Saturday, December 17, 2011

Be us against the world

Welcome to the Hambly Design Team Blog Hop!

We'd like to introduce you to the new design team members through a blog hop (and giveaway). Visit all 16 designer's blogs, where you can read a little bit about each member and see a project and/or tip about Hambly products. Leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts, then go to the Hambly blog (
and leave comment. On Dec. 19th 2011 at 12 noon PST we will randomly pick and announce the winners on the Hambly Blog (

10 Random things about me...

1. I believe in magic
2. Cartoons are my fav and I quote them often.
3. I could never decide on one thing I wanted to BE when I grew up. I want to do EVERYTHING!
4.I got my love of craft from my mama
5. Vintage is always good
6. In every situation there is music playing in my head, like a soundtrack.
7. I wish time travel was possible. I would go back in time to every era just so I could live for a few weeks as they did and wear the period clothes.
8. I cry every time I watch dumbo.
9. My fav kind of movies are horror movies.
10. I wish I could play dress up every day.

I would love to share with you a page I made about the most important man in my life. Of course I used hambly. The Doilies and the wood-grain paper are Hambly. My two very fav things.

Now go leave some love on the other girls posts!

Angela Gutshall  PA
Corrie Jones  GA
Felicitas Klink Germany
Iris Babao Uy   Philippines
Janna Werner Germany
Jaz Lee Soo Hui  Singapore
Jennifer Rzasa  MA
Karine Cazenave  France
Kirsty Neale   UK 
Leeann Pearce   Australia
Leah Farquharson  FL
Maisa Mendonça  Brazil
Marie Ramirez  CA
Mou Saha  FL
Paige Evans  CA
Pearl Lui  NY


Friday, December 9, 2011

Your face to face with the man who sold the world

Hello everyone! I have some really happy news. I HAVE A JOB! Yay! It has finally happened and let me tell you not a moment to soon. It is a bit of a drive, the hours suck, and the days off are even more sucky, but it is a job! I am thankful, grateful, and everything else in between.

Of course that should tell you why the lack of posts. Not only the job but the fact that my laptop is no longer in working order doesn't help. I have to use my husbands desktop and me no likey! He is usually on it or my 16 year old. I hate the way I have to edit photos on it. I just cant seem to get them to look right anymore. Grrr! But hey I have a job! LOL! That means maybe soon I will have the money to get my laptop fixed...or better yet a iPad! Hahahaha! Yeah I wont hold my breath for that.

Anyway I have a little Christmas page to share with you. This is for Creative Type. You really need to go play along.

It is of me and the hubby. He truly is the best gift. He loves me so very much and I couldn't ask for a more loving and devoted husband. Lucky I am!

Working on some hambly goodness. Should be posted soon but for now a little peek.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cuz its turkey to eat, so good

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope you stuffed yourself full of totally awesome food and had a wonderful day! Mine is barely beginning as I type this. Kids are in the living room fighting while playing LBP on the PS3. Hubby is snoring in bed and I am sitting here typing. This year started out great. I thought this was the year it was all going to turn around for me. Boy did it ever trick me. I did however grow as a person. It has been rough but I have survived. I just keep telling myself it could be worse. You all know that is my fav thing to say lol!

This day makes me forget the bad and realize how much I am truly blessed. My FB status says it so well...

"Giving thanks...I have been blessed with wonderful people in my life. My soul-mate who adores me just as much as I adore him and always makes my life better. Children that are healthy and make me laugh every day. A mother who loves me despite my faults and is always there for me. Cousins who are like my sisters and I can always talk to about anything. Sister who I love and cherish. Sis in laws that make me feel like we are blood. Aunt and uncle I love to hug. A father who wasn't always there but is making the effort now. AMAZING friends! I love you all very much!"

I have met so many beautiful people online. Friends that I hope I will grow old with. I made this page about 2 that I truly adore.

They don't judge me for what I DONT have. They lift me up when I feel down. They let me bitch and cry and whatever else I need to do. These two are FRIENDS. I will always see them as such and they will always have a special place in my heart.

