Sunday, December 29, 2013

RCS #60-"New Year's Eve"

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas  and are ready for the new year!  I know I am ready for 2014 and what is to come!  Today I am here to bring you the last challenge for Red Carpet Studio in 2013! This weeks challenge is inspired by the movie New Years Eve and the challenge is to create a project using something new!  
For my layout I am using a new paper pad and I am using a photo I took on Instagram of my new editing software my love surprised my with for Christmas!!

I hope you will join us in our last challenge of 2013!  Our sponsor this week is Sparkly Sweet Craft Notions and one lucky, randomly chosen winner will receive their choice of 3 one yard ribbon samples! Don't forget, the team will also be choosing their 3 favorite projects be featured in our "Spotlight!"

Thanks so much for stopping and please head on over and check out what the rest of the design team has created HERE.

Challenges Entered
Paper Issues-Shiny and New

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Perfect Numbers

Well it is snowing like crazy here in Illinois after a day of freezing rain mother nature has decided to coat us with a ton of snow!  It sure does look beautiful out there but I am definitely staying indoors today!  I have some great projects to share with you today over at the Paper Wings Productions blog and would love for you to stop over and take a look!  I am featuring a fabulous stamp set that is a must have for all stampers!  We all need a great numbers set and this one is perfect!!  Perfect Numbers.  and this stamp set is also included in the December Nesting Components Kit which is up for sale now in the Paper Wings Productions Shop. 
Here is a look at one of my cards using this great stamp set.
To find out how I created this card and two see my other two projects please head on over to the Paper Wings Productions Blog and let me know what you think!  Thanks so much for stopping and if you are being hit with this crazy weather please be safe!  Enjoy your day!

Challenges Entered
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog-Stamp out
TTCRD-Anything Goes

Sunday, December 15, 2013

RCS #59

Welcome to another challenge over at Red Carpet Studio!  This week we are teaming up with Stuck?! Sketches who have provided a fabulous sketch to go along with our challenge!  By creating a layout using their sketch and our challenge theme, you're eligible to enter both challenges and win prizes!  Our challenge this week is inspired by the movie How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Our challenge is to create a layout using the provided sketch and adding a Christmas tree.  It can be on the layout or in your picture.   Here is a look at my layout using this sketch.

Our sponsor is The Paper Nest Dolls and one lucky, randomly chosen winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to their store! Don't forget, the team will also be choosing their 3 favorite projects be featured in our "Spotlight!"  I hope you will join us this week with this great challenge and make sure to check out what the rest of the design team came up with using this sketch HERE!  Thanks for stopping and have a great day!!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Scrapbook Saturday with PWP

Hello!!  It has been way to long since I have last posted to my blog!  This week has been so crazy busy and on top of that our sweet baby Eli caught a nasty cold!  Today I am up on the Paper Wings Productions blog for Scrapbook Saturday sharing a layout I created with the December Nesting Components Kit.  I swear I say this every month but this really is my most favorite kit yet!  Carrie has picked out some amazing products this month and I was so excited when my kit arrived in the mail! 
If you are looking for a fabulous kit to work with this month the December Nesting Components Kit is the one for you!  Here is a peek at my layout using this months kit!
For details on how my layout came together and to get a look at the completed layout please head on over to my blog post HERE.  I also have a quick video for you so you see the contents of this great kit!!  Enjoy!

 Thanks so much for stopping and enjoy your day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Paper Wings Productions Winter Blog Hop

WELCOME to the Paper Wing Productions Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway!  If you've arrived here from the Paper Wings Productions blog, then you're in the right place.  If you’re just stopping by for a visit, please CLICK HERE to start from the beginning.
This month our theme is Winter.  So grab something warm, get comfortable and enjoy the hop.
The main prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store.

For a chance to win all you need to do is:
  • be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • come back and leave us a comment on the pwp blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning: like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec 10th, 2013 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.

Thank you so much for hopping with us today I am very excited to be sharing a super simple project today that first started out just being a single card but then lead into a gift bag, card and tags!  I just could not stop creating with my Paper Wings Productions stamps!  I started with my card and used the stamp sets Holiday Tags and Christmas Mix It Up. 
After creating my card I realized I wanted to add this to the front of a bag and give it as a gift so I ran up to my kitchen grabbed a paper lunch sack and first ran it through my Cuttlebug to add some embossed polka dots to the bag.  Next I took some decorative scissors and trimmed off the top of the bag and then began adding a few stamped images from Holiday Mix It Up, Holiday Tags and Snowman Love.  I then cut a slit in the bag so I could then slip the card in and it would be displayed nicely on the front of the bag!  This bag will be perfect to package up some sweet holiday treats for Christmas and some handmade tags to go on the treat bags is just the perfect touch!  The Holiday Tags stamp set is the perfect set to help you create and customize your very own tags!  After adding my treats and tags to the inside of the bag I finished it off with a some ribbon that I tied in a bow and I now have a beautiful handmade gift to give this holiday season!

