come home and not have them be here now since they are away at school.  It was fun taking the boys to see their dorms/houses.  Especially since my sister goes to the college Matthew and I met at.  And since my sister is Greek, I decided to make a little something for her.

These letters were ordered from some wood manufacturing place, I got a few different sizes to make things for her with….this set is about 3 inches tall.

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I started by painting them with Making Memories acrylic paints.  Then I used some Cat’s Eye Chalk inks to stamp swirls from the BasicGrey Two Scoops swirlie set.  After that I sprayed them with Plaid Acrylic Sealant and attached magnets to the back.  I figured she could either use them as magnets or put some sticky stuff on them and hang them on her wall.  I think she liked them!

And also Andy recently did a project at school and I figured this was the perfect time to break out my Cricut Expressions and give it a whirl.  The boys LOVED it….they were very impressed with the entire process – and I must say, Andy’s project was one of the nicest looking!  I can definitely see many uses for this in the future and now I think I might have to look up some more cartridges, lol!

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I used the alpha cartridge that came with the machine for this one.   I think I need to pick up that little scraper tool though!  I also thought I’d mention a coupon code for Scrapbookpal – they have TONS of cricut things there, as well as loads of other crafty supplies, and they have super fast shipping and totally reasonable prices!  This code expires 3/20/09 – sorry for the short notice, I was emailed it and forgot to share.  I’ll see if  can locate another one next week.

Scrapbookpal.com:

Use coupon code dots9 with your order and get a FREE Tombow Dots Dispenser!

Ends 3/20/09!

You can find all their Cricut products {HERE}~!

A Gnome Saga part 4

You can find the rest of the Gnome Saga {HERE}!

Well….the trauma is great this time.  Now both the Texas Longhorns gnomes AND the Nebraska Cornhusker gnome have been attacked.  In a most brutal way.  I’ll just share the photo….

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My SIL is an OSU fan….and she arranged this little attack on all our gnomes.  Revenge is needed in a big way!

Gina K Release

I am really excited about this – my first Digital Paper Pack for Gina K Designs!  I cannot tell you how thrilling it has been to see the other Design Team Members use them and I am looking forward to see what y’all do with them too!  Here is the preview of them:

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*created at 150-200 dpi*

They come in both 8.5×11 and 12×12 so you can choose what size you would like!  I have printed them all out and I am really happy with how they look!  I have both glossy and matte brochure/flyer paper I purchased from Staples.  This works really well for printing patterned papers as it’s not too thin or too thick and it has a nice consistency.  Sometimes I like the glossy look – for certain papers it really works!

Also there is a FREE pack of 4 coordinating papers that I am giving away{HERE} – Gina has papers she’s sharing for FREE as well!  Be sure to check those out and give them a whirl!

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I have also printed it on Pure Luxury cardstock as well – yesterday’s post used Ivory and it really worked with that paper!  Kurtis Amundson has put together a Tips booklet on working with and printing Digital Papers – I highly recommend checking it out if you are interested in using these.   You can find it here:

Digital Papers Tips Sheet

You can find more about the new releases from Gina K Designs on her blog {HERE}!

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!  I have another episode of A Gnome Saga for tomorrow….and it’s got a HUGE twist – stay tuned!

Gina K Sneak Peek Day 3

The part is TONIGHT!  I know y’all will not want to miss this one!  There’s challenges, prizes, some free digital papers and MORE!  You can find the thread {HERE}!  And I’ve got a sample for you today using Gina’s Buy 3 Get 1 FREE set as well as some paper from my Digital Paper Pack: Rich And Shabby!  I think this is one of my favorite papers in the pack too!

And just an FYI:  I printed this on a sheet of Pure Luxury Ivory Layering Weight Cardstock.

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supplies: Wreath of Wishes by Gina K Designs; old olive, cranberry crisp, and more mustard reinkers;  niji waterbrush; watercolor paper; old olive and cranberry crisp cardstock;  Tea Dye Ranger Distress Ink; sponge; grosgrain ribbons from my share;classic square nestabilities Rich And Shabby paper pack by Emily Giovanni for Gina K Designs; Pure Luxury Ivory Layering weight cardstock; and Pure Luxury Black Onyx cardstock.

Be sure to check out Gina’s Blog {HERE} to hear more about this release!

And the other Design Team Members have some fabulous samples for you to see as well!

Carolyn King, Melanie Muenchinger, Kurtis Amundson, Jessica Fick, Cindy LawrenceDonna Baker, Erika Martin, Sharri Steffens, Asela Hopkins and Theresa Momber.

Gina K Sneak Peek – Day 1

And I don’t just have a new stamp set to sneak peek – I have my very first designs for Gina K too! I am so stinking excited about this! Mostly because it is so cool to see what the other Design Team members have done with my papers! There’s nothing more thrilling than seeing someone use something you made!

This card is also for the Color Challenge today as well. You can find the info on that {HERE}!

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supplies: Easter Blessings by Rupa Shevda for Gina K Designs; Rich & Shabby patterned paper by ME! for Gina K Designs; palette noir black ink; Pure Luxury layering weight white cardstock; rose red, always artichoke and basic black cardstock; classic rectangle nestabilities; dimensionals; ribbons; niji waterbrush; and black Spica Atyou Copic glitter pen; always artichoke and rose red reinkers.

I apologize for no links and such – I can only post through the *quick post* option at the moment and I have no real editing abilities. Hopefully this is some glitch that won’t be too hard to fix….

Anyway – I also thought I’d mention that for this card, I printed the patterned paper on semi-gloss brochure paper from Staples. This comes in matte and semi-gloss and works pretty well for printing digi papers. I personally like both matte and semi-gloss – it just depends on what I feel like at the moment!

Anyway – I hope you check out the rest of the samples – you can read more when you visit Gina’s Blog!

You can see the rest the the Design Team’s samples here:

Carolyn King, Melanie Muenchinger, Kurtis Amundson, Jessica Fick, Cindy LawrenceDonna Baker, Erika Martin, Sharri Steffens and Theresa Momber.

Going down

Just a note that Emily and I are both experiencing host problems at the moment.  This is Kimberly, by the way! 🙂

The site will go down at some point and come back up at some point.  Note the purposefully vague declarations on time and such.  It might be a few hours or a few days.  Or more.

Please be patient and we’ll back with you as soon as possible!