Thursday, December 15, 2011

3 Crazy Kids

When did it happen? I look at pictures of myself and yuck!! Yes, the camera does add 10 lbs right? So I am making a new years resolution early. Work out, eat better. And to have no regrets. To take chances. And to smile more. Really. In all of these pictures that I am in, I am rarely smiling. What is up with that?

Okay, so enough of that. Today's post will be short. I have to rock a party in the preK class at school this morning and pick the boys up from school. Apparently the school thinks they need to get off half a day of school when they have mid terms. To do what? Study? Right, how about melt their brains on the computer.

Here is another layout that I made for my Worldwin Cardstock application. I used their new line of the paper layerz diecutable cardstock. I also used my itop punch for the punched pieces.


It is a pretty simple layout of the kids. It is pictures of a typical day at our house, but that is what I like to scrapbook.

That is all for now. I have about 18 prekers waiting to make some Christmas stockings today.

Hope you have a good day!!

Heather

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Adorable Make Up Girl...

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving (for my stateside readers anyway). I did. We had a nice dinner with my immediate family and my brother. The grandparents (my parents) were out of town visiting their extended family (aunts, uncles and cousins). So I was thankful for my brother to be here with us.

Today I am off from work and I have no pressure to clean the house or cook or do anything in particular. It feels a little weird. I feel like I should be doing something. So today, after I do a few loads of laundry, I am going to start cleaning out my scrapbook stash. It really is time to purge. I will be making another page to this blog with the items I am selling and you can just post a comment or email me if you would like to buy something. Everything will be priced to sell quickly and I will only charge you exact shipping. So stayed tuned for that.

My layout for today is a double page layout that I had published in a F&W publishing book.



Yes, this is my little girl getting into my makeup and making a huge mess with the eye shadow. I used and older Imaginisce line called Early Bird. It was a very colorful and "girly" line so I thought it was perfect for the pictures.

Well that is all for today. Hopefully I will get my virtual scrapyard sale up and running soon. Hope you have a good weekend. And GEAUX TIGERS!!! Yay 12-0!!!

Heather


Saturday, November 19, 2011

A new look and a new layout...

Hey everyone. I know it has been a while. I tool a break and now I am back to blogging and scrapping again.

A lot has happened over the past few months. All three of my kids are in school now. I am a little sad but that is life. I am the youngest's room mother in her class so I keep very busy with the pre-kindergarten kids, I am now working full time and oh yea....I decided to try out for an awesome manufacturer design team and I MADE IT!!! I am so excited!! It is Worldwin Cardstock and they have the BEST cardstock I have come across. Not only do they have textured cardstock with many different textures, but they have also developed a line of paper just for the die cut machines called CutMates. It works fantastic on my Cricut.

So anyway, I would like to share a layout that I made specifically for the Worldwin DT call.


The is the entire layout. Every paper on it is made by Worldwin. 


Here I have used the newest line from Worldwin called Paper Layerz. It is printed patterns on the CutMates cardstock. I absolutely love them!

I also used my favorite tool, the I-rock by Imaginisce. On the butterflies I put on the little tear drop shape of the irock gems. 

Well that will be all today.  I will be posting on a more regular basis and sharing my projects with you. Hope all is well with you!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Heather

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thank You Card and the winner

First I will post the winner to my little fun guessing game the other day. Yes, we survived, but whew, glad it is over. The last one did not leave until 2:15 pm yesterday afternoon. I was exhausted last night. And so was the birthday boy. I think he went down at 9 o'clock last night.

Any way, Craftymom 205 you were pretty darn close. I think the last one went down at 5:13 AM in the morning.
craftymom205 said...



I will have to say 5:00am. Good Luck.

So email me your address and I will send you my RAK of scrap goodies.


And here is a Thank You card that I have recently made. I did it for the Die Cuttin' Divas card challenge for that particular week.



I really found it hard to photograph just a black and white project. It looks really nice in person.

Patterned papers, flowers, bling: Imaginisce; Cardstock: Core'dinations; Die Cutter: Cricut Expression with StoryBook and Plantin Schoolbook cartridges.

