Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy new year! Here's to an even better year than the last one filled with everything you hope to achieve! Hugs!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Super Duper Excited!

I am sooooo darn excited right now I can't stand it! Roberta has chosen me to be one of her Prairie Fairy DT members!! Wooo - hoooo! It isn't pretty, but I am sooo doing a happy dance right now! Roberta is getting ready to launch her digital stamps store and she is so talented! There are going to be so many amazing images to play with and I feel so blessed to be able to do that on her DT! They are some uber talented ladies on the team as well, and to be part of that is even more thrilling! She has some sneak peeks and a few freebies up at Prairie Fairy....hop on over to check it out! Hugs & Happy Scrappin'!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Since I will be spending time with my family and my husband's family over the next four days and probably won't be online, I just wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
I hope that each and every one of you enjoy the time you spend with your loved ones and take time out to remember the true meaning of Christmas. We all get so carried away with what we should be giving or buying or decorating, but none of that is as important as celebrating the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I feel so blessed that God decided to share His son with us all!
Here's to hoping you have the Merriest Christmas ever! Hugs!

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Peppermint Bark Popcorn Goodies!

Whew! I finally finished up all the neighbors' gifts, school gifts, and family friends' gifts! I have to say I am glad for the small break before I start cooking some of our Christmas meal! At least the kitchen bar will be clean for a few hours! I just wanted to share a yummy recipe & a quick gift idea with you before the holidays! This Peppermint Bark Popcorn recipe is from Our Best Bites, a site I recently discovered and absolutely love. You have to check them out! Now, I am not sure what I did, but mine did not turn out exactly like theirs. However, while different, it was still awesome and has been getting rave reviews! Plus, TJ & I had a blast making it this weekend! We poured everything on the dining room table to mix it and were covered completely in chocolatey, pepperminty, popcorny goo! The best part? Licking it off ourselves when were done! Mmmm!

After letting it set I just bagged it up, tied it up with some cute ribbon from Michael's I received in a swap and made some toppers using one of Prairy Fairy's free digi stamps! Roberta is so sweet and I have had so much fun playing with her images this Christmas! They have helped me make cute gifts for everyone! Make sure to snag them while you can! I used my watercolor pencils to color the image and then I added a little cotton to his hat, which I dabbed with ice Stickles. I also used black Stickles on his buttons, but they didn't show up too well in the photo. The can I set the popcorn in is a recycled Planter's peanut can. I save every can, glass jar, container, etc. throughout the year. And it pays off for quick and easy gifts like this! I just decorated it with some patterned paper by American Tradition Designs and it was done! And, it was recycled so there is less waste in a landfill somewhere; something I am big on anyway!

And this is one of two gift baskets I made for some special friends. Their bags included the rocky road candy, peppermint bark popcorn, chocolate covered pretzels and chocolate covered marshmallows that were dipped in either pecans or crushed candy canes. So far they have been a hit too! Now, if I can just loose all the weight that I know I have put on from sampling, I will have it made! Happy Scrappin'!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sheet Music Bow & Altered Cocoa Box Gift

And the holiday crafting continues! I am almost at my breaking point, but not quite! Still enjoying it but am feeling the stress I know so many of us are. Still have more baking to do and gifts to get to the neighbors, & hubby and I have to finish our Christmas shopping this weekend. Then I am done...I hope! LOL!

After my little adventure making my own bow for our Christmas tree turned out okay, I decided to make a few of my own bows for our packages. I love gift wrapping and making things pretty. I will never be as good as my mother in law, who is the queen of wrapping packages so beautiful you never want to open them, but I do fairly well in my own right. I love sheet music and I love the vintage look on wrapped Christmas gifts so this is what I came up with. I had picked up a vintage music book from 1962 for a quarter at thrift sale and used a couple pages to whip these bows up. They were pretty easy too! God bless staplers and hot glue guns! I really, really, really wanted to wrap the poinsettia paper in twine, but could not find mine anywhere. I have a sneaking suspicion that my son, who lives for making thngs with rope, twigs and duct tape, somehow came across mine and decided to make it his own. So I settled for a thin gold rope and wrapped it around the package several times loosely, topped it with the bow, then adhered some leaves, holly and miniature pine cone to the bow.

