Sunday, July 26, 2009

CHA here I come

My Bags Are Packed & I'm Ready To Go. That song "I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane" is going thru my head... even though I'm driving. I'm sure I'm taking more than I need clothes wise but with the heat down there I'm bound to go thru more than one outfit a day.

I'll be driving down to Heather's tomorrow morning & riding with her the rest of the way to Orlando. We'll be arriving around dinner time.

My string of "bad luck" now rubbed of on our poor dog Rosie. Friday night she came in from outside potty break & was caughing when I gave her a biscut. Well she swelled up really bad so she must have got stung by something outside. She took 2 days worth of prednesone & benedryl but she's better now. Thankfully it wasn't too serious but boy did she look bad.

I'll be taking lots of photos & posting throughout the week as the hotel internet allows. I've got all your comments printed out so I know what y'all want to see.

I can't wait to meet so many of you in person finally! Another highlight will be watching them film Paperclipping Newsbreak. Noell Hyman, her hubby Izzy & Nancy Nally are the nicest people & they sure give us breaking scrapbook info each & every week. Keep checking the Paperclipping Site here. all week because they will be loading video of CHA.

Before I go I'll post another layout I made with products from the Everything Scrapp'n Online Scrapbooking Store.

I participate in a weekly challenge on the 2peas pub board called "Flashback Friday". The topic was to scrap a big event & how you felt about it. In 1981 I was absorbed in the Charles & Diana wedding story so that's what I chose.... I just loved that dress. Since I was in a hurry I didn't do my usual careful trick to keep the pearl swirl from getting all wonky since the last 2 I had no problems with... well this one decided to give me grief so that's why it doesn't look like the package. I'll have to make a tutorial about the transferring pearl/bling swirls when I get back. It's saved me a lot of grief (when I do it lol)

Supplies: Paper (My Mind's Eye -Bellezo Belleza, My Mind's Eye -Bellezo French Boutique, My Mind's Eye - Sophie, My Mind's Eye - Fullfilled); Lace & Ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Pearls (Prima - Small Swirl); Flower (Prima); Letters (Tim Holtz - Grungeboard); Letter Stickers (Making Memories); Pin (Maya Road)

Have a great week.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hip Hop Hangover & Everything Scrapp'n Design Team Work

It's Unity Stamp Company Hip Hop Hangover Friday. The customers get the opportunity to join the design team in showing off Unity products & inspiring you.

Since there is no A/C in the room I scrap in I have been sneaking in there early morning or late at night. We're now working with the insurance company because it seems that there was a power surge that "cooked" the entire central a/c unit. I'm hoping that works out - it's a lot easier to pay $500 than $4500

Here's a couple of projects I worked on using product from Everything Scrapp'n Online Scrapbooking Store (it's my day as guest poster on the ES store blog) along with my Unity Stamps...

For the layout I decided to try a new size for me - 8x8. I thought it would be too restricting but I actually liked working in this format.

This is a photo of our basset hound Sammi. We spoil our pets with presents on their birthdays & when I was a child we even had birthday parties. This is one of those party photos from 1979.

Cardstock (Bazzill - White Orange Peal)
Paper (My Mind's Eye -No Worries Content Circles, My Mind's Eye -Pirouette Twirling Circles & My Mind's Eye -Free Flowing Stripes Die Cut Paper)
Letters (American Crafts Thickers -By the Yard Bubblegum)
Stamp (Unity Stamp Company - Fact of Love)
Photo Corners (Heidi Swapp); Ribbon (American Crafts); Ink (Ranger); Thread (Coats & Clarks)

I also made this card. The American Crafts paper has a nice "wave" pattern so I thought the Unity goldfish stamp from the brand new customer pick kit would be super cute. I colored in the stamped image with my watercolor pencils then added a touch of water to blend. Cute & easy. This card will be going to Cards For Heroes (organzation that collects & ships blank handmade cards to our troops on active duty)

Cardstock (Bazzill - White Orange Peal)
Paper (American Crafts -Splash Backyard)
Ribbon (American Crafts -Leaf 1 - Backyard Ribbon)
Ink (Ranger); Watercolor Pencils (Faber-Castell
Stamps (Unity Stamp Co -Hodge Podge of Happiness & Folk Inspired)

Saturday is the last day to take advantage of the clearance sale at Everything Scrapp'n Online Scrapbooking Store. Enter code SUMMER to receive 35% off your entire order.

