Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bolt

This is a bad pic but the best that I can do without my laptop! This is another layout from the Cosmo Cricket Jack's World line for Scrap City's DT.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I Love Cosmo Cricket

I used Cosmo Cricket's Jack's World paper and ribbon on this layout of Ben's School Picture and I wrote in white on the bottom of the grade to try and match the background paper.
Also, Cosmo Cricket paper for Bella's treat jar. I used the Black chip board for CC and went over it with Pearl Ex.

There is still plenty of time to get in the running for the prize this month at Scrap City.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hunting Season

I made this layout for Scrap City's theme challenge this month. The challenge is "Seasons", so I used hunting season, it can be anything really Fall, Winter, Seasons Greeting, Football Season...you get the idea. Go check out this month's challenges and the great prize for this month.

Our sponsor this month is Cosmo Cricket and I am working with the Jack's World line, which is adorable. I will post my projects around the 15th.

So Sorry

I have been a bad blogger! I think I have finally gotten my creativity back and am getting some things done. My laptop is on the fritz and I never knew how much I missed it 'til it was gone. I miss blog hopping while sitting on the couch. It's just not as much fun sitting at the desk in a room by myself. Anyway, please forgive me! I am trying to get back in the swing of things and I hope to be visiting your blog soon.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. I'm in Florida visiting Greg's parents and I will be home Saturday. I am so ready to get back to scrapping!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight Review

Kristin and I just got home from the midnight showing of Twilight. OMG, it was awesome! Edward is so hot!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My RAK for the SC Crop


I am giving away this We R Memory Keepers page kit to the person who recruits the most new members to Scrap City during our crop this week. The paper is really great heavy weight and gorgeous design and colors. It comes with a sheet of alphabet stickers and a sheet of die cuts to match the paper.

Game Show Crop


We have some awesome challenges for this crop and some great prizes. Come over and join us at Scrap City for this fun crop!

Update on Bella

This was taken Monday night, she was spayed that morning. Her wounds have healed wonderfully and the surgery went well. She's doing great today. It's hard to believe that we've only had her 3 weeks, she is so much a part of our family already and I can't imagine not having her.

Bella prefers to wear bandanas to hide her scar. The scars are part of her character but I hate people always asking me what happened to her when we go to PetSmart!

She is so smart she has learned sit, shake and lay down easily. She could learn more, I just don't know how to teach other commands! Anyone know any tricks I could teach her?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November Creative Team

Another sketch for Scrap City, most of the patterned paper is SEI from one of Noel's kits.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Scrap City Design Team Projects

This layout of Leanne and Ben was done from a sketch. The patterned paper is Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket.
This is for my Scrap City design team challenge this month. We had to scrap a layout about an addiction and I always have a Diet Coke in my hand. I cut some embellishments from a carton the coke came in, for the background I painted the paper silver then sprinkled with glitter.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mini Album From Garbage!



I made this mini album for my Niece from garbage! The album holder is a Jiffy muffin mix box, they are the perfect size, and the pages were cut from cardboard. I had a Heidi Grace kit that I was wanting to get rid of so I used most of it on this project. The pictures I used were from this summer when she spent a week with me, these pics weren't worthy of a layout, but perfect for a mini album for her. I did this for the altered challenge at Scrap City.

I'm sorry that I've been such a bad blogger lately. My laptop is not working so I'm chained to the desk instead of blog hopping on the coach!

Here's a yummy recipe to using Jiffy Cornmeal Mix so you can get some empty boxes and this stuff in really cheap. This is a great side dish for the holidays and it's so easy.

Corn Casserole
1 can of creamed corn

1 can of whole kernel corn
8 oz. sour cream
1 box of Jiffy Corn Meal Mix
1 tbs. sugar
3/4 stick of melted butter
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients together pour in casserole dish and bake for 40-45 minutes, until it's a little brown on top.



Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Daddy's Baby


Scrap City has their November challenges up, check them out we have some good ones this month. This is the sketch challenge, I really like the format.

