Tuesday, August 30, 2011

1st Day

Today was B's first day of school. Sixth grade. He is growing up so fast.  No more little boy...but still mama's boy!

Friday, August 19, 2011

On My Way

Can I just tell you how much I am loving mixed media art? I mean really. I love it. I have now taken 3 of Christy Tomlinson's online art classes. This is the first time that I have really just jumped right in. I have always been in awe of the creativity that is out there in the scrapbook world (and beyond!) I never knew that I could do it, but I did! I did it! Here is my latest piece. It is the last of the 5 color schemes (aqua/red/purple/green) from Christy's latest class. This was actually Day One''s color scheme, but I did this one last. It was the most difficult one for me.  I am happy with the result, but it is much different than the first four I created.

 Yesterday I received some very "happy mail" from my sweet friend Jonnelle. A belated B-day present. I love it! So much scrappy goodness here. Lots of Heidi Swapp. I love Heidi and I love Jonnelle! Thank you so much girl!!! I had a very busy, hectic and a bit stresfull week and it was so great to come home to this fun surprise:

 Like I said, I love Heidi. She is amazing!

Have you heard about the Big Idea Festival-Words to Live By event? This is a free 12 day online course over at  Big Picture Classes (dot com).  I have taken a couple of classes this Summer. There are some awesome classes over there. I am really loving this one right now. We are on Day 5 so it is almost hallf way over. Go check it out. Did I mention it was free???

Well...in a couple of days I will be on my way to Charlotte. Yup, a one week vacation with the fam. Very excited! We need a break from the norm. We need to feed our Nascar passion too. ...Oh Tony...wink, wink!

Happy Scrappin'!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I have not been feeling all that good lately. A bit achy, congested, looming cough. Blah!  So, needless to say, this obsessive scrapper has not been very productive. Seriously, this coming from the girl that likes to be creative everyday. Anyways, in the meantime, I thought that I would share a layout that I created a few weeks back. Been holding on to this one for a while. I really love this one, but was not ready to share with the world, until now I guess...

The picture of me below was taken on July 17th. One day before my birthday this year. It was a really good day. I was spending it in Loudon, NH at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was about 2 hours before my first Nascar race in about 2 years. I was happy. It was hot out. I remember thinking that I had not been here in a while and how glad I was that I had bought the tickets, so that Steve and I could have just an 'us' day. I love this pic of me enjoying the day and knew that I had to document that very moment. I used Teresa Collins' "On the Edge" line to create this page. Typically a 'boy' line, but I am really drawn to all the, dare I say pretty, shades of blue (my favorite color). I had a lot of fun with it and even mixed in some of Teresa's other lines, along with some bling and Core’dinations cardstock for the background. I loved how it all just came together:

I really do plan on scrappin' some Bryant boy pages with these papers too! I swear...

Speaking of Teresa Collins...I got some happy mail today. A cool new shirt for her Inspiration Unlimited 2011. It is just a little over a month away now. I am so excited!!!!
Happy Scrappin'!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I am continuing with this mixed media art kick that I am on and lovin' every minute of it!

Here is another piece that I finished the other day. The color scheme for this one was purple/green/blue. So happy that everything I need to create these is in my stash (except for the canvas' that are pretty cheap at my local Michael's!):

Summer trudges on and so do my Boston Red Sox! Love these boyz!!

I have been fans of both of these guys for a couple of years now. That would be Josh Reddick:

...and Jed Lowrie:

I love them both and it seems that all of Red Sox Nation now does also! They are truly shining now!  This makes me so happy!

Boston Sports & creativity, thats my passion!
Happy Scrappin'!!!
Go Sox!!!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mixin' it up

I have always been amazed with the creativity of such artists as Christy Tomlinson , Tim Holtz and Donna Downey. They started as scrapbookers and have become much more than that. They are artists, Their more recent endeavors are more toward the mixed media type art. Mixed Media art always caught my eye, but I really never thought to try it. These past few months changed that. I took a couple of online classes with Christy (maybe someday in real life!) I was still just an observor, but then just decided to go for it. These are my first 3 attempts, based on the color schemes provided by Christy in her latest class called "Creative Color-Art Redefined". The first color scheme is black/white/orange. Reminds me of Fall, so that is where I went with it:

The next color scheme was yellow/red/blue. 'Consignment Queen' is a nickname I have at work. It pertains to my job and is really only truly understood by those who work with me. I just had fun with this one:

"If friends were flowers, I'd pick you" is a quote that I always liked, but had never used. I thought it perfectly fit the yellow/pink/green color scheme:

There are a couple more color schemes that I have left to complete, from this mini class. These first three just came to me, right away. It has been so much fun, who knew?

Just a bit more Birthday happies. I received a GC from Studio Calico for my B-day and could not resist getting their newest kit. It looks so Summer-y and reminds me of the beach. I just recieved it yesterday and it is even more spectacular IRL:

Have a fabulous day!

Happy Scrappin'!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Closing up MY Birthday month

I am a bit behind on my posts...again. I really have been enjoying my Summer thus far. My favorite part of Summer is my Birthday. I  love Summer. I really did alot this past month and it ended with a bit more of my favorite things. One is baseball and the other is going to the beach. We got a chance to head to Rhode Island to watch A Paw Sox (Red Sox farm team) game. Love to check out our future prospects. The games are cheap money and lots of fun!
 We got there a bit early and had some time to just hang out and check out the beautiful McCoy Stadium:
We were playing the Louisville Bats:
Go Sox:
Yup, Mom's favorite has been to a few games here:
My mini me: 
We lost, 3-2, but  a good time was had by all!
The next day we headed to the beach. It all started like this:
With a whole lot of this:
 ...and ended like this. I was feeling the same way, but loved every minute!
All in all it really was a great Birthday month. Summer is half over already. I still have vacation to look forward to and then back to school . Back to life, routine and reality, but for now I will enjoy Summer as long as I can!

Happy Scrappin'!!!