Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Scrap Fit and sketch 177

Challenge #10 is up over at ScrapFIT. Its a pretty cool one, and was able to get me scrapping this month. We had to use some Cosmo Cricket products and a Christmas word to complete the Page. I used all CC from the Early bird collection along with the Say it from Prima blings and and thickers. I choose the word FROSTY, and here is how I used it to design the Layout.

O-verlapping photos

I also used the following sketch from Scrapbook Challenges. Sketch #177, I changed it up a little, but not too much. If you would like to play along, please share your work with us here for your chance to win this months fabulous prize. In case you don't know, this month its the December kit form paper Posies, shown below.

They are still time to get in on the current Design team search. Check it out here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Design Team Call and Baby update

July 17th is my due date. I thought it was kinda cool. Blake was also due on the 17th, yet he made his arrival 5 days early on the 12th of April. Everything was great. The heart rate was a strong 172 and the midwife predicts from that alone, its a girl. I'm not so sure about that one though. I'm pretty sure Blake's heart rate was also above 160, and he is obviously, not a girl. I would love a Haley in our life, but oh she would be so girly and that scares me. So we'll find out in about 12 weeks which it shall be. She put me on Zofran too, but I knew that was coming from my history. I'm glad she sees no reason why I should be high risk this time. I'm grateful for that!

We are finally ready for Christmas at my house. Most of the gifts are bought and now were waiting on the delivery truck to get here so Santa can inspect and wrapped them before he gives them to Blake. I still have a few odds and ins to get but the majority is finished. Our tree this year is real! Wow I know, with red and clear lights and red and gold decorations. OH, and do notice I had help with decorating the tree this year, but I loved the help. I later added and moved things around but I had to get a pic like this. My favorite part was the single huge gold ball on the bottom.

Design Team Call
Open December 10th to December 28th.

Announcement will be made on January 1st, 2010
(those selected will be notified before that)

Do you have a New Years goal of making a design team…then we have the perfect one for you! Scrapbook Challenges is looking for some talented scrapbookers to help out with posting challenges and completing layouts based on sketches. We have 4 spots open. The term will be January 2010 through April 2010, and we do ask that you commit to that.

• DT members will post at least one challenge a month.
• DT members will be given the sketches at least one week in advance and asked to complete a LO once a month based on one of the sketches per month.
• DT members will help answer questions and participate in the board.
• DT members will sign up to do QOTD’s and Featured Layouts.

What DT members will get:
• The ability to state a design team for your scrapbook resume.
• Your name will be highlighted on the Deign Team page and you can promote websites and groups of your choice.
• DT members will receive a “signing bonus” RAK in the mail, as well as occasional RAKS throughout their term.
• Possible sponsor packages of goodies.

If you are interested:

Please send an email to with “Design Team” in the subject line. Please share the following:
• A LO that is your favorite that you did.
• Links to websites or galleries.
• A link to your member profile if you are already a member of Scrapbook Challenges.
• Why you want to be a part of this new Design Team?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

one day at a time

Hello blogland!!!
Sorry for the lack of updates, but I have a feeling it only going to get worse. I may even take a break from blogland. Not sure right now.
This pregnancy is headed in the same direction, as with Blake. I am so sick and tired. Its hard to eat, and I'm starving all the time, yet I can eat without getting sick. My body does not handle pregnancy well. I had to take Zofran with Blake, and its so expensive I hope it does not come to that. I have my first ultrasound on Wednesday to make sure baby bean is okay. I should be around 10-11 weeks then. Good news I think we have settled on a girl name, even though I'm thinking this is another boy. We don't agree on any boy names.

Christmas is right around the corner now. Scary! I finally started shopping today. Santa will be bringing Blake this Fisher Price Cool school system (its on sale right now) and I have no clue what else.

I don't have alot of scrappy to show you.

This page was created from sketch #174 over at Scrapbook Challenges.

Scrapbook Challenges will be holding at DT call in January with easy requirements and tons of inspiration. Check us out of you are interested. Join the group and watch out for the notice.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Hello blog land, how you all doing today? Here in Georgia, we have had a really nasty weekend. Its been gloomy and rainy Sunday filled with windy, cold chilled air. Doesn't make for a fun shopping day or even a nice dinner. So you ask what have we done all day......Blake played with Thomas and his many feet of track, and of course I played with my pretty papers.

This is my crazy little niece Bailey. She can really be a handful at times, but she is also very loving at others. She started Kindergarten this year and I can already see a huge difference in her. This is her first school picture. This is what I came up with. A simple layered page lightly embellished with Butterflies, bc I can see her becoming a little butterfly herself.

I shall get back to being lazy and I have to think about dinner plans. I really wanted to go to Canyons or Five Guys tonight, but I dont think I want to fight the weather to do so. Also wanted to stop by HD and pick up some twine but I guess that will have to wait also. Happy Monday to all.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Come July

I'm so tired, nauseous (but not sick yet), and hungry. Oh my!!! If this cycle continues, I will be big as a whale by July. So far so good with this little peanut.

Therefore, this was the only LO I was able to finish this week. I love the color in the My Little Shoebox papers. They are so pretty.

I wanted to let everyone know about this site. Lots of fun. Scrapbook Challenges

Monday, November 16, 2009

Big news

I wanted to share this with all by blogging friends.

It's a Boy | It's a Girl | I'm Expecting Friendster Graphics

So if you have any fun name suggestions, throw them out there.

*I'm totally ignoring my miscarriage history, so I hope this turns out in my favor.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

short and sweet

What a fun week, this has been.
Work has been extremely easy,
and even somewhat fun.

I know these are really bad photos, but
here is my two latest pages.

