January 30, 2015


Just some 30 min  or less layouts trying to use stash so I can justify getting more :):)
more of the awesome Basic Grey Aurora collection...very every versatile....wait till you see me mix some of it up with some "Olaf" (coming soon)-
loved this quote from Shel Silverstein: 

It's true!  This boy has my whole heart and more *****He IS some kind of wonderful !!

January 29, 2015

The Memory Nest MIM

The Memory Nest Make It Monday # 32 ....a bit late :):):)

although, now that I look at it, I didn't follow the sketch that well....I liked the split and I focused on that more than anything ! OOPS!!
had this serious vintage pack of MME chipboard...I used the whole pack on the layout since it only cost me $ 1 on the clearance at Michael's!!


I can't tell you how long I've had these Spiderman stickers, maybe 3 months??  Finally put them to paper last week (I really struggle with stickers so...)

We Plunged!

Last week, we plunged for Special Olympics Maryland!  I wanted to thank all the friends and family who supported and pledged :)   Can't wait to do again next year, especially since my Thing 2 will be joining a sport with them this year :):)
2nd plunge in shallow end with the "Pregnant One" lol

as you can tell, it was sunny and about 42 degreees (not water temp though, that was pretty damn brisk) and me wearing hardly no clothes could be one of the reasons why I got sick!! I raise almost $ 500 in 3 weeks and next year hope to top it at $ 1,000!!

more 17 Turtles !

This is my 3rd layout for Scrap our Stash using  my 17 Turtles cut files!
Bev Code was our sketch artist this month for our challenge remember???

and here's my reveal:

January 21, 2015

17 Turtles and SOS team up!

17 Turtles is our sponsor at Scrap Our Stash and you still have plenty of time to play with us!
I'll admit it, even though I am on the SOS DT, I get it wrong sometimes!  I had my layout all done and realized I hadn't read the directions for the challenge!   So, THIS layout is just one for ME :):) using part of the Pie Chart cut file by Juliana Michaels *

Pie Chart Love Digital Cut File | Perfect for a variety of craft projects including paper crafting, scrapbooking and more.
one lucky crafter will receive a $ 20 credit to the 17 Turtles Etsy shop...Details (HERE}, hope you'll link up a project!!  Challenge ends January 29, 2015 !!

Snow Day LOTD

*sometimes I amaze myself when I use my grownup camera :) :)
 *awesome supplies are from the Basic Grey Aurora collection *

**linking up the the Say It Ain't Snow Cold paper party at Paper Issues**

Happy Hump DAYYYY :0

My poor blog has been whispering to me that he's been neglected so since it's another snowy day here and I worked in the am (left the office 1/2 day to beat the crazies on the road), I get some ME time.  So, while I am doing some cleanup on the desktop, I'll catch up on some blogging on the laptop :):):)  I'm all late with this post using the Merry Memories swag bag from Paper Issues!  I added in some winter/xmasy doodads in there but this was my first time getting a swag bag and I really loved it!  They still have some in the shop in case you wanna grab your own!

January 10, 2015

CHA 2015...what I'm liking

 Just Add Watercolor4

They've been debuting sneak peeks for CHA 2015 and I'll be honest, I've just begun to glance through all the sneak peeks and some of the new collections are repetitive but there are some that may make their way into my studio.  The first one that I spied is from Cosmo Cricket!
It's called "Just Add Watercolors " and it's gorgeous!
Watercolor paper, cards, tags and blocks printed with gold and clear foil resist. Like the name says, you just add watercolors and watch the magic happen!

There are five printed block designs and three block blanks for the truly free spirited!"

 Just Add Watercolor6
 Light, airy and gorgeous! What collections are you liking??

January 8, 2015

It's that time again!!

Once a year for the past 19 years, when the frigid waters of the Chesapeake are at their coldest, a unique breed of creature migrates to the Maryland shore to engage in a strange and glorious ritual. They are called Plungers, their event is PlungeFest and it’s a Maryland tradition. Raising awareness and charitable donations for Special Olympics Maryland, these unique creatures dive into the icy bay and celebrate the occasion the only way they know how—by freezing their buns off.

I know I'm late in adding my Pledge page, but I finally got it posted!   January means cold temps and icy chills and so on January 23, 2015, I will join thousands of Police Officers and Police Organizations for my 4th Polar Bear Plunge!  Police Teams plunge a day early from the public!

for those of you who are local to the DMV area, yep, that is me and my plunge buddy LaShawn (along with Brandon and Dan) on the tv commercial on USA Channel 9!!! My pledge page is open {HERE} for you to part with your $$ all for a wonderful cause!!  No donation is too large or too small; every dollar is appreciated!!

