Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Folded Paper Wreath

I missed CFTA challenge on wreaths but I liked the challenge so much I made a wreath anyway. Here is the tutorial that I followed: Folded Paper Wreath DIY and my attempt at a paper wreath.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CFTA#11 by Mal

Here is my 7 about to be 8 year old grandson's version of Spyder's Top Hat Snowman.


I just loved  Spyders Corner "Top Hat Snowman" for this weeks challenge at  Challenges From The Attic. I'm about to commit another first here and let you know some of the stuff I used this week. In addition to using Spyder's snowman digi I used makingmemories "Noel" paper pack, green shinny ribbon from makingmemoris "Toil & Trouble" and "Glossy accents".

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gracie Gray

Sometimes with loss comes a new friend....My friend Paula recently lost a beloved pet guinea pig, Minos (he was an absolute stud piggie btw). In the process of talking about losing him and finding a new family member we got on and she was able to find an new member to her family, a beautiful little kitten by the name of Checkers. But, in the search I also found a new member to my family, Gracie Gray, a 1 & 1/2 year old Russian Blue cat. Already she has made a home for herself at the foot of my bed along with the place in my heart.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

It Starting to look a lot like Christmas....

For CFTA its all about Christmas. You will note my "huge" tree sits on the shelf with my grandson's stocking. When he walked in this morning he said "Pretty" so, Im happy.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Im a winner!

I have really enjoyed entering challenges  and today I found out that I won one from Challenges From The Attic . Check out her new challenge site, you will have as much fun as I do and perhaps you could be a winner too! Thank's for letting me play along Paula!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Cool Man"

                                I love this crazy layout with my "cool" snowman: 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Little Reprieve

I spent a day with the "Scrap Addict" aka Paula. We worked on challenges  all day. My grandson and I had a blast at her little paradise in Arkansas. I have to honestly say that I have never walked away without a new idea or something that Paula had set aside just for me. This time I completed more challenges than I ever have, enjoyed the great company of a very good friend and my very own shelf  for my little scrap booking reprieve corner of the world (Thank you Ron! aka Paula's hubby). I still need to add a coat of paint but had to hang it up just to give it a trial run...I love it!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Two in One

Here is my two challenges in one (my first attempt at that!) Cricut Cardz Challenge #49 is Starts with 'S' and this awesome sketch was provided by Simply Betty Challenge #5. I really like how it turned out!

The sketch

My "Snow" card

P.S. Now with Paula's "Snow" Challenges From The Attic #8 this is now a 3 in 1!!!!

Crop Chocolate Crop

Well here is my first submission to Challenge # 1 of the Crop Chocolate crop.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Prizes & Fun Galore!

Crop Chocolate is no longer just the place to purchase scrappy items at a great price (even brand new fresh from CHA items at a discount!) with free shipping available but this weekend, November 6 & 7, they are having a crop with challenges that include prizes galore!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Challenges From The Attic #6 (Black & White)

Challenge number six from the Attic (  was to only use black and white. I loved the simplicity of this challenge! Here is my black and white submission that will hopefully make someone feel better one day.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Think Pink

Recently a very good friend of mine, Mariann Morgan did a 60 second breast cancer awareness radio spot for St. John's Hospital, in Joplin, MO. In that short time she told the world of her survival, she spoke of how breast cancer had not been in her familial history, nor had she noticed a lump. She always took precautions doing self-breast exams and undergoing mammograms yearly from the time she was 40.  But life got a little hectic and 3 years ago, she thought about putting off that years exam. Then she received a reminder card in the mail from St. Johns, she made the time and set up an appointment. She was very grateful for this card because it was at this exam that her cancer was discovered. Even though the cancer was at a stage zero she had to undergo a mastectomy and radiation treatment. Imagine what stage it would be at if she had put it off. She recommends all women not put off getting a mammogram. Mariann is a very private person and yet opened up to help the women in her community  be aware, I have to say I am very proud of her.

Here is my "think pink" card that was made with all the survivors and the current fighters (like my SAA pal Dana) of breast cancer in mind.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My little Princess is 1!

My youngest grand daughter is 1 today...Here is her princess bear cake.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Friends Challenge From The Attic

Oops... missed the deadline on this one, but I liked my little friend card anyway :-)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Card for Janet

Here is a card I made for one of the ladies in the office. Its her b-day on Thursday and for the first time I was asked if I wanted to make a card. WooWho! I said yes of course :-)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Challenges From The Attic #1

I am so excited to participate in The Attics first challenge!
Have A Purfect Day

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cards For Van's Trip to NYC

My friends son will be going to NYC with the University of Arkansas Children's Choir which he has been a part of for over 3 years

As a fund raiser she is going to make individualized specialty cards and sell them. I got to help out with the project yesterday and here are a couple that I worked on.

