Saturday, December 31, 2011

Practical Scrappers Favorite Cards of the Year

Thought I would share with you all the great cards over at Practical Scrappers
This is my favorite card that I created this year...

not sure why I love it so much, kraft card stock, Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe and all of my favorite embellishments, that's probably why I love it!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Practical Scrappers Favorite Layouts of the Year

Check out the link below to see all of the wonderful layouts created by the Practical Scrappers team!
Everyone chose their favorite layout of the year!
This one is my the colors, the mist and the adorable boys!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Silent Night

A Silent Night indeed!
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:
the presence of a Happy Family all wrapped up in each other
(helps to have a silent teenage girl) 

This layout was created for Practical Scrappers...check out the link here:

Stop by and check out the great ideas for your Christmas layouts.
Supplies used:
All Jillibean Soup papers and die cuts
Pebbles Black Glitter Stickers
October Afternoon Snowflake rub ons
Twine from the Twinery
Machine Stitching

Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Jar and Bow

Maxenzi needed a quick gift for a friend, so we decorated this jar.  It turned out so cute!  I used an older line from Fancy Pants..Holly Jolly, I think. I cut two borders with the scallop die from sizzix, and used scor-tape to adhere them, top and bottom to the jar.  Cut a tag from the paper, added  some chipboard and twine.
I remembered this great tutorial I saw on October Afternoon's Blog, a couple of week's back, on how to make your own paper bows. Super fun!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Scenes from the Capitol

Haven't posted in a while, just super busy with the holidays...which I am sure is true for you too!
We took the time yesterday to go to the Capitol to see the trees.  The most beautiful December day, it was just gorgeous!
 Loved this tree dedicated to all the volunteers who helped with the flooding this past summer!
 Cutest little snowmen made from sandbags..clever!
 A tree dedicated to our fallen law enforcement officers.
Officer McCandless and Officer Armstrong front and center on this heart wrenching tree.  Our heroes!
 A gorgeous tree with the Chronicles of Narnia theme.  Wow!

Perfectly blue sky filled with geese, beautiful!  I bet there were 5,000 geese on the lake and the grounds..quite the site and sound!
Thanks for stopping by...I will have some projects to share this week!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Create Challenge

This week's challenge from the Create Blog was to make a card with a Christmas Tree as a focal point.
Such a fun challenge and I had something in mind right away when I read the challenge!  So that made it a bit easier! Only bad thing is that there is no sun to get a good picture...fog and drizzle don't make for good photos...sorry!

Supplies used:
Bazzill Kraft Card Stock
Echo Park Season's Greeting Papers
Cuttlebug Embossing Border
Martha Stewart and EK Success Punches
7 Gypsies Ruler
October Afternoon Sticker
Maya Road Ribbon and Ribbon Charm
Jillibean Soup Corrugated Button
Vintage Lace
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Machine Stitching
and the finishing touch
The Twinery's Charcoal Baker's Twine

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Create Blog Challenge: Christmas Cards

Yep, sharing another challenge from
the Create Blog !
This week's challenge to create a Christmas Card, seems pretty fitting!

Supplies used:
Bazzill Kraft Card Stock
Bazzill Chipboard Snowflake
EK Punch
October Afternoon Good Cheer patterned paper
October Afternoon Good Cheer Rub on
October Afternoon Very Merry Stickers
October Afternoon Mister Huey Calico Cream
Maya Road Ribbon
Stampin' Lace
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Twine and Machine Stitching

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sledding Hill...Really?!?!

I wanted to share this with all of you back home in the Hills....this is what flatlanders call a sledding hill.
It is complete with rules!
Pretty sure that what I have sent my children down, back in Black Hills, would be classified as child abuse or attempted homicide.We took four wheelers, to get back up the hills we used to sled down.  Baird Park cracks me up...this is nothing more than a pile of dirt.  Keep in mind this is the biggest hill in the Aberdeen area for miles, other than the land fill!

 Alex looks so happy!  Totally impressed!
 And here we have a bit of goofing around, yes there is no snow, I wanted you to see it before there was any snow, so you could see just how small it is.  Maybe it will grow by extreme measures once all the snow comes. But seriously this can't be really considered a sledding hill!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Another Christmas Project to share!

Just another easy project to share...
a paper stacked Christmas tree!
I had so much fun making some trees like this last year, that I decided I would make one again this year, with some very special paper.
I adore last year's line from the Girl's Paperie,
Tinsel and Twig.
I didn't have a lot left so I wanted to make it special, the tree was the perfect project.
You can use any type of scallop nesting dies or cut various sizes with your die cutting machine.
I used about 45 scallop circles for this tree, all depends on the the weight of paper.  Last year, I used old patterns and vintage sheet music.  Those take tons of layers, but this awesome paper filled it up nice and easy.
Just crumple a bit, poke a hole and layer onto a bbg skewer.
Mine is spritzed with Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist and sprinkled with glitter and micro beads.  I used an old wooden spool for my base, just hot glued it in, added the snowflake and ribbon.  Done in no time..less than an hour!

