Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December ATC from Wendy A.

Over the weekend, I received my package from Wendy in GA which contained my beautiful December ATC.  Wendy is such a talented artist.  Her cards have such dimension and depth.  The theme was "A Christmas Carol", which I totally screwed up by interpreting as representing a song.  As you can see from Wendy's beautiful card the theme was actually Dicken's story. 

The photo does not do this beautiful card justice.  Wendy was also kind enough to include an additional ATC in my envelope.  The card below is just another example of her creativity. 


And lastly, Wendy included a little zippy bag filled with winter goodies to add to my collection of bits and pieces that are all so important to the creation of ATCs.  Don't forget to check out Wendy's other creations at her blog Bliss Angels


Thanks Wendy for being a wonderful swap partner.  Looking forward to swapping with you again in the new year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

December ATC for Blissfull ATC Swaps

Well I finished my ATC for the Blissfull December swap.  But I think I did it all wrong.  The Theme was A Christmas Carol, which I took to mean "A Christmas song".  I think I got the theme wrong.  I am now thinking that it was suppose to be a reference to Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".  Boy did I goof up.  Anyway, I really love the atc card that I created and living in South Louisiana we are always "Dreaming of a White Christmas".  I just hope Wendy in Georgia likes its as much as I do.  Merry Christmas Wendy !!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

November ATC's

I was lucky enough to participate in the Blissfull ATC November swap.  I was paired up with the wonderful Debbie.  The theme for November was Thankful.  It didn't take me long to know what I was going to do for my card.  After just having gone through back surgery and having to rely on other for my recovery I knew that I was eternally thankful for my family and friends for helping us through this process.  I was also thankful for my faith in God for pulling me through and walking with me when I didn't think I was going to recover. 

 Below is the card that Debbie sent to me.  It really spoke to my heart, I guess because I am also thankful for the same things she is. 
It will soon be time to start making the December ATC.  This month the theme is Christmas Carols.  I will take the next couple of days and think about what I want to do and will post a picture of it when I have completed it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I've been published!!!

Me, Moi, I... I, i, I just can't believe it.  I was notified that not one but two layouts will be published.  The first one will be in Scrapbook News and Review's January issue.  The second one will be due out next month.  I am just so excited.

Another Publication Shout Out

I had two layouts published to online magazines in the last couple of months.  One was published back in January, but with Mardi Gras and Matt deploying, I hadn't had a chance to post any information.  Here is the first layout that was published back in January.  The online magazine is   There you will find some wonderful articles, layouts and techniques that are featured each month.  If you get a moment, you might want to check them out. 

Cirque by Donna Lanclos Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp, Pink Paislee, kaiserfraft; Flourishes: Dusty Attic; Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels; Other: Fibers, pearls, stick pins, buttons, ephemera

With surgery just a few days away, I'm sure hoping I can get back into scrapping full time soon.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I won!!!

Oh wow, I was just notified by email that I was chosen as one of the winners of the Gecko Galz Blog Hop.  I won a Tricks and Treats Goodie Bag full of Gecko Galz products and kits.  I can't wait to get it and see what exactly I won.   Wow,  I'm still in shock.  Thanks Gecko Galz and the talented design team who provided everyone with fantastic projects for us to admire.  I'll post pictures when I get my package.  Thanks again Gecko Galz...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gecko Galz Blog Hop

Gecko Galz are also having a blog hop!!  All kinds of prizes are being offered, but best of all, the Design Team has some very inspirational cards, layouts, and altered projects on the websites.  Go check it out.

I Love Gecko Galz Ephemera

Check out thier Blog at  Leanne, the owner, is very inspirational.  I saw her at CKC- Houston and just love her bubbly personality.

