Monday, January 10, 2011


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!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Happy Birthday 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.