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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This post is sponsored by the letter "D"

DREAMS – The women in my family have a thing when it comes to dreams. We have “premonition” dreams. For example….I had a dream once when I was young where I was sitting at a kitchen table with a little boy in front of me and another, older, little boy asked me (in spanish – which was really weird cuz I had never dreamt in spanish before) if I wanted some bread. Well, 5 years later I’m in Argentina in my Aunt’s kitchen and low and behold…..that dream was REAL!! It was exactly the same! Every single detail!! The little boy at the table with me? He wasn’t even five yet!! So, when I dreamt it, he wasn’t even a thought yet. These two boys, I had never even met! Not even in pictures!

DISLOCATED SHOULDER – When I was little, my sisters and I were in Trisha’s bedroom. She and Sandra were on her bed and Trisha wanted me to get on the bed too. I didn’t want to, but she tried to force me by grabbing my wrist and pulling me up off the floor. After I screeched, mom and dad came running. I was rushed to the ER for x-rays. My shoulder had been dislocated. I don’t remember having my shoulder put back in place, but I do remember the pain when they needed to get x-rays.

DIVORCE – I never ever thought I would get a divorce. And if I ever did, I would never marry again. Well, I did get divorced and it was the best thing that could have happened. I will say, though, when I thought about it, I felt like I was letting God down. I felt like I lied to Him. I know now that He would never had wanted me to stay in that situation. I have also decided (come to terms) that I do not need to remarry.

DEPRESSION – For the first year after my divorce, I was happy. I lost weight, I had money, Nathan was a wonderful child, etc. Well, then things changed. I noticed myself crying more and being more lazy and not wanting to do anything. It wasn’t until Nathan asked me one night, “Why you sad, Momma?” I burst into tears! That very next morning I called and made an appointment with my doctor.
DVR – I don’t know what I would do without my DVR! Yes, I have a VCR still, but I LOVE my DVR!! It makes the fall season so much easier to watch. Especially since I don’t have to stay up until 11:00pm AND can record up to 14 hours worth of shows!

DROID X – My first toy, in a really long time, where I totally splurged on myself. When I heard about the Droid X, I promised myself I was going to get it and treat myself to a really NICE new item! I LOVE IT!

DANNY KAYE – He is the greatest! He is one of my favorite comedic actors ever!! So many of his movies crack me up. Any time I see that he is in a movie, I immediately want to watch it.

“DOT” – This was my nickname in High School. Why? Well, if you look closely, you will notice a mole on the tip of my nose. The guys Senior year decided that “Dot” fit me quite well! I even had my own theme song….”I love you period. Do you love me question mark. Please, please exclamation point. I wanna hold you in parenthesis.” Oh the memories!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sketchy Saturday - 3/26/11

PRODUCTS USED: Well, this is gonna be real easy! All the papers came from K&Co. I love how great these papers came together. It practically put itself together!

If you give this sketch a go, please link your layout below! Then be sure to leave a comment stating you did so! Can't wait to see!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lucky You Crop Layouts

WOW! THe participation in the "Lucky You" online crop at Have Your Way With Paper is amazing!!! I'm so impressed with myself in getting SEVEN whole layouts done!! The inspiration in the Gallery is unbeleivable! Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this wonderful crop so far!

 Between the challenges, the amazing inspiration in the gallery and the Video Skyping I was able to complete all these layouts!
 Challenge #6 - Use the word HAPPY in your title
I used My Mind's Eye, Complete Boy and my own sketch #97. Thickers again were used for my title.
Challenge #13 - Use a sketch from anywhere
I used Colorbok's Family page kit and my own sketch #95
 Challenge #5 - Use the word LUCKY in your title
I used The Scrap Room's September 2010 Kit (October Afternoon, Seaside); Thickers for the title; stash for the buttons and ric rac.
Challenge #10 - Scrap a page all about your Wee Little One
I used The Scrap Room's March 2011 Kit (Little Yellow Bicycle, Twig) for the papers, birdie, butterfly and corner embellie; Thickers for the title; stash for the bling and flowers; my own sketch #96.
 Challenge #8 - Use colors Green, Yellow and Blue
I used BoBunny's new line Ad Lib; Thickers for the title; Elmer's Painters Pen in white
Challenge #9 - Use a treasured picture on a layout
I used Echo Park's Little Boy line; Basic Grey brads; Thickers; Elmer's Painter Pen in white
Thank you Trisha for the perfect Title!
 Challenge #2 - Use as much green as you can on a layout
I used Basic Grey's Origins line; Thickers for the title; PSE 4.0 to alter the pictures to sepia tones; stash for the flowers and brads
Thank you Krissy for the perfect Title!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sketchy Saturday - 3/19/11

The background paper is Bazzill cardstock. All patterned papers are from My Mind's Eye, Complete Boy. The title mat is simply a piece of 'cardboard' which came with a paper pack. I used Thickers for the title as always. The memo pin is from Tim Holtz. I got the date circle from Maya Road. The little flags are from Jenni Bowlin.

