Thursday, December 31, 2009

Two Dotees in one Envie

Look! Y and W Dotees from swaps! W should have been here a couple of weeks ago but, apparently lost her way on the way here. I got the same partner for Y so she mailed both together. W is "White Wolf" and Y is Yellow Yarn. They are both very cute.
I got lots of snail mail today. In addition to the dotees I got a Creative Memories catalog, an envelope full of Creative Memories stickers from my consultant and a friendship book from Stefan in Germany. Stefan wrote a very nice letter and asked me to be his penfriend. I'm really not interested in writing letters like that so I'm going to send him a PC and ask Heather if she would like a penfriend. Heather is really big into the PC sending and is on all the time. Maybe she would like a Germany friend (whose English is lacking).
Two posts in one day! Wow! I am back!

This is a Wonderful Thing!

I know it's been a long time since I blogged and I just found something wonderful....when I click the "Next Blog" link I don't get Russian, Chinese or Brazilian websites! I go to crafting blogs! I don't know if this is a good thing or bad....I will probably spend the next year just clicking next!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Holiday Scrapbook Page Made with Pages by Design

Wow! New Christmas page of CiCi and Heather printed on Epson photosmart printer. I used Martha Stewart paper from 50% off Christmas stuff at Wal-Mart from last Christmas. Red velvet ribbon H picked out for 50% off Christmas stuff at Wal-Mart this year. Reindeer, Sisters, 2009 and Christmas printed using my Cricut. Picture taken with my new Nikon camera and this blog posted using my new laptop. Last but not least, I set up the layout by using the Pages by Design system I bought on Ebay! HoHoHo! We are truly blessed! Everyone!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Back to Blogging

It's been a long time since I've been here. No sharing of what's going on in my crafting life. I guess my frustration with my old camera and the lack of "Quality Time" with the computer but a damper on my need to share. But, now I have a new camera and laptop and hopefully, I'll have more oppurtunities to blog.

The last Dotee I posted was the letter "N". I am now up to "Y". Here is my "Yellow" dotee to swap at for the ~Y~ is for... Dotee swap.
I'm also working on a baby blanket. I hope to have it ready for pictures soon.
I'm glad to be back!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

~N~ Dotee and a Fixed Camera...sorta

Got my camera back and no more black screen. But it still takes mediocre pics! I finished a new Dotee for a swap. Her name is Nitro Nancy. She's the NHRA's biggest fan. I got the idea from a gal at work while trying to come up with N words. Here she is:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

E-Mail from Sony

I got an e-mail from Sony today. They received my camera in their repair department. They said they would send my e-mail updates on my camera progress through the repair process. How exciting! I just need it back to take pictures!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Shipping Camera Tomorrow!

Yippee! I called Sony and got another e-mail to return the hated camera. Looks like everyone sells the Nikon's for the same price. The only sales seem to be when Nikon offers $50.00 off. I was hoping to win the $500.00 raffle prize at the Texas Hold 'em tourney Saturday so I could buy my camera. But...never that lucky. Couldn't even hold out in the game. Had fun though! Sold the Pazzles Electronic cutter on e-bay! Yea! I need to get back to scrapbooking....need to clear off my scrapbooking table! Oh well! Maybe next weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Oh! Good Grief!

I got the e-mail from UPS containing a shipping label to return my digital camera to Sony. I thought the UPS e-mail was about a Stampin' Up! delivery and paid no mind to it. Then when I checked it again I found it was to return the camera but, now, it's expired. Called them this morning to get another one...I think I gonna check out the TV shopping sites to see if they are selling one. That way I can pay it out without interest!

Happy Shopping!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Life with a 35mm Camera!

Ok! Just returned home from a week at the Villages. We had a good time. Went shopping Saturday. Hung out at the condo on Sunday. Went to the zoo Monday where it started thundering, lightening and pouring down rain. We had to hunker down in the reptile house for about 30 minutes until it passed. Tuesday we went antiquing and Heather came down that night. Wednesday, Heather and I went shopping. Thursday we hung out all day at the indoor water park at the Villages. Billy took several pictures of Heather and I on the lazy river...I can't wait to see those. But, it's on the 35mm and there are several pics left. I forget about those days. Also, I stook at the base of one of the water slides waiting about 30 minutes to get a good picture of Heather and Billy coming out in one of those double tubes...I don' know if I got a good picure 'cause I had to wait until I saw it was them then take the delete on the 35mm.