This next gift is an altered cocoa box. I wish I could claim the idea as my own but I can't. I seen it the other day on Running with Scissors. I loved it and decided to do my own. Super easy too. Start with a box of cocoa, cut off the top flaps, decorate with your fav. papers/bows/etc., fill it back with at least 1/2 the cocoa, some marshmallows in a little bag with cute ribbon, and a few candy canes. Below is a better photo of the top of the box showing the goodies inside. It didn't turn out quite the way I wanted or expected, but I rolled with it and it works for me! Oh, the paper I used for the cocoa box is by American Traditional Designs. The ribbon is recycled from a previous gift as is the shredded paper!

So, this weekend I am making some Peppermint Bark Popcorn, going to attempt to anyway, and do a few more goody bags. Be back soon to show you those! So, have you been working on any sweet holiday crafts? Tell me all about them! Happy Scrappin'!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Something Beautiful - Scrapsketch DT Layout

The Scrapsketch DT is taking the month off for December due to the holidays, but Stephanie is still issuing a sketch here and there to play with! She is so sweet and her sketches are great...including this one which was so much fun!

I really enjoyed creating this layout. It took me awhile to get it all figured out the way I wanted it, but I like how it turned out! The photos are from my sweet mom in law's house last Christmas. Her house is always beautiful and each year we stay the night Christmas Eve and stay Christmas Day too. Hubby's sister and her family comes to stay as well. We stay up late eating and watching movies, then wake up Christmas day to open presents. Andy's dad always makes sausage gravy & biscuits for breakfast and then we usually have brisket for Christmas lunch. We stay fat, sleepy and happy all day! I wanted to capture that tradition in this layout.

I believe the papers I used for this are by Elsie. I am not sure as they came in a bundle from the LSS fall garage sale. The flowers are canvas ones by Foof-a-la that I distressed with Autumn Leaves ink in topaz. I then layered them & added some vintage buttons. The chipboard monogram "C" sticker is also by Foof-a-la and the epoxy stickers are by Horizon. The flowers are Prima and I used a skittle as the center. The gathered ribbon is by Fiskars and I am not sure what brand the ornament is. The silver button is a vintage one from stash, as is the domino. The ruffle I made with a dress pattern from the Gauche Alchemy Lady Marmalade kit, and the twine is also by GA. The metal clip is SU, the journaling tag is Heidi Swapp, & the felt asterisk is an AC Thicker. The sheet music was sent to me and I fell in love with it...been saving it for something special to me like this!

If you get a chance, hop on over to Scrapsketch and check out Stephanie's latest sketch. It is a fun one as you can see and a couple of other DT members who have played with it have their layouts up as well. I hope to be back again tomorrow with some more holiday themed crafty goodness! Happy Scrappin'!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Let the Baking Begin! (& a recipe too!)

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas around our house as the baking begins! I truly love to cook and especially bake, which makes this one of my favorite times of the year. Over the next week and a half I will bake so much my feet will hurt, stress myself out, be grateful when it is all over with, and love every minute of it! The candy inside the goody bags is Rocky Road and I got the recipe from my awesome mom in law. Super easy recipe too: Melt 1lb chocolate almond bark, mix in one 7 oz jar of peanuts & one bag of miniature marshmallows, stir & drop on waxed paper with a teaspoon. Super easy and yummy!

These are the gifts for our son's teachers, and a few others at school. The digi stamp & sentiment are by the fabulous Roberta over at Prairie Fairy. And you can snag it as a free download too! Just click here. She has an amazing site and is gearing up to open her own digi store as well, so make sure to check her out!

I used my watercolor pencils on the reindeer, as well as red Stickles on his nose and a tiny piece of cotton for his tail which I then dabbed with ice Stickles. The cute little patterned paper I used for the toppers is by The Paper Studio & it is on clearance at HL. For the tag on the back I used my Cricut & Mini Monograms. The paper is by American Traditional Designs, the snowflakes are Studio G, & the "from" is an SU stamp. I used Studio G & Staz On ink as well.

