Friday, August 31, 2012

Webster's Pages "Sprinkles Craftbox"!!

Hi there everyone!! I'm here today to share with you something fun and new going on at Webster's Pages!!

It's called the SPRINKLES CRAFTBOX, and let me tell you- you are NOT going to want to up this offer!! I actually just completed a project with mine (to be shared this coming Monday!)- and I had a BLAST.
For COMPLETE details, check out this video with Courtney Walsh who gives a nice thorough intro- while keeping just a few sweet little secrets ;)!!

You definitely don't want to miss out on one of these- so mark your calendars because when these are released for purchase Sunday night at midnight (or SUPER EARLY Monday morning, however you want to look at it!)- they will go FAST! There's a limited number available, and when they're gone...well, they're gone!

So what will you be getting? Take a look!:
 This very special product is here for a limited engagement. The sale is only 72 hours long {or while supplies last...}
And just in case you weren't taking notes during the video, here are the bullet points or

"WHY you NEED a few Sprinkles in your life..."
  • Each Craft Box contains a never before seen Webster’s pages item and an incredible deal {or both!}
  • Each box is only $10! {Yes, you read that correctly!} 
  • You also get FREE domestic shipping, and our international friends can get a $10 flat shipping cost
  • We're also providing FREE downloadable project instructions of exclusive project ideas, making this little box a GREAT tool for teachers!
And of course, if you're one of those thoughtful types {and we know you are}, The Sprinkles box would make the perfect gift for your favorite friends.

How would you like to WIN Sprinkles?
We're so excited, we've got to tell all our friends about it...and you should too! In fact, if you share the Sprinkles photo on Facebook or your blog, head on over to the Webster's Pages blog HERE and leave a comment telling us you did! One lucky share-er is going to WIN the OCTOBER Sprinkles Craftbox

**They're also giving another October box away to one of the lovelies who purchases the September box!**

All of this is just icing on the cupcake...the truth is, we want you to have Sprinkles because you deserve it. 

 OH! And one more thing before I go...did you see the Digital Freebies yesterday???
See the details HERE- and get some for yourself!! :D Everyone loves a giveaway, right?! I know I do- especially if it comes from Webster's Pages!!! :D

Take care and have a GREAT day!!!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

One more look at the September Kit (C'est Magnifique)

Good morning! Hope you're all more awake than me today, lol! I stayed up late last night working on a project and dealing with nuisance bears (mom and cub) tearing apart my garbage can/garbage. From about 10:30 PM- 11:30 PM I watched/yelled at them. Unfortunately, they weren't really all that concerned with me. So my poor husband had to clean up the mess this morning before work. And then my 2-year old was up at his usual 6:00 AM time...and I could really use more sleep.

BUT- I have some time to put together a blog post and show you the last of my projects for C'est Magnifique this month! We've revealed the entire September kit, featuring papers from Riddersholm Design (Denmark), and here's what more I have to share with you :)...

"Free Bird"
This layout was inspired by Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings". My sweet little girl is already such a free spirit, always happy, endlessly sweet. So naturally I used the "bird" elements in this kit, including the paper, bird cage, and wooden embellishment. I had a lot of fun playing with the background, adding layers of masking with texture paste topped off with embossing powder, and the Lindy's Stamp Gang mist provided in the main kit. I wanted to create something playful and fun, just like my little Aspen :).
From the Flower Add-On:
Manor House Creations: Imagine: Cocoa
Prima: Celyon: Attic
Prima: Charme Rose: Nature's Garden
Maya Road: Vintage Lace Daisies: Milk

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Prima: Wood Embellishments: Birds

From My Stash:
The Crafter's Workshop: Wall, Mini Tile Texture, & Chicken Wire Reversed
Martha Stewart: Texture Effect
Prima Marketing: Script Stamp
Making Memories leaf stamp
Prima Marketing: Shabby Tote & Knotted Wood Chalk Fluid Edger Pads
"The Heart Sees"
 I really enjoyed combining the many colors in the kit on this one, especially the rust tones. I used the mist from the embellishment add-on to darken the peach flowers a bit to better coordinate with the rest of the elements on my layout, and really love the result :)...
From the Flower Add-On:
Manor House Creations: Imagine: Cocoa
Prima: Charme Rose: Nature's Garden
Prima: Coventry: Tranquil

