May 27, 2015

RAK winner and a new layout!!

wow, it's been a crazy week in such a good way!  My Thing 1 graduated and the house has been full of family and friends from near and far and we've been on the go non-stop!  So, forgive me -I'm late!  The winner of my RAK is Carolyn Graham!  Carolyn, please send me your snail mail to: bluequeen4@hotmail.com...CONGRATS!

 I was up on the Scrap Our Stash blog yesterday with my take on this month's sketch challenge:
 
Circles, circle pieces, half circles...definitely a challenge!  This month's twist was to use handmade flowers and so I made the only ones I know how to!  Learned these at my LSS Photo Scraps at a make-n-take and love that they are easy to make and oh so cute!  Hope you joined in on our challenges this month!

May 16, 2015

I'm the Queen of Unfinished projects...

ok-so I was sick for a bit and my poor studio got neglected so today I came down and tidied up a bit and crafted since the kiddos were sick and hubs was working...I came across some unfinished layouts and when I some "SOME," I mean maybe 25??  I know!  So, I tackled some of them...some were just for me layouts, some were for challenges where I missed the deadline, some I just didn't like after I started and I left em...poor things...But I told myself to "Get em done."

FIRST UP:   The Pink, Gold and Black challenge at THE STUDIO CHALLENGES:  A challenge cause ya'll know how I feel about pink and it being the MAJOR color.  Yes, I do have a girl but for some reason, I've never liked pink so much....Here's me & bff2 and I used lots of gold accents.  Handcut my own freestyle feathers....but I am determined to use stash by doing challenges :)
NEXT:
 had to document the whole Boy Scout fiasco...that's the thing about having a child with different abilities-they try to fit in but "others" aren't always as accepting.  Painful lesson about Boy Scouts :(:( and just the social piece of his life....(insert mad face)
This one was done for Sketch # 436 at Scrapbook Challenges but I missed the April deadline...I get the layouts done but don't have time to photography & upload them!

and yeah, I actually did this one in January and hadn't finished it....deer and die cut from Paper Issues.
so there ya go...my little secret is out in the open!  Any of you guys our there doing the same???

Our May sketch challenge is up!



Our May sketch is up at Scrap Our Stash with a twist!   
Today's inspiration comes from our guest designer, Lanette Erickson!

Hop over to Scrap Our Stash for details-hope to see you creating some great stuff!

It's a Super Saturday and a RAK!

Despite 2 sick kids in the bed today, "I" am finally back down in my studio!  I hadn't been down here in about 5 weeks and so it feels weird to play with paper today!  Am cleaning and dusting and getting some RAKs together as well so the first one up for grabs is one full of Prima goodies!
all you have to do is be a follower!  Up to you if you want to spread the word :):)   I'll be posting a couple of RAKS all week; winners will be chosen on May 23rd (my Thing 2's special day)  -Good luck!

May 13, 2015

Catchin up on a Wonderful Wednesday

I have been AWOL for a bit...all due to this nasy thing called the flu...it ran amuk throughout my whole house; hitting each and everyone of us in different ways.  It figures that it would hit me last and hit me the worst!  Without giving you all the gory details, just know I was actually BEDRIDDEN for 5 days in a medicine induced sleep coma since I had this high fever that refused to budge.  Thank goodness my son is so responsible; his dad had to leave him home alone with me in the evenings and he did his homework, got his snack, and did his nightly reading all by himself while I slept and slept.  I lost all sense of time....BUT, that being said, I felt 75% better on Sunday and just in time to break out the Lysol and rid the house of germs, get a shower and get to the PRINCE concert (my Mother's Day surprise)...

Everyone that knows me knows that I have been a diehard Prince fan since I was 17 years old -DIE HARD...Imagine my surprise when I got to the concert hall, walked into the venue towards the seat check-in and a perfect stranger walks up to me (I was by myself) and gives me a ticket for a FLOOR SEAT!  There was a story behind it as to why he was giving it away and of course I took the ticket!  CAN you say ROW 3???!!!! I am used to giving RAKs and receiving them too, but nothing like that!  It was such an amazing gift and one that I will remember for years to come.  Of course I cried LOL....I'm still in shock ):)

“The catch phrase for the day is 'Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.'”

 
On that note, I am putting together a RAK for a lucky blog follower!  Come back on Friday and I'll have a little box of goodies to giveaway "JUST BECAUSE"  :) :)   I haven't crafted anything in 2 weeks but am jumping back on the bandwagon later today!!

May 12, 2015

what's on your EMBOSS list?

I'm up on the Scrap Our Stash DT reveal today with MY picks for the EMBOSS challenge!


(E) enamels (white)
 (M) Modeling paste w/ my Heidi Swapp star stencils
(B) birds (both on the Simple Stories white sticker and the Prima enamel square)
(O) Overlay (Studio Calico-just a small piece of it)
(S) Sequins (both gold and lavender)
(S) Stars (Studio Calico wood veneers)
 
I decided to do something different this month and did a vintage layout of my dad and his mother...I believe he was just going into the military somewhere around the young age of 18.
I loved digging into my old Tim Holtz stash and using this krafty paper that was already embossed.

don't forget one lucky winner gets to shop at RRS!