I absolutely love this digi image and totally got the idea for these gifts from Roberta. I hope the teachers love them! She also put up the "snowman poop" version as a free digi too on Prairie Fairy and I plan on doing some gifts with that one later this week. So make sure to hop on over to her blog (sign up for her blog candy too!) & keep checking back here as I have more holiday crafty goodness to come! Happy Scrappin'!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A VERY Inexpensive Bow & Some Snapshots

I finally got my tree up! Yes, finally! It was a lighting nightmare. It's pre-lit but some fuses went out and it took me two days to get it working. It is a running joke in my family now about me and Christmas lights. Every year, and I do mean every year, I have some type of problem with lights. I figured I would eliminate that a couple years ago when we bought our pre-lit tree. Nope...I still have to fight it!So, I decided to do a different topper this year and kept seeing such pretty bows with the ribbons streaming down. And boy, were some of them expensive! So, I made my own. And I did it all with a few staples and a roll of ribbon from the Dollar Tree! The ribbon was $1 for 30 yards! One heck of a deal. Then I did my streamers coming down, and I think it looks pretty good if I may so myself!

And here is a pic of some ornaments. I thought these turned out really pretty!

And here is the boy and the fur baby. So cute!

Our gorgeous son!

And our adorable fur baby! Isn't he just precious?!

We are hoping this weekend to get our Christmas shopping done and out of the way. And I am hoping to get all my baking done, teachers' gifts finished and make a few more items. Whew! It is going to be a busy weekend! How are y'all doing on your shopping?

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Few Christmas Cards

Well here are a few cards I have working on for Christmas. I have quite a few more to do and it always seems that I end up waiting until the last minute to finish things. I am one of the world's worst procrastinators...but then again, I work great on a deadline! Go figure!

I love the cute little House Mouse Christmas stamp I just happened to find at Hobby Lobby for....yep, 71 cents. Can you believe it? Such a cutie! I also used my Cricut for the cards, as well as papers by The Paper Studio, Bazzill, & Autumn Leaves. The ribbons are American Crafts & Michael's, the sentiments are SU.

I should be back in a day or two with some more projects I have been working on too! Some layouts, some holiday decorations and some cards! Happy Scrapping!

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Two for One! A WSB DT & Mojo Monday Challenge Combo

I am posting a day early for the Whimsical Scraps & Bugs DT challenge, but I wanted to make sure I got my card linked up to Mojo Monday since their sketch this week inspired my card as well! The latest challenge coming up over at WSB is to use your Cricut to create a wreath for a card. I challenged myself to paper piece a wreath and ended up using my Mini Monograms cart and its awesome scallop circle feature. I have to say that this is probably my fav cart and fav feature hands down. I turn to it time and again for so many projects!

The paper I used for the card included The Paper Studio, Provo Craft & Autumn Leaves. The leaf paper I made using a SU Stampin' Round roller and Old Olive SU ink. The bling is by Studio 18, the ribbon is from a Christmas present I received last year ( i totally save all my packaging every year and upcycle it any way i can!), and the buttons are some vintage ones from my stash. I also used some Autumn Leaves ink in topaz to distress the edges of all the papers. I also used pop dots on each level of the wreath to give it some dimension. I used an SU sentiment inside the card and stamped "warm wishes" with SU Riding Hood Red ink. (don't you just love the cute names SU always comes up with for its ink?!)

Make sure you hop on over to WSB and check out what some of the other DT members came up with! And, check out Mojo Monday too if you get a chance...they always have great projects to inspire you! I also want to say that I am sorry for not posting so regularly lately. Things have been hectic. However, I promise to do a better job keeping up with my crafty postings even though it is one of the most busy times of the year due to the holidays. I am working on several projects and may even have another post to put up later today...or at least tomorrow! So make sure to check back! Happy Scrapping!

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Great Blog Candy & New Digital Co.!

The awesome Roberta over at Prairie Fairy (and a fellow Lime Light DT member of mine!) has some great blog candy on her blog that she is giving make sure to check it out!

But not only that, I am so happy to say that she is getting ready to launch her own digital stamp co., Prairie Fairie Digital Stamps! I am so excited because she is super duper talented and I love all her work! And right now she has a digital freebie for everyone to snag! It is the cutest little reindeer and sentiment ever! Totally love is both naughty and nice. Plus, she has a tutorial for using the cutie pie image too! Such a great preview for all the other cute images to follow in her store!

