Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My dad, Ralph Pratt. He served in WWII. He was in the Japan Theater. He never said much about it. I guess that it proves that if you have really experienced war, that you really don't want to talk about it in "war stories."
In addition to my dad, his brothers Ed and Mort also served in WWII. I was blessed that my dad and both my uncles came back from the war. I know that many were not that lucky.
On my mom's side of the family, there were also men who served. My Uncle John served in WWII as well. He also made it home and I was blessed enough to get to know him as I was growing up.
My mom's dad, also served, but in the Spanish American War. He lived to be 86, but with some of the trials of the war haunting him in his later life. He died of natural causes long before I was born, but I still remember him in a few pictures that I have as well as stories my grandmother told me about him.
Not all the veterans that I know were in my family. I think of Ray Schultz a neighbor and father of my daughter's friends. He served in Vietnam. He has left a living legacy in his daughters who rightfully speak very proudly of him and his service. He died almost a year ago and was buried in the military cemetery in Ritman, OH.
There are also people currently serving that I know as well. I think of course of my friend Valerie who has just this week retired from the air force after 30 years of service. She was not in combat, but I know that her work (which I can barely understand) in the sciences has had lasting effects.
There is a couple in our church who are right now living through a separation because of his deployment. Mom and the girls are counting the days until he comes home. The girls are young - I believe 3 and 5. They have a cutout poster of him to bring to special events so dad can "see" them.
I know that there are many others and I just want to take the time to say thanks to all who served.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I remember watching swims suit competitions and they are really honest - it is not much about the suit but rather the person filling it. So taking that idea I am using it for inspiration for this week's challenge.
This challenge is to start with the basics and see what you can co with it. This week the only paper you may use is single color cardstock. (you may use as many colors as you wish they just can not have other color or patterns on them) You may do what you want to it - stamp it, ink it, spritz it, spray it, tear it, emboss it or anything else you care to - but whatever is done is what you have done to it. This goes for all paper on you layouts - no printed embellies unless you are the one that stamped it etc.
And of course why do people not in a competition wear a swim suit? Why to swim of course. So taking some inspiration from the water in which we swim, your project needs to have some blue on it. It can be blue in the photos, embellishments, paper, journaling etc, but it needs to be obvious.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
4. Baba Ghanoush
5. Bagel and lox
7. Barbecue ribs
9. Bird’s Nest Soup
10. Biscuits and gravy
11. Black Pudding
12. Black Truffle
17. Cheese fondue
18. Chicken and waffles
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chile Relleno
23. Clam Chowder
28. Dandelion wine
29. Dulce de leche
32. Eggs benedict
33. Fish Tacos
34. Foie Gras
35. Fresh Spring Rolls
36. Fried Catfish
37. Fried Green Tomatoes
38. Fried Plaintain
39. Frito Pie
40. Frog’s Legs
42. Funnel Cake
45. Goat’s milk
49. Head Cheese
50. Heirloom Tomatoes
52. Hostess Fruit Pie
53. Huevos Rancheros
54. Jerk Chicken
56. Key Lime Pie
57. Kobe Beef
62. Morel Mushrooms
63. Nettle Tea
65. Oxtail Soup
68. Pastrami on Rye
71. Philly Cheesesteak
73. Pineapple and cottage cheese
74. Pistachio Ice Cream
75. Po’ boy
78. Prickly Pear
79. Rabbit Stew
80. Raw Oysters
81. Root Beer Float
84. Sea Urchin
88. Soft Shell Crab
89. Som Tam
93. Steak Tartare
94. Sweet Potato Fries
96. Tom Yum
99. Wasabi Peas
Monday, April 2, 2012
Another fairly simple card - I am sure that I could get used to doing cards like this.
Once again you can see that I was crazy for the papers. I especially like the paper on the right where the circle, flowers, swirls and butterflies were on the paper. It made the rest of the layout very easy to coordinate.
This was just a fun layout. I like digging up old pictures - and that is what I did for this.
30. Dressed for Death
31. The Haunting of
33. The Vikings
34. The Dangerous Hour
35. Plague and Pestilence
36. Oliver Twist
37. Strange Histories – The Egyptians
38. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
39. Just the Facts – Multiple Sclerosis
40. Her Fearful Symmetry
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I was playing with my Perfect pearls and my stamps to make this card. The idea was taking from the "Thinking Inking" tutorials from 2 Peas in a Bucket on youtube.
This was yet another new technique. The spinners actually spin! I was challenged to use eyelets and I wanted to find something new to do with them. I made my own pinwheels using the techniques in this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ-mDrJFc0E
All in all it was a fun day and I learned a few new techniques that I am planning to use again.
Aimee will be providing a prize pack to the winner!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Welcome to Scrapdango's Grand Re-Opening Blog Hop!!! It's time for a little March Madness! Because you came hopping with us, your reward is a sneak of the challenges that will be listed on the message boards beginning Monday, March 5th. The crop will go through Sunday, March 11th at midnight EST.
There will be games and prizes and one lucky person will be a grand prize winner of both an old kit and the BRAND NEW March kit!! So don't forget to mark your calendar and play along!
Ok, here is my challenge: a recipe challenge
Everyone likes an ice cream sundae. All sundaes start with ice cream and then you add a topping of your choice. Then add some extras to make it yours. That is what my scrapping recipe is like. I will give you some basic elements, then some choices to make your project yours. Here is the recipe you will need to follow:
2 patterned papers (no more, no less)
Some kind of chipboard element
Now you have some choices to make ( you must choose one of each pair)
Sanding or tearing
Ink or painting
Stickers or rub-ons
One element of your own choosing
Here is my sample:
Now that you have stopped by, don't forget to hop on over to Shannon Blinn
If you stopped here, make sure to stop at the beginning and hop all the way through so you can get a peek at ALL the challenges and get a head start!!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
1) The Magicians Nephew - C.S. Lewis
2) Epidemic: The Black Death - Stephanie True Peters
3) Blood Tide - Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
4) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
5) The Thirteen Clocks - James Thurber
6) No One Left to Tell - Jordan Dane
7) Eyewitness Mythology - Neil Philip
8) Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Caroll
9) Fables - Witches
10) Crescent Dawn - Clive & Dick Cussler
11) Fables - Rose Red
12) The Mistress of Nothing - Kate Pullinger
13) A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
14) The Color Purple - Alice Walker
15) The Lost Gate - Orson Scott Card
16) Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
17) Epidemic: The
18) Secrets to the Grave - Tami Hoag
19) Epidemic: Cholera, Curse of the 19th Century - Stephanie True Peters
20) The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
21) Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
22) Fables - Superteam
23) The Only Good Dalek - Justin Richards & Mike Collins
24) The Bone Yard - Jefferson Bass
25) Silas Marner - George Eliot
26) Epidermic: The 1918 Influenza Epidemic - Stephanie True Peters
27) Saladin and the
29) The Cost of Discipleship - Dietrich Bohnhoffer