Monday, June 29, 2009

Yummy Homemade Goodness....

For June's Ally Scraps Reveal, we got to pick a favorite layout that we did. This was my favorite. I love the warm colors in these We Are Memory Keepers papers. They are from the Grandma's Kitchen line, I used Paisley, Pen Pals, and Flower Frenzy. Check out the other great dt LO's here.

Homemade Everything

Couple closeups:
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(I love the vintage chocolate milk caps I got from ebay!!)

I could have easily turned this layout into a mini-book, I had so much to say about my idea of not only home cooked meals, but the whole concept of eating together as a family. That's one thing we do every night, we eat dinner together. We turn the tv off, and sit in the kitchen and enjoy a meal together. Even if the kids complain that I made rice and Ethan doesn't like rice, or I made corn, and Emma wanted green beans, I'm still happy that we are all here, sitting together as a family. I'm not saying that there aren't some days that we'll run out and grab a burger, because there are. Or, when the kids have after school activities, we might be rushed, but normally, we have dinner at home.

I don't think dinner together has to be totally from scratch homemade stuff every night. We like to cook and enjoy baking and making things from scratch, but sometimes, we just don't feel like it or there isn't a lot of time, and I need to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes... hello Ragu! I just think the being together part is the most important.

We just had a deck built last Wednesday. They actually finished it up on Thursday. We are loving it so much. We've been eating outside a lot. It's sooo very nice. Saturday night we had dinner, then played cards. I love not plopping in front of the tv. It's great to finally be able to enjoy the back yard. We've put a lot of trees and plants in, so now, I can sit and enjoy. I can put the puppies on the deck with me, we have a gate, so they can enjoy the fresh air, too.

Here's where our summer vacation will be spent! LOL!
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We have since added the grill and Matt put some pavers in front of the steps. Eventually, we'll put in some plants around the deck.

And the deck dogs:
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That's it for today. Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stuff in your pockets...

I'm doing the challenge 365, a photo a day, and I have been faithful for 177 days!! Today is 178, but I haven’t taken any pictures... yet. :)

One day, May 26, 2009 to be exact, (great advantage of digital photos, they're dated!) I was washing laundry. I checked the pockets of my son’s jeans, and found quite an array of things in his pocket. 2 flattened pennies from the railroad tracks, candy wrapper, a piece of wood (?) and a used band aid (ewww!).

That was the “stuff” I found in my son’s pockets. The making of a great scrapbook page!

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I got the new June digital kit from Crystal Wilkerson and finally downloaded it and started to play!! Wow, love this kit. Crystal has hooked up with none other than Jessica Sprague with her awesome templates. This is from Crystal's kit called Sweet Vintage and the template is also hers.

Speaking of Jessica, have you signed up for her free Photo Editing Class called Frame Ups? I signed up... I figured even an old dog like me can maybe learn a few new tricks! ;)

Have a beautiful day!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

DCWV Green Stack Card

I'm not a stack paper kind of girl, but I just fell in love with this paper, and it's really perfect for guy stuff. I made this card for Matt's dad. It's a square card. I wasn't mailing it, so I went for the square size. I also have the chipboard that goes with it, so I used this owl and put some gems on his eyes!

Pappy Birthday

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I think the notebook like paper is old Scenic Route.

That's it for now... just a quick little card today. Summer is in full swing and it's really super hot today. I think we're going to get some storms later this evening. That should cool it off a bit.

Have a great day!! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Vintagey Goodness Part 2 ~ CK PUB

First, I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I WON!! My layout is going to be published in the November Creating Keepsakes. Oh my gosh! This is so awesome. :) What exciting news. I am just on cloud nine. hehehehe, can't wipe the silly grin off of my face. ;)

OK, I'll try to relax....

Wait, one more squeal......eeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhh!!!

OK, I'm good now!

Phew...

