Saturday, March 31, 2012

... and still waiting ....

Hello from Wisconsin!

My daughter is officially three days overdue; I came up this weekend to keep her busy and to be here in case Baby Bean decides to be born. At this point, he definitely is going to be an April and not a March baby. But think of the photos I'm going to be scrapping soon!

While I'm waiting for the newest grandchild, here' a photo of my first grandchild, taken three weeks ago on her 14th birthday. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that she's no longer a little girl. I used sketch #206 from Nuts About Sketches and the March kit from Burlap & Buttercups

Please send baby dust this way so "Baby Bean" will make his appearance soon .... 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Waiting ....

We're here on baby alert, as we anxiously await the call that our new grandson is on his way. When my daughter calls, the plan is to be in the car and heading for the Wisconsin border within a half hour, and hopefully I'll arrive in time to witness his birth.  Meanwhile, I've been trying (more or less successfully) to scrap.

This week's Nuts About Sketches  sketch, #205, was a double pager -- perfect for chronicling my granddaughter's fourth birthday party.

Everything except the alphas, the buttons and the acrylic paint that I used on the chipboard daisies came from the Burlap & Buttercups March kit. Love those bright, juicy colors!

We lost our beloved 12-year-old Boston terrier, Pepper, in early February. I found some photos yesterday that were taken when he was a puppy and knew that I had to scrap this one of baby Pepper napping with his teddy bear:

The papers are Lily Bee's Memorandum, including the solid blue "frame". I added the little banner and staples as part of the March 15 challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog. And it also fits the March 9 challenge on the Burlap & Buttercups blog to scrap something besides our kids or grandkids.

And finally .... my younger daughter sent me a cell phone photo on the first day of spring. Thanks to the unseasonably warm weather, her yard in Wisconsin was awash in bright daffodils. It was perfect with this Amy Tangerine sun-patterned paper and other goodies from the Burlap & Buttercups March kit.

 I used the sketch by Mary Pat Siehl on the Burlap & Buttercups blog, along with both of her twists -- to use a cell phone photo and to use the paper as an embellishment.  It also fit the March 20 challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations forum to use something metallic looking; I edged my little clouds with silver glitter paint because, as we know, every cloud has a silver lining.

We're still playing CLUE at Cookin' Up Creations, and there's still time to join in the fun.

Have a great week!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Finally Friday!

Hooray, it's the weekend!

My oldest son, his wife and three kids were here with us from Tennessee last week. They stayed from Thursday afternoon until Monday morning. The two girls are 14 and 11, and they spent some time in my scrap room making cards and playing with my Cricut. While they were here, I snapped a few photos (not many though -- they're at the age where they are not fond of being photographed) and scrapped these two:

This was my Nuts About Sketches layout (sketch #204) last week. The papers are Basic Grey's Indie Bloom, MME's Miss Caroline and s.e.i.'s Corinne. The rosettes were Amy Tangerine.

Hopefully this will be a scrapping weekend -- nowhere that I have to be, nothing that I absolutely have to do. That is, unless my youngest daughter calls and says she's in labor with our new grandson -- then EVERYTHING changes and I'll be heading for the (Wisconsin) border!

Have a great weekend -- 

Monday, March 5, 2012

It's nice to be back ...

... on the Nuts About Sketches team! I love Shawn's sketches and the layouts that I make with them. After serving on the September 2010-February 2011 team, I took a break but decided to submit again for this term. Here's my first layout for this term:

The papers are Crate Paper, Studio Calico and My Mind's Eye. The patterned tape stickers are from Pebbles; I thought they added a cute touch. I also used this layout for a challenge on Cookin' Up Creations that required us to use at least NINE different patterned papers! That isn't too difficult, really, if you cut small circles and add little touches like my photo corners and the little punched piece under the tape at top left. 

The first challenge this month on the Burlap & Buttercups blog was issued by Aimee and called for stitching a word on a layout. I loved the look of this! The design is from the March 1 challenge from the "Lift a Layout" month-long event at My Scraps and More. 

These papers are Crate Paper and Studio Calico. The photos in both layouts are from granddaughter Anna's fourth birthday party. The theme and her party dress just seemed to call for bright, happy colors!

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!