We'll be heading to CHA next week so if there is any products you are interested in seeing let us know by leaving a comment. We want to stock what you want to buy so we are printing all the comments & talking about them on the ride to Florida. Give us lots to talk about!

If you'd like to start the blog hop from the beginning head on over to the Unity blog for the list.

There's a Dark Cloud....

I really feel like "the dark cloud of doom" is hovering over me lately. Things are breaking left & right around me.

Last night I was getting ready for bed not even touching my glasses & I hear a ping & feel a pop.... well they broke springing open & the lens fell out! Not at a joint but right in the upper middle. What are the chances of that! I'm blind as a bat & have a heavy Rx and astigmatism so they are so not cheap (over $300 just for lenses anywhere I go) & they take at least a week to make because they have to be sent out... I'm leaving for CHA on MONDAY!

Thankfully I had an old pair of glasses that don't have the progressive trifocals but I can at least see far away. Yep I have to take them off to read or see anything close. They aren't the best style either but I keep repeating to myself "AT LEAST I CAN SEE".

No I haven't hit my breaking point yet though I was close last night... I sent Heather (owner of Everything Scrapp'n) an email last night asking her if she really wanted to risk being around me since I seem to be a walking disaster... she said she would risk it lol. So I'm dusting myself off & with a smile shaking my head counting the days to a fantastic vacation.... and when you see a woman with small granny glasses that are so out of style you know it's me just plugging away at lifes knocks.... lol

Hopefully nothing else will happen in the next few days....

I'm off to get my haircut & see if they can superglue my glasses. Later I might sneak in some time at the Unity Thursday blog hop chat though with the luck I'm having I doubt I'll win any prizes lol

Speaking of Everything Scrapp'n... clearance sale of everything in the store. Take 35% off your entire order enter code "SUMMER" at checkout until 7/24 midnight est.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yesterday I....

Yesterday I got to hang out with my 22 year old son Andrew. How many guys would spend their day off work with their Mom? He is such a sweetheart. Such a caring guy & he sure spoils his mom.... He planned an afternoon for us around thing that I love talk about feeling like a queen for the day.

He wouldn't let me take his picture while we were out together yesterday (so this is his birthday in March the day he broke up with his longtime girlfriend - just breaks my heart - he's finally ready to move on & I'm praying the right gal will come along who will appreciat him for who he is. There really aren't a lot of "nice" guys out there anymore & I know I'm biased but he IS a real treasure. )... he knows his mom all too well that it would turn into a scrapbook page lol. (I guess he hasn't found out about my blog yet now including personal stuff - yikes lol). I just wish he didn't take after me in the fact that he is shy about starting up conversations... I've gotten better over the years but I feel for him.

So for our day we went to my favorite LSS in Cumming. EMI is a 30 minute drive on a good day with no traffic (which hardly ever happens) so I only go up there once or twice a month. Susan had a pile for me of October Afternoon travel paper/embellishments so Andrew took me up there to pick it up. While I was checking out the UPS guy came in with a box filled with new Teresa Collins papers. Well at EMI no box goes unopened for more than 5 minutes so I hung around to ooh & ahh and was able to buy some right out of the box. I love the soft blue colors of the Friendship line & I think the sports line is the BEST one I've seen in years (classy & very versitile). You can't beat the price of Teresa Collins papers either $0.65 each for quality double sided paper is just a bargain today & don't get me started about the tags. With many mfg selling 6 for $3.00 (you know I mean my beloved Jenni Bowlin but they are expensive) Teresa Collins tags are sold by the sheet & you cut them up. I'll cut them up to save $2.35 & get way more than 6 tags.

Sorry I'm "chasing rabits" back on my day with Andrew.....

After we left there we stopped at our favorite bakery that is going out of business this week due to the economy. It really stinks because they are a successfull business that makes the "Atlanta Cake of the Year" & the credit crunch has cut their ability to have the cashflow to keep a new small business going. If you live in Cumming stop by The Laughing Elephant Bakery before the 25 & you'll be treated to THE best chocolate cake around. I buy the small one & this cake is so chocolatety & rich it really does feed more than 4 people. Their cakes aren't the prettiest (they have character) but they sure are the yummiest! I sure will miss them. Don't you love the quaint historic house - perfect location for a small business like this.

