Monday, December 31, 2007

Impressions of Anticipation: Ladybug


Font: Al Oxygen
kit: Impressions of Anticipation Collection by the Studio Girls at Scrapbook-Graphics.
Holes/Rips from "Age It Quick" by Kim Broelet.
Pixies- 5x7 Folded Overlay by Sausan Designs.
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19913&cat=0&page=1

The door was open and in flew this tiny bug. Liam was instantly mesmerized.11.25-2007

Impressions of Anticipation - Desktop Calendar


Desktop calendar done for the calendar challenge at Scrapbook-Graphics.
Calendar by Bren Boone at SBG.
Kit used: Impression of Anticipation Collective kit by the Studio Girls at Scrapbook-Graphics, available December 31.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Sometimes I Feel So Very Pretty


Here's my page for the ON playday at SBG.

Scraplift of Nicole's "Leonie"http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=47052&cat=all&ppuser=2524

Fonts: Arial Rounded Mt, Passions Conflict, Bickley Script
Flowers from Glittery Spots by Trish Jones. (recolored)
Swirls from Flittery elements by Lorie Davidson
Staple by Jenn Patrick 1958

These layouts were featured in the Page Maps Jan. 2008 newsltr.


This is the page I made for Liam.



A couple of weeks ago I did a layout of Liam building his gingerbread house, so of course, I had to make one of Kaylie, too. This is the first time in a long time that I make 3 pages about one single event.

Scrapbook-Graphics: Chats, Impressions of Anticipation and Challenges


I just wanted to let you know that we’re planning a New Year’s Eve Chat Fest starting at 6 p.m. Eastern on December 31st and running until 3 a.m. Eastern January 1st. If you don’t have any plans, we hope you’ll stop in for a while and hang out. There’s no schedule, we’ll just have Studio Girls popping in when they can (probably with goodies!), the Studio Crew in there joking around, and every hour on the half-hour we’ll be giving away one copy of the Studio Girls new collaboration, Impressions of Anticipation which will debut that night!


Also want to let you know that come January 1st there will be some changes happening with our Spirit Club! In addition to earning one Pom Pom Point per post in the forum/gallery, you will now be able to earn 20 Pom Pom Points for every Studio Crew challenge you complete. Just register in the specially marked Spirit Club thread in the Contest forum each month with your current post count, and then, throughout the month, add links to your challenge layouts in your original registration post by editing it. At the end of the month, you will have worked your way right up the ladder of Spirit Club prizes. Our prize package always coordinates with the Studio Girls’ latest collaboration, so totally worth working for!


Here is a list of the challenges that will continue in the new year, along with the new challenges we’ll be adding!


Frameworthy: our art inspiration challenge brought to you every Monday by Kim and Donna
I Can Scraplift That: our always fun scraplifting challenge hosted by Kait each Tuesday
We Can Build It: brought to you every other Thursday by Becky and Tammy, this challenge gives you a list of required elements that must be included on your page. Can We Build It? Yes, we can!
Memory Lane: Stephanie and Jenna host this stroll down Memory Lane, prompting you to scrap about days gone by.
Studio Starts: our weekly blog challenge continues every Friday in the new year with Color It challenges, Studio Girl scraplifts, fun prompts and a new category, List It!
Filmstrip: this is a new photography challenge that Stephanie will bring you every other Monday starting January 7th
Encylcopedia of an Ordinary Year: Jenn is taking her Reality Scraps challenge to a new level this year by having you scrap your daily life with alphabetical themes every other Tuesday
Theme Album Challenge: Karen Maggie is asking you to join her on the first Thursday of the month for this year-long challenge to create a theme album by scrapping at least one two-page spread each month
Desktop Challenge: Tammy reminds us the last week of the month to get our desktop wallpaper ready for the upcoming month


Also look for photography technique challenges from Amy, another Quirkshop from Donna and Kim, possibly an intermediate DSLR for Newbies class, another Brag Book challenge from Wendy, and who knows what else! We’re always full of surprises! So stay tuned, join in and win those prizes! We'd love it if you would join us! See you there.

Goodies Wonderland at CottageArts.Net

If you still have some Christmas cash left over, how about stopping over at CottageArts.Net? They have some awesome templates, winter kits, Christmas kits, etc., and best yet, they are on special! Can't beat that! Follow this link to check it out for yourself.

Deal of the Day

Have you noticed that Scrapbook-Graphics has a DEAL OF THE DAY section in the store?

If you haven't, how about I give you a link so you can check it out. But you better check it out everyday as you will never know what you will find there....but I can assure you, it is all good.

I just took a peek and I saw templates by both Jen Caputo and Janet Phillips, a set of quickpages by Maya, Textiles by Wendy...and other equally enticing stuff. Go on, check it out. I know you want to.

Photoshop Actions Sale

If you are a Photoshop user and are in need of actions, then head on over to Kim Hill's store at Scrapbook-Elements. Kim Hill is having a sale on her actions.

Friday Goodies

Hello Everyone,
I hope you all had a great Christmas.

