The BIG news!

I am just THRILLED!

Pencil Lines has chosen my layout from the Readers Gallery for their April favorite!!!!!!!!

THRILLED, I tell you! This is the layout they chose:

I absolutely LOVE that layout, it was a great sketch to work with. Thanks so much! That made my day! COMMENTS:
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Color Combo #73 and Sketch This!

Oh what a busy week!

Jabran had his birthday party this weekend. He changed his mind from a Ben 10 theme to a Speed Racer one. When I went to Carvel to choose the cake, I showed them what colors I wanted from a Speed Racer sticker I had. They asked me if this is the image I want on the cake. I said, Wait, you can do an image? COOL! But the sticker I had was too small. So I went home and searched the internet for wallpaper images. Jabran chose his favorite, unknowing that it was for the cake. I tell ya, that cake turned out awesome!!!

Here are some layouts I did from his birthday both using this week's FABULOUS combo at Color Combos Galore. Kim Moreno is our guest this week and she wanted red with yellow so I sent her this:

golden - black - dove white - deep red

This one is for Sketch This!. Also played Scrap your CRAP (use more than 5 photos) and the Journaler's Junction (find a little humor in life), the artificially colored, high sugared drink, the blue tongue result, ok, made the best of it and took a pic.

this one is the one I made for the color blog. This is the first time I actually remembered to write down what the children got on their birthday. Take a look at that cake! Super awesome!!

I am bursting! I received some exciting news in my email this morning but can't reveal yet, I will hint, one of my layouts was chosen as a favorite, for the whole MONTH!!! Whose you say? I can't tell ya, but its BIG! Woohoo!!

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Color Combo #72 and Sketch This!

The boys finally fixed their room.

Rianna flushed toothpaste down the toilet.

My husband fixed it.

Yesterday, she flushed a new bar of soap.

My husband is out of town. Will be for two days.

Have Jabran's 5th birthday party on Saturday.

And my head is spinning.

So how was YOUR Monday? Less chaotic than mine, I hope.

I have two pages to share and then I am off.

Color Combos Galore #72 went up yesterday. Our guest this week is Molly Peckham whose work I really love. She texturizes, adds dimension like you wouldn't believe. Really amazing pages. Well she wanted pink and blue so I sent her this combo:

navajo turquoise - clove brown - cosmic latte - fever pink

I created my page and combined it with Pencil Lines and the Journaler's Junction synonym challenge. This photo is hysterical, I came up from downstairs one day and found her sitting on my bathroom sink. Like this. She got a hold of my makeup:

and my page for Janelle at Sketch This!. Combined it with Scrap your CRAP. The challenge this week is to use foam stamps. Yikes! These are the only foam stamps I saved. Used white paint on yellow cardstock. Fun crap. Rianna and Rebecca. Cousins. Live only two blocks from each other. Sisterless. But they have each other.

Have a great day!
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Happy 5th Birthday Jabran!!!

I wanna go to Friendly's, yeah yeah....(the kids love that commercial jingle). And great advertising that proved to be because traditionally we get a Carvel cake and celebrate at home, but Jabran wanted to go there for his ice cream instead for his 5th-OMG birthday. Great advertising I tell ya!

For the most part of the day we stayed home, got some birthday wishes from family:

Then I headed out with the kids. First we went shopping at Toys R Us. I had wanted to get him a Ben 10 bicycle, but when he saw the Speed Racer bicycle, YEAH, right in the FRONT of the store, BIG DISPLAY. Reeled him right in, he forgot all about the endless hours, energy and love he had dedicated to Ben. It IS a far more beautiful bike so...we bought him that. Zayn got him some Transformers figures and Rianna got him Bionicles.

Awesome bike, huh?

And we walked around the store like this:

Afterwards we grabbed a quick bite at Wendy's dollar menu. The $80 bicycle killed me. Then went home to pick up Dad for dessert. He had a late lunch so he wasn't worried about dinner tonight, but by the time we picked him up he wanted to eat. So off to Friendly's we went. I have not been there in over 20 years! I was still imagining sandwiches and toothpicks, NOT. Adorable little kids menu and yummy looking foods for us.

