Monday, October 18, 2010

Wanna win a Gypsy!!!???

Check this amazing give away out!! I heard about it from Pinky!

Good morning my amazing crafty friends!
I have a wonderful day planned today which begins with
a SWEET, amazing giveaway from Provocraft!!!

You know I am on the Provocraft Cricut Circle Magazine Design Team
and they just launched the new Cricut Circle Blog.
In the huge celebration they gave me a GYPSY
to GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Want all the details....including how to enter! Head on over to Pinky's blog!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dirty Scraps challenge #17

Here's my entry for Dirty Scraps challenge #17! If you haven't checked these ladies and their amazing work out you should head over there!

Journaling reads:
I am so proud to say I have been lucky and blessed enough to witness so many of your "moments". There is no way I could ever pick just one or "the one". I remember the moment you took your first breath. I was there the moment you found your hands for the first time. I witnessed the moment you slept for the first time. I was there the moment you had your heart broken by someone you loved and trusted. I was there the moment you realized you had a dad...a real one. I was there the moment you got a home with a family. I was there the moment you had the first real fight with your best friend. I was there the moment you realized yo had musical talent. I was there the moment you got your first trumpet. i was there the moment you got asked out by a boy for the first time. I have been blessed so many times by your amazing moments. I look forwards to many more. Moments of joy, excitement and of course most of all happiness! You have mde so many of my life's moments so much more special just by being you. Love mom

This lo is a bit out of the box for is a piece of clear acrylic over the cardstock and pictures...there are a couple of flowers on top of the clear sheet as well as the journaling and the little beads I used to make the title. I don't usually use so many pictures or leave them some what I'm excited I stepped out of my comfort zone...and I like the turn out!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Catching up on some challenges!

I got a chance to scrap today during nap time...I even went so far as to neglect the laundry to get it done....hope my family understands! The journaling for this lo reads as follows:

According to you a good mother chooses to live with an abuser rather than push forward and make a better life for herself and her children. I am sure never knowing your granddaughter hurt you very much. I am also sure I did not ever want my child to think that love should hurt. Despite what you may believe love shouldn't hurt. Women don't deserve to be hit. Children don't need to be beaten to learn. I trusted you to love me, to teach me what love was. Then I learned YOUR LOVE HURTS. So it's not for me.

I'm entering this into the following challenges!
Dirty Scraps

Scrap Whispers challenge #74

Sassy lil' Sketches
The lo is based on the new sketch!

ScrapFit Challenge #26

If you haven't checked these sites out please do! The inspiration is abundant!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A hapenstance!

I just happened to pop by sassy lil' sketches today and saw they were having a blog hop...I was so excited by the sketch I couldn't resist doing a lo first! So here is my lo I'm off to hop and hopefully find the treasure!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Just wanted to let you all know it's done!

The scrap room is so close to done I'm calling it good least till I get back to my normal scrapping schedule! So here are some pics! Obviously still needed some clean up when I took these pics...but I cleaned it up a bit over the weekend so I could make a lo for a friends birthday! I'll post it next! TFL!

NO I'm not in the witness protection program!

Ok,I must apologize to all my blogging friends...if I have any left! I hope I do because I'm back in the saddle and rearing to go! To prove it here is my triumphant return I did this lo for a friends birthday. Enjoy and look back soon I'm so excited to do the dirty scrap's challenge...also I'm gonna check up on my other favorite challenge to saying goodbye to dry spell!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


On August the 1st 1999 at three o’clock in the morning my phone rang. A voice I knew as well as my own responded to my hello. “I know you weren’t going to come till in the morning, but would you come up here now, I don’t want to be alone.” it said. This voice sounded different, I had been hearing it her entire life…yet it wasn’t as familiar as it had always been…there was a tinge of fear, anticipation, worry and excitement in it like I had never heard before. “I’ll be there in about 30mins” was my reply. I got up got dressed, told my husband I was going to the hospital and I left. On the drive to the hospital I had a thousand thoughts running through my head, the most repetitive one being, let it all go smoothly. I arrived at the hospital about a min before a young not bad looking anesthesiologist. He came into the room to administer an epidural. It was the largest needle I had ever seen in my life. I held her head and encouraged her to focus on me as he injected the elixir into her spine. The nurse informed me that now she would be in the room at all times. The three women in the room her, the nurse, and myself began a conversation. No she hadn’t had any difficult contractions yet the epidural was a precautionary method…there was a chance the cervix softener which had been used hours ago would not be enough and they would have to use a drug injected directly into the I.V. to induce hard labor. The small stranger who had yet to breath air outside of the woman’s body was two weeks late. I yawned as the conversation faded into the sounds of machines beeping information and details understood only by the nurse. I began to fall asleep sitting up on the edge of the bed holding her hand. The nurse showed me how the chair in the room folded out to become an uncomfortable excuse for a much to small bed. I was given a pillow and a blanket. I took off my glasses, silently chastising myself for not having thought to put my contacts in, lied back and dozed off.

