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Thursday, December 29, 2011

spent all day scrapping! yay! fun! I finished one more LO and now I'm done for the day!

Koko at Christmas

this next LO is for Sketch Along Tuesdays at Frosted Designs:

this was fun! I used Basic Grey paper and the rest is Bazzill and from my stash. Thanks to Ashley Horton for the awesome sketch and the great DT at for a wonderful challenge! 

my Top Ten of 2011!

the last 6 months have been awesome! here's my top 10 for this year! (well last 6 mos. anyway!)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 in review

The weekly challenge at Club CK is to create scrappy goodness with 12 of "something!" Like using a stamp 12 times or 12 rhinestones or 12 staples, etc. You get the point! I am thrilled with this challenge because just this past weekend I got the idea to do a LO of 2011: a year in review! For this page I printed out 12 photos - one from each month of this year - 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 each - and I went through my Basic Grey stash coming up with this LO!:

yay! more scrappy goodness!

over at Frosted Designs it is a new Sketch Along Tuesdays Sketch by Ashley Horton!:

I am so excited to try this one out! I just love Ashley's sketches! So go check it out at Have a great day everyone!

Monday, December 26, 2011

nearing the end!

     As we draw near to the end of 2011, I am going through the pictures I took over this year and planning to do a "Year In Review" LO. The last 6 months have been awesome for me and scrapping and the challenge at ScrapFit is to choose a favorite LO. It was fun looking back at the LOs I've created and I chose this one as a favorite:

     As I look back at this year I'm reminded of how blessed I am with family and friends! I know lots of people make "resolutions" for the new year and I've done that before so I was thinking of how I can make a difference this coming new year. I'm very excited about keeping one resolution from this year (2011) and that was to read the Bible from cover to cover! I followed my Daily Bread devotional for direction on reading the Bible through. It was great! I have the NIV and the Message side-by-side Bible and so I read it through in the NIV so now I want to read it through coming by way of the Message! I am so excited!
     Another "resolution" I want to try out is to use my computer and scrap digitally at least once a month. I have done it before and was pleased with what I created but I love hands-on pages a bit more! Well, off to scrap! Happy New Year to all! Blessings!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

merry Christmas eve!

     Yay! it's Christmas Eve and I am so excited about being able to actually participate this year! Today has been quiet so I was able to scrap! We are going to spend Christmas Eve with family and I just had to get in some scrapping! I have another LO almost finished...I just need to think of a title!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

not much

going on today...just a TON of activities! I met two moms from the M.I.T. prayer group I am a part of at the middle school and high school to drop off treats for the faculty for Christmas! M.I.T. stands for Moms In Touch...a group of parents who get together to pray for the students and faculty of our school district. This is the website: It's a wonderful time of fellowship and prayer each week and I love it!
     I am going to lunch with a good friend of mine in a few hours and then need to run some errands before school gets out. Tomorrow is a half day at school and the last day before winter break/holidays! I'm so excited for Christmas! I am picking up the kids tomorrow when school lets out and plan on taking them to Ted Drewe's for an early Christmas treat!
     We had our Sunday School Christmas party at church last Sunday and it was really wonderful to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen in awhile. The church is all prettied up with Christmas decorations and I am looking forward to the Christmas Eve service and there is also a Christmas morning service. I am excited! Hope everyone is having a great day! I hope to scrap this afternoon!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

word of the year

I did a LO today for a challenge - well actually several challenges - the first is for ScrapFit #57 "word of the year." I really got into creating this page 'cos this year has had its ups and downs! The first 3 months of 2011 I was in and out of the hospital, the summer was shot with the high temps we had, and I had several steroid treatments which are just plain hard on my body. These last 6 months have really been AWESOME! I joined Club CK and had the opportunity to meet and scrap with some wonderful ladies who have become friends I treasure! I started on a new M.S. medicine and feel a ton better! I had prayed for a long time to feel even just a little bit better and God has blessed me with so much more - more energy, better walking, just better all the way around! So I chose "be" as my word of the year. To be all sorts of different! I had fun coming up with ways to "be!"

