Thursday, December 17, 2009

A couple of last minute Christmas ideas!

Happy Christmas everyone!! I have finally gotten settled into our new place. I feel bad for not posting more! I've also been consumed by reading the Twilight series. I decided to read the 3rd and 4th book after seeing the movies last week. They are hard to put down!
So, if you need an idea for some last minute are in the right place! I'm so last minute this year, it's terrible. I have LOTS to do! UGH! Ok, so first off you probably ran out of gift tags and need more, right? heehee SO, you can use the October store stamp kit by Unity, for sale HERE, (get $2 OFF Shipping, use coupon code: GET2OFF in the comments when you check out - valid until 12/31/09), and make some quick and super easy gift tags!
I just used a circle punch and a scallop circle punch on these then stamped the back with To: and From:. Then of course added a little bling with stickles!

Looking for more quick ideas like a 5 minute card or a gift card holder? Check out my Ippity website HERE.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

To keep your kids hands warm...

Check out this post by Thrifty & Chic Mom! She's giving away a pair of these cute Mitt-Ons HERE. I know my niece would love the pink ones!

So, drove to San Jose to watch the Sharks game yesterday. I would just like to say that it seemed like the worst officiated game EVER. The refs were terrible!!! It went to a shootout and unfortunately the Sharks lost :( It was a pretty good game, each team did score twice. Tonight they play in Phoenix! I just love boyfriend turned me into a fan. :)
We also did some Christmas shopping at the Great Mall of the Bay Area. I grew up right across the street before the condos and the mall when there were just fields there. Everything has changed SO much! Anyway, they have some of the best outlet stores there! Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister, GAP, COACH (my fav)...I think my boyfriend got me a little some'in some'in from there - they were passing out extra 20% off coupons all day yesterday. ;) Check them out if you can, there are some fabulous deals!

Friday, December 11, 2009

My First Class!

Last night was my first class! It was soooo much fun. The ladies that attended were so sweet and fun. Thank you to Michelle, Jeanette and Caroline! They received some special free gifts for being the first ones to attend my class. I forgot my camera to take some photos but I did take a couple with my phone, sorry they aren't the best pictures - bummer. I will remember photos for next time!! Michelle and Jeanette were great and totally posed for this picture! :)

And here is my sister, Caroline. It was pretty cool because Jeanette and Michelle were sisters too!

I'm so excited because I just ordered the class supplies for some ChristmasDec/Jan classes I have planned. We'll be making cards, gift tags, cute last minute gifts and another super cute mini album...all with Cosmo Cricket's Jolly By Golly and Oh Joy paper. I'm so excited and I can't wait! And I promise...better pictures!! :)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Winner of my Thanksgiving Blog Candy....

Happy Monday everyone!! I seriously miss paper crafting and stamping. Since I have been moving into the new house and unpacking I haven't had the time to play! :( I hope to start up again with some crafty new challenges and techniques this week. I also have a class on Thursday night to make a Boo Book if you are interested. You can sign up and pay online ($15)through my meet up site:
If you can't attend, you can e-mail me and you can send payment via Paypal, and I'll mail you the kit and instructions to make the book!

SO, the moment you have ALL been waiting for...the Winner of my blog candy is....


Nikki C!

Send me an e-mail to with your mailing address and I'll send out your blog candy ASAP! :) Grats!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Packing....and another giveaway I found!

Hi everyone! I am busy packing away...doing the kitchen today :( Getting Little Cesar's hot-n-ready $5 pizzas for dinner later!!
So my sister told me about a giveaway over at All Scrapbook Steals blog...and although they are competition, this giveaway is AWESOME!! They have some very cool products in the giveaway like an i-top tool from Imaginesce, polar expressions stickers, a My Mind's Eye paper pack with accessories, brads, stickles, bling and more! I am definitely signing up cause I really, REALLY want that i-top tool! So head on over to All Scrapbook Steals HERE and sign up for this yummy candy until Dec 4th. I promise I won't be mad at you for checking out the competition! ;)
I have sort of boxed up my scrapbook stuff, but I hope to crack open a couple today because I would like to do at least ONE layout! haha ...We'll see...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Little Thanksgiving Treat Box...

Hi Everyone!
I'm on a short Thanksgiving holiday, only a couple days...but I couldn't go without posting! I just wanted to share with you these adorable little treat boxes I made for table on Thanksgiving. I got this wonderful idea from My Pink Stamper, Robyn. Thanks Robyn!
First I cut all my Stampin' Up patterned paper into strips, 1" x 3". Then I used my tombow adhesive and wrapped the Hersheys Nuggets.

Then I put 6 in the pillow boxes I ordered from Clear (they are 3" x 1" x 5").

Then I used plain cardstock in more mustard and stamped it with my Autumn Splendor leaves using chocolate chip, real rust and more mustard.

