Thursday, September 25, 2008

ScrapMatters Birthday Train Blog

Hi all, and welcome to stop #36 of the ScrapMatters Birthday Train Blog!!! Yes, you did read that right...36!!

In celebration of ScrapMatters 1st birthday, us gals from the SM Design Team, Creative Team and Scrap Gang have created another FABULOUS brag book!!! It was created from our new Mega Kit "You Say It's Your Birthday." All you need to do is follow the links to collect a beautiful, HUGE, new brag book!! Make sure you stick around ALL week...we have some great freebies to give away, chats, daily downloads and just all around FUN!!!
In my family, we don't have huge celebrations. Birthdays are special days to spend with our family and loved ones. Because the majority of our birthdays are in the spring and summer we usually just end up having a big barbecue, with my mom being the grill master. But the best part of our birthdays, and I guess you could call it a tradition, is the birthday cake. My grandma makes THE BEST black forest cakes ever!!! I always know that I'm celebrating a birthday back home when I can have a slice of my grandma's black forest cake!! And let me tell you...since I've moved out of the country, I don't nearly get as many slices of that cake as I would like:) So I wanted to share a pic of my wonderfully talented Grandma...baking her famous black forest cake!!
Isn't she cute? Love ya Grandma!!
Here is my brag book page I created just for you!! Hope you like it!!

The next stop on your train is Krista's blog
***If you have been stuck here because I messed up the link...I'm SO SORRY!!! It should be fixed now!!***

Did you miss a stop? So far the ScrapMatters Blog Train has stopped at the following stations:

15. (Kim - tgmousechick)

22. (Alice - fallenan9e1)

30. (Christine - alamama)

Thanks for stopping by...hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

A parade and Round 2...

So, during the Labour Day weekend, the kiddos didn't have any soccer games...but they did have the chance to walk in the city parade. It was...okay...or to put it in Monkey's words "this is boring!" Haha...leave it to the kids to tell the truth:) They mainly just walked about 3/4 of a mile and then watched everyone else walk. But I wanted to post some pics...because that's what I do!!
Here was a cool Chinese Dragon for some Chinese club...Sweet Pea was in love with it, and was pretty disappointed after it passed.

And of course, I had to snap this the Canadian flag!!

This was the kiddos little group...$5 for anyone who can spot Mike!! LOL...just joking, he's pretty easy to spot here.

So Pumpkin wasn't too enthusiatic about meeting people...but Monkey LOVED it!! He wouldn't stop waving at everyone.

And of course...there had to be food after...and the kiddo's thoroughly enjoyed themselves!! See for yourself...

And you know that there had to be a petting zoo there!!

Wait...that's not a bunny!!! Yup...Sweet Pea wasn't interested in the bunnies...she just wanted the food!! LOL:)

And what's a city celebration without face painting? Pumpkin's turned out beautiful...

But Sweet Pea wasn't too sure about hers...

Anyway...on to Round 2 of soccer games, from the next weekend.

Monkey was getting the hang of the game...

Or was he? Yes...this was in the middle of him running for the can see his teammate kicking the ball to his right...don't know exactly what he was cheering for here...

Then, in the second half, he played goalie...which always seems like a good idea...until you have to play it. He got bored...

REALLY bored...

And yes, he was scored on, once...and he was okay with it for a quick minute...but then we had this...and Mike had to go over and convince him that it was okay. He still wasn't okay with it...but he wasn't pouting in the goal.

And then there was Pumpkin's game...she's still working on controlling her body.

But I was really proud of her when she took this guy on...he did beat her to the ball...but at least she's competing now...hopefully she'll be keeping this up!!

So...there's a quick update for you...I'll be back again!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

How well do you know your colours?

A fun link from the girls at Sweet Shoppe Designs...
The Crayola website has a quiz to see how well you know your colours. You can take the quiz here. It's a little fun, takes me back to when I was a kid...I definitely knew my blues and greens, my fave colours...had a little bit of trouble with the browns. But, after making my choices for the 64 crayons, I was dubbed a "Colour Genius" with 23 mistakes. So I'm feeling pretty good about myself...although, it may help that I have 3 kiddos using crayola crayons right now...but don't tell anyone;)

Anyway, on to some LOs!! I didn't miss a beat when I was chosen to be on the CT for ScrapMatters. I quickly made 2 LOs for them, well, one is also for Erica Zane, who I CT for as well...but it counts just the same. So without further ado...

This one was created for the Speed Scrap that ScrapMatters holds every week or definitely have to check them out. You are given 6-7 instructions/rules over the course of an hour, then have an additional hour to create your LO and upload it to the gallery. I'm totally's SO much fun!!!

It's funny, because even though I grew up totally immersed in sports, and was hoping that my kids would be too. I never, in my wildest dreams, pictured myself as a "soccer mom." You know, driving all her kids around to their different practices and games in a minivan...but that is exactly what I've become...and to tell you the truth...I don't mind it a bit. In fact, I love it!!! I love watching my kids get out and play, and to see the joy on their face when they finally learn how to do a certain skill right. Anyway, enough's the LO. I totally love how it turned out!!


And here is the LO I created using Erica Zane's kit called Magical Escape. The whole kit is just perfect for your little princess' in your life...and I have two of them. I blended a couple papers together to get this one that perfectly matched Pumpkin's costume from Halloween last year. I can hardly believe that it's already been a year since this pic was taken!! Anyway, I had a lot of fun playing around with all the fun elements and sparkles.


I also created this beautiful Autumn LO with Amanda Kay's newest kit called Autumn Breeze. I absolutely adore this pic of Pumpkin...yup, that's her, alright...that was taken back in 2003. We had the chance to spend about a month up in my hometown during the Fall...and she was in love with all of the colours. The 4 seasons is definitely something that I miss...we don't get much of a fall or winter here in California. Anyway, I love her little squishy face here!!


Thanks for sticking around this long!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I've been keeping my fingers crossed...

and I finally found out!!! I am part of the newest CT for ScrapMatters...yup...the entire store!!! This is just HUGE for me! I love that place, I'm relatively new there, and everyone is just so amazingly talented and nice!! I'm so excited, I can't wait to see what they have in store for us:)

So, I wanted to share some of my latest LOs I've created.
Here are the LOs I created for Scrap It Designs by Bree using her About a Girl Kit while I was her guest CT for August.

Here You Come Again {credits}

Keep Smiling {credits}

Here are some LOs that I created for Erica Zane using her latest releases: Serenity Now and EZ Dreams:

Just the Two of Us {credits}

Better Together {credits}

Here's a LO I made for Leiko Beck Designs using her Retro Summer Kit

Love.Peace.Happiness {credits}

Here's a LO I made using Britt-ish Designs Mermaid Lagoon Kit and Template and Sue Cummings Word Art:

This Moment {credits}

And finally, here's a LO I created for a challenge at Shabby Pickle Designs. I used Coffelicious from Kasia Designs and {Fall}ing for Retro from Paislee Press and Leora Sanford

More Every Day {credits}

I've had a lot of fun creating these LOs. Most of them were for challenges at different sites. Take care and thanks for hanging around!!