Tuesday, November 11, 2008

SBS 25 Challenge #5

Challenge #5 is to use 2 different patterned papers & glitter in a card. I got on a roll with this one. I used Club Scrap's Cyprus kits for these cards. All the embellishments came with the kit. Gotta love getting everything all together, all matchy matchy, in one box.



Monday, November 10, 2008

Blog Candy Alert!!!!!!

So I'm browsing through blogs looking for candy. There are some amazing ones out there right now too! I'm getting ideas for mine. I think I'll offer something when I hit 1000 views. That should give me plenty of time to get something together. I know I will have plenty of Japanese ephemera to offer. I'll add more to this as I find them. So, check out the candy I found:

You Want the Cookie?
Franmade Cards & Things
All the Things I Love
This one is all month long and various giveaways!! Stamped Smiles

For you gals living in the UK and Ireland, this one is for you only:
Saturday's Secrets

Friday, November 7, 2008

Janet you ROCK!!!!

Janet is soo amazing! She presented me with my first blog award today. Thanks so much Janet. I am so honored. Pass on this wonderful award!! I'll try not to duplicate gals who have already received this award.
The rules are:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees. I nominate:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

SBS Challenge #4

FINALLY after numerous camera issues, I have pics of my card for our fourth challenge. One day, I will post my challenge in time. lol The challenge was a bday card with 2 embellishments. We got bonus points if we used purple, green, black and rust. This is my first Tim Holtz inspired tag too. I received an envelope of Tim Holtz goodies from Laurel in the All Things Tim group. Thanks again Laurel! You rock!! The papers are from Club Scraps' Wheels & Sprockets & Private Eye kits. The lady is an image I had saved.I used Distress inks in Vintage Photo and Tea Dye. I used Royal Purple Staz On ink to stamp "happy" on the fragment clear tag. I'm sending this card to my mom for her bday. It won't get there by the 7th but she's knows its gonna be late. lol

Change is in the air........

Ok, the elections are over. Its done. We have a new president. This is a historical time in our world. Hopefully, Obama can come through with the change he promised. The day before the election, Biden said something along the lines of, "We will make sure your kids go to college." Ok, I don't remember the quote exactly but you get the point. Anyway, when its time for my son to go to college, I will definitely be thinking of that promise. Don't think I wont write a letter saying, pay up. lol Now I can write to my Texas representatives about the astronomical gas prices here on base. That issue is another entire blog entry in itself. Long story short, we are STILL paying $4.06/gallon and the stories they are feeding us don't add up. Enough of all that....
The other change in my life...... My beloved Club Scrap has made a HUGE change. No longer will we have separate sites for the chat forum and their website. Everything is now housed under one location. I'm loving most of the features over there. Its nice to have my own gallery. The upload speed when I add art to my gallery is AMAZING!!! I love the fact that it didn't take me 20 bazillion tries to resize the image I wanted to use for my avatar. However, the site keeps going down. :( I am online at various times during the day so its not like its going down during the busiest of times. Remember, I am 15 hours ahead of Club Scrap Time. (Central Standard Time or Cowboys Standard Time as hubby says lol) There has been a bit of resistance to the new site. I understand the frustration many of the gals are experiencing. When we went from the yahoo group to the current chat forum a year ago, I hated it. I resisted the change. I however, became to love it. I don't think its the actual chat forum, its the people. The gals at Club Scrap Chat have become like family for me. I hope those that don't make the transition will continue to keep in touch. If you are reading this and you are one of those gals, let me know if you need my email. :)
So, chin up gals! Change is here! We can either embrace it or dig in our heels and rebel, fuss, pout or move on. The point is, CS decided to go with the new forum. We either head over there or move on with our lives. I wish everyone the best of luck with everything.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tokyo Sea Life Park

I chaperoned a field trip to Tokyo Sea Life Park. It took us over 3 hours to get there but only 2 to arrive back home. Gotta love Tokyo traffic. NOT! We had less than 1 hour to tour the aquarium. We plan to go back one weekend so we can actually see everything and take our time. Walking up, we saw the cool shape of the building.
Once we got to the upper platform, we noticed the two pools of water that seemed to spill over the edge of the wall. To the right, was Tokyo Bay. Then we looked left. What was that? Did I see a castle? and wait, theres... is it??? YES!!! Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! Its Tokyo Disneyland!!!!! YEAH!!!! I zoomed in all the way with my Nikon camera to snap several pics. Eventually, we WILL make it to Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea.
Ok, back to the aquarium.....It appears to be set up really nice. Each tank is arrange in order of where the fish inside are located on the globe. All the Pacific fish together, Atlantic, etc, etc. Who would have known that penguins would be living in Japan?! And outside at that! We were pleasantly surprised.
It was difficult to snap good pictures when we were in such a hurry. The names of the fish and the map are in Japanese as well as English. I'm too lazy to resize these pics so click on them to see the whole image. lol
Aren't these little girls the cutest??? They kept staring at us. The aquarium was PACKED with schools on tour. Ours was the only American group. It was very windy outside. This little girl snagging her hat turned out to be one of the cutest pics of the day!
Check out the Japanese bus and the cool shaped tree in the parking lot. I only wish I had gotten all of the ferris wheel in the pic. I wasn't paying attention to that when I snapped this pic. We were rushing back to the bus because we were late. Don't worry, the teacher was too. lol
Ok, y'all know how I love pink. Well this pink bus was parked next to our bus. Check out the logo. lol