Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Alrighta..if it's anything goes.. then it's Twilight for me! Laurie will have her say about this ladies.. LOL, she is not into the whole vamp love story thang. CRAZY, I know!...LOL. Anywho.....here is a lil card I did in honor of the release of the Eclipse DVD this weekend. Umm,, yeah, of course I'll be in line at midnight to get my copy! Ok, so guess what team I am...heheehe

Monday, November 29, 2010


Good morning! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend! It went by way to fast. Kel and I decided to make it easy this week and have an anything goes week. If you have a favorite project or layout or card you want to share, please email Kel or I and we will post it.

By far this is my favorite layout. Dawn and I took an on-line class at Big Picture Scrapbooking and this was one of the projects. The class we took was about journaling. It made you take a different look at journaling. For example, if you do a layout of your child's birthday, dig deeper into what is going on in the picture. How did your child feel that day, where they so excited they could't sleep? What did your child do to prep for the day, how did they choose their friends they invited to the party. The questions are endless.

This is a layout I did of my son and husband they were going horseback riding. I could have journaled about the horseback riding. But I decided to journal a conversation that had the day before about what my son wanted to be when he grew up. It went like this:
"Yes Son"
"Do you know what I want to be when I grow up"
"Well I want to be a vet, comedian or work at Sea World."
"Really a comedian, why a comedian?"
"Because my friends at school think I am funny."
"What would you do a Sea World?"
"I would take care of the sick animals"
"I want to be like you when I grow up"

I thought this picture is perfect for this conversation. Make it a great day!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Straight from the magic hat comes........RHONDA at bumblebee creations. Thank you Andrew for pulling the name for us! Congrats Rhonda.. Get your addy over to Laurie and she'll mail you your awesome prize! We want to thank Rick and Dana Kuntz for their generosity! For everybody else who participated in the challenge.....THANKS!! It was fun, and for those who liked what they saw these past two weeks, Please visit PhotoELF Secure Purchase to get yourself a copy of PhotoElf at a great discount this weekend!
OOOPs.. I didn't get a chance last night to post Janet's project that she got in under the gun for contest last night... It's awesome..Go on over and check it out on her blog! Awesome job LadyLuvBug: Massachusetts Winter

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Eating the turkey sandwiches..putting away bundles from Black Friday can be exhausting........now relllllaaax. Here is the bday card Laurie sent me to get you started!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Black Friday

Good evening Ladies - we are sorry we haven't been around. We have been busy eating and shopping!! What else is there to do? We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We have a few more challenges to put up tomorrow and then the big drawing tomorrow night.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Here is an awesome layout done by Kate. This for the PhotoElf Challenge. Thanks so much, Kate for participating! You did a fantastic job here. Please check out the talent of Kate over on her blog at smallbitsofpaper@blogspot.com
I am loving the turtle and the little leaves, so darn cute!!
Kate used the following to make this beautiful layout:
Accent Essentials, Walk in my Garden and making memories cutting system.
Check out her website to get all the details.

Welcome and Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome Semery to the blog! We are so glad you stopped by and we hope you will hang around. Semery if you have a blog please let us know.

Also Kel and I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope everyone has an amazing day! Don't forget to take those cameras and get some awesome pictures for scrapping. We go to my brothers house for the day and we have about 35 people. All family! Soo much fun, my kids look forward to it every year.

I am having some issues with my computer, I should get the post up soon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Good Morning, two more days till Thanksgiving! I can't wait. Big year in our house, our oldest is playing in his first football game on Thanksgiving! We are so excited. Now on to scrap business. I have a fun project that I did to share. We went to a Boston Bruins game with a bunch of friends for my girlfriend's birthday. I wanted to give her something home made and I thought I will do a layout of of the night! I of course used Photoelf to get the amount of pictures I wanted on the page.

The Bigger photo is 5x7, the smaller is 3x3 and the photo strip is 3 pictures grouped, the pics are 2x2. I figured if I used the ticket from the game it has the date, and the event right on it. I also bought the Tim Holtz Ticket book. I inked the edges of the tickets with Quick Quotes Chalk Ink

I bought a 12x12 frame at Michaels, it was orginally $40, and I paid $16.00 for it. So excited I was!!

