Thursday, November 24, 2011

Oh My Goodness!!!

I knew it had been a while since I had posted, but I didn't ealize it had been THAT long! Life has been keeping me VERY busy. A new school year with new common core standards and new literature has kept me hopping. I'm still working and reworking things to try to get a classroom routine that I really like. (Maybe I will get it all figured out before next year.)

I've also been busy crafting. About a month ago I decided that I wanted to try to make one of those cute winter caps that looks like an animal. (You know.... you see them EVERYWHERE in the stores.) I got online and searched for several patterns then tweaked them to create my own. The result was a maroon owl cap that I thought was kind of cute.

Kari wore the cap to school, several of the kids saw it, and the rest is history. As of today I have crocheted and sold at least 50 of these lovely hoot owls. I have also adapted the pattern and created puppy dogs, a Hello Kitty, and even a teenage mutant ninja turtle. I joke the kids that one day they will look back and remember the year that Mommy "made" their Christmas. It is really only a small bit of a joke. The money is really coming in handy to purchase things from the kids' wish lists!

All of that crocheting has kept me kind of busy though, so I haven't gotten to scrapbook in a VERY LONG time! It has been so long, as a matter of fact, that I can't even tell Glenn what type of scrap stuff I might enjoy getting for Christmas. That is saying a LOT! I've always been able to give him a very specific "what I would buy for myself" list and he usually gets whatever I've asked for.

Ths year I just can't seem to think of anything that I really NEED or even really WANT. Bless his heart, he keeps asking, but I just can't seem to come up with anything. Any ideas?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I Bet You Thought I was GONE!

Well, I'm not......

I've just been really busy, with the start of school. I'm teaching reading this year and I'm working on all new units. That has kept me busy a lot!

Today I finally took some "me" time and sat down to create. I scrapped a simple little page of my daughter crocheting. I combined some really old papers that have been lieing around for a long time with a new tool that I recently purchased, the Sew Easy.

For those of you who have wondered about this tool, it really is pretty easy. I just picked the style of stitches I wanted and then rolled the head along the side of a ruler, creating the holes. Then I stitched in the holes.

I'm sure hoping that I get more "me" time really soon. I've missed scrapbooking!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Boy is Back in Town.....

Can you hear me singing???

Can you tell that I am HAPPY!!!!!

We went to Danville yesterday and picked Keenan up from Governor's Scholars, where he had been for 5 full weeks. It seems like FOREVER for me......

He had a GREAT time and has matured a lot.

While he was gone we did a bit of shopping.....

Right before he left, Keenan took his driver's test and got his license. Of course we started talking "car". We weren't really sure when we would be able to purchase one for him, but we knew that he would need one to get back and forth to evening college classes during his senior year.

Glenn got what he considered a good deal and we were able to purchase Keenan's dream car: red Nissan Altima 2 door coupe. It was hard, but we kept the purchase a secret from Keenan for almost a full month. When we left home yesterday we decorated the car with beautiful bow.

As we neared home, Glenn handed Keenan 3 cards. He opened the first one to discover a birthday card, to which Keenan said, "Why are you giving me birthday stuff already?" He opened the second one to discover a Christmas card. After a few seconds it kind of sank in that he had a BIG gift waiting and he kind of knew what that meant. After the 3rd card which was a graduation card, Glenn presented the small gift box with the key inside. The look on Keenan's face was simply priceless, but his face when he finally made it home and sat in his car for the first time was even better.

Monday, July 4, 2011

My Girl....

My girl turned 14 this week. It almost seems impossible that it has been 14 years since I gave birth to her and brought her home from the hospital. Those 14 years have been very lively ones! Everyone kept telling me how different boys and girls were, but I wouldn't have dreamed how different until Kari came along. After a couple of years with Keenan, I really thought I had this kid thing figured out, but I have to admit that it has been really different raising a daughter.

Kari is our free spirit, fun loving child. She would rather be out running or playing a game with a friend than sitting at home reading a book. She is much more independent than her brother too, and sometimes that independence creates conflicts with us.

Even with the problems, arguments, and conflicts, I really wouldn't change a thing. I am so happy to have her in our lives. Happy birthday Baby Girl!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Daddy's Girl

You ever have that photo that you just HAVE to scrap? You know.... the one that touches your heart and brings a smile to your face....?

When I saw these pics of Kari with her dad, I knew that I had a scrapbook page in the making.

