ponderings

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Lunchtime Scrap N' Chat

I was so glad rain was in the forecast for today. I really wanted to go to the noontime Scrap N' Chat hosted by Dancing Princess at GoDigitalScrapbooking.

During the course of the Chat, 20 words were given, typed in CAPS, that scrappers needed to copy down. The words were only given once. We were tasked with using as many of the prompts to complete a cohesive page. The person who was able to use the most prompts would win a gift card to the Dancing Princess Designs shoppe.

The chat was lots of fun, and I wasn't able to collect all twenty. I got 17 words, so I thought I was in good shape. I finally finished up my page with two minutes to spare. Here is what I came up with using: realistic flowers, paper, swirls, greenery, paper flowers, fasteners, brads, clipping mask, title, journaling, ribbon, and a date. I just couldn't squeeze any more on the page. The other items I could have chosen were: chipboard, inked/chalked edges, circles, wordart, buttons.

I will definitely do more of these chats. They are planned for the 4th Wednesday of every month at GoDigitalScrapbooking

This is the page I came up with -- photos I had been wanting to scrap for a while. I wanted to extract several poses of Little Miss in search of Stubby, but I just couldn't make it work. My favorite part is clipping my photo to some swirls in the kit to give the look of ripples of water in a puddle.




and here is what I used to make this page, all available at GDS



and, while you are there, check out the awesome sale going on for May in the Dancing Princess Designs shoppe


and, while I am at it, check out this page by briarwoodpups, who used all twenty props.
isn't this page amazing?




Saturday, May 23, 2009

Layout of the Day

Wow! It is such fun to open up the Gotta Pixel newsletter and see that my page, wow, has been selected for Layout of the Day. What a treat and brings such a smile to my face



and here are the kits I used to make my page, Kathryn Estry's The Ashland Collection: Doggy Furbabies and The Ashland Collection: Furbaby Stickers available at GottaPixel, Digitals, and Divine Digital

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Night Speed Scrap

I was so thrilled to be able to attend the Friday night Speed Scrap at GDS hosted by Dani Alencar.
The prompts were simple and we had lots of room to "interpret" I chose to pick up on the colors and wavy lines in the inspiration piece. it was a lot of fun, and I really like the soft curves. I am going to have to try to make some on my own. I used Lovely Flavor by Dani Alencar that I snagged on iNSD for participating in the multi-designer Speed Scrap at GDS.



I love this fun little kit. It is jam packed, and Lovely Flavor has this fun alpha too!
You can check it out at GDS in Dani Alencar's shoppe

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Something About You

Little Miss had quite a full week. In the midst of Scooby and Scrappy's vet appointments, Little Miss decided to fly from the top of the couch in her playroom, and land unceremoniously on her face. The story changed to include a skeleton coming downstairs and scaring her, Little Monster bumping her and she landed in the middle of the blocks she was stacking, twirling and swirling baby phones wrapping around her face, and others. We were able to get an appointment at the doctor's, who felt her nose was not broken, looked straight enough, and gave Little Miss the okay to run and jump and play. The shock and frustration of trying to get the story from her when it happened, was alleviated by the doctor's opinion. So I switched to scrapper mode, dressed Little Miss in one of her fairy costumes, and sent her out in the yard to play. The photos were perfect for Andrea's Chat and Scrap at GDS. We were given a template and 12 hours to complete our page. Something About You by Dancing Princess Designs was the perfect kit. I really like the end result.








I also used Something About You for the May Principles and Elements of Design Challenge at GDS hosted by the Dancing Princess herself. This month the challenge was to scraplift a page in the P&E Challenge Gallery. I chose to scraplift briarwoodpups page about Kangee. I loved the layering and the softness of the inspiration page. I played around with the blending modes and removed bits of the papers to mimic the feel of sand on these tiny toes.




and this is briarwoodpup's page I lifted

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

this is the life

The weather was gorgeous, the sun was shining, and I couldn't resist taking Little Miss for a picnic at that park. We had a rough start, but what a fun afternoon. As we were sitting on the blanket, Little Miss was looking out at the lake, with the warm sun glistening in her hair, taking it all in. It was surreal when she turned to me and said, "this is the life Mommy." Later on as we were trudging our way out of the woods, covered in mud, she told me she was having a beautiful day at the park. I knew I needed to remember this day



I used my fantastic Fanciful Dreams RAK from Designs by Tami
I just love the dreamy feel and was pretty happy with my photo effect


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Woodland Dreams

I took a few photos of Little Miss in her fairy wings at the park (before she tried to roll on down the hill with the wings still on) to try my hand at a magical page or two. Here is what I came up with for the May Color Challenge at GDS



Here is the color palette



I used Carena's Designs Sweet Pea, and a few other goodies

Monday, May 18, 2009

Miss Kitty aka Naughty Kitty

Everyone knows I love my furbabies, and right now I have four, two dogs and two cats.
Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo have had a rough go of it lately. Scrappy Doo has a broken leg (from falling off the window seat while sleeping), two rods, a dozen or so pins, and still a chance of loosing his leg. Scooby Doo hasn't come out of all this craziness unscathed either. His yearly appt last week yielded the news of two abscessed teeth, on opposite sides ofcourse, that need to be pulled, with the infection manifesting itself on his face. Special diets, medication, xrays, surgeries have all filled my days since Feb 1st. It has been rough. While I am waiting to hear on Scrappy's X-ray results (super-vet is in surgery and will call....) I thought I would distract myself with some kitty pages.

