ponderings

Friday, November 7, 2008

through the years

I made this for SillyBean's Speed Scrap tonight at GDS. What fun!

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I also had great fun working with Wild Thang by TammyKat Dezigns at PlainDigitalWrapper.
Little Miss's little pink leopard coat, which is just about too small now, was a perfect choice. It was also great fun for me to go back and start scrapping some of those baby photos. It is easy to do that when my camera is over at Canon some where being repaired. This is twice in as many months. I am pretty bummed and hope that they can fix it. It is hard to be without my camera!

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I am so happy with the Memory Box frame I made using Kathryn Estry's Simply Soft and Simply Soft2 kits. Another baby page, I feel like I am on a roll. And, I couldn't pass up the fuzzy wuzzy photo wraps either. They had such texture, and just the little bit of soft fuzziness I saved from some of Little Miss's baby gift packages. There is just something about ribbons! And, I still have a hard time using them from my stash. Thank goodness for digi-scrapping!


I had great fun at Andrea Gold's NSD Chat at GDS. We got a great template to work with and if we posted a layout after the chat using Andrea's template, we got the 2nd side of the template as a participation bonus. Not only that, but Andrea gave away a $5 coupon to her store for attending that chat, and other goodies for afterwards. What a bonus, I just thought I was going to a chat, and I got presents. It was like Christmas. Andrea sure is generous. Here's the layout I made, using mostly Delightful by Veronica Hurly -- you gotta check out this amazing kit!
And, I picked up some awesome weathered CU overlays with Andrea's gift -- the textures are great and Andrea has tons of them in the shop.


Have you seen Art&Soul by Shannon of SillyBeanScraps? Such a great kit and I just love the painterly feel of the elements. SillyBean has some fun new kits out too, and Christmas Card templates! Gotta get working on those and my calendars too.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Great Big Leaf


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Such a perfect day to be outside at Little Miss's favorite park. The sun was shining (a huge change from last week's snow and chilly temps), leaves were cascading down from the trees, a man was playing his guitar in the sunshine for everyone around to hear, and we found this huge leaf! I wanted to take a picture and as usual, I got the silly shot of the leaf blocking her entire face! I just had to scrap it.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Swinging

We went to Little Miss's favorite park before our trip south. It was such a shock to find out that the swing set had been replaced with a different, uncomfortable, and crooked one. She was crushed.

I took this earlier in the summer before the town decided to tear up a perfectly good swingset.
(the new one even has fewer swings!)

Image is clickable. Credits: Sassy Pants by Kathryn Estry

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Speed Scrap with Dancing Princess

I have been enjoying Speed Scraps at GDS.
It forces me to not take forever to decide on things and to limit myself to working with a few kits. A layout in an hour is very unusual for me. I scrap so slowly, changing things over and over again.

This weekend I participated in Speed Scraps with the Dancing Princess herself.
Some of the prompts were difficult for me -- like choosing a three color palette, but I think I like my final product.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

bat girl vs the cutest little vampire

Little Miss has had fun this year visiting the Halloween Costume Shops with me, in search of the perfect costume. She wanted to be an Owl...hmmm...my online search found very few and most were mascot type costumes. We made a compromise on an Owl Fairy (should be easy to find some fairy costume with browns and make a mask) Well, that wasn't too successful either. The costumes I found were for older kids and adults. I had this crazy idea to make the costume. I thought I can make a fairy skirt. I found a dress in a second hand kids shop, perfect for the embellishing. I soaked that pink dress in coffee for 3 days and finally got a color I loved. Then, I decided I liked it too much to destroy the dress by sewing layers of petals to the skirt.

The plot thickens. I had three of my four petal panels complete. One to go and a super idea of how to easily get the four panels together without damaging the dress. (Half Price Books and a Halloween Costume making book helped me out there)With just one panel to go, I was rushing to pack for our road trip to SC so that I could bring it all with me and finish making the skirt with my MIL. I got sick and wasn't able to finish in time to take with me.

We had our road trip, the beach was gorgeous, and the weather back here was cold. My costume pieces still sat where I had left them. I just couldn't get this done with one week until Halloween. But, I am still sending the pieces to Gram to finish for me, but a 60% sale on a fairy costume, some silk flowers, and my glue gun saved me and a new costume! But, my camera is broken again, so no pictures yet.
I am hoping that instead of trying to repair it, they will send me a brand new one.

