Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Second Chance Challenge...

So I came across a sketch blog that I just had to try out :o) Yes, I'm a total sucker for challenge blogs...especially sketchy ones! It's Sketchy Thursdays and it is founded by Diana, who just happens to be a new design team member @ Scrapbook Circle! So here's the sketch:


I just had to rotate it a bit...& tweak it a bit...but loved it just the same!


Here's my card "Good Wishes":



Isn't that bird adorable? It's a vinyl rubon from EAD Designs...I've been hoarding them :o) And here are a few closeups...just for fun!






Supplies: Kraft card base-The Paper Studio, PP-Basic Grey-Lemonade 6x6 paper pad, Basic Grey Opaline Half Pearls in green, Ribbon-The Paper Studio-Black Polka Dot, Sentiment stamp-Printworks-Clearly Defined "Caring Thoughts", Button-Le Bouton-crystal, Vinyl rubon-EAD Designs, Adhesive-Foam Sticky Doos-The Paper Studio & Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Dots, Embroidery thread, machine stitching, Versa Magic chalk ink-Midnight Black.
What's up for grabs??? A super cute {ippity} by Unity stamp set! Thanks for the chance to win some scrappy goodies to the ladies over @ Sketchy Thursdays!
Thanks for stopping by! Take care!
Stacy

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things....


Well, it's finally done! My Christmas decorating that is... Just thought I would share a few of my favorite Christmas decorations with all of you...you will notice I have a "thing" for Santas & Snowmen :o)











LOVE the handmade ornaments that came home with my boys over the years...this is one of my all time favorites! I have two of them hanging on my tree :o)


And here are my favorite Santa ornaments...

Ahhh...I'm definitely feeling the Christmas spirit...will share a few more in my next post!

Thanks for stopping by! Take care!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

& the winner is...PLUS a PageMaps contest :o)

Hope you all had a great time visiting the Scrapbook Circle Design Team blogs during the Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop yesterday! Lots of great inspiration out there, huh? I am always blown away by what all of the other designers create...& we each have our own "style" that shows just how versatile the monthly kits @ Scrapbook Circle are!


So...enough of me rambling! the winner of my little scrappy prize is:




vegetablog



Congrats!!! For a list of all of the winners from the blog hop, be sure & check the Scrapbook Circle Blog!



Now, for the PageMaps Blog sketch contest! I love creating layouts using PageMaps...it is a NO FAIL way to scrap! Gotta love that!



So here is the sketch:






I chose to create a 12 x 12 layout featuring a picture of my son, Jeremy, & his multi-tasking skills....the cool thing about this layout is that the photo was taken in July 2009, but the journaling is about a goofy conversation he had with his coach in November 2009. & NO, HE DID NOT CALL HIS COACH...it was just a goofy conversation...I think this layout is super fun...Jeremy, on the other hand, thinks otherwise. I told him "I'm the mom, I can do whatever I want!" LOL!




This layout was quite a challenge for me because I wanted to use the December Kit "Reindeer Games" from Scrapbook Circle; well, it was full of Christmas themed papers & embellishments...but I think it turned out just fine!





HEY coach:





and here's a close up of the title; using my two favorite alpha letters: Jillibean Soup Corrugated Kraft Alpha & Making Memories tiny alpha!!! This is the first time I have inked the Jillibean Soup alpha; LOVE the result!


I hand cut & layered these stars, then topped with a button & tied with embroidery thread. I think I must use stars more often...love how these turned out!

Supplies: PP-Crate Paper-North Pole Collection-Sleigh Bells, Snow & Pine, PP-Basic Grey-Eskimo Kisses-Woodland, Crate Paper North Pole Collection-Chipboard Accents, Jillibean Soup Corroguated Kraft Alpha (Nov kit), Making Memories tiny alpha black on white (Aug kit), Button (Aug kit), Kraft journaling card (Nov kit)

My stash: Martha Stewart journaling pen, machine stitching, Stampin' Up ink-Real Red, Offray Ribbon-Sheer Petit Dot Brown, staples

Thanks for stopping by! Take care!

