Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sketchabilities #58....

Time for another reveal from Sketchabilities!  Here is Sketch #58:

And here is my take:

This was a really a great sketch, there is just something I love about circles.  I also really like how when you use a sketch you can choose to interpret it your own way.  For my lo, I chose to to keep the circles, but add in a rectangular picture instead of cropping pictures into circles.  I did this because I am a big chicken when it comes to cutting my pictures with something other than my paper trimmer :-).  I also did not use as many paper strips behind the circles.  I had fully intended to, but as I was placing them I got to a point where I thought, "That is just right." 

I used oodles of Bella Blvd and Jillibean--they really hit it off with their fall lines! 

Would also like to note--because it is quietly driving me nuts--that my title is slightly off kilter!  LOL.  I thought it was straight when I was glueing it down :-).

Anyways, please link your take on Sketch #58 using Mr. Linky--we would love to take a look!

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Weird Sisters.....

I finished reading this a few weeks ago:

This book was recommended to me by my mother who was given the task of reading it for her book club (I am totally jealous that she is in a book club and I am not).  AND I thoroughly enjoyed it!  In fact, I almost went to the shed and dug out my Shakespeare anthologies :-).  Shakespeare???  Well, the three main characters are named after his characters and of course, their personalities are closely entwined with their namesakes. 

Not a fan of Shakespeare, don't worry--I got wrapped up in the three lives of the very different and difficult sisters.  When the book opens the characters are at low points--almost rock bottom for two of them--and it was great to see them grow and become better people. Not to mention I think the author did a really great job of exploring the relationships among siblings.

Recommend this!

Happy Friday!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

So Cute It's Scary.....

I found this at Old Navy and knew it was going to be Leia's Halloween 2011 shirt.  And here is the lo it inspired:

I also have to mentions her jeans--which you cannot really see--because I absolutely LOVE them!  They are grey, bootcut style jeans with embroidered flowers and butterflies and they are so awesome!  I just love it when I find that perfect something :-).  Again, from Old Navy, and I tried to order a second pair online but they were out.  Grey is just such a great color. Sort of wish they had them in my size.  LOL.   Anyways....back to the lo!

I used the October Add-0n kit from Paper Posies (you can see it here) along with a few things from my stash--transparent, white doilies from Maya Road, twine from the Twinery, and some extra alphas (orange ones) from Bella Blvd.

I will be honest, when I first saw the lavender cardstock I wasn't really quite sure about it because it's not a totally traditonal Halloween color, BUT it really works!!  I really think it might be my new favorite cardstock color!  There is just something about it when paired with the orange and the green--to me it is just perfect!!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Picking Fall......

In Tehachapi, fall means apples.  And for me, that means lots of photo ops!  So here is the first of several apple/fallish layouts:

I love these two kiddos SO MUCH, even though they give me great difficulty in picture taking. LOL.  Hayden gives me the "I'm too cool to have pictures taken" look and well, Leia just won't look at me!  But oh well, I still get some good pics despite them.

I made this lo with the October kit from Paper Posies which features oodles of Jillibean Soup and Bella Blvd.  I had been anticipating the arrival of this kit since the reveal went up last month!  Had pictures just waiting for it! 

I also have to say, that it is just so refreshing to scrap autumn--don't get me wrong, I love summer, but I was ready for a change!

Happy Tuesday.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sketchabilities #57.....

Sorry I am super late posting this.....had to leave at 6:30 a.m. to take kiddo to an out of town football game and did not leave time enough in the morning to post.  My apologies. 

So here it is, Sketchabilities Sketch #57:

I just absolutely loved how this page turned out!  The sketch made it such a breeze to put it together, leaving me oodles of creative time to play with papers and embellies instead of agonizing over the placement of everything!  I was super pleased with the sewing I did on the paper filters I used.  I thought it was gonna be somewhat tricky because the filters are so thin and my sewing needle is so big, but they didn't rip!  Am also quite in love with the Nightfall line from American Crafts--love the addition of blue to the color palatte! 

Well hope you all head on over to Sketchabilities and check out what the rest of the design team did!  I am sure their work will inspire you to give this sketch a go--and PLEASE make sure and link yours up because we LOVE to see what you all do!  Happy Saturday!!


Sunday, October 09, 2011


Happy Sunday!  Hope everyone has been having a great day--I certainly am!  I slept until 8:40 this morning!!  Woo hoo!!  That has not happened in forever and I am feeling great--it's amazing how nine hours of sleep will make you feel :-).  (I usually average about six or seven if I am lucky enough to not wake up with wicked  heartburn or have to visit the ladies room in the middle of the night.)

Well I have a lo to share; one that I did with an add-on kit from Studio Calico's last kit:

Had super fun with this lo--used one of my favorite techniques where I piece papers together all at a wonky slant and then stitch them together.  Also got to use the super cute butterflies from Pebbles.  My only regret is that AFTER glueing all of the Maya Road chipboard buttons down, I decided I would have liked to have laced them with the blue ribbon.  I did not have enough buttons to spare, so I left them alone--maybe next time :-). 

I really like this pic of Maleia--her blond hair looks so golden and so NOT like my husband and I's hair.  We both have dark hair.  So where in the world??? 


Thursday, October 06, 2011

I Heart U......

Finally it's least for now!  In my neck of the woods the weather changes quickly and sometimes radically.  I was running the air conditioning in my car and fans at night a few days ago AND TODAY we have SNOW in the mountains!  So, lets say I am really enjoying the cool weather while we have it because it is supposed to get warm again :-). 

Anyways......a lo I finished about a month ago but haven't shared yet:

I used a mix Amy Tangerine and Garden Cafe, both from American Crafts, for this lo.  The black and white chevron stripe fabric paper is probably my fave piece from the Amy Tan line.  What is really great about it is that it punches well.  I have tried punching fabric paper before with little success, so I was super excited when it worked!   TFL!