Friday, January 30, 2009

Here is a little laugh for you today!!!

Please click on the picture for a larger view.  
Too funny!!
Hope you have a great day!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Slowly but surely...

my mojo is returning.  I lifted a layout from Jen Armentrout from the "Lift the person above you" Studio Calico CHA Challenge and that helped tremendously!!  Thanks to Jennifer Armentrout for providing the inspiration.  
I just love this picture of my sweet dear daughter.  Don't you just want to pinch her cheeks?? Those were the days that I dressed up my sweet girls in frilly homemade dresses and bonnets.  I used to sew my heart out in those days.  Of course, that was before I started scrapbooking.   I have always seemed to have some kind of craft to pour myself into.  Crafting is definitely theraputic and I am so thankful I have found scrapbooking.  These old pictures stir my heart, and I take that emotion and pour it into each and every page!  I love my kids more than my words can express, and I hope my pages convey that emotion!

I hope you have a great day and I hope to return with more pages in the days to come!  I have several projects in the works!!

May the Son shine in your heart today!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Looking for my Mojo!!

I am so amazed that the weekend is over already.   It went by so quickly, I can't beleive it!
I spent most of the weekend cleaning and purging my scrap room.  I had to take the Armiore that I was storing most of my goodies in back upstairs to replace the waterbed dresser we gave away. For those of you who do not know, our waterbed sprung a leak and we decided it was time for a change.  We are not young any more and our backs could use some extra support.  I am really quite happy that we moved the armoire back upstairs.   It really is a beautiful. and it is being put to good use.  I really hope that it won't be too long until we can puchase new bedroom
 furniture.  Until that day, we are using our spare bed and the armoire.  

We replaced the amoire with some Cubicals stoage organizers from Target.  The are just perfect for scrappy goodies and I love the bright cheery colors of the baskets that fit in them.  I chose lime green, turqoise, and raspberry baskets-All favorite colors of mine!  I am hoping to get a white bookshelf at some time that will complete the ensemble.  

I was hoping to get some scrapping done, but cleaning was the main priority.   Heidi's boyfriend is coming this week and we had to get the spare bedroom back in order.  I am still in this mojoless state.  I have been so overwhelmed lately and the feeling just isn't going away.  I am hoping that getting our bedroom put together and getting the spare bedroom cleaned will help.  I think I am anticipating taxes and FAFSA too.  I was hoping to begin working on them this weekend too, but all our paperwork hasn't come in yet.  I just can't wait to get it all out of the way.  Until the mojo comes back, I will work on cards.  Hopefully the inspiration will strike a chord and I will be back in business!!  I have a couple of layouts in my head that I hope will come together in the next couple of days!! 

CPS #100
Thank goodness for Card Positioning Systems.  CPS challenges are  fantastic and they are keeping me going while I am in this terrible dry spell!  Here is my take on CPS #100.  I used Making Memories Sabrina Papers, Making Memories and Kaiser Kraft pearls, Making Memories Florals,Making Memories tag, Inkadinkadoo stamp, and Prima Felt.

Thanks for taking a peek, and if you see my mojo, will you send it back home!! I need it desperately!!!

May the Peace of God fill your soul,

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Whoo hoo!!! I received an award!!!

Thank you to my friend and fellow DT member Mara for giving me this awesome Blog Award!! You inspire me every day!!  I love visiting your blog and your work is amazing!! Thank you again!!

My 5 addictions:

1.  My kids!!!  I adore them all!!
2.  Scrapping for sure!!
3.  White Chocolate Lattes-Yum
4.  Peanut M&m's
5.  Reading - I have 3 books started...

And now I get to have the pleasure of giving the award away!!  Whoo hoo!!

1. Lea:  A fellow Montanan who makes the most amazing cards and is talented beyond belief!!  Thank you for all the inspiration you give me Lea!!
2.Lisa:  my fellow DT member at LRS who always inspires me with her work every month!!!  You are a sweetie Lisa!  You are such an important part of the team at LRS and I appreciate you!

3.Christie:  another amazing LRS DT member.  What a sweetie she is!!  Your designs 
are amazing girl and you totally  inspire me each and every month!!  What a joy it is to get to know you!!

4. Julie:  A fellow DT member at Scrapping the Music who is so bubbly and encouraging!!!  You are so talented and I look forward not only to seeing your work, but seeing how much you
 encourage everyone!  You are a gem!!

