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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Howl-o-ween dogs

I'm still off on my blog days, but I hoping to catch up! :)

Today I'm sharing another Halloween layout from last year, with the kiddos showing off their various Halloween costumes. :)  I mix-and-matched several collections from Bella Blvd and Doodlebug, loving how fun the non-traditional colors were! :)  I cut the paper-pieced title with my Silhouette Cameo, and layered on the embellishments.

papers, stickers by Bella Blvd; paper by KI Memories; cardstock, paper border, sticker border by Doodlebug Design; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; border punch by Fiskars; jewels by Recollections; ink by Memento; stamp (alpha) by Jillibean Soup; mini jewelry tag punch by Stampin’ UP!; title, tab cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

photo Friday - OU dogs

Happy Friday! :)

I realized the other day that I had never shared the annual photos I took of our fur-kids getting ready for football season this year.  It always brings back fun memories to get out their OU Sooner gear ... I sewed Gracie's dress for her last year, I remember when Griffin was a little guy and his jersey was WAY too big for him, and the sentimental tshirt that Junior wears, was our boxer Maxwell's first.  Oh, the memories ... ;)

Now for some fun ... I used Fotor.com to edit and collage my photos.  I used a basic filter on each one, then loaded them into a collage frame, and played around with it until I liked the arrangements.  You can get really fancy with it, but I just wanted to keep these pretty basic.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Project Life Week 37

Hi everyone!  Sorry the last couple of weeks have been so off on my posting!  Things have been super busy, very hectic and I was at a conference earlier this week.

So without further ado, here are my Project Life pages for Week 37! :)

I used The Good Life collection by Fancy Pants for these pages.  I first saw a paper pad at Hobby Lobby and waited until they were half price to buy one.  Later I found a collection pack that included border stickers, a large sheet of various alpha stickers, and a few single sheets of the patterned paper.  I have loved the collection, but haven't used it as much as I thought I would ... it seemed to fit this week's photos and how I was feeling about this week, just perfectly.  I watched so many movies this week that I made another pull out for the reviews.

During our week ... I was very sore and tired this week; reached my 3rd blog anniversary; had my regular nail appointment; loved seeing all the fall mums and decorations when I got groceries; found out a dear friend and retired co-worker died; endured several rainy days; made our annual visit on Opening Day to the Great State Fair of Oklahoma; Josh helped David at the 7 Element Firearms booth at the Sulphur gun show (and brought me a shirt); watched a ton of movies; I attended Ray’s funeral, saw lots of friends, shared lots of fun stories, laughs and tears; watched OU play great against Tennessee, winning 34-10 at home.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I am hoping to have time tomorrow to catch up on all the blogs I've missed over the last week or so! :)

Monday, October 13, 2014


It's getting to be the fun time of year for me - I've always loved getting to dress up and be silly on Halloween! :)  The last few years at work, I've just worn regular clothes and added some of the headband 'kits' to be various things - a bunny, a bee, etc.  Last year, I wore my ladybug wings and antennae, along with a little bow-tie it came with.

I had been hoarding saving some adorable Doodlebug ladybug products from several years ago, and this seemed to be the perfect reason to use it!  I gathered up lots of Doodlebug goodies and just started layering.  I love how everything always matches, so no matter how old your product is, it will still work with anything new!  I layered several glittered border stickers and a DoodlePop sticker.  I cut a large tag and banner with my Silhouette Cameo, then ran them through my Cuttlebug to give them the polka dot texture.  The red & pink flower came in a pack that I never thought I would use, but it fit in perfectly for this page! ;)

cardstock by The Paper Studio and Bazzill Basics; papers, border stickers, twine, ribbon, pearls, doodlepop by Doodlebug Designs; border punches by Fiskars and EK Success; flower by Michaels; buttons by Recollections; artisan shape cut with Cuttlebug (framelits Deco Labels by Sizzix/Stampin’ UP!), swiss dot embossing folder; title cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Project Life Week 35 & 36 and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Passive by A Perfect Circle
*eating - peanut butter on a piece of toast
*drinking - water
*wearing - houndstooth slacks, black/white top
*weather - the last gorgeous day in the 90s, drops to 60s and rain by the weekend :(
*wanting - for my house to be cleaned, organized, fixed up with the fridge and pantry full
*needing - to finally make a decision on Halloween
*thinking - about the drama that's happened this week, and the weekend to come
*enjoying - sometimes the little things really are the best things

