Monday, January 25, 2010

Challenge #5 (a little early)

Ok...I know everyone except Diana is working on Valentine's Day things so here is my challenge.

1. Create something for Valentine's Day. It could be a card, something altered, a layout, anything...For those of you that must create valentine's for the kiddies, post a pic of just one of the ideas you have come up with.
2. There must be at least 1 cricut cut included.
3. Due date: Since Natasha's (Challenge #4) is due January 31st, that makes this one February 7th.

I'm hoping this challenge will give everyone a deadline that puts them ahead of schedule for getting their valentine's done.

Good luck and happy scrapping!! Added 1/28/10 - ladies please send everyone one of your little creations to everyone in the group. I don't want to see something special for adults either, I want to see the kid version of the valentine!! That's just 4 extra of what you were making!! Is that ok with everyone? I've included Mistie in this Mistie, your little darling needs to hand out valentine's this year!

Diana: You can do Challenge #6 - you up for that?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Challenge # 4

Posted by PicasaThis was fun!  Pearls are on the flowers.  I added
a few more. I use glue to hold the glitter on the black.
The hearts I have been saving for just this page! 
The "admire" brad was my color scheme. 
Thanks Natasha

Freezer paper T-shirt

Just wanted to share. Made this for a friend's 5 year old son. Of course now my dd wants one. :) I was happy with the way it came out. The c bled a little but otherwise I think it is ok. Sorry it is sideways. It is from Dinosaur tracks.

Challenge 3 - Diana

Hi Ladies. Sorry I have been away this week. I have been working a lot of OT and when I come home kids want me. I challenged myself this week to use my around the page punch that I had and have not used yet. No cricut cuts, maybe I will challenge myself on that next week. I wanted a 8 1/2 x by 11 size in the brown so the spots where the punch did not line up were perfect to put the buttons on with the thread. I used the paper from Wendy as my base and added the brown and turquoise. I only used a few of the words and attached them to the pictures. I did not think Kenzie was romantic yet though, so I did not use that word! :)

Challenge #4 Completed!!

I must say that I just loved this challenge, items. I had the flowers here so I could add some extras. This one has bazzill cardstock as the background paper and the plum color, My Mind's Eye for the stripes, polka dot and the photo mat, American Cardstock for the swirls that were cut using Home Accents (aren't we proud, I used a cartridge!!). The butterfiles were cut using SCAL.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Challenge #3 Complete

I scream, U scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM. It took ALL week, but I finally used all the pieces. The polka dot paper is at the top. I used a border punch for the edge. The thread holds my sign on the second page. The rhinestones are on both pages and the ribbon I used only the word sweet and it's on the I in ICE CREAM. This layout is stickled to the hilt....I also used Glossy Accents on all the brown, the chocolate on the ice cream and the letters in "we all" on the sign. They resemble thickers... The hot pink background paper is American Crafts, the sherbert colored photo mats are bazzill, the words are cut from AC textured cardstock. The sundaes (complete with the cherries) are cut using SCAL using a pattern from

I did struggle with some of the pieces. I did not try to do anything with any of the pieces until the Sunday when I posted the challenge. I did manage to accept Mistie's challenge and use pictures this time.....I also journaled which is unheard of from me!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Grandmother's Flower Garden.. Challenge #3

Challenge #3 was a stretch for me. Wendy sent an envelope with two sheets of polka dot paper, ribbon, a skein of "cross stitch" thread and Rinestones in green and gold. The ribbon had 4 words on it... youthful, sassy, sweet and romantic. The ribbon was white with pink and brown letters... Very interesting... :)

