Wednesday, December 30, 2009

One Little Word

It's time to pick a new word for the new year. This past year I chose FAITH as my word. For 2010 my word is HOPE. I actually am thinking of the first part to Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope. I am looking forward to a year of being joyful in hope. Do you choose a word for the year? Check out Ali Edwards blog for inspiration. I would love to hear what word you have chosen for the year!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Mini Album

I finally finished my Christmas mini album. I focused on our decorating from 2006 - especially our tree. This was for a challenge at Ch{all}enge Masters. The challenges are going on until Dec 31 so there is still time to do a challenge or two for a fabulous prize from Paper Punch Addiction.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing You

I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Joy and peace to you and your family! Let us all remember the reason for the season.

Luke 2:10-11:10 but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!


May you all be blessed this Christmas season.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sketch & Digi Stamps

This week at Sketches: Creatively Yours we have a new card sketch from Ann Seleshanko.

We also have guest Gina Rahman from Your Special Delivery helping us out this month. She has designed some digi stamps, and you have the opportunity to get one free here (scroll down a little). We have a CONTEST going on for you!

What to do:
1) First, please BECOME a FOLLOWER of S:CY, if you aren't already!
2) Use Ann's Sketch and the freebie digi above: "Cat and Mouse" to create a card, ornament, large tag, mini album, -- whatever strikes your fancy!
3) Take a good picture of your creation, then, post a link for us (ie:Gallery or Blog) so that all readers can go check it out!
4) Additionally, send your creation to Ali at pete ali @ eastlink .ca (no spaces.) I will post them on the blog.
5) Deadline to have completed the above 4 steps is Dec 14 at midnight EST.
Who are the judges?
Gina and her colleague Christina (AKA "SUNSHINE'S STAMPS") will co-adjudicate the entries from ALL of those rec'd, choosing a winner from among them on Dec 8/9 (the date overlaps a bit due to the time difference; Gina is in the UK.)

The prize?

You will receive the ENTIRE set of the "Cute Kitty" reusable, earth-friendly digi stamps! Yes, that's 3 more adorable images, in a generous and oh-so-sweet set of FOUR digi stamps!!! You can see all of the images on S:CY. Stop by and check out the DT work with Gina's digi stamps. We hope you'll participate & show us your work. Ali is having a contest for the DT members. So be sure to mention my name when you post your creation. We hope to see you at S:CY this month!

Here's the card I made.
cat card

A Big Thanks!

Thanks to all who joined us on our blog hop this weekend. We hope you had a great time visiting all of the blogs. I promised a prize to a random winner. I put all names (posts and followers) into Our winner is Robin(tqmnurse). Congratulations Robin!!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ch{all}enge Masters Jingle Bell Hop

Hello & welcome to the first ever Ch{all}enge Masters Holiday Blog Hop. You are now at the 6th stop of the hop. If you are following along the hop, you should have come from Shana's blog. If you get lost along the way or did not start at the Ch{all}enge Master's blog, click here.

The hop started Sat. Dec. 5 at 9:00am EST and lasts until Sunday, Dec. 6 at midnight EST. The blog hoppers are required to visit all 22 blogs and leave a comment on each blog. Then they need to return to the Ch{all}enge Masters Blog and make a post that they have finished. One winner will be selected at random from all the eligible entries for the grand prize which is a $25 gift certificate to the online store of the winners choice. The winner will be announced by Dec. 11.

Here are a few Christmas projects that I have been working on. The first one is a wreath that I made to hang in my scrapbook space. I found the idea at Craft Bits. I used a cereal box, some wrapping paper, a sheet of patterned paper, a bit of ribbon, and a nativity image from Delicious Scraps.
Next I made a small notebook to give as gifts. I used a granola bar box and covered the pieces with cardstock & patterned paper. I created a "notes" image on my computer for the inside paper, and put it all together with my bind-it-all.

My last project is a bookmark. Again I used an empty box for some stability, covered it with paper & decorations. I used sketch 28 from Sketches: Creatively Yours for the design. The snowman is a digital image from from Delicious Scraps.

I have my own little prize to give away. All you need to do to win is tell me what projects you have been creating. Leave your comment on this post to be entered to win. For an extra chance to win become a follower of my blog. One winner will be selected at random from all the eligible entries, and the winner will be announced by December 11th. Sorry but I can only ship my prize to the US and Canada.

After you have visited all the blogs and made a post, be sure to go back to the Challenge Master's blog and post when you are finished. Thanks for hopping with us! Your next stop is Melisa's blog.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Another Sketch from S:CY

Ann has created another wonderful sketch for Sketches: Creatively Yours. Stop by and take a look at the DT layouts!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's Sketch Time

First don't forget about the DT call going on at Ch{all}enge Masters. The call ends on the 27th so if you are interested see the post below or go to Ch{all}enge Masters for the details. Also the month of November is coming to a close. Just a few more days to get your challenges completed and posted for a chance at the fabulous kit from Scrapbook Deals 4U. There is also a new challenge group that will be using your die cuts, so be sure to stop by and join us.

