One Mama Duck

Crafting my way through life - one adventure at a time.

Hi! I'm LisaDV. Thanks for stopping by. This is my life, crazy and chaotic most of the time, and I wouldn't change a thing.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

50 Layout Challenge Round 1 (Layouts 1 - 6)

In an attempt to use my ever abundant stash of supplies, I joined a facebook group and a 2peas challenge to do 50 layouts without purchasing anything.  Well, for me, anything other than adhesives. i think this is a great idea and several people on the facebook group have been doing this more than once.  3rd and 4th rounds - I like that idea, especially right now as I've been getting and making more time to scrapbook. If I did this in 2009 - 2011, then I wouldn't have bought anything with as little time as I had to scrapbook.

I finished my first 6 layouts.  So here they are.

You can watch on youtube or just look at the layouts individually below.

WAY old stash of:  KI Memories Lace paper, MME pattern paper, old rub-on alphabets, old metal love file tab, cardstock, circle punch, Studio G Stamp, and vellum
Not So Old stash of: GDC alpha stickers, metal brads from JoAnn's, paperclip, Studio Calico Hero Arts Stamp set, and Cocoa Daisy Stamp
Silhouette cameo cut files: Scallop Bracket by silhouette America, Conversation Bubbles by sil america,
Vintage Office Stamps sil america, and 3 notebook office borders by lori whitlock

WAY old stash of:   Paper studio? patern paper, DCWV pattern paper, cardstock, felt heart, rhinestones, and vellum
Not So Old stash of: Authentic Paper, Swiss Dot Cardstock, DCWV glitter paper, KI POW glitter paper, Martha Stewart white heart sticker
Pink ribbon found on my desk.
Silhouette cameo cut files: Hello There Title by Jamie Koay, A2 Step Card Baby Dresser by Lori Whitlock, Word Borders by Karla Dudley

 WAY old stash of:    Cardstock, Fancy Pants Design stick pin, sequins, butterfly punch EK Success, Fiskars Star punches, thickers, Heidi Grace Chipbaord hearts, SEI Pattern Paper (scrap for butterfly)
Not So Old stash of (last 2 years): Authentic Paper, Washi Tape, wood veneer
Sewing machine
Silhouette cameo cut files: cut celebratory and proud papa

 WAY old stash of:    Fiskars Star punch, buttons, cardstock, stickles, and twine
Not So Old stash of (last 2 years): Carta Bella PP, EP pattern paper, ? pp, flair, black cardstock, Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, Evalicious photo tab, Hampton Art Stamp
Silhouette cameo cut files: Titles cut from cardstock, Globe by Silhouette America, Library Card and Pocket by Amy Robinson, Reporat Card by Silhouette America, Echo Park labels by Echo Park, Library Date Stamp by Sarah Hurley, Arrow (unsure)

 WAY old stash of:   stickles, vellum
Not So Old stash of (last 2 years): Bella Blvd PP, American Crafts Amy Tan PP pad with cut apart cards, thickers, DCWV glitter paper
Silhouette cameo cut files: Feather Set by Emilee Stucky, Chinese Dragon by Ginny Nilson, Pink Valentine Owl PNC by stinkincute.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

50 Layout Challenge Round 1

In an attempt to use my ever abundant stash of supplies, I joined a facebook group 50 projects and a 2peas challenge to do 50 layouts without purchasing anything.    I think this is a great idea and several people on the facebook group have been doing this more than once.  3rd and 4th rounds - I like that idea, especially right now as I've been getting and making more time to scrapbook. If I did this in 2009 - 2011, then I wouldn't have bought anything with as little time as I had to scrapbook.

My exceptions for this challenge is I can still purchase needs - adhesives, printer ink, neutral cardstock, silhouette mats and blades.  Yeah, I go through the silhouette mats and blades very quickly. I've completed several layouts (12ish), 6 sets of 6 cards, 4 sets of of 5 project life styled cards and I use my silhouette on everything! Everything is a 1 for 1. A pocket page = 1 layout, 2 pager = 2 layouts. 5 cards = 1 layout

Here is the video, finally uploaded and narrated about picking the papers to go with my chosen photos/stories. I taped it earlier in the month and have actually already completed the layouts, but thought I'd share this before sharing the layouts. ha.