That is all for today. I hope to see you back!

Heather

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Let's have some fun with this...

Okay, so this is the second post today. So, if you don't know already, my 12 year old son is having a sleepover birthday bash tonight. I don't know what in me thought that this was a better idea than for him to have a party at a loud, flashing light, laser tag game place. Anyway, I am sure the night will be quite interesting staying up with 9 pre-teen adolescent boys.

So, I thought I would have a little fun with it. I have a RAK of scrapbooking goodies taht I will give to the person that guesses the closest time to when they fall asleep. And if two guess correctly whomever guessed first will win.

I am not sure what the RAK will be but it will be at least $50 worth of stuff, from Imaginisce, GCD studios and others. I have a lot I can get rid of.

You can guess until 0800 CST tomorrow morning. I will post the winner tomorrow. Ready, set, go....

So twelve years ago today....

I was at Woman's Hospital in labor with my oldest child. I can't believe he is now 12 years old. Here he is. Not a great quality photo. It was taken with his ipod. He is a pretty good kid. I am really proud of him.


And you know what is funny? This is his favorite song right now:


So this tells me that good music stands the test of time. So I busted out the Stones and Led Zepplin and he screwed his nose up. Really? He said that music sucks, mom. So he likes this song by The Killers, because his friends do, but not "It's only rock n' roll" by the Rolling Stones. This is peer pressure at it's finest. There is a ring leader that says what is cool and the rest just follow and agree. I tried to tell him, share this song with your friends and tell them like you mean it that this is a cool song and you might be surprised what happens.

I mean the Rolling Stones is one of the best rock bands ever. I admit they were a bit before my time, but none-the-less, awesome!

I just wish I could instill all of my knowledge in his brain right now. I just hate all the peer pressure that he is facing right now. But I guess I can just try my best to guide him and he will have to make his own decisions. I just secretly hope he does not follow in his mom's steps. I was a bit of a party girl back in the day.

I remember walking to a final exam at LSU at 0700 in the morning with my Rolling Stones concert t-shirt on singing "It's only Rock & Roll", still feeling the "exuberance" from the night before and needless to say, I did not pass the exam because I had just gotten home from New Orleans from the concert. It was AWESOME!! And I am pretty sure this was what was on my t-shirt along with a bit of gradeau from the streets of New Orleans.


So that is all for today. I have to finish cleaning the house for the big sleep over birthday bash tonight.

And I wanted to thank you all for the supporting comments from my previous post. Yes, I am a scrapbooker at heart and I have to admit I have been timid in the past about sharing the "real" me on my blog because I was afraid it would hurt my chances of being on this design team or that design team, well no more. And you know what is funny? Since I have been posting more than just scrapbooking posts, I have had a lot of more hits on my blog. Funny, how that happens. Thank you so much for your support.

P.S. Did you catch one of the songs that was played on David Letterman last night by the band, it was by the Stones, "_itch".

Monday, May 23, 2011

Speaking of Mothers.........

So I know my post yesterday was a little deep. I guess it was a little too much for a couple of people at least because I have now lost some followers on my blog after that post. That is their option as this is mine to post what I feel on my blog. With that said. I would like to share a card that I made for my beautiful mother for Mother's Day. And I have to say that I am glad that my son's friend's mother had one last mother's day. I bet she was treated like a queen.


The printed papers I used were from a 6x6 card pad by LilyBee. I am really liking the card pad prints for my cards because they are a smaller print. The cardstock is by Worldwin. If you have not tried that cardstock, you really should. It cuts awesome on the Cricut (and I suppose any other die cut machine). It cuts clean and does not have fibers showing after the cut. The cardstock type that I used is the Cascata brand from Worldwin. And of course my trusty Irock from Imaginisce. I just love that tool. If you don't have one, you really need to get one. The Cricut carts that I used are Home Accents and Celebrate with Flourish Cartridges.


That is all for today. Not too deep, right? Maybe that is better....
 
Until next time,
Heather

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Questioning God....

yes, you read that right. I am questioning God right now. If you read my blog you are not used to me saying things like that. You are used to just scrapbooking, happy go lucky posts, well that is not my life right now. If you read the by line under my blog title it says "A blog about mostly my scrappy self and the life that goes with it". Well this is the "life that goes with it part".

