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!

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:


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!


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!