MeMe & Paw and Billy's mom are coming over tomorrow for HB's an HD's. I'll use the rest of the pictures then...then off to the CVS to get them developed! Wow! I'm back to the stone ages!

Friday, June 26, 2009

What have I done?!?!?!

Kimberly! Just what did you do? Well, I thought I'd be smart and go to the Sony website...with Billy watching. My plan was to convince him the camera was shot! What I found out when I did the troubleshooting was my camera is having a CCD problem. It is Sony's fault and they are fixing it for free! All I have to do is send it in! How about that? A recall! Ends in November...why couldn't it have waited until Christmas to crap out? Then I could have asked for one at Christmas..."Oh! Billy! (boo hoo) My camera doesn't work. I can't scrapbook Christmas!" Sob...Sob...Sob...(that's me crying now!) Guess I'll just have to save my pennies for that Nikon D60 I've been craving for about a year!

Oh well! I guess it was karma...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Well! My camera has Crapped-Out!

So much for exciting pic's! The only pictures my camera is taking now is a solid black 4X6 rectangle! Meme & Paw came over for a quick Father's Day dinner and I asked Meme to bring her camera so I could troubleshoot! Her camera is just like mine and Heather's! I switched out the memory card then the battery but still got the same black rectangle. I am threatening to send it to Sony but, I'm hoping Billy will just suggest a new camera since I've asked him for one like a billion times. We are going on vacation next week. I hope to get to Sam's Club and check out their SLR's. Maybe I can get the one I want...Nikon D60! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

OMG! I'm finally Blogging!

It has been sooo long since I blogged! I really can't believe how busy I've been but still haven't done anything! Since the last blog Heather and I went to the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas. Our new friend Paula went with us. Paula is the mom of one of the girls I work with. She is a scrapbooker and stamper too! We had a great time! We bought a lot of great goodies! Then on Sunday I had to leave for a last minute trip to San Diego. I spent most the week there on a project with a supplier then headed home on Thursday. I just barely made it though...there were bad thunderstorms at DFW and they had cancelled the three flights before mine. My flight at 2:10pm was the first to leave SAN for DFW. Boy was I glad. I got home about 9pm and slept until 10:30 the next morning. For anyone that knows me, you know if I sleep until 8:00am I'm sleeping in. Most mornings, even on the weekend, I'm up by 5:30. So this week I've been playing catch up at work and at home. I hope things are settling down a bit. I'm looking forward to our upcoming vacation! YEAH!

Blog at 'cha later!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Cutest Dotee E-VER!!

I can't help but brag! But, this has got to be the cutest Dotee in the history of Dotee's! What kind of history does a dotee have anyway? Oh well, at least it's probably the cutest dotee I will ever make. It was really hard to take a picture of it. I made this Dotee for the ~I~ alpha theme dotee swaps I've been coordinating. If you can't guess....she is an Ice Cream Cone!

Let me know what you think about her!

Monday, April 20, 2009

ATC's for Swaps on Swap-bot

I finished five ATC's (artist trading cards) for two swaps on Swap-bot Saturday.

The first is "Flutter By" and has a musical score background with butterfly's. The next is "Take Time". This one is a picture of a man looking into the engine of a car that I got in another swap... I just cut out the man. The next is "Springtime" Just flower stickers and a rinestone flower with a postage stamp with a bird. The fourth is "Bouncing Baby". It is a page from a music book but is in a foreign language with a picture of the baby from an old shower invitation and says "follow the bouncing baby". The last is for another swap and is a page from an old dictionary that has "Swap" defined. I added a rub-on heart and wrote I and -bot after swap. I have a couple more ATC's for a Springtime swap I need to work on this week and will post as soon as I complete.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hoppy Easter!

We had a great day yesterday! Most the family was able to attend. It started out a little chilly but warmed up enough to sit outside and enjoy the day. The kids had a great time. Here are a few pictures.
Meme, Heather & Mickey starting in on the Easter Lunch.

