Joy layout

Here is another layout I did at the retreat I went to this past weekend. It's a Christmas layout I did based on this sketch from Scrapbook Challenges, sketch#238.
As you can see below, I didn't stray very far from the sketch at all! This is why I love sketches, it takes the thinking out of where to put everything and all you have to do is pick your paper and embellishments! So easy!

I used Make the Cut to cut out the letters for JOY from a font I had and used the Cricut Christmas Cheer cartridge for the ornaments. I used my i-rock to set the little gold faux brads.

Ava's UGGs

This past weekend I went to a scrapbooking retreat on Saturday. I love these because it's time away and time to get stuff done! Usually when I am away at these I do really simple scrapbooking to get as much done as I can. This is a page I did this past Saturday. I wanted something to enter into the Wacky Wednesday Challenge at More than Favors. This weeks challenge was to create something using the colors, pink, brown, green. I thought those colors would be perfect for this page. I loved how cute these little boots were when my daughter wore them and I just knew I had to scrapbook them!
I used MTC to cut out the title and the journal box on my cricut and one of the Paper Doll cartridges for the boots.

So Very Sweet

Hi Everyone! Today I worked on a scrapbook layout and I incorporated two different challenges while doing it. The latest Peachy Keen Challenge was to create a project based on their sketch and make it monochromatic using shades of one color along with black or white as needed. I chose shades of orange as the color has meaning for the photos I am scrapbooking. I also used stars as required by the latest Music Monday challenge on Erin's blog. For that challenge we are to create something using space elements and I chose stars. I had a lot of fun on this one as I incorporated my stamps, punches, and my cricut! I also included a banner which seems to be the HOT thing right now in scrapbooking and cardmaking as I am seeing it everywhere!

Supplies Used
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps Princess faces, Market Street Stamps Simply Stitched Borders, Stampin UP! July Fourth and So Very (retired hostess)
Ink: Stampin UP! Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Black Stazon
Papers: Stampin UP! Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White
Indie Art Cricut Cartridge
Punches: Stampin Up! Scalloped Edge and Martha Stewart Ribbon Threader

Winner of the KinderStampO blog hop!

Hi everyone! I picked the winner using from this past weekends blog hop and the winner is...Creative Diva (cute name!) Here is what she had to say...
Cute card! love it!
Congratulations and THANK YOU so much everyone for stopping by, becoming a follower, and all the wonderful comments. I had such a great time with this hop!

Whooooooo Loves You?

Hi Everyone, If you are looking for the KinderStampO blog hop, click here.

I have another card I would like to show you. I made this one and actually thought about including it in the birthday hop but thought it could be used for other things other than a birthday. I cut all this out using the Twinkle Toes cartridge (which I love!). I also embossed the curtains on the stage to give it a little more dimension. I have been really into owls and birds lately and thought this would be a great card for someone who loves to dance or maybe just needs to feel the love:-).

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Peachy Keen Stamps Critter faces, My Pink Stamper Punnylicious
Cartridges: Twinkle Toes
Paper: Stampin Up Old Olive, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
Stickles on the purple and my white gel pen on the eyes along with some chalk for the cheeks
Sizzix: Stampin Up! Damask and Harlequin plates

KinderStampO's 34 Birthday Candles and Counting Blog Hop

Hi everyone and Welcome to KinderStampO's 34 Birthday Candles and Counting Blog Hop!! Today we are celebrating all things birthday! A very special happy birthday to our host, Jessica! She inspires so many people and I just want to thank her for that and thank her for this awesome blog hop! If you've arrived here from my friend Jessica B's blog then you are in the right place. If you are just here visiting and want to start from the top click here to go to the KinderstampO blog.
Here is my project for the day. This is a cute birthday card I made used Create a Critter and the My Pink Stamper stamps. I also included a little gold bling using my i-rock to fit in with the "Golden" Music Monday's challenge over at Handmade by Angelica. A special shout out to Angelica as I hear it's her birthday today too!!
How about some blog candy? I am giving away an i-rock to one lucky follower! If you haven't tried this tool yet, you must it's so fun!!
Just leave me a comment on this post and become a follwer---
Your next stop on the blog is to yet another Jess, at My Scrap Diary. Have fun and if you need a list of all the blogs in the hop, here they are!

Stylish Blogger Award

Hi all! Over the last month or so I have received this award a few times. I am soooo honored and thankful for these wonderfully talented ladies who took the time to come over to my blog and also leave me this award. If you get a chance, please go to their blogs and check out their fabulousness!

Now for my list of the 8 things about myself:
1. I am married to a wonderfully supportive husband who sometimes thinks I am crazy for all the time I spend up in my craft room!
2. I have a 4 year old and 21 month old whom I love dearly and I get the ultimate joy of spending time with every day as a stay at home mom.
3. Scrapbooking is my passion, I think it's because I get to look back at all the fun memories we have had as a family and then be creative at the same time.
4. On the flip side, I sometimes look at all the photos and think "..maybe I'll just make a card today!"
5. I sometimes wish I could go back to school for photography but the thought of going back to school makes me think again!
6. I don't know what I would do without all this inspirations from the web, facebook, blogs, etc.
7. My wonderful friend, Nancy ( and I have started a website selling calendar pages, check it out:-)
8. I love all the comments that I get on this blog and all the crafting friends I have made and will make!

Okay now for my eight blogs, I chose the first 8 blogs on my followers list:-) Check them out, there are some talented gals out there!

Thanks everyone!!

