Thursday, January 30, 2014

Live Abundantly

I'm entering this card at The Paper Poppy ( using the above sketch- which is the challenge- and it ends tonight! Both PP and the pink square behind the stamp is Best Occasions Jewel Punch-out Pack. The card base is Studio G. The ribbon is American Crafts Premium- Spring Pink. The stamp is Studio G Clear Stamps- So Much Fun set. I used Sharpie 80s Glam- Jellie Pink, Leg Warmer Orange, Valley Girl Violet, Banana Clip Yellow, and Argyle Green- to add color to the stamp. The sentiment is a rub-on from Signature Watercolor Collection Be Blessed Scrapbooking- Live abundantly. Be joyful and glad in heart. There's an angel after the word "abundantly". I adhered the striped paper down to the card with Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Spots. Everything else was placed using my XYRON 1.5" Create-A-Sticker Maker.

I decided to add a strip of the same PP with my XYRON from the front of the card to the inside to make it look kinda like a notebook. I'll write in it later. Please come back on Saturday, Feb 1, as I'm participating in a 14 Days of Love Blog Hop with Erica's Room (  I won't be participating all 14 days, but will be on the 1st, 7th, 10th, and 13th. Please hop along with us all 14 days! TFL and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy Birthday & Snow Pics

I made this card for Julie to go with the 3Girl JAM bag I made for her in My Take on 3 Girl JAM Cotton Bags since her birthday is coming up in February. The card base is Studio G Cards & Envelopes for Crafting. The PP is Pebbles Lakeside 6x6 in Paper Pad. The flowers is Pebbles Die-Cut Wood Pieces- both bought at TJ Maxx on clearance! The Happy Birthday stamp is Skipping Stones Design (no longer in business) Peeps collection stamped with Versa Fine Onyx Black Pigment Ink. The twine is from Housecalls by Scrappin Madge September Hello Gorgeous Kit ( I cut two holes in the fold of the card on the inside/outside to feed it through twice and then tied it. I wanted to give some detail to the front of the card to separate the Chevron pattern a little! I made this card for the Chevron January Card Challenge for Scrappin-n-Chattin ( Now for the inside spread:

I added My Mind's Eye Bella Bella by Carina Gardner 12x12 PP that I cut down to fit the inside and back of the card. I didn't measure it, I just placed the paper on the card and then folded it and cut the part of the paper I didn't want off and then trimmed the edges and used Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Spots and Studio G Multi-Purpose Glue Stick to adhere it to the card. The "happy day", birthday cake, and  "celebrate" I fussy cut out of Simple Stories Happy Day 6x6 Paper Pad and used my XYRON 1.5" Create-A-Sticker maker to adhere them to the card. You can see how I criss-crossed the twine to make it straight across in the front. The message square is also fussy cut out of Simple Stories. I thought the border on the paper would look good on this card and kinda match with the Chevron paper on front. A piece of the Chevron paper is hanging over the back, but I didn't take a picture of the back. All I put on the back was my Hero Arts Handmade from the Heart stamp and 2014. Not much to see on the back anyway.

Here are some pics of our snow we had last night. Well, these are actually taken this morning after the 4 in of snow fell. We have about 2 in of ice under the snow. It sleeted for a long time last night until it finally changed to snow. I took a picture of the ice, but it's not wanting to download. This is our vehicles. Yes, there is a car under all that snow. The first 2 pics are taken from inside the garage, so excuse the spider webs on the pictures. They're on the outside of the windows. The windows are small, but big enough to take pictures through!
 This is the front yard and some of the neighbors yards as well as the cul-de-sac & road to our house! It's somewhat clear now since kids have been playing out in the cul-de-sac.
 This is the view of our back yard from my bedroom window. I was holding the shade up with one hand and took this picture with my cell phone! The fish sun catcher was a VBS craft one year from teaching Pre-K! I forget it's there because my shade is pink and it's an older shade so it keeps my room dark at night! I can't wait to get out there and play in it soon. I'm hoping I can make snow cream if I can't make a snowman or maybe a snow angel! They're saying on the news that the snow is powdery. The town is pretty much shutdown except for DOT. It's too cold to go anywhere.
TFL and have a good day!