I know it's fall but I am so behind on my scrapping that I still have tons of summer pics to scrap. Hayes is such a Daddy's boy he would prefer for Justin to tote him around all the time! These pics are from their Florida vacation. I love the one where he's laying his head on Justin's shoulder.

I'm still working on getting my scrap stuff organized by color, I think it will a great system if I ever get finished! How do you organize by color, manufacturer or by type? I would love some tips.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New Arrival-Welcome Bella

I know this picture looks like one of those big headed stuffed animal dogs, but she loves me so much I can't get a picture without her walking towards me!

Kristin and I went to the animal shelter on Thursday, they had a full house so there were plenty to choose from. I walked right by this little girl and really didn't notice her because she wasn't barking or jumping, she was just sitting there. We took a few dogs out in the yard to play with and thought we had found the one we wanted. We went in the office to fill out the paperwork and we were going back to the cage when this one caught my eye. She looked up at me with the saddest eyes I've ever seen...it was love at first sight! I went in the cage with her and she crawled up in my lap, I knew she was MY dog. Her name is Bella and she is the sweetest puppy ever. The vet says she is at least a year old but not much older than that. She looks like a miniature lab and weighs 28 pounds.

I was hesitant to put a picture of her injury on here but I wanted to remind anyone looking for a dog to please not go and buy one. There are so many in shelters waiting for a chance to have a real home. Bella was so scared because some very mean person had hurt her and more than once. This gash on her back is healing well and will leave another scar, she has a scar on her hip from a previous injury. Abused dogs make the best pets they are thankful to be saved. So I encourage you to adopt a needy dog.







We had a Halloween swap at Scrap City and look at the great happy mail I got from Wendy! I can't believe there are Thickers that I didn't have, these are glittery lavender and will look awesome on a layout for one of the girls, pretty flowers, great Halloween stamps....thank you Wendy!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two Looks

I love the neat, clean look of the layout with the negative space, but I love piling things on too! The top layout was done with little embellishment. The layout below I painted raw chipboard, then covered it with glitter and tied ribbon to it. This is a good example of me not having a particular "style" of scrapping, I like to mix it up.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

First Task at Lime Light

Our first task at Lime Light was to make a set of 2 cards and a bookmark for Marines. One card is for the Marine, one for them to send to a loved one and the bookmark can be for either. Check out our blog for more pics. I am so happy to be part of this charitable design team and being able to use my hobby to help others, even if it is such a small thing as a card.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Whole Thing!

I made my own embellishments for this layout. I cut donuts out of cardboard and sprinkled them with bits of cardstock.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lil Monsters

Logen is a vampire and Hayes is a bat this year for Halloween. This layout was done for Scrap Your Crap's new challenge to use up your old Halloween stuff, the buttons that I sewed to the fence are several years old. The vampire was made using Cricut's Paper Doll cartridge that I have had for awhile and never used.

Also, I am so excited to be chosen for Scrap City's new design team and I can't wait to get started working with these very talented group of gals! Thanks Wendy for making me part of your team.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Go Logen Go


I've been a bad blogger and I really need to make my blog hopping rounds, too! I have been trying to reorganize my scrap space and it's been a slow process. I am in the process of sorting everything by color and I think once I finish it will a great system. Stacy Jullian was on Scrapbook Memories a few weeks ago and stated that was how she worked, so I thought I would give it a try.

I finally finished a layout today though. The journaling on this layout is was done on a Maya Road sheer plastic index card. I had so much to say that I attached a piece of paper folded accordian style, then attached to card and page and used paper clips to hold the spot.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Spread The Love

Help Angelique spread the love by nominating someone to recieve a special message from her. She is part of our Lime Light design team and is always doing something for a worthy cause, check out her blog.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Kristin's Pre-K Group Pic


I've been working on an album for Kristin using mostly current photos. I was challenged at Scrap City to do a school themed layout and this was perfect for her album to add an older photo and one that I wouldn't scrap for my album since it's a group photo. I journaled quite a bit about her 4-K experience because she will likely not remember much about this time in her life.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Altered Candle Holder



Hobby Lobby has their candle holders 50% this week, so I paid $2.50 for this one. Scrap City's challenge this month was to alter a candle holder and this is what I can up with. I used green alcohol ink on the top portion, then alternated paper strips and ribbon from last year's Christmas stash, then tied ribbon with mini ornaments to the stem, used a gold paint pen on the rim and used red gems on the base. This would make a great hostess gift and it was really cheap to make.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

MY BCFF (best cyber friend forever) lol


Here are some photos from my trip to Seattle. Cathy and her precious baby girl Nika entertained me for the afternoon, it was like chatting with an old friend rather meeting someone for the first time!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Go Logen!!!

