12.29.2011

Design Team Call!

Working with Scrappin' Sports & More these last couple of years has been fantastic!  They are an amazing group of ladies and very generous with their designers!  Read through the announcement and give it a try!


Design Team Call 2012

Scrappin’ Sports & More (SSM) wants YOU to become a member of our Design Team!

Are you running from one sporting event to another? Are your children or grandchildren school age? Do you have lots of family photos & everyday life photos? If you answered yes, this is the team for you. SSM is looking for one enthusiastic, dedicated scrapper or paper crafter to serve a six-month term beginning February 1, 2012. (Continuation of the term will be determined by both parties at the end of six months.)

As a Design Team member, you will receive:

*Monthly supply of SSM products of your choice.

*Advance releases of new product lines!

*Endorsement fees for published layouts and projects!

*Payment for projects used for trade shows!

*Personal on-line gallery on the SSM website

Design Team members are required to complete a minimum of three projects each month, to be uploaded to our blog and website and to retailer websites as assigned. Members are asked to submit their monthly SSM projects for possible publication in crafting magazines and idea books. Members will also complete special projects as requested by SSM to be used for trade shows, catalogs, promotional items, and various other venues. (Members do not need to be exclusive to SSM.)

Interested applicants should send the following in a single email:

1. Full name, address, daytime & evening phone numbers, and email address (US and Canadian applicants only, please)

2. Short biography

3. List of other design teams in which you are currently or were previously a member (It is not a requirement to be part of another team, we just want to see what you’ve been up to recently.)

4. A brief paragraph stating why you would like to be a member of the SSM Design Team and how your style would complement our designs.

5. Three example projects (layouts, cards or other paper crafting items). SSM product does not have to be used in your examples, but would be beneficial to see your use of our products.

6. Links to any on-line galleries and/or blog (If you do not have one, please include a couple of more examples of your work.)

Please submit the above information to scrappinsportsmore@gmail.com by
Sunday, January 22nd. No late entries will be accepted. The new Design Team member will be announced on our blog & Facebook page on Wednesday, February 1st.

For additional information on our products, visit our website at www.scrappinsports.com

12.27.2011

Valentine Tutorial

Hey friends!  I know that 2011 isn't officially over for a few more days, but I wanted to share a fun tutorial with you for making Valentines! Just think how ahead of the game you will be if you have all your Valentine's created in January!  Okay, well that could be a stretch --- but still this is a fun technique that could be used for a variety of creations! 


Step #1 - Spritz manila tag with mist and ink around the edges:


Step #2 - Cut patterned paper and kraft paper into rectangles with kraft paper being 1/4 inch larger on all sides.  Ink around edges, adhere together and set aside:


Step #3 - Using my stamp collection, I picked out about 15 stamps that had the LOVE theme.  If they still have the envelope attached, soak them in water for 30 seconds and place upside down on a paper towel.  This will loosen the glue and you should be able to remove paper.  When they are dry adhere them to a heart shaped piece of chipboard.  Turn over, trim off excess, ink all edges and straight stitch around the edge.


Step #4 - Using a scalloped border punch, punch out 2-3 long strips of scallops.  Clip from the non-scalloped side almost all the way through to the other side as shown in the picture.  This will allow you to bend the scallops around the heart and create the edging. 


Step #5 - Adhere scallops to heart.


Step #6 - Distress all edges of heart with Distress Ink.


Step #7 - Assemble all pieces as shown below, add ribbon and bling if desired!


12.22.2011

Ahhh....Pinterest

I may have a slight Pinterest Addiction.  Just a slight one.  I have so many fun things pinned that I want to do with my house, that I could never have enough time.  So many projects, so little time.  Truly.

This is why I get all my Christmas stuff done by the 3rd week of December.  The last week, I unwind, create and just have fun.  This helps me to relax an enjoy the holiday.  It really helps...David always says that I am adding more stress trying to get my projects done on a deadline --- nah, I thrive on deadlines!  I do my best work on deadlines.  That is why I love to work on teams -- the deadlines keep my mojo flowing. 

Anyway - thought I'd share a quick peek of some projects we have worked on this week.


