Sunday, December 28, 2008
Over at BBTB this week we were challenged to use the dotted circle cut from the good 'ol trusty Mini Monograms cartridge. Even though this cartridge has been out for a while now...it's a still just as fabulous as it was the day it was released...so many possibilities!
Anyway, given my snowman obsession I decided to layer 3 circles in different sizes to make a snowman. Here's my take on this weeks challenge:
You will want to make sure to stop in over at the BBTB site and check out the other fabulous creations as well as play along with the challenge this week!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Santa brought Jackson a few sing along games for the WII...Disney Sing it and American Idol Encore...we were up until 2:30 last night playing...I am so far the reigning champ and Chad has decided that he shouldn't quit his day job...LOL. At least he knows there's no regret about not trying to become the latest pop sensation. LOL
Chad really surprised me this year! Ashlee came to me just before Christmas with a very serious face and told me that Daddy purchased me a pink cell phone...or maybe it was an ipod...this made sense to me as I have recently joined a gym and have been using his video ipod and when he goes with me one of us is without music...so I figured that this sounded about right...
Well imagine my shock when I opened this....
Yep he did! Now keep in mind that I just got a brand new desk top...but I was complaining to him about how I would love to be mobile to which he always rolled his eyes...Gotta love a man that rolls his eyes and takes good notes! I am having a lot of fun being mobile and Chad is enjoying seeing me outside of my studio again...I can now work anywhere!
I am especially loving the 17 inch screen! That was one thing that was always a draw back to me about laptops...so I am feeling very very spoiled! Thanks honey! You're the bestest!
Well I better get back to cleaning my scrap space...I just finished up a mini for Best Creation and now I am moving on to working with some super fun things by Scrappin' Sports...hope to be able to share soon!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Over at BBTB this week we were challenged to use the present cut from the New arrival cartridge. I needed to make a tag for a gift and given that Christmas is right around the corner...I decided to join the 2 and make a VERY practical and simple design this week. I used a bit of the wrapping paper and some gold glitter paper to cut out the design and then adhered that to a tag...what can I say..simple and something that I really needed at the moment to finish off this gift.
Also, if you want to win some fabulous goodies! Sweetheart Paperie is sponsoring a contest at BBTB! Head on over to get all the details!
Also, over at Scrapstreet this month we were working with Sweetwater goodies...this line was their release last year.
Here's a little card I made:
...and here are some little treat bags. These are so easy and simple to make...check out the magazine in my design notes to see hwo to make these :)
Well I better get back to work. I am working on a mini album for CHA to display at the Best Creation booth! I hope to get it finished today!
Have a super day everyone
Monday, December 15, 2008
However, I do not LOVE the cold! I am a southern girl...so the cold, chill and snow of Colorado is hard on me! But I do have to admit it is BEAUTIFUL! Esp. the snow capped/covered rocky mountains! We truly do live in a beautiful state...I just need to stay indoors for a few months out of the year...LOL :) We will be heading to the mountains right after Christmas this year...so I will share some of those beautiful mountains with you soon :)
So...it's been a while since I blogged last or shared anything. (I already shared that this is hands down my favorite time of the year)...however...it's also the craziest time of the year...all the running around like a chicken and trying to balance family life can be a bit crazy...I am more than sure that several of you can relate!
Between all of the running I was able to get a LOT of projects done...most of which I can not share yet...but be on the look out I will be able to share soon!
So what have I been up to? Christmas stuff of course!
Every year I make candy Christmas trains to give out at the kids school..each year I say I am going to take some photos...and I never do this year...I finally did! These trains are super easy to make and I think they turn out pretty cute...and the kids sure do love them. I made 70 candy trains this year...*thud...yes I said 70!
A fellow BBTB friend Sharon made these Cranberry Pecan Crunch Layered cookies in a jar...and I so had to make these...
make sure to check out her blog for the link to the recipe!
Also, here's a peek at our tree this year...the kids have been moving around the ornaments...hey it's a family friendly tree :) LOL! I can never really ever get a great photo of the tree...so maybe if I take a lot this year one might turn out...;)
OH and I am the biggest snowman NUT ever! and over the Thanksgiving weekend I ran into the cutest snowman nativity set and it just had to come home with me...aren't they cute?
Lots more projects to share...but I need to actually photograph them first ;)
*oh I almost forgot...Saturday I headed out to get my nails done...and if you know anything about me (see my snowman nativity) you know I have a snowman obsession...so lookie what I got...
