Monday, January 31, 2011

Lili of the Valleys are HERE! :)

My scrappy enabler Stephanie at Scrap-A-Doodle Doo TOTALLY hooked up my addiction this weekend as we cropped the night away... She and Lorraine just got in some GORGEOUS stamps from Lili of the Valley... I've been ogling these bad boys for months now and restraining myself. Until now, lol! :) Since Steph got 'em in stock, I HAD to relieve her of the burden. :)

Here's the first card I made using my adorable new cuties... Although the card is rectangular and this week's LOTV challenge is "anything but square," I did make sure the image was cut in a circle too, just in case my rectangle was too... angular lol.
Definitely check out their challenge blog cause the DT has some AMAZING shaped cards! :) And of course, thank you for spending time in my corner of the world! :)

Trifecta Week at the Dollhouse!

Hello there bloggers... It's another Sicky Day at the Medina household... :( I kept both kiddies home today with runny noses and coughs. BUT I probably only have the patience to do so because I was away cropping all weekend long with my "Doo" Crew. More to come from THAT trip later on!

Right now I have GOT to let ya'll know that today begins Trifecta week with Design Dollies. What THAT means is we take the whole month's worth of challenges (color, elements, and sketch) and combine 'em into one HAWT project. Our monthly sponsor for the Trifecta is One Stop Card Crafts, so be sure to check out the Dollhouse and play along with this month's Trifecta challenge! :)

Here's MY go at it, incorporating light blue, red, kraft and white, freehand doodling the leaves of the flowers and the faux stitching around the title, and Kristy's amazing sketch....

So hop on over to the Dollhouse to play along this week! :) Happy scrappin!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Nobody minds having what is too good for them" (Mansfield Park)

Yesterday I was blessed with the opportunity to teach an altered file folder class using the Curio papers from Basic Grey to a fabulous group of eight women...(AND I'm submitting this project to the Basic Grey challenge blog for their "Flower Power" challenge!)

My first scrappy class at Scrap-A-Doodle Doo was (surprisingly!) a hit... Or the gals who came along for the ride are being too nice! :) Either way, we did have fun, and the time FLEW by...
I guess I did hit a few bumps in the road... Let's see... I was WAY nervous to start out with and wasn't QUITE clear with my directions on folding the album (so I ended up having to just shut up and physically show the gals what I meant. My words weren't coming to me -- odd for an English teacher, I think!) And THEN I had the gals glue their folders closed... before they decorated the insides! Which made it QUITE difficult for 'em to get to some of the decorating without ripping the insides apart...And then of course there was the papers... I cut papers for the class members as they were decorating their folders and ended up missing some of the measurements, making some of their papers a bit too small. They had to improvise a bit to cover up the tabs on the backs of their albums!But thankfully, they made it happen and being the talented group of women they are, I do think they had a very nice time and a pretty project in the end...And to prove my friend Jill's point, yes, I am a Crackle Accents whore... :)
SO... my darling Stephanie has invited me back to teach at the "Doo" once again, and my next class ("Time Goes On") is scheduled for February 26th from 10AM to 12 PM (followed by a class by my darling friend Ms. Sherri C!). I'm thrilled to have been asked back after some hiccups... And way excited to play with the "Doo" girls again! :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that every man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" (Pride and Prejudice

Quick post just because... Just because I am teaching Pride and Prejudice, my absolute FAVORITE of Jane Austen's works (ok, maybe second only to Northanger Abbey). And although I have NOTHING scrappy to share today, it's always a good day when I am blessed enough to teach Austen to girls who truly want to learn and I get to do just what I love doing each and every day. AND my student teacher leant me a copy of Pride and Prejudice in COMIC BOOK format! :) How cool!! :)

Oh, we are expecting snow tonight so I'm still debating getting scrappy! :) (Wish me luck!)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Another one for the kids...

I'm busy cranking away at the cards for this year's seniors and was able to crank out another one that, oddly, also resembles a student of mine lol...I guess it's just the hair and skin color this time around though. No way this girl LOOKS like Tilda, but there are some similarities! :)
AND because this week's challenge at Just Magnolia is "Anything Goes," I am loving the chance to play along with them as well! :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart." (Emma)

It's SNOWING again! Although I dind't get to have that snow day I was hoping for, we DID have an early dismissal, so this week was basically a wash for me (we were off Monday, I stayed home sick Tuesday and Thursday, so I only worked Wednesday and today... that's the way to do it!). And I think my students would agree! :) But once we go back Monday we have to start hitting the books hard... Midterms are approaching and all that good stuff.

So of course, instead of grading, I'm playing with my card stuff again. :) My darling friend Lizzie is on the DT for Card Makin Mamas and their first challenge is being sponsored by my Dollie Kristy at Some Odd Girl, so this week's girly challenge was DEFINITELY up my alley...
Hey, btw, are ALL of our Cafe Mom groups moving to blogs now? Card Makin Mamas started out as a CM group moved online... AND I DO miss my CM peeps out there, but I haven't logged on there in FOREVER... Anyone else in the blogosphere a former Cafe Mommer? Or current?
AND make sure you check out the Dollies this coming Monday, January 10th, when we'll start out the year's challenges... we have a new format coming for our challenges, but they will definitely be as much fun! :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A New Year, a New Venture

Happy New Year Blogland! The kiddies are all sick (as am I!) once again, so instead of cleaning (and grading!) I'm playing around with my scrappy goodies... And I'm recommitted to doing so a LOT more often this year! :) I mean really, with the amount of time and money we sink into this craft of ours, well, it just makes no sense to not USE the scrap crap we have lying around! :)

So I opened up an Etsy shop to try and market myself a little more (really, it was my mom and stepmom who encouraged me to do so...), and I've listed a few cards there for now... And my wonderful friend with the angelic voice (AKA Becky) decided to request a print of a card I listed there... Here's my swing at it (Becky, hope you like it!) --Image from Elisabeth Bell, sentiment from Create with TLC...

AND I have my first technique class coming up at Scrap-A-Doodle Doo on January 22nd! I'm so excited to play at my favorite Scrappy Spot! :) Check back soon for a sneak peek at the project we'll be working on! :)