Logen had a great game today! I think he's getting the hang of soceer this year and learning the game. I love this shot, usually both teams are all huddled around the ball but I was able to get this shot when he kicked the ball in bounds.

I finally got a months worth of pics developed and I hope to do some scrapping tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Scrapping The Not So Perfect Photos

No matter how many pics I took I could never get a photo with all four of them smiling and looking at the camera. I still wanted to scrap these pics, I love the colors and it was Mother's Day. I really like the way the layout turned out and I love the candid shots.

This is for Scrap City's scraplift challenge. I used American Crafts patterned paper and Thickers.

Lime Light and Scrap Your Crap

Don't forget about the awesome RAK at SYC, the layout is easy to complete all you need to do is use a pen or marker. We are giving away 2 gift certificates from Noel Mignon, her kits are awesome!

Lime Light's blog will be up and running sometime next week. It does explain a bit about what we are trying to accomplish, papercrafting for charitable causes. I am thrilled to be a part of this DT and being able to help make someone in need by crafting. So please add this site to your blog roll and check us out, you could help with our projects.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Where'd My Creativity Go!

I am going to scrap today! I haven't done anything since we got back from our trip, but I'm finally unpacked and caught up on laundry so I have no excuse.

I'm hoping once I get in there to scrap I will come up with something. In the mean time I will show off Cathy's adorable ATCs. When I met her in Seattle she had this cute little goody bag for me, she is so sweet and thoughtful!


Friday, September 19, 2008

I'm Back!

We had a great trip to Seattle and Portland, the weather was incredible! I went to a Seahawks game, did a lot of touristy stuff and I met one of my blogging buddies.

Cathy was so sweet to pick me up and entertain me for the afternoon while Greg was working. It was great meeting her in real life. I spent a wonderful afternoon with her and her precious baby girl Nika, went to see her beautiful new house and met her hubby, too. We have a lot in common and it was like spending the afternoon with an old friend and not someone that I was meeting for the first time. Thank you so much Cathy! I will post pics once I get them loaded, I haven't even unpacked yet!

In other great news I made the design team for a great site that is just starting, Lime Light. The blog is not yet up publicly, I will post link when we go live. This is a different sort of thing the founders of Lime Light are doing. We will be doing charitable paper crafting, cards for soldiers for example. I am looking forward to this opportunity to put my paper crafting to use for a good cause. They also have a great Cricut site, check it out.

I am way behind on my blog hopping but I promise to get caught up soon!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Scrap Your Crap = Leave Your Mark


I used my Uniball Signo white pen to journal in swirls on this layout for SYC challenge. We have a great RAK on this challenge so check it out.

Kristin was twirling around like a 4 year old in this little sundress and I loved the shot from behind. I friend of hers took this pic.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Northwest Bound

I am leaving tomorrow to tagalong with Greg on a business trip. We will be in Seattle for a few days and then Portland. I normally don't go with him when he's working, but I've never been to Seattle or Portland so I decided to go this year.

I hope you all have a great week and that you aren't effected by Ike. I will be back next Thursday evening and hope I get my scrapping mojo back!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Just Like Mimi

Logen has just started wearing glasses and he wanted Mimi to wear hers to take a picture.

This is for Scrap City's sticker challenge this month. I used the letters that I inked and applied glossy accents for this layout. The striped paper is 7 Gypsies, the lined paper is Making Memories and the cardstock is Bazzill Bling. The journaling spot is from Cosmo Cricket.