Andrea has a template.
Being Mrs. Wresh has a template.
Digital Freebies has a Vintage Winter add on by Danielle.
Kissed Studios has a cute card template.
Little Dreamers has a fabulous set of gift boxes.
Ptitesouris has a super cute sampler of her kit Envolee Magique
Shutterfly Blog has a wonderful template by Katie Pertiet....a must have.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Monday Must Haves

Hello Everyone,
I don't have time to hop all over the net, but these are must haves:

Christina Renee has Christmas Collage Sheets and ornament templates here.
Rachel's Foil Flakes

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. 1925

Happy Holidays to All of You, My Friends


Fonts: Passions Conflict and Times New Roman

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Check out the SBG blog for a Freebie

Hello Everyone,
If you like the snowman with marshmallows wrap I made, check out the SBG blog to get your very own template to make it, along with instructions.

If you do make one, I'd love to see it! 1907

Printables



I made this wrap for Kaylie's marshmallows that she brought to school for the xmas party.
Text: I heard that you've been naughty, so listen here is the scoop, I'm running short on coal this year, so here's some snowman poop! :)
I made miniature tags for Liam. I then glued mini candy canes to the card. I took pity on the teacher...imagine 20 kids high on sugar running around the room! LOL. Liam was pleased with the tags...he even got to sign his name.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Lilacs - She Wore Lilacs on her Hair


This is the 2nd time that I have used this kit of Lorie’s and love the resulting page. Usually I am more of a textures and background papers person and not much into the use of lots of elements, but as always, there is an exception to the rule and this is it! I love the realistic floral elements and classic textures of the papers, which allow me to create a page outside of my norm.
Note: I made the twigs frame out of a twig provided in the Archives Collection. The main bg. ppr. was recolored to Lilac to match my layout.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sick kids, day 2

The kids are slowly getting better. Liam's cold appears to be running its course...didn't sneeze as much as he did yesterday. They have been on a 4 hour schedule taking meds. so the improvement is noticeable.

They are both looking forward to going back to school. Me too.

Andrea has a template available.
Barefoot in the Grass a cute wire word and bell.
Being Mrs. Wresh has a sampler at her blog.
Linday has some cute holly elements
PinkuPixie has some really cute santa stickers...really cute!
Dreadfully Happy kit...
Rhonna Farrer has a doodled bird freebie at the Shutterfly Blog
Tara has some Never Forget stamps at her blog.
Val has a template...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Guess Who Are Home Sick Again?

Yes, both of them are home sick, again.
Liam is an allergy sufferer so his nose is always congested. Kaylie, while not an allergy sufferer, has a slightly different kind of problem...she is like a mucous factory. Enough said.

Anyway, Kaylie woke up this morning with red cheeks and was extremely hot. Her temperature was 102. She cried her little eyes out when I told her she wasn't going to school.

Liam, on the other hand, was sneezing and had a runny nose....there it goes, grab it! Runny (running) nose...yeah, I know, lame joke. Anyway, I sent him to school and get a call back an hour and a half later that 'he isn't doing well, pls. come pick him up.'

Off I go to pick him up. Wouldn't you know, when they get home, they are better, or so it seems. Anyway, here are today's freebies:

Andrea has a cute template...
Bren has a Santa hat...adorable!
Carol Abram has a doodled frame at the Shutterfly blog
Christine has some krafty stars ...check out her store specials, too.
Emily has a super cute mini kit at Little Dreamer Designs
Fran has a super duper cute ppr. pk title Coulerus D'Irelande
Lindsay has a 2photo template...
Mindy has a Worn Away mini kit...
Monika has some sparkly elements...check them out.
Pam has a Santa mini kit...
SweetMade has some overlays...
Valgal has some wordart...

Printable


This project is so easy to make and very useful, too.All you need are two circles and a brad. For this project, I made the top circle 7" inches, and the 2nd circle (bottom) 6.75". Notice the placement of the brad...it is on top of a snowflake, which makes it look like a tiny button.
P.S. And don't forget to cut an opening where the word will be visible!
I used Bren Boone's CHILLY WILLY papers and the snowmen is from MERRY MEMORIES, also by Bren.The snowmen in the blue circle is the original color. The snowman for the girl version has been altered in color...This neat contraption makes it fun for the kids to practice reading and spelling their popcorn* words from school. Obviously, I can do this straight from a list, but that isn't any fun. This is cute, cute, cute and they get to spin the circle to pick a word, which makes it fun for them.
*popcorn: High usage words that enable beginners to learn to read.
Liam is learning the months of the year and days of the week so that is what his words are all about, as well as some christmas words.For Kaylie, she is learning popcorn words, so all of her words are from a list supplied by the teacher. I used words that she really needs to practice and focus on.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Cheer is Here to Stay.

I figure since we are all in Christmas mode, that I should have the music to liven up the blog a bit.

For your enjoyment, I have selected (with the help of Liam, of course) a variety of songs to put you in a festive mood.

