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Monday, June 30, 2008

40 Days begins!!


Whoo-hoo, it's 40 Days!!!

My great friend and crafty cohort, Beverley Todd, AKA "The Guv", from the grande ole' UK, is truning 40 years old in 40 days...thus the entry title. So what better way to celebrate (& drag out the festivities) than with all her online friends...and with a little blog-hoppin'!!

Yup! 40 days of freebies & a whole host of blogs to visit. Just check out the '40 Days' links at the left of my blog to see who we have taking part so far! This is international, folks ... the UK, USA, Australia, Tasmania & there's no telling who else might join in along the way!

Every day there will be a new challenge, competition or good old fashioned RAK with a great prize. Every day, there will be a post on Beverley's blog, with a link to that day's venue - so make sure you come back every day to see what is on offer.

Today's Offering? Hop on over to Beverley's blog at CraftyMoments and see what's up!

Fear not, Beverley....it's good on this side of 40!! (wink,wink)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Photos from my trip...

Last week I was flying the friendly skies from Orlando to Chantilly, Virginia. I was working for Scrap-Mart at the Great American Scrapbook Convention. It was a great show, but I have no pictures of the booth or of me and my crew. :-(
But after the show we had some time to kill before our flights out of Baltimore, so we ventured to Washington, D.C. and Georgetown University. What a cool town! Check out these pictures.

The campus can be seen in the distance across the bridge.

The Univeristy Seal. This looks so cool with all the dimensional detail!!Don't ask me what a Hoya has to do with the Bulldog mascot...I don't know! But I love this picture of the cascading flags! What gorgeous old buildings on campus! There's a clock tower, too, that chimes throughout the day. The town has such character...cute little shops and restaraunts. The brownstones have got to cost a fortune!! We were there on a Sunday and apparently that's the only day you can park on the street. So during the week where does everyone park??? Yep, that sign below says Pennsylvania Avenue. We didn't have enough time to stop in and say hi to George W. But I did see the White House from a distance. What a gorgeous view! A personal note about this whole journey into D.C., is that I grew up about 5 miles from here in Hyattsville, Maryland. My dad was a firefighter in D.C. in the late 50's and early 60's. As we were driving through the city I decided to give him a call to see if he could guess where I was...yeah right! He told me that his fire station was right outside of Georgetown! Oh how I wish I would have called him earlier and gotten a photo of his station!! He got a chuckle, though, as I told him the streets we were passing. He loved living there and working there. Great memories. Now to scrapbook these really cool photos!! :-)

Monday, June 23, 2008

A*Muse-a-Palooza!!

You've got to get on over to amuseapalooza.com and check out all the happenings that will begin in a few weeks. All over the U.S. there will be spectacular A*Muse designers at specific stamping stores teaching classes with the cooolest A*Muse stamps. But if you are not one of the lucky ones who live near those certain stores, guess what? Julie Ebersole herself, the Queen of Rubbah, will be teaching online classes at My Creative Classroom. Purchase the A Muse-a-Palooza 08 Exclusive Stamp Kit and receive the free online class with Julie. Click here to find out more about the online class.

Then head on over to the A Muse-a-Palooza website. My Creative Classroom is giving away four (4) seats to Julie's upcoming August classes and four (4) $50 gift certificates towards your choice of classes.

What a great way to experience a class with a talented designer AND save your precious gasoline! :D

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I love patterned paper!

I don't know about you, but I love patterned paper. And recently, the color black has to show up in everything I do. Don't ask me why...there is no logical answer.

This past Saturday I had my monthly crop in my home and actually got to scrapbook some photos...I made two double page layouts and one single! I am so excited bacause it seems the more your "job" is in the scrapbooking field, the less you actually scrapbook for yourself! KWIM??

OK, on to the patterned paper. I absolutely love Scenic Route! This paper in the photo below is Cape Town Signal Hill Floral from the Cape Town Collection. It totally caught my eye and I had to make one of my layouts with it. Thing is, there's only one sheet to a pack and it is so busy...what to do???
Well, I decided to hand cut portions of the flowers and use that as a sort of border. That way I got to use the paper that I love, but it didn't "rule" the show. I really like how it turned out. The photos are of my neice's high school graduation last year. Her colors were red and white, and totally worked with the Cape Town paper.
Hey, do you see that cool black mesh-looking stuff peeking out from behind the main photo? It's called Punchinella...it is fun plastic ribbon that is left over after sequins are punched out, often called "sequin waste." Use it on altered book pages, or as a stencil for creating backgrounds or for ribbons on potted plants. It is a bit over 3" wide and comes on 50-yard spools. You can get it at SkyBluePink...they have some of the coolest things!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Watch out on the road!!!

If you live anywhere near Central Florida, beware!! A new driver is on the roadways with you. Yep, my DS#2 just got his drivers license after much procrastinating.

I tell you, when I was old enough to drive, I was first in line to get my license. This dude turned 17 in December!! Well, he had to get it because we refuse to drive him and his brother the 8/10ths of a mile to school!!!

All kidding aside, we are very proud of him and he drives pretty well. He has inherited the "ghetto truck" from his older brother(an old Ford F-150). Hey, at least it's wheels, right? In my day we didn't care what it looked like, at least we had a vehicle...ok, maybe not...we really did care!!! I had no choice but to drive my mom's station wagon with wood sides until I could actually afford an old beat-up Datsun 210 station wagon!!! those were the days!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

How green are you?

I found this blog, blogthings, with a neat little quiz to help you see how green your life is right now.

I took it and am a 36%, which totally surprizes me...I didn't think I an very green at all, although I do recycle everything I can.

Take the quiz and see where you are.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Back from Texas

I was working with Advantus Corp. this past week at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas. I flew out of Orlando on Tuesday the 3rd and we set up the booth most of Wednesday. I love working as a "carnie"...touching all the products, helping others spend their money, and talking about arts and scraps!! Here's some photos of the booth...






a wall of Tote-ally Cool mini totes by AMM...






















Yummy spools of Heidi Swapp ribbons...






"Good-enough-to-eat" Heidi Swapp acrylic paints


Can you see why I might enjoy this job???