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Friday, October 31, 2014

photo Friday - Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  :)

Since we haven't officially dressed up yet, I'll save my Halloween pics for next week. 

For today's Photo Friday, I have Gracie's Happy Halloween message.  I used the Rhonna Designs app on my iPhone to have some fun with her picture.  I've had the app for quite awhile, but recently started using it more and I love it! :)

Gracie is in what we call her "hooligan" dress, that I picked up for her at Michaels when it was 40% off. :)  I also got her a little monster head, but the chin strap doesn't fit properly on her, so I need to restitch some ties on there before she can wear that.  Anytime I see the pink skull-and-crossbones, I think of Gracie ... she has that sort of punk rock attitude. ;)  I just love this little heathen! :)

Have a great weekend, a wonderful Halloween, and thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Project Life Week 39 & 40 and right now

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

*listening - to the new Slipknot album
*eating - will be having a rice cake with peanut butter momentarily
*drinking - my lovely water
*wearing - some awesome b/w plaid pants that I finally fit in (bought them years ago, they've been up in the closet because I loved them, was thrilled to finally cut the tags off), and one of my new black tops
*weather - cool morning, fall is starting to roll in
*wanting - to get caught up and organized, so I don't feel so out-of-sorts anymore
*needing - to start thinking about Christmas gifts
*thinking - about the weekend and my To Do List
*enjoying - that I'm finally feeling better after being sick

Today I'm sharing a couple of weeks of Project Life layouts, and trying to get a little caught up.  For my Week 39 pages, I used Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper collection, called Retro Fresh.  I loved the colors in these papers, and used some matching cardstock and washi tape, along with some Doodlebug mini pearls that went perfectly, to embellish my pages. 

Happening this week ... we went to lunch with my in-laws and saw their new (to them) Mustang, Josh couldn’t wait to drive it; had to tape up Griffin’s cone, so he became “Bacon Boy;” got a goodbye note from my retiring boss; had to stop by and see my dad, who wasn’t horrible this time, but wasn’t great either; got my nails done; article came out showing size of our Sooner offensive line is not only comparable to the NFL, they’d rank 2nd; officially down 20lbs since January; the Vaughn Foods murder shook me up, especially in the few minutes of not knowing if our friends Mark and Sam were OK, and then finding out what really happened and how many of our close friends were involved in so many ways; had lunch with my mom; got my hair done; watched a couple of movies; made a trip to the lake; watched UFC and got news that my Aunt Liz, who had been ailing for many years, finally passed away.

For my Week 40 pages, I used a new My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad I picked up on sale at Michaels, Boy Crazy.  I picked out the more fall-colored patterns to use, and really liked how it came out.  One of the cards I made in the Rhonna Designs app, with a favorite line from a song.  I made it look like a chalkboard sign, and love how it came out.

This week .... I had a very melancholy week; a couple of friends had parents pass away, including a co-worker, Kyle; my friend Katrina had to put her dog Elvis down; Randy Couture didn’t make it on DWTS; watched several movies; got together for a fun family dinner; loved meeting one of Chad’s patients, Ian Bishop, a former Royal Marine Corporal who lost both legs and was a delight to hang out with; got caught in a rainy day traffic jam; made some cards at work again; had a nice dinner date at Johnny Carino’s; strolled through a Halloween store to get ideas; Josh got some new jeans at Old Navy; I got tickets for us to see Carrie: The Musical and for Life In Color; my Sooners played horribly at TCU, and lost big time; I worked on several weeks of Project Life layouts and we watched UFC Fight Night.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween layout

It's finally Halloween week! :)

Here is my layout from last Halloween, when we were Dexter and a Victim.  We went out with some friends to a club downtown and had a blast! :)  My layout is mostly covered in photos, with various layered Doodlebug papers and embellishments.  

cardstock, jewels by The Paper Studio; papers, stickers, brads by Doodlebug Design; petite curly punch by Stampin’ UP!; washi tape by K & Co; cardstock by DCVW; flags cut with Cuttlebug (Spellbinders lacey pennants dies)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

photo Friday - new Doodlebug goodies

Happy Photo Friday! ;)

Today I'm sharing some fun new goodies I picked up last week, and I'm really excited about!  

Recently, the original owner of Whole Lotta Scrap in Norman reopened her store in a new location and it is wonderful!  Leslie has lots of the latest scrapbook lines, and has been steadily adding to her growing stock.  What I love about the new store, is that she is now carrying stencils, embossing pastes and mediums, inks, all kinds of mixed media items that stores on the south end of the metro haven't had before!  

I stopped in after a conference, and she had all the newest Doodlebug goodies, fresh for my hot little hands to grab! :)  I was so thrilled to see their Frosty Friends collection, since I loved a previous winter/snow collection from around 2005 or 2006 using lots of soft blue and lavender tones.  They put out a revamped kit of older product a few years ago with some of it.  This new line is just gorgeous!

Since I still had lots of Halloween paper from past collections, I just got a few cute ones I really liked and some embellishments.

This Happy Camper collection is too cute! :)  I thought a few of these papers would be cute for pages about our trips to the lake cabin, the fishing we've done this summer ... they are really versatile!  And I adore the colors!!

Speaking of great colors ... these fall colors are beautiful and rich, I can't wait to use them on a Project Life layout! :)  The critters were super cute, too, and very "trendy" for me, LOL!

Since I just finished up the last of my 2013 pages a few weeks ago, I knew I needed to restock my Christmas papers, so I did! :)  I really like a lot of the B-sides best.  Then again, I definitely get lots of use out of my Doodlebug papers!  I also got border stickers and a few DoodlePops.  I went back and forth on the This & That sticker sheet, but decided I liked more of the designs than not, so I got it.  :)

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Project Life Week 38

Hello All! :)

As much as Good Intentions are worth, that's how much I had planned to be more back to a regular schedule this week.  But I'm still running behind, and I haven't had a chance to catch up on my usual blog reading either!  I'm looking forward to things slowing down just a bit! :)

Today I'm sharing my Project Life Week 38 pages.  I used Simple Stories' Daily Grind collection, since I love all the icons, calendar-themed accents and arrows.  I had several of the patterned papers and a sticker sheet already, but I couldn't resist the 6x6 pad when I found it in a clearance bin.  I used all those pieces here, which made embellishing super easy.  

Highlights for this week .... the new season of Dancing With the Stars started, with Randy Couture doing really well (usually I can pick a winner after the first show, but this season is a bit fuzzy – Janel is good but I need to see more from her to make sure I like her, Alfonso is good and I like Whitney whipping him into shape, and Bethany is a contender, since Derek always brings out the best in his partners); a weird group of mushrooms came up in our yard overnight; Griffin ended up in the Cone of Shame again; I put together some card making supplies for work; took lunch to Mykella at her new office; we made Indian Tacos at home; we went back to the State Fair on Friday night; finally finished my 2013 layouts; headed out to Lake Thunderbird when Josh got home from overtime on Saturday; watched the OU game when we got home, another win against West Virginia 45-33.

Thanks for stopping by! ;)

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! :)