Thursday, January 23, 2014

Team Offsite and 3 Things

On Tuesday the HR/Facilities team got to enjoy an offsite at Snowbird Resort! We had a 2014 planning and strategy session, followed by a delicious lunch and to finish off the day we went snowshoeing!

Meetings can sometimes start off with an ice-breaker/get to know you activity. Since our group knows each other fairly well we had an interesting question posed to us that we would answer and share with the group:

If your house was on fire and you could go back and get three things, knowing that all your family and pets are already outside and safe, what three things would you go back and get?

It’s an interesting question to think about – knock on wood!! Several people in the group said their phones or laptops, but I thought that if that happened my IT guy would just replace them for me ;) so I didn’t worry about that kind of technology. Here are my three things I would run back into a burning house for. (Note, none of these are my actual items, just a visual for reference!)

1. My scrapbooks! I said a blanket statement of ALL my scrapbooks but that’s like 15-20 books so whatever I could get my hands on, or load on a dolly, ha! ;)

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2. My Silhouette Cameo! It’s brand new and from my mom and dad so I think I’d have to grab it!

 silhouette-cameo_02-xl3. My kids’ baby blankets! My kids are big blankie kids and I’m sure they would have their current “kie-kies” clutched in their hands, but I’d have to grab their original blankies. When Brady was a little tyke he wouldn’t say blankie but would say “kie-kie” (you know like the end of blan-kie) and so now we all say that in our house. :)

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Here are a few pics from our day and snowshoeing adventure! I had such a blast! It was my first time snowshoeing (along with several others in the group), and although it got a little difficult near the end we powered through and really enjoyed it. Being out in nature was amazing! I told Jake and the kids that I can’t wait to go back with them, I think we would have so much fun.

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Lunch - I ordered the tomato soup and Pesto Cheese Panini! It was so delicious!

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It was a gorgeous day and was perfect for soaking up some Vitamin D! I really am so thankful to have such a great job and to work for such a wonderful company. My co-workers are pretty freaking amazing too. ;)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Brady is 11!

Our little Brady turned 11 yesterday!

Hard to believe how fast the years have flown by.

1478926_10152005017508305_1615123280_n He did his best to humor my request to hold him like a baby last night. ;)

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He’s been skiing for a couple years now and wanted to get ski's for his birthday. We ended up getting him skis, boots, a helmet and new snow pants! Jake took him to Brighton yesterday for a day of skiing (boarding for Jake) and we even let him skip wrestling practice last night.

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Here’s to 11 bud! We sure do love you and are so proud of you kid!

Next week we’ll be doing his friend party!

PS: Pics from my iPhone/Instagram, I haven’t pulled the nicer pics off my big camera yet ;)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Summa

Although there is still snow on the ground here, I’m enjoying some of the sunshine we’re getting! The nights are getting longer and I get to see some awesome sunsets again as I leave for work each day. My commute takes me past the Great Salt Lake and I will tell you, there is something about a sunset over water. Such a beautiful sight!

So the sun is definitely on my mind today! :) I made this layout last summer but realized I hadn’t shared it yet. This was a page I created for my monthly scrapbook group. Mainly SU supplies but a few tidbits and other pieces here and there.

 

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This was the first and last year Brady played T-ball (Spring and then Summer/Fall) in 2008.  He started wrestling in the winter of 2009 just before he turned 6. Now our Winter/Spring/Summer sport is Wrestling with football in the late Summer/Fall! But I am glad he tried this out and had a good time doing it, too!

The DSP is I am Me and one of my faves for it’s bright colors and camera printed paper! :) Who else is ready for Summa?!

Friday, January 17, 2014

A sneak peek…

I shared a card from the Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2 issue the other day and found out another card of mine was featured on the Moxie Fab World blog today! How sweet and awesome, thanks Nina and PC!

Take a look at my Oh, Darn card and see how yarn, needlework and sewing plays with papercrafting!

And because no post is complete without a photo, here’s a sneak peek of a project I’m working on!

1513655_10151991259938305_16368620_nWe decided to switch my craft room in the basement and Gwynie’s bedroom…meaning Gwynie gets a HUGE room now and I’m being the kindest, most loving, best ever mom in the world to give up my giant crafting space! :)

We’ve moved my desks, paper racks and some items up, but haven’t moved the giant Expedit unit yet. I’m painting this weekend and once that’s done we can move it without it being in the way. No, sorry, I can’t do the bright lime green that was in Gwynie’s room that matched her comforter set, ha! ;)

This will be a long project as we’ll planning on replacing almost all of her bedroom furniture and redecorating for our growing teen girl. :) As things progress I may share some photos here, hopefully it turns out super cute!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Merry, Merry, Merry

Today I have another layout to share that I created during Christmas. I used my Cameo for this and I have to say I am soooo glad my Mom and Dad got this for me for Christmas, it’s kind of like a dream come true! They got each of my sisters one too so we’ve had fun sharing ideas and talking about the projects we’ll make! (At least Laci and I have, Shae has been super busy with school and roller derby!) :)

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The ornament shapes were a freebie from the Silhouette online store during Christmas, but you can still download it for less than a $1 if you want it! :) Since it was a Silhouette original design I can’t share my file, but I can give you an idea on how I made it.

