Monday, December 31, 2012

Scrappy New Year!!

I'm not big on resolutions.....but I'd just LOVE
to get my scrap room in order and get some
SERIOUS scrapping done!

I did get a couple of 2 page LO's done in the
past few days!  Here's the first:

I must of my faves this year!
Really like this WRMK Yuletide collection!
The wreath die cut from the collection was
cut in half and I blinged it up using Candi
dots.  WRMK chipboard and journal spot
finish it off nicely too....make scrapping easy!

Here's a couple of close ups:

Get inspired to get your Christmas pics scrapped!  I just
finished (LAST!!). 

Tomorrow look for some winter fun.....

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas To ALL!!

A little Tim Holtz burlap panel project,
a perfect Christmas gift....with  a wish
to you and yours:

Hope everyone has a magical holiday,
with all the joy, love and laughter of
family and friends gathered around!

Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

(product used:  Tim Holtz burlap panel, mirror sheet, tickets, ornament and holly and
25 die, texture fade, swirls, tinsel twine, frosted film, seasonal paper stash, MS snowflake
punch,  hug snug seam binding Trendy Twine, Want2Scrap pearls, WRMK corners,
Adirondack paint dauber, Core d'nations, Vintage Photo Distress Ink.)

Friday, December 21, 2012's Wintertime!

Well....official first snowfall here....only about an inch,
I'm kinda happy with  But there is some
"Wintertime" that I really love....that's one of the new
collections from Echo Park, and in giving that collection
a little attention, here is the 2 page LO that resulted:



And a close-up of the embellishments on page one:

I am excited that I have a new computer on the way....
so my pics will be better soon!  But just wanted to
share this LO anyway!  Love the way it turned out!

Happy Winter Crafting!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Webster's Goodies

I haven't had a chance to post all the goodies
I've been making with Webster's Pages!  Now
that my computer is back...Wahoo!!  I can
share some Christmas goodies:

Their beautiful Royal Christmas line is AMAZING!!

Made these goody bags to fill with chocolates, and
another little surprise....a gift card tucked into that
pocket on the front!  Here is a pic of how I used
Scor-Tape to hold the pocket in place:

Simple and easy....but super cute!  I also used
their gorgeous glittery ribbon along the top edge
of the bag, and used their little tags as a cute
little gift tag at the top.  A touch of Trendy Twine
finished it off perfectly.

Are you ready for Christmas?  I've still got a few
"crafty" things up my  Be sure to stop
by....and let me know what you're crafting...would
love to stop by your blog and see what you are up
to as well!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

LOVIN' this Collection!

Well, I am a self professed Echo Park fanatic,
it's true.  And the Carta Bella company is so
close to it's sister company....I can't help but
love it too!!  And this Winter Fun collection
is no exception.

Here's a LO available as a kit at Hannah's
Home Accents in Antioch, IL....


And a few close-ups:

More fun tomorrow!  Make sure to stop by!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Last Minute....but still time!

Need gifts?  It's a crazy busy time, but you
still have time to make a quick and easy, but
awesome gift!  This tag set was made with
Echo Park This and That Christmas:
And with a sweet little box to put them in:

A super quick and easy gift!  Just a couple of
sheets of paper, a sticker sheet, a bit of twine
and Want2Scrap pearls...and call it done!

Get inspired....get some crafting gifts made for
friends and family!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter's Comin'....

I know it's true....and it's not my favorite
season, but I do love winter crafting time!

I also love LYB's Winterlings collection!

I'm teaching a class on this frame:

Thursday at Hannah's!  Can't wait to
have you join me--it's a great gift idea!

Have some great tags to share tomorrow!

Until then....happy crafting!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

More Pennies....

Yes....more in the "A Penny for Your Thoughts"  I'm teaching a class over at Hannah's
a LSS in Antioch, IL.  It's one of FOUR classes
on Thursday Dec. 13th!!  You can get those
crafty gifts finished up and out of the way!

This journal uses SEI papers, and 7 Gypsies mixing it up!

