Sunday, September 29, 2013

RCS-Pretty in Pink

I am here today to share with you another great challenge from Red Carpet Studio!  This week our challenge is inspired by the movie Pretty in Pink and our challenge is to use the color pink in our project! Easy Peasy!

Our sponsor this week is Downtown Tape and they have a $20.00 gift certificate to their store for our randomly chosen winner!  

So get into your craft spaces and pull out some pink supplies and get crafty!  I can not wait to see what you all can come up with!  I chose to create a card this week with some papers I have had in my stash for a long time from Close to My Heart!  

It felt really good to finally cut into this paper pack!  Please head on over to the Red Carpet Studio blog to see what the rest of the design team has created this week!  Thanks so much for stopping today and have a fabulous day!

Challenges Entered
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

Saturday, September 28, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash

Happy Saturday everyone!  I have been so busy the last few weeks I have not been able to participate in many challenges lately!  Well today I made sure to make some time to get crafty!  Earlier this week while I was visiting my favorite blogs I came across a great challenge that my dear friend Lynn at  From My Bungalow was participating in and I thought it would be a fun challenge to do!  10 Minute Craft Dash  is a challenge hosted by Paulina over at Pretty Pink Posh on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month where you create your card in 10 minutes or less!  We all have 10 minutes to get craft so why not create a great card and enter it into this fabulous challenge.  Here are the colors to use in this weeks challenge.
Colors: Azure Blue, Gray, Cherry Red
I pulled my materials out and then found the current sketch over at Retro Sketches and set my timer!

I had so much fun making this card knowing my timer was going!  Here is a look at my finished card..
I finished in under 10 minutes coming in at 8minutes and 40 seconds! 
Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you check out the 10 Minute Craft Dash!  Have a great day!

Challenges Entered
Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

Friday, September 27, 2013

With Some Sparkle

Hello Friends!  I am up on the Paper Wings Productions blog today with a great post featuring their amazing stamp set   With Some Sparkle!  You can pick this stamp set up from their shop along with many other amazing products!  I also have a coupon code for you to use that will give you 25% off your order!  Just use the code PWP*FAN6 to receive your discount!  I had so much fun creating my journal cover and I used a variety of products from my stash and from the PWP Shop!  Here are a couple photos of my journal.

Please head on over to the Paper Wings Productions blog to see my full post and to find out how I created my cover and what products I used to get this look HERE!  As always I love your bloggy comments so let me know what you think and if you also keep some type of journal!  Thanks so much for stopping today and enjoy your day!

Challenges Entered
Jo's Scrap Shack-Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Craft Warehouse and Echo Parks Reflections

Hello Friends!  I am very excited to be up on the Craft Warehouse blog today!  I am sharing a layout I created using Echo Parks Reflections Fall Line.  You will find this line along with all your crafty needs at Craft Warehouse!  I had so much fun creating with all the fabulous product in this line!  The colors are absolutely beautiful and they will help you create the most beautiful Fall projects!  Please make sure to head over and check out my post HERE!  As always I would love for you to leave me some bloggy love and share my post with all your crafty friends!!  Here is a look at my completed layout!

To see my step by step on how I created this layout please head on over to the Craft Warehouse Blog!  Thanks so much for stopping today and have a wonderful day!!

Challenges Entered
Jo's Scrap Shack-Anything Goes

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Little Halloween!

Hello Everyone!  Today I am posting over on the Paper Wings Productions blog!  I created three Halloween projects for this weeks Themed Thursday post.  I used one of my favorite Halloween stamps from the PWP Shop called Little Halloween.  Here is a look at one of the projects I created using this great stamp set!
I love to create fun packaging for Halloween treats and this stamp set is perfect for all your Halloween projects!  Please head on over to the Paper Wings Productions blog and see what else I created using this great little stamp set HERE!  Make sure to leave some great bloggy love while you are there and also check out what fellow Design Team member AMBER created using this same stamp set!  Thanks so much for stopping today and have a great day!

Challenges Entered
Great Impressions-Fall Colors
Catered Crop-Pack it Up
TTCRD-Anything Goes

Sunday, September 15, 2013

RCS #53 Challenge-Kindergarten Cop

Hello Friends!  I am so excited to be sharing with you a layout a created for the Red Carpet Studio  Challenge this week!  Our challenge is inspired by the movie Kindergarten Cop and our challenge is to use numbers and letters in our projects!

