Friday, September 30, 2011

fabrique friday – a halloween banner…

Hi everyone!  Remember the cute Halloween themed design card I posted about last week? 

Mystery Hallow

Well…I got mine in the mail last week and I couldn’t wait to use it!

Here’s what I made this morning:


A black and white Halloween banner!


No, I won’t be leaving it in my tree…but I couldn’t get a good photo inside today.


Here are a few of the details:


All of the shapes are cut with my Slice Fabrique – and the Mystery Hallow design card.  Starting with the skull.


And each of the letters.


Every letter or shape is mounted on a tombstone cut from black fabric.


The cat isn’t very scary, but I though he was cute in that polka-dot fabric.


After I cut the pieces of the banner, I decided the black and white fabric was a bit too stark, so I rubbed my brown sugar ink pad over the white portions to distress it a bit.  This caused the fabric edges to fray a bit, but I kind of liked that effect.

Here’s a quick peek at all of the images on the Mystery Hallow card:


I’m excited to make some more projects for Halloween using this design card – watch for some more fun ideas soon! :o)

Monday, September 26, 2011

a few random things…and a few giveaways…

Hi everyone – I hope you’re having a great Monday!  I started the day with a  rather long to-do list (I was a little over-zealous as I started writing and then I kept adding to it throughout the day) and I’ve completed about 3/4 of it…not too bad for me.  I’m hoping if I can knock off the rest of it, I’ll get lots of time to be creative later this week! 

I was excited to see my bio go up on the Doodlebug blog today – with a fellow Utahn, Tiffany Hood!   I’ve never met Tiffany, but I want to – it seems we have a lot in common…in addition to loving Doodlebug!  Be sure to check out the Doodlebug blog tomorrow for a trivia game…I’ve heard there will be some super great prizes!!  :o)

I also wanted to mention that I have a review up on The Scrap Review blog today too.  I was given some Mister Huey’s to review…you can read my thoughts HERE.

And here is a quick peek at the layout and card I made to go along with my review:


If you hop over and read my review, be sure to leave a comment so you can be entered to win some Studio Calico Mister Hueys!  You have to hurry though – comments will only be accepted until midnight Tuesday (EST). 

Now I’m off to work on that “to do” list a little more…


Mister Huey’s Color Mist: Custard

Mister Huey’s Color Mist: Heirloom Blue

Mister Huey’s Color Mist:  Calico Shine

Social Club Paper Kit

Social Club Borders

Manhattan Paper

Social Club Cardstock Stickers

Social Club Elements (these are the cool journaling spots)

Social Club Chipboard Stickers

Corner Chomper

Friday, September 23, 2011

fabrique friday…

Just wanted to pop in with a super quick post this morning to let you know that Making Memories is releasing two brand new design cards for the Slice Fabrique!

One is a Halloween themed card called Mystery Hallow.  Here’s a quick peek:


I like the simple lines of these images…wouldn’t they be cute appliqued onto dish towels to hang in your kitchen next month?  Or onto a cute fabric banner?  If I had a little baby I’d be making some cute witch or frankenstein onsies for sure!

The other new design card is called Baltimore Beauty.  And here’s a peek of that one:


These are gorgeous, no?  I haven’t used a design card with this much detail yet – I’m anxious to try it out after it’s released!

Remember to check out the Slice Fabrique page on Facebook as well as the Slice Fabrique Website & Blog for lots of useful tips, and fun project ideas!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

back to school lunch…

If you read my blog regularly, you probably remember these photos from this post last month.  :)  I know, it’s a minor (or major) miracle that I scrapbooked these photos already – but it’s true…I did!  The theme for Pebbles this week is “Back to School,” and this is my take on the theme.


I used the new “Fresh Goods” line for my layout because I thought the primary colors worked well for the school theme AND they worked well with the photos I wanted to use.


I always love using a single line to create a project – the guesswork is gone…everything coordinates – I love anything that simplifies the process!


Aren’t those dimensional stickers fun?