After that it was ready to put together with some finishing touches. I stamped my Happy Thanksgiving stamp and used a 1" circle punch. Then I used my cricut (Accents cartridge) and cut some leaves. I stamped those with a leaf stamp from Stampin Up. I popped up the circle to give it some pop! I used one of the leaves as a name tag.

These worked great for a nice surprise place card. They were a hit!
Hope you all have a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! Hugsxx

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Blog Candy!!!


As promised, here is my Thanksgiving blog candy! I threw in lots of Christmas items since it’s just around the corner! Since I’m late in posting I am keeping this candy up until December 6th, 11:59PST. I will use and announce the winner on Monday, December 7th.
All you have to do is become a follower of my blog and link your blog below using Mr. Linky so I have a way to contact you if you win. Anyone is eligible to win this candy, as long as you are a follower. Link your e-mail address if you do not have a blog. You can post this candy on your blog if you want to but it’s not necessary. (But I must say, it would be nice!)
Here are all the goodies:
- Lisa Bearnson & Becky Higgins Inspirational Wall Transfer – it says “To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. – George Kneller”
- American Crafts 6” x 6” Christmas Album
- Martha Stewart Craft Punch “radiant star”
- SEI Doodley –Doo girl coaster tags
- American Crafts Thickers – Tinsel Accents in cricket
- Autumn Leaves rub-on frames
- Scenic Route Paper Co. Sticker Sheet – Cape Town Monogram EFGH
- Scenic Route Paper Co. Sticker Sheet – Cape Town MTVWY
- Heidi Grace flocked Chipboard shapes in black/white
- Basic Grey 6” x 6” Paper Pad “Recess”
- Making Memories jigsaw lower case alpha chipboard letters
- Scrappy Cat Clear Stamps – Winter Journal
- SEI ribbon set – savory
- Snowflake foam stamp
- Handmade tree ornament by me
- 3 - Hero Arts Christmas clear stamp with 10 gems
- Embossing Magic by Inkadinkado (embossing buddy)
- Basic Grey clear stamps
- Jenni Bowlin Mini Christmas Bingo Cards

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sketchy Thursdays: Guest Design Team Challenge!


More scrapping in between moving...awesome. ;)
I created this fun layout for the Sketchy Thursdays Guest Design Team Challenge. The voting poll will open at 12:00a EST Sunday November 22 and will remain open until 11:59p EST Monday November 23.
The sketch is here and the theme was "Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend".

I had fun "commemorating" my 23rd move with this layout so if I don't win, I will be glad because it was super cool making this layout! But if you don't mind, please head on over to Sketchy Thursdays to vote for me tomorrow! (If you want to!)
Enjoy your weekend!!

And a close-up for your enjoyment... :)

Design Dollies Challenge

Oh my gosh! I actually had time to scrap today, although it wasn't much time! I squeezed in this page right before dinner, but couldn't post until just now. Had to watch the San Jose Sharks pummel the Philadelphia Flyers ;) Dany Heatley scored another hat trick! (3 goals in one game) It was a great game!!
Ok, on to my layout! This challenge is actually 3 in one from the Design Dollies. It's a sketch challenge, shown here...

...and I had to incorporate 7-10 flowers...and use the colors gray and red.

So, here is the page that I came up with....

I used paper by Cosmo Cricket-Everafter, Scenic Route Paper Company, black cardstock from Stampin' Up that I ran through a Fiskars wavy texture, and a Teresa Collins journal card. The transparency clock is by Heidi Swapp and the Amore rub on and bling is by Basic Grey. I thought that using the gray and red would be a hard challenge, but once I picked the Everafter paper and the red, everything fell into place. I'm beginning to think I'm better at scrapping the bright, bold colors.
Fun challenge, glad I played this week! Blog candy post coming SOON....

Friday, November 20, 2009

I WON...over at Sketchy Thursdays!!

I'm SO excited to share that I won for a sketch challenge and their favs at Sketchy Thursdays! I will proudly display their Favs blinkie TOO!
I know I have not been the best "poster" this last week with my vacation and all...and to top it off I have to pack all this week because we have to move out by Dec 1st. What a bummer!!! I just hope I can hurry up and rent another house, quick. ;) Wish me luck.
I won't be able to participate in many challenges this week, but I will TRY. ALSO, I promised some BLOG that post will be coming SOON. I hope to pick out some goodies this weekend and have a post up BEFORE or BY Monday!
Also, be sure to check out my deal at Sweet Scrap Deal for ANOTHER FREE SHIPPING DAY!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

An Exciting Announcement & A Couple Pictures!

Hi Everyone!!

It's good to be back from vacation! Colorado was beautiful. It snowed a little and the blanket of white over the mountains was simply serene. I had a great time with my boyfriend's family. We hung out, ate, gambled a wee bit and played the Nintendo Wii!

