Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Emma Rides for St. Jude

Thank you to:

Charis and Lori
Aunt Lisa
Uncle Lester and Aunt Lilian
Aunt Denise
Joey, Wendy, and Merrin
Dean and Kathy
Uncle Buster and Aunt Donna

for donating towards Emma's Trike-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude...
 She was overwhelmed at first seeing school friends outside of the school environment...but soon she was riding like crazy...
 She rode several times back and forth!

  Your donations help a child have one or more of the following procedures:
Complete blood count test
Chest X-ray, one view
Spinal tap
Physical Therapy
 Emma knows that what she did was help kids like her that are very very sick. It made her day today to hand in her donation envelope to her teacher.
Thank you for helping!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Backgrounds to Die For Class at Miss Art's Papercrafting

I was so overwhelmed when I started to learn about scrapbooking.  So many products, choices, varieties.  I remember the lady at the local scrapbook store (closed now) telling me that I could pick the color die I wanted.  What?  A Die?  First of all, I had no idea what she meant.  Second, how would I know what I wanted when I don't even know where to start.  I learned to scrap through the was convenient and I wanted to learn as much as I could, so I took as many classes as I could to figure this whole scrapbooking thing out.

I wish there had been a Miss Art's Papercrafting back when I started.  With Miss Art's Papercrafting, you don't get an email outlining what to do or how a project was created.  You watch from start to finish a project being made.  I fell in love with the whole concept behind Miss Art's Papercrafting.  I'm a visual learner, I like quick self-paced classes, and I like being able to have my questions answered.  And one other thing, there is something for everyone at all levels.  For only $10 for one month, you can take up to three different classes.  

I'm excited to be teaching my first 101 class at Miss Art's Papercrafting.  There are six videos total, ranging from 3 to 7 mins long.  I'll walk you through my process for creating three layouts using die cuts for backgrounds...from choosing colors, patterns, and creating the design.  I'll share with you those design tips that I learned and use on almost every single layout. 
Starting April 1st - Backrounds to Die For - 
Remember when you were a child, and there was one item that all your friends had, but you could only dream of owning? There was a feeling of urgency, the assurance that if you did not obtain said item you would just die.As papercrafters, we often get caught up in that same feeling. A new paper, a pack of flowers, or a funky alphabet can inspire longing in our souls and a pinch in our bank accounts. In “Backgrounds to Die For,” Patricia Roebuck introduces you to a new must-have item: Die cut backgrounds. Using one of the most versatile tools in your stash, Patricia takes you through a variety of ways to fashion your most amazing background designs to date. Your die cutter will become your magic wand, creating backgrounds out of cardstock that will be the envy of all your crafty friends. You won’t even have to beg your mom to buy them for you. Miss Art’s makes you the envy of your die cutting social circle on April 1, 2012.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Project Life Weeks 10, 11, and 12

Had so much going on, I just kept going with Project Life...that is working best for's ongoing...rather than weekly...I've caught up today, so stopped to take some pics.

The majority of this week was getting ready for Scrapfest...picking out photos, printing them...what supplies to bring or not to jotted all of that down on one 4x6, printed it and the rest are pics from the event.
 More Scrapfest fun...and then the day after...huge Scrapfest Hangover...and no sleeping in ;)  Chickadee was thrilled to have me stay home and all us be together as a "family" as she said.
 The best way to fight lack of sleep and knowing you can't get anymore sleep with a little one...get out of the that Monday, it was just me and her all day and we ran errands.  Most of the week was just me and here with late nights until Dennis got home...I was wiped out.  But we made it to the St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday.

