Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Comes but Once a Year..... Oh my gosh....

I am beginning to get SOOO excited about Christmas. I still have a LOT of decorating to do (unlike my friend PEGGY!), and some shopping to finish (don't you just *LOVE* the Internet???), but I am already getting so excited for the season. One of the reasons I am excited is my local Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Steph Gay, has been making my holiday season brighter by hosting Christmas card making workshops. I have made 48 hand made Christmas cards, and it isn't even December 1st!! How cool is that???? By the way, this seems like the appropriate place to state that I have NEVER done handmade cards before..... And yet with Steph directing my steps, it did not seem like such a huge undertaking!!! Thanks Steph. I truly am excited about my cards this year. I thought some of you might like a sneak peak of the various styles of cards I will be sending out this year (most were made in sets of 4s or 8s).




































Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Time to BE Thankful!!

I love Thanksgiving week! Honestly, it has such significance for me. As a child, Thankgiving meant time off from school, lots and lots of preparations for a big family feast with my FAVORITE cousins (and the adult family members - ha), and the beginning of Advent - a time of preparation for Christmas.

As an adult Thanksgiving week has the added significance of being my wedding anniversary. My dh and I were married my senior year in college - we were married the weekend before Thanksgiving (so that I had time off for the honeymoon). This year, my anniversary was Sunday. It was nice for it NOT to fall on Wednesday or Thursday - dh, our younger son, and I had a nice, though busy, day.

Where is all of this going? When Regina challenged the BBtB design team to use the SYI turkey in a cut, I decided to have fun with him. I created placecards for Thanksgiving dinner! My table is going to look so nice with Mr. Turkey gracing each place setting - even if he did get a gun to defend himself!! Thanks Regina, this was a fun challenge!!
A close up of that cute little Turkey-guy:
The place setting look:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Promised Pages - FINALLY

Remember last week when I wrote of attending a swarm/crop? And remember those elusive pages I claimed to have scrapped? Yes, well, here they are... FINALLY. I finally photograhed them (when I photographed this week's BBTB challenge... check back tomorrow!!).

This first layout is of my new "Grand-pup", Magnus. My son got a baby Puggle (Pug+Beagle=Puggle) and is just enjoying him so much. I will get to meet the new grandpup when they come home this week for Thanksgiving!!



This is my daughter and her college house mates when they visited a pumpkin farm. I have not yet scrapped the carving of the pumpkin photos... those are FUNNY!!



This is my younger son passing out halloween candy to the Trick or Treaters. He is dressed as a comic book character, but apparently not being the coolest mom, I cannot remember who he is!!! Big sigh.... I worried about Ian & Barack scaring away the little kids, but apparently the lust for candy out weighed the fear of the tall guy!



These are some adorable photos of my son and his friend Kristen. I love their smiles.





Bethany was jealous that Ian had a photo shoot with "Barack" so she had to get in on the action while home on fall break.





So you see, I really did scrap a few pages at the swarm!!! I also made a few cards, etc.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Busy Weekend

I had a busy weekend. I attended a swarm/crop with my local scrapping friends. I found most Saturday to be very frustrating. The highlights included making a 12x12 "Happy Thanksgiving" page to display on an easel outside my boss's office, and scrapping some pages in the evening. The majority of the day, however, was one long exercise in frustration. I was attemping to work on the BBTB challenge using a tree from SYI in a Christmas theme. After many, many hours of work, I really did not like my card. I debating skipping this challenge, and ultimately I wish I had skipped.

So back to Saturday - I did scrap several pages that I liked and I will post photos of those later this evening. Sunday was better only in that I had no challenge to create and could just scrap. I have a lot of photos to scrap.... We did take a group photo as we had entered the group on the Swarm drawing at Cricut.com. It would be amazing if we actually win.....

I just realized how far behind I really am in my scrapping! I am trying to keep books for each of my children and a family book current. I decided to make my Christmas cards this year, though I am nearly done with all of those. And I also have four Christmas gift projects started. One of them is far, far behind - sorry Mom. One will be easy to finish. And the last two... well, they will require hours and hours of work. I really am going to have to dig into those two projects in order to have them under the tree from Santa-mom. I would go into more detail but a certain "girl child" of mine will occasionally check out my blog and I do not want to tip her off. But I do think she and her older brother will like these projects A LOT.

Well, I will try try to remember to add the photos later this evening.....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mickey's Icon Car - BBTB's Weekly Challenge

The ever-creative Regina Easter challenged the BBTB design team this week with using the Mickey & Friends Icon Car in a Christmas design. I must admit, this was a bit of a challenge. I finally decided to run with the thought of Santa visiting the tree farm in pursuit of his own yule time green. I was able to use three different Christmas trees from different cartridges, as well as a cute, cute frame from SYI.

In the end, I liked santa's car and his tree! And doesn't he look relaxed? You'd never know his biggest night of the year will soon be upon him!!!




Saturday, November 8, 2008

PDDU Character Swap - Barack & Michelle

Gail, of the Cricut Message Board, is hosting a file swap. Each participant must design at least one character (not already on the cartridge) using the PDDU cartridge and send the cut file to Gail. She will share the cut files with everyone in the swap. So far there is an ADORABLE Hulk character. Someone else is making Strawberry Shortcake. How cute will that be? I am hoping to get time to create a second set of characters - Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy! But my first set is featured here: Barack and Michelle Obama! Frankly I think Michelle would have issue with her paper doll; Michelle is much prettier. Barack came out okay, though. And just like during the campaign season when they appeared together, his tie matches her dress! Did anyone else notice that? Someone at the McCain campaign must have noticed, near the end John's tie would match Cindy's suit/dress. I like the coordinated couples look - call me silly, but they just look so darn cute when they coordinate!


Answers....

Happy Saturday everyone! I love Saturdays: no getting up early for work, I finish my BBTB weekly challenge, and I scrap in PJ's as long as I want to!!! I apologize for taking so long to answer the inquires into last week's BBTB challenge project. No, I did not cut the green frame piece. It is part of a set of Photos Mats that coordinate with a set of 12x12 Christmas paper. They are made by Little Yellow Bicycle and the product name is Sharon Ann "Christmas Magic Collection". The photo mats are sold separately, but I am include photos of all of the products. I think I purchased these products at the TwoPeas website. I hope this is helpful.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Design Team Fun

This week I begin my journey as a design team member at Bitten by the Bug. I was a guest designer for the month of September and enjoyed the challenges SO MUCH; I hated for the month to end. I was very delighted when Regina asked if I would like to join the design team. My immediate answer was YES, yes, YES!!

This week's challenge involved using the scallope edged card from Christmas Cheer, as well as a font and doodle bat from the website of this week's challenge sponsor, Scrapnfonts. We had to use either DB Tis The Sesaon Modern doodlebat or the SNF Classy Charm font. This is what I came up with: