Jun 29, 2007

Quick update

We have Bo here. Everything went great. He's such an awesome dog and he's adjusting very well. As you can probably tell, we have been spending lots of time with him. I haven't done hardly any scrappy stuff. Well, I did work on a CJ and I will be ready to mail it tomorrow! Other than that my hands are hot to get into my goods. Especially since I moved all of my stuff to a new scrap area to keep it safe from dog drewl. lol

My sons birthday was on the 26th and then the 27th was the day we got Bo. I hava a babysitting job starting ont he 5th for a few weeks too which will be keeping me busy but also will allow me to order my goods from SoML. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't order this coming months kit because it looks so awesome. I think I would cry, literally, if I had to miss out!

Other than that not much going on...I will update with pics as soon as I get them on my computer!

Jun 22, 2007

Today we get to meet him!

In just a couple hours we are going to meet the dog we are looking to adopt. I am so excited I can barely hold myself together!

Yesterday I was a busy bee making some new felty things for my etsy shop. I would like to sell them in sets of 5 so I have lots more to make before I list them up but for your viewing pleasure I will share a peek of my creations here. YOu can also find them in my gallery at SIS TV!

I also made some specialty tags that are currently listed in my etsy shop...

Scarlet Chicks.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

Jun 19, 2007

What a BIG Baby!!!

Hopefully within the next week or so this big baby, named Bo, will be our newest family member. He is a Saint Bernard who was rescued and is now living in a wonderful foster home, not far from us. We inquired about adopting a Saint a week ago and are overwhelmed with how compassionate this rescue is. We are supposed to go to meet Bo within the next week and have a home visit shortly after that. Hopefully we will be approved and will be able to keep Bo. He is a big sweetie and his Foster Mommy says she can't sing her praises about him enough.

Today I am working on some tags to add to my very neglected Etsy shop. They are cute, simple tags that maybe you could hang on a candlestick or a wreath or arrangement of sorts for an added touch. I love to play with my stamps and color pencils, so this was the perfect way to get that out of my system. Besides, having a new family member means we need to step it up a bit in the extra money department ;)

In my entry below I added a few words of inspiration that I am aiming to give a try to see what I come up with. If those words do not resinate with you maybe you could try these:


whether you use them as a journaling jumpstart, a title idea, or as an actual element, or as inspiration for a photograph, I thought it would be interesting to see how these words could stimulate your artistic self. If you come up with anything I would love for you to share what you did so link it up!

Have a peaceful and productive day!

Jun 18, 2007

Clap Games

Do you remember playing these games with your girlfriends as a child? I remember playinghtem on the playground and at picnics and at our lockers in the hallways!
My daughter and her girlfriends are always playinghtem. It really amazes me how she can remember all of the words! But ask her all her multiplication facts, Ha!!

It's so cute how they get going faster and faster, clapping their hands in sync with each other to see who can goof first!

I thought itwould be a fun idea to make her a book doing playing these games and having her tell me all the words to the games she knows and sticking them into this little 7Gypsies mini book decorated with some Hambly Studios overlays and some Roxie by Love, Elsie. I really likethat this mini wil be something created by the both of us since I need her help with all of the words!

Just a few more dys left until we are on OFFICIAL summer vacation. I am so excited to be able to do whatever we want for a couple of weeks! Just enjoyingbeing at home with nowhere to go.

Today was my first time ever submitting for publication. I don't know exactly what made me want to do it today except for the fact that I am absolutely in love with the layout I created (see below). Hopefully I will be chosen for publication- wow,that would be like a dream come true for me!

SIS TV has put up the new Collection. The guest Designer for July is Rebecca Sower!!! I can't wait to see what comes from all scrappers withthis kit! It looks to be awesome. THey warned it would just get better and better!!!

Today is gorgeous! I want to sit out on my porch and drink some iced lemon tea :) Maybe my neighbor will join me! Have a wonderful day!

I'm going to being something new things here on my blog. Just for the sake of inspiration. I have a list of words I would like to share with you, maybe they could inspire you to use words on a layout that maybe you have not used before or maybe a words could inspire you to try a different way of placing elements or papers onto your layout.