Here is the page in the frame.

Another view of the frame. I think she will really like it. She loves this kind of stuff!! And I love giving homemade things.

I may enter this in a contest over at My Creative Time. They are looking for homemade projects. I cut Happy Birthday on the Cricut, I am sorry I can't remember which cartridge I used.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Good morning everyone!! First of all today is Kelly's birthday!!! Happy, happy Birthday Kel. I can't believe you are finally 21!! Have a wonderful day!!

We have received two challenges (PhotoElf prize) Kel and I are so excited. Please read Kel's post from yesterday, 11/21 and see all the awards and prizes that we posted yesterday, lots going on here!

This first challenge is from Jean over at
Jean's Crafty Corner

The next challenge comes from Rhonda over at

bumblebee creations Thanks so much ladies for your AWESOME Layouts. They came out great!!We knew you had it in you! Remember the deadline for the challenge is this Saturday, November 27th! This is an awesome, aweseome, prize!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


#1 Janet LadyLuvBug won this adage Ticket book!! Her name was picked by laurie from the peeps who made comments Wednesday last week.. Congrats! Send me your addy at achildinmind@aol.com

#2Welcome to our new followers Christy and Scrappinpsycho.. Christy wins the cuttlebug prize for becoming the 70th follower.. Congrats.. Email your addy at Achildinmind@aol.com

#3, Carrie at abusybee won the 1-69 "chipboard clock" prize. Email me ur addy Carrie Good for you! Carrie you are the luckiest blogger we know.. LOL Good for you!

#4 It's long overdue for me and Laurie to pass on the attitude blogger award. So, we'd like to pass it on to these wonderful..inspirational ladies! Please grab it on the side bar and pass 5 on from your blogs along with 3 things about yourself. Laurie did hers a while ago.. mine are
1. I make lousy pancakes 2. I hate mayonaise and 3. I love Wendy's chicken nuggets!
Janet at LadyLuvBug

Saturday, November 20, 2010


I'd like to welcome our new follower Berenice! at Karber Weekly Challenge It's nice to have you! Here a few reminders of whats going on around here!
1. We are now at 69 followers.. so at 70..we reveal Laurie's "70th follower" prize and then I'll reveal who out of "1-69 follower" will win the prize I picked! I saw a peek of Lau's I'm pretty sure I saw the words "cuttlebug" hehheheh! Mine is still a secret, but it's a goodie too!
2. Don't forget to get in on our PHOTOELF challenge that started last week and will run for a bit longer. HERE IS A CHANCE TO WIN A fun..easy...photo editing program! See our post of last week to see what this program can do!. Check out our 11/15/10 post for challenge deets! We've received a few entries.... we'll post next week!
3. I have the Tim Holtz Adage Ticket booklet for one of our lucky commenters from this past week. Laurie and I are picking a name tonight..Tune in tomorrow to find out if you won! !
4. Have a great day..have fun!.. and Scrap it forward if you get the chance!

Friday, November 19, 2010


Good morning all - Our BFF Dawn is featured in today's blog. She is showing us different ways to use Photo Elf. That's right ladies and gents, Dawn is a PhotoElf lady too! If you don't know this, Dawn, Kelly and I live within a 1/2 mile of each other. Actually Dawn and I live accross the street from each other. Dawn got me into scrapbooking (best day eva) and I in turn got Kelly into it(I am sure the best day eva for her)! So much fun to have the ladies so close by!!

This is a mask that Dawn applied to the photo of her and so very cute daughter (who is now 10). I love this soft look.

This is the layout she did for her hubby with the masked photo. Awesome layout right! I love, the soft look of it, the masked photo fits so perfectly!

This is a Christmas card she did of her two kids on PhotoElf! Can you imagine? Kel and I going to work on tutorial (hopefully tonight) on how easy it is to whip up these cards.