Had tons of good emails and mail this week too...
 Cannot wait for the pool to get heated so we can dive in...almost there...Dennis got it covered but not before chickadee had to get in while in the raft.  And I had to get pics of her in the bath...I already love looking back at her bath photos seeing her grow.
 Finally could share the good news about Kristen asking me to join Lily Bee's Design Team...thankful for old and new friends' support and excitement.  Lots of rain this week, more goodies for an upcoming theme for Paper Issues.  And Emma picked out this dress at Target.  She wanted to wear it when she got home from school...I asked her if I could take photos...she was willing, but still had to chase her around and bribe her with a Reese's.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Free Classes at Miss Art's Papercrafting

The headmistress at Miss Art's would like to invite you to our biggest free class event yet!  Beginning on Friday,  March 23rd, you will have 3 days to check out three of our most popular classes for free, no subscription needed.  

Three of our 201 class have nearly completed their 12 months of availability, and each of these amazing classes deserves a farewell party!  The Secret Garden with Stacy Cohen, B. You! with Heidi Kelley, and All About Me with Bethany Kartchner have all been around for nearly a year, and will soon be removed from our class schedule to make room for some amazing new classes.  That means that this weekend is your chance to check them out one last time, for FREE!  If you've been thinking about joining our student body, consider this your campus tour, led by three amazing teachers. When you visit us on Friday, head to the "Classes" page to view this weekend's free classes.  We'll see you there!

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Layouts I did at Scrapfest

Scrapfest to me is not just hanging out and chatting with friends...but it is like blissful uninterrupted "me" time.  I know it's my chance to catch up and do things that I usually don't have time for.  So I did 4 layouts for Scrapping the Music first.  Then I did some special photos that had to be scrapped.

This was the very last layout I did...I was delirious, my eyes were burning...I'm surprised I even got this done.  I only had to add a few little things, like the ribbon, button, and fill in the frames later.  A special layout about our friends, Dean and Kathy using mostly Studio Calico's Daydream Believer Kit, except for the wood veneer alphas and tape from the County Fair Kit.  

I get in a rut and I want to try some I tried another 2-pager for this special trip to Virginia for Thanksgiving to see family we never get to see...Emma got to see just how big her family really is.  Most everything is from the County Fair Kit.

Trying to crank out layouts, but they were coming slow to me.  So I played around with this one by stamping randomly all over cardstock, then a layer of gesso, then some gold Viva ink smeared here and there.  Most of this is from County Fair and Shooting Gallery Kits.
Most everything from this one came from the Daydreamer Kit and the Add on Pattern Paper.  I was going to submit this to the Scrapbook Trends call for "Your Quirks," but time got away.  I loved this call and still had to do it.  Stamped with Jenni Bowlin stamps onto the pattern paper.  Decided to cut them out as use as windows.  Backed it with the Dear Lizzy ruffle paper.  I had done an art journal just writing anything and everything that came to mind.  Then I went around and took pictures of the things I liked best to scrap about.  The "Fluff Cycle" is my favorite quirk...because I hate to iron and I always forget to get my clothes out of the they get fluffed again.
Dreary raining day today...hoping to get a little more accomplished while chickadee is at school for a short time.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Some Good News To Share

I got an email from Kristen who is the owner and designer of Lily Bee asking if I would like to join their 2012 design team.  I was so shocked to be asked.  I'll just say I remember when I first saw Lily Bee products, I wanted it all.  Their pattern papers are the most beautiful designs and so easy to work with.  I already had a love for their products so I said yes.

I am beyond excited to not only work with a company and products I love, but to work along with these wonderful designers.  So thankful for the opportunity!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Scrapping the Music, Challenge 195 "Just Breathe" and Winner of Giveaway

The next Scrapping the Music challenge is by Pearl Jam..."Just Breathe"
I had to scrap "Hold Me" because Emma was a clingy baby and still is.  She will still say hold me, but not as often...I could have included "just breathe" too because we did everything one handed for a year and half.  I knew she would want a lot of holding, but that's all we did.  I knew it wouldn't last, and she was our only we had missed her first year of life...there was no way I was not going to hold her as much as possible!  And that beautiful felt flower was made by my Scrapfest friend, Tonia, who makes some awesome stuff!

