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Seasons Giving Blog Hop 2013

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Thank you all so much for joining us for the Seasons Giving Blog Hop this year! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, hasn’t it? Definitely filled with a lot of crafting and excitement. I haven’t posted as frequently as I would have liked this year, but we do the best we can, right? Even though I wasn’t able to share everything I created here, I was creating… always a win in my book! So, to celebrate the small victories, here are a few projects that I particularly liked creating this year… and how I hope to carry on what I learned from each project.

Joy Card

This elephant card was my favorite project from the whole year, and one that I felt really captured the style of cards that I love. Clean. Modern. Trendy.

For You Puppy Card

This puppy card was one that I did when I was really into watercoloring this summer. I love how the shading on the puppy turned out, and I would like to combine more watercolored images and backgrounds with clean lines. I learned this year that Copics aren’t my thing. I can do them, but I’m too critical of my results and never like how it turns out. But, oh, do I love watercolors.


This scrapbook page was the one layout I did this year that felt truly unique to me. This was shortly before I decided I was burned out on scrapbooking and refocused my efforts on cardmaking. I love the multi-print background and summery colors.

Hello Circle Card

Finally, I love the combination of colors on this Hello card and the fun shape. More shapes, more color in 2014!

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2014 brings you happiness and love. To get things off on the right foot, how about a little giveaway! Leave a comment here by Wednesday, January 8th at 11:59 pm MT for a chance at a box of surprises. I’ll pick the winner by end of day Saturday, January 11th, and post her name here. Unfortunately, I cannot ship outside the US at this time, so US peeps only for this particular giveaway.

Remember: each stop on this blog hop will offer you a chance to win some goodies. Hooray! Give the girls and companies in the Hop list some love. {grin} There are a lot of familiar names participating and a lot of fantastic new talents that you’ll love adding to your must-read blogs in 2014.

Lawn Fawn

Reverse Confetti

My Favorite Things Stamps

CAS-ual Friday Stamps

Fresh Squeezed Stamps

Julee Tillman: Verve Stamps

Avocado Arts Stamps

A Jillian Vance Design

Latisha Yoast

Amber Hight

Amber Kemp-Gerstel

Alice Wertz

Debbie Corbari

Vera Wirianta Yates

Lori McAree

Carolyn King

Sharon Harnist

Amy Tsuruta

Beth Pingry

Becky Oehlers

Angie Blom

Julia Stainton

Sharon Johnson

Michelle Woerner

Cindy Lawrence

Lori Tecler

Daniela Dobson

Savitri Wilder

Theresa Momber

Giovana Smith

Kimberly Crawford

Maria Levine

Colleen Schaan

Lydia Fiedler

Kelly Klapstein

Kim Kesti

Laura Williams

Shanna Vineyard

Jennifer Gallacher

Heather Pulvirenti

Stacey Schafer

Leigh Penner

AJ Otto

Teri Anderson

Julie Overby

Margie Higuchi

Jimmi Mayo

Tenia Nelson

Lee Ann Barrett

Iwona Palamountain

Linda Lucas

Sarah Gough

Dina Kowal

Elena Roussakis

Lisa Henke

Jodi Collins

Joanne Basile

Melanie Muenchinger

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Darsie Bruno

Libby Hickson

Dana Joy

Jody Morrow

Heather Campbell

Savannah O’Gwynn

Lee Murphy

Lisa Arana

Emily Leiphart

Jocelyn Olson

Isha Gupta

Piali Biswas

Ashley Harris

Bunny Vance

Anabelle O’Malley

Andrea Murdock

Stephanie Muzzulin

Alyssa Bennett

Christiana Reuling

Laurel Seabrook

Melody Rupple

Emily Branch

Megan Hoeppner

Mixed Media Scrapbooking

CK Mixed Media Scrapbooking

I love playing with scrapbooking supplies. Love. It. I love getting messy with ink and seeing how new materials look on my layouts. And that’s why this special issue from Creating Keepsakesis one of the coolest ever! Mixed Media Scrapbooking has so many crazy and amazing ideas that you wouldn’t necessarily think to ever try on a layout.

Mixed Media Scrapbooking

¬†For this issue, I got to make a mini album using metal and art mediums. What a blast! Seriously, stamping into candlewax on a page? Who knew? And really thin wire makes a cool accent–I used it to create a shadow for my album’s title.

You’ll have to pick up a copy of this amazing new issue to see the rest of the album. {Grins} It’s definitely worth having in your scrapbooking resource library. No matter your scrapbooking style, you’ll find a way to start working new materials into your scrapbooking. In fact, I was feeling inspired by the chapter on Fabric and Sewing, and I whipped up a Clean and Simple layout with a touch of fabric from my stash.

Self Portrait recipe: July 2012 Studio Calico kit; Fabric: Westminster Fibers.

Want to win a copy of Mixed Media Scrapbooking of your own? Just leave a comment here, telling me about a project in your scrapbooking queue that you’d want to try a new medium on. (You know, just to get you brainstorming!) On or around July 23rd, I’ll pick a winner at random, and post her name here on my blog as well as send her an e-mail. After that, you have one week to respond to claim your prize, or I’ll draw another name.

You’ll find more inspiration and more chances to win at the blogs of these CK friends!

Patty Cieri
Erika Hayes
Summer Fullerton
Stacy Cohen
Mou Saha
Laina Lamb
Joey Manwarren
Ashley Horton
Iris Uy
Paper Crafters Corner
Maggie Holmes
The Scrap Review
Piradee Talvanna
Adele Beck
Kim Watson

Good luck!