Talk about holiday spirit...now that's cute! LOL :)
I hope you are off to a good week!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Anyway between all of these things I was able to finish up some Scrappin' Sports and More projects ...this weekend I finished 1 layout (I will post later..it's too dark to photo outside), 2 cards, and a little Thanksgiving gift bag using the turkey cut *which was also the challenge this week over at BBTB.
Anyway, I better get back to the laundry...so here's all of the projects...and I will post the layout tomorrow :)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Gavin is a little light in our family...a miracle for us as we went through so much to get him here. He is full of personality and I am so thankful to have him in our lives...we are truly blessed!
Here's my little Gavin:) If you look close you can see him balancing a pen behind his ear...I love this picture as it captures his personality so well :)
OK so on with the draw...since it was Gavin's Birthday today I let him pull a name out of the "hat" (it was really a bowl) and the winner is......
love, love, love the plate! great colors. please enter me. HeatherVance
Everyone thanks for playing...I have lots more RAKS in store ! :)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Here's my take on this weeks challenge (the inside of the card reads...it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas":
Make sure to check out the BBTB site to see what the other designers created this week!
Also, don't forget about my RAK...I will announce the winner on Tuesday...click here for your chance to win :)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I had a spot in my house that looked a bit bare after taking down my Halloween decorations...so I made a little "give thanks" sign today. I purchased a dark sage green plate from Walmart and then used my design studio with the doodlecharms, mini monograms, and plantin schoolbook cartridges.
I then cut the leaf out in copper vinyl and the saying out in beige and layered the two together.
Here's my completed project:
So in honor of the spirit of Thanksgiving-sharing and being thankful...I am going to have a little fun RAK...leave me a comment here under this posting and I will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win this design cut for you! I will cut, peel, and apply the transfer tape...and mail it off to you...all you will need to do is pick up a plate at walmart :) Good luck to everyone that enters...I will pull out a name on Tuesday morning and announce the winner here on my blog :)
...oh and for those that have all of these cartridges and design studio...if you want to make your own with my pattern...here's a link to download it.
Have a super weekend everyone!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Happy Veterans Day Everyone! Today since my husband was off from work and the kids still had to attend school…we went out to lunch. I was in awe with all of the American flags on display all over our city. It always touches me so much when I see our little area united with a love of our country. On our way home from lunch the song “God Bless the U.S.A” came on the radio…and I told my husband…that just makes me tear up! I am proud to be an American…and I am thankful to all of the service men and woman that serve our great country.
On another note…I have a few scrapbooking related things to share today. The first one is a publication with scrapbook trends! I am delighted to be in this little book! Scrapbook Trends does such a stand up job with their magazine…and this little digital idea book is outstanding…and I am not just saying that because I was lucky enough to be in the book either…seriously…if you don’t have it…you need it!
It’s also been a while since I shared something that I have made. Trust me when I say there has been a lot of creating going on around here…just nothing that I can share right now. It’s all new stuff being released at winter CHA!
Anyway, here’s a little book that I made actually about 3 weeks ago (just never photographed it)…it’s a recipe book that I made with my new zutter (gotta love the zutter) and some awesome scrappin’ sports and more product!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Anyway, this week over at BBTB we were challenged to use a few fonts from scrapnfonts.com paired with the scalloped card from the Christmas Cheer cartridge.
Here's my take on this weeks challenge:
I hope you are all off to a super week!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Anyway, yesterday was a crazy insane day at our house...and I am sure at many houses around the world! Halloween is just one of those holiday's for me that just really wears me out.
Our day started long before the sun came up yesterday and went on long after it was gone.
Chad was able to spend the entire day with us yesterday. He was out of town at the first part of the week getting ready for the grand opening of a new bank...which left me being a single mom...hats off to all the single mom's out there...wow it's a hard job!
Our first stop yesterday was to Ashlee's class...her class party was in the morning at 9 am. Her kinder class did an amazing job entertaining all of us through dance and songs. I even got a chance to get on the floor and join her in a little Halloween dance. Now keep in mind I really shouldn't dance in public...I just really wasn't blessed in that area...LOL but I did make a fool of myself and guess what my 5-year-old loved it ;)
Here's Ashlee this year...she is a pirate...but of course "Ashlee style"...very girly and well let's face it it's a bit more on the princess side of things...:)
Gavin was so funny this year...he knew exactly what he wanted to be this year and let's just say that he really rocked the Bob the builder look. Everywhere we went he was a big hit...esp. with the girls! He's a stinker...but boy was he cute yesterday!
