Thursday, March 29, 2012

So Happy Together! ~ Stuck On U Sketches "Get To Know Me" Blog Hop!

Hi everyone!!!  I hope you're enjoying the SOUS "Get To Know Me" Blog Hop so far!!!  You should have arrived here from the very talented Faith-Abigail's Blog and if you didn't, you need to go to SOUS and get all of the details and the list (in order) of the participants.. and then just follow the blog path and have fun!!!!

Here's my layout about myself... Actually this is me and my husband...
I titled it "So Happy Together" after the Beatles song with the same title...  and I think the lyrics from the song are just perfect for us...

Here is this weeks awesome sketch designed by our talented Sandi Clarkson...
Lots of possibilities here....  I hope you get to play along with us!!

Here are a few close ups....

Here are some fussy cut roses that I cut and layered over the corner of a Wooden Picture Frame, Doily, and Prima Say It In Pearls.  You can also see some of the Distressed Edges and a Frame I made using the MS Vintage Floral Border/Corner Punches.

Distressed Edges, Hidden Journaling Tag with SU Ribbon stapled to it, MS Vintage Floral Corner Punch for the circle, Part of the Doily, Wooden Scallop Frame, and MS Vintage Floral Border Frame...

Here are the lyrics of the song.., Distressed Edges, Dusty Attic Flutterbies, MS Vintage Floral Corner Punch for the circle, Part of the Doily, Wooden Scallop Frame, MS Vintage Floral Border Frame, and Prima Say It In Pearls...

10 questions about me!!!

1A) If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
I think I would be brown....
  1B) Why?
Because brown is a neutral color, it doesn't stand out, and can go with most all other colors. 

2. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I've always had an inferiority complex/lack of self confidence....  The whole time I was growing up I've always worried about what other people thought of me...  I know this will be hard for some of you to believe,  but I'm a very shy person...  Just thinking about having to talk to a group of people literally makes me sick....

3. What 5 things are always on your crafting table?
1) ATG Tape Runner
2) Ruler
3)X-acto Knife
4) Scissors
5) Paper Cutter

4. Your go-to embellishment is ...
Prima Bling.... (Say It In Pearls/Say It In Crystals)
Martha Stewart Punches
5. What is your all-time favorite crafting tool?
My little cheap distressing tool....

6A). Tell us about your family .. first in one word.
6B). Then in a sentence or two.
Because of the bad economy 26 years ago, my husband and I, along with our 2 very small children left our home town.  Six months later my husband was fortunate enough to meet the man who he is currently working for.  ..   I know it was hard on our children growing up away from their grandparents and cousins, but it also provided them the chance in becoming the strong individuals they are today...  and I am so proud of both of them... But, I don't think we could have accomplished any of this without strong family values!!

7. What is your dream vacation?

Anything to do with nature...the fewer the people, the better..

8. Who is your favorite crafty company?
This week ~ Kaisercraft ....  :o)
next week ????

9. Tell us a bit about your crafty style.
Gosh, I'm not so sure  my style has a name... but if I had to name it, I would go with grungy..  I love distressed inky edges...

10. Where do you live?
I am most definitely a country girl!!!

WOW, I hope I didn't bore you!!! LOL  Some of those questions really made me stop and think about my past... 
Okay, here is the yummy prize one lucky player will win over at SOUS..  be sure and read all of the instructions here... to be eligible to win

SOUS prize


  I'm also giving away a little prize here on my blog.
To win my prize you will need to....
1) Leave me a comment on this post...
2) Become a follower, if you aren't one already....
Easy, Peazy!!!
Here's what my lucky winner will win.....


BLING!!!  Are you surprised??!!!!  Not!!! :o)

You have until the hop ends on Sunday - April 1st at 11:59 PM EDT to leave a comment and be eligible to win this prize...  I will draw the winner Monday, and you will need to contact me by Wednesday - April 4th with your mailing address so I can have it mailed out by the end of the week... 
Good luck to you all!!!

Now, you need to hop on over to Leah Schaeffer's blog and see her amazing layout.  I know it's amazing because I've already seen it!!  :o)

Thanks so much for dropping by today..
I hope you enjoyed your time while you were here!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sweet Smile ~ Practical Scrappers Tag Challenge -- CHOSEN AS A TOP THREE OVER AT INCY WINCY!!

Hi everyone!!!   My layout today is for the "Tags on Layout Challenge" reveal over at Practical Scrappers.  The tag I used is the same one I made here for Practical Scrappers CMT (Challenge Me Tuesday) Challenge - Raw Chipboard, back in May, 2011...  I've held onto it just waiting for that special project to use it on and I think it goes perfect along with the photo of  my daughter Amanda, on this Spring layout...  We were talking about this photo this weekend and neither one of us know exactly when it was taken...  She said she thought she was around 14 or 15 years old, so that would make it around 1996 or 1997..  My husband's boss took the photo at a summer backyard picnic.. and I just found it the other day and right away I knew I had to scrap it...

