Thursday, December 31, 2009

twas the night before...

I'd like to say this is the last you'll see of Christmas pages, but to be honest, I took a lot of pictures! :) This page does have a few special purposes, though.

It was made with mostly the Scrapbook Circle January kit (I threw in the red Thickers and the snowflakes, but the rest is Scrapbook Circle). The Pink Paislee Cupid line seems to work out really well for Christmas, as well as Valentine's Day!

The prompt over at Scrap That Poetry was Twas the Night Before Christmas... and I just squeaked in! The page is due by 10 a.m. today, so here it is! Just in the nick of time!! (Saint Nick... that is!)

The story behind this page is really cute. A family friend (who is pretty much another uncle or cousin), Kevin, plays Santa every year for the family Christmas Eve party. The older kids have caught on, but there is a whole new batch of younger kids that completely believe that this is the real Santa and that he is making a house call. It was amazing! This is the first year Nate was really, really into it.

And that bottom picture, where Santa is looking Nate right in the eye with a knowing look... yep, he was telling him to be nice to his mom, dad, grandma, papa and not to get any more strikes at school.

And ... It's Thursday!! It's time for your newest Sketchy Thursdays sketch challenge. Here is the latest sketch for you to play along with. The sponsor this week is Meyer Imports. Check out the Sketchy Thursdays challenge site for the details on the yummy prize they have put together for you all to play for! I'll give you a hint... Meyer Imports sells glitter.

So there you have it! A little poetry, a little more Christmas and some sketchy goodness for you! See you all in 2010... Have a great New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the best of 2009

I've seen a few Top 10 countdowns and best-of posts for the 2009 year, and I love the idea of that. Then, my new friend Julie at My Favorite Things challenge encouraged us to pick our #1 favorite layout and link it up to the challenge site. Well, when Julie speaks, I listen (lol)!

If you haven't found this challenge yet, check it out. I am putting it on my 2010 list for challenges to make time for, because I really do love the concept for this challenge site. And the people there are fabulous!!

So here are my top 10 runners up from this year with the #1 at the end as my submission to the Favorite Things challenge.

The above layouts are in no particular order, just kind of as I pulled them from my folder, but this is my #1 favorite layout from 2009. The infamous 9/24 Sketchy Thursdays sketch, my "This Daddy" page. I love this page!! I love the picture, the moment in time, the paper cutting, the empty space, the journaling, the title... love it all!

Thank you to everyone who's stumbled upon my blog in 2009! All of the friendships I have made are what I am most grateful for this year. 2009 started off as a really bumpy year for me. It was one of those years that the minute it started I wished it was already over. Now that 2009 is behind me and the bad parts are fading away and healing, I look forward to starting a hopeful 2010 with great new friends and a wonderful scrappy support system.

Big hug to you all! I'll be back tomorrow with the next Sketchy Thursdays sketch for you. We have another great sponsor for you, and so far 2010 is looking FABULOUS for new sponsors!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

more scrapbook circle january kit

The January kit for Scrapbook Circle seems to keep going and going! I made a few pages, a cute flip book (I still have to add pictures to it before I can share it) and this Valentine's Day goody bag. The only pieces of this project not from the kit was the bag and the ribbon.

So scoot on over to Scrapbook Circle and get yourself set up with a monthly subscription! You don't want this kit to pass you by!!

Hope everyone is having a good week! It is super cold and snowy here today. The high temperature is in the teens. That's all the weather man said, "teens." It's so cold here they didn't even assign it a number! Brrrr... stay warm, peeps!

Monday, December 28, 2009

scrapbook circle january kit reveal

Did you get a gift card you want to spend? Want to spend it on some very well-coordinated scrapbooking supplies? Well, then Scrapbook Circle's January kit is the gift for you!!

Here is a look at some of the projects I completed with this kit. And in a few days, you can pop on over to Scrapbook Circle and get a January kit of your very own!

There are so many great color in this kit. I loved that they were both bright and muted colors. It made combining them so much fun. And don't you just love those new Thickers?! YUM!!!! Little hearts, too cute to pass up!

This is a look at the pages I made. I also used the scraps and made a few smaller projects that I will pop back in and show you later this week.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season ... on to New Year's!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

wishing you all happy holidays!

With Christmas Eve arriving tomorrow, I wanted to make sure to send all of you warm holiday wishes!! Thanks again for reading my blog this year! And thank you to everyone who plays along with Sketchy Thursdays. Next year promises to be just as much fun.

From my family to yours, happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

time for another sneak peek

I've already shown you the bright and vibrant colors that are in the January kit for Scrapbook Circle. How about now I share some of the more muted and vibrant, colors?! How about a peek at the Thickers that are in this wonderful kit?

Hope you enjoyed the peek! Very soon I'll be able to share all of the wonderful goodies that are in this January kit from Scrapbook Circle!!

Happy holidays everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 21, 2009

it's a h{ippity} hop!

Hi all! If you remember THIS {IPPITY} CARD I posted last week, you know I have had the chance to work with some amazing {ippity} stamps. For today's Christmas Week H{ippity} Hop, I made this cute little tag using the Because of You stamps.

This stamp set has sent me right past Christmas and all the way to Valentine's Day! Yep... I skipped it all!

Like what you see here? I sure hope so! Wanna win a set of these stamps for yourself? You do?! Well, head on over here to Sketchy Thursdays where the Second Chance Challenge is posted. You have until 12/31 to play. One random winner will get the Because of You stamp set from {ippity}! (And we choose randomly, so no excuses not to play... every player has a fair shot at the prize!)

If you are new to my blog from the H{ippity} Hop... HELLO! I am so glad you are here!

