Friday, September 30, 2011

guest post at clearsnap!

my last guest post is up at clearsnap today. I had so much fun with this page. It was kind of funny because I wasn't feeling like scrapbooking, and was not at all inspired, until I grabbed the rollagraph and some circle stamps, then this page just flew together. Hop over to the clearsnap blog to check out a little tutorial that I created.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Card for a couple of challenges

This past weekend was VERY busy! (hence the lack of activity on the blog so far this week) I only managed to create two cards and one page (which I can't show yet). And unfortunately, the photos leave a little to be desired too. BUT I took a photography class last night (and didn't get home until after midnight) so hopefully my photography skills will benefit from that!

Anyway, this card is for the Coredinations and Clearsnap color challenges. I just loved the clearsnap colors - green, blue and purple. And the coredinations challenge was to use part or all of the rainbow, and green blue and purple are the tail end of the rainbow.

Oh yes, I am getting WELL acquainted with the rainbow since Ellie is having a rainbow birthday party. I wish I had a little more time (and a little more coredinations cardstock) because I have a ton of FULL rainbow ideas rolling around in my head. But don't worry, you will all be seeing them sometime soon. At least, as soon as I come up for air! lol! I won't bore you with the details but suffice it to say that I must have walked out the front door of my house to run an errand at least 10 times this weekend. It was to the point where I was laughing. Grabbing my keys and running to the next appointment was like deja vu!

Ok and also the newest Cards blog challenge gallery topic was announced - use three border punches. So I alternated the punched strips, and also alternated sanding the wonderful coredinations cardstock, to give a subtle differentiation between the strips.

Coredinations cardstock, Clearsnap inks, MME stamps, SRM stickers sticker, Fiskars and Martha Stewart punches, the twinery twine.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fall issue of Scrapbook Cards Today is up!

and my page is in it! on page 45! Ellie (ok and me too) was so excited when it arrived at our house last night! She even read the text next to the page all by herself (ok with a little bit of help) and said - 'they said I'm adorable!' lol! it was so cute!

You can read the issue online - just click on the image below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sept Scrapdango Reveal and a Free Digi stamp

The Scrapdango kit is available now - featuring Crate Paper's Farmhouse line! Oh, I just adored this line! Unfortunately I didnt have a lot of time, and what time I had, I was sick. So I didn't get as much done as I normally would have with this kit. But I can't wait to get back to it!

Check out the rest of my reveal HERE.

I made this card as part of the reveal. I was inspired by the Create Cards magazine challenge to make a card with a Fox. I didn't have a fox, and I wanted a cute/sexy kinda spunky one, so I drew it myself and made it into a digi stamp. Feel free to grab it, just give me credit if you use it please. It's a .png file, so there is a blank background.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Guest Designer post at Clearsnap

I have another post up on the Clearsnap blog today. This time I made a scrapbook page using some fun products and techniques. Here is the page, pop on over to the clearsnap blog to find out how I made the yellow diamond background and the ruffled muslin border!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Mind's Eye Sketch and Scrapdango Challenge

Today it's my turn to post the Core Class for the School's In contest over at Scrapdango. I chose Science because I have always loved science. The requirements for this challenge are: Use green as a major color on your layout, use something botanical (like a flower) and use one or more hexagons (like bee hives or molecules).

I also happened to be working on the My Mind's Eye monthly sketch challenge, so I used that sketch and added in my challenge requirements to create this example.

The My Mind's Eye sketch featured lots of journaling, and a prompt of "Back to ____". I took this as a great opportunity to tell the story of how Ellie acts when I take her picture. Sometimes, if Im lucky, I get one decent picture, then it's right back to being silly! She has the most adorable poses, which is great, but sometimes I would like a more 'normal' picture. Oh, well. I guess this way the photos convey her personality more anyway.

I used Lime Twist papers, featuring a lot of green. For the hexagons, I used a honeycomb texture stamp to create a mat behind the photo. Then I added an American Crafts Details flower which I doodled a little bit on. I also added some leaves and a vine to the flower. Since I was using a lot of journaling, I broke out of my handwritten journaling rut, and used my computer to print out the journaling, which I then cut into strips as shown in the sketch.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Some awesome news!

Check it out! I was featured on paper issues today! For this project that I created as part of my guest design team stint at clearsnap.

I also got some really awesome news that I am going to be published! Still can't believe this one!

What else is new? Hmm, it's just one thing after another isn't it? Don't get me wrong, I'm too much on cloud nine about the publication to be whining, but man - my list just keeps growing! Tonight after work, you will find me:
  • catching crickets to feed Queen Julia (ellie's lizard) - it's actually much easier than you would think to catch crickets as long as you have a net it would take me just as long and cost a lot more, to go buy them
  • making dinner - going to have to be plain pasta tonight since we have no food in the house and no time to cook anyway
  • taking the dog to the vet - she hopefully just has arthritis, but it has come on so fast that we are worried it might be lyme disease or something

This (thankfully three day) weekend I will be
  • waiting for the plumber
  • working on 6 scrapbook DT assignments (and hopefully some stuff for fun too)
  • probably catching more crickets
  • possibly picking apples
  • going out to dinner for a date night with DH for restaurant week on Sunday
  • going out with a girlfriend to see her brother's band play on Saturday night (no idea how I am going to stay up that late! I will probably be drinking coffee instead of beer or wine)
  • laundry laundry and more laundry
  • grocery shopping
  • cooking and dishes
  • taking ellie to soccer
  • paying bills/mailing things etc.

