Birthday Party Invitation's

I headed to my craft room yesterday with the intention of getting my daughter's birthday party invites made. We are having her party this year on Father's Day (here birthday is the day after) so we are having a double celebration! Well possibly a triple since my sister is due with her first baby on June 13th. Anyway, I know I had plenty of time to get them done but I hate waiting until the last minute. I love feeling in control of my life instead of my life controling me. Not always easy as a mother of three, but I try. Procrastination is not a word in my vocab. I'm sure a lot of you hate me for that :)
I had four sketch challenges on my desk that I really wanted to get to. Once I decided on one of my bee stamps from Stampendous the sketch choice was obvious. I picked this weeks Mojo sketch from Poetic Artistry. I knew my stamp would be perfect for the horizontal panel. It's not my favorite card but I didn't want to get to over the top since I had to make ten of them. Quick and easy is the best for duplicate cards. I used a pink textured cardstock for the back and My Mind's Eye paper scraps for the vertical panel. I backed the polka dot paper with Chocolate Chip and punched a scallop circle from this cardstock too. The stamped image was colored with my Copics. I am really loving blending and shading with them even though this isn't my favorite. I inked all the edges with Close to Cocoa and stamped the sentiment from Short and Sweet in Basic Black.
Happy Thursday!

Stampin Up Scrapbook Layout

I hope you all had a great Memorial Weekend! I had planned on getting this layout posted sooner but just didn't have a chance. I stamped my very first ALL STAMPIN UP layout. I didn't start out planning this but it ended up that way. The layout sort of came about on it's own. I had used my cutting system to cut a circle out of this decorative paper for a previous project that I never used. Since SU's paper is double sided they coordinate together perfect. I flipped the cut out circle over to show the flowers and used the blue side for the main panel. I decided to use the cut out for a frame for a few of the pictures. I really like this layout but I'm not thrilled with the pictures. I think this layout would be really cool to showcase better pictures. These were just some miscellaneous photos I had to put in my daughter's album. I used my Doodle This stamp set for all the accents. I stamped the flourishes direct on the page and the paper. The flower was stamped on a piece of bashful blue cardstock and then cut out and adhered with a dimensional. The three photos in the cut out left a tiny gap that the flower was used to conceal. The sentiment is from my Stem Sayings set. Everything was stamped in Close to Cocoa ink.


Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Wednesday.

A Cheat Card

Sorry I never posted a creation yesterday. My parents are coming up for the weekend and well...my house needed some work. Why I waste my time with three kids is sometimes beyond me. This morning it needs a whole once over again! The kids were all quietly coloring while I cleaned and this morning I noticed the coloring didn't stay on the paper. My living room wall got a little too!! Good thing I still haven't painted :)


The card I have for you today is a total cheat. NO STAMPING!! I told you I don't do wedding cards very well. Plus, I don't have any true wedding stamps, I have to make do with what I have. I made this card a while back for a friend and thought I would show you today since a wedding is where I will be tonight!!!
It's suppose to be a wedding cake (my hubby didn't get it)!! He didn't understand why I put the wire in between. I'm not sure who makes these stickers but I will try to take a peek later and add it to this post. The card base is Stampin Up Pretty in Pink. I backed each of the stickers with a grayish cardstock I had on hand. I just tried to pick stickers that varied in size to make the "tiers" of the cake. I used some retired SU wire to make the pillars to hold up the cake. I posted a similiarish :) card a while back and used the wire to make a cake stand. You can see it {HERE}. Maybe that's what this card needed too!! I attached the flowers on top with my SNAIL adhesive and then added little beads to the center of each one. Guess where the beads came from???? A lamp shade. I had a beaded shade in my living room that over time the kids kept pulling off. Man it's hard to believe this place is still standing?!?!?!?! Anyway, instead of buying a new shade I just cut all the beads off and well since crafters never through anything away I added them to my craft collection. They were just what these flowers needed.


