Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fabulous is Whoo You Are....Design Team Call

It is so hard to believe that November is almost gone.  They always said time goes quicker when the older you get and I totally believe it now.  

I am pre-scheduling this post, so I am not quite sure what to write.  It always seems easier to write on the days that I just write and post right then.  I must be better at writing on the fly!  

Here are a couple of projects that hit the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog the past couple of weeks.  A layout and a card.  These were created when the mojo was flowing and I was about a month ahead with everything...now...well, not so much!  

Supplies: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, and Stickers-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (You're a Hoot collection); 
Corduroy Brads-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker; Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine (Buttercup); 
Punch-Martha Stewart; Adhesives-Glue Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives

And here is the card, this went pretty quick.  Which, is what I like in cards!  LOL

Supplies: Pattern Paper, Die Cuts, and Stickers-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (You're a Hoot collection); 
Buttons-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker; Ribbon-Unknown; Cardstock-American Crafts
Punch-Martha Stewart and Fiskars; Adhesives-Glue Arts, Fabri Tac, and Scrapbook Adhesives

And I totally forgot to tell you the news!  If you haven't heard Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is having a Design Team Call!!  You can find out all the details and how to apply in the link below!  

If you have thought about trying out, you totally should!  Nikki's team is a fun team to be on and she is very generous with product.  

That's it from me today.  I will be back tomorrow with a fun fall banner, that I should have posted before now!  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A "Fun on the Fall Trail" layout

Whew, did you survive Thanksgiving?  I think we did.  We did some Angel Tree shopping for SEVEN kids from three different families on Wednesday.  This was from the fund set up when Andree (Carleen's mom) passed away, so it was bittersweet.  But got to spend time with "the girls" and their mom while doing it.  We got lots of things for them and I hope they love it all.  I am glad that I got to go this year and help pick stuff out for them.

On Thursday, I had a layout up on Sketch Support.  It was using the One Page Sketch (Sketch 15) and I totally changed this one up.  It had a split down the middle of the paper and that is just one of my hang ups...I can't leave that split there!  So here is what I came up with.....

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello Fall Collection); Die Cut Embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle (Hello Fall Collection); Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Letters: Little Yellow Bicycle, Doodlebug Designs;Acrylic and Fabric Embellishments: Little Yellow Bicycle

These were taken when we took the dogs to Ritter Springs park to have some fun and my camera quit taking pictures and said my card was full after about 16!  I was not happy about it at all.  I finally figured out that with the Mac, once you take everything off the card, you have to empty the trash on the computer with the camera card in it or it leaves fragments on the card that fill it up!  Who knew??  Not me!  I didn't have to do that with the PC, so I guess I am still learning.

The girls "stole" the iPad as soon as I showed it to them on Thanksgiving and I am not quite sure how many pictures they took!  And they hijacked my Facebook account!  LOL  But the iPad pictures are the only ones that got taken...shocker I know, but I just didn't pull the camera out!  And they are by no means "correct" in any way, shape or form!  Just totally fun, off the cuff pictures!

This was taken back in September, but I wanted to post a pic with L too!  And she really liked this picture!

Have a wonderful Monday, I am hoping too....but I am thinking it is going to be really, really rough going back to work!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Market Street Stamps and The Twinery Blog Hop!

The Twinery / Market Street Stamps Blog Hop
Friday & Saturday, Nov 18th-19th

Yes, you read that right, The Twinery is hopping with Market Street Stamps this Friday and Saturday!  

Prizes...well, heck yes, there are prizes.  You will need to visit every blog in the hop for both days and leave a comment to be eligible for either prize.  
You will have until Friday, Nov. 25th to comment.  

The winners will be announced Saturday, Nov. 26th on both The Twinery 

The Twinery will be giving away One Ultimate Sampler Pack
(retail value of 25.00)

Market Street Stamps will be giving away
One 25.00 Shopping Spree

You should have gotten to my blog from visiting Stephanie Muzzlin's, BUT if you didn't feel free to go ahead and leave a comment and then head over to The Twinery's blog to start the hop at the beginning.  

