Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a wonderful day filled with food, family, friends and fun. We cooked the full turkey dinner and even made a fresh apple pie. Little Miss tried a bit of everything. Little Man ate only a roll and some cranberry sauce. They both did fine on the pie of course. I took NO pictures yesterday. Oh, well.
Speaking of good food, the ScrapTiffany challenge this week was food/recipes.We made caramel apples again this year. Since this is the second year in a row and is now officially a tradition I thought it deserved a layout :)
I adore the woodgrain and little apples from Imaginisce. The little chipboard cup and fork are Maya Road, which I thought were so cute, but hadnt come up for a use for until now.
The "recipe" card or instructions pulls out from behind the photos:
Check out the other designers projects on ScrapTiffany and if you are interested in applying for the ScrapTiffany design team remember that the deadline is November 30th!! Find all the information about the call HERE.
Be sure to check out the Just Imagine Blog tomorrow--I will have this layout posted using a new Kreaxions butterfly die that I got this month:
Oh and check out this mini card set I made with Echo Park's Little Boy line:

They were on the Cards Blog last week HERE.
And of course when I make Christmas cards, they too will involve Echo Park. Here is one I made with their Everybody Loves Christmas line and an Elle's Studio tag:
Oh, and the little white metal dots?? Those are Imaginisce i-rock glam rocks. 
Have a fabulous weekend!
:) Rebecca

Friday, November 19, 2010

Another week flies by

Sheesh, at this rate it will be 2011 in a matter of minutes! Another jam packed week in our house--of course. Little Miss was chosen as the Kindergarten's VIP this week,

which as all you moms of school aged kids know, only means more work for ME ;) So we made a poster over the weekend and she brought her favorite book to school on Thursday and today we brought in a treat for the class. We made cookie pops and frosted them with smiley faces--they were a big hit. All our hard work has paid off though because she got to bring home her VIP book today. It includes an interview of her by her classmates and each of them drew her a picture and wrote why she is special---WAY too cute. I have to say I am seriously impressed with her teacher. With all the bad press schools have been getting concerning issues of bullying it is so fabulous to see a teacher trying to teach the opposite action at this early age. Kids learn quickly how to denigrate others and even as adults many people find it easier to criticize others rather than praise them. And if you could see how happy this act of kindness has made her! When I asked her to TRY and sleep in tomorrow, she told me that she would try but it would be hard because she wanted to get up and look at her VIP book :)

To celebrate her a bit more, I finally finished a project I had promised for a while. I altered two magnet boards (that I got in Target's dollar spot) to go with her lavender room. I wanted to give her a place to hang her little drawings without taping them to the walls. I took pictures of the boards before (they were just plain with black ribbon to hang them) but I somehow deleted them!! But this is the finished project:

The information about the punches I used and close ups will be on the Just Imagine Crafts blog tomorrow morning.
I also wanted to let you all know that there is an Anniversary Crop going on at 3 Scrappy Boys. We are celebrating Heather Jarret's first full year of ownership of 3SB with challenges, prizes and lots of fun. My challenge is a product challenge, but more specifically a use the packaging from product challenge. Here is the layout I did for it:
The packaging is the Studio Calico yellow woodgrain and brown outline of alphas and it comes from the package of wood veneer alphas.
Here are a few of my favorite things in one tiny corner: Maya Mist, bakers twine, canvas and an October Afternoon button--love, love, love and LOVE. 
If you have some time this weekend and early next week, stop by, complete some challenges, chat and maybe win some prizes!
And last, but certainly not least, the ScrapTiffany challenge this week was to use crepe paper. I had been looking for an excuse to add this to my stash:
It is from My Mind's Eye's Lost and Found collection. The crepe paper with the stitched ribbon is fabulous.
So with my crepe paper trim in hand I made:
And you'll notice all the bling--yes, I am loving my i rock! (I used it for the magnet board above too because everything should have a little bling, right?) I was thinking of doing a full on review of the i-rock...but for now let's just say I do really like it. They sell it at Michael's and you CAN use a 40% off coupon, which then I think makes it totally worth it.
And on that note, I think it is time for me to call it a night. Have a wonderful, happy weekend!
:) Rebecca

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hippity Hop Blog Hop

ScrapTiffany is one of 5 challenge blogs participating in the Hippity Hop Blog hop this weekend. Each challenge blog added an element that needs to be added to a layout or card. You start the hop at Sassy Sketches to pick up this sketch:

Then each challenge blog adds an additional ingredient. The other ingredients are:

ScrapFIT--We want you to use 3 of the same thing on your LO.
(3 buttons, 3 ribbons, 3 brads)
Crop Suey---We want you to use ink, paint or mist or all 3.
ScrapTiffany---We want to see some LACE.
Cuttlebug Spot---We want to see some texture or embossing.
Fun, right? Well here is my take on the sketch and ingredients:
I used Studio Calico's Elementary line. I love the soft colors they used for this school line rather than the typical bright primaries. I used three cut out journaling spots and splashed the green ledger paper with white and yellow mist:
I used the white eyelet lace for a bow, ruffle and loop and I embossed the two journaling spots that I did not write on with a star pattern:
You have until the end of Sunday to send your take on this challenge to Tiffany for your chance to win a gorgeous camera strap from the ScrapTiffany blog!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

On a Roll...and a WINNER!

