Friday, December 26, 2008

Another Skull Card

Not so frilly like the others...

Santa Gift

Santa brought me a Just Jawing stamp set from Stampin' Up! I've seen sooo many cute samples on SplitcoastStampers, I just couldn't resist.

What do you think? (Click on the image to see the full card. I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong when I upload these to Flickr...)



I hope to have a few more samples later today...

And I'm loving my new camera - sure makes taking pics of my work so much easier!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Xmas Layout

A few weeks ago, I went to one of my LSSs and made the tag in this layout - then bought the kit to make the whole page. Click here to see the original version of the page. Mine looks different because I made a few cuts before I should have and ended up not having the right supplies to do it exactly the same. I'm glad I gave up on my perfectionism because I think this turned out cuter than if I had copied it exactly! (click on picture to see the whole page)

I was so excited that she did so well with Santa that I couldn't wait to scrap it!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The most expensive layout EVER!

6 months ago, I attended a local scrapbook convention with a couple of friends. I took 4 classes and really liked 3 of the 4 products. Of those, 2 were taught by the same person and also another class that Bestie H attended. I really liked that layout so asked Bestie H to pickup a kit for me and I would just recreate from looking at hers @ home. BIG MISTAKE.

First of all, I didn't think the kit would cost as much as it did. I don't even want to post the price here cause I'm embarrassed I spent that much. Actually, Bestie H spent it not thinking to call me first.

Second, they had to "go home" to make another kit for me and weren't sure if I wanted boy or girl, so they made both. I wanted the boy - it was a way cuter layout and something I have almost nothing of. I do have tons of nephews and friend's kids that I can use it on...

Third, a month and a half later I opened the kit to recreate it from Bestie H's and there is a sheet of patterned cs missing! A few months later, I went into my LSS to find a sheet and they were sold out - not to be restocked. I had waited too long (not unusual in my life...). So now I've been hunting a suitable replacement. You must remember I am a perfectionist. I admit it. I'm trying to get better but it's hard.

So there we stand with the most expensive kit that is missing a vital piece. Sigh. Collecting dust in my craft space. And if you've been to my house since September or so, you know how dusty and cluttered that space is. I've had an extra work table out that also ended up being cluttered.

So I woke up Sunday with an itch to clean and organize - specifically the craft space. ***This does not happen often!*** So I had to take advantage while my mood was right. About 7 pm, guess what I found? Remember the red cat's eye chalk I thought I had? Yup, I had it. I finally finished tonight after being gone most of the day. The extra workspace square table now holds all of my supplies to donate or sell. I am so proud of the purging I've done. It's almost like losing weight or getting a haircut!

So a day and a half of work later, here's the cleaned up space.Sorry, I'm too embarrassed to post before shots! Probably what I'm most proud of is that I organized all of my paper/sticker/odd shape embellishments into one (very large) binder - organized by theme. No more searching in multiple locations when I want to work on a layout. There are other storage places for embellishments as well but they've been that way for a while now. This binder, wow! it even has tabs indicating each theme :)

I promise this really is going somewhere. I rewarded all of my cleaning with sitting down to work on the most expensive layout I discussed above. In all of my cleaning, I found a piece of patterned paper that I thought would be a good replacement for the one left out of the kit! (Oh there is so much that I "found" in the last 2 days...)

The top is Bestie H's (do you even still recognize it since I've had it for 4 months?!). The bottom is my version.

Most Expensive Layout
And I couldn't leave out the frogs...


I used buttons instead of cutting circles out like yours.... If you click on either of these 2 pictures it will take you to flickr where you can see the set of pics and view pages individually.

So, Bestie H, if you've made it this far, what do ya think?!?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I'm a Twerd now!

Just finished Twilight this morning. Bestie H, Bestie Sister and I are all going to go see the movie, along with a friend of Bestie H. They have all already seen the movie once! I'm a little worried that I'm not going to like the movie as much as I like the book...

I'm not obsessed with Twilight like Bestie H is. However, I did discover today that I am obsessed with ribbon! If you see me out shopping - do not let me buy ribbon. No matter what I tell you! You can however, let me buy ribbon organizers.

I've spent the day purging my scrapbook space and organizing what I'm keeping. I have made tremendous headway but I'm not finished yet. I won't allow myself to work on any projects until this is done!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

All is right in my world...

Christmas cards are mailed - yea!

Christmas presents are wrapped - yea! {ok...most of them}

One last homemade gift to tie up the loose ends (literally, tying the ends on a no-sew blanket) - yea!

And we had our first snow in FOUR years! Yippee!!!! The last snow was Christmas Eve - that was so neat. But I do believe that we probably had more snow at our place this year.

It's not everyday you see palm trees covered with snow ;) What a year it has been - both a hurricane AND snow!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

For my Besties...

aka Twerds (Twilight Nerds! I love this term!! lol) You know who you are!

I found this site a few weeks ago, have it on my follow list and don't want to add yet another to my blog roll.... But since I keep my follow list anonymous you've got no idea that I found this.

Sometimes there are lots of posts so it can be a little overwhelming but I've really liked many of the ideas since I've been a "follower".

Check 'em out!!! They do lots of giveaways like some of the others we follow :)

If Bestie H would ever get me that book I could be a Twerd, too ;)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Handmade Christmas Gift

I belong to a scrapbook group that meets once a month. Ideally. Sometimes we scrap and sometimes we talk more than we are productive! For December, we've decided to meet for breakfast and a small gift exchange. The rules were that it had to be homemade/handmade.

This is what I made. Not my original plan but I screwed that up twice so I moved on to a different frame and paper. I still think it turned out OK. I was a little over-zealous on the inking...I wish I'd had a cat's eye red but instead I got messy with a paintbrush. :( I'm really trying to get over my perfectionism!

I like the idea of putting a coordinating paper inside... I still want to go have a piece of glass cut - I hate that they don't come with the glass in already.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Still trying to win something!

I posted a few weeks ago about other giveaways... Today, I'm trying to win a baby sling! It sure will come in handy in May :) I had a sling with the first baby and neither of us cared for it.

If you're still looking for xmas gift ideas - this website has frequent updates (with a lot of giveaways, too!)

30days: Baby slings for stylish modern mums

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

More Giveaways

A really neat site giving away TONS of stuff for all of us scrapbooker type people :) The 12 days of giveaways started yesterday...

Even if you don't want to enter for yourself - you can always give your winnings to ME!