December 30, 2012

Christmas Highlights

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas! We had a great time spent with family, here are some highlights.

Jake always has fun getting together with his cousins.

My sister, the hostess!

 Let's eat!

 The babies entertaining us and themselves with some piano music.

Baby doll look-alikes!

Time to open gifts!

My sister had several fun games planned for us. This one involved dressing up in winter clothes and opening gifts while wearing mittens!

 Are you all rested up and ready to take on the new year?

December 19, 2012

Introducing Lisa Olson Designs

I am so excited to announce the grand opening of my new Etsy shop! I only have a few products listed so far but will be adding knit cowl-neck infinity scarves and knit fingerless gloves soon. Right now I'm focused on offering hand-knit items but I have ideas for other creative products in the future. Check it out here! 

August 18, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

I love this new stamp set from the Holiday Mini catalog. It's so versatile you can make lots of different looks with it. The matching framelits make it easy to cut out the different pieces.

This card is a CASE from this blog. I love how the watercolor paper makes it look like there is water in the jar.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White Craft, Baja Breeze
Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Wisteria Wonder, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, White Bakers Twine, Cannery Set Framelits, Aqua Painter, Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder & Heat Gun

This card is a CASE from this blog. It's fun to use the jar in a different way.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Basic Grey, Summer Starfruit, Bashful Blue, Raspberry Ripple & Primrose Petals
Paper: Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit & Primrose Petals
Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Cannery Set Framelits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Dimensionals & Dazzling Details

This card is a CASE from our demonstrator magazine. I love how colorful it is!

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Ink: Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple, More Mustard & Lucky Limeade
Paper: More Mustard, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo & Orchard Harvest DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Cannery Set Framelits, Small Oval Punch, Linen Thread, Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Early Espresso Marker, Color Spritzer Tool, Dimensionals & Scallop Edge Punch

This card showcases some of the papers included in the Orchard Harvest pack.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved
Ink: More Mustard, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Paper: Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Whisper White, Orchard Harvest DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Cannery Set Framelits, Early Espresso Marker, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, Dimensionals & Scallop Edge Punch

July 16, 2012

July Stamp Club

For tonights stamp club we made cards using some of the products in the new catalog, including the Comfort Cafe DSP, Papaya Collage stamp set and the naturals buttons. We also did a faux patina technique on the finial press embossed card.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Four Frames, Vintage Labels
Ink: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit
Paper: Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Comfort Cafe DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, White Bakers Twine, Decorative Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Naturals Designer Buttons

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Papaya Collage, Tiny Tags
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Midnight Muse
Paper: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Naturals Ivory, Comfort Cafe DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Decorative Label Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Sponge, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint

May 28, 2012

Memorial Weekend

Even though it was a cool and rainy weekend it was still a productive one. Saturday included a few graduation open houses and a stop at the cemetery. Tim worked on removing the large window from our garage in preparation for our siding project in June. I planted a few flowers.

On Sunday we went to another graduation open house. I finally started painting our bedroom after purchasing the paint 2 months ago. I picked a grey/taupe color to match the new quilt we also got 2 months ago.

Monday I finished painting and planted the rest of the flowers. Tim worked on cleaning out and organizing the garden shed. I moved my plants outdoors to start hardening them off. My tomatoes are really coming along nicely, I have 24 plants! I hope to put them in the ground them next weekend.

It was nice having a long weekend and being able to get so much done!

May 24, 2012

Stamp Club - Embossing

For this month's stamp club project we made 2 cards using heat embossing. The first card shows the emboss resist technique.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, En Francais BG Stamp and Tiny Tags
Ink: Basic Grey, Wisteria Wonder and VersaMark
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Basic Black and Very Vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes Textured Embossing Folder, Scallop Edge Punch, Clear Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge, Pearls, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Jewelry Tag Punch, Dimensionals and Bakers Twine

On this card, the sentiment is heat embossed in Wild Wasabi.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts, Baroque Motifs
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Beyond the Garden DSP, First Edition Specialty DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Pearls, Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder, Heat Tool and Sponge.

May 18, 2012

Five Favorite Blogs

I enjoy reading several blogs each day. My list has grown, shrunk and changed over the years but these are my top 5 right now -

1) Enjoy It - I enjoy Elise's writing style, her story during her husband's deployment and her crafting and baking projects. Looking through her Project Life album posts makes me want to do another one!

2) Snapshots of a Good Life - The photo's and the honesty in her writing are my favorite parts of Karen's blog. I was fortunate to be able to take her Snapshots class last year and it was amazing...I learned so much and would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn photography in-depth but in a very easy to learn format.

3) The Pleated Poppy - My favorite feature on Lindsey's blog are the What I Wore Wednesday (WIWW) posts, she puts such cute outfits together. Her home is simple and beautiful and she has a shop where she sells handmade goods. I've purchased an iPad case and scarf from her and love them both!

4) Gettin' By - I like Lisa's scrapbooking style and her great sense of humor comes through in all her posts.

5) Momastery - Glennon's writing is amazing and the things she does for other women is inspiring!

May 4, 2012

Starting Seeds


Five things I've learned from starting garden seeds indoors.

1 - Where you purchase your seeds makes a difference. In the past I have ordered my seeds from the company whose big catalog comes in the mail each spring. Many of these seeds have been genetically modified to produce bigger yields, larger fruit, etc. This all sounds good but these fruits and vegetables aren't as flavorful, and can be harmful to your health. I chose to purchase my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this year. They offer pure, natural, non GMO seeds. You can read more about GMO (genetically modified organisms) here.

2 - It's harder than I thought it would be. This is my 2nd attempt at starting seeds for my garden. You can read about last years attempt here and here. Basically, none of my plants from last year survived once I put them in the ground. I ended up purchasing most of my plants from the nursery.

