Noel Card

Two Peas in a Bucket offered a group of classes a couple of weeks ago titled "Greetings from Two Peas." I missed out on the official dates, but the class information is still online so I've been downloading it to inspire some holiday cards. One idea that caught my eye right away was Kelly Purkey's fun Noel card which was part of her Non-Traditional Cards class. Here's my version:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card and adhesive backed cardstock; Chatterbox patterned paper; QuicKutz Moxie font; scraps of vellum & white cardstock from my stash; Fiskars threading water punch; green thread; Making Memories rub-on letters & 'L' sticker.


Weekend In Review

I fought a headache the entire weekend that turned into a full blown migraine early yesterday afternoon. Between the pain and the loopy effects of the medicine, I spent my time napping and relaxing. Finally feeling almost normal this morning.

The previous 2 days were quite busy so maybe I needed that rest. Friday afternoon I took both cats for their yearly vet check-up. That was quite the adventure, but worked out well. Our only change is trying new dry food (suddenly neither are interested in what I've bought the last couple years - even Chester, aka 'piglet' because he almost never turns down food) and increase the amount of wet food they get each day (Cali has lost weight again).

That night we had Trent's sister and fiance over for dinner. They are always fun to see. After dinner we girls chatted about wedding details while the boys watched football. :)

Saturday morning I spent a bit of time sewing. I finished a custom order of t-shirt bags to ship today and made this cute Dubble Bubble Gum bag for my etsy shop:

Saturday evening we attended the NCSU / USF football game. I took this panoramic during the pre-game activities. It was a gorgeous evening and full stadium once again...well, at least until the rain came. It started slowly in the 2nd quarter. Then poured! The rain continued in a cycle of slight rain to downpour through halftime and most of the 3rd. Thank goodness Trent packed ponchos for the two of us. I'd guess 90% of the crowd was gone by the time the rain stopped. We left with about 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. The score was 41-10 and not in our favor. Oh, well, there's always next week. ;)


PhotoHunt: View

Trent & I went to Asheville, NC, in February 2006, and visited Biltmore. We opted to take one of the special tours - the rooftop tour. Here's a view of the house from the roof:

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Friday Freebie - Halloween Label

We're already thinking about Halloween and when to pull out our decorations. To begin to get into the spirit here on my blog, I created this fun little label in Photoshop last night. Add it to a page digitally or print it for a hybrid design. The file comes in .png format.

Click here to download the Boo Label



Pea Profile

I was honored to have the opportunity to play with a few Making Memories goodies for the Two Peas September Pea Profile. Here are my projects...

my girl - 12x12 layout of Cali. I just love this sweet photo of her curled up in her bed. I mixed the Making Memories products with Bazzill edged cardstock & Heather Bailey fabric.

Close up of the title:

hello card

I covered the cute little chipboard bird in older Making Memories paper from my stash:

Supplies: Making Memories {note}worthy products - Delaney floral & Addie striped patterned papers, Delaney spiral journaling book, Delaney pebble clips; Making Memories pink felt alphabet stickers; Making Memories rub-on letters; Bazzill scallop edged cardstock; Autumn Leaves button; Heather Bailey fabric (Cabbage Rose - peachy pink); American Crafts rub-on letters; Maya Road chipboard bird.


Leaving the Reception

For week 7 of the Two Peas Wedding Class, I used a photo of Trent & I walking through the bubbles as we left our reception. I guess a few were in my face gauging from my expression. LOL I love the big grin on Trent's face. :)

Supplies: Garden Flowers patterned paper from Traci Turchin's Garden Evening kit at Two Peas; journaling circle brush by Kate Teague; Come Unto Me font; frame & Black Heart patterned paper from Elegant Valentine kit at Peppermint Creative; my scallop paper template.


Happy birthday, Rianna!

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card & adhesive backed cardstock; Martha Stewart Crafts rub-on; EK Success scallop circle punch; American Crafts ribbon; SEI patterned paper.


For You

I love the various challenges on websites & blogs that help to jump start a little creativity. One that I keep meaning to try is Color Combos Galore. Yesterday I played with the colors in challenge #89 (aqua, butterscotch, baby blue & fever pink) to create this cheerful card:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; scrap cardstock from my stash; Love, Elsie flower charm; Sharpie marker; black stamp ink; Making Memories metal tag rim; American Crafts rub-on.


Saturday Football

Yesterday it was once again time to head out to our college's football stadium for a game. We arrived about an hour and a half before game time. This left us time to wander around a bit. It was a chilly start to the day - upper 50s and breezy.

Front of the football center:
The sun started shining and temps climbing as the Wolfpack took the field:

By the end of the game, we were warm and nicely sunburned to match our team colors. LOL Worth the sacrifice though for a thrilling game. NC State was taking on ranked East Carolina and probably expected to come out on bottom. I snapped this shot during the 4th quarter - the teams were tied up 24 - 24 and there were 45.2 seconds left on the clock. Notice the stadium is full. Everyone was on the edge of their seats wondering what would happen.