 Also sharing this morning's sunrise....crisp, cold and gorgeous!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sharing an easy project!

Super easy project that Maxenzi and I made..actually we made 3 of these shadow box frames in under an hour.
All you need is some scrapbook paper, a shadow box (Lori got mine at Michael's for me, they hold a 5x7 piece of paper), jingle bells (these have about 60 7/8 inch bells),
The Jingle All the Way is a vinyl piece from Stampin' Up, 114707, it is 3 x3-5/8...also comes larger 6x7-1/4. Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler striped grosgrain ribbon, 125056!
Love how they turned out!
You can contact

                                    Sarah Stetler Miller. Stampin' Up! Art Teacher 605-343-9728
Lori Whistler
for supplies!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Create Blog Challenge: Nontraditional Christmas Colors

This week's challenge at
was to create a Christmas card with nontraditional Christmas colors.  I chose grey with bright pops of more color.  Love how it turned out.  Cutest little snowman from Doodlebug!

Supplies used:
Bazzill Swiss Dot Card Stock
Coredinations Cosmo Cricket Card Stock
Spellbinders Scallop Circle Die
Doodlebug Doodle Pop Snowman
Doodlebug Doodles Card Stock Stickers
Doodlebug Fancy Frills Card Stock Stickers
Bo Bunny Pretty Flakey Rub ons
Snowflake stickers
Pink Sorbet Twine from the Twinery
Pink Polka Dot Ribbon

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Create Thanksgiving Card Challenge

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I have a very thankful heart full of blessing.
So thankful for all of God's gifts and for all of you in my life!
Cutting it a bit close to get the card done with Max's surgery yesterday for her tonsils....all is well and she is on the road to recovery.
Sharing my card for the Create Challenge this week.

Supplies used:
Bazzill Card Stock
Simple Stories Generations Patterned Papers
stickers, and transparencies
Maya Road Ribbon Slide
Jillibean Frame
Prima Flowers
Creative Impressions Ribbon
twine and machine stitching

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Woo Hoo! I won the MME Layout Challenge 29!

So excited to win the MME Challenge!
Loved the sketch and adore the photo.
Again, thank you Leah for always sharing your photos of your precious boys with me!
I love creating with MME, everything just falls together since it is so beautifully designed!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

MME Layout Challenge 29

I love My Mind's Eye and love their sketches..played along with both this month!

 I adore this photo that my friend Leah shared with me, the sweetest pictures of her boys.  Love the look on the little ones face looking up at his big brother.  So sweet.  They truly are buddies and the best of friends.  I knew I had the perfect stash of MME to scrap this great photo...
everything from the Stella & Rose line...with a little Glimmer Mist, twine and machine stitching!

Thanks for taking a peek!

MME Card Challenge 29

Playing along this month with the challenges over at
My Mind's Eye!
Loved the sketches and had fun creating...
I used all Stella & Rose!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Use It Tuesday Challenge

I came across this great blog a week or two ago called
Use It Tuesday
It is a blog that challenges you to use your scrappy stash!
Do you know how much a stash I have after mananging a scrapbook store for a year and owning my own store for 4 years?
A ton!
So I decided to play along, this challenge was to use something about cooking!
I have been hoarding the Early Bird Cosmo Cricket line for two years now...still pained me to dig into!
Here's the card I created!
Not the greatest picture on this cold and gloomy sunshine and no great light in the house either!
But I am happy with it!
Supplies used:
Bazzill Kraft Card Stock
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Peppermint Stick and Caribbean Blue Glimmer Mist
Bazzill Pomegranite Card Stock
Cosmo Cricket's Eary Bird patterned papers and
Offray Lace
Twine and Baker's Twine
Machine Stitching
EK Success Punch
Stampin' Up Punch

Stay warm and happy, thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jillibean Soup November Sketch

Loved this sketch from Jillibean Soup this month, so I had to play along!
Here's the sketch!
 And here's my take on it!  Didn't even change it up...loved it, and every time I changed it just wasn't the same!
Sometimes you just don't mess with a great sketch!  Lol!
Thanks for taking a peek!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Create Blog Challenge

Okay, I admit that I am totally addicted to the challenges over at the Create Blog from Northridge Publishing!
I love that it's challenges you to step out of the box, create with different items.  This challenge was to use Washi Tape on a card.  Definitely something I haven't tried.  But I love the results and the possibilities are endless with this stuff.
Pennants, flags, and tons of other ideas!  Fun!
Supplies used:
Bazzill Kraft Card Stock
Bazzill Swiss Dot Card Stock
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
LYB Tape
Echo Park Season's Greetings JOY Stickers
random buttons
twine and baker's twine
Machine stitching

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Challenge: Create a Card using Wood

Just a fun card created for the challenge on the Create Blog!
The challenge to use wood on your card!
I had the perfect supplies, I had already fallen in love with the  
Snow Day Collection from Pink Paislee.  Love it!

