Farewell, 2011

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas...we certainly did.  I finished putting up the last of the holiday wares this morning...the house looks sooo bare. It's nice to have everything organized once again, although I still have a couple of closets to tackle...I see some major destashing in my future :)

January is my design month at My Scrapbook Nook.  I adore the "Head Over Heals" kit by Lily Bee...the colors are right up my alley.  Have you seen it?

The kit includes sweet chipboard pieces from Maya Road, adorable layered flowers by Petaloo, ribbon and Thickers.  In addition to the Lily Bee patterned papers, the cardstock stickers and file journal tags are also included. Can't wait to share the cards that I've all ready created with this fabulous kit...get yours today before they're g.o.n.e.

I'm delighted to announce that I've been invited to stay on with the I Heart {Ippity} Creative Team for the foreseeable future :)  Some revamping to the weekly blog is in store...maybe a blog hop or two and each of the designers will have their own day of the week to feature their artwork...mine will be Thursdays! 
Here is my latest IHI project
You may purchase Ippity (Unity) Stamps from Heather...just check out her blog via the link above.

I've been working on and off on my class project that's upcoming with Miss Arts in February.  I'll keep you posted as to when the class is up and available for sign-ups :)  I'm excited (and nervous)!

Just waiting (anxiously) on the arrival of my Imaginisce Design Team box of goodies.  I simply cannot wait to dig in and get started on my projects.  Since the DT announcement, we've all been chatting and getting acquainted.  Truly, this lot of ladies have been extremely welcoming and kin to long lost friends...I look forward to creating 2012 with them!

That's pretty much the low-down from my neck of the woods.  We have one more Christmas celebration tomorrow with Mark's family, Tyler will turn 18 on Thursday and we'll have his party on Friday night...steakhouse, a movie and exchanging presents.  New Year's Eve?  Oh, I'll possibly be welcoming in the first baby of 2012...hoping for an uneventful night LOL


Good Friday!
I wanted to share my newest news.  Thank goodness I only had TWO days to keep this quiet LOL...I've borrowed this from the Imaginisce Blog:

2012 Imaginisce Design Team Announcement!
Well, today is the DAY for the BIG reveal!!!
We want to thank ALL of you that sent in an application for this call.
We were overwhelmed by the talent and this made our decision both
time consuming & very difficult as we sifted through over 120 submissions!
It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you the
2012 Imaginisce Design Team

Abby Laubenstein (Illinois, US)
Adora Concepcion (Washington, US)
Cari Locken, DT Co-ordinator (British Columbia, Canada)
Diana Fisher (New York, US)
Guiseppa Gubler (Utah, US)
Heather Leopard (Texas, US)
Ilene Tell (Delaware, US)
Mary Ann Jenkins (California, US)
Shellye McDaniel (Texas, US) <-----yours truly *big grins*
Tiffany Hood (Utah, US)
Rebecca Keppel (Arizona, US)
Rosangela Philippsen (Curitiba, Brazil)
Regina Mangum (California, US)
Rhonda Van Ginkel (Minnesota, US)

YAY!  Who's excited?  That would be ME!
I will get the Team's blogs linked up so that you can check out their work. 

In the meantime, here is a new album that I wanted to share;  it's now up at Dot & Whimsy.  I'm anticipating quite a few new assignments beginning in the New Year, so I don't know how much time I'll have to devote to my Etsy shop...it's all good though!

I used the FARMHOUSE Collection by Crate Paper and coupled it with a blanket stitch...looks so cozy and homey...just right for old family photos. 

Well, just when everything was going good...the Message Board is down again today :(  We're all keeping our fingers crossed that it's just because of a 'little' maintenance. 
Speaking of MSN...I received the JANUARY NOOK kit today.
Total and complete gorgeousness!
A hint?  It deals with bubblegum, flirting and the color raspberry ;)  I'm not sure when the reveal goes up, but I'll keep you posted.

