Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One Door Closes......

This month is my last month serving on the Design Team at Pages In Time. Although I am sad to see it end, I am also looking forward to the future and what it brings. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with PIT owner Karen (fablady) and under the direction of Team Leader Ann Arbogast. I learned so much from my second Design Team experience and will continue to participate and be inspired on the PIT forum.

One Door Opens....

I had been keeping my eye open for another possible Design Team to join but had only applied to one. I figured if I was not chosen, I would continue and apply to the next one on my list. Well, Praise Be..... I received the call yesterday while I was getting ready for work. ScrapDango Owner, Carrie, gave me the fabulous news and I couldn't be more thrilled. I am so excited to be given the opportunity to work with these amazing women. Here is bit of the DT Announcement thread on the board:

"Thanks to everyone who applied for the Scrapdango Design Team. Thank you for your interest in joining the Scrapdango DT and for sharing your beautiful work. We had many talented ladies apply. Every time I make these announcements, I have to reiterate that these decisions are very difficult and made with many different factors being considered. The new DT has a few new faces to add to our Team and we have a few designers that will be staying on with us also.

With this said, I am pleased to announce our new Design Team members."

Heather (hlough)
Design Team Leader
Spice Kit Designer

Lynn (iemom)
Design Team Co-Leader
Sugar/Spice Kit Designer

Kerryn (kerryn)
Newsletter Editor
Sugar/Spice Kit Designer

Nikki (NikkiLove)
Newsletter Contributor
Sugar/Spice Kit Designer

Carly (cgannon74)
Blog Coordinator
Sugar/Spice Kit Designer

Lisa W. (picture2pages)
Sugar/Spice Kit Designer

Woot! Woot! How exciting!! I spent a lot of time jotting down ideas for future crops, future articles and future layouts while at work last night during lockdown. I have updated my blog and you can find all my Design Team Members blogs to the right. Please sign up to receive our newsletter!! Simply email us with "Newsletter" in the subject line at Be sure to become a Follower of our ScrapDango Blog.

Now, let me share some recent layouts that I made for some mini-crops and blog/forum challenges:

And some new cards:

Hope you guys are having a fabulous week!!
Happy Hump Day!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Crop-toberfest at SCRAP THAT!!

SCRAP THAT! is hosting a great crop this weekend and I want all my blogger friends to come join in on the fun. Click on the title to this thread or HERE and let them know I sent you for an additional 30 points toward their awesome Prize Pack. There are so many inspirational challenges and fun games so hop on over and check it out!!!

Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Layouts & a Carolina Crop!!!!

I didn't get a chance to share the rest of my new layouts so here are a couple more. 2 + 1 = 3 is a gift for my co-worker (the guy in the picture). He gave me two small wallet size pictures to work with. I gave his wife a 6 x 6 album for their baby shower and he thought she might want a 12 x 12 to frame. This layout is also my submission for Nov. GDT at Scrapdango.
Their Contest was given a wedding theme with the following requirements:
--For something old, you must have something at least 6 months old
--For something new, you must use something from your newest stash
--For something borrowed, you must find any layout in the Scrapdango gallery
and "borrow" an idea from it, whether you lift the whole layout or just a
small part of it--be sure to let us know which layout you used.
--For some blue, you just have to have anything blue on your layout.
The transparancy, papers, lace, ribbon, flowers, safety pins, bling buckle, and stickers are all WAAAY over 6 months old. The thickers and pearl flourishes are all new. I used blue ribbons and there is also blue in the old stickers that I mounted on cs and pop-dotted. I "borrowed" the design (or I should say, was inspired) from DT member Keely Yowler's Seize The Day layout.

GO JOE was made for Michelle's Challenge 6 of Scrapbook Dreamers Can You Survive the Nightmare Blog Hop. Her challenge was based on the thriller movie "The Sixth Sense." In my layout, there are six people in the picture, six flag felt banners, six journaling strips, six brads, six black gemstones and six techniques (stitching, inking, distressing, hand journaling, matting and embellishing). I drew this sketch at work one night with this 8 1/2" x 11" picture in mind.

Now, onto the Carolina Crop. If you live in South Carolina or nearby, you won't want to miss Vivian's upcoming Carolina Crop at her workshop/home in Columbia/Lexington area on November 7, 2009. I have been to her workshop and let me tell you gals, it's incredible!! Enough crop tables to comfortably fit maybe 12 or more ladies (or you scrappy guys) and every single gadget/tool/die cut system known to man. I haven't gotten a confirmation on the exact crop time but I will guess around 5pm start time and we usually crop until we For directions and exact location address, please check out this SB.Com South Carolina link and pm Vivian or myself. I would love to meet other local scrappers and put actual faces to all these online user names from the blogs and forums.

