Birds of a Feather

My last post of 2009! CRAZY!!!!

I want to share my latest work with My Little Shoebox! I love these owls and birds and houses - what a whimsical line!

I layered 2 die cuts for the title and used the glittered alphas.

I added some Stickles to the chipboard letters, hand cut the birds, owls, and trees and pop dotted them. Plus, can you see the glittery eyes? I added Stickles there as well!
Final project! Kennedy and her old daycare friend, Jada!!!
Have a very Happy New Year and I will see you in 2010!!


Merry Christmas!

I got my wish!!! A white Christmas!!!! We have a lot of snow on the ground this morning! The dogs and I went walking and it was quite the workout walking through the drifts!!! And the wind is still blowing fiercely!! But we are toasty warm by the fire and I am sipping my coffee! What a fabulous morning1 (btw, it is 8:30am and Kennedy is still sleeping!!)

So, I will leave you today with Kennedy's visit to Santa this year! She was sooo ready to see him and not scared at all! But she did get a little stage fright while on his lap! ;) I don't think she ever told him what she wanted - good thing she had written her list before hand to give to him!!

This layout was created with the December kit from The Sampler.
Cardstock is Core'dinations....see how I sanded the brown to let the pink show through along the edges? The Hambly gold rub ons were a blast - I just layered them and put them wherever I felt like!

Yummy Prima flower, Martha Stewart punch, Elle's Studio Happy Holidays ,Creative Imaginations flocked paper..... yum!
I think I have already mentioned how much I love these glittered alphas, right?! ;)

I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday! Glory to Jesus, the newborn king!!!!!


More from The Sampler

It is time to reveal my take on challenge #2 at The Sampler! The challenge was to do something around the nature theme. And I had just the right photo for it!!!

Love this photo of Kennedy AND I love the memory of that family nature walk!!

Loving the teal bling and rockin' flowers!!!!!

This kit did an awesome job of mixing colors and patterns, as well as textures!
And another shot of all the yummy goodies! glittered chipboard, rub ons, basic grey, pink paislee, webster's pages, and more!!!!!!

Thanks for taking a peek!!!!!



I am ready to share my first creation with the debut kit from THE SAMPLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This kit is AMaZiNg!!!!!!

Our first challenge was to create a layout using 5 photos! So here is my take on it! I have scrapped a few photos from this day before, but they are so darn silly I had to scrap them again!!! Kennedy and Taylor have become SUCH good friends - I guess starting off their first playdate covered in mud was magical! ;)

I used packaging for the journaling! The green piece is actually some Prima packaging! I loved the shape it was in, the color and the floral border!!!! And aren't those mini alphas cute?!

Gotta love the cute little stamp!!!

Delicious chipboard letters!!!! Those flowers are amazing - and the leaves are now on my wish list! I need more! You can't see much of it, but there is a vintage book page under the flower. I added some Tattered Angels spray, crumpled it up, laid it back out and inked parts!
I have lots more projects using this kit coming up!!!!!! Check back later!!!!


Snowman Decor

Sorry I have been gone so long!!!!! Holiday crazies, deadlines, crafting, sewing, traveling.....this is a busy time of year!!!

I wanted to take a quick minute to share my latest project for Ideas for Scrapbookers. You can find more complete information about this project AND the coordinating children's project at the blog. It can be found HERE.

Hope you enjoy it!!!!

Oh, and I realize this won't mean much to many of you, but I am tickled anyway! This project has been in the top 10 view and top 10 votes at 2 Peas in a Bucket for the past 2 days! That is pretty fun for me!

I will be back soon with some projects from the first ever kit from Sampler Kits!!!!


Nutty Girls

Time to show you more My Little Shoebox!!!! This is another layout I created with the Imagine a Forest line. YUM! The designers were challenged to scraplift another DT member this month - Michelle Lanning! You can see the layout I was to lift HERE.

My take was a little different. I used the circle paper and included a photo strip rather than one photo. I did keep the quilting feel to it but cutting lots of little rectangles and sewing each one individually. (I was watching Cake Boss on TLC while I made this!)

I love the little squirrels - and I even incorporated the big squirrel overlay!


This was my final layout with Imagine a Forest!!
I did lots of layering -and even some hand stitching in green and pink. (though it is really hard to see).

Thanks for taking a peek! I recently made some baby items for Simply Renee and am working on a joint project with My Little Shoebox, Shimmerz and Clear Scraps! So stayed tuned for more!


A Faith Perspective Blog Hop!!!!!!

Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a

If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here: http://www.scrapbooknewsandreview.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=100783. First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s blog hop.

Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today’s event.

To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member’s name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at games@scrapbooknewsandreview.com listing each of the staff members who participated in today’s hop. It’s that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.

What are the prizes?

One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One set of digital stamps from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let’s get to the Hop!


I created the card below for a dear, dear friend. She lost her third baby this week. I am so thankful she has been my friend and that I have someone to share my walk through grief. But I am just heartbroken for her and her family. Their faith is strong and they will make it through this, but any and all prayers are appreciated.

I am thankful I was able to work with Layers of Color as a Guest Designer! The cross stamps are from them and can be found here!

Align Center
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Paper & Die Cuts: Graphic 45
Stamps: Layers of Color
Ink: Ranger

The next stop on this blog hop is: Jane Elling Haas

Thanks for stopping by!!!! Enjoy the rest of the hop!


SALE @ Clip it Up!!!!!!!


Have you been considering the Ribbon Organizer from Simply Renee?? If you have, I have good news for you! If you haven't, well, you are crazy!! You NEED this!!!! 3 feet of your deliciously organized ribbon!!

Thanksgiving weekend only, the 36" ribbon organizer is on sale for ONLY $45!!!! Just November 27-30, 2009 - so mark your calendars!!!

Here is a direct link to the product: HERE. $45 is an incredible, incredible deal!!!!!!

Hey, and while you are there...check out the other incredible products from Simply Renee!!!!

More Layers of Color

You MUST check out the Blog Party coming up for Layers of Color! Believe me, you NEED to win some of these amazing stamps! I am completely enjoying the Gothic Cross set I am working with! They give such a crisp image!!! YUM!

Before I forget....here is the Blog Party info:

**WOO HOO!!**

We’re throwing a huge party and you’re invited!
November 14th – 15th, 2009

Layers of Color

is celebrating their

*Autumn 2009 stamp release*
and revealing 9 new fabulous clear stamp sets
totaling over 80 original art stamps!

Everyone who joins us will get FREE DIGIS party favors!
With a drawing and contest offering $250 in PRIZES,

blog hopping with Faith Perspective,

a unique challenge from Stamping Sisters in Christ,
mingling with over one dozen talented stamp artists,

including Layers of Color Design Team
you won’t want to miss this fun event!


So, here are my 2 latest cards using the Gothic Crosses!!!

On this card I decided to use three of the big crosses in the set!
I even went ahead and finished the inside and added another cross stamp!
This is a tri-fold card and the photos don't show that well. There are two holes in the center that show the stamp I used!!!
I used my green glitter with the stamp this time!!! Oh so fun!!!
Here is Kennedy demonstrating how to open the card!!!!
Anywhoooo....don't forget to write the blog party on your to-do list for this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sky High

Just a quick post today!!!!
Here is my latest from My Little Shoebox using the Imagine a Forest line! I paired it with scalloped Bazzill this time! The greens went together so perfectly!

I have been loving to cut out my patterned paper and layer it! :) Love this look!

Just had to document when Kennedy was able to "pump" on the swings! She was so proud of herself!!!!


Layers of Color & Fun News!

Didn't I tell you I was in an altering mood?? Well, I did a fast altering project this week! I was running out of room in my current journal I use for church. I had purchased an alterable journal at Archivers months ago, just knowing I was going to use it for this purpose eventually!

I used one of the crosses from Layers of Color's Gothic Crosses set. I love them all!!! But for this I chose one of the larger ones. I used some of my all time favorite My Mind's Eye papers as well as some Doodlebug letter stickers and October Afternoon rub ons. Don't forget that Layers of Color is having a HUGE Release Party November 14-15! You can find out more details HERE!

I also have some fun scrappy news to share!!! I have been selected to work with some amazing scrappers as contributing artists to Pam Callaghan's blog Ideas for Scrapbookers! You can see the announcement HERE! The other artists are:
Delaina Burns
Heather Landry
Julie Howard
Melanie Holzwarth
Sarah De Guzman
Susan Goetter

Don't forget to become a follower of the blog to see our latest work!!!!


Halloween Crafts with Kennedy

For pretty much any and every hoilday, Kennedy and I create some sort of craft. This year, she was really into glitter!!!!
We were looking through some Martha Stewart projects and were inspired to create this glittery pumpkin face in a frame. We cute out the pieces from chipboard, modge podged them and the dumped tons of glitter on top!

