Monday, September 29, 2008

Some Blog Business...

My blog buddy, Scrappy Girl gave me an award! I got this for being sweet and commenting on her blog during the first month of it's debut! I thought it would be fun to do the same thing.
My first month I only had two posts and 3 comments...
Julie @ Scrapperdays
I can't just leave it at that, I am going to include the next month as well, since these people helped me start my blog as well!
Those without blogs...
Those with blogs...
Christina @ Inarascraps
Elizabeth @ My Scrappy World
Bodegalle @ Scraps Of Time
Thank you ladies for being so sweet to me on my blog as I was starting out!
Scrappy Girl also tagged me! I haven't been tagged in a while, so here it goes...
Rules are above, they are basically the same as other tagging games!
  1. All I do all day long is scrapbook, read scrappy blogs, and chat on scrappy message boards.
  2. I secretly listen to Barry Manilow-I guess it not a secret anymore, lol!
  3. In high school, I wrote Richard Simmons a letter, asking him to pay for me to go to his "fat camp". What can I say, I was desperate!
  4. I vomitted on my wedding day, I was so nervous! I hate being on display.
  5. My mom used to tell me not to put money in my mouth, I would end up swallowing it and get sick. I didn't want to go to school, so I tested her theory and swallowed 3 pennies. Let me just say, I didn't get sick and still had to go to school!
  6. I eat grilled chocolate sandwiches! Trust me, they are yummy. They are just like grilled cheese, only you use a Hershey's chocolate bar instead of cheese! Tigardlilly knows, she has had them (come on, back me up on this!)!!
  7. In junior high, I was using Nair to thin my eyebrows...well some of it "globbed" over my eyebrow and I only had half of an eyebrow. I tried to cover it up with a band-aid, LOL!

OK, who should I tag??? I will tag all the people above who commented during the beginnings of my blog! If you see your name above, you are officially tagged!!


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Finally, I get to share!!

It is Monday which means I finally get to post my challenge at Scrapbook Challenges (SBC) which also means I can share it with you! I decided to highlight felt with my challenge, which I rightly called "Feel Your Way With Felt". I cut used some Queen and Co Felt Fusion, some pre-done brackets by Tinkering Ink, cut out shapes from a felt piece at the dollar store then stickled it for some pop, I hand cut tear drop shapes and made a flower, I traced letters on the felt and cut out my title, and free handed a little line and sewed some buttons on. It was a lot of fun to make!
This is the SBC sketch for this week, well my take anyway! The pics are bad because they are in the shade with the background in full sun-before I knew anything about photography! I still don't know much about it, but I know a bit more about lighting now! I used Sassafras Lass pp, Scenic Route chipboard circle frame which I inked, Technique Tuesday journal stamp which I left parts uninked on purpose, Target Dollar spot chipboard letter negatives which I stripped and inked, Maya Road rubon, MM letter rubons, and Prima flowers.
Another challenge for SBC (last week), use lace. I used Daisy Bucket paper, Basic Grey rubons, gigantic gold brads which I painted then put some pearl alcohol ink Mixatives on to make them "pearly", Scrapworks chipboard letters, Scrappy Cat Stamps (by the), and of course the lace. I used just a strip at the top, I pleated and stapled some on the bottom, and used some embroidery floss and made a flower near the top.
Close up of the lace flower and my painted, pearly brad.
The other SBC challenge this week is called "write stuff", use a journal stamp on your layout. Pretty simple, but I ran out of ideas for this page. I used a sheet of Black Market Paper Society, cut out the flowers/flourishes and added Prima flowers and Kaiser Crafts Pearls, I used the opposite side of the paper for the photo mat, used Technique Tuesday stamps for all the stamping.
I am also doing the Week In The Life with Ali Edwards this week. I am having trouble this first day, remembering to document things. These are all the photos I took today. I will do better tomorrow, I promise Ali, like she comes here, lol!!
First thing I do in the morning, check my reader.
This is what came in the mail today!
My husband, playing video games, such a normal thing day after day after day...
My snack, what can I say, it is better than potato chips!
In the middle of scrappin'!
Frying chicken for dinner.
Dinner, fried chicken, stuffing, rice-a-roni, and mixed veggies. Like I said, my dad is very picky and particular with his food, but oh so good!
Tea, Chai Spice to be exact! Oops, forgot to edit the photo, sorry it is sideways!
I know my life seems boring and yes, most of my photos are at my scrap desk, but that is where I hang out all day! What can I say, I have no life-LOL!!
I will post more A Week In The Life photos tomorrow! I look forward to doing this project and I just hope I can keep it up. Now I just need to work on documenting my day on paper!
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Little Bit of Everything