SO we ate. AGAIN. We got WAY too much food. The kids got the Royal Razz, a drink that made their teeth and tongues blue, NIHH-CE, and some sliders. We got a bunch of other stuff. Almost didn't have room for dessert, but that is what we went there for, so we HAD to get some. The choices, OMG, colossal! Jabran was THRILLED with his and the employees made it extra special for him when they were singing their special Friendly's birthday song as they brought it out.

He had a good birthday. Next week we will have his party. YAY!!!

Now a tribute to his first FIVE years. All the pages I made of him (some are from 2006, so bear with me). The pages are in the order I created them, starting with pages of him alone then followed by a set of pages of him with others. Hope you enjoy the show!!! (You too, Jabran!)

Also, speaking of food......I forgot to post this last week.

Valerie Salmon asked me to design her sketch this week at Got Sketch?. Her sketches are always so great.

It's about the battle with my weight. I have gone up and down. In my adult life, my highest was 225 and my lowest was 155. Never mind what I weighed after I had my children. I am not counting that because that is swelling. I went on Weight Watchers in 2006, a year after my third child was born. I thought after the third you become skinny as a twig. No, not me of course. Well my daughter was already a year old and I was still at my highest weight. I did WW, loved it, and lost 50lbs. Now, a year later, I am up again, 45lbs. So I am almost back to where I started. I get overconfident, I start to eat a little more thinking it won't hurt, then it catches up, then I give up and say F-it. Just wish I could see my goal number on the scale.

I have to keep up with the blogging so that the entries aren't so long, but thanks for looking! I hope I gave you something to smile about. Hope your weekend is great!

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All rolled into one...

I haven't blogged in a while, computer woes, hope you all had a great Mother's Day!

We went down to Pennsylvania and toured the Crayola Factory then shopped at the Crayola Store. I had to buy the big tower of 150 crayons. Cute, the most I ever had was 64, remember those?

Just realized I have to unload the camera so I will post some pics later.

Do visit us at Color Combos Galore, play along and you can win a RAK from me!!! Janine Langer from Pencil Lines is our Guest Designer this week. She suggested a green with a ledger and so I sent her this combo:

yellowhammer - green anjou - bistre - lemon chiffon

We are also celebrating Janelle's 50th sketch on the Sketch This! blog. Post your layout or card designs and you could win a RAK!

I combined the two with the HMITM challenge. Another RAK giveaway!!! I LOVE to play this challenge because it helps me add more to my pages and that is something I am a little afraid to do, but then I love how my layouts turn out each time I play!!! Francine's recipe this week was 10 stamps, 10 flowers, 10 buttons and 10 pieces of chipboard. So I hardly ever stamp and rarely use flowers but I gave it a shot!

and made this:

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

My second son is turning FIVE tomorrow.

Note to self: need to buy Kleenex. COMMENTS:
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I had to laugh.....

Okay, it's late Saturday night, my DH is away and I have a page and a card for my Mom to finish. Changing my playlist once again because I need to listen to something quiet tonight. Wait, that makes sense, doesn't it? Well, I hope you all are enjoying the weekend!

Wanna laugh? Here is an email my SIL sent me, tooooo funny!

Anonymous said...

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference ...

Now that I'm 'older' (but refuse to grow up), here's what I've discovered:

ONE - I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
TWO - My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.
THREE - I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.
FOUR - Funny, I don't remember being absent minded.

FOUR - Funny, I don't remember being absent minded.

FIVE - All reports are in; life is now officially unfair.
SIX - If all is not lost, where is it?
SEVEN - It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
EIGHT - Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.
NINE - I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.
TEN - Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
ELEVEN - Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
TWELVE - It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
THIRTEEN - The only time the world beats a path to your door is when
you're in the bathroom.
FOURTEEN - If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them ON MY KNEES!!
FIFTEEN - When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?

FOUR - Funny, I still don't remember being absent-minded.

SIXTEEN - It's not hard to meet expenses...they're everywhere.
SEVENTEEN - The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
EIGHTEEN - These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the
hereafter... I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm hereafter.

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I am feeling the love for red.....