Here are a few close ups....
Here is a close up of the Chipboard Tag, and again, you can find the details here.....  You can also see a little of my masked flourishes made with the Crafters Workshop Swirls & Flowers Template, and some of the Distressed Edges....

Distressed Edges,  more Masked Flourishes made with the Crafters Workshop Swirls & Flowers Template, If you look closely you can see that I also used the Chicken Wire Template from The Crafters Workshop, MS Garden Trellis Deep Edge Punch, SU Big Shot Big Lattice Die, Ribbon and Heart Gem attached to Tag..

More Distressed Edges, More Swirls & Flowers and Chicken Wire masking from the Crafters Workshop  Templates,  MS Garden Trellis Deep Edge Punch, MS Wild Flowers Deed Edge Punch, MS Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge Punch, Ribbon, Marvy Scallop Circle, and Misc Sticker..

Here are a few challenges this layout will qualify for...
Practical Scrappers ~ Tags on Layout
Creative Craft Challenge ~ Anything But A Card
Incy Wincy ~ Tag It
The Crazy Challenge ~ Add a Sentiment
The Shabby Tea Room ~ Bright and Beautiful Spring (Photo and Color Inspiration)
Lasting Memories ~ How do you Layer Up?
The Stamp Man Challenge ~ Bingo/Recipe  (I used Swirls - Metal/Metallic (Bird Cage Charm) ~ Ribbon)
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge ~ Spring Is In The Air
Simply Create Too ~ It's Spring?
Paper Play Challenge ~ Spring Colors

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout....
SU Brocade Blue CS
ColorBok ~ Rosewood Pattern Pack PP
SU Groovy Guava CS and Ink
SU Always Artichoke CS
SU Pale Plume CS
SU Ribbon
Misc. Lace Ribbon
Marvy Scallop Circle Punch
SU Big Shot Bigz Lattice Die
MS Garden Trellis Deep Edge Punch
MS Wild Flowers Deep Edge Punch
MS Doily Lace Trim Deep Edge Punch
The Crafters Workshop Chicken Wire Template
The Crafters Workshop Swirls & Flowers Template

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!  Remember you can go to Practical Scrappers and get more inspiration on how to use tags on your layout.  While you're there, take a moment and look around, we have so much talent over there and Christine is adding new talent all of the time...  Also be sure and check out the sidebar for upcoming reveals..  We would love to show your work, but you have to send it in!!!

 Stuck On U Sketches  is having a "Get To Know Me" Blog Hop this next Friday!!!  Each DT will be answering questions about herself on her blog... 

You won't want to miss it... SOUS is giving away a "yummy" prize and I think there will be prizes from most of the Design Team participants... I know I have a "blingy" prize for one lucky winner!!!!!!! So be sure and check back Friday!!!

Here is a sneak peek of my layout for the Blog Hop.. 

Hope you have a wonderful day!!!!
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Savannah ~ Easter Layout ~ Practical Scrappers -- CHOSEN AS A TOP 3 AT CREATIVE CARD CREW

Hi everyone!!!  Today I have a layout to share with you for the Easter Layout Reveal over at Practical Scrappers.  I have had this Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" paper for over a year now, and I figured this was the perfect challenge to use it!!!  The little bunny family is just toooooo cute!!!
I always buy at least 2 pages of everything...  A good example of why is this layout.  I fussy cut and layered the bunnies and flowers over the corner of Savannah's photo and I also fussy cut  the flowers in the bottom right and top right...

Here are a few close ups....
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punched Edges, Wooden Alphabet Letters from Hobby Lobby Craft Section, Petaloo Flower, Bo Bunny Fabric Trim, Part of Prima Vine, Stick Pins, and Black Doily...

Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punched Edges, Decorative Butterfly Frame, Basic Grey Chipboard Flourishes, Doodling around Photo, and you can also see the Fussy Cut Flowers I added under the Butterfly...

Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punch, Decorative Butterfly Frame, Fussy Cut Flowers, and Doodling around Photo.

And finally, more Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Border and Corner Punched Edges, Wooden Alphabet Circles, Decorative Frame, and these Cute Fussy Cut Bunnies and Flowers...