I know, it has been a few days since my last post. I wish I could say I have been MIA for good reasons, but I cannot, lol! I have got some scrapping done, and some shopping! But first things first, I got some challenges to share.
This is for Pink Sketches. I am really liking their challenges/sketches. The new sketch is up and running already and there is no deadline either! I used Bazzill cs, BG Archaic, Hambly overlay, inchies I made for AMR's alternate shape inchie swap, misc ribbon/flowers/buttons, Kaiser Crafts rubon, Target Dollar Spot Halloween glitter stickers for the title.
This one is for a new challenge blog, InkaDink. This first challenge was anything about me, so I chose my love of scrapbooking, obviously, lol! I used BG Urban Prairie, MM Noteworthy scrap, Teresa Collins journaling block which I punch holes with my Crop-O-Dile and pulled my paper piercer through to make it look like I tore it out of a notebook, Prima and misc flowers with misc buttons, Cuttlebug letters, then I sanded the edges of my photo (suggested by hubby) for a different look. I also cut a butterfly out of more Urban Prairie, stickled it, and pop-dotted it.
This one is for a challenge at Scrapbook Challenges, White Space. I don't usually do white space, so this still feels incomplete to me, but I do like it. I used Bazzill cs, Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo, I inked and used Glossy Accents on a Grungeboard flourish (suggested by hubby), American Crafts Thickers, MM Grommets, misc square brads, and Jo Annes Essentials epoxy stickers.
This is an ATC I made for All Moments Remembered (AMR). This was a year long Four Seasons Swap, where we do an ATC for each season. This is the second one, Fall. I used Bazzill CS, Bo Bunny Dotted pp, Target Dollar Spot stamp which is embossed, Christmas ribbon from Michael's, and felt leaves from Target Dollar Spot (last year, so don't go try to find them). It was a simple ATC, but I think it still looks awesome.
Another ATC for AMR, this one is for our weekly Scrap Chat Hour, where we get paired up with one person to swap with based on our theme, Fall. I was gonna try to cheat and give the same ATC, but the recipient is already in the four seasons swap. I am glad, because I really like this one. I used Bazzill cs, October Afternoon pp, Studio G stamps. My husband didn't think this represented fall, but I explained to him that fall is apple season and he gets it now. He grew up in San Joaquin Valley, so he wasn't around apples as they grew and were harvested. I hope this is "fall" enough.
AMR is having another swap going on, deco squares. They are like inchies or ATCs, but are 3x3. This swap's theme is Halloween. I picked this stuff up yesterday, wait till you see what I come up with! I just hope I can create what I have in my mind.
So, yesterday, tigardlilly and I drove down to Salem to visit Scrapbook Fever. We have heard a lot about this store and have been dying to go for some time. We finally went! Wow, this store is awesome! It is big, as far as LSSs go, and roomy! It is my vision of what a Scrapbook store should be! They have a huge variety of stuff and I think the layout of the store and merchandising it very user friendly! When I walked in, I just stood at the door in awe! The link above shows pics of the store! It felt so inviting and NOT crowded, which has been my experience at most LSSs.
I found my most favorite thing....BASIC GREY!!
and Eva!
Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock!!
Core'dinations cardstock!! 4x6 mini collection! These will be perfect for photo mats and paper piecing!! I tried one of the sheets, it is so cool! The core is a slightly lighter, coordinating color for sanding, tearing, etc. No inking needed!!
We also went to Michael's, and I scored the entire set of Studio G series 17 stamps..and a 6x6 pad of Basic Grey Mellow!
The previous day, while cropping at tigardlilly's house, I found this beauty in her bathroom!! It appears that I did in fact receive my September CK magazine, it even has my name on it! Why was this in her bathroom? Well the fact that I went digging through her pile of mags for reading material really speaks for itself! LOL!
Lastly, I got this card the other day from a fellow AMR member, how thoughtful was that!!! Thank you Cyndi!!

I think that about covers everything for now. I will be back tomorrow with my DT challenge for Scrapbook Challenges, and the sketch for the week. I have been dying to share my challenge for a couple weeks now, so I am super excited!! Have a great Sunday!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008


