One Day 'Til...

...December Daily starts :)
I have the base for my album finished and am now working on one to sell on Etsy.  I'm using the Peppermint Collection from Crate...also the December My Scrapbook Nook Kit.
Vintage Christmas card sits on the front.  
Sample of the inside pages...I will embellish more as I add photos.  I purchased the cool December Daily "numbers" from
I dug way back in my stash and brought out some old Daisy D's papers...all inspired by vintage prints.
I created the assorted pages using my Cricut. I love how each page peeks out from one another...adds fun and interest!

Aw!  My very last projects for  Your Scrapbook Stash.  If you hadn't heard, Erica will be closing down the online store on December 31st.  Tons of great deals can be found there, so go by and visit soon.
I created this sweet mini cork-board hanger using materials by Bella Blvd's FINALLY FALL and Amy Tangerine's PATCHES.  I will be giving a tutorial at the YSS blog next month.
And a layout that I scrapped for my mom's 2012 calendar!

Here's another card featuring the cute bird (or penguin?  I'm not sure!) from the PAIN AND PRIDE stamp set by Unity.
It's a little hard to tell in this photo, but I decided to make this guy a bluebird this time around.
Heather has NEW stamps coming this week...I hope you have a chance to check them out!

Gotta get back to work...December Daily calls :)

'Twas the night before Thanksgiving

...and boy am I tuckered out.
Over the last three days I have fought the Christmas tree and won, cleaned the house from top to bottom, thrown up the Christmas decorations and have all of my Thanksgiving dishes prepared.  Everything looks beautiful and smells delicious, but I look as though I've just returned from a battle zone: numerous scratches on the hands and arms via the tree tussle, bruises on my shins, a puncture wound on my left thumb (I didn't know you could actually STAB yourself with a ornament hook) and my sciatic is acting up.  And don't get me started on my aching shoulders :-/
But THANK YOU, Lord...I have so much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Eve!
I received my adorable December Daily tags from Chic Tags today.  I'm looking forward to getting my album completed before December 1st :)  I have several ideas for photos, so hopefully I can keep up on the documentation without falling too far behind.  

I created a couple of cute cards for my CARDS challenge this week over at My Scrapbook Nook.  This challenge is a PINSPO challenge.  What's Pinspo?  Pinterest combined with Inspiration :)  
Just hop on over to the blog (I have direct-linked the post above) to view the photos that I chose.
Here are my two samples using the November Nook Kit

And I'm not sure if I shared this Christmas card that I created last week or not.  My fellow DT member, Danni, created a thread on the Nook Forum just for our holiday greetings

I know that I'm not alone in saying that I'm so ready for the Nook Message Board to be back up and running!  I miss the everyday chit-chat. 

Another week with Ippity!  Sydnee asked that I make a container for her friend's birthday money and card, so I created this sweet little holder from a Maya Road tin.
I used Staz-On to stamp onto the sheer journal sheet, then colored in with permanent markers and a little glitter on top.

Time to get geared up for an 8 hour siesta.
Hope everyone has a fantastically blessed Thanksgiving.
Be safe, don't eat too much and I'll see you soon!

Getting Done

Yes, it is November 15th and I have the majority of my Christmas buying done.  I'm in the midst of compiling photos for my mother's annual calendar.  When I mentioned that I might not have time to pull a calendar out of the hat this year, I swear that I saw a tear...well, and the whining pretty much gave away her dislike of that idea LOL.  You know, she's my dear mom and she doesn't ask much of me at one way or the other, I will have her gift done by December 25th (in years past some of the pages are still wet with glue...nothing like a little procrastination).

Tyler will be 18 shortly after Christmas.  I think this is the first year that he's only asked for ONE video game.  *sniff* he actually requested 'grown up' gifts this year like a Fossil watch, Oakley sunglasses, cologne, a pair of blue jeans, lounge pants, socks and underwear :)

Zachry; not much on his list either.  The generic blanket term "clothes", two XBOX games, one PSP game, socks, underwear and a Kindle.  Oh and Axe...he's gotta smell good too!

Sydnee...well, she's nine and of course her list keeps growing.  Luckily everything she's asked for is fairly inexpensive and of course she won't get all of it anyway hehehe
I had a FIT when I saw this cute coverlet from JCPenney.
She's been begging for a hot pink and zebra room and yes, I've been warding her off. Anyway, she'll get her wish in a much more palatable tone than screamin' hot pink and big honkin' zebra strips @@
 For my project this week at I Heart Ippity, I decided to design a cute door hanger to go along with Syd's NEW bedroom color scheme :)
I dressed the Maya Road frame in My Mind's Eye Fine & Dandy, used a computer font for the name plate and then stamped the cute girl image.
And YES, it will be wrapped and given with the coverlet and pillows!

