Thursday, April 10, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April Layout #1

Last weekend I got into my kit since I just love the colors and papers I chose.  In the Spring of 2012 I was in College Station on a weekend and decided to stop in Bryan to photograph the Brazos County Courthouse.  Much to my chagrin it was undergoing some renovation.  So I decided to take just one photograph.  I printed it about six months ago and never took a really good look at the photo until I pulled it to scrap.  WOW....there before me in the mirrored glass is the crane and clouds.  How cool!
I took the option to pull some white cardstock.  I should have taken the photo outside so it wouldn't have turned the color of blue it did.  Some mist, some bubble wrap and ink set my background and the rest came really quickly.


Stop by and see some amazing work by the design team and those who participate at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog via Mr. Linky's Widget!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Garden Failure

I still shake my head over the failure of the garden two years in a row.  Your talking years of growing gardens between Larry and I.  Both have helped Dad in Larry's case and my Grandparents in their huge garden.  We have never had a mass failure two year in a row.  I suspect the soil needs huge amending....it sure can grow some grass though for the cattle.  We decided to just put raised beds in until we move permanently to the ranch where we can amend our soil.  Yes, insect problems, but I've had young squash live through this.  Seed didn't come up or if did the plants died.  Yes....soil tests would benefit.

I did this layout for the Sketch Thursday challenge over at Elle's Studio Blog!!!  I love loved the sketch:


The sketch was right up my alley.  Very linear which so appealed to me.

And my layout!


Love how it turned out!!!

Until next time!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I've been.....

...absent from blogging!  But I've also been busy as a bee!  Ranch, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, seedstock cattle sales, scrapping and a host of other things.

This month I can finally return to participate in one of my favorite blog Challenges this month, Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  This month is a little switch on how to build your kit from CSI:  Color, Stories, Inspiration!  Here's Case File # 112 we needed to use to build our kit.


What great fun I had building my kit.  I promised my self once again I would keep it small.  Are you kidding!  Yet again very embellishment top heavy!  But oh....I ended up loving the colors and choosing embellishments from the list.  I didn't quite have the same colors of green in the pallet but I still love how the kit came out.  Will I kill the kit at the end of the month.  Probably not.  But lots of room in the kit to do layouts, cards and Project Life.  Yes, I decide to scrap this year's photos via PL style my way.  My way is both pocket and 12x12 layouts as well as taking photos when I want to take photos and not bound to a weekly layout.  I also allowed this kit to let me play with some of the other albums I'm working on like my mother's horse album, heritage album and ranching photos.

Meet my April Kit:  Spring Fling

Lynnette gave me the idea to hit my scrap box and I put scraps together from Carta Bella, Webster's Pages and scraps from long ago via Creative Memories.



Then off to the Cardstock for the kit.  Oh yes....got to use up that old die-cut cardstock!  Added some more Bazzill and Carta Bella.  Also a great way to display the stencils, washi tape and the 2x2 pack of Moda Simply Style Fabric squares that will be used for something puffy!


Then on to my Pattern Papers.  Oh my what an eclectic set!  Full pattern papers from Carta Bella So Noted as some of the scraps are from same.  Other manufactures include Basic Grey, Elle's Studio, October Afternoon, Webster's Pages, Bo Bunny, Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Amy Tangerine, and Fancy Pants.



Oh lets start off embellishments with stickers and alphas and stamps!!!  Also a great way to display a pocket for journaling since I get so frustrated trying to die cut vellum.  Also included something pleated....navy seems to be the new "IT" blue this spring.  LOL...don't machine sew as my fingers and sewing machine needles don't like each other!  This pleated cloth came in one of my Paper Bakery Kits.



As I said very top heavy on embellishments!  LOL....they do fit in one medium wicker gathering basket along with my Simple Stories Oh Snap cards and still room to spare.  Now the colors not in the pallet won't be used except for that wonderful "Lovely" word!  I do reserve that one word and the neutrals in the various embellishments!




And finally not shown but can and most likely will be included:  One embellishment from Jillibean Soup Corrugated Shapes Words I found looking at me on my scrap table after I took my photos.  I also include all of my Black and White Bazzill Cardstock, Dies, Inks, Mists and Art Anthology Paints!

Yes, Spring has sprung....calves are growing in the pasture playing calf games, the Texas Wildflowers are blooming and we had our first round of severe storms last week and more storms today into tomorrow.  Already have photos of a wall cloud last week!

We head for Ft. Worth for a meeting with Ft. Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo to see if they will accept the Lowlines into the show next year!  Keeping fingers crossed they go in as a beef breed and not specialty breed.  Kids are keeping fort at both houses on Friday so look for my first layout next week with my kit!

Until Next Time!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Two Months of Projects!!!

I literally have been very absent!  I've been working on a variety of projects through November, December and the first part of January.  On top of that Larry's Uncle went to be with the Lord on Jan. 1st.  Rough start to the New Year for our family.

Just one more little item, I'll be once again changing my blog name in the next week!  The current one is just too long.  I've decided on 'A Rancher's Scrapbook'.

