Your comments–they are like crack

The title grabbed me and I am with her on this one, I LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE comments 😛

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What is this? A comment? I am so excited! Does anyone else have an addiction to getting comments on their blog? I swear I do. When I get the little notification thingy that says there is a comment my heart picks up speed with the anticipation.

I have become an addict. I may require treatment. Wondering what someone has to say about something I have posted has driven me to the edge of insanity. it isn’t a bad place you should visit with me. The cocktails are good and come with free, small, white pills. The men with the white coats are also very nice.

Really the only reason I am posting this is because I am hoping you will feed my addiction. I would rather do this than work. I can quit any time though. I promise.

“likes” are wonderful, but comments–oh those devilish little things–they are like water…

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…going a little post happy…

…since I’m off to a gaming convention this weekend where I’ll be helping hubby promote his book and possibly,show off a little of my wares as well.

So, I’m not sure how my scrapping will be going into the weekend and after coming back.  I have to pack a bunch of the stuff into our room, since little guy will have Grandma and Grandpa to himself and we don’t want him getting his little hands on things he shouldn’t 🙂

So here’s another LO I made using Scrap Friends Sketch #12


The background paper is from Kelly Panacci (not big into her stuff, but this really called to me, wonder why :P)





I went a little crazy with my collection of die-cuts.  I had a bunch that I’d been wanting to use, and this seemed a great way.

Supplies: DCWV Rock Star, We R Memory Keepers White Out, Kelly Panacci patterned paper; Transparency photo frame; Ribbons and fibers; K & Co. ephemera die-cuts; Little Yellow Bicycle Natural bird wood veneer; Tattered Angels spray mist in black and gold; Tim Holtz Paint Dabber in teal; 7Gypsies fabric tape and Bella Blvd. tape in Yellow Chevron and Pickle Juice; Fairy wood-mounted rubber stamp; Pins; Letter stickers; Tim Holtz Distress Marker Wild Honey; Hambly transparent border stickers

…adoring how this layout turned out…


Another layout featuring my little imp, hehe.  I wanted to enter this into a couple more challenges, but alas.  (I gotta stop taking out EVERYTHING for a layout, cuz then I feel like I have to use it all, which I don’t think is physically possible).  Anyhoos, I bought the background paper many moons ago because hubby and I love zoos and the little guy earned the nickname of “monkey” from the first sonogram.  Every time the technician was going to get a measurement, he’d move.  We actually had to go back a second time to finish the measurements.

So these are more photos taken during an impromptu Labor Day photo shoot.  I went with black and white photos sine the background paper was so busy.  I actually cut out the monkey, then glued the background paper onto white cardstock and gessoed the center part, glued some ribbons, and added more gesso.  The center rectangle and photo frame die-cut are from Fancy Pants Little Sprout collection.

The title consists of Font Buffet Anastasia rub-on alphas (including a lowercase “m” turned sideways since I only had one “e”) and a chipboard uppercase “M” in Weathered Wood color that I colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Marker Tumbled Glass.




Really Reasonable Ribbon #70 – Mother’s Day and ribbon

Shopping Our Stash #97 – Text or Letters

My Scraps & More Sketch #24

…showing off, as promised…

…and thanks for coming back to see the full reveal.

So, a smidgeon of background first.  A gathering at our house and my sister-in-law’s friend came over.  Well my son, who was roughly a year old, was smitten with her, and it was adorable.  Every time she smiled at him, he’d smile back, then burrow into my shoulder.  So we jokingly call her his girlfriend (though my son has a preschool classmate that may be edging her out of the competition :P)

So Labor Day that year was sunny and warm, and we let my son be “diaper baby” (read: nothing but his diaper).  So this friend ended up getting a new SLR camera (how I would love to win one of those things!) and ended up taking a bunch of pictures of our little guy.  Here is one of the many beautiful, adorable shots she took:

“That Face”


I really wanted to use the space next to his face in the photo, so that’s where the title went.


I ended up sticking to a color scheme decided by the patterned paper, so light blue, orange, white and silver.  The “flower” near the fabric tape is actually a lace/ribbon in white and blue with silver wrapped as a “flower” with a clear blue button center.