Then we stopped at Frontera Mexican Restaurant for lunch (got there just in time before the 3 pm cutoff). I got my little Speedy with rice & a lemonade. Love their chips & salsa. Mexican & Chinese restaurants are such great values at lunch you can't eat at fast food for less. We had the best waitress & she even gave us to go drinks for the road & extra chips & salsa for the half of the meal I took home for later (yep ate too many chips to start with but they were so good lol)

Andrew even remembered that I had to drop off my prescription at the pharmacy on the way home so he pulled into the CVS drive thru.

Wow I had a wonderful time being spoiled by Andrew & sure appreciate him treating me like a queen. It was so thoughtful for him to plan everything around what I like but next time I want to do what both of us like -- though he was a trooper when I was standing there chatting at the LSS for an eternity lol.

I'm so thankful for my sons they have both made me so proud growing up into the most caring & responcible men I know.

Before I close I want to do a bit more enabling....
Scrapperie's August Monthly Kits are amazing & note I said kitS - yes there are 2 this month. Sandi loved these 2 summer themed kits so much she couldn't decide between them so decided to offer BOTH.

So your choices are:

The vintage inspired Farmers Market filled with Webster's Pages, Jenni Bowlin, Cosmo Cricket & Bazzill. She brings all the best parts of the "cherry" 1930's feel paperlines together for this amazing must have kit. I'm so jealous of the design team selected to create with this kit - it's so my style.

The other is a more modern & fun version of "cherries" called Fruit Salad. This one is filled with Doodlebug, K&Company, Scribble Scrabble, Glitz, Basic Grey & Bazzill.

She has one of THE BEST values in all the monthly kit clubs out there. So hop on over & purchase yours today at the boutique

Hope you have a great Wednesday.

I'm counting down 5 days to CHA

Monday, July 20, 2009

When it Rains it Pours...

This past week has been a rough one. One thing happening after another. Nothing earth shattering just little things to keep knocking us down (faucet on kitchen sink, dryer, power going out, cable out all day, internet out all day) ... then Sunday the central a/c quit. Dan the A/C guy came today & didn't have good news about our 24 year old unit. No it wouldn't make it thru another summer & we needed to replace the entire thing down to the boxes as some kind of power surge that tripped the breaker on Saturday morning damaged everything. Thankfully it's been cooler than our normal hot July weather but with my hubby's pay cuts to keep his job I don't know how we will afford a $4500 unit.

So you know I'm alive & life getting in the way of the fun stuff. I can't believe it's only one more week to CHA. I'll be heading to Heather's house & then continue my travels from there with her & Denise. I can't wait I so need this time away & doing scrapbooking stuff to boot. I made some business cards for myself yesterday - I drew the flower logo using photoshop & my mouse. Stephanie my younger son's artistic girlfriend said it was graphic & looked great. I hope she meant it & wasn't just being nice. It's the one I put in the redesigned header....

It'll do for now. What do you think?

Those of you who are regular readers know that I had won a blog makeover & seen it progress. She was the sweetest person but after it was all said & done I just liked the clean white background better so with my limitted skills struggled to put it back the way it was with some minor improvements. I sat in Barnes & Nobles for 2 hours reading their books on blogger - that's how bad my html skills are. I know what I want to do I just don't know how to do it & code just isn't my thing. It's a work in progress. Thank you so much for your input during the construction & helping to guide me in the direction I'm going with the blog. Your comments & emails really mean a lot to me!

Well I'm off to run some errands. Have a wonderful day

Monday, July 13, 2009

Everything Scrapp'n Design Team Reveal

Anyway it's Everything Scrapp'n Design Team reveal day!

I've been in a heritage mood so that's my theme this week.

