Friday, October 29, 2010

Gypsies Journal: A very merry gypsy holiday indeed.... and a GIVEAW...

I LOVE GIVEAWAYS!!! Oh, and I love, love, love 7 Gypsies. I just used their Conservatory chipboard alphabet to do the title on my latest layout!

Gypsies Journal: A very merry gypsy holiday indeed.... and a GIVEAW...: "Whether you've been naughty or nice this year we think every gypsy deserves of a special gift this holiday season. And here's our gift to y..."

Crazy New Pics!!

Thursday morning on my way home from work I kept thinking about how beautiful my commute is.  It's 45 minutes each way and the trip home is often very picture worthy.  This day was definitely one of those days.  The fog was just starting to burn off and there was dew everywhere.  As I turned onto the final 5 mile stretch, I came across this view. 

I had to stop and take some pictures. 

My only camera right now is my cell phone, and it's all screen.  So I had no idea, until I got back into the car, what my pictures looked like.  I think I did alright.  After I uploaded them to my picasa web album, I used picnik to alter them.  They were great before I altered them but they're gorgeous now. 

Survivor Week Seven--Ups And Downs

Our challenge this week was to scrap about something that's stressing you right now.  How appropriate.  I've been under some stress lately.  This whole roommate situation is not going as well as it did at the beginning.  Luckily, I won't have to deal with it too much longer.  We'll just leave it at that.  My journaling is hidden because, well, sometimes I'm a little crazy and not very logical.  So I'd like to keep those bits of crazy mostly hidden.  Also, because I liked the way it looked.  

For this challenge we had to do 6x12 or 12x6 size layout.  Obviously, I chose the 12x6.  We also had to include: black &white pic, 3 patterned papers, 2 pieces of ribbon, and a 3 word title. Check!

My Mom bought me the October kit on Tallyscrapper, so I used some of that for this layout.  It's such a gorgeous kit.  The background paper comes from a paper pack that my friend Jenny gave me for my birthday.  (By the way, she came as Jem for Hollabirthaween and totally rocked it.)

The Ferris Wheel image comes from *The Graphics Fairy* blog, and I'll be linking it up to her Brag Monday this week for sure!!  Karen has the best images and anyone can use them...for free!!!  She does all that crazy work and we get all the rewards.  How lucky are we?  

Monday, October 25, 2010

HollaBirthaWeen Baby!!

This year I had a terrible time thinking of costumes for Jeff and me. While I was at the Salvation Army the other day looking for bits for the costume I had in mind, I found a jacket. A fabulous 80s jacket, and a bright green shirt. Then I remembered I still had some "Glued" hairspray, so I decided to just dress up. Not AS anything, just dress up, and give myself a purple mohawk.

It turned out much better than the last time I tried it. Probably because we had all the necessary tools and my hair is about 6 inches shorter now.

Don't you LOVE the jacket?? It's so perfect.

Oh, and what was Jeff's costume you ask? Well, we put an orange hunting vest on our Irish Wolfhound, so she was a hunter. Jeff was a deer. I made him an antler headband and everything. Here he is with his cousin Scott...

A new camera is definitely necessary, and soon! All these pictures were taken with either my cell phone or by a friend.

Survivor Week Six--Oh, Alaska

So, you saw the pictures in my last post. This is my Week 6 Survivor Layout on Tallyscrapper
Journaling reads: Our Alaskan cruise with Jeff's family was, by far, the best vacation I've ever had. Jeff & I want to go back to Alaska someday to do some of the things we missed out on. One thing I know I'd really like to do is spend some time dog sledding. It would be such an adventure!!

2 pics--used 4. The scenery pics were taken by Jeff's Aunt and an Uncle. The pic of us was taken by his parents. ALSO, the rainbow in the whale's spray is real. I did not add that in.
Paper strip flowers--3 I like the way mine turned out, but I'll be honest, I did not have fun putting them together.
Title--Oh, Alaska
Visible journaling--check!!

I printed the whale on the tag from The Graphics Fairy. I'm going to link this post to her Brag Monday today!

The Graphics Fairy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quick Break, Complete with Pics!

