Sunday, November 27, 2011


Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I have been remiss in posting to my blog. Time has just gotten away from me for the past couple of months, but now I'm back (I hope).

I've been busy in the craft room the past few weeks with Thanksgiving and holiday projects. 

My first project was for the Crop Chocolate November Focus Group Challenge ----- I'm Thankful For...
Here's my entry, Counting my Blessings instead of Sheep (from White Christmas)

A few of the things I'm thankful for, my family, my friends (old and new), my fur kids, and the ability to travel to beautiful places (Hawaii is one of my favorite spots).

A close up of one of the sheep

Last weekend I spent Sunday crafting with friends at a home crop, I made some cute turkeys

I love the colored googly eyes. I gave the pink-eyed turkey to Miss Alyssa, she's my favorite 3 year old.

Thanksgiving was very low-key for me, I basically stayed home and had a fantastic turkey dinner. Friday and Saturday I attended Daytime Madness crops at Scrapbook Paradise. Here's the results of the two days

A birthday card for my 19 year old nephew Jake.

A fiftieth birthday card for my brother-in-law Bruce......he's feeling old (the inside says "Happy Birthday Old Man")

A Christmas card for the Crop Chocolate Secret Santa.

A mini-album for my best friend Suzi - this is the cover of the tin,

Inside the tin

Side One

Side Two - the back page will have a poem or some personal reflections, I haven't decided yet.

Today, I spent the day cleaning and decorating for the holidays. 

The stocking were hung by the chimney with hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there (a girl can dream can't she).

My tree

Luna in her 'Christmas Pretty'

Tomorrow it's back to work. I hope all of you have a great week. Keep dreaming........


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Where did October go??????

I just looked up and tomorrow is Halloween, the last day of October, where did this month go?  I've been busy, I just don't know that anything got accomplished.

What do you get when you put 50 women together in a room scrapbooking for 3 days.... a ton of fun, that's what my first trip to Camp Scrapbook Paradise entailed. Located an hour or so north of Reno, near Portola, CA is Grizzly Creek Ranch, which was the site for the weekend. Thursday night after unpacking all of the scrapbook supplies, we started in on a weekend of crafting. I got all 40 of my Christmas Cards completed between Thursday night and Friday. I'm ahead of the game so far, usually I start creating the cards on Thanksgiving weekend.

This was the prototype for the cards. I'm glad to have them completed. Now I just need to come up with a smaller card idea for the cards for my friends at work.

Saturday I got to work on some of my Christmas gifts

First I decided to do bookmarks with holders, I laminated the bookmarks, but will need to add tassels to a couple of sets yet.

For the most part, I like the way they turned out. I love the butterflies on the second My Minds Eye set, but it made the laminate crease badly. I will need to redo those. I may make a couple of more sets for those incidental gifts we all need to have on hand.

I also did a set of notecards as a gift for my friend

I still need to put a little more detail on the cards, but they are starting to look good. 

The last thing that I got to work on was the card for my uncle's retirement party. Since he's retiring from the US Postal Service, I wanted to do something themed, he's got a great sense of humor, like my late grandpa (his FIL) so he will totally get it. 

Sunday morning was a day for finishing up all of the little things before cleaning up and heading back to Reno. Oh, an during the time we were there, we took long walks in the beautiful fall weather, and made s'mores in the fireplace. 

Scrapooking anyone?

Lisa and Tawn at camp

S'mores anyone?

Friday and Yesterday, I took a quick 24 hour mini-vacation to Sacramento and Apple Hill, sometimes you just need to get away. I made a stop at Green Tangerines, one of my favorite scrapbook stores, right behind Scrapbook Paradise in Reno, and then hit the mall for some retail therapy. While I didn't buy too much, I did have a great dinner at Buckhorn Grille. Saturday morning after breakfast I drove up to Apple Hill on my way home. Here are some of the sites.

As October ends, and November begins, it's time for me to start looking at all of the things I have to be thankful for, and put to rest all of the stress of the past few months. My next challenge for the Crop Chocolate focus group has to do with being thankful. I'll show you what I come up with in the next couple of weeks. Now it's time to make dinner (meatloaf and smashed potatoes with a salad) and finish working on my puzzle pieces for the Crop Chocolate swap. Gotta let the Glimmer Mist dry on those before finishing. 

Have a fantastic Halloween and Dream Big.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Such fun, such fun, heading to Vegas for a couple of days this week for Pragmatic Marketing Training, so I'm working on getting the house cleaned up tonight, so I don't have to deal with it when I get home. I'm really not in the mood to iron and pack, much less clean house. I'm hoping to catch up with a couple of friends while I'm gone, but I'm not sure how much time I'll have. 

