Thursday, September 30, 2010


I received my package from a tag swap I was in from Paper Phenomenon Ok, these ladies have some SERIOUS talent, I'm going to list their blogs so we can all check em out. is Splash, Balloon is, Icecream is and Florida is, mine sad a** one is the lobster one.. LOL


Here is a beautiful card from Tara at: . A Stamping Good Time She says "The colors are: Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, and Certainly Celery...all part of the new Subtles Collection of SU colors. The stamp set is Artistic Etchings and Teeny Tiny Wishes. The technique is what I call the tye-dye method, that I am going to feature this week in Baltimore at the Stampin Up! Regional Training!"

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Welcome, nice to have you. As an american, I too would like to say that I am proud of your Navy daughters as well and of others who serve our country. Honor, Courage, Committment! We thank them for their service. We hope to see you back around soon :)


Here is a lovely layout sent in by Dawn. This is beautiful Dawn, I love how soft the colors are. The lil seahorse is the cutest! Of course, I'm jealous of the pic as of my favorite places to be is right there on a beach in Maine!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Swap is officially closed

Good afternoon fellow swappers (is that even a word??),

We wanted to let you know that we have 10 participants in the Christmas swap.

The swap will consist of:

1 standard Christmas card 4.25 x 5.0
1 3-4 inch Christmas tag

We are making 1 card and 1 tag per participant. So you should be mailing 10 cards and 10 tags. They can match, but don't feel they have to. Feel free to use your creativity.

Here are some basic rules:

1) You must include a self address stamped envelope if you don't, we can't mail the swap back to you.

2) Please mail the swap to Laurie by 10.17. Please email Laurie @ to get her address.

3) Have great, great fun.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Kel and Laurie

COLOR CHALLENGE, Week 2, Day 2, Post 1

Here is a great layout by studio j "I did this with one of the gorgeous sky photos from AZ. Azure means "purplish blue" and that fits that sky!A Closeup shows the Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Old Olive Cardstock, some patterned paper that had just the right shades of blue and purple to go with the photo (pp from my stash). I used some Old Olive retired ribbon and Old Olive ink. The outlines are done in a pale blue stickles and I added some pale blue rhinestones from my stash:)

COLOR CHALLENGE, Week 2, Day 2, Post 2

Here is a great layout sent in by Jean's Crafty Corner: Serenity Scrappers Color Challenge She says: "While I was thinking about what to do, I was thinking about how I mainly make layouts for pictures, but you can also make them without pictures and also wall hangings, etc. I love to make layouts and frame them as gifts, so thinking about that, I decided to make a layout with a bible verse on it to frame and hang up. I used a blue background sheet,a purple flower and button and then for the green, I cut the stem from Serenade, the leaves from Gypsy Wanderings and the frame is from Storybook. I printed the sentiment onto the cut in purple. The butterflies are stickers by Jolee. I like how this turned out and think it will make a really nice framed layout."

Monday, September 27, 2010


Here is a thank you card for me and Laurie from Diane over at ?scraps by ownhomedog? It is the cutest! She was our 35th follower and she won a prize!! We are glad you enjoyed your candy! Ladies if you want some card inspiration, go on over and check out Diane's talent. Everytime I pass by her blog I scroll down to her card with the ooey gooey carmel apple cut on it..yummmm :)


Good morning,
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I just wished they didn't go by so fast!
Here is a card I made, I thought I would join in the fun. I also decided to go old school and not use anything from the Cricut. That wasn't easy, but I did it. I used my Cuttle bug to emboss the small strip going across the card. I used the small border folder. The flowers I used are from my stash, sorry I have them all together I am not sure which ones. The purple cardstock is of course StampinUP! as well as the Thanks stamp.
On another note we will post tonight how many people we will have for the swap, so be sure to let us know if you want in. Have a fantabulous Monday!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


OOOPS, Color challenge was for two weeks, last week and this upcoming. It will end OCTOBER 3RD not 10th...YIKES, that would be toooo long.. lol SO SORRY LADIES.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Welcome critterbug to our blog!! So glad u stopped by. We'll be sure to check u out at 365 Days of Cricut Ladies, she's part of a blog hop starting oct. 3. There will be 11 participants!


