Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Week of Challenges

Personally, I had no challenges. Never do. I am sure that makes me odd, but what's new? Anyway, last week Studio Calico was filled with scrapping challenges posted by Gillian, Waleska and Jenn. What a blast. Here are a couple of layouts I came up with:
First off, we have the use grey challenge, so I did. I never use grey. Don't know why. I think it's because I view it as an emotionally sad color. Whatever. I was wrong. When I saw what others were doing with it I was sold. I used orange, but grey and red is awesome together. Plan on trying that at some point.
This one was for the the lift the person above you challenge. I scraplifted Amy Coose's layout-One More Hour. She always does such beautiful layouts. I had my eye on lifting this from the first moment I saw it, so when the challenge was posted it was the push I needed to actually do it. The best thing about this layout is that it was drawn and I get a prize from Gillian. That is just awesome!

Finally, this is for Waleska's Use Studio Calico Packaging challenge. Studio Calico always has such wonderful packaging, such as bag labels, reminder cards, etc. For this challenge I used the red circle bag labels. They are under the flowers. I had a hard time figuring out how to do this layout. I still think I should have used different background paper, but to let you in on a secret...this was the third sheet of pp I used and abused. It was the closest to happiness I found. Oh and don't faint, but I hand cut out that brown big flower. I only had two Creative Cafe flowers. What's with that? I must stock up immediately.

OK...enough rambling. I am currently working on Jenn's use a ton of scraps challenge and will post that tomorrow. What else am I going to do tomorrow? Watch football? I think not.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tag...I'm It.

Yesterday I was tagged by Susan Beth with a fun challenge. Here are the rules, which I copied directly from Susan Beth's blog. Proof that I am lazy. :o)

The tag challenge is to :
1.Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
2.Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder.
3.Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.
4. Tag 6 other people that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.

This is my 6-6 photo:

Surprisingly, I thought I would end up with a photo from a year ago, but no. This is one of my most recent photos. Last Monday night to be exact. This is from my godson's band's performance at the Fine Line. This was their first performance in front of an audience, since forming. The concert was awesome and the response from the audience was excellent. Dave is probably still walking on clouds!

Well, now I have to chose six people to tag. I will have to figure that out tomorrow. might just be you. LOL! Honestly it was fun to do this.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We Laugh

You just have to laugh. This boy is changing fast. All of a sudden he shot up a foot and his voice started cracking. He's a little gangly and out of proportion, because of this imbetween stage. Some days I look at him and think wow he looks so mature and then he grabs his brother's underwear and gives him a snuggie. Mature? Maybe not. He is a notorious tickler. You can never sit quietly around him. You must always be on guard or you will find yourself with (like I stated before) your underwear stretched over your head or your feet in his vise-like grip being tortured with tickles. He gives bee bites (tiny skin pinches) and snake bits (skin twists). You want to get mad, but he does this while laughing hysterically. He laughs constantly and this makes us laugh, so that's what we do...we laugh.

Monday, January 19, 2009

More Than One Reason to Bend

I finally feel like I am on a roll again with scrapping. In December I got a little into my December Daily and everything else was put on hold. I am still working on that blasted Daily, but I refuse to post anymore photos until it is completely done. The above layout was done over the weekend when I was scrapping at my cousin's house. She gave me this cute tree and the layout took off after that point. The tree is a Christmas ornament. I removed a little of the stuffing and thought it was perfect. Perfect in the Denise sense of the word.
In the non-scrapping realm, tonight I am heading to a local bar. OK...insert laughter here. Anyone who knows me knows I am not a bar fly. I rarely drink. In fact, I can't remember the last drink I had. My reason for hanging out at a bar tonight is to see my godson play in his new band. No longer will I be hanging at teen centers. It seems I have evolved. Not sure it is a step in the right direction though. Wish me luck. His band doesn't go on until 10:30. Tomorrow will be really fun. LOL!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

BASB Challenge: What do you mean only one piece of pattern paper?

Ki's Challenge at BASB is now posted. This is one doozy of a challenge. She wants everyone to limit themselve to one piece of pattern paper. As if that is even possible...I think not. Well, it turns out it is AND it is a challenge. I am a simple scrapper and I was stumped for a few days. Yikes. The above is what I came up with. I used one piece - front and back. I trimmed about 2 inches off the bottom and used the reverse side to cover the Maya Roads chipboard circles. Then to gain back the height I sewed on a strip of brown felt. I feel as if I cheated by adding the felt, but you know when it comes down to it I am not too torn up about it. LOL! Anyway, it's a great challenge and there is an awesome prize. Check out the link above and join in, if you can.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Fresh Cut Green Beans and December Daily Day 21

Day 21 of the December Daily, which is feeling like it is a life time project. OK...enough whining. The length of time is all self-imposed. If I hadn't spent so much time inserting brads into this layout, I would be on day 30. I just felt the unavoidable urge to rid myself of glitter brads. Would have achieved that goal if I had gone with a 10 x 10 book instead of the 8 x 8, but what can I do about that now.
In the World of BASB, after a few weeks off during the holidays the new challenge is now posted. Liz, who always puts together the most amazing projects, is the host of this challenge and has come up with an awesome one. She wants everyone to go green. Re-purpose an item into a project. I couldn't wait to play along. Here's what I came up with:

I guess I took going green to the ultimate. Ate green and then recycled. I should get extra credit for that, don't you think? Anyway...from a can of green beans to..................

a gift card holder. I used the Cropadile to punch the holes into the aluminum can for the eyelets. Worked perfectly, but I was willing to risk my Cropadile's life. Since I was on a roll with my little gadget, I dug through the recycling and found a soup can and went to work covering the can with paper and pretties and then punching lots of holes.

Look, Ma, by day it's a pencil holder and by night a luminary. If I hadn't developed carpal tunnel with all that punching, I could have kept on converting soup cans to luminaries and lit up the entire street and not just my table. Here's a bad luminary photo. Just a safety note...with using paper I probably would use one of those fake battery tealight candles. I think throughout the year I will slowly make more of these. Next December I will line my sidewalk and driveway with them and impress the neighbors. They live for my antics. Not really.

I think that is enough about me. Stop by the BASB blog and take a look at the photos of the Liz's projects. Here's a link: GO GREEN Challenge. Oh and there's an awesome prize. Play along and you could win this:

Deadline is January 14. Plenty of time to save a little part of your spot on the earth.