Here is a picture of Pike's Peak:

And here is Galen & I out for a walk in this winter wonderland, the air was SO fresh and crisp! Can you tell I cut my hair??!! (WHY did I DO it?!...I'm not really happy with it, it's TOO short! Can't wait for it to grow back! LOL)

So, while I was gone I decided to take on a VERY exciting venture and just HAVE to share it with you!! So here it have heard of Unity Stamp Co, RIGHT?? Beautiful, high quality, deeply etched red rubber stamps mounted on static cling foam?? WELL, Unity has come out with a new line of stamps called IPPITY!

I will be an independent rep and will be selling the Ippity line of stamps!! I'm SO SO excited to share these awesome stamps with you at some great prices! They are SO cute!! I will also be holding stamp classes to share these stamps and help you create some gorgeous cards and projects for the holidays! I'm SO excited about that. There is more information about these stamps on MY NEW IPPITY BLOG HERE....
My Ippity Stamps

Check out these stamps and the awesome prices, let me know what you think! Also, sign up to be a Follower so you can watch for some SALES & BLOG CANDY coming up!! :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Winner of my giveaway!


Just at the airport using the free wi-fi :) I'm excited to be going to Colorado, hope we get to see some snow!
Here is the winner from yesterday using


Kim said...

WOW! Sounds like you have been busy! Have fun on your Vacation. I LOVE your layout. All those textures are AWESOME! Thanks for a chance to win!

Send me an e-mail charlene@sweetscrapdeal.comand I'll mail you out your sweet treat as soon as I get back! :) Grats!

Limelight Papercrafts Sketch Challenge...

I decided to hurry up and do one more challenge before my trip this morning lol! I need to get up in 5 hours so I need to make this fast. Man...5 days without scrapping or making cards - SHOOT. LOL! I hope I can survive. I know...I will look up all the scrapbook stores in the area where I'm going and bring mono adhesive and scissors. ;) HA!
Ok, so I found this challenge #34 hosted by Limelight Papercrafts and I love the giveaway so I thought I would play! Here is the sketch and the challenge was to use chipboard.

I used blank chipboard and covered the x's and o's with glitter. The heart I covered in brilliance white ink from Tsukineko, then stamped it with a flourish stamp from Unity in Taken with Teal by SU. I love the teal color, it's so brilliant. I stamped the Unity sentiment too with Taken with Teal...and I know it's cut off but I loved the font on this stamp! I dressed up the heart with some bling and also paper pierced the corners of the teal cardstock to finish it off.

And here is a close-up for your enjoyment:

I really love chipboard and all the fun things you can do with it! I hope I win because the prize is more chipboard! =D Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

10 Things I Love...& a Giveaway!

HI all!! I can't believe it's been 3 days since I posted last! =( I feel bad so I'm giving away a sweet treat to one lucky commenter from this post! Just leave me a comment and you're entered! I'll draw a random winner tomorrow so leave me a comment by 11:59 PST tonight! :) I know I still have to post my blog candy for Thanksgiving!...will do that when I get back! :)
It's been crazy here with the house I'm renting foreclosing and I've been frantically searching for homes to rent...AND I'm leaving for a 6 day vacation to Colorado tomorrow!! What timing huh? Well, we already got the tickets, so we are definitely going! I can't wait to visit my boyfriend's family there...and maybe play in the snow ;) I heard we might be going to the basketball game Friday night TOO! (Lakers & Nuggets) How FUN!
I am kinda bummed that I won't be scrapbooking or card making...BUT maybe I can sneak in a small project while I'm there or share some pretty pictures!
So here is my layout that I had a LOT of fun with....and only some frustration with chipboard and glue LOL. This comes from Scrapbook Challenges 10 Things I Love Challenge.

And a close-up for your enjoyment. :D

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Get Sketchy

I had to play along this week for the Get Sketchy Challenge #13! This sketch was very cool and I had lots of ideas as soon as I saw it. I knew I wanted to use my Autumn Splendor stamp set and Autumn papers from Stampin' Up. For the bonus, I used dry embossing with the cuttlebug folder, then inked them with chocolate chip and real rust. I stamped the leaves with the same colors plus more mustard. Then I just wrapped it with a little hemp cord and used a cute sunflower button I had. The sentiment is from Unity Stamps. Thanks for the great sketch Bree! I hope I win this week, they have an awesome Glue Glider Pro Gun + refills up for the prize!! I could use that to replace my little tombow ;)

Sketchy Thursdays Challenge

Here is this week's sketch for the Sketchy Thursdays challenge.
I used some We Are Memory Keepers paper that I have had for at least a year! I saw the splatter background and wanted something a little more flourishy. This paper had this great pattern just in one spot of the paper so I thought it would work great. To add some dimension I added the popped up butterflies from Stampin Up set, Kind Thoughts. The Memories journal stamp is by My Mind's Eye and the border stamp is by Hampton Art.
Fun sketch!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Friends with Flair Friday!