May 11, 2015

It was National Scrapbook Day this weekend!

It was NSD this weekend and so I hope you got a chance to play with some scissors and glue!  One of my bffs had foot surgery and I went over and had a sleepover to help her out.  Of course I packed a  scrap tote and got 4 layouts done!  Will reveal them later this week but for now, there's a new challenge over at Scrap Our Stash!
  EMBOSS-what do you have in your stash for those letters???  Envelopes, brads, bronze, stars, stencils????  You've got all month to let us see your stash.  You have until May 29th, 11:59 PM (PST) to complete your take on this challenge and link up with us for a chance to win this awesome prize from our sponsor. This month, one lucky winner will win this:
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May 4, 2015

Ten Things Tuesday!

 My "Ten Things Tuesday" from Etsy is all inspired by Mother's Day since it's swiftly approaching.  Rather than all the same old, same old candy and stuff, GO TO ETSY AND BROWSE AROUND!

1.  RINGS FROM BRITTANNY CHANEL:  THIS IS THE CELEBRITY TREND THESE DAYS:
Gold Zodiac Midi Ring
2.  STENCILS: WHAT CRAFTER DOESN'T NEED MORE?   REDD ROBIN STUDIOS:
Deconstructed Floral Bouquet Stencil
3. BUTTERFLIES-WOOD ONES FROM SCOTT @ THE PORKSHOPSHOW-I'VE USED HIS WOOD CUTS BEFORE AND THEY AWESOME!

 Wood Medium Sized Butterflies'
4.  AVENGERS FAN ANYONE?? CUSTOM KICKS FOR MOM FROM KSMCUSTOMKICKS!
Marvel Avengers Custom Roshe Runs (Hulk, Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Man, Thor) Grey
5.  WHO WOULDN'T LOVE A WHIMSICAL GIRAFFE SCARF FROM SCARFCLUB??
Giraffe Scarf Animal Infinity Scarf Mint Scarf Mother's Day Gift Spring summer Fashion Women Fashion Accessory Gift Idea For Her For Teens S
6.  A BEAUTIFUL STATEMENT CROWN-GORGEOUS FLOALS FROM SERENITYCRYSTAL
Red rose flower crown statement headpiece rose headband floral crown
7. OOAK BRACELETS AND MORE FROM UNIQUEARTPENDANTS
Cuff Bracelet Flies vintage insect illustration brass or stainless steel Free Shipping to USA
8.  MOM NECKLACE (SHE HAS OTHERS TOO) FROM RUBIESANDWHIMSY
MoM Mothers Necklace - Personalized Gift for Mom, Mommy Necklace, Kids Names, Mothers Day Gift by rubiesandwhimsy
9.  I'M NEVER OFFENDED BY GIFTS OF SOAPS AND LOTIONS-(I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE)-ME??  I ALWAYS WANT TO SMELL GOOD!  ORGANIC SOAPS AND LOTIONS BY SWEETSALLYSSOAPS
Lime and Shea Organic Soap, Vegan Cold Process Soap
10. SOFTNESS. IN A BLANKET: A MINKY ONE SEWED BY BRITNI & CAROL OVER AT HEARTSTINGTHINGS
Minky blanket, minky throw, grey blanket, gray minky blanket, gray throw, soft blanket, blanket for gift, adult blanket, lap blanket

April 27, 2015

Making some things on a Monday!

Since I was busy this weekend hanging out with my twin sis, I didn't get to craft...but had an hour today to kinda throw some ideas around from my challenge list since I am on a spending freeze until I use 50% of the goodies in my studio.  I'm still on a gold kick so I grabbed my gold bag and decided to jump in at the April sketch challenge by Valerie over at The Studio Challenges.


MY TAKE:
again, the awesome photos this week are courtesy of Lynne Pleasant Photography; we did a senior picture photoshoot at the Grafitti Warehouse in Baltimore last week. Pretty fantastic!
 

April is full of challenges

Sketch challenge # 434 at Scrapbook Challenges had me stumped...
434

but then, once I pulled out my patterned paper (from out of my combined Studio Calico stash) and my sequins, the light bulb moment flashed and VOILA!
sorry about the bump there; I had way too much stuff on this kitchen table and it got folded by accident :(

***photos of my Thing 1 courtesy of EYES ON YOU PHOTOGRAPHY (Juan O'Neal)

April 23, 2015

#TBT

#TBT  LOTD   2011


 SHE was in 5th grade in this pic!!   Hard to believe that we are in the final 30 day countdown to graduation!   Time keeps flying by!

