Saturday, December 27, 2008

The winner is..............

The winner of "What do you have for Christmas dinner" is Michele. Michele, you were picked by my grandson. Please pm me and some happy mail will be on it's way to you.
Christmas is over. People came for breakfast and then my husband's family came for a turkey dinner, with all the fixings. It is a lot of people, but then I think that I am blessed to have all of both of our families so close that we can celebrate together. I am exhausted, but happy. Just spending time with the grandsons all day was a treat.
I must admit that I have decided that I am addicted to Fiskateers. I guess as far as addictions go, that one is pretty good. I stayed up and chatted with fiskateers from all over the world until Christmas was official on the east coast. I found time to check the computer several times on Christmas, just to make sure I didn't miss anything.
I not only enjoy my Fiskars tools, I love my fiska-friends. Unfortunely, Santa didn't bring any scalloped punches. Maybe I was on the naughty list.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Another big giveaway

When I find where they are giving great prizes , I like to share with my friends. Believe me, if I win, there will be some sharing going on. Looke over to:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cosmo Cricket Giveaway

Don't want any of my friends to miss out on this one. Cosmo Cricket is giving away $150.00 worth of product, just for commenting. Good Luck.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Scrapbook Friends are The BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We cropped last night and we were exchanging gifts. These ladies are a support group like no other. There are very few times in my life that I am speechless, but last night was one of those times. As you know, I own a small independent scrapbook shop. My friends, collectively, gave me a certificate for $200. for an advertisment in our local paper. If that was not enough, one of my friends knows that Gone With The Wind has always and still remains my favorite movie ever. She gave me a very old edition of the book. These items among others. What a blessed person I am to have friends and customers like these.

Friday, December 19, 2008

This Christmas season seems to be flying by. I have shopped, worked, went to look at the lights, made cookies, decorated the tree and am starting to get ready for Christmas Day. That day is so busy, but I love having all our family over to share in the dinner we fix with love. Turkey, mashed potatoes, baked beans, green beans, gravy, rolls, deviled eggs, sweet potatoes, cranberry salad and a lot of dessert. I always think is fun to find out what other families have to celebrate the day. I have a friend that make macaroni salad to go with the turkey. We will have around 30 for the the evening meal. I know that I will be busy, but that just shows how blessed we are.
We have a large family nearby.
We have a warm home to which we invite them
We are blessed to have food to eat.
I feel particularly blessed to have my daughter, son, daugther in law and the 2 grandsons will spend the day with us.
Leave a comment on what you have to eat on Christmas and some one could get some happy mail.
Merry Christmas

Winner of RAK

The winner of the RAK for leaving a comment on my doll layout is Claudeen. I loved meeting you at Nashville. When your name was picked I was so excited. I let my grandson point to the winner. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New year. Claudeen, pm me with your address and your gift will be on the way.

Monday, December 15, 2008

3 generations of dolls.

I did a layout this weekend that I absolutely love. I love the paper, but most of all I love the subject matter. The paper is Graphic 45. I cut the tree, teapot, girl and dollhouse from one paper and attached to the other. I have my mom's doll. My mom was killed in a 1970 car accident. My grandmother still had her bisque doll and gave it to me. When I was a kid, we were probably poor, but I didn't know it because everyone around us probably was too. All of our dads worked at Carbide and so all the kids had about the same. I really wanted a REAL barbie. ( thankfully, I have gotten over that obsession). I got a doll that my mom made homemade clothes for. she has a homemade Pollyanna outfit. My daughter's doll is a Cabbage Patch. She had several, but I like this one because it has a sleeper on that she wore as a child.

Leave a comment about your favorite toy and someone will randomly be picked for some happy mail.

This weekend I did a lot of cropping on the Fiskateer online crop. Had a blast!! Did a layout about our favorite cookies. So, I HAD to make them.

Hope your Christmas season is going well!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Winner of making new friends.

The winner of my challenge to make new friends is .............drumroll.........................Mardi. I think that all of us were winners for making new friends. Fiskateers is a great place to talk to addicted ( I mean crafty) people like ourselves. I never fail to find a great project on the gallery. The chats are crazy, but fun. Have a great weekend, although here in West Virginia we are supposed to have some wintry weather. If you can't go out and shop or have some fun- stay in , keep warm and scrapbook!

