October 7, 2015

Anything goes over @ Clique Kits


This month, anything goes for the October Challenge at Clique Kits!  To get us jump started, they provided us with a Funfetti mood board full of light and airy inspiration!
 Normally I would go straight for the gold and yellows, but I decided to grab my pastel bag of tricks and do something different!

If you can believe it, that is PINK in that layout....that's why it was a challenge !

October 6, 2015


LOTD-My first LO with my CKCB (Counterfeit Kit Challenge) using the awesome chipboard from Simple Stories called Pumpkin Pie along with some vintage stash (Tim Holtz background) in the kit for  a 30 minute or less layout.  Awesome papers are from the Autumn Day collection from a new manu (new for me) called Photo Play Paper...Love all their products so far!

October 5, 2015

It's a Marvelous Monday! A new DT reveal!

I'm excited to announce that Brynn Marie at Scrapbook Challenges is revealing her new Design Team today and I can finally announce that this red head (ME) is on it!
 It looks like we've got a great eclectic mix of scrappers and I can't wait for you to join us and share your creativity!  Once I get my first challenge, I'll send out a personal invite!!!  

October 3, 2015

Hope you are joining us for Scraptober!


As I posted earlier, we are doing something different this month and 4 blogs have joined together for Scraptoberfest!  Each blog will be giving out a prize, but since I'm on 2 of the DTs,  I am joining in on the fun and giving out my own prize to one lucky person who uploads a new layout to the Challenge YOUrself blog!  I'll pick my winner on October 31, 2015 ,( cutoff 7PM EST.)

Bonus Prize: 
The Bonus Prize will be a $40 gift card generously provided by all (4) challenge sites.
Now here’s the fun, challenging part… If you create a layout, combining all (4) challenges on one layout and link it up to each participating blog, you will be eligible for a chance to win the ScraptoberFest BONUS prize:
  The winner of the Bonus Prize will have (2) options for their gift card:
(A) $40 gift card to shop with one of our sponsors…winners choice  
(B) (2) $20 gift cards to shop with any two of our sponsors…winners choice!!
***Get your entries in

October 2, 2015

My October CKCB kit is up!

I skipped September's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog kit (CKCB) but am back with a vengeance for the October kit!  They totally surprised me by using THIS as their inspiration this month and I loved it!  Instead of a kit, they used CSI's case file from Nov 2014...it's classic for these cool temps that are approaching.
I joined a FB Group that is in a No Buying supplies month and so it gave me a chance to get down to the studio and RE-ORGANIZE unused kits, used kits that had leftover stuff and new supplies.  I did a purge and then I re-did all my kits. So, My CKCB kit was easy to produce this month but I have to warn you, it's quite large!!

Let's  start off with the papers-I was inspired by the fall color palette  and then added a few that reminded me of fall for a POP of color:  A& B sides, paper packs that are begging to be used and some journaling card papers
My mini stash jars (I throw misc odds and ends in there) plus my stencils and watercolors:

 Embellishments:  I combined Fall/Autumn with travel as per the "evidence" list:

** And there you have it-My Oct kit and I hope to get at least 10 layouts with it!  I reserve the right to add some more embellishments once I find em!

TGIF!! It's an Scraptoberfest CRAFTY celebration!! (links fixed)

Because we love to challenge ourselves and other scrappers, we gals on the DT at Challenge YOUrself have teamed up with 3 other great scrap challenge sites to bring you an ultimate challenge with a chance to win multiple prizes!  Click each picture to take you to each blog.

This is how the challenge works:

Each challenge blog is hosting a challenge on their blog for a chance to win a prize. :)

Now here’s the fun, challenging part… If you create a layout, combining all (4) challenges together, and link it up to each participating blog, you will be eligible for a chance to win the ScraptoberFest BONUS prize! 