After Ashlee's party we headed out to breakfast (since Chad and I really haven't seen each other too much lately...he's been so busy.) and then we headed home so I could finish 1 last layout for CHA releases for Best Creation and get things ready for Jackson's school party since I am the room Mom for his class.
We then headed out to Jackson's party. Jackson was Anaken (hope that's how you spell that LOL) this year...he's growing up way to fast!
We then headed home to get ready for trick-or-treating. After a few hours of trick-or-treating the kids were so done...and I was too LOL. We handed out candy for the rest of the night.
So now I am just trying to recover! and plan on taking the day easy and clean up my studio (you should see this mess!).
OH...and guess who turns 33 in a few days? That would be me...Sunday is my birthday! ;)
Have a great weekend everyone~
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I decided to cut a transparency this week...and this proved to be a fun new medium to work with...here's what I came up with (sorry about the photograph by we are having cloudy weather here...fall has arrived):)
Here's my take on the challenge this week:
Make sure to stop by BBTB to see what the other amazing designers did this week with this cut!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I just wanted to share that I just received an email from scrapbook trends requesting one of my cards for an upcoming invitation idea book! I am really excited...and I can't wait to see this book!
Thanks for letting me share!
While running around, it dawned on me that I haven't updated in a while ;) but I have been creating a lot of fun things...some of which I can not share yet but I do have a few new creations to share.
Scrapstreet has been having a Hoilday Derby. We are given a new challenge each day (either altered, cards, or layouts)...and we only have 24 hours to complete the challenge. Here are a few Halloween items that I made using some of Best Creations products:
and here's a layout I made a while back using some of Best Creations products:
Also, with my crazed life lately, I forgot that a while back I had mentioned that I have a "secret toot" that I would reveal...opps. If you haven't already figured out from some projects that I have shown recently...I was asked by Best Creation to create projects for them for trade shows...so I am doing contract work for them...and I have to say they have some really cute stuff so I am really honored to be working with them.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I opened up a cartridge that I purchased during the Michaels sale...and it didn't work. I threw out my store sales receipt of course because I have never had a problem with my Cricut before. I thought for sure I was going to be out of luck.
So...I called up Cricut...and you know what they just replaced it...so helpful...so friendly...no run around...I am SOLD! I love love love Cricut now! LOL yes, I am ranting about a great company...Provo Craft is wonderful!
Ok...so I actually do have a creation to share :)My SIL just had a little baby boy...so I made this little shape card with my new arrival cartridge....awh did I mention I love cricut ;) LOL
Here's the card:
Have a super day everyone :)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Here's my take on this weeks challenge:
Make sure to stop over at the BBTB site to see what everyone else did with this cut...amazing I tell you!
Friday, September 26, 2008
So lately, I haven't had too much time to play in my craft room...but I have been lucky enough to add the new Martha Stewart goo punch to my collection...anyone else get that one? I just couldn't resists (*I did have a 50% off coupon...so how could I)...I have a few ideas in mind and hope to be able to share some Halloween cards soon.
Now that we are into nearly 2 months of school...it hit me the other day just how wonderful and blessed we are to have such wonderful teachers. Amazing teachers actually...so giving of their time, their attention to detail, and communication. Honestly, we feel truly blessed. Anyway, I love to send thank you notes to our teachers throughout the school year...they do so much and I try to remember to thank them for all of the wonderful extra things they do.
Scrappin' Sports and More released some fall papers at summer CHA and these papers are prefect for those teacher thank you cards...here is a little card I made today with some SS&M papers, my cricut and doodlecharms cartridge.
So what are you up to this weekend? The leaves are changing and falling here in Colorado...so I think we are going to take a drive up to the mountains this weekend! I can't wait...I have to admit the mountains changing colors has to hands down be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! Hope to have pictures to share :) Have a super weekend everyone!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
In thinking about the past 11-years...our greatest blessings have come through our children! Even on rough days we both are still grateful to be parents...and on those days we will sneak into their rooms and watch them sleep...it just really puts things back into perspective for us.
Here's a little mini book of one of our greatest blessings...Ashlee. This is a acrylic book that is a review of her first 5 years of life. The greatest thing about doing a mini book for me is the fact that you can go back and use your favorite photos again...I love each of these photos dearly and they each mean so much to me...I know I am strange ;) Anyway here is the little book...
