Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Just Happy February 29th!

I think its cool that there are 29 days of February this year.  Which also means we have 366 days instead of 365.  Which really means we have a bonus day.

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and I am so excited  to say I'll be participating as a  Fresh Face Designer for Practical Scrappers from March 1st through May 31st!

I found Practical some time ago and was instantly a fan!  I recently entered the layout contest they sponsored, and each week I was completely inspired by the challenges presented.   Its a site full of inspiration and there, you can find sketches, challenges, videos and tutorials and lots, lots  more.  You'll adore their "frugal finds" section, there are quzzes to take  and the syle "review" section is pretty cool.

Be sure to go poke around there, and check back here on March 2nd for a "practical" surprise!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Just Weekend Things

Hello there on a Tuesday.  Hope your weekend was fun.

I stumbled on this cool diner on Saturday and can't wait to go back.  Its called Patriots Diner, and is in Woonsocket.  The eggs benedict were delish and the atmosphere, totally 1950's.

It was in there, where I found the kitchen table I've been dreaming about neat, isn't it?

Got some creative time in on Sunday, and  found myself embossing, again.  This time, on some cool Crate border stickers.

Also did a bit of experimenting with my Cuttlebug.

Will post the full layouts after I get them scanned.

Did a little vacation planning, too.  Well, actually, a weekend vacation for my birthday (coming pretty soon!!!)  at The Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods.

Here, on the Cape,  for an April getaway.

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And again, I will be here for a week in September.  I never get tired of this one.

Ended the day watching the lovely dresses coming down the red carpet!

And there it went!  They go by so fast, don't they?  

Friday, February 24, 2012

Just Random Snaps

I cannot believe it is the last Friday of the month!  February has proven to be yet another month to completely fly by, and I’m still waiting for that blizzard to arrive…………it isn’t looking good for even having one though, so I'm thinking I should give up on it.

Anyway, some random snaps, from the Valentine getaway at MGM Grand,

and lastly, 

I'm still loving Cocoa Daisy's February kit and am planning on some  creative time over the weekend.  Hopefully, I can maneuver around that mess!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Just Stacked Numbers

Hello on a Thursday, and I hope you enjoyed your Valentine's Day.  We spent a fun overnight at MGM Grand, enjoying chocolate dipped cheesecake, red velvet cupcakes, lobster rangoon and other yums that will require me to spin for the next fifty years!!!!  

Anyway, last week the Studio Calico blog featured a tutorial on embossing on a transparency by the marvelous Miss Vee. It was a perfect idea to use with  the awesome stacked numbers stamp from this month's Cocoa Daisy kit, so I went with it.  

This stamp has made it to the list of one of my favorites.

Love, right?  You can buy it here.

I grabbed me some Chestnut Zing, stamped on a piece of transparency, embossed, then cut it up into three pieces and placed the numbers over some Elle's Studio tags, which I kept in one, large piece.  Neat effect, I thought.

I'm continuing to play with this, so stay tuned!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Just Happy Valentine's Day

Wishing you love, flowers, chocolates and time with your sweetie today!

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And, given that this is a day of love,

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Just Sketch Number 32

Hello on a snowy Saturday.  Well, there really isn't so much snow falling, not the six or so inches they predicted for sure.  Actually, you have to strain your eyes to see it!!  But, its keeping me inside, and I won't complain about that!

Anyway.......every week they have a sketch over on the Pretty Little Studio Blog and it seems like the weeks fly by and I never get to it.  This week, I'm in!  I so adore their products, and cannot wait for the Monsieur Collection in March - totally love it!!  If you haven't seen the fun vintage stuff over there, be sure to take a look.

Anyway, here's the sketch,

And here's my layout.

I'm thinking I may need to make some brownies now.......... :)

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Just HB 2011

Jumping on really quick to share my contribution to the fourth round of the layout contest at Practical Scrappers, and then I'm off to have the Envoy serviced.

This was a cool challenge - black and white with a pop of color.  

I used black cardstock, white acrylic paint and white mist for my blackground, then played around with some JB label stickers, a Cocoa Daisy stamp and some other various itty bitty fun things and strung them together to create a banner. Even pulled out the EK Fastenator for this one - an oldie but a goodie. 

If you're blog hopping today, make sure to check out the stunning creations.  And don't forget to vote!!!

Are you ready for the BIG GAME tomorrow?  We are PSYCHED!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Just Wednesday

Here we are on Wednesday again.  I've not too much planned, other than continuing to have a bit of fun with Cocoa Daisy's January kit, Tea and Cupcakes.  Its a wonderful mix of Amy Tan, Studio Calico and Sassafrass.

When the big guy and I were at MGM Grand in July, I spent hours by the pool.  I snapped this one night about 7:15 PM.  I'd been reading, looked up, and saw I was one of maybe only ten (10)  people left still outside.  Well us, and a lone beach ball!!!


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