Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cosmo Cricket DT Hopeful...

It's that time again...Cosmo Cricket is choosing a few new scrappers to add to their design team and I've decided to throw my hat in the ring again! Fingers crossed!

Here are just a few of my favorite projects created using CC's super cute and fun papers, starting with a little sneaky teasey of the Fourth of July centerpiece I created for Purple Cows. I spruced it up with some shimmering spritz--I'll go further into detail as soon as I get the go ahead to post the project!

I love how versatile Cosmo Cricket papers are. You can really get funky and distress them to the max...

Or allow the papers to shine with clean lines. I'm always impressed with how easily different lines coordinate with one another. I used papers from Get Happy and Jack's World here on "X is for..."
Here I used the Ever After line here on a non-wedding layout. As I said...very versatile!

Having 2 boys, I am always looking for really cute "boy" papers and Cosmo Cricket never disappoints!

This is a card that I created from the Ever After line..now to find someone to give it to!

I just ordered the Early Bird line from Scrap-diner and can't wait until it arrives!!! So wish me luck on the DT call!

Monday, June 29, 2009

I Heart Faces Week 25

This week's photo challenge calls for Wedding Bell and those Just for fun pics!

This is a photo I took of my sister on her wedding day 2 years ago! I love it because she looks like a blushing bride!

My first born graduated from pre-school last Friday (weep weep). He, along with his other classmates entertained us with a number of skits. Here's my little sweetie pie doing his rendition of the Big Bad Wolf -- he was growling at one of the 3 little pigs. I laugh every time I see this because he looks a lot meaner than the Big Bad Wolf cutout that he's holding in his hands! Oh, I just love this little boy to pieces!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

How Freakin' Cool Is This?

For the past couple of weeks, I've been entering photos into various challenges over at I Heart Faces. Well this week, Guest Photography Judge Lori Nordstrom chose this picture as one of her top 10 in the kid's category...3rd place to be exact! Is that cool or what?

Thanks Lori!! If you want to check out the winners and the other HM's head over to I Heart Faces, better yet, join in on some of the weekly challenges...I guarantee you'll be hooked just like I am! Be sure to enter to win one of Lori's fabulous giveaways (a designer camera strap and a 6 month membership to her photography forum).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Little Shoebox CHA-S Releases

Oh.My.Goodness!! I cannot WAIT to get my hands on these CA-YUTE papers! Helen, Suzy, you ladies have outdone yourselves with these 6 new lines!

Check out the new chipboard font and the ever so popular mini alphas have new fonts (Suzy's handwriting). The robot papers make my heart sing!

Check out the blog for some project ideas!





Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shimmerz Paints Is On Craft Critique

I Love CraftCritique.com

Craft critique has posted a review of Shimmerz, Blingz, and Shimmerz Spritz by Shimmering Products on their blog. Check out the reviews by clicking here and here.

Head on over to their blog and check out the giveaway! All you have to do is stop in and post a comment telling them how you add sparkle and shine to your projects and you will be entered to win a Shimmerz gift pack including 3 Shimmerz, 2 Blingz, and one bottle of Spritz. You have until Friday at midnight to enter. Good luck!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

I Heart Faces - Let's Hear It For The Boys

This week's challenge at I Heart Faces is all about the boys! Pretty easy week for me since most of my photos are of boys...2 of the cutest little boys in the whole wide world to be exact (well, not including your boys of course LOL). The hard part was choosing which photo to use. I've featured this one on my blog before, but it's so nice I had to do it twice!

Donovan is so in love with the idea of being a big brother. He couldn't wait to get to the park on this particular day so he could push Xander on the swing. Although the focus of the photo is on Xander and that big joy filled smile of his, you can still get a glimpse of the big brother pride on Donovan's face.

I just love this picture of the two of them!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Confessions of a Multitasking Mom

OK, so I've realized for about a week now that I needed to wax; I haven't been able to go to my favorite salon during lunch because I've been busy running other errands (Walmart, the craft store, the bank etc...). I could have done it myself but at home I'm busy with the boys and when I finally get a moment to myself, I just want to sit and veg out...I mean my butt is literally plastered to the couch!