Monday, January 27, 2014


I made these at the spur of the moment yesterday afternoon. Both layouts are of Mr. Ray (my stepdad) and his brother, James. The paper used on the LO above is Recollections Wood Slats to kinda go along with the corn hole game. The title "these are the moments" is from a family vellum stack that I got from Mrs. Gloria. I adhered it to my LO with my Xyron 1.5'' Create A Sticker maker and a strip of Pebbles Lakeside 6x6 paper pad and the pic mats are also from the same paper pad. The black swirly sticker is Le Creme Embellishments. I wanted to add something to that corner of the page and that was different! The football and baseball squares are fussy cut from DCWV All About Boys Stack and adhered with my Xyron sticker maker. The tag is from Story Tellers Club Dream Collection. I wrote with Sharpie 80s Glam Argyle Green & Valley Girl Violet- Mr. Ray & James playing corn holes. Mr. Ray is a huge Washington Redskins fan & James is the same w/ NY Yankees. The ribbon is Martha Stewart Blue & Green Playful Ribbon (6 spools of 12 total yards)- there are 4 blue/green spools and 2 brownish spools. Mr. Ray made the corn hole set for Father's Day last year, it was his present from his kids. Dustin found the directions and kit from the National Corn Hole Association so that they were made to the correct measurements. The UNCW lettering and Seahawks symbol are both decal stickers that were pre-ordered. My stepsiblings did help paint them. I should have gotten a picture of the second one, but it was cold that day and I just went out to take a few pictures. The date stamp at the bottom is My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing by Jen Allyson Tangerine "Hello" Stamps and I wrote 12-13-13 with Sharpie Argyle Green again. These Sharpies were just $3/97 for a set of 5 at Walmart a few weeks ago! :) The football and baseball stickers are Recollections Kids Stickers- there's also basketball and soccer balls- 2 sheets.
This PP is Echo Park Paper All About A Boy Superhero by Lori Whitlock that I won from Housecalls by Scrappin Madge ( August 2013 Life of the Party kit. The title Brother and the dots under it are Close To My Heart My Acrylix All You Need Stamp Collection. I used VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink to stamp them with. I connected the dots with my Copic 100 Black Sketch Too pen. The sentiment- Family is what makes a house a home.- is also La Creme Embellishement stickers that I bought from TJ Maxx. I used My Mind's Eye date stamp again and wrote with Sharpie 80s Glam Leg Warmer Orange the same date 12-13-13. I decided the type the journaling on this one and used Microsoft Word 2010 Calligraphy font and typed James came to see Mr. Ray after not seeing him in 10 years. It started out as a surprise, but by the day of his expected arrival, the secret was out! These are some of our outside Christmas decorations. This was the only picture taken of the 2 of them the 3 days he was here, my mom may have gotten one on her cell phone. They do talk on the phone several times a week since Mr. Ray retired, but they haven't seen each other in 10 years up until now. James is married, but his wife has some health problems so she stayed home in VA. I didn't want to add a lot to this page because of the busyness of the paper. Oh, the pic mats on this page are Recollections Cupcake Cuties 8.5x11 paper stack- all cut off the same sheet. TFL and have a great week! I don't know what kind of crafty things I'm going to do this week, but I'm sure I'll find something! :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Take on 3 Girl JAM Cotton Bags

I won these cotton bags from 3 Girl Jam ( from a blog hop I particpated in with them awhile back. I won a set of 6 and plan on selling the other 4 this spring! I'm going to give both of these away. The one above I'm going to give to Julie, a lady that just started teaching Sunday School with me the first part of January, for her birthday coming up in February. The cupcake ribbon at the top is American Crafts and I bought it at JoAnn's. I found the pink printable card from Scrapbook & Cards Today on Facebook (!/ScrapbookAndCardsToday) and Hazel Ruby ( where you can also get yours if you'd like! There's 3 pages full of 12 cards. I can't wait to use the rest! Anyway, back to my bag. I decided to use Skipping Stones Design (no longer in business) Chic Happy Birthday stamp and used VersaFine Onyx Black Pigment Ink to stamp it. The cupcake sticker is Recollections Dimensional Stickers that's actually part of a coffee collection. I decided to add Ranger Stickles Waterfall (the blue outline and the flower), Cotton Candy, Crystal, and Green to give it some shimmer. I attached the You are AMAZING card with Studio G Multi-Purpose Glue Stick. 
 Here's a close-up of the bottom half to show off all the Stickles. No project is complete without what year I made it!

