Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sketchy Thursdays time!

Yay, I picked up my computer yesterday afternoon and all is well.  It just needed a new power thingamabob.  I think the computer guy is my new hero though.  So here is today's sketch...check it out here:!  Also...I sent my hubby into the camera store (I refuse to step foot inside because steam always comes out of my ears when I'm there) to rent me a flash unit for my slr to have for Christmas.  He comes out with a point and shoot camera instead.  I was tickled because I've been wanting a teeny purse sized camera to have for project 365.  These are the first pictures I took and have had developed and man am I bummed!  They're pretty yucky looking, it's a nikon coolpix.  Anyone have a little purse sized camera they love?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hey there!

Just wanted to check in and say a quick hi...haivng serious computer issues... as in blew up an outlet (tried really hard to light the couch on fire) which made my computer go dead.  Hubby took it in today and we're crossing our fingers that it's fixable.  In the meantime I'm working on getting some scrapping done (super hard without my computer with all my pictures!!!), I'm being forced to go "old school" and I'm not liking it one bit.  I AM looking forward to starting project 365 on friday though and wanted to throw a link out there for anyone else thinking of doing it.  I LOVE this site so much, I'm thrilled to pieces that I found it just when I'm getting ready to start.  If you join please add me as a friend!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Well, this started off to be for the last MME sketch...but I ran out of time and so I took it another direction instead :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

My 100th page!!

Yay, I just started scrapping again in June after a four year break and I was curious to see how many I'd end up with by the end of the year...didn't think I'd make it to 100 though....and I still have a few more to go before the year is up!  My little guy (the extremely mismatched one) and his cousin loving his little car on vacation this summer.  Using all My Minds Eye :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sketchy Thursday

This is something totally different for me...but it's fun to try new things right?  I went for a very neutral one color look.  I had some fun stamping out the journaling too.  This is for this weeks sketch at Sketchy Thursdays.  And the prize this week is from the wonder Scrapbook Kit Club...their Dec kit which is amazing!!!  With Christmas fast approaching it's a quick and easy sketch this week so be sure to play along!

ps....everything on this page is from the Jan Scrapbook Kit Club enjoy the tiny sneak peek!

Monday, December 14, 2009

'Tis the Season....for Christmas pictures!

So....nice and last minute like a week or so ago we took Chrismtas pictures.  This is much harder than you think when you're a photographer...when you don't plan well and do them spontaneously you have to rely on the self timer...and daughter...and hubby if you want to be in any of them yourself.  So here's a few from our little whirlwind of a session (now the real trick will be if I can actually get them turned into cards, ordered AND mailed far I've designed the card.

and a few more out takes (see my "Christmas Hams" lo below for a few more out takes)...this is what happens when mom turns around to answer the phone and your 10 year old takes over the camera!  She took the one of me and hubby too :)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Winter Schminter!

I loooove this MME Colorful Christmas line!  This is based on this weeks sketch at 52 sketches!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sketchy Thursday!

Yay it's Thursday!  Check out this weeks sketch and prize.  I played with my Cricut a bit more and made the three flowers with it!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas hams...

Yep, that's what they are...this is what you get when you let them "pose" themselves lol!!  This is for this months sketch at Scrapbook Express using papers & die cuts from My Minds Eye!  Ooooh and do you see what I did?  I got a Cricut on black friday....been drooling over them forever....and finally got one!!!  But I've been either sick or busy...and it's been driving me crazy to have it sitting there taunting me.  So I finally had time last night to download SCAL and I only just dipped my big toe in to get a feel for how it all works but hey -how do you like that "hams" and scallop there eh?  I'm now at the point where I'm pretty much wanting to cut out everything and am holding myself back lol.  I think I'm going to be very good friends with my little Cricut!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sketchy Thursdays time!

I loved this weeks sketch, it was perfect to use up some more of my Dec Scrapbook Kit Club kit and I'm still working my way through past Christmas pics!!  Check out this week's sketch here!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Scrapbook Kit Club Dec kit club debut!

I have to say if you've been thinking of trying out a kit do not hesitate to get this one!!  It's huge, it's like no matter what I make my box does not get emptier...the kit that keeps on kit-ing lol!  I've done three pages with another in the works plus a far!  My sketchy thursdays lo from last week was made with the kit and here are two more...
I had lots of fun with the paint, I haven't gotten paint out in forever and I love the way it looks on the edges!

oh...and ps I totally cheated here and used leftover rhinestones from the Nov kit.  This month does have red ones included but I used them all up!!

