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"Baby, baby, baby oooh" Crafty Giveway

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The much anticipated, whirlwind week is upon us!  My little girl is having a little girl this week.  Life is about to change again.  I love it.  This is my daughter's first professional picture.  I still have the blanket she is using in this photo. 

With this week upon us that means I am going to be busy being the mom and grandma.  So I thought you would enjoy a wonderful giveaway in celebration.  Since I'm in the mood of Spring I thought you would enjoy an opportunity to win the New Release from Fiskars --Butterfly Border Punch. 
Leave a comment on what time the baby will be born.  We already know the date.  We also know it will be between 1 and 3 o'clock.  This should be so easy.  I'll draw a winner from the closest time or in case of multiple correct answers I'll draw a winner from the correct answers.  Send a friend, have them leave a comment adding "___________ sent me" for more opportunities to win.  I will announce a winner on Friday.

I do have a G…

Spring Sprung?

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Last Wednesday while driving through town I came upon a spectacular sight.  Many of the Bradford Pear trees were in bloom.  Unreal when you consider a friend just told me they were getting snow.

All the blooms inspired me to scrapbook some spring-y photos.  I often scrapbook in a vintage style no matter the photo.  Remember I'm in the learning mode to try new things and new styles.  So here's a new style for me.

The Story
My granddaughter has always been very expressive, especially when Grandma is taking photos.  While she was playing with her water park table I pulled out my camera for a series of hilarious and cute shots.  The memory of us playing together is one I want to pass on to her.

The Layout
What I Learned
Bright colors are exciting and brings an entirely different emotion to a layout.I'm lovin' buttons.  I've been seeing the use of banners and haven't really used it much.  I thought this was a fun way to use that same idea to create a fun eye catching e…

1959 Was a Very Good Year!

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I have been fortunate that my dad loved photography.  He left our family a legacy of memories and documentation of his life and ours.  Dad's older photos are some of my favorite to scrapbook. 

The Story
Since my daughter is about to have her baby I thought I would look up what Dad recorded of my birth.  While I was searching his albums I found that Dad loved taking pictures of Mom when she was pregnant with Me.  I love this particular series of photos of my mom and "me." 

The Layout
Lessons Learned
Creating a design like "building blocks" is challenging but I adore the effect. Masks are so much fun.  The masks by Prima are fantastic.  I won a whole Prima packet of new products during the online madness of CHA.  These masks are a bit heavier in weight and beautifully designed.  My favorite thing about these masks are when you spray your favorite mist on the mask it DOES NOT run off the mask.  It gave me the opportunity to mist and turn it over to "stamp" …

Lessons Learned from Painting a Room

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After the " Lessons Learned From A Banana Pudding" post ... (click here) I thought I would start trying new things in my life and remember the lessons I've learned. 

My mother and father have always had a strong work ethic.  They both were very creative.  When Mom and Dad built their house they took up the task of decorating and furnishing their home the "handmade" way.  Mom sewed drapes.  She reupholstered our couch and chairs for the living room.  They put up their own wall paper.  Mom and Dad purchased an older kitchen table, stripped the finish, and stained.  It was a beautiful table!  When they added on to the house Dad laid the brick for the outside, fireplace, and the stairs.  He textured the ceiling himself.  I loved watching Dad drip the plaster all over his head.  Too funny.

Remember this was all from the view of a 12 year old.  Mom and Dad worked hard for their beautiful home.  One thing stood out for me was I Never Wanted to Do Any of It!!!  It was…

Do You Have a Bit O' the Irish? Glue Dots® Adhesives Dottess Project

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My family is proud of their Irish heritage.  My great-grandmother's family is from Ireland.  "We" arrived in the United States prior to the Revolutionary War.  So my family's been around for awhile!  My mother said she once saw a picture of my great-grandmother's mother and she had blazing red hair.  What's funny is that not many of us from the Cook family have red hair but we certainly inherted many other traits.  Of course a favorite holiday of mine is St. Patricks Day.  It's the donning of the green for us!  I created this pendant for this year's celebration:
“Luck of the Irish”
Glue Dots® Adhesives Used
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     Macro

I used Inkssentials Memory capsules, frames, and glass to create this project. I used 1 ½ x 1 ½ inch frame.

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Cut a 1 ½ inch square from your favorite Kraft paper. Ink the background square with Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink Peeled Paint. Perfect for St. Patty’s Day. Stamp a background image with Ranger’s Archival Ink Coffee a…

A Treasured Photo...*Winner Annouced*

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The Story
About two years ago I was going through my Dad's old albums.  Most of the photos were clear and crisp.  Every now and again I would find one that was faded or too dark.  I stumbled across an old photo that was very dark and the figures in the photo were small.  There was more background than people.  

I scanned the photo and moved it to Photoshop.  I played with several techniques until I could get a clear and somewhat clean photo.  I decided to increase the zoom so I could get a better look at the photo. 