This layout will qualify for a few challenges...
The Corrosive Challenge ~ Things are Looking Grimm
The Secret Crafter ~ Doilies are not just for Cakes
For Your Inspiration ~ Photo Inspiration
My Time To Craft ~ Doilies and Flowers
Creative Inspirations ~ Anything Goes

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
SU Black Cardstock
DCWV Cardstock
Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection
Decorative Butterfly Frame
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Border/Corner Punch
Basic Grey Chipboard Flourishes
Wooden Alphabet Circles
Petaloo Flower
Prima Vine
Bo Bunny Fabric Trim
Stick Pins

Easter is just around the corner and if you need a little inspiration for your photos, be sure and check out today's Practical Scrappers Reveal..  While you're there be sure and check out the sidebar for current calls. 
Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!!
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Friday, March 16, 2012

What's For Supper ~ Stuck On U Sketches ~ WAS WINNER OVER AT "BY THE CUTE & GIRLY:

Hi everyone!!!  It's Friday and that means we have another reveal over at Stuck On U Sketches...  This time it's a sketch, and it was created by one of our Team Leaders Sandi Clarkson....

Here's the sketch for the next 2 weeks...

Gosh, it's almost beautiful enough to just add photos!!! :o)...  Anyway, I went into my photo archive for these cute photos of Savannah taken back in 2007.  She was helping me in the kitchen.  I was working on the counter and she was working on the floor... lol   Happy memories for sure.  I showed her this layout yesterday and she didn't realize the photos were of her...  She's changed so much and she's growing up way to fast!!!!

Here are a few close ups...

I am so proud of myself...  ALL papers and embellies I used on this layout come from old stash that I've had for one to two years at least!!!!  Cardstock is from Stampin' Up and the PP is from Basic Grey and from Stampin' Up DSP..  I added the Tulip rub-ons, K & Company Chipboard Flowers over a Sizzix Vine Big Die cut, and a chipboard Butterfly, and I used the MS Cherish Border and Corner punch around the outside edges and the MS Rings Border and Corner punch around the inside layer. You can also see a portion of the ribbon I used..

MS Cherish Border and Corner Punch work, MS Rings Border and Corner Punch work, Sizzix Vine Big Die Cut stamped with SU Canvas BG Stamp in Old Olive Ink, Spellbinders Decorative Corner Die Cut, K & Company Chipboard Flower and Misc Sticker Letters...

MS Cherish Border and Corner Punch work, MS Rings Border and Corner Punch work, Sizzix Vine Big Die Cut stamped with SU Canvas BG Stamp in Old Olive Ink, Spellbinders Decorative Corner Die Cut, K & Company Chipboard Flower and another rub-on...

MS Cherish Border and Corner Punch work, MS Rings Border and Corner Punch work, Ribbon, Rub-on and Computer journaling...

This layout will qualify for a few other challenges out there....
Frosted Designs ~ Things With Wings
By The Cute and Girly ~ In The Kitchen
Divas by Designs ~ Citrus Colors

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
SU Cardstock
Basic Grey Paper
SU DS Paper
MS Cherish Border and Corner Punch
MS Rings Border and Corner Punch
Sizzix Vine Bigz Die
K&Company Flowers
Chipboard Butterfly
Spellbinders Decorative Corner
SU Canvas Background Stamp
SU Old Olive Ink
Misc Sticker Letters

Be sure and check out the inspiration from the other girls...  We would love for you to play along.. If you do, remember you have 2 weeks and be sure and upload your layout so we can be sure and visit you!!
Thank you so much for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!!!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Hi everyone!  I want to thank you all for the thoughts and prayers you sent me and my family during my Dad's lengthy illness..  Even though it was very sad when he passed away a couple of weeks ago, I know he's not suffering anymore...  I love you Dad and you will remain in my heart forever!!!  

It's taking me a little while to get back into scrapping since we returned home..  It has been hard for me to stay focused.  But as most of you know, scrapping is good therapy, so this week I'm going to try and do a little scrapping everyday..  I do have a layout to share with you for the Practical Scrappers Basic Shape Layout Challenge.  As you can see the shapes I used are - a square (12 x 12); some circles; some rectangles; and ovals...  I had a lot of fun adding the fish(ing) stickers to this layout..  I think it gives it a whimsical touch and I think Savannah will get a kick out of...

Here are a few close ups...

Here are a couple of 3-D stickers from Hobby Lobby that I thought would look great on this page.  You can also see some of the Martha Stewart Cherish Border and Corner and some of the Martha Stewart Bangle Charm Trim....

More of the Martha Stewart Punched Border and Corner, Sticker Letters,  and some Twine for the fishing line...

Martha Stewart Punched Borders and Trim, and 3-D Bass and Fly stickers..

Martha Stewart Punched Border and Corner, Martha Stewart Bangle Chain Trim, cute 3-D Tackle Box sticker, and Flowers, Ferns, and Butterflies from Brenda Walton Borders - K&Company.