It's up, it's up!  
My HELLO FALL project is up at LYB Blog today.
I will share a few photos here, but be sure to stop by their blog to see the full tutorial, more photos and leave a little much-appreciated L♥O♥V♥E
My project is two-fold...a Fall Family Tree Display that partly doubles as a place setting name plate/accent
--the Fall Family Tree--
--one of the 'apples' from my tree...used at a place setting--

--i used a lot of the chipboard embellishments such as birds, owls and leaves--
--each apple was layered with tons of goodies from the HELLO FALL collection--
I will be posting my latest CARDS Challenge tomorrow...a little prize in store for one lucky winner.
Congratulations to Michelle Price for winning my challenge from last week, "GIVE THANKS"
The Message Board is back up and running, so stop by and check out the super challenges and wonderful inspiration.
There is a section that I'm quite excited about: December Daily.  Yep, I'm taking the plunge this year.  I've already started on the base pages and look to have them all sewn up by the weekend. If you're not familiar with December Daily, there is a great write-up of tried and true methods and ideas found at The Nook Forum!  I'll show off my album just as soon as I'm done.

My oldest son, Tyler and his fellow De Kalb Bears Varsity football team will be playing for an Area win in our district this Friday night.  To say we're excited is truly an understatement.  Driving around our small town, you will see that most every business has their windows painted up and flying a DeKalb Bears sign outside their door.  We're hosting a city-wide Pep Rally Thursday night and selling car flags, pom poms, hamburgers and hoodies LOL! Community pride is something that I hold very dear.  Small towns have their moments, but it's times like these that I'm glad to say that I'm a small town-girl :)
Be back soon enough!  Be blessed!

He's So Jolly♥

First off, I want to extend my deepest gratitude and thanks to our military men and women serving today and in days past.  Thank you for keeping us safe and God Bless you all!
I went to pick the kids up today from school and was flipping through radio stations while waiting.  Our local 'light rock' station is now officially playing ♫Christmas Music♫  So, I'm assuming that I'm not alone in being excited about this...after-all, they must do some sort of research before launching into Holly Jolly Christmas on 11-11-11 don't you think? One of my favorite new found Christmas songs (and it's an oldie) is Christmas Waltz...I've heard Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole both sing it and they're equally beautiful!  I also love the old Coventry songs like The Holly & The Ivy and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring...I can honestly say that they've grown on me a lot over the years...maybe I can just appreciate them more now.
While enjoying my Christmas music, I set out to make a new album for Etsy.  Several years ago I purchased a huge lot of vintage cards from eBay, so I thought this guy would look so grand on the front cover
Ahhh, I LOVE him!  Reminds me of the very nostalgic Coca-Cola Santa♥
Here are a few more photos to share of the album;  these are close-ups so that my Etsy customers can get a better look as well. To see the pages entirely just visit Dot & Whimsy
---a vintage gummed Santa sticker sits perched reminding everyone not to pout---
---not vintage, but a reproduction print that I punched from a card---
---another vintage gummed sticker---
---i love these reproduction chipboard pieces from Melissa Frances!---
---another Melissa Frances chipboard accent---

AND, I was so busy last week and the week before that I forgot to show my other mini album
 that I created for Etsy.
The Little Boy Blue collection from My Mind's Eye was the perfect setting in creating this album.  Turquoise, olive green and this combo of my favorite colors.

 My HELLO FALL project will go live on the LYB blog next Tuesday!  It looks so lovely sitting in my living room...I only hope that I can find an easy way to store it until next year though.  Once you see it, you'll understand my dilemma LOL

I will be giving a video tutorial at Miss Art's Papercrafting School in February!  If you haven't visited Miss Art's, please'll be pleasantly surprised :)  I really like the selection of classes that they offer and the website is like stepping back in time; so much fun and very welcoming.
I'll keep you updated in the months to come with the class title and other pertinent information regarding my tutorial.
That's all for this Friday night.  Sydnee, my mom and I will be having a girl's day tomorrow...a little shopping, lunch, and who-knows-what-else *wink* 
Hope you have a terrific weekend!

CARD SHARKS Weekly Challenge--Week One

(From My Scrapbook Nook Blog...check us out!)
Ready to lay down your cards? Welcome to week one of the Cards Sharks Contest...complete the challenge below and link up your entry to this post by midnight, PST on November 17th. the challenge will earn you 5 points and three special mentions (chosen by the design team) will earn an extra 5 points. play along to win as many points as possible!! Here we go:

Challenge: Phase 10

Phase 10 is a fun rummy-style card game by Fundex. The object of the game is to play each hand, building off of that hand according to that Phase's requirements, until you have completed all 10 Phases in the game.

Since we do not have weeks for this challenge (smile) we will complete 3 Phases for our 'Card' game.