I'm hoping to get some pictures of my latest scrapbooking endeavors taken before my parents get here...cross your fingers. Have a great....LONG....weekend!!!!

Bali Breeze Kit in the Mail

Isn't this the most amazing card kit. For only $35.00 you will get the paper and envelopes needed to make this kit of 12 cards, including the adorable tin!! Everything comes pre-cut and pre-scored. You can purchase the stamp sets used in the photo or substitute your own. I will also include a detailed handout of instructions for the completion of this kit.

Supplies:

• Stamp sets: One of a Kind, Embrace Life, Stitched Exotics, A Beautiful Thing, Taffy Alphabet

• Paper: 8 ½” x 11” Whisper White, Apricot Appeal, Rose Red, Old Olive, Taken with teal, Certainly Celery, River Rock, Bali Breeze Designer Paper (DP), Medium Whisper White envelopes.

• Ink: Basic Black, Taken with Teal, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery Old Olive, Rose Red, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, Blush Blossom, River Rock Classic ink pads; Old Olive & Rose Red Classic ink refills; Rose Red Stampin’ Write marker or Stampin’ Spot.

• Adhesives: Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive, Snail Adhesive, 2-way glue pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals• Accessories: Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon, narrow white & apricot grosgrain ribbon, silver brads, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

• Puches & other tools: 1/16” handheld circle punch, ½” circle punch, ¼” circle punch, ticket corner punch, large oval punch, Boho Blossoms punch, 3/16” corner rounder punch, blender pen, Stampin’ Sponge, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Lunch Tin

DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE OTHER KITS I HAVE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW TOO!

Family Treasures Mini Scrapbook Album


For more details please see this post {HERE}


Tart and Tangy Card Kit

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To order any of the above kits please email me at scraps_by_m@hotmail.com

Just Call Me Dorothy!

Any of you readers here in Colorado know what I am talking about. For those of you who don't we had some HUGE tornadoes here yesterday. A little to close to home....and my husband!! My hubby works out in Gilcrest and that is where the tornado started. Not just Gilcrest, but right over the top of them...LITERALLY. My hubby, brother and brother-in-law all work together so the whole family has been a little freaked out. They were actually all on Fox News here this morning talking about it. It began hailing and they stood watching the sky, then a big cloud began coming at them that's when they decided to bolt. The jumped in pick-up's and took off. My brother in laws car was hit by a silo that tip over and my husband and brother watched a tree up root and fall in front of them on a telephone pole. Way to close!!! AND, of all day's, it was my daughter's last day of school so we decided to pick up lunch and take it out to them. I was literally driving with my three kids right at the storm. My hubby called and told me to stay were I was because a tornado was coming and then hung up on me. TALK ABOUT PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once he called me back we decided I actually needed to head to Gilcrest because the storm was moving towards were I was. I'm pretty sure we were driving through the tail end of the storm. It was a brown cloud of dust with debris flying over the van. VERY SCARY. To top it all off Tornadoes are probably in my top three of things that just scare the living daylights out of me. I have always been freaked out by them. By the time we got to Gilcrest the highway was closed and their was an overturned semi in the road ahead of me, but the sun was shining and the storm had passed there. It went on for another 35 miles and did major damage in the town of Windsor but before it got there went through Milliken which is where my sister was. It was about 3 miles from her house, where they were getting baseball size hail. We live in Eaton, which is about 10 miles from Windsor which was the hardest hit. The news is calling for more severe weather today.
I know this has nothing to do with crafting but it's all I can think about this morning. Yesterday was a bit surreal but watching all the devastation this morning I really appreciate just how lucky we are. To read more about all the damage you can click {HERE}. I did get a little bit done last night though so I'm hoping to be back later today with something for you to see!!

Why Stop a Good Thing!!