Grandmother's Flower Garden and the grass is Plantin Schoolbook. I used a glitter pen to "lighly cover" the letters. Outlined the letters with a black Creative Memories pen. I knew I was going to do spring flowers... I'm ready for Spring and those are the next pictures I am going to scrap.. if I can get them printed! :( I punched a sheet of "dots" to make my flowers. Used Wild Card for the green stems and altered them. I tried to use the dot paper to matt the pictures. I didn't like the look... I used paper I had on hand. Some of it is Creative Memories. I stamped a couple of the matts with Inkadinkado stamp and Stamps by Judith amethyst ink. (Thanks you Sue D for teaching me how) I use Microsoft Word for my journaling... Here is where I get "creative"... I use the ribbon to "write out" four of the words in my journal spot. I am not satisfied with that but I have learned to just "stop" and do no more... lol... I added three "gems" on the Flower Garden page, top left. I "hand stitched" the mat with the "pine cones" ... I can't remember the name of the stitch but I did remember how to do it after 5 starts on 5 different papers! lol... I can honestly say I do not think I have ever hand sewn paper... Thanks Wendy it was fun!

Pictures, they seem to be a bit fuzzy?  Need to check for "tiny" fingerprints maybe  :0!
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Challenge #4

OK!!! Here it is challenge #4.... rules are as follows:

1. You do not have to use all of what I sent but part of each.
2. Follow the color theme in your package.
3. Have FUN!!! --- that's it, wish I were more creative but I guess easier is better right??

Can't wait to see what you girls make. I may be sitting the week out due to homework, uggg, blaaah etc... we'll see if I get any scrappy time this week, I also need to help my children start their valentines... so much to do so little time. I need lots of prayers for school girls it's already doing me in after 2 weeks :(

Natasha's Package is here...

Natasha your package is here and oops!! I opened it before I thought..I don't have this weeks layout completed... Opps!!!

I have an idea already for your cute little package!! Hey Wendy, can I just skip on over to next week??? lololo

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Renegade C and R

They were here this morning just laying on my layout waiting for me to glue them down. I wasn't sure is that was the right place for them.....tonight I come home to work on my layout and they are GONE!!

**Nana is wondering at this point just what the cat did with my letters!!**

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I found a new product to use and I LOVE it!!

After watching several Tim Holtz videos on YouTube, one of the things he used consistantly was Glossy Accents. He used it like a glue in the one video I watched for making roses. Well I went and got some using a 40% off coupon at M's.

I must say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It isn't really a glue but it sure works like one and works right now. Those tiny little places where you just need a touch of clear glue that really holds, this is the stuff. The layout I'm working on, I used it on the chocolate syrup and I think it looks great. I can also see this used for accents on flowers and other embellishments. I could also see using this for getting glitter on things too.

Just thought I would share with you guys! Anyone else have something they have tried and just love?


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Challenge #3

Ok, so it looks like I might be the first one done for once, lol. This is my double layout of my DD's third birthday, the pics I had are not great but you gotta work with what ya got right?? Anyway, title is "My princess turns 3", the words are thickers and the three is cut from A Child's Year. I used my ribbon behind the words. My thread is attached to the balloon cut from A Child's year and connects and wrapps around the picture. On the second page the cuts are from Hello Kitty. Oh yeah and i pop dotted the 3 to stand up. Thanks for looking =] can't wait to see what everyone else made with their goodies. Challenge 4 packages should go out tomorrow hopefully.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Challenge #2... almost

Hello Ladies! Well this is as far as I got on the challenge, but this was a HUGE step for me because I actually got my scrapbooking stuff out for the first time in over 7 months and I made a space to scrapbook :) I also came to the realization that I do not have any adhesive! With that said, I respectfully ask for an extension...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My freezer paper onsie!

Here is my newest creation....I'm thrilled with how it turned out!! This is done with a cut file in SCAL. If anyone wants the file, send me your email and I will send it to you.


Challenge #2

I thought I was going to have to do this after kids went to bed. Working on a new laptop and was not sure how everything was going to work. But I was able to figure everything out and it went much easier than I thought it would.

I used all SU paper except the pattern paper is from a pack from Quick Quotes, stars are Plantin Schoolbook, inked and embossed with swiss dots, Font is Cuttin Up. Now we have a picture of me. Not in my best moment, but it is a picture. :) I still have to get one for the site.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Challenge #3

Ok ladies....

I'm going to post the challenge early just in case someone gets antsy and opens their envelope.

