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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Grandchildren" Arrangement

My sister and I were given the "Grandchildren" arrangement. All of the grandchildren & great children had already taken a single yellow carnation, so when we were given the rest of the arrangement, it really meant alot to us. When I started to separate it, the white carnations were very short stemmed, so I got a brainstorm to make a floating arrangement and I'm quite happy with how it turned out!! For more pics, visit my photography blog. Click here to see the photo boards we put together.

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Celebration Of Life" Photo Boards

I wanted to thank you for your kind words and condolences. The memorial service on Saturday was very nice and there had to be 150-200 ppl there. It was amazing and papa would have been proud of all his great-grandchildren, they were all super good. His favorite hats were his fedora's and at the luncheon, grandma put them all out and most of the grandchildren got one and even some of the great-grandchildren. Was pretty cool to see all those fedora's around!! What turned out as a very sad day turned into something memorable as we visited with family we haven't seen for years and he would have loved that! So, rest in peace now papa!! You deserve it! Time to join that Euchre hand, enjoy that long awaited dance and get behind the wheel again!! We'll miss ya!!!!!!!!

These are the photo boards my sister and I put together. They really turned out nice and we had a lot of compliments on them. I don't know if you can see it, but on the "Scrappy Pappy" board, my sister had the brain storm to put a picture of papa IN the the little truck you see there! Super creative huh? "Scrappy Pappy" came to be bc he started up a little scrap business and was affectionately given that nickname!

Friday, March 25, 2011


I'm sure some of you have noticed I've been MIA, especially since I haven't been commenting lately. My grandfather, aka Papa, has been sick in hospital since just after Christmas and he passed away last Saturday night. So my sister and I were asked to make the photo boards and I've been working on a photo CD all week as well. The service is tmw. I'm hoping to get some Sympathy cards made if I can get some time, let along some energy. So, that's why I've been so quiet. Papa is in a much better place now and no longer in pain. He's been sick off and on for a long time. Apparently he looked super handsome and about 20 yrs younger after all his pain had ended and we take comfort in that. My Aunt Linda said he had a lot of people waiting for him to get in on that hand of Euchre or that much awaited dance. I'll close this post with a poem I found online and having read at the just seemed very fitting

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free;
I'm following the path that was laid for me.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me;
For my time is complete and now I'm free

Rest in Peace it's time to get back behind the wheel of those big trucks and drive to your hearts content!! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

LMCB #30 - Recipe Time With Some Gorgeous Butterflies!

Good morning! Time for another Lasting Memories challenge! This week is fun, but I really had to think about this one! We're challenging you to use (1) Die Cut, (2) Brads and (3) layers. I really had to think about the layers!! My friend Kelli gave me the idea to try these flowers!! So, I made 2 flowers, so there's my 2 brads and each flower has 3 paper layers!! Pretty cool huh?? My journaling jot is my die cut! Be sure to hop on over to LM to chk out my super talented DT for more inspiration and hope you can join in the fun!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Sophia" WOTG - Cards

These are the cards I put together using "Sophia" WOTG from CTMH. I love these. I made 6, but I've left 3 blank so I can put different sentiments on them. They are so pretty and the colors are gorgeous. Remind me of spring! To view the LO's from this kit, click here! After 6 cards and 2 LO's, I STILL have lots of paper and embellishments left over to do even more!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

"Sophia" CTMH Workshop On The Go

My friend Kelli and I run a monthly scrapbooking club. This time around we're trying something different and we've started a "Workshop On The Go" club. CTMH has put together some great kits. This one is "Sophia" and I think this is my fav so far. I added in some stickease, chipboard letters and journalling jots that are separate from the kit. Each kit comes with a stamp, Lv2 paper pack and embellishments as well as a workshop guide. I made 2 layouts and 6 cards and still have enough to do some more layouts and cards. It's well worth the money for sure and now you can implement that guide with other paper packs as well. I still have to add my journalling for this one.

Sophia is our April WOTG

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Liebster Blog Award

Wow, I honestly feel so amazed this week. I've received 3 amazing awards from 3 super talented ppl who have left lovely comments on my blog. My family has been dealing with some sad news, so this came at the perfect time and seeing these awards brought a smile to my face as I am glad that I do indeed inspire you! I haven't been very crafty lately, but it'll come back around. It's more about finding the time these days. I have an order for 80 wedding invites to get started and then I have another 80 to do after that as well. So that will keep me busy, not to mention I have to get caught up on upcoming birthday, anniversary and Easter cards!!

So, this wonderful award comes to me from Dina. Thank you so much!! Be sure to check out her blog, she's super talented! This is given to a blog that has less than 300 followers and deserves recognition! To except this you need to pay it forward to 3-5 other bloggers! This is very hard since I think you are all terrific, talented ladies! so here we go!
  1. Ashleigh
  2. Mary J
  3. Debi
  4. Suzy
Enjoy ladies!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I've Been Awarded The Stylish Blogger Award!!!

I've been awarded the Stylish Blogger award from the very talented Lisa Lo! Thank you, Lisa!

