Monday, March 24, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Club Members Blog Hop, Part 2

After yesterday's fun (said sarcastically) I wasn't sure I would be able to get a blog post up at all...but here we go! My husband and are updating our home, and the kitchen is what we are working on in all of our spare time. Well, yesterday, we were working on installing our new wall mounted oven, and my hubs did all of the cabinet work, we carried the thing over, hooked it up, and it made 2 beeps, and died. Soooo disappointing! But, anyway, today is a new day, and luckily we have protection plans, etc, so we will be dealing with all of that fun stuff today. After some late night scrapping on the floor of my bedroom last night, I did get together a page from my Counterfeit kit for March, and I am ready to share!  We had several challenges to choose from for the blog hop, but I knew immediately which one I would choose!
I chose: Challenge #2:  In a very non creepy way, let's get inspired by Jennifer!  Find something on Jennifer's Blog and create a project based on it.  Please make sure to share a link with your original inspiration.

I knew that this was the challenge for me, because our styles seem pretty similar to me, and I have always loved the pages that she creates! Like me, she loves to work from sketches, and loves layering. I also noticed while perusing her blog that she seems to like a scattering of small bits and pieces on her layouts. I chose to be inspired by this sketch that she had posted to her blog:

I used my kit and these inspirations to create this page:
 As you can see, it has a lot of little bits and pieces, and other fun things-I used a splattering of ink, a flower, a butterfly, some tiny puffy stickers, and one of the yummy Maggie Holmes transparencies and a hair clip from my kit. The papers are from Carta Bella Wildflower, Maggie Holmes Flea Market, and American Crafts My Girl collections.
 Although, you can see, my page doesn't look anything like Jennifer's page:

 Thank you for dropping by my blog today, I would love to hear from you! Do you think I was successful in taking inspiration from Jennifer?
 Here is the blog hop list once again:

Come back and see me again soon! 

March Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members Blog Hop

Good Morning all! Welcome to the blog hop for the members of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog! Unfortunately I am running behind in getting my blog post up, due to technical difficulties in my kitchen remodel today, so my post will not be up until around 9 am CST (7 am MST) on the 24th, instead of midnight, like I had originally planned. I do have my page complete, so I can give you a quick sneak peek:
And here is the list of participants in the hop:

And I do hope you can come back to see what I have made!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Getting Back into the Swing of Things... Sharing on Saturday

I must admit, it has been a while since I posted. I've been in a bit of a creative funk-and this dreary weather hasn't helped at all! It is a bit harder right now to photograph projects/blog/etc, since my father in law is still living with us, and doesn't understand my "computer things" at all, lol! He will be in his own place soon-and I am sure that I will miss having him around to chat with when he's gone (plus, it's kinda nice having someone to help with the dishes, house work, and everything!)  Anyway, I have still been scrapping! I took Shimelle's Return To The Collection, and am working on several pages inspired by that (seriously putting a dent in my Glitz Wild and Free paper pad, and my Amy Tangerine Yes, Please paper pad-woohoo!!) As soon as I get some of the pages finished, I will share them!

Also, I started planning a fun family vacation for this summer (my kids' first trip to Disney!), and am obsessing over planning that . We are surprising them(my kids don't read my blog, shh!!), and I think I am as excited as a big kid about it myself! I can't wait to take a million pictures and share them!! If you have ever been to Walt Disney World, and have any advice, I would love to hear it. There are several big events (Star Wars weekend, 24 Hour Show Your Disney Side party) happening while we are there, so I know that it will be extremely busy.

On a totally unrelated note, I have felt the need for some scrappy inspiration for a few weeks, and I saw the jolt that I needed on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog this morning! The inspiration that they chose for this month is a warm, pretty kit from Cocoa Daisy; Color Swatch:
I had a few of the papers, and the warm colors reminded me of sunshine, so I was off to the races! I came up with this kit, which I am entitling "Spring Sunrise", in hopes that spring sunshine is just around the corner for us in TN (Although they tell me that we may get winter storms tomorrow -blechh!):
A look at the papers only:
And a closer look at some of the yummy embellishments:

