Friday, July 31, 2009
Here are the rules: Nominate 5 other bloggers you feel have become part of your circle of friends. Link to your nominees within your blog post. Include these instructions on how to pick up the award in your blog post. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your blog post, to show your appreciation. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
How fun is this? I have been so blessed to "meet" so many people online! The ones I've chosen are people I haven't met in person. Here we go, in no particular order:
Mary (Didn't we actually meet? If so, refresh my memories as to where we were! LOL) for all your great sketches and the effort you put into VC, past & present
Leanne for your willingness to help and your great artwork
Debra for your willingness to help others, the CTMHHelp group, and for being part of my virtual swap
Jena for hosting the blog hops
Helen for your great stamping tips, etc.
Top Secret Mission
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"Vacation" in Atlanta
On Sunday, Mom and I took the girls to the High to see the Monet exhibit. Having seen most of Monet's work in France (I mean hanging in the Musee d'Orsay, the Musee Marmottan, at l'Orangerie, and at Giverny), I was looking forward to seeing what was on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Though the exhibit was small, I was not disappointed. Sorry the photo quality is not great, but it was the best that I could do considering I wasn't even supposed to be using my camera! How was I supposed to know that cell phone photography permitted meant ONLY cell phones? I knew better than to use my flash.)
On Monday, we took all the kids to Fernbank (notice that the boys did NOT go to the High!). They had a blast at the various hands-on exhibits, especially the bubble table.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Blog Candy from Paper Trey
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Tropical Getaway (Layout #35)
We actually stuck the flip-flap to the page protector (hence the slight glare). The first photo at right is the flip-flap closed, followed by the flap opened. What a great way to incorporate THREE 4"x6" photos in one space! These are nice and thin too, so there's really no extra bulk.
The other fun product we used were the Journey Journaling Spots. You can find two of them "hiding" on my layout with the postcards under the B&T paper (at the bottom left and the top right). These are another inexpensive item ($2.95 for 34 cardstock journaling pieces in a variety of sizes and designs) that can add some pizzaz to your projects. If you do any traveling at all (or dream of traveling) then you will find a use for these great pieces.
Monday, July 27, 2009
$$ Savings if You're Crafty
2. Great compensation program and discounts
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Hammock Layout (#34)
The girls and I got Logan this hammock last summer to replace the one that had worn out. We all love lazing in it!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Our Fur Babies (Layouts #32 & 33)
My dear friend, now Close To My Heart downline, and savings queen extraordinaire (among other things), made me this layout for our puppy Shadow. All I had to do was add photos and some journaling. She used her Pazzle to cut out the title. She is loving that machine!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Saving $$ Again
We just had to re-check a few things so it reminded me to add this one to this week's topic.
Please share your free or inexpensive entertainment ideas here! Living on the lake means that we never run out of "free" fun when the weather's nice, but I'd love to know what else there is to do for less.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Happy birthday, Logan!
We're taking him to the Resort for lunch. They have an awesome soup, salad, and pasta lunch bar Mon.-Sat. This will be our last chance to indulge before school starts, so off we go. I'm not sure what else we'll do today; we'll just have to wait and see what the Birthday Boy wants. BTW, he is (at right) w/his older brother at the family reunion Saturday, and in the other photo he's being his goofy self, hamming for the camera.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Another $$ Saver
Mine and Macey's dance teacher Ms. Shelley is the dance choreographer, and friend/fellow stamper/tapper Ms. Nancy (the girls 4-yr-old daycare teacher) is in the show. Break a leg!
My Coupon Organizer
It's a 3-ring binder with labeled dividers (produce, condiments, pantry, frozen, refrigerated, pet, cleaning, personal, etc.) and baseball card holders. They are da bomb for keeping your
I am by no means an expert, but it's great to save $$ where you can. If you want to learn more, you really should visit the blog I mentioned in the previous post. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to try to help.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Ingles is offering triple coupons this week (up to $0.50), and CVS has a great back-t0-school 3-day sale. Here's how I did today:
Ingles: saved $53.41 (and I'll be back before the week is out to save some more w/triple coupons!)