Letter Sticker Tips






















I got the most out of this sheet of letter stickers. I used some of the letters as they came, I used a yellow marker on some, I inked and then used glossy accents on a title. I used a 3 for an E and an upside down W for M.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Thanks American Crafts

I had a problem with the vinyl Thickers sticking on some papers, I think the high humidity here caused my problem, so I sent an email to American Crafts explaining my problem. They told me to send them back to them and they would be happy to replace them. Not only did they replace them but they sent me 2 extra packages of Thickers and 100 sheets of patterned paper. I am so glad to deal with a company that stands behind their product and I will be more likely to use American Crafts products in the future.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Whiz Kid


I captured Logen's concentration on the game he was playing on my laptop. Once you get him to the right site he can do everything else without any help. He is a 4 year old computer whiz!

This is the sketch challenge for Scrap City.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

RIP Casey Baby



Yesterday I had to put Casey to sleep. This was one of the hardest things that I've ever had to do. She lived a good long life, she was 20 and I know that I was fortunate to have had her in my life for so long. I know it was the right thing to do, her quality of life has not been good for the past few months, but that did not make it any easier. We buried her at the lake, she always loved being there. Here are some layouts of her, the springtime one that I made for her was at the lake and the photo was taken where we buried her.

Friday, August 29, 2008

MIA

I will be at the lake for Labor Day weekend and won't be back until Tuesday. No internet. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Birthdays

I usually only make cards when I need one, I hate spending that much time on these when I could be doing layouts which I prefer spending my time on. But I have Greg's birthday on the 29th, Kristin's 30th and my nephew Ben's is on the 2nd. So I've spent today working on cards that I need!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Altered Box













I altered this crayon box for a swap at Scrap City. The Xyron really comes in handy with covering a box with paper, much more efficient than glue.

Even Better Coupon

This one was a mistake but they are honoring the coupon for 40% of your entire purchase!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Blog Giveaway

I saw this on Pinky's blog. Vanillia Joy is having a crafty giveaway everyday this week. Go on over there and enter to win Cricut today. They are having a different prize everyday and they are giving away some awesome stuff!

Crazy About Clips

This week's challenge at SYC is to use any kind of clip on your layout, paper clips, binder clips and kind! There is no minimum just try and use as many as you can. I used 4 on this layout of Cassie in Equador. I love this Bo Bunny paper and it was perfect for this layout with the green and hot pink.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

No Training Wheels

My creative juices have not been flowing this weekend, but I did manage to get one layout done. I cut the yellow cardstock out using a template that I made from a piece of patterned paper in that shape and then sewed it to the polka dot patterned paper. I cut the title and the fours from the Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge, I am really loving this cartridge. I had gotten to where I seldom used the Cricut, but this cartridge has some really cool functions, I also cut the tiny frame from the same cartridge.

Logen is a natural on the bike his Momma just held on to the back for a few seconds and he was off!

Glitter

I read an article that stated the best way to apply glitter to chipboard was with Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze...wrong! The best way is to run it through the Xyron, the top border was done with the Xyron and the bottom one was done by applying Glossy Accents with a paint brush. It is obvious which was is the best! I just thought I would pass that tip along so your don't make the same mistake that I did.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Michael's Coupon

Here's a 40% off coupon for Michael's:
http://www.michaels.com/coupons/081908/coupon.html

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Please Vote!

Kristin took her first opportunity to vote very seriously. I am so proud of her for keeping informed of the issues and making her choices based on what she believes. Her grandmother was the Election Register for the county and I supposed it has been ingrained in her the importance of voting. I believe that today's teens are more conscious of importance of voting have witnessed the events of 9/11 at a young age. I know that Kristin cares about the future of this country. I believe that we all should feel that way and go vote, it's your civic responsibility. I hope that I have influenced someone to vote.

It was a primary that she voted in and the voter turn out was extremely low. All the poll workers made a big deal of her casting her first vote and gave her a round of applause, she wasn't embarrassed as I would have been she loved the attention!

Simply Kristin


I just didn't want to add much to this photo so I just cut out part of the patterned paper and added some bling which makes this layout simply Kristin. It's her style, simple but pile on the bling (jewerly)!

This was another layout out I did last weekend for the Scrapadilly crop and I won a very cool package of Cosmo Cricket paper.