Stacy

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Scrapbook Circle's First Ever Blog Hop !!!



Welcome to Scrapbook Circle's First Ever Blog Hop!!! If you have come to my blog "mid-hop", please start at the beginning HERE. If you came from Claude's blog, then you have arrived right where you are supposed to be!

I am so excited to be a part of Scrapbook Circle's Blog Hop; the monthly kits that Lisa puts together are always amazing and the online "community" is full of lots of fun & friendly scrappers! & what's even better? A chance to win the December Kit from Scrapbook Circle! & a chance to win a blog prize from me!


The Blog Hop features creations by the Scrapbook Circle design team using the just released December Kit "Reindeer Games". The kit is packed full of lots of goodies that I have really enjoyed creating with!

The project that I would like to share with you today is a Christmas card created using the December Kit:

"LOVE peace JOY"





I absolutely LOVE the Crate Paper North Pole Collection of patterned papers & chipboard accents that are included in the December kit; they are just so adorable! Here's a close up of the chipboard accents:




I chose to sand the edges of the chipboard just a bit...gives it that worn look that I really like. I popped up the chipboard circles with adhesive foam to add some fun dimension!


For me, a scrappy project just isn't complete without a little machine stitching :o) Here's a close up of of the patterned paper that I criss-crossed & stitched, along with the Crate Paper brad:






Supplies from the December Kit "Reindeer Games":

Patterned Paper-Crate Paper-North Pole Collection-Frosty & Sleigh Bells, Crate Paper-North Pole Collection-Chipboard Accents, Crate Paper-North Pole Collection-brad


From my stash:

White cardstock base by The Paper Studio, sanding, machine stitching

Official Blog Hop Rules:

1. To be eligible to win the December Scrapbook Circle Kit, you need to leave a comment on each of the Scrapbook Circle design team blogs.

2. Once you have visited all of the Blog Hop blogs (5 + the Scrapbook Circle blog), leave a comment on the Scrapbook Circle blog letting us know that you visited each of the blogs in the Blog Hop.

3. Each design team member will be giving away a RAK (random act of kindness). Winner will be randomly chosen from the comments left on their blog.

4. The Blog Hop prize (a Scrapbook Circle December Kit) winner will be chosen randomly from the comments left on the Scrapbook Circle blog.



SO, leave me a comment for your chance to win my RAK: Cosmo Cricket Blackboard Abby's Album, American Crafts Thickers-Cream Soda foam in Black & an American Crafts Christmas Pagemakers Kit which includes patterned paper, buttons, brads & ribbon!!!


Now, it's time to hop along to Melanie's blog. Her talent just blows me away! Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! Take care!


Stacy

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A video, a movie & a reminder :o)

Hope everyone survived Thanksgiving without gaining too many unwanted pounds...ha, ha! The joke around the family most of the weekend was that if we weren't constantly grazing, then we were definitely eating! SERIOUSLY!???! But it was wonderful! My family wasn't able to all be home, but my DH had his entire family home...at least 40+...what an awesome gift!!!

So for the video that I am sharing....my brother's son, Drake, age 3, was enjoying some coloring pages on Thanksgiving day; well, he completed one and he went over to Grandma and said, "I want another Cornucopia". Just like that. It was plain as day. I thought this was rather impressive for a 3 year old (considering that I just had to search online to figure out the correct spelling!) So, I decided to video him right quick...he got just a little irritated with his Aunt Stacy :o)


video

Cute, huh???

Now for the movie...my sons are avid sports fans. So, when a new sports movie comes out, we just have to see it. We hadn't been to the theater together as a family in quite some time as it is considered a treat for us, so we thought it would be great to see a movie today, before the work/school week got started.

So we went to see THE BLIND SIDE. What an awesome movie! We all loved it...& if I were guessing, we all shed a few tears too. Just a great movie with a wonderful message about looking past what you see, following your heart, opening yourself up to a whole new world...& the movie had a great Christian message as well. Just can't say enough good about it. On top of that, Sandra Bullock was terrific as usual, & Tim McGraw (be still my heart) was great too :o) Definitely recommend!

