Monday, January 28, 2008

Heh....heh...heh....lookie what I found this morning:

It's my day at Scrapbooks 'n Stickers!!!!

(copied from the Scrapbooks 'n Stickers blog: )

January 28, 2008

And Our Next Member

For the next one (and these are not in any particular order), I am proud to introduce to you a very talented girl who I had the pleasure of meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Creating Keepsakes Convention. She had e-mailed wanting to help us in our booth and not only did we have a ball of fire kicking in the booth, but I also made a great new friend. Introducing to you Roxann Walker.


Roxann lives in Kansas with her husband and four children. She is going to do some traveling with us this year, so look for her at a few shows doing make & takes or keeping the booth exciting & happy! This is a photo of a booth display that Roxann made with Fancy Pants' Holly Jolly papers. We have all of the girls making display signs for the paper lines we are carrying and are going to have you vote on the best one throughout the year!! I love hers - all that ribbon is just yummy!Holly_jolly_sign

Aww.....that's so nice!! Wasn't expecting that on a the week's off to a great start!!!! And Kim!!! You rock!! See ya in a few weeks!!!!!! :)

Some Scrappy Goodness to start the week....

These are my January projects for my Scrapbooks 'n Stickers Design Team (aka the SNS Entourage!) This LO is done for an example of what you could do with a kit we are giving out at one of the crops. So, Kim sent me one of the kits...papers and embellies and wanted us to do a 12x12 2pg LO and a card w/ the scraps. It's Imagination Project Center City Designs - Murray Hill. You can see it here. And based on my love of pink and black together, you know I love these papers.

I tried to use only what was in the kit. Although, I did add the small piece of pink cardstock (Bazzill) and the Making Memories rub-on letters. Everything else was in the kit. And I am really having a hard time keeping myself from breaking out the Stickles for the centers of these flowers! (and I may still end up doing it!!) But, again, I was trying to stick with the basics that were in the kit.

So, here's what I came up with:
A 2-page spread and it includes 4-4x6 photos and 2- 3x5 photos of

Close up- left side.

Close up - right side.
Lots of hand-cutting on this LO. Time consuming, but so worth it!!! And, it makes use of busy (but beautiful) patterned paper, which can so easily overpower the photos when used in full-sheets.

And here's the card I made with the scraps from the kit. (fyi...I still plenty of other scraps to use on other projects, as well.) I just love that Junkitz Twillz with the eyelets in it! You can just tie ribbons in it and it makes the cutest borders, don't ya think?!

And I broke out my favorite white Signo Uni-ball pen from Stampin' Up! for my doodling and writing on this card. Man I love those pens!!!! Yummy!! (if you need Sherry...SU! demonstrator extraordinaire...and you can order one!)
After hand-cutting this flower, I also used the American Crafts Glitter Gels for outlining of the papers and the flower accents (center and around the petals) to add some sparkle to it. Just wanted it to stand out a little more.

And the last project was a booth display plaque for the Fancy Pants lines we carry in the booth! I was assigned the Holly Jolly line!
Highlights of what I did were the hand made snowman and all the trimmings.... and the movable "snow." I took a page protector and sewed it to the Fancy Pants paper. Then, I left a small opening, added the snow and continued to sew it shut. Then, I adhered the snow strip to the bottom of the plaque. It adds some great sparkle and interest to the plaque. I really love how it turned out!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Weight Watchers Update....

....well, I don't know if you can truly call me a real "Weight Watcher" because I haven't
been to a meeting since October. (ya, I pretty much stopped going when the Holidays hit...starting with Halloween!)

Although, I wasn't attending meetings I continued to use things that I learned at Weight Watchers and mostly ate what I wanted, but attempted to watch my portions. (basically, I'm saying, I ate pie and other goodies during the Holidays, but just ate a little, rather than pigging out!)

I thought I was doomed to gain back the 30lbs. I had lost.

Well, I am happy to report that I weighed myself this morning and I have broken into the 230's.

A total of 33 pounds.

So, I have maintained my weight loss and now lost a little more....

I'm so happy.

Wow! Check out who left me some comments on my blog!!!

Emilie Ahern said...

OMGOSH! Those are adorable!

I am so jealous of your superior owl making abilities.

January 26, 2008 12:58 PM

Holy Moly! One of my favorite scrapbook designers stopped by my website and left me a scrappy compliment!!!!!!
Oh. My. Gosh!!!!


If you want to check out her *awesome* work...
...go here!

Holy crap, have I really not updated since WEDNESDAY?!?!?!

I suck!

I think I kept thinking I would do it....but I just never did. I hate it when that happens!

