Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Release Your Inner Dork...

Because, what have you got to lose? So, fess up, how many of you have seen Star Trek?

No?

You haven't seen it yet?

Well, besides the awesome story line, the spectacular special effects and edge of your seat fight scenes... how about this reason....

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Oh yeah! Meet Captain James Tiberious Kirk, aka Chris Pine... soooo easy on the eyes!

Spock, aka Sylar from Heroes, aka Zachary Quinto shares a steamy kiss with Uhura. Great movie!! You must see it... then, you must collect these...

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I got all four (obviously, duh, I took a picture of them! LOL!)... so it's official, I'm a dork!

Besides being a dork, and watching scifi movies, I also dabble in scrapbooking occasionally. Here's a layout I did using the new Bo Bunny Abby Road papers I got from Ally Scraps... aren't they gorgeous? Double sided, too.

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I used the Abby Road sticker sheet for the big swirls and the border swirls. They were really easy to work with, not turning in on themselves and sticking together. The bigger font is American Crafts Puffy Stickers - Umbrella - Cricket (that's green) and the blue font that I layered on top is Doodlebug Design - Loopy Letters.

Here are a couple of close ups for your enjoyment...;)
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This layout is my new favorite. Just love the photos of Emma at 18 months. I can't believe she will be 13 in a few months. YIKES!

That's it for now... remember to release your inner dork... live long and prosper!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!! (photo heavy!)

I hope everyone in the US is having a wonderful holiday. If you are working, then happy Monday, only 4 1/2 days to go until the weekend! ;)

We have had a very full weekend, thus far, and I can't wait to cook some hamburgers on the grill later!! YUM. We bought these Weber Grill seasonings, one for burgers and one for steaks... they are so cute, the top is a little kettle grill top...and they taste good. The burger one is similar to the seasoning they use at Red Robin on their burgers, if you are familiar with those.

Friday night we were kidless... yep, both kids had sleepovers. Matt and I decided rather than going out, we'd go to Delallo's and pick up some premade goodies. We bought one huge stuffed pork chop and a side of tortellini's with artichokes. We also picked up a huge loaf of Italian bread that they bake daily, and for dessert, tirimisu. YUM. We came home, opened a bottle of wine, heated up dinner, and it was very QUIET... oh my, I'm not used to quiet. Very weird. Then we watched a movie, Valkarye... um, well, not my favorite movie ever... but it was OK. I think Matt liked it, but he's all about the army and war movies, especially WWII.

Saturday, was our 17th wedding anniversary. We took the kids to the in laws then we went to the Southside of Pittsburgh to eat at the new German restaurant called Hofbräuhaus. We love German food. We had potato pancakes and saurkraut balls for appetizers. YUM. I love to put sour cream and applesauce on the pancakes, but not at the same time. LOL! The sauerkraut balls were deep friend and sort of like hush puppies. Matt got schnitzel and I got chicken, since we had pork the night before. I couldn't eat much, the appetizers did me in. Everything was delicious tho. We sat outside and had a view of the river... it was really nice.

Here's the view of the Hofbräuhaus as we were walking from the parking garage:
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(bonus, parking was only $2!)

Love the hostess outfits:
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We got 2 different kinds of beer. I ordered the light beer Zwickelbeer, but didn't care for it. I traded for the darker which was Dunkel. It was very good.
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Chicken:
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Schnitzel-corden blue
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Fun music, would love to be here at night with a full band:
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The copper beer tanks:
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And the other side of the building. If you are ever in the Pittsburgh area and are hankering for some German food, this is pretty good. I give it a 5 for atmosphere and a 4 for the food. I still think that Max's Allegheny Tavern on the North Side by the Andy Warhol Museum, their food is better. Totally different feel though.

Well, I'm off to shower and get those burgers going. I finished a layout yesterday, but this post is long enough, so I'll share that later.

Hope you have a great Memorial Day!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Webster's Pages Layout & A Thank You

Last week, I went downtown to run some errands. I stopped at the Art Supply store and chatted with the owner, bought some pencil lead for Ethan and some Japanese erasers for Emma (they're all the rage). Then, I went to the post office to check on my business mail. What a nice surprise that day was! In my p.o. box was another copy of the Memory Makers magazine that I had my first pub in. It was from a nice lady named Cindy. She gave me her copy... how sweet is that? So, I just wanted to send a great big THANK YOU to Cindy!! That was so thoughtful. You can visit her blog, here. She's a fellow scrapper!

I also wanted to share with you a layout I finished up the other day. I used the new Webster's Pages that I got with my monthly DT package from Ally Scraps. The blue cardstock didn't match exactly, but I used it anyway... don't you wish you had 24 hour access to a Bazzill store? I could get just the right shade. The color I had on hand was pretty close, though... it almost matches the flowers.

