Friday, May 23, 2008

Inchies Done Up

A while ago I posted the results of the inchie swap I was in. Here is a finished inchie project using the same inchies:
Quick and simple. . . 10 minutes from start to finish. Now that's a quick card!

Chance for Candy

Stamps, Paper, Scissors and Donkey Smiles: 5000 Mark Blog Candy!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Monogram Refrigerator Magnet Tutorial

Just a reminder;
Daily Blog Posts: Moments in Time
Detailed Family Posts: Funk Family Blog
All blog links are located to the right on this blog~Rachele

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Gift For Me

My Sweet daughter Mikensee made me a couple of great Mother's Day gifts and I just had to share!

First this altered tin stuffed with Kit Kat's. . . Yum!

Didn't she do a great jog? She's only 11 and she did this in her room completely on her own. She used her paper stash, but raided the tin and flowers from me. She only has her own white ribbon, so she colored it with her markers to match! Clever girl!

Then she made me this flower pot/pen holder. She made this with her Achievement Day leaders. Thanks KC, you know it made my day!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

It's a Hybrid!

This is my first digital/Hybrid project. You can see the pages on my
digital ink blog
from the link to the right if you want to see them. I like how it turned out, but I have a long way to go before digital is faster for me than paper. . . There is a LOT to learn!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Happiness. . .

is a project once envisioned, realized:

Mini folio scrapbook/card. Approximately 3.5" X 5.5".

Isn't it cute?

CTMH: Garden Green, Olive, New England Ivy, Pansy Purple CS and INK
CTMH: Happiness Is and Serendipity
Ribbon: Diane Ribbons

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes

In an effort to meet some of my personal goals, I've been working on my blogs. I will have an all new look really soon, but even before then you will find new content on some of the blog links from the right bar of this blog. I am also changing my publishing to partial articles so that you will need to click on and link to my blog for the full content. I'm doing this, not to make it hard on you, but so you can easily click the other linked blogs without having to subscribe to them.

New Blogs:

Our Story Is Here - The Funk Family Blog

Moment in Time - A Daily Photo Log

My Gratitude Blog

In addition to these I'm working on My Gallery Blog so that all of my artwork will be in one place (you can see small portions of it here and portions on my CMTH site), My Ink Boutique Classes, and a For Sale Blog listing items I am creating to sell, project kits and items from my stash that need to find a new home!

Hope you like the changes and find them to be an improvement. If you have comments, please post them here! You don't have to be a registered blogger to comment. You can post an anonymous comment, but please sign it with who you are! I'm excited about all of the changes, but can't wait for the unveiling of my blog make-over!

Chance To Win

CTMH is offering a great May National Scrapbooking Promotion! From my web-site you can see a tip a day for the entire month of May, enter a drawing to win a Magic Moments Scrapbooking Kit (a $49.95 US retail value) during May or win your entire shopping cart free. You can also purchase the Magic Moments with special incentives as well. IN ADDITION to this drawing, one customer per day is getting their entire shopping cart for free! All you have to do is a place an order through my site for your chance to win! Each day they post an update to see who's won!

PTI Challenge, Past Due

But hopefully worth the post date!

I signed up to do the PTI Bloghop, but my blog wasn't chosen this month (random selection process), so I didn't worry about completing them in time for the hop, but I loved my idea so I had to make it come to life! The challenge was to use a contact sheet of samples of the newest PTI BT papers. Basically 1.5 inch square samples downloaded and printed on your choice of materials. Here is what I made using this contact sheet:

Friday, May 2, 2008

A Mother's Work

Thank you for wondering where I have been. Your emails and thoughts are appreciated and heard!

I have been taking care of Wyatt, dealing with a little personal illness and tooth ache issue, feeding, bathing, cleaning up after and teaching my 4 little darlings, finishing Dawn's baby shower ensemble (pictured below), doing a little yard work, washing piles of laundry, cleaning house (my never ending nemesis), caring for new baby bunnies (also pictured below), helping the girls prepare for their piano recital, getting further behind, looking forward to summer, taking care of church and my callings and responsibilities that go along with them, and handling my real estate business with one closing and another listing going into escrow this month along with keeping the other sellers happy in this market. (Mikensee who has been doing sentence diagramming for the past 2 years would kill me if she read the previous sentence and I told her to diagram it!) I've been living in a bit of a funk and trying to work out some personal life goals (not there yet, but still working!) I've decided that I don't bounce like I used to and that twins are still a lot of work, even if they are 4 and getting ready for kindergarten. I've also decided that motherhood, although filled with fleeting rewards, is hard and not all that fulfilling in the short term! I know motherhood is wonderful; a true gift and I love it! I wouldn't trade it for anything (not even the NYC single professional living in a pristine penthouse, childhood dream I once lived for) but I'm just being real. There is nothing rewarding or glamorous about 4 year old temper-tantrums or 6 year old stubbornness or preteen drama - and yes I'm living all of these realities! I gained some much needed perspective from my friend Tamara this week who is the mother of my other favorite set of twins. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily drudgery that sometimes it seems like mountains of laundry and fingerprint smudges on every touchable surface are all that I can see. So I did what I tell my kids to do when they are upset and I took a deep breath. Tonight I baked some cookies just because I wanted some and I'm taking a minute to blog a bit, because I want to. I might still take a bubble bath and paint my toenails! Tomorrow will still be tough, but school will be out soon and I'm going to try and just have some fun. I'm going to enjoy my kids and work on some projects I really want to do, but don't usually allow myself to. I'm going to try not to wait to have fun until after all the work is done, because lets face it, a mother's work is never done.

Here is the finished Baby Shower Ensemble:

Here are Pork Chop and Petunia (the calico):

They are already (in less than a week) 3 times this size and Petunia has outgrown Pork Chop. They have no ears (we'll call it natural causes, but they were eaten) so they look like guinea pigs more than bunnies, but they sure are cute. We had 4, but lost two due to other "natural" accidents in the night. Mooey was my favorite because he looked just like a little holstein cow.

Please say a little prayer for Copper. We haven't seen him since this morning and it just isn't like him to be separated from Penny for too long.

This is my two up and coming concert pianists (their performances will be featured in a day or two on The Funk Family Blog.)

I hope you aren't drowning in drudgery at your house. If you are, please take a moment and think about it. Life happens only once. I hope to live it and not just clean it!