12/31/2010

One Little Word


Well, it's New Year's Eve.  A time when everyone makes resolutions.  I always say I am going to start exercising more, clean my house more, etc.  But this  year I have decided to pick a word like Ali Edwards has the last few years.  You know I have to say the word was really easy for me to come up with because I know it's what I struggle with all the time.  I question myself and say: Am I being a good Mom, a good Wife, a good Teacher, a good Christian, a good Scrapbooker and the list could go on? 
Somehow, all those things become jumbled up into a big mess. 
So, this year my word is
BALANCE!

I want to keep everything unjumbled and clean. 
I already know that there are some things I could do immediately to make things easier for me.
Here's a few:
1. Like not wait until the last minute to do something.
2. Plan out the week...instead of living one day at a time.
3. Communicate more.
4. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
5. Get up earlier and go to bed earlier.
I am sure there will be things I will learn along the way, but I am pretty excited to think that I am starting the year out thinking about a balanced life and what I can do to make it better.
So, are you joining me? What's your word going to be? Post here by January 6th and I will draw a name for an RAK.  I'll post the winner on January 7th.  Can't wait to see what your word will be?


12/29/2010

Top 12 of 2010

Thought I would take a walk down memory lane today and I picked some of my faves from 2010.  I really did a lot of projects this year.  A lot more than I thought I did.  It's a great feeling to know that not only did I scrap a lot, but I also created a lot of great cards, layouts and projects.  So, here they are in no particular order.  Because... well that would be way too hard to put them in order! If you want, you can leave me a comment and tell me which one is your favorite.  Then, I'll do random integer and send you some scrappy goodies.  You have until January 2nd at 11pm EST to put your vote in. 













Here's a picture of the RAK I will send you...
2 sheets of each Upsy Daisy Designs Hot Chocolate line!!

Can't wait to find out which one is your favorite! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

12/28/2010

Oh...Christmas Tree

Since I didn't get any pictures of my kids putting ornaments on the tree when we put the tree up.  I decided to snap some on Christmas Eve.  So, here are some pictures I took of my kids on Christmas Eve sportin' their new pajamas and pretending to put an ornament on the tree or "look" at an ornament.  I really love how they turned out.  Then, yesterday I put them on a layout.  Guess that's what happens when you love the pictures you take.  You just have to get them scrapbooked!

 
I had to improvise on the letters because I knew the glittery white chipboard letters would be perfect on the layout, but I didn't have 2 s's, so I used the 5 instead.  I think it gives the page even more personality.  This paper by Best Creation already has glitter on it and the beautiful tree with the ornaments on it.  I didn't want to take too much away from the paper, but I wanted to showcase my favorite photos of Christmas.  Sewing around the outside edge and creating a frame, I think brings your eyes to the pictures.  Adding some simple, yet elegant embellishments tops the page off. 

Here's a close up of the ornament that I cut out and put popdots under and then added a silver pipecleaner.

Supplies:
paper-Best Creation
chipboard letters and ribbon-American Crafts
bling-Queen and Co.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you are getting some of those holiday photos scrapped!

12/27/2010

Card Sketch for Week of December 27th at LCOM

Here's the sketch I came up with for this week over at LCOM.  The added extra challenge is to use flowers.  I really like this sketch!

Here's what I came up with....
Supplies:
cardstock: white Stampin Up
pattern paper: Mr and Mrs. Best Creation
stamp: Stampin Up
ink: Momento, Stampin Up
accessories: big shot dry embossing finial press embossing folder

Hope you can find some time to do the sketch this week.  And then post your link to Mr. Linky.  You could be the next Guest Designer for the Card Team at LCOM.  Entries are due by Sunday, January 2nd at 11PM EST.  Can't wait to see what you come up with! Happy creating!

By the way, don't forget that the Card Team is hosting another crop the weekend of January 7th.  Come back here on the 7th for a fun Birthday Blog Hop.  Remember you don't have to make cards.  You can adapt the sketches for layouts.  The ladies had so much fun last time.  I know it will be a great time again.  See you there!



12/24/2010

From My House to Yours!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

12/23/2010

Look what I found today!!!!

This card is on Lily Bee's blog.  It was picked as a Friday Fave!!! Thanks Lori...you made my day!!!

I love this... Merry Christmas to You!!!

I love this song and this video put to it is just absolutely gorgeous! Wishing you a wonderous holiday season with your family and friends.  May all your dreams come true!



