Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Free Journaling Spots

Hello lovely ladies! Today I have some journaling spots for you! I had a lot of fun creating these, and you can be sure that you will be seeing some in future projects of mine :) If you want to use them then all you have to do is click on the picture to make it larger, right click and save the picture. Then print them (preferably on card stock) and cut them out! I hope you enjoy!! I am planning on creating more things like this to offer my wonderful friends, let me know if that's something you would like!

If you haven't already joined in my Bloggiversary Celebration make sure to visit HERE and enter to win a Special Candy Shoppe Designs Kit!


Monday, April 26, 2010

It's my Bloggiversary & I'm celebrating with a Giveaway!!!

Hello all my beautiful friends out there in Blogger Land. Guess what?! It's my Bloggiversary this month, that's right, I have officially been blogging for one year. I think I can now call myself a dedicated blogger. When I first started blogging I really didn't know if it was something I would enjoy, but I have, immensely. I have met some of the most amazing people through the world of Scrapbooking and blogging that sometimes I get overwhelmed with love for you ladies. I truly do appreciate you all. And since I can't have you all over to my house (I would if it were remotely feasible) then we will just have to celebrate right Blog Land. What better way to celebrate a Bloggiversary than to have little custom Candy brought to you by Lynnette of Candy Shoppe Designs. CSD is one of my all time favorite places in the bloggasphere, so I wanted to share something I love with you!

This kit, titled 'The Sweet Emporium' was made special for my little party by the wonderful and talented Lynnette Davis. It just exudes all things sweet, don't cha think?! Do you want it? Heck, I want it!! Just leave a comment here on this post about your favorite party memory. It can be a birthday, an I'm just awesome party, an anniversary, a wild night on the town, or a party for your gnomes....I just want to hear all about the fun you have had celebrating something special in your life!

I will be drawing a winner on 1 May, so you have until midnight 30 April to leave your winning comment! All I ask is that if you are wanting to be in the drawing for the kit, then please be a follower. I want to give away this kit to one of my fabulous bloggy friends!!

Good luck ladies and THANK YOU for being so awesome!


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Dirty Scraps Challenge #8 - Compassion

The new Challenge is now up at Dirty Scraps and it's all about Compassion! You are being asked to create a LO around how compassion has affected your life. Here are the details:

Challenge #8 COMPASSION:
There is definitely a lack of compassion in this world that is full of judgment. So this challenge is all about compassion, maybe it will give someone else perspective on having compassion and less judgment, maybe it will make you think twice next time? So scrap a page about yourself, and something you "wish" people would stop judging you about and have compassion for you.
Not feel sorry, not pity you, but have some compassion because they don't know the whole story. Let's spread the love and get some insight on life :)
Now go get dirty!

Kayla is a little girl with a big heart. At 10.5 years old she is the size of an average 6 year old. Kids are always poking fun at her because of her size. It breaks her heart because she doesn't understand. I only wish kids would open their eyes and realize that words do hurt. They hurt good people with big hearts.

I chose to do this LO based on how a lack of compassion from her peers has affected my oldest daughter Kayla. But instead of her looking at it from a negative aspect, I mean sure it hurts her feelings, she looks at it from an example of how not to be. She is a very loving girl and has more compassion in her heart then most people I know. I feel good knowing that I am doing something right in raising my kids!

For this LO I used the March kit from Paper Poppy Kit Co. If you haven't checked out their kits yet then you definitely should. They are loaded with beautiful goodness and a major plus: they are a month to month, so no subscriptions!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

I'm being Sketchy

Sometimes I get bored and I doodle sketches in a little notebook. You know the notebook. The one that you keep beside the bed so that when inspiration strikes you can write it down in the middle of the night. No? Just me?! Well, I have a notebook full of mini sketches, ideas, random whimsies, rough drafts so to say. Tonight I got the urge to try my hand at actually turning one into a real sketch...and this is what I came up with! Just so you know...those circles were originally intended to be flowers, but I don't know how to do all the fancy schmancy stuff yet :) But for me this is a big deal as I am definitely not up to par on the inner workings of my computer. hehe. Any who, just wanted to share in my excitement! :)