A little more than an hr later the nurse was calling my name and nudging me gently but insistently. I sat up rubbed my eyes put on my glasses, and looked over to the woman. She looked different, she had small beads of sweat on her forehead and her eyes were closed, her breathing was labored, and every now and then she would take large breaths of air and hold them for just a fraction of a second. She looked over at me…”They were just about to give me the medicine to start labor when the contractions started, they have been getting worse since.” She tells me. I look to the nurse “If there is anyone you want to call you should call them now, there isn’t much time” She informed me. I make two phone calls. Then I make my way over to the bed and wipe her forehead and kiss her and take her hand in mine. Less than 10mins later the room seems to fill magically. As if someone pushed a silent alarm. There were people everywhere all nurses and drs. There was added equipment machines, incubators and a scale. She was instructed to begin pushing. I was joined in the room by her partner, who helped to bring this child into being. I grabbed a leg and began to encourage her to bring the life in her womb to the world. In an instant the bottom half of the bed was taken away, a large plastic bag was put in it’s place and an official looking man in a white coat was sitting on a stool between her thighs. With everyone working together like a well oiled machine, she was encouraged to push, getting only a few seconds of breathing time in between pushes. Finally only about 5mins into what they call “hard labor” I was told to come and look, I was hesitant…after all that’s a hugely messy area. I sucked in all my breath and took a step forward, bent my head and saw a large black circle…”what is that?” I asked “That’s the head” came the answer from somewhere. A level of excitement rose in me like nothing I had ever felt before, “She’s almost here!” I excitedly reported to the woman, as if she had no idea what was going on. Less than a min later I heard a sigh come from this woman unlike any I had ever heard before it felt as if the entire universe sighed with her. Just 10seconds later the child was free from her body. “It’s a girl” someone announced.

As I stood next to her body still holding her leg, while she attempted to finish her woman’s work, I strained to hear the sounds of a new life. There were none. I looked around the room and asked the first set of eyes I met “Is she okay?” No one answered. I was instructed to let her leg go, she was told to relax, her work was done it was all up the dr. now. She began to look curiously around the room as well. “Why isn’t she crying?” she asked no one in particular. We could both see the small body move around the room. Each person she was handed to explored another part of her body and announced their findings to a tall quiet woman in the corner with a pen and chart. When the small, plump, pink and red baby made it’s way to the final machine and nurse, there was some kind of goop placed unceremoniously in both of her eyes, as a cloth was rubbed over her face and head, in that instant a sound began to emerge. A loud piercing instinctual cry filled the room. The woman and I looked at each other with tears in our eyes and our souls raw and open, and smiled.

An hour later, the room is full of family, there is a sense of joy, excitement, wonder and activity in the room. There is also, much harder to detect, a feeling of sadness. She is sitting up in the bed now, after having her body sewn back into place. She was holding the silent, tiny miracle wrapped in a blanket up to her chest. She was touching her fingers and kissing her face. Watching her gently run her fingers over the babies black bunch of hair, I realized I was watching the universe’s ultimate miracle, a child was born, as was a mother. She was lost in the sweet smell, and soft feel of the babies’ skin, hair and breath. There was no talking in the room people were standing around just watching this woman with this brand new helpless life. After what seemed like an eternity, she looks over at me.

