Saturday, September 27, 2008

CraftyJones had the bug (the scrap bug that is) today!!

Well I am not sure if many of you know this BUT I will be seeing my hubby on Monday!! He is flying me out to where he is and we are going to be sending a couple of days together!! I am SOO excited I cant wait. I haven't been able to sleep to well or concentrate well because of this excitement. I will be flying to a place I have NEVER been too. Its a romantic place and its Beautiful out there. I will make sure to take tons and tons of pictures!!
Well to pass the time away today I got wrapped around in my own world of scrapbooking. I am doing some DDDs in BGs to pass the time away. I have done three of them today and I loved the way they came out. I will say that the time did pass very quickly and I forgot to do somethings that I was suppose to do today.
This is one of the Layouts that I did for DDD and it was to scrap lift another members layout. This came out better then I expected it too. I am still trying to get a hang of how and the many different ways there are to do pages. I am and still see myself stuck in the old days of scrapping of simple layout and not to much happening on the page. I LOVE pages that are just BEAUTIFUL with tons of color pattern paper and tons of embellishments. I am just to afraid that my pages wont come out as beautiful as the ones that I see. One of these days when I have all the embellishments that go with the paper then i will try that look that I love so much. So here is the second page to the layout and you can see what both pages look like together.
I used some tags that were made my some Cafemommers that was for a swap that I participated in. It turned out good. I had the hardest time looking for a blue that would go good and of course I did not have any BROWN, lol. I try to make my layouts a double page layout and they generally are supposed to be mirrored. It generally works if CJ isn't driving me bonkers and I am thinking straight, lol.

So here is my "Gettin' Ready 4 Hall-o-ween" Layout. The challenge for this DDD was to use black and white with another color, just one other color. I was trying to look for some pictures that would work. First off I couldn't for the life of me find any black and white paper out of ALL the MILLIOn stacks that I have. SO of course that was the #1 thing driving me Crazy!! I found my sons pictures of him in his Halloween outfit that Grandma Peggy got him so this is what I came out with. I used paint for the first time, let me tell you I really loved it!! But this is my lovely black/white/ orange layout. I really fell in love with the way the layout came. I seriously impressed myself. First off I didn't use a sketch!! Secondly I used paint!! And it all came together beautifully.

Well just stick with me a couple more minutes please. I have two more pictures to add that I want to show you all. I know I get long winded but ya I try to keep it short. So off to show you the next layout I did!

So here are my last two pages that I did for the day! So of course I used the paint again!! Lol I need to go buy myself some paint so I can use more and more of it, lol. I used the tags from the tag swap that I was in in Cafemom. But these are my pages that I did and I am very happy with the outcome of my pages.

Thank you for reading my boringness I hope you were somewhat, probably not, entertained. Then next time I write hopefully it will be when I get back from seeing my hubby. So long all and have a good one!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

My Excitement of doing my workshop!!

So I held my own SU! workshop this past Sunday!! I was so nervous the night before that I had a hard time falling asleep! It was soo much fun!! I had to come up with some gifts to give to those that had brought a guest. Of course I was just so clueless about what to do. So my lovely, talented smart upline Dee helped me with some ideas. This is what I came up with for a gift to give to those who brought someone to the workshop! These are cute little like purse looking things. They are made out of Coffee Filters!!! I stamped images on the outside and Dee sent me the ribbon to coordinate with it. It came out soo very cute!! It is way different then what I had in mind but let me tell you I enjoyed the way they turned out!!

So once I figured out what to give those who brought someone (there was yummy chocolate in those) I had to think of some cards to demo. OMG let me tell you I was have the BIGGEST creative block that ANYone could ever have!! So this is what the first card turned out looking like. I used the patterned paper and everything on this card from the Petal Party pack that I got. It was very simple and very easy and cute to make. I had enough to do 8 cards which was perfect!! All the ladies had fun making this card. But once I did this card on my own I had a problem on my hands. How where the ladies to test out the stamps and everything that Stampin' Up! has to offer. So of course I had to think of yet ANOTHER card to make that involved more stamping and coloring!! Lol oh joy I was having a hard time. So I was searching around trying to look for inspiration. Then I looked at what Dee had sent me and I was like BINGO!! A simply cute card will do!! I searched through the limited set of stamps that I have and I found a stamp I wanted to use. So this is what came of the second card. The card is very very very simple. For this image I used my crayola colored pencils but I knew that I wanted to use all of my SU! supplies that I had. So at like 11pm the night before my workshop I popped in the DVD and guess what?? I learned how to you my stampin pastels!!! OMG I was SUPER excited about that!! It was probably one of my favorite thing to demos since one I have never tried the watercolor effect and second I found out how to use the pastels!! Lol ya I know I am a dork.

