Sunday, December 30, 2012

Anything Goes "SWEET" Challange

It's the fifth Sunday of the month, which means we're having an anything goes challenge featuring the card design team AND the layout design team!

Our challenge this week is inspired by "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Create any sweet-themed project! Cards layouts, 3D, altered items, any paper crafts are welcome as long as they feature something sweet. Think candy, cupcakes, cookies, etc.


Our fabulous sponsor this week is Vampire Craftin! (OH THAT IS ME>>>>) One lucky, randomly chosen winner will receive a FREE blog makeover!  
You can find my other designs here  and 
on my facebook page

Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday January 8th and will receive a special badge for their blogs.

Here's my project for this week's challenge:
I am deterimined to only use the supplies that I have and not to purchase anything more.  You have seen my craft cabinet RIGHT?  I used all scraps.  The white paper is a textured 12x12 sheet.  The title is silver brad letters.  YEA I had the letters to spell months.  and the 4 is a chip board letter I covered with the left over stripe paper.  NOW I used some embroidery floss and made the title and swirls.  It was alot of work.  But it is SWEET....I used a pencil and lightly wrote what I wanted by hand.  It would have been cleaner if I had done it by hand but....whatever.  I then used a needle and pierced the paper and then went back and erased the lines.   This made it easy to stitch on my page.  I couldn't have purchased letters that filled the page as well as my hand stitching.  Now that I have done this I will use this more often.  Now that I know how.  The first time is the hardest.  If you try this let me know...I want to see.

Liebster Blog

Earlier this week I received a comment on my ABC Ransom Blog Hop post saying a fellow blogger, Sara, had nominated me for a Liebster Award. It's an award that you pass on to a a fellow blogger that you like and enjoy reading their posts. The whole point of this is to let someone know that you like their writing, get to know them better, and then pass the torch on to others that you, yourself, like. I thought this sounded like fun and now that I finally have some free time, I am going to get cracking at this!

First off, for those of you that I end up sending this Liebster Award to here are the rules!

The Rules:

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the tagger has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 special bloggers to tag & award with the Liebster award
5. These bloggers must be told in a comment on their blog

So Here ya go...Just enouph information to answer but not to much...this is the Internet. 
Here are 11 things about me...
1. Hate Coconut   Even the smell. 
2. Every food I like is unhealthy, and usually contains bacon.
3. Kittens are super cute.  Kitten videos even cuter.  
4. I really like it when it rains.  
5. I sunburn super easy.  
6.  I love to cook, but I HATE to bake.
7.  I have so many things (crafts) I want to do, I think I should live forever at the age I am NOW.   Can someone turn me please.  
8.  I love to read.   I really miss real books, but the Kindle is growing on me.  
9.  Halloween is my Favorite Holiday.  
10. I am addicted to Dr. Pepper.  
11.  My husband and I were married at a Renaissance fair.  It was a fun wedding.  I am not a girly girl who dreamed of a wedding dress and blah blah blah.....So it was perfect and more memorable than eloping.   

Here are Sara's Questions for me......
1. What is your favorite season and why?
Fall.  Not to hot not to cold and the colors ROCK...
2. If you could live in any US city which one would it be and why?
Forks, WA Doesn't see so some bad.  I love small towns. 
3. If you were in a horror movie where an escaped mental patient was hacking people to bits, do you think you would be a survivor?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Dogs or cats?
6. If someone gave you $1000 today, what would you most likely do with it?
A new Red Nikon DSLR camera, and with the left over $ I would take my family out to eat. Scrapping supplies with the rest.  
7. What is your favorite perfume or cologne?
None....I can't breath with any cologne.  Baby Magic Baby lotion smells great.  
8. What is your favorite memory of 2012?
Birth of my new, and last baby.
9. What is one thing you would change about yourself if you could?
Thinner....But still curvy
10. What is a song that you can't stand so much that it makes you change the station as soon as it comes on the radio? 
Flow-rida's Whistle
11. If you were a member of the opposite sex for 24 hours, what would you do?
YUCK...I would not want to be a man.  Even for 24 hours.  
Okay, enjoy! And please feel free to the link to your Liebster Award post as a comment on this post... who know, you may get some more views and some new readers!