“Do you want her?” she asks me. It seems to most like an odd choice of words, Would you like to hold her would have made more sense to most, but then most wouldn’t understand the situation anyway. I walk to the side of the bed. I look her deep in her black eyes. Eyes I have seen and known, it seems, since time began. She asks her question again. “Do you want her?” I lean in close to both of them. “Yes” comes my answer so quiet and weak I could barely hear myself. She looks at the baby again, and then says. “She does everything in her own time, even being born. Don’t rush her. Please take care of her.” She leans towards me and hands me the bundle, I take the small perfect angelic figure in my arms I look past the tiny life she has just placed in my arms and instead I look at the woman sitting before me. I lean in to her ear, “I promise you she will have a better life than we did, I promise you she will want for nothing. Thank you. I love you sissy.” She touches my face and we kiss, we both have tears in our eyes, she leans down kisses the tiny female’s forehead and guides her head as I step back. The monumental figurative and literal meaning of the exchange that has just taken place is lost on no one in the room. I stand back looking at the beautifully perfect child in my arms as I walk slowly to the window. I look out to the bright day outside. I lift the small child to my face, and tell her “welcome to the world, it’s a beautiful place. You will always be safe and loved.” I turn around to look back at the woman. She has changed again, she seems tired now, smaller, quieter and somewhat lost. She smiles at me in a ignorant unknowing way.

The woman is gone. The confused adult child has returned. She is again the same child in a woman’s body I have always known. There was some time there when she was complete…a few brief minuets when she was not confused or immature or lost or mentally incomplete….there was a brief time when she was part of the universe part of something I will never fully understand something I will never feel, an experience I will never have. If only for those few brief moments she was whole, she was everything I had always wanted for her. She was a woman.

Two days later I would take that tiny and perfect human being home, she would be my daughter from that day forward. I would forever be connected to the woman in a special mysterious way only the universe itself could ever comprehend.

That woman was my sister. One of the strongest women I will ever know. She made a sacrifice that day, only a woman could understand the weight of. She made a sacrifice that day not many women would be strong enough to handle. She made a mother where there wasn’t one before.

My daughter is 11yrs old today. I will cherish and revel in her existence today, I will also remember the reason she is here, the reason I’ve had the last 11yrs. I will remember the sacrifice made for her, by her Aunt Toni. I will remember the promise I made. I will remember to send a ball of appreciative and loving energy to my sister. I will remember to thank the universe.

I will remember the circumstances in which I became a mother and in which a mother became an Aunt, circumstances in which a female child was entrusted from one sister to another, and the ultimate sacrifice was made when this woman’s work was done.

Monica Turner
August 1st 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

A teaser....

Here's a tease of the scrap room in progress!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Exciting new developments!

I am so excited to be posting this blog!! I am just hours away from having my scrap room move in ready!! We bought all the rest of what we needed tonight to finish it this weekend...this thing has taken forever, due to circumstances beyond our control. So to have all we need and be so far on it already I'm excited and So ready to be organizing and sorting! The whole process has been complicated this weekend by some unusual happenings. Okay now the reason this blog is on my "Scrappin' Blog" and not on my "family Blog" is because the reason I didn't have my camera with me for all the unusual going's on around here this weekend is I have no scrap I don't leave my camera in a place where I upload and print pics for scrappin' so I forget it! It bugged me so with everything else that went on around here this weekend...and there was a lot more...(on the family blog) I was intent on getting it finished. So from these pics you can see it's all been colored the base color...I will be touching up and doing the trim tonight for the rest of this evening...I'm so excited to switch colors! First thing tomorrow I'll tape off the walls and get my "lo" wall and other walls done with all the little details...then it's about getting the furniture in. The actual moving supplies in will happen all next week during nap time. I've prepared for some little I need's...So I think I'll be ready by next weekend to begin scrapping! Have a great Father's day everyone!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wanna win free stuff?

I thought so! Check Pinky's huge giveaway out!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Hello Monday Morning

We woke up this a.m. to a large bang and what sounded like a train...we found this...better pics to come.

A Huge Blog Candy!

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My fabulous friend True is having what has to be one of the biggest giveaway's! She recently had surgery and she's hoping all the comments will keep her busy the entire time she's recouping! Help her out and get a chance to win some fabulous goodies for yourself! Get well soon True! Muahhhh!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Many challenges one lo!

