Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My turn... again :):):):)

Hi all... if you are here for Tessa's Birthday Blog Hop... please see this post here :):):):):):):)

And I have to share that I am BEYOND honored that Leeanne has asked me to join her DT over at Artful Delight!! :):):):):) I am so excited to start working with Leeanne and the other DT girls :):):):)

You can see my intro HERE :):):):):):):):):):)

Hope all my east coast friends are holding up and doing okay from the hurricane... I have been praying for you all... {{{hugs}}} :)

I will be back tomorrow with some new creations... and thanks to all that have visited me during Tessa's Birthday Blog Hop... I have truly enjoyed reading your comments!! Thanks for the sweet comments on my creations and on my photo with my babies :):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Tessa's BIRTHDAY blog hop! :):):):):)

Hi everyone!!! 
I am honored to be joining Tessa Buys as she is celebrating her 30th birthday with a blog hop sponsored by her Etsy shop, Precocious Paper. Tessa is giving away over $100.00 in product and 20 designers are sharing projects made with GOODIES from her shop in her honor!! :):):):) You can join us by starting at Tessa’s blog here.

If you’ve been hopping along and just came from Yara's blog, you are in the right place!! :):):):):):):):)

Tessa sent me SIX of her GORGEOUS flowers from her ETSY shop!!! :):):):):) I have 2 layouts and a card to share….  :):):):):):):):):)

On my card and my layouts, I used My Mind's Eye papers, and on my card I used Tessa's 2 CUTE green tissue flowers and SRM Stickers! :):):):):):):):)

 My first layout, I made the shapes with my Cricut and then the extra pieces left over, I made my second layout! :):):):) Aren't Tessa's flowers adorable?!?!?! :):):):):):):):)

On this layout, I used not only Tessa's GORGEOUS flowers, but I also used the jute that Tessa sends her packages wrapped in  (the jute is around Brookie's photo!) and I also used Nikki Sivils brads :):):):):):):):):):)

Would you like some Precocious Paper goodies to work with? If you complete the entire hop, leaving a comment on every designer’s post, you will be entered to win the grand prize – the September, October, November and December Samplers! That’s a $54.00 value and dozens upon dozens of hand-crafted scrapbooking embellishments. Follow Tessa’s blog to be entered to win a $20.00 credit to the shop, and if you follow Precocious Paper on Facebook, you could win another $20.00 credit. Tessa is also giving away surprise credits to blog hop participants, so be sure to leave a comment on this post!

Tessa has added many new things to her shop as part of the celebration, so be sure to stop by and take a peek. If you use this code during check out - JTBBHFREE - you will receive free shipping and a free thank you gift!! :):):) And this code is good through September 5th!! International gals... there is a $5.00 minimum order for you...and no minimum for USA orders... and and and  Tessa has a little incentive for ME in this too!! If I have the MOST people use MY code above to buy something from Tessa's ETSY shop... then I get a little gift from her too!! WOW! How sweet is she?!?!?! :):):):):) Seriously, I have always LOVED Tessa's ETSY shop... I have been a customer of hers for over a year now, and SHE NEVER DISAPPOINTS! :):):):):):):):):):)

Your NEXT stop is HEIDI! :):):):):):):):)

And for those that follow bloggy friend Stacy posted on her blog yesterday about her visit to see her little cousin Olivia...and deliver the first round of get well cards and gifts!!! She is sooooooooo beautiful!! I guess it took her OVER AN HOUR to open everything!! *sigh* I am soooooooo blessed to have my bloggy friends that have helped in sending Olivia cards and gifts!!! You are all angels in my eyes!! See Stacy's blog post HERE to see all the photos! :):):):):):):):):):)

And also for those that follow me regularly... you will know that every month I post a photo of me and my kids together in honor of Aleida :):):):)  Next month marks 3 years since she was killed in a car accident... and even though I never personally knew Aleida, she has influenced me in a way that no other person has... for those new to me, a month before Aleida died, she posted this on her blog....

"There is a reason why I'm posting these pictures.  Pictures that I'm actually in.  Not because I think I'm all that and a trip to Hollywood.  No.  It's because I'm actually tired of being worried about how I look and not taking or having very many photos of me with my children.  I have very few pictures of me and my babies when they were babies, and I have myself to blame.  Precious opportunities to capture on paper, lost because of my silliness.  Well no more I say!  One day I won't be here and there will be hardly any pictures of them and their mama.  So ladies, hand over the camera and get in those photos!  Please.  You'll be happier you did." ~~Aleida Franklin wrote this on August 6th, 2008... and she died one month and 6 days later... and that my friends is why I do this every month.....
...none of us know when we will be called off this Earth..... and even though as scrappers, most of us are behind the camera (ME INCLUDED!)...and we HATE how we look in photos... it doesn't matter to me anymore :):):):) I want my kids to get old and have pics of their Mama... period... Aledia changed my life forever.... :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Friday, August 26, 2011

