Sunday, April 5, 2015

Trying to balance it all and finding my scrappy mojo.

I know I know.... I havent blogged in forever. Getting used to being a full time Dental Assistant after being a full time mom forever has been so challenging, and my kids are grown!!! Finding time for me to do what I should, and what I love has been so hard to balance. Hats off to moms who can do it all. So here are some of my recent favorite scrapbook pages.. Ive really been trying to use my old stash up by putting kits together from my stash. Its really helped me as far as the spending half my time searching for things. Now most of what I need are together in 12x12 envelopes..

Love This Layout...
 The "Love this" was created for one of the PaperIssues crop challenge. most products are thegirlspaperie papers, and the arrows are actually old stampin up corner stickers, October afternoon journal cards, tim holtz die, and Heidie Swap Epoxy.
Grand Parents. I used Paper studio papers, thickers bulap chipboard,colorbox chalk ink. and Heidi Swap.

Let the sunshine in with a SMILE. Old Graphic 45 papers.and lots of textures. 

Duck Feeding is so much FUN.  Lots of background work on this one. 
The following page was created for a challenge on online crop.  I used some old autumn leaves paper, Graphic 45 paper, old basic gray stickers. paper studio florals, and banner, some old bling I altered with copics markers. a lil bit of gesso for journal spot. bits of dyed cheesecloth and bling.  This pic was me and my dear hubby in the Ft Hood Dental Birthday Ball. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

There are no age limits to dreams!

Back in May I was accepted into the Red Cross Dental Assisting Program on post. Classes started beginning of September. At first I thought, what did I get myself into.. Basically a years worth of education crammed into 6 weeks of class. Currently I am learning the hands on part of Dental Assistant training program on a military post. I love it. I love the challenge of taking a patient that has huge dental fears and calming them with my chatty personality. I still have so much to learn, but I am loving every minute of it. I have helped assist with restorations and Oral Surgery=(extractions).. I am finally working towards completion of a dream that I had left behind as a young woman in high school. I am 48 years old. I hope to set the example that its never too late to achieve a dream.. even if its been filed on the back shelf covered with dust.

If you still dream of it. Dust that dream off and give it a polish and let it shine... There are no age limits to dreams..

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Rare in this day and age that couples make it to 50 years in marriage. I am blessed to come from a home where my parents have reached 50 years in marriage.. August 4th, 1962...

The dress made by Grandmother Ruth
The Invites
My mother Janet, was so excited and nervous preparing for this party. She was like a new bride.. She never had a real wedding, not even a wedding pic or even a cake and no real honeymoon. Her parents didn't even go..Grand daddy was busy doing farm work and Grandmother staying home as well. She did sew mom a beautiful wedding dress for the occasion.  50 years later was moms chance to re-live what she missed out on the first time. Dad was the typical man from his era.. he just went with the flow and tried to stay out of the way as much as possible. In helping mom prepare for things I realized how rare it is to find things for 50th wedding anniversary party... In collaboration with our dear friend Marcia Jenkins many talents of decorating for parties, I helped make favors, announcements, and thank you notes.  My son Collin made the slide show with music from the era, and Karen my sister cooked up a bunch of delicious goodies for the after party. My brother in law Bob was the photographer... It all pulled together smoothly considering that I live in Texas, My Siblings live in Indiana and my parents live in Ky... Its not easy pulling a party together when we are all so far apart. Mom did quite a bit herself. She was concerned about space at her house with all the out of town guests and getting ready, trying to share the bathrooms. She and Marcia found an amazing Bed and Breakfast at Hillbilly Ridge in Wickliffe Ky.  This place is phenomenal and so hospitable. Definitely a place to go to.. here is a link to their facebook page:

 (These are the invitations I made for my parents 50th
wedding anniversary... The Pics are printed on vellum
and overlay  on top of the announcement, backed with 
golden yellow card stock and matted with Gold Foil
poster board paper found at hobby lobby in the art section
I used the Slice cutter to cut the 50 in gold and Prima
flowers for accent. )

treat box favor
 These are some of the 
party favors I made. I already had
a bunch of these little boxes I bought 
at the dollar tree. However they were
silver and white. I took the gold spray
paint to these to change the color. I also
created a layered flower from a circular s
scallop punch, brad, watered down ink
in a spray bottle, (spritzed, scrunched and 
eventually glittered) I added the flower to
the tulle bow and added a tag on gold foil 
board with gold embossed words over their
picture. I used glue gun to pop the 50 in the
center of the flower and glue gunned the flower
to the tulle. 