Great layout!! I love going to the zoo! The printed paper it awfully cute! Thanks for submitting for the challenge!! Ladies, be sure to head on over to DoubleClick Connections - AKA Abusybee To check out the rest of Carrie's Incredible papercrafting talents!!



Friday, September 24, 2010


Wow is this a busy page, I'm laughin'.. LOL. I didn't realize how crazy it was. I did this about a year and a half ago I think. I was still a bit new at scrapping. I remember I was having such a hard time with photo matting. I believe I was going retro or something and attempting to think out of the traditional "mat"box and thought triangle's would work for some reason.. LOL. It does have green, purple and blue on it, so I thought I'd toss it up here. It does bring back fun memories of one of my kids favorite things to do on vacation!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Here is a 12x12 I did using the challenge colors. I used my Silhouette for the three big flowers. I used the print and cut. It's pretty cool. One of my bff's Dawn inspired me to try and it's a pretty cool feature. Thanks Dawn. It's like the Cricut Imagine, just WAAAY cheaper version. I think I got my Silhouette for $100. Anyway. I used some the arrows are chipboard from American craft. The paper is all DCWV. I wanted to add a "kidlike" element to this so I took white pre embossed paper and wet and crinkled it, straightened it out and took a q-tip to my SU inkspots and just did it willy nilly. I though it kind of looked like what a toddler might color. The stickers came from my stash. I outlined the flowers in one of my other FAVORITY FAVE tools, which is a gelly roll clear sparkly pen. The bling are stickers.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


LOVE THIS.. from bumblebee creations: Want some Blog Candy? She's has some pretty blog candy over there,c heck her out!

I love this.. How darn cute to have the bird houses as photo mats..very creative, very fun!

Oh ya, and She used Create A Critte Cartridge for the bird and birdhouses

Monday, September 20, 2010


Here is a lil card I did for a friend who's been having a tough couple of weeks. Putting these three colors together is definately a challenge. Of course Mr. Holtz could pop out a vintage 3D wedding favor or birthday gift perhaps..actually using these three colors plus some.. LOL. For me.. this is it.. LOL. That ribbon actually has purple going through it..The whole ribbon part of this card was stressful... Don't try this without a helmet and knee pads..lemme tell ya!! Well, hopefully you gals out there can do a HECK of a lot better than me! And I'm positive give Mr. H a run for his altered money!! LOL.


Welcome Funky Cards. I love this card you did for the WOW chalenge.. I'm so sorry our times got crossed. I had just posted the winners and I went back to check my mail and there was your adorable card. Please join the next challenge and have fun!

"It is still summer weather here in California, so I thought about making a beach day card! Hope you like it!"
I like it..NICE JOB!

Color Challenge - Week's Theme

Good morning Scrapping Gals and Guys,

We have a two week challenge starting today, 9/20/10 ending Sunday, October 3rd. NOTE NOT MY ORIGINAL DATE OF Oct 1oth. The rules are as follows:

1) Any size layout, whether it is 12x12, 8x8 or 6x6, what ever your preference is.

2) Use the color combination of, blue, purple, green (look at the picture of the prize for this challenge above and you will see the color scheme).

3) Please post the challenge on your blog, as we know that most of you already do this, thank you!!

4) You must a follower.

5) Have great fun!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010


My son DJ drew from a hat..A real hat!! LOL
CELESTE and CARRI! Congrats


Great layout by Janet with pics of Akins farms in Western Mass. Love it Janet!

Michele, oops I mean Kate sent this over.. THis is hysterical. She says "

I HATE snow, but one of my dearest friends just loves it. She has snowflake everything - snowflake towels, snowflake dishes, snowflake utensils, snowflake socks that she wears year-round, etc., etc.! Whenever it snows, we blame her - and she's always swamped with "angry" calls during the first snowfall of the year. I decided to make her a "threatening" card to drop at her house when the snow starts to fall this year. I know she'll get a huge kick out of this. I used Winter Frolic for the snowman and all his accessories, which I glittered. I used Design Studio to turn his smile into a frown. The snowy mountains were cut with Zooballoo and run through the Cuttlebug, using a snow folder and a little butterfly folder (using only the little dots for the peaks). The tree was cut from Christmas Cheer and I computer generated the sentiment. I also added some little beads.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

