Sunday, May 31, 2009

NSM Challenge #31

Today is the last day of National Scrapbook Month which means the last challenge. For our last challenge I would love for you to tell me what you thought of this month of challenges. That is it! Super easy! Post a comment here by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing for a sampling of CTMH products. Thanks to all those that participated this month!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

NSM Challenge #30

Remember those pictures that you had to develop or print out the other day? Well, today is the day that you create something with them. I can't wait to see what you all come up with. E-mail me your picture of your creation by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing to win a Tickled Pink stamp set. Good luck everyone! As soon as I find my USB cord, I will post pics of my catch ups.

Friday, May 29, 2009

NSM Challenge #29

Hello all! Another catch up day is the challenge today. I know that I need one! LOL! There is one catch, you can only do challenges #19 to current. So get busy and have all entries to me by midnight (mountain standard time) either by posting a comment here or e-mailing me, depending on which challenge you catch up on. Good luck!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I got an award! The Lemonade Stand Award!

Actually, I got 2! One from Dawn and one from Paige, fellow fabulous bloggers! I love to follow their blogs. Thank you so much! I was really excited to receive these awards and am really looking forward to passing them on as well. Thanks again girls!

Now, some info about the Lemonade Stand Award. The rules of this award are as follows:
1. Comment on this blog.
2. Cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog.
3. Nominate 5-10 blogs that you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
4. Link to your nominees within your own blog post.
5. Comment on their blogs to let them know they have received the award.
6. Please link back to the person who gave you the award to show them your appreciation for being recognized.

My nominees for this award (in no particular order) are:


NSM Challenge #28

I am feeling festive today! I would love for us to try and create something having to do with the holidays. It can be any holiday, easter, christmas, 4th of July, etc. E-mail me a picture of your creation by midnight (mountain standard time) to get your name entered into a drawing for a set of handmade 3x3 cards.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

NSM Challenge #27

I want to know your best organizational tip for all of us crafters! Being a crafter means having TONS of stuff, little and big, that all need a place. What tip can you pass on that has worked for you in organizing all your gear? Post here by midnight (mountain standard time) to get your name entered into a drawing to win a special prize. Wanna know what it is, well then you might want to post! LOL!

My tip is for those pics that you know you have the perfect items in mind that you want to scrap with for those pics, but can't get to those pictures yet. I put the pictures and all items (paper, ribbon, etc.) that I want to use with those photos in a page protector. I have several of these going and that way when I have a chance I can just pull out the page protector and get started.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NSM Challenge #26

Today I want you to complete one project that you have really wanted to get to, but just have not had the chance. It can be anything you have had laying around. Today is the day to complete that project! E-mail me a pic of your finished item by midnight (mountain standard time) to win an altered goody. I have had a couple problems getting my pics loaded the last couple posts, so if I can get it to work I will post my last couple challenges.

Monday, May 25, 2009

NSM Challenge #25

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! Today's challenge is to have those pictures developed/printed from challenge #7. That is it! After that have fun with your friends and families, eating great BBQ and celebrating and remembering.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

NSM Challenge #23 & #24

Hello all! Sorry that I was not able to post a challenge for Saturday. I just did not have an opportunity. I will make up for it though by making this a 2-part challenge.
Part 1: Complete a layout with a travel theme and e-mail it to me by midnight (mountain standard time).
Part 2: Use the color black on your travel theme layout. Complete both parts to this challenge to be entered into a drawing to win an altered recipe tin.

Friday, May 22, 2009

NSM Challenge #22

Today is another Q & A and then get ready for some creating this weekend! I want you to do something fun. Take your name and use each letter to come up with something scrapbook related. Post a comment here by midnight (mountain standard time) to win an assortment of embellishments.

My Acrylix Stamps
Ink Pad
Sassy Strands
Textured Cardstock
Yards of ribbon

Thursday, May 21, 2009

NSM Challenge #21

One of my biggest hurdles is scrapbooking myself. Whether it is a page about me or even getting myself in some of the pictures, it is definitely a challenge for me. So! Today's challenge is to post a comment here about your biggest hurdles in scrapbooking. What is it that you wish you could get right in this hobby? Post here by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing to win a 9x9 accordian album.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

NSM Challenge #20

Not sure why this image is blurry, it isn't on my camera.
Today is a creating challenge! YEAH! All you have to do is make a birthday card, of any kind. E-mail me your pic by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing for a handmade family themed picture frame.
Supplies: All products CTMH. My Originals It's Your Day Card Kit, buttons and blush waxy flax.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NSM Challenge #19

Ready for another Q & A? What is your favorite Close To My Heart product from the new Summer 2009 Idea Book? If you have not yet seen it click on the Idea Book Icon to the side of my blog and click on "Products" and you can view it there. Post your answer here by midnight (mountain standard time) to get your name entered into a drawing for CTMH Journey Journaling Spots.

