Sunday, August 30, 2009

Collage Press

Ya'll know how i love to alter so when i saw this challenge over at Collage Press, i jumped on it. i have been dying to use these journal spots in a creative way so this is what i came up with. plus, my FAVE quote! i don't know who said it but i am all about it. i want to carry this with me when all the parents are on their cell phones at football practice instead of watching their kids play, or when ppl are texting instead of driving. i get overwhelmed with frustration when i see the disconnect in our lives these days.

so this is what came out of that....

{the shadows this thing cast are amazing, LOL! every photo i took has a bit of shadow on it from the overhang of the frame.} each journaling spot has some stitching on it, even going off the page.

and a close-up:

Make sure you check out Danielle's blog here for a give-a-way {did someone say SLICE???} and this fun site called torendi -- it looks like it's gonna be cool!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

happy weekend!

I came across Cheryl's blog and this great cause; Cards for Kate. This poor little girl is battling brain cancer and some ppl are gathering cards for her. If you would like to participate, visit cheryl's blog or click here for more information.

Here is a little goodie package date/night party thingy that I made for Jillibean Soup and Core'dinations 2,4,6,8 Core'dinate project. I cannot get enough of this Floral Screen Cuttlebug embossing folder!

side view....

the tin....
close-up of the candle.... {i used my Stampin' Up! diamond glaze}

and the altered clothespin....i embossed the scallop shape from one of my Spellbinders dies.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy Hump Day!

and am i glad! phew.

brian has been away for work and i have been working a ton. i have paperwork due and it's evaluation week for me so that means extra hours and then Serendipity deadline was today and then i have to work all day tomorrow, and do my paperwork so i get paid and i am giving my midterm tomorrow night! PHEW! oh and owen had football practice today.

so here is a sneak for the Serendipity Altered kit for September:

In case you are coming here for the Be Inspired Challenge from the Cuttlebug Challenge blog, I don't have all my supplies yet and couldn't get my hands on any Cosmo. I am hoping to get my stuff soon so I can start doing the weekly challenges... BUT in the mean time....get ready for the Birthday Palooza!

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH! and one last thing. I found a new place to hang! you should come check it out, a lot of the girls I know from CMK have ventured over there and it is fun! A Million Memories:

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge No. 45

My first Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge! I have been dying to get started, though I am still waiting for some stuff for the remaining challenges, I got to give these fun templates from Paper Popsicles a go!

I made two templates with my Core'dinations Cardstock and used one as my main piece and then cut the other one into two separate cherries & embellished them with some buttons. Shimmerz worked perfectly for the highlighting.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the DT did here at the blog.

and don't forget about the Caardvarcks blog hop with Core'dinations as the sponsor!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Forward Progress, Sad News, and a Crop!

Prompt 10 is up over at Forward Progress and we have a sponsor! Green Geco and Scrapadilly is donating a prize package! tks bonnie ;) I will share my project with you when i get back from vacation but go ahead and click on the link to check it out, this month's prompt is about being able to forgive in order to move forward. DEEP! ;)

So as i logged in to check my email today, i got an email from CMK {i sub to the announcements section so i can get news when new stuff arrrives in the store, lol} but i am sad to say the store will be no more. CMK will be closing it's doors as of Aug 31st. CMK was one of the first places i ever joined. i have made some long lasting friends there and i am just plan sad. maybe i can convince them to come hang with me at Serendipity ;)

With that being said, pre-crop challenges are posted for The
Happily Ever After Crop
next weekend and they are fun! Nothing like a crop to cheer you up a bit. Make sure you check out the August Kits, too! The last few posts I have done with the Collage Press Knave of Hearts and OA have been from that kit.

