Tuesday, June 29, 2010

a couple of cards...

...just wanted to share a couple of quick cards I've made recently to add to my stash. 

You can never have too many "just because" cards on hand.



Cosmo Cricket Delovely Mini Deck

Cosmo Cricket Delovely Elements

Hero Arts - Essential Messages Stamps

American Crafts - Taffy Stamp pad

American Crafts - Foam Tabs (I am LOVING these foam tabs!)

Core'dinations/Cosmo Cricket Embossed Cardstock


And you can't have too many birthday cards in your stash either - especially little boy birthday cards!



American Crafts Pretty Papaya Paper

American Crafts Junior Ta-Da! Paper

American Crafts Junior Flair

American Crafts Cardstock

Fiskars Scallop Border Punch

Corner Rounder Punch

American Crafts This to That Adhesive

Saturday, June 26, 2010

uniquely us...

I made this layout for an assignment, but ended up doing something different, so now I get to share it here! :o)cc_us_layout


These pics are kind of old...but they are some of my all-time favorites.  It does make me a little sad to see photographic evidence of how quickly time is going by - look at little Zachy's tongue...how cute is he?!?


Cosmo Cricket Earth Love line

Earth Love papers (double sided)

Earth Love papers (single sided, lighter weight - easier for folding the flower petals)

Earth Love chipboard

Earth Love rub-ons (these are 50% off right now!)

Mr. Campy ribbon

Friday, June 25, 2010

do you know sarah...

...Sarah McLachlan?

yeah...me neither.  But I know her music.  And I love her music.  So when One2One Network offered to send me a copy of her new CD to listen to, I was very excited!

And I haven't taken it out of my car's CD player since the day it arrived in my mailbox! 

This marks Sarah's first studio album of brand new material in 7 years.  The album’s first single is “Loving You Is Easy” and it's my favorite on the album.

Her voice is just beautiful - she sounds exactly like she did when I first heard her...what was it?? fifteen years ago??? - same type of music.  same gorgeous voice.  love it. :o)

p.s.  She'll be in Salt Lake on July 12th...sure wish I could be there with her.  If you go, please let me know!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

some purple cow/cosmo cricket fun...

As soon as I received this great little trimmer from Purple Cows, I knew I wanted to make a mini album with the great little lamination option!  I decided to make an ABC book using primarily the Little Man line (with little bits and pieces from other lines mixed in).  I used lots of random photos that I already had printed and the book is coming together so quickly!  I need to order additional lamination sleeves to finish it up - and I can't wait to add this fun and colorful little book to my mini-album basket!  Thanks so much to Purple Cows for the fun trimmer!

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Lil' Man Papers and accents

I couldn't find the exact tool I used, but here are links to two similar Purple Cows products:

Purple Cows Trimmer

Purple Cows Laminator

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

please vote for casey...

Hey everyone...just wanted to ask a quick favor.  I have a very talented cousin named Casey.  Actually, he's my cousin's son.  After he graduated from high school last year, he traveled all the way across the country to play basketball in Virginia.  He's good. So good, in fact, that's he's been nominated as Male Rookie of the Year.  For whatever reason, the winner is chosen by votes...so, if you feel so inclined, and would like to help Casey win, please click on THIS LINK and vote for Casey Nye. (it's on the bottom right hand corner of the page) thank you!  :o)  


I just got some more information from my aunt and wanted to add it here.  She said:

"He worked hard all last year and made varsity as a freshman.  He sprained both of his ankles, one pretty bad.  He is going to have surgery on both of them - one next monday and the other three weeks later. The surgery is to tighten them up. He loves Basketball.  The voting ends Friday."

SO....here's what I decided to do. Just for fun.  First, go here and vote for Casey, then come back here and leave a comment telling me that you voted for him.  If Casey wins, I'll choose a random winner (or two) to receive something fun in the mail from me.  Of course, I will send you something fun and scrappy!  I'd love for Casey to be able to have the bragging rights...especially while he recovers from his surgery next week.  Go vote!! :o)

Monday, June 14, 2010

ck's teen talent search...