I am also using this LO for 2 challenges over at Frosted Designs: for Fab Friday and Sketch Along Tuesdays Sketch #30. The ribbon I used runs along towards the top of the page.
Ladies at both sites - I just want to say thank you for all the inspiration and motivation y'all have provided me these past 6 months. What you have provided I call "scrap therapy" because the inspiration helps my mind and keeps my somewhat creative juices flowing and the motivation keeps me busy and active! What I have - multiple sclerosis - is a day-by-day disease and its hard to deal with sometimes but like I told the ladies at the crop I was able to go to scrapping has helped me to forget for a time that I am sick. So thank you ladies ever so much! Blessings!

Friday, December 16, 2011

another giveaway opportunity!

Wow! today is turning out to be a "giveaway" kind of day! Another one of my favorite blogs is: and they have a giveaway too! This is totally cool! Keep an eye on their blog 'cos it's always inspiring and motivating to see the work of these two sisters!

ScrapFit rocks!

I love mini pictures of an event or holiday! So much more can be fit on a page when I can make some pics smaller!This next LO is for Workout #58 over at using mini-pics of my son's birthday:

happy friday!

     Here's a blog you just gotta visit:
it's really awesome! there is much inspiration, tutorials and motivation! off to scrap!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

wet day!

     Had my 6th infusion of M.S. medicine at the hospital yesterday...also had blood drawn for testing! Praise! Everything tested within normal limits! Now I'm just tired and worn out BUT I did get 2 LOs done today and had fun with it too! My birthday was at the beginning of the month and I got a Kindle Fire which is totally awesome! I did a LO with it for ScrapFit WW#20 - distressing and using at least one chipboard element. The flames were fun to make and I used some of the box the Kindle Fire came in that I tore up.

     I finished another LO with a picture my mom took in 1983 of a beautiful cardinal in the snow on my grandma's bird feeder! All that white and a brilliant red cardinal made for a memorable page!
today was a good day!

Monday, December 12, 2011

monday, monday

     What a great weekend! I am hoping to scrap alot today but before that I would like to give a shout out to the ScrapFit ladies who are hosting a DT call! I have applied and would love to be a ScrapFit girl! The challenges are really great and truly inspirational each and every week! So be sure to stop by and check them out: Hope everyone has a great day!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

a big thank you!

     I want to thank the team at Creative Scrappers for the awesome giveaway posted this last week on their blog! You all ROCK! I didn't realize anything 'til we had just gotten home from picking out our Christmas wreath at Ted Drewe's! I logged on to Club CK and a fellow peep had convo'd me about seeing the news on the CS blog. I am so excited! I really enjoy the challenges and look forward to seeing what comes next to inspire and motivate my own scrappiness!
     We went to church today! It was really nice to see friends and spend time with them in community worship. The rest of the Christmas lights went up on our house today and afterwards we headed out to pick up our Christmas wreath! We drove around again to see Christmas lights only in different neighborhoods this time and wow! there are alot of Christmas lights on alot of houses this year! It was awesome! Here is a couple pics from tonight's adventure:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

brrrrr! it's cold!

     Hi there! Hope everyone is having a great weekend! I am a scrappin' fool today! This LO was slow in the making because of the flower. I love what the DT did at Sketchy Thursdays and I was especially drawn to Kyoko's LO and Jenny's! The flower was actually much bigger when I bought it at the store but I cut it up and made it smaller for the page. This was a fun challenge! The flower is also extremely glittery (SP?) and I really like the effect of it on the LO! The challenge was to use glitter over at Frosted Designs. I was also able to use this LO for the color challenge at Club CK using cream, purple and blue. So now I'm off to finish another LO I just started about my parents. I'll be back when I get it done!
     So I feel all scrapped out! I have two more LOs to do for this week but I'm going to wait until tomorrow and just veg out for a bit! In fact, I just received the new Creating Keepsakes magazine and I think I will give it a look! Here's the LO I've been working on the last hour or so:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

it's tuesday...

     I went to lunch with a good friend of mine today. It was a bit snowy outside but it didn't stick or anything and it was nice to get out and meet with my friend! I came home and got to scrappin'! It was great to use my scrappy goodies from American Crafts! It is the Hollyday line and perfect for this Christmas season! This LO is a before and after of our Christmas tree: before it was decorated and what it looks like after a whole 3 hours of putting on the ornaments and trim! It really is quite lovely!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

awesome day!

