September 24, 2011

Winner of the 100 followers giveaway!

Hello Crafty Friends!
It's been really busy around here.  This is really the first chance I've had to get on and update my blog.  Since I've been working so hard around the house, my husband let me go out (alone...NO KIDS) shopping.  It was so nice to be able to shop slowly rather than having to hurry and fighting my kids from touching everything in the store!  I was able to find some great deals at Hobby Lobby.

Anyway, the moment you're all waiting for.....the winner of the Wall Decor & More Cricut Cartridge (selected by was #5, Patti!  Congratulations Patti!  I have your email and will be in contact with you to get  your mailing address.  Thank you to everyone who commented, and I'll see you back here tomorrow with another layout.


September 12, 2011

100 followers Cricut Cartridge Giveaway!

I must again say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to become a follower of my blog.  I'd like to give something back by giving you a change to win a Cricut cartridge!  I am so excited I cannot begin to tell you. 
I've decided to giveaway the Wall Decor and More Cricut cartridge!  This is in my top 5 all time favorites and I use it a lot in my scrapbooking.  In fact I have a fall layout coming up using it.  And since I am sponsoring it, I just wanted to giveaway something that I truly loved.

All you need to do to win is:
  1. Leave a comment on this post and
  2. Be a follower of this blog
  3. If your comment does not link back to your blog, please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you!
The reason I am requiring you to be a follower is simply because this giveaway is as a thank you for following me.  You will have until next Friday, September 23rd, 6pm to leave a comment and enter.  I will use to choose the winner and I will make the announcement later that same evening.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Good luck!!!  And again thank you for helping me get to 100 followers! 

September 11, 2011

Welcome Baby Hailey – Simple Layout Sunday

A good friend of mine had a baby about 7 weeks ago and I am working on a scrapbook for her to put pictures of her new little bundle of joy in.  Of course I’m behind and was supposed to be done with this weeks ago, but traveling for my job kind of put a hindrance on that.  So here’s a 2 page layout.  It will be an 8x8 book.
Below are the supplies I used.  The patterned cardstock is from DCWV Safari Kids stack and I also threw in some Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink.  I also used my Gypsy (with the Phrases, Straight From the Nest, and Cheerful Seasons Cricut cartridges), designer templates from Kiwi Lane Designs, white StazOn ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, adhesive and a stamp from Pink by Design.

First thing I did was cut out my words.  ‘Welcome’ came from Straight From the Nest, for ‘Hailey’ I used the basic font on the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge, and finally I cut a tag from the Phrases cartridge.
Here are my words with shadows all assembled.
Next I picked out my background paper and decided to go with the giraffe pattern.  Since all the paper I chose was from the same stack, it all goes together nicely.  I really like the DCWV stacks….what I don’t like about them is how they cut in my Cricut.  I typically have been luck with other brands but I make do since I like the stacks so much.  I then took out my Kiwi Lane Designer Templates and laid out the pattern that I wanted.  I believe I used the Paisley Place set and strips set.
After that I traced the templates and cut out my pieces from various other patterns I had picked out.  When that was done I took all the pieces and inked the edges with my Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I really like this color for inking and using a sponge dauber gives it a nice, soft, finished look.  It also helps separate the patterns from each other.
I glued everything down and then worked on the journaling tag.  I inked the edges and then added the stamp ‘You are loved’ in white StazOn ink.  The stamp was from the Pink By Design ‘Our Kids’ stamp set.  I also decided to hide the tag behind one of the photos.    Below is the completed layout.
The lion on the bottom was already printed on the paper I chose.  Since I have to do a whole book in a short amount of time, I need to keep it simple.  I didn’t add any extra embellishments but I still like how it came out.
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I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday.  It’s time for me to get back to laundry and cleaning (which take up the majority of my time) :)  Happy crafting!

September 10, 2011

I made it to 100!!

I am so totally excited this morning!!  I made it to the magic number of 100 followers!  That means we'll be doing a Cricut cartridge giveaway!  I'll be doing some shopping then this weekend and I'll have the giveaway posted on Monday.  I am so completely excited I just cannot tell you.