I personally love soooo many products, but my absolute favorite is the My Creations 3-Ring Binder. It has so many uses. You can create small themed albums, baby books, recipe books, etc. They are the perfect size to complete in a weekend, but are so versatile that you can really go above and beyond your basic mini album.

Monday, May 18, 2009

NSM Challenge #18

I just got word that my 46 year-old aunt who has been battling cancer is in the hospital and not doing very well. I am heading there now. Today's challenge is to tell everyone who is important to you how very much you care about them.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

NSM Challenge #17

Catch up! If you have wanted to do some of the challenges but just did not make it in time, now is your chance! Post Q & A answers here by clicking on comment or e-mail me pics by midnight (mountain standard time) to be entered into a drawing for a CTMH Bella level 1 paper kit. Be sure to include which challenge day you are catching up on or your post/e-mail may not qualify.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

NSM Challenge #16

Ready for a little creating? I sure am! Challenge for today is to create something based on your inspiration picture. It can be anything as long as it ties in with your inspiration picture from yesterday. E-mail me your pic by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing to win a CTMH My Creations Circle Album. I will post mine a bit later today.

Friday, May 15, 2009

NSM Challenge #15

Another picture opportunity! For this challenge I would like you to take a picture of something that inspires you. E-mail me that picture by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing for an altered mini album, you choose theme.

My picture is of this present topper that I got to add to my cousin's graduation gift. Graduation is on the mind here at my house! We have Brittney who just graduated and will be starting her job as a nurse in June. Our good friends Heather and Tiffani. And my sister who finished culinary school. Busy, but really exciting times as these people who are so close to me take the next step in their lives. Congratulations Graduates!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

NSM Challenge #14

Today is another Q & A and then get ready for some creating this weekend! Post your comment here by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing for an embossing pen.

Are you a single page or double page scrapbooker? I used to think only double pages for me. I really like the uniformity of the 2 pages together when you are flipping through your album. But I have dabbled just a little in the idea of single pages. I completed one and am working on another and I am liking it. I still think of myself as a double page scrapper though.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

NSM Challenge #13

Okay, so as you can see, I did not get the 2-part challenge done. My sister is in town and I got side-tracked while visiting with her. I will keep working on it though and post when I complete my clean up efforts.

Today challenge is to tell me your scrapbooking goal for this week. I want to know what you hope to accomplish this week that is related to scrapbooking, card making or just paper crafting in general. Post a comment here by midnight (mountain standard time) to get entered into a drawing for a page kit complete with instructions.

My goal is to scrap a layout of my mom that I started a couple days ago, complete all my kits for a club meeting on Friday and organize a couple projects I have in mind. Looking forward to hearing your goals.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

NSM Challenge #12

Here is part 2 of our 2-part challenge. If you have not already finished cleaning up your space, you have until midnight (mountain standard time) to do so and e-mail me pics of your "finished" areas. If you completed yesterday's challenge, then you can still get in on the prize. You have to have completed both challenges to win an altered paint can with matching cards. I will post my pics a little later today. I do have until midnight! :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

NSM Challenge #11

This challenge is going to be a 2-part challenge for today and tomorrow. Today I want you to e-mail me pics of your scrap space. Where you scrap and where you store all your scrapbooking treasures. I want pics of what it looks like today, messy or not. Then we are going to organize our spaces, yep, I said it! CLEAN IT UP!!! For those that participate in the challenge today and tomorrow you will receive an altered paint can with matching cards. E-mail me your pics of your spaces by midnight (mountain standard time).

This is my space. I have a large table that, as you can see, has been being used! I also have both sides of my closet with all my stuff. Pretty messy! Can't wait to tackle that clutter!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

NSM Challenge #10 & BLOG HOP!

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! We will be featuring May's SOTM, which is Be Yourself. If you have come here from Jaime's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena's Blog and start from the beginning!
This month we have 18 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!
I made this 6x6 card using the "Originals" how to book from Close To My Heart. The "Button Trio" is one of my favorite templates which can be located on pg. 90.