12/22/2010

Get Your Tag on Challenge at Trail Makers!

I wanted so much to do Tim Holtz's 12 Days of Tags every day, but I am so far behind and have decided that I will do it when I have time. I have to tell you I was very inspired by the several videos that I watched of his.  When I found out that Karen's challenge for these 2 weeks at Trail Makers was to use tags, I decided to try my hand at some tags using some alcohol inks, glimmermist and the wonderful December Kit from The Paper Trail. It's great because you can use scraps or you can use some of the 12X12 piece of paper you haven't cut and still know that you can put that paper to great use.  All the tags were cut with my Plantin School House cricut cartridge.

Tag #1
Supplies:
cardstock: white bazzill from December Kit at The Paper Trail
paper: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
chipboard stickers: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
rubons: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Add-On Kit at The Paper Trail
Accessories: glimmermist midnight magic and snowflake stencil from Tattered Angels, Smooch Spritz silver and fibers from my stash

Tag #2

Supplies:

cardstock: red bazzill from December Kit at The Paper Trail
paper: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
 stickers and chipboard stickers: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
rubons: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Add-On Kit at The Paper Trail
Accessories: Smooch Spritz silver and fibers from my stash

Tag #3
Supplies:

cardstock: white bazzill from December Kit at The Paper Trail
chipboard stickers: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
rubons: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Add-On Kit at The Paper Trail
Accessories: Ranger red and olive alcohol inks, Smooch Spritz silver and fibers from my stash

Tag #4
Supplies:

cardstock: red bazzill from December Kit at The Paper Trail
paper: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
stickers and chipboard stickers: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
Accessories: ribbon from December Kit at The Paper Trail and Smooch Spritz silver

Then I made a holder to put the tags in to keep.  I will probably make more tags to go in the holder and give it as a gift to someone that I think will enjoy it.

I'll tell you how to make it down below when I show you the inside.  It's really easy.  I didn't really measure much.  That's my kind of a project.:)
Supplies:
cardstock: red bazzill from December Kit at The Paper Trail
paper: Christmas Town collection from Lily Bee from December Kit at The Paper Trail
felt border: K and Co. from December Kit at The Paper Trail
flower: Prima from December Kit at The Paper Trail
letters: American Crafts foam from December Add-On Kit at The Paper Trail
Accessories: corner rounder, ribbon, alcohol inks and olive colorbox from my stash


So, all I did was fold the 12X12 pattern paper in half.  Then I folded my paper up about 21/2 -3".  I didn't measure...I just laid my tag there to see how far it needed to go up, so it wouldn't fall out.  Then I cut 3" off the other end.  I rounded the corners, added some gluestick to the right and left edges where you fold it up to create the pocket.  I just used a hole punch and created my hole to put my ribbon through.  My ribbon has wire in it, so to create the curly effect, I just wrapped it around a pen. 
Hope you find this helpful to use now or later.  Can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!!! Wait til you see the variety from the Design Team!!! And if you haven't purchased a December Kit, rush right over to The Paper Trail and get yours.  You won't be disappointed!!! Wishing you and your family a joyous and happy holiday season!!!
Hugs, Sandi
xoxo

12/20/2010

A Little Heritage


Trying my hand at some vintage photos for a friend.  Here's a close up of it!

I used Sketch #134 from Creative Scrappers.

And here's the whole layout!
It really looks so much better in person, but I think the muted colors in this wintery weather  and no sun  makes it hard to take a good picture.  This layout fits the challenge...pop it up layering over at Crop Addict that Seppa was hosting for December 6-12th.  It also fits the day 3 challenge of the 12 Days of Christmas at LCOM where you have to use pearls on your layout.  I colored the bling with my brown sharpie and the pearls with my brown chalk box ink pad to make it more vintagey.  I also glimmer misted and smooched the flowers.  It really does match the blue in the background of the base paper, but it didn't photograph that way!:(
Supplies:
pattern paper: K and Co and DCWV
letters: making memories and Piggy Tales
ink: glimmer mist and smooch
accessories: prima flowers and bling

I'll be posting a whole bunch more of these, so I can get the album finished for her. 

12/14/2010

LCOM Card Challenge

Here's the sketch for the LCOM card challenge this week.  The added extra challenge is to use embossing.  Any kind of embossing!!!:)


And here's what I did with the sketch.  The prima gems that I used were actually pearls and white diamondy.  I took my black sharpie to all of them.  It looked so much better! It is very simple, but I really like how it turned out!