Now on to our new sketch from Sketches: Creatively Yours. Ali has provided us with another great sketch.

Here is my layout using the sketch.
Spooky Games

Stop by and check out the other layouts from the DT. Everyone had a different take on the sketch.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Chance to be on a DT

Hi ladies! Ch{all}enge Masters is looking for a couple of new design team members. If you are interested, see the requirements and details below:

Ch{all}enge Masters is looking for 2 new group leaders!
1. Go Green Group Leader
2. Altered Group Leader

Group Leader Requirements:
*Post 1 new challenge on assigned date each month along with a project sample to your challenge group.
*Make sure you leave a comment in the gallery on each of your category's submissions.
*Be as active as possible on the forums daily.
*Check the Design Team group daily for posts containing important information or requiring your response.
*If you have stuff going on in your life, you're going on vacation or whatever & you can't be around, contact a member from the site's ADMIN to let us know.
*Since there is no compensation for your design duties, you are eligible to participate in all of our to win the prize each month!!! Please play along as much as you'd like!
To apply, please send a link to your blog and/or main gallery to: . Please send a .jpg of 1 {only 1 please!} layout/project that best represents your style along with your full name & email address. Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 27th. Don't forget to let us know which position you would like to fill.

This is a new challenge site that has grown tremendously in the last month. We have a lot of fun and provide a lot of inspiration to scrap those photos. Hope you'll consider trying out for the team!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Yea for Saturday!

If I ever get off this computer, I will have time to scrap today. I've had some issues with my computer the last couple of days, but it seems to be working just fine today. I have two new sketches from Sketches:Creatively Yours. The first one is by sketch designer, Ali MacDonald.

The next sketch is by sketch designer, Ann Seleshanko.

The DT used the sketches to design some beautiful cards. Be sure to check them out! Don't forget to leave us your link if you use the sketch to create a project. Ali is always looking for guest designers so be sure to play along each week. Also stay tuned for some fun S:CY things coming up at the beginning of December!

We have 9 days left this month. That means 9 more days to get your projects completed and posted at Ch{all}enge Masters. For every project you create using our challenges, you will have a chance to win the fabulous kit from Scrapbook Deals 4U. You certainly don't want to miss out on that opportunity!!! So come join us at Ch{all}enge Masters. If you are interested, here is a design team call going on for a couple of challenge categories. Here is a link to the info Ch{all}enge Masters Design Team Call.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tag Sketch & Blog Hop Coming

Sketches: Creatively Yours has a new tag sketch posted.

Stop by and take a look at the beautiful work of the DT. Don't forget to upload your take on this sketch. We'd love to see your work!

Ch{all}enge Masters will be having a blog hop coming up. Read below! Don't forget to check out Ch{all}enge Masters for the current challenges that are going on. We'd love for you to come by and play!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Another Layout Sketch from S:CY

Sketches: Creatively Yours is bringing you another sketch this week. This is one is from Ann Seleshanko.

Here is my take on the sketch. This is also for the Book of Him challenge at Ch{all}enge Masters.


Stop by S:CY and see all of the other interpretations from the DT. Don't forget to link us up to your take on the sketch.

I also hope you'll swing by Ch{all}enge Masters to play along with the challenges going on there.

Monday, November 9, 2009

New S:CY Sketch

The fabulous Ali has another great sketch posted today at Sketches: Creatively Yours. Here's the sketch:

The DT layouts are posted on the S:CY blog. Be sure to stop by & check out their fantastic takes on this sketch. Be sure to leave a link with your take on Ali's sketch.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Challenge Layouts

I've been scrapping this weekend. I finished two layout challenges for Ch{all}enge Masters. If you haven't stopped, I hope you'll do so. There are some great challenges going on, and you have a chance to win a great kit from Scrapbook Deals 4U.

Scraplift Challenge
the big chair

Kitchen Keepsakes Challenge - do a layout about your favorite kitchen appliance. I also did this for 52 Sketches 52 Weeks weekly challenge - sketch 44.
plain, simple, mine

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Layout

I did the recipe challenge at Ch{all}enge Masters. You had to use 1)2 fonts in your title, 2)3 Borders, 3) Button(s), 4) Stitching, 5) Leaves.

are we having fun

If you haven't checked Ch{all}enge Masters out yet, stop by. There are 16 challenges going on right now through the end of the month.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Challenges are Up!!

The challenges are up at Ch{all}enge Masters!! There are challenges in 16 categories - something for everyone!! They are sure to get your mojo flowing! Go get registered and play along with us each month. The prize this month is from Scrapbook Deals 4U.

