Saturday, January 31, 2009
DreamGirls new challenge is going up tomorrow-- you're gonna love this one! Here's a little sneaky of my LO.
I created this LO the other day for my DT assignment at scrap-diner, using a pagemap sketch. I guess you can say this is Xander's first "school" pic. His daycare bought in a photographer to take the kids' photos and Xander, who normally smiles all day long, simply gave this little half grin!
Thanks for taking a peek and stay tuned for my blogaversary RAK!
Friday, January 30, 2009
- Deluxe hotel accommodations and delicious buffet meals.
- Reserved crop seating with your friends.
- Generous table space (3' or more depending on hotel inventory) - everyone gets an end seat!
- Crop round the clock in our secure crop room (yes, you can crop all night long!)
- Shop to your hearts content in our Marketplace of vendors carrying the latest and greatest products.
- Fantastic goodie bags and prize drawings featuring the latest scrapbook trends.
- Complimentary Make It and Take It's.
- Unlimited access to the Creation Station complete with Accucut, Sizzix, punches, computer and printers loaded with journaling software and much more.
- Pamper your mind and soul with our Licensed Massage Therapists.
- Make a difference with our signature charity raffle.
- Surprises and pampering throughout...
And just take a wild guess as to who will be a guest instructor......MEEEEE!!! I can not wait, my brain is already churning trying to come up with a couple of fun projects! I hope to see you there, it's bound to be a BLAST!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Happy birthday big boy!!! I hope you enjoyed your day!
This is the birthday cake that I sent to preschool for Donovan and his classmates to enjoy. He knew exactly what kind of cake he wanted- chocolate with his name on it in blue writing (this one is half and half)! I treated all of his school mates to pizza, ice cream, and goodie bags, too! Since this is his last year with his preschool mates, I figured he may as well have a great party!
Donovan was so excited when he came home to birthday gifts and balloons and over the top excited when he he saw his picture and received a birthday wish from Mommy, Daddy, and baby brother Xander on the Sprout channel!!! He told his grand mom (with a huge smile on his face) "I was on TV!!" "I was on TV!!" He also received lots of phone calls from loved ones wishing him a Happy 5th Birthday!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I wanted to feature all of these cute pics that I took of Xander Christmas morning on 1 LO, so I went with a 2-pager. The first page was created using a sketch from pagemaps, the 2nd is my own design.
Can I tell you I ran out of white cardstock? Who does that? I had 1 plain white bazzill and 1 white bazzill bling...I didn't feel like running to the AC Moore, so I improvised! I went into my super old stash...those paper packs that I bought from Michael's way back when I started scrapping nearly 5 years ago and used the back of the paper for my white background. I think I may do that from now on...I may as well get some use out of it!
Here's a close-up of the first page-- this was my favorite photo from the entire shoot. Doesn't he look so innocent and sweet? Love my baby!
close-up of the 2nd page
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I created this card using a sketch from card patterns. TFL!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Even a 90 degree day would not have been enough to stop the chills that ran through my body today. I am so proud of the decision that this country collectively made, I am proud to be alive during this time, to witness such a historical moment!
There's so much work to be done, our country is in shambles, but there's no doubt in my mind that the right man has been chosen for the job. I love the fact that President Obama places this country's rebuilding responsibilities into the hands of each and every American...it creates a sense of accountability and in my mind will heighten the feeling of togetherness. I am so hopeful and can't wait to see what the next 4 years bring!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
This is a photo of my Xander @ 3 1/2 month- I love that big juicy smile!
My little chatterbox, Donovan! He talks so much, he even talks in his sleep!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
And get this..Helen has named papers for each of her design team members!!!! I swear she is just the sweetest and I'm giddy with excitement...mine is in the Wonderful line...Wonderful-Tanisha...I think I like the sound of that!
So here they are...MLS's new releases: Enjoy Life, My Neighborhood, Turtles and Trees, Flawless, Wonderful. Who's There?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Good thing I had called out since Xan was sick, 'cause I would not have been able to walk around on this foot all day. I hope it's better tomorrow!
While I was out with my little one, I managed to get some scrapping in.
I broke out some more of my stickers since it's the product spotlight over at scrap-diner.com.