I just wanted to pass along this information because I know a lot of talented teens...and I bet there are a lot of my blog readers who know a lot of talented teens too! Good luck, teens! :o)

Straight from the Club CK Blog:

Your teens love their photos. And they love the scrapbook pages you create for them. But letting them tell their stories through scrapbooking goes way beyond that! That's why you should point them to this information:


Attention Teens!

We'd love to see your creative work! Have you ever

* created a photo-and-paper collage for your wall or bulletin board,

* jazzed up a photo with digital elements to create wallpaper for your iPhone, blog,or  laptop, or to display on your Facebook or social-media pages,

* decorated your locker with photos,

* made a scrapbook layout,

* told a story in a video slideshow, or

*displayed your photos on canvas, clothing, or a quilt?

However you tell your story, if you're between the ages of 13 and 18, we'd love to see your projects! CK is looking to find your scrapbooking flava, teen style!

How to Show Us Your Stuff 

We're looking for entries from peeps between the ages of 13 and 18 (by August 31, 2010).

* E-mail us a photo of any memory-related creation you made that uses photos to tell a story, capture a moment, or relive an event from your life.

* Projects must be made by you.

* Entries will be accepted from the United States and Canada, except Quebec.

* You can submit multiple projects, but please submit each entry only once.

* If your project is a finalist, you'll receive a permission form for your parent or guardian to sign.

* If your project is published in Creating Keepsakes magazine, you'll need to have a photo release for all professionally taken photos (like school-dance portraits).

Where to Send a Photo of Your Project 

* Send a JPG of your submission to teentalent2010@creatingkeepsakes.com. If it's a video, include a link to it in the e-mail.

* In the e-mail, include your first and last name, age, and either your phone number or e-mail address.

* Contest ends August 31, 2010.

Editors from Creating Keepsakes magazine will choose finalists. These projects will be put online and people (your friends and family!) can vote for their favorite. The project with the most votes wins the Grand Prize (see below), and four runners-up will also win cool prizes.

2010 Creating Keepsakes Teen Talent Prize


One Grand-Prize winner will receive:

* Rolling shoulder tote from Plano

* Craftian bag organizer from Plano

* Tamron camera lens

* Yudu screen printing station from Provo Craft

* Silhouette electric die-cutting machine and cutable materials

* Xyron Creatopia

* Xyron adhesive package

* BasicGrey's Obscure line

* BoBunny paper pack

* Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere

* Dell Mini laptop

Four runners-up will receive:

* Craftian bag from Plano

* Xyron adhesive package

* BasicGrey's Obscure line

* BoBunny paper pack

* Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere

Show the world who you are, and have the chance to win awesome prizes by entering your project today. Then spread the love and let your BFFs know they can enter too!

Free Downloads

Download a flier to pass out at your school and in your community. Click here.

Download a button to display on your online sites. Click here.

The Official Site

View the official site of the Teen Talent Search contest here for the official rules and information.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

happy birthday laura...

Laura Vegas is one of the most talented people I know.  I admired her work long before I ever really knew her.  And after I got to know her, I loved her work even more!  I've also learned that she's one of the most kind, sincere, honest, compassionate, beautiful, and encouraging people I know.  I am so happy I can call her a friend.  Now I just want to be able to convince her (and her family) to move to Utah so I can see her every day instead of just chatting online or on the phone...but until then, I'm glad I can live in her computer! 

Today is her 40th birthday - and I was thrilled to be asked by another of Laura's friends to participate in a 40 person birthday card blog hop in Laura's honor!

Happy Birthday, Laura!


Now you can hop right on over to Kimber McGray's blog to see another birthday card created especially for Laura! :o)

{Laura's friend, Lynn, is the mastermind behind this blog hop.  You can go to her blog if you'd like to join the birthday party at the beginning! - Thanks Lynn!!}

Thursday, June 10, 2010

go phillies...

