Saturday, November 22, 2008

Yay! Digital Scrapbooking TV is back.

Last year, Jen Caputo debuted Digital Scrapbooking TV. It was a very good online "how-to" show.
I enjoyed watching the episodes she produced.

Then she bought a house. And if you have ever bought a house, you know how that can suck up all your spare time.

And then even worse, her laptop was stolen.

So the episodes tapered off.

Lucky for me, she's back. In a slightly different format. The episodes aren't as long. But really that's ok. I don't have a lot of time. So being able to sit down and watch a 10 minute show fits my schedule.

So go check out her latest episode. Episode 5
I can't wait to get those text paths. They look like they would be a lot of fun. And if you share the new, maybe you can win a set.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I just need to say...

crowdSPRING, hire Kelly Purkey for your new Community Marketing Manager!

I didn't have anything else to say today. But I can share a photo to took a couple weeks ago.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Let's see if this will work.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Win a Quilt and a few other things.

I still have to post the Cuttlebug cards. I just didn't have enough time this weekend to get everything done. I'll try to get a few projects posted this week.

Would you like to win this quilt?

Go check out this cool contest from Dana at
She has a nice 3 quilt giveaway going on. You have until tomorrow to enter. All 3 quilts are beautiful. Go check her blog and enter the contest. I promise you'll thank me.

I really need one of those quilts. It's getting cold here. And we need a new heating unit. So no heat isn't really fun right now. I have a space heater going. I'm waiting on the local gas company to come run a gas line and put in a meter. They should have been here Thursday or Friday. But it rained, so no men came to hook me up. Then the heater men have to come and put in the new unit. I hope this can all be worked out this week. I know if it rolls into next week, I'm going to have trouble. It's so hard to get work done in a holiday week.

And I turned 34 Saturday. I feel the same. I got a new lens for my camera. A 50 mm 1.8. I think I should have gotten the better made 50 mm 1.4. The 1.8 is noisy and I hope I can get used to that.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Why did I wait so long to buy you?

I'll be back tomorrow with a few projects.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Planning for the next week.

I'm trying to plan a little scrapping time. I hope that I can go to a friend's house Friday evening and get some stuff done. I have a few projects that I want to do for Thanksgiving. I need to make a plan and gather my materials for those projects.

I also need to plan out our Christmas cards. I can't make up my mind if I want to do a digital card or hand stamped one.

I'm planning on going to get a Cuttlebug tomorrow. I want it and a few of the embossing folders. I have my list planned out.

And I have a new camera lens coming. It's my birthday present. So I'm planning what I can shoot when it gets here.

And I have a box of paper stuff coming. So I'm planning the cute stuff I'll make when it gets here.

Now that I have my plans made. I need to make sure they get completed.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


While I was waiting around Saturday for the hunters to return from the hunt, I went for a little walk. I knew there were train tracks close by. So I took my cameras and walked along the tracks looking for some cool shots. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across a junkyard in the woods. I think it is really someone's backyard. But there were about 15 cars in the pines. Here are a few shots I took. I hope you enjoy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Baking Gals

I mailed my package off for my Baking Gals group.
I had 2 containers of these cookie bars. I got the recipe at Cookie Madness.
Here's a direct link to the recipe.
These are wonderful. I added the nuts.

I totally forgot to take a photo of the bars in the container. I had to stuff the container full.

Here are the Christmas cards I made. There are 11 of those. All pretty simple.
I love the bright paper. All but the ones with the stockings were made with We Are Memory Keepers paper. It had the green dot on the back. The other patterns were in each quadrant on the backside. So I got a lot of different looks from the same paper.

The stocking cards were made with some older Junkitz paper designed by Teresa Collins. It's hard to make out but under the stockings it reads, "the stocking were hung".

I also included some other cards I made. Most of these are "Thank you" and "Thinking of You". I thought both of those would be in demand. There are 40 cards here. I made most of these at a crop a while ago. They have been waiting for me to send them off to But I added them in this box instead. I still have a lot of cards to mail off to Cards for Heroes.

Then I included almost all these drink mix packets. There are 116 servings. I couldn't fit one of the cherry flavored box. I'll save that for next round.