Thepics are of me and my baby boy all snuggled up on his first snow day! I love that his jacket allowed me to chose one of my favorite color combinations. The frame around the b/w pic is actually a journaling spot sticker, but I made it a frame and I colored the making memories journaling spot to match the rest of the LO.
journaling: this icy, snowy day was perfect for snuggling close to you!
I just couldn't wait until I had the opportunity to scrap these photos! They really showcase how much Donovan loves his brother. He really does hug him like that every day...all up tight on his cheek like that, and he kisses him and tells him that he loves him all the time. It's so heart warming!
journaling: big hugs...really tight squeezes accompanied by the words "I love you Xan!" and lots of kisses. Donovan truly loves his little brother and he truly shows him every single day! Xan is crazyfor him, too!
Thanks for checking out my place!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I was also named Freak Of The Week at scrapfreak.com! I guess the year is starting off GREAT on the scrap front!! YAY!
This is a picture of my hair at its longest...
...and this is what it looks like now! I really like it, it still has a lot of body and I have the flexibility of curling it tight to give it an even shorter look.
Friday, January 2, 2009
I played Uno and Chutes and Ladders with Donovan, watched a little of Dick Clark's Rocking New Year's Eve special, made myself an apple martini to toast in the New Year and then went to bed!
I hate making resolutions because eventually I end up breaking them. There are however a few changes that I need to make in my life. There are 2 major things at the top of my stress list, I need to either change them or get rid of them, not matter how difficult it may be. Of course this is easier said than done since it could change my life drastically.
I need to be proactive with finding a new job. April marks my 10th year at my job and I've hated it for quite some time now, so I need to get on the ball...seriously!! There's nothing worse than forcing myself to get up and go to work everyday, knowing how much I don't want to be there. I love the people that I work with, but I hate how redundant my job is and the fact that there is nowhere for me to go! I hate the feeling that my skills have been rendered obsolete. I don't know who'll be hiring in this economy, but I'm going to search nonetheless!
I need to get on the ball with losing weight, which means I need to "just say no to sweets"! I AM going to lose at least 25 lbs this year. My plan is to shed 35 lbs by my 35th birthday in August, but something is better than nothing. My girls from high school, my sister, and I have started a weight loss challenge. We're each putting $25 in the pot and the person who loses the highest percentage of weight between Jan 5th and June 5th (our next spa weekend) gets the money. Oh, it's on now...they've tapped into my competitive nature and I wanna win, if only for the bragging rights!
I also NEED to get my finances in order and stop spending so frivolously!! 'Nuff said! There are more changes, but these are the things that I MUST change, NOW!
Hope you had a great New Year!!!
Now on to the scrappy stuff! Dream Girl's Challenge # 19 is up!! To begin our first challenge in 2009 we decided that it would be perfect to create a layout using the word "NEW" in the title or journaling.
Product twist: Layout must be Black and White
Technique twist: handmade embellishment being the only additional color.
Click here to see what the rest of the Divas created!
The theme for this month at scrap-diner.com is "The Simple Things". In keeping with the theme, I created a quick and easy technique that will help you use up one of the SIMPLEST items in your stash...STICKERS!! All of those random alpha stickers that you've had since you started scrapping are going to find a home in your albums. When you complete this technique, you will have a faux embossed piece of cardstock that you can use on your layouts and projects.
1 sheet of cardstock
several different packages of old alphabet stickers
sponge brush applicator
TIP: Cardstock stickers work best with this technique. If using stickers with a slick surface, just lightly run a sanding block across them to scratch the surface. This will help absorb the paint.)
Before beginning, remove all of the alphabet sheets from the packaging so they are readily available to peel off when needed.
Lightly spray the piece of cardstock with adhesive, working in sections so the adhesive doesn't dry before you get the stickers down. (This step helps keep the stickers down so they don't peel up after you apply the paint.)
Randomly apply the alpha stickers to the entire surface of the cardstock. Allow some stickers to hang over the edge for visual interest. Trim overhang with scissors. In my example, I put my title letters together first and then randomly adhered the rest of the alpha to the cardstock.
Use the sponge applicator to apply paint to the entire surface. The lighter the paint, the more coats you will have to apply. Just be sure to allow each coat to dry before applying the next. I used 3 coats of white paint in my example.
here's a closer look: