Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And the winners are...

Picked using the lucky ladies are:

~ Grace ~ said...
That sale seems to good to be true. I wish there was one like that around here. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.

Katamommy said...
Wow, where have I been? I've missed some things around here! lol I love the purses you posted in the last entry, so cute!!!!! I love the blog candy and I have a link up for you over at my blog!

CONGRATS you ladies are going to be the victims of my RAK and will each get a pack of 3 Bugs in a Rug "Spring" paper! Email me your addy's and I'll get em out to ya asap :) I'm so glad that you all visited my blog!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pigtails N Mudpies & DIRT!

YAY the weather got nice enough for me to take pics of my pages from last night!!! When I saw the new U Bug Me Bo Bunny line at the LSS last week I just KNEW that I had to get my hands on some of it! It has been sitting upstairs in my craft room taunting me for over a week now and I have honestly been getting grumpy everynight when I was too tired or busy to get up there and create something with it! I had so much fun playing with these papers and I just absolutely loved working with the colors in this paper, it went perfectly with the photos I took while I was working in the garden with the kids a few weeks ago. I am proud of myself for using a boyish paper for a girl layout ;)
To me, this paper was SCREAMING "use cardboard with me!", seriously- my paper was talkin to me ;) I ripped the edge off of yet another cardboard box and used some of it for the little flower embellies on this page.

I will be entering this layout in a conest at My Sketch World, in hopes of winning a $25 gift certificate!
There is a piece of paper in the U Bug Me line that has arrows all over it.... and I couldn't resist cutting some of them out for my page!! Ok well maybe a few more than "some"... a lot! The challenge for this contest was to use a sketch AND a quote about spring on your page, and lemme tell ya- I LOVE this quote about spring because it just sums up what I feel like doing- getting outside and enjoying the weather and getting dirty! "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt!"

I machine stitched all of the photos and used some foam squares to make the arrows and the smaller photos pop from the page.
And yes, even after the first layout my paper was still begging for me to use more cardboard with it...
And last but not least I just have to brag a teeny little bit- today I got an email from Purple Cows letting me know that although I didn't make the design team they would like to have me be a guest designer in the future! I am soooo excited about this I can't even begin to describe it here, you'd just had to have seen my face this morning :D

Harleigh's Dress

This is the dress I made for Harleigh- got it done just in time for Easter! I also made a matching hairbow! I knew I had to have this fabric the first time I saw it- it's hard to tell in the photos but it is glittery and just perfect for a little girl!

These hairbows are so much fun to make and to mix n match all the different ribbons is just right up my alley. I keep thinking that I should make more bows for Katelynne, she could use a rainbow of them you know ;)

I did some major scrappin last night and made two pages that I absolutely love... now I am just waiting for it to quit raining outside so I can take photos of them to share with ya'll! I love rainy days, so relaxing- until I have a house full of children who would rather be playing outside LOL! Anyways, I had better get back to work :)

I'll leave you with a pic of my new hairdo, for some reason every spring I always want to make my hair strawberry blonde...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Lil' Sister and Spring Chick

This layout has to be my FAVE that I made last weekend! I hung it on the refrigerator so I could look at it everyday ;) I always have two layouts displayed (in page protectors of course!) on my fridge right along with the kids artwork! I made this layout for the "what's the weather like today?" challenge during the Backporch Memories crop. I used my cuttlebug to emboss the paper for the sun and then hand cut the circle and "rays". I used K&Co Berry Sweet PP and some new Prima's too! I love this photo and now I love this layout too!

I made this layout for the "feeling edgy" challenge- which I thought was brilliant ;) I decided to use the new Making Memories flower patch paper line and scrap LAST year's Easter pics (hey, one step closer to this year's pics now lol!).

The crop is still goin on and I am hoping that I can finish some more challenges tonight. I've had a killer stomachache all day long today so I have no clue what I'm going to accomplish- or if I'm sick or just upset stomach? Maybe I should make a pepto bismol pink layout- do you think that would help my stomach? ;)

Friday, April 17, 2009

What's on my mind...


