Wednesday, December 28, 2011

JOY

I'm  little bit early for my word for the year.  It is going to be JOY.  I want to find Joy in the little things and have joy in my life.  I am tired of living with depression and how it sucks the JOY out of EVERYTHING!  I am now going to find Joy in everything.  I am going to start by having a bracelet made that says JOY.  When I start to feel down or blue or insecure or just plain ugly, I am going to look at that hopefully turn myself around. It is a start, right?

Thank you for reading I know I have not updated any pictures of myself lately, it is coming. I promise! :)
Finding Joy is how I want to embrace and then remember 2012.

Hugs and thanks for reading.
Laura

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

It has been a long time since I posted.  It has been a rather strange year.  I'm hoping to do more scrapping in the next few months, but I'm still into LIVING rather than documenting.  I have a hard time being able to do both so I think I will live for now and hope for time to document later! :)

Have a wonderful holiday I know I have.  I have been spending time with my husband and children.  It has been very low key and wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs,
Laura

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

Hello Bloghoppers!
Welcome to our Memorial Day Blog Hop!



This is a layout I made for my husband when he retired from The Air Force.
 There is NO cricut stuff...but this is a simple statement of the pride I have in him and the long career we had in the Air Force.
K & Co. paper and stickers
CD's (see'd's) stamps for the military
Thank you stamp is stampabilties

Thank you for looking to day and leave a comment and I will send some blog candy (a box of scrappy goodies) to a randomly drawn person in comments. Just leave a way for me to get in touch with you if you win.
Thank you for visiting today...


here is next in line.

 Kristen - http://fantabulouslypink.blogspot.com/ --You go here NEXT!


You are here from....





1. Michele - http://greengirlscraps.blogspot.com/ ------- You camer from HERE!


2. Laura - http://lauras--piece--of--paradise.blogspot.com/----- You are here!

3. Kristen - http://fantabulouslypink.blogspot.com/--You go here NEXT!

4. Rexann - http://ibecircled.blogspot.com/

5. Jamie - http://www.myamusinglife.blogspot.com/

6. Dana - Paper Memories (http://irwdanataft.blogspot.com/ )

7. Cindy - http://www.inlovewithpaper.blogspot.com/

8. Brenda - http://happyscrapper64.blogspot.com/

9. Roberta - http://www.txscrappermom.blogspot.com/

10. Renee - http://icameisawicreated.blogspot.com/





Thanks for stopping by! Happy Memorial Day to you!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I am having a beautiful Mother's Day.  I have a wonderful family that loves me and here are my beautiful Children...
Yes, Mother's Day has some gifts...

An Expression 2 from HSN...I got this a little early so I could play with it during National Scrapbook Day.

A Beatles Itunes Card and I got Yellow Submarine! :)


Bethanie drew a picture of my favorite picture of Rajah.  She used pastels on orange paper.  It really loooksjust like that picture I took of him, smiling and all.


I am so spoiled by my family and the best part is, I am still scrappin! :)  After a QUICK trip to Michaels to get a frame for my beautiful picture of Rajah.  Now, where to put it? :)

Here is the 3d object or Challenge #5 from My Pink Stampers NSD Challenges.  I am still having fun.
This is an altered clothespin.  I had to paint it and then I added a Lion to it and butterfly...This is for my classroom of course! I am Mrs. Lee and we are Lee's Lions. (we really do ROAR) LOL



Saturday, May 07, 2011

NSD

National Scrapbook DayI will be posting off and on all day to participate in several online places! YIPPEE!! My favorite day of the year!
ok...this is me scrapping my kitty layout! :)



I am on Challenge #4.  I did the Mother's Day theme...
Prima papers, with some Basic Grey Cardstock for the journaling box.  Everything is Steel Toe Mary and Whisper lines of paper from Prima.  Prima flowers and leaves.  Quickutz Marisa for the title. (yes it has been a long time since I pulled out my QK fonts) LOL
I also used the elegant corner punch from EK Success.  Lots of blasts from the past.   This whole layout is over 2 years old except for the flowers...those are the newest thing I have on the layout.  The baby pictures are 20 and 18  years old...yes I know that means my babies are no longer babies, but they were so cute! :)

This is for the mother layout on MPS! :)
Thanks again for looking at my work...:)
Good Night (it is 2:30 A.M) !