Monday, October 24, 2011

My Oct ATC Swap

My Swap Partner was Donna Liljegren from Florida.  She totally blew me out of the water, or maybe it was a pain meds induced fog, lol, with her ATC.  It is soooooo creative and inspirational,  Its just something I would have never thought of.  The theme was Movie/TV Monsters and she chose the movie "The Mummy". I think her version on the ATC is perfect all the way down to the scarab.  Donna not only creates awesome ATC cards, she also creates awesome hand sewn items for your home.  If you are intrerested in checking out her blog the link is here.  I suggest you go check out all her items from her ATC's she has made for swapping to her hand crafted items.  Thanks Donna for being such an awesome swap partner, it was a pleasure. 

Here is the card I send to Donna.   My take was to try to represent a bit about Louisiana as well as Monsters.  So what better than a Swamp Monster.  I almost went with the blob, but couldn't figure out how to hold that goop on the card, lol..  Anyway here is my ATC that Donna got.

All I can say is the backtround and the tree were made before my surgery and the moss and monster were added later, so don't judge me to harshly. 

Until next time...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ATC Trades

Well since I last posted a lot has happened in my life.  The short story is I was admitted to the hospital on 9-19 with leg pains,  I was diagnosed with a pinched nerve at L5 S1 which after a failed nerve block I was scheduled for surgery.  So on 9-23 I had a Lami/fusion and spend a total of 16 days in the hospital with 5 of those being in therapy rehab,  But I'm home now still having nerve pain because the nerve was that pinched.  But before all this happened I was able to finish the September themed ATC swap and get it mailed out.  Mine went to a nice lady in Michigan,  I haven't received mine yet because she had bladder surgery recently.  So I though I would post mine.  The theme was industrial and the first thing that came to my mind was the Industrial Revolution, steel mills and clothing factories.  I first glued some gears down on the card then covered the entire card with medal tape,  Next I added more gears on top added a picture of a factory, added some watch springs and the title.  This is the one I kept for myself.  Ms Fran hasn't been able to post the one she got but it was very simila to this one, 

Next Again before my surgery, I signed up for the Oct. Swap wich was tv monsters.  How fun is that???  S0 this month my partner is Donna.  I have already received my ATC from Donna,  Thank goodness for me I had already started my card prior to my hospital stay,  I informed Donna I wqs going to be late and she graciously understood.  Well as of Yesterday her card was shipped.  So in the meantime I'll Post Donna's fabulous card.  I just love it. 
Isn't this the coolest card!! I love it!!!

I will post my Atc in a few days, after I know that Donna has gotten her package/ 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Checking In...

It has been a while since I have posted anything here.  My last post was right before I underwent surgery to decompress the radial nerve in my dominant hand.  As of today, there is still swelling of the nerve and I continue to have a lot of pain.  I am trying not to let it dominate my life, so in between bouts of muscle spasms I continue to live. I can cook one day and suffer with pain for two or three days after.  I can drive around town running errands in the morning, then again down for the rest of the day with pain.  I can type or write in short bursts then must stop.  I have actually perfected the art of watching TV and reading, which is achieved without pain, as long as I hold the remote or book with my right hand.  I do try to create little pieces of art at least a couple of hours a week, just have to do it in short bursts.  Anyway,  I will be posting an ATC Card that I made, took me two weeks to complete.  I signed up to trade with a lady in Michigan and can not wait to get her card so I can post pictures. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I've been published. In the magazine Scrapstreet, March, 2011

Backstreet Beat
By:  Liz Qualman

Page 38

Real World Print

Personalizing a page with handwritten elements is another perfect opportunity to include real world print on a project. Handwriting is one of the most intimate forms of real world print and really adds an extra indication of sincerity to a page. Saving a letter from a loved one or something personal they wrote like his/her name, a letter, or musical lyrics are all ingenious ways of archiving the past. On another note, all of these real world print ideas can be digitalized. The final digital project in the article includes a scanned page from an authentic French newspaper, which really contrasts nicely with the dark background. The same idea could apply to many other items such as report cards, letters, signatures, “passed” notes, birth announcements, etc. Adding real world print to a project is a wonderful and practical way to preserve memories in an authentic and creative way.