And I put in 3 packs of wet wipes, a box of q-tips and a magazine my husband wanted to send. And I forgot to take a photo of those things. It took me an hour to squeeze everything in. My box weighted 11 pounds and 12 ounces. And I couldn't fit in another thing. I hope it gets there safe. And I hope that those cookie bars taste good in that far off place.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I have a good excuse for not blogging Friday and Saturday. I cooked food for a lot of people. I'm not sure of the exact number. But dinner Friday had to be more than 110 people. Lunch Saturday was 60 to 70. And I served leftovers to about 20 last night. And all the food they ate, I cooked with my own hands. It was a lot of work. But I wouldn't trade for anything. It was for the hunt that my husband puts on for Disabled people. I'm still recovering. I'll have some photos to share tomorrow.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I've been reading The Pioneer Woman's blog for a while now. Here's a link. Make sure and visit all the tabs. I enjoy her humor. And because of her blog, I found the blog linked in the post about Faith a few days ago.

Well right now, her husband and 2 daughters are in the Dominican Republic. Go read about their trip. And maybe you'll realize that Americans (in general) are spoiled. I'm tired of hearing how bad we have it. I personally know, I am very blessed.

This post really touched me. In the midst of all that poverty. One family found Hope. Real hope.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Finding a way to help.

I just wanted to post a little note about a project I'm working on.
I joined a group of bakers/cardmarkers at this site
It works like this.
Someone forms a group and finds people to join.
All group members agree to bake some homemade cookies to send to soldiers overseas.
And sometimes the groups agree to add something special to their packages.

The group I joined is mailing cookies and 10 homemade cards. One of the other group members has a son who is in the Army. He is our send to person. We mail our packages out to him. He has to give the stuff out.

I've got a recipe for a cookie bar that I'm going to make. I need to make a test run this week. I have to mail the package out by Monday. I should be ready.

I just wanted to post about this little thing. And I hope that you can find some small way to help the world around you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I have a confession to make. I don't attend church. I haven't since I was in my early teens. I used to lie about it to my friends. If they asked I told them that I attended one, but I really didn't. I mean I have attended a service or 2. But I haven't attended regularly in years and years.

I do consider myself a Christian. I try to live my life as God would like. I try to be good to less fortunate people. I don't lie, cheat or steal. I don't feel like going to church wipes the sins of the other 6 days away. I try to be good all 7 days of the week.

I've been reading a blog lately. And it's making me think hard about my faith. Here's a link This is Reverb. Maybe you have doubts too. And maybe that pastor can show you that not all Christians are the same.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I need a "do over"

So I can't blog everyday in November. I never turned the computer on yesterday. I had a busy day of cleaning out a storage trailer. I had to make a trip to Big Lots for a plastic storage bin.

Then I spend some time visiting a few friends. I didn't realize how long I took doing that. It was after 10pm when I got home.

I had to call the police because some kids knocked over some large mailboxes. The mailboxes were in the road. a few streets from my house. It's a stupid thing to have to call the police about, but I don't want it to escalate into anything larger. I did use the non emergency line.

Here's a digital page I did tonight.

click here for a complete supply list
Most of the supplies are from

I have busy week. Mark's disabled deer hunt is this weekend. And crazy me is cooking for about 100 people. I must have been out of my mind when I agreed to that. But I am going to try to blog the rest of the week.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Blog Everyday???

I wonder if I can blog everyday in November? I'm going to try it and see what happens.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wanna win some paper goodies?

Check out the Webster's Pages blog. They are doing a give away with their newest line. It looks like some beautiful stuff.
Check them out right here, Webster's blog

Monday, October 13, 2008

Digital Layout

This is a layout I did tonight. It's a new kit from Meredith Fenwick called Pitter Pat.

Here's a photo of the kit.

Here's the link to the kit in her store at The kit is called Pitter Pat and it's a great kit for fall photos.

And if you haven't checked out Meredith's shop, you need to. She is one talented designer and she is very generous. When I took the classes at Jessica Sprague to learn to digi scrap...Meredith was always one of the designers that donated supplies and coupon codes. And I was able to pick up this kit with a gift certificate I won by doing a challenge with one of her templates. I own almost 80% of her shop at Scrapbook Graphics, because I love her stuff.

