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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pay it Forward Challenge

Did you see the movie "Pay it Forward"? I don't remember all the much about it except that I really liked it. It was a sweet movie. Maybe I should rent it and watch it again. I do remember I liked the concept. Recently there has been a commercial on TV about paying it forward. Again, I don't remember who the advertiser was but I liked the concept. It's one of those that gives you warm fuzzies.

I was blog surfing the other day and found a challenge. A Pay It Forward challenge. All you have to do is be one of the first five to comment on the post and you receive something from the blogger. I did and I was chosen, I am so excited! Now it is my turn to "Pay it forward".
Remember, you have to do the same on your blog.

So here it is: Be one of the first five to comment on this post and receive a handmade something from me. If chosen you have to do the same on your blog. Pay it forward!!
I found this challenge on the following link: http://mereslair.blogspot.com/ I don't know how to do those fancy links but, be sure to check out Mere's Lair blog.

I will email you or leave a post on your blog and let you know if you are the one chosen to "pay it forward", you send me your address and I put a handcrafted item in the mail to you. Then you put a challenge on your blog and be thinking of what you want to send to your lucky "commenter". Is that a word? That's what we have spell check for, right? I guess it is a word, I didn't get a yellow box.

I think I will go make something special right now.

My daughter came over yesterday so we could go through her wedding photos. We are going to start work on her album. We chose 168 photos and she chose some of the papers she wants to use. Now I need to have the photos printed and get to work. I am glad the Close To My Heart Summer Idea Book comes out soon. Hopefully there will lots more papers to use for her album. It will go live May 1.

Have a blessed day and thanks for tuning in.

Leslie

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A card I forgot to post


PLEASE know that this is not my design. I copied it straight from my upline, Sherri Tozzi. She used a different paper pack than the one I chose, but it is the same design. Sherri is a true artist so mine cannot compare. It was fun to make. You don't realize what goes into making/scraplifting a card until you are already into it. The paper is from Boom-Di-Ada last summer's IB and the stamp set is Ms. Gardener. So much of the card is pieced: her arms, even the tiny part of her foot showing through her clog, the hat band then shirt and pants. I really am quite pleased with my card.
Which I guess I might now qualify as a Ms. Gardener. I have been tearing out my grass (read weeds) by hand and turning the soil and planting other things that are green. I can't afford to have my yard re sodded.
Growing up in south Florida, I used to see people have their lawns brought in on a truck and when I moved to Virginia I used to laugh about it. Now I am one of them. My DH and I had the lawn re sodded a few years ago and relied on the neighborhood irrigation pumps to keep our lawn watered. The pumps kept going down and the drought situation kept us from using the lake water, THEN we had road humps put in to slow the STUPID people that would fly through our neighborhood. It slowed some of them down, the rest drove across our grass to avoid the hump and killed an entire row of sprinkler heads. We didn't put them in or we wouldn't have put them inches away from the curb, that's for darn certain. Oooohhh, can you tell I am emotional about my lawn :-)? Anyway, DH got the irrigation system back up and running, but we still can't afford to have a lawn brought in and laid. So, we are putting in mulched flower beds closest to the concrete and asphalt and putting sod in the middle areas. Maybe I will post a photo when it is all done. I have been working on it just a couple hours in the mornings when it is still cool out. It won't take long for the mornings to start out at 85 and get hotter. I hope to be done by then.
I have been reading on some of the other blogs how if you are one of the first 5 to leave a comment you might get something in the mail. I might have to try that sometime. I would like it people left a comment now and then. My daughter is pretty good about leaving comments.

Anyway, I hope you like my card.

Thanks for tuning in.

Leslie

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaaccccccckkkkkkk!!!!!!!

Finally, I made some time this evening to scrap. I actually did a lot of scrapping this past week, but I have nothing to show for it. I left it all with my sister. I made a little set of 3x3 cards with the purse to match. I made several holders and cards set from a recipe I got from Vicki Wizniuk.















