I’ve moved!!!

OK I bit the bullet and moved my blog…

head on over to ACOWSAYS.blogspot.com to check it out!!

See ya there.

March 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

In need of a change…

A change to my blog that is. Pretty much since the day I started my blog I have been unhappy with my blog’s appearance. When I started in the bloggy world I had no clue about blog design but I was eager to get blogging so I decided to start my blog and work on tweaking it’s appearance as I learned more. Well so much for that plan… here it is months later and I still have no freakin clue about blog design and my blog still looks like crap. I have tried and tried and tried to improve my blog but I think between my general lack of knowledge and the fact that wordpress frustrates the heck out of me I think it might be time to throw in the towel and start anew. After playing around on blogger I am thinking of moving my blog over to there. I have only been playing around with blogger for a little while and I am already finding it much easier than wordpress…at least in the design department. Here’s the problem I have with wordpress…since I don’t have the skills, time or patience to design my own blog I have to rely on whatever templates are available…of which there are alot..and for as many hours as I have spent surfing through template after template I cannot find anything that I like. Some are close but just not close enough. I’ve tried learning about changing CSS but every time I’ve tried changing the CSS I have failed miserably. Since I have barely enough time to scrap and blog on a regular basis I really don’t have time to keep wasting on blog design. Now I just have to commit to making the jump because it basically means starting over…getting a new blog addy out there and all that. But I think it will be for the best. Of course when and if I get the new blog up and running I will be sure to let you all know.

March 1, 2012 at 12:18 am 1 comment

hoping to get lucky with LYB

I love St. Patty’s Day, I love a good sketch, I love a challenge and I love Little Yellow Bicycle…one of my fave scrappy companies ever!! So imagine how happy I was to work on a layout about St. Patty’s Day using a sketch for a challenge by LYB! So stinkin happy that’s how happy!!!! I saw the sketch on LYB’s facebook page the other day and knew I just had to play around with it and I knew as soon as I saw it I was gonna work on a layout for St. Patty’s Day…for 2 reasons…reason one…I own alot of LYB’s lucky me line and reason 2…my favorite beer swigging holiday is just around the corner! Yeah for beer! And yeah for all sorts of LYB cuteness! Even though my inspiration was the LYB Lucky Me line I rarely work with one line exclusively…I usually like to mix things up…so when I did this layout  I ended up using a little bit of stuff from a bunch of LYB lines including Lucky Me, Wonders and Wishes, Zach’s Life and Pack Your Bags. The orange hexagon paper from Pack Your Bags line was a definite must use…it’s just an awesome paper. The only thing on this layout that isn’t LYB is th little orange letters …those are sandylion…and the labels which are from October Afternoon and the paint which is by Ranger.
Here’s the sketch…

 and here’s my take on the sketch…

I already submitted mine to LYB for the Sketch Challenge …wish me luck…the winner takes home $50 in LYB goodies. Whoot Whoot! If you want to try your hand at the sketch challenge you can check out LYB’s facebook page or blog. Happy scrapping y’all!


February 28, 2012 at 11:22 pm 2 comments

Cutest cookbook evah…

OK so I don’t know for 100% sure this is actually the cutest cookbook evah…after all cuteness is subjective…but to me it is no doubt the cutest thing evah and my niece, who I made it for, 100% agrees! She got it for Christmas this past year and she absolutely loved it…like clutched her chest, held back tears, oh my, oh my, loved it! She was so excited to see what it was when she opened it and I totally loved that she loved it. After all as a scrapper we all know homemade gifts can be a big hit or a complete and total dud. It’s so unfortunate that so many people just don’t appreciate the time, effort and lovin that goes into a stellar handmade gift…luckily for me my niece is not one of those people. She loved it so much it’s just too bad it wasn’t from me. LOL. See even though I am the one who spent 20+ hours lovingly crafting this amazing cookbook, it was actually a gift from my sister to her. Let me explain…see in our family my sister is the cook…I am the crafter. Our niece is a little bit of both of us…she loves to craft and loves to cook and of course we are both more than happy to share our talents and teach her everything we know….especially considering none of our combined 7 kids have any interest in either subject. So since my sister has been teaching my niece to cook all of the great family recipes my grandma’s handed down to her she thought it would be great to give her a family cookbook for x-mas so being that she isn’t the crafter she asked me if I would make it for her if she gave me the recipes…so naturally since I only had 100 other things to do before Christmas I said sure, why not! LOL.