With the help of the ScrapTiffany Holiday blog hop I am officially into the holiday creating mode. I usually have to be pulled kicking and screaming because there is so much to do I get overwhelmed. But,  *BREATHE*, one step at a time and it will all get done. Anyone want to repeat that mantra with me lol? Thank goodness for yoga tomorrow :)
Since I am no longer shunning the holiday papers I decided to keep going. For this layout, I used Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather papers and Elle's Studio journaling tags:
I think the chipboard shapes are my favorite :)
 I just got an Imaginisce I Rock and I went a little I Rock trigger happy here, but I used the small gems so it is still sort of subtle ;)
 The left side Elle's Studio card is actually a digital download that I printed out. This one is a journaling card (with a couple of I Rock gems lol).
 Cream stitching around the whole layout and the last few I Rock gems...
I can't wait to use my scraps to make a Christmas card or two, but I didnt have time today.
And finally, the winner of Monday's blog hop post... 

Blogger Missy said...




Love all the projects, I bet the elves helped you. ;-) My fav is the mini album, love it. TFS and inspiring!
Missy-- I will email you to get this envelope of goodies out to you ASAP! Thank you all for stopping by and leaving such sweet comments. I will be doing another giveaway soon. Have a great night!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

ScrapTiffany Holiday Blog Hop & GIVEAWAY!

  Hi! Welcome to the ScrapTiffany Holiday Blog Hop! If you just happened onto my blog (thanks for coming!) please start at the first stop on the hop: www.scraptiffany.com.
  If you just came from Norazah's blog then welcome!!
  I have a real hard time starting holiday projects early. So it was very serendipitous when this hop was scheduled that I received some product from my LSS The Scrapbook Barn to create several projects to display in the store. Lucky me, I got to work with Jillibean Soup's Christmas Chestnut Soup line!
  First I created a layout with some photos of last year's search for our Christmas tree:
Then I made my first Christmas card of the year:
I love the new Jillibean Sugar Picks and the burlap from Canvas Corp is so fun to play with. For the big ruffle, I sewed two strips of the new Maya Road ruffle trim.
Finally, I made a mini album with a Maya Road stocking coaster album.
I gessoed the cover and then covered the remaining pages with the Jillibean Soup papers. The whole album is little snippets of some of my favorite holiday decorations.
I have a hard time with consistent design in mini albums so I stuck with something super simple. I punched   
2 3/4" circles of the photos and matted them on 3" cardstock scalloped circles.
I added a few embellishments and trim...
and called it a day!
With a few sheets of patterned paper, cardstock, alphas and trim and embellishments I was able to make a layout, a card, a mini album with some to spare!
One final quick and easy (and cheap!) Christmas project? I recommend heading to your local dollar store. I bought a fake wreath, ribbon, some ornaments and flowers for a few dollars and glue gunned them down and now I have a wreath ready to go:
So there you have it! From one of the world's greatest holiday procrastinators--four holiday projects done! I hope this inspires you to get some of your holiday creating done this weekend. :) If you need some further inspiration, I am going to stuff a priority mail envelope with some holiday trims and embellies. Just follow my blog and leave a comment and you will be entered to win!!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Now head on over to Summer's blog for some fabulous holiday inspiration. Enjoy the rest of the hop and Happy Holiday Crafting!
:) Rebecca

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

No way it is November already...

Some website had the gall to broadcast how many days I have until Christmas. Really?? Can't we just enjoy our families and time together without feeling like we are strapped to a rocket heading from Halloween to New Years?
In any case, Halloween weekend was a blast. I promised a pumpkin patch picture or two:
Little Dude picking out his pumpkin.
 Little Miss displaying her face paint.
 Little piggies gorging on a cracked pumpkin. These little guys were just born less than two weeks ago. Their large imposing Mom (who was quite literally pigging out on the pumpkin snack) made it difficult to get a good shot of them.
Then on Halloween we went over to our friends' house to trick or treat in their neighborhood. But first we took a few costume pictures in the back yard:
Little Miss was a My Little Pony (specifically Pinkie Pie--no I am not proud that I know all the My Little Pony names lol).
 and her brother was of course Superman. I am happy to report that he liked his costume even after the whole wanting to be Wall E then wanting to be Superman, then not wanting to be Superman when the costume arrived in the mail debacle. :)

So with Halloween come and gone it is time to gear up for the rest of the holidays. Remember the ScrapTiffany blog hop is next Monday and Tuesday--lots of holiday projects to jump start your inspiration.

Also the November kits are on sale at 3 Scrappy Boys. I don't design until next month, but the November gallery is fabulous and the kits look packed with goodies as always.

Finally, I wanted to share that I have my first layout up on the Upsy Daisy blog this week with the rest of the team--so exciting!! We were working with Kim's sketch for this month which looks like this:
And here is the layout I came up with using the Home Sweet Home collection:
Making this layout (after all the glue gunning, wreath making havoc I went through to create for a craft fair) was pure happiness. I misted the background with some Maya Road, inked some edges, hand stitched here and there and even stamped (the journaling block and "xo's" in the right hand corner). Sigh.I love the rich, warm colors in this collection with the little pops of green to brighten it up. I also love the fact that some of the Upsy Daisy patterned paper edges have quotes--this one was perfect for this layout. I have another project done, but can't share for a couple of weeks. Let's just say, I am already really enjoying my time with Upsy Daisy :) :)

Hope your Halloween was happy and your week is going well.
:) Rebecca