April Scrappy Sunday - Week Four

Happy Easter!

I am hosting the last week in Paper Craft Planet's April Scrappy Sunday.  I am so glad to host these challenges, because it gives me the motivation I need to start digital scrapbooking again.


When I was creating layouts in March for the April Sunday Scrappy challenges, I didn't even think about week four landing on Easter. I could have created a layout to correspond with the holiday. I didn't think that far ahead, so my layout is about seasons.


This week we're focusing on Creative Ideas for Events and Holidays: Capture a full year of memories on a single page. Some ideas for this type of layout can be everyone's birthday on one page, a highlight page of the year, a picture a month of a very cute puppy or like I did all the seasons of the year. 

I haven't been posting, because I am without my laptop.  It died on me!  I ordered a new battery and that didn't work, so I think my five year old laptop is toast.  I have been researching to find a replacement.  My laptop was a Dell and now I am going to leap head first into the MAC world.  I have been saving a little to get a MAC, but didn't think I would be buying one so soon.  Ouch!  The price of a MAC is more than a PC; however, I am ready to dive in and spend the money.

During my research, I found out I could buy an iMac and iPad 2 for the same price as the laptop I am considering.  Hmmm!  I am leaning towards the iMac and iPad combo.  Since I digital scrap and dabble in photography I want an above average computer that comes with an above average price.  LOL!

I will be making my purchase either this week or next, so please bear with me a little longer.  Then I will be back to blogging on a regular basis and creating tutorials.  I will need to take advantage of the free classes at the Apple Store, so I can learn the new software.

Thanks for staying with me during this transition.


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April Scrappy Sunday - Week Three


I have been having so much fun digi scrapping that Susanna has let me host week three of Scrappy Sunday for Paper Craft Planet.

This week we're focusing on special effects for photos: rounding corners.  You can round just one picture in your layout or go crazy like I did and round all of them. This is the first time I rounded corners in a digital layout. I love how Scrappy Sunday challenges me to scrap "out of the box". It is so easy to stay with the same creative process. I hope you can take our challenge this week and play along. 

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Sketch Challenge - April 16, 2011

Since my laptop is down and I have been using my DH's old desktop, I am off my game. Susanna reminded me last night at 8 p.m. that I am hosting sketch challenge this week at Paper Craft Planet. I jumped right up from the computer and starting thinking what should I make. I decided to open my Stampin' Up! catalog and use that as my source for inspiration. I found the perfect card I wanted to make on page 18 on the catalog. That was fast. Why am I telling you this?

There are many times when we find out we need a card QUICKLY! I chose a card I could make that would look pretty, but has a simple design. Here is your quick, but cute sketch and my card for you this week. I hope you can play along with me. It shouldn't take much time.




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Computer Woes

I am having computer woes today and will be until next week.  My laptop will not turn on, because my battery is totally drained.  I didn't not know a laptop wouldn't work just because there is no juice in the battery.  Yes, I do have an AC adapter for my laptop, but it still needs a battery to run.  My DH has been telling me to get a new battery for months and I kept saying, "I know."  Well, I know NOW.  I could be up and running today; however, the battery in town cost $130.00 and one on the internet cost $32.00.  I decided to save the $100 and put it in my MAC fund.  I am trying to save the money to buy a new MAC computer.

SO.....I won't have the new battery until Tuesday (I think) and then I have to charge it before I use it.  All my editing programs are on my laptop.  My DH's computer is archaic, so we don't keep much on it.  At least I have access to the internet and my emails.  I would go crazy without that.

Maybe this will get me back to stamping, since I can't play in Photoshop will my pictures.  There is always a bright side.  I learned that from my mom.

In addition, I am selling a bunch of retired stamp sets (from another company...wink wink).  If you want a list of what I am selling, please email me and I will send you a list. They are more than 50% off.  This money is going to my MAC fund too and free up space in my craft room.

Have a great day!

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Mojo Shift

As you can tell I haven't been stamping lately.  My mojo has shifted to my photography.  I have always had a little passion for photography, but just don't take the time to play.  I took a class on my new printer I received with my new camera last year and it sparked an interest in actions for my pictures.  I have been playing around with the actions from Topaz Labs.  They have free 30 trial, so I have been watching videos and learning how to use their actions to make my pictures better.  Here is a picture I took at my parents in December 2010 with a just a little bit of correction.  I love this one!