Cardstock:  Bazzill, Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye (kraft), American Crafts (green graph, ruffles, journaling polaroid frame), Pebbles (squiggly lines used for matting photos), Vellum; EMBELLISHMENTS:  Chipboard:  Dear Lizzy (cloud), Maya Road (banner) Buttons:  Dear Lizzy (1), from my Mother’s notions Brad and Arrow:  My Mind’s Eye Stamps:  Office Depot Date Stamp, Dear Lizzy date stamp, Image Tree (letters), Studio Calico Twine:  October Afternoon Ink:  Prima Chalk Die Cut Machine:  Cameo Misc:  Viva Pearl Pen, Viva Inka-Gold Tools:  corner rounder by Zutter

And the winner from the giveaway is:
Valerie Bishop, send me your address ( , and I'll get your goodies to you.

And if it were not for my friend Izzy commenting on my Spring Wreath in the 2 Peas gallery...I would have never know it was the Featured Project for today:

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Candy Shop at Paper Issues and St. Patrick's Parade

Today is a new day and a new theme starts at Paper Issues.  Candy Shop.  Think candy colors, candy holders, candy related anything.  And there's a mini blog hop going on over at Paper Issues.  You will want to check it out, because you could win this:

Head over to Paper Issues.  Check out the what the amazing girls have created to start the blog hop.  To win the kit, all you have to do is be a follower of Paper Issues blog and Like Paper Issues on Facebook.  Worth trying to win these gorgeous goodies.

Here's what I did for the theme.  I love wreaths and decorating, but the seasons are usually gone and no decorating.  So I did this in stages.  Wrapped the styrofoam wreath with yarn (which is very time consuming have to say).  
I bought the pearls, ribbon, and yarn together.  That's as much as I knew as far as how it would come out.  Then I started making paper flowers.  I used the Silhouette to do these so they folded easily.  Used lots of Pebbles, American Crafts, Hambly, Studio Calico exclusive papers...the "smile" sticker is from Jenni Bowlin, and the brads are My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart.  The little pieces of ribbon on the twine are the new Hug and Snug seam binding that is in the store now at Paper Issues.  I love this type of ribbon because it is so easy to work with.  You can never have an ugly bow with that ribbon.    Use code PATRICIA for 20% off.
Other than wrapping the wreath, this is a very quick wreath to make.
I went with wire again for the leaves.  Cut a long piece, then wrapped around it and formed a leaf on both ends.  The wire is so forgiving.  (green floral wire about 26 gauge)
I traced onto a piece of Hambly overlay.  Cut it out.  Knew it would not fit exactly, but going with an imperfect fun look.
Used Beacon Fabri-Tac to glue one end to the wire.  Just let it sit a little to set.
Then I took a piece of silver wire, about 26 gauge also, and looped around a few pieces of the yarn in the back.  Looped it and twisted it.  You can see below that I also used "T" pins to hold the twine in place for the banner.
I did add some drops of liquid pearls using Viva to the wire leaves.  Didn't come out quite as I expected, but I went with it anyway.

And a few quick pics of the fun we had yesterday with Merrin and all of her beautiful family at a St. Patrick's Day Parade.  We had such a great time.  Thank you so much Sandra and Ted for letting us come to your beautiful home.  Love you all!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend.  
 Such sweet little Irish Lasses...and amazing Dad's :)

 Bob and Ernie.  I think I could have snuck them home with me...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Emma Rides for St. Jude

Emma Roebuck's Page

Emma is so excited to ride her tricycle with her school friends to raise money for St. Jude's. Any donation is so much appreciated. Thank you!

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Scrapfest and a Giveaway

I haven't been to Scrapfest for about a year and a half.  I was in much need of getting away from routine and a just a little "me" time.

For those that have an embossing machine, take a look at the top left photo.  That's Ms. Sassy Tonia sporting her soda can flower.  She cut the can open, die cut it and embossed it (she has a Vagabond), then she mounted it onto sticky back foam.  Glued a clip onto it, so each day she had a new flower.  

