Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Texas Update

Hi friends! I hope that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving...eatting until full, & enjoying family & friends. I know that we have had our fill of turkey! We spent Thanksgiving with my husband family & extended family, then today, we spent it with my family. Very nice. I am so thankful to have spent Thanksgiving with my family(ies) this year, as next year we will probably be a unit of 4.... Just Tony, Emma, Audra, & I.

Which brings me to our Texas update. It seems that things are moving rather quickly now. We have exactly one month left here in PA. The movers are coming December 21-22-23rd, to pack up the house & take our belongings to TX. We will stay with my parents through the Christmas holiday, then on December 27th, we will be boarding a plane & taking off to our new home. My parents will be joining us soon after we arrive (they will be makeing the 2.5 day trek by car to meet up with us there!).

The past month has been a whirlwind. It seems that every moment we are planning, & coordinating, & making sure that everything is in line. Utilities here & there, setting up the schools for both girls, & the big one....going through all of our "junk" that has been accumulated over the past 10+ years & getting rid of what we don't need to be taking with us. It is exhausting!! Over the next several weeks, Tony will be traveling too, so I am going it alone. It is never dull here!

Our current house has not sold yet. We had some serious lookers this past week, & they were really interested, but no offer has come, yet. We are still hoping & praying that something comes our way soon.

So, that is it in a nut shell. I will keep you posted as things get closer....but I have been absent in blogging because of how busy we've been. It seems like I have lost 6 months of my has been in limbo since June!

Hope you are all well. I look forward to being settled & back to blogging & chatting & back in touch with everyone! Take care & talk soon!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty -Cheers

Hola, chicas! How are you this fine day? In honor of Dessert Month we were asked to create a layout around our favorite treat, for Chicas Getting Crafty. Well, I am pushing my limits here, as the photos in this layout were taken at an ice cream shop in Avalon, NJ. Ice cream being my all time favorite sweet treat! Now, I know you don't see ice cream anywhere in the photos, but please take my word for is definately an ice cream shop.

These men are my father, my husband, & my sisters fiance. The keyboard player is a comedian/singer & is really good friends with my father. They grew up together. Well, whenever my dad goes to see him play a gig, he pulls my dad up on stage to sing a song. This time, Tommy (the keyboard player) told my dad to pick any 2 guys from the audience to come up with him. Of course he pulled Tony & Noah up with him. Noah (my future brother-in-law) was refusing to go up, but eventually he did & they sang the Three Stooges song. It was hysterical! And on top of it, my girls thought that Paw-paw, Daddy, & Uncle Noah were rock stars!!! Honestly, it is at an ice-cream shop!

Thanks for looking!
Have a fabulous day!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty Halloween Colors

Hi friends! Today I bring to you a layout with orange, black & purple for Chicas Getting Crafty. This layout was part of Scraptacular's page design class, but I tweaked it & made it my own.

This picture is of my daughter Emma (the short one) at her birthday party with her 2 best friends in the world. They have known each other since they were 4 months old & have been the best of friends since. Jack is a neighbor & we joke that they are going to be married some day. But when these 3 get together, they have the greatest time & play so nicely together!

Thanks for looking today.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty Digi-Stamp

Good day, everyone! I have to be honest with you. I am very stamp-challenged! And this month, when I was told we need to work with a "digi-stamp" at Chicas Getting Crafty....whoa! That is way out of my comfort zone. But, I thought to myself, "This can't be so hard, right?." So, I printed out my stamp, & sat down with my girls, who were coloring, & created this card for my "lil monsters" this Halloween. My biggest issue is that I don't have the mediums to fill in the stamp. I used colored pencils & chalk pencils to come up with this card:

I hope you enjoyed my creation.
Thanks for looking & have a fabulous day!

P.S. Update on the move: We are stuck in the fact that the bank doesn't want us to carry duel mortgages, even though there will be a guaranteed buy out from the relo company. The relocation company has stepped in with the bank to try to get that waived, & we have reapplied for a new mortgage through a different lender. If things don't work out, we may be moving on the 22nd of this month. If they work out the way we want (& the relocation company wants) we will close on the new house on the 22nd, then stay here til the holidays. Stand by for the outcome......

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tiny Update

Hi everyone. Everything on the house is status quo. We are waiting to hear when exactly our move date will be. We may be outta here as early as October 22nd, but we aren't sure yet. We are running into a snafu w/ the bank as far as closing on our house before closing on the new house, so we are awaiting answers from the relocation company. In the relocation policy it does state that we can carry duel mortgages for up to 90 days & the relo company would pay the lesser of the two, but the mortgage company didn't seem to get that memo. We are anxiously awaiting & I will certainly keep you posted.