Now on to more vintagey goodness... I love Webster's Pages paper... I'm trying to channel those wonderful shabby chic girls once again... here's what I came up with...
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I've got 3 Webster's Pages papers on here – the Sweet as Cherry Pie collection. The background is Fly A Kite, the blue is Tell Your Story and the Birch Beer label was cut out from Let's Celebrate.

A couple of close ups...
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I know none of my local LSS carry Websters, if yours doesn't, you can always order it from Ally Scraps. She has a really good shipping price, and they're really quick!! I love getting my box of goodies when I order!! Who doesn't love scrappy mail?

In the photo is my Aunt Elaine, my dad, my mom and my Bubba (Grandma). My aunt is about 13 or so in the photo, and I notice such a resemblance in my daughter. That's neat. I love old photos. I always looked at my son and wonder where his nose and chin came from. Then one day while I was working on a mini album of Matt's mom... there was Ethan's chin and nose! Matt's mom passed away in 1993 before either of my kids were born and I really only knew her for a year... so I didn't get the connection until I saw the photos of her when she was young.

Thank you again for voting!! I can't wait to see my layout in CK. I've never been published in that magazine.

Have a great day!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Vintagey Goodness!!

2 Sundays ago, Emma and I went to the "Fleatique" in Hannastown. It was HUGE! I got Matt his Father's Day gift there, which was an old German Beer Stein. He loved it. He jokingly said all he wants for Father's Day was flowers, because that is what I said about Mother's Day... so he got flowers!
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I also snagged some fun stuff at the fleatique... an apron, buttons, a floral frog... love it!

Here's the fleatique:
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and the aprons... this was a clever display because I was drawn right to them!!
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Another great display were these vintage buttons... she color coordinated them... I could have kissed her! LOL! I hope she's there next time, I'd like more please! :)
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And, what I came home with:
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I just love the apron.

Stay tuned for more vintagey goodness. Have a great Monday.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Book of Me, and an Award!!

Happy Thursday! We are going to Matt's dad's today to celebrate his father's 82nd birthday. Matt is the baby of the family. (Just sayin', so you don't think we're that old!) His dad could have been my mom's dad!! LOL! Should be lots of photo ops. I made the cutest card for him, if I do say so myself, but I haven't gotten it off of the camera yet. I used the DCWV Green Stack... this is the first stack that I really love... and I'm not a stack kinda girl! ;)

Over on the Ally Scraps board where I'm on the design team, Morag and I are starting up a Book of Me challenge. Every other week we will provide a prompt for you to design a page to go into your Book of Me. I've never done one, so I'm quite excited. This weeks prompt was "The Bucket List"... things you'd like to do before you kick the bucket. I'd love it if you would come and join us. All the prompts (there are 15 from last year) are here in the message board. Come sign up and say hi. Terrific group of girls there!!

Here's what I came up with:
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Originally, I was just going to do it as a digi layout... and 8 1/2 x 11, then it kind of morphed into this hybrid. I typeset my list in Adobe InDesign, then printed it on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet horizontally... I just love the teal and red combo. The polka dot paper is from Imaginese - Twitterpaited, the bottom is a Jenni Bowlin sheet I've had for eons, and I really don't know who did the black and white sheet. I pleated and sewed that sheet to look like a ribbon. There's a tutorial on the Ally Scraps blog for the pleating. Check it out.

And, you know me, love the close ups:
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I am honored to have received the "One Lovely Blog Award" by Patti (Scrapping is My Passion Blog). Thank you Patti, I really appreciate you thinking of me! Go check out her blog, I just love her birdies at the top!

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And now, I get to bestow this award on to 7 lovely blogs...

Kristin - Glue and Popsicle Sticks
Joceyln - Simply Me
Beth - Dirty Laundry
Kristie - Three Guys, A Girl, and A Camera
Kim - To The Stars & Back
Melissa - Life is Art~Pug Notes
Pamela - Pamela's World of Scrap

OK, that's it... I could go on, and on...so many blogs I love. Such wonderful people out there in blogland! :) But, I need to get ready to eat cake!

