29 November 2009

O Christmas Tree!

We put up our Christmas tree tonight after dinner. It looks really pretty. We had just the tree (no ornaments) up for a couple of days to see if our newest cat would mess with it. He seemed to be uninterested until we started decorating it! He sat all curled up under the tree like a present!

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Calendar Cover!

My oldest daughter Brittany drew a picture of an ice cream shop in her 10th grade Art Class. The pictures were to be drawn using buildings that represent the town in which they live. These drawings were submitted for a calendar that was being made of their local town. Much to her surprise, she received a letter from the Bank issuing these calendars. The letter stated that her drawing of the ice cream shop would be on the cover of the calendar. Along with making the cover , she received a $100 savings bond from the bank. We are so proud!!

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Girls and New Moon

This picture was taken moments before leaving to go to the theater to see New Moon. The girls actually had to wait a couple of days longer to see it than originally planned. However, it didn't matter and they were still thrilled to go when we finally did! Oh, and by the way, it was really good!

Happy Thanksgiving

We decided to have Thanksgiving at our house this year. It's the first time in a very long time that I've been able to make a huge meal like that. I love it!! I really do!! Everything turned out great and the family had a really nice time!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well...we decided to get the Christmas decorations out and put up before the snow flies this year. The neighbors have ha theirs up since before Halloween and have been teasing that we wouldn't get our up until there was snow on the ground. I guess we showed them!

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Vampire Wars

Vampire Wars is a game I play on Facebook...and I mean play! Constantly! I am totally addicted to it. I've given up playing most of the other games I did play on Facebook since I found Vampire Wars. If you haven't tried it, make sure you clean your house before you do!!

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Alternative Fuel

The inspiration for this layout came when my oldest daughter decided to play on my computer looking up some songs on YouTube. all of the sudden I heard a familiar song and had to stop scrapping momentarily to enjoy the view of this fine young man from the band Fuel. He has the bluest eyes that just make you melt!

This layout is nothing more than lots of masking and ink and punches. I wanted to give it a pretty wild colored background with lots of movement. Masks work perfectly for doing that. I used black, yellow and china blue ink to get this effect.

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28 November 2009

Jessica's Layouts

These are layouts I did using the photos from my friend Jessica's senior portrait shoot that I did for her.So far...she's really liking them. She's more of a rock and roll kind of girl, so I was sure she would not really care for these more "Girly" layouts! But, in typical teenage fashion, she proved me wrong, and I'm so glad she did!!

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24 November 2009

Twas the night before Christmas

Last year I unknowingly caused quite a buzz with a funny remake of Twas the night before Christmas. I love rewriting songs and using them on my layouts. This one in particular ended up on endless blogs, chat rooms and even made it into a magazine!

I thought since the holidays are right around the corner, I would share it once again!

Twas the night before Christmas, I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock or chipboard or lace?
Or a Cricut, I said, with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,
"Hi Santa, " I said
"You know....good little girls
should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa,
and now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited
To see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look
in this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim
as he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap,
I'll see you next year!"

Dog For Sale

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale ' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

'You talk?' he asks.

'Yep,' the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'

The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'
'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.' 'I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

'Ten dollars,' the guy says.

'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'

'Because he's a liar. He never did any of that shit.

The Cost of a Motel

> My wife and I are travelling by car from Detroit to Atlanta.
> After almost eleven hours on the road, we were too tired to continue,
> and decide to take a room.
> But, we only planned to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road.
> When we checked out four hours later, the desk clerk hands us a bill
> for $350.00.
> I explode and demand to know why the charge is so high. I tell the
> clerk although it's a nice hotel; the rooms certainly aren't worth $350.00
> Then the clerk tells me that $350.00 is the 'standard rate'. I insisted
> on speaking to the Manager.
> The Manager appears, listens to me, and then explains that the hotel
> has an
> Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference centre that were available for
> us to use. 'But we didn't use them. 'Well, they are here, and you could
> have,' explains the Manager.
> He goes on to explain we could also have taken in one of the shows for
> which the hotel is famous. 'We have the best entertainers from New York,
> Hollywood, and Las Vegas perform here,' the Manager says.
> 'But we didn't go to any of those shows,' .'Well, we have them, and
> you could have,' the Manager replies.
> No matter what amenity the Manager mentions, I reply, 'But we didn't
> use it!'
> The Manager is unmoved, and eventually I gave up and agreed to pay.
> I write a check and give it to the Manager.
> The Manager is surprised when he looks at the check. 'But sir,' 'this
> check is only made out for $50.00. ''That's correct, as I charged you
> $300.00
> for sleeping with my wife.'
> 'But I didn't!' exclaims the Manager.
> 'Well, too bad, she was here, and you could have.