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Prima: Wood Embellishments: Birds
Bo Bunny: Rub-Ons: Weekend Market
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starbursts: Canna Lily Burnt Orange

From My Stash:
doilies, gesso
"Be Happy" Card
 From the Flower Add-On:
Manor House Creations: Imagine: Cocoa

From My Stash:
Prima Marketing: Chalk Fluid Edger Pad: Dry Sand
Martha Stewart: Border Punch: Optic Dot
Thank-you so much for stopping in! If you love the look of this kit, be sure to check out the September section of the store HERE, where you can purchase the kit, add-ons, and individual items :).
Take care!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Final Scrap FX Reveal for August!!

**Just a couple days left to enter my August giveaway! See HERE for details!!**

Hi everyone! I truly cannot believe that August is almost at an end...I know everyone is saying that...but seriously. Can't believe it. This time of year I definitely find myself rushing out the door as often as I can- hopping on the 4-wheeler, taking the kids out, soaking up the last of the summer while I can. Just two nights ago, Josh and I took the kids out to the gravel pit near our house at about 7 PM as it was just a gorgeous night. My two boys were racing each other around the pit and as I was taking a little video, it struck me that just a year ago I took the boys out to the same pit, during this same week, and the weather was just as it was the other night...perfect. It was a sentimental evening as the next day I would be leaving to go and stay with my sister to wait to go into labor with Aspen. And a week from today, she was born. It was strange to think how much my boys have grown in that time...and a bit sad. But a good sad, I guess...:).

And today, I have a layout and a card to share with you- the layout features photos of my younger son Gunner, exploring this same gravel pit a couple of months back. I have a lot of memories of this place- going back to when I was about 13 years old when we moved to this part of the county. I remember when I was about the age of 15 and my sister (Kelly Foster) and I would take my mom's 1985 E-350 van (which I often called the "cardboard box") out to this same pit. I was new to my driving permit- and so this was even more fun to do! We'd put in an old Willie Nelson tape, throw on the orange hunting vest and hats that were in the van, and just go tearing down the muddy, pot-hole filled road (more like a trail, lol) and whip donuts in the poor old van. Sure was a blast.

BUT!~ I'm getting sidetracked and we have a lot to cover- so enough "cruising" down memory lane! My two projects today are for Scrap FX, and the theme this month is "travel". As I've mentioned before, with three little kids we just don't do a lot of traveling, so I incorporated some of these new release pieces into some "local" travel work :). The first is my layout of Gunner:

To be honest, I was at first really unsure about not only mixing a sepia photo with a color photo, but also about using a color photo with bright orange in it, lol. But in the end, I enjoyed the contrast and think it worked out okay :).

There’s just no competition for the titles available from Scrap FX! I’m sure I say it every time, but I just LOVE them. Here I’ve used my finger to unevenly coat my title with gesso before applying a sandy shade of ink to blend with my layout. I’ve also added Stickles and bling to the flowers on this beautiful “Nature” title.

I’ve created a pretty little embellishment out of this piece from the “Railway Station Pack“. After painting with gesso, I stamped the flourish vine and added this pretty little cameo.

I wrote my journaling on this pretty new journaling tag pack, “Journal Notes KRAFT“. I’ve again painted it with gesso, inked and stamped along the edges, and added a small cameo as a pull tab. I’ve also used the little fan out of the “Asian Embellishments” pack to add interest to my cluster.

Scrap FX Chipboard Used:

Additional Supplies Used:

Prima Marketing "Rondelle" Patterned Papers (available @ C'est Magnifique HERE)
Prima Marketing Flowers (also available @ C'est Magnifique HERE)
Jolee's Boutique Adhesive Cameos
Melissa Frances Pearls
KaiserCraft Bling
Prima Marketing Chalk Fluid Edger Pad "Dry Sand"
Ranger Stickles
gesso, seam binding

NOW- let's take a look at the card I created with this month's theme:

I have to say- this card went together rather quickly and I think it's my favorite card to date. I was just having "one of those days"- where everything just seemed to fall into place!
I love small titles like this one, from the “Camping Wordlet Theme Pack“. They’re perfectly suited for a card. The railroad track and sign are from the “Railway Station Pack“- perfect little additions to support a travel-themed card. And finally, another tag from the “Journal Notes KRAFT” pack adds the perfect backdrop for my title. All pieces have been painted with gesso, inked and stamped for a beautiful coordinating piece.