You will continue to see crafty posts popping up on my blog, but they were created back in July/August. I can assure you that all of my craft supplies are in bins, in storage, in my basement. Very very sad. My craft table is folded & put away. Even all of the girls craft supplies are tucked away. They are now limited to coloring books & crayons. They are chomping at the bit as much as I am. However, my mojo isn't flowing these days anyway....but when I am in my new house, in my new craft room, I am sure it won't take long before I am cutting, & tape running, & embellishing like I was before. I have many months of catching up to do!!

I hope you are doing well. Enjoy the weekend & I will keep you updated on the move when I hear more info.

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 29 Sketch

Hi & happy end of the month. Can you believe that we are nearing October?! This year is just flying by. For those of you that have been following my blurbs of our relocation, I will post soon to let you know exactly what, when, where it is all happening. But for now.......
Didn't I tell you that there were 5 great sketches this month at Chicas Getting Crafty! Each one was so much fun to work with! I hope that you have used them for your projects & had as much fun with them as I did. Here is my take on this weeks sketch:

This picture is of my husband & my girls on a miniature golf night with our church. I was away, so he had dressed them, hadn't combed their hair, Emma's socks are pulled up high, but that doesn't change who they are, & how much he loves them! They are the light of his life! They adore him & he loves them right back!

Thanks for looking. Again, if you use this, or any of the sketches, please share with us over at Chicas Getting Crafty, your take. We would love to see it!

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our New Texas House

Hello there family & friends. I know that many of you have been asking how we are doing with the relocation to Texas. It is a big move & very emotional. One day I am excited, the next day I am weeping & rethinking our decision. It is a very stressful time for us. Our current house is on the market. We have had an open house, appraisers coming in & out, & we are just waiting for someone to fall in love with it as much as we did when we bought it. If you know of anyone interested in a great house in a great location in Exeter PA, please send them our way.

Last week, Tony & I went to Houston to scout out the area & search for our new home. It was a very tough week! We looked at over 50 houses in various areas. We started out north of Houston in the Spring area, then headed North-west to Cypress, then we ended in Katy. On that third day we knew we had decided that we really wanted to be in the Katy area. Tony & I were not seeing eye to eye on anything. Where I was looking at old homes w/ charm & character, he saw "work, work, work, work". He liked the shiny newer homes that were turn key. On our 4th & final day to look at houses, we looked at year 2000 & newer homes, when we found an inventory home in a newer development. It was the very last house that we saw & was scheduled to see. We walked into it feeling deflated & were knowing we had to make a decision & possibly settle on something that wasn't exactly what we needed/wanted. We at least had it narrowed down to 2. We walked into this last house & Tony fell silent. Then he was like a little kit & started running from room to room, to outside, to the front, then upstairs, & down. We both knew that we had walked into our future home!!!

It was the last David Weekley home on the lot, it had been built & completed, but never lived in. It sits on about 1/3 acre corner lot, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car garage (enough room for those Barbie jeeps!!). Dining, living, kitchen, breakfast area, & game room. It is exactly what we need, plus a few of our wants. Best part is that one of the 5 bedrooms will be my dedicated office/scrap room! My own craft space!! Can you believe it? Since it was a builder home, it has upgrades galore!! We were at the right place at the right time & we literally got a steal! The builders agent let it slip what it was originally listed for & what we got it for is no where near that. The best part, at the end of our street is the common area where there is a playground, pool, club house, gym, stocked pond with catch & release fishing! There is also a brand new elementary school being built in the development that will open August 2012, so both girls will be going there next year.

Settlement on the new house is October 22nd. Wow that is coming up fast!! This house is not sold yet, so we will stay here until it is or until the relocation company buys us out, which ever comes first. We are kinda hoping that we will get to be here for Christmas, then move over the break. That way we can celebrate w/ our families, then Emma can start new in the new year.

I will certainly keep you posted as things progress & change. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts & prayers. We really appreciate them! Let's hope the whole move goes smoothly with no hicups!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 22 Sketch & Scrap Challenge

Good afternoon, there is another wonderful sketch posted today at Chicas Getting Crafty. If you haven't already, you should hurry on over there to check it out.

This sketch was so much fun to use! As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what paper I was going to use, & what pictures. I used the scraps from the April Scraptacular kit. That was such a fun kit & I knew that I had the perfect scraps to use. I rounded the corners of the stips of scraps, used left over stickers, then I found a fun tag that I had used half of. The other half fit perfectly here. I had tiny strips of ribbon that found a good home on this page. I threw all of my scraps together, & this is what I came up with:

These pictures are of my youngest, Audra, when she was about a year & a half. We
had gotten this slide from freecycle & Audra adored it. She would go up & down, up
& down, up & down. This would last for for a long time. But it kept her busy & she
loved it.

