Thursday, November 20, 2008

Twilight Quiz

Jenn found a fun little Twilight quiz from TwilightersAnononymous that tells you which Twilight female you are most like. I'm Esme!

I'm a Esme! I found out through TwilightersAnonymous.com. Which Twilight Female Are You? Take the quiz and find out!
Take the Quiz and Share Your Results!


You are thoughtful and care very deeply for your family. A loving home is of great
importance to you and you always try to make people feel welcome. Although you have a great capacity to love, you also have a great capacity to hurt, so at times you can be
sensitive. You're firm when you need to be, but people trust your judgment and
appreciate the kind way you always handle things.

Click on the link and find out who you are!!

I. CAN'T. WAIT. FOR. TOMORROW!!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bad Blogger

I've been such a bad blogger lately!!! It has been so busy since school started...it was supposed to slow down. I thought with Caden starting school and then Colton going to preschool in the afternoons I would have more time to relax. HA!! My goal of 15 layouts a month has gone right out the door! But I am getting all of my DT work done and I did do a few extra layouts last month. I don't think I've posted all of September's stuff yet either...or was that October's? At any rate...here are my projects from Serendipity from last month.








And my projects from Crop Addict for this month. I got to use the manufacturer kit this month. It is from Scrap Within Reach...a new company. It was hard for me to figure out what to do with it at first but after I got started I really liked it!






I'll try to better this month!!! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tagged!

Megan...a friend from Crop Addict...blog tagged me yesterday! So now I need to tell you 7 things you may not know about me.

1. I've always been deathly afraid of spiders. The farthest back I can remember being scared of them was when I was about 3 or 4. A Daddy Long Leg got on me and was crawling up my arm...still freaks me out to think of that. When I was about 8 or 9, I made myself a Spider Protection Suit because mom was making me go into the cellar to get something for her. Embarrassingly enough, there's pictures.

2. I'm scared of cows. I was chased up the fence by one when I was 7 years old.

3. I'm scared of chickens. When I was 4, mom had some banty roosters that used to chase me and then claw up my legs.

4. I've been to the House of Seven Gables. Pretty cool if you ever have a chance to go!

5. I love kitchen gadgets and tools but I HATE to cook.

6. I've got more online friends than I do real-life friends.

7. I'm a big fan of Star Trek.

Wow...that was actually hard to come up with something. Now I have to tag seven other people!

1. Deb Just Another Scrap Blog
2. Kim A Sweet Smackerel
3. Morgan The Wiebke World
4. Michon Mom, Maid, Middle age
5. Debbie Just a Little Type A
6. Steph Gibson Grapevine
7. Wendi Scrappy Day In Paradise

Take a minute and visit their blogs! You won't be disappointed!! :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Birthday Girl

Hope you enjoy this one too!

Kit:

Patterned paper: Black Market Paper Society (Imported Rhythm: Bongos, Shruti Stick)

Transparency: Hambly (Vintage Plaid)

Paperclips: Doodlebug Designs (Cute Clips: Birthday Girl)

Felt: Queen & Company (Felt Fusion)

Rhinestones: Glitz Designs (Frosting: Clear)

Extras:

Adhesive dots: Glue Dots, Intl.

Border punch: Fiskars (Threading Water Punch)

Felt flowers: Stampin’ Up!

Foam adhesive: Scotch

Foam letters: American Crafts (Thickers: Smoothie)

Black ink: Inque Boutique

Journaling pen: American Crafts (Precision)

Instructions:

1. Cut strip of transparency. Attach to middle of yellow side of patterned paper…either put your adhesive under the printed parts or be aware of where you are going to place your felt fusion and photos and place your adhesive under that.

2. Adhere felt over transparency.

3. Cut 1 ½” strip of polka dot paper (back of yellow). Trim one long edge with decorative scissors or border punch. Adhere to top of layout.

4. Cut 1 7/8” strip of striped paper and adhere to bottom of layout.

5. Adhere photos to layout as shown (4 x 6, 3 x 5, 2 ½ x 2).

6. Add title. Adhere large rhinestones to dot the “i”.

7. Adhere extra flowers. Use rhinestones from Frosting strips for flower centers.

8. Cut journaling block out of yellow. Add journaling. Ink edges and doodle around edges. Adhere on top of felt and transparency layer.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fun with Mud


This is another one of my projects from my September Serendipity projects.

