Friday, January 30, 2009

Scrapping Across the Universe challenge.

The next challenge is up at Scrapping Across the Universe.

Here it is:
Jude promises his girlfriend to write her everyday. Lucy writes her boyfriend while he is at war. Do you have a special letter to or from someone you would like to scrap? Or maybe the song "All My Loving" speaks to you.

Here is my LO:

The journaling says:

"Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, Tomorrow I'll miss you; Remember I'll always be true. And then when I'm away, I'll write home every day, And I'll send all my loving to you."

This LO is a personal one, I made it for my mom. There is journaling on the swirls that is a little something for my mom. It's my way of telling her that she is more than worth every ounce of joy and pain that comes with being my mom.

I love you Mom (I know you're reading this...)


Thursday, January 29, 2009

My 52 Pick me UP project...

I've finally caught up on my 52 Pick Me Up challenge. I had a rough start to my week and my sinuses are promising a bumpy ride this weekend.

Here are my week 3 and week 4 ATCs.

Week 3, side one:

Week 3, side two:

Week 4, side one:

Week 4, side two:

And, the end of the month is always exciting for me because the new kits come out on 1 February at Crop Suey. This month has another two kits that are filled with yummy stuff. I love "frouffy" stuff (if that's even a word) and these kits are filled with it!!!

Make sure you check it out on the first day of February, be sure to get yours before they are sold out!

Also, Scrapping Across the Universe challenge blog is coming out with the next challenge this weekend. I love the LOs that have been submitted to date, and the great work that the Design Team has done. It has really inspired me to try to push my creative boundaries. (ok, I've also lifted a few ideas...but that's what it's all about right?)

Anyhow, enjoy the evening and I'll show you my Scrapping Across the Universe LO once it is posted on the challenge blog.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm so tired...

Bree and I had a calendar making class last night and it went WAY later than we anticipated.

But it was so much fun. All that work and I still have 2 months to finish. I'm aiming to finish the calendar in the next few days and then I will post pics.

All that to say that I went to be at 2 am and my son woke me up at 7:30 (I really hope Bree got to sleep in a little longer). Now, I cannot go to bed early because I have a staff party to attend tonight...Yay!! (don't they always fall on the days that you can really use just a little more sleep?)

My mom came over for a visit today and we looked at some vintage photos of her parents and grandparents...that made my wheels start can I restore these and preserve them for her?
I guess that's the next thing to be added to my ever-growing to-do list.

I'll post pics of the calendar really turned out nicely, so I can't wait to share it with you.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

A couple of cards and my ATC week2...

I've put my submission in for the 2sketches4you design team. They put two sketches on their blog and asked us to interpret them as part of the submission.

Not sure if they'll choose me, but it was fun making the cards nonetheless.
Here they are:

Also, I've completed week two side two of my 52 Pick me Up challenge. It says "I AM" all over, with "He is the great I AM" at the bottom. It's hard to read because I sprayed it with some glimmer mist and that causes some reflection when taking the pic...

Here it is:

Also, the weather around here took a severe went from -8 in the morning to...hold onto your seats, -26. It was sad, very very sad. I was kinda hoping that we could start thinking about making the shift from heavy winter coats to sweaters and vests...That's not happening anytime soon after today's weather events.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My project for 2009

I knew that I needed to take up some kind of challenge for 2009 and I have been looking everywhere.
I thought about Project 52, or Love yourself in 2009...but they didn't really speak to me.

Then I came across Andrea Wiebe's challenge blog "52 Pick Me Up" and I was instantly drawn in.
The only catch is that I found it in mid-January and the challenge began 1 Jan, so I had a little catching up to do.

I'm going to do an ATC a week, on both sides, to follow along with Andrea. I'm going to base it on how God is showing himself in my life that week.
I've also just started Beth Moore's new study on the book of Esther...WOOOOWWWY, it is going to be a good one.

So, here is my first week and the beginning of week two. I had fun making them, it is going to be a great project to be able to show my kids later, and maybe inspire them to always seek God in their lives.

Week One side one:

And Week One side two:

Week Two side one:

My plan is to finish up week two side two and week three, both sides, tonight. Then I'll be ready to tackle every week fresh and ready.

Until then,

Monday, January 19, 2009

Has it really been a week already?

I'm sorry not to have kept up last week. I ended up getting the flu last week and have been completely drained of energy most of the the week.

The weekend rolled around and I was supposed to be feeling better because I had a "sleepover" planned with my sister. I was heading out to her house on Saturday afternoon, not to return until Sunday morning, and I was not supposed to be sick...

...well I still was BUT I went anyway. Who can say no to a whole evening of scrapping. My sister also got some new toys at Christmas and I wanted to see what she could do with her new Cricut Expressions...a fun "toy"!

So, after the kids finally fell asleep we crept down to her scappy room and started to "work".

I managed to complete 3 LOs, I wanted to do more, but once 1:30 am rolled around I was absolutely wiped. Not to mention the fact that her 1 yr old daughter would be waking up bright and early.