U R My Sunshine

I did this layout to showcase our love for Ben, our oldest grandson. It was taken on his 4th birthday. He is such a Thomas lover, so that was the party theme. I also caught a great shot of him with my husband, Ronnie. He was making faces in the shine of the bumper of my car and thought he was so funny. He and Sam are the sweetest little boys in the world.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Making new friends on Fiskateers!

I have challenged people on fiskateers to make new friends. If you have done so, leave a comment on the layout below. On Wed. I will pick a random winner to receive some Fiskar goodies.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My grandparents

I just finished doing a layout with my grandparents. I am trying to go back and do some heritage pages. Many people believe that they should be done on dark papers. I think the black and whites look good on pastel and rich colors. We would have family reunions each year at my great grandparents, who lived in a wooden log house ( no running water or inside plumbing). We still loved it. All the families would gather and make tables out of sawhorses and wood. It would last all day. Those were the good old days (probably 1950's). That's me peeking out beside my mama on page 1.

Friday, December 5, 2008

I Won on the Tim Hotlz blog

If you are looking for some outstanding tags to scraplift-run quickly to Tim Holtz's blog. He is making 12 days of tags. They are outstanding and beautiful, but the best thing -besides that- is that if you leave a comment, you might win great prizes. He picks 4 or 5 each day. Out of 2400+ comments -I won. Then I got a personal email from Tim. I'm going to scrapbook that. I will post a picture of my winnings when they come.

The winner of random thoughts

The winner of the Fiskars products for your random thoughts is Sandy, fiskateer 4165. I really enjoyed learning about others random thoughts. It is so funny to find we have things in common with others. so many of the things written , I could relate to. Thanks for participating !

Monday, November 24, 2008

Your First Breath Took Ours Away

Once again, a layout that should have been done long ago. I used prima page, cut out the top, put green underneath, added 2 photos, journaled. then, I used the prima flowers that match and prima bling. Loved it.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

10 Random things about me!

Just thinking of 10 random things you might not know about me;
1. I am married and have 2 children, a daughter in law and the 2 greatest grandsons in the whole world.
2 I am lucky to have all my family, including 2 brothers and their families all together in one town. ( Love the big family gatherings)
3. I have always been creative. I have done cross stitch, dough art, painted arts and craft items for 7 years as a job, once made 300 green macrame' brooms for a Woman's Club sale(yes, they all sold) and now have a passion for scrapbooking
4. I am blessed to have many friends who are like a second family
5. Love to see what creative projects others do (I think you could give 10 people identical items and you would get 10 totally different results.
6. I love to travel
7. I have never met a chocolate I didn't like
8. One of my favorite places in the world is on my deck -swinging.
9. I love to meet new people and learn about them.
10. I have learned to enjoy normal. When you have experienced losses in your life, you come to realize that it is the normal everday things that you miss most. There is nothing wrong with a normal day.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The only thing I got done in Nashville

I only completed one layout at Nashville. The fun and meeting people took up most of my time. We had the best time with the party bus, talking to everyone and making cards for veterans in the area (I loved that).

This layout is my daughter's first Christmas. I know, she is 32 now, but after she moved into her own home, I am wanting to remember these times. I used Basic Grey paper, flowers and Prima bling. I love the bling!

The Fiska-friendzy winner is.....

The winner of all the Nashville fiskafriendzy goodies is-Cicly #1835. Thank you all who left comments. We had such a great time, so I just wanted to share some of my goodies. Congratulations!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Want To Win Nashville Fiskafriendzy gifts?

I have decided that I was truly blessed to be able to attend 2 Fiskars Fiskafriendzy events that I want to RAK some of the goodies that I received. Leave a comment under each Nashville blog and on Friday evening I will choose a random winner. This prize includes an orange bag, a pair of flame scissors, adhesive, rub-ons, mini-book, board book, bracelet and orange and white candy.

My prize was meeting all the great people in Nashville and Hershey. I got to meet 2 amazing leads, Rebecca and Wendy Jo. I met Carrie from Brains on Fire and Suzzane (whom I love on Fiskars TV) from Fiskars. I made so many new friends and had such a great time. That is my prize.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wow!!!! What a day

More pictures of Nashville

More pictures of the fun in Nashville

Nashville was turned orange for a day!!!!