Thanks for looking. I hope that you stop back again real soon.
Have a fabulous day.

(post pre-scheduled. currently in Houston house hunting.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 15 Sketch

Hi there & welcome back. Over at Chicas Getting Crafty there is another wonderful sketch!! Which means that it's a great day for me, how about you? I am thrilled to share with you my take on another wonderful sketch. When I first saw this sketch, I immediately thought of my husband. He always asks if I am going to put anything in that "empty space". I, personally, LOVE the white space & really enjoy doing layouts with it. Like this one:

This layout is of my oldest, Emma. She has the biggest, most beautiful eyes that I have ever seen.
She has eyelashes that grown women pay for! She often says to me, "Mommy, I look different. My
eyes are so big." I just tell her, that it is perfectly ok to be different, those eyes are so big &
beautiful, & that the boys will get lost in them some day.

I am so glad that you stopped to visit me today. Please share with us your take on the sketch, over
at Chicas Getting Crafty should you chose to use it. We love seeing everyone else's creations!!

Have a wonderful day!

(our house is officially for sale. anyone interested in a beautiful house, on a cul-de-sac, in Exeter,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty Patriotic Challenge

Hi there! I hope that you are doing well, this fine day!

For this layout, I was inspired by the patriotic-ness of our country in honor of 9/11. I did not have any patriotic papers, so this truly was a challenge for me. I used my scraps to make this layout (I was on a roll from the other challenges this month), which was fun. I pulled from this bin & that pile & random items (like the tag that has a bird under the star). I put it all together & this is what I came up with:

The pictures are of my mother-in-law, on the Fourth of July, playing with sparklers (she is still a kid at heart!). The little picture is of me & Emma. Emma wasn't quite sure what to make of them, so I had to help her until she got the hang of it.

God Bless the USA!!

Thanks for looking today. & be sure to stop by Chicas Getting Crafty to see my full post & what my fellow DT members are creating this week.
Have a great day.

(post pres-scheduled. diligently working on house to put on market.)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Move to Texas

Just a lil update on our move to TX. As you may or may not know, Tony has been offered quite a job with his company, but the catch is that it is located in Houston, TX. By taking this job, it opens several doors for advancement within the company in the near future. It was a long time coming, & it is finally here. Our house here in PA is being put on the market this week, & Tony & I will be going to Houston to house hunt next week. We have 4 days to find the house of our dreams! I will keep you posted on that as well.

With that being said, all of my scrappy supplies are packed up & in storage (boo hoo!!), because you know how cluttered & messy our scrappy areas can get! Our sitting room needs to be staged as a sitting room, not as a hoarding scrappers room. lol. All of the post that you will see on my blog in September, October, November that are crafty related have been created previously & scheduled to be posted. All of my DT duties are on hold until we are settled in our new house.

Along with prepping our house to go on the market, school & preschool has started, soccer is in full swing, & dance starts this week. Let's just say that the past several months have been a big blurr for me. I have major insomnia, headaches all the time, & the tears flow freely quite often. There are only so many excuses to tell the girls why I am crying AGAIN! They have been troopers through all of this. They know that we are moving, & are excited to get a new house, but they don't grasp the concept of us moving across the country. What do you expect at ages 4 & 6.

Ok, friends. I just wanted to give you an update on what is happening here. & again, all my crafty posts have been created previously & my posts have been pre-scheduled. I hope you are all doing well. I feel very disconnected from the outside world. I promise to be more communicative once settled in the new digs.

Take care & have a fantastic day!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 8th Sketch

Hello there!! It is so nice that you stopped by today. Over at Chicas Getting Craftythere is another fabulous sketch. Woo Hoo!! Love it!

My take on the sketch is of my daughter Audra, when she was about 18 monthes, & her first experience on the beach. She wasn't quite sure what to make of it. She would sit in the sand, then stand up. Sit & watch the water, then dig her toes in the sand. It was quite funny. You can see it in her face that she didn't really know what to do.

Thank you for looking. I hope that you enjoyed the sketch & my take on it. Please
stop back again more fun & inspiration! I love having you.

Have a great day!!

(the month of September posts are pre-scheduled. We are busy packing, & house
hunting, & preparing for our big move from PA to TX. Details on that to follow.).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty September 1 Sketch

Have been over the the Chicas Getting Crafty blog today? Have you seen the fabulous sketch posted? Isn't it wonderful? And guess what? You are lucky this month because there are 5 weeks in September, therefore there will be 5 sketches here at Chicas Getting Crafty! All of them are out-of-this-world!!

