Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Autism 101
I went to my first Autism 101 session tonight. How surreal of a feeling. We watched a video (in a WAY tiny room & my clausterphobia almost got the better of me in an already tense situation) but I persevered. Whew. No tears although I was close several times. Thankfully I have a hairdo that I can use to hide tears. Every child on that tape was my Little Man. One little kid made the same faces. Another danced around in circles-JUST LIKE HE DOES. Another one talked the SAME way. And what was worse-I SAW MYSELF in those parents that were interacting with their children.

It is VERY easy to be in denial in my little cocoon here at home but out in the real world, in THAT environment, it is not easy at all. Then we had a discussion period afterward. So many parents (I'd say there were about 15 of us) ALL had such similar experiences to mine. And some were harder experiences than mine. I was torn between wanting to cry & simutaneously run over and hug them.

MAN!! I hope the next session is less emotional.
ANYWAY. The reason for my post is a DT reveal at Scraplovers ( I promised myself this would be a 'scrappy' blog but I HAD to get that out. If you are still reading, THANK YOU)

I got a fabulous kit including Basic Grey's new Porcelain line/Marrakech line, New Pebbles & New Cosmo Cricket. My posts were a bit late this month because my kit took awhile to get here and I am still in a bit of a scrappy slump. I hope it goes away soon.
This is the new Pebbles 'Downtown Collection: http://store.scraplovers.com/frompebbles.html
Shy Girl
This LO was done with BG's new Porcelain.
Damask design cut from CI paper.
Alphas & tape measure from Teresa Collins.
I was at a crop a couple of weeks ago and we all had to introduce ourselves to the group. I was almost last and by the time it was my turn, I was quite stressed (I am REALLY shy and hate talking in front of people). I had actually said that during my introduction and the girl sitting next to me said she would never have believed that based on my 'online persona' LOL. I knew I would HAVE to scrap that little bit of my personality. TFL!
Journalling: 'I am sometimes mistaken for being snobby. But I'm not. People are always surprised to learn that I am shy IRL."

Now & Then
Using the new Girl Friday/Little Man papers. TFL!
This LO is about a span of 3 years difference bew=tween Little Man's 1st and 4th birthdays. TFL!
Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to pop in tomorrow night as we have a reaveal for MIXER NUMBER 13!!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Good Grief! I haven't posted in AWHILE........

OKAY. I went to the FUN-NEST scrappy retreat 2 weekends ago (put on by A Pile of Scrap in Fredricton). The food was AWESOME. The sleeping arangements were 'interesting' (we were in cabins with bunk beds-Thank GOD I got a bottom bunk!) BUT a GOOD time was had by all. I went there knowing only ONE person and made some GREAT friends while I was there. WE LAUGHED, SHOPPED and SCRAPPED our faces OFF!
However. I came home with the WORST SCRAPPY hangover EVER!! I was tired, napping and didn't want to scrap at ALL!! (WTH!!??!! I scrap EVERY day!!) I scrapped QUITE a bit while I was there (I did 5 LOs there and got them all MOSTLY finished-I had to put the finishing touches on at home). I will share over the course of the next few days.

BUT I have to share this LO I did with my Just Cre8 DT kit about the first sign of spring. This got some chuckles but REALLY-I see a Timmie's 'Roll up the Rim' and I am thinking warmer afternoons driving around with a coffee. A few people have told me it makes them feel spring-y too!!

All items from the April Just Cre8 kit which can be seen HERE: http://justcre8.com/index.html

HAPPY MONDAY, Everyone!!

(BTW-JJ?? I got the EK Success punch at Michael's of ALL places!)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mix it up Challenge 11

WOOHOO! Challenge 11 is up at Mix it UP!!!
The challenge this time was to use pictures of inanimate objects and a title that was a phrase and at least 6 words long (PLUS an optional sketch). I struggled with a topic for a bit and then got inspiration for all the scrappy supplies I keep around me and went from there.
(These are a few of) My favorite Things
CS-Bazzill, DCWV
pps/die cuts-Sassafrass Lass (New Vintage Yummy)
Alphas-Am. Crafts CB Thickers, Pink Paislee, Rose Moka, Making Memories
White uniball signo pen
Black Zig

This is the new EK border punch (Parisian style) I got this week.
How awesome is this?? And it punches like BUTTER!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My First DT Reveal at Just Cre8 today!

Happy Sunday, Party Peeps!
Well, it seems like my Little Man might be out of the woods as far as the Dreaded FLU goes and he actually ASKED for breakfast this AM and ATE it! I SO hope my little sickie is on the mend. Thanks for all of your well wishes, Girlies!
I have a few new projects to share from my Just Cre8 reveal.
You can see the full kit here: http://justcre8.com/index.html

It is CHOCK-FULL of vibrant oranges, greens & pinks and was RIGHT up my scrappy ALLEY!
(I haven't had a chance to edit all the images, so my apologies for some being a little dark.

Today I...

I knew as SOON as I saw this page of die cuts that I would use them as my primary focus on a page. I intended to do a NO Pattern Paper LO but in the end I caved-I needed to anchor the photo. I STILL love the effect anyway. TFL!

