Saturday, January 28, 2012

Don't Say It, Unless You Mean It.

This not a mushy love post about hubby, either. It's another Jax layout. It's starting to go to his head! lol! I used this awesome sketch from Scraptastic (and the criteria for 5 photos). I love grids!

I used the January kit from Artful Delight. 

Click HERE to order yours! I titled the sketch on an angle and came up with this:

You can click the photo to see it larger and read the journaling :)  I really love how it turned out! I am also sharing it at The Studio for using a letter as my title inspiration.

I want to thank Leeanne again for having me as a guest designer this month.. January flew by!! :) Be sure to stop by Artful Delight and check out the February kit coming soon :)

Have a great weekend!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Classic Quiche!

The latest challenge at Lasting Memories, to use a recipe on your layout, was the perfect inspiration I needed to scrapbook these pictures from our Colorado trip. Dave's sister taught me how to make my first quiche! It was a lot of fun to be with her in the kitchen..

(click to view larger :)

I printed my recipe onto blue cardstock.. and even did some "hybrid" scrapbooking by typing the word classic and leaving space for my Thickers title "quiche". I punched the edge with my EK Success "binding edge" punch. I love how it turned out!

My hubby was sweet to take some pics of me.. rare you will find pics in the scrapbook of just me.. and even MORE rare that I'm in the kitchen LOL !!

I had fun mixing and matching some older things in my stash for this layout.. Doodlebug papers, Jillibean Soup diecuts and Basic Grey buttons :)

I really like how it turned out :)

I also wanted to announce the winner of my 500 followers giveaway!!

#9 was..

Blogger Judy said...

Congrats on the 500 followers, that is so wonderful. It is just amazing how quickly you can grow in blog land.  Love the new tim holtz everything...

Congrats Judy!! Please send me an email :)

Have a great weekend everyone!!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

An announcement! :)

Wahoo!! I've been keeping a secret I can finally announce :)

I'm a new designer at Quick Quotes!

See THIS POST for the details and meet the rest of the team :)  Thanks Rhonda for the opportunity to represent your company!
Have you seen the new CHA sneaks?

Tiny Type

One Fine Day
and my personal fav:

Summer Samba

You can "win it before you can buy it" at Blog Quick Quotes!
Have a great day everyone!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

3 more cards..

The first card was inspired by a challenge called Makeover Mondays and made my own version using Bo Bunny's "Crush": 

The second card was inspired by the "penguin suit" color challenge at CAS-ual Fridays :) This card is definitely clean and simple!

I embossed the Stipple Butterfly stamp (all time favorite way back when I did Stampin' UP!) and fussy cut it to add dimension to this 4x4 square card.

The third card was inspired by the winter scene challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot.

I used some scraps from my Echo Park "Wintertime" collection, a diecut house, and a Paper Smooches sentiment.

Hope you're having a great Saturday!


Bear Hugs!

It's been a very productive day here so far :)
I made the cutest gift card set (if I do say so myself.. lol!)
I used the latest sketch at Card Patterns:

I made my cards 4 1/4" square and used the My Favorite Things "Decorative Doily" die for my circle mat. All papers are from Authentique's Free Bird "Delight" 6x6 pad.

Isn't he so cute?! That adorable bear and "bear hugs" sentiment are from the Paper Smooches set "Chubby Chum Pals". Here is the set of 4 I made:

Authentique and Paper Smooches are our featured manufacturers at AWDML.. all of their product is 25% off through January!

Speaking of A Walk Down Memory Lane, they are having a design team call :) Here's the details:

We are so excited to announce that we are looking for 4 designers for our March 2012 – August 2012 team!! The call is open from January 20th through February 10th. We will be announcing the new design team on our blog and newsletter on February 15th. 

So WHO are we looking for?