Can't you tell just by looking at these photos that this girl has Dad wrapped around her little finger? Whether it be a new shirt that she might love, a cd by her favorite artist, or a new nail polish that is just a shade different from one she already owns, Dad always seems to come through.

As for the layout, I can thank Scrappin Mojo yet again. I used this month's "Mojo Master" to provide the directions for the layout. If you haven't tried joining in on this yet, you really should. Every month there is a new set of instructions. You get one instruction at a time, every few days, until you finally have a finished page. At the end of the month it is so much fun to see the original inspirational layout and compare that to your finished one.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A New Love

I haven't been scrapping much for the past few weeks, but I have been keeping an eye on the scrapping goings-on online, particularly on Two Peas in a Bucket. I have gotten hooked on the videos that are posted there by the design team, especially those by Nichol Magouirk. I LOVE her simple, linear style! I also love the AE stamps that she has been using. (For those of you who haven't discovered them yet, I'm talking about the Technique Tuesday stamps by Ali Edwards.)

They are SO versatile and Nichol's videos are opening my eyes to LOTS of possibilities, so much so that I have subscribed to the monthly automatic delivery orders. I received the June set this morning and wasted no time using it on a layout.

I used the words "adventure" and "explore" from one set and the word "our" from another stamp set. I am LOVING these stamps! (They also inspired me to dig into my stash of die cut tags....LOL!) I'm fairly sure that you can expect to see more stamping on my future pages, especially with these word stamps!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

My Father, My Hero

Father's Day is coming up and I had to take a few minutes to create a layout dedicated to my very special dad. Growing up, my dad was always busy: work, church, deacon meetings. He was very dedicated to making a way for his family.

As I became a teenager and then went to college and moved out, Dad went through lots of personal turmoil. He has had several accidents. Everything from having a tractor roll over on him to falling from a church roof. Through it all Dad never gave up. When he fell from the church roof the doctor informed us that Dad would be blinded in one eye. Even that didn't slow him down, much to my surprise. Most recently, last year Dad had 4 of the fingers on his left hand cut, losing 2/3 of the pinky. After 5 hours of neurosurgery, he came home within a week and was back at work within only a few weeks.

Though I don't have many warm "fuzzy" memories of time shared with Dad, there is not doubt that he loves each and every one of our family members. That is why I dedicated this layout to My Father, My Hero.

By the way, the layout design came from my latest purchase: Allison Davis's Volume 6 of Sketches for Scrapbooking. LOVE those books! This sketch is also the sample for my One Little Word Challenge over at Challenge Masters. Be sure to come check it out!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Family Time

Now that school is finally out for the summer I am trying to squeeze in as much family time as I can. It isn't going to be easy: Kari is going to Academic camp in a couple of weeks and will be attending ACT Prep classes much of the other weeks. Keenan is going to Governor's Scholars for 5 weeks. Glenn is doing his usual summer "get everything ready for the new year" work at school.

Knowing that everyone is so busy it makes every mooment that we have together more important. This weekend, for example, we spent a large portion of Saturday morning assembling our new gas grill.

The kids managed to get along throughout the whole process and the final result was a grill ready to be used.....

Of course, that required that we actually give it a try, right? Keenan and Glenn prepared beef and chicken kabobs, along with potatoes and corn on the cob. It was DELISH!!

Photos really don't do the food justice, but I'll tempt you with it anyway.... YUM! YUM!! (Now we just need to get a table and some chairs so we can sit outside and enjoy the food.)

Make the most of what is left of the Memorial Day weekend and try to squeeze in a few minutes with your family too. Store up some memories!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

4-Ever Friendships

As a young girl, the one thing that I ALWAYS wanted but I never had was a sister. I was the oldest of three children, the other two being boys. I wanted a sister so that I would have that best friend who was always there by my side, to tell my secrets to and to share my problems with.

The next best thing would have been a BFF.... the kind that was as close as a sister could be. I never really had that either. My family moved across the state when I was in sixth grade, forcing me to leave all of the friends that I might have had during those developmental teenage years and I don't think that I ever really fit in with the other kids at school. I was just too different.

Sure, I have friends, but I don't think that any of them is a true BFF type of relationship. To see one of those, I have to look no further than Kari and her BFF, Zoey.

