Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Designer . . . Valentine Day Cards

Ryleigh and I are heading to Walt Disney World for mid-winter break and will be gone for Valentine’s Day. Since Ryleigh will be missing her class Valentine party her teacher said she could bring her cards a few days before we leave. After searching the local store for just the right cards to give out Ryleigh was disappointed at what she was finding, nothing was striking her fancy or mine.

Always my little Miss Hallmark, Ryleigh asked me this evening if we could make her Valentine’s Day cards. Of course I jumped on this task immediately. I started with a 5 x 3 layer and I let Ryleigh guide me the rest of the way. Ryleigh chose red and pink as her paper colors. I showed Ryleigh how to use the color picker and we made a layer of each. Ryleigh knew exactly what she wanted; she asked me to grunge the layers so the red just peaked thru. I picked a brush, enlarged it and hit the layer twice, we immediately liked the results, but I wanted to tame it down so I decided to stroke the red layer with white and you can see the results, it was just what Ryleigh wanted. Then I suggested the Valentine Brush which I picked a lighter pink color to stamp with. Then we searched thru my fonts and Ryleigh chose the akaFrivolity, Miss Hallmark decided on white. Then at my suggestion I had Ryleigh write her message to her friends, so I took a photo and then extracted it from the photo and also turned her signature to white, matching the Happy Valentine’s Day.
I’m just put it together, but Ryleigh designed her Valentine card. I think she did a great job! When we were finally happy with our finished product, I showed Ryleigh how to use my photo printer and she printed out the 28 copies that she needed. Tomorrow we plan to run up to Target and pick up a package or two of cellophane candy bags. We will slide a picture and the candy that we purchased in the bag so that she can distribute her treats to her classmates. I think I better watch out, I might have to start sharing my digital stuff with my almost 10 year old daughter!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Yes We Can

Yes we can . . . it’s time for a change. Since the inauguration you can feel the energy, the people of the United States are ready to embrace change. It was amazing to see everyone come together and be so moved by the events of the day and the hope that President Obama has given our country. We need to support his plan for change and trust that he guides us in the right direction.

On inauguration day I had my husband pick our daughter, Ryleigh who is 9 years old up from school so that she could come home for lunch and watch the inauguration. In the last few weeks Ryleigh had asked many questions about the inauguration, what better way to answer her questions than to let her see the events and importance of the day to our country. We spent most of the evening watching the highlights from the day and anxiously awaiting the appearance of the Obama’s at the first ball. Today was such a special day not only for our country but because I was able to share this with my daughter and give her hope that our new president will work towards making our country and world a better place for all of humanity.
I put this collage together as a way to remember what the inauguration means to me.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I made it on DigiFree!

After freezing in sub zero temperatures these last few days, I have to say . . . I'm pumped up and ready to scrap. I just received notification that I was featured on DigiFree yesterday. DigiFree is a great place to find freebies. Check it out, thanks Digi Free!

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Year, New Header!

What do you think? I finally took the time today to redesign my blogger header and I couldn't be more pleased with the way it turned out. I wanted something a little funky, colorful and fun. I think I got it!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Seek Love

I couldn't resist digi scrapping this photo of Ryleigh and Jack on Christmas morning. I was on and saw that Katie Pertiet was hosting a Journaling Challenge and had a freebie (Seek Love) to inspire everyone. When I returned to work on Monday I was showing a friend some photos from Christmas and she commented on how she really liked this photo. By the end of the day I knew what I had to do, I had the right Word Art and photo. I also had just downloaded another freebie kit from Nicole Young (After Midnight) found at Digital Scrapbooking Place. I think this was the quickest layout I ever did, I completed it within an hour . . . record time. I just love the results and Ryleigh is thrilled with it also, she wants a copy for herself, the highest compliment I could ask for, my 9 year olds approval!

Friday, January 2, 2009

My 1st Freebie . . . Wretched Sparkles

I did it!

Here it is my first kit, the long awaited Wretched Sparkles I'm really excited to share this with everyone and hope that you can find many uses for it. I sure would love to see what you do with it.

I worked on pulling this together and making sure everything was working properly, what encourage me to get this out was when I used the black sparkle paper behind my "Scary Santa" photo that I put on Jessica Sprague's December photo-a-day challenge. I had a few Spraguemates give me some positive feedback on my photo and the paper so here it is!

Here is Scary Santa.