I was lucky and got this fabulous background stamp, Vintage Notepad.  I love this stamp, so cute for journaling, layering or just about anything you can think of and GREAT for scrapbookers!

And here is what I came up with.....I thought it was a perfect background for a banner!!

Supplies: Cardstock-American Crafts; Pattern Paper-My Little Shoebox (Pretty Little Things collection); Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine (Blossom); Stamp-Market Street Stamps (Vintage Notepad); Die Cuts-My Little Shoebox (Pretty Little Things collection); Letter Stickers-My Little Shoebox; Chipboard and Foam Letters-American Crafts; Adhesive-Scotch ATG and Fabri-Tac

Tools: Punches-Martha Stewart Butterfly and Border Punch
Cricut Expression with the Art Philosophy Cartridge

Here are some close ups of each panel!

LOVE these flowers out of the Art Philosophy cartridge.

Whew, that is it from me today!  NOW, you need to head over to Amy Kolling's blog from mine and see what kind of fabby project she created for the hop!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Good luck on the giveaways!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Enjoy the Small Things

Something I have learned, and it has taken me a LONG time, is to enjoy the small things. (thank you Carleen!) I know this sounds cliche or corny, but it's true.  We all need to take a look around and just enjoy.  Everything is seems to go by so fast and we are always hurrying to the "next" thing, that sometimes the small things are overlooked.  Since I have started scrapbooking, but more since I starting practicing with my camera, I LOOK for the small things to take pictures and remember.

Which leads me to this layout.  And SURPRISE....it is not one I had to do!  I just created this for fun and to use some papers that I had just bought!  I took this picture when the girls were down this summer and we went to the Wild Animal Park.  I love these types of butterflies and this one was just sitting there, so I had to get a picture.  

Supplies: Pattern Paper-Authentique (Splendid collection) and Hambly (Camera Collection); Letter Stickers-Authentique (Splendid collection); Transparencies-Hambly (Mini Brocade, Banners,  Urban Chic Frames); Rub-on-Hambly (Banners and Pennants); Ribbon-May Arts; Punches-Martha Stewart and Fiskars; Adhesives-Glue Arts and Fabri-Tac

Here are some close ups to see the details a little more....I lucked out when I printed my picture, because it fit perfectly in the transparency!  And you can use "some" punches on the transparencies also, which was a fun discovery for me.  You know I like my punches!  

A fun thing to do to letter stickers if they are bigger, is to sand the edges and distress them some!  I did that to these and I love the way it goes with the paper!

I am so excited about the following.......

I made the Winter Cycling Team for the Winter Twig collection!  Which means I get to guest design with the Winter Twig collection for the Little Yellow Bicycle blog!  THIS is a DREAM to me and as I have said on Facebook...I am OVER THE MOON!  I have loved LYB (as you know) since I first discovered their products and I tend to hoard them, just so I HAVE them!  I don't know any details yet, but I am super excited and there are 7 other girls that made the Winter Cycling team also.  I am so blessed to have this chance with all these amazing designers.  I can't wait to get my stuff and start creating!  

And last, but not least, coming up tomorrow on the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog is our guest designer, Suzy West!  LOVE this girl and had the BEST time with her in Chicago at CHA.....I want to room with her again!

AND at the end of the week, we will have an announcement on the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog, so you will want to check that out also!

That's it from me tonight!!  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Card Class and a Quick Update

Ok, I am not, repeat, NOT counting how many weekends until Christmas.  There is no possible way that it can be here this soon.  AND I have been listening to Christmas music????  Ok, yes I am weird...maybe I just want it to snow.

Thursday night was my card/tag class at Scrapbook Generation and it was a full house again.  I love that I have regulars that show up.  It lets me know that we are doing something right with the class.  Since tools are my "niche" of the class, I used the Martha Stewart Scoring board to make accordion flowers (or ornaments), the We R Memory Keepers SewRibbon tool, and an Epiphany Crafts round circle punch.  The ribbon tool and the punch were new tools to me, but I fell in love instantly with them.  I am hoping to add to my collection soon.  And the ladies in the class were starting a collection afterwards!

