Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Friday!!

Imagine my surprise when I ran across THIS POST on the Echo Park Blog.

Totally surprised!!! and completely HAPPY about being spotlighted there.
Thank you Echo Park!!

Tonight is Northside HS's first football game of the season, which means it's also Katelyn's first performance in the Marching Band.  I'm looking forward to watching/listening to the band perform.  Is it bad I'm only attending to support the band??  Who knows.. maybe I'll end up liking football again! lol

Any fun plans this weekend?
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

VOTE Leah for Guest ODD girl

Happy Wednesday friends.  The week is flying by. Little did I know I would actually umm kinda like my time home alone. I still miss my children, but this is mental health time for me.. and I needed it. I'm happy. I have more energy when they get home. It's a good thing having the littlest one school with his big sisters. I get even MORE hugs and love and kisses now.. so it's all good.

Cameron is doing well.  On his first day of school he colored a picture that said Welcome to Kindergarten. He also packed that day and left his mario lunch bag at school. lol

Look what I received in my email this morning. Archivers now has an online store!!! Yippie.  Here's a link to the coupon I received.

Tuesday, I scrapped all day. I was productive. I got three layouts finished up and I have one left to go.  I'm throwing my hat in the Bella Blvd DT Call. You'll never know unless you try.. so check the call out!!! I love all their lines!!

You have to create 4 never before seen projects in the call you are applying for. I'm going to try for layouts.. it's just what I do.  They said nothing about showing sneak peeks.. so I'm going to post a couple sneakies.

sneak peek 1
sneak peek 2
sneak peek 3
On to one more piece of exciting NEWS. Remember this tag?
 I had entered into a contest to be a guest designer for Some Odd Girl Stamps on their Facebook group. Surprising to me, my tag is in the top 10 running for the Guest DT.

It is based off votes though, and I am really behind. Any support you could lend me would be fabulous.

To help, go to the album HERE, then beneath the tag of your liking, write the word "VOTE" in the comments. (You may have to 'like' the group first before you can vote) I would LOVE it if you chose my tag to vote for, but honestly, vote for the one you LOVE the mostest!!!! I still have to vote, and I am not voting for myself.. all the tags are gorgeous.

Thank you so much, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Home Alone

Good morning my friends!

I realized over the summer that this day was coming.

What started out as a place I would call my own on the web, now needs a new name.
Today is the first day of School... and my baby, my little man Cameron starts Kindergarten.
Samantha hit 1st grade, and Katelyn is now a High School Freshman.

All I can hear is the hum of the children's computer and the pug snoring at my feet.

I am not home alone.

I didn't cry like everyone thought I would.
I'm nervous for Cameron today though... he's the baby, we never were quite as strict with him. He's also my only boy. He's so different than the girls are. I'm pretty sure I didn't get a hug goodbye this morning. He was sooo excited, he could barely sit still for a photo.

I have several to share too.

Come on guys, smile! Cameron, look at the camera son. IMG_3206
Everyone all talking at once. lol
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I love this one, it's like their all leaning to the left.

Cameron decided he had enough, and was going to wait for the bus. IMG_3221
As per Hamburger tradition, he must wait with the kids at the bus stop. IMG_3244
I had told Cameron to hop on the bus first, so he could speak with Mrs. Dot the bus driver. He decided he didn't wanna go first...
so big sis lead the way.
He didn't look back at all.
He's spreading his wings, and beginning his journey... IMG_3249
which means, I too, must find some way to fill all this time on my hands.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

More exciting news to share

I was asked to step up alongside my dear friend Michelle to be Creative Director over at TallyScrapper!!!! Thanks so much to Cristal for the opportunity, and to Michelle for the vote of confidence.

I am beyond thrilled to be working closely with TallyScrapper again.
It is just a warm loving community, I would love it if you stopped by!

We have crazy fun challenges over there.  We're finishing up the cyber crop challenges from last week.  We are following along with Project Runway and creating some great challenges based off what the designers have to do on the show.

This week is all about clean and simple and a Pencil Lines sketch.
I try.. but it's not my forte.

and here's the journaling.. I noticed I goofed on the date (2007? why was I thinking that year.. ? lol) so I covered it up with a October Afternoon 5 & dime date sticker, which I did not bother to re-photograph.

This was so out of my comfort zone, but I tried to make it work!!

And for the very last Tally Treasure Hunt Challenge #12, we had to use gold/yellow, use the word treasure in your title or journaling, photograph someone/something you treasure, and use a cloud/rainbow on your layout.

I used some sass and lily bee pattern paper, Echo Park chip cloud, Liquitex Ink.. yum.

I think the stars popped up are so sweet

some tissue paper and star pins

some liquitex ink layered overtop ranger butterscotch i painted on.
pretty My Minds eye sticker
twine and stitching, so much fun!!

Have you had a chance to get creative this weekend?
I'd love to hear from you!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scrappy news

Good morning my lovelies!

I found out Tuesday that I made the newest Design Team at Nuts About Sketches!! I am super excited, I know several of the ladies on the DT and am happy to be working with them, and Shawn's awesome Sketches.

The past few days have been a blur of activity.
Last minute shopping for school. K got new chucks with skull laces. supa cool.
Doug finally has some cool shoes.. thank goodness he listened to K's input on a new shoe. ;)
School orientation tonight for the littles. (Samantha & Cameron)
Next thing you know, School will be starting Monday.

