Monday, December 17, 2007


This cute card was made by Lisa Falduto using our Wonderland 8" stack. I love the old fashioned feel it has!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Cosmo Picasso: Lisa-Kate Guidry

I have been watching Lisa-Kate's work for a little bit now. I really like her torn paper style.

What makes you tick?
Scrapbook wise: Pretty music, pretty colors, pretty fabric, pretty pictures, my children’s pretty faces and a great thrift find.

Why are you so wonderful?
Oh please, I wouldn’t say I was wonderful, maybe fantastic, smashing, even great, but not wonderful, lol.

How did you become a scrapbooker?
I have been a scrapbooker since I was a teen and I still have my first scrapbook. It’s filled with all sorts of pictures, cards and clippings. I didn’t start again until about 2003 when a group of friends from my daughter’s playgroup turned me onto “modern day scrapping”.

When you hit a slump creatively, how do you get out of it?
I simply stop and focus on other things. Sometimes you just have to walk away.

What’s your favorite thing to do besides scrapbooking?
Two things fall under this category:
I’m a huge UFC fan. It’s a sport that my husband and I can enjoy together and so much better than football.
I am an obsessive thrift shopper.

What tried and true technique can you always rely on?
I don’t think I can do a layout without using my paper tearing/distressing technique and sewing (yes, there is technique to this madness, lol)

What music do you listen to when you scrapbook?
I listen to anything and everything, it just depends on the mood I’m in at the time. My iTunes list is a pretty good hodge-podge of music with anything from new artists, indie/folk to rock, jazz, disco and even some country.

What’s your most embarrassing memory (that you are willing to share) and did you scrap it?
I don’t embarrass easily so I don’t have an embarrassing memory to share, however I do have a ton of air head moments. One that comes to mind is when my husband and I were meeting with a business associate and her niece. The niece told us that she was in college to get her degree in accounting and I (for some goofy reason) immediately turned to her and asked “Oh, are you getting your Masters”? There was dead silence and she looked so confused when she answered me with a “no”. My husband now jokes me that I have very high expectations for people.
I have not scraped it but I think if I do, it will have to include a picture of me with my foot in my mouth, lol.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Sweet Stuff

Here is my dear daughter and me when we were both a bit younger. I had a lot of fun using the Buck Naked Buttons and I really like how they give a sort of "chocolate box" feeling to the layout. These photos were taken by a friend of Eric's that I met at a Christmas party who just happens to be a photographer, Ed Rosenberger. He wanted me to hold my little girl out away from myself, but as you can see, she was a bit chunky and I couldn't hold her that way long enough....... this is what caused the funny look on her face in the lower photo. It's like she was thinking, "what are you people trying to do to me?"

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Friday, December 07, 2007

The Cosmo Christmas Party

This year to make our Christmas party a little more memorable, Lindsay (feeling encouraged by my post yesterday) set out to write a Cosmo Cricket Christmas Party Poem. It is really so much better "performed" by him, but pretty good even when read.

We’re Glad you’re all here,
We care about you
This rhyme I have written
So without further ado………..

This year at the Cosmo,
We hired Lynette,
We feel very lucky
This hire to get

She worked on some lines,
They did very well,
She got married to Arthur,
Which we think is swell!

Let’s move on to Kathy,
Our Kit-maker plus,
In the office and warehouse,
She works without fuss!

There’s Kiley
Who also got married this year,
She hope’s all the credit cards,
And checks they will clear

Then there’s Kristen, who
Starts work at eight,
She got engaged to Mike
Who we think is great

So what’s in the water
At Cosmo these days,
Everyone’s getting married,
We hope they all stay

Nepotism at Cosmo?,
Oh no! That can’t be!
In the warehouse there’s Jon,
And in the office Beck-y
Related to Julie,
by marriage and blood,
Becky is awesome,
And Jon he’s a stud

Adam and Chris,
Brother’s okay,
there young and hard workers,
but sometimes will play

Guitar Hero,
I’ve heard,
And it’s not only them,
It’s Joey and Jon,
And the UPS Driver Jim

We had Joey for awhile,
On a mission he went
To Brussells, Belgium
For his church he was sent

And Blaire this past year,
A new job she did take,
She works next to a place
That serves seafood and steak

We went to some shows
And did dandy indeed
We sold Biography albums,
In Black Leather and Tweed

I haven’t forgot about Carrie
The bills she must pay,
“Bring me the money”,
and “Bring it today”
Aspens been calling,
And the guy who brings toner
I wish she could find
a rich guy to loan her

Tehawna, you thought
That there’s no rhyme for you?
Oh darling, at times,
When the warehouse is a zoo,
You would bring in the troops,
Organize and get ready,
Let’s see, there was your mom and dad,
And our neighbor named Debbie.