Enjoy!
P.S. If you don't like the one currently playing, fast forward to other selections.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


Aren't these the cutest decorations ever? I love the felt penguin and snowmen. I especially like the Santa ornament...pay close attention to the pet on Santa's shoulder...it looks like a Chihuahua. I have a Chihuahua...
Credits: Tied Ribbon: All Tied Up Vol. I by Traci Sims @ SBG
Beaded edge blank, blue/white ribbon & stitching from Blue Willow by Traci Sims @ SBG
Template from the Holiday Set by Janet Phillips @ SBG

Friday, December 14, 2007

Gingerbread House


I just LOVE the way this page turned out. The rubberbands were an unexpected treat for me. The curled edges are fab, too.
Winter Wonder Mini kit by Birgit Kerr
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19842&cat=0&page=1
Essential Sparkles
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19798&cat=0&page=1
Edgy Edges - Bedazzle Curls
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19810&cat=0&page=1
Little Paper Bits Alpha
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19834&cat=0&page=1
TK Stamped: http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16624&cat=279&page=2
All Tied Up – Vol II, by Traci Sims
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19272&cat=0&page=1
Weihnacht – The Papers by Birgit
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19844&cat=0&page=1
Journaling ppr. by Lynn Grieverson.
Bent photo frame by Gunhild Storeide
Addtl font: Pea Elizabeth

Friday Goodies

Hello Everyone,
Here are a few designs for you.

Andrea has a template.
Artistic Musings (KSharonKDesigns) has a lovely xmas sampler.
Being Mrs. Wresh has a 2-page template.
Believe wordart by Mindy.
Calendar Templates by Scrappy Expressions
Faith has an overlay that is super cute.
Miriam Lima has a wonderful ppr. sampler at Little Dreamer Designs.
Misty has some cute labels for grabs at her blog.
Tara has a lovely card template for a challenge at her blog.
Vir Brandy has some xmas stickers for grabs.

It's Friday...Hurray!

Oh goodness, it is Friday already. It seems that this week has been dragging, and dragging, and dragging. It is cold and foggy here today. Driving Kay to school, I could barely see a thing.

Anyway, I needed a change so I am working on a new blog header. I changed the music to something a bit happier and bubbly. I love this song! What do you think?

Anyway, if you need a good laugh today, head on over to my friend Rachael's blog. I can't believe that she would even fess up to this happening to her; I know I wouldn't reveal it if it had happened to me. :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Merry Christmas


Liam opening gifts on Christmas Day. 12/25/2005
Santa in Sleigh from Holiday Puffy Sticker by Julie Mead @ CottageArts.
Bg. pprs. from Winter Dreams Ppr. pk by Julie Mead @ CottageArts
Glitter icicles, stars, presents, sign and wordart title from Paper Bag Christmas Element set by Julie Mead @ cottageArts
Ribbon loop and mini tag from Paper Bag Elegant Elements by Julie Mead @ CottageArts.
Staple and scalloped bent photo frame from Study Buddy Pak @ CottageArts
Font: Times New Roman
Sketch by Becky Fleck.

Dear Santa


Font: Times New Roman, Placard Condensed, Kids First Print

Snowflake, holly and presents: Holiday Puffy Stickers by Julie Mead/CottageArts.
Note: I altered the stickers by removing the puffiness. I also recolored the presents. I recolored the snowflake and added a highlight layer to the star to make it glow.

Tree/Joyeux Noel Duex Page Pak by Julie Mead/CottageArts
Note: I extracted a branch from the tree and layered the branches on the tree to achieve a fuller look. I also reduced the size of the stars, holly leaves and lights.

Lights on tree from Let It Glow Elemental pk by Julie Mead/CottageArts

Stars, beige print ppr. in round mat from Joyeux Noel Add-On Element Pak by Julie Mead/CottageArts

Scrap Template 2 - Page Layouts at CottageArts
Note: I altered the template by adding an additional photo.

Staple from Study Buddy page pk./CottageArts

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Terrific Tuesday

A few weeks ago, we got the kid's first school report card. They are both doing well. Kaylie needs to improve writing her letters, spacing, capitalization and periods.

Liam did exceptionally well in math and reading. Of course, he has been able to read since pre-kinder so this is not a surprise to me. His teacher tells me that Liam has been doing great in listening and behaving and was pleased with his improvement.

Of course, the day after I get this glowing review, he starts misbehaving again. When I ask him why he is misbehaving, he tells me that the kids are talking and he can't concentrate or think. In the past, I have observed that when Kaylie starts talking incessantly, he puts up with her for a while, but then gets really frustrated with her. If she doesn't listen to him, he gets really angry. When he is overly excited, he tends to go inward in his head and not listen to what is being said to him. At times, if the noises or voices get to be too loud or too much to bear for him, he will cover his ears in an effort to stop it. I have always thought this behaviour to be a bit off, but being 5 years old, he is just beginning to learn to cope with his environment. Intellectually, he knows what he has to do, but has a hard time following up. I hope that once Christmas is over, he will settle into a normal routine again.

If you have made it this far, then here are the goodies I found today.

Andrea has a great template on her blog...boy, where does she get so many ideas?
Doris has a great set of Christmas Quickpages on her blog.
Jan Crawley has an overlay and some wonderful tags here.
Gina has an adorable alpha...gingerbread with icing included.
Little Dreamer Designs has an adorable messy stamper set
Lindsay has so cute tinsel doodles at her blog...
Maria LaFrance has a super cute New Year's Eve sampler...
Misschifis has an adorable Blue Christmas mini..
Misty has a cute frame on her blog. While there, why not leave her a congratulatory message on her new daughter?!
Traci has a super cute frame at her blog. Check her new stuff, too.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sunday Goodies

Here are some wonderful templates, samplers and kits. Enjoy!