For my Week 35 pages, I used some loose 12x12 sheets from the Love You More collection by Pebbles that I found at Basket Market.  You can find some really good deals on paper there (10 or 12 sheets for $1 - hello!!!) but it's all randomly piled in bins that you have to just look and sort through.  Occasionally, you get lucky and a collection will be together, like I did here.  I loved the bright, fun colors! :)  It paired well with embellishments I had from Echo Park, Doodlebug and Queen & Co.  I also designed a card in Silhouette Studio, and planned to back the cut outs with a patterned paper, but decided it looked too busy.  I then tried just plain vellum, and that looked too plain.  I thought maybe stamping on the vellum would give it just a bit of contrast, but you could hardly see it.  I decided to emboss ... I stamped using orange pigment ink, then clear embossing powder.  It wasn't as bright as I'd wanted it to be, but it looked better than anything else had so far.

During this week, we .... drove home from Tulsa; had a bad experience at Taco Bueno (a rarity) in Tulsa, sent them a Tweet about it and company responded; watched MTV Video Music Awards (and actually knew a few of the songs and artists); watched the Emmy Awards, was THRILLED that Breaking Bad cleaned up, very touched by the moving speeches given by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul; watched my pups celebrate National Dog Day the only way they know how – snuggled up together on the couch (which I adore); enjoyed Lain’s webinar on embossing folders; watched a couple of movies that both had a lot of potential and just missed the mark; Josh came home to Griffin & Junior in a squabble caused by a pesky squirrel that runs near the fence and taunts them; got my nails done; finally finished reading a book that I started on our way to Cancun at the end of May; Josh’s Forged shirt arrived and it was so nice we ordered another one; started Labor Day weekend off early at the lake – it was a perfect day, I caught two channel catfish (first 3lb, second 2lb); finally OU’s opening football game day against Louisiana Tech – we won 48-16; UFC 177 was a cursed card with many mishaps, including the main event having to be shuffled at the last minute and one of the production trucks outside catching fire; I got to visit the new (again) scrapbook store in Norman and was glad to see some wonderful new products; we went down to the cabin for a big cookout with the neighbors at Cedar Blue – got to hang out with Paisley at the pool for awhile and had a nice evening with everyone.

Week 36 was a fun week, with fun and exciting photos, so I wanted to use equally bright papers that would echo that feeling.  I chose some Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper, Sweet Taffy, since I loved the bright pinks, blues and oranges.  I watched a ton of movies this week, so I made a pull out for my reviews, something I haven't done in quite some time.

Highlights during our week ... Josh volunteered at Oktoberfest again, had a great time serving beer and working in the kitchen; spent Labor Day at home watching movies; shopped for outfits for the weekend; had another doctor's appointment to check blood work, everything looking good; Joan Rivers died after being in a coma for a week; OU stomped Tulsa 52-7 during a rainy game; we spent two amazing evenings at the Mystik Sanctuary Music Festival having THE BEST time - the music, stage shows, performers, lights, people-watching, it was all fantastic!!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

my favorite gift

It's officially fall, so of course Christmas things are already in stores now, LOL! :)  Actually, it doesn't bother me at all.  Today I'm sharing a layout that sort of combines the best of both.  

