Saturday, July 9, 2011

First Day of Preschool

It's official!! My very first blog post for the Momenta Design team went up today! As you know, I was really excited to get the box! And it didn't disappoint!

The cardstock works really really well through my Silhouette, so I cut the whole title out of cs. For the journaling, I didn't stamp it, I just ran it all through my printer, using a really subtle piece of patterned paper.

Here's the layout:

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Can you believe how tiny my son is? OMgosh! He's going to be a full blown teenager in December! Oh, so cute!!

Couple close ups:
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That's the journaling... yup, just used the Ali Edwards font here and there and popped some color on the font.

Ethan thought the church where he went to school, looked like Hogwarts! too cute.

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And here is one of my most favorite Momenta products, these puffy stickers! Isn't this robot to die for? Had to use him!!

In other news, I was very, very, VERY bad today! LOL! I went to Joanne's on a punch mission! Thankfully, all the punches were 40% off, except the Martha Stewart one, called Cherish, but, I had to get it! Love it. I also purchased the one that makes your stuff look like it was torn from a page, the ek success edge punch... I'm sure I'm the last person on the planet not owning one! I also got a basic star shape... even tho I have the Slice, I wasn't getting the right star. I can't wait to go play.

Hope everyone had a great week, and a better weekend. The weather here is just perfect today, can't complain!!

Have a great day!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

"Owl" be back....

Oh, wow, where did the time go??? I've been so busy, my blog got ignored a bit.

First off, Happy Fourth of July!! My family went to Kennywood Park. I didn't want to go, so I decided to stay home and scrapbook and get some laundry done. I kind of like the quiet right now!! It's a rare commodity these days!

I've been working on projects for the Momenta design team, but I can't share any of it with you just yet. I was so excited to finally get my box. You can find the Momenta/ATD paper pads, stickers, cardstock pads and page kit at Michaels and AC Moore... I haven't checked at JoAnns yet. I am just in love with their border stickers!! They're having a contest right now with their line of Design Your Own Stickers, so check out the blog to see if you can play to win!!

Since I can't share my Momenta layout just yet.... I have a cute little "owl" card I can share. We had a swap of paper pieces on a scrapbooking board I'm on, and I got this cute little owl, so I made this cute little Thank You card:

Owl card

I'm not much of a paper piecer, but he sure is cute.

I'm also working on 2 other layouts... one of my NYC trip, Times Square was AMAZING!! The play "The Normal Heart" was amazing. It was neat to see a Broadway play, well, kind of off Broadway. Ellen Barkin was in it and she did such a fantastic job. Really.

That was quite a world-wind day! Fun, but I don't think I'll need to go back for another 10 years! LOL! I would like to take my kids. We'd do more touristy things, like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Hope you all are having a great 4th of July Weekend!! If you're not celebrating, I hope you're having a great Monday at least!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

New York, New York!!!

In less than 16 hours, I will be boarding the Mega Bus in Pittsburgh to travel to the BIG APPLE with my friend Diane!! I'm so excited. I've been there before, so she wants me to show her the ropes. hee hee, I'll try. I'm sure a ton is different.

When my husband and I went, I had a crappy little 35 mm camera, and the film stuck, so I got one photo - of my friend! Then, the next frame had ALL the photos on it. The film didn't advance. :( I do not have any photos from that trip. I've been wanting to go back ever since.

We recently bought a Nikon Coolpix 1600 camera, which is really nice, but I'm so torn. Do I want the handiness of the tiny camera, or since I am a tourist, just go ahead and take my honkin' DLSR? I'm leaning toward the DSLR, I want good pictures this time!

I'm probably going with the big one.

The bus will arrive in NYC at 7 am, we figure we'll grab breakfast, sight see, maybe do yoga or tai chi in Central Park for free... that would be a hoot! At 2 PM we are going to see the off broadway show staring Ellen Barkin and Jim Parsons (of the Big Bang show) in a play called "The Normal Heart". After the play, we'll grab dinner, do some more shopping (probably all window, since I'm broke!), then we catch the bus at 11 to go home.

