Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Upcoming Class Notes-Sneak Peak-Trip News

Although it has been quite some time since my last class, I am always on the lookout for things for future classes.  I have designed another vintage/travel album using the new "Maya Road" chipboard (4)tabbed/(4)envelope pockets  4-1/2"x7" book. This album features the new Graphic 45 paper line-Transatlantic Collection.  It will also feature vintage travel stamping using  some of the new Tim Holtz stamps, and other miscellaneous travel stamps.  The details of the class will be announce in the next few weeks.  I am taking a break from all the events that have transpired in the last few months with my husband's and my recent health issues.  I will be going to Virginia to visit my daughter and family starting April 26th through May 16th.  I will be flying out on Sunday the 26th of April then my husband and son are driving up on the 9th of May and will stay another week and leave on the 16th heading back home, we will stop in Georgia to visit my husbands family for a few days then return to Florida sometime end of that week.  I know it seems a long time off, but this will allow time for supplies to be ordered and sign ups for the class.  Tina and I are going to be privileged to attend one of Teresa Collins classes in North Carolina during my trip.  I am excited about this trip, some of the ladies that participate in Tina's classes are also joining us on this  little road trip  we are staying overnight thus making it a  welcomed retreat for us.   Since Tina and I are usually the ones teaching  the classses, this event will will give us an opportunity to participate in a class for a change. I am so thankful that this special event will allow me to meet Teresa Collins, as many of you know that I had won the DreamKuts Machine in one of her recent giveaways and to be able to meet her in person  will be an added joyful experience for me.  During my stay with Tina, we have other events planned, first and farmost the two special events are Madison's 8th birthday party and Kaitlynn's first dance recital.  We are also planning to go to the annual Strawberry Patch events, hopefully a day trip to the mountains to see the mountains in Springtime with all the fields of flowers and mountain view of everything blooming in Spring.  Perhaps, maybe, just maybe a few shopping trips to the new Michaels and Joann fabric stores in Richmond.  Even though I know I will be there for 3 weeks, time will pass by so quickly by the time I leave I will be wondering where all the time went.

Ok here is a sneak Peak of the newest class project.


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

SO THANKFUL- Our Little Piece of Heaven

Just when we thought it would never happen, it did!  Thank you Barbara for stepping out into your new venture of opening a  much needed Scrapbook Store in our town (neighborhood).  With the economy the way it is nowadays, I know it must have been a gamble to even put yourself out on a limb, however, we are ever so grateful you took the challenge. I not only speak for myself but the chatter around town is that it is a warm, welcome place to come and scrapbook, socialize and just hang out.  With some of us underfoot it is no wonder you get any work done!  Of course, I am talking about my self.   The store has "huge" possibilities in such a small space, you have filled it will all our favorite things.  You have certainly made a big impression in the world of scrapbookers for our local area and I know in time you will grow and probably outgrow your space, we will follow you wherever you go!! We all look forward to many exciting events you have planned for us. Attached is a photo of the latest Layout I created for the store using  one of the new lines from Basic Grey and Chipboard elements to match, also Teresa Collins stamp.   I look forward to creating many more samples in the future  to display and hopefully inspire others to exercise their creativity as well.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Cuttlebug Embossed Acrylic Albums

I wanted to share a link to a blog that gives you techniques  on how to emboss acrylic albums:

She gives you wonderful details on the example that is displayed, very fun idea,  I can't wait to try it.Just click on the title.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Feeling a Little Pink

Yesterday, my friend June and I spent the day making "pink" vintage tags.  I had been wanting to make some pink vintage style items to display in a  wire basket I  recently found at a local thrift store.  We had a wonderful time together,  creating these tags, using vintage stamps and inks, bits of ribbons, buttons, torn pages from an old "french dialog" textbook.  It seemed as though the day ended too quickly as we rarely have time to get together with her busy schedule, however, I treasure the special time we had  together making fun things that we both enjoy.  She and I share the same interests in vintage style memorabilia, and incorporating them in our love for scrapbooking.  Her home is filled with lots of unique vintage collectibles making it a special place to come to create projects to display and share  our  ideas.   The food she served  for breakfast and lunch was so delicious, the day could not have been more perfect.  I think we both needed this special time to let our creative juices flow. 


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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Oh My Gosh Too Awesome for Words

To my wonderful surprise, I won one of the DreamKuts machine from  Teresa Collins giveaway this week. My daughter, Tina and I spent many hours watching  debuts of so many of the  new products that will start shipping late March and entering countless drawings I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could be so lucky to have one this.  I really love Teresa Collins new line. Each year she out does the previous year  it will impossible to contain myself not to purchase her entire line, knowing this is not even in my budget.  It is still pretty amazing that  she shares her wonderful talent so generously.  Below is a link to her site and the grand announcement that totally shocked me I was jumping for joy at an all day/night crop when Tina called me with this exciting  news.

Here is the blog post where Teresa Collins posted about entering the giveaway. If you click on this link it will take you to all of the comments and you will see mine and my Tina's comments.

(this is Tina talking )Well I checked the Teresa Collins blog update tonight and guess what I saw?

Before I forget the WINNERS from the POST: PLEASE email me WHAT you won and your address. I get a lot of emails and need you to help me be organized. Ha!

The TWO DreamKut winners are:
1. Heather from the RED BEE class- (you did not put a last name) 1/25/09
2. Marty Kersey 1/23/09 posted at 9:48am

The TWO blue bind it alls go to-
1. Karen Tabor 1/23/09  10:09 am
2. Barbara from NC 1/29/09

Congrats GIRLS!!!!!

If you go here this will take you to teresacollinsdesigns website where she shows a video demo of the DreamKuts

machine in action.


http://teresacollins.typepad.com/teresa_collins/ go here to see her new line of products.