For this bag, I used Studio G Pinklight Design cupcake stamp. I've been holding out on using this stamp! I keep forgetting about it to be honest! I wanted to use it on the bag above, but I was afraid I'd mess up the blue outline so I went with this one! I then decided to add Ranger Stickles Christmas Red, Waterfall, Crystal, and Cotton Candy to accent the stamp! I may have gotten a little carried away with the Stickles, but it's hard not to! I did go over it some with a toothpick to even out the circle outline and smooth in some places on the cupcake. I'm going to give this bag to Robert for Valentine's Day! I wrote "I love you, Robert!" at the bottom with American Crafts Chromatix Grape after I took the picture and 2014, because I tried to add a sticker to this one, but it didn't wanna stick. I'm not sure what I'm going to put in these before I give them away. I'm thinking chocolate candy or bath products in Julie's and maybe a small note or a comic strip in Robert's. He loves comics! Now that I've made these 2 I can't wait to play with the other 4! Lisa, the girl that I just met at church not long ago, told me about a woman that lets her sale crafts in her front yard in the spring all the way up until it's too cold to be outside for $5 and you bring your own table. I was thinking I could sale some cards and the rest of the bags! They're 4 different sizes so they will be fun to decorate- 2 little ones and 2 big ones. I did realize that the Stickles was making the bags stick together, so I have a piece of paper in each to let them dry. TFL and have a good weekend!

Snow Day

I used the above sketch to make the following LO. I found it off of Ruth's blog- Paper and Musings ( that she did for a challenge for The Creative Cutting Challenge, but I misunderstood the challenge so I will have to make something else now for that challenge! LOL! I still have a fun layout! Both pieces of PP are Recollections Bright and Jolly Paper Pad as are the pic mats. I used Studio G glue stick to attach the snowflake PP to the main PP/the mittens paper. The bling strand between the pictures is Studio 18 Rhinestones that I won from Jearise ( from a blog hop I participated in a while back. The bling on the corners and the 3 at the top are from my stash- lost the original packaging & not sure where I got them, LOL! The title, Snow Day is Sticko Phrase Cafe Let It Snow Stickers With Attitude that I've had for awhile and almost forgot about!
Now for the close-up pics! I used Jim Holtz Crystal Stickles on every snow spot I saw on this LO to make the snow look real!

The ribbon on the tag is Bobbin Ribbon that I bought from Big Lots for $0.75 and I might be good for one more tag with this spool! The tag is Storytellers Club Dad Collection, but it's red, white, and blue like the flag of the USA so it goes perfect with this LO! :) I added "Living in North Carolina, we don't see much snow." using Microsoft Word 2010 in Jokerman font. I adhered it with my Xyron 1.5" Create A Sticker maker. The pictures are actually 2 different snow days- one of our backyard with the snow almost all melted and then one of our driveaway at night with a vehicle we no longer have- a Kia Sportage. It was wrecked and totalled out, but no major injuries involved thank God! I adhered the pictures and the tag with Elmer's Craft Bond Glue Spots. They are just like Glue ZOTS, but a different brand name! The snowman is a part of Snow Much Love, a file that I won from Scrapping With Lisa Designs ( and I added some black bling from my stash and some Crystal Stickles to make it look real.
TFL and come back later for another blog post of some 3 Girl Jam cotton bags that I plan on playing with later! :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hotel Bethlehem

