Monday, November 15, 2010


Failure.  That about says it.  I know hard to believe that someone as swell as me could even get close to being a failure, but alas it is true.  Well, at least in terms of my goal to use up all the November Studio Calico kit before the December one arrives.  We are about halfway through the time allotment and I have done one layout.  ONE.  Crap.  I'm not totally to blame.  Do you like how I conveniently shove the total blame off of me?  Hold on.  Watch this.  You'll love the scapegoat.  Here it comes....It's the weather's fault.  Didn't see that coming, did you?  So it snowed.  A LOT.  Well, a lot for the first snowfall of the season.  

On top of it being the first snowfall, it was also sticky, which means excitement .  Here's the equation:
Excitement + sticky = snow fun = snow man = no time to scrap.  Oh well, scrapping is about photos, too.

So we built forts and snow families and even a snow dog, because everyone knows a well-rounded snow family needs a snow dog.

She attempted to bring the snow dog into the garage for the night.  Has she not seen Frosty the Snowman a million times?  What happens in the poinsettia greenhouse?  Ugh.  Thank goodness for Santa.  I couldn't promise Santa could make a special trip to apply magical Christmas fix potion for a snow dog   So he stayed outside with his frozen family with a lesson about removing creatures from their natural environments.  A science lesson revolving around a snow dog, that is one for the books.  And, yes, the dog has antlers.  So does Mr. The Grinch's dog.  Her exact words.  Cute.  

With chilly toes and nose we made it here.  I don't drink coffee.  I am all about the hot chocolate.  Caribou usually has the best hot chocolate.  They let you order it in white, milk or dark chocolate.  Three choices...three times the fun.  However, Starbucks has salted caramel hot chocolate.  I am sorry Caribou, but right now the drink love is with 'Bucks.  I will return soon though.  I promise.

Because I am a nerd, I was excited to wear these:

 And these:

Oh and I might as well confess. We made it here, too.  The girl loves her tacos.  Not sure if this is a good thing yet.  She thought this was a happy meal and all for her.  A quick lesson in portions.  I bet you thought Taco Bell was only good for making butts expand.  Nope.  Now you know the truth.  Nutritional education.  HA!

Oh and that one layout I have done.  It was a team effort.  I did the layout and she did the journaling.  She wanted to write on the layout.  I had to let go of my OCD perfectionistic behavior.  It's hard.

The layout was for the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch based on Waleska's Big Adventure layout.  

Lest you believe she has no brothers.  She does.  One was spending the day with grandma and grandpa. 

The other:

had his head stuck in a snow bank due to the continual bombardment of snow balls at us.  We will thaw him out next spring.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Long Time No Type

So long time no type.  What can I say?  I wish it was that I have been busy, but in truth it is called laziness.  Add a capital L to that and that makes it seem more fitting.  My scrapping has taken a back seat to my Facebooking.  Seems silly to say that as a majority of my Facebook friends come from the field of scrapping.  LOL  So before the Google or Blogger Gods confiscate my blog name and deem me past history, I thought I better do a quick update.

I created one thing in October.  This is it:

Photo stinks, but I think you get the gist.  Even though I didn't create a lot in October I sure added to my hoards of supplies.  I bought the Tim Holtz Sizzix Paper Rosette die.  I  know you can make these doodads by hand, but think about who is making this - Me.  Need I say more?  I am the shortcut queen and this die short cuts it enough to make me want to make rosette banners for every holiday of the year.and then make up some holidays just so I can make more.  We all need a St. Denise Day, right?  Maybe not.  Anyway, I love it.  I am currently in the midst of making a Thanksgiving banner.  It will look exactly like the one above. I am a slave to avoiding change.  Gah!
After making the rosette banner I figured I might as well go all out for Halloween.  I gathered my nephews and niece.  The nephews pretty much ran for the safety of the TV once I told them it was craft time.  Good thing neighbor, Henry, showed up and I was able to rope him into my plot.  We made these:

The idea came from the Halloween issue of the Betty Crocker cookbook.  It can also be found here.  The real recipe called for licorice strings for the legs.  I was working with an eight year old.  She doesn't like licorice even though she has never tasted it.  Huh?  Chow Mein noodles worked just as well even if the color wasn't as dramatic.

One step further.  I carved pumpkins.  OK...I always carve pumpkins and go way overboard with research on what to carve and patterns for doing so.  Well, it was one hour to trick or treating and no research had been done.  I just went willy nilly on five pumpkins and had them done in about 45 minutes.  Sure it isn't my usual Spongebob, Chicken Little, five car Thomas the Train or stacked pumpkin heads, but still it got done and no one attempted to smash them due to ugliness.  Here's the outcome:

In hindsight I should have have pumpkin seeds and "guts" spilling out of the mouth of the little in the mouth pumpkin.  Maybe next year.

Finally, I will close with a few layouts I did this past weekend and finished this morning.  Hopefully, this means I am back into the swing of scrapping.  OK...I am giggling at the comment.  Fingers are crossed though.

I feel they all could use some pizzazz, but I patoot in the pizzazz department.  Anyone have extras?  ;o)