AndreaG has a cute template.
Frame
ScrapProfessor's Winter Wonderland
Holiday Charms kit by Nathy
Embrace Life by Sande Krieger
Frosted by Michelle Coleman
Aqua kit by Janine
Dakota kit by Gabi
Be Merry @ DigitalScrapbookFreebies
Christmas sampler by Misschifis Scroll down for other samplers...well worth the time.
Candy Cane sampler by Heidi at Little Dreamer Designs
Christmas Pprs. by Herald
Christmas Around the World Sampler by Pamela

Don't forget to say thank you.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

When is the number 3 an unlucky number?



When you have Trish Jones, Doris Castle and Meredith Fenwick leaving Scrapbook-Graphics at the same time.

December 14 is Meredith's last day, so if you like her stuff, go grab it now before the stuff disappears for good.

Retirement Sale by Doris Castle...everything 50 percent off


I guess that by now you know that Doris Castle is leaving Scrapbook-Graphics...
So sad to see her go, but she is a fabulous designer and a good friend and I wish her success in all future endeavors.
Remember to use coupon SDRetire to get half off of her designs.

Close Out Sale by Trish Jones - 50 percent off




In case you haven't heard the news, Trish Jones is leaving Scrapbook-Graphics. She is currently having a 50 percent off sale off of everything. No coupon needed. She has some great kits and elements. Grab them here before they vanish.

I really like her designs and am sorry to see her go. Good luck, Trish!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Captivating


Your natural beauty is undeniable; but it is your captivating smile and gentle heart that charms me.


Supplies from Birgit Kerr
flower, swirls (recolored), stitching, leaves and brads from Sweet Summers End
Snowflake Sash (recolored) and background ppr. from Winter Wonder.
Crochet lace, felt heart and red ppr. and linen ppr. from Weichnacht page set.
Beaded staple from Brighten My day page set.
Tape from Fasten It
Frames by Joanne Brisebois.
Sketch from Rachael Giallongo's The Merriest Collection.
Fonts: Passions Conflict and Times New Roman

Friday Goodies

I tried to post yesterday, but Blogger ate my entry. So here I go again.

Scrapbook-Graphics has 2 templates available.
Bookmark template
Tri-Fold Gift Card template

2 Peas has their December kit up.
Amy has a super cute template.
Andrea has a snowflake accent template on her blog, too.
Artistic Musings/KSharonK has a wonderfully bright xmas sampler....the new kit is fab!
Babs has part 4 of her zum Nikolaus kit ...
Brushes by Valgal. From her 25 days of xmas chall...a gift each day. Be sure to check them all!
Christine has some fabulous funky fiber flowers...while there, check out her new products. Christmas Drama Pprs. by Mindy
Christmas glitter by Krista.
DigiDiva has some great cardboard buttons.
Eva has a red glittery alpha on her blog. Perfect for those xmas pages!
Ronna Farrer has some fabulous tags at the Shutterfly Blog.
Shandy has a great template...go grab it. She is also having a sale.
Skittlesandscraps has some cute templates at her blog.
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Snow Series: Introducing Mrs. Shivers


TaDa! Introducing the fabulous Mrs. Shivers.

Snow Series: The Making of...


It was snowing outside and the kids were eager to get out and play. They piled up as much snow as they could and started building a snowman. Because Kaylie was in charge, she decided she wanted a snow girl. She used one white button and one green button for the eyes, a carrot for the nose and cranberries for its cheeks. She then wrapped her hot pink scarf around her snow girl and christened her Mrs. Shivers. Dec. 4, 2005

Font: TimesNewRoman
Curled edge by Marcie Reckinger.
Chilly Willy kit by Bren Boone
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19433&cat=0&page=1
Frost Biten Overlay by Bren Boone
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19434&cat=0&page=1
Essentials White Chipboard alpha by Kathy Moore
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=17583&cat=0&page=1
Good times laundry label by Traci Reed
Backward staple by Jen Patricks
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Snow Days Series


I will be doing snowy layouts for a bit now...taking a breather from the xmas pages...but don't be surprised that I still have more xmas pages...I am redoing most of my old ones.

Kaylie loves snow. Once the snow starts coming down, she starts looking for her gear to go out to play. She is full of glee and her eyes twinkle with joy. If it makes my girl this happy, I say, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow. 2-11-2006

Chilly Willy by Bren Boone
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/search.php?mode=search&page=1
Frost Biten Overlay by Bren Boone
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19434&cat=0&page=2
All Tied Up Vol II by Traci Sims
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19272&cat=0&page=6
Sketch Coll 22 by Jen Caputo
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19744&cat=0&page=1
Font: Century Gothic

Extreme Makeover


Every Sunday, faithfully, my dh and kids watch America's Funniest Videos and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Kaylie listens to the family's story of misfortune and invariable ends up crying. Liam, on the other hand, loves to watch Ty Pennington screaming on the bullhorn running around like a wild man. But I digress, the purpose of the preceeding information is to make you realize that that is where the inspiration for this page came from.
Extreme makeover in the fact that Liam, who is only 5 years old and in Kindergarten, thought to dress up the turkey as Santa. We printed papers and embellishents from Bren's kit and started disguising the turkey. Cotton balls, foam and staples where also used. The same digital papers that were used to make the turkey, were used in my scrapbook page. How is that for coordination?
Fonts: Century Gothic, Mistral and Impact
Kit: Christmas Cheer by Bren Boone
Sketch from Sketch Collection 22 by Jen Caputo.