Im tired just thinking about it

ScrapStreet is turning 6 and having a celebration!

With a GREAT BIG prize!
Hop on over to their blog and check it out.

And while you are at it, have a look at the current magazine

After all, there is a reason they made it to 6 - they are awesome! Be sure to check it out FOR FREE, and come back soon for the calls for the next issue! We - wow I just said that WE - are working on the new calls right now! And I am going to want to see submissions from all of you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Acot reveal and Moxie Fab Sketch

This month at A Cherry On Top, I got to work with the Ashtyn line from 3 Bugs in a Rug. I LOVE the colors in this line and the carousel and pinwheel motifs are so cute!

I used a fussy cut flower, along with some of the yellow paper and come blue cardstock to create a card using one of the Moxie Fab World sketches. The sticker is an SRM sentiment.

Check out the rest of my reveal HERE

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blog Candy Winner!

The winner of the blog candy, chosen by, is Ncokely!

ncokely said...

Very nice giveaway!!
I am a follower already!!
ncokely at ACOT

Thanks everyone for playing!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 4x4 is here!

The four products we used this month were Simple Stories' Hello Sunshine paper, Cosmo Cricket Scraps Paper, My Mind's Eye Soar Twine, and Webster's Pages Let's Celebrate Designer Threads.

This month Carrie is hosting - so be sure to hop over to her blog and check out all of the fabulous creations side by side. Jess and Chrissy played along this month also.

Here are “The Rules”:
We must use the same four products: two papers and two embellishments.
- We can only use one of each sheet of paper.
- We can use unlimited basics (card stock, ribbon, alphas, mists, etc.) as long as the four main products are the focus.
- We cannot share our finished pages with each other until we are all done so that we do not influence each others’ design choices.

This is my page for the 4x4

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Imaginisce Winner!

I'm so excited! I was chosen as the winner of the monthly sketch challenge at Imaginisce for this layout! Yay! now which two of their lovely collections am I going to pick?! Geek is Chic is a given, and ...

check it out, they have a new challenge up on their blog too.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Rainbow Cheesecake!

I saw this recipe online and knew I had to make it for Ellie - she loves rainbows! The original plan was to make it and freeze it for her birthday but I decided that I should probably taste it first, plus, well, it looked so tempting! so we tried it. the colors seemed to get more intense while it baked. It is really good, a little too creamy but really good!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thank you card

I was inspired for this card by the colors and shapes in the moxie fab tues trigger, and by the horizontal card sketch by kim hughes. as shown below. I used some websters pages ladies and gents papers, and an srm sticker sentiment. this was also inspired by the fabulous felt challenge, but I didnt have any felt so this is actually fleece.

Staff Writer for Scrapstreet Magazine!!

I'm excited to announced that I have been chosen as one of the new additions to the editorial staff at scrapstreet magazine! This is really exciting for me because not only is it scrappy, but it's also writing! I have been working on some writing projects lately and am looking to improve both my skills and my resume in that area. I can't wait to get started!! Just wanted to let you all know. You can see the announcement on their blog HERE. Congratulations to the other ladies too! Can't wait to start getting to know you all!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blog Candy Celebration!

I have been having a really good scrappy week - 2 guest design team positions and a spot on the my scrapbook nook fav 40, so I thought it was a great time to have a giveaway to share the love! Since I have been trying to be good and not buy too much scrappy stuff, I don't have much of a stash to giveaway right now, so I thought I gift certificate to my favorite scrapbook store would be perfect! That way you can pick whatever you like! Plus, since it is email, I can send it to anyone, anywhere!

A cherry on top is the best! they have a great selection, great sales, and GREAT fast shipping! (and I dont say this just because I am on the design team. I am on the design team because I have loved this store since day one of my scrapping!)

So, I am giving away a $15 instant gift card to

All I will need from the winner is an email address to send it to. So this is open to everyone!

All you have to do is become a follower of my blog, and then leave a comment on this post.

If you want an extra entry, post about it on your blog or facebook, and leave a comment here with a link to your post.

Guest Designer at Clearsnap this month!

I am so excited to be the guest designer at clearsnap for the month of September! My first project and introduction are up on the Clearsnap blog. I love the little cat eye ink pads from Clearsnap. I have practically every color. I also love the smooch and smooch spritz, but I didn't even know about the rolling stamps and the ruler guide!

Here is the project that I made for the blog today. I used the Rollagraph, rolling stamp with WordsWord and the black ink cartridge. It's really cool because the self inking handle makes sure that you can just keep rolling it and always have a perfect amount of ink for a perfect impression! They also sent me the ColorBox stamping guide, which is a really cool clear ruler with foam feet that keep it totally stable. The ruler makes the perfect guide for keeping your rolling stamp going straight. Of course I also used my favorite Black Cat eye ink pads to edge the papers. Also the background of the card is a polka dotted paper from the Fancy Pants collection, that I then stamped with some Paper Trunk stamps and some of the Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Dye Inkpad in Strawberry. Finally for a touch of shimmer, I used a little bit of green
apple smooch on the leaf of the apple (which was a free clipart that I printed out).

In other news. I was also chosen as one of the top 40 finalists for the design team at my scrapbook nook!! There is so much talent there and I am very honored to have been chosen!