Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Wednesday!!!!

I am glad to be almost complete with my doctor appointments this week!! Thank you to all my wonderful friends in the online world who have been praying for me and sending love and HUGS. They are soo appreciated and really comforting during this continued time of health limbo!!! Everything I have gone through this week has gone as well as can be expected and I am just hoping my tummy stops rebelling sometime soon over being poked and prodded soo much!!

What I love about Wednesdays is that it means there is a new sketch up on Let's Scrap!!! This week it is a LO sketch and as always Cheri has done a wonderful job creating a 2 pager that can easily be done in 1 pagers as well!!! 1 pagers definitely suit me and my photos better so I am always happy to get 2 sketches for the price of 1!!!

I have been SOOOO excited about this weeks reveal because it is my scrap page that incorporates my new love of mixed media!!!! Yup, it was time to kick it up another notch and I finally incorporated my love for all things messy into my scrappin'!!!

So, without further ado here is my page:

I Teach

I have been wanting to do a page for so long reflecting my profession as a teacher and the love I have for the children I am blessed to work with in the inner city of Milwaukee. What these kiddos have gone through in their little time here is amazing and I know that when they come into my classroom it is a safe haven from all they are exposed to in their neighborhoods. Using these new lines from Sassafras Lass combined with mixed media was a perfect combo in my opinion.

Here are some more shots of the LO so you can see all the details:

I needed this LO to express me doing more than just teaching these kiddos.... they truly become my own and it is rare if I don't have one or more of them coming home with me on a Friday night after school to hang out for the weekend with me and my family. My DH says it perfectly... each year I get a new class our family grows!!! I covered some dollar store chipboard with Sass papers to create my own letters for this and yes, those are real paperclips. I used gesso, alcohol inks, and walnut ink to create the background.

I just love that little sunshine!!! It really reflects how much my kiddos brighten my day!

I absolutely ADORE this lil' birdy from the nerdy bird collection!!!! Perfect for a LO including my lil' nerdy birds!!! The trees were created using the new Maya Road mini tree stamps and I am in love with them!!! I adore that they worked so well on patterned paper!

Here you can see the dimension of this page and how everything is placed on top of the paperclips.... it was a long process but sooo worth it!

Lastly a shot that doesn't show all to well my journaling so I will share that with you here... the way I want it to read is:
I do more than Teach. I change lives one at a time. I look at each child placed in my care as a blessing and make them my own for the time they spend with me and beyond. I help children see potential in themselves and aid in unleashing it. I am a motivator when it seems like there is no hope. I am a believer of each child being able to do things they never imagined. I do whatever it takes to make sure each child feels and knows they are loved! To keep going no matter what and then I teach!

Thank you for enduring all the many photos of this project.... can you tell it is dear to my heart??! I love these children and am so blessed God has placed them in my life. They are the same age as my own DD and all are now in 4th grade. I still get to work with them at the school and spend much time with them and their families outside of school. God is so good to me to have grown my family by leaps and bounds!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Card Sketch at My Sketch World

Hurray for new sketches!!! Lucy posted the March 20th sketches yesterday and they are fantastic!! The DT did an awesome job on both the cards and the LOs. You can check out everyone's reveals on the MSW forum as well as the blog.

Here's the card I came up with for this half of the month's sketch:

I am soo ready for Spring to be here, can you tell?? This adorable paper is from a DCWV stack that my sweetie DD picked out for me for my birthday that's coming tomorrow. I received it early because I have to go in for some procedures and my special day won't really be all that special.... in fact it will probably be downright miserable, but hopefully it will help lead the docs to answers and that is what I need. For all those that stop by and are praying people, I could sure use some special thoughts being sent my way tomorrow! Thanks so much in advance!!

Close up:

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Scrappin' to you!!! :0)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Let's Scrap DT Call!!!

Wow it is just amazing how quickly the time flies by when you are having sooo much fun!!! But, alas it thats time again when Let's Scrap is looking for a new DT!!! Cheri has posted the sketch and all the deets and I thought I would share that with you so you don't miss out on being part of a fantabulous team!!

Here is the sketch for the call:

Super cool, right??? Soo many possibilities!!

And here are all the details:

We have another call out for 4 talented ladies that have time May June & July to be on our Design Team!

Requirements would include
*Posting a layout from our sketch each week
*Posting 2 challenges
*Posting 2 'Questions of the Week'
*Being VERY active on our site

If this is something you think you'd like to do, please email us your take on this sketch to dance@tekstar,com no later than April 16, 2010. Please provide your blog or web-addy where other layouts may be seen. Our new Design Team will be announced on Friday April 23. Past DT's are welcome and encouraged to apply!!!!!!!! :)

So go ahead and give it try!! You won't be sorry.... the sketches there are fantastic and the friendship and support you will find is even more amazing!! I have loved EVERY minute of it!

Friday, March 19, 2010

In Love with Material Girl!!!

I have been having soo much fun using the Material Girl line from Cosmo Cricket and am super excited I just received the mini stack and chipboard pieces from A Walk Down Memory Lane!!! WooHooo!!!! You can find all of the line in the store there and the DT blog has this LO with some more details as to why you HAVE to have this to play with!!!