1. You must use all the pieces that are in the envelope. You don't need to use all of it but you do need to use each item.

2. You can add anything you want to the items in the envelope to make your layout complete

3. Deadline is the following weekend!

HAVE FUN!! Next month someone else can pick the items that must be used.


Everyone is welcome to do the weekly challenges!

Please do invite your friends to join us in the weekly challenges. If we can put a 2nd group together, they can do the swaps as well. I still want to keep our group small but we can always do a second group too.


Here is my layout with my snowglobe, thought you girls might wanna see. =]

challenge 2

ok so I don't know why it loaded sideways but this is my layout inspired by the toy. I used a photo of my great neice bo bunny stickers and prima bling. paper is mostly bazzill cardstock.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

shinning STAR


Just used things I had on hand..
Background star and letters are Plantin Schoolbook
Paper is Creative Memories except tiny stars are
Clearance bin ... I need to print pictures ..
My printer and I are having words...
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Just chatting!

Diana, we need a picture of you to post on our blog!!

Just as a heads up, my sister Mistie is going to pull out her scrapbooking things and do this challenge with us. She has until Sunday to get it posted to to the blog!! Now that I've told you all she is going to do it, she really needs to!

Are these challenges starting to get you guys moving again after the holidays? When you are ready for a swap with the 4 of us, let me know.


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Challenge #2 Completed!!

So maybe my Christmas stuff isn't down and maybe my kitchen still has dirty dishes in it...but I finished it!

I scrap these for my sister and then she adds the pics. There really isn't alot of cricut involved in this one other than the words that are cut. And the lion is using SCAL. This one was done BEFORE I figured out that there were patterns out there that could be used. I figured this one out by myself.

I used the picture for the color choices I made. I also used the stars.


Challenge #2

Using the picture as inspiration, create a layout. I had a bit of help on this one since it is my nephew Griffin's toy and he's in CT.

Everyone, look for a package from me this week BUT you may not open it until Sunday. It will be challenge #3.


My Scraplifted layout

Ok, not sure how to do this or if it is going to work. May have to send my info to Wendy.

Here is the layout I scraplifted. From monkeydoodle cricut, Monique Griffith. I could not (and still have not) decided which pictures I wanted to put on the page, but I knew which layout I wanted to scraplift. Finally figured out as I was getting ready for my crop I wanted to use Dinosaur Tracks because I had not used it yet. Started doing the layout and realized there were just too many layers to the dinos and I was talking WAY to much to do them all. So I decided to do the fossils. Now when I cut them out on my gypsy, they did not line up very well. But since this is only for me, it did not bug me too much! ;) I thought it added to the whole fossil, old feel to it. Here is my scraplifted layout.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I need everyone's addresses......

If it's ok, I'll have Renee forward them to me....if she still has them! I have challenge #2 and #3 already to go but challenge #3 requires me to mail you something.

I think they will be fun fun fun...


I'm not late

Hey Ladies. Just got home from a all day crop. I finished my layout, but not sure which pictures I want to put on it., so there are none. I am behind on printing, so not sure if I want to use new or old pictures. But because I just got home I will probably have to post my layout tomorrow. I just wanted you to know that I did do what I was supposed to today! :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Renee's scraplifted layout





Plymouth Ice Festival

I scraplifted my favorite scrapper again..HAHAHAHA lololol I know I didn't do it exactly like I was supposed to but I had fun doing it and you said we could scraplift!!!

Used Creative memories paper...
Pictures Are my hubby holding Madison...
Letters Alphalicious
Snowflakes When It's Cold Outside w/ stickles
Snowflake brad!

Oh I got your Snowglobe envelopes in the mail today girls!!! YEAH!!!

It is snowing like crazy.... for the last 8 hours....uggggg

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I made a flower!!

The stickles are still drying...but how does it look? I've been wanting to make my own flowers because I can never find exactly what I am looking for when I'm doing a layout.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

challenge 1







Ok girls here is what I did on my birthday yesterday. This is my layout for the scraplift a sketch challenge. I used a sketch from stuckonyousketches (sous).