easy peasy magnets
  These Magnets are super inexpensive and
easy fast party favor to make.
Materials: Dozens of sheets of thumb
nail prints of photos, thick heavy duty
magnet, E6000 glue, scissors.
 Larger size clear flat floral marbles-
*which can be found at hobby lobby*.
 (make sure the back side of glass isn't too
 bubbled or marred).  put a small dab of E6000 on back
of marble and press down over picture being careful to center the picture. press firm to get air bubbles out and let dry. trim excess paper off and glue the magnet to the
back of the marble.. I usually glue all the marbles on the whole page and then cut them off..great way to assembly line them.
 Next, I had to have a place to put the extra marbles. which led me to making this magnetic board from Dollar tree cookie sheets. I used crackle medium and painted the cookie sheet. After dry time, I carefully stroked over it with off white acrylic paint. I then Stenciled the words on and hand painted the roses. I aged it with rub and buff gold paint and a little ink on a sponge. I used the crop-a-dile big bite to punch the holes in the tin to hang it from ribbon. I didn't seal this but you probably should seal it with spray sealer of some sort before putting the ribbon on.

Saying Thanks to all
 Below are the thank you notes made to pass out to the guests. I printed this and then inked the edges in golden yellow. i added Prima flowers and used t-shirt pearl paint to embellish the flowers. I happened to find confetti in gold 50's and glued them along with the ribbon at the top.
Janet and Tom Steele
Mom and Dads first Wedding cake!


Memory Table

Cutting the cake

table of memories

The Center Pieces
 We would have had great difficulty if it weren't for Marcia and Jack Jenkins. Marcia's eye for pulling things together is amazing. She gathered moms hydrangeas and dried and gilded them in gold using moms hobnail milk glass and family pics she made it a fairytale dream come true for my mom.

cutting the cake

sharing the cake

Pics of Hillbilly Ridge Bed n Breakfast!





Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bundle Up for a play date with SNOW PLaY by Pink Paislee!

 Bundle Up for a Chilly Christmas Parade!!!

This Layout is proof that even a Texas Gal has reason to play with the Pink Paislee Snow Day collection..

This was my grandson Kason at 19 months. His Mommy made his elf costume for the Christmas parade for daughters friends business called Horse Play..

Pink Paislee Snow Day Products: Pattern Papers, dimensional stickers, die cuts, wood die cuts.
other products; we r memory keepers twin, tattered angels misting spray, folk art red paint for hat. tulip puff paint for hat, Eyelets stampin up, K& co epoxy alphas, Making Memories alphas, Ek success alphas. glitter and rhinestone brads- stampin up. ek success edge punch.

close up of the Pink Paislee dimensional sticker and die cuts.
Although Kason got to sit on the horses for a bit.. he actually rode in a wooden wagon pulled by his mommy during the parade. It was cold that night and the poor lil guy fell asleep. By the time he passed where we stood at the sidelines..I didnt see him. Holly said he was sleeping.. His first parade and he missed most of it.
close up of the Pink Paislee wood snowflake diecut and hat on a medallion

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Thank You so much for stopping by my blog!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Toil and Trouble Wicked Laundry honor of Paper issues 31 days of Halloween!

Whew this has been a super busy month, full of festivities. If that didn't keep us busy enough we moved this month.. finally feeling like I can get caught up I worked on a project that has been on my mind... After seeing Jess Mutty's frame creation she made for Pink Paislee, I was inspired by this old frame I found in our flip house. I crackle painted it a year ago..then what... It wasn't til I saw Jess's idea with her frame and then Cassie posted these fabulous mini clothes pins at the Paper Issues Etsy, did the idea come together!

I kept thinking about Witchy Poo from H.R. Puff n Stuff... Many of you are too young to remember it...But it was a cool show from the 70's... I kept thinking about what laundry day would look like... Then I saw the big moon image from the
 Echo Park Apothecary line... and I knew exactly how this project would go! 

I thought hard about what I wanted the picture hanging to say...Then it came to me...Toil and Trouble Wicked Laundry service!  Most of the items are Echo Park, canvas Core clothespins, Making Memories bat chipboard, and a few Doodlebug alphas. the roses are created from old dictionary paper,  and rolled roses with scallop lace and canvas strips.. a few silk flowers and Prima flowers. I hope you will feel inspired to grab an old frame and create something fantastic with it... 

Thank you for stopping by and remember the kiddos as they walk through the street on Halloween..Have a safe, fun and creative Halloween!!! 

My first attempt at making a banner!

 This is the first banner I have ever tried.. I used a combination of the cricut chic and scary and happy haunting along with a few sizzix die cut acetate ghosts.  Various stickers were used along with scraps of various pattern papers.

googley eyes on the far left and right... (they make me smile)
 Once I get the hang of using my cricut, I can see the fun of making these little cuties... thanks for looking. Happy Halloween!

A collection of my favoritesboth past and present

Here are some of my favorite scrapbook pages/ and crafts from over the years