After I finished making yesterday's scrapbook layout I had a lot of scraps left over. What's a girls to do??? Make a card of course. :) I really wanted to play with these butterflies. I loved the one in my Thankful Blossoms set. I stamped three different butterlies and cut them out and then stamped them again on my card in Close to Cocoa. I attached so that their wings pop up. I love doing this!!! The "grass" is from the Floral Whimsy set. Just like yesterday I put all three stems on the same block and just kept stamping. I used Certainly Celery ink. Old Olive and Certainly Celery were optional colors but I couldn't resist either. (Remember my bathroom photos, I can't resist GREEN!!) Instead of piercing a trail for my butterflies I used the little dots in the Floral Whimsy set. I traced a light line in pencil and stamped over the top and then erased my lines when I was done. I stamped the Pumpkin Pie butterflies trail first and was pushing a bit to hard to start so the first few are a little smeary (is that a word??) The sentiment is from the Fluttering By set too! I really love Julee's sentiment's. Not only are they sweet but I love the font they are in. I'm a flowy king of gal!!!! I used an edge tearing tool as a template for my piercing. I took a close up shot because I can never see the piercing in the main photos!!


Hope your enjoying all my Verve posts. I'll stamp with something else soon.....maybe!!


Mini Photo Book Tutorial

So I am a scrapbooker at heart. I have so missed it and have been trying to balance cardmaking and scrapbooking. While blog surfing this morning at Beate's blog I saw an ADORABLE mini album. Guess what?? It's the newest tutorial at Splitcoast. This would make a great gift album. You can view the instructions {HERE}! Can't wait to try it. Here are a few of the pics.

Beate's Book

Verve Visual Color Challenge

So I got my new Verve stamps Monday and spent the rest of the day very impatiently waiting for my family to go to sleep so I could sneak downstairs to ink them up. Let me tell you, they lived up to every expectation I had of them. I LOVE THESE STAMPS! Verve issued a color challenge that really freaked me out at first. The colors were pretty bold for me. Yesterday I posted a card using Julee's Mojo Sketch. While I was making the card I thought this would be a really cool scrapbook layout. AND IT IS!!! Take a look.
I know it isn't the sketch exactly but it was definately the inspiration. I took these pictures of my daughter dancing in her daddy's motorcycle glasses and knew I could crop them into the panels like the sketch. Once they were cropped however I didn't want to overlap the stamped panel over the photos so I just lined them all up. This is my first real stamped layout. I added a tiny but of ink to a few other layout but this one is alot of stamping. All the stamps I used are from my new Verve sets. I bought them all!! Well there was a special and free shipping and.... I couldn't resist.
I stamped the dots from Petals and Stems on the Bashful Blue (I didn't have the other colors) background. Since I have such a passionate relationship with my sponge daubers I couldn't help "shading" a few of the dots. I stamped them in Versamark ink and then dabbed a little of my Ranger Antique Linen distress ink on a few. (The close up photos below show it a bit better). One of my favorite things about Verve stamps is you can place numerous stamps on the same block to create a pattern. I placed all three circle stamps together and just kept stamping. It makes the pattern look random but not!!
I used my Filigree Fantasy set for the corners. I originally stamped the square from this set in the corner and then didn't like the chunky look for this layout. I stamped the flower on So Saffron and cut it out. The buttons are just from Walmart but look so similar to Cameo Color. I think it's really cute and I love the way the hang off of the edge.
The main flowers and both sentiment are from Floral Whimsy (my fave of the four)! Everything else is pretty self explanatory. Here's a few details shots.





Thanks for taking a look. I had a blast making this layout! Mattea has been posing like the pics in the layout since I made it. I guess she likes it too!!!