Kit:

Patterned paper: Black Market Paper Society (Import Rhythm: Didgerido, Juggernaut, Bongos)


Extras:

Cardstock: Bazzill (Bling)

Ticket corner punch: Stampin’ Up!

Curvy trimmer: Creative Memories

Black ink: Inque Boutique

Die cut machine: Provo Craft (Cricut)

Cartridge: Provo Craft (Making the Grade)

Black marker: SU!

Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs (All Mixed Up: Beetle Black)

Foam adhesive: Scotch

Scallop circle punch: SU!

1 3/8” circle punch: SU!

stamps: October Afternoon (Notebook Doodles, Detours)

journaling pen: American Crafts (Precision)

¼” circle punch: SU!

quote rub-on: Die Cuts with a View


Instructions:

1. Tear edges of Didgerido and adhere to cardstock.

2. Cut mat for large photo (4 ¼ x 6 ¼ with trim) out of Juggernaut. Ink edges. Adhere photo to mat.

3. Cut a curvy strip of Didgerido (stripe side), ink edges, and adhere about 2/3 the way to the bottom of your page.

4. Cut title out of solid side of Bongos. Ink edges with black marker. If you ink from behind, then you won’t get any stray marks on top of your letter if your marker should slip. Adhere with foam adhesive. Use rub-ons or stamps if you need to fill in your title more.

5. Punch out flowers from Juggernaut paper with ¼” punch and adhere to circles bordering the larger circles on the Didgerido paper.

6. Finish embellishing as desired.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sketch-a-pa-looza Crop




I actually got 4 layouts done this time! This crop was a lot of fun...full of sketches with twists. Now, I've got to get over to Serendipity and get these uploaded but I wanted to share them with you first. Later!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

I *heart* your blog

My friend Teresa from Serendipity left me this blinkie on her blog. Isn't it cute! This means I'm one of her favorite blogs.




So now, I need to go through and spread the love to 7 of my favorite bloggers. There's about a hundred more I could come up with. But here goes....

Morgan
Michelle
Virginia
Jana
Wendi
Christy
Steph

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Some fun stuff

Ok...like the crop coming up isn't fun but you know what I mean! By the way...that starts tomorrow and I can't wait!!! My friend Liz is coming over to scrap with me and it's going to be so much fun. The kids are supposed to go to my parents tomorrow night too so I should be able to get lots done tomorrow.

I don't think I've shown you this layout yet. I used a kit from Crop Addict (June or July I think??) and a challenge from Serendipity (show water on your page). I really love how it turned out! Those pics of Colton are too cute. Who knew sprinklers could be so much fun?!?!




Ok...here is one of my DT projects for Serendipity this month. Kristen sent me the Imported Rhythm line from Black Market Paper Society this time. If you haven't seen their paper, it is way cool! It's regular patterned paper that has been textured...think patterned paper mixed with Bazzill cardstock sort of. It's fun to play with! The clipboard is from Stampin' Up! I bought it a few months ago and have been waiting for something to do with it and this was just perfect.


So...how do you make it??? Let me just tell you!

1. Make a template for your clipboard out of regular copy paper.

2. Trace onto patterned paper (Huaca) and cut out.

3. Put on clipboard and adjust to fit.

4. Glue in place. Hint: Glue while still on clipboard…the clip holds the paper in place so it doesn’t shift. Decoupage medium works really well for this.

5. Sand and ink edges.

6. Cut designs out of same patterned paper and run through sticker maker. Adhere to clipboard.

7. Cut flowers out of felt fusion and stick to project.

8. Cut rhinestones off strips of frosting to use as flower centers.

9. Adhere die-cuts and photos to clipboard.

10.Add tags and ribbon and any other embellishments you want.

And the supplies I used...

Kit:

Patterned paper: Black Market Paper Society (Imported Rhythm: Huaca, Juggernaut)

Felt: Queen & Company (Felt Fusion)

Rhinestones: Glitz Designs (Frosting: Clear)

Extras:

Clipboard: Stampin’ Up!

