Saturday, October 27, 2007

My Secret Sis

Going to the Scrap, Etc. event in April and signed up for a Secret Sis to get to know people before the event. Well, I have been seriously spoiled by my SS this month:





I think my jaw actually dropped...I could not believe my eyes...she is an experience SS for sure. Wow!!! Okay...lots of yummy candies, really yummy candies, like candy corn, jelly bellies, lollipops, sweetarts, smarties...my mouth was watering. A Making Memories Halloween book kit, OMG...Making Memories came out with some of the cutest Halloween stuff. This box was just filled...okay, cute cat socks, beaded pumpkin, a pumpkin stuffed with candy and carmel apple lip balm (yum-o), a pumpkin pen, little sequins all over the box, even Halloween tissue...pumpkin shaped soap...and another really cute card!!!! My Secret Sis Rocks!!!! She has certainly inspired me in being a SS myself!!
Wow!!!!!!!! She really surpirsed me again. Love the zebra printed wrappinig paper, gotta use that for something else, and the hot pink ribbon with black polka dots. My first Jane Austen book...yeah!! A Starbucks gift card, be still my heart, and the cUuuutest little kitty kat bookmark!! Can't wait to sit with my coffee reading my first Jane Austen book. This is so much fun!!

My second card from my SS and some Autumn Leaves stamps (I've used these already too!)...she is really really good at making cards, seriously!!!!!

My first card and little flowers (i've already used them too;) from my SS. So nice getting happy mail...I loved it!!!!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Some fun Challenges...well, they're all fun!!

Scrap in Style has just opened up a brand new boutique with really cool things that aren't always found in your typical scrapbooking store. And they are celebrating by having their fashionistas give challenges every week this month. These are so much fun!!!! Oh, it's icing on the cake if they pick your layout, but it's kind of like doing those word puzzles...keeps your brain thinking and being active...so much fun.

Did this originally for one of the Scrap, etc.'s Inspiration Team's challenge to do a layout of what you see everyday. But this was also a good fit for one of the Fashionista's challenges. This was inspired by Heidi Swapp.




Virginia from the Inspiration Team on Scrap, etc. challenged us to do a layout with no color, could use creams and soft colors. I had done this for my May calendar Layout in Heidi's class and it just fit. They draw names and Virginia had her little girl pull the names...she is sooo cute!!! And she picked my name...I am not a lucky person...so this was just icing on the cake for me. She sent me the most beautiful card and Autumn Leaves stamps...LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!!


Gretchen McElveen, who is on the Inspiration Team at Scrap, etc. and is also a Fashionista on Scrap in Style did this challenge...to use 10 photos on your layout. Very Heidi Swapp inspired from our February art challenge...but I went around the lakefront area, my neighborhood and yard to take pictures I had been dying to do...that fence in particular, the run down rusty one...really caught my eye...so wanted to practice my photography skills. So when this challenge came up...this was perfect for me. This is one of my favorites...I think because of the photos.



This was a challenge from Gigi one of the Fashionistas...she is a very sweet person. I loved her challenge to use lyrics from a song for your layout. This Tarzan song "You'll be in my Heart" from Phil Collins really struck both me and Dennis when we had re-watched Tarzan about two years ago and heard this song...really made me think of Emma. Great soundtrack too...some of my favorite work of Phil Collins. I used some of the stash I've been collecting for Emma's Lifestory book...so this is now already in her book for her. Love the panda bear looking in the mirror...represents our differences.


Jo-Anne's challenge. She is a clever little thing. She wrote a rhyme and did not share her layout, but instead wanted us to use her rhyme and come up with our own interpretation...really getting the brain working. This was her rhyme: “I sparkle with hints of magic, I dream in pink but it never makes me blush... Do you see my true color or do you mask me behind a veil? Try not to take me at face value, remember the true elements you see that make me, ME... Wrap me up and keep me safe and warm, don’t make assumptions and never try to stifle my imagination….As that might lead you along the wrong path”
So I interpreted this as don't judge me by what you see, don't put me in a box, let me be me and accept and love me for who I am. Of course, I couldn't help but think fairytale, gold, glimmer. So I used the Once Upon a Time DCWV paper, tattered angels glimmer mist is all over this thing (did back it with cardboard because of that), even the photo has glimmer mist, and I really scratched up the photo, just felt like it went with the mood of the rhyme for me. Made everything sparkly or golden, except for "Me" cause I'm just plain ole ME. Also embossed about 7 damask stamp images on the right side...so it's got a lot of magical, fairytale kind of feel for me.

This was my first layout for Gigi's challenge to use song lyrics in your layout. So many things to get down on paper and these layouts for Emma were swirling around for awhile. I found this gorgeous photo from Nabha Cosley...he is professional photography from Flickr and was honored that I use his photo. Out of all the angel photos on Flickr, his just really caught my attention. So I used that as the background for the lyrics to Third Day's Merry Christmas song about a little girl in an orphanage in China. I really kept it simple with just a little drying white painting around the edges, some photo corners, and that's it. I did use a whitewash technique from Tena Sprenger. I mixed just a little bit of water with white paint, and went over another Christmasy type paper and used that to cut out the letters and the photo corners...love that look. Gigi was so touched by this, sent me a very sweet email. She also picked me as the winner for her challenge!!! This is a first for me, so I was really shocked and emotional all over again. It really was icing on the cake to be picked by her...