Since I have never done a cookbook before I had pretty much zero in the way of cooking related supplies in my stash…so poor me had to go shopping. Had to keep the shopping to a minimum since this gift wasn’t actually from me so the plan was to find something stellar to kick off with and fill in with generic scrappy supplies from my stash…luckily my scrap store had some of the Savor line by LYB in stock so I snagged the super adorable chip board shapes to get me started and then spent a little more buying some cooking related die cuts that my LSS sells. At another store I bought the Nan’s Favourites paper pack from Kaiser Craft which has super cute papers and a bunch of kitchen/cooking themed die-cuts. All together it was only about $10. Everything else I used on this album came from my stash which was a few embroidered pieces, some papers and some labels including the mega adorable and totally perfect labels from Fontwerks…love that they looked just like recipe cards. I also used lots and lots and lots of letters from my stash…especially the little ones from Cosmo Cricket and My Little Shoebox….good thing I have lots of them! The album I used is an old 8×8 album I had from Pioneer…it was perfect for a cookbook because the cover is vinyl covered fabric and can be wiped clean.

OK enough typing…time for some pics…enjoy!

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February 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm 6 comments

purge, clean, shop, create, repeat

Here’s what I learned this weekend..it’s amazing how much stuff you can get into in 3 days time when you are trying to avoid doing what you really should be doing. See I am supposed to be selecting, editing and printing pics in preparation of the 4 day crop I’m going to in 3 weeks but instead of doing that I ended doing everything but. Seriously… I cleaned, created, shopped, purged, cleaned some more and then shopped some more…everything but edit pics. I know I will so regret the procrastinating but on the plus side I got tons done this weekend. …one layout, 2 projects, purged a bunch of stuff, put away some stuff and got a bunch of great new stuff.

First I did some creating…I did an absolutely amazing layout using lots of fun ink techniques…cool right…except I can’t show it to you cause it’s for a page call for Creating Keepsakes :(  sorry …I really really really wish I could show it to you all cause I was major happy with how it turned out. I couldn’t finish it right away though cause I needed a heat gun…I had one but the cord was all chewed up and I thought best not to use a super hot tool with exposed wires around a ton of paper…thinking that was a pretty good call. Anyways this is the part where the shopping comes in…I had a couple 50% off coupons for ACMoore so off I went to get my new heat gun. Since I had more than one coupon I dragged the kiddos along to make the trip worth it…I got the heat gun for 10 bucks after the coupon and they each got a couple packs of WRMK page protectors for me…total bargain at 2.99 for a 10 pack. So with heat gun in hand it was back to creating…didn’t take too long and my masterpiece was done.  So naturally after all that creating it was time for some cleaning…had to put away all the shtuff I used to create the layout. That didn’t actually take so long…since I was working with inks I tried to keep my workspace pretty clean while I working so I didn’t accidentally ink something that should’nt be inked….since I’ve been known to do that on occasion (read: all the time). After cleaning I got pics taken of my layout and off it went to CK. Fingers crossed.

That brings me to Saturday…another day with no desire to sit and edit pics. Instead I started working on putting away a pile o’crap from a bunch of kits I was done with…a totally overwhelming task but I really needed to get it done.  I started working on it but it wasn’t long before I got distracted and started yet another entirely different project…purging. For this i am blaming my friend Tina…it’s her fault I had purging on the brain in the first place…she was telling me Friday about how she was purging her scrap supplies and how her space was so clean now yadda yadda yadda…so in the midst of working on one project to avoid working on another project I started working on another…crazy right! I know. I know. I did get through a lot though…in the time it took to watch 2 Harry Potter movies I managed to get through all my boxes of theme stuff and purged quite a bit….seriously……check it out…

all of this lovely stuff is destined for a scrap swap and sell event in the not so distant future…really pathetic to see all this unopened stuff in this box but I am glad to finally have it all one step closer to being out of my house and I am majorly looking forward to the cash this pile can bring me…after all I have more scrap stuff I want to buy…it’s such a never ending cycle! So after I got all this stuff purged it was back to my big ol box of scrap crap to put away. I started sorting it into little piles and putting it away a little bit at a time. I made a little progress but once again before I could make a real dent in it I got distracted….this time with more creating. See as I was going through my box of stuff to be put away I found a big bag of chipboard circles and squares that were the leftovers from some x-mas calendars I made like 3 years ago. Of course I held onto them because that’s what I do…I hold onto stuff …not because I have specific plans to use it but because the stuff has potential…and who can throw out a big bag of potential. Apparently not me. But since it had been 3 years since I had even laid eyes on the bag I figured it might be time to bite the bullet and just toss it….that was until I opened the bag….and whoosh just like that all that potential came rushing out and before I knew it I had all the circles and squares out of the bag and was moving them around and around and around until bam!!…there it was…an idea…a really cool idea…so out came the glue and the glue dots and before long I turned most of those circles into this…

A fabulous Christmas wreath!!  Isn’t this the coolest. I think so …and to think I almost threw them all in the trash. Fueled by my success with the circles I tried to come up with something to make with the squares and after a little trial and error here’s what I made with those…

Not quite as cute as the wreath but I like it. I still have a ton of the squares left so I think I will be making some more of these. Not bad huh…two great projects from a bag of stuff that was minutes from the trash barrel and as an added bonus it’s only February and I already got 2 Christmas projects done!

