Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why I Grocery Game!

I've been playing the Grocery Game for over 3 years now! When life gets too crazy, I miss a few weeks here and there. But today's trip to Harris Teeter proves why I stick with it.

Including the must-have today 3.99 Oxyclean (no sale/no coupon), the total for all this was only $11.44 plus tax!

If you ever decide to give the Grocery Game a try, I'd love for you to use me as a referral. My email is: mybackporch at gmail dot com.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

CPS #79

Another busy week without much to share here! Everything is good, just busy...and about to get busier since Addison's dance classes and Wednesday night Bible classes for the kids resume after Labor Day. I guess we have this long weekend to enjoy a few more days without the full schedule.

I did sit down at my craft table tonight (even though there is only about a 12-inch square area that is usable at the moment) and played with some Tinkering Ink goodies that came in the mail this week. This card is for CPS Sketch #79. There's really not much to it. The paper is Tinkering Ink, and the rub-on is American Crafts. Such an easy-peasy card. I'm hoping the striking color combo makes it look like a little more work went into it than really did.

Thanks for dropping by. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

This is so fun!

I saw this link to Yearbook Yourself on Julie Campbell's blog and just had to try it for myself!

It's so fun to see what you might have looked like back in the day. LOL I think it's a very realistic projection if I had been having yearbook pics taken in any of these years.

How about 1962?

Or 1972?

In fact, I'm quite sure that I have a few from 1990 that look exactly like this!

If you try it yourself and post them, I'd love to see a link. I think these are hilarious!

Friday, August 22, 2008

CPS #78 and Pamela is a Maniac!

I finally got around to this week's sketch on the Card Positioning Systems blog. Stamps are SU Fabulous Flowers, patterned paper by Prima, and some pink and fruit punch Stickles. This one was made for a co-worker who is moving away. I hope she likes it.

Pamela has ANOTHER awesome giveaway on her blog today! Check it out HERE!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Check out this giveaway!

While I'm being busy ignoring the blog (and many of yours too *sad face*), check out this great giveaway! Pamela is giving away an entire scrapbooking kit!!!

Hurry! Go!

And I promise to catch up this weekend.

Monday, August 18, 2008

SOS Mystery Envelope LO

Last month, I signed up for the mystery envelope challenge on the Sisterhood of Scrap blog. It was a fun challenge to take minimal supplies and use all of them for a layout. In addition to what I received in the mail, I added a sheet of white 12x12 cardstock and some stamping for my title. (I think you can tell I'm way out of practice with the wood mounted stamps, huh?)

You can check out what the other gals did with the same supplies HERE!

And believe it or not, I really am up this early blogging. Today is Addison's first day to ride the bus the we have to get everyone ready quite a bit earlier than we did last week! I've got the camera ready. Hoping I get some great pics to share!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Using My Stash

The August challenge at Use Your Stash is to use patterned paper. I found a sketch from Sketch It Out and dug into my stash of Dream Street papers. No cardstock on this layout, but I cut into 5 different patterned papers. Yippee! One more LO ready for Sara's album.

Use Your Stash is giving away an awesome prize for taking their August challenge. But you only have until August 20 to go check it out quick!!

52 Sketches #32 and some {SAS}sy Scrapping!

What a bad blogger I've been! We've been working on getting back in our school routine this week. It's going great! But definitely an adjustment after the lazy days of summer.

I did find time last night to work with Sketch #32 at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks.

I'll be spending what spare time I can find this weekend trying to finish up the gift album since my niece leaves for college in just a few more days. I found out about an online crop at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking.

What a friendly bunch of scrappers! And some great challenges (and awesome prizes) to keep me motivated! You should come join in the fun on the message board! Here's another LO I did for a challenge over there.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

First Day First Grade!

WOW! Summer vacation sure has flown by! I guess that happens especially when you move just a couple of days after the last day of class in May. Today was the first day at Addison's new school. She was a little apprehensive about starting at a new place and making new friends, but she is very happy that her new school doesn't have a uniform dress code. Mom, on the other hand, is not so happy about it. That standard school attire was a sure way to avoid the arguments over her fashion choices.

We got there a little early so she and Clark had time to check out this awesome tree on the school yard. On the way inside, we had seen a couple of familiar faces. I'm hoping she felt more at ease by the the time we got to her classroom. And you just gotta love the snaggle tooth smile. Here's wishing you a terrific first grade year my dear!!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Another Double Challenge

Korin of Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps provided the sketch and the prize for this week's challenge at the Dutch Dare Challenge blog. I love this sketch. I decided to use a stamped image of Sweet Gretchen that Korin had sent along with my last order. Since the theme of the week on the Stamp Something blog is Thank You's, I used a TAC sentiment and made a Thank You card. Thank You cards are something I never seem to have enough of.

Sorry for the lousy picture. The lighting is terrible in here at night, but I knew this card would not scan well either.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Challenge(s) Card

This card was made with two challenges in mind. This week, the theme at Cute Card Thursday is something "In The House". Do you realize how hard it is to find a stamp of something INSIDE the house? I used this week's sketch from Friday sketchers and some older SU stamps (I think these were in a hostess set??). The paper is all Basic Grey Infuse. It's nice to have a belated birthday card in the stash. Goodness knows it won't be long before I forget someone's birthday. I couldn't even remember to take a picture of this card during daylight hours today, so I had to resort to the scanner.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

CPS #76

This morning I was cleaning off my table from the past few days of layouts. I found these American Crafts paper scraps and thought they'd work perfectly for CPS Sketch #76. Luckily I had already hand-cut the flower out so the card came together very quickly, and I can always use some fun cards to send "just-because!"

Okay...gotta get moving! It needs to be a busy day here.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Magic - 52 Sketches #29

I've been cropping with the gals at Sassy Scrappers this weekend. They're having a Tropical Luau Crop with lots of fun challenges. I used a recipe challenge from the crop and Sketch #29 at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks to set the tone for this layout. Hearts are clear embosssed on the black background cardstock. The patterned paper and journaling card are by Jenni Bowlin. To achieve the large scallop effect, I cut circles and then cut them in half. It's all pulled together with some ribbon and lace and a few Heidi Swapp jewels. I made this one for my niece's gift album, but I like it so much I think I need to replicate it for our wedding album!