Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Good morning!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I'm so excited to let you know my first blog post (and a tutorial) is up over at Clear Scraps blog this morning!! I hope you check it out, my cousin LOVED what I made for her.

Last night my son Cameron and daughter Samantha helped me in the kitchen.
They are seriously the perfect age now to be little assistants! (the teen, Katelyn is sick right now) They follow directions beautifully, and even though we still make a few more messes than normal, it's a LOT of fun, and still productive. We made 3 pumpkin rolls and a chocolate ribbon pie. yummm!

Here are some photos of Samantha and I being little pilgrims the other day. Many thanks to Julie Tucker-Wolek for inspiring me to get IN the frame with my children.
and one of me and little man at school lunch last week :) :) Happy Thanksgiving to you all from my family to yours,

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

sweet niblets!

Good morning my friends.

Thanks to YOU, I am only behind by a couple of votes at Some odd girl. The 25th will be here before we know it. You can read more about how to vote, here.

I had the best crafting morning yesterday. I was covered in ink up to my eyeballs, not
a lot better than that when stuff is flowing just right and your project comes out pretty
much as you had imagined it. <3
I can't show you the full reveal, but I can give you a peek!!
To see more, you'll have to check out the Clear Scraps blog tomorrow!!
It will be my first post as one of the Clear Scraps Design Team members, and I'm very nervous. :)
Speaking of Thanksgiving.. man, I LOVE Thanksgiving!
I have so much to be thankful for this year.
I feel that even though my family isn't quite as close as I would like it to be, I'm thankful I get to spend loads of time with them tomorrow.

I'm thankful for my friends. I no longer distinguish my friends as in real life vs online... you are all friends and I'm so very thankful to have you in my life! Without you, this last year would have been so much harder to deal with.

I'm thankful most for my husband and children. Without them, my heart would be empty. They bring joy to my life for which I am so very thankful.

I'm thankful for our men and women who protect us by serving in the armed forces,  and to their spouses who sacrifice so much too.

What are you thankful for?
I'm off to hit the grocery store, I have some cooking to do today!!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

it just takes 1 vote... or 100

Good morning my friends!
Remember this card I showed you a couple weeks ago that I entered into a contest for Some Odd Girl Guest DT?

Yesterday she posted her top 10 selections, and I was in that lucky group of 10!
I'm behind in the votes, and could really use yours!
I LOVE SOG images. I love the creator of them and her whole team.

You can only vote once, and I sincerely would like you to choose the card you love the most, even if it isn't mine pictured above!!

Please go vote here. I have something cute to show you tomorrow! :)

PS. I heard there is a club out there that ships out in pizza boxes, could you tell me who it is??
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Monday, November 21, 2011

New sketch and linky

Good Morning my friends!
In the Crowe household we have major sickies running rampart.
Doug and I cleaned like crazy and Samantha still came down sick last night.
I really do not like tummy viruses. Pray these children of mine get well quick please.

Nuts About Sketches # 188 is up.
This one is awesome, one of my favs!
Here's my take.
PP: Bo Bunny, American Crafts; CS: Bazzill; Stickers: Jilli Bean Soup, My Minds Eye; Chipboard: Jilli Bean Soup, Bo Bunny; Bling: Bo Bunny; Journal Cards: Elle's Studio; Ink: Ranger
I have some really great action photos from this outdoor play session, so I have more fall photos to scrap. You'll probably be seeing more next week!

I am going to link it up for Thankful for Fall linky party at Paper Issues. You have until Nov. 24th to link up anything made with paper, and anything you feel resembles being thankful for fall. If you don't want to link up, then hop over and check out all the awesome inspiration. I LOVE linky parties!

Until next time, hugs to you!
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

All caught up

I spent the morning getting all caught up on the Christmas Card a Day over at TallyScrapper. Since Cameron, Katelyn, and I were sick thursday - saturday morning, it was very nice to sit and create.