Finally, a reminder: Be sure to stop back by on December 1st! It's the first ever Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop! & there will be a chance to win a December kit from Scrapbook Circle AND a chance to win a blog prize from me :o)

Well, that's it for now! Thanks for stopping by!

Take care,

Stacy

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!! & the December Kit reveal :o)

I received this great FREE Thanksgiving garland "printable" from HP via email yesterday...so I decided to print it, have my family write in what they are thankful for & ta-da! This super cute & festive garland! Love it!



After you have stuffed yourself with turkey & all of the fixin's, be sure & check in over @ Scrapbook Circle...the full reveal for the December Kit "Reindeer Games" is up and there is a HUGE sale going on! You MUST go check it out! Plus, on December 1st, Scrapbook Circle is hosting it's first ever BLOG HOP! A chance for prizes along the hop, PLUS a chance @ winning a December kit!

Remember, be sure to join in on the fun on Dec. 1st for the Scrapbook Circle Blog Hop, starting at Scrapbook Circle's blog!

Happy Thanksgiving! Take care & thanks for stopping by!

Stacy

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Scrapbook Circle Design Team Call !!!

Here's your chance to work with a wonderful monthly scrapbook kit designer! Lisa @ Scrapbook Circle has announced a design team call on the Scrapbook Circle blog. Be sure & go check it out! The monthly kits are AMAZING & Lisa is wonderful to work for! Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by! Take care!

Stacy

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Go checkout this GIVEAWAY :o) & some NEWS!!!

One of my favorite blogger buddies, DIANA, is having a giveaway! Go check out her blog & show her some LOVE :o) She's giving away Unity Stamps to 3 lucky winners....be sure & tell her I sent ya!


& some scrappy news to share...I was chosen to be a Scrapjazz Contributor, writing articles for their website!!! Scrapjazz was my very first home in the online scrapbooking world...so excited to be honored with this opportunity!


We are supposed to be getting snow here in SW Kansas...where the heck is it??? I WANT A SNOW DAY!!!


Thanks for stopping by! Take care!


Stacy

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blessed with another blog award :o)

Thrilled to receive a blog award from one of my FAVE blog buddies...she is just such a cheerleader for ME :o) Thanks a ton, Diana! You are the best!







This award is bestowed onto blogs that are exceedingly charming. These bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes cut, even more friendships are propagated.





So I'd like to pass this award along to: Lisa W & Claude. Both of these blog buddies have styles that I just love...



********************************




Just realized that I never shared a card that I created using the November kit from Scrapbook Circle! I can't imagine how that slipped thru the cracks...yeah right! Let's see...am I coming...or am I going??? (he, he, he) That is nervous laughter. Seriously, something has GOT TO GIVE!!!




So, back to the card...




The November kit is simply AMAZING...thank you Lisa, AGAIN, for putting together such wonderful products every month! & for the opportunity you have given me to get to PLAY with them each month! I have loved every single minute!


give THANKS:









One of my favorite things in the November kit are those Jillibean Soup corrugated alphas! So much FUN!!!







This card went together so easily! To give the white Bazzill scalloped cardstock some texture, I ran it thru my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The ribbon was not included in the November kit, but rather, I "recycled" it from a previous Stampin' Up project :o)


Supplies from the November kit:

Bazzill 6x12 Scalloped-white
Crate Paper-Season Collection-Friendly
Lily Bee-Audrey-Delightful
Jillibean Soup-Corrugated Kraft Alpha
Crate Paper-Season Collection-Journal Stickers

My stash:

Cuttlebug
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scallop Circle, Large
The Paper Studio-Kraft card base
Stampin' Up-Orange stripe ribbon


Thanks for stopping by! Take care!


Stacy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

{ Operation Christmas Child }


Just popping in for a quick post tonight! Hope your week is going great...mine is off to a FAST start...but that is becoming the norm around here! LOL!


Have you ever filled a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child? Want to know more? Here's a link to their website:



I just love doing this each year and have been involved for a few years now. This year, our church youth group is also filling shoeboxes...can't wait to see how many we collect!