Have a terrific day!  And if you haven't already, join in the fun.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Sharing my workdesk.  It's a huge mess as I've been going from PL kit swap to card swap to layouts for Shimelle's Return to the Collection class. And now I'm back on the PL kit swap.  I'm working on the feminine everyday spot and using the Dear Lizzy - Lucky Charm collection.

In this temporary set up of a craft room I have 2 - 6' tables setting on bedrisers (I scrap standing up) that form an L shape.  I have been cleaning up between projects, but this is how it looks in the midst of one.
 This is the first table.And where most of the putting together usually happens. I've been gluing on top of the paper pile all evening and morning.

This is the table where I will cut and stamp. The finished cards are actually resting on my stamping mat. And you can see 2 cards in the works in the middle.

Off to have a visit a few desks and blogs myself.  Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


We interupt this on-going swap work of cards and PL page kits to share my completed layouts from Shimelle's Return to the Collection class

This is my first layout from the class using Echo Park Recollections.  I had to make a pocket page to go with it.  (The bottom right corner card had tried to escape, but I've put it back in place.)  The pocket page is both front and back with photos and some of the journaling.  

Oh, although acorns work on a fall page, the owl might as well, but the dragon??  -- It's this silly little thing really. ... If a layout has hubs, I will put acorns, birds, or apples on the page.  If a layout has dd, I will put owls, birds, or butterflies.  If a layout has ds, I would have put stars in the past.  But ds actually requested a dragon as his symbol. So for him, dragon and stars.   For me, butterflies. 

And then on the next layout I switched to an older collection.  I just have to say I LOVE USING OLD STASH.  This was an old Prima paper pad from HL. And various bits and bobs from elsewhere. My Warrior Princess. Love that she has her sword by her side. I should say that this is the first time I didn't use my silhouette on a layout in....I don't even know how long!!!!

And then I completely reverted to type and used an old MME paper pad and my leftovers from the Bo-Bunny Mama-Razzi kit for the papers, and various bits and bobs for everything else. I'm not super crazy about this one. I think I should have used black ink around the photo as well. But since I mess up the stamping on the bottom right (which is why the falling star transparency is there), it's probably good the brown isn't as prominent. I should have used a more contrasting color when cutting my photography title.  I'd go back and cut it with orange, but it's the one time I didn't save the file when exiting out of silhouette.  I still have a bit journaling to add.

If you will notice though the Princess page does have the smallest circle cutout of an owl in the top embellishment cluster. And No Flash has the dragon banner. If I had planned better, I would have moved the stamping and photo block down so the dragon banner was in the left top corner that would have been better for balancing the page.

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.....

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Happy Birthday ...Cards, that is

I'm participating in a card swap at 2ps.  The first category is feminine birthday cards.  Well, I perused the net and found this card for inspiration. So last weekend, I started by adhering sequins to a cardstock mason jar. But the glue got on the outside and it was gross.  Then I used glossy accents all over the top of the sequins.  But that didn't look right.  Then I cut vellum and machine stitched around filling the inside with sequins.  The idea was ok, but the machine stitching was blah. But I think it would be ok for a layout about canning.  Finally, I grabbed the embroidery thread, separating to 3 strands and stitched the jars and filled them with sequins.  Oh, and the original papers and card bases, didn't do anything for me so I reprinted my sentiment on cardstock, cut and folded the bases, cut my new pp's down, stamped my sentiment and glued it all down.  I'm actually pleased with the way these turned out.  Finally!!!  After a week.  My biggest mistake is I do all 6 at once, instead of doing 1 whole card and saying Yay or Nay.   My silhouette had quite the workout cutting all of those mason jars.  I used Lori Whitlock's "3 mason jars" scaled to the size of a Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm stamp set.

For this card, my inspiration was a Miss Kate Cuttables "balloon bouquet", which I either purchased from her site or got as a freebie from her site, although it is on silhouette as well. I had turned them into a print and cut.  So I cut them, pieced the balloons together. Kolette Hall Banner Words-Birthday.  The Jillibean Soup Macho Nacho Soup 2 parts Boy paper is bridging the SU! cardstock layers. The Night of Navy cs was embossed with a Darice clouds embossing folder.

Of course, now I'm thinking it could really be a masculine card.  Son says kid. Hubs says it could be used for any birthday.  What do you think child bday or masculine birthday?

