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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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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just Call Me..................

.....................Grammy!!!!! That's right, I became a Grammy at 8:37 p.m. last night!!! We welcomed Tyler Dean Russell into the world via C Section after his Mommy went through many hours of not so productive labor. Tyler weighed 6 lbs 11.2 oz and was 20 inches long!!!

Here's a couple pics!!!

Will be back with more on my sweetness later!!!!

Welcome to the world our sweet baby!!!

The first time we got to see him - just minutes after his birth!!!

Mom didn't get to meet him (other than the brief time right after his birth) for the first 36 hours.  She had a C-Section and she had to be able to get out of bed and walk before she could go to the nursery as he was in the Special Care Nursery on IV's and monitors for the first 48 hours.

Great Grandpa meeting Tyler!!!  Sure wish his Great Grandma was here to meet him too!!!

Of course I look horrible here - that darn quadruple chin has come out of nowhere!!!  LOL

And grandpa meeting him for the first time!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Happy Haunting

New LO using last year's Halloween pic of me from work.  Used the new line of Authentique Halloween papers as soon as they were unpacked!!!  If your local in the DFW area you can pick up everything I used to make this LO at The Crafty Scrapper!!!  Stop by on a Friday or Saturday and say hi to me!!!!

As always, thanks for stoppin' by!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011


It's that time of year - for making Christmas cards!!! One of my favorite times of year is Christmas because I love to decorate!!   I've been known to go a little overboard with my Christmas decorations in some peoples opinions but I just love love love to go all out!!!

A funny story from when my daughter Cait was younger. My friend Lori and I lived in apartments in the small town we went to school in and for me, I grew up in. I lived on the second floor and she lived on the bottom floor and naturally our patios were directly above/below each other. Caitlin and Shaw, Lori's son, were about 3 or 4 so Lori and I decided we wanted to decorate and merge her patio with my balcony and have one large display between the two for the kids (really, it was for the kids ****wink wink****). We really got into it and when dark came we plugged everything in and it was just BEAUTIFUL!!!! We were so proud of ourselves. We had a small ice storm a few days later and had been out sliding around in our boots having a blast. Well, clumsy me slipped and fell and conked my head on the concrete. I went upstairs to my apt and checked to make sure I wasn't bleeding etc. Well obviously I conked out because Lori and a couple others had tried calling me to make sure I was ok and I didn't answer. Well she decided because I had passed out she was calling paramedics to make sure I was ok - awesome friend who truly cared.

Stay with me, I promise the ending will relate to the decorations lol.

Anywho, I was so paranoid and didn't want them coming with sirens so I had to make them promise to just come but no lights or sirens. If you grew up in a small town you know paramedics are usually firefighters too etc. Well they came and checked me out and told them to just keep an eye on me. Before they left they made sure to let us know, and I am not exaggerating here, that we were "a fire hazard" with all the lights we had going!!!!  We had to promise to only have them on if one of us were home and when we went to bed to turn them off otherwise we were gonna have to tone it down a few notches LOL!!!

Now you are probably wondering what in the world that story has to do with the post title of "Tangled" right??? Well, this darling Edwin stamp I got recently totally brought back the memories of Lori and I hanging lights and getting tangled up and having to unwrap ourselves, etc which led to us being called a fire hazard!!!  See, I promised it would all tie in together!!!

On to the reason I'm posting :)
This card is being used for the Just Magnolia challenge which is a sketch challenge this week!!

So, enough yapping, here's Edwin :)

And of course he's done in easel style - I am so addicted to these type of cards!!!

And then Copics used:

So I'm attempting my first post via Blogger for the iPhone and the photos were taken with my iPhone as well so if the quality is poor forgive me, I may end up back to the traditional way of posting if this doesn't work out for me!!!

Card Recipe:

Bazzil Carstock
Best Creations Christmas DP
MS Border Punch
Copic Markers (photo of ones used posted here)
AC Ribbon
Paper Studio Gems
Christmas Twinkle Lights from Buttons Galore
Edwin by Magnolia
Rub-on Bo Bunny Christmas Greetings

As always, thank you for stopping by and happy scrapping!!!

PS  Updated as I def have some learning when it comes to Blogger and the iPhone!!! 

PSS 9/10/11 Updated with better photos - need to wipe my iPhone camera off I think!!  LOL

Friday, September 2, 2011

Long Post - Be Warned!!!

Been a while since I've posted anything. Been vegging and enjoying my family. Missing my Mom. Wishing a few things were different in life but they aren't so.............we move on! As the title says - long post! Mostly pictures but random ramblings from me before I head to bed tonite. Been enjoying the pregnancy with my daughter - doctor visits, sonograms, kicks, hiccups, movement!!! We are now on the countdown. She is due around 9/21 so sometime this month I am going to be a Grammy!!! Her hubby is scheduled for RnR soon so hoping baby Tyler cooperates with us and waits for his daddy to get here before he comes to see us.....LOL Started a new job - hubby didn't really care one way or another if I went to work since I've been handling our household and my Dad's but sometimes life puts something right in your lap and you just have to go for it, so I did. I love love love my new job - it's at my favorite scrappy store in Waxahachie - The Crafty Scrapper!!! If you are local you should come by and say hi!!! We are having a great sale through Monday too - 50% off all stamps, Bazzill cardstock, ink (this includes paint, stains and COPICS!!!), albums and adhesives - what better time to come stock up on your basic supplies (not to mention Copics for an unbelievable price of $2.15 each for Ciao's!!!). Anywho, I've been doing a bit of scrapping prepping for my grandson's arrival. I figure I won't be spending much time with my papers when he gets here so I best get his album done now so I am not under pressure during his first year **wink**!!! After that the kids will be stationed elsewhere so I'll have more time to scrap every day stuff but I wanted an album documenting basics of his first year since I never completed this for my kids. I also did a layout using these adorable products from October Afternoon - I just love love love this line!!! Photobucket So enough random ramblings - I read this over and yeah, I'm really random tonite.....LOL. Here are my pics of the baby album (it's only the first 6 months so far ***gasp***) - again, LOTS of pics!!! PS These are in order of how they are in the album right now. I have blank pages between a few for pages on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines and Easter :) Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Whew, if you are still with me thank you!!! I hope you enjoyed the album I've been working hard on. It isn't totally my typical style but I chose to keep it more simple as I didn't want an album that I couldn't get his first year into. I like it but it will be much better once pictures fill the blank spots!!! As always, thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you 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'!!!!