First off, I am sorry if this post seems dull, I am not doing well tonight. I was hoping to get more layouts done to share, but it didn't happen! I did get another layout done, and I think it rocks, but it will have to wait till next Monday!!
Here is the end of my magazine archiving! It only took about 8 hours, and I found lots of inspiration!! Of course I realized through all of this, I never received my September CK, so I have emailed them and am still awaiting a response-ugh!!
This is a technique challenge over at Southern Breezes, a blog associated with Scrapbook Cafe in NJ (where I won layout of the month). The challenge was to do some masking. All I could find was my KI Memories lace cardstock, then used my Glimmer Mist! I love how it turned out! Bonus is, I now have a ready to go glimmered piece of the lace cardstock! Tattered Angels has great customer service by the way! My bottle nozzle leaks really bad, and they are sending me a new bottle!
Here is the completed layout using the masking technique! In addtion to the masking, I also used Cosmo Cricket Hello Sunshine 8x8 paper, Jenni Bowlin Journal Square, a regular silk flower, a Bazzill flower, and Prima flowers, misc ribbon and brads, and the background is Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock!
Here is a card I made for my Dad's birthday! It is very simple, but manly-I hope! I used Bazzill cs, BG Granola, Studio G stamps, misc ribbon, and skittles. I pop-dotted the cut out circles for some dimension.
I recieved this RAK on Saturday, it is from an AMR member for our pay it forward RAK. When someone posts something to give, you pick one of their offers, then offer 2 of your own for someone else to pick from. I picked these Autumn Leaves 8x8 papers, and someone else picked my Prima flowers! It is pretty cool!
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Monday, September 22, 2008

It's Monday!

Monday in my world means the reveal of another sketch and more challenges at Scrapbook Challenges (SBC)! Pamela has another great sketch this week!
Sketch 109
Here is what I came up with for it. I used Bazzill cs, Dream Street pp, Bazzill and Prima flowers, misc buttons and brads, naked chipboard letters, and BG ribbon.
This is the replacement layout for the Green, White and Blue color scheme challenge. I used All BG paper, Boxer and Urban Prairie, Bazzill cs for title, KI Memories lace cs, misc ribbon and buttons, and used a friends Cuttlebug for the title. That brings me to mind, if any of you have any suggestions on taking photos of your layouts so they are "dimensionalized", I would love to hear your ideas!
If you are liking these challenges, you really should hop over to SBC and check them out! I am not saying this because I have to (because I don't), but because I think it is a fun place to hang out and a great opportunity to challenge yourself and maybe win a prize!! This week's challenges, other than the sketch are White Space and Use Lace. They both look fantastic! Remember, you have until the end of the month to do any of the challenges to get in on the monthly drawing! You can find past challenges here.
Another fun thing about SBC, is Pamela pics a layout from one of the members each week to highlight...This week she chose my 19 houses layout-Woo Hoo, thanks Pamela!
Ok, I hate to admit this, but I haven't looked through my magazines for months!! I really enjoy looking through them, but for some reason just hadn't done it. So I am playing catch up!!
When I see something in a mag, I always forget where I saw it and end up looking through the whole pile and wind up giving up on finding it. I have heard of people tearing out pages they like and putting them in a binder, but I cannot tear up my magazine-GASP!!!! I decided to "flag" the pages. More than that, I have categorized my flags for quicker and easier reference. I am sure I am not the only person to do this, but it is new to me so I am excited!
Here is my pile of unread magazines!!
March-August CK
May-October Simple Scrapbooks
January-September Memory Makers
June-September Papercrafts

Here is my flagging system. I have cut strips out of Post-It notes in a few different colors, and am also coloring the ends of the yellow ones with highlighters. When I see something I like, I used the corresponding "flag" and mark my page! So far I have done 5 mags, 1/4 of the pile, lol! I think I will be able to do this each month. Not only will I stay caught up on the latest fads, but I can justify all those subscription costs!! LOL

For the record, this picture is NOT crooked. My BG magnetic mat is hanging by the whole in one corner of the mat, so it is crooked, lol! .
One more fun little tidbit, one of the gals on SBC makes little icons/banners for whatever you want, there is even a thread just for that! She has tons of them predone, and I downloaded a lot of them. She has a cute one that says Scrapbooking, cheaper than therapy! That is so true, but I wanted one with colors that matched my blog. She made me one, and it REALLY matches my blog, the colors, the pattern, the font! That is way more than I expected, and it is so awesome! I have the banner at the top of my blog, and the icon on the left side bar!

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Need Your Help!

Ok people, I need your help....
I am participating in the Use Your Stash blog challenge-chipboard. I used a lot of chipboard, which was what the challenge was all about. The winner is narrowed down to 2 people, and will be chosen based on votes! I wanna win, so if you feel up to it, please go to Use Your Stash and vote for my layout. Thanks in advance! lol