I do have a LO created using this sketch, although I can't share until 1 May.
I think I like.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sketch Inspiration #120 - A little Lamp Love

I *heart* Sundays because Trisha at Sketch Inspiration always posts a brand spankin' new Sketch for everyone to play with! I was especially excited because this week I was able to get my hands on her sketch a little early to create an example for her - yay, I didn't have to wait! Studio Calico is sponsoring Sketch Inspiration this week with one amazing kit, and I used this as the perfect opportunity to finally use this piece of Lamp paper that I have been hoarding forever. Do you have those pieces of paper that you buy because you just *love* it and it breaks your heart to cut into it unless you have the perfect project? Well this my friends was the case for me. But I did it, but not without hesitation :) This particular piece of paper inspired me to the point that I created a shirt just for it. Yes, I know, I went a little too far, but when inspiration strikes you just have to run with it!

Journaling is quick and simple (and somewhat cheesy, but true): Kayla is my lamp. This girl lights up my life. Shine on.

Sketch Inspiration Sketch #120
How cute is this?! There is so much room for interpretation. That's what I love about Trisha's sketches!

Here is the Kit up for grabs this week. Studio Calico is so amazing to provide such a beautiful kit for you to win. And to think, all you have to do is complete the sketch above and load it to the Sketch Inspiration gallery and you will be in the running! Easy Peasy and so much fun!

Alright beautiful bloggers, I am off to spend this beautiful Sunday afternoon with the kiddo's. We are working on a huge project of pulling weeds out of my (pretend) garden! I only have a garden for the gnomes, they need a place to hang!


Friday, April 16, 2010

April MOSD reveal - Us in 2010 - Build a Book

Hello bloggy friends! Today is my day to post on the Midnight Oil Scrapbook Design blog, and I am so excited to share with you my project. I, like most people, am so happy that it's finally spring. This warmer weather makes me want to sing and dance and spend all day rolling in the fresh cut grass (if only I wasn't allergic to the stuff...humph). To celebrate I wanted to create something bright and fun that represented my family. So....Sassafras meet MOSD! I decided that a mini book would be the perfect project. This mini book was created using 6 Build a Book Concave pages. What I like about these pages is the fact that they are so sturdy and they don't come with the holes pre-punched. That way you can choose where you want the bindings to be! How awesome is that?! The concave shape is quite unique. It definitely captures your attention!

For this mini book I focused on my family and who we were in the year 2010. We haven't filled out the pages yet, but we will get to that! I think it will be fun to look back at this book in the years to come and see how much we have all changed! As always I used MOSD Spiral binding rings in black to hold my mini album together. I really can't say enough about these, they make life so easy!

This is Big-daddy's page. I had so much fun dressing these little Maya Road dolls to fit each of our personalities. Daddy is wearing his Army uniform with custom dog tags. I even gave him a wedding ring ;)

This is me, mom, mommy, Amy. I am wearing my favorite leather jacket, and little Doc Martens. And of course a pretty little rhinestone diamond ring! OK, OK, I admit, I really thought the rings were adorable!

Kayla. She helped design her outfit. If you couldn't tell she really loves leopard print, black and pink right now! And the little tulle peeking out of her skirt is something she also loves in real life!

Kyrsten is 5, she loves sparkles and pretty dresses. I don't know how well you can see it in the picture, but she is wearing a pair of black glitter ballet flats :) These are her 'I have to have those or I'm going to die shoes'

And last but not least here is Koen, my wonderful little man. He is starting to get himself dressed at 2 years old, and he always picks out Khakis and a t-shirt. He is also really into Motorcycles right now, so I thought his outfit was perfect!

Well there you have it, my 'Us in 2010' mini album. I really had SO much fun working on this one, I think it's going to be a yearly project. Thanks to MOSD Build a Book pages I can create a custom album every year! Thank for stopping in today to check out what I have been up to.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather! And hey, maybe you can roll in the grass for me :)


Candy Shoppe Designs 'It's raining, It's pouring' challenge reveal

The new challenge just went live over at Candy Shoppe Designs, and boy is it a fun one inspired by the famous saying "April showers bring May flowers"! And with that you are being asked to incorporate rain/tear drops into your paper creation in any way you choose.

