Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last layout of the year

Hey everyone,

I had time to make one more layout before 2012.  I used a cool sketch challenge from Basic Grey to inspire me.  The pictures are of Nick and Lara on Thanksgiving.  I used Basic Grey's June Bug collection.  Doesn't it match the pictures perfectly?

Basic Grey has a bunch of challenges every month.  You can join in at

I am also entering my layout at:

Basic grey Challenges - anything goes using Basic Grey
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - anything goes

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!


Happy 2012 Giveaway! (Open to all)

It's the last day of 2011 so I thought I'd end the year by giving away a FABULOUS present.  Everyone knows how much I love Crafter's Companion and I wanted to share my love for my favorite tools they came out with in 2011.  So I am giving away a Crafter's Companion Boxer board, Envelobox board, and the Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD!

You can make so many amazing things with these amazing projects including boxes, Enveloboxes, handbags, stepper cards, tealight holder cards, accordian box file, swing cards, mini desk organizer, treasure chest, hinged box, set of drawers, tealight basket, and more.  Here are just a few things I've made with them:
 Envelobox purse
treasure chest
tealight holder card
 matching thick envelobox to send it in

Awesome, right?  Okay, so how do you win these? To win you just need to make sure you are a follower of my blog (click join this site on right sidebar) and post about this giveaway on your blog (sidebar is fine).  Once you have done these two things just leave a comment below letting me know.  If you don't have a blog, that's okay too.  Just let me know in your comment.  You can also gain a couple of extra chances to win if you follow Crafter's Companion USA or like Crafter's Companion on Facebook.  Leave an extra comment if you do either of these things.  This giveaway is open to anyone and I will use a random generator to pick the winner on January 31st.  

Good luck crafty friends and Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Hey everyone,
Now that the craziness of Christmas is over, I have had a little more time to scrap.  I received three DCWV Stacks as a present from my in-laws, so I decided to make a page with them.  While I had DCWV on the brain, I went over to their blog and saw their December Scrap-a-holic monthly layout challenge was still open and used their sketch from Sketch Savy.

The DCWV stacks I used are Mariposa, Premier Photo and Brights cardstock.  I picked up the large gold ribbon from the Dollar Tree and the three dimensional butterfly stickers from Momenta were also a Christmas gift.  The roses in the corner are from Prima and the vellum quote is from Quick Quotes.  The ribbon trim around the circle is from Prima or Websters (can't remember which).  The pretty pins attached to the large bow are from

As I type this up, Lara is busy getting in trouble.  She "accidentally" hit Nicholas in the face...with Nicholas' punching glove.  Hmmm, I think I need to explain what accidentally means.  

Nicholas was also pretty funny today. There was an advertisement for the Dr. Phil show about the murder of Kaylee.  One of his guests mentions duct tape not being a normal thing for a parent to use on a kid's face.  Nicholas then randomly comments that you shouldn't put duct tape on kids' mouth b/c then they couldn't breathe.  Then he said, "I wouldn't even do that to you mom.  We don't have duct tape."   If that isn't love...

Okay, I am entering a "few" challenges with my layout:

DCWV - Stack-a-holic December template
Flutterby Wednesdays - anything goes (must use a butterfly, fairy, or angel)
Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings - anything goes with ribbon
Lil Red Wagon - something new (my paper)
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - anything goes
The City Crafter - Make the Cut (I cut around the butterflies in the paper and slid the large blue circle into the slits)
Creative Inspirations - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes
For Fun Challenges - use something new (paper)

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Shop 'til you Drop

Good morning crafters!  Hope everyone that celebrates Christmas, had a wonderful day filled with family and food!  Since today is traditionally a busy shopping day, I thought I'd share the Shop 'til you Drop S.w.a.l.k. card.

To make this quick present card base, I used the card feature on the Hello Kitty Cricut Cartridge.  

I colored my image with the new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  These rich, beautiful colors are from Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir markers.  The markers have a fine nib on one side of the marker and a broad chisel point on the other.  The fine nib make coloring in small areas easy.  My favorite part of these markers though are the ability to blend colors together.  You can see on her face where the pink of her cheeks blends into the lighter pink of her face.  I used a little darker of a pink directly under hair as well, creating a very subtle shadow effect.  