As I was sitting in church this morning with my two older children, both boys, I heard them say the intentions at the end of the mass for the dead and they said the name of someone I knew. A mother of one of my 9 year old son's classmates. I know this woman. She would volunteer at school with me. I just can not even understand this. When I asked my son about it he said, "yeah, it is .....'s mother and he does not like to talk about it". Well I guess he doesn't. He is a 10 year old little boy whose mother just died. I just don't understand how God can take away a little boy's mother.

The last time I felt like this was when my 48 year old aunt died of breast cancer. She had an eight year old daughter at the time. Her son was 17 and her oldest daughter was married. I just don't understand this. Children need their mothers. When I questioned God when this happened years ago, both my mother and my brother (who is now a priest) said "God takes people when they are at their best". Okay I understand that, but what about the children and spouses that are left behind suffering? I just don't understand that.

Maybe that is why I am stone faced at work sometimes when it comes to death. I just don't deal very well with it when it is close to me. Right now I have tears in my eyes and I just can't stand the fact that this little boy is now without his living mother for the rest of his life. It just does not seem fair.....................

God, please help me understand.

Until next time,
Heather

Sunday, April 10, 2011

And the paper line I used was....

"For Peep's Sake" by Imaginisce. Maybe that was too easy, because just about everyone got it that guessed. So I will throw in an extra goody to the winner fo my give away.

So out of the 17 comments, the winner using random.org was number 15:

Got2BCrafting said...
Love your card... it's absolutely adorable! The paper used is Tiptoe Through the Tulips in the For Peep's Sake collection. I am a huge fan of Imaginisce, which is where I found your blog. I am now a follower and can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations! I would LOVE LOVE to win the blog candy, thank you so much for the opportunity!
Lori
got2bcrafting at gmail dotocm
April 7, 2011 12:40 AM

And since I did not specify midnight of what time zone and it was midnight in her time zone, then she was eligible.

So Lori, send me your mailing address by Wednesday, April 13th and I will send your give away to you. And yes, I will throw something extra in there because you guessed right on the paper line. I used the Imaginisce line For Peep's Sake on that card. I just love that line. I wish they would do another Easter/Spring line. This one was really cute!!!

Thanks for playing!!

Later,
Heather

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hippity, Hoppity Card Challenge

that is the name of this week's card challenge at the Die Cuttin' Diva's card challenge blog.

This week the challenge is all about Easter.  So get out your electronic cutters and we would love to see eggs, bunnies, chicks, crosses, baskets, whatever Easter means to you. Then put your entry on Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post on the Diva's blog.
Here is my card for this particular challenge:
 

I used the Create with Flourish cartridge and an old paper line by Imaginisce. I had forgotten that I had it. It is called "For Peep's Sake". I just love it and I found a whole stash that I had. I even blinged out the cute little rabbit with my Irock.



Close up of the title


This is a close up of the bunny. Notice I actually stacked the bling to make his eye dimensional. I used a pearl glam rock and then a black jewel and they stuck. I think the Irock is my favorite tool right now.


Bling out eggs in the basket.

I am also entering this card in the monthly Imaginisce challenge on their blog. This month it is titled the Piece it Together challenge.  The entry has to be a hand pieced item on  your project and use over 75% Imaginisce products.

The cartridges that I used are Celebrate with Flourish (Bunny, basket, title), Accent Essentials (scalloped square cut), Plantin Schoolbook (grass).

Products used: Cardstock: Core'dinations cardstock; Patterned Papers: Imaginisce (For Peep's Sake); bling: Irock by Imaginisce; Adhesives: Xyron, Glue Arts & The Sticky Thumb.

That is all for today. Don't forget about the giveaway I am having on my blog here.

Later,
Heather


Friday, April 1, 2011

Just Imagine with Cricut Expression Class

Do you need to learn about what all the bells and whistles on your Cricut Expression are for? Is your Cricut still in it's box collecting dust? If this sounds like you and you are in Louisiana I am teaching a beginning and intermediate Cricut Expression class at Scrappin Friendzee in Marrero, LA on April 9th.

