Saturday, May 30, 2009
Since I can't get into my scrap room because my father in law is visiting & I didn't plan ahead & pack up some stuff to scrap at the dining room table... and I just couldn't start rummaging thru the room now that he's settled in there with his stuff... not good guest etiquette.
I guess I will do my LOAD project today as a digi page. There's no way I'm going to miss a LOAD post when I'm so close to the end & haven't missed a day. I have to say LOAD (layout a day) with Lain Ehmann has been a great experience.
I already do a LOAD challenge on 2peas but since there are no rules & prizes involved I guess I'm not as diligent though the prize is the encouragement I get from the members. No day is complete without a visit to that board.
I'm "chasing rabbits" back on the topic... Lain sends out an email newsletter each day & that has been so great to read/gain inspiration from. She is quite the talented writer (Her book Snippits is a hoot). I encourage you to follow her blog & join in on the next LOAD challenge you will get a lot of scrapping done & meet a great bunch of people. With my eye on a chance to win the grand prize... I am scrapping every day but oh so thankful that the month of May is almost over & the pressure will be off.
Here's another layout for a challenge over at the Nook. Sorry for the not so great indoor photo. When it's a rainy day my house is a bit dark with all the trees... I had completed this layout already & kept thinking about it when I was dealing with the events of Thursday. Scrapbooking is therapy to me & it took on another meaning this week reminding me to "put my money where my mouth is" & finding joy in the chaos of the day.
Well hope you do something creative over the weekend & make it a great one no matter what you're doing.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Yesterday was one of those days that I sure hope doesn't happen too often....
I woke up sweating up a storm starting to get a head cold & the power was out. Called GA Power & another tree had fallen but thankfully they said 3 hours instead of 3 days like last time. They were on the ball & got it up in less time than that -- GOOD thing. So I sit down at the desktop computer & get the black screen with error message saying invalid disk. I pushed the button again thinking it would go away & no such luck. Put in a text message to DS & he said he would look at it when he got home from work. It's GOOD that I have someone to be my help desk
I had a doctor appt so I got ready & as I was walking outside I tripped over one of the motorcycles that was parked in the driveway instead of the garage (thankfully didn't it didn't drop - GOOD thing). Brushed myself off since I didn't hurt myself physically (GOOD thing) just the ego since neighbor was walking dog at the time & I looked like a clutz & walked to my car (that's parked in the driveway so that the bikes can have a safe dry place for them) & I see a flat tire! I call to cancel the dr. appt since I'm not changing that tire & go back into the house in defeat.
I broke a glass emptying the dishwasher, a bee came in the house letting the dogs out & Miles the cat (indoor only) got out & I had to chase him.
I'm the kind of person who always tries to look for the good in situations.... so there were some GOOD things & I have to think that there was a reason that God didn't want me on the road that I'll never know. I didn't cut myself on the glass, I didn't get stung while killing the bee (I'm allergic & have an epi pen I carry everywhere, & I caught Miles before he got out of the back yard -- those were all GOOD things. The computer was an easy fix after the power outage it somehow lost the boot sequence & it was trying to boot off a memory stick instead of the hard drive -- so that was wonderful & a huge blessing nothing lost & a GREAT THING. I was able to keep up with challenges at the Nook (I made it thru to the 2nd round!!! which is a WONDERFUL thing). I had also staged my blog hop post the night before so it was up -- that was a really GREAT thing! Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to post comments & vote for me. I have the best readers around -- that's another GREAT thing
Yes the cold is getting worse, didn't talk to my best friend as planned (but she is understanding -- another GOOD thing) my father in law is coming unexpectedly to visit (my scrap room that is a disaster is the guest room) & the roof is leaking in 2 spots - rain is gone for couple days so that's a GOOD thing ...
But it could be so much worse so I'm thankful that it's not.... Sorry to sound like Martha Stewart but it really does help me to look at the bright side of things...
Here's a couple My Childhood layouts I did for different challenges.