P.S. The minute that Liam heard the title of the page, he got a huge smile on his face and then he was grinning. He thought it was so cool..
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

My Pride and Joy


Another old layout redone.

Journaling: "Christmas time is wonderful now that I have you. I love to see your faces of enthusiasm and wonder. Everything is extra special for you and you can’t wait to enjoy it. You know that it is a time to spend with family, be good to our neighbors and be the best we can be. I don’t know what I did to deserve such happiness. You are my pride and joy and am happiest when you are with me."

CREDITS: Traci Sims’ Fancy Glitter Borders; Janet Phillips’ Holiday Grabbag; Bren Boone’s Fun with Frames (round frame), Merry Memories; Faith True’s Safety Pin Alpha, Kim Jensen’s Date It Plastic Beads; Kristin Cronin Barrow’s Frosty Frolics (stars); FONT: Velvet

Count On Me to REMEMBER


Though my son Adam passed away 3 years before Kaylie was born, and 4 years before Liam, I have a need to teach them that we need to honor his memory. I'd like to think that he is in a much better place looking over all of us.

Flowery Swirls are from Count on Me Element Pk.
Power Borders 1 template by Julie Mead @ CottageArts.Nethttp://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/pobo1te.html
Font: Elegant
Template (modified) from CottageArts Simply Done 1

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned, and cuddled mytwo children on demand, visited their doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree onthe school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto mydaughter's girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes: I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candyaisle in the grocery store. I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like a car with fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with one potty-trained toddler, two kids who don't fight, and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting, "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of mychildren's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don'tforget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three fluorescent colors and is guaranteed to crumble on any carpet making the In-laws' house seem just like mine.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a styrofoam container. If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season.

Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn't look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight. Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back.

Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table, but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always, Mom.
P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep mychildren young enough to believe in you.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Carefree


A stroll at the creek, a visit to "your" tree and pretend fishing...oh, to be young and CAREFREE.
Credits: Chippy Chalk Alpha
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/chchal.html
Staple from Study Buddy Page Pak
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/stbupapakw.html
Natural 6 Papers Pak
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/na6papak.html
Ribbon loop and tag from Cottage Arts Paper Bag Elegant Elements
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/pabagelelpak.html
X stitch from Embroidery Stitches 1
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/emstiauhu.html
Font Palatino Linotype
Scalloped Potato template collection by Rachael Giallongo at Polka Dot Potato
http://www.polkadotpotato.com/shop/product.php?productid=1396&cat=0&page=1

Waiting to Meet Santa


Messy Little Stitches by Bren Boone
Font: Sweetheart Script
Gingerbread man and loose sequins by BBoone/MerryMemories page set.
Template by Janet Phillips .
Kit: Impressions of the Holidays by the Studio Girls at Scrapbook-Graphics.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, everything is from the Impressions of the Holidays mega kit.
Aren't these papers luscious? Every time I see this cranberry paper, it makes me think of Strawberry Daiquiries. :)

Impressions of Holiday by the Studio Girls at Scrapbook-Graphics


Have you seen the new collaborative kit made by The Studio Girls at Scrapbook-Graphics? What is that you said? You haven't? Shame on you! Let me fix that for you right now. Look up...isn't that gorgeous? It looks even better in real life.

And best yet, it is coming this Saturday. It is the second collaboration of SBG's Impressions of… series. Impressions of the Holidays has warm gold, funky red, and gorgeous greens colors that is guaranteed to yield some of your best holiday pages ever!

(If you don't know who they are, click on their names which will take you to their side of the store so you can see their design style)

This jam-packed collection contains:
40 papers4 frames2 snowflake elements20 ribbon and ribbon elements9 doodles3 overlays22 Christmas tree elements + 1 stringed tree element1 Christmas gift element1 swirl5 ornament shapes5 tags3 themed page templates2 photo prongs2 corduroy and button elements2 brads1 metal pin1 wavy stitching 1 zigzag stitching1 scalloped edge element2 glitter stars
The collection will be available Saturday, and if you use coupon code hohoho07, you’ll be able to download it for just $9.99. AND…
if you want to get some great coordinating goodies for FREE created by the Studio Crew, come play along with the other Spirit Club participants who make SBG rock with all their comments and good cheer! The Seasons Greetings Spirit Club Game starts on the 1st! See you on Saturday.

Friday Goodies

Hello Everyone,
I guess you have noticed I haven't been around much...it is nothing you did, really, it is me. I just don't feel like myself. I feel tired all of the time and I guess I can atribute that to me not taking care of myself. I have noone to blame but myself. I just have to get of my non-existant derriere and do something about it. I am starting to catch up with my reader postings...wow, I had a ton of catching up to do.