Today I'm trying to do a whole lot of things all at once. Of course, I have to get the house cleaned & decorated. Yesterday was a complete loss as far as that project goes because.....we went to see Craig Ferguson! Oh man, he is hilarious. I was alredy in love with him. I watch his show and I have his memoir on audiobook. I spent the entire show laughing.

This morning I got right up and started on this week's Surviv
or challenge on Right now the page is sort of put together, but I wanted to share my pics for the page. They are from our Alaskan cruise in 2005. I used Picnik to alter them and I love the way they came out. Also, I love Picnik. I think I'm going to upgrade to Premium as soon as I have the extra cash.

A whale spouting a rainbow spray. The original picture contains the rainbow, I didn't add that!!

One of the many beautiful glaciers. I didn't take any of these photos. I believe my husband's Aunt or his Uncle took them. They were gorgeous unaltered, but I was feeling creative.

And of course, a picture of the hubs and me. That vacation was my favorite of all time, and I really would love to go again.

Now, time to get back to work. Cleaning and scrapping and decorating, repeat process.

Imaginisce Blog: BLOG SWAP Today with Silhouette (giveaway too)!!

This giveaway is pretty great. Both sites have great prizes to give away!

Imaginisce Blog: BLOG SWAP Today with Silhouette (giveaway too)!!: "Today we are so excited about our blog swap with Silhouette!! We've had some designers working up some darling samples for you to check out ..."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Utter Insanity!!

This week has been crazy so far. Our annual HollaBirthaWeen party is coming up this Saturday, on my birthday, and our house is a wreck right now. I'm pretty sure it hasn't had a proper cleaning since the spring, so on Sunday I got started on that enormous project. We're 3 days in now, and I'm making progress. The living room is clean. I even steam cleaned the rug. The dining room is mostly clean. It still needs some dusting and a good mopping. We won't talk about the rest of the house. The good news is, tonight's my last night of the work for the week, so I'll have a few days to get stuff done. Tomorrow night we're going to see CRAIG FERGUSON in Scranton. I'm not sure why he's going to be in Scranton of all places, but I'm not going to complain. I love that man.

The only thing missing this week is crafting. I want to make things. There's a project calling to me from my table right now, but I'm practicing self-restraint. The party is #1 priority this week.

Only 3 days (and a few minutes) until my birthday!!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Survivor Week Five--Droid X

I start this post by saying: I'm disappointed in the way this layout turned out. When I was taking the picture of my phone with my husband's phone, I never thought to change my background so it would fit better with the color scheme. Ah well, it was too late once I had that realization, and I don't Re-Do layouts. What I get, is what I get.

The challenge for our team this week was to scrap about technology. I, of course, chose my awesome phone. The journaling reads

We NEVER thought we'd buy smartphones. They just seemed so unnecessary, but when it was time for new phones, plans changed. We waited for the Incredible to come off the wait list, but then the Droid X came out. We are in love with them. I use it for everything: mapping my hikes, updating my blog, FBing at work, seriously...Everything.

1 4x6 pic-check
torn paper-check
numbers-check (on the journaling tag)
heart-check (painted with the new plaid glitter paint then sprayed with smooch spritz)
One Word Title-check

So it's up, over at, and that's that. Maybe this week I'll feel better about my contribution.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Woodland Pics

In the past couple weeks, in an effort to more fully appreciate life, fall, and the land we live on, I've been taking the dogs on hikes. One day we walked all the way up the creek to the road. It was 1.5 miles round trip back down to the house. Ryndham and I spent a lot of time stopping to look into the deeper pools and waiting for Greene to catch up to us. That gave me some time to scout about for neat things. Today I found a turkey feather and a piece of an old jar. It also gave me an opportunity to take some pretty fantastic pictures.

The odd thing is, I haven't taken any pictures of Ryndham. Maybe that's because she was so busy bounding off to inspect the area every few minutes. Hopefully tomorrow we'll be able to go for another trek. Soon it will be hunting season and even though no one is supposed to hunt on the property, I'm pretty sure it won't be safe out there. Especially for a deer size dog. Even if she IS wearing an orange hunting vest.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Power Of The Written Word

There is a definite power in writing things down. Every day on Tallyscrapper we have the daily check-in: what you're up to that day, if you're doing anything crafty, what's for dinner, what you're reading or watching, any gripes, and what you're thankful for. For some reason, I always feel obligated to do what I say I'm going to do that day. If I write down that I'm going to do a workout that day, then I'd better do a workout, or I feel guilty. Not that anyone is going to care other than me, but that's the way it makes me feel.