Normally Miss Kitty is as sweet as can be, but yesterday she was Naughty Kitty for sure, and it was all I could do to rescue that baby bunny from her. I am still a bit upset with her for that! She is a cat, and an awesome hunter, but baby bunnies are going too far. Miss Kitty has a very big, whiny, scaredy cat for a son, aptly named Baby. Baby cries when his name is called, but he is much happier here than from where we rescued the pair. And here is Miss Kitty, where she loves to be, outside in the sunshine!


Dream Come True

I just love template challenges and Andrea Gold hosts a monthly Sketch/Template Challenge at GDS. Some of my favorite pages have been made for these challenges and the posting bonus goodies. This month, the template challenge was a brag book page using Template#485

I also used Twinkle Toes - Girl from Scrapalooza Designs by Kimberly who is now selling at GDS. When I saw the kit, I knew I had to get it. I still haven't finished Little Miss's baby book, so this will be perfect


Sunday, May 17, 2009

What A Day for A DayDream

Wow! Today sure has been one of those days! It started out rough with a bunny rescue from Naughty Kitty, while out walking Scooby-Doo. Usually mornings like that lead to afternoons like that and spill into the evenings too. But, the sun was shining on me for sure -- I was highlighted at three different sites today for three different pages. Wow, talk about walking on sunshine!

I made Layout of the Day at Gotta Pixel for my page Easter Egg Decorating using Kathryn's fantastic Easter kit Funny Bunnies and Clipping Masks#3 (aren't masks the coolest thing)



I was Spotlighted (wow, how cool is that) at Digiscrapaganza for my page live every moment that I made for May's Template Challenge


and, in the evening I got a message from JustDigiLayouts that my page whistle me this, that I made for made for SillyBean's Friday night SpeedScrap, was being highlighted. I used the May Be Inspired! Posting Bonus at GoDigitalScrapbooking! Amazing! I am still walking on those clouds!

Friday, May 15, 2009

May's Be Inspired! Challenge


Took me forever, but I finally have the previews for May's Be Inspired! Challenge at GDS
Take a peek at this super inspiration piece, called Spring Break by Pat Blair -- it is a hand painted quilted! Wow!




And, here is the posting bonus for taking part in the Be Inspired! Challenge at GDS
You can read more about the Challenge HERE

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Guys

Life hasn't been easy these past months with my furbabies, that is for sure. Broken bones, infections, abscessed teeth, stomach issues, and medications, medications, medications.

It was fun to find some photos before the grey fur and all the craziness as of late.



I used Kathryn Estry's the Ashland Collection: Doggy Furbabies and Furbaby Stickers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hooray! I was RAK'd

How cool is that?
I have been visiting Digiscrapaganza for a few weeks now!
They have some great challenges and a fun community.
I opened my PM'box and there was an awesome RAK from Designs by Tami
I was thinking I might try some templates, but I just had to snag Fanciful Dreams
I love the colors and the playfulness. I took some photos of Little Miss yesterday at the park goofing around, running barefoot in the grass, rolling (or trying to) down the big hill. I think this kit will be perfect, especially since she always ends up tangled in the trees.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Phenomenal Day

Since Little Miss loves to be outside, in any kind of weather, we are always looking for new parks, playgrounds, and woodsy areas to explore. Last fall we were invited to an Engagement Party that was being held at one of the area parks. Now, that park is one of Little Miss's favorite spots to explore. There is the big hill, perfect for rolling down into the pine trees! There is the massive open area just right for picking flowers and playing kickety kick ball. There is the gravel path leading to the wooded path, perfect for blowing bubbles and drawing maps for Daddy. Of course, there are the bridges, any of which can provide shelter for the Grumpy Old Troll. In addition to treasures found along the mile long walking path through the woods, there is the "run" which alone can provide hours of entertainment. Time for Little Miss seems to stand still when we are at the "run" and often hours pass in what seems only minutes.

I have hundreds if not thousands of photos of our adventures at the "run" just waiting to be sorted through, printed, scrapped, and sent to the Grandma's. Dancing Princess Designs has a new kit out called Phenomenal Woman -- and wow! what gorgeous colors and textures. You can check it out at GoDigitalScrapbooking HERE that offered the perfect palette for my photos at the one, one April day this year.



Sunday, May 10, 2009

I love Speed Scraps

Do you love Speed Scraps?
I am hooked though I dont really know why.
Typically I take forever to create a page, changing things here and there, starting over, changing photos. I think I love Speed Scraps because I dont have that luxury and am forced to go with my first (or second) thought.

I made this page during a Speed Scrap hosted by Andrea Gold at GoDigitalScrapbooking Saturday night. The toughest part of the SS for me was the two word title. I really like the final result
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I used a series of kits called Step By Step that were the posting bonus at GDS for the NSD multi-designer Speed Scrap. You can click the image for the full list of credis.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Froggie and Her Princess

Little Miss went outside to play in the yard, and within minutes found a little tree froggie she calls "Stubby". In fact, she calls every frog is called "Stubby" She was so unafraid and loved holding "Stubby". It took several times to get her to let the frog go, and even that wasn't planned. Little "Stubby" jumped out of her hand, onto her dress, then to her arm, shoulder, and even the back of her neck under her hair! Ick! But Little Miss was thrilled. I am so glad I had just finished charging the camera battery.



I used a fabulous new kit by Dancing Princess Designs
called Step by Step available at GoDigitalScrapbooking
Head on over and take a peek. While you are there,
check out the great Promo for the month of May