Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
(1) The winner can put the "I :heart: your blog" logo on their blog.
(2) Link the person you received your award from.
(3) Nominate other blogs.
(4) Put links of those on yours.
(5) Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.
OK, I've nominated a few of the newer blogs that I've come across; these ladies are awesome!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Do you know how difficult it is to get kids to look in the same direction? I like how this one turned out though- Xan and Donnie look so much alike! I just saw a picture of Donovan at 4 1/2 months (same age as Xander and the resemblance is uncanny- the only difference is Xan is browner than Donnie).
My little daredevil. He found a new use for all of the exercise stations in the park. My goodness he's getting so big, I can remember just 2 summers ago, he was so apprehensive about playing on the playground!
This shot makes my baby look so much older than his 4 years. I wonder what's on his mind at this moment!
Here's the info!
"Tanisha discovered a great website and wants you to be a part of it. The Star-Ledger, in collaboration with P.C. Richard & Son, is looking for the best photos of New Jersey to be put in a full-color, hard-bound, coffee-table book.Tanisha submitted a photo or two and would really appreciate you looking at it and voting for it. Everyone who submits a photo is eligible for some great prizes, and a discount on the book. The photos that get the most votes will be published in the book, so the book is truly the best of New Jersey. Registration, voting, and submission are all free, so join Tanisha and help shape the Great Destinations NJ Project today!"
Sunday, August 24, 2008
My Acrylic Album ROCKS!!!!! That all I have to say!
I made this LO around the gears that were part of my DT shipment this month. I actually ventured into heat embossing on acrylic- I think I'm hooked! These gears are so fun, especially for boy layouts and you can order them in different colors. Just plain clever, I tell ya!
I had to use up some of my huge stash of Basic Grey papers before I start buying the new stuff- LOL!
here's a close-up of the gears- I used Ranger's distressed embossing powders on the edges
Here's a little sneaky of 1 of the projects that I can't show until the 1st.
Thanks for stopping by!! HUGS!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I whipped up this tag yesterday using some My Little Shoebox-it was quick and simple.
I made these bad boys from scratch this afternoon. They were so yummy! Only one problem, there are too many, if they stay in the house I will pig out on them- LOL! Y'all know I'm a chocoholic! I thought of sending them to pre-school with Donovan, but I don't know if there are enough for all of the kiddies to get one. Oh, what's a girl to do?
Monday, August 18, 2008
1. Link to the person who ‘tagged’ you!
2. Post the rules on your blog!
3. List 6 random facts about yourself!
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post!
