Friday, December 19, 2008

SNOW SNOW SNOW GO AWAY

Well we are in a winter snow storm right now. It started sometime last night, and when I got up this morning it was just miserable out there. My parents and my kids were still all snuggled in bed, while I showered, made coffee and got ready to go out and clear my car off.
That was not fun. You see, normally I have RJ go outside, clear my car off and start it for me. This morning however they did not have school and there was no need for them to be up, so it was up to me. When I peeped out the window all I could see was big drifts of snow, and the recycling bins turned over and in the middle of the driveway for me to pick up. URGH. This was not going to be fun. Well I decided that I would not do my hair until I was done shoveling myself out, so I put my coat, and gloves on and wished that I had some snow boots.
I went outside and it was very very windy and I was walking in snow drifts that were up to my calves. I got in the car and started it and grabbed my snow scraper. I walked down to the end of the drive way and picked up the recycling tubs and put them back on the curb. I then trudged back to my car and started brushing off the snow.....man was it heavy.
By the time I got most of the snow off the car and got back in the house I was soaked. My hair, my feet, my gloves, my coat......I was covered in snow.
I took everything off and headed to the bathroom to dry my hair once again.
I was not looking forward to the drive into work, and Im only 10 minutes away. I left at 6:30, knowing it would be a slow drive.....and man was I right...slow....but I made it here by 7:00 which is my starting time. The roads were not good, but you just have to go slow and be careful.
It is now a little after 9:00 am and the snow is still coming down strong. Wonder how much we will have when this is all over?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

SNR Play time at the pole.



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Playtime at the Pole Press Release

You’re invited to our Playtime at the Pole All-Day Christmas Crop as we celebrate Christmas with a full day of fun. This Saturday, December 13, 2008, we’ll be headed to the Pole . . . the North Pole, that is.

We have a full day of activities planned, including plenty of games, challenges, fun and a whole lot of prizes! We’ll be spending the day helping Santa and all his elves prepare for Christmas and we’ll have a great time doing it, too. So make plans to join us this Saturday, December 13, 2008 in the Scrapbook News & Review Forums. It’s going to be a great day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just Imagine


This is a lay out that I did of Mariah. I thought this picture was cute, it was one that she took and photo shopped herself. She was on a TAG Football team for her school and they dressed in black and pink. Im still trying to figure out what I want to write in the hournaling box that say's just imagine....will have to be something about her graduating from high school and going on to college, but I havent figured it out yet.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Brown Eyed Girl

Here is a lay out that I just did of my DD over the weekend. This is the My Minds Eye Laundry Line along with some Prima flowers and Maya Rd chip board letters.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

White elephant gift exchange

So me and some of my girlfriends do a white elephant gift exchange every year. Last year and this year we did a brunch with memosas...and lots of good food. Here are some pictures of our day yesterday. We had a nice time.
This was a very yummy egg bake that my girlfriend Heather made.

And this is the yummy bacon that her sister Jerilyn fried up for us.

This is french toast. This is a recipe that my dad does every year Christmas morning. (SHHHHH! I CANT SHARE....he told me its a secret.

And these are some yummy fried potatoes that Jerilyn did as well.

And here is a half empty glass of memosa's.


Here are a few pictures of us by the tree with our white elephant gifts.






Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas cone




Hello everyone......
Well this is the last Challenge that I did for:
Shortcuts


I used a full clear sheet and I made a Christmas cone with it. This cone can be hung on the wall and flowers added to it, or set on the table with napkins in it, or put candy in it for a gift for someone. The possibilities are endless.
I used Tim holtz alcohol inks on the clear sheet to see what kind of affect I could get. I used a turquiose color and a metalic silver and I love the way that it turned out.
I then folded it into a cone shape and added ribbon and took a Christmas pick apart and used it to decorate.
This was so easy to do, and with all of the colors of alcohol inks, you could make any color that you wanted to go with your home decor.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek...wish me LUCK!

Monday, December 1, 2008

WOW...DEC 1st already?