That photo on the far left was taken when Kari was about 3 and Zoey was probably about 5. They met then and have been inseparable since. I know that there is no one in the world who knows Kari better than Zoey does. I also know that if Zoey needs to get something off of her chest, she probably texts Zoey first. These two have that special relationship that I always dreamed of having. I like to think that it isn't too late for that type of "sisterhood" to develop, but I'm really not too confident about it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Recently I purchased small portable photo scanner for one specific purpose: taking it to Mom's and scanning family photos. My son and I spent a long afternoon wading through photos of ancestors who had died, ancestors he never knew, and photos of his grandparents as they grew up.

THEN we reached the can that had MY childhood photos in it. BOY! did that bring back memories. I scanned a TON of them and brought them home where I could show hubby and my daughter.

I just used one of those pics to scrapbook some things that I WISH I had known then.....

Yep! That little scrawny, freckle-faced girl is ME in first grade! Boy, have I changed! I keep wondering what I would have been like if I were in first grade NOW. (The world has changed so much and KIDS have changed so much!) That girl never saw a computer during her elementary OR high school education. She learned to type on an electric typewriter and would have had NO idea what to do with an iPod. Her proudest possession as a young teen was the little record player and the small collection of 45s. When I think about how far technology alone has advanced in my lifetime it is AMAZING!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Gone.... But Not Forgotten.....

To a scrapbooker, her camera is not just a thing....

It is a friend, something that is always at her side, ready to document whatever high points or low points come along.

That makes the loss of a camera a tough blow to take.

I should know. I have suffered the loss of not 1, but 2 cameras within the last year.

First there was my beloved Canon Rebel. I had paid for it in installments and purchased 2 lenses to go with it. It had been at my side for a Washington D.C. trip, St. Louis trip, and MANY family events. Then the pins in the memory card portion got bent and I decided it was more responsible to purchase a new camera, rather than pay to have it repaired.

In the meantime...........

I decided to use my old digital camera. It still functioned fairly well, though I really wasn't happy with the picture quality as it compared to my Rebel. Still it was a shock when I lost that camera too.... in a rather odd way.

I decided that it was a story that definitely needed documenting, so I created a layout to tell the story.

I will never forget this camera. It was the first digital one that I had owned. It taught me the basics of taking digital pics, uploading them to a computer, and using PhotoShop.

I WILL get another camera, of course..... I will have to. After all, I am a scrapbooker and being without a camera........ Well, it's like being without an arm or a leg.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Join Us for an Online Crop!

Challenge Masters is hosting an online crop in honor of National Scrapbooking Day. (For those rare creatures out there who don't know.... there REALLY is a day dedicated to my favorite hobby!)

The crop begins today, May 5 and runs through May 12. There are lots of great challenges, a BINGO game, a guessing game, you name it! It's sure to be TONS of fun and there are lots of great prizes to be won!

My contribution to the crop is the ice cream sundae challenge.
I posted a list of several ingredients that could be used to create ice cream sundaes. Each of those ingredients was then assigned a scrapbooking "equivalent". Each scrapper now uses my list to determine which scrapbook "ingredients" she must use to create their own layout.

Here's my sample:

My ingredients of choice were vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, chopped peanuts, and whipped cream. The scrapbooking equivalents were sewing, glitter, ribbon, and rubons.

There's a link to Challenge Masters right over there----------------------->
on the side..... Click on it and come on over to check out the fun that we are having! We'd love to see some of your work too!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

If you can read this.......

Thank a teacher....

You may not know that this week is Teacher's Appreciation Week. Now I know that I'm a bit biased, being a teacher myself, but I have to say that teachers are truly worthy of appreciation.

I am a teacher because I was inspired to be one. From the time that I started school all that I ever wanted to be was a teacher. I saw it as a profession in which I could help others develop their abilities, their confidence, and their intellect. If I am totally honest, I have to admit that there are days.... (more than I care to admit sometimes) when I wonder if I am truly doing any of my students any good. Then a student seeks me out, just to talk, just to spend some time with me, or sometimes on rare occasions, to tell me how much they enjoyed something that we did in class. It is THOSE days that make me feel appreciated.

If you have a child whose teacher goes above and beyond the call of duty.... If you are a parent of a child who has had a teacher who did some little something to make school better for that child.... or if you just know a teacher who could use a little boost....... Please take some time this week, just to say, "Thank you. You really are appreciated!" Trust me..... it will make his or her day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rain, Rain............ GO AWAY!!

I know that April showers bring May flowers, but enough is enough......