Here's a few more layouts I created from the crop last weekend. Don't forget, you have until the 20th and 21st to upload your project for the various challenges from the crop!

I haven't made a 6x12 in forever. This was based on a choose your own bingo. Elements I had to use were:
12 buttons
6x12 layout
Stamps on flowers
journaling spots

My crazy dogs are always under foot... sometimes they trip me as i go through the house, and most times, my feet are tucked up under me so I don't accidentally kick them under my desk.

Stamping on my flower was so fun!
and you can hardly see in the photo, but where the arrow is pointing is the tip of Domino's paw.. she sleeps up under the draw area beneath my desk.

And my title work.. i love the banner down here.
I've been having so much fun using Echo Park's Summer Days collection.

and some various cards based on challenges... these will be nice to have on hand. :)
I could use about another 100 of these bicycles... I think I need a digi stamp.
I just love the balloon here
And my first easel card.

Don't forget to link up your work to the newest theme from Paper Issues
"Let's Ride".. anything that fits in the theme.. and as long as it involves paper.. you're in.  It's a FUN way to check out what others are doing and make some new friends too.
 Wishing you a happy scrappy day!
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

good times

Good afternoon my talented friends. I am in scrappy heaven this weekend.  I scrapped a lot of the day yesterday evening and into the wee early hours of the morn.. say 2am. Hubs and I then watched Big Brother and went to sleep.  The CROP going on at TallyScrapper right now is off and running full steam ahead.  We're playing games like It's MINE!!! and some other pass the time games.. there are tons of challenges in the galleries, and we're meeting some wonderful new ladies as well.

Having some good times. I've used up most all of my August Tallyscrapper kit, it was so fun to combine all the funky wild goodness in that kit. Wanna see what I created yesterday?

This challenge is to lift a member of the DT.  I chose my evil freaky twin (EFT) MichelleS' layout she made for an old LEO (layout every other day) challenge. You can see Michelle's HERE. I made some scrappy flowers, and hand-cut my title. Simple little details like that can really make a layout pop. One of my favorite things about the kit this month were the blooms and the gorgeous zebra and rainbow ribbon. It is sadly all gone, but I would order more again in a heart beat.

This next layout is based off a fun challenge where you choose your own scrappy supplies from a list, and then add in more so the list keeps going and going. My three items from the list were: Fish, Paper Clip, and distressing. LRC_KsFirstFish Fish kinda threw us when it was put in the list, so I went ahead and used a photo of Katelyn catching her first fish with Grandma at the lake. Can't believe how little she was in this photo. LRC_KsFirstFish-cl1 I'm also using the August TallyScrapper kit for this layout. See the zebra trim? LRC_KsFirstFish-cl2 loves it. LRC_KsFirstFish-cl4
I did some distressing on the papers and on the corners of the photos using Imaginisce D-Stress tool, as well as on the Cosmo Cricket chipboard alpha. I then colored over the distressing with a copic marker YR23.
Lastly I finished up a challenge that's been going on the last 11 weeks called Tally Treasure Hunt. Our challenge this week was to grab a photo of leaves from beneath look upwards, and to use a POP of purple on the layout. LRC_PerfectLight
I think today I'd like to complete two more layouts, maybe even three. Or some cards. heck, I don't know.. there is so much that can be done this weekend at the crop. Of course, we have until Sat the 20th and Sun the 21st to complete and upload our projects. Hope you're able to pop in and enjoy the weekend with us!

Til next time, xoxo
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Coloring is FUN!

Goodness, why ever did I resist Copics for soooo soooooo sooo long???
Ok.. initially the price is an issue... but boy, do I love them!!!
Is it bad I want every single color made?
and I'm pretty sure I'm gonna need some refill colors soon... especially with enticing challenges/contests such as posted by Some Odd Girl.

Here's my second entry into the Facebook Guest DT Contest.
I used Big Pressie Tia from Some Odd Girl.
I thought she was so bright n sassy, I just love her expression... so I created another Tia and mirrored her in Photoshop. Sweet isn't it?

I've been doing some back to school shopping at Kmart, and I have to tell ya, Route 66 has THE best clothing tags. Their perfect for upcycling.  
I've been covering these cutie in Paper. Today's tag is using Echo Park's Summer Days Collection. All the bright happy colors is perfect for a Birthday Tag.

Another perfect way to use all you can in your collection kits.. check out the front sheet of packaging.

In that little section I cut away had the cloud that is on the front of my Birthday Tag, and also a mini banner that I put on the back of the tag.

Another fun thing to note with these papers, is on the manufacturer strip, there's some nice patterns going on there too.. check it.
I cut one of those out and accordion folded it on the front of my tag as well.  I'm doing all I can to use it all up and let none go to waste. :)
Psst... here's the backside of the card.

Wanna see something else cute?
Actually, it's quite rotten.. and involves my handsome hubs and extremely cute pug.
I guess she felt like she wasn't getting all the attention she deserved from mom (me), so she went over to daddy begging to let her up.  Normally, she's content to sleep in his lap while gaming.. not today. 
and not until she had his complete attention
What I didn't capture is hubs leaning over scratching the puggy ears and giving her a kiss. ;)

PS. Don't forget about the TallyScrapper Crop posted HERE for Aug 12-14. Challenges are due by the 21st. Spread the word!!

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