Here is my take on this weeks sketch. I used the title "Imagine" because my girls are so very close, & I can't imagine one being without the other. They are the best of friends, & really enjoy each other. Well, they are only 4 & 6, so I'm sure as they get older things will change a bit. These pictures are from our vacation this summer. We went to see Lucy the Elephant in Margate NJ ( Emma (my oldest), did not want to go in at all. She was pouting & just kept saying she didn't want to go in (as you can tell in the very first picture). Audra, just took her by the hand, & said something to her, & it changed her mood completely & she went right in. That's what sisters are for!!

Thanks for looking today! I hope that you were inspired by the sketch. If you do a layout using the sketch, please share over at Chicas Getting Crafty so that we can Ohhh & Ahhh over it!

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Nuts About Sketches, sketch #176

Hello hello hello. Monday is here, & I am a little sad to say that this will be my last sketch on the DT for Nuts About Sketches. New team starts with the next sketch. And although I will surely miss being on the team, I will continue to pull her sketches weekly & use them.

Here is what I created w/ the latest sketch:

There is a dairy farm a few miles from our house. At that dairy farm is a little restaurant , as well as a little petting zoo. At that zoo they have farm animals as well as rare & unusual animals. The best part is that it is totally free! The kids love going there & seeing the animals, as the pictures show. Always a fun time.

Thanks for looking, & thanks Shawn for allowing me to be on your DT for the past year.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Nuts About Sketches: Sketch #175

You got it! Monday morning, Monday Nuts About Sketches sketch. My term is almost up with her, so this is one of the last ones that you will see. I am sure that I will continue to do the sketches, but just not as her DT member. But with out further ado, here is what I created with her latest sketch:

As I've been scrapping, I seem to have a lot of photos of my father, but not so many of my mother. I will definitely need to do something about that moving forward. But here is my father with baby Audra. He just loves his grand kids as you can tell by the look in his eyes.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty August 11th Sketch Reveal

Oh my goodness! Have you seen the sketches that the girls are creating at Chicas Getting Crafty lately? They are awesome! I was one of the lucky ones to design with Kimmy's sketches this month, so I would like to share with you what I have created.

These are pictures of Emma (yes, I know, I haven't forgotten about Audra!), & our dog Charley. We were so worried that Charley wouldn't take to Emma, but he immediately became her protector the day we brought her home. Here, Emma is 7 months old, & just starting to move around. He would sit & watch her every move. She loved it when he was near, & learned to pull up by using his back to steady herself.

Supplies used:
Almost everything I used was from the Basic Grey Euphoria line: paper, buttons, letters, brads, chipboard.
Karen Foster Design green Scrappers Floss
Colorbox chalk ink- lavender & blue

Thanks for the wonderful sketch, Kimmy, & thank you all for stopping by to look, & don't forget to check out Chicas Getting Crafty! Have a great day & see you back here soon!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Nuts About Sketches - Sketch #174

Hello there! How are you this fine Monday in August. August! Holy smokes, where has this summer gone??

Thanks to Shawn, I was able to create another fun layout using one of her sketches for Nuts About Sketches. Here is what I came up with:

These are fun pictures of Easter 2010. We had gone to church with my parents, then went back to their house for an egg hunt, & a wonderful, traditional, Easter ham dinner. Fun fun fun.

Thanks for looking, hope to see you back soon.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty Wedding Challenge

When Peachy Laura from Chicas Getting Crafty asked us to chose a part of a wedding to scrap about, the first thing that popped into my mind was the cake, so I blurted that out right away. Then I thought, how am I going to scrap a wedding cake??! I have never scrapped any of our wedding photos, then I thought that I would flub it & scrap one of the kids birthday cakes(shhh, don't tell Laura!). As I was flipping through photos, I found the perfect "wedding cake" pictures! My parents, on their 40th wedding anniversary, renewed their vows & had a huge celebration, much like a wedding. They had gotten married in Germany & only a handful of people attended, so they went all out this time, & had the big traditional "wedding" for the renewal. The cake was no exception! Here are the photos of the cake, them cutting, & feeding each other. Still as in love, & 1000x more, as the day they were married.

Supplies used:
Foof-a-la patterned paper
Bazzil Basics paper just the edge card stock strips
SEI chalk ink - red grape
Quick Quotes powder puff ink - bloody mary
Inkadinkadoo swirl stamp
Pink Paisley Bayberry Cottage cork buttons
American Crafts Thickers - Shoebox glitter white
Random: cardstock, flowers, & brads

Thank you for letting me share my parents love story with you, & for stopping by
today. I surely hope you continue to visit me, & over at Chicas Getting Crafty,
for inspiration!! Have a fabulous day!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Nuts About Sketches - Sketch #173

Oh my! I had thought I had set this up to post while I was on my cruise, but I still had it set as a draft! I hope I didn't disappoint you!