Here are my nominees: All my fellow RCS Desgin Team Memebers.  
Tonya -
Chas -
Georgie -
Candice -
Tonya G -
Beverly -
Sandra -
Dawn -
Anneliese -

Here are my quesitons for you. 
1.  Is there a crafting technique, meduim you want to try?
2.  What is the one crafting product you cannot live without?
3.  How many crafting projects do you have on your To Do List?  
4.  What is your Favorite Movie?
5  What is your Favorite T.V. Show? 
6. Name one thing on your Bucket List?
7. What is your favorite blog or website? 
8.  What is the best online toutrial you have ever read? Post a link.
9.  What is your Favorite animal? 
10.  As a Child what did you want to be when you grew up?
11.  Any New Years Resolutions you want to share?     

Sunday, October 28, 2012

ABC Ransom Blog Hop

Welcome to the ABC Ransom Blog Hop, 
hosted by Red Carpet Studio!

If you've come from Chas's blog, you're in the right place. 

The Red Carpet Studio designers thought it would be fun to host a mystery blog hop while showcasing projects that can be made using all those leftover letters in your stash - hence where the "ransom" comes in. Ransom notes play a huge role in mystery/suspense films, and are often created out of random letters cut from magazines, newspapers, etc. in order to disguise handwriting. 

While we won't be doing any kidnapping or holding anybody ransom today - we do have some creative projects to share with you!

For my project using leftover letters in my stash, I created...

I thought I would use left over letters for a page boarder.  I thought this made my BACK TO SCHOOL page perfect.
I just added a few other sticker emblishement and the page was super easy.

I had enough of the bubble square letters to spell "Pre-K"
My TIP:  My son was telling me when he CHEATS at words with friends he uses this site.
It would be perfect to plug in your left over letters and see what you cans spell.
Just plug in all of your letters and it will tell you what you can spell...Print out that sheet and attach it to the letter sheet
Go ahead and get started on some cards....

Here are some other ideas from past blog posts.
bottle cap Necklace
Upcycle old Mail to bookmarks and cards

We're also holding some blog candy ransom! However, the blog candy is hidden, and only certain stops of the hop are hiding it. The only way you can win is if you comment on those blogs! Now, we're not going to tell you whose blogs those are (that would be too easy) but we will tell you what the prizes are!
$20 Gift Certificate

$10 Gift Certificate
$10 Gift Certificate

There will be three winners. Please make sure to leave your contact information when commenting so we can contact you if you win. You have until next Saturday, November 3rd, to hop and comment. Winners will be announced with the start of our next layout challenge on Sunday November 4th at Red Carpet Studio.

And don't forget to check out this week's challenge at Red Carpet Studio! Our challenge this week is inspired by "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and the challenge is to create any fall or Halloween card.

Your next stop is Stephanie G's blog. 

P.S. My letters are...D

If you can put all the letters together from each stop of the hop (they're in order), you have a chance to win a mystery prize! Once you've figured out our hidden message, email it to The mystery prize winner will be announced with the other winners on Sunday November 4th. HINT: The message is a clue as to what our next layout challenge will be. :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Swimming Scrapbook Page

 One more down! 
My kids keeping doing things I keep taking photos and
 my pile of NEED TO GET DONE pages keeps piling up. 
To complete this page I used a blue paper with wavely lines.  It is a paper I had left over in a paper pack.  I am not sure what the name of the paper is.  I also used some leftover vellum, a glitter pen, and my paper punch.  I was inspired by the RED CARPET STUDIO CHALLENGE BLOG  Come and play along.

