Saturday, August 30, 2008

Workspace Challenge on SNS

I don't do many 2 page layouts and this one was a challenge on SNS it was a challenge of your workspace area.

Here is my take on the challenge and using the sketch from http://www.pencillines.com/ #98




Friday, August 29, 2008

YITL-2 cards

Memories: A picture of my grandma and grandpa Shinny, who were so very special to me.


Special: My brothers are very special to me. The last picture taken of us before my brother Brian passed away.

Check out this Web site


Vanilla Joy what a awesome site.

She has more prizes and give aways and not just a small give away but HUGE ones. This was this weeks line up:

Monday’s contest will be for

a CRICUT by Provo Craft. ($185)
Tuesday’s contest will be for a

truck load of EMBELLISHMENTS, TOOLS, AND SUPPLIES by EK Success ($130) and
PORTABLE RIBBON DISPENSER by Creative Options ($25)
Wednesday’s contest will be for a

SIDEKICK MACHINE by Sizzix ($50) and
PORTABLE RIBBON DISPENSER by Creative Options ($25) and
ULTIMATE TRIMMER - 1050 by Purple Cows ($90)
Thursday’s contest will be for a a gigantic collection of the following Fiskars products:

12″ Portable Rotary Trimmer
Wave, deckle, pinking, and scoring rotary blades
12″ Portable Paper Trimmer
Portable Paper Trimmer replacement scoring blade
Comfort grip rotary cutter
Rotary straight blade
6.5 square acrylic ruler
6.5 x 24.5 acrylic ruler
24 x 36 cutting mat
Friday’s contest will be for a

DESKTOP CAROUSEL craft organizer by Making Memories ($40) and
DECORATIVE TRIMMER by Creative Memories ($24) and
RIBBON RING STARTER SET by Ribbon Ring ($10) and
ALL FALL 8X8 ALBUM by Fancy Pants Designs ($22) and
ALL FALL 8X8 PAPER PAD by Fancy Pants Designs ($9) and
CROP-A-DILE II BIG BITE from Roberts Arts & Crafts ($40)
A second contest on Friday will be for a

GORILLAPOD Go-Go! by Joby ($30) and
MEMORY MANAGER Photo Management Software by Creative Memories ($40) and
STORYBOOK CREATOR PLUS digital scrapbooking software by Creative Memories ($60)

Please take the time to check it out and remember if you win you really should share your wealth :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Do you like contests and free stuff

Who doesn't like free stuff and love contests. Where is this contest you ask: Sugar and Spice Scrapbook ....the owner (Heather) is giving away a 3 month subscription to her kit club for FREE.... how do I win you inquire....it's easy ---all you have to do is purchase a kit from her site...it can be any kit at all. Your name is then entered into a drawing for a 3 month subscription that will begin in October. How about that for an awesome prize...


Go check out her kits and who wouldn't want to win a chance for a 3 month subscription. Good luck ladies and let her know that you saw this on my blog.

Suzanne's Blog challenge # 35

Take a mini mental vacation. Write about where you're going and why, who you're seeing, what you're doing. Be descriptive.

Since this is going to be a mini vacation, I would like to go to AL. There is this lady that I would like to meet in person and spend some time scrapping and doing some scrappy shopping and just plain sitting around and talking. I have a feeling that if we sat around a pool with a drink in hand that we would talk well into the night. I have never spent much time in AL, just in passing through it so I would love to see some of the sights it has to offer. I am thinking the best time to go would be in the winter--when I have had enough of MI's winter and get a little sunshine down south.

Monday, August 25, 2008

I won

I won the Special Bond challenge on Sugar and Spice for the layout about Mom U. Even after you are gone mom, you are still smiling down on me.

Girls, if you haven't checked out this site you really need to. They have some awesome DT's and some rocking challenges.

I double dog dare you to check it out and let me know what you think.

Sugar and Spice

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Suzanne's Blog challenge # 34

Do you Google? Google Reader is a wonderful tool to keep up with all your scrappy friends, and other friends too! So your challenge for this week is to share 3 links to blogs that you read and tell us why you read them and how you found them.

Actually Suzanne is the one who got me started on stalking blogs. Here are my 3 favorites:

Carla's Blog I love her cards, she does beautiful work. I found her by just cruising around one day. Check her out and see the talent this lady has.

