Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just a Post to Say Hi!

Well, Happy Spring to all of you!  I don’t know about you, but I was ready to see the calendar show the first day of Spring.  However, Mother Nature has not complied here in my neck of the woods (Eastern Iowa).  It is 28 degrees at 10:50 p.m.  The heat is on and a blanket is covering my cold toes.

I have been working pretty hard on some projects but haven’t had time to take pictures of them yet.  The camera battery died.  Does anyone else have that problem?  A digital camera that really eats up your batteries?  I have to buy the Energizer blue lithium ones but they still don’t last as long as I would like.  If I don’t use those I get only 3 to 4 pictures per set of batteries.  I am not kidding about this one.

It is a nice Kodak Easy Share and I have had for 3 years I think.  I have seen a new one that I would like to have to replace it but I hope it isn’t a battery eater like this one.

I hope you are having a nice Spring so far.  I hope you also get a chance to enjoy some of the events and blog hops I have listed here.  If you know of other blog hops please let me know where I can get the blinky to add it here.

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Join Me at CSDivas for the Running in Circles Challenge


Here is a challenge for you – It is my running in circles challenge at Creative Scrapbooking Divas

All you have to do is scraplift my page.  You can turn it anyway you want, just use the page as your inspiration for your layout.  Please post your creation in our gallery at Creative Scrapbooking Divas.  Call it “your name- running in circles”.  The deadline is midnight March 31, 2011.

I hope to see you playing along Smile


Coming Up this Weekend! The CSDivas On-line Crop!



We are celebrating our first Anniversary at CSDivas and what a better way to do it then with an online crop!

RSVP in this event.

Pre-crop challenge:  SPREAD THE WORD CHALLENGE!

How to participate:

1) Post in your blog, in forums (where allowed) site, etc about our online crop and win a ticket.

2) Have a friend join CSDivas and play in at least one challenge from the online crop and win 2 tickets.  Ask your friend to RSVP in this event and let us know you invited her.

3)Post a link here to your blog/forum/site post, so we can review it and comment.

We will giveaway a RAK.  (picture coming soon!)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

My Babies are 10 Now!

My baby girls are 10 as of Valentine’s Day and my baby boy is 13 and a teenager as of Feb 17.  Wow. It really hit me.

So here are a few layouts of my kiddos when they were little.


This first one is of the twins on the day they left the hospital.  I really had fun making this. I used glossy accents on the stickers and lots of stickles.



This is my son when he was 3 1/2 and the girls were 8 months old in September of 2001.  He loved giving his sister a ride in his truck!

lil hitcher

Friday, March 4, 2011

Owl Card Using my Imagine

Here is a card that I made on my imagine.  I don’t use it enough.  So I thought I would enter the challenge that Robyn over at My Pink Stamper  had for this week.

Well, my owl and phrase ended up being bigger than what it should be in order to put on the pre-made card.  But it is for my friend’s 4 year old son, and she is here while I am making it. She said to just unfold the card and put it on, so I did!  Scrappy friends never let you down!


Here it is!  Thanks for looking Smile


Thursday, March 3, 2011

I have 2 Blog Awards to Share!

The first award is from Lauren @ Scrappin' With LaLa and it is the Stylish Blogger Award.

For this award I will need to pay it forward to 8 people and let you know 8 things you don't already know about me.

My picks for this award are:   Please visit these ladies and congratulate them!

Sarah @ Sarah Reads and Scraps
Colleen @ Clean or Create
Lori @ a Scrap Mom's Musings
Lisa @ Letters and Lace
Brandi @ Creative Happenings
Maryanne @ Crafty Momma Diva
Sandy @ Scrapbook Blessings
Katie @ Katie's Nesting Spot

8 Things You Don't Know About Me:

1. I only have 1 sibling and he is 10 years younger than me
2. I have a fear of heights and open staircases
3. My first poodle got run over by my neighbor just 1 month after I rescued him at the Humane Society

4. My second poodle is almost 8 years old and he flew in a plane in a crate all by himself from North Dakota to us. (via the QC Airport)
5. I was born in Ohio
6. My husband had a brain tumor and surgery 17 years ago.
7. My house is an historic building and use to be a bank in the early 1900's
8. I took dancing lessons from kindergarten through 5th grade and then moved to a new school district.
Thank you so much, Lauren.  Sorry it took so long to get posted and passed along.
The second award is from Jennifer at My Creative Crafting  and it is the Liebster Blob Award

The rules for this award states that it is given to bring light to new blogs and it's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be seen or ones you want to share with others.

