Mini Pocket Scrapbook

Monday, September 29, 2008

Another fabulously artsy tutorial! I have way too much fun making these.

Whoa, when did this happen?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Practicing for the school carnival face painting booth, my oldest daughter painted her sister's face. I snapped this pic, and it almost took my breath away. She's only 11, but something about the serious expression makes her look much older. And so beautiful it's scary. Now that's a halloween fright, for Mom at least.

October Papercrafts artwork

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The October Papercrafts issue is so much fun! There's a lot of "masking" in this issue (get it? Halloween?), and I was asked to create the artwork for the Tips, Tools and Techniques column on page 92. I think this tag is probably my favorite. The flourish is cut out from a piece of patterned cardstock from BasicGrey's Scarlet Letter collection. I used temporary adhesive to attach the flourish to my orange cardstock and painted over it with acrylic paint. Remove the mask before the paint is completely dry. Ta da! Masked art!

Another version, this one didn't make it in, but I thought it turned out pretty cool too.

Sticker Shock!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Are you a sticker snob? You know what I mean... stickers are not generally the first thing that pops into your head when you think "fabulously artsy". Well, get ready to look at stickers in a whole new way! Click the video below and enjoy!

Like the mug-shots? That's my 16 year old daughter's idea. How brave am I to do that? And keep watching until the end for the blooper. It's not easy staying in character, even when you're the stamp goddess.

Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Sometimes life throws you a curveball. Over the weekend, we went to visit my mother. Just as we pulled up to her house and stopped the pick-up, Rudy, our beloved house-cat (oops, sorry... very gentle Brittany), decided for the first time in his life to jump down from the truck without assistance. He launched himself over the side and didn't make it. Now let me tell you, this truck is enormous, and the sides of the truck are over 5 foot high. Normally, Rudy requires coaxing to get down from the back when the tailgate is down. He has never in his life jumped from the truck without help. Not sure what he was thinking, going over the side. The truck wasn't moving, thank goodness, but he hit the ground sideways, coming down on his front left leg and shattering his elbow. The break was so bad we had to take him to the Washington State University Veterinary teaching hospital. The good news is that they have some amazing specialists who put humpty-dumpty back together again, and I'm picking him up today. He'll be sporting a bit more metal in his body with a pin and a screw to keep his joints all lined up, but because of his size and weight, the doctors anticipate a full recovery.

Because the accident happened on Saturday and the doctors weren't able to patch him up until Wednesday, and Rudy had to spend his time waiting it out in the hospital, we've had a lot of lonely and worry filled days. I've learned how much a dog can become part of the family, and how deep our connection can become with a pet. You'd think I'd had one of my kids in the hospital, I've been such a basket case. So, if you have a pet, go give them a hug and let them know how much you love them. You never know when life will throw you a curveball.
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