I can not beleive that this year has gone by as fast as it has, and here we are DEC 1st, almost to the end of the year and starting 2009.
We had a nice Thanksgiving at my girlfriend Cathy's house with 17 or so other people. LOTS AND LOTS of food, and it was all very good. She did a great job hosting it and I'm Thankful that we were invited.
We brought some left overs home, but with my kids....left overs dont last, especially my boy, and especially anything SWEET.....forget it...its GONE.
Other then that I spend a pretty quiet weekend. With the exception of being on the phone with Dell Sunday because there is something wrong with my lap top. They think the video card is not good and a technician will be calling me to set up an appointment to come and replace it.
Other then that, nothing much going on in my world....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Here is my 3rd challenge for Short Cuts




This is another card that I have made for short cuts
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This was a clear card that I decorated with Basic Grey PP called Urban Prairie. I cut a strip and used a Martha Stewart boarder punch at the bottom.
The word Friend on the front of the card is a rub on by Flea Market Rub Ons.

When I adhered the PP down I used a piece of yellow ribbon and made a bow.
I then used rub ons by LastingImpressions for the If friends were flowers I'd pick you. I colored the edges of the white card stock with ink.

I used a little Doodlebug jewel for the center of the flower on the rub on.
I added Prima Quick Pick Flowers and again added Doodlebug jewels to the center of the flower.

On the inside of the card I used a yellow piece of card stock by Bazzill, and cut another strip of the Basic Grey paper. I then printed a poem out on white Bazzill card stock and adhered it to the card stock. I also inked the edges on this as well.
The poem reads:

It takes more than caring to be a real friend,
The nature of friendship , requires a blend
Of warmest compassion, and love deep and true,
To reach and to comfort, the way that you do.
Because I can see, that your kind of friendship
is priceless to me.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

I hope to have more done next week so keep checking back with me.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Here is my second challenge for Short Cuts





These are just so cute, and so easy to work with. They are gift card holders, and they come in black, white, cream and a tan color. You alter them for the occassion that you will be giving a gift card for. I altered one for Christmas since that is just right around the corner.
Check out their blog Short Cuts
You can also order here.

I used the white gift card holder.
The pattern paper that I used is the Basic Grey Wassail line, and it was pieces of scrap paper that I had left over from another prject. So take a look at your scraps of paper to see what you can come up with.

The front flower that I have on there is a Bo Bunny holiday flower that I found in my stash that I have probably had for a couple of years.

The tag is a tag by Fancy Pants. They have this cute little bag of little tags out now called Bag O Tags. They come in different shapes, 80 of them total, 2 each of white and craft.

The brad in the middle I changed out, the Bo Bunny flower came with just a plain brad, and I wanted to add a little bling.

I tied the tag onto the brad with some twill that I also had in my stash and cant remember the last time I pulled it out to use it.

I also added ribbon on the side of the card on the front and back.

The inside cover I covered with cream colored bazzill paper and the To: and From: are a Making Memories rub on.

I then used my crop o dile and punched holes in the back and the front so that I could run the twill through and close the gift card holder by tieing it into a bow.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Here is my first challenge






I wanted to share with all of my blogger friends my first challenge that was given to me by Short Cuts for their design team.
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You can click on the pictures if you would like to see closer details.

This is a Holiday card that I made using one of their cards. Its a frosted card and was wonderful to work with. I love the versitility of being able to cover this card with paper, or leave some of it clear. Using rub ons was one of the things that I really wanted to try and as you can tell, it worked out great.

I took white bazzill card stock for the front of the card and the inside front of the card and I used silver glimmer mist to give it some shine. I then used my sewing machine to add a light blue stitch on both sides of the card stock.

I took 2 Maya road snow flake chip boards in different sizes and I painted them with light blue paint. After that dried I also sprayed them with the silver glimmer mist. When that was dry I used light blue and silver stickles to add yet more glimmer to the snowflakes. The center was then finished off with a Doodle Bug Jewel in clear.

I added some Prima Say It in Crystals swirls to the side of the snowflake.

The tag at the bottom is a cute little Fancy Pants tag that I also painted a light blue, and used Doodle Bug tiny letters to make the words happy holidays. I threaded this through a piece of really cool ribbon that I found in my stash.