Mojo Monday Week 38

I'm a little unsure on my feelings about this card. It's been sitting on my entertainment center since I made it and I'll walk past one time and think, "Wow, I really like that" and the next I feel like something is missing. I think if I had put a black panel behind the red I may have liked it a little more.
I made this card for my cousin who is getting married this weekend. The colors are black, white and red so I let them be the inspiration for this card. I used Julee's Mojo sketch too. I'm hoping to get to it again since my new VERVE stamps came. OMG!!! These have to be my new fave's and they haven't even seen ink yet. Floral Whimsy has 29 STAMPS!!! I love that this set has the same image in a couple different sizes. It makes layering them a bit more fun than when everything is the same size. Also, Verve has a color challenge I'm wanting to try. The colors are pretty bright so I'm hoping I can make them work. Sorry I got a little distracted. The card is SU's Basic Black, Basic Grey, Real Red and Whisper White. I used my Always stamp set because I didn't really have anything else to work for a wedding. Next to masculine cards, wedding is my second least favorite. I don't know why. This card doesn't even say wedding to me but since it's their colors I'm hoping they will like it. The decorative paper is a scrap from My Minds Eye. The two red panels were stamped with my Versamark pad to give them a little something. I inked all the edges in Real Red. I was glad to get to use my new Word Window punch for the sentiment from Short and Sweet. I love the cursive writing. I stamped it in Basic Black on Real Red and adhered the main panel over it with Dimensionals so you could tell the panel had been punched. The ribbon is just a cheapo black from Hobby Lobby. I added the three brads last minute and like the shine it gave the card. All and all I think I'm happy with this card.
Have a great day!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Celebrate

Good news is I have a card to share with you today. The bad news is I made this forever ago. Yep, still no Mojo. Luckily it's Monday though (not very often you get to say that) and Julee at Poetic Artistry will have a new Mojo Madness sketch to play with. Hopefully it helps. I'm pretty sure this was an attempt at a previous Mojo sketch that I didn't really like. Looking at it today, I'm not sure why. I kinda like it. Maybe it's just because I haven't been able to whip anything else up. This is a definate out of the norm for me card. I don't do bright near often enough. The problem with old cards is I'm really bad with the details but here's my best attempt. The card stock is SU's Lovely Lilac and Real Red. The decorative paper is also SU. The stamp is from Stampendous. I really love these flowers!!! The butterfly and sentiment are a Stampin Up rub-on. The celebrate sentiment is on a piece of acetate that is held on over the stamped image with eyelets (It's hard to see in the picture)
Now I'm off to blog surf myself for some much needed inspiration!!!

A Hoppy Frog

I was determined last night to get into my craft room. I spent the day cleaning and organizing it and wanted to reward myself with a little creative time. Problem was by the time the kids FINALLY gave in to sleep I really wanted to sleep myself. I drug myself downstairs to stamp anyway. I think this was a mistake. I went down with this sketch from Taylored Expressions because I was sure I was going to need a little guidance. I could not get a card to work for me. I cut into four pieces of card stock and three pieces of decorative paper only to come up with this:



Yes, I know it isn't the sketch!!! I tried really I did. I changed colors, papers, stamps and this was all I could do. I spent 45 minutes coming up with this. Sad I know! I am seriously out of practice. I almost didn't post it put I didn't have anything else to share with you. The only thing I do like about this card is my coloring. While I still need a lot of practice with my Copics I am finally figuring out how to do the shading which is the coolest when you get it right. I took a close up shot of the frog to show you. I don't like the way the ground turned out but the frog looks good. I didn't keep track of the markers I used because it was late and well I forgot!! Hopefully this next week will bring better cards. Sorry!!!


90's FLASHBACK

Okay so this is another totally of the subject post. I was just over at Emily Giovanni's blog and she had a post that she missed the New Kids On The Block on the today show. I DID TOO!!!! Luckily you can check it out {HERE}. Okay so your laughing, but you know you want to watch it anyway. I have to tell you they are all still really cute. Especially Joey!!! And he sings Please Don't Go Girl, that was my fave. It made me feel like a ten year old girl again ohhing over them. (Rebekah, remember the concert :)

IT'S DONE!!!!

