5.31.2008

Saturday creations

I hope my old friend Margaret is reading this post, because I used a piece of paper that she sent me a couple of years ago. I had ordered some stuff from her (sorry, I don't remember the name of the company) and she gave me a paper pack free. Although I loved the products she sold, I really thought the paper pack had some of the most hideous paper EVER! Course, ya got it keep it around, just in case. LOL Well, lo and behold, the pink and white paper behind the transparency was the perfect color for this photo of Peyton! So, thank you Margaret! :-) And turns out after looking through the pack, some of the paper isn't so hideous after all. I've added it to the mainstream paper population. LOL This layout is another one for her toddler to teen album.



Carrie, the owner of Scrapdango, is having a non advertised crop today and one of her challenges is to make an ATC card. Of course I had already finished my YITL card from yesterday, so I made another one as a personal reminder to me. :-D If you're not a member yet, come on over and check it out. Carrie is the most funnest, most nicest person you'll meet online. She never gets mad at me for my silliness. :-P


5.30.2008

YITL challenge #22

YELLOW

Please post the link to your card so that we can see your creation! :-)

This one was a no brainer for me! As soon as I saw the word last week, I knew what I had to do! :-D It's more yellow than it looks, the lighting was really yucky, but you get the idea. LOL

5.28.2008

FREEDOM!

Would it be bad to say that I don't really have memories of my childhood? Other than the time I broke my toe diving off the side of the pool. I was about 12. Yep, THAT made a huge impression. As the doctors in ER were setting my toe, I thought they were removing my toe by pulling it off. LOL Gee, there must be SOMEthing I remember... nope, I've thought about it and I seriously can't remember doing much of anything.

I asked my 19 year old how SHE thought summers differ for her than when I was a kid. I thought she summed it up pretty well... FREEDOM. Lack of schedule. Easy. Swimming. Then she added, "yea, sure we have technology now..." :-/ I told her, we had dishwashers back in my day. LOL

It made both of us a little sad when we talked about her current summer, which started less than a month ago. She's working a full time job, using both her marketing major and her spanish minor, and taking 3 online classes. I think she's the smartest 19 year old EVER. :-)

Blog challenge # 22

Write about something you did during summer that kids today-for better or for worse-probably don't do anymore.

5.27.2008

Ahhh, nice and quiet!

I woke up early today to get the things done that I needed to so that I could play the rest of the day. Here are just a couple of quick and simple layouts that I did, including a sketch by Julie at 52 sketches.





Have a scrappy day and I'll see you tomorrow with the next blog challenge! :-)

5.26.2008

Old soldiers never die

they just fade away... Thinking today of all who gave their life for my freedom.

5.23.2008

Ever have one of THOSE scrappy days?

Guess I shouldn't complain, a bad day scrapping is better than a good day scrubbing toilets. LOL I've started working on Peyton's toddler to teen album. Here is the title page. I left room at the bottom of the photo mat for her graduation photo.



Here are a couple of creations from today. I used a sketch from 52 Sketches. Love Julie's sketches! I stamped flowers using a stamp that Colleen sent me, cut it out, Stickled it and put liquid glass in the centers. When I took this photo, the centers weren't quite dry, but I didn't want to lose my light.



Have you ever put a big honkin' wrong date on your layout? Grrr... thats what I did on the first layout. Family - 2007. Yea, umm, no. So I fixed it, of course. LOL



That's it for me today. Thanks for looking! :-)

My "Wish" card

I know, uninspired, but it's all I could think of. :shrug: The good news is that I'm locked in my scrap room and now headed over to see if one of the Dango girls borrowed my mojo! :-D

YITL challenge #21

WISH

Please be sure to link to your card when your finished! :-)

5.22.2008

The scariest thing

I think that anyone who has children will agree... children are our greatest joy and our biggest worries. This became abundantly clear to me when our then 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with a parotid gland tumor. I still almost faint just hearing the word. TUMOR.

