Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wonderful things come in FOURS!

What fun!  I have been "Absent" from my blog today... I just logged in.. and what do I see??  4 Versatile Blogger Awards for ME!
I want to say THANK YOU to...

Jenny from  - Scrap with Jenny
Ashley from - Welch Creations

Go check out their blogs!!  Wonderful creations these Ladies do!!

I am to share 7 things about myself and pass this award on to other FABULOUS crafty blogger friends!
I am going to change the rules up a bit... since I shared general things about myself in past posts, I am going to share with you 7 things about me that I am doing or thinking RIGHT NOW.  :-)

1.  I am darn tired... been up since 2:45am
2.  I am listening to my Husband give our Daughter her weekly spelling test
3.  I am wearing my favorite Fleece and Uggs
4.  It's raining Cats and Dogs here
5.  I am getting ready to watch American Idol
6.  Thinking I get to Scrap tomorrow!  Yay!
7.  My son just gave me the sweetest kiss on the cheek!

And to pass this award on...

Say Hello to these Ladies when you can.  Lots of fun things to see from all different walks of creative life!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Snappy" Birthday to you!! (Card) & Runner Up choice!!

Hi everyone!  Hope you all are having a good night!!  I learned today that my "Scrap Space" was a runner-up choice at Picture Perfect Creations .  You can see their button on my right side bar and it will bring you right to the pic... or click on the above link and check out their challenge blog in general!!  I like their challenges so much... that I have another Birthday Card that I am entering for their color combo challenge #53 HERE. 
I was stumped at first... then an idea popped into by head and voila!  Beaches and Sealife surround us... so very appropriate.  Whoever I end up giving this to... I hope they don't think I think they are CRABBY??  ha!  :-)
Here is my card...

Here is the color combo the challenge requires:
Cardstock:  SU pacific point, chocolate chip, real red, crumb cake, whisper white, Love pattersn DSP, Play date DSP
Stamps:  Crab & Company
Embellishments:  Clear buttons, twine, 5/8" real red grosgrain ribbon, Modern label punch, oval punches, circle cutter, square punch, photo corner punch
Ink:  Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, (Used Markers to color and then a blender pen for the main part of the crab body to get the lighter watercolor look.)


Monday, March 28, 2011

Cheers to your Birthday!! - Birthday Card

Ahhhh... finally!  I was able to create a project!!  Here is a bright and "Cheer" ful card to share with all of you!!  The colors make me happy and think that summer is not that far off.  Or at least a WARM Spring... I'll take.  We've got a few birthday celebrations in the family coming up... so checking off the birthday card list!  I am also submitting this to the SUO Challenges Blog  challenge # 15 which is another Stampin' up Only product blog and their theme this week is BIRTHDAYS. 
Happy looking!!
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore (Retired)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, SU Markers... Tempting turquoise, Green Galore, Crushed Curry, Blush Blossom, Basic Black. White Gel Pen
Stamps:  So Happy For You, Cheers to You
Embellishments:  1/4" grosgrain white & tempting turquoise ribbon, Glimmer brights brads, Bold brights brads, circle punches, scallop punch, scallop border punch, ticket corner punch.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Humble but very Functional Scrap Space!!

Well since I have visited my Scrap Space all week...thought I would post a picture or 2 to let it know it is missed and ALSO to enter it into a challenge over at Picture Perfect Creations.  They simply want to see where everyone does their handy work.  Very good idea... for I have gotten some storage thoughts.  My space is very small.  It is downstairs in a corner of the room (about a 1/4 of the room) with all of the kids toys, kid's crafting table, game cupboard, TV area and my Hubby's weight bench... smack dab in the middle.  It's lovely.. let me tell ya.  But when I am creating away... I do forget what all is surrounding me and I do love my little space.  Everything has it's place... and I have my own personal rule... that when I start to run out of storage room... I must USE before Purchasing.  For all of you that have a small area to work in... I hope mine can give you ideas to work with.  One day... when we are empty nesters... I'll get a whole room all to  myself.  But I am not rushing that!!  Would much rather cram!!  Thanks for looking!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Do you still have a Sense of Wonder?? 12 x 12 Scrap layout

Oh my gosh... the week has gotten away from me!!  I didn't want a whole week to go by without sharing something with all of you ... but such is life and that is what happened!!   I have a very simple layout to share of a trip my Hubby and I took 3 years ago this month to the Oregon Coast.  This is just one part of the trip that basically left us in AWE!  Found a part of the coastline called "Devil's Punchbowl" and "Otter Rock" and being we were just driving by with quick stops... this one took our break away!!  We stayed a while needless to say.  We now are planning a trip with the kids one day soon!  This was such a fun trip!!  And sometime think to yourself   "Do I still have a sense of wonder??"  I HOPE YOU ALWAYS DO.  I am also entering this into a new challenge blog I stumbled on at Amber's Crafts and Stuff, where the theme is "Stash Buster and Anything Goes."  Well PERFECT I said.  Go check her out if you can.  Lots of entries and you can enter anything you would like!! :-)   Enjoy!!