Tonight we spent a very long (5 hours and 3 games), very COLD, night at the ballpark.061010_softball_collage1

This team was very young (the youngest and least experienced of all the fast-pitch teams in the county league...hmmm, wonder how THAT happened?!?).  I think it's fair to say that they had more than their fair share of challenges this season...but they ended the season like true champs.  Through all of the close calls, BAD calls, losses, injuries, etc. - this young team didn't ever show a single sign of bad sportsmanship.  They were positive and kind.  They worked hard.  I didn't ever see a single girl lose her temper - even when the umps made obviously bad calls.  Not once did I see any of the girls talk back to an ump, a coach, a parent, or anyone else.  I heard a LOT of encouraging words being spoken between the girls.  They learned a lot.  They kept their chins up.  That alone made them champs.  So the fact that they ended up taking 2nd place in the tournament for this season was just icing on the cake!  Yay Phillies!!

random fact #731...


Or, if you're me...your eye twitches 4,200,000 times in the last two weeks, ugh.  What causes that?!?


(for more random facts - and to purchase the cutest random fact set ever - check out THIS link)

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

you make me happy...

It seems like it's been a while since I've shared anything I've made - so here's a quick little card I put together last month for the Cosmo Cricket blog, but somehow I neglected to share it here. :O)



I hope these cute flowers and bright colors make YOU happy today too! :o)


Delectable Delovely Patterned Paper

Delovely paper elements

Jack's World Ribbon

Joy Ride Buttons

Corner Rounder Punch

White Crochet thread

Monday, June 07, 2010

a free chi...

I was so excited to receive a package from Amazon.com last week. 

Wanna see what was inside?


Guess how much my total was.  $122.57.

Guess how much I paid?   nothing.  yes, nothing. 

It was free! 

And all because I have been using Swagbucks

I earned enough credit in just a couple of months to get a brand new CHI and two ink cartridges for my printer (one color, one black).  I simply redeemed my swagbucks for Amazon gift cards and when I had accumulated enough, this is what I ordered. 

Do you want to get stuff for free?  Sign up for Swagbucks by clicking here - or on the link in the right column over there --------->. 

You can earn swagbucks by using their search engine (among other ways) and you can be earning free stuff before you know it!

P.S. I LOVE my new CHI...it's so so so much nicer than my el cheapo flat iron I had been using for years! :o)

Thursday, June 03, 2010

oompa, loompa, doom-pa-dee-do...

Oh yes, she was. 

And she was a pretty dang cute oompa loompa if I do say so myself. :o)


I'll be perfectly honest and admit that I have never enjoyed Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

Not in any form.


Not the book written in 1964 by Ronald Dahl...which I read in Miss Taylor's 5th grade class

(and no - it was NOT in 1964). 

Not the original (1971) movie

Not the (2005) Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version.

Especially not the Johnny Depp version.


But this version - the Timpanogos Valley Theater version ...

Willy Wonka Jr.

performed by 12 & 13 year olds...it was pretty good. :o)


Especially oompa loompa #4. :o)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

a necklace...

It's been a while since I've shared any of my Making Memories Vintage Groove Jewelry...so I thought I'd share a quick piece today.  This is a necklace I put together using the Pearl and Albalone Strand as my base.mm_necklace3

I added this large pendant to the strand.


I linked the "wish" piece (from this set) and the silver butterfly (from this set) and added them to the side.


I just love having the options of putting different pieces together to create a completely unique piece of jewelry.  I am happy with the way this one turned out - it's pretty simple, but a bit more dressy for church or a "more-than-a-t-shirt" day. :o)

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

why is it...

...that a weekend away is never long enough? 


Even a long weekend. 


We left late Friday night and headed to St. George - and we came home last night. 

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It was a quick trip...but fun - and a very much needed getaway. 


Now I just wish we could go back.