But, in my defense, I've had a bunch of stuff going on. (when do I not?)
I'm the mother of 4, it's always going to be that way!!

So, the weekend started out with a downer. Jensen's mouse, Bella, died on Friday afternoon. It's was so heartbreaking. I tried to comfort him and I knew I would soon be making another cross out of sticks and some grass to tie it together.

I was going to blog about it, but Big Daddy beat me to it. His post is instead of doing it, I'll post his post about it:

"It started with a phone call on Friday afternoon from my wife. "Ike, there's a problem... Bella is dead."

You see Bella was one of the non-human members of our family. He was a mouse. But not just any mouse, a very special mouse.
The story of Bella began in August of 2007 when one of our sons, Jensen, decided he wanted a pet mouse. So I took him to the pet store and let him pick out a cage, accessories and one little white (cute) mouse. While we were there he found out that the store would be holding a critter race for all small animals and Jensen was bound and determined he was going to enter Bella in the race.
Two weekends later we went back to the store with Bella the mouse, a little plastic ball and boy who wanted to win. Bella took second place and Jensen was happy. In the days, weeks and months later Jensen loved that mouse. He kept Bella's ribbon tied to the outside of his cage to show the world what kind of winner Bella was.
And then the call came yesterday. Jensen was devastated.
He sat on the sofa in our living room holding his award winning mouse, sobbing, until his mother finally told him Bella needed to be boxed up.
We held the funeral today. A simple hole in the backyard, two sticks tied together to form a cross and a little boy who was crushed."

Poor Jensen.

Well, we went out on Saturday and eventually ended up at the pet store. As we were wandering about we saw two of the cutest little hamsters we've ever seen. They are called Robovarski Hamsters. They are stinkin' hyper. They run all the time. It's hilarious!

And he's happy....and really, isn't that all that matters??

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

another Griffin funny....

So, we are having Pasta Frigole' (that fancy soup from O. Garden)
and when Griffin asked what we having for dinner, I told him.

He looked at me disgusted.

And asked for.....

"SLOPPY JONES" for dinner.

(aside from that just being cute....we've only had this once.
And they all hated it and wouldn't eat it. Go figure!)

Gosh...I love this kid!!!

Isn't he hilarious?!?!!? I think so!

I'm dying my grey hair.....and he just said, "What stinks in here?!?!!!"
So, I say, "Oh, that would be my hair."

So Griffin says, "Well, it smells like toilet wash!!!"

...thanks a lot!!

I love my JOB!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Whooooo? Loves these cards!

In the scrapbooking world, OWLS are HOT!!

Everyone is using them, so I've had to try my own version.
So, back in November I made this owl as part of my Thanksgiving perpetual calendar. (click on the link and go to my WWPDT gallery)
Remember him?
He's super cute, but he's also only 1 1/2" wide.

So, I wanted to make a bigger version of him.
I decided to make him for my thank you cards to the generous
partner companies of the WorldWin Design Team.
And I had 8 of them to make.

So, to make these OWL Thank Who? cards I could see in my head...first, I decided it would easier to make multiples of them, if I had a template for the bodies to make it go more quickly.
So, I used WorldWin Crafty Board to make my template.

And then I used it to make this one:
And when it was done...I made all these! But, I had these beautiful Webster's Pages papers that our partner company sent us to use, so I made them a special one
out of their papers.
This is the Sweet Charity Line .
This line is designed by Terri Conrad and it's just so pretty!!!!
And I think the owl looks so cute, the Webster's Paper!!

A fun box from Tam!

Check out this really cool stuff Tammy sent me!!!

Most of it is TLC.

Thanks girl!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 21, 2008


I am so happy to be feeling better!!!!!!!

I have done laundry.
Paid the bills.
Cleaned our bedroom.
Cleaned M's bedroom (although she trashed it again 7 minutes later!)
Did menu planning and grocery shopping for 2 weeks.
Etc. boring house stuff!!

I'm just be glad to be moving again.

Thanks for all your sweet inquiries on how I am!!
I have the best friends ever!!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Well, I was right....

I have a blazing ear infection.

It's really bad. It hurts all the time.

When I open my mouth, my ear pops.

When I bent over to pick a toy up off the floor, I almost fell over!
(basically....ear infections can mess with your balance! Super fun!!)

I can't sleep well. In fact, I have lortab for my migraines and i took one last night,
and I was still up most of the night, hurting and hurting and hurting.

Let's hope the anti-biotic kicks in by tomorrow! I'm over it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I'm sick....

