House of 9

It has been a very long, very hot, very dry summer. I can almost hear all the trees and grass and animals saying "ahhhh" to the rain and cooler temps that I woke up to this morning.

Thank you all for your thoughts and best wishes, especially for my father in law. His diagnosis is hairy cell lukemia. He has declined treatment, so it seems like the only thing left to do is keep him as comfortable as possible. He seems to have come to terms with the fact that he's lived a long and happy 86 years.

As to the other extreme, 2 month old Ayden is keeping us all busy! I know now why the good Lord only lets YOUNG women birth children. LOL You'd think with him living here, I'd have tons of baby photos to share. I do not. I promise, I will take some this week, I will!

Despite the engorged state of our house, I have managed to spend some quality time with my scrap room. It's such great therapy for me! Here's a layout I did for the layout tag we played on Paper Whores. I thought the Cosmo Cricket paper was perfect for the subject of the layout. I was amused with myself for thinking of the title. :-D

If you can't read the journaling, it basically says that Lickety Split loves to bring me presents and she gets all proud with herself for it. And I have to praise her and tell her she's a good hunter cat before she'll saunter off, leaving me to deal with disposal of whatever it is she brought me. Eewwww! LOL

I will be back in a few days with the October calendar page. Can you believe it? OCTOBER!!! Thanks for stopping by!


Dear friends,

I've been very busy helping my son and his family move into our home. Temporarily, of course... and father in law is in the hospital with I don't know what, and sister in law has moved her visiting date to tomorrow, and, and, and... I haven't had a scrappy moment in the last week, but I do have a couple of shares. :-)

Here's my latest creation with the subject being my latest tenant. :-) I'd like to thank my very talented friend Rita for RAKing me with these very cool Cosmo Cricket stickers. Isn't he just the sweetest? I may keep him when the others depart. :-D

My Kitchen Keepsakes challenge is up at Ch{all}enge Masters. I completed this layout at the retreat a couple of weeks ago and can I just say, I'm ready for another! Retreat, that is! LOL

Lolis ask in my last entry about a tutorial for the "quilt." I SO wish I could give credit to the original artist, but alas, with all of my blog hopping, I can not. But here ya go Lolis!

I used a 1 1/2" circle punch. Use double sided paper. Each "piece" of the quilt takes two circles, so punch as many circles as you want for your quilt. The bottom circle is easy, you don't do anything to it. The top one is folded so that each side of the circle is folded toward the center. This needs to be done precisely so that it looks like a square, instead of a rectangle. Very tedious for larger "quilts"! OH, and also, determine which way the paper is going to be folded. The flat bottom circle should be the same as the inside of the folded circle. Lay the flat circles with sides touching and then all the folded circles with points touching. Here's a closeup of my "quilt."

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a scrappy week, and me too! :-)


Sketch layouts to share

I hope all my scrappy friends had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I got just a bit of scrapping in and wanted to share. :-)

The first one is a sketch from Magistical Memories. I had the hardest time scrapping this photo, but knew I wanted to, so this sketch was perfect for it!

This one is a layout using a sketch at Upsey Daisy Designs.

And another layout using the same paper line but a new technique. New to me, anyway. Lots and lots of folded circles!

Lots of fun stuff going on at Paper Whores too! Stacey has started the first Creative Therapy session and I'll be hosting a layout tag this week. There's still time to sign up for tag, so come on over and join the fun!

I'll be back with more creations on Sunday, when I post the next Kitchen Keepsakes challenge on Ch{all}enge Masters.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! :-)


Happy September!

Thank you for all your wonderful advice about packing for the retreat! It was wonderful! I enjoyed meeting new friends and old ones too. I'm sure I got the least amount done due to all the chit chatting, and drinking wine. :-D I spent a lot of time sitting on the deck looking at this:


I guess you probably want to see what I got done, right? Well, I can show you MOST of them.

This is the title page of yet another recipe album. This is for Ethan, so I didn't want to make it TOO girly! :-D

Here's one I did using a recipe of something that was served at the retreat. (Obviously, this layout was NOT done at the retreat. I did this one today.) The picture doesn't do the carrots justice, and I'm not a huge carrot fan, but these were delicious, and it's easy enough that even "I" can make them and DID last night. (Is that a run on sentence? LOL) I used a sketch from the Cookbookin' blog.

And last but not least, here's one I did using pics of my father in law and baby Ayden. Probably seems an odd title, but y'all know me, that's how I roll. LOL The manufacturers challenge last week on Paper Whores was to use Basic Grey, so this paper is from the Nook and Pantry line.

And speaking of Paper Whores... Starting Monday, Sept. 6th, we will be starting a new project called
Creative Therapy! Every week Stacey will bring a new topic to the table and
we will vent and laugh and and heal TOGETHER. Every week you will create a
piece of art that helps you express and explore that weeks topic. It can be
a scrapbook page, an art journal, a written journal, a tag, a painting..
ANYTHING that speaks to you. This is YOUR art. And if it's too personal and
you don't want to share, don't worry! This is all about you and helping you
to become the woman and artist you've alway wanted to be! This is not your
typical All About Me scrapbook project because in reality those projects
are made to be passed on and tell your story. This project is for YOU.
There is no due date, this is not a challenge for the board, but a
challenge to yourself.

Every Monday Stacey will also be posting a technique or product in the
Gettin Down And Dirty section of the forum in hopes that this will help
your mojo for your weekly project.

I hope to see some of you there! :-)

I guess that's it for now, but I'll be back very soon with another project I completed at the retreat for my next challenge at Ch{all}enge Masters!

Thanks for visiting!