31 December 2008

~ 2009 ~

i would like to wish all you chickies a very happy 2009 ~ may it be prosperous ~ may it be filled with lots of love ~ laughter and sunshine ~ and may your days be filled with gettin scrappy happy and sharing those special memories.
a huge *thank you* to everyone for your inspiration and all your blog love ~ i'm so looking forward to another funfilled scrappy happy year.
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29 December 2008

~ i'll admit it ~ *update* ~ whohoo

i'm a whole big *49* today..ACK!..almost hitting that big 50! one more year..ssshhhh! so far ~ it's been a quiet day ~ kinda liken my space this morning. i've been putzing ~ havin my morning java in peace and quiet and just veggin in my jammies. dh and i will be going out for sup later tonight ~ well..that's if it doesn't snow too hard. also, i would like to wish carla's (from lil scrappers) dd a very happy b-day..she's 11 today! whohoo ~ so kewl she's got it on the same day as me. that's the card i did for the ~ Stamp Something ~ challenge. great way to spend my b-day morning. they got a sketch going on over there right now. thought i'd never get this challenge done. i've been happy scrappy slacking off ~ just too much stuff going on throughout the holidays. but..ah..that's all settled now! back to the regular routine. hope you all have a scrappy happy monday!
UPDATE: so...dh got me some gorgeous flowers for my b-day ~will snap a pic in a lil bit ~ and and AND he got me a scratch and win ~AND ~ I WON! I WON! I WON ~ A 42 in PLASMA TV! isn't that kewl...i'm SO stoked! i mean ~ like seriously ~ i'm stoked!
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26 December 2008

~ ouch ~

ACK...this is not good! i fell christmas morning..of all dayz..down the stairs outside, while takin the dog for his morning walk. yep..it had snowed all night and there was lots of that white fluffy stuff on the stairs..and ice underneath.....ACK! so, anyhoo ~ i fell ~ and got me an ow eeee! (well ..a few ow-eee's) bruised my elbow, hip..got scratches on my back..shoulder and shoudler blade is real sore and now going into my lower back ~ so, here i am veggin with the laptop...takin advil every 4 hours...and not movin far! dh has been awesome today..helpin me out..what a sweetie. speakin of which, that's a pic of dh's finished painting...and wow..i'm in awe of what he completed...to think it's done with his opposite hand and one hand only ~ whao! it's definitely a treasure! and wow..were the kids shocked when they saw it ~ it was a great surprise to them all..since, we had kept it a secret this whole time...ha ha..got them! anyhoo...the holiday season has been fabulous..lots of visiting and yummy food...but, i'll be home now for the next little bit ~ hope to get a little scrappy happy time in ~ veg ~ and heal! yep and i'm gonna be bloggin it! hope the holiday season is treating everyone well. and thankx to everyone for all there inspiration throughout this past year ~ and leavin all your lovin here..i've met so many wonderful ladies and have been so inspired ~ i am so grateful! oh ya...and kath's got some yummy blog candy going on ~ check it out HERE
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24 December 2008

~ merry christmas 2008 ~

whohoo ~ christmas eve today! yep...the big day is tomorrow!
i'm packing up the pressies ~ the ham ~ and some goodies this morning and heading to our dd's for a big sup and spend the day with the family. yepperz..and the little ones will be opening their pressies from santa. (i think their already getting restless waiting for us)...it's going to be a busy next couple of dayz ~ so, i won't be around much. i would like to wish all you chickies a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS ~ may the holiday season bring lots of love, laughter and sunshine (and not too much of that white fluffy stuff). may you stay safe and cozy warm! love ya all chickies.

22 December 2008

~ a special *thank you* ~

whoa..can you beleive it... christmas is just around the corner ~ 3 more days ~ i just finished doing the last of my shoppin tonight ~ whoohoo! we're back safe and sound, cozy warm ~ and out of that white fluffy stuff! bbrr..it's cold out there! we're in the minus's now..ack!
i'd like to thank two special ladies! 1st off ~ i received a beautiful email from laura ... the owner of ~ Layers of Color ~ and wow ~ she sent me a christmas pressie ~ how sweet is that! she sent me a one year subscription to Stampington’s, The Stampers’ Sampler in my name..i'm SO excited and will so cherish each and every mag..whohoo! 2nd ~ i went to the mailbox today...and wowza..got a package from my crazy aussie scrappy friend marina (yep, that's her in that pic up there) WOW! yep..that box was full of yummy aussie goodies; an aussie martial art t-shirt, my fave candy (wuv them suckers), some sours, a shopping bag, a journaling book, a snow globe, an aussie date book, an aussie diary, a beautiful 2009 flower aussie calendar and a beautiful handmade card! oh..and monte's fave of all ~ tim tams! YUMMY! (that's the pic up there of all those goodies) TO BOTH MARINA AND LAURA ~ THANK YOU SO SO MUCH LADIES! WOW! SENDING YA THE BIGGEST HUGEST HUGZ EVA! merry christmas !
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18 December 2008

