I had a couple hours of free time before going out to eat with my family last night...I didn't want to delve into a large project, so I thought it would be an opportune time to gather up a few kits.  I actually love doing this!
My inspiration came from the sweet kit that I compiled for my blog give-a-way. 
Here are just a few that I've listed at The Red Robin

And there are lots more where this came from :)
No projects this week for I Heart Ippity or My Scrapbook Nook!  But I will be back to share my "Love Week" mini album for Imaginisce.  Design Team projects will begin in February for Vintage Street Market and EAD Designs...wait until you see the coolest wreath that I made with EAD art!
See you soon

I Like to Brag...

...oh, not really...I am actually the most non-braggart type that I know.  When people find out something about me, they always ask, "why didn't I know that about you?!?!"  Because...I do not like to talk about myself...there.  I don't like anyone looking at me either.  Yes, I have phobias LOL
But, man, do I like to digress!
As the title of this entry's about liking to grandmothers do.
So, here is a cute 'lil tag brag album that I whipped together today
I fell in L-O-V-E with the cute motifs by K&Co and I just had to have it!
I picked up the chipboard tag album at my LSS this week...I think it's my favorite material to create albums with.  This gem will be going up in my Etsy shop sometime this evenin'
Congratulations again to Valentine Give-A-Way Winner!
I may get crafty tomorrow...I'm sort of in limbo on what projects I need to start for next month.  Lots of goodies just sitting here staring at me, but I hate to delve in only to find out that I was supposed to save X for Y, kwim? 
And can you believe this:  my oldest is at BASEBALL practice @@ Goodness, it's getting to be that time of the year all ready.  Soon prom and then graduation quickly follows...I don't think I'm ready for this...WAHHHHHHH

See ya'll in a day or two


We have ourselves a


A huge thanks to each of you who was kind enough to stop by and leave some love :)
I truly appreciate it!


Well, I forced myself into going to 'town' today.  You know the trip.  Sam's Club, Wal Mart, local scrapbook store, Wally's party store, gas-up...oh yes...I got some new tires today too!  Ah, there's just something about the way a car drives with brand-spanking-new tread.  I pulled up at the school to get the kids and just knew everyone was staring at their beauty...well maybe not, but I surely do feel that they've brought sexy back to my SUV :)
Today was the last of the (almost) 48 hours of rain, drizzle, mist and downpours.  Thank goodness!  I have pictures that I need to take tomorrow.  I'm thinking that I need to spruce up The Red Robin over at is lacking in new things and I have so much to I'll try to get some of that done tomorrow as well.
Okay, onto my latest project for

A really quick notecard using the HELLO stamp from the
The notecard is actually from a set that I purchased from Wal-Mart...all ready scalloped with a colored border.  I simply stitched on a swatch of patterned paper and embellished...literally minutes.  I think that handmade gifts make the best gifts.  Why not take a few assorted notecards, add some stamping, a few embellies and then tie them up in a satin ribbon for gift giving!
If you would like to see more Ippity Stamps by Unity, please give Heather a visit!

You know what tomorrow is?!? That's right...time to draw a winner for the
I can't wait to award someone special with this really sweet kit :)
I will be adding like kits to The Red Robin in the days and weeks to be sure to bookmark or add it to your favorites if you would like to get in on some really great deals and unique stuffs!

Until we meet again, be blessed!

To Bake, To Bathe or Both?

Ah ha!  I caught you with that crazy sounding title didn't I?
My last CARDS Challenge for this month over at My Scrapbook Nook is a
Just use one or both of these Pinterest inspired photos to create a card or layout
Looks yummy, doesn't it?  The colors match the January Nook kit perfectly.
Here's my take on this photo:

And the second photo:

Love the colors, love the print and how it's draped across the clawfooted tub.
My take on the photo:

The February Nook Kit will include Sasparilla from October Afternoon...come on over and sign up for yours today!
Just two more days before The Papered Cottage's

Just go HERE to leave a doing that you'll be in the running for the prize :)
Thanks to all who have visited...I appreciate it sooo much!

It's rainy here today...perfect crafting weather!
Be back tomorrow

Holiday Style in January

My sweet friend, Danni Reid created this sketch over at October Afternoon.  Having just received the last bit of embellishments from the Holiday Style collection, I just had to use it to scrap a layout based on her sketch!

 I'm in so much W-A-N-T of the upcoming OA paperlines...oye, I can't even tell you how much I want and NEED them in my little hands! Cake Walk and 9 to 5...have you seen them yet?

I know, right?  I was gasping too!
Lots and lots of orders for crepe fringe from Dot & Whimsy. I don't know for sure, but I think the little peek in Simply Handmade magazine may have something to do with this influx of orders...yay!  So I'm out of here a little early this evening before work to pick up some rolls of pink and a few new colors of crepe paper.
Don't forget about the
going on here at The Papered Cottage through Friday, January 27th!
Just check in here to leave a comment and be in the running for a really sweet prize pack :)
Have a wonderful week!


