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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Just stopping by!

Just a note to my friends to say hello!   I took a little road trip yesterday and got to the city. I had alot of fun with my friend visiting, shopping, and you know that dreaded job of grocery shopping is even more fun with a friend!  We of course went to the local scrapbook store....and  Oh my goodness the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium  and thier an ABC Primer papers are to die for! Click on the link to see them if you haven't already!  I just couldn't resist to add these collections to my stash!  I can't wait to start working with them!

In the meantime, I thank you for being patient with me on this tutorial that I am putting together!  I am hoping to have it up soon!  I think I have road lag...(if that is possible) today.  I am very tired and my body is aching so I didn't get into my therapy room today.  I am so close to being able to share with you that I can hardly stand it...wish my body would cooperate with my brain sometimes!

Hope you get to have a day filled with friends!  Don't have one planned...call one...a day shared  is the best!

til next time!



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Scrabble Tiles

I am hoping  this finds everyone rested after Labor Day and not exhausted from all of the activities!  This past week I did not finish all of the sketches that I placed on here although I had fully intended to do that!  However, with that said I did get to  have a fun time with friends and take a scrapbook class in Battle Mountain.  We created little tiles out of scrabble pieces. 

Here is the sketch that was given us and the directions I hope that this will come through large enough for you to read them. I know I promised you all a tutorial and since I am still in the process of doing that I hope that this will fill you in for awhile.
Now here is what I came up with once I came home and printed out pictures.  When I saw the little images given us for the tiles I knew that I just had to use the little boy and girl and do a layout about when my granddaughter was visiting this last month and we made paper dolls.  I water distressed, inked, tore, edge distressed,  border punched,  used the Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge, embossedand just had fun embellishing!  
The large scallop circle on the right hand side pulls out for the journaling about our time togetherShe got to stay with us for two weeks and boy did I have fun with a little girl in the house!  I think she did too! At one point she told me she was never going to leave, but live with us forever!  (Sorry mom and dad!)

What memories are you creating today?



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sketch Inspiration

Hi friends well here it is Thursday and I have found another awesome sketch for you to try!  This one is brought to you by sketchy thursdays . 

I hope you enjoy it and get some great inspiration! 

With all of these wonderful sketches I am finding I could live in my therapy room...which is fine with me!  Hope you have fun with this!

I am also hoping to bring a tutorial to you in the near future!  We will see what life brings about!



Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Challenges....finished!

Hi everyone!  Well I have been in my therapy room for the past couple days and finished the challenges I had signed up for, along with the Sketch from Scrapbook Challenges this week.

The first Layout I would like to share is for the Heritage Challenge at Scrapbook.com

This Layout is of my husband's great grandparents, his grandfather, and his mother when she was a little girl.  I used Webster's Pages Spring Market Collection, as well as other papers and embellishments from my stash.  The yellow and orange flowers were made  by a dear friend of mine Sondra aka Scrappy by Design. 

I also  completed the challenge for Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #264.   All of these papers I have had  forever, and I decided to use up some of those brads that I have way too many of! 
This Layout was challenging to me creatively...I literally had it done and tore it apart!  But when I look back through my grandson's book, the style fits with everything else I have done there. It also was a challenge to me mentally, because the content brings on alot of bittersweet memories and feelings.

There is one last challenge I did for at The Crop Room II.  We have a challenge each month for a card sketch, a layout sketch, and a section called create.  Here is the card I created...however it looks nothing like the sketch!  I really struggle when it comes to making cards too....I don't feel like I have gotten the hang of it, but I will keep trying.

This card was made entirely from scraps.  The background on the rub on shows teal, but it really is green and matches the background.  I made this for my husband in celebration of our 26th wedding anniversary today!

Hope you find inspiration in things around you, and that you can find the courage to scrap moments that don't always leave you with the happiest of feelings.



Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday's Sketch Inspiration

I really am going to try to be better about visiting all of the wonderful sites and blogs that I have signed up for inspiration!  It's because of all of you that I get my encouragement and some of my greatest ideas!  However with that said...I also need to create from those wonderful ideas!  :)

Today is Monday...and that means a new release for a sketch from: http://flyingunicornllc.blogspot.com/2011/08/mojo-monday-sketch_29.html

Here is her sketch:

Also on Monday there is a new sketch from Scrapbook Challenges.  Here is their sketch this week!

I had originally thought I would pick one or the other for Monday, but since they were so different from one another in style I thought why not choose both! 

Hoping to get these done this week and will share with you my creations!  Keep your fingers crossed that I will find that time!