Saturday was crop day at Scrapbook Paradise...It was great, 12 hours of scrapbooking. I'm still working on my Christmas cards and tried something new with the snowflakes

I've changed the snowflakes by adding some cellophane to give them some depth and reflection without getting them too thick, since they have to be mailed.

I'm happy with the results, the only thing I think I'm going to change on the cards, is I'm going to purchase white shimmer paper for the top of the card to give more of a snowy feel.

I also worked on some birthday cards which turned out pretty well. The first two are more masculine for a 17 year old and one of my closest friends, I didn't want to do anything frilly for the guys. 

The last one is a simple card for my niece who is celebrating her birthday on the 5th of October.

I also worked on the Crop Chocolate recipe for the week, which was......

Who has a special child in their life with fur? Let’s dedicate a Layout or Card to our special “furbabies”! Here is this week’s recipe:
Brown or Black Cardstock
Grey or White Ribbon
A name tag (be creative)
1-3 photos of your fur baby

Of course I had to do 3, one for each fur kid....



and Luna

I wasn't very creative on Tom and Pippi's names, but I love how Luna's turned out....the phases of the moon. Each of them also has one of their favorite toys on the layout....Tom's has one of his plastic fetch toys (yes, he plays fetch), Pippi's has string....she likes to go fishing, and Luna's has one of her fuzz balls. Each layout has a pull out that I did some journaling on, including how they came to live with me, and some of the fun things I do. I also added a list of things I love about each one of them. I plan on framing these and hanging them in my craft room.

I started working on Christmas gifts on saturday, so I could get an idea of what I would need for scrapbook camp. 3 weeks and counting.  Here is a set of note cards and a note card holder, the cards still need some finishing touches, but they're getting there.

All in all, I had a good day.

We have another 12 hour crop next Saturday, to prepare for camp. I'll be cutting lots of snowflakes....hope my silhouette holds out. 

Time to finish packing now......

Keep Dreaming

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Final Days of Summer... bring the Balloon Races and other things....

I can hardly believe that fall is arriving this week. It seems like summer just began. The weather is turning cooler, (although they're predicting low 90's for mid-week here in Reno) especially in the evenings. I love leaving the windows open and letting the coolness into the condo. Days are getting shorter. At work we are prepping for G2E (Global Gaming Expo). All signs of fall. The next few weeks are going to be busy, with a couple of multi-day trips to Las Vegas (including G2E) and preparing for Scrapbook Camp.

Last weekend I spend a day scrapbooking at Tawn's house. I got some fun things accomplished. This the is Thanksgiving card I made for the Crop Chocolate Recipe Challenge #8....after I got home, I decided the turkey needed something, so I got out my stickles and gave his tail a little pizazz.

I also worked on a birthday card, it was intended for a friend's son, but I think it's a little juvenile for him, so I save it and make another card for the teenager.

I did a couple of layouts just for fun.

Sunday, I did something I would not normally do on a weekend. I got up before the crack of dawn....3:30 am and made my way to Rancho San Rafeal park for the Reno Balloon Races......It was a beautiful morning.

In honor of Sept 11th, the colors are flying high....

I had never seen so many hot air balloons in one place, while there was a ton of people, it was very relaxing.

This is my favorite picture from the hundreds I took....

Today has been devoted to working on the prototype for my Christmas cards. I know it seems early, but since I will be spending 3 days at scrapbook camp in October, I thought I'd be proactive and work on getting some ideas for my christmas cards so I can make them at camp.

Here is my design

I started with some ribbon that I liked, and built the color scheme around the ribbon. I had actually seen the design on a card kit and really liked the idea of snowflakes. I still am not happy with the snowflake cutout and tulle, but I've got a couple of weeks to work on that. The problem with the snowflake cutout is parts are thin and tear easily, also when I stickled them, they stuck to my scrap paper. I'm wondering if I use waxed paper or my craft mat if that will alleviate the sticking problem.  The bottom of the card was just done with scrap paper, but I did by corresponding cardstock to the ribbon that will be on the finished product. I found inks in my sable that works well with the ribbon. 

I also made a card for the Crop Chocolate week 9 challenge...although, I didn't use a fall theme.

I still like it.

Next week, I'm attending a crop at Scrapbook Paradise on Saturday, time for more prep for camp, and then I'll be packing for 3 days in Vegas. Maybe, I'll get to see some friends while I'm there.

Follow Your Dreams