Hello blogging buddies! I know I haven't been around see I've gone back to least part all that scrapping time I used to have...I don't have anymore...I use that time to keep up with my family, home, and friends! So This long holiday weekend I promised myself I would MAKE time to scrap. Well it's not what I thought it was gonna be, but here it is...that's right just one, but I can explain. First of all I have some really beautiful scraps I'm going to make cards out of, so keep an eye out for those. Now about the lo's I only have one to show, because the other one I did I am not at liberty to show at this time...he he he he...that sounded all technical and C.I.A.'s not...I'm playing the main game over at Scrap Whispers. This link is for the blog site. Love all the fun things these ladies do! So I can't reveal that lo, but I will when able. This lo is entered in several challenges. I will list them and the links to each below! Thank you so much for checking in on me! Don't forget to leave me a message and I'll stalk your blog as well! Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

I was hoping to make the doodles and faux stitching look like chalk on a chalk board...what do you think? I have wanted to make some hidden journaling like this for a long time...I was just waiting for the inspiration to hit and it did. This lo is made up entirely of cardstock as is the challenge for Scrap Fit. The pp's are a couple from DCWV's All Dresssed Up stack. I adore these pp's! The journaling is stickers from my stash put on more of the A.D.U. stack. There are a few new things here per my challenge from scrap whispers, the buttons are from an RAK and I only received them last week. Also the journaling is a new technique for me. The title and the journaling are all for the Dirty Scraps challenge...this time it was Serenity...I thought the two words "serenity" and "Sanctuary" went hand in hand so I used both in the journaling and in the title. You all know how I feel about my Dirty should check them out! Finally this lo is based on the sketch over at Sassy lil' Sketches. Please hit all the links below and check these ladies out! They are all fabulous and keep me inspired! TFL

Scrap Whispers

Dirty Scraps

Scrap Fit

Sassy Lil' Sketches

Monday, May 24, 2010

No scrap...just a rant!

I know it's been's been crazy...I don't have anything crafty to share today... and unfortunately it may not be till this weekend that I can scrap so keep an eye out this weekend. As for now I have a bitch...I know it's uncommon for me to be so blunt and crude...but I mean really...ok so I go to the scrap store this weekend...which I don't do much of any way...I go with the intention to buy some misters and some copic markers...I have won a digi image that should be here anytime I wanted to be prepared...I find that the mists are over $7 a piece...the copic markers are over $6 a piece...WHAT THE HELL!! Are you people crazy! Am I crazy! I mean really I understand I'm new to the digi stamps thing...I've never even held one in my hand, but come on...I cannot possible be the only scrapper in the world who thinks this is an outrageous amount to pay for a marker...or a spray bottle of ink. For some silly reason I was thinking they would be like stickles...a couple two or three dollars...which I feel is over priced, but dooable...this on the other hand is just nuts!! No wonder I've been trying to win these things so bad...even before I knew what they were...don't judge me I am an equal opportunity freebie whore...if it's free I'll find a use for it. So I have made my rants public now I ask you my bloggy my store way over priced? Am I really that much of a tightwad? Do you think the price is fair? Anyone know where I can win some of these goodies? lol! Ok I feel better now!

Like I said I will be trying to scrap this week, but it may not be till this weekend. So keep an eye on me and let me know what you think about this copic/misting situation! Love to you all!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To much

I must apologize to you all...I was unable to finish all of the blog hop. I offered to help a friend with some wildlife rescue the last two weeks 12 bunnies and 2 racoons have passed away...I will be trying to finish all the lo's tomorrow...I apologize to all of you for the lateness.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A need to see repost.

This is a repost for my very good bloggy friend Pinky, who lives in Tenn.

This story is my state,
this story is my friends,
this story is my area.

Many of you know I live in Middle TN,
I was speaking with a friend today crying on the phone
telling her how bad it really is in this area.
We live outside Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN and we still have 6 impassable
roads along with hundreds of homes still under water.
When I drove to Lebanon last week, we saw people
standing outside in nothing but shorts dragging all of their belongings to the street to be hauled off forever, which included furniture, mementos, pictures....basically their entire life.

We drove by homes with only the rooftops showing,
with children standing on the edge of the water with nowhere else to go.

I could not even bring myself to photograph because it is so close to my
heart and so painful still.

There is not much I can do personally, but we did go through the
boys clothing and donated all we could. We bought
supplies for cleaning and donated them.

My friend on the phone said "Pinky! Go blog this! make a difference, go and help!!"
She was so right, I cannot believe it never occurred to me.

Our local school has had 2 families at least who have lost EVERYTHING
in Nashville they have students who have NO CLOTHING at all!!
The teachers took them to WalMart and bought them clothing.

If you send them to me I will take them to the schools
in Murfreesboro and Nashville and I will donate them and
get them to people who need them!
We can make a difference, please pass this blog along
to anyone who wants to donate.
Even a 5.00 t-shirt will make a difference.

I don't want your money, I just want to help those
kids who have nothing left including clothing and shoes.

email me here for a physical address
My heart breaks for all these families and I am only one person.
But if we all work together we ca make a BIG difference!

