Sunday, December 23, 2007

It's a sad day...

Okay, I was thinking about going in my newly somewhat cleaned up scrapbook room (at least my table has been freshly cleared off and cleaned, go Me!) and was looking for some inspiration to get my butt in my room. I realized I hadn't checked out Kristina Contes blog in a long time. I just love her funky style. This girl rocks! Well, to my diappointment, her blog has been made private. I can't really say I'm shocked. I can't begin to imagine what she has been going through and the comments that have been made about her. So, off I go to check the DARE website in serach of some KC layouts. The first layout of hers I found has broken my heart.

Hey KC, stay strong and stay tough. There's a world out there who loves you and those who don't are just jealous. Try not to let them get you down, sweetie. And please, keep rockin' those layouts.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Altered HS playing cards - LSS swap

Elizabeth at Simply Scrapping is having an altered Heidi Swapp playing card swap. She got the idea from Heidi Swapp’s A Year to Remember class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. We're each altering 10 cards using your favorite quote. Keep 1 for yourself, one for the store, and the other 8 will be swapped. I had a hard time picking 1 quote, so I picked 4. Here's my cards. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Got some scrapping done!

I've been taking a lot of on-line classes, and purchasing class kits from out of state stores. (I can't wait until my new LSS opens next month!) I finally finished a layout that has been sitting on my crop table for about 3 weeks. Can't believe how long it took me to finish this layout. I'm still not that happy with it, but I am so happy I can call it done. Not to mention I've been having these photos for almost 4 years and now they are finally scrapped. Gotta love that. I even had the smaller photos cropped into the smaller sizes, and when I saw the sketch I immediately thought of these photos. Samantha was 6 yrs old and so sassy. Gotta love that spirit.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Scrapping Goodies

Woo Hoo! I won a pack of Scrapbook Goodies from a new LSS that hasn't even opened yet. (Thanks Elizabeth!) Can't wait for the new store to open. Seems like it's been a year since I heard rumer of a new store opening in town, and it's finally getting close to opening. I so need a crop night away from home.

Happy Halloween

Samantha has long gotten over wanting to be something cute for Halloween. This year she was a Skeleton Rocker Grrrrl. Benjamin was a pirate (Captain Jack). Samantha also bugged John and I into dressing up this year, too. John took the kids and went as a very disgusting Davey Jones and I dressed up as Sally from Nightmare before Christmas. We had more fun dressing up, than the actual event. Since Samantha started a new school this year, we decided it was important to stay home and be more involved in our own neighborhood and community, instead of going to John's aunts house in Lafayette. Boy, were we ever disappointed. I only had about 6 sets of Trick or Treaters, probably about 12 kids total. The kids came home with such a sparse amount of candy. Not that they needed a lot, since I now have so much left over, but it meant they didn't really get to do much trick or treating. Benjamin seemed to have a great time regardless, but it was a bit disappointing for Samantha. John said they were the only ones walking. Everyone else trick or treated via automobile. How disappointing?! Well, at least I got some awesome photos this year and I'm looking forward to doing a layout for each of the kids albums. I had even planned ahead and already have papers and embellishments ready to use. Gotta love the skulls that are so hot and trendy right now.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sushi anyone?!

A couple of Friday's ago I had an envie for sushi. John went through a phase of eating it at least once a week a while back. Well... now it's my turn. I gave him a call and asked him if he felt like sushi. Of course, he was all for it. Mmmm, it was sooo good. The kids ate left over pizza, and John and I were left to enjoy some wonderful takeout Sushi. Pictured are 4 different rolls and a side of edamame. What a wonderful treat!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Who Knew? Me and Coffee?

You know the saying, "you think you know someone"? Well, sometimes I think we don't really know ourselves all that well either. I always thought one of my biggest quirks was that I LOVE the smell of fresh coffee brewing, but I can't stand the taste of it. I've made numerous cups of coffee only to be poured down the sink. I occassionally drink a cup of coffee in the winter just to warm up my insides, or occassionally with a piece of pie for dessert. Coffee and pie just seem to go together, I'm not sure why. Well, I'm finding out that maybe I really do like coffee. After dropping Samantha off at school this morning, I had the desire to swing by Sonic to pick up a frozen coffee drink. I wanted something cold and it just seemed like the thing to do. (No Starbucks, CCs, Caribo Coffee's, etc here). I ordered a Hazelnut Java Cooler. Mmmmmm. Talk about good. I've been finding myself getting hot Carmel Apple Cappuccinos at the corner store, Starbuck frappucinos at the grocery store, and now Hazelnut Java Coolers at Sonic. Am I developing a taste for coffee?! I've even been thinking about pulling our coffee maker out from under the cabinet (a wedding gift from 15 years ago that we kept because you never know when we might have company that wants a cup of coffee (huh?!?)). Very strange. Very strange, indeed.