Decoupage medium: Plaid (Mod Podge)

Sanding tools: Basic Grey (Precision File Kit)

Ink: SU! (Summer Sun Craft)

Adhesive: Xyron

Die-cutter: Provo Craft (Cricut)

Cartridge: Provo Craft (Tear Drop)

Glitter glue: Ranger (Stickles: Pink)

Jump rings: Making Memories

Tag: Making Memories

Foam adhesive: Scotch

Ribbon: American Crafts

Satin ribbon: SU!


I'm not sure why my fonts are all screwed up right now. I copied the instructions directly from my Word document that I sent to Kristen. I just need to get a pdf writer and link it so it'd look better. Oh well! I'll have some more in a day or two! Until then....

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's time for a crop!!!

It's a Serendipity Scrapbooks Sketch-a-pa-looza Crop Fest

Mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen for our first ever Sketch-a-pa-looza starting Sept 19th-Sept 21st

Since we have Back to School and the holiday fast approaching, the Design Team thought it would be fun to provide you with fun filled and easy sketches for you to create from. But of course you know us at Serendipity Scrapbooks, there will be amazing twist and turns to every sketch challenge that is provided.

We have some great artist creating sketches exclusively for this Crop. Some of them are Becky Fleck, Alicia Berry, Kazaan, Sketches by Tamara, and many many more. Oh you can't forget our wonderful design team that is working hard at creating some really fabulous sketches for you.

We will be providing over 20 prizes, games, and wonderful sketches to get your creativity flowing. And we can't forget our oh so awesome Blue Light Specials. They are famous in this neck of the woods. They will be thrown out at you through out the weekend so don't forget to take advantage of the wonderful sales. Loads of them at 50% off!!!

Where: Serendipity Scrapbooks www.serendipityscrapbooks.com
when: Sept 19th-21st (pre crop challenges starting Sept 12)
Time: Most challenges will be loaded by 12pm PST 3pm EST Friday 19th

Hope to see you there!! I have some layouts plus instructions to post for you too. I'll try to get to those in the next couple of days. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

GUESS WHAT???

Scrap That Moment has the gallery and the message board up and running!! We've been posting to the gallery the last couple of weeks. Today, when I got on the gallery, I decided to just click the forums button just in case, and there it was! I was so excited I just about peed my pants! So come on over, take a look, and introduce yourselves. It's going to be a lot of fun!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Crop Addict Manufacturer Kit

I got to use the Dream Street kit from Crop Addict this month! When I first opened the package, I had no idea what I was going to do...that wasn't my normal style. But...once I got an idea, the ideas just started flowing! I was afraid I was going to run out of paper before I completed my required number of projects. This is the Hugs-n-Kisses line. Enjoy!

Fragile...Handle with Care (This one was my favorite.)

Love Card



Monkey


Preschool

If you want to see the supplies I used, you can find them here. While you are there, check out the Dream Street Manufacturer challenge in the forums. You only have to use 70% Dream Street products (any line) and the winner will get a RAK of Dream Street stuff...can't be any better than that!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Catch-up!

This has been one crazy month! First off, it was the beginning of school. Caden started Kindergarten, Ali 3rd grade and Colton preschool. I'll get pics a little later. Caden did a lot better than I thought he would do. He's been saying all summer that he didn't want to go to school so I really thought I'd have a problem on my hands. Brannon stayed home with Colton while I took the other two in. Caden remembered where he was supposed to go from when he had his orientation and he sat right down. Mrs. Testa had some playdough for the kids and they were working on that. I told him bye and that I'd pick him up after school. He didn't even look worried about it! I even got pics and a kiss out of it. Ali, of course, did fine settling in too. She met a new girl at orientation and she found her and sat by her.