Supplies: Pattern Paper-My Mind's Eye (12 Days of Christmas collection); Cardstock-American Crafts; Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine in Maraschino; Ribbon-Offray and Michael's;  Letter Stickers-Cosmo Cricket; Adhesive-Glue Arts, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; 

Tools Used: Martha Stewart Scoring Board, We R Memory Keepers SewRibbon in Zig Zag, Epiphany Crafts punch in size Round 14

These went together pretty quickly, once you got the ornaments made.  We used the hot glue gun in class, just to make it a little quicker.  

Now for FUN news....There are TWO design teams calls out RIGHT now that if you are interested in you should apply for!  

First one is The Twinery!  I absolutely ADORE this team and I hate to see it come to an end.  I have decided not to reapply, but I encourage you to try out for the team.  Nicole and Julie are dolls to work for and I will be guest designing after the first year.  I would love if some of my blog readers made the team!  You can find all the details at the link I am providing below......

The next team is Sketch Support!  Allison is a dream to work with and the team is so fun to be on.  I AM reapplying to this team, I hope I make it!  If you love sketches, you need to try out.  Since being on the team, I have come to love sketches even more!  So, the link for all the details is below......

And last, but certainly not least, you NEED to check out Scrapbook Steals tomorrow!  If you aren't familiar with them, they are a deal site.  They have TWO steals a day, one at 9 AM MST and then one again at 9 PM MST, but you have to get the steal while it is live....once the new one goes up, the previous steal is gone.  SOOOOO...a little birdie told me that tomorrow mornings steal is a REALLY good one from Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker!  You need to check it out.  I am putting the link below....just remember the time is Mountain Standard Time!

Ok, that is it from me tonight!  I am off to bed and to get some sleep.  Hee hee...I woke up this morning thinking it was Saturday, which is not good on Friday morning!  

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's A Christmasy Kinda of Blog Hop Here!!

Are you ready for some fun?  The {Stamps} of Life and The Twinery Design Teams are playing together for this hop!

I am so happy you found my blog!  You should have gotten here from Joana Studer's blog, but if you didn't please feel free to jump into the hop!  You can start at The Twinery's blog and go from there, because the complete blog hop list is up on there!

As you make your way through the hop make sure you comment on each and every post. There will be 2 prize winners chosen randomly among the blogs:
One winner will win 2 stamp sets  (winners choice) valued at $12.95 -total retail value: $26.90 per prize! from The {Stamps} of Life.
One winner will win the Ultimate Color Sampler Pack ($25 value!) from The Twinery!!!
The prize winners will be announced on The {Stamps}of Life and The Twinery Blogs  
on Wednesday, November 16th!

You know me, I love to use stamps on my layouts, so I couldn't wait after I got my stamps to make this layout below!

Supplies: Pattern Paper-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Gingerbread Land collection); Die Cuts and Stickers-Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (Gingerbread Land collection); Stamps-Stamps of Life; Twine-The Twinery Baker's Twine; Ink-Memento and Jenni Bowlin; Embossing Pen-Zig; Embossing Powder-American Crafts and Ranger; Adhesive-Scotch ATG, Fabri-Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives

I stamped the snowman several times and paper pieced him together.  I used an embossing pen on the snow hill and then used white embossing powder on it for snow.  I also stamped the holiday lights and embossed some of them in silver and some in pink and then strung them with the fabby Twinery twine!  

The stamp set I used was Joy2Christmas, so perfect with the papers and the picture I had!  

Here is more about The Twinery

Our twine is made from 100% cotton, it's eco-friendly and made in the USA. Whether you're gift wrapping, crafting or tying up baked goods to give to a friend, our baker's twine adds a fresh, yet nostalgic look to any project at hand! Our baker's twine comes in 14 delicious colors and is uniquely twisted against a bright white hue, creating an eye-popping burst of color and a creative embellishment! Our twine has lots of color which lends to a fun, candy-striped look.    For creative ideas and more...visit OUR BLOG!

And here is more about The Stamps of Life

We feature high quality, made in the USA, clear stamps and digital stamps/brushes for stampers, card makers and scrapbookers. Feel free to browse our gallery with more than 2500 samples using our stamps, watch our free how-to videos and join our club!