I pop-dotted the title mat so it would lay flat and even. Once I slid it into the memo pin, it was no longer flat. The pop dots worked great! I also pop dotted the date circle just to add a little more dimension. For the flags, I had to outline them in black. I needed them to not blend into the background.

Let me see what you can do with this sketch byl inking your layout below and leaving a comment that you've done that!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Blog Hop WINNER****

Nathan got to pick the winner again.......

He chose.....


please send me an email with your mailing address and I will be sure to send you  your prize!!!
Thank you so much for participating. I hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, March 14, 2011


Top o' the mornin' to ya, lassies!

It's been a wee litt'le while since we've sent out a newsletter, but we wanted to let you all in on a magically fun online crop happening on our message board.

**What: Have Your Way With Paper "Lucky You" Crop

When: March 17-21, 2011

Where: Have Your Way With Paper online message board and gallery**

Details: Find yer own litt'le pot 'o gold with our challenges galore! Both scrappy and non-scrappy challenges! Give us just a smidgeon of yer time, and who knows...you could leave with a TREASURE of yer own! Join us as we bring in Spring with a litt'le Luck O' the Irish.

Hope to see you 'round the board soon!!
BUT WAIT!!! That's not all!!!!!

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Please join us on a journey Over the Rainbow to end at the pot of gold that is the friends you'll make at Have Your Way With Paper. This "Over the Rainbow Blog Hop" will begin Sunday (March 13) and last right up until the beginning of our annual St. Patrick's Day crop (March 17)! The journey begins at Moore Than Words. Enjoy the journey, and if the fates should smile upon ya....you may end up with a piece of gold!

Please make sure you are a REGISTERED user (with user name and password) in both our message board AND gallery in order to participate in challenges.

Giveaway - March 2011 **WINNER**

okay, so I asked my little guy, Nathan, to pick a number from 1,2 or 3. He thought long and hard, changed his mind a few times and then decided - ONE!

CONGRATS scrapbookmom79!!!!

Send me your mailing address (using the email link to the right) and i'll get your prize to you asap!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Halloween 2010

This layout was created using sketch #211 from Sketch Inspiration. A fun sketch for sure! Ok, it kinda took a life of it's own once I got started, but I really like how it turned out! Head on over and see what you can come up with! There's a great prize this week!
I wish I could tell you what products I used, but really, I just checked my halloween stash. I chose the plaid paper because of my plaid coat. I think it worked out great! I can tell you that my title is Thickers. I used some circle cutters to do my outlines around the circles.

Over The Rainbow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Over the Rainbow blog hop! The hop will end on Thursday, March 17th.

One of the things scrappers love most is COLOR! During this journey you'll encounter all seven colors of the rainbow and some of our favorite things about those colors. In order to play along all you need to do is leave a comment on each blog saying what you love about the color featured on each blog. You can even just tell us your favorite thing (scrappy or not) that is that color! Once you reach the pot of gold, post ROY G. BIV!! and you're done and ready to start cropping with us!

Hi! thanks for visiting my blog!
I am featuring the color GREEN.
Here are a few of my favorite green things!

MONEY - duh!
GRASS - I love to look out my window and see green grass growing everywhere.
SPINACH - ONLY if it's IN something or part of a salad. Canned spinach is nasty.
M&M's - only because, after you get past that green candy shell there's chocolate!
CUCUMBERS - I really just like the center of cucumber slices, but still.
NORTHWEST HS - green/white were our school colors
KERMIT - i love me some Kermy!

Next stop on the rainbow is BLUE
over at Rita's Blog! Have fun!
OH! and if you started in the middle of
the rainbow we started here: RED - Jenny

This is the order of the hop:
Jenny - Red
erin - Orange
Trisha - Yellow
Paula - Green
Rita - Blue
Stacy - Indigo
Krissy - Violet
Lisa - Direct to HYWWP

As an extra added bonus, I thought I'd throw in a little prize for ONE lucky hopper!
One hopper will get four double sided Basic Grey papers from the "Wander" line as well as a while sheet of embellies (which we all know, can be difficult to acquire sometimes).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sketchy Saturday - 3/12/11

As always, I used Thickers for the title. I love the sparkly letters! A definte fave of mine, but rarely get the opportunity to use them. The striped paper is actually a half bracket paper which I cut. It came from My Mind's Eye, Sunkissed-All Girl line. For the matting and tht journaling strips I used Bazzill of course. I added a few little touches with the bling and sketching. For the journaling strips, I used my Dymo technique. Be sure to check out 101 Ways To Scrap for the tutorial!!