All Dolled Up

Yup, that's me.... all dolled up!! This was back in my college days and I was getting ready to attend the Folk Fair!! I felt like the true Nubian Princess that I am! I used one of Lucy Chesna's sketches from the Feb. Sketch-A-Thon at My Sketch World for inspiration!

Close Ups

I think the ruler paper has got to be my favorite!!!

And aren't those little dresses and dolly cute??! It took a bit-o-time to cut, but well worth it!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Walk Down Memory Lane

I want to remind you all there is a fantastically fun crop going on at A Walk Down Memory Lane!! The I Love the 80's Crop is in full effect with all challenges posted and ready for you to tackle! You have all month to get the challenges completed and linked for a chance to win some yummy goodies. be sure to check out the forum or the DT blog for details!

AWDML also has some fabulous featured manufacturers this month!! Bella Blvd and Lizzie Anne Designs stamps are both 25% off!!! What a terrific deal! I had never worked with the Lizzie Anne Designs stamps before and let me tell you I am so glad I got to try them out!! They are terrific!

Here are some more creations I have made using both manufacturers:

First up a wall hanging featuring Bella Blvd's Home Sweet Home collection

I just love the houses and owls in this line!! They are so adorable and great to cut out!

Latte card

For this card I used Lizzie Anne Designs stamps - Coffee Beans and Latte saying! Both are super cute and perfect for all those coffee lovers in your life. I also used some yummy Jillibean Soup - Soup Staples paper which can also be found in the store!

Many Thanks card

I love the font for this stamp by Lizzie Anne Designs!! I also used some Bella Blvd papers, mixed in with some My Mind's Eye papers.

Be sure you head on over to A Walk Down Memory Lane to check out all that is going on there!

It's Wednesday!!

Happy Hump Day to you!! I am finally blogging.... WooHoo!! I am slowly trying to get back into the swing of everything and my blog has been neglected in the process. Hopefully I can get back in teh swing of things and share with you some of the great things I have been able to get accomplished!

Well, Wednesdays mean a new sketch is up at Let's Scrap!! This week it's a card sketch from Kimmy!! She always has great inspiration for us to draw from. I'm going to make you head on over to the site yourself to check out the sketch, but I will share my interpretation of it.

No Doubt.... U Rule

I have been lovin' this Material Girl line from Cosmo Cricket and am thinking I just may have to get some more!! It's just so stinkin' cute!!! I love these rulers!
So, now it's your turn.... head on over to Let's Scrap to check out the sketch and the new sponsor for the week!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Lots to Share!!!!

Hi Everyone!!! It has been awhile since I have had the chance to get here and update what I have been up to!!! My health just continues to be shaky so being on the computer isn't all the greatest thing for me! I know God will provide full healing when he is ready and I pray daily for Him to help my doctors have the wisdom to get to the bottom of what's ailing me. In the meantime I keep plugging away and scrappin' when I can!!

I have been a busy little scrapper and will be sharing much with you over the next few days!!

First up, my creations for A Walk Down Memory Lane. This month, not only are the featured manufacturers wonderful (Bella Blvd and Lizzie Anne Designs), but there is also an I Love the 80's crop going on so be sure to join us for all the 80's fun happening there! The DT has posted some wonderful challenges on the blog and you have all month to complete them!! Don't forget to check the forums out as well for some fun games and just to chat with us!

I love working with Bella Blvd products!!! They are always so cheery and fun and I adore their stickers!!! Here are a couple of my creations using the Super Stud line.... such a fun line to work, I love the robots!!

Such a Boy!

Now I know these pics do not necessarily show the better side of my DS, but it truly shows what a fun-loving soul he is!!! My DD took these pictures of him when we were on our way from a summer outting..... what a surprise they were! I love it when the kids take the camera and do their own thing with it!

Close Up:

I used some cutie Maya Road chipboard gears to accent this page and these can be found in the AWDML store, as well!


I just love the colors of this line and don't even get me started about the coordinating stickers!!! LOL!! They are super to work with!

Different Angle:

Don't forget AWDML's featured manufacturers are 25% off this month, so make sure you go grab yourself some Super Stud and other Bella that catches your eye!

Last but not least:

Happy Father's Day:

I'll be back again this week with some more of the Bella creations I have made for A Walk Down Memory Lane along with some other fun stuff from all the great goodies they have in the store!!

For now, we're moving on to what I have been up to for My Sketch World!!

It's that time of month again when Lucy posts fantabulous sketches and I as a DT member get to run with them!!! The card sketch for March 6 is MARVELOUS!! Make sure you go and check it out in the forums or on the blog!! I had a blast using this sketch and it worked wonderfully for the new Cosmo Cricket goodies I picked up from LSS gone Ben Franklin!! I am soo elated to be designing for them!

I Love U Beyond Measure:

Not only is the sketch I used for this card over at MSW, but there are a TON of great challenges, as well as a new contest, and don't let me forget there is a....................................................

GUEST CARD DT SPOT up for grabs at My Sketch World this month too!!!!

I can guarantee you will have the time of your life being a part of the MSW DT!! So make sure you head there to find out all the deets! I'd love to work with you!

Well, that's about all the computer energy I have at the moment... especially since I am playing catch up everywhere! So, until next time.....
Happy Scrappin'!!!!