~ a soldiers christmas ~


happy scrappy thursday chickies!
i've been receiving lots of emails with the *soldiers christmas poem* ~ i think it's so important for all of us to remember each and every one of our soldiers ~ especially at this time of the year..when most will not be home with their families. my heart is with them. so..i decided to scrap a lo *to remember*.
...for the stamped, embossed and handcut design beside the journaling, i used ~ Layers of Color ~ stamps to create the design ~ i also stamped, embossed and handcut the brown and gold border strip. and yep...i *handstitched* around the circle...whoa...that took a while!
you can read the journaling here: A Soldier's Christmas Poem
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16 December 2008

~ tag you're it ~

i got scrappin happy last night and did the challenge for
~ Tag You're It ~ the challenge is to create a tag using the colors aqua and brown...ok...so i searched through my stash and that's the closest i could come to aqua..anyhoo ~ i gave it a try! the background is stamped and spritzed with glimmer mist ~ yep..it does have that shimmery shine. thankx for the challenge chickies.
well..i'm off to have myself a java and get about my day ~ gotta take dh to an appointment today and venture out in all that white stuff ~ ACK! have a rawkin day chickies

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11 December 2008

~ scrappy happy thurs ~

heh chickies ~ well..the sun is shining here today ~ and i've been scrappin happy! whohoo..can't complain. been working with
~ Layers of Color ~ stamps and made a few projects. i've been wanting to make a 'friendship' pryamid card like......foreva ~ so..i pulled out the stamps..and played away. that's what i came up with. the journaling on the inside reads: "friends are kisses blown to us by angels" and "friend is one who strengthens you with prayers ~ blesses you with love and encourages you with hope" and "friends are those who make you laugh ~ yet wipe your tears away". the outside reads: "play 2gether, laugh 2gether, pray 2gether" .yep..i'll be making another one of these soon. both cards are also done with LOC stamps. the design on the 2nd card is stamped, embossed and spritzed with glimmer mist. the 'fleur' and 'heart' stamp is also from layers of color.
well..i'm off ~ whoa..have i got one scrappy mess to clean up! ACK! hope all you chickies have a rawkin scrappy happy thurs. hugz
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08 December 2008

~ excited here ~

morning chickies! i'm so excited! i got an email from laura at *layers of color* ~ she has now put up my gallery ~ it's official ~ i'm there on the site and on the DT working with such an inspiring team and gettin scrappy happy! laura and her dh has been working to get my gallery up and running ~ whoohoo! you can check out my gallery and read about me here:
~ Layers of Color ~ (juz go to the top of the page..and click on galleries/designers). i've been so lovin gettin scrappin happy with the stamps ~ creating cards and layouts and so looking forward to working with the new upcoming stamps laura has created. keep checkin back here..i'll keep ya updated.
well...i'm off for the rest of the day. gotta take dh to some appointments and then i'm home..and gettin scrappy happy. hope you ladies have a rawkin scrappy happy monday! hugz to all!
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05 December 2008

~ bronchitis ...ACK ~

ok..had enough of being sick ~ ...got myself to the doc this morning..and yep..i have bronchitis and signs of asthma..ACK! ok..so, he gave me some medication..and i'm on my way to gettin better..whohoo! hope this stuff works fast...feelin this down has not been good..and it's interferring with my scrappy time. i was gettin to feelin so down ~ so last night i just said enough is enough ~ got up off the couch...put up our christmas tree..and i'm getting into the *spirit* despite how i feel! i even did some baking ~ got some pies done ~ did up some butter tarts today and *melt in your mouth* shortbread ~ and i even got the peanut butter cups in the freezer..ready for that special day. i'm so behind on bloggin it ~ and chattin it up on the boards ~ but ~ heh..i'll be back catchin up now ~ cause i refuse to *stay stuck*. i did up a tag for the challenge over at ~ Tag You're It ~ got to peekin at all the yummy stuff there..and thought i'd give it a try ~ love how it turned out. the challenge requires you to do a tag in the shape of a triangle ~ that's it..color..scheme..is up to the individual.
that lo is of our gd..*unwrapped* ~ at christmas last year..she got those mitts and hat from santa. and yep...that's the painting dh is workin on ~ it's his 4th class..amazin heh! i'm so impressed with the progress on it..whoa! if ya wanna see the first three classes and the progress/story behind it..check out my past posts..like seriously..he's doing that with one hand...his opposite hand..and lots of patience..unbeleivable! ALSO ~ A BIG HUGE HUG TO JACKIE ~ thanks so so much for the yummy RAK chickie ~ whoa..all that ribbon, those yummy flowers and wow..gorgeous card! THANKX
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02 December 2008