For the first time, I took my boys shopping with me for gifts for the shoeboxes this year. Why had I not done this before??? They really enjoyed picking out items & they had some great ideas!


Here are a few pictures taken the night we packed our boxes...it just makes you feel so good to know that you are making a difference for a child :o)


Joel tries to concentrate on his homework in the background while Jeremy gets organized...





Leave it to Joel to clown around...


Joel is very proud of his box of gifts...color coordinated in green :o)

So if you are looking for a fun family project, Operation Christmas Child is perfect! The kids will love it!

Thanks for stopping by! Take care!

Stacy

Friday, November 6, 2009

SPCC #22 & an award :o)

TGIF! I'm definitely ready for the weekend...only to be super busy doing stuff! LOL! You know the routine...no time during the week to get much done around the house 'cause I'm working for the boss man, then all I do all weekend is laundry, cleaning (usually a feeble attempt) & more laundry! Guess what I forgot to get @ the store...laundry soap! How am I supposed to get thru all of these piles of dirty clothes??? Looks like I will be making a "special" trip to the store...



Enough about my household chores that I so easily ignore :o) I came home tonight from work & decided it was WAY past time for me to be doing a SPCC Color Combo! I have missed them so much!









As soon as I saw this combo, I knew that the Cosmo Cricket Earth Love pp that was in the Nov. kit @ Scrapbook Circle would be PERFECT! I had recently purchased some fun scrappy fall goodies for my MOM but have yet to give them to her...so I found an empty checkbook box & it was just the right size!



season for JOY:





The Nov. kit @ Scrapbook Circle also has Rubons and Journaling stickers by Crate Paper Season Collection that couldn't have worked better for this project! The tiny circle alphas are by Pink Paislee and were part of the Oct kit...love it when that happens :o)





Supplies from Scrapbook Circle: PP-Cosmo Cricket Earth Love-Remember, PP-Crate Paper Season Collection-Friendly, Crate Paper Season Collection-Rubons & Journal Stickers, Pink Paislee Expressions Cardstock Alphas in Chocolate.


My stash: Cardstock by Paper Temptress, machine stitching, ribbon, metal button, staples & foam adhesive.


*****************************


Now for my blog award...a HUGE thank you to Lisa H.! She is the sweetest blogger buddy a girl could have! I just love her! & her blog makes me smile :o) She is super talented too! Go check her out!


Here's the rule: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word. Here's goes:

1. Where is your cell phone? charging


2. Your hair? spiky


3. Your mother? strong


4. Your father? hard worker


5. Your favorite food? sweet


6. Your dream last night? NONE


7. Your favorite drink? DietPepsi


8. Your dream/goal? peace


9. What room are you in? office


10. Your hobby? scrapbooking


11. Your fear? cancer


12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? retired :o)


13. Where were you last night? home


14. Something that you aren't? high maintenance


15.Muffins? blueberry


16. Wish list item? health


17. Where did you grow up? Fowler


18. Last thing you did? created ;o)


19. What are you wearing? sweatpants


20. Your TV? dusty


21. Your Pets? kitties


22. Friends? sweet


23. Your life? BUSY


24. Your mood? content


25. Missing Someone? nope


26. Vehicle? minivan


27. Something your not wearing? socks


28. Your favorite store? HobbyLobby


29. Your favorite color? blue


30. When was the last time you laughed? tonight


31. Last time you cried? Hmmm....


32. Your best friend? DH


33. One place that I go to over and over? church


34. Facebook? weekly


35. Favorite place to eat? Jalisco's


Ok...that was hard! & only a couple couldn't be answered with ONE word! LOL! So, now I get to pass this along to 5 fabulous ladies....



Diana - Love you girl! Love her scrappy projects & ideas!

Lisa - super talented & generous!

Jen - so real! Love her clean style!

Jennifer - amazing scrapbook artist! She will WOW you :o)

Danielle - such a GOOD person...love her Shimmerz projects!




Well, that is it for now...hope everyone has a great weekend...I will hopefully post again this weekend about Operation Christmas Child...one of my all time favorite charities!!!