Well, I feel like a pre-schooler, because I'm going to the doctor because my ear hurts. I've felt like doodie for about 5 days and my ears have hurt for 3 of them. It's just getting worse. So, I'm breaking down and going to the doctor. It's freezing cold and it's supposed to snow starting around lunchtime. 2-4 inches they say. I have to take the 2 littles with me.
Yep, I'm tired (not sleeping well) and cranky.

Hope everyone is feeling much better than me!

(Look for some new projects from me soon.
I have 4 done on my desk I hope to upload later today!!)

Monday, January 14, 2008

It's a miracle!!

I can't believe it, but not only did I get this email from my *sweet* design team coordinator, Yvonne.....

Yvonne Busdeker to me
1:29 PM (9 minutes ago)

It was a good mail day - I have the card. How stinking cute!!! Great job.

No stressing now!


But, she warranted it important enough to give me a phone call to let me know, too! (with a super sweet message about how much she loved it!)

I'm sending the USPS my therapy bill!! :D

PS....It's been 10 days since I mailed it. Priority. (no, I'm not sure how many times I'm going to point that out!)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

post office, update....

Well, it appears they have lost it.

Completely and totally lost it!

I talked to my DT coordinator tonight and it did not show up today.

So, guess what I'm gonna be doing in a day or two.
Yep, re-doing it.

That's ok, though,
I want people to see it!

Darn post office.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

ARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH! I AM M.A.D. at the post office!!!!!

THIS is how I am feeling right now!!!!

So, guess what happened!?!?

Remember last week when I was bustin' my booty working on my "Secret Assignment" for CHA!?!?!

Well, I mailed it to my Design Team coordinator LAST FRIDAY and mailed it PRIORITY MAIL.


PRIORITY MAIL is supposed to be 2-3 days delivery, versus as many as 4-5 days for regular First Class Mail. Priority Mail costs more than First Class Mail.

They have given me a false sense of security, allowing me to feel that they make my mail their "Priority." Yea, right. At this point, it's taken 5 days and it's still not been delivered. I am just sick about it. I worked hard on that. Blood, sweat and tears. Seriously. My assignment was hard for me, because I was not in love with the papers I was assigned to use. (turns out after working with them, now I love them!!) But, my point is, completing the assignment was a challenge for me and I rose to the occasion and created something adorable, something I was really proud of. And now, it's lost, I guess. There is no way to know, really.

So now, I am left to be disappointed, disgusted and angry. (and adding more stress to my life, because my design was hand sketched, and hand-cut...meaning it's one of a kind.

What else is there to say?

MAYBE it will show up today.


Wednesday, January 9, 2008

FINALLY, some scrappin' I can share with you!!

Are you going to the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Houston, TX next week?!
THEN, hop right over to the Scrapbooks 'N Stickers booth and make this
super-cute Make-n-Take!!!!

This design features selected papers/embellishments from the Imagination Project Rawhide Collection. IT IS SUPER-CUTE!!!! This line is perfect for your any "Western" themed photo's. (I'm thinking....pony rides, cowboy boots/hats and those pictures I took of
my son's horsey-themed bedroom!)

The M-n-T will only be $7.00! (or just buy the kit for $7)
Seriously, $7.00 is such a fabulous deal!!! (I thought she was insane when she told me how cheap the M-n-T was going to be! :P Sorry, Kim!) Anyway, the IP accordion album itself retails for $5. (although, Kim...the deal maker she is....will be selling the blank IP accordion albums in the booth for $4!!!) So, for $7.00 you get the nice, sturdy IP accordion album and all the pre-cut papers, embellishments and ribbons, along with the step-by-step directions to complete the album!! What a deal!!!

And if you are dying to get this Kim here and you guys can work something out!

Without further's the project.
When the Fed-Ex guy got here yesterday afternoon...I sat down around 5pm and worked off and on until 1:30am to design it. (I broke for dinner, cleaning of m's eyes and taking l's temperature and general soothing of him.) Busy, busy, busy.

(sorry for washed out pics...but I had to take them indoors and it's cloudy today.....
IRL the colors are more vivid!)

Front of Album:

front detail:
Junkitz Twillz tied w/ ribbon.
Can be untied to open album or slid off to open the album.

back cover:
"lucky me"
this is one of the first things I noticed in the "lucky shoes" paper...
...a gentle reminder to be thankful for those we have in our lives!

full view of front side of accordion album:center double-page spread:
...featuring button coasters. So cute!
full view of back side of accordion album:
panel 5: featuring Junkitz Twillz and coordinating ribbons.
panel 6:
pull-out tags tied w/ twine

panel: 7
Isn't this Junkitz Buckelz awesome?!?
(tied w/ grosgrain - these are so, so fun!)
panel 8:
featuring a circle collage of IP Coaster rings!!
(simple and impressive looking!)

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