Sunday, December 28, 2008
Journaling: Dear Santa, I've been good...Honest!
I'm going to teach this altered frame at Scrapper's Cove January 18th. I love how quickly and easily this came together!
This is the final look of the tree before the hoopla of Christmas morning.
Donovan forgot to leave Santa a cookie, so I took care of that and made sure to let him know that Santa enjoyed her....err his cookie very much!
Friday, December 26, 2008
We travelled to Trenton to spend the rest of Christmas with Troy's family as we normally do. We had a beautiful buffet style dinner at my in law's that the whole family takes part in putting together. Renee (MIL) did the majority of the cooking since it was at her house. I made watermelon and apple martinis, which were very strong since I used schapps and flavored rum instead of the non alcoholic mixers! Can you say cotton mouth?...good grief, my mouth feels like a desert!
Today, the boys and I will travel to Deptford to spend the "day after Christmas" with my family. This is our made up holiday so we get to spend Christmas with everyone, but not feel the rush of having to go from house to house, especially since we are all so spread out over the state.
I'm running a little behind with preparations for my sister's house. I need to make the chicken parmesan and the cornbread...we usually do an Italian meal for our celebration, I mean one can only eat so much turkey and stuffing! We're also having green salad, vegetable ziti and lasagna....of course some desserts, including my cookie platter.
I'll post pictures from our celebrations later!
Today is also the first day of Kwanzaa!! Here's a LO I did a few days ago about the holiday.
based on this sketch by beggahuna
The title nguzo saba is Swahili for 7 Principles (1 for each day of Kwanzaa) **journaling taken from a Kwanzaa website**
Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Kuumba (Creativity) To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Imani (Faith) To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
The Kwanzaa diecut was originally 1 piece and blue. I inked it black and cut the 2 symbols off, the coated "kwanzaa" with glitter.
Here are two more Christmas cards I made using Tinsel Town.
Thanks for taking a peek...have a happy new year!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I used the turquoise faux suede lace-up tape and the mini turquoise ric rac to spice up this summery LO of my cutie pie nephew.
I used the coral satin edge organza and Pink Paislee's Tinsel Town for this project. It's an altered toilet paper roll...I guess you can call it my "Bailout Christmas Present"! LOL! I created this as gift packaging for the refrigerator magnets I made.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This award comes from Aja, if you've never visited her blog, check it out! She has some gorgeous pics of her cutie pies up now!
"Pay It Forward":
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Provide links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.
I'm nominating these ladies because they are all different, but each inspires me in so many ways:
Ken ~she is so creative, just look at all of the adorable buttons and cards and things in her esty shop!
Jenni ~she can rock an altered project like nobody's business!
Pamela ~she has incredible style, especially when it comes to layering!
Mimi ~she is such a versatile scrapper; masculine LOs, feminine LOs, you name it Mimi rocks it!
Veronica ~she takes some of the most beautiful and endearing photographs ever!
Monday, December 15, 2008
I wanted to use multiple photos so I changed things up a bit...I swapped the journaling, photos, and title but still kept the basic design of the sketch.
I've been dying to use up some of my Sass stash. I love the way the little birds and the little caterpillar look like they are marching along! The chipboard bracket frames and music notes are from Magistical Memories...gotta love their stuff!
Thanks for looking! Hope you play along with us!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Too bad I already have the color scheme picked out for my tree, I'm really diggin' the apple green and pink...hmmm, maybe next year!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We went through the whole "what's he doing now" bit and I told the doc that he is still not crawling or pulling himself up and although he can sit up unassisted if I sit him up, he can't go from lying to sitting by himself. So she's sending him for an early intervation evaluation for gross motor skills. Other than that, he's all good! His fine motor skills are great...he pulls himself into a standing position if he holds my hands and he walks all over the house, holding my hands of course.
But anyway, here's a pic of my Xan taken about a week ago, sporting his new grille...see the 2 little baby pegs? Isn't he cute?