This is my last project for Crafter's Companion.  I've decided to step down as the Design Team Coordinator of their two fabulous blogs in order to focus more of my time with my family.  As their company starting growing and expanding with all its' successful launches, the position became too time intensive and was cutting into family fun.  I am looking forward to following them now as a shopper :)  They have some fabulous new stamp collections coming out this year!

Challenges I am entering with my Shop 'til you drop card:

4 Crafty Chicks - anything but a rectangle or square
Stampin for the Weekend - anything goes
The secret crafter saturday challenge - anything goes
Christmas cards all year round - anything goes
Paper Playtime - Say it with Sentiments and anything goes
Papertake weekly - Last Christmas card of the year
sttampin Royalty - Winter/Christmas

Have a wonderful day!  Especially to those of you who are out there fightling the crowds for the deals :)


Friday, December 23, 2011

S.w.a.l.k. giveaway

Crafters Companion USA is giving away another brand new S.w.a.l.k. stamp set to one lucky crafter.  Just leave a comment on today's post over at Crafters Companion USA by Sunday at midnight and you can win this gorgeous stamp set that is perfect for New Year's!  (Must be a U.S. resident).


Monday, December 19, 2011

The power of the iphone

Happy Monday everyone!

It Christmas break around here and the kids are loving their time off school.  Today we went over to the mall and the kids told Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Lara was so brave and was all smiles for the camera.  I've got all my shopping done and just need to do a couple more cards.  I cannot believe that 2011 is almost over already.

Over the weekend, I made a fun page with my hubby and our niece and nephew.  We were able to visit my sis and her family over Thanksgiving weekend and had so much fun.  Chris tried to sneak off and relax in the guest room at one point and the twins followed him in.  He was playing a game on his new iphone 4S.  The kids were ENTHRALLED with it.  They just hopped on the bed with him and cuddled up to watch him play.  It was sooo funny.  

I tongue-in-cheek used vintage-looking October Afternoon paper.   After all, in a couple years this phone will be obsolete right? ;)  I also distressed some of the paper and inked the edges.  The vintage buttons are brads from Graphic 45. To give the layout a little pizzazz, I got out my i-rock and added bling in the center of random flowers all over the background paper.

The layout was inspired from a darling sketch over at Sketches in Thyme.  

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday and not too crazed with the holidays around the corner :)


Friday, December 16, 2011

Giveaway Friday

Crafter's Companion is giving away a brand new S.w.a.l.k. Winter Cheer stamp set away to one lucky follower.  The stamp set is called Love You.  It is sooo adorable!

Go here for your chance to win!  Comments are open through the weekend.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Crafter's Companion winner

The winner of my Crafter's Companion blog hop is....

Scraps2treasure said...
Great project - was wondering how you made the snow sparkly - have to try that myself lol. TFS new follower

Congratulations!  Please email me with your name, address, and phone number so we can get your prize out to you. (


Monday, December 12, 2011

Hugs for you

Good morning all!  I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who commented on my blog hop post over the weekend.  I really appreciated all the sweet comments.  All of the winners of the hop will be posted tomorrow over at the Crafter's Companion USA Information blog.  I will also post the name of my winner here, as well.

Today I have an easel card to share with you.  I used Humphrey the Elephant Hugs for You stamp set.  This stamp set is already mounted and ready to be used immediately out of the packaging.  I think it is such a romantic image and perfect for your sweetie in your life.  

I colored two of the stamps from the set with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut them out.  I love how the colors blended together.  I used Double Sided Adhesive to pop my images off the designer paper.  I printed an anonymous quote I found at Quote Garden onto vellum and adhered it to pink paper.  I then added the pink strip to my card.  I thought it fit perfectly with the image.

For the inside of the card, I added lace, white flowers, and pearls to add an even more romantic touch to my card.  

Hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Crafter's Companion USA Christmas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion USA Christmas blog hop!  

If you are coming from Amy's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, make sure you head over to Crafter’s Companion USA over here, where the blog hop starts.  We are giving away a prize on every blog, including the entire set of our new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to one lucky winner who posts a comment on every blog. These markers are so new, that you will be receiving our first prototype of them.  That's 72 markers!