As you can see, I stuck with the raspberry and sunny golden tones of the inspiration kit, but added in a bit of mint/sky blue to take it to a more spring-like than Valentine's style kit. I filled the kit with designs that I love, from Dear Lizzy's Lucky Charm, Polka Dot Party, Maggie Holmes Flea Market, Amy Tangerine's Yes Please (looove those pink cameras), one from Carta Bella's Wildflower, and a couple from American Crafts My Girl. I did go a little heavier on the embellishments than the Cocoa Daisy kit, but it is always tough editing out embellishments for kits! I have an assortment of old and new, trendy and classic, messy and simple. Thickers in 2 sizes and colors, an older gold Making Memories alpha in a smaller font, Perfect Pearls mist and Dylusions, gold glitter tape, a stencil, some photo overlays, Maggie Holmes hairpin embellies, flowers, a glassine envelope, a couple of Maya Rd polka dot envelopes, enamel dots, Cosmo Cricket chipboard stickers, Glitz layered stickers, AC heart shaped buttons, a partial package of puffy stickers, some DIY chalkboard flair from AC, and stitched layered butterfly stickers.
I can't wait to put this warm and happy kit to use!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Growing in Unity Blog Hop

Last year, I was lucky enough to be chosen as a blog to do a Growing in Unity blog series with Unity stamps, which I quite enjoyed! So, when I was asked to be a part of a GIU hop I of course agreed! And, as things sometimes go with moves, nothing has gone my way since I agreed! No luck getting internet installed at my house yet- they are coming back Tuesday, and I should finally be back on the web. But I was able to use the fantastic stamp set that they sent to me, take some photos with my iphone, and get a post together for you guys!
The page that I made:

The Stamp set that I used:
 Stamp of the Week - Whatever the Weather Rain Boots
$5.79 / week (includes shipping USA)
As a member you get an exclusive stamp delivered to your door EVERY WEEK at this special price.
You can purchase ANY past Stamp of the Week for $4. Non-members cannot purchase Stamps of the Week until they are released once per year.
This stamp will not be found in stores! It is a special stamp offered for the Stamp of the Week Membership Program. All stamps are deeply etched, red rubber, mounted on cling foam and are perfectly pre-cut!

A closer look at the cute rainboots that I used on my page:
I stamped on white card stock with blueberry ink from Papertrey ink, coated with Glossy Accents for a shiny effect, and topped them off with a pink bow from Maggie Holmes Flea Market die cut pack. All supplies other than the stamps from Unity were from the Flea Market collection.

Thank you for visiting with me today, be sure to hop along to the rest of the Growing in
Unity girls and see what they have made with this stamp set!
Here is the list of blogs to check out:
  • Noelle Reese
  • An'Jenic Gibson
  • KristyLee Deyette
  • Michele Brown
  • Becky Litz
  • Margie Visnick
  • Angie Reece
  • Misty Buck

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Top 13 of 2013...and an update!

So, This happened:

We sold our house, and closed on it a week before Christmas. Which means we are moving this, crazy busy! But, I will take a little time out to share my favorites from the layouts that I made this past year, and once we get settled,I will share our new home with you!

1.) This was a page I made for my JYC album last year, and  it made it to the 2Peas newsletter and the top 3 on 2Peas, which was a first for me, so I was super excited.

2.) I was inspired by a Shimelle class to make this page, and it made it to the Top 3 on 2Peas, also:

3.)This next page was made for a guest designer challenge at My Mind's Eye and Gossamer Blue. I didn't get the spot, but I did get a page that I loved! 

4.)This next page is one of my favorites, simply because it makes me happy! I love the photo of my son and his best friend, the memory that it captured, the fun, happy colors, and those gorgeous Giant Rhinestones from Glitz!

5.) This page was already one of my favorites, because I used some of my favorite supplies of the year on it-yummy papers from Maggie Holmes and Dear Lizzy, Primrose and Gold Lame Color Shine mist, doilies and butterflies, glitter Thickers,an Amy Tan stamped camera...I just love it all! And then Shimelle featured it on her blog, which made my  week!

6.) Another favorite, based on another Shimelle sketch, and again, the supplies I used just make me happy, along with the photo of all four of my kids together. 