I opened the ornament shapes, traced and detached a section of the ornament and deleted the extra pieces, but kept just the ornament base along with the toppers for each. Once I had those pieces I welded the tops to each shape and placed them on the right edge for my layout. After that it was just a matter of cutting out the layout base and adding decorative paper behind the ornaments.

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To get the gold toppers on the ornament I used a VersaMark pen and gold embossing powder. I also embossed the gold with the Off the Grid stamp to give it more texture. Sequins were added for some bling and dazzle and finally a few embellishments with the title finished the page off.

I generally like scrapping holiday photos during the holidays but I need to work on getting more done this year so I might be scrapping Christmas in July! :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fa La La Christmas Trees

Although Christmas has already passed, maybe you’re getting ready to work on some Christmas scrapbook pages from photos you took this year. Or if you’re like me you still have a big stack of photos from years’ past. :)

Since either may be the case I didn’t think it was too late to share a Christmas layout, especially since I got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas (thanks Mom and Dad!) and have been playing with it a lot lately. I may also use this as the layout we do for our monthly scrapbook class because I like it that much!

The layout below was one of the first things I did on my Cameo! I used a font that had Christmas tree shapes (called KG Christmas Trees)  and found a basic shape I liked (I think it was the letter K!) to get the shape I wanted to create a full tree image. That’s a trick I picked up to get more out of your fonts to create shapes! :)

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After cutting out the shape on white textured cardstock I backed it with an old patterned paper piece. Adorning the tree are some American Crafts chipboard pieces along with a few sequins. I then splattered some ink drops in Pool Party across the page for added texture. After I added the photos I then journaled in the bottom tree and added the title in felt Thickers. One of my favorite tricks is when I don’t have the exact or right letters I substitute letters. In this case I used an @ symbol for my a’s! :) It adds character while being resourceful…the perfect thing for a crafter!

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Here’s a close-up of the trees all coming together to make one giant tree! The sequins and chip board shapes mimic a Christmas tree as ornaments and other decorations.

If you’d like to download this Christmas Tree file I created you can download my cut file below:

Christmas Trees by Kandi Phillips

So I’m still a newbie at using my Cameo but I’m SO excited by it and am really looking forward to everything I can make with it! I have another layout I created that I’ll share tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2 Pubs

Since I shared some January pubs yesterday, I thought it made sense to share another card that was in the Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters, Vol. 2 that hit newsstands on 12/31! :)

This submission call actually came before the January call and was my first experience in having multiple cards in an issue. Talk about a cool thrill – I had three cards in all! We were in Florida visiting my family over the summer when the call came out and although I’d packed some crafty supplies so my mom, sisters and I could have some craft days, I had to be resourceful. That’s essentially the concept of the issue so it helped me get some ideas going and find a way to stretch my supplies!

My favorite card has to be this Cherry Blossom Kindness card that appears in the DIY Embellishments section. I also had another card in the embellishments section and one in the scraps section  (but you’ll have to check out the issue!). So fun to stretch and challenge your self with your supplies!

Cherry Blossom Kindness

The reason I love this card is because I used a branch from my Mom’s yard and seashells from her collection that she’d gathered on the sunny beaches of Florida! She is a sea shell jewelry expert so I definitely felt out of my depth when trying to glue these shells together, but as soon as I saw them I knew they’d make perfect cherry blossoms! My Mom was there to watch and encourage me the whole way as I was putting them together – whew! Fun (or not so fun) fact: Bringing this home the branch broke right in the center so I had to replace it when I got home (after I’d found out it had been accepted). Luckily my Mom saved my behind and mailed me extra shells and branches to fix it! :)

So, if you’ve ever thought about submitting, or wanted to see your cards in print I’m here to tell you to GO FOR IT!

Supplies: (All supplies Stampin’ Up!)

CS: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Ink: Pear Pizzaz

Stamps: Heartfelt Thoughts

Misc: tree branch, seashells; Quick Dry glue; half back pearls (SU)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking January Pubs

Hi everyone happy Monday! I took a little (more like long!) blog hiatus during the month of December, but it’s time to get back into the swing of things!

To get back into it I thought I would share a card that was published in the January 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine. This was the first month PC went all digital for the monthly issues (and you could see it as early as December 1st!), but the nice thing is if you missed the issue you could still get a subscription today and purchase any past issues!

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This was in the vellum section. The butterflies were stamped and embossed in black powder, water colored with an aqua painter and then punched out. TIP: By only securing the middle of the butterfly to the cardstock the wings can naturally lift and give some movement! I topped off the middle butterfly with a clear vintage faceted button and a simple sentiment.

I had two cards in this issue, you can see the other one posted on the PC blog here and here!

I am so fortunate to have such amazing people in my life cheering me on and encouraging me in my crafty endeavors! I had not submitted cards for publication in a LONG time and didn’t really have intentions to start again. However, the amazing Susan Open (yes that one, the Creative Editor at PC) surprised me at my house for a crafty workshop one day and gave me that encouragement to start submitting again! I’m so thankful for that day and for our newfound real life friendship (vs. our ongoing online FB friendship)! :) Submitting can be a fun process and although I’ve been super busy the past few months, I’m hoping to make some more time to submit again!

Supplies: (All supplies Stampin’ Up!)

CS: Smoky Slate, Vellum

Ink: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark

Stamps: Lacy and Lovely (sentiment), Papillon Potpourri (butterfly)

Misc: Aqua painter, black embossing powder, vintage faceted button, Elegant Butterfly punch