It seems like we have had rain, showers, thunderstorms, and even tornado watches more this year than EVER before. We really want to till up our garden, but it seems that every weekend when we have time, it's just too wet.

Oh well..... if I'm going to stay indoors I might as well scrapbook, right???

Last weekend I finished up this layout........

It's for the "Monthly Mojo Master" challenge over at Scrappin' Mojo. One of the gals selects a sketch that only she sees. She then posts instructions for us to follow, one step at a time, until finally we have a finished page. It's really fun and it's a great way to get a page done, even if you only have a little bit of time each day. If you want to try something fun, give it a try next month!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Getting My Groove Back

I have often said that scrapping is my personal form of therapy, and this week is evidence of that.......

I haven't been able to get much creative time the past few weeks and the pre-testing tension at school had just zapped me of all energy. I sat down with a list of the challenges over at Challenge Masters and a stack of photos. After selecting pics, I flipped through my sketch books. I selected a couple from Page Maps and I was off and running.

This one was for the manufacturer challenge.

This one is for the Day in the Life challenge. (We were supposed to scrap someone acting foolish....LOL!)

It could be the fact that today is Friday, or it could be the fact that I finally had some time to take part in my scrapbooking "therapy"....... Whatever the cause, I definitely feel a little less "stressed" this morning. I have a third layout on my scrap desk and there is time for me to begin a fourth one tonight. Yippee! I think Stella is getting her Groove Back!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

For it is in Giving, that We Receive

I have always taught my children that it is better to give than to receive. At Christmas when they were younger we had each one choose an angel from the angel tree. Each of them would select the gifts and package them before delivering them to the drop-off site. We also made a trip to the children's hospital to drop off gently used toys that our children no longer played with. The kids even carried the box in themselves.

Now that my children are older, that independent giving spirit is beginning to show. Keenan came home recently, telling me that the BETA Club wanted to create Easter cards for the local nursing home residents and they would like for him to design something. The two of us put our heads together and created this simple card....

It's nothing fancy, because we wanted something that the kids could create fairly easily.

Yesterday morning, on a rainy Saturday when most of his classmates were still in bed, Keenan helped cut all of the paper and emboss the front panels.

I was so proud of him for taking the time to give of himself to help brighten the day for others. It is times like these when I know that my kids are going to make the world a bettr place.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My Girl....

I haven't gotten to do much scrapping lately.
When I did finally get to sit down and work on a challenge or two I had to scrap pics of "my girl" Kari.

She's had kind of a rough week. She fell twice this week at track, the second time while doing hurdles at a meet. Both falls injured her left wrist. It was still sore on Friday, so Glenn took her to the doctor to get it x-rayed. Thankfully, it's only a sprain. She has to keep it wrapped for 3 or 4 days. She's really missing doing hurdles and the relay.....

As for the layout....

This page was for another challenge over at Challenge Masters. We were supposed to use words from the "Easter Parade" song as part of the title. I LOVE this pic of Kari. I snapped it when she was all dressed up for the spring dance.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Chop..... Chop......Chop!

This is the final week of Challenge Masters "Chopped" Contest. I have to be honest and say that I feel a lot like those reality show contestants who are standing on stage just waiting to hear whether they are the one selected to go home that week.

I have NO DOUBT that if this weren't the final week, I would definitely be on the cutting room floor. For some reason this week's challenge was just that.... a BIG CHALLENGE!

We were asked to select 3 of the elements used in the previous 3 challenges and use them in our layout. I started thinking about my page and decided to use white, circles, and sewing. I then got a basic idea forming in my head, but the more I worked, the more I felt other elements inching in as well.

My final design used white, yellow, lime green, circles, sewing, and scallops.

I'm not 100% happy with the final page, but all of my critics (i.e. my family) kept telling me that they wouldn't change anything, so I guess this is my finished entry.... LOL!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Spring... Is it Finally Here??

As much as I find snow beautiful, I am really happy that spring is finally here! We've had some cool mornings, but the warm rays of sunlight are very welcoming after the months of snow and ice. One of the things that means spring to me is the row of brightly colored daffodils that are planted in our front yard flowerbed. I knew that I had pay homage to them and when I saw the sketch on Sketches in Thyme I knew exactly how to scrapbook it.

I used a 5X7 photo of one of the daffodils and created my own ruffled green "grass" by using a sewing machine to gather 3 layers of spring green tulle. I added some silk daffodils that I found at the Dollar Tree, of all places. Some stamping, a punched bird and a post-it note journaling spot finish off the page.

