12.31.2010

Dixie Pieces New Kit for a New Year!

Wood & Lace is the name of the new Dixie Pieces Kit!  It is full of goodies and believe me, there is something for everyone in this kit!  Here is a close up photo for you:



This kit will go on sale first thing tomorrow morning but, you can find the Design Team samples right now in the gallery.  Here is a little sneak peek of one of my layouts for you:

12.30.2010

Tales of a Wanna-Be Hipster

Jordan has entered blog land!  I love that she is starting a new chapter in her life with her student teaching.  But what I love even more is that she is going to document her journey in a blog!  How cool is that?  So, this is my plug for her --- if you know my daughter, you love my daughter --- so go over to her new blog and leave her a comment or two or ten and show her how totally awesome you know she is! 

Tales of a Wanna-Be Hipster --- very cool!

12.29.2010

A little Bit of Sunshine!

Ahhh.....I love the photos I took last fall of Emma and her buddy Elmo.  They just make me smile and bring a little ray of Sunshine into the dreary days of winter.  So I just had to create a bright and cheerful mini book to keep handy and the Bella Blvd, Hello Beautiful! Line was the perfect choice for products.  I teamed it up with a fun picket fence minibook from Maya Road and this is what I ended up with:





My minibook is featured today on the Bella Blvd Blog along with some other fabulous creations from my fellow Artistas!  Make sure to hop on over to their blog and leave me some love in their comments section!  I have been so honored to be part of their team of Artistas this year, what a dream come true!  I want to encourage everyone to become a follower of their blog because Bella Blvd is destined for even greater things and you don't want to miss any of it! 

12.26.2010

Fun facts

Saw this on my friend Andrea's blog and thought I would play along!

The ones in red are the ones that I have done:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club

93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

How about you?  Play along and leave me a comment so I can go read your blog and check out your answers!

12.23.2010

The Big Announcement!


Imaginisce just made the big announcement this morning on their blog!  Their new 2011 Design Team has been announced and I'm ubber excited to be on the list for another year!  We have some fantastic designers joining us and it is sure to be a fantastic year!  Keep your eyes open for even more fun stuff on the blog and on facebook! 

A big welcome to out new girls:


A a big WOOOHOOO to the returning girls:

Melinda Spinks
Shemaine Smith
Erin Bassett
Cari Locken
Aphra Bolyer
Pinky Hobbs
Penny Smith
Kim Holmes
Lia Qualman
Robyn Schaub
Sam Hauzer






12.18.2010

Baking Day

ah...baking day 2010 is history.  We made carmel corn, truffles, pumpkin bread, peppermint bark, and 5 different christmas cookies .  We enjoyed apple cider, homemade soup, and licked lots of beaters!  Even though Jordan & I were under the weather and David & Austin were under the house fixing a broken pipe, we made it through.  Luke ate way too much sugar and tried everything that was even considered an ingredient for a cookie or candy! That included red food coloring and molassis!  Funny how he will try molassis but won't eat a cooked carrot! 

We started off the day with a trip to Home Depot to buy the supplies for the broken pipe and another Christmas Tree for the family room.  We were treated to Starbucks by Jordan and her book buyback money from school!


Then we hit the office supply store for a 2011 calendar, the pet store for presents for all our 4 legged friends, Big 5 Sporting Goods for new shoes for Austin & David and Safeway for the rest of our baking supplies.  Then we spent the next 7 hours baking.  There were times when Jordan & I were sitting on chairs in the kitchen because we both have bad backs tonight -- but we made it! I'm exhausted but it was a fun family day.

A little toast with some sparkling apple cider:


Jordan painted Luke's face with frosting:


With David occupied under the house, Austin took over the caramel cooking --- stirred for over 12 minutes:




20 quarts of caramel corn:


These were my favorite cookies - peppermint gingerbread:


12.17.2010

Feeling Under the Weather...

... again.  Normally, I embrace my sick days and figure it's the Lord's way of making me slow down and recoup --- but, today I need the yuckos to just go away.  With Christmas a week away, I really think this is the most unprepared I've been in the last 7 years!  Feeling like I could lie in bed all day is just not helping.  It's just not physical either, mentally I'm in the same funk.  Just feeling the blahs --- I have zero Christmas spirit, zilch, nada, absolutely none.  I think Jordan is right, without a real tree in the house, it just doesn't smell like Christmas.  So, that is solution number 1 --- tonight we go buy a cut Christmas tree and put it up in the family room.  It may not help, but it's worth a try.  Other than that - lots of tylenol and maybe a drink or two!  What do you think? 

The one thing that I had lots of fun with this Christmas was little Miss Emma's Christmas present.  She is getting a kitchen center for Christmas and a friend of mine - thanks, Kelli! - got me hooked on creating felt food.  Luke, Jordan & I have spent the last month or so creating all these goodies. 


