Sunday, July 31, 2011

NEW Twinery Colors!!!! And don't forget you still have some time....

Quick post for today...The Twinery has NEW COLORS and you are totally going to swoon over them.  So, I won't keep you in suspense, I am just going to show you!!!

I don't know which is my favorite...I think I love them all!!!!!

We have some fun company this weekend...Carleen's nieces are down!!  It is always the adventure when they are here.  And constantly on the go!  We did the drive thru animal park yesterday and had quite the time.  We almost got (for lack of a better word) "crapped" on by a camel.  We were in the car, but there was quite the smell all of a sudden.  Two teenage girls and me screaming, then Carleen trying to get the car out of the way!  Here are a few of our pics from the day....I will have more later!  And I made myself practice my manual photography skills and I was quite happy with most of the pictures!!

 Hanging out downtown!

The offender!  I think his name was Clyde....

Sheldon the giraffe, he is about 7 months old and so sweet.....and yes, it was HOT again!
This guys CREEPS me out....reminds me of the velociraptors in Jurassic Park! 

And don't forget I have the One Page Sketches for Scrapbooking giveaway on this POST.  There is still time to enter to get your hands on this!  These are wonderful books to get your mojo flowing, or to just complete a quick page!!!

I promise, projects are coming!!!  I had to get this post in quick while the girls were at Tagret!  I didn't have time to do supply lists, etc.!

Off for another adventure with the girls!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pottery Show and a Giveaway!

My roomie, Carleen, loves to do pottery.  We have pots, critters, vases, you name it it's probably sitting around the house!  I gave her a set of lessons for her birthday and it is the gift that has kept on giving!!

At the pottery shop, they had a showing of students work.  OF COURSE,  I had to go take pics!  After a little while I think she was pretty much done with the camera being out! 

This layout is made with this weeks sketch on Sketch Support.  I did this right before I left for the night before and I still had to pack!  So, I basically followed the sketch and didn't change it up much! The sketch is HERE-Sketch 11 on the Sketch Support site if you would like to see what I worked from.

Supplies: Pattern Paper-American Crafts Peachy Keen Collection; Chipboard Letters-American Crafts Thickers; Sticker Letters-My Mind’s Eye Sophie; Stamp-Unity Stamp Co.; Ink-Jenni Bowlin Lemon Drop (on the letters for show); Markers-Faber Castell Big Brush Markers (for the stamp); Adhesive-Scotch ATG and Scrapbook Adhesives 

I pretty much followed the sketch as it was....I rounded some corners, added the border strip and move the journaling.  I would have loved to have "added more", but time did not allow it and I am ok with the way it turned out!

Picture courtesy of Scrapbook Generation's website

NOW, it's YOUR chance to win the new ONE PAGE Sketches for Scrapbooking Vol. 1!!  All you have to do is leave a comment here on this post.  You have until midnight CST on Sunday, July 31st.  I will announce the winner on Monday evening! 

Have a great rest of the night!

Edited to add:  YOU MUST leave a way for me to contact you, either thru your blogger profile/blog or an email address in the comment you leave!  Thanks!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Sketch Support Layout

Wow, I did not realize that I was so far behind on posting projects!  That is what happens when you don't blog, yet keep creating layouts, cards, and altered projects.  That just means I get lots to post without a lot of picture taking and editing.  I usually take pictures and edit all at the same time...I just seem to get in a rhythm and can get it done fairly quickly.  Don't interrupt me though!  LOL

This is a layout that was up on Sketch Support for the last one page layout sketch!  So, basically a month ago.  The link above will take you to the sketch I worked with and then you can see how I changed it!  The new one page sketch is up this week and I will have my take on it over on the Sketch Support blog on Friday.  Also check back because I will be having a giveaway of the new One Page Sketches for Scrapbooking book also!  

Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants (Spring Fever), Pebbles (Dandy), Crate Paper (Bouquet), Studio Calico (Fly By and Cooped Up); Letters: American Crafts, Basic Grey, Girl’s Paperie; Stamps: Unity Stamp Co (Priceless Reflections); Chipboard: Crate Paper (Neighborhood); Flower Brad: Pebbles (Happy Go Lucky Flower Brad); Die Cut Tag: We R Memory Keepers; Stickers: Crate Paper (Neighborhood); Pinking Edge Filters: Fancy Pants; Ribbon: American Crafts; Ink: Memento and Jenni Bowlin; Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Elmers, and Scrapbook Adhesives; Pen: Zig Micron; Tools: Fiskars Border Punch, Cricut Expression, Gypsy, Elegant Edges Cartridge

And here are some close-ups. 

This was a hard layout to do.  You have seen me scrap, Fannie, the red and white Pembroke.  The black and white is Toby.  This is the first page that I have scrapped of him and I will say there were some tears during and after I was done.  These two were peas in a pod and this picture was taken the week we found out how sick Toby was.  Miss you bunches little guy.........

That's it from me.....I will catch you later in the week. 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

BACK from CHA with a quick update....

Wow, I am wiped out!!  My first CHA (and hopefully not my last!) was sad, crazy, fun, overwhelming, hard work, exciting, and wonderful all rolled into one.

I am going to apologize upfront, that my CHA pictures will be in no particular order!  I will tell you what day I took them, but I have them on two different computers at the moment!  

The sad part is that I did not get to meet my online buddy Sarah de Guzman.  She had a medical emergency and she and Gloria had to cancel their flight right before they were to leave.  You can read about Sarah's scary emergency here. So, I was very worried about her and still am...missed you buddy...get better soon!

So after an 8.5 hour drive, I got to help set up the booth!  Now, this is quite interesting as everyone is there, the air conditioner is BARELY on in the convention center during set up/take down.  I do not...let me repeat...DO NOT like to be hot!  (more on THAT later!).  So, I helped Nikki and Dan set up the booth until about 8:30-9:00 Sunday night.  Then I went back to the hotel room and worked on these!

I love the way they turned out, but they do take awhile!!  These were all out of the "My Lil' Monster" collection.  Then on Monday, I worked on these out of the "Gingerbread Land" collection.
On Monday, my roomie, Suzy West arrived.  LOVE that lady, she is a HOOT!!!!  Here is a picture of her when we went to downtown Chicago (which is a entire post in itself!). 

Let's just say she made me SICK.  She looked daisy fresh the entire time in 100+ degree not so much! 

The best part of CHA, is meeting friends that you only know online, or that you haven't seen in awhile!!! I LOVE these girls, Jen Matott and Sarah Eclavea that are on Nikki Sivils DT with me!  LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!

And then here are Sarah and I with Nikki, Jen had to catch a flight and we didn't get the picture taken before she had to!  and it's a little blurry, but we were getting ready for booth tear down.

I was so happy to get home!  And this morning, I got up in time to catch this moment outside.....gosh, I missed their furry faces while I was gone.  And then I have slept all day!  LOL 

That's it from me...I need to get another blog post done over on Nikki's blog!!!!  Catch you next week....probably on Monday!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I'm Back with a School is Cool layout!

Well, I disappeared off the face of the "blog" universe!  As of tomorrow it will be almost a month since I have blogged...EKKK....that's a long time.  I have been sick with a summer (icky) cold and then CHA madness took over!  

So, this is going to be short and sweet, but I wanted to update the blog at least one time before I leave for CHA.  I am hoping that I can "pre-schedule" a couple of posts before I leave to post a few projects and then update while I am there with some fun pictures!

Here is a...wait for it.....TWO page layout with the new Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker "School is Cool" line.  This is a FUN line and I can't get enough of that blue argyle pattern paper!  I want to use it over and over!  

Supplies: Paper, Stickers and Embellishments Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (School is Cool collection), Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine; Adhesive-Scotch and Scrapbook Adhesives

The clouds were cut with my Cricut, using the April Showers cartridge.  I don't have the exact cut sizes near me at the moment, but I did save the Gypsy file, so if you want them I can look them up!

And a close up
So this goes to show you that you do not have to have kids to use a school themed collection!!!  So, be looking for this collection soon at your LSS and if they don't have it, ask for it!!!
If you are going to CHA, I will be in the Nikki Sivils booth, so stop by and say hi!  I would love to meet you!