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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Project Life Week 11 & 12 and right now

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

*listening - to one of the dogs snoring
*eating - nothing
*drinking - about to have some NyQuil and go back to bed, feel horrible
*wearing - my favorite fuzzy robe and socks
*weather - cold and windy
*wanting - to feel better, my throat feels like sandpaper when I swallow, I can only whisper
*needing - my bed, my pillow, medicine ... there's an obvious trend going here ... ;)
*thinking - about all the things I need to do, and how bad I feel right now, and trying to decide if the guilt I will feel putting them off will be worth it or not
*enjoying - I got all my scrapbook orders in, and each one had some freebies included :)

Since I'm several weeks behind sharing my Project Life pages with you, I thought every now and then, I'd double up and share two weeks together.  I will confess, although I still love doing Project Life, some weeks are getting harder for me.  Those "boring" weeks will definitely be ones that I try to give you a two-fer on! ;)

For Project Life Week 11, I used Echo Park's Note to Self collection.  I have always really liked this collection, although it doesn't scream "that's SO Tanya" ... no bright colors, although there are dots and stripes, arrows and lots of office-type 'form' looking patterns.  I bought the collection kit and an extra sheet of the ones I really liked a couple of years ago, and I've used it many, many times.  Now after scrounging enough pieces to do these pages, I also managed another layout (coming up next week), before putting it away.  I think I can probably squeeze a little more out of it ... at least I'm going to try, LOL! :)

During this week ... people irritated me continually - from not doing what they said they would, to people in stores not knowing their products, to people not calling/writing back, to just plain dummies – I was annoyed; we got our pre-sale tickets for Skrillex; watched a couple of movies; became obsessed with In This Moment singer Maria Brink; finally had the doctor check out my knees ("well, they do feel a little crunchy"), got steroid shot and felt a little better; finally finished the Burberry Brit perfume I’ve had and used for nearly two years; made a baby banner for a friend of mine; we found Griffin with another cat in our backyard (we can’t figure out why they keep coming back there); went to Dallas with Jason & Chrystal; fighter weigh-ins at Gilley’s; Joe Rogan comedy show; shopping at the Galleria and Crate & Barrel; lunch at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill and then UFC 171!

For Project Life Week 12, I used the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6x6 pad.  I added another one of my pull out cards with hidden journaling on it, folded inside (I blurred the writing for privacy).  Since this was one of my "boring" weeks, I thought I would spruce up the few photos I had, with digital stamps.  During this week, we ... headed home from Dallas; had St Patrick’s Day on Monday; I mailed the baby banner to Lori; paid our taxes; my parents tried to give me junk and acted offended that I didn’t want it; my friend Mykella became a new Mary Kay consultant, she gave me a facial and make up tips; caught up on our DVR TV; I was blown away by Amy Purdy on DWTS (although my first instinct pick is Meryl & Macs to win); got my nails done; first day of spring; finally decided on a resort in Mexico; Josh fluffed his beard as big as it could go before it gets shaved off; and the dogs enjoyed a rare nice sunshiny afternoon outside! :)

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

football traditions

Happy Monday! :)  Hope you all had a great weekend!  If you haven't "LIKED" my Creative Endeavors Facebook page, you missed out on a couple of updates over the weekend.  I didn't have much time to play with making stencils this weekend, but I did enjoy stamping with some adorable new stamp sets that came in!  I will be sharing those projects on Friday with you! :)

Now for today's layout ...