WOW's by Carri, Jean and Celeste

I used Simply Charmed for the title and scarecrows on this layout. I used some glitter pens, googly eyes, mini buttons and a little flower gem to spruce up the little scarecrows a bit. I think they turned out super cute. I hand cut both layers of the mats for the photos. (I had already turned the Gypsy and Cricut off, so I just decided to measure them out and cut them myself. Old School Style you know, lol) I also used some leaf flat back buttons to embellish the photo areas. The background paper on this one came from a paperstack called vintage solids. The leaf paper that I used as the photo mat base came from a set of autumn papers that came from the Target $1 area. I love this Simply Charmed cart, because it has really cute cuts for basically every season.

Friday, September 17, 2010


" Here is a fall page layout...the top corner is a gold foil emblem made with the faux metal technique."

WOW Week- Day 4

Good morning Scrappers!! It is Friday, thank goodness! It has been a long week and tonight we are headed to Dawn's house for some much needed scrap/girl time!! Woohoo!!

This layout and tags are from Dawn. I love, love this layout. I love the fact that Dawn didn't use "traditional" winter colors on this page. I love the colors and the pictures, amazing!!!

These tags are absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors Dawn choice and the ribbon!! Dawn used her Sillhoutte to cut out the tags and of course stickled it up!!

Great job Dawn, thanks for sharing!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

WELCOME follower Number 49 and 50!

Joann Welcome!! Sonia Welcome!! Nice to have you gals stop in and give us a gander. We hope you come back again real soon. Let us know if there is something we can do for you or scrap forward for you!


Here is a gorgeous card for our Weather challenge from our friend at She says "yes, winter is my favorite time of year! I love it when we get snow, but unfortunately we don't get very much of it where I live. Maybe that's why I like it so much? I had asked her if the snowflake was croched and she said " I crocheted a ton of different snowflakes during a heat wave we had last month in an effort to make myself feel cooler! Told you I love snow! LOL!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Here is a GORGEOUS card from our friend Rhonda at bumblebee creations This very talented gal sent this over for our challenge. And, this is what she had to say have to say " it is a toss up for me between Autumn and Spring--but since it is almost Autumn now, I went with that one!! The crisp air--somehow always seems fresher this time of the year-I love the idea of the corn mazes and pumpkins, squash and apples from this season too!I made a card-using mostly SU papers and ribbon, and the image actually came from a "Heartwarming Vintage Booklet " made by Crafty Secrets. I added the white gel pen dots to my square punch outs-even before I decided to use the ribbon--I love it when it comes together like that! (by accident)!! I also added a few punched out branches from my Martha stewart punch.'

Monday, September 13, 2010

WOW Week - Day Two

Hello everyone. For WOW week, I dug deep in my stash. I made this page a long time ago. I could have used this page for Old School week as well. Everything on this page is StampinUP! My friend Susan (fellow blogger) held a class that was 12 scrapbooking pages. I was soo new to scrapbooking.

This was definately a pre-cricut page. Everything is stamped, or just cut out by hand. The back ground of the paper is stamped. Not patterend paper, StampingUP cardstock, which is a scrappers must have!!

I do love the colors and the final project. I am going to have to get busy using these pages and takes some family fall pictures this season. Fall in New England is beautiful.


I hope everyone had a great weekend. This weeks theme will be WOW. Which stands for Week of Weather. I know,, goofy! LOL Well, here in New England, the weather had gone from hot sunny days to crisp fall ones. I love living here and watching the seasons change. Fall is such a fun time. Watching the leaves change into beautiful colors, picking apples and pumpkins, apple pies, cider donuts.. MMMM and the smells this time of year are just full of memories! I'd love to hear about favorite weather in your neck of the woods. Send in a card, layout, tag, or whatever that shows one of your fun "weather" times. Getting caught in the rain, shoveling snow and snowball fights, storms, sunny beach days...whatever floats your weather boat!

