Thursday, February 17, 2011

February Challenges!

Ha!  You thought I would forget to put them up this month didn't you?  Well, I have them ready, and I hope you are ready to play along.  This month let's make some pages!

1. BoM  -  My Every Day Life (a day in my life...something along this line)
2. Card  -  Wishes pg. 53, On the Edge
3. Layout  -  Reflections pg. 53, Main Frame Quarter Circle,
4. Product  -  Ink, paper, B&T, kits  (this month is a gimme!)
5. Color  -  smoothie, cotton candy, cranberry, holiday red, tulip (the reds, use 1, some or all of them)
6. technique  -  make your own B&T paper (random stamping or striping)

OK, see what appeals to you.  I am planning on using some of these to finish up the baby album on my desk.  What are you gonna do?

Here are a couple entrants from last month!  Don't they look great?   Why don't you come out and play with us too?  See you soon, connie

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Retreat Success!

Well, I am home from my weekend in the hills with all my good friends.  We ate, we laughed, we cut and we glued!  Another amazing weekend at Storm Mountain Retreat center with the girls.  I love February and I know that most of the women that come to the retreat look forward to it all year long, just like I do. 

This year, I didn't have very big goals.  I wanted to start a mini album for a friend of my son, and make a mini for me.  I also knew that I needed to crank out some cards to send to Afghanistan. I haven't sent any in awhile and I am falling behind on my commitment of a box a month.   And so, my final report is, my album - finished, the mini for John - started, and 100 cards made to go to Afghanistan.  Not bad for a weekend of work, especially when I was miserable with a cold.  Yuck.  It put a little damper on this years retreat, but not much. 

Now, I have to show you the album I made for myself.  I am so happy with it. 

 Isn't this stamp cool?  I love the filmstrip mutating into butterflies.

 I love these little stamps by CTMH.  They are the perfect accent for this page.

 A girl's gotta have some bling, don't you think?
 Another stamp from CTMH on the right page.  Great accent stamp.
Here's a closer look.  I think a person could do alot with this stamp set! 

Anyway, that is the mini album I finished at retreat.  I can't wait to find the time to get some pictures in there.  Of course, I have to find pictures of me first, that is the hardest part.  I hope you are better at getting your picture taken than I am!  I will post more pictures from the retreat soon.  C

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A new year - more craziness!

I can't believe it has been 3 weeks since I posted.  I am really losing it!  ha ha   I am deep in the throws of taxes (Oh Why , oh why don't I keep up with this all year long?!)  and getting ready for our annual retreat.  I am so excited!  I know all the girls are planning what they are going to bring and what they are going to work on.  I think I am going to be working on some mini albums - for ME!  Something I have not done for years. 

But, before I start packing things up, I thought I should share some of the pictures from our Christmas parties this year. (It is February! I would think you would be ready to scrapbook these! ha ha) I am going to start with my Rapid City afternoon group. We met at Michele's house and had wine and appetizers with our projects! It was awesome!

 These girls look ready to work, don't they? 

 I really think we were mostly excited about the gift exchange.

 These decorated frames were the project I planned for the party.  So easy to have a special frame for any event - just a little paper and creativity!
 Every one's frame was a little bit different!
 And we had a new crafter join us at the party, Michele's daughter stayed with us and made her own scrapbook!  I love when they join us young!

Then of course I had the party with my Rapid City evening group.  We met in the afternoon in December, so it was different right from the start.

 The sisters got started right away.  I think they were checking out the gift table!
 I used my CRICUT and cut this bunch some layered trees and ornaments.
 There may have been a bit of glitter roaming around the room too.
 Everyone got extremely creative.  Check out how the glitter is layered on this ornament!
The gift table was most impressive! And everyone was so creative with their gifts. I got a desk post it note holder, there was a framed scrapbook page,

 And I think our frames ROCKED! 
And finally, I got a chance to party in STURGIS!
There is a rumor going around that we do more chatting than work. 

But we all seem to get focused at the same time. 

 Everyone got to do a frame and make it their own.

 And they all were so pretty! 
 I couldn't wait to get my 2010 Christmas picture in mine!

We all have a good time, every month. And this month, I get to play with these girls for an extra weekend - at RETREAT!!!!  Yeah!

See you soon!  connie