Nov 30, 2012

Ruby Rock-It Farewell Blog Post

If you are looking for my current giveaway post scroll down or click HERE.

If you are here for the Ruby-Rock It Farewell Blog hop you are in the right place!
Can you believe it has been a year?! Time flies when you are having fun and I have had a blast working with Rachel and Erin and the whole Ruby Rock-It Team and the fabulous Ruby Rock-It products. Here are some of my favorite Ruby Rock It projects:

Now hop on over to Sandy's blog! If you lose your way during the hop the whole list is over at the Ruby Rock It Bella Fundamentals blog.
:) Rebecca

Nov 29, 2012

Winner and Another Giveaway!

It is starting to feel a bit like the 12 days of Christmas around here! What with the Simple Stories blog hop, the Imaginisce challenge, my own giveaway and the Core'dinations challenge--there have been lots of chances to win scrappy goodies lately! I just wanted to take a moment to specifically thank everyone who commented on my Simple Stories December Daily post. So many of you left such sweet comments and I could tell from so many of those comments that you not only scrolled through the pictures but actually read what I had written. I was so touched that I decided to give away some Simple Stories product myself. Unused, unopened, bought specifically for one of you! So.... Papercrafting Pixie...I am sending you some Simple Stories Handmade Holiday SN@P items (I emailed you!).

Before I talk about today's giveaway, I want to share some layouts I haven't had a chance to share yet. They are all from the Pink Paislee Portrait collection --one of my favorites :) The whole collection is available at HERE. I love every bit of this collection!
The die cuts...
 the stamp set...
 the Photograms...
you can even use it for summer photos...
Now I love the whole collection, but I really, really, really LOVE the stamp set. And I have an extra set to give away. So if you want to win this:
leave me a comment by Sunday at midnight!
:) Rebecca

Nov 25, 2012

Core'dinations Hard Core Crop!

Welcome to the 2nd Hard Core Crop! We are bringing in the Holiday season with challenges designed to get you inspired to create for the Holidays. Please head over to the Core blog for crop rules. And we have the Facebook HCC crop page here  for you to chat and hang out with fellow Hard Core Croppers so make sure you head over there, too. You never know when challenges or giveaways will pop up over there!

Every year I find myself looking at the very expensive, layered gift tags at the store. Sometimes I pass them up, sometimes I buy them regretting how much money I spend on them. For this crop I decided to make my own. Since we are starting so early, they are actually quite easy to make in bulk! I started with the Core'dinations Tags and some various holiday colored Core'dinations cardstock:
 I used my Cuttlebug to emboss each piece of Core with a different patterned embossing folder. Then I found a rectangular punch that perfectly fit the center of my tags and finally layered them with embellishments.
You can use wood veneer:
or bakers twine and pins:
or bells and other shaped punches:
or ribbon and little letter stamps that say To and From:
or tulle and Therm O Web Glitter Dust.
No matter what you choose, your tags will be cute, handmade, cheap and quick to assemble. So my challenge to you is to pull out some Core and make some layered gift tags. You can use premade Core'dinations tags or make the tags from Core'dinations cardstock yourself. Either way, make sure you layer some more Core'dinations on top! For this challenge you must make at least TWO (2) tags per entry. A random winner will be chosen to receive this fabulous Core'dinations prize:

Contestants for this challenge must use the Linkinz below. If you do not have a blog, please feel free to use Photobucket or Flickr or any other photo sharing sight that provides links. Challenges must include Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock. You may not combine this challenge with any of the other HCC challenges but you may complete this challenge as many times as you like. You must link by 8 pm, December 2nd (Sunday). All winners must email by DECEMBER 12th with their name, address, phone number and prize the won in the subject line. For ex.: Core'dinations Crop Tillie Prize pack Winner.
Have fun!

Nov 17, 2012

Imaginisce I-Challenge Weekend

**If you are looking for the Simple Stories blog hop, please scroll down or click HERE.

Today it is my turn to take part in the Imaginisce I-Challenge! My challenge is a technique challenge. Just add stitching hand stitching or machine stitching. I chose to add both to my layout:
All you have to do for my challenge is some type of stitching on a paper project. I hand stitched a large hand drawn heart:
And machine stitched in several places including under the title
and through the middle of several punched hearts:
But you can add any type of stitching you prefer to enter the challenge.

Here are the rules to play along:
Rules for the i-Challenge Weekend.
1. Follow the challenge guidelines that are given with each challenge.

2. Post your finished project on the challenge thread in the Facebook Event(If you do not have a Facebook account  please email your projects our Design Team Coordinator,  Cari Locken at You can also comment on this post with a link to your project)

3. We would also like to see you share/post your finished challenge projects on your personal blogs and other online galleries/sites. Please share with us where you've shared them.

4.  Deadline for challenge submssions is Wednesday, Nov. 21st 12pm PST.

And here are the rest of the challenges:
List of i-Challenges:

1.  Sketch Challenge (Diana Fisher)
2.  Stamp Challenge (Shellye McDaniel)

1. Color Challenge (Regina Mangum)
2.  Stitching Challenge (Rebecca Keppel)

1. Black & White Photo Challenge (Adora Concepcion)
2. Recipe Challenge (Ilene Tell)

Each Designer will post their challenge on the Facebook Event Page and their personal blogs. The challenges will also be posted here on the blog throughout the weekend.

Here is the prize for playing along with my challenge. 

And here is the Grand Prize:
(In order to be eligible you must complete all of the challenges throughout the weekend, post/share your work on Facebook, online galleries and/or your blog.)

Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 23rd.
Have fun!