5 for now!!!


I will share what I come up with- so link me up to what you have done too!!
Have fun!

Jun 16, 2007

Laughter is beautiful!

This is something I always want to remember about my son. He is such a joy. He's a happy kid, always laughing, even when he's in a serious mood. He's just a really happy kid.

I used the June Poppy Ink kit for this LO. I did pull out some Heidi Swapp ghost letters for the title and I used the rub ons from the June SoML kit but everything else is PI. I love how the hand cut flowers look. They frame the photo nicely and I love how the distressing came out.

The journaling reads:
You always find the good in everything. You are such a very happy boy, Jaden! Lots of giggles and some serious laughter is always expected when you are present. Having fun is the name of your game. You are such a true delight in our lives.

This weekend is looking to be a pleasant one. Tonight we are going to watch our friends daughter at her dance recital. I am excited to see her. It's been about five years that I have known my friend and this is the first time we have been able to make it to the recital.

I still have no idea what we are doing for Father's Day. I feel bad but I am sure I will come up with something in time! One more day. I wonder if my hubs even realizes that tomorrow is HIS day!!!

Jun 15, 2007

Knocked out 2 challenges today!

Here's mine for OLW

It's not too often that I get so much accomplished but lately and thanks to the fabulous Sara for putting together such awesome kits, I have been having so much fun & feeling the inspiration, for reals!

Sweet Face

It's a catchy sentiment that I call my daughter ever since I met my neighbor. I am sure that is who started it all. So now when my daughter asks me something I say "What's up, Sweet Face?"

This LO was done for Amber Ulmer's Designer Challenge at SoML for the June kit. We are being challenged to cut out our photo and anything else we could hand cut. So I cut the photo, the letters, and the scalloped cardstock. This was FUN!!!
Thanks for the great challenge Amber!

Here I used the ATB tape writer kit. The white was fun because I got to ink the embossed letters to make them show real nice!

The sequins in this kit are absolutely darling! I stapled 2 hearts to my journaling sticker along with some inked up notebook paper.

The past week has been SO BUSY!!! We had my sons graduation on Thursday and my daughter had a Flag Day Ceremony at her school, which I did not get to see (dh had to go and filled me in later with some jazzy video he took on his PDA). Lots of great pics- and boy was there food at the graduation! The singing was the cutest and to my surprise my big boy sang louder than everyone else!!! Last year he didn't make a peep and decided to check out the garden instead. So this year I was compltely thrown and loved every second of watching my little guy sing his heart out!

Jun 12, 2007

Friends, Meet Hedgie...

Isn't he the sweetest? I found him at the Dollar General in the gardening section for such a bargain I couldn't justify leaving him there on the shelf. So the kids and I brought him home and he is currently residing on my TV stand- soon he will be moving to my garden once I actually get all that dirt turned and flowers planted...I'm a bit late on that task.

This week is insane. And this time it has nothing to do with my scheduling. We have a wedding to attend tonight!!! It's at a beautiful location- I am so excited to take pictures. The ceremony is small and will be done by the JOP. The real wedding will actually take place in Poland, next year. We *may* go if we have the funds to get us there and to sight-see also. I really can't justify going to Poland and not go to Aushwitz.
Dinner is after the ceremony. I am excited to do out since it's been a while since we have gone out with others. We usually just go out with the kids.

Saturday night a couple of friends came over to scrap. Of course we did WAY more chatting than scrapping but I did complete two LO's with the June SoML kit. Love this Love, Elsie. Elsie really did a stellar job putting this line together. It's so much fun to sit an imagine up all kinds of things to create with her Roxie line. Not to mention it is the perfect paper to scrap pics of friends.

I wanted to share with you how I did the title of this page...I simply stamped a sheet of cardstock using my MM foam stamps and some folk art acrylic paints- 2 of each letter and number. Then I used my trimmer to cut out rectangles-
This project took less than an hour and I have three different colors of letters saved in sandwich bags for later.

Don't be afraid to go off the page a bit. I really love taking the embellishments off the page - I think it adds some interest and is definitely out of my box!