Here are some closeups:

Breakfast - poptart, pancakes, bacon and fried eggs:



Lunch time - bread with peanut butter & jelly, lunch meat, lettuce, cheese, onion, cucumbers & tomato:



Dinner stuff - chicken legs, ravioli, pizza, quesidilla, carrots, and peas:





Some fruit - strawberries, banana, oranges, watermelon, and kiwi:



and some snacks - potato chips, sugar cookies, creamcicles, donut, and s'more stuff,



I already have other things in my head to create -- but they will have to wait till her birthday!

12.15.2010

Spring Fever!

Okay, not quite yet, but almost!  The cold long days of winter are in full swing around the Pacific Northwest and we won't see any breaks in the weather until well into April.  Thankfully, it's easy to stay bright and cheerful when scrapbooking with some springtime papers!  Today marks the day of the new springtime release from Imaginisce, Garden Party!  Even the name makes me smile and think of long warmer days!  This new line will be shipping to your local scrapbook stores this week! 

There are many different pretty pink hues in this line, you just can't help but smile!







and some amazing blues and greens too!



What would a release party be without a great giveaway?  You know with Imaginisce, you will never know because they are always giving away amazing prizes.  This month is no exception!  Make sure to visit the Imaginsce Blog for more great design ideas and all the prize information!

12.14.2010

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to Jordan,
Happy Birthday to You!

You aren't a teenager anymore --- that is so strange.  20 years old  - how cool is that? 


Are you sure you aren't still 2 years old?  Absolutely sure?  20 just sounds so......old.  I had so much fun with you when you were 2 -- and you know what?  I still have tons of fun with you.  You have become one of my favorite people to hang out with.  You are still sweet, smart and loveable but now I can add creative, funny, responsible, and loyal to that list of adjectives to describe you. 



Love you girlfriend - have a great year!

12.10.2010

A Scrappin' Good Year!

Christmas is right around the corner --- literally, right around the corner.  In 2 weeks we will be celebrating Christmas Eve and the only a week later we will be welcoming in the new year.  2011 --- oh, my.  We have lived in this house for over 11 years and so much has happened during those years.  My family has really grown and we have found our way.  It's not always easy, but our house is full of love, unconditional love.  That makes me very, very, happy. 

Personally, I have finally found my niche.  It only took me 40 years to find something I was passionate about, that satisfied my need to be productive and creative and helped me overcome the anxiety that I am cursed with.  Scrapbooking does that for me.  The journey has been an amazing ride and I can't wait to see what 2011 holds for me.  But before that happens, I want to give a big shout out to everyone who believes in me - all my scrappin' friends that encouraged me and helped me.  I am so thankful for all of you! 

I have been given some wonderful opportunities this year and I am closing out the year with one that is very special to me.  Being a Bella Artista has been my dream for over 2 years, and I can't believe I can finally call myself that!  I get to share that honor with Ginger Williams and Mahlin Wiggur this month over on the Bella Blvd Blog!  You will find us featured over there throughout the month with lots of fun projects.

Today you can find some fun Gift Card Holder ideas as well as a tutorial to make this fun Christmas Card Stocking!


12.09.2010

I'm a Bella Artista!


It's Official!  The first post has gone live over on the Bella Blvd Blog and I am so excited!  Today they are featuring a fun layout I did about Jordan and her soccer team over at Northwest University - make sure to go on over and check it out along with the other December Artista's!  Leave me a comment on the blog and let me know what you think!  I would love that!

Another fun thing that just happened to us - David won the City Light Hero Award at work for his participation in saving a co-workers life last summer.  He totally deserved it, he is my hero after all!  There was a big ceremony at the City Hall downtown and he will even get a monetary prize!  How cool.  Waiting on some pictures.

12.05.2010

Halloween Pictures???

I know what you are thinking - It's almost Christmas!  I know, but I totally forgot to post the pictures of the kids from Halloween!  I was in Missouri, but Jordan thought of me, and took some for me!  Love my daughter!





12.04.2010

The Girl's Paperie!

One of my favorite companies is the Girl's Paperie and they are the Manufacturer of the Month at A Walk Down Memory Lane!  Everything in stock will be 25% off the entire month!  Here are some goodies to inspire you! 

First up is the amazing new Christmas line, Tinsel & Twig:







Next up is the fun girlie line, Paper Girl:









12.03.2010

I Love Lucy!

I love Lucy!  I really mean it!  Lucy Chesna that is!  Not only is she one amazing friend, but she is an amazing sketch artist too!  I love working with her new sketches every month over at My Sketch World!  This month was no exception! 

Here is the card sketch for December:



and my example:



and the Layout Sketch for December:





Do you recognize that paper line?  It's Bella Blvd's December Details Collection!  Today is my month to be a Bella Blvd Artista on their blog and I can't wait!  Don't worry, I'll let you know as soon as those blog posts go up!  I'm so excited!  In the mean time, you can find all their wonderful paper over at my favorite online store, A Walk Down Memory Lane!

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