Sunday, August 22, 2010

prizes! fun! it's a blog hop!

what: Sassy Lil’ Sketches “Hidden” Treasures Blog Hop
when: August 23rd through August 30th, 9 PM. EST.

We are having a Blog Hop… Sassy Lil’ Sketches style!
We want you to get to know our new Sassies.
There are some pretty fabulous prizes to win, too!

The "Hidden" Treasure Blog Hop starts at
Sassy Lil’ Sketches where there are
two of our sassy sketches and rules for the blog hop.

After visiting Sassy Lil' Sketches you can choose
which Sassy you would like to visit next.

We recommend visiting every Sassy
because we have "hidden" treasure
at four of our Sassies' blogs.

The Sassies:

Our awesome, amazing, and completely generous sponsors
for Sassy Lil’ Sketches “Hidden” Treasure Blog Hop:

now, for the layouts...
there were two sketches the dt members could choose from for the blog hop...
i chose to do both - this first one is my favorite!
this is a picture of my daughter at 12 years of age
(one of my favorite pictures)
and i altered it at this cool site called befunky.

this sketch was perfect for all the different effects i used on this one photo...

i used a ton of different manufacturers for this layout

the most prominent one is american crafts - teen...

this other sketch was perfect for some fun pictures of my daughter
being stalked by the mama-razzi (me! poor kid...).

i used close to my heart and a die-cut paper from DCWV for this one

thanks for visiting my blog, and make sure you stop by all the other sassies' spots!
you will be inspired and you could win cool prizes... a good deal all around!

8.21.10 sassy lil sketches reveal

my first layout for sassy lil sketches went up yesterday!

sorry mine is late getting posted - i was working on my lawn which had grown to jungle proportions... seriously - we just ended a record setting streak of weather - 31 straight days of measurable precipitation. great for scrapping, and obviously great for the grass. hard on the mower. :) my whole body's sore after spending over 4 hours and three tanks of gas out there!

here's the august 21 sassy lil sketch...

and here's what i did with it...

that's what our dog LIVES for, right there... to go in and wake her girl up.

sassy lil sketches has two generous sponsors for August;
one paper sponsor and one digital sponsor.

our SLS paper sponsor is ScrapFreak.
monica is giving us a great embellishment kit to give away to a monthly winner. i've gotten a few of her kits and they are awesome! love me some scrapfreak!

our digital sponsor is the cutting cafe.
regina has generously supplied our DT with some fun digital stamps (different banners and some sweet treats/sentiments digi stamps).

i haven't dabbled in digital yet, but her stuff looks amazing! makes me want to try digital...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

4 layouts and a frame...

love you 2 this layout was created in response to a challenge at scrapfreak... kari is the one who came up with it:

8.13 Freaky Friday Design Challenge - Penny Pinching Patterns
It is no secret that I'm frugal. My husband would say cheap I love to get the most out of my scrapping dollar. Of course the jaw-dropping 2010 Summer CHA releases means that I'm about to open my wallet again. In order to do that without the usual guilt means using some of what I have first. Many times when I sit down to start a layout I go to my scrap paper pile first. One of my favorite things to do is use my patterned paper scraps to the very edge of their life. Gather similar colored papers and get to work.

Challenge- Create a layout/card/mini/altered project using 10 unique patterned papers. If you want an extra challenge try to use at least 5 manufacturers.

before i can leave my house for who's that girl #15 - neurotic? who me?
Neurotic? Who me? - Most of have some little thing that we are a bit neurotic about. The thing we fuss over and want to be just so. The thing that we spend more time and energy on than anyone can believe. Perhaps its vacuuming the carpet so you get perfect neat "rows", re-organizing your markers into ROY G BIV order, or the way the toilet paper hangs on the roll. Come on, even the most laid back person has their little neurotic habits or obsessive/compulsive behaviors! Spill it!

i had this photo of my house hanging around - loved it, but didn't know how i'd use it. then this challenge came up and it all clicked.

you got mine! just a fun little memory i wanted to preserve... sam hates to be the center of attention, yet she loves flashy clothes. hmmm. that's another layout, i think. :)
girl friends i used the august sketch from scrapfreak for this one...
courage i made this for my friend barb's birthday... :) love that she's doing things she's always wanted to do! and i really love this quote...

hope you all have a nice end to your weekend. i have one last day of freedom (besides today) then it's {gasp} back to work for me!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

this is why

bree asked me to create a sample for the august class over at scrapfreak...

here's the prompt:

August Class - Prompt 7: Relationships
As humans, we seek out connections with others... from our family to friends to mentors. For me, these are the strongest memories I have, the ones I hold most dear.

