Monday, December 31, 2007

Finally.....I got that quick page done!!

NO....I did not conquer GIMP...I gave up and downloaded a trial version of Adobe Photoshop CS2.

I want to thank Rick Evans of Scrapadilly for all his assistance in helping me get started working in the PSCS2. If it hadn't been for him...I would have never figured out how to begin the layout for the quick page!! Thank you so much Rick!!

I found a great tutorial on making quick pages on Misty Cato's site. It made completing the quick page pretty simple. Thanks Misty!!

As soon as I finish some cleaning I desparately need to get to...I will come back and upload a pic of the quick page....My very first ever!! it first ever quick page...simple...yes...but quite usable!!


credits: shiver kit by Jessica Dixon

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Maybe I shouldn't admit this.....but

for two days now, I have been trying to figure out how to make a digital quick page. You know one of the pages where you can just plop a photo in when you find the right one.

Well, I must be quick page challenged because I can't seem to get it right. I am using a free program called GIMP for my scrapbooking endeavors. I have been told it is real similiar to PSE and I have successfully used instructions to do other things such as paper tears....but this quick page is about to cause me to pull out my hair!!

However, I know I will eventually figure it out..but in the mean time...if you can help all means....all help is definitely appreciated!!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Gearing Up for 2008!!

As you can see by my new blog header, I am already getting ready for the new year! 2008 is going to be a great year for me!! I just know it is!

Here is my most recent layout. I did this for a challenge on a new least it is new to me called Just For The Scrap Of It!! Really friendly and fun site...check it out.


credits: Lyrics from Thank You by Led Zeppelin; Vintage Heritage kit by Fayth; green flower -September RAK by R. Stall; gold tone flower from Scrapbook Flair and font is A Charming Font Expanded

Blog Header credits: Thank you Scrapbook Flair and designer Debbie & Laura for the paper and elements.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Oh Boy...Have I been MIA!!!!

Sorry, I have been gone for so long. Too many things getting in the way. Hopefully things are straightened out now and I will be posting much more regularly.

I had a great Christmas...all things considered. I sure do miss my son and his family who moved to Baumholder, Germany in September. But, I did get to talk to them on Christmas Day and that was a huge help!

Well, I spent the part of Christmas Day at my sister's house...ate lunch with her and then came home and took a long nap! Man was I wiped out.

Here is a layout I did using some of the photos from Christmas Day.


credits: background from Old Fashioned Christmas by Rick Evans; frames by fotosusu; cardboard cluster from Christmas Around the World by D.L. Patterson; and flowers from December RAK by G. Dupus & C.L. Crook

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Isn't it Amazing How THINGS Can Take Over....

Your life?

I haven't been blogging very much lately. As a matter of fact, I have neglected my blog! I am going to try and do a better job from now on!

I seem to have taken on much more than I should have in the past month. started back and I teach, so that was something that I couldn't control. I am in grad school and I only take 6 hours per that is not too bad.

My problems seem to come in with me not being able to say NO...when asked to do something & with challenges and swaps on all these boards that I frequent regularly. Then there are some other issues that have prevented me from being on as much as I like...such as some computer problems and the like.

I can't say I have learned to say no yet! But, I have learned to keep my mouth shut and my hand down when asked for volunteers!!

I have "slapped" my hand a couple times lately about swaps that I would see and make myself close out the computer and walk away before I could sign up for them! So I guess things will get better!!

Thanks for letting me rant!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Newly Converted Scrapbooker

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This layout was done tonight by my 10 year old granddaughter, Airrin! She took to scrapbooking like a duck to water! I didn't have to explain much before she took off and was going without any assistance!

For your viewing pleasure, here is another layout that she did tonight as well!!

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Airrin says, "This is a picture of my daddy."

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Leave a comment and let me know what you think of her pages!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Summer Break is Over!!!

At least for me it is! I will start back to school tomorrow! Back to writing lesson plans and teaching all those 3rd graders entrusted to my care during the school day!

