Monday, February 27, 2012

Happiest Birthday Wishes!! (Card)

Hello!  I have a fun card to share with you that I got to make at the request of my Hubby.  Always love those requests.  It's my excuse to go be creative.  :-)  Alot of the these items used on my card I just received a few days ago from Stampin' Up.  So I need to come back with the details of the supplies.  But until then... enjoy my card.  I am entering is a couple of challenges as well.

I used this great sketch from the sweetest thing - sweet Sunday sketch 153 as my inspiration beginning.  Love Karen's sketches and don't get to play as often as I'd like!!

And I also found a new challenge blog to me.. Ribbon Carousel Challenge # 42  Anything Goes... but you need to show something that comes on a Spool for their challenges.  I have the chocolate chip ribbon and the Baker's Twine in my button. 

Enjoy!!  All Supplies are from Stampin' Up except the 2 random lavendar buttons in the corner.  They are all mostly newer items.  Will back with the details.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

LMCB #77 - "Let's Celebrate" & Creative Scrappers Sketch 195

Hello to Sunday!!  Hello to you all!!  It's time to share with you the next FUN challenge over at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges!  We are all about Celebrating this week!  Possibilities are endless with this one!  Show us your Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation, Milestone or ANYthing that you have CELEBRATED in your life!!  We also have ANOTHER fun GIVEAWAY for you just for participating!!  We will choose one random winner for the prize, you have a chance to be chosen as our TOP 3 or you just might be Featured throughout the week!  So come on and join us!!

Here is my take...

Some Close-ups...

I thought I would share the very first BIRTHDAY of our son in 2006.  Yes he is now 5 1/2 and I am just now scrappin' his baby pictures.  I am not a chronological scrapper... which I think I have shared with you before.  So sorry for the reminder... :-).  I scrap for the moment.  But I personally need the reminder to get  my rear in gear and get the kid's scrapbooks up to date before they are living their own adult life somewhere.  Can't believe this bundle of cuteness is now a little guy running around playing sports, reading and having mature conversations with me.  {SIGH}   

Hope you can join us this week!  Make sure you check out what the rest of the wonerful Design Team has done!  Grab your coffee and go HERE to see.  You have until Saturday, March 3rd @ 9pm EST to link up.  Happy Scrappin!!
And here's what you can win!!! How COOL are these!!!!
Personalized tags from ARTchix!!  I want some!!

I also followed the below sketch from Creative Scrappers , so I will be entering my layout over there.  You have until the 29th, if you want to play along.

Stampin' Up - Simply Scrappin' Kit "I'm Here - Boy", Big Deal Alpha stamps, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron cardtsock.  Some random buttons, baker's twine, 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Scrappin' for Kenzie's 1st Blog Hop - and challenges Frosted Design Fab Friday + Scraptastic Club!!

Welcome to the very first blogaversary for Scrappin' For Kenzie!

We're so happy you could join us!!

I have had the fortunate experience to work with Michelle on our Lasting Memories Design Team!  Not only is she a queen at wonderful layouts, she is great a techy things and keeping us all in line with her funny but "Makes Sense" suggestions.  She also has a wonderful Niece named Emily that is battling Leukemia!  We all created cards for Emily.  You can find all the info. on Michelle's blog if you would like to participate.
If you came from Elizabeth then you are in the right place! If you just happened to come across my blog or are just visiting then please start back at Michelle's blog, Scrappin' For Kenzie to make sure you see everyone's projects and don't miss any super creative ideas!

Overall Prize!
- 8.5"x8.5" K&Company Berry Sweet Designer Paper
- K&Company Berry Sweet Chipboard Stickers
- K&Company Brenda Walton Chipboard Stickers

To be entered to win the overall blog hop prize you must:
1. Be a follower of Scrappin' For Kenzie
2. Leave a comment on all blogs in the hop
For this hop we were asked to choose one project that Michelle from Scrappin for Kenzie has made from her gallery or facebook and make our own project using hers as inspiration. 

For my project I have chosen to scraplift this project from her:

Here is my inspired project:

And a different angle...