All Satmpin' Up
Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, DSP (Unknown... from my stash)
Stamps:  Big Deal Alphabet, Quirky Alphabet, Big Pieces
Ink:  Craft White, Not Quite Navy
Other:  Scallop Punch, Arrow Punch, Black SU marker, Ice Rhinestone Brad

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Scrap layout was a Top Pick!! Take a look and join their next challenge!!

Woo Hoo!!  I was a Top Pick at Create with Connie & Mary for my "Enjoy Every Moment" of summer scrap layout!  Thank you Thank you!!  Such an honor, for there are some very talented crafters over there.  You can see my layout entry on my sidebar where the challenge winner button is.  ANDDDDDD... I also just want to encourage you to check out their challenge blog when you can.  They are starting a new one tomorrow with a "Theme" challenge.  It is a STAMPIN' UP product only blog.  I know I have some followers that are SU demonstrators or just hoard alot of their products like ME!  :-)  Join the fun if you can!! 
Have a great night!! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Thank You and a Shout out to Yolie!!

Happy Monday to you all!!  I am giving a little shout out to YOLIE at Just Yolie, Just Create.  I just won some fun Blog Candy from her.  THANK YOU.  :-) and Encouraging you all to go check out her blog for some wonderful Scrapbook and Card making inspiration.  I was instantly drawn to her blog for her scrapbook pages.  She doesn't have any particular "Style" which makes it fun to see her creations for they all have a little uniqueness to them.  If you have a Scrap Stash like I do... you know that your "Style" can change at a moments notice. 
Stop on over and say Hello when you have a chance! 

I am hoping to be back with another layout to share later today/tomorrow!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

1st Birthday and ALOT of CAKE Double Scrap Layout

Happy Weekend everybody!!  Hope you are all doing what you want to be doing and hopefully that includes some paper creating!!  I managed to complete a double page scrap layout of my Daughter's 1st birthday celebration.  My daughter is turning 8 next month... so as you can see... YES... I am behind when it comes to scrappin' birthday pictures.  I think I get intimidated by the amout of photos that I take and everyone else takes... so I never know what to pick.  So I decided to zero on a few from her party with the focus being on the infamous 1st ever CAKE indulgence.
Click on the image to see better detail.

I am entering this into the Scrappy Saturdays with the Bug 3 challenge, where the theme was to do a birthday celebration.  I will thank them for that challenge... because it got me to DO THIS.  :-)  Go check out their challenges when you can... they are just starting and have some fun inspiration to share.  Amanda and Melissa host the challenges every other week.

I am also entering this into the Simple Sunday Challenge with K. Andrews at Gettin' Cricky, where the theme is "Sugar & Spice with alot of nice."  I also just recently found this blog, and it's a fun one!!  Lots of fun stuff to check out.
Have a GREAT night and see you all soon!!

Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Groovy Guava, Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise.  DSP is Stampin' Up from my scrap stash.
Cricut Carts:  Don Juan - Title, Celebrations - the number 1, Stretch Your imagination - the cake
Other:  SU basic rhinestone, butterflies from EK success, white gel pen, tempting turquoise marker

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Enjoy Every Moment" (of Summer) - Single 12 x 12 Layout

Hello!!  We have had everything from Snow, Sleet, Ice to now Rain and Wind over the last 3 weeks... that a Summer scrapbook layout was a MUST on my to do list.  These are pictures of my family along with my Parents hanging out on the river at one of our summer get aways called Crescent Bar.  I have been going here every summer since I was 13... and now my kids are learning why it is so special.  The sad thing all might be going away in May, 2012.  So my choice for my Title "Enjoy Every Moment"... is perfect for our possible last Summers here.  Hope you enjoy.  I'm sure I will have more of these layouts in the future... for I have ALOT of photos.  :-)  The photo here seems "Grainy"... but hopefully you get the idea.

I am entering this into the CCMC 141 Challenge, Create with Connie & Mary , where the challenge was to use 4 colors (So Saffron, Real Red, Crumb Cake & Whisper White) only... and all the products have to be Stampin' Up.  I am pleased that I was able to do this.  If you are an SU only person... then this is the Challenge blog for you. 