Busy weekend!

I have a layout to share. I found this sketch on the Sketch Support site, which I just discovered. It was  sketch #8, but I flipped it.

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This is newish BoBunny paper. I really haven't bought new paper in forever, but really liked this line. (sorry, not sure of the name)

Couple of close ups:
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And one more close up. I cut out the little flags using my Slice.
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I got my big box from Momenta, and I am working on a layout! What a bunch of great stuff. I'm really in love with their puffy stickers. Really cute stuff. They have a new product, these letter stickers that you can run through your printer and match to your layout. I wasn't familiar with them, but now that I know what they are I am going to order some for next time, they seem really cool. You can either customize them in your program, or there are free print outs on the Momenta website that you just download and print out onto the white lettering.  Seems like the perfect idea for the perfect match of colors!

Have a great weekend. I hope I get some good pictures, and don't get rained on too much!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!!

To all the men who read my blog, which is probably my husband and maybe 3 or 4 others!  And to all your husbands and dads, too!

I made a card for both my hubby and father-in-law. I have yet to make one for my dad, but I will see him tomorrow, so I have some time! I wanted to buy my dad a TV, but it's just not in the cards this year. Maybe for Christmas.

For this card, I used all Momenta stuff, even tho my box of goodness hasn't arrived. I just downloaded some free digi files. YES!! They have FREE digi stuff. You can just download the pdf and cut it out, or do like I did, and opened the png files in photoshop and resized them, to customize. And look how cute it turned out!!

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I just used the eyedrop tool to suck up the blue color to make the background, then I typed the sentiment in white.

Here's a close up:
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Add some string, some buttons and bling, and you've got yourself a snazzy (and quick!) hybrid card!

I always print my hybrid stuff on STAPLES brochure paper. The actual name of it is PHOTO SUPREME DOUBLE-SIDED MATTE PAPER, 8.5 X 11. It's double sided, and thicker than copy paper, and it makes the colors really pop, and I believe it's water resistant, too.

Since yesterday was Matt's dad's birthday, and today is Father's Day, we invited him over for a cookout. He is 40 years older than me.... he turned 84, you do the math! lol!

We spent the day sprucing up our yard since Matt's dad is coming over. We lost 2 bushes over the winter from not normal salt for the side walk, but environmentally friendly salt... that statement is a bit of an oxymoron! It killed my 2 boxwoods! Luckily, they were on the ends, so we just moved a big rock that was being covered by a large stella dora (yellow lilly) and mulched around it. Looks good. The other I replaced with a small pink rose bush, that - GET THIS - I got for it for FIVE BUCKS! All the roses at Lowes looked pathetic and were broken, and just not taken care of, and it was $20... I didn't want to pay $20 for something that might die, so I asked if I could get a discount, and the girl said 10% - which is 2 bucks... I said well, that's not very much. She then asked the manager and he said, "oh, I don't care, give it to her for 5 bucks." I was so happy, I told him he made my day.

I hope you all have a great day, spent with husbands, father's and brothers! Happy Father's Day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Anxiously Awaiting

My goodie box from Momenta!! Where are you??? The UPS 'woman' stopped at my neighbors yesterday while I was outside, and I got so excited because I thought she would stop at my house next, but no, she drove right by. :(

Once I get that box, I can't wait to dive in.

Oh, and sorry about last week, that just flew by, and I could have posted this:

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This layout was (again) highly influenced by Nichol Maqouirk, who is simply A-mazing!! I couldn't find the exact layout, but she's got tons of great stuff on her blog.

Here are 2 closeups:

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I used my Silhouette to cut out the title, which was a bugger!! I welded it, but it kept getting stuck. I think it's time for a new computer! lol! (I wish!) I can't use the Silhouette software unless I have system 10.5... and, unfortunately, I have 10.4.5... so close, and yet so far.

