Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My take on Sketch #38 Cardabilities

Life has been so busy with family the last few days, it's nice to be back in blogging land!  Today I want to share with you my take on sketch #38 for Cardabilities:
the sketch:
my card:
I made this card using my scraps!  Just love those paper flowers, so easy to make!  If anyone is interested I could make a tutorial--just let me know!  all the product minus the flower, pearls and sentiment are fancy pants (really old).  The Cardabilities DT did an awesome job with this sketch!  If you want to play and view their takes go HERE.
Off and running like always!  My boy just reminded me that I need to place his book order and the other just reminded me that they have a class auction today!  Better get going!  Thanks for the visit.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Smile x3

Just a quick post to make you smile today!
I don't know if you can tell from this shot but those flowers are actually GORGEOUS layered paper flowers, I added glitter to them to make them sparkle.  That punch on the card is relatively new and I really love it!  It's a Martha Stewart one and comes with a corner punch too.  All the paper/sticker product is Pebbles--just loved working with this fun girly line!

Need to go eat breakfast, we are off to celebrate my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary today!  That is a LONG time, 7 kids, 23 grandkids, 8 great grand children.

thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit!

Friday, August 26, 2011

A week ago today....

my brother had to put his beloved Sammy down--he was 7.  He was a funny animal...he will be missed...so glad that I took pictures of him at Easter.  I happened to have Bella Blvd. tail waggers & cat naps on my desk when I got the news.  I decided that I needed to make a special card to celebrate him:
it's pretty simple but I wanted to focus on this beautiful face.  this came together really quickly, the background measures 5" x 10".
thanks for the visit today. hope you make your Friday FANTASTIC!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A week ago today....

my girl turned 13!  it also happened to be the first day of a two day (in two weeks) photography class, I shot her birthday in MANUAL mode!  Whoopee for me!  Today I finished this class and feel a lot more confident with the taking of pictures in the manual mode.  Now dont' get me wrong I don't claim to be even remotely close to a professional photographer, I like to take pictures and was looking for a way to improve my knowledge....  That being said I got some fun shots of her birthday, I made this layout with some of those shots:
this page was SO fun to put together, really like when I have great pictures to work with.  Now the color isn't perfect but what I love about these pictures is that my girl is GENUINELY smiling--not the cheesy hurry up and take the picture mom.  It was "almost" like I wasn't there....
what is this cute paper you see?  It's Bella Blvd.!  Yep, I have been hoarding this Celebrate line for a few years--I LOVE it!  (This was back before they went double sided.)  here are some closeups:

(seriously addicted to using pop dots!)
Well, I'm off and running want to get some much needed creating done! :)  Thanks for popping in for a visit!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Just Me....


Okay, I really actually like this picture of myself! :)  I usually don't--but isn't that pretty much what everybody thinks?  I took this last October when I
1. had a lot of hair
2. was dressed up for Halloween as a mom-razzi.
funny thing is I took this all by myself! :) So fun when the stars align....
I made this layout with all Pebbles yummies and had SO MUCH fun doing it!  The flowers on this paper are just AWESOME and then there were rubons...

Today is a half day and I have some fun things for my kids and I to do.  Sure hope that they want to play! :)  That being said I need to run!  Thanks for popping in for a visit!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

mom & me

I wanted to share my last layout for Scrapbook Circle for the month of August:
I took these pictures in June, so glad I took these once in a lifetime pictures.  LOVE that I captured this moment between my mom and Nanny.  I just love that the Sassafrass was perfect for the embellishments and paper....I of course used some pop dots for some flowers, sewing both machine and hand stitching.... this layout came together once I saw it in my head.

guess what?!  I have sneaks of the September kit for Scrapbook Circle:
just love the fall colors AND Amy Tangerine!
thanks for popping in!  supposed to be 115 degrees today-CRAZY hot, so ready for fall....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

star students

The other day I school album, I had a few scraps left of paper and happened to also have pictures of my niece and nephew from the first day of school too!  So I made this fun little card as a thank you to my SIL:
here are some closeup details:

the background is a 5" x 10" piece of black cardstock.  I basically scrapped a 4 3/4" 4 3/4" piece of pattern paper and added the pictures (of course these were printed at 3" x 4" to fit.)  At this size they fit into my 5.5" square envelope.
For those of you that are curious this is the report card line from october afternoon, I believe it's from last year.  I've been holding onto it for a while for just the right moment to play--LOVE it!
Thanks so much for stopping in for a visit!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Field day--lift for Scrapbook Circle

The lift for this month at Scrapbook Circle was Doreen:
Here is my take:
I wasn't so sure about the Basic Grey paper (with the dots) but I ended up loving how it worked with my niece's tie dye shirt.  here are some closeups of the layout:

