Monday, February 24, 2014

{Scrap-Our-Stash - Stash-A-Thon!!!}

Join us for ScrapOurStash's Birthday Celebration!
You will NOT want to miss!  Come check it out!

March is our birthday month and we are about to celebrate & want you to join!!! Starting Monday, 3/3/14 there will be a NEW challenge posted every other day. That is a total of 14 Challenges!!! YOU will have until April 5th to upload as many layouts as YOU can. ScrapOurStash will be giving out raks weekly and 2 sponsored prizes at the end of the month.

 Also....I am adding in a RAK for any WhoGivesaScrap!? friend who does at least 3 of the 14 challenges! Lets see what ya workin with!! For your convenience here is the link! Set your calendars!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

{Whats the 4-1-1 Week of 2/14}

Jill Scott is coming to The Voice. She is going to serve as a mentor for Team Usher. The Voice returns to NBC Monday, February 24th with Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher. This is going to be a busy year for Scott. She is also appearing the new James Brown bio-pic Get On Up.

Bobbi Kris, the 20-year old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown wants to be a pop star like her mom. Bobbi Kris is being mentored by Mariah Carey and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. Does she have the chops to carry on her mother’s tradition? Houston remains one of the greatest singers of our time, and she was following in the footsteps of her mother, Cissy Houston.

Diahann Carroll has dropped out of the Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun. Carroll, 78, was supposed to star opposite Denzel Washington in the legendary production, but she pulled out citing the heavy work load was too much. Carroll is being replaced by Actress LaTanya Richardson, who is married to Samuel L. Jackson. There was a lot of excitement about Carroll returning to Broadway particularly after 80-year old Cicely Tyson won a Tony when she returned to the Great White Way in A Trip To Bountiful. Previews for A Raisin In The Sun with Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson start March 8th.

Actress Angela Bassett graces the cover of the latest edition of Ebony magazine.

In more Broadway news, Oprah Winfrey may be headed to the stage in a production of Night Mother with Tony Award Winner Audra McDonald (TV’s Private Practice). If all goes well, the show would open in 2015.

Speaking of Get On Up, Singer Ralph Tresvant has joined the cast, and will play another music legend in the film, the late Singer Sam Cooke. The movie opens in theatres this August. Tresvant  Also in the cast are Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson and Dan Aykroyd. Rolling Stones' Legend Mick Jagger is producing.

Wayne Brady will be hosting this year’s BET Honors. Scheduled honorees include The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown Founder and Broadway Impresario Berry Gordy and Rapper/Actor Ice Cube. There will be performances by Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson. The show airs February 24th on BET.

Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker & Oprah Winfrey (The Butler), Michael B. Jordan and Chiwetel Ejiofor are sharing the cover of the March issue of Essence magazine.

Anthony Anderson will be hosting The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards airing February 22nd on its new home, TV ONE. Forest Whitaker will be one of the night’s biggest honorees. Some of the presenters include Lupita Nyong, Tyler Perry, Michael Ealy, Arsenio Hall and Gabrielle Union. The Image Awards honor achievement in TV, film, literature and music, to name a few. Some of the nominees include Tasha Smith (For Better Or Worse) up for Best Actress In A Comedy Series, and her twin sister Sidra Smith is up for Outstanding Documentary as producer of Free Angela And All Political Prisoners. The Real Husbands Of Hollywood and For Better Or Worse lead in nominations for TV, and 12 Years A Slave, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Fruitvale Station and The Best Man Holiday are all multi-nominees in film. Alicia Keys, “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, John Legend and Janelle Monae are multiple nominees in the music categories.

Dancing With The Stars is getting a new bandleader. Ray Chew, formerly of American Idol, will be there when season 18 kicks off March 17th. Chew is known for his work with Idol, Showtime At The Apollo and The BET Awards.

The Michael Jackson Estate is in trouble with the government. Did they cheat the I.R.S. by lying about the amount of money the estate has generated since The King Of Pop’s death in 2009? I hear the estate could be getting hit with a $702 million tax bill.

On Vanity Fair’s 20th annual Hollywood issue, it’s Julia Roberts, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Chadwick Boseman (42 & Get On Up) and Lupita Nyong (12 Years A Slave), to name a few. Vanity Fair has come under fire in recent years for the lack of diversity in their previous Hollywood issue covers.

Will Smith will not be returning to the movie franchises Independence Day and Men In Black. New up and comer Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is reported to be replacing Smith in the Independence Day sequel.

No more reality TV for Ice T and his wife CoCo. The husband and wife duo are teaming up with Ryan Seacrest to host a talk show.

Former NFL Player Terrell Owens is making headlines again. This time for a short lived marriage. Owens, now known more for his babymommas and financial struggles than his football career, is being accused by his soon to be former wife of using her for her good credit. He married Rachel Snider, a postal worker/waitress a couple of weeks ago. After two weeks, she filed for divorce. Apparently, Snider and Owens had been friends for years. But, when she realized there would be no sex with their marriage, she filed for divorce claiming he betrayed her and she was heartbroken. Friends of Snider claim Owens married her to secure a two million dollar loan for a new home he wanted. I wonder if he still making those child support payments to his four babymommas.