Hope you all are having a great summer, we are so far. My little man is enrolled in a painting class this week. Next week I'm going to THE BIG APPLE with my friend Diane. We're going to ride the Mega Bus... I CANNOT wait! fun!

My nephew is coming to stay for 2 nights. He lives in Virginia... oh, this is a funny story (sorry Bobby!). He is 16, and his mom is coming up to help his other grandma in Erie to buy a bra. Bobby pleaded with his mom, "Please don't make me go with you!" Heck, I don't blame him. I'm a woman and even I don't want to go bra shopping! hee hee... so he'll stay with us those 2 days and get to hang with our kids, so we'll do fun stuff, and I promise, no bra shopping! ;)

Have a great week!! Thanks for stopping!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thanks A Latte!

Here's a fun card, using my favorite drink, coffee!! YUM! I used some Fiskars stamps, then colored the images with Copic Markers. I love how this turned out. I think it's my favorite card EVER! Well, that I made!

Thanks a latte card

I even stamped the envelope:
Thanks a latte w/env

Here's a closeup:
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And, the sentiment on the inside:
Thanks a latte open

There ya go, my favorite card, made with my favorite drink image, coffee.

Speaking of coffee, my most awesome friend who lives in Hawaii sent me a HUGE box of goodies, which included a bag of delicious Kona Coffee... yum!

And, a cute little Pea card, Adorable. Thank you Joscie! :)
from joscie 

That's it for now. I ordered my box of Momenta goodies, and I can't wait to start designing for them. I'm so excited. They have such cute stuff!! You should check them out.

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I Made the Momenta Team!

I'm so thrilled and honored to be a new member of the Momenta Design Team! I can't wait to get started designing with their product. Their catalog is chockful of scrappy goodness!

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I'm still on a cloud after finding out, spontaneously chair dancing! hee hee

It's going to be such fun.

I'll be back later with a scrappy post.

Have a great day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Picnics, Fieldtrips and Concerts — Oh My!

Wow, where did the week go? It's Thursday already. Summer is quickly approaching and I'm trying to figure out things for the kids to do.

There is an art club in town, aptly named "Greensburg Art Club" and I'm going to sign my son up for acrylic painting, my daughter for photography, where they'll make a pin-hole camera and they both will do the ceramics class, where they throw pots and make coil pots. Fun.

I decided to do the adult drawing class and also the adult painting class. I bought a new set of water colors the other day. I haven't painted for quite a while, so we'll see how that goes.

Our summer certainly is looking promising! I really can't wait. I wrote down on my calendar all the fun free things you can do in Pittsburgh, so many concerts and outdoor stuff to do. I can't wait.

My friend and I are also planning a trip to New York City via the MegaBus. What a great find! We'll leave Friday night at 11:55 pm, sleep on the bus, arrive in NYC at 7 am, eat, shop, then see a Broadway show, then back on the bus by 11:15 or so and sleep on the bus, wake up back home 7 on Sunday... all for $75! Seriously!! I did see some $10 and $15 bus rides, but the dates we need are $30 to go and $45 to come back, or vise versa, I can't remember, but how fun will that be???

And, drumroll please... this I am most excited about... most ExCiTeD!!

U2 baby!!! This will be their last stop of the 360° Tour. I'm SO excited!

OK, now on to some scrappy goodness!

8th Bday

I did this for a challenge on 2 Peas. I never have won a challenge, but it really gets me motivated to scrap.

Couple close ups, I actually stamped on a scrapbook page, haven't done that in like forever:
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Some more stamping:
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This was a total lift of Nichol Magouirk, I just love how she'll just use a little strip of patterned paper and it just makes the whole layout pop.

That's about it, it's been crazy busy end of year stuff, school picnics, field trips, lots of weed pulling! oi vay, good exercise for your buns. I have my front flower bed and the back one yet to tackle. Probably this weekend.