  1. 1.  I matted my photots on circle dark blue paper...and traced them with a glitter pen.I cut about 20 vellum circles with my paper punch and then traced it with a glitter pen
  2. I cut about 10 vellum circles with a smaller paper punch and also traced them with a glitter pen.
  3. The letters are from one of those paper packs...and traced them with a dark blue sharpie and a glitter pen.  

and it was an easy and fun... layout....

Here is a close up of my bubbles.

I hope this gives you a better view. 

This week's challenge is inspired by the movie "The Ring." During the month of October all of our challenges will be inspired by scary movies.

"The Ring" is a 2002 remake of a Japanese horror film staring Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase and Martin Henderson. The movie centers around a cursed videotape that results in the viewers death after seven days. The main character, Rachel, discovers the only was around the curse is to have someone else watch the video. After searching for answers on how to destroy the tape and get rid of the curse very few answers are given leaving a wonderful opening for a sequel!

Our fabulous sponsor this week is QKR Stampede! They will be providing the winner with 5 digital stamps of the winner's choice from their store.

Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the layout design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the layouts and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. Challenges run from Sunday - Saturday evening, and winners are always announced the Tuesday after the challenge ends in order for the design team to have enough time to vote.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Disney's Repunzel Scrapbook Page

This week on the Red Carpet Studio Design Team Challenge was ANYTHING Disney.  I have a ton of Disney layouts to get done sooooo here it is.

My daughter loves Rapunzel and we spent 45 min in line to see her.  It was the only character we waited to see.  I used super expensive paper on this layout.  The pattern paper is a Disney Rapunzel paper It was 99 cents and I got on sale for 40% off.  the glitter cards stock was also 99 cents and I was able to purchase it for 40% off on sale.  The pink swirls are rub ons....I found on a clearance for 50 cents. I had tons left over so I can use again.  The flowers are vellum punches, and so are the leaves.  I also used something I have never used before.  Glitter.  I hate glitter but here I am putting it on a page...

Here is my tip.  I cute the edges off of the Rapunzel paper.  I cut the center out of the glitter paper so I could mat my photos.  This is an awesome way to streach the expensive papers.  This layout cost me under $3

I didn't follow a template or guide line I first just matted my photos, then just started putting things on the page until I liked it.  I then put the vellum flowers and leaves in my xeron sticker maker.... applied them to the page.  I then added just regular glue to the center of the flowers...and accented the swirls with some glue...and just went crazy with the glitter.  I used a small paint brush to remove any excess.

Join Us in the Challenge....

Our challenge this week is anything goes Disney challenge - create any Disney-themed project! Cards, layouts, 3D projects, altered items... it's completely up to you! 

Our fabulous sponsor this week is The Paper Parade! They are giving away a $25 gift certificate to the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge

Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday October 9th and will receive a special badge for their blogs. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Page Sketch Design Challange

I had a blast with the layout.  The paper is from Paper Studio a Hobby Lobby Brand, and the flowers are things that I have collected from swaps.  The letter is part of a big pack of sheets of pre-punched letters that I am loving.  I had to outline the letter with a black sharpie marker so they POP.  I had enough paper left to make a card or a new layout. 

I am having a blast with the design team for Red Carpet Studio .  This week is an awesome sketch challenge   Here is the sketch below.  I can't wait to see what you do with it.  Read below for the challenge information.  You could win a $15 gift certificate. 

Special thanks to Heather from Cricut Inspired Layouts for letting us use her sketch!

Stars are all over Hollywood... whether they are celebrities, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or in the sky! We thought it would be fun to provide you with a fun, movie-themed sketch (notice the Title and Sub-Title features along with the arrows representing 'play' buttons) for this week's challenge!

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Scraptastical Kreations! They are giving away a $15 gift certificate to the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge.

Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the card design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday September 18th and will receive a special badge for their blogs. Challenges run from Sunday - Saturday evening, and winners are always announced the Tuesday after the challenge ends in order for the design team to have enough time to vote.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Maximum Ride Scrapbook Page

I have been hanging on to this photo for 2 years.  My son spent the entire 2010-2011 obsessed with the Maximum Ride book series by James Patterson.  I wanted to design a page for that.  As a design team member for RED CARPET STUDIO we had a challenge to design a layout without in words and then this photo came to mind.  He covered his mouth and held up his book.  I didn't really need any words.

The wings were printed on ivory paper on my computer and then I cut them out.  I then added a diamond glaze to have the wings pop off of the page.  I know it is simple and I was adding things here and there but all of the elements I added took away from the photo.  

The challenge this week is a "silent" layout challenge - create a layout without using any words, journaling, letters, etc. 

Our fabulous sponsor this week is Close To My Heart consultant Candice Fields! She is giving away the La Belle Vie Kit to the lucky, randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge.

Along with the randomly chosen winner of this week's challenge, the layout design team will also be taking a look at ALL of the submissions and voting on their top three "spotlight"submissions. The spotlight submissions, along with the random winner, will be announced on Tuesday September 11th and will receive a special badge for their blogs. Challenges run from Sunday - Saturday evening, and winners are always announced the Tuesday after the challenge ends in order for the design team to have enough time to vote.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Red Carpet Studio Design Team

I have been selected for the Red Carpet Studio Design Team.  I am so excited!

Red Carpet Studio is a brand new challenge blog launching September 2!!!

Here's the rundown as to how our challenges will work:

- There will be a NEW challenge every week starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday evening. The challenges will alternate each week between a card creating challenge and a layout creating challenge. One challenge a month will be an anything goes movie-themed challenge where ANY crafty project can be submitted as long as it follows the theme. Both the card design team and the layout design team will participate in this challenge.

- There will be FOUR winners for every challenge. There will be a randomly chosen winner who receives the prize being given away by our sponsor and there will be three "spotlight" submissions that will be chosen by the design team. The "spotlight" submissions  will receive a badge for their blogs and will also have their cards featured on our blog. Our "spotlight" submissions will be announced each Tuesday.

Here's where the fun comes in...

Sticking with the theme of the challenge blog, every month we will host an award show! The winners of each challenge every week will compete against each other at the end of the month. When I say "compete," I mean their projects will be voted on by fellow bloggers. The winner of each "category" will receive a custom-made trophy badge to display on their blogs.

Each "category" of the award show is determined by the challenge theme. For example, let's say one week was a card sketch challenge. The four winners of the sketch challenge (the randomly chosen winner and the spotlight submissions) would be up against one another at the end of the month in the "Sketch" category, and bloggers can vote for which card they like best (all cards will be displayed on the award show page). There will be four categories in each award show, one for each month's four challenges.

The award show will take place the first week of every month during which voting will be available. For instance, the award show for September will occur during the first week of October so that all of September's challenges can be included in the show.

Be sure to stop by Red Carpet Studio to meet the rest of the design team!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Scrapbooking Update.

I have had so much fun with my summer scrapbooking.  I have about 60 pages to go.  My kids keep doing things so I keep adding to my page count.  With the Disney Trip, and having a new baby there are more pages in my albums this year than in years past.  I am completing about 4 pages per week, in addition to making birthday cards.  I have come to realize that every layout doesn't have to look like a magazine ready page...This realization has really helped me complete lots of pages that I LOVE.

I finished a 20 page Disney Album for less than $10, and in ONE DAY!.  I was given an 8x8 Disney Scrapbook for Christmas, and I am grateful.  My special Disney photos are in my 12x12 books.  I felt like I cheated.  I decorated the front and back of the same paper.  So I only used 5 yellow cardstock pages, and 5 black cardstock pages..  I purchased the Mickey paper at Micheal's on sale for 5 for $1 and cut 3inch strips.  Every page is exactly the same layout background.  The strips in the middle are scrap cardstock strips.  I matted each photo with coordinated paper. The entire album has lots of diffrent photo sizes, and I cropped some pictures as well. I used stickers as emblishments (I need to purchase a few more) and I used a small 1x1.5 tag punch to journal.  This is my first time ever scrapbooking on the front and back of a page and it worked out really well.  I saved myself lots of money and time, and I LOVE the results.

