Friday, May 31, 2013

"a" :)

Hi everyone! :)

Today our latest sketch challenge went live on Scrap Africa :) 

Still working on using up my stash this year :)  This one I used some OLD Creative Imaginations papers and stickers, Basic Grey rub-ons, an old "A" chipboard that I covered in rub-ons, a Basically Bare chipboard sun, and some old old old old olddddddddd velum envelopes -- so old I can't even tell you where I got them!! LOL :)

Here is our sketch for this challenge :)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Be Strong, Be You, Be Amazing! :)

Hi everyone!

Please visit my FIRST post I shared today .... as it is SOME EXCITING news!!! Let's Get Trendy is BACK with it's 3rd installment ... and today starts the sign ups!!!! :) 

I have a card over on the Paper Made Bakery blog today and I am hoping you can stop by! :) 

Here is a little sneaky :) 

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

Let's Get Trendy THREE!!!!! Wooooo hooooooo!! :)

Hi everyone!! :)

So EXCITED!!! Today starts our sign ups for Let's Get Trendy 3!!!! Yvonne, Amy and I started this fun FREE workshop in 2011 and this is our THIRD time offering fun trends and challenges!! 

And this time...GUESS WHAT??!?!?!?!?! We have added some AMAZING Guest Designers to JOIN US!!! :) 

Alice Wertz, Angi Barrs, Ashley Horton, Chantal Vandenberg, Erum Tasneem, Helen Tilbury, Jinny Newlin, Keren Tamir, Kirsty Vittetoe, Lauren Bergold, Laurie LaRivere , Miae Rowe, Michelle Hernandez, Shahrul Niza, Ujjwal Gupta and Virginia Lu

Could that Guest List BE any MORE AMAZING!!?!?!?!? :) 

 Would you like some fabulous ideas for working with some of the hottest trends in crafting today? Why not come join us for a fun online workshop?

We will be showing 5 trends – neon, sequins, handmade embellishments, stitching and textured layers. Not only will you be inspired by 32 never-been-seen projects, you will also get a chance to win some prizes if you play along with our challenges.

Just add your name to the linky tool on the Let's Get Trendy Now! 3 blog and join us from June 3rd through June 7th at Let’s Get Trendy Now!3 site.

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

Monday, May 27, 2013

She made me believe :)

Hi everyone :) 

Happy memorial day ... let's remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom 

This morning I had a little extra time to make a few layouts that I wanted to share :) 

The first one was for the latest Chic Tags challenge which was to use washi tape on your page :) 

I used lots of Bella Blvd and Chic Tags on here :) 


Here is the story -- My Mom's birthday is today - we celebrated yesterday -- she had ONE request ... she wanted a handmade chocolate cake with white frosting for her birthday dinner :)  I thought ... I am an OKAY baker ... I can do this ... well, then I decided I wanted to make a layered cake ... 

*sigh* that's when it all went south ... 

The cakes were an epic fail ... oh I baked them okay .... but then I tried to get them out of the pan to "layer" them -- and they fell apart ... like BAD fell apart ... total EPIC FAIL!! 

In comes my Brookie ..... "It's ok Mama, they still will be good, they will still look beautiful, no one will be mad at you, because you did your best. No one will be mad at you because you tried your best. They will still taste yummy.  They are beautiful Mama. Don't worry, you did your best." 

*sigh* how did I deserve such an amazing daughter?  She totally made me feel better and made me believe that the cake was beautiful ... even though it looked like a hot mess :)  It was her idea to add the sprinkles and the strawberries too to help "hide" the parts that were bothering me :) LOL!! :) 

And PS ... everyone loved the cake :) 


 My next layout is for the latest Let's Get Sketchy challenge :) 

I used some Pink Paislee and Chic Tags on here :) 

I added the chevron bag to my layout to include Brookie's report card for the year, her nameplate from her desk and also a photo CD that the teacher put together of the school year :) 


And the last layout I have to share is a just because layout :) 

Cindy inspired this layout ... as she has done some Then & Now layouts of her son :) 

So Saturday we were in one of our FAVE road trip places Prescott, AZ.  :)  I remembered I had taken a photo of Adam on the court house steps back in 2004 and I wanted to get another shot of him on the same steps :)  So on Saturday ... I got a photo of him on the same steps :) 

I used some 7gypsies, Crate Paper and Chic Tags on my layout :) 


And Happy Birthday to my Mama ... here is her and Brookie blowing the candles out on her cake last night :) 

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

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Girl... what a mess you have going on there! :)

Hi everyone :)

I was off work for a week earlier this month  ... and I decided to do some Spring Cleaning (well... Summer cleaning here in Arizona! LOL!) and I started with my scrap space :) 

It's not that I am messy (cuz I'm not! lol!) ... my space has just been feeling cluttered and unorganized to me lately :) 

Here is what I started out with -- (also known as my BEFORE pics) :)

So you can see that my space isn't that messy ... just a little cluttered and I needed to fix that :) 

You can see I am working on a project :) 

And here is the AFTER :)  Not a HUGE difference ... but I can notice it ... so I guess that's all that matters :) 

As you can see in this photo, I share my scrappy space with Brookie's play area :)  Which is nice, because we also have a TV in here and we can both 'play' and watch TV together :) 

This is all on the top of one of my shelves :)  I love antiques ... so I have incorporated some of my antique goodies on this shelf :) 

This basket holds my vintage clothing patterns that I use to add 'texture' to my canvasses :) 

Another thing I wanted to add to my scrappy space was my beloved vintage cameras :)  My family comes from Kodak ... from one of the original Vice Presidents of the company, to my Aunts, Uncles and Cousins working there ... and my Mom and Dad met and fell in love there :)  So I collect vintage Kodak cameras in honor of my family :) 

This shelf holds several different things :)  The top shelf is my printer (and yes that's a towel on top of!! I leave it there because, I live in the desert and it's VERY dusty here!!!) ... the black bins hold vintage goodies to use on my projects and adhesives and Design Team papers, the white bins hold things I have gathered over time to alter and my mini albums that I have made.... and the wicker bins more mini albums I have made and ribbons :)

My clean table :) 

I store my papers by manufacturer's :)  As you can see I have a lot of Bella Blvd, Bo Bunny and Crate ... so they all get their own drawers :)

Brookie also has her own drawer with her papers in it :) 

My various art pieces that I have made... and one's that have been made for me... were scattered all over my scrap space ... and I wasn't really feeling it ... so I condensed them all onto a shelf that sits right across the way from my scrap table :) 

And here is a little side-by-side of the before (on the left) and after (on the right)   :)

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