Thursday, December 8, 2016

Make a Card (not on) Monday - Muted Masculine Birthday

So... (you know when I start with a 'so' that it's going to be a long rambly story lol). So... here's why there's a card post not on a Monday. I get together with a bunch of friends a couple times a year for a crafting weekend. Sometimes we can only make it an evening, but often we try to stretch it to an overnight. I usually scrapbook during those weekends but I haven't really been in the mood to scrapbook lately. Scrapbook tangent: I decided that my lack of enthusiam for it might be helped if I switch the padawans' books to digital and our family book to Project Life pocket style. Not having done pocket scrapbooking before, I wasn't quite sure how it would work to plan and a pack a whole weekend's worth of it. I decided instead to maybe just make cards.
This is how one little idea took on a life of its own. :)
I thought, hmm, I should maybe make cards only using stamps that I've never used before. I figure if a stamp set is maybe on average about $15 and cards in the store are $3-4, I should probably make at least 4 cards from each stamp set to "break even" on the cost of it. So I started pinning ideas that used stamps I have or were at least similar to what I own.
I pinned 450 ideas. 450, y'all!
If I ever climb my way out of a pile of cardstock and stamp sets, I'll have 1600 cards in my stash... and a lot more cards to post. :)
Storytime over. Here's the first card. :)
I got inspiration for this muted masculine card here. I like this for a guy's card because it's not the typical fishing/hunting/cars/sports themed card. Not all of the guys on my list have those specific hobbies. This is for them. :)

Cardstock - DCWV: dark gray textured / Recollections: light gray / Paper Studio: White
Patterned paper - DCWV: Tattered Time mat stack
Embellishments - unknown: silver brads
Color - Palette: Charcoal
Tools - Nestabilities: Standard Circles / Cuttlebug: Twill Tape embossing folder
Stamps - TAC: Sentiments (sentiment)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Make a Card Monday - Christmas Nativity

While the blog has been pretty quiet, life hasn't. I just need to find the time to post (and get over my annoyance with Picasa no longer being supported which means every time I try to post I have to remember how to get my pictures where they need to be. Killin' me, Google.)
One of my most recent projects was to finish up this year's Christmas cards. I found this lovely card on Pinterest and knew I wanted to try it myself.
With so many cards, assembly line work seems to help.
Step 1: embossing the front image
Step 2: watercoloring over the embossed image
Step 3: stamping the back images and sentiment
Step 4: cut shape from front and gold panels
I cut the opening using a Nestabilities: Labels 8 die, then I stamped the Palm Tree and star backgrounds using Versamark.
Step 5 to the end: lots of scoring and folding and gluing
 Step 6: more gluing :( (That glitter paper did NOT want to cooperate. Lots of ATG tape and then weighting it down with heavy books seemed to help. Hopefully they'll make it through the mail before falling apart.)
Merry Christmas!

Cardstock: Stampin Up!: Rich Razzleberry / Paper Studio: White
Patterned paper: Recollections: Christmas stack
Embellishments: Inkadinkado (emboss pad) / Recollections: Ebony (emboss powder)
Color: Palette: Noir / PTI: Raspberry Fizz / Versamark / Artist's Loft (watercolor paint)
Tools: Nestabilities: Labels 8
Stamps: TAC: Silhouette Nativity (images and sentiment) / TAC: Snowman Nativity (star)

Thursday, October 27, 2016

School Summary - 7th and 9th grades - weeks 7-10

You can see what we're using here: 9th grade curricula and here: 7th grade curricula.
I've got a couple time-intensive things in the works, so my blogging has been sparse. I have stuff to share, but I just never seem to have enough time (or if I have time, then enough motivation) to get posts together. So, the crafty stuff for the blog is on hold, but since the padawans are diligently doing school, I'll post their stuff. :) We (and by we, I really mean they) are done with the 1st quarter which included our first break week!
Weeks 7-10
In Tenor's homeschool this month…
AHL, week 6 board game (finally finished)

We played it and discovered it needed a little tweaking or else it would go on forever. Tenor did a great job on it though.
week 7 project (clay tablet)

week 10 project (painting)

art projects
My favorite thing this month…
Tenor finally catching up on some late assignments. I think he's better understanding how much work he needs to put in in order to keep up-to-date.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Again, just emphasizing that the weekly conference is really important.