Our favorite toys. Join me for a Scrap Your Childhood challenge over at Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends. This weeks challenge is to scrap about toys you played with.
Here's a layout for the Flashback Friday Challenge at 2peas. (ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN ) Topic was childhood house. I had already done one recently but thought I would focus on the front porch which was my favorite place to play. Fashion Model Gal was a game I used to play with my sister (we were big pretenders) I had a camera & mom would buy me 1 roll of film a week. We loved to pretend we were doing a fashion photo shoot on the front porch. I needed some help with the photos but it's fun to look at the intent behind them.
There is still a couple days left to enter the May monthly challenge over at the Paperclipping forum. I hope you join us for your chance in the spotlight.
Have a GREAT weekend - no matter what happens....
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Supplies: Pattern Paper - Doodlebug Cherry Cobbler; Chipboard Letters - American Crafts Thickers; Cardstock - Bazzill Kraft; Bling Rhinestones, Flowers - Prima; Buttons - misc stash; Thread - Coats & Clarks.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I wanted to ask you guys to life Katie Watson up in prayer. She is having a hard time with her health right now & her post last week just broke my heart. I don't know her but read her blog regular & am a fan of her work.
I've also been asked to start a couple of challenge groups over at Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends it was originally a facebook group but now on the ning network. Since I'm quite the heritage scrapper I volunteered for the Heritage Group & Scrap Your Childhood Group. I posted the first challenge in each. If it interests you please join us I'd love to see your work. If these 2 groups don't excite you there are a ton of other ones on the S&CF site so check it out & join in the fun.
There's 4 more days left to submit a layout or 2 for the Paperclipping Monthly Challenge for May. Remember the winner is showcased on the Paperclipping site & newsletters. I know when I won my blog traffic really jumped.
Here's a couple of layouts I made for challenges over at the Nook. I managed to keep up with all the challenges. The blog hop points really gave me a boost in points to get me out of the middle of the pack & gave me the kick in the pants to work on the weekly challenge that I had put off since I couldn't get into my scrap room with out of town guests visiting. I hope I have enough points now to keep me in the running for next week (half of the competitors are cut tomorrow based on points). I'm hoping for the one month GDT spot. The prizes are 6 months, 2 months, & 1 month.... even at the 3rd place spot that's still dreaming big with the talented scrapbookers.
This challenge was to scrap an emotional time in your life (good or bad) & I was inspired by the Jenni Bowlin bingo card on my table looking at me to pick this topic. It's been raining here for days so the photo is the best I can get indoors. I didn't even start it until 2 hours before it was due... posted in the gallery & message board will 11 minutes to spare.
This layout has no adhesive all the layers are stitched, stapled or attached with brads. That was a cool challenge. I almost didn't do this one as I had gone to bed intending not to submit a layout for the challenge. Then laying there stewing & thinking if I miss the cut by 5 pts I'm going to kick myself... so back into the scrap room & cranked this one out in 35 minutes (a record for me) - and it's not half bad either if I do say so myself lol
Have a fantastic Wednesday
I can't believe the "love" that y'all left me. Such sweet comments & they really mean a lot.
Well I wouldn't make you wait any longer.... (I still can't get the widget from Random Number Generator to work here on blogger.... so these are the 2 numbers that came up
The winners are:
Comment number 103 wins the $20 Everything Scrapp'n Gift Certificate
Comment number 20 wins the My Priceless Memories Mini Book Kit from EMI Scrapbooking & their Etsy shop CreativeKits4U where they sell mini book kits worldwide.
Winners please email me at sgray110 at gmail dot com your name & snail mail address to me & I will have these shipped out to you.
These winners will also be added to the Cards For Heroes Blog since there were so many prizes this weekend we wanted to put everything on one page to make it easy for you to claim your prizes.