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Couple close ups...
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My little baby girl (ok, she's in 7th grade... but still, she's my baby!) is staying after school today for the after school dance. I can't even take pictures. :( She didn't want to go to the Christmas dance because that would have required her wearing a dress.... I hope she changes her mind in 8th grade and goes and wears a dress. 6th graders aren't allowed to go. I guess that's a good policy. I wish that 6th grade was still elementary school, but in our district, they go to middle school. Today was also her science test... I helped her study for 2 days. She studied hard, I hope she does well. Middle school is hard!

I'm off to purchase 2 new office chairs that match and that are comfortable. And some ink, then I can print out photos.

Have a great day!! Blog ya later!! ;)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Whimsical Wall Hanging & Stuff

Did you ever have one of those weeks where you have so much to do yet accomplished absolutely nothing? Well, that was my week. I felt really busy, but when I look back, not much done. I still have TONS of weeds to pull, plant flowers, mulch to buy, floors to scrub, laundry to wash, bills to pay, clothes to put away, groceries to buy.... sigh... it's a vicious circle I tell you! Not to mention, the car is making a clonky noise... yee gads!

The fact that the kids were off Thursday and Friday threw a wrench into the works. Thursday was the school picnic, but it poured most of the day. Friday was a recoop day from the picnic, but they officially called it an "Act 80" day. We also got baseball tickets from a client for Thursday nights baseball game. It cleared up around 5, so we decided to at least do that. After being cooped up all day the kids needed to do something. We drove to downtown Pittsburgh and parked in town so we could walk across the Roberto Clemente bridge (used to be the Sixth Street Bridge). Matt picked that game because his cousin Khalil Greene plays for the Cardinals, but they didn't play him that night. We had awesome seats, they were about 20 rows back from first base. I hope she gives us more tickets!! ;)

I did manage to get some great shots. I'll share a few here.

Here's the Pirate Parrot shooting silly string at the guy in the row in front of us. It was so funny. Ethan took all the string and made a ball out of it.
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Photo of Khalil from behind, he was in the dugout.
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Kids sitting on the bridge. On baseball game days, they close the bridge to vehicle traffic so you can walk right in the middle of the bridge. We parked in town so we could walk over it. Ethan is fascinated with bridges, so we figured he'd get a kick out of it:
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View of the PNC Park from across the river:
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Yesterday, we went to see the Star Trek movie. It was AWESOME!! We saw it in iMax, even though it's not an iMax movie, the screen was really huge and during some scenes I felt like I was in the movie. Loved it! They did a great job with all the characters. Leonard Nemoy is in it, too, but I'm not going to tell you who he plays!

Do you have have grungeboard? I do, but never have done anything with it. Yep, it's been sitting in my stash for nearly a year... OK, actually, it has been a year! LOL! I bought it at the CKMB crop in Lancaster at the Craft and Flower Warehouse.

Anyway, I was looking thru a catalog, and these framed vintage looking keys caught my eye. Wow, they would look great in my scraproom, but with a price tag of $39.99 + shipping, fagettaboutit!

Instead, I made them! With grungeboard keys! I am so happy with the results!! Here's one:
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I made 3 all together, then hung them on my wall. They look soooo nice. Total project cost? $5!

I have all the details on the Ally Scraps blog, plus the paper I used. Pop on over and take a peek.

That's it for now for I have weeds to pull, flowers to plant, mulch to buy, floors to scrub, laundry to wash.........

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

It's still officially Mother's Day... at least here on the east coast, we have 15 more minutes. Hope all you mommies out there had a wonderful day. I had a pretty nice day. Ethan gave me some little herb plants and a cute hat card. Emma made me a flower from tissue paper and a poem. I got a card and flowers from Matt (and the early present of the Pixie sewing machine). We also went to the Grand Concourse in Pittsburgh to eat with the inlaws. Beautiful place. Great food, albeit a bit early for me to eat... I'm not a breakfast eating kind of person, just give me coffee. The only reservation was at 9:45 am. (yeah, a tad early!!)

Poor Ethan got sick on the way, and we had to pull over on the Pennsylvania turnpike. We called the grandparents, to let them know... it's kind of hard to turn around to go home when you're on the turnpike, so we waited to see how he was doing once we got to the exit. He seemed better, so we went ahead to the restaurant. He managed to eat a fair amount. He also spiked a fever, but once we were at Matt's dad's house, I gave him some Advil and he felt better. I think he'll be staying home from school tomorrow.