We are looking for inspiring designers who are creative, ambitious and who can design with our products from the store. We are looking for designers who can display the following: 

- Open communication skills 
- Unique individual style 
- Individuals that can display flexibility, teamwork and cooperation 
- Ability to display and teach different techniques
- Ability to create layouts from a basic to a more advanced skill level 
- Creativity in the use of our products to help promote A Walk Down Memory Lane
- Ability to teach online classes and write up instructions, video tutorials are a plus!
- Must be able to work within deadlines and under pressure 
- Copic Certified designer is a plus

What do I need to Apply?

1) We would like you to submit Three (3) original layouts and one paper craft project that best represent you and your style. Acceptable paper craft projects would be altered items, cards, mini albums, etc. All submitted items must be your own design (they don’t have to be made specifically for this call) and e-mailed to

2) Active participation on message boards and in galleries is important and will be considered when we chose our team. You will also be required to have an active blog

What to include in your Application besides your projects?
* Your name, address, e-mail address
* Links to online communities (forums, message boards, galleries) in which you are active in and regularly post to. Please include all links. 
* Link to your blog where you post your scrappy/stamp/paper craft creations.
* Links to other design Teams you are currently on, and scrapbook resume (if you have one). Prior design team experience is not required, however, preference may be given to those who are not committed to another DT. If you are currently on a design team please include how long you've been there, and when your term will end, also include your title there (for example: DT coordinator, strictly LO designer, etc) Also Let us know if you've been published and where (here's your chance to TOOT!).
* Answers to the “Time to get to know you” questions below.
* A headshot and bio for our website and newsletter announcement

Time to get to know you!!! 
Please include your answer the following questions in your email submission: 
- How would you or others describe your style? 
- What is both your strengths and weaknesses when designing?
- Why do you want to be a part of our design team? 
- How much time would you be able to devote to your duties at A Walk Down Memory Lane 
- Give us your best idea for promotion our store. (ie. Blog hop, advertising in a magazine, etc.)
- Do you have a unique skill (for example, do you create sketches or make handmade scrappy items?) 
- What is your favorite food? 
- Give us an example of an online class that you could and would be willing to teach (you do not need to provide a write up or sample for this call!)

Now for the Nitty Gritty...What you’ll do as a DT member:
1) Your DT term would be from March 2012 – August 2012 . 
2) Each month you must, create, at minimum 4 layouts & 1-2 papercraft projects. Your work must be sent in via email by the 25th of each month. You will be responsible for ordering your own products from the store and making sure that you have enough time to get your assignments done for your deadlines.
3) Post your DT layouts on galleries and blogs throughout the web, whenever possible, link to AWDML. Watch other promotion Message Boards and Blogs for product chats and talk us up where possible.
4) Participate in Facebook and blog discussions on a regular basis and keep the Facebook page going by regularly posting new topics, games, challenges, tips & tricks, project examples, etc. 
5) Newsletter participation is a must, you must sign up monthly for at least two newsletter articles per month (product highlight, small project with instructions, sketches, etc)
6) You must have a “scrapblog” or a blog that you talk about scrapping on and update it regularly each week with a post about projects you’ve used from the store, featured manufacturer, or whatever. We ask that you also have links to our site and your DT blinkie on your blog and other sites where allowable.
7) Be the eyes and ears for AWDML online, finding new inspiration or ideas and sharing them to help our community grow.
8) Each DT member will be required to post to the AWDML DT blog once per week. You will also be required to post a class and a challenge once a month. We will have a rotating schedule so you don’t have to do BOTH in one week.
9) You will be responsible for weekly posts on our Facebook page
10) You must sign and return the AWDML DT contract before your DT term begins.

What do you get in return?
- As a design team Member you will receive your choice of product, with a $30 value, from free of charge, including free shipping. 
- As a design team Member you will receive a package of featured manufacturer goodies each month free of charge to send out to RAK winners from your blog.
- DT Members receive 30% off of orders placed in the store (up to $50 per month) and free shipping on those orders as long as they are shipped with their monthly DT package.
- DT Members bio and head shot will be featured on our design team page. 
- DT Members designs will be featured in our weekly newsletter. 
- DT Members blogs will be linked from both the AWDML store blog.
- DT Members will receive 5% of sales that originate with their blog, IF they sign up with our affiliate program.