Supplies used:
Bazzill Kraft Card Stock
Pink Paislee Snow Day Patterned Papers
Snow Day Wood Shapes:  Snow Flake
Snow Day Ephemera
Pink Paislees Artisan Elements Borders
Quickutz snowflake die
Baker's Twine
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Caribbean Blue and Marshmallow

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 7, 2011

OmGosh! I won!

So excited!  I won!
I won the card contest at Practical Scrappers!
Check out the link here:

Thank you to everyone who voted for me and encouraged me! 
A special thank you to Christine at Practical Scrappers for inviting me to enter the contest.  The contest was an amazing 6 rounds and most talented women.  Such amazing talent each round, I never believed I could win!
Such an honor and thrill!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sharing a quote...

...reminding myself to be the better person.
Also, thankful that I found this quote...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Made it to the Top 3!

Yay me!  I made it to the Top 3 at Practical Scrappers Card Contest.  Here's my final card.  The Challenge was to use your favorite manufacturer, your favorite tool, and favorite technique.  Not so easy to choose my favorite company...but I have been smitten with Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe.
Favorite tool...sewing machine (funny thing is that all top 3 list this as their favorite tool.)
Favorite technique...dry embossing with my Big Shot!

Thank you, thank you for helping me get to the Top 3!
Couldn't have done it without you!
I really appreciate all of you!
Practical Scrapper's team picks the winner and announces it on Monday!
Wish me luck!

Check out the top 3 here:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Getting Started on Christmas Cards..

If I start now, I might have a few done in time for Christmas.  Christmas cards are not my strong suit...but I am trying.  Some people, I won't name names, already have all of their Christmas Cards done...are you kidding me?!
These are sweet and simple!

 I adore the new Doodle Pops from Doodlebug...they are cardstock stickers that are popped up and are available in over 60 styles.  Mr. Penguin is adorable and looks as sweet as can be combined with the embossing folder "Sending Christmas Love" from Sizzix!
I would love to hear what you have planned for your Christmas cards.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sharing a Fabulous Card Kit and more...

I want to share with you an amazing Card Kit from the Jillibean Soup Card Kitchen!  I was so fortunate to win one of these kits last month from Jillibean Soup. 
You can find the link here:
They send you an amazing collection of Jillibean Products...tons and tons.  They have the most detailed directions and pictures of each card. These cards are created by the fabulous Kimber McGray.  Such talent.
I made these 8 cards in less than two hours and have enough left to make 10 more cards and a couple of layouts!
I am in love!  You know I hate boring, flat I adore these with some added dimension, buttons, twine, clothes pins and so much more.  But they are not too bulky to mail. There is so much stuff!
The pictures below are of the October Kit that I won!  The November Kit became available today and ships on Friday.
They are priced great too...$22.99 plus $5.25 shipping if you get a monthly subscription or $24.99 plus $5.25 shipping if you just want to order one month!  Quite a bargain considering all the extras you get!  Unbelievable!
Check out the link above to see everything that you get!

 Oh yes, and here's who stopped by pretty and so safe here from all the hunters.

And please don't forget to vote for my card over at Practical Scrappers!  Here's the link:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Create Blog Challenge

Once again, playing along over at the Create Blog from Northridge Publishing!  Create blog
This week's challenge to make a card with no sentiment!  Simple enough!  Super fun to create!

Kraft Card stock from Bazzill
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Ranger Perfect Pearls Turquoise and Pearl Mists
Spellbinders Label 16
Fancy Pants Lilac House Patterned Paper
Fancy Pants Roadhouse rub ons
Nunn Designs Snowflake Brads
Creative Impressions Twine and Machine Stitching!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

So excited...Round 5 at Practical Scrappers!

So thrilled to have made it so far in this card contest!  I am now in the Top 5...thanks to your votes.  I really appreciate all of you...thank you!
I need your vote again this week...just click on the for my card..super easy voting.  Just click and that's it..easy peasy.

Bazzill White Cardstock
EK Success Punch
2 Cuttle Bug Borders
Jillibean Soup Patterned Papers
and Corrugated Shapes
Creative Impressions Ribbons
Twine, Baker's Twine and
Machine Stitching!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sharing the "BOO" Jars

Maxenzi and I spent part of the day making these "Boo" Jars for some of Maxenzi's friends and our neighbors! 
My first experience with using Cricut Vinyl...always been a bit scared of it.  A little tricky, but not too bad!  We made 10 of these little jars from Ikea. The "BOO" poem is from Heather's Skipping Stones Halloween Set.  Super cute!  We did a couple bigger jars, too!
Shopping, cookie baking and jar making!  And a little bit of card's been quite a fun!