I love and appreciate all of the comments that you, my blog readers send :)
So, I'm sharing the love right back with one of you!
I will pick a winner NEXT Friday, January 27th
To enter yourself into The Papered Cottage's
1- Be a follower of this blog
2- Leave a comment on this posting
3- Be sure to leave your email address so that I may contact you if you're indeed the winner!
That's it!

This package of luvvv consists of
-4 Handmade Vintage Valentine Embellishments
-1 Card of Retro Buttons
-1 Jenni Bowlin Sticker Letter Sheet
-1 Red/Cream Label Stickers
-1 Bunch of Cream Colored Rosies
-1 Yard EACH: Red/White Swiss Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon (with Satin Edging) and Black/White Baker's Twine

Ideal for any of your upcoming Valentine papercrafting projects!
And who doesn't love some turquoise and red? Hmmm? Hmmm?

Thank you again for participating in my first ever Give-A-Way
Good Luck!

EAD and Mittens

Do you know EAD Designs
Well, WOW!
If you love whimsical designs for scrapbooking and beautiful artwork for your walls and home decor, then you will really love EAD Designs.
**Shop the site...stickers and rubons SHIP FREE**
So, here's a fun bit of news that I'm excited to share (borrowed from EAD Blog)

It's time to meet the EAD 2012 Design Team
The New DT will be starting in February

First off I'm so Excited to say that Amy,Jenn, Liz & Lauren will be staying with us this year.
I have really loved getting to know these amazing girls and it's an HONOR to have them stay.
Drum Roll Please…

WOW! Talk about a FABULOUS team.
I can't wait for all these talented ladies to get started and share their creative passion with all of you.
Plus don't forget about our DIY Girls
Kassidy- Before & After
Katie- DIY Thursday
Jenn-She's Crafty

Take a minute and check out all the Design Teams blog and give them a HUGE welcome
Oh yeah, uh-huh...happy dancin' :)
As stated above, I will officially start designing for EAD in February...just around the corner and I can't wait.
Cute, cute, cute stuff!

Newest mini scrapbook album is now up at Dot & Whimsy
Chipboard mittens+snowflakes+adorable Bella Blvd papers and stickers= 1 CUTIE

 12 total pages of snowy goodness!

If you are here for the VALENTINE GIVE-A-WAY...I will be posting it just a little later on today...I promise.  See you all then :)

Sole Sisters Release Party

Yep, I'm blogging bright and early this morning.
It's my turn at the Imaginisce Blog today!
Design Team members are sharing their {Sole Sisters} projects throughout the's so interesting to see how each person has designed with this bright, whimsical, purse embellished, shoe diva-licious collection.
Just a couple of samples from the paper line:

My first project:  I took an old ( vintage old) puzzle can and covered it with patterned paper and then embellished.  It's In The Bag?  Yes, it's a place to stash my 'extra' change in saving for a new Vera Bradley bag...a girl can never have too many bags, right? :)

The Sole Sisters Collection is chocked full of embossed stickers, chipboard accents, fabric embellishments, cute snag 'em stamps and so much more!

My second project:  a gift card/money holder.  I constructed this from two standard shipping tags that I glued together...perfect size for gift cards.  You could attach this to a gift bag or enclose in a small envelope for giving.

I added lots of my own personality to this one!  First, I used the purse motif Snag 'em Stamp of which I inked with a craft pen and then added sweet red glitter for the dots.  I hand-cut the flowers from the paper sample above and even watercolored the leaves.  Then I inked the entire project in a walnut stain.
Oh and I centered each flower with shimmery I Rock gems!

My final project for Release Party Week: why a layout of course!

Again, I hand-cut the flowers and watercolored the leaves.  I also used the I Rock gem setter to add those cool black colored rhinestones with.  The I Rock is my new BFF :)

But you need to see ALL of the amazing projects created with the Sole Sisters collection!
Come on by
And more importantly, leave a comment and you'll be in the drawing to WIN this collection for your very own!
I received so many lovely stamps this month from I Heart Ippity that I had a hard time deciding which design to go with first.  And I wanted to change things up and craft something other than a here's what I came up with:

I painted a 4x4 canvas block in a yummy buttercup and used the beautiful Farmhouse papers and stickers from October Afternoon.  I added several vintage buttons, crochet trim and twine.  I have it hanging in my craft makes the perfect accent to a collage that I have hanging above it.

Okay, a few chores to get done around the house!
I'll be back a little later on to share my newest listing at Dot & Whimsy.
Have a Terrific Thursday

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