Each fall, we gather our friends for our annual OU/Texas football party.  Last year was no exception - fun friends, lots of good food, and plenty of obscenities screamed at the TV! :)   My layout was pretty well covered in a grid of photos, with a few punched and die cut elements here and there.  I left the embellishments to a minimum, and all the journaling in a small block.

cardstock, brads, vellum, gemstones by The Paper Studio; paper by Scrappin’ Sports & More; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; border punch by EK Success; ribbon by Queen & Co; tabs cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! ;)

Friday, April 11, 2014

photo Friday - new toys

Happy Friday! :)

I recently purchased a few new toys to play with that I'm very excited about! :)

The first one is blank stencil material by The Crafter's Workshop.  I love their high quality stencils, and have played around with them using inks, embossing paste, mists and sponge daubers.  I thought it would be really cool to try cutting my own stencils with my Silhouette Cameo.  I'm looking forward to giving it a try! :)

The other awesome new purchase was the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool and extra foam.  I was super excited when I saw these in the CHA sneak peeks, earlier this year!  I've had trouble using the larger, rectangular tool at times, and this seems like it would be much easier to use and blend with.  I've watched lots of YouTube videos and reviews, and people are loving it!  One of my favorites lately was how Jennifer McGuire used it on this card.  I can't wait to try them out! :)

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Project Life Week 10 and right now

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

*listening - to Momma Sed by Puscifer on my iPod
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - black slacks, gray top
*weather - a little chilly, but will warm up to 80 today :)
*wanting - to get all the things on my scrapbook wish list, and in one place
*needing - to remember to take care of myself 
*thinking - about the best way to approach a difficult situation
*enjoying - getting to do the things I want/need to do for me lately 

Week 10 of my Project Life was a busy week.  I used Echo Park's Beautiful Life 6x6 pad and sticker sheet for my pages.  This week, we ... got enough snow to have a Snow Day off work; went to see travel agents about our anniversary trip; watched the Oscars; my in-laws dog, Bob, had to go to the vet and was diagnosed with a tick disease; I got my ring back from having the prongs re-tipped and dipped; we got our passport photos taken and applications submitted; I had my first real training session with Cinda - I did too much and couldn't walk for two days, my knees have been killing me; got my nails done, and added the UFC logos in vinyl; had lunch with Josh at Tucker's Onion Burger (yum!); watched a couple of movies; got a crazy call from a lady in NM about earthquakes; deep cleaned the house and got some scrappy time in, too!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

National Pet Memorial Day

This layout was really hard for me, and not just for the obvious reason. It literally took 4 tries for me to get this layout to where I considered it to be "finished."

I knew I wanted to use the paw print washi tape and paw print in a heart die cut. I kept looking through my patterned papers, thinking I must have something I can use. PLAN #1: I started with some basic brown cardstock, but I thought it looked a little bit plain.  Luckily I hadn't glued anything down yet, just had everything laid out and decided to go a different route. I only wasted time and not supplies on this one. PLAN #2: I decided to make my own 'patterned paper' using gray cardstock, three sizes of paw print stamps, Versamark ink and silver embossing power.  Once I had my photos glued down and washi tape on, something just didn't look right.  I hated it.  I carefully pulled the washi tape off (but couldn't save it), and was able to get my photos off, but ruined the paper doing so.  PLAN #3: I went back through some older Doodlebug, and had a piece of a cute pattern paper that was one of their thinner sheets.  I cut some tan/almost kraft cardstock for my background, and then used the sheet for an accent across the background pages.  I glued my photos back on, added washi, typed my journaling on another piece of cardstock ... started embellishing ... and I started to hate it, too.  I couldn't figure out why this was so hard.  Yes, this was an important layout for me, but it wasn't going to be the measure of how much I loved my fur-kids.  It was JUST a layout.  And other than the photos and brads, none of that was salvageable, either.  :(

Finally, PLAN #4: I went back through all my patterned paper AGAIN.  I pulled out some sheets from Bella Blvd, that had a little bit of pattern to them, but not overwhelming, and chose the two I had in gray.  I put down my photos, washi, re-stamped and re-die cut things, and printed my journaling directly on my page.  I was finally happy with how it came out. :)

paper by Bella Blvd; cardstock by Core’dinations and Bazzill Basics; brads, trendy tape by Queen & Co; ink by Memento and Versamark; washi tape by Target Up & Up; jewel, twine by Doodlebug Design; button, embossing powder by Recollections; brad by Little Yellow Bicycle; stamps (lucky dog, paws for a cause, word salad), dies (dog icons) by Paper Smooches; tag punch by McGill