I really am quite excited that it is time to go back....I have had about all the free time I can handle!

In two weeks, I will even start my classes that I am taking to complete my graduate degree!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer! I know I have!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Look for my blog!!!

OK...I guess I was bored this morning or someone left me to my own devices for waaayyy too long! I had to go and change just happened my blog caught it!

Actually, I've been wanting to do something different with it! Many thanks to Kim Jensen for the blog header that she provided as a freebie on her blog.

What do you think? Is is too bright?

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Scrapadilly Grand Opening Crop a Huge Success!!

Yes!! I think it was a huge succes! I won two (2) daily prizes and the daily bingo game!

But, more importantly....I got a lot of scrappin' done! There were some really good challenges thrown out over there! If you get a chance...stop by the gallery on Scrapadilly and look at some of the fantastic work. You can get there by clicking here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people at Scrapadilly for putting on such a fantastic Grand Opening crop!!

Thanks Bon-Bon, Drea, Rick, & Nancy!!!! You are all the greatest!!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Scrapadilly's Grand Opening Crop is in Full Swing!!

Come on over to Scrapadilly and check out this awesome Grand Opening Crop. You can take a look at the Grand Prize here.

There are some super daily prizes being given away as well. You can check those out here.

Come on over and join us for the rest of the week!! Jump right on in on the challenges and start getting to know all the wonderful people on the site. You will be glad you did!!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Grand Opening Crop Starts Tomorrow!!!

Come on over & join us for all the fun!! Be sure & let everyone know that you came because you saw the info about crop on my blog!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Scrapadilly Grand Opening Crop!!

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All of you know that I frequent many scrapbooking sites. This is one of my favorites and we are having a Grand Opening Crop beginning July 21 and lasting until July 28.

There is going to be tons of fun & why don't you come on over and join us!

You will be glad you did. This is a super bunch of friendly folks over there. So, come on over....check it out. When you do, let everyone know you saw this on my blog!!

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

ScrapStreet Dream Team Contest

Well, I made it through!! I posted my final layout for this contest and this one was my "go alone" entry. You can check out my layout here.

This has been an extremely exciting contest for me and my partner......Ambearluv.....has been so great to work with during this contest!! Thanks Amber!!!!

Now, we just have to sit back & wait for the points to come in and the winner of the contest to be announced!!!

10 Day - 10K - Club Scrap Attack Challenge

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The challenge today required that we find a specific card and scraplift it. I chose to scraplift the color pink & the two heart elements (even though, I didn't use hearts).

Well, I made it......I did a card every single day!! This challenge has really pushed me to think about cards!! Thank you Caardvarks!!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

10 Day - 10K - Nine Time Challenge

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The challenge today was to make a card with a clock on the front. Easy enough, I figure....but I decide I needed to print off some digital elements that I had on hand in order to make this card have an old fashioned feel. Do you get an old fashioned feel when you look at the card?

I don't seem to have the terms of use for the digital elements..all I can find is that the designs are by Doormouse Designs. I'm not even sure where I got this kit.....but I really do like it!!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Just Your Scrapbooking Headquarters

A while back I posted about this up and coming new scrapbooking site so that everyone would jump on over and visit. Here is the link to the site.

There is a Summer contest currently running on JYSH . Here is all the information. Come on over and join us for the fun!!

Summer Fun Contest

Create a layout, card or altered item about summer fun/vacation!
You must use:

Deadline is July 30th
Winner will be announced on August 3rd

So, come on over and join us for all the fun!!!!

10 Day - 10K - 8 is Enough

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So, today the challenge is to use 2-patterned papers, 2- circles, 2- ribbons, & 2 stamps.

OK...that was not too difficult...except I wasn't extremely pleased with the outcome of mine. If I have time later today, I am going to try to do another one. Maybe I will like it better.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Today has been a really BUSY day for me!!

I have been really busy today!! As you can see, this is the third time I have made an entry on my blog. Strange, I know!!

