November 18, 2008

THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Big Decisions

I have just made a very big and difficult decision...December will be my last month with the ScrapFriends review team. I've been with them for two years now and feel ready for a change.

I don't want to stop scrapping professionally altogether. I'd like to work with a kit club or manufacturer that will involve a little less time commitment and allow me to have time to work on my writing. I have several manufacturer's I'm interested in: Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket, Sassafras Lass and Sandylion. There is one kit club in particular that I'm hoping to be offered a design team position. They will be having a design team call any day now so that I can put in my application and pray, REALLY hard.

The most monumental aspect of this is my real commitment to writing. I dream of becoming a published author but have never really put myself in a position to achieve that. I've always let other things get in the way. So, now I am taking a proactive step to work toward that goal. It is scary and exhilarating all at the same time.


November 17, 2008

THURSDAY THOUGHTS - Life Is Good

I had a weekend full of family. I had my brother and his family over for dinner on Saturday. It wasn't planned until later on that morning and since we are both busy people it was wonderful that it worked out. I made a HUGE meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli. We had some absolutely sinful cakes and coffee for dessert. There was a lot of laughs and just the wonderful comfort I get from having my family around me. We played Smart Ass (trivia game) and things got a little crazy as they tend to do, and there was a lot of laughter.

My niece had an interesting story to share with me. She and a friend had played with the Ouija board recently and she asked about my sister. The spirit they were communicating with was not my sister and she was also not in the room at the time. The freaky thing is that the spirit said my sister's name as well as my brothers and myself. My niece also asked if she was proud of us (naming us individually) and for me it spelled "LOTS" as for my brothers "YES." That made me feel sooo good! There are so many questions I have as to why she chose to leave us and I've been thinking a lot about whether or not she even thought of me that day. It hurts to have so many things left unsaid, and forever unknown. That one little confirmation felt like gold to me.

Now, I've used a Ouija board a few times and I do not like them. I think they are BAD NEWS but my niece seemed to have a very positive and factually accurate experience with it. It sure makes me think about trying it again as well. What have your experiences been with it?

My kids are weird....my son went outside to ride his bike and skateboard yesterday. He almost always "forgets" to put on a jacket or any other cold weather gear no matter the temperature and instead had a long-sleeved sweatshirt and insisted he was "fine" and not cold even though it was only 30-some degrees. After awhile though I couldn't hear him anymore so I went to see what he was up to and here he was sweeping out the driveway and later raking leaves in our yard. HE IS 7! He told me when it was lunchtime that he was just being helpful. I said that it looked like he'd gotten a lot done and he said "Yeah, I have about 2 1/2 inches left." LOL!!! My daughter had joined in at the end too. I had to count my blessings for such wonderful children...life is good


November 15, 2008

Lovin' Bo Bunny

I had to have the Beau Jardin collection of Bo Bunny papers! It is pretty feminine with the swirls and most of the colors, but look how well it works for BOY pages too!


A cool technique I discovered is to use alcohol inks on both sides of a sheer element. I dabbed the front with a mixture of blue and green but it just didn't show up well when I put it on the page. I tried apply silver alcohol ink to the BACK of my piece and it turned out looking like a mirrored stained glass sort of thing...it's beautiful!! I'm probably the last one to figure this out but it's a wonderful technique!

Products Used:
Patterned Paper, Rub Ons (Bo Bunny)
Felt Alpha (American Crafts)
Sheer Alpha (Maya Road)
Chipboard (Scenic Route)
Ink (Ranger Distress)
Hole Puncher (Crop a Dile)
Rhinestones (Doodlebug)
Adhesive (Ad Tech)
Other: misc. paper scraps

Journaling:
There’s just something special about you. Your energy and spirit are unmistakeable.
You are very intelligent but cannot sit still for long. You are affectionate and emotional. You are a challenge.

Establishing yourself in the great big world, you are jonesing for the top. Whether you
realize it or not, you are destined for big things. I felt it before you even came into this world. This is just the beginning.

AND I LEARNED A GOOD LESSON: Make sure you understand slang before you try to use it! I used Jonesing in an entirely different way than it's true slang meaning. I think Jonesing in a sense of achievement sounds better anyway, so there.

November 11, 2008

One Little Word - LISTEN

Here's my take on this week's One Little Word Challenge - LISTEN.


The scan doesn't do the colors in this justice. The blues are deep and luscious and the pic has a violet tone to it.

Supplies:
Patterned Paper, Fiber (Scarlet Lime Kit)
Acrylic Paint (Ranger)
Rub Ons (Pink Paislee)
Chipboard (American Crafts)
Stickers (BasicGrey)
Marker (Zig Writer)
Adhesive (Ad Tech Glue Runner)

Journaling:
LISTEN...
to my faith.
to my creative vision.
to my happy colors.
to my designer's eye.
to my undying enthusiasm and drive to better myself.
to the encouraging words of my friends and family.
for the simple pleasures in life.
to my every day.
to my heart.

November 7, 2008

Grow With Love


I made this for the Create My Keepsake Jenni Bowlin monthly sponsor contest. It was fun to focus on using her stuff!

November 5, 2008

Good news to share today!

I won the Sassafras Lass Monthly Sponsor contest at Coordinates Collections with my layout Bubblicious You!

I also made One Little Word Favorites for my Imagine layout!

Coolness!

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