 You can't really tell from the larger picture but here is the title:
there are still some left of You are My Sunshine it is a FUN kit!  You can also see Heather's take on the sketch on the Scrapbook Circle's BLOG.
Thanks for popping in today!  I'm off to do some EXCITING laundry. :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cardabilities #37

I wanted to share my card from this sketch:
here is my take on it:
this card took a mind of it's own--this paper from Bo Bunny was just so fun to work with and layer up!  It really only took me about 20 minutes to get this card all together, I did have to let the stickles dry and chipboard too.  The other design team members did such a FABULOUS job you can see what they did HERE.

had a visit with the dentist today, couple things on that.  GRATEFUL I have dental insurance but truly hate the shot, and drilling....they had to fix some old silver fillings that stuff flew EVERYWHERE.  It's so weird to have your mouth numb, in fact it's still numb....Ah, well the filings look great!  We get to go back this afternoon because one of my kids has a chipped tooth that needs to be filled--hope he doesn't freak out, I had to use a stress ball, and yoga breathing when they were drilling...

Thanks SO much for stopping by for a visit!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Back to school album 2011-2012

I finished my back to school album the other day and wanted to share it with you.  I was really excited about getting the whole project on a "sheet" so you wouldn't have to scroll through a bunch of pictures (yeah for Photoshop Elements!) No I don't have pictures in it yet or the journaling.  I need to print my pictures out, but I plan on having the children write their names, so we can track their progress.  For some reason I didn't get an album together last year but the year before I did--slacker!  Anyway here it is (if you click on it you can see upclose):
Yes, that is some October Afternoon goodness you are looking at!  I had so much fun--I found this little album in my closet (it was filled with some other papers that just weren't me--but their sheet protected.  Pretty cool!) So excited that I found something the perfect size!
Off to go running with my daughter, INSIDE-it's nasty humid right now!  Thanks for popping in for a visit!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Just Be

I know these pictures look familiar I have scrapped them before, but I had more than one copy and this paper from Pebbles just fit so perfectly I HAD to do them again for my daughter's book:
 some closeups:
this title is popped up with pop dots--just LOVE how this looks!
My kids are back in school, so nice to have QUIET.  The beauty of it is that they are liking being in school.  DOUBLE bonus!
with that being said I am off to create! :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 5, 2011

First Fishing Adventure.....

A few years ago the kids and I both had our very first fishing adventure.  I know, how sad that I hadn't fished before....ANYWAY, on our way up to see family north of us we stopped at an area with lots of water, we didn't have enough poles for everyone to fish at once so I took pictures.  I caught this site as I rounded the corner and it's one of my favorite pictures EVER. (if you click on the layout it makes it larger....)
 love the fact that my hubby is helping out my daughter and they are having a chat as they fish.  I had the best time adding pop dots behind the cloud, adventure & parenthesis (from the printable included in the you are my sunshine kit--from scrapbook circle.)

School starts next week.  it will be good to have the kids on a schedule and doing something other than annoying each other.  Today one of my friends posted this on facebook: "As of today, I am ready for my kids to learn real curriculum- not just cool Wii games." it made me laugh because it's TOTALLY true!

Hope that you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for popping in to visit!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

girl's camp...You are my sunshine

I can finally share with you pictures from girl's camp last week, I had a blast with my daughter and the other girls from my ward (congregation).  A week ago we went on a HARD hike, actually one person put it perfectly it should have said Rock climbing-we did a lot of that!  So glad that I've been stretching and have some upper body strength....the scenery was SO beautiful!  It was muggy on the lower elevation we were sweating a lot, but as we began to climb the mountain it began to cool.  

On Wednesday we had a HUGE water fight.  With 200 girls plus leaders it was an all out war--the girls braided my hair in preparation:
(yes, those green things are leaves.  I was mother nature.....)
notice the standing water on my pants?  I was SO wet!  Luckily they rang the bell and everyone was able to change into something dry.  But it sure was fun to drench and be drenched!

it's August and that means a new kit from Scrapbook circle!  This month's kit is called You are My Sunshine this kit is filled with FUN paper and embellishments from Echo Park, Simple Stories, Basic Grey and Sassafras.
here's a little sneak peak at what the kit looks like:
this is one of the pages that I created with this kit:
In keeping with my Project Life picture journaling, I took this random shot of my mom.   It's not the "perfect" shot (where she's looking at the camera) but this captures a lot about her, she is serving food-which she always does at her house, she is wearing an apron, and telling a story.  This captures her "in action", I love it!  
Do you have shots like this?  Are you worried it might not be the "perfect" picture, guess what?  It doesn't matter, it's preserving memories that is the important part.  Is there something that your family does habitually?  It doesn't have to be complicated.  This day I was just snapping pictures and found this jewel.  

Here is a closeup of the side:
I sure had fun with this layout.
The summer is winding down for us, today we get to pick up my daughter's schedule for Jr. high.  Exciting!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit--I sure hope your day is a WONDERFUL one!