Saturday was a day to be remembered always. Fiskars and Rebecca hosted the Nashville Fiskafrienzy. WOW!!!!! That sums it up. The day started out with Suzzanne signing in Fiskateers who came early (would I do that?) because we were so anxious. As the door opened Patty passed out the first of many gifts to each person. Rebecca got the party started and believe me we were so eager to meet people who we only knew from the online message board and chats. So many, I knew from their creative works that I have admired on the gallery. We got to do a make and take from Lil' Davis. In the morning we were treated to danish and muffins. We cropped until it was time to get on the party bus. What is a party bus, you may ask! It is a school bus that has a DJ, black lights and bright colored lights in the floor and ceiling. People danced up and down the aisles. The bus was rockin' all the way to the recording studio where we recorded a Fiskateer parody of Boot Scootin' Boogie- written by our own Cherrie. She did a terrific job, but with our singing Brooks and Dunn have no worries.

When everyone returned door prizes were given out- left and right. Wow!!!!!! We cropped for a little while before it was the time to head out to the Nashville Palace where we learned to line dance to out own song. Meghan was named Fiskateer of the Year- and so deserving!!!!! She and her husband were so sweet.

We had a great dinner there and returned to the crop room at the hotel. We really did more talking, making friends and laughing that scrapbooking. I had so much fun talking with people . We truly were treated to Southern hospitality at its best.

I still have a sore throat from laughing so much. In the evening brownies and blondies came. We had water, soft drinks ( and Dr Pepper) and Red Bull.

This day was truly worth the 7 hour drive each way. I feel so blessed to have been able to make this trip.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

25 years ago

This is a layout that should have been done 25 years ago. This photo was an accident. My niece saw my daughter smelling the flowers and picked up the disposable camera and took the shot. I had no idea until it was processed. This is my favorite photo of my daughter, Robin, ever. I made it into an 8 x 10 and did this layout while we were at the Fiskafriendzy. I used remaining letters from the kit that Wendy Jo gave us. Robin has bought a new house and moved from our home. Now, I am a victim of the empty nest syndrome. I absolutely love the layout. I journaled: There was a place in your childhood that I hoped you would become a wonderful, kind and independent adult. FAIRY TALES can come true.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New uses for Fiskars tools

When I first trained as an EMT ( 25 years ago) they said that many times when treating injuries "Use what you have". When scrapbooking, we can do that also. I have found 2 fiskars tools that have uses that you might not think about. It is a little late this year for the first one. You can use your Fiskars fingertip craft knife to carve pumpkins. a group of us had a pumpkin carving. party and discovered that the tool would cut right through.

The second is the leave it to weaver border punch. It is made to accomadate 3/8 inch ribbon. I learned that if you cut a 1 inch strip and go down one side- then turn it ove and go down it again, you can use 5/8 ribbon. It is so easy, because you can still use the marking and line up the paper.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Drumroll- The winner is.......

The winner of the lucky lady scissors is Cherriescraps. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. Well- off to put together the Basic Grey Card Kit that I will be teaching in class Monday. Lucky I got them when I did, because the company has no more. Everyone have a great day and check back. I will be posting unusual ways to use a couple of my favorite fiskars tools.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We're going to Nashville

7 Fiskateers from The Scrapbook Page made the trip to Hershey. We had such a great time that 6 of us signed up for Nashville yesterday. We loved meeting other people who love scrapbooking and paper crafts as much as we do. I own the Scrapbook Page. I am a small lss, but the customers have become my friends and several are my second family. We made so many new friends via Fiskateers. We went knowing we would have fun, but it was beyond any expectations. Scrapbooking and chocolate- where is there a more perfect match? (Except for my friend Mary, who is allergic to chocolate.) Yesterday we had an election day crop here, but most of the day was making plans for Nashville. Watch out Nashville, we will be there soon!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My First Blog

I have to decided to blog the adventures of making memories. I got got back from an amazing trip to the Fiska-Friendzy in Hershey, Pa. I am have withdrawal from orange and chocolate. 7 of us had a great time meeting other Fiskateers, meeting Kathleen Reid (author of A Page Out of Life), and winning more and more prizes. We also had a trip to Hershey Chocolate World and an amazing historial trolley tour around the city. I didn't realize that the history of the township would be so great. That night we were treated to a Chocolate Sensation fountain. We cropped until midnight and the prizes kept coming until we walked out the door. Wendy Jo, Fiskars, and Brains on Fire made this a day to remember. We drove 7 1/2 each way and it was worth the effort.