Phase One: create your card base

your base MUST include the following (everyone will be dealt the same hand to begin the game)

ONE pp background

ONE smaller block of pp or cardstock

ONE strip of pp, trim, chipboard or sticker across the bottom of the block of pp or cardstock

ONE decorative trim at the bottom of the block below strip of pp or trim

(i have given THREE examples below of phase 1)

before moving onto Phase 2, take a picture of your 'card base'

Phase 2: embellish (build) your 'card' hand.

you may add any embellishments, trims, chipboard, sentiments, anything you like to your card base.

before moving onto Phase 3, take a picture of your card

Phase 3: post your finished card along with Phase 2 pic
--Cards shown here were created by the very talented and sweet, Danni Reid--




can't wait to see your 'Phases' and 'Cards' ladies. if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

happy creating♥

be sure to check back tomorrow for the rest of the challenges for week one!

A full list of rules can be found here!

Phase 10 Card Sharks Challenge Cards

Time for a WINNER!

It is time to announce the My Scrapbook Nook Blog Hop winner from my blog!  My daughter, Sydnee, chose the number and the winner is
KariAnnS said...
I love your layering technique!
November 2, 2011 12:39 PM
Kari Ann, just email me at with your mailing address and choices of THREE different fringe assortments.  You can view them all here
Congratulations, Kari Ann! Thank you, everyone for the sweet comments...I cherish them all :)
The official winner of the MSN prize will be announced very soon!

Well, if you frequent the forum at The Nook, then you know we've been without power for a week now...I'm happy to announce that it's back up and running! 
While the board was disabled, a blog was set up so that we could continue to share challenges and news with all of you. 
My latest CARDS Challenge will go live at the blog tomorrow, but to keep with my "Wednesday" schedule at the forum, I did go ahead and post it there today. 
I'm giving away a PRIZE to the first (non Nook DT person) to complete the card and upload it here at the forum  *hint* the theme is "Give Thanks" :)

And here is a beautiful collage of the November for yours today!

I adore this newest set of stamps that I received from Ippity last week! 
I had my Christmas tunes playing, so I was really in the 'spirit' while making this little cutie.
I stamped, then cut out the image from a sheet of white cardstock.  I mounted that onto a sheet of patterned paper (by My Mind's Eye) and cut it out a little larger.  Using that same size, I also cut a circle from the front of my card.  The actual stamped image is placed on the inside of the card just for kicks :)  I then outlined the circle in baker's twine.
Heather has ALL of your favorite Ippity stamps by Unity!  Be sure to visit her at

It's a bittersweet time for Erica at YSS!  She will officially close the store's doors on December 31, 2011.  I can simply say that I have thoroughly enjoyed designing for one of the most fabulous scrapbook stores on the net :)
YSS will be greatly missed!
I will be working with some adorable papers and accents from Bella Blvd this month...I'll be sharing those soon as my last stint as a Design Team member *sniff*

I will see you all in a couple of days, if not tomorrow.
Take care,

A Birthday Greeting...

It's time to say 
Leah Killian!
♫♪Happy Birthday to you, dear Leah♪♫
I hope that you have a fantastic birthday!
Papers and tags are from this month's Nook Kit, Times & Seasons!
Just as soon as we have the Nook blog winners announced, I'll select a winner from my blog :)
See you soon!

It's a Nook Blog Hop!

Welcome to the hop from My Scrapbook Nook
We're offering one lucky lady a 3 month subscription to these gorgeous kits and several smaller prizes for other hoppers!
We have hidden 7 birds among the design team hop around, find the birds and keep track of who's got em'. Once you've found all seven, email those names to:
One random winner from those that find all the birds will be drawn to receive a 3 month subscription to the Nook

As for the rest of the prizes, they will be drawn from the designers blogs at random. So comments are optional, but the more you leave the better your chances are of winning a prize, which include kits. For an extra bonus drawing for a $50 prize pack- leave a comment at Danni Reid's link including a link where you have facebooked, blogged or tweeted about this hop- you can leave up to three comments for a shot at that $50 prize pack!

The Nook kits are filled each month with the latest paper collections and embellishments to make you swoon! They are a fantastic deal and our international ladies love the low shipping ;) If you sign up for a 12 month subscription you'll get a free kit after your 12 month mark! Now that's a bakers dozen of goodness!

This month will kick of my status as a CARDS Design Team Member at My Scrapbook Nook...I'm so excited to be working in concert with such a truly fabulous and talented team!
Here is a layout that I created using the October Nook Kit.  One thing that I can say is that these kits are amazing and go such a long, long way.
To ONE lucky WINNER, I will be giving away 
THREE Packs of Handmade Crepe Paper Fringe
from my Dot & Whimsy shop at Etsy
To be in the drawing, just leave a comment on this post, as well as your email address so that I may contact you if you're a winner :)

Thanks for looking and here are your hopping orders

Shellye (<-----you are here!)

Hop ends on Fri., November 4 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.
Winners will be announced on Sat. November 5th!

Be Sure to check out our Christmas Card Class and New Contest "Card Sharks!" a fast paced, four week battle of creativity!!!! 
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