The snowflakes on the inside of the card are a Quickutz die cut that I have not used forever.....but I knew I had it so I pulled it out.
I painted them the same blue as the tag, and again used stickles and Doodle Bug Jewels.

From our home to yours is a stamp. I used basic white bazzill card stock again, painted the edges and added a Heidi Swap bling frame around it. The white swirls that you see at the top and botton are Basic Grey rub ons....they went on really smooth.

And for the back you get the same affect through this frosted card, and I just stamped Handmade by Carla on the white bazzill card stock.

This was such a fun card for me to work with versus the plain old card stock that I would normally make a card with.

Check out Short Cuts Blog for other fun ideas using their product, you will be amazed at some of the talent that is out there working with their product. I love it and can't wait to show you more as I work and get things made. So keep checking back....I will have some other things to share within the next couple of weeks.

OLW Challange

Well for the layout below titled SHHHHH LISTEN...that I submitted for the ONE LITTE WORD BLOG, I didn't win, but I did get an honorable mention. Check out the slide show on their blog, my lay out is featured!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Exciting news for me.

I made it to the top 10 finalists for Short Cuts Design Team

I will be posting projects here on my blog as I get them done, so keep checking back with me....

Friday, November 14, 2008

Silly Girl


Here is another lay out that I did at the crop that I went to last weekend. Did this one just for fun.....I need to learn to take better pictures and close up's of some of the details...I just dont have the patience for that stuff sometimes....get i take a picture just to get it on the blog.....but I need to be more professional about them....I see so many other people's blogs and the GREAT photos that they take of their work.....
I am going to try and do this from now on.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

SHHHHH LISTEN

This is a page that I did over the weekend at a crop that I attended. This is for the OLW challange blog that I have not participated in forever. I pulled up their site last week to get some MOJO and idea going for my weekend crop, and decided that I would do a page for this challange. The title says SHHHH LISTEN, the journaling cirle reads:
Little brother, to the music in your heart.
So what do you think?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Scrap trash bags


Well I am here to promote my moms scrap trash bags.
First of all let me just start by saying that I was at a crop a month or so ago, and there was a woman there with this really cute scrap trash bag...I commented on it....looked at it....thought it was adorable....took pictures of it and thought.....
"My mom can totally make these."
My mom is crafty, and she has been making purses out of material for quite some time....
So I showed her the picture that I took of this womans scrap bag...and asked her to try to make one. I had no measurements at all, just a picture of it.
WHOOOO HOOOO I got happy mail yesterday in the mail....she made them and sent them to me in the mail yesterday just in time for my weekend crop this weekend. Aren't they cool?
Interested? Well here are the measurements:
The bag is 12 inches long. The base on the table is 8 inches wide and the straps are 8 inches long.
She can make them in any colors that you want....I currently have the pink and green one.
She charges $25.00 for the bag plus you pay for shipping.
She has a pay pal account and will gladly make you one, or two or three...perfect gifts for those scrap book friends that you have!!!! And with Christmas coming up.....well.....this would be a great gift. Not only for scrap bookers, but what about beaders...or crafty people in general? Its a great bag to hang on your table to put your garbage in....If you are interested you can send me an e-mail at:
croppincarla@yahoo.com

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hey.....ITS OUT!!!!!!!!!

Well I got my PICC line out yesterday.....what a relief. I was so dog on tired of that thing.....and going in 3 days a week for iron treatments was just a pain in the you know what. Now I have to go back for blood work 12/1....and on 12/10 I will see the Dr to find out how all of my levels are with iron and whatever else they check for.




And here are the nurses that took care of me all these weeks

Monday, October 27, 2008

Making Memories Paperie Greenhouse line

Here are a couple of lay outs that I did for the DT at Hannah's. This is a new line that we got in at Hannah's and it's called Paperie Greenhouse. There are a couple of other colors as well that they have come out with, but I took the Green line to work with. These are the two pages that I did using their paper, ribbon, flowers, brads and sticker embellishments. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.