Colton on the other hand wasn't as thrilled at first. He started this Monday. At the kids' school, there is a special education preschool that you have to qualify for. Caden did for two years for speech and fine motor and Colton qualifies for the same...he learned to talk listening to Caden so he needs help retraining. He was so excited about getting to go to school too. He cried Friday when we dropped the other two off because he wanted to stay too. Monday gets here and he puts on his backpack at 12:20...the bus isn't supposed to arrive until about 12:50-1:00. But he was ready! He gets on the bus, tells me bye and gives me a kiss. Then the bus never goes anywhere. Janet opens up the door and tells me that Colton won't get in his seat and asks if I can come help calm him down. He is holding on to the seat in front of him for dear life!! Guess he thought I was riding the bus too. Finally, we get him strapped into his car seat and off they go. I ended up calling about 20 minutes later to ask if he was doing all right. Judy (teacher) said that he called for me when he first walked in, cried for a couple of minutes, and then went to the table to work puzzles with the other kids. He's done just fine ever since. He loves going and it's not so bad since he's not expecting me to be there now. He really adjusted faster than I thought he would. Caden would always cry when he'd have to go but he was fine once he got there. Colton has always been the momma's boy and really hasn't been away from me that much. So he's been a big surprise for me this week.

Brannon took off Monday afternoon so he could see Colton go to school for the 1st time and go pick all of them up afterschool. He talked me into walking to the post office and then ending our walk by picking up the kids. It was HOT!!! We usually walk about 3 miles anyway so this normally wouldn't have been a problem. What killed me is that he underestimated the time and we had to book it back to school! I had a pinched nerve in my lower back that slowed us up when we first left and I had to work it out. I also ended up with what I thought at first was a blister but it never did pop up. So brainiac me decides to go for another walk on Tuesday morning after the kids were dropped off. I got back home and couldn't move! And that blister decided that it was going to pop up after all. Imagine Mt. Everest on the bottom of your foot and trying to walk on that! Needless to say, I didn't get any notions of walking yesterday...at least until that all heals up.

Remember me saying that I got a DT spot on Scrap That Moment??? Well, everything is fixing to re-open up!! The gallery is now open and ready for all of your layouts. Lynette still has some security patches and some fixes to do and then the forums will be open too. I'm really looking forward to everything. She's got some fun stuff lined up so I hope to see you over there!

I missed the Ali Edward's chat. I was asked to teach a scrapbooking class at church and by the time I got home it was too late. Kristen posted a recap of it here if you want to see what all she said. Serendipity also has a crop coming up in September so look for more info coming about that.

So now that my novel is done (speaking of novels...have you read the Twilight series yet???), I'll leave you with some layouts that I did for Serendipity for this month.






Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Chat with Ali Edwards at Serendipity Scrapbooks!

Here's the announcement...

We are so excited to be able to announce our upcoming chat with ALI EDWARDS. She has graciously agreed to come and chat with YOU.

Where: Serendipity Scrapbooks chat room (under general chat) www.serendipityscrapbooks.com
When: August 19, 2008
Time: 9 pm EST, 8 pm CST, 7 pm Mtn, 6 pm PST


This is the perfect timing to chat with Ali Edwards and learn more about her new book that will be coming out in August.

Sharing Your Story: Recording Life's Details with Mini Books by Ali Edwards
Discover the fun, fast and easy way to capture and document the everyday moments of your life. With CK lifestyle editor Ali Edwards’ expertise, you’ll learn how to record the important stories of your life, store the memorabilia that matters, track the special events, make memorable gifts and more—all in the beautiful and doable format of mini books. You’ll love the dozens of practical and meaningful book ideas for every occasion. 164 pages. Available August 2008.

If you are new or unfamiliar with Ali, here is a little bit about her and her accomplishments.

An advocate for not making things more complicated than they need to be & embracing imperfection, Ali shares cool concepts, design, and project ideas in her idea books: A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking, A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking with Patterned Paper, Life Artist, and Sharing Your Story: Recording Life's Details with Mini Books (available August 2008).

You can also find Ali's monthly column in Creating Keepsakes magazine: Studio A

"I started scrapbooking in 2002 as a way to organize all the stuff I collected after the birth of my son. It has become so much more than an organizational process for me - it has let me find my own personal passion and voice. It has become all about the process of capturing life and creating art."

Well known for her signature style of everyday-life scrapbooking, Ali is a highly sought-after workshop instructor. She travels the US and internationally conducting classes and inspiring students to tell their stories fearlessly.