Seating is very limited, so call Hannah's ASAP
to sign up!  (phone is 847-395-3355)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Penny for Your Thoughts....

Do you journal?  It's something I would truly
love to start.  It really only takes a few minutes
a day, and you can pour out anything on your
heart and mind.

One thing I'd enter about the fact
I was asked to be a part of the Chicagoland
Scrapbooker Magazine DT!!  Very excited....
and can't wait to see what the next year brings!

Right now....they are doing a gift series every
Monday....and the first is....journals!  Here
is my project:

I used the Echo Park For the Record 2 "Documented" collection.
Love their stickers....they make crafting easy!  Finished off with
Hug Snug seam binding, a Tim Holtz charm, and Want2Scrap pearls.

If you'd like to see the other DT journals....stop by HERE.

Now all I need to do is start to actually WRITE in

Get Some Happy on today....Get Crafting!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Up for a Challenge???

I have a great challenge site for you!!  There is
a new challenge every month over at the site
Scrap It Girl....and she has absolutely ROCKIN'
prize packs too! 

This month's challenge....Tick Tock We Wanna
See a Clock!  Just make a card, LO, home dec
project, whatever.....and link up over at the Scrap
It Girl site....easy peasy! 

Kimberly has a lot of ideas from the DT....and
here is my inspiration LO:

This LO was made using the WRMK Antique
Chic collection....oooo do I love this one!

So pop on over to the challenge site and take a can find it HERE.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Keep the Holiday Simple

Trying to keep stress at a minimum this year! 
So these cards are quick, easy, and still super
cute!  Love Echo Park....this is the Season's
Greetings line from last year.....still one of my
faves!  Playing with the new EP Christmas
"This and That" today....we'll see what goodies
I come up with there!

As for the pic:

And a close up:

The holly is a Tim Holtz stamp....I edged
the holly in Black Soot Ink to make it pop
a bit.  I'm not good at walking away from a
more "plain" card....but this is about quick
but cute!  So there ya go!

Have you started your holiday crafting?

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Ok, all my faithful blog followers.....hang in there!  Pardon
my "dust" so to speak....which actually is sadly caused by
a computer that has been *cough* cough*  And
I am now back "on line" but have discovered they (my techie
fix it dudes) have some how managed to disable my ability
to post photo program is totally disabled!!! UGH!! 

Sooooooo......I am proposing a little contest in the meantime
....sans!!  I am hoping to be back within a week
or so....maybe sooner.....and I have SO many fun projects to
post!  I've been working with WRMK, BoBunny, LYB,
Carte Bella, and Echo Park to name a few....and can't
wait to post these awesome projects!  So while you are ever
so patiently is my contest idea....

I have already planned on a HUGE MEGA giveaway of
blog candy once I reach 200 followers.....and here I am...
just NINE people away!!  So my "THANKS FOR
YOUR PATIENCE" contest is born!  If you recommend my
blog to someone.....and leave a comment on this post with their
name, and then that person leaves a comment AND becomes
a new follower....I will then draw a winner from that list of names
for some rockin' blog candy....and both the current follower and
the new follower will win!!!  AND then if I've made that ever so close for an AMAZING giveaway.....of Sizzix dies,
stickles, embellishments, ribbons/twine.....all kinds of yummy

So again.....thanks for hanging in there with me.....and can't wait
to start posting again!!  Most of all....can't wait to share some
amazing blog candy with my awesome followers!! 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cutter's Creek Holiday Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Cutter's Creek Design Team Holiday Blog Hop!  
We want you to hop along with us, for a chance at some awesome
Blog Candy....check out the Cutter's Creek Blog to see the goodies!
You hopefully came here from LORI'S BLOG, and of course, you
should start at the Cutter's Creek Design Team Blog HERE.  
The objective for our Blog Hop this weekend is to provide some
inspiration to help you get your holiday crafting underway!  Our
Design Team has come up with some fabulous projects and we have
a little bit of everything, from cards to gift ideas, and home decor items.
So we invite you to hop along with us and get your creative juices flowing!
But first, my little home dec/gift item:

Now....I will apologize right now everyone!  My computer has
caught itself a NASTY virus, and because of that....the VERY
un-techie me is trying desperately to post this on my son's 
computer....using his unfamiliar photo editing we 
can clearly  I will try tweak this pic tomorrow (AGAIN)
but for now....I want to go ahead and get this posted!  So excuse
my messy desk, and the so-so pic!  Please come back and take 
a second peek later today!!  ETA:  Ok....a BIT better of a pic....
my son's editing software isn't the greatest....but remember to
click on the pic for a bit of a larger's sure better than 
the first one anywho!  