Scrap FX Chipboard Used:

Additional Supplies Used:

Prima Marketing "Nature Garden" Patterned Papers
Prima Marketing Flowers
Prima Marketing Resin Sparrow
Prima Marketing Chalk Fluid Edger Pad "Dry Sand" & "Shabby Tote"
Martha Stewart Border Punch "Garden Rail"
doily, seam binding

Wow! That got to be quite a post- thanks for sticking around for the whole thing. I know it's a lot to look at, but I do love that you look :). And that wraps up the month of August at Scrap FX! As always, I like to direct you to my FAQs tab at the top of my blog, where you can find a list of online stores currently carrying Scrap FX products. I do try to have a look around at least once a month and add to the list- more and more stores are picking up these amazing products- NO surprise ;)!!

I hope you've had a great start to your week...I'll be seeing you soon, take care!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

**C'est Magnifique September Reveal**

**For my August giveaway, please go HERE**

Good morning! I hope all is well wherever you are- things are good here :)- busy, but good. I'm here today to share with you a look at a couple of my projects using the C'est Magnifique September Kit, which features papers from Riddersholm Design out of Denmark. This is a gorgeous kit, as always! It was a breeze to work with, and if you like what you see, you should definitely check out the September section of the store HERE, where you can purchase kits, add-ons, and individual items. And to assure yourself that you never miss out on another fab kit from C'est Magnifique, see how to join HERE!

"This Makes My Heart Soar"
There's no doubt about it, my boys are ALL BOY! They are beautiful, sweet children- but they can fight with the best of them- and they can do it ALL.DAY.LONG! However, it's moments like this one that really turns my heart to makes me hopeful of the day that they love each other as much as they love to fight with each other now, lol!

From the Flower Add-On:
Prima: Charme Rose: Nature's Garden
Prima: Coventry: Tranquil

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic: Banner Delights
Zva: Pearl Flourish
American Crafts: Dear Lizzy: Letter Stickers
Lindy's Stamp Gang: Starbursts: Canna Lily Burnt Orange

From My Stash:
Martha Stewart: Optic Dot & Double Dot Border Punches
EK Success: Scalloped Circle Punch
The Crafter's Workshop: 6x6 wall mask
Other: doilies, gesso, texture paste, ink

"Hi" Tag
I really enjoy making tags and cards. Having these things on hand for special occasions- especially the unexpected ones- is always nice! I loved putting together the lavender/black color combo here- perfect little gift for one of your girlfriends!

 From the Flower Add-On:
KaiserCraft: Paper Blooms: Misty

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic: Banner Delights

From My Stash:
Prima Marketing: Chalk Fluid Edger Pad: Tin Can

Here's a closer look at the main kit:
I have two other layouts and a card to share with you yet- so check back throughout the week okay? I hope you all had a great weekend (ours is winding down here)~ and an even better week ahead!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Webster's Pages Mixed Media!

**For my August giveaway, please go HERE**

Good morning, sweet friends!! I've got a post up at the Webster's Pages blog for the first time, and let me tell you- THAT is exciting!! I got to work with their beautiful new Park Drive collection, and decided to go in a different direction with it, using an 8x10 canvas. I've also put together a little tutorial for you to give a little insight into how I achieved my background.

Let's take a look...

"The Eyes Have It"
I really had a lot of fun putting this one together. Sometimes it's just liberating to let yourself go and do whatever...and truly, Webster's Pages products are PERFECT for a mixed media project like this one. Here's some step-by-step instructions for you if you're interested:

Step 1: Mix red and pink gelatos together, applying color to the edge of the canvas. Spritz the canvas with water and use your finger to blend colors together.
Step 2: Apply gesso. I simply scooped some up with a folded scrap of photo paper and scraped it across the canvas. Some punched bits of paper got mixed in with the gesso, but the smattering of confetti was okay by me :).