Lost & Found by Lynn Warner

Supplies: Paper: K & Company, Making Memories, Pink Paislee, Alphabets: The Girls’ Paperie, Pens: Sharpie, Tape: 7 Gypsies, Staples: Tim Holtz. Tools: Punch: Fiskars.

Design Notes: Some of the everyday items included in this layout are: WARNER name from a layaway receipt; number 03 cut from a cardboard box shipping label; number 81 cut from a vintage bingo card; CAUTION from a reinforced tape from a cardboard box mailed home from girl in photo; and packaging. By using repurposed everyday items paper items, I believe it celebrates our daughter’s journey. Just as an interesting layout can be created out of “found” everyday printed elements, the Navy will certainly take the qualities my daughter has currently, show her how to flourish and become the person she was always meant to be.

Journaling: It’s fitting that this layout is made from real world printed objects, because they all relate to the girl in the photo. She is my daughter, and she recently left for Navy Basic Training. The LOST and FOUND packaging represents the letter in which she wrote she felt she would FIND herself through this experience. The large name, printed on a layaway receipt, represents how she learned to print, the Navy way… which is hard for a lefty! The cardboard box number and CAUTION TAPE represent the brown corrugated box we received from the Navy, with all her belongings contained inside it. (That was a very challenging day for us, as parents.)

Les Le Bon Temp Ruler by Donna Lanclos

Supplies: Paper: Graphic 45, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Journaling Spots: Close To My Heart, Charms, Ink: Tim Holtz, Brads: Close To My Heart, Fabric: Joanne’s. Tools: Paper Cutter: Fiskars, Stapler, Scissors: Tim Holtz, Paper Distresser: Close To My Heart, Other: sewing machine, sandpaper.

Design Notes: The Title is actually the name of a traditional Cajun song, which translates to “Let the Good Times Roll.” The title and words to the song are written in my Grandfather’s handwriting.

Journaling: September 1998 – LJ Hebert on stage at Festivals Acadien where he was recognized as a Pioneer of Cajun Music

Pain au Raisin by Katey Green

Digital Supplies: Paper: HalloWillie by Baers Garten Designs, Old French newspaper, Elements: Heart Tag, Flower, Stitched Tab, Straight Stitches, Swirl, Bow and Little Button from Cottage Chic by Elemental Scraps Designers, Large Button from French Country by Cristina Renee and Shabby Princess, Messy Stitches from Sew What by Melissa Bennett, Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Fonts: Toldeo.

Design Notes: To add a true French feel to the layout, I scanned a page of adverts from an old French newspaper I have. I then erased the middle of one of the adverts and cut it out to make the photo frame, to which I added a stroke (outline) in a toning color for emphasis.

Journaling: YUM!

Thanks for looking!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Direction

Life is taking us in a new direction.  My husband and I have decided to open a Retreat House for ladies.  The Lazy Lucy Retreat House is in the planning stages.  We have been searching for a house for months now.  We find the perfect house in a not so convenient location, then the perfect location has not so perfect houses.  This is really, really frustrating.  We have a bid on a great house in a great location at the moment.  Why am I not rejoicing, We are second in line.  Our bid came right on the heels of another bid, soooo we are waiting for the bank to make its determination.  ARGH!!!!! I'm ready to get this phase behind us so we can move on to the actual grand opening.  Our website is up with an announcement page and we have a facebook page also.  So, mosey on over the both sites and check us out. 

More later.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The photos were taking in Florida this past November while we were on a family vacation. We knew that our youngest son was deploying soon and I wanted my family together before he left.

The journalling reads "November 21, 2010; Olde Town, Florida, Jacob and Matthew on the Sky Coaster. You two dropped at the rate of 64 mph. This was our last family vacation before Matt left for Afghanistan for his second tour.