Go ahead and give this sketch a try and post your layout below! I'd love to see your take on it! Be sure to leave a comment too!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Manic Monday Giveaway - March 2011

I wanted to keep in line with St Patrick's Day, so this giveaway kit is for those wonderful St Patty's Day Pix! Lots of green and brown with a little touch of color!

What you need to do to qualify for this giveaway is simple!
1. become a follower, if not already
2. post about this giveaway on your own blog/site and link your readers back here
3. don't forget to leave a comment here too

You have until Sunday 3/14 to become eligible.
I will announce the winner on 3/15!!
Lilly Bee Designs - Catching Fall (2 sets)

October Afternoon - Farm Fresh
Crate Paper - North Pole

dark brown

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Hapiness is Homemade

I made this layout using a combination of The Scrap Room's September 2010 Kit and Sketch Inspiration's Sketch #210.
This part of the kit included Fancy Pants My Family papers. The florettes are also from this kit as well as the title block! I grabbed the black ribbon piece from my stash. I did a little freehand stitching and completed my layout!

Head over to Sketch Inspiration to try this sketch out this week and qualify to win a great prize from The Scrappy Gourmet!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Snow Much Fun

No sketch for this one! Maybe that's why I had such a hard time with it! LOL
I used part of My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose collection for all the papers and for the scallop chipboard pieces! As always, Thickers became my title. The flags are actually canvas stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle. I know it's not from the same theme, but they seemed to fit fairly well with these papers.

That's it! A little stamping and faux stitching and I completed this layout!

Sketchy Saturday - 3/5/11

Sketch #83
My "O-R-E-O" layout
For this layout, I simply tried to use up more of my stash. I unfortunately don't have names of the paper lines. I used my glitter Gel Pen for a little glittery accent on the flowers and leaves. I used this same pen to outline the letters on my title. I think it added just the right touch! I used my Cricut Cartridge Keystone for the title.

If you like this sketch and want to give it a try, link your layout below and leave a comment stating you did so! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

C'mon! Get Scrappy!

Hey my lovely scrappy friends!! Make sure you mark your calendars...set reminders on your phone or email calendar. Ask your mom to remind you...YOU...yes YOU have plans the weekend of March 17th!

There will be a full sized crop that weekend, complete with prizes!! Thursday through Monday, no reason you can't join in at least some of that time!!!

Come join in on the fun at Have Your Way With Paper. Registration is FREE, quick and easy! Head on over now, so you're sure not to miss out! Can't wait to see you there!

Memory Works March 2011 Kit, Full Reveal

Patterned Paper
{1} 12x12 Fancy Floral - For the Record (Echo Park)
{1} 12x12 Table Cloth - For the Record (Echo Park)
{1} 12x12 Borders - For the Record (Echo Park)
{1} 12x12 Noteworthy - For the Record (Echo Park)
{1} 12x12 Market Menu - Spring Market (Webster's Pages)
{1} 12x12 Fresh Harvest - Spring Market (Webster's Pages)
{1} 12x12 Good Living - Spring Market (Webster's Pages)

Solid Cardstock
{1} 12x12 Crimson (American Crafts)
{1} 12x 12 Butter (American Crafts)
{1} 12x12 Vanilla (American Crafts)
{1} 12x12 Moss (American Crafts)
{1} 12x12 Black (American Crafts)

{1} 12x12 Sheet Red Corrugated Alphabets (Jillibean Soup) (Not Shown in Photo)
{1} 12x12 Sheet For the Record Element Stickers (Echo Park)
{1} 5x7 Number Flag Banner Cardstock Stickers (Jenni Bowlin)
{2} 2" Canvas & Button Flowers (Maya Road)
{5} Mini Shipping Tags (MemoryWorks)
{5} Red Raffle Tickets (MemoryWorks)
{1} Lime Soda Vintage Bottle Cap (Bottle Cap Co)
{1} Cream Soda Vintage Bottle Cap (Bottle Cap Co)
{1} Cherry Soda Vintage Bottle Cap (Bottle Cap Co)
{1} ½ Yard Jumbo Oatmeal Ric Rack (Creative Impressions)
{1} ½ Yard 3/8" Black & Cream Checked Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
{1} ½ Yard 1/2" Red Grosgrain Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
To place an order for this kit, simply send me an email stating how many kits you would like.
I will take it from there. $45 inlcudes shipping (to US).
Become a monthly subscriber to the monthly kit and you will automatically get the kit before it goes to "public" sale and you will save enough to get another 3 whiole kits a year!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

**WINNER** Manic Monday Giveaway - February 2011 (part TWO)

I asked my son, Nathan to pick a number between 1 and 16......
After much thought...
and counting...
and making sure he had all the numbers about 12 times.....

He finally picked a winner!


Denise - That's YOU darlin'!!

Please send me an email using the link to the right.
Include your full mailing address and I will get this out to you asap.