First of all, do you like my new background?! I've been wanting to change it away from the pink for awhile and purple is my favorite color so this works. Yes, I love rock music! I don't know how to play a guitar, but who knows I might learn one day! ;)
Back to my LOs! Hotel Bethlehem was a Children's program put on by the kids of Broad Creek Christian Church in the early 2000s, 2001 (?). Anyway, I've wanted to scrap them and I know they're poor quality pictures, but you can still kinda make out who's in the pic. It was before we had stage lights- I don't know if you can see the spotlights all along the stage! Poor kids! I made both of these LOs for Yahoo Scrappin-n-Chattin ( for the Chalkboard Challenge and the Button-Up Challenge for January. The paper I used in the above LO is Monte Paper Mill Take 2 Classic Pictures that I won from Housecalls by Scrappin' Madge ( September Hello Gorgeous kit and the blue action flair button at the bottom is also from this kit. The title and the journaling in the bottom left square is written in EK SUCCESS Earth Colors Memory Pencils Silver & Gold. The WOW embellie is from my stash, one of the first scrap items I ever bought. I used Tim Holtz Stickles Silver to draw a swirly line under the title as well as under the flair button. The talented sticker is Me & My Big Ideas Soft Spoken Word Embellishments (they come with foam dots on them) and the Life is Good button is Studio Calico Wood Veneer. The stars in the corners are Jolee's All That Bling Red Silver Stars Dimensional Stickers that I found from work- TJ Maxx- for $0.70!! The pic mats are Recollections Fashionably Chic. For the journaling, I wrote Samantha Winfrey, Haylee- innkeeper, Trish & Kaylee Nappo- directors, Kaity Preston, Laurel Revette, Trisha Gable, Kerra & Terra Anderson, Maegan & Melaina Muse, Ashley & Tiffany Donovan, Daniel Smith. I couldn't remember everyone that was in the program, but that's who I saw in the pictures! I only had one of the Classic Pictures pages, so I couldn't do a 2 page LO, but I used some of the same embellishments!
 This paper is also from Housecalls by Scrappin' Madge, the same set, and is Echo Park Paper Company All About a Boy by Lori Whitlock Curious. The title, Totally Unique, is from the Girls sticker sheet from Momenta ATD Super Sticker Pack (another TJ Maxx find ;)). The picture mats are Monte Paper Mill Take 2 Picture Frames from the same Hello Gorgeous kit as is the camera sticker- Take 2 Accent Stickers, the banner that I wrote Maegan Muse and the shepherds,the superstar, smile, and welcome to tinseltown stickers. The big star is also Jolee's All that Bling Red Silver Stars. The heart is from the same pack as the WOW! on the previous LO- in my stash. We were required to add 3 buttons or more to the LO for it to be considered a Button-Up LO. I used Michaels Wood Embellishments that also include 3 tags that I will use later. I fed twine thru each button with a needle and had to remove the foam dots that came on these because they stuck to the paper they were on. They were only $2, so that might be why. Now for the close-up pics:
 this sentiment was in a vellum stack that Mrs. Gloria gave me. "These are the magic years... and therefore magic days... and therefore magic moments. author unknown."
This chipboard journaling notebook rectangle is also from the Hello Gorgeous kit and I added 2 more little bling stars. I wrote on it with American Crafts Chromatix Grape 3 and INC. Starlightz Glitter Gel Black. I wish I would have taken close-ups on the buttons they're 4 different designs! TFL and GO BRONCOS!! Sorry, I'm getting excited for the Super Bowl already and hope that the Broncos go all the way this year! :) Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thank You Card

I decided to make a Thank You card for my step-aunt, Tammy's sister, Cindy. She came down from CT to take care of Tyler for 2 weeks and to help Tammy out around the house while my dad was in the hospital. I know I didn't have to make her a card, but I wanted to just to show my appreciation! On with the details of my card! The card base is Studio G White 5x5 and it's a set of 8 that comes with matching envelopes. I decided to cover the front with a piece of K&Company paper with ZOTS and then added a Studio G Thank You Chipboard Punchout, KI Memories Paisley Parade Rhinestone Swirl Sticker, and the top sticker is Sticko Funky Monkey. I wanted to keep the front CAS since the paper is so soft and has so much color to it already.
This is the inside spread. The "As it Should Be :)" sticker is K&Company Emma Rose Word Embossed Stickers and I wrote the note on that side since the sentiment took up so much room on the opposite side.The sentiment is from a vellum stack from Mrs. Gloria-"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. Author Unknown" and I wrote underneath "even if we aren't blood, we're still connected by God's love :)". The pink background paper is Recollections Butterfly Wings 4.5x6.5 Cardstock Paper that I cut down to fit on the card and punched with my WRMK Lucky8 Floral Die-cut Punch Inside & Outside Punch. The stickers around the vellum and holding the vellum corners down are Sticko Funky Monkey & I used ZOTS on both of these again to adhere them. I tried taking a picture of my back signature stamp, but the picture came out too dark and blurry. I changed up the ink this time to Studio G Red Dye Ink and that might have messed up the picture who knows? It's such a small stamp to work with as well! TFL and have a great weekend! I may scrap some more tomorrow, but not sure yet. I know tomorrow night is Special Needs Movie Night and I'm looking forward to seeing the kids as well as watching the movie with them!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Valentine Easel Card