So far I have had great luck with just using the supplies in my Scrapbooking Cabinet.  I found this scallop circle and flipped it over to the white and really loved the results.  The butterfly, and scroll flower also had a completely different background.
Here is the finished page.

For the rainy day layout I really love this patten paper. I used a navy blue cardstock as a background.  The shape of the pattern paper I achieved by folding a 12x12 paper in quarters and free handing the design, when I unfolded the design it was even on all sides.  I used acrilec white paint to distress the edges.  I also added some paint details around the letters.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bacon Candy

I  love pinterest and I am addicted.  The worst thing to see is a recipe I have to try that is NOT good for me.

I found the recipie here.

It was pretty easy I wrapped the lil' Smokies with bacon, and Preheated oven to 375F.  Then I poured a mixture of 1 cup of brown sugar and a stick of butter.  (I melted them in the microwave for 1min and 23 sec.)  then poured them over the dish.  Note I had 2 pans

Then I topped it with unmelted brown sugar.  

I baked both pans in the oven...Bake them for about 15-20 minutes and then turn the heat up to 400F for about 5 minutes or longer until the bacon becomes crispy.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


While at my local Micheal's store I saw an advertisement for a new show that would be premiering on TLC.  CRAFT WARS.  I don't watch reality TV shows but this one seems right up my alley.

The show is hosted and executive produced by, Tori Spelling and sponsored by Michaels, the show pits crafters against each other, challenging them to use an assortment of supplies to make unique, crafts. Contestants will be able to use Themed materials and just about any crafting supply imaginable of from the Michael's Craft Closet.  Contests also get a craft helper (from home) for the POP challenge and Craft WARS provides craft helpers for the final challenge.

The first episode was called , “Summer School”.  I loved the format the contestants were given the 2 challenges the Pop Craft Challenge was to create a fashion-forward duffle bag out of sports equipment, and one hour to complete the challenge.    
As far as the crafts that were produced from the provided materials all of the bags FAILED in my eyes.

This first bag was the one that was eliminated.  
This bag sucked  the bottom was made out of a tennis racket...
she hot glued it to the bottom., and it was not at all functional
and the T on the front looks like S#*T.  I wouldn't carry this bag...

UGLY HOT MESS  The only thing I like about this bag is the balls.
Holes were drilled in the base balls, with a wiffle ball in the middle

WINNER this was the winning bag.  The bag was unfinished but
I think it was the most functional of all of the bags
.I loved the leather corners made from footballs.
The straps were made from a karate belt.

One of the contestants was eliminated. Then, the final two must impress the judges in their crafting challenge of a lifetime, The Master Craft, where they must create a playhouse out of school supplies. 

This was a HOT MESS...It was supposed to look like a School BUS
and she Modged Podged FABRIC outside and inside the house and it
was UGLY.   But it was fun to watch the challenged be completed.  
This was the winning design and it was very cute...She made the window boxes out of pincils
The shutters out or Rulers.  It was cute and it was fun to watch 
I was impressed with the and I think the best crafter won... 

I plan on staying GLUED to the show and hopefully get some great ideas from the show...
WHERE DO I SIGN UP as a contestant?  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scrapbook Layout #4

I used the same layout inspiration for this page as I used for Scrapbook Layout #3 (see in the post below) it is amazing how you can use the same exact layout, and produce two very different pages.  I will defiantly use the same skecth more than once in the future.  All you need is different paper and embleshments to change an entire design.  I used the inspiration for this sketch design from the ScrapFit Blog.

