Thursday, January 17, 2008

The first snow of 2008!

My sons have been waiting for it to snow. They wanted to frolic, play, sled and run in the snow. Today they finally got their first chance.

Check out the "dare" page from a scrapper I met at my LSS

Last Friday, Casey Fox was not the only one to take one of my dares. Jackie DeMonte also joined in the fun and took a dare to use some Creative Cafe red notebook paper and buttons. She did a wonderful job incorporating Creative Cafe products into a Christmas layout. Way to Girl!!!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Doing a serious HAPPY DANCE!!!

I made it. I have been selected as a DT member for PAPER TRUNK. This is PAPER TRUNK'S first ever Design Team and it is so thrilling to be part of such a wonderful scrapbooking line. I am so excited and can not wait to start working with the delicious products.

Congratulations to all of the other new DT members and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Hugs and smiles to all,

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Scrapbooking at my LSS

I met some lovely ladies at my LSS this weekend (the Ashburn Family Scrapbooking Store) and I introduced them to a round of scrapbooking "Truth or Dare." Casey Fox took a dare from me to create a page using Creative Cafe products. Thanks ladies for a fun Friday night.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I love my home!

It is a beautiful sunny day outside and the sun is streaming in on this unusually warm January day. The sunlight gives such a lovely glow to my home and I just had to pick up the camera and start taking pictures. A dear friend Jann suggested that when taking photos it is best to do so without the flash. So I gave that a try today and was very pleased with the results.

One of the reasons I love my home so much is that my husband and I have worked hard to give it a warm and welcoming feeling. I have used warm golds, browns and reds to convey a spirit of love and friendship. My family room and living room are two of my favorite rooms in my home. Neither room has a T.V. and that was a conscious decision on my part. I wanted these rooms to be a place for interaction and reflection but not "couch potato" T.V. viewing (we have other rooms for that). So these rooms are for relaxing, board games, conversation and reading. Both rooms have wonderful vintage finds (another hobby of mine when I am not scrappin') that make me feel a sense of heritage and affection.

I think everybody should have a place in their home that makes them feel happy. A place they can find respite and peace. A place they can connect with their family. What are your favorite rooms in your home and why?

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Do you RAWK the challenges???

There are so many fabulous challenge sites these days. If you ever feel like your MOJO has left you check out CHALLENGED:THE BLOG to find a challenge site that is right for you.

Here is my DT page for CHIT CHAT CHALLENGE

And, here is my page for SCRAPJACKED.

This was a fun challenge for me and I used some great journaling labels from THE CUTTING EDGE, a wonderful ETSY shop you should visit.

So, let me know your fav challenge sites and let me see how you RAWK the challenges!!!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Pull out your stamps!

This week I decided to play with (rediscover) my stamps.

On the "August" page I painted the letters and then used a Fancy Pants stamp (multiple times -multiple colors) on the letters. I found it best to use my heat gun to quickly dry the paint between stamping.

On this page, I used some left-over cardboard and stamped with my Heidi Swapp foam letters. I then cut the letters out and placed a few on foam squares to give added dimension.

In this last example, I wanted to use my stamps to create embellishments. I stamped brackets (twice) directly onto the page. This does require a little bravery and if you are not up to it you might stamp on paper, cut out the brackets and then place them on your layout.

I hope you give one of these stamping techniques a try and let me know how it goes.
Hugs to ya from Virginia!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Do you have an addiction?????

If you are addicted to scrapbooking you will get a chuckle from this Discover card commercial. ENJOY!


Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No matter where you are I hope that you started the year off right and that 2008 is a fabulously awesome year for you and your family.
Hugs and blessings to you and here are a few of my favorite Christmas pictures.
Christmas sing-a-long with our dearest family friends.

Miles opening his gifts Christmas morning.

It took Langston a minute to get into the whole "gift thing" on Christmas morning but he quickly got the hang of things.

Me kissing me sweet baby boy.

DH took a pic of me and my Christmas tree -- can I say that I love my tree!