Wednesday, February 28, 2007

No news is bad news...

I'm bummed! I didn't make the last online DT I tried out for. Thought I had a good chance, but I guess not. I'm not sure what these people are looking for. Now that I tried out for a handful and have been turned down by most, I think that they are looking for the run- of-the-mill LO, easy to duplicate, to make a sketch with. I have been trying to be more creative and artsy, because it makes me feel like I am using my artistic skills- which I am still paying for by the way (student loans). But, if they want linear, simple stuff, I guess I can try again and give them what they want.
It's just frustrating for me, not feeling good physically has been a BIG issue this past year. It is hard to feel like yourself, esp. when you are a stay-at-home-Mom, don't feel good, and can't take care of your family the way they should. But, I am so lucky to have a wonderful, supportive husband who helps out tremendously and understands, and a daughter, who is beginning to understand that her mommy doesn't feel good alot of the time, and needs naps- even if she doesn't.
Anyway, thanks for being at my pity party. I can't stand to look at any scrapbook stuff right now, but I wanted to post my finished LO that I did yesterday. Hopefully I'll be in a better mood in my next post.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Manic Monday!

First of all, I want to Congratulate Lori! She won my RAK for being the first person to e-mail me on my last post. Lori won a pack of misc. scrappin' supplies from my stash. Hope you like them...and create some awesome layouts! :)
The above layout is another entry for the CW DT contest. I love this photo, I did the b/w effect with my camera! Pretty cool. Lots going on in this LO, Chatterbox & Creative Imaginations papers; daisy d's chipboard swirl; EK Success, Chatterbox, and Creative Imaginations stickers. I handcut felt flowers and combined them with silk flowers and buttons to make the flowers in the LO. I also hand cut the white scallopped matting of the pic.
Anyway, hoping this week will be better for me- physically. had a rough week/weekend, with vertigo and then a bad reaction to flu and pneumonia shots.
Also, in my world of scrapping...still waiting for the announcement for a DT that I tried out for. Should know by tomorrow! Wish me luck! :)
Thanks for dropping by! Mel

Thursday, February 22, 2007

I made it!!

I made the Craft Warehouse 2007 DT! Whoo Hoo!
Doing the happy dance!!
Now just need to hear from one more DT anxiety (sigh), it should be announced by the 28th.
I wanted to Thank all of you for your wonderful, encouraging posts.
I really needed that support from you all. {hugs!}
You really make my day :)
I Just wanted to share one of the 2 layouts (above) that I submitted for the CW DT Call. I really love the complimentary blues and oranges that I used. The swirls are Maya Road chipboard pieces, that I painted with acrylic paints. I painted the swirls and decoration myself. :) It was fun, it reminded me of my days doing Art, back in College.
Anway, Let me know what you think!
First person to e-mail from this post gets a RAK of scrapbook goodies mailed to you! Really! Just write your e-mail in the post and I'll let you know if you won!
Well, gotta go...had two shots (flu & pneumonia) in my left arm today, plus they drew blood for other testd (same arm)... all I gotta say is "OUCH!!".
Good Night! Mel

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Crazy Week...and weekend

We had a great visit from my Mom, for 4 days, but it wiped me out...literally. I have been recovering from the visit this past week, spilling onto the weekend. My Lupus just loves popping it's head out and knocking me on my - you know what, whenever I overdo things. I also had a bout of Vertigo this week, and had to just plain lay around all weekend. Hopefully I will feel more like my 'ole self this week.
Still feeling the stress though- CW DT Call was due this past Friday. They should be coming out with the winners tomorrow or Tuesday.
**Wish me Luck**
I also entered another DT Call, the deadline is the 23rd, so I still have alot more time to stress about that one.
I did participate in my 1st CYbercrop!! It was fun to play games, crop, and chat with people. I even won a prize! Whoo Hoo! I actually made 4 whole layouts in one night. (See the layouts below) Amazing. It was a great motivational tool to get things done fast!
Anyway, my arm is getting it's carpal tunnel time to say "Adios' ".
Mel Scrap-alicious!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Today's Gorgeous Woman!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Here is a very funny layout, using a pic that I made with my photo editing program.

I thought that this Cherry Arte paper (Blaze Retro- Starburst)would work with it.

It has lots of fun words and of course lots of BLING!

Hope you get a good laugh from it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!

Hope your day is full of hearts, flowers, and of course... CHOCOLATE!!
I haven't made many LOs since I finished my Craft Warehouse Design Team entry. And I can't post pics of them until after the judging.
But I just finished one that I think is pretty funny. I'll take some pics tomorrow and post it.
But, some good news and bad news. The bad news, I didn't make another DT that I tried out for (2 Jills), but the GOOD news is ... that I did get choosen to be a Guest Designer for their site in May!!
So, lets see, entered 4 DT Calls, did not win a spot on any DT, but got 2 Guest Designer spots! I have the CW DT to wait for, and I will be entering at least one more DT Call, for a new site. Hoping to make at least one DT this year!
Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

What a Wednesday!

I worked hard all week trying to get my CW projects done and finally finished! Now, I just have to take photos of them and get them printed. The mailed off to Corporate- in Camas.

I was going to enter the LO above, but decided not to. I felt that it didn't have enough papers used, and not enough product. So, anyway, I can post it here now- since I won't be entering it in the CW DT call.

Have a great week!

Thanks for looking! Melanie

Sunday, February 4, 2007

"Super" Sunday!

NOT! :)
Superbowl Sunday and no one is watching the game in this house. Not real big fans of "organized" sports. Whatever that means. :)
Anyway, I am so proud of myself, I made this "PLAY" LO in just a few hours last night. I wanted to get it done for a contest for, where I get a monthly kit from.
I really like how it turned out. Esp. the circle and buttons. The black background really makes the circle stand out. I am really getting better creating and finishing layouts in a short amount of time. Using a kit really helps the process, because these scrapbook kits always comes with coordinating papers and embellishments. So the work of going through your stash of stuff is eliminated. All you have to decide is what photos go with the papers.
Well, I went out and bought the latest CK special issue- Easy Patterns for Scrapbooking. Looks like a good book to reference when you are stuck without an idea for a layout.
Well, time to figure out what's for dinner...??
TTFN! Melanie

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