Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Interview - Nuts About Sketches

I often get excited about so many things in the scrapbooking world, but this weeks sketch from Nuts About Sketches #232 just had me doing a happy dance.  Perfect for my grandmother's album containing her professional photos of career with American Home Magazine.  The photo truly depicts how far we have come in the world of Television in the 1950's!  Although this photo had nothing written on the back she is obviously doing an interview with KSD.  Look closely it's not a window but a back drop!  Thank you Shawn for a great sketch and I look forward to other 8x10 photos on your sketches!!!

Scrap with Modern Homemaker from October Afternoon this was so much fun and fits right in with my grandmother as Equipment Editor for American Home Magazine.

Friday, September 14, 2012

My Addiction to Shopping for Paper Crafting Supplies

A little shopping, a little playing with Inkadinkadoo's new hot toy, "Stamping Gear."  It will be a fun toy.  In the midst of seeing how this new toy works comes realization I have "no", yes no birthday papers!  Whew....I'm glad I made the realization as I have a layout out to do for the October Heritage Challenge I host over ACOT's forum!

So what did a little shopping mean!  Well way to much out flow of dollars.  A little OA Cakewlk, some stencils or masks, some more Prima embellishisments, Tattered Angels Chalkboard in the color of Chalk (white), and two KaiserCraft Wood Flourishes.  I love love this color, I had the good fortune to play with it when I took Stayce DeWid's class last month.  Then HSN beckoned me with an all day crafting!  Purchased three Martha Stewart Punches and some Am. Crafts POW Glitter Paper.  And yes, I amazingly had, some great restraint.  HSN also presented the "Stamping Gear" and so nice to see some little tidbits of info which made my playing with mine a little easier!  I'm going to have a great time with this gadget!  I'm hooked!

I did a happy dance over some much needed rain at the ranch.  Just before dark we had 1.6 inches in the gauge according to James.  And more to come.  At home in Houston area no rain since 3am yesterday, but it's coming this weekend.  Perfect timing as Larry and Lynn wanted to start fall working of cattle this weekend and moved it to next weekend because I wanted to go to a weekend crop!  So come rain because it's a great excuse to stay inside and scrap instead of hearing grumbling from the family they can not be outside this weekend dove hunting.

I haven't shared my total uncontrollable self at the complete lack of self-restraint when Carta Bella's debut line hit the market.  As soon as it arrived from ACOT I was scrapping with it!  Talk about being smitten about no other line like I was with this one!  And this is my creation.  I'm having that urge again to use it and will on something this weekend!  And as I sit writing I think I'll do the birthday photos with Beautiful Moments instead of OA Cakewalk!!!  Running off to change basket before I hit the send button on payment!  I'm so not fond of most theme papers!

Enjoy my first layout using Beautiful Moments from Carta Bella highlighting Papa Red and Dee-Dee.

Have a wonderful weekend and see ya'll next week!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Little Old and A Little New

I just couldn't resist buying my first papers from Prima!  I've always been a huge fan of their embellishments and especially their flowers.  When Craftsman hit ACOT it was a HAVE TO HAVE IT NOW response.  With a husband and son who love to work with their hands at either fixing and/or building things some of the gorgeous items just had to come to the house!  As I was going through the goodies when Craftsman arrived via USPS I dove right in as soon as I saw the 'Thank you' Wooden Ticket.  I turned to the internet inspiration and accidently stumbled upon Unscripted Sketches!!  Most who participate use the sketches for cards but don't be fooled they are perfect for layouts, too!  My take on Sketch #174!

Dear daughter promptly asked if she could have it in a round about way!  Of course you can use it, It's what I make them for!!!

I also love Laurie hosts the Rewind Challenge at A Cherry on Top.  I just didn't have time to work on the August Trends and Techniques Challenge!  What a great way to get a challenge qualified for another by Rewinding the Clock!!!  The challenge called for using something Polaroidish in your layout!  What better then to have a real Polaroid photo!  I used the Crate Paper Brunch Line....a little dated but the first line I fell in love outside of Creative Memories and I haven't looked back!

Today I say a prayer for the families and friends of those lost in the 9/11 attacks and to hope no other generation has to experience and attack like Pearl Harbor or 9/11 again.

U of H Layout

Our son James is currently in college, although it seems like it's taking "forever" for him to get through it all!  Yet he's witty, sharp on funny funny comebacks, and so very intelligent!  He loves all things technology driven, computers, motorcycles, gaming, movies and reading among an even longer list.  His sister scraps her photos and Mom hers.  He was delighted when I said I would scrap his photos.  I've printed off the ones he has given me.  And these were the first.  "Move Out" day at University of Houston from his dorm at Cougar Place over a year ago.  Ready for inspection of room is Mom's guess!  The journaling belongs to him after all it is his scrapbook Mom is working on!

Once again I'm delighted to say I just fell head over heals with Nuts About Sketches  #230 and was absolutely perfect for a college dorm room layout!!!  Thank you Shawn!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Belle's Foal

My first Arabian was my graduation gift from my parents upon receiving my Master of Science Agriculture from Sam Houston State Univ.  I was stunned, I had no clue.  Her name Bey Belle a Nabiel granddaughter.  She is shown in the layout below in the proofs shot by Jeff Little.  I still have four more proofs to scrap.  I started scrapping the photos we purchased from this shoot with Basic Grey Mellow.  The colors just seemed to fit Belle's beautiful bay coat.  This one includes the photo of the ultrasound taken for us as she was at Rinconada Arabians being bred to Nabiel for her first foal.

This is the first layout I have done as a design team member of Nuts About Sketches, Sketch 229.  Take a moment if you love double page layouts to take a peek at Shawn Lahr's awesome sketches!  I'm having so much fun with them!