Falling behind on my blog again. I did change the music and colors...for now. Oh, and I still need a cool banner.

Like the music? It's is my housecleaning music. That's why I hardly get it done, I am dancing with the kids when it's on. :)

So I will catch up on my week. This weekend we were supposed to go see Thomas the Train in Maryland, but the tickets were sold out. Yeah, I forgot to reserve in time. So we will go to the one in Connecticut or maybe the one scheduled for Pennsylvania later in the summer. Wanted to meet up with Debbi Tehrani afterwards for dinner, but I will have to meet up with her another time.

I want to write something interesting and give you a chuckle, but nothing really funny happened to me this week. Bookstore, market, post office, meals, baths, snacks, bedtime stories... yeah, certainly don't want to bore you with that. I did lose Rianna at the market yesterday. Yeah. But I am not proud of that moment and it wasn't funny so I will just leave that alone. Really have to declutter the house, my scrap supplies and the kids toys need organizing. Jabran is turning 5 on the 17th and I need the house ready for the party. He wants a Ben 10 theme. They are growing up so fast. The other morning I saw my daughter and she looked so mature. I mean mature like she is already turning 3 and really looks it. She lost that toddler look. Where did my babies go? I started bawling, yeah. Really would like one more, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen.

Before I share what scrapping frenzy I have been up to since my last post, I HAVE to share my favorite blog entry this week. I was literally in tears laughing so hard because I SO can relate to this, but hers is much worse!!! Check this out: Crazy hair at Lisa Dickinson's blog! So freakin' funny!

So here are some pages I'd like to share, and they all have RED, YUM!

Color Combo #69 and Pencil Lines
This was for Color Combos Galore #69 last Monday. We had one of my favorite scrappers, Lisa Dickinson as our guest. She suggested tiffany blue and red so I sent her this combo:

seal brown - carmine red - tiffany blue - buff

This is what I created with the colors using Anna Bowkis's sketch for Pencil Lines #82. Okay, I LOVED THIS HAT!!!! Jabran was exactly 18 months old here. Too freakin' cute!

Color Combo #69 and Sketch This!
Here is a digi. I haven't played with digital products since March and kinda been missing it. The page was for Sketch This! using Lisa's colors from Color Combo #69 again. Also combined it with a really cool journaling challenge where Emily gave us a Random Word Generator and I had to use one of the words it spit out at me. One of them was baffle. Okay, so this story is scary at first, but a bit funny afterwards. We we all in the living room, Jabran was about 10 months old minding his own little business on this mechanical swing. I had asked my husband to move him a little closer to me on the couch. Just as he was bringing him over, BANG! It BROKE! I was stunned to see Jabran on the floor like that, but he wasn't even crying! We checked him and he was fine, but I needed to grab my camera before we got him out.

NSD at Two Peas
Here is one that I did for Jennifer Pebbles chat on Saturday. Layouts take me for-EVAH to finish and I was surprised I whipped this up in time. Here is what she said:

So take 3 minutes: Grab the following (fast-don't think about it)...

one sheet of cardstock
one piece of pattern paper
one tag
one label
one stamp
one sticker
one rub on
one brad
*optional: one embellishment/chipboard/acrylic etc.*
and either one photo or skip the photo.

I got off the chat and headed downstairs. My ink got smudged and I didn't finish the journaling, but it took me 43 minutes. Does it look it?

Color Combo #70 and Pencil Lines
This was for Color Combos Galore #70. This week we have Cindy Liebel as our guest this week and I just love her work! She wanted red and gray so I sent her a bunch and she chose this one:

slate blue - taupe gray - seafoam green - fire engine red

These colors screamed patriotic to me, so I found this picture that I had taken when we were going to the NY Aquarium last summer. There was a fire truck in the parking lot and we asked if we can take some pictures. I used Debbie Jewell's sketch for Pencil Lines #83.

Sketch This!
And finally, another digi for this week's Sketch This!:

and that's it! Thanks for looking guys! Tomorrow I am headed back to the NY Aquarium, YAY! Love that place! Zayn's taking a school field trip there and I am a chaperone.

Wonder how many kids I am going to get, wish me luck!!! COMMENTS:
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