I made this for Valentine's Day as well as Sweet Stamps ( Their challenge ends in about 7 hours and I just saw it on Donna K's blog ( this morning after she posted it on Facebook! It has taken me since 11AM until 4PM to finish this card! I did stop to eat for about 15 minutes while I watched my soap, Days Of Our Lives, it's got a crazy storyline going on right now! Anyway, I didn't think I'd ever get this card right, but I finally had to use typing paper to test it out after messing up twice! I watched the tutorial on Split Coast Stampers ( several times until I finally had my AHA! moment and got it! I'm still sitting here and looking at my pattern and can't figure out the pattern! Anyway, here's what I used to make it. The Brown polka-dot paper is Recollections Printed 8.5x11 Cardstock Cupcake Cuties cut at 4 1/4x4 1/4, the card base is 4 1/4x8.5 1/2 and is the cupcakes paper. The red/pink hearts are Martha Stewart, the heart in the caption sticker is K&Company Emma Rose Word Embossed Stickers, the hot pink background paper behind the vellum is Recollections Butterfly Wings 4.5x6.5 in (all measurements are inches) Cardstock that I punched with my We R Memory Keepers Lucky8 Floral Burst Die-cut Punch. It's the inside cut. The vellum "i love you not only for what you are, but what I am when I am with you. Elizabeth Barrett Browning." is from a vellum stack that Mrs.Gloria gave me. The blue rick rack ribbon is Martha Stewart Crafts Blue & Green Playful Ribbon Pack (there's 5 other spools in the pack) and I adhered it with my Xyron 1.5' Create A Sticker Maker. I used the 3 hearts stickers to adhere the vellum to the card, so I wouldn't have a mess under the vellum. I used ZOTS to adhere the Recollections background to the card as well as on the inside 4 1/4x 4 1/4 blue w/ black ribbons and the 4 1/2x 4 1/4 pink strip on the bottom. I used a Craft Smart glue stick to adhere the brown polk-a-dotted front to the cupcake base since I don't have any Scor-tape. I also folded it instead of scoring it since I don't have a ScorPad. Now for the inside spread:
The 2 stickers at the top XO & For Keeps are K&Company Poppy Seed Words Embossed Stickers and the heart is Kraft Stickers that I bought from Michaels. I know you are all wondering who this card is going to. It's going to Robert, a guy I met online in a Christian chatroom about 10 years ago maybe a little more. He lives in Wisconsin and I've spoke to him on the phone, but have never met him in person. We chat on Facebook almost everyday and have both developed feelings for one another. We've agreed to take it one step at a time, one day at a time, since he just came out of an engagement in October, a sad situation, but wasn't meant to be. He still brings her up from time to time, but I just listen. I used to use Manda Panda as my text signature and he still calls me that from time to time that's why I signed my name that way.
He just finished his doctrine degree, but is Assemblies of God, so I'm not sure what it's called in that division of Christianity. He wants to be a minister one day, maybe overseas or maybe here in the states wherever the Lord leads him. So, I added a vellum quote to give him some encouragement, "Take pride in how far you've come, have faith in how far you can go." and that vellum is also from a vellum stack that Mrs. Gloria gave me.
Here's a close-up of the bottom 3 stickers at the base of the easel card. The Be Mine and the XO's stickers are Martha Stewart Crafts and the What a Pair is K&Company Emma Rose Word Embossed Stickers.
I finally found a signature stamp from JoAnn's Crafts & Fabrics! It's Hero Arts and I stamped it with Studio G Lavender Acid Dye Ink. The 2014 as well as my little note inside was written in American Crafts Chromatix Grape 3 Alcohol Blending Marker. I can't wait to mail it to him! He knows I like to scrap and I share everything I make with him up until this in pictures. I mailed him a Christmas card and everything else I make I take pictures of to share with him. We are upfront with each other about everything so it's like we are sitting in front of each other when we chat, but we're miles apart. TFL and have a great day! :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