So by the time Sunday rolls around my scraproom looks like a bomb was dropped in there…guess that is to be expected after working on too many things at once…so I decided it’s time for more cleaning…I cleaned off some of my workspace…got it to that good nuff stage.. and then it was back to working on the box o’scrap crap again. I really really did try to make some progress on getting it all put away but it wasn’t long before I decided what I really need to do was some more shopping. This I blame on ACMoore and their clever marketing…see when I went shopping for my heat gun, etc. with my 50% coupons they gave me 55% off coupons for Sunday and Monday…naturally I couldn’t pass up using those…so this time I dragged the hubster and the kids and off we went for a quick trip to ACMoore. Top of my list for my 55% off coupon…a Martha Stewart score board. So happy to finally own one…and just $11.25 after the coupon. Since I had more than one 55% off coupon I looked around for more stuff I just had to have…finally decided on a new corner punch because my old one is being held together by scotch tape..$4.95 after the coupon. I also found an amazing deal on American Crafts ribbon…24 rolls (4 feet each) for $6.75 after the coupon…works out to .21 a yard for lots of polka dot rainbow goodness. I used my last coupon on a practical purchase…glue dots…got the 4 pack for $7 after coupons. I also got some thickers since all the stickers were 40% off…after all who can say no to thickers for 2.99. I also got some stickers from ATD…love their stuff..super cute and super cheap at 40% off. Here’s a peak at my haul…

Of course when I got home I had to put all of this away. Oh well…it was a productive weekend. Hopefully tomorrow I won’t find so much stuff to do and can get to editing those pics….but I doubt it.

February 21, 2012 at 12:56 am 2 comments

Tweek Tweek

So remember how I said the other day I was doing my scrappy chores and putting all my layouts in albums and it was taking forever…of course you remember…anyways even if you don’t I guess it’s not that important…see the thing was it was taking forevah and it was taking forevah cause I couldn’t help but inspect and critique them before I put them in…not a good idea I know…when it comes to layouts I believe you should live by the motto…”whats done is done” …but I couldn’t help myself. Some of the layouts in my stack were from months and months ago and because it had been so long since I worked on them I was looking at them with a fresh perspective…which basically means I was looking at them and going I could of, should of, would of. Most of them I was perfectly happy with and put in as is but a few of them bugged me…one had crooked ribbon…an easy enough fix with the magic of un-du, another needed a bit more color, another simple fix…just added a few buttons and it was done. But one layout really needed some tweeking. I loved the layout when I did it but after I got it done I did my journaling by hand directly on the layout and totally wrecked it…I never never never should’ve done it…but oh well what’s done is done…right…wrong!! When I saw it again it was still bugging me and I couldn’t put it in the album with the cruddy journaling so I tweeked it…I added a journal spot to cover the old journaling which made a humungous difference…but even after I fixed the journaling I couldn’t stop tweeking…I added some twine to the tag and a chipboard heart too which was just the perfect finishing touch and then because I had a small empty area on the new journaling spot I added a few more embellies there too. I was totally thrilled with all the changes…amazing what a few tweeks can do.

Here is the new improved version…

doesn’t the tag look better with a bit of twine…so cute…

and there is no denying the new journal spot is 100% times better than the previous disaster…

here’s the original to compare…

So glad I made the changes to this layout…note to self for future layouts…journal spots are my friends! 

February 16, 2012 at 1:47 am 1 comment

some stinkin cute cards

Happy VD everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and by that I mean I hope you all got big boxes of chocolates…after all that is the best thing about today…lots and lots of chocolate! Hubster got me a box of my faves…chocolate covered cherries…yummers!! It was a nice treat since we usually don’t exchange gifts…just cards…his store bought and mine hand made of course cause as you all know…nothing says lovin like a handmade card!

This year’s cards were full of lots of love and some major cuteness…lots and lots of fuzzy cuteness.

This is the one I made for the hubster…

this is the one I made for son…

and lastly …the one I made for my daughter…I just love the deer…it’s so cute…


They are mega adorable right!! That great embossed heart paper is from american crafts and all those adorable critters are from Martha Stewart…I know…martha…yuck…I hate her too..but some of ther stuff is cute.

The hubster and my daughter loved theirs…my 18 year old son was like eh, whatever. LOL…at least he liked the big bag of candy the card was attached to.


February 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm 5 comments

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