The Magic of Christmas Add on http://www.digiscrapbooking.ch/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=172
Snow Much Fun by Mira http://scraphead.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=55&products_id=455
SweethHeart template by AmyF
http://amyfennercreations.blogspot.com/2007/11/freebie.html
Whimsical Winter by Jenni
http://jen-at-chaos-lounge.blogspot.com/
Prunilles Pprs. by Fran
http://imaginebyfran.blogspot.com/
Build Your Own Snow Folk by Amanda
http://designsthatrawk.blogspot.com/
Rainbow kit by Junia
http://juju-fotos.blogspot.com/
Party On Sampler by KimB
http://kimbsdesigns.blogspot.com/
X=Mas Tree by Violaine
http://gimpetdigiscrap.canalblog.com/archives/2007/11/29/7064879.html
Glitter Trees by Monika http://digiscrap-monika69.blogspot.com/2007/11/glitterowe-choinki.html
Desk calendar
http://shabbyprincess.typepad.com/shabby_princess/2007/11/hi-all-lets-get.html
Swirl Candy alpha/Scrappy Expressions
http://scrappyexpressions.blogspot.com/
Holiday
Magic/Cinzia@Digital Freebies http://www.digitalfreebies.com/freebies.php
Template by Celine
http://leblogdeceline.canalblog.com/archives/2007/11/28/7050136.html
Jolly Alpha by KJC
http://kjconners.blogspot.com/
Frames @ Christina Renee
http://www.christinareneedesigns.com/authenticartistry/
Merry Christmas kit by Sueli
http://suelicolbert.blogspot.com/
Christmas Nature Pprs. by Babs
http://zeitfuermich.blogspot.com/
Emma, part 13 by AmyW
http://scrap-a-lot.blogspot.com/
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Enchanted


I have always loved this photo of Kaylie. She was prancing in the garden admiring the flowers. She seemed to be in her own world; I tried very hard not to disturb her. 5-14-2006

Lace from Winter White kit by Traci Sims
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=17030&cat=0&page=1
Hot Spots - Sparkly by Trish Jones @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19480&cat=0&page=1
Archive Collection by Lorie Davison
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19678&cat=0&page=2
Font: Black Jack

Posting Galleries:
DST http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=219869&cat=500
SBB http://www.scrapbook-bytes.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=263902&cat=500&ppuser=19252
SBG http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=23541&cat=587

Monday, November 26, 2007

Baers Garten Designs - Blog Playday: Sunflower




Kit used: Happy Falls by Baers Garten Designs
Font: Pea Elizabeth
top butterfly from Doris Castle's Bella Donna page set @ SBG
2nd butterfly from Traci Sim's Springy Thingz Stickers and Brushes @ SBG
Cardboard photo corner from Is It Fall Yet by Kathy Moore @ SBG
Staple by Jen Patricks
Sketch by Rachael Giallongo.
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Studio Start Challenge - Scraplift Trish Jones


This is my page for the Scraplift a Studio Girl at Scrapbook-Graphics.
Naked Stamp Sheets by Meredith Fenwick @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=18056&cat=0&page=1
Bg. papers (blended) from Backyard Barbie (PaperTrails2) by Trish Jones @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19075&cat=0&page=1
Leaves from Keeping Up with the Joneses - The Yard page set by Trish Jones @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=18817&cat=0&page=1
Overlay on photo from Eye Love You 5x7 photo overlays by Berna Datema @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19455&cat=0&page=1
Paper Dates by Janet Phillips @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19432&cat=0&page=1
Fall Stamp (recolored) from Fall Palette page set by Bren Boone @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19178&cat=0&page=1
Carboard alpha and staples by Bren Boone @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19165&cat=0&page=1
Card-OfficeCards by Trish Jones @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=18967&cat=0&page=1
Inked overlay by Nancy R. Janitz/Scrapartist
Font: Pea Marcie

Posting Galleries:
DigiShopTalk Scrapboook-Bytes Scrapbook-Graphics

Friday, November 23, 2007

NEW STORE OPENING: TWO LITTLE PIXELS

From time to time you have heard me rave about KSharonKDesigns. I love her fun, fresh designs and one photo layouts. Her photography skills are fantastic, too.

I just found out that she opened her own shop! I am so excited for her. It is called TWO LITTLE PIXELS. She just opened the store this week, so stop by to check out her designs. She has 2 fabulous freebies there.... Is that enough enticement for you?

Wishing you much success, Sharon!

ARE YOU TOO BUSY FOR ANOTHER FREEBIE?

Baers Garten Designs has joined Scrapbook-Graphics. Let me tell you, she is wonderful! Her designs are gorgeous, bu then again, I say that about all the designers at Scrapbook-Graphics and CottageArts because it is the truth. Trust me, I wouldn't stir you wrong.

She is giving away, yes you heard me right, a sampler titled "Florets" at the SBG Blog, which you can get here.
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ENABLER ALERT: SCRAPBOOK-GRAPHICS

Here are the sales that I know are taking place at Scrapbookgraphics this weekend!
Happy shopping! http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/home.php

Studio Meredith: 25% off; 50% off items that are being retired.