The first class is from 10AM - 1PM and we will learn about all the functions and modes of this awesome machine. This is a hands on class so you will need to bring your Cricut Expression, a 12x12 Cricut Mat and the Plantin School book and Accent Essential cartridges if you have them.

The second class is from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM. We will use what we learned in the first class and make a double page birthday layout and a cute little gift box. We will also play with the Imaginisce I-top and I-rock tools.

There will be give aways during the classes and for signing up and paying for the classes you will have a chance at a prize pack of awesome scrapping goodies worth $50.

Here are the projects you will leave with after the second class. We will be using the Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge so if you have it please bring it. We can share cartridges, but everyone needs their own Cricut mats.



I have also entered this layout in the montly challenge on the Imaginisce blog. This month is a Piece it Together Challenge. You must use 75% Imaginisce products and do a die cut pieced together. Of course I used my trusty Cricut Expression. I just love it.


Please call Ms. Jackie at Scrappin Friendzee to sign up:
504-341-8476.
Hope to see you there!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A New Card (and a Giveaway)

Today's post will be short and sweet. I have a lot of things that I need to get done today and I have to work tonight so I have to try and get a nap in as well.

I just have a quick little card for a challeng on the Cricut Circle board. I believe we are suppossed to use the Just Because Cards cartridge. I really like that cartridge and they have a lot of cute images on it.


I like the little ducky on it. And do you recognize the patterned paper? Maybe not. It is an old Easter line by Imaginisce. I love it though. I came across it the other day and I have a whole stash of it. I really need to do some more cleaning up in my scraproom.

So, yesterday was my birthday and I had mentioned the day before that I was going to have a give away on my blog. Sorry it is a day late. It is just a few things that I am trying to purge and have extra of.





It is probably at least $35 worth of stuff so if you are interested all you have to do is

1) follow my blog
2) Leave a comment on this post guessing what the name of the line of patterned paper is that I used in my card above.

Deadline: April 6th at midnight.

I will pick a random number to win and if you are picked and you guess the line of patterned paper right, then I will through something else in there. I have already told you the manufacturer so maybe you can figure the rest of it out.

More tomorrow.

And THANK YOU for all the wonderful birthday wishes. At least my facebook friends remembered. ;-)

Monday, March 28, 2011

So when it rains, it pours...

I know I have been MIA for a couple of weeks. First Charlotte was sick. She just had a cold, but it knocked her down for a couple of days. Then my middle child, Jake got really sick. At first I thought he was just trying to get out from going to school, but by the second day I really believed him. By the third day we ended up at the doctor's office checking him for strep throat and by the fourth day we ended up in the emergency room because he was still running fever and was now complaining that his neck hurt. His pediatrician told me to take him to the emergency room to be evaluated for meningitis!! Yikes!! Of course the kids are now well. No meningitis either. And now....Neil has a torn up knee. He has torn his ACL so he started physical therapy rehab today to try and forgo surgery, but I really think that is coming soon.

So that is where I have been.

Can I tell you how much it has been killing me not to scrapbook.

I did manage to get a couple of cards done though.

Here is one that I did for the Die Cuttin' Divas card challenge blog:



This particular challenge was to use an "Unused, & unloved" cartridge. So basically use a cartridge that you have never used before. Sounds crazy, right? Why would you have a cartridge that you have never used. I am embarrassed to say, that I did. One of the perks of being on the Imaginisce DT last year was that we would occasionally get some other manufacturers products. And I did receive several Cricut cartridges from them.

The cartridge that I used in this challenge was the Robotz cartridge and the Simply Sweet font cartridge. I never thought I would use the Robotz cartridge, but I think my little robot turned out quite cute.

Come back tomorrow and I am going to have a give away.

That is all for today.

Products used: Cardstocks: Core'dinations, BoBunny; Patterned Papers, twine, & stickers: Jillibean Soup; Jewels: Imaginisce Irock; Cricut Cartridges Robotz, Simply Sweet: Provo Craft; Adhesives: The Sticky Thumb, & Glue Arts.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Welcome Little One...