I loved the idea of the theme for this challenge and wanted to incorporate it the best I could. So for the background I created a rain effect inspired by what rain looks like when it falls onto a much fun! I will be doing a quick tutorial on this background effect very soon!

Journaling reads:
Pain is a journey. You have your ups and downs and can only pray that you find yourself somewhere in the middle. A place that is tolerable. No amount of medication will ever allow me to feel normal again. So I just do it one day at a time and do the best I can.

You have until 1 May to get your 'It's raining, it's pouring' paper creation linked to the site. We would love to have you come on over and join us and show us your waterworks! Don't forget that Scarlet Lime is our Sponsor this month. You must be in it to win it ;) And trust me, this kit is beautiful!!


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dirty Scraps Challenge #7 - Save the Drama for yo' Momma

There is a NEW challenge up at Dirty Scraps. It's team RAW's turn to post, so I don't have a LO to show, but the DT has come up with some amazing LO's to showcase the current challenge.
Check it out:

Challenge #7
Save the Drama for yo' Momma!

I struggle with this all the time, eliminating DRAMA from my life! If it's not one thing it's another, finding balance is key! So I challenge you this week to scrap a Dramatic Moment! Whether you are a drama mama and love it or you hate drama and just want it to go away, scrap a dramatic moment or scrap how you feel about drama! Make it your page and make it the way you want it! Scrap it dirty!!

Now I know that at one point or another in our lives we have all been bitten by the Drama bug. Lord knows that I have and survived, even though at the time I thought I was going to DIEEEEE. Why not Scrap about it? Get those feelings down on paper! Right now I could write a book on Drama. My DD has reached that age...the age where I would like to just lock her up in her room and throw away the key. Ok, ok, that's a bit harsh, but I swear at her age I NEVER acted like this. Of course my mother would tell you a different story. Kayla's a pre-teen. She wants to die her hair blue. I'm a mean mom because I tell her no. Any little look sets her off into emotional hysteria... She doesn't understand why at 10 years old she shouldn't have her own Itouch, her own laptop, her own car :) She's 10, go outside and jump rope!! But I guess that if this is as bad as the drama in my life gets, I will take it! It certainly makes life interesting at times.

Any who, this Challenge and all future challenges will be Sponsored with some fabulous prizes. All the little details are currently being worked out right now! So head on over and share your Drama with us! We would love to see what you bring to the table!!


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Candy Shoppe Designs DT call

Candy Shoppe Designs is currently looking for some fabulous ladies to join the team. If you are a person who enjoys a good challenge and wants to show off your personal style then this is the place for you! Lynnette is a WONDERFUL leader and always has something interesting up her sleeve. I would like to encourage all of you lovely ladies to try out for this DT! I have personally loved my time with CSD and I am sure you would too!! So why not apply?! All the details are below. If you haven't checked out Candy Shoppe Designs then I encourage to head on over and see what we are all about :)

Do YOU wanna be a Lollipop Girl for C.S.D.?
Lollipop Girl Design Team Call - ends April 23
*International applicants welcomed

The Lollipop Girls of C.S.D. are searching for 3 talented designers to join the team for May, June, July and August 2010 (summer months).Lollipop Girls are expected to show dedication to their position as a DT member by not only completing the 8 challenges during the term but by also spreading the word about C.S.D. on their own blogs and elsewhere.*All 8 challenges will be given to the successful designers prior to 5/1 in the DT ONLY area. Access will be given if you make the team.

As a DT member:
You will be allowed bragging rights of being a "Lollipop Girl for C.S.D."
You will have your headshot and fun facts about you on the C.S.D. blog along with a link leading back to your own blog for more exposure.
You will have your bi-weekly creations featured on C.S.D. to help give our Sweethearts inspiration and
You can include the DT position on your scrapbooking resume.
PLUS, all Lollipop Girls who make it through to the end of their term successfully will be spoiled with a "Goodie Box" filled with gifts from our sponsors and C.S.D.
*s/h is the Lollipop Girls responsibility.