What is a Thanksgiving day post without a black Friday sale to follow? Here you go my friends! Shop your little hearts out!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

If it hadn't been for love

Next week is Thanksgiving. All my thanksgiving decorations were ruined. Totally my fault, so I ended up not putting anything up for thanksgiving. Boo me. Just not that into it right now. BUT that does not mean I shouldn't be thankful right? Full of thanks. I have many things to be thankful for. My family of course is my rock. What keeps me plugging along and trying my hardest. My husband is AMAZING. He loves me no matter what I look like or act like. He loves me despite my faults. My kids are truly wonderful little ones. Without them there would be nothing to push me to be a better me. My mom, she is a beautiful person inside and out. I appreciate her more and more every day. She is my shoulder to cry on and my hug to make the pain go away. My friends are awesome. I mean really. This amazing internet community that I have become a part of. I cant believe all the ladies who have touched my heart.

I made this book for my guest spot over at Gauche Alchemy.

*Oh yeah I didn't share that with you all yet have I?! Sheesh when your head is in the storm clouds lots of things get lost along the way.*

I am super excited they asked me to guest for them! I mean wow their kits are filled with some awesome stuff! LOVE IT!

The only thing I used that was not in the kits they sent was the Crate Paper. EVERYTHING else is from them.

I am going to fill my book with little thankful things that my family and I talk about this thanksgiving. Everyone should know I am thankful and what I am thankful for, even when my voice has long been silenced. Everyone.

Threw some Hambly Studios in for good measure!

What are you thankful for?


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I got a pocket full of sunshine

I am a Hambly DT member!

Oh what an awesome thing to wake up to!!! Totally wasn't expecting this. After the call I got yesterday from the job I THOUGHT I had, I honestly prepared myself for a no thanks. Woke up to FB wall posts and 14 emails! It was pretty cool.

Thanks for all the love! It sure makes a girl feel special.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Seasons come and go

Ok so I am so far behind. As you all know I went to school to become an RDA. Hoping that I would get a job right away. That has NOT happened. In return I am VERY short on money. Well something happened on Halloween that just made it almost IMPOSSIBLE to make it. I wont go into detail but it really shook my world and dropped me on my head.

Why do things like this happen always around the holidays? Not to mention my laptop is no longer in working order and my hubs cell phone is on the fritz. Of course I can live without all that but still...They say when it rains, it pours and boy were they ever right!

I have had a few interviews...But no jobs. It really is a blow to your ego when you don't get that call back. Just gotta keep on keepin on I guess. I will get through it. I know this. Just is hard to believe sometimes. Blah!

As I stated above I am far behind. This page I did a while back. It is of my cousin Marky. He was having such a wonderful time on that rocking horse. Of course used more sass and Hambly.
Isn't the look on his face priceless? Adore!

Halloween you say?!? Yes. I should have posted this a while ago but there is a tutorial for this little Halloween chalkboard I made on the A Million Memories blog. Love how it turned out. Easy to make too!

You will see more Halloween in the days to come. I still never did post my mantel and decorations. Stay tuned! Oh and be sure to send more good thoughts and prayers. I can always use them.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

oct gcd color

One of my very favorite seasons is Fall. I love the falling leaves, all the beautiful colors, the holidays and of course the food! Pumpkin everything, smells that make your mouth water. To showcase your yummy food you should have a beautiful place setting. This inspiration picture is just gorgeous! I mean the colors are not your typical fall colors but they work for fall sooo well! Wouldnt you agree! I love these colors so very much.

I knew I needed to use a white background for these beautiful colors so they would pop even more off the page.

When I think of fall I think of family, friends, and all the pictures I take. I never get a chance to take one of myself. Thank goodness there are other photographers in the family.

This picture captures ME. I always have the camera in my hand. I am always trying to capture everyone else in their element. I am so glad someone captured me in mine.

Used lots of Donna Salzar and the twine is from Divine Twine, Whisker Graphics.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'll drink to that!

Hey ya'll I have a huge favor to ask you! Ok not that huge but it is a favor none the less. In doing this favor you could also win a prize from me! Who doesn't like prizes right? Wanna see what you could win?! Here we go.

It doesn't have to be a deer. If you follow my work you know I make lots of stuff. If you don't like the deer maybe something else I have made tickles your fancy. All you have to do is go click on this link and LIKE the photo on facebook. My husband is entered in a contest and he has to get lots and lots of likes! To show my appreciation I will be holding a drawing to win! Make sure to leave me a comment that you did like the photo and you will be entered to win! Thank you all so very much!