I am also submitting with Karen and the DT over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenge 28, where the theme is "You're the boss"... submit something that best refelcts your style of Scrappin'.  They have anything from sketch to theme challenges... and it must be a Scrapbook Layout only.  Great way to get those pages done!! 
Thank you so much for looking!  I love all of your comments.  It's fun!

Supplies:  All Stampin' Up Products
Cardstock:  Real Red, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamps:  Fresh Flowers, Enjoy Every Moment, Gallery
Embellishments:  Summer Days Simply Scrappn', Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Filgree Brad, Modern Label punch, Decorative XL Label punch, Small Oval punch, Scallop border punch.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

And 1 more B-DAY card to share - CCMC 140

I am sharing with you my other Birthday Card that I made for my Mother-in-Law for our birthday celebration yesterday.  I stayed more on the simple side.  I feel I can sit down and make 10 more of these and not go crazy.  :-)  I found another blog with a sketch challenge that I used.  Love those sketches!! 
If interested, go check them out!  The clincher is that you need to use all Stampin' Up products.  Here it is...Create with Connie and Mary challenge 140.  They do some really cute things!!
And now for the card!!  Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies:  All Stampin' Up
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps: Create a Cupcake
Other:  5/16" Neutral Brads (white), Basic Brads neutral collection,  1/2" Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Build a Cupcake punch, 2 3/8" scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, small oval punch

Happy 25th Birthday Card - Mojo Monday 180

Hello!  Today I have another Happy Birthday card to share!  I made this for my Niece who turned 25 in January... but we just got around to celebrating yesterday!  My Hubby's side of the family is on the larger side... so getting together is alot of juggling of schedules.  But so good to FINALLY see everyone!!  My Niece thinks turning 25 is getting OLD.  Ha!!  Wish I could subtract a few years.  All a state of mind I say!!
I had fun making this card!  I got into my Bright and Bold side!  I am entering this into Mojo Monday 180 sketch challenge.   Lots of talented people over there.  Go check them out if you need some inspiration.  Hope you enjoy!!
Supplies:  All Stampin' Up Products on this one
Paper:  Celebrations DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point
Stamps:  Varsity Numbers, Short and Sweet
Ink:  Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, White gel pen
Other:  Celebrations quick accents, Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Real Red glimmer brads, Small oval punch, Square scallop punch, scallop edge punches.

I was picked as Scrappy TOP 3!!! Read on to see how you can join in!!

Good morning everyone!!  So not checking the computer for an entire day has its REWARDS!!  I found out this morning that my layout was picked as the TOP 3 over at Scrappy Saturdays with the Bug Challenge Blog with Amanda and Melissa. You can see my entry on my sidebar by clicking on the "Scrappy Top 3" button.  :-)   Challenge # 3 just started yesterday... go check them out and join in on the fun!!  It's Scrapbook Layouts only and you must you a Cricut or SVG cut somewhere on the layout.  Fun stuff!! 
Thank you Amanda and Melissa!!  You  made my day!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Card - Classic Feathered Friend!!

Happy Day Everyone!!  I am sharing a Birthday card that I made for my Parents to give to their OTHER Grandaughter (My Niece) who is turning 2 very soon. (That was a mouthful) She likes watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and her favorite colors are Pink and Purple.  (My kind of Gal!)  Miss Daisy Duck worked perfectly for my card.  I am entering this into the The My Pink Stamper Challenge use any type of a "Feathered Friend."
Thank you for visiting!

Side View to show how it opens - I call this a partial gatefold card.

Cricut:  Mickey and Friends, Classic Font, Stretch your Imagination
Cardstock:  SU Pretty in pink, Lovely Lilac, Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White, Summer Sun,.
Other:  Cuttlebug swiss dots folder, Pretty in pink 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Corner punch, 5/8" circle punch, Black marker.

It must be Award week!! - Stylish Blogger Award!!

I want to thank Gina from Gina's Crafting Spot for my Stylish Blogger Award.  So very fun!!  :-)  In return I am to award this to 8 Wonderful Blogger Buddies that I personally have found alot of my beginning inspiration from.  A few are new friends!!  :-)  Most of them have probably received this award before... but they need to know their crafty talents are appreciated!!  In no particular order...

Meriah & Wendi

I am also to share with all of you 8 things about myself that you may know or you may not.  Enjoy!!
1.  I left my 55 hour plus Corporate World job about 2 1/2 years ago to be more of SAHM.  Best decision I have ever done. (I still work very part time)
2.  My Hubby and I met playing soccer
3.  I love to Hike
4.  I love to Waterski
5.  Can't start my day without coffee
6.  My Hubby is the main cook in our house.  (yes I am very lucky)
7.  I love chocolate... but was allergic to as a kid
8.  I am a sucker for Reality TV