Saturday, December 20, 2008

Rough Draft Sketch # 11

We had a guest sketch artist this week.

Here is my take

Used Studio Calico Kit. Add so fabric from my stash!!

Thanks for you comments!!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

New Challenge Up Over

Plus we are having a 12 day of Christmas with fun tutorials and inspirational posts!!!!

Used Studio Calico Kit.....I'm sure your getting over this but I just reach for them because they are just so much fun to use plus I can add in somethings from my stash like brads and buttons!!!

Journaling: Christmas tradition is to spend the day eating good!! We have three big meals...breakfast, lunch, and dinner....but one meal is always Stone Crabs!!!!

Later this weekend I'm going to be posting a inspirational post about some design I've made on my LO's that come from a fun place!!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you'll come play with us over at Also come back later this weekend!!!

Hugs, Cassandra

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sketch # 9 over at Rough Draft

So this week I had alot of fun with the sketch!!!!

First we have my 12 x 12 Layout. Using Studio Calico Kit. Photo of my cousins Jake and Jeff, Jake's wife Lisa, their little girl Eva, and little old me!! Journaling: In Florida we don't have Red Robin restaurants yet but we do have the commercials!! The food looks so good too!! So when I saw one I asked if we could eat there before I left. I got the 5 alarm burger and it was so good and big!! I'm so glad we got to go because I got this PHOTO!!

I also made a card using the sketch!! Love how this turned out!! Used my slice to make the scallop circle and scraps from my Studio Calico kit.
Head on over to

There is going to be a surprise with Sketch # 11!! Also every month we do a random drawing for a prize of anyone who does a lo using our sketch!!! Plus the DT did a beautiful job with this sketch!!!

Hope you'll come and play along!!!


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sketch # 7

Over at

This week was my turn for providing a Layout to be made into a sketch.

So here is the sketch:

Here is my Layout:

Journaling and Title: U R Home Rusty! I think you know that too!!

Used Studio Calico Kit. My Slice made the red flower! So happy with it so far!!

Hope you'll take a look at the other design teams Layouts and join in the fun!!!

Thanks, Cassandra

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sketch # 5

Went up yesterday...

Here is my take on the sketch!!

I don't like this photo but it is something I want to remember!! Studio Calico August kit!! Plus some fabric, bingo chip, and little compass.

Thanks, Cassandra

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pretty Committee Challenge

Challenge #1 for November went up!!!

Here is the challenge:

This month, we challenge you to find inspiration in your wardrobe. Everyone has their absolute favorite dress or purse or shoes that they could not live without! What dress in your closet is perfect for any event? What shoes go with almost any outfit imaginable? What earrings look perfect at any occasion? Make a layout celebrating the most perfect thing in your wardrobe and send them to us before November 25th for your chance to win an awesome prize from Riff Raff Designs!

Studio Calico March Kit. I know reaching back to the beginning of the year!!!

Journaling: A reversible slide .... one side is yellow and the other is white gold!!! You can do anything with this one piece of jewelry!!

Hope you'll come join us!!!

Thanks, Cassandra

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


And I hope you did too!!!! No matter who you voted for!!! This is going to be history!!! In more ways then one!! There hasn't been this many people come out to vote in almost 45 years!!! I'm proud to say that it took me 40 mins this morning to case my vote because there was that many people there to vote too!!! It made me smile to think that we as American's do care!!!!

Thanks for listening!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rough Draft Sketch # 3

Sketch # 3 is up over at

Love this photo of my brother with his girlfriends mother, aunt, the neighbor at the lake!!! Studio Calico Kit.

Hope you'll come play with us!!!


Monday, October 20, 2008

Studio Calico ATC Swap

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Originally uploaded by Cassandra West

So this weekend I was a ATC making fool!!!! I finished two sets of cards for some swaps over at SIStv!! And these three beauties for my partners at love them!!! I don't want to give them that is way I'm posting them so that I have too!!!!
Also I went thift shopping Saturday and spent to much money but got some great stuff!!!! Love finding fun thing!!!!

How was your weekend?


Friday, October 17, 2008


Day 1: Flying for 12 hours!!! Playing with baby Eva!! Watching her spend so time with her daddy (my cousin). So cute!!!
Day 2: Eva with her ponytail! Spending the day in Seattle with my cousin Jeff. Have a great time together even if it rained off and on all day!!!!
Day 3: Lazy day with the family!! Rained most of the day. Lisa and I tryed on Jake's army that stuff is really heavy!!!
Day 4: Went to a park down the street. Jake, Lisa, Eva, Jeff, and I....even though it was raining off and on it was still beautiful!!!
Day 5: It was Eva's day!!! Babysitted her for the morning and we all went to dinner that night!!
Day 6: I had my own adventure in Seattle!! Loved it!! Went up in the space needle and just had so much fun taking photos and some shopping!!!