These two cuties in this picture are Dawn's niece and her son. The bubble effect, you guessed it is done in PhotoElf! Great job!
Thanks so much Dawn for showing us ALL the different things that we can do with PhotoElf!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Here is a page I had fun with. Something different. I did one picture normal and the other I did in an "outline" effect. I thought it was fun to put them together with this giant paperclip die cut. I didn't really get fancy on this page..The pic is my two kids out on a dock that was in front of our campsite in Plymouth, Ma. I just thought it told the whole story of being there. We did soooo much fishing, and had a lot of fun! The paper is from my stash. I tore the light blue and used a paper tearer on the striped. I added a few stickers and some brads and called it a day.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Here's a 2pg. layout I did of my son's graduation. I just snapped away when I took pics. It's really hard to get up close and take the time to get the shots you really need because at events like this, it moves fast and it's sooo packed! So, I just kind of pointed and clicked.. LOL I knew I would be doing a lot of cropping and playing around with them in PhotoElf so I wasn't too worried. If I had to sit in Walgreens or CVS and manipulate these photos, I woulda been there all night. Further, these pics are at crazy measurements, not standard
which I love! This is pretty much a "stash" page.. LOL. I stamped.
I did some rub ons..I cornered some tags..I even stitched..stapled..lol Lil bit of it all folks..lol

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Good morning all! It is a rainy day here in New England, but we are not going to let that takes us down! Kel and I are trying to show different things you can do with Photo Elf. This is a page I did of my brother-in-law and my niece. This picture is one piece. I did a collage in Photo Elf. When you choose the pictures you want to print it puts the pictures on grid paper and then you can line them up anyway you want and crop to any size. I cropped the bigger one to 4.5 x 8 and
the smallers ones are 2.5 x 2.5. I lined then up on the grid paper and printed them out. I left then as one cut and soo easy adhere it down and it is done! All from the comfort of my scrapcave!! Have I mentioned that I love PhotoElf? The Winter title is cut from Stretch your Imagination and shadowed, cut at 7". The paper is from a winter stack that I have had for ever. The bigger snowflakes are chipboard covered with paper. The white snowflakes are rub ons. The little snow lady and the words are stickers from a winter kit that Kel bought a while ago. Don't forget the 70th follwer gets a cool prize, we are 2 away!! So close!!! And our orginal 1-69 followers are also entered to win a prize (we can't forget our loyal followers).

Monday, November 15, 2010


Good morning all! I hope you had a great weekend. I do have to say I did spend quite a bit of time down in the scrap cave creating! So it was a good weekend for me. I did this karate page over the weekend. Kel and I wanted to you show you how AWESOME Photo Elf is.

Both of these pictures are printed using photo elf. The bigger picture of the entire greeen/red belt class was cropped to 5 x 7. We wanted to show you how close you can crop a picture. My son is in the front row of the class, I used the same picture and zoomed into my son's face and was able to crop only his face at 4x4. You can crop photo's to any size you want. It is so easy!!!

Here is the close up of the 4x4 photo.

I used the Sports Mania cart to cut the title at 1 3/4 then shadowed, page 58. I cut the karate dude at 1 3/4 on page 58 as well. The red paper is StampinUP. The green is from my stash. The patterned paper is from DCWV and K&Company both are from PhotoMat packs, so they are already 4x6. And the little buttons are StampinUP! as well.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Drum roll please...........................................................................................
Kel and are absolutely beside ourselves that we received our very first sponsor. This is a product that Kel, Dawn, Pa and I can't live without (yes I made Pa buy it and he LOVES it). We use this all the time. Without further ado, we would like to give a big thanks to Rick over at PhotoElf! We contacted Rick to see if he would be willing to give us a copy of his awesome software program and within 10 minutes emailed us back with a big YES! We have had the software for about a week now!! Thanks again Rick! !! Ladies please go on over to Rick's website and check it out for yourselves, www.photoelf.com. This software is amazing, it allows you to edit your pictures, add special affects, crop your pictures and the BEST feature ever is the printing. It allows you to arrange your pictures on the paper so you don't waste any paper!! We love it!!