I had never heard of the The Dares ...really want to get their book now. It's a group of girls from Scrap in Style that started these challenges daring you to scrap about all kinds of things. They have a round of challenges and challengers that have made it to the next round of their latest competitions on their site...but Scrap in Style had one challenge from them for the celebration and it was to use the word Fierce on a layout...what does it mean to you, what do you think...whatever it is...just scrap it. I had taken these photos earlier of my dad's Desert Rose Succulent. Moving this thing, repotting it...just even accidentally touching is wicked and he used to have an entire greenhouse full of stuff like this. The spikes are about 2 inches long. I was out of my league to even do this challenge, but it was fun and I went for it and did this.


Another cool challenge from Fashionista, Andrea Wiebe, wanted us to use fall colors for a layout, and to add a touch of lace to it...also has to have the word October somewhere. I used Heidi Swapp masks, and purple cardstock and spray painted the paper to make the look of leaves and the branch. I will never forget our trip to New Hampshire...that is on my list of places to visit again...I was blown away by the foliage!!! This picture is nothing compared to what we saw.

Lisa Garay, another Fashionista wanted us to use bright colors for a layout. I happened to see this felt ribbon at Hobby Lobby and the feathers and had no idea what I was going to use them for, but they were on sale and I liked them, so brought them home. Also found more clay on sale at Gordon's... Didn't plan on it, but it came together for this layout for her challenge. Did some sewing machine stitching around some of the pictures and the felt ribbon, used a variation of the blanket stitch using DMC embroidery floss around the layout...it needed a little pop...and stamped one of Rhonna Farrer's bird stamps into the clay and put the feathers behind it. Made the clay buttons too. He is such a little king...little Archie. The journaling reads: I love birds, lizards, and frogs I love routine in my life I love to aggravate Daisy I love quiet places I love mama, but daddy, not so much Really almost trashed this when it wasn't coming together...but now I look at it and think kitty kat camp or something...just playful. Oh and the title: I solemnly swear that I am up to no good...guess where that is from???? Oh, how I love Harry Potter!!!!

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Journal Challenge - Doodle


A Journal challenge blog's latest challenge is to doodle on an entire page. Haven't doodled that much since I was in jr. high and h.s. but I really love pens, pencils, paper, you name it and finally have been taking that time to think outside the corporate mentalilty. My journal isn't as big as theirs, so I used two pages instead of one from my journal. This was a lot of fun.






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Monday, October 08, 2007

Emma Update!

HaHaHaHa....this is just sooo funny. If you wonder why I don't have much to post about Emma...this email from my agency should answer that:


The CCAA’s website stated that they have finished
the review of the adoption application documents registered with our office
before August 31, 2006. They have not posted the cut-off date for referrals yet
but our next LID batch was 12/07/2005. Although we are not seeing any change in
the pattern of the CCAA matching families (one week per month)
it is encouraging
to see that they finished reviewing July and August dossiers in September (they
finished reviewing August 2006 dossiers on September 27th, according to the CCAA
website posting).

Did you catch that? They are matching familes ONE WEEK PER MONTH. So this is why we don't even try to figure out when, don't read rumors, and just enjoy the ride.


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This was soooo much fun!!!! It was a challenge to use "Nobody puts Baby in a Corner" as the title and to make an embellie out of felt, and gotta have the shades for David Caruso!!!

Close up of those shades!!
Made the three clay buttons, was just playing around, but really liked them on this LO.

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

HaPpy AnNivErSaRy!!!!!!!

17 YEARS ToGetHer!!!!
In my A Year to Remember Class with Heidi Swapp, this was our art challenge...to use a clock face and add layers under, on, and on top of the clock. And it had to represent how time flies...couldn't have been more perfect.


The quote says: An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. Bonnie Friedman




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Friday, October 05, 2007

DaY 21 of the {21} Challenge with Rhonna

I did it! Thank you, Rhonna, for great quotes, designs, and encouragement. And to all of the other 21ers...we DID it!!!!




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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Game of Card Swap in my A Year to Remember Class

Ahhh, got my red wire in the mail today and finished up my cards. My A Year to Remember class is online and has lots of people from all over the U.S., Franch, UK, Australia, China, Japan...ALL over. We're playing a game of card swap this month. Heidi Swapp has some great playing cards that are 5X7 and the perfect size to do whatever you want to do to them...so don't know how many of us are playing from class at Big Picture Scrapbooking, but it's still going to be great. 10 cards to swap with other people and we all agreed to make one extra for Heidi.

They look kind of pretty all laid out with the butterflies and flowers.
I picked one of my favorite poems...well, had to use the excerpts from it...too long.
Did tons of layering with paint as well as a paint and glaze mixture. I got the red dots all over it with using a spikey plastic ball. Learned all these techs from Tena Sprenger. Can't wait for her new class to start at Big Picture Scrapbooking for next year. Sign me up! That'll be my Christmas present!
The whole look, being so bright, reminds me of being down in New Orleans with all of the artsy stuff...so just had fun with it and thought about downtown, and just did what I want.
This is the entire poem...it's worth looking up words you don't know...I know I had to ;)
Desiderata
-- written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak the truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrending the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.





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{21} Challenge with Rhonna Continues

Day 16
Day 17 - This is what's great about Art Journals...the image didn't come out too great on the paper, but in person it does look better. Nice to try things out. The quote says: "You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through." Rosalyn Carter

Day 18 - I can't believe 21 days are almost over with...

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