November and December were taken up with four mini albums as presents for family members.



I finished the Basic Grey Calendar for Larry's office at our Oilfield Business.  This was may favorite page in the calendar!  Love love that wonderful man I call my soul mate and husband!



Then on to scrap a couple of layouts with a patriotic theme.  All those from Texas or visitors to our state recognize this statue on I-45 of Sam Houston: Governor of Tennessee, General of Texas Army who defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, Republic of Texas First President, served Tennessee as a US Representative and served Texas as an US Senator.  These photos were taken by my daughter in 1995 when the visitor center was being built.



The next layout is a photo taken on the 200th Anniversary of our nation.  I was in Maine for five weeks with my grandmother.  Mom being a beautiful seamstress decided to make a period costume which would match her Appaloosa.  Exactly what was going on in our neighborhood, I am not really sure.


My last layout is my cover page for my Project Life Album.  No the colors don't nessacarily go together but they do for me and what I wanted to convey which is subjects near and dear to my heart:  Family and Family Heritage, our Ranch and History (Texas Courthouses & Discovering where Family lived )! Yes, I found Santa locked in the Limestone County Courthouse on Christmas Day!  Whoops....did Santa finish his rounds and decide to rest here before returning to the North Pole? This month is catch up time for Project Life!!!  Hope you'll read the journaling and maybe it will be a little clearer why the photos are a mix mash of topics.


I am also entering the above layout in the Elle's Studio January 15th Challenge to do a multi photograph layout!

Until next time!  

Monday, December 30, 2013

Chickaniddy Crafts - Twirly Girl

OMG......just talk about girly girl!!!!  For this country gal I love the Twirly Girl line from Chickaniddy Crafts!  I can so use this line for so many things:  myself, my daughter and yes for scrapping the cows and heifers that catch my eye!  You can take a peek at the line here and here!!!  I thought I just might wet a little whistle for you!


Such pretty spring colors and every bit all girl!!!!  I'm not a pastel gal but oh my I see these colors all over the ranch each spring.

Then there is my favorite paper in the line!  I literally swooned when I saw it so I'm ordering an extra!


Now to my favorite embellishments!  I am all into words and triangles!  But one must click on the link above to see them all....OMG!



And I just can't help myself loving the diamonds, too!

As Heidi said this is the first line that covers all ages of females from baby right to grandmothers!

The most exciting thing to happen for me is my favorite online store announced on Dec. 23 they would carry Chickaniddy Crafts!  Whoooo Hoooo A Cherry on Top!!!!  Stop by Chickaniddy Crafts Blog for the Giveaway of Twirly Girl!  Entries for Giveaway close on Jan. 3, 2014

I have something really really exciting to share with you!  This was the comment Heidi left on my last post:

Thanks so much for the support Kim. 
PS you are the winner of my book giveaway. Checkout my blog for the details :)

Thank you so much Heidi!  I am excited!

Best wishes for a great CHA!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Chickaniddy Crafts

Never put me on a computer when I HAVE to call my SIL to find out where to send my brother's family's Christmas Present.  They moved last year and I still don't have their new address.  She's a working Mom so I may need to send to her work addy!  There are a couple of things to completely finish it, too!

LOL!!!  In the back of my mind all week as I have been finishing up four mini albums has been CHA early next month!  Not Christmas!  And this morning I find a brand new paper crafting company, Chickaniddy Crafts!  Well sort of new, they became a business seven months ago and released their first line this week!  OMG!  I'll let you decide!  Don't forget to stop by their blog for a giveaway!




There are definitely must haves for me!  And yes after 27 years of marriage Larry and I go on dates still!  Literally, he'll ask me out on a 'date!'  Love my husband!  Now to talk A Cherry On Top into carrying this new company!

By the way stay tuned next week for the release of  Twirly Girl!  Love the colors of this line even more!

And stay tuned to see my mini!!!  Probably next week!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cruising Blogs!

My favorite thing to spend an hour or so each day!  I love seeing all the wonderful talent out there!

Today was Elle's Studio, YAY I won the GC!  Thank you so much!  On to My Mind's Eye with a Mixed Media Card today, which was gorgeous! I love playing with Mixed Media!  Then I had this little bell go off to take a look at what was created with Dapper Dan a few minutes ago!

First let me say I am not normally a Glitz Design Gal until Dapper Dan came out!  I have received some of Glitz Design in my Paper Bakery Kits and Sarah just makes using Glitz papers easy!  I was smitten right from the start with Dapper Dan!  Right to the top of my list as must have!  Started collecting the embellies first and then purchased the Collection Pack at ACOT's Black Friday Sale.  Time to start using those supplies thus to take a peek at the creations on Glitz Design Blog!  OMG one is definitely in for a treat!  I know I am going to have to go through Christmas first!  Gorgeous creations!  And then.....


Oh my goodness.....I am totally smitten!!!  Dapper Dan, Findley and Hello December used in creating this magnificent layout!  I just had to share!

Now back to looking for more beautiful Dapper Dan layouts!!!

Until next time!