     We went to church this morning! Yay! I was able to discern God's hand at work in my life: the sermon was based on Romans 12 which is a favorite New Testament chapter of mine and is a page from the Bible I just received as scrappy mail from a fellow peep from Club CK! God works in mysterious ways and I am thrilled to pieces with what the Lord is doing in my life and that of my family's!
     We came home and finished decorating the Christmas tree, which took us over 3 hours! We then went to Ted Drewe's and went through some of the neighborhoods in our area looking at the various Christmas lights! It was an awesome day and a great time of family memories and blessings we will treasure forever!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Finally Friday!

     Thanks to ScrapFIT for picking my "thankful" comment for the thankful giveaway! You ladies are awesome! I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and look forward to creating for many more to come! I love the inspiration and motivation I get each time I visit the ScrapFIT blog!
     Not much going on today...just gonna scrap and then scrap some more! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


     I am so very blessed with my family and today I did a LO with the title "Thankful!"  I decided to liven my scrapping up with metal, ribbon and spray mist to name a few! The paper is Basic Grey and Bazzill, the metals are misc., the chipboard letters are Heidi Swapp and American Crafts, the stamp I used is from the Martha Stewart collection and the spray mist is Maya Road. Whew! That's a bunch of scrappiness! I had fun with this LO and I used the Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays Sketch #29 and for their Fab Friday challenge to use metal! Thanks for the motivation and inspiration ladies from Frosted Designs!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ah childhood!

     I am not feeling well. I have a cold (I think). But I'm still scrappin'! I did a very simple LO of a childhood memory. Now back to bed!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

"falling leaves" friends

     I finished this next LO today using all the leaves and such from the November toss "falling leaves" on Club CK! I had such a blast creating this page with items I received in the mail from fellow "peeps" like leaves and die cuts among other scrappy stuff! Awesome, awesome!

     This next week is a bit busy but mostly during the evening hours so I can scrap during the day! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! and now onto the holiday season with Christmas right around the corner!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

super saturday!

     I just finished a "calendar" blog hop and had a blast! the ladies had fabulous projects and were very inspirational and quite motivating! an awesome way to start my holiday season! this is where I started and this is where I ended up at
It was awesome!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday?

     We went to the Hertel's for Thanksgiving and had such a nice time! How I looked was commented on more than once! I am so thankful for the friends and family we spent time with! I had the energy and spirit to participate this year compared to past seasons. I had my quiet time this morning with the Lord and cleaned up the house a bit. I logged into my email and this is what I found: !
I'm so excited! I love American Crafts and can't wait to create with this line!

Yay! I'm doing my happy dance!
     I plan to scrap today and that's about it! I may see if Mike will take me to M's to see about the good deals they have on scrappy stuff but I am avoiding all other businesses with the crowds and such! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

wow wednesday!

     I finally was able to re-do the LO I did yesterday but had forgotten the element of stitching:

     I used this LO for issue challenge #4 instead of #3 like I had originally planned! The title "school days" is all Thickers in different fonts.
     I participated in the one hour challenge on Club CK last night! The challenge was to use "flocking" on a layout. I used snowflakes that were already "flocked" and love how it turned out! I'll tell ya what - an hour goes by really fast when you do this challenge! I had a blast! I also used this LO for issue challenge #3 on Club CK. My thanks to Ashley Horton for a great sketch to inspire us!

     so that's it for today I'm thinking! We are off to the Hertel's tomorrow for Thanksgiving dinner and I am excited about spending time with friends and family! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

school's out!

     it's Thanksgiving week and the kids are out of school for the rest of the week! I did finish a LO today for a challenge at Club CK but have to re-do it a bit 'cos I completely forgot an element that was supposed to be included on the LO! I need to do some kind of stitching! here's what the LO looked like before:

     not crazy about it but will hopefully love it after I add the "stitching" which I will post when I finish it!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

so sunday!