Writer/Director David E. Talbert's latest movie, Baggage Claim with Paula Patton, Derek Luke and Jill Scott, is now available on DVD. Check out these other DVD and Blu-Ray releases: Lee Daniels' The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey; Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station starring Michael B. Jordan; and 20 Feet From Stardom featuring famed lead and background singers Lisa Fischer and Darlene Love.

Scandal returns to ABC on February 27th.

Congrats to basketball superstar Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette Prieto. They are the proud parents of twin identical girls. The couple married in April. Jordan has three grown children from his first marriage to Juanita Jordan.

The life story of Darlene Love is coming to the OWN cable station. Love is the famed background singer and actress who got her due later in life. Love's book, My Name Is Love, details her life as a background singer for the stars including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin and others. She was tied contractually to Music Legend Phil Spector, which delayed her career for many years. Love ventured into acting becoming famous for her role Danny Glover's wife in the Lethal Weapon movies. The book also discuses her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Love's story is also chronicled in the Academy Award nominated Documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. The Darlene Love movie will air on OWN later this year.

First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining Jimmy Fallon for his first week taking the late night reigns permanently from Jay Leno. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon kicks off February 17th with Will Smith and U2.

 ::::: UNDERGROUND BUZZ ::::::

They always want to come back. This TV Personality divorced her hubby and took up with The Help. Well, it didn’t work out, and now she wants ex-hubby back. He said no cause he’s living it up right now, but can she change his mind?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

{Sketch With Stash Challenge #12}

You ready!?
Here is the challenge:

Your challenge is to create a layout inspired by the sketch below and you MUST include:

A) Heart patterned paper
B) One or more premade/packaged Hearts
C) One or more premade/packaged Arrows


Here is my take:

"Will You Be Mine?"

Well this sketch was fun! As mentioned in the last challenge I normally don't have a lot of themed stuff hanging around, but I thought I would take a stab at free cutting my own hearts! I think I did a good job!=)

Hope you are enjoying working on the sketches this month! Love is definitely in the air!

Once you get over to ScrapOurStash, make sure you read the details on how to enter a drawing for a $20 gift certificate to Frosted Designs! All those who participate in one of the 2 February challenges, you can be entered into the randomly selected drawing!

One more important HERE for the SOS Challenge Guidelines!!!
 Make sure to link your layout to Mr. Linky on our side bar no later than February 27th 11:59 PM PST

Friday, February 14, 2014

{Welcome KoKo!}

Well most who know me personally know that we have a new family member....she was born on 11/9 and had 10 other brothers and sisters! This here is KoKo! 
She is a mess and then some! I put special orders in for her back in October maybe or September and she was born a little before Christmas!  I was hoping for her to be a Christmas gift for Bre, but unfortunately she was not ready to be separated yet from her mommy and shots and all that jazz...
Scroll down and you will see some more recent pics of her...

 There is a pic of mama....beautiful Boxer...
 This is th day we actually brought her home...Bre was so happy as was TJ!
 TJ, KoKo & Bre...
 Here is the little Monster now...she has gorgeous bluish / grayish eyes...we are all in love.  She is a very hyper 3 month old puppy! She IS truly spoiled and we can thank Grandma, Papa and Uncle who is around Who would have thought Grandma OR Papa would allow a dog on THEIR bed!? I'm sorry...are these my same parents who told me Nalla (my former baby who passed on to doggy heaven), needed to stay outdoors where dogs belong...LOL! I tell you grandparents lose it...smh...its ok...KoKo is not complaining of all the attention she gets! We love her to pieces!

 Look at those eyes!

Thank you Carlos for a beautiful dog!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Ok! I just for whatever reason fell in love with this months ScrapRoom delivery! It was delivered on Monday and I was just barely able to rip open that box! And MAN OH MAN! What a nice surprise...really scrumptious goodies! My coworker also loves when I get my kits because she gets the monthly coffee that comes with! It always smells so good...I'm just not a coffee drinker...

Of course the kit was inspired by the lovers holiday, Valentines, so there are a lot of cute themed papers in there. I can't wait to create with them! I have been having this subscription now for a few years and I will tell you really keeps me out of the stores shopping all the time, because it was causing a problem in my pockets. I know retailers or small business storefront owners may not like to hear this, I am sorry, but I gotta go where my dollars take me...and right now unfortunately, we have no close scrap stores that are open. However, I will periodically take a drive when needed to the nearest store to me which is about 40 minutes away.  Of course we have the "big box" stores like Mikes (Micheals) who has stepped up their game tremendously...and I can get in trouble there too...but that's another story!

Anyhow, all this to say I want to share with you what came in the mail this month from the Scrapbook Room!

Tell me this don't look YUMMY!!! Here we have:

Teresa Collins: You are my Happy
Crate Paper: Love Notes
Fancy Pants: Be Loved
Elles Studio - Love You More / Every Day Moments

 And not only do I receive the FOTM (Flavor of the Month) kit I also receive the Double Shot which includes 2 more additional collections:

Carta Bella - Homemade With Love
My Minds Eye - Lost & Found Record It

Oh! Oh! Oh! And last but not least...I do get the embellishment club as well! Woo...too cute! can now wipe your chin from all the drool!

Can't wait to play!

Happy Scrappin!

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