~ Simple Pleasure ~

yep, that's about what i'd like to be doing right about now ~ sittin and relaxin, soakin in the sun ~ and enjoying the simple pleasures of nature. but, here i am ~ with this nasty cold..indoors ~ staying warm ~ and stayin away from everyone ~ i really don't what to give this to anyone ~ it's nasty. i'm crossing my fingers it'll be gone in the next day or so ~ dh and i are invited to a christmas get together.
i did that lo of dh ~ i used ~ Layers of Color ~ stamps for the strip in the middle and the border (the one with the bunny on it) ~ they're both stamped and embossed in black and have stickles for that added touch. i totally wuv that design. the pic is placed on with pop dots to give a 3D effect. that pic was taken at a bed and breakfast dand i stayed at in sorrento. theo and anita were FABULOUS hosts. the journaling reads: blind bay ~ flower garden ~ bed and breakfast ~ sorrento, bc ~ anita g ~ .08 ~ anyhoo ~ i am a happy camper today ~ i received my order from lil scrappers and i got some glimmer mists..whoa..that stuff is kewl! i've been playing with it a little..i love the effect of it. i've been serching online for some techniques..and hope to get scrappy happy with them in the next day or so when i'm feeling a tad better. well ~ i'm off ~ got a few things to do around the house ~ then i'm spending some time with dh..have an awesome day chickies!
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30 November 2008

~ sunday ~

happy scrappin sunday ladies! hope you're all havin a wonderful day so far. i'm feeling a bit better ~babying my cold yesterday paid off. i'm still a little run down ~ but, a lot better. thankx for all your kind thoughts yesterday.
anyhoo...here's another lo i did with the ~ Layers of Color ~ stamps. that's our granddaughter hayley. i stamped and embossed the frame around the pic. stamped, embossed and handcut the cross, as did the bird. lovin how it turned out. also, i did that card up for ~ Stamp Something ~ challenge this week. in honor of black friday in the US ~ the challenge is to create something...anything using black. i did me a penquin. love that stamp. carla p sent him to me ~ thankx chickie! well..i'm off to finish up this java ~ and get about my day. got a lil clean up to do..then i think i'll blog it for a bit and see what all you chickies have been up to. hope you have a happy scrappy sunday. hugz
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29 November 2008

~ i feel so blah ~



yep...i managed to pick up a cold..from somewhere..or someone! ACK! i haven't had one of those in like...foreva! it's nasty..i'm stuffed up..and just feel run down. i got me a nice cup of coffee here and then i'm gonna go soak in a hot tub ~ and get some steam happening. so ~ no gettin scrappy happy for me today. i gonna baby this thing ~ and get betta!
here's a card i did using the ~ Layers of Color ~ stamps ~ yummy eh! gotta love that fish. it's stamped, embossed and handcut. i did up that banner last night ~ carla p. did a tutorial over at lil scrappers for it..yep..gonna hang that up at christmas time. oh..and i also wanted to say a HUGE thankx to tara ~ i received those little stamps for playing a RAK game on her blog ~ aren't they just the cutest..thankx so so much chickie. she also sent me another lil prima stamp with a bird on it that says *life is sweet*..can't wait to get scrappy happy with them.
anyhoo..short and sweet today..i've gotta go baby this cold..and getta feeling betta ~ have and awesome scrappy happy day chickies. hugz
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27 November 2008

~ dance ~

yepperz ...here's some more scrappy goodies i created using the ~ Layers of Color ~ stamps. sure am enjoying creating with them. the *merry christmas mom* card is stamped, embossed in white and handcut. the layout is of our gd..isn't she just darlin! that was her doing one of her special ballerina poses. the journaling reads: *dancing faces toward heavan whichever direction you turn*. i stamped, embossed, and watercolored the border and centre of the flower.
so...no gettin scrappy happy today (insert sad mel here) ~ gotta take dh to an appointment shortly ~ then we're off to get the truck re-insured ~ then to visit the gks ~ then off to christmas light up in ladysmith. whohoo ~ we get to see santa today and all the lights! yep..it's a full day today. anyhoo..i'm off..have a rawkin day chickies!
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26 November 2008

