**Spring is HERE!**

This afternoon I got off work, picked the girls up from daycare and came home. We unloaded our bags and headed outdoors to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. It brings a smile to my face to watch them run, ride, and skip up and down the street enjoying these first days of spring. The days where there aren't too many bugs, its not too hot or too cold, it's just starting to stay light out longer, flowers are just blooming and in the distance you can hear other people's children out ripping and running enjoying the fresh air.

My youngest daughter Erynn

The beautiful tree in full bloom across the street from my house. The one in my yard is white.

My oldest daughter Ryene

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Rose Tutorial

To make this rose and the one on my ::Sanders Family:: LO, I used the basic instructions from the CK magazine March/April 2010 issue by Stacy Cohen. So first here are the supplies I used:

A 4 x4 inch sheet of light weight paper (cardstock is too heavy but can be done)
Takcy Glue
A pencil
Ink Pad
Stickles to match your paper

Next you want to cut out roughly a 4x4 inch piece of paper you want to use to make the rose. What's relaly great about this project is you can use scraps
Draw a spiral on it and cut out in a wavy pattern

Once you have the spiral cut out you can ink the edges for definition. You can use just about any brand of ink you'd like.
Starting with the outter end, start rolling the paper around toward the middle

Once you get get close to the end add a big drop of glue on the bottom, I used tacky glue as opposed to glue dots or any tape ahesive, because the glue allows the paper to move. Adhere the rolled part of the flower to the center of the spiral and gently allow the flower to unfold to your liking.

I let the flower set for about 2-3 minutes and I add a couple of spritz of ::glimmer mist::  and line the edges with ::stickles:: (two of my favorite products) I've also thought about adding ::glossy accents:: to immitate dew drops.

To ahere the rose to my LOs I add a large ::glue dots:: to the bottom
Thanks for looking!

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My New FAVORITE product

During the scrap retreat I discovered **Glossy Accents** I love, love, LOVE this product. I don't like that I have to wait for it dry but the finished effect is soooo worth the wait. Below you will see where I used this product on the hearts on the My Lucky Charms LO. Pin It

My 1st Scrap ReTREAT!

This past weekend I got the pleasure of attending a scrap retreat in Bedford, PA hosted by Crop Circles. This was my very first experience and it far exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait until the next one. I did expect however that I woudn't get an enormous amount of scrapping done but I managed to complete 2 double LOs and 2 single LOs. One of them even won 1st place in a LO contest (BIG CHEESE) and I won a complimentary 1 hour long massage at the next crop- whooohooo! So here's what I created:

1st Place WINNER ( rose tutorial coming soon)

I've been dying to use this title, being that The Hubbs(my husband Steven) is actually a SSG in the army.

This page took a while, in my mind it seemd like a quick to do, but several hours later...tadah!

Close up of the rainbow, the hearts are accented with *stickles* and *glossy accents*

My daughters getting to play in the leaves last fall. (flower turtorial coming soon)
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