My Crop & My Latest SMASH Entry- Warning- Long Post

Grab a cup of hot/iced cold coffee and sit back and enjoy my long post! The first layout (LO) is about Sheetz and my love for their iced coffee so it wouldn't be appropriate if you weren't drinking coffee while reading this! LOL! Ok, you don't have to drink coffee while reading this, but I just thought I'd throw that out there! ;) I know some of you are thinking "Sheetz is just a gas station!", but it's so much more in my opinion and there's not any in New Bern. It's a treat to me and every chance I get to Raleigh to visit my dad or am near one I have to stop!! I guess you can say I'm a little obsessed, but once you try their iced coffee or coffee in general, you will be as well! It's cheap and good food, too! Ok, on with the LO! The main PP is Best Occasions Jewel Punchout Pack and the ribbon at the top is American Crafts Premium Ribbon that I believe I bought at JoAnn's (or I could have bought at TJMaxx or Michaels, I've done a lot of shopping for scrap supplies lately). The picture mat is Recollections Fashionably Chic. The rest of the LO I took close-ups of. So here we go:
This is a cutting file from KaDoodle Bug Designs ( that I actually found off of Facebook, but I can't remember who posted it on Facebook, but I have to give credit to KBD since I used their file- 10 Things I Love About You! Here are my Top 10! ;) 1. Iced Mocha MarshMello-OH! (it's the best) 2. CHEAP 3. Good deals 4. Fun 5. Good doughnuts 6. Great soft drinks 7. Cheerwine (my all time favorite soft drink) 8. Can't Get Enough! 9. #1 Makes Me Hyper and 10, Family Got Me Hooked!  LOL! I literally drink my iced mocha before we are out of the parking lot most of the time, it's THAT GOOD! I usually just get a small, too! LOL! Who knows what might happen if I get a larger size! ;)
 The coffee in a glass sticker is Recollections Dimensional Stickers. Their iced coffee doesn't come in a glass like this, but in a plastic cup like at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, but this is the closest I could find on this set of stickers! "The Sweetest Thing" circle is a Studio Calico Wood Veneer that I adhered with ZOTS.
This coffee bag is also from the same Recollections Dimensional Stickers collection and I added Jim Holtz Distress Stickles Vintage Photo and some bling since I took the coffee cup that off that was beside the bag to add to another project I made and to accent the Coffee bag. The Stickles smeared a bit, but it's ok, you'll see why on the doughnut!
 "YEAH YEAH YEAH" is also a Studio Calico Wood Veneer. You also see the iced coffee glass again.
The coffee bean is from Recollections Dimensional Stickers collection. Here's the fun part about this LO! The doughnut is actually a Donote or a part of Donotes 3 Note Pades that I was given for Christmas and I cut the middle out to have a whole for the doughnut and then added 3 different colors of Stickles- Stickles Pink, Jim Holtz Distress Stickles Dusty Concord (Lavender), & Stickles Gold! At first, it was all puffed up like puff paint, but I knew I had to take it home and didn't have anything to put it in so it wouldn't get messed up, so I made it shabby chic with a napkin! It actually looks better in the picture that it does in person! My flash made it look sparkly! Love it!

Last pic before going on to the next LO! The tag is from my stash that Niki gave me. The heart is Martha Stewart Living from Mrs. Gloria, and the ribbon is 3GirlJAM ( Cherry Lipstick crinkle ribbon. I stuck it in the corner with Scotch double sided tape and actually finished up my double sided tape on this LO! I have plenty of ZOTS and will be getting more double sided tape soon! Onto my next LO!
This PP fits with this picture, because my grandmama loves flowers! The PP is Recollections Cherry Blossoms that I found at my crop as I did with the Recollections Fashionably Chic. We were allowed to share our supplies and I shared my Stickles with several ladies! They had never seen Stickles before so that was a treat for me to share! :)
This gold heart is Heidi Swapp that I stamped on the LO with ColorBox Pigment Stamp Pad Gold. The stamp can be used on either side, since it is clear! I noticed when I put it back in the packaging the design is reversed from how it's shown here! I t hought I took a better picture of the tag journaling, but I guess I didn't. It's K&Company Tim Coffey Cottage Garden Journal Tag Pad and I added American Crafts Premium Ribbon- Spring Pink/Butterflies with a green brad that comes in a set that might be K&Company, but I don't have the manufacturer's name, Mrs. Gloria gave the set to me. To see a better picture of the tag, scroll up to the original LO and you can see that I wrote that in the picture is (from left to right) Uncle Zane Grey, Grandmama Farrow, and Uncle Bill at Tim & Leia's wedding May 25, 2013. I added a pearl string underneath to cover up a mistake. The stickers around the picture are from my stash, I lost the original packaging, but they are (counter clockwise) "Grandma", "mother", "Uncle", "sister", "together", and "grandparents" to represent what each person in the picture is. Again, if you scroll up to the original LO pic you can see them better.
This title "Forever Young" is from a vellum book that I bought from TJMaxx that I can't seem to find right now, but it fits my grandmama and her brothers! Even though they're getting up in age, they will always be "forever young" in their hearts and attitudes! They all 3 have lots of spunk! I used Scotch 3M Invisible Glue Stick to adhere the vellum since I didn't know about Robin's awesome XYRON Create A Sticker Maker- the big one that I did use to adhere the purple background paper which is Prima Marketing Moulin Rouge Collection 6x6 paper stack. The little flowers are also charms that I added with the same glue stick. I thought the charms added some dimension to the layout and a special touch!