Anyway, this gives me the opportunity to tell you that Tony & I had a wonderful time on our cruise! It was so nice to get away, just the two of us, & reconnect a bit. With all of his travel for work, the impending move on our minds, it was nice to push all of that aside & just enjoy each other with out any distractions. We got massages, pedicures, drank an awful lot! & just had a wonderful time. Since we cruised to Canada, it was a lot colder than what we thought, but over all it was so much fun, & well deserved & needed.

The kids return tomorrow, so back to life we go.

Onto the craft stuff. Of course this is a Nuts About Sketches take on a sketch, it is Monday (well, now Tuesday) after all.

The picture is of the girls this past Easter. The sun was in their eyes so they kinda look like they've been crying, or that they are mad, but in all honesty they WERE mad because I was delaying them going inside to look for their Easter baskets!

As I mentioned, tomorrow is back to normal life....laundry, kiddos, cooking, cleaning, the works. I will just have to relive my moments on the cruise when I scrapbook about it! Stay tuned for those photos/layouts. ;o)

Have a great day & see you back here soon.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chicas Getting Crafty August 4 Sketch Reveal

Hello friends! We have some new sketch designers in town! And what wonderful sketches they are coming up with over at Chicas Getting Crafty. I was able to work with Kimmy's sketch & love it! It left a lot of room for the imagination! I also used the monochromatic theme that they have going this month. I used mostly green, as green is, & has always been, my favorite color. I hope you enjoy what I have done with it.

The pictures are of Emma, my oldest, when she was 10 months old, & learning to feed
herself. She would sit there forever, but would be so proud of herself that she
was able to eat on her own. Not sure how much she would get in her belly in those
days, but she gave it every effort she could.

Supplies used:
Nikki Silvis Flaming Butterfly patterned paper
Nikki Silvis Dan the Record Man patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Felt black
Colorbox chalk ink - Dark Moss
Random: cardstock

Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you back here in the days to come.
There is lots of inspiration at CGC as well, so be sure to stop there daily
(and here too of course)!

Have a good one.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

From Here to Scrapternity July Reveal

Good morning! It is a happy day for me! In about an hour or two, my girls will be with my parents, & Tony & I are going on a long awaited cruise to celebrate our 10 year anniversary (which was in March). It is just a 4 night cruise, but we are so looking forward to it! Just the two of us, phones left at home, & just enjoying some time along, together.

On another note, I don't think that I have mentioned to you that the Grassi's have made a very big important decission. Tony has accepted a job/promotion in Houston, so by the end of the year, we will be relocating to TX. Big news, right?? This is a very wise career move for him. Once there, the sky is the limit & I am pretty sure that he will climb the corporate ladder quickly. (he has already been promise another promotion w/in the year after we get there!!). Please keep us in your prayers as we begin this very difficult, yet exciting journey.

On another note, my sister got engaged!!! Isn't that fabulous! I am so happy for her & Noah!! You can tell just by listening to her, & watching her, that she is truly in love & has found her perrfect match! Congratulations, seestor!! I am so thrilled & excited for you!!

Now, onto the crafty stuff. We had a super busy July, so I haven't had much scrappy time, besides the Hamburg Hideaway, but this past Friday I did go to the CK Convention. I went by myself this year, so I decided to pick up a few classes. I took the Embellish It!! class & really really enjoyed it! It was fabulous. I did 4 layouts & learned 12 techniques! The hour flew by! Then I had taken another class, & was so disappointed. The entire class was spent talking about their product & pushing sales. We were supposed to do 4 double page layouts & 2 cards. I walked out of there with the kit in had as it was handed to pieces! So dissappointing. After I return from my cruise, I will be sending an email to CK. That is how strongly I feel about it. After the convention, I went to a crop at my fave lss, Scraptacular. I was able to get in some scrappy time & finally get my From Here 2 Scrapternity creations done. With that being said, here is what I created with my supplies for July from FH2S:

I used one of the new techniques that I learnd at the convention (in the good class). I fussy cut flowers from pp & then s lit in between the petals to the center. Then I pinched the petals of the flowers up, to create a dimensional look. Voila!

The pictures are of me & the girls, & their friends last summer when we went to Sonic for an outdoor movie.


This layout is of my sister & I in April of this year at Emma's b-day party. We don't have very many pictures of us together, so my friend had taken this shot. She will make a beautiful bride, won't she?

Thank you for stopping by today! I am signing off until we get back. I have a few posts scheduled while we are gone, so please stop back to say hello.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Nuts About Sketches, sketch #172

Happy happy Monday! And by now, you certainly know that with Monday comes a new sketch by Shawn at Nuts About Sketches.

These pictures are of Emma & her 2nd Christmas. We had gone to my parents house to celebrate Christmas, & she was all over the place. She was just as content to climb on & sit on the packages as she was opening them. It was a fun day & the best part was that it was spent with family. (Audra was there, but still in my belly....).

