Friday, April 30, 2010

the tutti frutti mini

If you didn't already see this on the A Scrappy Design blog, here is the mini that I made with the Tutti Frutti collection. The above picture shows all of the pages, and below are two of my favorite pages.

I absolutely loved working with the cherries, and the journal spots and tags are fabulous! See that strawberry below? Yeah... that is a sticker!! Yep... so dang cool!

So, if you need something to purchase in honor of National Scrapbook Day (May 1), I would check out Heather's A Scrappy Design shop. Just sayin'... :) I'm sure you'll be happy with your purchases!


I'm thanking my blog readers with a RAK this week! Stop by THIS POST HERE and leave a comment for a chance to win a RAK from me!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

gotta love the dentist!

It's time for the latest Sketchy Thursdays sketch! And this one is from the amazing Heidi! Not only do I get a week off when she makes the sketch (nice!), but I also get to play along just like the rest of you! Sometimes when I make a sketch I may already have an idea in mind. When Heidi makes one, I get to start from scratch like everyone else! It's a great challenge for me!

This page is about Nate's first trip to the dentist. I prepared him for nearly a month about going. I told him he would get to wear his Spider Man sunglasses inside (to help block the bright light they use), he'd get a prize (they pick from a treasure box) and he'd get a new toothbrush (he even got to choose which one he wanted).

It ended up being a great experience. No cavities (I didn't expect any... I'm pretty crazy about teeth), and he was so polite and well-behaved. It was fabulous!

The best part (and the journaling that was put on this page), Nate was asked what he'd had for breakfast and he said, "Marshmallows." OMG! A mother's worst nightmare! I quickly corrected him and told her he'd had Lucky Charms.

The dentists laughed and asked him if he also ate the other pieces in the cereal and he said yes. Whew! Close call!! It was funny, but could you imagine if he did have cavities?!?! Could of blamed Mom for giving him nothing but marshmallows!! :)

Thanks for stopping by today to see my Sketchy Thursdays page! Don't miss out on Heidi sketch, and take a peek at what the rest of the DT made. We'd love to have you play along!! There is a wonderful prize from Kristina at Your Memories Here up for grabs!


I'm thanking my blog readers with a RAK this week! Stop by THIS POST HERE and leave a comment for a chance to win a RAK from me!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

we love spring!

In spring, our front garden blooms with tulips of so many different colors. It looks so pretty! Nate can't help but jump into the garden and play. And, of course, I had my camera right there to snap some pictures of him enjoying the garden!

Keeping with the spirit of the week, this page was made with the May kit from Scrapbook Circle. I just LOVE this kit! All of the colors and patterns are right up my alley!

This kit goes on sale May 1! Which is National Scrapbook Day, so I think it's only right that you spend some money on scrapbook supplies... just on account of the holiday, right?! :) Why not get yourself one of these great kits!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

these two are such trouble!

Well, these two can drive me crazy, actually! LOL!! I made this page with the Scrapbook Circle May kit. All of the Crate paper goodness in this kit make me happy! I was surprised by the weight and texture to these papers. They are really unique and I enjoyed working with them.

These pictures of Nate and Daddy are from a night out last month. I just love them! (Both the pictures and the boys!)

I also want to give credit to the sketch. It was the April Sketch Inspiration at Scrap Freak. The challenge has since passed, but I wanted to give credit!

The May kit. Click on the image for the full details.


I'm thanking my blog readers with a RAK this week! Stop by THIS POST HERE and leave a comment for a chance to win a RAK from me!

Monday, April 26, 2010

playing with dinos and dollies

Hi there! Today I am sharing with you a page I made with the May kit for Scrapbook Circle. This kit is chock full of goodies! Great colors for me since I mostly do boy pages. Rich blues, browns and yellows.

I also used the wonderful Design Dollies sketch for this week. You can find the sketch HERE and play along with them!!

The page is about my son's first trip to the Rochester Museum and Science Center. They had the traveling dinosaur exhibit there this winter through until the beginning of May. It was very cool. There were Mastedons, fossils, T-Rex's skull... many neat dino exhibits. It was a fun day, and I'm so glad we took Nate to see it.