A Birdie Did It

I just have to share the cutest story.  While my 3 1/2 year old grandson was visiting last month he came up to me and said "Grandma there's a baseball in the pond."  I said "Really?  Did you throw it in there?" (We have been telling him not to throw the rocks into our little pond.)  He sorta looks upward and replies "No, a birdie did it!"  I just said "Oh, I will have to tell Papa to get it out of the pond." while trying not to laugh! 

Hope your day is full of little smiles!



PS....There will be 2 posts today!  Watch later for a sketch maybe 2!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Prayers & Hurricane Irene

Hello to everyone!  I am watching the news about Hurricane Irene and saying prayers for all of the people that have been effected by this! 

I hope everyone is staying safe ....no matter where you are!

A great big hug being sent from me!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Adorable interactive scrapbook

A friend of mine over at The Crop Room posted this link to this interactive scrapbook.  I was so taken by it I just had to share the link here.  So sorry I didn't pay enough attention when I viewed it to give the creator the proper respect here.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August Challenges.

I have found a little time to create this month even with the whirlwind of activity.  I am in a few challenges over at scrapbook.com  One of them being the Darker Side Challenge hosted by http://scrapvamp.blogspot.com/ , a Cricut challenge hosted by Norma where you need to create 3 LOs or cards, or home decor using your cricut, and a heritage challenge hosted by Martica, and last but not least a Boy layout challenge hosted by http://www.arkmom-scrappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/.  I haven't quite finished all of the challenges as of yet, and have combined a couple.  We will see if I actually get these all done!  Sometimes I need the little push a challenge gives me to get something done.

This layout I created for the Darker Side Challenge with the theme Enchanted Forest and it also counts as one for the cricut  challenge since I used the Storybook Cartridge to make the embellishment to the left of the photo, the circles, the butterfly and the little hinges.  I cut the large embellishment out twice from cardstock and then pop dotted the silver swirl paper on top.  The photo was taken after my son's wedding in the yard at the church.  The bride had wished for snow on her wedding day and God answered that wish.  There was new fallen snow when they left the church that evening.

With this Layout I used again the storybook cartridge for the branches under the flowers, I believe it was accent essentials for the scalloped mat and the scallop around the clock, and tags, bags, boxes and more for the title.  I water distressed and rolled the edges of the Basic Grey Black Tie Paper.  The large black flourish was a rub on I found at my local $1 store and most of the flowers were used in artificial displays at the wedding.
This layout shows my daughter in law to be, her bridesmaid and the flower girl getting ready.  Our calm cool and collected bride by this time was getting a little stressed.  She is seen having her hair done and adding ribbon to the sheer sleeves that we created.

This is a very simple banner I created for our Vacation Bible School at church.  We needed something and it had to be done that day!  So I quick grabbed paper, stamps and white ink  from Close to my Heart and (what cartridge is my favorite?)  Storybook and created this, then hung it from some jute twine.
So I have now completed  my cricut challenge for the month along with the darker side challenge.  Let's see if with grandbabies coming in for 10 days and making 150 wedding invitations if I can get the other 2 done!  

So just a head's up...if I'm not around it's that I have my lap full of grandchildren or my hands full of paper!



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pat A Cake

Hi friends!  Well as we all know I have this addiction to scrap booking...but my latest fetish is these paper bag albums.  I make one and I just can't get enough!  I get more ideas for more and more....you know how it goes.  Here is one I made a couple of weeks ago for a baby girl or  a  little girl's birthday. 

When you open up the little bear card it has a spot for journaling.

I used several papers from my stash that I am still trying to make smaller on the Scrap Diet!  
 Wild Asparagus Polka Dot
Pink, Brown and Ivory Bazzill Card stock
Debbie Mumm Paper Stack Cupcakes and Bears
Stampin Up Dot Texturz Template
Sizzix Hearts Texturz Template
Tim Holtz Ink
Brother Sewing Machine
Various Ribbons, Fibers, Flowers and Embellishments!

Thanks all for looking and the inspiration you have given me!  Hope to share some of the things I have been doing with challenges over the next couple days...before my home and arms are filled with grandchildren again!



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Grandparents Heritage Layout

Hi all!  As promised here is the Layout using some of the goodies I recieved from the Webster Pages warehouse sale!  Oh my those boxes were chock full of goodies!  This is my first time using WP products and I have seen so many gorgeous Layouts using them, that my attempt pales in comparison.

This layout has a picture of my husband's great granparents in their garden.  I did this for Heritage challenge at scrapbook.com. 