Thanks for looking. See you back soon.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Oh! It looks like I need to update my blog! My design has either expired, moved, or they want money. lol. I am off to the CK Convention today to check out all the goodies to craft some more, so when I have a free moment, I will definately fix that. Sorry for the inconvenience in the mean time. Have a good day!

Let's Get Peachy July 28th Sketch Reveal

Hi & welcome back. I are so glad that you stopped by today, & hope that you find the my take on the newest Let's Get Peachy sketch inspirational.

As you know, I love love love sketches, & this one is no excpetion. It was fun, & easy, & was perfect for my ice cream pictures that I had in mind.

This is of my youngest, Audra, at the community pool. She loves ice-cream (just like her mommy!!), & thinks we have to get it every time we go. We try to keep the snacks at the pool to a minimum, so when we do get ice cream, it is special. She loved this ice cream & ate every last bite, as you can tell all over her hands & her face!

Supplies used:
The fantastic April kit from Scraptacular:

Echo Park Paper Co. - Playground by Heart: Capture the Flag, Rubberball/splash, Heads Up Seven Up, Simon Says Border Stripes.
Basic Grey - Woolie Sticker.
Mrs. Grossman's - Sticker by the yard: yellow.
American Crafts Thickers - Sunset.
Ranger Stickles - Star Dust.
Jillibean Soup - Bean Stalks brown twine.

I hope that you have enjoyed my take on the beautiful sketch, & maybe it has inspired you to create with it.

Have a fantastic day & we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Double Page Layout for Let's Get Peachy

Here is another project that I did as an "extra" for Let's Get Peachy, this month. The base layout is from a page design class at Scraptacular, & of course I added my own touches & made the layout my own.

These picture are of Emma, buried in the sand in Sea Isle City, NJ this year. She got buried by my sister & her boyfriend, & Emma just hung out there for at least a half an hour. I was just snapping pictures of her in her various states, & I thought they were so much fun, I had to put them on a layout.

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to check out Let's Get Peachy as well as Scraptacular for lots of goodies.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cards from Scraps for Let's Get Peachy

Laura had asked me to do a few extra posts for July for Let's Get Peachy, & I was happy to oblige. When I went to the Hamburg Hideaway last weekend, I used a kit right down to the scraps. I am one of those people that has a hard time throwing away my scraps, so I used them to make these cards:

The scraps were the perfect size, & made the cutest cards. Don't you think?

Thank you for stopping by today. This was posted over at Let's Get Peachy on Monday, July 25th, so you can head over there to see it, & while there, check out all the other fun stuff that my fellow design team members have created.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Nuts About Sketches #171

Happy Monday! Today marks another post at Nuts About Sketches. I was able to work with this great sketch again, & come up with this layout:

These pictures are of Emma when she was 20 months old. We always go to Schlegel's tree farm & cut down our own tree. Emma was running through all the trees, & would always stop at the newly planted ones (the ones that were her size). She was so cute. This family tradition continues & now Audra has just as much fun helping to pick out the family trees.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Nuts About Sketches #170

Happy Monday! And with Monday we all know by now, we have the latest Nuts About Sketches reveal. It was another wonderful 2 page sketch, & it was a lot of fun to work with.

This was such a fun day. Every year my parents get the girls catterpillars in the spring. We watch them get bigger & bigger then turn into cacoons. Once they come out & become butterflies, we enjoy them for a few weeks, then let them go in the back yard. This particular year (2010) the girls had so much fun with them. One landed on Emma's belly & one landed on Audra's finger. Pretty cool!

Thank you for looking today. Remember to stop by Nuts About Sketches to see Shawn's great new sketch & all the gals takes on it.

Have a great week!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

One More from FH2S June Supplies

While you are reading this, I am crafting my fingers to the bone. I am on a scrappy retreat at the Hamburg Hideaway with some great friends! Lots of scrapping, talking, music, movies, eatting.... I am sure that I am having a blast!

I had some scraps left over from my FH2S supplies for June, & I decided to see if I could create something from them. There was a sketch posted at FH2S for May that worked perfectly. Here is what I came up with:

This is Emma at 16 months old with my dad, her Paw-paw. She is the apple of his eye, & has him wrapped around her little finger (& still does today). They are buds.

Thank you for stopping today.
Have a fantastic day & stop back soon to see what I've been up to this weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Let's Get Peachy July 14th Sketch Reveal

Well, hello there!!!  How are you this fine day in July!  Keeping cool, I hope, &
enjoying the summer.

I happened to get lucky again & create with another gorgeous sketch by Deb, at Let's
Get Peachy
. I had this paper in my stash for a while now, & thought it would be
perfect for this sketch. The pictures are of my daughter, Emma, at age 10 months.
I do believe they were taken by a friend who was at our house for a get together.
Emma just stared at the camera, heck, she was used to from me. It was almost like
she was posing. She was really teething at the time, so there was always something
in her mouth. But those eyes, they just get me every time (& still do!!).

