"My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue?
It rather denotes a lack of courage."

~Practical Magic~

Digital Freebie Update

Just to let you know.
The digital freebies found on the right hand sidebar have been updated and now are ready for downloading.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Anniversary Robert & Anita

Today is my middle ds & dil Anniversary..
they met while Rob was in the marines,
attending a wedding with one of his buddies
They met and the sparks flew at a young age
and they have been together ever since...
dating a few years before they married .
They are now celebrating eight years of marriage together.
Here's wishing you many more.

Again I used Lumpy Page Designs free "Touch of Red Kit"and a Sketch found at Erica's
Also found this really cool freebie digital Template for Scalloped edges at DSSA the Blog

Monday, October 29, 2007

Creating with Freebies

This layout was created with a free Sketch and free "Touch of Red" Digital Kit provided by one designer...
Nicole Wozniak found at Lumpy Page Designs.
I mentioned Nicole's Blog and Freebies in my last post...but I just could not hold back on this inspiration for another time in the future and went right at it.
What better way to turn it around to suit my style .....then to use what she has provided to create.
My youngest son and his new bride...will be married a year in a couple of days
Congratulations and many more to you both!
Love you,

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Drop Spine Box

Something about a Drop Spine Box has always caught my attention.
So many possibilities for its use and the fact that it stores on a shelf like a book is one of my favorite traits about it.
Easy instructions for this type of box may be found at Craft TV Weekly.
In the video they used a kit to construct the box...you can do the same by following the measurements that are given and your own supplies to fashion this box.
I found a layout Sketch I thought would work with my box and scaled it back to fit my cover.
Nicole Wozniak's creative ideas and projects may be found on her Blog at
Nicole is a designer for Tilano Fresco Products as well...very creative lady.
While you are there...check out Nicole's generous freebie Digital Scrapbook Kit.
Can't wait to get started with this kit!

This box will hold a mini album I am working on.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Haunting Under the Full Moon

With a Full Moon upon us and Halloween right around the corner, thought I would add some spooky fun for those who celebrate.

Now if you are faint at heart or do not participate in the spirit of Halloween,turn around and ...RUN....RUN....RUN!!!! ....as this post is all about the Scary!!!

The first tale I would like to share,is one that is personal to me.

The tales of the Loomis Gang was a favorite of my Grandfathers to share with us on Halloween.
His Grandfather's land was the neighboring farm to the Loomis Gang in Central NY.
The Loomis Family and inner circle of friends where a ruthless Gang known to terrorize as far north as Canada.

For years they kept the locals under their rule of terror and lawlessness..finally to be brought down harshly by the hands of the locals with remainder of the gang scattered to the winds.
Looking thru the references and stories that have been written I have located mention of my families participation and dealings with the Loomis Family Gang.

Next on our haunting tour... is a link for you that will lead to many Ghostly web cams
strategically placed at some well known,thought to be Haunted hot spots.
Happy Haunting!

A tragic moment in American History ..set in the late 1600's our young country was blotted by a dark series of events...suspicion and fear ran amok along the new England territory.

In a sleepy little village of Upstate New York ,a legend grew and has stood the test of time. Firmly embedded and associated with Halloween in the United States.
Washington Irving has held generations captive with his Tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hallow"

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Snow Lady Card

Teaching Tuesday this week at the SOS Blog is using patterns from other hobbies you may have.
This little card was made from a doll pattern for wood carving that Deanne created.
Soon as I saw this on Deanne's blog ..I thought of what a cute card it would make.
Deanne was very generous in sharing her pattern with instructions on how to make this wood carving..and also posted an example on what a cute card it would make on the Sisters Blog.
I like the pattern because it so versatile...I chose to make mine a snow lady.
Trying to get ahead on my Christmas Cards this year...I think my next one just may turn into a Gingerbread Man.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Altered Starbuck's Can

I have held on to this can since last Christmas after receiving a basket of specialty coffee's from my Son and his wife.
I loved the style of the can and just knew sooner or later I would find a use for it.
And what better to store in it then my favorite little treat...Chocolate!

I like to have a little stash in my craft room for when the mood strikes.
With my August Scrapbook Kit from Scrappy Giraffe Kits...there were some lovely patterned paper from Crate Paper that reminded me of Chocolate so I knew now was the time to make a nice home for my special treat.

The hardware on the tin was very easy to take apart and assemble back together again.
Covered the tin with primer and used some paint that also came in my August kit.
Used ModgePodge to adhere and cover Patterned Paper.

Made some flowers... labeled my can....BadaBing...Badaboom...nice little container to blend in with my other altered Projects that work for me as storage.
Only problem that I see is that... most likely should have not labeled my tin...now everyone knows what product I keep in here!
So much for my hidden stash!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sketch Saturday

Saturdays sketch challenge at the Sister's Blog is a sketch created by Christy Mack.
Christy is a DTM at ScrapGalaxy, I find her challenges and creative ideas almost always will light a spark in me to go and create something.
Her layouts are always full of personality and color.
One of my first online challenges was a sketch by Christy...lots of fun ...and very scary at the same time...you know how that can be when you are a newbie!
Some fun projects of Christy's may be found in the tutorial section of ScrapGalaxy..If you would like to learn more about Christy and her Designs she may be found at the "SisterHood of Scrap" as this weeks featured Designer.
My Granddaughter at not quite 2 months old.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Using Multiple Photos

It's Friday Photo Day at the "Sisterhood of Scrap"...todays challenge ...showcase some of our LOs that featured multiple photos.

It has been awhile since I have used multiple photos on a LO.
When I first started Scrapbooking,I began with a Heritage album,many photos could be found on most of my pages.
As I began to participate in online challenges ...I discovered new ways to add more photos and still have room for embellishment too.
What fun I had...moving away from just PP and photos with maybe a touch of Ribbon ...to making my own chipboard and embellishments.
Spending hours sorting and rearranging the layouts, getting all the elements to fit nicely and still be pleasing to the eye....now that was a challenge for me!

But I managed to learn the design technique ,very pleased with the outcome.
Adding embellishments to a multiple photo layout...adds so much more to help the pages tell there story.
Here are a few of my favorites that I created for different challenges.
Thanks for the reminder "Sisters" will have to give multiples a try again!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Card Holder Bags

Came across a link for this little project here
Thanks for sharing the tutorial link Jacqueline :)
Inspiration for Winter Card Holder (Sister Challenge)
Inspiration for Autumn Card Holder(ScrapGalaxy DTM Challenge)
Inspiration for Summer Card Holder MyMindsEye/Fresh Linen Patterned Paper
Inspiration for Spring Card Holder ....Color
Very quick and easy to do project...I like that it is functional.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

World Card Day at the Sisterhood of Scrap


Sketch Challenge #5

Sketch Challenge #4

Sketch Challenge #1

All week the Sisters at the "Sisterhood of Scrap" have been posting some very creative sketches and Inpiration challenges in Celebration of World Card Day.

Having had a busy week on the homefront I was finally able to sit down and try my hand at a few of the challenges today.

I thought I would use some of my supplies that I had not used in some time.

Making friends again with some of my Stamps,embossing powders,Puffy Paints and watercolor pencils....good stuff !

There are 10 challenges posted at the SoS if you need a little push to get some of those holiday cards out of the way...head on over to the Sisters and see if you can find a little inspiration to give you a kickstart!