And the Winner Is + Another CK Giveaway

Hi everyone! It’s going to be another busy week here at my house, so without further ado, our May/June 2012 Creating Keepsakes winner is: Meagan Vaughn! Meagan, I’ll be sending you an e-mail shortly to get your information to send to CK.

Now, if you didn't get happen to win the May/June issue, fear not! CK has an amazing new special issue that's hitting newsstands now-ish.

Simple Scrapbooks is filled with fun ideas to help you scrapbook faster, more creatively, and with less effort than ever before. I can’t even begin to tell you how many cool ideas there are in this issue! Really… you’ll have to see for yourself. Here’s a sneak peek!

I had a fantastic time creating and writing for this issue; in particular, I love my Salt Lake City layout, filled with photos that Chris and I took around the city. You’ll be surprised at how creative you get when you’re working with limited supplies. I encourage you to give it a try, too!

As seen in Simple Scrapbooks from Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher

And now, it’s time for the giveaway! Just leave a comment here, and I’ll select a winner next week.

Don’t worry — there are lots of chances for you to win Simple Scrapbooks! Hop on by the blogs of these CK friends for another opportunity:

Megan Hoeppner
Erika Hayes
Ashley Harris

Have a fantastic day!

Nikki Sivils Guest Diva + CK Giveaway!

Oh my goodness, what a busy month it’s been! For starters, I’m this month’s Guest Diva for Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker. How cool is that? I had so much fun playing with the Noah and Audrey collections. Noah, while a little boy line, is perfect for Independence Day layouts like the one I made here. Check out the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker blog to see the rest of my projects.

And now, on to the giveaway!

The May/June 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes is definitely a keeper. You’ll love all of the techniques and tips in this one — especially the decor and storage ideas in Megan’s “Creative Spaces” feature! Here’s a layout I made for her Latest & Greatest column using some really fantastic embossing powders from Stampendous! If you want to add a cool vintage look to your layouts, this powder is the way to go!

As seen in the May/June 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Want to win a copy? Just leave me a comment here, and I’ll draw a winner next week. I’ll notify you if you win and the fab peeps at CK will ship your copy out to you. Doesn’t get easier than that. Yay for free stuff!

For more chances to win, stop by the next ladies on our blog hop:

Megan Hoeppner
Erika Hayes
Ashley Harris

March/April 2012 CK + Giveaway!

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Have you seen the March/April 2012 issue of CK yet? Without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite issues ever! And not just because I’ve got three layouts in it. (Three?! Geek out!) This issue’s jam packed with fab ideas for sharing your story and using your stash in innovative ways.

Honestly though, I think this is one of my favorite issues because I had such a great time working on it! Cindy Tobey and I had a blast putting together “Scrapbook Family Style” based on a wild idea I had during one of CK’s issue concept meetings. If I recall, there was a lot of vague hand-gesturing on my part and talking about drawing inspiration from your dad’s plaid shirt to scrapbook his love of movies. (“Noooo, the layout doesn’t need to be about the shirt!”) Ha! That Cindy’s a genius–she got what I meant. The article turned out beautifully! You’ll find it on page 67. And, to get an idea of what a concept meeting involves, turn to page 4 of the issue and take a peek at the “Behind the Scenes” snippet in Jennafer’s Ed Note.

In another wild turn of events, Stacy Cohen was a total super trooper when I sent her scouring LA for glassine to recreate Tim Holtz’s ultra-cool technique for my “Tips & Tricks” column (page 19). Go Stacy!

And then there’s the fun I had creating a layout for Lori’s “Leap Ahead” (page 55) feature. The folks at Sizzix were kind enough to lend me one of their brand new dies to use on my Party Moves layout (featured at the top of this post). It was so hard shipping the die back to them! You have no idea! Don’t those die-cut transparency doilies look cool?

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Lastly, I challenged myself to use four different Tattered Angels products on a single layout! Check out my Shopping in Chicago layout, and find out about all the techniques I used by visiting this issues online extras at And, because I just couldn’t help myself, I also used my fav Studio Calico chicken wire background stamp that Nicole Harper graciously sent me. But while I totally love that stamp, it’s her note that I’ll always remember:

I laughed so hard, I fell out of my rolly chair and bonked my knee on a stack of boxes!

Win It!
Now for the best part–I get to give away a copy of this fantastic issue to one of my readers! Just leave me a note here, and I’ll select one winner on or around March 26, 2012. And hop on by the blogs of these other CK friends for even more chances to win:

Kim Watson
Adele Beck
Suzy Plantamura
The Scrap Review
Maggie Holmes
Deena Boese


Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations: Giveaway!

Two giveaways in a row?! What?! You guys are going to love the latest special issue from Creating Keepsakes, dedicated to showing you great ideas for scrapbooking all your celebrations.

Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Not only is Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations packed with ideas for the holidays, it features plenty of inspiration for scrapbooking birthdays, weddings, and new babies too! All those great moments in life that you want to celebrate.

Here is one of the fun layouts I had the pleasure of creating for this issue–it documents the moments right before my youngest sister’s wedding. I was in back with my sisters and the photographer, and Chris snapped these pics of my nieces and the setting sun with his iPhone. Totally scrapworthy!

Want to see a bit more of all the fantastic ideas in this issue? Take a peek:

CK is letting me have a copy of this issue to give away on my blog. Hooray! Just leave a comment here by Wednesday, November 23, and I’ll randomly select a winner.