So now you need to hop along to Laura Williams blog!  Don't forget to leave comments along the way!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday Late Night Update!

I was in the mood to write, so I thought I would do a late night Saturday update!  That way, I can create tomorrow!!

Busy day today, I taught the free mini classes (two cards) at Scrapbook Generation today and got to see some of the card class regulars and some of the mini class regulars!  Great Fun!  And I took NO pictures...I just didn't have time!  We were 3-4 deep waiting to make cards!  

These couple of projects are for the Card Sketch at Sketch Support this week (Card Sketch 13).  I made a card and then I decided that it was a great sketch to make a layout with!

So here is the card first....I had a time trying to come up with the card....the layout was a lot easier.

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee/Collage Press (Vintage Vogue Collection); Die Cut Embellishments: Pink Paislee/Collage Press (Vintage Vogue Collection); Stamps:Unity Stamp Co. (Moments in Bloom Kit); Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Foam Letters: American Crafts (Thickers); Twine: Stampin’ Up Twine; Wooden Spool Tops: Pink Paislee/Collage Press

And then the layout!

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee/Collage Press (Vintage Vogue Collection); Die Cut Embellishments: Pink Paislee/Collage Press (Vintage Vogue Collection); Stamps:Unity Stamp Co. (All Seasons Kit Of The Month Sept. 2011); Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Punch: EK Success; Foam Letters: American Crafts (Thickers); Twine: The Twinery Baker’s Twine; Wooden Spool Tops: Pink Paislee/Collage Press

And then I got my hair cut and colored on Friday....decided to CHOP it off!  I took off about five inches and am totally in love with it!!!

That's it from me tonight!  I am going to watch a little TV and then try to find a good book to download.  I have been having a hard time finding one!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Catching up on Sketch Support goodies!

I am a little behind in posting some of my Sketch Support work, so this is going to be a catch all post!!

First up is a card sketch (Card Sketch 12). I actually created two cards with the sketch.  One where I just used what I wanted and the other was for the Simple Stories challenge that we had going on for the month of October.

Here's the first one....I used a Studio Calico kit, but I can't remember which one and I am going to admit I am too lazy to go look it up right now!

Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Fly a Kite “Spring” and Lime Twist “Be You”); American Crafts/Amy Tangerine (Oh Happy Grey); Basic Grey (Out of Print “Storyteller”); Studio Calico (Destination); Paper Clip: American Crafts/Amy Tangerine; Twine: The Twinery Baker’s Twine; Stamp: Unity Stamp Co. (Sept. 2011 Kit of the Month); Tags: Studio Calico; Punch: EK Success Border Punch; Stapler: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Adhesive: Scotch ATG and Scrapbook Adhesives

Then I also did a card for the Simple Stories challenge, where we could only use the Simple Stories supplies that we were given, but could add in things like buttons, twine, etc. or use punches and those sorts of things......

Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Simple Stories (Happy Day);Ribbon and Button: My Mind’s Eye; Adhesive: Scotch ATG and Scrapbook Adhesives

And I already shared my one-page layout that was made with the one page sketch (One Page #14) for the month of October, but hadn't shared my Simple Stories page that I did for the challenge. 

Supplies - Patterned Paper: Simple Stories (Happy Day Collection); Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Fabri Tac and Scrapbook Adhesives; Buttons: Nikki Sivils, ScrapbookerTwine:The Twinery Baker’s Twine; Punches: Ek Success, Fiskars; Stickers: Simple Stories (Happy Day Collection); Chipboard Letters: American Crafts Thickers

I love this picture of Carleen and her dad.  It was his birthday and he had came down to stay with us for a few days.  We took him to a Springfield Cardinals game the night of his birthday.  It's been a hard year for both of them and it's nice to see true smiles on their faces, if only for a little while.  

And whoo hooo, I think that gets me caught up on all my Sketch Support projects until later in the week!  

And just to show that we had a little Halloween fun, here is me in my witch costume and the dogs in some of the costumes we have around here.  It is easier just to put them on to take pictures of them and then take them off before the trick or treaters start showing up....those short legs plus three dogs in costumes with the doorbell ringing equals injury to a doggie leg for sure!