Thanks for stopping by! Take care!



Stacy

Monday, November 2, 2009

PageMaps blog contest :o)


I have once again created a layout using the latest sketch for the contest over on the PageMaps blog...I love these sketches :o) & there is always a fabulous prize up for grabs!!!

So here's the wonderful PageMap sketch:




And the wonderful prize up for grabs from Kit Creations:



I decided to scrap one of my MANY kitty pictures...this one is of KitKat...she is just a doll & was taken about a year ago...isn't she just the sweetest thing???


GIRL kitty:



I used the brand new November kit from Scrapbook Circle...it is just wonderful!!! The patterned papers included are from Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket & Lily Bee!


Here's a close up of the title I created using Crate Paper Season Collection Rubons & the ever popular Jillibean Soup Corrugated Kraft Alphas :o) They are amazing!!!





And a close up of the journaling:



LOVE all of the journaling spots/notes included in this kit! The Shabby Chic Vintage Artisan Notes are great & the Elle's Studio Kraft Black journaling cards & way cool!!! The Making Memories tiny alpha I used were from the SOLD OUT August kit @ Scrapbook Circle...one of my fave products for sure!




And there are also journaling stickers by Crate Paper Season Collection! & one more closeup showing the Crate Paper Season Collection Rubons & Journal Stickers along with the fun Basic Grey Opalines Designer Half Pearls in blue!




Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope everyone's week is going well! I get a little bit of a reprieve from sports with a break from football before the boys start up basketball practice in a few weeks...I LOVE basketball!!!

Take care, Stacy

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Radiant Harvest

Just popping in to share the full November kit reveal @ Scrapbook Circle! It's gorgeous...now if I can just find a sliver of time to actually get to play with it! ha!

RADIANT HARVEST



Double-sided Patterned Paper
Crate Season Summer
Crate Season Love
Crate Season Winter
Crate Season Rainbow
Crate Season Friendly
Crate Season Fall
Cosmo Cricket Earth Love Remember
Lily Bee Audrey Delightful
Lily Bee Audrey Smashing

Cardstock
1 sheet Bazzill 6 X 12 Scalloped White

Embellishments
Crate Season Journal Stickers
Jillibean Soup Corrugated Cardboard Alpha
Basic Grey Blue Half Pearls
Crate Season Rubons
4 Shabby Chic Fall Flash Cards
(styles will vary)
2 Shabby Chic Vintage Artisan Notes
(styles will vary)
2 Elles Studio Kraft/Black Journaling Cards
(styles will vary)


Go check it out!

Thanks for stopping by! Take care! & have a great weekend!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

November Scrapbook Circle Sneaks !!! & a contest !!!

Hi all! This is going to be a super quick post...where has all of my time went these days??? ha! I came down with the FLU (yuck!) a week ago today...not sure if it was H1N1, but probably...then a nasty sinus infection followed...so missed 4 days of work last week...So today was back to work & feeling like I was a part of the real world again!


My baby brother, Jason, & his finance, Anne, are getting married this weekend! in New Jersey! So I will be traveling with my parents this Wednesday to the East coast! Never been there before, so really looking forward to it! Can't wait to share pictures when I get back :o)


So are you ready for some fun sneaks of the November kit @ Scrapbook Circle???






This kit arrived in my mail box last week & it is fabulous!!! & it is packed full! YOU WILL LOVE IT! Guess what! You have a chance to win it too! Go to THIS post for the contest...good luck!!!

That's all for now! Take care & thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Yippee! I got to complete a challenge :o)

I have missed doing challenges...time just hasn't been on my side lately! As soon as school fired back up, all of my FREE scrappy time got sucked up by lots of other stuff!!! But every once in a while, I find a little piece of time & sneak over to my little scrappy place...my happy place :o)


I saw the sketch @ 2 Sketches 4 You earlier this week & thought it would be fun to try! I also wanted to make a card for my sister-in-law's sister, Julie, who is currently battling cancer. Thought it would help keep her spirits high to know that others are sending warm thoughts her way :o)


Laura's Sketch #36:




Here's my card:


and a close up to show the fun dimension of this card!