These are some bookmarks that I whipped up in just a few minutes while watching TV. I used 1.5 in by 8 in white daisy card stock. The stamp set is Aspiration. I just need to put the magnets on them. They wouldn't stand up if I had put them on before the photo.
My sister came up with this idea. We made a couple dozen while I was visiting her and I left them with her. She makes and sells jewelry so I figured the next time she has a show she can put these little cuties out and sell them for a couple dollars a piece. I think they are so sweet and I love the saying by Eleanor Roosevelt. Our butterfly wing set would also make a nice bookmark. Maybe I will try those tomorrow. I love the saying on that stamp set also. "Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and pleases where it goes."
Thanks for tuning in.
Leslie

Thursday, March 12, 2009

No time for playing

I haven't had any time or inspiration for playing lately. I have been doing yard work and then going in to work for a friend, helping to get her computer system up and running for her business. This weekend I am going to Orlando and will be gone for several days as I am taking a class so I will try to post something soon. Keep checking back, I may surprise you.
Leslie

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

made some minor changes


I got several suggestions for adding to this layout so I put them into place and wanted everyone to see.


I have been doing yard work this morning so I need to go eat, get a shower and get to work. not much time this morning.


Thanks for tuning in.


Leslie

Monday, March 9, 2009

Whoo loves you?


I love checking out Michelle Zindorf's website and tutorials. This card is a bad impression of one of hers. She has a talent for sponging and she has the right stamps. Anyway, I thought I would share. The good and the bad.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another layout, same grandmother different photo


Hi all, I had so much fun making the last layout of my grandmother that I wanted to do it again. I had two photos so why not?

Maybe both of my girls would like to have them or not.

I have completed the layout, but I think it needs more. I just don't know what. If anyone sees what it is missing, please leave a comment.

I used the new paper packet from CTMH called That's Amore. The flowers are from Fair Blossoms. Again I used pearls all over the place.

I have a few more places I want to upload the photo so I will say good night.

Thanks for tuning in.

Leslie

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A box for Princess's Sharpies




My daughter, Casey, has a thing for Sharpies. She asked for the complete set of them for Christmas. She got them. A bunch of them. Yesterday she asked me if I had a box she could keep them in. I just happen to have an old cigar box. She picked out the paper and I decorated the box for her sharpies. I used the Daydream paper by Close to my Heart. Some flowers,colored with re-inker, a coluzzle file folder, the Happy Endings stamp set, a couple of corduroy brads, hemp, and the hodge podge color ready alphabets.
Thanks for tuning in.
Leslie

Friday, March 6, 2009

Just "doodling"

I needed a gift bag to go with the card so with nothing concrete in mind I just started "doodling" sponging on some colors and then stamped a few butterflies and there you have it. I also added a pin to the card and thought it looked like a butterfly.
A couple of our cars and our house got paint balled last night. It happened right after my daughter got in from work. We realized it last night when we moved cars in the driveway. She parks behind me in the driveway, but I leave before she does. The police came to the door this morning to ask about our 16 year old, because the neighbor, who has a beef with our son, also had her car "painted" and blamed him. He is not a vindictive or destructive person and doesn't even have paint ball gear. He was in when it occurred. We find our cars egged several times a year, but have never called the police. Fortunately we see it and clean it off. My husband keeps saying,"You wanted to live in a 'neighborhood'!" Where we lived before the area had gone from residential to commercial. We shared a driveway with an Air Conditioning/refrigeration company and the guys were friends, but went home at 5 o'clock.
Have you ever thought about the term 'o'clock'? I am going to have to look it up, but I think it means 'of the clock'. Sounds very Scottish or British, maybe even Irish.
Well, it is time to get moving. Got laundry to put away and get to work.
Thanks for tuning in.
Leslie

