Monday, July 29, 2013

Girl Scout Days

Howdy blogging friends!!
How is everyone doing???
I can't believe it is almost the end of July - where has the 
summer gone?????

I have blog candy up for grabs!
Be sure to check it out and enter-
get all the details HERE

Today I want to share a few layouts I made a 
retreat a couple of weeks ago. I am redoing my Girl Scout album.
It was the first album I made and it is pretty awful - really. 

Here are some of the new pages - I am trying to keep them FLAT!
Basic Grey papers, stamps, and alphas.

I used MME papers and embellishments. 

This is LYB papers, Technique Tuesday & Maya Road chipboards. For this page
I made a 12x12 and an 8x12 page, I will attach the 8x12 page with a CTMH flap.
Here is the back side of the 8x12 page.

MME papers and embellies, washi tape, and die-cut letters. 

LYB papers, Technique Tuesday chippie stamped with Wendy Vecchi stamp. 

Basic Grey and Adorn It papers, Basic Grey buttons and alphas. 

So there you have it. There are a little more plain than I normally make,
but I have a LOT of layouts to get into the book, so I am trying REALLY hard to 
make them flat without so many bumps and lumps on them!!

I am entering in the following challenges:
Southern Girls : Animals (2nd layout)
4 Crafty Chicks - Pennants (5th layout)
Divas By Design - Anything Goes
City Crafters - On The Road (6th layout)

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to
check out my blog candy!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Blessings - Frosted Designs Blog Hop

Welcome to the Frosted Designs Quote Blog Hop - the last of our three hops!
We are so glad you could join us!!!

You should have hopped here from Lydia's Blog if not,
check the bottom of the post for the order.
I have blog candy available - be sure to read to the
bottom of the post. 
Here is a look at my project

I have used MME papers along with Bazzill cardstock, Prima Flowers,
MS punch, buttons, and brads from my stash and Want2Scrap
chipboard title and pearls.

I used a Tattered Angels mask and my Rose Metal
Gelato® from Faber-Castell to create the heart background. 
The Chipboard title was colored with Butterscotch Gelato®,
sprinkled with WOW Embossing powder and heat set.
I added the quote around the corner on my background paper.

I used my border punch randomly around the page,
then distressed and inked it. 

There are 7 wonderful and incredibly talented hosts that will inspire you, along with 2 awesome sponsors!!!!

You need to link your project up on the Frosted Designs Blog using 
all or part of this quote:
"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."  Author:  Laura Ingalls Wilder

 Our first sponsor is Artful Delight.
Artful Delight is a monthly scrapbooking and card kit club designed to bring you the latest and greatest scrapbook products.  Our kits are jammed packed with fabulous pattern paper, coordinating cardstock, chipboard shapes, ribbon, buttons, stickers, and so much more from manufacturers like Pink Paislee, Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Basic Grey, Tim Holtz, and Graphic 45, just to name a few. We try to keep scrappers and card makers in mind when creating our kits.  Allowing our kits to have to most versatility.  Our scrapbook kits will allow you to create at least 4-5 layouts.

Artful Delight monthly kits are offered at an amazing single monthly price , and  at 3 and 6 month subscriptions, our 6 month subscription will give you the best value. We offer shipping to the US, Canada and Internationally.  (For Canadian and International orders please email
One lucky winner will receive their choice of Artful Delight's August Scrapbook kit or card kit.
Our second sponsor is Words or Whatever.

 Words or Whatever was created as a subsidiary company to NEIL'S TIMBER SIGNS after purchasing a laser engraving machine.  Words or Whatever is run by Suzanne and Neil Webster on the lovely Central Coast of NSW.

We can cut chipboard in both 1.2mm and 1.8mm, MDF from 3mm to 25mm thick, acrylic, felt and cardstock.  We specialise in custom orders that have no minimum quantities.  Please don't hesitate to contact us with your requests.  We can also provide custom made items exclusive to individual stores at no extra charge.  Do you want something in particular?  Well just ask us!!  This means you can offer this service to your customers so they can order their children's names or individual titles for their pages.

One lucky winner will receive their choice of 15 pieces of chipboard.

So without further ado, here are the details of the blog hop!!!!

1. You need to hop to every blog on the list.
2. Leave a comment here telling us that you completed the hop.
3. Complete a Quote project and link it up to the inlinkz on this post on the Frosted Designs Blog!  Your project must contain all or part of this quote:
 "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."  Author:  Laura Ingalls Wilder
Some of our Designers are also giving away prizes on their blogs so you have lots of opportunities to win!! 
The hop begins at 12:01 am, Central Standard Time on July 26, 2013 and will end at 11:59 pm, Central Standard Time on July 31, 2013.  The winners will be announced on August 1st on the Frosted Designs blog.  

In order to be eligible for the prizes above, you must hop to each of the blogs, come back here and leave a comment telling us you have done this and also submit a project! Good luck!

In addition to the prizes offered from our sponsors,
I have some fabulous blog candy too!!
A set of Gelatos® and a Stampers Big Brush Pen from 
Faber-Castell, a Bo Bunny 6X6 pad, a package of 
Glue Lines® from Glue Dots®, some Maya Road chipboard,
a mini Tacky-Glue, and all the vintage paper that you see
in the background!!! 