I was inspired by the love of her daughter and the hearts with the stitching.  This is the very FIRST family vacation that our family of 4 took this last summer to Ocean Shores.  We have gone on MANY vacations... but always with other family members etc.  So these 3 days that we experienced together waere truely a blessing and so much fun!!  You will be seeing more layouts from our trip, for I took so many pictures and we did so many different and fun things in just 3 days.  :-) 

I am also entering my layout in the following challenges:

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday - Shape it Up - Use at least 3 Shapes on your entry.  I used many HEARTS. 
Scraptastic Club  - Use a favorite children's book for your title.  "Somebunny Loves You."

Somebunny Loves You (Paw Pals)  
I also used the One Page sketch # 18 from Sketch Support for my layout.

Thank you so much for joining us in this blog hop to celebrate Scrappin' For Kenzie's 1 year Blogaversary!
Your next stop is KAREN... my very dear and creative bloggy friend (that I hope to meet one day) and such a WONDERFUL photographer.  You gotta check her out!!  You will see links to her photos on her blog.   
Just in case you get lost along the way here is your master list ;)
Happy Hopping!

Supplies:  Are from Stampin' Up, Echo Park and Provo Craft

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

PLG 20 "Lots of Blooms" and Digi Darla "Anything but Snow" Challenges

Hello all my friends!!  It felt so good to get a little crafty today.  I have been "Hiding" for almost 2 weeks, and that is just not like me.  I guess Life gets in the way sometimes.  Glad you are sticking with me.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder and I have lots of fun projects coming up in the next few days!! I am excited to share the next challenge with you from Paper Lovin' Gals.  A photo inspiration of "Lots of Blooms." 

And here is my creation...
This was such a fun and cheery card to create.  Spring is oh so close!  I can smell it!!  I have the perfect person in mind for this card and I hope it gets her excited to dig in the dirt.

We have a PRIZE this week as well for playing with us for PLG #20!  A fun set of Heidi Grace papers, chipboard accents and embellies from our fellow DT WENDY.  Thanks Lady!!
So get on over there and check out what the rest of the DT members created and come play for your chance to WIN or be recognized for an Honorable Mention.
You have until Wednesday, February 29th at 8pm PST to link up!!

I am also sharing my card over with the wonderful gals over at Digi Darla # 3 Anything But Snow Challenge!  This little Garden Cutie is one of Digi Darla's images that I just received and was looking forward to using.  You have a couple of days to join their challenge!!  (There are a couple of freebies on the blog to get you started if need be.) 

Thanks so much for sticking with me through this little bit longer post.  Glad to be back to creating!!

Ink:  Ballet Blue, Melon Mambo, Pixie Pink, Yo Yo Yellow, Green Galore, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue all from SU.
Stamps:  Printed Petals, Lots of Thoughts from SU.
Digi Image: From Digi Darla, click on link above to get to blog and store
Embellies:  SAB 2011 Ribbon and SAB Buttons from 2011 SU. "Ice Cream Parlor", Vintage brads, Bakers Twine, Oval Cutter from Creative Memories.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

LMCB # 75 "All You Need is Love"... and another Giveaway for joining us!!

Hello and Happy Sunday everyone!!  I first want to say a BIG Thank You to those of you that are always visitng and leaving wonderful comments.  I really enjoy reading each and every one.  I am continuously smiling from your compliments and encouragement!  Thank you!!!!

Now on to our NEW challenge over at Lasting Memories.  "All you need is LOVE"... we want to see the word LOVE somewhere on your layout!!  You can certainly create a Valentine themed layout, but the word "Love"can be used in so many different ways and we want to see your different takes.

Here's mine...

My Hubby and I have "Date Nights" few and far between.  So whatever we may be doing, we always try to make the best of it.  Goofy and all.  This happened to be a night that we went to a friend's son's roll-out party for his new snowboarding clothing line.  Not exactly your most romantic date night, but we were together, without kids... enough said.  :-)  And... to top it off... we actually got a a good picture of the two of us.  So of course I have to scrap it. 
A few more close-ups...  If you notice, I used the word LOVE twice on my layout.