This is the first day of flooding a video

If you are within 50 miles and want to donate a larger item
and need to know how to....I know
Fidelity Offset Printing in Nashville is accepting donations,
they even offered to send a truck locally to take furniture and donations.

everyone is doing the best they can, I don't think people understand how many of us in Middle TN were affected..many towns...Murfreesboro, Hermatige, Symrna, Clarksville, Mill Creek, Nashville, Lebanon...just to name a few that had hundreds of millions in damage.

The football team of Titans were in the local neighborhoods yesterday
tearing down walls and helping, people from KY, AL, GA have come
to TN with boats to help rescue.

They found another body today 11 days later it was sad
and they are still looking.every day there is so much sadness and so much hope
seeing everyone work together.
Schools in Nashville some are open with no dress code because
of the clothing problem. Some are closed the
rest of the year because there is no way to clean up enough.

If you help, I will get the items to the right place....please pass this blog
along to anyone you know that might be able to help.

I am so blessed, we are safe and sound in our home.
Thank you for your help.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Dirty Scraps...and another vein opens...

I've taken a short break from the blog hop, but do not fear I will be back at it tomorrow! I did finish two other challenge's today. This lo has been a long time coming and I'm sure it won't be the last of it's kind...this particular subject will be a reacuring theme in my B.O.M. book...amazing as it may seem this is the first time I have ever scrapped this particular subject...I'm glad one lo is done. I'm not looking forward to what will surely be just as painful as this lo was to complete. I don't think I would have attempted this subject if it had not been for the challenge from Dirty Scraps. I know I'm always saying how much I love these ladies and this blog...but this is just even more proof that it's not just great challenges they really encourage and...well challenge me to open a vain so to speak and scrap the me on the inside...the deep dirty raw real me. So here is some more of me. You know you wanna know more!! I made this lo using the Sassy lil' Sketches sketch challenge...I changed it up a always just to fit it all. TFL! If you don't know about Sassy lil' Sketches you should take the time to find out about them. They have the cutest sketches. I just love a Sassy lil' Sketch! I will be back to the Let's Scrap blog hop tomorrow so come back and check that out!
The journaling is impossible to read due to the colors I chose so the journaling is below the pic.

Fact: I will never be pregnant.
Oh, even now 9yrs after the first time I heard it I still get tears in my eyes. I still have to physically calm my breathing or remind myself to breath. I can remember almost nothing of real importance about that day, just silly off the wall things. I remember the obnoxious and expensive suit the dr. wore. I remember the shiny gold and two tone blue tie around his neck. I remember the disgustingly cheery looking animals on the nurses scrubs. I remember there was half a tank of gas in the car. I remember feeling the hope that had been in my chest fall away. As if I were treading water in an iced over pond and I knew my reach wasn’t long enough…I began to fall away into the dark frigid waters….of hopelessness. Something in me shut off or down. I knew I would never ever be the woman who walked into this office again. In an instant I was an entirely different person. My entire life had just been altered.

Fact: I have a child.
I wouldn’t trade her for the world…not even for the opportunity to be pregnant. She truly is my own personal gift from the universe. She is proof a woman will sacrifice everything for another woman.

Fact: Appreciating the child I have doesn’t make the hurt stop.
I will never know what it’s like to tell someone I’m going to have a baby. I will never know what a baby feels like from the inside. I will never have the chance to see my baby on a little TV screen. I will never get to hear my babies heartbeat for the first time. I will never watch my beautiful body change and grow to encompass my child. I will never know the spiritual bond with the universe a woman feels after growing life.

Fact: I will never give birth.
I’ve seen it. I’ve heard about it…in FACT hearing a woman tell her “birth stories” used to be one of my most favorite things. I used to torture myself by watching all the “baby shows”. Now I just try to avoid the topic all together. I have given up friendships…good and treasured, simply to avoid the pregnancy issue. I would spend no time ever with a pregnant woman for the rest of my life, excluding my daughter of course, if I thought it would help ease the pain or want.

Fact: I always knew.
My mother told a story my entire life that when I was about 6 I told her I wasn’t ever going to have kids. She asked me why I didn’t want kids. She thought is was strange because I was already fascinated by small children everywhere. I told her I did want to have children, I just couldn’t. When she asked why I couldn’t my reply was I don’t know ask the dr. My mother asked the dr. he said everything was fine I was just talking about things I knew nothing about. Being that not one woman for the last 3 generations had ever had reproductive issues my mother left it alone and the entire incident was forgotten for years.

