I am Published and a Cream of the Crop winner

Hi all!  Did ya notice I have a knew blinkie on my blog?:-)  I am so excited to have won the Cream of the Crop contest over at Market Street Stamps! I just love their stamps, they are so cute and versatile.   The new sayings set they came out with is one of my favorites so far, it's called Simple Joys. I used it on my travel album, posted it to their wall and actually won for the month of May!! I am so excited, woohoo!

Market Street Stamps Cream of the Crop

Also, I don't ever think I mentioned this before but I submitted one of my pages to the "Bug" Magazine and they published it in their latest issue.  So exciting!  If you want to see the page, click here. They have sketches in their magazine and you know I love sketches so I used one and they picked it to go in their little magazine.  If you haven't had a chance to subscribe you should.  It's a fun little magazine with lots of tips and tricks for die cutting.

Vacation Blog Hop

Good Morning Everyone!! TGIF! I hope you are hopping right along with us and came from Nancy's blog, isn't her travel wall so AWESOME!  I was lucky enough to see it in person and it's so much better than the photos!  She did a great job with it and her family will have so much fun planning their next trip(s) together.

Here is my super fun project.  A while ago I was making a gift for Nancy for her birthday, she was soon going on a trip and I wanted to make her a travel journal to take along with her so that she could write everything down.  If you want to see it, click here.  The whole time I was making it I was thinking that I would love to have one for myself and that "someday" I would make one.  This blog hop was my perfect excuse!  My husband and I are always talking about where we want to go next, what activities we want to do over the summer, etc.  He is always saying, "let's write that down" and of course we never do.  Well I have made this cute little book so that we can.  From now on when ever we say that, we can just jot it down in the book and use the book to plan out our vacations or activities.  I am just in love with this little book and can't wait to start using it!  I am dividing up the book into two sections, vacations and activities.  This way we can keep everything straight.  Here are a few photos.
 I used the Stampin UP! Flower Folds Die with my Sizzix Big Shot to make the flowers and the scalloped square. If you would like to see a video tutorial on the flower, I made one here.  I sewed the square onto the fabric along with the ribbon. I then glued the fabric onto chipboard for the front and the back of the book. I took another piece of  cardboard and covered up the inside of the front and back cover so you wouldn't see the fabric edges.
 I am in love with this stamp set from Market Street Stamps.
 This is the back. I just stuck a flower on with this eyelet to hook my ribbon to.

Supplies Used: 
Stamps: Market Street Stamps Simple Joys, Stampin UP! Four Frames (Sneak peak set from the new catalog out in July)
Ink: Stampin UP! Rose Red and Chocolate Chip
Paper: Stampin UP! Crumb Cake
Accessories, All fabric is Stampin UP! along with the ribbon, Jumbo eyelets, buttons, and the Stampin UP! Flower Folds die to cut out the flowers.

Your next stop is Jen over at Memories with Jen!  

Don't forget about our sponsor, Simply Betty Stamps and make sure to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win one of these adorable stamps!:-)

Mojo Monday Challenge 191

Good Morning Everyone!  I am (finally) feeling so much better and was able to spend a few hours in my craft room last night.  I got this stamp set from Market Street Stamps a few weeks ago and I have been dying to use it!  I just love how perfect it is for a little boy.  The little rocket is so cute and I love the sentiments and stars that go along with it. I decided to try it out on a card and use the latest Mojo Monday sketch for inspiration.

Stamps: Market Street Stamps Blast Off
Ink: Stampin UP! Bashful Blue (for the background paper), Pacific Point, and Black Staz On (for the rocket)
Papers: Stampin UP! Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, and Bashful Blue
Ribbon: Stampin UP! Whisper White
Buttons are from a misc pack I got at Joanns
Stampin UP! Watercolor Pencils were used to color in the rocket along with my blender pen

I have decided to enter this into the Made it Myself Mondays over at Alex's blog. I just love her new idea and linking party, check it out if you get a chance:-)

Winner and a Video!

Hi all!  Sorry I am a day late in getting this post out.  My husband decided to whisk me off to the city last night to celebrate our 8th anniversary.  It was a big surprise to me and we had a blast!  Anyway, as promised here is the video on how to make the flower folds brooch.

Now onto the winner of those adorable stamps from Emma, at My Creative Time. I used random.org to pick the winner and the lucky gal is...The Purple Crafter!  Here is what she had to say:

I love your scrapbook layout.  You did a great job on it and the banner. Your birthday boy must feel so special.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by this weekend!  I had such a fun time with both these hops.  

Disney/Pixar Blog Hop

Hi Everyone and welcome to another FUN blog hop.  Hopefully you are here from Kristal at Getting Cricky, if not and you want to start at the beginning, head on over to Shawn at the Crafty Chics Blog.  This blog hop is just so exciting as I LOVE all things Disney.  Mickey Mouse was my favorite growing up and I even handed down a few stuffed Mickey's to my kids to play with.
If you have been following my blog, you will know that my son turned 2 on April 17th.  If you want to check out the cute invite I made for him using the stair step fold design and the Toy Story Alien, click here.
This weekend we are throwing a party for him with some family and friends. His absolute favorite is Toy Story and I knew I wanted to make something Toy Story themed for him.  For both my kids birthdays I make them a special layout to hang up on the wall in celebration of their birthday.  I have a really nice area set up in our kitchen/family room to display scrapbook pages.  Here is the layout I made for him:
I still have to find photos of the birthday boy to put on it:-)

 Putting together Woody and Buzz was like putting together puzzle pieces but I was soo happy I did it in the end!

I also made this cute banner to hang on our fireplace:

I just love how both these came out!  I used the Cricut Toy Story cartridge to cut out the images and Make the Cut to cut out all the letters along with the larger banner pieces.  I used my Pink Persimmon Large Banner stamps for the banner on the layout and Stampin UP! Schoolbook Serif Alphabet for the letters on the banner.

Have you heard? The grand prize for this hop is a Gypsy so make sure to start at the beginning to get all the "rules" on how you can win that:-).
I also have some exciting blog candy to give away this weekend.  This is a stamp set from Emma over at My Creative Time.  Emma makes the cutest projects on her blogs and she just happens to be one of the sweetest people as well.  She sells stamps on her blog that are just so cute!  This one is called So Grateful For You.

I am offering up two chances to win this.  First leave a comment below with a way for me to get a hold of you and if you want a second chance to win, stop by my blog post from yesterday for the Mom's Day hop and leave another comment.  I would also love it if you became a follower:-). I will choose a winner Tuesday morning.

You next stop is Kaye at Yesterdays Tomorrow.