7.) I love this layout because I am actually in the picture and I don't totally hate it, it is a great memory of my girls and I all going to our first ballet together, and that woodgrain chevron from Cosmo Cricket! Swoon!

8.) This one I definitely don't love for the photo-I have never loved a photo of myself in a swimsuit; but what a great memory with my sweetie, and I love the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm supplies I used:

9.) I love this layout, because I feel the Amy Tan papers highlight the photos beautifully, and I was very proud of the photos:

10.)This one just makes me happy, with the lush Teresa Collins papers and the pretty flowers:

11.) I was lucky enough to be a guest of Shimelle's blog for National Scrapbook Day, and this is the page that I made for that:

12.) This next page is a little outside of my normal style, as it is much more masculine/less frilly. But I love the pics of my son playing football, and the puffy glitter stars!!

13.) This one is just one of those pages that came together better than I pictured it in my head (rare!)-everything just flowed!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

And the Winner Is...

Patti (scrapclose2theheart) !  Congratulations, Patti! Email me your choice of 2 Itty Bitty's and your mailing info, and I will be happy to pass them along. My email address is

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Growing In Unity Day 4: A Birthday Card and Fixing My Mistake

So, did anyone catch my mistake on my layout yesterday? "My 2 Little Tukeys"? I was rereading my post last night when I caught the mistake-my hubby and I had a little chuckle over it! So, I peeled off the letter stickers, realized I had thrown the leftovers from the green Thickers away, and grabbed a pink pack of foam Thickers to fix the problem. This is what the layout looks like now:
I also made a card to share with you today, because "My 2 little turkeys" have their 10th birthday party today! We are doing a party with a few of their friends at a local spa, and I am very excited for it! So, I made them each a little card that looks like this:
I started with pink card bases from Making Memories, stamped with Webster's Pages Itty Bitty Doily Decor along the edge, inked the edges of everything with Raspberry Versamark ink, added a strip of Crate Paper Acorn Avenue patterned paper, stamped a Chevron tag from the Webster's Itty Bitty Chevron and Doily tags set, added a birthday Sentiment from Paper Smooches, and a bit of pink sparkle to finish it off!

The Unity Stamps I used today:

Thanks for visiting me today, be sure to leave me a comment on any of my Growing in Unity posts for this week for your chance to win 2 Itty Bitty's of your choice!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 3: Scrapbooking With Stamps

So sorry to be running late today, guys! The guy that's buying our house called and wanted to go over some things with the realtor unexpectedly this morning, therefore I was out of the house without access to my internet. But, don't worry, I'll leave the comments open-you have through Sunday to comment for your chance to win 2 Itty Bitty's of your choice. Anyway, onto the page I made to share with you all today!

Once again, I was inspired by this month's Unity Challenge:
 I used a stamp from Webster's Pages Itty Bitty line, Doily and Chevron Tag Set:
I stamped the doily circle tag, then punched it out with a circle punch and used as a large scalloped border:
Don't forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Growing in Unity Day 2/Making my own embellishments

The project that I am sharing today is a simple one, but one of my favorite ways to use stamps. I used the Music Of My Heart Stamps once again:

I used black Staz-On to stamp the "sheet music" several times onto a larger scrap of cream shimmer cardstock-it's a little harder to see the shimmer online, but for me it's just the right touch! I didn't worry too much about perfect stamping on these (my larger stamping block is packed up for the upcoming move, so I just grabbed one of my Cuttlebug plates and stuck the stamp to it. It actually worked pretty well.)-I knew that I would be cutting it up anyway. I put the stamped cardstock into my Cricut, and cut out various small star shapes using my Plantain Schoolbook cartridge, in sizes ranging from 3 inches down to a 1/2 inch. I tried it at a 1/4 inch, but that was just too small.

I am kind of addicted to stars in my scrapbooking right now, so I think they will be perfect for embellishing my Journal Your Christmas album! However, seeing them scattered on the navy cardstock, I have a sudden urge to make a layout with a navy background and scattered cream shimmer stamped stars...Be still my heart!

Thanks for stopping by today, don't forget to leave a comment on all of my Growing in Unity posts this week to have a chance to win 2 Itty Bitty's of your choice!