First I talked about the Dream Team contest...then about the Caardvarks Card challenge....Now, well.................

I decided to go back blonde!! I was tired of the dark hair.

Hoping everyone has had a great day!!!

10 Day - 10K - Lucky # 7

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The Caardvark's challenge today was to make a Good Luck card....Well, what is supposed to be more lucky than the date that just happened on Saturday...07/07/07.

That is what the 3 #7 playing cards on my card represents.

I have really been enjoying this challenge as I really enjoy making cards. I am so glad that I was lead to this site.

ScrapStreet Dream Team Contest

OK...My partner & I have made it to round 6---the final round. Due to the rules...I must go this round partner does not do a layout for this final round.You can see my layout for round 5 here.

I must say......I am really nervous about this round....this is what I must do for the final challenge.

Go on a hunt! Find something beautiful that I may have overlooked before. It may be something ordinary, or old, or silly, a thing, a body part, a moment--I need to open my eyes and really look around. What beauty do I see? Then I must scrap a layout!!

This is going to cause me to reach waaaayyyy outside my comfort zone. I like things all nice & tidy.....nothing different. How am I ever going to accomplish this challenge? I will do it because I cannot let my partner down!!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

10 Day - 10K - Six Shooter!!

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Well, today we were to make a 6 X 6 card.....not too hard. I used DMD cs & my Cuttlebug ....along with my sewing machine (something I don't use often enough) to do this card.

I was just feeling a little playful today, I guess!!

Monday, July 9, 2007

10 Day - 10K - 5 Star!!

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It was really a good thing I didn't just assume this challenge was for 5 stars on the card....because I would have needed to make yet another card. Today we were to use 5 embellies on our card.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

10 Day - 10K - Four Square

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OK....It's day 4 of this challenge and so far I've managed to complete them all. Can I keep up?? Who knows!! We'll just have to wait & see!!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

10 Day - 10K - Tri This Challenge!!

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So, today we are supposed to make a tri-fold card. Doesn't sound too hard, does it? Unless of course, you don't have any inkling of an idea how to do it!! This is my very first attempt at making a tri-fold card.

Friday, July 6, 2007

10 day - 10K - Double Take - Caardvarks Challenge

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I couldn't wait to get on the computer this morning to see what the challenge was at caardvarks for today. The challenge today was to make two different cards using the same supplies. Did I do it?

Thursday, July 5, 2007

10 Day - 10K - UNO at Caardvarks

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketOK....Caardvarks is having a 10 day challengefest. Here is my card for the first challenge posted today.

I am really into using scallops & ribbon right well as inking everything that doesn't move on it's own.

Come on over to caardvarks and check out the challenge for yourself. Join in the fun!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Dream Team Contest

I am involved in a Dream Team contest on my of my favorite scrapbooking sites. We had to team up with a partner. There are a total of 6 challenges and we must complete 4 of them together (meaning both of us must do a layout). Then we must each complete one challenge "alone".

We have completed 2 of the challenges and after discussing it with my partner, it was determined she would go this challenge "alone". So, I am cheering for her from the sidelines.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Winner of my organization suggestion RAK!!!

As you know...I posted a request for some help with organization!! I really needed a lot of help & received an enormous response. Thanks so much to everyone that responded to my call for help! You really gave some great suggestions and it was all appreciated!!

Well...I promised to throw all the names of the respondees into a bowl & choose a winner. I know I was supposed to do it yesterday....but just forgot!!

Without further adue....the winner of the RAK is......Robin.

Congratulations Robin!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I've been tagged by friend Amber!!!!

I have been tagged!

Here's the rules: I must post the rules, 7 random things about me and then tag others to do the same. Sound fair enough, right? These are the rules…. each player starts with 7 random facts about themselves on their Blog. People who are tagged need to blog 7 facts about themselves and post the rules as well. At the end of their blog list 7 people you are tagging. Let them know that they are tagged by leaving them a comment.

