July 22, 2014

Made It Monday for the Memory Nest

The mojo's back!  Pulled out my July Counterfeit Kit from CKCB kit that had all the fab My Mind's Eye (MME)  chalkboard paper & embells and used the sketch done by Katie Lamb that Leslie over at The Memory Nest used for the first Make It Monday Challenge.
My take on it: Loved the pre-done MME paper but still had to doodle around the edges :)
THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO SCRAP WHAT FEW FAMILY PICS I HAVE OF ALL 4 OF US!
** #aleaidaschallenge   (get yourself " IN" the pictures!!)

July 21, 2014

LOTD

I have had this paper sitting in a Studio Calico kit called Blue Note for like FOREVER (I think)...I finally grabbed all my Studio Calico kits and consolidated them since some were unused (horrors!) and some were used.   Since I was away at a crop this weekend, I started to use the kits.  Kept it simple and clean while still sticking with my stars addiction !!

**linking up to The Memory Nest Paper Crafting Creations No 2:

July 14, 2014

My birthday RAK winner!

**I apologize, I can't access my blog from my phone...my birthday Bloom Girls RAK winner is Robin Redd!
Come back next week sometime and I promise to have another great giveaway!

Blogging with a DIfference

I'm late but I'm here...I was tagged by someone I hope to meet one day in real life, Cindy Gay from CindysPagesInTime....and I apologize that there are no other blogs to connect to; everybody's busy and is not blogging this week! Boo! So, here's just a bit about ME and I hope you'll hop over to Cindy's blog and look at her awesome pictures and creations; she's such a sweetie!

What are my favorite things to create?
Everyone that knows me knows that scrapbook 12 x 12s are my first loves but I also love doing altered containers and boxes from time to time :)


What am I working on right now?
 just trying to scrap some "30 minutes or less" layouts since the pictures are piling up on my desk!  I hate how they look but gotta keep it moving....

How long does it take me to create?
During the summer, I have too many mom tasks and so I don't get to squeeze that much crafty time in.  Plus I work part time now and free time is rare.  But when In do get to create something, I try to go start to finish in an hour IF I'm organized.   Notice I said "IF " :):)

Talk about your creating process:
I like kits and usually put my own together out of stuff here in my studio.  I usually start with the photo and see what talks to me-it's usually paper that starts the flow.  Embellishments and trims follow :)    Other times, I may look at Pinterest for some placement or product 

inspiration.....

Who inspires you?
I'm kinda inspired by so many in the crafty world, but some who are inspiring me right now are my fellow DT gals over at Scrap Our Stash .  Another one of my crafty crushes is Jenni Calma from PaperCardinal. Fashion & Travel magazines are a great source of inspiration too
 

July 13, 2014

It's my birthday and what I am doing???


yep, it's my birthday today but no celebrating here...it's a regular mom day filled with chores since it's just me & the boy and we are in the process of summer cleaning (we do every season cause I have OCD) ...BUT, in between the chores, I am packing for a Girl's Getaway Scrap Weekend next weekend!  The first thing I did was hop over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog so I could start kitting from my own stash!
Their inspiration for the July kit was brought to us courtesy of Noel Mignon
The "Balboa" kit featured some American Crafts and MME papers  that I knew I had...I was also inspired by the circle papers they had so I added in some of my own from different manus. Score for me for grabbing that MME pack awhile ago at Hobby lobby for $ 5 using another stores 50% off coupon!)
and here's my embellishments: (washi, pins, mini words, Amy T, liquid pearl. Stickles, frames, trims and more)
I will add in some paint and stencils and Thickers if needed***
So, that's my main kit, am off to another kit blog to counterfeit a few more of my own for the trip!

July 12, 2014

RAK reminder

Just a reminder that you still have time to enter this weekend's Bloom Girl birthday  RAK that I posted {HERE}
You have until 9 pm EST to enter  :):)

Super Saturday!

had a birthday dinner with the family yesterday..tried a new Mexican restaurant and it was good-I still have yet to find a fantastic Mexican restaurant in the state of Maryland! Being part Latina, I am kinda picky about my salsa and guacamole :):)  
I'm still getting in the pictures...although I really really hate when people offer to take group pictures when they are not photographers; they usually come out awful...see below...and now you  know why I am the Queen of Selfies!"  Hostess took this in the restaurant :):)  (unedited-smh) -and yes, I am really tan this summer :):):):)
and then some selfies : :):):):)

#aleidaschallenge

July 11, 2014

PhotoScraps has moved!

it's hilarious really...our LSS has moved and at first, we were all thinking," OMG, it's gonna be far, Where am I gonna have to drive to???"  And no lie, it's just hilarious that they moved 5 feet next door...totally awesome!
The bff and I found time to run and check em out last weekend....






same awesome staff (Hi KIM!!!!) and the same awesome inspiration and products...all you had to do was walk 5 steps to the left!  So if you haven't gone over to the new space, you may want to this weekend...the new Webster's Pages Ocean Melody collection is gorgeous (had to get all of that)



TGIF !! Who wants to win??!! RAK weekend!!