Have a happy safe Memorial Day Weekend for all the USA peeps, and everyone else have a great weekend!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cruisin' Right Along... and a Freebie

Here's a layout that I did a few weeks ago and totally forgot to share!

I really love how this turned out. It was a challenge on 2 Peas to use a sketch. It came together so nicely. I just love this paper, too, by Bella Boulevard. I have tons left, so I think I will do more cruise photos.

My inlaws took us on a cruise in 2004. Look how little my son is and so cute in his "tuxedo". He was in love with that suit, he wanted to wear it all the time. Ethan was only 6 and Emma was 8. That's my nephew Bobby, and he was only 10! He's driving now!

Don't you wish you could shrink your kids and have them be little again... sigh... I miss so those days, and look how skinny I am! DANG! lol!

Anyway, here's the layout:

cruise 1

I used my Silhouette to cut out the bracket shape and my title. I did a shadow on the bracket to give it more dimension, plus I used some pop dots for even more. I cut the word cruise out, same size, in  2 different colors, then just offset it a bit to give it some pop.

cruise 2

In the squares, I used a word sticker and some flowers in each. Got to use up some stickers. Lord knows I have enough stickers to encircle my house 3 times!

cruise 3

cruise 4

And, because I love you guys so much and I also like to share, would you like the bracket shape?

I have 2 sizes, I used the bigger of the two:
Bracket Label

Here's the LINK to the bracket download. I'll also put it on my freebies page to find it easier later on. The files are jpeg, png and svg for cutting.

Enjoy! Have a scrappy day!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rain, rain, go away....

It's soggy and wet and cold. What happened to spring???

Well, the only good thing about the rain, besides the fact that my weeds are growing in my garden, is that I had a chance to scrap this past weekend! Finally.

I jump all over the place with my scrapbooking. I don't scrap chronologically. Case in point, here is a Disney layout. We went in 2008.

Welcome to Disney

And a couple of closeups:
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I love using vintage buttons:
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And here, I made a folded flower, then attached a fabric covered brad:
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Fun layout.

I'm working on a layout from last summer, titled Summertime in the City. When I opened the June 2010 folder on my computer, I only had 4 pictures from the event, which was the Arts Festival in Pittsburgh. I was so sad. I had a few on facebook from the Project 365 last year, but I knew I had gotten some really cool shots. I was just sick that I was missing a huge block of photos from June.

Well, I put my card into my husbands computer (the new iMacs have a card reader which I LOVE!) and found that the trash can was full. I crossed my fingers and opened the trash can. Yippeee!! The missing photos (all 520 of them) were in the trash can.

I made a folder on the card, and pulled the pictures out of the trash.

I remember this happening. I was getting the photos off, and my computer was being weird, so I remember thinking I'd better not empty trash. Well, that was last year and I had forgotten all about doing that.

I'm just so happy that I found my photos.

Now I need to buy a new external drive where I can keep my photos. My other external is full.

Tomorrow I have to go to the hospital at 10:30 to get a procedure. I'm a little nervous. I asked if it hurt. The nurse said it's like going to the dentist. Well, I don't think so, the dentist doesn't usually slice open my skin with a scalpel, leaving an inch long incision. UGH. I hope they put me to sleep, I don't need to here all the icky stuff surgeons do.

So, if you think of it, say a little prayer for me. Thanks.

Wishing you a creative day. :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Smash Book Tutorial Part 2

I've finally finished my tutorial. I hope you enjoy it, and are encouraged to make your own, if you are interested.



I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. I had a nice one, and, BONUS, it was actually warm! Great day.

Check back, I have lots of projects to share... the only problem is my camera decided to stop talking to my computer, so I have to use my husbands to get my photos off and uploaded. It's a real pain in the behind.

I didn't get much done on National Scrapbooking Day, but I have one layout almost done, and photos for another, so I plan on getting scrappy soon.

Sorry for such a short update... hopefully, it's short and sweet! I've got errands to run, food to buy, and work to do.