Fact: No matter who tells me otherwise I feel defective.
I can smile and congratulate a girlfriend for a new pregnancy and mean it. I do mean it. I don’t begrudge any other woman the joy of pregnancy. However I am so jealous I could scream. I am so hurt and angry that life isn’t fair and that was not in my life plan. I get so upset when I hear about teenage girls throwing babies in trash cans, or smothering their own children. It’s not fair. I live with this feeling of unfair hurt, anger, aggravation and pain every day of my life.

Fact: Time heals all wounds…slowly.
Healed….I don’t think I ever will be. I don’t think the pain and hurt and anger will ever go away…it has lessened or I have adjusted to the limp and have learned to live and walk with it.

Little known fact: Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and actually think for a second I could get pregnant. Then I remember I can’t so I won’t…..ever.
Perhaps if I tell myself it’s a fact long enough, I will start to believe it, and begin to hurt less. For now I just open the steel door it’s stored behind when it get’s a bit full or tight let some out as much as will. Then I close it back up. Like a boil it slowly fills back up with grotesque oozing puss of hurt, pain, anger, and disappointment.
It’s a FACT of my life.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A couple more hop's!

This is My Blog Hop #2. This was Cori's blog Creative Chat She has a sketch up and a requirement of metal and quotation marks...she also happens to have a totally adorable lo she did based on the sketch I loved. I made this lo from our trip to the lake a month or so ago. It's Bo Bunny "roughing it" pp. I know I know I don't PIMP brand's just adorable and it was a gift from my Mr. Right...He came home from work one day and brought me some of this stuff...He's fantastic!! I had to change up the sketch a bit. I wanted to make sure the "mallows" on the bottom of the paper showed. Sorry about the bad's just wasn't a good pic day!

This is my Blog Hop #4. It's Jean's Blog Pages in Time The challenge here was to use the provided sketch and use a Quote! So I did a lo of my Mini-Me's slumber party! I have to admit I took a lot of liberties with this sketch...I just lost myself in the girlyness of it all! (Love it when that happens) So TFL! I'm off to see what everyone else has been doing!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Blog Hops update!

You all thought I was gonna advertise about the blog hops and not play didn't you! No way! To many great prizes to be won!! So let me know if your doing the hop's to, so I can stalk your blog and see!!

The Clear Scraps Blog Hop

There were some amazing blogs here! I can't believe I may never have seen some of these blogs if Pinky hadn't shared the information about the hop! Thanks Pinky!

The Let's Scrap Blog Hop

I have finished two of the projects....I skipped one because I wanted to make a card with the scraps left over! I am also using these two projects in another challenge...I was shocked when I looked over at Scrap Fit I was excited because I had used all scrap's on the lo...nothing new! I had done that with this first lo for the Let's Scrap hop! I also wanted to enter it into the Scrap Fit #19 workout! I love these workout's!

When I looked at the scrap fit site they had just put up a mini work out...that's what they call challenges isn't it cute! As fate would have it the mini workout was to make a card using some of the leftover scraps from the Work out #19! I had just done that so these two projects could be used in both!! I was so excited.

This is the card, I made it using the left over scraps from my lo using scraps! Blog Hop #3
This was made for the 3rd stop on the Blog Hop! I adored looking at Deb's blog she is so talented and the card she made is adorable!

This is the lo using nothing new! Based on the sketch from the first stop on the Let's Scrap Blog Hop! Here's the link to Blog Hop 1 It's Susan's blog! Check it out and hop along! The checkered paper behind the pic I made. I love the checkered look behind the pic spot in the sketch and had just seen a cool tutorial about making checkered paper...I'm sure you all know how to do it...if you want to know how I did it just ask! TFL! Have a great day!

Wanna do a blog hop?

I happen to know of two fabulous blog hops going on right now! I am much more familiar with one site than the other...I belong to the community know as Lets Scrap I have so much fun with these laides! They are having a super fun blog hop...and my favorite part! Ton's of prizes...I know thats shallow...but as a red blooded American born and bred female...I will defend my right to and love of all things free!! (stepping off soapbox) Whoo! Ok, so I will put up both blog hops on this blog read them, and join me in learning about the other blog hop...though maybe you already know them...I'm so narsasistic. Okay I found out about this blog hop from Pinky! Pinky is absolutely adorable! I couldn't enjoy this woman more...unless she lived next door...which would be freekin brilliant! Anywho Here are the links! This is for Pinky. The blog hop is with clear scraps! So here's to a great week of blog hopping!