 Rules for all challenges:
  • Must be new as of October 2, 2015…no back linking
  • Layouts only ~ No Cards
  • No Digital Layouts
  • Participants are allowed to complete or combine one or more of the challenges, but to be entered into the BONUS prize drawing, they must combine all (4) challenges.
  • For each challenge you complete, you MUST upload to the blog that hosted the challenge to be eligible for that sites prize drawing.  
  • All entries due October 31, 2015 

October 1, 2015


I'm not ready!!  Fall??  What??!!  We're getting hit with hella kinds of rain here on the East Cost and what better thing to do than to organize crafty supplies, get cozy and get crafty?  Our first October stash challenge at Scrap Our Stash is up AND our guest designer is revealed with some inspiration to get you started!
Stash Challenge #31 ~ INKS

  This month, Challenge # 31 is a small word but one with lots of potential!  INKS! 
 And our returning sponsor, Creative Embellishments has generously donated THIS:

 You have until October 29, 2015 to link up with us over at the Scrap Our Stash blog!
 Link up your entry by October 29th, 11:59 (PM) PST to be entered into our monthly
prize drawing.
- See more at: http://scrapourstash.blogspot.com/2015/10/october-stash-challenge-31-inks.html#sthash.9UIMcXNB.dpuf

Thankful Thursday (photo heavy)

This week was more productive than others..got tons done at work (ready with fingers crossed for this ICD-10 conversion,)  quality family time (including the girl child who popped by for dinner) and then took a whole day off to refill my own cup (translation=no chores, no cooking-just fun)

Sensory movie date  with my Thing 2:  Hotel Transylvania 2-LOVED IT! Just as good if not better than the 1st AND my Thing 2 had a great time since this was the first time he used the Assisted Listening Technology at the theater and it was just perfect! blah blah blah :)

Tried a new pizza place with my hubby (and Thing 2) called BLAZE=yummo!
prepping for fall/Halloween decor:
new ink and hanging out with friends:
and even got some scrapping in just for myself in addition to 8 more for DT assignments!
Love this collection from October Afternoon that I've been hoarding!

cool surfer dude is an upcycled clothing tag that I had for YEARS lol

so, I'm thankful that I get to have my balance  :):):)  WELCOME TO OCTOBER!  Come back tomorrow for an exciting Scraptoberfest party!!

September 28, 2015

Mojo Monday

Sometimes, the scrappy mojo is MIA and I'll troll around different blogs and websites like Etsy or Pinterest for inspiration.  I'm in the midst of cleaning my scrap studio and found that I had beads and jewelry supplies begging to be used (the first craft I ever began wayyy before scrapbooking was jewelry making/beadwork) so I grabbed a bucket and brought down my supplies.  I saw that I had pinned THIS inspirational picture/tutorial from Fernanda Schoma @ Hora De Diva:
And even though her blog isn't in English, her tutorial is self-explanatory.   I had all of the supplies with the exception of the felt ($.29) and the chain and rose beads which I scored those at Michael's this week for $ 3.00 and $1.99 respectively!
I used my handy dandy plastic top to cut the circle for the shape:
Using the E6000 glue, start gluing your chain and your necklace pieces to the felt. I added two small pieces of glittered wire ribbon on the ends and trimmed them to cover up the exposed felt. (**I do have to say, I'd like suggestions for a better glue, I didn't particularly like this glue and may try with a glue gun next time.)

After everything is dried, trim your felt to the edges of your beads...I can't really explain it well so hopefully you can jump over to her blog or get the gist from here. 

Finished piece !!  If I was making it for a craft show or for someone else, I would've been more particular about the symmetry. My goal wasn't to copy her necklace but to be inspired by it and I'm not one for perfection so this was an easy first piece just for me to wear while running errands or something.  AND....the crafting mojo has returned!




Your layout doesn't have to be school related but you do need to use at least 3 different kinds of school supplies!
Here's my Thing 2 with my supplies!!

and yes, that's a "real" library card-I bought a book from them and the library card was in the back :)
And don't you love the ASL (AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE) brads??  got them as a gift years ago and had hoarded them..Other supplies were paper clips, notebook edged papers and the school stickers are from October Afternoon. True vintage stash!  First day of 6th grade and I love his style :)
***24 hours and ticking........................................................