And I also made some cards this weekend. This is for a challenge at AMR for World Card Making Day! I sent out 20 cards to some of my fellow AMR members!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I have been busy, and I promised to share some layouts and whatnot with you, so here it goes. The last 3 days have been scrappy mail days!
Thursday I recieved a RAK from Sandy at AMR for winning one of her challenges (the 5 christmas cards with 5 embellishments each).
Friday I got my RAK from Kelly Goree, her class kit from Creative Escape! Today, I got my "sign on RAK", my compensation for the DT at Scrapbook Challenges.
I have been playing catch up on the challenges posted on Scrapbook Challenges. I got all six of the DT challenges done. Monday there will be more!
This one is for week 1-use numbers for letters. I used Bazzill cs and Just the Edge, MM Noteworthy, Prima flowers, misc buttons and brads, American Crafts Thickers, Jenni Bowlin journal sqaure, and ribbon I got from Crop-o-Holic.
A couple challenges later, I noticed that week 2 was to use the colors green, blue and white. I thought about this a bit and remembered that they said you can combine to challenges into one layout, so I have 2 challenges here.
*EDIT-I just realized I can't use this layout for the color scheme challenge, since I used brown. I will be back with a new one for this challenge*

Week 1 also had a "score a design" challenge. I used bazzil cs, chipboard letters and ribbon; Bo Bunny pp, both sides; and Kaiser Crafts flowers and pearls.

Here I scored the white-flowery strip every 1/4 inch.

Here I scored my journaling lines.
Here I scored around the photos, it's hard to see-sorry.
This is week 2, "Don't stick me down", no glue allowed. I used BG Sultry pp and brads, prima flowers and 1 Bazzill flower, staples, stitching, misc buttons, and Pebbles Inc stamps with MM paint for the title.
This is for week 3, highlight a favorite movie and why. I love A&E's Pride and Prejudice, so this was an easy choice! I used Creative Imaginations die cut paper, Bo Bunny ribbon, Kaiser Crafts flowers and pearls, BG letters, and misc buttons .
Week 3, "don't put away the scraps". I used Bazzill cs, October Afternoon pp, American Crafts ribbon, Walmart chipboard "J", misc letter ribbon sliders, misc brads, flowers punched on glitter cs and EK Success punch, and Jo Anne Essentials epoxy stickers.
Here is the card, using the same pp, DCWV cs, misc ribbon, Kaiser Crafts flowers and pearls, a Prima flower, misc rhinestones, and Creative Imaginations rubon.
On the AMR challenges.
This one is for the Book About Me ongoing challenge. We were supposed to scrapbook about where we grew up. I have a problem with that, I grew up in 19 houses and couldn't possibly pick one since I have so many important memories from all of them. I decided to talk about all my houses, with just a few memories from each home, as well as a map of everywhere I lived. One is of the NW, the other is the Portland area. Journaling....
Growing up, we moved a lot! I lived in a total of 19 houses from birth to 18 yrs old. I don’t remember much until we moved to Vancouver. Here are just a few memories of growing up, based on where we lived.
5-I fell in the fireplace, Mt. St. Helens erupted, my dad almost died in a car accident, and I started Kindergarten.
6-Lost my first tooth, Grandpa died, our family came over for Christmas, and our kitty died, and I got a Light Bright.
7-I joined Bluebirds, made a kite with wrapping paper, wrote my first letter, and a snake slithered over my toe.
8-I stepped on a nail, Grandma showed me her makeup, our dogs lived with my aunt, and dad did illegal fireworks.
9-Our first garden, snuck off to the gravel pit, hunted crawdads, and the dog stole a chicken from next door.
10-We made a huge igloo, roller skating in the basement, slept in the den, grocery shopping with the wagon.
11-The dog had puppies, someone stole from our garage sale, I set a fire in my closet, and the hamster babies escaped.
12-I bounced glass on my foot, I skinned my knee in the driveway, I got caught swearing, and I got my first radio.
13-I went to Multnomah Falls, had to go to bed at 7, lived with family friends, and shared a room with my brothers.
14-I told kids Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper were my parents, lived with Grandpa, and I had my first field day.
15-Started my period, had my first fight, stabbed myself with a pencil, got chicken pox, and the challenger explodes.
16-My first slumber party, I ran away, my first concert, first pin-up heartthrob, mowed my first lawn, first boyfriend.
17-We only lived here a month or so, but cashed in my penny collection, and discovered New Kids on The Block.
18-Went to Disneyland, pool table in basement, had people live with us, first became obsessed with NKOTB.
19-Spring break quake, baptized, took and taught bass lessons, NKOTB concert, graduated, and got first job.
For this layout, I used We R Memory Keepers pp, letters, arrow; Bazzill cs for maps and journaling; Prima flowers, misc brads, and embroidery thread
This one is for the "Int'l Talk Like A Pirate Day" challenge at AMR. I went to this link and did the quiz (w/brother via phone) to find out his pirate name, and this link to translate my journaling. I used Bazzill cs, Crate Paper Static pp, inked and stickled Grungeboard, and Deja Views frames jewels.
Whew, if you are still here, you are a dedicated fan! lol
Today, I am going to Christina's house to crop with a couple other gals to celebrate her birthday! I am sure we will have tons of fun, and more pics to share!

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