October 30, 2014


2011 layout - I may scraplift myself on this one :) I hardly ever use 3 pics but may do that in November to challenge myself  :):)

October 29, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday!

gonna see the glass half full today despite one sick kid and the a list of stuff that still needs  to be done at the last minute!  Fnished up layouts # 8 and 9 (not my favorites but hey, everything can't be a Picasso) with my October CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog kit) and if you've never heard of CKCB, basically it's one of the smartest things you can do.  Their DT takes a kit from one if the kit clubs around the internet and they COUNTERFEIT (copy) it...Genius!  You shop around your own stash, find things you bought long time ago (well at least I always do!)  and rediscover things you should've used already! New kits for FREE :):)
Last month, I did 2 measly layouts and I promised myself that that wasn't gonna happen this month and so far, I've stuck to my promise!

Hope you are having a wonderful hump day-I have an hour to craft and I actually got started on some homemade Christmas gifts earlier this week (I totally skip Halloween, it's not that big of a deal in our house even though I will throw together 2 layouts for the boy and his costume later) AND I am gonna hopefully do 3-4 more layouts with my kit before I abandon it :)

October 27, 2014

October CKCB layouts

Got to get together with the bff2 for some scrapping this weekend and I wanted to travel light, so I only packed my October CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog) kit...got some layouts done so are these #s 4, 5, 6 and 7??  Whoop Whoop!

no Silhouette so I handcut my own leaves


My great niece who is just SOOO AWESOME!!

I still have a few more days to try to knock out a few more!!!!

October 16, 2014

Scrap Our Stash has a BINGO challenge!


Our Challenge # 19 at Scrap Our Stash  is a BINGO challenge-So pick a row! 
 Normally, I would have a reveal on their blog,  BUT, yours truly messed up and missed the deadline!  SMH at myself but I still wanted to reveal my take on it.  I chose the (B) 4th row down and then go across:  Polka Dot Paper, Polaroid, Wood Veneers, Sequins and Stickers (mine are the word phrases that are hiding above the "I Treasure You" lol. 
Used 90% of my October Counterfeit Kit but in cleaning my studio, found those Maggie Holmes printed vellum pack so I had to add those in and then I added a new washi tape from Little B that I got at AC Moore!  So this is layout # 2!!  I have layouts 3 & 4 and hope to photograph those tomorrow!

# tbt (POTD) and LOTD

let's multitask and combine two posts in one!
PHOTO:  (October 2010)  My how time flies!

Look how much he has changed in 4 years!  (we always stay the same)
and then  2010 Fall Layouts:

CKCB Layout #1

Insomnia means getting some crafting done!  Layout #1 with my October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit (CKCB)- I kept it pretty clean and simple and YES, I did use pinks !!

October 15, 2014

SOS Challenge # 19 is up!

It's a sketch challenge and a good one cause it involves a twist!!
Use (4) or more colors from the color palette below. 
White, Black, and Kraft are the ONLY other colors you can use.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/#sthash.J2hgnW1E.dpuf
Use (4) or more colors from the color palette below. 
White, Black, and Kraft are the ONLY other colors you can use.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/#sthash.J2hgnW1E.dpuf

AND, the TWIST is:  USE 4 OR MORE COLORS IN THIS PALETTE: (and you can use white, black, or kraft )

and this month's prize rocks!
 Go to Scrap Our Stash for all the fine details and to link up your projects!!
Use (4) or more colors from the color palette below. 
White, Black, and Kraft are the ONLY other colors you can use.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/#sthash.J2hgnW1E.dpuf
Use (4) or more colors from the color palette below. 
White, Black, and Kraft are the ONLY other colors you can use.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/#sthash.J2hgnW1E.dpuf
Use (4) or more colors from the color palette below. 
White, Black, and Kraft are the ONLY other colors you can use.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/#sthash.J2hgnW1E.dpuf

October 13, 2014

Winner winner pork chop dinner!!

**pork chops cause that's what I had for dinner lol

Thanks everyone who left love and comments and shared their celebrations during the SOC blog hop!   The lucky winner of the girls stamps is: TAMIKO MCCURRY  FO'SHO :)

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send me your snail mail address to: bluequeen4@hotmail.com and I will get your prize out to you!

October 10, 2014

SOC blog HOP!

If you are here for the SOC BLOG HOP, click {HERE} and don't forget, my little RAK up from grabs are these cute little ladies!!

Challenge YOUrself!! I know I am!

I know we are all works in progress and so as I approach the BIG 5-0 in 2015, I hope to be like a masterpiece or a fine wine, just getting better with time....working on myself a little at a time and working on my role as a better mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend...so this month's challenge at (Scrap) Challenge YOUrself is to SCRAP AN AFFIRMATION.  I normally don't do Starbucks (I am normally a Dunkin Donuts unsweet tea or Panera green tea kinda chick) but when I go out with Thing 1, that's her place so...drank plain old dark roast but I collected these "Oprah-isms" they had on those thingees -cupholders?? and thought they spoke to me, so the one I chose to scrap first was:
Loved using my order from Paper IssuesI/CB, man, that Maggie Holmes stuff is awesome!  I chose to add Heidi Swapp  "Stay Gold" accents to keep reminding myself to do just that (but silver is ok too )-2014 was a year of putting myself first more often, being more organized, especially with one about to graduate and the other with "different abilities", cutting out MOST of the foolishness/drama that surrounded me and so far, simplicity and "doing me" has felt pretty great.  So there ya have it...ONE of my Oprah-isms with more to come :):)

**disclaimer-wonky photos since one of the things I haven't mastered is my new camera and so I used my little pocket camera in the rain :) LOL