** Important information regarding international applicants
International designers, if you are chosen you will be responsible for paying the shipping difference each month, and please keep in mind that we do expect you to keep with existing deadlines. 

Please e-mail any questions and submissions 

Have a great day!


500 Followers GIVEAWAY! :)

I woke up to a good bit of snow outside! I'm excited to "hunker down" at home, catch up on school work, housework, and of course SCRAPBOOK! Probably not in that order LOL!

When I sat down this morning to go through my blog roll, I noticed I am at 500 followers! Holy cow! When did that happen? lol! I'm SO grateful for the opportunities and friendships that have come out of starting this little blog. 

I wanted to celebrate this milestone with GIVEAWAY!!

Are you drooling all over the new CHA releases like I am?? How about a $15 gift card to the scrappy store of your choice to get you started!!

To enter to win:
1. Become a follower {if you aren't already!}
2. Leave a comment with one (or more lol) new line on your scrappy wishlist

For an extra chance:
Leave a second comment with a link to your blog, sharing my giveaway badge linked back here :)

I will use to choose a winner next Friday, January 27th. Spread the word!

Thanks SO much for stopping by my blog today {and for the past 2 years}. I truly appreciate all the kind comments left on my projects and posts!

Have a great weekend!! :)


Welcome Home

Good Saturday morning! It's my day to share my layout on the Artful Delight blog :) I'm so excited to be a guest designer this month. Leeanne's kits are amazing!

I used both the Jillibean Soup "Heartly Bartley" and My Minds Eye "Kraft Funday" papers to make this layout about my hubby and dog .. I couldn't find them anywhere when I got home from work. Turns out they were hanging out in the backyard :) 

I inked the chipboard alphas that came with the kit with my burgundy inks. It's fun to coordinate them with any layout!

Be sure to stop by Artful Delight blog to see what the rest of the designers are creating with the January layout and card kits : ) and pick one up for yourself!

I'm also entering this layout at Simon Says Stamp for anything but a card.


Friday, January 20, 2012


I love playing along with the challenges at Imaginisce, but when I saw this photo inspiration.. winter wonderland:

I was a little bummed. I'm all out of their holiday/winter collections. And then, I remembered that we had a very STRANGE snowstorm in October last year. We actually got snowed in out of town! It was dangerous because the heavy snow on top of trees still full of leaves, caused many down trees and wires. But -- most importantly for a scrapbooker, I got some amazing pics! lol!

I decided to use the "Happy Harvest" line with the "Winter Wonderland" theme.. unexpected, right? :) I love it !!

The weather forecasters called the event "Snowtober", so that's where the title comes from. I just love this little fox. I popped him up on foam tape and added a ribbon scarf :)

TGIF !! Thanks for stopping by today :)


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Brrrthday!

I need to replenish my birthday card stash - and was inspired by the latest challenge at Birthday Sundae's to create a winter themed birthday card. 

I cut my snowman from the this set at the Digi Bistro :) I peachified him with the "Winter Faces" set. I love the "punny" greeting! :)

In addition to Birthday Sundaes' challenge and the Peachy Keen link up, I'm also sharing with Cardz TV challenge to include ribbon, rhinestones, or rick rack :) The "other" 3 R's lol!


Sports Valentines

Who says Valentines need to be lovey-dovey ;) I have 14 rambuncious boys in my first grade class who I know will appreciate these sports themed minis! These little cuties measure 3 1/4" square and feature 2 different diecuts from the  Boys Will Be boys cartridge. I embossed them with my Tiny Bubbles cuttlebug folder for dimension :)

The sentiment is from one of My Creative Time's first sets "You Had Me At Chocolate". I just love the fonts!!

I'm sharing these lil guys at:
Wee Memories - mini card challenge
My Creative Time - sports theme
Frosted Designs - no patterned paper


Bo Bunny + The Paper Variety = !