Here is a little matchbox I made with some of my scraps and a Label Tulip Stamp :

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

vacation here i come!

so i haven't had a chance to go on my weekly blog visiting trip b/c i am jamming all my hours for work into 3 days! we leave for vacation tonight after i teach my class and i cannot wait! the only thing is, is that my boss is sitting on my class tonight so i am nnnnneeerrrvvvvoooouuuusss! {that spells nervous, LOL}

to calm my nerves this week i did the CPS sketch this week. here is my card:

Core'dinations Chocolate Box Cardstock {the core is green so when you sand it, the green comes through}. then i used the collage press journal spots along the sides as closures.

i printed my journal right on the back of the Core'dinations cardstock and then embossed it with the Twigs Cuttlebug folder. AND, of course, my fave Webster's Pages alpha stickers.

i used removable adhesive on the back so these journal spots just peel right off to open.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

So much going on...

i thought things were supposed to slow down at the end of the summer, LOL!

brain started his new job and owen started football last week so we are trying to get into a groove with that. so from every saturday moving forward, i will be camped out on the football field cringing and cheering! here he is with his game face on.

i am super excited...terry from Creative Cuts and More called me and i will be a guest designer for them in september and then again in june or july! they have the best premade diecuts so make sure you check out the store. and they are having a blog hop tomorrow with lots of inspo and give-a-ways.

maggie called me this weekend, too and it was so good to talk to her again. maggie was the first person i really clicked with when i started finding my way around this online scrapping community and she brought me onto her digi team to do some hybrid a few years ago. with my marketing background, her and i would do a lot of brainstorming sessions, LOL! so when she called me asked me to join the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog team and help promote the site i could not have been happier!

i am so excited for these new opportunities that i have been given lately, i just wanted to share.

Here is a little mini matchbook journal i made with the October Afternoon papers and journal spots from the Serendipity Scrapbooks Just Enough Please kit for August. I used the Cuttlebug Houndstooth Embossing folder on here with the Core'dinations Whitewash.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

New Core'dinations!

I know a lot of people have been awaiting these....

check out the new lines from Core'dinations! Core'dinations is also sponsoring the Serendipity Scrapbooks Shape it Up Monthly contest.

Ebony and Ivory™, Sugar and Spice™, and the Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions Collection™. Each assorted pack differs in style and presentation. For instance, the Ebony and Ivory™ pack combines the Whitewash™ and Black Magic™ Specialty Collections with sunny Core Essentials™ colors while the Sugar and Spice™ pack mixes the Vintage™ and Chocolate Box™ Specialty Collections with rich, autumn-tinged Core Essentials™ colors.

Jenni Bowlin Core Impressions™ Collection pre-embosses original Jenni Bowlin patterns onto red, black, and tan Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock®.

Here is a layout I did with Core'dinations that was featured in the August Serendipity Scrapbooks Just Enough Please kit. There were 2 sheets of black magic and i sheet of whitewash in this kit. For a tutorial on how to create this edge {thanks to lydia who showed me this} click here. I added the corner punch for a bit of flair. If you have a Scorpal then you are set, LOL!

And another layout from the kit utilizing the Collage Press Diecut Circles. there goes henry up the stairs...AGAIN!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

happy weekend!

i hope everyone had a great weekend. i went to the 'rents to hang with them and my very good friend louise visited and the girls scrapped while the boys played. it was so good to see "aunt weezie"! and to scrap...i think i got them hooked on Core'dinations! woot woot!

here are a few projects i did for Serendipity this month. The Just Enough Please kit is jam-packed with Collage Press, October afternoon, thickers, WRMK rubons and Basic Grey buttons. FUN! i can't get over how kristen combines different companies together and makes it work so well. i just love kits that mix and match product.

I have 7 projects from this kit. i won't slap all of them on you in one is an "altered item" i did and a layout, and a card...

before ..... {these fun little guys came in the kit...aren't they cuuuute? they are from Cook Bookin} when i saw this packaging i had to run with's the first thing i made...


some of the Collage Press Knave of Hearts goodies in the kit:

at the crop andrea and i went to last week, she cut this out for me from her Cricut with the Damask print.....LOVE it. told you that girl can work a cricut.

{cork letters NOT in kit}

and, again, andrea let me use this cuuuute cuttle bug folder and i embossed it with my cuttlebug on the Core'dinations Cardstock whitewash and sanded it.

{bling and letters NOT in kit}