Anyway, it's been a while since I've posted an entry. I was in Minnesota last week and I guess my trip got me out of the habit. Gotta jump back in it. Hopefully I'll get in my scrap room this weekend and do some scrapping. TGIF everyone.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Got a layout done tonight

Okay, this layout came together really quick and easy. Basically I just used an exacto knife (yes, I really did) to trim around a few lines of the paper and tucked pictures inside the slits. I added a few sequins to the layout to add a lil bawda bling. Used some KI Memories Creamy Broccoli acrylic letters and finished it off with a strip of HS tape. So quick and so easy. Okay, the photo is looking a little over-exposed, but I wanted to share. I'll retake tomorrow in natural lighting and hopefully get a better shot.

Edited to add layout particulars. Paper is Sandylion - On the beach. Acrylic letters KI Memories alphabet soup in Creamy Broccoli. HS tape - Born Free. Sequins are from a Portafolia Summer kit I got at Sams.

DWE4 - March 1, 2008

Woo Hoo, I got word from Valerie that they've set a date for Day with the Experts 4. Hmmm, what to do, what to do. Am I going to go again this year? I'm thinking so. This time I may even see if someone wants to come with me. Anybody interested? I had so much fun at DWE3 last March. It was wonderful getting to meet Valerie Salmon and Julie Scattaregia. Those girls rock. I have to admit I was blown away at how fast they go through their pages. I was able to keep up, I'm just more used to the laid back, take your time classes we have down here in Louisiana. But, I'm up to the challenge and I'll know what to expect next time. Here's a picture of Julie, me, and Valerie. A small group of us went to db's Mongolian Grill after the event. What an experience that was. If you haven't heard of them you can check them out at

Something Passed Down...

I'm taking an on-line scrapping class at this month called Daily Dose of Creativity with Gretchen Schmidt. So far I'm really enjoying it. We get a photo assignment and a project assignment for each day in September. The photo assignment for Sept 2nd was to photograph something that has been passed down to you. Here's the picture I took for that photo assignment. The black rosary was my Grandpa Bruce's. The clear rosary was for my Grandma Bruce, and so was the wedding band. The other ring was my mothers. My mom wore the rings together, and now I wear them the same way. It reminds me of both of them. They were such amazing strong women. I just found out that John is taking the kids to his parents this evening. Hopefully that'll give me some time to go create something in my scrap room. If so, I promise to post a picture.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


About once a week I try to treat Samantha to donuts from the corner store. It's her reward for getting out the house for school by 7:00am. I usually grab a French Vanilla Cappuccino, but this morning I saw Carmel Apple. Hmmm, sounds interesting. I've tried others before, but never liked them as much as my usual French Vanilla. The Camel Apple is very good. I think I may even like it better than the French Vanilla. I guess there are rewards to stepping out the box from time to time. You never know when you might find something you like better than your usual.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I'm So excited...

and I just can't hide it. A classmate of mine just had a baby boy, Wyatt, last week. We're celebrating our 20 year class reunion next week and she decides it's time to have another baby. God bless her. Anyway, I decided to make her a 4x4 accordion brag book. I love how it came out. Then, when the book was done, I just couldn't bring myself to put it in a pre-made card. So, I made her a matching card. This is the 1st time I've done anything like this for anyone. She's an artist, so I'm hoping she will appreciate the effort. I was so impressed with myself last night that I wanted to stay up and do another one, but it was after 11:00pm. So, I willed myself to go upstairs to bed. Then, I layed there too pump to fall asleep. It was so much fun making, I may have to make another tonight. The 3 pictures are 1) the card and cover of book. 2) front of book. 3) back of book.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Okay, I was never able to post a pic of myself in my last blog ( and I can't quite figure it out this time either. So, I'll post it in a post. So there....
This photo is from a year ago (Sept 2006). Don't have very many photos of myself since I'm usually the one behind the camera.

I'm baaacck

Okay, I've set up a new blog since I'm unable to access my original one. A friend recently set up her blog and she's got me longing for one. (Thanks Cyndi). I miss my blog. My little on-line journal that I share with a few friends and family members. Okay, my original blog was and this here blog is and away we go....