Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Some Recent Projects

Here are some cuts from my new Cricut Paisley Cartridge. I love the Russian Dolls and the Goddess Cat!! There are tons of cute cuts on this cartridge. Can't wait to play with it some more real soon !
Here is my 2009 Christmas Card. I made three versions -- the green shown below and then I also did a red background and a blue background that matched the circles in the patterned paper. The patterned paper is Imaginesence and so is the adorable little polar bear stamp. The colored card stock is Bazzill. I stamped the bear, colored his scarf in with watercolor pencils and then covered his body with ZIG glue pen and then with Stampin Up glitter dust.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas Days 1 and 2

Day One

Day Two

I got busy at work yesterday and didn't get a chance to check out Tim's awesome creations! But as usual they are just incredible!! If you go to his blog his has step by step instructions on how to recreate his tags. http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tim Holtz !!!

Tim Holtz is once again doing his 12 Tags of Christmas starting next week. If you have never checked it out you have to! Even if you don't attempt to recreate his incredible tag creations it is just really awesome to see the work he does. I believe he has previous years tags archived on his blog you can check them out too!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Got Gypsy? I DO!!!!!!!!!!

I got my Gypsy (an early Christmas present) about two weeks ago. I have linked all of my cartridges to it and I am ready to start using it. I am going to an all day crop tomorrow and my G is going with me. I hope to have some pictures of my Gypsy creations real soon!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I won something!

I got a surprise in the mail today. I won a Dot n Go glue dot dispenser! I must have signed up for a contest on their website www.gluedots.com in September and I was one of the lucky 100 winners in the September Dot Spot Giveaway! Woo Hoo. I love free stuff!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Linvilla Orchards

Again, here are more pictures I took with my new baby, my Canon Rebel Digital SLR. I soooo love this camera, it has to be the best purchase I have made in years!! Linvilla Orchards is a farm near my home and it is their big season with Pumpkin Land open. They have also update their animal enclosures which was nice to see.

September Crop

Here are a few pictures I took at the September crop. I was trying out my awesome new camera!!
Linda and Shirley looking busy, LOL

Magda and Tonya

Jean and Peggy Lee

Monday, September 7, 2009

I finally scrapped!

I finally scrapped a little this weekend. I completed a swap that is due at my September 19th crop. The swap was baby tags. While I didn't actually scrap any photos I feel pretty good that I at lease did something! I made two different tags using girl or boy colors. CTMH Animal Crackers Paper; CTMH Its A Zoo stamp set and the fibers are also CTMH. Then I accented with pebbles. The shape was cut using the CM Custom Cutting System.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Has anyone seen my mojo???

I am in a major rut with my scrapbooking. My pictures are out, my TSR kits are out but I just look at the stuff and I just can't seem to get my mojo moving. It is getting depressing that I just can't get motivated!

It is the first day of a new month so I am going to try to participate in as many challenges as possible on TSR, maybe that will help me!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday Update

I spent the weekend at my Uncle Ed's house in northern New Jersey (Pequonnock to be exact), he is about 15 or so miles outside of NYC. Katy and I went up for my cousin Donna's son's high school graduation/going off to college party. We drove up yesterday morning and came back about an hour or so ago. Had a good time, took my camera but didn't take any pictures! Duh! Donna's son Hugh, is six foot 8 inches and is going to SUNY Maritime College on a basket ball scholarship. He is a really nice boy. I also got to see my cousin Deb, Donna's sister and her family. Their younger sister Jen and her family couldn't make it, as Jen was not feeling well and didn't think she could do the two hour drive from Connecticut. Got to see my great nephew Osiris, haven't seen him since last November when he moved to Florida with his mother. He is as cute as ever and seem genuinely happy to see me and Katy, I was afraid he would have forgotten us, after all he is only 4. I believe he is going back to Florida soon. I wish my nephew would get better custody arrangements but he doesn't like to rock the boat!

My goal for this afternoon is to scrapbook!! I printed out all of the challenges from the TSR site and I want to get at least two of them completed today! It is too hot to go outside to do anything so it is perfect to sit in the a/c and scrap!! I hope to be on tomorrow posting an update with lots of pictures of what I got done today!