Have a super day everyone!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This past weekend I carved out some "me" time and created a few just "for fun" projects...nothing that I had to do but rather things that I just did for fun!
This first project was inspired by "up cycling" my new addiction...I am really enjoying finding new uses for things that I once just threw out...crafter's beware this is addicting! This little box held chipboard and now it is a gift box holding candy corn! The little card was cut from my cricut. I am also addicted to shape cards lately :) Anyway, this little gift set is for a friend of mine...I hope she enjoys it.
So with my new "addiction" of "up-cycling" I have also been going through things and trying to use old supplies. Last year I had to have this little stamp from Micheal's dollar bin...and I never got a chance to use it...so here is a little card I made with it and some of the little yellow bicycle Halloween papers....(Oh I just love little yellow bicycle!)
Also, I realized with all of the crazy things going on around here...I never posted a picture of Jackson in his new (well not so new now) cast...so here he is...
Along with broken bones, skinned knees and split open foreheads (Gavin ;)we have decided to join in on a few other activities (smile)here is a little quick shot of Ashlee at Gymnastics.
Lots more to share later in the week! Have a super week everyone!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
So...over at BBTB this week we were challenge to use one of 2 of the basket cuts...I had such a crazy week that I ended up just using the cut that I was able to get to the fastest...and boy the other basket was so cute for fall...I am going to go back and do this challenge again :)
Here is my take on the spring basket:
I also realized that I haven't shared a few project that I made for SS&M this last month...so here they are:
Yes that is my sweetheart daughter on her first day of school...she is growing up way to fast! And after getting adjusted into the first few days of kindergarten...she is doing a wonderful job!
Also, a few weeks ago a friend sent me some super fun cupcake stamps and another friend sent me a card with a gift card to Hobby Lobby...yes, I do have some wonderful friends :)...so I decided to ink up these stamps and color them in with some copic markers I purchased with my gift card...this card was fun...but boy do I have a lot to learn about stamping and copics :)
Well off I go into another week...can you believe we are in September already...and the first full week of it...wow! Crazy how fast time flies!
Whatever you are doing this week...I hope you have a SUPER fun week mixed in with some creating time!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Everything went well...and the doctor was able to push his bone back into place and wrap him back up...he was able to avoid the pins and we will go back in on Monday to do an x-ray to make sure that everything is still in place and it hasn't slipped. He will have to stay still for a while and well let's face it...that's not easy with a growing 9-year-old boy!
I am really looking forward to a "normal weekend"...lazy...scrapping...creating something? Hmmm...maybe a picture of 2 of him would be a good idea ;)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Jackson will have surgery due to the fact that he broke his elbow. He needs to have a pin put into his arm...and this will all take place on Thursday.
If you are the praying sort...please keep him in your prayers.
I hope to have something to share soon :(...if I can ever make it to my room.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Here is my box:
You will want to make sure to check at what the other designers did this week at BBTB! The creations this week are really awesome!
OH and if you love contests...there's a great new contest posted today at BBTB...the sponsor is PROVO CRAFT! and the prizes are a cuttlebug with dies and cricut design studio! I know if I wasn't on the design team...I sure would be tossing my name into the hat...those are some awesome prizes...good luck to all that enter!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I will have a layout of my littlest one Gavin in the Jan. 2009 issue! Wooohooo!
Thanks for letting me toot :)!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I haven't had too much creating time...the kids have started school and I have started all the crazy running that goes a long with it. Whoever said being a Mom was a easy job must be super woman! I am so tired and I haven't had a chance to do anything creative in a over a week. Tomorrow has to my creative day, right?
So inspire me...show me what you have been up to...leave me a link and I will check it out :)
As for me I am off to bed!
Monday, August 11, 2008
It's been a while since I posted a new creation but I have something to share today!
Over at BBTB we were challenged to use the Christmas cheer cartridge this week and work with the stocking cut on page 95 (or page 36 on the online manual). The challenge also had a "twist" as you were not able to use any traditional Christmas colors.
I pulled out my basic grey (shocker...but I am starting to like BG again) figgy pudding paper and here is my take on this challenge:
Be sure to check out what the other designers created this week (click here for a shortcut!)
Monday, August 4, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Karen! Yeh Karen! Congrats! Thank you everyone for playing a long this was a lot of fun!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Well, I am thrilled because my day (after the store) has gotten a lot better! I came home to a nice email from Scrapbook Trends! I am being published in their "go digital" idea book (more info to come as to when and what page!)