Quick List of Ideas
A particularly close family member
Best friend as a child and memories that stand out
Mentors or teachers
Neighbors or family friends that influenced you
Current friends and things you love to do together
Spouse or loved one

Mentors: Think about the people that helped make you who you are. Create a list of these people. Now think about why each one influenced you, how they shaped you. Document a particular story that best represents their influence on you or write them a letter thanking them.

Gone but not forgotten: Often, those that we lost are some of the most bitter sweet memeories we have. Consider creating a page honoring your loved one. Focus in on what they meant to you. Who were they as a person? How well did you really know them? What would you ask them now if they were still here? Would they be surprised by how your life has turned out? If you could spend one day with them now, what would you do together?

Partners: What makes your relationship with your partner work? Really give this some thought. Often, I find that strong relationships are build on a foundation of shared values and goals. What do you and your spouse share in common and why are these important things to agree on? Additionally, we often are attracted to people who balance us. What is different about you and your significant other and why is that also important?

Children: No bond is stronger than the love a mother has for their child. Create a page about your relationship with each child you have. Consider using a list if you have several children, like favorite memory, trait you admire most, nickname, etc.

Friends: Friends are the family we choose for ourselves. Make a list of your closest friends. What first brought you together? Why are you still friends? What makes this particular relationship unique? Each person in our life often serves a different role. Think about the role each of your friends serve. Document the role they play in your life or why you are grateful to have them as a friend.

here's what i came up with. i loved looking at all these old photos of us.

inside every envelope is a two sided, handwritten letter with
lots and lots of memories of our almost 24 years together.
some of the little things that i did to help tie the whole book together:
colors - black, white/cream, and red;
the main title (words 'this' and 'why') and the teeny hearts
on every page are made from a coffee sleeve;
journaling spots on every page are maya road...
just ties it all together.

:) i enjoyed the process with this one... thanks for looking.

Monday, August 2, 2010

thanks, pam!

i submitted some pages to ideas for scrapbookers because i love all the ideas they share over there, and today two of my pages are featured!

go look here...

how cool. :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

you, too, can win!

there's a little sketch place on ning, called sketch inspiration... i try to play along there when i can - trisha always has super cute sketches! this one (i've posted it here before) was based on sketch #134...

not only does she have great sketches, she also has weekly sponsors! guess who won week 30's drawing - yup. me! woohoo! this is the prize, and the sponsor is scrap attack scrapbooking... i'm browsing at their site as i post this blog.

cool stuff, huh? thanks, trisha at sketch inspirations, for the sketches and the ladies at scrap attack scrapbooking for the prize!

dream job

for this week's wtg challenge, our prompt was dream job...

Who's That Girl #14 - Dream Job

Dream Job - We get paid to work because its just that, work, right? But if you could create your dream job, a job that you would love to do everyday even though it required hard work, what would it be and why?

Consider contrasting your dream job with what you do now or have done in the past.

independently wealthy yeah. that IS my dream job.
i don't want to be a billionaire or anything,
i just want to be comfortable - without having to work.
i enjoy being at home.

i used bazzill swiss dot for the background
and some plastic fern thingie
that i kept around, thinking i'd use someday.
i sprayed some adhesive on the plastic greenery and
stuck it on the paper, then sprayed glimmer mist.
the patterned papers are all basic grey - green at heart.
love that line!
for the title word i used
making memories ready to glitter alphas -
then brushed some perfect pearls pigment on it.

forever young another layout of the dog. :)
she's just got too much character NOT to scrap about her...
i used a sketch by liz qualman for this,
and papers are too varied to list.

thanks for checking it out.
off to assemble my treadmill today,
so i might be working up a sweat
instead of working on my scrappy stuff!