Also BB is on tonight, can't wait to see who Michelle puts up. I got Showtime just so I could watch BB after dark. I have been taping it and watching it the next day, fast forwarding through a lot of it because it can be boring but evidently something big happened on Friday night. Of course that is the one night I forgot to tape it. I did tape it last night but DH is hogging the TV so I might not be able to watch it before the show tonight.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another layout.....

This is the two page layout I got done on Saturday night at the Send Off Crop at CKC. It basically is another layout taking the idea from the TSR sketch challenge.


This Saturday I went to CKC at Valley Forge convention center. Had an awesome time. I took 4 classes, went to the Saturday night send of crop and got some great stuff at the vendor faire. Ran into lots of crop friends all day long.

This was from my card class. We made the little black and white box and then made 5 cards. They gave us enough supplies to make a total of 12 cards. Class was ok. Didn't really learn anything new.

This awesome stash of stuff was from my Boxer Palooza class. Didn't do a project -- just got lots of free stuff!
This is from the Quick Quotes Dutch Door album class. I added this class as a time filler in the afternoon. Jean, Dawn, Lisa and Tonya were all in it and that made it fun. The album is kind of cute.

This project was from my SEI Clearly Fabulous Acrylic Album class. Fun class, cute album.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I did more layouts last night!!

I am so proud of myself. I got another two page layout done last night. I did if for the Monthly Sketch Challenge on http://www.scrap-room.com/ I used all of the photos from vacation - where I take a picture of Katy is the same place every year. The Brandt gift shop has a big bear outside of the store that every year he is dressed in something different. You can really see how she has changed over the years, particularly between 2007 and 2008!

Just a little interesting note about these pictures, not only do they show how Katy grew over the years, but in the 2006 photo, it is kind of hard to see but she had broken her arm 4 days before we left for vacation. She broke her right humerous (sp?) bone just below her shoulder. They couldn't put it in a cast so she had to wear an imobilizer which basically held her arm against her body for six weeks. So that is the reason her arm is under her shirt in this picture.

Monday, July 27, 2009

My Scrap Mojo Is Back!!

Above: Hamburg Hideaway weekend in April of this year. Already have the same weekend scheduled for next year. So I guess this was our first Annual retreat!

Below: These two pictures are from different weekends. The top picture is from the Cozy Crop House in Lancaster, PA. We went there in December 2007. It was a fun weekend which was almost cancelled due to bad weather! The bottom picture is from the Hamburg Hideaway in October 2008 - Karen and I went and met others including Taryn the owner - who all are from the TSR boards.

I have been in a scrapbook slump lately. I just don't know what my problem was, but I just couldn't find my mojo, LOL. I would go to all day crops and get nothing done, I was working on cards more than scrapping. But last night I decided I was going to do at least one layout done. So I got my TSR kits out and my tool bag. I decided to pick a set of pictures that were simple. I had a ton from vacation in June and all of my band pictures but I stayed away from them. I thought just a few pictures would be less intimidating. So I chose pictures from the three scrap weekends that Karen and I have gone to over the past 2 years. I used my TSR double shot kit from July - it is Jillibean papers. I am very happy with the turnout!! Maybe knowing that CKC is this weekend it has me getting back into my scrap-grove!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Christmas Card

This is a very rough sample of the card I am working on for Christmas. I have plans on using ribbon on the front and I am thinking of using versamark and a background stamp of some sort on the red cardstock and of course it will be centered and all even. I did this at the crop on Saturday and it was at the very end of the day and I just wanted to get at least a proto-type done so I could say I got something done! I hope to make a few good one this weekend.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Band Album

I have finally completed Katy's 2007-2008 band picutres from her first season in the IHS Marching Band. I have set up a slide show at the bottom of the page. Now I need to get working on the 2008-2009 season especially since the new season starts on August 4th!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

This is one of the stamped images I will be using on my Christmas cards this year. At my All Day Crop I managed to spend a lot of money on new Close to my Heart stuff (you can check out my friend Shirley's CTMH site here http://shirleynatali.myctmh.com/ ) and I made one, yes I said ONE, proto-type Christmas card using the adorable Penny Black stamp above. I have ordered a few more PB stamps to use on my cards and I am hoping that they will be waiting for me when I get home tonight. I also need to find just the right paper too. I loved this image because the kitty looks exactly like my kitty named Sonny.