In addition, when I get in the photography mood, I digital scrap.  I have another layout started and I have a My Digital Studio class tonight at my house.

I hope you are taking the time for the passions in your life whatever they may be.

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Many Thanks

First, let me announce the blog candy winner.............Gretel.


Gretel said...

Well I got my taxes to my accountant on time. I keep saying that I've got to get it to her earlier, but failed in that area this year. Trying to get started on organizing paperwork for next year...


Congrats, Gretel!  Please send me your snail mail address.

I wanted to show you two more beautiful cards I received from friends regarding get well wishes.  I love them!  Thanks again!
I have such talented friends, don't ya think?

Brenda Thacker

Jeanne Tomshack - Jeanne does so many types of crafts.  Her blog is full of them.


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April Scrappy Sunday - Week Two


I am so happy to be hosting week two of Paper Craft Planet's April Scrappy Sunday.  I made this layout with My Digital Studio while lying on the couch recovering from my foot surgery.  That is just one of reasons why I love My Digital Studio.  I could scrap while lying down (hee hee).  Really....it was nice to create while recovering.  Click on the link above and come over to play along with me this week.

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celebrate!

This is another project we are making this month at club.  I saw this cupcake on a card my friend, Kim made and knew I had to have the sizzlits 4-pack dies, Big Bold Cupcake.  I wish you could see the frosting sparkle.  You can see it just a little in the picture.

I wanted to use the sentiment celebrate, so I can use this card for a birthday or for someone who might be celebrating some other occasion.


Celebration!  Talking about CELEBRATION!  I am so excited, because yesterday (Wednesday) I finally made my Weight Watchers goal.  I have lost 16 pounds and hope to keep it off.  I wanted to join Weight Watchers, because I seem to gain 15 pounds and then lose it and then find it back again...over and over.....

If I stay at my goal (within two pounds) for the next six weeks, I won't have to pay for my meetings anymore. I want to keep going to the meetings to continue to be accountable for my weight.  I am hoping to keep these 15 pounds off FOREVAH!

To celebrate this milestone, I am giving away a little blog candy.  I have an extra Extreme Skateboard stamp that I used to make this card.

Here is a picture of the stamp:


How do you have a chance to win?  Just leave a comment on this post on whether or not you have made a goal this year and how are you doing on achieving that goal.  It doesn't have to be weight related.  It can be about creating, organizing, cleaning, exercising.....anything.  Good luck!

I will choose a winner on Sunday, April 10th and announce the winner on Monday, April 11th.


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Get Well Wishes

I wanted to show you the get well cards I received during my foot surgery recovery.  Thanks so much for everyone who contacted me with your get well wishes.

Judy Krueger - She is thinking about starting a blog.  Don't ya think she should?

Terese Hammond

Barb Walker - The Buzz

Here is the St. Patrick's Day card Barb sent me.  She is so talented.


Tomorrow, I will show you the other club project we will be making this month.  Are you ready for a cupcake?


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Just For You

I am healing so fast that I am so excited to go to the doctor tomorrow.  I am hoping he will release me to drive and to start exercising.  I won't be able to run for three months, but he said before surgery that I should be able to ride my bike.  My great friend, Tracy has loaned me a stand to put my bike inside, so I can ride any time.  My awesome hubby is going to set that up tomorrow, if the doctor gives me a thumbs up.

I was able to get back to creating in my craft room today.  It is a good thing, since I have club this Tuesday night and Friday night.  I wanted to create with the new stamp set that has not been released yet called Four Frames and the new designer series paper, Paisley Petals.  These two products will NOT be available until July 2011; however, in the month of April you can buy them just buy spending $20.00 in Stampin' Up! products.  YAY!

I love this stamp set, because it is made for the Designer Label punch.  Awesome!

I wanted to play along with Susanna this week at Paper Craft Planet's sketch challenge.  You should check it out, because you could win a prize.  Here is my card:




Materials used are stampin’ up! Unless noted
Stamps: four frames
Paper: paisley petals, tangerine tango, whisper white, river rock, old olive, 
Ink: marina mist, tangerine tango
Accessories: old olive satin ribbon, dimensionals, rhinestones, square lattice impressions folder, scallops squares duo bigz die
Punches: designer label
Techniques:


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