I am also thrilled to "report" that it gets better...Reneé will also be in the SAME issue with me...with 4 layouts...yep that's 4! I am so thrilled for you Reneé!
Also today is the last day to get in on the drawing for the "Threading Water Punch" GIVEAWAY on my blog...click here for full details!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Last night I was able to sit down and "play" with some super fun papers and embellishments from best creation...I have been in the wedding mood ever since we made these really cute wedding dresses at CHA (I will have to share that later...) here is a little card that I whipped up last night...and *thud hold the phones...on the corners of this card I used some "deco" scissors...(I know...I know...) crazy huh!
Here is my card:
What projects have you been inspired to make lately? Link me up...I would love to take a look!
Also you have a few more days to get in on the drawing for the "Threading Water Punch" GIVEAWAY on my blog...click here for full details!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Make sure to check out what the other gals made this week too over at BBTB!
Also don't forget about the "Threading Water Punch" GIVEAWAY on my blog...click here for full details!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
So today I have a digital layout to share using a sketch from page plans this week...if you notice to the right under "who I design for" their blinkie is gone. These gals are all super amazing and super sweet...I have enjoyed my time at page plans but I have to make some extra room in my life right now...I hope to be able to share more later :) (yes I do keep secrets :))
Anyway...here is my last digital layout for page plans...
Have a super day everyone!
OH yes...and...P.S., don't forget about the "Threading Water Punch" GIVEAWAY on my blog...click here for full details!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
First I have to say "sorry" I don't have any pictures like I promised...I know...bad bad bad...I decided to take my smaller camera so I didn't have another bag to drag along...so I didn't end up taking as many photos...but I have been promised some...so hopefully soon I will have some...:)
I headed out on Wednesday to CHA. I spent that day (after arriving and checking into the hotel) in downtown Chicago...We(Reneé and I) took a boat taxi and checked out all of the cool buildings...it was very informative Chicago is truly a really cool city! That night we went out with a group to a local restaurant and then took the EL (subway) back to the hotel.
Thursday morning came way to quickly...the show floor was not "open" on Thursday but I had signed up for some classes and so I enjoyed the day playing with new products from Little Yellow Bicycle and Melissa Frances....it was a lot of fun. Thursday night they had the "opening" informal dinner. The local restaurants each had a table and served some of the best food Chicago style. This was my first "taste" of the Chicago pizza...it was different than anything I had ever had before...not sure I am craving it by any means...but I am glad I tried it...LOL.
Friday...we (my roomates...Nat, Reneé and I) hit the ground running...the show floors were open and wow is all I can say. There is such an excitement being on that floor...seeing all of the new products, trying it all out...and just being in the midst of all the excitement...it was a lot of fun! I was so tired after friday...but we hit the town to meet the rest of the Scrappin' Sports and More team...it was a lot of fun to meet everyone IRL (in real life)...the SS&M family is so sweet...I really enjoyed every moment with these ladies...(oh and Bryan..;))
Saturday I met up with the Scrapstreet gang...these girls were so cute in their matching shirts...and shopping with them is DANGEROUS...LOL...they are just like they are on the boards and the magazine...super friendly...easy going and just comfortable to be around. I had a great time with you gals!
Sunday was the "going home day"...I hit the floor as long as I could before it was time to head to the airport. I also managed to hurt myself on my walk to the convention center on sunday...so I am totally black and blue on one side...long story short...took a huge fall...the really unexpected sort...but that didn't stop me from walking the floor.
All in all...the trip was super fun! There were so many wonderful products...I just can't even list a few favorites...it just too hard...so I won't...but there are some amazing offerings from so many companies...it is just overwhelming...and my wish list has just become so long that I think it would make Santa run and hide for years...:) (no I am not kidding). The biggest highlight however was spending time with so many of the best scrappers ever! I had 2 seriously talented roomates (Reneé and Natalie...if you are not familar with their work you should check them out...amazing!...and just the sweetest gals ever!)
OH...P.S., don't forget about the "Threading Water Punch" GIVEAWAY on my blog...click here for full details!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I do have a digital layout to share today from page plans this was revealed on their site this past sunday...here it is:
Well I better get back to really getting all of my bags packed...I have so much left to do...have a great week everyone :)
OH...P.S., don't forget about the "Threading Water Punch" GIVEAWAY on my blog...click here for full details!