If you’re looking for “Back to School” projects (not just layouts, but cards, d├ęcor, and gifts) – be sure to check out the Pebbles blog this week! :)

I saw this today and thought I’d pass along the link to my blog readers:


Two Peas is such a great place – not only for shopping, but for ideas and inspiration too!  There’s a lot in the way of resources and this blog post by Jamie outlines many of the resources and provides links to some of the features – check it out! :)


Fresh Goods Flower Basket
Fresh Goods Local Market
Fresh Goods Daily Special
Fresh Goods Mom & Pop
Fresh Goods Window Display
Fresh Goods Signage
Fresh Goods Embossed Border Stickers 
Fresh Goods Mini ABC Stickers
Fresh Goods Chipboard Buttons
Fresh Goods Dimensional Butterflies
Fresh Goods Chips
Fresh Goods Dimensional Phrases & Icon Stickers
Thicker Chipboard Letter Stickers
Crochet Thread
Journaling Pen

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

surprise boxes…

It’s been a while since I’ve gone through my scrapbook supplies and organized, sorted, and put together surprise boxes to sell…but I know some of you have been waiting for me to do it again – and I just wanted you to know I’m working on it right now. :)
surprise boxI am accumulating quite a stack of product that I’m ready to part with.  I’m not sure how many boxes I’ll have to sell - I can update when I have them all ready – or when they are all sold, whichever comes first. ;)  My goal is to have the product all sorted and boxed up, ready to ship, before the weekend is over.
It’ll work just like before: 
  • Boxes are all different and all random – they may include: patterned paper, cardstock, stickers, chipboard, misc. embellishments, misc. tools, etc.  I am not going to take photos of all the product in each box (thus the term “surprise boxes”), but I promise there will be a lot more than $40 worth of product in each and every box.  A lot more.
  • $40 per box (which will include flat rate USPS shipping which is $10.95)  Unless you are local, of course, you won't have to pay shipping and we can arrange for you to pick up your box.
  • US Shipping only  (sorry international friends – it just gets too complicated (and expensive) for these boxes)
  • I will accept payments by PayPal only
  • E-mail me if you’re interested…I will sell them on a first come, first served basis
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions!
Thank you!

Friday, September 16, 2011

a couple of things…

Just wanted to share a few things today:

First – the winner of the newest e-book from Ella PublishingFrom Paper to Digi by Crystal Wilkerson



Comment #10 was written by Kate aka stinkydudette. 


Kate aka stinkydudette said...

How cute are those elements and papers? I am sure that yours is the last one - the double-pager!
- Kate,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2:35:00 AM

Um, Kate, I’d love to hear the story behind your alias! lol.  In the meantime, I’m e-mailing you with the information so you can download your free copy of this great e-book. :)

Second…many of you guessed correctly – this is the template Crystal created based on one of my layouts!

Kate, you’ll get this template from Crystal for free as well!

For everyone else, Crystal and Ella Publishing are offering a discount to my blog readers.  If you’d like to purchase this e-book, you can click HERE and then enter the code DIGILICIOUS to save $1 through Sept. 30th.

If you’d like to purchase the templates, visit Crystal’s shop HERE!

Third,  I was so excited to be invited to join the first official Doodlebug Design team!

I have been able to work with Cynthea and Doodlebug in the past…and I am thrilled to be joining them this year as an official design team member!

Fourth, I wanted to share a new website with you.

LOGOplayground_idiecut_header just launched yesterday and it’s full of fun images to download and die-cut with your digital die-cut machine.  Echo Park Paper is teaming up with them to offer a lot of their shapes as digital die-cuts.  They have a great FAQ section with instructions for downloading and using their images…check it out! :) 

And finally…It’s Friday!  I hope you have a great weekend filled with fun, family and friends! :)

fabrique friday…

It’s Friday and that means I have a little tid-bit about the Slice Fabrique to share with you today!  Let’s talk size today.  Most of the images on the Slice Design Cards can be cut from 1” up to 4” in 1/2” increments.  BUT…there’s a feature on some of the design cards that allows you to create larger designs.  This feature is the “piecing feature.”  If you use a card with this feature, you can cut each piece of a pattern separate (up to 4″). After you cut all your pieces, you can assemble them together to create a much larger finished piece, like the fabulous pieced image on the dishtowel in the example below. :)


