August 20, 2014

Selfie Wednesday!

Since I was traveling, I forgot to post about my August 14th DT reveal on Scrap Our Stash for our August Challenge #17- a SELFIE Challenge!  Most of you know I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE selfies; they don't call me the Selfie Queen for nothing!!!   But this time, I actually Photobombed my daughter who was taking a Selfie of herself!  I loved how the snow looked in our hair AND this picture is important because I RARELYgo out in snow...After living in the Catskill Mntns in NY for a few years when I was younger, SNOW and I do not agree with each other !! Winters were pretty brutal there... I really dislike snow and so my husband has to do all things snow related (playing, shoveling, etc) while I stay inside and make yummy treats :)

I know......I know...give this girl the sun 365 days a year!!
loved using up my Heidi Swapp glitter die cuts!!!!

CKCB Sketch Challenge # 2

CKCB Challenge #2:  Use This Sketch from October Afternoon to take a bit of a crafting break.  Maybe stretch a bit by NOT using it for a card?
and again, I do not scrap chronologically and these pics are from a road trip we took to Louisville, KY maybe back in 2007???!! I'm terrible....

August 19, 2014

Finally!! some CKCB creations

Late late late but still in the game this you saw earlier this week, I JUST posted my Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog (CKCB) kit on Monday and I am off to a raving start!  I did 2 layouts! # 3 is almost done!

**I did add the Pink Paislee circle embell , the cardboard and the pearl not in the CKCB kit

trudging along Tuesday...but still creating!

Got more layouts done this week-Whoo Hoo! I had to destress since both kids are working my one nerve always tormenting each other!  Monday cannot get here soon enough I tell ya...I wish summer vacation was just a month-we'd cram in all kinds of fun in and then back to school it would be!
But anyway, I found time to create 4 more layouts.  The first one is for Make It Monday No 22 over at The Memory Nest.  I made it on Monday (LOL)

they have a sketch challenge up and even though I am the DT at SOS, I still love joining other challenges (but not that many, usually 1 or 2.)
and here's my take on Crystal's sketch...I admit, I haven't scrapped my birthday pictures from 2 years ago!! We had a semi-improvised photobooth with girls props and it was so much fun!  We (me and my girlfriends, about 8 of us) had just wrapped up when my family came home and so we convinced them to join in.  :):)

***All papers:  My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 (Ruby), embells: Heidi Swapp & Pink Paislee

August 18, 2014

What I Made Monday

found some scrapping time today and did some clean layouts....just for myself :)  I'm back to using plain backgrounds and just using up bits & pieces from leftover CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog) kits.  :):)

**linking up with Leslie :):)  @ The Memory Nest for Crafty Creations # 23

Counterfeit Kit*August***FINALLY

I know that it's the 18th and all, but I have been one busy I finally found some ME time last night to finally grab some supplies & create my August CKCB kit.  This month's inspiration came from the Studio Calico Penny Arcade kit:
I knew I didn't have ANY of those papers, so I created my kit based on elements.  I grabbed Tim Holtz kraft papers that my sis recently gifted me, added in as many of  6 x 6 papers from American Crafts (Amy, Crate and AC), MME and Teresa Collins that had feathers, clouds, maps, prints and handwriting on them.  Added in some wood veneers and butterflies "just because: and some trims as well.
   I did have some doilies but I didn't find them until after I photographed the kit!  So, I did do my own add kit on as well but it was only color inspired (oranges, teal and black) by their add ons. Absolutely loved that mason jar full of ephemera that Laura gifted me for my birthday!
and since I started mid month, my kit is somewhat small.  I do hope to get at least 6 layouts done though! ** Will add background paper/cardstock and the doilies as needed.

August 17, 2014

It was a Great weekend filled with PAINT!

Traveled a bit north for a day to hang out with this lady, the divine AME (pronounced AIM) at her Pennsylvania store, PAGES IN TIME:

for two awesome classes given by none other than the SUPER DUPA talented Ms. Dyan Reaveley
I spent Friday journaling with inks and stencils and learning how to use rubber stamps in backgrounds.  Who knew that ghosting, painting, masking and more would be SOOOOO FUUUNNN???!!!!
I learned so much and as a non-stamper/inker, I am encouraged to add more to my scrapbooking and mixed media projects!  If you haven't taken a class lately, go outside your box and do something different!  Check the schedule at you LSS and try something new!
MY inking :):)
ghosting and bleaching were my favs :):)
  INSPIRATION from Dyan's journals!!!  SHE ROCKS!!

new stamps!!

August 12, 2014

Get in front of the camera!

strike a pose...or two ..or three!  You can;t worry about what you look like all the time...I am a big believer of #aleidaschallenge and so I am a HUGE lover of SELFIES
 "A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr. They are often casual, and are typically taken either with a camera held at arm's length or in a mirror."

