Saturday, February 28, 2009
Are you going stir crazy? Spring Fever hitting hard? Well Scrap-Diner has the cure for March Madness...more Madness...Diner Style. Get ready for 7 days of fun and funky challenges that will help your mojo go from mundane to insane.
Challenges will be posted daily beginning March 2nd by our Fabo DT. Then you have the ENTIRE month of March to complete them!
Seriously...what do you have to lose but your ever lovin' scrappin' mind!
The Prize? 3 lucky winners will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the best scrappin' Diner around.
You must follow the rules of each challenge, post to the gallery, then link your artwork to the appropriate challenge thread to be eligible for the drawings. Yes, you can do challenges as many times as you want to increase you chances of winning!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I have wanted to try this photo technique for a long time, it has literally been on my mental to-do list since September. I dreamed it up back when I was participating in Bad Girls Top Designer contest. (yes, I dream of scrapbooking...that's where some of my best work starts)
Oh and FYI, my head isn't really lopped off like that in real life! LOL! I took this picture after my baby shower last March, so forgive the scalping!
I titled this LO Natural Woman for 2 reasons. I don't think I've ever felt as feminine and womanly as I did when I was pregnant with my sons. Any of the flaws that I saw in myself no longer mattered to me. I felt almost invincible, if that makes any sense to you. Also because I gave birth naturally, without the use of drugs. I don't know what possessed me to do it, but for some reason, I needed to at least try it! Yeah crazy... I know! LOL!
Now for the close-ups! Prima and Graphic 45 came together wonderfully here! To Top it off, I found a beautiful piece of corrugated cardboard, which I inked, to serve as the background. As you can see here, I cut the scalloped hearts from patterned paper and corrugated cardboard. I layered the butterfly for dimension, but not before I spritzed the bottom one with sandy beach glimmer mist and the top one with dreamsicle glimmer mist. I also embossed the top butterfly and stencilled with chalk and decorated with Kaiser pearls and Prima gem flourishes to really give it character.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Serendipity is near and dear to my heart because this was my first DT, so of course I jumped at the chance to help out.
I came up with the Retro Products Challenge- the purpose is to get you to turn your old stuff new again by adding a little flair!
I have had these KI Memories papers forever!! I made them hip again by using smaller amounts of each pattern and mixing and matching to create a simple, sleek layered look. I added a small strip of lace cardstock to give them a nice modernized finish.
Check out the metal tag...remember those? I simply cut a small piece of patterned paper to fit the center and coated the metal rim with stickles. Stickles are fabulous for adding pizazz to any element!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
On another note, workshop registration opens up later this week for the Croptopia Weekend Getaway event coming to Parsippany, NJ this March 27th-29th, so stay tuned! You don't have to spend the entire weekend to participate in the fun. Classes are open to the public and if you are unable to join us for the weekend or the day, you can stop by the Marketplace on Friday from 4-8pm OR Saturday from 10-5 and shop for all your scrapbooking favorites for just a nominal fee of $5 at the door! Click on the link for all the info you need!
I'm giving you an early peek at the workshops I'll be teaching that weekend.
The Bag Full Of Love is a super fun 1o page mini album filled with embellishments and features Basic Grey's Bittersweet line! I first found this little bag idea as part of online crop and I actually custom created the template to suit my needs. There will be a maximum of 20 students for this class with the option of purchasing kits after class.
I'm also teaching a 2 page Spring LO featuring My Mind's Eye's new Penny Lane Line. This LO has enough space for 2-4x6 photos, 2- 3.5x5 photos and journaling! I'll also demonstrate a simple doodling technique and a paper folding technique! There's a maximum of 15 spots; kits will only be available if the maximum number has not been reached.
I hope to see you there...we are going to have a ball!!
Monday, February 16, 2009
DH: there's a hotel near your job that starts with an H...not the Hilton, do you know which one I'm talking about?
me: yeah, I know which one you're talking about
DH: Oh, they have a spa there and I was thinking about maybe doing a massage thingy for you since you said you needed one
me: mmm hmm
It was so obscure and not the most romantic offering of a gift, but I guess I know he listens to me...sometimes! That's soooo my hubby's style, guess I gotta love him!
Lucky for me, he doesn't read my blog, so I don't have to apologize for being wrong! LOL!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
I created yet another LO about my babies, because I just love them so much and I adore these photos I took of them on Christmas (and just before). I changed the photos to b/w so the colors didn't clash with the papers (which I've been dying to use).
Who says you can't use pink on boy LOs? Certainly not me! I love crossing the "color barrier" and it was easy to do here because the page is about love, so the pink translated well.
journaling: Donovan & Xander, you two are the greatest gifts that God has blessed me with. I never knew I was capable of loving anyone as much as I love you!
close up of the flower: I cut some of the petals with my craft knife and curled them up to add dimension to the flower and then added some bling to dress up the centers. I cut the bird from a piece of AC patterned paper- originally, it was pink and facing the opposite direction, I just flipped it over to the orange side, covered it with stickles and added a gem to form the eye.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I created a cute 2 page LO featuring MME's new Penny Lane Line. It's perfect for Spring and Summer photos. I also created an adorable Bag of Love mini album featuring Basic Grey's Bittersweet Line. This mini is jam packed with coordinating embellishments and has plenty of space for for photos and journaling!