So RUN don't walk over to Roberta's blog to snag the freebie, get the deets on her launch, and sign up for her blog candy! Happy Scrappin'!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

And the winner is....

EMILY! Yay! You won my American Craft blog candy girly! Email your addy to me at scrapcandydesigns @ and I will put it in the mail! Make sure to check back soon for some big blog candy I am going to give away to celebrate my recent blog-i-versary! Gotta finish going through my stash and getting all the yummies ready!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fan Girls!

OMG! New Moon absolutely rocked! I wasn't sure if it was going to be possible, but it was definitely even better than Twilight! We were all like a bunch of giggly school girls and Mel even made us up a Team Edward cheer, since we are all fans of Edward! I laughed, I cried, and yes, I even screamed! We got there two hours before the movie started and the line had already formed, but we got there soon enough that we got excellent seats when we finally got into our showing. Kel loved her little Edward card and her present...hubby picked her up an Edward throw blanket. So she got to cuddle with him after the movie! LOL! She declared that it was the best birthday ever while we were at the theatre!

But seriously, the theatre we went to had everything under control and it all went so smoothly. Definite props to them. And everyone was so friendly and upbeat...just a great crowd. And it was very reassuring to notice that at least half of the women there were over 30. Made me feel so much better! LOL! And, we were all surprised by the number of guys too...which was very cool. Such a fun atmosphere and we all grabbed food from the theatre's diner while we waited. Ended up being the best two hours I have ever spent in line...and that is saying a lot because I am totally not a patient, standing (or sitting) in line kind of gal!

So, here is the birthday girl herself, my fantastic sis-n-law Kellie. Team Edward all the way!

This is all of us as they were finally letting us into the theatre. Clockwise, from the center, Julie, Kellie, Me, Mel, and Faye.

And here is a random pic of Faye and I relaxing in line!

Kel also got Twilight Scene It for her birthday so we are already trying to plan a game night for us gals next weekend...after we see New Moon again that is! So, did anyone else brave the crazy throngs of screaming fans to see the movie? If so, what did you think of it? If not, do you plan on seeing it? And yep, Eclipse comes out June 30th, tickets go on pre-sale May 1st and we are all planning on doing it again!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge...Twilight Style!

First things first - Make sure you sign up for my blog candy I am giving away below! Some yummy American Crafts goodies! All you have to do is be a follower and leave me a comment! Just scroll down a little bit and you will see it! You have until midnight tonight!

Isn't this little Edward stamp from The Greeting Farm absolutely adorable??!! I thought so too when I had seen it for the very first time on a card by the awesome Stephanie, who operates Scrapsketch. You can check out her card here, by the way! I knew I just had to do a birthday card for my fabulous sister-in-law, Kellie, who loves Edward and the Twilight Saga as much as I do!

As I mentioned above, cutie patootie Edward is from The Greeting Farm. After coloring him with my watercolor pencils, I made sure to add some diamond Stickles to make sure his skin sparkled when the light hit it! LOL! The cardstock is Bazill, the polka dot paper is We R Memory Keepers, and the rest of the patterned paper is Making Memories. The ribbon is American Craft & I used my Cricut Mini Monograms cart to cut the scalloped circle and regular circle. The sentiment is leftover letter stickers from my stash.

The layout for this card came from Mojo Monday's weekly sketch challenge. I love their sketches and knew it was just perfect for this card. I had an absolute blast making this card & my son got a big kick out of "sparkly" Edward! If you have a chance, hop on over to Mojo Monday's site and check out the challenge and their awesome DT projects! Lots of great inspiration!

Now, I am so very impatiently awaiting the end of my day as a bunch of us gals (Twi-hard moms!) are going to see New Moon tonight for Kellie's birthday! We pre-ordered the tickets about a month ago & I am so very psyched! I love, love, love the books and have read them three times this year alone, not counting when I read them last year too! I am definitely Team Edward and my hubby even bought me a poster for my scrap room...such a sweetie that hubby of mine! So yes, I guess I am a little obsessed, but it is so much fun! I am not a romance kind of gal, but there is something about this love story that definitely speaks to me. And with all the things that have gone on this week, I am definitely glad for an evening to get away for a little while too. So, are any of you going to see New Moon this weekend?

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

A DCRU Girly Challenge & Some Sad News

First, make sure you check out my blog candy that I am giving away! It is some yummy American Crafts goodies and all you have to do for your chance to win is be a follower and leave a comment! Super just scroll down to that post or click here. You can enter until midnight Friday, Nov. 20th!

I think I am on pink overload thanks to an awesome challenge going on over at Die Cuts R Us! My family consists of boys - hubby, son, & even the fur baby. And, I must admit, I am not the girliest girl there is anyway either! However, this challenge peaked my interest and I decided to go gung-ho with the pink! I also have to say thanks to my crafty friend Sammye Jo, who not only turned me on to this groovy site, but who also happens to be one of their DT members. And for very good reason...she is awesome! Check out her blog too if you get a chance and you will see what I mean!

The patterned paper I used is by SU, as well as the scallop punch & the stamp. The cardstock is Bazzill, the ribbon is Offray & I used Staz On ink. The adhesive pearl, rhinestones & dragonfly bling are from my stash. I know the pearls & rhinestones came from the $1 section at Target a long time ago and the dragonfly I received in a swap, but I believe they can be found at Wal-Mart.

It was an easy card to make and I enjoyed doing it too! Especially the girly part since I don't get to do too much of that with all my guy projects! Make sure you check out DCRU and Sammye Jo's blog for some beautiful projects if you get a chance!

Now, on to some sad news unfortunately. My son's grandfather passed away yesterday. My ex-husband called me & gave us the news yesterday morning; we stayed home from work & school. It was very unexpected and he was young...just 61. The funeral will not take place until after Thanksgiving more than likely and then we will be traveling out of state for that. It is just especially sad that it happened right before Thanksgiving. So, if you could keep the family in your thoughts and prayers it would be very much appreciated. I am so thankful to have such wonderful, crafty friends that I can share things with and I just want to make sure y'all know how special you are to me! Sending hugs your way!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Scrapsketch #184

Oh, how I love being on the Scrapsketch DT! I just love being able to play with Stephanie's awesome sketches and work with so many talented scrappers on the design team! This is sketch #184 and I decided to venture out of my safety zone a little by doing a horizontal 81/2 x 11, something I had not done before. So far, I just love doing this size layout! It really is a nice change of pace from having done 12 x12 for so long!

This layout is of my hubby and what we now call his signature pose, well, at least one of his signature poses. He does have another but that is best saved for another layout! He is always doing the thumbs up sign...especially at NASCAR races, which is where these photos were taken. Although it sometimes drives me crazy, we do giggle about it and it is kinda cute.

The background paper is by Elsie, I believe. I am not sure because it was part of an unamed stack my awesome mom in law bought me at a recent scrapbook yard sale we went to at our LSS. I do love the paper though and if anyone knows for sure, leave me a comment! Would love to know! The patterned strip is MME and the scalloped polka dot is an adhesive border I have had for ages that I picked up at Target. The white chipboard arrow is by Junkitz. The other arrow, the chipboard circles, and the stars are all by Miss Elizabeth. The journaling tag is Basic Grey and the ribbon is American Craft. For the title I used my Cricut and the Opposites Attract cart. The brown polka dot paper is DCWV and the orange is Chatterbox.

Please take a moment to head on over to Scrapsketch and see all the amazing sketches Stephanie created and the rockin' layouts the DT created to accompany them! They are completely awesome!

And, don't forget to sign up for my blog candy! Either click here to go directly to the post or just scroll down a few. All you have to do to win some fun American Craft goodies from my stash is sign up to be a follower and leave me a comment! Easy Peasy! Happy Scrapping!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

American Craft Blog Candy!