1. I love to read...anything & everuthing!!

2. I always wanted to become a teacher...but my parents didn't like the idea, so I became a nurse!

3. I grew up Pentacostal.

4. I burn stuff while cooking, no matter what..I usually start fooling around on the computer & forget about the food!

5. I do not like to wear gives me headaches!

6. I started coloring my hair when I was 13....sometimes during high one knew what color my hair would be from day to day!!

7. I am an organization freak!!

OK, I am tagging: Shannon, Tilda, Frankie, Angel, Valerie, Jenn, Jen!!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

I am Really Stepping Out of the Box!!

Don't tell me you can't teach an old dog new tricks!! I just won't believe a word of it! Just take a look at the two scrapbook pages I finished today!

One is using the 6 X 12 page and the other is heard me...ROUND. Now if that isn't out of the box..what is?

The 6 X 12 was done due to a challenge from a friend..she said if I did the 6 X 12...she would do a digital scrapbook page....You know who you I guess you'd better get busy!! :)

Leave a comment and let me know what you think about using the two different formats for scrapbooking pages. I'd love to hear your comments and thoughts!!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

I Need Some Organizational Help!! I am a member of SEVERAL scrapbooking boards. All of which I really adore and wouldn't dream of leaving any one of them. I give them all equal time...many times a day!

Here is my problem! I get involved in challenges and swaps that I really want to be involved in. Now don't get me wrong....I don't get involved with every swap & challenge on every board that I frequent. I do pick & choose! The problem is...I have this fear of forgetting something or someone due to the many I might have going on a one time.

I really enjoy the swaps & the challenges and I don't want to give them up! Someone has to have an idea of how I can solve my problem!

Here's a challenge for you: Leave me a comment with a way to get more organized with my challenges & swaps. On June 20...I will draw a name from all the comments and RAK that person!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

New DT at Moments to Remember!!

No...I didn't make the team..but there are some really talented ladies that did!! I can't wait until they get started with the challenges and their own projects! It is going to be soooo much fun!! If you haven't been on that site you should really pop on over there and check it out!! There are some super friendly people over there! I am really enjoying my stay!!

I am currently the "Featured Member" at Moments to Remember. I feel so honored to be asked, especially since I haven't been on that board very long! Come on over and get to know us all better! We would love to have you!!

Monday, June 4, 2007

I've Been Tagged - 7 Things......

So here are 7 random facts/habits about me:

1. I am currently in grad school. I know at my age you would think I would be finished!

2. I have used rub-ons a total of one (1) time on a layout! It was so difficult for me...I haven't tried again!

3. I have never been diagnosed, but I am convinced I am OCD...because everything must be done a certain way!! I can't help it! I guess it could just be old age! Except....I'm not old!!!!!! :)

4. I have 2 sons, both are in the military and are state side right now. One of them will be moving to Germany in October.

5. I planted 100 more daylily seeds this weekend! You can never have too many flowers....right!!

6. I want to learn to scrap digitally. I don't know why.....I just do! It's a challenge, I guess!!

7. I worked as a nurse for 10 years, then quit & went back to school to get my teaching certificate. I wanted to teach all my life!! So, I did it!!! I must tag 7 more people...if you have already been tagged.....please forgive me!!

1. Lisa
2. Sarah
3. Terri
4. Margo
5. Elizabeth
6. Hollie
7. Frankie

The rules: Each player starts with 7 random/facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their 7 things, as well as these rules!

Friday, June 1, 2007

My Very First TOOT!!

I have been scrapping for so long...since about the early 1990's. Until recently, I had never submitted any of my pages or other paper crafts to any type of contest, or anything else that would result in any type of publication.

Well, a couple months ago, I decided to submit a couple of my pages to a contest on one of the scrapbooking sites that I am a regular. I didn't win.....but, that began this saga!

I have since submitted to several contests, several print publications (no word yet!), as well as to one online magazine. I am a regular on this magazines forum, so I felt comfortable doing this. Well....I am (or rather my page) is in the June publication!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!

