Friday, April 30, 2010


It's the weekend of our National Scrapbook Day celebrations! Yeah! :) I have several posts going up this weekend, check back later today for another blog hop, and then my Scrap and Stamp post will go up tomorrow. I also have at least one more post, right now it's going up Sunday! let's get to it.....

Welcome to Scrapbook Challenges fourth DT blog hop! :) It officially starts at 10am (MT) and will go through Sunday at Midnight (MT)--which is the deadline for qualifying for prizes.

I am your first stop on the hop.

In case you don't know...Scrapbook Challenges is a fun group filled with wonderful people. We have weekly sketches and challenges. There are monthly sponsors for the group with fabulous prizes to win. I just know if you give it a try, you will love it there as much as I do. I am looking forward to the new things we have in store for this next term, including more *well-known* guest designers (can't wait to share our May GDT with you), new classes (with new teachers), and the new Gallery Gems section. But how about we start with our new DT! I find each and every one of them totally inspiring, and you will get to meet them all today! Sadly, we are also saying goodbye to some wonderful people, but they are only leaving the DT...they will still be around in the group. :)

Today, every blog you hop to will have a layout that they made that is based on this sketch created by yours truly:

Here is what I did:

And if you would prefer a two page ya go..

And of course, the best news is that we have lots of FABULOUS PRIZES to give away today! So let me get on with all the ways you can win a prize. :)

1. One lucky person who leaves a comment on all of our blogs in the DT blog hop will win the April kit from Scarlet Lime!!!

Contents list:
Patterned Paper
Lily Bee Designs
fly a kit
Teresa Collins Designs
Mr. and Mrs. Damask
Welcome Home Damask
Chandelier Paper
Studio Calico
American Crafts
Heat Wave
Sassafras Lass
Cherry Delicious
Basic Grey
365 Degree Rubons
Pink Paislee
365 Degrees Die-cuts
Pink Paislee
artisan Tape Red Damask
Pink Paislee
Flower Buttons
Sassafras :Lass
Whisk Dimensional Stickers
American Crafts
Glitter Alphabet Stickers
Adorn It
Eline Crystals
Back to Basics Labels
Basic Grey
This and That:
Sequin Butterfly
Yellow Deco Note Sheet
Scarlet Lime Exclusive
date Stamp
hand stamped house tag
white organza ribbon trim
red pompom trim
yellow/green flower trim
assorted buttons
flower sequins
2. One person who does the sketch and posts in the Hop On section will win the new "My Family" line from Fancy Pants Designs!!!

In this, you will find 12 sheets of double-sided paper, 1 elements sticker sheet, 1 alpha sticker sheet, 1 printed transparency, 1 flocked transparency, 1 sheet of rub-on's, and 8 glitter cuts.

3 and 4. I have two packs from Prima Marketing, one will go to someone who JOINS the group this weekend, and the other will go to someone who INVITES someone to the group this weekend (must be through the invite link on the group):

5. And you will find a 5th prize in the Hop On section! :)

6. And finally, I have a RAK just for one lucky person who comments on MY BLOG today. :) Here it is:

Now that I have overwhelmed you with all the FANTASTIC things you could win. :)

Oh, and thanks for joining us today! :)

In case you get lost in the blog hop today, here is the order:

Supplies for my "Chocolate" layout:
Paper--Sassafras, Lace Cardstock--Creative Imaginations, Die Cuts--My Little Shoebox, Kraft tag--Maya Road, Chipboard--Kiki Art, 3D Paint--Scribbles, Thread--DMC.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

MLS Winner!!!

I can't believe you guys let me get away with that! I had completely forgotten that I hadn't announced a winner for this. And not a single person wrote me and asked about it or made a comment! So sorry everyone!

Here is the winner:

Juli, send me your address so I can get this mailed out to you! :) Send it to

And thanks to everyone for the comments!

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


What is it about age that evokes such strong feelings and fears? I don't mind getting older...maybe I won't feel like that forever though. I want to know your thoughts. But I don't want to just hear them :P I want to see them! I want to see layouts that talk about age. It's for my next article. Here's the official call:

Great Age. Thoughts on how you feel at one age or another? Finding this year to be a bigger milestone than you anticipated? We are looking for layouts that focus on you at your age.

Never submitted before to ScrapStreet? That's ok! It really is the best online magazine around! I have been regularly submitting long before I became part of the team. Check out the rest of the calls too, you can find them here.

Deadline is midnight April 29th for all calls.
Please send your work to

Here's a layout that I made for the April BAP challenge at Prima.

I really love the way this layout turned out, but I like the way it looks in person way better then the above picture. So, I took a lot of close up's to help you see the layout better. :) Here they are...

That heart was cut out of a transparency. I glimmer misted it and then poured UTEE on top of it and heat embossed it. Some of it did bubble a bit, but I think it just adds to the look. :)

Notice that it is an age layout. :)

Pretty much everything is from Prima.

