Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A day of fun

I'm so glad we live so close to an amusement park. Granted it's not as big as Cedar Point or Six Flags, but it's a decent size and a fun time nonetheless. R took the night before last off so we could use the discount tickets J got at school and go to the local amusement park yesterday. Here are the highlights:

Big Kahuna Week 4

Here's my layout for week 4 of the contest. For this challenge, we were to create a 2 page layout using at least 5 photos, inking, stamping, a hand written/drawn title, staples, tag(s), and include a quote or title drawn from the Creative Scrap Shack’s Clam Chowder. Here's what I came up with.

I'm not crazy about my handwritten title, but I finished it literally in the last few minutes before the deadline. I think I could have done the title a little bit better if I had allowed myself more time, but overall I'm pretty happy with my layout.

Friday, June 22, 2007


I made the Frances Meyer DT!!! I cannot even begin to say how excited I am! I got a peek at the other members submissions and all I can say is that I'm in the company of some amazingly talented women! I am so excited for the upcoming year of working on the FM DT. Soon I'll be getting some packages of product and I just can't wait to start playing! I'm still in disbelief.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans . . .

Ok, I've had an insane couple of weeks. All last week I was busy with my Frances Meyer submissions for their DT. I spent almost a week on the altered project alone, I really wanted to make something to wow the judges. I must say I am really happy with the result!
More on this in a later post . . . ;)

Then on Monday I find out my dad had a heart attack. My dad had a heart attack. I've said these words several times this week and they just kind of hang there in the air. They just don't make sense to me. It's all a bit surreal. He's ok, I mean in the sense that he's alive, but it's a heart attack, so it's very, very serious. I drove down with my husband and kids to visit him at the hospital and he seems to be doing well, like himself only really tired. I guess the gravity of the situation really set in when we spoke to the doctor and he recommended open heart surgery. Very scary, but I know it will be ok. It has to be. I won't go into detail here. I don't feel much like talking about it now or writing it all out for the world to see. All I will say now is that I put my trust in the hands of God and those of the surgeons.

And now I am sick. I was fine yesterday until evening and now I am just sick with a miserable cold. I hate being sick. I hope I start feeling better really soon, because I really have a lot of work to do.

To top it all off, today 2yo B swallowed a penny. I wasn't completely sure, I heard him coughing and gagging a bit. I asked him if he put annything in his mouth and he told me he put a coin in his tummy and pointed to another penny on the ground, wet with saliva. I knew "coin in my tummy" probably meant he swallowed it and I figured it would probably be ok and just pass, but I called poison control to be sure. They recommended taking him to the ER to get xrays just to make sure it wasn't lodged somewhere. We were there a miserable 2 hours (miserable because I'm sick and 2 hrs is a long time for a 2yo to behave! under normal circumstances I think I would have been a tad more patient!) Yep, according to the xray, he swallowed a penny! The dr says it's in a good spot that he should pass it in a day or two.

Meanwhile I'm having fun working on my contest LOs for the Big Kahuna contest and my LOs for my guest design gig at the School of Scrap. I will post these when I finish!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Photo of the week

Here it is, one of my favorite photos this week. I was playing a little in macro mode, shooting pics of J, B, and the cat, and I came up with this one of B. I thought it was pretty cute!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Big Kahuna Week 2

Here is my page for Week 2 of the Big Kahuna contest. The challenge was to create a page using ONLY 1 sheet of cardstock, 2 sheets of patterned paper, rub-ons, and ric-rac. It was a tough challenge, but I'm pretty pleased with the result.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Frances Meyer finalist!!!

Recently I applied to be part of the Frances Meyer Design Team. Well, I got an email this week letting me know that I am one of 20 finalists!! I am so excited! They are sending me and the other finalists a package of Frances Meyer products and we are required to make 2 projects. They will then pick 10 of the 20 finalists to be the new Frances Meyer DT! I'm a little nervous because I don't know what they'll be sending me, but I'm just so excited at the same time! What's even better is that someone I know from CSS was also selected as a finalist! That would be so awesome if we both made the team! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for me and for Terrie!

The Big Kahuna Week 1

I entered a fun, 7 week long contest at Creative Scrap Shack called the Big Kahuna. The winner gets an AMAZING prize package! Each week there is a new challenge to complete. Week 1 was use chipboard, buttons, bling, and four photos. Here's my entry for Week 1.

I also sent this page to the Basic Grey website for consideration because I used so much of their paper on it and they posted it in their gallery! Look here.

They just posted the second challenge and it's a tough one!

Photo of the Week

I got a little busy to post last week's POW, so here's that one and this week's POW. This first one, from last week, is of some of my flowers in my gardern using the Macro setting.
I think I'm going to crop it a bit and enter it into Parade Magazine's Celebrate America's Beauty photo contest.

The next one from this past week is of my cutie playing with the hose.

I'm finding that making a conscious effort to take a least a couple pictures a day is rewarding me with some great photos that I would not have had otherwise.