Our sponsor this week is There She Goes Clear Stamps and one lucky, randomly chosen winner will receive $15 Gift Certificate to the store. Don't forget, the team will also be choosing their 3 favorite projects be featured in our "Spotlight!"

 I knew exactly what photo I wanted to scrap for this challenge and was very excited to get to work on my layout!  I recently took a class at Hannah's Home Accents with the amazing and fabulous Teresa Collins!  I was running late to the class and was one of last to show up and as I walked in I was a bit star struck when I came face to face with her!  She is absolutely beautiful for one but just as beautiful on the inside!  She has to be one of the sweetest ladies ever!  She shared one of her life's stories with us and it was very touching and has changed me in a big way!  I am always the one behind the camera and DO NOT like my picture taken!  Well she reminded me of just how important it is to "Be in the photos". To leave these memories for our babies!  To remember and document our life because like is short and so precious!  I want my children to be able to have photos to look back on and me be in the photos with them!  We women can be so hard on ourselves these days!  I always worry about my weight and how I am going to look in the photo but that is not what is important!  I am so very thankful for Teresa Collins for sharing her story with us and for opening up my eyes!  I am now in my photos and have actually taken a ton of photos with my babies and of myself!  So for this layout I wanted to scrap the photo of Teresa and I that I will always cherish!!
I used the papers and embellishments from one of Teresa Collins new lines Memorabilia!  I love this line and the quality of her paper is the best!!  I love how thick it is and it is perfect for making mini albums!  I kept my layout very simple because I wanted the photo to be the main focus!  I want to thank you all for stopping today and I want you to all be in more photos!!!  I would love for you to all challenge yourself to be in more photos and scrap at least one photo with you in it this month!!  Please head on over to Red Carpet Studio and see what the rest of the Design Team has created for this challenge!  You have until Saturday September 28th at 11:00p.m. to link up and you may enter up to three times!  Have a wonderful day!

Challenges Entered
Penny's Paper-Anything Goes
TTCRD-Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Little Layout Share..

Good Morning!  I hope everyone is having a fantastic week so far!  We have had some very hot days here in Illinois and I am hoping things start to cool off very soon!  I have my cinnamon warmer on and my home smells of Fall and I am so ready for the cooler temperatures.  Now that my 3 oldest are back in school I have tried my hardest to get my two little men on the same napping schedule....not going as well as I would like but it did work for me the other day and I was able to get a layout done!  As I was adding the last couple drops of Mister Hueys to my layout I could hear the little sound of footsteps upstairs and I was so happy I had completed my layout while they were napping!  I used a sketch from Let's Scrap and papers from  Heidi Swapp SERENDIPITY collection.  I love this paper pad almost as much as I love the Sugar Chic paper pad!  Here is a look at the sketch I used and my completed layout


I used the right side of the sketch as my inspiration for my layout and I am very happy with my completed layout!  My daughter loves the water and I am so happy I jumped in the water to capture these moments of her having so much fun!  I am also the crazy camera mom and have to take photos of just about everything!  Do you find yourself taking photos of everything?  Even just the everyday moments?  I know I do and it makes me so happy to know I have all these memories to leave for my babies!  I hope you enjoyed my layout and remember to capture all the little moments that you can!  Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping today!

Challenges Entered
The Paper Girls Challenge#39-Wired Up
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog-Anything Goes
Paper Playtime Challenge#18-Use 3 Different Pattern Papers

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Embellish Me Happy September Challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I am here today with the September Challenge for Embellish Me Happy!  This month we challenge you to DIY!  The possibilities are endless with this months challenge!  You can create your own embellishments, alter a frame, and so on.  Just have fun with it and Do It Yourself!  For my project I took a plain picture frame I picked up from the dollar bins at Michael's and altered it into a chalkboard Christmas frame.  I plan to set this in my kitchen and let the kids count down the days in December.  I will leave a piece of white chalk out for them to change the date everyday!  I used some Martha Stewart chalkboard paint and some washi tape I purchased from our sponsor this month SpiegelMom Scraps!  I also created a super cute poinsettia flower to add to my frame!