Step 3: Lay a mask across the top of your canvas and spritz brown mist, then pink mist over it. Do this at the top left and bottom right corners. This gives your canvas a bit more depth and dimension. (And any mask will work well!)
Step 4: Add papers! I hand-cut a section of this paper:

Websters_parkdrive_classic2Then I crumpled the paper and then added it to the canvas. Next, I cut the hot air balloon from the B-side of th paper along with some of the flowers on THIS SHEET, our Margaret paper. A few banners, a touch-up of gesso and the canvas is photo ready.

I loved this little quote from Air Supply - sometimes I just like to sit and peruse the internet for quotes and poetry related to kids...just to get me thinking, and to remind myself of how fortunate I am to have three little ones to call my own :).

Step Five: Add some texture paste to the upper right and lower left areas of the canvas, giving the canvas that last bit of detail to make it even more interesting.

Just add some bling and pearls and you're set!


Webster's Pages Products Used:
"Park Drive" ~ Margaret Paper
"Park Drive" ~ In the Paper Paper
"Park Drive" ~ Trails Paper
"Girl Land" ~ Storyteller Alpha Stickers
"Girl Land" ~ Bling Srip
"In Love" ~ Bling Strip

Other Products Used:
Tattered Angels "Coffee Shop" & "Cotton Candy" Glimmer Mist
Martha Stewart White Texture Effect
Authentique Word Stickers

So glad you stopped by! Take care and we'll be seeing you soon :),

Monday, August 20, 2012

C'est Magnifique: My first September reveal!!

**For my August giveaway, please go HERE**

Hey there everyone :)~ it's my bedtime right now, but it seems these nights just keep getting later and later and then there's always more to do! The kids have been keeping me crazy busy! And there seems to be some sort of something going on all the time, we had a baby chick hatch- which I wasn't prepared for. I've had some hens setting for close to a month now and was preparing to throw the eggs out by the end of the week- and here's this sweet little brown fluff ball, all tiny and new :). I love chickens- some of you might know that- but seriously, I do, lol. They really are a joy~

But I'm sure you didn't come here to talk poultry- so let's get down to business. I'm happy to be able to share with you my first layout using the ever-beautiful September kit from C'est Magnifique. This time we've got papers from Riddersholm Design out of Denmark...

I cannot believe that my newest baby niece is over 3 months old already and this is my first time scrapping her! When I looked at the soft, pretty lavender shades in this kit, I knew it was the perfect match for a sweet little baby girl page. So here we are.
I LOVE bows, and to create the beautiful bow in the upper left corner of my photo, I simply took one of the Manor House Creations rosettes, unraveled it so that I had a single strip of fabric, doubled it up and tied my bow- voila!

From the Flower Add-On:
Prima: Celyon: Attic
Prima: Charme Rose: Nature's Garden
KaiserCraft: Paper Blooms: Misty

From the Embellishment Add-On:
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic: Banner Delights
Zva: Pearl Flourish

From My Stash:
Prima Marketing & KaiserCraft Stamps
Prima Marketing "Old Road" & "Shabby Tote" Chalk Fluid Edger Pads
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Martha Stewart "Garden Rail" Border Punch

Short and sweet tonight, Ladies (and gents :-/ )! Thanks for stopping on over and I hope you have a great night- I'm off to bed!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Manor House Creations Design Team!!

**If you're here for my August Giveaway, please go HERE**

I'm SO EXCITED to FINALLY (seriously, lol) be able to share with you that I was accepted to join the Manor House Creations 2012-2013 Design Team!!!!!! I cannot tell you JUST how honored I am to be chosen to be a part of this team :) :) :)- and how NOT easy it's been to keep this secret under wraps!- And to think, I found the acceptance letter in the SPAM box in my email! Yikes! 
BUT- thankfully, I found it and here we are :D~

 For those of you who don't know about Manor House Creations, they are an Australian flower manufacturer and have been around for a couple of years now, and in that time they have grown to be a huge player in the flower industry! I first discovered their flowers about 9 months ago when I won some through a challenge. I've been in love ever since! Additionally, they are the Australian Distributor for The Scrap Cake- another company I adore! 

