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I'm the luckiest woman out there. I'm blessed to be married to my best friend. I have two amazing children, one son-in-law and the most adorable grandson ever with grandson number two due February 2013!!! My passion is people and preserving their memories for generations to come.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Kitty Update

It has been a while since I've shared pics of Snow aka Cat. We call her baby, mama and a few that I can't share here when she snags Rob with her claws.........LOL

Anywho, I walked through the living room today to find this, tell me how the heck she got her head scrunched up in there!!! LOL



How'd she get her head like that??? The kids blame Daisy...LOL


After the first flash:


Enough with the pictures already mom:


Who can resist that adorable face????


The only thing scrappy I have to share is this pin I made:


I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Scrappin!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Guest DT

Check out Let's Scrap where I was the guest DT for November. The card there is the one I was having second and third thoughts about but I figured leave well enough alone. Make sure you stop by and see what is going on and check out my spotlight and card!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A couple days late...........

..............and behind as usual!!! I promised to show my DT card release for Am I A Scrap Addict - Sketches a couple days ago but I let it slip by me!!!! Deanne always provides us with the most awesome and challenging sketches so make sure you stop by and see what she has going on!!!

OK, here is the sketch I was to work from this go around:


And here is my card:


This card was so fun, but easy to make. I really love my little turkey guy!!! You can't tell from this angle, I need to learn to take better angled pics...lol, but the sign and wings are layered slightly but the head and his little gobbler hanging down are mounted on foam dots for dimension - he is just too cute in person!!!

Just a few more days and my guest DT will be announced and my card featured. The more I look at the card I submitted the more I don't like it. I know I am so critical of my work but I am really not feeling good about the card. Maybe I will remake it and submit another before then!!! LOL

OK, off to work on some school work!!!

Take care and happy scrappin'!!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Queen Slacker

That is me!!! I've gone 9 days without posting anything!!! So, recap of the last 9 days and what I've gotten done!!!

I went to a crop last Thursday with the girls I met through a Meet Up group and had a blast. I finished a 2 page LO for my SBS group and got 2 other LO's almost done - forgot the ribbon and embellies for 1 and was working on the other when it was time to clean up (I have finished them - yay me!!!)

Friday I woke up unable to move my right hand hardly at all!!! Everyone joked about carpal tunnel but I almost think I broke it but don't know how. I had some bad swelling the first few days but it has gone down for the most part and only one part of the wrist is hurting now, a week later. Too bad we don't have insurance or I'd have it looked at. Oh well, a $20 brace from WalMart has seemed to help so I pretty much do everything except shower with it.

Saturday my Dad had my Mom call and have us come down to go out to dinner because Sunday (the 9th) was my Mom's 65th birthday!!! Wow, I can not believe she is 65 and neither can Cait. When Cait realized it the first thing out of her mouth was oh my Mom, Nana is OLD!!!! Yeah, my Mom didn't find that as funny as the rest of us!!! LOL

While visiting Saturday night and Sunday morning I realized that their house needed a good cleaning. My Mom seems to be in a state of depression since putting their dog to sleep last year at Thanksgiving and being forced to retire due to her health. The dog was my cousin's dog and he passed away in 97 so his Mom took her and then she passed away in Sept 2002 just a month before Rob and I got married. My Mom and my aunt (Dad's sister) were best friends so that was all she had left to hold onto of my aunt. Needless to say this past year she has just let a lot of things go and I decided to go down and help out a couple days this week. I got one room completely cleaned out and a little over 20, yeah you are reading it right, 20 black trash bags of stupid crap thrown out!!! Now for another room maybe this week - they have company coming for the holidays and with all the crap just piled in places there isn't much room for company and maneuvering around the house.

I got home yesterday and we've had internet problems since. Seems every time it storms the wireless internet we use has connection issues for a couple days so I've not been able to do much other than check my email!!! I am so behind on my message boards I just know it!!!

Here are the LO's I finished and got started on at the crop, the scallop circle and one of Cait are the ones I finished up here at home:

Our Road Trip to New Mexico (yeah, I finally scrapped it...LOL)



A challenge at Just Scrappin' - the challenge was to scrap a circle layout - I love my scallops, I couldn't resist adding them!!!


And for some reason I can not remember what challenge I did for this LO - I know I used a challenge somewhere but yeah, can't remember where right this minute!!! I'm almost wondering if it was a sketch challenge at JS but have to go check here in a few!!!


My DT card reveal at Am I A Scrap Addict - Sketches comes out on Sunday so check back for a posting of that and then on the 21st my guest DT will be revealed at Let's Scrap!!! I've also submitted for another card DT and am thinking about submitting for one more!!! I can so easily whip out a card so they are perfect for me even though I'd love the chance to be on a LO DT again someday!!!

OK, off to see what I've been missing out on and work on my tag swap for the Meet Up group I'm in. They are due tomorrow but I'm going to have to mail them out so I need to finish them up tonite so I can overnight them to our swap hostess!!!

Happy Scrappin' all!!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Caardvark Challenge........

.......is up!!! This time around the challenge is Chocolate!!! I'm usually not so on top of challenges but as soon as I saw this challenge this morning it clicked and I just had to do it!!! So, here is my card:


And the inside of the card:


I used the Cricut cartridge Doodlecharms and the Cricut Design Studio to weld two cones together and cut out to form a card. The rest of the materials are: Cardstock by Bazzill, Patterned Papers by Cloud 9 Design, Frosted Stickles by Ranger and Icon Gems by MAMBI.