I've been scrapping quite a bit lately. Here's my most recent LO created about Donovan's 5th birthday. journaling: these photos were taken btw Jan 24th & Jan 29th to record YOU 5 days before your 5th birthday. I can't believe how time has flown. Next year you'll be 6 then 7, but I want to remember you right now, just like this...my sweet little 5 year old! 2009
I took the photos starting 5 days before his birthday, but I forgot to take one on day 3, which lead to me spelling out some of the numbers.
I've been using a lot of white cardstock lately which ir very much unlike me, but I love the clean look. This is a close-up of the banner I made. I stitched the triangles to solid paper and then used shaped scissors (remember those?) for a nice scalloped trim. I then adhered to my LO abd stitched a piece of ribbon across the top.
I've been in a 2 page state of mind lately, too! I think I've created 3 or 4 this month! I used a pagemap for this one. The original sketch is a double 8.5x11, but I adapted it and made it 12x12. This LO is about spending time with my girls!
journaling: We are spread out over 3 different states: NJ, MD, & VA, but whenever either of us needs a break from real life, those state lines are quickly erased and we find ourselves gathered together for our infamous girl's getaway weekends. It only takes 1 email to set off a chain of events: planning, anticipaing, and executing our weekend. Sometimes our weekends are so packed w/ things to do that we need a vacation from our vacation. But no one complains because we usually have so much fun hitting the spa, the club, the mall, catching a comedy show, taking a city tour and just plain celebrating years of friendship. I look forward to many more years with my girls!
But anyway...check back for some new projects featuring My Little Shoebox's new Turtles and Trees line! It came in the mail Thursday and I can't wait to play with it!
Well, thanks for stopping by! I now have to entertain my antsy 5 year old who seems to be bouncing off the walls because he has not left the house today. Sometimes I forget that little kids are sometimes like little puppies, they need fresh air or they go crazy! LOL!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
1. Peggy Kushman from Kentucky
2. Virginia from Leeds, Alabama
3. Stephanie Howell from Texas
4. Juliana from Missouri
5. Melanie Stanczyk from Wisconsin
6. Danna, not sure where you are from...you blog is Enjoy the Season
Sunday, February 8, 2009
He's bought so much joy into our lives. I smile every single morning because he wakes up with a smile on his face (most mornings). He's going to be 10 months old tomorrow and boy let my tell you, he's a little pistol already! He knows what he wants, he loves to eat, he grunts when he's trying to get my attention. He started cruising around the furniture (teeny tiny steps), his 2 top teeth have just broken through, for a grand total of 4 pearly whites. He responds to Donovan so well. If I ask him "where's Donovan?" he looks in his direction, it's so adorable and Donovan really gets a kick out of it. We love this little boy so much, he has changed this whole family. Of course we've always loved each other very much, but Xander brings in a different element. Watching the way Donovan and Troy love him, makes my love for them grow even more and vice versa. KWIM?
Anyway, thanks for listening to me ramble...enjoy your week!
This is what my basement looked like up to this past Wednesday, the day Fred started on it. The only difference is all of the stuff piled up in the corners, along with about 10 industrial sized garbage bags of stuff was piled in the middle of the floor. I went through the basement Tuesday night. Troy took all of the bulk trash to the garbage and I threw everything that I haven't seen in the past year in the garbage, hence the reason I had 10 extra big garbage bags. It felt so good to get rid of all of that clutter!!!
The ceiling will be a drop ceiling and with recessed lighting by the time everything is said and done.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
For all of you who follow, post on and even "stalk" my blog, I'd like to say thank you for the support, the kind comments and words of encouragement. To show just how thankful I am, I'm giving away a little RAK...instead of hosting a RAK for random traffickers, I've randomly chosen the name of one of my blog followers to receive this RAK.
Soooooo Shauna, come on down!! (LOL) Email me your addy and I will get a small RAK out to you! Again, thanks so much...without all of you, I'd feel like I was talking to myself! hehehe!
Just thought I'd share- I love learning new things!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Also stay tuned for MLS's DT call coming next month! The current DT has been asked to stay on for another year and they're looking to expand the team. Believe me when I say that this is a great company to design for--I hope you'll give it a go!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
I whipped this LO up last night for my DT assignment at scrap-diner. I was inspired this LO created by our Pink Lady of the month.
Thanks for looking....hope to see you over at the Diner!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Here's the challenge: "We challenge you to create a layout on a clear background, yes clear you can use acrylic, hambly, or transparency but we must be able to see through your layout. Our twists are simple use the word You, You're, Your etc. as part of your title, and we want to see journaling on your photo. Your journaling can be just names, a sentence or a quote." Click here to see the fabulous creations that the rest of the Divas came up with!
Here's my take: I used My Little Bicycle's Love Letters line- is this a great color combination or what? I used Hambly's heavy acrylic for the background and trimmed the edge to mimic the scalloped paper. I drew a frame on the photos and wrote "we love you", but it's a little hard to see in this photo. Can I just tell you how hard acrylics are to photograph? Ugh!
just a few details