Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Faves and Reflecting

When I started this blog back in February I never imagined that I would grow to love my little blog and my readers so much! The year has flown by so I thought I would pick out a few of my faves to share. It was so hard to pick these and I had to make myself stop! ;)

Favorite Layouts of 2008 - not in any particular order: but I have to say the mixed media ones are on top for a reason.

This is the first year that I have really devoted myself to creating and trying to nurture that part of me that is so longing to escape. Keeping this blog has been like an art journal for me - looking back, I can see trends in my work and how it is ever changing and growing. It is a wonderful feeling! I only hope that next year can be so much fun!!
I am not really the type to set new year resolutions but here are some things I personally want to focus on in 2009 - create every day, take better care of myself (exercise and diet), be the best mom and wife that I can be. 2008 was a year of firsts for me - first blog, design team, publishing, feeling freedom in my art. Guess I just have to wait and see what the future holds!
Wishing all of my friends and family a very happy and wonderful new year! May you find the time to listen to your inner voice and let that creativity out to play!

Monday, December 29, 2008

After Christmas Report

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with Emma this year, she was so excited about Santa and her gifts. She helped me with so many things, wrapping the gifts, setting the table, baking cookies- it was so fun to see the magic of Christmas through her eyes....and speaking of through her eyes - I made this mini using photos that she took with her little camera on a walk last week. I had received this mini album in my Teresa Collins products from CMK and thought this would be a fun idea.

I loved being a Guest Designer for Create My Keepsake this month! Hope I get to stay on full time! ;D

Also wanted to share this photo of my parents with Em. She so adores her grandparents and they adore her, too. We are so fortunate that they live only about 5 miles from us.

And it wouldn't be a Christmas report without a rundown on the gifts. Em was so excited to see her new Barbie Jeep!! Uh, oh....I see someone is already picking up some bad driving habits - both hands on the wheel!!

I was delighted to receive some Golden fluid acrylics and mediums! And my fave - a Nikon Coolpix for my pocket - to catch those spontaneous shots when I don't have my DSLR handy. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday time with your family and friends! See you soon!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

Hopefully by now we have all finished our shopping and can sit back and relax and enjoy Christmas with our friends and families. I am ready!

Just a little scrapping to share that I finished up this week, between wrapping gifts and making cookies with Em. Still using some of the Teresa Collins products from CMK - I have a mini almost finished I can't wait to share!

Just wanted to tell how I did this stitching on the layout - I used to do a lot of bobbin embroidery with the machine and this is a simple way to use heavy threads that really stand out. You can use basic or decorative stitches on your sewing machine to get a heavy stitch that will really stand out.

1. You start by winding your decorative thread onto your bobbin - I used a size 8 Pearl Cotton here. - just hold it by hand and wind it on. If you can - you can use the bobbin winder on your machine, just don't put the heavy thread through the tension. Another thread I like is Glamour by Maderia

2. When you load the bobbin into the bobbin case bypass your bobbin tension - with a drop in bobbin just leave it free and pull it up with your upper thread by dropping the needle and holding onto the upper thread, it should grab the heavy thread in the bobbin and pull it right up - if you have a bobbin case - thread it through the hole in the side of the bobbin case and then, use your upper thread to pull it up.

3. The upper thread should be a regular sewing thread - a color to match or blend with the decorative thread is good.

4. The main difference is that the bobbin thread is what you will want to show so stitch from the back side of you paper. So when you flip it over the bobbin thread is on the top.

A couple of tips - don't backstitch, and hold your threads when you start. Lengthen your stitch- if it is a decorative stitch make it wider and longer if you can. Stitch slowly to start. This works great with a simple zig-zag or feather stitch. Anyway, if you have any questions feel free to email me - My little Christmas gift to you! ;)

Oh, and a little toot! My alterd layout that I made for my CMK DT entry is on the Catwalk at SIS this week!!

Our decorated Christmas cookies - did you know Santa LOVES sprinkles? How cute is my little assistant? Some how I couldn't find any food color - so they just had snow frosting. Also couldn't find my rolling pin, either - disorganized, much?

I am making Christmas dinner at my house tomorrow and have been cooking and getting my prep work done. Em has been a big help cooking and wrapping presents.

Em is always wanting to wear my nightgowns - she thinks they are so beautiful and she wants to be just like me. I hope that lasts a while. Sorry if this post seems a little disjointed, I couldn't get my photos to line up like I wanted.

I love this photo Mark took of us with the lights from the tree - So I will leave you with this - Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. See you soon!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Teresa Collins Goodies and OLW fave!

I have been playing with the Teresa Collins products that I received from Create My Keepsake as GDT this month. Just thought I would share what I have completed so far.

Emma behind the camera again - (she assured me she wouldn't drop it) - this was with no tri-pod- I was amazed!

One about me! 'shock' I layered and distressed the background paper and added some lace peeping out - I made the red flower with tissue paper, the journaling is printed on a transparency it reads:

A few of my details- Me: loving, strong, messy, passionate, vibrant, kind, sarcastic, blessed, colorful, stubborn, friendly, funny. I love: music, reading, color, my family, laughing, coffee, flowers, romance, scrapping, nature, paint, earrings, dessert, movies, art and life, only not necessarily in that order. It's my life - it's not perfect but it is wonderful and always interesting, at least I think so. ;D This is me.

And one of Em and her birdhouses that she painted. I added some paint under the main photo mat and some stitching - that has been my thing lately!

I was selected as the favorite at OLW this week with my mixed media layout - Little Miracle. Yay!! I won some fun digi stuff!

