Thursday, March 6, 2014

03/06/14 - Ribbon Give Away Winner!

Hey there!
Remember this post: Ribbon Give Away?

Per "Random Org Generator" the winner is comment #5 which belongs to June.
Congrats June!

E-mail me at w/ your address and I will get your bag-o-ribbon out to you!

BTW - there was only one other "true" entry (Cindy and Julie don't count since they don't need any more ribbon...LOL) and that was Meredith.

Meredith, as a thank you for following my blog, I would like to send you a little something.
Please e-mail me your address as well.

Thanks ladies!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

03/05/14 - CPC: Pipe Cleaners

Another day, another inspiration...
The inspiration this time around? 
Pipe cleaners:

I didn't have any pipe cleaner creation pictures...
and I didn't want to stage a picture just for the purposes of this challenge.  So I went with the rainbow color scheme of the first inspiration picture. I also was inspired by the googly eyes in the second inspiration picture so I included a sticker of a googly-eyed pumpkin and his not-so-googly-eyed friends as an embellishment.
Here is the layout:
 "Pumpkin Patch Thugs"
Journaling: "David and Madison hate taking pictures so I am thankful for any pictures I can get...
even these!"
David and Madison are such clowns! Madi gets it from her Daddy...
Well, actually I'm a clown too so she gets it from both of us, but he is more so a clown than I am.
Basically what I'm saying is she had no chance! LOL!

Anyway when it comes to pictues I can hardly ever get them to agree to take one.
And when I do, it's hardly ever a serious one.
It's frustrating!
But what can I do...ummm nothing, except take what I can get.

I was able to convince David to take more pictures w/ me this year as a kinda joint "New Years Resolution" and so far so good.  I have at least 1 picture of us together for each month of the far...well, it's only been 2 months...but still that's a start.
I'm hoping we can keep it up.

Anyway, I digress...
Back to the original subject which is the current challenge over at "CPC".
Please stop by and check out the other fabulous layouts and join us...
Pretty please?!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

03/04/14 - SID March Single Page Layout Team 1

Stopping by to share the latest "Stick It Down" sketch for my team: Single Page Layout - Team 1.
Warning my layout subject matter is total "TMI" (Too Much Information)! LOL!
First the sketch:

And my layout:

Journaling: "I have stomach issues.
I've had them since I can remember but having children made it worse...and each child made it worse than
the one before (thank goodness I only had 2)!
I was actually diagnosed w/ IBS = Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This diagnosis came a few short years ago and thanks to it, I know what I need to do to manage it.
But there are some days that no matter what I do it causes me great pain.
On those days the only comfort I get is lying down w/ my feet elevated.
Sometimes this happens at work.
I am thankful I have an office w/ a door and a lock
And my Snoopy blanket.
- Picture taken 02/04/14 -

Yup, like I said,  TMI.
But my IBS is a part of me; a part of my life.
And scrapping about life isn't just about the good and the pretty.
So there you have it: another piece of my story.
BTW - if you can't figure it out, that's a selfie I took of me lying on my office floor.
Thanks for stopping by and please stop by the SID blog to see other takes on the sketch!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

02/22/14 - (Relaxing) Together

*****If you're looking for my giveaway go HERE.*****

Hi there!
Yes, It's me...again!
I've been a busy scrapper the last 2 days: I have completed 4 layouts.
2 are for future DT reveals, 1 I shared yesterday and 1 I will share today:

 "(relaxing) Together"
Journaling: "Madison and Panini are so cute when they are
relaxing (Together)"

This is another really simple layout; I've been doing that a lot lately.
I took the negative space part of the pink cardstock I cut the heart out of when I created my "Luv Is...US" layout and glued it to the kraft BG paper.  I then outlined it w/ my black zig and added the picture and a cluster of embellishments: stickers, journaling block, chipboard hearts (both the positive and negative parts), gems and a file lable for journaling and it was finished. 
The picture has a lot of color in it so excep for adding just a few colorful stickers, I didn't want to overwhelm the page.
I had trouble w/ the title...but as I do when I have trouble I just looked at the picture for a while and allowed thoughts to flow through my mind. The thoughts that came were "they're so cute" and "how do I describe this picture? They're not doing anything but relaxing.." and then I thought I should put those thoughts together to create my journaling and title.
Yup, my thought process when it comes to some of my layouts is very laid back...LOL
But hey, whatever works, right?

I am entering this layout into the following challenges since they helped inspire me:

"Twisted Tuesdays" - Anything but a card + chipboard
Obviously this is not a card and the heart pieces are chipboard


"Use Your Stuff" - Challenge #123
Hearts - I have 3 hearts on my page

This layout makes puts me at 16 out of 100 in regards to my yearly goal.
That's great because that makes me right on schedule!

Friday, February 21, 2014

02/21/14 - "Farrell's"

*****If you're looking for my giveaway go HERE.*****

Here it is, Friday night and what am I doing?
Yup, I am such the wild child! LOL!

Got 2 layouts done!
Sharing 1 of them now.