Aaaaaannnnnnddddddd... we have another prize to give away to those of you that play with us this week!!  In honor of my Birthday TODAY... I am providing a fun little package of Valentine goodies to award to one lucky participant.

Two sets of clear stamps from Studio G.
Four spools of ribbon from American Crafts.
Two packages of Epoxy Bubbles stickers from Studio G.

So, gosh... now you really need to put Lasting Memories Ch. 75 on your to do list!!!  You have until Saturday, February 18th at 9pm EST to link up your layout!  Go HERE for all the details.

I am also entering my layout over at Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday LOVE challenge.  

Now off to celebrate my birthday and enjoy my Mom's homemade lasagna and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.  Of course!!  The only way to go!! 
Hope you all have such a wonderful day.  And thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cards for Emily Blog Hop Day 1, Digi Darla & 4 Crafty Chicks Challenges

Scrappin' For Kenzie Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cards for Emily Blog Hop Day 1!!!
If you came from MARIE then you are in the right place! If you just happened to stop by my blog and are interested in the entire hop and Emily's story, start back at Michelle's blog at Scrappin' For Kenzie!
Emily is a sweet little 6 year old girl that has battled Leukemia since before Chrstmas 2011. She has had to endure more pain in a few short months than most adults in their entire life. She has gone from Leukemia to Rotavirus, to pancreatitis, to kidney stones, then to shingles, not to mention over 300 pokes in her tiny little body! From chemo to blood draws to feeding tube. Her bone marrow is finally at 0.00% so she is now in remission and back at home! She is still going through 7 different chemotherapy treatments but is finally doing better! To read her full story and updates please visit the original Cards for Emily info post HERE

For this hop all we ask is that you hop through the list, then when you are done, link up your card for Emily at Scrappin' for Kenzie. The link up tool is in the left hand side bar under "Cards for Emily". You will see her picture right above it.

REMEMBER: There is no requirement to leave comments or even hop through all of the blogs if you don't have time. There will be no personal candy at any of the stops along the way. That way you can get maximum inspiration to make your own card and have enough time to link it up and send it away!

There WILL be however a giveaway to one lucky winner that links up their card by February 29th 2012. You can link up as many cards/projects that you would like. The more you link up and send the more greater your chance is of winning a.....
$20 gift certificate to

 Their etsy store has over 100 stamps to choose from!

Now on to my card for Emily!

I thought this sweet bear digi image from Digi Darlas called "Bears Next Door" would be perfect to bring a smile to Emily.  Since Valentine's Day is on Tuesday... and I found out that Emily lives in my same State... I knew I could get this card to her in time.  When my 8 year old daughter saw the card and smiled... I knew it would be a BIG hit.  :-)
If you would like to get this cutie digi image for FREE... head on over to Digi Darla's Very Valentine's Ch. #2 and create a project to show them as well.  You still have a little bit of time to join!!

I am also entering this card over at 4 Crafty Chicks - Love is in the Air challenge.  The gals over there are near and dear... for I used to be on a DT with 3 of them... and they definitely live up to their name.  They are very crafty and super talented!!  You have almost 4 days to enter their challenge. 

Stamps:  "Something to Celebrate" from Stampin' Up
Digi Image:  "Bears Next Door" from Digi Darla
Cardstock:  Real Red, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Red glimmer paper from Stampin' Up.  Random purple/white gingham from stash.
InkStampin' Up colored pencils, blender pens, white gel pen, real red marker
Other:  Valentine Asst. Twine from Doodlebug Inc., 5/8" Satin white ribbon from Stampin' Up, Holly Berry Bouquet designer button from Stampin' Up, Modern Label punch from Stampin' Up, Oval cutter from Creative Memories.

Thank you sooooo much for joining us in this great cause for Cards For Emily!! We REALLY REALLY hope you will participate and link up your card to put a smile on this very beautiful, very deserving little girl that Michelle is honored to call her niece. :)

Your next hop in the line up for day 1 is SUZANNE

Happy Scrapping!  Can't wait to see your cards for Emily.