Welcome to the Clear Scraps blog hop!
We're so excited you joined us this weekend to help us celebrate all our Moms and the women who play a mothering role in our lives.

Our Design Team has been busy making Mom-themed projects to inspire you - both to create something, and also to honor that woman in your life who deserves something special this weekend.

To start you's a layout Amy made for her Grandma for Mother's Day. We love this idea Amy - after all, you never stop being a Mom, right?

Amys mothers day layout

Leave a comment on all our DT blogs, come back to the Clear Scraps blog to let us know you did, and you'll be entered into a draw for a $25 goodie bag of acrylic from Clear Scraps.

Irene: Scrapperlicious
Cristal: Much Ado About Nothing

Rita: Let's Embellish
Tonya: Creativi-T

Elisa: Perpetual Stew

Grace: In My Shoes

Cathy: My far

Happy Hopping!


Let's Scrap Blog Hop!

National Scrapbooking Day was last weekend, right? Well no here at Let's Scrap. We are celebrating scrapbooking ALL MONTH LONG. We started with some great games and challenges during NSD weekend, and now we are back with the Let's Scrap Design Team Blog Hop. Below you will find a list of those DT's members who are joining us in the blog hop. Each stop on the hop will offer you a different challenge. Become a follower of each Design Team Member's blog and as you complete each challenge, upload your finished project to ttp:// Return to each blog and make sure to leave a comment letting us know that you have completed the challenge and uploaded it to Let's Scrap. Make sure you tag your project with the appropriate tag (you will find those instructions on
each of our blogs-ie: bloghop1, bloghop2, etc.).

Each Design Team member will randomly select a winner of a small prize for participating in their challenge. But that's not IT!! Keep hopping through the blogs....there are 10 of us playing along. Complete the challenges at EVERY stop on the blog within the next two weeks and your name will be entered into a random drawing for a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE to A Cherry On Top Scrapbook Store. And the best have TWO FULL WEEKS to complete your challenges and when all is said and done you will have 10 projects completed and a chance at some great prizes!!

Feel free to start anywhere along the way within this great group of blogs and each one will link from one site to the next where you will find all the great challenges!

Let's get this hop started!! Remember, to become a follower and return to leave a comment after
completing each challenge. Good luck, and have fun!!!! Oops....can't start you yet...but are you excited now? Good!! Start checking our blogs around at 10:00pm (by the time on the main page of this site) TONIGHT...Thursday. Consider it a jump start for our current members as all of the advertising (Facebook, our blogs,. etc) says the Blog Hop starts tomorrow!

1. Susan -
2. Cori -
3. Deb -
4. Jean -
5. Sally -
6. Rosalie -
7. Scarlett -
8. Carolina -
9. Nana -
10. Kristie -

So as you can see these two hops are amazing and sound like so much fun! I really hope you join me! I can't wait to see some of these talented ladies blogs...I follow a ton of blogs! I see one that inspires me and I go back to them for more inspiration...most I find from blog hops...and giveaway's! lol Have a great week!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

What I did for NSD!

To say yesterday was a whirlwind would be an understatement!! I was thought I was keeping up with the challenges pretty well...but some of these ladies went just as fast a Nora did putting up challenges!! Needless to say I'm late getting these up on my blog, but here are the challenges I did yesterday...and keep looking 'cause I'm doing more and putting them up today!!

This was a challenge based on a sketch from Nora at Scrapjazz!!

This was another challenge on Scrapjazz...the challenge here was masking!

This was a card challenge on Scrapjazz!

This was a sketch challenge on Let's Scrap! It was also a challenge on scrapjazz to make your own flowers I tried 3 techniques here....I'm still not sure I like how they turned out!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Scrap whispers NSD challenge

Monday, April 26, 2010

A challenge for Scrap Whispers!

This is based of a sketch on one of my cafe mom groups...I'm entering it in the scrap whispers #61 "can't smile without you" I had so much fun doing this lo! I love these pics!