I LOVE it!

Here's a closeup of the ruffled tulle.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Time For a Riddle...

What do you get when you cross a sweatshirt that's too small with a sewing machine run by a teenage girl?




Give Up?????

You get a one of a kind creation!!

Today, Kari came home from her BFF's house and informed me that she wanted my assistance with a project. She then showed me an old hoodie sweatshirt that she had outgrown. It was still in good shape and it was one of her favorites, so she really didn't want to get rid of it.

Instead, she turned it inside out, sewed up the bottom of the sweatshirt,and then turned it right side out. She slid the end of one sleeve inside the sleeve cuff on the other sleeve and stitched the two sleeves together.

Her creation was her own version of a "hobo" type bag.

She just reaches inside the "hooded neck" of the bag to put things inside or get things out. If she wants the bag to close, she just pulls the string in the hood.

Gee, I wonder where she gets her creativity???? LOL!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chopped Week Three

I've been participating in the "Chopped" Challenge over at Challenge Masters and this week, I think I created my new FAVORTIE layout!! Our recipe for this week was to use white, cardboard, and stitching. As soon as I saw the recipe I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use. I had a photo of sweet little Kari, back when she one and a half or two years old, all dressed in white, sitting on a white carousel horse. I also knew what technique I wanted to use. I took 4 or 5 different border punches and punches strips of white cardstock. Then I placed them on a sheet of vanilla cardstock and sewed each one down. Here's a closeup:

As for the cardboard, I used my Big Shot to die cut 3 small butterflies. Then I pulled off one layer, painted them white, and added some coarse glitter. Here's a look at them:

Before I show you the finished layout, I have to give some credit to my biggest inspiration. Several years ago I started scrapping with some wonderful gals over at Scrappin Mojo. It was there that I met Niki Willaert. I immediately felt myself drawn to her feminine, nostalgic layouts and projects. I found myself oohing and aahing at everything she posted. The whole time that I was working on this layout I found myself thinking, "What would Niki do??" No joke.... I think I actually tried to channel her creativity into my work....LOL! I would love for you to get to see some of her work too. Visit her blog to see some of her beautiful inspiration!

Now for my finished layout.... Before I show it to you, let me say that it is much prettier in person.

This is truly my favorite layout, I think. I love the way all of the little touches blended together to create a frilly, lacy, girly page! Thanks Niki for your inspiration and Thanks Challenge Masters for the recipe!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Experimenting Can be FUN!

I'm so used to doing things the same old way. I've always been a firm believer in the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" BUT.....

Every now and then it's fun to break out of your routine and try something new. For this layout I pulled out a bottle of Glossy Accents. I had NEVER used them, but decided a while back that I ought to buy a bottle and have them on hand, just in case the opportunity presented itself. Today was that opportunity.

I had these pics of Kari spashing around in the swimming pool on vacation and decided that Glossy Accents might make the water "droplets" look more like real water. They do! You can't really tell it on the computer, but in person, the little droplets of Glossy Accents reflect the light just like water! I will definitely try this again!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Just Doodling.........

I took a nap today after I got in from school, a long, luxurious 2 hour nap. I really needed it! This week has been a wild one and I just needed some recovery time. Kari and I actually lay down on the couch together and both of us snoozed. Glenn joked that he had thought about getting the camera and snapping a pic, but he was afraid that I would get mad.

After the nap, my energy came back and I came up to get some creative time. I finished this layout for a couple of challenges on Mojo and Challenge Masters.

This one was a bit of a stretch for me. The challenge over at Challenge Masters asked us to scrap a photo of someone laughing; I wasn't sure I had one, but when I went searching I found this one of Keenan. He almost NEVER laughs! The Mojo challenge asked us to use red, yellow, blue, and green.

Once I found the photo I knew that I needed something "fun", so I decided to go with a rebus title. (What can I say? I LOVE word puzzles!!)

What reallymade it fun though, was the doodling. I NEVER doodle, but somehow it just seemed to fit this page.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I finally got some scrap time tonight! My photos that I had ordered finally arrived and I jumped right in.

This layout is for week 2 of the "Chopped" Contest over at Challenge Masters. The recipe for this week asked us to use yellow, scallops, and dimensional flowers. When I first began thinking about my page for this week's entry I had visions of piles and piles of blossoms, but as I got started on the page I really didn't feel like it needed too many flowers. I created these fabric yo-yo flowers from scraps of fabric. Then I added a stacked felt flower and a couple of chipboard leaves.