There are some rules when a blog receives the award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 8 things about yourself.
3. Give the award to 8 bloggers that you have recently discovered.
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award

  1. One of my main hobbies is photography - I love being able to capture those moments in time - you can chk out my work HERE
  2. I love to read, scrapbook and of course blog!
  3. I love chicken souvlaki
  4. I do NOT like seafood!
  5. My new fav show is Off The Map
  6. I run 2 scrapbook retreat wknds with my friend Kelli
  7. I am a CTMH consultant
  8. I run Lasting Memories Challenge blog, which is for layouts only!
Now it's my turn to send this to 8 of you! I wanted to send this out to my Lasting Memories DT who's talent and creativity inspire me every day!!
  1. Denise
  2. Ali
  3. Ashley
  4. Heather
  5. Kristie
  6. Lauren
  7. Leisa
  8. Sue
  9. Tiffany
  10. Ashleigh

TAG! You're It!

Good morning!! I've been awarded a "TAG, You're It!" award from the very talented Kristy!! Thanks Kristy! Now I have to go in and answer these fun questions and choose some of YOU to send to and play along!! Here we go!!!

1.What do you refuse to eat?
Seafood!! Yuck!
2. What is the most ethnic dish you have ever made?
frogs legs
3. Salt or Sweet?
Sweet and preferably chocolate!
4. What kitchen gadget can you not live without?
coffee maker
5. Last restaurant you ate at?
Mansion House
6. Where would you like to live if you could move anywhere in the world?
somewhere warm and tropical!
7. What is your blog about?
Scrapbooking, Card Making, ramblings about life
8. Do you have pets?
LOL! Yes we do!! 3 dogs, cat, bird, guinea pig, bunny, fish, fish and more fish!
9. What’s the last city you visited?
Now I have to tag 4 other bloggers:
Now it's your turn girls! Copy/Paste these questions to your blog and have fun!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

LMCB #29 - Color Challenge!!

Hi there! It's time for another Lasting Memories challenge and this week we're challenging you with a color challenge! It's all about Green and White!! For my layouts, I chose papers from CTMH "Sophia" and a sketch pattern from one of my CTMH pattern books. Speaking of CTMH, you should REALLY hop on over to Lasting Memories to see WHY I used all CTMH product on my layout!! While you're there, chk out my very talented DT for even more inspiration and be sure to join us!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Martha Stewart and a Blog Award!

Good morning!! I had a nice email from Lauren this morning to check out her blog and look what she left for me!! Thank you, Lauren! Isn't she super cute!!

So, I was at LW a few weeks ago and they had these little "Daffodil" wedding favor boxes that I just couldn't resist! The whole pack was only $2, so how do you walk away from that? I had NO idea what I would do with them, but in my cart they went!! Since then, I've had a few idea's and this is one of them. I didn't have a chance to decorate them up, but I thought I would show you what they look like when they're done. I went and watched my nieces and nephew Tues, so I thought I would surprise them with a little treat box! I put some little chocolate kisses and a mini toblerone in there and they LOVED them! I think my niece had more fun closing them up again!! You just pull the little yellow tab and they pop up!!!

Have a super day everyone!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

LMCB #28 - You're The Boss with a little "Fun In The Sun"!

Good morning!! Today we have a new challenge at Lasting Memories!! This week, YOU'RE THE BOSS! How cool is that?! So just show us what your style is and have fun with it. We're also being sponsored by the very talented...

Original Digital Stamps

Each of us chose one of Tiffany's Doodles to showcase for you. I chose to use "water pitcher" and I thought this was SO cute and very versatile. I paper pieced mine to match my layout and the paper is from CTMH and is called "Olivia". I used my "Life's A Beach" cricut cartridge and added a little glitter so he'd pop off the page. I also used my flip flaps! Now hop on over to Lasting Memories to see how YOU can win some Tiffany's Doodles and be inspired by the rest of my DT!! You have till Saturday, March 12th at 9pm EST to join the fun!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Blog candy Alert!

SCACD is celebrating with a blog hop to showcase a new release!!! Here's a blurb from the store blog:

"I am very excited to reveal a New SCACD stamp release designed by the wonderful Victoria Case – Sweet Meets Sassy!!!"

While hopping along, I came across Lori's blog, "My Comfort Cottage" and she has some amazing blog candy up for grabs. Hop on over to visit her to see how you can win!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Another Wedding Sample

Good morning! It's a gorgeous sunny day here but it is still cold out there. Where oh where is spring???They're calling for a lot of rain this wknd, so it'll wash away the snow, but NOT looking fwd to what's UNDER that snow with 2 big dogs! One of our dogs LOVES to go through the woodpile and pull out all the wood and he runs all over with it. There's more wood out there than you can shake a stick at (pun

So, we had a very proud day yesterday, which you can read about here and last night I was able to get some crafting done too! If you remember, I'm making our friends wedding invites for them. So I did 3 samples and they loved one, but wanted me to add a little scallop pocket from another. So, I did that last night by adjusting the original one they wanted and then ended up coming up with a whole new invite! I LOVE this one! So, they will have samples in hand by tonight and hopefully can let me know soon and I'll keep you posted!

This is the one they chose...

And this is the pocket they want added...

And this is the NEW invite I came up with last night! Sorry, the pics aren't that good, but it was late and I had a hard time with lighting.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This Award Goes To....

Hi all! For anyone who read my earlier post, here's some pics! Andrew does NOT like getting his picture taken, so I was lucky to get these, I had to be REAL quick..faster then him! Was really neat sister does daycare as well and wasn't able to make it, but the ceremony was live streamed over the net so she was able to see it!!
Congrats Andrew!! We're all SUPER proud of you!!!!!!! Keep up the good work!