Saturday, May 22, 2010

Graduation!



Jennifer is graduating on Sunday from Suffolk County Community College. She's receiving her Associate of Arts (Liberal Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences emphasis)! We're so excited, and proud!

In the fall, she will be continuing her studies at SUNY Stony Brook Univeristy. She will major in Anthropology. Tentative double major in English Literature, and minor in Art History. She definitely wants to double major, she's just up in the air about what her second major will be, and same goes for her minor...there are so many interesting things to study at Stony Brook!

To say we are excited, is really an understatement! There are no words to express how truly proud we are.

Congratulations, daughter of mine!! XOXO

(Pictures from Jen's graduation day added on July 6th.)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Huge giveaway at Obsessed with Scrapbooking!

Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking has had 1 million hits on her blog! To celebrate this great occasion, she's having a huge giveaway!


1) Cricut Summer Vacation cartridge
2) Cricut Summer in Paris cartridge
3) a pack of SEI Happy Paper (12" x 12" size)
4) a package of Tim Holtz grungeboard


AND....drumroll....

A Cricut GYPSY!!

Head on over to her blog Obsessed with Scrapbooking to check it out, and try for your chance to win, too!

I don't know about you, but, I've been looking at the Summer in Paris cartridge, and my daughter fell in love with it when we saw it this weekend at A.C. Moore. But, I didn't buy it - because I just knew I could get it for less online! As for the Gypsy - well....at first I didn't want one. But, now I think I need one. *grin*

Anyway - go on over there, and check out the giveaway, and be sure to check out her whole blog. The gal is a whiz with the Cricut - such great tips, and tricks, and so much information about how to use it!

Good luck!

Prima May products pick!! I'm in love!




Celebrate a month filled with gorgeous blooms with May's beautiful picks!
You will find a huge assortment of Prima's top-notch flowers-all in lovely shades of lavender, as well as a few sparkly centers and gorgeous leaves to finish off any project with style.


Selections shown above include:


•Symphony Flowers-gorgeous flowers which include 6 different sparkly flowers in the same package

•Melange Flowers-check out the detail on these lovely blooms.

•Calcutta Blooms in Pink-so much texture, so many uses!

•Pearl Panache-sheer fabrics and glitter add so much to these tiny blossoms.

•Winter Roses in Purple-fully-formed roses with glitter and crustal shavings on the curled edges.

•Temple Leaves in Lavender- amazing bendable leaves that will add a stunning effect to your projects.

•Love Story polka-dotted rose-sigh! Just so romantic.

•Pearl Panache Purple flowers-each flower comes complete with a sweet pearl center.

•Madrigal Blooms in purple-amazing fabric flowers that will be stunning on your layouts!

•Fairytale Roses in Purple-sweet, tender small roses that come on our creative clear packaging.

•Mini-Bouquet-lily in pink-a whole mini-bouquet that is perfect for altered projects or cards.

•Dynasty Centers-these babies are fabulous! So rich and detailed. Use on the center of a flower or as an accent on your page.

•Zazi flowers-soft, feminine flowers in fabric with sequins and sparkles that put a smile on your face.

•Exotic Gardenia-tropical flowers that are perfect for vacation layouts!

•Petite- Mums-multi-layered flowers with complete pearl centers. So amazing on a project!

Beautiful, right!?!? I want them all!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

lovin' you is easy



First, I need to give credit for the title, which I scraplifted from Karola Witczak. ~~Karola~~ The page map design is from The Color Room, pallette-2.

These papers are old....the paper with all the words is from 7 Gypsies - that I do know. The rest of it, I'm sorry - I have no idea. (Kind of the hazard of buying TOO much). Flowers are mostly Prima. The red flowers are from a Daisy Doodles Christmas line. Lot's of Prima bling. Martha Stewart's Monarch butterfly punch at work again! Butterflies highlighted with stickles. Lace around photo is Prima, lace at bottom of layout is from my stash. Chipboard letters are from Basic Grey - dark chocolate collection.

