Wednesday, October 23, 2013

how do you like my mustache?

Hello~ :) Still no Granddaughter yet. My poor soon-to-be daughter-in-law is more than ready for her arrival. Miss Kaya was due yesterday, but she seems to be content right where she is for now. I guess she'll make her appearance in her own sweet time, or when momma says enough is enough. lol

I played along with the October layout sketch on the Artful Delight blog. I always enjoy creating with the great sketches. 

Thanks for stopping by. :) 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Some Glitz Wild & Free

Hello all! :) Today I am here to share the final projects I created this month for The Memory Nest. I was given the fun Glitz Designs Wild & Free collection to work with.

Here is a layout I created:

I cut apart the dream catcher from a sheet of the pp and used it to "catch" the hearts. 

and a couple of cards:

these cards are 4x4 and are mostly made using the stickers. Super quick and easy. 

Here is the layout I created earlier this month using this great collection:

I have to be truthful- I struggled with this collection. Don't get me wrong, It's a beautiful and fun collection, but it has a lot of "white" space and "tribal" feel to it. I struggle with this, however I am delighted with the layouts and cards I created. I tried to showcase how versatile this collection is and how you can take elements and use them in your own way. 

You can find this collection as well as many other fabulous collections when you visit The Memory Nest's online store here. There are some wonderful specials going on now, so head on over there to take advantage of them.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a beautiful day! :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

She Wore a Feather in Her Hair and other ramblings...

Today my oldest baby girl, Kara Rae turned 23. It really does just seem like yesterday that I was holding her for the very first time. Now she is married, is currently deployed in the Mediterranean, has visited some amazing places that most people only dream about, and has grown up to be an incredible young woman. I have been a little emotional today. I miss her so much and have only had the chance to hear her sweet voice twice since she deployed in early February. I hope she knows how much she means to me and that she knows how much I wish I could call her to wish her a Happy Birthday. 

I still marvel at this beautiful girl woman! She is amazing! :) 

Right now she is somewhere on this ship. Somewhere unknown to me. I hope she was able to have a good day in spite of this. 

I haven't scrapped too much lately. Ashlyn fell ill and we had a rough couple of weeks dealing with low blood pressure and heart rate issues which are new for her. She also had a 2.5 pound weight loss in just 10 days. She has fallen down to 81 pounds now. She has lost 8 pounds since her ng tube was removed in late April, and she really should have gained that, not lost it. So now she is almost 16 pounds below her target weight. We go back to her growth doctor in two weeks and I just pray that she has gained some of that weight back or else the ng tube is back on the table. She had a pretty good week last week, she made it to school 4 days, and then again today, for a total of 5 in a row, which is the most school she has attended this year. Unfortunately she came home from school quite ill today. Cool body temp, low bp and heart rate. We thought we were past all this. :( I am afraid that we are caught up in a cycle that is posing a big decline to her health. We will just have to give it a few more weeks and then make some drastic decisions. Cutting back on school will probably be forefront. She only attends 4 classes as is, but we will probably start keeping her home on Wednesdays just so she will have a break during the week to keep her balanced. 

anyway... onto a scrappy project. 

This is my take on the current challenge on the Color Me Scrappy blog, challenge #48
The twist was to use a feather on your layout. I am really not into the feather craze, but I decided to try to make some, and they turned out way better than I even imagined they would. I simply stamped on some vellum, cut a random feather shape, glued some waxy flax for the vein, and cut to add the "feather". Super easy. These took about 5 minutes total.

Thanks for hanging in there. This was a long, somewhat rambling post, but sometimes you just gotta get it out. ;)

P.S. Our first granddaughter is due any day now. EEK!!! I cannot wait! Our son and his gf live in Wisconsin, and unfortunately we are not going to get a chance to get out there, but hopefully we'll get to see them all in June when Skylar graduates. 

Monday, October 7, 2013


Happy Monday! (or whichever day it is for you) I am sharing a layout that I created using the Stuck?! Sketches dt call sketch. I love the sketch and am loving the new Crate Paper collections! I mixed a lot of patterns on this page, but I love how it turned out. :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Best Friends

Hi! :) I am back to share the full layout I created for The Memory Nest featuring the fun Glitz Wild & Free collection.

This is a pretty collection full of color and graphic images. You can purchase it here in The Memory Nest store.
There are also some specials going on for October. Head on over the store to find out more.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ashlyn's Perfect Pumpkin

Today is also reveal day for the newest challenge over on the Color Me Scrappy Blog.

The happy color palette for challenge 47:

The twist is this awesome sketch by Lisa:

My take on challenge 47:

You should see the gorgeous work that the design team created!!! Check it out here. CMS is also having a DT call. There are a few days left to apply, so get on over there. :) 

There's One in Every Family

This is my layout for the October 1st challenge on the Use your Words blog. The word this time is "family".

When I was digging through photos for this challenge, I realized that I have just two photos of all 6 of my kiddos together and they are not "great" photos. Two of my three step-children lived with their mother for a short time, and Emily was there for several years. I never really realized that I was lacking recent photos of them until I was looking for this challenge. I am not even sure how the fact that I don't have any photos of them as a group since the early 2000's. *sigh*

I came across these photos of Skye and an idea popped into my head and I ran with it. Skylar is our family comedian and these photos represent just a few of the silly things she has done throughout the years. She is such a fun kiddo!


Head on over the Use Your Words blog to see the beautiful work from the design team as well as to read an important announcement.

TMN October sneak peek

I cannot believe that it is October already! Where did the time go?
My first born baby girl turns 23 on the 21st, and my first granddaughter (from our son) is due on the same day. *sigh*

I have several posts today and I will start you off with a sneak peek of a layout I created for The Memory Nest. I will be working with the Glitz Wild & Free collection this month.

Head on over to The Memory Nest blog to see the other collections that will be featured this month.