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Savvy n Sassy will be looking for TWO energetic and creative designers who love ribbon to join our design team!If you are interested in receiving a new and exciting ribbon card in the mail each month filled with beautiful designs and colors then this call is for you!Each month you will receive our Ribbon Kit of the Month in the mail. In turn, you will provide for us three projects/layouts to showcase in our gallery. These items created are not sole property of Savvy N Sassy. You will be able to post them in other online galleries, blogs, submissions etc. The only stipulation we ask is that you just add in the "ribbon provided by Savvy N Sassy" phrase when sharing your layouts.You will also be responsible for 1 or 2 "How to" entries on the Savvy n Sassy Blog. You'll also be responsible for participating in our "Frame of the Day" and "Question of the Day".Design Team members will receive a discount on stock in store and free shipping on purchases with each months kit. (as long as they are lettermail, larger items will be charged extra)As a design team member, we are seeking individuals who are interested in bonding with the team as a whole, have time to post and upload layouts to share and inspire with everyone on a regular basis. All applicants must be active in the forum/gallery in that they are familiar with our members and the overall environment of SnS.If you are interested and believe you would be a fit for our team then please submit the following:-- User name in SNS forums-- three projects or layouts showcasing your use of ribbon (created in the last 3 months)-- small bio about yourself including email and snail mail address-- list of any other design teams you are on-- please acknowledge how much time you are comfortable with to devote to Savvy n Sassy each month-- Link to your Blog-- Link to your online Gallery-- Why would you like to be a Designer for Savvy n Sassy?Term begins January 1st, 2009 and runs until the end of June 2009Submit your application by 12 Midnight (MST) Dec 23rd to:firstname.lastname@example.orgNew team will be announced on Dec 30th.Good Luck!!!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Every time I think of decorations, I remember the year I was DETERMINED to remove a painted nail from our front door! Every year prior, this nail bothered me...it always punctured the red foil that my mom picked out to cover the door and it just plain got on my nerve. So this one particular day, I decided to get the hammer, stand on a chair and get this nail out if it was the last thing I did. My mom stood behind me, cautioning me to "be careful" as I twisted and pulled and twisted and pulled. Finally the nail came out......
Yeah, it came out with such a force that I was sent flying backwards! I fell on top of my mom, we both hit the floor, the chair fell on top of me...the hammer went flying across the room....it was a funny sight! My mom and I laid on the floor for about 5 minutes laughing our butts off!!! But the most important thing is....the nail came out!! LOL!
I journalled a few Christmas memories from my childhood on this LO created for my DT at scrap-diner.com. I used the pagemap from Basic Grey's December newsletter and products from the Wassail line. This is actually a picture of my tree from last year, but I used it to journal past memories since I don't have any old pictures.
I cut a 12x12 piece of cardboard for the background, sprayed it with gold glimmer mist, dry brushed it with acrylic paint, and lightly inked it. It's so sparkly IRL!
journaling- I remember:
ordering Chinese and staying up late to help decorate
mom making lasagna and pineapple upside down cake
opening one gift at 8:00 pm on Christmas Eve
getting at least one board game every year
using cotton balls to mimic snow
mom playing Christmas records
candy and walnuts on the table
I crumpled the lollipop flower for extra dimension.
I added staples, lace and twine for added texture.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
If you want to check out my interview and the Bo Bunny projects that I created, just click here. Be sure to leave a comment and be entered for this week's Bo Bunny giveaway!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Oh Christmas Tree
In the Dog House
Polka Dot Heart
Night on the Town
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Monday, December 1, 2008
I created this LO about my camera, it's like another appendage to me and I would be lost without it! I dry brushed paint across the background and the chipboard heart.
I used a lot of rub-ons; the black ones are 7 gypsies and the white brick rub-on is an old one by EK Success, it's actually a 12x12 rub-on, I just cut a section of it to use here.
By the way congratulations to newest Dreamgirl Divas: Elizabeth Carney, Sophia Soh, Chataqua M. Yardley , Susan Dupre, and Erin Gudge. Looking forward to working with these very talented ladies!
The following projects were created for scrap-diner. This one was actually a lift of November's Pink Lady of the Month- KimberlyKay. I lifted this LO of hers.
I love this photo of Donovan and couldn't wait for the perfect opportunity to scrap it. Lots of Making Memories product here!
