Dec 31, 2009

My Top 10 Best for 2009

On Crop Addict message board, one of the members posted an interesting idea being that they were going to pick their own personal favorite top 10 scrapbook pages that they made for the 2009 year. It thought that would be a good idea to be able to reflect back on some of her shining moments that she felt most proud of. It also kind of interesting to see what other people really liked the most from their own work. We never really feel comfortable about pointing out what we think is our best work & prefer to hear it from others instead. But those other opinions are just a matter of personal taste & may not necessarily reflect our own. So this is a good way for us to say "Hey! These are what I think was my favorite either by subject or by design." It's always fun to look back anyway when a new year approaches, don't ya think?

OK, so here are the ones I think are my Top 10 choices - in no particular order:

God Bless & have a great day!

Maybe bragging but...

I am still thrilled about making Honorable Mention for the Reminisce DT search & today they showed some of the projects from the winner & other 4 runners up. I can see why I didn't make the team, but I do want to share my projects that I submitted. It's my Photobucket album, so there's 2 pages of entries. The ones that an asterisk (*) in the title have additional info included when you click on the picture. And if you're not familiar with Photobucket, if you click on the picture after that, you will get a close up view (I think?) Reminisce Entry

So, does everyone have their New Year's Resolutions made or do you not make any at all? I don't really do any, because I know that I won't keep it or it makes it harder for me to maintain it, psychologically.

Last night, Alan & went to eat at the Plymouth Country Club. We were given a certificate for a free dinner for two and we had to use it up before the Jan. 1st. The food & drinks were delicious, but it took almost 2 hours from beginning to end and that was with no wait time to be seated & they weren't busy either. I'm not familiar with eating at places like that, but is that how they do it? We felt like we wasted quite a bit of the evening having dinner. I also decided to try Halibut & found out that it's delicious & I would definitely order it again! I love seafood & about the only thing that I don't think I would eat seafood wise would be raw oysters. I just don't think I could do it.

Well, I have to make a pasta salad for the New Year's party we're going to tonight, so I guess I best be getting off here & start whipping it up so it can have enough time to chill.

God Bless & have a great day & hopefully a fantastic New Year!

Dec 29, 2009

Good scrappy news to me...

I got word last night that I didn't make the Reminisce design team, or even the top 5 for prizes, but I did get Honorable Mention!! So, that's pretty big to me, since I didn't even get THAT last year. There was only one spot open, so that makes it pretty limited for those entering. I was pretty happy with my entries. And if you look at my Reminisce Gallery, you can see I'm a HUGE fan of their product all year long! I was happy to see that the person that won wasn't a scrapbook celebrity, well at least I didn't recognize her name. In fact, I didn't recognize the names of the top 5 & I think it's important to give credit where credit is due & not just because you have a familiar name in the business. I KNOW there's great talent out there than just those that saturate the magazines & company design teams. I see it all the time & I'm not just talking about my own stuff either.

OK, enough from that soap box... Now I'm waiting to hear from Crop Addict this week to see who their picks are for their design team. I love their site & have been a BIG fan for a couple of years there. They give away awesome prizes on their challenges & even though I haven't gotten any of their kits, they are amazing.

The sun is finally shining here today & I'm really happy to see it too! I'm not tired of snow yet, but I am tired of gloomy, cloudy days. The sun won't last long (today only) before it gets cloudy & more snow with colder temps are to return tomorrow.

Well, I'm keeping it brief today, but I just gotta say that I'm getting the itch to scrapbook, but having Alan here while he's on vacation makes it kinda tough, since he wants to spend quality time together. I don't have a problem with that, but it can be a bit overwhelming to me at times. I'm used to being by myself most of my life, so I have a hard time giving up my ME time so much. I'm glad that he loves me so much & wants to spend time with me, since my first husband was the total opposite, so I'd rather have a totally devoted hubby than one that wasn't at all. For that I'm totally grateful.

Lately, I've been hearing about the scrapbooking idea of Scrap 365. Ummm, as much as I am passionate about scrapbooking, I'm not that obsessed. I have too many other priorities in my life, including making the memories that I want to scrap about, to dedicate that much time to my hobby. However, there is something that's called 12. This is where you scrap about each month, either one major thing or the month in an overview. I think I'd like to try this for 2010. It's doable for me even though I might forget to keep up on it. That's my downfall on these kinds of projects, forgetfulness. Oh well, we'll see how it pans out! Maybe it's something you too could consider trying? I'd love to see your work along the way on this, if you want to share.

Well, I'm going to end this update for now & get ready to go to Target to get a SDHC card (that stands for Super Duper High Cost-LOL!) for my new camera. It's a Sony H20 & it's a sweet thing, I just wished it had more internal memory to hold more than 3-4 pictures. I thought it took the same SD card that my old camera took, but it doesn't. Target has them on sale this week & we have a "coupon" for an additional 10% off our purchases for one day. Need to get some more Epson printer ink that's on sale too!

God Bless & take care!


Dec 23, 2009


Well, I haven't gotten EVERYTHING finished ( I know you all were worried...) but I have survived getting my Christmas cards completed & mailed. The last batch went out today. Those were just for the locals that should get them by Christmas Eve. Some of the others might not make it to their destinations by then, but by Sat. anyway.

I was going to prepare some cookie trays for our 2 neighbors, but I think I'm going to skip that after all. They seem to be irritated with our neighborly-ness, so I see no need to try to be extra nice to them, although it would be fun to irritate them more, wouldn't it? They are OK people, but since we are not on the wife's side of the family in one neighbor's case, she doesn't want to be bothered by us. The other neighbor (these 2 neighbors are brothers) just has a different personality altogether & there's nothing wrong with that, but I'm not that close with the wife either. It's just my husband that is "friends" with these husbands. It was my hubby that suggested we skip the goodies with them this year.

