Sunday, June 29, 2008

WIP Exclusive sketch

I did this layout last night using an exclusive sketch from Janelle Richmond on the Work In Progress blog. I enjoy stalking Janelle's Sketch This blog and this sketch was a great one as well!! Check out the Work In Progess blog, they have some great ideas, eye candy, and their kits look amazing!!

We are off to the Sequoia National Forest today. A week of camping, fishing, making smores, maybe a black bear sighting and so much more!!! Talk to you all when I get home!
These are big!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!

I'm sure it is somebody's birthday today. Nobody I know (and if there is, i'm hugely embarassed that I forgot!), but somebody out there is celebrating. This card is for you!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Come chat with us!!!

Scrapbooker's Club House is proud to introduce...Vicki Boutin!!! She's going to be at the clubhouse!!!

Announcing our NEXT Celebrity Q&A Chat for June 30th!

We invited Canadian Scrapbook artist, teacher and Creating Keepsakes Hall of Fame (2006) winner Vicki Boutin to participate in a "Celebrity Q&A Chat” at Scrapbooker’s Club House. To our delight, she said it sounded like fun and she’d be happy to answer questions!

Scrapbooker’s Club House will be posting the “Celebrity Question and Answer Chat” with Vicki on June 30th, 2008.

That morning, questions asked by scrapbookers are posted along with Vicki’s thoughtful answers in an easy interview format that’s unique to Scrapbooker’s Club House. The Q&A Chat format at SBCH allows the interview to remain conveniently in place on our Forum for you to read, enjoy and refer back to at your convenience. Convenience is soooo important in these busy times, don’t you think?

Pop on by the Club House on June 30th to learn more about this scrapper extraordinaire, who is a member of MULTIPLE Design Teams including Sassafrass Lass, Scenic Route and Daisy d’s. Vicki is also a member of BHG’s Scrapbooks Etc…Creative Team.

Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about Vicki, her creative inspiration and her artistic eye. Here’s the link where you can find the Celebrity Q&A Chat on June 30th.

Our community extends the warm hand of friendship to all newcomers. You’ll enjoy the Q&A Chat and you’ll love what you’ll find at the Club House: a sense of camaraderie and lots of scrappy goodness! Mark your calendar! Feel welcomed and comfortable at Scrapbooker’s Club House: we know you’ll want to stay!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Reveal Time!!!

It's reveal day again over at Scrapbooker's Club House. This month we worked with some beautiful paper from Kaiser Crafts called Jade's Garden. It was just beautiful double sided paper. We also got some fun bling and flowers from Kaiser Crafts as well. Here are my layouts!!

And you might want to come on over to SBCH. We are having a celebrity chat tomorrow, June 25th. We will be having a question and answer chat with Carolyn Peeler. Stop by the clubhouse to see what's going on tomorrow!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Our newest friend

Ever since we put out the bird feeder that Kevin made, we've had many new visitors to the backyard. One of my favorites is the squirrel. I'm pretty sure it's the same one that comes back day after day to get the food from the feeder. He's getting pretty bold. At times, he will hang from his hind feet and put his face in the feeder and shovel in the seeds! This morning he was eating from the seeds that spilled on the ground. I used my zoom lens to get close enough without scaring him away. What a cutie!!

All was good until my kids peeked their heads out the back door and yelled...Mom!! Are you getting any good pictures????? That's when the photo opt came to a screeching halt. I did manage to get a few good ones!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Page Plans

Have you seen this new sketch blog??? It's called Page Plans and it's pretty cool. I tried the card sketch this week. I needed a bunch of thank you cards and this was perfect. Here's the sketch:

And here's my card...not exactly like the sketch but definitely inspired by it.

Check out Page Plans!!! You will be bookmarking it for sure!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Legoland Rocks!!

We took the kids to Legoland over spring break this year and they just loved it. Kayla is just tall enough to go on all the rides (last summer she was too short and was pissed about it!). She went on every roller coaster she could! Kevin...not so much. He wanted nothing to do with the coasters. But the best news is I finally got the photos scrapped! I used the June 'Dude' kit from The Scrapping Spot. It was fabulous, with all sorts of bright colors that were perfect for our Legoland trip. The paper is by Prima with some really pretty Prima flowers to match!! I pretty much devoured the kit, I still have some scraps. Need to make some cards with those scraps, can't let them go to waste!!!

Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Altered Flour

Well...I haven't been feeling very crafty lately. Maybe a bit of burnout after my big scrap retreat weekend. So i've been channeling my energies into something else. Treats!!! I love baking and have been doing it alot lately. My daughter made these cupcakes with my hubby last week during the day (of course, chocolate!!) and then we frosted them at night. My son wanted blue frosting and my daughter wanted green. Can't they agree on anything???? So we combined the two and made a teal-turquoise like color for the frosting. Of course, had to top them with sprinkles and M&M's! I like the swirl tops better than the star frosted tops...what do you think?

The last two days I made these sugar cookies. Love the sugar recipe I have from my mom, it's so easy and delicious. I didn't have any red food coloring, so I had to stick with yellow, green and blue. I really need to branch out and get some other colors. Lots of fun playing with royal icing and using my frosting bags and tips. That was a great buy at Michael's, especially with my 50% coupon. I keep saying i'm going to sign up for cake decorating classes. One of these days I will actually do it.

I took a bunch of these to work this morning (because I cannot have them hanging around the house!) and they were gone by 9:30am. What a great breakfast!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

My Little Dancer

Kayla had her dance recital last night. Her class danced to 'You'll be in my heart' by Phil Collins. I think it was in the Tarzan movie. Regardless, it was (as you can imagine) just about the cutest thing ever. I loved their costumes, they were blue!! She really loved her dance class and was pretty good at learning the moves. There was an older girl on stage with them doing the dance and they ended up looking at her most of the time. I think she could have done it without the prompting...but that's just her proud mama talking! Look at me, only her 2nd recital and already a stage mom. She was really excited about dancing on the big stage and did great with the rehearsal and all the prepping. Here are a few pics of my future star:

She was SO tired of me taking photos of her!!! When we were leaving, she refused to smile or look at me. So I deliberately started chasing her around like the paparazzi (until my hubby told me to stop). She gave me THIS attitude...

Sorry sweepea, you are still cute!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow???

We are seeing lots of green-ness in our garden! We've had some red tomatoes (mostly cherry tomatoes) and lots of green ones. Baby cucumbers, radish sprouts and squash growth has been pretty exciting!!

And these are the Herbs!!!

My sweet hubby has been planning and starting to make our compost bin. The frame is done and now he's planning the sides and top and all sorts of other parts. Yeah!

Hope your garden is growing!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Scrap Retreat!!

I just got back from a scrap retreat and for those of you who have never done one before, you are missing out!!! It was fantastic. Lots of laughing and drinking and chatting and music...oh yeah, and scrapping! It was one of those weekends that felt like I was gone for about 2 weeks. Here are a few layouts I made. I was really into the Basic Gray this weekend. I have the Boxer, Archaic and Sugared lines. They are all fantastic and I used them all!

I'll share some more later, right now gotta go kiss my two cuties good night!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Welcome June!!!

I can't believe it's already June. What happened to the beginning of the year? My son will be graduating from Kindergarten next Friday and then summer officially starts. It's too bad that I have to work all summer and get to hear about all the fun stuff that my family does when i'm at work! I'm just happy that my hubbie can be home with the kids and they can play all day. We started summer a bit early with sprinklers in the backyard. The kids could seriously do it all afternoon.

Yeah for Summer!!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Altered Gift Box

I just made this gift box for a scrappy friend of mine. It was a plain wood box I bought at the local craft store for $1. I painted it pink with acrylic paint. I used my threading water punch to create the trim. I cut a strip of Basic Gray Sugared patterned paper 7/8 inch wide. I then punched on both sides to create the circle trim. Attached it to the box with zip dry glue (best glue EVER!!!). I then made the bow for the top. I used a tutorial from the Splitcoast Stampers website. Lined the inside with the matching patterned paper and added some pink fluff!! I love how it turned out and i'm really excited to give it out.

Thanks for looking!!