Here is a link...go visit my page. Look over the mag. It is a really super publication put together by a fantastic group of people!

Scrapstreet Magazine

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Applying to a DT call......

Have you ever done this? As it comes up to the final days, did you get these huge, "butterflies" all in your stomach and think....what have I done?

As you can probably figure out, I have applied for a DT spot on one of my favorite websites. I won't mention which one....because my "butterflies" will not allow it!

I am fairly new to this site and in the past few days, I have seen an influx of new people coming to the board and posting in the gallery. If they are going to stay, I say...wonderful! But, how many of them will just leave once the decisions are made?

Well, I am there to stay! There are so many wonderful, friendly people on this site that I have already met and I believe there are many more that I am destined to meet!

Are these "butterflies" normal? Leave me a comment & let me know what you think!!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Some Photos of My Other Obsession!! Enjoy!!

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Here is a sampling of some of my babies that have bloomed this year!

I had a couple questions about how long it takes from seed to bloom, so I will address that here. Generally it takes two years from seed to bloom. However, I had 1 to bloom this year that I planted the seed in June, 2006...that is less than 1 year!

I am so hyped!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

My other passion..besides scrapbooking!! have caught me!! The past couple of days I have pretty much neglected my scrapbook stuff and been in my yard working. I don't really think it's work!!

I love flowers!! NO, I really love flowers, especially daylilies! I love daylilies soooo much that I hybridize them and grow them from seed!

Monday & Tuesday that is what I have been doing! I have planted over 100 daylily seeds of different crosses that I made last summer! I will soon be the proud parent of many more daylily babies!! Isn't that fantastic?

If you love flowers leave me a comment and tell me what kinds of flowers you love!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

ATC - Artist Trading Cards

Ever done any of these?

I haven't and I have actually signed up for a swap for these things!! I have feverishly been trying to learn exactly what I am supposed to do in order to get these things made.

It turns out...there are many different ways to create ATC's! So, there in lies the problem. Is there a right & wrong way or is anything goes, okay? If you know the answer to this question...please post a comment & let me know!!

Anyway, they are so cute!! I see a new obsession coming on! I want to collect a whole bunch of them.

As soon as I actually get one made, I will post it here for everyone to see my very first creation!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007's Lucky 7 Contest

Anybody else joining in the fun of this contest? Call me crazy....but, I am 'throwing my hat' into the ring with everyone else! Why not?

So, I won't be posting any layouts until I've decided which ones will be entered because I REALLY don't want to break any of the rules. You wouldn't want me to, now would you??

I've been scrapping since the early 1990's, but two months ago, I started submitting to contests. I figured, I have just as much possibility as anyone else. We never really know what the judges are looking for! So, it is anybody's game!!

Leave a comment and let me know if you are 'throwing your hat' into the contest!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

New Scrapbooking site!!

I have discovered a new scrapbooking site called Just Your Scrapbooking Headquarters. It is in the groundbreaking stages and only has plenty of room for growth.

The great lady who is the owner of the site already has a Memorial Day Contest posted and plans to have her Grand Opening of the site on October 13, 2007. She will soon be looking for Design Team Members as well!!

So, if you are looking for a super site to grow with come see for yourself!!

Everyone come on over and join us at Just Your Scrapbooking Headquarters!!

Monday, May 7, 2007

National Scrapbooking Day - A Huge Success

I scrapbook a LOT in my spare time. You might even call me ADDICTED!! I don't mind! Every spare minute I find is spent in my scrap area. Here is just one of the several layouts that I finished this weekend.

OOP's had to remove it. It is out for publication!!! Yeah me!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Kitty's Kloset Anniversary Extravaganza!!

Just a little quick note here to point out all the celebrations going on over a Kitty's Kloset!!
All of you scrappers or even you wanta be scrappers, come on ever and join in the fun.

There are challenges and contest going on all month long!!

Don't miss out on this super fantastic birthday extravaganza!!