Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Challenge #10 **Serenity**

Team Dirty
Challenge #10 May 25th

We all have a safe place we go back to time and time again, whether it be a person, an animal, a walk on the beach, your big comfy bed, that special chair.
That one thing in life that grounds you and gives you complete serenity.
Your safe haven, your inner peace, your world completed.
Give homage to that special place.

And the Sponsor for this Challenge is another FABuLous prize from


Mom’s Chair. A very Special chair. One might look at it and see just a simple piece of furniture, but to me it is so much more. I look at this chair and I see happiness. Happiness from the past, present, and future. I see all 3 of my children late at night snuggled up to me as I rock them to sleep, as I sing them silly songs that only a mother can sing. I see me reading ‘The Cat in the Hat’ just one more time, over and over. This chair has had another life other than the one my family has given it. It was handed down to me by my dear cousin Jenny, who used it to rock her own 2 babies to sleep. This rocking chair is history, it is love. Once a light oak color, but sanded and refinished by my husbands own two hands just to make me happy. Now that my babies are older this chair sits perfectly placed on my front porch. I sit in it and watch my children play. I sit in it late at night, enjoying the fresh air while having endless talks with my husband about anything and everything ever imaginable. This chair to me is so important. It’s the one place where I can go and everything else fades away and all I see is a state of calm. It’s my serenity. My peace. My happiness. My memories all combined into a piece of wood. A very important, always loving, piece of beautiful rocking chair wood.


Serenity - Dirty Scraps

These days what gives me the most peace of mind, and where I immediately go to when feeling anxious, is my art - and more specifically acrylic painting. I've really been exploring textures and shapes and tearing apart and putting back together.

Serenity - Dirty Scraps Macro

This layout combines all of these things - it was so much fun to work on! A couple of techniques I used were - smooshing paint (which i actually just did a
tutorial on) and using Punchinella for stencil and embellishment.



You are my safe haven!! I'm very fortunate to have a wonderful and supportive bestfriend, companion, husband and lover!! No matter what I've done or said in the past, I know he has my back!! I love you Bill with all of my heart!! May 24,2010


And now for the Winner of the Awesome Prize from

for Challenge #9 is:

**MY Creative Brightside** and she said...
here is mine! Great challenge ladies!!
Congratulations girl!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Challenge #9 & WINNER of the sponsored KIT!

First of all let's announce the WINNER of All Things Chula
KIT from the last challenge!
MamaBirdy said...

Another great challenge! I love what the DT did. LAURAJEAN: I really relate to your LO!

Here's my take on it...

And please let's keep Chula in mind when shopping next time!
MamaBirdy please email Chula valechula@gmail.com with your address!

The Facts of Life
Life is what it is, it is FULL of ups and downs, bumps and bruises, and even sex. This challenge is not for the weak! hahaha just kidding... I challenge you to scrap the facts, whether it be the fact that you smoke, the fact that your single, the fact that you have sex, the fact that you have Mulitiple Sclerosis, there are alot of "facts" out there, they are not all pretty, they are not all clean, it's called LIFE. Go scrap it! Have fun, be real, be yourself.
Now go get Dirty!

The SPONSOR for this challenge is BELLA BLVD!!!!!!
OMG you will LOVE the prize package they sent!
You have to play along!
Thank you Bella BLVD!
Be sure to request them in your local scrapbook store!


I am not perfect. I am overweight, I can be grumpy. I cuss, I get angry. I will tell you when I think there are better ways to do things. Despite my faults, I am true to myself & those whom I love.

People usually scrap the wonderful relationships with their loved ones.
Fact is, every relationship out there, no matter how good, has its flaws.
My mum and I share this love-hate relationship since my teenage years till now.
We quarrel, we fight, we make up, we love, we hate..
It's conflicting to say I love her.
But I really do, despite the quarrels, fights and cold wars.
One thing for sure is that she loves me with all her heart.
Happy Mother's Day!

You can see more details of my layout here.


I have hypothyroidism which means my thyroid gland is under active. I have to take medicine for the rest of my life to regulate my thyroid levels. Before I found out I had this condition, I started feeling terrible. I always felt tired and down right exhausted, sluggish and weak. I had difficulty concentrating on things and I felt like I was in a fog. I have to take a pill every day one hour before I eat which is a pain on the weekends. I’ve been on my medication for over a year now. Some days I still suffer with certain symptoms. When I went for my pre-surgery testing last month the doctor said my thyroid gland looks enlarged, so I need to go for another scan and checkup with my doctor. This is something that I always have to keep on top of. The biggest thing that has been bothering me about this condition is trying to loose weight. It’s something that I’m really struggling with. Hopefully as time goes by I’ll learn more about this condition and be better able to help myself get better


Facts of life:

The fact that I'm single at the age of 45 scares me a bit.
I certainly dont show this to friends and family because
I have and always will be a strong woman. But I have
come to realize that at my age I am not sure that there is
anyone out there for me, and have also realized that I may
be single and doing this whole life thing alone. I do it now,
but I struggle every day trying to make ends meet with
me and the kids. It's just me putting a roof over our heads
and making sure that we have food on the table and the
bills are paid. It's very very hard to do, but it's a fact. I have
no one to rely on but myself and some how I make it work.
It's hard at times, but I make it work. So the fact is that I'm
a single mother taking care of everything on my own and
doing the best I can. And the fact is that I may be alone
the rest of my life, I'm coming to terms with that too, who
needs a man anyways?


{click to enlarge to read the journaling}
journaling reads:

here i am.
220lbs. and finally coming to grips that i may never ever see
my "old skol" figure ever again. i'm kool with that. you see, during
the past years, i've learned to love this body of mine. all 100%
curves and thickness. my mom had them, my grand and my great-grandmothers.
it's my reality and i'm embracing it in a positive, healthy way.

i used the first 4 months of my 365 Photo a Day Photos, made levels in the paper, then hid the journalling behind a panel with a brad:

Dirty Scraps Challenge #9

Dirty Scraps Challenge #9

I apologize for the delay today, if you have not seen the news Nashville has been brutally hit with flooding. Thankfully my family and I are safe but so many we know have lost everything.
This has been a trying week so please bear with me while I try to catch up on everything.

Monday, May 3, 2010

We have some amazing sponsors coming up.

So I just wanted to let everyone know that we are getting pretty booked with sponsors for this amazing DIRTY SCRAPS BLOG. And for all of our amazing followers, get ready for some more great challenges with some awesome prizes. you are definatley going to want to play along with us.

Our next challenge coming up on the 10th is going to be really really fun! And the sponsor that we will have a prize from is right down the street.
THAT is a suttle hint, who can guess who it is?