:) Rebecca

Nov 15, 2012

Simple Stories December Daily Blog Hop

I was so excited to work on a December Daily album for Simple Stories this year. Do you know I  have never done a December album before. I think I have mentioned before that mini albums stress me out? The whole designing something on such a small space and making it look organized and consistent while at the same time interesting and beautiful? Too much pressure. But, Simple Stories does A LOT of the work for you. The SN@P albums come in a bunch of cute colors including red and green. I went with green for mine. And there are all types of products like full pages, mini cards, larger cards etc in the simply beautiful Handmade Holiday collection. Add to that a variety of page protectors and you have yourself one quick and easy December Daily.
I completed the bulk of this album for CHA, but I added some trims--
 and more embellishing here and there:
 I created basic page backdrops and used number banner stickers from Handmade Holiday to mark each day from December 1st to the 25th.
On some of the full sized pages I added some pictures from last year, just to get an idea of what it will look like when it is completed.

I made sure to include lots of pockets here and there for extra pictures and tickets--
--especially since this year we will have ticket stubs from the Polar Express! I think I am more excited than the kids about this!
This is such a quick and easy way to include all the little traditions we try and do each year like the Target gingerbread house. Yes, it is from Target--don't judge, it is after all a tradition!
And of course--the BIG day...
Now, December Dailies are just like snowflakes--no two are exactly alike--so you must go and see the entire Design Team's take on this fun project! Your next stop on the hop is the fabulous and wildly talented Shellye McDaniel. But before you go, don't forget to leave a comment here. Are you doing a December Daily this year? Inquiring minds want to know ;) If you follow my blog you can leave a second comment saying you now do or already did. There will be prizes awarded to random blog hop participants, so don't be shy--comment everywhere! And here is the list of blogs in case you get lost:
Simple Stories - Blog:
Cari Locken - blog:
Donna Januzzi - Blog:
Emily Lanham - Blog:
Gail Lindner - blog:
Guiseppa Gubler - Blog:
Jill Cornell Blog: Blog -
Kelli Rabideau - Blog:
Rebecca Keppel - Blog:
Shellye McDaniel - Blog:

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Holidays!

Nov 12, 2012

Love You More

Before I introduce the new Imaginisce collection Love You More, I need to choose a winner for the Imaginisce Veteran's Day blog hop. SueD is the winner--congratulations Sue! I emailed you and will be getting some Imaginisce goodies out to you ASAP! And now...for my most favorite Imaginisce collection must go over to the Imaginisce blog to check out Love You More. And they ARE doing a giveaway of this fabulous collection so keep commenting all week long. But for now, let me show you the layouts I loved making with Love You More:
LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the colors, patterns and all the new goodies offered with this line. Do you see the fab red chevron washi tape and buttons??!!
And are those Imaginisce letter stickers you spy? Why YES they are!!
And isn't the gray chevron divine?? My next layout has a completely different look:
Some paint, mist, bits of patterned paper, loads of cute stickers, a few buttons and more washi.
Ok, I am a sucker for Valentines lines because I LOVE how you can use them for any LOVE layout not just Valentine's Day, but seriously, this collection just plain rocks!
Hearts, hexagons, arrows, doilies, gray, pink and red--everything I want in a collection :)
Dont forget to comment on the Imaginisce blog all week for your chance to win it!
Good night!

Nov 10, 2012 Mid Century Vintage

Did you know that has monthly kits with no obligation? Check out the very rich, Fall kit called Mid Century Vintage HERE. Kit Club - Mid Century Vintage
And, hosts monthly challenges. This month if you partake in the challenges by December 15th, you are in the running to be one of 2 random winners to receive a $30 box of goodies! Also note, you are not required to use the kit to play along! But trust, me you want the kit! The Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Bronzer is AMAZING. It actually has a thick textured look (check out the sprayed tags below). I think I've already talked about how much I love the Pink Paislee stamp set, and the Jenni Bowlin feathers?? FABULOUS. All three challenges are posted HERE. This is my take on the sketch challenge:

my take on the hidden journaling challenge:

and my take on the thankful for challenge:
Run over to to check out the kit and take part in the challenges!
:) Rebecca

Nov 8, 2012

Imaginisce Veteran's Day Blog Hop

In honor of Veteran's Day, the Imaginisce team created some projects to share in a blog hop all this week. Today you should have started at the Imaginisce blog. Here is the card I created to thank the many men and women who have served for our country:
Now hop on over to Tiffany's blog for a fabulous project, 
but before you do leave a comment and I'll enter you into a drawing for some Imaginisce goodies! Leave me another comment that you are a new follower or already follow and I'll enter you into the drawing twice!
:) Rebecca

Nov 7, 2012

Busy Busy!

Anyone else starting to feel the heat? You know that sort of tingling anxiety that comes from realizing how little time there is before the holidays and how much you PLANNED on getting accomplished? I have been keeping busy though and have lots to share.
First up, I have a quick and easy tutorial for a new baby gift and card on the Therm O Web blog today:
I love the i Craft Dots and Sheets!
Next up is the November Scrapbook Circle kit Harvest Moon.
There is a fun Wood Grain Challenge live Here. Here is my take on the challenge:
Get all the details on the challenge and take part HERE.
And finally I had a few layouts up on the Ruby Rock-It blog.
I was super exited to be asked to contribute to Becky Fleck's November Page Maps and created this layout with Becky's fabulous sketch:
Using the same Ruby Rock-It Cook line I also created this layout:
Come back tomorrow because all week Imaginisce is involved in a Veteran's Day blog hop...

And on that note...have a great week!
:) Rebecca