Dirty Scraps Challenge! *warning this may offend some*

I love this world of scrap booking, even mistakes are made to be fun and forgivable. I love the creative freedom I have found. I love feeling like I belong somewhere I can feel talented, though next to most I still feel inept. I love the scrap booking family I have found online. These women who are so quick to praise me on my small offerings, though sometimes I am sure they are just being nice. I have made a point to absorb my scrappin love into a small electronically charged box, due to my lack of scrappy family in real life. Why would a woman, who has made statements saying how much fun and therapeutic it is to scrap all night with a few pots of coffee some great snacks and a couple of treasured friends, become so enveloped in a much less warm slightly less satisfying world of women she only knows from the internet?


It seems when I participate in a crop I feel their eyes, I can hear the turning of the wheels turning in their heads….”Hmmm what brand of paper is that….is that a Wal-mart stamp…she doesn’t have a cuddle bug…how can she not have that color of ink, stickles, ribbon? Why doesn’t she just go buy it…we are in a scrap store…why would she crop at a scrap store if she wasn’t gonna buy anything?” Sometime’s I get it online as well…I’ll find a great challenge that has a great prize, that I really would like to win….then I find out it has to be done with Basic Grey or Jillibean pps. I don’t have any…I rarely if ever do.

I would like to think of myself as a frugal scrapper…the truth of the matter is my family and I live on a very regulated budget. I can’t spend $20 or $40 at the scrap store every week…I usually don’t spend that on scrap supplies in a month. I know there are so much greater things I could be doing in my scrappin world if I had an unlimited supply of money to spend on such things…however I don’t. So I use what I have. People have asked me why I enter so many challenges online…duh!! To win prizes…don’t judge me because I’m honest…I would love to win with no prize if I won because someone thought my lo was the best out of all the entries…that hasn’t happened. So I enter to win things I perhaps cannot afford to buy…pps, stickles, adhesive…anything. I don’t appreciate the idea that people choose to judge me by my lack of Brand Names…I’m not a scrap snob. I will use supplies from the Dollar Store if I think it fits my needs. I don’t want you to feel sorry for the poor woman who can’t afford to buy the latest and greatest of everything in the scrap world…just a little compassion, perhaps take note of the ability I use to make things the hard way. Perhaps recognize how even with no name pp’s I manage to make a wonderful lo. Maybe even acknowledge that though my skill with a needle and thread may need serious attention I still plug on. I’m not ashamed of my work, I’m not ashamed that every lo I do will not have the latest and greatest of all things on it.

Think about it this way….and maybe your different maybe you scrap for a different reason here’s mine.

In 50 or 80 years when my 3rd great granddaughter is being handed these books so she may study them for a paper she’s doing on her great grandmother…she’s not going to notice the brand of paper…she’s not going to know if it was hand stitched or machine…more importantly she’s not gonna care. She’s gonna read the funny stories, and laugh at how backward our way of life was, she’s gonna read and hopefully begin to understand a little more about her G.G. she’s going to put the book away and do something with her own children or have a feeling or a divorce or something that will remind her of a lo in a book put there Oh so long ago…and she’s gonna appreciate that I took the time to make sure that 3 generation’s from now she’s knows she comes from hardy stock and she can handle this, or she can read about how I handled it. That is why I do this. That is why I feel there shouldn’t need to be the most expensive or coolest or newest tools or supplies…if I could yes I probably would be “that” kind of scrap booker. I can’t so I don’t. So when you see a lo done by me and it has last years making memories, or imaginese pp’s on it…because they were finally priced where I could afford them…due to being last season’s don’t think about what kind of looser would use last season’s supplies…think about how creative it was that I used pp’s to make flowers because I was out of flowers and the price for flowers is a crime! Just appreciate I’m the kind of woman who can manage to stay busy with a hobby that has become so overpriced and …though I hate to admit it…somewhat uppity in the last 5 or 6 years…Just know I do what I can with what I have….and I do a hell of a job at it I do say so myself!

This is my entry for Dirty Scraps "compassion" challenge...I know I say this all the time, but really if you haven't had the experience these ladies give, you have no idea what your missing! The challenge's these ladies come up with encourage raw honesty...these ladies are my new therapist's, they are so much more fun and cheaper!! lol!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A very special lo

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A card

A card I made for Let's Scrap's card sketch!

A challenge

This is my entry for Scrappy lil Sketch's. I love this site...if you haven't stopped by you totally should! The title is Makin Memories! The journaling says "this pic was taken at el dorado lake" April 2010.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Helmar spring challenge!

Helmar's spring challenge! I have been hearing about this company for months now! Here's hoping I can win some adhesive to try!!