5. Let each person know they have been tagged by commenting on their blog!
6. Let the tagger know the entry is posted on your blog!
1. I am left handed
2. I became a mother at the age of 29.
3. I have lived in NJ all of my life.
4. Right now I am eating dry Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal for breakfast
5. I'm a flip flop fanatic
6. I hate doing chores!
I'm tagging Helena, Celena, Tiffany, Veronica, Kim, and Tracye
Look what I found on serendipityscrapbooks.com:
We are so excited to be able to announce our upcoming chat with ALI EDWARDS. She has graciously agreed to come and chat with YOU. Where: Serendipity Scrapbooks chat room (under general chat) http://www.serendipityscrapbooks.com/ When: August 19, 2008 Time: 9 pm EST, 8 pm CST, 7 pm Mtn, 6 pm PST This is the perfect timing to chat with Ali Edwards and learn more about her new book that will be coming out in August. Sharing Your Story: Recording Life's Details with Mini Books by Ali Edwards Discover the fun, fast and easy way to capture and document the everyday moments of your life. With CK lifestyle editor Ali Edwards’ expertise, you’ll learn how to record the important stories of your life, store the memorabilia that matters, track the special events, make memorable gifts and more—all in the beautiful and doable format of mini books. You’ll love the dozens of practical and meaningful book ideas for every occasion. 164 pages. Available August 2008. If you are new or unfamiliar with Ali, here is a little bit about her and her accomplishments. An advocate for not making things more complicated than they need to be & embracing imperfection, Ali shares cool concepts, design, and project ideas in her idea books: A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking, A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking with Patterned Paper, Life Artist, and Sharing Your Story: Recording Life's Details with Mini Books (available August 2008). You can also find Ali's monthly column in Creating Keepsakes magazine: Studio A "I started scrapbooking in 2002 as a way to organize all the stuff I collected after the birth of my son. It has become so much more than an organizational process for me - it has let me find my own personal passion and voice. It has become all about the process of capturing life and creating art." Well known for her signature style of everyday-life scrapbooking, Ali is a highly sought-after workshop instructor. She travels the US and internationally conducting classes and inspiring students to tell their stories fearlessly. Ali lives in Eugene, Oregon. She enjoys travel, reading, politics, and spending time with her husband and son. You can read more about Ali on her blog http://aliedwards.typepad.com/ We are so excited and can't wait to see you there!!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
All of the patterned papers are by My Mind's Eye- I used vinyl thickers (a fave of mine) and lace trim provided by savvynsassy. The "flower pot" is actually a chipboard tab by Magistical Memories, but it worked perfectly as a pot for my flower.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The flower acrylic album has 6 pages and measures approximately 6" x 6", includes 1 silver colored book ring
Last but not least- here's a quick little tag that I whipped up using My Little Shoebox's A little Birdie Told Me line. I can't say enough about how cute the birdcages on these papers are! I love it!!!!!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here are 2 projects that I created for this month's DT assignment.
Me & My Li'l Tweetheart (photo is of Xander and Me)
journaling: I love this li'l boy so much! Every day that I wake up to those big brown eyes, that kissable li'l dimple and those chubby cheeks is most definitely a blessing! Thank you God!
journaling: Mom & Aunt Nessie have been great friends since they were teenagers. When Uncle Sonny & Aunt Nessie were married, becoming sisters was an easy transition for them. Although Uncle Sonny passed a few years ago, they are still sisters!
I went a little crazy with my new Martha punch- LOL!
That beautiful pink lace was provided by savvynsassy. I've created so many projects using this month's kit!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here's the info!
"Tanisha discovered a great website and wants you to be a part of it. The Star-Ledger, in collaboration with P.C. Richard & Son, is looking for the best photos of New Jersey to be put in a full-color, hard-bound, coffee-table book.
Tanisha submitted a photo or two and would really appreciate you looking at it and voting for it. Everyone who submits a photo is eligible for some great prizes, and a discount on the book. The photos that get the most votes will be published in the book, so the book is truly the best of New Jersey. Registration, voting, and submission are all free, so join Tanisha and help shape the Great Destinations NJ Project today!"
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
When I was a little girl, I used to beg my mom to buy all of his albums. I loved his sound, his musical talents and best of all those on-the-verge-of-being-too-explicit lyrics. There's just something special about him that I love to this day! During the summer of '97, Prince came to Philly to put on a concert and Power 99 FM was giving away tickets. I wanted tickets so bad, I mean I would have done anything!! Oh, I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just graduated from college, so I was living at home and Troy was down for a visit (we were only boyfriend and girlfriend then). We both heard the advertisement to call in for tickets. He looked at me and said "you should call"- I then admitted that I had already called a few times, but the line kept ringing busy. A part of me wanted to try again, but I stalled- I remember thinking that I wasn't going to win...finally I dialed the number again and a radio personality picked up the phone and told me that I was the 99th caller. OH...MY...FREAKIN"...GOODNESS- I WON! I tried my hardest to remain calm because I didn't want thousands of people to hear me act a fool on the radio. I was squeaky and gracious and over the top excited. I was going to finally see Prince perform!!!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Now, I've moved on to a 2008 Nissan Sentra. Unlike my other 2 cars, it's blue, my favorite color! It's big enough for me and my boys and pretty good on gas. It's not quite my dream car, but it'll do for now!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I am 34 years old today...woot woot!!!!! I was born August 3, 1974 at 7:23 pm in Cooper Hospital, Camden NJ. (notice the time this post was created...it's officially official! LOL)
Today, my guys took me to lunch and then sang happy birthday to me over this super yummy chocolate cake, complete with the lights out, a candle and a wish- all directed by Sir Donovan!