January 7, 2015

What's Your Word??

 On this WORDY WEDNESDAY, The DT at Challenge YOUrself and I  have a new challenge for you!  It's a new year and a fresh start!! We thinks it's the perfect time to think about YOUr One Little Word !

Challenge YOUrself #14: One Little Word
Choose a word that you will focus on and reflect upon all through the year and create a layout that celebrates your chosen word.
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)

One Little Word was created by Ali Edwards and is defined as a word that you invite into your life and let it speak to YOU.  You focus on and reflect upon this word as you go about your daily life.  There's no right or wrong word.  The main thing to remember is that it is YOUr word.
 If you are new to this, you can learn more about Ali Edward's One Little Word Concept HERE...

I mentioned yesterday that my 2015 word was JOYFUL. 2014 was a bit rough in some ways and I found myself being depleted mentally and emotionally by life vampires and so in 2015, I am making some changes for myself- not multitasking as much, not micromanaging as much, letting folks figure it for themselves more and being ok with it and just making sure MY cup is full FIRST...Hence, getting my joy back and choosing to be JOYFUL.  I want and need my inside to match my outside :)

Link up your OLW projects with us! One lucky winner will win a $15 GC to Peachy Cheap! Deadline to link up at Challenge Yourself is Feb 4th! See blog for details and for all the DT inspiration & words :):)

January 6, 2015

Scrap Our Stash Tuesday challenge!

Since some of us have snow in the area, why not scrap today!???  Tuesday's challenge comes to you courtesy of us gals over at Scrap Our Stash!  TUESDAY (well, all month) IS  A TWINE CHALLENGE!!
Stash Challenge #22~ Word Challenge 

This month's sponsor is the talented Juliana from

17 Turtles offers digital cut files for scrapbooking, cards, home/school projects!
One lucky crafter will win a $ 20 GC to her shop!

OLW sneak....

Many of you do the ALi Edwards OLW project and I admit, I already am behind on so many projects so I've adapted my scrapping to just pick OLW and then make layouts/projects that support the concept. 
Last year's word for me was CLARITY and I'm pretty sure I got some clairty on some aspects of my life but others are still foggy.  So, I had thrown around some words for 2015 like FOCUS, CHALLENGE, PAUSE and NOURISH but after completing the layout, I went in a different direction and so my OLW for 2015 is:
Tyler Perry had penned post where he had his ipod on and loved this song by Smokie Norful called "Dear God" -verses 2 and 3 spoke to me and I  know that I  chose the right word.
And I watched you take my family from there to here
And when times were a lil rough God I know you were near
And the moments I thought I failed I was reminded of your nails
So I held on
And if I never live to see another day
There is nothing I would change or take away
I've had so many ups
That they far out way my downs
Lord I thank you for my life
I realized some didn't make it...
I could've been one of the ones who lost my way
And there were times Lord I know I almost went crazy
But I'm still here, with my life
****I am grateful for my life and all the ups and downs, but I gotta get MY joy back :)  Tune in tomorrow for the full reveal :):)

January 1, 2015

2015 is here-say goodbye to 2014

Happy New Year Everybody! 2015 is here and I thought I'd do a quick trip through my layouts and projects and give you my 14 favorite layouts of 2014!  I didn't get to create as much as I wanted to last year, but trust me, I am gong to find time each and every week of 2015 to create something! Thank you for always popping by and leaving love and encouragement; it means a lot to me!!


Happy New Year!

From my family to yours, Happy New Year...Welcome 2015!!

December 24, 2014

Upcycled or recycled?? You pick!!

I haven't had time to craft this week so I'm sharing a project I finished last week...upcycled  or recycled?  Am not sure, maybe both...back in the summer, I had picked up a box of empty hot chocolate/coffee cans from Freecycle with the intention of making 12 of these for friends.  Last year (or was it 2013?) during the Christmas holidays, I had been featured over at the Little Yellow Bicycle blog and I had made this using LYB scrapbook goodies and modge podge, glitter and holiday piks:
So, I gathered up some Christmasy looking supplies, modge podge, trims and got to work with my glue gun :) 

buy Christmas piks when they are on sale!

add white glitter for sparkle!

white sequins and a doily for subtle layers

covered plain button chipboard with paint and microbeads!
 and voila! An upcycled can that you can use as a candy dish or cookie holder-OR, you can put paper towels in it in the bathroom-too many possibilities!!  One down, 11 to go :):)

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