I hope you keep CFH in mind when you are making cards for personal use. I challenge each of you to make just one card a week for the troops. It really does make a difference. I'm not going to let us forget about this... I'll be challenging you & I hope you challenge me too. I'm planning on sending my Unity Hip Hop Hangover cards for the summer to CFH.
Have a wonderful Tuesday & take some time to be creative.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
It's Friday & you know that means Unity Stamp Hip Hop Hangover. If you'd like to do the hop from the start head on over to the Unity Blog
I sure am having a great time creating with all the new Unity Stamps I ordered last week. My sweet hubby after 23 years knows how much I love my crafts & prefer practical gifts so for our anniversary he let me pick out some kits to add to my growing collection. I sell cards so he knows I'll make some money too in the long run (to buy more stuff lol shhhh don't tell)...
I don't know about you but I need some great paper & embellishments to go along with those new stamps so I filled up my cart & placed an order at Everything Scrapp'n. They are having a great Memorial Day sale. Get 35% off your entire order. Coupon code "memorial". This sale begins May 22 and end May 25 (midnight EST). I've got some great stuff in my basket. There is also a giveaway. For every $20 you spend you get one entry to win this cute tabletop tote. See Denise's blog post for photos.
I had a layout challenge to use stamped images as embellishments. I love the Unity butterflies that came in the September KOTM. The cut slightly distressed polka dots are perfect. Just stamp them on pattern paper, cut out & they are ready to go.
Now now week is complete without making a cute card. Here's a super quick one using the FOLK INSPIRED kit. As a quilter I will get a lot of mileage out of this set.
In honor of Memorial Day Cards For Heroes is doing a Blog Hop. I'm excited to be one of the stops on the hop. I hope you will join in & hop for heroes this weekend. It's a great cause that provides blank cards for our soldiers to send home. There are some great scrapbookers/cardmakers who are participating including: Jennifer McGuire & Nichol Magouirik
Hope you have a great Memorial Day. Take some time during all the fun to remember what it's all about - those fallen soldiers who served America so bravely & their ultimate sacrifice.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This was the other layout I made for the Scrap Nook contest & was torn between which to enter. I liked this one better but worried about the fragmented sentences (since full sentences were a requirement) that's why I chose the one I posted yesterday. Sentence structure or not I liked this one better & it was much more unique.... oh well there were so many amazing layouts entered. If you have a chance go to the Scrap Nook. You'll see ones shaped as guitars, rainbow with clouds, birthday cake with candles, etc.
Ok so if you are brave continue reading & delve into the madness of a total crazed woman.I was so tired last night after the events of the day. It was nice just to veg out -- I was on reality tv overload.... I'm laying in bed with the laptop on - catching up on email, websites, & blogs...
8:00 American Idol final performances come on. I'm a Kris fan. He & Allison were my faves from the start. I think Adam can sing & will have a great career - Kris is just more my style.
So thankfully the first hour of Dancing With the Stars was just rehashing.... but that didn't stop me from clicking during commercials. I'm not a fanatic about that show but this season I really liked it & watched it more often & I actually did vote on Monday for little Shawn.
Back to Idol... what the heck was Kara thinking with that song. It was in one of Simon's favorite sayings "dreadful". It was filled with cliches & the key, oh my, was almost painful for both of them. Surely other people than the 3 writers listened to this song. One of them should have said something. Is it just me?
So at 9:00 I have my pretty blue Palm cell phone in hand texting "vote" to 5702 over and over and over. I saved it as a template so I could just hit the button 2x & 10 votes are sent. I even twitter about texting (I'm just getting into the twitter thing) GO KRIS
9:20 I'm really multitasking I have Dancing With the Stars on waiting for the winner announcement, cell phone in hand still sending text messages, & Paperclipping Live on ustream open & ready for Noell & Dedra to start while chatting with other paperclippers.
My hubby walks in & said "I want to watch the Tudors on demand". I just look up at him & say nothing.... he then says "I'll watch it in the living room" ha ha ha I must have looked like a crazed loon. He never gives in that easy & doesn't pick up on the unspoken clues unless they hit him like a ton of brick lol.
