Friday, May 31, 2013

My Baby Brother....

I had to stop calling Kenneth my little brother many years ago and he outgrew me! But I never stopped thinking of him in those terms!
My little brother died on Monday May 27 and his funeral is today.
Not many people knew my brother very well. He was very quiet and kept to himself. He wasn't one to open up to people and share his life stories. When he was a teenager he left home, he spent many years away from us and during that time he grew from a teenager to a man. He kept in touch by phone when went out to live his life and came home for random short stays. Until 5 years ago when his daddy was diagnosed with lung cancer. He came home to help our mom care and nurse his daddy until his death. After his daddy died I really thought he would leave again, but he didn't! He felt like it was time to stay and get to know his family. He has been by our mom's side for the past 5 years, helping with anything and everything she ever needed help with. He called or went by Papaw Smith's house every day, to either chat or do whatever handy work Papaw needed done (remember Papaw is 91 years old). His generous heart didn't stop with his family, he was always willing to help friends and neighbors do whatever they needed done. In 5 short years, Kenneth stayed to get to know his family and we all learned what type of man he was...kind, generous, funny and good hearted!!
When he was younger and out living his life, I never counted on hearing from him on a regular basis and even after he moved back to mom's he still wasn't one to call on a regular basis. But randomly and out of the blue he would call and spend an hour or more on the phone asking about everything that was going on in my life and I still had to drag and pull information from him about what was going on in his life. But that's the man Kenneth was, always more interested in others, more so than himself.

I don't know when the ache is going to stop in my heart or when I will begin to heal from this tragedy! But until then I will let the posts that are already scheduled post but you may not see or hear from me for awhile, or I might feel the need to scrap like crazy, I don't know right now. I do know that there is such a huge crater in my heart and life right now that just remaining upright is about all I can do for the moment!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Family Fun Day--March CKC

This layout was made using my March corner Stop & Shop CKC kit.
I was inspired to create this layout by a sketch I found at the Sketches With Color blog, I didn't necessarily use the color pallet they provided, but I did use some of the colors; dusk blue, grayed jade and lemon zest. The turquoise wood grain paper was actually a piece that I printed out from C.S.I., I cut it up and spread it over this layout.

I made this little cluster using a cut up scrap that has been in my stash for awhile.

Love the texture this rosette ribbon adds without actually being to thick!

Love all those little random bits that I was able to use on this title.
Supplies Used:
Pattern Paper: AC, EP, CTMH, C.S.I.
Cardstock: CTMH
Embellishments: Two Busy Moms (2003 woot!), CTMH, Want 2 Scrap, Making Memories, RUM
Alphas: BG, EP, Lily Bee Designs
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Laugh Out Loud--March CKC

This layout was made using my March Corner Stop & Shop CKC kit. I love when my Auntie Garner comes to visit and I can catch such a spectacular smile and laugh in a photo!
I was inspired by the May sketch at the Purple Pumpkin blog. I love their sketches and all the inspiration they provide!

I added some sprinkles with some sequins and pearl flowers.

I think I've mentioned before that I love mixed font titles!!!! And I'm super excited that I was able to use that yellow alpha again.
I love the shiny parts of the glimmermist from where it pooled when I sprayed it.

I made that round piece under the flowers about a year or so ago for a kit and I never used it so it went back into my stash, I'm so glad I was able to use it here.
Supplies Used:
Pattern Paper: AC, EP, CTMH, RUM
Cardstock: CTMH
Embellishments: CTMH, Prima, Recollections, Paper Studio, RUM
Mist: Glimmermist
Alphas: AC Thickers, Lily Bee Designs, EP
Silhouette Cuts: Feathers
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Christmas Card #3

I initially made this card for a Merry Monday Sketch challenge but didn't get it submitted in time, so I saved it for another challenge.
Sorry I didn't get a better photo of the envelope, I stamped musical notes on it.

I embossed the image of the violinist and used my spellbinders dies to cut it out and cut out the gold metallic paper behind it.
A little decoration on the inside too.
Supplies used:
Paper Studio card base and envelope, Recollections red & gold cardstock, CTMH white cardstock, SEI hounds tooth green/gold border, Recollections gold glitter tape, Zing gold embossing powder, CTMH black ink, Spellbinders scalloped rectangle die, RUM black bling
CTMH Stamps:
D1243 Peace on Earth
D1440 Everlasting Life
D1523 Sweet Music Everyday Life

Look...--March CKC

This layout was made with my March Corner Stop & Shop CKC kit, I am still making tons of layouts with this kit and I have plans to make a couple more PL layouts with the scraps as well.
Today's layout was inspired by the sketch at Write.Click.Scrapbook blog, it's not exactly like the sketch but I love how mine tuned out.