So what's a girl to do so as to not look like Chewbacka's 2nd cousin? Take the at home waxing kit to work!! During my morning break, I just popped it in the microwave in our locker room and waxed hoping that the lone guy working in the lab today doesn't catch me ripping those unsightly hairs from my brow bridge and upper lip! There are just some things that men do not need to know! LOL!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

News From Shimmerz

We are so excited to tell you that we had approximately 500 people participate in the Shimmerz Birthday Blog Hop. WOW!!! I hope you all had a fun time "hopping".Now is the time you've all been waiting for. . . .

The winner of the Grand Prize of over $80.00 worth of Shimmerz, Blingz and Spritz goes to. . .

Cassaundra Knox

Big Daddy Bling (Dave) chose your name out of all 500. You lucky lady!!
With so many responses, we couldn't just give away one prize. So we drew another name out of 499 entries, and again, Big Daddy Bling chose. . .

Andrea Foss

Andrea will receive $25.00 worth of Shimmerz and Blingz to have fun with.

This was a ton -o- fun. We will definitely do another blog hop again. We have some really fun things planned this summer, so tell your friends and keep checking back.
Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes! And a special thank you to Danielle Wycough for organizing all this fun.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

And The Gift Card Goes To.....

While we are waiting for the Shimmerz grand prize winner to be announced, I thought I would go ahead and post the winner to the bonus $15 scrapbook.com gift card that I offered during the blog hop.

Drum roll please




The lucky winner is...

Min: 1
Max: 248

Anita Van Hal said...
very cool! what a great photo and layout! Thanks for sharing!

June 17, 2009 1:07 AM

Congratulations Anita!!! Email me your email address and I will forward you the code to your gift card! Have fun shopping!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the blog hop, all of the comments were greatly appreciated! Please feel free to pop in anytime!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Shimmerz's Birthday Blog Hop

If you are participating in Shimmerz's blog hop and have arrived here from Stacy's blog, then you are well on your way. If you haven't and would like to participate in the blog hop for a chance to win approx. $80 in Shimmerz's product then you will want to go back and start at the Shimmerz blog then make your way to each Design Team member's blog, leaving comments and collecting all of the code words along the way.

We hope you have enjoyed celebrating with us!!!

In honor of this birthday celebration, I created a layout of my nephew blowing out the candles on his birthday cake. Don't you just love those animated cheeks?

I used Sea Foam Shimmerz Spritz on Heidi Swapp invisibles paper (see photo mat) and painted the polka dots on the ribbon with Shimmerz Blingz in Pixie Dust.

I created my own bling cardstock by spritzing Baby's Breath shimmering spritz on my cardstock. The foam thickers were painted with Pixie Dust Blingz.

close up of the paper folding technique

Now for the moment that you've been waiting for...your final code word is TEAM

Remember, to qualify for the grand prize, you have to visit all of the blogs starting at Shimmerz, leave comments on each blog along the hop, and then send the completed phrase to shimmerzpaints@live.com

As an added bonus, I am giving away a $15 gift certificate to Scrapbook.com!! Anyone who comments in this post between now and midnight (EDT) Friday, June 19th will be eligible for the random drawing. Good luck and most of all....have fun and be inspired by all of the eye candy you will be treated to along the way!!!


DreamGirls Challenge is up! To see what the Divas came up with, hop on over to the blog!!

Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, June 15, 2009

I Heart Faces Week 23-Adult

This is my entry for the adult category--this is a photo taken of Troy's grandmother. Although her health has deteriorated in the past few years, she is still truly the matriarch of the Neal family.

Thanks for looking!

I Heart Faces Week 23

This week's challenge features sepia toned photos -- this is my entry for the kid's category. I just love the look of discovery on my Xan's face in this picture.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Thanks scrap_in_time and Courtney for this blog award!!

To accept the award, you must share the love.

1. Add the award to your blog

2. Link to the person from whom you received this award

3. Nominate 7 more blogs

4. Leave a message on their blog letting them know they have received 'One Lovely Blog Award'

I've decided to share with some new blog buddies:

Sweet Life Magazine


Mommy Daddy Blog

My Life A Work In Progress

1 Stop Mom


Black and married With Kids

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Castle Infatuation

Located in the heart of Magical Kingdom, Cinderella Castle is the iconic fairy-tale fortress that serves as the gateway to Fantasyland. I think it's quite obvious that I am totally in love with this beautiful, amazingly detailed structure. Watching the castle change colors at night made me feel like a little kid in awe of her favorite character!

Thanks for looking!
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