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Real Food Journey & Next week Meal Plan

Over the last two years, I've been working to minimize and eliminate processed foods.  Last year I even incorporated grinding my own wheat off and on. That would be used for pancakes, waffles, homemade goodies, but I still bought store sandwich bread and crackers.  This year I hope to take my family to the next stage in our process -- eliminating refined sugars.  (We can use real maple syrup, honey, and I think minimally using sucanat.) And a complete elimination of refined flour. No more store bought bread.

My hubs in his infinite wisdom, really it was just thriftiness, suggested that we use what we have but don't buy more.  OK. I'm good with that.  I have not used refined sugar since the beginning of the year as an additive myself. Hubs made pancakes the other morning substituting for the sugar and 1/2 honey, 1/2 brown sugar combination.  They were tasty and I think the brown sugar could  easily be substituted with either honey or maple syrup and still taste great.

Add to this real food process, the desire for me to teach my kids better nutritional habits, and hubs and I both wish to lose weight.  So our biggest change is the lack of deserts we've had. We were a desert every night kind of family, often 2 times a day. But I want to really focus on good nutrition and limit this kind of thing. Monday, little girl had to make fudge pops.  We used 100 days of Real Food's recipe, and it was delish! And there's still more in the freezer.

I've been baking bread every couple of days. I have a recipe that actually calls for potato flakes, gluten, and vinegar as a dough enhancer.  But all the potato flakes I found had other additives so I've been leaving them and the vinegar out.  I've also been purchasing Bob's Red Mill Organic Stone Ground flour.  Although I do want to get back to grinding my own.

Two Thursday's ago, I had a fail at making pita's. Well, I thought it was a fail. They wouldn't rise - I'm blaming the cold house and a late start, so hubs did have to stop and buy some on the way home. I put the dough in the refrigerator and on Sunday I pulled it out and had a go at finishing them. They were the absolute best pita's I've ever had.  Little girl called them inflate-a-bread.

I used a Mediterranean spice mix I made up a couple of breasts, then we cut them into small pieces and cooked.  The vegetable mix was onion, garlic, red bell pepper, mushrooms, 1 zucchini, 1 summer squash, (all very small dice) and 8 spears of asparagus (cut into 1/2" pieces) and cooked.  Yummy! I think we found a new sandwich.  Sorry I forgot to take a photo until I was 1/2 way finished. I had stopped to add some tzatziki sauce to it from our previous gyro dinner.

The kids even had apples cooked with honey and cinnamon in one later for desert. And topped with vanilla ice cream.

I usually plan meals right around the payday's 1st and 15th. And I plan roughly for the 2 weeks. Although I always try to have planned until the Friday after a pay period.  I've found I really like shopping without kids on Saturday mornings. This should be my big planning and shopping weekend, but hubs had an evening out this past period and I had some extra meals built in, not knowing if we'd have leftovers and not knowing how many lunches hubs would need.

So for tonight, I'm blessed with leftovers from earlier this week.  
Friday night, we're planning on having steak, roasted asparagus, spinach with garlic and mushrooms.  Hubs wants a baked potato with his. But not for me.

Then dinners for Saturday - Friday, in no particular order
Pan-fried chicken Thighs with corn
white beans and cabbage (can't wait, my sister has said it's really good for breakfast with a runny egg the 
       next morning), green vegetable, fresh fruit
spinach polenta bake, corn, fresh fruit
chicken with mushrooms, buttered noodles, and green beans
wild rice soup with rolls
deer burgers, roasted sweet potatoes, corn
White bean & tomato gratin (staple meal meaning I already have everything I need for this dish)
And depending, upon how much spinach and tomatoes are left - either pasta, chickpeas, and tomatoes or        chicken Florentine soup

salads, soups, and leftovers.

cheese sticks with grapes for kids
apples with turkey

And I have a very small shopping list this week.  That's always a blessing!
What's cookin' with you?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm "Nuts About You"

Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made this past weekend for my nephew, Zach's birthday. I even got it in the mail by Tuesday.  That's like Stellar performance for me, who usually makes the card within days if not on the day of the event and then mails it a week later if it ever gets in the mail at all. ha.

I'm still plugging away at my swaps, but haven't had a lot of time this week.  I need another 2 week holiday where I get to craft almost every day.