I had to take a break for dinner and stuff and couldn't find the picture I wanted for the Mother challenge so here I am skipping all the way to Challenge 10! :)

 













I used some really old Autumn Leaves kitty paper and some Basic Grey Cardstock.  I used the Classic Alphabet font installed on the Expression 2.  I also used some puffy thickers and a white gelly roll pen by sakura.  Chocolate Cardstock from Bazzill. 



Challenge 3 is to do a Breast Cancer Card/layout...whatever.
Remember the link is My Pink Stamper
Here is mine:

I used the More to Adore Line from CTMH...I found the slip that said what line it was! :)  I used CTMH Always remember stamps, and some ribbon from Lifetime Moments kit.  Chestnut Roan for the inking and Chocolate for the stamps along with Bubblegum.
Thanks for looking
Oh yea...and Rhonnie this is for your challenge on DS2.

Challenge 2 is to use Kraft Paper!  Be back in a few minutes! :)
This one did not take too long as I used all the Products from Fancy Pants and I used my wide format printer to journal straight on the layout. (I really love being able to do that)!

This layout was quite simple but I have had it in my kits forever. I'm so glad it is done and the story of the appetite has been told.  He really could eat a lot.  What I forgot to mention...this was  his 2nd  helping of spaghetti that night!!!!



This layout is for A Cherry On Top sketch and for My PinkStamper Challenge number 1...use cupcakes! :)
My Pink Stamper is where you will find the challenges! :)
This is Bethanie at about 1 year.  She just woke up from a nap and came to find me! :) She could NOT walk yet..so sweet! :)
What I used for this layout! :)
CTMH paper, I don't remember the line but think it is Cherish. (I only have 2 lines, you think I could remember them!)LOL. (Corrected....More to Adore)
I used Kate's ABC's Cricut Cartridge for the letters.
CTMH Chocolate ink for distressing.
Scribble Scrabble pink for mat.
Martha Stewart lace punch...
Imagine Cupcake from Imagine More Cards.
Picture of my sweet baby scanned on my Mustek 1200 A3 scanner and printed with an HP8750 wide format printer.  That is why the picture is so grainy...it is from 1993...it is a small picture...lol


This is the challenge from A Cherry On Top, the very first challenge was to answer the Question...What would you do if you won the lottery/million Dollars...and this was the first thing that popped into my head.   Go Back to Paradise!
  Thanks for looking!
Hugs,
Laura

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday's are special

Ahhh...remember Saturday when you were a kid (depending on your era).  Running down the stairs at the crack of dawn to watch cartoons.  (Scooby Doo,  Fred Flinstone, The Loony Tunes Hour and Captain Caveman were some of the favorites).



Now my Saturdays are all business it seems, run one kid here and one run kid there.  I LOVE MY LIFE...
But sometimes...I miss running down the stairs in my favorite jammies turning on the t.v. and watching cartoons while eating Sugar Smacks. 

Here is to your Saturday and I hope you are having a Wonderful Day. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Winner of the Blog Candy

The winner of the blog candy and 12 pack sampler of Divine Twine is


Your prize will be in tins, but will not have the bugheads on it. :)
Thanks for playing!!!



alwayscharlie said...


I love your 'sappy' layout AND the idea for a love album!!



smilesmoore2 atverizon dotnet



Please contact me Charlie and I will send you the twine!
Have a great day.
Laura

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Love Blog Hop and Blog Candy!


Welcome to the Lovely Blog Hop brought to you by
If you get lost just click on the link above and it will give you all of the addresses.
There will also be a listing at the bottom of this post, so you will know where to go! :)

You should have got here from Liz

And you're next location will be Michelle

This blog  hop is to showcase someone that we love.  Mine just happens to my dear sweet husband, Billy.  He is the rock in my world and I would not be the person I am without him.


