Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's been a while. I know, I know......

My friend Korie is having a baby!!! Korie and I went to nursing school together and carpooled many 'a day together. She went with me a few weeks ago to Wenatchee, the day we went LOOKING for a dress for Nikki for Tolo--Oh My Goodness.....I'm thinking Korie won't be forgetting that day for quite some time AND I'm thinking she's REALLY HOPING for a BOY!! :) Don't get me wrong...girls are just fine............when they're BABIES!! Those of you who have, or who HAVE HAD, a teenage girl(s) KNOW what I mean!! Anyways.......
Korie is having a BABY, she went with me shopping for the day....we found this CUTE scrapbook AND matching paper (at Target none the less). She was admiring this book so I told her I'd make her up a scrapbook for the baby. I worked on it last week so thought I'd share what I've come up with. The pages are pretty simple but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
What do you think??
Front of the book. Korie can put a picture of baby in there when he comes. :)
This is the first page.
I THINK I'm going to somehow do 'Welcome (baby's name) or SOMETHING before I give it to her.....I just haven't figured out WHAT for sure yet.....

(TRY not to look at my HUGE MESS in the background). HOLY COW if you only saw my work area right now.......
I tried to couple these pages together BUT they're each separate so she can take them out and rearrange them how she likes.

As you can see.......
I didn't get too crazy embellishing these pages. I know Korie bought a matching sticker pack for this paper so she can use those if she likes.
I AM going to stamp some images from a stamp set or two for baby's weight, date etc....

The page on the left, and the wanna look like quilted pages are my favorites!! I don't know why.....
just are.

I think this is the ONLY page I did photo mats for....why?? Who knows?!
You never know how someone else is going to want to put their pages in.....

Another one of my favorites.
The square in the middle says:
"Life affords no greater responsiblity, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. -C. Everett Koop"
Isn't it the truth.
This is the last page.
It's a pocket page. I actually cut the page protector so the top will be protected and she can still put little momento's in the pocket. That little silver baby clip there kind of holds the page protector to the paper.
By the way......
This paper (Monkey Around Paper Pad), also from Target, to match the book is by K Marcella. There were 12 designs, 36 sheets for like eight and change in the pack and let me tell you it is a NICE paper. Not too thin not TOO heavy--a NICE weight! I'll definately buy more of this brand paper---LOL--silly me! I did!!
That's all for now.....
I'm off tonight so I'm HOPING to MAYBE get some creating done today. We'll see. I moved MORE stuff up from my other room last week and it's kind of a mess up here so I guess I REALLY should TRY to get some organizing done. We'll see what I feel like doing later on but right now I'm off to pick up Salvador!
Enjoy your Sunday!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008


WOOHOO!!!!! I can't believe it myself!! I WON!!! TWICE in ONE week!!!! You know what they say about 3's!!! Should I try for the lottery this week??? :)
Okay, WHAT did I win????? Well, do you remember the post about the blog candy over at Colour de Jour?? I was one, of the 3, winners!!! Yippeee!! I can't WAIT to see my new bag!!! Oh, you can be SURE I'll share pics when I get it!!! :)
THEN, today I went to a scrapbooking event. It was a scrapbooking retreat from Friday thru Sunday. I wasn't able to go Friday or Saturday (Friday I was working and Saturday, originally I had other plans but ended up being SO tired--this cold is just diggin' in with both feet so to speak--I slept ALL DAY, and I mean ALL DAY into Sunday morning---but I went down today and this is what I WON!!!

This bag with all these goodies inside!!
I swear I think each of the pockets had SOMETHING in it!!!
I got a few pages done for a friend's book that I've been TRYING to work on and get back to her but I didn't bring enough of the 'right' paper so I started working on my Christmas book for, ahem.....2005....yes, thats right......SHHHHH!
I got my mom's done that year, before they left I think, or at least shortly there after....I just haven't worked on mine. I am now. That's all that matters. Right??
I brought minimal, and I mean MINIMAL supplies so I still need to do my journaling and add embellishments BUT I'm started!! :)
AND the BEST thing is......I'm getting the scrapbooking 'feeling' back!!!!
I've ALMOST completed the baby book (last post), although I DID give it to her. I owe her, I think, three Holidays. You know what my mom says??? 'I'd rather owe it to ya than cheat ya out of it.' Fresh huh?!
Anyways, she liked it.. Yeaaaahhhh!!! I took pics before I brought it in so here goes:
(I know, some of these are repeats but this is how they look IN the book.)