Ali lives in Eugene, Oregon. She enjoys travel, reading, politics, and spending time with her husband and son.

You can read more about Ali on her blog http://aliedwards.typepad.com/

We are so excited and can't wait to see you there!!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lots of News!

Remember a few weeks ago when I said I had some more news but I couldn't share it right then??? Well, now I can! I get to stay on the design team at Serendipity Scrapbooks!!! The new team was announced yesterday. I'm really going to miss working with everyone else but am excited to get to know the new ones better. So come on over and see what we've got in store for you!

Now for some exciting Stampin' Up! news. Beginning with the new catalog, all NEW sets will be die cut!! NO MORE CUTTING OUT YOUR STAMPS! Well, that is unless you buy a stamp set that has been in previous catalogs. Any new stamps that are introduced will be die cut though. I'm really excited about this...it doesn't really bother me too much to cut them out but when you buy a whole lot of them, it gets very tiring very quickly. Also, starting in the Fall sometime, SU! will introduce online ordering...meaning you can place your order anytime of the day or night and you don't have to talk to your demonstrator to do it! If your demonstrator has a business web site, you simply go to that site and there will be a spot to place your order. If you don't have a demonstrator, you can order directly from SU!'s web site but you will pay higher prices. You can choose a demonstrator at this point too. Your best bet is to go to someone with a business web site so you get the best price and still earn rewards similar to the existing Hostess Benefits. So keep watch out for that!! Convention is going on right now so I'm sure we will get more news in the next few days.

I think that is all of my news right now. Between a headache and screaming kids, I'm having a hard time thinking. I'll update as more comes to me!!

Until next time....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Look



This has been Colton's favorite word over the last several months. A time or two ago at Bill and Judy's, Colton wanted to pose with his toys he found. "Look" was perfect for this page. I used Serendipity Scrapbooks' June I Deserve It All kit for this...I just added ink, Thickers, and chipboard photo corners(SU!). The photo corners were colored using Craf-T's metallic rub-ons. I also used one of Becky Fleck's Page Maps sketches for this.

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Serendipity's July Just Enough Kit

Ok...I'm a dork. I forgot all about posting my layouts for this month's kit. I had a lot of fun with this one...but when do I not.

So here they are!!


Supplies:

Kit:

Patterned paper: K&Company (Urban Rhapsody: Sugar Rush)

3-D stickers: K&Company (Light Ideas: Chandelier)

Extras:

Birdhouse: Darice

Paint: Making Memories (Honeydew)

Gesso: Demco

Mod Podge: Plaid

Circle punch: Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink: Peeled Paint)

Flowers: unknown

Large rhinestone: The Beadery

Bling: Glitz Design (Kit Add-on)






Supplies:

Kit:

Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Mother” Apron Dots/Soothing Green Paper, Fresh “Beauty” Summer Dress/Blue Slash Paper, Fresh “Outdoors” Natural Print/Tadpole Paper)

Crown template: The Crafter’s Workshop

Rub-ons: Fiskars (Kimberly Polson: Flourish Rub-ons Old Fashioned Flowers)

Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp (Center of Attention: Metallic Pink)

Journaling block: Luxe Designs (Simple Labels Lime)

Clear accents: Heidi Swapp (Carefree)

Flowers/rhinestones: Petaloo (Box Blends: Dahlia)

Extras:

Decorative scissors: Hobby Lobby

Black ink: Inque Boutique

Bling crown: Me & My Big Ideas

Rhinestones: Glitz Designs (from add-on kit)

Journaling pen: American Crafts (Slick Writer)

Supplies:

Kit:

Patterned paper: K&Company (Urban Rhapsody: Blue Starbursts Flat Paper); My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Outdoors” Spring Greens/ Sprout Paper, Fresh “Mother” Apron Dots/ Soothing Green Paper)

Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp (Center of Attention: Metallic Pink)

Journaling block: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Spirit “Sisters” Foliage Die Cut)

Die cut: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Beauty” Flower Die Cut)

Clear accents: My Mind’s Eye (29th Street Market: Fresh “Outdoors” Leaves); Heidi Swapp (Carefree)

