YITL challenge #44


Please post the link to your creation here when you're finished so we can see! :-)



Thanks to Becky for tagging me! Not sure I have anything interesting to post, but I'll try! :-)

The rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. List 6 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Here are six random things about me:
1. I got my haircut today! Did you see my new profile photo? :-)
2. I've homeschooled our children for 12 years.
3. I have four teenagers. FAINT!
4. Thanks to my Year in the Life blog, I'm tired of taking photos at ALL, let alone every day. :-(
5. I have a glass of water on my nightstand at bedtime each night, but never drink any of it. LOL
6. I hate shopping, of any kind, even scrappy shopping.

Okay, ordinarily I wouldn't tag anyone, but seeing as how some of my pals haven't updated their blogs recently... I'll tag Stace, Terri and Jessie for sure! :-D


Blog challenge #44

What kind of cute monster are you? Comment here with a link when you're done! :-)

Hmmm, not sure I agree with mine entirely. What do you think?

What Your Cute Monster Says About You

You are a vibrant, vivacious person. When you live, you live as wildly and loudly as possible.

You are very bold. You are willing to stand up and be a leader.

Your inner demon is intensity. You have a tendency to let your passions take over.

People think you're cute because you're fiery. When you get worked up, it's charming.


My "Spooky" card

Grrr. I know an orange bow isn't exactly spooky, but have you ever tried to make a bat? Yea, it didn't go so good, so a bow it is. LOL

YITL Spooky


YITL challenge #43


Link up your boo-tiful creation here when you're finished so we can all see! :-)


I have been around message boards for a long time and personally know of the hassles of running and being a part of an online community. The whole business aspect of it, dealing with DT calls and seeing the same flood of names follow each other from one call to another... "oh, I just LOOOOVVVVVEEEE it here, I'll NEVER leave..." :shudder and eye roll: And, rebel that I am, I find myself going in the opposite direction... as these sites hold DT calls, I split, at least until the call is over. Look, I get it, it's business. But the drama! OY! If only there were a place where no one was trying to sell me something, a place where I could be inspired and challenged and just have FUN... WAIT! There IS!

Paperie Escape is a brand new site that my friends Stace, Summer and Rita have just started. I'm so excited because I can tell you, these ladies are so much fun and super talented. And fun! Did I say fun?! Oh, alright, on to the details... this is where you can find me hanging out. No drama, just fun. I hope you'll come over to play with me and check them out! :-)


Blog challenge #43

Post a photo that you've taken in the last week and share a story about it.


My "Orange" card

This week, I used an actual photo of Caitlyns pumpkin. The little holes you see are "freckles." :rolling eyes: I don't usually like things hanging off of my cards, but this seemed appropriate. :-) TFL!


New creations

I had the best time this weekend at the Urban Anthology 1st ever online crop! Thanks to the owner, Kari, and her DT for all the cool challenges and techniques! OH! And I even won BINGO! Can you believe it? LOL Anyway, my new friend Sandee will more than likely be the Queen of the Crop, (and deservedly so!) because as y'all know, I don't follow the rules. :rolling eyes: For instance, Karens challenge was to make a blinged out flower and put it on a card. Well! I loved my blinged out flower so much, I didn't want to "waste" it on a card, so I put it on this layout.

Or this, for the music challenge... I used a song title for my title, but then didn't follow the rest of the challenge directions. LOL

I won several cool prizes, so thanks again to Kari and the nice ladies at Urban Anthology! :-)

Okay, y'all! Remember how I said I'd NEVER buy a kit? Ummm, yea, well, never mind that. :bag over head: Thanks to my friend Colleen, I went back on my word. I swear, if you look at it, you'll totally understand WHY. It wasn't my fault! I was totally tempted by this AMAZING and AWESOME "Hometown" kit from Scrapbook Deals 4 You. FAINT! Am I right? Huh, huh, am I? Wowwie! I got my kit yesterday and couldn't WAIT to create with it, even though I didn't really have good photos to scrap with. Did that stop me? Of course not. LOL

Thanks for looking, and I hope all my scrappy friends had a wonderfully scrappy weekend! :-)


YITL #42


Please share your link to your creation here when you're finished! :-)


Andie MacDowell

People have told me that I resemble Andie MacDowell. (Yes, I resemble HER, because she is 50 years old and I'm not!) I love the roles that she plays in movies, such as Michael, Green Card, and Groundhog Day; strongwilled, yet a hopeless romantic. I think that pretty much sums me up. :-)

Blog challenge #42

Which movie character are you most like? Explain your thinking.


Goodbye blond, hello red!

