Monday, September 29, 2008


Looks like I'm moving on to round 4 of Bad Girls Top Designer contest!!!

I created this yesterday- the title comes from the song "Chief Rocka" by Lords of the Underground. (The shoes the shoes it's gotta be the shoes) The photo of the LO is hideous, but you get the picture! I went a little crazy with the product here. I put a bunch of stuff on it that I thought would work together and...I like the result!

journaling: you totally shocked me when you came home from preschool one day and asked me to buy you a pair of Jordans. This was the first of this type of request from you- I later found out that Dominic (from school) had a pair and told you that they made him run really fast and of course you wanted to run really fast, too. You asked me every other day, so I finally caved. I mean you are a very good boy, so why not although they're expensive and you'll probably grow out of them quickly. I had a $40 store credit from returning a pair of shoes that Pop-Pop bought for you, I added $15 and you got your Jordans! I let you wear them home; as soon as you put them on, you ran to the front of the store. You silly boy, I guess the sneakers really do make you run fast, even if it's in your mind! 2008

The idea for this project came from here. I changed it up a bit and I'm teaching it at my LSS next weekend!


My Little Shoebox Projects

I created these projects using My Little Shoebox's Orange Marmalade line and I couldn't help but love these bright, fun, happy colors!!!

I love the pictures on this LO- I was feeling quite sexy on the day of my baby shower and decided to take my picture during my own personal photo shoot! LOL!

This card was created using card sketch #17 found at

And this one was created from scraps used to make the LO.

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Out Of My "Box"

This is one of the make n takes that I made for this weekend's crop at savvynsassy. Like how I embellished the puffy stickers? I got the idea from here- thanks for the inspo girlie!

OK, here's my entry for round 3 of Bad Girls Top Designer contest. I really took this one out of my creative comfort zone, but it turned out exactly how I wanted it to which is sometimes difficult when I'm trying new things.

I took this picture of myself using my tripod and self timer 9 days before I gave birth to Xander. I changed the pic to sepia, printed it on a canvas sheet and then cut it out. I used a cut out butterfly as a mask then sprayed the entire background (white bazzill) with sandy beach glimmer mist. Once the glimmer mist dried, I stamped the french script where I wanted the flower/butterfly clusters to go, enhancing the visual triangle.

I cut a piece of HS bling circle and used it to highlight my belly and then added a butterfly that I folded in half for added dimension. I used my fingernails to curl the wings of the butterflies.

I inked the chipboard alpha and coated with cinnamon stickles, and outlined the masked butterfly.

I hand cut a flower cluster and butterfly from the patterned paper, adhered them to the upper right corner and then cut away the edge. I then adhered a different patterned paper behind it.
side view of the folded butterfly

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Layout and 2 Crops

**WARNING** you will probably need some shades to view this LO--if the bright pink doesn't blind you, then all of the bling will, LOL!

I created this LO for a challenge that I'm hosting here I looooved working with these papers by Pink Paislee!!! The photos are of moi, I stood up for my sister as her Matron Of Honor at her wedding last year. I was finally able to use some silver on a LO- I love it, but never use it...go figure!

I gave this rhinestone butterfly somewhat of a "stained glass" look simply by adding stardust stickles (my favorite color) to the inside of its wings.
I used one of those epoxy page pebbles for the flower center and coated it with platinum stickles.

*****CROP ALERT*****

Come join us at September 26-28 for an online crop benefiting the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation.
Join us at on the 26 September for 10 fun-filled days of challenges, make 'n takes, classes and great prizes.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Round 3 Here I Come

Well first off here's a quick LO I did of my Li'l Buckethead, isn't he just the cutest little thing? had a sketch-a-palooza crop this weekend and this is one of them, I changed it around a bit, ya know! Ummm yeah, he's my new test subject! LOL!

OK, on to the good stuff--I made it to round 3 of Bad Girls Top Designer Contest!!! Now if you've read a couple of posts ago, you may be a little confused 'cause in that post, I was ticked because I had DQ'd myself by mixing up the deadline time. Well...I was invited to be a wild card player, which seems to be the new twist to the contest this year. I had to follow certain criteria, while remaining absolutely anonymous (I had to use the name **WiLdCaRdOnE**) and my then my LO would be given a chance to be judged with the other contestants', if I made it to the next round (which I did), then I could continue to play under my regular user name!! So last night we had a ball at trying to play 20 questions to figure out who I was-- those girls are a riot!!! Of course my girl Tiersa (myphoenixson) had me figured out!! She started doing detective work and posted on the board that she thought it was me. Tiersa, girl you almost gave me a heart attack when I saw my name in your post! I went into instant "oh shit" panic mode and logged on under my regular name (TanishaRenee) to try to steer her wrong. My girl wasn't havin' it, she was like I know it's you, just admit looks like your handwriting! Girl, I was busting a gut cracking up laughing in my house! Donovan was all like "Mommy, what you laughing at?" And then Kim (kimosabescraps) joined in like yeah, Tanisha is good with that whispy stuff. So what was a girl to do except flat out L-I-E!! Once the Honor Roll of people moving on to the next round was posted, I was able to reveal my identity. Tiersa was like mmmm hmmm, I knew it! My girl Erin (eringudge) was like I had a sneaky suspicion... Oh my goodness, I had so much fun and laughed so hard!!!