Supplies: All products CTMH except buttons. Whoops A Daisy paperpack, SOTM Be True, Playful Flourishes and For Every Occasion.

Now "Hop" on over to Dawn's Blog to see her work! Here is a list of all participating consultants in this SOTM Blog Hop:

Jena Devries
Sherry Thompson
Cibele Glazer
Helen Onulak
Jaime Benavides
Misty Jackson
Dawn Heuft
Jen Rubio
Shannon Laux
Ronnie Crowley
Deb Young
Terrie Dodd
Lucia Grabb
Anne Beck
Reba Poquette
Leisa Hubley
Alanna Moses
Caren Goldsein
Jennifer Patrick

NSM Challenge #10: Check out the blog hop, all the way through! Once you do that, come and post a comment about how you liked our 1st SOTM Blog Hop. Post before midnight (mountain standard time) and you will get entered into a drawing for a Photo Marker.
Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pink baby!

Here is my baby card with the pink. I really love how this card turned out so I made two! LOL! Can't wait to give these to a couple baby's mama that I know.
Supplies: Bazzill cs, American Craft ribbon, CTMH Baby Steps Stamp set, Stickles, CTMH Tulip ink and CTMH Sorbet ink.

NSM Challenge #9

The inspiration for today's challenge has come from my friend Jamie who just announced that she is pregnant with her first girl after 4 boys! So, we are going all baby! Create a baby card using anything you would like, but be sure to include the color pink somewhere! E-mail me a pic of your project by midnight (mountain standard time) to be entered into a drawing for a goody bag of PINK goodies! I will post my card a bit later.

Friday, May 8, 2009

My challenge & workshop sample

This is my challenge artwork for challenge #8 using my summer colors red, white and blue. This also happens to be what you will be creating if you sign up for my workshop on May 23rd. 3x3 card box that holds 8 3x3 cards including envelopes. Although I do not remember where I got this template, it did not originate from me. I have had it for a really long time and have used it a ton, but I did not create it. Props to who did because I love it!

NSM Challenge #8

Super easy one today! One thing that contantly pops into my mind when I think of summer is 4th of July, which then turns into red, white and blue. Create something using those colors and e-mail it to me by midnight (mountain standard time) to win a set of handmade monogram notecards w/ envelopes made by me. I will post my creation a little later today. I would love for you to leave a comment and tell me what pops into your mind when you think about summer.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

NSM Challenge #7

Good morning! This challenge that we are going to do today will actually lead into another challenge in the near future so be ready! :) Today I challenge you to take a few pictures. Those pictures that you take today, will be used to complete a layout on a future challenge, so keep that in mind. And they have to be pics that you take today, not ones that you have stored on your camera or sitting somewhere collecting dust! LOL! E-mail me these pics before midnight (mountain standard time) to be put into a drawing for the brand new Foundry Tabs in the CTMH Summer 2009 Idea Book.

Here are a couple of the "way too many" pics I took today to scrap later. This is my cat Jack Rabbit Slim who is just a little over 2 years old. My hubby named him from the movie Pulp Fiction. We love that movie! Can't wait to see all of your pictures. Please feel free to leave a comment on just how cute my kitty is.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

NSM Challenge #6

Today I would really love to see a layout or card or tag, etc. using your favorite scrapbook item.

I am completely addicted and in love with ribbon. I reach for it almost every single time I create something. I am obsessed and I am trying to work through it! LOL!

E-mail me your pics of your project by midnight (mountain standard time) to win a My Creations Photo Cube. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NSM Challenge #5

Today's challenge is another question. Post your reply to the following question here by midnight pacific standard time and you will be put into a drawing for 5 craft jars filled with embellishments.

How often do you scrapbook? Pretty simple, right? If I get at least 5 responses in the comment section of this post, every poster will get a surprise.

I try and scrapbook a little something every single day. Whether it be a whole page or just start a project, I dabble at my craft table every day. As far as really sitting down and completing something, I would say probably once a week. I am lucky enough to have this hobby that is incorporated into my job and so I really have to make time to scrap. Tough, huh? I am also lucky enough to have a space that I can leave a project up and come back to it whenever I have a spare 5 mins and work on it.

