Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Aftermath

I hope your Easter was wonderful - with delightfully happy children, a lovely dinner rich with the bounty of Spring, and the love of family! We were alone this Easter. It sure is difficult getting used to celebrating holidays without our DS.

I sat this weekend remembering Easters of years gone by. I remember while growing up, going to church all decked out in our new Easter clothes. That was always so much fun after the long, cold, gray winters of Pennsylvania. One year, as a teen, I was dressed in off white from head to toe. The Jackie Kennedy white pill box hat, the off white heels, and the empire waist off white coat was my Easter outfit. Somehow, I just didn't look like Jackie Kennedy in spite of my new outfit! LOL I think my favorite outfit was the one that was bright orange! I had a gorgeous tangerine colored light wool coat with a very open weave. Oh, how I loved that coat. I added a color matched orange picture hat with a massive brim, orange cobra skin shoes and matching purse. Inconspicuous? Not on your life! Would I do that now? Not on your life! But, I was young and everyone looks good when they are 16 or 17! LOL

So, after reflection of my early Easters, I decided to go through our photos and create a LO in honor of our wayward son. He really isn't wayward. He's happily living and working in the Pacific Northwest. I was given this wonderful brown paper and knew I had to use it for this layout.

It's hard to see in the photo, but DS's cheeks are stuffed to the hilt with candy! He looks like a starving hamster that just found a stash of sunflower seeds! This is primarily why, as a child, DS's baskets always had books, tapes, puppets, and other little items. Candy was there, but only a little bit.

The LO features Scenic Route PP, a walnut stained tag, Thickers alphas, a cute Easter basket charm on the tag, a cellophane wrapped tiny Easter basket in the lower left, and lots of layering. I hope you like it. Here's the LO:


Chocolate for Breakfast

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Things are Blooming!

Well, the signs of Spring are all around. The trees in our front yard show hints of green with the little leaf buds coming out from their winter sleep. The Forsythia in our back yard is blooming its yellow flowers. Oh, how I love Forsythia and Bridlewreath! Our little fruitless plum is blooming pretty white flowers. The birds are chirping and chasing one another *ahem!* I've been on the lookout for hummingbirds so I can fill our feeders for them.

The cybercrop at FOUR SCRAPPY SISTERS is at its half way point. You should drop by! There are some fun challenges and even if you missed the time deadline, the challenges are worth doing. They are sure motivating! I was very pleased with the gals who did my adhesiveless layout challenge. Their work was wonderful. The best part was that they didn't know they could do it and felt good about the final product.

For my color challenge, I asked the girls to create a layout using black, lime green, and turquoise. They could had a touch of white here and there. This was the example I provided:


Our Nudie Cutie

Wasn't he just the cutest? By posting a photo of his naked tushie on the internet, I'll find out if he really checks my blog! I'm sure he'll say something...if he sees what I've done! *tee hee*

If you would like to give this color scheme a try, please do and leave a comment for me - with the web address of you layout. I'd love to see what you come up with!

Well, I've got to get back to my next layout. Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, March 7, 2008

It's March Already!

Can you believe it is March? Time is just flying by!

Spring is in the air here. The trees are beginning to bud. The temps are in a mid 50 - low 70 range. The birds are back and so is the owl I hear in the early morning before dawn.

I've been so busy preparing for my monthly card making class. I had it last night and the gals made some really cute cards. I'm going to do it every other month now because it really takes a lot of time to prepare packets for each gal.

Are you in the mood for a cybercrop? If so, stop by FOUR SCRAPPY SISTERS and join in. Here's the link: It starts tomorrow, Saturday, March 8 and runs for a week! Maybe there are a couple of challenges you'd like to do. I know that cybercrops sure get me scrapping.

I've done a couple of LOs that were fun. These were done as part of my design team projects for HAPPY SCRAPPIN' SCRAPBOOKING. The PPs can be found in the storefront at HAPPY SCRAPPIN' . Here they are:

For this LO, I used the skull and crossbones from a gift bag that I had for two or three years! I had some pirate paper scraps left from another layout and the only photo of our son that was pirate related. Thank goodness, Long John Silver's! LOL


You Are Our Treasure

I just had so much fun with this LO. I used alphas from Scrap in the Box. Here is their link: The owner of the site, Kerry, is amazing and sends everything out right away. It took only five days to get these alphas! The PPs are from Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking's cyberstore. Love the reds!


Prince of Our Heart

For this LO, I chose the colors black, lime green, and turquoise. The photo was blurry after being blown up, so I printed it in black and white. This is a wonderful trick to use when photos are blurry. Just print in black and white! It diffuses the blur a bit. I love his smile! DS was such a beautiful baby! This was done as part of my DT projects at Happy Scrappin' Scrapbooking.


I Can See the Light Around You

I hope you will stop by Four Scrappy Sisters and join in the cybercrop!

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