Studio Trish: Hot, Hot, Hot Sale 35% off until Monday November 26th

Studio Girls Collective: 50% off all collabs except Impressions of Gratitude which is on sale for $9.99 with coupon code ohsogratefulStudio
ON Designs: 25% off

Studio Traci: 30% off now through Saturday

Studio Sausan: no sale Friday, but will host her 45% off Pink Monday Sale again this year. The sale starts at noon EST on Monday November 26th and runs until noon EST on Tuesday November 27th.

Studio Doris: 25% off (anything over $5) using this coupon code: ShopBFStudio Kathy: prices marked down!

Studio Bren: 25% off too. Coupon code: dsdbren

Studio Mirranda: 35% off everything including commercial use items Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Studio Berna: 25% off Friday only

Studio Jen: One day only, November 23rd, take 40% off everything in Studio Jen with coupon code jcbf07

Studio Krista: 30% off sale starting now through Sunday

Studio Janet: a special holiday edition grab bag (with a special sale coupon inside), available Friday-Sunday

Studio Jessica: specially priced brand new holiday kit (with a sale coupon for future shopping) on sale Friday-Monday.

And don't miss out on the Grand Opening of Baers Garten Designs Thursday: 40% off Thursday-Sunday (plus a freebie will appear on the blog beginning Thursday!)

ENABLE ALERT: COTTAGE ARTS!


You've admired their dreamy designs, you've have been waiting for the sale...well, wait no more. CottageArts.Net is having a sale. Check out their fabulous designs. I will share with you that Julie Mead is selling her designs there and they are wonderful. Don't just take my word for it, check it out for yourself! HURRAY, I LOVE A GOOD SALE; OFF TO SHOP!
http://www.cottagearts.net/home.html

ENABLER ALERT! ENABLER ALERT! XMAS CARD FREEBIE!



Oh my goodness, have you seen the free cards that Maya from Scrapbook-Graphics is giving away for free at the Shutterfly blog? What are you waiting for, go get them! 1596

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Kiss




I am redoing a lot of my old layouts. This is one of the pages I redid. This template by Michelle Godin came in handy. The minute I saw it, I knew it would be perfect. The bows are to die for.
The same thing happened with my kit choice. Merry Memories by Bren Boone. The minute I saw it, I had to have it. If you are looking for Christmas or Winter stuff, Bren is the designer for you.

Gift wrapped template by Michelle Godin @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19638&cat=0&page=1
Frame-The Basics Collaborative kit by the Studio Girls
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16927&cat=0&page=1
Merry Memories page set by Bren Boone @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19545&cat=0&page=1
Tag from Measure of a Man by Bren Boone
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19174&cat=0&page=1

Posting Galleries:
DST http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=216842&ppuser=976
SBB http://www.scrapbook-bytes.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=263292&cat=500&ppuser=19252
SBG http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=23264&cat=500&ppuser=4310

Tuesday Goodies

Christmas Glitter by LindsayJane
Emma, part 9, by AmyW
Frames by Scrapladies
Glitter Styles by Flergs
Glitzy Grunge Alpha
Flowers by Fran
Freebie01 by GrazielaMendes
Paper Alphabet my Monika
Template by Melissa
Template by Yin
Thanksgiving Tag by KJConners
Mouse Xmas Sticker by Babs

Please don't forget to thank the designers for their generosity.
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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Saturday Goodies

Emma Green Alpha by Amy
Serenity by KSharonK
Scalloped Pprs by AugustDesigns
Sampler by ATownsend
Black Alpha
Template by Neverland Scraps
Highland Grunge by Misschifis
Holiday Inn freebies /Digital Freebies
Snowman QP by SophiaSarducci
Happy Birthday kit/SDK
Template by TracyB
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Friday, November 16, 2007

Friday Goodies

Here are a few things that grabbed my attention.

Template 161 by AGold
Chaudron Elements by Fran (Check out the papers and other freebies on previous posts)
The Season mini kit by LindsayJane
Template by BO'Neal
Snowflake Alpha (Pain D'epice)by Petit Moineaux
Do You Believe in Santa mini kit by Melissa
Funky buttons by TLewis (love them!)
GlitterWings by KimB
Home challenge sampler by Misty Mareda at LDS
Glass Mozaic sampler by Martina
Emma, Part 7 by AmyW
Xmas Tree template by Gabi Butcher
Template by Bree Clarkson/SweetShoppeDesigns
Tis the Season by RetroDiva

P.S. Don't forget about KSharonK, who always posts a freebie on Fridays!
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Count On Me To Remember


K & L placing flowers on Adam's Grave.

Bg. Ppr.: Fleece Blanket Pak
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/flblpapakw.htmlFlowery Swirls are from Count on Me Element Pk.
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/coonmeelpak.html
Power Borders 1 template by Julie Mead @ CottageArts.Net
http://cottagearts-net.stores.yahoo.net/pobo1te.html
Template (modified) from CottageArts Simply Done 1
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fairy Tales Do Come True!


Layout done for the I Can Scraplift That! Challenge at SBG.