Anyway, this is the layout that I created for round 2...the hardest part of being the wildcard was the fact that I couldn't use any identifying pictures, so no photos of me or my li'l cutie pies on my LO. Look under the photo- I wrote "Turtle Back Zoo", well SOMEONE (*wink*) googled it and found out that it was in West Orange, NJ- there are mad Jerzee girls on the bad girls site, so I thought I was safe adding that bit of info! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Most of the papers here came straight out of my scraps bin. When I first started scrapping, I used to use lots of layered strips, but then my scraps container grew from a 1 gallon baggie to a 14 pocket file folder that's bursting at the seems, it's ridiculous. (I now try to incorporate larger pieces of pp on my LOs). Anyway, the assignment for this week was to pull the colors from the picture and use a gallon, quart, pint color system and at least 2 different patterned papers. I really love how this turned out!! One of the reasons I love these types of contest, they really push me--and the competition is fierce, the gallery over there is on FIYAH!!

Don'tcha just love that photo? Thank goodness for cropping and saturation 'cause it looked like this coming straight out of the camera! Mind you, I took the original 3 years ago with less photography insight. Sometimes, less IS better!
Here are some close ups of the details. I've gotta remember to change the aperture on the camera when I take these close-ups!

I sprayed blue and gold glimmer mist on the background and gold on the flowers.
Lovin' those Bo-Bunny rub-ons, I may need to go and get another pack!

Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck for round 3...white space!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Rolling Thunder Rolled Through

Every 3rd Sunday in September bikers belonging to the Rolling Thunder Organization ride through several New Jersey towns, mine being one of them. Their major function "is to publicize POW-MIA issues: To educate the public that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war-missing in action."

I volunteer for the Office of Emergency Management; when the Rolling Thunder comes to town, our responsibility is to block off streets so the bikers get to their destination safely. I can't tell you how many assholes there are that are so impatient and try to find a way to cut into the 2500 bikers like they didn't know ahead of time about the road blocks and the reason for it!! Anyway, I was so proud to stand out there waving to the bikers with a big old Kool Aid smile on my face, taking pictures as they passed by. It makes me happy to see so many people from all different backgrounds coming together for a common cause!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Reminisce Projects

I'm feelin' a li'l scrappy today. I know, I should be up and about getting some housework done, but I'm not feelin' that right now! I feel like scrapping and that's exactly what I did, it is my DAY OFF after all! Right?

The photos here are some of my faves of my guys. I love the fun, carefree expressions on both of their faces- Donovan sure knows how to bring out the kid in his daddy and that makes my heart happy! On this day, Donovan decided he wanted to play freeze tag in the snow, I laughed so hard everytime he got mad because Troy wouldn't stay still so he could tag him, he's a mess!

I love scrapping winter pages, probably because blue is my favorite colors of all!! These papers are from Reminisce's Snow Globe line- I love the circles and the distressed feel. As you can see here, I cut out some of the circles to form "frames" for smaller black and white photos. Love the pop of green in the paper. I added some green leg warmer thickers, a strip of savvynsassy's ribbon, some elements that I cut from the paper and Heidi Swapp's silhouette word and called it a day. This came together pretty quickly considering all of the fussy cutting I did.

I made this card for one of my newer online scrap friends for her birthday. It's bright and colorful, kinda like her and made with Reminisce's Party Girl Line! I colored the border by hand with a black pen- it took a while, but I like the way it looks against the red. (it's coming your way Sasha)

I've recently decided to actually give out of the cards that I make, especially to other scrappers and people who can appreciate how special a handmade card is. I met someone through AC Moore's forum who is running a card drive of sorts with her daughter. Their aim is to collect 500 blank, all occassion cards to send to the soldiers in Iraq so that they can have cards to send to their loved ones. What a great cause and as a small token of my thanks to the men and women who serve to protect our freedom, I sent her 20 cards.
That's all for now- thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

You Know You're A Scrapbooker When...

1. You open your work bag or purse and find an envelop that's covered with glimmer mist because you used it to spray a flower.

2. You wake up in the morning and the ribbon that you were working with the day before is in your bed.

3. You find sparkly pieces of glitter...on your sons!

4. You step outside to get the mail and look down to see remnants of Fancy Pants and Basic Grey papers on your doorstep.

5. Ink/paint covers your nails instead of polish.

All of these things have happened to me recently and I can't do anything but laugh each time- i love my hobby! I know y'all have those moments, so post them here!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Here's a quick and easy technique to create a ribbon flower. (Also posted as this month's technique on savvy n sassy's blog.