But she couldn't stop there! We had a wooden cat that never was used from alst year. So Kenendy decided she wanted to glitter it up as well! By the end of the craft time, there was glitter everywhere!!!!! And there still is! Do you know how hard it is to get up crystal fine glitter from your floors??! ;)

I am so glad my daughter has a heart for crafting like I do! ;)

My next project came from the amazingly talented Linda Albrecht! You can check out her "Pumpkin Head" here!

I had fun making this project. In fact, Kennedy helped me some! She picked out the pumpkin head with me nd even painted the inside of the basket black for me! I am constantly inpsired by the fabulous Miss Linda - I am so glad I finally tried one of her projects. I have been in the altering mood for sure now! However, I need to work on my glue gun skills! I went a little wild and overdid some. ;)

Also, I have fun scrappy news to share! I have been asked to join the DT at The Sampler Kit Club! You can see the announcement HERE! Soon I will have some great projects to share from their inagural kit!


Imagine a Forest

Seriously, I can't decide! I keep changing my mind! When all the new My Little Shoebox releases came out this summer, I thought they were all amazing1 Then, I got to work with Little Lady first. I was enamored! The adorable little girls, the mushrooms, the colors....I that that was my favorite! But next I used Robots Unplugged and I couldn't get enough of the robots!!! After that came In Bloom. Oh how I loved cutting out all those little (and big) flowers! Yet, I changed my mind again when I worked with Sky's the Limit! The soft blues and yellows were so calming and serene!

But this month, THIS month, I really think I have found my favorite line! For November I was able to work with Imagine a Forest! Oh goodness me! Just wait until you see the cuteness!!! But for now, this simply little card and matching envie will have to do! (Can you tell I love the little trees?!?!)

(inside of card)

(card detail)


Layers of Color!!

Layers of Color is throwing a huge party and you’re invited!
November 14th – 15th, 2009
Layers of Color is celebrating their
*Autumn 2009 stamp release*
and revealing 9 new fabulous clear stamp sets
totaling over 80 original art stamps!

Layers of Color - An online boutique where stampers can find unique stamp products and be inspired by fresh out-of-the-box ideas.
Everyone who joins us will get FREE DIGIS party favors!

With a drawing and contest offering $250 in PRIZES!!

Also blog hopping with Faith Perspective,

a unique challenge from Stamping Sisters in Christ,

mingling with over one dozen talented stamp artists,

including Layers of Color Design Team!!

You won’t want to miss this fun event!


Lil Crab!

Here is my final project for My Little Shoebox for the month! These photos are so old...but I have been waiting to scrap them for awhile!!! Kennedy was 2.5 on our trip to Florida! A crab wandered up to our towels on the beach and we females were squealing! We were hoping it would just crawl away. But Jeff was determined to catch it! So he chased and chased it and did end up getting it! He showed Kennedy but she wasn't so sure of it!!! I don't blame her!

I used the round paper and cut slits along some of the edges. I then slid the pink paper and green strips underneath. I cut out many of the little clouds and pop dotted them. I also used the overlay clouds and layered them with paper.

The title in the fun chipboard letters is on a die cut and I added Stickles around the edge. I also added Stickles to the circluar paper.
Thanks for checking in! I will have the My Little Shoebox November projects to share soon!!!!


Random Moments...

ETA*** I totally just realized I posted this on the wrong blog! It belongs on my personal blog, but I think I will leave it here too! ;)

Just recording a memory I don't want to forget!!!! :)

Sept 29, 2009

Kennedy and I are driving down the street listening to Brandon Heath's "Give Me You Eyes," It is a gorgeous day - completely clear, blue skies. Out of the blue, Kennedy points to the sky with a huge smile and says "Sammy's up there!"

"He is?!" I respond.


"Is that where Heaven is?" I ask.

"Yea. I'm pointing to the sky!" she laughs, just in case I can't see her finger pointing upward.

"What do you think he is doing?" I ask.

"I don't know. I think he is swimming!!" she happily chirps.

"Oh fun!" I add, with joy so great it almost bursts my heart.

**Giggles*** heard from back seat.


MLS & Izzy!!!

Here is my next layout using the Sky's the Limit line from My Little Shoebox!!! It features our sweet pup, Isabel. I love this photo of her - she looks like she is laughing!!!!

I cut out the little houses from the patterned paper and pop dotted them on top of another piece of the same paper.

Above, I used the awesome chipboard for the title, cut a circular die cut in half and journaled on it, and added a pop dotted heart die cut.

I cut out the clouds and pop dotted them on the same piece of paper again! I just love the 3-D effect!

Thanks for taking a peek! Check back in for more soon!!!!