I'll be showing you more of the wonderful May kit from Scrapbook Circle over the course of this week. It goes on sale May 1, so plan to scoot on over there and scoop one up! I'm sure you'll love it!

(May kit sneak peak)

Thanks for stopping by today!!


I'm thanking my blog readers with a RAK this week! Stop by THIS POST HERE and leave a comment for a chance to win a RAK from me!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

blog candy and a sweet card

Happy Sunday everyone! I have been working hard all weekend on so many great projects that I'll be able to share with you soon. Lots of DT work!

What I can share with you is this cute baby card I made at a friend's request. I just thought it turned out so darn cute! I used Cosmo Cricket Earth Love and American Crafts Dear Lizzy for the card.

And, as promised, here is the RAK I want to offer to my readers for my one-year bloggiversary! All you have to do is be a follower/subscriber and leave a comment on this post.

I'd love to hear if there was one post that you remember most. Maybe a page or project I did this past year that you remember as your favorite. If you are new to my blog (Hi!!!), I'd love to know what you'd like to see here for the next year.

I will draw a winner next Sunday. The prize is made up of American Crafts papers, DCWV card stock, Thickers, felt, die cut letters, a mini album and Making Memories embellishments. All very spring-like!

Thanks for stopping by! I really do appreciate all of you that come back over and over again. Some of you have been here since the first week! (Brenda, do you know you were my second comment?! HUG!!!!)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

don't laugh...

Hello and happy Thursday! This page is for the 4.22 Sketchy Thursdays challenge. Head on over there and see the awesome prize that Crop Chocolate has for this week's winner, it's a great one! And of course, you want to see the sketch and what the rest of the DT made! Obviously! :)

I was so excited to make this page! My son invented a game that he started playing during dinner. He would stare at us, make this adorable and yet mean-looking face and say in a sing-song voice, "don't laugh," daring us to be the first to laugh and lose. We couldn't help it, the first few times he did it, we would just burst out laughing.

Then we got serious about it. We got competitive! It is now, months later, a regular dinner game we look forward to.

I made this page with mostly my Studio Calico April kit. Lots of Sassafras Lass and Studio Calico papers and embellishments here on this page. Makes it fun!

Hope to see you over at the Sketchy Thursdays challenge this week!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

wordless wednesday

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I couldn't let my 1-year bloggiversary pass without posting anything today! I promise I have a giveaway coming soon! I want to say thanks to everyone who's been with me this past year. It's been a blast!! I have met so many great people, and I know that I have made friendships that will last for years and years. I can't imagine my days and weeks without you!!

(And how cute is this necklace!! Definitely on my wishlist!!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

sew lovely... just because

Hi there! Some of you know that I have been uninspired lately. Blah!! I have so many new, pretty things to play with and hadn't felt the pull to use any of them. But now, I am forcing myself back on track!

The background paper is from Coredinations and their new Cosmo Cricket set. I have two new packs of these papers and they are so pretty! The stamps are Lawn Fawn So Lovely and also Papertrey Ink Vintage Labels. The lace is a vintage find from going antiquing with a friend awhile back.

Just had to share something today, trying to get back into creating and sharing! Thanks for listening to me ramble! :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

loving this right now

This week, Sketchy Thursdays teamed up with the Who's That Girl challenge blog. Using the latest Sketchy Thursdays sketch and the new prompt at Who's That Girl: Right Now, this is the page I made. ...And I love this page!

My thought behind this was to show a page that looked a bit like those compilations that interior designers will put together for clients. You know... where they put the type of wood, paint, fabric and patterns all on one board or tray to convey a look and feel for a space. (I watch too much HGTV...)

This is my "Right Now." I am really into florals, border punches, texture, fabric, floss, sewing, patterns, and handmade flowers with buttons. And I managed to squeeze all of these onto one page.

I have always thought that I would love to make shadow boxes like these and hang them on my walls. Just filled with the patterns, colors and textures that I am into at the moment.

