Happy Halloween!

Don't be scared on Halloween.
Things are seldom what they seem.

happy haunting :)

Supplies: frame from Cherie Mask's Thrilling October kit at Two Peas.



My sister-in-law opening my gift during her bridal shower in June 2006. We had only seen each other on a few occasions prior to the shower and I struggled searching for the "right" gift. While Trent & I were at Target, one item on their registry jumped out at us - the board game Sorry. We couldn't resist purchasing it for his brother's fiancé. Thankfully, Stephanie has the same sense of humor as we do and had a good laugh as she opened it. :)

Supplies: Marmalade patterned paper from Tia Bennett's Comical JuniorPEA kit; School in Spring patterned paper and pink grosgrain ribbon from Tia Bennett's Spring Time Fever kit; Cherie Mask's Dress It Up brush; Kristen ITC font. Inspired by Oct 3rd of dw2008.


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Just Hanging Out

More "found" photos that were buried in my computer files. This particular Saturday in 2002 my sister, brother & I spent some time together just hanging out. It was a rare (and now rarer) opportunity for the 3 of us to be in the same place at once. Glad to get these photos and my memories from the day into a layout. Inspired by the sketch on Oct 2nd of dw2008 and by Color Combo Challenge #94.

Supplies: Paper 4 from Cherie Mask's Thrilling October kit; Green Paper from Rhonna Farrer's Color My World kit; date brushes from Rhonna Farrer's Celebration kit; Paint Blob from Kindergarten Crafts kit at Peppermint Creative; Come Unto Me and Pupcat fonts.


Disney on Ice: The Incredibles

As part of my current cleaning faze, I purchased new photo management software over the weekend to better organize my photos and digital scrapbooking elements. I need a quicker way to locate what I have and after reading many positive comments online about ACDSee's software, I thought I would give it a try. It's nice to be able to tag the different elements so I can search a specific type versus going through each kit in my computer folders.

While tagging files in the program, I began looking through some older photos and found a grouping from the 2005 Disney on Ice show we attended. Many of them are unfortunately blurry but somewhat savable when cropped to a smaller size. I used a template by Kate Teague to quickly arrange the photos and complete the page:

Supplies: Kate Teague's Temptations #6 template; Red Cardstock from Sande Krieger's It's Time kit; Orange Crush paper from Wild Weekend kit, Lemonade Stand paper from Painted Season kit, and star doodle from Twinkle Toes kit at Peppermint Creative. Antique Type font; Incredibles font by Filmfonts @ fontspace.com.


Heart Card

I've been on a bizarre cleaning / reorganizing streak over the past week and that continued into yesterday. The scrap room had collected a lot of extras and I've been working to clean those out. So nice to free us from extra stuff.

Last night I spent a few minutes playing and put together this quick card:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card & adhesive backed cardstock; scrap cardstock; brown stamp ink; Sharpie; Heidi Swapp ghost heart; QuicKutz tag die and rub-on; Making Memories eyelet. Inspired by Oct 24th of dw2008.


Sketch This #72: Caught

Quick digital page about Cali based on a blog post in March with the same title. I love this pic of her propped up in the middle of the bed and the surprised expression. :)

Supplies: Lined Kraft paper from Shannon Freeman's Back2School kit; green patterned paper from Cherie Mask's Be Merry kit; my scalloped template; Come Unto Me font; sky label from Tia Bennett's Comical JuniorPEA kit; Rhonna Farrer's TypeSet alpha and rub-on from Perfect Pet kit. Inspired by Sketch This #72.


Friday Freebie - Bat Border paper

For today's Friday Freebie, I have a 12x12 paper to share. The bottom features a cut out row of bat shapes. Shadows are included.

Click here to download the Bat Border paper


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Masculine Birthday Card

For my father-in-law's birthday today. Inspired by Feb 13th of dw2006 to use "red, black, taupe and aqua for a truly masculine look."

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; Scenic Route patterned paper; scrap cardstock; black stamp ink; Stampin' Up "happy" stamp; Making Memories teal ledger tiny alpha stickers.


Trick or Treat card

Inspired by Sketch This #71:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card & adhesive backed cardstock; Bazzill black cardstock; KI Memories patterned paper; Autumn Leaves stamp; white stamp ink pad; We R Memory Keepers patterned paper; QuicKutz Frankenstein die; corner rounder punch.


Festival of the Lion King

Quick page I put together last night using a couple of the photos I took during the Festival of the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom.

Supplies: The Paper Company mulberry paper; KI Memories patterned papers; corner rounder punch; staples; fiber from 7gypsies album; Pier 1 lion clip; Making Memories brad. Inspired by Oct 22nd of dw2008.


Brookgreen Gardens

I have so many photos from our visit to Brookgreen Gardens in November 2004 that I have struggled to create a layout until recently. Using a couple of Quick Collage templates from Scrapbooks Etc, I managed to include 13 photos on two 12x12 pages:

Supplies: Scrapbooks Etc Quick Collage templates #113 & 114; Byington, Edwardian Script & Pupcat fonts.