The  journaling is hard to read on the layout so here it is.

I love you With all my heart

What that means to me is I get to go to sleep with my best friend.
When I laugh with you, it is not the same as with anyone else.
When you look at me with such love, I sometimes feel I am not worthy of being loved so much.
I know what it means to be truly loved.
I know that I always have you with me, even when you are not by my side.
I know that I am on your mind as much as you are on mine.
I know that I will get to cuddle with my best friend and that is one thing we both live for.
I know the scariest thought each of us has is “what if something happens to her/him?”
I know that I love you with all my heart and that you love me with all of yours.
Loving you means that I am free to be the best I can be, knowing you are by my side.


So this is one of those sappy layouts that my kids HATE to read! :) and it is going into my Love album.  Yes I have an album dedicated to all those mushy I love you things that I say about the people I care about.  It is the People We Love album.  It is getting full and for that I am truly grateful.

Now for the Blog Candy! :)  I have a sampler pack of all 12 colors of Divine Twine in their own lil' tin. All you have to do is leave a comment below and on Thursday March 24, 2011 I will post  a winner.  Remember to leave me a way to get in touch with you, either through email, blog, or Cricut.com message board username. :) You don't have to become a follower, but comments are always appreciated! :)

Thank you for visiting our Blog Hop today!
Have a Wonderful Weekend and enjoy this beautiful spring day! :)
Hugs,
Laura

Blog in order of appearance :)

Dawn





Roberta

Liza

Vicky

Kymberlee

Sue

Bobbi Jo

Michelle

Sara

Misty

Kate

Liz
Me <------------- You are here

Michelle

Shawn

Mary
Cindy

Friday, March 18, 2011

Circle Cybercrop

Ok, so I am part of the Cricut Circle, we are having a fun cybercrop, because we were unable to attend the Cricut Stampede in Frisco TX, for whatever reason. :) So, we are having our own crop.  The first challenge of the weekend was this card sketch.



And this layout sketch:



And the next challenge was to use this color pallette! eek!
I have a plan, but come back later to see what I made! :)

Have a great day and don't forget to come back tomorrow to see all the participants in this blog hop! :)
Have a great day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

STYLISH BLOGGER AWARD

Stylish Blogger Award



I feel so honored to be given a blog award.


Thank you so much Caroline!  To be recognized by someone as talented as you is a true honor! :)
View her blog Here and her wonderful work!  She has wonderful tutorials that I have learned from! :)

Thank you again, and now along with the rules of the blogger award I must share 8 things with you about me!

1.  I am totally in love with my family. 

2.  I love Scrapbooking to a point where it is almost unhealthy.

3. I Love to shop for crafty goodies.

4.  I love my Cats and Dog.  They are so silly.

5.  I love Chocolate and Coffee.

6.  I love the color purple and plan on painting my VW Bug purple.

7.  Oh yea, I LOVE MY CAR...her name is sunshine! :)

8.  Like Kate, I love my job!  I am a teacher for children with autism.

I am now passing this fabulous and stylish award to the following (in no particular order):

Heather - A Little Time

Jennifer and Summer - Cricut Diaries

Carolyn -  Carolyn's Creative Corner

Sharon - Sharon Langford Designs

Kristen - My fantabulous life

Kathea - Say it with ink

Deanna - Moments to Cherish

Deidre - Scrapperdee Rambling

Please go visit these wonderful ladies! :)   They are all deserving of the honor! :)

Have a great night!



On to other items... The Great Paper Purge is still in effect. I have never purged my paper.  Not to this extent anyway.  I have paper that I bought from Hobby Lobby when I first started buying paper.  This is some seriously ugly paper! I plan on making lots of envelopes! LOL.

Anyway, I think I have already given away 1000  sheets of paper in various RAKS.  Now I have probaby a foot of paper in a stack and I have only gone through half of my patterned paper.  So, now it is time to shred some of it to put in packages, and then I think I will have to send some to the scrapbook store to sell in consignment.  Some is going to my DD's school for donation.  Some of it is going to my classroom for various projects.  Still So much left.  I am seriously thinking the only thing different between me and the people on Hoarders is that I have it organized!  My dream is to get the room purged down and in order so I can get my dream desk!  We shall see.