~ i've been ~

gettin scrappy happy with ~ Layers of Color ~ signature art stamps ..yummy! lovin the designs laura created..and havin fun workin them into some layouts. i did that layout of my youngest dd (melody jr.)..her sweetie gave her that rose..isn't that the sweestest! she edited the pic a little ..love how it turned out..i just had to get scrappy happy with it! the framing design around the pic is done with a *layers of color* stamp, which i embossed and added some stickles for a final touch. i did the same with the title *darlin*. there is some bling on there,too..man..why don't they ever want to show up when you snap the pic..ACK! i also did that card using a *layers of color* stamp..i stamped, embossed and handcut the design. it reads 'bride - groom (with *happily ever after* on the tips of the flower).
well, it's frosty out there today..lookin real chilly..don't think i want to venture too far. looks like i'm gonna have to pull out our winter stuff..real quick like! bbrrr! i am thankful though...there's none of that white stuff! anyhoo..i'm off..gotta do some tidying up..got company coming today. hope you all have a rawkin scrappy happy day! hugz
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25 November 2008

~ scrappy tues ~

so..i've been scrappin happy for the past few days. i've been working on some goodies for *layers of color* and i even squeezed in a few challenges over at lil scrappers. ok...i'm pooped..think i'm gonna take a lil break today ~ do some clean up around the house and spend some time with dh. we did get out to the mall last night ~ did a lil christmas shopping ~ and i even got me some new clothes...whohoo! yep..and i ignored all the scrappy displays in the mall ~ that was tough! ..anyhoo ~ carla p has got a couple of sketch challenges going on over at lil scrappers..those are the cards i did up last night..love the designs she created..so yummy! thankx chickie for the inspiration!
well..hope you chickies all have a rawkin day ~ and i hope it's sunny where you are..it's like totally pouring buckets here..ACK! ta ta
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23 November 2008

~ please read on ~

i wanted to post this lo. i did it for a scrappy sista over at hywwp ~ rita. she lost her son ~ due to an accident..at such a young age. her and i pm'd each other ~ i got all the info and put together this lo and sent it off to her ~ in memory of her son. i have never met the woman IRL, but we've formed our own special bond..talking on-line. how special is that! the journaling is my own..and formed by only information i recieved from rita. i go into my pics so so often and look at this layout ~ it is an important reminder for me, as to just how important *family* is ~ and that each day should be spent to the fullest. i can only imagine what rita has been through..and my heart is with her always. i have also watched how the ladies have given so much support and love over at hywwp throughout this past year or so, since his passing..and it totally amazes how we can all come together in love, even though we may not have met in person. i know through my own experiences that ALL my on-line scrappy friends have been a God sent and have ALWAYS been a support ~ given encouragement and shown so much love ~ and for that..i will forever be grateful.
the journaling reads:
I don’t know if I’ll ever have the answer to why God called my son at such a young age. Why he chose ‘him’, but I am thankful to have had such a wonderful opportunity to tangibly touch such a beautiful face, to touch his Hands..to feel ~ and to see his smile..so entrancing.I’m thankful too, that I was able to play and dance and sing with him. To see his talents begin to blossom…To grow ~ To laugh with him and see the silly little quirks he’d express. To watch his hurt and see him have the glimpses of learning to let go. To be able to cry together and show the true emotions of love. I sometimes feel so much hurt and at his loss and sometimes I just want to scream. Sometimes I wish I could turn back the hands of time. Sometimes I just want to have him stand in front of me so I could say ’i love you’ just one more time. But I know God has better plans. God knows best and God has given me an angel. An angel that sits above with outstretched wings. An angel in waiting. An angel that enfolds his wings around me with love and tenderness at every passing moment. A perfect angel..my son. I may have many tears..till the day we meet again, but till then..I have a perfect memory of his laughter, his love, his touch ~ and of the lives he’s touched. And now my angel..has the wings to fly because my angel believed.
SO..TO ALL MY ONLINE SCRAPPY FAMILY ~ THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT ~ FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND SOMETIMES A SHOULDER TO CRY ON ~ FOR YOUR LAUGHTER AND FOR JUST BEING YOU ~ THE BIGGEST HUGZ EVA!
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22 November 2008