Well, I hope this got you motivated to try the Sketchy Thursdays and/or Who's That Girl challenges this week. Head on over to see the great prize up for grabs from Apron Strings Kit Club and the latest sketch!!! Can't wait to see everyone's "Right Now" pages! Such a fun prompt!!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

a scrappy design giveaway

The Design Team for A Scrappy Design had the pleasure of working with the Tutti Fruiti collection recently. Being an overachiever, I attempted to start a mini... and then proceeded to not get it finished in time—d'oh! And if you know me, that is an incredible personal disappointment... not to finish what I start.

On top of my misplaced scrappy mojo, I am also quite sick. I have been down for the count since Friday when I first got a sore throat, and now I'm all-out sick and can't seem to get better.

But that isn't stopping me from sending rays of sunshine and happy chances for prizes your way!!!

One lucky winner will receive an assortment of goodies from the Tutti Fruiti collection. Head on over to Heather's A Scrappy Design blog and leave your comment(s) for your chance(s) to win!!

And hopefully soon I'll be able to share the whole mini album with you. It's all there in my head, it's just the fever and runny nose that are blocking the creativity.

Monday, April 12, 2010

we're hoppin'!

Sketchy Thursdays is doing the Spring Challenge Blog Hop!! Remember that snippet of a page I showed you here? Well, this is what I was referring to. Heidi has turned into quite the sketch maker and this one she made for the hop is by far my favorite!!

I'm hoping that you will be able to join us for the hop! The challenge blogs that are participating are:

There are prizes and challenges on each blog, and you have until April 18th to play along with us. The Sketchy Thursdays challenge blog is giving away 2 prizes from our dear friends at Flamingo Scraps. One prize just for stopping by and telling us you are hopping, and one prize for those that participate in the challenge. Both prizes are fabulous, so make sure you stop by and see!!

There will be one grand prize given by Practical Scrappers, so if you do all of the challenges, make sure to let Practical Scrappers know.

This page was so much fun to make. Not only was Heidi's sketch easy and fun to work with, but these papers from My Mind's Eye are awesome. The pictures are from a recent ride on the carousel, and my son is hamming it up pretty cheesy in that picture on the left. I just love it!!!!

So head on over to Sketchy Thursdays to see Heidi's sketch and play along (all you have to do is leave a comment for a chance at one of the prizes), and start at Practical Scrappers if you'd like to do the whole hop for the chance at the grand prize!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! :)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

got quarters?

It's time for another Sketchy Thursdays challenge! This week's sketch is ready for you over on the Sketchy Thursdays blog. The DT came up with some great pages, so make sure you head on over there and see all of their awesome work!

This week's prize is from Green Horned Unicorn... which happens to be DT Antonia's Etsy shop. Before Antonia was a DT, she was a girl whose shop I came across through blog hopping. I then proceeded to hunt her down and beg for the sponsorship! :)

Green Horned Unicorn is an adorable, bright and fun Etsy shop, so make sure you stop by Sketchy Thursdays to see the prize and read all the deets on the shop.

This page I made is about my son's expectation that if we're in the mall, he will be getting a quarter to ride the rides. It's not a trip to the mall without all the things that make it fun for kids... the carousel, quarter rides, ice cream, the escalator... you know, the usual.

Make sure you scoot on over to Sketchy Thursdays, we'd love to see what you create with this week's sketch!! And thanks for stopping by here today, I really appreciate it!!

Supplies: Jillibean Soup (pp & die cuts), American crafts (Thickers & Flair), Studio Calico (faux wood veneer stickers & packaging as pp), Little Yellow Bicycle (journal spot), Making Memories (mini letter stickers)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

good things on the way...

Hey everyone! I haven't been able to post much here the past few days. Everything I'm working on is for a reveal, a DT commitment or something along those lines.

What I will tell you is that there's some cool opportunities on the way to you soon. There will be chances in April to win lots of goodies. Speaking of, did you know my bloggiversary is April 21st? Just sayin'... there may be some goodies here. Maybe some giveaways. Maybe... :)

Today I'm sharing a sneak for a reveal next week. This is a snippet of my new favorite page from a sketch made by the talented Ms. Heidi. I am so excited to share this one!!