I still have to do my Christmas wrapping but have finished my shopping. That feels so wonderful! Hope you all have a great weekend and are ready to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones! I can't believe it is the last week before Christmas, so, if I don't see you before - May you have a blessed and merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Very Own Kit

Well, here it is - my entry for the Create My Keepsake DT call! I had so much fun putting together my own kit and then making some layouts from it! So you can see my love of color and embellishment! ;D

Kit Contents:

Prima: Peaches - Kabloom and Shoot for the Stars

Basic Grey: Urban Prairie - Meadow and Bountiful

Pink Paislee: Sweet Cakes - Cupcake Cutie and Honey Bunch

American Crafts: Moda Bella - Tailored

KI Memories Sheer

Cardstock: black white and aqua

Embellishments: American Crafts Thickers - LAX white glitter, Basic Grey- Urban Prairie Cardstock Stickers, Tim Holtz-Metal tags, Heidi Swapp- clear labels, Pink Paislee-postcards, Hambly- rub-on frames, Prima-storybook Pebbles, Jenni Bowlin- labels, Bazzill- Corderoy brads, 3 trims, Prima- white flowers, KI- epoxys, Plaid- foam stamp - (I decided not to use the Amy Butler Die cuts but had already used the kit so not included.) Cardboard, recycled from the mailer that the kits come in.

Additional Supplies: paint and ink

Thanks for looking! Good luck to all of the applicants! :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

December at Scrapmuse

The December newsletter has just come out from Scrapmuse and I have to say I think it is one of the best yet! There are so many great articles, technique and holiday. Of course I might be a little biased seeing as I wrote the technique article. ;D Here is the link for the newsletter if you get a chance to take a peek - December Newsletter.

I wanted to share my other projects that I made with the kit this month, too. This one is an older photo of Em and her friend, Payton. I used the edge of the decorative paper as a mask and misted with glimmer mist to get the fancy border on this page. The photo edge is a digi by Sandi Kreiger called French Laundry.

I realized that I haven't made many or any layouts with just Mark - so here it is - he said he didn't want millions of people looking at his picture - I told him that was a sure bet - maybe thousands, not millions. lol - I stamped the stars (Autumn Leaves) on a transparency and cut them out.

My grandmother at 18 - wasn't she beautiful? I used the glimmer mist with the little trees to try to make some shadow leaves behind the flowers I cut out.

And Emma and her Papa taking a ride on the RTV on Thanksgiving. Those smiles look alike to me. :D

My blogging friend, Sue - gave me this fun award! Thanks, Sue!! Sue's blog has tons of neat stuff - mixed media, quilting, journaling!!
It seems like the closer it gets to Christmas the crazier things get - I really don't like that because I want some time to just focus on the real reason for Christmas, Jesus. I have finished up most of my shopping and my mom has been so sweet to watch Emma for me some. It is hard to shop with a 3 year old - as most of you know! Hope you all have a wonderful beginning to your week and have some peace and joy come your way this holiday season.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lots of Good News

Lisa at Create My Keepsake just let me know that I will be the guest designer for December!!

I am so excited- I get to work with this new line by Teresa Collins!! Good thing I already have lots of pink pictures! lol

This is the LO I created for the contest -

Also - got a request from Somerset Memories for 2 of my layouts for publication!! WooHoo!! So, I have been flying high this weekend! Thanks for sharing in my excitement!

We are getting ready to decorate our Christmas tree tonight - hope to get some good pics. Hope you had a fun weekend! Mark is happy - the Gators won the SEC!!! On Sunday I took Emma to a birthday tea party where the girls dressed up in costumes - she wore her Tinkerbell costume without the wings. So adorable!! We stopped in at Walgreens on our way to the party and 2 of the cashiers were pretending they thought she was really Tinkerbell. She believed them and on the way out, whispered to me...Mom, those ladies REALLY thought I WAS Tinkerbell...she was so thrilled. It was so sweet of those ladies to make my baby's day! I'm off to see what everyone has been up to over the weekend! See you!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Pencil Lines, OLW, an award and a tag

I played along with a couple of challenges this week. Pencil Lines had a great sketch by Ingvild Blome. Here is my take on the sketch.

I love this photo of Emma's lips - I have always said they were like little rosebud lips. She loved this!

The word of the week from OLW is miracle. I created this mixed media layout from what was left from my Scrapmuse kit this month - I cut the paper into 3" squares - glued then onto chipboard, covered with gel medium and then painted it with gesso and shaded with a charcoal pencil. I layered some paint through punchinella and some cardboard. I traced around the glimmer mist trees from the kit and shaded them with charcoal.

Also I need to thank Ame for this 'I love your blog' award!! Thanks,

I love your blog too and appreciate your giving me this award!
I was tagged by Brooke and need to list 7 random facts about me - as I haven't done this for a while - here it goes....
1. I am extremely messy. Not a surprise to any of my readers - I am sure.
2. I love color - the more the better!
3. I am 33. And it feels pretty good!
4. I have a serious paper and embellishment addiction. ;D
5. Being a mom is the most important thing in my life.
6. I want to travel more.
7. I have a slightly obsessive personality - when I get into something I really obsess. (like scrapbooking)
Ok, enough about me! lol I hope everyone has a fun and fabulous weekend!! I am off to blog hop now! See ya!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Scrapmuse December Reveal and a Challenge

I am hosting a challenge at Scrapmuse this month with a really nice RAK - all you have to do is create a LO using the word 'thankful' and post it here by December 31 to enter. My LO for the challenge is below.

I used my December Kit from Scrapmuse to create it and I am loving the vintagey holiday feel to this kit. I made some flowers by just punching about 6 with my flower punch and putting a decorative brad in the center - I misted them with Glimmer Mist and scrunched them for some dimension. I even used some cardboard in the layers, too.

Here is a photo of the kit and all the goodies! Love that flocked paper and the glimmer mist!

I'll share some other LOs I made with it later on. Hope you are having a fun creative week! :)