Rub-ons: Fiskars (Kimberly Polson: Flourish Rub-ons Old Fashioned Flowers); Scenic Route (My Girl)

Flowers: Bazzill (Primula Whirlpool); Petaloo (Box Blends: Dahlia)

3-D Stickers: K&Company (Light Ideas Chandelier)

Extras:

Scallop punch: Fiskars (Threading Water)

Ink: Ranger (Distress Ink: Peeled Paint)

Journaling pen: American Crafts (Precision)

Foam adhesive: Scotch

Supplies:

Kit:

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned paper: K&Company (BW Mira Filigree Texture Flat Paper; Urban Rhapsody: Word Confetti, Blue Starbursts)

Rub-ons: Scenic Route (My Girl); Fiskars (Kimberly Polson: Flourish Rub-ons Old Fashioned Flowers)

Template: The Crafter’s Workshop (mini-crown)

Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp (Center of Attention: Metallic Pink)

Clear embellishments: Heidi Swapp (Carefree)

Flowers/rhinestones: Petaloo (Box Blends: Dahlia)

3-D Stickers: K&Company (Light Ideas: Chandelier)

Extras:

Silver gel pen: unknown

Glitter glue: Ranger (Stickles: Star Dust—from add-on kit)

Border punch: Fiskars (Threading Water)

Foam adhesive: Scotch, Stampin’ Up!

Pen: American Crafts (Precision)

Now, off to finish cleaning my desk so I can do some more projects! (It's been about 2 weeks since I've touched anything. )

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Caden's Surgery

Today was Caden's surgery. We got up around 6:00 this morning and left Caden asleep until it was time to go. We took toys and coloring books but he didn't want to play with anything. There was a fish tank in the waiting room that completely distracted him until they called us back. The nurse came in the prep room and gave him some medicine to relax him...totally made him drunk and loopy!!! I was laughing so hard I was crying! It took a few minutes to start working. We were rubbing his head trying to relax him and when that medicine kicked in he got completely hyper! So much for relaxing! He was giggling and trying to jump off the bed (actually do a head dive off the head of the bed!) and then laughing his little head off about it. His eyes were rolling in the back of his head and he was all wobbly and his speech was slurred. You would've thought they had given him a beer or something...he was tanked! The nurse told us that he wasn't as bad as some kids get. Just about as quick as that started, he was drowsy and they wheeled him back to surgery. It only took 10 minutes or so. His doctor came out and told us that he was really pleased with how everything turned out. His little tongue was tighter than he had thought at the office visit. Caden took 30 or 40 minutes to come back around. His tongue was swollen and the doctor gave him a local on his tongue which I'm sure made his tongue feel even bigger. Caden kept telling us he couldn't breathe but I think it was because his tongue and throat felt funny. He didn't want to leave the hospital so we just stuck around. The recovery nurses were really nice to him and were really patient. All of a sudden, he popped his little self up and said he was ready so we left! The anesthesia made him sick a few times but that part went away quickly. He tried playing a little bit but that lasted only about 5 minutes. Then, he just stayed on the couch all day. Now, he's up playing and having a great time. So, I'm happy to say it was a great success!! Thanks to everyone who sent thoughts and prayers his way...they were greatly appreciated!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

More Happy News!!

First off...thanks for all the comments about my little boy being safe! I really appreciate them. Today, we go for his pre-op appointment and tomorrow he is having his tongue clipped. The ENT doctor and his speech therapist all think that his speech will mostly self-correct once he has full movement of his tongue...so PLEASE keep him in your prayers!! I'll let you know how everything goes.

Now...for my really big exciting news!! If you are playing along with our blog party on Serendipity, then you probably read Christy's good news yesterday. Well...I have the EXACT SAME GOOD NEWS!!! Christy and I are going to be teammates!! Jeannie Moler, who is also going to be on the Scrap That Moment DT, is the one who told us about the call. She's a real-life friend so I'm excited about her being on there too! I can't wait to get started...heck Lynette (owner) even made my picture look good so she must be WONDERFUL (go to link above and click on Designers and then my name)!!! Now the wait begins until the site is up and running but it looks great so far. I didn't make the Chatterbox call-back but the ones that did are extremely talented! I have a couple of online friends that did...really happy for them and especially for Mimi Leinbach...check out her gallery at Serendipity and you'll see what I mean.