And I've added a close up, so you can see the sparkle of the
Glitter Dust.....see info about it below...

For my project, I started with an unfinished shadow box frame,
painted it with Adirondack dauber paint (Watermelon and
Pitch Black)--love these....super easy way to paint wooden 
projects!  The papers and stickers and tag come from the
letters and numbers are AC Dear Lizzy collection, the die
cut on the top was from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two 
and embellished with matching silver Nestabling from
Want2Scrap, the red tinsel is Tim Holtz Tinsel Twine
and the flower in the upper right corner is from the

Another fun item I finally played with on this project....
Glitter Dust!  This stuff is awesome!  Just a light spray,
and it coats your paper/flowers, whatever, in a fine 
glitter....dries instantly, and gives a soft's
gorgeous!  Used it on the flower and on the paper 
behind the word "santa" and behind the "2001".  

So thanks for putting up with my sad little pic....but 
would love to see a comment anyway--let me know
what ya think!!  And I willtry to get a little better pic
up after I get some playtime with this new software!!!  I'm a kinda slow learner!  

Now don't stop:  FRAN'S BLOG and her
absolutely gorgeous project--hope you enjoy hopping along
with us this weekend....and remember to leave a comment
on every blog for you chance to win!

And just in case:   
Here is the complete blog hop line up if you get lost along the way:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Patterned Paper Playtime....

Mixing it up with different patterns of paper in
a collection is an easy way to add interest to
any that!  So when Just Rite
listed this as their challenge.....I was all over it!

So my entry for JustRite Friday Challenge #083
"Three's Company"....using three different
patterned papers on your card/project:

I used the MME Lost and Found collection,
and actually used 4 different papers...the black
stripe, the polka dot, the pink that the frames
are stamped on has a soft swirl pattern, and the
pink piece under the black ribbon that has a
frame pattern to it....I thought it was a good
mimic of the frames.  The stamps (the black
part on each frame, and the sentiment) and
the die that cut the little frames/windows are
from the Becca Feeken September Amazing
Grace club kit from JustRite.

The finishing touches:
punch:  Martha Stewart
ribbon: may arts organza
bling: stash and Queen & Co
twine: twinery
charm: Tim Holtz
button:  stash
ink: Black Soot Distress Ink

Monday, October 15, 2012

May Arts September "Ink It" Challenge Entry

It's time to get inky!!!  My favorite thing to do!
I need to say a HUGE thank you to May Arts,
and to Helmar....they sent us the ribbons and
the adhesive to attach all the embellishments!

This is my entry into the May Arts September
"Ink It" Challenge!

The pic is small...but it's because this thing is huge!
It's over three feet in length and a foot and a half
high!....later I have a collage pic too....remember,
click on the pic to make it bigger!

As for the challenge, we were given our choice of
4 ribbons to dye, ink, whatever, and I chose the
ribbons in the pic here....(I didn't have any
leftover of the twill ribbon....just a snippet of
the stuff I had already dyed orange!):

And to ink them up, I used:

And to paint all the wood, I used black and
purple paint from Making Memories, and inked
all the papers are inked with Black Soot Distress
Ink.  The gorgeous papers and chipboard?  By
Graphic 45....their Happy Haunting collection.
The yummy black and orange twine is from
Trendy Twine (Orange Licorice) and last but
not least....the skeleton stamp is from The Rubber Cafe.