Oh! One more thing. I didn't end up giving the Bride-to-Be the bath & body stuff...I found the COOLEST gift at TJ Max, my new most fav store in the world. It's a stationary box that is distressed and antiqued. It opens at the top and inside I put a box of Papyrus stationary, a set of monogrammed stationary and an adress book to match. The best part of the gift was the peacock letter opener. It has a Czech Crystal eye and is simply gorgeous. Of course every part of this gift I would haved loved to keep all for me- but I'm so glad that I found something that I know she will use since most of her family lives in Poland and it will look lovely in her home. I laughed to myself about how of course my gift had to be something related to my love and passion for paper. Typical.

I have some pics from the bridal shower that I would love some help dressing up to put in an album for the Bride. If digitally altering photos is something you are good at and enjoy doing I would love to see what you can do with these photos. They are nothing real fancy so that's why I think that some altering might be a fun way to dress them up before they are tucked into the album. I would love to see your creative ideas!
If you are interested please contact me.

Jun 8, 2007


How often do I accomplish this much? Not often at all. Seriously, I never get more than one LO done a day unless I am really feeling ambitious and you wouldn't believe it but I still haven't cut into any of my KC COllection from SIS TV!!! I feel terrible about this but there is much to do outdoors today and I really wanted to scrap some pics I had sitting around of my son.

Here are some peeks of the mini I am working on for my daughter and her friend. I really love how this is coming out. THe Basic Grey paper is just perfect for these photos I took of the girls playing dress-up.

Front Cover:

Under the flower is a velcro tab for the closure.

Inside Front Cover:

First Page:

Second Page:

Third Page:

This is a bit of a work in progress but I think I will have it completed soon. I can't wait to finish putting the book together. I made it using cardstock- no chipboard, but it's surprising,the weight of it. I think it will hold up well enough for the girls to flip through and enjoy the pages of these memories.

Joannes is having a clearance sale on many of the CK embellishments. I was suprosed tha these things were marked down so low. I just could not pass up the deals for a buck or two!! Aren't they just gorgeous! I want to do something special with those hatpins!

Thanks for looking!

Jun 5, 2007

Circle Journal

I'm late I'm late! And I'm so, so sory! I'm headed out to the PO NOW! I swear it!

Anyhow my CJ is going to Miss Morgan first and since she's so sweet and has been waiting on me patiently I"m RAKing her some of my goodies.

okay- gotta get to that PO!!!

ETA: Back from the PO- it's officially mailed!
So here is my Circle Journal - Circle of Inspiration

Front Cover:

My Inspiration Page and one Tag included with instructions inside:

Inside Back Cover:

Back Cover:

Jun 1, 2007

Fun stuffs!

I have been having so much fun the past couple of days- along with all of the mad shopping I've been doing, I've been scrapping non-stop. It's a good thing the weekend is here cause I know my Dd is all out of clean uniforms! I am falling way behind on laundry. OOPS!

So here is what I did originally for the OLW challenge but I don't really like it- it's not a winner in my book but I know that you will all tell me that it's beautiful cause you're all so sweet like that :)
I'm going to make another one but Im having a tough time with the word STOP without using a title that is already taken by the fabby designers. LOL- I am having some sort of title creativity block-

And here is a LO I did inspired by harpersmama because her work is so stellar, like she was born for scrapbooking. My Hubs thinks this picture of him is goofy but ya know, I love that big smile. It makes this girl melt. Seriously, that is one genuine smile right there!

And finally, I am working on a verticle hanging banner for my beautiful daughter, Monet from the May Poppy Ink Kit. This is the first part...more to follow :)

Don't you just love the beautiful mix of buttons that Heather packed in there? What's not to love?
Monet wanted me to do it horizontal like the sprout banner but I told her that she was cramping my creativity tryingto tell me what to do- and I could just as esily make it say Mother before I get too far with it- she quickly decided that she would agree with me because the Poppy love has somehow rubbed off on her!

Oh, and one more thing I am so excited about! I won Morgan's (Miss Moxie) StoryTeller Challenge at Story of My Life for my Pirates Life LO!!! Sara is going to send me a surprise for winning! Be sure to check out the challenges for June!!!

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