Monday, November 30, 2009


This is totally different for me, but I saw this sketch from pencil lines and knew it was perfect for the clouds that come with the MME die cut sheet.  I love the way it turned out, that's my favorite part of scrapping that I can have a different style on every page.  My husband wasn't so sure about this one (by the way he's put out a few rockin' scrapbook pages himself in case you wonder why I take so much stock in a non scrappers' opinion lol)...he also told me the girls look sick in the picture.  Umm it's *supposed* to be vintage...guess not. me the clouds seemed perfect with this picture of them laying in the grass.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

All you need is love...

I just love this new My Minds Eye stuff!  I had a super hard time taking a picture of it, it's been crazy gloomy around here lately (my kids are asking for supper at 3:00 lol) so pretend the background is a nice perfect white and the picture is a nice normal black and white picture.  This is for this week's challenge at, using die cuts to add texture to your pages!  I had alot of fun with the die cuts distressing the edges and layering the hearts.  Now, I love the way this page turned out...but my husband hates it.  I think it's the first page he's ever umm.... strongly yeah...just a little nervous about putting it up lol.  Oh and I should also mention it's based on the last MME sketch challenge on their blog :)

Here's a few close ups too :P

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sketchy Thursday!

Here is this week's sketch! Now, like last month I'm just a little bit extra-excited about this one because today's sponsor is Scrapbook Kit I used Dec's kit (which I just got in my hot little hands on Tuesday) so you can see a little preview of what is in the December kit! I had to pick up my jaw when I opened my box. First off, let me just say I was never a kit girl until I got picked for their dt. I've changed my mind lol. I LOVE opening up a box where everything matches, I just reach and scrap until my box is empty. I never thought I would like that but I LOVE it! And every single month I LOVE what is in my box. I've also seen little peeks at what is to come in the months ahead and let me just say, don't bother with buying one just sign up for the will NOT regret it!!

Ok, so for today's son got a guitar last Christmas...and he was so excited but still doesn't pronounce it right lol, to him it's a buh-tar. So I had to scrap that! Every single thing on the page is from the December kit, yep even the thread, even that super cute little flower with the button, and even the metallic Thickers! And YOU can win it just by playing along, it's a random drawing....doesn't get any better or easier than that!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Bonus Alert!!  If you link your lo to the SBKC Blog you'll be entered to win a rak too!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New 'Do

Scrapsketch day!  Here's sketch 183!  My daughter got allll over her long pretty hair chopped off.  She's our kid that no matter what I do she looks disheveled.  Seriously.  I try so hard to make her look all cute and put together and no matter what by the time we arrive at our destination she's a mess.  So silly us....first we thought if we grew her hair out that would make it better.  Yeah right, she's very anti brushing.  And then we thought we'd get it all chopped off again.  Which while adorable is a pain because I have to flat iron it.  But she couldn't be any cuter in it!  Our older daughter by the way never leaves the house without wearing a complete matching ensemble and hair perfectly coifed....and she's been like that since birth.  I'm kind of curious to see them as teen agers lol.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sketchy Saturday?

No, I'm just late posting my Sketchy Thursday lo.  This week besides an awesome sketch the dt was challenged with "Japanese pop culture" which had me all sorts of nervous because that is completely opposite of my usual style (see previous page).  However I dug and dug and dug through my stash and found some scenic route stuff that seemed to fit the bill and since I bought these papers for events that haven't happend yet (you know how that can happen) I decided to use drawings and Carter writing his name for me. 
Want to hear a funny story about that?  So the other day my husband pops home from work for a few min to take a quick he lays down and calls me up there, he had moved the pillow and found...very neatly written CARTER BJ underlined.  Carter is four, Ellie is six.  Because of the perfectly lined up evenly written letters (see below how he *usually* writes his name) we assume it's Ellie.  We call her up, she bursts into tears....not because she thought she was in trouble for doing it because she knew she hadn't but because we had the audacity to think her handwriting is that bad.  (Being that we homeschool and I see her writing daily, I would have to say her handwriting IS that bad....).  So then we called Carter up who very matter-of-factly told us he did it.  Sooooo you know, who needs monogrammed sheets when your four year old can scrawl their name on them.  Oh, and the BJ part lol?  We have a guy at church who's name is BJ and Carter adores him and that's his "pretend" name (the girls started calling him that when he was two).  He's got two others too but 99% of the time it's BJ.

So yeah... this page WAS in celebration of him learning to write his name....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Guard your heart

So I posted this picture and it's "story" the other day and here's the page that I came up with for it using the new life stories line from My Minds Eye...haven't done a shabby/distressed etc. page in a loooong time.  I used to do almost all of my pages with paper like this and have veered towards fun brighter colors since I came back to scrapping this year.  It was fun to get out my ink (which four years later is as good as new lol).  If you love kraft paper you NEED this line, the backs of all of these are perfect wonderful kraft paper and I adore this grid paper I used for the background.  All of this can be found at Scrapbook Express!  It's also based on a sketch at Inspired Blueprints!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Scrap your blessings!