Supplies used:
Nikki Sivils - Flaming Butterfly patterned paper line
Karen Foster Design - Green scrappers floss
Foam alpha stickers (from the $1 bin at Target)
Basic Gren - brads
My Little Shoebox - White alpha stickers
Ranger Stickles - Crystal

Thanks for looking. I hope you try something with Deb's sketch, & if you do, please
link it up at Let's Get Peachy we can all oohh & aaahh over it. Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Scraptacular July Reveals

Good morning! Are you staying cool in this crazy hot weather that we are having? It is in excess of 90 degrees here, that is crazy! I see a lot of pool time in my future!

Today I want to share with you what I've created with Scraptacular's July kit. It had such fun papers & embellishments, & was so much fun to work with. I hope that you enjoy my creations:

This layout is of my 2 daughters & my cousins kiddos enjoying my Aunt & Uncle's pool. It is a summer tradition to spend as much time as we can there & with them, & we get a picture of the kids in that same swing every year. It is fun to see how much they grow from year to year.

This is a picture of me & my favorite girls in the world. Emma & Audra. It was taken at Emma's 6th b-day party, this year. My hair is now super short, so it is funny to see this picture. But at least I am in one, right?!

Just a random b-day card that I made w/ some of the scraps from the kit.

And THIS picture, is of my peanut Audra! When she was 3 years old, she loved her red socks, & would put them on "all by herself" & then pull them up to her knees. If you tried to pull them down, she would pull them right back up. She never did this with any other pair of socks, only the red ones. She cracks me up!
There you have it. I hope that you liked what I've done with the kit from Scraptacular. If you haven't gotten your yet, head on over there now & order yours today!

Have a great day! Stay cool!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Nuts About Sketches #169

Happy Monday! Today we have another NAS sketch reveal. This was a fun sketch to create with. See:

A few weeks ago I had done a lo of the girls playing in the rain. This shot was taken on that day. This was Emma watching the rain come down & not quite sure what to do. She looks deep in thought, & I thought the picture was so cute. It portrays a true side of Emma, unsure & skeptical of new things. But oh so cute!!!

Thanks & have a good one.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Let's Get Peachy July 7th Sketch Reveal

Hello my Peachy friends! How are you? Thank you for taking the time to mosey on through today. I had the opportunity to work with another fantastic sketch here at Let's Get Peachy, & I used the Anti Boredom twist to it.

This layout is of my sweet baby girl, Emma, when she was 9 months old. My husband & I were always amazed at how much of a mess this teeny tiny lil girl could make! Who knew that as they get bigger, the messes get bigger too! Oh well.

Supplies used:
Basic Grey - Fusion: Exposure, Fusion Tags; Micro Mini Letter Stickers, black.
Color Box chalk ink - Lavender
K&Company - velum
American Crafts Thickers: Subway foam letters, black.
My Lil Shoebox - Mini Alpha Stickers, yellow.
Ranger Liquid Pearls: Lavender Lace, Lemon Yellow.
Random ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today. I look forward to seeing you back here again soon!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Let's Get Peachy July Recipe Challenge

Howdy folks!  How are you this fine day?  I wanted to share with you my take on
this months challenge at Let's Get Peachy. As you know, it is a recipe challenge,
& we were supposed to pick at least 4 of the 10 items to use on our layouts.
I tried my darndest to get all 10 items, but I fell short of just two. So close!!!
I "blinged" my letters w/ stickles, used "twine" on my "buttons", I am an inker
anyway, so I "inked" everything that I could, I "distressed" the bottom part paper,
I used a border "punch", I used ric-rak as my "ribbon", & I "tore" a journaling
sheet out of my book (does that count??). So, there you have it....what I used
in my recipe.

This picture is of my oldest daughter, Emma, when she was 6 months old. She rarely
slept for me (part of being a preemie, I think), so when she did, I would let her
sleep anytime, anywhere, & it was always so peaceful, which I captured in this
picture! Honestly, she still looks just like this when she sleeps, but with hair.

Supplies used:
Basic Grey - Fusion: Tangerine, Criss Cross, Chartruse, Grape Fizz, & Love Me Tender.
Fiskars border punch.
Making Memories - {note}worthy journal book, Addie.
Jillibean Soup: Bean Stalks brown twine; corrigated star.
Pink Paisley - Enchanged Alpha Stickers.
Ranger Stickles - Crystal
Color Box chalk ink - chestnut.
Random - buttons, ribbon/ric rak.