All in all it was a great trip!!! I did get a cold but oh well!!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!!


Friday, October 10, 2008

Two Challenges Up Today!!!!

Challenge # 2 over at
Mirror mirror, on the wall … what makes YOU the fairest of them all? Let’s just admit it: we all steal the occasional glance in the mirror to check out our reflection. But if that mirror could talk back to you, what would it say? We want to hear about the most beautiful part of your reflection. Maybe it’s your smile … maybe it's your children … either way, we want to know what makes you stand out from the crowd!

Above is my take on the challenge.

Here's my take on Sketch # 1 over at

Hope you'll come play with both of these challenges!!!

Thanks, Cassandra

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Some fun news......

I enter this Lo into the Rough Draft Sketch Blog Design Team call......while I was asked to be part of their team!!! It is so exciting and all the ladies are really good scrapbookers too!! Makes me very happy!!!!!

You can see the rest of the team and the next sketch which is up on October 10th. Also they do a monthly giveaway!!! So make sure to catch us out!!!
Thanks, Cassandra

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I'm proud in a way.....

This Layout was one of very first ones.....I did in March of 2006.......everything was square....stickers that I won't touch now!!! But it makes me proud to see that my Scrapbooking skills have improved greatly since then!!!
This is one of my most recent LO's.....what do you think? A big difference if you ask me....I did use stickers on this Lo but they don't have that cartoon feel or cheese feel either....but also my skills have moved from just paper to staples, sewing, punches, layering, and details are always there!!!
With this Lo I challenged my self to only use 8 of everything....8 pp, 8 circles, 8 beads, 8 stitches, 8 stickers, and 8 staples. So what do you think?

Hugs, Cassandra

Friday, September 12, 2008

On a Lighter Note

Come play along:

The photos are of my grandmother, mother, and Aunt Cindy from 1983 and 1984...the little one is me.

Journaling: Not only are they beautiful on the outside....they are stunningly gorgeous on the inside! Each one of them have been through their own battles...yet they still smile and love with all their hearts! They amaze me everyday! I'm so proud to call them my pretty committee!

Something fun, I used photo paper stamped for the butterflies.

I booked my ticket the other day to go.....

Seattle!!! I'm so excited!!! Not only do I get to go to Seattle but I get too see my cousin Jake, his wife Lisa, and their baby Eva....who is just the cutest thing ever!!! I'll have so many photos when I get back it wouldn't even be funny!!! So if you read my blog and have anythings I could do will I'm there please let me know....go Oct 2 to 8th....So it will be chilly for me the pure-blood Floridan that I am!!! But I'm still so excited because I've never been!! I have a couple of flea markets that I hope to hit while I'm there.

Thanks, Cassandra

Thursday, September 11, 2008

7 Years Today.....

I was driving to school just behind the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport....looking at Air Force One sitting on the tarmac...thinking that I would have to stop on my way home to get some photos of the Presidents plane!! How neat it was that the President of the United States of America was visiting our city....he was there to read to the children of E. Booker Elementary School!! Anyways just as I was passing that amazing plane I heard that HORRIBLE New about a plane hitting tower one. As the radio people was talking about it the second one hit. My mouth hit the ground... I got goosebumps but it was like this is not really happening!!! Will it didn't sink completely in till I saw the TV....My heart dropped!! I didn't have anyone I know personally or any family in the towers but I did!! They were mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, husbands, wife, and lovers but most of all they were all Americans that went to work that day like everyother day. I will never forget those innocent people that never came home that day and all the people that have never been found!! I'm sitting here crying because it is that emotional for me and I'm sure that I'm not the only one who still cry's about that day. To my follow American we can't forget and we never will!!!!

Thanks, Cassandra

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Pretty Committee

So I was selected as one of 12 to design for a new challenge blog!!! So excited to be apart of this new challenge blog....

What is the Pretty Committee?
A place where women feel compelled to use the art of scrapbooking to celebrate who they are and what they stand for. A place for light-hearted challenges with an emphasis on all things girly! It's a place for you!

I'll leave you with a sneak peek....

Thanks, Cassandra

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Journaling on tags: Physical Traits: Lips will tend to be full with a pursed or puckering quality, the jaw is generally weak. the nose is generally small, facial features will be round, especially the cheeks. The eyes similarly, may appear to bulge with somewhat of a sleepy or dreamy expression, and in them you can get the distinct impression of wisdom, mystery or spiritual depth, giving Pisces' eyes perhaps the most beautiful!

Some fabric from my purchase the other day.

The clear pebbles are arranged just like the constellation.