I always enjoy Paperclipping Live & look forward to it all week. Noell is so talented & the women in the chat room are just a delight. So last night Noell had Dedra Long on the show with her. I call them the Dynamic Duo. They are both amazing scrapbookers & so artistic but the best part is the "banter" between them. Their friendship really plays well over the web. It's just plain fun to watch. (you can watch recorded shows if you missed it)
They were also very sweet to mention me & my work several times which caused a shower of lovely comments from the "peeps" in the chat. I was very touched. Thanks so much.
They were doing a scrap lift of one of the members layouts they found in the gallery. I can't wait to see the finished layouts on the blogs. They both have very different styles so it was interesting to see their takes on a challenge.
All the while I'm watching/type chatting on the computer I'm glancing up at the TV - DWTS yay Shawn won! I really didn't think she would pull it off but good for her. She is a doll.
It's 10:00 & I'm still hitting the button 2x on my cell phone to send my 10 votes for Kris. I wonder how many votes I actually cast in that 100 minutes.... (I just went & checked my AT&T bill when you hear however many votes Kris gets for the night 1, 360 are from ME! That is too scary. I think I need an intervention.... "like" I'm a middle age teenybopper.
I finally stopped at 10:44 when hubby came back in the room with a look like "please can I go to bed now & not have to listen to scrapbookers giggle & talk about some embellishment or what adhesive to use...." I picked up on that look with & said my goodbyes (reluctantly) before the show ended (I was just to lazy to get up & boot up the big computer) & put my cell phone on charge.
I'm shaking my head as I'm typing this... I'm a grown woman. I don't know why I get caught up with AI each year. I just love that show & there are many talented people. I am sentimental & always want to see the dreams fulfilled. It's a life changing opportunity to all who get in the finals. I love music & really enjoy hearing the contestants sing their songs for the first time. When it's a hit cheering for them & cringing & genuinely feeling bad for them when it's a miss.
I hope I'm not alone & but if I am oh well that's me... with age I've learned to accept & embrace who I am & what I like/don't like. That really is big since I'm a bit of a people pleaser. How did I get here with a heavy self topic from reality tv? I better quit or who knows where my babble will take us.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I placed an order on Thursday & it was here at my door on Monday -- wow that is some super service & one of the many reasons I love Unity Stamps. I have lots of new stamps to create with. Just in time for some cards I need to make.
Doing a one day challenge is so much easier than the month long....
I used the random.org number generator
The RAK winner is # 26
Congrats Fiber Junky please email me at sgray110 at gmail dot com with your address.
Everything Scrapp'n has some new Creative Imaginations products in stock. They are 15% off along with the new Queen & Company. Check the blog for photos & more info - click here
I didn't have as much creative time over the weekend as I'd planned... so what little time I did have I created this layout. I've been doing a challenge over at the Scrap Nook. I love using 12x12 diecut shapes for a layout anyway but this challenge was to make your own.
The shape was based loosely on the blue ribbons Grace would win. The title "Her Name is Gracie, She was a Show Girl" came from the Barry Mannilow song "Copacabana". I had just picked up my new Jenni Bowlin products at my local scrapbook store EMI Scrapbooking - it's the perfect color & addition to this layout. Well I'm crossing my fingers that I will win the extra points this time. I sure need them since I'm in the middle of the pack right now.
Wow what a desk!
Here is a photo of her project
Well hope you have a great week & take some time to be creative.
Friday, May 15, 2009
There are also some amazing sales going on see the Thursday Unity blog post. In all the time I've been a Unity customer I've never seen sales this fantastic. Even better IMHO than the one during their 1 year anniversary sale last week....
The next stop on the blog hop is Kelly.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This is my version of a mixed media album
This traditional black hounds tooth pattern is masculine enough & would make a wonderful father's day gift. Also available in red in the ES store.