I'm still here!!!

I am super excited for the reveal over at Studio Calico tonight! Still haven't had the time to scrap, when I used to sit down after the kids were in bed and I would play with my paper and adhesive, now, I just want to sleep. But I am staying up til midnight for the reveal, my credit card is on my desk and ready for some serious authorization! Between the sneak peeks from the DT and at Studio Calico, I am soooo getting me some! It all looks REALLY GOOD. I have to scrap! I have to scrap! I also ordered some stuff online and it came this week. It is still on my desk, crying out "come play with me!!!" , I touch, admire, and sigh: "I will play with you later, I promise". Most of what came in are the RAK's for Color Combos Galore, so I will be shipping that out soon. I miss hanging around Two Peas and have only squeezed in a layout once a week. Each one I have done this month has been digital, although, I love the digi, I have to paper scrap!!!! Someone help me!

Haven't scrapped and of course, haven't updated all week. My daughter turned three on Monday. It's incredible how time has flown by. I was truly blessed with her following the boys. I so wanted a girl, and never found out the sex of the baby. I love my boys, but I really needed a little girl. And what an experience that was when she was born. I cried, and cried, and cried. The joy, the emotion, seeing her taken to the warming table and seeing girlie not boy parts. Oh MY!!! It was wonderful! She amazes me. She is funny, beautiful, sweet, and at times, reminds me of me in her actions and personality. I love her to pieces!!! And even though I am a bit saddened that she is growing so fast, I am SO enjoying her grow. She just has to slow down a bit. But YAY! She is three! She got her ears pierced a few weeks ago for it. I have been procrastinating for a long time. It was supposed to be done at 6m period, then I said 1yr, then at 2yrs old, but never went. I was too afraid of the pain for her. We started talking a lot about it for months, and I was 'preparing' her for the pain. Finally one day I was getting her dressed and I said to her, "You look pretty as a princess". She responded, "Yeah, I need my princess crown, my princess shoes and my earrings". Her voice was like making a list and dragging out the last syllable. Like, lah-lah-laahhhhhh, lah-laahhhhhh, lah-lah-laahhhhhh, too cute. Anyway, that was it, I decided to go that day and get them pierced. sigh.

choosing the earrings:

getting ready...she is so excited!

marking the spot:

just making sure it looks good:

here we go!!!!:


one, two, three!!!

uh, yeah that kinda hurt!

The pain hit her a little when they pierced her other ear. But it wasn't so bad, she is just too cute. You can see the rest of the experience on the video here......

And of course, I created a layout for this momentous occasion. These are the colors for this week's challenge at Color Combos Galore. Kimber McGray is our Guest Designer this week, she is on the Sketch This! design team with me, and she just ROCKS those sketches with her cards!!! Here is her choice of colors:

saddle brown - icebreaker - pink illusion - tomato

I used Pencil Lines sketch #90:

The pink was a little hard to get in there, it's almost invisible, but it's there.

Wow, this turned out to be a really long post!
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Is today the 17th already?

Wow, time is flying by. Started working from home and now I have no more energy or time to scrap. Oh no, I don't want that to happen!!! Going to have to figure out how to get to it.

I have two layouts that were from the Color Combo challenges. I used Pencil Lines sketches and only products from The Lily Pad for both. I am SO in love with their stuff! For Color Combo #75 we had Jaime Warren. These colors were fabulous! She wanted the blues and pink from Pink Paislee line and we just took it from there. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this combo! This is Pencil Lines #88:

punky orange - deep mahogany - cyan - cerise

Koo-koo heads.

And this week, Suzy Reap is our Guest for Color Combo #76. She is so fun! She sent me a ribbon image for inspiration and I pulled the orange and blue and added that deep red. This is also for Pencil Lines Sketch #89:

barn red - green jewel - floral white - melon orange

Here my daughter is doing what I call the "zip it" scene from Austin Powers. I would ask her if she would like to sing a song together. Oh yes, Mommy! So I'd start, she'd zip me. I would start again, I get zipped. And on we went. Here my niece was doing it with her a was quite surprised. Too cute.


And finally, this was a birth announcement that I made up for my niece's daughter. My sister's daughter's daughter. Ok, I will say it, my Grandniece. I swear, I am not that old!! Me and my niece are only four years apart. She is in that layout above with my daughter. She asked me to do these announcements and I was a little hesitant at first, didn't know how to design it, but when she sent me this amazing photo, I was SO inspired!!!

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Before I post the layout for Color Combos Galore and Sketch This!, I want to share with you what has been taking up a lot of my time. Do I have time to spare? No. But I am hooked on this game! The boys play these computer games at and they came across this one. I can't stop playing it. You have to prepare and cook flatbread sandwiches to customers that pop in to your place. With the money you receive, you can buy a soda machine or another toaster and can upgrade both. To make the sandwiches, customers tell you what they want and you have to put a few ingredients together onto your bread (there are three meats, five other toppings and four sauces in your kitchen), place the bread into the toaster and serve. If you take too long, they get "angry" and leave. You can stall them by giving them a soda and if you get their order wrong, either it comes out burnt from the toaster or they won't take it. As the levels go up, the customers flood in and it's a frenzy. You can have up to five customers at one time. But once you start remembering the difference from a Chicken Flatbread, to a Pesto Chicken, to a Chicken Ranch Club you can prepare them fairly quickly. Hahaha, I am a nut, but I think it's fun. The kids laugh at me as I play! Give it a try:

I haven't done a layout since last week. Slacking off, my desk is a mess and losing my mojo over it, then my printer decided not to print anymore. So it's digital for now. Monday Color Combos Galore #74 went up and we have the funny and talented Angela Daniels as our Guest. I first saw her on Scrapbooks Etc's Scrapbook LifeStyle videos. I loved and miss those videos! So it was a real honor for me to have her design this week for us. She told me she wanted orange and green so I sent her a few combos and she chose this one:

black walnut - international orange - ivory - kiwifruit

Since I can't print any photos I created a digital page and combined it with Sketch This!. I absolutely love this photo of Jabran and Rianna. We had just come from the park and I was walking behind them towards the car (aw, miss that Envoy). They looked adorable.

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