Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Remember how I got all those 2 Peas goodies from Hubby?  Well, I put them to good use with this layout!  FUN!
I did some distressing and inking and painting and playing!

To the right, i used a rub on.  I love that beautiful brown color!  I then layered some of that clear glue over it so that when it dries it has a shiny epoxy layer.
This layout was created using the awesome 12-31-09 sketch at Sketchy Thursdays AND the poem Hope by Emily Dickinson which is Challenge #7 at Scrap That Poetry!

Here's the poem:
by Emily Dickenson
Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune - without the words,
and never stops at all,
and sweetest in the gale is heard;
and sore must be the storm
that could abash the little bird
that kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land,
and on the strangest sea;
Yet, never in extremity,
it asked a crumb of me.

I used the photo also as a pocket and tucked this library card behind it which I had distressed using my inks and Distressed Stickles (Vintage Photo)!

I used a picture taken in 2004 of Isabel and my two cutie patootie cousins.  Look at my sleeping Bel, isn't she so adorable?

I used some Dimensional Pearls by Ranger here to layer onto the chipboard...GORGEOUS!  You can also see the crackle paint I used behind the title for texture.

I made A BUNCH of circle pearls (using the Dimensional Pearls) in 2 different colors.  You can make a whole bunch and use em later to add to your pages...and they are ALL DRY!  All you do is squeeze the dots out onto a craft mat or glass mat...just make sure it's material that won't permanently stick to the pearls.  After you make lines of dots, just tap the bottom of the mat to flatten them out so they don't look like Hershey's Kisses (unless you want them to).  Let dry and scrape up.  I used my spatula to my Cricut and it worked GREAT!  I'll keep the rest for next time!

There's Bel, J, and Dimples (from left to right).

I used the kit I won at A Million Memories (October 2009 Kit)  for winning the Challenge #3 at Point Blank Period. 

This photo was taken when they were 2 1/2, 4, and 2....(from left to right).  Now they are 7, 9, and 6!!!  We drove about 45 minutes south to go to the Puyallup Fair...and this is what the back seat looked like when Hubby and I turned around!  Soooo cute!  They day was just beginning and they were KNOCKED OUT!

Even though it rained slightly on the way, it stopped when we got there...thank goodness.  The kids had fun riding all the kiddie rides but Dimples was too young so the poor thing just watched.  And he was NO TROUBLE, he was quite entertianed watching the other two have fun!

So, my HOPE is that these 3 (now 5 when you add the youngest two Gabe and "Sweet T")...stay together until they grow up.  I hope they treasure the close bond they all have and the fact that they are being raised together and that we are all so lucky we are able to share our lives together.  For those of you that don't know or remember...the other kids are my youngest cousins on my Mom's side (I'm the eldest at 33).  And the 3 cousins I help take care of are 9, 6 and 3...How adorable is that?????

I also hope that they all follow their hopes and dreams and know anything can happen.  Hope is such a powerful thing.  I've lived my life so far on Hope and have never been let down because even when things seem wrong, I try to cling to hope that it will get better.  These beautiful kids have so much potential and I am so excited to see what they do....


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