I will be posting reminders as we get closer to the crop date. If someone lives in a town that I pass in going to Vivian's, I'll be happy to pick you up nearby. I drive I-77 South almost the whole way so if you live near I-77, let me know and we can car pool.

Hope to see you there!!!
Happy Tuesday :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

So much to share! I just finished this first layout for the Take Three Challenge at
Screen 2 Scrap. The Night at the Museum Criteria was:
1. Use a group photo (3 or more people)
2. Yellow or gold title
3. Use one element from the poster - a dinosaur, monkey, plane, rocket, squid etc.....OR
3. Something inspired by one of the figures in the poster.......
On "the climb" I used the planes from the poster as inspiration. I broke into a very old stash of boy rub-ons for this one and I journaled in black and in white to add more contrast and interest. This patterned paper is about as old as my teeth too so it was nice using some of it up. I nabbed that B-SAFE Bingo card from my electric company when making a payment for the restaurant. I thought it would make a great accent on a boy page.

Here are a few new Fall/Halloween layouts that I made for several forum/blog challenges.
I stamped!! Yes, I finally broke out my acrylic stamps and put the owl on "f@ll f@vs". I hand cut the stem that the owl in perched on. Another plus was that I put a tiny dent in my eyelet stash. Always good to get rid of I journaled on "10 REASONS" very similar to my last Jenni Bowlin die cut paper like this. I used some OOOOLD Halloween ribbon on this one too and who uses foam stickers anymore?? lol This layout is my submission for Challenge #1 in the Can You Survive the Nightmare at Scrapbook Dreamer. "FALL FUN" is a simple layout of my son and some of his classmates in Kinder last year. I was fortunate enough to get loads of kinder pictures from his teacher last year at the end of the school year. She knew I was a scrapper and thought I would appreciate them. Boy was she right!! I'm having so much fun working on his Kinder album with all these great pics! How adorable are those turkey hats, I ask you?????

Thriller Night was made for several blog/forum challenges. I hand-cut and painted the tree from my good ol' faithful cardboard backing from the pizza at supper ;) I designed the sketch for this layout while at work one night. I really like how this one turned out.

I have several more to share but it's late and I need to get to bed.

Happy Friday!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Your Daily Reminder:

Here's your daily reminder to get your name in for the drawing at Out of the Hat Scrap Blog and my own card drawing as well ;) Click on the title to this post to check out the Out of the Hat Contest and check out a few posts below for my own card give-away :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Goodmorning.. here's your daily reminder

Just another friendly reminder to get your name in for the drawing at Out of the Hat Scrap Blog and my own card drawing as well ;) Click on the title to this post to check out the Out of the Hat Contest and check out a few posts below for my own card give-away :)

Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pages In Time October Kit

This month's kit of the month is packed full of rich colors of autumn,using the wonderful basic grey pp! Lots of bling,felt die cut art strip from prima,prima rich bold flowers,glitter brads,ribbons,and cardstock swirl. BG Alphabet stickers,BG bling it,and journaling card completes the kit! Don't miss out on this kit,this is our largest kit we have done!

KIt price $25

Add on: One BG doily pp,bling jems,Prima rich new flowers,and new bird embellishment. price $12.95

2nd add on prima bling $6.50

You can place your order by sending Karen a pm or email. Paypal is accepted.

Happy Sunday and God Bless!!
Just another friendly reminder to get your name in for the drawing at Out of the Hat Scrap Blog and my own card drawing as well ;)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Out of the Hat Scrap Blog Giveaway

Out of the Hat Scrap Blog is celebrating their first birthday and thanks to a very generous and lovely lady, Leanne from Mad About Scrappin, they are kicking off their birthday celebrations with a bang!!! They have a HUGE pack of scrapping goodies to give away to one lucky person. This pack is worth $70 and includes a huge range of products from brands such as Kaiser, Petaloo, Scrapbook King, Buzz and Bloom and Bumblebee Crafts to name a few. Just click on the title to this link to check out a picture of all those yummy goodies and instructions on how to get your name in the Hat ;)

And just a little reminder to not forget to leave your comment on the post below for my Card Giveaway!!!

