Last night, I found a box sitting on my porch. I recognized it right away as "Scrapbook and Cards Today". I new inside would be a layout I'd contributed toward their "Watch'em Bloom" article for the new Spring issue! Let me tell you, I simply adore the magazine because it's well executed all around, the projects are always beautifully photographed, the project ideas are original, the print quality is crisp and clean, and it's available online for those without a subscription for FREE! Have I sold you on it yet?! Laugh. No, seriously, the founder/publisher, Catherine Tachdjian, is the sweetest,kindest person I've ever had the pleasure to meet. And Becky Fleck, the magazine's editor-in-chief, is a joy to work with! They put a great deal of thought and effort into the production of each and every single issue. Both are huge fans of Crate Paper, too! We love that!!
1. Hand trim three different size circles from Vanilla cardstock.
2. Stamp each with a dotted background stamp using embossing ink. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and melt with a heat gun.
3. Spritz with Robin's Egg Spray Mist.
4. Using a brad and button, combine the circles to create your flower!
And if you're lucky enough, you'll find "Cardmaps 2" at your local nearby scrapbook store (also available for purchase at the Scrapbook and Cards website).. Even though I'm not a card maker per say, I still consider card publications like this a valuable resource for alternative technique offerings. It's not at all uncommon to discover me standing at JoAnns with a card making magazine in my hands. Believe it or not, card makers are pro's when it comes to reinventing embellishments and paper layering! They're wayyyy ahead of the curve in this department! And it's super easy to transfer card ideas to layouts! ;)
It's Spring, so what have we been up to? Lots, lots, lots. Lucky for us, Spring arrived three weeks early in Minnesota. Ethan's been beyond excited about it, so much so, that he's had me outside almost every day the last couple of weeks. We've been hanging out at parks, taking walks around the block and navigating our favorite ice cream shops! It's also the season for "birthday parties" - Last weekend, Ethan's niece and nephew hosted a science themed party with kid friendly science experiments and an actual scientist. It was very cool!
After having noticed a tree down during a routine "park" visit, Ethan ran straight for the saw dust - while tossing the stuff around, he snuck my iPhone from it's resting spot, and tossed it as well. I just about had a heart attack when I watched the phone hit the ground. Thankfully, the ridiculously overpriced phone case came to the rescue at the moment of impact! Think I'm finally getting my money's worth out of the thing. Jeez.
One last adventure to share..choco cookie making. If I have one food weakness, it's chocolate chip cookies. I've had great success at maintaining my goal weight since I lost it last Summer, but I still can't stay away from the cookie jar. Just look at these things....they beg to be added to my thighs!!
Ahhhh, relief. Tastes nummy! And all thanks to Pinterest - so far, it's the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I've come by via Pinterest.
Have a great weekend you guys! I'm off to bake more cookies for a special friend. Catch you next week!