3 - Don't use popsicle sticks as plant markers. I got a great deal on a huge box of wooden popsicle sticks from Amazon. I used a sharpie to write each plant name on a stick and stuck them in the dirt with the seeds. Several days later, after soaking up the daily watering, the popsicle sticks started growing mold. Next time I will use plastic plant markers. If anyone knows of a fun craft project that uses 1000 popsicle sticks, let me know.

4 - Use bigger containers. This is still an experiment from last year when I started my seeds in smaller containers and then lost them when I transplanted them to larger ones after they had sprouted. My idea this year was to start the seeds in larger, deeper containers thus eliminating the need to transplant. This should also allow the root system to develop better.

5 - Plants need light. For the first several weeks after planting my seeds I had them sitting in front of a large, south facing window. Unfortunately, the days were rather cloudy so the seeds didn't get much sunlight. Once I purchased this light system I noticed a difference right away. Instead of long, spindly stems with a few leaves on top, my plants were shorter but had fuller, bigger leaves.

Even with my new approach this year I have lost a few plants. I am hopeful however that I will be able to move several plants outdoors successfully. As I continue to learn and adjust my method I hope each year is more and more successful. Please share any tips you have learned about starting seeds indoors!

May 2, 2012

I Made Pants! Vogue 1051

The pattern is Vogue 1051 also known as "the best thing I've ever made for myself to wear!" I will definitely be making more of these in different fabrics and colors. The welt pockets were a little tricky and after they were finished I realized you won't be able to see them anyway as I won't be wearing a shirt tucked in (I just wore it that way for the photo). So I may skip the pockets next time, we'll see. I do think they add a professional look to the pants though.

April 30, 2012

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

We've made some changes to our diet recently that include eliminating white flour and sugar. In order to still enjoy sweets and baked goods I've made some substitutes - almond flour for white and stevia instead of sugar. The exception to the no sugar rule has been a small amount of dark chocolate...the darker the better. I recently found some 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips and decided to make cookies! I used this recipe but replaced the sugar with stevia.

They turned out great! The recipe only made 10 cookies which was perfect, they didn't last long!

April 27, 2012

Five Favorite Photos


Five of my favorite photos from this week.

I have been doing some sewing again. Before Jake came along I used to sew clothes for myself quite a bit. I have been sewing off and on since but it's been at least 10 years since I've made any clothes for myself. I made 2 tops and am now working on a pair of pants.

My sister and I took a trip to South Dakota on Saturday to visit our grandparents. We went out for lunch and did a little touring of the old school which now houses a fitness center and store. We had a nice visit and the kids enjoyed exploring the house and playing outside.

We drove back to Fargo after our visit and spent the night there at a hotel. Before getting to the hotel we stopped at Doolittles for dinner. I had the spit-roasted chicken and a glass of malbec...delicious!

The hotel we stayed at had a bunk bed and trundle...perfect for the three big kids! Jake had a blast playing with his cousins and helping with the littlest one.

Of course the highlight of any hotel stay is swimming.

April 25, 2012

Stampin' Up! Retired Items Sale!

Get them before they are gone! The retired accessories and Definitely Decorative (including D├ęcor Elements) lists are now available and won't stay around for long--these items are only available while supplies last!

When you look at the retired accessories list, you'll note that all of the Stampin' Pads are listed. This is for two reasons: (1) Craft Stampin' Pads will now only be available in black and white; and (2) we are introducing a new Firm Foam pad in our Classic Stampin' Pads with the 2012-2013 annual catalog. The Firm Foam pads offer better ink coverage and, in turn, better stamped images.

In addition, please note the following about the new catalog:

  • Only select Stampin' Write Markers will be available individually (Stampin' Write Markers in color collections will continue to be offered)
  • 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock will no longer be offered 
  • 12" x 12" Smooth Card Stock will only be available in select individual colors and color collections

The new catalog will be available June 1, 2012!

February 12, 2012

Mojo Monday 227

I made a Valentine's card for this weeks Mojo Monday sketch. The specialty paper is from the 2010 Occasions mini catalog, and the stamp set I used was a 2011 Sale-a-Bration item.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Bliss
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sending Love Specialty DSP 
Accessories: Real Red satin ribbon, Full Heart Punch, Big Shot, Top Note die, Scallop squares duo die, dimensionals

Freshly Made Sketch #21

This weeks Freshly Made sketch was called "Seeing Double." I am loving the Everyday Enchantment paper and Fresh Vintage stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog so I decided to use them again!

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Tiny Tags
Ink: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Suede
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Sahara Suede, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Accessories: Soft Suede taffeta ribbon, white bakers twine, jewelry tag punch, Everyday Enchantment printed brads, big shot, blossom party die, dimensionals, sponge

February 5, 2012

Mojo Monday 226

This card was based on the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday. I chose to make a 4 1/4 inch square card.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Whimsical Words, Bliss & Forest Friends
Ink: Soft Suede, Pool Party
Paper: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP (2012 Sale-a-Bration item!)
Accessories: Big Shot, Framelits Dies Labels Collection (2012 Occasions Mini), Calypso Coral Organdy Ribbon, Everyday Enchantment Printed Brads, Sponge, Scallop Border Punch

Freshly Made Sketch #20

This weeks challenge from Freshly Made Sketches was "Going Long" in honor of the Super Bowl! I chose to make my card 6 x 3 1/4 inches so it would fit into a regular envelope.

All Supplies are Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Apothecary Art
Ink: Crumb Cake
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment DSP (2012 Sale-a-Bration item!)
Accessories: Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Framelits Dies Labels Collection (2012 Occasions Mini), Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Pearls