Have a great day... oh and don't forget to VOTE!! The polls are still open. I am sooo crossing my fingers and toes that I can get pubbed in Creating Keepsakes readers choice section!! Thanks!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Vote for me!! CK readers choice!

Oh my gosh!!! I just got an email from Joscie telling me that my layout of Emma called Birthday Cake has been chosen as one of the readers choice picks for Creating Keepsakes magazine. If it wins, it will appear in the November issue !! Woot!

Wow, that would be a dream come true! Really!!

I'm blatantly asking for your vote! LOL! No shame here!

You can vote HERE.

AND, you can vote as many times as you want!! Looks like next Tuesday the 23 will be when they announce the winner.

Honestly, it is just a thrill to have been nominated, and it totally made my day. (Maybe my whole week!)

I also have a layout to share! I was scrappy the weekend before last. I did 4 layouts. This one I did using the new Doodlebug line I got from Ally Scraps. I've never bought anything by Doodlebug before, and I was pleasantly surprised. I did like the quality of their stickers. I used the Key Lime line, and the title came straight from their Key Lime cardstock sticker sheet, as well as the dragonfly and the circle with bees. So cute.

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This was based on the sketch by Debbie Gaydos. She does a sketch challenge over on the Ally Scraps message board. Her sketches are awesome!!

Here's a close up... I added some gems over the bees to give them some sparkle.
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That is Emma hanging on the monkey bars, not me! Everyone says she looks just like me. I think she looks like herself. Of course, everyone says that I look like my mom, but I never thought so... that was until I hit 40, now every time I look in the mirror, my mom is looking back at me! LOL!

That's it for now. I have some photos from the weekend, but, I think I'll save that for another post.

Have a super day! And, get out there and vote {for me}. ;)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Got punches?

Do you have punches? How about deco scissors?

Well then, break them out and use them. Join me over at Ally Scraps for my One, Two, Punch Challenge. All entries will be put into a drawing for the month of June for an Ally Scraps Gift Card.

Here's my layout. I used Crate Paper Little Sprouts paper, embellishments, and the teal font. The other font is thickers.
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Here's a close up of the top where I used the negative of a punch to cut the circle, and also used deco scissors to scallop the edge.
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And, here you can see a larger scallop along the bottom edge. I also used scissors on this one.
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I based my layout from a sketch provided by Pamela Young. She was my CK buddy from way back, now she's all famous! ;)

Hope you can join me for a scrappy challenge! Or just pop over and chat with us!

I was super scrappy this past weekend, 4 layouts, 1 card... then I got a surprise peamail... oooo, that is exciting news to share, but I need to wait before I post!! hehe

Have a great day!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday Favorite & a Sketch & a Toot!!

TGIF for sure today. What a week. Kids are out of school a mere 24 hours and I hear “I’m bored.” (insert eye roll here!)

Yesterday I took some photos of my friend Diane’s daughter. She just graduated high school. She looked so pretty in her cap and gown. I was so excited that I got such good photos. I think they’ll be pretty happy with them.

I used some actions on them. I’m not a stranger to actions, I just don’t use them because you can do all that stuff manually in Photoshop. But, I think I “get” them now. They are a great time saver. Especially when you are processing 50 photos. My favorite action is a free one from the Pioneer Woman called Lovely and Ethereal. Really softens the photo.

Hopefully, they don't look too dark on your screen, but, when I got them printed, they were perfect!

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Friday Favorite
I haven't done a Friday Favorite for a while, because well, it's been Cosmo Cricket Early Bird for the past few weeks! However... today I discovered some new goodies from My Little Yellow Bicycle. Oh, so cute!! They came out with an entire line for just journaling. Yep! It's called Say What. They have tablets, clear sticker words, and clear cuts journaling pieces. The clear cuts are my favorites.
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I like these, kinda like the Maya Road ones. I think I just like journaling spots in general.