Here is a close up of the skeleton banner:

And the treat favor holder boxes:

You can see all those gorgeous dyed May
Arts ribbons....I must say....those suede leaves
are AWESOME!!!  I use the Glimmer Mist,
and then stamped with Memento Black Tuxedo
(the sentiment is from Stamps of Life).

And a close up of the center part with the witches
hat (the mesh ribbon was dyed with the Tiger Lily
and layered as well as the flowers and more suede

And this center piece is a four sided cube.....
so here is a collage of all the pieces and parts,
so you can see it all:

Remember, you can click on any of the photos
for a closer look!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and if you get a chance,
would love for you to drop by the May Arts blog
and leave a comment for me.....the link is:

and you will also get the chance to win some ribbon!!!

As always....remember to take the time for some inky fun today! 

Friday, October 12, 2012 again, my blog is not feeling the love!

It sure will be the next few days.....lots of projects to post!

And here is the first.....a sweet We R Memory Keepers
home dec project using their new Black Widow collection:

I am loving the new collections!  Have got a LO
scrapped and home dec frames made with the
new Antique Chic collection....will be posting
those soon!

Thanks for stopping by today.....and remember
to take time for some crafting every day!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

SFYTT Time....

Yes....I'm squeaking in at the last minute again.....
but with a card that allowed me to put some ink
to a brand new Rubber Cafe the
little skeleton I used on this card:

I also used the new MME Lost and Found
Halloween collection, AC ribbon, MS web
punch, and Black Soot Ink.

It was made using the SFYTT here:

Remember you can find the sketch HERE,
and play along every month!!

Thanks for stopping by....hope you take
the time for some inky fun today!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Spooktacular Contest....

Over at the MME blog (find them HERE)
their monthly challenge for September is
to be inspired by "Project Runway"....and
create a LO, and then to make a card
inspired by that LO.

Here is my take on the challenge:

I used the new MME Lost and Found Halloween collection!
The papers are gorgeous....and I also used the chipboard
elements and punch out sheet from this collection.

A little better close-up of the LO:

And then the card:

You can see the inspiration of the glittery pumpkin, the banners,
the black stripe paper around the focal point, the music paper
peeking from behind, and the distressing, inking and touch of
staples and Halloween Trendy Twine.

Had fun creating for the contest.....and if you'd like to play,
remember to check out MME's blog!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Friends With Flair

Time for the "Friends With Flair" over at Unity!  I have a
card using some of my Unity KOTM stamps.....

the sweet little jar, the hearts in the jar, and the sentiment
"Made With Love" (which was embossed with WOW
embossing powder).  The chicken wire was stamped too,
(not Unity tho!) and finishing touches are Hug Snug seam
binding, twine, rhinestones (recollections), the rooster
paper is Recollections (from Mikes) and the punch is
Martha Stewart.  Inks soot, festive berries,
and versamark for embossing.

Thanks for stopping by to say "hi"!!!  Looking forward to
seeing all the goodies everyone posts this week!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Another Kit....

More goodies available at Hannah's right now.....
you can check out their blog HERE, and you can
find all the info on how to contact the store and
get a hold of this kit, or many others!

This one was using Carta Bella....

I love making card kits with a paper/sticker kit and
a few embellishments....easy, fun, and a great way
to add to your stash!

Hope you are inspired to make a few cards this week/
weekend.....gotta get into practice for World Card
Making Day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm Still Here!!

Oh boy....just a crazy start to fall.....busy can be good, but I
haven't been posting!  I've sure been working tho!  Here is a
little something.....I've made some card kits for Hannah's....
you can purchase them there, or call and order, OR you
can take this as a class on September 27th from 10-12!!

This set is using the Echo Park This and That Graceful:

Little additions of twine, buttons and "Candi" make for
some cute everyday cards for your stash!

I'll be posting a second kit available at Hannah's, and
watch soon for some Webster's Pages
that I'm a certified educator!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Time for Another Challenge!!

Scrap It Girl's September Challenge is up and running!
It's a recipe need to use the following
goodies:  twine, arrows, circles, a bird, the color red.

Fun right?  And yours truly is providing the prize pack!