Thanks for looking today! I surely hope you have enjoyed my layout, &
what all the other very talented ladies share with you over at Let's
Get Peachy

Have a fabulous day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

From Here to Scrapternity Scraplift Progression

Hi! Thanks for stopping by today. I wanted to share with you something that we did over at From Here 2 Scrapternity. My fellow IT member, Susie, suggested that we do a progressive scraplift. We start with a layout, send to someone, they scraplift it, then send that one to the next person, & so on & so forth. Every person has about 5 days to complete their layout before sending to the next person. Here is what I created with my part of the scraplift, using supplies from Scraptacular's June kit.

This picture was taken from a spectacular playground in Sea Isle City, NJ in 2010. It was such a pretty view & picture that I had to do something with it. It is overlooking the bay, & the sun was setting. The picture that I took of the picture to post here really doesn't do it any justice.

To view the full progression of scraplifts, please visit FH2S, & look in the "Scrappy Chat" section, & "Telephone Scraplift #1" thread. What everyone did is amazing!

Have a great day!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Nuts About Sketches #168

It's Monday & of course that means a new reveal for NAS!! This was another really fun sketch to work with. This is what I've done with it:

I get emails all the time to apply to host "house parties". For this one, I love coffee & use coffee mate daily, love to cook, love friends, & I was fortunate enough to get picked to host the party. This meant I got a TON of free creamer! I did all sorts of fun things with it. Made tiramisu, a cheesecake, a mocha something or other, & then the drinks, oh the wonderful drinks!! The best was the PBJ hot chocolate! Yum-o! The kids played & the adults had great conversation.

Thanks for stopping today. I hope you enjoyed my lo!
Have a good one.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Let's Get Peachy Sketch Reveal (June 30)

Hello!!  How are you?  I am so glad that you are visiting me today.  I know
that I am great, I have my toes dug in the sand, at the beach, on vacation!
I hope that you are having as much fun as I am....Speaking of fun, have you seen
Deb's June 30th sketch over at Let's Get Peachy? Holy Smokes! I think this was
my favorite one so far!

I created this layout of my oldest daughter, who was 3 in this picture (she is now
6). She follows in my footsteps, & loves crafts! So, it really was no surprise
when I stepped away for a few minutes & came back to find her all covered in marker.
She used herself as the canvas! Of course my first instinct was to grab the camera.
Does that make me a bad mommy? lol.

The supplies that I used are:
Stamping Up paper 2007
Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge
Jenni Bowlin Butterflies
Stickles - Star Dust
Liquid Pears - White Opal, Baby Blue, & Lemmon Yellow
Random: twine & staples

Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoy your day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Nuts About Sketches #167

Today, as you are reading this, I am in Sea Isle City, NJ. Maybe I am sleeping, maybe I am sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand. Or maybe I at the zoo, or Storybook Land. Who knows, however, I am on vacation! Yay!

Even though I am on vacation, that doesn't stop Shawn from posting new sketches at Nuts About Sketches.... as it is Monday. This sketch was so much fun to work with, & the supplies in the Scraptacular June kit were perfect for this sketch. I loved working w/ the supplies & the sketch. And here is what I came up with:

When my father found out that Emma loved his boat, he would take her out every time she went for a sleep over. He even got her her own fishing rod (Dora I do believe). In these pictures, she did catch a sunny, & you can see her reaction.

Thanks for looking today.
Have a great week.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

From Here 2 Scrapternity June Reveals.

Hello friends! I hope that you are having a fantastic day! This weekend there is a great crop going on at From Here 2 Scrapternity. You should head over there right now & check it out. I used my supplies for June to create 2 challenges. A recipe challenge for a layout, & a card challenge. Here is what I have created using my supplies:

This layout is of my girls with my parents on their boat. They love fishing with Nana & Paw-paw, & have such a great time on the water & boat.

I created this card for Tony's cousin's son who made his first communion in May. I really like how the cross turned out. In the thank you note, he even thanked me for the "handmade" card. Josh is 8.

Today, we are on our way to the beach! I am so looking forward to spending time w/ the family & just hanging out & relaxing. My favorite part is watching the girls have a ball. I have posts set up while we are away, so I hope you keep stopping back.

Thanks for looking today & have a great week!! (& don't forget to head over to FH2S for fun , inspiration, & prizes.)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

From Here to Scrapternity May Reveals

Yes, I know, I did it again. We are almost at the end of June, & I am just sharing with you my FH2S May reveals. I have had them done since the end of May, posted them at FH2S, but almost forgot to post them here. Pam sent me Basic Grey, my fave, to use, & it was fun. This first layout you've seen already as it was a NAS sketch, but the rest will be new to you.

Thanks for looking! Stay tuned for more posts in the days to come. Maybe even my June IT designs for FH2S will make it in June! lol.

Have a good one!