Monday, May 25, 2009

The New scrapsketch Challenge Blog

This is a new addition to scrapsketch, Steph has added weekly sketch challenges. Check it out:

Here is the sketch for challenge #2. Email a photo of your layout to Steph before Sunday, May 31 at:

I can't wait to see what ya'll create with this sketch!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Happy Blog Hop!

Here is the card I made for the hop, just a simple way to say thanks to a hero. I used Basic Grey Boxer for the PP's, stamp is Studio G, and the ribbon is from Michael's.

I've helped out with Cards for Heroes in the past, it is a wonderful and easy way for a papercrafter to show the troops some support. A few tips I've learned that might be helpful are don't use glitter or the card can't be used and the card can be for any occassion. The card doesn't have to be red, white, and blue themed either. Easy peasy! You can find all the guidelines for participating in Cards For Heroes here

Alright, here is the next blog for all you Hoppers:

Carollee has a great blog, you are in for a treat. She is super talented, you'll find tons of inspiration on her blog. Make sure you leave her an extra comment or two while you're there!

Thanks to everyone who is participating. Cards For Heroes is a fantastic organization and I feel honored to be a part of their event. Be sure to check out their website for more details.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Don't forget to stop by on Saturday!

Saturday is the Cards For Heroes

Memorial Day Blog Hop!

Below are the Hopper instructions, and then you can check out all the other details here:

  1. You're a "hopper" if you're planning on viewing all or part of the blogs—and we highly recommend setting aside some time for it!
  2. On Saturday, noon Pacific time, a giant button will appear on this page/—linking to the first blog, and that blog will link to the next...and so on!
  3. Hop from one blog to the next, and leave a comment when you feel inspired by the card, the patriotism, or anything at all! Prizes will be awarded to someone randomly from comments left, so you'll want to get yourself entered lots!
  4. Some blogs will have their own prizes (sometimes called RAKs) for those who comment on that post—keep your eyes peeled for those!
  5. If you get lost—if one blogger misposts a link or something happens—come back to this post. We'll have all the blogs listed right here with links so you can pick right up where you left off!
  6. We'll have a special treat for those who last through all the blogs!

I already know the blog that you will "hop" to from here...and it is an awesome one. See you back here on Saturday!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New scrapsketch!!!

The first May sketches have been posted over at scrapsketch and they are fantastic! Be sure to head over and check them out. I was given sketches 65 & 70 to play with and I've posted my layouts here. All of the sketches can be viewed over at scrapsketch and all of the CT layouts are posted. Lots of good inspiration! Thanks for stopping by! :)

scrapsketch 70

Materials List (I will try to be as detailed as I can):
Sassafrass Lass - Indian Summer PP
DCWV Cardstock
Dollar Tree Wood Alphas
Cricut George Cartridge (Flowers)
UNI-Ball Signo White Pen
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Misc buttons from my stash

scrapsketch 65

Materials List (I will try to be as detailed as I can):
DCWV Rockstar PP & Ribbon
Basic Grey Chipboard Alphas
Bazzil Bling Cardstock
Jenni Bowlin Die Cut
Cricut George Cartridge (hearts & circles)
American Crafts Slick Writers - Brown

Friday, May 8, 2009

Putting a joyful spin on May 7th

Over the past 8 years, this date has not turned out to be the best day for us. First we lost my Grandma, then Aunt Mary, and then 5 years ago we lost my father in law. It's hard to not spend the day in a funk. Why is that so much easier than just remembering the positive time? So, in honor of the loved ones lost, here are a few of my favorite memories...

Aunt Mary

The younger years of my life were spent living in Eugene, Oregon. I have fond memories of playing in the backyard at Aunt Mary and Uncle Jerry's house, the Raggedy Anne and Andy dolls, and those fun pastel colored plastic cups with the white inside. Once we moved to Anchorage, my Aunt Mary also spent time living in China and teaching English to Chinese teachers. I can remember how fun it was to get letters from her describing her students and how much she was learning about the culture everyday. It was when I had moved to Las Vegas after graduation was when Aunt Mary was back in Eugene for good and settled into a teaching position at U of O while the ESL department. Aunt Mary reminded us to find a little bit of JOY in each day. Her strength and spirit will always be with me, a constant joy.


American Beauty Roses were your favorite. The backyard at the house my father grew up in was filled with a gorgeous rose garden. Grandpa took such pride in those roses, as did I. As a child I loved to play in that yard, hiding in the roses and playing under the apple tree. I remember smushing the big black ants on the green patio while Grandma sunbathed and refilled our cold drinks. Grandma had a "flair for fashion". She never wanted to stand out but was not going to be a wallflower either. She was a beautiful woman. Forever in my heart, and I'll always have roses.

Gary, my father in law

Mostly I remember laughing. Gary would love to push the buttons and watch the reaction. The love for his family was obvious, and just as obviously returned. Watching his granddaughters wrap him around their little fingers was very entertaining as well. Total putty in their little hands. I'll always remember Gary fondly, his big heart rubbed off on my husband. For that I am forever thankful.

Now, I'm going to take one last look at the full moon and crawl into bed.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Today your love, tomorrow the world

This is one of my favorite Ramones songs. I know the lyrics are pretty unrelatable, but the actual chorus of "Today your love, tomorrow the world!" hits home for me.

All of the NSD Scrap Diner Challenges were posted over the weekend. I was able to get started on them last night and this is what I came up with for the first challenge Girl Put Your Records On.

The challenge was to do a layout the describes you and uses a song title as the layout title. Once it the layout is posted, you are to explain why this layout represents you.

"Today your love, tomorrow the world" by the Ramones is probably an odd choice to some. But ignore the lyrics, I just find this title to be empowering. And so descriptive of who I am today. This picture was taken on my wedding day, post ceremony. The journaling reads: "This was the day it all fell into place. The new found courage comes from our forever love." When I got married it was like I shed this unknown fear...who could have guessed just how afraid I was to never have someone in my corner. It was like a revelation, I now had someone who will always be there for me. It boosted my confidence and made me more comfortable in my skin. Finding my soul mate was truly a discovery of the half of me I didn't even know was missing.

I picked the orange, teal, gold, browns, and whites because they are powerful, yet soft and graceful. The flowers, flying bird, and butterflies are all representative of me constantly spreading my wings, blooming into a new and hopefully better person each day.

Jenni Bowlin die cut, butterfly PP, and musical score PP
Prima flowers and felt border
Petaloo Flowers
My Mind's Eye PP and tag
Bazil Bling CS
Misc ribbon and bling from my stash