I don't normally use yellow much, but I LOVE this paper. It is one sheet from the DCWV Cotton Bloom Stack. It has luscious, sparkly glitter dots all over it! Can't wait to cut into some of the other pages in that stack. They are all simply beautiful!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Still Tired.........

I'm still feeling pretty run down.
To give you an idea of what "tired" means.... we ate supper, I did the dishes, and I lay down on the couch around 6:00. The next thing I knew it was 8:15 and I was lieing there in the dark....

I am physically exhausted. Glenn is wondering if maybe there is something like low iron bothering me. I'm not really sure; I just know that I DON'T like being this way.

I haven't even had creative juices this week.

I did manage to finish one layout for the "Chopped" Challenge over at Challenge Masters. They posted a recipe that required the use of the following: lime green, circles, and paint.

Here's my resulting layout:

Kari snapped this photo of herself, reflected in the mirror on the sunvisor of my car. I knew it needed a fun layout. LOVED the lime green paper that I found tucked away in my stash! I painted the white photo mat and added some painted fuschia and apricot circles, punched paper circles that I embellished, and a title cut with my Cricut. LOVE IT!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Needing an Energy Boost....

Boy, am I wiped out!

This has been a draining week. I don't know if I have done anyone any good at school. It feels like I'm just not reaching my students at all right now, no matter what I try.

I'm so tired and drained that I don't even feel like scrapping.... (And that says A LOT!!)

I did want to share a layout I finished yesterday. I combined a couple of challenges: a Book of Me challenge from Challenge Masters and a sketch challenge from Scrappin Mojo. The pic is an older one from a few years back of my mom and me.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Feeling Lucky....

A few weeks back I posted about Terri, over at Challenge Masters, asking me to be a Diva. Well, the time has come. Today I posted my first challenge.

I'm doing the "One Little Word" challenge and the word I chose for this month is LUCK. What other word would work for March???

Here's my sample layout:

I stamped the title with a stamp I discovered in the dollar bin at Michael's. I snapped it up because I saw lots of different opportunities to use it.

To create the shaded effect of the colors, I just chose 4 different shades of green ink. I started at the bottom and stamped the first image with the darkest shade and then restamped without reinking just a bit farther up the strip of paper. I repeated this with lighter shades of green ink, moving up the strip until the strip was full. I LOVE the effect that it gives!

Now it's your turn. Get out your supplies and create a layout or card using the word LUCK or one of its forms. Come on over to Challenge Masters and post it. (There's a link on the right side of the page. Just click on my Challenge Masters Diva badge.) I'm offering an RAK for someone who is lucky enough to complete the challenge and get her name pulled from the basket. While you're there be sure to check out the other challenges posted this week. There are some great ones!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Are You Feeling Lucky??

If you are, then I've got a GREAT opportunity for you!

I was just doing my weekly stroll through some of my favorite blogs when I came across a GREAT giveaway over at Creating From the Heart. Melissa is doing a FANTASTIC giveaway for those of you who like to sew.

Someone is going to be lucky enough to win a computerized sewing machine, a WRMK Sew Easy, the Sew Easy mat, and Sew Easy threads to get you started. I'm posting a link so you can get in on the fun too. Hurry over and check it out!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sometimes I Wonder????

I don't know if it is just because she is a teenager or what, but sometimes my daughter really makes me wonder.....

She is 13 and has never shown any particular interest in ANY subject matter. She worked hard at all of them, but she didn't really "like" any one alone. She also had not discussed a career at all......... THEN.........

She started watching BONES. You know, that wonderful television show with the forensic anthropologist and team who can ALWAYS figure out how a person died.....


She has now become obsessed with the show, with the study of dead bodies, and is talking about being a coroner or a forensic anthropologist... Go figure....

This girl who has NEVER really felt that she was good at science.....
This girl who still says she isn't good at science....
This girl who is terrified of spiders........

Has suddenly started saying that bugs are "neat" and wants to spend her days analyzing skeletons and wounds.....

That really makes me WONDER??? If she gets hooked on a television show about astronauts do you think she will want to go into space??? LOL!

Regardless, I have documented this sudden interest in a layout...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Time for some FUN!!!