This layout will qualify for a few other challenges...
Practical Scrappers ~ Basic Shapes Layout
City Crafter Challenge ~ Things In My Heart...  (My kids and grandkids)
Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge ~ Spring Break Memories
Our Creative Corner ~ Tic Tac Toe (I went diagonal with Flowers, Stickers, Blue)
Crafts and Me Challenge ~ Let's See Circles

Here is my list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
CS ~ Bazzill
PP ~ My Mind's Eye
Martha Stewart Cherish Border and Corner Punch
Martha Stewart Bangle Chain Trim Punch
Misc ~ 3-D Stickers
Alphabet Stickers
K&Company (Brenda Walton Borders)

Don't forget to check out what's coming up in our sidebar here...  If you have something you want to share just email it to the address shown and who knows, we might showcase your work right along with ours!!  How cool is that?!!! :o)
Thanks for dropping by!!
I hope you have a great day!!

3rd Quarter Issue 2012 (on stands June 1st)
Hobby Lobby Magazine

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I've Joined a New Sketch Team!!!!!

Good morning everyone!!  I haven't been on here much since returning from Oklahoma, I think I just needed a little down time, but don't worry, I'm getting back into the swing of things, in fact I have a couple of projects to share with you later this week and I hope you'll stop back by and take look!!!

Now the main reason for this post!!!

I have some very exciting news to share with you!!!!  I have been selected as one of the new designers over at Sketchabilities.   My term will be from April thru June and I can't wait to get started...  If you haven't been over there, you really need to check out Karen's beautiful sketches...  And while you're there you might as well play along!!    

I also want to share with you what I've been doing the last 3 days...  I'm trying to get my scrap studio in order so I've taken an online Organizational Class.  I don't know why I buy so many stickers, but when they go on sale I always have to pick up a few.  Well, over the years I "picked" up close to 10 plastic containers worth....  But I hated digging through them, so I don't use them.  Well, not anymore...  take a look....

First I had to separate all of them by themes....  (This is just a few of them)

Next, I put them in Scraprack pages and/or Page Protectors and then stacked them per theme...

And here's the final result.... (The post it notes will be taken off when I get the tabs done!)   I love this system and now it's so easy to look for that perfect sticker.  I just need to do a lot of paper purging now!!! :o(

Thanks for dropping by!!
Have a wonderful day!!

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Friday, March 2, 2012


Hi everyone!!  It's Friday and that means another great sketch reveal over at Stuck On U Sketches..  And this one's created by Sandi...  sure hope you get a chance to play along with us.. 

Here's the sketch...

  I decided to just use 1 photo for my take of this beautiful sketch.  This is a current photo of my sweet GD taken back in January, 2012...  She was showing me her new dance leotard..  I just love the soft pinks layered over the browns, and the greens in this layout!!

Here are a few close ups...

Here you can see my distressed brown edges... Prima Say In In Crystals, part of the Prima Vine, Basic Grey Sticker along the side of the photo, Basic Grey Chipboard Corner and Misted Doily...

Some more distressed edges, Basic Grey Sticker and Chipboard, Misted Doily and a little Prima Rose over part of a Prima Vine...

Distressed Edges, Basic Grey Chipboard, QuicKutz Flourish, Prima Say It In Crystals, and Prima Roses..

And finally more Distressed Edges, Basic Grey Chipboard pieces, Prima Roses and Prima Say It In Crystals...

Here are a few challenges this will qualify for...
Divas By Designs ~ Spots and/or Stripes  (I used spotted paper behind the photo)
Dutch Dare Challenge ~ Tic Tac Toe (Flowers/Bling/Distressing)
My Time To Craft ~ Circle Circus
Paper Play Challenge ~ Something Old (SU DS Paper behind photo -at least 3 years old) ~ Something New (BoBunny  Vicki B Plethora Die Cut Paper)
Scrapbook Anonymous ~ Stickers (Corners are Chipboard Stickers, Journaling is a sticker stuck to lightweight cardboard and then cut out to pop up, Arrow is a sticker, "Sweet" is a sticker, and the Frames along the side of the picture are stickers)
The Play Date Cafe ~ Color/Photo Inspiration
The Stamp Man Challenge ~ Colors of Spring

Here is the list of scrappy things I used on this layout...
Close To My Heart CS
Bo Bunny ~ Vicki B Plethora Die Cuts
SU- DSP from my stash
SU Chocolate Chip CS
Basic Grey Stickers
Basic Grey Chipboard pieces
Prima Say It In Crystals
Prima Roses
Prima Vine
QuicKutz Flourish Die

I'm sorry this is a short post..   My dad passed away and I will be gone for a week or so...   Please keep my family in your prayers...

Thanks for stopping by!
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