Are you smarter than a 1st grader?

are you smarter then a first grader?
1stgrade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child in her classroom the 1st half of a well-known proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by first graders. Their insight may surprise you. While reading, keep in mind that these are first-graders, 6-year-olds, because the last one is a classic!
Don't change horses
until they stop running.
Strike while the
bug is close..
It's always darkest before
Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of
You can lead a horse to water but
Don't bite the hand that
looks dirty.
No news is
A miss is as good as a
You can't teach an old dog new
If you lie down with dogs, you'll
stink in the morning.
Love all, trust
The pen is mightier than the
An idle mind is
the best way to relax.
Where there's smoke there's
Happy the bride who
gets all the presents.
A penny saved is
not much.
Two's company, three's
the Musketeers.
Don't put off till tomorrow what
you put on to go to bed.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and
You have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as
Stevie Wonder.
Children should be seen and not
spanked or grounded.
If at first you don't succeed
get new batteries.
You get out of something only what you

See in the picture on the box
When the blind lead the blind
get out of the way.
A bird in the hand
is going to poop on you.
And the WINNER and last one!
Better late than

True Beauty

This is my friend Jocelyn in one of her senior pictures. A friend of the family has this gorgeous koi pond in her back yard and agreed to let Jocelyn have some pictures taken by it. They all turned out so beautiful.

This layout was done using K & Company patterned paper from the Charlotte line. This line was perfect for this photo since most of the papers are greens and pinks, matching the grasses and lilies so nicely.

The bows are made by simply folding paper back and forth accordian style and gluing a piece of paper in the center to hold it all together. I did a little stitching at the bottom using pink embroidery floss.

The flowers are by Prima and the pink inks are by Versamagic.

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Broken Home

Ahh yes... no blog would be complete without a little Twilight now and then!

This layout represents the struggle for power between Team Edward and Team Jacob that is going on in my home! My oldest daughter loves Edward and my youngest is a fan of Jacob. It's becoming more and more common to hear things like...."Yeah, well Jacob is a jerk!" And then the retort..."Well, at least he isn't boring like Edward!" Or perhaps you've heard this one..."Jacob has a better body than Edward does!" And the reply to that one is...."Well Jacob doesn't sparkle!"

Sound familiar? These two fantasy characters have caused quite a ruckus between my girls. Though they never quarrel about who stole whose shirt...they will always squabble over whose mythical man is superior!

As for me...I'm rooting for Team Edward!! Real Men Sparkle!!

Those Smirks

Have you ever noticed how many of the young girls these days take pictures of themselves and they all have these impish little smirks? I see it all the time! I'm not sure what it means..maybe I'm just too old! LOL!

This was a really simple layout using only solid colored card stock in black and white. I did add a colored piece behind the picture and in the corners for a little extra detail. I used the border technique around the circle as demonstrated here..

The flowers are punched using the Retro Whale of a Punch and penned on the edges for detail.

The letters are from Heidi Grace and are colored black to match the layout.

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this layout is very similar to the one I posted previously. I used the same brand of K & Company papers (I just love those colors for fall pictures!).

I started by cutting out the shaped piece of paper. I tore the right side off and inked both edges. I used black embroidery floss to stitch them back in place. Under the photo is a strip of coordinating paper that I pleated and stretched to fit. All of the swirls are hand drawn. I also made the flower and will demonstrate at a later date.

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Because of You

This is a picture of my girls taken this fall.

I did this layout using K & Company patterned paper from the Ancestory line. These are just the richest colors and so easy to work with.

I began by cutting out my shaped background piece. I then tore down the left side in a curved shape. I cut strips of paper from the same color scheme to make the pleated ribbon. I use hot glue to fasten it down for two reasons. First, because you pleat the paper it becomes a little thicker than a normal piece of paper making it harder to fasten down. Hot glue holds it very well!
And second, I'm impatient!

After adhering the pleated paper to the curve, I re-attatched the piece I tore off the left side and lined it up to fit right back where it came from. It was something I've never tried before ,but I really like the way it turned out.

I decided not to put a back piece on this one so I could display it on a picture stand.

Flowers are by Prima and all inks are from Ranger,

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Miranda and Maura

These girls are the daughters of some friends of ours. I think they are just the cutest kids I've ever seen!

The first layout is done using K & Company patterned paper from the Charlotte collection. Lots of punching, inking and stitching on this one, but the end result was well worth it, and the parents just loved it!

The second layout is done using K & Company patterned paper from the Sea Glass collection. It went perfect with the photo. The swirls are all hand drawn and the sea shells are cut out of the same paper and ink to show depth.