Products from Websters Pages are:

Spring Market Collection: Gardener's Seeds, Fresh Harvest Paper, Princess Petals, Bloomers, and Medallion Sparklers

Other products used are Ivory and Tan Cardstock from Paperabilities
Blue Cardstock Close to My Heart
EK Success Border Punch
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Stampin Up Notably Ornate Stamp for the Journaling Block
G Studio Clear Stamp
I want to scrp Pearls
Close to My Heart Crochet Flower
Micron 05 Brown Pigment Pen
Adhesives: Glue Dots, Pop Dots, ATG Gold Tape, Terrifically Tacky Tape

Thanks for looking!  May you create something beautiful today!



Tuesday, July 26, 2011

July Happenings

Hello to all my cyber and in real life friends!  Sharon thank you for the blog award!  How is your summer?  July has been a whirlwind, but filled with more fun.  We celebrated our granddaughter's 3rd birthday!  She was so adorable!  It was a Minnie Mouse theme and she looked so cute in her little party dress.

Then it was off to a camping trip to Onion Lake.  I forgot how pretty it is up there!  Totally enjoyed ourselves, but it had been about 10 years since we had camped...and boy did we get tired!  Realized that we aren't quite as young as we use to be and wondered if we enjoyed the time enough to do it again.  Well, for the grandkids probably will!  

Now I am preparing for a visit from our 3 yr old little girl for a few days as well as my oldest son and his family coming in at the end of the week for a few days.  I can't wait...I will get to have all of the grandkids together!  Should be fun!

In a day or two I will share with you the layout I did using the Webster pages items I bought on their warehouse sale and a new mini album I have created.

Hope everyone has a wonderful fun filled week with family and friends!



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Crop Room II-Sheffield Sleepover Retreat

Hi All...well let me share with you the end of my vacation.  On our way home from Colorado I caught a flight from Salt Lake City and flew to Arkansas for a 5 day scrapbooking retreat with internet friends from The Crop Room II.  Our hostess was Nana Jenny.  Every year she opens up her home to her online friends for a retreat of scrapbooking and fun.  It was so much fun to finally meet these wonderful women that I called my friends before we ever met!

Upon arriving I was greeted with the most warmth anyone could imagine!  The room was filled with the love of friends from the start.  No awkward moments.  Such beautiful friends that I have been blessed with.  Here is a few pic of those that I met:

Back Row: Susan, Lois, Me, Janice, Micki w/ Tyler, Sondra(aka ScrappybyDesign), Kathy, Jenny
Front Row: Debbie, Arlene, Austin, Aunt Chuck

Several of us brought along projects for everyone to create or a new technique for us to learn. We created a couple different notepad covers taught by Arlene and Kathy.  Sondra taught us how to make a one page wonder mini album. Jenny had us do Christmas Ornaments, Janice taught us iris folding and a little 3D Basket made from 2 sheets of paper...adorable item for use as centerpieces. I taught them how to make roses from Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die that I had seen on a youtube video. There were also several cards that were made for the cards for soldiers projects.  

Here is a project that I created while there and left for our hostess Jenny as a Thank You gift.

These are just a few of the pages from this Paper bag album.  If you would like to see the entire album you can view it in my gallery at scrapbook.com.  I used Linen Closet papers from Die Cuts with a View. 

 While in Arkansas we ate at the infamous Larry's Pizza!  Which is a local pizzeria...that has dessert pizzas too!  The Bavarian Creme Pizza was wonderful.  All in all a wonderful, relaxful, fun filled month of June! 

Hope your June was filled with as much fun and blessings as mine!  I can't believe that July is almost over.  Where it the summer going.  Hopefully soon I will be able to share some other creative goodies with you and more of life's precious moments.

Until then remember to:
celebrate life, capture the moment, create memories!



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Colorado Family Vacation

Hi everyone!  Wow...what a whirlwind of a month June has been!  Loads of fun, but it is time for me to get back to reality and stop ignoring my blogging friends. I hope you all know I still love ya! 
This will be a REALLY LONG POST with pics since I am trying to update everyone what has been happening for the month of June!

Our month started out with a bang!  Our oldest grandson graduated from Kindergarten!  It was so cute to see the ceremony and such a proud moment for us!  (and him too!)

We also got a visit from our 3  granddaughters from MT.   They are so adorable and I only wish we had more time with them.  But we will take whatever few precious hours we can.

 I had a wonderful vacation spending time with my family and  meeting friends in real life!...more about that little side trip in another post. 
The first part of our trip to Colorado was via Wyoming where we stopped for a few hours, visited, and had lunch with my shirt tail cousin.  Oh my goodness I haven't acted that silly or laughed that hard in a long time.  She said neither had she!  Wish we lived closer...I know we would always be getting into some kind of mischief.  Especially with her boyfriends: Ross, Michael's, TJ Maxx, well that is what her husband called them!
After our brief but fun visit there we went to my oldest sister's home in Aurora, Colorado.  My sister and her husband from Pueblo also joined us for a few days. It seems like we always had something to do and no time to be bored.  So many favorite moments while with my sisters.