This lo is for the Nov contest going on right now at Scrapbook Express.  The challenge was using fall colors make your journaling a message to future generations, the new MME journaling card was perfect for this! All papers are Bo Bunny Gypsy (love those colors!).  Check it out and play along for a chance to win a 25.00 gc to the store!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sketchy Thursday!

I love love love how this page came out.!  Diana has the greatest sketches and I so love my scenic route stash.  Like I've said before, I have way too many "moment" type pictures so I'm trying to use them in a different way....with a favorite Bible verse or "life lesson" etc.  They hear how pretty they are all the need to dedicate 100 scrapbook pages to that subject lol!  So here is one with her favorite verse (and mine :) ).  Check out this weeks sketch here and the awesome prize you can win...just by playing along-doesn't get any easier than that!

Oooh and happy accident (love it when those happen) I cut my blue background paper 8x11 rather than 8.5x11 so I had to do something different for the edge and I just love how feminine it turned out especially since I used orange as an accent when there is not any orange in the picture!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Just some quick pics today :)

So no lo's I can share today (tomorrow is thursday though!) so how about a quick pic of my hubby I took on Sat? We went and stayed at my grandma's who lives out in the country and it was soooo pretty with the blue sky and the BEAN (yes I might have been corrected on what kind of field is next to her house) field and then I saw the sweater he was wearing and I made him go stand out there lol. It was totally the wrong time of day....had he been a paying client we'd have gone home lol BUT since I really really wanted it I did some major reconstructive surgery on his face and got grouchy that I don't have a big flash of my own lol. Ooh and I just took this one of my daughter a few mintues ago. I noticed this leaf hanging on a bush in our yard last night but it was too dark to take a picture. It was the only leaf left and I don't know how I didn't notice before but they're heart shaped...or at least this one was lol! I got some of it hanging by itself but the colors around it were yuk but I love this one of my daughter holding it :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Let's just fall in love...again

So I saw this youtube video posted on Erin Lincoln's blog (love her btw) and I don't usually bother to click on stuff like that...I'm looking for paper not songs lol.  But I did and I sent it immediately to my husband...aaaaand it's been stuck in both of our head's ever since.  I love this song!  So what do you do when you get a song stuck in your head?  Scrap it of course.  So I'm not as clever as Erin and have no clue how to post the video here (and I did try lol) but here's the link in case you'd like it stuck in your head Jason Castro.
This page is done using the November sketch challenge for Scrapbook Express.  Using the Basic Grey Ambrosia line.

This year is the first year I've ever put us in the dumb is that!?  Actually I've not really had alot of pictures to choose from... but still.  Bottom picture was taken by my then 8 year old two summers ago and then the top pic was taken last fall during our family session.  I was actually pretty bummed with them but I had two must have pics and that was one of them.  I love the way my two must haves came out and the rest...meh.  Anyway, they didn't photograph well for this page...I don't really look like a ghost in the picture lol.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Relax already...

My baby football player at one week. Being a photographer I had all these great shots I wanted...the only problem was he wanted to be held by me in all of them...which is hard when you're the photographer. Sooo here he is not relaxing in daddy's arms. I only ended up with about four newborn pictures of him-ridiculous. This was for the Oct sketch challenge at Rocky Mountain Hobbies :)

Sunday, November 1, 2009


That means I get to show off the amazing November kit for Scrapbook Kit Club!
My nephew Cooper last week at the pumpkin patch :)

You have to click on this one to see if you can read my hubby's journaling. Made me cry...

This would be me on a private patio at parliament...I'm just cool like that mhhm. Next in this series is a picture of a cop (only they're not cops and I'm blanking on the name) under Big Ben yelling at me to stop taking pictures...ooooonly happens to me I tell ya.
It is a truly beautiful kit and perfect for the season we're in. My hubby told me these are some of his favorite pages I've done....(remember the whole "me decorating like a clown" comment-you see now how he would decorate).
I was going to space these out posting over a few days but nah...also a little sidenote.....YES I DO know how to tie bows in other ways. I lined them all up in a row to admire them when I was done and couldn't believe I had managed to tie the bow the SAME way on all three pages lol. Granted I didn't scrap them all at once...but still lol!! Oh, and I'm also using bits of the add on kits...the technique add on kit has my most favorite scrapping item I handy dandy embossing pen (at least that's what I call it) and some black glitter (which I also used on my "clown" page). And if you like this kit you might as well just sign up for auto ship, I've seen bits and pieces of the next two months and they are DELISH!! I'll be posting a little more from this kit soon, I still have my paint to use!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Twinkle, Sparkle, Shimmer....