The paper is a paper pack I purchased from my Tuesday morning for just $2.99  it had over 50 different papers and even more stickers.  I have used most of them and I am tring to use every bit I have left. The scallops at the bottom of the frame, and the white parenthesis on the top of one of frames have a completely different pattern on the other side I was happy that the back of the paper was white...The rest of the elements are stickers...The title was made from 2 different rub-on letter packs.

Scrapbook Page #3

I am going strong on my summer scrapbooking. 
 I have completed 10 pages since my last post on June 20th

My layout was inspired by the ScrapFIT Blog.  With so many layouts to do I need all of the inspiration I can get.  The paper I used was from an army paper pack I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  it is filled with lots of goodies....all of the elements are paper or stickers from this pack.  I will do the journaling later on....I was thinking of asking my teen to do his own journaling...that was the page means more..

This is my first time scanning in a page...I hope it looks okay...

I used the sample layout inspiration to complete Scrapbook Page #4

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scrapbook Layout #2

My scrapbooking summer project is going great since my last post on June 8th I have completed about 10 layouts.  I started with my least favorite scrapbooking subject....Christmas.  So I did all of my Christmas layouts and Gingerbread house (a yearly tradition) layouts.  I found it much easier to work on my page by keeping a page on my counter and walking by and working on it a little at a time....Mounting a photo here and there and adding journalling and stickers as I could....

The Challenge from one of my favorite blogs SCRAPFIT was to develop your own polriod photo and I thought it was brilliant and I am mad I didn't think of it before.  I made the entire layout out of supplies in my left over folder.

To make the poloaroids I cut my photo to a square 4x4  I then mounted the photos on white cardstock with a Quarter inch boarder all the way except on the bottom where I left almost a one inch boarder.  I couldn't believe how it looked just like a polaroid.  It would be perfect for those instagram type photos or black and white photos everyone is using.  I wanted to try this out on lots of my other projects BUT I couldn't find any photos that would make a great SQUARE....  All of the die cuts were from one of those cheap pre-die cut paper packs I got on clearance, and the letters were a modge podge of lots of things I had left over. The green cardstock in the middle of the page was a scrap piece I have been saving for a rainy day.... I wasn't sure if it was the correct grammer but oh well....

Friday, June 8, 2012

SCRAPBOOK Layout: #1

I have 3 kids and about 100 scrapbook pages to finish by the end of the summer.  Since it is going to be a big part of my summer I hope you don't mind me posting my creations here.

My idea inspiration comes from HERE it is a blog called scrapfit, it is a great blog to use for inspiration..  The challenge was to use up your stickers in a fun & creative way!

I came up with my own custom layout and I am going to use it on as many designs this month as I can.  I am hoping this will catch me up on some of my layouts...I am adding a vampire inspired layout to my designs so stay tuned....I have lots of stickers....

All you need for this design is.
2 photos
Sheet of Stickers
1 sheet of 12x12 cardstock
and 2 sheet of colored paper, perfect for left overs.....
some sort of glue and popdots if you have them.

Here is my design.  At a local school we had a ARMY helicopter land so the kids could get a close look at one close up.  The paper and the stickers came from a ARMY paper pack I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  My son is in JROTC and I knew the pack would come in hand for all of his extracurricular activities.  I am so happy I could use it for my daughters layout.

After putting my base paper together I then matted my photos, and placed them on the page.  I then used a helicopter sticker and premade sticker title and placed them on the page.  I also added a circle sticker in the upper left hand corner.  All of the elements are also stickers.

THE STARS....I placed 2 stickers on the page and then used a sticky yellow string scrap I had and just free handed it on the top of the page.  I took the stars and put them on a scrap sheet of white cardstock and trimmed the stars out.  I then used pop dots to give the stars some demention on the page and placed them along the yellow sticky string.

HINT.  When you use pop dots use the entire sheet not just the dots....I used the dot in the center of the middle of the stars and then used the left over sides pieces to hold up the star points.  I hate to waste.