Thanks for looking!

Remember


Journaling reads - "When I first saw this picture, I was less than thrilled. I saw my fat neck, and nose..Yuck.
Then....you were gone.
Then, I saw the real beauty in this photo, you and me. Suddenly my neck didn't matter.
My beautiful mother, you are always in my heart. Thank you for always loving me.

This photo was taken December 2004. My mother had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. I had the picture for quite a while, didn't like it very much, but, then after my mother had passed away in February 2006 - I was looking through my pictures, and found the photo again...and was so glad I had it.

So, papers are K&Co. - I layered the rose paper over the gingham after cutting with my handmade template. The loopy stuff going around the edge is actually button loop trim, found in a stash of sewing product my father brought me after my mother had passed away. Prima flowers, and the green flowers are Floradoodles. Prima SIIP, and Prima Fairytales roses.

The butterflies are from the Martha Stewart large monarch butterfly punch. I coated the butterfly with Judikins Diamond glaze, and then poured on clear glass microbeads. Tapped off the extra and let dry. I love the way they came out! The foiled fern you see on the right side is also from Martha Stewart. Then, I added some extra little pearls from the Prima E-line.

Thanks for looking!

Beautiful


This layout was done from a kit I purchased at a crop I went to. A lot of Prima - the flowers, the paper, the bling. The title is from a package of words I got at Target in the scrapbook section quite a while ago.
(You'll notice, that a lot of the stuff I use on my layouts was purchased *quite* a while ago - grin.)

Thanks for looking!

Argyle Lake

These pictures were taken on Mother's Day, May 2007. Jennifer had to work that day, so I took the boys to Argyle Lake in Babylon Village.
The patterned paper (blue, and pussy willows) is from K & Co. Tom Coffey's line Blossomwood. The pussy willows are hand cut from a sheet of paper that is covered with them. I used a product called Flowersoft to make the little fuzzies stand out. Flowersoft is a great product, feels somewhat like grated up sponge - lol. The brown cardstock is from DCWV. For the blue paper, I used a handmade template that I made from another diecut patterned paper. I love my shapes!
I'm a real flower using girl, but, since this page highlights pictures of my boys, I didn't want use too many flowers. So...I bought a package of feathers at Michael's. I think they were some kind of hen feather - pretty ivory, and brown spotted feathers. There is a pewter jewlery finding on the left side, it's a branch, with two birds, and a little nest. I've had it for quite a while, but, finally used it on this layout. The little blue flowers are from Prima. I have to find the packaging to get which style they are...I don't remember. *sigh* I just added some brown rubons, and it was done. I didn't think a title cut with the Cricut, or even heavy thickers, or stickers would have worked well on this layout. It's light, and natural looking...the heavy letters would have been too much.
Thanks for looking!



Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Big Sister!

This photo is from April 1992. My Jennifer was 2 1/2, and Joseph was about one month old.

Prima flowers, swirls, hydrangea flowers. To add sparkle to the hydrangea flowers, I added stickles in Arctic Ice, and then when that was dry, dipped the edges of the flowers into Judikins Diamond Glaze, then into Martha Stewart microbeads.

Patterned paper is from K&Co. Berry Sweet collection I believe. I traced around a diecut paper onto thin cardboard to make myself a template to use over and over again, and cut the PP with the template. I distressed the edge all around of the PP with my Heidi Swapp distressing tool, and adhered to cardstock (DCWV).

The butterflies were punched with Martha Stewart's large Monarch Butterfly punch. More Prima crystal swirls for the butterfly trails. I have to take a peek through my stash to see where that little birdie pin is from.

Thanks for looking!

Beautiful


My daughter - self portrait with digi camera. She takes TONS of these! I always find something great to scrap. :)
Acetate is old...I've had it for years, and quite honestly, I don't remember which company it's from. The flowers, and butterflies, are from K&Co. - one of my favorite companies. The ivy leaves are from Prima. Letter stickers are American Crafts thickers. Cardstock is Bazzill.