Thank you all so much for stopping today I hope you enjoyed my project and it has you in the mood to create something special!  The Paper Wings Productions shop has just what you need to make your holiday projects sparkle so make sure to head on over and check them out after you hop!  Your next stop is IRIT'S blog and you are going to love what she has to share with you all today!!  Enjoy!
***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***

Erica Rose Thompson -
Irit Shalom -
Katie Smith -
Norma Gomez -
Carrie Avery -
Amber Rasmuss -
Cathi O’Neill -
Dana Tatar -

Paper Wings Productions Blog “The Aviary­ -

Let Your Creativity Take Flight!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Holidays

Hello friends!  I am excited to be sharing with you another card using the fabulous stamps from Craffiti Direct.  If you missed my post a couple weeks ago on how I received 2 free stamp sets from Craffiti Direct please check it out HERE!  I am also proud and excited to announce that I will be a regular blogger for Craffiti Direct and will be posting a couple times a month!  There is something exciting coming soon so stay tuned and make sure you follow them and like them on FACEBOOK!  For today's card I used the lovely background stamp BARNWOOD and a holiday sentiment from CUTE CHRISTMAS.  I stamped the background stamp in Cherry Cobbler ink from Stampin Up and stamped it onto white cardstock. I then added a great glittery snowflake that I die cut with a Stampin Up die and adhered it to a black card base.
I love that it is simple, pretty, and festive all in one card!  There are so many great possibilities with the BARNWOOD background stamp!  If you are unfamiliar with Craffiti Direct please head on over to there online shop HERE!  You will find great stamps that are reasonably priced and have been made exclusively in the USA!  You can also find them on PINTEREST so make sure you follow them for some amazing inspiration!  Thank you all so much for stopping today and I hope you enjoyed my card using Craffiti Direct stamps!

Challenges Entered
Curtain Call-Christmas Countdown
The Pink Elephant-TPE28 Winter
Jo's Scrap Shack-Get In The Spirit
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Make your own Background

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Scrapbook Saturday

Hey there everyone!  I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving!  Today I am up on the Paper Wings Productions blog sharing a scrapbook layout using a ton of there great stamps!  I am loving the Thankful stamp set and I used it in my title.  The font is fabulous and I love the size!  Here are a few shots of my layout...

Most of the papers in my layout are from My Minds Eye Cut & Paste Collection.  To see my completed layout and for more details on the stamp sets used please head on over to the Paper Wings Productions Blog!  Thanks so much for stopping today and enjoy your Saturday!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Sparkle

Can you believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow?  I am looking forward to a relaxing day with our family and eating some great food!  Today I wanted to pop in real quick and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and to share with you a card I created yesterday afternoon with a super cute stamp set from Paper Wings Productions called Snowman Love and Holiday Sparkle.  I love that the Snowman Love stamp set comes with all these great little images you can paper piece onto your snowman!  I used Day 26 sketch from Memory Works 30 Days, 30 Cards as my inspiration and came up with this great colorful Holiday card.

I love used a 6x6 paper stack I picked up from Target and it is from American Crafts.  I love all the bright colors in this paper pack and I think I many need to pick up another one!  The sentiment is also from Paper Wings Productions and is called Holiday Sparkle.  Make sure you head on over to the Paper Wings Productions Blog for my holiday inspiration and our Winter Blog Hop is just around the corner to be on the look out for more information soon!  If you would like to pick up these two great stamp sets please head on over to the Paper Wings Productions Shop HERE and you can find these both under the Holiday stamps!  Thank you all so much for stopping today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and have a Happy Thanksgiving! 
Challenges Entered
Paper Issues-Its beginning to look alot like Christmas
Simon Say Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps-#73Holidays

Sunday, November 24, 2013

RCS #58

Welcome to another challenge for Red Carpet Studio!  This week the challenge is inspired by the movie The Nutcracker.
The challenge is to use ribbon & lace on a project!  This week our challenge is hosted by the fabulous CONNIE.  I created a fun card with a lot of color and of coarse ribbon & lace!  I used a great but simple sentiment from a Craffiti Direct stamp set called Cute Christmas. 

Our sponsor this week is Limited Runs Digital Stamps and one lucky, randomly chosen winner will receive 3 Digi Stamps. Don't forget, the team will also be choosing their 3 favorite projects to be featured in our "Spotlight!"
I hope you will all join us in this weeks challenge and please head on over to the Red Carpet Studio blog to check out all the great projects the rest of the RCS Design Team has created!  Thanks so much for stopping today and have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Craffiti Direct is in the house!

I love when I find a new company that I just love!  Recently while on Facebook I found a new stamp company called Craffiti Direct!  I immediately fell in love with all of their stamps!  I will admit that I am more of a scrapper and mini album maker than a card maker and I did not use my stamps as much as I should!  But I have been cranking out cards like crazy these days!  I have also been using a ton more stamps on my layouts and in my mini books!! Craffiti Direct recently posted on their Facebook page for their fans to share their page with others and if anyone could get at 10 or more friends to like their page they would get 2 stamp sets of their choice! Well I went right to work inviting all my crafty friends that I knew would love their stamps as much as I do and guess what I won and I got to pick two free stamp sets!  Fabulous!!  The stamps I chose were Barn Wood and Cute Christmas Today I wanted to share one of the cards I created with the Cute Christmas stamp set.  I used the sketch from Day 20 of Memory Works 30 Days, 30 Cards.

How seriously cute is this Christmas tree!  I added a little of my glitter pen to the outline of the stamp to add just a little bit of sparkle and some stickles on the star!  Please head on over to Craffitti Direct and check out all the amazing stamps they have to offer and do not forget to head on over to their FACEBOOK page and like their page!  Tell them Erica Rose sent you and share with all your crafty friends!  Who knows maybe you will be the next one to receive some fabulous stamps!  I will be back next week to show you what I have created with the stamp set Barnwood!  Thanks so much for stopping today and enjoy your day!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Heidi Swapp Mixed Company Blog Share

"The world is round so that friendship may encircle it."

Thank you so much for joining us in our 2nd Blog Share!  You should have made your way from Jody's blog.  If this is your first stop please head on over to GIA at The Painted Crane This month we are featuring products from Heidi Swapps Mixed Company and Color Magic lines!  I can not get enough of this Color Magic paper!!  It is so much fun to work with the Color Magic and Heidi Swapps Color Shine.  The Color Shine comes in so many colors there are endless possibilities with this stuff!!  If you have not yet got your hands on some Color Shine and Color Magic I highly suggest putting this at the top of your wish lists friends!!  The first project I want to share with you is actually the last project I completed and I think it is one of my favorites because it was super easy, fun and quick!  I took one 12x12 piece of Color Magic added three different colors of Color Shine (Sweet Cherry Mint Green and Mustard) to it and once it was dry I cut it down to 6 fronts measuring 5 1/4x4 I then took some of my favorite Heidi Swapp stickers and added simple sentiments to the card fronts!  I then adhered 3 of these to black card bases to create simple but O so super cute cards!

I also now have three card fronts ready to go whenever needed!  Next up I have a very special layout I created using one of the photos taken while attending one of Heidi's classes at Hannah's Home Accents!  What an amazing experience meeting HEIDI SWAPP!  She truly is the sweetest!  I knew I had to scrap this photo and this layout will be going in frame and hung up in my craft space!  

My last two projects are mini albums of coarse!  I am a mini album lover and I just can not get enough of them!  I love that my babies are going to have boxes filled with all these albums of documented memories!  All the big and little moments in life, hand written journaling, photos, receipts, letters, all kinds of great stuff for them to enjoy and to pass on to their kids!  My first album is of our sweet baby Eli James!  I used the Mixed Company Fotostack to create my album adding an extra flap to the cover so I could journal on the other side.  I added Instagrams of Eli that I have taken this year with little bits and prices of ephemera here and there and even pulled out some of my Heidi Swapp stickers I had in my stash.  I love how her lines can easily be mixed and matched so well!  I also used my Epiphany Crafts tool to help hold my ribbon closure and the royal blue sequins on the cover are from JODY at SpiegelMom Scraps.

Now let me just share with you why I created this last project!  You all know those plastic photo sleeves that come in your wallet?  Well I am always using them for the kids school pictures or sports photos because we all know we end up with a ton of wallet sized photos!  I wanted something pretty to have in my purse to hold my kids photos!  So when someone asked to see photos of my kids I can show them the photos in something nice and pretty and not just a flimsy plastic photo sleeve in my wallet!  Take a look at what I created!

How stinkin cute is this little mini photo album!?  There is even room for three more photos once the last page is turned!  The base of this album is made using one piece of 12x12 cardstock and is super simple to create!  Thank you all so much for stopping today and being a part of our 2nd Blog Share!  A huge thank you to Gia for putting together this whole idea of the Blog Shares and for putting together these fabulous kits!!  Make sure you head on over to JENN'S blog and see what amazing things she has put together with her kit full of Heidi's amazing products!  Here is a look at the upcoming blog share schedule

The BIG REVEAL of something very special DECEMBER 1, the date

January 9, 2014-Close to My Heart Laughing Lola, sponsored by Lynn Darda, CTMH independent consultant
Joining us: Erica Thompson, Lynn Darda, Jody Spiegelhoff, and newcomer Cassandra Henson/CTMH consultant and future Kiwi Lane Designs demonstrator 

January 23,2013-Carta Bella WildflowerJoining us: Erica Thompson, Jody Spiegelhoff, Jenn Bidwell Edwardson, Cathie Hollins, and Lacey Igo Gasper

February date TBD: Hazel and Ruby ( a brand new scrapbooking company)Gone Typo and Chalk It Up
Joining Us: Jody, Erica, Lacey, Cathie, Jenn, Lacey, and Janey, and  you??