Sunday, March 27, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Hmmm.... since my last post was Meet Me on Monday, I'm guessing that I haven't done anything crafty this past week.  Nope, I know it.  Between getting ready for company, general tiredness (blasted Angry Birds) and feeling like a wet dishrag after making it to all 3 pilates classes, I just haven't had anything left.  So... onto it...

1. Crunchy or soft tacos?
It used to be crunchy but if we go out, it seems to always be soft, particularly if fish tacos.

2. Do you scrapbook?
If you look at my posts, you won't ask.  :)

3. Do you take any daily medications?
Yep but that's all you need to know.

4. What is your favorite sound?
I'm with Java- cicadas in the summer.  That can take me from the worst, most riled up mood to relaxed in a second.  I'm going to seriously miss having the woods behind us this summer. 

After that, a snoring cat ranks high on that list.

And as Lisa reminded me, the sound of the ocean.  Duh!

5. Where were you born?
Maryland and I hope to retire on its Eastern Shore some day.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

1. What jewelry do you wear 24/7?
I don't even wear my engagement ring/wedding band out of the house all the time.  If I'm going to the gym or something like that, they stay home and when I do wear them, they're one of the first things I take off when I get home and last to go on before I leave.  I just don't want to mess them up and I'm not a huge jewelry person.  The only thing that I wear all the time is an earclip.  I got it in New Orleans in 1996 and have only taken it off for 1. my wedding (wish I hadn't actually and it went back on right after the reception), 2. haircuts (stylists tend to catch their combs in it) and 3. when I put it back on too tight (after a haircut) and my ear gets really sore- not infected but bruised.  Then I'll take it off for a day or three.  In all though, I've probably had it off less than 10 days in the past 15yrs.

2. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?

3. How many siblings do you have?
Zippo. Zilch.  Nada.  None.  My childhood babysitter had 3 sons who I refer to as my brothers (the the babysitter and her husband are "mom & dad" and sat at the parents' table at our wedding reception) but I think I consider them more my siblings than they do- they have each other.  That's my only regret for my son- he's an only of onlies.  No cousins, aunts or uncles. 
4. Were you named after anyone?
Jenny Lind, an opera singer, also known as the "Swedish Nightingale".  Better than my "boy name": Ethan Allen.  Not after the furniture store but that's what I would have been cursed with.  And no, I can't carry a tune in a basket.
5. Coke or Pepsi?
Coke, all the way... unless there's Dr. Pepper, root beer, or ginger ale.  Then I'd have to think about it but sometimes, I just want a cold Coke... like now.  Thanks!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kayakin' Layout

Wow!  Another single page spread!  It's amazing how much easier those are.  LOL! 

Paper: Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue & Yoyo Yellow CS, Vellums (I'm not sure of the blue's color but it's LONG retired): Stampin' Up
Mist: Gum Arabic, Interference Blue Pearl-Ex, Brilliant Blue SU refill ink
Embellishments: Shrink Film colored with Crayola colored pencils (transparent and matte films)

Apron Strings: Birthday Party Day #12: Use 4+ strips of paper 1-2" long. 
Ok.  Just as I was about to submit this, I read it again.  When I started this layout, I was thinking "at LEAST" 1-2" long.  I could say I've cut up those strips in the middle but that would be ridiculous.  In reality, the orange and turquoise strips are about 9" long and the yellow and blue are about 3".  So.  It does meet the requirements but since I was doing it with the intent of entering, I'm going to submit it anyway just to say I tried.  :)

Sketchy Thursdays: 3.17 Challenge

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The St. Patty's "Supposed to" outfit

This is what Boy was supposed to wear today.  Darn he's cute in it.  I found the tie idea at Sugar Bee Crafts and HAD to do it.

This is what he wore.  The first one stayed on all of about 2min.  Yeah.  That's the Grinch.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

1. Do you have a fireplace in your home?
Yep.  Unfortunately though, we've only used it once and that was just enough to burn a bunch of paperwork we didn't want to keep around (a shredder just isn't good enough sometimes apparently.)

2. Can you drive a stick shift?
Nope.  Never tried but would like to learn.  I had a friend offer to teach me once back in college.  He'd only had the car a few weeks and it was his first new car.  I valued our friendship more than learning how to drive stick.

3. How many computers are in your home?
Two- an antique and my laptop.

4. Are your taxes done yet? Do you do them yourself?
This is the first time we've ever paid to have them done and they should be done next week.  We figured since we're dealing with taxes for 3 states, an interstate move and such, it would be a good time to make sure it was all done right.

5. What is your favorite meal of the day?
Sunday breakfast or brunch.  The rest can vary by the day and what we're eating.