What’s working/not working for us…
After 10 weeks, I'm still struggling to figure out which book has which answer key. I always seem to be flipping through all of them to find the answers for Tenor's work. I might make a master key for myself.

In Soprano's homeschool this month...
Nothing terribly exciting...just more of the usual. Soprano Is getting all of her work done so that's a relief.
A character sketch assignment; I think she only picked me in order to have a chance at a better grade. lol
My favorite thing this month…
Hearing her work on her French vocabulary and pronunciation. She has a listening CD that goes along with her textbook. I scheduled it so that she completes a lesson each Wednesday but listens to and practices along with the CD the other days of the school week.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
The adjustment to her English lessons is working out well. I probably should have done it years ago. :)

What’s working/not working for us…
So far, so good with her curricula this year. Beautiful Feet (literature) and Notgrass (civics) are both easily completed each day.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing...
Before we started this month of school, we traveled for our first big field trip. We didn't have the funds to take our usual beach vacation earlier this year. But unexpectedly this fall, we were able to sell a few things online that allowed us to spend a couple days in Ocean City, Maryland. While there we visited Assateague and Chincoteague Islands.
A couple of Misty's descendants

We only saw a few wild horses while there
Tenor displaying a horseshoe crab on our island boat tour
The day after we got back, we headed to Penn Museum for Smithsonian Day.
 They have a large exhibit of Ancient Egyptian artifacts...
including ancient hedgehog pieces. (We love hedgehogs!)

A friend gave us free tickets to see Samson at Sight and Sound Theater. (It's nice to know so many people that work there. :) )
We also hosted a stop for the senior high youth group Amazing Race event.
 Each team had to eat 4 cold, chocolate syrup covered hotdogs. (Um, ew!)
The task was disgusting, but the youth were great. It was fun!

Monday, September 26, 2016

School Summary - 7th and 9th grades weeks 3-6

You can see what we're using here: 9th grade curricula and here: 7th grade curricula.
I was getting ready to blog weeks 3 and 4 of our school year and realized that it's kind of boring. They are doing all of their work independently. I only correct finished work, assist with finding supplies for art or resources for research (if they can't find what they need), and help with difficult concepts or questions. This year is much more text-based than hands-on, so I don't have many pictures to take and much less to blog about. My new plan is to continue blogging the highlights, tips and hints, and any projects they do complete. Y'all can just assume that they're doing math every day. :)

Weeks 3-6
In Tenor's homeschool this month…
AHL, week 3 map work
As I was writing this, we discovered he never did the assigned paper from week 5. :( And he's still working on his board game project from week 6.  Tenor's got a bit of catching up to do.
His other subjects are going pretty well. Math doesn't take him 4-5 hours a day the way it did last year. He's been diligent with Greek and Bible Road Trip.

My favorite thing this month
He chose to write a poem for his week 3, Exploring World History project. I know he picked it because he dislikes writing papers and wanted an easier project, but he did a great job with this anyway and put a lot of effort into it.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Continue to check your student's log each day to make sure they aren't missing anything. I've not been consistent with this, and obviously it was a mistake.

What’s working/not working for us…
Logic has been a little difficult. I think he just reads the lesson too fast. He's also having some trouble with information recall in history. I'm enforcing some note taking rules for most of his subjects which I think will help with absorbing more.
In Soprano's homeschool this month...
We added a fun horse poster to her area. It's sort of jimmy-rigged onto the curtain because we don't have wall space but it's okay for now.
 She is still enjoying her 'year of the horse'.
My favorite thing this month
Soprano has had a good attitude (for the most part) about doing schoolwork. She has a slightly heavier load this year, gearing up for high school, and it's mostly on her own. She has to be motivated to do it, and she has been.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
We've adjusted her English work to help her get through everything. Instead of reading the lesson, doing the class practice, written practice, and review, I've eliminated the written practice section. If she were to struggle with a concept, I'd add it back in for practice. So far it's been a helpful change.

What’s working/not working for us…
I love how Harmony Fine Arts is put together...the coloring pages take some time though. Here's her latest:

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing...
Youth group kick-offs with color powder (or whatever it is) :)

A trip to the symphony's open rehearsal to hear Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.
 And a Star Wars themed minor league baseball game (counts as theatre, right?)
Six weeks in the books and a break week ahead!
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