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Thank You, Mr. Postman

The postman was so good to me today.  I received my August Design Team kit from Your Scrapbook Stash and the new Close To My Heart catalog...I think I eeked a little too loud and woke the kids up! I sorted through my kit and took a couple of pictures of the awesome stuff that I'll be working with next month. So here are my goodies: I actually finished a sweet little flip-style desktop calendar today using the cool acrylic/chipboard album from Maya Road.  I don't know why I haven't run across this was such a surprise seeing that in my box! Right away I knew that I wanted to do a calendar.  I'm sharing just a small peek of it here...I'll have to wait until August 1st to share the rest :)  I downloaded this 2012 mini calendar from Splitcoast Stampers.  I can't wait to show you the rest! Off to swim...see ya'll soon!

Blog Hop Winners Announced

It's time to announce my winners for the Your Scrapbook Stash Blog Hop! I had my daughter pick the numbers, so she went with her favorite digits :) TUESDAY'S WINNER MELANIE  of FRIDAY'S WINNER FAYE MARIE  of Congratulations, Ladies!  If you will email me at with your email address within the next three days;  I'll get that info over to Erica for your prize. Thanks to everyone who commented and became a follower of my blog...awww! Good Night!

Lookie Here

On the way to Tyler's football camp last weekend, the hubby and I stopped off at an antique shop along the way.  This is something we plan to do when retiring:  driving the RV across country and detouring at junk, antique and flea market shops whenever the urge strikes!  I'm a 'scanner' when I go junkin'...I don't pay too much attention to the furniture and larger items, but when I see a heap of old books, papers and sewing supplies, I go nuts (quietly though, I don't want to appear too eager).  Within a few minutes, I noticed this box of buttons.  No price, and I'm kinda afraid to ask.  The owner says "I'll take $10."  There are over 100 cards of vintage buttons and oodles of fabulous colors...can you say EXCITED?  :) I also got an old wire locker basket for $5...perfect condition with just the right amount of rust LOL
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ BLOG HOP FINALE I hope you all had a chance to get in on the Your Scrapbook Stash Blog Hop!  To…

Blog Hop Finale

Good morning, scrappy bloggers! The final day is approaching for the Your Scrapbook Stash Blog Hop. Lots of chances to win great prizes, so be sure to start out at the YSS Blog...and you should be here from Kristin's Blog Here is the official Blog Hop order: Your Scrapbook Stash Blog Erica Alyssa Jennie Kristin Shellye (me) Sharm Jessy **$10 in STASH CASH (Gift Certificate) to be used at YOUR SCRAPBOOK STASH Store**
**FRIDAY'S WINNER** Faye Marie  of Just send your email address to me at and we'll get your prize over!Congratulations! To have your name in the hat, be sure to comment on BOTH posts regarding YSS at EACH Blog :) We'll be announcing the winners on Friday. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by so far...I've loved reading all of the comments.
Now on Preorder...oh my goodness!  I've gotta have this collection from Lily Bee..."Harvest Market"

How fallicious is that?  I also love the NEW Cosmo Cricket lines, es…

Let's HOP!

The time is here...time for the Your Scrapbook Stash Blog Hop...let's go! You should be here from Kristin's blog. Here is the official Blog Hop order: Your Scrapbook Stash Blog Erica Alyssa Jennie Kristin Shellye (me) Sharm Jessy Yam We will EACH be posting twice between today and Friday, July 29th.  In order to qualify for 20 chances to win a prize, be sure to comment on the two blog posts from each blog...the actual YSS blog will be giving away FOUR GRAND PRIZES of a brand NEW RELEASE from Fancy Pants :) **I WILL BE GIVING AWAY TWO $10 STASH CASH CERTIFICATES TO THE YSS STORE** But (for those of you new to blog hops, like me!) you must, must, must leave a comment on the actual posts regarding Your Scrapbook Stash's Blog Hop.
**TUESDAY'S WINNER** MELANIE  of CONGRATULATIONS, Melanie!  Just send me your email address @
Quick Crochet Flower 1.Take your desired amount of crochet trim or ribbon;  I used about 2 foot of The Girl's Pa…

Christmas in July!

It's nice to dream of a Winter Wonderland when we're in the midst of a relentless summer heat. Call me crazy, but yes, I have my Christmas tunes playing on Pandora ♪♫ fa-la-la-la-la ♪♫ And not just any ole Christmas tunes...we're talking Bing, Nat and Frank...oh yea-uh!  Nothing more soothing to the fretted soul than some bea-u-ti-ful music ♥ To go along with my holly-jolly mood, I have been toiling away at the paper-crafting since Wednesday...lucky to be me hehehe!  I did have to take a detour yesterday afternoon for the yearly eye exam and (blech) trip to Wal-Mart. It's been well over a month since I've filled the buggy to the top, but frequent trips to the local Dollar General and grocery store just weren't cuttin' it know how that is.  
Here are a couple of layouts that I've gotten done this week:
And my newest card creation...thinking that I may add this (as well as some of my other cards) to my Etsy's gettin' bare over…

It's Summertime

It's another HOT one!  Best just to stay indoors and get some scrappy stuff done, if you ask me :)   I created this sweet "It's Summertime" mini scrapbook album today and got it listed over at my Dot & Whimsy shop.  With all of the Design Team work going on, it's been quite some time since I've gotten anything added to my shops.  I took little bits of my left-over (and much loved) "100 Days of Summer" Kit from Back Porch Memories.  This kit has gone the mile!  I put two house shaped chipboard pieces together to make the album sturdier;  in doing so, the edges looked a little rough!  I added baker's twine around the perimeter of each one...I believe it looks absolutely charming and reminds me of the striped topped cabanas :)
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It's a Wrap!