Friday, October 21, 2011

GCD october tech

Halloween is fast approaching. I don't know about you but my children are constantly asking how many more days till the candy filled dress up day. To Make that fun and something I don't have to answer 4 times each day I came up with this Halloween countdown.

Now to make your own.
Orange PP in 2 different patterns
Pop dots
Chalkboard paint
Paper Mache house

Paint your paper mache house with chalkboard paint. Follow directions on bottle. Let dry.

For the pumpkin you need 5 ovals. 2 in one pattern and 3 in another. My pumpkin uses 5 3 inch ovals. Ink all edges to make them pop.

Begin to build your pumpkin. Start from one side and glue the 2nd oval to the first. Add your 4th oval to the 2nd.

Glue your 5th oval to your 4th.

Last glue your 3rd and final piece to the middle.

The back will look like this. I cut out a freehand stem for my pumpkin and also glued it to the back.

Attach twine around the roof to hold your chalk and a jewel to the pumpkin to bring more attention to it.
I wanted to add just a little more and break up the house so I added a boarder I cut from RSVP.

All you need to do is give your kids the chalk and begin the countdown!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

And we could watch a place in the sun

Ok I am in such a blah place right now. I know its a number of reasons but the main one is PMS. Yes I said it. I mean 99% of my readers are ladies so why not just put it out there. I hate that week or two out of the month where everything makes me wanna jump off a cliff. Tears are always waiting to come pouring out my eyes. Am I the only one? HMPH. When I get this way I find it hard to do much of anything.

I had a interview the other day. My 3rd since I have been out of school. They all seem to have been right around THAT time. I dont deal with rejection well and I am not use to not getting the job. I have only ever not gotten the job one time. The guy that interviewed me was a JERK so I knew it was a no go. I was dissapointed but it wasnt that big of a deal. That was over 15 years ago.

I graduated top of my class with a 3.97 and perfect attendance. Why the heck cant I get a job?!? I am just so confused and hurt. I feel like it must be me. I'm taking it personally. I know I shouldnt. Again with the "I give myself very good advice, but I rarely seldom follow it." It really is true. I guess I just don't know how to snap my heart out of it. If I thought slapping myself in the face would help, I would. Ha!

I am lucky, I am blessed, even tho I dont feel like it. I shouldnt have to remind myself that, it could be worse. I could be batteling cancer or a loss of a loved one. Heartache knows everyone. So snap out of it! Right?!

Right. I have friends who are super awesome, family that I adore and adores me back. My soulmate. Who could ask for anything more?! With that being said I am going to TRY not to let this, financial bull s%^& bring me down. I am going to assume that there is something better out there. Eventually it will come my way. IF it never does, well at least I lived my life happy and not worrying about all the crap I cant change. Life is SHORT. Wow feel like I have had this talk before. (wink)I guess sometimes we need reminding. I am not perfect. Havent I mentioned that?

Ok so on to the small stuff. My son Rowan walked out on the porch where my hubby and I were standing. He looked up at said "look mom a heart!" I looked up and there it was. Ran in and grabbed my camera.
I love this picture. Now I have a story to and a page to go with it.

It reminds me how kids can enjoy and appreciate small things that us adults miss.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

If I was just another dusty record on the shelf

My mom's birthday went well.

Made her cookie dough cupcakes & pumpkin spice fudge. My husband told me they were his very favorite cupcake so far. If you love cookie dough that cupcake is totally for you.

& the Hubs made Sopes.The sopes turned out soooo good.

I managed to make her a simple card.
I channeled my inner Ashley Newell. Not as sweet as her cards but I made it in 5 mins so I don't think it turned out bad. All in all it was a lovely day.

I managed to complete 5 pages that I have started and never completed. This is one of them.
Hambly and Crate for this one.

My husband and I have been together now for almost 19 years. I say that constitutes me calling us soul mates, wouldn't you?

Speaking of Crate...What is with AC buying up all these SB companies? NUTS! I love Crate paper. I am also sad to see Sass is out of the game. I mean I guess things have gotten really tough for EVERYONE. I hope this economy turns around soon.