Friday, April 29, 2011


Good morning! It is a beautiful sunny and warm day here in New England, we have been waiting soo long for this day. Did everyone catch the Royal Wedding? Kate did really look like a princess.

This is a card that Dawn made for her dad. I love the bold colors and the little dragonfly that looks like it has bling on it. I love the embossing on the hippo. So cute!!!

Here are the deets:
Create A Critter Cart, Hippo cut at 3"
The nose was embossed with Swiss Dots CB folder
Paper from Stash
Dragonfly brad by Doodlebug Designs

"Hippo Birthday" stamp by My Pink Stamper

These are the two sets that I got. Lots of fun sayings to use with the Critter cart!

Have a wonderful weekend. Kel and I will update you with our fun, fun visit to CK Manchester. One of our follower's, Karen is going to be there, so we are going to hook up and meet. So much fun!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Good morning! We have two more sleeps (that is what I use to say to my kids if there was a big event coming up, only 4 more sleeps and then its Christmas) until we (Kel, Dawn and I) head to Creating Keepsakes Convention. We went last year for the first time and loved it. We are taking I think a total of 4 classes and of course shopping in between. This layout I did three years ago, since come September it will be our 18th anniversary. But I happen to come across and thought it fit the theme this week very well.

I was so impressed I could use pink paper with my husband in the picture!! The number 15 is chipboard from StampinUP! and covered with patterned paper. Rub-ons on the bottom of the page and I inked the little chipboard swirl.
We will definitely take pictures of the CK Manchester event.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Good morning Ladies!!! I hope all is well and everyone is recovered from Easter. It seems so long ago!! Here is a layout I did of my youngest guy (when he was 7) playing baseball. I used a lot of bright colors on this layout. There were a lot of bright colors in the pictures so I thought would play those up. The strips of paper are from CosmoCricket and I believe are from the Boyfriend Stack. I love CC paper. Of course the blue cardstock is from StampinUP! My go to paper. The world All Star is cut from the Sports Mania Cartridge. The word "our" is thickers and I inked with blue ink.

I also wanted to let you know, I am sooooo excited that I order the new Cricut Expression 2 yesterday. Oh yes I did. I am so excited. I may not be on the blog for a while as I will be sitting on my front stairs patiently awaiting for UPS to deliver it. I will definitely let you know how I like it. Has any one else jumped on the Provocraft wagon and order one? I would love to know if you did!!
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Here is a BEAUTIFUL wedding card by dawn. I'd have to say, getting married,, very BOLD, LOL . I've personally been doing it 25 years TODAY! woo hoo! Here is what Dawn has to say about this gorgeous card "Edwin and Tilda stamp from Magnolia stamps, colored with Copics. All the embellies are from my stash. You can't really see it here, but the bride's flowers and collar are Stickled. I think I am going to have to make my own envelope for this! LOL!" And, she's finished it off with some BRIGHT bling!!

Monday, April 25, 2011


Happy Monday Scrappers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. For those who celebrate Easter, I hope it was chocolate filled and EGGtastic!! YA.. I had my Wheaties this Anyway, welcome to bright bold and beautiful week! This week's theme will be fillled with projects that have that boldness...that flair..that burst of color or brightness...those beautiful big flowers we all have hidden or that awesome bright pink ribbon we're dying to use. Check your scrap supplies ladies..we have that bright bold and beautiful picture or embellshment just BURSTING to get used! Here is one I did of my daughter on black paper.. trying to make it look almost like a chaulk board.. I used my bright white pen and stenciled some fun squiggles in the corners. I cuttlebugged to bring in the bold... I then went for lime green to brighten things up a bit. Of course the beauty of it all is my daughter.. LOL. This was a fun pic my friends Susan's daughter took of my daughter crouching down in the middle of a crowd at a concert.. I just love the personality she caught in my daughter.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

We won an award - Thanks Rhonda

Good morning we wanted to share an award we got from Rhonda over at Rhonda gave us this award a few weeks back (sorry it took us so long it get it up life has been so busy lately!) Thanks so much Rhonda for giving us this award!! We love, love your blog and your mini's are AMAZING. If you ladies haven't been to Rhonda's blog, you need to head on over, she is such a talented and giving lady. She gives away her fantastic mini albums! We need to pass it along to four other blogs, this is not an easy thing to do, to pick only 4. We decided we would pick a few new blogs that we started following. So here it goes:
Julieta over at
Sandy over at
Sherrie over at
Karen over at

Please go on over at check out the incredible talent of these ladies!!!

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Laurie and Kel

Thursday, April 21, 2011


I didn't go way way back in the day for these photos, but I did go about 5-6 years back. Back to the days when my son couldn' t get enough of fishing with his dad....peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and kisses from mom in public. Now.. at almost 19, he's in college eating big boy food, lol...he traded his fishing rod in for a long board and if I kissed him in public he start to scream "stranger in my personal space" and have me arrested.. LOL. To be honest, hearing his amazing fishing adventures feels like it was last weekend...boy time flies.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Good morning fellow scrappers! I hope all is well in blog land. This week is school vacation for our kids and I am on vacation too!! Such a nice week!