Tonia creates anything and everything.  I use an empty box to mist in...nope, Tonia had to make one...she really could sell her stuff.

Chickadee came to visit me, was very excited...I think it took her back a little that she wasn't old enough to stay, but she at least was so excited to come "shcrap" a little with me.  She also had to get the scrappy cup like Momma had.  She fit right into the scrappy crowd with that dress and crown.
I brought gold fishes and carrots to snack on...Tonia brings homemade cookies and trash (chex mix)...which do you think I ate?  I would rewarded myself with a few of those awesome cookies of hers after I completed a page...which, by the way, seemed to take me forever to complete.

Stacy, discovered an old picture of the three of us from 2010, and scrapped it...all about those banners, can't get enough!

And some shots of miss chickadee scrapping to her hearts content...
 There is something about the fluorescent lights, plus scrapping all day, plus...just being goofy...or all of that makes you goofy.  I don't know.  I need to bring my Ott light next time.  Stacy setup her iPhone with the Incredibooth app...this was our last day...and we were feeling pretty loopy.  I haven't laughed and had so much fun in a very long time...
 I actually had an idea...let's get out for lunch!  We couldn't take another overpriced salad or sandwich...bring on the chips and salsa!
 Stacy showing some mustache love on her latest creation...and rosettes too...another can't get enough of for us girls!
 And Tonia cranked out old school fav is the one with the cool to have a class photo like that!
Okay...last but not least...if you've read this far, then please leave me a comment, be a follower on my blog, and Emma and I will pick a winner.  I'll get these brand new Prima clocks and flowers out to you!
I'll do the drawing on Monday, the 19th.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Scrapping the Music, Challenge 194 "Leather and Lace"

The next Scrapping the Music challenge song is Leather and Lace by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley.  Beautiful song, but I had a hard time picking what I wanted to do.

So as I looked through the lyrics, I went through pictures, and it came together.  "You in the moonlight"  It was too cute seeing my daughter run out behind me saying wait, I want to take pictures too of the moon using her pretend Mickey phone ;)
I used mostly the Photo booth kit from Studio Calico.  I really like taking my background stamps and rolling parts of it onto my background, as I saw Dyan do it once, and I loved it.  So I did it here with the Studio Calico graph stamp and Prima chalk.  Added a few splatters of mist by unscrewing the top and flicking it.  

(note:  there's some added extras of layered pattern paper...I did this while at Scrapfest, and my eyes were a little tired from all that scrapping, but mostly from the fluorescent lights.  I hated the journaling I added at the top right, so covered it up with paper)

I cannot get enough of the new October Afternoon Sasparilla line.  I think it is one of my favorites. And I used it a lot on this layout and this one too.  While at Scrapfest this weekend, I saw some and had to get extra sheets of it.  

Will be sharing some pictures from Scrapfest and a giveaway, did a little extra shopping for my web scrap friends.  Hope everyone had a great weekend and week so far.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Project Life, Week 9

For a great Project Life post, read Julie Balzer's post here.  I could relate so much to how she said the project was a lot more time consuming than what other's were saying.  It really is an amazing way to document memories though.  And I love that my photos are done for the month, I back them up on an external drive and DVDs, and take them off my computer.  Really starting to flow with it...well, better anyway... I still get more of a creative outlet from making layouts, art journaling, and/or projects.  Project Life doesn't really feel like a creative outlet for me...just documenting.

Emma took her allowance with her when we went to Old Navy to pick out our St. Patrick's day shirts.  She went straight for this hot pink swimsuit, shoes and bag.  Last Monday, I had my uterine biopsy.  I think all will be fine, but making sure.  Just very glad that procedure is done. 
 I included more photos Emma took.  She took the one of me on the computer.  And the three lined up on the far right...she took the point and shoot to school for share day and took those pictures!  Priceless stuff.  And Dennis did great at the half marathon.  He was only a couple of minutes slower than last time, but he had injured his foot and he doesn't get much rest.  So considering...he did great...proud of him!
Spring is in the air...even a little cooler here the last couple of days, and not so hot...St. Patrick's day will be here up your green projects or layouts over at:

Paper Issues Blog Design
The theme is Go Green or Go Home.  So anything for your home too counts...and doesn't have to be green.  Could be a recycled or upcycled project too.  Link them up.  I'd love to see.  Also take a look in the Paper Issues' shop and get 20% off using code PATRICIA 

Here's my "green" layout and my "green" project.  Had so much fun doing these both.