You will need the following supplies:
12" of 1 1/2" ribbon, 6" of 1" ribbon, needle, thread, 1 medium sided brad

First, fold the short end under (approx 1/4")

Starting at the folded end, stitch the entire length of the 1 1/2" ribbon using a basting stitch.

Pull the thread and gather the ribbon until it forms a circle.

Stitch the ends together so the gathering does not unravel.

This is what it will look like.

Repeat the same steps for the 1" ribbon.

Layer the smaller flower on top of the larger one and secure with a brad. Voila, there you have it, a ribbon flower.

Adhere flower to your project.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Card sketch #15 is up at creatively yours. Here's what I came up with- the ribbon is from savvynsassy's September kit- A Dino Under The Bed.

Doesn't this snowman make you smile?

I created this LO for the 6 week Top Designer Contest going on at Bad Girls, but guess what? Somehow my crazy self mixed up the deadline- I thought this was supposed to be uploaded by 10 PM PST but it was due 10 AM PST- ha! Guess that's what I get for waiting until the last minute- since I missed the first deadline, I'm automatically out of the contest. I think I'm going to play along, though!
The pic is of my Xan's li'l piggies- is there anything sweeter than baby feet?

some details


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Need Acrylic Album Ideas?

My Acrylic Album has a gallery over at where the DT members have uploaded their beautiful creations for all to see. Need ideas? Then hop on over there>>>>gallery<<<<

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Photo Update

So check it out- my photo and name are in today's paper. The photo in the top right corner is mine. When I called to claim my prize today I was told that this photo will definitely be published in the book!!! Hooray!!! If any of the others I submitted will be published, then they will contact me, but I'm just so happy with this. It's much more than I imagined!

Contest News

There's a contest going on at My Acrylic Album's Blog!!!! Check it out here, you could win an acrylic album just for spreading the love!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Sometime last month I had posted a link to vote for some of my photos...remember that? Well, one of my pictures received the highest amount of votes in the Friends and Family chapter for the month of August and as a result I won a $1,000 gift card to P.C. Richards Electronics and Appliance Store!!!! I am so excited, I had no idea I would win one of the prizes, I only had hopes of getting 1 of the 19 photos I submitted published in the book! I'm still waiting to hear about that, but right now, I'm doing the happy dance and trying to figure out what I'm going to buy. My sister gave me the idea of getting a dishwasher, so that's on my list and definitely a little treat for my camera...maybe a bigger camera bag.

So for my blog buddies that saw the photos and voted, the photo that I am talking about was the one where Donovan was squirting the water hose. THANK YOU so much for taking the time to vote!!! MWAH!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Wanna See Something Really Cool?

...I mean REALLY cool!!!

I came up with the idea for this acrylic album-- it's called Perfect Postage and can be purchased here!!!!! I presented the idea to Dee, owner of My Acrylic Album, and she made it happen--she's uber FAB like that! The album includes 6 pages (7.875 x 7.875) and 4 book rings.

My initial idea for this album was to come up with a creative vacation album, hence the stamp shape. Then it dawned on me that this album is very versatile--it can be used as a baby album, you know a "Heaven Sent" theme, or a Love album "sent to you with love" theme...Oh the possibilities are endless!

I'm so excited and can't wait to see it in real life!!!


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Paper Piercing Technique

My friend's son turned one this week and I decided to make his birthday card. She's one of those people who can appreciate the work that went into making the card. KWIM?

I came up with a pretty easy paper piercing technique to make this cute clown card and thought I'd share it with you! I found this clown in Microsoft clip art; I played around with the size to get it where I wanted and then printed it twice.

I then cut out certain elements from the first copy and taped them to selected pieces of patterned paper. (I used scotch tape because it won't tear the paper.) Once taped to the paper, I cut out each element inside the black outline.

I then adhered them to the second copy. By cutting inside the outline on the first copy, I was able to maintain the outline once adhered to the second copy.

Once all of the elements were adhered, I then cut out the 2nd copy of the clown.

I then adhered the clown to the card and applied the same technique to the juggling balls. Finally, I applied rub-ons to personalize the card.

This is the message I added to the inside of the card!
Thanks for looking!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Self Scraplift

A little something I created yesterday--it's a scraplift of my LO titled "6" as seen 2 posts ago. Basic Grey meets Sassafras Lass on this LO

journaling: you have the ability to brighten any room with your sweet demeanor and big beautiful brown eyes. You certainly brighten our lives as well! *heart* Mommy

I handstitched the title block and added a little bling to the title

I used Magistical Memories nested chipboard circles and handstitched "rays" to create the sun. The chipboard was covered with Sassafras patterned paper.

Thanks for taking a peek!
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