This one was created for the latest challenge over at "ARTastic".
Their inspiration piece was this work of art:

It inspired me to create this:
Journaling: "Our first visit to Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor. We had a brownie sundae, and
ice cream nachos, and fish tacos (not pictured). We were so full after! 12/29/13"
I liked the red and black paint splatters in the original piece and decided to mimic it w/ mist.
I  grabbed a 12x12 piece of off white cardstock and a stencil and sprayed it first w/ some red mist. Then I moved the stencil just a bit and sprayed it w/ the black mist. As you can see there is blue in my pictures which also goes w/ the color scheme of the original piece. Not planned but works perfectly!
After it dried I trimmed my photos so that when I laid them on the page they would have a staggered look to them. I was able to use one of the pictures for my title, so all that was left was adding some journaling, washi, and a few little embellies and done!
Easy peasy and so much fun!
Sometimes I forget how much fun it is to create super simple layouts that cause me zero stress!
I need to do that more often!

02/21/14 - Ribbon Give Away!

The last few months I've been trying to organize my scrap room so that's neater and more efficient.
I even spent a whole afternoon just on that task.
I've gotten it neater but I'm still struggling w/ the efficient part...
(perhaps that will always be an on going project?)
The neatness comes from finding a place for everything I own.
I have been working fairly well w/ my new organization, however I realized that I needed to take it a step further.
Sure, I was able to find a home for all my supplies...but what I really need to do was get rid of the supplies I knew I was never going to use.
This past weekend I started this task...
I went and dug out a stash of items I know I will NEVER use: ribbon/fibers.
I had a rubbermaid container full of them!
Some of it I bought back in my early days of scrapping when I thought it would be "so cool" to use on a page!! Yeah, it wasn't...well not for me at least!
The rest of the stash came from RAKs and prizes won over the years.
I took my ribbon/fiber to work and let my crafty co-worker dig through it.
I told her she could have all of it but if she didn't want it to just take what she did want and give the rest back to me.
Even w/ her taking a good chunk of it, I still had a lot left over!
I was going to throw it away, but it seems like such a waste to do so.
So I decided since some of it came to me via RAK, I should get rid of it the same way!

Here is what I'm giving away:

It's 1 (one) bag of ribbon/fibers...
I just took a picture of the front and back of the bag so you have a better idea of what it contains.

I will hold a drawing for it.
If you want it please comment and let me know what it is you use ribbon for: scrapping? banners? cards? diaper cakes? Something else?

If you want to be entered twice, become a follower of my blog and let me know in the comments that you've done so.

I will keep this open until February 28th.

Thanks and good luck!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

02/19/14 - "3..2..1..Launch... Oh, Nevermind!

Last week I mentioned my family would be joining some friends and their kids for a rocket launch at the park.
I thought I'd stop by and let you know what happened w/ that.

It was a fail!
But not anybody's fault, unless you blame the guy at the hobby shop who sold us the kit!
According to David, the man told him that the kit was easy to put together and that everything he needed was in the box.
When David pulled it out at the park, not only was it in a "million" pieces, needed other items we didn't have on hand. Booooooooo!
David partly blames himself.  He said he should've looked everything over before bringing it to the park. We are going to give it another try, maybe next weekend.
David plans on putting the rocket together at home first though.

The day wasn't a total loss though.
David had packed lots of other things for us to do:
frisbees, a football, cones and ball for some dodgeball action...
It was a lot of fun!

The park we went to is fairly new, less than a year old, and big! So we had plenty of room for fun!
There was a lot of us there, 13 total,  and we ranged in age from 2 - 38.
Guess who was the oldest??
::raises hand::

But I was still out there playing.
In fact here is a picture from our dodgeball game:

Can you tell which one is me?
It's okay if you can't. I couldn't find me at first and I knew what I was wearing that day!
I'm the one in the black shirt and jeans on the left hand side
David and I had a laugh at the fact that I pretty much blended in w/ the kids!
Can you believe that one of the kids didn't even know what dodgeball was?!
She kept saying: "I don't know what to do."
Our answer: "DON'T GET HIT BY THE BALL! "
BTW - as hard as David and his friend were throwing the ball, you REALLY didn't want to get hit by it. Talk about brutal...Ouch!
The day was pretty good...except for one thing:
Madison slipped in some water while trying to catch the frisbee and sprained her ankle.
We took her home and iced it for the rest of the day and kept her off school on Tuesday.
By Tuesday afternoon, the swelling didn't really go down that much and she still couldn't walk on it so David took her to Urgent Care.

 Turns out she had a fracture....poor thing!
The doctor wrapped it, gave her some crutches and told David she should see a Specialist to make sure she didn't need an actual cast.
At this point it's looking like she'll be in it for at least 3-4 weeks.
Unfortunately that will ruin our Spring Break plans.
But right now that's not our main concern. Right now we're worried about getting her through the inconvenience of this situation.
But we have to laugh a little bit. I mean who else would go to the park to launch a rocket and come back with a fractured ankle?
 Never a dull moment!