1 Month Old

2 Months Old

3 Months Old

4 Months Old
(and my least favorite page). I was trying to stay with the 'theme' of each sticker...this one had blue, red and yellow rainbows with clouds.

5 Months Old

6 Months Old
(and a REAL crappy picture! But it's the only one I've got. Sorry)

7 Months Old

8 Months Old

9 Months Old

10 Months Old

11 Months Old

First Halloween-
I don't know that they actually dressed her up but figured I'd do it anyways.
These last pages (Holidays) are SUPER simple. All I did was use a paper pack I got from JoAnn Fabric, a Debbie Mumm Harvest & Holiday pack, and cut them up to fit where I needed. QUICK and EASY!!
First Thanksgiving
REALLY simple. I was SERIOUSLY losing steam by this point. Can you tell?!
....and finally First Christmas. I'll probably cut a green square or rectangle for her to add to this page.
So there you have it. I'm SO DONE with this post. It took FOREVER for the pics to download. UGH. It's alright though...I've been reorganizing my work space and putting paper scraps (from this album) away!!
Leave a comment, let me know what you think. Suggestions and ideas are ALWAYS welcome!!
Thanks for stopping by!
I used a variety of papers for this project. I TRIED to use as many scraps as I could but also used newer paperes too. Some are CTMH, SU!, My Minds Eye, Debbie Mumm etc...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Baby 'Album'

One of the girls at work, Regina, just had a baby girl---well, the baby is going to be 2 months old in a few days-- I'd got a few things 'for the baby' one being a cute little photo book. There are 20, 5X7 , double sided pages so I thought decorating up those (40) pages would be a 'fun' idea. I've kinda put it off...just because. Well, Regina is back to work now and I decided I guess I'd better get that book, and the card, done so I can get her stuff to her. I decided I was going to go 'simple' because 1) if you remember, I'm 'going simple' these days 2) I need to get it DONE!! I started working on it this morning and this is what I've come up with so far:

I apologize in advance for the not so great pictures.........
This is the first photo page.
There is another page first with 'vital statistics' so I didn't see a need to repeat.
I was having a 'hard' time trying to decide what I was going to do. At first I thought I'd go pink's and purples BUT while going through my 'stash' I came across some stickers, "1 month old" etc, etc.... so decided I'd just go ahead and do a few pages of the pink, graduate into monthly pics and then do a few 'first Holiday' pages (Halloween-I'm going to find out if she 'dressed' the baby up first, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter etc..). I'm going to do 2, facing, pages for each month.

Pages 2&3

VERY SIMPLE but the pages aren't super big anyways so it should make it a little easier for photo placement, I hope.

1 month old

CTMH papers and cuttlebug die cut flowers.

2 months

again, cuttlebug flower die cuts....

3 months

misc pattern paper and CTMH paper embossed with the cuttlebug paisley print.


4 months--I just followed the lead of the sticker here....those are rainbows on the '4'. I don't know yet what I'm going to do for the facing page...

5 months
Actually I'm going to move this one to the bottom page instead of the top and just do the top page like this one without the border on the bottom.
And this is as far as I got before Joe got home from work this morning and I haven't been back up here until now and NOW it's time for dinner.
I wanted to get these pics posted though because I've been 'slackin' when it comes to taking pictures of my 'creations' the past few months. It seems I'll NEED a card or something for an event, make what I need and give it without taking a picture.
HOPEFULLY I'll be able to finish this book by Wednesday so I can FINALLY get it to Regina and she can start filling it!!
That's all for now.........

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Blessed beyond measure

This is just a VERY simple card
but for me, right now, simple is where I NEED to be. I've not stamped in SO long I think I just overwhelm myself then I'm not happy with what I've come up with and then I'm discouraged.... :)
So, simple it will be for a while. :)
No real 'reason' for this one....
just to do it.
Even though I DO have at least 3 cards that I can think of, right off the top of my head, that I NEED to make...

paper- making memories, CTMH and SU!
Ink- Staz On Timber Brown
Ribbon-American Crafts
Diamond Stickles-Ranger **EVERY time I use my stickles I ALWAYS think of YOU Aura!!! Aura 'introduced' me to stickles. I'll always remember that day--you, me and Kris creating at your house!! :) Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I LOVE my stickles!!!
I SURE hope to see you at Korie's baby shower!!!
Misc- Nestabilities Oval, Fiskars (purple handed) hand punch

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A few 'somethings' to share.....