I am working on painters tray, this is my first one so I am learning as I go. This is a picture of the entire tray. As you see the middle square is empty. Still trying to figure out what to put there. Maybe the word Legacy, or Past?

The first square is my Mother, my Grandfather and My Great Grandfather.

The second square is my Grandfather in Brussels During WWI.

The 3rd square is my Grandmother at the World Fair in New York in 1932!

Most of my papers came from Graphic 45. They have such awesome, awesome vintage stuff. Of course some of the embellishments came from Tim Holtz; the clock and the clip. Some embellishments came from Graphic 45. I bought all of these a local scrapbooking store.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Here is a great canvas done by Dawn. She purchased the canvas frame at a local craft store. She began by painting it all over with Modge Podge. She then placed her torn papers down and covered it all again. The Modge podge acts like glue and covers your work with a nice shiny smooth cover. I watched her put this together and it's a fun project if you're thinking of trying it. I adore this picture of Dawn and her siblings and if you've seen any of her layouts here that her son and daughter are in, I bet you would agree with me that they look just like Dawn and her brother from back in the day. I want to say that the title and flourish are rub ons.. but dont quote me and Dawn can clarify that for us. I love to see old family photos and this is a great way to display them !

Monday, April 18, 2011

Back in the day week and updates - Day1

Good morning everyone!! Kel and I had so much fun with our very first blog hop. Thanks again Rhonda, you did a fantastic job getting this together!! We have a chosen a winner via, a big Congrats to Judy over at please go on over and check out her blog, so much fun and awesome work. Judy please email me, and we will get the vinyl out to you. Welcome to all our new followers, we hope you will hang around!! The theme this week is back in the day week. Kel and I (and Dawn) have a bunch of pictures from back in the day and are trying to get them scrapped. These are pictures are of my Mom. I think she was 6 or 7 in the photos and they are two of my favorite pictures of her. This is crinkly ribbon I got over at I first saw this ribbon on Kate's blog and fell in love with it. Customer service is awesome, I ordered on Thursday and had it by Saturday and I had to use it. I just love. This little tag came from the K& Company Life's Journey paper stack. Awesome stack!! All the paper I used on this layout came from that paper stack. The ribbon under the picture is from Graphic45 Vintage Ribbon, Heritage Cricut Cart, page 47 was used for the Mother title. The flowers are from my stash. We have some fun, fun projects to show you this week. Thanks again for joining our blog hop!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Welcome to day 2 of the Basket Case Blog hop! Kel and I have another fun project for you today. This project is again using vinyl. We love vinyl and if we haven't mentioned this before, it is so easy to use!! Don't forget to check the sidebar for the prize offered to the commenter's of the blog hop. For this project Kel and I used a square vase picked up for $1 at the Dollar Store. We used vinyl to decorate this vase as well. Again using Plantin Schoolbook for the grass and A Child's Year for the eggs. We decorated the inside of the vase with some paper Easter grass and a silk sunflower from our stash secured with a brad into a 2" styrofoam ball that was sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. We used a popsicle stick for the stem.

If you came here from you are in the right place. Please head on over to Thanks to Rhonda of for all her hard work in putting this blog hop together. Please feel free to leave a comment for a chance to win the fun vinyl prize. Remember following is OPTIONAL!

Friday, April 15, 2011


Welcome to the Basket Case Blog Hop!! Kel and I are so excited to show off our fun Easter centerpiece we made. We started with a glass vase measuring 6 x 5.5 we purchased at JoAnn's with a coupon. We used vinyl to decorate it. We used the following cartridges for this project, Plantin Schoolbook for the grass page 69 cut at 7"x 3" and A Child's Year page 33 for the eggs cut at 1.5" x 1", the clouds were from Create a Critter page 28 cut at 3" x 1.5." Feel free to add spring flowers, or butterflies if you make one of your own. We cuttlebugged the images using Tiny Mossiacs, Swiss Dots, Divine Swirls and Bubbles. The adorable pink and blue treat holder 3D eggs were made by Dawn on her silhouette. This was such a fun project to do and it was so easy to use the vinyl. Basically cut, peel and stick and your project is done. We have been having so much with vinyl that we are GIVING AWAY 4 PIECES OF 12 X 12 VINYL to a lucky winner during this blog hop (check side bar for prize).
So please be sure to comment, following is OPTIONAL and we will pick one winner from both days of comments. So if you comment both days you have a better chance of winning!!
Thank you for stopping by if you came from you are in the right place. Your next stop is If you would like to start at the beginning go to

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Here is a beautiful card I received in the mail from Kel! It was a surprise, I love surprises!! Here is a close of up the bling and the embossing folder Kel used. The embossing folder is Floral and Stone Impressionabilities by Spellbinder. I just love it. It really embosses so deeply.

Here is the beautiful card. Non traditional Easter colors, but that is what I like about it. Kel said she used StampingUP cards stock and ink. The ribbon and stamp are from her stash. I love this stamp.

