Monday, February 07, 2011

Hop on in!

Welcome to my part of the most EXCITING BLOG HOP EVER!

Ok, that might be an exaggeration, but just a little.   Hopefully you have come to me from Brandi's Creative blog.  If you are just now joining and would like to do all the blogs START HERE
Now, of course, with any hop there will some order and most importantly purpose.  The purpose of this hop is to challenge you to create something out of your comfort stretch yourself. Sometimes the stretching comes with the challenge of just completing them! 

CSDivas will have a Grand Prize to giveaway (separate then each blog challenge or giveaway, if there is one offered)... Prize includes:

- Making Memories Alpha Fetti Black and White die cut letter pack.
- Recollections About Time¨clear stamp set
- Assortment of ribbons
- Assortment of prima flowers and leaves
What you need to do to be eligible to win the Grand Prize?
1) Upload your project in the gallery with the tag... VDHop Pam
2) Post your creations to the corresponding discussion for each Blog Hop Participant.
 Mine is at this link:

a) Players will earn a ticket at CSDivas, when they upload their entries to corresponding discussion.
They they need to be new creations and meet the challenge criteria.. I think this is important, that's how you stretch yourself!
b) You will earn a ticket for each different challenge creation you upload.
c) Due date to upload entries at CSDivas is Thursday February 17, 2011.
d) Winner will be announced on Tuesday February 22, 2011..

List of Blogs to Hop:

So, now let's play.
Let me start by telling you a Valentine story..
Christmas in my family was a BIG EVENT.  The whole family (I have 20 cousins ) gathered at my Grandma's farm house in Western Oklahoma.  It was a family event and casual dates were not must be serious to bring a boyfriend with you.  When my DH and I were dating, my older brother bought his girlfriend an engagement ring for Christmas.  And of course announce their engagement during family time. In front of my large family (there were a min. of 65 there) Steve professes that he thinks he would rather have a new stereo, but before he had one of those. Ha Ha.  The whole family got a laugh, except for me, I gave a polite, disappointed smile.
  We lived about 150 miles apart, so conversations were mostly letters, with the weekly "long-distance" phone call.  Well, he had something really special for my visit in February, which was on Valentines weekend.  My friends and I knew I was getting a ring.  I showed up with anticipation, said pleasantries to his folks, and we went to his place (he had an apartment in his folks' back yard).
  And he presented me with the most beautiful stereo system that Pioneer made!  Yes, he did! 
And 34 years later, we are still listening to the speakers, playing the record player and our 2nd son has the receiver in his garage.  So Pioneer really knew how to make stereos....and I did get that ring....but not until June!

So Valentine's Day at my house is not a huge romantic event. Not that you haven't already figured that out!  I don't do alot of pink, syrupy things. So this has been a challenge for me, just coming up with a challenge for you!
My project came from a prompt at another blog hop at Sketches for All, that  I played this weekend. It was to make a layout using a love song for the title.I knew instantly that was what I wanted you to do.  So I entered this over there last night, but really had you in mind. 

I am very happy with all except the fact that I can't take a square photo!  I promise everything on this layout is straight (sometimes I use a ruler!)  This is Steve's favorite love song, which he sings to me on occasion.  I agree with the my life I love him more. And I wanted to show him and tell the world at the same time! (no stereo here!)

I used the new collection from K&Co  Floral and Fauna. Lovely soft colors and very earthy.  But just a hint of it, cause I didn't want the page to be to 'girly'.  My background is a kraft paper that I have splattered with Olive Vine Tattered Angels mist. I didn't do the soft fine mist.  But instead a bold 'blotches' again to make it a little more manly and apparent.   

I framed him with a circle flourish frame that I cut out with my Pazzles Inspiration.  It is an amazing machine!  I cut the alphas also from there. 
 And that is all I have to say today, no it's not!  He is wrestling out 3 grandsons at Halloween in the one picture, another love of my life!  But the main pic I took on our 32nd wedding anniversary....we went to a Boston Red Sox game.  My gift to us!

So, my challenge is to make a page, using a Love song on it.  Could be title, could be journal...but must be new for this challenge please.  1)Enter it into our forum for a chance at the grand prize
2) AND a chance to win the K & Co paper pack like I used! (or leave me a link to your layout)
3) If  you leave me a comment and or join my blog (cause I really, really need people to read my blog,
 cause I get so lonely. I just want to be your friend!)  for a 3rd way to win a prize. 
So now you are going to Angela's blog.  She is a new member of our room and is really into getting her challenges done!  Have fun on the hop and remember

Keep Dreamin'


  1. Awwww, I love your story! Thanks for sharing that and your layour :)

  2. Great story and great creation! I love using songs and their lyrics in my layouts! - now following your blog! Stephanie from CSDivas

  3. Pam, personally I think that ¨non romantic¨ stories are the most romantic of all... specially because they did not meant to be romantic!
    Glad to hear this story 35 years later!!!
    Love your layout and challenge...

  4. awww what a nice story!!! In My Life is one of my favorite your layout!

  5. I love your story and your layout! I will have to give this challenge some thought I come from a family of musicians they are so very talented, I love music but can barely play the radio :) but I can scrap it...haha

  6. Beautiful layout! I will see what I can come up with/see how much time I have for all the challenges!

  7. awwww you put the song up on your play it...

  8. Great LO! I love it I know i have a hard time doing girly ones to ... i'm the only girl in the family :( I have my soon to be hubby and my 2 boys! so I do a lot of reds and dark, dark purple (almost blue) lol. I'll have to do this one! Thanks and great prize!!!

  9. Your husband sounds like mine, mine would be pointing out how the stereo he got still works and is a much better way to spend money than on something like roses that die. Yep, he's that romantic, LOL! He got me a beautifully made clay flower arrangement from Etsy for my birthday because those will last forever and then told me guess he didn't have to buy any more of the real kind!

    I have the opposite problem, making things look manly and not all girly and glittery is my problem. I love the nature inspired look of this page. I'm going to have to remember to use that kind of theme the next time I want to do a "manly" page about Brad.

    I'm now following your blog:) I love to meet fellow scrapbookers!

  10. Awww, what a sweet story... your challenge sounds fun too... hugs, antonella :-)

  11. Gorgeous layout how you used the glimmer mist!

  12. Really nice lay out I became a follower
    Thanks for sharing
    karen k3 at ameritech dot net

  13. Such a sweet story and wonderful layout! Now a follower. Thanks for sharing! :)

  14. Hi Pammie,
    I'm sure you'll have no problem making new friends after this blog hop! What a great story. Thanks for the fun blog candy too. I am now a follower!
    XO ~ Amy Jo (New Follower)
    amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

  15. Wow...that cameo technique is awesome....I have to check that out better...I really want to start tow scrapbooks

  16. What a beautiful LO and story...I am already a follower..:)

  17. Beautiful Layout! Just became a new follower, Check out my blog.

  18. Pam, I love your Valentine Day Story!!! I smiled so much. So cute and very happy to see I am not the only person that is not all pink and fuzzy on Valentine's Day. Hubby and I have Valentine's day all year long!! :)
    Many Hugs FRIEND!!

  19. Beautiful page! And I love the stories you shared.
    Mama Bear


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