I've been TRYING to 'create' today. I think I've lost my 'mojo'!!! *sniff*
I go back to work tomorrow night and I think it has something to do with that. I'm 'kinda' weird like that. Sometimes when I KNOW I have limited time, I just can't make things happen like I'd like. Oh well..........
This is what I've got (for now):
This is just a little something for Samuel's teacher. They're having a Harvest Party on Friday. Of course I'm working Thur-Sat and it's on my right in between night so chances are I won't wake up for it. We'll see....maybe I'll just surprise him (Sammo) AND myself, set the alarm and go in for a bit. I KNOW he'd love it. Honestly, I think THE WORST thing about working is missing all the school things for the kids. It's nothing big just a jar from Walmart filled with one of his teachers 'favorite' candies....DARK CHOCOLATE!!! A woman after my OWN heart!! :) Of course I HAD to get Dove....silky goodness!! Mmmmmm.
**EDIT** I didn't like that ribbon on the rim so I decided to take it off, it was only adhered with glue dots, and I put new ribbon just below the rim but on the glass. It looks MUCH better, IMO.

This is a card I made up for my friend Korie. Her birthday is on Halloween. Anyone who knows me well knows that Halloween isn't one of my favorite holidays. It just never has I don't have many Halloween stamps. I found a few at TCW (The Craft Warehouse) last time we were in Wenatchee...just the $1 Studio G type. These are from one of the sets I picked up. I TRIED to work with the latest Created by Courtney Challenge but it just wasn't working for me. Who knows, I may just scrap this one and start anew......
**EDIT** I just put some red stickles on the witches hat. I *think*, hope really, it will improve it a little....still feels like it needs something in that right hand corner...
Samuel just got home from school and I told him we'd make cookies this afternoon when he got home, so I'm going to see what he's feeling up to. I might be back...................I might not.
Enjoy the rest of your day!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

MORE Blog Candy!!

Crissy over at Crissy's Creative Spot is offering up some BLOG CANDY!!! Click on over to enter!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Peggy's Comment Contest

Peggy at Color de Jour has a 'Comment Contest' going on!!
Click on over to her blog and check it out!!
If you **WIN** she'll make you something out of some beautiful fabric she recently got!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Birthday to Pam!!

A few of the girls from work had a Birthday dinner for one of our friends/coworker, Pam. It was her 50th Birthday!!! I'd gone in to work the night before to celebrate there as well and had brought her a bucket full of fall flowers, purples and yellows---it really IS pretty!!! I knew I wanted to bring a little something the next night as well and came across the idea for this coronet on Lorie's blog, live, love, laugh, create.
I LOVED it when I saw it on Lorie's blog and thought WHAT A GREAT idea!! It was pretty simple to 'whip up' all I had to do was go into town to get some flowers.....
I didn't have time to make up a front panel for mine....('Welcome' or I was going to do 'Happy Harvest') mine is a little more plain but I liked it just the same....... I LOVE the flowers. They REALLY do look better IRL. I didn't get a chance to take a picture of it upright...all I got was this one while it was on the table.
I have a few more made up awaiting flowers......I'm PLANNING on running to WalMart after church today. I HOPE they still have these flowers.......I'll post what I come up with.
And here's the Birthday girl herself with her Chocolate Torte cake made by Katrina.
Happy Birthday Pam!!!!
**I apologize for the not so great pics. I had the hood on my camera (dingaling) so they are a bit shadowed. **

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I just HAD to share......

How can you help but laugh!?!
I was going through some pictures for another blog I'm working on.....a family blog....and came across THIS picture of Samuel from last year.
THIS is SO Sammo!! This kid just MAKES my heart happy!
What a goof ball!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