Hope you all have a scrappy day!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Blog Hop Winner!

Drum roll please......

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Congrats Kelly!

I wanted to also say THANKS to all of you that followed me! I'm greatly appreciative to have gained some new friends.

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Have you seen the latest on artist journals from Fancy Pants and EK Success? They're both very cool, but also very pricey. The EK Success one even has a cool pen attached. It's a pen and a glue stick... very clever.

However, like I said, it's very pricy. I really can't see plopping down 20 bucks for basically a blank journal with a pen, no matter how cool.

Soooo, I decided to make my very own smash book. It was pretty easy, and I didn't need to buy a thing. I used all materials that I had on hand. I even sewed a ribbon to the back page to hold a pen. I did purchase some 8 1/2 x 11 craft paper, but I can use that for cards and layouts.

Here's a tutorial video, 1 of 2, that I made on how I put together my smash book.



In the video there is a link to download some pages that I created for use in my smash book. You are more than welcome to use any or all of the pages. It's a pdf and you can simply print them out on your printer. The size is 8 1/2 by 11.

The finished size of my smash book is 6x9,  and the inside pages are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. I borrowed a friends Cinch to bind it. If you don't have access to a Cinch or Bind-It-All, you can either use rings or go to a local print shop and see if they can bind it together for you.

I'm editing part 2. The problem with editing is, I can't do it on my computer, so I need to use my husbands... it's hard to get on his because he's always using it for work!

I hope to have part 2 up by end of week.

Hope you enjoy part 1, have a great day!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Blog Hop - Creative Charms

Happy Friday!!

I can't think of a better way to start your weekend than with a fun blog hop, complete with a great prize at the end. All of the details are on the Creative Charms Blog - HERE! Start there, so you can win the main prize.

***the secret word for my blog for the grand prize is CREATIVE***

I'll also offer up a little goody prize. Just leave a comment and I'll put your name in for the goodies! Lot's of Creative Charms yumminess.

>>but wait, there's more!<<
If you follow me, I will add your name in for another chance, so you'll have 2 chances!!

I did 2 projects with Creative Charms products. Both are cards Just Saying Hello.
Just Saying Hello 1

And a closeup:
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On this I used Creative Charms Vintage Velvet Poppies in black, layered with these delicate Black Sheer Flowers with beads.

Just sayin 2

And a close up...
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This card is pretty simple, but I jazzed it up with my favorite Creative Charms Gradient Sticker Gems to make the birdie look like he's tweetin'!

Here is the blog hop list:
  1. • Kristal – http://www.kandrewdesigns.blogspot.com/
    • Amber – http://www.thecountryscrapper.blogspot.com/
    • Sandra – http://www.scrappinmomof1.blogspot.com/
    • Jan – http://www.papercraftpleasures.blogspot.com/
    • Laura – http://www.lauraachilles1.wordpress.com/
    • Diane – http://www.capadiadesigns.blogspot.com/
    • Jennifer H – http://www.jenniferhansenscrapgallery.blogspot.com/
    • Michelle – http://www.chengunation.blogspot.com/
    • Lisa – http://www.lisadorsey.blogspot.com/
    • Chris(that's me!) – http://www.workforscraps.blogspot.com/
    • Jamie – http://www.jamielanedesigns.blogspot.com/
    • Amy – http://www.aimitup.blogspot.com/
    • Jennifer Y – http://www.thepinkroom.typepad.com/
    • Trudy – http://www.truesgiftsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/
    • Ellen – http://www.scrapstampnmama.blogspot.com/
    • Joscie – http://www.cutchens.com/
    • Ilene – http://www.whatabunchofscrap.blogspot.com/
    • Midori – http://www.scrapsforme.blogspot.com/
Have fun, and if you missed anyone, don't forget to start at the top with Kristal.
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Go get your hop on!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

to you all. Today we celebrate the day that Jesus rose from the dead in fulfillment of the scriptures. I think a lot of that gets lost in bunnies and candy. I don't talk about religion too much on my blog, because it is a crafty/scrappy/arty blog, but I do believe.

