Thursday, April 30, 2015

White on Kraft Congrats Card

Sometimes when I flip through the Paper Source catalog, I see products that inspire cards. I can't find what I originally saw on the Paper Source site anymore, but it was basically a white on kraft design.

White on Kraft Congrats Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
White on Kraft Congrats Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

The card is super simple, just white embossing on kraft cardstock. The result pops, although I'd forgotten to use the powder tool on the cardstock, so the white embossing could've been cleaner.


Paper: Paper Source paper bag cover stock
Stamps: Papertrey Ink In Bloom, Congrats All Ways
Tools: White embossing powder from Jo-Ann
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark clear pigment ink

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Do you got embossing powder?

I got a stamp set in the mail the other week, and was letting Evie look at it when she asked me, "Do you got embossing powder?" I thought it was amusing enough to share with Greg that she asked me about such a specific crafting product (this was over IM):

Me: She just asked me if I have embossing powder. Heh. She's looking at a stamp set.
Greg: No way. How many 3-year-olds know what embossing powder is? Sigh. Poor Evie.
Me: Why poor Evie? I think it's from the craft videos.
Greg: Ha. Yeah, I know, I'm just kidding about poor Evie, mostly like saying she's being corrupted. Although if she did like crafting, what a good environment to do it. She could be a crafting prodigy!
Me: Heh. That's not a thing.
Greg: Not until now. She's gonna make Tim Holtz look like a chump. In a world of Crop-a-Diles, she'll be a Crop-a-T-Rex.

Ha! Crop-a-T-Rex. I think she picked up embossing powder from watching Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner craft videos. She's watched their videos so often that I now just ask her, "Jennifer or Kristina?"

Unrelated to Evie crafting, but here she is playing in between the door and the security door (because she wanted to), making faces at the camera, which she likes to do as of late rather than giving a nice smile:

Do you got embossing powder? | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Retro Sketches 161 White-on-White Conversation Bubble Card

This card came together pretty quickly and it coincidentally worked with this week's Retro Sketch #161. I knew I wanted a clean-and-simple card with a diagonal element, so this fit the bill.

Retro Sketches 161 White-on-White Conversation Bubble Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Retro Sketches 161 White-on-White Conversation Bubble Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog
Retro Sketches 161 White-on-White Conversation Bubble Card | shirley shirley bo birley Blog


Paper: Staples 8.5 x 11 white cardstock; American Crafts Charcoal glitter paper; Carta Bella Hello Again collection Chit Chat paper
Embellishments: Teresa Collins pink enamel dot; Eyelet Outlet blue enamel dot; Pinkfresh Studio clear rhinestones
Stamps: Pinkfresh Studio line stamp
Tools: Cuttlebug; Darice woodgrain embossing folder
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Monday, April 20, 2015

Parker at 2 Months Old

Parker turned two months a little over a couple of weeks ago, but I've been a bit slow getting this post up.

In the Baby Bjorn. I've really liked having it to keep my hands free since he wants to be up and looking around now that he's more awake and alert during the day. No more most-of-day sleeping like when he was a newborn (though that's not to say he doesn't still sleep a fair amount).

Blowing spit bubbles while sleeping.

Alert and in a good mood.

Right after we tried him out in the Bumbo. Still a little young for the Bumbo.

Greg had an eye exam and got his eyes dilated, so they gave him these shades to tuck into his glasses. Greg just wore his prescription sunglasses instead, but I put these on Parker while he was sleeping. Ha. I feel like he looks like a tiny little old man.

Couple of selfies while we were chillin' at Arizona Inn during a weekend in Tucson. At this age, Parker indiscriminately grabs anything within reach, including Evie's hair laying next to his hand. A couple of times, Evie said, "Baby Parker, stop grabbing my hair!" It made me laugh because I suspect it won't be the last time there will be hair grabbing.

  • Got his second newborn blood screen at just over six weeks, because I forgot to get it done in his first two weeks. Oops.
  • Was about 12.5 lbs at his two month appointment. Also got a little silver nitrate in his belly button, since (for whatever reason, I don't know) his belly button hadn't completely healed when his stump fell off.
  • Started to consistently coo and smile in response to us playing with him between six and seven weeks.
  • At about 7.5 weeks, he woke up to eat at about 1:30 am after finally falling asleep at 9:30ish, and then didn't wake up again until about 6:30 am. Another night, it took me from 8:00 to 10:00 to get him to sleep (gah), but then he didn't wake up again until 4:00 am. The couple weeks or so, he's settled into a schedule of going down to be around 8:30 or 9:00, waking up around 2:00 am, and then waking up again around 6:00 am. Not bad.
  • I've been using the Baby Bjorn to carry Parker around daily and he inevitably falls asleep in it. Sometimes he laughs in his sleep and I can feel it when I'm carrying him around and it's funny.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wish Ball 2015 Photo Booth

Greg and I went to a (work) event last Saturday where they had a free photo booth . . yes, please!

Wish Ball Photo Booth | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

We always do the same few poses (there can't be that many photo booth poses to begin with . . .), which consists of serious, silly, kissing, and props.

These will definitely be scrapbooked (sans tacky frame/background/logo and junk though).