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

photo Friday - hello Spring

Happy Friday! :)

Yesterday, we got our first real taste of Spring, with temperatures in the 80s.  Of course with that, comes threats of severe weather and tornadoes ... and it wouldn't be typical Oklahoma weather if it weren't 20 degrees cooler today, and looking to get worse through the weekend.  Yep, Mother Nature is such a tease, LOL! :)

Anyhow, one of my favorites signs of Spring are Bradford Pear trees.  They are all over the place here, and I used to call them "popcorn trees."  The little white blossoms just make me happy.  This is our very full tree, that lots of birdies call home.

What are your favorite signs of Spring?

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And, thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Life Week 9 and right now

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

*listening - to a snoring dog, it's a great sound ;)
*eating - nothing yet
*drinking - water
*wearing - picked out black slacks and ivory sweater for today
*weather - supposed to have severe weather today :(
*wanting - to go back to bed and stay home, order some scrapbook stuff
*needing - to finish getting ready and head to work
*thinking - about this weekend
*enjoying - that I'm making progress on my goals, very slowly, but it's progress

Last summer, I came across the Teresa Collins He Said She Said collection, and loved both the more masculine and more feminine versions.  For this week of my Project Life, I used the He Said part. :)  I also tucked in a pull-out card with my (lack of) fitness progress for the month.

Highlights for this week ... I started having more serious issues with my knees, which has really hindered my working out; read a fascinating book in only two days; listened to a CD that I hadn’t heard in probably 10 years and liked quite a bit of it; watched a lot of movies; enjoyed making my friend laugh; saw a zebra car at the gas station; got my hair done; had a fun night hanging out with Josh; I finally ordered and received my Doodlebug album for THIS year's Project Life (LOL); bought 4 training sessions at the gym; my label maker (the one Jennifer McGuire uses) came; celebrated my Father-in-Law and Brother-in-Law’s birthdays with a fun and yummy family lunch at Ted’s, then cake and presents at home. :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Monday, March 31, 2014


Josh has been volunteering at the big Oktoberfest celebration the last several years.  He really enjoys learning about all the beer selections, loves all the food, and the family business that puts it on each year are really wonderful to work with.  His favorite place to work is the beer tent, where he can learn more about all types of beers, as well as share his knowledge with customers deciding on one to try.  This year, he worked in the kitchen and got to help out with the gigantic smoker.  Since he's been getting into grilling so much, this was also a fun learning experience for him.  He learned how they prepare each item, and the process of cooking all the meats.  Each hour, everyone in the whole kitchen sings a chant and does a shot together.  They have have a lot of fun! :)

For my layout, I used some Lawn Fawn papers that caught my eye one day, and I thought the colors went well with my photos.  I die cut several word arrows with my Silhouette Cameo, and used some acrylic letters I found in a bargain bin, but loved. 

papers by Lawn Fawn; cardstock by Bazzill Basics; ink by Stampabilities; acrylic letters by JLC Mermoies; ribbon by Queen & Co; alpha stickers by Doodlebug Design; brad by The Paper Studio; word arrows cut with Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

photo Friday - birthday cards

It's Photo Friday! :)

Today I have some cards made from the leftover scraps I had from the layout I shared on Monday.  I often read about people using their scraps right away, while they have all the matching supplies out, so I gave it a try.  So quick and easy! :)  I was able to make three clean and simple cards (two were just alike) from the few strips of leftover patterned paper, and a few coordinating pieces from my scrap basket.  I used my Stampin' UP! hexagon punch and a few stamps to complete these cards and envelopes in less than 10 minutes. :)

This was such a fun and easy way to use my scraps productively!  And, I'll build my stash of cards, too!  What do you do with your scraps?  

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