As I was watching the Ten Commandments last night, watching the waters part, I thought how could this stuff be made up? If so, they had some pretty crazy imaginations.

Easter is actually one of my favorite holidays. It's right up there with Christmas for me. Seriously. It's so deeply rooted in tradition for my family. When I was little, it started with Lent. No meat on Friday's, and to give something up, which when I was little was always candy. Now rather than give up something I try to better myself. I'll try to not be judgmental or think badly of people. (we all do it)

On Good Friday from 12 - 3, the hours that Jesus hung on the cross, as children, we weren't allowed to play or watch TV. We had to pretty much sit silently. My dad would let us play cards. I don't do that to my kids. I guess, as a kid, we were 'suffering', at least that's what it felt like to me. Nowadays, people just go about their day, shopping, cleaning, watching tv... a lot has been lost in tradition.

Easter Saturday we'd go to the church and get our baskets blessed. You put your food in a big basket and take it to church and the priest blesses it. You put in your eggs, your ham, your kielbasi, bread, even salt and pepper. We would also dye our Easter Eggs.

paska
(paska bread photo from allrecipes.com)

On Easter Sunday is the big feast after church, and I try to keep my end up here with the traditional foods. I'm of Slovak decent. There's a lot of meat on Easter. I make 3 kinds, ham, halupki's (stuffed cabbage) and kielbasi (Polish sausage). We also have Paska Bread, which is a sweet bread, kind of like Sweet Challah Bread. Sides are mashed potatoes, veggies and macaroni salad. Dessert we have nutrolls and apricot rolls. I also made a carrot cake, because I love it! Oh you also have to eat horseradish. I kind of don't eat it, but you are supposed to eat it with the ham. Sometimes we'll have a lamb made of butter on the table, but I think that might be an Italian thing that we borrowed. My mom used to make hdruka, it's this egg thing, where you cook it until the egg starts to curdle, kind of like scrambled egg, then you put it in a cheese cloth and hang it from something and let it drip, then you put it into the fridge and it kind of makes a scrambled egg ball. You slice it and serve it with the Easter dinner. Weird. I don't make that. It's good with 2 pieces of paska bread and a slice of ham for breakfast the next day.


I love traditions. I love that they come from our heritage. I love learning about other people's traditions.

(hopefully, that hasn't bored you to tears!)

I made some Easter cards to send out this year, mainly to family. I used my Spring Slice Card, and cut out these Peeps.  I sprayed them with some yellow Glimmer Mist because my yellow cardstock wasn't the right yellow. I then put diamond glitter glass all over and it looks like sugar. I was super happy with how they turned out:


peeps card

And a close up of the peeps:

peeps card cu

So, tell me, what are your Easter Traditions, if you celebrate, or if you do Passover, what do you do? I'd love to know.

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Two"gether

It's tax season, so I've been busy gathering receipts, 1099s and other miscellaneous documents that you need to file your taxes with.  When you own your own business, taxes take a bit longer than when you're just filing a simple 1040, and you never get money back. You usually owe. Fun times! It's not too bad since we've been paying in all year, so it will go quickly. I should totally scrap this, all the big piles of receipts, the Turbo Tax box & 1099s! Really, it's a part of life, so maybe I will.

I figured I'd take a break and update my blog real quick. I think this layout is one of my favorites to date. I didn't use any patterned paper, which is pretty unusual for me, because I love patterned paper.

I used my Silhouette for the title and the leaves. For the background, I used the actual brochure that was at the conservatory. My husband and I took a day off, and went on a date to Phipps Conservatory in Shadyside. I got some awesome shots of plants.

Here's the layout:

twogether 1

I got the leaf image from Keri Bradford's blog. She has some nice designs for die cut machines.

Here are a couple of close ups:
twogether 2

twogether 3

I guess I need to get back to the taxes. I only have a few more things to print out, then we can get to it.

