Shabby Miss Jenn

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Buttons Everywhere

This card was made to meet two challenges:  ScrapStreet's weekly challenge and the first Papertrey Peeps challenge.  For both of them, the challenge was to use buttons. Can you tell from the colors how happy I am that it's spring again?

Materials: Paper: Archiver's/We R Memory Keepers, Miss Elizabeth's, Pink Paislee, Bazzill Basics Paper, Stamps: MSE, Papertrey In, Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko, Clearsnap, Markers: Copic, Ribbon: Wright's, Fancy Pants, American Crafts, Buttons: Papertrey Ink, Tools: punch (Fiskars), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Dies: Spellbinders, Adhesive: Scotch, EK Success, Therm O Web.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Some Vacation Pictures

So the last 6 weeks weren't all bad.  We did manage to get a vacation in late February, during the kids' week off school.  We headed to Florida and got on one of Disney's cruise ships, the Wonder.  It sailed to Nassau and to Disney's own island, Castaway Cay, both in the Bahamas.  Ryan's parents were able to join us, and it was great seeing the boys hanging out with them.

Of course, since my boys can make anything fun, they had a ball at the hotel, just riding on the baggage cart.

This is Jeremy at the "sail away" party, wildly waving the streamers around, and barely missing Bob and Kitty.

Both kids quite enjoyed the giant slide into the pool; this is Matthew with an ear-to-ear grin after his first ride.  He pretty much only used the slide for the rest of the cruise.

For good or bad, cruise ships are known for their extravagant and calorie-free meals and desserts.  Jeremy quite enjoyed eating - and wearing - his Mickey ice cream bar.

Castaway Cay is the private island that Disney owns.  One of the ships from the Pirates of the Carribbean movies is sunk in the bay.  The boys thought they were hot stuff getting to go to the beach in February.

I quite enjoyed Castaway Cay.  In fact, I think that if the Wonder had been anchored there for the entire trip I would have been happy.  Plenty of chairs and umbrellas, bright blue sky, sand, sea and palm trees.  What more could a girl ask for?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Papertrey Peeps - Challenge #4

This challenge was to CASE (that's copy and stamp exactly) Nichole, the owner of Papertrey Ink, with a few extra rules:  you had to CASE one of her projects from the February or March release, and you had to use different stamp set(s).

I chose to CASE this adorable card (Capture the Moment blog by Nichole Heady):

Instead of a dog, I used a rabbit, and made an Easter card:

Materials:  Paper: Stampin' Up!, scrap patterned paper, Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Through the Trees), Stampin' Up! (Wildlife Reserve, All Year Cheer I), Markers: Copic, Ink: Fluid Chalk, Ranger, Stampin' Up!, Tool: Copic Airbrush System.

Aren't my daffodils beautiful?  Spring has just exploded here in the last week.  We went from cold, raw weather, bare trees, and shoots barely coming up from spring bulbs, to low 70s, sunshine, and daffodils and phlox in bloom.  The Bradford pear trees have gone from bare to fully bloomed - quite literally - in the last 2 days.

And on the down side, pollen season has begun.  The boys have been sniffling for 3 days now, and have started their annual Zyrtec dosing.  In another day or so, once the pine buds begin to swell, we'll have to keep the doors and windows closed against the green pine pollen explosion.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

ScrapStreet Design Team Call!

Read on to learn about a design team call!  Scrapstreet is looking for a couple of new team members who LOVE to create and to write.  We are looking for people who are active in scrapbooking--blogging, gallery uploads, trying new things.  People who tackle scrapping with enthusiasm!  Traditional, hybrid, digital, layout, card, and altered artists are all encouraged to apply.

The Job:
Our team publishes a monthly ezine with thousands of subscribers and a 5-year history. We love finding and showcasing talented scrappers and beautiful products. If you are selected for our team, you will write a monthly article which will include selecting and requesting the work of designers, combining the work into an interesting article, and meeting your deadline.

You will also receive products at least 6 times a year from a variety of manufacturers and will scrap several items to showcase their lines. It is an excellent opportunity to increase your visibility in the scrapping community while having fun.

To Apply:
Send the following to
contact information
a short statement of why you are interested in joining us.
3 of your favorite creations showcasing your style.
a link to your blog.
a link to your gallery.

We will accept applications until midnight April 10th.  Announcements will be made on Monday, April 12th.  We are so excited to add some talented new people to our family!  Want to know who you would be joining?  Peek at our current issue here and at the blogs along the side to get to know some of our team.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Apologies All 'Round

To my friends, family and followers who like to catch up with me and the boys...  for not posting in 6 weeks now!  Between Jeremy's cheek wound not healing and nearly needing surgery, to working again and trying to re-balance my life so that work, play and house stuff all get a chance, I just haven't had much time.

To the Peeps... for not commenting on your wonderful and inspiring blogs, and your patience with my absence in the last 6 weeks.

To all of you who have stayed at our house and used the shower in the guest bathroom...  Ryan's used it a bit and said it was fine.  We recently had our sunporch tiled, and re-grouted the master bathroom.  So for a few days I had to use the guest bathroom.  And am embarrassed by how truly horrible that shower was.  The shower head has been replaced and hopefully at your next visit you will have a better experience.