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sketch 196 and some news :)

Happy Monday everyone! :) Today is the last day for my giveaway here. Here's the new sketch for the week:

And here are some samples from the fabulous SC girls...

Annie did a two page layout, here are both of her pages:

And this fabulous layout comes from our guest designer this month, Ana--

And for those of you who like to do two page layouts, here ya go:

If you do the sketch, we want to see it! :) Share a link here OR for a chance to win the monthly sponsorship prize, upload it to the Scrapbook Challenges gallery. Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch!
And on to my news. :) You've heard my rave about my new favorite adhesive company. I am just so amazed with the products I have used from Helmar Adhesives. Well guess what, they asked me to join their design team!!!!!! Oh yeah!!!!!!!!! :) You can see the announcement and the rest of the team here.

Hope you have a fantastic Monday! :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Scrap and Stamp Saturday and Debossing Technique

Hi everyone! First...don't forget about my giveaway in the post below this, or click here. :) The challenge at Scrap and Stamp is up! The challenge this week is a fun one, and it may be new to some of you so I encourage you to give it a try! The challenge is to use debossing on your layout. Are you saying "What's that?" Well, I am glad you asked...let me walk you through it. :)

Start with a piece of paper a little bigger then whatever stamp you want to use. I chose to use a die cut that I cut with my Slice. Other supplies you need:

  • stamp
  • embossing powder
  • heat gun
  • Versamark pad, or some kind of embossing or craft pad.

1. Ink your die cut/piece of paper with your embossing pad.

2. Make sure you have a scratch piece of paper behind your die cut, then pour embossing powder over the whole thing. You want to make sure the whole area is covered, so don't be afraid to pour a lot, you will not lose any--you can just pour it back in the container.

3. Lift your piece of paper up. It may be helpful to use a tool to slide under it. Then lightly tap excess powder off and set aside. If it doesn't look perfect, don't worry you won't be able to tell after adding several layers.

4. Pour your excess powder back into your container.

5. Using your heat gun, heat emboss your piece. I usually hold the heat gun about 2-3 inches away from what I am embossing. Smaller pieces of paper are harder to work with. I recommend when embossing it with your heat gun that you hold the gun directly above the cardstock, and not at an angle...this will keep it from moving all over the place while you are trying to heat it. You can also use a tool to hold it in place, but remember to not use your fingers, it gets very hot.

6. Let it cool for a minute and then start again. Using your embossing pad, cover your piece again.

7. Poor on your embossing powder.

8. Heat.

9. Repeat this process several more times. If you use Ultra Thick embossing powder, then it may not need as many layers. I just used regular embossing powder and I embossed 5 times. I usually emboss 5-6 times when doing this technique.

10. Immediately after your last emboss, while enamel is still hot, stamp your image in it.

There you have it! If it didn't turn out how you worries, just add another layer of embossing powder and melt it all together and try again. :)

Here's the layout I created:

Our sponsor this week at Scrap and Stamp is GCD Studios and they sent us papers to work with. They also have a prize up for grabs for doing this challenge. You can see the prize on the Scrap and Stamp blog. The stamps I used are from Unity Stamp Company. And I added all those gorgeous flowers and pearls from Prima. :)

Hope you join us for the challenge this week!

Have an awesome Saturday!

Friday, April 23, 2010

"Just Add Butter" cont. (and giveaway)

Well it's gloomy and rainy here. It was yesterday too. I don't mind it, in fact I kinda like this weather, but it does make it harder to get good pictures of my projects.

I have more to share with you using the "Just Add Butter" line from My Little Shoebox:

This next one is a wooden dress that I altered, from Say it with Letters...

Ok, and now it's your turn to play with the "Just Add Butter" line. One lucky person will win it just by leaving me a comment on this post. Here's the whole line:

So leave a comment from now until Monday on this post. I will draw a winner and announce it on Tuesday. :)

And I wanted to give a special shout out to Love My Tapes who has sponsored the MLS design team! You know I am a sucker for a good adhesive runner, and their's is fantastic! THANK YOU!!!

Have an awesome Friday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Coming Up!

Just wanted share a couple things with you.... :)

We have an awesome community over at Scrapbook Challenges, would love for you to be a part of that.

And when I say a ton of prizes...I really mean it--you will be floored!!!! :)

Have a fantastic Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Just Add Butter

This month for My Little Shoebox I will be posting stuff using the "Just Add Butter" line of paper. Watch for my giveaway too. :) I remember when I first saw the last releases that I was most excited to work with the Just Add Butter line. The whole line is can find it on the MLS blog or website. Here's my first layout using the line....

And some close up's...

There's a whole lot of dimension going on. :)

Last night I finished writing my first article for ScrapStreet. It was exhilarating...I simply loved it. I may be weird but I loved writing and then printing and reading then changing it all up, and repeating. I love the whole process. I also loved writing papers in school. :) Am I weird? If I am...I'm ok with it.

Have a fantastic day!!!!