Tomorrow I have a crop to attend with some lovely ladies I've met through a local scrapping group so I need to get my stuff ready to take. I am attempting to pre plan pages and such a little better so I might, key word is might, get some stuff accomplished this time instead of just chatting the day away!!!

Have a great day!!!

Happy Scrappin'

Monday, November 3, 2008

Caardvarks Challenge

I've been meaning to get around to this for over a week and I have simply failed until tonite. The challenge at Caardvarks is to create a card using a monogram. I have always loved the mini note cards I see people using to send quick notes to people and have wanted to make some but never sat down and took the time. So, tonite in between classes I did it!!! The picture isn't the best because it is late and dark outside and the only good lamp to use with the light box is in Cait's room and she is in bed so...........I did the best I could in order to get this uploaded in time for the midnight cutoff!!!

Here is my monogram card:


I used Cherry Arte paper, ribbon from my stash and my Just Rite monogram stamper - I've had it since BEFORE we moved from Austin (used my last coupon on it right before we moved while at Archivers) and just opened it tonite!!! I really love this little thing and have been browsing the site looking at the addons for it!!! So much fun and so easy to use!!! I can not wait to finish up the entire card set and the little box I have set aside to alter to hold them!!!

OK, off to work on stuff for the crop on Thursday and then to bed!!!

Happy Scrappin'!!!!


Ever start working on a project and visualize it to be something extraordinary and fabulous??? Then when it hits paper it is just there??? Well, this layout is one of those for me. I had this idea in my head for a couple weeks and then Cristal at Just Scrappin' popped up our sketch for the month and I was thrilled. I knew the picture would work wonderful with her sketch so I got started. By the time it was all said and done I was considering trashing it because it was not what I had envisioned. But, I decided that it wasn't THAT bad and why waste work done. So, without further chattering, I'll let you decide on what you think about it:


The picture is from a month or so ago when the cat decided to scale my scrappy cubbies. As soon as I clicked the picture she went flying because the snap startled her. The bottom picture was after the fall giving lovies - which is basically what the arrow says.

So what are you working on? I have a couple cards I want to do and another layout or two but trying to hold off since I'm going to a crop on Thursday. I want to be able to actually accomplish something this time instead of do nothing but talk so I am going to put together some page kits to take with me so I don't have to sit and think about what I want to scrap. Of course I'll take card stuff too in case for some miracle I actually finish the pages I plan then I will at least have something to do.

Have a great day!!!

Happy Scrappin'

Sunday, November 2, 2008

November 2nd Card DT Reveal

Well, it is that time again!!! Time to show you my card for the DT at Am I A Scrap Addict - Sketches!!! As with every month, Deanne provides us with a fabulous set of sketches to work from and all the ladies do such amazing work!!!

Here is the sketch I worked from this month:


And here is my take on the sketch:


Materials List:

CS = Bazzill
PP = BG Cupcake
Image/Sentiment = Pink Cat Studios
Eyelets = Misc From Stash
Tulle = Misc From Stash

If you haven't visited us yet at Just Scrappin' you should stop by. It's the beginning of a new month so all new challenges/contests are being posted and we have a new game of Bingo getting ready to start!!! It's a great place to hang out and play!!!

Well, that is all for today folks!!! I'm going to spend my Sunday being lazy and hanging with the family. I have a few projects lined up for this week including the challenges/contests over at Just Scrappin' and a couple other page ideas that came to me lately. I have so much to and enough time to do it, just have to sit down and turn off the computer!!! LOL

Happy Scrappin'!!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sketch Challenge!!!

I made this card sketch the other day so I could post a card challenge over at Just Scrappin'. I decided I would post it here as well and give my blogger friends a chance to win a scrappy prize!!!

Here is the sketch:


And my card example:


The challenge here on my blog will go through 11/15 with the drawing happening on 11/16. For the initial card you link back to this post you will get 1 entry into a random drawing for a scrappy prize. For every 2 cards after that I will put your name in 1 extra time.

As a bonus, since I really LOVE LOVE LOVE Pink Cat Studio Stamps, if you use a PCS stamp AND the challenge they have posted to use non traditional colors to make a Christmas card and you post on your blog that you have completed the cards you are posting for my sketch challenge AND the PCS blog challenge then I will give you 1 entry for every card you make that has a PCS stamp on it!!!

So, who is up for a sketch challenge??? I thought this would be fun and hope some of you who stop by regularly will jump in and play along but if things are too hectic right now I totally understand!!!

Have a great weekend and Happy Scrappin'!!!


Just to cover all bases...................

I am not the best scrapper out there. I don't claim to be totally original, I lift from many places and in many forms from color combinations, to product usage, to technique and so forth. I try to be fair to all scrappers out there and mention them when I lift from them - now keep in mind, there are so many people out there scrapping, card making and altering items that naturally more than one person will have similar ideas. When I mention lifting, or casing as some call it, I mean when you intentionally take a design you see and duplicate it exactly or only change up the coloring........KWIM???

With that said..........

All content, including text, photographs, and concept design elements are © Karen Brooks unless otherwise noted. Content within this blog is shared for personal, non-commercial use and inspiration only and shall not be used for personal gain or entry into contests or for publication. That wouldn’t be very nice now would it???

Thanks and happy scrappin'!!!!