Christmas 2010 with My Digital Studio

Hi everyone! If you have been following me for a while then you know I am a BIG fan of Stampin UP!s My Digital Studio. This program allows you to scrapbook digitally with all of Stampin UP!s stamps, paper, punches, and lots of other accessories from the comfort of your computer:-). I had a little time today so I whipped up these pages from our last Christmas. I loved this pack from Stampin UP!, especially the ornament stamp set and I couldn't wait to try it out. It came with one pre-designed page so I used that as my first page (with the Merry) and re-designed it for my second page. I really like it how they came out. I'll have them printed out at Costco tomorrow and they'll be all ready to put in my album!

My Scrapbooking Journey

My Scrapbooking Journey began in 2003. All my life I wanted to do scrapbooking but I really didn't know how to begin. When I was younger I did a little of my own scrapbooking in my photo albums but nothing like I do today! In 2003 I was just beginning my married life. I was so in love and looking forward to our future together, I really didn't want to forget anything that was happening. At that time, I had a co-worker who was really into scrapbooking and she had a friend that sold Creative Memories. I thought, "perfect!", now I can capture the moments I cherish onto paper. I went to a "crop" at her house and there was no looking back!
This is my first ever scrapbook page. I can remember how nervous I was to get those photos down. I just remember thinking "how do I do this?". Well I do it just like I do today! I took a look at their scrapbooking styles and I infused it with my own ideas. I am still so proud of this page and the memories on it are priceless.
This was my second page. This is when I figured it might be nice for the two pages that lay next to each other to match.:-) When I started scrapbooking I wanted to capture not only the photos, but the memorabilia as well. Here I added the ribbon that was around the candles at our shower and the speech my Mother-in-law wrote for us at our shower. I still do this today. I save things and add them to my scrapbooks.
This is one of my more recent pages. A little more involved and a lot more journaling. I try to make sure I journal a lot, especially now that I have kids. I really do not want to forget these memories with them, they are so fleeting! They grow up way too fast. It's scary the way they grow but I am thankful for my scrapbooks as it helps me remember all the little things about them.
This was really fun to put together! Thanks to Nancy for the idea of a blog post about my scrapbooking journey. If you want to read how you can add one to your blog, check out her blog, Fancy with Nancy.

First Make the Cut! project

So I have been putting off buying Make the Cut! for a while. I guess that 58.00 was hard for me to part with for some reason when I knew I had all these cricut cartridges just waiting to be used. Anyway, after realizing that I did have all these cartridges and very few fonts to use on them and then thinking about all the fonts I have saved on my computer, I decided to go ahead with the purchase. I am so glad I did! You can do so much with this software. I just downloaded it last night and I printed out a title right away for this scrapbook page and I love how it came out. I don't think any of the fonts I have on my cartridges would have done this page justice! The design for this page was inspired by Sketch 236 on the Scrapbook Challenges site. I am also entering in this page to Erin's Music Monday's challenge. The challenge was to make something for someone that makes you smile, laugh, and just downright happy. My daughter Ava does that for me every day!!

Winner of the Bug Magazine

Hi all! I used to pick my winner of the Bug Magazine and the lucky winner was... Scrap'n Yamma!! Please send me a note with your address and I will get the magazine right out to you. Thanks everyone!
Scrap'n Yamma said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

The Bug Magazine

Hi Everyone! This past weekend I received my first issue of The Bug Magazine. If you haven't heard of this magazine yet it is a magazine solely dedicated to the cricut! How exciting right? Anyway, I advertised in the magazine for Simple As ABCraft and I received two magazines in the mail. I have decided to do a giveaway on the second one to a lucky crafter! Just leave me a comment below and I will pick a winner on Thursday. Good luck!!

I Wanna Do it Myself Layout

As Mom's most of us go through that stage with our kids as toddlers when they want to do everything themselves! When my daughter was 2 we went through this stage. I found these photos in my stash and was just going to do a simple layout with the photos. Luckily I have been keeping a family blog for the last few years. I went through it and found this entry about how at this time Ava, my daughter, was very much into her independence. I was so happy to have that entry so it would make my layout complete!

I used Cricut Lyrical Letters for the title and flowers on this layout. I stamped around my journaling box and for the border around the pink with my Market Street Stamps Simply Stitched Border stamps. I cut out the brown with my scalloped edge punch and tore the little green piece with flowers on it for added dimension. I got this layout idea from the page maps book, a gift from my friend Nancy for my birthday. I love this book! It has helped me so much in my scrapbooking.

Winner of the Thank You Card Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! The Thank You Card Blog Hop winner is... Angela R.
Here is what Angela had to say
I love both your cards! The stamps in the backround were adorable! Great touch! The next card is so classical!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Happy New Year!
Contact Info: incase I get lucky enough to win that amazing blog candy!
New Blog:
Thanks so much to everyone who hopped along with us this past weekend. I loved reading all your comments!

Gift Bag and Ornament

Hi everyone! If you are looking for the Thank you card blog hop, click here. I just wanted to show you some Christmas projects I made this past week for an "after Christmas" Christmas party we are having tonight with some friends. The girls and I decided to do a $5 gift for each other of something that is our favorite thing. My favorite thing this year from Stampin UP! was the new fabric they included in their mini catalog. I have always been interested in sewing and this fabric, along with the help of my upline, Glenda Travelstead, has really got me sewing! Glenda made this adorable purse ornaments for us and I thought this would be so cute to make and give away. I also cut these cute little bags from Once Upon a Princess and used my cute "bonus" stamp from Market Street Stamps to embelish. I think this might be one of my most favorite projects ever!

The paper on this is the textured paper from Stampin UP! in Old Olive, I cut the bag at 6 inches from the Once Upon a Princess cart. The ribbon is also Stampin UP! (retired). The stamp was a stamp I received from Market Street Stamps with my last order.
Purse was cut using the Sizzix Top Note die from Stampin UP! The ribbon is just some white ribbon I had, the flower and brad are from Stampin UP! as well along with the fabric which was in the holiday catalog.
A photo of the 6 bags, aren't they so cute??