HAPPY FRIDAY!! Hey everybody, thanks for joining us for the SOC "Turnt Up for 10" blog hop!
I'm not sure how long I've been a part of the SOC community, but it's AT LEAST been 6 years.  I came across the SOC blog probably a year after I started scrapbooking (8 yrs ago) and I was looking for women of color who scrapbook since it really wasn't saturated in the market/publications.  Google search and VOILA!  Found them! So, they have turned 10 this year-10 years of sharing life, memories, crafting and more! And no, you don't have to be a woman of color to participate, you just gotta love crafting and art :):):):)
The  hop actually started at the SOC BLOG HERE... and then you should've hopped over to me!
SINCE THE SOC BLOG HOP IS now 10, our blog hop is all about celebrations and from 10 bloggers!!  Normally I would scrap all the celebrating I do with the bff1 & bff2, but I decided ya'll get to see that all the time, so I decided to scrap about something that was a big deal for me personally since I really want to try to get serious about some weight loss.  Did my first 5K 2 weeks ago-THE COLOR RUN and it was so much fun! 

Next on the blog hop is the sweet CANDY FORD but before you go, how about some blog candy???!!  One lucky crafter will receive an RAK from me-

all you have to do is comment on this post and tell me YOUR favorite celebration/memory you celebrated (doesn't have to be holiday related)** I will pick a winner on lucky 13th!!!

October 8, 2014

October Counterfeit Kit

This month's Counterfeit Kit (CKCB) kit inspiration comes from a sold out kit that was previously   featured at HEY LITTLE MAGPIE... since it is no longer on their site, I am having to guess what papers and manus these were. But rather than do that, I just used the general palette as my inspiration.

         My October kit! And, done in the first week WOOHOO! Woodgrains, florals, polka dots,
          washi, teals and pinks-that's what I tried to combine. I mostly used all Crate Paper/ AC to include 6 x 6 papers and then kept building w/some vintage stash papers from everybody else.

Sorry for the awful pics, it's dark down here in the office-I took light bulbs out of the ceiling and haven't replaced them yet cause I keep forgetting every time I go to Lowe's.
I didn't see an embellishment/add on kit so I just made my own!! Stickers, blings, die cuts, brads, BH PL cards, frames, and a few pieces of trim.
am on a mission right now to find my liquid pearls so I can work on a counterfeit I got from Lesley G's blog!  More on that later so TTFN...and thanks for looking!!


#aleidaschallenge  On this marvelous "hump day," just a reminder to get in those photos!

October 6, 2014

Save the date!

Gimme a 10- Tiare Smith and her baby, Scraps Of color has turned 10 today!   Ten years of connecting and sharing with all crafters and showing the crafty world that women of color are pretty creative too!   Celebrations start today at her blog but come back HERE on 10 /10 for a super crafty BLOG HOP!  Yours truly hopes to create something awesome (please let the mojo come back tonight) AND I'm pretty confident there will be inspiration and prizes along the way!  I am putting together a little package (RAK) for one lucky winner as we speak!  Hope you'll pop by Tiare's and congratulate her on a job well done!!


October 5, 2014

weekend wrapup Part II-no ranting this time!

so we got triple booked as I said...pumpkin patch (previous rant), then took Thing 1  and Thing 2 to dinner before Thing 1 had to go to work..then, off we dashed to a concert with the boy...A Sensory Friendly concert provided by CJ Shiloh and the Musical "Autist", and for all of you who may have some kids with "different abilities," you know how important it is to sponsor these kinds of events.
The concert featured the ridiculously talented Ms. Chou Chou Scantlin...wife, mother, daughter and oh so talented singer /performer who just happens to have autism....not that you'd know it unless she told you-her backstory is pretty dang amazing...All I know is that it was like being transported to another land where she was Glinda the Good Witch reincarnated as a singer. 
Normally, she performs with her husband Doc and his orchestra, The Imperial Palm Orchestra but tonight, they did a special performance for the kids complete with shakers, dancing and lots of bubbles!!
It was a fabulous way to unwind at the end of the day-her spirit was so kind, giving and extremely gentle...not to mention she is an outstanding singer & performer !  My thing 2 was having the time of his life...and she even let his BLUE zebra (aka Mack) have some special attention too  :):)
AND did I mention that she makes her own costumes!!!  SUPER TALENTED!  
promised my friend CJ (below) that we were gonna have to get a group together and take in the grownup show soon! ( Little known fact about me:  I LOVE Big Band and Swing)

LOTD ...oopps. made a mistake but a good one!

Sometimes in my rush to get things done while multitasking, I forget to pay attention to ALL the fine details...One of my DT assignments at Scrap Our Stash in Sept was for our sketch challenge # 18:

did the ABC part of the challenge but forgot to read the TWIST  which was 1 journaling card, 2 photos (that's the oops part) and 3 patterned papers....realized it when I was just about to send it in so I had to start over!  So, this is one for me and I love it!  It's a picture of my oldest sister that I had never seen before-one of my cousins had posted it on Facebook recently  so...she was soooooo adorable and I knew I had to scrap it!  Am gonna frame it and hang it up soon :):)
1 journal card
2 photos
3 patterned paper

weekend wrapup! Pt I /2

I must be getting old...pumpkin patches are just excruciating for me now...the farms around here charge admission for each person and every thing you do-it's like you are a cash cow and all the bratty kids running around like lunatics while their snobby parents (they were awful x 10) were on their phones instead of unplugging for a few hours...It is just baffling to me....admission and you don't even get a free pumpkin with that >so I tortured my family for a few hours at one today (I won't say which one since I can't say anything nice about it)....but it was in Montgomery County cause we were trying somewhere new (bad idea)

The BOY picked a green one (??) and we only got some small white pumpkins for the porch since we frequent our local mom &n pop place for the big carving ones...It was all about Thing 2 today so we just trudged on...but next year????????
**sorry. rant over!

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