Sunday, August 31, 2008

Starting to feel like Fall ???

Worked outside today out side today in our nursery and I have to say it actually felt like a fall day. The wind was blowing and it kept the air cool and enjoyable, for today anyway!
It seem like just a short time ago I was taking these spring photos. I can not believe that it is September 2008.
Spring and Fall are my favorite times of the year. The weather allows us to open our windows and the nights are perfect for sleeping under a light blanket.
Guess I better work in capturing the fall here in Florida. Only problem is it will still be a couple of months before we get any real color from the fall leaves.

Pencil Line sketches.

This is my other challenge for my self this week to complete a layout using Pencil Line sketches design by Kelli Crowe.

I like working with their challenges because as they say -

Pencil Lines is a blog all about using sketches to expand your artistic horizons, get you outside your box, and lift you out of scrappers block and to help you get more layouts done. It is about thinking outside your normal processes to create something wonderful.

I now have 6 days to complete this challenge.

OLW challenge due by Sept 5th

I need to get back to creating for weekly challenges,s o my goals this week are to create for to sites the first is OLE- One Little Word and this is the challenge due Sept 5th..... lets see that gives me 5 days to complete this one.

Word Up #34: CHOOSE
A quote to start:
Morpheus: "Everything begins with choice." Merovingian: "No. Wrong. Choice is an illusion, created between those with power, and those without."
If you're a fan of the genre then you'll know the dialogue is from the Matrix Reloaded, one of my favorite films. I love the quote because, to me, everything begins with choice. Some choice. Any choice.
If we aren't living every minute, every hour, every day in a myriad of choices then we are living by default. It's the difference between making conscious choices or choosing not to make a decision at all which often times is still a choice. Lovely word ... that word choice is.
Here's another favorite quote:
"The willingness to make conscious choices is another way of demonstrating that you are ready to find new ways of living, before you are forced to do it. When what we do, how we do it, and the way we do it, no longer fits our purpose in life, we must choose to do something else. It means we are aware of our patterns and no longer choose to embrace them. Choices makes it easier and when you see that you make the wrong choice, you have the ability, right and power to make another choice." - Iyanla Vanzant
Choice, and the ability to choose, is power! We all possess it, we all have it. Sometimes we don't act upon it, sometimes we do but the ability to choose allows us to honor ourselves and our lives

Scrap Muse Monthly Kit

I am on the design team for Scrap Muse and their kit this month was so much fun to work with.

Chocked FULL of embellishments!!
Pink Paislee: Vintage Moon: Night OwlPink Paislee: Vintage Moon: Moon PiePink Paislee: Vintage Moon: Moon GladePink Paislee: Vintage Moon: Harvest MoonPink Paislee: Vintage Moon: Hollow MoonKaiserCraft: Jades Garden: JamieKaiserCraft: Jades Garden: JosieKaiserCraft: Reminiscing: Hold DearKaiserCraft: Reminiscing: Treasure
Bazzill: Spoiled Brat BlingBazzill: TapiocaPrism: Gray PrismaticPrism: Island Mist MediumPrism: Stormy Dark
Pink Paislee: Black Alphabet Stickers
Kaiser Clock RubonsKaiser Rhinestones: BlackKaiser Pearls: MangoKaiser: small paper flowers: TaupeKaiser: small paper flowers: Sepia7 Gypsies Number Metal ClipsClear Scraps: Buckle acrylic shapesJournaling Tags from Etsy shop ( The Paper Pixie )Jenny Bowlin: Crepe Paper Ribbon: TurquoiseJacquard Ribbon: 1 yardBlack Cord Snake Rose ( 2 each )Venise Applique MedallionAssorted metal buttonscandy bar

September Scrap Muse Contest

Scrap Muse is having another contest for the month of September. Be sure and visit the Scrap Muse and check out all of the new products.

Here is information about the September contest and the great prizes.

Back to School ContestIt’s that time of year again, time to head back to school. Whether you are heading back to school yourself, have kids that are going back to school or just love that back to school feeling chances are you have bought some new school supplies in the last month. Contest dates: now until September 30, 2008. Requirements: Create an LO or project that features school supplies as a design element or embellishment. Be creative. You may use staples, paperclips, binder clips, notebook paper, graph paper, pencils, pens, erasers, etc, anything that is a school supply is acceptable. LOs can be about any topic you choose. Layouts (8 x 8 or larger) as well as mini-books will be accepted. Maximum 3 entries per person, please. Items must be loaded into the Scrapmuse September Contest Gallery by midnight (EST) on September 30, 2008. The winner will be announced no later than October 6, 2008 in our forum. Designs will be judged by our current design team. Contest is open to US, Canadian and International Scrappers. The Prize:One lucky Scrapper will receive:• One Past Mega Muse of their choice , available in the store (Anything before the new September 2008 Muse) Retail value of $32.00!!(Domestic shipping will be included. International shipping, if necessary, will be the responsibility of the winner.)We can’t wait to see your creations in the gallery!For more information and to answer any questions please visit

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fun Times/ August Scrap Muse Kit

Just a fun page fo random images and products from the August kit. The star is a applique bought years ago in Joanns, junk clearance section in Gainesville, Fl. TFL

John - The Summer of 2008/ August Scrap Muse Kit

This is my oldest Nephew, who has grown up so fast. This was a wonderful summer for him, and there are great photos for him to remember it by. I stamped around the photo on the right with Prima stamps.
This is more of the Scrap Muse monthly kit, perfect for summer photos.

The Wild Ones/ August Scrap Muse kit

This is a page using mopre of the beautiful collection form Scrap Muse. Don't you just love the color combination that she put together. Take a look on the web site at all of the other creations.

This kit has alread sold out, so get your order in early for the September kit. New Product arriving. daily

The cousins all met at Flagler Beach this summer and this is a photo of some of the younger ones. TFL

Bailey is in first grade

This is a project I completed with the August Scrap Muse kit. I was a great collection this month and wonderful embellishments. This is a folder that has been altered to hold lots of school papers.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Prima Design Challenge/ Second Place Winner

Prima recently had a design contest called Easy To Be Green, and I entered their contest, as usual at the last minute. I have a tendency to stress and over analize my work and not enter the project at all. So my new theory is to put it together at the last minute, don't think and just submit. Besides, I know by now I work best under pressure and am most creative when I am using half a brain. Which is how my brain is most of the time now that I get up at 3:45 am to go to work daily. I am definetly not a morning person, but I do like getting home early. By nature I am usually just going to bed at that time. Anyway, I had forgotten about my entry for the prima contest and was pleasantly surprise to find a 2 day old message in my email from Sharon. The email had arrived letting me know that I had won second place in the Easy to Be green contest. I am so excited free, FREE product from Prima my favorite company, just for having fun with their contest.I absolutely love all of their products, and can not wait to see what I have won.

Check out their web site and you can see the other winners and all of the very creative projects on their site.
This is a doll I made out of Porcelain, and she has a move able body. I have an extensive collection of dolls that I have made over the years. My sister saw her and said s her hair was scary, actually it is very long and she originally was part of a very large fairy doll collection. Her eyes are hand painted and her hair is mohair. The body totally interconnects and she can be posed. The Box is a prima flower box that I painted with Tim Holtz distress able paint and then washed with green shutter ink. I actually have a clear heart page in the back from one of the build a book pages. Lucy, Tomi and Nan will recognize it as one of the pages from a project we worked on together. Another project half finished, but hey I re purposed part of the project.