Last Christmas, we took a few pictures before leaving for a holiday party.  Taking cues from our clothing (and since I loved these fun colors/prints), I used this fun sheet of Stampin' UP Designer Series Paper from their Howlstooth & Scaringbone collection, along with some coordinating Bazzill cardstock.  I die cut the polaroid frames and the intricate title with my Silhouette Cameo.  I outlined the star and heart with my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, and then went over the word 'favorite' with my black Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.  I got a little frustrated with the teensy tiny letters, I didn't realize until I took these photos that my O on the first line was still crooked.  I had to fix that before putting this into the album! :)  

cardstock, twine by Doodlebug Design; papers by Stampin’ UP!; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; washi tape by K & Co; ribbon by Offray; flowers, brads by The Paper Studio; jewels by Michaels; clear and black glitter pens by Zig (wink of stella); polaroids, title cut Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

photo Friday

It's Photo Friday! :)

Today I'm sharing another card kit that I brought to work this week.  I only had enough time to get one set of cards done, so I will have more to work on at another time.

And before I get started ... my apologies for the glare on the photos ... there is a huge florescent light above my desk, so I tried to shield it the best I could.  Sorry!! ;)

Like I talked about before, I wanted to focus on using one stamp set for various cards.  I love this super cute set (now retired) from Stampin' Up! called Bright Blossoms.  It's a great builder set, and can be used for any type of card, from cutesy to elegant, and for any occasion.

This is what I brought with me.  My ATG, a few stamp sets with various greetings I could use for inside cards, the makeup case holds my ink pads (shown below), and then all the extras I stored inside an old container I used to have my Christmas ribbon in.

The container has a sturdy, snap on lid that holds so much!  I filled it with a sentiment and postage punch, border punch, twine and floss, various jewels, clear Wink of Stella and a black fine point pen, liquid adhesive and dimensional dots, my seam ripper that I use for everything, a few wood sentiment stamps and my stamp-a-ma-jig.  And it wasn't even full! :)

Inside the makeup bag, it nicely holds lots of ink pads, a few acrylic blocks, baby wipes in a ziploc, and the plastic square part of the stamp-a-ma-jig.

For these cards, I had a box of DCWV card blanks/envelopes that I'd had for years.  I decided to use them for this project.  Inside one page protector, are the components for three different cards.  I pre-cut, die cut and embossed anything that I needed while watching a movie.

I decided to start on this card first, it had the least amount of stamping.

I also stamped various greetings inside (2 of each) and also another flower on the inside lower right, which will match up with the envelopes (also 2 of each).

Here are all six finished cards.  I thought they came out so cute and sweet!  I can't wait to do more of these!

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

real life wins and right now

It's Right Now Wednesday, and I am ....

*listening - to Potions by Puscifer
*eating - had a powdered doughnut hole a couple of hours ago
*drinking - water
*wearing - black top with a red/gray/ivory/black graphic print skirt
*weather - sunny and hot, still feeling like summer :)
*wanting - to be able to change things I have no control over
*needing - answers to things I dwell on
*thinking - about a million things, and it's getting to me
*enjoying - knowing where I stand a little more

As my title suggests, Real Life has gotten busy, stressful and overwhelming in a few areas.  I have photos and everything set to put together my Project Life pages, they just aren't done yet.  Hopefully next week, I'll have more than one layout ready to share with you all.  :)

Now, I certainly wouldn't just post here, and leave you all feeling empty handed.  In these stressful weeks (and really ANY time), the one thing I can always count on to bring me joy, is my American Bulldog boy, Griffin.  He's 70 pounds of hot, nasty breath and dirt-stained white fur, that is always happy (and smiling) to see me! :)  I know this, because he violently wags his tail, which may as well be a fur-covered bamboo cane, and comes running full speed and plows into me, then turns around for me to scratch his rump.  Usually as he waits, he looks back over his shoulder panting, with his huge pink tongue hanging out the side.  I cannot resist him.  He's adorable, and he's my favorite.  :)  