Now I need to get out and find some fall colors, so I can make more pages.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Two photos from our trip to Edisto Island 2 weeks ago. It was warm and pretty nice.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Thank goodness Fall is in the air...

taken with Kodak Duaflex II and Canon Digital Rebel XT, enhanced with EZ Actions

I live in the South. It's usually hot or hotter here. So I'm very thankful that Fall is trying to pay us a visit this year. It's already getting cooler. I actually wore a long sleeve shirt Saturday morning for a few hours. And I turned off the air conditioner last Thursday. Highs have been around the lower 80's.

I especially glad that cooler temperatures are here, because it means I can get out and take more photos. It's hard to lug around 2 cameras when the temp. is over 95. And since I only seem to want to take ttv photos lately, my load has gotten heavier. So the heat kept me close to home.

I'm excited that I finally bought one of the cameras on my ttv wish list. It's an Ensign Ful-Vue. It is a vintage camera that was made in England. I won an Ebay auction for one yesterday. But I'm getting a little worried, since I haven't gotten a revised invoice from the seller. I won it early yesterday and requested the invoice right way. And it's been over 24 hours. The seller did respond to my question about the shipping costs to the US very quickly. So the seller may have gone off for the weekend. I'm just being impaitent. I've been trying to win one on Ebay for months. I can't wait to get it, so I can post a photo of it. I hope the shipping from England will be fast.

And I bought 4 other cameras on Ebay yesterday. The Ful-Vue is going to cost almost $22.50 with shipping. The other 4 cost me $20.32 total. Those cameras are 2 more Kodak Duaflex IIs, an Argoflex 75, and an Ansco camera. The Ansco isn't for ttv, it was in a lot with the Argoflex, so I had to take it. It will look good on my camera shelf.

I didn't mean to buy 2 more of the Duaflex, but they were such bargins. I paid $3.99 for one. And the other was $5.54. And the collector in me couldn't pass those up.

And it looks like I'll get to take some beach ttv photos. Mark and I are heading to Edisto this Friday for the weekend. I can't wait to take a bunch of photos.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Childhood Memories

So last month, Kerry Lyn Yeary had a pre-sale of her first kit at Kenner Road. On that day, I was at the CK Convention in Charlotte. And I decided not to take my laptop, so I totally missed out. I know that Kerry will have some on sale starting midnight EST on the 15th. But I think it will be next month, before I could even try to swing a kit. Car taxes and insurance are due. I hate when bills get in the way of my scrapping habit.

I guess, I first noticed Kerry on the Hambly design team. I love her vintage touches. She always seems to do projects that appeal to me. I was secretly glad when she announced that she was doing a monthly kit. To celebrate the beginning of Kenner Road, the girls on the Creative team are offering a few few giveaways. I love to win stuff, and I want to win a prize from Kenner Road. So here's a post about my childhood street, so that maybe, I can win a cool prize.

I grew up on Diamond Street. We actually lived in 2 houses there. We first moved to a small 2 bedroom house, when my sister was a baby. About the time that we would have had to share a room, my parents bought the house next door. It was much larger. And it was a nasty green color.

The street was on a large hill. I remember my dad having to park at the top of the hill, when icy roads were expected. Once the road got a little ice on it, you couldn't make it to the top. It was so steep, most of the kids had to push their bikes to the top. You couldn't ride to the top. It was just too hard.

I remember playing with the other neighborhood kids. In the early 80's, you could stay outside all day until dark. Summer was spent building a dam in the creek and swimming in the water. I was probably lucky I was never bitten by a snake. Just thinking about the muddy water, gives me the chills now. So many things you do when you're a child look plain stupid when you grow up. Swimming in that creek is one of the them.

I also remember having bottle rocket wars. You always wanted to get the top of the hill. I don't know what our parents were thinking. 9 and 10 year olds, outside, tossing lit bottle rockets at each other. It's amazing that I'm able to type. I could have easily blown a few fingers off.

