Thursday, November 27, 2008


I finally made my Halloween layout. It was another quick and easy one. Maybe after Thanksgiving I'll have some time to spend on more elaborate pages. Well, maybe after Christmas...


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

And the Winner Is...


Congrats, Laurel! Email me ( with your info, k? 

Thanks to everyone who played!


Carving Pumpkins

Okay, so they mostly stuck Mrs. Potato Head Pumpkin Pieces into the pumpkins. But Emma sure loved doing it! Here's the super quick and easy layout I made. Notice the super cute Tiddly Inks stamps I added! I just love adding stamps to my layouts!

Off to cook some Thanksgiving dishes for tomorrow. TFL!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Emma Bug

Oh my, oh my, OH MY! You've just GOT to go check out the Tiddly Inks blog here! Christy Croll (aka Tiddly Inks) is a FABULOUS illustrator! I have quite a few of her watercolor paintings hanging in my office (aka Crazy Author's Nook), as well as several hanging in Emma's room. I keep telling Christy that she is my "author's muse." It's true! I am writing children's books based on several of her paintings! My dream is that someday I will write a book that she will illustrate. How cool will that be?

Well, Christy has just designed a new line called HuggABuggs. Em (Stamping Bella) has turned them into a new line of stamps. They are fabulous! You can find the stamps here. And to think that they were inspired by Little Miss Emma in her ladybug costume! I can't stand it~Emma is a stamp!!! (On Christy's blog, Emma is the red and blue ladybug with the daisies.)

Christy's paintings--as well as a variety of other products--are beautiful and very reasonably priced. Check out her online store here for your holiday shopping!

Christy, congratulations on the HuggABuggs!

Camp Giffy & Papa

About a month ago, we watched Emma for a long weekend. We called it Camp Giffy & Papa. We're not sure which one of us had the most fun! Here are the layouts for that weekend. I used CTMH Caprice Paper Packet.

The wonderful alphabet stickers were part of the blog candy I won from Jenn. Thanks again, Jenn!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Two More Layouts

Well, I am half-way to having a dining room again. I think I like it better as a scrapbooking/stamping room!

Here are a few more layouts. The photos are rather dark, but you'll get the idea. These are just some miscellaneous fall photos. On the first page, we were watching the Red Sox playoff games. It's no secret that I am a HUGE Red Sox fan. I was wearing my Curt Schilling jersey, and Emma wore her Curt Schilling t-shirt. I taught her to pump her fists and say, "Go, Sox!" She walked by the oven, saw her reflection in the door, and kissed it! Don't worry~that was quickly followed by a lesson on "Don't EVER touch the oven!"

These are of the pumpkin patch. I'm 46 and a grandma, but I still love to go to the pumpkin patch!

That's it for today. TFL!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bounty of Butterflies

I only had time to make one card, so I had to combine BSC55 and BCC55 on SCS. 
Stamps: Butterflyabella by Stamping Bella; butterfly by CTMH Dragonfly & Friends
Paper: CTMH Indian Corn Blue, Garden Green, and Autumn Terracotta
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Autumn Terracotta, CTMH Old Olive, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Pumpkin, misc. ribbon

Now comes the hard part: I need to transform my stamping/scrapbooking room back into my formal dining room before my Thanksgiving guests arrive! LOL

Happy Friday and TFL!

Gobblin' Good Bella Bash

On the third Wednesday evening of each month, the Stamping Bella team hosts a themed bash. This month, it was called The Gobblin' Good Bella Bash, GGBBC1. (Hope, thanks for such a fun, creative title! You are the Queen of Titles!) There were two challenges. The first was to make a card using a Bella stamp that you are grateful to possess. Well, that was an easy choice for me: it HAD to be Glideabella! Not only do  I LOVE all things skating, but she was my first Bella. My SIL, Lori, sent me a card made with Glideabella, and that started the Bella craze for me. So I am guessing that Glideabella is Em's favorite Bella, too~at least in regards to me, since she is the one that has kept my cart full ever since! LOL

Stamp: Glideabella by Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Aspen
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Gold, CTMH Paper Piercing Tool, SU Little Felt Flurries, SU Ribbon Slot Punch, Gold Curling Ribbon, Nestabilities