"Diane's Dream Dress"
Nothing says late 50's early 60's like pink/black & white color combo. I loved the unusual tone on tone pink herringbone pattern on the Prima bird die cut paper. I thought this was the perfect layout to use it on. I carried the herringbone through the design by using it in the ribbon & black paper strip.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Pink Paper: Prima Signs of Spring Birdsong Cardstock (on sale for $0.20)
Black Paper: Heidi Swapp - Runway Trench Coat (on sale for $0.20),
Journaling Spots: Heidi Swapp - Circle Journaling Spots (on sale for $1.25)
Ribbon: I used Hobby Lobby black with white dots & Hobby Lobby black & white herringbone
Letters: Thickers & Making Memories (these white stickers from the store would look great too)
Pearls: Prima - Pearl Swirl White (I used one that fell off of sheet)
File Folder Tab - Quickutz

"Oh Happy Dayz"
I love the Jenni Bowlin Bingo Cards. This one is in the birthday set. I thought it would look cute as part of the titlework. The old fashioned look of the Cosmo Cricket Lil' Man line is perfect for the old black & white photo.

Cardstock: Bazzill - Kraft
Bingo Card: Jenni Bowlin - Mini Birthday Set
Letters: Thickers - Jewelry Box
Brads: Doodlebug -Cherrie Jubilee Sweet Shoppe Assortment
Tag: Jenni Bowlin -Mini Classic Die Cut Label Set
Stripe Paper: Cosmo Cricket -Lil' Man Handsome Henry (on sale for $0.20)
Red Circle Paper: Cosmo Cricket -Lil' Man Cheerful Charlie (on sale for $0.20)

Most of the paper in the Everything Scrapp'n Store is on sale for $0.20 a sheet to clear it out & get ready for the new stuff. There are some diecut sheets & special paper that is over 90% off retail. The sale ends Tuesday at midnight eastern time so hurry on over & fill up your cart.

Remember to check out the other designers blogs to see their creations.
Have a fantastic Tuesday!

Scrapbook Shopping Frenzy

I love a good bargain... Everything Scrapp'n is having a huge sale today on paper. Visit the store here - many sheets are just $0.20! Including Jenni Bowlin, Pink Paislee, Fancy Pants, Cosmo Cricket. Too good to miss - I'm off to fill up my cart.

I sure am dragging but it was so worth it. Friday & Saturday at the Scrapbook Expo were really great! I shopped for a couple hours on Friday. Since I went last year I based my "plan" on what I was impressed by for that show. Melissa Frances was huge last year with so many $1 specials. The lines ran the length of the building with her big mini albums at $1 each people had their baskets & arms filled.... No vintage looking tin buckets & bins this year for a buck either... oh well. This year there were a few good deals & her paper is beautiful $ priced 10 sheets for $5. I couldn't pass up this set of stamps for $5 & a couple of the dollar finds...

More Dollar Finds at another booth....

Another must stop was Heidi Swapp. So many of her embellishments last year were 3 for $2.49 (love her brads). No brads this year but I got some ghost shaped flowers & letters, felt flowers, masks, chipboard letter packs were $0.99 each & this great bag filled with goodies for $29.00 - I called it the bag in the bag in the bag & more (Big bag, camera bag - could double for a purse easily, small tabletop tool tote, Heidi Clock & Clock Overlay, Heidi Months of the Year Stamp Set, chipboard shapes, HUGE pack of Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters, etc) so I think I did well at her booth. Great bags don't you think?

I found the new Collage Press sweets line of paper - it was retail price but one we can't find locally so I couldn't resist...

And you know me & diecut paper.... Super cute & can be used for my sons layouts

I Picked up a few more Copics at $4 each to add to my beginning collection. Who could pass up Thickers for $1.99 a pack - sure not me. The Quickutz dies were very inexpensive. The small ones were $1 each - I had to get the file folder one for that price.

One booth stocked quite a good selection of Tim Holtz & Basic Grey. I purchased the Tim Holtz ruler with the holes for stitching (LOVE IT) and a pack of his tiny paperclips.

There was a huge selection of Unity Stamps covering a wall - I finally got to see the stamping blocks & now I see why everyone raves about them. That's next on my list to purchase from Unity.

I stocked up on some of my vintage ribbon & twine from Grossgrain Annie.

My favorite LSS - EMI Scrapbooking shared the booth with them. On Saturday I helped out in the booth doing the card make & take, stocking, & checking people out. That was so much fun to hang out with Susan, Jen & Michelle. Susan (the owner) gave me 2 free tickets to get in both days & bought me these 2 packages of Tattered Angels Bingo Cards for helping out!

