Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oh My.....

I can't believe so much time has gone by!!! I have been tremendously busy with AC Bailey events and enjoying every minute of it!!! I had a class and a crop last week and I have a class and a crop next week. I also have been busy making 50th anniversary cards for a friend of mine. How fun!!!!

I wanted to share this awesome picture of my dad and Heidi. Isn't this the sweetest picture ever?? I was inspired by a challenge over at two peas and I just wanted to keep the layout design simple so the picture could shine through. I love it!!
Scrapping the Music #91.

This week's song is based on Because of You by Kelly Clarkson. What an awesome title for a scrapbook page!!! Of course, I had to use my sweet hubby for inspiration!! He is my everything in this world. I am so blessed to have the best husband ever!!! I am free to be me because of Him!! I love you sweetie!!! Some Lily Bee goodness as well as Scenic Route and Jenni Bowlin.
I will be back after I am finished with the cards to visit everyone's blogs and to add pictures of my sweet dd's visit and her new puppy!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's a beautiful morning!!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it's my 25th wedding anniversary!!! Whoo hoo!!! Its hard to believe that my sweetie and I have been married so long, but then I look at my kids and I know it's true!! We have had a wonderful 25 years together. Things haven't always been easy, but I can truly say I love him more today than yesterday!!! We are very lucky and blessed!!! We have 3 amazing children, a fantastic son-in-law, two sweet dogs, a beautiful home and a deep love and friendship with each other!!! Priceless!!!

LRS News

I just loved the June Little Red Scrapbook kit!!! It is full of Pink Paislee goodies, and you know how much I love Pink Paislee!!! I also have to say that Sara, the owner of LRS, has an amazing eye for embellishments. You will have to check out LRS and see for yourself.
As you can see from my layouts, my boy has been on my heart. I really have had a difficult time scrapping lately. Thank goodness this kit was so easy to work with!!!! So without further ado, here are my June projects:

AC Bailey News

Today is going to be a happy mail day!!! I have a large shipment coming in from AC Bailey today!!! I am amazed how how quickly my stock flies out the door!!! I am extremely excited because I earned a consultant incentive and a gift certificate which enabled me to get these:

for free!!! Whoo hoo!!! AC Bailey is the best!!! I love this job!!! Not only do I get to share my passion for scrapbooking with others, but I get to play and earn fun things along the way!!
If you are ever interested in joining AC Bailey, email me at and I would love to tell you all about it!!!

My friend Melinda is having a party this week and she wanted to make a summery layout with lots of 4x6 pictures. I don't work with lots of 4x6 photos very often, so it was a great challenge. Here is the layout I created for her party:
It made me wonder if any of you use lots of 4x6 photos in your layouts. So I came up with this idea...


Create a 2 page layout with at least 5-4x6 photos!!! I would love to see what you come up with!!!

Leave a post in this thread with a link to your layout. You will have until June 30 to post your layout and I will draw the winner on July 1.

What will the winner receive??

A Mini Sassafrass Lass Bungle Jungle kit, a mini Album and a set of Thickers!!! Who can resist a mini Sassafrass Lass kit???

I hope everyone has a great day and I can't wait to see what you do with the challenge!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009


We spent a couple of days with Benny in Butte before he shipped off to Basic Training. We explored the rich history of Butte and just enjoyed spending time with our boy. My dad rode up from California to see him off as awesome is that!! It was a bittersweet time, but we made the most of it! Here is a picture of Benny and I in the airport. He has since sent me a picture message of his new hair-do...he looks pretty good bald...and I thought his hair was short before, lol! I expect that I will be getting a phone call from him today telling me he made it to Fort Jackson ok. Then Basic training will truly begin. My heart is with him and my thoughts and prayers are continually for him. This is going to be a long 3 months!!!

LRS Sneaks!!!!!

I am so excited to show you my LRS sneaks!! This month's kit is overflowing with Pink Paislee goodness!!! Check out LRS on the Pink Paislee Blog here! You even have a chance to win a Little Red Scrapbook kit!!! Whoo Hoo!!!! How awesome is that???
Thanks for taking time to visit my blog!!!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Bittersweet Day!!!

Today is the first day of Summer vacation, Whoo hoo!!  It is also  the day we drive our son to Basic Training.  I can't say that without my eyes welling up with tears.  I am very proud of my boy and goodness knows that I will be on my knees in prayer constantly for the next 6 years!!!! Here is a picture of him with his sisters back in 1994.  What a cutie!!!  He was the happiest baby and a joy in our lives!!!  We have had our ups and downs, but he is a great son and I love him tremendously.  I am soooo proud of my boy!!!

Scrapping the Music #89.  

This week's song is Our Town, by James Taylor.  I wasn't sure where I was going to go with this song, but when I saw the lyrics, "Time Brings Change", I knew I had to make a layout with my boy.  He has changed so much, especially in the last 6 months.  He is becoming  a man.  Wow, where has the time gone.  I used my STudio Calico kit for this one and it was perfect with all the little boy images!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I will be by your blogs in the next couple of days.  We will be gone with Benny until Wednesday.

Don't forget Friday Cropper's club is starting up this Friday.  Click on the prompt on the top right hand side of this page for more information!!!

