I’ve been everywhere man!

You know the song?  Well I have been.  Yikes.  And my camera battery charger was stolen at the airport so I can’t upload photos which is why I haven’t posted in a while.  (insert sad face!)

So since my last post (which I didn’t get the graphic for mother’s day posted.  sorry!) I have been to Donna Downey’s Inspired, then my last show with Rusty Pickle in Buffalo NY, then Orlando with Tattered Angels, then Arlington TX with Melissa Frances, then off for two weeks (Praise God!) then to Chantilly, VA with Melissa Frances, off a week (but was at VBS with my church), then to Atlanta with Melissa Frances!

Wheew!  Only wish I got to scrap during that time.  Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost the love of this industry and its just become a job.  Then I do a layout and remember why I love it!  OOOh I do have a layout to show you!  I did this one for Scrapbook Chicks and they featured it on the Finished in Fifteen!  Take a look:

That used the My Mind’s Eye Jack and Jill line!  I love it!  I love getting that box from Scrapbook Chicks.  It’s like Christmas!  Yay!

Tonight on Scrapbook Chicks blog they are doing a Finished in Fifteen!  It will be great!

So what am I working on now?  Let’s see. . . just booked the fall retreat (more about that in a couple of days), just got my box from Scrapbook Chicks (yay!), oh!, and I am working on Back to School gifts for teachers.  Any fabulous ideas?  I want to do a hybrid card, so I’ll share the art I do for that.  Other than that, I’m golden for another two and a half weeks.  Maybe I can clean my house in that time. Yeah right!

Talk to you soon!  (Maybe tomorrow!)

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

Just wanted to say Hi!

So. . . .HI!!!!!

I have not been working on anything crafty. Well, I take that back. I participated in Ali Edward’s A Week in the Life. That was a blast. Not just for the preservation of my family’s week but also because I spent a week immersed in photography. I spent the week in full manual mode. I shoot a lot in manual but not ALL the time. It was a true learning experience. I redid some a maternity shoot for a friend. I had shot them about 4 months ago, and had did all the post-production work. But then I lost them. They were eaten by the laptop. Finally found the cd I backed them up onto, but of course it was just the raw images. So I fixed them all and send the cd along. I love photography. This is my favorite photo. It is a technique that at the time I had no idea how to reproduce. But thanks to a friend, now I do! Yay! Sunburst here I come!  So although this isn’t anywhere near perfect, I love it.

Today I am starting Mother’s Day Gifts and end of the year Teacher Gifts. For the both I am going to give y’all my first ever digital download! EEEK! So excited and nervous too! I really hope everyone likes it! Check back tomorrow and it should be live!

If you haven’t yet, check over at the Chick’N Coop blog for some great videos from this past weekend!

I’ve also been working on a few blogs!  Check out my friend Tessa’s blog!  I love the color combo she asked me to use!  While there, click over to her etsy site!  Her flowers rock!

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

On the Air

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this yet! But the new fabulous design team I am on for Two Chicks is going LIVE tonight with a show on Ustream! Check out the wonderfully cute blog with all the details!

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If you miss it, you can check it out on the blog tomorrow!

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

Where have I been?

Oh my I have been busy. And very little of it had to do with scrapping. Let’s see I’ve traveled for Rusty Pickle and met some fabulous friends in Kentucky. Got to hang out with one of my favorite people, Kim. Then I had the retreat. I met some totally fabulous new friends, heard the word vagina about 1000 times thanks to my favorite labor & delivery nurse, learned a great photo trick from my new favorite photographer friend Amy, ate like a rock star and generally had the best weekend in a long time!

Then my beautiful Faith was in Future Little Miss Hartford. She won best dressed, best on-stage answer, and 1st runner up. She had a blast. It was like her entire life was training for this! Fab! (pics to come!)

Oh, designed a new website’s logo! If you are looking for scrappy goodness this is a great site! And designed a friends new blog design. It will be up and running soon!

I spilt coffee on my laptop and was out of touch for a week. That was torture. I am ready to be back to normal! Tomorrow I am going to post a tutorial on paper flowers and Faith’s pictures. So, check back with me! Until then,

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

Two Chicks March Kit Projects!

Hi all!!!! I still have a few spots left for the Spring Retreat! Check out all the details here!

Today I was finally able to work on the Two Chicks March Kit which shipped last Friday, but still available!!!

For my first project, you need a little back story. Faith was born on Feb 3. On her first Valentine’s Day, at barely 2 weeks old, Scott got her one pink rose! So the tradition continued each year with this year her receiving 6 pink roses for Valentine’s Day! After the roses died, she was upset! I decided to make her something that would use the same vase but wouldn’t die! Finally a reason to use the paper globe tutorial I got a Michaels over a year ago! LOL! I went a step further, documented my steps and put it in my tutorial section!

Here it is! The Paper Globe Topiary using the March Kit, lots of buttons (and a left over tag from the February kit!)

I also did a couple of layouts and these too have a back story! In looking through my scrapbook pages for the past year I noticed one person is missing. ME! LOL. I set out to photograph myself with the kids. I made myself a promise, no matter how awful I think I look, no matter how horrible my face is broken out or if I have on no makeup I will use the photos! So with one eye closed here are my latest layouts using the March kit!

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie

A new door. . .

As they say, “When one door closes, another one opens.”

I have not announced it on my blog yet because I am so sad, but Rusty Pickle is closing.  I am sad that I was only able to be with them for six short months and even more sad because I love their paper.  They are looking into taking some of their designs digital so I will keep you updated on that!

But my other door opened!  I met Christie on the convention circuit about 2 years ago.  She has fabulous tshirts

and hats I can’t resist!!! (I couldn’t find a photo of my favorite!)

So back to the story, I met Christie, loved her stuff, then she starts a kit club.  Now about this time not only does she start a kit club but she expands from scrapbook appearal to scrapabook goodies!  Yep!  Goodies!!!!  Chick n’ Feed (buttons Yay!), Chick n’ Feathers (flowers) and Chick n’ Noodles (ribbon) are three of the new items Two Chicks Designs now offers.

What choice do I have?  I must apply!  I love all her stuff!

So I am honored to say I was accepted and am now on the Two Chicks Design Team!  YAY!!!! So look for some fabulous new layouts featuring all her new fabulous stuff!!!

Happy Scrappy,
Mandie