All the paper is from a kit i recieved in a Christmas rak including the ribbon and vellum. For the title "morning sunshine" i used Opposites Attract. The circle around the pic is skittles.

This is my youngest son when he woke up on vacation this summer, my oldest son woke up next to him and took the pics with his new camera as we were all still in bed.

Can't wait for challenge 2. =]

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My First Challenge Completed!!

Here you go ladies, here's my first done challenge!! As I was going along, I realized that I hadn't used my cricut at all so I added the cute bear in the pumpkin patch. He was cut with SCAL2 (cut SCAL would work and I have the cut file if anyone wants it)....that's a pattern from

This layout is quite heavy since the paper is just piled on it. Each piece of paper is matted and the photo mats are triple matted. I used the brads that I bought in CT while at Tuesday Mornings. The leaves and spikey thing is from M's in the flower section. Most of the paper is from Scrap Pad To Go purchased at Ollie's. It's by K&Company. The big polka dot paper I have no clue where I got it from. I found it in my blue file when I was searching for paper. The solid rust color is by American Crafts and was also purchased at Tuesday Mornings in CT. The bows are done with raffia adn there are bazzill buttons under them.

Almost forgot to post where I scraplifted from. Here's the pic that I used for inspiration and here's the link to the Scrapbarn.

Click here for link to scraplifted page.

If there is anything from this layout you would like made for you, please don't hesitate to ask.


ps....I actually fulfilled my personal challenge, to finish this layout this weekend!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Here's what I did today!!




I was very very bad.....

After I told Renee that I was not going to get distracted from cleaning up my scraproom, I ended up going shopping!! I had a $50 gift card for M's AND 2 coupons for there.....BIG MISTAKE. You know and not to be out done, I went to J's too!! Why did I not know they had 50% off their red sticker clearance?? Did I really need those paper stacks?? But they ended up being only $4.50, so I needed them right??

I got flock on 70% off clearance at M's....yup, needed that too!! How can I challenge you ladies to use flock if I don't have any? Or the Pocket Full of Posies paper stack at J's for $4.50...can't challenge you to use it if I don't have it!! And the thread I bought at J's, can't sew on my layouts if I don't have thread right?? (We won't mention that I do sew and have a full box of thread but these colors were just gorgeous!!)

Yup, you guys are my total excuse on why I needed to go shopping and not clean my scrap room!!

January 2010 Challenge

I like that challenge and we're going to run with it and here are some more requirements...

Find your favorite scrapper and SCRAPLIFT one of their layout designs. The theme must be an event from the past year BUT may not be a holiday. You need to use only items you currently have in your stash. Please remember these do not need to be exact but they must include pics.

Your deadline for this challenge is Jan. 9th. You can either post on the thread yourself or email me pics and instructions on how you made your layout. If your favorite scrapper has a blog, please be sure to include a link so we can all thank them!!

Good Luck and I look forward to seeing your designs!


Friday, January 1, 2010

Renee's Challenge

I am making myself use my old carts. So whatever Wendy's challenge is I am challenging each of you to use your old carts! Or the carts you have now! My Snow Globe was made with Joy of the Season cart. Wendy asked about the flowers... I made those from the same cart JOS. Bent them up a bit. Stickles.. Oh I used a plain old hole punch for the staymen.. sp?.. the three snowflakes on top left are from Creative Memories.. their new punch. snow flake middle left is a brad.. I dropped a piece of glitter there so I had to cover it... So I guess not all is Joy of the Season.. Oh and I don't have many alphabet carts. I used Alphalicious for the Noel and used Red Stickles.


Ok ladies, January 1 is upon us and it's time to get this going so


Did anyone have a chance to use one of the sketches from the site I posted. I'm almost finished with one and will post a pic this weekend because I'm FORCING myself to do that!!

I think one of the great things about this blog is that if we get stuck....we can ask for help! I think everyone in this group does just amazing work!

Ok.....I'll have an official challenge posted this weekend....everyone ready??