The Second challenge, GGBBC2, was to make a card for someone for whom I am grateful, other than my husband. For me, that had to be my daughter, Brittany. She was in college in CO when we moved to MA. I was so lonely without her, as if a huge part of me was missing. She is living in MA now, and I am thrilled! She brings so much joy and fun to my life. Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of Brittany and her baby girl, Emma. (I am equally as grateful for my sons, Brennan and Keaton. But they are in college, and I don't think they'd be thrilled to have Mom send a Bella card to their dorm rooms. LOL) Brittany's favorite flower is a white daisy, so this stamp was perfect for her!

The second part of this challenge was to use my favorite embellishment. You know me~that means SPARKLE! So I was generous with my Copic Spicas and Bella's Glitter Dots on
this one! The best news is that Brittany loved the card. :)

Stamp: Content-to-be-abella by Stamping Bella
Paper: DCWV Summer Cardstock Stack and Blossoms & Butterflies Stack
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Dark Cocoa and Bubble Gum


Need a Lift?

There's a new Bella challenge called "Bella-Riffic Friday," hosted by Shannan Teubner. Click here to see it. I missed the first week, but was able to make one for the second week. The challenge was to use polka dots.

The Stella stamps make me laugh! I thought this one was perfect for dots since she is holding a life-saver. The best part of this stamp is the water~that means I can use lots of my favorite embellishment, which is anything sparkly! In this case, Stickles in Waterfall and Bella's Dots did the trick!

Stamp: Captain Stella and Her Dingy by Jan Dolby for Stamping Bella; sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH Days to Cherish and Sunflower; DCWV DP and Red
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Blue Jean, Stickles in Waterfall, SU Ticket Corner Punch, Sandpaper

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Few More Layouts...

Here are a few more layouts. BTW: these are all from Emma's album. My kids' albums (I do one for each kid) are current through 2006. My Christmas album, Vicki and Rick album (yes, we NEEDED our own sweetheart album!), my vacation album, my extended family album (nieces and nephews, their weddings, etc.), and my dog album (they're my babies, so they deserve one, too!) are all current through 2004. So I have a LOT of catching up to do! The exception is Emma. Hers, of course, is current. She's only 21 months old, and I already have two full albums of her! We all know how much fun it is to make little kid pages, right? Well, that, and being a grandma ROCKS, and every little thing she does is the cutest EVER so I take a kazillion pictures. Anyway, here are a few more pages from her album. Once again, the layouts are pretty plain and simple in the interest of getting them done! I'll photograph and post the rest later today or tomorrow.

These photos are just odds and ends. You know I am a die-hard Red Sox fan, so of course I love the little Red Sox cheerleader photos! And, as usual, Emma was loving on her Papa. 
The paper is Maine Blueberry by SU.

The rest of these photos were taken on our trip to CA in August. We called it "Emma's Meet & Greet West Coast Tour" because she met most of her relatives for the first time. Emma is the first great-grandchild in both my family and in Rick's. So, of course, everyone is ga-ga over Emma. 
All of these layouts were done with Boom-Di-Ada from CTMH.
First up was a gathering with Rick's mom, her husband and her sister, and one of Rick's brothers, his wife, and his son. That last photo was taken with his family in northern CA. Two of his sisters live there, and the third one was visiting. Rick's family has a wide age gap in the grand-kids. There's a group of 8 between 18 and 28. Then there's a group of 5 between 4 and 10. Then's there's Emma, the first great-grandchild, who is 21 months. That's a LOT of cousins from 21 months-28 years!

Next, we visited my mom, who lives about 20 minutes away from Rick's mom. My youngest brother was there with his wife and two girls. Great Uncle Mark kinda scared Emma! My mom treated Emma to her first carousel ride. And we met up with my dear friend, Lesly (not pictured~it turned out fuzzy), and her daughter, Holly, who was one of Brittany's BFFs growing up. Brittany and Holly would always play "teacher" (I would take them to the teacher supply store and buy them tons of stuff). They both grew up to be teachers: Brittany teaches high school US History, and Holly teaches 2nd grade.