Will be getting ready for Scrapfest here this Thur, Fri, and Sat.  If you're in Louisiana, and going, would love to meet you.  I haven't been in a really excited about seeing friends, scrapping, and chatting...

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Scrapping the Music, Challenge 193 "What I Am"

Emma didn't really get into Sesame Street a whole lot...she watched it a little.  When we did watch it, we heard and saw Will I Am sing this song on the show.  We all loved it.  So I had to look it up on YouTube...had to add it to my Favorites, because Emma wanted to see it over and over again.  It was one of those songs that makes you feel good...and I love Will I Am.

So excited to see that we were doing this song over at Scrapping the Music this week.  I could have picked a photo to go with the song, but I had to get a picture with a few of Emma's stuffed animals with her.  My settings were way off and the photo was very overexposed.  But Emma was bouncing around after that and I couldn't get another here's my layout with the photo, as best as I could fix it.
Such a fun, uplifting, motivating song about self-esteem and self-confidence.  It doesn't hurt that the Sesame Street characters sang along too.  Hope you can join us this week.

Supplies:  Studio Calico January 2012 Kit 
Patterned Paper:  October Afternoon (blue and blue squares, blue with green leaves for matting photo); American Crafts (fuchsia and green, orange and white stripes); My Mind’s Eye (kraft rulers)
EMBELLISHMENTS Tag:  Ormolu Stickers:  Hambly (birds and bird cage); October Afternoon (“a lovely day” and “special”); Crate Paper (borders) Die cuts:  October Afternoon Ribbon:  American Crafts Tape:  American Crafts Flare:  October Afternoon Buttons:  My Mind’s Eye  Die  Cutting Machine:  Cameo

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

Blessed to be 3

I'd say I'm excited about Spring, but we didn't have a Winter, so our Spring is already feeling like Summer.  But I still love the "feeling" of Spring, the newness, the freshness, new beginnings.  And as much as I don't like bugs...the fluttering of bumblebees, butterflies and dragonflies, as long as it is not near me ;)
I really wanted to do an Irish/Celtic type feel for this layout.  I first cut the Celtic knot from green Crate Paper from their Random collection.  Then I layered the entire knot on top of the Crate Paper pink paper (which was perfect not just because it was pink but because it looked like one of my Irish sweaters).  I ungrouped the knot (using Silhouette) so I could recut the dark blue part of the knot and layer that on top.  So now I had this huge knot, which was a challenge for me to incorporate photos with it.

I got it to work by keeping the photos close to it and layering and embellishing around it and the photos.  

The photos were taken just the other day after we went to Old Navy to get our St. Patrick's shirts.  Emma wouldn't wear hers for the photo.  Instead, she took the old point and shoot, and was taking pictures of us (she is so much like me).  I told her she couldn't get in the picture without her shirt (yes, a little mean, I know).  Of course, we gave in!  So I think the title is a play on not just us becoming 3 but how she got into the picture as well.

Supplies:  Pattern Paper (Crate Paper, October Afternoon); Tissue (Studio Calico); Stickers (Pebbles, American Crafts, October Afternoon, Crate Paper); Chipboard Stickers (Crate Paper); Buttons (October Afternoon and My Mind's Eye); Twine (We R Memory Makers); Border Punch (Fiskars); Journaling card (October Afternoon); Letters/Numbers (Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, Pebbles); Wood banner (My Mind's Eye); Mist (Studio Calico); Doily

The picture of just us:
 And pics Emma took (she's good!)

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