Have a great night and don't forget to visit the ladies above and give them some love, they do beautiful work! :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Scrappy Share

I finally got to go to a Crop at Scrap Happy last weekend and I had some fun.  I decorated my Cricut  Expression so when I do go to a crop, there is no mistaking who it belongs to! :) I really wanted a purple expression and couldn't justify spending the money for one when I already have 2 of these machines! 

I used my brand new EveryDay Cricut Cartridge.  Exclusive to the Cricut Circle Members! (me). The cuts I used were the font, the phrase Love My Bug, but cut off the Love My part.  I used the cricut head on the cart and the circle that was part of the nameplate.  I love the purple.  Now when I go to crop's I don't have to worry about making a nametag! It is on my cricut!

I used some purple vinyl from Scrap Happy and I used some Doodlebug forget me knot Bazzill to cut the letters. I  used the iRock to add a little bling to all the antenea of the letters.  I used Picturesque to make the corners.  Looking at my Bug now just makes me Happy. 



 

Saturday, February 05, 2011

February again

So, it is February again.  I can't say that I am looking forward to it.  I can't say that I love Valentine's Day. I can't say that I am happy it is the shortest month of the year.  

I can say that I still miss my mom so much it hurts.  I can say that I when I think of Valentine's Day I think of the horrible pain of losing my mom.  I can say I am glad it is the shortest month of the year so it can hurry up and be over.

That is all I have to say today.

I miss my mom.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Encourage

My word found me as is often the case.  I was going over ideas with my husband and he said what about Courage?  I said, me, little mousy me?  Not likely to have a lot of courage.  He says then well how about Encourage you are always encouraging others to do the best they can and to have faith.  After that I started seeing where it could be an inspiring word for the year. 

Encouraging words for others as well as to encourage me to do the things I want to do.  So, that is my word for the year.  Encourage...but more for myself to do and try new things and to keep up with my weight loss.  Encourage myself not to lose hope on losing more and getting to my goal this year.  I know I am half way there and know I can keep going.  I just need the right encouragement. (Like a shopping spree for new clothes)! LOL

I am also encouraging myself to use what I  have in my scrapbook room instead of buying new items.  That is going to be sad for the Local Scrapbook Shoppe. Sometimes I think I was a great help in keeping itin business for a little while.  I bought a free pass for Crops for the year, so I can go to crops without it costing me anything. Yippee. It also came with 10% off all purchases, but I won't be purchasing anything soon. (even though she is now carrying Tim Holtz Sizzix dies...sigh).

With my Use What You Have challenge for January (I'm going month by month instead of the whole year).  Here is some of what I have made. The first one is Christmas Joy.  I made the presents with the Imagine and the Snow Angel cartridge along with the Title on the present. The present comes from Create a Critter cartridge and  used my expression. It was a wonderful sound hearing the Imagine and the Expression working at the same time! :) Gypsy played a part by making sure I placed my pieces in the right places on the mat to be cut. 
The papers I used are Basic Grey, Dasher and Blitzen paper lines.
The ribbon is Webster's pages lace ribbon and the velvet was in my stash, (but I know I bought it from Scrapper's Den in Honolulu years ago).
Strip journaling was done with a CK font.
Tim Holtz ticket, corsage pin and reindeer charm in my stash.
Stickles and machine stitching.

 Bethanie's month is January, I tend to do a lot of layouts about her, and December is usually Branch's due to his music program and how much he loves Christmas. 

Kilroy Wuz Here showed such a silly Day at our house!
I used Mac n Cheese Sizzlits. (yep, still use those)!  7 Gypsies photo turns, ribbon, and  Making Memories brads. I used all Jenni Bowlin papers and an American Crafts Slick Writer for the journaling. I love how fast those pens dry! No smearing.  I used an old Becky Fleck Page Map (2005)!
The one on top comes from PageMaps 2 book. 