Stop by tomorrow for Sketchy Thursdays! See ya then. (Eh, this was supposed to be a Wordless Wednesday... ha! I think I've proven I stink at the "wordless" thing! lol.)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

my mom gave me this gift

My mom taught me the basics that go with crafting. She instilled in me at a young age that working with your hands and creating from scratch is fulfilling, fun and something to be proud of. She also taught me that if you have a talent—a gift—you should share it.

As the oldest of my siblings, I passed on the love for art that my mom taught me to my brothers and sister. Most of us spent our allowance on art supplies. Mom and I even made my homecoming dress when I was a sophomore. We were a crafty household that enjoyed creating and working with our hands—and I am convinced Mom had everything to do with that.

So, here is my THANKS, MOM! crafty page. I really enjoyed making this, though I found it tough to not go overboard. I have acquired many of the new stamp sets, papers, chipboards and embellishments that are sewing and crafting themed. It was not easy to decided what to use and what to save for another page.

Sketchy Thursdays has another Second Chance Challenge for you today! Kelly Marie, the founder of Lawn Fawn stamps has partnered with us to bring you this challenge.

I used the Lawn Fawn Sew Lovely stamps. I used the button and flowered circle as a make-it-yourself pattern near the top of the page. I also used the spool of thread stamp as an embellishment and cut them out of white paper. (The prize for playing also happens to be this stamp set, yahoo!!!)

One thing I just have to say about these stamps... they come clean so easily and do not stain. They are awesome to use, don't wobble at all when you press down onto the paper, and come in this really sturdy fold-over package thing... hard to describe, but it's perfect!

If you have a chance to play along with us, head on over to the Sketchy Thursdays blog today. Check out the sketch that the lovely Heidi has made for you (yup... Heidi is a regular sketch maker now!!), and play along for the prize from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you are enjoying the Easter weekend... Happy Easter to you and yours! My husband actually has today and tomorrow off from work, so I am quite excited! He never gets holidays off, but this one just fell this way in his rotation. YAY!

Don't forget to eat chocolate for breakfast! It's the only day you can!

Supplies: Fancy Pants (pp), Cosmo Cricket (pp), Lawn Fawn (stamping), October Road (pp as border & letter stickers), Maya Road (pins & dress form chipboard), fabric, string, sewing pattern

Friday, April 2, 2010

digi mag news!

I am so excited! Yesterday the April/May issue of Ready, Set, Create magazine was released to the public. And I'm on page 188!!!

My new friend, Corey, contacted me a few months ago about writing an article on how Sketchy Thursdays was started. She also asked me to make a custom Sketchy Thursdays sketch for the RSC design team to work with. Of course I said yes! And they even published the sample page I did that went with the sketch! That made my day!!!

Are you a die-hard Sketchy Thursdays fan? Can you not believe there is a sketch out there that you don't have? Well, you're gonna have to buy this magazine to see it! The RSC team did a fabulous job with the sketch.

Here is the LINK to where you can get your copy of Ready, Set, Create! Also, fan them on Facebook and browse around their community.

Thanks again, Corey!!! :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

sketchy thursdays and some paislee...

... Pink Paislee that it! I managed to get my hands on the Queen Bee line before I finished gathering all of the pieces to the 365 Degrees line. If you remember, I had won the 365 Degrees papers during the CHA blog contests they had, but I wanted to get the rest of the line before I used the papers.

My pre-order with an online store has not turned out to be the best idea. Weeks after I ordered there, I was able to get the Queen Bee line from another online retailer quite quickly. So here I am, blathering on... loving the Queen Bee line... and waiting patiently for my turn in the pre-order line to get my 365 Degrees goodies.

This page is, of course, for the Sketchy Thursdays reveal today. The next sketch has been posted and the new DT knocked it outta the park! You have to swing by there today and see how everyone did, they definitely did not disappoint with their first challenge!!

This week's sponsor is Kiki Art. I'm sure you've heard of them even if you haven't managed to get your hands on any of their papers and such yet, but now you can!!! One lucky, random winner will get a prize pack from Kiki Art. So, head on over to Sketchy Thursdays, see the sketch, love all over the new DT, and plot your project for your chance to win!

Thanks for visiting today!!!