From the day we got him, he's had skin allergies, which the vet has informed us are a form of mange, but not anything to be worried about, and that typically white dogs are prone to these allergies.  About two to three times a year, he will develop a red splotchy patch on one or more of his legs, and he will lick and lick and lick until it gets very irritated and disgusting.  We've taken him in several times, and there's really nothing they can do, except keep it clean (which is a chore, thanks to his PigPen ways) and let it heal.  We've tried everything under the sun - anything topical gets licked by him or a sibling, or he loves to go outside and what I call "batter himself" (goes from the water to the dirt, water to dirt, water to dirt) in filth.  Covering the area(s) don't last either - that's just like giving them a new toy.  So, the Cone of Shame is really the only answer.

We had a very hard plastic e-collar from our vet that Josh drilled holes and fixed up with zip-ties for several years.  It was so dirty and gross, but it did the job.  Being such a bulldog, he would run it into everything and just push as hard as he could, until something moved or broke.  When it finally got brittle and broke, we thought one of the soft blow up doughnuts would do the job.  Nope, he could still lick around it.  Earlier this year, we bought a softer plastic one from PetSmart that lasted less than a week.  Now it was time for another good one from the vet.  

Unfortunately, they didn't have the same hard plastic type they used to, but it was much sturdier than the PetSmart one.  The next day, it had a large gash in the front.  I suggested we tape it.  So on our regular trip to Walmart, we spent a good 10 minutes trying to decide which silly Duck Tape would most embarrass him.  Hot pink with Scotty dogs?  Brown with paw prints?  Camo?  We decided on one that was funny, and also a play on our name .... blue with I love Bacon, LOL! :)  

I've been calling him my Bacon Boy ever since. :)  As you can see, he doesn't care where he puts it, who he bumps with it, if it's in someone else's way ... we've all been smacked with it.  Poor Junior gets it the worst, both Griffin and Gracie like to snuggle with him, so he just endures it.  I sneaked him a nibble of REAL bacon the other day, because I love him.  

I'm not sure if he realizes that the mailman, the water guy, meter readers, the school bus kids, squirrels, birds, probably burglars ... whoever sees him running around barking at the fence is just laughing at him.  I doubt he realizes he's not so tough looking with a big blue bacon cone on his head! :)  But, it has been MUCH harder for him to tear up, and easier to wipe clean, too!  It's getting a little frayed at the edges, but that's OK, we can just tape that back down, there's about half a roll left, LOL! ;)

So when days have been stressful and get me down, I love that I have my Bacon Boy to just think about and come home to, and it makes me smile! :)  I hope it made you smile today, too! 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, September 29, 2014

the most fabulous story

My awesome friend Kory is very involved in local theater, and last December he directed a play that I was very excited to see.  There was some controversy surrounding the play, which only brought more media attention, and I if hadn't wanted to go already, I really wanted to show the theater, and especially Kory, my support.  Opening Night ended up being during a huge snow storm, which shut down nearly the entire city!  It was crazy! :)  We had our tickets, so we went and had a FABULOUS time!   The play was hilarious, the actors were wonderful, all the stage and light cues went off without a hitch, and we got to attend the cast party afterwards! :)  I was so proud to know the man who had worked so hard (and stressed out so much, LOL) on this, and it came together beautifully!

For my layout, I used lots of leftovers from Echo Park collections.  I used 5 polaroid die cuts from a package by Jillibean Soup that I used a variety of stamps and washi tape on.  I covered several chipboard buttons and a file tab from Jenni Bowlin.  

papers, stickers, alpha stickers by Echo Park; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; frames by Jillibean Soup; chipboard buttons, file tabs by Jenni Bowlin; button, washi tape by Recollections; washi tape by Bella Blvd; pearls by The Paper Studio; ink by Stampin’ UP!; stamp (borders) by Studio G; stamp (memory file) by Heidi Swapp; stamp (patterned borders) by TPC Studios; floss by DMC; brads by Making Memories

Thanks for stopping by! :)