I remember playing on the playground. Swinging as high as I could, then jumping out. Soaring out. Competeing with the other kids. Trying to jump out the farthest. Nice easy times. No bills. No responsiblity. Wishing I could grow up faster. If I only knew then, what I know now. I think I'm still be swing in those swings. No cares in the world.

So that's a little taste of Diamond St.
Now visit the Kenner Road Creative team blogs and enter jthe drawings. You could win a cool prize too.
Kerry Lynn

Friday, September 12, 2008

You never know

I guess you just never realize how people affect you until they're gone.

Someone I never met, spoke to, or even emailed passed away today on her way to work. She was in a car crash. I knew her because we were both members of the monthly kit Studio Calico. Her name was Aleida Franklin. And I'll miss her posts. She had a quick sense of humor. And I think she saw it as her job to welcome new members to Studio Calico. It just won't be the same at Studio Calico without her posts.

I'll keep her family in my thoughts as they try to figure out what's next. I just can't image what her children are going through.

And I'll make sure an give my husband an extra hug tonight when he gets home from work. Because you just never know.

Here's a link to her blog.
The Scrappin Rican

Monday, August 25, 2008

I did finish the rest of the World ttv Dazes last week. I just got busy and didn't get a chance to post those photos. But you can see them in my flickr photostream. Here's the link to that, my flickr

I did participate in Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk this past Saturday.
Here's a few of my favorites from the day. And yes, I took most of my shots ttv.

More shots are at flickr.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

World TTV Daze - Day 4 photos

I'm off to the CK Convention in Charlotte in the morning. And I'm not taking my laptop. But I am taking my SLR and Duaflex II. So I'll post my photos for Friday and Saturday sometime this week. I'm really glad I'm only taking 3 classes. I can spend a lot of my time taking photos of Charlotte.

So here are my images from today.

World TTV Daze - Day 3 photos

Here are my photos from yesterday. I'll have today's coming up in another post.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

World TTV Daze - Day 2 photos

Here's today's photos.

Monday, August 11, 2008

World TTV Daze 2008

Today was the first day of the 2008 World TTV Daze.
I'm happy to report that I got my contraption built this afternoon. Then, I went outside to take a bunch of photos in the yard.

Here are the 7 that I added to the Flickr group. And if you have time, check out the flickr group.
World TtV Daze Flickr group

All were edited in Photoshop Elements. I used actions from
I love that EZ Actions are really easy. Just a few clicks and simple adjustments and I have wonderfully edited photos.

I think tomorrow, I'm going to go take photos around town. I've been meaning to stop by a local building and take a few photos. The building has a vintage Pepsi advertisement painted on it's side. I think it would be a fun place to get a few shots.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Holiday Mini Album Christmas Tree Ornament

Wow, that's a mouth full.

I love watching scrapbook and craft videos. I have a bunch of blogs bookmarked that show techniques and projects. One of my favorite blogs is Leah Fung's. Click her name to get to her blog.

Back at the end of June, she, Johanna Peterson, and Donna Salazar, did a video and it had a contest in it. All you had to do was go to Epson's Creative Zone and download a project and complete it. Epson's Creative Zone has a bunch of fun projects you can do using Epson printers and photos. There is a wide range of projects. And here's a direct link to the post about the contest. The deadline was extended until Aug 7. That's this Thursday. So you still have time to enter. And you can win a Epson Picturemate Zoom. It's the one that has a built-in CD reader/burner.

The project I chose was supposed to be a 4x6 mini album. But I resized the pages to be a small. They are only 4 x 2.66". That is the perfect size to hang on my Christmas tree. I think I may do one every year to add to my tree. That way, I can remember some of the little traditions we have. This mini is about our annual trip to a local children's home that really puts on a great Christmas show. There is a living Nativity play, carols, lights, horse drawn carriages to see all the lights, and hot chocolate.

So here's some photos of the completed project.
The Cover:
And the some inside pages:

And here is a direct link to the project I chose.
Project #275 (the pages are already done, you just have to add your photos and print)
Other Supplies:
Making Memories Wordfetti; ribbon; Photoshop Elements; Font: CK Ali's Hand

I hope will join me in doing a project and linking it to their blog. Last I heard, the chances were pretty good. But I know there has to be a lot of people like me...waiting until the last minute.