Alyssa, Brent & Brittany

Stacey & Brad enjoying a bite to eat!

Ashlea letting Brylea enjoy a bite to eat.

Stacey and her newest Grandchild - Liam

Tanner, Caleb & Colton just a swingin'!

Easter Egg Hunters! Tanner, Heather, Colton, Alyssa, Brittany, Caleb, Collin, Lexi & Brylea

Me & Meme enjoying a giggle!

Tanner (my new Ranch Hand) made a hut for himself and CiCi!

It was great fun! Let's do it again!

Monday, April 6, 2009

It's Beginning to look a lot like Baseball Season!

To start off with - I pulled my camera out of it's holder and accidentally took my own picture. Isn't it lovely?

Opening Day at the Ballpark in Arlington!

What else needs to be said? Marla, Heather, Susie & I braved the cold and the wind for a wonderful day at the ballpark! (Poor Billy is in Houston on business) We had "All you can eat" seats! We got all the grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn & cokes we could consume...and boy did we consume!

First - they turned loose the balloons!

Then they unfurled the GIANT American flag held by Soldiers that had recently returned home from Iraq.

Next, they announced "Our Texas Rangers!" - sporting their retro red uniforms!

This pic was taken right before we left. I told Heather she looked like a Japanese Kawaii monkey!

Another year is well on it's way and another Opening Day is celebrated with a spectacular win by our Texas Rangers!

Ain't life grand!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Someone is having a Giveaway!

Ok everyone! Check out this blog

It's Heidi's 100th post on her blog!

Check out some of the older posts while you're there!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Scrapbooking Post

Well! I finally have gotten around to post pictures of the layouts I did at the last crop...way back in March! These are a few more of the pages for MeMe's Heritage Album.

This is MeMe and Nanny Helen (MeMe's mom). It's so rare we get snow around here, they must have been so excited they needed a picture!

This is Granpa Bill and Nanny Helen

This is the whole family! I'm going to add a journal block in that big blank space on the right.

This is the "Fashionista" page! You can't see too good but the hair do in the bottom right picture is priceless!

These pictures were taken at the beauty shop MeMe always went to when we lived in Pleasant Grove. She went to there religiously! Every Saturday!

This is a great pic of MeMe smiling! She doesn't usually smile when we are taking pictures because she doesn't like the way her wrinkles look! But, It's great when she smiles!

I have about 6 or 8 layouts to complete and I will be done with her book! I hope to finish all of them on the next crop in May! I wish all of you could be there!

Gotta go for now...heading to the Volenteer Fire Departments Fish Fry at the fire station. This is always better than the chili supper...I don't care what Rex Eugene says!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Finally! I'm posting!

I got my camera back from Heather and I've really been a slacker. I told my friend Marla I would post pic's of the Dotee's I've received so far in my ABC Dotee swap. Here are B - C & D.

I don't have A yet. The gal who started the ABC Dotee swap flaked out and I ended up taking it on. She was my partner in the A swap. I do have a private swap going on with another swapper who didn't get the D. She is making me an A and I am making her a D. I got another swap and my partner for that swap sent me a "Bonus" Dotee! Here she is.

I'm getting a root canal this afternoon! Yippee! So...I don't know if I'll feel like posting or not. If I do, I'll post the pictures of the layouts I made at the last crop. The pages for my mom's heritage album.
Type at 'cha later! Kim

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Today Turned out Better

Today was better then the past week. Billy went to the deer lease so, Friday CiCi and I went to Marla's to spend the weekend. Friday night we met Sandy and Jim at El Jacalito in Crandall. We had a very nice dinner and visit.

Saturday, Marla and I loaded up and headed to McKinney to her friend Kandy's house. From there we went to Sam Moon! It was my first visit. I bought a purse and a duffel cute. The Luggage store had a bunch of neat travel stuff but, not too much luggage. Then we went to the Home store....too expensive. I couldn't figure out how they could sell purses so cheap but couldn't get a bargin on home accessories.