I am counting down the days to my birthday and as I said before, I am gifting away some awesome prizes this month!   The first one is over at the Scrap Our Stash blog where I am this month;'s sponsor of any awesome prize-hop over to SOS (check their sidebar) for your chance to win!

My prize today is for all my stampers and mixed media fans!  I just started branching out and trying my hand at mixed media since I cannot draw or stamp to save my life -A few months ago, I took Jamie Dougherty's Bloom Girl class and was hooked!!  I surprised myself!

This is my first Bloom Girl canvas  and while she isn't perfect, I left her "as is" so that I could keep working on my drawing and stenciling and mixed media skills....Bloom Girls class and youtube helped with my skillz.
I then did two other ones, one was a gift and it made me use those MM supplies I had lying around...did I say I became a stencil addict?? And the next one is ongoing one since I have yet to perfect mouths and noses :):)




That leads me to my 2nd birthday RAK- this week's fast RAK for one lucky crafter is this:
NEW RELEASE!!!
AND, if that wasn't enough,
the super talented creator of these stamps/products , 
HAS AN OPEN SPOT (FREE) FOR YOU IN HER CLASS:
All you have to do is spread the word on facebook, twitter, Pinterest, blog...wherever....AND, send me a link/comment on this post stating you did ALONG with any project/creation you have worked on this month!! Easy peasy... I will pick a winner on my birthday, so this SUNDAY is the lucky day for one crafty diva!


July 7, 2014

Marvelous Monday!

or should I say MARVELOUS MONDAY???????????? For those who know me personally, they know i have an  crazed obsession, girl crush,  clear throat) uuhhh...passion for all things BEYONCE...So, I have learned that I need to treat myself so, as a treat for my upcoming birthday, I bought myself a ticket:  Yep, just me...that way I can scream, cry and sing all by myself :) :0 :):)

So, this night is gonna be spectacular!
And I am up close and personal so I will have pics to scrap!

July 5, 2014

What I'm loving Saturday :)


Since it's my birthday month (yep-I celebrate myself all month now; it's what a true Queen does) #selflove -I thought I'd share some of my favs of what I'm loving right now with all my new followers :):)

THIS fabulous mascara...O. EM. GEE...fab..$ 6.99 at Walmart








local events Mix 106.5 Summer concert
 took the daughter to see her love, Ed Sheeran but I actually loved A Great Big World too, I have been a fan since last year but I wish they would've had enough songs for an album.  Great concert, only downfall was general seating which translated to long wait, almost heat exhaustion and smelly crowds.... #edsheeransupertalented #saysomething   

taking your kids on a photography shoot and letting them shoot their own pics from their own perspective...gave Thing 2 a little pocket camera and he surprised me with some the shots he took :0
(American Visionary Museum, Baltimore, MD)

Alex and Ani bracelets.........LOVE.......
I thank bff1 for hooking me to this strange addiction to the word of charms :)

and the last thing I try to have more than once a week:
yep, a Dunkin Donuts unsweetened tea (I might add 1 or 2 Equal packets in there...the largest one they got! I use my app and most times it's 99 cents!!  Sure, I can make tea at home, but their brew is perfect to me and so...one of my strange addictions :):)

so that's my Super Saturday list-what are your favs this week????


Happy Saturday!

For those that celebrated, hope you had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday; I know I had a great day and some fireworks in there too!  Today is a super Saturday, it's the first day I have had in a loooooong time that is a FREE day for me! I started by allowing the boy some free time, then I got to cleaning off my desk and my scrap tables & paper containers-they were begging for some attention, along with this blog!