Had fun with this! Cutting the fabric and sewing....really loving my sewing machine!!!!

So what do you think?


Monday, August 18, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay

Is heading our way.....Only to be a Category 1 Hurricane when it lands on Florida...right now south of me in Sarasota but to come up the state right over us. This storm is going to be just that a big thunder, lighting, and wind storm!!! People are freaking is really weird because it has never been like that before....last time we had a Hurricane was in 2004 and that was a disaster because it didn't go where it was 'suppose too' and alot of people were not ready for this storm!!! I guess I should be alot more worried but I'm not. Weird. But atleast wish me luck that we don't lost power for days!!! That is what I'm worried about!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Day 221 of 365

Day 221
Originally uploaded by Cassandra West

Happy 888 day to you!!! Did you take a photo today?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Things that make me smile

Finding these things at a second hand is the old music tape from a piano and the book is a math book from '29. Kerry Lynn gave us the idea about the piano paper at SISiversary and I've been holding onto mine because I didn't want to cut it up but now I can because I have more!!! So happy about that!!

Receiving this in the mail!!! Mandi did a photo swap with me and this is what she made me!!! Doesn't this just rock!!! I was so excited to see it!!!

Getting a new sewing machine!!! I can't wait to use this on my scrapbook pages!!!!!!

Spending Friday night cropping at my LSS with Kim who I met through Studio Calico!! Making the following Lo's:

All of these Layouts were made with Studio Calico Kits....I know really tired of hearing that but I really love these kits and also I want to use them!!!

Hugs, Cassandra

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Recent Scrapbook Lo's

This one I did about my nightly routine with have tea before I go to bed.
I did this for a challenge over at CHA Pass the Parcel but didn't get it loaded in time to count but mine was to use 5 buttons.Did this for the 5 products challenge over at I find Anne in the funniest sleep potions and always with her tongue hanging out!! This time there was a big pile of drool!!!
My dad is a great hostess's....delivering some kind of smooth drink to his guest's in the pool...just to funny to me!!
All of these photos I took of my mother's garden...which I'm in love with the photos!! I think I did a great job on some of them but I still haven't figured out how to photograph her orchids...really need to play with that!!!
Just doing alot of scrapping stuff....Been being craftive....that rocks!!! I'm going to my local scrapbooking store on Friday to a crop and I'm getting excited!! I'll be scrapping my photos from the 4th of July weekend!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

My Little Secret

I got a email from Kristy Wiseman on June 11th asking me if she could lift one of my layouts....ok so I was so flattered and surprised completely!!! But of course I said yes!!!! I wanted to see what she would come up with. Well I check their blog today and found this:

CWL2283's 'Adorable' layout from the Newsstand Gallery caught Kirsty's eye right away with the sweet pic of her dog and the trim along the edge. Kirsty used a scallop edge at the bottom of the patterned paper as well, but kept the title the same.

Kirsty used a scallop edge at the bottom of the patterned paper as well, but kept the title the same.

You can see the whole thing .

They explained why they picked the Lo and it is just fun of inspiration!!!!

The Simple Things!!! It just made me so happy!!!


Monday, June 16, 2008

SISiverary 2008

I can't even begin to explain how much fun I had!!!!! It was FREAKIN' AMAZING!!! I can't wait to see all the photos that everyone took!!

Photo taken by the Fabulous Sarah Kristiansen

Photo edited by the Adorable Amber Ulmer

Amber was even cuter in person!! I've always thought that she was cute in her photo and from reading her blog but I didn't imagine that she could be any more cuter!! It was so wonderful to meet her and I hope that I have made a new friend with this beautiful lady!!!

It was so much fun putting faces, voices, and personalities with everyone I talk too in the message boards over at SIS.....

Photo taken and edited by the Adorable Amber Ulmer

Sarah was so sweet and I'm sorry that I didn't get to spend more time with her!! I love the Prima flowers in her hair!! I didn't see them till I uploaded the photo....great idea Sarah!!!! Happy Birthday too!! A day late!! I hope you had an amazing day!!

Your just so beautiful and love the little bit of time I did get to spent with you!!

My wonderful roomies that just took care of me in so many ways!!!

From the left Heather, Dawn, and Pam...had me laughing so hard I couldn't breathe!! Jack heads!!! (Inside joke) Thanks for just being so wonderful!!

I managed to get my 365 photo in to and I had a guest star in one.

The wonderfully adorable Kim!! Thanks for smiling in my self-portrait!! You rock! So sweet and funny!
I've been in a daze I'm hung over....I might be from all the creative juice just flowing this week!!
Thanks to everyone that was just so nice to me!!!
Be back tomorrow with a list of things I learned this weekend!
Luv, Cassandra