Friday, September 26, 2008

Fabulous Fridays

Something I have been meaning to do for a while. Was going to do it on Tuesdays, but Technique Tuesday is already using my preferred title for that day.

So every Friday will be fabulous here! In the course of my travels through the vast internet, I often come across cool techniques that stretch my imagination and challenge my creativity (and also help me get unstuck when I am in a rut.) So, not wanting to keep all that creative mojo to myself, I thought I would take a few minutes every Friday and share what I find with you. I am not reinventing, not editing, merely passing along things I find fabulous.

For our first edition, I am going back to a technique that is certainly not new, but a great technique for stamping. With the holidays coming along and many of us looking for card ideas, I will share this with you. If you read through it and have questions or need help locating the materials used in the technique, let me know. Just click on the link below and enjoy....

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Scrap Pink Weekend Thanksgiving Stickers and October Layouts

The subject was peaches. This is my grandson in all his peachy glory. Sorry for straying from the title of the post, but how could I resist.

This coming weekend there are lots of events related to scrapping for a cure for breast cancer. If you are not involved in an event and want to find one, give your local scrapbook stores a call to see what they are up to. Nothing happening locally? Get together with friends and donate the cost of a crop to the Susan G. Komen foundation. The most important thing is to do something to find a cure. We women are in charge of our own destiny in this area. If we don't push for a cure, who will. Do it for your friends, mothers, daughters, sisters.....

There is a repeat emphasis at SRM stickers showing my acrylic Thanksgiving album on their site. You can find the downloadable instructions and pictures of the pages at

Thanksgiving Acrylic Album

October layouts at Frozen Memories promise to be fun. There are stickles, heat embossing, stamping with bleach, and so much more. Autum 2 page layout and a birthday 2 page layout. As soon as the paper is in and the samples are done I will post them.

Hope you are all doing well. I painted the scrap room today. Can the tile floor be far behind?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Rain, Music and Words to Inspire Fear

For a while this past weekend, I thought we were all going to have to get out the flotation devices. There was so much rain, our back yard had the swimming pool we had always wanted. Yikes!

Lots of time to find the perfect music for the blog. If you don't like what's playing, scroll to the bottom of the screen to see all the possibilities. I thought that Witchcraft was particularly seasonal and who can deny Sinatra?

As far as the Words to Inspire Fear - THE TILE IS IN OHIO. We are doing a remodel project at the house and we have been procrastinating (no surprises here) because the tile had to come from Italy and go through customs, etc. We thought we had lots of time. Maybe not so much. Time's up on the procrastination. Tile will be in the driveway next Monday.

So, because they will be tiling the scrap room, I need to get those October page layout samples done. Anybody got any theme ideas? Would love to hear them....

Friday, September 12, 2008

This is for the birds....

Under the heading "Things We Have Been Meaning To Get Around To" was putting up the bird feeders on the deck outside my scrap room window. Within minutes of them going up, I had visits from cardinals, woodpeckers, goldfinches and several others I can't identify. What a wonderful inspiration. For winter, we're going to move the bird bath on to this deck also. We have a heater that keeps the water available for them. The other visitors are the squirrels. They are very very interested in the seeds and often clown around on the feeder.

For those of you who frequent Frozen Memories, the entire group of employees and customers are saddened by the sudden death of owner Becky. This vibrant and generous person was taken from us this week. Please keep her family in your prayers....

Pictures of September layouts attached... Enjoy your day and give those you love a special hug today. Don't let the days go by without letting those you care about know how you feel.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Falling Leaves

You know, being away from the midwest last year made me crave the usual change in seasons (ask me again how I feel about this in January) but the first few leaves are starting to fall. Our tree in the back yard doesn't change at first, it just starts to shed, but the trees beyond the back yard fence are the ones that will provide the color. It's funny, because when the trees beyond the fence start to thin our, our dog Megan looks back there and sees the houses that are obscured from veiw by the trees and spends a day or two barking at things that have been there all along. Ahhh ... traditions.

I finished up the class sample for the Halloween Spider book at Frozen Memories. Here is a pic of the cover to give you an idea. We've got stamping, Quickutz, Distress Inks and lots more. Class kits will be available for the same price as the class and all of the stamping will be done for you if you can't make the class. Kits come with instructions and pictures of the completed pages.

Hope all you California scrappers kept cool during your recent heat wave.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Welcome to Autumn

I know, doesn't seem fair. Just when you start to enjoy summer, they take it away. Time to put away the white pants, beach chairs and floaties. Kids are back in school (amazing how the traffic changes in the mornings) and Thanksgiving is less than three months away.
For those of you in the Chicago area, we'll be doing an adorable Back to School mini album in September. It uses the Tinkering Ink square Peek-A-Boo album and comes in your choice of color scheme.

Also in September, is the monthly Fabulous Layout Class. This month features a Heritage page set done in blues and browns and the other layout is punches and quilling in autumnal colors.

These classes are great projects and a great evening out, so think about coming out to see us. Classes at Frozen Memories have a limit of 8, so they fill up quickly. The store will take a waiting list and we'll schedule another session if we have four on the waiting list.

Also, I have some give-a-ways this month. This week, leave a comment on the blog and enter for a chance to win some very fine Tinkering Ink alphabet rubons. Winner will be chosen at random from all who leave a comment.