The 4th ended still tied. Overtime began with ECU getting the ball first. NCSU defense held and managed to recover a fumble by ECU. Our turn for the chance to score for the win..... [and a small warning - before watching turn down the volume a bit ;) ]

And with that final play, the Wolfpack upset the Pirates 30-24. Woohoo! Go Pack!


PhotoHunt: Road

Railroad bridge over High Rock Lake, NC:

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Colleen and Tonya gave the DW Calendar Girls' group at Two Peas several challenges this month. For Colleen's give it an edge and Tonya's lift a DW girl, I created this page about the It'Sugar store in Myrtle Beach, SC. I scraplifted Gray's Papaya NY by Aubrey.

Supplies: Funky Florals paper from Rhonna Farrer's Magic Rainbows kit; my 12x12 scallop paper template; stitching from Melany Violette's Forever Memories Mini kit; Come Unto Me font. Inspired by June 8th of dw2007 and April 15th of dw2008.


Getting to Know Your Friends

Playing along with my friend, Kim, in this 2008 Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends...

Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your Friends. Copy and past this in a new blog post, then change all the answers so they apply to you! Leave a comment for me if you do this!

The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!
  1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:00am
  2. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls
  3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? (I had to search my blog to figure this one out! LOL) You Don't Mess with the Zohan
  4. What is your favorite TV show? House
  5. What do you usually have for breakfast? half a bagel w/ cream cheese, bowl of Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch and glass of water
  6. What is your middle name? Elizabeth
  7. What food do you dislike? barbecue (now I have to hide b/c that's a sin in the South)
  8. What is your favorite CD at moment? I don't know. I usually just listen to whatever is on the radio. I can't even remember the last CD I bought.
  9. What kind of car do you drive? Honda CR-V
  10. Favorite sandwich? Club - the true triple decker kind w/ ham & turkey
  11. What characteristic do you despise? meanness
  12. Favorite item of clothing? Socks! LOL I'm almost never w/o them.
  13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Europe
  14. Favorite brand of clothing? Any that fits well, looks good, and isn't expensive.
  15. Where would you retire to? Good question. I haven't really thought about retirement much except for my savings plans.
  16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? My 25th. It was the day after Trent & I returned from our honeymoon. We both took that extra day off. I officially changed my name to "Mrs" complete with a joint checking account and new driver's license. We finished off the day with a little shopping and nice dinner out. :)
  17. Favorite sport to watch? football
  18. Farthermost place you are sending this? Good question. I guess it depends how far away my blog is read.
  19. Person you expect to send it back first? Not sure since we've switched this from email to blogs, but hopefully someone will comment that they played along.
  20. When is your birthday? November 17th
  21. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night
  22. What is your shoe size? 9
  23. Pets? Two cats - Cali (8) and Chester (7). Five fish.
  24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? Check back here next Thursday. That's all I can say right now. :)
  25. What did you want to be when you were little? Lawyer or doctor - anything that made a lot of money. LOL
  26. How are you today? Feeling a lot better.
  27. What is your favorite candy? Dark chocolate peanut M&M's
  28. What is your favorite flower? I don't have a favorite. They are all pretty.
  29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? October 31st
  30. What are you listening to right now? Silence. :)
  31. What was the last thing you ate? A delicious dinner Trent cooked for me.
  32. Do you wish on stars? When I was little.
  33. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Red - happy, excited, full of energy
  34. How is the weather right now? Cool.
  35. The first person you spoke to on the phone today? my Mom :)
  36. Favorite soft drink? Coke
  37. Favorite restaurant? Pei Wei
  38. Real hair color? What you see is it - brown.
  39. What was your favorite toy as a child? My rag doll "Sleep Baby" - and I still have her.
  40. Summer or winter? Fall
  41. Hugs or kisses? Both
  42. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
  43. Coffee or tea? Both
  44. Do you want your friends to email you back? Sure.
  45. When was the last time you cried? Last week.
  46. What is under your bed? A few Rubbermaid boxes and often a napping Chester.
  47. What did you do last night? Worked on a digital layout. Hoping to finish it tonight.
  48. What are you afraid of? Failure.
  49. Salty or sweet? Both.
  50. How many keys on your key ring? 6
  51. How many years at your current job? 4
  52. Favorite day of the week? Friday at 1:00pm
  53. How many towns have you lived in? 4
  54. Do you make friends easily? Yes


Wedding Cake

For week 6 of the Two Peas Wedding Class, Trent & I enjoying our wedding cake:

Supplies: Charcoal Rose patterned paper from Elegant Valentine kit and frames from After Midnight kit at Peppermint Creative; Damask Brush by Kate Teague; Come Unto Me font.


T-Shirt Bags

Feeling a bit under the weather today. I've caught whatever is going around and spent yesterday getting some R&R. Couldn't even bring myself to craft which is a sure sign I'm sick.