FINALLY!! I thought I would show you what has been taking up all my time this week. I told you we were working on our bathroom. This is the before:


This is the after:In case you couldn't tell green happens to be my favorite color. This color is really similar to Stampin Up's Old Olive. I knew I loved that color!!! I keep a notebook of magazine pages that inspire me just like I do for my cards and scrapbook layouts. My sister is always laughing at me for it but why flip through a whole magazine to try and find inspiration when only a few pages actually do. I know when I sit down with my notebooks I'm gonna love it all.

This is the picture of inspiration for my bathroom:

I was trying to find vintage ceiling tiles like the ones in the picture but they were way to expensive so we went with the wood paneling and I distressed it for an aged look. My husband thinks the green color is a little bold, which it is, but I think the white really tones it down. I rewarded myself with a soak in the tub when we were down and it was so nice to sit and admire my hardwork, not to mention soak my aching bones!!!
See how hard I'm working :)
I'll be back tomorrow with some more projects. Tonight I'm cleaning my craft room so I should be ready to create again soon. Thanks for stopping by and sorry for the lack of posts this week! Thanks for sticking by me anyway!!

Thank You For Being You!


Isn't that such a neat sentiment! It's from a retired SU set that I have. I can't think of the name right now, sorry! This is a card I had saved on my computer that I made awhile back. I've had absolutely no time to get to stamping. I spent almost 10 hours in the bathroom yesterday priming and painting but oh was it worth it. It is really coming together just how I pictured it. I still have some more work to do and I will definately take some pictures when I'm done. I keep standing in the hallway just staring at my work. I'm in love!!!
Back to the card. This was a "just came together" card. The pink cardstock wasn't quite big enough to make a full size standard card but I went ahead and folded it at 5.5 anyway. The sentiment is actually stamped on the inside of the card. The chocolate chip scallop edge is were the card stops. I think it turned out really cute though. I love all the layers underneath the watering can. Of course, I inked all the layers with chocolate chip and stamped all the images in chocolate chip too! I colored everything with my watercolor pencils. I really want to try this same image with my copics. My collection is finally got a few colors to play with so maybe tonight I'll get a chance to sneak away.
Thanks for looking today and don't forget you can now order your Family Treasures Mini Scrapbook Album Kit. Please check out {THIS POST} for all the details!!! You will get everything you need to make a ten page album that is super adorable all for only $35.00!!! Don't miss out on this kit, I ONLY HAVE TEN AVAILABLE!!!

Mojo Madness Week 37

Well, Julee has done it again. Isn't this the coolest sketch!!! I couldn't resist and actually got to try it out before the end of the week. I have a whole bank of sketches on my computer right now to try. I find the card making (and scrap booking) process goes so much faster when I have a layout to work with. I tend to over think my placement of things so this is so much quicker. However, I love when you sit down in the middle of everything and your project just comes together. Letting your creativity do what it wants is always fun too.

I used more white space than usual on this card and don't yet know what I think of it. I was definately inspired by Julee's card and thought I would try it. I think I would have liked more layers. I'm just not comfortable with so much unused space. Charmaine over at Oodabug Alley has some AMAZING cards with pretty much no layers. They are beautiful, I just can't seem to accept mine with all the white.
For my card I used Stampin Up's Old Olive card stock and the decorative paper from My Mind's Eye. Again this was just a scrap on my desk. I have a HUGE mess in my craft room. I almost bailed on the card when I saw the mess. I still haven't unpacked from my scrapbooking weekend and I left things a mess before I went. I was going to do a card for Taylor's cupcake sketch too but had such a hard time finding what I needed for this card that I decided cleaning was in order first. I used my long neglected butterfly from my Merci stamp set. I colored it with my Copic markers. This was my first attempt at shading and didn't do to bad. I forgot to stamp in a more permanent ink so my pinks made the black bleed a little. Does anyone have a recomendation for black ink that is good for coloring???? I had planned on cutting each word out and attaching them with brads like the sketch
showed however once I added the brads on the corners of my butterfly I thought it might be overkill. The whole panel just fit to the side so I went with it. I inked the edges in Chocolate Chip and colored the little flower in pink. I added glitter to the butterfly and flower centers just because. The ribbon is Old Olive grosgrain. This ribbon is by far my favorite. I love the texture of it, not to mention that it matches my cardstock perfectly.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