So sweet - I loved hanging out with them & helping any way I could. She'll be posting photos today or tomorrow on the store blog here I left the house Saturday without my camera or should I say I left it behind on purpose because it's acting up the photos of the show I took on Friday were all blurry. I changed memory cards & batteries so the ones I took at home look much better even though they are inside with the weird light in my scrap room.

Don't forget to watch Noell Hyman & Nancy Nally today talking about all the current Scrapbooking industry news. The show starts at 1 pm eastern time. Check out Paperclipping here. Then visit the Paperclipping Newsbreak link.

Finally I wanted to thank Stephaine for giving me this blog award over the weekend. I love her cards & we've been crossing paths at the Unity Stamp Thursday blog hops & chat day. Please check out her blog for some great inspiration. Thanks so much Stephanie for thinking of me!

So to pass it along I'll nominate some super talented gals who never fail to inspire & encourage me.

Michelle Crawford

Patti Hamil

Dedra Long

Lesley Oman


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Have a wonderful Monday! I'm off to catch up on all the housework that didn't get done last week while I was playing..... 2 weeks until CHA wow I'm super excited - the countdown begins!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hip Hop Hangover

I'm at The Scrapbook Expo today in Duluth GA.

My luck changed yesterday & I won a prize at the Unity Stamps Thursday Blog Hop & Chatting for the first card pictured below.

Here are a couple cards I created for some Split Coast Stampers challenges. I have a big stack of cards ready to be sent off to Cards For Heroes who forward blank handmade cards to our soldiers on active duty all over the world. It's a nice way for me to support them & they get to send something a little more special to their loved ones.

A couple weeks ago you might remember my shelf I found at the Goodwill store... well I finally got my son Brandon to hang it for me. Usually I'll do it myself but this required quite a bit of muscle to get through the material that the upper shelf is made out of. It's working well. Most of my Unity Stamps are unmounted but this shelf will work perfectly for hanging these style. I just ordered 4 more journaling wooden Unity Stamps last week during the sale so they'll go right up there. Not bad for less than $4 for the shelf, binder rings & mounting brackets.

CK Summer Camp

I signed up for this back in June...

CK is having Summer Camp Next week July 13 - 17

Here's some details

This idea, inspired by the "CK Summer Camp" article in our July issue, is going to take your summer creativity to new, fun-filled heights. Here's some of what we have in store:

  • FREE daily online classes that cover everything from
  • Inspiring creativity challenges
  • Exciting tips and techniques
  • And more!
See You There

I thought I'd add a summer themed layout I completed yesterday using Cosmo Cricket's new papers. The colors just make me smile. The photo is from my childhood. I would spend the summer with my grandparents in Pittsburgh. I loved going to an amusement park that was near their house. Kennywood would have a special day in honor of the local TV station WTAE. We would get lots of freebies, see a parade & get a chance to meet local celebs. I loved the weather lady (though I can't for the life of me remember or find her name) she was the local Mary Tyler Moore & I wanted to be her when I grew up. So it was fun to get a photo with her & the family.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day. Remember to take the time to do something creative.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Scrapbook Expo

This weekend is the Scrapbook Expo. I went last year with a couple of Paperclipping Friends. Becky & her sister came down from the Carolina's & Charlotte from Atlanta. It was so fun to meet people in person that I chat with online.

There's lots of great shopping at the Expo. "The Ribbon Lady" Grosgrain Annie Click to Email was my favorite. Tons of unique ribbon. I got a bunch of 1920's hand dyed silk in beautiful colors. I sure need to stock up again. This year my favorite LSS is teaming up & sharing the booth with her. EMI Scrapbooking will have lots of their famous mini album kits that Michelle Crawford designs for the store. Several have been featured in Scrapbook Trends & their mini album special additions. For those of you not in Atlanta you can purchase on their Etsy store. There will also be plenty of paper packaged by line at closeout prices to make room for new products as they are heading to CHA at the end of the month.

Other booths not to miss are: Heidi Swapp & Melissa Francis - their prices were a real steal with lines to prove it. But well worth the wait. There really is something for everyone & things I don't see normally. If you like to crop or do classes there are plenty of those too. Kelly Goree is teaching a class.

I'm going to shop of Friday & may go back on Saturday to help out in the booth.

If you're in the Atlanta area you should check it out -- there are deals & interesting products.