How about a little blog candy? I realized the other day that my blog anniversary came and went last month without me noticing thanks to all that went on in my world during October. So, I thought I would start out celebrating with a little blog candy and then follow it in a week or two with a lot more! I am steadily going through my stash and am coming up with some cool stuff to give away to all my awesome friends and followers. So, what do you need to do to win these funky little adhesive buttons and cool ribbon? Make sure you are a follower and leave me a comment before midnight on Friday, November 20th! Yep, pretty easy! I will draw the lucky winner that weekend and post it! And, make sure to keep checking back for the big blog candy that is to come.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

More GA Circle Journal Goodness!

Oh, how I love Gauche Alchemy! I am still so glad that I stumbled upon them while visiting Callista's site - especially since I am part of GA's circle journal group! I have done several posts about the circle journal, including making mine and altering Callista's. This time I got to work on a journal that had listening and dancing as a theme, which was totally fun! I do want to say a big thank you to Maggie though. She is who I mail off to every month and this month I am definitely late! I am still playing catch up due to everything that happened in November - mom going into the hospital, family getting sick, me getting sick, going to a convention for work, and everything else that seemed to happen. Please forgive me girl!

So, this is definitely not my usual scrappy style, but that is what I love about GA! I feel challenged to step outside of my box and not be afraid to do anything because I know I won't be judged negatively. That is definitely freeing...especially artistically speaking. So I really branched out here and did several things I don't normally do like using drywall plaster (yep, i really did!) and a masking technique, as well doing a transparent page.

The first page features some punk music greats such as the Sex Pistols and Patti Smith. I wanted to add in The Ramones and The Clash, but just didn't have enough room on the page. As I said earlier I used some plaster on the background page and then covered it in some acrylic paint. I used DCWV & Bazzill cardstock for the mats and the crinkly, slightly sparkly, yellowish square I got from Joyce, who is also in this CJ group with me! I loved its look and feel and she totally has to let me know how she made the piece! The chipboard letters are by K&Co. and I painted a couple coats of white acrylic on them and while they were still wet, I pressed some glitter embossing powder on them. I sprayed them with good old hairspray to set the glitter. The mask is just various letters I cut with my Cricut (OA, George, Mini Monograms) and used red acrylic paint over top of them. The other letters I trimmed out of my Sunday circular.

The second page is obviously dedicated to Elvis and all his rockin' moves! I used SU cardstock for the mats and the rub ons are by DCWV, ColorBok, and American Tradition Designs. The little rhinestone flowers are by Petaloo, I believe. The flower is one I made a while back using scraps of paper around my craft room, some Stickles, distressing ink, buttons and thread. Super easy and super fun to make too!

I have really enjoyed stepping outside of my creative comfort zone and really exploring my mixed media art side. I have already received the next journal and can't wait to get started on it so that yes, I can make sure it gets out on time to the fabulous Maggie at the first of December! I also should be back with another post tomorrow as I should have some cards to show you that I have been working on for The Lime Light DT. Like I said earlier, I am still playing catch up from last month but it looks like I won't be behind much longer! Yay! Happy Scrapping!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Fall, Fun, & Fondue!

Okay, so you know how I told you that last week was very hectic with work due to a convention, but that it was made better since my bestie, Annette, flew in to go with me. Well, I thought I would post a few photos from last week, as well as a great one that I took yesterday morning of the trees turning for fall. My backyard is turning into a beautiful, colored frenzy right now and I am loving it!

The next photo is of Annette and I at a pub where the convention took place. We actually have a tradition that we go to a pub together at least once each and every year, usually during convention. Our fav so far, that we have been back to repeatedly and from which I have clothed my family in multiple t-shirts, is Kilkenney's in Tulsa. Best darn pub....EVER...and it is an authentic pub too! If you are ever that way, make sure to check it out!

The next pic is of the two of us at convention during an awards luncheon. We were so pooped by this time! But isn't she gorgeous! My bestie is definitely a hottie! LOL!

And last, but not least, is a photo of our yummy fondue that we had at the Melting Pot to culminate a week of hard work mixed with a little fun coming to an end. Our friend and co-worker, Lisa, joined us and we had a blast! The funny thing was, every fondue we ordered ended up having alcohol in it. The cheddar fondue had beer, the entree broth had red wine, and the desert fondue had an amaretto liquor. Not to mention we ordered a bottle of wine (which i must add, was like the best friggin' wine ever!), plus had mixed drinks too! The waitress was cracking up at us and we definitely enjoyed ourselves! Plus, to make it even better - it was our boss' treat! Yep, he paid for it and we love him for that too!