this butterfly charm I adhered with the glue stick again and here you can see this beautiful paper up close :) It reminds me of the Cherry Blossom trees you see in spring and I believe my Grandmama may have one in her yard!
The family stamp is Close To My Heart My Acrylix D1025 All You Need collection that I stamped with Versa Fine Onyx Black Pigment Ink. I actually have a friend, Shannon Mills, that just recently started selling Close to My Heart. Here's her consultant web site: if you would like to purchase any CTMH items from her! I've already looked around and thought of buying some stuff from her soon! I know you all are waiting to here about the blue bundle at the bottom! It's a Pinque Peacock (!/PinquePeacock) Splendid Swirl and I added 2 angel stick pens, also Pinque Peacock to represent their 2 deceased siblings- my Great Uncle Norwood or "Uncle Buddy" (blue) and their sister that died when she was 12, Anna Omega (pearl). I was thinking they had another sibling, but I was thinking of their uncle that was like a brother to them since he was so close to their age. Now onto my new TOY!
I bought this We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 Punch from TJMaxx aka work this past Saturday and it was the only one we had! I saw it last Wednesday when I worked and when I saw it still there this past Saturday I thought, I better buy it if I really want it! I've played with it a little and LOVE it! I can't wait to use it in my scrapbooking and card making! It's 3 punches in one, but can be used 8 different ways. It's huge and heavy, but was worth the $14.99 I spent on it!  Now onto my latest SMASH book entry. I just bought the Eco Style SMASH book from work and bought a K&CompanySMASH Modern Gusseted Pockets set of 3 from Michaels.

I added a Printable Journal Tag that I found on Pinterest from  you + me= awesome and wrote My Afternoon w/ Lisa with American Crafts Chromatics Grape Raisin Rouge Alcohol Blending Marker set of 3 that I found at Michaels this past Saturday on clearance for $2!! I can't wait to use these some more in my crafting! I wrote the date Jan 9, 2014 using the same marker set. The SMASH book comes with a black ink pen/crayon and glue stick combo so I used the pen to write in the rest of the month so it wouldn't look weird just having a 9 by itself in the calendar block. I then added the folder from the SMASH set that I bought from Michaels. I had to buy this set separate since we don't sell the little pads that you use with each color appropriate SMASH book at TJM. I'll have to look at Target or maybe Walmart since SMASH is popping up everywhere now! I included my Walmart receipt and Chinese fortune since that was the only memorabilia I have to show from the afternoon. There's no limits as to what you can SMASH! On the left page, I added Lucy Rigg 8.5x11 stationery paper that Ashley ( gave me as a RAK from Scrappin-n-Chattin. She has an Anything Goes Challenge going on right now with Through the Purple Haze so be sure to stop by her blog and let her know I sent you if you do. The journaling page is Prima Marketing Moulin Rouge 6x6 Paper Pack and I wrote that "We ate lunch at China Garden Buffet and sat there for almost 3 1/2 hours! LOL! The bus boy kept walking by us & I was afraid he was gonna throw us out, but he didn't! We both needed the time to talk & listen! Then we went to Walgreens, saw the photo machines were down & went to Walmart. I developed pictures & we both had to get other things as well. See Walmart receipt & fortune from China Garden (just for fun keepsakes)! :)" We both love purple so that's why I chose both papers and the purple markers. The Friends: a Rare & Wonderful Jewel sticker is K&Company Life's Little Occasions Friendship Sticker Medley and all 6 are dimensional. I'll use the other 5 later on future projects.The Having a Happy day sticker is K&Company Emma Rose Word Embossed Stickers and the Keeping Secrets sticker is Sticko Best Friends. I didn't realize how many K&Company products I have! It is cheap and very versatile! Oh, my fortune is: "Do you believe? Endurance and persistence will be rewarded." While I have your attention, many of you have been following along with updates about my dad. He's HOME! He went home Saturday and is on a soft diet until further notice. He can't eat spicy or greasy foods. I spoke to him Saturday night for a minute and a half on the phone, but that was long enough to know that he's home and doing better! He's still weak and will improve eveyday I'm sure! The only thing I've heard he ate today was a PopTart for breakfast, but I'm sure he's eaten more since then. That was via text from my sister, Emily. She's working now and I'm not gonna bug Tammy as to what he eats. Please continue praying for him as he recovers. Also pray for my granddaddy (his dad) as he has Alzeheimer's and tried to climb out a window this morning and threw a fist up at my aunt, his caretaker. Please pray for him, my grandmama, and my aunt as they don't know what to do with him. He is probably fine now, but his mind wanders and he will be 90 this July. It sounds like they may have to put him in a nursing home, but that will be the last resort. Sorry this was long winded and TFL!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rest- Week 4 of God's Good Gifts