Got to use some fun new supplies on this: new stamps by Printworks and a 3 in 1 butterfly punch by Martha Stewart...so fun to play with new scrappy stuff!

Supplies:

The Paper Studio-Kraft card base, PP-Pink Paislee Amber Road-Autumn Blossom & Bonfire (both from the September kit @ Scrapbook Circle), Butterflies Twill-The Paper Studio, Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Classic Butterfly punch, Basic Grey Opalines Half Pearls, Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch, Printworks Clearly Defined-Caring Thoughts Clear Stamps, Stampin' Up ink-Close to Cocoa, Elmers Memory Book, Zig zag machine stitching

Thanks for stopping by! Take care!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

{ Lots to Share }


Just realized as I was logging into Blogger tonight...this is post #100!!! Just might be a good excuse for a giveaway.... (let me think about that for just a bit...)

So if you visit my blog regularly, you know that I adore PageMaps! & I try to enter each sketch contest hosted by the PageMaps blog...so you could call me a "regular"...he, he!

Here's the sketch & the great prize up for grabs:



and here's my layout, ALL BOY:




Journaling reads: Joel absolutely loves being outside...it's his favorite place...He would love to live in the country...but it's just not possible...so he likes to bring the country to town! His new sling shot got quite a workout...watchout little birdies! May 2008

I created this layout using the rockin' new October Kit from Scrapbook Circle! Supplies from the Kit:

PP-Sassafras Amplify-fractal garden, PP-Sassafras Amplify-ziggy, PP-Bella Blvd Super Stud-Cyber Kisses, PP-Bella Blvd Super Stud-Camped Out, Kaiser Scrapbook-Rubons-Boyz Border, Bella Blvd Super Stud-Label Additions, American Crafts Large Jewel Brads-Brights

& from the September Kit @ Scrapbook Circle: Jenni Bowlin Vintage Black Stickers

& from the August Kit @ Scrapbook Circle: Luxe Designs-Simple Alpha Sticker-Black


From my stash: Ivory cardstock, Making Memories Vintage Findings-Tickets, Staples, Zig Zag Machine Stitching, Martha Stewart Journaling Pen


Here are a few closeups:








I haven't had a chance to share my other October kit creations for Scrapbook Circle....so here goes!!!


"Anybody can be COOL...."

Journaling down the right side reads: I love that Jeremy plays the guitar like a piano...how cool is that?!?








PP-Bella Blvd Super Stud-Planetarium, PP-Sassafras Amplify-ziggy, Bella Blvd Super Stud-Label Addtions, Kaiser Scrapbook Rubons-Boyz Border, Pink Paislee-Expressions alpa in Chocolate, American Crafts-Glitter buttons

From my stash: embroidery thread, zig zag machine stitching, Martha Stewart journaling pen, The Paper Studio Sticky Doos foam adhesive



and here's "life is full of suprises":




Used my brand spankin' new ek sucess binding edge border punch...LOVE it! You will be seeing more of it...for sure!!! & a 52sketches52weeks sketch!








PP-Bella Blvd Camped Out-Fireside, PP-Bella Blvd Super Stud-Robot Love & Eclipse, PP-Sassafras Amplify-light bright, ziggy & fractal garden, Pink Paislee Expressions alpha in chocolate, Sassafras cardstock stickers-Sweet Treats, Bella Blvd Super Stud-Label Additions, American Crafts-Glitter buttons


From my stash: American Crafts Remarks letter stickers-Roosevelt in white, embroidery thread, machine stitching, date stamp, Stampin' Up ink-Close to Cocoa, Creative Memories journaling pen, ek success-binding edge border punch

Whew! What a post! & Blogger is kickin' my butt...I have one more project to share that I created with the October kit from Scrapbook Circle...but my patience is running on EMPTY...so I will save it for another day!!!

I will be doing a giveaway soon...in honor of 100 POSTS! Just gotta figure out what it's gonna be :o))))

Thanks for stopping by! Take care!