An Old Fave

I haven't spent near as much time in my craft room as I would like lately and I don't anticipate it changing in the near future. I have big house plans for my hubby (my mother's day present) so we are busy. We bought this house in November and I have yet to put paint on these walls. Well, okay I've done two rooms, the basement (man cave) and my daughter's room. So I haven't put paint on any of MY rooms yet. This week we are tackling the living room and the bathroom. I'm really excited. I love scrapbooking and card making but home decorating is right up there for me too. It's essentially just a big palette to work with. I'll try to remember to take before and after shots to show ya'll. Plus, it's nice to look back and see all you have accomplished.
Since I haven't been stamping much lately I turned to an old favorite. I love this layout!!! All the squares are so fun and the strawberries are super cute!!! The card is a 5x5 base. The cardstock is SU's Real Red and a of white that I had on hand. I stamped three strawberries (Old Olive, Real Red ink) and punched them out. I inked the edges of the cream cardstock with Real Red because I had to ink something :) The sentiment is from the retired Lots of Thoughts set. The red polka dot paper is My Minds Eye. This was such a quick simple card I made two. I have tried to do that lately since you already have an idea in mind and everything you need out. (It helps save on the scraps!!!) I like this card a lot better than my last attempt. You can view it {HERE}. Which do you prefer????
Happy Tuesday!!!!

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day!
I'm spending my day with my mom and grandma and of course my own kiddo's. I hope you get to do the same. I thought I would give you another peek into the Family Treasures album that you can pre-order now.
Please view the post {HERE} for all of the details.

Toothless and Proud

I have totally missed scrapbooking lately. I love the feeling of completing a page and watching the album's get bigger with memories. I have decided to try and balance my crafting time better so I don't get so behind again.
I usually have a hard time doing a layout for one or two photos. I'm good with a whole group but I have a hard time filling the page when there aren't a lot of photos to work with. I was super excited to find this layout on Julia Stainton's blog the other day. You can view her's {HERE}
Something about this layout just caught my eye immediately and I waited all day to try it. I had to flip the layout a little to make it fit with my horizontal photo. I think it turned out super cute. I love the stitching. I've never stitched though a photo but I really love it. I traced a really light line as a stitching guide for the circle. I used a paper plate as a guide!!!! I only have a crop-a-dile so I couldn't get my flowers in the middle of the layout but I like them anyway just around the edges. I was going to just right "My First Missing Tooth" along the top but then remembered my Gina K stamp set What's In Your Tin, Set 1 by Melanie Muenchinger. I inked the My Tooth with my SU markers and stamped them along the top. I had to improvise on the rest. The word "missing" is actually half Gina K too. I used my stamp from Rupa Shevde's set Thinking of You. The sentiment is actually just "Miss You". I used my SU markers again to stamp only the word miss and then added the ing by hand. It really looks pretty good though. The word first was just printed on my computer in Cheri Liney text. I colored it, inked it and adhesived it. VOILA!!! The decorative papers are all My Mind's Eye. They were the scraps I had on my desk from yesterday's cards. I hope you like it. It was sure fun to make. Have a good weekend!!!

Double Mojo!!