If you've been following along with my posts about Group's God's Good Gifts Scrapbooking Bible Study, you'll see that I'm in week 4 and this week is Rest! I chose 2 pictures that display rest and added stickers that reminds me of rest. This is gonna be kind of a long post since I am posting so many close-up pictures. The main PP is from DCWV All About Boys Stack, all the white pieces (4) were on one page in God's Good Gifts and I just cut them up with decorative scissors to adjust to my layout. I love using my decorative edged scissors! I even used them on my pictures! :) Both picture mats are Martha Stewart Crafts Punch Pad. The strips are about 13 in long x 4 in wide so they're just big enough to use as photo mats! The flip-flops sticker is Stickeroni by Hallmark. The beach ball (stuck in the pool) is Recollections Beach (one of the various collections). The butterfly, frog drinking, and flower sticker on the middle left are all Sticko Funky Monkey. The strawberry, watermelon, and ice cream cone stickers are all Sticko Sweet Treats. The dream sticker is from my stash. The hot cocoa sticker is Recollection Dimensional Stickers that has coffee & coffee shop like items on the same sticker sheet as well. The brown wooden banner sticker under the pool that I wrote swimming pool in Daddy's backyard in Louisburg, NC 7/12 on is The Boyds Collection, Ltd. I don't use these that often and just recently found this collection in my stash! I love finding old stuff in my stash! :) The dandelion flowers in the middle towards the left are K&Company Susan Winget Rub-Ons and the gems in the top left corner and 2 of the ones in the bottom right corner are also part of that collection.The butterfly mat under the Isaiah 40:28-31 passage is Mambi Valentine's set. The eagle's wings and bling in the middle as well as the bling in the right corner and the pearls in the top right and bottom left corners are from Niki. The pink floral paper in the middle right mat is Colorbok Spring Morning Pattern Pack. The grey hearts/arrows PP is Take 2 Follow Your Heart/Monte Paper Mill from Housecalls by Scrappin' Madge ( Hello Gorgeous September Kit as is the Smile flair that I adhered with Scotch Double Sided tape. The tag is K&Company Tim Coffey Cottage Garden Journal Tag Pad and I attached it with a happy KI Memories Paisley Parade Epoxy Brad/Fastener and a piece of ribbon from Heather ( I wrote on it that (it's a picture of) James Penny w/ his mom, Brittany, at his side (her arm) at Grandmama's house-- not sure on date but it was summertime. Now that I've torn the layout apart here are the close-up pics! ;)
close-up of the rub-on dandelions

close-up of the journal tag
 close-up of eagle's wings with the bling in the middle
 close-up of the bling in the bottom right corner
close-up of the frog and the bling in the top left corner
 close-up of picture of James and the Smile flair
close-up of dream sticker and a little of the prayer from the devotional
Sorry for all the pictures, but the picture of the layout itself didn't do it justice! My favorite part about this devotion that I need to learn to do is "wait on the Lord anytime, anywhere... When you feel almost too weary to flap your wings one more time, try 'waiting.' Soon you'll be competing with the eagle--and soaring high."  I'm always so busy scrapping or just busy that I forget to stop and listen to what God has in store for me or what He wants to say to me. Now before I close, I have to share my good news about my dad since some of you have been following along with that as well. He is tube FREE, the dr wants to try a soft diet tomorrow, and discharge will either be Sunday or Monday. So happy & praising God for all the answers to prayer and healing right now! His healing of my dad might just be a lesson I need to learn and believe! TFL and have a great day! :)