Every now and then you just want to let things wait....... You know, those everyday things like washing dishes, doing laundry, grading papers??? Yep, you just want to let them wait and go have some fun!

After a LONG week last week and academic competition all day Saturday I felt that I deserved a little bit of playtime. I happened to see a layout on page 34 of the new April issue of Scrapbooks etc. that arrived in my mailbox last week. Put that together with a color challenge from Challenge Masters and I allowed myself to play with some scrap paper and a photo of Kari.

I LOVE the way this page turned out and it was so simple!!! It didn't hurt that I had such a fun photo to use... that's Kari proving that she can text and hoola hoop at the same time. Now that's multi-tasking!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Page Maps Scrapping Contest

Have I told you lately that I LOVE sketches???

They are truly one on the biggest inspirations I have when it comes to my scrapbooking. I really like the ones on Page Maps. Every month I hurry to their webpage for the newest set of sketches that are always released. I've also been checking out their blog.

I was thrilled to discover their latest Basic Grey Sketch contest. Becky Fleck posted this great sketch:

Once I saw the sketch and the GREAT prize that was being offered I was EXTRA inspired to see what I could create. A few days later, a little creative sweat, some inky fingers, and voila.....I created this:

Those two sweet people are my parents, who have married for close to 50 years. I can't imagine my life without one or both of them. They have both had some health problems in recent months, and that provided an emotional connection that helped me create this page.

The background is KRAFT cardstock spritzed with "Coffee Shop" glimmer mist. I used two different shades of distress ink to age the edges of the papers and then tore the edges of the blue cardstock behind my photo. I really wanted something kind of "vintage" looking for the edges of the patterned paper, so I searched through my laces and trims. When I couldn't find what I wanted I purchased some brown crochet thread and used it to add a scalloped trim at the top and some cross stitches along the sides and bottom. When I added the rubon, I was kind of disappointed because I couldn't find a brown one in my stash. Then when I applied it to the cardstock it kind of tore in spots. I think that just adds to the aged look though.

All in all, I think it is another successful layout for my albums!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

It's COLD Here!!!

We got more snow last night and the temps dropped down into the single digits. It's supposed to get back into the single digits again tonight.... BRRRR.....

Luckily I was tucked up, nice and warm, here at home... Scrapbooking!

One page that I finished today seemed to fit in naturally with the weather.

Can't you just feel how cold it was??? When Kari looked at the photo she said, "Mom, I look PURPLE!" While some of that can probably be blamed on the quality of the photo, part of it is because it was simply COLD that day!!

As for the layout, see those clear letters? Those were cut from TRASH! Yep! Trash! I had a package of Spellbinders dies that I had not opened. As I was flipping through some things I came across the package. The plastic that the dies were encased in was nice and sturdy. Hmm... I thought.... I can cut clear letters from that! I cut out the front and back of the package so that I had 2 flat sheets of plastic. I attached it to my Cricut mat using tape around the edges of the sheet and loaded my deep cut blade. Seconds later I had my letters AND a couple of snowflakes. Some white paint around the edges and a little bit of Stickles to make it sparkle and voila! a lovely, cold wintery page.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One More Quick Project

I had just a few more minutes of craft time left tonight, so I whipped up a tag for the tag challenge. Our task was to create a "vintage Valentine" so here's what I came up with:

I took a plain old packing tag and inked it with 3 different colors of Tim Holtz distress ink. Then I wrapped a small paper doily around the side of the tag and started stamping images. I used Stampin Up's Soft Suede ink to stamp a variety of images that I thought evoked a feeling of vintage love and then added one small Cherry Cobbler heart as an accent. I ran a chipboard heart through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then used the same Cherry Cobbler ink to ink it so that the dots "popped".

I really like the way it turned out, though I kind of felt like it needed something "more"; I just couldn't figure out what....

Some New Layouts and a Surprise!

Hey there!
Just thought I would take a minute to share one of my latest layouts. As for the surprise.... you'll have to stick around a bit to hear that.

One of this week's challenges over at Challenge Masters is to scrap things that you dislike. I had already created a layout in the past that features 100 things I dislike; I actually use that layout each year to inspire my art students as they create an "All About Me" art project.

I decided that I could use a sign for my classroom though, so I set about creating a list of things that the teacher in my doesn't like.