So I got the card making with the card stock covered and I got the stamping part covered now I needed to figure out how to incorporate the scrapbook part to it all. So I used of course the Petal Party pack for a page that I did. It came out cute. I used one of the examples off of the pack because I was have a HUGE creators block for like a whole week straight, lol. Its the truth, how I managed to get through all of this I have yet to still wonder lol. This here is my page that I did for the layout. Sorry its all sideways I have no clue why its uploading the picture like this. You get the idea you just have to turn your head sideways, lol. Yes if you are wondering that is me in the picture, lol. Boy have I changed throughout the years, lol.

So all in all my workshop went great. I had a blast doing it of course it was easy because it was with my friends that I have out here. I do hope to get more workshops in but who knows.

As for everything else in my life its been a crazy week! I lost my since drain plug thing and I found it yesterday. So for about a week of it bothering me and what not I find it downstairs in my dirty laundry. Go figure it will be in a weird place like that.

What else has been going on. Oh ya CJ is now 13 months as of yesterday, lol. He has got use to sleeping in the bed with me which is not a good thing. I cant hog the bed to myself because he is in there. He really needs to go back to his room. I will be trying that out tonight and see if he doesn't have a heart attack about that. I had to lower his bed because last week he crawled out of his bed!!! I couldn't believe my ears or eyes! So hopefully he wont crawl out of the bed!!

Oh yes I also did another card for Dee card challenge and this is what it looks like. Sorry its so blurry but it wouldn't come out right with the flash!

Well thank you for reading my long winded post. I applaud you if you made it to the bottom. Hope you have a good one!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A little Crafty!!

So I made it to the next round of the Bad Girls Kit Top Design academy!! I must say that I was very very very surprised that I made it to round 2. There are SOOO many talented ladies out there and their pages are, OMG, to die for beautiful!! So this class was to mix and match pattern paper using th colors from the picture. Let me tell you I was so scared to do this because this is diffenetly stepping out of my box!! Here is what I came up with! This first picture is the one that I submitted for the TD challenge. I like the way it came out. Of course I am out of my comfort zone so I dont know if this is something I will do but who know I may continue to use this technique! Of course I always have to do two pages of the same so of course I did a second page like this. With the second page you can see more of where my color choices came from.

I also did a daily challenge off of cafe mom. I like the way the pages came out. Of course CJ was being a punk that day so when I did my second page ya it didnt come out as a mirrored image like I had wanted it to come out.

I have been scrapping a lot these last two days even with CJ being a brat, lol. I did another daily challenge today! This is what it came out looking like. I think its alright not my best but hey it was a challenge!!

I also want to take a moment to tell you how AWESOME my upline is!! Dee is my upline for SU!! She is the greatest I tell ya!! She can get anyone motivated over anything its so great. She helped me figure out how to do my first workshop!! I am pretty excited about that!! She sent me some ribbon and she sent me some cards!! Thank you so much Dee you are the best!! Here is the card sketch that I did from her page (sorry I dont know how to do those link things).
Its not my best card. I am still learning. I tried to use all SU! Product but ya I dont have to many of those! So this is what I came up on my sketch challenge for her.

Well thank you all for taking the time out of the day to visit little ol me!! THANK YOU!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008


So lastnight I finally did my page for the TD homework. It was to layer your elements. It was a very hard task for me to do surprisingly. All the ladies who have submitted their pages have done fabulous jobs on their pages. I must say this page made me really think. Here is a picture of my layout that I did. I still feel like its missing something but I have no clue what it is and lastnight I couldnt figure it out at all. Well I just wanted to share my page that I did. I should be doing more scrapping tonight hopefully. I am just sitting here waiting to see what we get from the Hurricane. I hope everyone has a good day.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Explosion box!

Hello everyone!! Well after an interesting week and a day full of drama and a night to sleep on it I decided to scrap. Let me tell you it really did calm me down. I need to get my scrap area cleaned because I want to scrap more tomorrow!! My lovely son thought his world was over because his mommy was having mommy time so he threw the biggest fit I have ever seen!! CJ and I picked up his present that his Tia(aunt) Selina bought him for his birthday. He likes it a lot and is excited about it. I also got him some winter clothes for North Carolina when we head down there in November. I cant wait!! Well I will stop blabbing and I will post the pictures of the explosion box that I did. Tell me what you all think!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Hot, Sweaty, Tired, and Exhausted!!!