From Sam Moon we headed to Winstar Casino. Had lots of fun and I ended up leaving with $20.00 bucks more than I walked in with. I got lucky on the penny Wheel of Fortune.

Had fun! Gambled! Ate too much! All in all....good weekend!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Really Bad Week

Got picked for jury duty Monday. Served two days. Found the guy not guilty. Only to find out later he had done the same thing before and spent 9 years in the penitentiary. But, it was over 10 years ago and they couldn't tell us about that. It would have made a world of difference.

Found out Thursday that Tuesday, one of the guys that used to work with us had shot and killed himself.

Found out Friday I had lost a very dear co-worker. I've just been very sad since.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009! When will I post?

There has been a lot going on. Monday I went for Jury Duty for my first time in Van Zandt county. Got picked! Belck! Hopefully we will finish up early today! My Ex-Step-Brother-in-Law passed on Saturday. Joey had gotten cancer in his hip. They controled it for a while, but the same cancer then spread to his eye and his lung. After that their wasn' t much they could do for him. He went quietly. Meme and Heather and I went to the family visitation last night in Rockwall. But, yeah! I finally got the camera back from Heather last night! I will be able to take pictures of the pages I did for Meme's scrapbook. I'll post those this afternoon! I'm crossing my fingers we get out of this danged 'ole court case by lunch.

Keep you eyes peeled!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oh! What a disappointment!

Well my loyal subjects! I regret to advise that I will not be posting today after all.

I just realized....I don't have a camera Heather! Who has my camera? It's funny that she left a comment calling me a SLACKER and she has my camera! Maybe when my little camera returns to it's rightful place upon it's throne of a charge I will be able to proceed with my postings!

But for now....just words!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Slacker Time!

I can't believe I have gone over a week with no posts! I have fallen into the "uninspired" pit again. I was able to work on my mom's scrapbook this past weekend. I got several pages done and ate a bunch too! Um...I didn't eat scrapbook pages....chicken quesadillas and sopapilla cheesecake! I'm really busy at work right now (then why are you posting on blogspot?) but, I will post the pictures of the pages I did this weekend tonight.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

D Dotee is finished!

I finished my "Daisy Mae" for my ~D~ is for... Dotee Swap on

I think I'm getting a little better. I think if I had my sewing machine I could do a better job?! Maybe, maybe not...we will see. For now, it's hand finishing all the way!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

First Attempt at ATC's

I mentioned in another post that I have joined a beginners ATC swap. Here is my rendering!

The pic is of the two ATC's I made and the little card to the right is the inspiration. There is a little story that goes along with this card. And, I'm going to tell that story:
This past Saturday I cooked a B-day dinner for my mom and ex-mother-in-law. Mother handed me this little clear plastic bag full of paper goodies. It was the cards that were given with the gifts when I was born. I have to remind you, I'll be 49 in April. These cards are in very good shape and have some very cute "vintage" pics. Wait...they can't be vintage...I'm only 48! Any way, I scanned the card and cut out the cute little rain baby and used ink and alcohol in a spritzer on photo paper. I added the rainbow ribbon and some crystal stickles for raindrops.

Rainbowbaby 1of2 and 2of2 - These will be valuable when I die!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Joined an ATC swap on This will be the first ATC I've made. Good thing it's a beginner swap. Hopefully it won't look too amateurish. I got to thinking...where can I put all this stuff I'm getting in trades? They are all stuck up in the window above the computer now. I had also ran across this old International Coffee's tin that Billy was going to throw away and I decided to decorate it and put in the ATC's I get.

Here is the before:

And, here is the after:

I used scrap paper and ribbon too! Buttons have never been used but were not purchased solely for the use in the making of this tin (disclosure!).

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Blog Candy

And the winner is.... STACEY!

My blog is no big deal but, I wanted to see what kind of response I could get by offering a free giveaway! I've ended up with some duplicate Tim Holtz idea-ology Grundgeboard that I want to giveaway! It's called stripes elements and the are 94 shapes! Leave me a comment by 02-28-09 and I'll draw a random number and post on March 1st!

Here is a picture of the Grundgeboard!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Inspiration...or lack of it!