I mixed up some sequins, bling and pearls for a scattered look.

I used several stickers to create these pennants on toothpicks and I cut out that cute little owl from some owl's I found online, I put it on vellum and cut that out behind it as well.
Originally these pennants were attached and I cut them apart and stitched them down.

More sprinkles...

I really Frankensteined this phrase together with some letter stickers that were in my kit.
Supplies Used:
Pattern Paper: Anna Griffin, MME, SEI, RUM
Embellishments: Want2Scrap, BG, MME, Prima, AC, RUM
Alphas: Miss Elizabeth, RUM
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Monday, May 27, 2013

PL Week 12--March CKC

I went on a scrapbooking retreat for National Scrapbook Day weekend and while I was there I managed to get 2 weeks caught up in my PL album.
And once I got home I was really motivated to get even more done. 
So when I had the opportunity to go over to my new friend Wendy's house to scrapbook with her, I thought the easiest thing to take would be my PL stuff.
 While I was there I managed to get another 2 page spread done for week 12. I think I might be caught up really soon... or not!
I used my March Corner Stop & Crop CKC kit for this layout
I really love how this one turned out!!

Left Page.

Right Page.

I added a cut out that I made with my silhouette, it's one that I was practicing cuts with.

That old fabric label is ancient, prolly 8-10 years old.

I love layering labels.

I used a bit of doily that I had leftover from another project to the title care. I also broke off the flowers from several paperclips they were attacked to then added them to the little flower cluster.

Another really old fabric label.

I dressed up the pattern paper banners by adding some bling, pearls and brads.

I layered up 2 silhouette cut vellum butterflies and cut down another of those silhouette cut arrows.
Layered flowers with buttons.
Love when I can add some of that old magic mesh!
I printed the 2 images on the left from the Internet and my friend Wendy actually had a palm stamp that she let me use.

I used an old BG banner sticker that had orange flowers and I added the others over top of them.

Another bit of leftover doily. Yes the photo is supposed to show how I captured her in motion.
Supplies Used:
Pattern Paper: SEI, CTMH, EP, AC
Cardstock: Bazzill, RUM
Stickers: BG, Making Memories, Teresa Collins, RUM
Labels: Internet Printables, RUM
Embellishments: Prima, MME, Spare Parts, Recollections, Magic Mesh, CTMH
Silhouette Cuts: butterflies, arrow words

Sunday, May 26, 2013

This is My Happy Place--August 2012 CKC

I was inspired to create this layout by a sketch from Sketch Inspiration, it's also made using my August 2012 CKC kit.
For those that keep coming back to see my August 2012 layouts, thank you for having patience with me!! LoL!! I still can't believe I forgot to post all of the layouts I created with that kit!

Snuck in a little piece of ribbon, I don't tend to use it as often as I used to, I guess that's just the current scrapbooking trend and it's away from ribbon at the moment.

Same with brads, they used to be my go-to item and I have gotten away from using them as much but with the August CKC kit I pulled out bunches of little packs from my color bins in hopes of using them all up. I randomly placed the brads into flower centers down the left side of the page. I even used a little pearl paint.

I bought several packages with really cute embellishments and they included these arrow brads, I've decided that I won't buy any more since they feel too bulky to me.

Snuck in a little stamping.

I used rub-on letters that have been in my stash for a little while, guess where they went after I finished this layout....into the trash! I think I have just come to the realization that I don't care for rub-ons too much! They are difficult, at best!

I piled on the embellishments to this little tag to balance out the poofy brads on the opposite side of the layout.
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Sweet Smile--August 2012 CKC

This layout is based on a sketch from Creative Scrappers, it's also made from my August 2012 CKC kit.
I can't believe I forgot about these layouts in my draft section, there's a ton of them! My August 2012 was huge and I made tons of layouts from it, I haven't counted altogether, but I bet there had to have been at least 15 plus cards. Looks like the next several months may see me catching up these layouts on the weekends! LoL!
Love the colors on this one, so bright and cheery!

I'm so glad I finally got to use this funky yellow border sticker, it's been in my stash forever!

My journaling was done with lots of little letter stickers. Love that I finally used that fussy cut paper, it's a small 6x6 page that part of a paper pack, not sure who the manufacturer was, but it's been in my stash for a long, long time.

The blue and red/white polka dot  shaped boxes are ones that I cut out ages ago. I was just playing around with some scraps and I'm glad I finally got to use them.

I stamped some words and high-lighted them with brads. I outlined the title but I'm not so great at that so it looks a little messy.

I layered a paper flower with a big button and a metal flower brad.
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