For each project you post in the gallery, you have a chance in the bucket to win this fablous kit!

I am team lead for Book of Me. Our challenge this month is to do a paper layout with 10 Things About You. Here is my layout.

10 Things

The other team members - Jessica & Lisa - have layouts posted on the site as well. Hope you will stop by to play along this month.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Thursday!!

It is finally Fall Break! Woohoo!! It was great to sleep in this morning & lounge around in comfy clothes. I hope to do some scrapping while I'm off.

The new DT announcement for Sketches: Creatively Yours is up. I was invited back for a second term. I can't wait!! I love Ali's sketches. She will be looking for guest designer's so be sure to stop by and show us what you are making with the CY sketches.The New "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Design Team is as follows:
Ann Seleshanko (Senior Design Team Member)
Helen Hollinger
Victoria Warren-Mears
Irit Shalom
Carla Robinson
Vivi Rahman
Michelle Hodges
Janis Medina
Pam Sandy
Misty Miller
Jennifer Cassista
Sherry Owens
Ali MacDonald (our fearless leader)

Don't forget to get registered at Ch{all}enge Masters. The challenges will be starting THIS SUNDAY!! I can't wait. There will be challenges in the following categories:
Book of Me
Book of We
Book of Him
Kitchen Keepsakes
Journaling Prompt
Blog Challenges
Going Green
Altered Items
There is something for everyone!! So stop by, get registered, and join some groups.

Monday, October 26, 2009


I made the design team at Ch{all}enge Masters. This is a new challenge blog with many challenge categories. I am the team leader for the "book of me" category. Come on by and join us!!

A new card sketch by Ali has been posted at Sketches:Creatively Yours.

Here's my card.

halloween card

Come by to see the rest of the DT work. Don't forget to post a link if you play along.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Two New Layouts

My son has been sick, so I've been off work. That left some time for scrapping.

This one is a layout of our kitty, Mindy. I did this for an impromptu challenge at Ch{all}enge Masters (use fall colors but should not be about fall) and used sketch 42 at 52 Sketches 52 Weeks.


The next one is from a trip to Holiday World. This covered a few challenges: color challenge 3 at From Here 2 Scrapternity; time challenge at Scrapping Out Loud; and the challenge at Use Your Stash (use stripes, scallops, and hand journaling).

Dinner Time

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tag Sketch

Ali has posted a very cute tag sketch at S:CY. The DT tags are beautiful. Come on by & check them out. We'd love to see what you can do with the sketch.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New Challenge Blog

I ran across a new challenge blog this week, Ch{all}enge Masters. They are holding DT callouts until October 22. Check out the info & requirements here. This looks like it is going to be a great place to be challenged!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Sketches from Creatively Yours

I have a couple of CY sketches today to share. The first one is a bookmark sketch by Ali.

Here's my interpretation of the sketch. I used Romans 12:12 on the flowers.

Bookmark Romans 12:12

Also posted today is a new layout sketch by Ali.

Here's my layout using the sketch.

HIking with Family

Please stop by and see the rest of the design team work. Also don't forget about the Creative Roundup and the DT call that are going on. Click here for info.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A New Layout Sketch from S:CY

It's Monday and S:CY has posted the new layout sketch by Ali.

Stop by and take a look at the layouts from the DT. They are beautiful! Our Guest DT member this month is Michelle Hodges. She has been playing along with us at S:CY for awhile now. Michelle creates some very pretty projects. Go take a look at her work!

Don't forget the Creative Round-Up is coming up. There is also a DT call. Click here for all the info.

Come join us and play along at Creatively Yours.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's Been Awhile

I guess I haven't posted anything in a few days. I sometimes just get side-tracked by life - imagine that! I have been going to football games, shopping, running errands, working, being a mom/wife, and have managed a little scrap time.

First don't forget about the Creative Round-Up and Guest Designer search at Sketches: Creatively Yours. Click here for all the info. You can also check out the great sketches while you are there. The recent card sketch by Ali looks like this:

The recent layout sketch by guest sketch artist, Deanne Burton, looks like this:

Here is my interpretation of Deanne's sketch. I also used this for grade 8 challenge at Scrapadilly.
Backyard Fun
Be sure to link us up at CY with your projects from these sketches.

The crop at Scrapadilly is coming to a close Oct. 2. I still need to finish 2 grades. I hope I get them finished! Come on over and join us. We would love to have you!

Here are some more layouts from the crop.

For grade 6 challenge - scrap a trip. I did use sketch 38 from 52 Sketches 52 Weeks for this layout.
On the Trail

For grade 7 challenge - make a card with a pagemaps sketch
Thinking of You Card

For grade 9 challenge - use imperfect pictures

For grade 10 challenge - use something musical
First Performance

That's it for now. I am looking forward to the weekend. We are going to the Purdue football game on Saturday. Go Boilers!!