What do you have to do to enter for this candy?
1. Leave a comment on this post
2. Be a follower of my blog
3. Share this on your blog

Want a second chance to win?
 Stop by my Facebook Page,"Like" me if you don't already
and leave me a comment. 

Easy Peasy!
blog candy contest will close at 11:59pm on July 31st
and I will draw a winner from those entered. 
I will ship anywhere, so all are welcome to join in!

Your next stop on the hop is Artful Delight

 If you get lost on the way here is the order of the blog hop:
Words of Whatever Facebook Page(please like) 

Thanks for making it to the bottom of the post!!
Have a great weekend :o)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dorm Room Decor with Glue Dots®

Hi Everyone! How is your week going so far!!

Today I want to share with you a fun and
(surprisingly) quick project that I made for young lady's dorm room.

This could be adapted to suit any decor, but floral is my favorite!

 I bought a pack of acrylic sheets at convention a couple of years ago, and they are still
languishing in my scrap room. I decided it was time to get them out 
and do something with them! I have used Glue Dots® through out this
project, and they are wonderful when working with acrylic!!
I started by stamping around the edge using StazOn ink. I used Ultra thin Glue Dots®
to secure my Bazzill Die cut sheet to the back off the project.
I used Mini Glue Dots® to secure my punched paper to the front of the project.

I love the Continuous Glue Lines® - perfect for adding pom-pom fringe!

I used my Basic Grey stamps, Prima Flowers, MS Punch, Splash of Color
pattern paper, ribbon from May Arts, Stampin' Up and other 
and the cute To-Do list is from Target. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wild Life Fun - ColourQ #199

Hi blogging buddies!
I am off to CHA this morning, so I am hoping that blogger 
does it's job and posts for me!!

Today over at ColourQ we have a new palette up
and I love these colors! Pinks and greens are 
always at the top of my list :)

These are old, old, photos!! From May of 1998. Look how cute my little one was. 
Well, she is still cute, but not so little any more!
I have used MME new papers for this layout along with some kraft paper.
I am all about the faux stitching these days! I used a white pen this time around
and I really like how it looks. Such an easy way to add some pizzazz to your page!!
Flowers are from Prima, bling is Want2Scrap. All the little bits and pieces are from 
the same paper line - "Find Your Wings and Fly" from MME. I am 
so in love with these papers!!! The colors are wonderful!!

Here is a look at our colors this week
Yummy, yes??  Be sure to join in the fun and link up your project
over on the blog

Thanks for coming by today!
I'll try and post some fun photos of CHA Goodness :)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Princess Jade - Berry Bleu Guest Designer

Hi everyone! Are you ready for all the new releases at CHA????
I sure am, and I can't wait to get there to see them!!

I have a few things to do before I head out and today I am super happy
to be a Guest Designer with Berry71Bleu . Love the creativity and challenges
posted on the blog over there. If you have never stopped by, be sure to check it out!
This month the challenge theme is "Anything Goes"

 Here is a look at my project
I am so in love with these papers from Splash of Color!! I also used Bazzill for my background, and embellies from MME & Want2Scrap. 
I can't get enough of these cut chipboard titles from Want2Scrap. I am seriously
title challenged. Really. These are the best thing ever. I embossed with WOW powders.
I used my MS punch for the floral paper, the saying is cut from a Splash of Color sheet, and the journal
spot is a Creative Imaginations die cut sticker. You know you have had product too long when
the company changes their name!
The butterflies were fussy cut from one of the papers in the set.
Our sponsor this month over at Berry71Bleu is Heartfelt Creations
Have you ever seen their stamps and dies??? Awesome products, let me tell you!
I first saw them YEARS ago at a stamp show and have loved them ever since.
I received the Open Vintage Floral Stamp Set along with the matching dies to work with.
I used matching paper from the Splash of Color line to stamp on, then heat emboss
with WOW Embossing powders. Cutting is a snap with the matching dies, then I
colored with Gelatos® from Faber-Castell, shaped and arranged. Easy peasy. 

Be sure to check out their blog for lots of great inspiration! 

That's it for me today. 
I am off to CHA tonight, and I will be posting lots of fun stuff I find,
so be sure to check back all week!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Girl Scout Camping - Frosted Designs

Howdy blogging friends!!
Who is going to CHA next week? I will be there, so look for me!
I am super ready to go and see all the new stuff :o)

Today over at Frosted Designs we have a new challenge up
The Great Outdoors- which is perfect for all the Girl Scout photos I have
been scrapping lately!! Even if the Huffington Post says that 

I used Echo Park papers along with Glitz Designs, MME, Basic Grey, and Bazzill Cardstock.

I added faux stitching to my pennants with my PITT® Artist Pen in Black. 

I used a MS punch and my title is made using Basic Grey alphas. I used these 
same alphas throughout the album, I loved how small they were. I could put a title
on the page without it being overwhelming.

The journal card is from a Recollections pack. I used Tsukineko inks throughout. 