~ i've been tagged! ~

morning ladies ~ hope you're havin a rawkin saturday so far..and are scrappin happy!
ok..so i got *tagged* today by carla ~ how sweet ~ and i gotta put down 7 random facts about me ~ ACK! ok..here it goes...
1. i firewalked years ago..yep..across red hot coals..kewl heh..and nope i didn't burn my feet!
2. i'm a freak over spiders ~ i even chased one down with a bottle of bleach..ewww..those things are creepy! i know..i know..bad mel!
3. i'm a perfectionist ~ i even fold my dirty laundry
4. i don't like company before noon ~ i HAVE to have my house cleaned 1st. definitely not a morning person.
5. i used to be into martial arts ~ now i'm gettin a scrappers butt!
6. i love cheese! never can buy enough of that stuff!
7. i hate flying..i have no idea how the heck i'm gonna get to australia..someone..knock me out pweeze!

and now..i'm taggin 7 more peeps:
1. check out ~ Jona's Stuff ~ she's over in the phillipines..beautiful work. i totally wuv her clusters..yummy!
2. oh ya gotta go here, too ~ Pinky's Stuff ~ love her style ~ and has lots of special little touches. i love visiting her blog ~ there's alwayz something going on!
3. ~ Erin's Stuff ~ has got some funky kewl, rawkin stuff! love this chickies style!
4. now if ya wanna see some great digi stuff ~ Julie's Stuff ~ has that! check it out! she also does scrappy happy los with paper ~ what a wonderful inspiration.
5. ~ Shirley's Stuff ~ is yummy yummy! yepperz..she's got scrapalious scrappy stuff, too.
6. ~ Sophia's Stuff ~ my scrappy friend..all the way from africa ~ so inspiring ~ and encouraging.
7. and if ya wanna get into some challenges.. ~ Tara's Stuff ~ has got that going on..she's always got some goodie stuff happening at her blog ~ and does beautiful scrappy stuff..check it out!
hugz chickie!
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21 November 2008

~hiding out scrappin ~







yep..that's what i've been doin today! i recieved my stamps from *layers of color*. wowza they are SO yummy! the owner laura was so generous. i'm in awe! i had to get scrappin happy with them right away.....got 4 cards almost done..and i'm hoping to get started on a layout this evening. if ya get a chance ladies check out the site..yummy stuff there..and yep..i mean yummy! the link to the site in one my sidebar! and yep..they've even got some new ones coming out in the early part of 2009..stayed tuned..you'll wuv them, too!
anyhoo..hope everyone is having a scrappy happy day..i'm off..i got some sewing to do on a couple of cards..and i'll be finished those..whohoo! ta ta!
that one 6x12 lo is of my aussie friend, her hubby and son! sure are special peeps! boy..i can't wait to get to australia one day and hug that chickie and soak my toes in the sand...and yep, i'll be cooking my huge hamburgers for arch when i get there (only if he takes me for a cruise on his harley..lol) the other 6x12 is of our darlin gd..she's just the sweetest lil girl eva!


20 November 2008

~ gks are the best ~

yep...they are! they always have that *special* smile..that *special* lil hug..and always give that undivided attention. our lil gks are really a joy ~ and i love going to visit them. they both have their own personalities..and are always so welcoming ~ and boy..can they make ya laugh. i'm so thankful to have them close by..for those drop in visits and grab a lil squeeze. they just always *make my day*. thank God for those lil joys in life.
well..it's pouring buckets today..yep..it's wet out there! gotta take dh to an appointment ~then i'm comin home to do a lil clean up and get scrappin happy. hope everyone has a *peachy keen day*..hugz

19 November 2008

~ a frosty morn ~


yep..winter is definitely on it's way. there's frost out there..white..and boy is it lookin cold. i'm thankful though..there's none of that *white fluffy* stuff coming down ~ sure don't want to be shovelling any of that stuff ..any time soon! the sun is shining, so hopefully it'll warm up a bit ~ i'm hopin to get out in the yard today ~ to trim the trees and do some clean up.
i got scrappyin happy last night and did that card. it was inspired by a sketch michy did over at lil scrappers ~ thankx chickie for the inspiration. today i gonna be digging into some card kits that were sent to me ~ and try and do those up. there's so many yummy lil goodies that are just waiting to be played with. well ~ i need me a coffee ~ gotta get cleaned up and get this body motivated. hope everyone has a great day..and you all stay safe and warm. hugz