Then we headed to nothern CA to visit Rick's sisters and my brother, Bill. Most of you know Lori (scrapinglori). She is married to Bill. Her kids are the same ages as mine, and she has a grand-daughter, too. Lexi and Emma hit it off right away and were inseparable! Brittany and Jenny were, too. Most of the pix are of them. The rest will go in our vacation album. 

That's it for now. TFL and Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Few Scrapbook Layouts

I have been BUSY catching up on my scrapbooking! Yet somehow I am still sooooo far behind. I am making a lot of quick and easy layouts. These are all 2-page spreads. For each pair, the top photo goes on the left, the bottom goes on the right. Sorry for the dark photos~it's overcast and dark in the house today.

These photos were taken in June at a local farm. It was one of our favorite hang-out spots during the summer.
The paper is Western Sky by SU.

In July, I took Emma to a local children's museum. She loved it! 
The paper is Whoops-a-Daisy by CTMH.

Emma absolutely adores her uncles. She calls Keaton "Kiki" and calls Brennan "Yuckle" for Uncle. In August, Brittany, Keaton, and Emma spent the day at a local zoo for endangered animals. As you can see, Emma's favorite part was her first taste of cotton candy!
The paper is Perfect Day by CTMH.

I'll have more to post tomorrow. TFL!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hey...I'm now a DOT COM!

I established an author's web-site. When I submit manuscripts, this will make it easy for publishers to see proof that I have been published. (They only want to publish published authors and illustrators. It's tough breaking into this business!) You can visit my new site at

Thursday, November 13, 2008

If I Could Be Someone Else...

...I would be any one of these three Bellas! I should hang all of them on my fridge to encourage me to stick to my diet, and then reward myself with a day at the spa when I reach goal! LOL 

This one is for BCC54 on SCS. It is Hope's first challenge as the new host of Bella's Color Challenges. I am so excited for you, Hope! And you're off to a great start! The challenge had a "twist," which was to use a Bella stamp that you hadn't used in awhile. It was fun to break this girl out again!
Stamps: Mwahbella and sentiment by Stamping Bella
Paper: SU Rose Red, So Saffron; CTMH Sweet Leaf
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Lemonade Baubles, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Taylored Expressions Ribbon, CTMH Edge Distresser

Jamie issued another great sketch challenge: BSC54 on SCS. I made the first card on Monday. I like it, but I don't think that it showcases her sketch very well. So today I made the second one.
Stamp: 'tis-the-season-to-be-jolly-abella by Stamping Bella
Paper: CTMH White Daisy and Cranberry; DP by Me and My Big Ideas
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Favorite Ribbon in Marshmallow, Bella's Dots in Glitter Gold, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Stamp: Spabella by Stamping Bella
Paper: SU Pattern Pack, More Mustard
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Copic Spicas
Accessories: Bella's Dots in Glitter Gold, Prima Paper Flower, 3-D Dots


New Blog!

As you can see, I had a new blog designed for me by VKDesigns. I asked Veronica for something "authory" in pinks and browns. I am so delighted with her design! For more info about Veronica and her work, click on her blinkie in the lower left.

Happy Thursday!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Weekend in NY

We had a fun trip to NYC! We drove there on Friday night and returned Sunday night. We toured Sagamore Hill, which is Teddy Roosevelt's house. It was very interesting. If you're ever on Long Island, go see it! Here are a few pix of the outside (no photos allowed inside).

Can you read the sign? It says, "Place butts here." LOL

Emma signed the guest book!

Rachel and Emma had a tea party, did their hair, and played "dress-up!"

We also visited with our niece and her husband, Melinda and Ziad. Rachel and Zack are also in the photo.

On Sunday, we went to Rachel's cheerleading competition. I had no idea that it was such a huge deal for 8-year-olds! Emma entertained herself by putting stickers on Papa's head and saying, "Ta-da!" to her Mama.

Rachels' squad won 2nd for Dance and 1st for cheer! Congrats, Rachel! This is Joan and Rachel.

Brittany and Rachel are cousins, which makes Emma and Rachel second cousins, I think... TFL!