Saturday, July 31, 2010

Scrap Haps - ScrapMatters

Time to share what I've created this month with some truly wonderful products from ScrapMatters!!

Old Glory Collab Kit by Trixie Scraps and Designs by Sarah Bennett
A Little Patriotic Alpha from Designs by Sarah Bennett
Krafty Paper Pack from Designs by Sarah Bennett 
Growth Spurt by Jennifer Barrette Designs (stitching)
Doodlie-Do Page Border by Britt-ish Designs

Bug Catcher by Chelle's Creations

Growth Spurt by Jennifer Barrette Designs

Walking on Sunshine collab by Jennifer Barrette Designs and Tracie Stroud
Park Play collab by Jennifer Barrette Designs and Melissa Bennett
Spring Has Sprung from The Design Girl
Sew It Over - Borders by Stolen Moments Designs
Everybody Loves Kraft by Stolen Moments Designs

I Scream, You Scream! by The Design Girl
scalloped edge from Exit #3 collab by Stolen Moments Designs and Girl.Boy.Girl Designs by Jen Balding
Doodlie-Do Borders by Britt-ish Designs
Snip-tastic B&W Alpha by Jennifer Barette Designs

Ice Ice Baby by Jennifer Barrette Designs
Paper Pieces Template Set by Plum Dumpling Designs
Date Material Vol. 2 by Happy Scrap Girl

Firecracker by LawTeeDa Designs
Just the Solids - White from Creations by Rachael
Date Material Vol.2 by Happy Scrap Girl
Doodlie-Do Page Borders by Britt-ish Designs
alpha from Waterpark Collab by Sahlin Studio and Jacque Larsen

Tiny Dancer collab by Britt-ish Designs and Fluffy Bunny Feet Designs
In Stitches: Basics by Britt-ish Designs

Paper Cuts from Designs by Sarah Bennett (retired)
Garden Party from The Design Girl (ribbon and ric rac)
Sweetest Days by Erica Zane (round stitching)

Vintage Worn and Torn Papers by Sahlin Studio
Everyday Love Wordart by Sahlin Studio
Frosted Acrylic Alpha by Sahlin Studio

Template by Erica - guest CT for WM[squared] designs

Thanks for stopping by!! Hopes your month was super-duper fantastic!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Final Departure - Sarah Bennett Designs

So sad to mention that Sarah Bennett - one of the designers I have been fortunate enough to CT for - is hanging up her designer hat and retiring. Although it means we will no longer see new creations from Sarah in the ScrapMatters shop, it does mean that Sarah will get to spend more time with her family - a truly wonderful thing, indeed. And Sarah has decided to say good-bye in style, meaning - all items in the Designs by Sarah Bennett shop (excluding SM Design Team collabs) are 50% off.

Also, some of the gals on the CT put together a farewell blog train of some fabulous templates - I wasn't able to get one made in time, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on account of me! Here is the complete list of stops for the blog train:

          CT Blog <---Start HERE


and then you should stop by Sarah's store to grab some super cute things at super low prices (discount will appear in your shopping cart)!! Sarah is making a quick departure - her products will only be available through July 31st. Happy shopping...and a sad farewell to Sarah. I wish you all the best!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Catching Up...

Running in the sprinklers at Granma L's...gotta make the best of triple digit temps!

Playing with the camera early Sunday morning while mama & papa were asleep and totally unaware...
Aiden - the culprit
Reilly - the accomplice

Goofing off at the beach...and getting papa to join in the fun

Good times...such a fun it up in good ol' So Cal! Feel free to come on by anytime and join in the fun...we love having visitors!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rascally Rodents... appears we have a mouse.
A mouse that likes chocolate brownies.
The gooey middle part of the brownies.
And the top flakes.
But not the edges.

This little mouse is sneaky.
And quiet...she didn't even make a squeak.
Although I didn't catch the mouse in action,
I think she looks something like this...

We have decided to call the mouse Roo.


The girls and I picked up Doug from work for a lunch date at Costco. The following conversation took place while driving to pick him up...

Roo: Mom...guess what I saw last night?
Me: What?
Roo: A MOLE!
Me: A mole? Where did you see that?
Roo: In my house...
Aiden (in the background): Grandpa's house has moles...lots of them. In his yard.
Me:  Hmmm...what was the mole's name?
Roo: Diggy...Diggy the mole.
Me: Really? And he was really in the house, huh?
Roo: Yup. He was in my special flower tree.
Me: And what was he doing in the tree?
Roo: Well...he wasn't in the tree for long. He was digging. Digging a hole...cuz that's what moles do.
Aiden (in the background): Moles dig lots of holes in Grandpa's yard...I saw them last night when we were there.
Roo: Do you know what he was digging for, mom?
Me: No. What was he digging for?
Roo: My buried treasure...the one I hid in the ground.
Me: Really? Did he find it?
Roo: No. He didn't get my gold...but when I looked for it this morning, I couldn't find it. It must be lost.
Aiden: Oh-no, Reilly! That wasn't very nice...I don't like those stinky moles.
Roo: It's okay Aiden...I don't think Digger took the buried treasure. Because he's my friend. And friends don't take things. If he took it he would bring it back.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love these girls? They provide endless entertainment and have such great imaginations. Reilly is proving to be our talker...and she loves to tell stories just like her papa and Granpa H. Aiden is turning out to be our artistic one...she loves paper and drawing and practicing her letters. And don't worry...there wasn't really a mole. Or a mouse. The only two rascally rodents in this house are our two little girls...and I happen to think they are the two cutest little rodents around!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I Scream, You Scream...

Today is National Ice Cream make sure to treat yourself to some variation of this delectible treat.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, July 16, 2010

You are Marvelous...

As I was going through trying to catch up on everybody's blogs, I came across a very touching video about Stephanie Neilson and how her views of motherhood and beauty have changed since she survived a plane crash a few years ago. Totally inspirational...and humbling...and very much worth watching.

From Stephanie's video I found the following...a video clip made from a talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. The talk was a good reminder, a much needed pep talk...and something I wish I believed in myself right NOW. It's no secret that I have struggled with self-confidence issues for years...even more so since I became a mother...but I am working on believing more in myself and I will get there eventually. One day at a time.

As a warning, if you are prone to "flash flooding" like me, then you may want to have a tissue handy...I have come to believe that the spirit speaks most clearly to me through my tears.

Scrap Haps - Funky Playground Designs

I'm hosting a new Technique Challenge at FPD this week...the focus is to bring some super fun colors into your scrapbook layouts through your photos. Here's a peek at the layout I created for the challenge...

Also...the very talented designers have been busy preparing for the July Lost and Found sale and a special Blog Train....visit the FPD Blog for the blog train links and more information.

And, to finish this post off, here are some of my recent pages using all sorts of fabulous FPD products...



Thanks for stopping by!! Have a wonderful day and an even better weekend!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hello Dear Friend... appears we'll be working together again! Looking forward to it...not the overnight hours, exactly, but the pay and employee discount sure will help take the edge off things!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Food, Shopping, and Fun...

New summer flip-slops = $1.99 x 2
Ice cream cones = $1.19 x 2
Carousel rides = $1.00 x 2

Grand total of our fun-filled day = $ was well worth every penny!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Absolutely Delicious...

Nothing beats freshly-picked oranges straight from Gma and Gpa's trees...the girls can't get enough of the juicy treats!!

To sum it all up....Yumm-O!!