It's my birthday and I am in a generous mood...that's right, instead of receiving, I am giving...scrap goodies that is! It's my little way of saying thank you for all of the great comments, the support and well wishes. I feel pretty blessed as far as scrapping goes. This is a hobby that allows me to express myself, record my family history in my own way, make great buddies, and receive lots of fun stuff to work with either via other RAKs, scrap purchases or design team products. I went through my stash and picked out some things from various companies that I design for (acrylic buttons from myacrylicalbum.com; paper, die cuts, chipboard alpha, and an overlay from My Little Shoebox; 6 feet of ribbon/trim from savvynsassy.com; and some scrapbook film chippies from Zsiage) coupled with a ton of Primas, old and new, buttons and some other fun stuff. Just check it out! The best part is I haven't decided how I want to split the RAK...do I want to give it all to one lucky blog poster or split it up between a couple? There's only one way to find out- post a comment here and check back next Sunday, August 10th and see if you're a winner. Everyone who posts here by the August 10th 8pm EDT will be put in a random drawing! So it's kind of like your birthday, too! I can't wait to see who wins- I just love giving happy stuff away!!!!
Look at my latest LO! I love the colors, they just scream summer! Those beautiful lace trims were part of savvynsassy's August kit- they are just so yummy IRL! The chipboard hibiscus flowers and seahorse are from magistical memories.
here's a close-up of the seahorse- I covered it with doodlebug's sugar coated cardstock and used a flower brad, coated with stickles for the eye.
I covered the hibiscuses with MM noteworthy and added freehand details with stickles. The stamen was created with hand stitching and brads. I didn't have anymore round orange brads, so I used white ones- I just covered them with butterscotch alcohol ink and orange stickles.
Friday, August 1, 2008
One 10-ounce box couscous
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice plus 1 lemon, thinly sliced
Four 8-ounce tilapia fillets
3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the couscous, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes and cumin and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the 1/4 cup olive oil and the lemon juice. 2. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Arrange the tilapia fillets in a single layer in the dish, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cover the fish with the couscous mixture and arrange the lemon slices on top. Pour 2 1/2 cups water around the fish, cover with foil and bake until tender, about 25 minutes. Top with the parsley.
For the sauted spinach, add 1 clove of chopped garlic to 1 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil in a heated pan. Saute for about 1-2 minutes then add fresh spinach and saute until the spinach cooks down. I like to add a little hot sauce to my spinach for a little extra punch!
I'm thinking of making another recipe scrapbook, sometime down the line- so I took a photo of my entree! LOL!
Now onto to my scrap mojo- it definitely hasn't been flowing like I want it to. I guess that's one of the downfalls of being an artist, the ebb and flow of creativity. I really had to force myself to complete the following projects because they were part of my design team obligations and had to be done.
I created this layout for Dream Girl's Challenge Blog challenge # 9. We were challenged to create a layout inspired by the lyrics in India.Arie's song titled Video. "You must use 3-5 pictures. And the twist? Use a beauty product in a creative way on your page. You'll see the Dream Team Divas used a variety of things - nail polish, facial wipes, and a mirror. Think outside the box." Here's our inspiration for you! I hope you join in the challenge on the dream girl's blog
- there's a great prize for one of the participants!
Here's my take on the challenge. I used my favorite sparkly nail polish to coat the alpha and the brads in the center of the flower.
journaling: i ain't built like a supermodel but i learned to love myself unconditionally because i am a queen- i know my creator didn't make no mistakes on me, I'm loving what I see ~india.irie "video" photos taken 7/28/08
All of the beautiful trim on these projects was provided by savvynsassy.com. Check out the sidebar on this blog to see all of the kits for this month- they're beautiful, I tell ya! These projects were also created for my DT projects for Zsiage.
I created this Owl card using Zsiage's New England line. The owl is chipboard and can be found at magistical memories- if you haven't seen their chipboard before, you must!!