Monday, May 4, 2009

NSM Challenge #4

Challenge #2 & #3 recap: I was having trouble getting this loaded last night so here it is this morning. My favorite thing to scrapbook is my family. But especially things with me and my husband. I really love to scrap my kids and they are the subjects that I am frequently scrapping, but there are so few times when it is just me and Ryan and that we actually have pics to document make it even more special.
This particular layout was when I was a full loaded 9 months pregnant with Tatum and did not really feel like going out for Valentine'd Day. Ryan surprised me with a lobster dinner right at home. It was the best Valentine's Day ever!

NSM Challenge #4: Create something-anything-using the color combo Smokey Plum, Olive, Creme Brulee and Hollyhock. Use all colors or just a couple in the way of cardstock or inks. You may also include black or white. These particular colors are featured in the new set "Bella" from the CTMH Summer 2009 Idea Book. Have pics to me by midnight tonight pacific standard time. My contribution to this challenge is this title topper using the CTMH May Stamp Of The Month called "Be Yourself". This will eventually make it onto a layout I plan on doing with some facts about me.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

NSM Challenge #2 & #3

Here we are day 2 of National Scrapbooking Month and I have to say I am totally motivated to scrap, scrap, scrap! I am leaving to head out of town in about 10 mins and will not be back until tomorrow night. I am going to meet up with my pal in California to......... SCRAPBOOK! LOL!

Okay, so I am going to leave you a 2-day, 2-part challenge. Get your responses to me by midnight pacific standard time on Sunday via e-mail and you will receive a prize. No drawing this time! The prize is a page kit and everyone who completes this challenge will receive the prize. The kit includes all materials to complete one 2-page layout, even an instruction sheet to show you exactly how to put this layout together. You must complete both parts a and b to receive this prize.

a: Loved the responses yesterday in regards to how you got started scrapbooking. Thank you! I would like to know this time what is your favorite thing to scrapbook and why? It could be your kids, your dog, vacations......anything, I just want to know what it is and why?

b: Complete a layout of those favorite things. A complete layout (journaling and pics) on your favorite thing to scrap. For example, if your favorite thing to scrap is your kids, do a layout of them at the park, etc. Or if it is your pets, do a layout of the adorable pics of your pets. E-mail me your final pictures of your layouts. I can't wait to see them!

I will post my results to this challenge tomorrow evening. Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Blog Improvements & NSM Challenge #1

Hello! I bet you totally thought that I ditched this thing, huh? No way! Just taking a little break to get organized and make some additions to my beloved blog. You will begin noticing some new things on my blog today and in the days to come if you have not already. I hope that my blog makes it into your daily computer routine and I see you here often! LOL! :)

Lots of things happening today- May 1st! Today is "the" day for the brand new CTMH Summer 2009 Idea Book. It is amazing and I can't wait to start getting some fun things made with all the new goodies! You can view the new Idea Book by clicking on the image to the right and going to "Products" from the CTMH website. Or you can request your copy by contacting me.

Another exciting thing that is happening starting today is the celebration of National Scrapbooking Month! Quite a few things going on with this party this month so you will not want to miss anything. First thing is that you will notice that there is a CTMH National Scrapbooking Month Button to the right. This month you can enter your artwork for chances to win prizes. You can also view the Tickled Pink Kit that is offered as this month's Constant Campaign.

NSM Challenges!!!! For each day during the month of May I will be presenting a National Scrapbooking Month Challenge for even more chances to win prizes. All you have to do is complete the challenge and get me your results via e-mail. You will have until Midnight (Pacific Standard Time) of the day the challenge was presented to get in your entries. All winners will be announced June 1st.

NSM Challenge #1: Tell me how you got started in scrapbooking/card making/papercrafting. All entries for today will go into a drawing for an Emporium My Stickease Assortment.

I got started in this wonderful hobby from both my grandma and my Aunt Shari. My grandma would create scrapbooks with me when I would come over for visits with her. We would cut out images from cards that we had received and pictures from calendars and compile notes and letters as well. It was a lot of fun for me to get to do that with her. As I got older that fizzled out and we did other things together. But the hobby got picked back up for me when my Aunt Shari, who used to be a Creative Memories consultant, got me an album along with a few getting started supplies for my birthday. I loved it! I was newly married at the time and thought what a perfect opportunity to get going in this again. That was almost 13 years ago and I have not looked back since. I am not only doing a hobby that I truly enjoy, but I am leaving behind the reminders of those memories that we once shared as a family as well as the memories of who we were.