Friday, January 30, 2009

Home Again

This is the sign that was sitting on the kitchen table, waiting for me when I arrived home at 3:30 am! I couldn't think of anything better to come home to.

So much to tell you about CHA...

Let's start with the reason I was there - to work the booth at Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs.
I was picked up at the airport by one of the owners, Christy. She got a kick out of my obsession with the palm trees and we chatted for hours. At her house, I met her hubby, Anthony, and her sister in law, Ana. They were all wonderful people who made me feel very welcome. Later that evening, the other MOSD owner, Ali, and DT coordinator, Shannon, arrived and we stayed up til the wee hours of the morning getting acquainted.

We were up bright and early to set up our booth, which I must say looked amazing!

I even gave the grand tour to Brittany Beattie from Creating Keepsakes. It was exciting to be one of the new vendors and our booth attracted a lot of visitors, who did the make and takes and ordered lots of product.

It was so much fun meeting all the people who came through our booth. I was happily surprised by the gang from Scrap for a Cure (Diana, Patti and Anne). We had a chance to go out to dinner with Suzy West and Erin Yamabe from My Little Shoebox. It was a great evening. I laughed and laughed. I wish I could see all these wonderful ladies on a regular basis.

Another surprise visitor was my girl, Eva, from Treasured Scrapbooking. She is every bit as sweet in real life. She even brought some of her gorgeous cards for me to see, and all I can say is wow. The girl's got talent!

Well, still getting over to the time changes, so that's all for tonight!

Monday, January 19, 2009

My friend, Vanna, passed this award to me. I always smile when I read her blog. Thank you my dear!

So I am now supposed to answer the following questions with a one word answer:

1. Where is your cell phone? kitchen
2. Where is your significant other? couch
3. Your hair color? brown
4. Your mother? reliable
5. Your father? strong
6. Your favorite thing? chocolate
7. Your dream last night? don't remember
8. Your dream/goal? debtfree
9. The room you’re in? chilly
10. Your hobby? scrapping
11. Your fear? heights
12. Where do you want to be in six years? here
13. Where were you last night? work
14. What you’re not? sleeping
15. One of your wish list items? paper
16. Where you grew up? new york
17. The last thing you did? eat
18. What are you wearing? PJ's
19. Your TV? news
20. Your pet? Harley
21. Your computer? on
22. Your mood? blah
23. Missing someone? nope
24. Your car? minivan
25. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
26. Favorite store? Kohls
27. Your Summer? quiet
28. Love someone? totally
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? earlier
31. Last time you cried? unsure

So now I am supposed to pass this award along to 3 worthy people... who to pick? There are so many I love to stalk.
First is my girl, Dolores. She has this way of brightening my day every time I talk to her.

Second, is Marcie. Not only is her blog just so pretty, but she is just so talented!

Last, but not least, is Sophia. She has been such a wonderful addition to the Dreamgirls team and is so upbeat.

Speaking of Dreamgirls... challenge 20 is up, and it's a good one! Create a LO using the prompt. "I'm not," use your older stash (c'mon - you know you have plenty!), and to feature some paper tearing. Our sponsor for this challenge is Label Tulip. The prize is one gorgeous kit - so get busy!
I had to sit this challenge out because I've been busy getting ready for CHA, but the DT created some amazing inspo. Check it out!
I taught 2 classes over the past week at my LSS, New England Scrapbook Company. The first was an all day mini album class to create this combo chipboard/ acrylic album.
It featured a Tinkering Ink Peek-a-boo album, papers by GCD, Flair and 3 Bugs, plus lots of Glimmer Mist, some Hambly, and a variety of techniques. Given all the snow we've had in our area lately, the timing was perfect!

We had a wonderful group of scrappers in the class and I think we all had a great time! Well, it's getting late here and I still have a project to finish up, so ciao for now!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Time flies

Wow, time flies when you've been busy scrapping!
Not a lot of time to post right now, but I wanted to tell you about something really cool. Check out Ali Edwards' blog today.
She is giving away one of the yummy kits from Scrap for a Cure! All you need to do is leave a comment about how you celebrate Valentine's Day. Check it out!
Gotta run, but will be back to blog more later!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Some Sneaky Peeks

I've been happily playing with the January kit from Scrap for a Cure. It is filled with lots of beautiful paper and embellies. Wanna see a few peeks?

Good stuff, right?
Well, the full reveal is scheduled for this weekend, along with a Launch Party to celebrate the revamped website. There's going to be lots of challenges, games, and tons of fun. Join us and bring a friend along with you!

Dreamgirls has a new challenge up -
Create a layout that is black and white, with a handmade embellishment that is the only additional color. Oh, and you must use the word "new" somewhere in the title or journaling. Here's my page - I stamped the clock and backed it with some Jenni Bowlin crepe paper:
Hope you'll play along!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year!

Yeah, I know, I'm a few days late. But better late than never, right?
So I'm gonna do the whole resolution thing now...

1. Eat healthier
2. Drink more water
3. Exercise 3x/week
4. Pay down our debt
5. Keep count of how many scrappy projects I make this year.
6. Start submitting my work to mags on regular basis
7. Declutter my basement
8. Organize my scrap space and keep it in workable condition.

So how am I doing three days into the year? Not too bad, considering I had a sleepover with 10 kids running around my house and seem to have a sinus infection.

I've definitely made better food choices. I've increased my water consumption. Sudafed makes me pretty thirsty! No real exercise, unless you count the Wii Fit my son got for Christmas.

Speaking of Wii - you can create a little version of yourself (called a Mii) to play the games on Wii Fit. So I spent time making a pretty good semblance of myself. Then I had to hop on the balance board. Well, my mii suddenly became quite round and full figured. OUCH! Talk about a reality check! Even the video game tells me I'm fat! Guess I better work on resolution #3 some more.

As far as scrappy stuff goes...
Several of my online friends posted their fave 8 projects of 2008. I thought this seemed like a great idea. So here it goes:

1. I have such fond memories of this day - and I had fun playing with cardboard and glimmer mist when I made this:

2. This is one of my fave pics from our Hawaii vacation a few years back. I adored the colors in this American Crafts papers:

3. I made this page for a contest - the challenge to use white space. This is a stretch for me, but I love how it turned out. I also think it was the springboard for me to use less as more on my pages:

4. I love scrapping girlie pics and making things look vintage - I love the texture the flowers & leaves added:

5. This picture just makes me smile. I made it for the Fancy Pants DT call -obviously I didn't make the team, but I'm lovin this page!

6. Another contest page - this one called for lots of layering and dimension:

7. I loved this picture of Jimmy - he spent the day wearing a superman cape and was so happy doing it:

8. Another contest LO - I was inspired by the Hambly rub ons to create this paper pieced tree:

Here's to a happy, healthy, productive 2009!