Thought I would share one of the projects I worked on over the weekend. These shirts were sent to me for a custom t-shirt bag order. Cute designs - perfect for bags. I hope the owner enjoys them. :)



My layout for my circle journal, 5 things I am Thankful for.

Supplies: 7gypsies File Folder album; Making Memories foam stamps & paint; Bazzill cardstock; fonts: Century Gothic, 2ps blocks - scrapbooking, 2ps dragonfly, 2ps old type.


Happy Birthday!

For my friend, Terri. Hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Supplies: Deja Views patterned paper; American Crafts ribbon; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; EK Success scallop punch; QuicKutz circle die cut; Martha Stewart Crafts rub-on.

More Circle Journal Pages

Tomorrow is the big "send off" so I've been working to finish my pages for my circle journal this weekend.

Supplies: 7gypsies File Folder album; American Crafts patterned paper & ribbon; Autumn Leaves patterned paper & flourish stamp; Making Memories patterned paper, brads, rub-on, and Tiny Alpha stickers; Martha Stewart Crafts labels; Fontwerks label sticker; QuicKutz Moxie font; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; Heidi Swapp stamp; Target felt flowers; Staz-On black stamp pad.



For week 5 of the Two Peas Wedding Class, Trent & I after our wedding ceremony:

Supplies: True Cream patterned paper & definition from Elegant Valentine kit at Peppermint Creative; Black Frame from Rhonna Farrer's Color My World kit; butterfly from Rhonna Farrer's Fashion Patisserie brush set. Inspired by June 7/8 of dw2008.


Freebie Friday - 12x12 Scallop Edged Paper

Use this week's free digital template to create your own scallop edged papers. Recolor it in the color of your choice or use as a mask to quickly edge a digital pattern paper. Clip part of it to just grab the edges. The choice is yours.

Click here to download the 12x12 Scallop Edged Paper template



Mitch's Tavern

It's been a few years since I climbed those wooden stairs into Mitch's Tavern on Hillsborough Street. If you've never been to Raleigh, it still may look and sound familar - a bar scene for the movie Bull Durham was filmed there in the late '80s.

Trent & I dropped in last night for a surprise gathering for a friend's birthday. A fun night filled with good friends, a few drinks, lots of laughter and stories.


Here's Looking at You

Wordless Wednesday


Ladies Night Out

Each month a group of women from our church enjoy Ladies Night Out. It's become so popular that the men have started their own group so as not to feel left out. ;) At any rate, last night we met at a fun spot in the Five Points area of Raleigh - NOFO at the Pig. It's located in a former Piggly Wiggly grocery store and features a restaurant, food market & gift store. It was a great night of friends, food, and fellowship.


Circle Journal Welcome

Welcome page to my circle journal:

Supplies: 7gypsies File Folder album; Autumn Leaves patterned paper & stamp; Making Memories brad & Tiny Alpha stickers; misc. cream cardstock; Come Unto Me and 2ps Silly fonts; Target felt flower.


Wolfpack Football

After the storm moved out of North Carolina, we had a beautiful sunny day - perfect weather for football. We went to the NCSU season opener against William & Mary where the Wolfpack pulled off a 34-24 win.


Tropical Storm Hanna

As you can can see from this radar image from our local news, she's hanging out with us as I type. Not too bad out there. A bit gusty and wet. ;)


Durham Bulls 2008

Two page 12x12 layout of photos from the Durham Bulls this summer:

Supplies: Dirty Notebook patterned paper from Craft Jar kit at Peppermint Creative; Arial Black & Another Typewriter fonts. Inspired by Sept 10 & sketch from Sept 24th of dw2008 / Autumn Leaves Me Book pg 55.


Tree of Life

Still working on my Disney album. ;) I took quite a few photos of the carvings in the Tree of Life and wanted to work many of them into a page. I lifted Mickey Mouse by nerdgirl at Two Peas for the design.

Supplies: Limeade paper from Tropical Popsicle kit at Peppermint Creative; 2ps font - Architect.


Mr & Mrs

For week 4 of the Two Peas: Eight Weeks to a Wedding Album class -Trent & I after our wedding ceremony. This is one of my favorite photos. I love the way he has his hand over mine. :)

Supplies: True Cream patterned paper & stamp edge from Elegant Valentine kit at Peppermint Creative; Wedding Label by Kate Teague; Commercial Script font.


Circle Journal Cover

I recently signed up for my first circle journal with several ladies from the DW group at Two Peas. The theme I chose is "5 things I am thankful for." I spent some time over the weekend working on the cover and introduction page.

Here's a look at the front cover:

Supplies: 7gypsies File Folder album; Making Memories patterned paper, rub-on letters, and Tiny Alpha stickers; KI Memories lace paper; Stickles; Martha Stewart Crafts sticker; Fontwerks label sticker; QuicKutz Moxie font; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; Heidi Swapp journaling spot and thank you stamp; Mod Podge.


Late Last Night

I attempted to scrap

while Chester did a little virtual fishing