So that is my happy news this week!!! I've got a layout on my desk with a very cute Page Maps sketch...it's just waiting for me to have a little extra play time. I'll get it done and posted soon!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Happy Ending

Our 4th of July weekend started out really well. We went to Arkadelphia Thursday night. Friday, Brannon and I painted the bathroom. That night the kids had sparklers. Saturday, we finished up our part of the bathroom. Then, Saturday night hit. Brannon's brother and girlfriend were there at dinner too and all of us were sitting around the table talking. Ali comes in at one point to tattle on Caden. Needless to say, the kids were fighting a lot by that point. Maybe a 1/2 hour or so after that, we all got up so Brannon and his brother could go hang a door. We realized we hadn't seen Caden for a long while and we hadn't heard him either. All of us start calling his name and Brannon is grilling Ali on when she saw him last. She had told him she was telling and that was the last time she saw him. We looked everywhere he would fit...even taking the blankets down on the beds and looking under them. Then, we go outside. At this point I'm panicking. I walk down to the pond and couldn't find him there and then walk back up to the barn. Brannon and I drove down the road one way and Blaine and Ashley took off the other way and still no Caden. Bill calls the sheriff's department and has them tone it so then all these volunteers...most of them from the volunteer fire department and friends of Bill and Judy...show up to help me find my baby. Brannon and I had just started back towards the house with one of the deputies when Bill told us he'd been found...this was at least an hour later I think. Judy's sister went back through the house one more time and she found him on one of the beds under the pillows asleep. He had hid from Ali when she said she was going to get him in trouble and placed the pillows just right over top of him. We never saw him. Margaret just saw a little bit of Caden peeking out so we thought he probably got hot and moved a little. I can't believe all the people that showed up to help us! I'm very grateful for all of them and especially for Margaret for finding him. My heart has always gone out to those moms and dads on tv pleading for help in finding their kids...now I can empathize with them a whole lot more. I've never felt so numb and scared in my life. I was terrified that he had walked down the lane and got to the highway and someone had taken him. Caden is too scared to get too far from us like that but I really didn't know what else to think since we couldn't find him. I don't ever want to go through anything like that again. My kids have been getting extra hugs and kisses since then! I appreciate them a whole lot more too!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Crop Addict Creative Team

Woohoooo!!! I get to stay on the Creative Team at Crop Addict for another term! I'm really excited...I love being on the team...it's a lot of fun. The girls on there have become my friends over this last year. I'm really thankful for each of them (DT/CT members and non-dt alike). The first thing I do every day is to log onto the internet and check out what everyone is doing. I've become quite the message board addict. But anyway...wanted to share my good news!! I'll have some more in a few weeks...MAN I hate to keep a secret!!

Monday, June 30, 2008

June GDT at Keeping Memories Alive

I was chosen for Keeping Memories Alive's June Guest Designer. You can find the supply list here. These are pictures I took of Caden at my in-laws playing with the Legos his Dad used to play with. He loves building with them! Hope you enjoy this layout as much as I did making it!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Online Crop

It's finally here!! Starting tomorrow is the crop at Serendipity Scrapbooks. Be sure to stop by...we have a lot of fun challenges and games for you. And you can't go wrong with Kristen's Blue Light Specials! Hope you can join us!!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Crop Addict-Fancy Pants Manufacturer Kit






I just realized I haven't shown these to you yet. I've been a bad blogger this month. Right now at Crop Addict, there is a layout contest using Fancy Pants products. You can find all the details here. This month (or I guess actually May) I was allowed to get the manufacturer kit to play with! I love Fancy Pants so I was pretty excited to get this one. I can't wait to see what yall create!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June Projects for Serendipity Scrapbooks






Sorry, it took so long to post these...read the last entry and you'll figure out why. :) I have some more projects done but I need to scan them first. Hope you enjoy these!! Kristen sent me papers from My Mind's Eye Mademoiselle Collection. I had a lot of fun playing with them! Can't wait to show you what else I've been working on!!! ;)