Here is the resulting page:

A few things about this page:
I made it 8 1/2 X 11, rather than my usual 12 X 12, so I can frame it for display in my classroom. That chipboard apple started out as a chipboard leaf. I used my scissors to handcut the "point" of the leaf off and reshape it to look like an apple. The patterned papers came from a small 4 X 4 pack of paper that I got somewhere in a swap or a sale. The alphabet letters are some REALLY old stickers that I've had hanging around for quite a while. About the only "new" thing that I used was the stamp that created the journaling lines.

Now for the surprise.....

You've seen me posting about Challenge Masters for a little while now. I discovered them during one of my scrapping "slumps" and I've been joining in on their fun for a couple of months. Well, imagine my surprise a week or so back when I got a message from Terri, one of the Challenge Masters moderators, asking me if I would consider joining in the group this spring as a "Diva"!

I'll be helping to post some of the challenges and other fun activities. I'm so excited and flattered that they would consider me good enough to be inspirational. Expect to hear more about all of the fun that we are having over there. Sure hope that some of you can join us!

Friday, January 28, 2011

I splurged.....

Keenan and I went to Lexington last Sunday. While we were there we went by Half Price Books. I picked up two books from the scrapbooking section: The Amazing Page and Making the Most of Your Scrapbook Supplies. I didn't feel too badly about the purchase, since the two books only cost me about $15, at least half of what they would have cost new.

It makes me feel even better when the purchase inspires me. I took a layout from page 73 of The Amazing Page and used it to help me create this layout:

The title came from a challenge over at Challenge Masters. They posted the lyrics to "Fame", a song from a show that I must confessed I watched while it was on television. Anyway, we were to select a portion of the lyrics and use them as the title of our layout. The words, "You Ain't Seen the Best of Me Yet" just seemed to fit this layout. The papers are some leftovers from my Washington D.C. album that I created a few years back. I was searching for just the right papers when I came across a stash of about 15 pages of paper that I had used in my album. OOPS! forgot there was any paper in that bag. Oh well, it came in handy!

AND..... if you look at my layout counter, you will notice that this is layout number 9 for January! I really think I will try to get just one more layout finished before the end of the month. TEN seems like a nice round number!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Be Happy!!!

Everyone has to find something in the world that makes him or her happy.... you know, that little piece of chocolate cake, that special shopping trip to purchase that little splurge, a night out on the town. Well, one of the things that makes me most happy is, of course, scrapbooking, but it also brings me great pleasure when I see other people being happy.

As a mother, I spend a lot of time trying to make my children happy. Keenan has always been a bit of an enigma to me. He was a serious child, and now is a serious teen. Even when we go on vacation it seems difficult for him to just relax and enjoy the moment. When I saw this photo posted on Facebook by one of Keenan's classmates I HAD to scrap it! I love that smile that I see on his face, that uninhibited look of enjoyment! I only wish that I could see it more often!

My challenge to you today is to do something JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT!! It doesn't have to be a big something, just do something to BE HAPPY!! I would love for you to post a comment back here, telling me what you do, so that we can all share in your happiness.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm on a Roll!

Whoo Hoo! I finished another page this afternoon! (Those of you who know my daughter personally will surely understand some of the journaling...LOL!) This was done for another challenge over at Challenge Masters. We were asked to journal with a list, so I wrote a list of 10 things about my daughter that make me go, HUH???

I'm beginning to think that I should keep a running list of my stash that I use, not just a count of the pages. I REALLY dug into it for this one: 1 sheet of cardtock, 1 sheet of patterned paper, a border punch, twill tape, a question mark stamp, 7 different kinds of rubon alphas, rub on flourishes, 4 chipboard pieces, 4 paper flowers, 1 button, 1 journaling paper, 2 chipboard numbers, 1 color of ink, and 1 marker. WHEW!! I did GOOD!! If I keep this up, I might actually find a little room to add new stuff in my stash....LOL!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Another Layout DONE.....

I'm really getting back into the swing of things!

I'm loving these challenges over on Challenge Master. They are really keeping me inspired to dig through my stash and try things.

I actually finished a couple of layouts and an altered box this week, but I'll only post one.

This past Halloween there were actually 5 or 6 of us female teachers who dressed as witches. I couldn't resist getting some of us together to document it. As I started scrapping this page I really felt the need for some Halloween themed paper; the only problem was... I didn't have any. I got rid of all of my themesy type papers a while back. Luckily, I had passed some of it along to Kari. I "borrowed" from her stash with the promise that it WILL be replaced.