Here is the line-up for Day 1 in case you get lost along the way. Be sure to come back tomorrow as we have all new projects and some new designers!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lasting Memories Layout Challenge # 74 "Going Digital" and LM's first Blog Hop!!

Welcome to our first hop of 2012 at Lasting Memories!!  I, (Michele) am the FIRST STOP... so welcome!!  If you would like to check out all of the details of our hop first, just click HERE to start at Lasting Memories! Please be sure to read through because this week we have a lot going on! We're being sponsored by Digi Darla which is PERFECT since this weeks challenge is "DIGITAL"!! 

For my layout today, I used Digi Darla's "TIMMY TURTLE" 
Here is what I created...  My daughter was very excited and anxious to go outside in the rain to test out her new umbrella and rain boots.  When to her surprise, the rain stopped and the sun came out.  So Daddy "Made Rain" with the garden hose and she thought that was pretty cool and I thought "How Silly"... so the camera came out. (Me inside from the living room window)  :-)

And a Close-up of Mr. Timmy Turtle... I colored him to match my daughter's umbrella and clothing.

And another close-up of embellies and fun papers.

And a final pic... I outlined the cloud, raindrops and alpha letters for more depth.

This is my VERY FIRST stab anything digital other than my photos.  If I can do it, YOU can too!!  It was very fun!!  I also followed the "Inspirational Sketch" from Lasting Memories for my layout this week.  You can see the details at the very end of this post.

And... I am also joining the gals at SCRAPFIT for their  Workout # 61 "Blank Canvas"... where you must start your layout with a piece of WHITE card stock and see where it takes you.

Supplies Used:
Echo Park - Springtime Collection
Stampin' Up - Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo Card stock.
 INK:  Barely Banana, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Gable Green, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade   
Digi Darla - "Timmy Turtle"    
Random Alpha Letters - Don't know Brand                              

Now it's time to hop onto ELIZABETH for more inspiration!! Oh and one more thing!! We're also including our friends from Digi Darla's DT in our blog hop and we'll finish up at Digi Darla's Designs where you can view her newest releases and more!! Once you've had a look around, leave Digi Darla a comment and let her know which image is your fav for your chance to win 5 of her images!!! 

How's that for a busy funfilled week!!! Be sure to join us and show us your digital creations for a chance to win. All the details can be found at Lasting Memories .. Link up your layout by Saturday, February 11th at 9pm EST.. Here's your master list in case you get lost .. happy hopping!!!


Michele (YOU ARE HERE)
Elizabeth (NEXT STOP)

And Our Friends from Digi Darla's are doing ANYTHING digital - doesn't have to be a layout!!

Thank you for hopping with us and be sure to come back and play a long with us!!! Here's a sketch from Heather at Scrappy Sketches for inspiration as well - REMINDER: sketch is OPTIONAL - only layouts following our challenge are eligible for giveaways.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

PLG # 17 - Paper Hearts (and a small giveaway)

FEBRUARY!!  My favorite month!  It's my Birthday month (which honestly... I am done counting the years).  It's one more month to SPRING.. which means we made it through January, the most dreaded month it seems... we have a little mini break during the President's Weekend Holiday, which is always a welcome gift and OF COURSE it's VALENTINE's Day!!  Not that I am a huge romantic...but at least it is a set day for chocolate, good food and maybe I will get to watch what I want on the TV for an hour??  Ha Ha.

So that brings to you our next challenge over at Paper Lovin' Gals!!  Paper Hearts!! 
What inspires you in this picture?
The colors, the layout, the pretty hearts, the holiday?
We can't wait to see what you come up with!

And my creation...  I was clearly inspired by the hearts and the Holiday.

We also have a small giveaway this week!!!! 
 So come on over to PLG # 17 and show us your take on the inspirational photo!!  Link up by TUESDAY, February 7th at 8pm PST.

Perfect challenge for this creation!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to you sharing your "Paper Hearts" inspired projects with us this week!!

Supplies:  All Stampin' Up
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Whisper White, Red Glitter paper "Sending Love" DSP
Stamps:  Pictograms
Other:  1/4"  Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, vintage brad, small oval punch, random chipboard pieces