Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sasha Swingin' Layout! :)

I have to say that when I took the pictures of Garth swinging Sasha on the swing set like a big girl...I wasn't sure what the pics would look like or even how I would do the layout. I am one of those scrapbookers at times that likes to KNOW what kind of layout I will want to do with certain pictures I take. This time I KNEW I wanted the pics but wasn't sure when I would even be able to do a layout. :) Well, that came this week when I wanted to take a little break and just do a girly page! :)

Also, a few PaperClipping Lives ago, Noell Hyman was talking about using patterened papers from different manufacturers. I am one of those scrapbookers whose "comfort zone" is frequently fed by those companies out there who do "coordinating" paper lines. BUT...I saw the colors I was lucky to be able to play with and I went for it this time. I used 3 different types of patterned paper. :)
Here is the result! :)

What I used: 12x12 paper was October Afternoon, 12x3(or so) patterned paper is Junkitz, 12x1 strip was Stampin' Up

Bazzill cardstock for matting

American Crafts Plastic Flowers

Heidi Swapp-Bling Brads

Recollections-Jeweled Brads

Colorbok Metal Flowers

American Crafts scrappin pins

Colorbok Jounraling Tag

CTMH Bling flowers

Memento Marker/pen in Rose Bud

Thursday, June 25, 2009

MY FIRST VIDEO TUTORIAL

Hey everyone! This is my first (rough) video tutorial of how make a shaped picture with PhotoShop Elements. A few of you have asked how I did the scalloped edged photo on this layout , so I tried to do a video of it on-line. I did it with no script and just winged it! :) It's all good though...even though I am showing the world! LOL!

I will try to do these when I can, but look for them at least once a week, because they are fun to do! :) Here is the link to my video if you can't get it to play on here! :) Remember, I am new at this! :)

video

So, tell me what you think! :) I hope you like it and I hope it helps! :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Daddy's Card! :)

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all of the dads put there and the dads in your life! :) We had a pretty good day here at our home. Garth just relaxed all day (which he needs) and I played with Sasha outside and got some much needed housework done. I will tell you I will sleep like a baby tonight on my nice clean sheets! :)

I posted my BIA project that I was giving my dad for Father's Day. By the way, Garth got the box sets for DBZ and Naruto for his b-day (June 27th) and Father's Day. :)

Here is my dad's card!

This card is pretty thick because I used corkboard on it, just in case dad may need a coaster!


This is a close-up of the image I stamped. :) I used a Ranger Paint Dabber on a stamp. I did try Staz-on, but you couldn't even tell what the image was, so I used the Paint Dabber and it worked like a charm! :)

What I used: Bazzill cardstock, Quartet corkboard, Ranger Paint Dabber (espresso), stamp is called: Simple Pleasures (Tin Can Mail) by Inkadinkado.

Zutter's Man Made-Hand Made Challenge! :)

A couple of years ago I was SO AFRAID of my BIA that I left it in its box and just stared at it! :) AND THEN....I ended up at the Zutter Zisters' Blog and go everyday to see if there is a new post of news, design team projects, or a challenge. :) A few days ago they had a post of a challenge to make a Masculine Project in honor of Father's Day. I thought, "WONDERFUL!" I needed a gift for my dad and this was a good way to get 2 birds with 1 stone! :)

I knew what I wanted to do for my dad. :) I feel he would need a message board for his garage, since he is almost always in there. :)
I started with a Zutter Clipboard Wood Cover and some silver o-wires, a piece of cork, and an idea of what I wanted to do. I knew not only did he need a message board, but he also needed to be able to have a bottle opener for his beverage bottles and also a pen to write down notes on the Post-it notes that I provided on the board.
This is more of a focus on the board itself. I tried to include everything he would need on the board. I had the family phone numbers put on there. Some hinge clips for what he may need to clip on there. I also put some tacks on there for pics or messages.

A little bit of focus on what holds the keys. :)

The finished project! :)

What I used: Bind-it-All, Zutter BIA Silver o-wire, hemp, Tim Holtz Idea-o-logy "Love" key, hinge clips, Alpha Grundgeboard, Post-It Notes, CTMH Marker/Pens for writing the phone numbers and distressing the paper where the phone numbers were written, parchment paper, Quartet 6x6 cork board, Ranger Paint Dabber (espresso), Crop-a-dile, Making Memories typed eyelets(I flattened the backs with my Crop-a-dile), DYMO label maker and black tape, Zig paint pen in black and silver to color the tops of the tacks.

I hope you can use this idea and make it your own! :) Enjoy and Happy Father's day to you and the Special Men in your LIFE! :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Same Sketch, Different Page! :)

I just had to create another page, this time for my son, using the Write.Click.Scrapbook Sketch from my post below this one. :) I try to do layouts for each kid if the pics I take is of both of them.
Here is the layout...I usually would have the sketch first, but since I posted it yesterday...I figured I would just get to the "treat"! ;)

What I used: CTMH Cardstock and marker/fine tip, Little Yellow Bicycle (patterned paper, journaling block, cardstock stickers, photo corner), Bazzill cardstock (photo mat and for title), googly eyes are from the Dollar Tree, Cricut Cartridge Doodletype (title)
Hope you like it! :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge at Write.Click.Scrapbook.