This weeks challenge on the Die Cuttin' Diva's card challenge blog is all about the baby love. We were challenged to make a baby card with an animal die cut on it. This is what I came up with:



This is the title here. It is a bit pastel, but I love how it turned out. I used a font off of the Calligraphy font cartridge and the banners stickers are from Jenni Bowlin. The matching circle alphas are also Jenni Bowlin. The patterned papers and the twine are from Jillibean Soup. The twine is attached by one of my favorite tools, the i-rock by Imaginisce. These papers are from the Atomic Soup collection. I love using products out of context. It just shows you how versatile some companies are.


The little ducks are cut using the border feature and the Animal Kingdom cartridge. The ribbons are by Doodlebug. And of course one of my favorite adhesives is the 3-d foam that you can cut to exactly which size or shape you want by Glue Arts. I also used my Glue Glider Pro to stick the papers down. The cardstock is by Core'dinations (yellow and orange) and Worldwin (white). Black pen is by Copic.

There is still time to enter for this weeks challenge. So go ahead and go for it. And stay tuned, we have weekly challenges and next weeks is definitely a challenge (for me anyway). ;-).

Have a good weekend!!

Heather

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This Week's Die Cuttin' Diva's Card Challenge

This week's card challenge at the Die Cuttin' Diva's card challenge blog we were asked to follow Tammy Wark's sketch.

Here is my take on the sketch:




And here is the sketch itself:


So go on and check out what the design team made and why don't you participate yourself. This one is real easy. An entry will also give you a chance to win the prize at the end of the month. So why don't you give it a go.

Products used: Patterned papers, twine, stick pin: Jillibean Soup; Cardstocks: Core'dinations; Die Cut machine: Cricut Expression with Just Because Cards cartridge; I-rock jewel heat setter & jewels: Imaginisce; Adhesive foam & adhesives: Glue Arts.

Thanks for stopping by.

Heather

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hoppy Birthday Card

Hey Everyone!! We are having beautiful weather here. I love it!! But if it is 80 degrees today what is July and August going to hold? I hate to find out.

Anyway, here is another card that I made for the Die Cuttin' Divas card challenge blog. We do a weekly challenge and at the end of the month there is a prize. The more times you particpate, the more chances you have to win.

Here is a card I made for the challenge a couple of weeks ago.



I used the new Berrylicious line from Imaginisce, my Cricut Expression and some fab Glue Arts dimensional adhesive and my Glue Glider pro and some Core'dinations cardstock. I also could not help myself and I blinged it out with my I-rock. The hot rocks in the jewel tones match the colors in this Berrylicious patterned paper very well. Do you think they did that on purpose or a happy accident? LOL!

The Cricut cuts are: Once upon a Princess cartridge - frog and crown, George and Basic Shapes cartiridge - Oval.

I also used my Fiskars border punch on the red cardstock.

That is all for today.

Later, Heather

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A long overdue post and another card challenge...

Hey everyone. No, I have not dropped off the face of the earth, I have just been VERY busy. Between CHA, working and now jury duty who knows when life will be back to normal.

Anyway, I wanted to post about the new challenge that the Dive Cuttin' Divas Card Challenge blog is having this week. This is only the second official challenge and there is already a great response. And the more times you enter the more chance you have to win the monthly prize give away. This weeks challenge is all about "Love is in the Air". So go on and create anything that has to do with love in the form of a card, layout, altered project or anything crafty you can think of.

Here is my card for this week:


I used the Celebrate with Flourish cartridge on my Cricut Expression. Other products used were: Fancy Pants patterned papers, Glue Arts dimensional adhesive, Worldwin Cardstock,  American Crafts thickers and the jewels were heat set by my I-rock (by Imaginisce).

So what are you waiting for? Why don't you give it try. I would love to see what you come up with.

Later,

Heather

Friday, January 21, 2011

Here is the open window....

Check this out here. I have been asked to be part of the new card challenge blog "Die Cuttin' Diva's". This new weekly card challenge blog has been created by Tammy Wark and Carla Peicheff. Both of these ladies are super talented and I am honored to be part of their original design team for the Die Cuttin' Diva's card challenge blog.

