Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Farewell to December Guest Designer for Color Me Daisy

I got to play with all that goodness this month. WOOHOO!!!!
It was a wonderful opportunity to be a guest designer for Color Me Daisy in December. Their kits are deliciously wonderful and the design team fabulously creative. Thanks for a great month!!!!!!!!! If you have not checked out their kits -- please do so.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Scrap in Style 2008 (End of the Year) Challenge

My creative SISters at Scrap in Style have challenged me to select my TOP 10 creations in 2008 -- here they are (in no particular order) -- well, except for #1.


So, there they are -- the top 10. Out of more than 150 layouts those are my favs. Most are my favorites because of the photo, page design and/or journaling. When those three elements come together perfectly -- well the page goes on my SPECIAL list. Take the challenge. Look through all of your 2008 projects and find the ones that REALLY make you smile. It is a nice journey.


Friday, December 26, 2008


Our family had a very sweet and merry Christmas and I hope that yours did too. Santa was very GOOD to everyone! between being Santa's helper, cooking for nearly two days, cleaning house, and mailing out last minute Christmas cards I did a little scrapping. Tomorrow I also plan on getting a little scrapping in--how about you?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Naughty or Nice???

Well Santa came to visit my little one at school. You can't tell from his facial expressions that he was excited; however, when I picked him up he could not stop talking about Santa. This is really the year for him to BELIEVE!!! He is sooo into Christmas -- never mind that his big brother is no longer a BELIEVER.

My eldest son and all of his buddies on the street have discussed (in detail) that Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are all FAKE!!!! That said -- my eldest LOVES Christmas. He is very diligent about counting down the days until Christmas. In fact, I think he was a little reticent to admit that he does not believe in Santa or the Tooth Fairy for fear that not believing would jeopardize any gifts or money he might receive. HILARIOUS! Still, my eldest is my biggest holiday cheerleader. He helps me with all the decorations, walks around singing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and loves ALL crafty holiday projects.


Saturday, December 20, 2008


Go buy a bloom loom. I recently discovered the bloom loom HERE and HERE and I have fallen in love. In fact, I am officially addicted to making yarn and ribbon flowers. It is so much fun -- totally an "in front of the TV" kinda of craft. Check out my pages below -- I made a large and small flower. I love those little guys for embellishments on pages but they would also make great flowers for christmas gifts and tags. So hurry RIGHT NOW and go to your local craft store and buy a bloom loom. I bought mine at JoAnn's and it was very inexpensive, especially with the 50% off coupon I used. Or, if you don't want to buy the bloom loom you can try making yarn flowers with stuff you have around the house. Check out this BLOG.

It's Saturday and I am having a completely relaxing day. I have scrapped all afternoon and I am feeling GOOOOOD! Hope you get your scrap on too.

Joy and Peace,

Monday, December 15, 2008

Freak weather!!!

It was 65 degrees in my neck of the woods today! Unbelievable! With such unseasonably warm weather I thought a hike with the boys would be perfect. OMG I love my two little guys so much. We had a blast stomping through the muddy woods. It was truly a perfect afternoon.

Don't be too green about our wonderfully warm weather today -- the temp will drop drastically tonight and we just might get sleet tomorrow night. Man, what a difference 24 hours can make.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

The rocking horse

Many years ago my husband (at that time my boyfriend) acquired an old rocking horse. Although we have moved many times (from Georgia, to Maryland and then Virginia) the old wooden horse has remained with us. When my boys were younger the horse had a special place in their rooms but I decided to make room for their toys and put it away last year. The other day I pulled it out for the holiday season and it looks perfect in front of our decorated fireplace. I will make the rocking horse a special holiday tradition. There is something amazingly wonderful about seeing something only once a year. My littlest one could not wait to hop on "his" horse and go for a ride.

Te he he.......

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fa la la......

I love this little village .....

are you ready for christmas yet?

Friday, December 5, 2008


O.K. I am totally in a festive mood. I put up my tree and decorated my home. OHHHHHHH I so love this time of year. So, check out a few more holiday layouts and cards that I created using COLOR ME DAISY'S December kit and a few photos of my festive home.

And my home.......

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start --- peace to ya!

Monday, December 1, 2008


The waiting is over.......
Here are two of the pages I created for COLOR ME DAISY.

I have two other pages and some cards to show you also -- but be patient. TOMORROW TOMORROW TOMORROW!!!

Oh, BTW, I hope everyone had a delicious and wonderful TURKEY DAY! My kids enjoyed going to Georgia to see their grandparents and even had an early Christmas surprise. I'll have to post some of those pics -- it was a real treat.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I am the December COLOR ME DAISY guest designer. I received the kit on Monday and by Monday evening I had created 3 pages. I could not resist the PURE YUMMINESS of the papers and embellishments. Here are a few sneak peeks -- just to tease you a little. ENJOY!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rock your VELLUM

Take a look at a page I created recently for a contest. I used multiple strips of pattern paper and clustered embellishments around the photograph. I also ROCKED the vellum on this page. Give it a try.

I know vellum – the very word “vellum” -- can put fear into a scrapbookers heart. But fear not ladies, I will tell you about a very quick and simple way that you can incorporate vellum into your layouts. First, select a plain sheet of vellum. I purchased an inexpensive package from staples and have had it for forever. You will also need embossing powder (I like white), embossing ink, a stamp, and a heat embossing gun. Second, select a stamp that you like and using the embossing ink, apply the image to your vellum. Quickly apply the embossing powder to the moist stamped image. Shake off the excess powder and then use the heat gun to seal the powder. Be sure not to overheat the vellum, as it will easily scorch. Slowly and patiently heat the powder. At this point you are almost done. You can cut out the embossed image (as I have done here) and adhere it to paper or directly to your page. So, there you have it another simple trick up your sleeve.

You have seen this page before -- but it is another example of stamping with embossing powder on vellum.


Friday, November 7, 2008

My MacBaby is all better!

Yea! I was starting to experience extreme withdrawal symptoms without my MacBook Pro. Now, I have it back and I am so relieved.
Well, I have so many images that I have not loaded but perhaps I will start with a few of my favorite Halloween pics.

Perhaps you have noticed my Halloween banner in the background -- it was so fun to make. Here is another pic of it without the distraction of Batman and a Transformer.

I love using my family room mantle as a place to display my scrapbooking-home decor projects. And since Halloween has passed I took down the banner last night and replaced it with a Thanksgiving sign.

This was really easy to make. I found an old board in the garage and my creative wheels started to turn. I covered the board in gesso, then painted it with my Making Memories black paint. I also lightly brushed on some brown, gold and cream paint. I sanded a lot between each layer of paint. Once completely dry, I used my Heidi Swapp "New Orleans" foam stamps. I ended up with a little extra space on the end so I created an embellishment for the right corner. Lastly, I placed buttons all along the bottom because I wanted a splash of color. Easy as 1-2-3!
So the lesson is....look around your home for stuff that you can repurpose or reuse for a scrapbooking or home decor project. If you are anything like most scrapbookers that I know you have a massive stash of goodies just waiting to be used. So break them out and put your creative juices to work.