Here's what I did:

The pics in this LO were overexposed (on purpose) and I like the effect it gives to the LO.

This LO is not super spectacular, but I like how I captured the moments from Robert's first soccer season. Notice in the bottom left Bree was giving the team a Pep talk!!

Anyhow, I am feeling better now and must prepare for a big week ahead. I have a growing list of things that need to be done in the next 10 of which is clean up my scrappin' area, because it keeps getting messy (for some reason...)


Sunday, January 11, 2009

I've conquered and overcome...

I had soooo much fun at the Crop Suey online crop. I wasn't sure what to expect, but ended up having a blast chatting with everyone and trying to get the challenges done in a timely fashion.

I trucked all my stuff over to Bree's house, including my computer, and we got set up. We send our men out to see a movie and then sat down to the challenges.

There were three challenges:

1. To use something Red, Teal and Black, a little glitter and something that POPS!

Here's what I came up with:

2. To take a ribbon and make a flower embellishment on your page. I included it in my first challenge's LO (to save time and it also fit with what I was doing!)

3. This was an intuitive challenge, to cut images from magazines and make a collage of what you aspire to in 2009. It was a "gooder"!

Here's the outcome:

4. To use something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This one was fun too!

The result:

After too much caffeine, too much sugar, I finally hit the wall about 12:30. Which isn't very late, but when you've had a very full day it was time for me to call is quits.

It was so much fun, Bree and I decided that we should make more time for scrappin' together instead of doing it on our own and then spending hours talking about how we did this or that project!!

What fun, now we are off to hockey in a little bit...Robert is due to score today! He's been getting so many shots on goal, that the puck has to find it's way in today for sure!!!


Friday, January 9, 2009

Online CROP tomorrow at Crop Suey.

I haven't posted yet this week because I've been locked up in my scraproom making some fantastic pages for a calendar class that I will be teaching with Bree next week.

I was all set to post some pics of it tonight...then realized that I took it to show Bree this morning and left it at her house...I know, I know...that's just me nowadays!

So, if you love to create, you need to check out Crop Suey's Blog and Message Board tomorrow afternoon and evening.

We are having an online crop, we will begin by posting a challenge on the Blog begin at 3pm our time (which is Mountain). Then we will have challenges posted every 2 hours. Yes, that means 5, 7,9 and 11 pm. We will decide how much steam we have left at 11pm and see where the night takes us from there!

So check it out, all of our Fabulous Crop Chicks will be there too. They are going to be taking part in the challenges and will be posting some of their own. I am really looking forward to seeing whether I am up to their challenges...I just pray the creative juices will be flowing tomorrow.

So as Bree said it "Be there or be square"...I can't believe I just wrote that...or more that I am not deleting it before I press "POST"!

See you tomorrow over at Crop Suey!!!


Monday, January 5, 2009

A couple of things...

Today the new post is up at Scrapping Across the Universe challenge blog. I had so much fun with this one, but also had a little bit of trouble. It's hard to admit that my little boy is growing up and little by little becoming more independent.

Here's my LO, "1st Solo Adventure 2gether" :

The journaling tag reads:
"remember when:
-things weren't fun unless mom was with you?
-I was your first choice to have an adventure with?
-afternoon strolls were just Robert and Mommy?"

The journaling reads:
"The first time Robert and Oakley went on their own adventure was a big deal to me! It's hard seeing him growing up so quickly and doing so many independent things! At moments like these I step back and am saddened a little...growing up just happens much too fast! October 2008"

Also, here's a fun card I made for my niece's 13th birthday. My family has come to expect homemade cards for birthdays. I feel a little pressure to top the last one every time. I know I sometimes fall short, but this one was fun to make!

I'm off to work on some ATCs.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

No monkeying around...

A cute story for you guys...

When Robert was only a few months old, Nana gave him a little stuffed monkey. He clung to that monkey and it became a part of his "every" day.

Then, on his first birthday, Nana surprised Robert with another monkey. Well...I think Robert was so happy about that monkey and that he now had two (one for each hand). Over the last few years the monkey collection has grown.

When Robert had his playschool graduation last June, Papa showed up with another monkey as a graduation gift! Well...every monkey sets a new record high! This monkey actually had a name on the tag. His name was Fumbles...well, Fumbles became his new best friend. Fumbles had to be by Robert's side every time he fell asleep. Fumbles has been the #1 monkey for 6 months until...

This Christmas, Nana and Papa set yet another new record!!! They gave Robert a Webkinz, a Cheeky Monkey! Now Fumbles has a new companion on his bed.
On Christmas night, when bedtime rolled around both monkeys had to be by his side and cradled in his arms.

I snapped this picture about 15 minutes after we had tucked him in... there anything more precious than a sleeping child?

So the monkey tradition continues, I believe we are at 6 monkeys so far! It sort of fits with Robert's personality. He is sometimes cheeky and cannot sit still for more than 60 seconds at any given time!!

Have a happy new year...commit to your resolutions and keep reminding yourselves why you made those resolutions...

It's all about decisions!!