Oddly enough, I like that. I need to be held accountable for things or I just don't do them. Writing my plans down for other people to read helps me stick to my plan for the day in a way that nothing else does. It just doesn't work the same way if I talk to someone about it, it has to be written down.

I'm weird, I know.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Great Picture

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Of me anyway!! There's another picture in this series where we are ALL looking at the camera and look fantastic. I like this one because I'm the only one paying attention to the camera and I don't look silly. It seems like I'm always trying to compensate for the scar on my lip or trying to make sure my eyes don't go all squinty when the flash goes off. This time, I was looking straight at the camera and I look awesome. Go me!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gypsy Giveaway on Pinky's Blog!!!

My friend Pinky from Tallyscrapper is giving away a Gypsy by Provocraft on her blog! Go here and enter! All you have to do is comment and become a follower of her blog.

Inspiration Board--A.K.A. Kira's Birthday Present

This is the super secret project I've been working on this week. It's an inspiration board for my sister's birthday. It's a place to jot notes to herself, hang up bits of unfinished projects, or just store things that inspire her. I used a 16x20" canvas. First I sprayed the edges with gold Smooch Spritz and brushed it to spread it around. The images were all printed from:

The Graphics Fairy

(Although, I was just reading the "Terms of Use" on the blog and you're only supposed to use 6 images on any one project. I used waaaaaaaaaay more than that, so I have to apologize big time!! At least it was for a gift and not for resale. That would have been even worse.)

I distressed all the images by crumpling them up and then inking the edges. Then I used Modge Podge to attach them. The corkboard was painted with chalkboard paint from Plaid and attached with Modge Podge as well. When everything was dry, I sprayed more gold Smooch Spritz on the images and brushed it around. Finally I added a ribbon hanger, some flowers, and a bunch of found objects.

My sister loved it.

Love Notes Canvas

This is an altered canvas I started several weeks ago. I painted it a dove gray and then used Crackle Effect Medium from Plaid on it to give it some texture. The boy & girl are chipboard shapes painted with chalkboard paint, also from Plaid. The heart I cut from some cardboard I had laying around and sprayed it with purple and gold Smooch Spritz. I'm not too crazy about the way it turned out because it feels kind of empty, but at the same time, I think it's cute.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Survivor Week Four--Wait, What?

For this challenge we had to take our inspiration from an ad for the TV show "Modern Family" and use the colors: brown, cream, red, green, and pink. I once again used pictures that Kira took at our cousin's wedding. These are all from the cocktail hour and reception. During his toast, Kaitlin's father claimed that Kaitlin gets her rowdiness from her Mother's side of the family and we definitely lived up to it!!
Also! Good news from last week's challenge....I won!! How awesome is that? Pretty damn awesome if you ask me!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Survivor Week Three--Wedding Day

As soon as I saw this challenge I knew what I wanted to do, times 2. All night last night at work I struggled with which layout I'd actually do, and I decided on this one. Of course, I think I'm going to do the other one too, it's too good an idea not to use it. These pics are of my cousin Kaitlin's wedding last weekend. She and her husband included their daughter in the ceremony, so it was like they were all getting married. Too cute. Their daughter has cerebral palsy, so the past few years haven't been easy. They just deserve so much happiness and this wedding was fantastic.

Black & white photo and a color photo--check
TV Show Title--"Wedding Day" it's some reality show on TNT. I've never seen it, but the title was perfect.
Use Metal--Heart charm

I also scrapped the other idea I had for this challenge and posted it in the Tally gallery:

The journaling for this is one is all about how my Mother-In-Law's dog, that I'd known for over 6 years, bit me when we were visiting them last year in Colorado. It happened on the first full day of our vacation. He took a chunk of skin out of my lip that was big enough for us to take with us to the hospital in the hopes they'd be able to reattach it, but we put it in ice for the 45 minute trip there. It froze. If you ever have something like that happen, put the piece in milk. That's what they told us at the hospital. I had to have a plastic surgeon come in to stitch me back up.