Here is a look at my altered frame for the September Embellish Me Happy Challenge!
I had so much fun with our challenge this month and I hope you find some time to join our DIY Challenge!  Please take a moment and head on over to our September Sponsor's amazing shop HERE!!  She has some fabulous product in her shop that you will absolutely love!  I want to send out a huge congrats to our August winner over at Embellish Me Happy!  Jackie completed 5 of the challenges and did an amazing job on all of them!  She was our randomly chosen winner!  Also congrats to Karen Ruiz for winning my blog candy for the Back to School Hop!!  Please email me at with your mailing info!  Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Paper Wings Productions September Blog Hop

WELCOME our Autumn themed Paper Wing Production's Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway!  If you've arrived here from Cathi's 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 we’re sharing gorgeous autumn themed projects full of warm rich colors.  So get comfortable and prepare to be inspired!!  This month’s main prize is a gift certificate to the New Paper Wings Production’s 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 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, Sept 9th, 2013 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.

I absolutely love the Autumn season and all the many beautiful colors!  For my project I have created a tag with some beautiful Autumn colors!  I started with a plain Ranger #8 size manila tag and went to work to create this great tag for my journal.

I stamped the Circle Background Stamp all over my tag with VersaMark and heat embossed it with some UTEE by Ranger.  I then added some Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon and Crushed Olive Distress Ink to my non-stick craft sheet and spritz with some water.  I placed my tag directly into the ink making sure to pick up some of that great color and then heated it with my heat gun.  I love this technique and the colors just scream Fall!!  I then went to work embellishing my tag and used an image from the Fall Clip Art sheet and also stamped out one of the fall sentiments from the Little Halloween Clear Stamp Set into this great little charm and popped it up from the clip art.  I also added one of the Chipboard Nesting Circles to my tag and some great flowers and leaves from my stash.  I love the way it turned out and I can not wait to add it to my journal! 

I hope you enjoyed my tag and were inspired in some way to create something with the many colors of Autumn! 

Make sure to head on over to IRIT'S Blog Next!!

***Here is the complete line up just in case you get lost along the way***

Amber Rasmussen
Cathi O'Neill
Erica Thompson
Irit Shalom
Norma Gomez
Carrie Avery

Paper Wings Productions Blog “The Aviary"­ -
Let Your Creativity Take Flight!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mustache Bash

Hello!  Hope everyone is having a fabulous day so far!  My little man Eli just turned one year old and we celebrated this weekend with a Mustache Bash!  It was so much fun and everyone had a great time!  Little man Eli did not make it though the whole party and he went down for a long nap after he had his cake!  I wanted to share with you a some of the photos I took of the party.  I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do for his 1st party theme.  I love to be a little over the top when we have the kids birthday parties!  Eli is our 5th baby so I have went through just about every theme out there!  So I headed over to Pinterest and found 2 themes that I just fell in love with!  Airplanes and a Mustache Bash!  I chose the Mustache Bash because it was different, adorable and I loved the "little man"  type theme!  Since I waited till last minute to figure out the party decor I headed over to Etsy to find a printable party and purchased a fabulous one from Paper Heart Company  They were super friendly and super fast!  I also used my Cricut to make some of my own decorations and stamps from my stash! 


The super cute cake is from Jackie's Delish Desserts and was so very good!!   We also had a great mustache piƱata for the kids to bust open and they all loved the candy!!  Make sure to check out The Paper Company for your next party!   Thanks so much for stopping today and I hope you enjoyed my party photos!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Red Carpet Studio Challenge-Anything Goes

I am here today to share with you the very first challenge I am hosting over at RED CARPET STUDIO  We had an amazing turn out for our One Year Anniversary Movie Night Blog Hop and the games were so much fun!  I hope you all were able to play this weekend and hopefully some of you won some prizes!  Everyone that hopped will receive a goodie bag filled with digital treats!  I loved reading all the lovely comments from the hop and I have also gained some new followers on my blog!  Thanks so much for all your support and I have been so excited about all of this so  I have decided to do a little giveaway for my followers!  More info to come very soon!!  Now onto my layout and challenge for Red Carpet Studio.  I chose to create a challenge inspired by the movie Anything Else.  We all love a good love story and a good challenge so my challenge this week is ANYTHING GOES!
I decided to scrap a picture I uploaded to my INSTAGRAM a few weeks back.  I was having a movie night and a whole stack of DVD's of one of my favorite T.V. shows that I just could not wait to get started on!  Here is a look at my layout!
I hope you can join us this week for the Anything Goes challenge over at RCS.  Please head on over and check out what the rest of the Design Team has created!  Thanks so much for stopping and have a great day!
Challenges Entered