Spectrum Noir pens are alcohol ink based which have been designed specifically for crafters, but these affordable markers are also great for beginners, students and hobby artists alike.  Each pen is double-ended, with a broad chisel nib for large area fills and a fine bullet tip for detailed work.  Spectrum Noir marker pens will soon be available in 168 colour shades including a colourless blender.  The colours blend seamlessly and can be mixed or layered over each other.  These fast drying, alcohol based markers are acid-free and non-toxic, and the coloured ends of the pen allow for easy colour identification.  The image colour has been reproduced as accurately as possible.

For today's blog hop project, I made an altered paper mache gift box to share with you.  

I started my project by painting the outside of a paper mache circular box and lid with red paint.  I avoided painting the middle parts of the base where paper would be covering it.  Next, I took some leftover paper I had and wound two strips around the base of the box.

For the lid, I cut out an oval in my patterned paper and adhered it to the box top.  I then wound two pieces of red ribbon over the top and adhered them inside the box top with quick drying tacky glue.  I also added a few flowers and rhinestones along the ribbon.

My Humphrey the Elephant Feed-the-Birds stamped image was colored with my Spectrum Noir markers (same ones we are giving away).  I love how the colors can be blended together.  To create the snow, I covered the bottom area with glossy accents and the sprinkled glitter all over it.  For the smaller areas around the birdhouse, I used Stickles.  

I hope you were inspired by my project today and try your hand at creating your own beautiful gift boxes.  I am giving away a Humphrey the Elephant Feed-the-Birds stamp set to one lucky random commenter.  Please leave a comment before Sunday, December 11th at midnight for your chance to win.  All the winners' names will be posted at Crafter's Companion USA News blog on Tueday December 13th.  (Must be a U.S. resident to win).

Your next stop is the talented Khristen of Khristen's Craft room.  

Thank you for stopping by! 


Monday, December 5, 2011

Oh Happy Day

It is windy today!  I tried to take a picture of Lara outside to show her grandma-in-law how cute she looked in a dress she bought her, and this is how well that turned out.

Hilarious.  I did manage to get a cute one later inside her classroom.  Today was the first day Lara has gone to school since last Tuesday.  Boy you sure can tell, because I wasn't able to get any scrapping done.  So today I couldn't wait to make a page with some new October Afternoon goodies I bought during one of their Friday sales.

I just love the designs on their paper and darling circle and butterfly diecuts.  The quote at the bottom says, "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education".   The picture was taken on Halloween in Lara's classroom.  She decided to be a doctor, so she could give out the shots.  My layout was based on a sketch over at Artful Delight.

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:

Artful Delight - Sketch
Simon says stamps challenge - Anything goes
Fab N Funky challenges - Anything goes
2 Sisters challenge blog - Punches and/or Dies

I also wanted to share that Crafters Companion USA is having a blog hop this weekend.  It starts on Friday.  They are giving away lots of prizes, including all 72 Spectrum Noir alcohol markers that won't be available until January!

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sparkle challenge at the Crafter's Companion USA blog

Good morning everyone!  There is a new challenge over at the Crafter's Companion USA challenge blog.  This month's challenge is "sparkle".  Isn't that perfect for December?  Seems like everywhere I look there is glitter and sparkly lights and ornaments.  Thinking of that made me decide to make a sparkling Christmas tree card.

The Tree stamp is Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Christmas Tree stamps.  Though these stamps are to use as a guide when painting, I love stamping them and coloring them.  I love that the stamps are all nice and big.  This one in particular I keep reaching for.  I love Christmas trees :)  

I colored my Tree with my new Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then cut it out.  Next I painted the tree with Chandelier Glimmer Glam.  The Glimmer Glam doesn't smear alcohol markers.  Then I pulled out my Irock and adhered glam rocks to the tree.   The glam rocks look more like ornaments than the rhinestones do.  The paper is from Websters and the string of lights stickers across the top is from Echo Park's new Holly Jolly Christmas line, but the sentiment sticker was from October Afternoon's Very Merry collection.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp challenge - anything goes
Fab n Funky Challenges - anything goes
Craft your passion challenge - 'Tis the season
Creatalicious challenges - Christmas that sparkles
Paper Issues - Holiday Madness
Aud Sentiments challenge blog - any Winter holiday sentiments
Card Makin Mamas - Sentiments
The Paper Shelter - anything goes

Have a great day!