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend it's been! I've made 6 trips to downtown Birmingham in 3 days and for anyone who knows how geographically challenged I am, they would be proud that I didn't get lost once! Well, driving anyway. The civic center is a HUGE complex and we did get lost a couple of times walking around. LOL

I'm so proud of my baby! She's done this whole gig all on her own since I wasn't allowed to go into the show with her. And although she was overwhelmed the first day (prep day, when they colored her hair THREE times to get it right! FAINT!), she got the hang of things and managed to become the lead runway model for not one, not two, but three shows! Way to go, girlie!

Without further ado, as promised, here are Caitlyns before and after photos.

Friday night, after getting word that she was chosen as one of 3 KMS Goldwell's models.

After her color and cut:

Michael did a FABULOUS job taking care of Caitlyn. When Caitlyn asked him to pose with her for a photo, first he checked his hair, and then he floofed her hair. LOL I'm now known as "the rabid scrapper" because of all the photos I asked her to take. :-D

She's got one more day and is already sad to see it ending. She's made lots of new friends and has had a total blast!


My "Learn" card

Ain't it the truth though! LOL I used some MME scraps and a couple of bling flowers. TFL! :-)


Exciting news to share!

For the next three days, Caitlyn will be a working girl, fulfilling her dream of becoming a model! She's had other opportunities, but this opportunity will pay her a gross amount of money considering she is only 14 years old! Even they were surprised, which brought on a whole 'nother set of forms to be filled out by me. LOL

Take a good look because the next photo I post here, she'll have a whole new look! :-)

YITL challenge #41


Post the link to your creation here when you're finished. Can't wait to see your cards! :-)


Do, re, mi

I've never been interested in playing an instrument, although I was made to in elementary school. I started off on a recorder and worked my way up to a real, live flute. I HATED it. Number one, I sucked at it and number two, I just didn't enjoy it. Music was the catalyst for me becoming a cheerleader. Being a cheerleader meant that I couldn't be in two places at one time. LOL

As a mom to four children, I've made all of my children take some manner of music. Seems like I've heard its good for children SOMEhow. They all hated it, just like their mom. LOL I didn't care what they took, it was their choice, but they had to take SOMEthing musical. So we've tried piano, violin and guitar lessons.

The funniest story is on my oldest daughter. When the movie "Titanic" came out, she absolutely INSISTED on taking violin lessons. We found an instructor, and bought a brand new violin from Ebay to the tune of $100. Of course, she didn't teach music from the "Titanic" right off the bat. No, it was the chords. Do, re, mi, fa, so... So, one month after the investment of time and money, bye bye violin lessons. :-D

I can't really say that they, or I, regret having music forced upon us. Maybe it taught us a lesson. Maybe its that we appreciate all types of music because we've all gone through the experience of knowing what the art of performing is. :-)

Blog challenge #41

What instrument is NOT music to your ears? What is your favorite instrument? Do you or have you ever played? Blog all things music.


Another recipe album project

Two actually! Since I'm current on photos, and I've got my card stash back up, I've decided to start Caitlyn and Peyton's recipe albums. This is the title page that I finished today. It would be redundant to post both. LOL I hope you can read the beautiful poem by Joy Harjo. It really sums up the kitchen in our home. :-)


Happy Cardmaking Day!

I love making cards, especially since I'm current on photos and have no layouts to scrap! LOL (yea, I don't want to hear about that big ole box of OLD photos...) Today gives me a great excuse to be creative in my scrap room and rebuild my stash of cards. Please join me at Sugar and Spice's Cardapalooza for some fun and inspiration! I am co-hosting a fun activity where you may be the lucky recipient of your very own bag of Mint M & Ms! :-D Have a scrappy day!

My "Sweet" card

I pulled apart a Maya Road tin that I altered a couple of years ago. I like it much better now. TFL! :-)

YITL challenge #40


Post a link here to your sweet creation! :-)


Today is my birthday...

well, not really, but lets just pretend. So, today is my birthday. Ideally, no one will make a big fuss about it. It's not that I don't want to be remembered, but a simple "have a happy birthday" will do. The whole expectation and obligation on everyone elses part makes me feel uncomfortable. I don't like surprises and no presents are expected or wanted. Ideally, I'll spend half the day with friends, perhaps scrappy shopping or some such thing, then I'll spend the other half with family, relaxing poolside while Glen grills steak on the grill. We'll finish dinner off with either a Death by Chocolate cake, or an ice cream cake. I'll finish off the day spending time with all my online friends who couldn't make the shopping trip earlier in the day.

Of course, that just all pretend, because in reality, everyone makes a fuss over me. I'm not allowed to do laundry, or clean, or cook. They'd make me open the presents they tormented over and I almost always cry at the handmade cards.

In either case, I'm loved. :-)

Blog challenge #40

It's your birthday! What do you want to do, where do you want to be, who do you want to celebrate with, what kind of cake do you want, what presents will you get, etc... Dish on the perfect birthday! :-)