Yay- the weekend is here!! I'm tired from this week's activities and lots of playing outside with the kids, I'm ready to take a time out and do some scrapping! I am going to force myself to limit the shopping trips this weekend so I can actually be at home and have time/energy to scrap ;) One of the websites I visit is having an online crop this weekend and they're giving away lots of prizes- what's more motivating for scrapping that winning prizes? Anyways- I'll be playing along at Backporch memories you should come check it out if you are looking for some inspiration this weekend!

Here's a layout I did last week, I was going to enter it into a contest but didn't get it posted in time- DOH! It was for the Pagemaps "what's on your mind" contest. Oh well, I'll just consider myself a winner because I still got a great layout done and the "whats on your mind" part really made me think and helped me create a unique page with really meaningful journaling. I used some more of my Feb. alternate kit from Life Preserver's Scrapbook Club.

Friday, April 10, 2009

More Layouts

As you may have guessed- I've been super busy with Easter this week and neglected to post my menu this week... or well- to post anything LOL! If you've been reading my blog for awhile then you know that I am a perfectionist and I like to make everything decorative which means that the week before any hoilday I go nuts planning the perfect outfits, perfect crafts for the kids, perfect menu to cook and so on...

We've just gotten back from the BIG family Easter Egg hunt today, I took a few of the daycare kids with us and they all had a lot of fun- and got to run around and get worn out- which means I get a few free minutes to make sure ya'll have something to look at ;) Here's some more of my layouts I made at the Life Preserver's Spring Fling crop:

Rain Play
I made this layout for Sandra's challenge to scrapbook about something quirky, cool, and crazy! I thought of a few things I could scrap but my favorite would definitely be playing in the rain. SO many people consider a rainy day to be gloomy, boring, sad, or depressing but NOT me! I love the rain, especially when it is a warm spring or summer day, or a mild thunder storm in the afternoon. I find it soooo relaxing. Have you ever walked in the rain? You should try it, especially with your children. We teach our children how to react to the world around them and so I have definitely made it a priority to teach my children not to be afraid of thunder storms and to cherish a nice refreshing rainy day. Here's my page I made using the Feb. alternate life preserver's kit:

Everyday Magic
I made this page using a pagemaps sketch and I entered it in the guest designer contest at Backporch Memories. I also made it for the Mix and Match challenge at the LPS crop, I used some paper from my feb. alternate kit and some from my march featured kit on this page. I really love this page, especially the title "everyday magic". We were doing an everyday thing- but it was special because Lucas was going to be having surgery the next weekend, it was our last outing to just focus on our family and having fun together. Sure- it was an outpatient surgery but life can throw you curve balls at any time and this day was just about making an everyday memory together.

Life is Good
I made this layout for the early bird challenge at the LPS crop- which happened to be a sketch. I rarely EVER make layouts without a sketch so this was right up my alley ;) I absolutely adore this cherry paper!! And these photos.... well they are something else! I loved watching katelynne gently holding my little flower and how she just smiled right at the camera. It was a pretty day and it reminds me that life is good!

My Cherry on Top
Noticing a theme about cherries here? Well i think they are adorable on scrapbooking paper... and on clothes... This page was made for the bring on the bling challenge, and of course I used a pagemaps sketch ;) What really made me think of this title was not just her cute cherry outfit but how a cherry is really the way you "finish" an ice cream sundae, it's the special extra something that makes the sundae look yummy (even if you don't like cherries, your sundae just looks cuter and tastier with one sitting there!) And when I think about life after Katelynne was born I just feel like she was the "cherry on top", we already had a "yummy sundae" or in other words a happy healthy family, and she just made it even better! I have a hidden journaling tag explaining this behind the photo on this page.

this page is for the monthly sketch contest at LPS- using none other than a pagemaps sketch (see a trend here?). These were some of the first really good pics I got of Katelynne smiling! Between these few pages I made with this March featured kit I somehow used up FOUR pieces of this cherry paper, I still can't believe I used that much LOL! I am glad I asked for extra in my kit :)
I still have more to show you and I am still working on my first tutorial for my blog, and I'll be back this week with my menu plan- that is after I recover from Easter Sunday!