This program is worth $40.00!! So we thought we should make this a true challenge! So Kel and I have come up with the following challenge:

1) This is going to be a 12 x 12 layout and you have to use 3 photos on the layout. We thought it would be easier if we gave you a few themes to work from so we chose the following: Sights of Summer, Fall Frolic and Winter Wonders. This way if you have any pics from the summer, fall or winter you want to get done here is your chance.

2) You have to be a follower

3) You have to post our awesome blog candy on your blog (of course if you have one, if you don't no worries).

4) Deadline for the project is November 27th by 9:00 est.

5) Of course HAVE FUN!!!

Kel and I will pick the winner out of our very famous hat and thought this is such a huge prize we would video tape it and have some fun with it (can you tell we are excited about our sponsor??)

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Very busy night here at Serenity Scrappers. We just found out that our BFF Dawn has won a huge challenge over at http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com . Please go on over and check out the layout that Dawn did to win this challenge, awesome! And she gets to pick the next layout for the next challenge!! Woohoo! We are soo proud! Congrats Dawn!!!

Thank you Kate

Good evening ladies,

I was just over checking out the ever talented blog of Kate over at http://smallbitsofpaper.blogspot.com/ and saw that she gave Kel and I an award. Thank you so much Kate, we are honored you thought of us! We love, love your blog and your talent is amazing! Ladies and Pa, please go and check out Kate.

I have to admit, I am NOT as blog savy as Kel, and since she is away, I can't post a picture of the award. I did manage to get it over on the sidebar (I was impressed I did that)! Not easy being me. Kate gave us the "I got the attitude blog". We are suppose to post three things about us that people don't know and pass the blog award on to 5 people. So I will post my three things. Kel will post hers when she returns and then we will come up with 5 people we want to pass it along to.

Thanks again Kate!!

1) I have a dog that I think is my son! I am not sure who has more layouts my children or my dog.

2) I love anything pumpkin, pumpkin spice coffee, whoopie pies, you name it I love it!

3) I am a HUGE football fan (this makes my husband very happy). Go Patriots!!!


Ladies and Gents, please welcome Lalkygirl to our blog family. I am SO excited she has become a follower. I ABSOLUTELY adore her blog. If you want some inspiration, please go by and visit. Her talent is AMAZING! Hope to see you around Lalky!" My-Creative -Place" BTW, One of my favority fave posts is her November 7th. Come heck or high water, I'm going to scraplift that card.. LOL

Please scroll down to see Laurie's awesome tip and Exciting PRIZE info!

Friday, November 12, 2010


Here is a quick tip on storing punches. I had them all in a draw and would have to take them all out to find the one I needed. This is a easy fun little tip. This is a shoe rack that hangs over a door. I did have it hanging over a door until my husband decided to take the door down (to put up some gym equipment). But he just nailed it to the wall. Very clever man I have!! Dawn calls him McGyver, I do have to agree, he can fix anything!!

Now on to Scrap business. First a big HUGE Serenity Scrappers welcome to our three new followers:

The Crafty Den
Stacy Harper Watson

THANK YOU ladies for following us. We hope you like what you see and we will see you around. If you have a blog, please let us know so we can share with the others. Also we are soo close to 70! Remember the 70th follower gets a prize!!

We have a challenge coming up, we will announce details on Sunday. We are sooo excited because we have our very first Sponsor for this challenge and let us tell you it is a GOODY!! It is worth $40.00!! This is something that Kel and I can NOT scrap without!! We are so excited we can't even stand ourselves!! Woohoo, so please tune in on Sunday!!


Here are some adorable lil "punch" Turkeys to dress up your Thanksgiving Table sent over from Tara at Stampin' Up! Tara says: " Here are some punch turkeys from the scrappin weekend, they are made with circle punches, the scallop circle punch and the boho blossoms punch. All materials are on my blog"

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Here is a GREAT card sent from Maureen. THANKS MAUREEN! We love getting her cards..so much talent! Here's what she had to say: MS Punch is Around the Page called Deco Fan. I cut a 5" card from ivory cardstock. Then I cut a 5" olive green cardstock. . The patterned paper was cut a bit smaller then I rounded the corners. Next is the green scallop circle from Nestabilities which I also embossed. Final piece of ivory is punched and embossed one size smaller. The sentiment "you're never more than a thought away" is from Stampin' Up....just love that saying for a card...so versatile! The ink color is Mellow Moss also from Stampin' Up. I edged the ivory circle in the same color and added 2 heart brads. To add dimension I always use foam dots which I did on the center punch.