YEAH!!!! I finally made it to my craft room. I have had a headache ALL WEEK that just wouldn't go away. I decided headache or not I NEEDED to stamp. Guess what??? My headache is gone. Coincidence?? I think not! Apparently I was going through stamping withdrawal.
I knew the best way to get my stamping groove back was to play with Julee's latest Mojo Sketches. I didn't have a chance to get to last weeks so I did both. I think I like last weeks card better than the one for this week. I really loved the idea I had for this weeks sketch but it just didn't translate like I thought it would. I think it was the color choice of the brads and the paper underneath the lace. Also, I like the straight lines of last weeks better. Maybe if the Serenity prayer was cropped straight instead of using the scallop punch?? I don't know, what do you think? I used the same papers for both cards so I didn't have so many scraps left. The card stock is SU's Whisper White and Chocolate Chip. The decorative paper is from My Mind's Eye.
Both of these layouts are getting added to my fave's collection. I like the panels of the decorative paper in the background. I'm hoping to get to a few more and brighten them up a bit. By that I mean, NO CHOCOLATE CHIP!!! That color is such a safety net for me. I turn to it all the time. I've been wanting to try a color combo from one of my daughter's shirts and these layouts would be pretty cool for it. Plus, this week's Mojo Sketch could win you a Verve set!! Gotta love that! So I figure why not try a few times. (Make my odds of winning a bit better ;) Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY FRIDAY!!





"Family Treasures" Mini Scrapbook Album Kit

Give the gift of memories with this “Family Treasures” Mini Scrapbook. Makes a perfect gift for Father’s Day, Grandparent’s day, another friend or family member…or just for yourself! The original design and beautiful layouts are the perfect place to preserve your family’s memories! In this class you will make:A 5” x 7 ½” mini scrapbook album created with Stampin’ Up!’s Home Again Simply Scrappin’ Kit, the Book Basics chipboard and a variety of Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating accessories and punches. With 10 page layouts, you'll have plenty of space to highlight your family's memories!

This project is actually quite simple to make. There is no stamping involved and each page is put together using elements from the Home Again Simply Scrappin' Kit. In this kit you will receive all the papers and accessories (including the album) needed to make this album yourself. You will need to supply your own paper cutter and adhesive. You will also receive a Stampin Up Chocolate Chip Marker to complete this album. Cost of the kit is $35.00. The kit will be available on May 16th but you can begin pre-ordering for this kit TODAY! I will only have 10 kits and they are available on a first come first serve basis. Email me today at scraps_by_m@hotmail.com to reserve your kit. You can pay through paypal or by sending me a check. Don't miss out on this awesome gift kit!!!!!

A Day At The Lake

I had planned on showing you all a card today but the ones I have on my computer aren't really some of my favorites and I have had no time to get into my craft room and create anything new. My house is still a little turned upside down from leaving the hubby with the kids and my late night stamp sessions are being used for much needed sleep. It's amazing how long it takes to fully recover after such a bug. I'm hoping another day (or two) of cleaning and a few more nights of (okay) sleep and I'll be back to new.
Here is another layout I made over the weekend.
I used almost all Sweetwater products on this one too. This paper is from the Giggle Boy Collection. I just love those little fish! As I mentioned yesterday their new papers are double sided so I decided to fold up the edges to show off the other side. I have seen this done of so many cards and thought, why not on a scrapbook page. I tacked it down with a silver brad and think in looks pretty cool. The alphabet stickers are from Sweetwater too, I punched a circle to attach them to just to give them a bit more umph. I used one of their rub-on's right on the photo of my daugther and I on the jet ski. I'm really becoming a fan on rub-on's. I hadn't ever used them until I started selling Stampin Up. I also added a Sweetwater tag to this same picture using hemp twine. I'm not sure if I like it as much as I thought I would. I think if it was more to the side and not so much over the photo I might like it better. I highlighted my favorite photo with one of Sweetwater's In the Loop circles. These add a lot of dimension really easily and they are super cute.
I was really excited to get to use my spiral punch from SU too. I loved this right away and just forget about it when I make cards but I knew I wanted to use it to scrapbook. I used in on lined paper and it looks like it is straight out of a notebook. I even inked up the edges to make it look really worn.
Well I hope your enjoying the peeks into my little world through my scrapbook pages. I'm hoping to get to some cards again soon. I'm gonna have to do some more layouts too though because I have the bug. I really want to get my albums up to date. Some serious craft time is in my future. See you tomorrow!!!