 While there we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean in 3D, seriously I liked the movie, but the 3D part was not that great in my opinion.  My husband and son took in a Rockies Baseball game one afternoon...and my husband became a star!  He was actually on TV...and not just a blur by in the camera.  So that was exciting for him when we watched the rerun of the game the next day.  We also went to an evening  game as a family, if you are a Detroit Tigers fan...I am so sorry!  But hooray for the Rockies!

  We got to do a little shopping, and we had a BBQ with most of our immediate family members, plus an uncle and a couple of cousins.  I think if we ever got ALL the family together we would have to rent Pepsi Stadium!  (wink).
To say that this is just a few of us...We are missing 2 of my sons and there families, and a niece and nephew and families.  Of course there are lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins that were not present!  I think the hardest part of this trip was visiting my mom.  She has Alzheimer's and is in a nursing home. So we had to go visit her nearly every day, trying to steal in a few precious moments.  I just love her so much!

When we left  Aurora we traveled south to Colorado Springs and visited my husband's aunt and her family for the day before heading to my sister Pat's house in Pueblo.  Can you believe I didn't take any pics of her at her house?  Not enough time at these places to really feel like we got to visit.  But sometimes you just have to enjoy what you have!
Our journey continued with a trip through Canon City on our way to my hometown of Buena Vista.  We wanted to stop and let my son see the Royal Gorge and walk across it.  Can you believe they charge $25 per person for a day pass to do this?  So we found a spot with a small walking trail in which we could see it from.   We stopped in Salida, Colorado to visit my Aunt in the nursing home and then on to Buena Vista.  I won't show you a bunch of my pics of my family there but will share with you what I call "my mountain".

This is Mount Princeton.  The mountain that every time I see it I know that I am home.  We had a wonderful visit with cousins, aunts and uncles and our time there was just too short.  A couple days later we ventured north of here and past the mountains that my husband calls home in  Leadville, Colorado.

Don't ask me what these are called or let my husband know that I can't remember the name! We couldn't believe how much snow was still on the mountains for mid June!  But so good to be back in what our hearts will always call home.  The last leg of our trip was heading westward over these massive Rocky Mountains to Grand Junction where we stayed and visited with my husband's sister and got to have a visit over lunch with my nephew.

Here are a couple of pics as we went through the Glenwood Canyon and on down the road towards
Grand Junction. 

I wish these pictures were better as this canyon is just so gorgeous!  That is the Colorado River that follows the road!  It was so full and almost at flood stage!  So you can imagine with all that snow that has not melted what may be coming in the months ahead.

And to close I will show you a pic of my husband's sister and his family there.

One final pic of my nephew, his wife, and their two kiddos.
Another day I will show you what I got to do after this whirlwind through Colorado!
Thanks for taking the time to read and let me share with you a little bit about my Family Vacation!



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Not too long???

Well it looks like my not too long has turned out to be over a month!  Thanks for the award Toqua!  I still need to get to your blog.  I feel as if spring has sprung and sent me into a whirlwind of activity.

Here are a few pics to share of what has been happening in my life over the past month that has kept me so busy.  These pictures are only from April.  I haven't got my May pictures loaded onto my computer yet.
T Ball Games...don't you love the attention!

Running for third base

This is Draikaiden...our little preemie.  Look at how beautiful he is!

We colored Easter Eggs with Draven and Kaida, and of course there was an Easter Egg Hunt Too.

My oldest son celbrated a birthday.  Requested his favorite, so mom made a Banana Split Cake...with pink glittery icing compliments of his daughter!

Enjoying time with my daughter in law.

And probably what has taken most of my time lately being chauffer again...my youngest son moved home.

In the midst of all this we have also been house hunting with no luck.  Either too expensive for our budget   or they need too much work.  Of course with house hunting comes deep spring cleaning and the throwing away of stuff you have kept for years and now wonder why.

Will try and get some May pics posted later so you know where May went, and also maybe share some of the things I have made.

Thanks for haning around and being patient with me.  I also know that I need to do the April drawing for Unfinished Projects.  Since May is almost over...I will just reuse the list from April for May.  And then I will give you all a break for the month of June.  I have lots of traveling planned so another month of silence for the most part from me.  Unless I take my laptop!

Hugs to all my friends and family!