CVS: $17.54 (and earned $16.95 "Extra Care Bucks" or ECB to spend by 8/19)
At Ingles, I was excited to buy 5 Coffeemate creamers for Logan for $0.08 EACH (will order more of those coupons since they don't expire until 2011) and to save $3 on a $5 bag of Purina dog food. I got three blocks of Kraft cheddar for $0.50 (3/$5 and three $0.50 coupons that tripled to $1.50). Cha-ching! Yoplait yogurt was $0.30 a cup ($0.50 each on sale and then $1.20 off with a tripled $0.40 coupon). There were more deals obviously but those are the ones for which I remembered to do the math.
At CVS, I saved a bunch on school supplies: two packs of notebook paper, two packs of 24-count #2 pencils, and two 1" binders will be essentially FREE w/my ECBs. If the girls don't need the pencils, they'll go to my classroom, because my students NEVER all have the pencils they need. (I had to get a raincheck for the two memo pads that will also be free.) I bought 3 boxes of bandaids for $10.57, got $5 ECB and had $1.50 in coupons for a total of $4.07. Had I tripled the coupons @ Ingles, I wouldn't have done as well b/c bandaids aren't on sale this week. (Some of them will also go to my classroom.)
Some of you may have scored better deals, but I'm happy to be saving money, and it's all on stuff we need/use. Yes, I had to spend money to save money, but is that 8-cent Coffeemate or the inexpensive toilet paper going to go bad?
When I get my photos downloaded, I'll show you my coupon notebook, thanks to my WONDERFUL sister. It's a lifesaver for keeping organized to save $$.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
So Sketchy Sunday #19 and Updates
Since my Let's Get Together paper pack was out (you'll see the scrapbook page sometime soon), I used 1.5"x4" scraps of B&T paper for this fun card. The Fun Times phrase comes from the Friendship Word Puzzle stamp set. I inked the edges of my stripes in Cranberry, but I'm not sure you can tell in the scan. On the inside I had to stamp the little flower and stem from the stamp set. You do decorate the insides of your cards, too, don't you?
On Friday we went to see the much-anticipated 6th Harry Potter movie. Logan didn't like it at all because "it left more questions than it answered" but he hasn't read the books. (I told him to try waiting a year for the 7th book to come out like I had to!) It also wasn't as "intense" as we were expecting. Ansley and I were disappointed that it didn't follow the book as closely as it could have. All in all it was okay, but not as good as we were hoping. Friday night closed with a covered dish dinner at Vacation Bible School, where Macey has been going this week w/her BFF.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
2nd Grade & 5th Grade (Layouts #30 & 31)
I found my inspiration for the actual layouts from the July Page Maps sketches.
For the 5th grade layout, I used the Unforgettable paper pack in Juniper, Sorbet, Blush, Desert Sand, and Cocoa.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
CK Summer Camp
Your "Breast" Friend
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Quote of the Week
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Yesterday after some house cleaning (YUCK!), we went to our friends' house for a little bit of playing on the lake and a delicious dinner. I have a new recipe to try out now, though I doubt I can make it as well as "Chef" Paul!
Today the house cleaning saga continues. We are really trying to reorganize, purge, etc. I always say that teachers don't do spring cleaning but rather summer cleaning.
On a much brighter note, here are some pictures from our anniversary on Wednesday: a gorgeous flowering pot from my MIL, beautiful flowers from my sweet hubby, and finally the four of us at the Resort before a scrumptious lunch.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Laugh Together Layout
The photos are from Macey's birthday, but I chose to use them to celebrate Daddy's relationship with his girls rather than her birthday. Surprisingly enough, I've had the layout for a long time (since the Close To My Heart Regional Celebration in April '08 when we made it) and finally had the "perfect" pictures to go with it.
Close To My Heart supplies: Good Times paper pack; Angel Whispers, Friendship Word Puzzle, Celebrate Life, and The Works alphabet stamp sets; Twilight, Chocolate, Buttercup, and Sweet Leaf inks; Twilight and Sweet Leaf markers; Dimensional Elements (chipboard) Fresh Shapes; Clear Inspiration Acrylic Tags; Shades of Chocolate Mini Medley Accents; Cottage Edge Anchors; Hemp
Techniques: Rock 'n Roll stamping; sponge shading; fringed paper; sanding; stamped photo corners (flowers)
Sketch: "Full House" from Imagine