Be sure to stop by the blog and see some fabulous inspiration from the 
Design Team. We have some fabulous and talented ladies on the team!

I am also linking up at the following challenges:
Lasting Memories: Country Colors
Challenge Me Happy: Anything Goes
Southenr Girls Challenge: No Ribbon/Twine/or Cotton

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great weekend :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mom And Me Campout

Hi to all my blogging friends!
How is your summer so far?I am off to retreat day after 
tomorrow so I am getting ready, I have got this 
packing down to an art after all these years.
My totes are out of the attic and I am ready to go!

Today we have a new palette at ColourQ and I have my DT project
to share. The colors were not the easiest for me. I have been
wanting to challenge myself to work with a black background
so this is what I came up with,,,,,

I have another page from my Girl Scout Album that I have redone. The little cutie second
from the right, bottom row is mine. I have used: 
Papers: Graphic 45, Bazzill / Embellies: Jenni Bowlin Studios, MME, Prima,
I Am Roses, Recollections, Basic Grey, Want2Scrap / Tools: Sizzix, EK Success /
Stamps: Wendy Vecchi / Ink: Tsukineko, Powder Puff by Quick Quotes, WOW Embossing Powder
 I cut a LOT of strips from Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar to make the border
down the side of the page. Each one was inked, crumpled and glued in place.
The roses are from I Am Roses, of course!
The stick pin I made, you can find the tutorial here.

 I am so loving these stamps from Wendi Vecchi!!!
The swirl and hearts are a Sizzix die, I used my PITT® Artist Pen in Medium Black to accent
the paper strip with faux stitching and for journaling. 
I used a Prima mask and Tsukineko Glimmer Mist to color the background. The 
chippie is from Want2Scrap and is embossed with WOW Embossing Powder.

Here is a look at our palette this week
What are you inspired to make??? You have until next Monday to link
up your project over on the ColourQ Blog so be sure to join in the fun!

I am linking up at the following challenges:
Quick Quotes: Dimension (inked paper strips)
Berry Bleu - Anything Goes
Divas By Design - Cute - because, seriously, how cute are those kids!
I Am Roses - use two products - two roses

Thanks for stopping by today!
I love to read your thoughts - so please leave a comment!

Scrappy Process Tutorial - Frosted Designs

Update: I have had so, so many of views of this post, but not one
single comment! I would love to know what you think of my process.
Please leave me a comment and let me know what works for you :o)

Hi everyone, hope your week has been fabulous so far!
It is my turn to do a tutorial over at Frosted Designs and I thought it might be
fun to share how I organize my photos and ideas for getting layouts done and 
into the actual albums!

If you are like me, starting the layout is the hardest part! Once I get started
it usually flows pretty well, but deciding on photos and
how I want the layout to actually look can be the real time
consuming part.I have finally settled on a method that lets me 
get my photos, supplies and ideas together and get
started pretty fast. Really!

I start here, with my list of what needs to be scrapped
This is just a simple spreadsheet that I created and printed off. It has columns
for which album I want to put the finished layout in, the subject of the layout, the date 
the event occurred, and spots to check off when I have printed the photos and
when I have actually scrapped them. I just scan down the list until something
catches my fancy. 

From there it is time to grab the photos. I keep mine in Iris photo boxes. 
I am telling you these things are the best idea EVER. I LOVE THEM
I have 4 of them, loosely divided by subject. Each one holds six smaller
boxes of photos. Amazing way to sort your photos - trust me on this! 

Inside each smaller box, I use regular ol' lined index cards to list what is in
each one. I also use these same cards as a divider between each set 
of photos. I can read the cards without opening the boxes -super handy!

I generally keep one or two on my desk to work out of. And they are super portable for 
when I go to crop, just toss one in my bag and go. The larger ones here hold 5x7 photos :o)

So now I have photos picked out, what am I going to do with them??? 
If you are like me, you find lots of  great ideas on the net (Pinterest, anyone?)
but how to access those fabulous ideas when you actually need them?
 Here is what I do - I print them out several to a page. If you are
an ink miser (like my husband, don't tell him I do this) you won't like this idea.
I am a very tactile person, I want it IN MY HAND, not on the computer.
So I print them out. I never duplicate an actual layout, 
but there will be one thing about it that I love,,,,

so I write next to each photo what it is that I liked about it. 
So 4 months from now, or next year, when I get around to using that idea, I will know
WHY I printed that photo. Smart, huh?  

Now, what about all those magazines I buy? 
If you are a librarian, stop reading right now! 
I tear out the pages with ideas that I want and write on it why I liked it. Everything gets
3 hole punched and put into a binder with my list of things to be scrapped. 
The binder has divided sections for techniques, journaling, embellishments, etc. 

I also keep a binder with sketches I have collected. There are so many wonderful 
sketches available these days. PageMaps is one of my all time favorites
but there are so many others. Find some that suit your style - it is a great
way to jump start your creativity!

So now I have my photos picked out & inspiration at hand and I am ready
to scrap. How do you start your creative process? I would love to hear your
ideas too. Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite tips!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great week!