Saturday, January 28, 2012

two MS layouts and an update on Ashlyn

hi! I hope your weekend has been off to a great start. :)
Here are two more layouts I created earlier this month for the Memorable Seasons sketch-a-thon. These are the last two sketches I was able to get to, although there are still a few more days to finish them off.

here is my layout for sketch #11:

and for sketch #13, which is a two-pager:

I also have a quick update on Ashlyn. She appears to be having a Crohn's flare. :( The past two weeks have been miserable for her and she has dropped about 6 pounds in this time- she is back down to the "danger level" of 68 pounds. We will find out on Tuesday if she will have to have the NG tube placed back in to support her nutritional needs. EVERYTHING she eats makes her nauseous and she has been living on Zofran to help ease this. She has also been extremely tired- she has missed a lot of school due to this and she will literally sleep 6-7 hours at a stretch during the day. Unfortunately she will also have to undergo yet another colonoscopy and endoscopy as soon as they can fit her in. This will be her 4th in as many years. She is such a sweetheart and a trooper and is hanging in there the best she can. It really breaks my heart knowing that there is nothing I can do for her but try to keep her as healthy and comfortable as I can. I wish there was a quick fix, but sadly this is something that she (we) will have to continue to live with. I just pray that we can find some more answers in the next few weeks and develop a new plan to start the process of healing once again.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

layouts to share...

I have a few more layouts to share that I created earlier this month when i was on a scrappy roll. That roll came to a screeching halt last week. lol Oh well, I knew I wouldn't be able to create a layout a day for too long, but it sure was fun while it lasted.

These layouts were created using some sketches from the sketch-a-thon that has been going on over at Memorable Seasons this month. The last sketch will be revealed tomorrow, but there is still time to get your layouts entered for the contest.

this is for sketch #8:

sketch #9:

and sketch #10:

I do have two more layouts that I have created that I will share next time, and am hoping to get some time to work on a few more of these super sketches. Until then, take care!

Oh, one more thing. There are still a couple of days left to enter your layout for the first Sketches With A Twist reveal. :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

LCTS #116

Here is my first layout to go live as a team member for Let's Capture These Sketches!

The sketch and other beautiful layouts created by "team B" can be seen here, on the Let's Capture These Sketches blog.

Have a great weekend!  GO PATS!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

My sweet Skylar is 16 today!

My sweet, fun-loving, always laughing and smiling, unpredictable, beautiful Skylar tured 16 today! :) This photo encompasses the essense of her free and creative spirit perfectly. (it was taken last summer)
I have been blessed to have her in my life- she is a joy and I just could not imagine life without her, although there are times where her ADHD is exhausting- like the time where she put a pancake in a napkin, poured syrup on it and then placed it on her forehead because it was warm. (and this was just last month). I never know from moment to moment what crazy thing she will do next, but I do know that she will always have a big beautiful smile and a true, pure sparkle of laughter that will will make my heart happy.
I love you my beautiful girl and I hope your dreams will all come true!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I've been scrappin'!

I've been scrapping. :) Every single day so far this year, and it feels good.

Here are three layouts I created for the Memorable Seasons sketch-a-thon. (I'll share more as the week progresses- I still have a few from last week) There are still 10 more sketch challenges coming up, as well as 10 sketches currently posted, so come on over and play along.

This is based off sketch #4- and I really like this layout. It's a bit different for me, but I am really making the time to try different ideas and run with my ideas instead of just passing over them. 

This layout is based off sketch #6. It's Meghan after her graduation from boot camp. These photos bring back so many memories of that beautiful day we spent together. I am so very proud of her!

Sketch #7 was a two-page challenge.

it's hard to see in the photo, but the big spotted strip along the bottom has been scored and folded- it;s dimensional and adds some texture and depth to the layout.

I feel like I have been doing some of my best work ever this year! I love that feeling- it's super motivating and inspiring. I hope I can continue to grow and push myself to try new things.

Monday, January 9, 2012

You make the World... layout

Happy Monday! It's a brand new week full of possibilites. Here is another layout I created last week for the Memorable Seasons sketch-a-thon. This was created for sketch number 5.

this layout is one of my new favs! I used some MME and Crate Paper along with some Recollections butterflies and Glimmer Mist.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Our new puppy, Moose

I can't beleive that I forgot to share that we got a puppy! He came home with us on December 22, 2011 at 8 weeks old. He and two of his siblings were found in a parking lot inside a taped up box. :( how someone could be that cruel is beside me. Kenny and Ashlyn just "happened" to be at the local animal shelter when these guys were brought in. Within minutes they were each adopted and we were fortunate enough to be one of the lucky families. He's a Rott/Austrilain Shepard mix. He's a bright little guy and picks up on things quickly. Ashlyn picked out his name, and it does suit him.

Now anyone who knows me knows that I am not a dog person, but I will admit that he is cute. He fits right in with our family, and our dog Charlie has been so lonely since Angel died a little over a year ago. Even the cats have adapted to him quite well. He runs up to them, they smack him and he runs away. lol The cats are not going to give up their heirarchy in this house! Moose is still pretty little, and Charlie is still unsettled by this little guy who wants to chew on him and jump all over him, but each day they get closer. Charlie has been very gentle with him and even cares for him. Moose really looks up to Charlie and even tries to imitate his actions. It's pretty darn cute. :) He is busy though and a lot of work, but we're also getting used to him, and things are a little calmer.

Here is a layout I created featuring Moose. It was created for sketch #2 at Memorable Seasons. I just got this new Crate Paper and it was perfect for the super cute sketch.

here are a few more pics of him:

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fairies Do Cry layout

Hello! :) I have been fortunate enough to have been able to scrap every day this week. It's not often that happens and I have enjoyed all the creative, hands-on work.

I have another layout to share created from the January Sketch-a-thon happening at Memorable Seasons this month. This layout is based off of sketch #3. The sketch is fantastic! My layout did not turn out quite like I had envisioned, but that's OK. I very much like the end result. I did struggle with the colors- green has always been a huge challenge for me to work with, and I think that made it difficult for me to finish it in one sitting. I slept on it, and was able to complete the details with fresh eyes and a more open mind. I know that not every layout needs to be perfect, but I also think it's important to end up with something I like enough to call done.
I dug deep into my stash to create this. I used pp from Prima, October Afternoon, MME, LYB and Pink Paislee. Flowers are Petaloo and unknown. Bling is Doodlebug, and alphas are AC Thickers and Basic Grey.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I am looking forward to a weekend of creating and football. I do have to work for 3 hours on Sunday, but that's OK.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My last layout of 2011 and my first of 2012

Hi! :) Today I am going to share the very last layout I created for 2011 and my first layout created for 2012.
I came across this site called Memorable Seasons and they are having a month-long sketch a thon. I am really into sketches lately and thought this would be a great way to start the new year off in a scrappy friendzy. lol

Here is the layout I created for the first challenge. You can check it out on their blog:, or head over to the forum for more fun.

And here is the last layout I created for 2011. I also used a challenge from Memorable Seasons, but this was one of the monthly recipe challenges. The challenge was to use blue, at least 2 photos, some bling, and something with wings.

I'll be back soon with another layout (or two to share). Happy Scrappin'! :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

woot! LCTS!

Happy New Year! I got some fun news to start out the new year- I was selected as one of the lucky ladies to be on the Let's Capture These Sketches team. :) You can see the announcement here!
I am very excited to be working with these talented ladies as well as the fantastic sketches.