Of course Tim Holtz has to be in my reader: I love so much of his work and ideas.

The Technique Trail has awesome examples and I am still holding out on subscribing but only because right now I don't have the time to try all the new techinques but I sure wish I did.


Thanks Suzanne for showing me the way.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bond challenge



for a challenge on Sugar and Spice

in honor of my ex-MIL who wrote us this poem on Phil's and my wedding day, 8 years ago today.

Here is the poem:

“Colleen”

You are very special to me Colleen
We’ve been friends for many years
Living life with smiles and laughter
And sometimes sharing tears.

You’ve called me “Mom” all these years
And I’ve loved you as my own
Blending love and strength with happiness
And because of this our love has grown

Sharing life with you
Was something precious, sweet and rare
We’ve treasured the richness of Gods love
And always willing to share

Do you remember when we stopped at the round bank?
Where you were sure I wouldn’t get lost
Such fun and happy times we had
In a world that held the most

I admire you for what you are
Through spunk and grit you’ve won
You’ve faced each task with courage
And never lost sight of what needs to be done

Time cannot crush the spirit of the past
Fond memories must live while life shall last

I may not have wealth or greatness
But I know what I’ve learned through life
That forgiveness is what must be shared by all
As we struggle life’s hardships and strife

And so on this, your wedding day, Colleen
No mother could wish you more
Than Phil’s strong arms and a new life awaiting
And with Gods blessings at your door

To smother care in happiness
And grief in laughter
To hold the present close
Not questioning hereafter
To have enough to share
To know the joy of giving
To thrill with all the sweets of life
Is living

Congratulations and the very best to you both

Love Mom Upton

YITL Challenge #33-Change

YITL Challenge #32--SMILE

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Monday, August 18, 2008

A New and Fun Sight

I found this new sight and love the people and the challenges. If you want a fun place to be with a great group of ladies and super owner, please join us.

Sugar and Spice







Aren't they great kits???

1 Month: 3 Month Subscription: 6 Month Subscription:
$43.00/Single Purchase $39.00/Per Month $35.00/Per Month

Go check them out and check out the message board.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mom Upton

Today I lost a very special lady in my life. She has been a part of my life for 41 years and one of the sweetest ladies I know. She passed away early this morning at the age of 91. Her birthday would have been at the end of the month. She got what she wanted, which was to be at home when she passed away. I will greatly miss her and her kind heart and loving hands. This is my ex-MIL and not very many people can say how wonderful their ex-MIL's are but God was truly wonderful by giving me her for so many years. She always supported me and never turned her back on me. A Christmas never went by that she wasn't at my house. She will be greatly missed. Thank you mom for all you taught me.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Suzanne's Blog challenge # 33

When does a minute seem like enough time? List 3 important things you do that can be done in under one minute. Then, write about one of them with more detail.

kiss my husband
load the dishwasher
clean the toilet


Kiss my husband is the one I will write about in more detail. I mean how could you not want to kiss your prince charming, the man who makes your heart melt, the man who spoils me rotten and loves me unconditionally. The man who won't take care of his milk jugs and finds them under the covers on his side of the bed and yet at midnight when he is ready to crawl into bed, laughs when he find the jugs. This man who is always talking to himself. The man who every night wants a kiss when I get home from work and before I go to bed and first thing in the morning--how could I not want to kiss him.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008




Wow, thanks to Suzanne for the awesome recognition! You know I appreciate you and all my readers!


The rules for the "Blogging Friends Forever" award are:
* Only five people allowed
* Four have to be dedicated followers of your blog
* One has to be someone new or recently new to your blog or lives in another part of the world.
* You must link back to whoever gave you the award.
* The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.

The sad news is, I can only choose five. :-(

Ginni--My Scrappy World
Jackie--Katz Ramblings
Jeanne--My Tin Hair Musings
Robin--TQM Nurse
Jennifer--Jennifer's Blissful Place

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

YITL Warm Challenge


Finally caught up with my YITL words. This word was WARM and we were suppose to have a bonfire at the class reunion but with the rain we didn't have it, so this fire is from the other night.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Want a chance to try to win some blog candy

Go here:


Leave a comment on her blog and your name might get chosen. While there check out some of her beautiful cards. She is very talented.