All items from April 09 Scrap Pack.
I really like the idea of a 365 journal but I am NOT focused to do it everyday. So I thought I would just do random dates here and there that are important to me. This is the second I have done so far and it's just a reflection of what my life was like on Thursday.


OMGosh! I am SO loving the bright colors of these papers.
I hand cut the vine border out of one of the sheets and then pop-dotted it. The circles were punched with a circle punch and doodled. I SO LOVE this kit! TFL!!
All items from the April Scrap pack except for Brown Polka dot paper- Doodlebug
LO is about my Little Man playing on DH's new Ipod


2 short and sweet cards

All items from April 09 kit.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Scrapbook Sussies GDT Reveal

Happy Wednesday, Everybody!!

What a week we have been having. Both of my Guys have the FLU. ACK!
I have been waist deep in laundry and buckets for 2 days. Thankfully, one seems to be on the mend. My Big Guy has been knocked flat out though. :(

But onto Sunshine and Spring!!
At least that is what this kit from Scrapbook Sussies has me thinking about. SPRING! **Sigh**
These bright and colorful papers had me thinking of rainbows and blue skies. I was THRILLED to dig into such a YUMM-A-LISCIOUS kit! And WHAT IS A SUSSIE you ask?? It is a really sweet homage to the owner's Mom. You should read about it here: http://www.scrapbooksussies.com/sussie.html
You can check out the Sussies page here: http://www.scrapbooksussies.com/join.html


March 09 kit


This Girl

ALL supplies from Sussie March 09 Kit
This LO is of me when I was in elemantary school.
Wouldn't it be great to go back and have a talk with yourself at this age?

Journalling: What I would tell this girl. Just be yourself.



ALL supplies from Sussie March 09 Kit
Journalling: Life isn't always blue skies and Rainbows
But I wouldn't trade it or either of you for anything
in the world.


U and Me

ALL supplies from Sussie March 09 Kit
Journalling: Hooo rocks at building train tracks? You and me. That's who!
I never thought in a million years that I would enjoy building different configurations of train tracks. We are starting to get pretty good at it. Thank you for teaching me to play & be a kid again, Little Man. Love Momma. 2009


Honey Bunny

ALL supplies from Sussie March 09 Kit

Thanks again Lara and the rest of the Sussies team for having me as a Guest designer this month! Be sure to check these awesome kits out at http://www.scrapbooksussies.com/index.html .

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mixer # 9 is up! Woohoo!!!!!!!

Happy Hump day, Peeps!

Did anyone else just watch LOST?? OMG!!!
Anyway, that is all I will say. I don't want to ruin it for anyone
OH . MY . GOD!!!

I wanted to share a new LO with you for Mix it Up's 9th mixer!!
(check it out: http://mixitupchallenges.blogspot.com/2009/03/mixer-9.html )

Everyone that participates this month will be eligible to win a prize from our March Sponsor, Magistical Memories (you can see the prize info here: http://mixitupchallenges.blogspot.com/2009/03/march-sponsor-commanditaire-pour-le.html )

Here is my LO. The challenge for Mixer 9 was to use a recycled item and I was able to incorporate two items. The first was a raw piece of chipboard that comes on the back of a paper pack (I used this as my base) and the second is the corrugated cardboard that I traced from a stencil, cut and added some paint to the edges for interest. I am really enjoying the look of curruagted cardboard on my LOs.


pps-Fancy Pants, Teresa Colins (journal tag)
cs-scalloped Bazzill
Tim Holtz Grungeboard alphas & snow flakes
Acrylic paint -antique white
Ice stickles
Glitter, Daimond Glaze
7 Gypsies transparency
Kaiser craft bling
Hand made felt blooms

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Thank you (& scrappy news!)

Firstly, I have to say, THANK YOU to everyone who was so sweet to PM, email me or post a comment here. You have NO IDEA how much your thoughts and your kindness mean to me.

(HUGS) to you all!
OK, anyone who KNOWS me-knows that I don't do 'mushy' very well....
So moving on..... ;)

I have some SCRAPPY news!
Guess who signed on for the 2009 DT term at http://www.justcre8.com/???
ME!! What the...&*%#!!!
Yes. ME!!!

I was floored when I got a voice mail from Sue on Friday. I am still pinching myself in disbelief that I made it into this FINE pool of talent. You can read the announcement on the Just Cre8 blog here: http://www.justcre8.com/blog/?p=194 .

And I have a scrappy reveal from Scraplovers to share (my kit FINALLY made it through customs!)


It was a Good day today
alphas-Foam Thickers
bling-Kaiser Crafts
Fine point Sharpie (for doodles)
Bazzill-Just the Edge

The day started like any other Friday. We went to the mall, printed pictures, story time at the library, a bit of shopping & lunch at McDonald's. Then we came home and you did "IT". After months of pleading, begging & bribing-you were just 3 days passed your 4th birthday. Unprompted.
You 'pottied' all on your own.

A close up of a felt bloom that I made. :)


DMC embroidery floss
Alphas-Puffy Thickers
Button-Creative Cafe
Ribbon - American Crafts
Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT Tuesday!
Stay Warm!