Thursday, February 17, 2011

Boys, Girls or One of Each? What do you think?

Today marks 8 weeks until we meet our babies! To say we are excited would be an understatement! We are thrilled that the day is quickly approaching! My best friend (who is also expecting) posted a gender poll on her blog and since my maternal instincts are really lacking in this department, I thought it would be fun to see what all of you think we're having. So, I have a dozen Old Wives Tales and a recent picture of my bump to help you decide!

Old Wives Tale: Heart Rate - If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

Early on, both babies had heart rates in the high 160's, but by week 20 or so, they had dropped to the 140's. At our 30 week appointment yesterday, they were both at 135 bpm. With the differences here, you'll have to decide if you want to go by early heart rates or the more recent ones.

Old Wives Tale: Shape of Belly - If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.

You can judge for yourself by the picture, but I would definitely say that I am carrying low and that my bump sticks straight out - my husband says that you still can't tell I'm pregnant if you see me from behind, that would mean boys.

Old Wives Tale: Shape of Mom’s Face - When your face gets fuller and rounder when pregnant, it means you’re going to have a girl. If your face is long and narrow, it’s a boy.

I haven't noticed any changes to the shape of my face, so that means boys.

Old Wives Tale : Key Test - This test involves a key. If you pick up a key at the top (the roundest part), you are going to have a boy. If you pick up the key at the bottom (smallest part), you are going to have a girl. If you happen to grab the key in the middle, congrats, it’s twins!

So I had to leave this one in the mix because I always grab a key by the middle. :)

Old Wives Tale: Mayan Tale - The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!

26 + 2010 = 2036, so even = girls.

Old Wives Tale: Acne - If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.

I have definitely had crazy, acne prone skin throughout my pregnancy, so if this OWT holds true, it's girls.

Old Wives Tale: Cravings - People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.

I rarely crave salty foods, but sweet things always sound good! (You may want to take into consideration the fact that I'm mostly Swedish and Norwegian before assuming this means I'm having girls!)

Old Wives Tale: Skin under Left Eye - The eye test is when a “V” or “branches” appear when you pull down the skin under your left eye. If you see a “V” or “branches” in the white part, you’re having a girl.

No "V" or "branches" to speak of, just one squiggly line, so this one points to boy.

Old Wives Tale: Dream of Gender of Baby - If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.

I had a dream that they were both girls, so according to this OWT, that means we will have boys.

Old Wives Tale: Side You Most Rest On - If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.

I always fall asleep on my right side. But when I'm laying on the couch watching TV, I lay on my left side.

Old Wives Tale: Morning Sickness - If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.

I had NO Morning Sickness, so we'll go with boy on this one.

Old Wives Tale: Hair on Legs - If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.

I think the growth rate of my leg hair has slowed down dramatically. Girls??

So what do you think?? Boys? Girls? A Boy and A Girl? Cast your vote at the top right hand side of my blog!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

PTI Anniversary Contest: Think Big Challenge

Papertrey Ink is releasing large scale sentiments every month this year!! In honor of their big sentiments, the Anniversary Contest for the day is to make a project with something big on it. Find more details here.
I decided to make a big flower out of tissue paper. I folded a strip of tissue paper in half a few times until it fit under the Large Scallop Border die. Then I stamped an image from Damask Designs randomly on the tissue paper before rolling and scrunching it up to make the flower. I put a few stitches in the back to hold it all together and then added a button to the middle. I was hoping it would be a little bigger than it is and I suppose I could have added to it, but it's much bigger than any embellishment I normally put on a card, so I figure it works!

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst
Patterned Paper: Soft Stone Bitty Dot
Stamps: Damask Designs, BB: Sheet Music
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, True Black
Other: Raspberry Fizz button, Tissue Paper, Floss

Thursday, February 10, 2011

PTI Anniversary Contest: Button Challenge

I love using buttons, but when Nichole's challenge said to use them in a 'creative way' I was a bit stumped. I decided to add the buttons to a polka dot background and here's what I came up with...
Quick and simple, but I kinda like it. Definitely something I will try again.

Hope you are having a great day!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

PTI Anniversary Color Challenge: Lisa's Colors

Lisa's Color Scheme...

My take on it...

PTI Anniversary Color Challenge: Heather's Colors

Heather's color scheme...

My take on it...

PTI Anniversary Color Challenge: Dawn's Colors

Next up is Dawn's Color Scheme...

And here's my take on her colors...that red/pink combo was tricky for me!

PTI Anniversary Color Challenge: Betsy's Colors

I'm taking part in a few of PTI's Color Challenges tonight. First up is Betsy's color scheme...
Here is what I came up with using her color choices...


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Make It Monday #1: Go-To Sentiment Card, Take 2

Since I was in need of a Valentine's Day card for my husband, I decided to give this Sentiment Technique another try. I couldn't decide what to do on the red background but I felt like it needed something, so I ended up using the same sentiments from the focal point in VersaMark ink to give it a more finished look.

There was just enough daylight left to try and get a decent outside picture, so even though it's FREEZING cold here, I swung open the front door, set up the black cardstock, plopped my card on it and quick snapped a picture before everything blew away! It's still not perfect, but way better than trying to find a spot in the house with good lighting.

Enjoy the evening!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, True Black, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: Simple Valentine (I cut out the heart from one of the pieces.)
Stamps: Signature Greetings, Embellishments, Just the Ticket, Simple Sentiments, Delightful Dahlias, Damask Designs
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy, VersaMark

Monday, February 7, 2011

Make It Monday #1: Go-To Sentiment Card

For the Third Day of Papertrey Ink's Anniversary Celebration, they are kicking off their "Make It Monday" Series. For details, visit Nichole's blog. I am so in love with the idea of using several sentiments surrounding the same theme to create a card - I never seem to have the right image to fill space on a card, but I sure do have plenty of sentiments!

I went with a baby card for my first crack at this concept.

It was more challenging than I thought it would be to get all the sentiments arranged just right, but I had a lot of fun working on this card and will definitely be using this idea on cards in the future!

Hope you are having a fabulous day! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: It's Official, Bitty Box
Stamps: Baby Button Bits, Bitty Baby Blessings, Signature Greetings
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate
Other: Rustic Jute Button Twine, Dark Chocolate Button, pink buttons from Spring Mix button collection, Small Scallop Border Die

Saturday, February 5, 2011

PTI Anniversary Contest: Customer Favorites

Papertrey Ink is celebrating their 4th Anniversary! Today, we were asked to post our favorite PTI project from the past year. You can find all the details for the contest (and see the AMAZING prize package) here.

I have several PTI cards that I love from the past year - it was really fun to look back through my pictures and see everything I have made. In the end, I had to go with this Kraft, Red, White & Polka Dot card. I just adore these colors together and you all know how much I love Polka Dots!
Hope you are all enjoying your Saturday!