Here are my 2 babies! They made me a mommy! Sweet kids. Wouldn't trade 'em for the world!!
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This was my layout challenge for the Ally Scraps crop. It was the Interpretive Design Challenge. I hope it wasn't too difficult. The idea was to pick up design elements from a home interior photo...

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The paper I found was perfect... almost identical to the comforter. Both patterns are from the My Minds Eye Bloom & Grow line. I used a burnt orange card Bazzill stock to pick up the color in the curtains, some metal embellishments from the lamp, and the off white MME bloom & grow journaling card from the furniture.

There's more detailed explanation in my challenge post here if you care to read it.

On Saturday Matt ran out to get a few things and Ethan and I were just sitting around the house. I was on Pearl watch... our new rescue pug... this poor dog will not pee. I've been looking to see if she's going in the house but haven't found anything. She just holds it forever. I don't know if it's because she was in a cage all the time in her previous life or what. So, on Saturday, I took her out the front door to try again, and turned around and there was a USPS package on my front porch by the door. I couldn't figure out who sent me what, and I hadn't placed an order. I picked it up and here I won a prize from 2 Peas from NSD! How cool is that? I didn't even know I won. It was a Basic Grey Lime Rickey card kit. It's cute.

Well, it's officially tomorrow. Hope you had a great day Mom's Day!!

Miss you mom!
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(My mom & me, 1968!)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Ally Scraps Crop Has Begun!

Hope you can join in on the fun!

Hey that rhymes!

Here's a peak at one of the prizes!!

Just a "tiny" preview! Can you tell what it is? It begins with an M and ends with aya Road! LOL!

Time to roll on over to the online crop. I'm going to try to get some layouts done. YEP, I'm free today to scrap, hubs is making pizza for dinner! Woo-hoo!

Here's the direct link to the Ally Scraps NSD Scrap.

Hope to see some of you there if you can.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wanna have some fun?

Then join me and the other Ally Scraps girls for a fun online crop this weekend!! There will be games, challenges & prizes!! Tell your friends!! If you're not a member, register and join us, it's easy!!

PLUS ~ we have our special guest designer for May, Jana Eubanks, will be joining us!!
Hope to see you there!!

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Ally Scraps DT Reveal Day!!

It's May!! May the 4th... it's Star Wars day!!

May the 4th be with you!

LOL! That cracks me up! (I'm easily amused!)

Anyway... it's DT reveal day on the Ally Scraps blog. We each had to do a double page spread following a sketch by Debbie Gaydos.

I don't do too many double page spreads... as a matter of fact, I've only done 2 prior to this one, and one was digi, but, I have to say, I really enjoyed doing this one and love how it turned out!!

Here is the sketch:
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And here is my take on the sketch:
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I love these papers from My Little Shoebox. They are super cute!! Perfect for this birthday party layout I did of Em.

Be sure to check out the Ally Scraps blog to see the other beautiful layouts by the DT members. It's amazing how each is so different, even though we all used the same sketch.

If you are looking for some mojo, why not hop on over to the Ally Scraps blog and check out the archive of sketches. They are also in the Ally Scraps gallery. Every month Debbie does a new sketch that you can do and enter for the monthly sketch challenge to win FREE stuff!!

That's it for today...
May the 4th be with you! ! (lol!)

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day!! Friday Fav and FREE stuff!!

Today my Friday Fav is going to be the Glue Glider. I just bought one yesterday, and I like it a lot. I like that it isn't as big and bulky as an ATG. (plus it's pink!!)


I must be trying to stimulate the economy, because I also bought this:

Actually, my hubby bought it for me for Mother's day, but I got to play with it early.

Well, they call it Pixie for a reason... it is very small. I have pretty petite hands, and I had trouble threading the darn thing. If you've never sewn on a machine before, DO NOT get this machine. The directions are HORRIBLE. Once I figured out the tensions and how to thread the darn thing, it worked fine. It does not hold a large spool of thread. It came with these tiny mini spools, but, I think your standard small spool of thread will work. It does have 8 different stitches. It can run on batteries - so it would be great at a crop, because you know you'd never drag the big boy to a crop. It came with a presser foot, but it's really tiny and made of plastic, so I just use the white hi-low button to start and stop it.

I think it will be perfect for quick page layouts. I would never recommend this machine for making some curtains. It is what it is as they say, great for crafting/scrapbooking.

Did I mention FREE? Oh yes, I did!! Ally scraps is offering free flowers and ribbon with every order placed from now until Sunday!! AND they just got some new Crate Paper lines in. Go check it out!!

Also, Ally Scraps will be hosting a crop on May 9th, so mark your calendars!! Games, challenges AND Jana Eubank as our guest designer!! I'm so excited.

Happy NSD!! It's tomorrow, what are you doing???