I journalled directly on the photo, it reads: journaling: I wonder what could possibly be on your mind that would cause you to look so much older than 4 years of age. Are you thinking of your future or remembering something from your short past? Are you thinking of a cure for cancer or world hunger or wondering what the next episode of Little Bill will be about? Whatever it it, it sure looks important! I hope you always take a moment to stop and think things through! 11/30/08
People living with HIV:
33 million people living with HIV worldwide
30.8 million adults
15.5 million women
2.0 million children under 15
New HIV cases in 2007:
2.7 million total new cases
2.3 million adults
370,000 children under 15
HIV-related deaths in 2007:
2.0 million total death
Do you know your status?
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I had turkey day dinner at my sister's house this year, stayed the night so we could go black Friday shopping. Before I left to come home, I packed up some leftovers to bring home...not a lot, but just enough for me and Donovan for 2 helpings. Now Troy came home on Thanksgiving day because basketball season "officially" started then next day (it never really ends in this house but that's a whole other soapbox gathering")! Anyway, he had bought his own leftovers home...
I had to work today and all I could think about was making me a turkey club for dinner, I mean I have a serious craving for it, too! When I left work, I went to Shop Rite and bought some bread (happy that it was on sale for $1.69 instead of $2.50), picked up a bag salad 'cause you know it'll pull double duty, lettuce for my sandwich and then a salad later; got my favorite turkey bacon (butterball thin and crispy turkey bacon, we don't do pork here) this one is delish and it doesn't lay there like old cardboard like some other turkey bacon. Went on and picked up some Tropicana tropical punch (this one and the peach orchard are my faves) and a few other things, 'cause I can never just go in the store for what I needed, then off to the house.
I went to put away the groceries and noticed some of the containers that I had bought my leftovers in were on the table empty...I looked in the fridge and low and behold, my turkey wasn't there!!! What the...? I looked about 5 times but my sh!t was gone! Now my MIL and FIL came up to babysit the kids while I was at work, when I talked to MIL on the phone, it never dawned on me to say "save me some turkey" 'cause it wasn't a lot left anyway! Of course my in laws are welcomed to ANYTHING in my house, but dang...why couldn't they draw the line at the last of the darn turkey? Now I'm sitting here like a damn drug addict fidgeting and trying to figure out how I'm going to satisfy this hankering for a turkey club...so I just went to sleep! I woke up and made grilled cheese with turkey bacon on it...not at all what I wanted, but nothing else I can do about it!
Damn, I want a turkey club so bad!
ETA: OK, my in-laws didn't eat my turkey, my huband did!! Ooooh, I could knock him out right now...he should have known to leave my damn turkey alone!! Greedy behind!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
It amazes me how differently he and Donovan reach their milestones! At 6 months, Donovan was doing the "I'm ready to crawl" push-ups and then crawling at 7 months, Xan is 7 months and has shown no interest in crawling, he doesn't even like to be on his belly for long; Donovan on the other hand didn't get his first 2 teeth until he was almost 11 months...I remember he woke up Christmas morning with 2 teeth, just like that!
Ahhhh, my boys...I love watching them bloom!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Oh....looks like my time at My Acrylic Album is coming to an end (weep, weep)! December is the last month of my DT term and I've been hard at work on my last assignments. I still have another one to share, but I'm posting these 2 now. MAA has a bunch of new acrylic albums debuting Dec. 1st, so keep your eyes peeled!
OK, on to the goodies! This little cupcake looks almost good enough to eat! I cut cotton balls in half and adhered them to the cover to get the "frosted" look, then sprinkled with Pink Paislee's coconut pixee stix, red and silver glitter. I then lightly sprayed with adhesive so the cotton balls would hold form. I need this album to really stand up because it going on the road with My Acrylic Album, permanently. Yep, it's going to be on display at all of the conventions and showcases that MAA travels to, so I have to kiss this little cutie goodbye. MM donated product for this album; I received Rouge paperie and let me tell you, it couldn't be more perfect!
The photos are of the 2 little girls in my life, my goddaughter and my niece...love those girls! I used lots of bling to highlight my little sweetie pies!