Our DT over at Scrap Our Stash has a shopping challenge for you!  Nope, don't run to your LSS, shop in your own stash (HINT: deep cleaning your scrap area ALWAYS turns up forgotten treasures)-our Stash Challenge # 16 is:
Hop over to the SOS blog for the shopping list- we are only asking you to use 5 items from the list, but you can use more if you want to! Create a new layout , write about us and your creation, link up to our Linky Party.  And speaking of party, it's my birthday month and I am this month's sponsor of the monthly prize:
Yep, the Queen is giving away a few prizes this month since I am celebrating life with friends and family! You have until July 29th to join us for this and more challenges!

shop for (5 or more) different items in your stash. 
 Create a layout and include those (5) items on your page. Each item will only count as one, for example: a wood veneer polaroid frame will only count as a frame or as wood veneer, you decide. If you choose arrows you must use (3) but it only counts as 1 of the 5 items on the list. 
*Make sure you include in your blog write up the (5) items you used, to be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. 
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/07/stash-challenge-16-lets-go-shopping.html#sthash.jc7RGQoF.dpuf
shop for (5 or more) different items in your stash. 
 Create a layout and include those (5) items on your page. Each item will only count as one, for example: a wood veneer polaroid frame will only count as a frame or as wood veneer, you decide. If you choose arrows you must use (3) but it only counts as 1 of the 5 items on the list. 
*Make sure you include in your blog write up the (5) items you used, to be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. 
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/07/stash-challenge-16-lets-go-shopping.html#sthash.jc7RGQoF.dpuf
Here's the rules:
From the shopping list below, shop for (5 or more) different items in your stash. 
 Create a layout and include those (5) items on your page. Each item will only count as one, for example: a wood veneer polaroid frame will only count as a frame or as wood veneer, you decide. If you choose arrows you must use (3) but it only counts as 1 of the 5 items on the list. 
*Make sure you include in your blog write up the (5) items you used, to be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. 

 You are allowed to add anything else you desire to complete your page!
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/07/stash-challenge-16-lets-go-shopping.html#sthash.jc7RGQoF.dpuf
shop for (5 or more) different items in your stash. 
 Create a layout and include those (5) items on your page. Each item will only count as one, for example: a wood veneer polaroid frame will only count as a frame or as wood veneer, you decide. If you choose arrows you must use (3) but it only counts as 1 of the 5 items on the list. 
*Make sure you include in your blog write up the (5) items you used, to be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. 
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/07/stash-challenge-16-lets-go-shopping.html#sthash.jc7RGQoF.dpuf
shop for (5 or more) different items in your stash. 
 Create a layout and include those (5) items on your page. Each item will only count as one, for example: a wood veneer polaroid frame will only count as a frame or as wood veneer, you decide. If you choose arrows you must use (3) but it only counts as 1 of the 5 items on the list. 
*Make sure you include in your blog write up the (5) items you used, to be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. 
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/07/stash-challenge-16-lets-go-shopping.html#sthash.jc7RGQoF.dpuf










Here's the rules:
From the shopping list below, shop for (5 or more) different items in your stash. 
 Create a layout and include those (5) items on your page. Each item will only count as one, for example: a wood veneer polaroid frame will only count as a frame or as wood veneer, you decide. If you choose arrows you must use (3) but it only counts as 1 of the 5 items on the list. 
*Make sure you include in your blog write up the (5) items you used, to be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. 

 You are allowed to add anything else you desire to complete your page!
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2014/07/stash-challenge-16-lets-go-shopping.html#sthash.jc7RGQoF.dpuf

July 1, 2014

It's a Terrific Tuesday!

My day is super super busy and I'll post more on that tomorrow cause I hope to have pictures-it involves a special surprise date with my darling daughter aka Thing 1 :)
BUT,  another reason it's terrific is because the new team is revealed at Scrap Our Stash!

 Sadly, we had 4 team members move on (but it's not goodbye) and so we had put a DT call out for new members last month.  We rec'd a huge response! Tough choices to make but we finally decided that our 4 new members (and one of my favorite layouts from each ) are:
TAMMI @ TJS MEMORIES
 

NICOLE  @  SCRAP-UTOPIA
CLAIRE @ THREE WATERS CREATIONS


click on their names to jump to their blogs and join me in congratulating them on making the team!
























Please join with us in CONGRATULATING and extending a warm SOS WELCOME to the - See more at: http://www.scrapourstash.blogspot.com/#sthash.Whu5MUH7.dpuf

June 23, 2014

It's a Marvelous Monday (weekly roundup)

Hey everyone!  I have been so busy and haven't been crafting as much but I have done something that I don't normally do and that is to get out and explore more of Maryland!  I wasn't born or raised here and tend to stick to places within my community BUT, last week, the shutterbug sis (below) was visiting and so we packed our cameras, grabbed a mini one for the boy, and headed to Baltimore! 
We hung out at the AMerican Visionary Museum for a bit so I could learn all about apetures (sp?) and lighting :)
then we headed to the Inner Harbor for a quick lunch and dessert :):)



and of course, before we left, he HAD to catch a few turns on the carousel!  Best $ 5 spent :):)



 

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