...but not so much Flair here=( I'm sooo sorry but I came down with something fierce tonight and feel awful. I'm so sorry I couldn't create a beautiful card with Unity stamps on it. I hope you can all forgive me. I still hope you have a fantastic Friday with all the Friends with Flair! You can see them all HERE on Angela's Unity Blog. Good luck finding that blinkie! :)

3 in 1 Challenge - Stuck on U sketches, Frosted designs, Practical Scrappers

This was a pretty fun sketch challenge by StuckonUSketches!
Then I had to step it up by adding an owl for Frosted Designs. If that wasn't enough, I had to use 3 different ribbons for Practical Scrappers. Ok, all in all it wasn't that hard. It was pretty fun! I scrapped a page of my boyfriend and his mama from our camping trip at June Lake. Camping pages are pretty fun, I hope to do more of them! Check out my sister in law's beautiful page here!

Digital Giveaway by Kevin and Amanda

Kevin & Amanda over at Fonts for Peas are giving away this digital scrapbooking kit from Creativty by Crystal, the Project 365 line. Be sure to head over and leave a comment to get entered to win! Ends November 7th!

And a November kit, here is a sneak peek:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ABC Toys & Crafts Giveaway!

ABC Toys & Crafts is giving away this cute Martha Stewart cupcake stamp & punch set! Just visit their blog HERE for all the details!

Cupcake Craft Challenge # 64 - A Sketch

I created this card for the Cupcake Craft Challenge #64 - A sketch and the Color Throwdown Challenge. But it's kinda funny, I missed the date to get the entry in for Color Throwdown! I think I'll still link it up for grins. :)

I used all Stampin Up paper in rich razzleberry, bordering blue and elegant eggplant. I ran a piece of white cardstock through the cuttlebug and used a foam pad to brush on rich razzleberry ink. I distressed the edge of the bordering blue with a little of the same color and colored in the flower with razzleberry. I even found a flower by Making Memories that was about the same color! The stamp set is my sister in law's, Delight in Life by Stampin' Up. Check out her card too, HERE.

Moxie Fab - Plum Crazy!

Cath over at Moxie Fab World has gone Plum Crazy! LOL That is the challenge over at Moxie Fab World. To... "Capture its depth. Sample its nature. Command its presence. Ensnare its mystery."
So when creating this card I really wanted it to be simple so I could enhance all the plumness about it. The paper is elegant eggplant & whisper white by Stampin Up. The ink is also elegant eggplant. The ribbon is Making Memories and the black rhinestones are by Basic Grey.

Check out Lou's card HERE (my sister in law).

Mojo Monday on Wednesday morning!

Funny how I always seem to be behind and my Mojo happens on Wednesday! LOL
Well, I sort of got my creativity mojo back...or I stole it from my sister in law, Lou. (mwuahahaha!--->evil laugh)
We did a bunch of cards yesterday so I'll be posting them all today. Here we go!
Here's a little Mojo Monday Challenge for you. I combined this sketch with the Hero Arts Challenge this week which was to create a Christmas card using non-Christmas colors (and use at least 1 Hero Arts stamp). I love this metallic paper flower from Making Memories. I used the snowflake cuttlebug folder on the bright pink shimmer paper. Check out Lou's card HERE.

Monday, November 2, 2009

...and the Winner is....

It's the moment you have all been waiting for! Thanks so much to all of you who entered my blog candy and are now followers! By following my blog you're sure to see some awesome deals firsthand in my store Sweet Scrap Deal. Exciting things are to come!
So, to make this giveaway fair I asked my darling boyfriend to help out again! He was like "seriously?", but he really wanted to, you can just tell! ;)

He concentrated and swished them up good.....

Without further ado, the WINNER IS....


Please contact me at to claim your prize!

If you didn't win, don't be sad! There will be another giveaway soon in honor of Thanksgiving! That one will be MUCH easier I promise. I'll be using Mr. Linky because cutting up all those papers was a lot of work ;) heehee!
Now, head on over to Sweet Scrap Deal and check out the deal of the day! It's a 100-piece Halloween paper & accessories mega pack from My Mind's Eye! Quantities are limited!! Only $7.95!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

6th Grade Pic

Here is a layout I did for Design Dollies sketch challenge. This is a fun challenge site! You can combine their 3 weekly challenges into one project to get entered for all 3 monthly drawings! This would be the way to go, but I was a little pressed for time so I just did the sketch drawing. It was very cool and I'll be sure to be back! I used My Mind's Eye Dreamy paper which will be up in my store Sweet Scrap Deal this week, Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, Stampin' Up letters and Unity Stamps.
Yay! Another page in my childhood album DONE. ;)

Halloween Blog Candy Giveaway!

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