I ran across this YUMMY twine from The Twinery...I adore these colors for the Christmas holidays
I'm off to actually *print* my photos for my December Daily Album AND I have two more months and I'll be finishing with mom's calendar....I'm feeling a big load coming off the shoulders soon.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend

An Owl & True Friends

I have the little cork-board hanging up in my scrap room that I created as my last project for Your Scrapbook Stash.  Sydnee saw it and wanted one for herself.  I picked up some 50% off zebra papers from Hobby Lobby and went to work!  With my project for I Heart Ippity coming due, I decided to incorporate a few of the fun flower stamps from the Flowers+Friends=Priceless set.
I painted the 8x8 canvas base with a turquoise acrylic paint and wrapped the edge with a zebra striped ribbon.
Matches the new comforter perfectly...I can't wait until she sees it :)

I've listed a new paper bag scrapbook album at my Etsy shop today.  Here are all of the photos for those of you who are visiting from there.
A total of 10 pages for photos and journaling...plus an additional 5 tags for jotting down those sweet memories.  I've used the So Sophie papers from My Mind's Eye

I'm taking photos everyday for December Daily...I still need to print them, but that can be saved for a little later.  It actually S*N*O*W*E*D here on Tuesday morning and I was able to capture a few of the flakes before they melted.  Even more photo opportunities this weekend...Christmas in De Kalb this Saturday; Sydnee will be dancing two routines.  Sunday our adult choir will be performing the We Believe musical at church.  Kingdom Kids will put on their Christmas play that night and Syd has a bit part, as well as singing.  The kids are begging for a few presents to be put under the tree, so at some point I've gotta get to wrappin' :)
Enjoy every moment of the Season!
See you!

A Griswald at Heart

So, we've come to find out that if we have the Christmas tree fully lit (that's approximately 1,800 tiny, twinkling lights), the microwave microwaving and the big screen TV blaring, we throw a breaker.  Reminds me of a Griswald Family Christmas, so I can't help but feel as though I'm falling into the footsteps of my much beloved Clark W. Griswald ♥  What a big Christmas dork, just like me!
"My twee...Louis (and you'll notice he doesn't call him UNCLE Louis at this point), what have you done to my twee?"  (it sounds like he's saying TWEE instead of tree, so I've since adapted this vernacular.  Can't help myself.)
This is it...the 2011 McDaniel Family Christmas Tree
Nothing at all serious about this tree!  Tons of snowflakes, snowmen and women and glittery, sugarplum-y ornaments 
The oldest ornament...a 1981 Hallmark, which was a tradition started by my mom. 
I'm adding these photos to my very own December Daily album :)  I will share more photos as I take them.

Here is the latest album that I've created for Dot & Whimsy
The only scheduled Design Team projects that I have for the remainder of the month is for I Heart-Ippity, so I'll have some time to work-up some additional mini albums before Christmas.  Right now, I'm sculpting a sweet and distressed FRIENDS album...stayed tuned for that.

I've been asked to be a sponsor for Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog and Cookin' Up Creations after the new year.  I'll be sending some of my ON THE FRINGE crepe paper trim, as well as RUFFLED CREPE trim from The Red Robin.  In the meantime, I will be a sponsor during Christmas Week at Scrapping Everyday Miracles, so I hope that you get a chance to stop by and visit them during the week!  I love the inspirational inspiration♥
I look forward to seeing what the design teams come up with...also give-a-ways along the way :)
I'll be back soon!

Two Days in a Row!

YES!  I'm actually blogging two days in a row...what is the world coming to? Ah, don't answer that LOL
As I eluded to in yesterday's blog post, I have finished the DECEMBER DAILY album for Etsy.
It is such a little fatty and chocked full of sweet stuff from the Peppermint Collection by Crate.  The front of the album is an actual 1950's vintage Christmas card of an adorable Snow Couple
So, without further ado
Other than embellishments from the Peppermint Collection, I've used vintage holly berries (the old ones...made in Japan!), a felt snowflake and baker's twine.
These are just a few close-ups of the 28 page book :)  I'm listing this at my Etsy shop Dot & Whimsy just as soon as I'm done blogging, so hop on over a take a peek at it.

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