Saturday, June 30, 2012

OH MY!!!

September 14, 15 and 16

We’re having a party and you’re invited!

The party starts on Friday, 9/14 at 10:00am and goes round the clock, non-stop until Sunday 9/16 at 6:00pm.

Location: The elegant, beautiful and history-rich Colonial Inn in Concord, MA

Cost: $99.00 - includes:

- a generous welcome gift that will include a tool tote, a Kaiser album and Kaiser embellies
- 56 hours of non-stop cropping with 24 hour crop room access
- a sit down country breakfast on Saturday
- a sit down country breakfast on Sunday
- a pizza party on Saturday night
- 4 make and takes
- snacks and beverages throughout the weekend
- as our numbers increase, I will be adding more

Payment, in full, must be received by me no later than August 1st. Credit card payments will be accepted. HOWEVER, your seat is only guaranteed once payment is received by me.

Room accommodations must be made separately. When calling The Colonial Inn, mention that you are with the BostonAreaScrapFanatics. Our reduced room rate is $150.00 for a double room consisting of a queen and a twin bed. It is permissable to have up to three in a room.

Day only croppers will be considered after August 15th and based on available space.

Other fun stuff includes:

*** designer extraordinaire Lynette Carroll. She will be designing a project EXCLUSIVELY for us. Lynette promises a sneak peek sometime in mid-summer. Her incredible work can be seen at Lynette is well known both here and abroad for her beautiful and extensively detailed work. I have taken several workshops with Lynette and I can tell you that her teaching style is relaxed and fun. She is considerate of her students, helping wherever needed. Both Lynette and her assistant, Danielle, are fun loving spirits that fit in perfectly with the personality of BASF.

NOTE: Lynette's workshop is not included in your crop fee. A separate amount of $55.00, payable to me by August 15th reserves your space in Lynette's class.

*** A geocaching expedition. Geocaching is the hottest trend right now in outdoor adventures. Our very own Mishe is working behind the scenes to create an adapted version of this fun activity for our enjoyment. Further details will be available when you check in at the crop!

And, of course vendors for your shopping convenience:

Memories and Moore with our very own Maria Moore.
CTMH with Joyce Combs coming down from Portsmouth, NH.
31 Gifts with Janice Guazzo
Simply Tasteful

To reserve your spot: 617 835 3077 – Carol

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Monday, June 25, 2012

When one door closes, another one opens.  This is how I'm choosing to look at the fact that Twisted Sketches has come to an end.  Anam has decided that it's time to move on and celebrate other opportunities in her life.  I'll miss the sketches and working with the group, but I do understand about the need to grow and move forward.  Thank you, Anam, for a wonderful term.  I had lots of fun and will miss your sketches.  For those interested, Anam has made PDF files of all the card and layout sketches.  You can download them at:  Best wishes, Anam!

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's that time again.  A new sketch is up at  I have so enjoyed working with this group and I'm sorry to see my term come to an end.  Thank you Anam for a fun and fabulous time!

Here's my take on sketch 156 - with a twist "graduate."  I've based my layout on Avery's graduation to solid food!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's been a very busy week here.  First off, I was assigned to make eggplant parm for a graduation party of 75 guests.  So bright and early last Saturday I started the process.  I decided to use my mandolin to cut the eggplant so that I'd have nice even slices - ya right!  On the second slice I managed to slip and cut the tip of my baby finger off!  Oh ya - off, not just a cut, but off - a nice even thick slice of fingertip!  So not pretty.  Ended up rushing to the Emergency Room only to find out that they couldn't sew it back on and, in fact, there wasn't much at all that they could do.  They did soak my finger is a solution of peroxide and sterile water for over an hour.  Can I just say that the pain was nuts!  They did give me 10 mg. of oxycodone, which helped ease the pain a bit, but not completely.

After several hours, I returned home determined to finish what I started.  Not bad - of the 12 eggplants that I purchased, I managed to cook up 7 of them.  Needless to say, my daughter, who has a sarcastic sense of humor similar to mine, has dubbed the dish "fingertip palm."  And, of course, along with the sympathy there were lots of jokes tossed around at the graduation party, all at my expense!

Lesson learned:  who really cares if the eggplant slices are uniform?

And, of course the fingertip incident has put a damper on my scrappin'.  I did manage to get a couple of layouts done though.  More work on Avery's album - I'm almost half way there.  The layout was based on a sketch at  The sketch is one being used for a DT call.

How awesome is that tattoo?  I just had to get it onto a layout!

And, notice that near-perfect bow?  That was my first attempt at using the "Bow Easy."  I'm thinking one needs to be an engineer to figure that thing out!

The other thing that excited me this week was a challenge by a friend of mine, Bethany.  She invited her Facebook friends to get involved in a gratitude challenge.  All that it requires is to send a card, one each day for 30 days, with a heartfelt message to a friend.  Now I know, first-hand, that a heart full of gratitude makes a word of difference in my attitude and the way that I interact with my life.  So, even though the fingertip incident has put me a bit behind, I'm excited to be taking part in the challenge and have already sent off my first card!

That's about it for me.  Catching up with housework, this blog and life is enough challenge for today!

Chat with you all soon.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

It's time for another fun sketch at Twisted Sketches.  This is my interpretation of sketch 154.  To see the original sketch go to  Lots of inspiration there.

The twist called for cloth - my leaves and bamboo reeds are made from crinoline - a RAK from Shari.  Thanks, Shari.  I loved working with it.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

More from our domino swap!

This is one that I made for a friend that loves the beach.  It's on a 4 x 4 canvas frame.  I'm thinking if it's not functional, whatever would we do with these, so hopefully she'll see it as something to add to her decor.

* domino
* alcohol inks
* sand by mud puddles
* trinkets
* stick pins to look like beach reeds

The canvas is colored to look like the beach with colored chalks.

To see more work from our talented members, visit the forum at

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Recently, we had an altered domino swap over at  Check out these beautiful dominoes I got from my swap partners:

And can I just say how much I love these.  In fact, I'm wearing my necklace today!

You can join our swaps at any time.  Just visit our forum at the above link ...

Hope to swap with you soon!

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