This morning

The fog was already rolling in when the sun came up this morning. There's just something about fog over the water that I just LOVE. So OF COURSE I HAD to snap a few pictures.
This is what I got:
This was the first one.
I just think it's SUPER cool looking.
This next one is of the island in front of, or back of our house--my dad says it's the back because our 'front' door is on the other side. Whatever. It's the East side.
It was kind of weird really....I'd looked outside, noticed the fog and thought I NEED to get my camera out of the car. I tend to leave my camera in the car because it NEVER fails, if I DON'T have it, I WANT it for SOMETHING-so now I just leave it in there. It was a chilly night last night and I haven't started parking my car in the garage yet, so I KNEW I was going to have to let my camera sit for a few minutes before I could take any pictures. The next thing I knew the fog was almost GONE! UGH! I thought. It just figures right?! Well, about 10 minutes later I looked back outside and low and behold there was even MORE fog than there was the first time I looked out. Hmmm.
The same but different......
more sky....more trees.
This is looking to the East and more South....
Well, I have a few cards to make up. So, if I'm going to get any of them done I guess I'd better get to it.
Have a GREAT week!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Well, it's THAT time of year again...........APPLE TIME......well, almost............Would you believe I went out looking for apples the other day and none of the apple sheds had apples yet!!! UGH. You could get ALL the pears you wanted but NO apples. I don't very often 'crave' apples but OF COURSE I was that day. Well, Joe went by a friends orchard yesterday and brought me home a Walmart bag of apples....still no goldens YET---the goldens won't be ready until next week. Goldens are my FAVORITE! ESPECIALLY fresh off the tree Goldens. Mmmm. I know my mom's favorite for pies are Granny Smith but not me. I'm a Golden's girl ALL THE WAY! Here are the apples he brought me home:
Aren't they beautiful??
Their color, their perfect shape. Mmmmmm. One of the reasons I wanted apples in the first place, well, aside from making some applesauce for the kids....(they LOVE my homemade applesauce) was because I saw the best idea on Michelle Wooderson's blog not too long ago. She made up what she calls 'Caramel Apple Mudslides'. OH MY GOSH--they looked deLUSCIOUS!! You KNOW I just HAD to give it a try!! :) I picked up caramel and chocolate chips the other day at the store. We USUALLY have pecans (Joe's mom sends them to us from their trees shelled and all--NICE!) and/or walnuts coming out of our ears so I didn't bother to pick up any nuts and wouldn't you know....we have neither! UGH! Oh well. Our Caramel Apple Mudslides were nutless this time.......(not EVEN going there!! {grin})
This is what ours looked like (Samuel helped me out):Alright, they're a little 'messy' this time but it was our trial run so it's all good. :)I'm SO NOT putting them on foil next time...just a word to the wise.....use wax paper or just put 'em on a plate like Michelle did. We only made up 5 and 3 are gone already....Salvador, Nikki and I ALL like 'em! teeheehee.
My chocolate wasn't being as cooperative as I'd have liked BUT it's all a part of the process I guess....I'm picking up nuts today at the store and I'm going to make MORE!!
Practice makes PERFECT right?!
And what a CUTE little gift for a teacher or a special someone, don't cha think??? ....on a pretty autumn-ish plate wrapped in cellophane???

Powder Puff

Nikki played in the Powder Puff Game this past Wednesday. I had to work but was able to go in a little late so I could watch her (and the other Freshman girls). Yes, of course they lost both games BUT they had SO MUCH FUN!!! And that's the MOST important part right?! :)
Here's a pic of our 'beauty':
She'd be the one throwing the ball. I'll be the FIRST one to tell you, the only thing I know about football is, you're trying to get a funky looking ball across the field through a funky looking 'Y' to make a touchdown. I told you........I don't know anything about it!!! But, now with Salvador and other friends of Nikki's playing my guess is we'll be attending more football games and MAYBE just maybe I'll learn a little more about the game of football?!?! We'll see.......... Regardless, it WAS fun being there, watching and I am looking forward to the NEXT home game. I just hope Salvador will be playing AND that I'm NOT working that night!!!
Here's my OTHER little cutie! :)
We saw my friend Sonia's brother, Tito, at the game and asked him to come sit with us. He's SUCH a nice guy--there should be more like him, and his brother. Anyways, he made a paper hat for Samuel--which is kind of funny because Samuel was JUST asking how to make these earlier in the week! So here's Samuel showing me how to turn it into a boat. :) And if you look to the left of Samuel's head there's Salvador walking through. I just thought that was SO funny. I had NO idea until I just now looked at the pictures that he was even in the photo!
The Seniors won again this year (---well, last year they were Juniors).

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Is it me????

I was 'blurfing' this morning....I woke up at 2:00AM and couldn't get back to sleep so I decided to come up to my 'studio' and go through some stuff---and oh dear.....there is STILL more STUFF to be gone through!! Ugh!! -Not to mention the HALF cleared out other room!!! (groan)......
Anyways, I found myself 'blurfing' during one of my 'breaks' and came across this site at Re:Becca. I thought I'd give it a whirl....see what it said about ME, just for fun.
For those of you who know me, I'm curious to know, whaddayathink??Click on the link at the end to see what YOUR name means.
Enjoy your Sunday!! I'm HOPING to be able to stay awake until and through church now that I've been up all morning!!
Until next time...................

What Stacey Means
You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.