I was up ALL night last night reorganizing my craft room.  I unpacked 12 boxes of stuff......yes TWELVE.  I located my Peachy Keen stamps which I haven't been able to find since I packed them up 7 months ago along with a lot of other things that I thought would be lost in storage forever.  The most surprising part is that it all fit into my tiny room.  And my room is TINY.  When we remodeled our house 6 years ago, we converted our garage into additional living space.  We have a large detached garage and just felt like, knowing we would be adding to our family at some point, that an additional bedroom and bathroom would serve us better.  The remodel took like a year and a half and one of the things I had my husband build was an office in our bedroom.  I didn't need a large space so it's only about 9x9.  It was just supposed to be a place for my computer desk away from everyone mostly so that I could keep the mail/finances in order and do school work with no interruptions.  This was pre-crafting days.  Well I only got to use it about 6 weeks and found out I was pregnant. :)  So then my nice space just for me turned into a nursery and was a nursery until my son was about 13 months old.  Yes he was attached to my room for forever mostly because he didn't sleep well and I really didn't feel like getting up twice a night every night to walk across the house to make sure he was ok.  Any of you out there with kids that were horrible sleepers will know the feeling. :)  When I was pregnant was when I started getting into crafting.  We have both a living and family room and we don't really use the living room.  So I took it over little by little with crafting stuff.  Then when we had hit a serious financial crisis and were having to think about moving, the realtor advised us to set it back up as a formal living room to make it more appealing.  So I had begun the process of downsizing my stuff to fit into my tiny 9x9 office.  What I learned last night after unpacking it all.....It all fits!  I actually didn't have to pack up any of it.  I could have left it as is.  And actually I thought it would take me forever to get it done and it didn't.

A few obvious things though....
     1. I need a few creative organization ideas.  I have some jars for my buttons and also for brads, but I definitely need a ribbon storage solution.  I have an idea I'd like to do that I saw on the Crafty Storage blog.  I can't find the exact post but it involved hanging 2 chains with bars running between them holding ribbon.  This would be a very cost effective solution.
     2. Do I really need 2 cricuts plus my imagine?  I'm really struggling with this one.  My original Expression has not been updated and still works with my SCAL 2.0 software.  And I've recently discovered Kerri Bradford Designs.  My have to keep it around and try out some of her designs.
     3.  I seriously need a clear stamp storage solution.  I'm thinking of going with a binder type.  I don't have a whole ton of them but what I do have is in CD cases, and while I like the CD cases, they take up too much space.  I need to condense it and conserve space. 
     4.  I have way too much paper.  More paper than I'd probably be able to use in 2 years.  Some of it I don't even like anymore.  How sad is that?  I haven't gotten rid of it because I paid for it so I feel like I should use it.  Maybe I'll figure something out.  Ebay may be the way to go.
     5.  I have many things that haven't been opened or that I haven't even tried out!  That tells me I need to be banned from online and in store shopping until I use what I have!
     6.  And finally that I just adore my one else would put up with me and this hobby of mine.....or rather there a support group for addicts of this kind?? :)  If so I may need to join.

Anyway, that's how my evening went.  I'd love to get some things done today....BUT, we actually have a leak that has to be fixed and I think I'm going to have to go to an immediate care doctor today.  I've been sick for over a week now and now I sound like a MAN when I talk!  Ugh....don't you hate that?  A few months ago we noticed a leak in our family room.  After several roof contractors looked at it, it was determined that the leak is actually coming from the chimney.  The top or our chimney is cracked, water is getting in and seeping through the brick onto our ceiling.  This was actually good news because my handy husband will fix it himself.  And since I was out of town on training for so long this has been the first chance he has to fix it.  So that's what is involved in today.  He'll be fixing the chimney and I'll be running after 3 kids.

Again I'd like to say how completely excited I am that I now have 100 followers.  It really uplifted me to see that so many people have clicked that button.  So on Monday I'll have something to give back.  Thank you all for making my day.  I'll have many projects to post VERY soon!  October will start my new blog schedule and I am so excited to be a little more organized in what I share.  I'll also post pictures of my craft room (still a work in progress) soon and will take any organizing ideas out there to try to maximize my space. 

Have a great day everyone!!  Happy crafting!