I really wanted to get more done on Saturday but for some reason I have gotten little to nothing done in the way of layouts in months! I kiddingly told my friend Karen this morning that I need scrap therapy to see why I can't seem to get layouts done, but I really think I need a good kick in the butt to get my mojo back. CKC is in less than two weeks and I am hoping that spending the day there taking class and shopping and checking out all of the new and great sbing products will help me get back into scrapping on a more regular basis.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Kirsten Has Blog Candy!!

Kirsten is celebrating her birthday and is giving blog candy to her followers! Be sure to check it out http://rockstardj1.blogspot.com/2009/07/birthday-candyx.html

A full set of the newly released Sugar Nellie Gorjuss Girl stamps set 3

Blog Update

I have to apologize that I have not posted anything scrap related on my blog for a while. I am going to an all day crop on Saturday so I am hoping to get lots done! I promise to post my layouts and/or cards, whichever I get done. I have kind of lost my scrappin' mojo lately and I hoping that this crop and then CKC in two weeks will jump start my creativity.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

More Blog Candy!! Go check it out!!!

Pauline is celebrating the anniversary of her blog and has some yummy blog candy! Be sure to go check it out!! http://passionforpapercraft.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 29, 2009

Blog Candy at Taryn's Blog!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Blog Candy!!!
I just wanted to give a shout out to everyone who stops by and visits my blog! I have put together some goodies to give away to a random reader of my blog. In order to be entered into the drawing, all you have to do is become a follower of my blog and post a comment here, and also post this on your blog! Friday, July 3rd at 9 p.m. I'll draw a winner. So spread the word, because if I have lots of response, maybe I'll give away more than one prize...I'll get a picture later today and post it with the goodies.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I got a new car!!

I finally did it. I took the plunge and helped stimulate the economy. I bought a new car yesterday. My car that I had was a 1999 Hyundai Elantra which I bought new in 1999. It had almost 121,000 miles on it and I loved that car. But it was starting to nickel and dime me so I decided to take up the really good offers the dealers are now offering. I figured I would start with Hyundai since the car I currently have had been such a good car. I test drove an Accent and an Elantra. The Elantra has gotten much more expensive in the past 10 years. Plus all of the ones they had were loaded with extras. So after driving both and looking at a lot of different ones (colors and options) we sat down to talk numbers. The deal they offered me on the Accent just could not be passed up. So I am now the proud owner of a 2009 Hyundai Accent with only 65 miles on it (so far, LOL)!!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Katy graduates from Middle School

On Thursday, June 11 Katy "graduated" from Norwood Middle School. I guess that officially makes me the mother of a high school student!!! She looked beautiful in her dress and I was very proud of her. She won the Interboro Music Boosters Excellence in Instrumental Music award!! This week she also went to her first dance. It was the 8th grade dance held at the school. It's theme was New York New York and she had a great time. She had a date too!! Andrew who has been going to school with her forever is her new boyfriend. He seems like a nice young man, as far as I can tell, LOL. He doesn't say much. Here are some pictures from the dance and graduation. Making her walk down the "gold" carpet. Doesn't she look so grown up and beautiful?!?!?Receiving her Music Award.
Receiving her "graduation certificate"

Katy Jamie and Jeannie after the graduation.

Rachel Jeannie Katy Andrew and Jamie before the dance. (Rachel is only in 7th grade so she didn't go to the dance).

Katy and Andrew. He bought her flowers!!

Katy and Jamie before the dance. BFF'S!!

Katy looking very pretty in her dress but very uncomfortable with all of the attention.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Update

I had a very nice weekend. I went to an all day crop yesterday to benefit the church where we hold our monthly scrapbook group. It was very successful and I am sure the church will be happy and grateful for all of the very kind scrapbookers who helped make the day a success!!

I managed to get a total of 5 cards done. Not as much as I would have liked but if you have ever cropped with a group of ladies then you know the day is as much about socializing as it is getting projects done!! Here are my cards that I completed. I tried a new technique using glossy card stock and inks. I am happy with the way they turned out especially for my first attempts. They are all made using Stampin' Up Glossy White Cards stock, Close to my Heart stamps sets (several different ones) and CTMH & Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
Also here are a few pictures form Hershey Park. I went there on 5/28 with the Norwood Middle School Band. The other girls in the pictures with Katy are Jess and Ellie.