OMG!! I give any ladies who mow the lawn Props!! You go girl!!! Let me tell ya mowing the lawn is no easy task at all!! So my back yard is well was kind is a jungle!! I was to cheap to pay anyone to do it because I only get so much extra cash a month to do things. So this morning I woke up and what did I go do? I started to mow the back yard!!! I got the weed whacker out that I bought and used it a little bit. That was kind of fun but I hated the the grasss was flying in my face. Anyways I got tired of using the weed whacker that I got the lawn mower out!! Yay!! I started to mow and wow my jungle was slowly disappearing!! Ya I found a ton of small red ant hills here and there! Then when I got to the other side of the yard I found the MOTHER LOAD ant hill!! OMG It was sooooo freaking huge!! I was like OMG they are going to get me!! Another project that I need to get done is killing these ant hills. I have like 4 ant hills in the front yard and like 5 so far in the back yard. Texas and their damn Red Ants!! Anyways it was fun running the lawn mower over the ant hill and see them get all pissy about it lol. THEN here comes the discusting part of mowing the yard. So rodent made a home out of my yard and I mowed over the BABIES!!! I screamed to loud it was so GROSS!! There wasnt just one there was TWO of these rodents. I dont know if it was mice or maybe baby cats I dont know. All I knew is that it was just SO NASTY!!! I swear what ever those things were gave me the heeby jibbies!! YUCK so freaking NASTY and GROSS!! I didnt get to finish the back yard it is HUGE! I felt like I was going to fall out!! I had to take a ton of water breaks because it is hot but the wind is blowing so it felt good and the same time. I knew I had to stop when I couldnt start the lawn mower up again, lol. Well this is my exciting story so far for the day. Well I am off to take a shower I will add pictures of the yard later!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Good Morning!!

Good morning everyone!!! How are you all doing? I am extremely tired! I feel like I didnt sleep at all last night! I have no idea why I didnt get a good nights rest. When I finally fell asleep it felt like it was already time to wake up. Not only did it feel like it was time to wake up but I had a horrible dream that I had to wake up from. It has put me in such an awkward mood this morning.

I am tired as ever and feel a little depressed. I need to get my mind off of this deployment and do things. My number 1 problem is I dont like to do things alone! I never have liked doing anything alone. I absolutely hate being alone. I know I have CJ here with me but still he cant talk back to me. I have been in this slump and I want to get out of it.

I cant find any motivation to do my crafts and what not. I just really wish November was here already! Well I hope everyone has a good day. Oh ya by the way I still havent mowed my backyard yet lol. THe weed whacker is still in its box. Well I am off. Talk with you all later.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Weed Whacker, Curtain Rods, Curtains, Scrapping Goodies, Oh the excitement!!

Well Good afternoon all! Today has been a long day for CJ and I!! We woke up this morning got dress and headed out on our Adventure to find a cheap weed whacker!! We went to 3 different stores before I found one! CJ was getting tired and cranky lol. I got the weed whacker was very excited about that!! Yay! Now I just have to tackle down this jungle that I call my back yard! I also go curtain rods for my kitchen and dining room window. Maybe I wont be to scared to go downstairs at night.

I bought a curtain at Target but when I got home it wasn't what I wanted!! It was all one piece but covered up both windows. I looked for the receipt but the lady didnt give it to me, so I dont think that I could of taken it back. It was only $10 so not to much of a big deal plus I didnt want to go outside in the heat again. I sat there and was thinking "how can I make this work?" Well I got this clever idea to CUT the curtains,lol. Reminder I dont have a sewing machine at all, lol. I cut it in half and I went upstairs and got my supplies to hand sew what I cut!! It was very interesting to sew this with my one year old all over me but I did get it done! Sorry the Picture is dark. I will though take another one when it is darker outside. To me I think it came out great. I was very happy with the end results of my little problem solving that I did!! I was also excited to accomplish putting up curtains in the kitchen and dining area as well!!(dinning area)


Well I will also add all of the scrapbooking goodies that my mommy bought for me when I was down there visiting her. She spoiled me I would like to say. I love my mom so much!! She is the greatest!! She bought me a crop-a-dile!!! I also got some cuttlebug embossing folders, fiskars dry embossing thing, stapler, brads, stamps, ribbons, and chipboard tabs. Now I just need to get my cuttlebug!!!

While I was on my vacation my Stampin' Up! came in the mail for me! I was so excited to get home and open my box of goodies. That was the first thing that I did when I got home from the airport. I didnt even unpack that car. I just got my box and opened it up, lol. Now I am ready to start selling things!! Anyone want to buy? lol! Well I will post a picture of all my goodies that I got. I want to order more things which of course I will be doing. My mom also told me that she is going to be my #1 customer! Maybe I can get my mother in law to buy from me as well. Now its time to play with all of my goodies that I have. Now what am I going to make? Hmmm... I guess I should practice my explosion box that I need to make for a swap on CM.

Well Lovely ladies thanks for reading my long blog. I will keep you all updated with everything.