Winter Snowman

I did two of these, this one and another with blue watercolor pencils (I liked the green better)

Bridal Shower Invitation

This is one of 11 bridal shower invitations we made together. This is a 7 inch card that opens up to the individualized shower instructions....and Wow! they turned out FANTASTIC!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake!

I have many "hobbies" one is cake decorating. I have made hundreds of cakes over the years but here are some of and my absolute favorite. BTW they were all very tasty!
Wedding cake enough for 300! This was an all lemon with lemon filling cake for my Son & his beautiful bride.
Strawberry (pink for a girl) baby shower cake.
This wedding had a Shakespeare theme. Each layer was about 8 inches thick. I did a gold glitter glaze all over the top. It weighed about 30 lbs!
One of the court reporters requested something fun for her Sunday School class.
My First Tux Cake! All eatable!
Here is a volcano cake I did for a special little Red's b-day
I would love to take all the credit for this AWESOME "Death Star" cake but the truth is I spent hours trying to come up with an original idea...then  Jimmy came up with this and very carefully created the death star. I then brushed the whole thing with silver dust to give the look of deep space. Honestly this is my favorite!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

One of my 13...

The other day I did one of those dreaded FWDs: It asked me to pick a number, I picked 13. Then it asked me to name a person of the "same sex", I  wrote down - Paula. So, as a result I life is about to get better, (ok, good new's) I am to have 13 best friends in my life and that "Paula" will be one of them (duh...I already knew that). Here is a pic from last year.

Monday, September 6, 2010


I never knew coloring could be so much fun. I spent a day at the "attic" and discovered digistamps and watercoloring. Thank you for all the lesson's P., here is this week's entry (sorry for the photo quality...).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1000 Sheets Blog Candy!!!

This Blog Candy has concluded...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

PPC #27

The "Blissful Bride" pink this week made me think of my beautiful Ariel on her wedding day.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Heirloom Bracelete's

In addition to my love of scrap booking, I also enjoy dabbling in jewelry design. Here is one of the four bracelet I made out of heirloom cuff links.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I Won!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you PPC for the blog candy! Here is a pic of my sweet prize...

...and since I am in a no paper buying challenge, this is a perfect prize!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Well I am working on a little lunch sack album (6X6) and thought the colors for this weeks challenge were perfect for a pic of me and Red.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


A new week and a new challenge! I love these things! What better medium than more pic's of my beautiful Grand babies.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tablerock Lake with the Kiddo's

I have a very kind employer who likes for the office to get together for some family fun time. This last weekend we spent the day at the Checkett lake house on Tablerock Lake. Here are a few of the pages that I put together...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

PPC-CC #22

Here is my beautiful little grand daughter this weekend at Tablerock Lake. It really was a day of fun & sun. This is the first time I used rub-on's. These are BoBunny Peacock Lane rub-on's and brad.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Art Day Camp

Its summer and everyone is trying to find something fun for the kido's to do. I was able to get my Grand daughter in to the ArtCentral Day Camp here in Carthage, MO. This Sunday they are to display one piece of art using one of the themes suggested. She choose the "Mad Hatter" theme and revamped this cup using a paper scalloped edge flower that I just learned how to make in the "Attic" this last weekend (Thanks Paula!).

Sunday, July 18, 2010

PPC Color Combo Challenge #21

Well I have become addicted to these PPC Color Combo Challenges! (Now I need to figure out how to change and or take off the date on my camera)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

PPC Color Combo #20

I started the night with my little guy making a card for his Mommy who wasn't feeling well.  This is what we came up with. "Get Well Soon Mommy!"

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I've Come a Long Way Baby!

Not many people know this, but there was  a time in my life that my youngest daughter and I had to stay in a women's shelter (kudos's to the Lafayette House, in Joplin MO). I was a prisoner in my body and in a horrid marriage. That little visit opened my eyes, I knew I had to take control of my life, have a life. Since that time, what seems like a life time ago, I divorced an evil man, lost 242 (yes I did...) lbs, found a great job (that I am so grateful for), bought my own home and just picked up a new car (the second one I have ever bought on my own).

It hasn't always been easy, but the struggle has been worth the outcome. Ive come a long way baby!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Perfect Picture Creations Blog Hop

This is my first entry! My only hope is that I get better at scrapbooking and that I get a better camera...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Little Prince and Princess'

I cant help but think she is my  beautiful little princess. Here is my granddaughter and another one of the flowers that Paula taught everyone to make at her swarm.

Here is my newest little Princess. (and yet another Paula flower)

I love this guy's toothless smile!