Me, you might ask
A rhyme about me,
I crash into walls,
With a forklift you see,
Some say I’m like Michael,
From The Office, the show
I’m charming, delightful,
with places to go
If this is true,
Who’d be Dwight, Pam, or Jim?
I work at a Paper Company,
But I am not him

You see he is goofy,
At times funny things he does say,
I think he’s like me,
and money should pay

Last but not least,
Eric and Julie,
Our fearless leaders
The design of new product,
Our success, there it teeters.

With the kids at there side,
They set the plan of attack
While fixing lunch,
For Abby and Jack.

The products they make,
Are the best in the land,
The Original _________ is new product planned

Eric he say’s,
“J-UUUUU-L-I-E come here,
I have a new paper,
Which completion is near”

“Can you help for a minute?”
And finish the rest,
We must beat everyone else,
I want it the best.”

And Julie say’s “Eric
What are those veins in your head?,
If you keep stressing like this,
You’ll surely be dead.”

So together they work,
And work very hard,
To design products that you can
Make into a page or a card

These artist you know,
Think different indeed
I’m glad we have them,
For Cosmo to lead.

I hope you enjoyed, this rhyme I did make
Now place you’re order,
and don’t order a steak!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Limerick Wars

Those of you who have read our blog since it's inception know about the Cosmo Sign Off and our wacky sense of humor. But, what you probably don't know is that "Limerick Wars" are a frequent happening at Cosmo Cricket. It all started when Lindsay had a bad day. To try and make him laugh I sent all email correspondences to him in limerick.

Since then, I have been challenged to a couple of limerick wars. This means that the challenger and the challengee must put all emails in limerick form or concede victory to their opponent. I can imagine some of you asking if we ever actually work at Cosmo and I would respond, "Can you call it work when it's this much fun?"

Most of our limericks contain information that cannot be shared in this setting, but Lindsay wrote the best limerick of the last challenge and I thought it deserved being published.

Well, this has been quite fun indeed
My pants at times I almost peed
Your poems were so funny
You could make money
Selling poems instead of Biography Albums in tweed.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Quick and Easy Advent

Here's a simple little idea done by Tami Comstock. She made an advent calender by stringing together a chain of things to do printed on our Be Good papers. I had her send me the phrases she used, but you could easily use your own family traditions. I plan to make a "family service" chain to inspire random acts of kindness between my kids.

Tami's Phrases:
Day 1 - Read a favorite Christmas story aloud together.
Day 2 - Sing (and maybe dance) to a Christmas song.
Day 3 - Make some Holiday cookies (and take a plate to a neighbor).
Day 4 - Cut out paper snowflakes to decorate your house.
Day 5 - Dress up and pose for Christmas pictures.
Day 6 - Cuddle up and watch a Classic Christmas movie together.
Day 7 - Serve up some warm hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes.
Day 8 - Get out the Christmas decorations and put them up.
Day 9 - Take a walk outside and enjoy the beauty of the Season.
Day 10 - Go Shopping !!!!
Day 11 - Do a secret good deed for someone. Shhh! Don’t tell!
Day 12 - Gather your Christmas cards and sign and mail them together.
Day 13 - Put money in the Salvation Army bucket at your nearest store.
Day 14 - Leave a secret treat on someone’s pillow for them to find tonight.
Day 15 - Talk about the Christmas symbols and where they came from at dinner.
Day 16 - Bake more cookies and treats.
Day 17 - String popcorn to decorate with.
Day 18 - Visit a Nursing home/Hospital and cheer up someone for the Holidays.
Day 19 - Any snow out there? Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or sled!
Day 20 - Read the Christmas story in the Scriptures ( Luke 2).
Day 21 - Go Christmas Caroling to friends, family, and loved ones.
Day 22 - Wrap presents.
Day 23 - Take a drive around and look at all the Christmas Lights.
Day 24 - Celebrate Jesus' birthday.