Made a few of these wind bottle covers from old sweater sleeves.  This one turned out to be much harder than it looks!  I think the key for the future is to use a cotton fabric for the bottom round piece and not another piece of the sweater!  Still love how they look!

The pack of tea towels next to them was also a quick & easy Pinterest project.  These turned out really cute and I have made some really great sets for gifts!

Next, a big THANK YOU to Austin, Chase & Luke for helping me at Home Depot, cutting all the wood, painting all the wood, and just generally helping me get these ready!  Cut all the vinyl on my Silhouette and presto -- quick & easy!  I want to keep them all - but I am going to give them as gifts to the folks that come over to visit on Christmas this year!



12.19.2011

Whew....in the final stetch!

Let the countdown begin!  We officially have less than 1 week till Christmas and I think I'm almost ready!

Cookies, fudge and caramel corn have been baked:

The presents have all been wrapped and put under the tree:



We have all attended multiple Christmas events in our fancy outfits:



and we are ready to celebrate the birth of our SAVIOR!  I am taking a few days off now to relax and enjoy the holiday with my family.  I want to take this time to wish you all a fabulous Christmas Celebration and a wonderful New Year!

Remember:




12.16.2011

I'm a sweatshirt and jeans kind of girl - rarely wear makeup, jewelry or even style my hair.  I'm very low-maintence that way.  So, it is very blog worthy that this is the 3rd day in a row that I have gotten dressed up and put my makeup on! The Christmas season will do that to me - so many fun thngs to do that reqire a little extra effort besides jeans and hoodies!  So, here it is .... documentation that I do dress up once in a while - even if that just means adding a sweater and boots to my comfy jeans!




12.12.2011

Hippity Hop Release Party!

yes, we are less than 2 weeks from Christmas, but over at the Imaginisce Blog it is SPRINGTIME!  It is our big release party for the spring line, Hippity Hop!  You will be inspired all week and of course have a chance to win your own HIPPITY HOP COLLECTION!  Be sure to follow along all week long! 

Good Luck & Happy Spring!

12.11.2011

My Mind's Eye Card Challenge!

Found a few minutes to play along with My Mind's Eye and this wonderful sketch by Anam Stubbington:

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Here are a couple of completely different takes on this sketch:



You should play along!  You have until the 18th of December to link up your card!  Good Luck!

12.08.2011

Notice Anything Different?

I finally updated my blog header!  Strange how so much has changed in 2 years yet so much has stayed the same.  Does that make any sense at all?  Not only is everyone 2 years older, but there is so many changes that you can't see.
-Jordan & Jesse are engaged
-Mike & Sarah are expecting
-Emma is running Tommy & Angie ragged
-Travis is single
-Austin is driving
-Chase has no more braces
-Luke is officially in middle school
-Cooper is still the best dog ever...

12.06.2011

December Daily!

I'm making one this year!  This is a first for me and I am super excited to be participating with Maya Road and Simple Stories as they team up in the perfect partnership!  You can follow along for the next 3 weeks over on their blogs!  Here is a peek at my book:

12.02.2011

Christmas Inspiration!

Ahhh....don't miss this! Simple Stories had some amazing Christmas inspiration on their blog this week and today you can download all of them in a PDF file!  In addition, you can leave a comment for your own chance to win a 25 Days of Christmas Collection Kit! 

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Gift Cards are such an easy thing to give to those hard to shop for people on my Christmas list, but I always feel slightly guilty at just how easy it is.  My solution? Create a fun card to send them in, so the receiver knows that they are special!  Here are a few of the cards that I created this year:






The gift card will slip right inside that pocket I created and there is plenty of room to write a note to let them know just how much I love them!

Visit the Simple Stories blog for your chance to win the 25 Days of Christmas Collection Kit!

12.01.2011

JUNK DRAWER

The new December Kit from Dixie Pieces is another home run!  This one won't be around long, I guarantee it!  As you can guess by the title, it is a very eclectic kit full of miscellaneous goodies, not usually my style, but I had so much fun with this one.  Love that working with kits stretches me to try new things!

Here are my designs this month:





Remember - you can find all the fabulous Design team inspiration in the gallery!  This kit is up for sale right now - be sure to pick yours up early this month!

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