For the 15th we were suppose to lift this card from pinterest.
The buttons were great inspiration.

the 16th was a recipe challenge:
Stamped image, bling, lime green, and ribbon

the 17th was to use a die cut

the 18th was to use a pop dot
their little heads and heart are popped and ready to be mailed

the 19th was all about snowflakes

and today was to use a cute animal

not bad for a mornings work while watching Storage Wars.
Doug, Katelyn, and I are totally hooked on this show now. :)
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recipe Challenge

The last couple of prompts from the Christmas Card a Day at TallyScrapper have left me stumped.  Who has come up with those prompts? Yes, Me.
It all started on Nov. 14th with use a photo on your card.
I had great plans to use the children in their scarves and mittens that my mom had made for them before she passed last Christmas. It just didn't come together.

So, I have been left stumped on how to move forward.
Enter today's Recipe challenge from Some Odd Girl.
It's just what I needed to get passed the photo debacle!

Yesterday, I colored in Elf Kaylee.
She was SOOO cute up until I decided on brown eyes and
highlighting with my gel white pen.
Sometimes, I need to learn when to say enough is enough.
I'm trying to teach myself how to color in the cute noses the gals do over at Some Odd Girl, but I have loads more practicing to do.

The recipe:
2 pattern papers + colored cardstock base (NO KRAFT OR WHITE BASE) + buttons + punch/die cut = your card.
Hair: RV10, RV21, RV23; Skin: E00, E02, YR00; Light green colors: YG11, YG03, YG06; Dark green colors: G02, G05, G17;
Oh, yes.. and I am trying to learn how to color in my own backgrounds too.
How do they make it look so easy?
Elf Kaylee is still cute, and I have another Christmas Card completed!

Can  you believe Thanksgiving is just 7 days away?
I have got to buy a Turkey tomorrow, have you bought yours yet? :)
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My exciting news

I am thrilled and honored to be a part of such an amazing family.
I will be joining alongside the talented ladies over at Clear Scraps!
Please check out this post here on Clear Scraps and Like them on Facebook!!!
I believe there is a giveaway when they get to 1200 likes!
Tell them Leah sent you! :)

Pinch me, because I am walking on cloud nine!!!
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Maybe it's just me

Good morning!!!
I'm sitting here drinking my coffee hoping the mailman brings my pumpkin pie spice coffee today. I've never tried it from Green Mountain Coffee before and ordered two boxes in the hopes I will LOVE it!  If not, I'm gonna have a problem... lol

Maybe it's just me, but I just realized how stinkin' close Thanksgiving is!!!
Do you know it is TEN days away.
I haven't even started shopping for it yet.. but will do so this weekend.. me along with the other 120,000 peeps in my neck of the woods.

Today is reveal day over at Nuts About Sketches!

The Sketch:
cute huh?
What I adore about Shawn's sketches is that their all drawn by hand.. and oh so fabulous!
We've got Sassafrass, Bo Bunny, American Crafts, Websters Pages, Jenni Bowlin, all super fun to craft with. This is using the July 2011 Vintage kit from TallyScrapper.
(shhh... it's on clearance and I hear there's only a couple left!)
Aren't those gems amazing? Those are from Websters Pages.  I've been picking them up a lot lately while creating my Holiday Cards.

See what I mean?
This card was for the theme Vanilla, Cranberry, and Chocolate.

and here's one I made for I Love Snowmen!!
(which i dooooooo!!!!)
Stamped image from Some Odd Girl.  You'd think I was on their DT or something.. sadly, no.. I just really really love their stamps!

Creating all these Christmas cards, I'm having a hard time restraining myself from pulling out the Christmas decorations and going to town. :)
How was your weekend?
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Take note

Afternoon my friends, hope you're having a great day.
I slept in til almost 10am this morning.. I love days I get to sleep in.
I just saw the mailman go by, was really hoping he would drop off my Pumpkin Pie Spice flavored coffee. I picked up the perfect creamer for it yesterday.