I'm actually in the process of creating my final layout for next month and I just cannot wait to be able to share them with you! But thanks at least for allowing me to share this bit of news. I apologize for not being around much this month- now you know what I've been busy with behind the scenes :).

For the full announcement, see the Manor House Creations blog HERE !! The complete list of designers is as follows:

NANCY WINTER (Australia)
TRUDI HARRISONEducator  (Australia)
GWEN WRUCK (Australia)
ALICIA BARRY (Australia)
HEATHER McMAHONPublicity contributor (Australia)

Returning for a 2nd Year:
KAREN SHADYDesign Team Co-ordinator (Australia)
JOANNE BAIN (Australia)
LINDA LANGES (Australia)

Returning Educators:

I do hope you're well- wherever you are. Thanks to everyone for all of your support, the amazing comments, everything. It's been one exciting and slightly chaotic month- but good in that way. I just wanted you to know that I do read what you have to say and I do check up on what you're all doing. And I hope that very soon I can find some time to visit each of you and leave you some love as well. :)

Take care,

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's coming up for September @ C'est Magnifique

**If you're here for the Webster's Pages Blog Hop, please go HERE!!**

**If you're here for my August giveaway, please go HERE**

Today is the day we can finally let you see a little bit of what is coming for September!  First, we want to let you know that the September kit will feature paper from Riddersholm Designs a Danish manufacturer.   We have used them in the past and everyone loved working with their paper.  Their most recent collection is "Huntington Garden
and you will just love the colors!  If you're looking for just the paper, 
we have the collection available in our store.  Here, take a peek:

Our Flower Add-On for September includes flowers from Prima, Maya Road, 
KaiserCraft, and Manor House.  We have a few of these available in the store 
so if you want one, you need to get there fast.
Our Embellishment Add-On for September is made up of items that will compliment the kit.  Embellishments from the following manufacturers are in this add-on:  Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Prima, Bo Bunny, Zva Creative, and a spray from Lindy's Stamp Gang.  We also have a few of these in the store.  
Some of the items in these add-ons are also available for purchase separately.  Check out this section of the store for all our September kit products.
If you're interested in subscribing to our kits and be assured to receive one each month, visit our Join Page for all the details.  You can subscribe to the monthly add-ons, as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great night!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Webster's Pages Blog Hop!!

Hello everyone!! Welcome to the Webster's Pages Blog Hop!! If you've come here from the beautiful Gerry's blog, then you're right on track! If not, head to the beginning of the hop HERE so that you can start from the beginning :). 

Today is no ordinary Monday~ we're celebrating the much-anticipated shipping of two new collections from Webster's Pages: Park Drive & Once Upon A Halloween!! These are both just STUNNING collections- you definitely need to see them for yourselves. If you've been just loving what you've been seeing along this hop, then you definitely need to get in on the action :)~ you can place your order by visiting the Webster's Pages Store HERE!!

Now, since I was just recently added to the team, there was not enough time for me to get the opportunity to create with these new collections just yet, but I thought I'd share some inspiration with you anyway! I created this layout by combining three different Webster's Pages collections: Girl Land, Sunday Picnic, & Trendsetter:


I seriously just LOVE how cohesive Webster's collections can be!!

Now, before I let you head out to the next stop, we were asked to share a little bit about WHY we scrap. I think that this is a question that has been asked of me many times, and I usually come up with the same answer: there are MANY reasons why I scrap! With 3 little kids, the days can sometimes run into each other, and I just don't want the little things to get lost- so I put them in writing while they're still on my mind and put a picture with the memory- so I can always go back to it and relive those moments that might otherwise get lost! And also- I love to create- it's my "outlet"- a way to express myself and just get those ideas out of my head and onto some paper :). It's so exciting to see what can just happen out of a simple thought- I love that :).

OKAY! So- how would you like to win some of these new goodies for yourself?! Well, there are SEVEN PRIZES hidden along the hop at different blogs- so just make sure to leave a comment at each of the blogs to increase your chance of winning!! The winners will be announced at the Webster's Pages blog on Friday, August 17th- so you will have to get your commenting in before Thursday is up! 

Your next stop is the very talented EMELINE!!