Sunday, August 22, 2010

WOOHOO - I Got My First Blog Award!

Yeah!!!  And it is super cute too J...

Thank you so much Alma!!!  You can visit Alma at her blog  My Pink Life.  It is so nice to know that the things we do are appreciated by others that enjoy the same hobby.

So now that I have been presented with this sweet little blog award I must follow the rules attached to it by completing the following:
1.  you must thank the person who passed it on to you - check
2.  copy award to your blog – check
3.  list three (3) things you love about yourself - check
4.  post a picture that you love on your blog - check
5.  pass award on to five (5) others – check   

Three things I love about myself:
1.   1.  My faith in the Lord – without Him I am nothing
2.   2.  My creativity (even when I am not feeling that creative)
3.   3.  My loyalty and dedication to my family, friends and work

A picture that I love (ok, I am cheating here…I am posting two):
These are my maternal grandparents.  I lost my Grandfather in July 2008 and my Grandmother in March 2009.  They were very special to me and I loved spending time with them.  Unfortunately I didn’t spend as much time as I should have.  These pictures were taken during a visit in 2004.  The first pic was taken in my car.  As you can tell, we always had a good time together…aren’t those smiles just contagious?!  We were actually on our way to where the next picture was taken.  I adore this pic.  It was a candid shot I took while they were getting ready for what they thought was the real picture.  My little ol’ Grandpa was just the sweetest thing and he just adored my Grandma…can’t you tell?  I miss them.

So, onto passing the award to five others:
1.   1. Tammi Skinner @ Creative Critters Cricut Club – Tammi has a style that I truly admire.  I love her personality and I think she is a little OCD about organization, like I am.  I just hope her blog isn’t too big to accept this blog award.  Her blog really is my go to blog when I am looking for some inspiration.
2.  Jamie Lane @ Bits of PaperJamie is a designer for several of my favorite places such as PK Glitz and  I am always inspired by her creations.
3.  Roberta Lima @ TX Scrapper Mom – although I am new to subscribing to her blog, I just love her creativity!  She is very talented and I am always anticipating her next post.
4.  Lori Coughlin @ Organized Chaos – Lori’s blog is very clever, you just have to see for yourself.  She is also very talented, and I love her style.
5.  Kay @ Clever Someday – Kay has a different kind of blog than the others above.  She posts amazing tips, tutorials and new ideas related to the Cricut.  She does a ton of research and brings it right to you so you don’t have to.  I have really enjoyed reading her posts over the last year.

So that’s it!  I hope all of these ladies get my email/post and accept the award.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Looking to buy a Cuttlebug? Check out this deal!!!

Oh my, what a deal!!  A blue cuttlebug AND a tool kit for 39.99 with free shipping?!  WHAT?!  If I didn’t already have one I would be all over this.  The sad thing is that I still want to buy it.  LOL…Sick, I know!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coming Soon....Cards for Kids Update

Just a reminder for those of you that were participating in Cards for Kids with me…


Cards are to be submitted by Aug 31.  I have one set of 13 made.  I ended up organizing a card making day at our local Senior Center, we were disappointed in the turnout, but those of us that were there had a great time.  Anyway, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator joined me in this initiative and made 13 different card kits.  I will be posting pics of these cards  very soon and  of course I had to make some with my Cricut!  I have about 3 left to make and then I can post those.  I hope you aren’t as behind as me J.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My Day of Fun and Goodies from CKC!!

I had a great time at the convention Friday!  You didn’t think I wouldn’t did you?  LOL!  Sorry I am just now getting around to posting these.  I didn’t get home until 11:00 Friday night and was trying to get my housework done yesterday along with getting these pics and putting everything away.  The picture quality isn’t as good as I am used to…I used my little point and shoot for the first time in a year; I didn’t want to lug my good camera around all day.  You kind of forget the difference in quality ; makes me love my DSLR that much more!! 

So Friday morning my friend Debra and I left at 7:30 and drove down to Charlotte, which is about an hour and fifteen minute drive from my house.  We missed all the morning traffic (WOOOHOOO!) and made it there at 8:45.  Parked just about at the front door.  We went to the pre-registration booth, picked up our tickets and by that time the line that had formed for early entry was entering the vendor faire.  We got in line  to enter only to find out you actually had to purchase three classes to get in at 9:00…we misread our materials.  BUT, this wonderfully nice lady we talked to was sooooo nice to let us in .  I guess she felt sorry for us – even though it was our mistake.  It paid off though, I spent enough to make it worth their while. 

Our first stop was Tami Potter.  Funny thing was that we were taking her class that afternoon and had to get our mats for the class…their booth just happened to be the first one in the door!  I went ahead and purchased the kit that included the special mat with markings every 1/8 inch, a book with detailed instructions and page examples for the Mosaic Technique, the Quick Glance Guide, and two packs of grid paper containing 6 pages each (2 each of 3 different colors).  I guess it was my lucky day for some reason my kit had a Herma Dotto refill instead of the “Lil Chizler” that it was supposed to come with it. Debra and I discovered this later when we were in our class.  The even better news was that the Lil Chizler came in our class kit.  Kevin, Tami’s husband was nice enough to tell us that we would have a coupon in our class kit and to hold off on buying any pages until we took the class.

My second stop was SEI.  I wanted one of their assortment packs and had a coupon for 25% off.  I went to purchase On the Coast and ended up with Jocelyn.  I saw Jocelyn online, but fell in LOVE with Jocelyn in person.  Pictures just can’t do it justice.  And I totally love the names of the pages…check them out!  I also grabbed a few coordinating chalk inks.  What is so funny is that I hardly ever use SEI paper because it is so beautiful I hate to cut it.  I need to get over that!  It is great quality, and has a great thickness.  I haven’t used it in my Cricut YET though; but have heard it cuts beautifully.