Teresa Collins ROCKS

yhst-56935576670441_2032_12291701 This is the new Dreamkuts machine just released in Pink, however, I believe if I am not mistaken that the one I actually won is blue, I love it no matter what color it is.

Zutter bind-it-all products http://www.binditall.com/2008NewNowAvailable.html.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Creativity

My husband and son decided to take the girls out fishing on the boat  today and I was feeling a little creative , but not really wanting to work on any layouts, so I just pulled out a few stamps, papers, and embellishments no rhyme or reason to the design, just began covering and layering with papers and came up with this fun file folder project.  One of pictures (the one with my daughter, Tina and the girls) is one she created in her digital program and I just printed it out and used it on my project.  You may, from time to time, see the same pictures on my blog and hers. I can't, however, take all the credit.  I have to give credit where credit is due.Tina I love your latest design you showed us on your blog post.  It is the cutest book.  I love all the Ali Edward's fonts we should all be so lucky to have that beautiful handwriting.


Once I covered the folder, I made a pocket on the front and placed a name tag that I had created at one of my crops in the pocket.  Need I say, I love tags,  that have been stamped and collaged with verses or phrases stamped on them.  There is also a hidden pocket on the side, you can barely see it on the left with a tag pulled out slightly.

Blog site of interest


On the above site there are a lot of links to tap into to explore some of the new lines from different vendors that just recently released their new products at the  2009-Winter CHA show.   There are so many wonderful new papers, stamps,  and embellishments to really keep up your enthusiasm to scrapbook all  our stashes of photos  that we all have.  I am so excited to share these sites with you.  Of course, there are many more sites out there for your browsing, however, thought I would pass along just a few that  will spark your hunger to visit more sites.

Have fun,

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Cookware

I finally broke down and bought some new cookware.  I had been looking around for a good deal for sometime now.  I gave up looking for a while, but when I got up to cook breakfast Saturday, I took a good look at my old set and everything was sticking when I would try and cook  anything I became so  aggravated  that I decided it was time, "deal or no deal".  My husband came home Friday night and said that they were having a lot of sales at our local Mall, a good many of the stores are closing, due to the economy so I thought well maybe now is the time to cash in on some of the great sales, and low and behold JC Penney's was having a great sale on all their kitchen ware and miscellaneous small appliance so we purchased this set.  I love it, just  had to try it out when I got home.  Lately, I have been re-organizing, closets, scrapbook area and now with the new set of cookware I was forced to clean out kitchen cabinets.   The good news is that now I have more time for "scrapbook projects, with a few  of well needed household chores completed.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Digital Layouts

On our way back from my husband's doctor visit we stopped by the riverside park in Sebastian and snapped a few pictures.  I was playing around with some recent digital downloads and designed these two layouts. 

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A Great Big Thank You

Thank you Tina for my new fresh look by designing this new Blog Topper. It is fabulous. You guessed it, my daughter's talents are never ending. I have to give credit where credit is due.
Love ya bunches.

Friday, January 9, 2009

More Re-Organizing

With the New Year underway, what a better time to keep organized.  I added a few more stacking cubes to my scrapbook room.  I love the new look, however, space is a real problem for me so I had to keep it simple.  Also, if you click on the link to my daughter: Tina's blog  you will see what a beautiful job she did reorganizing her scrapbook space. She and I had  lots of fun re-doing our scrapbooking areas together, by phone and video web cam so it was good to see the progress we both made in our ventures to tidy up our workspaces so we can begin the New Year with lots of fun filled projects.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!

Well 2009 has finally arrived.  We got back from visiting our daughter and  her family in Virginia for the holidays.  A lot of the time was spent shopping with the grandchildren to spend their Christmas money.  Kaitlynn will be sweet "16"  on the 16th of January so most of her shopping was for clothes.  Madison spent hers mostly on  her Christmas wish list items that Santa didn't have room to pack in his sleigh.  We really had a great time just spending time with family. Robby's girls,  Amber, Megan and Tiffany went to New York with their mother for their holiday trip. It was their first time seeing snow. They made snowballs, sledding, and snowmen.  I am anxiously awaiting pictures from them to post on the blog.  I know they had a really fun time, they were also able  to visit other special places around the area, like the Statue of Liberty, their first ride on the subway, and their first ride in a taxi cab, and rode on the Stanton Island Ferry. Truly, this was a trip to remember.  We left Virginia on New Year's Eve and stopped in Georgia for a visit with my aunt Margie  we arrived in time to see the ball drop and ring in the New Year with her.  It has been 4 years since we were there last.  On New Year's Day we  ate our traditional New Year's meal, black eyed peas among other dishes, we later visited my brother Dennie  and his family in Wrightsville, Georgia.  I was able to visit with my Uncle Billy on Friday, he has been ill for quite sometime.  Due to his failing health issues, I am so glad that I was able to make it by to see him this visit. Later that afternoon, my cousin Brenda took me and my Aunt Margie to Warner Robbins to shop at the "HUGE"  HOBBY LOBBY store,  I was overwhelmed it was so much fun, of course I overspent money and time there.  This is the first time I had been to a Hobby Lobby store, several of my friends have had the opportunity to visit the chain store, but I had not until this holiday while visiting family in Georgia.  I was able to get a few things that I would normally have to acquire online, so this was a plus for me as we no longer have a local scrapbook store in our immediate area. These are a few pictures I took on my visit. 

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The pictures "above" were taken a few days before Christmas here in Florida before Amber, Megan and Tiffany went to New York,  they exchanged gifts with their dad.

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I feel blessed to have been able to spend time with family this holiday season, and I thank God that he traveled with us and brought us home safely.  I look forward to scrapbooking these treasured memories.   This completes  photos taken in 2008 and I know 2009 pictures  will be just as eventful.