Black ppr. - OoogelieGoogelie-Sausan Designs
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19246&cat=0&page=1
Fairy Tales by Sausan Designs and Jackie Eckles
http://www.sausandesigns.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=69
Alpha from Big Girl Panties by Sausan and Trish Jones
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=18955&cat=0&page=1
Scalloped Mat from shapes Collection 3 by Jen Caputo
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=17512&cat=0&page=3
Scalloped border by TBSK
Turquoise ppr. from Blind Date kit by Sausan Designs.
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19534&cat=0&page=1
Stitching from Sweet Lady kit by Carrie Stephens
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=17119&cat=0&page=1
Sticky Tab by Bren Boone @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19324&cat=0&page=1
Ribbon-All Tied Up Vol 2 by Traci Sims
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19272&cat=0&page=1
Font: Pea Marcie

Monday, November 12, 2007

Street Smarts by Maya - Absolute Delight!


I love the rich colors of the background papers in the Street Smarts, Backpack 2 by Maya. The minute I saw them I knew they would be perfect for my pictures of Kaylie, but then again, how can they not be? The attention to detail in these papers is evident. A close inspection reveals grungy edges perfect for just about any ocassion. The intensity of the bg. papers were perfectly complemented by Trish Jones' hotspost-sparkly, which gave me just the right amount of femininity and pizzazz that I wanted for this page.

Font: Times New RomanTemplate from Perfectly Imperfect 2 by Janet Phillipshttp://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19449&cat=0&page=1Street Smarts, Backpack 2, by Mayahttp://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19470&cat=0&page=1Hotspots-Sparkly (recolored) by Trish Joneshttp://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19480&cat=0&page=1Staple by Jenn Patricks

Monday Goodies

Something to brighten your day...

Verveine ppr. pk by Fran
Template by Jill and Jack
Arty-Farty template by KimB
Cluster Frames by Lindsay Jane
Thankful Kit by Megan
Silent Night paper pack by NBR
Pain D'epice by Petit Moineaux
Dreamery Template by SweetMade
Jungle Fever by MartinaS
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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

Color it Yellow! Daffodils



Blue ribbon from The Peacock Lady by Bren Boone/SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19175&cat=0&page=3
White and blue bg. pprs. are from The Secret Smile Ppr. Pk by Bren Boone/SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19151&cat=0&page=3
Yellow bg. ppr. is a combination of a yellow, floral and orange pprs. from Little Tykes page set by Bren Boone/SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19233&cat=0&page=2
Hot spots – Sparkly by Trish Jones/SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19480&cat=0&page=1
(Note: Some parts were erased and recolored to suit my taste)
Fancy Glitter Border by Traci Sims/SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19497&cat=0&page=1
Stardust sprinkles overlay from Blissful page set by Bren Boone/SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19221&cat=0&page=1
Pretty Petals by Bren
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19514&cat=0&page=1
Sequin done with an action by Bren Boone, from her November grabbag.
Font: Pea Elizabeth, Ville de Geneve ES
Template by Rachael Giallongo (Nov. grabbag) at PolkaDotPotato

Posting Galleries:
DST http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=210091&ppuser=976
SBB http://www.scrapbook-bytes.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=261630&cat=500&ppuser=19252
SBG http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=22714&cat=587
Polka Dot Potato: http://www.polkadotpotato.com/gallery2/showphoto.php?photo=3936&ppuser=1174

Watching The Ducks - We Can Build It Challenge at SBG


I did this layout for the I CAN BUILD IT! challenge at Scrapbook-Graphics. The challenge was to use 3 photos, painted/variegated/blended ppr., black elements and something glittery.

Font: Pea Elizabeth
Template by Janet Philips from the November grab bag at SBG
(modified...I added two additional pictures)
Dragonfly sparkle overlay by Ztampf.
Whatever Mama! Collaborative kit by Jessica Bolton @ SBG
http://www.scrapbookgraphics.com/xcart/product.php?productid=19516&cat=0&page=1

Do You Want This Desktop Calendar?



This is the desktop calendar for November 2007 that I made using Whatever Mama! By Jessica Bolton, which I referred to in my previous blog entry.
The calendar stamp I used is from Meredith Fenwick's Calendar Stamp 2007 at SBG
Staples are from Study Buddy page set by Michelle Shefveland at CottageArts.Net.

And, if you would like to download your very own high resolution copy of this calendar, click HERE and then head on over to Jessica Bolton's blog, where you can see other scrapbook page layouts doen with this wonderful kit.

Whatever Mama! by Jessica Bolton and Tania Cordova-Shaw at SBG


Wow, this kit by Jessica and Tania is wonderful! Rich colors and wonderful elements make this a must have for every scrapper. While it was made with mothers in mind, this kit is suitable for many ocassions and all genders. Funky and edgy, yeah!



Thursday, November 08, 2007

Thursday Goodies

A few things I liked today.

Snowy Wintery kit by Krista (really cute)
Just Great Tag by Kate Teague
Snowflake Overlays by Tabby
Glitter Overlays by Dunia
Stitched Labels by Ellie
Sequins by Jessica Gorny
Doodles, Template and Sampler by Kell

Don't forget to say thank you!
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Congratulations to Donna Miller


My friend Donna, who is a wonderful person and a talented scrapper, made a beautiful ATC, which is featured in this blog: 37 DAYS

You can even download a copy of this Artist Trading Card for yourself! Thank you, Donna, for your generosity and inspiration. When I grow up, I want to be like you.