Supplies: Teresa Collins Noel pattern paper
Ink: memento black tuxedo, bravo burgundy from Stampin Up, black magic glimmermist
Stamps: Teresa Collins Noel
Accessories: prima bling, texturz plates for Big Shot, Provocraft Cricut Bags, boxes and Tags cartridges

If you want to join in on the Card Challenge this week at LCOM, stop on over to the blog and leave your link to card with Mr. Linky.  The Card Team will stop over and give you some scrappy love then.  You have until Saturday, December 18th at 8PM EST to post your card.  You could be the next Guest Designer for the week of December 26th.  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!!!

12/13/2010

Is your tree up?

Our is! Thanks to my darling son who is 10 years old.  He was driving me a little over the edge this weekend about getting it up and decorated.  So, I have to say this year he was very instrumental in getting the tree up! He put it together and then let me try to shape the lovely artificial tree.  I so wish that we could have a real tree, but with burning wood in the living room ; it just dries out the "real" tree so quickly and it looks horrible! And ...when I think...be warm or have a "real" tree....I choose BE WARM! I absolutely do not like to be cold.  The warmer the better!!!:)  And notice, I don't put tinsel on my tree! I remember as a kid always having to take that stuff off the tree...oh YUCK! I love my ribbons that hang down.  I think it's really classy and adds a little something something!!!
So, do you have your tree up? Share your tree with me in the comment section, so I can go and look at it!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful December with you and your family!!! The hustle and bustle is just so fun!!!

12/08/2010

December Kit from The Paper Trail at Trail Makers Challenge Blog...Get your stamp on!

Wow! This week is so busy! The hustle and bustle of December is in full gear.  And this cold weather is NOT making my body feel very good at all! Hope you are all finding a way to stay warm!
This week the challenge is to use stamps! That's easy for me. I have A LOT of stamps!! The stamps that I used are Teresa Collins stamps. I thought they went really well with the kit this month. I used the ribbon from the December Kit from The Paper Trail store to make the flower at the bottom of the card. All I did was use a circle punch of cardstock and cover it in monoadhesive. Then I started in the middle of my punch. I stuck my ribbon down and then twisted it and kept wrapping it around until I got to the outside. I used a glue dot to keep it stuck at the end. This kind of ribbon moves though. And can be a little bit of a pain in the neck. Just use LOTS of adhesive!!!
Supplies:
Cardstock-Black and white bazzill from The Paper Trail December Kit
Pattern Paper- Christmas Town Lily Bee Collection from The Paper Trail December Kit
Stickers-Christmas Town Lily Bee Collection from The Paper Trail December Kit
Ribbon-black and white polka dot offray from my stash and red ribbon from The Paper Trail December Kit
Ink-Memento and Stampin Up
Accessories-wire and pearls from my stash

Do you make your own Christmas cards? This kit would be perfect for it. If you purchase the add-on kit, you will have your sentiments too! These papers are so easy to use and create absolutely gorgeous cards. And if you are a card maker or a scrapbooker, you are bound to have some Christmas stamps laying around. Can't wait to see what you create! Hope you can get around to getting your stamp on and posting it over at http://www.trailmakers.blogspot.com/ by Saturday, December 18th at 5pm EST to submit your project to Mr. Linky and get your name in for the paper drawing(send your friend because we need at least 10 participants....so you can win some pieces of Lily Bee Design paper...

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Crafting!



12/05/2010

Trail Makers Blog Hop RAK Winner!

I want to thank everyone for the sweet comments and stopping by my blog during the Blog Hop! Hope you will stop by again soon! To figure out the winner, I asked Jeremy to pick a number between 1 and 8.  He picked #3, which is...

Denise said...

What a fabulous idea for a layout Sandi!!! I'm so going to "lift" it! Hope you don't mind :) I love the ribbon you added and all the trim at the bottom. Your card is awesome too. I can't believe that a rub on.

Congrats!! I've already emailed you to let you know that you are the winner.  Please make sure you email me, so I can get your glimmer mist out to you.

Make sure you stop back tomorrow...I want to share my Tim Holtz tags that I've been making.  Then on Wednesday, I will be posting another project with The Paper Trail store December Kit. 

12/01/2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Blog Hop...December Debut!


Here's a picture of the amazing December Kit from The Paper Trail store.  You won't want to miss it, so hurry on over there and purchase one!