September 23, 2015

SOS Sketch Challenge #30 is up!

Scrap Our Stash sketch challenge # 30 is here for your scrapping pleasure!
Sketch Challenge #30 ~ SCHOOL SUPPLIES

The twist on this one is :  School Supplies!  It doesn't have to be school themed, BUT you have to use at least 3 different school supplies!
This month's prize is:
September Prize
Entries must be linked up by September 29th, 11:59 PM (PST) to be entered into our

September Prize Drawing and/or to be considered for out Design Team's Top 3 Picks.

Click HERE for SOS Challenge Guidelines


This month's Sensory movie at Columbia, MD  AMC 14 is:
Poster for Hotel Transylvania 2
Drac's pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2!  AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!  Not just for autistic kids; all kids are welcome!

Showtime:  10am  September 26, 2015,  AMC Columbia 14,  10300 Little Patuxent Pkwynull Columbia, MD 21044

September 22, 2015

Do you need reminders?? CY can help!!

I admit, I am a huge fan of notes...to myself!  Otherwise, I'd forget things!  So on any given day, I have notes in my phone, on my frig, in my purse...so don't forget this month's challenge over at Challenge Yourself is:  NOTE TO SELF!

My note to self actually revolved around ME...to try to take better care of ME-mentally and physically cause by the time I give to others, there's not enough left to replenish my own cup.  So, I keep reminding myself to take care of me FIRST and then the rest will follow accordingly!

WHAT'S YOUR NOTE????  You still have time to play with us {HERE} for CY # 22

ps-I totally forgot that one lucky winner gets this !

September 13, 2015

Scrapping Sunday (and a scraplift Sunday)

Football season is here and I'm a huge football fan but can never sit and just watch a game so I usually grab some scrapbook supplies or a kit or two ad come upstairs and scrap while I watch a game.  It's easier to scraplift too so ...am revealing my Scrap Our Stash Layers Challenge #30:

For my L-A-Y-E-R-S, I used:
(L) Love, (A) Arrows, (Y) Yellow, (E) Envelope, (R) Rubons and (S) stars
I apologize for the wonky photos; I was down to the wire and didn't realize that my printer was running out of ink!  But that shouldn't happen now that bff2 gave me a Selphy printer for my birthday!
Hope you've already joined us this month or are planning on joining us!

Scraplift reveals tomorrow for Mojo Monday!!

September 4, 2015


Just some layouts I did for myself combining kits I had laying around....
Happy Friday everybody!   Have some fun and don't forget to get IN the pictures!! 

September 3, 2015

Thankful Thursday

It's a Thankful Thursday and I am thankful for a lot of reasons but the biggest one is this:
 For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is my friend Deb (who also happens to be a scrapbooker-its how we accidentally met many years ago!)-This picture was taken July 24 at my surprise 50th birthday party....she happened to be the "official photographer" since they were wagering bets that 1.) I wouldn't be surprised and 2.) I would no cry....I WAS truly surprised cause they tricked me into thinking I was going on a dinner date with my hubby (I clean up pretty good for a date) and yep, I did the ugly Oprah cry!  I didn't even know Deb owned a really nice camera and I love photos when I'm dressed up and so I was glad that I made her take a lot of photos with me!

But little did I know that one month later that this woman would be lying in Shock Trauma, clinging to life due to a freak accident with a vehicle.  I get choked up thinking of how scared she was and knowing that she might've lost her life.  She is still hospitalized and will be for some time, has undergone multiple surgeries with more to go, but THANK GOD, she is alive and can speak (and text lol)-she has a long road to recovery but she has a PHENOMENAL support network and I (we) are THANKFUL that she is still her to continue her work as a phenomenal mother, daughter, aunt, therapist and friend.

It made me again realize that YOU have to get in the pictures; that #ALEIDASCHALLENGE is IMPORTANT.  We should always show that we LIVE and love life!

Please say a special prayer for Deb, her daughter and her family tonight; I know she will be thankful :)

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