     This was an extremely productive weekend! By that I mean getting stuff done! I finished 2 LOs and worked on tosses for December! It's been really fun to do the tosses on Club CK. Last month the theme was "falling leaves" and the theme for December is "holiday hugs!" I need to go through my stash and a little scrappy shopping is needed for this next month. I also got my "secret Santa" name so I need to get stuff together for that as well. It's going to be an awesome holiday season for me and my family, especially with me feeling tons better on the new m.s. medicine I get every month!
     Thanksgiving is this week and I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and awesome son! Then the following week, the beginning of December, is my birthday and then Christmas! I am excited to get our annual holiday wreath from Ted Drewe's for the front door and decorate the Christmas tree! I can't wait for our church services so I can worship the Lord and thank Him for sending His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Not that I need a service to go to to praise the Lord but the church is all prettied up and it's nice to get to be with our church family and friends!
     With that said... I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving and a stress-free holiday season! I hope to be back on here tomorrow with yet another finished LO! Blessings!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

still saturday!

     wow! 2 LOs today! this next one is for the November scraplift challenge at Club CK:

     I really had fun with this! stamping and punching, punching and stamping! This was indeed a productive weekend!

scrappy saturday!

     I spent yesterday at my friend Jill's house scrapping! I started a few LOs and am in the process of finishing them today. My first page is for the Sketchy Thursdays challenge. I was inspired by Az and came up with this LO:

     I'm now ready to finish another LO this time for a Club CK challenge. This is going to be a very productive weekend! Yay!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

a two-pager

so I was able to finish a two page LO showing my son's elementary and middle school pictures! Nothing fancy really. Just glad to get them done and in the scrapbook! I'm excited to start work on another one of Ashley's sketches and one for Frosted Designs! Yippee! Today has been productive and I didn't think it would be at all. I took individual pics of the 2 page LO:


I went to the hospital for my 5th infusion of m.s. medicine yesterday and thought it went very well! Now I need to lay low for a few days to let the medicine do its work. That's okay 'cos I can scrap while I'm "resting!" lol
Tragedy has struck us here in our little world and it is very sad. I won't will be all over the news soon enough. It's already the top story on the local news channels. Though we are not involved personally, it still hit too close to home than I would have liked. Prayers are greatly appreciated! I'm gonna try and scrap but not sure how much I'll get done with a heavy heart.

Monday, November 14, 2011

monday mania!

I did this next LO for Sketchy Thursdays this week. I couldn't decide who inspired me the most so thanks goes to Janet, Audrey and Antonia for their super LOs! Thanks ladies! This was a great challenge!

I will be down a day or two - I have my 5th infusion of m.s. medicine at the hospital tomorrow.
I hope everyone has a fabulous week! Blessings!

yay! top 3 fave at Frosted Designs!

my LO was picked as a top 3 fave at Frosted Designs! I am so thrilled!

yay! God has blessed me greatly!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

it doesn't feel like the middle of November!

Wow! Today was absolutely beautiful! In the 70s and lots of sunshine! We opened all the windows and there was such a nice breeze throughout the house. We had a fun weekend that included the arts and craft fair at Affton High School and Jordan (my stepson) and his girlfriend came to spend time with us this weekend! Liam was thrilled and so was Mike. I went to my friend Jill's on Friday to scrap and I got a pic of the clock saying "11:11" which I think is cool. I did this LO of my pooch Koko:

I used Ashley's sketch as an example:
Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

simply a great day!

My friend Lynn and I went out exploring today! She is helping me on a mission to find some "stuff" for Mike's Christmas present! It is a GORGEOUS day, a bit windy and cold but still beautiful! The best news is that I am only using a cane to walk!!!!!! I feel great and am walking so much better! Praise God! I have been praying to feel better for a long time and now...He has answered my prayer! Glory to God! I want to thank all my scrappy friends for all their support and encouragement, as well as my friends that don't live in my computer! LOL So I'm off to scrap some. I'm gonna try using this sketch from Ashley's

have a blessed rest of the day!!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

fall @ the arch

today was a productive day! I followed a sketch from Ashley Horton for this LO about the Arch here in St. Louis. Did you know that the Arch is 630 feet (192m) tall?! Her blog is I have lived here most of my adult life and have never been up in the Arch until last month. Crazy, huh? anyway here is Ashley's sketch:

and here is my LO:

This is my first LO for a Weekend Warm-up at ScrapFit! I am so excited about this challenge! It is WW #17. Thanks for looking and checking out my blog!