When I heard that Karen was using this as the kit, I was so excited.  This paper is just so versatile and can be used for so many things besides Christmas and within the realm of Christmas.  Here's my layout I made with the December Kit from The Paper Trail.

At first I thought I might need to make the photo black and white, but I think it works.  I love this picture of Jeremy and my nephews sleeping in my sister's bed .  So, so sweet! They were all tuckered out from all the Christmas family fun! Don't you just love Christmas Eve.  I remember as a child listening to Twas the Night Before Christmas and also it never failed we always seemed to put our Christmas tree up on Christmas Eve and then sing Christmas carols.  Now that I am older and have my own family, we have our tree up before Christmas Eve, so we tend to watch Christmas movies together and do any last minute things that need done for the excitement of the next day.

Supplies:
Pattern papers: Christmas Town Lily Bee Collection from The Paper Trail December Kit
Cardstock: Black Bazzill Cardstock from The Paper Trail December Kit and naturals ivory..Stampin Up
Stickers and Chipboard: Christmas Town Lily Bee Collection from The Paper Trail December Kit
Letters: American Crafts
Ribbon: from stash

Here's also a card I made...

You might think the Santa is a stamp, but he's not. He's from the rub-on collection.  I love him! He's so vintagey and it goes with this collection so well!
Supplies:
Cardstock-Sahara Sand and natural ivory Stampin Up
Pattern Papers-Christmas Town Lily Bee Collection from The Paper Trail store December Kit
Ink: Charcoal Colorbox chalk ink
Chipboard-Christmas Town Lily Bee Collection from The Paper Trail store December Kit
stamp: Stampin Up
rubon: Santa...Christmas Town Lily Bee Collection from The Paper Trail store December Add on Kit

What's a blog hop without an RAK? Here it is...Tattered Angels glimmermist Candy Apple Red! It just screams Christmas!


Here's how you can get it...tell me what you do on Christmas Eve in the comments.  And to all those who are my followers...thanks so much for stopping by and to those of you who are joining me for the first time, hope you stop back again! The blog hop will last until December 4th at 11pm EST.  I will pull the lucky winner and announce on December 5th.
Are you ready to continue your hop...wait until you see
what Jen has for you...it is jawdropping!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

11/30/2010

Krisis Kreations...a huge load of Christmas Projects using Imaginisce!

I have been seriously neglecting Krisis templates! I spent a lot of time today putting these things together! I know I always say this when I post about Krisi's templates, but they are so easy peasy to put together and they look so nice too!

The first project is a necklace that I made and Krisi has a template for a box to make to fit into it just perfectly.
All wrapped up!!!:)

Inside of box!!!
Supplies:
Pattern Paper: polar expressions Imaginisce
Cardstock: close to Cocoa and naturals Stampin Up
Ink: Close to Cocoa ink pad
ribbon: Stampin Up
tag punch: Stampin Up
glass: dollar tree
necklace: Joann Fabrics
template: Krisis Kreations Box it Up Jewelry


You can get it here at Scrapmatters!

For the next project I made Christmas cards and put them in Krisi's Wide Card Purse!

Supplies:
Pattern Paper: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
Chipboard: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
Huge eyelets: Stampin Up
ribbon: Stampin Up and Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
template: Krisis Kreations wide card purse


You can purchase it here at Scrap Matters!

Then I made 4 Christmas cards to go inside the card purse and I used the Block it v. 1 card templates from Krisi!


Supplies:
Pattern Paper: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
Cardstock: ridinghood red Stampin Up
stamp: Snag em Be Merry from Polar Expressions
felt ribbon: Martha Stewart
square punch: Stampin Up
template: Krisi's Kreations block it up v.1 card template
Supplies:
Cardstock: ridinghood red and Old olive Stampin Up
Pattern Papers: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
Chipboard: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
ribbon: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
template: Krisi's Kreations block it up v.1 card template


Supplies:
Cardstock: ridinghood red and Old olive Stampin Up
Pattern Papers: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
Sticker: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
dry embossing templates: Sizzix
template: Krisi's Kreations block it up v.1 card template

Supplies:
Cardstock: old olive, white and ridinghood red Stampin UP
Pattern Paper: Christmas Cottage Imaginisce
stamps: Stampin Up and Imaginisce
ink: memento black and old olive stampin up
hemp: scraps
template: Krisi's Kreations block it up v.1 card template


You can find it here at Scrap Matters!

Thanks for looking and happy creating!