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.