Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Monday

Happy Monday!!!

I sure had fun last week reading all the blogs and posts from the lucky ones who attended CHA!!  Can't wait to try so many new and fun products that are coming out.
My week last week was not as activity packed as the one before, but there were some noteworthy happenings.
I received my cardstock from SEI.  I love new paper!!!

I also received my prize from Prima.  Wow, was I excited!  I received seven packages of flowers and bling! Can hardly wait to use them.  :o)

On Friday, we had dinner with our daughter Melodie and son in law Ira, in celebration of their upcoming 8th anniversary.  Tomorrow is their special day, but we got together at Outback Steakhouse for a tasty dinner.
I love them soooo much!!  They are such a happy couple.
We are pretty happy ourselves.

I am still working on my tags for the tag swap,  I am making a little progress, as I have now chosen what paper I am going to use, and my color scheme, etc. I am using the new Authentique Lovely line.  It is really nice for Valentines day.  I purchased the paper at my local scrapbook store, Chico Scrapbooks.  I would encourage everyone to support their local scrapbook store, so we can continue to  have them around for years to come.   I also finished a tag just for fun, to get used to using the Tattered Angels mist and the Tim Holtz inks.

                                                               Finished tag.

                                                                  Tag in progess.

And last but not least in my blog this week, my son Justin was at the Inauguration today and got some great pictures.  I will share a couple of them with you.

Everyone have a happy scrappy week ahead!
P.S.  January is over half over....have you created anything this month?????

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy Sunday to all!!

I can hardly believe it.  I actually am making another post!  I am surprised myself, but I had some fun stuff to talk about this week.
My week started off great.  I won a prize!  Not only did I win a prize, but I won it from one of my favorite companies, PRIMA!!!
Prima started out making Pretty flowers, but now they have expanded and have almost anything you would need to do all of your mixed media projects!!  SUPER AWESOME!

I am a member of Club SEI.  I love SEI products.  I have been a fan of theirs from their beginnings.  My club kit came on Tuesday, which of course is always exciting to see what new goodies and ideas they are sending me.  Much to my surprise, inside my kit was a free adhesive to try and a gift certificate for $20.00!  They had sent me a gift card for being a member for 3 years.  So I ordered some cardstock for future use.  A girl can never had too much paper!!  :o)

Wednesday my friend Michelle came to work and took me to lunch at Chipotle.  Yum, yum!!  Michelle and I used to work together at Esplanade Women's Care, where we became fast friends.  We share a love of papercrafting and always have fun when we get together.

Thursday I got an email from Scrappy Happiness, telling me the group that I was going to be swapping tags with.  This is very exciting for me, as I have never participated in anything like this before.  Scrappy Happiness is a blog by Drew Scott.  He is a talented young man who teaches and designs for Prima.  You can look for his classes on Live with Prima if you are ready to be inspired.

Friday my husband and I had the most tasty dinner at our daughter Melodie and son in law Ira's house.  We look forward to any excuse to be able to see them, but some of Ira's great cooking is the best excuse of all!!  He cooked us some delicious steaks, and we had a super great time visiting there.

Also on Friday our son Justin went on another one of his adventures.  This time to see Mt. Rushmore.  It was very cold, but he got some great pictures, and some more stories to share.

Yesterday I did some experimenting with various techniques that I may be using on my tag swap.  I had a lot of fun, and will keep playing around with it until I get the look I am searching for.  Here is a picture of what I did so far.

I still am watching my videos every day with Creative Jumpstart.  There have been some fun techniques I will  definitely try in the future.
Some of my friends are at CHA in Anaheim right now, seeing all of the latest and greatest in papercrafting.  I have been following along on every blog that I can get info on.  Lots of fun going on there.
All in all, I think this was a great week.  I had lots of love and fun all week long.
So hugs to all of you, and I hope you have a great week ahead.  xoxoxox

Sunday, January 6, 2013

HAPPY 2013!

Happy New Year to all of my friends and family!!!!

It has been sooooooooooooooooooooooo long since I have posted to my blog.  I am sure you can guess what one of my goals for this year is going to be.  I am going to REALLY make an effort to post on this blog on a regular basis.  I have been slightly side tracked for awhile, but I am definitely going to get back on track.

I still love, love, love, my scrapbooking!  I am going to concentrate on my scrapbooks this year.  After all, that is what this whole hobby was started for.  I want there to be a record of my family and all of our fun and traditions, long after I am not here.  I love my family, and they are so wonderful!

I still will make cards, and learn new techniques along the way, of which I will also share with everyone.  So, let the fun begin!

After my last post during National Scrapbook day, I was really getting some scrappy time in.  My room was fairly organized, and I was scrapping on a regular basis.  June and my birthday came around, and Chico got a new scrapbook store!  Anyone who knows me, knows about my love of scrapbook stores.  I had the privilege of managing a scrapbook store from 2004-2006.  It was a very happy time and experience for me. So I truly love the fun and atmosphere of a Scrapbook store.  The new store, Chico Scrapbooks is fun,
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 and the owner Jodi Beck has a true love of all papercrafting and is a very knowledgeable photographer.  We quickly became friends, so the rest of my 2012, was immersed in scrapbook store activities.  I have learned so much and had some great fun.
 However, I also had some sadness, as my sister Karen passed away in December.

  I have had lots of love and support from my family.  All of this has helped me to remember what is really important in my life.  

Now forward on to 2013.  
Right now I am involved in an online activity called Creative Jumpstart. 

 You might want to check it out, as there are many great teachers involved with this.  I am going to use some of the techniques I am learning in my 2013 scrapbook.  I am also going to use some of Graphic 45's "A Place In Time" in my scrapbook this year,

 along with TONS of other paper lines, as you also know my love of paper!

I received a new Cricut from my very supportive husband Vince for Christmas.

  He got me the Cricut Expressions 2 with PINK end caps.  Hooray!!  Isn't he the greatest?
Cricut Expression® 2 with Pink End Caps - Cricut Shop

  He also got me a sewing machine especially designed for papercrafting.
Singer Pixie Plus Electronic Sewing Machine - Sewing Machines ...

  I will let you know how I do with that.  I expect to do a lot more sewing on paper this year as well.  I need to learn how to use my new Cricut, and if I learn anything cool or helpful, I will also share these things with you.  

Please feel free to share any new techniques with me.  I would love to hear from everyone.  

So with all of this, I wish you all a very happy and productive new year.  Give each other lots of hugs!

Here is a picture of two of the cards I created at Christmas time.  I has having fun with October Afternoon.  Next post will be my first creation of 2013.  Have a happy day!