Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Play Ball

These are 2 more of my Bella pages.
Again, I was really happy with them and finally got the motivation to scrap these sporty pics.


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HUGS & Happy Surfing! :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You win some & lose some...

And that's OK. :)
I applied for the Bella Blvd team and didn't make it. But I am fine with that. I did my best work, stayed true to my style and loved my projects. I will try again next year (hopefully) and am still a huge fan of their products. If at first you don't succeed... ;)

These are 2 of the LOs that I made for the application.

Look for this layout in the Winter Issue

HUGE shout out to the 2012-13 Bella Blvd team!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

These are the days

Every once in awhile I get the crazy idea to dye my hair.
I have had my fair share of hair catastrophes (I once bleached my hair so much that it melted under the heat of the hairdryer - similar to what would happen to Barbie if you tried to curl her hair with a curling iron. There was also a period of time when my SIL referred to me as 'Money' - which was short for Moneycat - I had so many different colors going on in my hair.) The below pic is a highlighting kit x3 which fried my hair and made my ends 'crispy' so this weekend I decided to try a darker shade for the Fall. This is much closer to my natural color but way darker than I intended. Not sure how I am feeling about it. (my apologies for the grungy, no make up 'before' pic and I probably should have put some gloss on my lips for the after pic. But you get the idea. ;) )  
What do you think? Do you do your own hair?
Do you have any disaster stories like mine?

On to non-related scrappy news: I have a LO to share today.
This was a 'just-because', 'gunna-use-whatever-I-please' kind of LO.
When I dig into my supply of goodies, I never know what I am going to come out with.
I used a whole hodge podge of product on this one and LOVE the way it came together. The pic is of my Little Man & his Nanny (aka. my MIL), they were acting silly inthe back seat with a stuffed snake on a road trip we took last month. I just love the sweet, natural smile on each of their faces.  

Supplies: Cardstock - American Crafts, Paper - Lily Bee (blue polka), Echo Park (yellow), Fancy Pants (striped), My MInd's Eye (green), Simple Stories Sticker (denim border), My mind's Eye Journal spot, Basic Grey Dimensional Stickers (Wander), Echo Park Sticker (makes me happy), Studio G Twine, American Crafts Thickers,  October AFternoon Mini ALphas, Maya Road kraft envelope, woodedn buttons unknown.Tim Holtz tiny attacher, Jenni Bowlin Fiskars pennant punch 

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Happy Monday! :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Silly Rabbit

I have a couple more LOs to share today using the versatile August Hip 2-B Square kit.
I just love the contrasting bright & sunny colors with the black & white patterns.
It just makes me happy. 

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HUGS & Happy Surfing :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Say Cheese!

Happy Monday!
I have another Hip 2-b Square LO to share today from the August kit.
On this LO, I got craftyand fussy cut alot of the Polaroid pictures out of the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan paper. Then I decided that it looked too busy, so I softened it up a bit with some white doilies, white cardstock pieces & Huey's Mister in Calico White. I love using white to balance my LOs and it's a great trick to keep in mind.

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HUGS & Happy Surfing!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wedding Day

How ironic that on the day of our 12th Anniversary, I have a wedding LO to share also.
I love happy accidents!
This pic was a candid photo from our photographer and has always been one of my faves from that day. I don't care that my dress isn't straight and my veil was blowing around, I just LOVE the natural expressions on our faces.
This LO is another project from the August Hip kit.
I always struggle with pretty LOs, especially wedding themed. I love fun embellishments and color and I have a hard time making a LO true to my style when I have to scale the palette back and work with fewer colors. When I saw all the black, white and neutrals in this kit, I knew I would give it a 'go' again and am pretty pleased with the results.
**sorry for the bad picture of the LO, I have NO idea what is going on with  my camera lately or if I am creating the problem with editing. If anyone has any insight into what I may be doing wrong, I would LOVE some help ;)
The LO is of my Dad & his new wife who got married last year. I have already scrapped their pictures and made them a wedding book but printed extras off for myself and made a page for my own scrapbook. I was really nervous on this day - not only was I the (very ammature) photographer for the day but I was also stepping in as 'Best Man' for my hubby who could not make it.
I was so very honored that they entrusted me with 2 of these duties but was also scared out of my mind. I don't handle authority well and am totally a 'worker bee' - ready to pitch in and help when need be - but PLEASE don't put me in charge of annything or make me the center of attention in any way. EEK.

All in all, I am pretty happy with the way this turned out (for a change).
What do you think? Still too playful for such a momumental occasion?
Did I miss the mark? I'd really LOVE your feedback.
Now I am off to work on my Hubby's Anniversary gift, hopefully he likes it.
Thanks for stopping by!
HUGS & Happy Surfing!
(Happy Anniversary, Markie! Love you!!! xo)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Self Portrait

Last week during one of our outings, Little Man and I thought it would be fun to take an end of Summer self portrait (he used his Nintendo DS which I LOVE  - he can share pics of what he finds fun & interesting). I did a starburst pattern with my August Hip kit on my LO that is one of the trends right now and just LOVED the way that it looked (once I stitched it of course).
I also fussy cut the teal border from a sheet of October Afternoon included with the kit.

I have a few cards to share from the August Hip 2-b Square kit today too.

Thanks for popping in! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


It seems like so long ago that my Little Guy would swing in this baby swing, but he loved it and would ask me to push him over and over again. I always loved this great smile of his in these photos.

This was one of my last DT projects for American Crafts.

I mixed a bunch of different lines together for this one, using the August Color Suite Challenge from Scrapbook & Cards Today. This is a really great way to push yourself beyond your comfort zone and try something different in your scrapbooking.

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HUGS & Happy Surfing!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Happy Tuesday!
If you are looking for the American Crafts Farewell Blog Hop post, click here.
I can hardly believe that tomorrow is the first day back to school already.
It feels like the Summer season just began and I am SO gunna miss this little boy like crazy tomorrow.
Speaking of time flying: I used to rock this young lady to sleep at night as an infant and used to do EVERYTHING with her. I even took her to get her ears pierced for her 10th birthday. Next month, she will be celebrating her 19th birthday. She is my little sister and there are 20 years between us. EEK!
She has grown into a strong willed, independant, smart & beautiful young woman. I wish I had it 'as together' as she does right now and I am so proud of her. I stole this pic that she posted of her new hair and scrapped it. I hope you don't mind, V!

Supplies:Hip 2-b Square August kit + Add-ons

I recently did a 'card inventory' as well. I have a tonne of 'hi/hello' and 'thank you' cards but always seem to be scrambling for a b-day card, so I made 3 of my 4 cards for this DT assignment as b-day cards. This is one inspired by the stripes on the above LO.
Black & white stripes with teal/yellow, is easily one of my fave combinations - ever!

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HUGS & Happy Surfing!
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I also wanted to add a
to all the kind people that stopped to say 'Hi' & commented on my blog on Saturday.
It was really wonderful to read so many nice things from you and I am very humbled by your words.