Originally I had just use my Amy Tangerine Photo Op Roller stamp, but though it needed something extra.  So on went the label stickers and some 7Gypsies fabric tape.



I really wanted to do a paint background, so I marked the corners of the photo in pencil, then mixed some gesso and blue acrylic paint and went to town.

Supplies: Patterned paper – We R Memory Keepers WhiteOut; gesso, blue acrylic paint, Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Denim, ColorBox Mixed Media pigment ink (orange); Flowers – Prima Fall Animal, blue flower; brads, buttons, blue fibers, baker’s twine, Tape – 7Gypsies fabric tape; Stickers – Lucky You; Pen: American Crafts black 03; Ribbon – white and blue lace trim with silver

Submitting this for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #70, RRR70

Enjoy and happy scrapping!

…seeing colors everywhere…

and next month’s Express Kit is no exception.  A sneak peek at:

The Good Life


Just as a reminder, to subscribe (which I suggest doing because even though the remainder do go on sale, they go quickly, so to get first shot, best bet is to subscribe), contract me at tjcarrigATyahooDOTcom.  The price is $29.95 plus S&H, and you can have it shipped directly to you or to me and I can deliver it or you can pick it up (Long Island residents only, unless you REALLY want to drive all that way :P).

I won’t have the list is items until the kit is released and sent to subscribers, hence the sneak peek!  Some sneak peeks really excite me, and this is one of them.  A good balance of colors and patterns and no doubt there will tons of goodies packed into the kit.

So contact me and let’s get scrappin!

Happy scrapping!

Boston Marathon

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For all the families of those who were affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in the wake of this vile act committed against you. I pray for swift justice for the offender(s) I060 would like to believe there is a special circle reserved in Hell for you.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, please take a moment to send good wishes to these families.









For anyone who hasn’t read the story or seen the coverage:

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…looking for advice and info…

I made a post about this before, and while I don’t want to rant, complain, be whiny or anything else, I didn’t get a huge response last time, so I’m going to try again.

I follow several scrapbooking, mixed media, etc. blogs.  I have no idea (for the most part) what any of these people do for money in the daytime.  Some are on Design Teams, though I don’t think they earn any money from it, which is fine.  Some people have been published, again, not sure if they get paid for it, but I doubt it.  Being able to say you’ve been published in a well-known, successful magazine in your industry is awesome enough.

So yes, I’ll say it, I want to make money scrapbooking.  I’m a consultant for a company that sells supplies.  I’ve gotten many compliments on my work, so I figure, hey, I can do this for other people.  However, I don’t know how to bring it up without sounding wishy-washy/uncertain or like a used car saleswoman.  And I don’t want people to shut down in front of me.  I’m even trying to teach classes, but that’s difficult as well.

So what can I do to encourage people to do business with me.  To order products from the company I’m a consultant for.  To ask me to scrap their photos for them.  To want to know how to scrapbook, or even just what it is.

I tried at the local library, and was told that previous attempts bombed.  I get excuses such as:

  • “I just spent a lot of money on [insert item(s)], so I don’t think I should buy anything right now”
  • “I’ve got so much stuff already, I shouldn’t buy anything new”
  • “My schedule is [insert adjective or reason], I wouldn’t be able to take a class”
  • “The classes are expensive”
  • “I get my stuff from [insert store name]”

And there’s been a couple times when I would’ve loved to talk shop, but the timing was inappropriate (compliments on a birthday scrapbook I made for my hubby’s grandmother’s 100th birthday).

I know there are other scrapbooking/stamping companies that do the consultant model and are well-known on various levels.  And the ones I’ve met do a fair amount of business, however, they also hold classes/crops.

So if anyone has advice, ideas, tips, or (yes I’ll say it) orders for supplies or my services as a scrapbooker, I’m all ears.

Thank you and happy scrapping!

…giving a teaser peek…

I made this layout, featuring my adorable munchkin, using a challenge sketch, and even though the challenge is over and I missed the deadline, I still adore the layout and the photo…I’ll do the full reveal later, so make sure to check back!  I only used two sheets of one patterned paper from the Whiteout collection from We R Memory Keepers.  I got a ton of it for an awesome price and saw that it worked out perfect for the sketch.  So here’s a peek and watch for all the rest to follow!!


Happy scrapping!!