Can you believe it? I finally used this
Doodlebug paper. I've had it soooo long,
and the star lace too. I'm not usually a
big holiday page fan, but I think this may be
my favorite yet.

Look at my little dudes pictures. He did so good.
He posed himself, and was off the table
in about 2 minutes. I was so proud of him.
I can't believe how big he looks in this outfit
I'll say it again Green is a great color for him.

These other kiddos here are his cousins.
Jaylin 8, Bailey 6, Brennon 3 and Blake is 2.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

santa, halloween, Nikki, new car much more

Hello dear friends......

Blake and I happened to be at the mall on Friday when Santa arrived from the North Pole. It was really cute, I didn't have my camera to snap a pic. His reindeer landed around back because it was safer that way. They pulled him around the parking lot, all the way upfront to the main entrance, where everyone was waiting for Santa. Blake was in totl awe and amazment. I have been telling him about Santa and showing him photos. He still really didn't understand, but he knew it was special. We didn't stay for photos bc my preggo sister was with us. Oh yeah, I'm going to be a aunt. I can't wait. I'm so excited. It's a boy, due March 1st.

This is what we got at the mall for Blake. He looks so cuuuuute. I can't believe how big he looks in this outfit. I love it. Green red, and Orange looks so good on this child. You can find it at the childrens place, if your interested. Their jeans fit so good on tall but skinny little dudes.

My dear friend Katrina, sent me a happy package in mail. How exciting right, we all love snail mail especially when it arrives on the top of the huge stack of bills. Inside, I find the Nikki Sivils papers. They are so fun to work with, and to my surprise very verstile also. How clever was Nikkie to include the sheet of cut outs. I really love that. Genius, I say pure genius.

Here is my very first creation with Nikki Sivils products. I will be posting more. Look out.

Halloween was fun. Blake had a nice time. It was nasty out, as the night was filled with a slight mist of rain all evening.

this is Blake watching it rain early afternoon

We took the umbrella and took B to about 10-12 houses. He still managed to get a half bucket of candy. Not so bad for a rainy Halloween. We didn't really get any good pictures but here they are. I can't wait until next year, when he can choose his own costume.

Oh and for those or you who are not on facebook, I finally found new car. yeah! I ended up getting the G6. Its red and fully loaded to the max. I've never had a loaded car before, so I'm loving all the bells and whistles, and the covertible LOVING IT.

Have you ladies seen this perfume? I must have this. (Josh its on my christmas list, now I just need to trick you into reading my blog) Seriously girls, this smells so sexy, fresh, young, confident.

Monday, October 19, 2009

flower tutorial

I found this quick little tutorial while blog surfing, and thought I would share. Credit belongs to Elania.

Here is how to:

First cut a fabric scrap about 5×5 inches. Fold it in half to form a triangle and do two more folds like that!!
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Then from the end with the openings cut a petal like shape and when you will open it you will have something like this:
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Turn it over and place a large brad in the center of it. Wrap the fabric up and secure with a rubber band.
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Cut the center of another paper flower or a paper circle or whatever you can imagine and wrap it around the fabric brad to creat a second layer.
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And then decorate the top of it by adding smaller flowers, or bling or stickers!!


Here is a layout I have made with a fabric flower in green, decorated with a felt flower, a chipboard button and some bling!!


Mixed Media tutorial

I found this while surfing today. Hope it inspires someone.

Mixed media influenced border tutorial This tutorial is adapted from and influenced by a tutorial I saw by Dina Wakley a while back. She is amazing at inking and using mixed media techniques on her pages. I am very inspired by her lately. Lets get started!


For this step you can use any kind of text paper that you have on hand. Old books work really well. For my page I tore up a page from a vintage math book that I had laying around.


You can use any type of paint that you have on hand. I happened to have Liquitex heavy body acrylics - but any kind of acrylic paint will work just fine.


Keep the paint light or watered down so that you can see the text through the paint. I used a bunch of different colors so that there would be a bunch of layers and provide a sense of depth.


I freehand stitched a vine/leaf pattern onto my page with my sewing machine in a contrasting thread color (black in this case). You can stitch any sort of design you want - I wanted to keep it organic. Also if you don’t have a sewing machine you could try embroidering or hand stitching on your page, or add a layer of rub ons instead of stitching.


My final touches were rings of gesso that I created by dipping an old glass into the gesso and then stamping them on my page. I also added some deep purple paint splatters. An easy way to create splatters is to use two brushes. Dip one of them into your chosen paint color and then hold the other one firmly in your non-dominant hand parallel to your workstation. Then bang your paintbrush with the paint over the other paintbrush the paint will splatter onto your layout keeping your hands fairly clean.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

3 quickies

With all my car drama, I have not been in a very creative mood this week. So after Blake was fast asleep I sit down to create something Saturday night. Before I knew it, these three Layouts were finished. It was relaxing.

I absoutely love this page. I fell together in less than 10 minutes. Everything here was scraps laying on my table. They were already in these sizes. Perfect.

Take care everyone, hugs and kisses. Cathy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

fair 2009

Hello everyone!

This weekend, we took Blake to the fair, for the first time. He had a blast! He was fearless, which surprised me to some extend, though I'm not sure why. He's never really shy or stand off-ish to anything. For some reason, I thought he would be. By far his favorite ride was the worm kiddie coaster. He must have rode this thing 4 or 5 times. He keep calling it a choo-choo and yelling choo-choo while they were loading up.

Who knew car shopping was so hard. Its proving to be a difficult search, or maybe I'm being too picky and expecting to much for a used car. The hunt continues....

I'll leave you with some photos from the fair.