Good Luck on both contests!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

LOADS of new work & a FREE RAK!!!

I designed the sketch for this first layout while at work one night. Hodges is a gal I met while at the Police Academy. We had several nicknames for each other and these were a few of hers. We kept in touch for a while but she has now moved and changed her number so I hope to hear from her again one day. She's a blast to be around. On AKA, I used a laser cut paper as a border and made the flower myself with felt and punch papers. I used the same sketch to create A VERY MERRY Christmas.I used non-traditional Christmas colors as well as loads of pinks on a boy's Christmas page. I kept both pages fairly simple and went with a black and white pic of my son with Santa since the colors of the picture would not have gone well with the girlie colors of the background paper that I used.
I sketched "giving THANKS" at work as well. This is a picture of my sister and her ex-sister-in-law on Thanksgiving of last year. Angel & Becky have remained close even after my sister divorced her brother. I loved the rub-on flowers and had them in mind when making this sketch. The deco-edged border is a sticker that is about 100 years old. I just love using old stash. It keeps me from feeling too bad about being a

I submitted this last layout, star students, to Your Memories By Design November Guest Design Team contest. It was a real simple layout and I'm not sure why I even bothered submitting it when lots of the entries were very detailed and gorgeous but I did sooo... Of course, I didn't win but that's ok too. I love challenges and I love that site and that's what it's all about anyway :) I went with non-traditional colors again on a school theme layout and used a gorgeous lace ribbon that I bought at a recent yard sale for 25 cents. I cut a long strip in half and used it as borders against the patterned papers as well. It really softened the page and worked well with the skeleton leaves. Once again, I went with a black and white picture since the colors of the picture would not have worked with the soft colors I chose for the layout.

This mini-album was made during a Think Pink crop last weekend at Memorable Seasons. Design Team member Dettao offered a terrific accordian mini-album tutorial that was so easy to follow. I love how this turned out~! I used kraft paper as my base and used My Minds Eye papers since they were the sponsors of the crop but I also used a Basic Grey journal box for the cover and various rub-ons throughout the album. The crop raised over $125 for the Susan P.K. foundation which was awesome!!! Thanks to MS for hosting such a terrific crop for a terrific cause!!!

Here are some of the front and back pages. I will add the journaling and maybe some final touches later. These pictures were taken at our home in Mexico back in 2002.

I am trying to catch up on all my older Mexico pictures and I am thinking that mini-albums are the best way to go. This is my second Mexico mini-album I've made recently.

These pictures are of my sweet Mother-In-Law. I've blogged about her before. We are coming up on the one year anniversary of her death so you can imagine how difficult that will be for us. In this one picture, the baby she is holding is our son who is currently 9 years old. Seems like just yesterday I was taking that picture. I will probably journal about my feelings of the anniversary in this album. I also submitted this to Design Team Member Natalie's Destination: CREATION Challenge at the Fall Into Scraptember Online Crop at Scrappin Coast 2 Coast.

Now on to the cards.

I don't make cards very often but when I do, I pump um out like crazy. These are a few fall cards I made for 30 Cards In 30 Days Contest at YMBD as well as several challenges and crops on forums and blogs.

The thing I love about making cards is that I use up quite a bit of my older stash as well as paper scraps. I usually give many of them away and I sell some of them for a mere $2 each but that doesn't matter.
This coming Saturday is National Card Making Day and I hate that I have to work because I will be missing all the fun and crops going on at the forums and blogs. You ladies (and gents) have fun without me ;)

This "HI" card was inspired by a card I saw in a CMH catalog. I had the same line of paper and loved the design. I used acrylic letters for my HI sentiment rather than what the original designer used and loved how it turned out.

These wintery cards were pretty simple to make and I think they feel so cool and fresh.

I have already given away this baby boy card along with an outfit as a gift to one of my husband's co-workers whose wife just gave birth. I used magic mesh behind the glittery chipboard stars and I thought the touch of ribbon on the large center star really helped set it apart from the others.

Since I've shared SOOO much on this post and have so many extra cards from my weekend of scrapping, why not share a little with you guys???

Please post your comment on your favorite layout or card and why it is your favorite and I will put your name in a drawing for a set of 4 handmade cards with envelopes. Post about my drawing on your blog and leave another comment with a link for an additional chance in the drawing.

Have a wonderful weekend (and think of me working hard while you're scrapping away)