Have you used the piecing feature on any of your projects?  I’d love to see what you’ve been working on – link up in the comments below! :)

You can find more information on the Slice Fabrique page on Facebook as well as the Slice Fabrique Website & Blog!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

from paper to digi (and a giveaway too)…

No, I’m not switching from paper to digi…(although I would really like to learn a little more about it)…I’m referring to the newest e-book from Ella Publishing.  It was written by the fabulously talented Crystal Wilkerson.  Crystal is the designer of SO many digital kits and papers and products that I have been “collecting” ever since she started selling them.  I knew that eventually I wanted to try digi scrapbooking, so I’ve been buying her stuff since I discovered it.  I’ve actually used a lot of her products for handouts I’ve made for YW and Primary too!  Anyway, back to the subject at hand – Crystal’s new book!Ella_PaperToDigi_BlogPreview1

This book is all about finding inspiration from paper layouts and converting them to digital layouts…or the other way around.  I was honored when Crystal asked if she could use one of my layouts as an inspiration piece for her book!  And I was amazed at how she converted it to a digital template and created her own digital layout with a twist.  :)

The book was just released a couple of days ago and I was able to download a copy to look over.  AMAZING.  That’s all I can say.  First of all, Crystal chose some incredible layouts to find inspiration from.  Then she put her own mad skills to work creating her own versions of those layouts.  The book is full of tips, tricks, ideas…from Crystal AND from the gals she asked to help out with her book  - many names I am sure you will recognize (Stacy Julian, Jen Jockisch, Sarah Klemish, Jennifer Pebbles, Jamie Waters, Lisa Dickinson, Kristina Proffitt, Caroline Ikeji, and Karen Grunberg).  Not only that – but it also includes a sample pack in digital form!

Don’t you love it?!?  I just love the colors and patterns – and those little labels are SO cute!

When you buy Crystal’s new e-book, you’ll also receive a coupon for 50% off the entire template collection!!

Here’s a peek at the digital templates Crystal made from the 10 inspiration layouts.  Want to guess which template is based on my layout??

Go ahead, take a guess.  Leave me a comment with your guess  -  and you just might win the digital template Crystal made based on my layout AND (more importantly) your very own FREE copy of Crystal’s book

Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you are the winner.  I’ll choose a winner on Friday morning.

** You can also read more details and see a SNEAK PEEK of Crystal’s new book HERE on the Ella Publishing website.**

Good luck!

Monday, September 12, 2011

moon dough (take 2)…

Do you remember about a year ago when Team Mom sent us some Moon Dough to try out and review?  No?  You can click HERE to read about it if you’d like. :) My kids loved it and they played with it a lot.  Eventually most of those little dough pieces crumbled away (but they never did dry out – just as the box promised!) and I hadn’t gotten around to buying refills for them.  As I said in my review, I didn’t have an issue with the dough being too messy or causing any problems…so I was a little surprised to receive an e-mail from Team Mom last month asking me if I’d like to try out and review an ALL NEW DOUGH FORMULA!  They said this amazing molding dough “now features a better consistency for molding, and is less crumbly.”  The colors are supposed to be brighter and more vibrant too!

Of course, we were all for reviewing this new and improved moon dough, so we accepted and anxiously awaited the arrival of our Moon Dough Push N’ Pop Ocean Pals set.

Zach and I were the only ones home when the UPS man delivered our long awaited package – and he was anxious to open it up and start testing it out.  I was busy doing something and told him he couldn’t open the package yet because I had to take pictures first.  He was in no mood to wait – he got my camera and took photos all by himself.


Lots of photos.


At various angles.


Just like he knows his mama would have done.

Good boy.

And because he was being so cute, I stopped whatever it was I was doing and took a few photos of him with the box…


And then I offered to let him open it up and play.  He opted to wait for Seth to come home (he LOVES his brother so much!!).

Zach was excited to be able to tell Seth about the package that had arrived.  When we got home, we opened it up – and they had a blast! 


I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t really notice a big difference in the dough – but remember I didn’t have any issues with the dough last year.