There will be weekly challenges as we explore our electronic die cutters. I will be using my Cricut Expression.

Here is the "winter card" that I made for part of my application.




It is a fairly simple card. I used the border cut (1" cut) from the Plantin School Book cartridge and a snowflake (2 1/2" cut) for the Accent Essentials cartridge (accent 15).

Supplies: Die cutter: Cricut Expression, Patterned paper, letter stickers: Fancy Pants (Hot Chocolate collection), Snowflake accents: Imaginisce, heat seater & jewels: Irock by Imaginisce.

As you can see my style of card if fairly simple.

So stay tuned, there will be many more to come.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Heather

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

When one door closes, God opens a window...

right? Well stay tuned, a window has opened!!! I will divulge more later.

Now back to bed. I have been quite sick. I hate being sick! My house really gets to be a mess with the three munchkins running around and now I think, at least the older two, are coming down with what I have.

Later,
Heather

Monday, January 3, 2011

When Life Gives you Lemons....

make lemonade. Isn't that is how the saying goes? So I did and of course I made a layout. I have had these pictures of Charlotte for a while and I have been wanting to scrap them, but I did not have the right paper for it. I have had some of the Doodlebug "Bon Appetite" papers for a while and I just pulled them out when I saw the Doodlebug Vendor Challenge over at two peas in a bucket. They are giving away some cool prizes. I think the first place is their wall cupboard. I could sure use that. There are some good entries though. I just like the thrill of the contest. It would be a cool bonus to win something though.

I have to say that I really liked the diecut paper and the colors of this line just really pop off the page. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this line of papers.


These pictures were taken a while ago when I was at CHA in Anaheim, CA with Charlotte and my mom. We were eating lunch and the restaurant was a bit dark, but I loved them so I used them anyway. Mom, Charlotte and I were eating lunch with a friend of mine that I met online at Creativexpress.com. Her name is Meg. She is a fabulous cardmaker. If we lived closer together, I know we would scrapbook together. And Meg if you are reading this, do you recognize the photos? You took them. ;-).

I used my Cricut as well. You can always seem to find some sort of embellishment on your Cricut cartridges that you can use. The lemon and the title come from the "Just Because Cards" cartridge.

Keep your fingers crossed for me in the contest. I really need some more storage in my scraproom. It is a mess!! I have started cleaning it up, but it has a lot more mess in it that needs to be cleaned up.

If you are looking for these Doodlebug products and are local to Louisiana, there are a couple of local scrapbook stores that carry the Bon Appetite line from Doodlebug:

Scrappin' Friendzee, Marrero, LA
504-341-8476
 and
Create 365, Scott, LA
337-456-6261
So go and support your local scrapbook store. What would we do without them?
Until next time.......

Heather

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Three Crazy Kids.....

layout share today. Today's post is going to be short. Here is a layout that I have had in the works for a couple of weeks. I took a short break from scrapping, but since my scrapbook room is getting cleaned up, I managed to finish a layout. And me cleaning out my scrapbook room means I will have a give away soon.

This layout is of my three kids watching a movie and eating popcorn. As you can see they can never sit calmly, together, for any length of time. I used the Garden Party line from Imaginisce because the colors of their clothes matched the colors of the papers. I also noticed that the colors of the metallic glam rocks matched the colors of the Garden Party line. I wonder if that was intentional. Pretty cool, huh?


Did you notice that the little one is sneaking her brother's popcorn?


See how the metallic glam rocks match the colors of the papers so well? I also blinged out the flowers on the sticker with my i-rock.

That is all for today. I am working on some other projects for some classes that I am going to be teaching at a local scrapbook store here in Louisiana.

Now, off to watch the Saints game on TV.

Later, Heather

Products used:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Worldwin; Patterned Papers, ribbon, chipboard elements, stickers: Imaginisce; Tools: Fiskars (punches), Irock jewel heat setter (Imaginisce); Chipboard letters: American Crafts; Adhesives: Therm-o-web, The Sticky Thumb.