Interested applicants must email us at with
"I wanna be a Lollipop Girl for C.S.D." in the subject line.
Include the following in your email:

- Your full contact information (including a link to your blog)
- A list of current DT's you are on (if any) and your DT duties.
- A headshot of your sweet self as well as pictures of your all
-time favorite 5 creations. They don't need to be just layouts as we create everything here from cards to altered items.
- A unique challenge idea you'd like to see on C.S.D.
- and ANSWERS to these questions.......

1. How did you first find out about C.S.D.? Were you told about it through a scrappy friend? Were you brought here by clicking on someone's link badge? Tell us how you discovered us!
2. Are you a Sweetheart (Follower) of C.S.D.? If not, why not? If so, for how long?
3. Do you have the C.S.D. link badge displayed on your blog with a working link leading back to us?
4. How many C.S.D. challenges have you participated in (if any) and do you remember which ones?
5. What do you like about C.S.D. and why do you want to to be on the DT?

We are looking for that WOW factor and everyone of you who are interested in the position are encouraged to apply!


A non-Scrappy related project!

Introducing Project Shovelhead! This is what has been keeping me from the Scrappy world the past few weeks, and is another passion that I have. A passion shared with my husband, something that we do together. Building Custom Harley's! This particular Harley we bought at a steal!! We plan on rebuilding it to our specific wants, needs, and desires. It's going to be the 'Daddy' bike, and yes, it does look a little sad right now, and needs a lot of work, but that's the fun part.

Here are the kids helping daddy wash the bike. They are such good little helpers!

Right before my DH left we finished up the 'Mommy' bike. Which was Project Sportster. This one is really special to me because:

a.) It's the first attempt at building something of this magnitude.

b.) He built it for me!

c.)It's friggin' beautiful

d.) These Harley's are our 10 year wedding anniversary presents to ourselves. When they are completed we plan on going on a road trip together, just the DH and I!

Here is my bike:

As you can probably tell, our preferred color for our vehicles is black. It's a problem, we need help. I would like to say we are working on this problem, but we aren't ;) I have been taking lots of pictures to document the process, and plan on creating a mini album or something along those lines just for the in the end this will be a Scrappy more ways that one :)


Monday, April 5, 2010

Candy Shoppe Designs - challenge 'You Crack me Up'

The new challenge is now up at Candy Shoppe Designs and we want to make you laugh!

So, for this first April challenge you are asked to dig out those photo's buried in that deep, dark corner of your lives that you have hidden away so that no one will discover them. Come on girls, you know what I'm talking about! We wanna see the funny, hilarious, embarrassing memories you have that you wouldn't dare scrap before this. It can be of yourself or if you'd rather embarrass someone else, feel free.

How fun does that sound?! I know I had a blast scrapping this picture that I dug up from back in the day. This is a LO about myself and my 2 besties all dressed up and ready to Taco Bell. Yes, seriously, Taco Bell. I look at us in this picture and just have to laugh. Were we really wearing shiny pleather glitter skirts?! And what about that coat my bff Lauren has on. I really wish you could see the shoes we had on too. They are 4 inch chunky platforms that no one in their right mind should ever wear unless you are an official Spice Girl. I must admit, this picture is gawdy therefor I tried to create a Gawdy looking LO to mimic it! Love!!

I have to mention this month's FANTASTIC prize. Our sponsor is The Scarlet Lime and below you can see how wonderful this prize really is. I personally am a Scarlet Lime subscriber and love their kits SO much! We would love to see you join us in this challenge and can't wait to get a good laugh from your funny LO's!! You have until April 15th to get a paper creation in for your chance at this prize!

Lynnette, the owner of Candy Shoppe Designs, and a wonderful Scrapper has started to put together some Sweet Kits as well. Right now she has an exclusive kit available at CSD based around the Awesome movie 'Alice in Wonderland'. This kit is #1 of 4 from her Twisted Wonderland Series that will be available for purchase. It's titled Stupid Girl and you can find it here.