The Ocean Pals set included 3 “push &pop” tools, twisty animal molds, 2 colors of moon dough, and a themed mat (which is basically glossy cardboard). 


I think it’s safe to say that Moon Dough was a hit at our house (again)!


Oh, and in case you were wondering…Moon Dough is odor free. :)


You can purchase Moon Dough at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, Kmart,, AC Moore, Michaels and eToys.  For more information about Moon Dough, you can visit their website HERE.


These little sets retail for just under $10, so they would make a great little gift to have on-hand for birthdays or even Christmas – yes, I said Christmas…It’s right around the corner!

Thanks to Team Mom & Moon Dough for sending us the play set to try out and review.  What you have just read was my opinion.  I was not compensated in any way, other than the product that I reviewed here. :)

Friday, September 09, 2011

jane’s doodles blog hop…

Hi there!  If you’ve just stopped by from Jen’s blog, welcome to my blog – I hope you’re enjoying the blog hop today.  If you’re visiting my blog separate from the blog hop – I welcome you too…and I’m happy you stopped by today.  If you’re not already familiar with Jane’s Doodles stamps, you can see all of her cute designs on her website HERE.  All of the images are hand-drawn by Jane herself…isn’t she so talented?!?  Jane asked me to participate by sharing cards with each of the three new sets.

First up, here’s a card featuring a couple of images from “Party Time.”


I stamped the pennants and stacked gift boxes on various patterned papers, then cut them out and pieced them together.


The “happy birthday” sentiment is from the same set.


The “for you” sentiment is stamped onto a glossy sticker with StazOn ink.


And there are even more cute party-themed images in this set – different shaped pennants, cakes, cupcakes, and more words too!

I used papers from Cosmo Cricket’s Upcycle 6x6 pad for this card.  If you look closely, you’ll see that I even broke out my Copics and did a little bit of coloring on the stack of gifts!

Next, a card featuring Jane’s “Big Sentiments” set:


I chose two of the sentiments for my card – but there are a total of 10 phrases in this set. 


There are several different handwriting styles…each one cute and appropriate for the phrase it’s written in.


I used another Cosmo Cricket 6x6 pad for this card – this one is “Odds & Ends.”

I used Jane’s “Pretty Peonies” stamp set for my final card.  I really loved the line image of the largest flower in this set.  I stamped it onto off-white cardstock with white ink, used a paper piercer to punch holes over the lines, and then I used tan thread and a smallish needle to stitch over the lines.  The result is a very simple, but unique flower image.  I stacked a couple of buttons and tied them together for the center of my flower.



I also added the “you are loved” sentiment from the Pretty Peonies set and inked around the edges with American Crafts Brown Sugar ink. 


I used Cosmo Cricket’s Odds & Ends papers for this card as well.

Thanks for stopping by my blog to see the cards I created with Jane’s fun designs.  Now, the really fun part!  Jane is having a giveaway!  She’ll be sending all 3 stamp sets to one lucky winner. You must leave a comment on each blog in order to win.  The list of everyone participating in the blog hop is right below.  Good luck!   







Jen (Guest Designer)

Wendy Sue (Guest Designer) – you are here now. :)


Jane's Doodles

fabrique friday…

I just wanted to share this super cute project today.


The flowers on that sweet yellow apron were cut with the Slice Fabrique!  The flower images are on the Secret Garden Design Card.  I’ve never made an apron before…but this cute embellished apron has me wanting to try!

You can find more information on the Slice Fabrique page on Facebook as well as the Slice Fabrique Website & Blog!

Thursday, September 08, 2011


I think there’s one toy that boys just don’t outgrow.  Legos.  It’s kind of like the universal “happy” toy for kids (and moms and dads too).  I love that it’s something all three of my boys can (and will) do together. :o)  The sizes of the blocks might vary, but they can also build something fun out of whichever set they pull out to play with.  I prefer the middle sized legos…those little ones always get lost in the weirdest places…I’m forever finding them in every nook and cranny after a big lego-fest!


This layout is in my Two Peas Gallery if you’d like to see the detail shots.  You can also find all of the products I used by clicking HERE.  I thought those little strips of patterned paper resembled stacked legos. ;)