My turn :):):):):):)

Today I am being featured over on the LESSology blog!!! YAY!! Head on over and read all about me! :):):):):):):):):)

I have turned comments off here, in hopes that you will head over there ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Laugh Out Loud :):):)

Hi everyone! :):):)

Today is Thursday, which means its time for a brand new Sketchy Thursdays! :):):) Here is my take on this weeks sketch! :):):)

This is my Mr. Dandy... he is actually yawning in this picture...but he looked like he was laughing to hence the title of this layout! :):):):):):):)

Everything on my layout is from :):):)

And here is our sketch this week :):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's your day :):):)

Hi everyone :)

Just a quick post today with some birthday cards I made using Echo Park's Victoria Gardens that I got from Artful Delight :):):)

And I wanted to give a little update on Olivia, my scrappy friend Stacy's little niece... Stacy posted on her blog and Facebook yesterday that Olivia's surgery only took HALF the time they thought, because the brain tumor wasn't wrapped around the brain stem as they thought! YAY! :):):):):):) That is amazing news! And don't forget to send Olivia a get well card... Nikki Sivils is currently running a challenge with a prize if you use her Get Well Collection to send Olivia a card... but Nikki says that even if you can't use her collection, she would LOVE it if you would send a card to Olivia anyways :):):) And I know Stacy (and me too!) would love it too! Stacy's goal is to FILL Olivia's hospital room FULL of get well cards! How awesome would that be?!?!?!? :):):):):):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Monday, August 22, 2011

A fabulous weekend :):):):)

Hi everyone! :)

Thanks for understanding why I wasn't around this weekend! Had a blast with my BFF visiting from New Jersey! :):):) Didn't win anything at Midnight BINGO... HOWEVER... I did WIN $100.00 from the Penny Slot Machines!! Woot Woot!!! :):):):):):):)

Here are some photos from our weekend! :):):)  We all met at our friend Nikki's house for some pool time and a little BBQ :):):)

My BFF Dani and her niece Laketta :)

 Brookie, Laketta and Adam :)

Dani and Me :)

Brookie :)

Brookie and Adam :)

Dani and Laketta :)

Adam and Dani :)

Adam :)

Brookie and Dani :)

Brookie :)

BBQ grilling time :)

Adam, Laketta and Brookie :)

 Dani and Adam :)

Laketta and Brookie :)

Brookie LOVES corn on the cob.... and.....

...she sure knows how to eat it! LOL :):):)

I ain't gonna lie... I follow and visit and comment on a lot of your blogs :) ... So, with my work schedule and other stuff... I probably won't get a chance to catch up with your posts from this weekend ... but I will be checking in on everyone starting today :):):):):):):) I hope you all understand :):):):):):):):)

Also, today Nikki Sivils is blogging asking for cards for little Olivia (the little cousin of Stacy that I blogged about Friday) ... I would appreciate if you could stop by and see Nikki's post... I would appreciate it! :):):):):):):) ****PS... Nikki is HAVING a HUGE giveaway for those that make Olivia a card using Nikki's Get Well Soon collection!! GO check it OUT! :):):):):):) ******

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Taking a break this weekend... because..... :) BFF is in TOWN! YAY! :):):):) So excited! I haven't seen her in a year! :):):):):):) We are heading over to see her soon...then pool time, and me, BFF and some other girls are heading to Midnight BINGO tonight! (Oh wish me luck! I am gonna be up QUITE a few hours today! LOL!) :):):):):):)
But wanted you all to know that I will be MIA this weekend! :):):)

Before I head out... I wanted to share a little video Brookie and I did the other night :):):):):) 
(click in the lower left film icon and it will take you to the video... ohhhhh I stink at this video stuff... NEED to work on how-to-upload! lol!)

I also want to give a HUGE shout out to everyone that said they would send a card to little Olivia from my previous post :):):):) I know Stacy appreciates all the people that are showing her little cousin some love! :):):)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! See you soon....... :):):)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Always thinking of you...and a plea for cards for little Olivia! :):):)

Hi everyone :)

I have a layout posted over on the Blue Moon blog today (at 8AM PST) and wanted to share it here also :):):)

And my bloggy friend Stacy just found out that her little cousin Olivia was diagnosed with a brain tumor :(:(:( Stacy is asking for Olivia to have cards sent to her :):):) Please head over to STACY'S BLOG to get the info on making Olivia a card :):):):):)

Here are the cards Brookie and I made last night for Olivia... we used Nikki Sivils Get Well Soon collection :):):):)

Mine :)

Brookie's :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :):):)