As a recipient you must share the love and pay it forward by:

1-Creating a post where you blog about the Liebster award and reveal your 3-5 blog picks

2-Let them know you chose them by leaving a comment on their blog

3-Copy and paste the blog award on your blog

4-Have faith that your followers will rally and show their crafty love back out to those you awarded

5-Have fun
So I am giving The Liebster Award to these bloggers:
Sarah @ Sarah Reads and Scraps
Colleen @ Clean or Create
Lisa @ Letters and Lace
Thank you so much Jennifer, your new blog is wonderful and I appreciate you giving the award to me!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tip of the Week from Creative Scrapbook Divas

"The Sky is the Limit". Most of the time when you are reaching for goals or ideas, you can say that the sky is the limit.  It really leaves you thinking that anything is possible.  When it comes to scrapbooking this really holds true.  Or does it?

Scrapbooking to most is preserving memories through documentation of a photo or series of photos.  The very basics of this hobby would include adhering a photo, adding the who, what, when, where, why and how through journaling, titles, stickers, etc.  But these are not your only options.

Consider a moment of your day when your child says something cute or funny and you are driving in the car.  You can't take a picture of that child because you are a) driving and b) do you really want to take a picture of the child talking?

Because your child is cute and clever, it is easy to remember what they said, so you write it down when you get home.  And that is it.....right?  WRONG!  That piece of paper will get tossed about, crumpled, used to spit out gum into and probably thrown away.  But, if you take the piece of paper and sit down and scrap it right away, you can preserve the memory forever.

What?  You don't have a photo so how can you scrap?  You don't have to have a photo to make a scrapbook page.  The thing to do in this situation is to journal.  Journalling isn't just making note of what the child said, you will talk about where you were, what you and the child/ family was doing AND what was said.  Then you talk about the reaction of what was said.  Were you the only one that thought it was cute and or funny?  What did others say?  DO YOU GET THE PICTURE?  LOL

You can handwrite the journaling or use the computer.  Then add stickers and even a die cut if there is one that is appropriate at your disposal.  And voila' you have a scrapbook page without a photo  AND the moment is preserved forever.

So, you ask what this has to do with the sky? And what exactly is my tip?  Well, just maybe the sky is NOT the limit.  Maybe you can reach higher, farther and wider anytime you want to capture and preserve a moment forever.  I seem to recall the "rules of scrapbooking" says there ARE NO RULES.  That means there aren't any limits to what you can do.


This tip was brought to you by Creative Scrapbooking Divas  and me, Scrappin Ann  ( I wrote it LOL)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I have won several Blog Awards…

I want to thank the ladies that gave me some blog awards in the last week. I apologize that they are not posted here yet.  I am having computer problems and I can’t bring up the award info so I can post it and pay it forward.  But I wanted to tell you that I am very excited and appreciate the awards and as soon as I can, I will take care of things here.

I can’t bring up more than one window and internet explorer is not working.  I had to find another way just to post this post.  Thanks for your patience.

I hope you are all enjoying some spring thawing in your neck of the woods.  After a weekend of ice and sleet, I was happy to see 40 degrees today!


My March 1st Challenge is posted at Creative Scrapbooking Divas

Want to win some handmade crocheted flowers?  Great – Visit Creative Scrapbooking Divas and look for and join me at the Group Mixin’ It Up!

You will see the “Recipe” that you need with of course all of the “ingredients” to make a special creation.

Here is MY sample but you have to go to CSD to find out what YOU need to doSmile  I hope you will play!  You have until March 16th to post your creation in the gallery at CSD.

The Little Things