June Sketch
Did you know that every month Debbie Gaydos provides us with a sketch challenge on Ally Scraps? Play along and you can win fabulous prizes! This is the June sketch... and I think Deb really has outdone herself this month:

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You can see ALL of Debbie's fab sketches in the Ally Scraps Sketch Gallery. Check it out! I think I’m going to use this sketch this weekend.

Toot! Toot!
Not for me, but for my talented hubby! Thru his internet connections, he found out that there is a Hawaiian baked goodie with his illustration on it!
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See the little chef guy? Pretty cool. I wonder what they taste like?

**BONUS**
Friday Finds
Check these out:
Make a heart out of a paper clip
Bottlecap Tripod... this could come in handy!

Have a great weekend. Hope you enjoy it. Get scrappy, or enjoy the weather, or heck, just relax!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ally Scraps DT Reveal Day!!

It's that time again, time for Ally Scraps DT reveal day on the Ally Scraps blog. We had a special DT guest all last month, Jana Eubank, and she joined us for the reveal. This time, there was a twist on the reveal. We had to choose one of the other DT members challenges that we posted for our crop - to design our layout. I chose to do Rae's challenge, which was a countdown, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. You had to use 5 of something, then 4, etc.

I used 5 silk flowers, 4 different patterns, 3 buttons, 2 fonts and 1 deer for my page, along with the We R Memory Keepers Tiffany collection. I {heart} this paper. Love the names, too, Fonda, Monroe, really fun.

Here's my layout. I took these pictures of my long time friend Carol at the beginning of this past May. She's one hot mama don't ya think? She has a 16 year old son - can you believe it! Carol was my college roommate. We've come a long way baby!

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I used pop dots to give my little "deer" some dimension.
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The ribbon is Bazzill Basics ruffled ribbon. I attached it by sewing in the middle with a contrasting blue thread.

A few more closeups:

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Check out the rest of the fab DT work, plus Jana's layout, on the Ally Scraps blog.

Well, just one more day of school, then the kids will be here all day for 3 weeks until camp starts. It's just a day camp. Emma wants to be a junior counselor. She's a few months shy to be one, but I'm sure the director will let her. She's known her for the past 3 years, and she's pretty responsible. Heck, I think she's more responsible than the paid college students who are counselors... they're too worried about flirting with each other!

Have a great Wednesday. Blog ya later!! ;)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Who else wants the new Cosmo Cricket?

I must have the Early Bird! I love the Early Bird! I NEED the Early Bird!!!

I sure hope Cathy at Ally Scraps gets some in.... seriously, it's so stinkin' cute and I've seen the Cosmo blog with the cute cards they made! SAAAWEEET!

I did order some Create Paper and the new Doodlebug Keylime on Thursday.... I can't wait to get my Ally Scraps goodie box with the kitty on the label!! Scrappy mail is good mail!

Anyway, I had the best cup of coffee this morning. Does that happen to you? I mean, I do what I normally do, I measured the beans... ground them, measured the water.... made the coffee, and it was just super yummy. :) That's a good way to start a Monday, eh?

I also got scrappy this weekend. Yup. I was actually pretty darn scrappy all week. I did this layout using mostly all Sassafras Lass paper for a challenge on AMR hosted by Abby. She had a list of 20 things... yeah, 20! It was really fun tho, and got the mojo going.

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PLUS, I used my Glimmer Mist that I just bought. I bought Tiger Lily. I used it on the tag. I crunched up the tag, uncrunched (is that a word?), then sprayed with GM, then crunched it up again while it was wet. Then I smoothed it out and dried it with the heat gun. It turned out pretty cool. Here's a close up:
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That's it for this happy Monday!! Good coffee, scrappiness, blue skies, and only 3 1/2 more days of school.... ahhh, life is good!!!