I am completely uninspired! I want to make cards and scrapbook pages but, I can't make myself. I think I'm just waiting for the companion ship of a crop! I've even been thinking of joining a crop in Corsicana at the scrapbooking store there. I just can't wait until March 7th! The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie is having a Cricut Class on Saturday, 02-28. I just might try that. I'll see if I can drag another cropper over there with me. Oh! I won more blog candy at go over there and check it out!

Well...I've gotten about three or four new scrapbooking magizines I haven't looked at...I think I'll go curl up and check them out!

Ya'll go out there and CROP!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Crazy, but fun, Swap!

I joined this "payback" swap not really knowing what to do. You can see below what I sent...boring! I was trying to play it safe. You never know! But when I got my stuff! Man-O-Man! I was so excited and ready to create, it took me under an hour to make the page. When I opened the package and saw a feather and silver "disco" material...I knew I had to make a Prom/Dance themed page layout!

Here is what I got - Minus the lavender cardstock! (I kinda forgot to take a picture of what I got before I started stickin' it to the cardstock! I told you I was excited!)

Here is what I made!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Getting ready for another swap!

I joined a swap called Payback Swap - the object of the swap is to gather items and send them to your partner. Your partner will take the items and make something from them and send them back. Here is what I am sending my partner. Luckily the partner I send to like Stampin'Up stuff and that's all I'm sending except the lacy border is from a Martha Stewart punch.

I Love getting Snail Mail!

What a wonderful day to pick up the mail! Usually, Billy gets home first and picks it up. But, today was my special day! I opened the box to find my mail order swim suit and two swaps!

The first to be opened was the Prom Picture Swap! This was really fun! You sent your partners a picture of you and your prom or dance date along with a little description of the event.

Mine was more than I could have imagined. Four pictures of couples. One was my swap partner and her date, another was her husband and his date. The third was their son and his date and finally my partner's husbands grandparents. A picture from 1905. I think it may have been their wedding picture. There is a bouquet in the picture. She also sent two lovely ATC's. All-in-all, this was a wonderfully fun swap!

The next envelope was from the Lottery ticket swap! This swap was started by my daughter! The idea of this swap was to send your partner an un-scratched lottery ticket! Guess what? The ticket sent to me was a $30 winner! Look! Three strawberries in a row. On a row that ends with $30.00! Yippee!

I love Swap-Bot!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sunday, February 1, 2009

C dotee doll face

Well! I think I'm getting the hang of this dotee doll thing! I've been to countless craft stores looking for supplies and even searching the internet. Too bad I haven't been able to find some skill! So, I just finished the face on my C dotee. Here it is.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cleaning Up My Scrapbook Room Mess!!!

I got up around 5am this morning. Everyone but the dog and me was asleep so, I decided to work on my crazy ribbon project! I tumped out (turn over/dump for y'all that don't understand Texan!) my big ribbon tote onto the scrapbooking workspace and dug in.

CiCi offered to help!

Heather came over yesterday after her great Pampered Chef party at Dr. Arredondo's house to use our computer (since her's is on the fritz) to enter the orders and do some postcrossing posts. I know I woke up around 2am and the light was still on in the office. Like I said earlier, I got up around 5am. I usually potty then go straight to the computer in the mornings. This morning I found all her stuff still in the office but could not find her. Then after I made coffee I saw legs on the ottaman. She was curled up in our big chair covered in a fleece throw with her shoes still on and her sunglasses on her head. I went in later, after the sun was up a little, and found her with her sunglasses on her face so, I couldn't resist!

So...I got started sorting and storing ribbons. I finally got the new rack organized with most all the ribbons.

"I'm ready for my close up Mr DeMille"

My ribbons tote went from the large one to the small one:

And, I was able to utilize the large one for my tools!

Here they are together so you can get a better idea of the sizes.

Now there is room for the new tool I got at the ScrapStampArtTour in Mesquite, Texas!

It's an Easy-Bow! You can't really tell but, it's a pretty good bow I made with it. It makes a total of seven size bows using up to 3/4" wide ribbon. I'm really excited about using this on cards and such as my handmade bows really bite!!

This is a huge post and took me from 5am this morning until.....4:11pm to finish.
Hope you enjoy it!