5. Mary Jo:  My friend and fellow scrapper at LRS and SC.  You are a sweetie Mary Jo and your work is totally amazing!! I just love checking out your blog and seeing how you have grown as a scrapper!! you rock girl!!

Here is a little wall hanging I made for my sweet Mother-in-Law whose birthday was last week.  This picture was taken on her 25th wedding anniversary.  My sweet hubby is on the left.   Isn't he cute??

I have to work both jobs today, so it will be a long one.  I have been trying to get my scraproom cleaned out in hopes my mojo will return.  I keep plugging through, but still have yet to feel its presence.  I have several projects due soon, so I am hoping that it will make its return soon!!!

Hope you have a great day!!!


Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday Musings...

Today we start the second semester at school which means we are on the downside!!!  Whoo hoo!! This has been a very good year so far!  I am looking forward to this semester.  I am trying to work less at Hallmark now too, which is definintely going to help.  I am feeling caught up on my sleep, which is a definite improvement!

I was able to scrap a ton this weekend.  Problem is, I don't feel like my mojo is in residence.  I am a little unsatisfied with my projects, but I will push on through it and hope for better results today!  What do you do when your mojo is missing??  I have several projects that I want to work on, so hopefully some sunshine will break through!!

Here is some of what I worked on this weekend:
I decided to work on some cards using a sketch from the Card Positioning Systems Blog.  Yay Lea!! I did it!!  I used my beautiful Studio Calico January kit and some goodies from my stash.  October Afternoon, Studio Calico and Graphic 45 papers; Prima florals and Chipboard, Kaiser Kraft Pearls;  Cosmo Cricket ribbon; and a Technique Tuesday stamp designed by Ali Edwards.

This week's Scrapping the Music Challenge is based on the song Colors by Kira Willey.  This song is soooo scrappable!! I hope you can join us in the challenge this week.  I love all colors so much that I just couldn't narrow it down.  I had to scrap them all.  I decided it would be fun to give a try and I like the results.  I am not overly happy with my layout, but it does work from my character standpoint.  I am all of these colors at some time or another.  The characteristics that represent me the most are larger and bolder than the others.  

I hope you get a chance to play along and check out the blog as well!  The DT has some amazing creations this week!!!  I am so not worthy!!  

I am off to do my Bible Study this morning.
I hope you all have a wonderful day full of His Presence!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Benny!!!

I have to wish my boy a very Happy Birthday today. I can't believe my baby is 17!!! Where has the time gone?? Happy Birthday Benny!! I love you!!

Little Red Scrapbook January Designs!!!

This month we used the American Crafts Teen Line. This line is so full of color and youthful patterns, I decided it would be fun to use these papers for our New Year's Eve Celebration. The first layout is of my sweet dd and her best friend. I thought the black on black would make the colors pop and I am very happy with the result!
These are just random pictures from our New Year's Eve party. We had a blast!!Our Challenge this month was to scrap older photos. I found an old graduation photo of mine where I was wearing a very colorful shirt-just perfect for these papers! (I just love bright, cheery colors!!) It is quite funny, I assumed that I had 2 children older than this photo and after I did some thinking, I realized I was 16 in these photos. I graudated when I was 17 and these photos were taken the summer before I graduated. I turned 17 in October. That means all of my kids are older than I was in this photo. Yikes!!! I am sooooo old!!
I really wanted to create a swirling motion since I was flashing back. I think it worked out ok!
My sweet dear daughter did an impromptu photo shoot for me in her New Year's Eve Finery. Didn't she look absolutely gorgeous??
Thanks for stopping by!!
I wish you a very happy day filled with the joy of the Lord!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LIttle Red Scrapbook Sneak Peeks!!

The January Little Red Scrapbook kit is full of colorful American Crafts Teen Line papers.  I had so much  fun playing with these papers.   I hope you were able to get ahold of this playful kit!!   Here are my sneaks for January:

Thanks for stopping by!!  I have to be to work early for a school staff meeting so my post is a quickie today.

Wishing you all fabulous day!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Happy Birthday To My Sweet Sweet Daughter!!

I just want to wish my sweet girl a very Happy Birthday!! I can't believe you are 23!!! Wow!!
You are amazing and beautiful!! You have grown up to be an amazing woman and I love you!!!