Instead, I present Bat Girl
(made with Boo2U by TammyKat Dezigns available at PDW)

and Little Ladybug

and the cutest little vampire




Boo2U has a color palette that I just love with lots of fun embellies for all your silly and spooky pages
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Pinocchio Noses and Sassy Pants

I seem to be drawn to pretty greens and blues lately. Sassy Pants by Kathryn was a perfect kit to cheer me up. Maybe I have had my fill of this super cold, grey, rainy weather. I love the foliage changes in autumn, but the cold seemed to hit so fast. Last time this year we were playing outside, now we are stuck in with slushy, rainy snow.

Being that my camera is yet again, not working...I have been going through photos that I haven't scrapped yet. This is the same day Little Miss and I gathered chestnuts (or were they Ohio buckeyes) after the storms of Hurricane Ike. There is always something about walking in the woods that reminds me of childhood. I remember walking with my dad and the rest of the family up the hills and running along, without much of any care. The smell of the woods still reminds me of those times. It is always so special to me when I catch a glimpse of the filtering through the tree tops.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Blessings with a Blustery Day

Dancing Princess Designs has a new kit in the shop called Blessings -- chock full of chocolately browns, warm reds and blue hues.
So many possibilites!



Blessings is now available at
DigitalScrapGarden
and
GoDigitalScrapbooking
Check out the great sales and dont miss NSD!

Monday, October 27, 2008

a litlte sneak peek

Here's a sneak peek of a new kit that Kaylek Designs is working on!
I can't wait 'till it is finished and in the shoppe

I had so much fun taking these photos and just couldn't decide on what to use for our Christmas card last year. I got sick, so we didn't use any, but I did manage to get a few photos into my calendar.





Take a peek at the great SALE in Kalek's ScrapDish store before it ends

Monday, September 29, 2008

You at the Zoo

We had a fun day at the Zoo, despite the fact that everything was under construction!
The elephants have been relocated for at least two years as their new habitat is being built. Blackie the Hippo is now retired and will no longer be on exhibit. The giraffes are getting a new home as well, and the bridge construction is still underway. Eventhough we have a Zoo Pass, it is still disappointing. Little Miss was crushed not to be able to see Hippo and was more interested in collecting acorns and crab apples to bring home to Daddy. We did get to see the Stingray Touch and Feel tank, and this time around she was pretty excited about it. I was surprised at how smooth the stingrays feel, and even more surprised as one swam by and splashed us both! So much for that video!


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sweet Dreams and A Birthday Celebration

Digital Scrap Garden is celebrating it's Birthday with lots of fun games and challenges, and this sweet collab kit, called Sweet Dreams! It is available in the shop free with a $10 purchase, or you can pick it up separately. I made this layout for the Sweet Dreams Collab kit challenge hosted by the fabulous Dancing Princess herself (you can check it out here)!


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Monday, September 22, 2008

Sweet Garden

I loved this photo of little miss sitting in the grass - there was so much of it, that she seemed to be lost in it. She was actually ignoring me as she did not want to leave the park. I am used to seeing her back, a lot, lately.

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Here is the fabulous kit I used, Sweet Garden by Kaylek Keegan Designs. It is on sale for only $1 right now at Designing-Moments. Check it out -- it is so worth it. Love the colors and textures, and so very feminine! (image is clickable)



And, while you are there -- check out Kayleks' new line -- custom banners and blinkies!
They are so cool!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Gathering Chestnuts

I made this for the Heritage Style Challenge this month at GDS. I had never digitally distressed any of my pages, but this was a lot of fun. And, none of that sandpaper sound of grunging up real paper supplies!

After the storms from Hurricane Ike, lots of trees and foliage came down near my house. DD and I went for a walk in the woods and found chestnuts everywhere. She had the best time gathering them and then trying to figure out how to open the shell up to get what was inside. It was a first for both of us. The colors of the chestnuts were amazing, so shiny and rich. It was an experience.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cloud Nine, Under A Shady Tree

I had an amazing day -- It started out with a super cool surprise: one of my layouts (my layouts!) was listed over at DST in the gallery standout threads. Never in a million years would I have thought that to happen. Absolutely thrilled!

We went to the woods today and had a fantastic time. The storm (our small taste of Hurricane Ike's winds and damage) left lots of trees and branches down, and to my amazement -- chestnuts were everywhere! Little Miss had the best time collecting them (we always take her basket to the park, just in case) and opening up the outer shells. It was so cool! I have to get the photos from my camera -- I am hoping I got some good shots in.