I'm up to my eyeballs in glitter over here! This week at Sketchy Thursdays our sponsor was Art Glitter. The colors I received are Barbie's and Gala Glitz Gold. I used the Martha Stewart glue stamp pad and my acrylic stamps to create the title. I also used the awesome glue they sent with the glitter that came with a super tiny metal tip and outlined the letters to make them raised. I had fun playing around with the tip, easy to handwrite things (if you have good handwriting in the first place lol). The gold gala stuff is very fun, it's chunky glitter with little tiny gold balls in it. This page is much sparklier and prettier in ten year old is in love with it lol.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cute little posies

Just a fun little card using the purple angel mist spray from this month's kit over at Scrap Book Kit Club...check out my tutorial on how to make them HERE.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Chub. Yep, that pretty much covers it! I'll give you a gold star if you guess the age of my ginormous baby here. This is for friday's sketch challenge over at Scrap Sketch.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Sketchy Thursdays!

It's thursday...yay I have a page to show lol! Be sure to head over to see the sketch posted this week and the fun prize you can win -it's a random drawing!!! It also just so happens that I HAVE the prize right here in my hot little hands since I'm the SBKC design team and let me just say it's 100% worth playing for it's AWESOME this month!! Here's my take on it...yeeeep morrrre Christmas :). Still using up lots of goodies from my Scenic Route stash.

Monday, October 19, 2009

A quick fall pic

Soooo, I have a whole stack of lo's here...that I can't share yet...sooo how about a quick fall pic of my daughter Ellie throwing leaves at me?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Second Chance!

Today is a second chance day at Sketchy Thursdays! Lil Scrappin Mama has spoiled us rotten this month with a Fantastic (with a capital F there see?) October kit! One lucky winner will WIN this kit!! Run over to Sketchy Thursday and see the prompt (it's not even a sketch today!). We had to create something with the kit dominant colors of orange and brown with a pop color of either teal or hot pink. I had THE perfect pictures to use. Last Sat it SNOWED. I'm not ok with that, our kids didn't even have winter coats yet! So my daughter ran out (with socks on her hands lol) and her little spring jacket and caught snowflakes for a few minutes. I love that I captured all that beautiful fall color with a punch of her hot pink jacket!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Scrap Sketch Challenge!

Here's my lo for today's sketch over at Scrap Sketch. Starting to wade through some of my christmas pics....I'm going easy and starting with the "in front of the tree" poses :)

A peek at Nov!

Check out the sneak peek at Scrapbook Kit Club for the Nov kit. I just got mine in the mail this week and oh my...I wanted to drop everything I was doing and run to my scrap table. It's a BEAUTIFUL kit. Also...I know I'm getting ahead of myself but I've seen a sneak of the Dec kit and you might as well just sign up for the auto ship. Do you see what I used in this picture on my other page??? Check out the blog for more pics!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Thursday!!

You know what that means...another fantastic sketch is up at Sketchy Thursdays! Here's my page for this weeks little guy sporting a faux hawk by daddy. Incidentally that cute little border around the edge? My template has walked off....if you've seen it please send it home, I miss it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Do you ever do one of those pages that is just so *you*? This is one of those pages for me. I'd decorate my house like this in a heartbeat...but it might look like a clown lived here...and my husband would move out. So since I can't exactly decorate like this...or at least to this extreme I'll keep the whimsy to my pages :). This is based on this weeks sketch at 52 sketches and I used a whole bunch of new stuff from the big scenic route closing sale (so sad to see them go!). OH! And I used *something* on here from next months kit at Scrap Book Kit Club-can't tell you what but it's an awesome kit and not only is there enough of this something to use on this page but I'll still have plenty of it left over to use on my dt pages! Do not hesitate to pre-order the Nov kit, it's GORGEOUS!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Love these pics of my guy Carter. My favorite color on him is orange. This is for the pagemaps contest going on using the beautiful kit from Lil Scrappin Mama.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sketchy Thursday Time!

This week at sketchy thursday the dt was given this gorgeous digi kit to work with. I'm not a digi scrapper but I love the patterns and colors in this and was very excited to print them off. I scrap both 8.5x11 and 12x12, just pretty much whatever mood I'm in for a page and for this one since I have a regular old printer...and one that doesn't do borderless printing to boot I did an 8.5x11 page. So anyway here's my cutie patootie nephew Cooper on vacation this summer playing in the sand. One of my favorite pics of him. Be sure and check out this week's sketch !