I think I'm all caught up with all the projects, I just need to finish the gift wrapping & I have started on that although not a very good start, but a start none the less!

I will be getting a new digital camera for Christmas & I'm really excited to use it. I hope it makes it until our next trip to Disney, which won't be for another 3-4 years. I was kinda hoping for a laptop, but alas, the camera won out. If I were to get the laptop, then I would need other items in addition & even the gifts we bought weren't really in the budget as it was, so extra stuff is just that much more of a strain. I think I'm going to have to go & try to find a job. I have become accustomed to my current lifestyle & I know that things would have to change as far as managing my time. I've done it before like so many other out there, but I like it this way. My husband's job is questionable at this time & I don't want 2 of us out of work if I can help it.

Well, I have to go take the recycling to the center & pick up a few groceries before my sister gets here, so I'll will leave you with many warm Christmas thoughts & hope that you all have a wonderful & safe Christmas.

God Bless!!


Dec 20, 2009

Busy, busy, busy!!

I don't think I'm the only one running around like a chicken with my head cut off right now, but it doesn't help me get everything done that I wanted to get done! I had planned on having my Christmas cards sent out by now, but they're not even done. First, I wanted the Bazzill Bling cardstock in Diamond (white), but it has been on back order since early Oct & no one has it or can get it - not even online where I have checked. So I had the next best thing & that was 2 sheets of the Glass Slipper, which is an ivory color. Do you know that my Cricut E machine screwed up BOTH sheets!!! ARGH!!! Since the paper is a thicker & softer kind of card stock, the Cricut doesn't cut as cleanly. So, I put in a brand new blade, set my settings so they didn't cut all the way through & I just figured I'd do it in multiple cuts. I have never had this problem before, but when it's done cutting the first time around, I hit Page Load to start over. The 2nd time, it moved over just a bit so that I had double cuts, but didn't realize it until I came back after the entire thing had been done. So now I have to go to the LSS that is a half hour away & get the Glass Slipper paper that they have & try this again so my cards can hopefully get out in the mail before the end of day on Monday. I have had these cards all planned out & ready except for the this last part since Sept. & yet, here I am, less than a week before Christmas & I'm still working on them. Why can't anyone get Diamond from Bazzill since Oct? They even have ads in all the scrap magazines right now for THAT color of paper! I guess I could use white cardstock & just use Glimmer Mist on it, but I just don't feel like adding that to the equation too.

I also still have more baking to do. Some of it is made, just waiting in the freezer to be thawed, baked & decorated. The rest is waiting to be made yet. I don't know what I'll put it in though, I've run out of containers already!

I'm just tired already, but we had a really fun day today. We got enough pretty snow yesterday to make it really feel like Christmas now. On our way back home from Valparaiso, we had a fun little "make it up as you go" sing-a-long to the tune of Jingle Bells. Well, it was mostly just my husband, Alan & our daughter, Brooke. Most of her stuff didn't really rhyme, but she came up with a few good ones that had us rolling with laughter! I love it when we're making memories (insert heart warming sigh here).

I have managed to get Teacher's Gifts, Bus Driver's gifts, some cards & a special order craft project completed this week, oh & I can't forget the 25 paper stockings that I cut & sewed together for my daughter's Kindergarten class craft project. I'm not sure what I was thinking there, but the kids loved it, even if they have to wait until they come back from Christmas break to take it home because it wasn't dry. The kids got a little heavy on the glitter can only imagine. (insert rolling eyes now).

Below is a Jif Peanut Butter jar that I altered to add Chex Party Mix in for my daughter's bus driver. It was thrown together so fast, I couldn't believe how cute it turned out. I made another one for the girl that ordered a word sign from me, since she was being so patient waiting for me to get it done.

Well, if I don't get back on here before Christmas, may you all have a wonderful, safe & happy Christmas!!

God Bless & have a wonderful day!


Dec 2, 2009

My kind of challenge!!

Over at the Cuttlebug site, they're having a great challenge/contest going this week. if you know anything about my style, it's all about the bling, baby! I love shimmer, sparkle & glitz until it's oozing all over my projects. Well, I do sorta tone it back a little, I just don't want to cause blindness from all the glare. LOL!! Anyway, back to the subject at hand, over at Cuttlebug they want people to create a project with lots of glitter, bling & of course, the Cuttlebug. The winners (there's 15, I think?) will get a new, Oh My Crafts Exclusive embossing folder! If you go check out their site, they're some really cool looking folders!!

I used a card I had already started for a card swap, but this one was left over. I added more sparkle to the title, the divider strip & the snowflake by adding pretty clear & blue Stickles & also on the brad heads & the centers of the embossed snowflakes. Then, there's the pretty blue jewel snowflake in the center of the layered paper snowflake to give it real shine! I even used the Bazzill Bling cardstock in Diamond for the embossed top portion of the card & did a little reverse inked embossing trick using some blue Brilliance ink. This is one of my favorite brands of ink for the metallic shimmer it gives. I wish I could get a better shot of this, but it's overcast here this morning & it's supposed to rain with snow later on. I hope you can see enough of the shimmer. You can see more details in a larger view by clicking on the photo.

There's already some pretty stiff competition as I've gone through many of the entries so far. I have a feeling this one is gonna be a tough decision for those who are picking the winners. I know I would not want that task!

Well, this is all I have for today. I have a ton of projects that I need to get finished, plus I want to start making a lot of my cookie dough up to freeze so that when it gets closer to Christmas, I can just thaw, bake & decorate! I'd love to make more types of cookies than I do, but it's probably best that I don't ... it's bad enough the way it is.

God Bless & have a great day!

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