The letters are by Fresh Paint and are colored black. I used a white gellyroll pen to stitch around the letters to help them stand out a little.

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A Circle Of Love

This is my sister in one of the pictures I took of her this fall.

I started this layout by cutting out the shaped background on a piece of chipboard. Then, I glued down several of different colors and styles of K & Company patterned paper to make it look quilted (my sister quilts!).
The letters are from Fresh Paint and are colored black with permanent marker. I used a white gellyroll pen to make stitches on them.

I drew the border around the photo using a technique I demonstrated in an earlier post here...

I got the quote from a magazine and found it very fitting!

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All you need is love

I'm so blessed to have two girls that are not only sisters, but best friends! They rarely argue and I can honestly say that I have never had to break up a fight between them!

I used K&Company Ancestory patterned paper to make this layout. I just love this pack of papers! They have a real vintage feel to them and make coordinating colors super easy!

The letters are by Fresh Paint and are painted brown to match the layout better. It's hard to see the details on them, but I made them wood grained by adding some lines on them.

The hearts are cut out of chipboard and covered with coordinating paper.
The flowers are by Prima.

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16 November 2009

New Layouts

This layout is titled Simple Pleasures. It is a picture of my youngest daughter testing out the water at Canadian Lakes Campground this past summer.

The layout features K & Company paper from the Charlotte line. This is a very pretty pack of paper.

I used eyelets to lace together two coordinating papers glued at an angle on the left. I used Heidi Swapp Ghost Hibiscus to do the masking on the underside of the photo. They are actually supposed to painted , inked or layered, but I chose to use them as a mask instead. They worked really well for it. The flowers are punched from the medium retro punch and are doubled to form a more rounded looking flower. The letters are printed from the computer, cut apart and inked using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distressing ink.
This layout is titled Senior and has a photo of my friend Jocelyn, who is a senior this year. Their school colors are red and black, so I used two sheets from the K& Company Christmas stack. These papers are very versatile and most can be used for layouts other than Christmas themed ones. The reds in these two papers were perfect for the look I need to get. I used a Tim Holtz Mask on the right and cut out a random design using my Cricut and the Sure Cuts A Lot program. The letters are from Heidi Grace and are actually the leftover punched out pieces from a set of letters I recently bought. After punching out the letters, the card board piece is great to use as a stencil.
This layout is titled Playful. The photo is of my youngest daughter Erica. I used two sheets of K&Company paper from the Christmas stack. Once again, these papers are very versatile and have a variety of potential uses. The letters are from Reminisce.

The picture was torn and glued to the paper, even though it looks as though I tore the paper. It's a really cool effect to try! I used crackle paint in the middle section to add some detail. It turned out really nice.

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14 November 2009


What more do I need to say? LOL! The anticipation of the new Twilight movie is just too much some days. I decided to make a layout to get me by until the movie debuts on November 21st!

Just Us Girls

This photo was taken this fall and is one of the few of me and my girls. I am often the one taking pictures and recently realized that I didn't have any of the three of us.

The patterned paper is by K& Company and the flowers are punched using the medium and Whale of a punch Retro punches using coordinating paper. I used Scribbles 3D paint to make the flower centers.

The background is a piece of card board cut to 12x12 and covered in burlap. This is the first time I've used burlap and found it very easy to work with.

The letters are by Fresh Paint and are colored black to better suit the layout.

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Bloodbath and Beyond

My brother in laws brother Matt dresses up as Michael Myers every year for Halloween. He had the mask custom made so it would look more realistic. He really enjoys getting dressed up and scaring the kids on Halloween night!

Heart of Gold

My oldest daughter is quite possibly the sweetest person I've been lucky enough to know. She is the ultimate optimist and is always willing to lend a hand to help other people. she is just a great kid and I'm sure if things stay the same for her, she will grow up to be a fantastic adult!

I did a lot of inking on this layout. I used K & Company patterned paper from the Ancestory Collection. I made the hearts by cutting them out of card board and covering them with coordinating paper. I sanded and inked the edges and glued lace around the edges.

The letters are by Fresh paint and were colored black with permanent marker( they are originally pink!).

The photo is edited by Picnik using the Ortonish technique.

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Miss Independent

My youngest daughter Erica has always had a rough time of it. When she goes to her Dad's, she is surrounded by hunters and outdoorsman who just can't understand a girls need to wear makeup and accessories. In fact, her Dad would prefer that she wore no makeup at all. But, a girl has to look her best at all time, ya know!
I love the way Erica stays true to herself and never conforms to what others would rather she be.