April 21, 2015

New Challenge at Challenge YOUrself

Challenge Yourself has a new challenge and this month, we want you to show us your "daily"-your daily rituals, habits, calendar, blessings-whatever it means to you!
Challenge YOUrself #17: Around Here
Record some of your daily blessings (snippets of your normal day)
Remember to include YOU in the photo :)
It's so funny, many of us on the DT scrapped about our love for COFFEE! 
I had to scrap about my Keurig, but truth be told, I miss a traditional coffee pot and I miss not being able to drink a pot of coffee IF I want.  Decided that I am going to go back to one sometime this year.  The hubby can keep the Keurig from himself!
For more on those of us love a good cuppa Joe (or tea), hop over to CU and enjoy the inspiration!

It's a Pinterest inspired layout!

Another challenge  missed at The Studio Challenges. Even though I missed the challenge, I still loved being inspired by it.  Their March 29th challenge was to look at this photo from Jill Thomas Photography on Pinterest and see how it inspired you!

I had just received the Fancy Pants Office Suite Collection from The Memory Nest Shop and knew I needed to use it! It's full of pastels and florals along with some bold patterns!
Office Suite Collection Pack - Click Image to Close

My take: Inspired by the flowers and the pinks & yellows in the picture:

April 20, 2015

LOTD

LOTD using who knows what-I can hardly ever use just one manufacturer on a layout.  Most of this is Heidi Swapp and Crate Paper I think...again, I'm on more clean layouts (at least this is considered clean for me) and of course, it's gotta have gold since I have TONS of it in the stash.  Loving that embossed cardstock they have at Michael's now with the raised circles and chevrons; it's my new background addiction.  They have it in white, kraft and black!  #awesome
That cool wooden rabbit came from bff2-and since it was our early Easter dinner family outing, I loved using him!

Memory Nest Make It Monday!

Stayed in the house this weekend since I felt like I was battling some kinda stomach virus and so I was refusing to own it (TMI) so I stayed in pjs and scrapped!  One of the layouts I was talking about yesterday that I did for a challenge that never got uploaded was this one!
I was inspired by Memory Nest No. 36 (back in March, don't judge lol):

and since I didn't get to their March Linky Party, I decided to do today's Make It Monday TODAY!
Had some free time carved out this morning and VOILA!  Make It Monday No. 38 is done!

we take "Last Day of School" pictures rather than FIRST day since it's too hectic.. Loved the sketch inspiration even though I really, really, really have trouble scrapping multiple pics on a layout! loved using my 6 x 6 papers (Market Street)  and chipboard stash (Jubilee) from  My Minds Eye.  That delicious ribbon came from my LSS and it's green glittered burlap ribbon- love it!

Thanks for popping by and I hope that you are making something too this Monday!

April 19, 2015

Just for me layouts cause I'm late!!

I always have great intentions-I find some new challenge site and do some layouts and then...don't have time to photograph them and write up the post for it until the deadline has passed!  Or, I have a favorite site and do the challenge and the same thing happens!  So, without further ado, I post some layouts that I now have to classify as "Just for ME layouts" lol!

me and my "brother from another muther"- my bffs husband (at a party) who is like a younger brother to me-I love them both and can't imagine my life without them.
the next one is a layout I did using the super awesome "I AM" collection from Simple Stories and I have no idea what challenge blog this was for since I forgot to write it down!  But, it's my beautiful dd doing a 5 K Color Run with me and yes, I made her tutu!  I surprised myself being a crafty b@#$ !!
Next up:  The Studio Challenges:  Use some OLD stash!  I went back all old skool all the way back to Sassafas Lass!  Whoop Whoop!!  And, I used some 2009 SEI Dill Blossum paper, some 2008 Basic Grey Offbeat along with some Studio Calico 2013 rubons and stickers...does that mean I am a hoarder???!!

I still have more so come back later this week ok???
 

April 12, 2015

Scrapping Sunday at SOS!

 
our STAMP challenge is still going strong at Scrap Our Stash!  My S-T-A-M-P stash called for:
S-Scalloped edge punch (used on the gold)
T-tags
A-arrows
M-"Memories" sticker
P-Pony (rubon-awesome right??)
As you can tell, I dug into 90% of my Maggie Holmes stash for this one!  Hope you enjoyed and you still have plenty of time to work on our challenges (sketch & stash) so I hope you'll join us! Don't forget, one lucky crafter will win this from this month's sponsor!













April 2, 2015

TBT LOTD

   March 2008

STAMP your way into April!

yup, it's April folks and that means another challenge is ready over at Scrap Our Stash!  This time, our word challenge is STAMPS!

You don't have to use stamps, just the letters!  Last month, we had 72 inspirational pages uploaded to our linky party!  Talk about being blown away!!  Our April sponsor is the generous family owned company, Creative Embellishments:   One lucky winner will win a $ 25 Gift Card!!

now IF I could win, here's some goodies I would pick from their store (just saying)-they have things to feed my flair and wood veneer addictions!!!
With Love Set
Globes 6"d
Airship

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