Caitlyn had a lump on the side of her face that came on quickly and grew to about the size of a peach pit. We were sent to an ENT and they immediately did a CT scan. She was petrified and so was I. As we sat there in silence together, waiting for results, our minds wandered to the same, dark place... what if...

Although the diagnosis was bad, the treatment plan was put into place and explained thoroughly. Knowledge is power. She was given steroids first to help shrink the tumor. Then 6 weeks of mega doses of penicillin. Then another CT scan to see what else would be needed in case surgery to remove the tumor was necessary. They don't generally like to do this on children since it tends to be disfiguring and involves nerve damage, both very scary thoughts to a girl who has aspirations of becoming a model one day.

I'm sad to say that I didn't pray on a regular basis, but I surely did then! I asked WHY? I prayed for healing for her. I prayed for strength. I promised I'd do a better job of praying, if only...

My prayers were answered! The tumor started shrinking almost right away after the steroids, and after 6 weeks of antibiotics, the CT scan was CLEAR! I still thank God every day, and pray for others who are forced to wander to that dark place called fear. Believe in miracles!

5.21.2008

Blog challenge # 21

When in your life have you been most afraid? Write about how it made you feel and how your fear was resolved.

5.19.2008

Oh, how I wish!

5.17.2008

My "Believe" card

This week, I am inspired by a very brave 5 year old girl named Ellie.

5.16.2008

YITL challenge #20

BELIEVE

Please include a link to your creation when you're finished! :-)

5.15.2008

I'm a good scout

LOL I think I am mostly trustworthy. If I say I'm going to do something, I do it. But loyal comes a close second. Loyalty is a gift and unless I feel taken advantage of, I'll be loyal forever. I think I'm least brave. I may put on a brave front, but inside, not so much.

5.14.2008

Blog challenge # 20

A scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. All at once too! Which word from that list are you the most? Which the least? Write about it.

5.09.2008

My "Patience" card

At least this is how "I" feel about it! LOL

YITL challenge #19

PATIENCE

Be sure to post a link here to your finished creation so we can see! :-)

5.08.2008

Surfing the web

The very first place that my computer logs into each day is a private message board that I'm on with a few friends. From there, I check in with the Dango Divas,then I'm off to check in with my Jewish scrappy friends and finally I blog stalk all my friends to see what they're up to. When I'm all done with catching up with everyone, I might play Destructo on Neopets or do a word search on Doof. At any rate, I spend ENTIRELY too much time online! :-D

5.07.2008

Blog challenge # 19

Internet home and haunts: What is your homepage and where do you like to hang out? How much time do you spend on the computer daily? Share at least 3 links to your favorite websites.

5.06.2008

Sad news

My heart is heavy today with sad news for a very talented scrappy friend. Niki and I served together on a DT last year and she sure could use a lot of hugs and prayers right now. Her 5 year old daughter, Ellie, has been diagnosed with a diffusely infiltrative brain stem glioma. Please support Niki and her family as they go through this very difficult time.

5.02.2008

YITL challenge #18

PASSION

Post a link here to your finished creation so we can see! :-)

5.01.2008

"How to Make an American Quilt"

Unless it's scrapbook related, I usually have the attention span of a gnat, therefore, do not like to "commit" to watching movies. :-D However, I have watched a few that I really enjoyed and tend to watch over and over again: Trains, Planes and Automobiles, Funny Farm, You've Got Mail... you get the idea, comedy or chic flicks. But my all time favorite movie is "How to Make an American Quilt."



Finn is a young graduate student, finishing a master's thesis, and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. She goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, the women share their stories, which leads Finn to reflect on her life and where it is headed. The movie stars Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, among others.

My favorite theme of the movie is "Love Resides Here" and I can see so much of my life in it. It is a timeless tale about the relationships women have with each other, and their men. About once a year, I dust off the DVD and sit with my box of tissues all by myself and watch it all the way through, without thinking "gee, that was a perfectly good waste of two hours."