I could barely believe what I saw.  It was a photo of my dad and his niece Frances.  Dad was 15 years old when he went to live with his sister, Pearl.  She literally saved my Dad's life.  This photo is the earliest photo of my Dad that I've found to date.  If you look in the window at the reflection you can see my Aunt Pearl taking the photo.  I'm thankful for modern photo editing!

The Layout


What I Learned
Just because you have it in…

I Need Crafty Therapy! Winner Announced and a Giveaway

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This past week seems all a blur!  Tabitha and David are now living in their new home.  Jim and I are exhausted and I know David's mom, Rosemary is wiped out. 


Jim and David
In the middle of all the moving Tabitha's girlfriends hosted a couples baby shower!  This was my first couples shower.  It was different and fun.  The statements and questions about childbirth from the men were often entertaining.  Tabitha opened the presents gingerly and David tore into them.  LOL  Their theme was a Mardi Gras Shower.  It was bright and festive.




Now, with all the moving and baby shower I haven't had time to "create!"  I'm in bad need of a little creative therapy.  After a good house cleaning today I'm going to finish up a Valentines Card for my sweetie to give to him tonight with a wonderful home cooked meal. 

I did manage early in the week to work on a project I had been putting off for awhile.  When I complete a scrapbook page I often throw them in a container to …

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Giveaway! **Update**

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**Update**  It looks like I'm pretty much going to be busy and away from a computer for the next 2 to 3 days!  My daughter and her husband are brand new owners of their own house!  So let the move begin.

Remember to send your friends to leave a comment with your name in it and get in the drawing more than once.  Enjoy!**

Wonderfully busy week I have in store for me and my family.  Tuesday my daughter and her husband close on their new house.  I have to tell you that my daughter has wonderful taste and I'm in love with her house.  Thursday - Saturday we will be helping Tabitha and David move and help set up the "big stuff." 

This week I will also spend some time at the University of South Carolina to work on Jacob's college.  He is terribly excited!

With all this going on I'm going to have fewer blog posts this week.  I hope to get at least one more in this week showing you the new Making Memories Bravissimo.  During the CHA online fun I won a brand new, fresh…

Live a Little, Learn a Little

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I've said it before, I had a grand time playing at different sites online this past weekend for CHA.  I did win a few new products playing around.  This layout is from challenges at 2Peas. 

The Story
This is my Jay when he was little...he's now 6'5" and growing!  I used this opportunity list some great qualities Jay has.  The challenge from 2peas was to use pattern on pattern paper.  This was up my ally so I had a great time with this one.

The Layout

What I Learned
Circle on circles gives the layout a fun, energetic feelLayering patterns is not that easy.  I was fortunate enough to have enough pattern paper from one line from Cosmo Cricket to match up.Black and White photos are great to pop off the page with any color.  Separate your layers by adding a ink border around the edge of the circles as well as the paper layers.
I have a busy weekend ahead and I know I will get "crafty with it."  I have several more fun Glue Dot Adhesives projects finished and ready …

Whew! It's Over

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I was an at-home Internet CHA attendee and it's over!  While those who went feet are suffering at this point, my house suffered!  I'll be cleaning up for a few days.  I asked my husband if I could neglect him while I "attended."  He was sweet enough to say "Yes."

Here are two layouts I did in response to both 2Peas (Two Peas In A Bucket) and Fiskateers challenges.  Two for one!

The Story
This is my mom in the early 60s.  I have always loved her dress.  She actually saved it and gave it to me many years ago.  I still have it sitting in the back of my closet.  This was her party or cocktail dress.  That was the Fiskateer challenge, to do a layout pertaining to the theme of "cocktails" to correspond to what Angel Daniels was doing at CHA.  For 2Peas it was to do something "dreamy."  I didn't get the "dreamy" down too well, but now I have another goal for something to learn.

The Layout
What I Learned
For the effect I was trying to …

A Bit O' Fun with Glue Dots® Adhesives

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I have several more challenges from CHA that I can't wait to share with you.  Since we are fast approaching Valentines day I wanted to show you a fun project.  This is not just Valentaines but any time.  It's also a fun project for you and the children to do together.

 Fun Frame

This project started out as a Kids Project and ended up a wonderful home décor piece.

Glue Dots® Adhesives Products used
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     Glue Lines
     Mini
     Macro **New**

Cut two sheets of paper 5.5” x 7”

Set one piece aside. This is your back of the frame.

Using your centering ruler first draw an X going from one corner to the other. You create a visual center to your paper. Measure and mark off a 4” x 6” box centered on the back of the paper. Use a craft knife to cut along the X that is inside the 4” x 6” box. Do not over cut.


Take the flaps and fold them inward making a neat edge to your inner frame. To secure the flaps adhere Glue Dots® Adhesives Glue Lines along the inside of the flap at the…