Laurie Berkner Band pages

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled scrapping to bring you this important announcement!  Warning!  Warning!  Crummy picture alert!  Can't do daytime photos with these since I just finished the pages and the challenges end tonight so you'll just have to suffer through the best I could do. Sorry.  :)  And now back to our regularly scheduled scrapping.

We went to see LBB last summer and had a great time.  The pictures I took there were a bit mediocre but it was a dark theater and we were pretty close to the back so I did my best.  In the end, we had a great time.  LBB is a great kids' band and while we didn't know too many of the songs (then... now's a different story) it was a great concert.

If you're wondering what the paper sticking up behind the first page's picture block is, I used the block as a pocket to hold the program from the show.
There's not much on the ingredient list for this one-
Blue and white paper: SU   Black paper: Michaels
Brushstroke Alphabet Stamps: SU
Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Green Galore, Basic Black inks: SU
  • Club CK: 1-hr challenge, take 2: Fabric (banner)
  • Paper Craft Planet: Scrappy Sunday's Squared layout (week 1)
  • Apron Strings: Birthday Challenge #6: Banner
  • Apron Strings: Birthday Challenge #9: Chaos (that title tilted more than I intended!  By far!  Silly stamps are slipping all over their blocks- something's happened to their glue!)  And I hope I can use the same layout for 2 different bday challenges- I knew I wasn't going to be able to get another done tonight.  I guess I could say pg. 1 is for #9 and pg. 2 for #6.  ;)
A few hours after posting this, I can say I'm going to have to do something about that title block because I'm REALLY not liking it...  there's a task for another day though.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Young Love? layout

I'm not sure there's much to say about this one other than the ingredients, etc.
Papers: All prints from a stack that lost its cover- My Mind's Eye maybe.  Whisper White from Stampin' Up and black from a generic pack at Michaels
Stamps: Alphabet from $1 aisle at Target, SU's Handwritten Alphabet
Punches: SU's Boho Blossoms and Scalloped Circle
Ink: SU's Old Olive, Tim Holtz's Faded Jeans
Cricut Cartridge: Winter Wonderland

Sketches In Thyme's #39:
Sarah Hurley Challenge Blog #33: Flowers
Southern Girls Challenge Blog: Flowers

Thursday, March 10, 2011

This is Halloween, this is Halloween...

Ok.  So there's this cool challenge over at Challenge 5: Vellum or Parchment.  I kinda wanted to get in on it but was coming up a bit blank on what to do.  I looked at the DT samples.  GORGEOUS florals.  I looked at entries.  GORGEOUS florals.  What's a girl who's generally not into florals to do?  Hey!  Let's see what's on the stamp shelf that would look great in white... look!  A skeleton and a ghost!  Cool!  Halloween!  :) 
I feel that there's still something missing but I haven't figured out what. Part of me is screaming to put a black glittery flower on in place of the left bottom bat... we'll see. And yes, the crow at the top does stick up off of the edge. I like it as a topper.
The skeleton was stamped with VersaMark, topped with Heat & Stick powder and topped again with black glitter.  I then flipped it and dry embossed the back side of the vellum so that the skeleton raised and turned white.

Stamps: SU's Scary Skeleton
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: SU: Elegant Eggplant (I think... definitely SU though!), Cast-a-Spell DSP, White vellum
           The Paper Company Studio: Jeepers Creepers Candy Corn Stripe, Black CS from Michaels
Accessories: SU: Heat & Stick powder, Martha Stewart: Black glitter, Cricut: Happy Hauntings

Other challenges:
Sweet Stampin Challenge:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Work of Art? layout

Who of us with kids hasn't been there?  The day you walk into you little monster's darling angel's monster's room and find that they've decided they don't like the wall color the way it is?  All I can say is thank you for Mr. Clean Magic Erasers! 
This layout is unlike any other I've done in that there's only one photo.  Of course, that's because I only took one because it said it all!  Since I usually work on 12x12 pages and this is 6x6, I think I'll eventually incorporate it in to a larger "art" page I do.

You know the drill- the first picture is clearer but way off tilt (did I mention I have no software to rotate photos in anything but 90deg increments?  Grrrr.)  The 2nd frames better but loses some color definition.  My photos would be SO much better if I'd wait to take pix during the day with some real light but I always just want to get them posted when I finish them which almost always means after everyone else has gone to bed.