I hope ya'll have a great week and I ENCOURAGE you to chase  your dreams and make some beautiful things on the way.  I ENCOURAGE you to tell your story!

Hugs to you until next time!
Laura

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy Birthday Bethanie!


DEAR BETHANIE!!!

 My Dearest Daughter turned 18 today. How did I end up with a woman in my home? I miss my little baby, but I love the woman she is becoming. She makes me proud to be her mom and I LOVE being her mother.

She opted for no actual party this year at the house.  She just wanted to go to the local Hibache restaurant and enjoy a good dinner with family.  We were lucky to have Grandpa come with us to eat.  He had never been to a Japanese steakhouse.  He loved the food and the experience!  Daddy partied it up at the Japanese Steakhouse.  They offered him Saki and he took them up on it! Silly man! Branch and Bethanie both caught food with their mouth and Billy had  thrown at him. Maybe he shouldn't have offered the cook a mouthful of Wasabi!



Bethanie loves the Volcano they make with the onion on the grill.  It keeps us all warm! :)

Here is our beautiful birthday girl with her flower and ice cream for her birthday.  How did she turn 18?

 
Of course I have to add something crafty!  (I am keeping busy this  year so far).  Billy had a Dr.'s appointment yesterday to get his eyes checked.  I started to show him the Car Decals catridge on the gypsy.  I showed him the elk and how we could cut the animal out of vinyl for his truck. He says "Nah, I'd rather have a Whitetail Buck."  I said, "I have one of those."  He says..."well, let's see!"
 
This is what we came up with to go on his truck.  I used the white tail buck off of the Car Decals cartridge,   with the hodgepodge button highlighted at 6.0 inches height.  The details were hidden with the contour button except the mouth and the eye.  The letters were cut out using Old West standard font at 1.5 inches.  The SL HC is the State Line Hunting Club
This is the proof of what we are going to put on his truck.  I am having a blast learning new things with my Imagine and my cricut. I will have more Imagine items coming.

Thanks for looking and making comments. 

I will be back tomorrow with my One Word for the Year.  I think it found me. :)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year

I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year Celebration with family and friends.

Bethanie was blessed to see her best friend that she had while we stationed in Biloxi together.  Hannah is now in Tennessee and came to meet us at my Dad's house in Georgia when we went to see him in the first week of our Christmas break. the first page shows Bethie and Hannah now, the right page shows them when they were  much younger in Biloxi.  Look Beth is bigger than Hannah! Hannah is 4 inches taller than her now!

In these pages I used:
Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday background paper
Cosmo Cricket Gretel papers
Basic Grey Bling
Imagine Better Together on the right page.
Hello Kitty Font and shadow fused with gypsy
Lots of brown (chestnut roan) chalk ink (cat's eye)
The left page I am submitting to MY Pink Stamper for Design Team call. :) The right page doesn't apply because there are too many colors. (I needed to use pink, green, brown and one other color.)

It has been a long time since I have served on a Design Team, the last time I did was with Jana Eubanks on Gettin Sketchy.  I had to give it up because I was looking for a job.  Soon after I left the DT the owner closed the blog down. 


Other great news for Bethanie! Another best friend she met while we were stationed in Hawaii came here from Tuesday to Friday.  We had been planning it for weeks that he would come during the  holiday so that she would have a great 18th Birthday!  It was a giant surprise because she did not know that Carl was coming from Jacksonville. Carl is all she asked for when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and Christmas, so her wish came true.  These guys are so close, and with technology today, distance is not a factor in keeping friendships. Yes he is 6'1" and Beth is 4'11.5" tall. She gets her height from her mom!
 

I hope all you have had a wonderful New Year. I know my wonderful daughter has. 

My husband and I went on a dinner date Thursday night in honor of our twenty-third anniversary.  We had a lovely dinner at McGuire's in Pensacola.  My favorite picture of the evening...

I hope everyone has had as nice a Holiday Season as we have and that I wish all of you the best for the new year.