This is a prize challenge. I'll pick two lucky winners on Sunday eve 9/19. Here's the prize! Two sheets of chipboard shapes, 4 sheets if coordinating papers and two sticker sheets that coordinate with shapes ---not shown...but I will get them up----
Have fun and mail on over to me so I can post

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Don't be afraid.. LOL. It say this because I was!!! It's the Crop-A-Dile and it is soo easy even a caveman can do it. No offense to any cavemen or woman out there..LOL. Anyway, First, you hole punch. On the outsides are the hole punches. Big and small. you line it up like any other hole punch on your whatev and squeeeeeeze. Second, you drop the eyelet in the hole you just made. You can see my elelets in my pink case on the side of the COD. Third, you set your cube dials that are in the center of the COD, then stick your item with the eyelet you dropped in, line it up betwen the cubes and squeeeeeeeze.

That's it.. eyelet is set,, run your ribbon, thread, twine, etc. right on through.. easssssy peeeeaassy!! This is a VERY useful tool. They have all kinds of shaped eyelets, from stars, to pumpkins to name it. Borrow one from a friend if he/she's got one and give it a squeeeeze!! You'll be hooked!


Good Saturday evening scrappers. We hope all is well in scrapland!!! Kel was busy today running a yard sale (I hope it went well, Kelly). And I was busy nursing my poor husband back to good health. He had an accident at work and fell off a ladder. He broke his arm and had to have a few surgeries, we finally got him back home, so hopefully he can rest and recover better at home. All I can say is I truly have some awesome friends out there! It soo good to know you can count on your friends when the going gets tough! ! Thank you all!!!!

We wanted to let you know that we have a fun challenge coming up for this week. We will post it tomorrow. You want to get in on this one!!

Make it a scrappy night!!

Laurie and Kel

Friday, September 10, 2010


Welcome Beejay! So glad you came by to check us out. We hope to see you again soon! Be sure to go and visit her neck of the blog world -----> beejay's studio. Such creative talent over there, wow!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Here are two of my favs when it comes to inking/chalking. I'm not a huge stamper, but I do like to ink the edges of my pages.. I may even have "over-ink-edging-itis" LOL. Anyway. I was having such a problem with the larger sized inkpads, fumbling and stuff & Laurie told me to get on board with these STAMPIN' UP Ink spots, these are the bold brites. Love em, and sooooo easy to handle and they pack quite the color punch.. long lasting.. great great to have in your crop bag..they fit nicely in a craft carrier. You can have so many colors with you and not take up much space. The other is Powder Puff chalking inks by Quick Quotes, Marachino cherry and Tahiti. Me and Laurie went to the CK convention and got these in a class. We both thought that the colors weren't really fantab, but lemme tell ya.. they work for everything. If you want to try these and only have a few bucks in ur budge, get these colors...I PROMISE u'll luv em. We both use them all the time and are amazed time after time how well these colors go with everything. We chalk with passion.. I think we have " Too-much-chalk-itis" LOL. I am definately going to ask Santa for more of the chalking inks and another set of the spots. Anybody else have a fav. ink?

Red is Powder puff,, green is SU


I just read this idea: Take a glue dot and put it on the end of a stylus! Has same idea and if you have those items already.. no cost.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010



I LOVE THIS ..This is my favority fave! It's the QuickStik by Quick Kutz.

I use this for everything from bling, googly eyes, brads, buttons etc. It is has a sticky tip almost like puddy that picks up everything! It beats the tweezers by a long shot!. I'lll tell you.. get one of these babies and keep close by, you'd be amazed how often you use it.. It's great to use to find that "needle in the haystack" like above where all my brads got dumped into one compartment and I wanted just the pink one. I would have gone crazy trying to get my fingers around that particular one, not to mention getting stabbed by the brads along the way.. lol and when your object is bulky, the tweezers often slip.. not just lower this tool into a jar full of small embellies and stick it to what you want and pull it on out! It has saved me ooodles of frustrations. They go for about 4-5$ bucks and with a coupon..even less! Does anybody know of any other uses for this?? has anybody tried this?? Let us know :) Wow can you feel the love?? LOL. Yikes, I used to be pationate about many other things, now this.. I'm officially a scrap nerd.. LOL