Hope to see you playing along for a chance at these stamps. Everyone over at Sketchy Thursdays is really nice, friendly and easy to get along with. We'd love to see some new faces! 2010 promises to be filled with many more fantastic prizes and awesome players!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

sneak peeks for scrapbook circle!

As one of the newest DTs for Scrapbook Circle, I am so excited to say that the January kit is FABULOUS!!! OMG, I got my kit, waited patiently until I was prepared to work with it, and then BAM... the creativity just flowed! I made 3 projects in one night and loved the outcome of each and every one of them.

Over the next week or two, I'll be giving you little peeks into the kit, hoping that it will entice you enough to beg your loved ones to add this to your holiday gift list.

Here's a practice dialogue for you: "...Pretty please (loved one's name inserted here), just one more gift for my wish list! I NEED the Scrapbook Circle January kit! I can't create without it! And while you are on their Web site, I NEED a subscription to the kit club. I KNOW that February's kit will be just as great. I will NEED it to be a productive, creative individual in the 2010 calendar year!"

OK, that's a bit much... but you get the point... Scrapbook Circle wants you to play along with us!! So, do you like what you see so far? LMK in the comments if I have peaked your curiousity with my peeks.

Friday, December 18, 2009

scrap that! member blog hop

Good morning everyone, and happy almost Christmas! It's finally here! The Scrap That! member blog hop starts today! Instead of just hopping through the design team's blogs, you get to meet some of the members! Please follow the list and comment on each blog! You will then be put into a random draw for a Christmas-y RAK from Scrap That!

Scrap That! will be hosting a contest starting Saturday, Dec. 19th. Melissa, the owner of Pink Cat Studios has sponsored our contest for this month. You will receive some images from stop by tomorrow to see the contest.

Don't forget about the 12 days of Christmas. Lori at Scrap That! will be putting certain things on sale, you won't wanna miss it! Do some Christmas shopping for yourself! Then you get what you want!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

12.17 sketchy thursdays challenge

ere's the next Sketchy Thursdays challenge. With the holidays knocking down our doors, this one was aimed at being quick, easy and fun! I love white space layouts, maybe that's why I sketch out so many!!

The page I made to go with this week's challenge is about my son's excitement to get his big boy bed. For weeks, nearly months, Nate complained that he had outgrown his crib-conversion bed. Which he had, and it was time. So, with Grandma and Papa in tow, off to the furniture store we went.

Nate's expression and excitement when the bed was delivered was priceless! He jumped and yelled and ran around like a fool. So glad I thought to have the camera ready for the reveal of his new bed.

Hope you'll find a minute to play along with us this week. One lucky player is walking away with the December kit from Scrapbook Kit Club. Link up your page over at Sketchy Thursdays in the Mr. Linky in the left sidebar. And thanks for looking at my blog today!!

Supplies: DCWV (cardstock), Maya Mist (blue), Bella Blvd. (letter stickers), Sassafras Lass (buttons), twine, thread

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

are up for the challenge?

Do you think you could make a holiday page without using any holiday papers or pre-made embellishments? Do you think you could make your title without using any letter stickers? How about using only one photo?

Well, I did! As the December GDT for The Studio, that's the challenge at hand. Ready.... Set.... Go! We wanna see your take on this challenge!

Yes, I am still in love with misting at the moment. Can't get enough of it!

Scoot on over to The Studio's blog and see what the DT cooked up for you, as well as all of the rules for the challenge (There's a great Graphic 45 paper pack up for grabs... want it?). Thanks again to Amanda and the rest of The Studio's DT for making me feel so welcome as the GDT this month. It was so fun!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

what the {ippity}?

It's time for another Second Chance Challenge at Sketchy Thursdays. We are using another card sketch! Of course, you are not limited to making a card. And, as always, our sketches are open for interpretation.

Our wonderful sponsor for this SCC is {ippity}!! {ippity} is the newest line of products from Unity Stamp Company that are available only through {ippity} chicks online.

This Second Chance Challenge will run from 12/15 to 12/31 with the winner being chosen on New Year's Day!!! The winner will get a great set of stamps from {ippity}. (This is the set that I used for my sample card above, it is sooooo great to work with!)

Attach a direct link to your sketch creation to the comments ON THIS POST by 11:59pm EST 12/31/09 for your chance to win!

Monday, December 14, 2009

a little help from my friends

I looked and looked and looked and can't find that challenge anywhere!!

Where did I see a challenge for making a page about baking cookies? Can someone point me in the right direction? I looked all weekend. I am just dying to make a page with this adorable mug!!!

Did anyone else start their cookies this weekend? (And no, I did not let Nate eat all of that dough. He was hamming it up for the camera.)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

that very special first christmas

There was nothing like Nate's first Christmas. And I know that it meant way more to me than it did to him at the time. That's why this page is for the All About Me Challenge #7: Processing the Holidays.

For me, that first Christmas meant we had to have professional pictures taken for Christmas cards (hence the photo I chose to scrap). I had to have all new stockings that matched for the whole family. I had to have all of the special items in place ... under the impression of it all being for him. And it was. It was for him... but at the time, it definitely meant more to me.

What does a 6 month old know about baking 12 kinds of cookies? But I did it anyway! With him in the kitchen with me, all the while talking to him like he was frosting them instead of me. The silly things moms do!!

This page is also for the December sketch at Scrapfreak. It's a good one, so if you're a freak like me (smile), then head on over there and get your page done this month.

Thanks for looking! I really do appreciate those of you that read my blog!!

Supplies: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses (pp), American Crafts Thickers (foam lettering), Evalicious (button flower), Making Memories (journal spot), K&Co. (chipboard), Vintage sheet music, Prima (pearls), white ink