Crop Stop: Challenge #9: Sketch + use Spellbinders
Paper: SU's Tempting Turquoise &... some light aqua color. Sorry.  Brown from an unknown source.
Stamps: SU's Weathered, Letters from a Target $1 aisle set
Ink: SU's Whisper White, VersaMark, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories: JoAnn's Copper EP, Spellbinders' Large Oval (2nd smallest), Crayola stick-ons (from Michaels), White gel pen

A Boy's Bad Day layout

Here's one I've wanted to scrap but hadn't gotten around to until Better Living Through Scrapbooking gave me a shove.  Their theme for March's First Challenge is a bad day: this challenge is to "scrap one of those times that things didn’t go as you’d planned. Make a layout that preserves a highly anticipated day that went badly, an unwelcome disruption of a big event, or just your run of the mill bad day."  I was going to scrap something about myself but I figure that my "One Little Word" class will address enough of my hangups and angsts that I don't need to revisit them here.  LOL!  Then I saw Corrie Jones' DT layout about her daughter and that reminded me of this page that I've had on hold.  (Sorry for the "flash-blast" on Boy's face!)

The additional rule is to use at least two of the following: (I did 1, 2 & 4)
1. Include hidden journaling about the event that inspired your layout. (you can see that the WAAAARGHHH!!! is used as a handle to pull out additional journaling, detailing what I wanted to capture initially in this "photo shoot": The Boy's favorite toys.)
2. Draw or doodle a border to a picture on the layout. (The "explosive" edging around the main photo and journaling was penned.)
3. Make one prominent item one that isn’t a traditional scrapbooking element. Leave the paper crafting section of your local craft store – or leave the craft store alltogether – to find an interesting focal point for your project.
4. Write about it – if you have a blog, or if you post the project to an online gallery, write a description of the event that inspired the project. When you put your layout in the mini-gallery, leave a comment with a link to the blog post or gallery entry.  (You're reading it.)

The layout is from Coordinates Collection's March single page sketch challenge.  I added an extra photo instead of some of the decorative edging in the column and I flipped the layout since my photos were facing left but other than that, for once I stayed pretty true to the sketch.

I'm also entering this in Craft Your Passion's Challenge #48: Anything Goes

Stamps: SU's Toy Box, SU's Brushstroke Alphabet, Letters from a Target $1 aisle set
Paper: SU's Whisper White, Brilliant Blue and Pumpkin Pie (textured)
Coloring: Zig Pens, Staedtler watercolor pencils
Other: SEI's Monsterville Blurb, "W" tile from K&Co.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

1. What is your favorite way to eat potatoes?
Hmmmm.... french fries (boardwalk style, ie. Thrashers, now Wendy's, 5 Guys, etc.) or twice baked.

2. What was the last package that was delivered to your house?
A box of goodies from Melanie @ Scrappily Ever After - winnings from a giveaway she had during her Craft Room Cleanup Bootcamp.

3. What is your favorite scent that you love to smell?
4. Do you smoke?
I've never even had a single puff.  I came REAL close to taking it up a few years ago as stress relief but found out I was pregnant at the most stressful point.  Boy.  THAT helped my stress level.  hahahaha!
5. Are your parents married or divorced?
Married.  If I've done my math right, this year is 45yrs.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Baseball wishes

I'm jumping in on the Apron Strings Bday Bash #4 challenge.  We were supposed to pick our favorite types of cakes from a list of possibilities.  I chose choc. cake, coconut cream filling, choc. frosting and icing letters.
That got me a brown background, summer print paper, ribbon and rub on letters.  I made this one a bit quickly but I did it as it came to me.  I was going to use a bright floral print but then I came across some baseball paper I was given and thought of the hubby and The Boy who happened to be at a baseball game while I was working.  It went from there.  I stretched "ribbon" a bit to twine (and tied it a bit like a baseball bat... a bit!) and honestly, I don't have any rub-on letters.  I thought I did but they turned out to be stickers so I used them instead (if I hadn't told you, you might not know.)  I can see this going to one of The Boy's friends this summer for a birthday card.

The brown papers are Kraft and Close to Cocoa (SU) and the "Have A" is from SU's Prehistoric Party set.  The baseball paper... couldn't tell you.  I picked some cuts of it up from a "freebies" table at an all-day scrap I went to. 

I'm also entering this in Kraftin' Kimmie's #68 challenge: Twine or floss

3/8 Note: Hmmm.  Apparently this was supposed to be a layout for AS Bday bash... oops.  :)  That's ok.  I'll still get some use from the card.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Big Blog Hop with a Bigger Prize

Today is Jenn's 32nd bday and she's celebrating in a big way.  She's got a blog hop going on with 34 other participants.  Quite a few have blog candy and Jenn's giveaway is HUGE.  Go check it out.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rhythm of the Home

Hey all.  Just wanted to share a great project site with a fantastic giveaway with you.  I just found Rhythm of the Home this morning.  They apparently e-publish a bunch of seasonal projects and just released their spring version.  They're also giving away a lot of what you'll find in this edition later this week.  Definitely worth a look-see.