NC State Fair

Yesterday we went to the North Carolina State Fair.

We spent a couple of hours wandering around the grounds looking at the games and rides (yes, just looking - I refuse to ride something put together in a matter of hours).

Checking out the exhibitions. (How cute is this little guy on top of a hay pile having lunch.)

And enjoying a chuckle at the ever increasing amount of deep fried food options available (this year's most "famous" new additions being mac & cheese and pecan pie. Seriously. I couldn't make that up).

We even discovered you could buy various veggies such as broccoli deep fried (although, one might question how healthy they are after you deep fry them and dip them in ranch dressing. Just saying).

Found this poor fellow near the Expo Center where cows were being auctioned off. (Kind of ironic, don't you think?)

And we ended our visit touring my favorite section - the flower and garden show. It's like entering a whole new world as you wander the wooded paths between the exhibits.

All in all, we had a good time and look forward to next year.


Flower Birthday Card

Both of my nieces had birthdays this past week. While I sent the 1 year old the Paisley birthday card, I made this one for the 3 year old. I thought it looked more like a "big girl" card. :)

Supplies: Archiver's cardstock; My Mind's Eye flower die cut; Making Memories button & stitches; American Crafts rub-on.


Freebie Friday - 12x12 Tossed Template

Quick digi page of some of my favorite photos from Sunday's trip to the zoo. I created a template based on a traditional page I made 2 years ago.

The template features 16 individual layers for the photos & frames and a background layer.

Click here to download the Tossed template


Supplies: soft green flourished paper from Anne Langpap's Free June 2007 kit; brown quote tag & metal clip from Erica Hernandez's Maddie Embellishments; 2ps Crate font.


7 Facts

Micki tagged me to play 7 Facts.

  • Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
  • Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


one I wear socks 99% of the time. I can't stand for my feet to be "naked."

two I can wiggle my ears.

three I enjoy doing Sudoku puzzles.

four Fall is my favorite season.

five I've become a "crackberry" addict since getting my new phone over the summer.

six Starbucks Caffè Mocha is my favorite coffee drink.

seven I talk to my cats. And, yes, they talk back. ;)

I'm tagging Kim, Lizzy, Lori, Linda, Janet, ScrapperJen, and Lily.


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Date Nut Balls

My pages for Diana's Family Recipes circle journal. The first thought that came to mind were the delicious date nut balls my step-grandmother made during the holidays. :)

Supplies: Autumn Leaves patterned paper & chipboard snowflake; Heidi Swapp chipboard letters; Making Memories rub-on letters, {note}worthy paper, & brad; Prima flowers; miscellaneous photo corners; Blue Lined Paper & square brush from Rhonna Farrer's Celebration kit at Two Peas. Inspired by Sept 30th of dw2008.

** This layout was published in December 2010 on Scrapbooking.com - Holiday Recipe: Date Nut Balls. **


Enjoying a Long Weekend

We've had a beautiful couple of days here. Sun shining and warm temps. Yesterday we took advantage of the weather and drove to Asheboro to visit the NC Zoo. Our last trip to the zoo in March was shortened due to cold and rain. Yesterday was the complete opposite which allowed us to spend 5 hours roaming the trails and viewing all of the exhibits.

The baboons had fun entertaining us.

Lunch time for the lions. Not sure what they were munching on, but it was very crunchy.
Some of the other visitors said this gorilla was taking a nap. Personally, I think he was practicing his yoga.

The polar bear though was definitely taking a nice siesta.

After completing the full 5 mile trek around the zoo, we headed north to visit my dad for a belated birthday celebration. We had a delicious dinner at a local Thai restaurant and spent time catching up.

Today, Trent & I had already planned a day of vacation. It's been nice to have a full, uncommitted day around the house. We ran a couple of errands. I picked up a new toy (thanks, Mom!) that I'm slowly learning to use. I made 5 packs of Cat Squares and 2 new t-shirt bags for my etsy shop. Trent pulled down the Halloween decorations and started putting them up. And somewhere in there we've relaxed a bit. ;)


Fall Bazaar

The Bazaar was wonderful! We had a great turnout. I'm not sure the grand total of the entire event, but the silent auction came in just over $2800. Very happy about that. Trent & I did a little shopping. Mostly delicious baked goods - nothing can compete with homemade cookies and preserves.


Busy Day

Yesterday I came home to find my recent order from Two Peas had arrived:

I had planned to play a little in my scrap room last night, but I was so wiped out from work & bazaar set-up, that I went to bed at 8! It was nice to get that extra sleep though. I'll need the energy today as I plan to be at the bazaar the entire time (8-2). We were very blessed and had over 100 items donated to the silent auction. The room is also filled with many craft & food items. Now all we need is a good turnout of shoppers. :)


Happy Birthday, Dad!

Hope you have a great day! :)

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; miscellaneous white cardstock; 2ps Old Type font; Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo die cut sheet; Making Memories brads & letter stickers; Micron black pen; corner rounder punch.


Paisley Birthday Card

October 3-12 is "Stamptoberfest" at Two Peas. There are lots of fun challenges on the Stamping Board. Last night I made this little card for 3bmom's Use These 3 Things challenge - patterned paper, ribbon, and a stamped image.