Here is a fun layot of my sweet daughter opening a Christmas present.  Of course in those days, Barbies were all the rage.  Don't you just love that sweet little pony tail?  It melts my heart.  She truly is my sweet barbie girl!!  This layout was made with the January Color Me Daisy kit-this kit totally rocks!!
I finished my Little Red Scrapbook designs and will post some sneaks tonight!!
Hope you all have a great day!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Back to Normal

I am feeling much better after being sick last week.  I slept a ton and I did very little.  I think I was just worn out.  I am going back to work today after missing a couple of days.  This is the end of the semester, so we will be testing Tuesday - Thursday.  I will get to have a lunch break! Whoo hoo!!   I usually work through my lunch in the library so that the students will have somewhere to go if they have homework to work on or just need a place to hang.  I will treasure these next couple of days. A few moments in the middle of the day just to kick back....ahhhh.

I am very happy to report that I have been watching what I eat.  I have lost four pounds!!  Whoo hoo!!  Exercising hasn't become a way of life yet, but now that I am feeling better, I am 
hoping to get that going as well!  My word for the year, balance, is really in the forefront of my
 thoughts.  I hope to keep it that way!!

I didn't get much scrapping done this weekend.    I have had a couple of projects from Color Me Daisy finished that I need to post.  One is a sweet little Cupcake Mini by Maya Road.  This was such a fun little project!!  The Color Me Daisy January kit is full of Pink Paislee goodies along
 with the mini Cupcake Coasters.  I couldn't resist making a little birthday album of Heidi's fourth
This card was also made with the Color Me Daisy January kit.  I designed it for my sweet dd whose birthday is tomorrow!  Happy Early birthday sweet pea!! I miss you!!

I hope you all have a great day today!!
I am off to do my devotions!!
May the peace of God carry you through each and every situation you face today!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

I am so happy to begin a new year!  2008 proved to be a very difficult year!  I knew it was going to hold some challenges, but I didn't know just how challenging it would be.  My word for the 2008 was Resilient, to bouce back from adversity, and for the most part I did.  I feel though, that after my mom's passing, that I just went through the motions of life, and at times I still do.  I am hoping that 2009 will bring changes for me in that area.  My goals will remain relatively the same with taking better care of myself being the priority.  It is funny how a life change will cause me to let myself go. 


My word for 2009 will be Balance.  I need to focus on balance in my life!  Spending time in the word, taking care of myself, organizing my home, loving my family, and spending as little money as possible are all on my list!  I am sure there are more areas in my life that need balance, but those are the major areas. 

I have to give my dear Son-in-Law a great big Thank You for reformatting my computer!!  It works like a dream!!  You rock and I am so grateful that you would spend so much of your vacation time working on our computer!!  

The first Scrapping the Music challenge of the year is up and the song is Hands by Jewel.  The lyrics are awesome and I hope you stop by and check out the Design Team's work.  It is absolutely amazing this week!!  Here is my take on this week's song.  I found a picture that included every aspect of my life as a mom using my hands-loving, working and praying for my
 family.  I had a lot of fun using a negative picture of praying hands and superimposing the words to the song on them.  I used colorful papers and embellies because that reflects my personality: happy and full of cheer, (well at least most of the time, lol).  
Papers and embellies are largely from Studio Calico and include October Afternoon, Sassafrass Lass and Pink Paislee Papers, Making Memories and American Crafts alphas, Pink Paislee and Anna Griffin Rubons, Making Memories and Prima florals, Jenni Bowlin tickets and bingo cards, 7 Gypsies stickers, and assorted buttons and clips from my stash.  The font is from CK.

I hope you get a chance to check out STM and play along with us!!  The whole month of January is going to be awesome!!

I also need to draw for my ornament challenge!!! ......and the winner is.......Julie!  Julie please send me your address and I will mail you the Hero Arts Stamp set as soon as possible.

I have been working on my absolutely wonderful Color Me DAisy Kit this weekend!  It is the sweetest kit ever!!  Lots of little goodies along with Pink Paislee's Sweet Cakes Line.  Absoutely declicious!!

I hope you have a great day and please share your {word} for 2009 with me!! I can't wait to see what word you all have chosen!!

May the Joy of the Lord be your strength today,