It's A Wrap...A Can Wrap that is! As promised, a super-easy tutorial for you this Monday. Below are step-by-step instructions for the easiest way that I've found to embellish a clear (or tin) container. I've used this design as my altered project over at Back Porch Memories this month :)   1. Measure the diameter of your container by measuring across the entire top.  2.Multiply that number by 3.17 (or more commonly known as PI).  My can measured 6" across which gives me a little over 19".   3. Half that number and you'll get the measurement of what you need for two strips of paper.  Mine was 9.5" ( so I cut two strips of cardstock into 9.5" lengths) 4.  Next, decide how wide you'd like your paper...I chose 3" wide. 5.  After attaching your accent paper to your base paper (I stitched mine!), you'll want to sandwich your two paper strips together and punch holes as shown above (so that the holes lines up evenly).  You can use twine or ribbon to…

A Sunny, Scorching Sunday

Nothing like some 100 degree (plus) weather to get ya sweatin' a little!  The precise reason that SUMMER is No.4 on my list of favorite seasons grrrrrrr 1. Fall 2. Spring 3. Winter 4. Summer The only thing I like about Summer?  My favorite season is right behind it :)
So, with the heat index rising, I get to spend more time here at the crafty desk...gettin' my craft on! I finished the cutest page for a challenge at the Lemonade and Layouts Crop.  The challenge was to use as many circles as possible on a page.  These are actually some older photos of my middle son, Zach, but they go perfectly with the new Liberty line from Bo Bunny (and is also a part of the Back Porch MemoriesJuly Medley Kit...thanks Paula for the extra goodies!)
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ A CARD OF THANKS There's nothing like killing two birds with one stone (as the saying goes).  I had to create another card for I Heart {Ippity} as well as Your Scrapbook Stash's July Design Team projects.  I knew that I wa…

Glad to be home and crafting away!

We all know how it exciting to go on vacation and see new destinations, but there is nothing, nothing like coming home!  I finally got the house back in order this morning and all of the laundry done.  I made the kids some chocolate chip brownies and have a meatloaf, cheesy-scalloped potatoes and corn casserole on the menu for tonight :)  Comfort foods that just exemplifies my excitement over being H-O-M-E.  Clean house and good that's what I'm talkin' about!
I did manage to eek in a couple of hours of layout creating yesterday for Your Scrapbook Stash.  I have both of these up in the Gallery now and wanted to share them here.  I got an email from Erica (owner of YSS) and she has lots of new goodies coming to the store from CHA...she just picks the best stuff  like the brand new Mistables from Pink Paislee....oh yeah :)   Mark your calendar...we will be hosting a BLOG HOP July 26th thru 29th...some GREAT give-a-ways in store, so come on and join us!

Happy 5th of July

I hope everyone had a fun, safe and Happy 4th!  We spent the day in Foley, Alabama, perusing the souvenir shops and enjoying the scenery.  Last night we sat out on the beach and enjoyed the fireworks display at the resort to the south of us and to the north of us...we're guessing our group didn't put one on due to the current burn ban.  We've been here since Saturday and not a drop of rain yet!  Lucky for us, but not so for the locals :/
The sneak-peek is up at Back Porch Memories!  Here is just one of the pages that I completed using the July Solo Kit I love this new paper line from Simple Stories...100 Days of Summer. Every single thing is from this kit except for the pink scalloped is SIMPLY amazing and coordinates beautifully.  Be sure to check it (and the Medley Kit) out before they're G-O-N-E!
I Heart {Ippity} will begin sharing their Creative Team's creations tomorrow.  I'm so excited to see what the other ladies come up with and what stamps th…

Challenge: Rule of Three

Well, it's July 1st...time to get into the Creative Team groove!  I will make my Guest appearance at Back Porch Memories this month, as well as begin my Design/Creative Team stints at Paper Issues, Your Scrapbook Stash and I Heart {Ippity)...I'm looking forward to the fun and meeting lots of new people :)
I did this layout as an example for my July Challenge over at BPM Forum.  I pretty much design everything around the concept of odd know, things grouped in 3's or 5's.  I find that the majority of my scrapbook layouts are done on the "triangle" theory.  If you look at the focal point of the page, it should draw your eye to two other areas that form a triangle from that point.  I guess I'm drawn to it mostly because I don't like a lot of jumble....whether it's in decorating my home or my paper!  My 'eye' needs that resting spot;  it invites people to easily scan over the page as it's meant to be presented. With this layout,…