Friday, October 24, 2008

I am a guest designer!!!!

http://www.bisous.biz/main.htm


For the month of November and December I am a guest designer for Bisous Bzoo....
I was first introduced to this company at a crop that I was at over a year ago, they carried her papers and chipboard.....I just fell in love with it, its cool and funky and so many designs that really pop......
So I bought some of it....made a page...sent it to the owner just to show her..and she loved it.
She then sent me more papers and chipboard months ago to play with and asked me to be the guest designer for Nov and Dec.
Beginning of this month she had some new releases and sent me a ton of product to work with that is all new.....and I love it all!
Because I was in the hospital and going through a ruff time for a couple of weeks, I was really strapped for time to get done as much as I wanted to get done using her new product, so a couple of the lay outs that she has up on the web site are with some of her older paper lines. But I will continue to work with what she sent me to put in her gallery. Just wanted to share this with everyone....check it out, you may find that you like it as much as I do.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Im a Doris (take the quiz)

I dont normally post stuff like this on my blog, but while I was BLOG hopping one of my blogger freidns had this on her blog...(Thanks Shayna) and I thought it was interesting. Really makes you think. So go for it, take the Quiz.
Here is my results:

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Doris!

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You are a Doris -- "I must help others."


Dorises are warm, concerned, nurturing, and sensitive to other people's needs.




How to Get Along with Me

  • * Tell me that you appreciate me. Be specific.

  • * Share fun times with me.

  • * Take an interest in my problems, though I will probably try to focus on yours.

  • * Let me know that I am important and special to you.

  • * Be gentle if you decide to criticize me.




In Intimate Relationships

  • * Reassure me that I am interesting to you.

  • * Reassure me often that you love me.

  • * Tell me I'm attractive and that you're glad to be seen with me.




What I Like About Being a Doris

  • * being able to relate easily to people and to make friends

  • * knowing what people need and being able to make their lives better

  • * being generous, caring, and warm

  • * being sensitive to and perceptive about others' feelings

  • * being enthusiastic and fun-loving, and having a good sense of humor




What's Hard About Being a Doris

  • * not being able to say no

  • * having low self-esteem

  • * feeling drained from overdoing for others

  • * not doing things I really like to do for myself for fear of being selfish

  • * criticizing myself for not feeling as loving as I think I should

  • * being upset that others don't tune in to me as much as I tume in to them

  • * working so hard to be tactful and considerate that I suppress my real feelings




Dorises as Children Often

  • * are very sensitive to disapproval and criticism

  • * try hard to please their parents by being helpful and understanding

  • * are outwardly compliant

  • * are popular or try to be popular with other children

  • * act coy, precocious, or dramatic in order to get attention

  • * are clowns and jokers (the more extroverted Dorises), or quiet and shy (the more introverted Dorises)




Dorises as Parents

  • * are good listeners, love their children unconditionally, and are warm and encouraging (or suffer guilt if they aren't)

  • * are often playful with their children

  • * wonder: "Am I doing it right?" "Am I giving enough?" "Have I caused irreparable damage?"

  • * can become fiercely protective



Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Help me choose

Ok so.....I needed a new picture of me for a guest design spot that I will be for the month of NOV and DEC for :

http://www.bisousscrapbooks.com/catalog/

I MADE my son go to the park with me today and take some pictures. Not sure which one I want to use. If you were me, which one would you choose:






Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New hair color

So last week I decided to get a hair cut and then I wanted to color my hair. I thought I would go darker and do some type of red in it, and I actually bought highlights which is something new for me too.
Well.......my hiar turned out like WOW! At first I was a little taken back and thought....oh no...its way way too bright. But the more I looked at it the more I thought, ok this is different, this is sassy, why not leave it and see how you feel. Mariah HATES it....she has made no qaulms about telling me that she really does not like it at all. OH well, too bad she will have to deal with it.....
So mom, here it is...you have been wanting to see my new hair color, what do you think?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Basic Grey Ambrosia

Here is a mini album that I did for my LSS using the Basic Greay Ambrosia line along with a cute chipbaord album that was in different shapes and the color was cchocolate. Its called the Eclectic/milk chocolate and it's also by Basic Grey. These papers, and fibers and brads and chipboard was so much fun working with. It's now a kit at Hannah's that can be purchased.
Thanks for stopping by.