See you all on Wednesday!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Week 3

My sweetie and I have been practicing with the manual settings on our camera for this weeks lesson in Maggie Holmes photography class.  No more Auto-Mode for me!!!!  I love being in control of my camera!!!  I have learned so much, but the best part is not being afraid to play with the settings!!!  I am an overcomer!!!  Whoo hoo, it's a great feeling!!

The first 2 pictures are of Benny who I am having to take as many photos of as I can before he leaves for Basic Training....sniff, sniff!!!  We are practicing for those all important Senior photos that we are going to be taking ourselves.  
Camera: Canon 10 D
Lens: 50 mm f/1.8
Shutter: 1/750
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400

The second picture I changed the ISO.
Shutter: 1/350
Aperture: f/4.5
IS0: 200

The indoor shots were a little more tricky.  Charley was pretty sleepy, so he made a fine subject today!!!  The first one is a little lighter than the second one.  In the first picture you can see just how tired he is.
Shutter:  1/250
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 400
Awww....sweet puppy!!  It's a little darker, but I just love that face!!
Shutter: 1/45
Aperture:  f/5.6
ISO: 400
I am so loving this class!!!  Now that school is out, I will have lots more time to play with my camera!!!!  Whoo hoo!!

Thanks for stopping by!! 
I will be posting again in the morning with my Scrapping the Music layout!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

So Sketchy Blog Hop!!!!

Happy Birthday Allison!!! I wish you the very best day ever filled with smiles and sunshine!!!!

Just for being here as a part of the So Sketchy Birthday Bash, you can WIN some fabulous prizes! YUP! All you have to do to win is leave a comment on EACH of the participating So Sketchy Sista's blogs and then return to the So Sketchy blog birthday bash post and leave a comment with:your first name & last initial,
  1. your location (state/province & country) *open world wide* and
  2. some means of getting a hold of you (ie: email or blog link).
So make sure you have commented on all the Sista's blogs to be eligible to win.
The prize draw will take place on Thursday June 4 after 10pm MST so you have until then to complete the round of So Sketchy! Sista blogs celebrating our 1st birthday. The winner will be posted on the So Sketchy! blog sometime after the 5th of June. Good luck!
Here is the sketch that I chose for the Blog Hop!!!
Here is my take on the sketch!
Thanks for stopping and I hope you enjoy the blog hop!!!!
The next stop on the blog hop is:

Have a great day!!!

Little Red Scrapbook Monthly Challenge

Good Morning everyone!!!
I hope this morning finds you rested and ready to tackle the day ahead.
I begin this morning with uncertainty, but with hope for the future.
I received some bad news regarding my job yesterday, but I know that God has a plan in all things and He cares for us.  I will have the summer to figure things out and I trust that he will
 carry us through these rough days!!!  I don't know which path you are on or what difficulties you are facing, but I hope that you are trusting in the Lord.  I would love to hear how He is
 comforting and guiding you during these difficult times.  Leave a post and we can encourage one another!!!

We are starting monthly challenges and reviews at LRS this month!!!
I am very excited about these changes and I hope you stop on over at LRS and check it all out!!!
My challenge for this month is to scraplift our very own Cath!!!  She has some amazing layouts in the gallery and they are all very scrapliftable!!!

Here is my scraplift of Cath:
The picture in this layout is one that was taken during our photography lesson work with Maggie Holmes.  It was a reject, but I just love it and I knew that I had to scrap it!!  The paper and lace are from the LRS June kit.  The paper add-on features MME papers and they are beautiful!!!The buttons and gold ribbon are from my stash!!!

You can find Cath's beautiful layout that I scraplifted here!!!

Thanks for taking time to stop by!!
Stay tuned at 4:30 Eastern Time when we start the So Sketchy Blog Hop!!!!  It will be a ton of fun!!!

Blessings to you,

Monday, June 1, 2009

Monday Wrap up!!

Wow!!!  What a whirlwind weekend it was!!!!!  

Thursday was my AC Bailey Open House and it was a great success!!!  We had lots of fun, food, crafting, and of course Shopping!!!  Sharing my love of papercrafting with others brings me great joy and my guests were amazing!!! Some of my visitors were brand new papercrafters and some were seasoned veterans.  They all did an amazing job with the Make 'n Take and I believe everyone was happy with their finished product!!  Here are some photos of my guests.  You all rock!!!

The winner of the Grand Prize Drawing is........

Congratulations Trish!!!!!  

On Friday, Bethany, Matt, and Heidi arrived home!!! Yay!!! It was so good to see my kids again!!!  What a happy mom I was!!!

Saturday was full of soccer, family and friends!!  
Goooooo Benny!!!

Sunday, my friend Susan Beth took our family pictures and I am hoping that they turned out!!! She was awesome and we really enjoyed our photo session!!  

Belgrade graduation was also on Sunday and of course we had to fit in lots of family time.
 Also, throughout the weekend, Ed and I have been working on learning about our camera with Maggie Holmes photography class and we have learned sooooo much!!!

Whew!!! My head is still spinning!!!  What a weekend it was!!!  
We saw Matt and Beth off this morning :( but we will see them again in August!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!
I hope you have  a fanatstic day filled with the joy of the Lord!!!