Welcome to the next challenge at The Paper Variety! Are you enjoying the new format? Twice a month challenges, with everyday inspiration from design team members through projects and tutorials! :) It's the 15th .. so time for a new challenge:

Rosettes are super trendy right now so add one to your paper project and link up to The Paper Variety! Not sure how to make one? Stay tuned this week for a tutorial from design team member, Sandi! ;) This week, Bo Bunny is sponsoring our challenge with their gorgeous "Enchanted" Line!

And.. Bo Bunny was extra generous and sent a few of the designers some of this product to work with, too. I'm honored to share my wedding layout!!

Aren't these boys handsome! Click to view larger.

I started with the sketch at the new kit club, Boys Rule. I also wanted to incorporate the photo inspiration challenge at Bo Bunny, so I went with a "child" theme, used the color blue, and added some banner pieces to the top left corner.

I journaled on a rub on from the same collection and fussy cut it from the light blue paper. I also added a rub on to the center of my rosette:

Be sure to stop by The Paper Variety over the next 2 weeks to see what the rest of the designers created and link up your own projects. THANKS BO BUNNY! for sponsoring us this week :) 

I'm also sharing this layout at Pumpkin Spice  (for the "show your style" link up. A one photo layout with patterned papers, embellies, and a big title is my style these days!) and Scraptastic Club (for black and white with a color pop) :)

Have a great Sunday!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

{Artful Delight} Grease!

Good Saturday morning! :) I have another layout to share with the Artful Delight January layout kit! It was full of My Minds Eye's "Kraft Funday" papers! I decided to use them on this layout of my Mom and I at the play "Grease".

(click to view larger)

I just love the pops of color on this page! We had a great time; although the movie could not be topped - LOVE the soundtrack.. so it was fun to hear it live.

Be sure to stop by the Artful Delight blog and see what the rest of the designers are creating with the January kits and pick one up for yourself, too!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

{Artful Delight} Sketch of the Month

Good morning! I'm so excited to be a guest designer for Artful Delight! Each month, Leeanne hosts a sketch challenge.. and you could win the next month's kit! And, January's sketch just happens to be designed by my bestie Abby! Check it out:

I decided to stretch this into a double page layout, because I had a few pics I wanted to include of my co-worker's retirement party:

(click to view larger)

I created this layout, of course, with the January Artful Delight kit:

It includes:

My Mind's Eye - Kraft Funday collection 6x6 sheets (2 each)

Admit One
Pinwheel Party
Celebration Paper
Front Page News
Remember This
Picnic Paper

Jillibean Soup - Hearty Barley collection 6x6 sheets (2 each)

Canola Oil
Quick Cooking Barley

Studio Calico - Memoir collection 6x6 sheets (2 each)

Book Jacket
Flower Bed

Coordination cardstock - Bazzill 8 1/2 x 11 (4 each)

Strawberry Splash

Embellishments - size and color may vary per kit
1 package - My Mind's Eye- Kraft Funday collection - Happy Days Buttons
2 - Jillibean Soup - Brown Felt Blossoms
10 - Studio Calico - Cloud Chip shapes
1 package - My Mind's Eye - Kraft Funday collection - Everyday Fun Rhinestones
1 - Studio Calico - Huey's Masks - Intertwined Circles
1 sheet - Studio Calico - Kraft Butterfly Stickers
8 note cards & envelopes - Jillibean Soup - Kraft
1 stamp set - Basic Grey/Hero Arts - Life of the Party Birthday
1 bottle - Studio Calico - Mister Huey's Color Mist - Cameo
1 yard - Red Twine - Really Reasonable Ribbon
1 yard - Pink Twine - Really Reasonable Ribbon
1 yard - Creative Impressions - Red Crepe Ribbon
1 1/2 yards - White Seam Binding - Really Reasonable Ribbon
4 yards - Pink Jute - Really Reasonable Ribbon
All products included in the kit are while supplies last - Artful Delight reserves the right to substitute products for equal or lesser value if they become unavailable.

Wow, right??!

Stop by Artful Delight to see what the rest of the design team members are creating AND link up your own take on this sketch. 

I'm also sharing this layout up at The Studio (for using 5 or more photos) and Scrapbookers Anonymous (for using misting/masking) :)

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