My next mission was to find Jim at PK Glitz.  I love this stuff!  They have amazing glitter and I was on a mission to buy some embossing powder from him this time.  Of course, I walked away with a show special kit AND more.  I bought more glitter…I just couldn’t resist!  Their glitter is so sparkly and they have great colors.  I just can’t say enough good about their product.  The embossing kit I purchased came with two color wheels, a brush, an embossing tool, a couple of spoons and a 4 pack of Wonder Film.  In addition I bought one more embossing color wheel and two glitter wheels.  I saw these transparent glitters and thought they were so yummy I just HAD to have them!

After I hit my must haves I shopped around a little and came across this most adorable make and take at Strictly Scrapbooking’s booth.  The owner Sophia said she is setting up her online store now.  Her web address is  I made these two pages for $6…aren’t the butterflies gorgeous?  Of course I had to buy some.  I will definitely have her on my must have list next year.

It was now time to meet up with some of my Circle friends!  We were scheduled to meet in the café at 12:15.  Well the café had closed, but we still managed to find each other.  It was very good to meet everyone.  Here we are…from left to right we have me (Scubascrapper), SusanEdwards1, debraballance, SusanfromSC, Mary, and doodledo.   It is just so cool getting to meet people that have the same obsession, I mean share the same love for paper crafts as you hehehe and that you have been corresponding with on the message boards for a while.  It really is like a sisterhood.

After we met up with the Circle girls and had lunch I had to take about 30 minutes to do some work…then I headed back in to shop for a few minutes before my Tami Potter class.  I found the Paper Loft and found this awesome manly paper!  I just loved it.  I also found a few other papers I liked, but decided to just get the individuals instead of the entire packs since I didn’t like everything in them.  This is the Dude collection:

Isn’t that awesome for male pages, cards and gifts?  Here are the other pages I bought:

The first two are from the Slug Bug Collections and the last is from Autumn.  I just can’t wait to use those adorable scarecrows!

So on to the Tami Potter class.  We took the Falling for Mosaic – Advanced Technique class.  This class was focusing on the landscape pages that Tami had designed.  The pictures were provided in the kit, so these are not my pics.  Much easier for her to teach when everyone is  using the same thing.  Her techniques are truly genius!  She even explained that this technique will change the way you take pictures.  I am uber excited to use this technique for my upcoming trip to New York and for my Christmas Cruise!  I already have ideas and I haven’t even take the first picture LOL.  Anyway, here are the page layouts we made in class:

And LOOOOOOOK, I won a door prize !!  It was a page kit.  I guess Friday the 13th is a good day for me (as it has always been in the past).  Of course, just like Kevin said, there was a coupon that allowed us to purchase up to 5 more packs of gridline paper for $2.50 off the regular price and page kits at buy 2 get 2 free.  So what do you think I did?  Of COURSE…went and bought more Tami Potter stuff.  So here it is…

Oh, and I can’t forget my door prize…

I also got this freebie from Storyteller’s Club

Ok, well I think that is enough!  Sorry for the long post - complete overload, huh?  If you are in the area I hope you can join me next year at CKC!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

CKC Charlotte, here I come!!!!

I am so excited to go to the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Charlotte again this year.  This will be my second year and I am doing things a little different this year.  Since I learned last year that there are such things as make and takes I will be planning on taking the time to do some.   I think this is a good opportunity to be introduced to new techniques and tools without having to jump right in and invest in something you 1) don't know how to use, and 2) find you may not even like.   I am also taking a class this year.  I am going to take Tami Potter's Falling for Mosaic Moments - Advanced Techniques (check it out HERE).  Her system is so awesome.  I saw it for the first time at last year's convention, and just love the options and the mathematics about it (I know, sounds weird LOL).  I am very stoked about truly getting a class on it not just a 5 minute demo that is not hands on.  I hope to have some great pics to use this technique on very soon.  See, I just finalized plans to go to New York, NY in Oct with my Mom to celebrate her 60th birthday.  My cousin is currently living in NY City and so she (and her husband) is going to show us around.  She even talked her Mom (my favorite Aunt) into coming too!  I am bursting at the seams.  We are going to see the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, we are taking a Harbor Lights Cruise, seeing Central Park, eating at Serendipity3, and we are going to try to fit in a few other stops.  We are going to have a fun-filled, siteseeing packed trip.  I think this is going to be a great head start to our 9 day Exotic Western Caribbean Christmas cruise :). 

I would like to take a minute to thank the Lord for all the ways has blessed me!  I have a great family, a great career that allows me to do the expensive hobbies I have decied to love such as paper crafting, scuba diving, traveling and photography, the talent (not to sound arrogant here-I mean I am not the best, but I think I do ok) he gave me for my hobby of paper crafting, and let's not forget my so far good health.  Glory to God!  You ARE the Man!  I promise without you, I am NOTHING!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Blog Giveaway on Bits of Paper

Thought I would share this great giveaway that Jamie is doing on her blog, Bits of Paper…


I have been a subscriber of her blog for quite a while.  She is extremely talented and her sister is too!  Jamie is constantly coming up with creative ideas, and she is great at creating word art – that she shares for FREE!!!  Her sister is an artist; she creates some of the cutest images.  I am hoping I win, but knowing I was the first commenter, my chances are very low J…so maybe you will be the lucky one!!