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; Paper Salon patterned paper; American Crafts ribbon; Autumn Leaves button; Making Memories stitches; Stampin' Up "happy everything" stamps; StazOn black ink.


six secrets

Linda tagged me for "six secrets" - I share six secrets about me and then tag 5 other bloggers. This is far more challenging than it seemed. Do I even have six secrets? Perhaps six things you might not know about me?

#1 I never make my bed at home. Neither of us do. I read a news article once about how it's better for folks with asthma to not make their bed so it will air & dry out. Making it helps trap in moisture & humidity which provides a perfect environment for dust mites to increase. Truth or fiction - it's a great excuse to skip that chore. ;)

#2 I have no idea the last time I read a book. I've read parts of a few, but haven't finished them. Too many other things to do than sit still long enough.

#3 I bribe myself to get on the treadmill with gossip magazines.

#4 During college, one of my friends and I decided to color our hair. We were *just* going add a little bit of reddish highlights. A couple of beers later and hair coloring left on too long, we were both a lovely shade of magenta the next day. It wasn't too bad indoors, but oh goodness, when the sun hit.... LOL

#5 Growing up I had the terrible habit of biting my nails. I wasn't able to quit until about 6 years ago.

#6 I watch Guiding Light on cbs.com every weekday while eating lunch at work - frees me up from time on the couch at home later and is a nice mid-day distraction.

I tag... Pat, Darcy, Benita, Jen and Emily.


Flowery Card

Playing around with a few of the American Crafts Amplified papers:

Supplies: American Crafts patterned papers; Prima flower; Autumn Leaves button; Making Memories stitches; generic black thread. Scraplift of one of the cards on Oct 16th of dw2008.



Yesterday was a wonderful, but busy day. I filled in teaching the preschool Sunday school class. Having forgotten to stop by earlier in the week and pick up a copy of the lesson plan, I arrived a few minutes early to look it over and couldn't find it. The plans for the entire month of October were missing. I did find some story & coloring booklets left from the spring. One had enough copies so I grabbed those. The kids are ages 3-5 so any Bible story learned is ok, right? Well, the ones I found were about a shipwreck and the coloring page illustrated the wreck with men in the water and two men reaching shore. And the story talked about them praying to God and swimming to safety on a nearby island.

Well, leave it the imaginations of a few boys to see people in the water drowning! Not swimming. I kept explaining, that, no, they prayed to God for help and were swimming to safety. Nope. The boys insisted that the men on their pictures drowned. Oops. Maybe that wasn't the best Bible lesson to choose.

In church, we had a visiting group of Congolese musicians as part of "World Communion" Sunday. They were wonderful. Singing and playing several instruments including bongos. I was swaying in my seat enjoying the songs.

After the service, we stayed around for a quick lunch and to help with setup for the church bazaar next Saturday. It's an annual event that I always look forward to. Trent assisted with the physical setup - moving tables & bookcases where they were needed. I co-chair the silent auction with another member. The two of us and Trent's cousin, Laura, worked on sorting through the donations and putting together gift baskets. Each year we stress a bit wondering if we will have enough and each year we are amazed at the generous outpouring of donations. This year looks to be the same. Already we have lots and lots of goodies for the silent auction. I'll be at church 2 more days this week finishing the prep work and then all day Saturday for the big event. But it's so well worth it. :)


South Carolina Aquarium

Friday afternoon while cleaning up in my scraproom, I came across a stack of photos from our anniversary trip to Charleston, SC, in 2006. Only a couple had been scrapped and the big grid of photos on the layout for Oct 1st in the dw2008 calendar gave me the perfect inspiration to get those from the SC Aquarium done.

Supplies: Dark Comfort paper from Twinkle Toes kit and Paper Wave from Tropical Popsicle kit at Peppermint Creative; logo from aquarium website; Arial font.



Simple card inspired by Oct 24th of dw2008:

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card; Making Memories clears frame; Doodlebug Designs rub-on letters.


Way to Go card

I didn't have a lot of time in my scrap room last night due to a meeting. Walking in I glanced down and noticed the Love, Elsie charms sitting out still from creating the For You card last week. I had been thinking of using the star on a card with perhaps "all star" or "congrats." Another item laying out on my desk (large Making Memories red alpha stickers) switched my thinking to "way to go." It was a little different than my "normal" style - but a quick, fun way to squeeze in a little creativity - and I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Supplies: Die Cuts with a View card and adhesive backed cardstock; Making Memories letter stickers; Love, Elsie charm; American Crafts rub-on exclamation point.


wedding wishes

My final page for the Two Peas Wedding Class. Inspired by alexandra s.m.'s POUR RETROUVER LE SOURIRE layout. I scanned and cropped small sections of a few of my favorite cards we received for our wedding.

Supplies: dark pink mesh from Erica Hernandez's Maddie Embellishments from Two Peas; stamp edge from Elegant Valentine kit at Peppermint Creative; and 2Peas Dragonfly font.