Here is the prize:

Full of Halloween goodness, right?  Making Memories
foam stamp set, Inkadinkado Halloween stamps, all
kinds of fun trims....pumpkin and bat ribbon and black
and orange jute from Really Reasonable Ribbon,
Halloween twine, Making Memories black and white
bling/brads, Halloween stickles (grape/orange peel/
black diamond) and a big chunk of yummy black burlap!
A mixed media dream....right?

Here is the sample card I did:

My twine....the new yummy Halloween Trendy Twine!!  Arrows...
my bling circle from Basic Grey, buttons, and again,
my arrow circle....and hey....why not the two letter "O"s in boo?
Birds...those little owls and ravens on the paper, and lastly the
color red....the sweet lil' witches cape, the kitty's bow, and my
bling circle are all red.  If you are drooling over the papers....
it's Reminisce's new Halloween collection...and that's where
the little girl pic and the "boo" sticker came from too!  The lacy
border at the bottom....a Martha Stewart punch.

Sooooo, now it's YOUR turn!!!  Come out and play with us
over at Scrap It Girl!  It doesn't have to be a Halloween
project....I just wanted to play with some new "toys"!

Find the Scrap It Girl Challenge HERE.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Finally a Breather!

Well, that's kind of a joke....big things to do in the
next few days....some good, some not so good, but least I had some creative time!  Got 10 cards
done for card kits at Hannah's....will try to share those
later, but for now, a little Halloween fun, and my take
on this sketch, August's SFYTT:

And my card:

I used the new Reminisce Halloween collection, the new
Unity Stamp of the Month kit, Trendy Twine, and Q&Co
Roc gems.  A spooktacularly fun card!

Stay tuned for more Halloween goodies tomorrow!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Beachy Memories

Every year, we head to the beach.  Except for this year!
With DS heading to college, wasn't in the plan.  But the
next best thing....scrapping pics from our vacay last year.
Ok, not really, but hey....the memories are fun!

This page is also being entered over at Trendy Twine...
their August challenge is to use their Krazy for Kraft
twine, and washi tape:

Echo Park Paradise Beach makes most of this page (all the
stickers and paper).  K&Co make the epoxy circle stickers,
the flags are toothpicks with Queen&Co washi tape, the
buttons were from my stash, and the alphas....Thickers,
and October Afternoon mini market.  And then of course,
the Krazy for Kraft Trendy Twine--I made the frame using
scor-tape on a piece of kraft cardstock, and then creating the
little tassels and adhering them on the top with more scor-tape.

So what did you do this summer?  Anything fun?  Take
some time and scrapbook a memory!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sunshine Colors

This color combo is one of my new favorites....
how about you?  I'm seeing this Yellow/Orange/Pink
combo everywhere!  It is this weeks Play Date Cafe
challenge #144 too:

 And here is my take on those sunshine filled colors:

I pulled out my Unity Stamps, Distress Inks,
(squeezed lemonade, wild honey and worn
lipstick), and EP's Hello summer paper.
Recollections rhinestones and Twinery
twine finish this one off.

Enjoy a little sunshine crafting time yourself,
check out the Play Date Cafe HERE.

And it's going to be posted on Unity "Friends with Flair"
on Friday too!

Remember to grab some time for some inky fun! 

Monday, August 13, 2012

May Arts July Challenge

The July Challenge was "Silk Indulgence"....Bethney over
at May Arts chose these deliciously gorgeous silk ribbons
for us to use in the challenge!  I put in my idea....and was
so happy to be chosen with my project for a desk set:

This collage shows all the pieces and parts....
it all started with the ribbon and tray in the
bottom right corner....and ended up with this
complete set.

The notepad has a cover made from the silk

The ribbons were then used to add little touches here
and there, and then to tie up the whole gift.  I used the
new G45 Bird Song collection....this was a perfect
match for the silk ribbons!

And here is a little closer view of the entire set:

So if you happen by....would love you to pop by the
May Arts blog HERE and vote for me by leaving a

And have to say a thanks to May Arts for allowing
me to play in their wonderful challenge!!