Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009...

Hello 2010!

Where has the time gone? I cannot believe we have entered 2010! I remember as a little girl that seemed SO far away, like we would never see it in our lifetime, and now here it is! Two Thousand Ten! Hmmm.

Ok, let's see. Where have I left off and what do I need to fill you in on? Well, you might be in for a long winded post. Just warning you in advance, lol.

On the SUNny side of things... we've had a bumpy month over at Sunshine Studio Scraps. Things have been getting pretty slow around there and at one point they had decided it was time to close up shop. BUT! Dut-du-duh! Nicole (aka Sugarplum Paperie) and Michelle Batton, 2 of the oringinal Sunshine Girls are coming back to shake things up a bit! There are a few changes happening and I am SO excited to see the life come back into one of my favorite sites. In fact, the very first place I was accepted to CT for! We've got new challenges, a new points system, new designers! You have to come check it out for yourself!

Speaking of change... there are a lot of things happening with GET Designs as well! She has opened up a new store over at Scrappity-Doo-Dah, so go check it out! She's got a sale going on right now through the 10th, so hurry over to take advantage of that!
I can't wait to show you the page I am working on using her "Backyard Explorer" kit. I have a great photo that I have just been waiting for the perfect kit for, and I think this is it! I'm so excited to work with this kit! Just look for yourself at the great colors and adorable elements!

And something new that I haven't had the chance to announce until now! I have been accepted to be on the blog team for Brandy Designs! I get to work with all her amazing kits, just like her Creative Team does, but I have no required pages, I just have to help her and her other Blog Team members with the blog! How great is that!? I am SO thrilled, because I LOVE her designs and she is such a sweetheart! I'm loving being on her team already! I've already used her kit "Santa's Shoppe" for my blog background and I'm still trying to get around to that page of my boys opening their favorite gift from last Christmas, that I was telling you about last time. Now I've also got one of her new kits that's not even out yet, so keep your eyes open for that one! It's SO pretty! ;)

Okay... now I would LOVE to show you some of the pages I've gotten done lately. :)
I'll start with "Let It Snow". I used "Snowman Soup" by Tracey Howard Designs and "Christmas Joy" by The Ettes & Co.'s Annette Ward, both from Scrap Orchard. I did this page for a scraplift challenge over at Elemental Scraps. This is the page I lifted, and here is my page:
The photo was from last winter, one of the rare, treasured moments when Zach and Akaila got along so well!

Next is "Queen Of The Castle". I did this one for the Inspired By... Challenge, also over at Elemental Scraps. ChrissyW made the mini kit, 'Fly Away', just for the challenge and we had to use it for our layouts. Here is my page:
I love how this turned out, because the actual photos I took here didn't turn out so great. Zach was sitting on the bottom bunk of his VERY messy bed. I have a bad habit of not taking the whole view into consideration before clicking the button. But I got the idea to extract what I wanted out of the photo and I LOVE way it turned out! Zach does too, and that's good enough for me! ;)

Aww, here's one that Zach isn't so fond of... But I LOVE it! It's hard to believe that he was once so chubby, he's such a skinny little thing now. ;) Here he is in "Adorable Zachary" when he was about 8 months old. Check out those cheeks! Gotta love 'em! Hehe
I did this one for the Twisted Lift Challenge over at Polka Dot Plum. Here is the page I lifted. I used "Little Boy Blue" by Creations By Rachael. The alpha is from "Take Me Away", a blog freebie by Jennifer Fox Designs.

I did another Photo Swap challenge. This time it was at Inspiration Lane. I was paired with jrmminga09 to swap photos. Here is the page I made with her photo, "Fun In The Sun":
I used "Bahama Mama" Collab by the Sunshine Studio Designers. Contributing Designers used are: AmandaKay, TLC, Scrapidea-Timkoave, Scorpiosue, SBP, Michelle Batton, Juno and dliemert. And the template and a couple other things are from "Island Splash" Collab by the Sunshine Studio Scraps Wonder Girls. Template by WG Teri, and a paper by Lcarl.
The photo I sent her is another cheeky one of Zach. This is the page she made for me:
Cute, huh? I SO miss those cheeks! LOL!

Ok, I finished the month of December at SUN with a gorgeous kit by Ldrag Designs called "Bedazzled". Again, I had a great photo that I've just been waiting to use. This is my niece, Jenna, looking very pretty and oh so grown up! She had just had her bath before bed and her hair was down, which I hadn't seen before. She usually has it pulled back off her face. She just looked so beautiful to me. Love ya, Jenna!
I also used an alpha from another Ldrag Designs' kit, "La Innamorata!'. The mask is from 'Grungy Blending Masks' by Scorpiosue. All products found at Sunshine Studio Scraps.

Alright, last one. But, this one is one of my FAVES! Remember those new designers I told you about at SUN? Well, I got to play with them already! When I saw "La Tua Cantante" by litabells designs I knew immediately I was going to love working with it. The colors are just SO rich and warm. It is gorgeous! I also used a template pack by litabells designs called 'Block It Up'. Here is my page, "Growing Up So Fast":
I LOVE moments like this when Cody and Zach are getting along so well. But it's bitter-sweet to watch how fast they're growing up. But they are good boys, and I am so very proud of both of them. :) Yep... another year gone... Time continues to fly by.

My parting words are a prayer of blessing over the new year. I pray that you will all be blessed with good health, much love and everything you need to make this a prosperous year. God bless and love you all! Happy New Year!


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