We also wanted to remind you about the Blog Hop (our very first) we are in tomorrow and Saturday. Thanks to Rhonda from scraphappens for inviting us. We have a really fun vinyl project we did for both days and a FUN, FUN prize!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Its so fun to surprise the recipient of your card with one that is non traditional like this cute one done by Dawn that flaps up and open to show the sentiment. I really like her color choices on this card, that butterfly paper is great and the green and purple go so well together. I'm always a fan of the faux stiching too. Nice job Dawn!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Good morning!! We think (keeping our fingers crossed) Spring is here. It was 70 degrees yesterday and today is going to 60! We will take it!
Here is an Easter Card I did using Stretch your Imagination cartridge. The polka dot paper, I just love is from my stash, but the polka dots are felt, so awesome. The ribbon is of course StampinUP! I blinged the bunnies nose and added a little glitter to the eggs to make them look painted.

I hope spring has arrived where you live, it really does change the mood!

Have a great day!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Hello bloggers! This week is "All about Easter Week" here at SS. We'll have some fun Easter cards, layouts and crafts to show. If there is anybody out there who wants us to "scrap it forward" here on the blog, please email your project and we'll get it on up! Here is a simply BEAUTIFUL card by dawn. This lil guy is just too cute on his lil tippy toe. Such great detail with the stitching and embossing! The coloring on this image is fantastic!! Welcome to our newest friends Trish and Treasure , What's Scrappin! ,Stinkin Cute Paper Piecings , crazy for cricut and Deborah. Also, please visit *``Getting Cricky with K Andrew``* to get the deets on a Link up party!! It's a fun way to get introduced to new blogs as well as get introduced.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


This came to me last night for the challenge and I didn't get to post. So here is Kate's adorable card! Please stop by her blog and check out her amazing talent SMALLBITSOFPAPER .


How we choose the winner is that Laurie and I assigned numbers 1 through ? based on the number participants we have in a challenge, randomly in no particular order. Then we type those numbers into , Today it chose #8 which was SANDRA's assinged number of Rose Petal Creations CONGRATS SANDRA and thank EVERYBODY for all their awesome entries.

Friday, April 8, 2011


I just LOVE the lil caterpillar on this card send in by Sandra of ROSEPETALCREATIONS Here is what Sandra had to say: "The background paper is from Papermania SUMMER BLOOM COLLECTION. I then punched a pale green pearlised oval out with a Nestie shape. Then using a different shape I punched three different sizes of the same design and layered them together. I added pink stickles round the edge of the larger shape and then this was positioned overlapping the top edge of the card. My image is called CAITY CATERPILLAR from Deedeesdigis, the sentiment is from the same set. To complete the look, I assembled some small flowers with punched sprigs of leaves." Go on over and check out her fantastic blog ladies!!

Also.....WELCOME ANGIE KAY, our newest follower!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

PASTEL LAYOUT by Dawn & WELCOME new follower CV!

This is great! WAIT, I've heard of a spring chicken.. but a spring turkey?? Hey,, why not! LOL. Here is what Dawn had to say: "This is a funny one .. they are watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but their jammies did not say “fall”. So, I made a pastel turkey! I think he sort of looks like a parade balloon!" Deets: Title and turkey are Silhouette files; both are embossed with the Cuttlebug Divine Swirls folder. All paper is from my stash. White Signo pen for the accents. What great inspiration to get us all thinking waaay out of the box!!

CV.. Nice to have you! Thanks for joining us!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Celeste send over this adorable card for Pastel Week. Please go on over to her blog C.C.'s Cards and Crafts and check out all her great crafting.. You've got to see her April 1 post.. she's got a chickie and he's so cute..he's sporting some sunglasses..LOL. Thanks for sending this in for the challenge Celeste..nice job!

And Welcome Sandy... Glad you have you here!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Two more awards!! We are just raking them in!!

We received the same one from Karen over at and Sandy O over at

Please go on over and check out their awesome blogs! So much talent and fun!! Thanks so much ladies. We always have a tough time trying to choice who to pass this along too.

We were over visiting our friend Kate over at and she had received an award and was saying she had trouble picking blogs that will receive it. She said she loved all her followers and if you wanted to take the award, she would be happy you did as it was well deserved. Kate is such a sweet and kind person we thought we would follow in her footsteps and let our followers know that we appreciate them and their comments and their talent and inspiration. So feel free to take the award on over to your blog with our blessing!! Thanks everyone!! Laurie and Kel


This is a fantastic project sent over by Jean of JEANSCRAFTYCORNER for the pastel challenge. Please go on over and check out the deets and how to photos on this fantab wreathe and her other amazing easter projects and a really fun "movie themed" project that I LOVE! Thanks for sending this over Jean!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Here is a gorgeous Easter Card from Cathie at CREATIVECUTTERROOM Her amazing papercrafting talent really shines with this fun card. Please go on over and check out the deets of this card on her amazing blog and roam around and get inspired by all her great creations. And welcome Terri our newest follower, its nice to have you!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Here is the "chickiest" card sent in by Rhonda at bumblebee creations: Ready for SPRING!! Please stop by her blog for all the deets on this card and a few more great spring cards!