So, did everyone have a great Halloween? We ended up going to Frontier City's Fright Fest with some free passes that my boss had given us a while back. Our son wanted to do that instead of trick or treating, but we still had a good time. I will make sure to post some pics from Fright Fest later on! Happy Scrapping!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Blog Award Goodness!

I just want to say that I am so very blessed to have met so many wonderful friends through my papercrafting! And those wonderful people have given me some new blog awards which just tickle me pink! It really brightened up my day and I so appreciate it!

The first one is from Leanne & Natalie! Thanks so much to the both of you! You are so super sweet! Now, I need to pass it on to five others so here goes!
1. Alecia
2. Sammye Jo
3. Leah
4. Sandy
5. Annalise

The second award is from Sammye Jo. I am a little late in posting it since I had so much going on with sick family when she originally gave it to me. Thank you so much sweetie! You rock! And now, to give this to five other wonderful people!
1. Jenny
2. Crystal
3. Lorraine
4. Diana
5. Cindy

Again, thanks so much ladies for thinking of me! It just made my day! Lots of love! Happy Scrapping!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

ScrapSketch #177 - Night of Frights!

Whew! This past week has been crazy busy for me! I had to go to a convention for work, and then there was halloween, and then my fabulous in-laws came over for dinner on Sunday! Here I thought I was gonna have some time to scrap! LOL! But all is well because the convention went great...especially since my bestie, Annette, flew in from Virginia to attend with me! Hopefully I can play catch up all weekend long as I don't have anything planned for this coming weekend!

This is one of the latest awesome sketches provided by Stephanie at Scrapsketch! She is so cool and I absolutely love being on her DT! All of the members are so super creative! For this sketch I decided to stay with my Halloween theme for the month of October. And no, I didn't meet my goal and get all my previous Halloweens scrapped. However, I only have one or two more to go! Whoopee!

The photos for this layout are of our son and his bestie at Frontier City's Fright Fest three years ago. The patterned paper is The Paper Studio and the solid is Making Memories. The cardstock is Bazzill. I used my Cricut Mini Monograms cart for the title and the George cart for the hidden journaling tag. The webs are patterned paper that I cut and then added Stickles too. I also added Stickles to the foam frame I used. The frame, Boo!, and ghosts (which I added googly eyes to) are part of a foam Halloween kit I picked up at the Dollar Tree. The spiders are some old rings I had leftover from a few Halloweens past and the ribbon is from my stash.

If you get a chance, make sure you stop by Scrapsketch and check out all the other awesome sketches and layouts the DT did! They are so amazing and you will definitely be amazed! Happy Scrapping!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Spooky peeks!

Those who know me well know that I absolutely adore Halloween! It is my fav holiday and one that my family and I love! Maybe it has something to do with Fall being my fav season, I don't know. I just know I am so happy during this time of year!

This first pic is a spooky sneaky peek of an album I made with my awesome mom-n-law! Several weeks ago we went to a class at our LSS - her treat! She is such a super sweet person and I am so blessed to have terrific in-laws! Anyway, it is not quite finished as I have to add some more of my own touches to it and, of course, this year's Halloween pics! But isn't it just yummy so far?!!

The next photos are some adorable little pumpkins my son and I sat down and painted the other day. We had so much fun breaking out my scrap supplies to create something together! And, I just love how his turned out! Hubby said the one pumpkin of his, on the left, looks like a little death metal pumpkin! A friend said it reminded her of Alice Cooper though! We have been getting the biggest laughs out of that. And, I think the little googly eyes he added to his two just made them even cuter! Never thought I would use the words cute and death metal to describe the same object! LOL!

TJ and I were planning on making a wreath for Halloween together, but time has got away from us with everyone being so sickly for so many weeks. So we will be doing a fall wreath together instead. Hopefully, within the next week we will get it finished and I can post that too! We also have some jack-o-lanterns to carve sometime this week as well! And, I am also working on a fall mini album for the latest challenge over at WSB - will be posting that next week too! So much fall fun! Happy Scrapping!

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