September 5, 2011

Organizing my craft room and new schedule

Life is still pretty crazy around here today.  My kids and I have been cleaning ALL day.  I cannot believe my house is this far out of sorts!  But I guess that’s what happens when I get sent away for three weeks for training.  I was able to go to Orlando, FL for my training.  It was hot and humid, but I did get to have some fun along the way.  I did so much shopping I almost couldn’t get my stuff back home!  I had taken a bunch of my scrapbook stuff with me and bought more while I was in Florida, so now I have the task of trying to get everything organized and cleaned up.  It’s a process.  I have a ton of organization ideas that I can’t wait to make a reality and share.

Starting soon, I’m going to be trying to follow a schedule on my blog, to try to help keep me sharing with you all and to try to keep it interesting :)

The first week of the month there will be a product review….something new I’ve picked up and had the chance to play with, and I’ll be giving my opinion about it (whatever that’s worth :) ) and also  sharing some projects made with it during that week.

Twice a month I’ll be doing a ‘Quick Tip Tuesday’ so that I can share some of the shortcuts and tricks that I’ve picked up.

Every Sunday I will be doing ‘Simple Layout Sunday’ where I’ll share a layout I completed that week that was quick and simple.  Doing scrapbook layouts can be fun and doesn’t have to take a ton of time.  I hear people alot saying that they don’t scrapbook because of the time it takes to complete pages, they fall behind, and lose motivation to even try.  Being behind doesn’t matter at all….I’m about 6 years behind.  The important thing is to just do what you love and tell the stories of your family and know that those stories will be treasured when your kids are grown.

At the end of the month, I’ll share with you a new blog I’ve found that has really given me a ton of inspiration in hopes that you can check them out and they’ll inspire you too.

I’ll be back very soon with a new project! Hope everyone has  a good evening!

September 4, 2011

Long overdue update!

Wow has it been a long time since I updated this.  There have been many big changes in my life and those had to come first.  I have seriously missed both crafting and blogging about it.  I wish I could say my shopping addiction stopped but that just isn’t the case.  I know have about 10 times as much stuff that I’m just dying to use, try and show you all about.
First, I had to move my craft room from one room of the house to another.  We were forced, due to our financial constraints, to put our house up for sale.  My craft space was in my living room, but to make the house more sellable, we turned that room back into the living room and I moved my craft room to a much much smaller room off of my bedroom that used to be my son’s nursery.  That was a huge undertaking and many of my supplies ended up in storage due to lack of space in the much smaller room.  That lead to me not doing as much crafting cause every time I wanted something it was in storage!  Ugh….
The summer was super busy.  In June I got an absolutely amazing job offer.  It seriously was like a dream come true for me and my family.  God completely answered my prayers by giving me this job.  I’m not working for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Fiduciary Unit helping manage finances for incompetent veterans and their beneficiaries.  It is truly a very rewarding job in which I’m able to use my financial background to make a real difference in people’s lives. It’s the kind of job I’ve wanted for years.
Along with the awesome job came some awesome benefits!  More money meant that we didn’t have to move.  It’s still going to take awhile for our financial situation to improve, but we were at least able to take our house off the market and many of my supplies were able to be moved back inside.  YAY!  The job also meant I had to go out of town for training…..for THREE WEEKS!  EEK!  My poor spouse!  I actually just got back home on Friday (I’ve been back about 48 hours), my house is a wreck, but life is getting back to normal.  Now my only dilemma is what to do about crafting space….stay where I am or move back to the living room.  I could really use a scrapbox. :) Maybe I’ll get ambitious tomorrow and take some pictures.
If you haven’t visited me in awhile, you’ll notice that I’ve had a blog makeover.  I still have some tweeks to make to it, but Leslie at Sweetie Baby Blog Design did an awesome job.  I’m in love with the color combination!  Along with the new design is going to be a new blog schedule, to include a lot more scrapbooking layouts.  Layouts are what I like to do most and I’m excited to get back to doing what I love most.  Cards are nice and fun to make but scrapbooking is definitely why I started all this crafting in the first place.  I’m excited to share how I incorporate my cricut, my imagine, my serious paper addiction, and some awesome new products and share them with you all.  I’ve learned some new techniques I’m also excited to share.
I’m also ONE follower away from 100.  When I hit 100 we’ll do a Cricut cartridge giveaway!  New blog schedule and new project coming soon!  Have a good night everyone!