Here is a simple card by me! I just HAD to get a hold of this Martha PAP punch called "crackle" Thanks you CropStop for the inspiration. I walked in, and it was on clearance at Michaels. I think I heard angels sing.. LOL The lil snowman was done by Dawn and was in my die cuts swap stash, the sentiment a rub on from stash, papers in stash. Boy I really "stashed" it on this one.. LOL Using up m'stuff.. woo hoo! This punch makes a great creepy background for a halloween card and I also saw it used to make it look like a fringed blanket around a lil dog die cut. So many uses! I have the brrrrr sort of cracked ice look for my card! I bet you gals could think of many more!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Yep, the new year is right around the corner.. hard to believe ! This is a fun layout done by Susan, Laurie and me. Susan is a Stampin' Up punch Pro.. LOL. We have the border punch a lil more than 1/2 a way down on the blue paper, we have the corner punches layered on the photo mat and then along the bottom using the same patterned paper we punched the triangular shapes creating a border. The use of these three different punches didn't take long at all to add to page, but it does give much more to the page than to having added a plain strip of paper through middle or across the bottom. The cricut cut is from celebrations with Flourish cartridge. This really is a goodie. Laurie had all this great paper in her stash, the glittery ribbon from my stash. We inked the edges with white chalk ink and there ya have it :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


We are on to day 2 of roll with the punches (I just love that title). Kel and I were super busy making the projects for this week. On this card we used a square punch (thanks to our ever crafty friend Susan) to make the Christmas tree. We used the Marvy 1" square punch. This punch is soo easy to use. We then cut the squares down into triangles. The green paper is punched with Martha Stewart's punch around the page punch.

Here is a close up of the Martha Stewart Lace punch around the page punch, as you know it comes with two punches, one for the corners and the for the sides. We thought we would show you how we lined it up.

Here are the two punches and the instructions. Once you get the hang of these punches they really do work well.
We wanted to put a sentiment on the card, but we couldn't come up with one. Any ideas???? Thanks, ladies for your help and we LOVE the comments.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Good morning everyone! Kel came up with the very clever theme of "Roll with the punches". We can't take credit for the design of this card, all the credit goes to Donna at http://splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/tag_punches_star We fell in love with this star, we had to to give it a go and thought we would Scrap it forward.

This is the close up of the two stars.

Our punches are from our favority fave, StampinUP! One large tag and a small tag punch.

Here is how we put it together. The red polka dot paper is from My Minds Eye, called I Believe. I am in love with this stack!!
Kel and I have a bunch of fun projects for the week. Feel free to pass along any projects you have with punches on them or any cool techniques you may know. We cut the word Peace on the Cricut, I believe from Christmas Cheer. The paper on the card was also from My Minds Eye, the I believe stack. As always make it a great day!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


I was just visiting A Busy Bee's blog and you've got to check out her embossing work on a xmas card she did.. too cute! DoubleClick Connections - AKA Abusybee Well, we've had fun with the cuttlebug over the last two weeks and we thank you gals for all your comments, and now we're moving on ... On Monday we will start our "ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES" week. Laurie and I have scrapped up some fun stuff using punches ! So I hope too see you all next week. Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A FEW CHALLENGES - and some information

Well Kel and I had another scrap night therapy session and what fun we had. This is a page, that we are entering in two challenges and it is a prelude to next week's theme. Can you figure it out what the theme will be?

Family is cut from the Heritage Cart and the punch on the bottom of the mat is a ribbon punch and we weaved the ribbon through. The punch at the bottom is a Martha Stewart punch and another punch that Kel has, she was going to look that up, she will let u know.

This is a close up of the punches.
Remember our 70th follower will get a prize and we wanted to include the followers we have now, so those names will go in hat as well. Win/win!!
The two challenges we entered are: