Friday, October 30, 2009

Fancy Pants glitter cuts

I am a huge fan of the Fancy Pants glitter cuts! Sometimes, though, certain glitter colors don't work with a layout (although that is a very rare occurence for this glitter fan, lol). The glitter cuts are so versatile, though, that you can even turn them around like I did in this layout below. The silver glitter was too strong for my layout, but the black backside worked perfectly :-)

I also covered the pale pink Kraft Kuts letter stickers with orange ink and orange glitter. You can see more examples of how the Halloween glitter cuts are used on today's Fancy Pants blog post here.

There is also an exciting opportunity going on at AMM right now - we are looking for a Guest Designer for December! Here's what you have to do if you're interested in applying:
1. register on our boards at and become an active member; we want to get to know you
2. Post our A Million Memories blinkie on your blog and
3. In an email attach two layouts you think are your best work, a link to your blog and/or your gallery, and your contact information.

Please submit your application by November 15th to Jenn at

Good luck, everyone! I'd love to see one of my blog readers as December's guest!!

SO, one day and counting until Halloween! I'm not sure who is more excited - me or the kids, lol! We're going to do a group TOT in our n'hood, and then the Halloween party is back at our house afterwards - I can't wait! Just keep your fingers crossed that the rain stays away! Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


A big mess!

We bought this haunted cookie house about a month ago, and the kids had been waiting patiently until it was time to make it. Well, I figured this weekend, with Halloween only a week away, was time ;-)

I think more candy and icing went in their mouths than on the house, but I guess that's the point, right?

Will be back soon with some scrappiness to share ;-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Some Bo Bunny projects

A big thank you to AMM and Bo Bunny for sponsoring our DT this month! I got to play with the Flutter Butter line:

The first layout was done for an Ad Challenge that was posted at the AMM crop this weekend, and the second was done for a Menu challenge in which I had to use certain "ingredients" on my layout. I love having challenges to help inspire me! (My fourth project is the Welcome Autumn sign that can be seen in the last post).

So, we're gearing up for Halloween in our house - i'm so excited that it's just about a week away! I'm also pretty sure i'm actually going to get to CHA this year for the winter show, and i'm super excited! Raise your hand if you're going to be there! :-)

Anyway, friends, happy Friday and enjoy your weekend. I've been summoned for Jury Duty next week, so it'll be interesting to see what happens!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A couple of projects to share...

Although i'm definitely a layout kind of girl, I also really enjoy making home decor things - it's definitely a chance for me to stretch my creativity in a different way. Here are a couple of recent projects I have to share. This first one is a sign for my front door that I made for the crop this weekend at AMM (which was soo fun, btw!). Bo Bunny sponsored our DT this month, so I used the gorgeous papers they sent for this inchie project.
Next, I made this Halloween centerpiece for the Fancy Pants blog yesterday. This was a lot of fun to make, and since we're huge Halloween people in my house, i'm glad I now have something to display in my kitchen. You can see how I made it here.
I know this is a quick, drive-by post, but we had a long day today! Dance class for Chloe this morning, then we spent the day at the pumpkin patch for Noah's field trip, and then Tony and I celebrated a friend's birthday at our house. Time for me to go collapse with some good Tuesday night TV ;-) Hope you all are having a great week!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

AMM Anniversary Crop Blog Hop & Scavenger Hunt

As part of AMM’s anniversary crop we’re having a blog hop and a scavenger hunt. Here is how this will work: each one of the AMM Design Team members will have a special post for the blog hop where you will have the chance to get to know them a little bit better. At the end of the post, there will be a question that will lead you on a hunt through the AMM site and/or AMM blog (the link to the AMM blog can be found on the left sidebar of the main store site). Be sure to check the anniversary crop forum for complete information on the Blog Hop Challenge.

Here’s a little interview for you to get to know me better:

What is your favorite item in the AMM store at the moment? I am a bling kind of girl, and I am loving all the new Prima "Say it in crystals" - gorgeous stuff!

Are you a messy scrapper or clean and tidy? Definitely messy! You can't even see my desk once I get started on a project - I pull out a ton of papers and embellishments and mess around until I find something that looks right!

What are your 3 must have scrapbooking products/tools? My Fiskars fine tipped scissors, Tim Holtz edge distressor and chipboard.

What was the last scrapbook item you purchased? Patterned papers - I certainly don't need anymore, but I can't stop buying them!

What is your guilty pleasure? I love having microwave popcorn with lots of "spray butter" and popcorn seasoning on it. I load it up! It's hard to find the popcorn under all the stuff I put on it, lol.

What scrapbooking embellishment or technique do you use on almost all of your pages? I almost always distress my edges - I love the little hint of shabbiness it gives to a layout.

What was the last movie you saw in a movie theater? Cloudy with a chance of meatballs (can you tell I have young kids? lol)

How long does does it normally take you to complete a layout? Several hours - often broken up over more than one day. I'm a slooow scrapper!

Is your spouse, significant other or family supportive of your scrapbook hobby? I'm very lucky that my hubby is very supportive! He is an artist and enjoys drawing/illustrating as a hobby, so he totally "gets" my need for a creative fix! My kids are too young to know any better, lol, but i'm hoping they'll be happy that mommy scrapbooks many of their memories!

Now onto the scavenger hunt! Here is your question:

What was the question of the day on 8/21/09? Which member said that she loves Pepsi but WON’T drink Coke?

Now head on over to Jeni's blog for your next scavenger hunt question!

Friday, October 16, 2009

My projects for A Million Memories!

So, i've been a busy girl, and I have lots of stuff to show you! Ok, so yes, I am now on the DT for AMM so, of course, I already knew that I loved their kits or I wouldn't have come aboard, but let me just tell you that this kit did not disappoint!! It is seriously gorgeous, and it's jam packed with goodies, including the house mini-album that I made. Here are the 3 layouts that I made:

Sweet Pickin:
New Friend:

You are my everything:
And, finally, here is my mini. Minis take me forever, but the process is so worth it for me. I love that I have a whole themed album when i'm done. And i've always wanted to document our home, so this house mini gave me the kick in the butt to finally do that :-)

Sorry to overload you with pictures!

I had a fun evening - I went to the live tour of So You Think You Can Dance. This is my third year going, and it was a total blast! It really makes me wish I were more coordinated, though, lol. Hope everyone is having a great week, and I hope i'll see some of you at AMM's crop this weekend!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I've been a bad blogger!

Yikes, I can't believe it's been almost a week since i've been here! Things have been super busy on the homefront, and i've been working hard with my gorgeous AMM kit! I've completed 3 layouts so far, and started a mini-album, so I should be back to share those creations with you very soon!

In the meantime, here are some sneaks of the projects/challenges that will be up for the crop over at AMM this weekend. If you're looking for a fun place to hang, as well as up for trying to win some awesome prizes, please stop by!!
Here are some additional sneaks of my project :-)

Lastly, here are two of my favorite pics from the pumpkin patch this weekend. We got lucky with beautiful weather, and we all had a blast!
Happy hump day, everyone! Hope you're enjoying your week!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mark your calendars!

You all probably noticed my new blinkie over there <------------- . AMM just had a birthday, and we're celebrating with an online crop! The crop will be the weekend of October 16-18th, so please stop by and join us! We have a lot of fun stuff planned, and A LOT of awesome prizes to give away!

Before I share a new layout, I thought i'd post a couple of photos taken of Tony and me at the wedding this weekend. Isn't my honey the cutest? :-)

Now onto my new Fancy Pants layout. The background pp is from the Rough and Tough line, and I also used some Kraft Kuts. The black felt square holding the photo is from one of the mixed media books - I get so much mileage out of these books b/c I use them not only as mini albums, but on my layouts and for home decor projects, too!

Journaling reads: Not a day goes by that we don't see one of your funny faces, crazy dance moves, or here one of your entertaining stories. You are a natural comediatn through and through, and your personality always brings a smile! Yep... that's my boy! :-)

I can't believe we're so close to the weekend already. What's everyone up to? I think it will be a slow weekend here, for once! Happy Thursday, everyone!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Please check this out!

My sweet friend Amy Tara Koeppel is doing a VERY generous RAK on her blog today in memory of her dear mother who she lost to breast cancer 20 years ago today. Please go check out her post here - she gives us all a very important reminder to take care of our health and to fight back against this nasty disease. Thinking of you, Amy!

Before I go, I just wanted to share a Fancy Pants card I made for World Cardmaking Day, which we celebrated this weekend on the FP blog. I had fun covering my "creepy" card with some fake spider webs - I love those things! ;-)

The wedding was a blast on Saturday, and my friend Dana was gorgeous! Weddings make me so happy - it's so nice to see people so happy and so in love!

Happy Monday, friends!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Eye candy time!

So, before I show you the gorgeous AMM kit that is pure eye candy, I have the last of my JBS projects to share. This layout is about my sister-in-law and me. Journaling reads: We weren't born as sisters, but we became sisters when I was 21 & Terry married my brother. She's the sister I never had, and I feel so blessed to have her in my life.
I'm sure you all recognize that handsome boy! ;-) Journaling: I love your originality, Noah. Always stay true to who you are - always be you!
And the last of my six projects is a canvas I made with my scraps from the kit. I first sprayed glimmer mist and added glitter to the canves before I added my squares. I added some more glitter on top after I put the squares down (i'm not too glitter crazy, am I? ;-), and I painted some TH crackle paint around the edges of the photo and the canvas. Can't wait to hang this up!
Thanks again to JBS for having me as the October guest - it was an honor and a blast!!

Now, onto the eye candy.... this is October's kit for AMM, and I am sooo excited to play with mine! I should be getting it any day now. The papers are Jenni Bowlin and October Afternoon, and the letters and embellies are a mixture of October Afternoon, Pink Paislee, Prima, Basic Grey, Creative Imaginations. If you want to check it out in greater detail, go here.

Well, I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend so far! One of my closest friends is getting married tonight, so I can't wait for the wedding! It's been a long time since we've had a night out without the kids, too, so i'm sure we'll enjoy some adult time! Happy weekend, everyone!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Some pics and some JBS layouts

So, my "little" boy is going to be five tomorrow. Sniff sniff. I know it's cliche and all, but time really does fly, especially when they are little it seems. I love the quote, "the days are long, but the years are short." So true. Anyway, here are some of my favorite pics from Noah's magic themed birthday party on Sunday...

Getting ready to go to his party:
My dad and Chloe:
Having fun being the star of the show:
My mom and Chloe:
Chloe with my niece:
A family pic minus one child, lol:

Gotta go help Noah put together one of his new transformers (this is a theme this week, lol), so i'll drop off a few layouts I did with the gorgeous Jenni Bowlin kits.

My little princess:

And speaking of my big almost-five year old, here he was at just three weeks old!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Happy Thursday!! :-)