June 18, 2008

Found me some mojo!!

Some days it sure feels like I've been living under a rock. Thanks to the CK newsletter I just discovered the Oh Joy! blog which is nothing but pure inspiration, color and total WOW! I just did a quick glance through and knew I had to share it with all of my peeps. :D (Aren't I thoughtful??? LOL!)

I've been gravitating farther and farther away from scrapbook-related projects as inspirational sources. I use a lot of magazines, websites, catalogs and just what I see in everyday life. I also still rely on Scrapbook Trends, which never ceases to inspire me. The rest of the mags. (some of which I still subscribe) I will be letting go. It seems the less I look at what others are doing, the more I've learned to listen to my own inner muse. The outcome is often a page I just fall in love with.

What do you use for inspiration?


Yay for CHA!

So excited....I finally got to finalize my travel plans for CHA - Chicago! I really didn't think I'd get a chance to go this year so I'm super excited to be invited. The only thing I don't like is that I'm going alone. I wish I had a friend to share my excitement and off-hours fun with. Guess I'll be on a mission to make new friends! And I'll get to meet my review team coordinator, April....so excited about that too! Anyone else going?

I'm hoping for time to do make and takes - something I was barely able to do last time I went. But I will be making lots of contacts and introductions and hopefully some sort of positive impression. I'm trying to think of a way to stand out from the crowd. Thinking, thinking! Still not sure if I'll take my laptop, and I'm also debating on brining some scrappy supplies with me cuz' I KNOW I'll be incredibly inspired after seeing all of the yummy-ness!

Any special requests, products to watch out for?? Let me know...the countdown is ON!!!


June 12, 2008

THURSDAY THOUGHTS - File this one in the "TOO MUCH INFORMATION" folder

I spent the day cleaning and organizing my scrap room. If there's one thing that makes me stop from buying more stuff it is trying to put away all the stuff that I already have piled all over my desk!!! I clean off my desk about every other week and it always takes FOR-EVER! Anywhooo...it's done (enough) and I did manage to complete a cool layout today with two more in progress.

Now, onto the juicy TMI.

My daughter just learned about puberty. She's almost 10. She's been super excited about learning all of this new stuff and hardly a day went by for the past two weeks without her bringing it up. So far Hubby and I have been able to answer her questions without freaking out (in front of her at least!) and have always been honest with her. I've done some stalling trying to figure out what to say and realized that every question does not have to bring up the whole enchilada. The mother of all things puberty related. The talk. That's been a relief!!

After the puberty lessons and educational video she informs me that she can only wear tampons when she's swimming. And she knows how they work. The cotton soaks up the blood . Okay. Like I haven't had my freakin' period FOR-EVER already. But I humor her.

She's obsessed with getting her period and she has been carrying the school-supplied pad around "just in case." I just let her go with it, but I do tell her that hopefully it will be a LONG time until she has to deal with that stuff.

And now.....well......it's happening!

"Mom, it hurts right here." she says as she's pointing to her nipple. I take a look and sure enough there's a hard little lump in both of them and one is swollen. Gee, I remember when that happened to me!! I've tried to wish this wasn't happening but they still hurt her so I think I need to resign myself to the fact that my little girl is GOING THROUGH PUBERTY!

God save me! (Oh, and keep Hubby from becoming totally spastic, please!)


June 8, 2008

One Little Word - ONE

Here's my entry for this week's One Little Word: ONE.
Title: One Day at the Park
Supplies:
Cardstock (Bazzill Bling)
Patterned Paper, Stickers (Sassafras Lass)
Chipboard (Heidi Swapp, Cherry Arte, American Crafts)
Rub Ons, Brad (BasicGrey)
Marker (Zig Writer)
Glitter Die Cut Frame, Small Letter Stickers (Making Memories)
Acrylic Paint, Mask (Heidi Swapp)
Adhesive (Ad Tech Glue Runner)
Journaling:
Launching rockets with Daddy on an early spring aftgernoon. I'm not sure who had more fun, you or daddy!

I AM IN LOVE!!!!!

with Tessa Ann Watte!! Saw her incredible work in the latest BasicGrey newsletter. I love, love, love her graphic style and her wonderful use of color!! I saw a LO to die for on her blog and lifted it.
Friends by Tessa Ann Watte













Puppy Dog by Penny
Supplies: Cardstock (Prism, Bazzill scalloped edge) Patterned Paper, Flower (Prima)

Patterned Paper (Tinkering Ink)
Chipboard (Scenic Route)
Buttons, Rub Ons, 3D Stickers (Making Memories)
Stickers (Creative Imaginations) Arrow Brad (Around the Block)
Pen (Zig Writer, Uni-Ball Signo)
Adhesive (Ad Tech Glue Runner, Glue Dots)
Other: ribbon, string


Definitely keeping this girl on my blog feeds!!


June 4, 2008

Math and Butterflies

We practiced flash cards tonight. Katie got in on the action. I love it when these two work together so nicely!

Here's a card I made last night. I was very happy with the way it all came together. The ribbon is a pale mossy green color. The flower sprig was stamped on cardstock and then cut out and layered on top. The clear acrylic butterfly was dabbed with alcohol inks to get this look. I also edged the papers with a little Craf-T creamy colors.


Pieces of Me

My loves, my feelings, my hopes . . . just ME.


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