So tell me, are you the type of person who does their taxes right away, or do you wait until the last minute? I think if I was getting money instead of paying, I'd do it a lot sooner. ;)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Grandma's Day

Oh, poor 'grandma'. Her birthday was less than perfect this year. Grandma is actually my mother-in-law, not my grandma.... she is Matt's step-mother. She's really the only grandma my kids have, so we all call her grandma. She never had any kids of her own, so she really spoils us rotten. I seriously can't complain.

Matt's dad had back surgery a week before Grandma Barbara's birthday, so we just went to their house for pizza and cake. She was kind of bummed because she wanted to go out to dinner, but we tried to make it the best we could. About a month later, we did all go out to eat to celebrate her birthday... again! This family is funny, I swear we celebrate all of our birthdays at least twice, once with friends, once with family.

Here's the layout I did for Grandma Barbara:
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Isn't the quote perfect on the paper? I thought it was nice, since she's the step mom, but family to us. I'm still using up old paper. {Truthfully, I haven't put a dent in my stash.} This is old Websters Pages paper.

I used my Slice to do this banner title, buttons and some Colorbok letters:
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And a little cluster of flowers. Can you tell how much I love my Creative Charms velvet flowers? Love this soft brown color.


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How was your weekend? We had dinner at the HofbrÀuhaus in Pittsburgh's Southside. After dinner we walked around the shops and happened to go into Sur La Table... they had a sale on ice cream makers, not that we were looking for one, but we had mentioned now that we're eating cleaner and more organic it would be neat to make our own ice cream. It's a Cuisinart ice cream maker, and it wasn't super expensive.

You do need to freeze the bowl for 24 hours before you make ice cream, but, if you have a big freezer or an extra one, you can just keep the bowl in the freezer all the time so it's ready. We have a big chest freezer so we'll store it in there.

Let me tell you, if you think Ben & Jerry's ice cream is rich and delicious, you should make your own. Wow! We decided to make chocolate, it was really easy, and so yummy. We're going to try a custard ice cream next, and also a soy ice cream for my son. Soy ice cream is expensive and hard to find sometimes, but if I can make it for him, he'll have a tasty treat all the time. It makes a pretty good amount, and you just put it in a container and store it in the freezer like you would regular ice cream.

All this talk of ice cream... I think I need a little bite of some!

Have a great week!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Up

I love getting out these baby pictures and scrapbooking them. I wasn't a scrapbooker when my kids were little, so every so often I get the urge to scrap older pictures. Sometimes it's hard, they're not perfect, but that's all we have. Luckily, I did have an SLR before they were born. It was a Minolta.

Wanna know a secret? I have about 10 rolls of undeveloped film sitting on top of my shelf. I wonder what's on them? I should probably get them developed. I might be pleasantly surprised.

Here's the layout I did with some baby photos of Ethan. I seem to be doing a ton of boy layouts lately.

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I'm using older paper, trying to use it up. This is Making Memories. I also have a strip of Crate Paper. The cardstock is Bazzill bling.

A close up:
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I cut the shape out for my title using my Silhouette.

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Flowers on a boy page? Sure why not! These are Creative Charms sequined flowers in green. Notice the little polka dotted orange star? That's a Halloween embellie! Works here, tho. I love when I can use theme stuff for a different purpose.

The close up photos are more accurate in color, the top one is blown out a bit.

I've been super busy, and haven't even checked my blog all week. I'm busy working on a smash book... not the official smash book, but I made my own! Probably saved $15-20. I even attached a pen to mine! Granted, it's not as cool as a pen and a glue stick, but hey, it was free! Can't wait to share. I even have a video tutorial. And I must say, I have a great appreciation for those girls who do video tutorials, they're hard! Especially the editing!

Back to the star embellishment, have you ever used Halloween or Christmas or other specific themed embellishment for something else? I love doing that, you can only do so many Valentine's layouts!