You know the dollar bins at Michael's? Well, a couple years ago, when I first started getting into altering, I picked up a cute stationary set with a pen. I wanted to create something to house the cuteness, but wasn't sure what, until I saw this project on Split Coast Stampers to make a pizza box.

Only one problem.
The dimensions were too small for the stationary set I had.
So with the help of my super sweet husband, Doug, he helped me scale up the pizza box into something that would work for my project.  I love that I can get his help when needed. What a good guy, yeah?

I used the TallyScrapper clearance kit from July called Sassy Vintage Dreams.
I love the Crystal Trim!

and here it is opened up.

I think this will make a great gift for a friend.
I'm linking up here:
Have a great weekend!!
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

All bundled up

Good day my friends!
My cute little snow fella is all bundled up ready for snow.

I've never really considered myself a card maker until the end of this year when I started coloring with Copic Markers, and decided learning to make cards was needed.
I have some more practicing to do. :)
Especially with this style, but I sure had fun trying, and I think whoever receives this one will think it's cute as well.

Stay warm out there!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I can explain

Some Odd Girl is at it again, and I'm hopeful... ever so hopeful. 
Why do you ask?
Because *squeals* she's holding a GDT challenge again.
If you are interested in putting your name in the ring, check out all the details here.
I love Kristy's stamps and digi's.. their ever so cute, I love to color them!!

I really love the Deer Mae

She looks so sweet and innocent, there is just NO way she would
be getting into her Christmas packages early.
She was just rearranging underneath the tree is all.
Don't you do that too??? *innocent*
Pattern Paper is October Afternoon, Sentiment sticker is from Bo Bunny.
Wish me luck! I may submit once more before deadline. It would be so fun working with Kristy and the DT for two whole months!! *swoon*
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

raindrops on roses

and whiskers on kittens.
I've been thinking a lot about my mom this month.. I mean, she's been thought of at least once every day since her passing last Nov... but, since it will be one year, she's on my mind a lot more frequently. She raised me on some of the classic musicals. The Sound of Music, Annie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.. swoon. Love them!

I think I'm going to have a movie weekend with the kids with these classics more frequently to try and instill them with the love of these movies too. :)

Christmas Cards at Tally is in full swing... it brings SO much joy to my heart just to make them. I don't even know if I know enough people to send them out to, so I guess my excess cards could be given away as Christmas present?? I dunno. How funny would it be to get one of the cards you made back one Christmas?? hehe

Nov 7th's card was to use a sticker.. mine is the seasons greetings one.. way old from my stash. Along with some Bo Bunny PP.

My bows are getting better!!!

Today's challenge was to either create a tag or place a tag on your card. I decided to create some tags with the children today since they were out of School. Wish I had photographed Samantha & Camerons.
I used all Websters Pages PP, and the pink tree is a WRMK brad. The diecut santa, tree, and snowflakes are SEI.

I can't wait to show you tomorrow's card.. I cheated and completed it tonight. shhhhh :)
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Nuts About Sketches

Good Morning my friends.
Week 186 is up at Nuts About Sketches!

Here's a look at Shawn's awesome sketch which features 7 photos on a double page spread.
Me being the rebel *hahaha* I decided to scrap the left side of the sketch, and rotate it to the right. 
The cutie in this photo is my super peace sign loving cousin. She's such a happy girl and so totally into the 70's era right now. :)

The shadowing on this paper is so good, you almost can't tell that the only thing I added to this cluster was the peace sticker and the Sass flower.

I am working with a clearance kit from TallyScrapper on this layout. It's the July 2011 Sassy Vintage Dreams marked down to an incredible $19.99!

Here's another I created using the same kit using Sketch 150 from Nuts About Sketches.
The kit features a lot of Sassafras Lass in it. 
The papers are soooo dreamy.
I love all the combinations you can get from the package of flower blossoms.
That's it for me today. I'm going to clean up my desk and get working on my Christmas Card for today.

Here's my daily card from yesterday featuring Websters Pages.

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