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"self·ie - a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or afront-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting ona social-networking or photo-sharing website
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"self·ie - a photograph that one takes of oneself with a digital camera or afront-facing smartphone, tablet, or webcam, especially for posting ona social-networking or photo-sharing website
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These selfies were taken at my birthday getaway last month...and I could've edited them but I want you to get in front of the camera even on those no makeup days!  Your family will thank you! So on that note, don't forget that one of our August challenges at Scrap Our Stash is:
Create a layout using a selfie photo.  The photo(s) doesn't have to be "your" selfie… it can be anyone's selfie… as along as it's a selfie. :)  AND for the stash item, you must use a premade/packaged frame(s).
DUE:  JULY 29TH 11:59 PM (PST)
- See more at:
hop over to the blog for the deets AND the twist....this month's sponsor is Nani Ke Ola:
who is gifting one lucky crafter this awesome prize:

Create a layout using a selfie photo.  The photo(s) doesn't have to be "your" selfie… it can be anyone's selfie… as along as it's a selfie. :)  AND for the stash item, you must use a premade/packaged frame(s).
DUE:  JULY 29TH 11:59 PM (PST)
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August 11, 2014

tick tock tick tock...

As of last month, I am officially counting down till the big 5-0!  So I guess I'd better play catchup of all the older birthday pics huh? 

Since I have been traveling and I haven't scrapped in WEEKS, I grabbed my JULY Counterfeit Kit (CKCB for LO # 2) and scrapped a pic of me & the twin sis from last year.  If you recall, we are HUGE Nora Roberts fans and made a day trip to the charming town of Boonesboro (MD) for a book signing by none was truly an awesome day!  And,  a great way to ring in 4-8 !!
I am not a stamper but I shall keep practicing thanks to the talented Jamie Dougherty!  I love her Bloom Girl stamps and am trying to incorporate them in my crafting!   Thanks for looking!

August 10, 2014

Weekend wrapup!

I have been MIA again but with good reason; I was on a road trip to Kentucky taking care of some family business :)  AND, for the first time, I mixed a little business with a little pleasure :) all while staying unplugged  :):) 
One of the things I did was actually pretty awesome-I did TWO bourbon tastings! One in Louisville at Fines Wines & Bourbon on Market St and the other at Woodford Reserves in Versailles (and it's so funny that they pronounce it "VER-SAILS")

definitely an acquired taste....very strong but very smooth....thanks to Paul @ Fine Wines and Terry @ Woodford for the history and the tastings!!

Did some shopping with my niece and sisters, went to dinner too many times, got to visit other family and am back home and back to the daily grind ....hope to do some crafting later today :):) 

July 31, 2014

Thankful THursday and a prize winner!

Thankful Thursday-thanking all my blog readers for always coming back,  lifting me up and leaving love and encouragement !
We had 59 entries for the SOS challenges this month and that's BIG considering how busy we are in the summer!  My randomly chosed winner of the $ 25 Gift certificate to Paper Issues
 July Prize
 is JULENE MATTHEWS!  Unfortunately, there was a small glitch in the link with the winner and so I will also send a little RAK to Heather (#33).
As always, thanks for playing with, creating with us and inspiring us!   Hope you'll play with us in August!

July 28, 2014

She's a "Charmer"

I'm up on the Scrap Our Stash blog today with our Sketch Challenge # 16:

I absolutely loved this sketch by our talented DT boss Rochelle; and I was just in the mood for some yellow and gold!
*read more about my LO here*
We've gotten almost 60 entries for our challenges this month and just a reminder that I am this month's sponsor!
One lucky winner will receive this:
You have until July 29th to enter!! Hop over to Scrap Our Stash and play along!
July Prize

July 27, 2014


Finally got to celebrate my birthday last week and what better way to do it than to getaway with girlfriends! It all started with homemade birthday treats- the big sis baked me an awesome lemon cheesecake-SWEET~!  Not too sweet and it was simply perfect...
on this Sweet Sunday, just reminiscing about that perfect slice :):):)

Prayer warriors needed

Know in your heart that all things are possible.
We couldn't conceive of a miracle if none had ever happened.

Libbie Fudim
A coworker of mine had a stroke last month and since we work from remote offices, I don't see her that often but she has been in my life in a different capacity for about 7 years. Her family didn't have my number so by the time I found out, 3 weeks had passed....she was transferred to Johns Hopkins earlier this week and so we went to visit on Friday.  As expected, she was weakened but awake and responsive, she knew who I was, she laughed at pictures and we visited for awhile before she was taken to a treatment. 
My son has been a patient at Johns Hopkins for 10 years and I had NEVER been to the Jesus Room (it's what I call it; it's known for this HUGE statute of Jesus that people pray to.  I went there for the first time and said a prayer and just knew in my heart that she would be on the slow road to recovery.