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My big girl's birthday


Today one of my babies turns 24. I like to call her my baby girl, but her sister gets indignant and tells us she is my baby girl, because she is! Can you have two baby girls?
She will probably see her card here before she comes over tonight to get the real thing.
I used the technique where the stamped image emerges when you sponge on the color. The white flowers and the two butterflies are embossed with clear embossing powder and then sponged with the various colors. The bow is really much prettier in person.
I just found out it is my friend, Gail's, birthday too. You remember Gail? She was the inspiration for my Grandmother's layout that I posted yesterday. You know how you meet people online and find they are someone you want to be friends with? That's Gail. We are both CTMH consultants. We are both under the same upline/director. We got to meet last year at convention that was held in Orlando. Happy Birthday Gail.
Thanks for tuning in.
Leslie

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My Grandmother - Adriance Jaillite Stubbs

I finished it tonight. This is based on the cover of Close To My Heart's Spring 2009 Idea Book. My friend, Gail, made a layout of her grandmother and was my inspiration for this. My husband helped my make my choice for paper packet. I had two paper packets I liked and this one, Emporium, won out. I agonized over using the sentiment "Captured Memories" as Gail used it on her layout and I didn't want to be a copy cat, but I couldn't help myself. The sentiment and the journaling block are from the Key to my Heart stamp set. The pearls and the organdy ribbon are contraband, but the flourish and paper and ric rac are all CTMH.

My grandmother was a sweetheart. She had two children, Robert and Elizabeth. My dad was never Robert unless he was in trouble. My aunt is Ibby to us girls, Betty to her husband and friends. Grandmommy was 4 foot 11 inches tall and Granddaddy was 6 foot 7 inches tall. Of my 5 sisters and me only one of us is over 5'2". My little sister, Lisa, is 5'6". My grandfather grew up in Kansas where his dad was the governor. He loved cars and had two Lincoln Mercury dealerships in Maryland when I was a little girl. One in Rockville and one in Silver Springs. I remember going to visit at their house when I was a little girl. My grandmother loved the color kelly green. Her sofa was kelly green and she used a green fountain pen when she wrote letters. She kept a bowl of butterscotch candies on her coffee table.

I hope you like my layout. If so you could leave a comment letting me know. Thanks for tuning in.
Leslie
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No time today

Just a quick note while eating my bagel. I worked on my layout, but no where near finished. It is one of those things where I want it to be perfect the first time and not say "Oh I could have done this or that." My friend, Gail, posted her layout of her grandmother on our CTMH website and I really like it. I want to make mine just like hers, but don't feel right about doing that. I might use some of the same elements and just be done with it. I will see.

I have to go into the offices this morning. I sure wish I had a regular job and not have to spend a couple hours at this office and a couple hours at that office. It's nice that I am at least making a little money, but I like having a 9-5 so to speak.

Thanks for tuning in. Check back later.

Leslie

Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday Already ?????

Hi all, Yes, it is Monday already. I worked on a layout yesterday, but it isn't ready yet. I hope I will have some more time to work on it later today. I have a few offices to go to today to help out so I will have to wait for play time.
Thanks for tuning in.
Leslie

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy March First

I just found this free background and love it. The Cutest Blog on the Block. If you click on the words it will take you right there. I was reading some one's blog who said she changes hers quite often. I went with Irish for now.

It's funny though, I am not Irish. I really am fond of all things Irish, like my husband, my children (part Irish-anyway), my husband's family. Believe it or not, I am even fond of my childhood memories of going to Catholic school with nuns right off the boat from Ireland. They spoke Gaelic to each other. I remember they even taught us some Gaelic words. These nuns were what a priest friend of mine said are "Real Nuns". You know the nuns that still wear full habits. I grew up in south Florida and back in the 60s when AC was not common the sisters wore full length habits. In the spring they would wear all white and in the fall and winter they switched to black. Many of our priests were Irish also. I won't tell you about our pastor as you probably read or heard about him in the news a few years back.

Lots of book work to do today. Just had to pop in and share my joy at finding these free backgrounds for blogs.

Thanks for tuning in. Oh yeah, if I do any more editing on the card I made yesterday I may post another photo. Check back.
Leslie