Saturday on the Write.Click.Scrapbook. Blog was a sketch that seemed simple enough to follow. :) I did follow it for the most part, other than I flipped it. I just can't leave well enough alone. :)
Here is the sketch:
Here is my page:
What I used: Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock, Rhonna Farrer die cut patterned paper, CTMH paper flowers, Doodlebug Designs mini brads, Making Memories heart shaped brads, Bling from Michaels, Flower Bling from Wal-Mart, Heidi Swapp Invisibles, inked Invisibles with Memento Rose Bud Ink, Journaled with Memento Tuxedo Black pen/marker, "Life's Little Moments" was die cut with the Cricut Cartridge Graphically Speaking.
Hope you like it! :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

My Time to Inspire Challenge! :)

Hey all! It's me again! :) Actually a lot sooner than I thought I would be blogging! :) For me, that is such a plus! :) I was doing a challenge for My Time for Inspiration (Lauren Meader's site) which is being done by a DT member of her's Kristen. Basically, they show you a picture of something and on the side of it they will show you the colors used. :)
Here is the challenge this week:



And here is my Layout! :) I hope you like it! :)

What I used: Cosmo Cricket 12x12 patterened paper, cardstock for mats is Bazzill (orange) and Stampin'Up (red and yellow)-although some were scraps too. :) Heidi Swapp Invisables chipboard stickers colored with Marvy Ink (red) and CTMH Ink (sunny yellow), Bling is from Michael's, used Bazzill Bling Brads and CTMH Brads, Flowers are Prima, Petaloo, and Making Memories, Journaling Tag is ColorBok, Bling Butterflies are from Walmart, Journaling done with Memento Rose Bud marker/pen. I used Adtech adhesive along with Glue dots. :)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Pink Stamper's Color Challenge! :)

Ok...I am usually a SCRAPBOOKER, but I love the QUICKNESS of cards! :) I happen to be a person that needs cards all of the time, so making them should be more of a priority. :)

Anyways- Robyn, The Pink Stamper, had a color challenge on her blog a few days ago and I am getting to it today! :) The colors were Pink, Olive Green, and Dark Brown with Purple as an accent color. This is what I came up with.......

What I used: Bazzill CS- Java

K&Co- Scrap Bag and Sentiments Stickers to go

CTMH- Purple Brads

Raffia

My Time to Sketch Card! :)

Ok...I FINALLY got my card done with everything else I had going on this week! :) I am DONE with my children's parties and only have Father's Day and Garth's B-day at the end of the month! :) I really need to get better at posting all of my projects on here. :) I get so bogged down that blogging always seems to take a back seat, but I DO have it on my mind to get better at! :)

So, without further, adeiu (sp), here is Lauren's Sketch! :)


Here is my card! :)

Here is a close up of the "busier" part of the sketch! :)
Here is what I used: Bazzil C/S-OP White
Royal Brites (White paper to stamp image on)
CTMH Stamp Sets- Playful Flourishes and Ms. Gardener
CTMH Patterned paper-Serendipity Kit
CTMH Stamp Pad-Outdoor Denim
Ranger- Archival Ink-Jet Black
Swirled Patterned Paper-My Scrap Stash
PrismaColor Colored Pencils and Colorless Blender
K&Co Sentiment Stickers to Go
CTMH Ric-Rak
Glue Dots
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Some B-day Pics! ;) More to come!

All smiles with Papa and Nona! ;)





Yes, my 2 year old is addicted to Coke (the soda)!
We do brush her teeth two times a day!




Ok, she was determined to do something...
It looks as if she is in DEEP THOUGHT!



I love how everyone is looking at each other!
Goodnight, Sweetheart! xoxo
These are just a few that I took on June 5th of her night! :) I do have more and with get to them shortly! :) I do have a few other things to do also! :)




Happy Birthday, Princess! :)

First of all...today was a BEAUTIFUL day because my little girl turned 2! :) It is hard to believe that almost 3 years ago that I was in tears wondering when it would be my turn. After 2 miscarriages and not being able to get preggers forever, I was seeing friends and family getting to have their little miracles with virtually no work, it was hard and upsetting at times.

BUT...I did have faith even when I really didn't want to and in October of 2006, I found out I was preggers! :) Little did I know that I would be seeing what I ate and things I am not sure that I even had in my stomach come up EVERYDAY for nearly 9 months! LOL! I laugh now, but I think that is one of the many reason why I will never want to be preggers again.

It was February when I found out that we were being BLESSED with a GIRL! :) Right away we KNEW her name. We had been looking and debating about several....but the winner was SASHA WREN! :) Oh, how I loved the meaning and the sound! :) Sasha= protector of men and Wren= songbird. I finally got my wish to have PINK everywhere! :) I had been wishing that for a few years since when we had, Jon, I made sure I didn't even use pastels with his decor and clothing!

FINALLY, on June 5th, 2007- Garth and I went to the hospital to start the long process of getting induced. This was at 11am. By 1030pm, I had not progressed passed a 5 and Dr. Handwerk KNEW that I needed a C-section. So, I got prepped and ready for business and around 11pm that night....Sasha was BORN! :) At 8 pounds 6 ounces and 21 1/2" (I think), she was the BIGGEST baby to hit both of our families! :)

It was a trying first few months for me. I had to go to the dr a couple times for a non-stop headache, but after a shot in my posterior end..I was ok! ;) I was fighting post partum depression from July until October, when I talked to my doctor and told her what was going on and she put me on anti-depressants right away and within a couple months I was feeling back to normal and I could focus on my children again. Jon was growing up way to fast as it was and I had this beautiful 4 month old, little girl that I had fought to have. :) Life was good! :)

Before I knew it, June 5th, 2008 came around and I was singing Happy Birthday, to my Little Princess who was turning 1! :) WOW! One year old and just starting to become who she is today at 2! :)

The past two years have been full of firsts. First teeth, first smile, first steps, crawling, talking....laughing. Every bit of it enjoyable...even when it seems hard. When I feel a little overwhelmed by my little diva's "tude"..I think back to almost 3 years ago...when she wasn't in our lives and that is when I know that I am truly blessed. I am blessed to not only have a wonderful, handsome son, but also, my loving, gorgeous little girl! :)

Thanks, GOD! :D