And, she even walked the entire 1 mile trail in the woods -- the whole thing -- and asked only once to be carried! That was near the end, but we did fill up that basket with goodies. I was very careful not to touch anything I wasn't sure of this time. I am still getting over poison oak in the eye from our last trip to the woods. She collected acorns, leaves, what we called "pig nuts" as kids, some pods and rocks. Her biggest treasure was the grass she picked to bring home for Daddy! She was beside herself with glee!

After she was tucked in, I sat to read my layout comments, only to find that in addition to the Gallery Standouts at DST, my very same layout was posted on the GalleryStandouts blog. I am in shock and disbelief. So, here it is "Under A Shady Tree" that I made using Bubbly Mega-Mini by AmyLeigh Fennell at GDS. I also used a pretty cool brush by Obsidian Dawn too
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Bloom of the Day

How cool is this? I got Bloom of the Day over at DigitalScrapGarden for my layout, strokes of love. What a treat to see your layout posted like that. I am starting to think that maybe I can scrap
I am never really sure whether people will like what I do, or if I have some different take on reality. The kit really made the layout for me -- it was like playing and making a garden, that I cannot seem to do in the real world!



Here's another layout I made using the Gabby's Closet Series. It is a bit of a change for me with the "white" space, but I did have fun making all the bubbles. I also (accidentally) placed on of the papers over my photo as an overlay and loved the look of it. The b&w was cool and some of the pink tones from the paper showed through, so I kept it.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gabby's Closet by Dancing Princess Designs

Can you say, "Wow!"
This bundle of kits by Dancing Princess Designs is fabulous!
Gabby's Closet is amazing -- Check out the bundle here!
Each piece is sold separtately too! (Images are all Clickable)
Now at DigitalScrapGarden -- so many possibilities and what gorgeous color and texture.
The embossed alpha is my favorite! So elegant and feminine





After seeing my layout, I am thinking I should change my journaling to
"you paint your world with little strokes of love" Hmmm. I think I like that better

Have a great day!
Take a peek at the new kits, they truly are wonderful!

Friday, September 12, 2008

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day! The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too chilly. We had a great afternoon playing outside and dh's work let them out early in honor of September 11th. So, we got to spend a little extra time together as a family.

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I do realize that there is always something for us to learn. Little Miss decided to be independent and had to figure some things out on her own. The face she made after realizing that the thistle was not all soft and smooth like other flowers, was, priceless to me. I just hope that most lessons will not be so painful and easy enough to learn -- then I come back to reality!

I used a fabulous new kit by Kaylek Keegan, called Memory Lane and the Little Picnic Alpha. Right now it is on sale at Designing-Moments for the month of September in honor of their super cool, first birthday!
Check it out, all images below are clickable!



Thursday, September 11, 2008

there's only one today

I am still pretty bummed about my camera being smashed up. No word yet as to whether it can be fixed, but I am crossing my fingers. I really do miss it. Using my old camera has really shown me how much of a difference there is, and I just hope it can be fixed.
So, that is my lesson -- not to take things for granted. Being that today is September 11th, I spent some time remembering. It sort of led me on a little path as I looked at some photos from earlier this summer. Seeing the big change in little miss bumblebee these last months and remembering that day, that time, and now, really drove it all home to me.
There is only one today...

And, thus my layout title came to me. I used the fabulous kit, Summer Garden by Dancing Princess Designs available now at DigitalScrapGarden, and played around a bit with the blending modes. I have been doing that a lot more lately and learning some new things and seeing what I like and don't. I have always loved the dreamy photos and crisp clear ones in the galleries... maybe I will figure out how to get there one day with my Photoshop skills, but learning is still fun.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Color Challenge

I was browsing through the September Challenges at GDS and saw the gorgeous color pallette for September's Color Challenge.


I thought I would give it a shot. Since being on a creative team, I found I strayed away from my normal style of using papers and elements from several kits. I always had a few favorite items I would use on most layouts, or try to anyway. So, this challenge allowed me to find pieces I might not have used otherwise and I had some fun. I loved what I came up with, but I also realized how much longer it does take me to search through my supplies to find things. So, I am torn now. It really is easy to use one or two kits by a designer who puts in all the thought and effort of coordinating items and complimentary colors. And, it sure is easier to keep track of credits when I don't pick and choose from all parts of my hard drive! But, I still have a hard time doing a few layouts with a kit, and not going back to it! I love the freedom of digital scrapping, and the ability to keep trying new things. I am still learning, but having fun trying to be more creative!

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