Little did I know that I would get a phone call this morning stating that, after the visit, she took a turn for the worst, her heart stopped and while they were able to stabilize her, there is possibly some irreversible damage that my heart will not let me type.  Again, this is "man" making the call.
Everyone that knows me knows how I feel about the gift of modern medicine and the power of miracles.  My son is a testimony to both and I will keep believing in both for her until shown otherwise.
 I just ask that you uplift her and her family in prayer right now; MIRACLES HAPPEN!

July 25, 2014

My Friday feature....

I was so blessed to be able to celebrate my birthday this month with 9 other awesome crafty divas!
We did an awesome girls getaway and as I walked around the scrap area (to steal supplies) to gaze lovingly at projects, I noticed this on a table:
and I was like, :Where did you get this??" cause some of my favorite words that I say all the time (namely #SUPERCUTE) were right there! Turns out that my gurl, Lameka (pictured above in the super cute deer shirt) is the creator of this awesome little stamp set!  I had to feature it cause it is so "very necessary" right now with all the PL, selfies and instagram shots :)   IF you want to get your hot little hands on this set, hop over to her site {HERE} and order one :):):):):)   Once the other folks start copying it, you'll have already had your set (for a steal) and used it 1000 different ways!  I plan on using mine in a SMASH book this weekend :)

July 22, 2014

Made It Monday for the Memory Nest

The mojo's back!  Pulled out my July Counterfeit Kit from CKCB kit that had all the fab My Mind's Eye (MME)  chalkboard paper & embells and used the sketch done by Katie Lamb that Leslie over at The Memory Nest used for the first Make It Monday Challenge.
My take on it: Loved the pre-done MME paper but still had to doodle around the edges :)
** #aleaidaschallenge   (get yourself " IN" the pictures!!)

July 21, 2014


I have had this paper sitting in a Studio Calico kit called Blue Note for like FOREVER (I think)...I finally grabbed all my Studio Calico kits and consolidated them since some were unused (horrors!) and some were used.   Since I was away at a crop this weekend, I started to use the kits.  Kept it simple and clean while still sticking with my stars addiction !!

**linking up to The Memory Nest Paper Crafting Creations No 2:

July 14, 2014

My birthday RAK winner!

**I apologize, I can't access my blog from my birthday Bloom Girls RAK winner is Robin Redd!
Come back next week sometime and I promise to have another great giveaway!

Blogging with a DIfference

I'm late but I'm here...I was tagged by someone I hope to meet one day in real life, Cindy Gay from CindysPagesInTime....and I apologize that there are no other blogs to connect to; everybody's busy and is not blogging this week! Boo! So, here's just a bit about ME and I hope you'll hop over to Cindy's blog and look at her awesome pictures and creations; she's such a sweetie!

What are my favorite things to create?
Everyone that knows me knows that scrapbook 12 x 12s are my first loves but I also love doing altered containers and boxes from time to time :)

What am I working on right now?
 just trying to scrap some "30 minutes or less" layouts since the pictures are piling up on my desk!  I hate how they look but gotta keep it moving....

How long does it take me to create?
During the summer, I have too many mom tasks and so I don't get to squeeze that much crafty time in.  Plus I work part time now and free time is rare.  But when In do get to create something, I try to go start to finish in an hour IF I'm organized.   Notice I said "IF " :):)

Talk about your creating process:
I like kits and usually put my own together out of stuff here in my studio.  I usually start with the photo and see what talks to me-it's usually paper that starts the flow.  Embellishments and trims follow :)    Other times, I may look at Pinterest for some placement or product 


Who inspires you?
I'm kinda inspired by so many in the crafty world, but some who are inspiring me right now are my fellow DT gals over at Scrap Our Stash .  Another one of my crafty crushes is Jenni Calma from PaperCardinal. Fashion & Travel magazines are a great source of inspiration too

July 13, 2014

It's my birthday and what I am doing???

yep, it's my birthday today but no celebrating's a regular mom day filled with chores since it's just me & the boy and we are in the process of summer cleaning (we do every season cause I have OCD) ...BUT, in between the chores, I am packing for a Girl's Getaway Scrap Weekend next weekend!  The first thing I did was hop over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog so I could start kitting from my own stash!
Their inspiration for the July kit was brought to us courtesy of Noel Mignon
The "Balboa" kit featured some American Crafts and MME papers  that I knew I had...I was also inspired by the circle papers they had so I added in some of my own from different manus. Score for me for grabbing that MME pack awhile ago at Hobby lobby for $ 5 using another stores 50% off coupon!)
and here's my embellishments: (washi, pins, mini words, Amy T, liquid pearl. Stickles, frames, trims and more)
I will add in some paint and stencils and Thickers if needed***
So, that's my main kit, am off to another kit blog to counterfeit a few more of my own for the trip!

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